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Fri
24
Mar
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Explained: When to Encrypt your Hard Drive, and When not to

Infopackets Reader Scott writes: " Dear Dennis, I'm thinking of turning on disk encryption for my Windows 10 computer. I've never done this before. Is there anything to be concerned about or to be aware of? " My response: This is a good question. ... The truth of the matter is that if you encrypt your entire C drive using Windows BitLocker or a third party utility, it's going to slow your system down quite a bit. The reason for this is because every single file written to the drive must be encrypted, and then decrypted when read - including your operating system files. Constantly encrypting and ... (view more)

Fri
13
Jan
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How to: Download Emails (from Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc)

Infopackets Reader Gale S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I read with great interest your series of articles on Mozilla Thunderbird. The last article I read was in regard to Thunderbird: One Inbox, Multiple Email Accounts . Near the end of that article you ... mentioned there would be another editorial piece to explain how to archive emails for offline viewing using Thunderbird. I would personally love to download my Gmail emails to my PC and store them locally. Can you explain how to do that? " My response: I've already written an article on how to do that , though I'd be happy to go over it again in ... (view more)

Mon
19
Dec
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How to Fix: Sort and Archive Emails with Thunderbird Locally (or Remote)

This article will explain how to keep your email inbox clean, and how to sort and store your email messages locally (or by remote) using Mozilla Thunderbird. This article is the 6th article in a series of articles I've recently written on ... Thunderbird, including: How to Fix: Thunderbird: One Inbox, Multiple Accounts How to Fix: Minimize Thunderbird to Tray Bar (Not Task Bar) How to Fix: Thunderbird Paragraph Mode (Press Enter Twice) How to Fix: Disable Thunderbird Popup Notifications How to Fix: Disable Thunderbird Attachment Reminder How to Fix: Sort and Archive Emails with Thunderbird ... (view more)

Fri
22
Jan
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How to: Archive Web Pages as PDF, View Offline Later

Infopackets Reader Phil S. writes: " Dear Dennis, I often view web pages online the Internet that I want to archive into PDF (portable document format), so that I can view them later. I am using Windows 10, and normally I use Firefox as my browser. ... However, when I save the the web pages for archiving, they always open up in Edge. If I transfer the pages to thumb drive for viewing on a different computer (not using Edge), then the web pages won't load properly. Is there a way to get the computer to save offline web pages without using Edge? My preference of course would be to view the ... (view more)

Fri
16
Jan
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Download and Save Emails to USB Drive?

Infopackets Reader 'ltb223' writes: " Dear Dennis, Is it possible to download all my email messages from my computer to a CD or a thumb drive so I can read them later? If so how do I go about it? My email account is with gmail. Thank you. " My ... response: There are a number of ways to go about downloading and archiving email messages (whether it's gmail, hotmail, aol, or yahoo); in general, there are two main ways to achieve this: you can either export emails via web interface if your email service supports it, or export emails using an email client if you use pop3 or imap to connect and read ... (view more)

Thu
10
Jan
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Library of Congress Compiling Huge Twitter Archive

The U.S. Library of Congress has completed its archive of every Twitter post during the first four years following the site's launch. Unfortunately, making that archive useful has proven extremely difficult. Back in April 2010, the Library of ... Congress signed a deal to archive Twitter posts, known as 'tweets.' The Library's Gayle Osterberg says those tweets are an important and valid research source. "As society turns to social media as a primary method of communication and creative expression, social media is supplementing, and in some cases supplanting, letters, journals, serial publications ... (view more)

Thu
28
Jul
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Split large files for backup onto CD?

Infopackets Reader Lai C. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have recently organized all of my critical files into 1 single folder. The rationale for organizing in this manner is so that it is easy for me to locate my files for the purpose of backing them up ... onto CD recordable. My Critical File Folder contains over 5 gigabytes (GB) worth of data -- with some files being quite large in size. Ideally, I would like to store all the files 'perfectly' onto 8 CDs in order to save time and media [hint: 8 CDs x 700 megabytes each = 5.6 gigabytes, which is enough to store the backup folder]. The way things ... (view more)

Wed
21
Jan
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Archive Web Pages for offline reference?

Infopackets Reader David J. writes: " I sure do enjoy your newsletter! I was wondering if you knew of a software utility that allows me to copy and archive web pages (including the graphic files). Can you suggest anything? " My response: I tried ... searching Google for "archive web pages freeware" and "web page archiver" (plus a few few other variations), but couldn't come up with anything. I do happen to know that Internet Explorer (version 6) has the option to archive a web page using File -> Save As. When the "Save As" window appears, click the ... (view more)

Tue
25
Mar
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WinBackup doesn't support my CD Writer?

Over the weekend, Lanny B. indirectly asked me a question about how to span an archive using WinBackup : " Hi Dennis! As always, love your newsletter! Keep up the good work. I'm writing today about WinBackup . It seems that the program currently ... does not support my CD-R/W burner (LITE-ON LTR-24102B). Whenever I try to run a backup and record to the burner, all I get is an error message which states that my 'CD-R/W drive is not supported.' There is no mention if / or when WinBackup will support the writer in the future. What can I do? " Recall -- WinBackup is a simple-to-use backup ... (view more)

Thu
06
Mar
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Archiving eBook and Video Ultimate Guide

Tuesday's feature article of the Infopackets Gazette Newsletter made a very brief mention of a new downloadable eBook and Video Tutorial that I've been working on. The idea to create the tutorial was spawned from our recent newsletter discussions ... about archiving software. I've decided to take a time-out from my regular featured articles to announce that the Archiving eBook and Video Ultimate Guide is now complete. What did you say archiving was, exactly? From the eBook: " Typically, archival software is used to 'glue' multiple files together into a single, smaller file. As the files are ... (view more)

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