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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

This collection of computer and web advice was started partly because readers demanded an archive, and partly because some questions were asked again and again. Each page has a different day's Tech Support Pits column.

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03/02/04: Calculator

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From Sue=== Dear Webby, I need a good calculator. What do you recommend? Sue Dear Sue Search for calc.exe Most likely Search will find it in c:\windows\system32, along with PowerCalc.exe. Calc does most routine calcualtor work, but has no "tape". PowerCalc has a "tape", but it is not editable. It has a command line that lets you scroll back through previous commands and lets you repeat those, but it's a bit klutzy. PowerCalc lets you graph equations just like the kids do in school now instead of learning math. What IS handy though are the conversions of weights and measures that PowerCalc will do for you. Once you have found them, make shortcuts for them and drag them onto left corner of the grey taskbar, right next to the START button. After that, a single click will open them. Personally, I use Quattro, the spreadsheet. Excel is almost as good. With a spreadsheet you can put comments beside any entry, sort stuff, go back and edit typos, etc. You can also select a batch of entries, for example the VISA expenses of last year, and with a single click make a graph of them. That lets you quickly spot uncharacteristic entries, and also lets you sit back and muse about trends. Spreadsheets look intimidating to novices, but are actually as easy as falling into bed. Just start playing with them and kicking yourself that you have not started with that much earlier. An often overlooked feature is that you can save a Quattro spreadsheet as HTML and upload it to the web, for a friend or co-worker to view and comment, or to continue a collaborative effort. Have FUN! DearWebby
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