Please, don’t watch the solar eclipse outside… Watch it online at NASA…

I have been seeing numerous articles posted on the internet about the eclipse that is to occur Monday, August 21st and the warnings and “how to’s” associated with watching it. One article that impressed me was from an Ohio optometrist who issued this plea last Friday: “Please, don’t watch the solar eclipse outside…”. He went on to say that there are serious risks associated with viewing a solar eclipse directly, even when using solar filter glasses. You can read more about the Ohio Optometrist’s warning by clicking on the source link below…

I guess this all boils down to the fact that you better know what you are doing. Personally, I am not going to risk my eyesight.

If you do want to watch the eclipse, watch it online. For example, the best source I found was NASA. They have an eclipse site setup (see source link below) where it will be live streamed (12A to 4P EDT), from 12 locations, using airplanes, telescopes, and high altitude balloons. Below is a global depiction (of the USA) and the tracking of the eclipse; AND, a chart giving you an idea the timeframe of the eclipse based on commonly known locations across the USA.

This map shows the globe view of the path of totality for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse.

Example of eclipse times for cities in the path of totality.


SOURCE(s): 

USAToday – Optometrist: There are ‘serious risks’ to watching the eclipse — even with eclipse glasses

NASA – Eclipse Live Stream

A Link To The Top Ten Highest Rated Super Bowl Commercials

Talk about great marketing tactics. We long for the commercials at Super Bowl time…

USA Today posted the top ten highest rated Super Bowl Commericals with all but three _ “Pepsi vs. Coke drivers in diner,” “Frozen Tundra” and “Chevy Chase gets fired from ad” _ finished first in the Ad Meter. (Those three placed second.) — CLICK HERE to see this roundup of commercials.

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UPDATED – Write Your Name In The Snow With Penguin Show

image To all my readers: I encourage you to visit Penguin Show and write your name (or message) in the snow [CLICK HERE] .  Make sure you turn up the sound on your PC to get the full effects.  Once you complete your message in the snow, you can send it to your friends.

[ CLICK HERE ] to see my message in the snow!

UPDATE (12/24/2014): If the links in this article, to the Penguin Show, do not work; you can still run Penguin Show by copying and pasting the following URL into your browser. Once you have it pasted in the address bar of your browser you can modify the message. Where it says, “msg=” in the URL you can type whatever you want and the Penguin will draw it for you in the snow.

http://s143.photobucket.com/user/snow978/media/penguin_tebe.swf.html?msg=

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A Super Post On Robin Williams

One of my fellow bloggers put up a post this morning simply called “Robin Williams…” that I invite you take a look see. There was something there with this great person that just hits home with us all…  Check out Izaak Mak’s posting HERE

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – Happy Thanksgiving


HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM WHAT’S ON MY PC
– You can tell you ate too much for Thanksgiving when you have to let your bathrobe out—Jay Leno

DECORATE YOUR DESKTOP with these animated Christmas trees, lights and 3D snow globes…

A PORTABLE WEB BROWSER that you carry with you on a stick (flash drive)…

A TECHIE SET OF ADJUSTABLE DUMBBELLS to help work off the winter and holiday season fat…


We Give Thanks

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Our Father in Heaven,
We give thanks for the pleasure
Of gathering together for this occasion.
We give thanks for this food
Prepared by loving hands.
We give thanks for life,
The freedom to enjoy it all
And all other blessings.
As we partake of this food,
We pray for health and strength
To carry on and try to live as You would have us.
This we ask in the name of Christ,
Our Heavenly Father.

– Harry Jewell


Get Ready For Christmas With These Animated Christmas Trees, Lights and Snowglobes

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Add a fresh touch to your desktop and get in the Christmas spirit with these various trees, lights and snow globes.

No installation or un-installation required, just unzip the files and run. To access the settings, right-click on the tree.

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In My Opinion – Best Portable App Browser Out There

Pale Moon Portable

Over the holidays you may be at more than one PC to access your personal files and data on the internet. The thing you don’t want to do is leave behind are any traces or tracks that can compromise your accounts and privacy. A workaround to this is to use Pale Moon as your browser and to run it from a stick (flash drive)…  I have used this browser extensively from my flash drive and I can tell you it is the best one out there in terms of performance and security…

Pale Moon portable has been specifically designed to take with you on removable media with high wear and slow access, and its default settings reflect this.

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Pale Moon offers you a browsing experience in a browser completely built from source with carefully selected features and optimizations to maximize the browser’s speed*, stability and user experience, while maintaining compatibility with the thousands of Firefox extensions you have come to love and rely on.

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Rapidly Switch From One Exercise To The Next With This Techie Set of Dumbbells

by Bowflex

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If you want to get a good strength workout at home, but don’t have much space, the Bowflex 552 SelectTech Dumbbells are an ideal solution. Newly designed, the innovative pair of 552 SelectTech Dumbbells combines 15 sets of weights into one using a unique dial system. It’s one of the most space-efficient and flexible strength-training options available with its unique and effective design. With just the turn of a dial, you can automatically change your resistance on each dumbbell from 5 pounds all the way up to 52.5 pounds of weight. It adjusts in 2.5-pound increments (up to 25 pounds), enabling you to gradually increase your strength without bulking up… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 5, 2013

Summary: Update Microsoft Windows and Office without an Internet connection; A computer-generated digital decoy named “Sweetie” snares sex predators; An all-in-one toolbox for your Android smartphone or tablet; and, A 650 lumen tactical flashlight…

Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

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Update Any Computer Running Microsoft Windows Without An Internet Connection

WSUS Offline Update @ FreewareFiles.com

Believe it or not, there are still many people with dial-up connections, due to limited broadband availability. Performing Windows updates on a dial-up connection can be a very frustrating experience that ends up bogging down the computer. This is an example where WSUS Offline Update can help…

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Virtual Girl Dubbed ‘Sweetie’ Snares Thousands
Of Would-be Sex Predators

@ NBCNews

A charity created a virtual 10 year old girl named Sweetie to snare sex predators…

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In little more than two months, more than 1,000 people were identified by children’s rights group Terre des Hommes after they offered money to the fake profile for a variety of sex acts. They included 254 Americans… READ MORE


All-In-One Toolbox For Android

We have seen all-in-one utility suites for the desktop computer; but, this is the first (comprehensive) all-in-one package I have seen for our Android OS based devices (such as smartphones and tablets).

