Our geeks have the answers to your toughest tech questions
By Adam PashPosted 12.16.2008 at 11:59 am 2 Comments
It’s a fine time to ditch paper for good and move to an all e-mail- and SMS-based system. Start with Google’s online calendar (google.com/calendar), which lets you set up multiple alerts for one event—for example, a text message one week before Mother’s Day, then another the day before in case you still managed to put off sending flowers. New event pop up while you’re away from a computer? Add it to GCal from your cellphone by texting the event details to GVENT (48368).
The dreaded lost file syndrome: You know that somewhere on your hard drive, the file you seek is happily sitting, awaiting you. But you just can't find it, and you can't even remember the name of it.
By Troy DreierPosted 10.08.2008 at 5:42 pm 5 Comments
It’s easy. If there’s a knee-slapping viral video or an NFL highlight reel you’ve got to own, you can get it with just a little effort. To reduce the risk of legal trouble, don’t distribute it, though; keep it only for your personal use.
By John MahoneyPosted 09.23.2008 at 12:51 pm 1 Comment
To the unconverted, Twitter is just a way to deliver mundane details of your life to many friends at once. The free service(
Twitter.com) is a social-networking site in which you post updates, or “tweets,” to a page where friends who “follow” you can view them. But since it lets users post and receive tweets via text messages, it’s actually a powerful platform for getting things done on the go.
By Melissa PerensonPosted 08.01.2008 at 12:53 pm 7 Comments
Ah, that sinking feeling: You’ve just left for a business trip when you realize you’ve forgotten the PowerPoint presentation on your PC at home. No matter: With the right tools in hand, you’ll be able to retrieve your file regardless of where you are.
Our geek weighs the options and finds Office might not be the best bet
By Matt LakePosted 06.12.2008 at 10:24 am 6 Comments
Not necessarily. It's hard to ignore MS Office, but you don't need to blow 400 bucks to get your work done. In fact, you don't need to install any programs at all. Sign up for the free Google Docs (documents.google.com) or Zoho (zoho.com), and you can do everything in a Web browser. The programs look similar to Word, Excel and PowerPoint and offer all the same features (save for a few lesser-used ones like certain spreadsheet formulas). Zoho even kicks in a few extra applets like a Wiki-building tool. Best of all, these applications let you access your files from any computer that's online.
If you don't have reliable Internet access or are more comfortable installing programs on your computer, there's no shortage of competition, either.
By Adam PashPosted 05.23.2008 at 12:00 pm 5 Comments
So you finally finished writing your novel and then somehow accidentally dumped it? It happens. Luckily, when you delete a file from your computer’s trash bin, it’s actually just marked for deletion. That means it can be overwritten on your hard drive by other data, but there’s a good chance it’s still intact—for a while, anyway.
Our geek learns that routing e-mail can be a snap thanks to a certain Internet giant
By Rick BroidaPosted 04.07.2008 at 6:17 pm 6 Comments
Its a common problem: You have Microsoft Outlook at work, a different e-mail program at home, and a smartphone in your pocket, all with independent inboxes and outboxes. Ideally, all your devices should communicate, so that when you receive or reply to a message on one, its reflected on all of them. But they dont do that.
Our geek finds out the hard way that it's often easier said than done
By Nicole DyerPosted 03.24.2008 at 3:19 pm 4 Comments
Wise question. I wish I had asked it before leaving my phone and two years worth of numbers in a taxi. Fortunately, backup systems abound. If you go through cellphones like toilet paper, try the Universal Pro kit ($80; datapilot.com). It includes cables that let you transfer data to your computer from just about any phone, and it syncs with Microsoft Outlook.