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By Frauke on Thursday, September 04, 2014
Backing your data up to an external hard drive is just as easy as backing up to a flash drive. Once you have connected the drive to your computer, it should show up in your list of available drives, and you can simply copy across the files and folders you want.

The advantage of using an external hard drive is that they give you a lot more space than a flash drive, and that they are much cheaper, compared by the amount of storage space you’re getting for your money. Also, if you want to back up your operating system - which I’ll discuss later - you are likely to need more space than a single flash drive can provide.

The disadvantage of using an external hard drive is that it has moving parts and stores data on a magnetic disc. This makes it susceptible to damage through mechanical shock and strong magnetic fields.

That being said, my external hard drive is still my first line of backups. I keep it connected to my PC pretty much all the time, which minimises the possibility of it being knocked...
By Frauke on Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Flash drives (aka thumb drives/USB sticks/pen drives) are a great way of backing up important files quickly and easily. All you need to do is plug the device into one of your computer’s USB ports, and it will appear in the list of your drives. However, if you’re using an older operating system, such as Windows XP, you may have to install a driver for the device.

Once you can see the device in your list of available drives, you can simply drag and drop the files and folders you want to back up. Flash drives are a great way of transporting files between computers, or to keep a master copy of files. For instance, if I have a manuscript that I might want to work on both my desktop and my laptop, I store it on a flash drive. That way I don’t have to worry about which computer has the latest version - there’s only one master copy and it’s on my flash drive.

There are many advantages of storing data on a flash drive. A well-manufactured flash drive isn’t affected by mechanical shock, magnetic fields, scratches,...
By Frauke on Monday, August 11, 2014
There's a new scam around that's taking advantage of PayPal's new payment system, Zong. While Zong itself seems to be absolutely above board, the fact that it's new and that not many people know about how it works gives fraudsters an immense opportunity to scam people out of considerable amounts of money.

First off, let me give you a quick rundown on how Zong works:

If you want to buy something from a vendor that uses Zong, you press the 'Zong' button and enter your mobile number. Zong sends you an SMS with a code. You enter the code online, and the purchase is complete. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?

Now imagine this: You get a friend request on Facebook, or some other social network. It's from somebody you know well. OK, maybe you're just a leeeettle suspicious, so you take a look at their profile first, but it looks good, so you go ahead.

Some time later, you get a message asking you for your mobile number ("Sorry, I lost it, my dog ate my phone" etc.) Then you get...
By Frauke on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

When you’re thinking about backing up your files, you need to decide where to store the backup. Do you want to use a flash drive? An external hard drive? A DVD? An online service?

Each of these has its own pros and cons, and we’ll take a look at them in turn. But first, let me give you some information on organising your backups, so you won’t tear your hair out a few years down the line: Organise your data well and give your backups a good name that includes the date!

By Frauke on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Some time ago I got an urgent phone call from the director of a small company: His computer wouldn’t start and could I come and take a look? And could I please hurry, as he had an urgent proposal to submit.

So I jumped in my car and drove over. When I arrived, I switched on the PC - and was greeted by what’s known as the ‘click of death’, which indicates a catastrophic hard disk failure. So catastrophic that the only way to recover any data is by sending it off to a data recovery specialist with a clean room where the hard disk can be taken apart and maybe - maybe - the data on the disk can be recovered.

By Frauke on Thursday, November 07, 2013
Well, your choice of domain name is pretty much up to you. It might be a good idea to enlist the help of a marketing expert at this point, if you don’t already have a name for your business. Basically, you can choose anything you want - a business name, a brand name, a name that describes what your business does. The domain name itself has several parts to it. There’s the www in front, and several possible suffixes at the back. Only what’s sandwiched in between is entirely your choice, so let’s start with that.
By Frauke on Friday, October 25, 2013

I've slapped two more designs on T-shirts and other cool stuff at my cafepress shops. You can find them by clicking the images below :)


By Frauke on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Now for your reading pleasure: "The Awful German Language" by Mark Twain. Free download for Kindle (.mobi) or Nook etc. (.epub)

By Frauke on Friday, July 13, 2012

New black 'Normal is Boring' T-Shirts are now available from my shop. Are you nuts? Do you have a loony friend? Check them out in my Cafepress Shop!

By Frauke on Saturday, June 30, 2012

Camp NaNoWriMo winnerI did it, I did it, I did it! I wrote a 50,000 word novel in a month as part of NaNoWriMo.

Now I'm going to get my first book to a professional critique service, and then - hopefully soon - I'll be a published author. Keep watching this space!

(oh, and now that I can do other things than write like mad every day, there will be more on self-publishing and IT issues in this blog, I promise!)