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 …

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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 …

You guys have seen The Matrix, right? That’s where everyone lives in a world that is not real. The Filter Bubble is kind of the same thing and I think we are all living in one. The Filter Bubble, according to Wikipedia, is “a state of intellectual isolation that can result from personalized …

John, by most accounts, was a brilliant man. In his early years as a computer programmer, he helped NASA put men on the moon, then he joined Xerox, and then Lockheed in the late 1980s where John had a serendipitous encounter with a Pakistani Brain. John’s encounter with Pakistani Brain resul…

I was reminiscing over a few of my very first articles from over FIFTEEN years ago. Where does the time go? Anyway, this is a rehash of an article I wrote way back in 2005 that is still pretty pertinent today. It also proves (as if anyone needed proof) that age does not necessarily impart wi…

Heads up Amazon “Echo” users. On June 8, Amazon launched a new feature called Sidewalk that creates small, public internet networks powered by Echo smart speakers and Ring home security products in your neighborhood. Sidewalk will automatically be enabled on all your compatible Amazon device…

In my business, we get the same questions day after day. I thought I’d share some of those with you guys. So without further adieu:

I am privileged to have met many thousands of fascinating people in my last three decades in this business and featured some of them in this column but, a couple of weeks ago, I met the shadiest character to ever walk through my door and it is my duty to make you aware of him.

Yet another client of mine fell for a gift card scam. I’ve written about the scam before but here’s a refresher. A gift card scam occurs when a victim falls for scams such as the fake “Microsoft warning” that may appear on your computer display or from a random phone call from “Norton” or “M…

I’ve developed a thorn in my side that I need to excise. I’ve seen far too many warnings from major news media outlets warning us about sharing our vaccine card selfies on social media -- namely Facebook and Twitter. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has this to say about it:

Tammy was gifted a ceramic wine cup for Christmas that she really enjoyed. Well, she broke it and needed another. So she Googled-up the place where the cup was purchased, and we piled into the car and headed to Lexington, Alabama, population 912.

You may not know Arnold, but you certainly know his legacy. The year was 1926 when little Arnold started developing a love of technology that would eventually have a profound effect on our culture. He began experimenting with magnets (who doesn’t love magnets?), radios, and Erector Sets. Lik…

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In my last installment, I introduced the main characters of this new antivirus program. If you missed it, you can read all my previous articles at www.courierjournal.net.

I talk a lot about viruses and ways to combat them in this column. I love figuring out how they work and how to defeat them. I’m equally fascinated with another kind of virus, The Rona, that seems to be pretty popular in these parts. As you all know, an antivirus program has been developed t…

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Wow, these past few pandemical months have brought us a ton of Macintosh issues. Macs comprise only 10% of the computers out there and it feels like we’ve seen all of them. For the uninitiated, a “Mac” is an expensive Macintosh computer manufactured by Apple.

One of the many banes of my existence (besides the Rona, anti-maskers, and the DC terrorists) is the darn “Renew Your Car Warranty” robocalls I receive at least one call on my mobile phone daily. Are those irritating or what? My carrier, TMobile, rolled out some sort of new technology a few …

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Wow, it sure seems like November was months ago and March was just yesterday, doesn’t it? 2020 will forever be a year that most of us would rather forget. We may not be able to forget 2020 but we sure can put it behind us if we’re smart -- and we are being smart for the most part. When I go …

This is an update/rehash of an old article. I was motivated to repeat this one after glimpsing the growing obituary section of our local newspaper. I want to put this out there again because I may never get a chance to tell some of you how special you are to me. Y’all, please listen to your …

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Hardly a day goes by that I don’t see a Facebook or Twitter friend bemoaning the fact that Facebook “censored” their posts. At risk of repeating an oft’ used slogan: fake news! The truth is a little complicated. What they do do is place a little flag below your post that says, “False Informa…