How to Buy a Wireless Hard Drive or SSD Holding up a tablet at a wedding or party to take snapshots: fair game, or just lame? The etiquette jury's still out on that score, but wherever you fall on the issue, we bet you've used your tablet or smartphone to create photos, videos, data, or files you just can't replace. And, just like any other bundle of bits you may have created on a desktop or laptop, our first question is the age-old one: What are you doing to back it all up? If you're like too many of us, the answer is "nothing." Now, if you have your tablet or smartphone configured to auto-upload your created media to the cloud or share it with your social-media accounts, maybe you don't need to worry. But if you take lots of video or photos with your mobile device, and you would be crushed to lose it all were the device stolen, broken, or dipped in the sea, you need a backup plan. Enter one possibility: a wireless drive. Wireless Drives: The Landscape Note that portable, wireless … [Read more...] about The Best Wireless Hard Drives for 2019
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Advertisement Did you know that storing files directly on your desktop can harm your productivity? I used to be one of “those” people who downloaded files straight to the desktop. If you can identify with that, then I have good news for you: you can do better. Desktop storage is simple, sure, but it comes with hidden drawbacks you may not know about.Kick the bad habit with these alternative file storage methods. They may not be as convenient but I promise that you’ll learn to love them in the long run.The Downsides to Desktop StorageThe urge to save files to the desktop is understandable. It provides immediate access with a single click, which means that it’s tempting to turn the desktop into a de facto headquarters for storage. But unless you are strict with maintenance, you’ll eventually succumb to these issues: No file protection. As noted by PC World, certain directories are not affected by System Restore, the most recognizable location being My … [Read more...] about 3 Better Ways to Store Your Files Than on the Desktop
A century and a half after its publication, Walden has become such a totem of the back-to-nature, preservationist, anti-business, civil-disobedience mindset, and Thoreau so vivid a protester, so perfect a crank and hermit saint, that the book risks being as revered and unread as the Bible. Of the American classics densely arisen in the middle of the 19th century - Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter (1850), Melville's Moby-Dick (1851), Whitman's Leaves of Grass (1855), to which we might add Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1854) as a nation-stirring bestseller and Emerson's essays as an indispensable preparation of the ground - Walden has contributed most to America's present sense of itself. In a time of informational overload, of clamorously inane and ubiquitous electronic entertainment, and of a fraught, globally challenged, ever more demanding workplace, the urge to build a cabin in the woods and thus reform, simplify, and cleanse one's life - "to front", in Thoreau's ringing … [Read more...] about A sage for all seasons
Jerry Jones tried ripping the coaching staff of the Dallas Cowboys after the first loss in the current three-game skid, then took the gentle approach following the second. The team’s owner and general manager just looked mad at the world on an embarrassing night in Chicago and didn’t seem to care that Dallas was still in first place in the NFC East after a 31-24 loss to the Bears “Until we can win a football game, I don’t care what kind of contention we’re in,” Jones said. “We’ve got to start playing and winning a football game so that we can play better than we played tonight.” The anger was still evident a day later when Jones didn’t like the way his radio show started Friday and cursed several times. He appeared to hang up after one of the expletives, but it was explained that the system cut off the call because of the language. Jones was reconnected, and the mood wasn’t much lighter for the rest of the show. … [Read more...] about Jerry Jones tries everything, but Cowboys can’t get it right
If Breaking Bad’s ending wasn’t the greatest in television history, it still resolved things satisfactorily—and, for the most part, conclusively. Nonetheless, since no property is ever dead in this age of sequels, reboots and spin-offs, Vince Gilligan has seen fit to revisit his small-screen phenomenon with El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, a two-hour coda that picks up directly after his series’ 2013 finale, charting the efforts of Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) to escape arrest and death in the aftermath of Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) blaze-of-glory massacre. What he delivers is fan service of a moderately effective sort. Although in the process, he also proves that sometimes, closure is overrated. Given that El Camino has been shrouded in secrecy up until the moment of its Netflix premiere (this morning, Oct. 11), it goes without saying that everything that follows is a spoiler. What’s disheartening about Gilligan’s feature, however, is that … [Read more...] about Netflix’s ‘El Camino’ Reveals What Happened to Jesse Pinkman After ‘Breaking Bad.’ But Was It Necessary?
Picking the Right Apple Apple recently pared down and tweaked its laptop line, knocking off one popular model family (the straight-up MacBook), simplifying the entry-level model (the MacBook Air), and upping the screen size of its power machine (the larger of the MacBook Pros). That's made buying a new Mac laptop easier in some respects, and more challenging in others. From the powerful MacBook Pro, available in multiple screen sizes, to the slim, efficient MacBook Air, your family choices have been reduced to two (unless you go looking at refurbished, used, or older-gen Mac models). With similar specs and exterior styling across both the Air and the Pro, deciding which one is best for you largely comes down to which size screen you need and how much processing power your typical computing tasks require. Picking between the two families is the easy part. Getting down to the nitty gritty within each family is trickier, though. We'll walk you through all of your MacBook options to help … [Read more...] about MacBook Air or MacBook Pro: Which Should You Buy?