HELOISE: Flash drive failure
Dear Heloise: I panicked when I read your column about the family photos that were being archived on flash drives. These drives are temporary, and eventually they will lose the pictures.
The best method is to put them on a DVD and make two copies. This can be done from the flash drive, or you can transfer the photos to your computer and then make the DVDs. This will preserve your photos. -- Julie S., Bella Vista, Ark.
The reader had put family photos on flash drives to give to many relatives. She was not necessarily "archiving" them.
Please note that the life span of a CD/DVD is not forever! Storage conditions can affect them, and remember, hard drives can crash! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I read your column in The Washington Post and thought that the ATM safety hints you recently published were good ones. One additional hint I'd like to add is about drive-thru ATMs. It's a good idea to move out of the ATM area immediately after your transaction, especially if there is a line of cars behind you.
Many drive-thru ATMs have enough room in front of them for you to pull ahead a bit and put everything away. If not, try to move to a nearby parking spot where you can safely put everything away and not delay those behind you in line. -- Art K., via email
Very good advice indeed. A reminder, though: Be absolutely sure that your vehicle's doors are locked, and if you move to someplace else, check that you are not followed. -- Heloise
HAPPY, HEALTHY HAIR
Dear Heloise: I enjoy spending hours outside in the summertime. I wear sunscreen every day and take care to make sure I don't get any sun damage. Lately, I'm noticing that my hair is getting dry and brittle, and the color is fading. What can I do to save my hair? -- Belinda in New Mexico
Most of us don't realize what the sun can do to hair until the damage is already done.
Sunlight, especially midday, can lighten and dehydrate your hair. The best thing you can do is protect your hair. Cover your hair with a scarf or hat, or even an SPF spray made for hair protection.
If you are outside in bright sunlight a lot, a good hair conditioner should be part of your hair care. -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I have recently begun the craft of card making, which I love. I live on a fixed income and found that this craft can be very expensive. I started to look for less-expensive ways to get the supplies I need.
My hint is to buy supplies at the time of year when most stores are having sales on school supplies. I have been able to get markers, colored pencils, erasers, glue sticks, etc., for less than a dollar. Also, these supplies can be stored for future use. -- B. Holden, Kent, Ohio