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Comment by Ryan James on [HOWTO] Become a Google Search Master (July 20, 2018 11:46 AM)
One thing I forgot to mention. In activity 1.6, the task is to go to this site US Geological Survey’s list of Historic World Earthquakes at this lin...
Comment by Ryan James on [HOWTO] Become a Google Search Master (July 20, 2018 11:40 AM)
I have taken the first lesson of these courses. The link to the Forum does not work, though it is encouraged to post there. One activity asks if ther...
Comment by John Hill on [HOWTO] Become a Google Search Master (July 20, 2018 05:11 AM)
The courses utilise search functions that are not available to iPad users. Back to the desktop!...
Comment by Mat on Geekly Update - 19 July 2018 (July 20, 2018 02:36 AM)
I don't know about 70 people in a house, but I know from long experience that if you cram about 50-55 people in a standard size transit bus at -40 deg...
Comment by sewlady on [FREE] Websites Without Hosting (July 20, 2018 12:16 AM)
@RandiO -- how did you get the image to display in your itty.bitty.site page?...
Comment by sewlady on [FREE] Websites Without Hosting (July 20, 2018 12:01 AM)
Since you can't put an actual photo in your mini-web page, you could always put in a link to a photo, for example, a shared photo on a Dropbox account...
Comment by David on Geekly Update - 19 July 2018 (July 19, 2018 09:33 PM)
Kenneth, it's been a problem for both sides of the argument. Books were banned long before Hitler did his thing....
Comment by jphuf on Geekly Update - 19 July 2018 (July 19, 2018 08:27 PM)
"David, it's the definition of truth and it's obvious liberal bias that seems to be in question. IMNSHO" Is this a political comment. IMHO...
Comment by jphuf on Geekly Update - 19 July 2018 (July 19, 2018 08:22 PM)
"The 70 people that would heat a house"! Naked or clothed? Male or Female? Do they have the same heating abilities? Would 70 nude J.Lo's produce as mu...
Comment by Kenneth Heikkila on Geekly Update - 19 July 2018 (July 19, 2018 07:05 PM)
David, it's the definition of truth and it's obvious liberal bias that seems to be in question. IMNSHO...

Geekly Update - 19 July 2018

Which mobile phone maker most effectively implements the practice of planned obsolesence? How effective is Internet filtering software at keeping kids from accessing adult content? And what is that weird-looking robot doing at a gas station in San Francisco? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 19, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


[HOWTO] Become a Google Search Master

Google is offering two online video courses aimed at turning ordinary mortals into Google “Power Searchers” who can use the search giant’s most sophisticated tools to quickly search, research complex questions, and find the most pertinent results. You might be surprised by how well that pays, and by the might of your own Google Fu. Read on, grasshopper...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 18, 2018 | Category: Search-Engines


Is Your PC Running Unsupported Hardware?

If you buy a new computer these days, it will most likely come with Windows 10. Some people still prefer Windows 7 or 8.1, and I respect their right to make that choice. But Microsoft doesn’t. The folks in Redmond are refusing to dish out security updates to many Win7 and Win8 systems. But there's a way to get around that. Read on!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 17, 2018 | Category: Hardware


Does Your Router Auto-Update? (it should...)

For the past few weeks, I've been writing a series on router security, and in this final installment I'll tell you what I think it the MOST important security feature that your router should have. “Self-updating” is the basement floor of my house of router standards. I can’t imagine Windows without self-updating, and keeping a router’s operating system patched is no less critical. Read on for my recommendations on secure, self-updating routers...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 13, 2018 | Category: Security


Router Security: Add a Guest Network

You may be aware that your router has a “guest network” feature, and you may think you know what it does. But a guest network is useful even when you do not have visiting relatives or friends. Let’s look at guest networks in detail and see how one can protect your home from cyber-intruders constantly...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 12, 2018 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 11 July 2018

Can you name the computer so massive that it required a one-acre building, four stories high? If you're worried about bugs in your software, how would you feel about snakes in your hardware? And what really happens when you eat a Kit Kat bar the wrong way? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 11, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


[FREE] Websites Without Hosting

I am still stunned by the free gift that Nicholas Jitkoff has given to all Internet users! Appropriately released on the USA’s Independence Day, July 4, it’s a way to create websites that exist independent from any hosting service. The uses of Jitkoff’s gift, named “itty.bitty,” are many, and so are their implications for the privacy and freedom of all Internet users. Here is how it works, and some examples of what it can mean for you…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 10, 2018 | Category: Cool-Stuff


Does Security Software Protect Your Router?

As home network owners become more aware of security threats that target routers they are asking, “Does my security suite defend my router along with the other devices on my network?” Let’s look at some of the most popular security suites and see exactly how they protect routers, if they do so at all. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 09, 2018 | Category: Security


[SHOWDOWN] Avast vs AVG

Avast and AVG are two of the most respected names in Internet security software. But many consumers don’t know that they became one company in October, 2016, when Avast bought AVG for $1.6 billion. Since then, the two software brands have remained distinct. But under the hood, they have grown more alike. There are still some differences in important features that may sway your choice. Let’s compare Avast Free Antivirus to AVG AntiVirus Free...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 06, 2018 | Category: Security


Is Google Reading Your Email?

Summer is traditionally a slow time for tech news. Big conferences, where important research and product releases are officially announced, are held in the Spring and Fall. But publishers need stories to publish, so if news does not materialize it must be manufactured, and if its manufactured outrage, all the better. Outrage gets more clicks than anything rated “G” on the Internet. Read on the see why I'm ranting today...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 05, 2018 | Category: Email


Geekly Update - 03 July 2018

If the first cyber attack happened 184 years ago, does that prove Al Gore is a time traveler? Why is Mickey Mouse so happy about new security procedures at Orlando International Airport? And what's the best low-tech way to keep school kids from cheating on standardized tests? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 03, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


COMING SOON: Improved WiFi Security

“The third time’s the charm,” they say. We’re about to find out if that adage holds water in the case of WiFi Protected Access, the security protocol and certification system developed by the WiFi Alliance of industry heavyweights. The WPA3 protocol is finally ready and will start appearing in products like routers and network adapters before the end of 2018. Read on to see what the problems were with earlier versions, and what to expect in WPA3...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on July 02, 2018 | Category: Wireless


Do Electronic Health Records REDUCE Patient Care?

Do you ever get the feeling your doctor is too busy typing notes into a laptop to hear what you are trying to say about the symptoms you are experiencing? No, it’s not just you who thinks so; according to a recent survey of over 500 physicians who use electronic health records (EHR) systems every day, all of that mandatory note-taking is interfering with patient care. Read on to learn what doctors say is wrong with the computerization of healthcare, and how they want it to be fixed...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 29, 2018 | Category: Health


Geekly Update - 28 June 2018

Why do our brains tell us to instinctively ignore security warnings on the computer? Did the European Parliament just ban Grumpy Cat? And what technological advance did you miss on National Selfie Day? This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 28, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


Router Security: Closing Unnecessary Ports

This article is part of a series on the subject of router security. In this article, we will examine one type of router vulnerability and learn how to protect your system from hackers and malware that seek to exploit this type of vulnerability. Our subject today is, “unnecessary open ports,” a very common vulnerability. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 27, 2018 | Category: Security




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