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.

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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 …

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…