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Comment by James Shaneman on [HOWTO] Become a Google Search Master (July 19, 2018 02:08 AM)
Gonnah look into it. A senior with lots of computer tech experience, retired, and looking for work. Planted the standard four rose plants on retiring,...
Comment by Buffet on Is Your PC Running Unsupported Hardware? (July 19, 2018 12:28 AM)
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Comment by William on [HOWTO] Become a Google Search Master (July 18, 2018 11:17 PM)
This is the page Bob should have linked to. It includes both courses:
Comment by Briansmac on Does Your Router Auto-Update? (it should...) (July 18, 2018 10:03 PM)
Funny, my Linksys AC1750 Dual-Band updates almost every week or two. I get an email from Linksys saying it was updated. I have no monitor led's on th...
Comment by sirpaul2 on [HOWTO] Become a Google Search Master (July 18, 2018 08:25 PM)
2nd course: These courses also work for 'Startpage' - without the tracking that Google uses....
Comment by Harry Higinbotham on [HOWTO] Become a Google Search Master (July 18, 2018 07:18 PM)
You say in your article: "Both courses may be found here." However, the site that comes up when one clicks the link only shows the first course (“Po...
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Comment by Michele Schiegner on Is Your PC Running Unsupported Hardware? (July 18, 2018 01:40 PM)
I am an 84-year-old woman (going on 45) with some obvious disabilities! I just cannot take the time and brain-energy to learn Windows 10!! This is a...
Comment by Jay R on Is Your PC Running Unsupported Hardware? (July 18, 2018 03:35 AM)
The end of one of my old passwords for something related to MS was ......MSsucks. It worked until I forgot it. (How could that happen? I forgot the fi...
Comment by Joseph Bosch on Is Your PC Running Unsupported Hardware? (July 18, 2018 02:37 AM)
As for me and my machines, I switched to Linux Mint about 6 years ago due to the Gestapo tactics of M/S. I switched from Apple over 20 years ago for t...

[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


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

[PRO/CON] Paid Subscriptions to Online Content

Never mind the death of Net Neutrality. A bigger threat to the wallets of Internet consumers looms as social media platforms give content producers the tools to charge monthly subscription fees to consumers. But is that a bad thing? Read on for the forecast, and the pros and cons of a paid Internet social life...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on June 26, 2018 | Category: Social-Networking

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