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Posted: Saturday, March 27, 2004 7:41 am | Updated: 5:12 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Q. I just bought a new computer and was wondering what's the easiest way to move programs and data from my old computer to my new PC?

A. Moving programs, data and settings to a new computer can be a time-consuming ordeal. Loading applications from their original installation CDs isn't a problem, but configuring the programs, then copying your data into the newly installed software can ruin your day. Meet your new best friend,

Aloha Bob (www.eisenworld.com/ProductsHome.asp).

Aloha Bob PC Relocator Ultra ($70) comes with a USB cable and makes program and data transfers between computers a breeze. The process is fairly simple: First, you install PC Relocator Ultra on both computers, then launch it. A thorough preparation process walks you through steps ranging from a virus check to power setting changes to ensure a smooth transfer.

Next, on your old computer you'll run a wizard to guide you though a variety of options to help you decide what data to transfer. When you purchase a new computer, think about doing some housecleaning and avoid transferring items you're not likely to use again in the future. Once the tough decisions about what data to transfer have been made, you'll run Aloha Bob on the destination (new) computer.

Aloha Bob will transfer programs, data files, desktop (including wallpaper, sound schemes, and screensavers) and Internet settings, email (including encryption), bookmarks and Favorites, Internet connections, user profiles, digital signatures, and other items.

Q. After sending out an email that contains both CC and BCC copies to individuals, I can check my Sent Items folder (in Outlook Express) and see who received CC copies. But how can I check who I included as BCC copies?

A. When you include someone as a CC recipient of an email, all other CC recipients can see who received the email. If you include a person as a BCC recipient, none of the other recipients can see that he or she received a copy. CC and BCC, back in the typewriter era, meant "Carbon Copy" and "Blind Carbon Copy." Today, the same abbreviations are used for email but stand for "Cyber Copy" or "Courtesy Copy."

Now, to answer to your question: Go to your Sent Items folder and right-click on the email you would like to check. From the menu displayed, select Properties > Details. You will see a list of all the people who received your message.

Q. My vision isn't the greatest so I'm having trouble reading the text on my Taskbar buttons. Is there any way to increase the size of the lettering so it's easier for me to read? I'm using Windows 98.

A. Absolutely! To change the font size, follow these steps:

1. Right-click any blank area of your Desktop.

2. From the menu that appears, click Properties > Appearance tab.

3. Using the "Item" drop-down list, select Active Title Bar. Note the many other items listed that you can also customize to your personal tastes.

4. Adjust the font size, color, bold, or italics by selecting the appropriate item to the right of the "font" box.

5. Click Apply to preview your changes, then click OK to accept the changes and exit the Display Properties window.

Mr. M's Geekspeak Translator: Spamouflage

Commercial email delivered from generic or phony email addresses with innocuous Subject lines, designed to slither by email filtering systems and spam-intolerant readers.

Mr. Modem's Sites of the Week:

Civil War Medicine Museum

Imagine being a physician tending to injured soldiers on Civil War battlefields. This online museum gives the imagination a helping hand by preserving and explaining the implements of healing during the war. Under "Collections," see prosthetic devices, dental tools, medicine bottles and panniers -- the heavy chests used to carry medical supplies that included tincture of opium and Peruvian bark extract. There's even a bottle of "strong alcohol" for the John Wayne types who, when facing an amputation, would growl, "Just give me a swig of hooch, Doc, and I'll be okay."

http://civilwarmed.org

Create PDF documents

If you occasionally need to create Adobe format (.pdf) documents, instead of purchasing expensive software, you can create five .pdf documents for free, compliments of Adobe, or sign up for $9.99/month and create or convert unlimited .pdf documents. If you prefer to pay annually, it's $99.

http://createpdf.adobe.com/

Pollution Scorecard

If you have ever wondered how the air quality in your area compares to other areas, you now have an opportunity to check it out first hand. On this site you'll find all 50 states categorized from best to worst regarding various environmental concerns that include air quality, lead pollutants, water purity, and even animal waste (how charming). You can type in your ZIP code to find out what pollutants are being released in your own community, as well as what companies are responsible -- just in case you want to thank them.

www.scorecard.org

(For prompt, personal answers to your computer questions, subscribe to Mr. Modem's weekly newsletter at www.MrModem.com. Read Mr. Modem's column each month in "Smart Computing" magazine. For a free issue, visit www.MrModem.com and click the "Smart Computing/Mr. Modem" logo.)

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