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Comment by Quaid J. Surti on [FAKE] When Your Friend is Not Your Friend (October 18, 2018 07:38 AM)
Very interesting article as usual....
Comment by Mac 'n' Cheese on Geekly Update - 17 October 2018 (October 18, 2018 12:39 AM)
Doc, re you article about Pat and Jerry Brown, can you make little bookmarks available to us slow readers who will need several days to slog through t...
Comment by LadyLiberTEA on Fileless Malware: A New Threat? (October 17, 2018 11:47 PM)
Yes Doc, ditto Mac thanking history of Bob Rankin's service to the community (I wouldn't mind if the valuable Rankin File newsletter with enlightening...
Comment by Doc on Geekly Update - 17 October 2018 (October 17, 2018 11:33 PM)
I think it can (and may) be argued that BOTH of California 'Governor Brown's were two of the best that California has seen. Before you get your pan...
Comment by Chris on Geekly Update - 17 October 2018 (October 17, 2018 06:18 PM)
How is a photo not a password when used to protect your data? Sounds like a useless ninth circuit decision......
Comment by Mac 'n' Cheese on Fileless Malware: A New Threat? (October 17, 2018 05:21 PM)
Doc, thanks for the reminder that Bob DID, indeed, state that he's an uncompensated endorser of PC Matic. I'd forgotten that. My opinion with PC Mati...
Comment by Mike Herlihy on Fileless Malware: A New Threat? (October 17, 2018 03:04 PM)
I don't have the oldest email handy, but this is from late 1997: =====================[ Tourbus Rider Information ]=================== The Interne...
Comment by Patty on Fileless Malware: A New Threat? (October 17, 2018 12:47 PM)
It was nice to see the reference to when Bob and Patrick Crispin "drove" together....I too go back that far and have been enjoying and trusting Bob's ...
Comment by Stella Hogue on Fileless Malware: A New Threat? (October 17, 2018 12:10 PM)
Doc I second that emotion!...
Comment by Buth on Fileless Malware: A New Threat? (October 17, 2018 02:18 AM)
Anyone out there go as far back as when Dr. Bob and Patrick Crispin (sp?) "drove" together? I'd swear it was before 1995. But, heck, my memory may be ...

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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