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How can I retrieve Yahoo password?

I have an email account at Yahoo. Unfortunately, I forgot my password and even the security question. Can I get my password back?

tech reviews Updated: Jul 02, 2003 16:00 IST

I have an email account at Yahoo. Unfortunately, I forgot my password and even the security question. Can I get my password back? (Anirudh Mehta)

Write to the support email ID on the Yahoo site, stating your problem. You could ask people to resend emails to you on a new account.

A reader in one of your previous columns inquired about putting two processors together in one computer. I have a P100, 32MB RAM PC. I also have a P133. Is there anyway I could put that to use with my old computer? (Sidharth Saddi)

That 'one' computer is really a cluster of two or more computers running together as one. This concept is used to string together several computers to create a supercomputer. Find out more at www.beouwulf-underground.org. You will also find other supercomputer clusters made in India. These two old chips clustered won't even outperform today's PIVs or AMD AthlonXPs. You need to create a huge cluster of fast processors to create a true supercomputer. Plus, ordinary applications don't work on such clusters, and is more targetted for science, research, and defense purposes.

I have paid for the license of WinXP and Win2000. Do I still need a license to use the older versions like Win98 or WinNT? (Ajay Goel)

Yes. You may find that older version licences may no longer be available either, forcing you to upgrade hardware if need be, along with the software, to continue using your existing data.

I received an email from support@microsoft.com and it came with an attached file which showed nothing. How can I view that file? (Bhaskar Ghosh)

Virus! Go to antivirus.com, or the website of your favourite antivirus software, read about it in the list of new viruses, and immediately update your antirvirus software.

Every time I start Photoshop, I get the message ‘scratch disk is full’ when I create a new document? (Shikha Bhardwaj)

Photoshop requires huge amounts of RAM, and when it discovers it has used up all the memory, it creates a clever 'swap' space on your hard disk, using this as a 'virtual' RAM. Data is then shuttled back and forth between actual RAM and this 'scratch' disk. However, should your hard disk have no free space, Photoshop can no longer work.

In your previous column you mentioned how some Indians have created LiFY, their own free Linux distribution. I am excited about creating my own Linux operating system bundle in my name which I can give away to all my friends and colleagues who otherwise have to use MS Windows. Please guide me. (Rajiv Nair)

Learn how to create your own GnuLinux distribution with bundled OS, OpenOffice for wordprocessing and spreadsheets, Mozilla web browser, email clients, chat software, graphics, multimedia, Internet, and even development, databasing, and education software. All free and ready-to-use. You can collate thousands of free software in your own GnuLinux distribution and give it away free. Learn all this at www.linuxfromscratch.org. If you wish to create a GnuLinux that just boots from a CD like Knoppix or LiFY, get hold of Knoppix-customize. You can even customize Knoppix using MS Windows. Get it from http://hydra.linuxtag.uni-kl.de/~kester/knoppix-customize/ and do read the FAQs.

Can I have my own email IDs with my own choosen domain name? I have visited indiatimes but they are charging Rs 1,200, which is very costly. Can you suggest me few more sites? (Yash Sobti, Ghaziabad)

You can register your own domain, like myowndomain.com, and then have your own email ids, such as yash@myowndomain.com, from several domain registering companies. Do a google-search for 'domain registering in India'. Try biznetindia.com. An annual domain registration could cost approx Rs 350 to Rs 550. Host it on a server for Rs 1,000 or so extra, and you can also have your own website, unlimited email ids, and several other features.

Since my PC stays idle for long hours, I decided to switch off its monitor, which is a Samsung 753s. However, when I reswitched on the monitor, I discovered all the colors have become garish. Is my monitor damaged? (Shazid Ahmad)

Your PC does not know the monitor is physically switched off, and after a few minutes tries to send the monitor to sleep-mode using the video cable. Physically re-switching it on, and then rolling the mouse to 'wake up' the monitor is quite a rude awakening, hence the garish color tones. Press the menu button on the monitor's casing, and shuffle through the On Screen Display menu until you find the 'degauss' option. Select that, the monitor's display will rigorously shake itself, and its colors will come back to normal.

Can I convert a flash movie into a screensaver? (Puneet Batra)

Flash ScreenSaver Master 1.03, a free utility available from cnet.com/downloads, does the job.

I need to professionally typeset and create a book written in Malayalam. Is there any free alternative software to do this? (M Arun)

A stable version of the LaTeX package for Malayalam has just been released, at http://malayalam.sarovar.org. LaTeX is an extension to the classic twenty-five years old industry-standard TeX programming language, created by Donald Knuth. You can run LaTeX on Windows or GnuLinux.

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First Published: Jun 19, 2003 16:16 IST