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Comment by Geoff Carlin on The Internet Archive and Wayback Machine (May 21, 2019 07:57 AM)
Hey Bob, You always come up with useful stuff! Still life in the auld dug! Wayback machine rocks! Keep up the good work. Greetings from Scotland! Geof...
Comment by Sarah LaBelle on The Internet Archive and Wayback Machine (May 21, 2019 07:35 AM)
I encounter these mainly on Wikipedia. It has a bot, some code written by someone not me, that searches articles with marked or unmarked dead links (u...
Comment by Gary Mason on The Internet Archive and Wayback Machine (May 21, 2019 01:41 AM)
I've had a classic car club website up since 1998 and it's fun to go back and see the various changes I made to it over the years thanks to the Waybac...
Comment by Rob on Are Passwords Useless? (May 20, 2019 10:54 PM)
If you only have a cell phone (no landline), and if that cell phone is lost or stolen, does that mean that now you cannot log into any of your website...
Comment by Jerry B on The Internet Archive and Wayback Machine (May 20, 2019 08:27 PM)
Bob, I've been using the Wayback Machine ever since I learned of it in your 2012 article "Blast From the Past: The Internet Archive", and I installed ...
Comment by Citellus on The Internet Archive and Wayback Machine (May 20, 2019 07:30 PM)
Peter Mauro It is paid for from donations, a number of foundations, and even some government sources, such as the National Endowment for the Humanitie...
Comment by Eric Bloch on The Internet Archive and Wayback Machine (May 20, 2019 06:18 PM)
Search for the FireFox add-on "no-more-404s" and install the "Wayback Machine"....
Comment by Peter Mauro on The Internet Archive and Wayback Machine (May 20, 2019 06:15 PM)
Bob, Who the hell is paying for this? Peter...
Comment by ran on The Internet Archive and Wayback Machine (May 20, 2019 05:43 PM)
you can also use the wayback to install deleted firefox extensions and thees....
Comment by Jan Lee on The Internet Archive and Wayback Machine (May 20, 2019 05:25 PM)
Kathy, You can find some copies from 1878 and 1886 of St. Nicholas at Project Gutenberg--www.gutenberg.org ...

The Internet Archive and Wayback Machine

The Internet Archive is either one MASSIVE collection of electrons, or a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide "universal access to all knowledge.” Or both. As part of their mission, the Internet Archive has been crawling the Web for over 20 years, making copies of Web pages and preserving them for posterity. Today, approximately 360 billion Web pages, 20 million books, millions of images, audio recordings, and video, and 200,000 software programs are stored on the IA’s servers. Read on to learn how you can access this amazing resource that offers a window into both the history and the present of the Internet...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 20, 2019 | Category: Reference


Does Your Computer Need More Memory?

If your laptop or desktop computer seems sluggish, the problem may be too little RAM (Random Access Memory). But “add more RAM” is not the solution to every case of poor performance, and buying more RAM than you need or can use is just a waste of money. Read on to learn the ins and outs of RAM memory and how much RAM is the “sweet spot” is for most computers...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 17, 2019 | Category: Memory


[BUSTED!] Scams, Hoaxes, Urban Legends

Have you heard? Mark Zuckerberg is giving millions of dollars to Facebook users who repost an announcement of the giveaway. Joel Osteen is charging $25 for prayer requests. Mr. Rogers always wore a long-sleeved sweater to hide the tattoos he got as a Marine Corps sniper. And McDonald’s is now offering a meatless McPickle sandwich. Read on to find out how (and why) nonsense like this spreads like wildfire online...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 16, 2019 | Category: Reference


Geekly Update - 15 May 2019

Does the newly-discovered Zombieload vulnerability give hackers the key to open the doors to your private information? Is Facebook listening to your every word and using them to target ads? And can you get a new high-end smartphone with an awesome camera for under $150? 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 May 15, 2019 | Category: Tech-News


Here's How to Get Free Satellite TV

A reader asks: 'Can I get satellite TV for free? I have heard about free satellite TV channels one can receive with 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?' The short answer is YES, you can. Read on to learn about free satellite TV options...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 14, 2019 | Category: Television


Do You Have a Wifi Intruder?

