| 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it is: Answers to the Transportation Security Administration's most frequently asked questions, plus travelers (often-outdated) reports of how long you must wait in the security checkpoint line at any U.S. airport.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...
| Jan 12, 2012
Q: I have always been an excellent typist. My occupation required it. I am now 77 years old and a novice on the computer. I find the flat keyboard difficult.
Why haven't the manufacturers made the keyboard keys closer to the typewriter? Any...
| Jan 17, 2012
Dear Eric: What about those new iPhone batteries? I got my iPhone Nov. 1. I was a holdout till my BlackBerry contract expired. I never bonded with the BlackBerry like my friends did, and couldn't wait to get rid of it and get the newer iPhone.
| Jan 27, 2012
Here's a question that no one has asked me lately, but I'll give you the answer anyway:
What's new with the old Kindle?
Glad you asked.
The Send to Kindle app for the PC lets you send your personal documents from your Windows computer (a Mac version of...
| Feb 2, 2012
Q: I may be asking the impossible.
I would like to convert photographs to line drawings. I am 78 years old so I can't use something that takes time to learn or might be complicated. PhotoShop exceeds my budget, and I would prefer something automatic. I'...