Leo's Answers #34 – July 14, 2006

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"(Not Responding)" - What does it mean, and what do I do about it?

I am using windows XP PRO, and I am having difficulty when I am browsing or using a program. After a few minutes the computer freezes and I get a message in parenthesis saying (not responding). Sometimes I have to log off and log-on again to fix this problem. But after a few minutes it happens again. How can I fix this?

"Not Responding" appears in the title bar of a running program when Windows detects that the program isn't behaving properly. Exactly why depends on the specific program and what you were doing at the time.

Let's look at some of the possibilities which range from actual software or hardware problems, to user impatience.

Continue reading: ""(Not Responding)" - What does it mean, and what do I do about it?"

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How do I put a picture into the caption of a picture on myspace.com?

How do I put a picture into a caption of a picture I've uploaded to myspace.com? I see others doing it, but I can't figure out how.

While it might sound funny to put a picture as caption on another picture, it makes a lot of sense if you're trying to add an emoticon or other icon.

I've already covered How to put a picture in a comment on myspace, and while this seems different, it's really very, very similar.

Continue reading: "How do I put a picture into the caption of a picture on myspace.com?"

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Cyclic Redundancy Check: what is it, and how do I get rid of it on my newly burnt CDs and DVDs?

When I burn a CD or DVD, I frequently get a "Cyclic Redundancy Check" error when I go to read it. The media has no scratches or anything obviously wrong, so why is this happening? And more importantly, what do I do?

A "Cyclic Redundancy Check", or more commonly just "CRC", is a error detection mechanism that makes sure that the data you're trying to read from media such as hard disks, CDs and DVDs is actually correct. By "correct" we mean that the data you read is in fact the data that was written.

When a CRC check fails, there are several possibilities and places to look.

Continue reading: "Cyclic Redundancy Check: what is it, and how do I get rid of it on my newly burnt CDs and DVDs?"

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Why am I not getting all messages sent to the mailing list I'm on?

I'm on a fairly active mailing list that I read diligently. Yet, I often seem to be missing some of the messages. I frequently find conversations in progress where I never saw the beginning. What's going on?

Getting email delivered reliably is getting harder and harder. Mailing lists are a particularly precarious position as more and more roadblocks are set up to prevent spam.

But spam's just the biggest reason. There are actually several other possibilities.

Continue reading: "Why am I not getting all messages sent to the mailing list I'm on?"

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What's so special about a "permalink"?

Frequently, while reading blogs -- or sites such as tamingemail.com -- I come across links called "permalinks." I figure this must be some sort of special link to which other bloggers can refer that won't "break." But what puts the "perma" in the permalink? Why is it different from any other link?

That stumped me too, when I first entered the world of blogging. I mean, a link's a link, right?

Well, yes, and no. But mostly yes.

Among other things, it's a helpful reminder of what you might want to link to, if you want that link to be meaningful a month or a year from now.

Continue reading: "What's so special about a "permalink"?"

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How do I make an msn.com email address instead of hotmail.com?

How do I get an email address that ends in "@msn.com"? All I see are options for "@hotmail.com" when I go to MSN to create a free email account.

This question, which I actually get surprisingly often, puzzles me. I scratch my head in wonder each time I get it.

My question to everyone who keeps asking is this: Why? What's the big deal about an msn.com email address?

Continue reading: "How do I make an msn.com email address instead of hotmail.com?"

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*** Popular Articles from the Archives

Seems like not a day goes by we don't here another story about MySpace. I've even noted that a lot of new movie releases will have their web address as a myspace.com account instead of dedicated web site. MySpace.com certainly seems the flavor of the month, if not the year.

A friend of mine recently released a good eBook called Myspace 4 Parents, aimed, as you might expect, at how parents might protect their children in MySpace.

That brought to mind this podcast of mine from earlier this year.

What's so special about myspace?

Folks are concerned about myspace.com. Should they be?

Read the transcript, or listen to the podcast... What's so special about myspace?

*** Thoughts and Comments

I said goodbye to an old computer this week.

A few years ago I purchased a couple of "white box" computers. Rather than being brand name computers, "white box" computers are assembled at local computer stores out of generic parts. The name comes from the generic white cases that are used.

The machines were mistakes from the beginning. Each had problems - nothing so severe that I could take back - more like annoyances that I never experienced with my brand name Dells. But I used them for a few years in various capacities. One now serves simply as a "thin client" running only Windows Remote Desktop to connect to other computers elsewhere in the house. The other was most recently a machine on which I experimented with Debian Linux.

The fan started to go, my next Linux (Ubuntu) wouldn't install on it, it was all of 500 megahertz ... I'd had enough. I gutted it. I pulled the expansion cards (video, network and SCSI controller) to be saved for possible future use, pulled the hard drive, CD-ROM drive and pretty much trashed the rest.

This time, though, I grabbed a USB hard drive enclosure and put the 10gig drive in that. That went surprisingly well, and I now have a nice, portable, 10gig drive I can add to any of my computers with a USB connection. Eventually 10gig will seem "too small" (much like the 2gig drive I also removed and plan to destroy), but for now, it's a nice way to recycle the drive and get a little more lifespan out of it.

Oh, and I pulled the processor, a Pentium III, and added that to a small collection of CPUs and hard disk platters I display on shelf in my office. That's kinda geeky, isn't it?

'till next week...


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