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Comment by Dave in Indy on Geekly Update - 18 April 2019 (April 20, 2019 04:24 AM)
Yes, saying "they are not" up to no good means that they are up to, well, good. Maybe I'm missing something but that sounds like a Double Negative. ...
Comment by james m howell on Geekly Update - 10 April 2019 (April 20, 2019 03:06 AM)
Then why Is the pres. still a member?...
Comment by Sarah L on Get Out of Voice Mail Jail, Free! (April 20, 2019 12:41 AM)
Bank of America has an automated voice system that lets me press keys for replies, eliminating the frustration and annoyance of being misunderstood wh...
Comment by Butch on The Truth About Discount Inkjet Cartridges (April 20, 2019 12:40 AM)
I sure wish you could squeeze the size of the "mid-page" ad so that your text isn't covered up by it. You have a sentence that is covered up in today'...
Comment by The Baroness on Get Out of Voice Mail Jail, Free! (April 19, 2019 11:38 PM)
I worked for the planet's second-largest Telecommunications company (Engineering & Operations Management) for many years. We'd always put the newbies ...
Comment by renotadanin on [HACKED] Is Someone Listening to Your Calls? (April 19, 2019 11:19 PM)
Instagram can also be hacked i just found out that my husband is cheating on me and all his conversations are not on whats-app, text messages, Faceboo...
Comment by Roy on Get Out of Voice Mail Jail, Free! (April 19, 2019 09:50 PM)
To get through at a credit card company, select stolen/lost card. This will get you a real person. Now proceed with your actual issue....
Comment by Bob K on Get Out of Voice Mail Jail, Free! (April 19, 2019 08:33 PM)
Agreed that the Voice mail jail is hell! Using a telephone gets very frustrating when you can't hear well. And the AI nerds are taking over. Just...
Comment by Jay R on Get Out of Voice Mail Jail, Free! (April 19, 2019 08:21 PM)
I wish Dante had written The Inferno within the last 5 years. There WOULD be a special level in hell for all those who have foisted this nonsense on u...
Comment by Dave M on Get Out of Voice Mail Jail, Free! (April 19, 2019 07:46 PM)
I have found that simply mumbling some nonsensical response into the phone will get you connected to a rep. You'll get a couple of "I'm sorry, I didn'...

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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