Ask Mr. Modem: A saved Wi-Fi password is not hard to find

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Ask Numbers

Find measurement conversion charts and converters for metric, imperial and U.S. systems on this website. In addition to conversion calculators, scientific calculators, definitions, abbreviations and formulas, the site also provides printable metric conversion tables and unit converters for commonly used metric units. (Historical footnote: On Feb. 10, 1964, the National Bureau of Standards mandated the use of the metric system in the U.S. Thus began our nation’s conversion to the metric system. How’s that working out?)


In Search of Myths

and Heroes

This site, which is based on the PBS program of the same name, focuses on four myths: the Queen of Sheba, Shangri-La, King Arthur and “The harder you swing, the farther the golf ball will go.” Just kidding. The fourth myth is Jason and the Argonauts. After selecting a myth to explore, you will be taken to the main myths page. Select your myth or visit one of the other two sections: Myths & Archetypes or What is a Myth?


Reflex Games

These 12 highly addicting reflex games are designed to test your — well, um, reflexes. The games are all free and are great fun while at the same time being so frustrating that your head might explode, so caution is advised. Compete against yourself or register on the site and compete against others. Oops! I almost forgot: There is also a tab for Memory Games.

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Help! I forgot my Wi-Fi network password at home and I’m in a panic. Is there any way to recover it? I’m using Windows 7.

If you are still able to use your Wi-Fi, you can view your saved password by clicking the wireless connection icon on the Taskbar, right-clicking the network you are connected to, then clicking Properties.

On the Security tab, one field will display the Network Security Key as a series of dots or asterisks. Below that will be a little check box to “Show Characters,” which will display the Network Security Key and your saved password.

If the password wasn’t saved for any reason, or you cannot access it in this manner, most routers have a Reset button that will reset it to factory settings. You would then need to use the setup instructions from the router manufacturer to set up the router as if it were brand new and assign it a new password in the process.

I lost the Windows XP icon in the bottom right-hand corner that shows I am connected to the Internet. How can I get it back?

In Windows XP, go to the Control Panel > Network Connections. Right-click your preferred network (if you have multiple points of access), then click Properties. It will be the one that displays the Connected status.

Make sure you are on the General tab and that the “Show Icon in Notification Area When Connected” box is checked. Click OK and the icon will appear.

Windows Vista and 7 users, right-click the Taskbar and select Properties. In the Notification area, click the Customize button. You will then have several options available to you. Place a check in the Network box and click Apply > OK to return the connectivity icon to its original location.

What is a message thread?

A message thread is an online discussion (via email, text, message board, forum or other venue) composed of an original message and all subsequent replies.

A single forum or message board typically contains many threads covering a variety of subjects. Reading each message chronologically in a thread is like reading a transcript of an ongoing conversation. You can start a new thread by posting a message that is not a reply to a previous message.

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