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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Making files play nice with Media Player; Syncing online and local Outlook

By Steve Alexander






JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) QUESTION: When I try to open some email attachments that I want to run on Windows Media Player, I get an error message: "Windows Media cannot play the file. The player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file." What does this mean? What's a codec? How do I fix this problem?

—Bill Inman, Brooklyn Park, Minn.

ANSWER: You're getting an error message because there are certain types of files that Windows Media Player doesn't support. Not surprisingly, these include some common Apple file formats, such as the video format ".mov," that were intended to play on Apple's QuickTime program.

One solution is to install the free QuickTime for Windows program from Apple. You can find it at on Apple's website, at http://tinyurl.com/8vts. When you receive a file in an e-mail, click it. It should automatically run on either QuickTime or Windows Media Player.

Alternatively you could install a new codec, which stands for coder-decoder software. Codecs can make QuickTime files run on the Windows Media Player program, or Windows Media Player files run on the QuickTime program.

CNet, a reviewer of software, recommends the free Windows Essentials Media Codec Pack for Windows Media Player, which is designed to play nearly all types of movie and music files available on the Internet. It can be downloaded on CNet's website at http://tinyurl.com/bnn553h. Microsoft offers a free codec to make Windows Media Player files work on QuickTime for Apple Macintosh computers; find it on their site at hhttp://tinyurl.com/bobhenj.

It's also possible to convert some file types to others, such as changing a Windows Media song file to one that will work in Apple's iTunes. Apple offers an explanation online at http://tinyurl.com/ckx3ttq. But it's better to avoid file conversions because the file quality can be hurt in the process.

Q: I was affected by the issue you wrote about in last week's column, Microsoft's conversion of its Hotmail.com Web email service to Outlook.com. When I compared Outlook.com on the Web to the Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 program on our computers at work, I found the layout and options of Outlook 2007 were far superior. If I install the Outlook 2007 program on my own PC, can I route my new Outlook.com email to it instead of viewing Outlook.com online?

—Brian Ziegler, Elk River, Minn.

A: Yes, you can configure your online Outlook.com account to work through your PC's Outlook program as long as you use the 2003, 2007 or 2010 versions of the Outlook PC software. But first you have to install a free piece of software from Microsoft called the "Outlook Hotmail Connector." (Yes, the name is outdated since Hotmail technically no longer exists.) Once you install the software, you must make some manual changes to Outlook.com, such as server settings. For details, see Microsoft's help article on the subject at http://tinyurl.com/bnnp8vu.

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Previously:



Cellphone won't stream live sports anymore; Hotmail v. Outlook
Getting video calling to work on Facebook; Adobe Digital Editions e-reader
Wilderness Internet is costly, slow; Windows Vista Service Pack 2 problems
She can't send e-mail but still receives it; laptop loses wifi connection when asleep
Push to talk aboard ship; retrieve deleted text messages from an iPhone, when on and off
Using email to send iPad text messages; photo recovery program for camera card that has become corrupt
How to avoid getting more spam e-mail
How to solve PC problems from afar; import old e-mails into the Thunderbird e-mail program
Apple iPad ready to travel
How to add software to a diskless PC
Connecting a new PC to an older printer



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