Leo’s Answers #4 – December 9, 2005

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Leo Notenboom

Hello!

Today's newsletter is coming from my RV parked in sunny, but cold, Ferndale, Washington, where we're visiting family.

Naturally things never go as expected. The RV park we stay at has free WiFi, which is very nice. So nice, in fact it's faster than my own DSL at home. Unfortunately today it's broken. I can connect up to the park's wireless access point, but that's as far as it goes. Sigh.

So out comes my trusty Treo 600 and my unlimited data plan from Verizon wireless.

As you can imagine ... I gotta be connected!

And now you'll understand why this weeks articles from the archives are all about connectivity while traveling.

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*** New Articles of Note on Ask Leo!

How do I delete this Microsoft Passport?

How can I delete Microsoft Passport, because every time I sign in to check my e-mail it asks me for my passport and it is very annoying.

Well, I can tell you how to delete it, but you don't really want to. Passport is how Hotmail identifies you. It may be annoying, but it's required if you want to read your email.

Continue reading: "How do I delete this Microsoft Passport?"

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Getting all worked up over IP tracing

How far can people really get with an IP address?

Continue reading: "Getting all worked up over IP tracing" Article Includes Audio

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How do I separate emails I receive on a single account?

I have two email accounts in Outlook, one for myself, one for my son. Obviously they have different email addresses, but otherwise the details are the same (same ISP, same Username, same password, same pop and stmp servers etc.). Also, the inboxes are contained in different .pst folders.

I have also set up different Outlook Profiles for each of us, i.e. I modified the target command for each shortcut.

Now my question: Why can't Outlook separate the emails properly? When my son clicks send/receive while his is in 'his' Outlook he receives my emails, too. Similarly, when I open my Outlook profile, I receive his emails, too.

I'm sure it must be related to the send/receive settings, possibly the definition of send/receive groups.

Well, you're on the right track, that it's related to your settings. But I also see a bit of a misunderstanding. A very common misunderstanding.

Continue reading: "How do I separate emails I receive on a single account?"

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What's "Invalid startup directory, please check your pif file"?

Anytime I try to start up QBasic 4.5 on Windows XP, I get an error stating "Invalid startup directory, please check your pif file. Choose 'Close' to terminate the application." I know that this is a 16bit MS-DOS Subsystem, but this is the only program I am having trouble with. I recently upgraded to WinXP Pro, and needless to say, I was quite surprised when I couldn't write my programs anymore.

Boy... now there's a blast from the past. QBasic has a long history dating back to the days of MS-DOS. QBasic was the free Basic programming language interpreter that was included with MS-DOS, and eventually Windows, though it appears to have vanished from Windows XP, if not from earlier versions.

I feel a personal connection to QBasic. Why? I worked on it!

Continue reading: "What's "Invalid startup directory, please check your pif file"?"

*** Popular Articles from the Ask Leo! Archives

I'm on the road, and still connected as I write this newsletter. From earlier this year, a couple of articles explaining how.

How should I stay connected while traveling?

In a recent podcast about mobile connectivity I briefly reflected on some of the options available to the wired traveler. That podcast was, itself, an example of how I stay connected while traveling, since it was recorded, written and posted from my RV in a state park many miles from my home.

Let's look at it in a little more detail.

Continue reading...

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How do you stay connected in weak cellular areas?

This is another of those questions I asked myself. I'm finding myself spending more time in rural Washington state, with more expected. My primary way of staying connected to the internet is my cellular phone's data plan, but out here on the farm we're in a fringe area. Coverage is weak, and disconnects are common.

Correction: they were common. I've got quite a good connection as I'm writing this.

Here's what I did...

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*** Interesting Sites and Useful Resources

The Internet Archive, and specifically the The Wayback Machine.

The Internet Archive is one of those sites that you could spend hours just browsing around. They've really gone the extra mile and are providing video and audio archives as well. It's an amazing site.

The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine is extra cool, and a great resource if the website or page you were looking for has dropped off of the internet. It might still be in the Wayback Machine! Quoting the site: "The Internet Archive Wayback Machine puts the history of the World Wide Web at your fingertips. The Archive contains over 100 terabytes and 10 billion web pages archived from 1996 to the present."

Here's a great example: Microsoft's home page in 1996. Lots of broken links to pictures, but the text is still there and quite telling. It's 1996, and Visual Basic 5 is featured, and "See What's New in Microsoft Publisher 97!!" are prominent headlines.

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