Robert Conner keeps his friends' phone numbers and snailmail addresses in Gmail. He asked me how he can access this information offline.
The trick is to sync Gmail's contacts with another contact manager--one that stores its information locally. Not surprisingly, this is a no-brainer on an Android device. You just give the phone or tablet your Gmail account name and password, and it syncs.
Brewski13 asked the Desktops forum for the best way to diagnose and repair a recurring Blue Screen of Death.
You're working on an important project, and suddenly your screen is filled with seemingly incoherent white text against a blue background. There's nothing you can do but reboot your PC and hope that everything important was saved to your hard drive.
Microsoft calls these stop errors, but everyone else prefers a more descriptive label: The Blue Screen of Death (BSoD).
Overheating is the most likely culprit. PCs are designed to shut down automatically when heat endangers the hardware.
To find out if this is your problem, download and install Speedfan. It's small and free. Although Speedfan's basic job is controlling the speed of your PC's fans (you probably guessed that by the name), it also provides the CPU temperature.
Rohkai asked the Answer Line forum if a PC's BIOS, like an operating system or an antivirus, should be kept up to date.
You should update several programs on your hard drive regularly, usually for security reasons. Many of them, including your antivirus and Windows itself, probably update automatically. (For questions about automatically updating Windows, see Should I Turn Off Automatic Updates?)
But the BIOS is different. It's not even on the hard drive. And you should only update it with good reason.
SuPaw asked the Networking forum how best to sync multiple email accounts, plus contacts and a calendar, so that it's all accessible on both a Windows PC and an iPad.
A lot of this depends on what email service and/or local email client software, and what calendar program, you're using. I'm going to concentrate here on Gmail, because many people use it, you can easily channel multiple email accounts through it, and, since it's cloud-based, syncing comes naturally (well, sometimes).
I'm also assuming here that you're using Google Calendar.
If a flash drive contains sensitive information--such as bank account statements, credit card numbers, or your own unique, brilliant plans for world domination--you should password protect, if not the whole drive, than at least those particular files.
You've got two options for protecting data on a flash drive: You can use encryption software, or you can buy a special, encrypted flash drive.