Q. Is it true that I can display a unique serial number hidden in my cell phone by pressing certain numbers on the keypad?
A. There is an email making the rounds that suggests if you press a sequence of keys on your cell phone (* # 0 6 #), it will reveal a serial number that you can keep in a safe place. In the event your cell phone is ever stolen, the message advises that you should call your cell phone service provider, give them the serial number, and have your service terminated. The email concludes with a request that you forward the message to everybody you know. (Don't they all?)
While it is true that the above sequence will display a serial number for some (not all) cell phones, if your phone is ever stolen, all you have to do is call your cellular service provider and they will terminate service from that phone. You don't have to provide the phone's serial number.
Whenever you receive a message that encourages you to forward it to everybody you know, just reach for the DELete key. Those types of forwarded messages should never be considered as a reliable source for any news or information.
Q. I use Outlook for my calendar program. Is there some way I can print out my appointments so I don't have to always use my computer?
A. With your Outlook appointments (Calendar) on screen, click a date within the range of dates that you want to print. (Hint: Click View > Current View > Day/Week/Month to display a calendar.) If you want to print a range of dates, click the first date, press and hold the SHIFT key, and click the last date. The entire range of selected dates will be highlighted.
Next, click File > Print and in the Print Style area, select the format in which to print your appointments. Your choices include Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Trifold, and Calendar Details.
In the Print Range area, set the range of dates you want to print. Because you began by entering a date, it should already be entered correctly. If it’s not, you can change it to the print range you prefer. Click OK and your selected calendar dates will be sent to the printer.
Mr. Modem's Sites of the Week:
Analytical Problems and Puzzles
The first thing you’ll have to do upon entering this site is to choose your challenge: “Lateral Thinking” or “Logic Problems.” I was stumped right there. Not a good sign. You can then select from several levels of difficulty ranging from Very Easy to Very Difficult. These are excellent exercises for the brain, but I didn't find the “Very Easy” ones to be particularly easy. Humbling? Yes; Easy? No. Here’s an example of a “very easy” question: “How could a baby fall out of a twenty-story building onto the ground and live?” Answer: “The baby fell out of a ground-floor window.” Pullleeeeze!
Association of Religion Data Archives
Provided by the Social Science Research Institute at Pennsylvania State University, this archive provides access to some of the most comprehensive statistical data on religion in the U.S. and the rest of the world. Visitors can browse the nations of the world to review profiles of demographics, religious freedoms, religious adherents, and other statistics. Holy moly!
Digital Photography School
Here you'll find tips about composition, lighting, how to photograph sunrises and sunsets, vacation photos, intentional under- and over-exposures, aperture settings, lens selections, taking black and white shots, converting files, and much more. There are no classes, no teachers, and no exams at this school. Instead, it's a learning environment where photographers of all levels share their expertise and you are welcome to ask your questions.
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