June 24, 2002
||From early Net explorations to paying bills online, a bay area family's technological growth has paralleled America's. Story
Toni L. Sandys]
You know the signs: A new gadget comes out and you have to have it -- now. You have drawers stuffed with things that used to buzz and beep but that were abandoned for the latest and greatest. You have more electronics than you can use. You, or someone you know, just might be Tech Times' First Family of Tech.
Discuss digital photography, Windows XP, computers and the Internet with Times personal technology editor Dave Gussow in an online chat at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Go to www.tampabay.com/chat. If you can't be there for the live event, you can go to the Web site to submit questions in advance. A transcript of the chat will be available online Wednesday.
Living the broadband lifestyle
Speed makes a difference in how people use the Internet, according to a study released today by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Solutions: Help for a slow-opening Outlook Express
Q. I switched from Windows 95 to Windows Me. I use Road Runner with Internet Explorer 6 and Outlook Express 6. When I click on the mail icon, it takes about four minutes before the system responds. After the first two minutes I can see the blue box that says Outlook Express 6. It takes another two minutes before the mail section opens up. Someone suggested that there may be a virus involved and that I may have to reformat my hard drive. Is there a less drastic solution? This did not happen when I was using Windows 95. I tried substituting Outlook Express 5 but got the same result.
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