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Wi-Fi is the FBI here?

Last month I gave you ways to know when you were surfing online securely. Continuing in that vein, this month I wanted to address another common security issue found in many people’s homes. I’m talking about the lack of a password on your wireless network. I know what you’re thinking. What’s the worst that could […]

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It’s been a few months since the last reader question column. Thank you for all the questions. Please keep them coming. I appreciate the back and forth. This month let’s answer an inquiry that several of you have e-mailed to me.    Cathy from Anna asks, “I keep reading all of these warnings about viruses, […]

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Telemarketing scam

It’s certainly been hot lately! Unfortunately, with all the hot weather we all need to run our air conditioners more. And that means higher electric bills. Now, it seems there are people out there trying to take advantage of you with a scam that falsely offers help from the government to pay your bills. Although […]

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This month’s column was supposed to finish up the series on broadband by discussing the benefits of broadband use in education. However, I’m going to postpone that discussion and come back to it next month instead. The reason for the postponement is because the new Illinois Country Living (ICL) website was released last month! Our […]

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Broadband boosts rural business

You might not think farms have much need for broadband services, but in fact agriculture is being shaped by the services offered. According to the USDA report, Broadband Internet’s Value for Rural America, the more multi-faceted the farm business, the more the farm uses the Internet. Grant Noland of Noland Farms says, “In today’s agriculture […]

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Telemedicine

Right now, the state of Illinois is in the midst of developing its broadband infrastructure. And, there are so many interested parties out there, either keeping a watchful eye on the development, or actively taking a role in shaping the future of Illinois broadband that the situation can become very convoluted. Still, if you were […]

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Hacking Life

Let me start this month’s column by saying, “Thank you!” to all those who continue to write in about their concerns and difficulties with finding recycling centers. I do appreciate your comments, and I do my best to forward them on to other interested parties. That said; let’s move on to a new topic: how […]

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

I could never have expected that the recycling article would turn into a three-part column, but here we are. The number of e-mails you sent regarding difficulty with the recycling program was staggering, and it would be wrong not to follow-up (again) with some of your concerns. However, I promise next month we’ll move on […]

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Recycling follow-up

Last month, I wrote about a new law going into effect that will ban electronics from landfills. Many of you responded with stories of difficulties in finding places to recycle components in order to comply with the new law. This month’s column will focus on one of those stories, and the resolution to one reader’s […]

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