Ask Leo! #611 – Signatures, Power Supplies, Corgis, and more…

Purely Personal

This is completely non-tech, so feel free to skip ahead if you're not interested in personal stuff, particularly Corgis. Smile

There's no video this week, and just a couple of articles, because this last Saturday my wife and I hosted the 2016 Pacific Northwest Corgi Picnic. The short version (no pun intended) is that around 100 people and 100 Corgis run around our fenced back yard for the afternoon.

We've been doing this now for something like 17 years - that's longer than Ask Leo! (more on that next week).

It's a fair amount of work, as you might imagine - preparation, the event itself, and the clean up afterwards. But it's always a blast and we enjoy ourselves immensely. Not to mention that we use it as an opportunity raise funds for a Corgi-related charity as well.

The picnic page has links to a ton of pictures, including some from a local news station.

So,I just wanted to share the fun, explain why this week's newsletter might seem a little light, and also to thank you for allowing me to serve you in a way that let's me do fun stuff like this.

Corgi Puppy


How Do I Get my Name, Title and Other Information to Show at the Bottom of Every Message I Send?

How do I get my name, title and other information to show at the bottom of every message I send?

What you need is called a "signature".

What's a signature? It's the title, company, phone number, fax number, email address, pithy quote, legal disclaimer, website URL, list of website URLs, call to action, and/or dashed line that many people put at the bottom of every message that they send.

Sometimes, their signature even includes their name.

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Can I Use a Power Supply with a Higher Wattage Rating on my Laptop?

So I did this search on your answers to power supplies but I'm still not clear about the difference between amps, volts and watts. I've got a 130 watt power supply, left over from my last Dell laptop, that I would like to use on my new Ultra book which came with a 65 watt power supply. Both units are 19.5 volts, but the 130-watt is 6.7 amps and the 65-watt has a rating of 4.6 amps. What I'm trying to accomplish is keeping the 65-watt unit wrapped up in my laptop bag and the 130-watt wired into my desk for convenience.

The short answer is that you may be able to use that 130-watt power supply with your new machine, which came with a 65-watt supply, if a couple of conditions are met.

Let's review those conditions.

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Ray Smith writes:

"Your backup USB or Mobile hard drives must be physically detached from your computer once the backup is completed." - I think it makes better sense to keep external drives connected in order to keep the backup process automated (there's probably a greater risk of somebody forgetting/neglecting to reconnect the drive and then being without backups than there is of them being hit by a crypto - especially if they exercise commonsense). That said, it certainly makes sense to have an additional cloud-based backup mechanism in place as 1) it gets your data offsite and 2) services that enable versioned backups (most do) make it easy to recover from a crypto.

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Octavio writes:

mhhh... my former comment against win10 got somehow erased.. so.. Leo.. is this forum meant only to publish favourable opinions for win10? because i don't think everyboydy likes it and here it seems everybody is happy with it..

Mark Jacobs (Team Leo) writes:

Your previous comment seems to be there. Sometimes in WordPress, there's a delay displaying comments on the page. We welcome all comments on Windows 10, both positive or negative. Leo has often expressed his frustrations with how Microsoft has been (mis)behaving.

Leo writes:

We only remove comments that are abusive, profane or off topic. There are certainly plenty of negative WIndows 10 comments on the site so that's obviously not one of our criteria.

How Do I Get my Name, Title and Other Information to Show at the Bottom of Every Message I Send?

Delta writes:

I think Derek is referring to a message automatically placed at the bottom of emails such as this one:

No virus found in this message.

Checked by AVG -

Version: 10.0.1424 / Virus Database: 2425/5020 - Release Date: 05/24/12

or this one:

This email is free from viruses and malware because avast! Antivirus protection is active.

Leo writes:

You can simply add that as your signature. (Which shows you exactly how much you should believe those types of messages -> not at all.)

Alain writes:

That's why I always set my antivirus to NOT add that kind of "certification" on outgoing messages. I let it add the message on incoming messages.

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