A Quick Tutorial on “How to download books to your Kindle” | PCWorld

Found this article at PCWorld that may helpful to those folks that just purchased an Amazon Kindle.

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Downloading books to your Amazon Kindle is easy. This quick tutorial will teach you how to deliver the unparalleled selection of books, magazines, newspapers and comic books that Amazon makes available, along with ebooks and other documents you may have on your computer, to your Kindle where you can read and enjoy them.

Source: How to download books to your Kindle | PCWorld

Today’s Software Selections: KeePassXC (32/64 bit), Spybot, Free Keylogger

KeePassXC 2.4 (64-bit)
KeePassXC 64bit can store your passwords safely and auto-type them into your everyday websites and applications. You shouldn’t waste your time trying to remember and type your passwords. The thing computers can do best is storing information! Download…
KeePassXC 2.4 (32-bit)
KeePassXC can store your passwords safely and auto-type them into your everyday websites and applications. You shouldn’t waste your time trying to remember and type your passwords. The thing computers can do best is storing information! Download KeePass…
Spybot Search and Destroy Update March 20, 2019
The Spybot Search and Destroy Update is intended for updating your detections without the need for the included WebUpdate. To update you need to download and double-click spybotsd_includes.exe, choose the folder that Spybot is installed to, click OK and close when completed. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 7.08 MB ]
Free Keylogger 5.1
Free Keylogger is a covert little tool for recording keystrokes, apps used, and websites visited and stores the details in a confidential log file. It was designed to be compact, stealthy and highly efficient providing silent monitoring of various activities on a target computer. [License: Freemium | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 | Size: 8.46 MB ]

Make Tech Easier Shows Us “How to Clone Windows 10 to an SSD” Using Popular FREE Software

Cloning an exact copy of your hard disk is a good move and is a good (fast) method in restoring the Windows OS when things get messed up. Keep in mind, when you clone a disk, it is the exact copy of the disk on the date that you made the copy and is a good idea to do this on a regular basis.  I typically update and keep available a cloned copy of my hard disk at least once a year. My routine file backups I do on a more aggressive schedule. Cloning is also an excellent option when you want to move your current Windows 10 OS to a new drive that you have decided to upgrade and install.

Make Tech Easier will walk through the cloning process using the FREE software options of EaseUS or AOMEI Backupper (see source link below). Both of these software options are excellent choices.

So you bought an SSD drive, and you want to move your Windows 10 OS to the new drive. Here are a few ways you can clone and swap the OS install to an SSD.

Source: How to Clone Windows 10 to an SSD – Make Tech Easier

Today’s Software Selection: SUPERAntiSpyware, Firefox, Paint.net, ksnip, License Crawler

SUPERAntiSpyware 8.0.1032
SUPERAntiSpyware is the one of the most thorough scanners available on the market today. The Multi-Dimensional Scanning and Process Interrogation Technology is able to detect spyware, adware, trojans, ransomware, malware, and infections that other products miss! SUPERAntiSpyware lets you repair broken Internet Connections, Desktops, Registry…
Firefox 66.0 for PC Windows
Mozilla Firefox is a fast, light and tidy open source web browser. At its public launch in 2004 Mozilla Firefox was the first browser to challenge Microsoft Internet Explorer’s dominance. Since then, Mozilla Firefox has consistently featured in the top 3 most popular browsers globally. The key features that have made Mozilla Firefox so popular are …
[UPDATE] paint.net v4.1.6

paint.net is an image and photo editing software with support for layers, unlimited undo, image effects and a tabbed thumbnail interface. The program includes a variety of paint bushes and selection tools as well as image filters such as sharpening, red-eye removal, distortion, noise etc.

The program supports plugins and will automatically start in 64-bit if within an operating system that supports it.

ksnip 1.5.0
ksnip is a Qt-based screenshot tool that includes several useful annotation features for your screenshots. ksnips works in the same manner as most screenshot tools, but the added annotation options set it apart. The interface is easy-to-navigate and provides access to all you need to make a quality screenshot image. [License: Open Source | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 | Size: 9.71 MB ]
License Crawler 2.1 Build 2301
License Crawler is designed to allow you to discover application product keys and other serial numbers or licenses. LicenseCrawler is a sweet little application that scans the Windows Registry for Windows product keys and other serial numbers and licenses. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 1.37 MB ]

Today’s Software Collection: Filezilla, PeaZip, DSpeech, BGinfo

FileZilla 64-Bit 3.41.2 
FileZilla is a full-service FTP client with lots of features and an intuitive interface for maximum control over transfers. With FileZilla, you have the ability to resume Uploads/Downloads (if the server supports it), setup Custom Commands – Site Manager with folders, utilize the Keep Alive system, timeout detection, and Firewall support. [License: Open Source | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 | Size: 10.9 MB ]
PeaZip 6.7.1

