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How do I get 1200 people in three different countries upgraded from dumb terminals to PCs and MS Office?

Here's a question from 1992: How do I get 1200 people in the US, Canada, and Mexico up and running with PCs and MS Office from a previous dumb terminal environment? (More inside of course) [more inside]
posted by pomegranate on Oct 8, 2004 - 4 answers

What are some good screensavers?

Can anyone recommend a good screensaver (Win32)? I've got ecotonoha at the moment, which is pretty cool, but would like something that works well w/out an internet connection and is darker (ecotonoha is dark only during the night).
posted by andrew cooke on Oct 7, 2004 - 15 answers

MS Word Color

ColorFilter
When I create a background color is MS Word, and then print it out, the yellow on the screen takes on a green cast, and after a bit of fiddling, I can't seem to compensate for this effect. Is this inevitable, or, is this a function of working on a 5 year-old iMac, whose screen is losing it's phosphors? Any suggestions on how to efficiently match the screen color to the paper color? (I've adjusted the screen options in the OS already)
posted by ParisParamus on Oct 3, 2004 - 4 answers

Outlook Add-Ons

Are there any freeware add-ons for Microsoft Outlook that will allow you to create a message rule that will automatically mark your messages as read?
posted by grrarrgh00 on Sep 30, 2004 - 2 answers

Office 2003 keeps trying to re-install with registration errors!

Ack! Microsoft Office is revolting against me! Help! Save me! [More Inside, of course] [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Sep 30, 2004 - 3 answers

XP SP2 and WebDav

i have some of my remote users in the office connect to our fileserver using webdav as a means to quickly (though admittadly not-securely) access and change documents, etc. it seems though, that since using windows xp SP2 it's been dirt slow. my user will click on a directory, and it will take no less than 10 seconds for the directory to be highlighted. that's not even attempting to open the directory - that'll take another two minutes or so. i'm trying to figure out what's exactly going on here. ideally i'll be switching to VPN soon, but in the meantime, i need to get this working properly again.

thanks!
posted by quadrinary on Sep 28, 2004 - 2 answers

How do I remove things from the WinXP system tray?

How do I remove things from the system tray on my computer (running XP)? This seems like it should not be so complicated, but my searching suggests I have to edit the registry to do that. I don't even really know what that means, but just looking at the registry intimidates me. Specifically, if I can't get the computer to stop telling me when a wireless connection is or is not available, I may just go insane.
posted by Harvey Birdman on Sep 18, 2004 - 17 answers

Firefox opening twice in two identical windows

Eudora + Firefox + XP: every time I launch a link from within an email, Firefox opens it twice in two identical windows, and I also get a blank IE window. Needless to say, I just want one version of the link. In Firefox.
Spybot, Adaware, Hijackthis and AVG show nothing untoward on my system. Anyone else get this?
posted by nylon on Sep 16, 2004 - 5 answers

how can I include declinations in an Excel spreadsheet?

How do I format cells in EXCEL to accept numeric values in the form: -26:32 (or +26:32 ... that is, mm.ss but including the pos/neg sign)? I'm trying to compile a simply list of Messier Objects (astronomy) and can't figure out how to include declinations.
posted by RavinDave on Sep 14, 2004 - 13 answers

Security fits

WindowsXP, 250 gig shared backup hard drive, and a lab full of people with sensitive information that needs to be backed up on said drive but shouldn't be accessible by anyone other than the user who put it there. Security is giving me fits and I'd appreciate some helpful advice. [more gory details inside] [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Sep 13, 2004 - 5 answers

Can a USB flash drive be used as your Windows swap space?

Can a USB flash drive be used as your Windows swap space? What are the positive aspects of a design such as this?
posted by Keyser Soze on Sep 7, 2004 - 18 answers

Is there anyway to display a word document as a webpage?

im developing a *low key* department site for the company intranet. We've decided that ill write a simple menu that loads a word document into the facing frame for each menu item - this way i don't have to write any SQL or an interface for keeping the performance data up to date (the department employees will simply keep the word files up to date)

now the question - is there anyway to display a word document as a webpage (meaning: without the rulers and such along the sides and top)? [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht on Sep 7, 2004 - 7 answers

Which freely available utilities, gizmos and doodads ALWAYS have a place on your Windows machine?

WinDoze: You're setting up your new machine. Which freely available utilities, gizmos and doodads ALWAYS have a place on your computer? WinAmp? WinZip? WinRAR? Acrobat Reader? ICQ (or variants)? For me, on a WinDoze system I can't live without IrfanView or DCEnhance.
posted by RavinDave on Sep 2, 2004 - 23 answers

How do I stop XP from thinking this old program is newly installed?

