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2 Free Software Review
Fed up with boring old
Internet Explorer. Then try a new browsing experience with Netscape
7.1, a fully featured free internet experience.
The Tools menu now includes timesaving features such as Cookie
Manager, Password Manager, Download Manager, Forms Manager, and Search
the Web. Both AOL Instant Messenger and ICQ are now integrated giving
you quick access to chat.
Download Manager enables you to download multiple files at
once and pause/resume a download if your Internet connection is
interrupted. Download Manager keeps track of all your downloads from
one place. View information on the status of your download, percentage
complete, download location, source, time remaining and more.
Save a complete web page -- what used to take several steps
to download and save a complete web page, now takes only one. In a
single action you can save a page with all of its graphics files (GIFs
Click-to-Search lets you easily start a web search on any
word in a web page without having to leave the page. Simply select the
word with your mouse, right-click and choose Web Search for that word.
The results appear in a separate browser window and also in My
Print Preview and Page Set-up tools give you greater control
over the output, sizing, margins, scale, and even headers and footers
of a printed document.
Update Notifications let you know when a new release of the
browser is available.
One-Button Publishing lets you easily save web documents
created in Composer to a server of your choice in just a few clicks.
Tons more features. Download by clicking on the link below and give
it a try.
3 Old Software
So you've had a computer for years, and find that you
are continually updating software. But why update if the original still
performs the tasks that you need it for.
Yes there is compatibility problems, and if you
experience these then there is two ways to proceed.
The first and most important is to check for patches on
the manufacturers website. You will find that most old software will
have some form of update to make it compatible with at least Windows
2000 and Windows 98. If the program works on these operating systems the
there is a high chance that they will work on the likes of Windows XP
and Windows ME.
The second is for Windows XP and ME. Try running the
program in compatibility mode. To do this right click on the shortcut
you would use to open the program. Select properties and then
compatibility. Next check the box that says "Run this program in
compatibility mode" and then select the operating system to try
with. Start with Windows 2000, then Windows NT, then Windows98/ME and
finally Windows 95. From experience I find most work with Windows
Remember you can also use this on the setup files,
that are used to install Windows programs. I have found that some old
programs will not install, but by changing the compatibility of the
"SETUP.EXE" or install file, the program will install fine,
and then usually works with no problems at all. If it doesn't then
read the compatibility section above.
This tip has enabled me to pick up games and software,
fully boxed and sealed for next to nothing.
Yeah yeah, I hear you say, well I have been working
with Microsoft based operating systems since MSDOS, and can tell you
that I don't use any MSDOS programs, but do still use Windows 95
programs, examples are WSFTP95, MGI
Photosuite V1.06 SE, several games, several other design programs, and
the more recent MS Office 2000, although I do know Office 97 still
works, which is still available to buy, although not supported by
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5 Making the Most of Internet
Explorer Part 2
Looking for something different when
printing from internet explorer then read on.
To Get A Print Preview - Click on File then Print Preview to see how the page will
You can use the Zoom dropdown to see the whole page on screen at once. Click the Page Setup button to change the paper size, orientation and margins, or pick what you want on the header and
footer, a nice way to customize your web page printouts, try it with
this page, and see what you think.
Need to Pick A Frame. Sites can be
divided into multi pages which are shown at once, these are called
frames. Usually these are divided up into navigation pages plus then
the content page. So instead of printing the entire page you can
choose just to print the content page.
To do this click on file then print
preview, where you see "As laid out on page" click the down
arrow and select "All frames individually".
Next find out what page the content
is on then click on print. When the printing menu appears select the
option pages and input the page number/numbers or range you wish to
print. Click on print. The pages you selected, will now print out.
Internet explorer removes background
images and colours to save on your ink, and to make the page easier to
print. If you wish the entire page to be printed, as seen on screen do
the following: Click on Tools, Internet Options, Advanced and scroll
down to printing and put a tick into Print background colours & images.
Click OK to confirm. This is a permanent change so make sure you
remember to undo it. by removing the tick from the box once done.
More Next Month.....
6 Fixes of the Month
Installing a driver
produces warning of system instability in Windows XP ( WINXP )
When installing a driver for some hardware a message is
displayed as shown :
The driver has not been tested with Windows XP. It is
recommended that signed drivers are used instead. This does not mean
that the driver will not work, chances are you should have no
problems especially if it is a Windows 2000 driver. So if you get
this message then you should Continue Anyway. If the system
does become unstable after this driver installation get an updated
driver or do a system restore to a date prior to installation. Click
here to learn how to do a System Restore
Unmountable Boot Volume in Windows
Your computer will not boot returning the error "Unmountable
If the recovery console
can be used then the command chkdsk /f should be run from
there. You can access the recovery console by booting of the Windows
XP CD and select the Repair Menu.
