I'd Like to Do Windows: YAU PC
by Alan Zisman (c)
1999. First published
in Toronto Computes,
Richard Sanford asked:
How can an amateur learn the essentials of Windows
starting with assembly, basic, or fortran?
You REALLY don't want to try to program Windows
applications in assembly
Probably the best tool for an amateur to start with is
Basic... it adds drag-and-drop interface creation tools with a core of
Basic-- a language that is much less fiddly than most other popular
languages-- C/C++ or Java, or Pascal/Delphi.
The Dummies books are OK ways to get started-- Visual
Basic 6 for Dummies
Of course, you also need a copy of Visual Basic, to do
of the books around include a limited-use version of VB... for example,
Sams' Teach Yourself Visual Basic 6 in 24 hours by
Greg Perry, which
includes a CD-ROM with "Visual Basic 5 Control Creation Edition".
Alternatively, if you already have a copy of MS Word
or Office, its
macro-language, Visual Basic for Applications, is in fact, a quite
sub-set of Visual Basic, and makes a quite usable tool for learning VB
programming, without having to spend extra money.
Wayne Young wondered:
Is the CD Writer able to save a file or two at any
one time, just
like a HD does, assuming the CD is re-writable?
Virtually all recent CD-ROM drives are able to read
as a result, CD-R/RW drives can write files at various times-- even on
a write-once CD-R disk.
Software such as the popular Adaptec Direct-CD
(bundled with many CD-R
drives, including HP's) allows users to choose to use a CD-R/RW disk as
they would a big floppy-- to write to it using Explorer/My Computer,
from programs-- I even use it to back up machines across my network.
So yes-- you can do what you're describing... even on
lower cost CD-R
Dennis Brown asked:
If I want to remove something from the Registry to
keep it from loading
automatically upon boot up, what area in the Registry would I find
There are several Registry areas that you want:
AND in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
You may find items repeated in both HKEYs, or some
appearing only in
(Note that in Win98, there may also be a Run- area for
from Run (by unchecking them in MSConfig.. items here don?t run
You may want to back uplinese you want to remove, by
selecting the line,
and then using the File/Export command to make a copy that can be added
back in if needed. Alternatively, rather than deleting the line,
by-- for example-- adding a semicolon (;) in front of the existing
Bob Leggate commented:
Hi Alan: Great Column - Keep up the good
Jason Lamb's July 1999 question about a "screen
print" struck a chord
- I have been using a freebie program for several years now called
which is available at several software sites (ZD Net etc.) It is an
program which in essence reactivates the old
"PrintScreen" button. It gives a "snapshot" of the
page on the screen,
with several additional graphic toys to try - partial screen,
etc. For a free program, it?s great. Have a look.
Aww shucks! Thanks for the tip!
Peter Prasad asked:
My school age daughter has an old Window 95
computer with a 1.7 g.
hard drive. Every time she starts the computer, before being fully
a message will appear on desktop as ?There is not enough memory to load
the registry or registry is corrupted. Some devices may not function
How can this message be eliminated?
Most often, this is caused by a lack of free DOS
on computers with lots of RAM. Try increasing the amount of
(DOS) memory?open CONFIG.SYS in a text editor such as DOS EDIT or
Notepad (assuming it does eventually start up Windows), and add the
three lines to the top of the file:
That should create enough free conventional memory
(i.e. below the 640kb
DOS limit) to help.
Joey Zisman wondered:
I have a Zoltrix external modem?it doesn?t have a
but it makes a lot of noise when I dial into the Internet. How can I
from waking my parents when I go online in the middle of the night?
In the Win9x Control Panel, double click on the Modems
your model from the list, and click on the Properties button. Go to the
Connection tab, and click on the Advanced button. You?ll see a space
Extra Settings. Adding ?ATM0? will turn off the sound completely, while
?ATL0? will lower the sound.
These settings will work with most modems?not just
your model. And it?s
nice to see a younger person concerned about his parents!