Stupid annoying WinXP question. I installed an older program I use for data analysis in my lab. Every time I click the start menu it shows up as a newly installed program, despite the fact that I've used it quite a bit. I want it to go away and show up as an old program, not highlighted like a new one. The only help I can find using my formidable Google-Fu is "Turn off new program notification". Well, I don't want to do that; I like to know if something new has been added to my machine. Anyone know how XP marks programs as newly installed, or highlighted, and how to turn this off on an individual entry basis rather than across the board?
posted by caution live frogs on Aug 31, 2004 - 3 answers

Bulk-renaming Folders

Is there a way to bulk rename a bunch of folders in Windows XP by just removing any white space? I want to upload these to a web server and would prefer avoiding the %20 madness.
posted by fletchmuy on Aug 31, 2004 - 5 answers

Can I rename my new partition?

I have a new 160 gig HD that I partitioned into two drives. One of the partitions is exclusively for mp3s. Unfortunately, when I open the drive, XP treats it as a "My Pictures" folder. How do I change it to a "My Music" folder? Ordinarily, I'd go Properties>Customize, but when I go Properties on the root folder, I get hard drive properties. (General / Tools / Hardware / etc.)
posted by keswick on Aug 28, 2004 - 3 answers

Word 6.0 file says it's password protected, but we think it might just be corrupted. How can we recover it?

My father wrote a document years back of memories of his (now deceased) college roommate and their Berkely debauchery. Now that (Word 6.0) file says it's password protected, though he suspects it's just corrupted. Li'l help? (More inside on what I've tried so far.) [more inside]
posted by davebug on Aug 27, 2004 - 6 answers

Can a network connection be killed from the XP command line?

Can a network connection be killed from the command line in Windows XP?
posted by plexi on Aug 19, 2004 - 12 answers

Why am I having problems with a USB 2.0 card reader and my Win 2000 laptop?

A USB 2.0 card reader is causing my Windows 2000 laptop to completely hang up. [mi] [more inside]
posted by alidarbac on Aug 16, 2004 - 1 answer

Microsoft Script Debugger

Microsoft Script Debugger - Has anyone actually gotten this thing to work properly? I've got some JavaScript (that I didn't write) that is completely bisbehaving in IE (although it produces no errors...it works fine in FireFox, so my usual line of attack doesn't work). I've used the View | Script Debugger | Break at Next Statement and then refreshed the page. It opens the debugger app but doesn't open any source files and it most certainly doesn't break. Has anyone seen this behavior and overcome it?
posted by mmascolino on Aug 10, 2004 - 4 answers

What is making this Windows ME laptop freeze every time you plug in the ethernet and the Windows Shell runs?

I consider myself a reasonably good computer person, so the fact that I'm having this problem angers me. I'm working on a laptop for a friend -- a Toshiba Satellite 1805-S253 -- that runs Windows ME. When she gave it to me, it had a trivial problem with the Content Advisor, which I fixed; it also ran fine on a network. Now, 28 critical updates later, it runs fine off the network (which is the way she uses it), but the minute you plug a network cable into its built-in ethernet port and then try to run anything which uses the Windows Shell (e.g., Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer, any open/save dialog box), it freezes solid, and you have to manually quit the Explorer process in order to recover it. I've tried everything -- deleted all the clients in the Network control panel, plugged it into three different Ethernet switches, updated every single driver and/or BIOS that I could, prayed to the Holy Gods Of Built-In Hardware -- to no avail. Any ideas?
posted by delfuego on Aug 8, 2004 - 13 answers

Hhow many of you are planning on implementing SPF records?

With Microsoft poised to start using the new Sender Policy Framework with Hotmail in October and AOL "not far" behind, how many of you are planning on implementing SPF records over the next few months?
posted by alan on Aug 3, 2004 - 15 answers

CSS issues with IE

CSS issues with IE. I'm working on a draft for my new photoblog and IE seems to be rendering part of it about 2 pixels off, but I cannot figure out quite why. Here's the page in question. It shows up fine in Mozilla, but in IE the logo and unordered list menu on the right are pushed to the right about 2 pixels, running over the border. I thought I just needed to use the "box model hack," but when I tried that it didn't work. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by dnash on Aug 2, 2004 - 4 answers

Illustrator -> Windows Files

I have a collection of illustrations that a client wants to use in MS Word. I have them in their original Illustrator 9 format, as well as .psd and low-res jpgs.

Is the best option to convert them to Windows metafiles? (They'll need to be resized depending on newsletter content.) How do I do that?
posted by Mayor Curley on Jul 27, 2004 - 5 answers

How can I remove this Arabic text in Office 2002's user interface without reinstalling the software?

