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Comment by Sandy on Amazon Versus Angie? (December 18, 2014 12:27 AM)
A service in Colorado was doing this for the Denver area - they had criteria for recommending contractors and carefully followed up. I think they're s...
Comment by Kevin on Is Stamps.com a Scam? (December 17, 2014 10:49 PM)
As other users have noted, this company is all about tricking you into signing up and then getting charged monthly fees that they don't want you to no...
Comment by Doc on Geekly Update - 17 December 2014 (December 17, 2014 09:00 PM)
A Berkeley Coffee shop which I believe fueled the 1966 Riots in Bezerkeley, CA once told me that I need not pay for or return a double order that acci...
Comment by Angie on Should You Reset Your Web Browser? (December 17, 2014 06:18 PM)
I've done many different things over the years to get various computers up and running. I never seem to use the same set of steps twice :) Anyway, ...
Comment by Wayne Hathaway on Geekly Update - 17 December 2014 (December 17, 2014 03:07 PM)
You mention quantum teleportation leading to infinite bits per second, but to me the truly amazing thing isn't bandwidth, it's the ZERO LATENCY part. ...
Comment by Mark Roehrich on Why You Should Never Login With Facebook (December 17, 2014 02:52 PM)
I tried to share this article on facebook as a warning, since it has happened to me with Farmers Only. But to share it they wanted me to Login with Fa...
Comment by samg on Amazon Versus Angie? (December 17, 2014 02:36 PM)
Angie's List. Visit it to get reviews. Just hand over your credit card info to learn anything. Heavy advertising on tv. They don't mention the fee inv...
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Yelp certainly does filter reviews. If the subject of your comment is one of their advertisers, forget posting a critical review. ...
Comment by Adolf on Amazon Versus Angie? (December 17, 2014 07:16 AM)
I do not trust Angie's list The BBB is just as bad giving great reviews without looking into complaints....
Comment by Greg C on Amazon Versus Angie? (December 17, 2014 05:03 AM)
DANGER WILL ROBINSON !!! A year ago I "purchased" installation of a gas range from a retailer with large stores in both Canada and the USA. The contra...

Geekly Update - 17 December 2014

Has science discovered a way to turn your skin into a touchscreen? Are Santa's elves giving free computer programming classes? How likely are you to be robbed of your cell phone? And what's the secret to getting thousands of dollars of free stuff from Amazon? 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 December 17, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


Amazon Versus Angie?

Amazon Local Services debuted recently, allowing customers to purchase contractor services for setup, installation, and repair work. In contrast to the huge noises it makes about smartphones, tablets and Kindle ebook readers, Amazon has been quite circumspect about easing into the local service professional business, which puts them in direct competition with Angie's List and other players. Read on for the full story...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 16, 2014 | Category: Reference


Should You Reset Your Web Browser?

Internet Explorer... Firefox... Google Chrome... Sarari... all web browsers misbehave in mysterious and frustrating ways occasionally. You could spend hours trying to troubleshoot the problem, but sometimes the Reset button is the answer. Here are my tips on when (and when NOT) to reset your browser...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 15, 2014 | Category: Browsers


Facebook Embraces Privacy and Simplicity (Not)

Yet another Facebook policy update is coming on January 1. This one, according to the company, is all about reassuring Facebook members that they are in control of their personal data. Reactions to this claim fall into three camps: the skeptics, the paranoid, and the co-conspirators in Facebook’s plot to pull the wool over members’ eyes. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 12, 2014 | Category: Facebook


HELP! I Dropped My Phone in The...

For a variety of reasons – most of them hilarious to onlookers – some 22 million phones are drowned each year. When your phone (or any electronic device) stops working after falling into the sink, toilet, bathtub or swimming pool, can it be saved? In many cases the answer is “yes,” if you do the right things and don’t do the wrong things. Here's what you need to know if your device is dunked...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 11, 2014 | Category: Gadgets


Geekly Update - 10 December 2014

Will your next iPhone sprout wings, knock stuff off your desk, and meow? How did Psy’s “Gangnam Style” video break the Internet? And did Apple's co-founders lie about the “two guys in a garage” story for almost 40 years? 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 December 10, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


Sprint Price Cut or Shell Game?

Sprint says “Bring us your Verizon or AT&T bill and we’ll cut your rate in half” for the same service. Whenever a phone company makes you a simple, compelling offer, you’d better read it carefully; then have a lawyer read it too. Let’s unravel the truth in Sprint’s brand-new “half price” offer...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 09, 2014 | Category: Mobile


REVIEW: Avast Free Antivirus 2015

The holiday shopping season starts earlier each year, and so does the release of major annual updates of security software. The 2015 edition of Avast Free Antivirus arrived before Thanksgiving, for instance. Avast 2015 contains some features never before seen in Avast. Read on for the full story, and learn how you can get the paid version for free...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 08, 2014 | Category: Anti-Virus


Portable SSD Hard Drives

A reader asks: 'I am in the market for a portable hard drive, and considering a solid state drive (SSD). What are the benefits of an SSD over regular portable external drives, and are there any specific SSD models you can recommend?' Read on for my advice on buying a portable solid state drive...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 05, 2014 | Category: Hard-Drives


REVIEW: Advanced System Care Pro 8

Version 8.0 of Advanced SystemCare (ASC) by IObit Software, one of my favorite system maintenance programs, was released in mid-November. After running this major update for a couple of weeks, I am pleased to report that it is a significant improvement of an already great program. Here's my review of this free PC maintenance tool...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 04, 2014 | Category: Software


Geekly Update - 03 December 2014

I've always been fascinated by computers, and can remember my 10-year-old self reading about ENIAC, the world's first digital computer. I was in awe of the hulking 27-ton automaton created in 1945. So it's no surprise that my career began at IBM Poughkeepsie, working with engineers who designed and manufactured the venerable System 370 mainframes. Had I known then that ENIAC was left to rust in an Army warehouse for 30 years, I might have started a Kickstarter campaign to save it. But there was no Kickstarter, or even an Internet. Fortunately, this injustice has been corrected, and the mighty ENIAC (or at least part of it) blinks again. I think you'll enjoy the story, and other 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 December 03, 2014 | Category: Tech-News


Will Hybrid Phone Service Save You Money?

There's a new breed of mobile phone that routes your calls, texts and data usage over free wifi connections, and uses your expensive cellular minutes and megabytes only when necessary. Check out these three hybrid mobile phone service providers, and see if switching will save you money on your mobile phone bill...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 02, 2014 | Category: Mobile


Why You Should Never Login With Facebook

Mari Sherkin has been happily married for over 25 years, so she was more than a little surprised to learn she had a dating profile on matchmaking service Zoosk.com that she never created. Find out how it happened, and how it could easily happpen to you...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on December 01, 2014 | Category: Social-Networking


Meet MICA: Intel's Smart (Looking) Watch

The epitome of the old-school, conservative Silicon Valley establishment, Intel Corp., threw a screwball into the wearable tech game on November 17. While everyone else is rolling out products for geeks, jocks, and hypochondriacs, the Santa Clara-based chipmaker is going after fashion-conscious women. And they even beat Apple to the punch with MICA. Here's the scoop on Intel's high-tech jewelry for the wrist...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on November 28, 2014 | Category: Gadgets


Geekly Update - 26 November 2014

What's the most important thing to remember when stealing cash from an ATM machine? Why does Computer Engineer Barbie need a MAN to help her finish a software project? And what's behind Google's plan to launch dozens of huge helium-filled balloons every day? 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 November 26, 2014 | Category: Tech-News




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