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Comment by Buffet on Review: PC Matic Gets a Zero! (February 23, 2020 08:11 PM)
Dear Bob, I've been using ESET's NOD32 Suite (paid version) for many years now and am very happy with it, with one MAJOR exception - it will not allow...
Comment by Dave Rodgers on Review: PC Matic Gets a Zero! (February 22, 2020 02:42 PM)
@michael @soussi The license fee is for 1 or up to 5 computers. My guess it takes as much work to cover 1 computer as it does for 5. For a long time,...
Comment by Terry McGowan on Beyond the Internet: Explore the Universe (February 21, 2020 10:36 PM)
Also check out what the earth itself looks like at night from space. Yes, light pollution is a major problem. Take a look at http://alturl.com/dicpw ...
Comment by RandiO on Beyond the Internet: Explore the Universe (February 21, 2020 09:57 PM)
Bob Rankin must think of us as a bunch of space cases. As a cadet myself; I would like to nominate WorldWideTelescope (http://www.worldwidetelescope....
Comment by RandiO on Some Fascinating History of the Internet (February 21, 2020 09:39 PM)
I miss the dial tone and the sweet music (AT-commands) during the dial-up of my very first 1200bps modem....
Comment by Howard Kellogg on Beyond the Internet: Explore the Universe (February 21, 2020 09:03 PM)
PBS has a program called "How the Universe Works"...
Comment by Pete on Beyond the Internet: Explore the Universe (February 21, 2020 08:42 PM)
Thanks Bob!! I used to live in the country and I miss seeing the Milky Way. Maybe some of you links will get me back into looking at it in a new way...
Comment by Ken H on Beyond the Internet: Explore the Universe (February 21, 2020 07:48 PM)
I have had Distant Suns on my iPhone since the iPhone 5. I may have paid about $10 for it back then. Just remembered to check latest update on my iPho...
Comment by Dana Lynch on Review: PC Matic Gets a Zero! (February 21, 2020 07:38 PM)
I have been using paid Avast Premium Security for 2 years and also had zero results. It has blocked suspicious websites and script. It blocks suspicio...
Comment by Charley on Review: PC Matic Gets a Zero! (February 21, 2020 06:45 PM)
Over the years I have used MANY different anti-malware solutions (Norton, McAfee, Trend Micro, Bitdefender, AVG, Avast, Avira, etc.). Sometimes I chos...

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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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