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Store HTML and Cascading Style Sheet Code In MySQL 

by on August 22, 2006

Q: How do I store html and cascading style sheet code in a MySQL table?

A: You would want to use a text data type. Depending on how much data you are going to need to store you might need to use mediumtext or longtext but look at the Data Type Storage Requirements page in the developer docs to get more information.


Deleting Users And Joining A Domain 

by on August 15, 2006

Q: How do I blow out all users in windows XP Pro in order to use this older computer on our network? The computer was configured to be on a “work group”, instead a domain.

A: Both these task can be easily accomplished by being logged in as an administrator of the computer and going to Start -> Control Panel.

From here let’s start with moving over to a domain. You need to be in the “Classic View” (this is the view where you see icons, to get into this view just select “Classic View” from the left hand frame in the window) then you will need to double click on the System icon and then selecting the Computer Name tab. You will see the option “To rename this computer or join a domain, click Change.” So you will want to click on the Change… button. This will take you though the process of joining the domain.

Now to remove users we want to go back to the Control Panel. If you are in the “Category View” (this view says “Pick a category” at the top and has some icons with words following them and then eventually arrows with words) then click on the User Accounts and if you are in the “Classic View” also click on the User Accounts icon. From here you can easily manage the users by clicking on them.


My Screen Has Rotated To Horizontal Instead Of Vertical 

by on August 10, 2006

Q: My Screen is horizontal not vertical! How do I fix this?

A: Most video cards that support the rotating of the screen have a shortcut, which can be pressed by accident. This does not happen as often as one would expect but the key sequence is Ctrl + Alt + [arrow key]. Where [arrow key] is either the up, down, left, or right arrow key. Each one does something a little different. The Ctrl + Alt + Up Arrow should get you back in the right direction.

Good luck!


Old Laptop How To Install Windows 98se 

by on August 10, 2006

Q: I have an IBM Thinkpad 760XD with a new, empty hard drive, and everything else works well. Computer was purchased without a hard drive. I need to install WIN98SE, but I can only use either CD-ROM or floppy drive, not both, since they install to the same bay. Therefore, I can’t do the normal A: boot floppy and install from CD. BIOS will not support CD-ROM for a boot option, but it does have PCMCIA in the boot priority options. I have a 5GB PCMCIA memory card. Is there a way to copy my WIN98SE CD to the PCMCIA card and boot from it to install WIN98SE to my hard drive? If not, what are my other options here; keeping in mind I am a newbie. Thanks for your knowledge and time.

A: Your best bet is to find a Windows 98se boot disk that does not have the recovery data and put it on your PCMCIA memory card after making the memory card bootable. I did some quick searching and found an archive of Boot Disk Project which has exactly what you need. You are looking for the Windows 98se OEM Start-up Disk with CD-ROM Support, which will allow you to boot up from the PCMCIA card with CD-ROM support so you can install Windows 98se from the CD-ROM. Just a reminder that Microsoft does not support Windows 98 anymore so that means no security updates so be careful.

Edit: It seems if you click on the link that goes directly to the file you need you get an error page because the person does not like direct linking. You will need to go to Boot Disk Project first then click on the link or search.


How To View A .psf Image 

by on August 9, 2006

Q: What is a .psf extension? My sister-in-law sent me some old pictures that she scanned and I cannot open them with MS Picture Manager, Adobe, Paint, HP Picture Manager, Acrobat Reader, and MS Word. I’ve tried everything. Please help.

A: Thank you for letting us know these are pictures and that your sister scanned them. As it turns out there are a few pieces of software that generate .psf files but that extra information makes the answer very simple.

The file was generated by software by ArcSoft. You can either use ArcSoft PhotoStudio to view the files, there is a fee for this software, or you can use XnView, which is free. Please note that the XnView site is not the easiest site to navigate but you will want to select which country/language you want, then go to the download page for XnView, select your operating system, and then you will want to select the complete version of the software. This should allow you to convert the image to a file format that is more reasonable like jpg.

Good luck and enjoy all the photos!


Is It More Echonomical To Fix An Old Car Or Get A New Car 

by on August 7, 2006

Q: I own a 2000 Grand Caravan with a 3.3 engine, with 172,000 miles. Right now I need a new flex plate, $700. Last month I spent nearly $1000 on repairs. The transmission has not gone bad (yet). The A/C is making some noise. There is a possible axle/bearing issue developing. I can pay for a new van or I can pay to have this fixed. The question is; economically should I spend for these repairs or bite the bullet and get a new van for $18,000. I drive a lot and in 6 years would probably be over 100,000 on a new one. What to do?