Is your Internet service sometimes mysteriously slow? It's possible that you're unwittingly sharing your wifi with a stranger. But how can you know for sure if a neighbor (or a malicious hacker) has tapped into your wifi? Read on to learn how you can detect bandwidth bandits, and give them the boot...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 13, 2019 | Category: Wireless


Are Passwords Useless?

Brett Arsenault, Microsoft's chief information security officer (CISO), says passwords are 'useless' to protect against hacking and other cyberattacks. Why does the guy in charge of security for one of the largest corporations on the planet make such a statement? And what does he recommend? Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 09, 2019 | Category: Security


10 Easy Ways to Destroy Your Mobile Phone

Too often, smartphones make you feel dumb. All but the most imperturbable Zen Masters among us have felt the perfectly understandable urge to wreak utter destruction upon that pocket-sized device that makes us feel so clumsy and stupid. But in most cases, a phone’s demise is deemed “accidental.” Here are ten easy ways to destroy a smartphone, and how to avoid those inconvenient mishaps…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 07, 2019 | Category: Gadgets


Free Credit Reports Online (have you checked yours?)

In the wake of massive and frequent data breaches, many people are asking how to get free credit reports, so they can check for fraudulent entries. So is it true that you can get FOUR credit reports every year for free? YES! Read on to learn how it's done, how to avoid the potential pitfalls, and pick up some tips on avoiding scams and identity theft...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 06, 2019 | Category: Finance


[TIPS] How to Take Great Smartphone Pictures

The ubiquitous smartphone seems to have replaced dedicated cameras among all but professionals and photography hobbyists. And the Android operating system powers 88% of all smartphones. So here are some tips for taking great photos with an Android smartphone. (Actually most of them apply to iPhones and old-school DSLR cameras as well.) Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 03, 2019 | Category: Photography


How to Report a Spammer (and how NOT to)

A frustrated reader asks: 'Every day I am getting lots of unwanted spam emails, advertising nutritional supplements, fake watches and even attempts to steal my online banking passwords. I have tried filtering them out, but they keep on coming. I really want to report these crooks, but I don't know how or where. Can you help?' Read on for my tips on dealing with spammers...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on May 02, 2019 | Category: Spam


Geekly Update - 01 May 2019

Happy May Day! Yesterday I had surgery to repair torn tendons in my right elbow, so this issue was created entirely with my left hand. Please forgive any typos or odd commentary possibly induced by pain killers. :-) Has one San Francisco neurosurgeon created a gadget that can read your thoughts and speak them out load? Is a five billion dollar fine for Facebook's privacy violations just a slap on the wrist, or will it force them to change their ways? Can hackers in dark corners of the Internet tap into your car's GPS and slam on the brakes? And how easy is it to steal money from poorly protected crypto wallets? 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 May 01, 2019 | Category: Tech-News


Wolfram Alpha: Search Engine or Answer Calculator?

Untold millions use Google as their go-to search engine, but there are others you should know about. Among all the “other” search engines, one of my favorites is Wolfram|Alpha. It’s not really a search engine in the traditional sense; it’s more like an “answer calculator.” Wolfram|Alpha surfaces online through licensing deals that make its technology available through Google Search, Bing, Siri, and other well-known brands. But it's best to experience it directly. Here’s a look at what Wolfram|Alpha is, and can do for you...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 30, 2019 | Category: Search-Engines


Add a Second Line to Your Mobile Phone

A reader asks: “I have one cell phone that I use for personal calls, and another one just for business calls. It's a nuisance to carry two phones, and expensive too. Isn't there some way to add a second line to a mobile phone?” Well, yes, and there are some other very good reasons for doing so, even if you're not running a business. Read on for several options...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 29, 2019 | Category: Telephony


Missing Emails? Tweak Your Spam Filter

Email spam is an annoying fact of online life that can never be avoided entirely. No matter how good your defenses, an unwanted message is going to appear in your inbox occasionally. Spam is irritating but relatively harmless if you simply delete it. The flip side of spam can be more serious. What if a legitimate message that you DO want to receive gets trapped in your spam filter? Here's the answer...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on April 26, 2019 | Category: Email




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