Amber Bouman, Editorial Assistant: Since I nearly killed my laptop a few months back, I've become a proponent of backing up everything. I've yet to put my money where my mouth is, however, and the longer I wait, the more information I have on my Inspiron 9300 that I would really hate to lose. Following what is kindly referred to as the "tea incident" in my house, Assistant Editor Greg Adler helped me back up all of my data onto a Buffalo DriveStation External Hard Drive. Aside from the simple fact that I know better than to go without backing up data, I was truly impressed by how easy the DriveStation was to use, and I've been planning on buying one since November. Anything that requires just two steps--plug in, click OK--is my sort of machine.
Who doesn't have a digital camera these days? Me, apparently. I keep meaning to change that, and I even have a camera in mind. The Canon PowerShot SD750 that I borrowed from the PC World Test Center worked really well, fit into my purse and/or pocket, was easy to learn to use, and is priced decently. I know there are more-recent models, but something about the simplicity and ease of the SD750 really appeals to me. Adding to the attraction: Most people I spoke to said that their PowerShot cameras had a suprisingly long life and were rugged enough to withstand most abuse.
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