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Comment by Alex Toth on Geekly Update - 22 February 2017 (February 24, 2017 06:37 AM)
Follow up: @Lucy, @Frank, et al I, too, asked my credit card company, CapitalOne, to cancel the second year charge, with all the a/m details and more...
Comment by Dave on [TAXES] Free Tax Filing Options (February 23, 2017 11:25 PM)
I've used FreeTaxUSA two years now, and I prefer it to TurboTax. And its free. Filing the federal form electronically is free, too. Electronically fil...
Comment by Joan on Are All Online Colleges Accredited? (February 23, 2017 09:51 PM)
I'd like to add that not all of an accredited college/university's programs (online or not) may be accredited. For example: Major State Univers...
Comment by Lucy on Geekly Update - 22 February 2017 (February 23, 2017 08:23 PM)
Yes, I am sorry to say we too were charged for a renewal of Cloud service by iDrive. We had not knowingly set up to use the cloud storage service, a...
Comment by Pat on Geekly Update - 22 February 2017 (February 23, 2017 08:06 PM)
I'm another unsatisfied I-Driver. Wanted to use as a stand-alone Wi-Fi backup for laptop, desktop and tablet. Wi-Fi was a pain to say the least. Would...
Comment by Geoff on Geekly Update - 22 February 2017 (February 23, 2017 06:27 PM)
Re: the wonderful world of I-Drive. On my second attempt to contact them , I got through. I also do not want (or need) cloud storage. I am also not...
Comment by Dean on Geekly Update - 22 February 2017 (February 23, 2017 05:29 PM)
Pearl system sounds good at first, but think about it... Spend 4 to 5 hundred bucks on something that is easily removed by alert criminals? Does it c...
Comment by Dean Hadlock on How Can I Find Out Who I Am Related To? (February 23, 2017 04:13 PM)
Digital roots family finder. When I try to access the link you have I get nowhere. Is there another link?...
Comment by Monte on Are All Online Colleges Accredited? (February 23, 2017 02:55 PM)
Thank you, Bob! Our newly adopted daughter turned 17 in December, and is already looking for college options. She's already an "A" student enrolled in...
Comment by brin fisher on Can You Trust ScanGuard? (February 23, 2017 02:12 PM)
thanks Bob, looks like you have saved a lot of people including myself an awful lot of trouble, the presentation for scanguard is so impressive it's a...

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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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