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All-In-One Toolbox provides comprehensive system optimizing techniques, including real-time memory info, one click memory quick boosting, task killer, cache cleaner, history cleaner, and SD file manager etc. It embraces all factors that matter to device performance, and helps to optimize your device to run at optimum speed… GET IT HERE


TerraLUX TT-5 Dual Button Tail Switch Tactical Flashlight

If you are into police or security work, I highly recommend one of these tactical flashlights. I use one, not only to light things up, but as a form of protection. The technology with these things continue to get better and better.

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3 lighting modes (high, medium, low) and strobe mode

CREE XM-L (U2) LED with max 650 lumens

Max run time 295hrs

Requires (2) CR123A or (2) CR123 or (1)18650 batteries

Detachable stainless steel strike bezel

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 4, 2013

Summary: FREE antivirus and anti-theft protection for your Android Phone and Tablet; A Dell laptop that reportedly smells like cat urine; Basic safety and protection tips for laptop owners; and, Amazon offering their Kindles’ 15 percent off the regular price (today only)…

Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

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Protect Your Android™ Phone And Tablet With
avast! Mobile Security

I am very familiar with Avast on desktop computers and can tell you that it very good antivirus software. With the Android version, not only do you have the antivirus protection; you also have theft protection. I installed this on one of my tablets and have found that it does not bog down the tablet, as you would think…

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avast! Mobile Security keeps your device safe from viruses, malware, and spyware.

It helps you locate your lost phone through our web-based phone locate feature.

Remote device lock and/or memory wipe in its advanced Anti-Theft component keep your data safe.

Handy tools like network meter, app manager, and even firewall (on rooted phones) give you complete control of your mobile phone.

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New 6430u Smells Awful

I often will check out forums at the various computer makers. While on the Dell forums came across a topic where people are reporting an awful ammonia smell (similar to cat urine) being generated from the Dell 6430u laptop… I have to wonder how many cats were evicted from their homes over this?

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The forum topic start off like this:

So a few weeks ago I got a new Lattitude 6430u for work.

The machine is great, but it smells as if it was assembled near a tomcats litter box.  It is truly awful!

It  seems to be coming from the keyboard.

Anybody got any advice on removing the smell??? READ MORE


Basic Tips to Keep Your Laptop Safe and Protected

@ Computer How To Guide

Peter Lee over at Computer How To Guide has a nice write-up on keeping our laptops safe (and protected) that serves as a good reminder…

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…with the benefit of portability comes a range of risks that can all threaten the safety, security and performance of your computer. This simple guide will help you keep your laptop in tip-top condition… READ MORE


Today Only – 15% Off Any Kindle

Folks, if you are looking for a tablet, this is a great opportunity to grab one of the Kindles…

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Collection of 30 Blogs for Tracking Kids’ Activities

To return a favor to a fellow blogger, who is the webmaster at Babysitting Jobs – Your Online Guide For Anything & Everything About Babysitting, today’s post features an article at their site,  titled:

30 Blogs for Tracking Kids’ Activities

30 Blogs for Tracking Kids’ Activities

The article is broken down into six subtitles to include resources for:

  1. Tracking Internet Activities
  2. Tracking Phone Activity
  3. Tracking Social Networking Activity
  4. Tracking Extracurricular Activities
  5. Tracking Chores and Household Responsibilities
  6. Tracking Screen Time

Keeping up with how your child spends her time, what activities she’s engaging in when you’re not with her, and managing her schedule is easily one of the most difficult aspects of parenting. The need to manage and track all of your child’s activities is ever-present, but can present a significant challenge for today’s over-scheduled, harried parents. These 30 blog posts offer ideas and insights regarding the need to track your children’s actions, and the best methods for doing so.

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Time To Bring Back the Penguin Show At What’s On My PC

With the onset of winter coming, I thought it be appropriate to bring out the penguin for the Penguin Show.  This has been a most popular hit here at What’s On My PC

image To see the Penguin write your name (or message) in the snow [CLICK HERE].  After the page loads, type in your name (or message), click submit and watch the penguin go to work. Make sure you turn up the sound on your PC to get the full effects.  Once you complete your message in the snow, you can send it to your friends.

[ CLICK HERE ]to see my message in the snow!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING – Giving Thanks To My Readers

Blogging is a lot of work, but there is reward. The reward comes to the author from the readers, their comments and their following.

Today, I am going to do something a little different that is off topic.  It hit me this morning to randomly pick the first reader I could locate and give recognition to that reader as a symbolic gesture of thanks to all the readers that have ever visited my blogs (What’s On My PC and Bookmarks4Techs).

Ironically, the first reader I came across is someone else who enjoys writing, appears to have just started blogging, and goes by the online name of Talin401. I can remember (and will not forget it) when I first started this venture I was under the wings of Bill Mullins (at Tech Thoughts) and TechPaul (at Tech-for Everyone). What they do not know is their gestures really made a change in my life.  So today, I hope to make a difference in this reader’s life.

Talin401, as a symbol to all my readers, I say “Thank You” and as a gesture of thanks I am asking my readers to please take a moment and visit Talin401’s blog. It is called – Talinorfali – Just Another WordPress Blog.

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Talinorfali – Just Another WordPress Blog is not a tech blog; however, I do see some inklings of tech in some of the writings (i.e. How Social Networking & Communication Has Changed The World).  It is a blog where personal inspiration and advice is provided.  What a nice blog to find on Thanksgiving.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING ! 

