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Have you ever wondered what would happen if the internet went down? If connectivity to our devices was no longer available? I don’t think we realize how much we depend on internet connectivity. We take for granted this instant access, always on, always connected lifestyle that works seamlessly in the background to make everyday transactions […]

Making New Year’s resolutions

It’s that time of year when we have taken a good hard look at 2017 and determined we need to make some changes for the new year. I am one who has never been good at keeping New Year’s resolutions. It seems I always start off well and as the months go along I slowly […]


With raising four children, it has become very apparent that kids are a great source of entertainment. If you have children or grandchildren, you likely know exactly what I’m talking about. On any given night, sitting in our living room watching the kids play, we can observe many different kinds of behavior. Our youngest two […]

How to make sure your home Wi-Fi is secure

Almost everyone today has a wireless network in their home, but not all are as secure as they should be. I have heard stories of people getting cease and desist orders because someone was downloading illegal content on their wireless network. In most of these cases, their wireless network was being hijacked from a neighbor […]

Back to school apps

Summer has come to a close and the color of fall and brisk mornings will be upon us soon. For some, this is their favorite time of year. For students, it means back to school, new responsibilities, time to buckle down and get back in the groove of things. My wife and I were excited […]

Technology can be a pain in the neck

Every day we go about our lives seamlessly incorporating more and more technology. Desktop computer sales are down and cellular phones and tablet devices are dominating. Very few of us can go a few hours without checking our phones and we continually rely on our mobile devices for communication, information and entertainment. Research suggests that […]

The great file migration

There are many things to consider when purchasing a new computer, but migrating your data from your old computer to your new one is likely one of the most challenging. There are many different methods to accomplish this, and I want to share what I believe to be the simplest approach. Most people want to […]

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Digital assistants

Last month we left off talking about home automation, in particular, personal digital assistants such as Amazon’s Echo, powered by Alexa, and Google Home. Although these devices can automate functionality in your home, and help make it more efficient, this past month I found out the hard way they can be a little too efficient. […]

Hard Drive

Are you protected?

Richard Beutel writes: “I read your article in Illinois Country Living and have a question. Currently, I have two automatic backups using Goodsync software – one is on a three minute delay to a portable hard drive, and the second backs up once a week to a hard drive on my Linksys router and shows […]


Not too long ago a friend of mine called me and said he had clicked on something he shouldn’t have. Suddenly there was a message on the screen claiming all the files on his computer were now encrypted and to get the files back, a large sum of money would need to be paid promptly […]