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How to avoid the hack

Here we go again. Hackers have once more found ways in which to exploit some of the new technology meant to make our lives easier. If you’ve watched the news lately, it seems to be a constant stream of attacks. Some of them are based in social media, while others take a more direct approach. As for the direct approach, ...Read More

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Make sure you are really lightning protected

It has only been a few months since I wrote to you about the great basement flood of 2015, in which we lost quite a bit of computer equipment. And now, to follow it up, just last week we had a major lightning strike at work. What’s next? Locusts? Seriously though, this lightning strike reminded me to check all of ...Read More

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A few of my favorite apps

Do you have a smart phone? If so, have you taken a recent look at all of the apps available out there? If you’re anything like me, you may have even downloaded quite a few that you just didn’t end up using. Personally, I like to download them to try out and see what all the fuss is about. I ...Read More

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Winmail.dat no more

It has been a few months since I answered your questions in print. Rest assured though, I do my best to answer the e-mails and comments received on icl.coop. As a reminder, you can always log on there and leave a comment to any of these columns. They do all reach me, and I’m happy to take the time to ...Read More

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Scam alert warning

You see sophisticated “hackers” in the news almost daily now. In fact, just recently there were several healthcare databases hacked, compromising the health records of millions of people worldwide. Large retailers have also made the headlines recently, with attacks like the one on Target in which a group stole 40 million credit card numbers and the personal information of over ...Read More

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DropBox to the rescue

Electricity and water don’t mix. Pretty basic, I know. And, I bet you already knew that. I had the “opportunity” to know it from more than just an academic standpoint recently. After a day trip to Springfield, we returned home to find more than five inches and twenty-five hundred gallons of water in our basement. Guess where our family keeps ...Read More

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Always on tech is silently wasting energy

Typically, this column focuses on technology with only minor deviations here and there to discuss other similar topics. But, under all of that technology lies a driving force that provides the power behind what we have come to know as the modern age. I’m writing, of course, about electricity. And, in an effort to better understand electricity, let’s start with ...Read More

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Keeping malware from biting you

It’s been a few months since I answered reader questions in print. Don’t worry, though! I still try to answer as many as possible that are e-mailed and/or left on the website. There are times when I just can’t get to them all, or when a situation is too complicated for an answer without first looking directly at the problem. ...Read More

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Saving energy and money with a smart phone

Hopefully you had a merry Christmas. I’m betting that many of you received some kind of electronic gadget as a present. I know there were quite a few of them in my own household. For those of you who received a smart phone as a gift, I wanted to take a moment and point out an awesome app you can ...Read More

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A smart plan for landing today’s tech jobs

Recently, I attended a unique event in Effingham. The purpose of the event was to bring together manufacturers and educational institutions with the goal of aligning available jobs with school programs. Now, usually I take time in this column to focus on computer issues, or even “how-to” technology advice, but if you will forgive me this one time, let’s have ...Read More