AskBob's Best of 2020 - Part One
I want express my sincere THANKS to YOU and the 42,366 others who made the AskBob website a busy place in 2020! I celebrated the 15th anniversary of this newsletter, and there are almost 3000 articles here now. Many of you are regular readers and contribute comments, which I love. And since I love numbers almost as much as words, I asked my robot to scan the server logs to find the most popular articles of the year. Here are ten of the top articles for you to review. I hope you'll read each one, leave your own comments, forward this to a friend, and tell them to sign up for more…
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As always, there were some key concepts that dominated the year in tech. Windows 10... Security... Wifi... and Smartphones. Those phrases also popped up often in the most popular items published here during 2020. Whether you're a long-time reader, or a recent subscriber, I'm sure you'll enjoy reviewing the first installment of my "Top Ten" list below. Part Two will be arriving tomorrow...
By an overwhelming margin, the most popular reader question this year was 'Can I get satellite TV for free?' Have you heard about free satellite TV channels one can receive with a free-to-air satellite receiver and dish, and wondered if this is true? And if so, what satellite channels can you get, what equipment do you need, and is it legal? The short answer is YES, you can. Read on to learn about free satellite TV options...
After years of hearing from AskBob readers about PC Matic, I finally decided it was time to give the popular antivirus and PC optimizer software a test drive. So two years ago I did just that, and was impressed enough to ditch my current security software, and entrust my home and office computers to PC Matic. But now, I'm giving PC Matic a ZERO. But wait... that's actually a GOOD thing! Read on for my updated review and recommendation...
I've been using Windows 10 for a while, but I'm always finding new things and features that are worth sharing. Some will improve security or privacy. Others will save you time or trouble. Here are few tips and tricks you should know about if you're using Windows 10...
Along those same lines, check out Yes, You Can Still Get Windows 10 For Free. The last 'official' day to get a free upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 was July 29, 2016. Many of us chose to let that opportunity pass, for a variety of reasons. Maybe you saw no need to upgrade, or perhaps you just got busy and missed the deadline. Or did you? Now, over four years later, there is still a path to upgrade your Windows 7 computer to Windows 10 for free. Here's the scoop…
Many frustrated readers asked: 'How can I boost the wifi signal in my home? I finally got high-speed internet with a wireless router, but the wifi signal is weak in some parts of the house. What tweaks, tricks or gadgets do you recommend to boost wireless signal strength and distance?' I've got some, read on!
The Fax is Dead! Long Live the Fax! Sending a fax from your computer is a convenient, money-saving way to communicate with people who insist on paper documents. Skip the trip to the office store -- there are several ways to send a fax right from your computer, even if you don't have a fax machine. Here's how you can start faxing from your PC, Mac or mobile device...
And for those who occasionally need to receive an inbound fax, but don't have a fax machine, see How to Receive Faxes Without a Fax Machine[HOWTO] Inbound Faxes Without a Fax Machine. Is there some way to get incoming faxes on your computer, but still have a real phone number that people can use to send faxes? The answer is YES -- here's how to get your own free fax number...
Each year, the post-holiday season has FedEx, UPS, and postal service workers busy sending package back to where they originated. Easy, no-hassle returns of merchandise have been critical to Amazon’s success. The e-commerce giant does not publish returns figures, but analysts estimate the MSRP value of returns runs into billions of dollars annually. Have you ever wondered what happens to all that returned merchandise? The answers may surprise you... read on!
All too often, smartphones make you feel dumb. Even 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…
Here's a common AskBob reader question: “Are discount inkjet cartridges really a good deal?” Will they ruin your printer, void your warranty, or have poor print quality? Some people say they're great and can save you lots of money. So what's the scoop on those cheap ink cartridges?' Read on for my advice about discounted, refilled or remanufactured inkjet cartridges...
The World Wide Web is at once a gold mine and a cesspool, so how can you find answers to your questions, and the helpful, authoritative information you need? Check out my list of the best free online reference and research tools...
Cybercriminals never let a crisis go to waste. So it's no surprise that we're seeing scams related to the current pandemic. Add to that, massive and frequent data breaches, and 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...
Your credit score is just a number, but it is one of the most important numbers in your financial life. This one number summarizes your creditworthiness, and it's the first thing lenders look at when you apply for a loan, and often the last. Learn how a credit SCORE is different from a credit REPORT, and find out how to get your credit score, for free. See Get Your Free Credit Score (here's how...).
I hope you enjoy reading (or re-discovering) each of these, and of course, leave your own comments! If you're not a subscriber, you can sign up for AskBob Updates, or forward this to a friend who would enjoy it. Tomorrow I'll publish Part Two of AskBob's Best of 2020, so stay tuned!
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 30 Dec 2020
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