Ray Hollister

Co-Host, "Deemable Tech"

Ray’s love for radio and technology lead him to volunteer at WJCT 89.9 FM in 2011. After volunteering during WJCT’s "First Coast Connect" for several months, he asked if he could record a show about technology. Thus "Deemable Tech" was born.

Transplanted from Hollisterville, Pennsylvania, when he was less than 2 years old, Ray Hollister has lived in Jacksonville for almost his entire life. Ray graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as a vocal arts major, and he was an Internet services technology major at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Ray enjoys reading about the latest gadgets and new apps, spending time with his kids, and talking about himself in the third person. 

Steve writes, “When I’m on the internet, I constantly see things pop up on the screen that say ‘Check for malware now’ or ‘You’re missing drivers, click to update.’ Should I click on it? The way things are nowadays, I’m afraid to try!” 

Don’t click on it, Steve! What you’re seeing is a pop-up ad designed to trick you into visiting a spam website or downloading harmful malware. 

Tap Call

Norma writes, "How do you stop receiving an automated text message? When I got my new phone I started receiving messages from a store telling me about their specials. I've tried visiting the website and 'unsubscribing' but that didn't work. "

We feel you, Norma. Like junk mail and spam email, unsolicited text messages are the bane of our existence. Luckily there are ways to stop them.

Microsoft

  Joan writes, “I’m running Windows 7 on my laptop, and for the past five months I’ve had a request pending to get the upgrade to Windows 10. Am I supposed to just keep waiting patiently, or is there something else I’m supposed to do?”

Today we have not one but two related questions from different listeners.

Lenny writes, “Last week I received a call from a guy who said he was from Microsoft. He said they had detected that my computer was having problems. To prove it, he told me how to open my Windows log file, and when I did it was full of errors. So I paid him to fix all the problems and scan for viruses. Now I’m wondering if that was really a good idea.”

Sandra sends us a similar story. She says: “I was checking my email and all of a sudden windows started giving me an error message which said it had a virus. It included a phone number. I called the number and a man connected to my computer and fixed it. But now my computer runs slowly and this guy charged me a lot of money. Have I been hacked?” 


Florida Lottery / Ray Hollister

The old saying goes, "Somebody has to win. It might as well be you." But if you were the owner of one of the over 440 million tickets that didn't win the Powerball grand prize this weekend, you may be coming to understand how untrue that saying is.

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