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May 27, 2015  3:47 PM

Is this a Good Time to Buy a Laptop?

Robin Robin "Roblimo" Miller Profile: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
Computers, laptop

In accordance with Betteridge’s law of headlines, the answer is “No.” You’re better off waiting until July, and whether it’s a business or personal purchase makes little difference. Nowadays, the consumer market tail wags the commercial market dog. Vigorously. The difference between the two is getting blurry, anyway, what with the growing popularity of “Bring your own device” corporate computing.
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May 20, 2015  1:54 AM

More Money-Saving IT Tips from Business Experts

Robin Robin "Roblimo" Miller Profile: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
Backup, budget, cloud, IT, Save

“Cloud, cloud, and cloud” are the three words we hear over and over when we ask business IT experts for money-saving advice. But we’ve heard some other good ideas, too.
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May 12, 2015  6:21 PM

What’s the Best Deal in Post-High School Education?

Robin Robin "Roblimo" Miller Profile: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
certification, Computer science, Degree, IT, Job, Programming

The University of Washington (state, not D.C.) Office of Admissions has a question for you, which it immediately answers without your help: “Want to become a millionaire? Graduate from college!” This is probably closer to true for 18-year-olds than it is for me at age 62. And I came of age at a time (late 1960s) when most good jobs in the U.S. did not require a degree. Today? Most of the better white-collar jobs require a four-year degree. But what kind of degree? From where? And are there ways to get into a high-end career without a degree? Yes. To a degree.
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April 30, 2015  11:02 PM

Three (More) Quick and Easy Ways to Cut Your IT Budget

Robin Robin "Roblimo" Miller Profile: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
cloud, cost, IT

A few weeks ago we asked a group of SMB managers and IT consultants to share the fastest and easiest things they’ve done to cut their (or their clients’) IT budgets. We got a whole bunch of interesting responses, and ran the first three last week. This week we have three more:
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April 21, 2015  10:35 PM

Three Quick and Easy Ways You Can Cut Your IT Budget

Robin Robin "Roblimo" Miller Profile: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
budget, cloud, Hardware, IT, MONITOR, Network

We asked a group of SMB managers and IT consultants what they considered the fastest and easiest things they’ve done to cut their (or their clients’) IT budgets. We got a whole bunch of interesting responses. Here are the first three:
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April 9, 2015  6:01 PM

Adventures in Vacation Internet Connectivity: Instructive but no Fun

Robin Robin "Roblimo" Miller Profile: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
Internet, Wireless

Vacations are wonderful. I’m typing this in a deluxe one-bedroom suite at the Westgate Vacation Villas in Kissimmee, Florida. It may seem silly to vacation in central Florida when we live near the beach in Bradenton, FL year-round, but we have relatives in Baltimore who have a time-share in Kissimmee (the heart of the Disney vortex), so this is an annual family get-together for us. You may now ask, “Why does Robin need an Internet connection in a vacation villa?” I reply: To maintain this blog, for one thing. To keep up with my Slashdot video obligation, for another. And a third reason for keeping up with my work during a so-called vacation is to give me an excuse to escape now and then from the 11 (yes, 11!) assorted descendants ranging in age from two to 40(ish) whose company we are enjoying this week. And I will tell you: Despite the veneer of luxury that hangs over this fairly decent resort, the internet connection caused more trouble than our two-year old grands when we made them wait half an hour after eating before we’d let them get in the pool.
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April 1, 2015  1:27 AM

4K Ultra HDTV and cellphone external battery prices drop

Robin Robin "Roblimo" Miller Profile: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
battery, HTC, price, tv, Uncategorized

There isn’t a lot of programming out there yet for TVs that have screens 4,000 pixels wide instead of the HDTV standard of 1920 pixels. And ultra HD TVs have been $1000 or more until recently. But I just spotted a 49″ (‘class’) UHDTV for $419. That’s tempting!
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March 27, 2015  12:00 AM

Four Email Newsletters That Will Save You Money

Robin Robin "Roblimo" Miller Profile: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
Email, Save

I subscribe to a number of “daily deal” email newsletters partly because of this blog and partly because I am just plain cheap. Today I’m going to share my four favorites with you. I use them myself, and they help me save hundreds of dollars every year. They are:
TechDealDigger,
TechBargains,
Tech Hunter,
and Daily Steals.
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March 18, 2015  10:10 PM

Protecting Your Android Phone

Robin Robin "Roblimo" Miller Profile: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
'Virus`, Android, find, malware, privacy, Security, smartphone

I drop my phone at least a few times every week, usually from desktop height. And finally something bad happened from a higher than usual drop: a big crack in the screen, and the phone’s protective case had a bashed-in corner. But all was not lost, In fact, due to the protective gear I had on my phone, hardly anything was really lost!
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March 9, 2015  7:13 PM

Low-Cost IT Security Measures Every Small Business Should Take (Video)

Robin Robin "Roblimo" Miller Profile: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
IT, Security

Bryan Conklin is the founder and CEO of Zylo, an IT service and consulting firm in W. Palm Beach, Florida. This was essentially a one-question interview. The question: “What are the most effective and lowest-cost security measures a small business can and should take?”


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