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Three Technological Innovations That Will Blow Your Mind

Technology never ceases to amaze me. Check out these three technological innovations that will blow your mind — a spherical flying machine; brain imaging technology that is leading us down the road to mind reading; and, ASIMO, the humanoid robot.

Spherical flying machine developed by Defense Ministry’s Research Department

The world’s first spherical flying machine developed by the Research Department at Japan’s

Ministry of Defense. This machine can hover like a helicopter, and take-off and land vertically. But because it works like a propeller plane standing vertically, it can fly forward at high speed using wings, which a helicopter can’t do. This machine also has three gyro sensors, so even if it hits an obstacle, it can maintain its attitude and keep flying through automatic control. – [ source: DigInfo TV ]

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My Take: Keep government out of mind-reading business

The age of mind reading is upon us.

Neuroscience is advancing so rapidly that, under certain conditions, scientists can use sophisticated brain imaging technology to scan your brain and determine whether you can read a particular language, what word you are thinking of, even what you are dreaming about while you are asleep. [ source: CNN Belief Blog ]

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ASIMO – The World’s Most Advanced Humanoid Robot

ASIMO is the culmination of two decades of humanoid robotics research by Honda engineers. ASIMO can run, walk on uneven slopes and surfaces, turn smoothly, climb stairs, and reach for and grasp objects. ASIMO can also comprehend and respond to simple voice commands. ASIMO has the ability to recognize the face of a select group of individuals. Using its camera eyes, ASIMO can map its environment and register stationary objects. ASIMO can also avoid moving obstacles as it moves through its environment.

Watch video to See ASIMO in action!

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Add A Touch of Snow to Your Computer’s Desktop

If you know me, I love customizing my PC and there is just so many things you can do to make your computing experience a positive experience. With winter at our doorstep snow will be on the way (which it already has in my region) you need to prepare yourself and get into the mood.  To help you along with this, I found a very small software application called DesktopSnowOK .

DesktopSnowOk

Simply download, unzip, run, adjust for how much snow you want falling and your desktop will become a winter wonderland.

DesktopSnowOK is a lightweight portable Windows program for 5 or more snow flakes on your windows desktop.

Installation!
“DesktopSnowOK” does not have to be installed and can be executed easily from the desktop, and can be carried on a small usb-stick or other memory device. It’s a small fun program for all Windows-NT systems.

Features:

  • Very Small
  • Low CPU usage
  • 5-64 snow flakes
  • Adjustable speed
  • Several flakes textures (bitmaps)
  • Optional transparency
  • Optional deactivation by mouse movement or keyboard input
  • Optional translation feature
  • Portable

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Be Sure To Visit My Sister Site – Bookmarks4Techs

If you are regular visitor to What’s On My PC, you surely have noticed that I have links posted to my sister site – Bookmarks4Techs.

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Bookmark4Techs started out as a personal project of mine as a result of managing my personal blog – What’s On My PC.  When searching for content for my blog, I found myself constantly trolling the internet in search of the latest and the greatest in computers, software, and information technology.

I found, for the matter of convenience, that if I listed the sites I regularly visited on a web page, I could troll the internet at a much faster rate (especially with today’s tabbed browsers). It was after a certain point of collecting numerous tech related websites that I realized that this collection may be of use and interest to others.  I love visiting other tech blogs (and sites) and I am constantly adding to this collection.  It is amazing how good theses sites and blogs really are.

Bookmarks4Techs is not just for techs; it is for everyone. As a matter of fact it is a great conduit to Amazon.com where I am currently serving as an affiliate. For example, if you click on the computer and accessories tab you will be redirected directly to Amazon’s site on Computer Accessories. It all has been an experiment of sorts to test out the affiliate experience (to see if it really works) and at the same time give people a launching point to other technology sites. You will find the sidebars loaded with RSS feeds to some of the best tech sites out there; plus, if you click on the Bookmarks4Techs tab you will be taken to my collection of tech sites (currently over 600 sites and growing).

Also, in an effort to draw people to Bookmarks4Techs I am constantly trolling for tech bargains and new technologies that have surfaced on the market and any other tech related products that may be of interest to you. I especially use Amazon.com, TigerDirect, Circuit City, NewEgg, and CompUSA to locate products of interest.

I ask that you “pass the word”…
Bookmark and blogroll Bookmarks4Techs
 
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What’s On My PC Blogroll Updated – Two New Sites Added

It has been awhile since I updated the blogroll (located at the right side of the blog). Sites (or blogs) that have not posted in over a year have been removed AND sites (or blogs) that no longer have a link exchange with What’s On My PC have been removed.  If I have inadvertently removed a site from the blogroll, please let me know.

Also, please welcome two new sites (reflected below) that have been added to the blogroll where link exchanges have been made.

TechnicaMix

TechnicaMix

All That Your Computer Needs

All That Your Computer Needs

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A Dedication to Miss Bucket

Folks, today’s post is really off the mark; however, I feel compelled to do a dedication to our 21 year old cat, whom we call Miss Bucket. I am having a difficult time focusing on an IT article today, due Miss Bucket weighs heavy on my mind. You see, Miss Bucket has been with us a very long time and today is her day to cross over; to go to heaven…

  Miss Bucket

Miss Bucket has carried many names during her lifetime; however, the name Miss Bucket is the name she is leaving us with. When I first met my wife, Miss Bucket was included in the deal. I was not really a fond lover of cats at that time; but, it did not take me long to see why Miss Bucket was included in the deal. Miss Bucket shares the same tenacity that my wife possesses. I have been truly blessed with Miss Bucket and the lessons she has taught me. We will  really miss her. If you have a pet, and have been through this, you know what I a referring to. Helping a pet cross over is really a tough call, but God gave us dominion over the animals, and today Miss Bucket is asking us to use that God given authority to help her.

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A Craigslist Scam Hits Home

When it comes to selling (or buying) on Craigslist, I am personally finding that it is an environment where scams are very common; however, using some common sense to sidestep these scams will keep you out of the midst of a troubling situation.

