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2002
I keep having a conflict with my video card and Internet Explorer 5.5. Have you ever come across anything like this? I keep getting pages that start to 'scramble'.
Friday, October 4, 2002
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I just got a new PC and have the choice of using Windows 2000 or XP - which do you recommend? Are all the security issues about XP true?
Saturday, October 5, 2002
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I am in school now and trying to figure out what I should be learning to make the 'big money'. Some friends say straight up programming, others say database engineers are always needed. What are you thoughts?
Saturday, October 5, 2002
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My Outlook never shuts down when i close it - I have to go into Task Manager and do it manually. Do you have any idea what would cause this?
Monday, October 7, 2002
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I have a Mac, running OS 9.2.2 on a 400mHz G4. I also have ProTools, and I run all my sound thru the ProTools sound card.
Recently, iTunes has stopped playing thru the card, but all other applications still seem to play thru with no problems.
what could be the matter? I've tried everything from trashing the pref files to re-installing the Digi Control Panel.
What's left to do?
Monday, October 7, 2002
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Why does your submit button say "submit to matt"? Are you a) really called matt, and just another girl and suffering from sexual misidentification, or b) the type of person who cannot help but to "submit" to matt, not unlike myself?
Monday, October 7, 2002
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I am officially on the USB bandwaggon. I currently have 14 (beat that) ports on my computer. Now my techie friends tell me that FireWire is the port of the future. What gives?
Monday, October 7, 2002
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Our company's website is hosted in Europe, and it's really slow to connect to. The tech people there say that it's not a distance thing, and it's most likely a problem on our end. I say it's because it's across the ocean. Or is it a combination of both?
Monday, October 7, 2002
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i am obsessed with emptying my "temporary internet" folders...does this help/harm my computer?
Monday, October 7, 2002
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If you are promised a job as a System Admin, but then find out that the job was given to some bonehead with poorly dyed green hair, are you within your rights to kick the CTO in the balls?
Friday, October 11, 2002
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How do proxies work? I installed some programs on my machine here at work, and I think they are somehow 'skipping' the proxy. For instance, if the proxy is down and IE and mail aren't working, I can surf with Mozilla or use AIM. What is the point of a proxy if a turd like me just skips it - and how does that happen in the first place?
Monday, October 14, 2002
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I think my computer needs more RAM - what do i need to look for?
Monday, October 14, 2002
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PC or Mac?
Tuesday, October 15, 2002
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When backing up my SQL database to my local machine, I get this error all the time:
COPY SQL SERVER OBJECTS: ERROR OCCURRED
the login 'MyUsername' does not exist

and the Primary Key doesn't copy either. I think it's a user thing.
Thursday, October 17, 2002
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I keep seeing porn sites in my history, but no one but me and my boyfriend ever use this computer and we never look at porn. Is this new ad software?
Thursday, October 17, 2002
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I need to build an online poll. The machine I am on only has PHP on it, but I could also develop in ASP and just link to it somehow (maybe an IFRAME?). How hard is it to learn PHP? I know ASP somewhat. Is PHP harder or easier?
Saturday, October 19, 2002
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Tamara, I have a web hosting client, let's just call them "happyrobot", who always seems to be finding some new crap for me to troubleshoot, configure, or modify for them. Do you know of any good sites where they could go to download some "shuttin' the hell up"?
Saturday, October 19, 2002
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I'm having trouble getting the ImageXpress, and more importantly, the CapturePRO components to function under Windows NT. The Error messages are too vague to help, and the logs don't show anything useful. Any ideas?
Saturday, October 19, 2002
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I work for a large company and have been told the tech staff routinely monitors our computer use--which causes me to pretend to work when I have no work to do. I feel very silly pointing and clicking at nothing. Is there a software program that could do this for me? I guess I should have asked this question at home--as it's been on my screen for several minutes now.
Saturday, October 19, 2002
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Why isn't anyone asking you a question today?
Thursday, October 24, 2002
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I have an intermittant problem with my internet connection. How come it always works when the technicians are looking at it, and breaks as soon as they're gone?
Friday, October 25, 2002
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I work primarily in ASP, but people are telling me I really should start to learn ASP.NET
I don't have a traditional programming background - do you think it will be too steep of a learning curve? Or is there another technology I should be learning?
Friday, October 25, 2002
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I want my name removed from your frontpage computar screen. I promise if you dont I will be suing AOL10chat!! We dont want that to happen trust me my dad is a law-yer.
