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2004
Why are you leaving? Don't leave me mama. I just called you mama, and you're not my mother. Not unless you are getting ready to retire. Me, I'm just getting started. And, too, not unless you like to take baths. Good bath never killed nobody. Well, it was fun, hmm? We had some fun. You, me and computers. Whodda thought.
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
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hey i cliked on those things that say click here and now i have that virus on my profile wat do i do?
Monday, February 16, 2004
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when i print i'm told that "access denied".
Monday, February 16, 2004
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I got an AIM Virus from a link in someone elses profile. The Link is "Happy Holidays Everyone!! New Years 2003 Partayy!" How can I get rid of it?
Monday, February 16, 2004
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How much RAM is tool much RAM?
Monday, February 16, 2004
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Hi Tim!
Monday, February 16, 2004
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I think I have a virus that sends a link to everyone on my buddy list. It says "Check this out:" followed by a link. I'm assuming this is a virus on my computer that is causing this and that the link will give my buddies a virus if they open it. Do you know how to get rid of the virus on my computer causing this and/or the virus my buddies will get by opening such a link?????
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
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I need solace. Give me some, mamma.
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
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how do u download free DEAD AIM... the one were u can clone aim??
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
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I registered a MS access database with ODBC
When i ran the script in Command prompt it access the database and print out
the records
But when i ran the script through a web browser it giving me this error
Error connecting to id_pwd Error: [911] [] "[Microsoft][ODBC Driver Manager]
Data source name not found and no default driver specified"

id_pwd is my dsn

I try open the dsn
if (!($db = new Win32::ODBC("id_pwd"))){
print "Error: " . Win32::ODBC::Error() . "\n";
exit;
}
I try used string without "_" but it still gave me the same error.

I am using window XP pro
I Try using a System DSN (instead of a user DSN). when creating the DSN in
the ODBC control panel. but it still gave me the same error
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
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I have amassed thousands of dollars in debt playing online poker. What should i do?
Friday, February 20, 2004
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tim,
I was supposed to distribute £5 in a worldwide social experiment but it took me about 18mths to do it. Is having a baby an excuse, or am I fundamentally worthless? I am ashamed.
Thursday, February 26, 2004
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Do I need to have Microsoft installed to get the email to work?
Tuesday, March 9, 2004
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Why won't this damn exchange server connect??!!!!
Tuesday, March 9, 2004
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Hi,

could you please tell me how to programmatically disable one of the two or more currently enabled/functioning video cards on a computer. I manage a number of machines that have two display adapters enabled. Windows gets confused which adapter to send output to when working in a full-size dos window environment (it's a well-known Windows bug). I need a way to disable one of them programmatically during an unattended install. Thank you for your advice!

Sergei
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
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I'm thinking of installing Linux. What do you think about those apples?
Thursday, March 18, 2004
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I recently downloaded a virus off of my friends AIM profile. It makes my away message pop up and say: new profile
http://somethingleague.net/aimxxxfile.xxx
Thursday, March 18, 2004
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Tim

Every time I turn my computer on or off I get a screen with about 20 vertical stripes going from green to yellow to black. It stays like that for about 45 seconds or so and then it usually turns on, or off. But sometimes it gives me the blue screen of death and does not do anything at all. I also get these errors - something about a kernel error- from time to time which also usually leads to the pernicious blue screen. Besides bludgeoning it to bits with a hammer and getting a new computer, what do you suggest I do about this?
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
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Tim – I need your help! I have this shitty dell computer I bought 3 years ago and it came with Windows Millennium edition. When I got my iPod I upgraded the OS system to Windows XP home edition. I was getting an alert message when I logged in that some device drivers will not work in Windows XP. I went to a support site that told me to delete some files and well I think I got delete happy and tossed something I shouldn’t have. I have not been able to get into my computer since. Every time I turn it on it gets stuck on the blue startup screen. What should I do? I have files that I cannot lose. HELP!
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
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can i masturbade 2 much
Saturday, April 3, 2004
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how do i clone my aol so my whole family can go on aol at the same time?

