THE REAL MCCOY

We have a reader named McCoy, and he maintains that he is “The Real McCoy” (accept no substitutes). Well, we believe him and he has some good tips, which we will pass along a little further down the way. This goes back to a topic we wrote about a couple weeks ago. But it’s an important topic, and becoming more immediate as the world goes increasingly gonzo about these new digital assistants like Google Home and Amazon Echo. We are going gaga along with everybody else and of course — as usual — the situation will grow increasingly worse as other manufacturers join the fray. Our Internet signal is strong in our office but not so good just 40 feet […]

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WI-FI BLUES

A reader wrote us to say he’s barely able to connect to the Internet wirelessly, even though his phone is just 20 feet away from his AT&T router. Two bars is the best he gets. We told him to call AT&T, since they’ll replace his router or add a booster for free; it’s part of the monthly contract. However, that may not work. What he’s opened up is a much larger problem that many people experience, and it’s definitely worth going into. It is a trickier subject than it first appears. The subject of radio broadcasts (which is what your wireless modem is doing) and receiving them is a special field of its own in electrical engineering. Antenna design can […]

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WET MACS

Joy converted to using a Mac a couple months ago, after her Windows 10 machine became so slow she almost tossed it out the window. Then Bob spilled tea on the Mac (It was an accident! Really!) and the rest is history.

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SHARING WI-FI SIGNALS

A pretty girl, very sweet looking, knocked on our door and said to Joy:”I have to get on the Internet. Can I use your password?” We didn’t know her and she wasn’t a neighbor, but she stood poised and ready with notebook and pen to take down our password.

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UP IN THE AIR JUNIOR BIRDMAN

Whoa! Another reason to buy a $250 Chromebook laptop instead of something similar for twice the price: We just found out we get free Wi-Fi on airlines and 100 gigabytes of storage online.

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THE END OF THE CREDIT CARD?

Someday we’ll all use our smartphones instead of credit or debit cards, says Joy. A lot of techie types agree. Not bloody likely, says Bob.

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SPREADING THE WIRELESS FUN

Instead of fighting over the family iPad on long car trips and plane rides, three people can watch their own movie or TV show on their own tablet, computer or phone, all streamed from a little Seagate box that can hold 300 high definition movies.

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SAFER COMPUTING

We’re pretty sure we were the target of an attempted identity theft recently. Joy was asked to “verify” information on the phone regarding a recent credit card application. Bob was very suspicious, so Joy said, skip it, she didn’t want the card anyway. Even after she said that, she was asked to verify her birth date and other personal information in order to cancel. Whoop, whoop, whoop: Enemy attack! Battle stations! She hung up.

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WI WHAT?

Just as everyone is feeling comfortable with WiFi, WiGig is coming in 2013. If you go to YouTube and type “Panasonic WiGig” in the search box, you can see Panasonic’s demonstration.

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GETTING INTERNET ACCESS ABROAD

Our nephew is going to Spain for a year, and he may find it tough to connect. A reader wrote us with a similar problem. Well, two problems equal one search. There’s a new app from Skype that lets you use an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to get on the Internet for less than you would pay at most public hotspots,

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