How to install and uninstall extensions in Chrome | Addictive Tips

If you are a Google Chrome browser user, you need to read this article at Addictive Tips (see source link below) on how to install and uninstall extensions. Many folks I know and have helped at home have no idea what a browser extension is. Browser extensions are, in my words, add-ons that you can install that will enhance your computing experience when using your web browser. Most extensions (or add-ons) will show up on the toolbar at the top of your browser. For example, I have an extension installed where I click on an icon on the toolbar and can easily read my incoming email. There are many, many extensions to choose… Right now I have approximately 30 different extensions installed. These extensions, for Google Chrome, can be acquired (for FREE) at the Google Chrome Store.

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If you’ve never tried an extension out, or you don’t know where to get started, you’ll be surprised to know how easy it is to install and uninstall extensions in Chrome.

Source: How to install and uninstall extensions in Chrome

What Is Wi-Fi? Everything You Need to Know | Digital Trends

One of the goals of my blog is to teach people about computer information technology, a byte at a time… Here is a good article at Digital Trends about “Wi-Fi”. Most people who own computers and other devices know the term “Wi-Fi”, but do not know about “Wi-Fi”. To learn about “Wi-Fi” in under 5 minutes, check out the Digital Trends article by clicking on the source link below.

The term “Wi-Fi” is a marketing name, but it stands for “wireless fidelity.” Similar to other wireless connection types, like Bluetooth, it’s a radio transmission technology that’s built upon a set of standards to allow high-speed and secure communications between a wide variety of digital devices, access points, and hardware. It makes it possible for Wi-Fi capable devices to access the internet without the need for restrictive wires.

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Source: What Is Wi-Fi? Everything You Need to Know | Digital Trends

How To Open The “Command Prompt” From An Open File Explorer Window

Thanks to MSPoweruser for sharing this power user tip… I love tips like this; plus, I have always been a fan of using the Command Prompt.

Tip: I wish I knew this Windows 10 Command prompt tip years ago – MSPoweruser

To open a CMD window in the same directory as the folder you are viewing, you simply need to type CMD in the directory path area of the File Explorer. There is also a tip which goes in the opposite direction.  If you want to open an File Explorer window in the same directory as your command prompt, merely type Start . with the full stop.

Source: Tip: I wish I knew this Windows 10 Command prompt tip years ago – MSPoweruser

Did you know that you can sort in Microsoft Excel by using colors?

Did you know that you can sort in Microsoft Excel by using colors? For example, Excel can sort by cell color, font color, cell icon, and values. If you want to learn quickly how this works, follow the source link below at PCWorld.

Can Excel Sort by Color? How to Fill Color and use Sort & Filter’s Custom Sort | PCWorld

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Source: Can Excel Sort by Color? How to Fill Color and use Sort & Filter’s Custom Sort | PCWorld

Web Based Version of “Google Tasks” Is Eventually Going Away

I actually use the web-based version of Google Tasks via a browser extension; but apparently, I am one of the few… This news does not mean “Google Tasks” is going completely away. It will still be available via the Google Calendar, Gmail and Mobile version interfaces. The current web-based version is sort of dated and here is to hoping that Google comes up with a more modern standalone version.

Google is shutting down the classic Google Tasks web interface – gHacks Tech News

Google informs users who open Google Tasks using a web browser that the classic version is going away.

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Source: Google is shutting down the classic Google Tasks web interface – gHacks Tech News

Did You Know “Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend messages, if you act quickly”?

Unlike the “unsend” feature in Instagram’s direct messages, however, you will only have 10 minutes from when you send the message on Facebook Messenger to delete it from the chat for both parties. Similar to WhatsApp’s delete feature, the removed message will be replaced with a line of text saying that you “removed a message.”

Facebook Messenger's unsend feature.

Source: Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend messages, if you act quickly

What Is 5G? | PCMag.com

You are probably hearing about all of the hoopla about 5G. Many of you know that it mean’s something faster; but, how fast. This article by PCMag sums it up.

AT&T, Verizon, and other carriers will start to launch 5G networks this year. But what exactly is 5G, and how fast is it compared with 4G? Here are the facts we know so far.

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Source: What Is 5G? | PCMag.com

Did you know that “Soon, you might be able to use Google Duo on the web” | Android Authority

Google Duo is a Google product (app) that allows you to make video calls… If you are not using it, I encourage you to give it a try…

So far, using Google Duo has been limited to smartphones, tablets, and the majority of Chromebooks. In the near future though, the Google Duo video chat service could work on your laptop or desktop computer through your internet browser.

Source: Soon, you might be able to use Google Duo on the web – Android Authority

Did you know that “Many teens are using a secret text language that parents know nothing about…”

If you have teens I encourage you to follow the source link below to learn more about the “current” coding used by our kids when texting, video chatting and using social media. What does it all mean? You may be shocked! I listed some samples below…

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SAMPLES

WTTP: Want to trade photos
MOS: Mom over the shoulder
GNOC: Get naked on camera.

Source: Many teens are using a secret text language that parents know nothing about

Did you know that “500,000 Android users downloaded malware made by one developer”?

Malware on our Android devices is typically introduced by means such as portrayed in this article, with one goal in mind; and, that is to steal your data. Think about it, your smartphone contains a profile of YOU; where sensitive data could be used to compromise YOU on a personal and a financial basis. I tell people, treat your smartphone as if it is your wallet…

The malware was disguised as various games, and didn’t have any legitimate function; rather, they crashed every time they were launched. Now for the worst part: Stefanko said that before Google removed the apps, two of them were featured in the store’s trending section.

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Source: 500,000 Android users downloaded malware made by one developer

What is 2G, 3G, 4G or 5G?

This is a question I get asked a lot. What is 2G, 3G, 4G or 5G?

Simply put,  The G here stands for generation. The higher the generation, the higher the upload/download speed.

For example, here are the generations of GSM network standard (see definition below of GSM). They are GSM (2G, 2.75G), WCDMA (3G), HSDPA (3.5G), HSUPA (3.75G), LTE (4G, including FDD-LTE, TD-LTE), The G here stands for generation. The higher the generation, the higher the upload/download speed.

GSM is the full name is Global System for Mobile Communication. It’s a digital mobile communication system widely used in Europe and other parts of the world. It is the most widely used of the three digital wireless telephone technologies (TDMA, GSM, and CDMA).

Chromebook Tip: How To Perform A Screenshot

Here is a handy tip if you are using a Chromebook and need to perform a screen capture.

To do this, you have two options:

Hold down Ctrl + “Switch window” key to capture a full screenshot

OR

Hold down Ctrl + Shift + “Switch window” key to capture a partial screenshot.

Inoreader – RSS Feed Reader For Power Users (best of the best)

Most people are unaware of RSS (Rich Site Summary) and are missing out on a really powerful way to retrieve the latest content from the sites you may be interested in without having to physically visit the site. Most sites offer RSS feeds and to retrieve those feeds you need a RSS “Feed Reader”. Don’t let this all scare you away, it is very easy to learn and use. You will not regret it. I personally use a feed reader called Inoreader to pull down news and information from hundreds of sites that are of my interest. For example, CNN and Fox news have RSS Feeds. Instead of going to their sites, I simply get their RSS Feed address(es) and enter into my Inoreader RSS Feed Reader to pull in the latest content. That is only two sites I used as an example. I have over a hundred sites where I do the same.

I have tried many RSS feed readers; and, I can tell you that Inoreader is the best of the best. It also available on many platforms (such as on the Web, Windows, Android, Google Chrome App, and iOS). I have Inoreader installed on every device and computer I own and can tell you it seamlessly will synchronize your RSS Feeds no matter which device you use.  If you have a Facebook or Google account, you are one step away from setting up your own Inoreader account.

Inoreader – One place to keep up with all your information sources. Rely on powerful free search, full archive of your subscriptions. Monitor specific keywords, save pages from the web and subscribe to social media feeds.

Source: Inoreader – The content reader for power users who want to save time.

How To Activate the Floating Assistant Menu On The Samsung Galaxy Tab S

I recently purchased the Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4 inch) Android tablet; AND, after having owned several Android tablets, this one is definitely the cream of the crop.

I continue to learn to navigate the tablet and came across a setting that I have found to be very useful that many users most likely will not try (because they do not know it is there or how to turn it “on”). It is called an Assistant Menu, that once activated, creates a small (square) floating icon (that can be moved around the screen) that will give you the ability to launch various actions, such as:

  • Home
  • Back
  • Recently Opened Apps
  • Lock and Turn Off Screen
  • Brightness Adjustment
  • Volume Adjustment
  • Screen Capture
  • Open Notification List
  • Power Off
  • Restart
  • Device Options
  • Settings
  • Cursor
  • More Options
  • Rotate Screen
  • Zoom

SPECIAL NOTE: If you notice on the list above there is one option that will give you the ability to grab screenshots, which is worth its’ weight in gold. I used that option to create the screenshot below.

