Illawarra Computer Enthusiasts Newsletter
“Information, Computer Literacy, Education.”
Affiliated with the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA)
February 2012 ® Illawarra PC Users Group $2.00
Available on-line at: http://www.illawarrapcug.org.au/nl-index.html
PATRON: Sharon Bird MP, Member for Cunningham
FRIDAY, 10 FEBRUARY, 7:30 PM
Google Maps by Marilyn Walters
Google has several online
applications. Marilyn will at some
different ways we can use Google
maps and iGoogle.
SATURDAY, 25 FEBRUARY, 1:00 PM
Creating ‘Frozen Fonts’ in
Photoshop by Bodo Schwarz
Use filters and other effects in
Photoshop to make letters take on the
characteristics of the word they spell,
such as ICICLES.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS will also be a
feature at both meetings. So have those
questions ready, written down preferably.
If you can do this, the question and
answer will probably be included in the
newsletter as a letter to the editor for
Ideally you should e-mail your questions to
the editor, who will pass it on to the relevant
member so it can be properly researched.
ROUND AND ABOUT ICE
WELCOME – It gives us great pleasure to welcome
John Moses as a member of the Illawarra ICE SOCIAL NIGHT
Computer Enthusiasts and we hope that When? Friday, 23 March 2012, 6:30 pm
his association with ICE will be a long and for 7:00 pm
Where? German Club, Northcliffe Drive, Kembla
SICK LIST – We are sorry to hear that Michael Grange (Next to Prime)
Haane has been ill for some time now. RSVP Friday, 9 March 2012
Michael, your well-being is of great Contact Bodo Schwarz,
concern and your absence deeply felt. 4284 8754,
Please get well soon. email@example.com
FERUARY 2012 PAGE 1
(Continued on page 6)
Vol. 30, No. 1, February 2012
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Official Journal of
The Illawarra PC User Group Inc.
13 FLASH DRIVE USES 13 ABN: 81 127 508 207
BEEP ON CAPS LOCK 5 4284 8754
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BIRD FLU www.illawarrapcug.org.au
AND SWINE FLU 9
Correspondence to: Illawarra Computer
DOUBLE JEOPARDY 15 Enthusiasts, 9 Ursula Road, Bulli, NSW 2516
FORWARDING E-MAILS 8 Editorial Team and Contributors
HOW IT BEGAN 3 Editor, Production, Advertising:
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A Bodo Schwarz, firstname.lastname@example.org
FLASH DRIVE TO WEAR OUT? 11 Assistant Editor, Research: Robert Castles,
This page is sponsored by Jan Ferguson, in memory of Sid Wilkinson
INTERNET EXPLORER 9 TABS ON A
SEPARATE ROW 12 Distribution: Robert Parsons,
INTERNET EXPLORER 9 AND Contributors: David Adams, Lynnette
SILVERLIGHT MICROSOFT Armour, Robert Davidson, Richard Harding,
INCOMPATIBILITY 9 Bodo Schwarz.
INTERNET SITE OF INTEREST? 16
NETIQUETTE 5 WANTED
We are seeking page sponsors for
LOOKING BACK AT THE
COMMODORE 64 14 this newsletter at rate of only
$20.00 per annum.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS 5
SHORTCUT FOR COPYING
You can recycle your old printer
AND PASTING 10
cartridges by handing these in at the
SUBJECT: MOUSE VIRUS 9 reception desk at our meetings.
WRITING FILES TO A CD 10
HELP DESK 16
HINTS & TIPS 4, 8, 10
HUMOUR 3, 9, 12, 15, 16
TRIVIA 6, 7, 9, 15
QUOTABLE QUOTES 12
ROUND AND ABOUT ICE 1
STOP ME IF... 9
At your club meetings there’s always someone
who can teach you a new trick… see you there.
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HOW IT BEGAN
By David Adams, ICE
Here is an item which gives us an insight of how ICE began, sadly our predecessors did
not keep any information in reference to – When? Where? And why? Perhaps this item
will instil the older members to look in there records and are able to clear the mystery.
I n the beginning it is said there was light.
