How do you speed up image downloads from a digital camera?
Virtually all cameras come with a USB cable to move image files from a camera to a computer. But most cameras use USB 1.1 (the old 12-Mbps interface), so image transfers can take some time. Someday, cameras will have USB 2.0 High Speed ports (for a whopping 400-Mbps connection), but until that day, you may want to invest in an inexpensive USB 2.0 memory card reader. Besides being much faster, such a reader won't run down your camera's battery while you're moving your images.
How do you recover a deleted outlook contact?
You're fortunate that you use Microsoft Outlook-in Outlook Express you'd be out of luck. In Outlook, the Deleted Items folder holds deleted items of all types, including Contacts. If you haven't emptied it recently, that contact is probably still around. Start by opening the Deleted Items folder. Point the mouse at the column header that contains a bent-corner document icon. A ToolTip should appear saying "Sort by: Icon." Click on this column header. From the menu select View | Arrange By | Show in Groups. Now the items are sorted by type, and you can hide all of a given type by clicking the boxed-minus icon at the left of the Message Class header. When you hide the other types, it will be easy to find any deleted contacts. Click on the boxed-plus icon at left of the Contacts header if you don't see the individual deleted contacts. Then find the lost one and drag it back into your Contacts folder.
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