Leo's Answers #57 – December 22, 2006

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*** This Week's New Articles on Ask Leo!

The link I want to use to post a picture on MySpace is too long, what can I do?

I'm trying to use your instructions to put a picture into a comment or put a picture into the caption of another picture but it won't let me. The link to my picture is apparently too long. What can I do?

You've stumbled onto a common problem. In fact, it's typically the cause of the "I only see two dots" complaint.

The good news is that there are services out there that make this very easy to deal with.

Continue reading: "The link I want to use to post a picture on MySpace is too long, what can I do?"

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Why is using Hotmail for my business such a bad idea?

I've seen you rail against using Hotmail for "anything important", and you call out using it for business as a particularly bad idea. Why? What do you have against Hotmail? Why should I incur yet another expense for my small business if I can get email for free?

Because you want your email to get through, and because you want your business to be taken seriously.

I don't have anything against Hotmail, per se, or Microsoft for that matter. Remember, I worked there for many years.

My issues with Hotmail and other free email services arose mostly out of my experience here on Ask Leo!. Or, to put it more correctly, the experience of thousands of people asking me questions.

Those experiences lead me to this conclusion: using Hotmail or any free email service exclusively is bad for your business.

Let me explain why I hold that opinion that so strongly.

Continue reading: "Why is using Hotmail for my business such a bad idea?"

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Do you have a disaster plan?

A disaster prompts thoughts on the plan that's keeping Ask Leo! running.

Continue reading: "Do you have a disaster plan?" Article Includes Audio

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Is it safe to install a higher wattage power supply in my computer?

I want to upgrade my current case that has a 300W PSU to a nicer looking case, but it has a 520W PSU. Is it ok and how does the "W" difference influence PC operation?

It's quite alright, and if things were working well before, you probably won't notice a difference.

There, now that I've answered the question, let's look at why, and just what that "W" means. I get questions on this topic frequently.

Continue reading: "Is it safe to install a higher wattage power supply in my computer?"

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*** Popular Articles from the Archives

You'll note this week I posted a new article about using shorter URLs to post pictures into MySpace comments. It's a popular topic. Here are the two articles from the archives that spawned the need for that one:

How do I put a picture in a comment on myspace.com?

How do I put a picture into a comment I post on someone's myspace.com account? I see others doing it, but I can't figure out how.

I get this question a lot, so I opened my own myspace account, and enlisted the help of a buddy to try it out. It's actually not that hard.

Caveat: I'm not a myspace guru, so there might be easier ways. That being said, this wasn't too bad, and it most importantly, it worked.

Read more... How do I put a picture in a comment on myspace.com?

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.

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

*** Thoughts and Comments

If this week's newsletter seems a little light ... well, it is. This was a tough week, work wise, at Ask Leo! world headquarters.

If you listened to my podcast this week, you'll know that due to the Pacific Northwest windstorm last week I was out of power for four and a half days. That's puts quite the crimp in your style, if your business is all about the internet. I managed to get some work done, but it was at a much slower pace.

We got our power back on Tuesday morning. Whoo hoo! You can read some of my reflections on being without power over in my personal blog. There's a link there also to an interview I did on a national radio show discussing a little of the experience.

Then, Wednesday night I started feeling flu-like symptoms. Wednesday night was not fun, and Thursday was definitely not productive, at least in any work related sense. Sigh.

Not to worry ... I'm on the mend. The fact that I have the mental capacity to type again is a very good sign. (For a while there I didn't J). I'm hopeful to be 100% again before Christmas.

Speaking of which, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas in the most inclusive sense - if you're celebrating a different holiday this time of year, or even none at all, please take that as my best wishes appropriate to your situation.

As for the new year ... we'll talk about that next week.

Until then...


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1 thought on “Leo's Answers #57 – December 22, 2006”

  1. This is with reference to the posting by Myles on December 15th, 2006. Myles, thanks for your times and consideration with the posting. I am however, having troubles with the instructions you gave. I use Microsoft Outlook 2002 and am unable to synchronise that with my hotmail account. I am able to download my mails into Outlook but that is ONLY through an IMO (Internet Mail Only) and the pop3 and smtp server details you sent, do not work for me. I am keen to migrate to Outlook from Outlook Express (where my hotmail worked and got synchronised) since i have recently acquired a blackberry and want to configure my hotmail account with that.

    You tips and suggestions are appreciated and once again thanks for your time and consideration.


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