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How would I search for goods available on a specific country website. We are in the UK and our kids and grandkids are in the US. Google seems to defau...
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Power User Search Tips and Tricks

The Web is a window to a world of wonder and wisdom. But as the amount of online information grows, finding what you want in search engines is getting harder. A casual search for a keyword or phrase can produce millions of hits, but they are not always ordered by relevance. On the other hand, search engines can quickly tell you things that you wouldn’t expect a search engine to know. Here are some tips to get more out of search engines, or less if that’s what you need…

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 04, 2022 | Category: Search-Engines


My Tech Support House Call

I received a call from a friend, who was seeing random freeze-ups, the dreaded 'Blue Screen' and some other problems on her computer. So I popped in to see what I could do to cure this pestiferous PC. Come along for this tech support house call, and learn the tools and techniques I use to diagnose problems like these...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on October 03, 2022 | Category: Reference


Geekly Update - 30 September 2022

When she was very busy, my mother used to say that she was “running around like a chicken with its head cut off.” I wondered how fast a headless chicken could run. Have robots answered the question? Will SSDs soon be less expensive than HDDs? Is there a flying car in your future? And is the Robot Overlord actually a human? 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 30, 2022 | Category: Tech-News


Why Is My Internet Connection SLOW Sometimes?

A frustrated AskBob reader says: 'My Internet connection is usually pretty fast, but sometimes it slows to a crawl, for no apparent reason. Is it likely that I have a virus, or are there other possible explanations for the slowdowns?' Yes, several! Read on for my advice on diagnosing (and fixing) a slow Internet connection...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 22, 2022 | Category: Networking


Geekly Update - 21 September 2022

Are those repetitive radio signals from deep space actually coming from Nigerian scammers? Was your investment portfolio auctioned off due to an astonishing data protection failure? And will new tech from T-Mobile put Smokey the Bear on the unemployment line? 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 21, 2022 | Category: Tech-News


My Near-Perfect Spam Filter

Researchers estimate that about 45 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 for your inbox...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 20, 2022 | Category: Spam


A Virus Destroyed Your Hard Drive?

Occasionally I hear from readers who say a virus “destroyed” their hard drive and they had to buy a new one. But are there actually viruses that can physically damage a hard drive? Is it even possible for a virus to damage hardware, or is this an urban legend? Read on to find out the truth...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 19, 2022 | Category: Hard-Drives


Geekly Update - 15 September 2022

How soon will a super-intelligent AI wipe out humanity? Will astronauts on space horses survive the apocalypse? And what's the best way to prevent hackers from stealing your PIN code at an ATM machine? 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 15, 2022 | Category: Tech-News


How to Sell Your Phone, Tablet, Laptop, Camera, or Other Gadget

Sadly, mobile phones and other electronic gadgets become obsolete almost as fast as the news these days. If you like to stay on the bleeding edge, you'll upgrade your tech gadgets at every opportunity. But what's the best way to get cash for your used phone or other electronics, without getting scammed? And is it a good idea to buy a used phone? Here are several ways you can sell (or buy) a used cell phone, tablet, laptop, digital camera, video game, or other gear...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 13, 2022 | Category: Gadgets


New PC? SIX Things You MUST Do Now

A new computer is something to get excited about. It’s tempting to open the box, plug it in, start it up, and just begin exploring. But a new computer requires some initial fine-tuning in order to optimize performance and avoid problems later on. Here are six things you should do to a new desktop or laptop PC as soon as it comes out of the box...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 09, 2022 | Category: Software


Geekly Update - 08 September 2022

Have the robot overlords taken control of our thermostats? Should you ignore urgent pleas to update your web browser? And will there soon be enough oxygen on Mars to support human colonization? 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 08, 2022 | Category: Tech-News


How Fast Is Your CPU? Benchmark it!

How fast is your computer's central processing unit (CPU) compared to others? That's one question that CPU benchmarking can help you answer. Another good question is whether your particular CPU is performing up to manufacturer's specs; CPU benchmarking can answer that one too. Here's how to test your own CPU, with free software. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 07, 2022 | Category: Hardware


[TIP] Find The Lowest Airfares Online

Now that most air travel restrictions are lifted, demand for flights is high. This past Labor Day weekend, air travel numbers exceeded pre-pandemic levels for the first time. So finding the cheapest airfare for your business or pleasure trip takes a bit of cunning. It also helps to use specialized online search tools. But sometimes getting the lowest airfare pricing has more to do with timing than tools. Here's what you need to know (TODAY) before booking your next flight, in order to get the lowest fares possible. I also have some nifty online tools for flyers. Read on...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 06, 2022 | Category: Travel


Should You Post on a Gripe Site?

When consumers have a complaint about a company, they often resort to the power of public opinion for support. But the Internet makes it possible to do much more than simply tell all your friends about a ripoff or poor customer service you've experienced. Online 'gripe sites' and complaint forums abound, but some may do as much harm as good. They may even be designed to malign. Here's my analysis and advice...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 02, 2022 | Category: Shopping


Security Tip: Offline Malware Scanners

You almost certainly have an “always on” internet security tool already installed on your computer. It provides constant protection against viruses and other malware that may sneak into your computer. But no anti-malware program is foolproof; something may slip through its defenses and infect your hard drive. So what can you do if a really nasty virus disables your anti-malware protection, or fouls up your hard drive so Windows won't even start? Here's the answer...

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Posted by Bob Rankin on September 01, 2022 | Category: Anti-Virus




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