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LOS ANGELES — When you buy a TV, sales clerks often pitch you on "future proofing" your set. Turns out, buying a cable TV company relies largely on the same principle.
Q: What is better for a computer, leaving it on all the time or shutting it down every night? — Justin
John Santos of Los Angeles wants his home to be a healthy gathering place for family and friends, some of whom are recovering from major illness. As part of his effort, he recently had his home's ductwork professionally cleaned.
Poet Terry Hummer reads prose and plays saxophone. Musician Billy Cioffi sings Hummer’s words and strums his guitar. Backup singers melodically chime in — all to create the soulful ambiance evident in the television episode “The AmeriCamera Project,” where Hummer and Cioffi fuse poetry with rock ‘n’ roll.
NEW YORK — In case you haven't heard by now, Apple is unveiling its latest iPhone on Wednesday. That leaves the question: What should you do with your old one?
Q: After hearing about the reporter who had his entire laptop wiped by hackers, I’m wondering about the best way to back up all my photos to the Internet. What Internet photo storing sites do you recommend? — Greg
Q: After hearing about the reporter who had his entire laptop wiped by hackers, I’m wondering about the best way to backup all my photos to the Internet. What Internet photo storing sites do you recommend? - Greg
For quite some time I have been touting the benefits of having a portable backup sitting on your computer desk to securely hold your irreplaceable pictures, files and other items near and dear to your heart. Having this device at the ready allowed you to sleep well and fend off nightmares of the inevitable when you go to check your email one day and there is no sign of life coming from your computer. At this defining moment in your life, you are overjoyed that you listened to sage advice and bought a portable backup device, but consider this conversation I recently had with a new client. She told me she had backed everything up on jump drives and a portable hard drive. “I always thought two backups were better than one but thieves broke in the back door and stole not only my computer but also both my jump drives and my portable backup. Now I have lost all of my pictures.” What a sad tale. I recommended she use Carbonite or Mozy as an online backup solution.
Longtime readers of this column may be shocked to read the next few paragraphs, but I may have gone to the dark side, so to speak, or at least taken the first few steps in that direction. I recently landed a new contract for my computer business and was more than a bit distressed to find the office full of iMac computers. Up to this point, I have been unable to find the “On-Off” switch on anything Mac, iPods included, but here I was staring at a row of iMac computers. Never being one to back down from a challenge, regardless of the foe, I looked the beasts squarely in the “i” and declared my supremacy over them.
Blogging is no longer just for the online-savvy. It’s for anyone who wants to share a little bit of themselves with the world. When our son was born, my husband started a blog chronicling every little coo and giggle so our friends and family could share in the experience as he grew. The site still draws readers several years later. One of my friends, a fantastic cook, created a blog to share her inventive recipes. I’m far more inclined to try something off her site than out of a cookbook.
During Spring break, it’s easy to let your guard down. You’re with your friends, you’re having fun (and some of the time, you’re drinking). But that also means you’re often in an unfamiliar place surrounded by people you don’t know. Below is a list of safety tips from the Arizona State University Police Department, Marcia Peot, StreetSafe chief safety officer, and yours truly, who managed to survive four spring breaks without losing life, limb or property.
Q: I sent my laptop to a repair facility for warranty service and when I got it back, all my files were gone! How can they get away with this kind of treatment and what could I have done to prevent it?
I love autumn in Arizona. As Emily Bronte once wrote, "Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree" (you guys thought I was just a pretty face, right)? I do love autumn; the cool evenings and mornings, nights sitting around the chiminea telling tales of a misspent youth, being able to walk outside in bare feet without getting second-degree burns, the return of our winter visitors, the list goes on into infinity. With the return of our winter friends are many computer issues, which, as a computer guy, I love. This autumn there have been two prevailing issues that seem to be bothering almost everyone; a lack of hard drive space and spyware.
Q: How do I make Gmail my default e-mail program so that it comes up when I click on e-mail addresses on a website? — Glenda
Q: I heard that Facebook has a way to preserve an account for someone that has passed away? Is this true and if so, how does it work? - Julia
Q: I heard that Facebook has a way to preserve an account for someone that has passed away? Is this true and if so, how does it work?
A career criminal with a history of assaulting cops shot and killed a Gilbert police officer Thursday, according to police. Police shot and wounded the two suspects on a mountainous two-lane road after a 50-mile, high-speed chase along U.S. 60 in which the suspects fired shots at cop cars and threw objects at them from their work truck.
Q. I'm pretty sure a horrific virus infected the hard drive on my wife's computer. We need to have some way to back up our information, and I'm wondering if a similar virus would infect an external hard drive. - Stephen
Data Doctors: Q. I bought an external hard drive to back up my files, but how do I know if it’s working? — Kerry
Ken Colburn: In computer terms, when you hear the term "cloud," it's a reference to the Internet, which in early technical diagrams was represented as a cloud.
Data Doctors: Windows 7 is shaping up to be one of the better releases from the folks at Microsoft, based on our testing of the soon-to-be-released (Oct. 22, 2009, as of this writing) operating system.
Q. I have Norton Internet security, yet my computer has been infected with the Antivirus 2009 program. How can this happen, and how do I get rid of it? - Glenn
Eight employees of international law firm Holme Roberts & Owens decided to grab lunch at Tossed, a new salad-focused eatery next door to the company’s offices at the Promenade in north Scottsdale.