Category: Computers & Technology

Cloud Backup or Storage, What’s the Use?

Cloud backup or storage use

Thinking about using cloud backup or storage services, but confused about what “cloud” computing is? “Cloud computing” conjures up images like the one on the left. But it simply refers to accessing technology services offered by providers via the internet instead of buying and maintaining your own hardware or software.   Protect your data against these threats Years ago my daughter spilled an entire cup of coffee on her laptop. All of her photos were gone. I found a service to restore most of them to a CD and surprised her with it on Christmas morning. Her tears of joy were well worth the substantial amount of time and money spent. These days our computers are threatened by more than a cup of coffee. For example: Computer theft Computer failure Natural disasters like floods and earthquakes Ransomware, malware and hacker attacks Fire What to back up Take a look at the content on your computer. What data would you hate to lose? Everyone uses their devices differently, but here are the files I make sure to back up: Photos Music library Financial records and budget Emergency information Family history Travel info Household inventory Tax return copies Health records Contacts Business files Instructions for various […]

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Web Search Tips for Better Results

web search tips

Because I curate HabiLinks, the web guide associated with this blog, I spend a lot of time searching the web. When I created the guide, almost ten years ago, I didn’t know the tricks that help get better results. With eighteen lifestyle categories and an ever-expanding number of topics to cover, I needed help! Searching for “web search tips” delivered over a billion results! Among them were long articles I didn’t have the time or patience to read, poorly written articles and tips that were overly simple or complicated. I just wanted a simple, useful list I could keep at my desk. Here’s what I found: Printable web search tips to keep near your desk. Here’s the link to the web search tips. Maybe you know all of these tips. If not, print them to keep next to your desk. If you do a lot of web searches, the tips will eventually become second nature. In the meantime, they’ll not only save hours of precious time, they’ll deliver better results. I didn’t know you could use your browser’s search bar to do simple math, did you? Instead of dragging out the calculator, enter basic functions such as “4+7” or “30% […]

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