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Comment by MmeMoxie on Have You Tried the VLC Media Player? (August 18, 2019 10:26 AM)
Tried it, did not like it, period, end of quote. I found that it was not that flexible or easy to use. As one other posted, the Help is useless, since...
Comment by Reggie on Free Bank Accounts at Walmart? (August 18, 2019 02:51 AM)
What a shame that in (one of) the most affluent nation on earth, so many Americans are financially illiterate. Kids in schools today learn about drag...
Comment by Marsha P. on Beyond Google: The Other Search Engines (August 18, 2019 01:58 AM)
Remember when Google (Alphabet) used the slogan "Do no evil"? And then it disappeared. Why? Because the public started realizing how absolutely vil...
Comment by Ryan James on [SPEED TIP] Are Autoruns Slowing Down Your PC? (August 17, 2019 02:16 PM)
This was a great aid and the fact that it helps you decide on what to turn off or delete is great! Thanks Bob...
Comment by barry on Can This App Get Your Traffic Ticket Dismissed? (August 17, 2019 07:03 AM)
Fred Roller I think your full of you know what , police every where have always had quotas. next you are all partners with the state , the city , the ...
Comment by Phil on Try These Free Online Photography Classes (August 16, 2019 10:31 PM)
Bob, You just barely touched the subject of free photography courses. My two favorites are: https://www.cambridgeincolour.com/ https://www.creativeli...
Comment by Fred on [SPEED TIP] Are Autoruns Slowing Down Your PC? (August 16, 2019 08:42 PM)
An alternative is O&O ShutUp10. This is for windows 10 and there are other versions for other windows versions. It's free last time I checked and rea...
Comment by Robert Marshall on [SPEED TIP] Are Autoruns Slowing Down Your PC? (August 16, 2019 07:47 PM)
I am a less-than-tech desktop Windows 10 user, I always read your articles Bob, just to get some idea of what is going on under the bonnet(UK) - hood ...
Comment by Dr. Sheldon Cooper on [SPEED TIP] Are Autoruns Slowing Down Your PC? (August 16, 2019 07:37 PM)
Advanced System Care has similar functionality in it's Startup Manager component....
Comment by John S on [SPEED TIP] Are Autoruns Slowing Down Your PC? (August 16, 2019 07:32 PM)
A good article, as usual, and autoruns is a good tool. The problem is that what is really needed is a tool that can identify what automatically-loaded...

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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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