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    You've managed to dodge the bullet of obsolete storage media. All your data from floppy disks (or whatever) is now safely on USB flash drives, terabyte backup drives, or in the cloud. But another pitfall awaits if and when you ever try to open those old files. What if a file's data format is so ancient that you no longer have any applications that can read the format? I recently tripped over two examples of this dilemma. Here's how I solved them:

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  • How-Tos: Collaborate with Google Docs

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  • How-Tos: Create a photo greeting card in Pages '09

    Custom greeting cards are great way to show friends and family that you care (and that you're creative). They're also a snap to put together with Pages '09. With spring birthdays, not to mention Mother's Day, Father's Day, and graduations on the horizon, here's how you can create an original photo greeting card for an inkjet printer in less than 20 minutes.

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  • How-Tos: Create custom iPhone vibrations

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  • How-Tos: Skynet Espionage Begins: Unmanned Drone Creates 3D Models

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  • How-Tos: Draw Something tips and tricks

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  • How-Tos: Get more from social media with Windows 8

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  • How-Tos: How to Root Your Verizon Galaxy Nexus

    If you're anything like me, you always have to have the latest and greatest piece of technology. Unlike me, though, you may not be eager take that shiny new gadget and unlock, root, install a custom OS, or brick it in the name of progress.

  • How-Tos: An Easier Way to Add Files to Your Dropbox Account

    For a service with the word "drop" front and center in its name, Dropbox has always been notoriously, annoyingly unsupportive of dragging and dropping to its Web client.

  • How-Tos: How to adjust Lion's Recent Items menu list

    Last week in Mac Basics we showed how to launch apps automatically at startup. On a related note, there's a way to quickly access apps, files, and servers you've recently used. Under the Apple menu, there's an option called Recent Items, and when you select it, you'll see a pop-up list of apps, files, and servers you've used recently.

  • How-Tos: How to Buy a Smartphone for Your Business

    Shopping for a new smartphone is tough: With so many phones out there, finding the best one for your work life and your personal life can be headache-inducing. This guide highlights business features among the different operating systems, explains the best specs for business, and offers advice on the apps you should download once you purchase your smartphone.

  • How-Tos: Working at Starbucks? Lock Down Your Data with HotSpot Shield

    Think that coffee-shop Wi-Fi hotspot is secure? Think again. Most public hotspots, including those at airports, hotels, and even Starbucks, aren't secure at all. In fact, when your laptop connects to one of these networks, it’s easy pickings for hackers -- even if you have a firewall installed.

  • How-Tos: Make your own Retina wallpaper for the iPad

    Personalise your new iPad with your own wallpapers for the lock and home screens

  • How-Tos: Use Your Browser as a Productivity Tool

    If you spend time online as part of your daily routine, you know that staying productive while browsing the Web is a challenge. Fortunately some great websites and browser extensions are available to help transform your browser into one of the most powerful productivity tools in your arsenal. Elsewhere we've discussed how to avoid tech distractions in your daily life; in this article we'll discuss three of the most popular productivity and time management systems, along with some great browser modifications to help you stick to them.

  • How-Tos: How to use Brushes in iPhoto for iOS

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  • How-Tos: Improve Your Windows 7 Registry With 7 Easy Tweaks

    The Windows Registry is a powerful but confusing component of the Windows operating system. In earlier editions of Windows, editing the Registry was fraught with peril; if the user edited it with the wrong tool or altered a critical key, the result could be an inoperable Windows installation. Windows 7, however, is far more forgiving than its predecessors when it comes to modifying the Registry, if you use the built-in Windows 7 Registry Editor (Regedit).


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