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Comment by Stef on Get a Free Inbound Fax Number (February 27, 2015 05:58 PM)
Do you know much about Kall8? I know it isn't free, but I am using this service for my business, so I want to make sure that the number can continue w...
Comment by Daniel on Computer Backup Power - What You Need to Know (February 27, 2015 05:54 PM)
I have had someone tell me that the system APC uses is not as good as TrippLite/Cyberpower uses. Don't remember the technical details, but it had som...
Comment by Michael on Computer Backup Power - What You Need to Know (February 27, 2015 04:23 PM)
Thank you Bob, All your information is great, I pretty much save everything. This is great stuff. Again thank you. Michael...
Comment by Jeff Tidwell on The Most Reliable Hard Drive? (February 27, 2015 04:04 PM)
I have only had one Hitachi drive to fail, and it was only two months old. That was very disappointing, however I have had five Seagate drives to fail...
Comment by bb on The Most Reliable Hard Drive? (February 27, 2015 03:54 PM)
oh ... and doing more checking. The Sep 2014 Backblaze update of HD reliability calls out the Seagate 1.5 TB (model ST31500341AS) for even worse reli...
Comment by Kenny D on Geekly Update - 25 February 2015 (February 27, 2015 03:47 PM)
Malware that infects the hard drive. AY Caramba!...
Comment by bb on The Most Reliable Hard Drive? (February 27, 2015 03:45 PM)
Though interesting, there is a huge difference between how a typical home user operates a hard disk and how Backblaze uses them - I'm sure Backblaze r...
Comment by Kirill on The Most Reliable Hard Drive? (February 27, 2015 07:22 AM)
Bob, are you serious about hard drive technology? The basic things of that technology are the same, as it was a dozen years ago, and even earlier - th...
Comment by wilson on The Most Reliable Hard Drive? (February 27, 2015 06:12 AM)
My personal opinion for what it is worth, I don't believe that newer is always better. I don' think that I need all the bells and whistles to be able ...
Comment by H3Xpl0T!0N on Why You Should Dump Outlook and Windows Live Mail (February 27, 2015 04:27 AM)
In my oppinion this article or guide or whatever you want to call it. A fat lie (either from knowlingly missleading people or through pure ignorance. ...

Computer Backup Power - What You Need to Know

What do you recommend as a backup power supply for computers? During the last storm, we lost power for several hours. If I had a battery backup, I could have gotten online to check email and weather updates. Is an 'uninterruptible power supply' what I need?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 27, 2015 | Category: Hardware


The Most Reliable Hard Drive?

Which hard drive brands are the most reliable? And what is the likelihood that your hard drive is going to crash and burn in the near future? Read on to learn more about hard drive reliability and diagnostic tools...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 26, 2015 | Category: Hard-Drives


Geekly Update - 25 February 2015

Will speaking in Pig Latin prevent the NSA from intercepting your phone calls? Are Google's robo-dogs peeing on your lawn in the middle of the night? And why might you want to use a drill press to format your hard drive? 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 February 25, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


Five Common Computing Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

I hate to sound unsympathetic, but most computer problems are caused by careless 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 February 24, 2015 | Category: Reference


Does your Computer Have VD?

If you bought a Lenovo laptop any time since September, 2014, it may have come with a piece of adware called Superfish that puts all of your Web browsing sessions at risk of hacking. The same flawed technology has been found in three different parental control programs, and may be incorporated in any number of other legitimate programs. Here's what you need to know, and do...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 23, 2015 | Category: Security


Are Autoruns Slowing Your PC?

When you start your computer, there are a bunch of programs that automatically run, before the familiar desktop appears. Most of them are essential; some are dispensable; and others may be malicious. Learn how to tweak your autoruns to improve performance and security...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 20, 2015 | Category: Windows


5 DIY Home Security Systems

A do-it-yourself (DIY) home security system can reduce your homeowner’s insurance premium and boost your home’s resale value; provide peace of mind while you’re away or asleep; make an intruder change his mind; and even summon police or firefighters when necessary.

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 19, 2015 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 18 February 2015

Is your Smart TV listening to everything you say in the living room? Is Apple secretly working on a driverless car to challenge Google? And what the heck is that robot doing on the beach? 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 February 18, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


Best All-In-One Computers for 2015

All-in-one (AIO) computers have emerged as a good choice for both PC and Mac home users. The minimalist form factor, with most components hidden inside a vertical monitor, is attractive and saves space on your desk. Here's what you need to know, and some all-in-one models to consider…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 17, 2015 | Category: Hardware


Take the Free Google Security Checkup

As part of “Safer Internet Day 2015” Google is offering a free boost of 2 GB in your Google Drive storage allotment. Even if you don't care about the extra storage, I do strongly recommend that you take the two-minute Security Checkup. And when you're done with the Google checkup, I have an extra credit assignment for you...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 16, 2015 | Category: Security


Get Your Phone Unlocked For Free

A reader asks: “I want to switch to another mobile provider, but I love my current phone and don't want to buy a new one. Can I unlock my phone so it will work on any cellular network?” It's a tricky question, and the best short answer is MAYBE. Here's the long answer, and what you need to know about unlocked mobile phones...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 13, 2015 | Category: Mobile


Free Tools for Anonymous Web Browsing

Lately, a number of government figures have declared their opposition to citizens’ use of encryption and other techniques to evade surveillance. Nobody wants the bad guys to win, but the good guys deserve privacy, and in some cases, anonymity. Let's take a look at some free tools that help with that...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 12, 2015 | Category: Privacy


Geekly Update - 11 February 2015

Did your auto loan come with stealth tracking and a remote-controlled kill switch? Would you pay a Japanese guy to watch you eat your lunch? And if you send email to an Australian tree, will it write you back? 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 February 11, 2015 | Category: Tech-News


5 Best Android Phones for 2015

The Android smartphone landscape has much in common with the weather. If you don’t like either, just wait a few minutes and it will change. Two of the five Android phones described below will be superseded by newer, presumably better versions soon, according to their makers. That said, here are my picks for the five best Android phones currently available.

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 10, 2015 | Category: Mobile


Internet Security Predictions for 2015

Each year, Websense Security Labs releases a report with predictions regarding the computer and Internet security landscape for the coming year. This year’s 13 pages of prognostications contain some expected prophecies, and some surprising ones. Read on to stay ahead of the curve…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 09, 2015 | Category: Security




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