Dropbox

Cloud storage with Dropbox Dropbox is a cloud based data storage and synchronization service which provides 2GB of free storage and 50 or 100 GB for subscription accounts. Save your files in the Dropbox folder on your computer and as long as you’re connected to...

Cloud Storage

No such thing as a free lunch? There is when it comes to your data security. In the dark days before cloud computing, if you wished to back up your valuable data, extra storage drives were the logical choice of medium. If you worked on files using more than one...

Lies, damned lies, and statistics

Mr Key, you’re bending the truth Last night, in a party political broadcast during the TV news, Prime Minister John Key looked us all in the eye and said that the National-led government will double exports by 2025. Can one lie about something that hasn’t...

GST smoke and mirrors

Winston First pinches Phil’s abandoned policy “No GST on healthy tucker” said Phil Goff. Yeah, right … Once upon a time in a galaxy far away there was a bloke called Phil Goff who looked like leadership material and talked a lot of sense. When the...

System File Checker

A Windows tool worth digging for SFC is an invaluable tool in Windows. It checks that all Windows files are where they should be and that they’re uncorrupted, it then puts things right. If you’ve done all your virus checking, error checking and defragging,...

The Listener veers right

A couple of weeks ago The New Zealand Listener editorial entitled “On the Road Again” waxed sceptical on the subject of inequality. …Much is made, for example, of the gap between rich and poor, even to the extent of it being the subject of a partisan...

Inequality hurts the rich too

How economic inequality harms societies This remarkable TED talk by Richard Wilkinson should be required watching for every person on the planet, it needs to be shown in schools, it should be understood by every voter and particularly by every politician and...

Quick drive removal

Setting up a drive for Quick Removal In a previous post I explained the implications of disc write caching. There’s an easy way to reduce the likelihood of data loss when removing an external drive connection. You can ensure that its Removal Policy is set up for Quick...

Disk write caching

The old vanishing data trick Trust me—you really need to know about disk write caching Take care when removing your external drives. This applies to USB and firewire external drives, to flash cards and to flash drives – otherwise known as pen or thumb drives. If you...