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  I rarely, if ever, promote anything political. However, this is something I feel very strongly about. Our bees are dying. Some species are recently extinct, while others are at 4% of their previous population. Bees are key to the health of global agriculture production. Many scientists believe neonicotinoids pesticides–among others types–are killing them. The […]

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Beware tech support fraud.

A client of mine–an elderly retired accountant in her 70′s–was scammed out of $280, yesterday.  Not through an online scam or a social phishing expedition which mines unsuspecting, trusting individuals for user names and passwords.  No, this was an old-school, retro type of scam… via telephone.  It did involve a computer, however.   Read more after […]

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New iPhone and Google Voice…

Briefly… I’ve been happily using a Google Voice (GV) number in place of my mobile number for the past year or so–for calls, texting and voicemail.  One of the features I like about GV is that I can forward missed calls on my mobile to their voicemail, giving me voicemail transcription and email/SMS notification. Until […]

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Beware Traffic Ticket E-Mails

Watch out for malicious traffic ticket e-mails.  They may contain a nasty little virus. A client called me today saying he couldn’t launch any of his Windows applications.  All application icons had a red circle with a slash through it.  When he tried to open one, he’d get a warning message along the lines of […]

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Timbuk2 – Excellent Bags… And Great Customer Service

I like to give credit where credit is due.  Especially for a vendor working in this modern world of marginalized customer service.  I’ve been using a Timbuk2 Commute laptop messenger bag for a while now–about four years.  I purchased it at the brick & mortar location of the The Bag House in Manhattan (excellent selection, […]

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Shock and Awe, AT&T!

I just received a credit from AT&T for our wireless bill. I am in shock.  I am awed. Mysteriously, our AT&T bill went up $5.  Yeah, I know, five bucks, whoop-dee-doo.  But it adds up.  So, I compared an earlier bill to this month’s and found two sneaky, little line-item increases: May-June Credits/Adjustments/Other Charges    […]

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I didn’t know you could do that!

Yup, there’s always something new to learn.  That goes double for computing. Current Internet browsers have tabbed browsing–multiple web pages in multiple tabs, all in one tidy  browser window.  Click a tab to view.  Ctrl-click to open a link in a new tab. But… if you have a mouse with a clickable scroll-wheel, aka  Mouse […]

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A Conundrum of Cutting the Cord…

Nirvana for wireless network providers has to be when subscribers start using their network for all their communication needs. I have many friends who exist, sans a land line, with only a cell phone.  And I think that’s just fine until you have to troubleshoot a problem with said cell phone–particulary a smartphone. Let’s use […]

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Switching to iPhone – Day 6

Sync Errors… If there ever was an example of the colorful acronym, SNAFU (Situation Normal: All F—-D Up), Technology would be the poster child–at least when it gets into my hands. My wife is frequently telling me that for a guy who makes part of his living as a personal technology consultant, I sure have […]

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Camera Envy

Yes, I admit it. I have a terrible affliction. Some call it genetic, others, a blight upon the soul. Whatever it is, I will acknowledge and take responsibility for it. It is called… dun-dun dunnh!… Camera Envy (notice the caps).

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