A: The problem isn”t with Gmail or your printer. It”s with your browser, which is configured to shrink what”s on your monitor so that it fits on a printed page. One of the downsides is that you end up with Lilliputian text.
Fortunately, there”s an easy fix and it works practically the same in the latest versions of Internet Explorer or Firefox. With an e-mail message open, go to File in the browser”s main menu and choose Page Setup. In Internet Explorer, uncheck the box labeled “Enable Shrink-to-Fit” and click OK. In Firefox, go to File/Page Setup and uncheck the box labeled “Shrink to fit Page Width.”
Q:I got a wireless router from my brother, but he doesn”t have the software that came with it. I managed to get it working, so I”m fine for the time being, but I”d like to put a password on my network. Can I do that without the router software?
A: You can do that using your router”s settings, which you can access using your browser. First, though, you”ll need the address for the router. To find it, click the Windows Start button and enter “cmd” in the Search box at the bottom of the Start menu and hit Enter. In the window that pops up, type “ipconfig” and hit Enter. That will display information about your network. Look for the Default Gateway – that”s the router”s address. Enter that number into the address space in your browser and hit Enter to open the router settings.
Your router may require you to sign in. Router makers commonly use “Admin” as the default user ID and “password” for the password.
Once you”ve accessed the router, you can set a password, choose a security protocol, rename your network, etc. Some routers even let you set parental controls to limit kids” Internet access.
Q:My Windows Vista laptop has picked up something called “System Security,” which periodically pops up to warn me that my computer has security issues. Is this legitimate, and if not, how can I get rid of it?
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A: System Security is malicious software (malware) masquerading as a legitimate utility. It “finds” nonexistent security problems in your system, then tries to sell you software to fix them. Fake security programs of this ilk have become more common in recent years.
To delete System Security, you”ll need an anti-malware program. Popular ones include Malwarebytes” Anti-Malware (free from malwarebytes.org), Ad-Aware Free (lavasoft.com) and AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition (avg.com).
Q:I”ve been holding off getting an iPad, mostly because I”m waiting for the 3G version that can connect to the Internet through cellular service. In the meantime, I”m wondering when other companies will start selling iPad “clones” and whether one of those might be a better alternative-especially given the iPad”s early problems with Wi-Fi connectivity and overheating. Any thoughts?
A: The glitches in the first iPads were not unexpected. Any new device, especially an innovative one, can be expected to have some issues. It”s usually prudent to wait out the first generation and let early adopters be the guinea pigs. The iPad 3G, which arrives Friday. should have the bugs ironed out.
It probably will be a few months before iPad competitors start to hit the market. HP”s Slate – running Windows 7 – may show up early in the summer, with others to follow later in the year. Dell is working on a smaller tablet that will run Google”s Android system, and Toshiba is developing tablets for both Windows and Android. Rumor has it that Google itself is working on an “iPad killer.”
Interestingly, the first iPad doppelganger to go on public display is the WePad, a German-designed tablet that boasts features lacking on the iPad, including a camera, card reader and USB port. However, the WePad won”t go on sale until August, and then only in Germany.