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Comment by Ken Driver on Saving Your Digital Bacon (February 24, 2024 05:48 PM)
Filehistory refuses to display my other internal hard drive, so I use Syncfolder from the Microsoft Store. I can create as many backup jobs as I want,...
Comment by Brian B on Saving Your Digital Bacon (February 23, 2024 11:12 PM)
@ Bob. Yes, I perform a full image backup on Sunday night with incremental backups all other nights. I just change over the USB plugs prior to Sunday...
Comment by Herb Klug on Saving Your Digital Bacon (February 23, 2024 06:44 PM)
Bob - When I plugged in a portable drive to my PC, I did not get a popup which would allow me to 'Configure this drive for backup.' All it did was no...
Comment by TJ on Saving Your Digital Bacon (February 23, 2024 05:11 PM)
Thank you bb for the Windows 10 vs. 11 info. Unfortunately, adding & removing folders to my File History doesn't even appear to be an option! And the ...
Comment by bb on Saving Your Digital Bacon (February 23, 2024 01:10 AM)
For those with pop-up or advert problems, "uBlock Origin" is the extension you want. For those on Apple device, tough luck, Apple doesn't allow it. ...
Comment by Hill on Saving Your Digital Bacon (February 23, 2024 12:45 AM)
To Veronica - If your whole system/network gets hit by a virus or ransomware, file history will probably be affected, too. An online backup like Carb...
Comment by Jkcook on Saving Your Digital Bacon (February 22, 2024 11:31 PM)
Giving up. Too many pop-up ads on my iPhone ...
Comment by Bob on Saving Your Digital Bacon (February 22, 2024 11:06 PM)
Kool! Can you swap between two external drives on a daily or weekly basis, to protect against drive failure?...
Comment by Brian B on Saving Your Digital Bacon (February 22, 2024 10:07 PM)
If File History doesn't backup all files, I can't see the point of it. In a monumental crash, or ransomware attack, it would still require an installa...
Comment by RW-in-DC on Saving Your Digital Bacon (February 22, 2024 08:40 PM)
Does File History require an external drive? I.e., could a networked machine have this feature enabled?...

Saving Your Digital Bacon

Have you ever accidentally deleted a file? Do you sometimes wish you could go back in time (a week, a month or a year) to see an older version of a document or spreadsheet? Wouldn't it be great if your computer automatically created backups to help in both of these scenarios? Your wish could be granted, if you turn on this little-known feature of your operating system. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 22, 2024 | Category: Hard-Drives


How (AND WHY) to Clean Computer Clutter

Computers and cars have one thing in common: both tend to accumulate junk in hard-to-reach places. Cleaning out your car can be a messy, sweaty job with plenty of opportunities for back injuries. Cleaning out a PC is a more civilized affair. Here are some free tools to clean up your hard drive, improve system performance, and make sure your backups run smoothly. Ready to jettison the detritus? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 16, 2024 | Category: Hard-Drives


10 Things That Cause Computer Crashes

Have you ever experienced the dreaded Blue Screen of Death? Does your computer lock up, freeze, crash, or display cryptic error messages?. This sort of problem can be very difficult to diagnose, because many things can cause a computer to crash (and even burn!). Before you blame those mischievous gremlins, here are ten common causes of computer crashes and some tips on how to deal with them...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 15, 2024 | Category: Hardware


[HOWTO] Tame Your Overflowing Email Inbox

Is your inbox overflowing? Are important messages getting lost in the shuffle? Are you spending too much time managing your email? If so, it's likely you're not using filters to direct the flow of incoming emails. Learn how to automatically file messages in folders, forward them to someone else, or dump them straight into the trash. Oh, and if your Spam folder is gobbling up messages that don't belong there, I'll also show you how to solve that problem too...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 09, 2024 | Category: Email


Geekly Update - 07 February 2024

Is your toothbrush secretly plotting against you? Can robots be forgiven for their mistakes? What's the best plce to watch the upcoming solar eclipse? And how can you view the best part of the 2024 Super Bowl before the game even starts? 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 07, 2024 | Category: Tech-News


