The Top Twenty
Every night a friendly robot looks through the Ask Bob logs to see which articles were the most popular over the past week. Here are the current Top Twenty, ranked by readership volume. If you missed any of these, take a few minutes to read and comment!
- What's in The Deep, Dark Web?
Every so often, the media likes to tell us a scary story about the spooky, dangerous “Dark Web” where criminals, terrorists, hackers, and spammers conspire to victimize all of us. The reality is a bit more balanced and not so scary. There is a “Deep Web” that you can't access with ordinary search engines, and a “Dark Web” where people lurk anonymously for both good and evil purposes. Read on...
- [Windows 10 Tip #2] - Installing Windows 10 (FREE)
This is the second article in a weekly series that explores Windows 10 at a leisurely, low-stress pace. Our first goal was to set up Windows 10 in a dual-boot configuration with Windows 7, so that a user could experiment with Windows 10 without putting all of his/her eggs in that basket. The idea is to reduce anxiety and hesitancy about trying Windows 10, and to prepare everyone for its inevitable takeover of the desktop. Let's jump right in today...
- Does My Email or IP Address Reveal my Physical Location?
A concerned reader asks: 'Can someone find a user's identity (name, home address, etc.) simply by having their email or IP address? I'm asking because I posted to an online forum, and both my email and IP address were displayed publicly. Does that give others the ability to find my actual geographic location? Can I be tracked down in any way?' Read on to learn the answer to this common question...
- HOWTO: Connect Your PC to TV, Wirelessly!
Wouldn't it be great to beam whatever is on your computer screen directly to your big-screen TV? Now you can wirelessly send Netflix, Hulu, YouTube videos, photos and computer games from your PC screen directly to your television screen. Even browse the web on your fancy big-screen HDTV. Here's how to make a wireless PC to TV connection...
- Should You Buy Discount Inkjet Cartridges?
A reader asks: 'Are discount inkjet cartridges really a good deal? I've heard they can ruin your printer, void your warranty, and that the quality is lacking. Others have told me they're great and can save you lots of money. What's the scoop on those cheap ink cartridges?' Read on for my advice about refilled or remanufactured inkjet cartridges...
- Can You Trust ScanGuard?
A couple of readers have recently asked me about a new program called ScanGuard. One said: “Hey, Bob. Just ran across this on the internet. Article makes it sound really good – maybe too good. Also, what other alternatives are available that do the same thing? Appreciate all the good work you do and the information you share. God bless, Elwyn.” So let's take a look at ScanGuard…
- Geekly Update - 14 Jun 2017
Is it legal to hack the school computer to change your grade in a cyber-security class? Can your local politicians now see what you're reading on Facebook? And what did the Wall Street Journal do that earned them a smackdown from Google? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!
- HOWTO: Get Free Satellite TV
A reader asks: 'I have heard about free satellite TV channels you can receive if you have a free-to-air satellite receiver and dish. Is this true? If so, what satellite channels can I get, what equipment do I need, and is it legal?' Read on to learn about free satellite TV options...
- Boost Your WiFi Signal: Ten Tips and Tricks
A reader asks: 'How can I boost my wifi signal? I finally got high-speed internet with a wireless router, but the wifi signal is weak in some parts of the house. What tweaks or gadgets do you recommend to boost wireless signal strength and distance?'
- [Windows 10 Tip] - Dual Boot Setup
This article kicks off a new series of weekly Windows 10 tips, because it’s about time we started getting used to the future of personal computing. Whether we like it or not, Windows 10 is taking over the PC world. If you have already upgraded to Windows 10, you may find in this series help with difficulties that continue to plague you. If you have yet to take the plunge, this series will help you install and learn Windows 10 systematically, without giving up your beloved Windows 7. Read on...
- UPDATE: Free Antivirus Programs
Readers often ask for my recommendations on antivirus protection. A common question goes something like this: “I got a trial version of Norton (or McAfee) antivirus with my computer, but the subscription expires in a few days. Should I pay, or switch to one of the free anti-virus programs? What do you recommend?” Read on for my updated list of the top FREE antivirus tools, and some tips on choosing free versus paid...
- Save Money With These Cordcutting Options
The options for TV viewing without paying an arm and leg to a cable company just keep expanding. Many of the subscription streaming options are offered by TV networks, who seem to be delighting in their ability to bypass the gatekeepers who stand between themselves and their audiences. Here is a roundup of current offerings for cordcutters...
- Free Satellite TV on PC?
I saw a website advertising software that's supposed to give you free satelite TV on your PC. The program costs $40, but they claim it lets you watch hundreds of live worldwide channels free of charge. Sounds too good to be true... is this a scam?
- Free Wireless Internet? Here's How!
A reader asks: 'Is there a way to get free wireless Internet access? My budget is limited, so I'd like a solution that works both at home and with my mobile phone.' Read on to learn about free wireless Internet -- it's not just in coffee shops anymore...
- Geekly Update - 07 Jun 2017
A proposed law would allow hacking victims to hack back, but does it go too far? Is T-Mobile's 'Get Out of the Red' offer good enough to make you switch from Verizon? Can you tell when you're talking to a robot? And how accurate is your fitness tracker? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!
- Has Judy Malware Infected Your Phone?
On May 26, a presumably mortified Google booted 41 apps from the Google Play store. All of them were infected with malware; collectively, they have infected 36.5 million Android devices. It’s bad enough that one infected app slipped past Google’s stringent vetting, let alone 41. What’s even worse is that at least one of the bogus apps had been on Google Play for more than two years! Here's what you need to know...
- MagicJack Phone Service
Is Magic Jack phone service for real? I've seen commercials for Magic Jack, a device you can plug into your computer for really cheap phone service. It sounds too good to be true... is MagicJack a scam, or does it really work?
- What's in the 2017 Internet Trends Report?
Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report is billed as the most eagerly anticipated slide show of the year. Meeker, a partner in venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, outdid herself with her 2017 report, which spans 355 slides. Let’s see what online trends are most relevant to you...
- [TUNES] Get Your Free Online Music
- Free Online College Courses
What's the deal with online college courses... how can they be offered for free? Is there some catch involved, and will I get actual college credit if I take free online college classes?
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 4 Mar 2009
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