When the Illawarra Computer Enthusiasts
Club began there was little light and the light
We had no funds we had to incorporate and
insure ourselves against a similar disaster or
disband. Arguments were the order of the day,
we did have was from a 10” mono monitor. many suggestions as to how we could side
step the issue, but we would in reality only be
We met in the Unanderra Community hall next
to the library a very small room that was filled to
capacity when all five members turned up. Graeme took the lead and somehow or
other raised the funds to incorporate and
We all seemed to be pulling in different insure the members against all risks.
directions as our skills were limited to turning
the computer on and when we managed that Sometime later Lou and Graeme met with
we would stand and gaze in pure wonder at the me after they had been to Darling Harbour
yellow writing on a grey background. Two Computer Expo (think it was Darling Harbour).
members left never to be seen again this left They were exited and about the Computer Fair
Graeme Lock Lee, Lou Amardio and I, with a concept that they had seen. Me being what I
few persons who wandered in and out. Not am sucked their brains as to how it was set-up
really a club just guys getting together to learn and how it worked. We jointly agreed to
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from each other. Graeme was employed at attempt to develop our own Computer Fair.
Lysaght’s as a Computer Consultant and Neither of us had a clue about what we had
managed the computer network for that firm started and the work load that we had
(most of us were in awe of his skills). given ourselves.
Lou was with the management team at BHP Where were we going to get stall holders etc?
his knowledge was similar to Graeme’s. I had The first thing was to get a venue. I approached
been with a marketing company and was the Western Suburbs Leagues Club Unanderra.
computer dunce of the crowd (still am). They agreed that we could use the Old Church
We struggled a lot to hold our little group building that the club had just purchased (It was
together, but often it was just the three of us. later to become the clubs gym).
I was studying for exams and did not have a My Son-in-law worked as a contractor for a
lot of time to spare. Lou and Graeme did most major financial institution and became aware
of the work and our group grew into around 15 that they were to replace all the computers
of us. Then I came along and dropped a major printers and peripherals. I spoke to the CEO of
bombshell. “We had to form a properly that company. He agreed we could sell the
constituted club and insure ourselves against unwanted components on consignment. We
disaster. You see I had been working on a had some stock to sell but most of it was of
major legal case where two gun clubs had little value to home computer owners.
arranged a family picnic and club competition.
We worked like crazy to entice all the local
The day was a disaster. A fire broke out and
computer retailers to join us in this venture and
spread to the live ammunition tent. Instead of
set a price for them to set up a stall of $20.00.
running away from the tent people ran towards it
We got around 30 stalls plus what we had to sell.
to put the fire out. People got killed and
maimed. Neither club was insured or An entry fee of $2.00 for the general public
incorporated; this meant each and every was agreed. The money from the stall holders
member got sued for big dollars in was used to buy advertising in the local paper.
compensation (millions of dollars). (Continued on page 4)
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HOW IT BEGAN
(Continued from page 3) TIP
We made signs and brochures that we spent days To view an entire slide on the
delivering and posting all over the Illawarra. screen at optimum magnification choose
Fit in the Zoom drop-down list or the
The big day came; we had spent Saturday
Zoom dialogue box.
setting up our first market and were exhausted
by the end of the day. However the doors were
to open at 9:00 am on Sunday. were more and more demanding. ICE moved
Lou, Graeme and I arrived at the club forward and grew into what it is today and I am
around 8:00 am to be met by a crowd of people sure will survive for a long-time to come.
who wanted to get in early; we stuck to our So what happened to Lou, Graeme and me?
scheduled opening time of 9 o’clock. By that
time the whole of the club’s car park was taken Graeme fell madly in love with the lovely
up with cars and people wanting to get in to the Florence. They now live in Kiama.
computer mart. Lou and his wife still live in Figtree and
We opened the doors and the three of us recently visited their children who are making
attempted to collect the $2.00 entry fee. The their careers in London. Lou is into models
crush was so great the doors of the old church (Aircraft that is) flying has always been a
were torn from there hinges as we tried to passion of his.
control the crowd. I don’t have a clue how many I, my wife and I built our business and made
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buyers turned up as it became to hard to some money, sadly Florence died in 2002. I
control the crowd. Every stall holder insisted retired and have just returned from an
that we hold another markets as soon as extended holiday overseas. I am now involved
possible. Lou, Graeme and I thought that we in another project that I hope you will all
could repeat the market every month. However become aware of in the near future, it I believe
we needed a bigger venue. maybe a great platform for clubs such as ICE
to promote themselves and raise the
communities awareness of what you offer new
and existing computer junkies such as we.
