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Faster Forward: September 28, 2008 - October 4, 2008

It's 10 A.M. Do You Know Where Your Backups Are?

I thought I could go at least a year between writing "remember to back up your data" blog posts after a friend or family member loses their files in a computer crash, but I couldn't manage that. Last October, it was my mother-in-law; this time around, it's her daughter, who...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 3, 2008; 9:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Tips  
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Computing For Cheapskates, Telecom For Tightwads

You could consider today's column an exercise in guilt--or in ripping off Michelle Singletary. The idea came to me Sunday night, as I was mulling over a couple of other ideas I'd been working on. After pondering the symbolism of reviewing expensive software when many of you might have more...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 2, 2008; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Computers , Gadgets , Telecom , The business we have chosen , Tips  
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Goodbye, Olsson's; Sorry I Helped Kill You

I knew this would happen, but I didn't think it would come so suddenly: After 36 years in the business, Olsson's Books and Records has closed its doors and filed for Chapter 7 liquidation. For those of you who don't live in the D.C. area, a little background: As Marc...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  October 1, 2008; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  The business we have chosen  
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Wal-Mart Latest Music Store to Deactivate DRM

Stop me if you've read this before, but yet another music-download site is shutting down its "digital rights management" machinery, leaving customers with no way to play these songs on a new computer -- or, if they upgrade their operating system, on their existing PC. This time, the offender is...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  September 30, 2008; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Gripes , Music  
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Apple Irks iPhone Developers With App Store Restrictions

The iPhone's App Store--the simple, click/tap-to-install catalogue of add-on programs, available in both iTunes and on the iPhone and iPod touch--is one of that device's greatest advantages compared to other smartphones. But Apple's management of the App Store risks destroying the store's appeal among an important group of users: those...

By Rob Pegoraro  |  September 29, 2008; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Gadgets , Gripes  
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