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Comment by Jean on [SNEAKY] Microsoft is Pushing Windows 10 Hard (May 29, 2016 05:46 PM)
I just read a news article that indicated Microsoft has made closing the irritating Windows 10 popup by hitting the "X" mean that you are accepting t...
Comment by immm on Can a Virus Really Destroy Your Hard Drive? (May 29, 2016 07:44 AM)
Hey bro i had losted my hp laotop becouzz i put my lappy shutdown for some days when virus was attacked on my lappy.......
Comment by Elaina Sommers on [TEN] Windows 10 Features You Didn't Know About (May 29, 2016 05:52 AM)
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Comment by Citellus on Crafting The Perfect Password (May 29, 2016 05:23 AM)
I am not even sure I should put this out for general consumption. I am a scientist. I tried several simple two scientific word passwords with a spac...
Comment by Grogan on Crafting The Perfect Password (May 28, 2016 08:06 PM)
By the way, I somewhat disagree with your comment about not writing passwords down. It'd obviously be a bad idea to do it in a work environment, but a...
Comment by Bill on [ALERT] Adobe Flash - The Last Straw? (May 28, 2016 08:06 PM)
I disabled it after reading this article a month or so ago, but from time to time, I have run into problems. Today I was going to listen to Pandora as...
Comment by Grogan on Crafting The Perfect Password (May 28, 2016 07:56 PM)
Strength and complexity aren't as important as people think. The chances of somebody attempting to brute-force their way into one of your accounts are...
Comment by PhilS on Crafting The Perfect Password (May 28, 2016 07:30 PM)
I use a similar approach to that outlined by Annette above. I use a strong base passphrase (LoveVanillaIceCream, say) and customize it slightly on a p...
Comment by Lucy on [SOLD!] Where to Sell Handmade Goods (May 28, 2016 06:23 PM)
For anyone interested in eBay selling there have been changes to the info Bob gives. It is free to list up to 100 items or up to $5,000.00 per month,...
Comment by Juan Figueroa on [TEN] Windows 10 Features You Didn't Know About (May 28, 2016 01:14 PM)
I try to open Contact Support, but it close itself, what an irony....

[SOLD!] Where to Sell Handmade Goods

Handmade OOAK (One Of A Kind) goods are all the rage these days. If you make anything all by yourself, whether it’s a potholder, baby clothes, or an intricately carved pool cue, someone out there wants to buy it. But finding that buyer can be difficult, and closing a deal successfully is hard work. Read on to learn about the best places to sell your hand-crafted items…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 27, 2016 | Category: Shopping


Crafting The Perfect Password

Security geeks, including yours truly, are constantly nagging everyone to use strong passwords. But truly secure passwords can be hard to remember. Today I've got a simple recipe to help you create strong passwords that you can easily remember. Does that sound perfect? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 26, 2016 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 25 May 2016

Life imitates Art? That's so 1995. Now Life is imitating Sci-Fi. In today's Geekly Update, you'll learn about mind-boggling high-tech gadgets that were once only dreamed about in the minds of science fiction writers. Read on for 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 May 25, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


GMail Tricks You Probably Haven’t Tried

Google's GMail is the world’s best email system, in my opinion. With over a billion active users, it's also the most popular. GMail has many features that make life in your inbox more pleasant and productive, but today I'll show you some tricks it can do that most people have not discovered. Read on for the scoop…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 24, 2016 | Category: Email


What's Coming Next From Google?

Google I/O, the annual conference of Google developers, took place from May 18 to 20, 2016. This event is billed as “an immersive, three-day experience focused on exploring the next generation of technology, mobile and beyond.” It's mainly a status update on the many projects that Google has in the works. Some are still far over the horizon; others will be available this year; and one or two actual products you can get your hands on now may be announced. These highlights of Google I/O 2016 provide a tantalizing glimpse of what to expect and where Google is headed…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 23, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


[TEN] Windows 10 Features You Didn't Know About

Windows 10 has been on the market since July 29, 2015, and tens of millions of users have upgraded to it. Yet there are still many new and useful features in Windows 10 that most people don’t know about. Here are ten of the most useful, interesting, or at least amusing ones...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 20, 2016 | Category: Windows-10


[GADGETS] Is There an ECHO in Here?

What’s better than the Amazon Echo (a.k.a. “Alexa”) digital home assistant? The answer can only be, “Amazon Echo and something to compete with it!” Competition spurs innovation and helps to discourage price-gouging; competition is the consumer’s best friend. So of course, I am pleased to see Echo get a new competitor. Read on for the scoop on Google Home...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 19, 2016 | Category: Gadgets


Geekly Update - 18 May 2016

Do those fancy new chipped credit cards actually reduce fraud? Is it possible to monitor EVERYTHING that's happening on the Internet? Can you “print” an entire house with a 3-D printer? And which webmail service is so bad that it's been banned by the U.S. Congress? 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 May 18, 2016 | Category: Tech-News


[SNEAKY] Microsoft is Pushing Windows 10 Hard

Windows 10 debuted a little over 8 months ago, leaving less than 4 months for you to upgrade your Windows 7 or 8 system to Windows 10 free of charge. The exact cutoff date is July 29, 2016. But even if you have decided to stick with one of the older Windows versions, you may soon wake up in the morning to find Windows 10 has taken its place. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 17, 2016 | Category: Windows-10


[PRIVACY] What Does Google Know About You?

Google provides a cornucopia of useful services: search, email, cloud storage, productivity tools, and much more. Virtually all of them are free for personal use, and not very expensive for businesses and other organizations. But free stuff comes with a price. Read and learn what's in your Google dossier, and how to limit what information is collected...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 16, 2016 | Category: Privacy


[RESET] Restore Your PC To Factory Defaults?

A despairing reader writes, “I’ve managed to mess up my Windows PC to the point of no return. I give up; I just want to reset it to its factory-fresh condition and start all over. How do I do that?” Read on and I'll tell you how, and why you might NOT want to do this...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 13, 2016 | Category: Windows


[10 TIPS] To Tame Facebook

Many people give up on Facebook because they are overwhelmed by its firehose of information. Constant torrents of status updates, check-ins, memes, and of course those “sponsored stories” can easily become a huge waste of time. Facebook burnout ensues, and accounts languish for years without an update. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some tips to filter and manage your Facebook experience…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 12, 2016 | Category: Facebook


[ALERT] Gadget Insurance and Extended Warranties

I have never been a fan of insurance or extended warranties (both referred to as simply “insurance” henceforth) 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 are the latest “innovations” in device insurance, and my thoughts on what’s wrong with them...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 11, 2016 | Category: Gadgets


7 Free Tools to Recover Deleted Files

Have you ever lost important files because of a finger fumble, brain freeze, software error, or computer crash? I know I have. But fortunately, 'deleted' doesn't always mean 'gone forever' -- and there are tools that can help you recover those lost files. Some of the best file recovery tools are free. I strongly recommend adding one or more of these to your toolbox, BEFORE you lose a file...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 10, 2016 | Category: Hard-Drives


[PREVIEW] What's Next For Windows 10?

My, how time flies! As of today, only 81 days remain to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge. Also on July 29, the first anniversary of Windows 10’s debut, Microsoft is widely expected to roll out a major update to its flagship operating system. Here's what you need to know…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 09, 2016 | Category: Windows-10




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