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10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Technology
New York Times ^ | December 29, 2010 | SAM GROBART

Posted on 12/31/2010 9:23:49 PM PST by iowamark

Your gadgets and computers, your software and sites — they are not working as well as they should. You need to make some tweaks.

But the tech industry has given you the impression that making adjustments is difficult and time-consuming. It is not.

And so below are 10 things to do to improve your technological life. They are easy and (mostly) free. Altogether, they should take about two hours; one involves calling your cable or phone company, so that figure is elastic. If you do them, those two hours will pay off handsomely in both increased free time and diminished anxiety and frustration. You can do it.

GET A SMARTPHONE Why: Because having immediate access to your e-mail, photos, calendars and address books, not to mention vast swaths of the Internet, makes life a little easier.

How: This does not have to be complicated. Upgrade your phone with your existing carrier; later, when you are an advanced beginner, you can start weighing the pluses and minuses of your carrier versus another. Using AT&T? Get a refurbished iPhone 3GS for $29. Verizon? Depending on what’s announced next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, get its version of the iPhone, or a refurbished Droid Incredible for $100. Sprint? Either the LG Optimus S or the Samsung Transform are decent Android phones that cost $50. T-Mobile users can get the free LG Optimus T.

STOP USING INTERNET EXPLORER...

UPLOAD YOUR PHOTOS TO THE CLOUD...

GET MUSIC OFF YOUR COMPUTER...

BACK UP YOUR DATA...

SET UP A FREE FILE-SHARING SERVICE Why: Because while e-mailing yourself files is a perfectly decent workaround, there are easier, more elegant ways to move files around — and they do not cost anything, either...

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Computers/Internet
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1 posted on 12/31/2010 9:23:52 PM PST by iowamark
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To: iowamark

I always doubt the Times; but this looks thought-out.
:-)


2 posted on 12/31/2010 9:27:29 PM PST by bannie (( ))
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To: iowamark
Verizon? Depending on what’s announced next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

Everyone is overlooking the Thunderbolt. I have had 2 Droids by them and will sleep in the parking lot if they release this. Screw the iLame..err...iPhone.

3 posted on 12/31/2010 9:37:24 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (3(0|\|0/\/\1($ 101: (4P174L1$/\/\ R3QU1r3$ (4P174L. Could it be any more simple?)
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To: RoadKingSE

Ping for later.


4 posted on 12/31/2010 9:38:39 PM PST by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash ?)
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To: iowamark

“Drop Box” certainly looks interesting. Does anyone have any comments about it or similar online services?


5 posted on 12/31/2010 9:41:16 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus - Domari Nolo)
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To: iowamark

bookmark


6 posted on 12/31/2010 9:49:02 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: Tainan

Drop Box takes a lot of maintenance. Free, but up to you to keep it up to date.


7 posted on 12/31/2010 9:49:02 PM PST by doc1019 (Martyrdom is a great thing, until it is your turn.)
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To: bannie
I always doubt the Times; but this looks thought-out.

If the topic doesn't have a political angle yet, I usually find their science writers to be very good. Their reliability is like Wikipedia is, it's OK if the topic is aploitical. Happy New Year!

8 posted on 12/31/2010 9:59:43 PM PST by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

I’m with ya’!
Happy New Year!!!

:-)


9 posted on 12/31/2010 10:01:05 PM PST by bannie (( ))
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To: iowamark

bookmark


10 posted on 12/31/2010 10:11:54 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body." CS Lewis)
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To: iowamark

Oh My - No Thanks Skynet!!


11 posted on 12/31/2010 10:18:46 PM PST by corkoman
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To: iowamark

Decent enough article; it’s tough to work in liberal bias when conveying the existence of various Web 2.0 technologies and processes to an uninformed audience.

That said, the recommendation of installing antivirus apps on a Mac is absurd for a variety of reasons, but particularly absurd in an article clearly written for Windows users.


12 posted on 12/31/2010 10:25:07 PM PST by Terpfen (Buh-bye, Suntan Charlie.)
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To: doc1019; Tainan

Huh? Dropbox requires little to no maintenance. You drag files into a folder to upload to Dropbox, and you drag files out of a folder (or simply delete them in the folder) to remove them from Dropbox’s servers. Application updates are relatively rare, and your Dropbox folder only becomes as cluttered as you allow.


13 posted on 12/31/2010 10:27:26 PM PST by Terpfen (Buh-bye, Suntan Charlie.)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

14 posted on 12/31/2010 10:45:53 PM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: iowamark

“GET A SMARTPHONE Why: Because having immediate access to your e-mail, photos, ca...”

GET A SMARTPHONE, then move your household and begin living in a semi-urban area that has the right number “G-coverage” so that you can actually use said smartphone?


15 posted on 12/31/2010 10:49:54 PM PST by flowerplough (Thomas Sowell: Those who look only at Obama's deeds tend to become Obama's critics.)
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To: bannie
I always doubt the Times; but this looks thought-out.

Ya, regardless of how I feel about the NYT, these are decent suggestions.

I use flickr, and Google docs fairly extensively, but I have not yet jumped on the dropbox bandwagon. I'll take a look.
16 posted on 12/31/2010 10:50:00 PM PST by andyk (Hi, my name's Andy, and I am a BF 1942 / Desert Combat junkie.)
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To: Terpfen
Dropbox requires little to no maintenance.

