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How to “Google” and get better search results

Recently, I was approached and asked to “work my magic” and find a rare item on the Internet. So, I thought it prudent to give some tips on how to perform Internet searches in such a way as to more quickly find the item(s) you seek. Today, Internet browsers have become very good at anticipating what we’re searching for, and ...Read More


Time to upgrade to Windows 10

During the course of my career I have installed, used and managed most of the different types of computer systems available on the market. During that time, I learned a very valuable lesson: Never update your computer to the newest operation system the day it comes out! I can’t begin to tell you how many times people have brought their ...Read More


A Pineapple by any other name

Let me tell you a story about a pineapple. This story isn’t about fruit though, it’s a cautionary tale of just how easy it is to lose your personal data when using public wifi networks. You see, the “pineapple” in question is actually a device built specifically to perform man-in-the-middle attacks on wifi networks. A man-in-the-middle attack is one in ...Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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