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Comment by Wild Bill on [SCAM] Gadget Insurance and Extended Warranties (March 24, 2017 04:32 AM)
Back in the 50's and 60's electrical warranties were 90 days. Then manufacturers started offering longer and longer warranties to compete for busines...
Comment by STS51 on [SCAM] Gadget Insurance and Extended Warranties (March 24, 2017 12:57 AM)
Costco has great warranties. They include a 2 year warranty with most electronics and extend that to 4 years if you use the Costco Visa card....
Comment by Kayle on Geekly Update - 22 March 2017 (March 23, 2017 11:57 PM)
Don't you know that the flat earthers claim everyone that has been involved in space or any other field that supports a sphere earth are all conspirac...
Comment by Micky on Geekly Update - 22 March 2017 (March 23, 2017 10:48 PM)
Microsoft stopped supporting my laptop years ago. First thing I do when reinstalling Windows 7, after installing some rogue software or just to get r...
Comment by NB on [SCAM] Gadget Insurance and Extended Warranties (March 23, 2017 09:51 PM)
Bad news: AT&T "forgot" to mention the deductible on their protection insurance when I bought my most recent iPhone. Good news: when I found out, I wa...
Comment by david sparkman on [SCAM] Gadget Insurance and Extended Warranties (March 23, 2017 09:39 PM)
Warranties are sometimes useful in the buying decision for cars. The reason is, as you mentioned, that they do know their actual costs. So if two cars...
Comment by Robert A. on [SCAM] Gadget Insurance and Extended Warranties (March 23, 2017 08:49 PM)
With the ever changing landscape of technology, products and features that are state-of-the-art today will drop down to mid or even lower tier desirab...
Comment by Robert A. on [SCAM] Gadget Insurance and Extended Warranties (March 23, 2017 07:21 PM)
One of the most ridiculous attempts to sell an extended warranty is at Best Buy, where the cashier asks, at check-out, if you wish to buy, for about $...
Comment by Joe Gill on [SCAM] Gadget Insurance and Extended Warranties (March 23, 2017 07:03 PM)
For the most part, I agree. For most items, NO extended warranty. My exceptions are: A) If you are purchasing something which is 'bleeding edge' techn...
Comment by Daniel Wiener on [SCAM] Gadget Insurance and Extended Warranties (March 23, 2017 06:56 PM)
I certainly agree that extended warranties from vendors are a scam. (I wish I could convince my sister that the warranties she has from Sprint on all...

[SCAM] Gadget Insurance and Extended Warranties

I've never been a fan of insurance, protection plans, or extended warranties for electronic devices or even appliances. In fact, I make no bones about my disdain for these “protection rackets,” which are all heavily rigged in the seller’s favor. Here's what you need to know about mobile device insurance, extended warranties, and my thoughts on what’s wrong with them...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 23, 2017 | Category: Gadgets


Geekly Update - 22 March 2017

What do facial recognition software and toilet paper dispensers have in common? Did a UFO really crash on a farm in Columbia? And why are so many professional basketball players confused about gravity? Get answers... in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 22, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


Are Password Rules Making Us LESS Secure?

Isn't it maddening when your bank, insurance company, grocery store and a dozen other websites demand that you follow a complicated set of rules when coming up with a new password? It's bad enough that these passwords are hard to remember. But new research shows they actually make it EASIER for hackers to compromise your account. Read on for the scoop…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 21, 2017 | Category: Security


[HOWTO] Copy Old Hard Drive to New PC

One commonly asked question is “How do I transfer everything from the hard drive on my old computer to my new computer?” If you bought a new computer, or just a new hard drive for your old computer, you'll need to transfer the files. Here's how...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 20, 2017 | Category: Hard-Drives


Spammers Hijacked Your Email?

A reader asks: 'Can you please help, somehow my email account got hijacked, and now all my friends are getting spam, from me! I am always careful with my password. How could this have happened, and what should I do?' Read on for the answer...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 16, 2017 | Category: Email


Geekly Update - 15 March 2017

If your neighbor's drone lands in your yard, are you allowed to eat it? Can you buy a latte while wearing nothing but a pair of sunglasses? And is the altitude in the Mile High City actually making people taller? Get answers... in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 15, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


Free Hard Drive Tune-up Tools

Keeping your hard drive in tip-top shape is one of the best things you can do to maintain or improve the performance of any device that has a hard drive. When things go wrong, the source of the problem is often in the hard drive. Here are some of the most common tasks that must be done with hard drives and free software utilities that make them a breeze...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 14, 2017 | Category: Hard-Drives


TEN Common Computing Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Sorry if this sounds unsympathetic, but most computer problems are caused by users. There are a few basic steps you can take to avoid malware infections, data loss, and performance issues. Too often, people try to save time or money by cutting corners, and they end up paying the price. Check out my list of common computing mistakes, and how to fix (or even better, avoid) them. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 10, 2017 | Category: Reference


The New Google Voice: Love or Hate?

Google Voice recently got its first major update in five years, and it’s a mixed bag. The user interface is different, which always upsets some users. Will you love it or hate it? Let's take a look at what's new and different...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 09, 2017 | Category: Telephony


Geekly Update - 05 March 2017

A Bugs Bunny cartoon from 1944 predicted that Smellevision would replace Television in the year 2000. That didn't happen, but will YouTube replace your cable TV service in the near future? When humans colonize the moon, how will we get our Amazon Prime deliveries? And is it possible to solve a Rubik's Cube puzzle in one half of a second? Get answers... in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 08, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


Which Mobile Carrier Has the Best Signal?

When choosing a mobile service provider, you want to know which one has a good strong signal and a fast 4G data connection, in the places where you need to use your cell phone. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint all make various claims about network coverage, reliability and speed. But is there a way to honestly compare which one is best where you live and work? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 07, 2017 | Category: Mobile


[HOWTO] Fix Chrome Annoyances

Google Chrome is the leading web browser by a good margin. It’s been around since 2008 and is now on version 56. But it still has some rough edges and annoying “features.” Read on to learn how to smooth out those rough edges and tweak Chrome to your liking...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 06, 2017 | Category: Browsers


Do You Need a PUP Cleaner?

Today's article has nothing to do with smelly dogs or canine shampoo. In the context of software, a PUP is a Potentially Unwanted Program. Read on to learn how they can sneak into your system, what they can do, and how to find and remove these pests…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 03, 2017 | Category: Software


How Do Spammers Get Your Email Address?

Spammers seem to have supernatural powers that enable them to guess email addresses accurately and quickly. But in reality, spammers harvest email addresses by pretty mundane means. You may even be contributing to the problem without realizing it. Here's the scoop on how spammers get email addresses, and steps you can take to protect your inbox...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 02, 2017 | Category: Spam


Geekly Update 02 26 17

Is that blinking light on the front of your computer spilling secrets to hackers? What could go wrong if teenagers had the tech to turn their cars into self-driving robots? Can you type using only your brain waves? And are Internet slowdowns causing nervous breakdowns? Get answers... in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 01, 2017 | Category: Tech-News




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