Leo’s Answers #60 – January 12, 2007

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Can I combine two internet connections to get a faster connection?

Can I merge two internet connections so that I have doubled bandwidth? I have a DSL connection as well as a separate EVDO connection. I want to know if it is possible to merge the internet connections so that the bandwidth speed would be added to each other, resulting in increased bandwidth.

Don't I wish.

Seriously, I do wish. My DSL is limited to 768k down and 128k up. Nowadays that's slow, but it's the best my telco can do for me. No cable in my area either. I'd love to be able to hook up a second DSL line, and simply "add" the two together.

It's possible, but a) you won't like what it takes, and b) it won't necessarily get you what you think it will.

Continue reading: "Can I combine two internet connections to get a faster connection?"

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How do I stop, start and generally control videos I watch on the web?

Is there any way I can control the stop-start view of videos on the web? I often give up in aggravation, log off & never see the end.

It can be very frustrating, and to quote a famous politico, "I feel your pain".

Since I produce some on-line video myself, I try to provide a good user experience - one that I, myself, would appreciate. However not all on-line video producers do everything the way you and I might want.

And yes, they're the ones in control of this situation.

Continue reading: "How do I stop, start and generally control videos I watch on the web?"

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My registry scanner reported hundreds of errors! How do I know which to fix?

I ran a registry cleaner on my machine, and it reported over 700 errors! How do I know which ones are safe to clean?

As I've discussed in an earlier article, I believe that registry cleaners are only marginally useful. One reason is that they rarely actually help anything.

Another reason is that it's all too easy to needlessly panic when you see the long list of issues they present.

That's not to say they aren't sometimes useful, but knowing what to do next in your situation ... well, that's not all that easy. It depends on the registry cleaner, actually.

Here's what I do...

Continue reading: "My registry scanner reported hundreds of errors! How do I know which to fix?"

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Why is my friend getting two copies of my mail?

When I send emails to a friend he says he always gets two emails of the same message. As he is on dial-up this can be very time consuming. Is the problem at my end when I send, or his end when he receives?

If it's only your email that causes this problem, it would seem to be your issue. However if you're not seeing any errors on your end when you send, it's going to be very difficult to diagnose.

However if it's not just your messages that are getting duplicated, then the issue would appear to be on the recipients end. The good news here is that there is an occasional configuration issue that can cause this behavior.

Continue reading: "Why is my friend getting two copies of my mail?"

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Recommendation: TightVNC free remote control

A free open source remote connection alternative to Remote Desktop.

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This is another question I get quite literally every day - people who've received an email, and who would like to trace who sent it. The information you don't normally see that's part of your email can sometimes help get you closer to the source.

How can I trace where email came from?

I frequently get questions that boil down to How can I trace where this email came from? or Can I determine the IP address of the sender of an email?.

The answer is both yes and maybe, and it may not do you any good. However there is a lot of interesting information in your email that you normally don't see, and the trail of mail servers is part of that.

So let's interpret some email headers.

Read more... How can I trace where email came from?

*** Thoughts and Comments

Last week I said "2007 promises to be a very interesting year for computer users" and it turns out that with just a few days that prediction came through in the form of Apple's new iPhone, announced at Macworld.

You can put me in the camp that says "yes, it's sexy, but...". You won't find me switching any time soon. It's too costly, it's tied to only one cellular carrier, it's unclear if it can be used as a modem, and/or at what speeds. Basically if I understand the product as described, I'd actually be taking a step backward from my Treo to use the iPhone. Now, a lot can change before it finally makes its debut in June, and there's always version 2 or 3 out in the future. I think it shows a lot of promise, and I'll most definitely be watching those future versions carefully.

On a more practical note, those of you running Windows XP Home might want to have a peek at this week's podcast (there's a transcript, so you don't have to listen to me if you don't want to :-). I ran into a situation where I needed a "Remote Desktop" for Windows XP Home, which of course doesn't support it. TightVNC, however, works. It's a little rough around the edges, but it's very cool, and depending on what you're doing, might be useful even if you do have Remote Desktop ability.

From an unusually cold and snowy Woodinville, 'til next week ...


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2 comments on “Leo’s Answers #60 – January 12, 2007”

  1. Hi, I bought a new western digital hard drive and used my maxblast software to install it. The maxblast software and windows would only find 30gig! the full 200gig showed up in the bios. i’ve tried seagate and western digital software since then, and renewed the mbr and eventually found the full disc but i’m not convinced that it is working properly, (getting errors from some prviously working software, and there are delays in audio recording (from a few milliseconds to about one second) in my “cakewalk multitrack software. I have reformttd a few times and this happens even with a fresh install of my xp home. I am also finding that my mouse pointer is a bit sticky and my keyboard occasionally misses letters out. There is no unfamiliar hardware or software in my machine. I really just wondered if you new of any software i could buy that i could use to compleatly take the disc back to factory settings? Thanks, Alfie.

  2. ok its realli anoyin ma friends can see my emotions but i cant see them:( can u tell me how to fix it please thankz x

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