Editor’s note: Illawarra PC Users Group was
incorporated on 18 March 1994.
Returning to the active cell
Pressing [Ctrl] + [Backspace] in
an Excel sheet selects the active
cell when it’s off screen.
This is a scanned pass to a Computer Market from that Click the Name Box (in the upper-left
era; this particular pass was for the market held at the corner, just left of the Formula Bar) and
Berkeley Community Centre.
press [Enter]. This method is a bit more
intuitive and therefore, probably easier
Farmborough Road Public School came to to remember.
our rescue and we made arrangements to hold The two don’t produce exactly the
a monthly fair in the school’s auditorium. Our same screen. [Ctrl] + [Backspace] returns
fame had spread and vendors from Sydney the view to the way it was when you
were contacting us for sites at the fair. clicked the active cell. For instance, if the
Management was becoming a fulltime task active cell was in the middle of the
neither of us could afford the time as our day screen, it’ll be in the middle of the screen
jobs were very demanding, plus of course we again. Clicking the Name Box positions
had families to consider. However we ran the the active cell at the top of the screen.
markets for almost a year and then decided to
sell out. Some young guys who had started a
magazine (Silicon City) made us an offer. We Want to close a window or
accepted and retired from computer fairs. We program in a jiffy?
also one at a time found it difficult to attend the
computer club as our respective work loads Press Alt-F4.
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Be careful of what you say/write: once your
”N etiquette” is good manners when using
Information and Communication
Technology (ICT). Basically, the same rules
comments are written and e-mailed or
posted on the web in a discussion group,
apply as face to face communication. Here are they can be forwarded, cut and pasted and
some extra hints to help you out: sent anywhere.
CAPS LOCK: if you type CAPITAL Read, re-read and read your text again
LETTERS in an e-mail, that’s the web before you send it… especially if the
message is important. It is easy to get a
version of SCREAMING or SHOUTING.
message fouled up by misplaced or poorly
Your recipients could get quite offended…
so be careful not to lock that key!
You can add humour to your messages by
Chain letters: sending chain letters to using smileys, and other emoticons which
someone can be illegal, can be a hoax or you create from the characters on your
can simply put a bad taste in someone’s keyboard. Here are some examples:
mouth. Avoid them; they’re a waste of time
and energy. :-) happy :-D laughing
Line spacing: If you have a long e-mail to ;-) winking :-o surprised
send, try to break up and chunk together a grinning :-( sad
bits of information so it is easy to read.
:-@ screaming :-e disappointed
Reading on the screen is pretty difficult
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anyway, so if you chunk your content into :-I indifferent :-< mad / angry
paragraphs, you’ll find the recipient will be
In e-mails you send, wiki entries you write
able to read your points more clearly and be
or post to discussion groups, always clearly
more receptive to what you’re saying.
identify the subject of your message in the
Keep your communications concise and subject line or the opening sentence.
pointed. Remember, many users don’t have Be careful of the size of files you attach to
unlimited Internet time. e-mails: large files can be impossible to
Think of the importance of tone and attitude download or take several hours when the
when you write things down. This is as recipient only has a telephone connection.
important in an online discussion room and If you have lots of images or video, why not
in e-mails, as it is when you and your save these onto a CD/DVD and send it in
students are chatting face-to-face with the mail?
someone. Also, think of how you sign off Think of the format you will use for images:
your e-mails – are you abrupt, friendly, bitmaps take up a lot of space while jpegs
cheery or formal? Do you use: ‘bye’, tend to be smaller in size. You may have to
‘cheers’, ‘regards’ or just your name or your resize an image if it is too large to send.
signature? Make sure your hellos and Source: Extract from http://www.bridge.edu.au/en/
goodbyes are also culturally sensitive. collaborations/etiquette
If you lend someone $20 and never see them again, it QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
was probably worth it.
Q I have old Microsoft software that won't
run on Windows 7. Is there any chance I
BEEP ON CAPS LOCK can get this working?
