Matt D
Topic Author
Posts: 8907
Joined: Fri Nov 19, 1999 6:00 am

Questions About Computers

Thu Feb 22, 2001 1:27 am

Ok. I admit it. I am not the most savvy of people when it comes to using PC's.
I have some questions that maybe some of you can help me with.

1. What is an "illegal operation"?

2. What is "Dr. Watson" that comes up when my programs lock up?

3. WHY do some programs just lock up sometimes, and only Ctrl/alt/delete will free you up?

4. Why do you need so many "plug in's" to view so many web sites? How do these plug ins work, and are they really necessary, or are they just another way to get you to spend money to 'upgrade' your computer?

5. When downloading a file, how come the status bar will stay at "loading 100%" for sometimes several minutes? If the file is 100% downloaded, shouldn't it be ready for viewing?

6. I use AOL (the worst online service ever invented). Why does the connection speed vary from 21400 to 31200 bps connection speed each time I dial up?

7. Why does AOL not allow you to have more than one window open at a time?

8. I've heard that there are programs out there that allow people to anonymously "snipe" and shut down any other AOL user whenever they want.
If such a program exists, why? Does it serve any useful purpose, or is it solely to be obnoxious and fulfil some kind of "power trip"?

9. I've heard of "easter eggs" (programs hidden inside another). The only ones I've seen are the Hall of Tortured Souls embedded in Excel 95, and Pinball for Word buried in Word 2000.
What is the purpose of putting them there-and are there any other ones?
I do think they are kind of neat.

10. Why does AOL mail purge itself after 30 days? I also use MS Outlook, and all messages (inbox and out) will stay as long as you want.
Is there a way to archive old items in AOL?
 
mbmbos
Posts: 2566
Joined: Sat May 27, 2000 4:16 am

RE: Questions About Computers

Thu Feb 22, 2001 1:58 am

I'll try to answer a few of these...

1. "Illegal Operations" generally occur when there's a memory conflict, i.e., two or more applications fight for the same chunk of memory. Windows 95 (and up) was supposed to forever resolve these kinds of issues, but they still happen from time to time. Memory issues seem to improve with each new iteration of Windows.

2. "Dr. Watson" is sort of a desktop log file that provides some insight into why your application crashed. The old doctor isn't terribly useful, however...unless you're a Microsoft engineer.

3. Ctrl+Alt+Del (a.k.a., the "three finger salute") is used to close an offending application without crashing your entire desktop. One should only use it when an application can be shut down normally.

4. When you ask about "plug-ins", I'm assuming that you're talking about web sites that invite you to install plug-ins while browsing their site. If so, most of these are free (with the exception of the time it takes to download). Plug-ins are usually components that allow you to run Java applets, special effects in Macromedia pages, etc. If you want to view plain content on a page and don't need all the special effects (streaming video, dancing babies, twirling stars), then don't download the plug-ins.

5. Some downloads require manual installation after the file has been successfully transferred to your hard disk. Make sure you read all the instructions before commencing a download. And always make a point to note where the file has been saved on your hard disk.

6. Dial-up services (POPs), such as AOL, provide variable connection speeds, which tend to get upgraded and improved over time. The quality of your telephone line, however, can also affect your connection speed.

8. There are lots of evil things that hackers can do to your PC while you're online. If you are online for long periods of time, I would suggest that you consider installing a firewall on your PC. Firewalls can prevent a lot of mischief. There are some shareware/freeware firewalls out there, such as Black Ice. You might want to shop around.

9. There are lots of Easter Eggs out there. I think that they're created out of a sense of pride in what the programmers have created. It's a "look for the union label" kind of thing.
 
Guest

RE: Questions About Computers

Thu Feb 22, 2001 2:04 am

1. What is an "illegal operation"?

That is when you have a kidney removed to sell it on the black market

2. What is "Dr. Watson" that comes up when my programs lock up?

Must be Dr Laura's husband!!

3. WHY do some programs just lock up sometimes, and only Ctrl/alt/delete will free you up?

Sometimes has to do with how much RAM you have available

4. Why do you need so many "plug in's" to view so many web sites? How do these plug ins work, and are they really necessary, or are they just another way to get you to spend money to 'upgrade' your computer?

Yes, they are necessary, and on the money side of thing...you have obviously never heard of warez

5. When downloading a file, how come the status bar will stay at "loading 100%" for sometimes several minutes? If the file is 100% downloaded, shouldn't it be ready for viewing?

Depends on how big the file is, because it has to transfer from the temporary location it copies to by default to where you specified it to be downloaded to.

6. I use AOL (the worst online service ever invented). Why does the connection speed vary from 21400 to 31200 bps connection speed each time I dial up?

Because AOL SUCKS!!

7. Why does AOL not allow you to have more than one window open at a time?

Because AOL SUCKS!!

8. I've heard that there are programs out there that allow people to anonymously "snipe" and shut down any other AOL user whenever they want.
If such a program exists, why? Does it serve any useful purpose, or is it solely to be obnoxious and fulfil some kind of "power trip"?

Give me your AOL ID and let me play with it a bit!

9. I've heard of "easter eggs" (programs hidden inside another). The only ones I've seen are the Hall of Tortured Souls embedded in Excel 95, and Pinball for Word buried in Word 2000.
What is the purpose of putting them there-and are there any other ones?
I do think they are kind of neat.

Never come across any of them myself

10. Why does AOL mail purge itself after 30 days? I also use MS Outlook, and all messages (inbox and out) will stay as long as you want.
Is there a way to archive old items in AOL?

Because AOL SUCKS!!

 
Aussiemite
Posts: 846
Joined: Sat Jun 24, 2000 12:04 am

RE: Questions About Computers

Thu Feb 22, 2001 8:27 am

A combination of your computer has to much shit cluttering it up (probably alot of porn)

and AOL is more like gAyOL

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: aerlingus747, Kiwirob, mmo, pu and 11 guests