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by Dave Hamilton

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Back From The Dead With Networking, Virtual PC, & Cable Modem Answers - September 19th

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November 2001

Networking, Cable Modems, & USB Printer Sharing - November 16th

October 2001

Ethernet Fun, Word 6 Quandry, & DVD In Mac OS X 10.1 - October 5th

August 2001

Palm Organizing, Upgrade Tips, & Opening .EXE Files - August 17th

July 2001

Helping PC Techs With Mac Ethernet & Printing Problems - July 6th

June 2001

Network Game Hosting, PC Modems, & Old Hard Drives - June 15th
Advanced Networking Help & Missing Extensions - June 8th

May 2001

Networking Help & Portable Advice - May 18th

April 2001

IE Java Freezes & Playing DivX On Your Mac - April 20th
AirPort, Upgrading From Beta To OS X Final, & Hard Drives - April 6th

March 2001

Dave's FAQ: Viruses, X On Clones, & Old Printers - March 16th
OS X Networking, Cube Hard Drives, & The Green Hornet - March 9th

February 2001

More Toolbar Menus & Advice For Someone Coming From The Dark Side - February 26th
Wiring Your House, LaserWriter Problems, & Burning Audio CDs - February 6th 

January 2001

AirPort Troubles, Modem Tips, & Printers - January 19th

December 2000

Legacy Peripherals, Non-Mounting CDs, & Logging Modem Data - December 29th
Ethernet/LocalTalk, MP3 To WAV, & Cheap Stock Trades - December 8th

November 2000

Totally Trashed Finders, Organizer 2.0, & iMac Recordings - November 24th

October 2000

Dead Clones, IE 5 Problems, & Netscape Too - October 13th

September 2000

SCSI/USB, Deus Ex Mice, & The Command Line In OS X - September 29th
Hard Drive Tips For Mac OS X Beta, Networks Problems, & iMac DV Crashes - September 18th
CD-ROMs, G4 OS Support, & Building A Gaming Network - September 1st

August 2000

The Non-Bootable G3, Upgrade Advice, & S-Video Adapters - August 18th
Trouble with FireWire On Your Pismo? Dave says, 'RTFM' - August 11th

July 2000

Inkjet Printers, iMovie Formats, & Network Problems - July 28th
.AVI Files, IDE Drives, & Weird Auto-Rebooting Macs
- July 14th
From LP To CD, Ethernet Problems, & Startup Disks
- July 7th

June 2000

Printing On PC Networks, DSL On Macs, & Upgrade Advice - June 30th
Spring Cleaning Tips, G4 Modem Problems, & Shutdown Trouble
- June 23rd
Mix-n-Match AirPort Networks, Video Cards, & SCSI Drives
- June 16th
Token Rings, Open Transport Errors, & CD-ROM Drives
- June 9th
DSL Speeds W/AirPort, Remote Administration, & RAM Limitations
- June 2nd

May 2000

Add-On CDRW Drives, Network Rebooting, & Monitor Problems - May 26th
Internal Speakers, Claris Organizer, & AOL Images
- May 19th
Mac-PC Networking, Launcher Problems, & Cable/DSL Security
- May 12th
File Synchronization, Digital Video Buying Advice, & Ethernet Cards
- May 5th

April 2000

Playing .AVI Files, Virtual Memory Problems, & More On .EXE Files - April 28th
iDisk Problems & ".EXE" Files On Your Mac
- April 14th
Netscape Printing & "Smart Browsing," And More MP3 Quality
- April 7th

March 2000

Blessed System Folders & MP3 Quality - March 31st
Missing Finder Menus & Networking Help
- March 24th
Freezing USB Mice Explained!
- March 17th
Using Old Peripherals With A New Mac; An Update On Freezing Mice!
- March 10th
Frozen USB Mice, Adding ATA Controllers & Florida Vacations!
- March 3rd