A In some cases, Microsoft's Windows XP
Do you sometimes accidentally press CAPS
Mode might be exactly what you're looking
LOCK and start typing everything in CAPITALS?
for. It does depend on your hardware
You can set up your computer to beep when requirements, so check out Microsoft's
CAPS LOCK, SCROLL LOCK and NUM LOCK guide on how to install and use Windows
keys are pressed. XP Mode in Windows 7 (http://
1. Click Start, Settings, Control Panel. windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/windows7/
2. Select Accessibility Options.
windows-7) and see if that's what you're
3. Check Use Toggle Keys. looking for.
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ROUND AND ABOUT ICE are asking you for this and as a result it will
(Continued from page 1) make our meetings more enjoyable.
We're all just sick that Uta Seemann is ill.
POSITIONS VACANT– As you are aware , we
So, the sooner you get better, the better we'll
had our Annual General Meeting in October and
all feel. unfortunately there are a number of positions that
CONGRATULATIONS – Catherine Saunders were left vacant. We are looking for:
has won 3rd place in the 2011 ASCCA Creative Assistant Secretary/Treasurer
Writing Competition. Education Officer
Catherine’s entry was titled “The Shed
Door”. Here’s an extract: ‘Clumsily, I poked the Fundraising Officer
key into the lock. It slipped in and stood Marketing Officer
gleaming… Then came that delicious “thunk” Programming Officer
as the catch was released.’
Hopefully the whole story can be published
in the future.
If you are willing to help in any of the capacities,
CyberLink DVD Suite V6 – The DVD’s contact Duncan Charig, our new President, or
were donated by PCspares.com and can only Muggins, the overworked Secretary.
be collected at our meetings or Computer Fair.
They are only available to those members that 2012 CALENDAR – The 2012 Calendar can
ordered a copy. be collected at any of our activities. Please
note that the calendar will not be mailed out.
Q & A Forum – The next Q & A Forum is on
This page is sponsored by Gladys Pickering
Monday, 27 February, 9:30 am, members only. ‘QUICKIE’ RAFFLE – The results of the
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – We are looking for
an interested member to act as Program November Day meeting –
Officer. This position is considered one of the Marian Jordan – Norton Internet Security
key position in the club, without a Program 2012 donated by George Hood
Officer we might see ourselves twiddling our Gladys Pickering – WinFast DTV2000 H
thumbs for the lack of a presenter. So how card donated by George Hood
about it, if you think you can give it a go see Dusan Cugalj – Copy paper
December Night meeting –
We need helpers to help set up for the
Margaret Chadwick – ‘Yashica’ Film & Slide
meetings. Many members complain that they
scanner donated by George Hood
have difficulties of hearing the presenters.
Lorna James – ASCCA carry bag donated
Yes, we have the microphones, speakers, by Peggy Stransky
etc; however due to many jobs that need to
be done before the meetings it is left undone George Hood – Copy paper
because there’re not enough people to do all January Night meeting –
the jobs. George Hood – 4GB USB flash drive
We need the following jobs done prior donated by ITSA
each meeting: Fred James – 10 x DVD/RW pack
2-3 members to set up the tables and chairs Doug Watchorn – Copy paper
2 to set up the projector and screen
2 to set ‘Philby’ and lay out the floor mats LUCKY DOOR DRAW –
1-2 to get the canteen ready November Day meeting –
John Moses – Stubby holder donated by
A number of members indicated that, when
the German Club
they filled out their membership applications,
they can help set at our meetings. Bert Matthews – 5 x 4” x 6” Photo paper
donated by Moya Visman
So how about it, see Fred James (failing that,
any committee member) if you are able to help. Bob Bydder – Introduction to PowerPoint
You need to be at the hall 6:30 and 12:00 for our December Night meeting –
night and day meetings respectively. Peggy Stransky – Boston Multimedia Digital
Just remember, it’s only twice a month we BA7500G system donated by Max Benjamin
(Continued on page 7)
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ROUND AND ABOUT ICE BADGE DRAW –
(Continued from page 6)
November Day meeting –
Bob Bydder – ICICLES 2011 Yearbook Duncan Charig – ‘Wise up to IT’ DVD
Moya Visman – What’s New in Office 2010? Margaret Sharp – 5 x Paper Mate pens
Val Partridge – Photo paper by Moya Visman Don Estell – Adaptive Technology CD
Don Estell – Stubby holder donated by the
December Night meeting –
Keith Brooks – ‘Wise up to IT’ DVD
Norman Lay – Excel Stage 1
Bill Dargan – Printing Options in Excel Noel Manuel – 5 x Paper Mate pens
Fred James – Introduction to PowerPoint Monica Dowdell – Australian Clipart CD
Jeanny Budrikis – Word Stage 2 January Night meeting –
Roma Bates – Enviro bag donated by Fred Peggy Stransky – ‘Wise up to IT’ DVD
& Lorna James
Fred James – Australian Clipart CD
January Night meeting –
Noel Manuel – History of the Internet notes
Dusan Cugalj – ICICLES 2011 Yearbook
Janet Holloway – World’s most unique
Lorna James – Using Excel 1 streets notes
Peggy Stransky – Word Stage 2
Doug Watchorn – Car runs on air notes
Eugene Keenan – 11 Ways to search
Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.
