All is not lost

All Is Not Lost–#1

I received an email from someone I don’t know, about this item in our April 2011 issue: “Graphs Made Easy—If you have data you want to present graphically, but don’t have Excel or an equivalent number-cruncher, you might want to check out”  Not knowing if the sender was a SPAUG member, I went to the Contacts page on our (SPAUG) website, to check the Member Contact page, which turns out to no longer exist on the site. 

So, I exercised a fallback option—the Wayback Machine

  1. I gave it the url of our existing contact page (frame).  Results were found and links on the page were active.
  2. I selected “Go Wayback!” and again got satisfactory results.
  3. I selected one of the “hit” dates, and got an older version of our current page.
  4. On that page, I clicked on “A list of SPAUG members and their email addresses.”, andreceived a page which contained the name of the person who’d sent me the email.
  5. In checking links as I was preparing this item for print, I did something I hadn’t thought of before—I bookmarked that “Contacts” page url, so I might not have to dig for it next time.

All Is Not Lost–#2

While I was working on this issue of Print Screen, something happened that prevented Publisher 2003 from (re)opening it. The backup I’d made a few days before, didn’t have the later additions I’d made. Figuring that some sort of recovery might be possible, I renamed my problem file by adding “—broken” before the “.pub” extension, then installed a copy of my backup.

I did a Google-search for my problem and found my answer here. As that site suggested, I (gratefully) recovered my lost text, INCLUDING its formatting, but not graphics or page formatting. I was doubly happy. I’d recovered my file, and I had more filler material for Print Screen.

All Is Not Lost–#3

While I was looking at my WINDOWS folder contents in my file manager, I thought I’d accidentally clicked on one of the “$ . . . ” folders and dragged it into another folder—but I had no idea of which one I’d dragged, or where it had landed. I’d guessed it was somehow important, but didn’t know how it might be important. Meanwhile my machine seemed to still be operating as usual, with nothing bad happening, Even reboots went smoothly. “Cool!”, I thought, “maybe I hadn’t really done that bonehead thing after all.”

And so it went until I got around to taking care of MS’s “Patch Tuesday” offerings. Searching for updates, IE’s status bar told  me “Error in page”, with no further clues. This hadn’t happened with earlier updates. I decided to try applying some self-help guesswork. Searching my WINDOWS folder for any “$ . . . ” item that seemed out of place, I found only one, which raised my hopes considerably, so I took a chance and copied that folder back into the WINDOWS folder and retried IE’s “Windows Update”.  Windows Update ran and was happy, so I, too, was happy.


Take Control of Your Firefox or Pale Moon tabs with Tab Utilities (for Firefox, and Pale Moon).

Bookmark All Tabs in Pale Moon, and likely Firefox, too. Right click on any tab. “Bookmark All Tabs…” is just below halfway down the popup menu. Alternatively, you can try—


Computer History Museum offers online version

Online computer history museum

Hours: 24/7

Admission: Free


Dress: Come as you are


Dining Out? Searching for Eggplant?

My lunch buddy of many years likes eggplant. and Japanese cuisine. Looking up the menu for a Japanese restaurant I’d visited recently, I found it at GetQuik. What makes GetQuik so interesting is that you can ask it for places with a specific dish. Searching for “eggplant”  found “. . . 76  Search Results for “eggplant” near “sunnyvale””


Action Line:

Feds warn merchants about deceptive advertising—Federal Trade Commission tells businesses they can’t give in the large print and take away in the fine print.


Daily Tips from SmartComputing (via email)

Skip A Bullet Or Number

There can be times when you’re working with a bulleted or numbered list when you want to add a new line without tacking on a number or bullet. Perhaps you want to add a parenthetical note below an entry without making it part of your list. If you hold SHIFT and press ENTER, Word will add a new line to your list without a bullet or number. When you want to resume numbering or bulleting, don’t hold the SHIFT key any longer. (from Smartcomputing email 04/24/11)

Save Time By Saving All

The very nature of multitasking means having many documents and applications open at once. If you are working on more than one Word document, you can save them all at the same time using a keyboard shortcut. Hold the shift key and click the File pull-down menu. A new Save All command should appear; click this to save all the Word documents simultaneously.  (from Smartcomputing email 04/22/11)


Chess Program

This Chess program showed up on Snapfiles. I’m not a chess player, but it looks like it might be interesting for those who are.


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