Backing Up Is Hard To Do (NOT!):  Why You Should Buy An External Hard Drive This Year.

Backing Up Is Hard To Do (NOT!): Why You Should Buy An External Hard Drive This Year.

Do you floss?  You know you should.  All it takes is minutes.  And you know you should be doing it regularly. Do you back-up?  I bet not.  Or at least not as often as you should!  We all know that are pc’s are vulnerable in this day and age to so many things — viruses, power surges, 3-year olds somehow figuring out how to turn on your pc unattended, coffee spills, etc…so why not back-up your data just in case? Perhaps your excuse is that your shiny new pc has that massive hard drive you’re gloating about to all your friends — and your excuse is that you can’t just easily dump them onto cd’s or dvd’s.  Or that you don’t have a back-up tape drive to handle the 250GB drive full of data…well just think about how much it would cost alone to replace the 1,000 songs you’ve amasses from itunes at $0.99???  About a thousand bucks, right?  Even if you had only 200 songs… [Side note, of course the other question is are you paying too much for a song at $0.99 to begin with!!!] Here’s your opportunity to start the coming year with a fresh slate and a great resolution you can keep — “I’ll back-up my drive at least once in 2007″. Now why and how you can you say that?  Because external hard drive prices have been dropping like bricks from the sky.  Storage drives have become very very affordable.  I personally found a Maxtor 100GB drive for $20 AR recently.  There are even 500 GB external hard drives that go for $99 !!!!! That’s...
!(*@#(*^!@#(*&!!!!!! It’s in the wrong file format! (How to convert file formats – pdf, png, docx, jpg, gif, flash, wmv, etc)

!(*@#(*^!@#(*&!!!!!! It’s in the wrong file format! (How to convert file formats – pdf, png, docx, jpg, gif, flash, wmv, etc)

For one of the website I manage, we had to put up a new notice regarding an event this coming weekend on the splash page pronto…and someone was going to email me the pretty invitation graphic to put up.  No problem, right?  Just upload the jpg or gif or png file to the images folder on the server and then create a IMG SRC tag to display the graphic… But of course, I get the graphic in….PDF format!  Ugh.  What now? I go to one of my trusty file conversion sites and upload the file, designate the output format and wait for an email attachment with the new file! I personally used , but another good service is .  If you don’t find a specific output file type you want, just go to the other one.  Don’t forget that you can also covert video and audio files.  One of the neat practical conversions that will become more relevant is converting media into flash format so you can easily post stuff on the web. Between the two of these services, they have most file formats covered.  Both are ad-supported and free to use which is a good thing. I use ZamZar and PDFOnline a ton, and so should you! ...
Recommended: Color Thermal Printer (just like a Color Laser Printer)

Recommended: Color Thermal Printer (just like a Color Laser Printer)

So if you’re an owner or work in a small business, you know that keeping expenses down is a priority all around. Yet you want to act an.d look like big business — and one way is getting a color laser printer for the office. While the prices of color lasers are coming down (like the HP Color laser can be had for under $600 now), what’s better than FREE? Here’s one deal that I can whole-heartedly recommend — why? Because I just got a free color printer from Xerox myself — and now it’s all mine! I love my printer. It’s networkable, it double-sides (duplex printing), it’s fast, it does a great job for regular black and white printing too, it prints up to 1200 dpi, I use it a lot to make custom greeting cards with the manual feed tray, and it really impresses people to provide completely color prints that are a cut above inkjet quality. In fact, my printer is a newer and better model than the one at the 2 local Kinko’s I was going to for my digital color printouts previously!!! The deal with FreeColorPrinters.com is that they give you the printer to use for 36 months — A Xerox WorkCentre C2424. You just use it as normal. Once a month, you simply print out a “usage report” which is easily printed from the printer’s control panel and then fax it in to them, so they keeps tabs on your usage. They provide all the black ink you want completely free (yes this part is true). You do have to pay for S&H,...
Have a Jolly Holly Personalized Christmas

Have a Jolly Holly Personalized Christmas

Along with the surge in custom photo greeting cards this year for Christmas, there’s some “newer” products cropping up this year for those that like to be on the “edge” and have that extra special something that no one else has yet…Personalized Christmas ornaments for your tree! It’s the perfect stocking stuffer and a great gift for teachers at the end of the semester.  Or an easy way to start a tradition with the kids or grandkids this year. I found a bunch of new sources that do it easily, quickly and very modestly in price (read: CHEAP).  You can even create one and see it online before you order it too these days.  Merry Personazlied Christmas to Your Name Here!...