Recently a friend of mine posted a high valued item on Craigslist and within hours he received the response reflected below. Ultimately his common sense kicked in and he had me take a look at it. I immediately knew it was a scam.

The Scam (or the Bait)

Hello,

I really appreciate your response to my email, i am completely satisfied with the advert and do consider it sold to me, i agreed with the price but i need you to withdraw the advert from Craigslist to avoid disturbance. I would love to come and check it myself but I am getting married next week and am very busy at the moment. but youdon’t need to bother yourself with the Shipment, I’ll be responsible with the pick up, I’ll send a Certified check to you which you can Easily Cash in your Bank or any Cashing Store around you. my secretary will mail across to you IMMEDIATELY.and after my check have been Cleared in your bank then i will arrange for the pick up. The check will be delivered to you via United Parcel Service (UPS), or FEDEX. Kindly provide me the following information to facilitate the mailing of the check to your location.

1. Full name to write on the check
2. Full Physical address to post the check
3. City, State and Zip Code
4. Cell Phone to contact you

*** Note that the payment will be shipped to your address via
UPS/FEDEX SERVICE. and i will make arrangements for the Pick up as
Soon as you have my Check Cashed ***

NOTE: { UPS / FEDEX do not Deliver to P.O Box }
Hope to read from you soon..
Thanks

HOW THE SCAM WORKS

What these crooks do is send you a certified check for more money than what the item was listed for; then, they will follow-up with another email indicating that the “Secretary” made a mistake in the check amount. They will then instruct you cash the certified check at your local bank, purchase a bank money order for the difference and have you send the money order back to them. The crook will further sweeten the pot by telling you to keep a couple hundred dollars for the trouble they caused you.

WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN SCAMMED

Well, let me tell you, if you follow this through with these instructions, your troubles are only beginning. The certified check they sent you will be completely FAKE and the crook knows that many banks will not question the integrity of the certified check and will cash it. The crook will take the bank money order you sent them and immediately cash it and run. And get this, you the innocent party could ultimately face some jail time for bank fraud; however, most banks and law enforcement are NOW aware of these scams.

REPORTING THE SCAM

The problem is that this crime is such an overwhelming problem, law enforcement does not have the time to expend in tracking down these crooks who can be as far away as Nigeria. Craigslist, does however have a page up [CLICK HERE] with links to various Federal (and Canadian) agencies where you can try and make your case.

COMMON SENSE RULES TO SIDESTEP THESE SCAMS

DEAL LOCALLY WITH FOLKS YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON – follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts on craigslist.

NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service – anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.

FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON, and BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered weeks later.

CRAIGSLIST IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer “buyer protection” or “seller certification”

NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)

AVOID DEALS INVOLVING SHIPPING OR ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL “GUARANTEE” YOUR TRANSACTION.

DO NOT RENT HOUSING WITHOUT SEEING THE INTERIOR, OR PURCHASE EXPENSIVE ITEMS SIGHT-UNSEEN – in all likelihood that housing unit is not actually for rent and that cheap item does not exist.

DO NOT SUBMIT TO CREDIT CHECKS OR BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR A JOB OR FOR HOUSING UNTIL YOU HAVE MET THE INTERVIEWER OR LANDLORD/AGENT IN PERSON.

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Scroll Through 11.77 Miles at the World’s Highest Website

I often wondered, when I continued to add tech sites to the listing at my sister site, Bookmarks4Techs, if there were any limitations in how high (or how long) I technically could make the site?  As a result of this wonderment I found a site on the internet that is called the World’s Highest Website.

World's Highest Website

The World’s Highest Website is currently 18.939 kilometers high (that’s about 11.77 miles).  The site is an experiment of sorts to determine specific browser limitations.  When you get there, I encourage you to take the elevator. Scrolling through 11.77 miles of web page may take awhile.

This website is a CSSexperiment. Due to its nature, there are some accessibility limitations, but anybody just slightly experienced will understand. The technical and design principles of this site are simple:

  • One HTMLcontainer;
  • pure CSS styling;
  • no workarounds, filters, or hacks.

Known, yet interesting issues:

For the record—Gecko-based browsers like Firefox show an interesting behavior when you want to make the site any higher (than precisely 18.939583 kilometers, that is), namely by “shrinking” or “collapsing” its main container;

Internet Explorer doesn’t accept internal references behind the real action, and it’s unclear if the container’s height really is 18.939 kilometers (though it’s quite high—or long—nonetheless).

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I Did Not Have A Hand In This bing Thing!

When you write a blog post or article you hope to get feedback, through the comments section, from your readers. I always make it a practice to respond back, even if it is just to say thank you; however, with anything there are exceptions.

There was one article, back in May of 2009, titled bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine that went viral with the comments to the point that I stopped responding and I’ll tell you why.

Bing Wallpaper

Following that post, I must have hit pretty high in the Google search page ranking (or bing page ranking) for the article. As a result people must have thought that I had a hand in this bing thing or that I actually developed bing. Following that article I immediately, and still do to this day, received really nasty comments telling me how bing took over their computers and they want me, yes me, to remove it.  Now, there has been a few people who have come to my defense and have pointed out that poor Rick has no play in this. I will usually give them a pat on the back with a response of some type.

I really think Microsoft, who owns and operates bing, should at least compensate me with a prize or something for promoting bing and for ultimately absorbing some of their pains as a result of the promotion.

In the end, I have truly enjoyed the comments and actually look forward to reading them as they continue to trickle in. As a matter of fact to keep it going, I encourage you to visit bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine and add your comments to what I am now calling the “bing hall of shame”.  Also, as a reward to those you came to my defense, the image reflected above is actually a bing wallpaper for your computer that you can wear proud…

“If I did have a hand in this bing thing,
a poor blogger I would not sing”.

