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Comment by BobWo on Why City Folks Must Fight For Rural Broadband (September 23, 2018 11:45 PM)
Rural broad band is like rural electrification Who can argue that wiring for power in rural areas is or was a bad thing? Power is power, information...
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Comment by Joseph on Is Titan the KEY to Your Security? (September 23, 2018 11:58 AM)
I have, for use with the local social security people, SecureID from RSA. It does not need USB or Blue Tooth. It changes a 6-figure number every 60 s...
Comment by Stephen A McFadden on Why City Folks Must Fight For Rural Broadband (September 23, 2018 02:27 AM)
I live in Australia Sadly the situation here is very similar....
Comment by Jon Fredrickson on Why City Folks Must Fight For Rural Broadband (September 22, 2018 10:17 PM)
Good Article! If Trump and the Republicans want to make America great again they should do what Roosevelt and the Dems did by instituting The Rural El...
Comment by RandiO on Use Google Apps Without a Gmail Address? (September 22, 2018 06:34 PM)
Why does google have to make the process so difficult? Surely, google hndias already figured out my shoe size and the TP brand we use at home! I am s...
Comment by Jonathan on Why City Folks Must Fight For Rural Broadband (September 22, 2018 05:00 PM)
This Axios article says the divide between rural and city will be even greater with 5G: https://www.axios.com/5g-digital-divide-19b70d34-4978-44df-a1...
Comment by Cynthia on Why City Folks Must Fight For Rural Broadband (September 22, 2018 03:13 PM)
One of the main problems with this issue is that people in cities and areas with high-speed simply cannot imagine that others live with internet sp...
Comment by Joe W. on Why City Folks Must Fight For Rural Broadband (September 22, 2018 12:09 PM)
Bob Rankin, this is the best article you've ever written; it hits home on all points here in Royston, GA.! AT&T sends us solicitations all the time to...
Comment by wts on Why City Folks Must Fight For Rural Broadband (September 22, 2018 03:41 AM)
Vote in November! Take note of who controls the FCC and therefore who is favored in its decisions. Who is receiving the biggest bribe (campaign) donat...

Why City Folks Must Fight For Rural Broadband

The major ISPs and the federal government have utterly failed in their duty to provide broadband service to rural Americans. If you live in a city or suburban area with excellent Internet service, should you care? The answer is YES. Read on to find out why extending high-speed Internet to wide-open spaces could put more money in your pocket...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 21, 2018 | Category: Telephony


Use Google Apps Without a Gmail Address?

Many people think they must use a Gmail (Google Mail) email address if they also want to use Google services such as Docs, Drive, Calendar, Photos, etc. I thought so myself, but that’s not true. The fact is, you can use Google services with your existing home email address, your work email address, or with just about any email address. Read on to learn how...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 20, 2018 | Category: Email


Geekly Update - 19 September 2018

Is Microsoft planning to stop Windows 10 users from installing Google Chrome or Firefox? Will nine-foot hexapod robots be coming to your neighborhood soon? Can you go to jail for posting fake reviews online? And can physics improve your brain power? 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 September 19, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


Trouble Seeing Your Screen? Here's Help

Aging eyesight afflicts everyone eventually, diminishing the pleasure and productivity of computing. Various adaptive technologies are available to compensate for loss of visual acuity. Some are built into Windows. But these options all have limitations, and using them in certain combinations can actually make it more difficult to make sense of what’s before your eyes. Read on for a look at Windows’ display settings and how to use them to best advantage...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 18, 2018 | Category: Reference


[ALERT] SIM Swapping Scams

Even as the four major mobile service providers assert that we can trust them with our online identities, one of them stands in court accused of betraying a customer’s identity to thieves not just once, but twice in six months, ultimately costing him $24 million. Read on to learn about the Sim Swap Scam, and how you can protect yourself...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 17, 2018 | Category: Mobile


Let My Phone Company Be My Online Identity – Are You Kidding?

The four largest mobile phone carriers recently announced a plan to eliminate passwords, login IDs, captchas, text-messaged codes and other secondary authentication factors. Instead, visitors to a web site would be authenticated by an encrypted string of data drawn from the visitor’s phone, carrier account, and other sources known to his phone company. Read on to understand what this “Project Verify” is all about, and what I think it means to all of us. There’s a hint in this article’s headline...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 14, 2018 | Category: Privacy


Announcing iPhone XS and Apple Watch 4

According to Statista, about 88% of all smartphones worldwide run the Android operating system. Math majors may immediately conclude that Apple's devices account for about 12% of the market. But the Reality Distortion Field created by genius marketers at Apple make it look like almost everyone has an iPhone. That impression was made even stronger yesterday, with the fanfare surrounding the announcement of the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and the latest Apple Watch. Here's the scoop...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 13, 2018 | Category: Mobile


Geekly Update - 12 September 2018

How XS-essive is Apple's new iPhone XS Max? What unexpected thing happens when you try to record every known fact? What's that mysterious blue stuff behind the Jimmy John's? And can posting a bad review online get you killed? 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 September 12, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


[HOWTO] Gain Full Control of Your Computer

Many of us are the sole or principal user of a PC or laptop, and hold the privileges of the Administrator account. An Admin is supposed to be omnipotent, having full control over every file and folder on a machine. It is frustrating to learn this is not always so! Here is why you may at times “not have permission to access” a file or folder, and several clever ways to gain full control of your “personal" computer…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 11, 2018 | Category: Windows


Is Your Favorite App Listening In?

Recently I raised cautions about giving permissions to games, surveys, quizzes, and other apps that importune you on Facebook. They often abuse those privileges to spy upon you and your contacts. You may be avoiding them now, and you may have revoked the privileges that you gave to earlier ones. But Facebook is not the only source of sneaky, spying apps. Hundreds of popular apps for both Android and iOS have the ability to listen to what's happening around you. Here's how to identying those apps and turn off the spy components...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 10, 2018 | Category: Mobile


Geekly Update - 07 September 2018

When is a stupid robot better than a smart one? Should government officials have a "back door" to your encrypted data? And why can't artificial intelligence solve the Scunthorpe Problem? 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 September 07, 2018 | Category: Tech-News


Malware Pre-installed On Your Android Phone?

Mobile operating systems are complex beasts, so it’s no surprise that each new version of Android comes with one or two theoretical security flaws that could, if discovered by hackers before they are patched, spell disaster for unhappy users. Did your smartphone come with malware pre-installed? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 06, 2018 | Category: Mobile


PC Matic - An Overdue Review

Having vowed never to pay another licensing fee to iObit Corp., as I have done since 2011 for its Advanced System Care Pro optimizer/antimalware program, I went in search of a replacement. I didn’t have to look farther than the comments sections on my own articles. Here is my assessment and review of PC Matic…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 05, 2018 | Category: Security


Ten Years of Google Chrome (And Why I Cannot Quit)

Google launched its Chrome web browser on September 2, 2008. As I noted Chrome’s tenth anniversary, it was hard not to notice how difficult it is to stop using Chrome. After pondering this matter for a few days I conclude that it is unnecessary to switch browsers. Read on to see why; your comments are most welcome whether you agree with me or not...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 04, 2018 | Category: Browsers


Mastodon: Your Social Media Safe Haven?

We may be witnessing the origin of a radically new paradigm of social networking, one that is not centralized, walled-in, or driven by advertising. Instead, the new paradigm is FOSS – Free and Open Source Software. If you're growing fatigued of Facebook and Twitter, you need to know about Mastodon...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 03, 2018 | Category: Social-Networking




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