I'm impressed. They even had a 64-bit RPM for Fedora that integrates it with Nautilus. Looks like I can do it all via CLI so that I can kick it off with a cron job if desired.
17 posted on 12/31/2010 10:54:37 PM PST by andyk (Hi, my name's Andy, and I am a BF 1942 / Desert Combat junkie.)
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To: Terpfen

Sounds like it is a convenient way to share files w/out the hassle of emailing them. Especially larger files.


18 posted on 12/31/2010 10:55:43 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus - Domari Nolo)
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To: iowamark

Bookmark!


19 posted on 12/31/2010 11:00:31 PM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG)
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To: iowamark

The Amish have it figured out.


20 posted on 12/31/2010 11:19:44 PM PST by Sundog (It takes a darn good reason for me to break down and post something these days.)
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To: Tainan

Yes, that’s exactly what Dropbox is. It’s a file hosting service. You can make files publicly available if you wish, but by default they’re private.


21 posted on 12/31/2010 11:22:17 PM PST by Terpfen (Buh-bye, Suntan Charlie.)
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To: iowamark
GET A BETTER DEAL FROM YOUR CABLE, PHONE AND INTERNET PROVIDER

Sure, and when the cable goes out for weeks at a time you're up the proverbial creek. No, thanks. The same no thanks for online services for my personal information. I'd rather not have everyone and their cousin knowing my business or looking at my pictures.

22 posted on 12/31/2010 11:23:52 PM PST by bgill (K Parliament- how could a young man born in Kenya who is not even a native American become the POTUS)
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To: Tainan
“Drop Box” certainly looks interesting. Does anyone have any comments about it or similar online services?

Looked at it a few days ago. Could be very useful in some situations, but I'd not use it for anything sensitive.

23 posted on 12/31/2010 11:24:09 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Why are TSA exempt from their own searches?)
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To: sionnsar; Terpfen
Understand about security concerns. The files look to have good encryption and access is to designated receivers.
I installed it. Looks to be a cost-effective (free) program for file DL by clients of mine. I'm too cheap to buy something I'm not sure of functionality-wise. And 2 gigs starting is a good deal.
I'll see how it works for me.
24 posted on 12/31/2010 11:44:58 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus - Domari Nolo)
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To: Tainan

I’m likely to try it.


25 posted on 12/31/2010 11:51:41 PM PST by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Why are TSA exempt from their own searches?)
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To: neverdem
I always doubt the Times; but this looks thought-out.
If the topic doesn't have a political angle yet, I usually find their science writers to be very good. Their reliability is like Wikipedia is, it's OK if the topic is aploitical. Happy New Year!
What you said! And Happy New Year back at you!

26 posted on 01/01/2011 2:40:59 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (DRAFT PALIN)
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To: ShadowAce; All
Windows users should download Avast Free Antivirus.

Any thoughts here on how it compares to AVG antivirus software?

27 posted on 01/01/2011 4:30:19 AM PST by expat_panama
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To: Tainan

I use it to share files between my home and office computers and my Blackberry. Haven’t had any issues with it. Another product worth looking into is “Cortado Workplace”, it operates in a similar fashion as Dropbox, but their servers are in Germany, and there is some time lag.


28 posted on 01/01/2011 5:35:19 AM PST by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.....Eagle Scout since Sep 9, 1970)
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To: Tainan
“Drop Box” certainly looks interesting. Does anyone have any comments about it or similar online services?

I've been using Dropbox for a while and am quite pleased with it. It works and, contrary to what another poster said, I have found it to be low maintenance.

29 posted on 01/01/2011 7:10:25 AM PST by KevinB (We'll stop treating Obama like a dog when he stops treating us like a fire hydrant - Fred Grandy)
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To: expat_panama

AVG has become shillware since the introduction of v8. Prior to that it would pop open a little window (behind active windows I believe if you had any open) update itself, and GO AWAY. Since v8 it blows this huge thing in front of whatever you’re working on, insists on dropping down an ad for the paid version, and when it’s done, takes like three or four clicks between the window and the systray to get it to go away. And as if that wasn’t enough, for the first couple months I couldn’t get v8 to update AT ALL! So I don’t know how the virus protection compares, but Avast is [a]vastly better for the blood pressure, I can tell you that much.


30 posted on 01/01/2011 10:30:40 AM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: iowamark

I still don’t trust my data to the “cloud.”

A while back some PHB decided they didn’t need to back up their SAN (high-end, high-volume file storage) before an upgrade. There was a problem with the upgrade for this SAN, which powered a “cloud” system. Then the contact data for millions of Sidekick users on T-Mobile went *poof*. If you had it on your phone, you now didn’t anymore.

It took them weeks to restore most of the data, and it was luck that they could do that at all.


31 posted on 01/02/2011 9:05:18 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: IllumiNaughtyByNature
I have had 2 Droids by them and will sleep in the parking lot if they release this. Screw the iLame..err...iPhone.

If the above is newspeak for liking something, I suggest it needs to be reconsidered at what used to be called a drawing board. Otherwise, go forth and multiply.

HF

32 posted on 01/03/2011 5:17:03 AM PST by holden
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