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Tech Tip Of The Day: Don't Drop Stuff

Mike Musgrove

This morning I wrote about a little phenomenon called "e-mail bankruptcy," in which beleaguered e-mailers send a note to everyone in their inbox saying they've given up on trying to tackle to their backlog of e-mail.

The story runs at sort of a funny time for me, because just this week I had a little tech accident that feels, to me, just about as catastrophic as if I gave up access to my e-mail. My Palm Tungsten handheld hit the floor the wrong way earlier this week, killing the screen. The result: most of the information I need on a regular basis is now no longer accessible by simply reaching into my pocket. I do have a lot of it, from over the years, backed up and readily available on my desktop computer at home, but I haven't backed up my Palm in a few months due to a connection error I never got resolved. (Yes -- you bet, I regret not fixing that problem now.)

Soooooo: If anybody out there in cyberland happens to have a meeting with me, can you send me a reminder? (Jon: When is the Manu Chao concert, again?)

By Mike Musgrove  |  May 25, 2007; 10:38 AM ET  | Category:  Mike Musgrove
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Is there anywhere we can go to get a replacement LCD for gadgets like this? I recently broken the screen on my Magellan GPS 200, and I wish I could just get a replacement screen rather than having to buy a new one.

Posted by: broken LCD | May 25, 2007 1:21 PM

A leaky bottle of vitamin water in my briefcase killed my Dell X5 PocketPC. It seems to boot up ok but the touch screen doesn't work. I guess the screen is the weak link in these things. I bought DataPilot to load my schedule and contacts into my cell phone until I can spring for a smart phone.

Posted by: Falls Church | May 25, 2007 3:23 PM

I had -- past tense deliberate -- a ThinkPad T40 which despite all those commericals to the contrary did not survive a drop of 0.5 inches onto a table top...

and I actually believed those nerd-friendly commericals from IBM where their laptops got dropped four or five feet without fuss...

man, was I a sucker for trusting IBM or an OEM...

Q: anyone else (nearly) lose their minds thanks to IBM's ThinkPad?

...and oh yeah, the software you get off the IBM site for backups, images, and establishing recovery points -- all three types -- is not to be trusted since none worked when it came time to recover/restore my laptop...

Posted by: Howard_NYC@YAHOO.COM | May 31, 2007 8:10 AM

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