| 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it is: Answers to the Transportation Security Administration's most frequently asked questions, plus travelers (often-outdated) reports of how long you must wait in the security checkpoint line at any U.S. airport.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 26, 2011
Q: Is "i-clouds" now operational? Can I transfer the songs on my iTunes account, thereby freeing up that space on my hard drive?
— Joe, via email
A: If you're referring to Apple's iCloud service, it's not available yet — Apple says it's...
| Oct 17, 2011
(EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS STORY CONTAINS CORRECTED INFORMATION.)
Q: I have two VCRs that fell apart and I would like to have the tape placed on a DVD. Who or where do I go? Thank you for your reply.
A: Sorry to hear about your troubles, Sol....
| Oct 7, 2011
Q: I have a Microsoft Windows XP desktop computer. It is 9 years old ... still works, but I would like to update.
I like the feel of a desktop (used mostly for searching the Net, e-mail, burning CDs) but do not want the wires, speakers, etc., that come...
| Oct 17, 2011
Q: After reading your recommendation of this product (in Sunday's paper) to transfer old VHS tapes to DVD, I looked it up, only to discover that it is only a DVD player/VCR recorder! Perhaps you could let us all know what model you meant to recommend?