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Are you still hot?
Jeezers Jay

12/8/2005 12:40:34 PM [link]

You have no idea. The other day, one of the moles that has been recreating on my face lo these many years finally fell off, leaving my face freshly symmetrical and new. It's like I'm a whole different person. As a matter of fact, the people that I work with, my co-workers as I refer to them, tell me now I look more like David Cassidy than I ever have before, and this is weird because I have a serious problem with this guy and his music and always just assumed that this would translate physically and three dimensionally to my features. I haven't worn the feathered hair look since 1983, and even then I didn't really get it just right. Not until that 8th grader showed me what was up with her foot-long banana comb that lived half in her back pocket and half out due to the non foot-long deepness of this very same back pocket. I'll take this chance to also tell you that I have been evaluating men's shaving systems, and I have uncovered some disturbing results. Anything more than two blades is a complete waste of time for your face. I've been toying with the idea of getting the old-school straight razor and slicing myself with that for awhile, but, as I will on occasion cut myself with a plain old safety razor, I think it is best not to tempt fate and just live with that 5-o'clock shadow between noon and 5pm, followed closely by the 10-o'clock shadow from 5pm until beddies. So yeah so all that crap about 9 razors getting you a closer shave is hoo-ha. Plus which, you can't even begin to think of getting that giant razor head thing under you nose without like, taking off your upper lip at the same time. I have not tried any of the dry-electric or wet-electric options which are on the market today. One of my co-worker/daytime friends does use one of these devices, but then he looks like the 5pm guy at 9am. I am comfortable with my George Michael 1985-1986 shadow look for now. That leaves me at a crossroads of David Cassidy and George Michael, which is not too bad. It keeps my ass in a high-and-tight position while staying suprafacially competitive. Only good things can come of a combination like this – especially during Yuletide.
6/18/2015 11:23:03 PM [link]


how do you open up letters you wrote that you delited to read again
10/28/2010 2:16:05 PM [link]

In the occurrence of a permanent delition, the best bet is to download "Microsoft's Office Document Undelite". You can either get it off the web or many shoppes sell it.

how do you open old letters you wrote on microsoft works word processer that when you was done writing you delited it how do you get it back
8/11/2010 12:03:50 PM [link]

Ah, David, I too was once delighted by the words I wrote back in the day of word processors. It was a heady time, filled with ascii art and blunt metaphors.

But I urge you to keep these memories as they are. Memories. Don't look back. I made the mistake of re-reading some letters that once "delited" me, in my youth, only to discover hackneyed phrases and transparent, shallow sentiment.

You were done writing. It delighted you. Don't try to get it back.

Should I wait for the Zune Phone?
4/6/2010 10:55:30 PM [link]

You should! The new Zune Phone and Zune Tablet (AKA Z-Tab) have both gotten rave reviews from people who have gotten their hands on early copies. They due out soon - probably when those new Microsoft retails stores start opening.

I've been looking for a way to programmatically list the system dsn's on a machine. I know they're stored in the registry and are available to some api somewhere. I've seen proprietary dll's that can do this.
7/30/2008 4:39:49 PM [link]

Look buddy, we've all seen a few proprietary dll''s that can do that, so quit bragging. I suggest that you take some classes in javanese, and then get back to me. By the way, it's called msn, not dsn.


Can you change the font on a website to something more attractive like Comic Sans?
7/30/2008 4:38:49 PM [link]

The internet can be viewed in all Comic Sans by applying a special wax to your monitor that you can buy at computer stores!

What kind of computer runs this website?
6/9/2008 12:36:21 PM [link]

At happyrobot we don't discriminate against religiously-minded folks, but we would like to assert that no big, omniscient "computer" made or runs this site.

This site began its evolution after the "big bang" when a handful of bytes were magnetically drawn together and began to multiply, evolving to what you now experience as "happyrobot".

There are some who believe that rich is pulling the strings on this production, but he merely writes the guidelines. The rest is natural law.


My PC is so ugly. Why can't they be pretty like the nice Apples computers I see in the stores?
12/13/2007 10:32:35 PM [link]

Do people still make fun of Apple? I remember well everyone lining up to make fun of Apple. I remember your names, and I remember what you said.

About 15 years ago, my old mac looked like a beige pizza box, running System 7.1 with 8MB of RAM, and had more charm than your PC now, sorry. It's simply the difference between creating something with love and generosity, or cowering arrogance and disdain.
-john ball

What software do you use to make those funny pictures of cats with captions on them?
8/1/2007 2:04:11 PM [link]

Very good question -t. The lol funny thing is, those pictures weren't created with software. They were discovered in 1949 by a shepherd searching for a stray ewe who had wandered into a sea cave thirty-five miles east of Odessa. Thousands of them, packed in a bevy of clay canisters. Scientists believe they are perhaps eleven hundred years old, created by an obscure, isolated religious sect, who could not live near populated areas, as people could not stand them. There are rumors that what the public has seen so far is only a small portion of what was found, and hundreds of images of turtles wearing funny hats and spewing stinging profanities have been kept hidden.

As to how they were made? Attempts at recreating the process have not met complete success, but the best regarded theory, to put it simply, is they were made with human hair.
-john ball

I'd like to do that "beam a song" thing with my new Zune mp3 player but I can't find anyone else who has a Zune. Should I just go back to cassettes?
7/23/2007 10:13:14 PM [link]

Ah yes, your generation was all about zune in, zurn on, zune out, weren't they, Grandpa?

These days, children effortlessly "beam songs" to one another at such a high frequency, it is completely undetectable to anyone over 30. What's more, they don't need platforms or software - they transmit their zunes using their brains in what can only be termed a genetic leapfrogging.

Fortunately, we at microsoft are in the process of developing a revenue model that will make profit from these brain-to-brain teen transmissions.


I want to install America Online in my new Apple MacBook.

How do I obtain a disk from AOL to accomplish this. I have an Apple E-Mac and use an American Online Platinum Premier Version 7.0 disk which works fine but I tried to install it on the MacBook and it was rejected.
3/1/2007 2:14:36 PM [link]

I'd first call AOL. Didja call them? That's what I'd do.

After you are off the phone with their fine customer service people, I'd sit down and think long and hard and ask yourself, "Do I really want AOL futzing up my shiny new MacBook?"
Look deep within. Really really deep. Deep.

I think you know the answer.

how do i get my laptop to process alcohol, specifically brown liquor from a thick bottomed glass? and while you're at it with your vast knowledge, is it time to meet for a late evening stumble after bites?
-extra bedroom guy
2/12/2007 5:56:06 PM [link]

It's lost. It's over and lost and all the things that you argued it would be if we left it to it's own.
These aren't hot house tomatoes. We aren't talking about the last cigarette in a crumpled red pack.

Is it time to meet? Son--it's the end of it all...there's not time to even die.