Tag Archives: technology

reader question – should i keep old electronics?

When you buy new a toaster or speakers or cell phone, do you put the old one in the basement, just in case? Even if it’s broken? Whether it’s a broken coffee maker that could be used for parts, or … Continue reading

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consumer protection week

The first week in March is National Consumer Protection Week.  Federal and local offices of consumer protection help you understand your rights as a consumer and avoid scams. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides online resources that can help you … Continue reading

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clean out your computer day

The 2nd Monday in February is National Clean Out Your Computer Day. You can clean your computer any day, but having a dedicated day might make you commit to doing it. I’ve been experiencing a lot of computer challenges lately. … Continue reading

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quote: don’t give in to defeat

I’ve been feeling extremely unproductive for the past week. It’s been raining for days, which makes me feel tired and grumpy. To make matters worse, I have spent the equivalent of more than three work days trying to move data … Continue reading

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prevent identity theft

The third week in October is National Identity Fraud Prevention Week. Clients and workshop participants have shared with me their concern about possible identity theft resulting from discarded paperwork. More likely, however, is the risk of someone using your information … Continue reading

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reader question – what to do with medical information?

A reader asked what to do with all of the test results and other paperwork that result from visiting doctors or from hospital stays. Like many people, she wasn’t sure what to keep and where to keep it. You may … Continue reading

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plan b

As Preparedness Month comes to an end, I had a weather-related incident that brought home the importance of being able to access information in more than one place. Yesterday, the power in my house went out. This was the fourth … Continue reading

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