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please comment if u hate ur parents. ok so me and my friends nickname EVERYTHING, and so we nicknamed going to utah with her as "getting drunk" as a joke. then my stupid ass mother got on my fb and read our conversation and we were talking about "getting drunk" (going to utah) and then she FREAKED out and i was like wtf? so now she thinks im going down the "wrong rode"

Explain to your mother that it's an inside joke. Refer to other more innocent-sounding inside jokes to prove the point. If she doesn't know the inside joke and therefore takes it literally, she has reason to be concerned.

Also, if you don't actually drink, point that out and reassure her that there is no need to be worried.

Other than that, there isn't really much you can do. Some parents are more paranoid than others. If your mother doesn't believe you, tough luck.
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I'm female, 15, and i'm not sexually active. Nor have i ever been. But my vagina has a really gross smell to it, and i always just feel dirty down there. I don't thiiiiiiink i have a yeast infection. I haven't gone to a doctor about this, and i don't plan to. Is there anything i can buy at the store, or anything else i can do to get rid of this smell? and to feel cleaner down there?

If you don't have any infections (are you sure?), then the smell should just be your natural smell.

Just washing with water and soap should be enough.
Use panty liners and change them frequently if you think it is necessary. Also, make sure your underpants are not too tight. Cotton ones are the best because they absorb moisture.
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I was thinking of starting an early Christmas gift round this week but I don't want to seem stupid in the lines when I buy lots of Christmas presents for my friends and family. I want to beat the holiday rush and I don't see WHY it would be wrong to buy now but I don't know if I'm missing something. Is it too soon to start my holiday Christmas shopping or should I wait a little longer before I start buying gifts? What do you think and why?

Good for you to be so organised. I think it is a good idea to start early and beat the holiday rush. This is especially true if you have lots of friends and family members for whom you intend to buy presents. I don't see how it can be "wrong".

Just keep in mind that the earlier you buy something, the longer you will have to store it for before you give it away. This might be an issue if you don't have enough space to store all the presents you intend to buy, or if you tend to lose things easily.

Other than that, the only disadvantage is that you might see a more suitable present for someone after you've already bought something for that person.
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i just have a couple of questions about the sims 3 game. first off, my sims have raised their kids to adults but i can figure out how to get them married. they all have girlfrinds and boyfriends but i cant do anything else. i thought maybe it was because i have a full household but i figured i could make them move out. i cant do that though without making the new home the active home. if i make the new one active, can i still go back and play the house i have now? thanks so much in advance.

After your Sims who you want to get to marry are going steady, make sure they have full relationship bars and get them to do some romantic interactions until the box in the top corner says that "[other Sim] thinks [active Sim] is irresistible". There should then be an option for them to get engaged, and then they can either have a private wedding or a wedding party.
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my name iS Rachel and I go to a mental health center 5 days a week monday through Friday but anyways here is my problem they let us smoke at the center and there are a bunch of people that smoke and I don't mind giving out ciggerates once in a while and everybody gives them back to me except this one girl who lives in a group home and I understand that she only gets $31.00 a month out of her social sucurity check but it never fails she always asks me for at least 6 or 7 smokes a day and I know she can't afford to pay me back should I mention it to a staff member or would I be a snitch?

What do you expect a staff member to do about it?

Just don't give her any if she never gives them back.
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im a senior in high school and im not sure what i really should do. I want to join a sport team and get a job to make money, but at the same time i wanna be free and hang out with my friends and family so if i get a job i wouldnt have a fun time with friends and i want to enjoy since im a senior so i rather work after i graduate, but i need money to buy a car and other things i need or wants and same with sports i might miss out something and i might get too tired to do my homework or study so im really confused what should i do? if i get a job/sport/school i wouldnt have time for anything i want to have fun before i step into a real world =[

If whatever sport you plan to do isn't fun, why are you doing it? See, there's fun for you. Encourage your friends to join in too. Then you'll get to spend time with them. (You'll make new friends at your sport team anyway.)