The neat thing about all of this is that this floating assistant menu can be edited; and, the functions you find that you would use the most, can be reordered. The menu is easy to turn “on” and if you find you do not like it, simply go back and turn it “off”.

To turn this menu “on” and to get you to the place to where you need to be, here is how to turn “on” and edit the menu:

  • On the Apps screen, tap Settings > Device > Accessibility > Dexterity and Interaction
  • Tap the Assistant Menu Switch to toggle the switch to “on”. The Assistant Menu icon will appear at the bottom right of the screen (at which point it can be moved around).
  • To edit the menu, simply tap where it says  Assistant Menu > Edit (see screenshot below). At this point you can drag the icons around and place them in the order you desire. The order you see below is the actual order I set for my menu.  You can also remove various components from the menu.  For example, using the screenshot below, I opted to remove Cursor, More Options, Rotate Screen and Zoom from the menu.

Assistant Menu

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Using The Windows Command Line Service Control (SC) to Delete A Windows Service

While reviewing the Windows Event log on my Windows 8.1 computer, an error was being produced each time I booted the computer to indicate that a Windows Service was not loading. After researching the name of the service I found that the service was related to a software application that I had installed; and, then subsequently uninstalled. The service was still hooked into the Windows registry and was not removed during the uninstall process. I needed to find a way to remove the service that I positively knew was not part of the operating system.

To remove the service I had to open the Windows 8 command prompt (run as Administrator) and type the following Service Control (SC) command line syntax:

sc delete <and the name of the service>

NOTE: Do not type or include the characters < or >

Please keep in mind, once you delete the service, it is gone; so, it is important that you know what you are looking for and what you are doing. In my case, as I do in most cases, I use the power of the internet to research issues such as this to ultimately find the solution. In this case, I thought I would share this one with you.

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Shop The Earth’s Biggest Selection

Many folks in my generation and the generation before me are reluctant to shop online for fear of being taken, receiving the wrong product and/or are worried that the return process is too much of a hassle.

I have been a shopper at Amazon for years, feeding my obsession for tech products and I have had nothing but a good experience with them. I am a frequent visitor of Amazon’s electronics and computer department; not only to shop, but to get customer reviews on tech products that I write about (or may be interested in sometime in the future).

When I am not shopping for tech I often head to their main directory listing (that many people overlook). The Directory, labelled as the Earth’s Biggest Selection, consists of various categories with sub-categories that will point you in the right direction. If you shop Amazon, it is a good idea to bookmark the directory in your browser (see below).

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To help you out this Holiday season, to find that special gift for that special someone, I have listed the main categories below. Have a safe Holiday season: do something special for someone; and, let the shopping begin…

Amazon’s Main Directory
(Earth’s Biggest Selection)

Amazon Instant Video

Digital Music

Appstore for Android

FREE App of the Day

Kindle E-readers & Books

Fire Tablets

Fire TV

Fire Phone

Books & Audible

Movies

Music

Games

Electronics & Computers

Home, Garden & Tools

Beauty

Health

Grocery

Toys

Baby

Girls

Boys

Women

Men

Jewelry

Sports, Fitness & Outdoors

Automotive

Industrial

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Next Version Of DuckDuckGo Focuses On Smarter Answers AND A More Refined Looks

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Next Version Of DuckDuckGo Focuses On Smarter Answers AND A More Refined Looks – Most of us, when performing a search on the internet, go with the big players such as Google, Bing and Yahoo (to name a few). A search engine option that I want you take a look at that actually is comparable or better in terms of search results is the search engine called DuckDuckGo.

DuckDuckGo

Where DuckDuckGo really excels, is that it is a search engine with privacy in mind. Unlike the big players, DuckDuckGo does not profile and track you.

Recently, through the DuckDuckGo Community Platform, I learned that the next version of DuckDuckGo is in beta and can be tested [here].

This version of DuckDuckGo focuses on smarter answers and a more refined look. New features like images, auto-suggest, places and more. Of course, your privacy is protected, with this version, as well!

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[GREAT DEAL – MICROSOFT OFFICE 2013] Get Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 for $104.99 – The 2013 Home and Business edition will run you $219.99. But there’s an unusually good deal to be had: Tech Supply King has Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 (single license) for $104.99. It’s a download, so there’s no shipping charge. This version of the suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. It comes with both 32- and 64-bit files, with Service Pack 1 already rolled in. And you own the software; this isn’t a subscription version that requires you to pony up another $100 every year. (Barf)… @c|net

[MINI WINDOWS DESKTOP COMPUTER] CyberPowerPC Fang Mini joins the tiny desktop PC party – CyberPowerPC is offering a choice between Intel and AMD chips. The Intel version costs $889 and includes a Core i7-4770R quad-core processor and Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics. The AMD model costs $799 and includes an AMD A8-5557M quad-core processor with Radeon R9 M275X graphics. The AMD model should have a slight edge on performance (and price), while the Intel model should sip less power… @PCWorld

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[WINDOWS GOD MODE] Get Easy Access to Control Panel Settings with Windows God Mode – When most people hear the term “God Mode,” they think of video game cheat codes that give the player invincibility or other game-breaking attributes. But there’s also a Windows God Mode, at least sort of… @TekRevue

[NEED TO KNOW] The Facts About Defragmenting Your Computer Drives – Defragmenting your computer’s hard drive from time to time is necessary to help increase performance. Hard drives function by using spinning platters that store data in various areas. The data is written in blocks that are arranged in a sequenced order… @Computer How To Guide

[TECH NEWS] Microsoft’s late to the mini tablet market, but still has a shot at sales – According to several online reports, Microsoft will introduce a smaller-screen Surface on May 20 at an invite-only event in New York City. Dubbed “Surface Mini” in lieu of an official moniker, the device is expected to sport an 8-in. screen, come with a stylus, and be promoted primarily as a digital note taker… @ComputerWorld

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[COMPUTER SECURITY] Eusing Maze Lock lets you lock Windows computer using a pattern – Using the pattern lock is in trend these days and most of the Smartphone users today use the pattern lock instead of passwords. With Eusing Maze Lock you can safely lock and unlock your Windows PC, just by connecting some dots in a specific pattern… @The Windows Club

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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring How To Use Your Smartphone As A Document Scanner AND Copier


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How To Use Your Smartphone As A Document Scanner AND Copier
– I recently made a decision to ditch my all-in-one inkjet printer due to the continued cost of inkjet cartridges. I decided to go with a basic level, black and white color, wireless laser printer where the cartridges are about the same price (as the inkjet). The printer I purchased was the Brother HL-2270DW Compact Laser Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex.

The positive sides to this is that I can print many, many, many more pages, at greater speed, with the laser vs. the inkjet; plus, I gained the benefit of the wireless printer technology (that I did not have). I try to not print anything at all; however, I recently took on another task in my life where hardcopies of documents is required.

The negative sides to this is I cannot print in color and can no longer scan documents; HOWEVER, if you read on, there is a solution.

I was not too concerned about the printing in color. Most of what we print at home is pictures (which is very costly); plus in my planning of all of this I decided if I needed pictures printed out, I would visit a local kiosk to perform this task (where the finished product is much better that the typical inkjet printer).  Now, losing out on the document scanner did have me concerned; HOWEVER, I came up with a solution (in my planning) to use my Nexus 5 Smartphone as my document scanner.

The Nexus 5 is an Android based phone; therefore I needed to find an Android app that was made to perform document scans. After trying many variations of Android document scanners, I settled for the app called CamScanner. The FREE version of CamScanner should be all you need.

CamScanner

What I am finding now, using CamScanner and after training myself (through experimentation), is that I can scan a document (using my smartphone) very quickly; and then following the scan can send and share the document at light speed.  For example, I will scan a document and then send it to any of my online accounts, such as my Microsoft OneNote notebook, my email account, my OneDrive account, etc… When you scan a document with CamScanner, the app will perform an auto-correction to line up the document, adjust the clarity of the document and convert it to a PDF file.  There are many manual corrections that can be performed, as well, within the CamScanner app.

Then the question came up in my mind, “What if I want to copy a document and print it???  With CamScanner this is not an issue.  Using my new wireless laser printer I was able to send print jobs directly to the printer (from anywhere in the world) using Google Cloud Print. By the way, your printer does not have to be wireless or Google Cloud Print ready to print from the internet (or the cloud).

In the end, my planning has so far paid off; plus, I am not caught up in the world of inkjet cartridges where the cartridges often cost more than the actual purchase of the printer. Also, give CamScanner a try. Once you learn how to use it, you will not miss that cumbersome inkjet all-in-one document scanner.

