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Comment by Tom Savage on MagicJack Phone Service (April 18, 2014 02:45 PM)
I've been using the MJ Plus for a couple of years now. Great voice quality and overall very good reliability. Had a glitch with the billing a couple...
Comment by Geoff on The Top Twenty (April 18, 2014 02:42 PM)
I want to thank you for all of your varied articles. I found multiple programs or utilities trying to do the same thing, and the new Mcafee Total Pr...
Comment by Reg on Should You Borro? (April 18, 2014 01:16 PM)
Might be interested in seeing what they have for sale. I avoid borrowing whenever possible....
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These places are just like the check cashing "services" that charge huge fees. I don't understand how they consistently get past the usury law that ar...
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NO!!!! I would not use them. The interest rate is way to high....
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Why not put your drive in a re-sealable bag and fill it with water for a couple of days....
Comment by Therrito on Erasing a Hard Drive? Not so Fast... (April 18, 2014 01:11 AM)
Hello Bob :-) Great article. I use DBAN (Darik's Boot And Nuke) to wipe any drive I feel a need to, especially if I am going to do a fresh install of ...
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Should You Borro?

Do you have a Rembrandt just sitting on your wall, taking up valuable dart board space? Any diamond rings or Rolex watches collecting dust in a drawer? If you wish you had the equivalent worth in cash instead, then I've got a deal for you! Read on…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 17, 2014 | Category: Finance


Geekly Update - 16 April 2014

Are clever monkeys building a network of mind-control robots? What would you pay for quasi-wireless, semi-mobile, cellular landline phone service? And guess who is snooping on your in-flight WiFi? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 16, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


Erasing a Hard Drive? Not so Fast...

It’s surprisingly difficult to permanently and securely delete data from a Solid State Drive (SSD) or USB flash drive, some researchers have discovered. If you have a portable USB flash drive, or a laptop with an SSD hard drive, here's something you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 15, 2014 | Category: Hard-Drives


Is Carfax Reliable?

If you've shopped for a used car in the past 20 years, you've probably heard of Carfax, Autocheck, and similar vehicle history reporting services. They purport to give you a reliable, independent look at a car’s major service records, title history, and other factors to help you gauge a car’s value. But where does this data come from, and how complete is it? Here's the scoop...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 13, 2014 | Category: Auto


Beware of Key Generators

Twenty years ago, a key generator was a machine in the hardware store that made duplicates of your house keys. Today, a key generator (or keygen) is a tool that software pirates use to illegally activate or unlock commercial software. Aside from the obvious ethical issues, there's another reason why you should steer clear of these things. Read on to learn about the hazards of keygens…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 11, 2014 | Category: Software


Geekly Update - 10 April 2014

Is your smartphone turning you into a hunchback? Why is Microsoft adding a kindergartner to their security research team? And where's the best place to go for a fast, cheap internet connection? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 10, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


A Gaping Hole in Internet Security?

Yet another security hole in a widely-used Internet protocol has been discovered, prompting headlines about dire things that could have happened, may have happened, and might be happening to you this very instant. Here's what you need to know about the Heartbleed exploit...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 09, 2014 | Category: Security


Are Social Networks Committing Suicide?

Lots of people are finding that the popular social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) are becoming more annoying, more expensive, and less useful. Here's how I see the problem, and my take on what the future of true social networking should look like.

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 08, 2014 | Category: Social-Networking


Windows 8 File History

If you've used the Time Machine feature on a Mac (or had to listen to a Mac owner brag about it), and wished there was something similar for Windows, here's good news. File History is a cool feature in Windows 8, that can save your bacon by automatically making multiple backup copies of your important files. You should know how it works, even if you haven't moved to Windows 8. Here's the scoop...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 07, 2014 | Category: Backup


A Free Windows XP Alternative

Okay... you know that sticking with Windows XP is like driving with bald tires on an icy highway. But you don't want to spend even a dime on another version of Windows. Fortunately, there's a free alternative operating system that will do pretty much everything that Windows XP does. Read on to learn if it's the right choice for you...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 04, 2014 | Category: Windows


HOWTO: Securing Your Laptop

The mobility and convenience that laptop computers provide has made it imperative for users to take steps to secure their laptops, and the data stored on them. There are several simple things that you can do to keep your laptop safe. Read on to learn how to protect your laptop from theft, snooping and data loss...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 03, 2014 | Category: Laptops


Geekly Update - 02 April 2014

What's to stop super-smart robots from taking over the world? Can airborne drones really steal data from your smartphone? And how soon will scientists perfect the mind reading technology that's already being used in labs? Get answers to these burning questions, and the scoop on the latest tech news, in this edition of the Geekly Update. It's guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 02, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


Texting ATMs For Cash?

ATMs running Windows XP can be controlled remotely by hackers with smartphones, according to a top Internet security firm. Just send the right text message to an ATM and it will start spewing cash. An estimated 80 percent of U. S. ATMs are still running XP, so should we worry? Here's the story...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 01, 2014 | Category: Security


Free Online Backup and Software Options

Did you know... March 31 is World Backup Day? You know you need to backup your computer, but who has a lot of money to spend on getting it done? Here's some good news -- I've got some FREE options for online backup, and free backup software that you can start using today. Read on to learn more about backup options now...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 31, 2014 | Category: Backup


Announcing Malwarebytes Premium

I have always recommended the free version of MalwareBytes Anti-Malware for basic protection and eradication of malware infections. Of course, there’s a paid version too, called MalwareBytes Premium. How is it different from the free version, and is it worth the $24.95 annual subscription fee? Let's find out…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on March 28, 2014 | Category: Security




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