In my last exciting installment, we discussed the bewildering choices of video streaming services, price gouging from Netflix, and a few ways of lowering your monthly payout and blood pressure. I mentioned that there is an alternative to all this that I believe is going to become more popula…

It’s been a few years since I “cut the cord” from DirecTV and switched over to streaming TV through the internet via YouTubeTV. The years-long process of switching internet service providers (canceling land-line phone service, cutting Comcast off after they ticked me off for gouging, then cu…

Hello, my dear reader. I’ve struggled with how to tell you this for a while. I’ve tried a few times to write a whole article about this but I simply can’t find the strength to do so at the moment. Many of you are beloved clients who have come to know one of my best employees, Connor Fisher, …

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In my last exciting installment, we discussed the bewildering choices of video streaming services, price gouging from Netflix, and a few ways of lowering your monthly payout and blood pressure. I mentioned that there is an alternative to all this that I believe is going to become more popula…

It’s been a few years since I “cut the cord” from DirecTV and switched over to streaming TV through the internet via YouTubeTV. The years-long process of switching internet service providers (canceling land-line phone service, cutting Comcast off after they ticked me off for gouging, then cu…

Hello, my dear reader. I’ve struggled with how to tell you this for a while. I’ve tried a few times to write a whole article about this but I simply can’t find the strength to do so at the moment. Many of you are beloved clients who have come to know one of my best employees, Connor Fisher, …

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THIS IS A NEW ANDIMPROVED VERSION OF AN ARTICLE I’VE WRITTEN BEFORE.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the impending Metaverse that Meta (the company that owns Facebook) is building. Meta is dumping 10 billion dollars into this project on the premise that lots of us will don a bulky headset and spend lots of time in the Metaverse shopping and playing and commise…

We covered the pandemic of mis and disinformation a couple of articles ago and I promised to come back with a cure. As a quick review, misinformation is misleading. Disinformation is a d&#@ lie.

A close friend of mine, “Sally,” was recently enjoying a quiet Saturday morning when her phone rang. The caller ID read, “Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Dept.” The deputy informed Sally that there was a warrant for her arrest for missing jury duty. They knew her address, what kind of car she dr…

This is a subject that I’ve touched on before but the world did not read what I wrote so the problem is getting even worse. This column will surely put an end to the worldwide problem and we can all get back to talking without scratching each other’s faces off.  The cancer of misinformation …

One of the banes of my professional existence is being bombarded by requests for help from (mostly older) clients who fall for internet or email scams that often involve their bank or credit union accounts. I’m infuriating that scammers can be so awful to other people. To combat these kinds …

This is a further-revised article that was inspired by recent heated conversations going on in Nextdoor.com (a website dedicated to discussing lost cats, rowdy kids, requests for yardwork, and neighborly conversations). There are a number of you throughout the Shoals area that have been rece…

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The Metaverse has been around in various forms for a while but has recently been making headlines. The word “Metaverse” was originally coined by one of my favorite science fiction authors, Neal Stephenson, in his 1992 book entitled “Snow Crash.” Stephensons’ Metaverse is a virtual planet tha…

We’ve been performing an awful lot of computer upgrades since the pandemic began. Despite the news that everyone is blowing money on everything, it does appear that computer owners are being frugal with their money and realizing that they can upgrade their old computer rather than buy a new …

In case you haven’t heard, there is a global chip shortage that is seeping into our daily lives --no, not potato chips; those are plentiful. I’m talking about microchips. Computer chips. Integrated circuits. Processors - the brains of the gadgets we use.  This shortage has led to chaos in ar…

This may come as a shock to some of you but I’ve been in jail for 6 months of 2021. My mom (rest her soul) said this would eventually happen if I didn’t mend my ways. Like all inmates, I’m innocent, I swear. The problem is that no one will listen to me. I’ve begged and pleaded to no avail. T…

Just a few years ago, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be the “last version of Windows.” Instead of big releases, there would be regular improvements and updates. Welp, that didn’t work out. Windows 11 was released on October 5th.

On Monday, October 4th, Facebook experienced a colossal outage that affected all 3 billion users across the planet. Lots of people depend on Facebook for their livelihood and some of us are just plain addicted and we deserve to know what happened.  Okay, we may not deserve anything but I was…

All the major news outlets were ablaze this past week over the discovery of a security risk concerning iPhone users. If you only read the headlines, you’d believe that your phone was being hacked by criminals who could access everything on your phone. Scary, huh?  I often call out news agenc…

Okay, before I lose your attention I need you to listen to me for just 5 seconds.  Are you ready?  Okay: ANYONE THAT DEMANDS A GIFT CARD FOR PAYMENT IS ALWAYS A SCAMMER! - ALWAYS!  Whatever horror story the scammer told you is a lie. No one is coming to arrest you, or clean out your bank acc…

This past year has been a banner year for scams. Once the Rona made news, it took all of 30 seconds for scammers to find ways of taking advantage of our concerns over the pandemic. Here’s a roundup of some of those scams. My regular reader will recognize many of these as variations of scams …

In our last exciting installment, we discussed the Filter Bubble. To refresh: Your news and information from the internet is filtered by algorithms and artificial intelligence to deliver to you exactly what you want to see. The filter bubble is an internet environment that is constructed of …