Geek Squeaks – The Weekly Roundup

In case you missed this week’s Geek Squeaks, here is a roundup of what was posted:

October 6, 2013

Squeak #1 – (A Real-Time Weather Station In Your Browser): If you use Google Chrome as your browser, I highly recommend that you install the Weather Watcher browser extension. It will be all you need, at the click of a button, to get your local weather stats and more;

Squeak #2 – (Build HTML5 Web Content With Google Web Designer):  For those who are into web design, the NEW Google Web designer (currently in beta) may be something that you can use to design the more advanced web content. When in design view, you can create content using drawing tools, text, and 3D objects, and you can animate objects on a timeline… ;

Squeak #3 – (The Best AMD Gaming Motherboards): Elite Gaming Computers (on my blogroll) posted an article that gives you insight on the best of the best when it comes to the AMD Gaming Motherboards. Like anything else, you get what you pay for and if you are into gaming, you only want the best; and,

Squeak #4 – (A 360 Degree Wireless Speaker ): When it comes to speakers, the wireless technology continues to fascinate me. Today I found a bluetooth wireless speaker that can be wirelessly controlled up to 50 feet away, can take your phone calls, and is water (and stain) resistant…

October 7, 2013

Squeak #1 – (FREE Software To Hide Files and Folders): When it comes to data security on my PC (and flashdrive); I am a firm believer that if you cannot see it, then it does not exist. I have been experimenting with Wise Folder Hider and I am impressed; especially with the portable version where you can hide the entire contents of the flash drive;

Squeak #2 – (Which CPU is faster or better?): We all like to comparison shop. Below you will find a site that will allow you to compare CPU’s with the ranking being performed in real time. Also a good site to teach you about CPUs;

Squeak #3 – (Lock Down Your Evernotes With 2-Step Verification): I currently use Gmail’s 2-step verification and welcome that Evernote has headed in the same direction.  If your Evernote data is important to you, then lock it down tightly with this feature; AND,

Squeak #4 – (A Tech Deal of The Day ): Heck of a deal on PNY flash memory, USB drives and smartphone batteries.

October 8, 2013

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;

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…;

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; 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…

October 9, 2013

Squeak #1 – (A Portable Safe For Your Files and Passwords): I have been on the hunt lately for FREE software to protect the data on my flash drives and came across a winner, called Protectorian ToGo… Not only does Protectorian encrypt and protect your sensitive files, it also has a built in vault to store your passwords;

Squeak #2 – (Nexus 4 Specs vs. Nexus 5 Specs): I am in the market for an unlocked, reasonably priced smartphone… I am patiently waiting for the release of Google’s Nexus 5 smartphone or whatever the naming convention will be for this coming release. Google recently exhausted their inventory of the Nexus 4. To get a comparison of specs, DroidLife came across a leaked service manual for the Nexus 5;

Squeak #3 – (GEGeek On Speed Dial): Notice the tab at the top of the page labelled “GEGeek”… It is there for a reason; AND,

Squeak #4 – (Create and Manage Your Own Cloud Storage ): My birthday is around the corner and I think I found my gift. It is the Western Digital 3 TB My Cloud that would allow me to access my data from anywhere in the world…

October 10, 2013

Squeak #1 – (My Streaming Radio Favorite): Can’t explain it, but got up this morning (at 5 AM) and started the day off with some classic rock. My favorite online music service, which is a search engine of sorts, is RadioTuna. You can even download their desktop player app or embed their radio widget into your site;

Squeak #2 – (Arranging and Pinning Tabs In Google Chrome):Decided today to find you a short tutorial on how to arrange and pin tabs in Google Chrome. Many folks are unaware of this feature which can be quite handy. For example, the RadioTuna site that I mentioned in Squeak #1, I simply pinned the site so that I could listen to my music and would not accidentally close the site’s tab;

Squeak #3 – (A Computer Cleanup Option): TCAT Shelbyville has a quick tutorial on how to take advantage of a recent Microsoft update that could give you between 2 to 6GB’s of additional free space; and,

Squeak #4 – (A Neat Way To Dock A Bare SATA Drive ): An external dock that provides a convenient and direct connection from a SATA (SATA, SATA II, SATA III) HDD/SSD to your PC or Notebook …

October 11, 2013

Squeak #1 – (Use DNS Jumper To Change Your DNS Settings): Nice utility that is regularly updated that gives you the ability to pick and choose various Domain Name Services and Systems that ultimately can provide a faster browsing experience;

Squeak #2 – (Read This If You Are Thinking Of Upgrading To Windows 8):  With the holidays approaching and the marketing of Windows 8.1, many people will consider upgrading their computers to Windows 8. Before you do, make sure you download the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant that will scan your PC and actually let you know if your PC can handle it;

Squeak #3 – (Are Your Kids Learning Cursive Writing?): With this generation being exposed to the likes of tablets and computers, the teaching of (and learning of) cursive writing is becoming extinct. I encourage you to read the article below by Jacqui, at Ask A Tech Teacher, about this very topic; and,

Squeak #4 – (An All-In-One Computer That Is Like A Giant Tablet ):Dell’s XPS line of All-In-One computers that are portable is quite impressive…

October 12, 2013

Squeak #1 – (A Complete List of Google Search Engine Tips & Tricks): Google has a site up called Inside Search that not only provides information on how search works, search stories by people like you and me, and a search playground; but, also provides a complete list of Google search engine tricks. I often refer to Google as my second brain;

Squeak #2 – (Best FREE Computer Optimization and Cleaning Utility):  CCleaner has been around for ages and has developed into a premiere computer optimization and cleaning utility. If you are not using CCleaner, then you do not know what you are missing;

Squeak #3 – (Imagine if, one day, you log into Facebook and your account is gone.): Facebook has become a very powerful entity that has made your identity its’ central mission  and,

Squeak #4 – (An Intel Solid State Drive ): Intel is now making its’ mark in SSD’s…

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