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Comment by Ahmad on [DEAL TIME] Back to School Laptops (August 16, 2018 10:52 PM)
Computers employing i5 processors are usually for affordability reasons and that i7 processors are overkill for most consumers. Unless you do heavy ga...
Comment by Mike on [DEAL TIME] Back to School Laptops (August 16, 2018 08:07 PM)
Why are there I5's even in HP mobile workstations? There are 8th Gen. I7's, so why the I5's? Is it simply affordability? Is there a major difference b...
Comment by PAT on Secret Foistware Blocker in Windows 10 (August 16, 2018 07:55 PM)
HI BOB....I'M LOOKING FOR A TWITTER BUTTON TO TWEET YOUR STUFF. I DON'T FIND ONE...BOO HOO. PAT RUTTER...
Comment by bob on [DEAL TIME] Back to School Laptops (August 16, 2018 07:49 PM)
On the ChromeBooks it has been my experience you need 4GB of RAM... also make sure it can use the Google Playstore... a touch screen would be nice bu...
Comment by bb on Secret Foistware Blocker in Windows 10 (August 16, 2018 02:12 PM)
If you consider yourself a geek: Consider Chocolately instead of Ninite. 5,939 programs supported, not just the ~90 that Ninite does. But ... well ....
Comment by Sharon on Secret Foistware Blocker in Windows 10 (August 16, 2018 01:56 PM)
When I right click the supposed reg file in your article, I get an mp3 file. Sorry Bob, your link does not work. ...
Comment by Richard on Secret Foistware Blocker in Windows 10 (August 16, 2018 09:45 AM)
Another helpful tool is Eulalyzer. This is free for personal or educational use (donations welcome). You cut/paste/target the EULA text into the prog...
Comment by George on [ALERT] VPNFilter: The Russians Really Are Coming For Your Data (August 16, 2018 02:00 AM)
Wow! What bunch of fluff! “Russians”?? Really??? Than fluff again, until we discover that – once the factory-made password is changed, it all go...
Comment by Wild Bill on Secret Foistware Blocker in Windows 10 (August 16, 2018 01:43 AM)
I also recommend using Unchecky. It is quite effective at catching and unchecking the little boxes although it does not get them all (Avast trying to...
Comment by Henry on Secret Foistware Blocker in Windows 10 (August 16, 2018 12:46 AM)
You lost me at: "If you know how to use the REGEDIT registry editing utility...." WAY too techie for me 😒...

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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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