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Webinar #12 - Q&A - will be Sunday, May 13th, 2012 at 1PM U.S. PDT / 9PM UTC.
No agenda this month. I'll simply take questions live and do my best to answer them on the spot.
Therefore, please bring questions!
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(Questions and answers are being posted as they become available)
How do I test my backup to make sure it will work when I need it? Making regular backups is critical, but once you've got that set up how do you know what you have will, in fact, work when you need it? I'll look at a couple of approaches.
What server side software would you recommend to run client machines in a virtual environment?
Is there an easy way to temporarily turn off online activity during startup? When you start your computer, many programs may automatically begin checking for updates and more online. If you're travelling, this can be inconvenient. Unfortunately, I don't have an easy solution.
How to I convert my virtual machine to be my main operating system?
How do you perform a backup to an external drive that is TrueCrypted? Backing up data to a drive encrypted using Truecrypt is really no different than backing up to any other drive. I'll review why that is and some of the variations of backing up with Truecrypt.
Why did the first track of my newly burned audio CD not play properly? Burning CDs can occasionally be a little touchy. A combination of minor issues with players and records can add up to intermittent problems.
Do you have any tips for writing batch files in Windows? Batch files or scripts are sequences of commands written in text files that run as small programs. Windows has its own scripting language in the form of the Windows Command Prompt commands.
Can you give away a Kindle book after you're done reading it? Amazon's Kindle includes a couple of different concepts of borrowing or sharing books, but giving a Kindle book you've purchased to someone else doesn't appear to be possible.
How does a digital product sell out? The concept of a digital product selling out is a little difficult to comprehend, until you factor in two other things: marketing and support materials.
Can I read PDFs using my Kindle Reader application on my tablet or phone? The Kindle application is actually quite a reasonable PDF reader and can be used on tablets and phones relatively easily.
Will laptops ever have traditional keyboards again? Keyboards are expensive pieces of hardware, and one of the areas that laptop manufacturers often cut costs. As a result, keyboard quality is one of the differentiators among laptop makes and models.
Why is there a ghostly icon on my desktop when I edit a Word document? Editing a Word document creates temporary files. Depending on your settings and the location of your original document, those temporary files can become visible.
Can I extend the life of an old computer by running Ubuntu? Ubuntu or other Linux distributions with lower resource requirements are often excellent ways to extend the life of a computer that's not up to running current versions of Windows.
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