CamScanner – Available at the Google Play Store

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[FREE WINDOWS SOFTWARE] All-in-one Design Tool, Screen Capture, Image editor, Color Picker, Pixel Ruler and More (PicPick) – An all-in-one program that provides a full-featured screen capture tool, an intuitive image editor, a color picker, a color palette, a pixel- ruler, a protractor, a crosshair and even a whiteboard… @PicPick

[GOOGLE CHROME SECURITY] Chromebleed – Displays a warning if the site you are browsing is affected by the Heartbleed bug… @Chrome Web Store

[FREE WINDOWS SOFTWARE] mp3DirectCut – a fast and extensive audio editor and recorder for compressed mp3. You can directly cut, copy, paste or change the volume with no need to decompress your files for audio editing… @mpesch3 Audio Tools

[HOW TO] How to Remember All the Passwords You’re ResettingIf you’re like a lot of people, you probably think that you can come up with one indecipherable password, maybe one that isn’t even a word, and then reuse it because no one will ever guess. But the Heartbleed bug, like the hacks of Kickstarter and some Yahoo emails earlier this year, should have you questioning that assumption… @ABC News

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Monitor Your Satellite Bandwidth Usage With Networx

When your internet connection is served through a satellite provider you soon find out that you are at the mercy of a bandwidth cap. Exceed the cap and things slow to a crawl, limiting what you can do.

The provider often gives you a set amount of gigabytes per month, which is eaten up not only by normal internet browsing; but, is also eaten up by the behind the scene operations such as windows updates, security software updates, etc… Some providers will give you bonus gigabytes that can be used during off hours (such as 2 AM to 8 AM) and in that scenario I recommend you schedule updates to occur during these so called bonus hours (at night).

In the end, if your internet connection is served through a satellite provider it is important that you plan a strategy to take advantage of the bandwidth that you are provided; but, how do you see how much gas (gigabytes) is left in the tank or how much gas (gigabytes) has been used?

Most satellite providers track your usage and post the usage on the online account you have with the provider. This option, in my opinion, is quite lame. Another more viable option is to use bandwidth monitoring software that will give you real-time visual results that can generate daily reports of your total usage.

I explored various software options to perform this task and finally settled on a FREE software option called NetWorx.

NetWorx is available as a full install or as a portable app. To give it a try, I would download the portable version and if you don’t like it, simply delete it. I think you will be wanting to keep it once you see that it gives you the ability to easily track your daily data traffic amounts.

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NetWorx is a simple and free, yet powerful tool that helps you objectively evaluate your bandwidth situation. You can use it to collect bandwidth usage data and measure the speed of your Internet or any other network connection. NetWorx can help you identify possible sources of network problems, ensure that you do not exceed the bandwidth limits specified by your ISP, or track down suspicious network activity characteristic of Trojan horses and hacker attacks.

Key Features

  • Clear graphic and/or numeric display
  • Usage reports with export to a variety of file formats, including Excel, MS Word and HTML
  • Permits close supervision of uploads and downloads
  • Works with dial-up, ISDN, cable modems, ADSL, Ethernet cards, and more
  • Includes network information and testing tools with advanced netstat that displays applications using your Internet connection
  • Option to notify user or disconnect from the Internet automatically when network activity exceeds a certain level
  • Speed meter to accurately time downloads and report the average transfer rates
  • Dial-up session journal with detailed information about every session
  • Absolutely free and does not contain any adware/spyware/malware

With NetWorx you can:

  • Find out and monitor how fast your Internet connection is
  • Find out and monitor how much Internet traffic you consume
  • Verify whether your ISP charges your Internet usage fairly
  • Detect a suspicious network activity on your computer
  • Perform simple network tests such as ping and trace route
  • Be notified about excessive Internet usage

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Article 2 of 3: Can The FBI Recover Data You Deleted?

This is a guest post series written by Elena Pakhomova, Marketing and Development for the data recovery software company www.ReclaiMe.com.

There are three articles to this series that examines the method(s) of deletion at the user-level, at the operating system level, and at the hardware level. Please visit again to capture the rest of the story…

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In light of recent high profile espionage events, subject of personal data protection has become very popular. In this article I will try to shed light on the subject of data deletion and answer the question how does one delete the data so that even the FBI fails to restore it.

There are three parts involved in data management on every device, be it a PC, phone, or some other gadget.

User who creates content, manages it, and finally deletes it. –  (SEE ARTICLE #1)

Operating system or more specifically a certain component of operating system called filesystem, which based on user commands stores, deletes, and performs other operations with data on the logical disk level. – (SEE ARTICLE #2)

Hardware – hard disk or other physical device which is responsible for storing data at the lowest level of electromagnetic fields and electric charge. (SEE ARTICLE #3)

The behavior of each of the above parts determines how data is being deleted on a particular device and therefore what are the chances to restore it.


Data Deletion In Different Operating Systems

Each operating system stores user data in a specific way. A method of data organization is called filesystem. Each filesystem, in turn, stores and deletes data differently. However, for many filesystems the following principle is true – if you actively use the disk to write new files after the deletion the chance to recover the deleted files decreases.

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft has developed not so many filesystems, the most famous being FAT, NTFS, and ReFS. NTFS is the most “recoverable” filesystem meaning that if you delete a file from an NTFS volume and then do not write new data to the volume you have a great chance to recover the deleted data. As for FAT filesystem, only non-fragmented files can be recovered (typically these are small files).

ReFS is a comparatively young filesystem (about a year old); however, our research revealed that ReFS is about the same as NTFS in terms of recoverability.

Linux

Most well known Linux filesystems are ext2/3/4. Only with ext2 filesystem you have some chance to recover deleted data. Due to specifics of storing data on ext3 and ext4, the probability to get the deleted data in acceptable condition is very small. Surely, searching the disk directly for fragments of certain files can bring some result but it’s impossible to recover the deleted data in original state as it was on the disk before deletion. If you know what you are after, you can detect data traces; get the data as it was before deletion is impossible.

Apple HFS/HFS+

Apple Mac OS uses HFS and HFS+ filesystems. A file deletion in these filesystems as usual boils down to the deletion of information about where file content is located on the disk, rather than actual deletion of file content. Technicalities of these filesystems make it impossible to predict in advance whether data is deleted immediately or the filesystem postpones the deletion for some time. Anyway, deleted file contents on the disk will not be actually erased until the filesystem needs the place occupied by these files to write new data.

Thank You to Elena Pakhomova, Marketing and Development for the data recovery software company www.ReclaiMe.com for this GREAT ARTICLE!

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 30, 2013


AN ADVANCED WINDOWS VOLUME CONTROL
that can be used to replace the standard Windows volume control…

IMPROVE YOUR COMPUTER’S PERFORMANCE with these four options from Tech4Idiots…

$7.5 MILLION DOLLAR HARD DRIVE has went missing in the dump…

AN ALL-IN-ONE ANDROID DESKTOP that possibly could make our life in the world of computing much easier…

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An Advanced Windows Volume Control

Volume ²

Volume ² is very nice Windows volume control that gives you the ability to control your computer’s volume using the mouse wheel, hotkeys or on a schedule.

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Volume ² – alternate volume control that can completely replace the standard Windows volume control. Volume ² provides a simple set of hot keys and mouse events to control the volume.Also, it is a simple task scheduler that allows you to run an application or control the volume.Volume ² has a multilingual interface: Russian, Ukrainian, English, Chinese, Armenian, German, Spanish, Polish, Italian, etc.

Note: When you visit the site it is in Russian and will need to translate the page.  In my case, I am using Google Chrome with a built in translator.

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How to improve your computer’s performance

@ Tech4Idiots

In the event you have an aging computer, you may want to revive some life back into it with these four options as suggested by Tech4Idiots…

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A while ago we published an article on how to improve your computer’s performance at no cost, this time around we’ll be discussing a few basic tips on improving your PC’s performance when you have some money to spend… READ MORE


Missing: hard drive containing Bitcoins worth £4m in Newport landfill site

@ theguardian

You may have been reading about the electronic money currency called Bitcoins. Bitcoins recently have gained in value to the point where they are turning the heads, on not only people, but entire countries.  If you didn’t know, per Wikipedia, Bitcoin is an open source peer-to-peer electronic and money payment network introducted in 2009 by pseudonymous developer Satoshi Nakamoto.

Recently a computer dude threw away his hard drive, only to realize later (as bitcoins gained in value), that he had thrown away an equivalent of $7.5 million in bitcoins.  Somewhere in the dump there is a very valuable hard drive…

Damian blog : Seaton Meadows Landfill site in Hartlepool

Buried somewhere under four feet of mud and rubbish, in the Docksway landfill site near Newport, Wales, in a space about the size of a football pitch is a computer hard drive worth more than £4m.

