Cell-Phone Data Services and Ditching Duplicate Files
I live on Kent Island, Md., and want high-speed Internet access but can't get cable or DSL. Will any of the cellphone carriers' data services work? If not, what can I do?
Only three of the five nationwide wireless carriers -- Cingular, Sprint and Verizon -- offer data services with speeds close to cable or DSL at about $80 a month. But according to the coverage maps on those companies' Web sites, Sprint's Power Vision and Verizon's BroadbandAccess stop at the Bay Bridge, and Cingular's BroadbandConnect barely touches the western edge of Kent Island.
All these carriers let customers bail out of contracts with no penalty during an initial trial period, so you could get a laptop connection card from one and see how things work out.
For most people living far from the city, satellite broadband is the only viable alternative, even if it is slow and expensive compared with other broadband offerings.
The basic services of HughesNet ( http:/
After a few too many backup and restore sessions, my hard drive has multiple copies of the same files all over the place. Is there any automatic way to ditch the duplicates?
The users at Download.com seem fond of a free program called Clone Cleaner Lite ( http:/
If you use a Mac, try the $40 shareware program File Buddy ( http:/
-- Rob Pegoraro
Rob Pegoraro attempts to untangle computing conundrums and errant electronics each week. Send questions to The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071 firstname.lastname@example.org.