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  • What's the best UK mobile broadband provider for Linux?

    I have an Acer Aspire One which runs Linux Linpus Lite, and I'd like to get a mobile broadband dongle for it. But I haven't seen anything that might be compatible with my netbook. Obviously I don't want to shell out for something that won't work. I've spent many frustrating hours working with code I really don't understand in order to install really simple things on my netbook, and if I have to go through it again for a mobile then I'm inclined to say it's not worth it.

    What I'm looking for is a pay-as-you-go plan, since I'll be using it quite sporadically. I'm not choosy as to provider or manufacturer. I just want mobile internet that doesn't cost too much and, more importantly, works.

    Any suggestions?

    1 AnswerComputer Networking1 decade ago
  • Help! I can't install OpenOffice on Linux!?

    I'm tearing my hair out here.

    I wanted to upgrade the OpenOffice 2.3 that came bundled on my AA1. It runs Linpus Linux Lite. So, not knowing very much about how Linux works, I followed these instructions:

    Problem: when I get partway through, in fact after typing:

    tar -zxf OOo_3.1.1_LinuxIntel*

    I get the message:

    Cannot open: no such file or directory

    Error is not recoverable: exiting now

    Child returned status 2

    Error exit delayed from previous errors

    I have literally no idea what any of that means. At first I thought t was because I'd downloaded the wrong version of OO, so I checked and made sure I'd got precisely the one recommended. No dice.

    So now I have NO version of OpenOffice at all, not even the earlier v2.3 I tried registering on the OpenOffice forums, but couldn't even do that (wouldn't accept my version of OO or my OS).

    I'm at my wits' end here: I really need this program and I don't know what to do! Someone must be able to help me...please?

    1 AnswerSoftware1 decade ago
  • Windows to Mac transition: web design software?

    I've just made the transition from Windows to Mac and am finding it hard to replace programs I've been used to working with.

    I've been using an old version of Dreamweaver for my website, but the copy I had is no good for Mac and I can't even install it. The same goes for the Microsoft image editing software I've been using (MS Digital Image, which MS don't even sell any more).

    Starting from scratch with brand new versions of these is REALLY expensive. Does anyone have any advice on how I can continue to maintain my website without spending a fortune on new software?

    Genuine advice appreciated.

    5 AnswersSoftware1 decade ago
  • How to clean HP 3650 print heads?

    My dad's HP 3650 deskjet printer is spewing out pages with broken lines across them. I recognise this from when my own (Canon) printer did the same thing: looks like the heads need cleaning. I ran the cleaning program on the HP software, and it's not helped much. I solved the problem on my Canon by removing the heads and washing them manually with water. Is this something I can do on the HP?

    2 AnswersPrinters1 decade ago
  • Linux wants a password I never set?

    I want to install Adobe Flash on my Linux Linpus Lite netbook, but it keeps asking me for a password to access administrative privileges. I don't recall ever setting a password for this (I tried all my usual variations just in case). All Google searches have brought up VERY techie results involving coding which I know nothing about. Is there a universal/default password for this OS, or am I stuck being unable to install or upgrade anything?

    4 AnswersSoftware1 decade ago
  • How do I stop running out of space on Recovery Drive (D:)?

    Every few minutes I get a pop-up bubble telling me I'm running out of space on HP_RECOVERY (D:), and to delete unused files there. The thing is I've never used the D: drive, at all, for anything. All it contains are backup and recovery files, which I'm really not going to touch.

    I've checked my virus software is running properly, and I have anti-spyware and all the rest of it. Looking for help online has brought up answers that are far too techie for me.

    I have an external hard drive which I'm beginning to use to store files, since my C: hard drive is getting full too. Will emptying out the C: drive relieve the pressure on D:? Can I increase the space on D:? Or am I going to be stuck with a sluggish PC and infuriating pop-up bubbles forever?

    1 AnswerOther - Hardware1 decade ago
  • Need to translate a phrase into Latin?

    I need this phrase in Latin, as if it was a family motto (it's for a book). The phrase is: "There is only one possible crime." Something shorter, like "One crime only," would also work.

    Thank you!

    6 AnswersLanguages1 decade ago
  • How can I fix spyware when I can't get online?

    This is driving me completely crazy. When I open up my browser (Firefox) I get the error message "The connection was refused when attempting to connect to (every site I've tried)". The same thing happens with IE, so I've ruled out browser trouble.

    My connection status is fine, good signal strength. And, crucially, Yahoo Messenger is working fine. The other two computers networked in my house have no connection problems at all.

    Googling for help has suggested it might be spyware/malware. I've been running AVG Free, and have just upgraded to the fully paid version, but it hasn't found anything. Spybot found some problems, but it was last updated months ago, and can't connect to the internet for any more updates.

    I've tried to install AdAware and Stopzilla (by means of downloading them on another PC and copying to disc), but I keep getting error messages telling me they can't install because another installation is running (it's not).

    Is it a virus that's stopping me from installing new anti-spyware? How can I detect and remove spyware without updates? I'm at my wits' end and about five minutes from throwing the thing out the window.

    8 AnswersSecurity1 decade ago
  • Why has my monitor lost clarity?

    Since I defragged and ran a disk clean-up, my computer monitor has lost some clarity. I haven't changed any of the display settings. It's most obvious with text, which looks like it's been enlarged just a little too much. Does anyone know what happened? How I can fix it?

    1 AnswerMonitors1 decade ago
  • What is the wait time for an MRI scan in Essex?

    I've just been told I need to go for an MRI scan. The problem appears to be an inner ear disorder (labyrinthitis is the working diagnosis) but my ENT seemed a little confused by my myriad symptoms. Hence the MRI. Since it's not life-threatening (although it's not precisely pleasant, either), I don't expect I'm top of the list.

