Leo’s Answers #71 – March 30, 2007

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

Will I lose email if I don't check it for a while?

I just moved and was not able to check my email for 3-4 weeks. Will I still receive emails sent in that time period?


I can't say for sure, because it really depends on what service you get for your email. Three to four weeks is probably ok, but any longer than that and you could be in for a very rude surprise. If you get a lot of email, you could also run into trouble.

It's an issue I hear about a lot, but there are steps you can take beforehand to avoid it.

Continue reading: "Will I lose email if I don't check it for a while?"

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How do I receive email on different accounts into different folders in Outlook?

How do I configure Outlook 2003 to have a separate set of personal folders for each email account? For example, I want a separate inbox, outbox, etc. for each email provider that I have any account with.

Right now I receive emails from two separate email accounts in the same inbox. I suspect it's because they are both POP3 accounts. I want to direct each account's incoming and outgoing messages to its own set of folders.

There's actually no inherent support for specifically this in Outlook.

But the good news is that for your inbox and sent mail folders, we can simulate it using Outlook's very powerful "Rules" feature.

Continue reading: "How do I receive email on different accounts into different folders in Outlook?"

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What is TCP/IP v6?

I have a new notebook with Windows Vista Home Premium installed. I noticed when I view Network Properties, I see that Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IP v6) has been selected as well as TCP/IP v4. What is TCP/IP v6? Do I need it to search the web?

You don't need it yet, but someday you will. How soon? Good question.


Because 4 billion isn't a big enough number.

Continue reading: "What is TCP/IP v6?"

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Is plain text email safer?

Do you think that disabling HTML provides much extra safety in using email?

A small amount.

HTML (and rich text) email allows you to specify various attributes in your email like bold, italics and even color text red.

Plain text is, well, it's plain.

The "problem" is that because HTML is also the way that web pages are encoded, it can often do more than just change the look of your text. Much more.

Continue reading: "Is plain text email safer?"

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Could my power supply be causing memory errors?

My machine locked up sometime overnight, and when I rebooted the memory test took forever. I thought it had frozen at that point, since it wouldn't even let me into the BIOS, but eventually did boot into Windows. Prior to this I had run a memory test program, and it had, in fact, shown errors, but those went away after I re-seated the memory cards on my motherboard. Someone mentioned that the power supply might be the cause, is that possible?


Most folks think a power supply failure will be catastrophic ... bright lights, flashes and smoke followed by no power; or just the sudden "no power" part without all the excitement.

The reality is often more mundane, and, for lack of a better word, at times even sneaky.

Continue reading: "Could my power supply be causing memory errors?"

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Your hard disk is more likely to fail than you think.

A recently released report from Google has some disturbing information.

Continue reading: "Your hard disk is more likely to fail than you think." Article Includes Audio

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*** Popular Articles from the Archives

Windows Picture and Fax Viewer has a bit of a sordid history. Restoring it as the default viewer has been a popular topic on Ask Leo! for some time, but here's an older article that discusses what to do if you want something other than Windows Picture and Fax Viewer to view your images.

How do I make something other than "Picture and FAX Viewer" the default for viewing pictures?

I'm sure that Microsoft believes they're being helpful by providing this default viewer for graphics images. But in reality this is a common question I get and it's one of several things I "fix" when I install a new copy of Windows XP. It's not difficult to change, just a tad cumbersome.

Read more... How do I make something other than "Picture and FAX Viewer" the default for viewing pictures?

*** Thoughts and Comments

I slipped in a new administrative article onto the site this week as well. As you know Ask Leo! is free to you but a couple of advertising programs are used to pay the bills. A reader was having difficulty viewing the site because of the new contextual ads that were recently added.

So I documented how to turn it off: How do I turn off those ads that look like links on your site?. I may be testing some additional advertising programs in the future, but I'll update that article if I think they might cause you any problems.

Like I said, Ask Leo! is advertising supported, but I don't want those ads to get in the way of your getting the answers you need either. So I figured I'd let you, my newsletter subscribers, know.

The "blast from the past" article this week also includes a video. The video was originally hosted out on Lockergnome when the article was first published, but they've redesigned their site, and as a result the videos are apparently no longer available there.

As a result, I've taken the original video content, re-edited it lightly, and uploaded it to YouTube. In fact, I now have my own YouTube channel which you can subscribe to: http://www.youtube.com/leonot. Yes, you might occasionally see a dog video up there (can't resist those Corgis, you know), but as I review old articles that have video I'll be uploading them there as well.

'till next time...


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