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Solutions: Make your keyboard click like a typewriter

On any computer that I see on television or in a movie, the keyboard keys make a "clicky" sound. I have not been able to find one as all are now quiet. Since I learned on a typewriter (I guess I'm showing my age), I would like to find one that has that click like a typewriter. Someone said the term is "tactile feedback." Can you recommend a keyboard and where I can find one?

You're "old school" and I respect that. I started out writing BAL programs using punchcards. As quirky as this question is, there happens to be a product that seems to fit the bill perfectly. Check out Sound Pilot at www.colorpilot.com/soundpilot.html. It allows your keyboard to emulate the sounds of Remingtons and Smith Corona typewriters. It costs $15, but that sounds pretty reasonable for something that (in their words) "makes the process of typing more interesting and entertaining, reduces stress, and helps encourage more rhythmical typing."

I am getting a very annoying message each time I click to open a related link on the Internet:

Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library

Runtime Error

Program: C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE

R6025- Pure virtual function call

This is a programming error that could be coming from a number of places. Based on how you're encountering it, I'm suspecting some sort of spyware/malware or virus. Make sure you are up-to-date on Windows updates (go to www.windowsupdate.com) and check your antivirus and antispyware applications. If you do not have an antispyware application installed, use Windows Defender, which you can find at www.microsoft.com/protect/computer/spyware.

I have a Compaq Presario R3000 laptop running Windows XP SP2 and I use Internet Explorer Version 6. I seem to have lost my address line/toolbar and can't seem to find how to recover it. When I want to change a page, I use a search toolbar. How do I recover my lost address line?

Make sure it is turned on: From Internet Explorer menubar click View, Toolbars and make sure Address Bar is checked. If it is, then it is most likely just minimized. Make sure "Lock the Toolbars" is off (same place in the menubar we just checked) and then try to drag and pull the different sections of your Internet Explorer toolbars to expose the Address Toolbar. Once you find and restore it, go back to View, Toolbars and then click the "Lock the Toolbars" option to prevent inadvertent mouse clicks from covering up the Address Bar in the future.

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Solutions: Make your keyboard click like a typewriter 06/03/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 3, 2008 5:04pm]
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