February 2000

USB Printer Sharing, Crashes, & PCI ATA Controllers - February 25th
Upgrade Advice, Shutdown Freezes, & Using PC Parts
- February 18th
The Low Down On Ethernet And Data Recovery
- February 11th
Dave Shares Some Of His Techiques For Finding Answers!
- February 4th

January 2000

Font Problems, Mac/PC Networking, & Upgrade Advice - January 28th
SCSI-USB Conversion, Upgrade Advice, & AGP Voodoo3 Cards
- January 21st
ViaVoice Errors, Networking, & Proxy Servers
- January 14th
Remote Control Another Mac for FREE & Help with Disk Images
- January 7th

December 1999

MIMEs, USB Cameras, & Controlling Someone Else's Mac - December 31st
RAM, USB Gaming Options, & Mac/PC Networking
- December 24th
Which Voodoo3 Card Is Right For You?
- December 17th
Ethernet to LocalTalk, USB, and Helping A Mac User Choose AppleShare
- December 10th
Upgrading CD-ROMs, Networking, And My First Y2K Question!
- December 3rd

November 1999

Epson Printer Driver Crashes, Mac OS 9 RAM, and Finder Delays - November 26th
Novell Networks, G4s, DVD ROM or RAM, And More On DSL Stalls
- November 18th
DSL Stalls, Word 6 Crashes, and More Bad RAM
- November 11th
Mac OS 9 Compatibility, And The G3 Vs. The G4
- November 4th

October 1999

Should You Upgrade To Mac OS 9? - October 28th
Mac/PC Security Through Cable Modems
- October 21st
USB Tips, Faster Internet, And MacOS 9
- October 14th
Dealing With The Undeletable Folder From [That Hot Place]
- October 7th

September 1999

AVI and More Networking Questions Answered - September 30th
Networking and PowerBook Questions Answered
- September 23rd
Yellow Monitors, And Dave Gets Corrected
- September 16th
Desktop Files Explained and B&W G3s
- September 9th
Products That Can Solve Your Problems
- September 2nd

August 1999

Networking New Macs With Older Printers - August 26th
Dead Hard Drives and QuickTime 4
- August 19th
New Networking Nightmares
- August 12th
Networking And Mac-to-Stereo Hookups
- August 5th

July 1999

The Honest Truth About Hard Drives - July 29th
Positively Puzzling Printers!
- July 22nd
Mind-boggling Malfunctioning Monitors!
- July 15th
Dave's Rules for Backing Up Your Mac (and more!)
- July 8th
A Hard Drive Specification Primer and Sanford & Son!
- July 1st

June 1999

Newer Macs On Old Networks And A Fix For The Dreaded Death Spiral - June 24th
Of Drives And RAM
- June 17th
How Do I Back Up My Blue & White!?!?
- June 10th
The Dreaded Death Spiral
- June 3rd

May 1999

Modem Scripts, Proxy Servers, Power Losses,and an AutoCAD Update - May 27th
Mega Networking, OS 8.5 On Umax Clones, Recording, and Roadrunner
- May 20th
DHCP & Cable Modems, PC Emulation, and School Networking
- May 13th
SCSI On B&Ws, Mac Novell Networking, and SOHO Networking
- May 6th

April 1999

Word Problems, Power Strips, Swapping Motherboards, and Disk Errors - April 29th
Word Margins, Video Cards, Stuffit, Geoport Modems, and an Observer Call
- April 22nd
Ethernet Printing, Netscape Prefs, Home Networks, and CrashGuard
- April 15th
Upgrading To 8.5.1, Multiple Monitors, Partition Errors, And Nav Services
- April 8th
The QuickTime/SimpleText Connection, 8.5.1 RAM, and Miscreant SCSI Busses
- April 1st

March 1999

The Truth About Virtual Memory, Purging RAM, and the Desktop - March 25th
The Meaning Of SCSI, PC-Mac Networks, and Virus Protection
- March 18th
Disk Doctor, Scanners, and PRAM, Oh My!
- March 11th
Basic Networking, Type 2 Errors, And The Scrapbook
- March 4th

February 1999

Missing Trash, Aliases, and Type 11 Errors - February 25th

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