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Comment by Ernest N. Wilcox Jr. on Govt Spooks Say: Avoid These Security Mistakes (May 19, 2022 09:13 PM)
It looks as if my previous post to this article was determined to be advertising (it wasn't), or inappropriate for some reason (I can't see why this w...
Comment by Frank Taylor on Govt Spooks Say: Avoid These Security Mistakes (May 19, 2022 05:40 PM)
Good article, thank you...
Comment by Patrick on Here's How to Clean Computer Clutter (May 19, 2022 04:22 PM)
The Swinetrek was lost in space once, but I don't remember it ever running out of space. ...
Comment by liz on Router Security: Close Unnecessary Ports (May 19, 2022 04:06 PM)
Your link only goes to the page that checks for: Universal Plug n'Play (UPnP) vulnerabilities I see no other tests there, and as I understand the ab...
Comment by Binjamin Man on Here's How to Clean Computer Clutter (May 19, 2022 01:27 PM)
My favorite program for cleaning up a hard drive is: Directory Report It looks like the MS-Explorer but always shows the directory's size. ...
Comment by Gray on Govt Spooks Say: Avoid These Security Mistakes (May 19, 2022 04:48 AM)
Thanks, Bob, for making us think about things like security, which i easy to overlook because we use apps that remember our passwords. I am using a un...
Comment by Peter Oh on Govt Spooks Say: Avoid These Security Mistakes (May 19, 2022 02:37 AM)
Passwords, for as long as they exist will be APITA. I have maybe 100 plus & I can't remember any with certainty. Yes I use Last Pass but that makes s...
Comment by Barry on Search Backwards: Reverse Directory Lookups (May 18, 2022 11:28 PM)
Hi Bob, Reverse Email Lookup is NOT free....
Comment by snert on Govt Spooks Say: Avoid These Security Mistakes (May 18, 2022 10:02 PM)
how do we know everything we download is doing only what they say it will do, and not spying and garnering every bit of info possible. another reason ...
Comment by Michael M on Here's How to Clean Computer Clutter (May 18, 2022 03:08 AM)
I tried one of these (forgot which one), and it tried to remove everything with the .bk extension. Except OneDrive labels historical backup files with...

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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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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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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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