Hints from Heloise: Back up all computer files online

Dear Heloise >> Regarding uploading pictures to your computer, I would also suggest making sure you have an online backup of all your computer files. A fire or a flood can destroy your computer and any backup devices kept in your home. And it could also destroy the original photos that are stored at home.

As for the worry about technology getting outdated, there will always be a way to update files. You can still buy converters for floppy discs to USB drives, and floppy discs have not been used for decades. I recently uploaded 3,000 slides to my computer. I found that after60 years, some have faded badly; that is also true for color prints. Uploading them also makes it easier to share pictures with others.

— Alex Magdaleno, Camarillo

Dear Heloise >> I recently found a way to keep from running short of essential prescription mail-order meds. I started filling two weekly pill organizers instead of one, and I refill the emptied one each week. By doing this, I know if I need to request refills ahead of time.

— Margaret Bee, Houston

Dear Readers >> In a recent column, there was a misprint about tire pressures. Overinflating car tires is extremely dangerous. Tires should always be inflated to the correct pressure, and that pressure should be recommended on the tire information sticker on the driver’s side door.

Dear Heloise >> I’d like to add to Lucy H.’s suggestion of using paper grocery bags. In our town, the deli’s at the grocery stores give you your cold cuts in zip-close bags. This is a waste of plastic if you ask me. I go to the pastry department and grab a few wax paper bags. I then ask the deli clerk to put my cold cuts in them, and they never decline. When I get home, I simply put the meat and cheese in individual resealable food storage containers.

— Kenny A., Bozeman, Montana

Dear Heloise >> Here are a couple helpful tips for K-cup-style coffee makers as well as household irons. K-cup-style coffee makers work better if you use filtered water, for example, from your refrigerator’s water dispenser. Household irons have less problems with internal buildup if you use distilled water and then empty the cooled iron once you are done with it.

— Mary, Vancouver, Washington

Dear Heloise >> Every January, I go through important papers and records to see if they need updating. If something were to happen to me, is there someone with authorization to get medical, banking or insurance information?

Would they know how to get my account numbers and passwords or which insurances to call? Does this person know which bills to pay and how to access my online banking? Do they have a key to the house? Do they know my burial wishes? Do they know where all of these papers are kept?

— P.H.

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P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 210-HELOISE

Email: Heloise@Heloise.com

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