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Bookmarks4Techs – A Worldwide Online Resource for Tech Sites

During the past several years I have been bookmarking and collecting tech sites.  Approximately a year ago I posted second site on the internet called Bookmarks4Techs to make this collection of tech sites available to everyone in the world.

Recently I have been working toward adding more sites and now have posted a total of 565 sites.  I still have many more sites to add to this collection.  Once I get caught up I will do a cleanup of any dead links and get a final count.  I encourage you to pay the site a visit [ HERE ] .

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Bookmarks4Techs is the largest repository of listed tech sites currently available on the internet. If you have the desire to learn about computers and information technology, then Bookmarks4Techs is your place to start!

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How Computer Technology is Evolving, In Layman’s Terms!

I have been doing information technology and computers for over 20 years. I have been fortunate, firsthand, to see it evolve. Today I bring to you an article, by a fellow blogger, that I want you to read that is titled, Syncing Your Devices – Calendars, Email, Contacts, oh my!

Do not let the title throw you off. The article is from a real world tech who, in layman terms (that you can understand), with a hint of humor, explains his experience in this evolution of technology. Folks, I have to admit, and I am an information technology junkie, it is hard for me to keep up with it all. I truly could relate to this article.

Take a moment and read Syncing Your Devices – Calendars, Email, Contacts, oh my!

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How The Satirical Work of the Onion Combined With Facebook Equals Literally Unbelievable

If you are a reader of the blog, you most likely have seen one of my favorite sayings; “believe nothing and verify everything!”. I usually make that statement to let people know that just because it is on the internet, it is not always true. As a matter of fact, the internet is most likely the largest source of satire, gossip and untruths.

The Onion, Facebook and Literally Unbelievable

To validate my point, Steve over at Scoroncocolo contacted me about an article that he had written called The Onion, Facebook and Literally Unbelievable.com where he writes about how The Onion and Facebook make a pretty good team in that, it has been proven, that many of the users of Facebook literally and seriously believe what is posted on The Onion. The Onion is a satirical news outlet that publishes fake news stories so well that they can be quite convincing. As a matter of fact, just this morning, there is a story published titled, Church Cancelled Due to Lack of God.

Born from The Onion and Facebook connection was another site called Literally Unbelievable that interprets how the Facebook users are perceiving the stories, as published by The Onion.

So, if you are looking for a good story about how this mix works, I encourage you to jump over to Steve’s site and read The Onion, Facebook and Literally Unbelievable.com

And, don’t forget…  “believe nothing and verify everything!”.

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A Realistic Fly For On Your Computer Desktop

There is nothing more irritating than a fly running across your computer screen. Well someone has taken that irritation to the virtual level and has developed a (portable) software version of the fly. This thing actually looks real, simulates the behavior of a real fly, and you can unleash a whole swarm of ‘em in batches of five if you want to. To get rid of ‘em, just double click ‘em…  You can even set the fly software to start when your computer starts up. Great way to play a trick on someone… Just be careful that they don’t knock a whole in your computer monitor. I can’t wait to see my wife turn on the PC in the morning…

Fly On Desktop

You can Fly On Desktop [ HERE ] .

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Did you know your smartphone photos may be giving away your location?

GeotaggingIf you are in the habit of taking photos with your smartphone and posting them online, you may be giving away your location. Embedded in those photos, not visible to the naked eye, are what are called geotags. Geotags identify the longitude and lattitude coordinates (and other detailed information) that can easily be uncovered with readily available software on the internet.

A geotagged photograph is a photograph which is associated with a geographical location by geotagging. Usually this is done by assigning at least alatitude and longitude to the image, and optionally altitude, compass bearing and other fields may also be included. – Wikipedia

How is this dangerous?

Your privacy is at risk… Each time you post a photo online from a GPS capable smartphone you are in essence giving away bread crumbs about yourself.  For example, let’s say you take a pic of your kids, in your home, using one of these phones and you post it on Facebook. A Cyberstalker in essence can determine the exact location (within 15 feet) where you took the pic. In other words, the Cyberstalker would know where your kids are.

In most phones, where this is possible, Geotagging can be turned “off”. My advice, turn it off…

Other information on geotagging:

I Can Stalk U

ABC News Video Clip – Too Much Information

Geotag Security (software to find and remove Geotags)

Smartphone GPS Picture Tags

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The Facebook Addiction, Is it worth it?

I admit, I spend more time on the computer than the average person, but it is not on Facebook. There is just too much more to do other than to be consumed by the social antics of others and the raising of virtual animals and crops.

I had actually signed up for an account, early on, to explore the service and to share my blog articles, but it just did not connect with me. Please do not take offense, I’m just a computer guy that knows that there is a whole other world on the internet outside of Facebook and that a personal computer can do a whole lot more than raise virtual crops and animals at Farmville.

Facebook Addiction

I have come to the conclusion that most people now primarily use their computer, at home (and probably at work), to access Facebook so that they can communicate with their friends and become part of a real-world soap opera.

Some Facebook Facts
[Source: Facebook]

More than 500 million active users

50% of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day

Average user has 130 friends

People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook

There are over 900 million objects that people interact with (pages, groups, events and community pages)

Average user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events

Average user creates 90 pieces of content each month

More than 30 billion pieces of content (web links, news stories, blog posts, notes, photo albums, etc.) shared each month.

I suppose sharing updates of events occurring in one’s life is important in a close family circle; however, when that sharing extends out to a virtual reality group of “so called” friends that continue to populate your social connection then I can see where it can become an actual addiction and a unsafe one at that. Your privacy and even your safety can be compromised, as a result. The more information you put out there, the higher the risk and the more overwhelming it can become to manage that information. Just remember that Facebook is a cloud based service that is managed (and controlled) on the internet level.  Once you put it out there, it is out there and there is no taking it back.

