Two computer oddnesses

I temporarily plugged a monitor into a Vista machine, and ever since the monitor has refused to display anything but 640 x 480, reporting ‘unsupported mode’ for all other resolutions. Irritating.

My desktop speakers are rubbish, and one will regularly cut out, requiring picometre adjustments of the phono connector. Except for this week, when setting off a Windows-error ‘bing’ will fix the problem. I am aware this sounds stupid, but that’s three times now I’ve been playing something in iTunes and had the dead speaker splutter into life in time with a beep.