without Google notes
This page is sponsored by George Hood
2011 YEARBOOK YOU WILL FIND THE
T he ICICLES Yearbook can be
ordered by interested members
by pre-payment of $15.00.
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W hen you forward an e-mail DELETE all of
the other addresses that appear in the
body of the message.
If you don't see your Bcc option click on where it
says To: and your address list will appear.
Highlight the address and choose Bcc: and
That's right, DELETE them. Highlight them that's it, it's that easy.
and delete them, backspace them, cut them, When you send to Bcc: in this manner, your
whatever it is you know how to do. It only takes message will automatically say "Undisclosed
a second. However, you MUST click the Recipients" in the "To:" field of the people who
"Forward" button first, then you will have full receive it.
editing capabilities against the body and
headers of the message.
If you don't click on "Forward" first you won't
be able to edit the messages at all. Mouse
Whenever you send an e-mail to more than Like the keyboard, there is also a mouse
one person DO NOT use the To: or Cc: fields control panel. This allows users to set the
for adding an e-mail address. mouse to either right or left hand along with
Always use the Bcc: (blind carbon copy) adjusting the double-click speed. If you find
field for listing the e-mail addresses. This is the it hard double-clicking, slow this setting
way that the recipients of the small only see down so you have a higher rate of accuracy.
their own e-mail address.
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web site www.zoomcomputers.com.au
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INTERNET EXPLORER 9 AND SILVERLIGHT
U sers of Hotmail who've upgraded to
Internet Explorer 9 on 64-bit versions of
Windows 7 or Vista have been surprised to find
Silverlight – Microsoft's mechanism for
displaying attached pictures - no longer
supports the handy slideshow it used to with
the 32-bit version of Internet Explorer 8. It can
still display your attached pictures as a row of
small images, but when you click on the View
a slideshow option, it tells you that you need
to install Silverlight – even if you already have
it installed. Pick the option to install and it takes
you through the installation process before
finally recognising you do already have it. It seems Internet Explorer is confused by Silverlight
Internet Explorer 9 is the only common 64- option doesn't help.
bit browser- the supported versions of Firefox,
Chrome and Safari are all 32-bit – and it seems The solution at present seems to be to use
Silverlight hasn't followed, causing the browser another browser.
to get confused. And no, the compatibility Source: Choice Computer, Nov/Dec 2011
This page is sponsored by Norm Gadsby
If webpage text is hard to read
because it's too close to the
background colour, click on the page and
press Ctrl - A to highlight all text by selecting it.
SUBJECT: MOUSE VIRUS
I received an extremely serious virus yesterday
and know it came from someone on the list of
people receiving this e-mail. I demand to know
who did this. Just look, what you have done to
my mouse (See photo below).
“I assume you have Internet access.”
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BIRD FLU
AND SWINE FLU
What is the difference between Bird Flu and Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk
Swine Flu? ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside
me, either. Just leave me the hell alone.
STOP ME IF ...
What happened to the frog when it
For bird flu you need tweetment and for parked in the “no parking” zone?
swine flu you need oinkment. It got toad away
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WRITING FILES TO A CD
By Richard Harding
O nly 8 - 10 years ago the cost of a CD writer
could be over $4,000. Fortunately the price
has dropped significantly.
To select more than one file, hold down the
Ctrl key while you click the files you want.
If you buy a CD writer, it will have software To select a contiguous list of files select the
supplied to enable you to write files to the CD. first file then hold the Shift key as you select
the last file in the list.
If you have Windows XP, then instead of using
the supplied software, you can simply drag the Another way to copy files to a CD is to
items to the required location on the CD. right click on one of the selected files then
select Send to from the pop-up menu.