    My local NHS trust is Princess Alexandra in Harlow, Epping and Bishop's Stortford. Am I looking at a wait of a few weeks, months, or years? Would it be worth attempting to go private--especially since I've read that often with these types of disorders, MRI doesn't show much?

    5 AnswersOther - General Health Care1 decade ago
  • How to say 'little sister' in several languages?

    I need an endearment meaning something similar to 'little sister' or 'little one' in Arabic; and also in an African language and a South American one (right now it's not important which; although I'd like to know which one I'm using). I've tried translation sites, but they give me the words in Arabic characters, and I need to be able to write it in English!

    12 AnswersLanguages1 decade ago
  • Where can I retake A levels as a mature student?

    When I took my A levels eight years ago, I didn't intend to go to university. My GCSEs were quite decent, but I lost heart in sixth form. Now I'd like to take a degree in English Language for my own interests, and have got it into my head that I'd like to apply for Cambridge. According to the UCAS tariff I have 380 points at A level, but since I went for quantity not quality, I don't have any grade higher than a C, and I didn't take English as a subject. I've been advised to take one-year A level courses, but I'm having trouble finding any ( only give me regular sixth form courses). I live on the Essex/Herts border, and would prefer going to classes to distance learning. Does anyone know how and where I could take a course?

    9 AnswersHigher Education (University +)1 decade ago
  • Fancy dress 'M' theme?

    My brother is going to a party where the fancy dress theme is M (that's what the birthday girl's name begins with). He and his friend are playing live music. They need costumes that are easy to make/buy (the party's tomorrow!) and also give them plenty of movement to play their instruments. They're both game for a laugh, and would like to go as something matching if possible. Any ideas?

    19 AnswersEntertaining1 decade ago
  • Published author submitting to agents?

    I'm published with small presses and e-publishers but I want to go for the big houses. Trouble is, last time I wrote a query letter I was entirely unpublished...where do I go from here? Do I still target an agent with a specific book? Do I still send sample chapters?

    Honest answers appreciated. No time-wasters please.

    11 AnswersBooks & Authors1 decade ago
  • How long would you wear a cast on an arm with a chipped bone?

    I'm researching for a book and can't seem to find an answer online. One of my characters is recovering from an injury during which the inner edge of her radius is chipped by a bullet. A nurse told me this would be treated in a similar way to a fracture (once the bullet is removed, of course). For continuity purposes, I want to know how long she'd be wearing the cast for, and if it would be a short hand-to-elbow cast as for a broken wrist. Thanks!

    6 AnswersInjuries1 decade ago
  • My Belkin wireless adapter isn't working, please help!?

    I've recently got a new computer and put my wireless card in it to link to my home network. It works fine. However, I bought a wireless adapter for my old PC so I can transfer my files over, but just can't seem to get it working. The computer says it's connected to the network, but I can't get online and it doesn't show up in my computer workgroup.

    I've changed the IP address to be the same as the other computers on the network, and it pings (but it won't ping the default gateway). The old computer used to be connected wirelessly to the network without any problems. Why won't it now?

    The adapter is a Belkin F5D7050uk. The LED light flashes intermittently: I understand it should be on solid, if the connection is working properly. I've re-installed and re-booted several times, but still nothing. I've looked all over the internet for advice and posted on help forums but been ignored. Please help!

    6 AnswersComputer Networking1 decade ago
  • Help with adult dyscalculia?

    I've recently read about a condition called dyscalculia which seems to describe me completely. I have problems with left and right; have to turn a map around to face the right direction; remember phone and PIN numbers by the pattern on the keyboard; work out times tables by adding the numbers up each time; can't remember the rules to scoring things like poker or tennis; absolutely can't catch a ball; can add up a column of numbers several times and get different answers.

    At school I was in top set maths and got a B at GCSE. I've never had any problem with literacy--in fact I am a writer now--which is where I encounter problems with testing, as it all seems to be very expensive and I earn very, very little (yet don't qualify for benefits as am self-employed).

    I'd like to know more about dyscalculia and how to know if I actually do have it or not. Does anyone know how to go about getting tested in the UK, and if it can only be done privately or on the NHS?

    4 AnswersStandards & Testing1 decade ago
  • Cutting a track for an mp3 ringtone?

    I want to use an mp3 track for my mobile ringtone, but not the intro part of it. Is there a way I can trim that part of the track before I download it onto my phone?

    5 AnswersMobile Phones & Plans1 decade ago
  • My knees are killing me since I went skiing!?

    I went skiing for the third time in ten years, a couple of months ago. I lack confidence and so snowplough a lot. Before I went, I made sure to exercise to strengthen my legs, especially my knees since I remembered how skiing wears on them.

    However, it's been more than two months, and my knees are still killing me. I can't kneel down or sit in the same position for long, especially if my knees are totally bent, and walking up stairs hurts too.

    What have I damaged? Will it go away? Can I treat it myself? Is there much point in visiting my doctor or will I just be told to rest and not kneel down, etc?


    6 AnswersInjuries1 decade ago
  • Will my kitten's odd eyes eventually be the same colour?

    My eight-week-old white kittens came from a white, amber-eyed mother (father unknown, the hussy). When I first saw them they had blue eyes, but now they're starting to change. One of the kittens has eyes that both seem to be changing to amber, but the other still has one blue eye, while the other is changing colour. My question is, will he remain odd-eyed, or will it take one eye longer to change than the other and they'll eventually be the same? I'm quite happy for him to be odd-eyed (in fact it makes it easier to tell them apart!) but I would like to know. Thanks.

    9 AnswersCats1 decade ago