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Comment by John T on Geekly Update - 16 Aug 2017 (August 16, 2017 07:23 PM)
I would rater see Walmart place more employees at the registers they have installed. As usual they have maybe 25 or 30 register stations but will only...
Comment by Stephanie on Geekly Update - 16 Aug 2017 (August 16, 2017 07:08 PM)
During my father's final year, I would call him long-distance daily and he would sing "You're My Lady Of The Telephone", a song from his very early me...
Comment by LouDamelin on Geekly Update - 16 Aug 2017 (August 16, 2017 05:22 PM)
Thanks for that digitized music site, Bob. Great old songs from mid 50's and older. Well worth a look, and a listen....
Comment by David Bostwick on Geekly Update - 16 Aug 2017 (August 16, 2017 04:29 PM)
OK, Bill Burr made a mistake. However, he didn't force anyone to follow his "rules" (which makes them suggestions, not rules). He's apologized, and ...
Comment by Linda Segall on Prepaid Wireless Phones: A Good Deal? (August 16, 2017 04:23 PM)
I use Cricket's 4GB prepaid for $35/mo with autopay. My husband tred Consumer Cellular--great customer service and cheap but we found another MVNO cal...
Comment by DBA Steve on Prepaid Wireless Phones: A Good Deal? (August 16, 2017 01:27 PM)
TracFone is the best for folks like me who don't use it much. ...
Comment by Lady Fitzgerald on [Windows 10 Tip #10] - Make a System Recovery Drive, NOW (August 16, 2017 04:53 AM)
@Ruth Your Macrium Reflect recovery CD is basically your recovery drive. You use it to restore images you make to your computer drive. Certain version...
Comment by Lady Fitzgerald on Prepaid Wireless Phones: A Good Deal? (August 16, 2017 04:33 AM)
My cell phone is a dumb as rocks phone that I paid a whopping $12 for and I use for emergencies only or when I'm on the road. I did just fine for most...
Comment by Bob Rambaldi on Prepaid Wireless Phones: A Good Deal? (August 16, 2017 03:32 AM)
I replaced a broken $700 Galaxy S5 and expensive TMobil contact with a purchased LGL84VL costing under $200 and Walmart Straight Talk prepaid card cos...
Comment by Lee on Prepaid Wireless Phones: A Good Deal? (August 16, 2017 03:18 AM)
I use Cellular Page Plus. It is the cheapest for me. I turned off text. I use an old flip phone for calls only and it receives voice mail. Costs me $1...

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A Big Milestone + Geekly Update

Today I'm celebrating an anniversary -- 20 years of online publishing! The Internet Tourbus first rolled out into cyberspace in July 1995, and ten years later, AskBobRankin.com was born. With thanks to awesome readers like you, I'll keep on keeping on. Today's Geekly Update is an expanded version, with twenty items that are guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Announcing... The Rankin File!

I've started a new website, and what better day to officially announce it than on my birthday? The Rankin File offers 'small business tech and tips' for those who run their own business. If you have a home-based business, a small business with employees, or you're even thinking about starting your own business, The Rankin File is for you! And as the name suggests, it's not just for business owners. If you're a secretary, office manager, or wannabe techie, my tips will help you score points with the boss. Read on to learn more about what you'll find in the Rankin File...

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Tourbus - The Final Bus Stop

In case you haven't heard, The Internet Tourbus is rolling up to its final stop. After 16 years of online publishing, Tourbus is one of the longest-running email newsletters. But two things have happened this year, prompting me to hit the brakes. Here's the full story...

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Who is Bob Rankin?

Every so often, people ask about my background, and how I got started with computers and the Internet. I've published bits and pieces of my bio before, but never a detailed account of my professional life. So here it is, with a few interesting personal asides...

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My Cholesterol Level is Too High!

After a routine physical, I got the news from my doctor that my cholesterol is too high. My diet is pretty healthy, and I'm not in bad shape for a 48-year-old guy. But this LDL and HDL stuff is a wakeup call for me. Clearly I need to exercise more and be aware of foods to avoid high cholesterol. So here's my 4-month plan to knock 40 or 50 points off that cholesterol number, without using any prescription drugs...

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Bonzai - It's a New Puppy!

I know I'm supposed to write about computers, the Internet and nifty gadgets, but life is more than all that electronic stuff. I'm so happy with my new puppy that I've just got to show him off...

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