Fred, I have a Logitech Trackman Marble Wheel which
I use for day-to-day work but when I do graphics work it’s not as sensitive as
I need it to be. Is it possible to use two different pointing devices (mice)
without unplugging one to plug in the other? —Riley
As a long time plus subscriber, I wouldn’t miss an
issue. Good stuff… Anyway, I was thinking about automating both scandisk(Win9x)/chkdsk.exe
(XP, 2K) and defrag on all of the computers in my office (all are Windows
XP Pro SP2). I was going to have them run automatically, first scandisk on
Tuesday night, then follow up on Wednesday night with defrag. I have done the
research to determine exactly how to accomplish this via the Task Scheduler
using batch files so no help needed there.
Hi Fred, Probably not very interesting to most of
your readers, but for those with shaky hands (aka a tremor) like me this can
be very good news. I found this software application called Mousecage. Its
intention is to help people with hand tremor control their computer mouse. As
you will understand, using a computer mouse is often impossible for people
with a hand tremor. At first, Mousecage needed some getting used to, but once
I did that, it helped me enormously. For the first time in ages, I can now
handle the mouse without frustration! I found Mousecage mentioned on a Dutch
website, but the company that developed Mousecage is UK based (I think) and
has an English website: http://www.mousecage.org .
Fred, I resubscribed to the Plus! edition— that’s an indicator of how
much I enjoy the newsletter.
What are those numbers and letters that some sites want you to enter for
security reasons (I notice eBay has started to use the same on some entry points
to their forms).
Thanks for a great read. As a charter Plus subscriber I’ve learned the value of
a good backup strategy—so I thought. I partitioned my hard drive(s) as
you recommended in the past. I also used a USB hard drive for backup media. One day my
computer refused to boot into XP Pro. After many hours of failed attempts I
made the dreaded call to tech support and eventually was instructed to remove my
Raid-0 configuration. I didn’t realize that I was going to lose ALL my data on
ALL partitions. To make matters worse it didn’t help resolve the boot problem. The culprit was a bad USB drive. Now I lost my primary file, backup partition
AND external drive!
I have pasted a trick that I read on Lockergnome.com. to increase your available
bandwidth. I have tried this and it did give a noticeable increase in download
speed on fast sites, and it is easily reversible if you do not like the
results. Just thought some readers might be interested. —
It’s one of those software design decisions that makes you scratch your head
and wonder, "What were they thinking?"
Remember Macy-Jean Calinawan, from the Philippines? We first met
her here (
http://langa.com/newsletters/2002/meet_macy_jean.htm ), and a while
later saw how much she’s been growing. (
http://www.freetune.com/images/macy_jean200210a.jpg ). We also got a
handprint painting from her here:
Following our discussion of the free Vista beta (