How do I move my mail files from my old PC to a Mac? I've been using Eudora since 1993 or so.
Your address book, mailbox and filter files can all be moved from your Windows computer to a Mac. First, download the Mac OS X version of Eudora (www.eudora.com) and install it on the new computer. Then head back to the Eudora Web site for step-by-step instructions on how to move the address, mail and filter files from one computer to the next (www.eudora.com/techsupport/kb/1644hq.html). Once you've copied those files to the Mac, fire up Eudora and make sure that it reads them properly; if you want to stick with Eudora, your work is done.
If, on the other hand, you prefer to switch to Apple's built-in Mail program, I recommend downloading a free program called Eudora Mailbox Cleaner (homepage.mac.com/aamann/
Eudora_Mailbox_Cleaner.html), which will prep the old Eudora files you just brought over so Mail can open them without any glitches. I can attest that this freebie did an exceptional job bringing over about a decade's worth of e-mail two years ago.
Going in the other direction, from Mac to PC? The process is a little more complicated, but the directions on the Eudora Web site should see you through: www.eudora.com/techsupport/kb/1333hq.html.
My laptop will no longer run Java applications. When I try to load one, I get a weird "Error 1101" message.
The fix here is to change the software on your computer that runs Java applications embedded in Web pages. Download and install a fresh copy of this "virtual machine" software from Sun Microsystems' Web site (www.java.com), and you should be free of this glitch. In the bargain, you'll also get more reliable Java software than the now obsolete, Microsoft-developed version included in Windows.
-- Rob Pegoraro
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