Saturday, April 3, 2004
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Dear Tim,
My AIM says that I am signed on at two places, but the only place that I could be signed on is here on my home computer. This only happened last night when i direct connected with my roomate who has the same problem with her computer. PLEASE HELP!!!
Saturday, April 3, 2004
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is it bad to maybe feel an attraction to my best friend who is invloved with someone.. i feel terrible having these feelings..but i dunno what to do
Thursday, April 8, 2004
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do robots have penis?
Monday, April 12, 2004
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Tim - I believe my apartment is infested with invisible prankster elves. I have a lava lamp. It has blue fluid and white wax or whatever that stuff is. It has been blue with white wax for approximately 10 years. I came back from vacation today and it has clear fluid and orange wax. It was in a sunny window for about a week, but I think elves are a much more plausible theory. What do you think?
Monday, April 12, 2004
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will u go out w/ me?
Monday, April 12, 2004
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i saw the question about the "having an attraction to your best friend" and i have that. Your answer really confirmed my feelings of liking him, but now that i feel something may happen out of this my feelings are getting weird. I feel like i always do this, i like someone and the minute they could possibly like me or we could have a chance together i back away and get all weird and sometimes mean...what is this...what should i do to fix this if its fixable? why do i do this i really dont understand(sorry for the long question)
Monday, April 12, 2004
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Why is Tim Tech Time turning into an advice column for the lovelorn? I've got real computer issues...like, on my Dell laptop the touch pad is too sensitive (like people who are putting their hearts on the line). How do I decrease its sensntivity, or, if you prefer, steel myself for rejection?
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
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How do you tell the difference in how much someone cares for you? When is it more than "caring"?...how do you kno when it's "crossed the thin barrier"?
Friday, April 16, 2004
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Hi Tim,
I've got a power point presentation to make and present- one way or the other it's got to happen. I have to make pictures go into a format. I can make the picture file size real small and the format small too- but when I put them together they're too big to show.
This must happen. Suggestions on how to make this bloodless would be nice.
also- I like your relationship/ love advice- you know me as well as anyone- any ideas on how I should deal with love? Or should I? (the grown up kind- with coffee and bad breath and questionable skin discolorations?)
Sunday, April 18, 2004
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Sorry to be the 2nd person referring to the best friend question, but what do you do when even though it seems as though they have feelings for you and you may have feelings for them, what happens if your best friend and his girlfriend are "in love" and he's still send mixed signals, am i thinking too much into this?
Sunday, April 18, 2004
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How do you get rid of DVD scratches?
Sunday, April 18, 2004
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the wire of my i-pod doesn't go into the usb port on my computer.what do i do?
Friday, April 23, 2004
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my laptop has started to make an odd sound. At first, I thought it was slightly orgasmic in nature "wheeaahhungh". I had just installed a spiffy new external dvd burner (it was exciting to me). However, I now realize my poor laptop is making a sound like whining followed by a grunt. Could it be dying from too much peripheral stim, old age or just simply getting too lazy to perform like it used to? I am also thinking/wondering if it is most probably a male computer with issues.
Friday, April 23, 2004
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What does it mean if at the bottom of my comp screen where all the little icons are there is an icon for aol and in the corner there is a yellow star with a red dot in the middle, I mean it's obviously a warning of some kind but how do I get rid of it?...Also I really do love the love/computer column you have going on it really gives me some really good advice on both worlds, no joke I reallly appreciate it. thanks:)
Friday, April 23, 2004
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Tim -- any tips on how to handle my company's IT guys? First, they absolutely suck at their jobs -- anytime they come to "fix" something, about 5 other problems spring up in its stead. Second, they're fascists. Seriously. It's like the second coming of Mussolini over here. I'd like to have a diplomatic conversation with them about their crappy service, but I'm afraid that if it goes badly they'll cut off my internet access at work. And then I might as well slit my wrists, you know?
Thursday, May 6, 2004
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Often, when I have been working on my computer for a long while, I feel the need to get up and pee. when I come back, I find my computer has gone to sleep. Should I be insulted, or should I just adjust my preferences, and accept that after a four-year relationship, and a lot of opening and closing of programs, computers get need a snooze. By the way, the computer is a Mac.
Thursday, May 6, 2004
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I think your Apple-bashing is a bit misguided.
Monday, May 10, 2004
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I like to work on a lot of different computers, rather than being tied down to one workstation. The library, the internet cafe, at the houses of friends. You have a functioning system, I will use it. I like variety, you might say. Anyhow, I always bring my own disks with me, but I am wondering if I still risk infecting my home system.
Wednesday, May 12, 2004
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okay tim you have talked comps and love but can you answer me this one, how do you ignore nasty untrue rumors made up by people who you thought were some what friends, and even though the rumors are not true they still hurt as ridiculous as they are, i need help
Saturday, May 15, 2004
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(refering to the rumor question) What if they aren't true friends, just jerk guys that some, you may have been friends with at one point in your life, but not good enough that they know the real you, and since theres nothing to make fun of you for and since they care more about other peoples lives than their own they decide to try to put a solution to what they think is a problem and label you as something that you are far from, I dont get people at all, what do i do in this situation?
Sunday, May 16, 2004
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If I bought a new PDA, would you recommend a PocketPC or a Palm?
Monday, May 24, 2004
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Lately at work, I get 2 java icons in my 'systems' row. Why? Is the company spying on me?
Friday, June 4, 2004
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My away messge on AOL changes on it's own to

