Q. Is there any way to retrieve an email after it's been sent?
A. If you occasionally wish you had a big string attached to a message so you could reel it back in after sending it, take a look at the appropriately named BigString.com Web site. Big String claims to be the only free, erasable, recallable, editable, non-printable email system in the world, or perhaps even the universe. I'll have to get back to you on that. There are some limitations and restrictions, so be sure to read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) file located on the site.
Q. How can I shrink an article so it fits on a sheet of paper for printing?
A. If you encounter a Web page or other document that doesn't quite fit when printed, you can usually reduce its size for printing purposes. To do this, click File > Print Setup or Printer Settings. The wording and location may vary, so click any Options or Advanced buttons, as well.
When you locate the Scale: field, enter a percentage by which the document should be reduced for printing. For example, try printing a document at 75 percent of its original size. If you have the option, select “Shrink to Fit” and your document will automatically be resized to fit the printed page.
If you encounter a situation where some text is cut off on the right side of the printed page, click File > Print Setup and select the Landscape orientation, as opposed to the traditional Portrait orientation. This will cause the page to print across the widest dimension of the paper.
Q. I'd like to print the contacts in my Outlook Express address book. Can you explain how I can do that?
A. It's very easy to do: Start by opening your Address Book, then clicking File > Print. If you just want to print telephone numbers, click Selection > Phone List on the Print Options screen, then select the number of copies followed by OK. If you want to print everything in your address book, select All. The print settings are similar in Windows Mail.
Mr. Modem's Sites of the Week:
Classic TV Ads
A nostalgic collection of classic TV commercials, mostly from the 1950s and '60s, ready to download. While several of the pitches are intentionally amusing, most are laughable due to the hyperbole, the passage of time, and oh, those fashions. The cigarette commercials are breathtaking. Literally and figuratively.
When I was a kid, summer didn't officially begin until I slipped my youthful dogs into a new pair of sneakers. The sneaks were plain, white (occasionally black) canvas, high-top Keds that stood out like beacons, and were the subject of ridicule until they were appropriately scuffed and dirty. There were no see-through soles, no glow-in-the-dark stitching, no celebrity signatures, and no air pumps to inflate either the shoes or the price. We didn't have aerobic shoes, running shoes, walking shoes, basketball shoes, baseball shoes, cross-trainer shoes, deck shoes, rock-climbing shoes, or cashews, for that matter. One pair of Keds did it all. Here on Charlie's Sneaker Pages you will find the history of sneakers, plus FAQs, descriptions, and photos. What this site lacks in aesthetics, it more than makes up for in sole. Scroll down to the “Useful Notes” section for the full historical skinny.
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