As for the job, if your family can afford to support you, you're probably better off focusing on your studies while you can, but go for it if you really need the money. It'll be good work experience too.

Just give it a go. You'll get used to being busy. Having more commitments will force you to manage your time properly. Just make sure your commitments don't clash, and that you still have enough time to sleep after getting everything done.

I used to be one who never got involved in anything and thus had all the free time I needed. It was great. I had the time to go online and do whatever I wanted, and I did well at school.

Then I suddenly became interested in doing more (after a really good cycling event). My life has never been the same ever since. I became involved in doing a lot of things. Having a lot of free time was great, but this is even better.

I'm at university. I overload every semester, and I help run three of the clubs on campus and am involved with another five outside. I still have time to go out with my friends. You can do it too.

To be fair, this kind of life isn't for everyone, but just give it a try. You can quit if it's really too much.
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whats a girls bra size if she measures 37 1/2 inches around her boobs and 30 1/2 inches under her boobs...

Here, use this bra size calculator:

http://www.85b.org/bra_calc.php
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At my school, the seniors compete in a costume contest every year. We go on stage and perform a skit based on what our costumes are.

There's about 7-8 of us in the group, 3 of which our guys and the rest are girls.
We were thinking about Power Rangers..going on stage and playing "Go go power rangers!" and having one of us dress up as a monster randomly come up and we'll fight it haha.

I like this idea... but I want a costume that's "cuter".

..So I need IDEAS!!!!!!

..Feedback on the power ranger idea?

I like the Power Ranger idea too, but if you want a cuter costume, there are better options.

Dress up as pirates. There are cute pirate costumes if you want to be cute. You can either be attacking another ship with people or fighting fantasy creatures (as in the Pirates of the Caribbean series).

Otherwise, think about other shows. Cartoon characters can be interesting too. For example, Pokemon or Sailor Moon.

For Pokemon, you have the options of being a trainer or a Pokemon. Of course, this would require the members in your group to decide on who gets to be what.

As for Sailor Moon, you have enough girls for all the Sailor Scouts, and then one guy can be Tuxedo Mask and the other two can be any of the many villains.
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Tomorrow I'm going to my town's annual carnival. Usually I don't bring a purse, or I leave it in the car, but for personal reasons I'll need to take it with me, & I won't have time to walk to the car every time I need it.

So, any advice on what to do with your purse when you get on a ride? I'd take it on with me, but wouldn't it just fly off the ride or something? Also, I know some ride operators that will hold your things for you, but I'm really untrusting about things like that, & pretty much anyone could just walk up & take it when the operator is distracted. Any advice?

If you don't have too much stuff to carry, you might be able to get away with carrying the stuff in your pockets. Wear something with zip up pockets so that your stuff won't fall out.

Otherwise, use a small backpack to carry your stuff and wear that onto the ride. It helps if you can conceal it with a jacket, because ride operators are not supposed to let you take stuff onto the ride.
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So yesterday (sunday) my sister had plans to go to her boyfriends house for a bbq. (16f) My mom bought an apple pie and a cute small pot of flowers (yellow) for her to bring. She flipped out saying its so stupid and nobody does that, and all her friends say its dumb and "gay." I thought it was a really good idea. Anyway she was late, and almost didnt go because she got into a huge argument over it with my parents and refused to take them. She wasnt even going to call her boyfriend to tell him she couldnt go. We even tried to get her to just bring the apple pie. My mom ended up bringing it when she dropped my sister off, but it was almost such a waste, we bought two apple pies one for us and one for them so it wasnt like we could just eat it.
Opinions? thanks. and help.

How is it dumb or "gay" to bring a gift when visiting someone's house? I would've thought it was a polite thing to do.

If your sister spends a lot of time at her boyfriend's house, it might seem unnecessary, but it was rude for her to tell your mom that it's stupid. Your mom was trying to do her a favour.