Writing files to a CD using Windows XP Select the CD-RW drive from the list of
1. Insert the writable CD into the CD recorder. locations to send the selected files.
2. Open Windows Explorer. (Short cut is to hold Tips
down the key and press E.) The CD writer must receive and uninterrupted
3. Click the files or folders you want to copy to flow of data from your hard disk. If you have
the CD. trouble writing to your CDs, try the following.
4. There are a number of ways to copy the files 1. Disable screen savers.
to the CD. Perhaps the easiest is to hold the 2. Don’t use other programs whilst writing to a
right mouse key down and drag the files to CD especially those that read and write to
the required location on the CD. your hard disk.
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5. In Windows Explorer, select the CD-RW 3. Defragment you hard drive before writing to
drive. A list of Files Ready to be Written to the CD.
the CD is displayed.
4. Change the writing speed of the CD.
6. Right click on the CD-RW drive.
Change the Write Speed of a CD
7. Select Write these files to CD from the pop- 1. Right clicking on the CD-RW drive in
8. Windows displays the CD Writing Wizard.
2. Select the Properties menu item.
Follow the instructions in the wizard. You
have the opportunity to change the label of 3. Select the Recording tab.
the CD. 4. Select a slower write speed from the drop
9. After the copy is completed, check that you down list.
can view the files on the CD. Source: Clicks 50, reprinted with permission.
Faster Thumbnails SHORTCUT FOR COPYING
When you hover the mouse pointer AND PASTING
over a taskbar icon, Windows
displays thumbnail previews of each of the
windows open in that application. If you'd like
Y ou can use your mouse to copy and paste
text in a number of applications including
Word and Publisher.
a speedier display of these thumbnails, try
this registry hack. 1. Select the text you want to move.
1. Click Start, type regedit and press Enter 2. Click on the selected text with the left
to open the Registry Editor. mouse button.
2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT USER\ 3. Hold the button down and drag the text to
Control Panel\Mouse. the new location.
3. In the right-hand side of the editor, double If you want to copy the text instead of moving
-click MouseHoverTime. it, then hold the <Ctrl> key down whilst you
4. Decrease the default value from 400 to drag the text.
something in the 100-200 range.
You can use the same technique to move
5. Close the Registry Editor. and copy appointments in Microsoft Outlook.
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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A FLASH DRIVE TO WEAR OUT?
By Bodo Schwarz, ICE
I ’m afraid there’s no easy answer to this
question. The truth is that despite all the
protections and features of a modern USB
administrator rights to access this application
under Windows Vista and 7).
flash drive, it will wear out eventually. The check disk application will start. Select
both check disk options and click Start.
It’s because of how a flash drive works. You
see, when data is stored in a flash drive, it is If the check disk utility finds any errors or bad
loaded into its memory and then a charge sectors on your flash drive, it might be prudent
(flash) is sent to the device telling it to retain to transfer all the data to your computer and use
that information. As soon as the memory is that flash drive with caution.
“flashed”, it is capable of retaining that data
even after all the power has been
removed from the device.
This is what makes the flash drive
so useful and versatile. The downside
to this process is that a flash drive
can only be “flashed” a limited
number of times.
Most flash drive manufacturers put
that number at around 10,000 to
100,000 times. However, some
studies estimate that recent flash
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drives can tolerate millions of flashes
before they wear out. This means Click first, then Computer
that a newly bought brand name flash
drive can last for years of daily use
before it fails. Moreover, even if the Figure 1
flash drive fails you’ll still be able to
read data from it, you just won’t be
able to write any new data to it.
Here are a few tips that will increase the life
expectancy of your flash drive. Figure 2
Always backup your flash drive data on
Don’t use disk intensive applications Right click
(compression programs, installers, databases)
from your flash drive. They will constantly write
to the drive, severely reducing its life
expectancy. A flash drive’s primary role is to
copy files between computers. If you use it just
for that, it will last you a very long time.
Slowdowns and read/write errors can be
considered warning signs that a flash drive is
about to fail. The easiest way to determine
the health of your flash drive is to use the
error-checking utility built into Windows.
To access this utility, go to the Start menu
(Figure 1) and click on Computer (My
Computer for Windows XP). Figure 3
Now, insert your flash drive into a free USB port
and wait for it to be recognised by your system.
