A Beginner’s Guide to Saving an Old Computer

(This is the text of my weekly Loose Wire Service column, written mostly for newcomers to personal technology, and syndicated to newspapers like The Jakarta Post. Editors interested in carrying the service please feel free to email me.) What should you do with an old laptop that is so slow you have time to down …

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News: That File Is Not Dead, It’s Just AWOL

 From the guys who make the excellent Diskeeper (“set and forget”) defragmenter software comes an interesting utility that “allows a user to retrieve and recover those files that belong to him without special configuration by the System Administrator”.  There’s a home version too. I haven’t tried it but if Diskeeper is anything to go by, …

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News: New Version of Diskeeper Available

One excellent piece of software that’s worth having on your PC is Diskeeper, an automatic disk defragmenter. It’s not an exciting branch of the software world, but disk defragmentation — your files ending up in little bits and pieces all over your hard drive — “cripples system performance while also causing needless wear and tear …

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