| Dec 22, 2011
This time of year, you hear plenty warnings about email scams and phishing attacks. You know not to reply to an email with your Social Security number, and you don't open email attachments from strangers. You've learned to keep your firewall software...
| Jul 9, 2011
Q: Back in the mid-1990s I was probably one of the very few people who actually purchased a Kodak Photo CD player. The system was/is great, and I have several thousand photos on the CDs that Kodak put them onto. Therein lies the problem.
| Jul 16, 2011
Q: I currently have an "ancient" BlackBerry that I love. But it's time to update. I am a Mac user so I thought if was reasonable to upgrade to an iPhone.
Can you walk me through a "decision tree" or survey to help me decide what is the best device for my...
| Jul 22, 2011
Q: How can I dispose of a dysfunctional La Cie external hard drive so that stored data cannot be retrieved?
A: If all else fails, take a sledgehammer to it and beat it to a plastic-and-metal mess (make sure you're wearing eye protection!)....
| Jul 29, 2011
As the ancient philosopher Mick Jagger once opined, "You Can't Always Get What You Want."
Q: Hopefully you can help. I have many read and unread books paid for and downloaded into my Sony e-book reader (the first model). Someone helped me transfer them...
| Aug 6, 2011
When S.S. asked recently about disposing of a hard drive so that its data couldn't be retrieved, I didn't imagine the number of emails I'd get.
I suggested seeking out an e-Steward, a recycler certified by the Basel Action Network as a greener recycler...
| Aug 10, 2011
My TSA (free; iOS)
What it is: Answers to the Transportation Security Administration's most frequently asked questions, plus travelers (often-outdated) reports of how long you must wait in the security checkpoint line at any U.S. airport.
How it works:...
| Aug 12, 2011
I run across useful stuff all the time when researching this column. Here are some recent finds:
Time for a new TV?
If you're shopping for an HDTV, you're probably lost in a marketing morass. What's Micro Dimming/Plus? Is Razor LED lighting something...
| Sep 3, 2011
Q: I am searching to replace my dropped/broken point-and-shoot film camera (was a Nikon but have had other brands). I have not ventured into digital because I always wear polarized prescription bifocal dark glasses outdoors, which requires my switching to...
| Sep 9, 2011
| 3:32 PM
Q: I need help on a good music program. I would like to buy (not free sites such as Limewire) and download only music I desire. I hear folks talk about iTunes, but that and VCast seem to be directed to my cellphone. I want to download to my PC. Other...
| Sep 16, 2011
| 10:15 AM
Q: Is software available to convert several .jpg files to web-ready .pcx files? Hate doing one at a time.
— Jerry, Maryland
A: XnView is a great free image converter for PC/Mac/Linux that doesn't feel like a cut-down, slapped-together mess. You...