Tips from All Over

by Bill Scobie

Take it on the Road

Protecting data while travelling can be done in a variety of ways. First, learn how to use your phone as a hotspot, rather than relying on public hotspots. Don’t use those public computers in places you don’t know. Find out what countries will search your devices, and consider not bringing sensitive data with you. Make sure you use https connections when you connect to any websites, and learn if your email program uses encrypted server connections. This means that you should also use a VPN while traveling.

How the Pod People Sleep

Falling asleep with podcasts is one of those contradictory pieces of advice. We’re told to stay away from our devices for at least 30 minutes before bed, yet there are podcasts that might help us fall asleep. Try some to see if they help you more than they drive your partner crazy — that is, they probably work best if you sleep alone. Here’s a partial list, in no particular order:;;;;; and a podcast without a website, Deep Energy 2.0.

Cell Phone Caution

Make sure when buying a used cell phone to check if it’s been stolen. Get the device’s ESN or IMEI number from the seller and check it at, a site set up by the industry trade group CITA. And, if the seller won’t give you that device number, beware.

Checking it Off

My grandmother had a great idea: start making your to-do list at noon with all the things you’d already done, so you could cross them out. But Tim Ferris, a business expert with a wide podcast following, has another trick. Ask yourself, for each item on your to-do list, “If this were the only thing I accomplished today, would I be satisfied with my day?” Then prioritize the yeses.

Just Sayin’

Joy of joys, talking to myself while working on a computer is supposed to be making me smarter. Ulrich Boser, in an article in the Harvard Business Review “Talking to Yourself (Out Loud) Can Help You Learn,” explains why asking yourself questions out loud helps solidify new knowledge. Now I will never shut up, I can just say “I am learning all the time.”

Smile, You’re On…

Some wonderful advice from Apple for shooting photos and video on iPhone, geared toward iPhone 7, is at

Bill Scobie fixes computers and networks for small businesses and home. 628-2354 or

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