It seems like yesterday that Elon Musk shattered the car market with the introduction of the first Tesla Roadster in 2008. Anyone with a molecule of nerd in their bones was excited for this fabulous new electric vehicle (EV) that had a range of 300 miles, accelerated from 0 to 60 in an insta…

In my last article, we discussed the urgent need to move away from email services from AOL, Bellsouth, Comcast, and AT&T (hereafter referred to as “ABCA”). These companies don’t give a hoot about you, don’t filter the bad stuff from your email and, as a result, I have to deal with client…

Listen, dear reader, we need to have a talk. I’ve gently hinted at this subject a few times over the years but you’ve ignored me.  So that means I have to rant, punch things, jump up and down, and raise my voice to be heard. Are you ready?  Here goes: CHANGE YOUR EMAIL PROVIDER TO ONE THAT L…

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It seems like yesterday that Elon Musk shattered the car market with the introduction of the first Tesla Roadster in 2008. Anyone with a molecule of nerd in their bones was excited for this fabulous new electric vehicle (EV) that had a range of 300 miles, accelerated from 0 to 60 in an insta…

In my last article, we discussed the urgent need to move away from email services from AOL, Bellsouth, Comcast, and AT&T (hereafter referred to as “ABCA”). These companies don’t give a hoot about you, don’t filter the bad stuff from your email and, as a result, I have to deal with client…

Listen, dear reader, we need to have a talk. I’ve gently hinted at this subject a few times over the years but you’ve ignored me.  So that means I have to rant, punch things, jump up and down, and raise my voice to be heard. Are you ready?  Here goes: CHANGE YOUR EMAIL PROVIDER TO ONE THAT L…

In the early days of smartphones, you had to possess fairly advanced knowledge to perform your own smartphone backups or restore data to a new phone. After restoration, you had to spend the rest of the day re-downloading and signing into your apps such as Facebook and Snapchat, reset your va…

This article was inspired by a recent client who brought their computer in because it would not connect to the internet. After a few minutes of diagnosis, we discovered that his VPN software had lost its mind preventing all internet access. Once we removed the VPN software, he was back in bu…

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 …

I know this is an extremely sensitive and divisive topic for some of my readers. I ask you to put that aside for a moment because what I’m about to write is important. This is a topic that revolves around my passion for exposing scams, misinformation, and privacy risks so that you can make i…

The text message may start with an innocuous, “Hey, George. We’re gathering up a team for 18 holes. You in”? Or it may be a bit more suggestive such as, “I was thinking we could watch a movie and my hand might just fall onto your lap, tee-hee” Sometimes it may appear as a Tinder (online dati…

I would like to share with you a proposal that I’ve been pondering. I don’t expect to change the world, but I think this is a cool thought experiment for you to ponder.

BOOSH! One of the many perks of my job is getting to meet extraordinary people. Recently, I had the honor of meeting a man who was part of a forgotten part of our nation’s history. Please allow me to introduce you to my new favorite client, Mr. Fred Rodgers. Mr. Fred (AKA “Trouble” according…

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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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…