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Comment by Mike Davies on Geekly Update - 09 October 2019 (October 12, 2019 07:23 PM)
Google Photos wants to install itself on my Android phone which I don't want. How do I put it onto just my laptop please?...
Comment by BobD on Securely Erasing Your Hard Drive (October 12, 2019 06:20 PM)
To Herb, 12 March Over-writing might not destroy the old bits. For instance, the new bits might be shifted relative to the old bits. Or the new bits...
Comment by BobD on Here's How to Upgrade or Replace Your Hard Drive (October 12, 2019 05:51 PM)
Yep. When my computer started freezing too often, and chkdsk decided to remap a few clusters on my seven-year-old (!) Hitachi 1 TB disk, I had a loca...
Comment by Lee on Here's How to Upgrade Your Old Computer (October 12, 2019 04:53 PM)
Main reason I have not moved to Windows 10....I have a couple of legacy programs that will NOT be accepted by Win10. I am slowly working to put the i...
Comment by Wayne Lindsay on Here's How to Upgrade or Replace Your Hard Drive (October 12, 2019 09:50 AM)
I have used Norton Ghost for a number of years starting at V.11 up to the last V.15. Unfortunately Norton Ghost is not compatible with Windows 10. I ...
Comment by Wayne Lindsay on Here's How to Upgrade or Replace Your Hard Drive (October 12, 2019 09:50 AM)
I have used Norton Ghost for a number of years starting at V.11 up to the last V.15. Unfortunately Norton Ghost is not compatible with Windows 10. I ...
Comment by Robert A. on Here's How to Upgrade or Replace Your Hard Drive (October 11, 2019 10:54 PM)
I believe that within two or three years, all computers will come from the factory with at least a 250 GB SSD drive, if not a 500 GB drive, for the lo...
Comment by Hill on Deep Web, Dark Web: What's Out There? (October 11, 2019 10:10 PM)
Gerald, the BS you see on the internet is merely a reflection of what's going on in your mind. Why don't you visit Israel and see the truth? It's a de...
Comment by Renaud Olgiati on Here's How to Upgrade or Replace Your Hard Drive (October 11, 2019 06:55 PM)
For added data safety, and if your motherboard has sufficient SATA sockets, consider putting in TWO new HDs, of the same size but if possible from dif...
Comment by John on Here's How to Upgrade or Replace Your Hard Drive (October 11, 2019 06:46 PM)
Another way to clone a disk is fairly simple using the dd command, Just boot to any linux live disk (most utility disks are linux) and run the follow...

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Hey, It's My (digital) Birthday!

Today I'm celebrating a birthday. It was 24 years ago, in July 1995, that The Internet Tourbus first rolled out into cyberspace. And ten years later, AskBobRankin.com was born. With thanks to awesome readers like you, I'll keep on keeping on, with my continuing guaranteed to make you better looking and 146% smarter. Read on!

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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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