Leo's Answers #19 – March 31, 2006

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*** New Articles of Note on Ask Leo!

How do I view full mail headers in Outlook?

How do I view the "details of internet headers" for a single email in Outlook 2003? I know how to do this in Outlook Express, but can't find it in Outlook.

Most email clients try to save you from having to look at all the bookkeeping information that accompanies each email message. There's a bunch of information with each message that you normally don't see, typically called the "email headers".

But what if you want to see them?

Continue reading: "How do I view full mail headers in Outlook?"

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It's a cold day you-know-where...

My most recent computer has something in common with my very first.

Continue reading: "It's a cold day you-know-where..." Article Includes Audio

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Why shouldn't I use TAB characters in my source files?

Someone's telling me not to use tabs in code files. Why? He mumbles something about "cross-platform issues."

Is this even *true*!? is it even *possible* for (say) a Mac or a Unix to botch the reading of a Windows file (or, most likely, I'd think) a Mac or Unix to botch the other?

I do know that between Mac and Unix, one uses CR (000D) and the other, LF (000A), whereas Windows uses both (though I know not in which order).

That being the case, what's the deal with the HT code (0009)? Don't all three use the same 0009 to indicate a tab?


No, this has nothing to do with platforms. All use hex 0x09 to represent a tab character.

The problem is much, much deeper than that.

This is about programmers, religion, and the meaning of that lowly little character we call "tab".

Continue reading: "Why shouldn't I use TAB characters in my source files?"

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Will I lose my email if I don't check it for a while?

I just moved and was not able to check my email for 3-4 weeks. Will I still receive emails sent in that time period?

Probably, but it depends on a couple of things: the rules that your email provider might impose and just how popular you are.

But it is definitely something worth planning ahead for.

Continue reading: "Will I lose my email if I don't check it for a while?"

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How do I copy preinstalled software to another machine?

I have an older computer that has a program on it that I want to put on my new laptop. The program was installed at the factory. There is no recovery disc or anything. I have tried to download it and had no success. I even had a friend try to get it and he could not do it either. He said that there was no install program for it. Can you help me. I sure would appreciate it.

Yet another reason I so strongly recommend making sure that you get installation CDs for all the software that comes pre-installed on any new machine. There are just so many scenarios where no having that can be a really big pain.

Like this one.

Continue reading: "How do I copy preinstalled software to another machine?"

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How can I control the size of my Start menu?

My Start Menu contains 2-1/2 columns of folders (52) and direct shortcuts (32), but when I right-click on the Start button and then click on Open, nowhere near all of them appear there. I can only see 21 folders and 14 direct shortcuts. I'd like to organize them all into folders and sub-folders like I did on my previous WinME machine. How do I get it to let me see the full contents of the Start menu? Where (and why) are they hiding?

The Start Menu is an interesting beast. It seems to grow forever sometimes as you install new software. There are even situations where it can grow to be bigger than your screen, which can make it difficult to get to all the items on it.

Fully wrangling the Start Menu is fairly straightforward, but requires just a teensy bit of obscure knowledge, and an awareness of a couple of pitfalls.

Oh, and administrative privileges.

Continue reading: "How can I control the size of my Start menu?"

*** Popular Articles from the Archives

This is one of my older articles, and yet still very popular. There's a lot of confusion relating to Outlook, and Outlook Express:

How do Outlook and Outlook Express relate?

I see I have Outlook Express on my machine for email. But I also see references here and elsewhere to just "Outlook". Is that just another name for the same thing? If not, how do "Outlook" and "Outlook Express" relate to each other?

The short answer: they don't. They have, essentially, only two things in common. They're both primarily mail programs, and they both have the word "Outlook" in their names.

And that's where the similarity ends.

It's unfortunate, too, because lots of people infer from the names that Outlook Express is some kind of "Outlook Lite", and that's not the case at all - it's a completely separate program.

Continue reading...

*** Thoughts and Comments

It's been an interesting week - I bought a new toy. I'm now the proud owner of an Apple Macintosh MacBook Pro. That probably raises a few eyebrows, considering I worked at Microsoft for so many years.

Once again, if you've listened to this week's podcast (or read the transcript), you'll know how it's gone so far.

My attempt to switch to Thunderbird last week had a secret agenda. I knew that the Mac was coming, and besides being interested in Thunderbird for Thunderbird's sake, I was also looking for a cross-platform email solution. As you know, that didn't work out, so as a result my experiments with the Mac have been somewhat limited so far.

You can expect to hear more of my Mac-experience here, and in occasional articles on Ask Leo! as I learn more about it, and do more with it. Check out that podcast for a start.

Next week I'll be in Tempe, Arizona for an internet entrepreneur's conference. I'll be bringing the Mac along for "show and tell", but also because some of the other attendees are tried and true Mac-heads, and I'm guessing they'll have a lot to show me.

These conferences tend to be fairly intense, but I'm looking forward to some warmer weather and the company of some really good friends.

If next week's comments run a little thin, it's probably because I'm exhausted :-).

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No new essay this week at Taming Email. The most recent one remains pretty fundamental, though: Rules to Live By

The latest entry out at Forwarded Funnies: "Proof of Purchase"

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