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Issue #811: February 5-11, 2023

Q: My desk top computer has made up a name for the wireless network to which it is connected. It says it is connected to Network 5.  The real network names are Colton4g and Colton5g.  I am not sure when this happened. Recently I had the computer in the shop to connect a Bit Locker […]

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Issue #810: Jan 29–Feb 4, 2023

Q: This is not exactly a question rather than more information on fiber optic specifics. In 2003 I Joined with Corning Cable, the company that invented the fiber optic technology. I was trained and sent to work. My first job was in Keller Texas where the very first fiber optic (Fiber to the home), was […]

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Issue #809: January 22-28, 2023

Q: A very simple way to describe bandwidth is this way. Consider a two-lane highway that carries cars one at a time east and west. Then consider expanding the highway to 6 lanes. Viola, triple the bandwidth. Same speed, more traffic.  – Grady R.Destin, Florida A: I have to be honest here, Grady.  Given the […]

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Issue #808: January 15-21, 2023

Q: Somehow, I have used computers for decades without knowingly using a pin; not a PIN, a pin — which in Windows appears more and more often, usually with an option to unpin. I have spent a lot of time trying to understand the significance of the lowly but seemingly increasingly needful pin, especially in […]

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Issue #807: January 8-14, 2023

Q: I was recently contacted by a company that will soon begin providing fiber internet service in the area I live in. The company rep said the price will be about what I pay now. What would be the advantages and disadvantages to switching to fiber? Would it be better to wait until the company […]

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Issue #806 – Publication Week: January 1-7, 2023

Geek Note:  Happy New Year Geeks, Geek Wannabes, and casually lurking readers!  Welcome to the New Year 2023 edition of It’s Geek To Me!  I’m going to start the year by once again getting after you to send in your questions.  My question queue is nearly empty.  I’m torn between wondering if I’ve simply solved […]

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Issue #805: December 25-31, 2022

Well, dear readers, we have reached the final issue of It’s Geek To Me for 2022.  Just for the record, this is issue #805 of my humble little publication.  I never thought it would go on this long when I first approached Del Stone at the Northwest Florida Daily News with the idea for a […]

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Issue #804: December 18-24, 2022

Q: I know it has been answered quite a few years ago, but I would like it addressed again. We all have lots of old devices and computers that we need to get rid of. In today’s world we are all more concerned about identity theft and having our data stolen for purposes which can […]

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Issue #803: December 11-17, 2022

Q: How much surge protection (joules) is recommended for computers?  What is recommended, surge protection or power conditioning? – Jim A.Navarre, Florida A:  To protect any expensive device, whether it be a TV, game console, or computer, a surge protector with a rating over 2,000 joules is typically recommended.  You can find the ratings on […]

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Issue #802: December 4-10, 2022

Q: My internet keeps going out at busy times of the day. The cable/internet company told me that when other people (my neighbors) sign onto their internets, this is knocking out my internet signal because they have a stronger piece of equipment than I do. FYI- I currently have a Motorola Wi-Fi modem that is […]

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