Comment by Ken Mitchell on What To Do if Your Phone is Stolen (December 4, 2013 04:48 PM)
There's another program that you can use to find a lost/stolen Android phone even if you have not already installed tracking software like Prey. Go...
Comment by Lisa on Is Stamps.com a Scam? (December 4, 2013 04:15 PM)
This was so helpful. I receive the "flier" periodically and thought I should check it out. Yours was the first review I read and I promptly threw th...
Comment by MmeMoxie on How Long Do Hard Drives Last? (December 4, 2013 08:59 AM)
@Tony --- Excuse me, for the snickering, but, Hard Drive Disc Failure, is still one of Life's Great Mysteries. You just can not predict, when it will ...
Comment by MmeMoxie on How Long Do Hard Drives Last? (December 4, 2013 08:30 AM)
Sorry, Tony ... But, the DVRs use the same standard consumer's hard drive, too. The newest ones are usually, 1TB at 7,500 RPM or 750GB at 7,500 RPM. T...
Comment by PaulVdB on How Long Do Hard Drives Last? (December 4, 2013 06:48 AM)
I strongly suggest that defragging your HD should be done ONLY when it's utmost necessary. Remember that defragging means rewriting ALL your files wic...
Comment by walter hellmig on HOWTO: Clone Your Hard Drive (December 4, 2013 02:34 AM)
I am cloning daily with the free software easeUS running XP Pro. Never any problems, no need for a different operating system. http://www.easeus.com/...
Comment by RandiO on How Long Do Hard Drives Last? (December 4, 2013 01:55 AM)
I apologize for the typo: The last line my post SHOULD read: T.E.C. Date: 2022/04/10 (I think T.E.C. indicates the estimate date of SSD death)...
Comment by tony on How Long Do Hard Drives Last? (December 4, 2013 01:04 AM)
I haven't seen any data on they type of usage that causes drives to fail. If a drive sits there just spinning but not seeking, might it last 10 or 20 ...
Comment by RandiO on How Long Do Hard Drives Last? (December 4, 2013 12:23 AM)
Thank you Mr. Rankin, It sounds like I am bucking the odds, as I normally have to retire my drives before they die, since I was always in need of larg...
Comment by KRS on How Long Do Hard Drives Last? (December 3, 2013 11:31 PM)
It seems to me that current SATA hard disks are less durable than older ones IDE and EIDE ones, maybe because the bit packing is so much tighter. I n...
What To Do if Your Phone is Stolen
A reader asks: 'Yesterday I lost my smartphone in a taxi cab, and have not been able to recover it. Before I get a new one, are there any tricks I can try to locate a stolen phone? And for the future, what options do I have BEFORE a phone is lost, that will help me get it back?'
Posted by Bob Rankin on December 04, 2013 | Category: Gadgets
How Long Do Hard Drives Last?
It's a good question. But it might be the wrong question. Read on for some stats on the life expectancy of a hard drive, and find out the more important question you should be asking yourself...
Posted by Bob Rankin on December 03, 2013 | Category: Hard-Drives
No Frills Cell Phone Services
Choosing a cell phone and a mobile service provider can be frustrating and confusing. So many plans to compare, so many phones with so many features. Isn't there an easy way to find a no-frills phone and a simple, inexpensive plan? Actually, YES! Read on for details...
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 29, 2013 | Category: Mobile
Geekly Update - 27 November 2013
Which online retailers are on the Naughty List, and how did they get there? If you connect enough veggies with copper wire, will it power your holiday light display? And who is behind the mysterious puzzle that's baffling the world's crypto experts? 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!
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 27, 2013 | Category: Tech-News
Back Up Your Social Media and Webmail
Stop and think about your social media and webmail accounts. How important to you are all the conversations you have had, all the photos you have saved, all the contacts, friends and followers you have made? If the answer is 'pretty important' or better, you need to back up that data just as much as the data on your local hard drive. Here's how...
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 26, 2013 | Category: Backup
Should You BUY Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Software?
A reader asks: 'Should I run AVG, SpyBot, and other freeware, or should I pay for a supposedly better program? I read so much negative about every security program and I am quite confused about them. Some I hear are actually fakes. If they really are worth the money, I am willing to try them. Can you give me your opinion on the best anti-virus, anti-spyware and other Internet security tools?'
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 25, 2013 | Category: Security
Best All-in-One Computers for 2014
After several years of consumer skepticism, all-in-one (AIO) computers are catching on. The minimalist form factor, with most components hidden inside a vertical monitor, is attractive and saves space on your desk. Here are some of the best AIO computers you can buy now, and heading into 2014...
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 22, 2013 | Category: Hardware
HOWTO: Extend Laptop Battery Life
It's easy to take electrical outlets for granted; they're everywhere, right? But sometimes you forget your laptop's charger at home, or get stuck far from a power outlet -- quite common if you use your laptop in a coffee shop, or in an airport, plane, train or car. Follow these tips to maximize the run time of your PC or Mac laptop's battery...
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 21, 2013 | Category: Laptops
Geekly Update - 20 November 2013
Is Apple planning to take 13,000 employees on a journey into outer space? Why does the government want all phones to have a 'kill switch'? And can you guess the Oxford Dictionary 2013 Word of the Year? 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!
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 20, 2013 | Category: Tech-News
Has the Paypal Killer Finally Arrived?
Since Paypal’s debut in 1998, it has become a dominant player in online payments, second only to credit cards. However, many people take exception to Paypal’s tagline, 'the world’s most loved way to pay and get paid.' Actually, some of us spew coffee all over everything when we read that. That's why I'm glad that some serious competition is arising. Here's what you need to know about Square Cash...
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 19, 2013 | Category: Finance
Avoid These Five WiFi Security Mistakes
WiFi networking is convenient and liberating, and essential if you have a laptop or tablet. But if you aren’t careful, using wireless Internet can leave you open to hackers and unauthorized moochers of your Internet service. Here are five of the biggest mistakes that people make with WiFi, and how to avoid them. Read on!
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 18, 2013 | Category: Wireless
SECURITY TIP: Preview Shortened URLs
URL-shortening services like TinyURL and Bitly are handy for a variety of reasons, but shortened URLs also represent a ubiquitous and very dangerous security vulnerability. You must use your head and technology to avoid becoming a victim of malware, phishers, and hackers when clicking on shortened URLs. Here's what you need to know...
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 15, 2013 | Category: Security
Can VoIP Service Replace Your Landline?
A reader asks: 'I have a landline and a cell phone, so I'm thinking of dropping the landline phone in favor of VoIP phone service, to save some money. What is your opinion of VoIP, and what are the pros and cons of using it to replace a traditional landline?'
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 14, 2013 | Category: Telephony
Geekly Update - 13 November 2013
Can your tattoos tell tales when you're caught lying? Are monkeys leading the way to better brain-controlled prosthetic limbs? And are you a slacktivist? 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!
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 13, 2013 | Category: Tech-News
Get a Free Inbound Fax Number
A reader asks: 'I occasionally need to receive an inbound fax, but I don't own a fax machine. Going to Kinko's or the local drugstore to pick up a fax is a nuisance, and nothing is private there. Is there some way to get my faxes online, but still have a real phone number that people can use to send faxes to me? Oh, and free is nice...' The answer is YES -- and here's how to get your own free fax number...
Posted by Bob Rankin on November 12, 2013 | Category: Fax