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Comment by Alex Toth on Dual Monitors: Good Reasons to Upgrade (February 26, 2017 09:03 PM)
Anyone who likes or dislikes iDrive One products/services should have a look at the postings in Bob’s Geekly Update of 22 Feb 17: http://askbobranki...
Comment by Francesca on Dual Monitors: Good Reasons to Upgrade (February 26, 2017 12:16 PM)
I have used dual monitors on my desktop for many years and would not change back to just one. When I have to take my laptop out with me, I have to use...
Comment by chris on Dual Monitors: Good Reasons to Upgrade (February 26, 2017 04:53 AM)
I'm still trying to drive a monitor while using my chromebox screen. Seems to be an either/or situation,a major shortcoming for chrome/linux. One of s...
Comment by Walter vom Saal on Dual Monitors: Good Reasons to Upgrade (February 26, 2017 03:04 AM)
I use dual monitors and often split one or both in half. With Windows, use the Windows logo key plus left or right arrow to move open program to the ...
Comment by Alex on Anti-Spam Solutions (February 26, 2017 02:26 AM)
What do you think about using SpamPhobia? Let me disclose I work for them, so any of my ideas may be biased and I prefer not say more, just dropping...
Comment by Juan on Can You Still Get Windows 10 For Free? (February 26, 2017 12:21 AM)
Disrespectful comments like the one from Calvin The'airedale should be deleted and blocked for future comments....
Comment by Storm on Dual Monitors: Good Reasons to Upgrade (February 25, 2017 06:32 PM)
I was amazed when I tested an HDMI port on my computer and found that it gave me dual monitor capability. I really expected 2 of the same image. 2 mon...
Comment by Peggy on Dual Monitors: Good Reasons to Upgrade (February 25, 2017 01:24 PM)
As a batch programmer I would often have open my source code, the JCL to run a batch job, the input file(s) and my results (files and/or reports) whe...
Comment by Sewlady on Geekly Update - 22 February 2017 (February 25, 2017 01:01 PM)
I was very much hoping to see some kind of response or comment from Bob R. here since he's pushed this product at least a couple times that I remember...
Comment by Bob on Dual Monitors: Good Reasons to Upgrade (February 25, 2017 11:53 AM)
Hi Bob, Love the articles. Dual Monitors. At work we setup a lot of New Computers, often Dual Monitors. It is recomm...

Dual Monitors: Good Reasons to Upgrade

A reader asks: I'm considering dual monitors because my 17-inch monitor seems to be shrinking. Sometimes it seems like I spend more time scrolling and tabbing between programs than on actual work. But I'm still not sure... should I upgrade to a big 30-inch monitor, or go with a dual monitor setup?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 24, 2017 | Category: Hardware


Are All Online Colleges Accredited?

A reader asks: 'Are online colleges and universities accredited in the the same manner as campus-based schools? I'm planning get my Master's degree, so I'm looking into various online college courses. Should I be concerned about the reputation of online schools, even if they're associated with a well-known university? I'd hate to do all that work, only to find out my diploma is worthless. How can I find out if an online college is accredited?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 23, 2017 | Category: Education


Geekly Update - 22 February 2017

Will robots have to start paying income taxes? Can Wikipedia get you VIP seats at your next concert? And is your child's voice-activated doll illegal where you live? 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 February 22, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


The Return of Unlimited Data Plans

Verizon announced the return of “unlimited” data service on February 12, 2017. For the first time in five years, all four major service providers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon) are offering “unlimited” plans. You'll note I put the word in quotes, so let’s see how they compare, and what limits you may encounter in actual practice...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 21, 2017 | Category: Mobile


Is This Amazon's Skype Killer?

Amazon has launched a voice calling and videoconferencing service called “Amazon Chime.” There's a free “Basic” service is useful to consumers, and a paid version targeted at businesses. Free Chime competes with other free voice/video/text messaging systems such as Skype and Google Voice/Hangouts. Let’s see how Amazon Chime stacks up.

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 20, 2017 | Category: Telephony


Beware Fake Tech Support Scammers

Have you received an unexpected phone call from a helpful customer service rep of Microsoft, or perhaps your ISP? I didn't think so. But many people have received calls from scammers posing as tech support reps, warning that their computers are infected with malware and offering help to fix the purported problem. Here's what you should do if they call you...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 17, 2017 | Category: Security


[TAXES] Free Tax Filing Options

The good news is: about 70% of U.S. taxpayers can get free online tax preparation and e-filing this year. The bad news is: you have to pick your online tax service very carefully. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 16, 2017 | Category: Finance


Geekly Update - 15 February 2017

Is your antivirus software employing magic and witchcraft to protect your computer? Can posting doggie pics on your Facebook page get you canned by your insurance company? And would you order consider ordering your next new car from a vending machine? 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 February 15, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


Can You Still Get Windows 10 For Free?

The last day to get a free upgrade to Windows 10 was July 29, 2016. Many of us chose to let that opportunity pass, following reports of ongoing bugs in the new OS. But now, eight months later, the major bugs in Windows 10 seem to be resolved, and it’s time to upgrade. The question is, can you still upgrade for free?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 14, 2017 | Category: Windows-10


Internet Archive and the Wayback Machine

The Internet Archive is either one HUGE pile of data, or a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide "universal access to all knowledge.” Or both. As part of their mission, the Internet Archive has been crawling the Web for over 20 years, making copies of Web pages and preserving them for posterity. Today, approximately 280 billion Web pages from 1.5 billion sites are stored on the IA’s servers. Read on to learn how you can access this amazing resource that offers a window into the history of the Internet...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 13, 2017 | Category: Reference


[BUSTED] Vizio is Watching What YOU are Watching

Vizio, the second-largest seller of smart TVs, recently agreed to pay $20 million to settle a Federal Trade Commission complaint alleging the company sold the TV viewing habits data of individually identifiable customers to third-party data broker and advertisers without the customers’ informed consent. Here is what you need to know, even if you don’t own a Vizio smart TV…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 09, 2017 | Category: Television


Geekly Update - 08 February 2017

Is there a super-simple strategy to protect your computers from ransomware? Does the MacBook Pro have a secret feature to help people cheat on tests? What happens when you pour 11.3 ounces of apple juice on the keyboard of a CTL J5X Chromebook? And what's the real reason Time-Warner Cable changed their name to Spectrum? Find out... 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 February 08, 2017 | Category: Tech-News


Yes, You Need Image Backups (and here's how)

Did you know that online backup services like Mozy or Carbonite don't backup ALL your files? If your backup strategy only covers what you've got stashed in your Documents folder, you could be in for a rude awakening if a data disaster strikes. It's the same with manual, haphazard "pick and choose" local backups you make on a flash drive or external hard drive. Here's what you need to know about system image backups...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 07, 2017 | Category: Backup


Save Time and Money with Printing Alternatives

How often do you use your printer? If it’s more than just occasionally, I’ve got some tips to simplify your life and save you money. Aside from wasting paper, killing trees unnecessarily, and spending more than $300 a gallon on printer ink, you’re also creating a stack of pages that you’ll have to do something with. Here are some ways to minimize those hard copies, as well as the associated filing, and tedious searching tasks…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 06, 2017 | Category: Printing


Avoiding Online Tax Scams


“The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward,” observed economist Milton Friedman many years ago. Today, we can add “tax scams” to that list. Just as Americans gear up for the tax season, so do fraudsters all over the world. Here are the biggest cons to watch out for in 2017...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 03, 2017 | Category: Finance




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