Office 2002 seems to think I know arabic: the preview section of each style in the "styles and formatting" pane in Word 2002 shows the name of each style rendered properly, but also shows arabic text next to it. The same thing happens in the preview section of the font dialog. I'm sure I screwed up the install process, but would like to remove the arabic text without having to reinstall Office.
posted by signal on Jul 26, 2004 - 0 answers

Footnote Formatting in Word

Ack! Why does Microsoft Word move a footnote to the page following the page where the footnote is inserted (e.g. footnote reference in text is on p.14, footnote itself appears on p. 15)? Or spread the footnote across the bottom of two successive pages? It's nothing to do with (a) inserting the footnote ref near the bottom of the page, or (b) having large amounts of existing footnote text on that page. There's plenty of room for the footnote, it just goes on the next page. Thanks!
posted by carter on Jul 22, 2004 - 6 answers

Dividends vs. stock price

So, Microsoft just announced that they're going to give a special dividend of $3 per share:

http://www.microsoft.com/msft/FAQ/faqdividend.mspx#Question7

Why has the stock price not risen by $3 on this news? It has risen somewhat since yesterday, but only about a dollar.

Doesn't this announcement mean that each share will be automatically worth $3 more, or have I missed something? It seems extremely unlikely that they'd announce something like this and then not do it.
posted by Caviar on Jul 21, 2004 - 18 answers

Is there a nice frontend to Lucene to search anything on your PC?

Joel just blogged about Microsoft's recent acquisition of Lookout (a search plug-in for Outlook) and in the comments it turns out that Lookout used a .NET port of the Lucene open-source engine. So, inevitably the question arises; is there any nice front-end to the same engine that can search anything on your PC? (Lookout actually can, but it is unmaintained now). This comes close, but not quite... [more inside]
posted by costas on Jul 19, 2004 - 2 answers

How do I tell what program inserted a registry entry?

PCFilter : Is there any way to tell what program inserted something into the registry?
I've been attacked by four seperate virii that sophos claims don't exist in the wild. One of them (netclnc.exe) keeps reappearing in my registry and the system32, and I want to know what's putting it there so I can kill it. Ideas?
posted by twine42 on Jul 18, 2004 - 14 answers

Word in OSX formatting.

MS Word in OSX
I’m formatting my thesis and need to create a “floating page” for my figures. This is a page that inserts itself between two full pages of text, so that the text flows around the page.
Can I do this? [more inside]
posted by nprigoda on Jul 17, 2004 - 9 answers

How do I stop Excel from turning email addresses into hyperlinks?

StupidQuestionFilter:
Microsoft Excel 2000 v 9.0 - is there some way to stop excel from automatically turning email addresses into hyperlinks? Not just turning off the 'blue and underlined' format but actually not making them links. I've done it before in other versions of excel but I can't find a way to do it in this version. Thanks!
posted by anastasiav on Jul 16, 2004 - 4 answers

The 1, Q, A, Z, R & I keys on my Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite stopped working all of a sudden.

The 1, Q, A, Z, R & I keys on my Microsoft Natural Keyboard Elite stopped working all of a sudden. Another keyboard plugged into the same computer works fine, so I'm pretty sure it's a hardware issue. Is there anything I could do to fix it?
posted by signal on Jul 14, 2004 - 8 answers

Multiplayer PC Games

What are some good mulitplayer PC games that we can play around the office when working late? [more inside]
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo on Jul 14, 2004 - 17 answers

Home Operating Systems

Are there any reports, stats, or studies which might give me a more accurate picture of the percentage of people who use Windows or the Mac OS at home? What I'm curious about is how the numbers break down after you remove the vast number of PCs / Windows machines purchased by offices, and the rather inaccurate way that market share is determined.
posted by theNonsuch on Jul 11, 2004 - 19 answers

Teach Me Excel

I'm looking for a good, but very basic Excel tutorial. I'm somewhat familar with computers at large, but suddenly faced with an office productivity application my eyes are rolling up in my head and I'm drooling liberally. [more inside]
posted by elwoodwiles on Jul 10, 2004 - 2 answers

Best daily websites for Windows coders?

After several years' break, I'm finally getting back into coding. My prior experience is with Linux, but I've since switched to Windows, and specifically .NET. I'm finding it a joy to use and play with, but going at it in a vacuum is hard. I'm familiar with gotdotnet and the invaluable MSDN, but where are the best, must-read daily sites for Windows developers?
posted by kjh on Jul 6, 2004 - 5 answers

MS Word autocorrect: can I set it to auto capitalize several different inputs into the same output?