Next, right-click on its icon in the Computer
window and click on the Properties option
In the Properties window, select the Tools
tab (Figure 3).
Here, under Error-checking (Figure 4), click
the Check now… button (you need Figure 4
FERUARY 2012 PAGE 11
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THE POWER OF
...What do you mean, you can’t ...and don’t start that “Insufficient You cheap clone! There! I said it!
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right there!! You’ve been using and your memory problems, you I wish I’d never gotten involved
the printer all morning!! miserable piece of junk! with you!
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Upgraded my human to two
I’m sorry! The client needs
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this today! Please work one
more time! I’ll read the
manual! I’ll call the hotline!
I’ll get help! Don’t just sit
there blinking at me! I’m
begging you!! Please! I
need you today!!!
INTERNET EXPLORER 9 TABS ON A SEPARATE ROW
N ow, I may not get into Internet Explorer 9
as much as I probably should, but the last
time I fired it up in the lab I noticed something
Now your tabs will open in the expansive
space under the address bar!
disturbing.... All my open tabs were squished in
next to the address bar!
No good – especially for me, the bloke with
‘hundreds’ tabs open at a time! Remember, you can always switch back by
So, if you want a little more room for your following these same steps and un-checking
open IE 9 tabs, simply right-click in the area Show tabs on a separate row.
your tabs normally open in and put a check
next to Show tabs on a separate row. QUOTABLE QUOTE
"If a man is after money, he's money mad; if
he keeps it, he's a capitalist; if he spends it,
he's a playboy; if he doesn't get it, he's a
never-do-well; if he doesn't try to get it, he
lacks ambition. If he gets it without working
for it; he's a parasite; and if he accumulates
it after a life time of hard work, people call
him a fool who never got anything out of life."
– Vic Oliver
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13 FLASH DRIVE USES
S o almost everyone knows these days what
a flash drive or USB memory stick is. Right?
Right. But do you also know the various things
memory sticks specifically equipped for
ReadyBoost in Windows Vista.
11. Backing up valuable data when tweaking
you can do with it? Personally, I had no idea of around with your system or trying to repair
the amazingly different types and uses out there it. Finally it feels good to format that entire
when I started this blog. So I figured I compile a hard disk…
random list and invite you to comment on it. If 12. Marketing and promotion. Whether you’re a
you have a warranted addition, no matter how big company or freelance business individual
abstract or concrete, I will adjust the number in you can brand Customisable USB Drives
the title accordingly. Here we go! with your name, include promotional content
and give them to your (potential) customers.
1. Transporting personal data like documents, Artists or music labels have distributed select
photos and videos and transferring them songs on memory sticks, especially during
between computers. This is probably the concerts, and fast food chains have got their
most common use for memory sticks, consumers hooked with USB Hamburgers
whether their capacity is 16MB or 16GB. and Coke Shaped Flash Drives.
2. Running software and applications, mostly
combined with the data stored on the flash
drive. This is great with standalone programs
such as VLC media player as they’re pretty
independent of any operating system.
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3. Storing and accessing game data,
especially saved games. This is very
popular with PlayStations and their flash
4. Booting up your system. Who needs
ridiculous floppy disks or recovery CDs when
you can have a nifty, Bootable Flash Drive?
5. Your walking music library. This is
especially neat when you can connect it to
a car or home stereo that has a USB port. 13. Simply having fun! Beside fast food memory
6. Your actual music listening device. iPods or sticks there’s plenty more Crazy Flash Drives
mp3 players are really nothing more than out there that make for great company and
memory sticks equipped with headphones cheerful gag gifts (while still being useful). My
and audio running software. favourites are probably the Hamburger, Coca
Cola bottles and USB Thumbs.
7. Storing and providing medical records
which can save your life in emergencies.
Medical Flash Drives are specialised for this
so if disaster strikes, quick and efficient
patient care can be guaranteed.
8. Running or transferring anti-virus and repair
programs. You may be able to rescue your
machine from that pestering infection of
your system and files. Of course you could
also get a virus through a memory stick but
let’s not think about that.
9. Espionage. Industrial, intelligence, private
investigations, you name it. I don’t
recommend such use but hey, with Secure
Flash Drives it should be pretty effective.
