Posted on January 9th, 2017 by Joy Schwabach
From the earliest days, one of the primary rules about computers and related technology has been “No matter what you get, you have to get something else to make it work.” For example: We wanted our new Amazon Echo Dot to play thunderstorms in the bedroom as we were going to sleep. (This is one of those digital know-it-alls that you place on a table and ask it to tell you things, usually simple things, like “what’s the weather out there?”) Naturally enough, this didn’t work, because the bedroom was too far from the office router — all of 30 feet. So we bought a “Google WiFi” extender to extend our Internet signal there. This is what is often called […]
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Posted on February 23rd, 2016 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
We’ve long recommended the Avast anti-virus program, because it’s free. But a major flaw was recently uncovered by a Google researcher in what they called “Project Zero,” which aims for zero threats.
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Posted on February 22nd, 2016 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Your Web browser is not your operating system! Nor is it your search engine. There’s a surprising amount of confusion, and it leads to anxiety. In fact, there’s plenty of time to panic.
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Posted on December 20th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
We always assumed that when you use Firefox’s “Private Browsing” feature, no one could track you. Not so, until now.
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Posted on October 10th, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Chrome users no longer have to worry about so-called “Flash ads” playing automatically, ever since Chrome killed Flash. But what about other videos that start up out of the blue?
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Posted on January 22nd, 2015 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
— If you look up a map in Google Maps while you’re connected to the Internet, it will still be there when you’re disconnected. That goes for directions too. — Your cell phone service provider will block certain text messages if you call and give them a name or number to block.
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Posted on November 18th, 2014 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Our niece has a baby and was looking for a way to generate some income without leaving the house. So she went to a website we’d never heard of, Flippa.com, and bought a business for $365. She’s already $100 ahead.
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Posted on July 10th, 2014 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Most people find good websites through social networking sites. The six most popular are Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, Digg and LinkedIn. The seventh, Flipora, is one we’d never heard of till they announced a new version.
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Posted on July 1st, 2014 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
If you want to get a website online fast, there are over a dozen services, that can do that, and many of them are free. We’ve used the free versions of “WordPress” and “Yola” to create web sites. Friends have raved about Weebly for producing new sites, so we tried it and must agree, it’s very nice; it’s also free.
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Posted on June 16th, 2014 by Bob and Joy Schwabach
Forty years ago, Bob wrote about an idea that may finally be gaining adherents. As a homeowner, he thought it was ridiculous that everybody on the block had their own lawnmower. Why not just have one and pass it around? Why try to own everything if you can share it? To pay for repairs or replacement, you would all contribute to a common fund, maybe monthly or once a year. It took the Internet to move this idea along.
People are now sharing tools and toys using apps like “Freecycle,” amounting to 700 million pounds of used items last year, according to a recent report by author Jeremy Rifkin. If those items were stacked …
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