In Word, is there any way to set up autocorrect such that it automatically capitalises different combination? E.g., I want 'member State', 'Member state' and 'member state' to automatically be capitalised as 'Member State', but after putting in the first combination, autocorrect can't recognise the difference. Any ideas?
posted by biffa on Jun 29, 2004 - 3 answers

Help me get my Dell to work with certain connection types again.

My wonderful Dell has a quirk: suddenly streaming media, antivirus updates, and MSN messenger are no longer able to connect. My netwrok settings 'seem' okey-dokey, so short of a long ass tech support call to India*, what gives?
*Not that I have any misgivings about that fabulous region.
posted by moonbird on Jun 26, 2004 - 12 answers

Excel date problem

RE: Excel: I have an Excel spreadsheet where one column is filled with dates — but the dates aren't showing up properly in the spreadsheet. Instead of looking like a date, they are flat numbers (02/29/2004 is rendered "36584" in the display) — even though the proper date is revealed in the FORMULA BAR as I select each cell. I've set the text type to DATE in the FORMAT dialog... I've even tried setting the text type to PLAIN TEXT. No go. Strangely, the numbers increment with the date (03/07/2004 is "36591"), so I'm guessing there's some equation going on. Suggestions on getting the dates to render properly would be appreciated.
posted by silusGROK on Jun 25, 2004 - 10 answers

Why does pasting excel charts into word cause the word file to become gigantic?

Is there a way to cut'n'paste charts from Excel into Word, without generating huge Word files? I've tried varieties of paste, 'paste special,' and so on, and I can't figure out why an Excel file of charts that's several hundred KB, always turns into a Word file that's at least several MB. I guess I'm missing something obvious, but have no idea what it is.
posted by carter on Jun 24, 2004 - 8 answers

Clear Formatting in Word

How can I get Microsoft word to paste things as plain text by default? Why would I want the formatting of the website I'm copying my homework from anyway?
posted by Orange Goblin on Jun 22, 2004 - 15 answers

MS Natural Keyboard

My microsoft natural keyboard broke last night for the last time. I am very sad because it was the full sized model with the USB ports integrated on the back and not the pussy elite version. Can you still find these models?
posted by Keyser Soze on Jun 19, 2004 - 3 answers

Translating Technical Certifications into an MCP

Translating technical certifications (Network+ and A+) in to an MCP. Is this possible? I've scoured forums and newsgroups related
to technical certification, and found items that alluded to this possibility, but with no specifics as to the process. Where could I research this more? Has anyone experienced this process? How would one go about doing this?
posted by mnology on Jun 17, 2004 - 4 answers

Excel help

Mostly an Excel question (though maybe crossover to PDF). [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Jun 15, 2004 - 3 answers

Simplest video editing program for the pc?

what is the simplest video editing program for the pc? with a minimal amount of effects such as dissolves etc?
posted by specialk420 on Jun 14, 2004 - 4 answers

Keeping a daily task list on a Windows computer?

Keeping a daily task list on my Windows computer: is it possible? I don't need anything fancy, just a piece of software or a hack that lets me mark tasks as complete when I'm done with them, that brings yesterday's uncompleted tasks forward to today, and that doesn't bother me with tomorrow's tasks before tomorrow. Can anyone suggest a way to accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by gd779 on Jun 11, 2004 - 7 answers

Windows XP questions

Windows XP firewall + Zone Alarm = problem?
I've just upgraded to Windows XP and I have three questions (so far...). [more inside]
posted by Termite on Jun 7, 2004 - 8 answers

Can I make iTunes recognize an RCA device?

I'd like to change the way Windows XP handles an external device (mp3 player). My RCA Lyra is dealt with as an external hard drive, so that I can only add files to it by copy-pasting (or drag and dropping) but not through the iTunes "export" feature. How do I change how Windows treats this device? [more inside]
posted by nprigoda on Jun 5, 2004 - 12 answers

What are the best spyware killers? Will antivirus programs start checking for spyware? Where in the registry do spyware processes launch?

Multipart question: Scumware, spyware, adware, it's all malware, I say. Currently using both Spybot and Adaware to catch and kill most of this crap.
1. Looking for feedback on the best spyware killers for home and work.
2. Are Norton and Macafee working on adding spware killers to their anti-virus packages?
3. Some of this stuff launches using svchost.exe. Where in the registry, besides
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and its relatives, do services launch?
[Inside, there is more] [more inside]
posted by theora55 on Jun 3, 2004 - 12 answers

Best way to set up a LAN using equipment I already own.

The new network Friday challenge: I need to set up a network for my new place and I wanted to do it with my available stuff. How close can I come? More inside. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley on May 28, 2004 - 15 answers

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