PeaZip is a free, open source, cross platform, portable archiving and compression utility, with encryption and volume split features. It has full for support: 7Z, 7Z-sfx, ARC/WRC, BZ2/TBZ2, GZ/TGZ, PAQ/LPAQ, PEA, QUAD/BALZ, split, TAR, UPX, ZIP. You can open, browse, extract, test: ACE, ARJ, CAB, CHM, COMPOUND (MSI, DOC, XLS, PPT), CPIO, ISO, Java (JAR, EAR, WAR), Linux (DEB, PET/PUP, RPM, SLP), LHA/LZH, NSIS, OOo, PAK/PK3/PK4, RAR, WIM, XPI, Z/TZ, ZIPX files. Other features include split/join files, wipe files (secure deletion), byte to byte compare files, checksum/hash files, system benchmark, bookmark files and folders.

DSpeech 1.73.42
DSpeech is a text to speech program designed to read written text aloud as well as also choosing sentences to be pronounced based on your vocal answers. It is designed to be simple but practical and includes an ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) functionality which comes fully integrated. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 3.72 MB ]
Microsoft BGInfo 4.27
Microsoft BGInfo automatically displays relevant information about a Windows computer on the desktop’s background. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista | Size: 3.13 MB ]

Google Chrome Extension: AddToAny – The Universal Way To Share Links

AddToAny is one of my most used Google Chrome browser extensions and actually has saved me from installing the extensions for other services (which saves memory) where I need to connect to and post links (or articles). AddToAny is similar to the sharing utility that you use on your smartphone.

What does AddToAny do?  AddToAny is a universal share button that makes it easy and fast to share links to anyone anywhere using Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn, WhatsApp, Pinterest, Gmail, email, and many more sharing and social media services.

For example, if I want to send a link to a post to Facebook, I click on the AddToAny share button on the browser toolbar, select Facebook and it automatically connects to Facebook and initiates the post to Facebook.  AddToAny does the same for a multitude of other services, as well. You can select the services you desire to use and connect to by clicking on the “Options” selection on the AddToAny menu.

Features:

– AddToAny’s Universal Share Button & Smart Menu
– Personalized based on the services you probably already use
– AddToAny “More” button lets you instantly access any other service anytime
– Right-click to share from the context menu (optional)
– Share to multiple services quickly while keeping the share popup open:
– Just Ctrl+click or ⌘+click on a service, or
– Click the middle mouse button
– Large buttons with vector icons
– Perfectly crisp on high PPI screens such as Retina displays or the Chromebook family

Customizable:

– Customize the services that appear in the sharing menu
– Drag & drop to rearrange the order of services in the sharing menu
– Toggle AddToAny in your context menu
– Add a custom service to share to

Fast & Secure:

– Optimized to load instantly without slowing down Google Chrome
– Directs to the HTTPS version of sites for privacy on shared networks
– AddToAny doesn’t collect personal information

Source: Google Chrome Store – AddToAny

Tech News: Beto O’Rourke outed as Cult of Dead Cow member, phreaker and writer of screeds | Ars Technica

I posted this because I can relate to this man’s past…

WATERLOO, IOWA - MARCH 16: Democratic presidential candidate and former Cult of the Dead Cow member Beto O'Rourke greets voters during a canvassing kickoff event with state senate candidate Eric Giddens March 16, 2019, in Waterloo, Iowa.

O’Rourke, like other teens of the time, did find ways to avoid paying for dial-up phone service time to connect to bulletin board systems (BBSs) of the day with his family’s Apple IIe computer and 300 baud modem, which he often used to search of pirated games. He eventually launched his own bulletin board system (BBS) called TacoLand, which Reuters’ Joseph Menn reports was largely about punk music. “This was the counterculture: Maximum Rock & Roll [magazine], buying records by catalog you couldn’t find at record stores,” O’Rourke told Menn.

