My favorite guy, Steve at DanvilleComputerDoc.com, built me a brand new custom machine this week. (Probably because he was tired of hearing a string of colorful obscenities every time I had to wait for a program to load — but I prefer his explanation: That he wanted me to be able to work without frustration). Now, I have a fancy new machine that boots in about three seconds flat — that’s right, from “push the button” to “what do you want to do first?” Three SECONDS flat.
Steve was cruising the tech boards this weekend (as he often does) and he found a great little utility for me. I thought I’d share it with my readers. It’s called DocShield and it’s a free download for Windows OS.
Why It’s Awesome
You can control which documents, files, or folders the program will back up. You can control where it’s backed up, how often, and the size of the back up. And it’s not just limited to backing up on the same drive you use on your computer. You can backup on the cloud, on your own server, on a USB drive or anywhere else via FTP.
Why You Need It
It’s not made to backup your entire system, but it will help you in those cases where you lose a particular version of a document, image or other file. Set this up and it could save you hours when your computer decides to crash when you are putting the finishing touches on that digital masterpiece and the power fails, the OS burps, or the cat jumps up for attention and lands on your power button. And the next time you have multiple versions of that all-important file, the version tracker will help you determine which one is the right one. Ahhhh! That’s nice.
Download DocShield for free now!
Quite fortuitously, I’ve been allowed to play with a shiny new Droid Maxx this week, and I’ve given it the acid test! Below are the things I like, the things I love, and the things I could do without.
Nice Screen, Quick App Response!
I like the extra real-estate on the Maxx, its 5-inch (720 x 1280 pixels, 294 ppi) AMOLED screen offers colors that are crisp and bright even though the Maxx is not full HD like some of the current Android offerings. The touch function is quite responsive and the extra real estate prevents some of the “fat finger” typos and other tech “fails” I have experienced as a result of smaller screens. The built-in keyboard offers an excellent swipe feature. (I had to buy the SwiftKey app for a high quality version of this function on my other android devices, this one is great out-of-package.) Continue reading
Laptops are getting smaller, lighter, and easier to carry around. So it may be tempting to just drop them down in a largish purse or a tote bag, along with your other necessities and hit the road…
Don’t do that!
Laptops, although a common piece of equipment, are still delicate. They may put up with some abuse, but their tolerance is limited. If you want to protect your laptop and keep it working for you in the future, you should start by selecting the best protection for day-to-day transport. Continue reading
On June 18, 2013, I joined my partner Steve Knight as he opened DanvilleComputerDoc.com on Third Street in my hometown of Danville, Kentucky.
Geek Stuff: His, Mine, and Ours
So, WickedBlog has been a little quiet over the past month as we made the decision to find, secure, furnish, and equip this brick and mortar office space. After years of being mobile and using only a home office, I’ll now be doing some of my work in a traditional office setting with Steve.(Talk about a change of pace!)
Steve has been working on computer hardware, programming, and running home and small business networks for over 30 years. He’s been doing professional videography since 2004 and uses those skills to help clients provide streaming video and live event feeds for their online audiences.
As my regular readers probably already know, I’ve been a tech-enamored independent small business marketing consultant and web content writer since 1999. My business, WickedWriter.com began in Dunnville, Kentucky (Casey County) and has served clients in 28 states across the United States and international clients in Asia, Canada, Spain, Bermuda, and the UK. Continue reading