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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:
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, free, 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?”

March 1, 2015  2:36 AM

Choosing Tax Software

Robin Robin "Roblimo" Miller Profile: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
IRS, online, Software

I have been a loyal TurboTax user for more than 10 years. Specifically, I’ve used TurboTax online so I could use any of the computers in my house to work on my taxes. But this year? I decided it was time to shop around instead of blindly shoveling $79.99 toward Intuit, the company that owns TurboTax. I limited my shopping to the “big three” tax prep providers: TurboTax, H&R Block, and TaxACT. Why? Because taxes are serious business, and a lot of people, including me, feel more comfortable using tax prep software that has been used by millions of people and, therefore, is likely to have few or no bugs.
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February 27, 2015  12:18 AM

Low Cost PR for Small Businesses

Robin Robin "Roblimo" Miller Profile: Robin "Roblimo" Miller

You own a small(ish) business. Or maybe you don’t, but you work for one. At the very least, you almost certainly have friends who own or manage small businesses. And all of you should know the basics of PR, but probably don’t. Not many small businesses know how to do effective PR. In fact, not all that many *big* businesses or PR agencies are good at it. This is silly, because PR doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated to be effective.
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February 23, 2015  5:40 PM

IT Consultant Lee Drake Has Money-Saving Advice for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (video)

Robin Robin "Roblimo" Miller Profile: Robin "Roblimo" Miller

Lee Drake specializes in Microsoft technology, including their cloud products. He’s honest enough to refer clients who don’t want to use Microsoft to people he knows who can serve them better than his company, OS-Cubed, can. This is a major “plus” mark if/when you’re choosing an IT consultant or vendor: the admission that no one person or company knows everything about everything.

February 10, 2015  12:02 AM

Give a Little Now, Save Big Software Bucks Later

Robin Robin "Roblimo" Miller Profile: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
Free software, GIMP, libreoffice, Linux, Windows

I recently downloaded the latest version of LibreOffice, the free, open source office suite I use when my work requires print-style text formatting, a slide show or a spreadsheet. Or, more often, to read and work with a document prepared in a proprietary office suite like the one Microsoft sells. And after I finished my download, I donated $10 to The Document Foundation, which maintains LibreOffice. I didn’t have to pay $10 for the latest version of the software, but I did because it’s the right thing to do — and also because it’s almost always less expensive to support a free software project than to buy commercial software.
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January 31, 2015  7:49 PM

Only a Short Time Remaining for HDTV and Low-End Laptop Deals (Until June)

Robin Robin "Roblimo" Miller Profile: Robin "Roblimo" Miller
Chromebook, laptop, Uncategorized, Windows

Save 30%!Here comes the Super Bowl! And there it goes! Suddenly, there is no compelling reason to buy an even bigger HDTV than you already have, especially if you’re an American male. And low-cost laptop prices seem to be rising slowly after their annual post-Christmas slump. But they *are* rising, and once tax refunds start hitting there will be more buyers for both laptops and TVs, so if you want to buy either one you’d better get moving, at least if you want to get the best deals available before the end of the tax refund spending season, which we can loosely call June 1.
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