How do I download and read a pdf ebook?
Ebooks, which is short for "electronic books", are books that you download and read on your computer. The "download" part is fairly straightforward, but it's difficult to give one set of instructions that works for all users. And, to be fair, sometimes publishers make it harder than they need to as well.
Let's see if we can't cut through some of the confusion.
Continue Reading: How do I download and read a pdf ebook?
How do I get a .mobi ebook onto my Kindle?
Turns out there are at least two different ways to get that book onto your Kindle.
And then of course you can also read the book without a Kindle device at all.
Continue Reading: How do I get a .mobi ebook onto my Kindle?
What if you get emails with the wrong names on them or even for an account that's not yours? How do you fix a computer without installation media? Can your school snoop through your emails? All that and more in this Answercast from Ask Leo!
(Includes the raw transcript on which the articles below were based.)
How do I replace my system hard drive without installation media?
It sounds like your hard drive is dead. You are going to have to dig deep to get the computer going again.
Continue reading: How do I replace my system hard drive without installation media?
Why am I getting email with the right email address but the wrong name?
This sounds like a problem in your friend's contact list or address book. To sort it out, first we need to understand where email names come from.
Continue reading: Why am I getting email with the right email address but the wrong name?
Can my school see my emails and messages?
There are numerous people and programs that can track your internet activities... if you are really that interesting.
Continue reading: Can my school see my emails and messages?
What do I do if my system asks for a installation disk and I don't have one?
Computers are being sold without recovery media fairly often. That can create difficulties if you run into major problems.
Continue reading: What do I do if my system asks for a installation disk and I don't have one?
My machine has no optical drive. What if I need one?
It's probably safe to say that the days of the optical drive are coming to a close. Not this week, not this year, perhaps not even this decade but I think the writing is on the wall. But not to worry.
Continue reading: My machine has no optical drive. What if I need one?
Why am I getting Amazon notifications for someone else?
It's pretty scary that you are getting notifications from someone else's account - but not scary for you!
Continue reading: Why am I getting Amazon notifications for someone else?
*** Our Sponsor
The Ask Leo! Guide to Routine Maintenance
*** Last Issue's Articles
- Ask Leo! #498 - Login backgrounds, the current confusing state of TrueCrypt, and more...
- How do I change the Windows 7 login screen background? (with Video)
- Is TrueCrypt dead?
- How do I change the Windows 8 lock screen background? (with Video)
- What's the best anti-virus?
- Do I even need a computer?
- Why am I still getting updates for Windows XP?
- Why won't my computer return from standby?
- Will my old CRT work with a new computer?
- How can I manage a lot of scanned documents?
*** Featured Reader Comments
Frank D writes:
OK, you scan and OCR the document. Maybe it's a bank statement. OCR is only about 99% accurate. How do you deal with the occasional drop-out?
To be honest, I never notice. The OCR is used only for searching - when I look at (or, heaven forbid, print :-) ) the document the original image is used. So a missed OCR hit only affects search ability. When searching I tend to throw enough random terms into the mix that it's rare I can't find what I need.
VeraCrypt is TrueCrypt-based but enhances its functionality up a few notches!
It can be found here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/veracrypt/
My concern is that we'll see a LOT of clones of TrueCrypt, building on the TrueCrypt source code, created by a wide variety of people ranging from the qualified to the not qualified to government and other entities masquerading as legit. It's going to be a mess for a while, and I see no reason at this time to switch away from TrueCrypt at all.
Where can you get a copy of 7.1a?
grc.com - TrueCrypt Final Release Repository has a copy.
*** Leo's Blog
Do we really need to "get used" to things?
I responded to a question a couple of days ago regarding Windows 8 that ended with "Why did Microsoft do this, when everybody wanted the familiar old XP style?".
My response included a pointer to my "Why ask why?" article, as well as pointing out that, no, "everybody" didn't want the familiar old XP style. In fact many people have come to actually prefer the Windows 8 interface once they'd gotten used to it.
The response? "The User should never have to get used to it."
That got me to thinking. In an ideal world that's absolutely correct.
But we're far from living in an ideal world, and that means that's nowhere near practical.
Continue Reading: Do we really need to "get used" to things?
*** Leo's Books
Need more help with or have questions about the newsletter? Check out the newsletter administration page.
Help Ask Leo! Just forward this message, in its entirety (but without your unsubscribe link below) to your friends. Or, just point them at http://newsletter.askleo.com for their own FREE subscription!
Newsletter contents Copyright © 2013,
Leo A. Notenboom & Puget Sound Software, LLC.
Ask Leo! is a registered trademark ® of Puget Sound Software, LLC