Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Windows XP users can set default to play music CDs automatically

By Kim Komando
Gannett News Service

Question: When I put a music CD in my Windows XP system, it always asks me what it should do. How can I make the computer simply play the music?

Answer: You need to set up Windows XP for automatic CD play. To do that, click Start, My Computer. Right-click the CD or DVD drive and click Properties. Select the AutoPlay tab and click "Select an action to perform." Select Windows Media Player (or another player, if you prefer). Click Apply, OK.

Q: I would like to post items in newsgroups. Is there a free "newsreader" program that works with Internet Explorer?

A: Probably the best known is Free Agent by Forte (www.forteinc.com) . It's part of Agent 2.0, which costs $29 after a 30-day trial. If you choose not to pay, it reverts to the Free Agent. You also can use Outlook Express, which comes with Internet Explorer 6.0. If you don't have Outlook Express, download the latest version of Internet Explorer 6.0 at www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/down loads/critical/ie6sp1/default.mspx.

Q: I am afraid my 15-year-old son is into online pornography. When he gets off the computer, he deletes all cookies and temporary files. Is there still a way to see what he has been doing?

A: You could install a key logger. These programs will tell you everything he does on the computer. Here are three programs:

• Guardian Monitor ($40): www.guardiansoftware.com

• PC Tattletale ($40): www.pctattletale.com

• Spector Pro ($100): www.spectorsoft.com


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