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Comment by Jay R on Geekly Update - 16 October 2019 (October 17, 2019 12:54 AM)
I have little trouble identifying deep fake videos. I just check the channel. If it is CNN or that ilk, then I am sure that is exactly what I am looki...
Comment by Butch on Geekly Update - 16 October 2019 (October 16, 2019 10:16 PM)
It seems that the late Isaac Asimov realized the AI/robot mess a long time ago. So why haven't some of these real smart folks followed in his footstep...
Comment by James on Geekly Update - 16 October 2019 (October 16, 2019 09:12 PM)
I have been sitting here at my computer for an hour or so. On the desk beside me is my android smartphone. They seem to be unaware of each other and a...
Comment by GregC on Here's How to Measure Your Internet Speed (October 16, 2019 08:51 PM)
First, as a possibility for Todd above, consider that in Engineering ( & like endeavours) ANYTHING that can go wrong will go wrong, Lately, this seems...
Comment by Robert A Kinsler on Geekly Update - 16 October 2019 (October 16, 2019 08:27 PM)
The one thing all AI and computers need, Electricity. Without the power can any AI or Computers work? So is it better to have AI or have someone wh...
Comment by Francis "Frank" Buhrman on Geekly Update - 16 October 2019 (October 16, 2019 07:00 PM)
Seems we've caught up with those old sci-fi movies that showed humans inventing something they couldn't control. Indeed, if AI reaches the point that ...
Comment by Francis "Frank" Buhrman on Geekly Update - 16 October 2019 (October 16, 2019 07:00 PM)
Seems we've caught up with those old sci-fi movies that showed humans inventing something they couldn't control. Indeed, if AI reaches the point that ...
Comment by Francis "Frank" Buhrman on Geekly Update - 16 October 2019 (October 16, 2019 07:00 PM)
Seems we've caught up with those old sci-fi movies that showed humans inventing something they couldn't control. Indeed, if AI reaches the point that ...
Comment by Annette N on Geekly Update - 16 October 2019 (October 16, 2019 06:58 PM)
Facebook trying to benefit itself? I am shocked....
Comment by hifi5000 on Geekly Update - 16 October 2019 (October 16, 2019 06:32 PM)
I see Facebook is trying to push a questionable chainblock system that seems to benefit itself mostly.They are trying to circumvent the regulatory pow...

Geekly Update - 16 October 2019

Will deepfake videos add even more chaos to the 2020 elections? Is artificial intelligence a gift to humanity, or an enemy of the human race? And is your aging Windows 7 computer twice as likely to be infected as one with Windows 10? 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 October 16, 2019 | Category: Tech-News


Here's How: Strengthen Your Google Fu

Do you know how to get the most out of Google Search? Sometimes the standard search strategy – “just type in a few words” – doesn’t yield the optimal results. You may get too many results, or marginally relevant ones. The true disciples of “Google Fu” know the following secret ways to get exactly what they want from the world’s largest search engine. Read on to learn the secrets of the masters...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 15, 2019 | Category: Search-Engines


Here's How to Measure Your Internet Speed

You might be wondering 'How fast is my internet speed?' or 'Why is my internet slow?' These are common questions, and there are quite a few definitions of internet speed and several free ways to test it. Here's the scoop on Internet speed tests, and why you definitely should check your speed every once in a while. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 14, 2019 | Category: Networking


Here's How to Upgrade or Replace Your Hard Drive

When your hard disk drive is crammed full of data, or the buzzing of the bearing says it’s nearing the end of its life cycle, then it’s time to consider a new drive. That used to be a simple matter of choosing a bigger drive; maybe one that spun faster; or one with speedier I/O bus. But today, your options are multiplied and decisions are more complicated. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 11, 2019 | Category: Hard-Drives


Replace Your Paid Software with Free Alternatives

My software strategy for several years has been to move away from commercial (paid) programs to free alternatives, preferably open source or web-based. I'll share my reasons for doing this, and some free software options that you can explore. Read on!

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 10, 2019 | Category: Software


Geekly Update - 09 October 2019

Experts say everyone should use two-factor authentication, but is that enough to secure your online accounts? Did Microsoft just announce that Windows is no longer important? Should you be worried about newly-discovered malware that can intercept encrypted Web traffic? And what's in those 2000-year-old scrolls? 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 October 09, 2019 | Category: Tech-News


Here's How to Upgrade Your Old Computer

If you have an aging personal computer that's struggling to keep up with modern apps and operating systems, should you junk it and buy a new one, or upgrade its capabilities? What about the Windows 7 deadline that's approaching? If you can afford only one upgrade, which will give you the most improvement for your money? The answers are highly dependent upon your specific circumstances, but here are some general guidelines...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 07, 2019 | Category: Hardware


How to Become Dangerous (and more productive)

Over the last thirty years, one piece of software has stood out – head and shoulders – over any other piece of software. In fact, for many people this ubiquitous software has been the first thing installed on any new computer and is often used every time the computer is turned on. Can you guess what it is...?

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 04, 2019 | Category: Software


Geekly Update - 02 October 2019

Will bubbles in the space-time continuum make it possible for spaceships to travel faster than the speed of light? Why did a little-known librarian from a small town just get inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame? And will your next online purchase be delivered by drone, or will that annoying neighbor kid shoot it down with a garden hose? 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 October 02, 2019 | Category: Tech-News


Deep Web, Dark Web: What's Out There?

Every so often, you'll hear a scary story in the news about the spooky, dangerous “Dark Web” where criminals, terrorists, hackers, and spammers conspire to victimize unwitting Internet users. The reality is a bit more balanced and not so scary. There is a “Deep Web” that you can't access with ordinary search engines, and a “Dark Web” where people lurk anonymously for both good and evil purposes. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 01, 2019 | Category: Reference


[SECURITY] Your Password Is Not Enough

If you scanned that headline quickly, you might have read it as 'Your Password Is Not Strong Enough.' The point of today's article is no matter how strong your password, it's not enough to protect you. Some security tips bear repetition. I've been beating the drum for two-factor authentication for several years. I know, it sounds geeky, but it's actually a simple tool that can protect you even if your password is stolen or compromised in a data breach. Here's what you need to know...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 30, 2019 | Category: Security


Free Wifi Hotspots - A Big Risk?

It's convenient when coffee shops, bookstores, airports, hotels, and other public places provide free access to wireless Internet hotspots. But along with that convenience comes the danger of being digitally mugged. Here are some some simple tips you can use to make sure you're not broadcasting your business to snoops and hackers while using wifi hotspots...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 27, 2019 | Category: Wireless


Ransomware is Getting Worse (here's what to do)

Multiple sources say the ransomware problem is getting worse. Over 850 million ransomware infections were detected last year, an increase of 97 percent. Part of that increase is due to a 109 percent increase in phishing emails that lead to ransomware attacks. Read on for some of the best tips on preventing ransomware, and how to recover if you are infected by ransomware...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 26, 2019 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 25 September 2019

Decisions, decisions... should you buy a new car, or lease a robo-dog? Are security gadgets actually making it easier to hackers to spy on us? Do you know how vinyl records are made? And will Amazon's new wearable device be able to discern your emotional state? 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 September 25, 2019 | Category: Tech-News


Try These Spam Fighting Tips

According to researchers, it is estimated that about 56 percent of all email traffic is spam. But I rarely see any spam in my inbox. That's because Gmail blocks 99.9 percent of all spam, phishing and malware emails. Read on to learn how you can get near-perfect spam filtering, even if you don't use Gmail...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 20, 2019 | Category: Spam




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