Another method I found
quite successful, especially with OEM computers that are not
supplied with an XP disk is to attach the hard drive up to another
PC that has Windows XP installed on it, then go to "MY
COMPUTER" right click on the drive, select
"PROPERTIES", then "TOOLS" and click on
"CHECK NOW", once done put hard drive book and boot up,
all should be OK.
We find that installing Service Pack 1, reduces the
chances of this happening significantly. Check out this link to read
about service Pack 1, an article covered in last months issue. http://www.winrag.com/issue2.htm#3.
Failing the above you
will need to run a windows XP repair. Click
here to learn about Windows XP Repair
7 Online Gaming Part 2
So what is online gaming ? Online gaming is playing a
game on your computer with one or more real people using the internet
to share the experience. The biggest problem with online gaming is its
addictiveness, in today's busy lifestyle we find it hard to go out and
enjoy an evening of socializing, so we now indulge in online gaming,
sometimes fulfilling our fantasies, and our need to meet people at the
same time. Below is a another game we have tried and reviewed.
Star Wars Galaxies
The big release of the month must be Star Wars
Galaxies. This highly anticipated release finally made the shelves,
with over 500,000 people signed up for the online community, this game
"The release of Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire
Divided is a truly defining moment for LucasArts and we're confident
the game will meet player's expectations," says Simon Jeffery,
president of LucasArts. "The current subscription plan for Star
Wars Galaxies is reflective of the game's high quality and competitive
with the current marketplace. No matter which subscription option
players choose they'll be able to look forward to a constant stream of
dynamic content and features, first-rate customer service and much,
"After three years of intense development, we're thrilled by the
imminent release of Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided," says
John Smedley, president, Sony Online Entertainment. "We're
honored that LucasArts felt only Sony Online had the right combination
of technical know-how and game design skills to produce a game of this
scope. The Star Wars Galaxies team has been working non-stop to
deliver a product that lives up both to the stature of the Star Wars
license and the expectations that LucasArts had set for us."
Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided was recently nominated for a
Game Critics Award: Best of E3 2003 in the Best Online Multiplayer
Game category and that was before its release.
Don't miss out this chance to relive your childhood fantasies
in a away that you could never have dreamed of in 1978.
At launch Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided will
offer four subscription plan options: Month-to-month - $14.99; three
months - $14.00 per month; six months - $13.00 per month; and 12
months - $12.00 per month. By subscribing to any of the latter three
plans, players can expect savings of up to 20 percent over the
month-to-month rate. Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided has a
suggested retail price of $49.95, and includes a 30-day subscription
to the game. A special collector's edition, which includes a book of
game-related art, in-game wearables, pewter figurine, lapel pin and
patch, and a signed manual, will be available for a suggested retail
price of $79.95.
here to get Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided
More in the next issue.....
8 Guide to the Underground -
hopes to show you, why to avoid the underground
the Internet. You may have heard of serialz (serials or serial numbers),
crackz (cracks or software crackz), warez (wares or war-ez (illegal
software)), hackz (hacks), viruses and other
key words used by these places. People involved in such trades call themselves
pirates or hackers.
The temptation of getting something for free
can be great, but remember it is theft, and most of the time you are leaving
yourself open to attack by those who participate in the trade.
and Pirated Software (WAREZ)
Software (or warez) is full price software which you can download and buy
without paying the owner/s any money. You are using their product, which they
spent many weeks/years creating without handing the money over. So by using it
you are stealing.
This is also one of the most common ways to get a computer virus and also
contributes to higher prices, lower quality and can put your favourite
software house at risk. You will get no support for the software, find it
difficult using games online, downloading patches and getting updates.
not purchase software from a non reputable dealer in auction sites or warez
sites, as you may find it is copied. You may also find that your credit card
number may fall into the wrong hands.
of these people you may deal with are ruthless and would use such
opportunities to hack into your system by installing a backdoor virus along
with the warez that you illegally got, or you may find that they simply
install a nasty virus which will give you no end of problems.
our advice is to avoid at all costs..........
More in the next issue.....
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