It belonged to James Howells, who threw it out when he was clearing up his desk in mid-summer and discovered the part, rescued from a defunct Dell laptop. He found it in a drawer and put it in a bin… READ MORE


HP Slate 21-k100 21.5-Inch All-in-One
Android Touchscreen Desktop

I would really love to see these Android desktops take off. Definitely would make computing a lot easier for those folks who have struggled with learning Windows; not forgetting to mention, Android eliminates a lot of the bulk.

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The HP Slate 21-k100 All-in-One is the only Android all-in-one that gives you fast access to the most popular apps. Every time you log in, your favorite Android apps, documents, and widgets appear instantly. Everyone has the best seat in the house for watching videos, sharing slideshows, playing games and more with a 21.5″ diagonal Full HD display and wide viewing angles… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 27, 2013


THE BEST 100 ANDROID APPS FOR
2013 carefully reviewed and selected by PCMag.com…

BURN DISCS QUICKLY, easily, with maximum quality and minimum hassle with Ashampoo Burning Studio FREE…

WHAT IS YOUR POSTION on removable storage and removable batteries in smartphones???

A NEXUS 5 SMARTPHONE CASE that I highly recommend…

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The 100 Best Android Apps of 2013

@ PCMag.com

PCMag always comes up with the best lists of tech related items. This list is no exception. If you are into Android, this is a must see list that has been rebuilt from scratch.

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While 100 apps is a far more manageable slice of the one million plus apps in the Google Play store, it’s still a challenge to keep up to date. That’s the nature of a platform as enormous and dynamic as Android. Our plan is to update the list frequently to keep it from becoming an ossified mess filled with broken and unhip apps… CHECK IT OUT HERE


Recently Updated — Ashampoo Burning Studio FREE

Don’t let the name Ashampoo think you are dealing with a hair product. Ashampoo actually makes numerous software packages with great reputation. Their burning studio product is a great product if you are looking for a FREE disc burning application.

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What’s new:
  • Multi-disc file backup and restore on CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs
  • Create compressed backup archives with powerful password protection
  • Split archives automatically across multiple CDs, DVDs or Blu-ray discs
  • Restore archive contents to their original locations
  • Integrated Audio CD ripper – store your audio tracks as WMA or WAV files
  • New option for setting the number of copies you want to burn (available for all disc formats)
  • Discs can now be verified immediately without being ejected first (if the drive supports this feature)
  • Numerous other small improvements that make the program easier to use and more effective

    GET IT HERE FOR FREE


     

    A Post about Removable Storage,
    Removable Batteries and Smartphones

    @ AnandTech

Have you noticed lately where many of the new mobile devices being released have the batteries built into the device. There is a reason for this…

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The key phrase however is “all else being equal”. This is where the tradeoff comes in. On the battery front, the tradeoff is very similar to what we saw happen in notebooks… READ MORE


Very Nice Nexus 5 Smartphone Case

I just ordered a couple of the Cruzerlite Spi-Force Case for Nexus 5 and I must say, I am impressed. I really feel that this case will go a long ways in protecting my Nexus 5 and I really like the built-in kick stand.

Cruzerlite Spi-Force Case for Nexus 5

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  • Keep your Google Nexus 5 safe and protected in style.
  • Slip onto your Google Nexus 5 to add color.
  • TPU is more cut and tear resistant than rubber. It is abrasion resistant, and has a high degree of transparency. This skin is more stiff than silicone skins, but remains flexible.
  • Applicaton and removal are easy.
  • Shock absorbent, shatterproof, and anti-scratch material

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Article 1 of 3: Can The FBI Recover Data You Deleted?

This is a guest post series written by Elena Pakhomova, Marketing and Development for the data recovery software company www.ReclaiMe.com.

There are three articles to this series that examines the method(s) of deletion at the user-level, at the operating system level, and at the hardware level. Please visit again to capture the rest of the story…

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In light of recent high profile espionage events, subject of personal data protection has become very popular. In this article I will try to shed light on the subject of data deletion and answer the question how does one delete the data so that even the FBI fails to restore it.

There are three parts involved in data management on every device, be it a PC, phone, or some other gadget.

User who creates content, manages it, and finally deletes it. –  (SEE ARTICLE #1)

Operating system
or more specifically a certain component of operating system called filesystem, which based on user commands stores, deletes, and performs other operations with data on the logical disk level. – (SEE ARTICLE #2)

Hardware – hard disk or other physical device which is responsible for storing data at the lowest level of electromagnetic fields and electric charge. – (SEE ARTICLE #3)

The behavior of each of the above parts determines how data is being deleted on a particular device and therefore what are the chances to restore it.


How A User Deletes Data

Not all people understand that the data recovery result depends on the way you delete the data. There are several ways to delete data; some of them are familiar to every user while the others are known to only a few.

Typical deletion

This is the simplest type of deletion which is known to everyone both a PC user and user of some new-fangled gadget. In this case we just click “Delete” and believe that whatever we delete is gone. However, such deletion does not result in immediate and complete data deletion from a device. First, there is Recycle Bin from which you can often (though not always) restore files by several clicks. Second, when you delete data, even bypassing Recycle Bin, data is never deleted immediately. In this case, only information about the file is removed (its location on the disk, in which folder it was stored and so on). The file content itself is retained for some time making it possible to restore the file under certain circumstances.

Special deletion

This includes those cases when you intentionally want to delete your data in such a way that nobody can recover it.

Format

Format is a quite common method to remove data, although not suitable for removal of individual files and folders. By formatting you can delete all the data stored on the device. Of course, the primary goal of the format procedure is to write blank data structures onto the disk before the first use, rather than to delete data irreversibly. Data deletion is a side effect of format.

Take into account that there are two types of format – quick and complete format. Quick format deletes only information about files rather than their content, while complete format removes data once and for all. Different operating systems and even different versions of the same operating system have different format type set by default. For example in Windows XP neither quick nor complete format deletes data irreversibly but in Windows 7 there is a crisp differentiation between these types of format.

Thus, it is clear that even format does not guarantee that data will be deleted irreversibly. So to be sure that you delete data irretrievably using a format procedure you should check what type of format your operating system uses.

Special erasing software

There are special tools (both free and paid) to erase files from a device irreversibly. Such tools just fill every sector on the device with zeros, so sometimes they are called zero-filling tools.

Among these tools, you should distinguish those which work with the entire disk like Lowvel and erase all the contents of the device and those which work file-by-file and delete a particular file or folder like
File Shredder.

As for the tools working at the file level, it is difficult to ensure that all the parts of file are deleted. This is because the file system has a whole number of peculiarities in storing data.

So, only tools which erase all files can reliably ensure that data is completely deleted and nobody, not even FBI, can restore data after such tools have worked on the device.

Overwriting data

It is quite exotic type of data deletion. The mechanism is similar to data deletion using special software, but in this case data is overwritten with another less valuable data rather than with zeros. Let’s suppose you have a 1TB disk with data you want to delete irreversibly. In this case you need to write exactly 1TB of another data (for example videos) to really overwrite all previous data.

Obviously, it is impossible to use this method if you need to delete a certain file or folder since for guaranteed deletion you have to fill all capacity of a device.

Mechanical disk damage

Surely, there is such an odd way to delete data as to damage the disk mechanically or, better yet, to melt it liquid. With mechanical damage you should be aware that any data recovery lab is able to replace various disk components. So, it is impossible to determine in advance whether data is recoverable based only an external appearance of a damaged disk, unless the disk looks like a pool of molten metal.

Thank You to Elena Pakhomova, Marketing and Development for the data recovery software company www.ReclaiMe.com for this GREAT ARTICLE!

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 20, 2013

SPLIT A PDF FILE into one or more pieces online – it’s easy and free…

A FREE SOUNDSCAPE UTILITY created to bring the sounds of nature to your PC…

NOTICED A DROP IN YOUR SITE’S STATS? The article below by fortypoundhead.com will give you insight as to why???

CHECK OUT THE All-New Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ Tablet with 2560 x 1600 display…

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Split A PDF File Into One Or More Pieces

@ PDFSplit

I ran into a situation where I had a PDF document (actually a book), where I only needed certain page ranges. I went on the hunt and found an online (cloud) based application called PDFSplit. With PDFSplit you select a PDF file from your computer, your Google Drive account or your DropBox account. You can extract specific page ranges or you can break each page down into separate files. I found PDF Splitter to work wonderfully. Once the split has occurred you simply download your file.

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FREE Soundscape Utility

@ Sound Valley

Relax to the sounds of nature with Sound Valley (birds singing, wind in trees, forest stream, rain, storm, etc…). You can configure the included scenes, playback options, duration and play order. There is also a built in sleep timer and rest reminder.

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Getting Killed by a Penguin

@ fortypoundhead.com

If you have noticed a drop in the stats for your site, the information reflected in this article may be why(???).

