RIP Net Neutrality?

Well, US net neutrality is dead. Or is it? A suit is being filed that says the FCC doesn’t have the power to de-classify access to the internet as a utility, which they have been seeking to do since 2014. Regardless, let’s try not to panic. A few hundred million people vs. a small handful…

Get Calibre and Load Up Your E-Reader

Do you have an e-reader like a Nook or a Kindle? If so, you should install an open-source program called Calibre on your computer. It will make it simple to copy books, magazines, etc. to your device. Next step is to visit archive.org and see what thousands of books, magazines, and recorded works you can…

Keep Your Home Network Safe

Your home network is as safe as your router, your router password, and your wireless password. Make sure your router is updated with the latest firmware, and make sure you have a fairly complex password for your wireless network. Make sure you have a tougher password for your router. A hacker has to be nearby…

SSL Encryption Is an Absolute Neccesity

These days, it’s simple to get SSL encryption on websites. That means the green lock in your address bar is front and center, signifying that the connection you have to the site is encrypted. You can fill out forms, submit passwords, and even use your credit card without fear of it being intercepted. If your…

Home Media Server, or Cloud?

Let’s face it, Netflix is simple, fast, cheap, and available. But it all comes down to how good is your internet? If your connection to the web comes and goes, then a local media server will be a better choice. Of course, that means loading it with content. Handbrake is a good DVD/Blu-Ray ripper that…

Stay Green-Locked

Remember to look for the green lock in the address bar of your web browser. It’s universal on all browsers that I know of, mobile or desktop. It means your connection is securely encrypted. This is ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL for transferring credit card info. It’s important for simply filling out online forms, as well. If the…

Thank You, Pioneers

We take the web and its applications for granted, but here’s to the pioneers who developed HTML and TCP/IP. These standards mean that you can visit, say, baldguyweb.com from an iPad, a smart phone, a Chromebook, a desktop computer, or even a smart watch, and the forms and utilities will all work. If it was…

Let Google Back You Up for Free

Google offers a huge online backup repository free of charge. You have a whopping 17 GB available for email and photos. Google Play Music allows you to upload a staggering 100,000 songs! There’s no excuse for losing valued photos or music if a hard drive crashes. Not when Google allows you to save them in…

Is an Online Presence for You?

Many have transitioned into an online world. The Chromebook, for instance, operates based on your logged-in presence to Google. Your documents live in the cloud, so do your printer connections. Even your bookmarks are synced, meaning if you log into another Chromebook, there they are. Add to that the low cost (Target has an Acer…

Update, Update, Update!

You have to keep everything in your system as updated as possible to fend off the bad guys. Hackers, crackers, and phishers are out there to steal your personal info. Your main line of defense is to apply updates from software manufacturers as soon as you get them.