the May Nightlife segment we looked at wireless Internet and the different
forms of wireless. We also discussed dirty keyboards and the germs they
Because people don't always have the highest hygeine standards we recommend
always washing your hands after using someone's keyboard, particularly
after using keyboards in public places like Internet cafes.
A recent study by British
consumer magazine Which! found some computer keyboards to be dirtier
than toilet seats. So it's worthwhile keeping this in mind.
For your own computer, you can keep the keyboard cleaner by following
basic personal hygeine such as washing your hands after using the toilet
or cooking. If you are the type that eats near their system, then tucking
the keyboard away while you are eating will save crumbs falling into
The main topic was wireless. While we looked at the
different types of wireless, the main focus was the cost of mobile
Internet, that is accessing the Internet from your mobile phone.
While our belief is this is the way of the future, some mobile phone
companies seem determined to stunt the growth with outrageous pricing.
We look closer at this and compare the providers on our mobile
Callers problems included Acrobat Reader for Windows 98, exporting
Outlook data, the prices of broadband data and the Windows XP service
Acrobat Reader for Windows 98
Sandra called about her old Windows 98 computer which she uses mainly
as a typing and email machine. The computer itself works fine except
Adobe Reader has stopped working and she can't download a new reader
for Windows 98.
While Abode don't make older versions of Reader easily available through
their website, it's still possible to download it from the Adobe site
by going to their FTP servers. Most web browsers will download Abode
6 if you point them to the
Acrobat Reader 6 FTP location.
Exporting Outlook data
It's both a blessing and a curse that Microsoft Outlook stores all it's
information in one big file. The advantage is it means transferring, backing
up and exporting your addresses, emails and appointments in Outlook is
very, very easy.
Julie asked about exporting Outlook. Doing this involves opening Outlook,
then clicking file, Import and Export and Export to
a file. In the different types of file export, we'd suggest choosing
Personal Storage File (pst) type then choosing a name and location where
you'll find it in future.
In our Backing
up your email page, we describe how to backup Outlook and other
programs and include a link to the Microsoft tool that allows you to
back up your Outlook data.
Windows XP Service Pack 3
Greg's computer is having a memory error when he tries to install Windows
XP Service Pack 3. It goes midway through the process, hits an error and
rolls backs to the old setup.
Problems like these are why we never recommend installing new service
packs when they are released. We're currently hearing of lots of problems
with brand name computers running AMD based chipsets.
For the moment, we recommending holding back installing the Service
Pack until all the bugs have been identified and fixed. This will take
a few weeks.
Peter asked about buying new computers with Vista. We prefer Windows XP
but with many new systems you get no choice.
If you are getting a Vista system, then it's essential you buy a system
with at least 2Gb of memory and a video card with 256Mb of RAM. Also
be prepared to struggle with older hardware and software.
We have a full rundown on what we recommend on our
computer specifications page. Computers to these specifications
will run Vista comfortably.
The next Nightlife spot is scheduled for 10pm on July 18. We hope you
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