The turmoil in the economy today is enough to make us want to avoid putting money away for retirement for fear of needing it now. That's natural. Most Americans feel they need to have all of their money available now.
I just found out that I'm being laid off. I'm in shock, and wondering what I should do to get my feet back under me.
A. Focus on your personal well-being and take stock of your situation. Then begin to think about your next steps.
Q. I installed Windows on a new PC hard drive, but failed to activate the software with Microsoft's online service in the required time. Now, when I try to access music, Windows asks me if I want to activate. When I try to comply, Windows says it's already activated, then again prompts me to activate. What can I do to get around this annoying condition?
Punished by the staggering declines in the stock market this past year, many families have lost big chunks of money that was stockpiled from years of scrimping and saving to pay for college. And it doesn't look like the market's going to get much better this year.
Since early January, a worm that has been referred to by several names, including "Downadup," "Kido" and "Conficker," has been infecting millions of computers around the world. The worm exploits a previously discovered vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows operating system to steal network passwords from the computer systems of large companies, educational and public institutions.
MINNEAPOLIS - When the stock markets and housing values were soaring, certified financial planner James Bryan would plead with clients to set aside six months worth of take-home pay just in case of a job loss or a major home repair.
The 2008 version of Middle School Success is now available for both Windows and Macintosh computers. That's the big news since I last reviewed this excellent set of tutorials for grades 7, 8 and 9. The bigger news is the interface. It's been streamlined, is easier to navigate and covers its six areas in greater detail.
FriendlyFavor, a Seattle "social-media utility" that launched this month, offers a system for tapping into your network of friends, family and acquaintances. It's designed to complement social-networking services such as Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn.
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