Q: I was hoping you would help me understand more about that Bluetooth technology that I have been hearing about lately. I would like to...
Q: I was hoping you would help me understand more about that Bluetooth technology that I have been hearing about lately. I would like to get a Bluetooth-enabled phone to use with a wireless headset. Can you tell me who carries Bluetooth phones?
— Cari Vincent
A: All the cellphone-service providers I know of carry at least a couple of Bluetooth-enabled phones. And if your phone is not Bluetooth enabled, chances are you can still use a Bluetooth adapter with it to get the same functionality.
Having Bluetooth, a short-distance wireless technology, built into the phone is definitely a plus, however, since it means you don’t have yet another accessory dangling from your phone.
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If your phone is Bluetooth enabled, expect to pay $75 to $150 for an earpiece. If not, expect to pay around $50 for a Bluetooth adapter.
Q: One day, while starting up my computer, I noticed that over three-quarters of my Windows desktop icons have the Microsoft Money program icon on top of other icons. I have no clue how this happened. I have no clue as to how to remove these bogus icons over the correct icons.
A: I can’t say how those icons were overwritten, but I can tell you (maybe) how to change them. Right click on the icon, then select Properties. If the icon is changeable, you’ll see a Shortcut tab. Click on the Shortcut tab and then on the Change Icon button. You’ll then be able to browse your drive for the icon you want to use.
If the icon in question is attached to a data file, however, you won’t find an option to change the icon. Instead, you must change the file association. To do so, go to Windows Explorer and click on the Tools menu. Next, choose Folder Options and, finally, select the File Types tab. You’ll then see a scrollable list of file types and the applications with which they are associated. Select the appropriate file type and then you can change the application with which it is associated.
Q: In a recent column you advised a reader how to bypass the Windows logon in Windows 98. At the same time you mentioned an earlier column in which you had explained how to do the same with Windows XP. Can you direct me to that column or otherwise show or tell me how to accomplish the bypass on my unit with Windows XP?
— John Patrick Whalen
A: It’s a thing I keep running into. There isn’t room to rerun all the previous columns when I refer to them, so a loop starts.
So, rather than rerun that column let me show you how to find it. On the Web site — seattletimes.com/html/home/ — the newspaper offers a search utility that you can use to find past columns.
Just go to the front page and select Search Archives. Put in your search terms — in this case I’d use Marshall Windows XP logon — and let the engine find the column for you.
Q: I have Microsoft XP Home edition, Outlook Express and a Comcast address. I have one friend who e-mails me occasionally because of SHHH, the hard-of-hearing support group we belong to.
Her e-mails come through to my delete box. Whenever I see the delete highlighted with a “1” after it I know she has a message waiting for me.
I have a long list of addresses in my blocked messages but not hers. I have several others who communicate via e-mail with earthlink.net addresses and they come through just fine. I keep my delete file cleaned up just for her. Why does her e-mail message go directly to my delete box?
— Sandra Bunning, Renton
A: The first thing I’d check is whether you have any mail rules set up. It could be that you have a rule that is resulting in the message automatically being deleted. To check, go to Tools menu and select Message Rules and then Mail.
Also, check to make sure that your Blocked Senders list doesn’t include a blocked domain that may be this sender’s domain.
Questions for Patrick Marshall may be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or by mail at Q&A/Technology, The Seattle Times, P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111. More columns at www.seattletimes.com/columnists.