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March 2016

Got a New Smart Phone? Take Steps to Secure It – and Your App Safety Online

You might even be able to wipe the sensitive data from your phone remotely, if it’s stolen. You can even trigger an alarm that sounds off in the thief’s ear. It renders the phone useless, and with any luck, the shrill noise will make him wet his pants. That’ll teach him.
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Thieves love free WiFi sites like coffee shops and fast-food joints. They may set up shop there, and sit all day, collecting the bank and credit information of unsuspecting shoppers. And why not? For a thief, free WiFi is a goldmine.

Bob’s Tech Talk

Armchair Aviators, Facebook News, and What the Heck Is a Hashtag

However (there is always “however” when dealing with untethered flying objects), space is not the only consideration. Once again the technology of what is possible has leapfrogged legal and cultural norms, so much so that drones find themselves at the heart of many controversies.

Joyce Eisenberg

Swimming Safely in Shallow End of the Technology Pool

We’re most familiar with the old-fashioned ways of getting stuff done, so even though we use modern technology, we sometimes talk about it in outdated terms. Here are some questions that don’t need to be asked anymore, but we just can’t help ourselves.

February 2016
The Hippocratic Oaf

A Dick Tracy Watch Is Now for Sale at Your Local Phone Store

I suddenly felt a little old or perhaps more accurately somehow disconnected. But I was not going let these feelings interfere with this exciting moment as I stared at what I thought would always be impossible – a Dick Tracy watch!

Bob’s Tech Talk

Smartphone Woes, Social Networks, and Power Adapters

The advice to “turn it off and turn it back on again” has been around forever because it works surprisingly often. I remember workdays in the 1990s when I would restart my PC every few hours. If I didn’t, it would crash anyway.

January 2016
Mr. Modem
Ask Mr. Modem

Farewell, Dear Friends

Add to that Apple, Android and Microsoft smartphones, tablets of all species, plus Kindle, Kobo, Slick, Nook and other eReaders – it's enough to make one's head explode. The reality is that my one remaining neuron is no longer willing or capable of retaining all that information. (I can, however, still remember some of the 1960s, for which I am very grateful.)

December 2015
Mr. Modem
Ask Mr. Modem

Help: Email Causes Freezes!

If you're like me and yearn for the good old days of massive tail fins, hood ornaments, hubcaps, white-wall tires, curb feelers, column shifts, slippery bench seats (without seat belts), and unpadded dashboards with eviscerating projectiles, you won't want to miss this site.

November 2015
Mr. Modem
Ask Mr. Modem

Resize Photos in a Jiffy

A few minutes perusing Forthright’s Phrontistery will transform visitors from humble wordsmiths to knowledgeable, hypenemious aretalogers – and you can quote me on that.


SmartDrive MX2 – Power Assist for Regular Wheelchairs

The SmartDrive is much like a cruise control on a car, but you set the speed by the speed of your push. You turn using the push rims, just like you would turn an unpowered wheelchair while going downhill.

October 2015
Mr. Modem
Ask Mr. Modem

Perform Easy Screen Captures

If you’re not paying attention, many restaurants and supermarkets can leave your monthly food budget in shambles. If you’re interested in lowering your food bills, without lowering the quality of your edibles, this site is full of culinary-related advice, recipes and other useful information that focuses on great food on a tight budget.

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