Like in real life, those virtual friends can turn on you in a heartbeat or will use information you post to spread gossip. For example, I was at work and an employee approached me about another employee, who is in a position of responsibility, and stated, “you should see how they are dressed on Facebook”. In another instance, an employee who should have been working was Facebooking.  What they forgot was that one of their connected friends was the boss.

Another thing to really think about, is that the information you are posting is like pieces to a puzzle. With enough pieces (about you), a profile is developed that is used for advertising purposes. Think about it…  How do you think Facebook makes their money?  It is through advertising. The information you are putting out there is being collected, behind the scenes, in one form or another, for advertising purposes.

Then there are the scammers, the spammers and the the malware that makes its’ rounds on Facebook.  Remember, where the people gather, the cybercriminal will prey.

To me, it is not worth all this…

It is not that I am anti-social, it is that I am concerned; especially for the younger generation being exposed to this type of social networking. They are being lead to believe it is Ok to tell all, when in fact telling it all and exposing ones’ inner self may not be for the best.

Maybe I am missing something here. I would love to here your comments about Facebook, pros and cons…

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Off Topic: Wisdom from a Farmer

My family has a farming background and when these words of wisdom, from a farmer, was sent to me by a friend, I just had to pass it on.

Old Farmer’s Wisdom

“Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.”

“Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.”

“Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.”

“A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.”

“Words that soak into your ears are whispered…….not yelled.”

“Meanness don’t just happen overnight.”

“Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.”

“Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.”

“It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.”

“You cannot unsay a cruel word.”

“Every path has a few puddles.”

“When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.”

“The best sermons are lived, not preached.”

“Most of the stuff people worry about,
ain’t never gonna happen anyway.”

“Don’t judge folks by their relatives..

“Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.”

“Live a good and honorable life, then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.”

“Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.”

“Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.”

“If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.”

“Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

“The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.”

“Always drink upstream from the herd.”

“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.”

“Lettin’ the cat outta the bag
is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.”

“If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence,
try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.”

“Don’t pick a fight with an old man.
If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”

“Live simply, love generously, care deeply,
speak kindly, and leave the rest to God.”

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Are You a Faceless Manager Hiding Behind Email?

When managing people it is of the utmost importance that you make an appearance before the people that you are managing, on the main deck of the boat, to prevent the boat from going adrift. It is important to get out there once in awhile and mingle with the backbone of whatever it is you are managing (whether it is an office, a company, a computer network, etc..). I am finding that the days of the Captain going down with his ship are over. In today’s world, it is all about me, and that so called Captain (of today) will let the whole crew sink first.

In today’s age of going paperless, we are also heading toward going faceless. What to do I mean when I say that? Where you work, can you put the Manager’s face with the email? OR Have you not seen the Manager’s face in a long, long time; except for easy stuff like an office party? If either is the case, then your office has went or is going faceless.

Faceless management is becoming the trend. You end doing your job based on email communications and email directives. Is this frustrating?  You bet… It leaves out any opportunity to ask questions “face to face” or to make decisions “face to face”; instead you may email a question back and due to the faceless manager getting so many of these emails, your response back is going to be at best, very wishy washy. The faceless manager is going to tell you that email communications are part of making the office or company more efficient; which is just plain BS.

To me email was intended to provide short bursts of productive information; not lengthy wishy washy directives that become the main level of communication within an organization. Once this practice is accepted, everyone will start doing it, and in the end it will cause inefficiency and low morale. It will absolutely get out of control to the point that you cannot stop it.

I have been on both sides of the fence as being someone that was part of the backbone and someone who eventually had a role in managing the backbone. To become a good manager, no matter what it is you manage, do not hide behind email and become a faceless manager.

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Cramming – Unauthorized and Deceptive Charges on Phone Bill

This is a repost and reminder to my readers…  Back in 2008 I posted an article called: “Beware! Telephone Bill Ripoff…”

I strongly encourage everyone to read that article [click here] and take necessary action to block any miscellaneous charges being added to your phone bill. A third party company can take basic identity information (name, phone number, address, email) that is easily obtainable, and subscribe you to a “tele” service without your consent and apply a monthly charge to your phone bill under “Miscellaneous Charges”. You do not even have to be a user of the internet to have this happen to you.

How serious is this problem?

It did not take me long to learn, after this happened to me, that there was people all around me being victimized. In one case I called the phone carrier and the customer rep chuckled and said this has been going on for about 7 years… If you call the company that is actually charging you, they are more than agreeable to help you get credited for the charges, but it can take 30 to 90 days. In my case a block was put into place by the company that was processing the charges and by my telephone carrier to prevent future charges.

Upon further research of this matter, I learned from the Federal Communication Commission that this practice is very common; so common in fact that if you call their complaint number it is one of the selections on the teleprompt; so common in fact that this practice has been given a a “name” (called cramming); and so common in fact that they have a web page exclusively devoted to “cramming” [click here].

Cramming

“Cramming” is the practice of placing unauthorized, misleading, or deceptive charges on your telephone bill. Crammers rely on confusing telephone bills in an attempt to trick consumers into paying for services they did not authorize or receive, or that cost more than the consumer was led to believe.”

While cramming charges typically appear on consumers’ local telephone bills, they may also be included with bills issued by long distance telephone companies and companies providing other types of services, including wireless telephone, beeper, and pager services.

Where to file complaints, if you have been crammed…

Federal Communications Commission

For charges related to telephone service between states or internationally, you can file your complaint with the FCC. There is no charge for filing a complaint. You can file a complaint using an FCC on-line complaint form found at esupport.fcc.gov/complaints.htm. You can also file your complaint with the FCC’s Consumer Center by e-mailingfccinfo@fcc.gov; calling 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) voice or 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322) TTY; faxing 1-866-418-0232; or writing to:

Federal Communications Commission
Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau
Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20554

Federal Trade Commission

For charges on your telephone bill for non-telephone services, file your complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). You can file a complaint with the FTC online at: www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov.  You can also submit a complaint by calling the FTC toll-free at 1-877-382-4357 (voice) or 1-866-653-4261 (TTY), or writing to:

Federal Trade Commission
CRC-240
600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20580

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Who Said Penguins Cannot Fly

I occasionally come across a YouTube video that just sticks with me and I feel I need to share it with others. This video, a BBC Documentary clip, is about penguins that are so technologically advanced, they have found a way to fly. What is so special about these penguins is that they do not have to huddle together to stay warm.  Watch this amazing video to see these penguins in flight.

