Question:  Wouldn’t it be great if there were someone who could answer all of my technology questions?

Answer:    You’ve come to the right place! Back in 2002, we introduced a new technology column in a Richmond, Virginia newspaper. For this shy bunch of computer nerds, it meant a chance to put our best faces forward and share our passion for all things high-tech. For you it means help making sense of all the gadgets, websites, and technology trends worthy of your attention.

RCS Messaging

Q: I upgrade my Android smartphone every couple of years but it seems like text messaging is virtually the same as it was a decade ago.  What’s the deal?

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CES 2019

CES 2019

Q: The Consumer Electronics Show came and went a month ago and I’m still waiting for the PropellerHeads’ take on all the exciting new technology they announced – what gives?

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Development Styles

Dear PropellerHeads: I manage a small IT group at work and some of my employees are trying to sell me on “agile development.”  It sounds interesting, but also pretty risky.  Does it really...

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Workplace Fun

Workplace Fun

Dear PropellerHeads, I manage multiple employees and want to make sure that they’re both productive and enjoying their workday. Any suggestions on how to do that? A: So, this isn’t the usual...

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YA books into movies

Dear PropellerHeads: I’ve noticed that a lot of my friends (adult friends) are really into books and movies that I think are intended for a younger audience.  Am I missing out on something?...

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Website Graders

Dear PropellerHeads: My website isn’t getting much traffic. A friend said I should get my site graded to see if it is up to recent standards. I nodded my head but really have no idea what he is...

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Dark Matters

Dear PropellerHeads: My new laptop has a bright screen, which is great during the day but causes eye strain after hours of use. Is there a way to save my eyes without stepping away from the...

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Internet Challenges

Internet Challenges

Dear PropellerHeads: My kid seems really interested in internet challenges, but I’ve heard some could be dangerous. Should I be worried? A: I’m going to state the obvious first, that you need to be...

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Cell Phone Swagger

Cell Phone Swagger

Q: My cell phone needs some new swag. Whatcha got for me? A: By swag, I assume you mean dorky tech toys? If that’s the case, you came to the right place. I’m not going to spend time talking about...

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CES 2019

CES 2019

Q:  The Consumer Electronics Show came and went a month ago and I’m still waiting for the PropellerHead take on all the exciting new technology they announced – what gives?

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Computer Jargon

Q: My boss keeps asking me if I have enough “spare cycles” to work on new projects. I know what she’s asking, and I know this is a computer term, but where does it come from?

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Social Media

Q: I would describe myself as a reasonably happy and very active user of social media. I have read a few articles that suggest too much social media use can lead to depression. Is that something I should be worried about?

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General Data Protection Regulation

Q: I keep getting all of these cookie notifications lately? I know websites have been using cookies for years. Why do they feel the need to tell me about it now in such an ‘in your face’ manner?
Q: Recently I was traveling in Europe and when I tried to view a website back in the US to read about the hurricanes I kept getting messages that the site was unavailable due to legal reasons. Did I break the law? I was worried they wouldn’t let me leave the country!

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Bias AI

Bias AI

Q: I heard something on the radio about Amazon building a robot to help them decide who to hire but the robot was sexist or something and now I’m confused. What’s going on?

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Entertainment  Apps

Entertainment Apps

Q: I love having people over but I am a hopeless entertainer. I typically tell my friends to BYOB and maybe I order a pizza or throw out a bag of chips if I happen to have one. Real talk…I am also lazy. Any way I can up my game without the effort?

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Game Consumption

Game Consumption

Q: My five year old asked me to play video games with him and now I am saddled with a couple of questions.  Should I be concerned with what he plays?  Should I be concerned that I can’t figure out how to play what he plays?

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Smart Cities

Smart Cities

Q: I understand what a “smartphone” is, and the buzzwords “smartwatch” and “smart TV” are growing on me, but I heard something recently about “smart cities” – what in the world are those supposed to be?

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CES 2018

CES 2018

Q: Halloween? Thanksgiving? Meh. Let’s talk Christmas! What’s new and cool for this year? A: It’s absolutely refreshing to find someone who has crystal clear priorities. As far as something new, I...

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Hootsuite

Hootsuite

Q: I own a small bakery and most of our business comes from word of mouth. But I think it’s time to expand our reach through social media. Any advice?

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