Sensible advice on disk longevity and data security from Windows Secrets

by Lee Hopkins on January 14, 2010 · 2 comments

in clippings,tools

windows-secrets-logo Windows Secrets is a paid newsletter I’ve been subscribing to for a little while.

Cut from the same cloth as my long cherished Woody’s Office Watch (I was a very early adopter of Woody’s seminal and superb newsletter and books), Windows Secrets offers two ‘flavours’: free and paid.

So, in the paid section you can find the answers to questions like:

"Could you please address the issue of which medium is best for long-term storage? CDs/DVDs have a five-year limit. USB sticks are costly per GB and delicate, etc."

whereas in the free flavour you don’t.

As another example, in the paid version you find out the answer to the question no doubt on the very tip of your tongue:

“Do I really need a quad-core processor?”

wherein you will be taken through a readable-by-a-human description of what a quad-core processor is, and whether or not you need one (it turns out I do, which all adds to the pressure on me to upgrade my technology soon).

google-results Sure, you can Google that question and no doubt come up with a few answers (about 29 million of them at last count… ahem) but I know for me it’s a damn site easier to have the answer sitting in my inbox where I can search and find it, rather than search Google and wade through molasses to find something resembling it.

windows-secrets-lounge-logo For a measly few dollars (you get to pick what YOU think is a fair price) you can find out the answer – plus answers to a whole heap of questions you can ask over at The Lounge, imho the best place to go for Microsoft and non-Microsoft questions of all shapes and sizes.

Each newsletter (no matter the flavour) comes flying into your inbox every seven days – you can’t ask fairer than that.

“Windows Secrets? Don’t run your pc without it” as 1970s American Express tv ads might have said.


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