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Comment by Paula Saalfrank on [HACKED] Is Someone Listening to Your Calls? (February 21, 2019 04:34 AM)
School grades can be hacked and upgraded incase your school grade is bad and you need an excellent results just Email: Spyexpert0@gmail.com for help. ...
Comment by Judy L. on [LEGAL?] Digital Snitching On Police (February 20, 2019 02:45 AM)
You think these rinky dink tickets are a scam? How about cops who "arrest" your cash because it might be "drug" money? They take your cash and you h...
Comment by Judy L. on [LEGAL?] Digital Snitching On Police (February 20, 2019 02:45 AM)
You think these rinky dink tickets are a scam? How about cops who "arrest" your cash because it might be "drug" money? They take your cash and you h...
Comment by Gordy on Why Backup? Here Are NINE Good Reasons (and ANSWERS to YOUR backup questions) (February 20, 2019 02:34 AM)
Famous last words: "You can trust the 'cloud'". It has 256 bit encryption, halon fire extinguishers, armed guards and barbed wire,etc. Bob, really,...
Comment by Anthony DeVor on [LEGAL?] Digital Snitching On Police (February 19, 2019 05:51 PM)
I don't think that they will do much about waze because if they ban that people can still go out & buy radar detectors or cb radios...
Comment by RandiO on What is YOUR Backup Strategy? (I'll show you mine...) (February 19, 2019 05:48 PM)
*Recently, I came across an article which recommended that any data should be 'replicated' (backed-up, imaged, clones, copied and/or archived) at/in T...
Comment by Tony on Locast - Free Local TV (February 19, 2019 03:45 AM)
You talk about recording Locast for later viewing. Can you recommend a simple method for recording Locast programs?...
Comment by Mark Lindemann on What is YOUR Backup Strategy? (I'll show you mine...) (February 19, 2019 02:12 AM)
Greetings Bob! I was given a client's computer to fix. It was infected, with what - I don't remember. I immediately made a Full backup and tried my...
Comment by Jeannie on What is YOUR Backup Strategy? (I'll show you mine...) (February 18, 2019 11:29 PM)
@Bob Rankin First, you are to be applauded for preaching the Gospel of Backups. Seriously, it's a subject that cannot be emphasized enough. Computer...
Comment by Jeannie on What is YOUR Backup Strategy? (I'll show you mine...) (February 18, 2019 08:55 PM)
@JimP You do not need to partition your external drive to store images from two different computers. Just have a separate folder for each computer on ...

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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