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The word "heartbleed" is a pun based on the word "heartbeat" which is like a software stay alive command. Little bit of perspective for the record boo...
Comment by robert on Should You Borro? (April 19, 2014 12:56 AM)
Wow, and you can use that loaned money to lease some nice oceanfront property I have available in Colorado! (PS I have one credit card that has an APR...
Comment by J. R. on Should You Borro? (April 18, 2014 08:14 PM)
I think the short answer to the question in the title is NO! This is usury, and not a good deal for anyone. If you need money, and have assets which y...
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Hi Mr. Bob Rankin, I hope you won't cancel my subscription if I take a raincheck on this 'pheeeesheeee' offer! But them sending a "steel, locking ship...
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How is this for a (tongue in cheek) solution? Hire a programmer to record a lot of porno pictures on the drive to fill it up and then require the unw...
Comment by John Fischer on Should You Borro? (April 18, 2014 06:19 PM)
Bob... why the rant about "interest rate"? Do you not understand how this works? I'm going to get technical here... every business has both fixed an...
Comment by Bob in San Francisco on Should You Borro? (April 18, 2014 05:43 PM)
Harold is basically right, although I calculate the effective interest on the loan quoted in the article to be about 53%/year ($500 + (12 X $399) = $5...
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Might be interested in seeing what they have for sale. I avoid borrowing whenever possible....

Social-Networking Articles

 

Are Social Networks Committing Suicide?

Lots of people are finding that the popular social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) are becoming more annoying, more expensive, and less useful. Here's how I see the problem, and my take on what the future of true social networking should look like.

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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...

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How to Fix Facebook Annoyances

There's no denying that Facebook is enormously popular, with over one billion members. But it's also enormously frustrating and annoying sometimes. Some things are hidden or hard to find. Others just won't go away. Navigating the ever-changing interface is daunting. What if you could fix all that with just a few clicks? Read on to learn how….

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FREE: Encryption Tools to Protect Your Data

With the U.S. government ignoring the 4th Amendment, data breaches in the news every week, and identity thieves everywhere, more and more people are wondering how to protect their data and personal information. The answer is encryption, and it's no longer rocket science. Here's what you need to know about using encryption...

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Disqus: Bad for Public Discourse?

Anonymity is mainly to blame for the decline in online civility; people tend to act more irresponsibly when they believe they can get away with it. But a popular website plugin designed to solve that problem may also compromise your privacy. Here's what you need to know about Disqus...

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Facebook Phones Home

The long-rumored Facebook phone is finally here. Except it's not really a phone. It's YOUR phone, with a new face. But is it a friendly face, or another 'in your face' intrusive reach by Facebook into your privacy? Here's the scoop on Facebook Home, and your phone...

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Forgot Facebook Password

Did you forget your Facebook password? Having trouble logging in? Or did you forget the email address for your Facebook login? Maybe your email account is not working, so you can't change your password. Or maybe it's something with a simple fix. Here's the scoop on Facebook and password issues...

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Very PINteresting!

Pinterest is a social network for people who embrace the notion that a picture really is worth more than a thousand words. Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social sites, surpassing both Google+ and LinkedIn by attracting over 100 million visits per month. Here's what you need to know...

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Are You Linked In?

Are you getting invitations from strangers or people you barely know, wanting you to join LinkedIn? Maybe you're wondering if LinkedIn can really help you find a new job, or if it's just another Internet scam. Here's the scoop on LinkedIn, and how it can benefit you...

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Are You Addicted To Social Media?

How many times per day do you check your Facebook page? How many Tweets do you read or post? How many social networks do you belong to? When is the last time you went 24 hours without updating your status? Is it possible that you are addicted to social media?

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Five Free Blogging Tools

If you've been thinking about starting a blog, you may be wondering where to host it and what tools are available to make blogging easier. Here's a brief look at five of the most popular blogging tools...

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Will Google+ Kill Facebook?

Google+ is the search giant's emerging social network. I say emerging because it's only in a limited testing stage right now, with invitations issued to some key influencers. But Google+ could pose a viable challenge to Facebook. Here are some of the features of Google+ and how it compares to Facebook...

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Got Your Groupon?

A couple of my friends are trying to get me to join a site called Groupon, I can see that it has something to so with online coupons, but I'm wary because of multi-level marketing scams that have bitten me in the past. What exactly is Groupon, and if it's legit, can it save me money with no downside?

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Social Network Surveillance

You can't have too many friends is a proverb coined long before Facebook arrived. The fact is, you certainly can have too many friends on Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and LinkedIn, especially when you don't know who they really are...

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Making Money In Second Life

I've heard reports about people making pretty good money inside Second Life. How can I get started in the business of making money for (virtually) nothing?

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What is Craigslist?

Who is Craig, and what's on his list? If you have something to sell, or something to say, and you haven't heard of Craigslist, read on...

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Facebook Privacy

I've switched from Myspace to Facebook because I was unhappy with the privacy controls there, and I've been told that Facebook lets you control this much better. Would you please go over the Facebook privacy settings and recommend which ones I should focus on?

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World Of Warcraft

My nephew plays the World of Warcraft online game for hours at a time. I've watched a little bit, but don't really understand the game, or its appeal. Can you explain what the World of Warcraft game is all about, who plays it, and why?

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Facebook - Getting Started

Looking for an alternative to an oversaturated MySpace? Facebook is a great alternative for the college and professional set. A little more serious than MySpace, Facebook is more than just competing to see who can have the most friends. Facebook boasts over 25 million members, and is the number one photo sharing site on the Web. Here's the scoop on getting started with Facebook...

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Social Bookmarking

What is social bookmarking, and how is it different from a regular bookmark or favorite in my browser?

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What is Second Life?

Some of my friends are really into Second Life, they say it's the future of the Internet. Looks like Sim City on drugs to me... What is the big deal with Second Life -- who is playing and why?

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