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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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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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Switching to iPhone – Day 5

Cases & Virtual Keyboarding Spent an hour in a very crowded NYC Apple store looking to nab a case for my WinMo AT&T Tilt replacement, the new 32 GB iPhone 3GS. What I found was a whole lotta not much–some were cool, but many crappy.  And I mean “what were they thinking!” kind of crappy, too. […]

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Switching to iPhone – Days 3 & 4

Finally, my first couple of work days using my new iPhone. I must admit that i was a bit worried–my phone/PDA is my life-line to the world of the self-employed. Before we move on, I’d like you to meet my new friend, Toki Tori. More on him after the bump.

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Switching to iPhone – Days 1 & 2

Continuing my experience with switching from the Windows Mobile AT&T Tilt to the iPhone 3GS. Looks & UI I have to say that while I was pretty impressed with my new, sleek, shiny little toy, the user interface kind of blew me away. “Dead Simple” doesn’t even begin to describe it. Not having to pull […]

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