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Are you spending 60 hours a month online?

Did you know that Americans spend an average of 60 hours per month online? If you took 60 hours x 12 months that is equivalent to 720 hours. Divide that 720 hours by 24 hours and we have 30 days that we Americans are online, per year…  That is one month a year, on average, we are sitting behind that computer screen.

This and other stats are from an interesting post, at Visual Economics, about “How The World Spends Its Time Online” … These surprising usage statistics are statistics from Nielsen and Pew Research Center. Visual Economics has taken the stats and posted them in a very snazzy poster type interface [ HERE ] .

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What’s On My PC – Top Ten All Time Articles

It is has been almost 2 years that I first started blogging and was spoon fed, from afar, by the likes of Bill Mullins’ at Tech Thoughts and TechPaul at Tech-for Everyone. I can honestly attest, as a rookie blogger, it has been a challenge; however, today I can further attest it has been both rewarding and a daily exercise of the mind.

What is amazing about blogging is that it is unpredictable. Articles or information that you think will never amount to anything ends up being popular; AND, others you feel are great, just don’t quite hit the mark. To qualify that statement, I have posted links to the top ten all time articles at What’s On My PC…

The one article that really amazes me (that is #3 on the list), is the article where people are still looking for that America Online (AOL) CD. The article, in summary, explains steps (actually a trick) to make your own CD, since it is very difficult to get your hands on an actual CD. As of the date of this article, according to my statistics, nearly 10,000 people cannot live without the AOL CD. I’m guessing, from all of those years where AOL spammed our postal mailboxes with the AOL CD’s, the brainwashing affects continue to live on.

What’s On My PC – Top Ten All Time


  1. If you experience Windows Vista Service Pack 2 installation issues…
  2. Creating a personalized font from your own handwriting…
  3. Creating an AOL Install CD… (if you must:)
  4. How to use a Blackberry Smartphone with a cheap “Pay As You Go” mobile phone plan…
  5. When Vista will not boot…
  6. bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine
  7. Review of the Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player
  8. Technibble’s (portable and FREE) Computer Repair Utility Kit
  9. Adding a “Watermark” in Microsoft Word 2003
  10. “WOT” is NEW…

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How many Yottas do you have?

As long as I have had a passion for computers I have found that others with this passion like to sling around the computer terms. It is very common amongst the nerd pack to brag about how many Gigs (gigabytes) they have in terms of “how big” their hard drive is or how much storage they currently have; or how much memory installed in their PCs. I think it is a man thing… Well, let me tell you; I bet you don’t have a Yottabyte!

I was just browsing Steve Mallard’s blog at the Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville (TTC Shelbyville) and noticed a post titled “Yottabyte” that displays a nice chart that explains how big a Yottabyte is. For example, did you know that the cost of a one terabyte drive today is approximately $100 and at today’s pricing levels it would cost a 100 trillion dollars to buy a Yottabyte of storage for just the hard drives?

The name yotta was chosen because it’s the second-to-last last letter of the Latin alphabet and also sounds like the Greek letter iota. – Webopedia

1,024 bytes is a kilobyte
1,024 kilobytes is a megabyte
1,024 megabytes is a gigabyte
1,024 gigabytes is a terabyte
1,024 terabytes is a petabyte
1,024 petabyes is an exabyte
1,024 exabytes is a zettabyte
1,024 zettabytes is a yottabyte

Yo, how many Yottabytes do you have (LOL)?

Get over to TTC Shelbyville to check it out your nerdhood and to get a brief visual lesson about terabytes, petabytes, exabytes, zettabytes and Yes; Yottabytes.

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TuneUp Utilities 2010 License Giveaway

To the readers of my blog, make sure you visit Tech-for Everyone and enter for a chance to receive one of the licenses that Tech Paul has available for TuneUp Utilities 2010.  TuneUp Utilities is a very reputable, well known, maintenance utility that is designed to keep your PC in tip top shape.  Do not miss out on this opportunity; AND, while you are at Tech-for Everyone, be sure to browse around.  I will guarantee you that you will learn something NEW!

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To enter the drawing, simply visit Tech-for Everyone [ HERE ] , THEN click on “comment”, and enter a name and valid e-mail in the form. That’s all there is to it…  GOOD LUCK!

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Making the web more fun with JavaScript…

Many of you, I am sure, have heard about or are currently using Google’s branded web browser called Chrome. Since Chrome’s inception into the browser arena, with the likes of Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera, to name a few; Chrome has become a top contender. Chrome launches quickly, is lightning fast, and you can search right from the address bar. I personally use it on my PC, alongside Firefox.

When Google Chrome launched in September 2008, it included a powerful JavaScript engine, called V8, which was built to make the next generation of web applications perform faster in the browser. If you do not know what JavaScript is; it is a very popular scripting language that adds interactive functions and content to web pages. It is widely supported in web browsers such as mentioned earlier.

To showcase how powerful the JavaScript engine V8 is and to encourage developers to find new and fun ways to use JavaScript, Google has a site up called Chrome Experiments.

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Chrome Experiments is a compilation of interactive applications submitted by developers worldwide to demonstrate the power of JavaScript.

For example, recently a new experiment was submitted called Crystal Galaxy which is an experimental 2D space shooter game demo, developed using a pure JavaScript / DHTML game engine. I think you will be amazed of the quality of this game that is played in your web browser.

Crystal Galaxy is just one example of a Chrome Experiment. There are currently (at the time of this posting), approximately 71 experiments available, that are just absolutely fascinating. The experiments range from games, to pieces of art, to interactive applications. If you have not experienced Google Experiments, I encourage you do so. The experiments are good examples of what direction our internet and computer experience is going.

