Archive for October 2010

Flirting With Disaster

Genesis Repertory Ensemble
Flirting with Disaster


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[amazon asin=B00005NBZD&text=Flirting With Disaster] may have been the title of a great song by Molly Hatchet, and a [amazon asin=B0001XALTQ&text=Ben Stiller movie], but its not something you should do with your computer files.

Yet its exactly what tens of thousands of people do every day by not having a file backup system.

So many people I know answer this by saying, “Well, I don’t have anything really important on my computer anyway.”

“So all those digital photos you’ve been taking on your family trips, vacations, and barbecues aren’t important to you? You won’t miss them if your hard drive crashes and you can never look at pictures of those memories again?”, I counter.

Genesis Repertory Ensemble

Me, top left, in black and gold, with the Genesis Repertory Ensemble

I continue, “I wish I felt that way since that time about 4 years ago when I lost 5 years of digital photos from my stage acting days with the Genesis Repertory Ensemble. I still wish I had backed them up to this day. Then there was that other time my hard drive failed and I “almost” lost about $1,500 in music files from iTunes. Fortunately, I had learned my lesson the first time, so I only lost about $100 worth of songs.”

That’s usually all it takes.

Have you been flirting with disaster? Are you willing to lose all those digital videos and photos you’ve taken? All those songs and movies you’ve downloaded? True, songs and movies can be purchased again, but your kids only graduate high school once, and you might never get to shoot photos on that once-in-a-lifetime vacation again.WD My Passport Elite, 320 GB HD

Western Digital External Hard DriveDodge disaster with a backup drive. Most people can get by with this little silver 320 GB external hard drive from Western Digitalicon which sells for about $70. Or if you want something a little flashier, you can pay an extra $10 more to get one in red, charcoal, or blue. They work with Windows (XP, Vista, or 7) and Macs, too. Just plug one into a USB port on your computer and you’ll be backing up your files in minutes. These 320 GB models are great for backing up laptops, too.

If 320 GB isn’t enough then consider one of these 500 GB external hard drivesicon. They’re available in a range of colors, too.

Need more storage space than that? You monster! How digital are you? Have you scanned every document you have? Well, you’re going to need a 1 TB or 1,000 GB external hard driveicon. Yes, 1 TB (terabyte) is 1,000 GB (gigabytes) or 1,000,000 MB (megabytes). They start around $100.

More?! Then you’ll have to be satisfied with one of these 1.5 and 2 TB external hard drivesicon. You might as well backup all your computers with one of those. Enjoy yourself.

Bonus: Read about my theater days here and here, and see what my friends are up to these days here on Facebook.

Apple Working to Eliminate Dirty Glass Backs on iPhones

No one really enjoys cleaning windows. Glass windows that is. And for iPhone users, the fact that the front and back of their phone is just glass has become a problem for many.
Most people are used to buffing the front screen for a quick clean, but they look at the back of the phone so infrequently that by the time they do they find a lot of filth, dirt, and often pocket lint wedged in around the edges or even under the glass back. Particularly annoying to users with white phones as the dirt stands out so much to those around them who only get to see the back of the phone.
In the worst cases large pieces of debris or large accumulations have resulted in unsightly cracks that only get worse over time when the cracks allow in even more debris.
I read today on Gdgt that Apple is coming to the rescue, but their research and development will likely only aid future iPhones, not current ones.
This problem is apparent with other apple products, past and present, such as the Mac G4 Cube in 2000, the iPhone 3G and the MacBook laptop. All of these products were plagued by consumer complaints of hairline cracks.
(I wonder if the high cost of Apple products can be attributed to the costs incurred by Apple in fixing problems discovered after product launch? Your phone may not have cracked but you pay extra so that Apple can afford to repair OPP or “other peoples phones. After all, such costs would constitute overhead from one or more viewpoints.)
As I was saying, Gdgt says word has it that Apple engineers are looking into this problem by experimenting with various third party cases for iPhones to see what can be done about the invading debris and cracking glass issues on future iPhones.
(Posted from my 3G Slide Droid phone.)

Video Chat and Marketing for $50 (Special for Skylarking readers)

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I am back! Can I get on a roll with my posts again?  Place your bets!

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  • Business people and entrepreneurs use video as an online promotional tool to reach their customers on their websites or through YouTube and Facebook. Or as a conferencing tool with their partners and associates.
  • Families and friends, both near and far, use it to keep in touch while away at college, while traveling abroad, or from home to home with Skype and Facebook. (Skype and Facebook have recently teamed up. Read all about it here on Facebook.)

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