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!
- Fun With Google Chrome: Tips and Tricks
Google’s Chrome browser is the most widely used browser, worldwide. Perhaps you've been using it for years, but there's always a new trick to discover. Read on to learn about some awesome, advanced, and secret features of Chrome that can make it even more useful...
- [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…
- [README] Before You Buy A Hard Drive
Which make and model of hard drive should you buy, and how long can you expect a hard drive to last? These questions come up on a regular basis. Read on to get the latest scoop on hard drive reliability, from a company that has kept stats on tens of thousands of consumer hard drives...
- Geekly Update - 10 January 2018
Questions, questions... should you pay someone to flush your toilet, or get a $6000 voice-activated commode? Will you thank your car's built-in GPS when it demands that you stop for pizza? And is cryptocurrency really just a big joke? 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!
- [UPDATE] Is Windows Defender Enough Security?
Windows Defender Security Center (“Defender” for short) is the latest name for the built-in suite of anti-malware and security features in Windows 10. Historically, Defender and its antecedents have been mediocre offerings. So mediocre, in fact, that multiple test labs rated it dead last in effectiveness. But recently, Microsoft has focused on making Defender a comprehensive, safe, and free choice for all your security needs. Let’s see how close it has come...
- AskBob's Best of 2017 - Part One
I want to send a big THANKS to the 42,000+ readers who made the AskBob website a busy place in 2017! I celebrated the 12th anniversary of this newsletter, and there are almost 2500 articles here now. Many of you are regular readers and contribute comments, which I love. And since I love numbers almost as much as words, I asked my robot to scan the server logs to find the most popular articles of the year. Here are ten of the top articles for you to review. I hope you'll read each one, leave your own comments, forward this to a friend, and tell them to sign up for more...
- 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...
- Facebook Messenger for Kids?
Facebook’s long-standing policy is “no one under age 13.” But that leaves a lot of potential consumers (or, at least, powerful influencers of consumers) beyond the reach of their data collection machine. So the company is launching “Messenger Kids,” a version of its video chat app designed for minors as young as six and the parents who worry about them. This is...
- 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...
- AskBob's Best of 2017 - Part Two
Yesterday I published Part One of my Best of 2017. Today, I've got another batch of ten very popular articles, which have been selected using input from drones, robots, trained monkeys, eye-tracking and the latest fake artificial intelligence technology. I hope you'll read each one, leave your own comments, and share them with your Email, Facebook and Twitter friends.
- 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...
- [UNCLAIMED] Is This Your Money?
Did you know... if you have a bank account that has had no activity for as few as two years, it may be declared abandoned, and turned over to the government? Fortunately, there are ways to get that money back. Government experts estimate that $32 billion worth of lost, forgotten, or unclaimed money is waiting for consumers to find it. But it doesn’t wait forever. Here are more than a DOZEN places to look online to see if there's money waiting for you to claim...
- [TIPS] Buying a Computer Monitor
A computer monitor is often kept for many years, even longer than the computer to which it was originally connected. So when it’s finally time to replace your monitor, you may find that that new rules apply to its purchase that were unheard of when you bought it. Here are some of those new rules, without getting too geeky or extravagant...
- [UPDATE] PC on a Stick?
It’s been over two years since I wrote about a “new generation” of PC sticks - tiny computers that fit into a pocket and turn any TV set or monitor into a fully featured PC, anywhere. It’s high time to look at the latest generation of these portable and powerful devices. For starters, the generic name for them has changed. Read on…
- Tech Winners and Losers 2017
- 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] Extend Your Laptop Battery Life
It's so easy to take electrical outlets for granted; they're everywhere, right? But sometimes you forget your laptop's charger at home, or get stuck far from a power outlet -- quite common if you use your laptop in a coffee shop, or in an airport, plane, train or car. Follow these tips to maximize the run time of your PC or Mac laptop's battery...
- Geekly Update - 21 December 2017
Do we need an ASPCR -- the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Robots? Was Facebook intentionally designed to destroy the fabric of society? And what's fun to watch on the North Korean version of Netflix? 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!
- Is This the Answer to Screen Addiction?
Parents concerned about child predators, sexting, and the dangers of “screen addiction” may be well served by a forthcoming product from Republic Wireless. Let's take a look at Relay, how it works, and who else might find it useful...
- 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?
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 4 Mar 2009
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