For disaster insurance, get software's backup floppies


With the market in home computers booming, manufacturers are working overtime to produce friendly, consumer-oriented machines that inexperienced buyers can unpack, plug in and put to work without getting a doctoral degree in information science.

In any case, call the manufacturer and ask for a complete set of software disks. Having them on hand can save you hours or even days when disaster -- or your resident computer genius -- strikes again.

(Michael J. Himowitz is a columnist for The Baltimore Sun.)

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