Source: Beto O’Rourke outed as Cult of Dead Cow member, phreaker and writer of screeds | Ars Technica

Today’s Software Selection: The Great Suspender, Auto Refresh for Chrome and myProcesses


The Great Suspender for Chrome 7.1.0

Use this extension to save system resources by suspending Chrome tabs


Auto Refresh for Chrome 1.3.10
Auto Refresh for Chrome is a straightforward extension that can be set to auto-refresh webpages at a user-defined interval. There are similar products on the market, but Auto Refresh for Chrome intends to make the process as simple as can be. Once installed, you will notice a recycle symbol at the top of your browser. One click brings up the single window interface that has three choices; minutes, seconds and one for activate colors. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 281 KB ]

myProcesses 1.0.2.5
myProcesses is a portable process manager that enables process-level monitoring of various computer processes, as well as carrying out actions related to the settings, registry, and management of individual processes. Once started, myProcesses can be found in the system tray and can be clicked on directly, or right-clicked for more. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 2.26 MB ]

Today’s Software Selection: Black Menu, BlueStacks and Pocket

Black Menu for Google (Chrome) 19.9.9
Black Menu for Google is a Chrome extension that enables you to easily access all the most commonly used Google services. This Black Menu for Google extension is meant to be a replacement for both, iGoogle and the quickly removed Google menu. This extension contains an extensive menu of Google services. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 1.08 MB ]

BlueStacks App Player 4.60.2.1001 for PC Windows
BlueStacks App Player is a great tool for allowing you to run your favorite mobile apps/games in full screen in your browser using a PC or Mac. BlueStacks App Player Key Features Fully customizable environment Support for multiple OS configurations Google Play integration Play games on Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) Hyper-G Graphics for uncompromis…

Save to Pocket 3.0.5.3
The Save to Pocket Extension for Chrome is one of the best ways to save articles, videos and other important content. Using the extension is really easy; when you find something in Chrome that you want to view later, put it in Pocket! The Save to Pocket extension will automatically sync to your phone, tablet or computer so you can view it at any ti…

Tech News: Microsoft releases Windows Defender extensions for Chrome and Firefox

Microsoft has developed and started testing Windows Defender Application Guard extensions for both Chrome and Firefox to better protect enterprise PCs. The feature, which used to be an Edge exclusive, keeps PCs safe by opening web pages not included in administrators’ trusted sites in a virtual container. That way, it can prevent attackers from gaining entry into the company’s system if the website turns out to be malicious.

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Source: Microsoft releases Windows Defender extensions for Chrome and Firefox

If your computer won’t start, don’t panic (yet)…

What to Do When Your Computer Won’t Start | PCMag.com

What to Do When Your Computer Won't Start

Been there and done it; from both ends of the spectrum.  Have assisted people where panic set in because their computer would not start; and to be honest, I have felt that despair when my own computer did not start.  Sort of does something to you, but always remember, the sun will still come up tomorrow.

Click on the source link below at PCMag to get a good rundown of what to do (try) when your computer fails to start.

Source: What to Do When Your Computer Won’t Start | PCMag.com

Today’s Software Selection – GPU-Z, WildBit Viewer, addLEDs

[UPDATE] GPU-Z v2.18.0 – GPU-Z is a lightweight system utility designed to provide vital information about your video card and graphics processor. It supports AMD, ATI, Intel and NVIDIA graphics devices.
 
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WildBit Viewer 6.5 Alpha 3.0 – WildBit Viewer is compact & fast image viewer with slide show and editor. Eye catching interface within blazing fast folder, file list and thumbnail viewer. Viewer includes also Image Info with Image EXIF meta data JPEG and TIFF support and IPTC (IIMV4) information (like PhotoShop file info) from JPEG and TIFF, Thumbview has changeable views, sorting and thumbnail predefined sizes for fast thumbnail size setting. Viewer also includes shell toolbar, you can drop your favorite folder there and use it as an organizer.    

addLEDs 1.1.1.3 – addLEDs is a tiny systray indicator that provides at-a-glance views for scroll, number, caps lock and more. This utility goes a little further than some other key indicators; it also provides flashing lights for network (there are five sensitivity levels that can be set for network activity) and disk activity as well as the ability to engage – disengage your scroll – number – caps via your mouse. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 | Size: 391 KB ]  

How to Create an ISO Image of Your Windows System | MakeUseOf

Learn how to make an ISO image backup of your PC’s hard drive. When disaster strikes you can restore the computer from the image. I encourage you to visit MakeUseOf (see source link below) to learn about the options available on imaging a disk in Windows 7, 8.1 and 10.

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Thanks to the ISO image format, it is possible to back up your entire PC. This essentially creates an exact copy of your entire drive or selected directories. You’ll be able to restore the image backup should disaster strike.

Source: How to Create an ISO Image of Your Windows System

Reduce Muscle Strain With An Ergonomic Mouse

Want to reduce muscle strain and decrease discomfort while using the mouse?  If so, there are ergonomically correct options and many choices now available, when selecting an ergonomic mouse. When using a mouse, as we know it, on a regular (repetitious) basis, there is a risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and tendonitis.

To reduce the risk of injury, the solution is to use an ergonomic mouse where the mouse is designed to fit a more natural hand position when used.

