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According to the New York Times , a basic privacy measure that is often overlooked is the proper destruction of data on hard drives.
Readers are submitting their best life hack for a chance to win an autographed copy of our new book, Upgrade Your Life . Here's our latest winner. When reader Jim steps away from his PC at the office, he likes to let everyone know where he is—and he uses his screensaver to do just that. But digging through the settings every time he has to change the status message is tedious, so Jim streamlines the process with a handy script that he invokes with a simple key combination. After the jump, download Jim's fabulous script and learn how to set it up for yourself. Jim writes:
November 14, 2007 I encourage my coworkers to lock their computers . Security, after all, is everyone's business. But often gentle encouragement is not enough. Sometimes, more.. persuasive methods are necessary.
by Gina Trapani You're headed home next week to a turkey feast with all the trimmings - and Mom and Dad's computer. You know what's going to happen. I keep getting these pop ups , he'll say. It's just been so slow lately , she'll say.
by Gina Trapani When was the last time you backed up the important files on your computer? Last year when your best friend called in tears after the Blue Screen of Death ate her thesis?
by Gina Trapani When I think back to the first computer I had with a hard drive bigger than a gigabyte ("I'll never run out of space now!") I have to laugh. Nowadays you can get 8 gigabytes of disk hanging on your key ring, not to mention all the gigabytage we tote around on our iPods . Portable applications and creative uses for USB drives and other external hard drives have come a long way in the last year or so. Today I'll go over some of the more practical uses and techniques for managing your data on the go with a portable drive.
I remember when I first started looking at computer catalogs back in the late 80s. There was a 540MB hard drive for sale that I found fascinating. It seemed like a limitless amount of storage and I remember dreaming about what type of huge business you could run with that amount of storage space. Of course now that is even less data that can fit on a single CD rom and many programs come on multiple DVDs now days. No matter how big of hard drive you have, you’ll eventually be able to fill it.
Google has a solid amount of cash in its pockets, but with all the recent lawsuits against YouTube one has to wonder if it's time to salvage whatever videos you like from the service and save them somewhere where evil attorneys won't look – your hard drive. Luckily, there are literally dozens of tools for downloading videos from YouTube and/or converting those YouTube videos to some format other than .flv. It's hard to pick the best one, as they all have pluses and minuses. Thus, we've chosen 23 YouTube downloader tools we've found to be actually working.