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Move easily into a new PC
Do you remember the last time you got a new computer? Aside from the thrill of having something with larger capacity and more speed, remember...
McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Do you remember the last time you got a new computer? Aside from the thrill of having something with larger capacity and more speed, remember what it was like to move all of your existing software to the new one. As bad as that may have been, you can be fairly assured that your upcoming move is more than likely going to be a lot more complex. But it doesn't have to be that way.
Laplink's PCmover (www.laplink.com) can help you set up your new computer quickly and virtually automatically. Whether you realize it or not, over the passage of time you have done a lot of customizing — putting applications in certain places, tailoring their preferences, saving files to specific locations; that's just for starters.
You probably have thousands of media files and documents that you're saved and created. There are e-mails you've archived, serial numbers you've recorded, passwords that are stored and encrypted, bookmarks, registry settings, etc.
And many software publishers don't make it easy for movers. In the spirit of making sure their software isn't illegally copied, some go out of their way to make sure a newly installed copy of their product requires the original installation codes and serial numbers.
But with Laplink's PCmover, the migration from the old to the new can be a snap.
PCmover offers several ways to migrate your hard drive's contents. To begin, you install PCmover on both PCs and connect them together over a local area network (LAN), a wireless network, USB connection or even a parallel port.
Running PCmover on each computer displays an easy-to-follow instruction wizard to begin the migration.
And according to Laplink, which is based in Bellevue, it's really safe. PCmover will never overwrite any programs, files or settings on the new PC.
Even if you're transferring from an older to a newer operating system, PCmover makes sure the newer one is left in good working order. You can even undo a move at any time.
It even works on the new Intel-based Macintosh. If you plan to run Windows on it, you can migrate everything from your old PC to the Windows partition on the Mac.
The $49.95 download version or $59.95 boxed version that includes a Laplink USB Cable will save you untold dollars in time and avoided aggravation. Be a smart mover and let PCmover do the job for you.
Personal data: If you're looking for a safe and easy way to keep track of your personal data within your office that contains many computers, or even your home with one computer and many family members who use it, you may want to look into a security system that solves the security problem with a card.
Equip your computer with Access Smart's Power LogOn (www.access-smart.com) and you'll have the security you want and need in today's eyes-everywhere world.
Each Power LogOn Desktop Kit comes complete with a USB Smartcard reader, two Smartcards, five printable inkjet labels to personalize the cards and the necessary security software. Once installed, your Smartcard will remember all of your personal information, passwords, bookmarks, settings and whatever else make up your online identity.
When you wish to use a computer, there's no need to memorize passwords or anything else. Just insert your Smartcard and Power LogOn does the rest.
Surf over to a secure Web site for example, and watch Power LogOn automatically type in your user name and password. Your security is further enhanced because they can be long, cryptic passwords since you don't have to memorize and type them in anymore.
Pricing is $129.95 for the desktop version and $139.95 for the notebook edition.
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