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Comment by Todd Keating on Here's How to Measure Your Internet Speed (October 14, 2019 11:11 PM)
Client tells me speed is slow - test speed using both Speedtest and Spectrum ( he is a Spectrum customer ). Tests are about 80MB short of the 100 he i...
Comment by Robert A. on Here's How to Measure Your Internet Speed (October 14, 2019 11:03 PM)
Comcast/Xfinity just notified me that for being a long time loyal customer they were upping my speed. So, for the hell of it, I just downloaded the sp...
Comment by casey on Here's How to Measure Your Internet Speed (October 14, 2019 10:15 PM)
NEED SERIOUS ADVICE! I tested using my "naked" IP and again using VPN to Finland - both sit on Speakeasy under history of my tests. Am I in trouble?...
Comment by JimM on Here's How to Measure Your Internet Speed (October 14, 2019 09:32 PM)
Been using Testmynet for a couple years and found it very accurate when compared to the same test from my provider. It's a free site that allows you ...
Comment by RandiO on Here's How to Measure Your Internet Speed (October 14, 2019 06:56 PM)
@Ernest Wilcox >> The intermixed usage of MB/s with Mb/s did not "baud" well with me either but still an excellent topic. There are a variety of Wind...
Comment by Charley on Here's How to Measure Your Internet Speed (October 14, 2019 05:30 PM)
As Bob notes, speeds can vary depending on time of day, etc. And what you are really trying to find out is what your ISP is providing you. Speed tests...
Comment by Dianne on Here's How to Upgrade or Replace Your Hard Drive (October 14, 2019 04:00 PM)
AlanRC ... Yes, that does make sense. Thank you for the suggestion. I'm going to check it out. I don't have the expertise of a lot of people here s...
Comment by Harryt on Here's How to Measure Your Internet Speed (October 14, 2019 03:58 PM)
My DSL connection (Centurylink) 60.45 Mbs with speedtest 60.1 with fast.com but only 38.8 with speakeasy ...
Comment by Captain Bob on Here's How to Measure Your Internet Speed (October 14, 2019 02:22 PM)
Thanks Bob. This is great info. I suspect my ISP is slowing me down during prime streaming times whereas, I cut the cable but still receive interne...
Comment by Bill on Here's How to Measure Your Internet Speed (October 14, 2019 01:29 PM)
Your DSL speeds are out of date. 100 mb/s is not uncommon. My home internet connection right now is being monitored with a black box supplied by Sam K...

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


[IMPORTANT] Here's How to Protect Your Router

The old adage says “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” Yet many people do exactly that with all of their expensive “smart” home electronics, and the consequences can be as calamitous as the old proverb implies. The latest cyber attacks are targeting home internet routers. (And yes, you have one.) Here's what you need to know to defend yourself against router attacks...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 19, 2019 | Category: Security


Geekly Update - 18 September 2019

Are new FCC rules and call-blocking apps from phone companies making a dent in the number of annoying robocalls? What feature of the new iPhone 11 is causing some people nausea and vomiting? Is your password manager leaking your passwords to hackers? And will a tiny computer the size of a credit card replace your desktop computer soon? 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 18, 2019 | Category: Tech-News




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