Fred: I’ve looked on both Google and in the Plus archives
and couldn’t find a program to help me detail information on about 100 CD
What I need is something that will look at the contents of any CD I put in
my drive (they are usually a group of files backed up just by copying them
to the CD – sort of like we used to use floppy disks for) and add the
content info to a database with file name, path, any other info, and allow a
place for me to enter a description, and then assign a number or unique name
to the CD which I can write on it in order to keep track of what files are
on what CDs. Can you refer me to any program like that?—Becki
Your recent articles about adding and upgrading hard drives inspired me to
do just that. Along the way, I came across a question you hadn’t addressed.
A technical support person at my PC’s manufacturer (Gateway) told me that
each of my PC’s could only recognize a specific maximum size of hard drive
(most were 120GB, but an older machine would support only a 40GB drive).
They told me that this maximum size applied to each of the internal drives
(primary and secondary, master and slave). The tech support person could not
explain the reason for this maximum, but I guessed it to be a characteristic
of the disk interface, on the motherboard. However, they then told me that
the limit also applied to external USB drives, and that really has me stumped.
Fred, please help me answer these questions: (a) why do these limits exist,
(b) do they also apply to external drives (or to NAS drives accessed across
a network), and (c) how does one discover these limits (other than – as the
tech support person suggested – by installing a too-large, non-returnable
Can’t remember if you’ve covered this site, but I just stumbled upon this "…Internet
Explorer add-in, that allows you to easily open Regedit and point it to the
exact registry path, without the need to manually open Regedit.exe and begin to
look for the relevant entry."
http://www.petri.co.il/open_in_regedit_in_ie.htm It’s really slick!
We linked to a number of different, temperature monitoring
tools for PCs and laptops in "Free Temperature Tools" (
), but Dells are different, with some proprietary hardware. Standard temp tools may not "speak" Dell.
In "Feed Me! Feed Me Now!" (
), we discussed software that was consuming a reader’s CPU cycles. Here’s
Thanks again for the outstanding newsletter. I’m a low-level wanna-be
Geek, but there is always something useful in it.
Anyway, I can’t remember if you have discussed Google Toolbar lately.
Thought you might be interested in what the IT security folks at my
employer (U.Mich) had to say. And their white paper on it looks pretty
complete to me.
Morning Fred, What do you make of this
Your newsletter (and a great one it is!) is one of several I receive on a
regular basis. One of the reoccurring posts always seems to be the lack of an
install disk with new PC as they ship with only "recovery" disks. Perhaps you
and/or your readers might find my solution to this problem of interest.
In "Pesty PST Files" (
) I offered a solution for a reader’s problem with Outlook’s PST files, but also
guessed there was more or better info than I knew about. Indeed, several readers
jumped in to provide additional info:
I’ve added this as an extra item over and above the normal
content in this issue because I’m about to discuss current advertisers—
something that always makes me nervous. (I don’t want to even appear to be a
shill for an advertiser.) If this sort of discussion offends you, please just
skip this item— the rest of the issue stands complete as-is, so you’ll lose