When PCs poop out, radio computer guru Kim Komando gets the call
She's pretty, witty and a whiz at solving computer woes; no wonder male callers, sometimes propose marriage to radio host Kim Komando (and that is her real name). But the self-styled "digital goddess," whose Phoenix-based Kim Komando Computer Show airs on 361 stations around the U.S., usually takes more pressing calls—such as how to deal with a Net-addicted spouse or pick a printer. "You never know what's coming," says Komando, 35.
A former computer sales manager, Komando (on the Web at www.komando.com) had just begun moonlighting on local radio when her fiancé died in a plane crash in 1992. Shaken, she threw herself into her new calling. But she has a secret. "I don't have a computer in my home," she admits. "I have three pinball machines—they're awesome."
Should couples read each other's e-mail?
Even if your squeeze says it's okay, no good can come of snooping through what might include top-secret business tidbits, soul-baring chats or the shipping confirmation for your next birthday present. To avoid temptation, even spouses should keep their passwords secret. If you share an e-mail account, one of you can use a free service like Hotmail.com. Look at it this way: You don't share a diary.
Stars Open Up About Coping
Cross a medical seminar with a Barbara Walters special, and you might get HealthTalk Interactive (www. healthtalk.com), a health-info site that also features interviews with illness-battling celebs such as Laverne & Shirley's David Lander (multiple sclerosis) and ex-Brady Susan Olsen (migraines). Their stories "give the rest of us inspiration," says site founder Andrew Schorr, 49, a medical-video producer who has chronic lymphocytic leukemia. To educate people, says Angie Dickinson, who talked about her sister's struggle with Alzheimer's, "I do whatever I can."
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