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Comment by Karen on Try a Free Online Photography Class (November 22, 2022 06:37 PM)
Another great place to find online courses, such as photography is your local library. Their online site probably has access to one or more online lea...
Comment by Norman Rosen on Time to Break Up With Your Phone Company? (November 22, 2022 04:04 PM)
After 20+ years with Verizon, I switched to Ting, the other company Consumer Reports recommends; and I only wish I had switched sooner. I have no comp...
Comment by Nadine on NINE Tips For Online Holiday Shoppers (November 21, 2022 07:48 PM)
What about the coupons that pop up when using Edge browser, I get those all the time when shopping and I've saved money using those. But since you di...
Comment by Lucy on NINE Tips For Online Holiday Shoppers (November 21, 2022 06:39 PM)
Great to have all these options in one spot ... Thank you Bob. We have been successfully using CamelCamelCamel for a while after you recommended it p...
Comment by Allan on NINE Tips For Online Holiday Shoppers (November 21, 2022 06:18 PM)
Any tips for online CHRISTMAS shoppers?...
Comment by James Rowlett on Time to Break Up With Your Phone Company? (November 21, 2022 03:54 PM)
We have been CC customers for years and enjoy the exceptional customer service. We maintain good coverage up and down the east coast having one phone ...
Comment by Peter Oh on [TIPS] Trouble Seeing Your Computer Screen? (November 20, 2022 01:01 PM)
In short that means that about 40% of the general population are "managing" (with some difficulty) to read PC monitors. No surprise here, but only a f...
Comment by Ryan Zelenski on Time to Break Up With Your Phone Company? (November 20, 2022 12:47 AM)
Thank you so much, Bob! I have been a long time reader and enjoyed the august (synonym for “great”) help over the years. Consumer Cellular had th...
Comment by Ryan Zelenski on Time to Break Up With Your Phone Company? (November 20, 2022 12:09 AM)
Thank you so much, Bob! I have been a long time reader and enjoyed the help over the years. Consumer Cellular had the 2nd highest rating with Consuner...
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I use Duckduckgo to search. I find their privacy ratings for websites to be very revealing. Seeing the personal info that just Youtube collects and se...

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Can You Spare a Few Electrons?

I love my job. Every day, I help people use computers and the Internet, answering their questions and pointing them to resources that will save them time, trouble, or money. I especially love it when readers become friends and people tell me that they're using what they've learned here to help others. It's very satisfying, but there is one favor I'd like to ask of you. Please read on...

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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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