A: The answer to your question is going to be in the math. I went to Kelley Blue Book and it seems your minivan is worth about $2,000.00 on trade. You could possibly get a little more if you sold it out right but it depends on what time frame you are looking at. The new minivan you are looking at would cost $18,000.00. If you do not put any other money down you are looking to finance $16,000.00.

I then went to BankRate.com auto loan calculator and put in this the loan amount of $16,000.00 plus the term of 48 months (4 years) and the interest rate of 7%, which I found by searching their site for an average car loan rate. If you search around and if you have good credit you can probably get better but with the way interest rates are going there is a better chance that interest rates on care loans will go up and not down. If you could find a low interest rate from the dealer because they want to move the van that would be your best bet. For example I went with my nephew shopping for a car and we were able to get a 2.0% interest rate on his car because they had a deal with a bank so they could move more cars. So just keep your eyes open for that.

It turns out with a $16,000.00 loan on a car at 7% for 4 years you are looking at $383.00 a month. If you could get that down to $14,000.00 that you finance then you are looking at $335.00. Now lets take into account what you have spent on your car over the last few months, which is $1,700.00. At the $383.00 a month rate you just made 4.4 payments on the new car with little to no money out of your pocket besides this month. At the $335 monthly payment you just made 5 payments on a new car.

With the math we provided you should be able to figure out how much you have spent on the minivan over the last 6 months. If you have spent more to fix the old minivan than you would have on payments for a new minivan then, mathematically, it will costs you less money to get a new minivan.

Good luck with your decision. We hope this math has helped you out.


Which Anti-Virus Software Should I Use 

by on August 3, 2006

Q: What antivirus software do you recommend? Also should I be using more than one to protect myself?

A: This is a tricky question, my friend. With the market flooded with new anti-virus software products daily, each with their own new features, it is hard to compare and designate one as the best. Various attempts to rate these have come up with different results.

The easiest thing would be to use established brands like McAfee or Norton. These two have always managed to stick around in the top 5 of all ratings and can be relied up to deliver.

Personally, it’s McAfee for me as I have seen my system slow down with Norton. Both McAfee and Norton cover threats from most known viruses and also include protection from spyware. Unless, you are having nightmares about virus attacks, I would not recommend installing more than one anti-virus software. The bottom line is that all such software eats up a lot of space/virtual memory and as a result, you end up with a slow machine.


Moving A Hard Drive From One Computer To Another 

by on August 2, 2006

Q: My son fried his motherboard on his Sony desktop. We purchased another Sony (exact same model) and need to move his information from his old hard drive to the new computer. How do we do it?

A: Because the motherboard is fried, you will need to remove the hard drive and install it into a working computer (or the new one you just bought). Because this is a detailed process, take a look at CNet’s guide to installing a new hard drive.


Combine 2 Partitions 

by on August 2, 2006

Q: I was using the Vista beta and had set up a dual boot with XP on my single hard drive that is on the small side. I have since finished playing with Vista and have reformatted the 2nd partition of the hard drive but I am trying to convert them into the same partition again. When I use Partition Magic to merge the two partitions (C and D) I get an error message saying the NTFS versions do not match. Is there a way for me to merge them back together?

A: Unfortunately at this point your only option to get one full partition back on your drive is to perform a full format. Partition Magic is a useful program but it won’t allow you to combine two existing partitions if different file systems exist. Backup all your necessary data onto disks, then reboot the computer with the XP CD in the drive, and follow the on-screen instructions. It will list the available partitions, at which point you can delete all but “C”. Then choose the “C” partition to install XP, and it will prompt you to format.


How To Remove Internet Explorer 7 

by on August 1, 2006

Q: I made the mistake of downloading Internet Explorer 7 and I have had nothing but trouble with it. Is is possible to go back to IE 6? How do I do that without losing all of my saved data?

A: I’ve had problems with IE 7 as well. Luckily, all you need to do is uninstall it from the control panel, and it reverts back to IE 6. Go into your control panel and open “Add / Remove Programs”. Select Internet Explorer 7 from the list, and click remove.