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Can all of these take care of power lines in a photo?...
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Comment by Ernie-Joe on Do You Have Unclaimed Money Waiting? (December 18, 2018 10:18 PM)
I had oodles of unclaimed money. Unfortunately, it's all in the possession of my ex-wife!!! I think it was Yogi Berra who stated something to the ef...
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My unclaimed funds were a quarter, a dime and four pennies found in the cushions of a sofa I picked up at a garage sale. Woo Hoo!...
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I was told that my fax machine at home would not work when I switched to VOIP. Took their word for it and haven't tested it to find out....
Comment by Stuart Berg on Landlines Will Be Obsolete in 3, 2, 1... (December 18, 2018 05:24 PM)
@DUANE: My wife also has a pacemaker and we send in her pacemaker readings once a year over the telephone network. When we switched from POTS to VOIP...
Comment by Carolyn Korkmas on Landlines Will Be Obsolete in 3, 2, 1... (December 18, 2018 04:23 PM)
This makes me very sad because I hate my smart phone and use it only when I am away from home. Everything about it is inferior: it gets lost all the t...
Comment by VNVet72 on Landlines Will Be Obsolete in 3, 2, 1... (December 18, 2018 03:46 PM)
You never mentioned THAT in MANY cases DSL is delivered over that aged antiquated copper pair or pairs from the CO to the D-MARK/POE. Not everyone has...
Comment by Howard Spencer on Landlines Will Be Obsolete in 3, 2, 1... (December 18, 2018 03:27 PM)
What about rural areas that do not have good internet or cell service?? What ever happened to that B.S. stimulus money that was supposed to upgrade r...
Comment by Heather on Are Landlines Doomed to Extinction? (December 18, 2018 01:38 PM)
Hi Bob, one thing you didn't address in this article is the number of BUSINESSES still using landlines. Until someone comes up with a system that wir...

Personal Articles

 

A Big Milestone + Geekly Update

Today I'm celebrating an anniversary -- 20 years of online publishing! The Internet Tourbus first rolled out into cyberspace in July 1995, and ten years later, AskBobRankin.com was born. With thanks to awesome readers like you, I'll keep on keeping on. Today's Geekly Update is an expanded version, with twenty items that are guaranteed to make you 146% smarter. Read, think and comment!

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Announcing... The Rankin File!

I've started a new website, and what better day to officially announce it than on my birthday? The Rankin File offers 'small business tech and tips' for those who run their own business. If you have a home-based business, a small business with employees, or you're even thinking about starting your own business, The Rankin File is for you! And as the name suggests, it's not just for business owners. If you're a secretary, office manager, or wannabe techie, my tips will help you score points with the boss. Read on to learn more about what you'll find in the Rankin File...

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Tourbus - The Final Bus Stop

In case you haven't heard, The Internet Tourbus is rolling up to its final stop. After 16 years of online publishing, Tourbus is one of the longest-running email newsletters. But two things have happened this year, prompting me to hit the brakes. Here's the full story...

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Who is Bob Rankin?

Every so often, people ask about my background, and how I got started with computers and the Internet. I've published bits and pieces of my bio before, but never a detailed account of my professional life. So here it is, with a few interesting personal asides...

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My Cholesterol Level is Too High!

After a routine physical, I got the news from my doctor that my cholesterol is too high. My diet is pretty healthy, and I'm not in bad shape for a 48-year-old guy. But this LDL and HDL stuff is a wakeup call for me. Clearly I need to exercise more and be aware of foods to avoid high cholesterol. So here's my 4-month plan to knock 40 or 50 points off that cholesterol number, without using any prescription drugs...

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Bonzai - It's a New Puppy!

I know I'm supposed to write about computers, the Internet and nifty gadgets, but life is more than all that electronic stuff. I'm so happy with my new puppy that I've just got to show him off...

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