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… I was reviewing the Google Webmaster Analytics, checking out the weeks traffic, etc., and I noticed a pattern.  Hmmm, traffic seems to be dropping. Sure enough, expanding the date range of the chart, out to 3 months show a drop of about 40% over the previous three months… READ MORE


All-New Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ Tablet

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Startlingly light large-screen tablet, with stunning HDX display, ultra-fast performance, and front and rear cameras

  • Exclusive 8.9″ HDX display (2560×1600) with unsurpassed pixel density (339 PPI) and perfect color accuracy (100% sRGB) for vivid, lifelike images that go beyond standard HD
  • Breakthrough ultra-light design—weighing just 13.2oz, it’s 34% lighter than the previous generation
  • Ultra-fast 2.2GHz quad-core processor—3x more powerful than previous generation—with 2GB of RAM and Adreno 330 GPU for fast, fluid gaming and video
  • Introducing the “Mayday” button—revolutionary, on-device tech support, exclusive to Kindle Fire HDX tablets. Connect for free to an Amazon expert 24×7, 365 days a year
  • 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash for high-resolution photos and 1080p HD video, plus a front-facing 720p HD camera for Skype video calls and more
  • Stay productive on the go with ultra-fast web browsing, built-in OfficeSuite, plus e-mail and calendar support for Gmail, Outlook, and more

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 28, 2013

Featuring: Glary Utilities, a FREE, Powerful, All-In-One computer maintenance and system optimization utility was recently updated; Some telltale signs that your laptop is overheating; See the latest gadget at ITRush that is exclusively designed to convert photos to digital images; and, The NEW Galaxy Note 3…

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Free, Powerful, All-In-One Utility
For Cleaning and Optimizing Your Windows PC

Glary Utilities

Glary Utilities is one of my favorites when it comes to all-in-one system maintenance and optimization utilities. I especially like that they have a portable version available that can be carried on a flash drive.

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The No. 1 Free, Powerful and All-in-one utility for cleaning your Windows PC.

Boosts PC speed and fixes frustrating errors, crashes and freezes

Protects your privacy and wipe sensitive internet and chat history

Over 20 tools to maximize your Computer’s performance

GET IT HERE


Your laptop overheats and turns itself off how do you overcome this problem?

@ Wiki Answers

During a training session I was attending the instructor’s notebook, after approximately 2 hours of use, started to suddenly shut itself down and when the instructor resumed Windows the mouse became jumpy and the computer’s performance noticeably dropped. Long story short; the notebook was positioned in such a way that it could not cool itself down and was becoming overheated. This led me to find this article at Wiki Answers…

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Most laptops will auto-shutdown if they get too hot, to prevent damage to the CPU chip. So if it’s still shutting down, it hasn’t lost it’s mind — yet… READ MORE


The Photograph To Digital Picture Converter – Now you can transform photos into digital format quickly and easily

@ ITRush

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The Photograph To Digital Picture Converter is very easy to use and works faster than any scanners out there, simply place the picture into the converter, close the tray and hit the button to start the process of converting your old photographs into a more secure digital format plus you can even watch the conversion process because it already comes with a nice LCD screen… READ MORE


The Next Big Thing Is Here – Galaxy Note 3

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The Galaxy Note 3 features a wider 5.7-inch Full HD 1080p Super AMOLED display, yet it’s slimmer and lighter than its predecessor (8.3mm and 5.93 ounces, respectively) and has a more powerful and longer lasting 3200 mAh battery. It’s also equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera with Smart Stabilization and an improved LED flash to help you capture every visual story in your life — even in low light and active situations… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 11, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

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 (SEE BELOW);

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 (SEE BELOW);

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 (SEE BELOW); 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 (SEE BELOW);

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Dns Jumper Updated

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DNS – or domain name system – is the protocol on the internet that turns human-comprehensible website names such as sordum.org into addresses understandable by machines.(machine-readable “IP addresses”) , In some cases, you can increase the browsing speed or improve your security by replacing the DNS provided by your provider , DNS Jumper is a tool which makes it easy for you… GET IT HERE


Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant

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What does Upgrade Assistant do? Upgrade Assistant checks your PC hardware to see if it meets the Windows 8 system requirements to install on your PC, including features of the processor such as CPU speed, PAE, NX, and SSE2, as well as RAM size and hard drive capacity. It also checks for compatibility of your currently installed apps and devices… READ MORE and GET IT HERE


Is Handwriting So Last Generation–Redux

@ Ask A Tech Teacher

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Studies show one in three children struggle with handwriting. I’d guess more, seeing it first hand as a teacher. Sound bad? Consider another study that one in five parents say they last penned a letter more than a year ago… READ MORE


The World’s Thinnest and Lightest Portable All-In-One Computer

Dell XPS 18

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Had one of these in my hand today and I have to say I was quite impressed. It was like carrying around a giant tablet PC… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 2, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (A Set Of Over 20 Software Utilities) – The number of optimization suites out there are numerous. Some you pay for; others are simply FREE. Today’s featured suite is Puran’s Utilities. You can download these FREE utilities individually or as a suite. Puran’s Utilities carries with it good ratings and reviews (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Did you know that as PC Users we have a tendency to overlook the power supply?) –  Tips4PC has a great article up about choosing the right power supply. I know from my own personal experience that the power supply is a major component in our PC and is the most overlooked. The manufacturers, when they sell us a PC, often are guilty of this, as well; and, will sell us an underpowered unit (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Google’s Good To Know Site): Many of us use the services and products that Google has developed. To help keep you safe and secure online, Google has created a “Good To Know” site that talks about security, privacy, identity theft, and how you can protect yourself (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (Microsoft Office As A Subscription): Many folks out there do not realize that you can purchase Microsoft Office as a yearly subscription (SEE BELOW)…

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Puran Utilities

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A set of more than 20 software utilities including but not limited to utilities that can help you get the best performance out of your computer. It also provides an automatic and a one click solution to keep your computer clean and error free… GET IT HERE


Choosing the Right Computer Power Supply

@ Tips4PC

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Power supply is one of the most ignored parts of computers. The average computer user will discuss configuration details of main memory, RAM, motherboard etc before purchasing a new or used PC, but ignore the importance of having a good power supply… READ MORE


Good To Know –
A Guide To Staying Safe and Security Online

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  • Explore quick tips and how-to’s that explain what you can do to stay safe and secure on the web.
  • Get advice from parents at Google and family safety experts on how to help your family safely surf the web.
  • Google works hard to protect you whenever you use the web.
  • What is a browser anyway? Find out how to chat online, search effectively and more.

MORE HERE


Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium 1yr Subscription

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Office 365 Home Premium has all the Microsoft applications, plus cloud services. Just sign in and you can get to your Office files, applications, and settings when you are not at home.

The 2013 versions of familiar Office applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint include new features that help you create, communicate and work efficiently from virtually anywhere… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 27, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (Search NTFS Drives At Insane Speeds) – If you have a Windows based PC with a NTFS drive and have Administrator rights, I encourage you to take a look at SwiftSearch (portable app). This search utility reads the NTFS file table instead of indexing the drive, which can have failure points (see below)…

Squeak #2 – (If you have children, please read this) – I love it when a fellow blogger mixes tech with safety to help others. Jason over at 404 Tech Support has some very important information about coin lithium battery safety. If a child swallows one of these batteries it is important to head to the emergency room immediately (see below);

Squeak #3 – (Turn Your Android Smartphone Into A Flashlight): Never be left in the dark again with the Android app called Color Flashlight HD LED. Very useful app… (see below); AND,

Squeak #4 – (Get The Most Out Of Your Memory Cards With This Card Reader): I am hooking up to get one of the Transcend RDF5K USB 3.0 card readers. What I like about this is that it is USB 3.0 compatible, can read just about any card out there and is very easy to use (insert card into the reader and plug the reader into your USB port) – (see below)…

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Searches NTFS Volumes At Insane Speeds

SwiftSearch

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SwiftSearch is a lightweight program whose purpose is to help you quickly find the files you need on your Windows machine without ever requiring you to index your drives. Most search utilities that achieve similar speeds do so by indexing drives while the computer is idle, but because idleness detection is so difficult to get right, in practice they end up slowing down the whole system just to speed up search… GET IT HERE


Being safe with coin batteries

@ 404 Tech Support

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…one topic that often goes unmentioned is safety regarding electronics. Energizer, the National Safety Council, and a campaign called The Battery Controlled are trying to raise awareness of risks from coin lithium batteries. Particularly if ingested by children, these batteries can cause long-term health issues… READ MORE


Turn Your Android Phone Into A Color Flashlight, Police Light, Disco Light, Candle or LED

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Have you ever tried to use your phone’s screen or LED as a beacon of light, only to find it’s just not bright enough? Turn your phone into a versatile flashlight with Color Flashlight app, the app that brightens up your phone’s day and leads the way. Never be caught in the dark without a light again… GET IT HERE


SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Card Reader

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Get the most out of your memory cards with the Transcend RDF5K USB 3.0 card reader. With the ability to support all next-generation cards, including SDHC (UHS-I), SDXC (UHS-I), microSD, microSDHC (UHS-I), and microSDXC (UHS-I), data of all types can be easily transferred to your computer or other devices… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 12, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: If you are looking for a level of protection when browsing the internet, then you may want to use (install) “the new” Web of Trust (WOT). WOT warns users about websites with potential issues. I have used WOT for years; BUT, one problem with WOT was that some sites, honest in nature, were being improperly rated. “The NEW WOT” is to change that. If you don’t know what WOT is, check it out (see below);

Squeak #2: Now this is something to really think about. The same cable that we often use to connect to a computer to charge the phone could be compromising your data; especially, if it is not your computer you are using. Please read the article below from TechNewsWorld (see below);

Squeak #3: If you are into assisting others on their computers, then you need to check out TeamViewer. I use the FREE version of TeamViewer to provide remote support and actually have it setup on my home network to access the desktops on all my PC’s (see below); AND,

Squeak #4:  Today’s featured tech product is something that is very cool and is an example of the future.  It is a smartphone enabled deadbolt, called KEVO (see below)…

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Web of Trust – Rating Feature Is Completely Revamped

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Web of Trust (WOT), a crowdsourced website reputation service with over 90 million global downloads, has announced a new version today. The renewed WOT significantly enhances the user experience with improved visibility to reasons behind website reputations.

The new WOT prompts users to provide specific reasons for their website ratings. Users rating a site are requested to select at least one reason – labeled as a ‘category’ – to explain their rating… READ MORE

GET WEB OF TRUST HERE


LockedUSB Keeps Devices Safe While They Charge

@TechNewsWorld

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LockedUSB is a small firewall adapter that plugs into a USB charging port. The smartphone cable plugs into the device, securing data lines and preventing automatic data syncs from taking place… READ MORE


TeamViewer – All-In-One Software For Remote Support

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TeamViewer is a simple and fast solution for remote control, desktop sharing and file transfer that works behind any firewall and NAT proxy… GET IT HERE


With Kevo Your Smartphone Literally Becomes a Key

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With Kevo, your Smartphone is now your key. No more fumbling for your keys. Keep your phone in your pocket or purse and just touch the lock to open. No Smartphone? No Problem. Enjoy the same touch to open convenience with the fob… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 11, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: Uninstalling security software should be straightforward, but it is not. Norton products are no exception. If you have a Norton product on your PC and you desire to uninstall it, make sure you download the Norton Removal Tool (see below);

Squeak #2: I came across some very good tips on what to look for when hiring a computer tech (see below);

Squeak #3: I have to let you know about this if you are an iPhone owner. Apple is releasing the NEW Apple iPhone 5S and 5C.  Difference between the two is that one built better and more expensive than the other. I found where the cheap one is still pretty expensive if you buy it unlocked (see below); AND,

Squeak #4: Nexus 4 is Google’s flagship smartphone. If you own one of these, I strongly suggest you protect your investment with one of these cases (see below);

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Norton Removal Tool – To Uninstall Your Norton Product

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The Norton Removal Tool will scour your PC for remnants of any Norton security tool (all the old Norton 2003 and later products, Norton 360, and Norton SystemWorks 12.0), removing any associated files, folders and Registry keys… GET IT HERE


Computer Repair Technician Checklist

@RenoGeek

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I have seen many people get scammed by dishonest or unqualified Technicians. If you should decide for whatever reason not to use my services please use this checklist to help insure that the person you do call is qualified to help you… READ MORE


Apple launches iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S

@ NBC News

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Apple unveiled two new iPhones a Tuesday, the speedier iPhone 5S and the less expensive iPhone 5C… READ MORE


Nexus 4 Best Selling Shock Absorption Bumper + Anti Scratch Clear Back Premium Hybrid Case

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The Best Case Seller with Top Rated Feedback and Reviews… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 10, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: Connecting a computer to a big screen TV is pretty straight forward these days; however, when surfing the web on a TV, the standard web browser is not really optimized for that purpose. There is a solution in a browser called Kylo (see below);

Squeak #2: If you are using Windows 8 and you come across and iso file, did you know you can view the contents of the iso file and even burn the iso file to disc with what is already built into Windows 8? Let Simple Help show you how in a very nicely composed tutorial (see below);

Squeak #3: When we purchase a computer these days, the sound hardware components are typically built into the motherboard. The sound may sound good, but you do not know what good is until you go with a sound card (that you can install). To shoot you in the right direction, and to teach you a few things, make sure you read the article below from Dom’s Tech & Computer Blog (see below); AND

Squeak #4: Today’s featured geek product is one of the sound cards that Dom’s Tech & Computer Blog is recommending. It is the Creative Sound Blaster Z (see below)…

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Kylo – The Web Browser For Your TV

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Kylo’s wide-open interface is designed specifically to fit your TV screen. It’s not just a blown-up web browser. Kylo lets you enjoy your favorite content fast. Don’t waste time hunting through lists of links and unreadable text. See what you want to see!… GET IT HERE


How to Open or Burn an .ISO File in Windows 8

@ Simple Help

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This very brief tutorial will show you how to open up and view the contents of an .iso file – or burn the .iso to CD/DVD – in Windows 8. The best part – all the software you need is included with Windows 8 itself… READ MORE


Best Gaming Sound Card – The Top 5!

@ Dom’s Computer & Tech Blog

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Most motherboards today come with an on-board sound card. Many people, however, don’t realize how much a dedicated sound card can really improve sound quality… READ MORE


Creative Sound Blaster Z SBX PCIE Gaming Sound Card with Beamforming Microphone

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The Sound Blaster Z is an ideal all-round solution for your PC gaming and entertainment needs. It comes complete with the Sound Blaster beamforming microphone for crystal clear voice communication… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 7, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: I cannot stress the importance of backing up your personal files and having a backup strategy in place. There are numerous (FREE) backup programs out there, but the one I rely on is FreeFileSync (which is available as a full install or as a portable app);

Squeak #2: If you are A T-Mobile customer and are currently subscribed in one of their legacy value plans (under the 2 year contract agreement), you may want to look into migrating to their Simple Choice plan which starts with unlimited talk, text, and web (including up to 500 MB of high-speed data) on their advanced nationwide network. The reason I bring this up is that I took advantage of the migration, gained web access on my wife’s phone (my phone already had it), at the same cost I was paying for the value plan. When my contract expires I will simply remain in the Simple Choice plan and not be tied to any contract (see below);

Squeak #3: We all agree that the clarity of HDTV (high definition) is awesome and that nothing can beat it, right?  Wrong! Going to teach you something here. The next buzzword out there is 4K TV… It is HDTV on steroids (see below); AND,

Squeak #4: A 3 TB external, portable hard drive, that boasts military-grade protection against water, pressure, vibration, and dust. The price will surprise you (see below)…

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FREE Open Source Software That Helps You Synchronize Files And Folders

FreeFileSync

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It is designed to optimize user productivity and runtime performance to help get your files in sync quickly and reliably. FreeFileSync aims to provide high-quality software with a strict zero open bugs policy. This is achieved by quick turnaround times and free 24/7 support for everyone… GET IT HERE


TMobile – Value Plan Customers Can Migrate To the Simple Choice Plan

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Can an existing Value plan customer migrate to the Simple Choice plan without a migration fee?

Yes. Existing Value plan customers can migrate to the new rate plans without a migration fee. However, you’ll keep your current annual service contract commitment end date… READ MORE


You’ll Never Want to Stop Watching 4K TV

@ Mashable

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A 4K Ultra HD display (like a television set) has twice the vertical and horizontal resolution of a typical 1080p HDTV. That means it has four times as many pixels and has a resolution of 3840 pixels x 2160 lines. This means that you can get the clarity you get on your smartphone or tablet — but on the big screen… READ MORE


The Price Is Right On This
Military Grade Portable External Hard Drive

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  • USB 3.0 Super Speed (High transferring rate up to 5 Gbps/sec)
  • Standard Compliance: USB 3.0 / 2.0
  • Anti-pressure and anti-dust function
  • In compliance with US military grade MIL-STD-810F 516.5 procedures IV (Transit drop test) and IEC529 IPX7 water resistant test
  • LED indicates power on and data access
  • Delicate cable storage design
  • SP Widget free download software features seven main functions to maximize your SP Portable Hard Drive
  • Supported operating systems: Windows 7, Windows Vista, WinXP, Win2000, Mac 10.3.X above, Linux 2.6.X above

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 19, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: I have been looking for an online jigsaw puzzle app that emulates a real jigsaw puzzle, and I found it (see below);

Squeak #2: Anyone who does any desktop publishing, blogging, or graphic editing needs PicPick (see below);

Squeak #3: Read the scoop on renting porn movies from the cable company (read more below); AND

Squeak #4: Today’s featured gadget is a Leatherman tool. I actually collect these things and find them very useful (see below)…

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Jigsaw Explorer – Best Online Jigsaw Puzzles

@ Jigsaw Explorer

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This is the best jigsaw puzzle application that I have come across that allows you to rotate the pieces, determine the number of pieces to use and use your own pictures; right from your browser (no install required)… GET IT HERE


PicPick – All In One Design Tool

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PicPick is an all-in-one program that provides a full-featured screen capture tool, an intuitive image editor, a color picker, a color palette, a pixel- ruler, a protractor, a crosshair and even a whiteboard.

