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Guru Maps
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Guru Maps

Stuck at home for the last six months by quarantines and travel restrictions, I think many of us have done at least some armchair traveling. This week I want to discuss what has become my absolute favorite mapping app for smartphones and tablets.  For years my favorite mapping app has been Guru Maps, previously Galileo,...

Be in Control of your Computer
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Be in Control of your Computer

Computers today are incredibly noisy! Another way of putting that is to say vendors are incredibly nosy. The noise to which I refer is not of the audible kind emanating from the fan, but the nosy communications that quite literally everything in your computer carries on without you, the user, seeing or hearing anything.

Too Many Calls Home?
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Too Many Calls Home?

It is doubtful that there is anyone reading this who does not remember Steven Spielberg’s iconic cinema moment “E.T., phone home.” That was three decades ago, and today it is “PC, phone home.”

Regular Updating is the Key
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Regular Updating is the Key

As I sit down to write this column, I have just finished reading a 30-page report entitled “Of Black Swans, Platypii And Bunyips. The outlier and normal incident in risk management.” This whitepaper, published in 2010 by the SANS Institute, examines trends in computer malware infecting Mac and PC systems. Researching and reading are much of what I have to do in my profession.

Is Your Hard Drive the Biggest and Fastest?
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Is Your Hard Drive the Biggest and Fastest?

I imagine a scene that could have taken place in some corporate boardroom of a company that manufactures hard disks. Present at the meeting were the CEO of the company, head of the marketing department, and an engineer. The exchange could have gone something like this:

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

The email message I received read: “I got a message from somewhere and I think it said something about how I have to sign up with Windows or somebody so Google can download my iPad to Facebook in the cloud. What should I do?”