I have told this story at least once in the past 13 years of writing this column, but it bears repeating. In 1972, I bought my first brand new car; a Mazda RX-3. It was the debut year for Mazda and I had to have one. The list price was $500 less than a brand new Corvette. Three years later when the warranty had expired, a guy gave me $300 for my Mazda and, with the aid of a strong chain, towed it home. I was never so happy to see a car go away!
Mike Smothers of PC Made EZ’s article “Cloud backups are the way to go in saving important data” (AFN, Aug. 8) begged for my opposing view, that of a somewhat traditionalist tech gal, who just read a compelling article, “How Apple and Amazon security flaws Led to epic hacking” in Wired Magazine, http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/08/apple-amazon-mat-honan-hacking/all/.
Nathaniel Hawthorne once said, "I cannot endure to waste
anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So
I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air." Autumn is a
time to reflect on how well we managed to get through another hot
summer and the annual arrival and departure of the monsoons. This
year seemed fairly tame in comparison to recent years, but it did
leave some work for every computer owner.
A longtime client e-mailed me to ask if I recommended having a
certain program run on a scheduled basis. The program happened to
be a registry cleaner that she was considering purchasing. A few
days later I received an e-mail from a reader asking virtually the
same thing. The programs were the same so it sounds like a
marketing ploy. This got me thinking about how long it had been
since I had written a column on which programs I feel are
beneficial for your computer maintenance and which ones may cause
more harm than good. Please keep in mind that every PC tech has
their own areas of expertise, so their advice may differ from
was reminiscing the other day about my high school days and how
things have changed since those glorious times. We didn’t have
computers, e-mail, only the seniors had cars (and not very many of
them), no cell phones, no iPods or iPhones, no MTV and no social
networking. That’s right! No Facebook, MySpace, StumbleUpon, Plaxo,
Photobucket, Pandora or any of the other social networking
There are some computer issues we see repeatedly when repairing
computers for our clients. Some are quite common, as in files that
will not open, others are a bit more challenging. An insider’s
trick is to use Google to find and correct the cause of these
I love summers in Phoenix, I truly do. When the thermometer
starts to rise, the roads are less crowded, greens fees are back to
"normal", shorter lines almost everywhere you go. I love it!
There are some negative aspects to be sure; tires seem to wear out
on your car a little faster, batteries take a beating and if you
pick up something that has been in the sun for more than 30
seconds, you will have a souvenir for a few weeks of your
ill-advised encounter with the heat. One thing that really takes a
beating in summer is your computer.
Now that your Christmas tree has been recycled, you have had
your neighbor over to help hook up your newest electronic gismo and
the out-of-town guests have gone home, you may be thinking of
things you did not get that maybe you really need, or possibly some
accessories for that new laptop you just got.