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Richard Gordon's Computer Life Column appears most Saturdays in the Wilmington News Journal, a Gannett publication.

Scan all the favorites below, or go directly to the current vote leader, entitled "Repent, and your data shall be saved!," (November 8, 1997).


October 17, 1998
Get over your fears
I'm still amazed at the number of computerphobes I run into in my travels throughout New Castle County. Get with the program, folks! Computing will be part of your life whether you want it to be or not.
September 12, 1998
Tulips: A 17th-Century Craze Goes On-Line
It's Fall, when a good homeowner's fancy should turn to bulb catalogs. OK, so your correspondent ended up looking for a 17th-Century Tulip Book on line instead of shopping for 21st-Century perennials.
May 30, 1998
Eyewitness News in my Inbox
Just before Suharto resigned, I got e-mail from the jungles of Indonesia. Nothing earth-shattering, but it was very cool to get a first person report from a friend on the scene.
April 18, 1998
Mowing down the right computer purchase
You always buy a lawnmower to cut your grass. Why are you buying a computer? What do you want to do with it? Ask yourself those questions before you and your checkbook go shopping for a computer.
February 28, 1998
Virus hoaxes
"Can my computer really catch a virus from the power line? If I read an e-mail message with the subject 'Bad Times' will my ex- really get a copy of my bank statement?" There are a lot of silly-sounding and serious-sounding virus warnings floating around the 'Net. Most are hoaxes. But use your virus scanning software anyway.
February 14, 1998
Cupid, Draw Back Your Bow...
There are risks to meeting people on the 'Net. However, in honor of St. Valentine's Day, here are the stories of two couples who met on-line and lived happily ever after.
November 22, 1997
Caveat Emptor Applies On Line
This week, we learn how to judge the credibility of Web sites.
November 8, 1997
Repent, and your data shall be saved!
Not even I listened to my own advice (7/26/97) about backing up files. Verily, verily I say unto you, listen and learn from this sinner. Do all such back-ups as you ought or thou, too, shall suffer anguish.
August 30, 1997
Software is good, but your time is better
It's easy to find hundreds of dollars worth of cool software for every school age boy and girl. But don't think that buying Reader Rabbit is a substitute for spending time with your small scholars.
April 19, 1997 Precautions can keep viruses out
In which the author is confronted by a loaded carrot and urged to get the word out: "Protect your computer from viruses."
April 5, 1997 Net can be a learning tool for children
Don't let the title fool you: this article is about free speech, cyber parenting, Webcrawler, and 2nd graders.
March 1, 1997 Addicted to the World Wide Wait
Have you been Sludged by the Net?
February 8, 1997
The first column
Even MMX is a future dinosaur
Is the computer you just bought out of date? Yes! But if it's useful, don't worry about it.

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