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Ask Mr. Modem! 6-1-07

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Posted: Monday, June 4, 2007 11:51 am | Updated: 6:00 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Q. I know this is a little bit out of the area you usually cover, but last month I started receiving text messages on my cell phone, a phone that I have owned since before text messaging came about. I was surprised that it even had the capability of receiving them. The text messages are from people trying to sell me something, which I definitely do not want. What can I do about this?

A. The only way you can stop that is to contact your cell phone provider (carrier) and have them terminate the text-messaging feature. If you do not plan to use text messaging, it’s important to remove that capability because you will likely be charged for those unwanted, unsolicited, unwelcomed text messages.

These types of intrusive text messages have nothing to do with any “Do-Not-Call” list registrations you may have filed. To participate in the National Do-Not-Call Registry, visit According to the Federal Trade Commission, and despite rumors to the contrary, it is NOT necessary to register cell phone numbers.

Q. Can you recommend a small calendar program that will reside on the Taskbar and remain accessible no matter what windows are open? I need something that’s going to be handy so when I’m planning an event or booking an airline ticket, I can quickly glance at a calendar.

A. Actually, Windows' calendar does exactly what you're looking for. Double-click the time or date display in the lower right-hand corner of your screen. That will display the Date/Time Properties dialog box. If you want to view the July 2007 calendar, use the small “arrow” keys in the Date section of the Date & Time tab to navigate to that calendar. Windows Vista users should single-click the time display, then use the left and right arrows on either side of the displayed month calendar to scroll to other months and years. I use this calendar frequently, but the trick is not to click Apply after you’re through using it so you don’t change the date on your computer. Instead, just click Cancel to exit.

Q. For no particular reason that I can think of, my Outlook Express has started blocking attachments. Can you tell me how I can “unblock” OE so I can receive attachments again?

A. The current version of OE automatically blocks attachments on the theory that they might possibly contain viruses. This option has always been part of Outlook Express, but with the most recent upgrade, the option is enabled by default. To turn it off (the way it was previously), click Tools > Options > Security tab. Under Virus Protection, click to remove the check mark from the box labeled "Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus,” followed by OK.

As long as you keep your anti-virus software updated, you’ll still be protected from viruses.

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