LOOK http://www.angelfire.com/creep/deejee/bestfriends.scr !

It also tries to access that link when I am not even signed onto AIM.
Monday, July 5, 2004
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i have the n3k0de virus how do i get rid of it?
Monday, July 5, 2004
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what are your thoughts on internet dating Tim? I haven't been dating for a long time and am considering the possibility of beginning to date again. The problem is, I rarely go out of the house except to work or buy living supplies. I was thinking I would need to leave the house to meet someone, or just give the online thingy a try. Waddya think, oh wise Tim?
Friday, July 9, 2004
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Hey Tim,
It looks like I will be getting a new job here shortly (I hope, though it has nothing to do with that whole spying incident...) and, well, the computer I spend my days with has all my internet favorites stored nicely and neatly. Is there any way to take the addresses of those favorites with me? Would a jump drive help? Should I e-mail them to myself? That seems like a really lame alternative.
Tuesday, August 3, 2004
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ASP or PHP?
Thursday, August 5, 2004
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okay tim this may sound dumb but if u have heard that a close guy friend has a crush on you and you know you have feelings for them, maybe even the exact same feelings for each other, do you think that even though im a girl , that i should say something just so that he doesn't think i don't like him in "that way"?
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
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WHy does a 1.544 Mbps (T1) connection seem faster than a 10/100baseT fast-ethernet connection?
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
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My hard disk is fairly large but i want to fit it into a tight drive space, what do u suggest? and Should i Force it in with or without the space's full agreement? Also, how do i know i have that agreement, will it tell me? should i use lube to help facilitate docking the drive into the space, should i upgrade my ram while putting it in, and i think it has a trojan virus, can u tell me how to get rid of that???
Friday, September 17, 2004
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Should I buy the new iMac or put the money in my savings account?
Friday, September 17, 2004
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What the hell is up with text messaging? I just can't get the hang of it. How do you capitalize letters? Where is the punctuation? Am I hopeless?
Friday, September 17, 2004
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aol starts everytime i turn on computer how can i make this problem go away
Friday, September 17, 2004
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why aren't you answering me?
Thursday, September 23, 2004
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Could you give a brief explanation on how to use GROUP BY in SQL queries?
Saturday, October 16, 2004
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I bought a new computer because my old one was very old and I had noticed a loud whining noise. The whine is back and it's not me making that noise. I've changed the surge protector, listened to everything in my study with a stethoscope and can't seem to find the whine. What could it be oh mighty tim? I wondered, it being October and all if it's ghosts?? Should I offer it some cheese or something? It doesn't seem to like bad jokes but I'll try anything once.
Saturday, October 16, 2004
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I was in the midst of downloading a windows update--a "critical pack" or something in those words--and I got tired, so I stopped it while it was evidentally working in the hard drive. Now, I can't download any updates...the clock ticks FOREVER and nothing happens, no updates. What can I do to unclock the tick and get my updates? Is there a way to restart this update which was midway loaded?
Saturday, October 16, 2004
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Tim, I know you are busy. But I love asking the right people computer questions. What happens to the individual icons that match the favorites I add to my favorite list in Internet Explorer disappear? Once I go offline and come back, Instead of a cute little butterfly, or a nice swastika, I get a generic blue "e". It's ugly and I don't like ugly.
Wednesday, December 8, 2004
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i HAVE A TIME COMPUTER WHICH I AM HIGHLY DELIGHTED WITH - BUT UNFORTUATELY THE LETTERS ARE DISAPEARING OFF THE KEYBOARD WITH THE RESULT IT IS DIFFICULT TO READ THEM- THE EQUIPMENT IS INLY 6 MONTHS OLD AND I DONT THINK THIS SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED TO THE KEYBOARD
Friday, December 10, 2004
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