Use Dropbox for More Than Just File Syncing. I can't give enough praise to Dropbox.
As a web designer working from many different computers on many different website I simply couldn't live without it. I use a combination of Notepad++, Bitvise Tunnelier, FileZilla, and the Gimp portable. All of my profiles for Tunnelier and FileZilla are stored on my profile and can even be password protected if I want extra security. Gimp and Notepad++ work really well as portable apps. I am able to essentially take the local copies of all of the sites I am working on with me to any computer. Secondly, the use of relative shortcuts such as "C:\Documents and Settings\%USERNAME%\My Documents\My Dropbox\Paperless\Electrical Bills" allowed me to organize my Dropbox files while still giving me the flexibility of having my most used apps and folders in the Dropbox root directory.
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"Looking at Microsoft's history with operating system launches, let's look at the possible outcome. " Top 10 Strategies for Surviving Airports and Airplanes. Excellent tips, I have a couple others to add to it though.
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@AmphetamineCrown: If ALL your data is "mission critical" then yes, several weeks to recover is useless.
(though BackBlaze, prices same as mozy, offers to put your data on disks or drives and ship them to you overnight, not bad, and you keep the HDDs you buy if you need to, and they're reasonably priced). However, how much of your data matters NOW? 2GB, 5GB, 30GB? Set Up Space-Saving, Permanent Gmail and Reader Tabs in Firefox. Five Best Windows Firewalls. Nine Common Myths and Misconceptions About Viruses, Examined and Debunked. Five Best Book Recommendation Services. Amazon book recs usually don't work out the same for me, probably because they're based on what they've sold instead of what people have liked.
GoodReads is what I use to track my collection, it's great, but not so much for recommendations, they're pretty hit or miss. LibraryThing actually is pretty accurate, still has a lot of reviews (not tons of them, which is a little suspicious sometimes for a new book, as GoodReads), and the automated recommendations works pretty well.
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[xkcd.com] Seriously, though, I haven't actually used an anti-virus since 1997 or so. I keep one installed in Windows just in case (Norton before, AVG now), but I disable it and only use it when I want to scan a file I already suspect of being infected. It's not an option for an average user, and I wouldn't suggest it for everyone, but a bit of sense combined with regular security updates and a separate firewall (such as on a decent router) is perfectly fine. AV products are a great way to turn a fast PC into a slow one, especially if they scan everything you do as you do it. The Definitive Guide to Finding Free Wi-Fi. Great article.
A few caveats, though, that I've found in my personal experiences (of course, these ARE just my personal experiences, your mileage may vary). I've done a lot of air travel this summer, and I have been in a total of ONE airport that had free wi-fi. Everything else was pay-for-access. And the free one was slow as all hell. I couldn't even browse the internet comfortably. How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks.
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Top 10 Downloads for a Road Warrior Laptop. @silphium: Wait, how was this simpler and faster again?
:) @Mr.Sparkle: I said "to connect". Reading is fundamental ;) Simpler and faster to connect... I connect via SSH+RDP with three clicks. SSH+RDP xfer speed is lightning fast compared to Logmein's relatively sluggish web-based solution. Anyone who has (or could) install Tomato or DD-WRT, and who needs to connect remotely more frequently than rarely, will find the greater overall operational efficiency offered by SSH+RDP compelling and well worth the hour or two they spend setting it up. The Geek's Vacation Checklist. Don't forget to unplug everything at home.
Honestly do you really enjoy spending your money powering your home phone charger while you are gone? Your home theater will eat 1 amp an hour while you are gone. etc... unplug the equipment rack in the basement, the Whole house audio, the cable boxes, Home theater, and the video distribution system all can be turned off completely by unplugging it for that week or two you spend in Maui or the Bahamas. Hot Image Your PC's Hard Drive with DriveImage XML. For an Open Source / Linux based imaging solution I would highly recommend the Linux Live-CD solution of Clonzilla: [clonezilla.sourceforge.net] The interface is pretty easy to follow and understand and walks you through the steps to capture and apply an image. It isn't for tech noobies, but should be quick to learn. Depending on the hardware and method used, it really can be a high-speed imaging tool. Instead of doing a sector-by-sector copy of the source drive, it only captures the used blocks on the disk; not the unused space.
This saves a bunch of time. Lately, however, I have been using a free Microsoft solution, ImageX. ImageX [technet2.microsoft.com] is nice in that it also is not a sector-based image method, but copies the source system's partition in a file/structure based format. How to Encrypt and Hide Your Entire Operating System from Prying Eyes. Resolved: Keep Your PC Clean, Safe, and Backed Up in 2010. I keep 3-4 redundant backups on every computer I own, and I plan on trying some of the suggestions here. I tried Acronis for backups a few years ago, but thought it was a piece of garbage. But, a couple of months ago, I tried it again, and now, can't live without out. My friend's laptop HD was totally trashed. Hardware failure. Top 10 Hulu Hacks and Power User Tips. #Tips An easier way I've found to access Hulu (and other sites) to work outside the US: 1. Pack for Linux: Our List of the Best Linux Downloads.
@gearkraft: 1) Power. In 10 minutes, I can create a script to accomplish almost anything on Linux, Solaris, BSD, AIX, HP-UX, and many other *nix flavors. 2) Linux is free unless you want commercial support. Even then, you can pay whoever you like to provide the support, not just a single company or "approved" subjects from the home office. 3) Using Linux doesn't give either Apple or Microsoft any more money (usually). 4) If I don't install the "pro" version of linux, I can still remote into the computers from anywhere in the world. Five Best Password Managers. Five Best PDF Readers. Open source software bonanza. Windows 7 Lets You Finally Uninstall Internet Explorer (Kinda) Top 10 Windows Applications that Should Be on Macs.
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