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!
- [HOWTO] Run a Deep Scan for Malware
A reader asks: 'My anti-virus software offers me an option to run a quick scan or a full scan. I've always run the quick scan, because that's the recommended setting. What does a full scan do, and how would I know if I need to do one?' Read on to learn about deep scanning, to check every nook and cranny of your computer for malware...
- Square Cash Goes Paypal In Reverse
It has been quite a while since the money-transfer service, Square Cash, did anything really exciting. It just worked, perfectly, for quick and easy person-to-person cash payments. But there are some new developments you should know about. Read on for the scoop on what's new with Square Cash, and how it stacks up with Paypal...
- Geekly Update - 15 March 2018
Is your car stealing personal and private information from your smartphone? Are Geek Squad technicians digging into your personal files when you bring your computer in for repairs? And under what circumstances would it be a cardinal sin to tweet your baby sister? 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!
- [HELP] Windows 10 Can't Install Important Updates
A reader named Louise wrote to me saying her Windows 10 installation was not updating properly. 'Every day my computer tries to install a Windows 10 update, and it fails every time, with an error 0X80248007. Any suggestions that will help me?' Yes, read on for the solution...
- Free Online Radio Services You'll Love
Web based radio allows you to listen to online radio stations on your computer or on a mobile device. But of course, the Internet is much cooler than a radio, so Internet radio lets you do all kinds of things you can't do with regular AM, FM or satellite radio broadcasts. Here's the scoop on tuning in to Internet radio...
- The Lowest Price for Windows 10?
Recently, I checked up on the two methods for getting Windows 10 for free that I described in a February 2017 article. Today, 13 months later, both methods are obsolete. So the next best thing, if you want to buy Windows 10, would be how to get the best price. Read on for the answer, and my warning about some sticky situations regarding the Windows 10 license key scam…
- Geekly Update - 21 March 2018
Is winning the lottery just a matter of luck and chance, or do math geeks have an edge? Rolling stones gather no moss, but could reversing that old adage hold the key to improved tire life? Can you name the top three most popular websites? And why have most people never heard of the fourth most popular site on the Web? 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!
- The Big Lie Most Hardware Makers Tell You
If you try to fix, upgrade (or even dare to look inside) your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other gadgets, does that act void the warranty? Read on to learn the truth about “warranty void if sticker removed” and other dire warnings you may see on the things you own...
- The Internet: How Does it Work?
We all take the Internet for granted, using it as naturally as we use electricity or city water. But when you peek under the hood to see what’s really going on out there “on the Web” or “in the cloud” you’ll find an elegantly simple yet infinitely complex system. Read on for a layman's explanation of how it all works...
- 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...
- Securely Erasing Your Hard Drive
I have written several articles over the years about the importance of completely erasing personal data from hard drives before disposing of them. Savvy users understand that deleting a file doesn't really make it go away. And even formatting a hard drive doesn't guarantee that your files are unreadable. But here's some good news on that front...
- Free Anti-Virus Programs
I've been using the free Norton antivirus package that came with my computer, but the subscription will expire in a few days. Are the free anti-virus programs any good? What do you recommend?
- 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...
- [UPDATE] Free Cloud Storage Services
When I first wrote about “free cloud storage services” way back in January, 2014, there were a lot from which to choose. But as the industry has consolidated and people have become more dependent upon cloud storage, the number of cloud storage providers offering free space has shrunk. Read on to learn who still offers free cloud storage for your files...
- Is Satellite Internet a Good Choice?
If you live in a 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...
- 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...
- [TAX PREP] Free Tax Filing Options
The good news is: about 70% of U.S. taxpayers can get free online 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...
- 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?'
- [HOWTO] Convert Vinyl Records to CD or MP3
For seasoned audio purists, nothing compares to good old-fashioned analog recordings on vinyl LP records. But those old records are fragile... here's a step-by-step guide to help you convert vinyl to CD disc or MP3 files so you can enjoy them for years to come...
- Geekly Update - 08 March 2018
Can you teach a classroom of kids how to use Microsoft Word, using only a chalkboard? What should you do if your Amazon Echo is bursting into laughter at inappropriate moments? And is the government using implanted microchips to track, control and torment ordinary citizens? 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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