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Business news solutions items — Oct. 6

COMPUTERS

Email address tip

Q: How can I delete a group of email addresses from an email I’m forwarding? I use Windows.

A: Your email program can’t forward only part of a message; the Internet mail system isn’t built that way.

But there is a workaround. You can copy the original email and paste it into a word processing program, then use the program to delete the email addresses you don’t want to share. Just erase the To and CC, or “carbon copy,” lines of the original email.

Copy the edited message and paste it into a new email. Then address the email to the person with whom you were reluctant to share all those addresses. After you hit “send,” the recipient will see only your email address.

For editing, use the free Windows program Notepad. Go to “Start,” choose “All Programs” and click on “Accessories.” Click on Notepad to open it.

— By Steve Alexander

Minneapolis Star Tribune

CAREERS

How to pick a job

Q: I’m on the job market. The last job I had was an unqualified disaster because of company culture and lack of commitment to the alleged goals of my position. What can I do to be sure that the next role I take is a better fit?

A: Ask the right questions of the right people, and listen to your gut.

You’re frustrated and upset. Let it go. Unresolved anger will show to future employers, and could very well attract just the type of environment that you don’t want.

Commit to a course of healing from the negative experience and understanding your own role in bringing it about. You’re not going to think about this once and have it figured out.

What is important to you in a job? Money? Challenge? Status? Relationships?

All of these are valid; however, having a misfit will make you unhappy in the end.

Envision a variety of scenarios: a job that is high-paying but too easy; one that is personally meaningful but lower-paying; or one that is interesting but has incompatible co-workers. Also, think about past roles. Use all of this to understand your primary values.

— By Liz Reyer

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Auto repair

Using trouble codes

Q: I just bought a scanner to check my car. Can you explain how the codes work?

A: Your new scan tool provides a great learning opportunity and will make you quite popular with family and friends. I’ll assume this is a consumer-friendly OBD-II generic scan tool, which typically costs $50-$150 and provides a helpful glimpse of engine and transmission systems. OBD-II is a government-mandated on-board diagnostic system that provides standardized monitoring and testing procedures related to emission control compliance. In other words, if an engine or transmission fault occurs that can cause exhaust emissions to rise unacceptably, the “check engine” light will be illuminated and a diagnostic trouble code, or DTC, will be recorded.

— By Brad Bergholdt

McClatchy-Tribune News Service



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