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Ask a Geek: Papercut, but the good kind

Dear Geek, Happy Summer! Hope you are enjoying it so far. I have two questions for you. The first is where the heck have you been (only asking because I like seeing your articles), and...

Ask a Geek: Insteon

Dear Geek, My kids are always, I mean always, leaving the lights on in my house. Try as I might, I can’t break them of the habit. I’ve read about smart homes with light switches...

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Dear Geek, Another year has come to a close, I can’t believe it. It got me thinking of a good question for you. What are some of your favorite tech tricks/products this year and is...

Dear Geek: Flash drive Chrome

Dear Geek, My son has been asking me for a Chromebook for school, as apparently they run a lot of Google-related products in the classroom. I have some old laptops in the house and didn’t...

Dear Geek: RMM

I am a one-person IT department (though I wear a bunch of hats, and IT was thrust on me), and I struggle to manage all of the computers, printers, and other devices on the...

Ask the Geek: Should I go GoPro?

Dear Geek, With summer here, I want to take video of some fun stuff I like to do. Do you use an action camera to record things, and if so, which one do you use? Thanks, Go...

Ask the Geek: Summer checklist

Dear Geek, I have two questions for you. I have renters coming in to my house each week throughout the summer. Tech-wise, what should I do to prepare for potential tech-related issues that might occur?...

Ask the Geek: SSA communication

Dear Geek, I, like many others, have been quite frustrated with the Steamship Authority over the past few months. I know most of the actual problems fall far outside the scope of your realm, but...

Ask the Geek: Switch it up

Hi Geek, My kids have been bugging me about buying a gaming console. I don’t know which one to get, and know there are a few options out there. Do you have one, and if...

Ask the Geek: Streaming workouts

Hi, Geek, I’ve seen ads for streaming exercise programs and mentioned them in passing to you when we bumped into each other the other day. You said there was one of these streaming services you...

Ask the Geek: Phone warranties

Dear Geek, Last year I purchased a used cell phone from eBay. It was in great shape, and I loved using it. That is, until it refused to power up the other day. I’ve taken...

Ask the Geek: Tech etiquette

This week’s article is slightly different from my others. Instead of responding to a question from a reader, I wanted to take a minute to write about tech do’s and don’ts, which is a...

Ask the Geek: Scammers

Dear Geek, I seem to be getting even more scam phone calls and email lately. I know you’ve written about this subject before, but I think it would be helpful to remind people of scam...

Ask the Geek: Podcasts

Dear Geek, School vacation week is coming up and though the prospect of allowing screens in the car to keep my children quiet during a long ride is appealing, my moral compass is steering me...

Ask the Geek: Wireless gateways

Dear Geek, I received a "wireless gateway" from Comcast recently, but my current router and modem work just fine ... I thought I owned them, but the new piece of equipment is considered a “rental”...

Ask the Geek: Coolest tech gadgets you gave?

Dear Geek, Hope you had a nice holiday season, and thanks for your tech rendition of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Aside from the devices you mentioned in your last article, was there any cool...

Ask the Geek: ’Twas a night with Alexa

Dear Geek, I am intrigued by voice-activated devices — iPhones with Siri, Google home products, and the Amazon “Alexa” stuff. It seems like these devices from sci-fi movies are now invading homes in real life....

Ask the Geek: ’Tis the season

Dear Geek, I’ve been getting overloaded this holiday season with odd emails that I’m paranoid about opening. Can I really get a laptop for $20, or free gift cards for being a secret shopper? Also,...

Ask the Geek: Steadymouse

Adam Darack is the IT administrator for the town of Edgartown. He writes regularly about the technological issues facing Island business owners. Got a question? Send it to onisland@mvtimes.com with the subject line “Dear...

Ask the Geek: Backing up

Adam Darack is the IT administrator for the town of Edgartown. He will be writing regularly about the technological issues facing Island business owners. Got a question? Send it to onisland@mvtimes.com with the subject...