An important message for your sister is to think about why people do things. Keep in mind the good intentions even if the actions are not appreciated. Also, chill out. It is unnecessary to make a big deal out of an apple pie.
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Is there any sites where I can download philosophy podcasts to my iPod for free?

Thanks!

I recommend The Philosopher's Zone. It's from ABC Radio National.

http://www.abc.net.au/rn/philosopherszone/

Podcast directories such as Podcast Alley http://www.podcastalley.com will have a philosophy section. Look through it.

Check the philosophy section on iTunes podcasts too.
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A company I work with is starting a magazine and each employee needs to have their own article/column. I need ideas for what kind of colums magazines have so I know what I should write about. Examples are fashion, sports, nutrition, gossip, product review, hair and make up, how to, advice, etc.... I need as many ideas as possible so give me ideas no matter how many I already have please!!! Thank you so much!!

Your question probably implies that it is not a magazine for a specific interest, but rather for a more general audience.

So, think about who your target audience is. What do you think said people want to read about? (It helps if you are part of this demographic. If not, ask someone who is.)

A topic appeals to a general audience would be current affairs. Pick one that is relevant to your target demographic. For example, the economy is relevant to everyone. Relate it specifically to your target demographic. Another example would be health care reforms. (This is an example about the US. If you live in another country, substitute a local issue.)

Food-related topics are good too. Recipes, restaurant guides, guides on where to buy specific ingredients, etc. Similarly, guides to recreational destinations are appropriate for a general audience.

I would actually recommend against health-themed articles unless you really know what you're talking about.

Most importantly, whatever topic you choose, do your research properly.
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I just started high school and I'm trying to figure out what classes to take for my future. The problem is that I don't even know what I want to be when I grow up. I mean, how do they expect a 14 to 15 year old to decide what they want to be for the rest of their lives? We're so young! My school and parents put so much pressure on me to know what I'm going to become later in life. I feel like I'm running out of time to choose what I want to do and it's really frustrating. They want me to choose specific classes to help me accomplish my "dream job" but...I have no idea what I want to do! How do I decide?

Indeed, you're right. How can one expect 15-year-olds to decide what they want to be for the rest of their lives? A lucky few do know what their dream job is at that age, but many do not. I remember being in my final year of high school, having to decide what to study at university, and not having any idea what I wanted to do.

One thing you can do at this stage is to consider your strengths and weaknesses, and the nature of work you prefer.

Think about what your best subjects are. At the very least, you should be able to answer whether you're better at mathematical and logical subjects (such as maths, physics, chemistry, economics, and IT), ones that require a lot of reading and writing (such as English (or other languages) and history), or creative subjects (visual arts, music, and drama). If you're lucky, these will also be the subjects that you like.

Another thing to consider is your personality. How outgoing are you? If you're not outgoing, jobs that require working with a lot of people might not be the best for you. (Do keep in mind that no matter what you do, you will have to deal with people at some stage.) Do you like travelling? (It's hard work!) Are you prepared to work irregular hours? Do you cope well with change? Do some research about different jobs and think about which ones suit you.

If your school has a careers counsellor, make use of the service. They are likely to have useful resources like detailed questionnaires (to help you decide what suits you the best) and information about various jobs (to let you know about the jobs so that you can decide what sounds better to you).

I hope that this gives you some idea what you want to do, and that your parents will be supportive of your decisions.

Keep in mind that not everyone ends up working in (or staying in) the field that they studied at university. You will most likely have a chance to change if you decide that you don't like what you're doing.
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okay so there is this guy who is a year older than me who i've never talked to on my facebook. he commented on two of my posts and then one day i saw him at aa bus stop i didnt say hi or anything because i wasnt sure he would know who i was. then the next day on facebook i'm like "hey i saw you at the bus stop. i was the girl in the green shirt" and he was like " that was you i was totally checking you out." then i replied and after that he's like do you want to hang out. i got alittle uncomfortable because i dont know anything about this guy so i told him i had to work. now his facebook status is like "i'm falling for someone i hope" i kind of feel like ugh i kind have hung out with him but i missed my chance. but i guess my question is did i do the right thing?

