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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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05/23/05: Editor for large files

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From Harvey=== Dear Webby I need an editor that can handle very large plain text files and do reliable search/replace operations on them. What do you recommend? Harvey Dear Harvey The best free editor is still NoteMaid. It is ancient and quite basic, but rock solid. It can handle files up to about 10 MB. You can download it free from No ads, no time limit, no naggers. It's from the days before those nuisances were invented. If you need a more advanced editor, the most powerful editor money can buy is UltraEdit from It is actually a programmer's editor and does all kinds of tricks like syntax highlighting, converting carriage returns to line feeds and vice versa, and probably a lot of stuff that you have never heard of. It even has a built in FTP for up/downloading files to and from a server. If you have to edit large database files or a books, then UltraEdit is your best choice, and often the only one. I have used UltraEdit for many years to write the Humor Letter and I'm happy with it. UltraEdit is not free, it's around $40, but worth every penny, if you occasionally have to work with huge files. Have FUN! Dear Webby
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