Electronic Clutter

The Importance of Filing It Away

I recently spent an inordinate amount of time looking for a file that turned out to be on my Desktop. It was a Word document I had created a month earlier, which I then converted to a PDF and sent to somebody. I found the e-mail with the PDF in my Sent Items, but the Word document had disappeared. I looked in my Documents folder, but it was not where I would have expected it to be, nor was the PDF….

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The Benefits of a Password Manager

I have been resisting using a password manager because I was satisfactorily keeping track of all my passwords on my own. But then I listened to a seminar on the benefits of LastPass, and it completely changed my thinking. Using a password manager improves your security because you are no longer storing passwords in your browser. But here is what really sold me on implementing LastPass: I could access my LastPass password vault from all my devices: my computer, my iPad, and my iPhone….

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The Tyranny of Choice

I love doing word puzzles, so when the New York Times started featuring more puzzles each day to help us fill all of our free time, I was thrilled. One of my favorites is the cryptogram. Last week, the solved cryptogram read, “When I was growing up, we had three television channels, and it was already too much to watch.” (I may have paraphrased it, but that’s the gist.) Seven years ago, I wrote about why I preferred Netflix DVDs over…

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Diversifying Your Passwords

There is a scam e-mail that has been going around lately. Perhaps you’ve received it. It warns you that it has been spying on your computer, and that it knows what you’ve been watching for fun (wink, wink). It attempts to blackmail you to prevent your secret from being revealed. This e-mail is so laughable and so obviously a scam that when I received it yesterday, I simply deleted it. However, there was one piece of information in the e-mail…

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Navigating The E-Mail Stream

I’m now entering week 2 of life without my computer, which is still in the shop waiting for parts. I’ve figured out how to work around most of the limitations of working on my iPad, but the biggest frustration for me right now is managing my e-mail. I use Microsoft Outlook on my PC to manage my e-mail. All of my e-mail addresses — business and personal — flow into my Outlook inbox. From there, I read and process e-mail: responding…

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