Q: You are my last resort to find a simple answer to my simple need. I live in Snohomish and get off-and-on radio reception. This, of course, means...
Q: You are my last resort to find a simple answer to my simple need. I live in Snohomish and get off-and-on radio reception. This, of course, means that the channels I like to listen to come in fuzzy, if at all. I have DSL. I want to know if any company has been smart enough to make a clock radio that is capable of using the DSL to then pick and set streaming radio channels from the Internet. So far all the computer stores I have asked say no. I am hoping for an easier answer than buying a used computer just to have in the bedroom for the purpose of better radio clarity. Oh, and I don’t want to pay a monthly service to get it. I see no sense in that when I have the DSL already.
— Neil Okrent
A: The list of such devices is growing. I’m aware of three products that might fill the bill for you. First, SoundBridge M1001 from Roku lists for $199. Check it out at www.rokulabs.com/index.php. Two other products are the Phoenix IP Radio from Baracoda (www.com-one.biz) and the AE WiFi Internet Radio from Acoustic Energy of England (www.acoustic-energy.co.uk).
Q: I have about 50 trays of slides I have scanned (and 50 more to go) and probably that many files again of digital pictures. I have numbered all of the pictures and labeled and dated most. I have been fruitlessly trying to figure out a way to print a list of each file. (The old slide trays all have my handwritten lists, but the newer trays and the digital picture files don’t.) I have Windows XP, with picture programs ACDSee, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Elements 4.0, and Word 2000 and 2003. I have tried opening a file of pictures, changing from thumbnails to “list,” highlighting them all, and copying and pasting into a Word document. But it always pastes the picture, not the list. Is there some setting I can change, or a program I can purchase, that will enable me to do this? The closest I’ve been able to come is by doing a “Print Screen” and pasting that into Word. But that isn’t handy and allows no editing. Can you help?
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— Jay Davis, Seattle
A: That is a piece of missing functionality in Windows Explorer. I’ve found several products, however, that you might want to consider. Print File List Pro (print-file-list-pro.insaneware-solutions.qarchive.org/) has a list price of $16.95. Print Directory (print-directory.ashisoft.qarchive.org/) has a list price of $14.95. And PrintFolder Pro (www.sharewareconnection.com/printfolder-pro.htm) is shareware. You can find even more options by searching the Internet for print list of filenames in Windows Explorer.
Q: Compared to the questions you usually get, this should be a breeze. How do you clean up the cache in the pull-down menus in Internet Explorer 5.0 on a PC? For example, I have all kinds of misspellings and old information that I would like to remove (Seattle, Seatle, Saettle, etc.). I would like to keep some of the information that is stored in the cache.
— C. Johnston
A: If you’re talking about the pull-down list that is in the address bar, you’d go to the Tools menu, selection Internet Options and the click on the Clear History button. Unfortunately, there is no selective way to clear this cache. All items will be deleted.
Q: I have a program that downloaded itself onto my browser. The program, called Fotomat, has installed itself as a toolbar directly under the normal toolbar and I am unable to remove it under the usual Add/Remove Programs tool in the Control Panel. I have no idea how to rid myself of this. Repeated e-mails to the original company that sent this go unanswered. Can you give me any ideas of how to get rid of this?
— Gene Barrett, Mount Vernon
A: It’s important that programs provide their own uninstall routines if they don’t integrate with the Add/Remove Programs tool in the Control Panel. Fortunately, while many programs aren’t so thoughtful, Fotomat does offer just such an option.
Just go to the Fotomat button on the far left of the toolbar, select Help and you’ll see an option for uninstalling. You can either uninstall all the Fotomat software or just the toolbar.
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