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Quick Tip

How Do I Save My Data?

A reader needs some help with getting files off a dead computer. “I have an internal hard drive in a computer with integrated video which went bad and a monitor will no longer work with that machine.  What’s a good way to transfer the data on that drive to a new computer?”

The best solution would have been that all of your important files were already backed up on a regular backup you make to an external drive or the cloud. Sorry, but I have to get that in. Prevention folks!

If that’s not the case, the simplest way would be to walk your dead machine down to a computer store and have someone there transfer it for you. The tech can remove your old hard drive, plug it in to an adapter cable and pull the data off.

If you feel comportable enough taking your dead PC apart, you can remove the old hard drive and attach it to an adapter cable or put it into a hard drive enclosure designed for turning old internal hard drives into external drives. Your new PC will then treat your old hard drive like any external hard drive and you can transfer files at will.

~ Cynthia

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Hey everyone, Steve here. 
Look, this came across my desk and there was NO WAY I could let this pass us by! No time for a fancy ad - but I think you'll get the idea!
Are you ready?
It’s an ENORMOUS 64GB Lexar flash drive.
It’s a USB 3.0!
This changes EVERYTHING!
Who cares about USB 3.0?
It’s an incredible 10X faster than your USB 2.0 drives (and this is totally compatible with older USB, so no worries). 
I can tell you this - once you go USB 3.0 not only will you NEVER go back to 2.0 - you’ll wonder how the heck you ever got along without it. 
I mean, 10X the speed is like the difference between a brisk walk and a 40MPH car ride! 10X the speed is the difference between driving 50MPH down the highway and taking a jet. 
And 10X the speed is the difference between 6 minutes to transfer files and wasting a whole hour!
Did I mention it’s DIRT CHEAP?
I jumped don Lexar’s site and they were getting $68 for these things - and that’s actually a pretty amazing deal. Check out this PNY 64GB flash Drive I saw JUST YESTERDAY at Best Buy:
People are paying $100 for this kind of technology!
But not you - not today!
PS - A brand new, USB 3.0 64GB Lexar flash drive for $19.97? That’s gotta be the biggest no-brainer of all time! 
Limited quantities!! HURRY!


Computers 101

See Something, Say Something

What if you had the power to save your friends from losing hundreds maybe even thousands of dollars? What if you could prevent potentially dangerous malware from being downloaded onto the phones and PCs of the people you know. What if you could prevent a case of identity theft?

You can and it could be as simple as typing a comment on Facebook or sending a quick private message to a friend.

Say you see a post like this in your Facebook feed.


Because we’ve talked so much about how to spot scams, you know this is a big old fake.

You already know that “coupons” like this that sound way too good to be true are always fakes. It doesn’t matter who it says is giving the huge discount.


You also know that if you go to the sites these links direct you to, you’re in danger of downloading malware that can wreck your PC and steal your information. Messages declaring you a winner of these fake contests will direct you to dangerous sites.

You aren’t going to fall for it. You aren’t going to share it. But are you going to warn others? Because you should.  You could either comment on the post to warn friends, share a screenshot of it with a warning, or send a private message to the friend that posted it warning that it’s a scam.

The thing about social media is that it moves exponentially. If five friends of the person who posted it share it, and then five friends of each of those friends share…well, pretty soon tens of thousands of folks are potential scam victims.

Like Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show” used to say, “It’s time to nip it in the bud.”

Call these scammers out. Warn your friends. When they say, “It can’t hurt,” you let them know that it can. Explain how sharing your information with crooks can get you in trouble. Explain how clicking on those links can load your PC or phone up with Malware. Be the contest and coupon killjoy.

Even if your friends don’t thank you, they should.

Do you alert people to potential scams or do you just leave it alone? Click here to let us know in the comments.

~ Cynthia

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On The Move

Sticky Notes For Android

We’ve talked before about Sticky Notes for Windows. But there’s also a fun, free app that allows you have sticky notes on your Android phone.

To install Sticky Notes, just search for it in the Google Play App and choose Install.


You’ll be glad to know that Sticky Notes doesn’t require any additional permissions.


To add a new note, just tap the + button.


You’ll have a choice of six colors for your note.


For .99, you can also purchase additional themes that...

Click here for more about Sticky Notes for Android.


From The Archives

Manage Cookies In Chrome

Janet is missing her Chrome toolbar and wants some help getting it back. She writes; I’m not sure if my question is appropriate for your site, but here goes: I’ve lost my toolbar in Google Chrome.  I need to get into my tools which I knew were in the menu bar.  I’ve Googled it with no results that worked. Help!

