AskBob's Best of 2014 - Part One
I want to send a big THANKS to the 41,000 readers who made the AskBob website a busy place in 2014! Over 250 new articles were published this year, and many of you contributed your own comments. Since I'm a numbers guy, I asked my robot to scan the logs to find the most popular articles, based on your views, clicks, and recommendations. Here are ten of the top articles for you to review. I hope you'll read each one, leave your own comments, and forward this to a friend...
Your Favorite AskBob Stories of 2014
Getting smarter and more productive... staying safe... saving money. Those phrases seem to sum up the most popular items published here during 2014. If those things appeal to you, you'll enjoy reviewing my Top Ten list below, whether you're a long-time reader, or a recent subscriber.
Everyone knows that college is not cheap. But did you know that some college courses are free, online? Some of the most prestigious universities in the world offer thousands of courses free of charge to anyone with a Web browser. See this three-part series, and then check out Massively Open Online Classes (MOOCs) from top universities that provide opportunities to learn at your own pace, from wherever you happen to be, free of cost. Explore these links to see how much you can learn!
2. HOWTO: Connect Your PC to TV, Wirelessly! Wouldn't it be great to beam whatever is on your computer screen directly to your big-screen TV? Now you can wirelessly send Netflix, Hulu, YouTube videos, photos and computer games from your PC, Mac or mobile screen directly to your television. Even browse the web on your fancy big-screen HDTV. Here's how to make a wireless connection from your desktop, laptop or mobile device to your living room TV set.
Why use an expensive, complicated and obsoletet fax machine when there are so many Internet alternatives? Some even allow you to send and receive faxes online for free. See my roundup of free Internet fax services, learn how to Get a Free Inbound Fax Number and don't miss my Six Reasons to Trash Your Fax Machine.
Can you really get free satellite TV? Yes! If you're paying for satellite TV service, it may surprise you to learn that there's a free version, too. "Free to air" (FTA) satellite TV delivers thousands of channels of broadcast content via satellite to consumers all over the world. Read all about it, and also, learn about the Free Satellite TV on PC scam you should avoid.
Are you stll paying for Internet security software? If you're using the Norton or McAfee antivirus package that came with your computer, you need to know about some excellent free alternatives. When you've digested that, see my list of Free Microsoft Security Tools and then learn how to Deep Scan for Malware.
Yes, Virginia, there is a free credit report clause. Readers often ask me about getting free credit reports online, concerned that they'll be scammed or tricked into paying a fee. So is it true that you can get a free credit REPORT once a year? YES! Read on to learn how it's done, how to avoid the potential pitfalls, and how it's different than your credit SCORE. Along those lines, don't miss Why You MUST Check Your Credit Report and Ten Ways to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft.
If you're thinking about dropping your cable TV in favor of online TV and movie streaming, you should know about the Roku box, which makes it simple to bring online video to your big screen TV. Here's my take on whether it can replace your cable TV subscription, along with some competing devices in Roku and Friends: Can You Cut the Cable?
Windows XP officially reached "end of life" status in April 2014. I've written that sticking with Windows XP is like driving with bald tires on an icy highway. But here's good news for those who don't want to spend even a dime on another version of Windows. Fortunately, there's a free alternative operating system that will do pretty much everything that Windows XP does. Read on to learn if Ubuntu Linux is a good choice for you.
Wireless devices are everywhere now... from laptops to smartphones, tablets and ebook readers. Even printers and hard drives can be connected to a wifi network. So it's important to get the best possible signal from your wireless router. Here are 10 ways to boost or extend your WiFi signal, and most of them won't cost a penny. Oh, and you'll also want to read about Five Wifi Security Mistakes you must avoid.
So you lost your phone... it can be more than a nuisance or expensive mistake, with all your personal info and passwords stored there. But before you run off to get a new one, there are a few tricks you can try to locate a lost or stolen phone. And for the future, here are some tips you can use BEFORE a phone is lost, to help you get it back. And if you drop your shiny toy in the sink, toilet or a mud puddle, learn what you must (and must not) do right away in How to Rescue a Wet Phone. Along those lines, don's miss SCAM ALERT: Mobile Device Insurance and Extended Warranties.
I hope you enjoy reading (or re-discovering) each of these, and of course, leave your own comments! Tomorrow I'll have Part Two of AskBob's Best of 2014, and then I'll close out the year with a surprise you'll love!
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 29 Dec 2014
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