Saturday, November 2, 2002
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My computer gives me an error message, something about script debugging, and gives me a yes box and a no box. What should I do?
Monday, November 4, 2002
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What is the trick to reading a traceroute. Like when my companies site is down, i run a traceroute and i am trying to figure out who to blame, but i am not really sure how to read them.
Monday, November 4, 2002
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Our IT Department was looking to hire a 'Helper Monkey' to asist some of the employees by carrying around supplies and climbing up under desks to plug and unplug cables. Do you have any recommendations for Helper Monkeys? The company is now running Windows 2000 and Outlook (Exchange Server I assume), so we will need one with appropriate skills.
Monday, November 11, 2002
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How do you get the sound on the computer. We have no talking on any of the programs.
Monday, November 11, 2002
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I'm trying to make jpgs out of screenshots of pornographic mpegs. I alt+print screen on the pictures I want, then ctrl+v in PhotoShop, but all I get is a screenshot of Windows Mediaplayer playing a black screen. WTF, d00d?
Monday, November 11, 2002
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I'm a contractor for the federal government. We're required to deliver reports in PDF. Whenever I deliver a report in PDF, the customer complains that they can't edit the document.

What should I tell them?
Tuesday, November 12, 2002
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Good afternoon Tamara.
Thursday, November 21, 2002
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I downloaded Netscape and tried to install it. It said not to install this version if I was running Win95. So I uninstalled 95 and now nothing is working. HELP!!
Sunday, December 1, 2002
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A virus was sent within an attachment--to my e-mail. It was called twink01.mlx with two others twunk02.mlx and twunk03.mlx. These three viruses have completely disabled my internet and e-mail access program. What can I do?
Sunday, December 1, 2002
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I always get confused with the user permission settings in Win2000 / NT.
What is the main difference between an admin and a power user?
Sunday, December 1, 2002
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My friend is talking to some guys who claim to be NSYNC.I talked to my dad about it and he said not to believe them.And I don't.But my friend keeps insisting that they are and she gets mad if I say differantly.The scaming NSYNC guys told her that maybe someday they would let her meet them.And that sounds dangerous enough.PLEASE HELP!!
Monday, December 2, 2002
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If I am playing Quake at work, can the IT people in the White House tell that I am playing Quake? Wouldn't you think the secret service guys would be really good at Quake? Well, they aren't!
Sunday, December 8, 2002
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What gives anyway? You must get thousands of these a day. Surely if 1 percent of them were decent queries, you could have a pretty red star every single day. My feet itch. Is there any way a computer can help with itchy feet?
Sunday, December 8, 2002
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Sometimes when I try and connect to another one of my computers over the LAN, I get the message: "There are currently no logon servers available to service the logon request." Then I cannot connect. What is up with that? How do I fix it?
Sunday, December 8, 2002
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Is there anyway to export lotus notes items to Outlook (exchange server).
Tuesday, December 10, 2002
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Dear Tamara,
I need some help with email etiquette. First of all, is there something wrong with using capital letters? I've always used them. But I've noticed, names, especially, do look neat written in all lower case. I'd like to do that too, but something in me rebels against the feeling of "conforming" Also, I fear coming in late on the lower caps will make me seem like a cool email "wannabe".
Also, sometimes I like to write in complete sentences. My emails seem heavy and clumsy compared to those of my friends- not to mention, they often go unanswered. I could work on developing a pithy style, but again with the conforming + when I try to do things other people do, it tends to fall flat- like saying "you rawk" or "you go girl!".
suggestions?
Friday, December 13, 2002
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I'm wearing new jeans today. One time when I did this, someone called me Mr. Clean Jeans. Truth be told, I prefer jeans that are clean but appear dirty or "worn-in". What invariably happens is a hole develops, prompting me to go buy more, new-style jeans. The latest hole developed in the crotchal area. Here is my question: Do you know any good ways one could age a pair of new jeans to look older and comfy and worn-in? To make this question more relevant, do you know any ways that a computer could perform this operation?
Monday, December 16, 2002
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I am buying a new keyboard for work - do you like the supposedly ergonomic “broken” keyboards (where the keyboard is kind of broken in half) or the regular old kind? Any advantages to either? How about wireless ones – are they worth the trouble?
Tuesday, December 17, 2002
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Samara help. Mac or PC?
Wednesday, December 18, 2002
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