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!
- Robo-Saving For Retirement
Regularly setting aside money for retirement or a rainy day is a good habit to form at any stage of life, but it’s especially effective if the habit begins as early as possible. An Internet-driven savings technique is implemented in different ways by several companies. Here I am going to explain how what I call “robo-saving” works and examine several firms that offer it...
- [HELP] Google Backup and Sync Stopped Working
A reader, Dave, is having a peculiar problem. Ever since the April 2018 Update of Windows 10 (version 1803), Google Backup and Sync has been acting erratically, he says. Now he cannot get it to run at all. Should we blame it on the software or call it user error? Let’s see if we can help Dave...
- [HOWTO] Access Academic Research for Free
The truth is out there, but all too often it is locked behind a paywall. Professional journalists have keys that unlock the treasuries of academic research journals so they can report on the truth locked up in there. But ordinary citizens, particularly those who suspect journalists of bias, want access to original research papers. They can often have it for free, it turns out. Read on to learn how...
- 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...
- More Amazon Prime Benefits?
Did you know that Amazon handles 50 percent of all online purchases? Amazon Prime is the foundation of the e-commerce giant’s success. A Prime membership locks in customer loyalty with the promise of fast and free shipping for many items. But the list of other Prime perks is long and just got longer. Here is what's new with Amazon Prime...
- [HOWTO] Backing Up The Registry
Hopefully you know the importance of making backup copies of critical files. In the case of files whose contents change frequently, frequent backups are necessary. That Great American Novel you’re working on should be auto-saved every five to ten minutes. Your Windows system registry also needs frequent backup because it changes every second. But do you know how? Read on for the answer...
- Geekly Update - 07 November 2018
Is it time to rebel against the data-industrial complex? Do physicists make better pizza than professional pizzaiolos? And will new privacy concerns make it necessary to bring back the Ministry of Silly Walks? 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!
- WiFi 6 Is Coming... Fast!
When the first standard for wireless networking was released in 1997, it supported a maximum data speed of only 2 Mbps. Subsequent advances brought us new wifi standards known as IEEE 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g. In 2009, devices using the 802.11n standard achieved 600 Mbps. The latest standard, 802.11ac, can hit 1,200 Mbps over short distances, but in early 2019, eye-watering wifi speeds of 4,800 Mbps will become available. Along with that blazing speed will come other changes to wireless network naming and features. Here's what you need to know...
- [SCAM ALERT] Is TotalAV a Total SCAM?
Several readers have brought to my attention a suspicious security suite named TotalAV. One of them was fairly certain that it’s a scam, and shared evidence to back his opinion. My own research also leads me to believe TotalAV should be avoided, along with a few of its sister products, AND a bogus antivirus review site that I discovered. Read on to understand why…
- [WARNING] Don't Click This Button!
By now, you probably know that the launch of October’s Fall Update of Windows 10 (formally called version 1809) was such a disaster that Microsoft took the unprecedented step of halting the update’s gradual roll-out. What you may not know is that Microsoft now urges Windows users not to force the update upon their PCs by using the “Check for updates” function in Windows Update. The reason for that warning is utterly scandalous. Read on...
- 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...
- Windows Defender Now Plays In Sandbox
Windows Defender is now the world’s most secure antivirus software. Even if malware compromises Defender’s virus detection module, the malware cannot go on to take over control of the host device. Defender’s impenetrable shield is a “sandbox” - a virtual machine that exists in RAM, isolated from other components. Does that make it the best at malware detection? Read on for the scoop...
- Can You Trust ScanGuard?
A couple of readers have recently asked me about a new program called ScanGuard. One said: “Hey, Bob. Just ran across this on the internet. Article makes it sound really good – maybe too good. Also, what other alternatives are available that do the same thing? Appreciate all the good work you do and the information you share. God bless, Elwyn.” So let's take a look at ScanGuard…
- 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?'
- Geekly Update - 02 November 2018
Happy November! So, is it safe now to download the Windows 10 October Update? Is Microsoft foisting malware on people who search with Bing for Google Chrome? And can you legally refuse to give up the password to your mobile phone? 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!
- [SNAP] Awesome Apps for Photographers
Every modern smartphone packs a pretty powerful digital camera these days. But the camera app that comes with your Android or iPhone does not provide all the features that photographers need. If you want to take the best photos during your next vacation, nature walk, concert, etc., and spruce them up later, check out some of these useful photography apps...
- Money Savers For Online Shoppers
In 2017, an estimated 1.6 billion people purchased something online. Online sales totaled $2.3 trillion dollars worldwide, up more than 16% from the previous year. As online sales have soared, a number of tools have emerged to help consumers find the best deals. Check out these clever tools to help you save money when you shop online...
- Free Internet Faxing Services
Why use an expensive and complicated fax machine when there are so many Internet alternatives? Some even allow you to send and receive faxes online for free. Here's a roundup of free Internet fax services...
- 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?
- Geekly Update - 15 November 2018
Is UFO technology being used to revolutionize the human experience? What's the connection between your Google searches, location history, and the local health inspector? And is it just your imagination, or is the robocall problem getting worse? 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!
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 4 Mar 2009
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