Dear Fred, I thoroughly enjoy your letter. Now I’m not
particularly geeky. I run a small architectural firm which means I do the
computer fixes for the most part.
Hello Mr. Langa.
I hope you can help me with this problem. My computer will not defrag. This is
the first time I’ve had a problem with it. When I run defrag it gets to about
12 percent and stops with a message saying some files cannot be defragmented.
Hi Fred. A thousand thank yous for the
The item "Mothballing A PC" (
), which covered how to store a PC for long periods of disuse, brought this
additional suggestion from a reader:
Fred- Basic question from a Plus subscriber:
I have a small office network- NT 4.0 server, 4 XPPro clients, hardwired
ethernet. One of the clients connects to the Net with DSL. The server
connects to the net thru the client, but very rarely. The client that
connects to the net runs ZoneAlarm firewall (free version) and works fine. I also run ZA on the server to protect it. Is this necessary? It tends to
cause minor problems and blockages. If I remove ZA from the server, will it
be vulnerable or will the ZA on the client protect the whole network? If
not, is there an easy way to disconnect the server from the internet, and
reconnect it only for the very rare times (1-2/yr) that I would need to
restart ZA and get onto the net? Thanks for all you do. —Michael Halpert
Fred, When I checked my spam folder I found a marketing
message from BellSouth to its customers. I thought it was very ironic that
its own spam filters caught a company message and placed it in the spam
filter, probably never to be seen by many.
I have been using XP-Professional on my system for about 17 months now. Today,
on starting my computer, it came up with a screen saying I had to again
"Activate" the OS. I have no idea why that occurred — I wonder whether had MS
installed some sort of update that caused that to happen, along with its regular
Fred: I am stumped and have used up all my info resources.
Fred: As a long-time reader of your list and an original
subscriber to PLUS, I do not recall your discussing a solution to a common and
annoying problem: Most new printers these days, and all cheap printers, are
"Windows-only" printers, i.e., they no longer contain the firmware needed to
respond to the Escape sequences that we used to embed in DOS files to make
printers do things like Underline, Bold, Italic, double
size & width, and super & sub scripts. That’s a real problem for those of us
who, for whatever reasons of our own, want to control our print jobs with
embedded Escape sequences.
Hi Fred, Thanks for the constant
stream of useful tips – very much appreciated!