Electronic Clutter

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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Preparing for a Computer Crash

After a 3-day weekend in Washington, D.C., attending my daughter’s college graduation, I sat down at my computer on Monday morning to get caught up and give my week a good start. The universe had other plans. Within minutes, I had upended a full cup of water onto the floor, right where my computer sits. Amazingly, the computer was still working. But some of the water had gone into the fan slots at the top. So I shut down the…

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Back on Track

I’ve had a very busy couple of months. I was directing the musical “Legally Blonde” for my community theatre group, and it was the most complicated show I’ve ever helmed. It turned out great, and I’m very proud of it, but it meant that a lot of the rest of my life got put on hold. One of the areas that suffered was managing my e-mail. It’s important to me to keep my inbox under control, which means I read every e-mail…

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