A Few Things I Don't Know
I'm making one of my periodic attempts to catch up on reader mail, and in the process I'm coming across a lot of questions that I can't readily answer. In some cases, the knowledge needed to answer these queries faded from my brain years ago; in others, I don't and can't use the products or services people are asking about. Here's a short list of some of these topics:
* Windows Millennium Edition and any earlier edition of Windows: Not only do I no longer have access to a computer running any pre-2000 release of Microsoft's operating system, I don't even have a usable copy of any of them. (I'd hoped to install Win 98 in a Parallels Desktop virtual machine, but the CD seems to be damaged.)
* Mac OS 9 and its ancestors: Now that my mom's old iMac has been handed off to charity, I've stopped making even occasional use of these operating systems.
* Fax software: The only time I thought I might need to fax something over the last couple of years -- a credit-card number to reserve a hotel overseas -- I realized it would be faster, simpler and cheaper to call the place via Skype.
* Comcast, Cox and Fios Internet access: Cox and Fios aren't available at my home, and I chose to get DSL instead of Comcast's cable-modem service. (And because I opted not to subscribe to Verizon's DSL, I have no real acquaintance with the software Verizon bundles with its service.)
I will still try to answer questions on these topics, but I have to quiz company representatives and scour online forums and tech-support databases for answers instead of just trying things out on my own computers. Please bear with me in these cases.
I also hope people will understand if sometimes, I can't answer a question at all, lest I wind up neglecting topics that affect a lot more people. I have to prioritize somehow... let's just say that if you're having problems browsing the Web in Mac OS 8 or Windows 3.1, I wish you the best of luck.
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