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Comment by Sandy Jewell on [IFTTT] Here's Your Personal Virtual Robot (December 12, 2017 11:55 PM)
The app will only download if you are using Google Chrome. I've found that Google Chrome on other people's laptops is opening with NEW TAB sometimes....
Comment by NB on [IFTTT] Here's Your Personal Virtual Robot (December 12, 2017 08:06 PM)
Bob, I use Google Alerts to track news stories about my larger clients. It let's me send congratulations for good news and makes me aware of bad new...
Comment by Jay R on [IFTTT] Here's Your Personal Virtual Robot (December 12, 2017 07:17 PM)
The growl of a handsaw???? If you are ever in Memphis, I'd be happy to let you hear the growl of an 18V cordless circular saw or sliding miter saw (7....
Comment by RichF on [IFTTT] Here's Your Personal Virtual Robot (December 12, 2017 05:59 PM)
Sounds neat but I can see myself getting swamped with all the notification emails!...
Comment by Brian on Most Dangerous Security Threats of 2018? (December 12, 2017 05:41 PM)
Bob, you really do absolutely rock! Thank you so much for all you do by freely sharing your knowledge with those of us less technically gifted. I love...
Comment by RandiO on Most Dangerous Security Threats of 2018? (December 12, 2017 05:33 PM)
To be more precise, I am inclined to think that the biggest security threat, which will continue to confront us, stems from our inadequate understandi...
Comment by SharonH on Most Dangerous Security Threats of 2018? (December 12, 2017 02:12 PM)
Bob, you rock! Can't thank you enough for all you do keeping us up-to-date and safe. May you have the happiest of holidays. As far as security proble...
Comment by bb on Most Dangerous Security Threats of 2018? (December 12, 2017 01:27 AM)
Microsoft added new ransomeware protection in the Fall Creators Update, Windows 10 v1709. Called "Controlled folder access" is it *off* by default. ...
Comment by Rich on Most Dangerous Security Threats of 2018? (December 12, 2017 12:12 AM)
I continue to use (with acknowledgement of course) your great advice in my monthly newsletter for seniors. Many thanks as usual. Rich...
Comment by Jeri on Most Dangerous Security Threats of 2018? (December 11, 2017 11:44 PM)
Hey Bob, Merry Christmas! Enjoy your Tennis Lesson!...

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