The Top Twenty
Every night a friendly robot looks through the Ask Bob logs to see which articles were the most popular over the past week. Here are the current Top Twenty, ranked by readership volume. If you missed any of these, take a few minutes to read and comment!
- Keep Your Software Updated (or else...)
Many computer problems can be avoided or fixed simply by keeping all of your software up to date. Updates include patches for security vulnerabilities as well as fixes for bugs, new features, and improvements of existing features. Check out these free programs that will help you keep all your software updated, with just a few clicks...
- Geekly Update - 13 March 2019
What's the world record for solving a Rubik's cube without using your hands? Why is '42' no longer the answer to life, the universe and everything? How are kids evading parental restrictions to find new ways of cyber-bullying? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!
- Which Privacy Tools Do You Need (and which should be avoided)?
Did you miss the headline? “Millions Affected by Massive Data Breach” If so, just wait until tomorrow, when another example of how many companies are with your privacy will be announced. Many consumers are seeking additional means to protect their privacy themselves, disregarding pious assurances from companies that obviously don't care or don't know how to protect their customers. Here are some of the most often recommended privacy-protection tools, and some thoughts about how well you can expect them to work...
- Delay the Windows 10 Spring 2019 Update?
This year’s first major feature update to Windows 10 (Version 1903) is expected to arrive in April. Microsoft allows some customers to delay major updates for up to one year. Are you among those chosen ones? Should you postpone major updates or let them happen on schedule? Read on to learn the answers to these and other burning questions about how to defer the Windows 10 Spring update...
- Are You Securing Your Laptop? (Here's how...)
The convenience and portability that laptop computers provide has made it imperative for users to take steps to secure their laptops, and the sensitive data often stored on them. There are several simple things that you can do to keep your laptop safe. Read on to learn how to protect your laptop from theft, snooping and data loss...
- HOWTO: Get Free Satellite TV
A reader asks: 'I have heard about free satellite TV channels you can receive if you have a free-to-air satellite receiver and dish. Is this true? If so, what satellite channels can I get, what equipment do I need, and is it legal?' Read on to learn about free satellite TV options...
- How Fast is Satellite Internet Service?
If you live in a remote or rural area, your Internet access options are limited. DSL and cable internet service are not available in many thinly-populated areas. Forget about 4G and even 3G cellular access. For many rural residents, Internet access boils down to a choice between miserably slow dial-up and satellite Internet access. Read on to learn about the pros and cons of satellite internet service...
- Boost Your WiFi Signal: Ten Tips and Tricks
A reader asks: 'How can I boost my wifi signal? I finally got high-speed internet with a wireless router, but the wifi signal is weak in some parts of the house. What tweaks or gadgets do you recommend to boost wireless signal strength and distance?'
- Backup Battery Power - What You Need to Know
A concerned reader asks: 'Do you recommend a backup power supply for computers? During the last storm, my PC crashed and we lost power for several hours. If I had a battery backup, I could have saved my document, and gotten online to check for email and weather updates. I've read about Uninterruptible Power Supply units - is that what I need?'
- Do You Need a Download Manager?
A reader asks: “I download files often, and sometimes wonder if I should be using one of those 'download manager' or 'download accelerator' programs that are promoted online. What exactly do they do, and should I use one?” Here's what you need to know...
- UPDATE: Free Antivirus Programs
Readers often ask for my recommendations on antivirus protection. A common question goes something like this: “I got a trial version of Norton (or McAfee) antivirus with my computer, but the subscription expires in a few days. Should I pay, or switch to one of the free anti-virus programs? What do you recommend?” Read on for my updated list of the top FREE antivirus tools, and some tips on choosing free versus paid...
- Free Wireless Internet? (YES, here's how...)
A reader asks: 'Is there any way to get free wireless Internet access? I'm on a tight budget, so I'd like a solution that works both at home and with my mobile phone.' The answer is YES! Read on to learn about free wireless Internet -- it's not just in coffee shops anymore...
- [DO IT NOW] Google Password Checkup
A new Chrome browser extension from Google will alert you if the username and password you are about to enter on a website have been compromised. The Password Checkup extension checks your credentials against a database of four billion login credentials that Google knows have been compromised. I recommend that you give it a try, read on to learn the details...
- Geekly Update - 06 March 2019
Can the biggest problem with artificial intelligence be solved by Pictionary? What will you do with your hundred-dollar bills when the cashless society arrives? And what percentage of Netflix users are actually paying for the streaming service? Get answers in today's Geekly Update -- it's jam-packed with the latest tech news. This issue is guaranteed to make you 146% smarter -- you'll see why. Read, think, and, comment!
- Replace Your Landline With MagicJack?
A reader asks: “I've seen those commercials for Magic Jack, a gadget you can plug into your computer for really cheap phone service. It sounds too good to be true... is MagicJack a scam, or does it actually work? Can it really replace my landline?” Read on for answers...
- Free Tax Filing Options for 2019
It's tax time, but the good news is: about 70% of U.S. taxpayers can get free tax preparation and e-filing this year. The bad news is: you have to pick your online tax service very carefully. Here's what you need to know...
- Is This the End of Red Lights?
The wait for a traffic signal to turn green can seem like eternity. Worse still is being stopped by a red light every half-mile. These seemingly minor annoyances can add up to make drivers anxious, irritable, and prone to take bigger risks that lead to accidents. If drivers had better information about traffic signals, the roads would be more tranquil and safer. Technology that enables this sort of thing is already available. Here's how to tap into those tools...
- Free Satellite TV on PC?
I saw a website advertising software that's supposed to give you free satelite TV on your PC. The program costs $40, but they claim it lets you watch hundreds of live worldwide channels free of charge. Sounds too good to be true... is this a scam?
- Can a Smart Watch Save Your Life?
An AskBob reader recently wrote to me asking about smartwatches. “There are so many on the market now, it is most confusing. What do I need to look for?” The latest smart watches can alert wearers to potential health problems, and call 911 if you slip and fall. Here is my advice on which of these gadgets may fit best into your digital life, and of course, on your wrist. Read on...
- HOWTO: Connect Your PC to TV, Wirelessly!
Wouldn't it be great to beam whatever is on your computer screen directly to your big-screen TV? Now you can wirelessly send Netflix, Hulu, YouTube videos, photos and computer games from your PC screen directly to your television screen. Even browse the web on your fancy big-screen HDTV. Here's how to make a wireless PC to TV connection...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 4 Mar 2009
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