Leo’s Answers #5 – December 16, 2005

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Life's a little busy 'round the Notenboom household these days. Part of it's the normal hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but we've got an extra "stressor" at play as well.

My wife owns and operates a retail collectible doll shop in nearby Bellevue, Washington: Dolls and Friends (http://dollsandfriends.com). We've had it for just over 11 years, and December is traditionally her busiest month. It's a small shop, but as you can see she does have an internet storefront as well. Naturally, that'd be my area of expertise. However my responsibilities go beyond tech - I'm also bookkeeper, payroll manager, post office delivery man, handy man, and "lifter of heavy things", among many other roles. This week I was also "stringer of Christmas lights".

And yes, on occasion, I've even sold dolls. Now there's something I never predicted back in high school.

On behalf of myself, my wife, the Corgis and the cats, I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas, a happy holiday season, and all the best in the coming year. (There will not be a newsletter next week, but I do plan to publish one between Christmas and New Years.)

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This one's easy: I love automatic updates.

Let me explain why, and some of the things to look for to make sure that your automatic updates are safe, and doing what you think.

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How do I find the Windows CD Key from the CD?

How do you find the CD Key of the Windows CD you have? I have a Windows XP Pro SP2 installation disk but I don't know the CD Key. Can you locate it on the CD? I do not have this installed on any other computers so I can't search the registry for it either.

There's a lot of confusion about CD, or more properly "Product Keys", those long strings of numbers and letters you need to type in when you install Microsoft Windows.

One source of confusion is where the CD Key comes from.

One hint: it's not on the CD.

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What is a 'stack overflow'? I keep getting stack overflow warnings after installing new 2006 version of Norton Internet Security. I had no such problems before. Should I go back to my 2005 problem-free version of Norton?

I've now received a couple of reports of stack overflow problems after people have upgraded to Norton Internet Security 2006. Here's what I know so far.

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How do I read a message that flies by too quickly on my screen?

When my system boots up, there are error messages that scroll by too fast to read. I have used the pause key, but I'm never "lucky" enough to pause on the error screen. How do I stop the scrolling and go forward 1 page at a time so I can read the message?

It is frustrating, isn't it? And to add insult to injury, there are even times where there just isn't a way to pause or page the messages that are scrolling by.

So what to do?

I did stumble upon one trick that's pretty cool ... but it requires a little hardware, that you might already have.

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What's so special about "32"?

Why is the number 32 used so often in the naming of computer folders and files? For example System32, Twain32, Regedt32, and so on?

I had to chuckle when I read this question. It's a perfect example of how things computer folks take for granted are just so much black magic to "real" people.

32's special, because it comes after 16, and before 64. Which of course is just more black magic, I'm sure.

So we'll start at the beginning. In the beginning was the bit, and it all goes downhill from there.

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Leo Notenboom

Posted: December 16, 2005 in: 2005
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  1. I am using novell 5.0 Server, Now i want to update my hardisk drive without reinstalling novell.So how can i do it.I want to just put onther hardisk in server so please tell me how to add it.


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