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Comment by Frank Downs on Clean and Sanitize Your PC With PrivaZer (April 23, 2018 09:28 AM)
Dear Bob, I've used Privazer a few times, but whenever it finishes, I always end up with LESS free space on my hard drive. Last night I had 461Gb, thi...
Comment by Gregorio on Get Ready For Big Gmail Changes (April 23, 2018 04:50 AM)
Following up with Dave and "Fifty shades of grey", has anyone notice websites using white areas contrasting with very very very very light pastel pink...
Comment by SamG on Get Ready For Big Gmail Changes (April 22, 2018 03:19 PM)
Jay R; Being locked out by lookOut this week until I was forced to read their terms and conditions, caused me to realize they browse, save and sell al...
Comment by Robinoz on Get Ready For Big Gmail Changes (April 22, 2018 10:57 AM)
I've used Gmail for years and love it. The ability to delete messages you send after a certain period is an excellent idea that I will adopt. I'll wai...
Comment by Barry S on Seven Free PC Maintenance Tools (April 22, 2018 04:42 AM)
I use CCleaner and PrivaZer. I have kept CCleaner for the one major feature that I like. The Uninstall feature allows me to get rid of unwanted Apps ...
Comment by Linda on Get Ready For Big Gmail Changes (April 21, 2018 05:22 PM)
I'm with Dave. I hate the trend of grey text. (Has nothing to do with gmail - just my rant!)...
Comment by SharonH on [AUTO] Are Carfax Reports Reliable? (April 21, 2018 03:49 PM)
Carfax is only one tool to use when considering a purchase, and it is a poor one at that. It can only contain what has been reported, thus a lot of "d...
Comment by Laurie on [AUTO] Are Carfax Reports Reliable? (April 21, 2018 04:57 AM)
Unfortunately, many people think Carfax is like gold. But, it is only as good as what is reported, which may be incomplete or incorrect. Shop makes ...
Comment by Tom Hargrave on [AUTO] Are Carfax Reports Reliable? (April 21, 2018 03:34 AM)
CarFax is a private business and there is no legal requirement to report ANYTHING done to your car to your local Government, much less CarFax. For exa...
Comment by Clyde on [AUTO] Are Carfax Reports Reliable? (April 20, 2018 11:36 PM)
"... an auto mechanic you trust..." Oxymoron? ;)...

[AUTO] Are Carfax Reports Reliable?


If you've shopped for a used car in the past few years, you've probably heard of Carfax, Autocheck, and similar vehicle history reporting services. They purport to give you a reliable, independent look at a car’s major service records, title history, and other factors to help you gauge a used car’s value. But where does this data come from, and how complete is it? Here's the scoop...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 20, 2018 | Category: Auto


Get Ready For Big Gmail Changes

Google's Gmail service is getting some major updates that will begin rolling out over the coming weeks. But don’t panic; the “send” button won’t move out of your sight (hopefully). Several of the changes look quite welcome, so let’s take a look at what’s in store...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 19, 2018 | Category: Email


Geekly Update - 18 April 2018

Are the brains of today's young people being re-engineered by their smartphones? Is a Russian hacker squad poised to take over the U.S. energy and utility infrastructure? And is your government planning to give legal personhood to smart robots? 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!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 18, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


[HOWTO] Send Email to a Group

A reader asks: 'I want to send emails to a fairly large group of people on a regular basis. But I've heard that if you do it wrong, you'll get tagged as a spammer, and your emails will never be delivered. What software or services do you recommend for sending email to a list of people?' Read on for some good options, and a few you definitely want to avoid...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 17, 2018 | Category: Email


Do I Really Need a System Image Backup?

I recently did some Spring house cleaning on my computer the other day, furiously sweeping away the detritus of years of web browsing, software downloads, photo editing, grocery shopping lists, and other geekly pursuits. My hard drive was clean, shiny, and well organized. And then I asked myself 'How can I keep it this way?' Read on for the answer to that question, as well as some tips on scrubbing and optimizing your own hard drive...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 16, 2018 | Category: Backup


Beyond the Internet: Awesome Astronomy Websites

Attention Stargazers... If you're an amateur astronomer, or you just enjoy looking up into the night sky, the Internet is full of resources for you. For the best star pictures, astronomy websites, user groups and telescope reviews, read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 13, 2018 | Category: Astronomy


Geekly Update - 12 April 2018

Would you drive your car over a 3-D printed bridge? What did Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tell Congress in his testimony about online privacy this week? And does a newly-discovered flaw in Microsoft's Windows Defender enable hackers to take over your computer? 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!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 12, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


[ALERT] Facebook Surveys and Quizzes

Social media is awash in little quizzes, games and surveys that pop up in your timeline and charm you into participating in them. Who can resist reminiscing about their first car, first love, or first job? But watch your responses carefully -- they may reveal the hidden keys to your online privacy. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 11, 2018 | Category: Privacy


[DRIVE] Trading Privacy for a Discount?

Old-school car insurers are using new-fangled “connected car” technology to save drivers up to 30% on their auto insurance premiums, while making driving safer and more fun. Sounds good, right? But the devil is in the details...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 10, 2018 | Category: Auto


Time To Ban Caller-ID Spoofing (Again)?

Your phone rings, and a quick glance at the area code helps you decide to answer the call. But instead of a forgotten friend or a local business client, you get “Heather from Account Services,” offering to lower your credit card interest rate. Again. Just like yesterday. And the day before. Here's the scoop on what you can do about this annoying problem…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 09, 2018 | Category: Telephony


SOPHOS Business-Grade Security for Your Home

The words “anti-virus,” “anti-malware,” and anti-whatever are entirely inadequate these days. Show me a software tool that only sniffs out viruses and I’ll show you an application that deserves the trivializing abbreviation “app.” Read on to learn how Sophos can secure your digital domain…

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


Want Free Wireless Internet? Here's How!

A reader asks: 'Is there a way to get free wireless Internet access? My budget is very 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...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 05, 2018 | Category: Wireless


Geekly Update - 04 April 2018

What's the latest news on cell phones and brain cancer? Should your dog be playing video games? Which Internet company has gathered even more of your personal data than Facebook? And how many lives could be saved each year by driverless cars? 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!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 04, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


Windows 10 Spring Update - Embrace Or Delay?

The year’s first of two major feature updates to Windows 10 will occur in April (the second will come in November). Microsoft allows some customers to delay major updates for up to a year. Are you among those chosen ones? Should you postpone major updates or let them happen on schedule? Read on to learn the answers to these and other burning questions about Windows 10 Spring and Fall updates...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 03, 2018 | Category: Windows-10


Do You Need These Privacy Tools (and do they work)?

Did you miss the headline? “Millions Affected by Massive Data Breach” If so, just wait until tomorrow, when another example of how lax corporate America is with your privacy will be announced. Many consumers are seeking additional means to protect their privacy themselves, disregarding pious assurances from companies that obviously don't care or don't know how to protect their customers. Here are some of the most often recommended privacy-protection tools, and some thoughts about how well you can expect them to work...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 02, 2018 | Category: Privacy




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