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Comment by Denis on Geekly Update - 27 April 2017 (April 27, 2017 11:12 PM)
When looking for airfares I have noticed that I get a price but if I leave the booking site then go back even only a couple of minutes later, that the...
Comment by jimmy28 on Geekly Update - 27 April 2017 (April 27, 2017 09:39 PM)
Finally! Webroot has recognized Windows as Malware!...
Comment by RandiO on [SHOCKING] Protect Your Stuff Against Static Discharge (April 27, 2017 07:51 PM)
"Electron Sink" = Where dirty electrons get washed-up!...
Comment by Barbara on Geekly Update - 27 April 2017 (April 27, 2017 06:50 PM)
I was in the market for a particular blender. I looked at amazon.com, then went directly to walmart.com where I found it for $10 less. The next day ...
Comment by Lucy on [SHOCKING] Protect Your Stuff Against Static Discharge (April 27, 2017 06:39 PM)
Interesting topic for me as I am very susceptible to this static issue, which I have solved with low tech. I have shocked my computer, heat & A/C th...
Comment by Reg on Geekly Update - 27 April 2017 (April 27, 2017 03:54 PM)
RE: Online shopping. Yep. Seen it. When I bought a hood for my riding lawnmower about 2 months ago the original search performed on my desktop compute...
Comment by Jim Swan on Geekly Update - 27 April 2017 (April 27, 2017 03:50 PM)
When I first heard of Amazon's "dynamic pricing" I was angry. The on the Freakonomics podcast, there was a report about using the same technique to ra...
Comment by Therrito on [SHOCKING] Protect Your Stuff Against Static Discharge (April 27, 2017 01:24 PM)
I used to work for Daicel Safety Systems of America (DSSA) in Kentucky. They made the canisters of gas that inflated the airbags in your car or picku...
Comment by Donny on [SHOCKING] Protect Your Stuff Against Static Discharge (April 27, 2017 03:22 AM)
Please pardon me for being pedantic, but I'd like to add to the comments regarding induced currents in ground lines. Yes, ground loops are real, but ...
Comment by JohnC on [SHOCKING] Protect Your Stuff Against Static Discharge (April 27, 2017 02:44 AM)
Interesting reminder here, Bob. The employees at my former workplace would kill their fax machines. Being the IT support guy, and being a small compa...

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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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