Floppy disks, tape, Zip drives, DAT drives, optical storage, NAS drives, and beyond — your backup options, past and present, can be mind-boggling.
These days, the most convenient backup medium is an external hard drive — it’s quick, easy, and automated — but it’s never good to put all of your archives in one basket.
One of my favorite things about Windows is the many ways you can reconfigure it to suit your own style of work.
From startup to shutdown, the following tips can give you a Windows makeover you can live with.
Constantly moving your hands between the keyboard and mouse is not the most efficient way to interact with our computers, but most of us doggedly stick to it.
But if you take a little time to learn (or relearn) a few basic keyboard and mouse shortcuts, you can blaze through your windows faster and more easily — and possibly put less stress on your overworked hands as well.
In its seemingly never-ending quest for a better Windows, Microsoft simply can’t resist tinkering with — and sometimes completely removing — features that many of us loved.
If you find yourself tripping over new Windows 7 features or missing favorite old ones, I’ve got some tips that will come to your rescue.
Most standard Windows maintenance tasks can be accomplished using the utilities included with the OS itself — but that doesn’t mean those tools are your best option.
Whether you’re looking for an easier way to browse the image files in a folder, create a restore point, revert to XP’s Classic Start Menu, or customize your file associations, there’s a (free) app for that.
You’re just minutes away from faster Start menus and shutdowns, shorter application “hangs,” fewer annoying disk-space popups, and easier encryption.
A few simple Registry changes can quash annoyances, improve performance, and add new features to Windows.
Rebate scams can make getting a promised discount on products much more difficult — and much less reliable — than it might seem at first glance.
But if you do your homework and take a few precautions, you can minimize the risk and maximize the discounts.
Sept. 24 Top Story,
I described how to evade keyloggers when using a public PC by storing your personal information on a flash drive.
If you don’t mind paying a little extra to maintain your privacy and security, a specialized flash drive called IronKey can help you stay safe while using an untrustworthy computer.
It’s no longer enough for PC users to protect themselves from the villainy of spyware, viruses, and other malware.
You also need to guard against an arsenal of schemes manufacturers and marketers have devised to charge you for products and services you didn’t ask for, don’t want, and may not even know you bought.
Dozens of readers responded to my
Sept. 10 Top Story,
many of them proposing alternative ways to evade keyloggers other than the “revised Vesik method” I described.
No method can make you completely safe when using a public computer, so you must balance convenience with the level of risk that’s acceptable to you.