AskBob's Best of 2011 - Part One

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The AskBob website was a busy place in 2011 -- over 340 new articles were published this year, pushing the total number to over 1100! Readers streamed in from all over the world, and since I'm a numbers guy, I scanned the server logs to find the most popular articles, based on your clicks, views and recommendations. Here are ten of the top articles for you to review. I hope you'll read each one and leave your own comments...

    Best of 2011
  1. Free Internet Faxing

    Why use an expensive and complicated fax machine when there are so many Internet alternatives? Some even allow you to send and receive faxes online for free. Here's a roundup of free Internet fax services...
  2. Free Online College Courses

    "What's the deal with online college courses... how can they be offered for free? Is there some catch involved, and will I get actual college credit if I take free online college classes?"
  3. Is Chrome the Best Browser?

    "I'm thinking of switching to the Google Chrome browser. I like Firefox, but lately it has been unstable on my computer, and seems to get bogged down. Yesterday I had to shut it down because it was consuming 825MB of memory! My friend says Chrome is the best - what is your opinion?"
  4. MagicJack Phone Service

    "Is Magic Jack phone service for real? I've seen commercials for Magic Jack, a device you can plug into your computer for really cheap phone service. It sounds too good to be true... is MagicJack a scam, or does it really work?"
  5. Free Satellite TV on PC?

    "I saw a website advertising software that's supposed to give you free satelite TV on your PC. The program costs $40, but they claim it lets you watch hundreds of live worldwide channels free of charge. Sounds too good to be true... is this a scam?"

  6. How to Clean Up Your Hard Drive

    Are you running out of space on your hard drive? Maybe you're getting that annoying "low disk space" message. Don't ignore it, or your computer could soon begin to malfunction. Here's how to clean your hard drive and make sure your computer is running smoothly...

  7. Do I Need a Registry Cleaner?

    "My computer seems to get slower and slower. A friend told me I need a registry cleaner. Will that really help? If so, where can I get a good free registry cleaner to do the job?"

  8. Convert VHS to DVD

    Let's face it... your old VHS tapes with treasured family memories won't last forever. Even if the VCR doesn't eventually jam and eat the tape, a VHS recording uses fragile magnetic tape that degrades over time -- whether you watch it or not. Don't count on those VCR tapes lasting longer than a few years, convert VHS to DVD format today, and save those memories for posterity.

  9. Recover Deleted Files - Free

    There is almost nothing worse than losing important files when you experience a finger fumble, brain freeze, or computer crash. But never fear, there are tools that can help you recover those lost files, and some of the best ones are free...
  10. 10 Ways To Boost Your WiFi Signal

    You finally got that wireless router, but the wifi signal is not so great in some parts of the house. Here's how to boost your wireless signal strength...

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Neil Koven
31 Dec 2011

Is there a competent replacement for Palm Desktop? I have been using Palm Desktop since 1998; that's 13 years of client contacts, notes, appointments, etc. I use it as my daytimer to keep track of appointments, past, present and future. I can find things readily on it. The notes are perhaps the most important part since I keep track of every sales call and appointment there. It is an invaluable source of client and personal info for me.

I have to keep it on my Powerbook G4 with OS 10.4.11 for that reason alone. While I can transfer the info to my iMac OS 10.6.8, I can't make any changes to Palm Desktop.

Also my aging laptop has programs and plug-ins that are no longer available and I can transfer images from my iMac to the G4, do whatever is necessary to them that I can't do on my iMac (I'm a photographer) and then transfer them back. Sure it's a pain, but it will work, albeit slowly.

Sometimes necessity forces one into being at least a partial Luddite.

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