Ira Wilsker's archive

It never amazes me anymore when I try and help people having computer problems, often performance related, and find that their hard drives are so badly cluttered with useless garbage that hard drive performance is seriously degraded. While there are many potential causes of poor computer performance, one of the easiest problems to detect and remedy is hard drive clutter.

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Many times before, in this column and regularly on my radio show, I have repeated the three most important words in computing: “Backup! Backup! Backup!” Hopefully by now, most of you are maintaining current backup copies of all of your critical data, and an image of your hard drive for the inevitable failure of your primary hard drive. I have published numerous reviews on good quality free and commercial software and online services that can be used to back up your hard drive.

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Available basically for free (with charges for some services and content), Google recently rolled out the public release of Google Play (play.google.com), which integrates movies, music, apps, games and books under a single banner. One interesting feature of Google Play is its “Play Anywhere” feature, where the user can access content from any Internet connected device including computers, tablets, smart phones, compatible video games, Internet connected televisions, and other devices.

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We are all likely cognizant of the major social networking Web services, as they have become an integral part of many of our daily lives. I have written about Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus in this column, and have accounts on all three. I use Facebook and Google Plus almost daily but admittedly have not been on Twitter in several months.

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I was recently doing one of my cyber security presentations at a professional meeting in a posh Dallas area hotel, and there was a need for several users to get online for research purposes. As the speaker, I had a hard-wired Ethernet connection allowing me to access the Internet, but the available WiFi connections in the room were weak and slow, making it difficult for the others to connect to the Internet.

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