Electronic Clutter

The Last Scrapbook

When we adopted our daughter as a 12-month old from a Chinese orphanage back in 1998, we had very little information about her background, and just a handful of photos. I decided that I would compensate for that by making her the most well-documented child in New York City history. Throughout my life, I had always made photo albums of my pictures, but I knew that I needed to take it to a higher level. Fortuitously, through a well-placed brochure…

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Dispose of E-Waste Right at Your Door

Since January 1 of last year, it has been illegal in New York State to dispose of e-waste in your household trash. According to the NYC Department of Sanitation web site, “The electronics covered by this New York State law include computers and their peripherals, televisions, fax machines, VCRs, DVD players, printers/scanners, video game consoles, MP3 players, tablets, and small servers. The law does not include appliances, batteries, or light bulbs.” So what do you do with all of these items…

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No More Mystery Cables

Do you have a box or drawer of cables that you are afraid to throw away? Chances are that you do, since nearly all of my clients have them! The cables that you use on a frequent basis are most likely not in this box or drawer.  They are in more active places in your home or office. So these mystery cables are probably not useful for you and can be responsibly discarded. Here is an excellent on-line guide to figuring out…

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My Credit Card Travels More Than I Do

The first time I experienced credit card fraud was in 1982.  I opened my bill to discover that I had charged $1,100 at Pit Number One in Atlantic City.  The trouble is that I had never been to Atlantic City. This was back in the days before the Internet (yes, children, there was such a time) and way before we did on-line shopping.  Maybe that’s why I’m not fearful about using my credit card number on-line.  I know that these kinds…

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Reducing Your Digital Footprint

Last time, I wrote about planning for your digital afterlife.  Now I’d like to share what I experienced when I decided to reduce my digital footprint by closing some of the hundreds of on-line accounts that I’ve set up over the years. I much prefer shopping on-line to shopping in person.  In the time it takes me just to travel to a store, I could already have located on-line the exact item I want and purchased it.  As a result, I…

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