This software is distributed as a freeware for personal use only… GET IT HERE


Cable Movie Blackmail

@ Plato On-Line

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Why you Shouldn’t rent cable porn movies… Cable companies tell you that they don’t list the movies you rent. But any company insider can know. Their movies have codes and so do movies you rent… READ MORE


If You’re Heading To College You Need One Of These

Leatherman 831102 Super Tool-300 Multitool

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – July 29, 2013


A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks
:

  • TCAT Shelbyville posted two links to two new technologies that are available, that you need to check out;
  • If you are a Gmail user, learn “how to” compose an email using Gmail’s new compose window;
  • Windows 8 throwing you for a loop(?); then make sure you bookmark the 60 tips that TechRadar is throwing at us;
  • Are desktop computers becoming the way of the dinosaur?; AND,
  • If you are like me, I have my eye on the NEW Nexus 7 tablet.  Amazon currently has them in stock.

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Two Finds At TCAT Shelbyville

SanDisk unveils wireless flash drives that hold up to 64GB

Another Cloud Storage Alternative


How to get a full-screen Gmail
compose window every time

@PCWorld

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By default, when you click Gmail’s Compose button, you get a window that appears in the right corner of the screen. Now there’s a new option. In the top-right corner of that Compose window, you’ll see three icons: Minimize, Full-screen, and Close. Clicking that middle one enlarges the window, though the description “full-screen” is a little disingenuous here: you actually get a larger, centered window that darkens the background… READ MORE


60 Windows 8 tips, tricks and secrets

@TechRadar

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Windows 8 has seen the biggest change since the jump from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95… GET THE TIPS


Why the PC Industry Will Never Rebound

@PCMag

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This reality of the declining PC demand has hit all PC vendors very hard. However, Microsoft has taken the brunt of this because its core product, Windows, is being thrashed by upstart operating systems like iOS and Android… READ MORE


Amazon Has The NEW Nexus 7 Tablet

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NEW – Nexus 7 brings you the perfect mix of power and portability and features the world’s sharpest 7″ tablet screen… SEE IT HERE


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Geek Squeaks’ for July 18, 2013

One of my passions is finding reputable resources and applications for home based users that can be used in confidence. Today’s round up of Geek Squeaks’ is no exception:

Create Your Own Customized Start Page with YOURLS (my favorite);

Optimize your computer with this collection of utilities;

Must read tips on protecting our kids on the internet;

Soon our watches will be smarter than us; and, last squeak for today,

An inexpensive Wi-Fi wireless video (monitoring) camera…


YOURLS Allows You To Create A personal Startpage
With Your Favorite URLs

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YOURLS has by far become my favorite startpage. It keeps getting better and better.

Features

  • Add an unlimited amount of pages, lists and urls
  • Drag and drop pages, lists and urls
  • HTML5 Local caching (your startpage even loads when you are offline)
  • Import/Export your bookmarks
  • Extensions for popular browsers like Google and Firefox
  • Make your URL pages public and share them
  • Have your favorite search engines all in one place

The Ultimate All-In-One Speedup Solution

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Toolwiz Care is a collection of system utilities and optimization tools designed to clean, check, optimize and tweak your computer. The program offers a well designed interface that organizes the more than 40 tools into 6 different categories… – GET IT HERE


How to Protect Your Kids Online

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Making online friends is something everyone is capable of doing: kids do it via Instant Messaging, chatting on chat rooms or online gaming communities; and adults make new friends online via internet dating websites and the like. Of all the ages that dabble into making online friends, the ones in the younger age group are more at risk… – READ MORE


Smartwatches still in a ‘so what’ phase for consumers

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The smartwatch market is especially questionable for young people who have moved away from wearing traditional watches and use their smartphones to track the time, analysts said…—READ MORE


Dropcam HD – Watch What You Love From Anywhere

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Keep an eye on your home, your baby, your dog or cat, your small business, and everything else you love in stunning 720p. After a simple 60-second setup your Dropcam wireless video monitor is online and secure, providing stunning video 24/7 when you’re out…—READ MORE


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Scan Documents To PDF Using FastStone Image Viewer

I have written about FastStone Image Viewer here on the blog in the past and can attest that it is probably one of the best, if not the best, image viewer out there. As a matter of fact it carries a 5 star CNet rating. I think if you use it you will find that it is more than just an image viewer

FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, retouching and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, PSD, EPS, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF, SRF, ARW, SR2, RW2 and DNG).

For example, buried in Fastone Image Viewer is an option where you can scan documents and save them as PDF files. I personally use this all of the time to convert my paper documents to the digital PDF format.

To get to this feature, launch FastStone Image Viewer, click on the File menu, and select Acquire Image From Scanner.

FastStone - Scan to PDF

You will then be taken to the Acquire Image From Scanner workspace where you simply click on the scan button to begin your scans.

Typically, by default, this will launch your scanner software.  You can scan single documents or perform batch scans were you scan one document after another. When done, select save and select the PDF Format option.

FastStone - Scan To PDF

Also, on an added note, you can also save image files in FastStone Image Viewer to the PDF format, as well.  Very powerful image viewer utility that can either be installed or used as a portable app.

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Identity Theft Protection Tips

Why You Still Need a Home Landline

Simple Security Tips


Touchscreen Laptops

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Take Me Back In Time To Visit An Archived Version of The Internet

I actually developed an interest in computers that pre-dates the internet, as we know it (with the graphical user interface, html web pages, etc…). I can remember way back when, being in attendance at a local school where a representative from a large telecommunications company was speaking about computers and that something innovative was on the horizon that would change our lives, as we know it.  What he was talking about at the time was the building of the internet. No one in attendance, including myself, could really grasp at what he was talking about and just how important it would become.

It was some years later, as a result of computers and the internet, my life changed for me personally. Suddenly being labeled as a computer geek, I was thrust into a new career field (as an IT Manager) where I became part of that innovation of what we call internet. Our entire lives has been changed by the internet and the connectivity it has brought; AND, without it we would be at a great loss.

I started thinking about all of this; and, knowing the digital world being as it is, was there was a way to go back in time to revisit the internet in days past? You know, sort of reminisce…  It was after this thought that I remembered hearing about the Wayback Machine.

The Wayback Machine is “a service that allows people to visit archived versions of Web sites. Visitors to the Wayback Machine can type in a URL, select a date range, and then begin surfing on an archived version of the Web. Imagine surfing circa 1999 and looking at all the Y2K hype, or revisiting an older version of your favorite Web site. The Internet Archive Wayback Machine can make all of this possible”.

You are not going to find every site ever created out there, but the Wayback Machine is a great learning and research tool and is just plain interesting to see what the internet landscape looked like in years gone by. For example here is part of a page I pulled from Microsoft’s web site in December 1997:

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You can also upload your own digital artifacts to the Wayback Machine, as well…

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And I Thought Black Widows Had It Bad!

Turning Your Regular TV into a Smart TV

Remove hotstartsearch.com, removal instructions


SanDisk Ultra 64 GB MicroSDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card with Adapter

SanDisk Ultra 64 GB MicroSDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card with Adapter

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Using Google Search As A Calculator

There are many instances what I write about here on the blog is from personal experience. Today, at my retirement job, we had to complete a purchase order in quick fashion and I needed to perform some math calculations to determine costs. Instead of pulling out a calculator I pulled up the Google Search box and started typing in the calculations (in plain English).  Once I entered what I needed to be calculated, Google performed the calculation for me and also sent me to an online calculator in the event I needed to perform additional calculations.

Google Search Calculations

I also found that you can perform math calculations using Microsoft’s search engine, called Bing, as well; however, minus the online calculator.

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Cloud Chivalry – The Mobile March

Liquid E2 Smartphone Unveiled by Acer

Tech Reference Cards


WR300N Wireless Range Extender and Repeater Will Increase The Range Of Your Existing Wireless Coverage

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Use Wikipedia’s Book Creator To Compile Multiple Articles Into A PDF File

Did you know that buried on the left side column of any Wikipedia article, under the Print/Export selection there is a selection for Create A Book?