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Computer Shopper – Blogs We Like

As many of you have known, I recently have been in process of moving from one residence to another.  As a result, I had to stop blogging for a short period of time, in order to make this transition.  To let you all know, the transition has went quite well, my back has held up AND most importantly my computer system is back up and purring along.  We still have to complete some final touches; but, we are almost there and very happy with everything.  I can tell this move was meant to be and hopefully will be my last! I am looking forward to my return to the blog and posting on a regular basis; and, most importantly reading the articles posted by the authors that are a part of the What’s On My PC blogroll.

image Much to my surprise when I returned to my blog, on Christmas day, I was contacted by the editor in chief of the Computer Shopper and learned that What’s On My PC… had been singled out, along with (5)-five other tech blogs (see below), as a “Blog We Like” for the month of December! Wow, what a great Christmas present and incentive to keep blogging.  You can see the full review [ here ].

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The Computer Shopper has been around for years (established in 1980) and is recognized nationally (and worldwide) for their advice and consumer reviews of computer and technology products.  I have always been a long time advocate of the Computer Shopper and use it on a regular basis for buying advice and most importantly to keep on top of what is new in the world of computers and technology.  To the editor in chief of Computer Shopper, I personally Thank You…

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The (5)-five other tech blogs featured in the December’s roundup of the Computer Shoppers – Blogs We Like were:

Tune Up Blog

Techlicious

Tech-for Everyone

Ask Leo

Ask Dave Taylor

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Attention to my readers and fellow bloggers…

I am in the process of moving from one home to another.  Effective today (date of this posting), I will not be posting for awhile. My main PC will be down until I get moved. Exact time of return is unknown at this point; however, I am anticipating being back in the groove by January 1st or sooner.

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Please do not let this stop you from visiting and commenting.  I encourage you to stay tuned. There are over 470 articles available to you; plus, check out the Launch Pad and the Blogroll on the sidebar of the blog.

If you see no activity from me before Christmas, I wish everyone a happy holiday and to remember what Christmas is all about; giving, not getting!

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Google’s Public DNS Resolution Service

Google, within the past several days, announced that they are now offering a FREE, global Domain Name System (DNS) resolution service, that you can use as an alternative to your current DNS provider (which is usually through your Internet Service Provider).

The DNS protocol is an important part of the web’s infrastructure, serving as the Internet’s phone book: every time you visit a website, your computer performs a DNS lookup. Complex pages often require multiple DNS lookups before they start loading, so your computer may be performing hundreds of lookups a day.

As web pages become more complex, referencing resources from numerous domains, DNS lookups can become a significant bottleneck in the browsing experience. Whenever a client needs to query a DNS resolver over the network, the latency introduced can be significant, depending on the proximity and number of nameservers the resolver has to query (more than 2 is rare, but it can happen). As an example, the following screen shot shows the timings reported by the Page Speed web performance measurement tool. Each bar represents a resource referenced from the page; the black segments indicate DNS lookups. In this page, 13 lookups are made in the first 11 seconds in which the page is loaded. Although several of the lookups are done in parallel, the screen shot shows that 5 serial lookup times are required, accounting for several seconds of the total 11 seconds page load time.

You can learn more about Google’s Public DNS resolution service and how to configure your PC to use the service [ HERE ].  The official announcment page can be found [ HERE ] . I have not tried the service yet, due I currently use (and recommend) the popular OpenDNS resolution service on my PC’s. I would be interested in hearing about any comparative analysis between the (2)-two services and your thoughts about Google managing your DNS.

How is OpenDNS responding to this new competitor?  Click on the graphic below to see David Ulevitch’s (founder of OpenDNS) response to the release of Google’s Free DNS resolution service.

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I also encourage to visit the TTC Shelbyville blog to read about Google’s DNS resolution service and their recommendations [ HERE ]

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Is Owning a Computer Shortening Your Lifespan?

I was recently thinking about the entire ownership process of the computer; from the time of shopping around for a PC to the time of disposing of the PC, and arrived at the conclusion that owning a computer can actually be a stressful experience that ultimately may be affecting our health and may be shortening our lifespan.

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Of course I am no doctor and have no data to backup my colorful comments in this article, but I can attest from personal experience of maintaining PC’s and assisting others, that the “computer equals stress” AND that “stress equals health problems”.  I do not want to sound too negative about computer ownership to the point that it discourages you from owning a PC; but, let’s have a little fun and take a look at this process (through a scenario) and list some potential stressors that could be associated with owning a PC, then I will let you be the judge.

I encourage comments and any other stressful experiences that you may have experienced and/or should be included in this list. This list of stressors are examples only and no names are reflected to the protect the innocent; BUT, this is what can happen.

Stressful Experience #1 – Shopping around for a PC

Stressfull Experience #2 – Purchasing the PC (especially if you purchased it online)

Stressful Experience #3 – Setting up the PC.

Stressful Experience #4 – Setting up the PC and realizing you need to buy other things (e.g. printer, surge protector, external drive to backup files, etc.).

Stressful Experience #5 – Contacting Tech Support and spending an hour to talk to a tech in another country.

Stressful Experience #6 – Sending the PC back to the manufacturer due to a defect; which starts the stress process all over again when you get the PC back.

Stressful Experience #7 – Finding an Internet Service Provider and getting your PC on the internet.

Stressful Experience #8 – Starting up the PC for the first time and that “deer in the headlight look” sets in and you are being prompted to install this and buy that, etc…

Stressful Experience #9 – Your taskbar that was at the bottom of screen has now somehow moved to the top of the screen.

Stressful Experience #10 – Contacting Tech Support because of Stress Experience #9 to only hear the other tech’s laughing in the background.

Stressful Experience #11 – Your computer is finally setup and your family is now using the computer.

Stressful Experience #12 – