Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 8, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (A FREE Start Menu For Windows 8.1): I keep reading that Windows 8.1 will have a Start Menu; however, I also read that it is not the real Start Menu, as we know it. To help you with this, I encourage you to take a look at Classic Shell. The developers recently updated Classic Shell to make it fully compatible with Windows 8.1 (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (The 5 Links You Should Not Click): ABC has a nice write-up, that you should read to educate (and remind), on what to look for (and not do) to prevent a malware or ransomware attack to your computer… (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Desktop Publishing In The Cloud): As cloud computing continues to move forward, I am seeing more and more complex applications being made available. LucidPress’ online desktop publisher is no exception (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (Easily add 9 USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports to your PC ): In need of additional USB ports? Always go with a powered USB hub. Today I came across a 9-port hub that has built in surge protection and built in ports to charge your devices (SEE BELOW)…


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Classic Shell Start Menu Updated (Version 4.0)


Classic Start Menu can replicate the start menus found in older versions of Windows from 95 to Windows 7. You have 3 styles to pick from – Classic, Two Columns, and Windows 7… GET IT HERE

The 5 Deadly Clicks: The Links You Should Never Touch

@ ABC News


Here’s a scary scenario. You’re innocently surfing the Web, maybe on an unfamiliar site, not paying close attention. Suddenly your computer screen fills with illegal pornographic images of minors. You try to navigate away, but a warning screen branded by the National Security Administration’s Internet Surveillance Program pops up with the message: “Your computer has been locked due to suspicion of illegal content downloading and distribution.”

You are then offered a sort of Hobson’s choice: Pay a fine immediately, or face prosecution for downloading child pornography… READ MORE

LucidPress – Online Print and Digital Publishing Software


Lucidpress is a design and layout app that enables anyone to create beautiful print and digital documents. Sign up free Try the demo Lucidpress in 60 seconds Perfect for print Create stunning documents in less time than ever before… GET IT HERE

Anker® USB 3.0 9-Port Hub + 5V 2.1A Charging Port with 12V 5A Power Adapter


Easily add 9 USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports to your PC and enjoy data transfer rates of up to 5Gbps for faster sync times.

Additional charging port (2.1A) offers enough current to charge either a smartphone or a tablet at high speed. USB 3.0 ports supply 0.9A each.

Lightweight, “power-bar” design effectively saves space. Blue LED indicates normal operation.

Designed with a built-in surge protector to keep your devices safe. Supports hot swapping. No installation of drivers required for Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 or Mac OS X 10.2 and above.


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  1. I don’t use any of the Start Button replacements for Windows 8, and discourage my clients from doing so as well.

    I have found that when I spend a few minutes with my clients and show them a few tricks with Windows 8, they have no problems with no Start Button. Even my elderly clients have ended up telling me they really like 8.

    If a Start Button replacement is installed and the person then goes to a computer that doesn’t have it, they’re going to have problems getting around. If you’re supposed to be a “tech” person, you’ll look even sillier!


    1. TusconMatt,

      Can agree to a certain point with what you mentioned; however, ran into a situation where I installed a Windows 8 based computer in a setting where multiple people were required to use the computer. It flipped them out… Installed Classic Shell and all is now good.

      Biggest complaint I get with Windows 8 is, “where is the Start Menu?”… I agree, if you have the time, they will catch on with some teaching. Heck, I still run across many people who still are not comfortable with the Start menu (or computers).

      Thanks for your input on this…



      1. I tell them the Start Menu is the Start Screen. Many of these same people have 150 icons on their desktop because the “classic” menu is too cumbersome for them to find things. Once they understand that the Start Screen is like the old Start Menu and their desktop icons combined, the light goes off and they love it. Plus, being able to start typing part of the name and things show up is a great time saver.

        The key, for me at least, was just spending ten minutes with each user and showing them some of the new tricks so they aren’t freaked out. Plus, the customer pays for the training as well.


      2. I think one of the reasons Microsoft initially removed the Start Menu is the example you provided, “many of the same people have 150 icons on their desktop” and really did not use the Start Menu, at all. It just boils down that people just do not like change and when it comes to computers if a noticeable change occurs, panic mode occurs.

        Thanks for your insight with this… Readers out there will appreciate it!



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