10. Increasing hard disk cache. Adding virtual
memory from your USB storage may make
your system and programs run a lot Source: http://www.usbmemorysticks.net/usb-flash-
smoother. As a matter of fact there are drive-uses
FERUARY 2012 PAGE 13
LOOKING BACK AT THE COMMODORE 64
By Alex Kidman
It's the 30th anniversary of the Commodore 64 this week – news that has made
more than a few of us here in the PC & Tech Authority office feel their age. In
memory of the machine, we decided to repost this story below, first published in
W hat made the Commodore 64 so
special? It wasn't Commodore's first
machine, but for many a child of the 1980s, the
cheaply as possible, but not every corner was
one that was cut. Arguably the most enduring
part of the Commodore 64's hardware design
Commodore 64 still holds a special place in was the much loved SID sound chip, a sound
their hearts synthesiser that not only started the digital
composing career of folks such as Rob
Just look at it. Is that not a thing of design
Hubbard but endured well past the sales life of
beauty? Well, OK, no, not much. It's brown
the C64 into the music demo and mash up
and... brown. Or in some later revisions, more
scenes of today.
grey and... grey.
It's a very 1980s style computer design,
Ask anyone who owned a C64 what you really
however, which is exactly what Commodore needed for the C64 and the answer was
wanted and needed in the competitive market invariably "patience". Tape loading software
of the early to mid-1980s. The Commodore 64 (whether a word processor or BC Bill) was a
was priced aggressively (for its time) and was lengthy and often fraught with disaster affair.
a true mass-market computer well into the era Or you could (as many did) just pop in the
where a computer in every home was a novelty International Soccer cartridge into the back of
idea, not a near reality. the C64 for the millionth time.
The Commodore 64: the
64K limit led to wonderfully
optimised game code.
(Picture credit: Bill Bertram)
The 1541 disk drive helped speed load
Key stats: times up a significant amount, but under-supply
It's not terribly fast: The MOS 6510 processor and the cheap nature of tapes meant that
at the heart of the Commodore 64 only just plenty of C64 software still sold on tape.
clocked in at over 1.02MHz, and that was only
You can identify yourself as a true child of
the NTSC version. The Australian PAL C64 did
the 1980s if you can quickly (and without
everything it had to do at a sedate (by today's
checking) remember how to turn the 170kb
standards) 0.985Mhz. To give that some
single sided floppies into double sided ones.
perspective, the current crop of processors in,
Answer at the bottom for those who
say, a slow plodding netbook tend to clock in
one thousand six hundred times faster.
Why was it relevant?
The sound chip was (and is) a revelation
Because by any significant measure, it was
The C64 may have been built and sold as
(Continued on page 15)
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LOOKING BACK AT THE COMMODORE 64
Continued from page 14)
wildly successful. Only the Apple II sold in
similar (but never quite as many) quantities, A ccidental double spaces between words
are hard to spot on a computer’s screen
but can spoil the look of a printed document.
and the C64 was a lot less expensive to buy.
It's also where a lot of programmers and sound To remove double spaces, in the Editing
designers cut their teeth in early programming, group click Replace (see figure below).
and especially in optimising code. When you've Then put two spaces (press the space bar
only got 64K to play with, you make every bit twice) in the Find window and one space in the
count. This led to some wonderfully optimised Replace window.
code, and stellar games such as Wizball, The
Last Ninja, Summer Games and International Click on Replace All and double spaces will
Karate, as well as some hopelessly optimistic then be instantly replaced with just one space.
releases that were never likely to be very good
– such as Street Fighter II.
What's it worth?
eBay listings for C64s tend to go for between
$50-$200, depending on the condition of the
machine and whether you want bundled
games and critically the box and instructions.
If you're an iPhone owner, an officially
licensed Commodore 64 emulator is available
for $5.99, with game packs made available for
purchase on a regular basis. Other emulators
exist for PC, Mac and Linux platforms,
Wikipedia started in 2001, it currently contains
although the legality of software on those is 3,842,498 articles.
dubious at best.
The C64 lives
on, on your
(* Single sided floppies for the C64 (and indeed
many 5.25" disk systems of the day) could
have their capacity doubled with application of
a hole punch to the disk. No, we're not kidding.
Who said hacking had to be software only?
Source: PC & Tech Authority Weekly eNewsletter,
5 January 2012
My wife sat down next to me as I was flipping
channels. She asked, "What's on TV?" I said,
"Dust." ...and then the fight started.
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