Wikipedia

What this is handy for is compiling multiple articles together into a PDF file. There are several other eBook formats available, as well.  Also, if you prefer to not create a book you can download specific Wikipedia pages and articles as a PDF file. I know many folks, especially students, when doing research using Wikipedia, end up printing the page in its’ native html format when they could be saving the information electronically.

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9 Best Medical Apps for Nursing Students

Dear Otto: What’s a good Website program?

Why would you pay $12.95 per month ?

You Need A Tablet Screen Protector

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Create A Desktop Shortcut To Your Windows 8 Apps and Software

What many of you do not know is that I often use the blog to document tips, that I come across, for my own future reference. Today’s post is a good example of this. Recently I discovered that I can create a Windows 8 desktop shortcut that will launch the Windows 8 GUI (graphical user interface) menu for all of the apps and software that I have installed on my computer.

As you well know, if you are a Windows 8 user, there is no Start Menu. This shortcut, in essence, will go to serve the same purpose of the Start Menu; however, in appearance it does not look like the Start Menu you have been accustomed to. The good about this is, that once you click the shortcut and you get to the apps screen, you can simply start typing to search for the app or software program you are looking for. For example, let’s say I want to launch the calculator that is built into windows. I simply click on the shortcut that will launch the Windows 8 GUI menu or apps screen, then start typing calculator and very quickly the tile to launch the calculator will appear.

To create this desktop shortcut, here is what you have to do:

Right click on desktop and click New -> Shortcut

A dialog box will appear prompting for a location of the item.  Copy and Paste the following into the dialog box, then click Next:

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{2559a1f8-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

App Menu Shortcut

After you click on Next, another dialog box will launch prompting you to give the shortcut a name. In this case, I named the shortcut Windows 8 Apps.  After you enter the name for the shortcut, click on Finish.

App Menu Shortcut

Click on your newly created shortcut, to launch the Windows 8 Apps Screen (menu)…

App Menu Shortcut

What I am finding, by using this shortcut technique, I am using the Windows 8 GUI menu (or apps screen) on a regular basis.

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Xbox 720 launching event,
Next gen console unveiled on 21 May?

Choosing Backup and Recovery Solutions for the Virtual Environment

Free Tax Software, TurboTax, and e-Filing | April is here…

Seagate 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive SATA 6Gbps 64MB Cache 2.5-Inch

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Evernote To SpringPad Converter

Evernote and SpringPad are the top guns out there when it comes to storing notes, thoughts, images, articles, etc… I currently lean toward Evernote, calling it my supplemental brain; however, SpringPad always has my eye. I encourage you to look at either of these online note keeping services. You will not regret it…

As I mentioned, SpringPad has my eye and recently I decided to give it another good look. What had me concerned is that I could not find any easy way, within SpringPad, to import my notes from Evernote.

After doing some futile searching, I did come across an Evernote to Springpad Converter site that gives you the ability to convert the Evernote “enex” notebook files to the SpringPad format.

Evernote to Springpad

In order to do this, you will have to install the desktop version of Evernote so that you can export each notebook to a file (enex format) that can be uploaded to the converter.

Anyway, after getting my notebooks transferred to SpringPad, and really playing around with it, I am still hooked on my supplemental brain (Evernote). SpringPad is still developing, looks very nice; but, what I experienced is that the search feature for a specific note or specific text in a note was not as robust as in Evernote.

In the end, after going through all of this, I decided to share the information about the Evernote to SpringPad Converter in case you want to make the switch or you wanted to give SpringPad a try.

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Get Office 365 Free for Three Months
and 20 GB of SkyDrive Storage

Free Online Game: Saloon Brawl

Kensington KeyFolio Expert Multi-Angle Folio and Bluetooth Keyboard Case For iPad 4 with Retina Display and New iPad (3rd Gen)

Kensington KeyFolio Expert Multi-Angle Folio and Bluetooth Keyboard Case For iPad 4

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An Ad Free Weather Service

There are a lot of really cool (and dependable) weather services out there, but what upsets my apple cart is that when I go to those sites they are driven by advertisements to the point that the only storm I see is the outpouring of the ads.

With a winter storm bearing down on my location in Maryland, I thought it would befitting to present to you an ad free weather service, that I depend on, called the National Weather Service (NWS).

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service (NWS) , once known as the Weather Bureau, is a part of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States government. It is headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland.

When you get to the National Weather Service homepage simply enter your zip code and press “go” to get the weather information for your location.  If you notice, the page load is fast and there are no advertisements; and, not forgetting to mention all the weather information you will ever need.

As an added bonus, my brother Tim, who serves as a weather consultant in Pumpkin Center, MD,  pointed out to me, on the NWS site, you can get a full screen nationwide snapshot of the weather [HERE]Also, if you want to listen to the NWS weather broadcasts, over the internet, the best listing I found for this is actually at another favorite weather site of mine called Wunderground.  You can get to the listing of NWS broadcasts at the Wunderground site [HERE] .

The NWS is tasked with providing forecasts, public warnings, and other products to organizations and the public for the purposes of protection, safety, and general information. This is done through a collection of national and regional centers, and 122 local weather forecast offices (WFOs). As the NWS is a government agency, most of its products are in the public domain and available free of charge.

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Android Operating System Moving into Appliances

Resolve wireless issues by adjusting advanced power savings

Good Deal Until Thursday March 7th
Dell Inspiron i15R-1632sLV 15-Inch Laptop

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A Powerful DataVac Blower To Keep Your Computer Clean and Free From Dirt, Dust and Debris

I can tell you, from personal experience(s), that dust accumulations inside a computer, over a period of time, will cause a heat build-up that will ultimately affect the operation of the computer. You can literally fry the computer…

It is important that any electronics you own, you should regularly clean the device of dust and debris. In the spring and fall, I disconnect my computer, remove the case entry cover, and blow out the dust and debris. I also clean the printer and keyboard on this same maintenance schedule. I use a can of compressed air to perform this task; however, I am now looking at another powerful option called the Metro DataVac Electric Duster 500 which features a 500 watt motor, .75 HP, 120 volt, 4.5 amps, 70 CFM air flow.

The Metro DataVac over a period of time will outweigh the initial cost; versus buying cans of compressed air over that same period of time.  I can also see using this blower for other things as well, such as blowing up my inflatable boat and blowing out the air filters in the mower, car, etc… : )…

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Metro DataVac Electric Duster 500

Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about the Metro DataVac Electric Duster 500 [CLICK HERE]

Features:

  • Sturdy all-steel construction
  • 500 watt motor, .75 HP, 120 volt, 4.5 amps, 70 CFM air flow
  • Includes air pin-pointer, air concentrator nozzle, air -flare nozzle, micro-cleaning tool kit
  • More effective than canned air and safer than canned air
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

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A Must Learn Windows 8 Tip: How To Get To The Quick Access Menu And To The Windows 8 Start Menu

Many of the articles I post are often as a result of real world experiences. Recently, through conversation with a co-worker about Windows 8, they were expressing their dismay about not knowing an easy way to access the more advanced power user or system management functions in Windows 8 such as Control Panel, File Explorer (formerly called Windows Explorer), Search, etc… Their dismay soon turned to WOW, after I showed them how to access what is called the Quick Access Menu in Windows 8.  I consider knowing this tip as a must learn tip to accessing these key computer functions; plus, a HOW TO tip to accessing Windows 8’s version of the Start Menu (see below).

Quick Access Menu

You actually have two options to accessing this menu:

  1. Hover your mouse pointer over the lower left corner of your screen and when the small (square) thumbnail screen appears, simply right mouse click and voila’ the Quick Access Menu will appear. This method of accessing the quick access menu is my favorite and can be accessed from the Windows 8 Start Screen and from the Window 8 desktop level, even if you have a program open. Learn to find and use this menu by practicing and before you know it, accessing the menu will become second nature.
  2. The second method, if you are into using keyboard shortcuts (which I am not) is simply hit the Winkey plus X (Windows Key + X).

What the Quick Access Menu gives you, is access to the following system management components:

Programs and Features
Power Options
Event Viewer
System
Device Manager
Disk Management
Computer Management
Command Prompt/Command Prompt (Admin)
Task Manager
Control Panel
File Explorer Search
Run
Desktop

Windows 8 Start Menu

Also, as an added bit of information. Many people think that the Start Menu is gone in Windows 8; whereas, it really is not. It just looks (a whole lot) different.  If you follow the steps I outlined above to access the Quick Access Menu, and click on Search, the convoluted Metro version of the Windows Start Menu will be launched. This definitely looks different than what we were used to in the previous Windows version; but, in essence, this is the Start Menu that lists, categorizes and will launch any of the programs on your computer.

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