To get a good idea of what choices are now available in various price ranges, click on the source link below. I think you are going to be surprised…

Source: Amazon – Egononmic Mouse

A lightweight extension to reduce Google Chrome’s memory footprint…

If you use Google Chrome, “The Great Suspender” (browser extension) will actually reduce your memory footprint by basically freezing or suspending tabs you have open after a prescribed amount of time. For example, I have “The Great Suspender” configured to suspend any open tabs I have active after a time period of 15 minutes. As a result, memory is freed up and the CPU becomes less taxed. To reactivate the suspended tab, simply click on the page to reload the page content.

You can download this highly rated app at the Google Chrome Store (see source link below).

Source: The Great Suspender – Chrome Web Store

Windows 7 will use pop-ups to warn users of the operating system’s impending death | PCWorld

Windows 7 support ends about nine months from now, on January 14, 2020—and if you’re a Windows 7 user, you’ll see more than this story reminding you of that date. In fact, according to Microsoft, you could see several pop-up reminders warning you to upgrade to Windows 10 before the year is out.

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Source: Windows 7 will use pop-ups to warn users of the operating system’s impending death | PCWorld

Windows 10: “We removed some recently installed updates to recover your device from a startup failure.”

Why were recently installed updates removed?

Windows 10 has the ability to detect when a Windows 10 update is not playing well and will automatically remove the update. When these updates are removed and fail to install, this is an indication of an incompatibility issue and may end up requiring troubleshooting on your part (or could actually be a bad update from Microsoft).

From what I understand, the update that was removed will not try to reinstall for 30 days. This window of time gives Microsoft and their partners the opportunity to fix the update if it is, in fact, a problem created on their end.

You can read more about this at the source link below.

Source: Why were recently installed updates removed?

Here are “Screenshots of Microsoft’s Chromium-Based Edge Browser Leaked Online”

Looks like Microsoft is doing a rebuild of their Microsoft Edge Browser using Chromium as it guts..

Microsoft announced during early December that they will be giving up on the current code base of their Microsoft Edge browser switching to Google’s open-source Chromium and that the nametag will remain unchanged even though the app will be a whole different beast inside and outside.

Screenshots of Microsoft’s Chromium-Based Edge Browser Leaked Online

Source: Screenshots of Microsoft’s Chromium-Based Edge Browser Leaked Online

Here is “How to add a drop-down list to an Excel cell” 

TechRepublic shows us how (see source link below) to create a drop-down list in Microsoft Excel… Very handy when you have to enter specific information in a cell. When you get to the site, you will find video instruction, as well as, written instruction. If you use Excel, learning drop-down lists is a must.

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Drop-down lists can greatly facilitate data entry. Here’s a look at how to use Excel’s data validation feature to create handy lists within your worksheets.

Source: How to add a drop-down list to an Excel cell – TechRepublic

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BeFunky: Free Online Graphic Designer, Photo Editor and Collage Maker

BeFunky is a FREE online graphic designer, photo editor and collage maker that continues to improve. The good here is that you can use this without installing software on your computer and end up with a really great creation. I have used all the elements (designer, photo editor, collage maker) in BeFunky and will tell you that you will not be disappointed. I suggest you spend some time with BeFunky and learn about each of the elements and make it your “go to” online editor.

BeFunky Photo Editor lets you apply photo effects, edit photos and create photo collages with collage maker. Online Photo editing and creating collages has never been easier.

Source: Photo Editor | BeFunky: Free Online Graphic Designer, Photo Editing and Collage Maker

AskBobRankin.com Explains “The Free Tax Filing Options for 2019”

The tax deadline is approaching; and, if you have procrastinated and have not filed your taxes yet, you may want to take a look at Bob Rankin’s rundown of the options available online to file your taxes, often for free (with such services as Turbotax, TaxAct, H&R Block, and FreeTaxUSA)

Be sure to read more on this at
AskBobRankin.com

Free tax filing software 2019

Free Tax Filing Options for 2019 – It’s tax time, but the good news is: about 70% of U.S. taxpayers can get free tax preparation and e-filing this year. The bad news is: you have to pick your online tax service very carefully. Here’s what you need to know…

Source: Free Tax Filing Options for 2019

Wikiwand – A Cool Way To Read Wikipedia

If you are into Wikipedia, you may want to take a look at Wikiwand. Very nice, interesting and modernized interface that makes reading Wikipedia articles a more pleasant experience to read. Wikiwand is available on many platforms (web and mobile). I currently have bookmarked their Start-News page in my web browser that enables me to jump to their web interface.

Wikiwand is the world’s leading Wikipedia reader for web and mobile.

Source: Wikiwand

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