If you felt uncomfortable at the time, it was right for you to decline the invitation to hang out.

You do have him as a friend on Facebook, right? Talk to him if that's what you want now.

As a side note, why do you have someone you don't know as a friend on Facebook in the first place anyway?
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I know it's an odd question but I was thinking about the television the other day. I haven't had T.V. in a couple of years now but I know that most of the United States does. It is a good way to get information out to the public so it was a wonderful invention! Anyway, out of pure curiosity, when was the television invented and who invented it in the first place?

Why don't you do some research? Start on Google.

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Or if you don't have the time to search, here's a summary from Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_television
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hey, soo i recorded a video and i only want the sound from it, so i can burn the music on to a disk. i tried uploading it on youtube and then using mediaconverter.org to convert it and it didnt work.

please help !
i need this by tommarow.

Another media conversion service that you can use is Zamzar.

http://zamzar.com/
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my parents make me go to church, even though they know i don't believe in organized religon. we go to a unitarian universalist church but even though it's a very open type of place i still don't like it. i think i could be doing much better things with my time, like clipping my toenails or doing my homework. they claim that it's "family time." how sitting in an uncomfortable pew listening to a reverend is family time, i dont know. How can i get them to understand that this whole "going to church" thing does NOTHING for me??
thanks,
~heart.

If your parents insist that it is "family time" that they want and nothing else, then offer to spend some time with them doing something else at least as frequently as you would normally go to church.

Find something that you all enjoy to do together. It can be anything. For example, playing sports, visiting museums, watching movies, even just sitting around and chatting.

The trick is to find something that you all like. If you can't find something that everyone likes, then you should see their point in that family time for the sake of family time involves compromises.

Chances are that you'll also find out that they do want you to learn something from going to church. Remember that even if it doesn't do anything for you, church obviously means something to your parents. Pay attention. Discuss the messages with your parents afterwards. Get to know it well. You'll become better equipped to convince your parents why you don't want to go to church, and you'll also gain a better understanding to why it's so important to your parents.
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Why is it that this is turning into a site for just teenagers? All they know about is boys, and sex, and makeup, and periods, and discharge, and tampons,etc. Why aren't there more sensible people here?

This site is about giving advice to people who need it.

The questions reflect the needs of the people who ask them. If teenagers need advice on boys and makeup, they can ask for it here. Relevant answers will be given by people who have answers. This doesn't mean that those things are all teenagers know about. It just means that they need advice on those things.

Likewise, if anyone else needs advice on anything else, they can also ask for it here. Someone will answer the question.
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okay soooo i'm going out with this guy and hes nice and funny and pretty hot, but i think the only reason i might be going out with him is so i can get over my ex!! The reason y me and my ex broke up was because he was going out of town for the whole summer and we wouldnt see eachother at all. I think i still have feelings for my ex and not my new bf wat do i do??
plus my new bf is in Hawaii right now in a surf competition and im afraid if i break up with him he'll do bad!!

WAT DO I DO???

Going out with someone to get over an ex is not a good idea. It's not fair for the person you go out with, nor is it good for yourself.

Ask yourself, do you have feelings for the new boyfriend? If you don't, you need to be honest to him, which would mean breaking up.

It is best to leave this until he gets back from the competition, both because you don't want to affect his performance, and also because you should do it in person.

As for the ex, whose idea was it to break up? Going out of town is very much a normal part of life, and being in a relationship doesn't mean you have to see each other every day. If either of you can't accept this, you probably aren't ready for a committed relationship anyway.
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I just got the HP mini Notebook today and I can't figure out how to use the webcam.
Help?

Follow this guide by HP:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01646079&lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&lang=en&product=3832534

If that works, you should be able to use the webcam with programs that support video chat (such as Skype, MSN Messenger, AIM, etc).
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