Janet, this is definitely the appropriate place to write. The menu bar is no more in recent versions of Chrome. Google is going with a cleaner look. Most browser keep your tools tucked away in a menu that only show when you need it. Click that little icon that looks like three lines in the upper-right side of the page. Whenever you’re looking for options in any program or app, that little symbol is a great place to look.



A drop-down menu will open. Choose Settings.


Scroll to the bottom of the Settings section and choose...

Click here for more on controlling cookies in Chrome.


Today's Feature

Can I Run Programs From An External Drive?

Susan from California is looking to upgrade her OS, but has a question about freeware.  She writes: “I want to upgrade Windows XP Home to Windows 8. In order to save space on my current operating system, I have installed many downloaded (free) programs to my E drive rather than saving them to C drive. When I update to Windows 8, is there a way I can successfully transfer the E drive installation program files, or perhaps save them to an external hard drive and then migrate them to Windows 8? Thanks for your help.”

Hi, Susan. Thanks for the great question.

The first thing that I’d like for you to know is that every program, in order to operate with Windows has to be placed in the “registry”.


This is, among other things, so that the program can use any of the resources that Windows has that it needs.  Because of this, whether you store the program on your C drive or on an external drive, you will basically have to reinstall the program.  In my experience, some programs will run without being reinstalled, but not many and not perfectly.  Since they can’t use Windows’ resources, they are also prone to shutting down whenever they try, which can be a most frustrating experience.

But that’s not necessarily bad news.  By...

Click here for what you need to know about running programs from an external hard drive.

Amanda's Coolsite


Welcome to Audiofy!

Audiofy is an app that lets you listen to any article anytime anywhere if you have an iOS device. I’m hoping in the future they offer an Android version so  I can download it to listen to articles for school.

The app offers free and premium subscriptions.  I’m bringing it to you today for the free version which allows you to listen to articles with the basic voice.

You can listen to web content from Chrome, Safari, or any app supported by the iOS feature. That’s a lot of content right there.

When you arrive at the site, you’ll scroll down to navigate through the sections of the website. Each section lets you listen to clips of content as they would be played by the app. This also gives you an idea of what the voices you get with the premium versions sound like.

If you decide you want to give this app a whirl, head on over to the iTunes store with the green Get the App button. And then install it like you normally would and you’re ready to start listening to articles.


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One More Big Deal

So, I had a big problem. Here's the deal. I need to charge my phone, but I also need to have it with me. If I plug it in at my desk, the phone gets lost in my paperwork and sometimes the charging cord gets tangled with other cords on my desk.

I hear my phone ringing, but I can't find it under all the stuff on my desk. (Okay, I admit it! I am MESSY!)  I could charge my phone somewhere else, but then it isn't there when I need to make a call or check a message.

I needed something to make my life easier.

Something like a charging station! But not just any old charging station would do. I wanted one that works with any type of phone! Plus I need a little help to stay organized. I needed this:

When I first laid eyes on this I was amazed at how sharp it looked. This sleek beauty is gorgeous! And it's universal!

Most docking stations make you choose an Android or an iPhone, (What if your family members have different models? What if you decide to switch phones?)  This beauty could care less what type of phone you have. IT WORKS WITH ALL OF THEM! So when you decide to switch phones, you don't have to spend money on desk accessories.

You know how it can do all that? It can because it uses your phone's own charging cord!

It seriously fits any charging cable for the iPhone, iPod, or Android devices! Talk about versatile!

And when your phone is parked in the station you can still see the screen! You won't miss notifications, text messages, alarms, or even emails! With just a quick glance you will know what’s going on!

Your phone isn’t just the only thing this guy holds!

Use it for change… Put your pen, flash drive, or even your car keys there!

Think of how clean and organized your desk will be once this guy is in place!  Listen, if it can help me, it can help anyone!

And it does all of that for just $9.97!!! That's less than dinner AND you'll never have to replace it when you upgrade your phone!



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I found this little guy as I was driving through Cade’s Cove in the Smoky Mountains early one morning. I saw him at a distance and decided to walk up a little and investigate. I grabbed the gear (my longest lens setup), and slowly made my way towards his position. Mom was under the tree and…(More)

Carter Shield's Cabin

I’ve been eyeballing this cabin for YEARS! Each time I’d drive by Carter Shield’s Cabin on the Cades Cove Loop Road (Smoky Mountains), I would kick around ideas for turning it into a cool photo. I shot photos of it in the Spring, Summer, and even Fall, but ..(More)

Snowy Egret Sweeping In

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