The Curious Case of the Accidental Spammer

An anxious AskBob reader says: “Several of my email friends are complaining that I’m sending them spam emails. I’ve looked in my Sent folder and nothing odd shows up there. How can this be happening? Am I spamming in my sleep? Is it possible that someone has hacked into my email account, or is there another explanation?” Read on for the most likely answers to this mystery...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on February 05, 2024 | Category: Email


Geekly Update - 01 February 2024

Will ultrasonic holograms control your dreams in the near future? Are we winning the war against robocalls? And how can you watch Super Bowl 58 without cable? 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 01, 2024 | Category: Tech-News


Your Electrons Needed (and a favor...)

I love my job. Every day, I help people use computers and the Internet, answering their questions and pointing them to resources that will save them time, trouble, or money. I especially love it when readers become friends and people tell me that they're using what they've learned here to help others. It's very satisfying, but there is one favor I'd like to ask of you. Please read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 26, 2024 | Category: Personal


Cheap Flights - Find the Lowest Airfares Online

Now that air travel is back in full swing, demand for flights is high. So finding the cheapest airfare for your business or pleasure trip takes a bit of cunning. It also helps to use specialized online search tools. But sometimes getting the cheapest flights has more to do with timing than tools. Here's what you need to know (TODAY) before booking your next flight, in order to get the lowest fares possible. I also have some nifty online tools for flyers. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 23, 2024 | Category: Travel


Are You a Logophile?

It's common knowledge that Nail-Biting Refreshes The Feet. Oops! I meant to say “The Best Things In Life Are Free.” How did that come out so wrong? I must have had my brain hooked up to that anagram generator too long. Read on for a batch of fun links that will help you improve your vocabulary, win at word games, and impress your friends. Ready, set, go!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 18, 2024 | Category: Reference


Will Ting Mobile Reduce Your Mobile Phone Bill?

Mobile phone service plans can be confusing. You pay a certain amount for an allotment of minutes, text messages, and mobile data. But at the end of each month, you may see that you didn't use all you paid for. Or worse, you have to pay EXTRA for going over your allotment of minutes or data. And then there are the hidden fees, and inscrutable contract stipulations. Ting Mobile feels your pain, and promises not to rely on confusion to turn a profit. Read on to check out some of the Ting plans that can save you money on your mobile phone bill...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 17, 2024 | Category: Telephony


Which Desktop Computer Monitor Is Best?

When it comes to choosing the best desktop computer monitor, it's important to consider your specific needs and preferences. With so many options available in the market, finding the perfect monitor can be overwhelming. However, by understanding your requirements and doing some research, you can make an informed decision. Read on for my tips and advice...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 12, 2024 | Category: Hardware


Geekly Update - 10 January 2024

Are you curious about the dusty wall behind your 65-inch television screen? Would you pay $400 to reduce the number of dead mice in your home by 90 percent? And will robotic toilet scrubbers save the day? If so... don't miss 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 January 10, 2024 | Category: Tech-News


Is Your Smart TV Spying On You? (yes, and here's how to stop it)

Almost every television sold these days is advertised as a Smart TV. Behind the screen, these TVs are computers with an operating system, a hard drive, and Internet connectivity. They also have cameras, a microphone, and sophisticated software that allows them to collect and sell your viewing data. And because they are constantly connected, the same risks (malware and hacking) that apply to computers also apply to smart TVs. Read on to learn about the privacy and security risks of smart TVs, and what you can do to minimize them...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 09, 2024 | Category: Television


[SCAM AHEAD?] Gadget Insurance and Extended Warranties

Should you buy insurance, protection plans, or extended warranties for electronic devices or appliances? I make no bones about my disdain for these “protection rackets,” which are all heavily rigged in the seller’s favor. Why else would they try so hard to sell these plans at the point of purchase? Here's what you need to know about mobile device insurance, extended warranties for your gadgets or appliances, and my thoughts on what’s wrong with them...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on January 08, 2024 | Category: Gadgets




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