A grabbag of tech stuff for Friday.
When you absolutely, positively have to have the data from a broken hard drive back--barbecued hard drive, anyone?--call the hard drive healers.
A possible way to avoid needing a hard drive healer is to store a backup online.
Convert web pages, Word docs, and Excel docs to Adobe .pdf format, online, free. (I haven't tried it.)
FolderShare: "allows you to create a private peer-to-peer network that will help you to synchronize files across multiple devices and access or share files with colleagues and friends." Free from your pals at Microsoft.
Lots of people talking about this. Some--Steve Levitt, for one--find it disappointing. Others find it amazing. Even if it's somewhat inaccurate, it's another attention-getting instance of how much information about your personal business is now a few mouse clicks away from anyone on the Net: Zillow.com, "Free, Instant Valuations and Data for 60,000,000+ Homes".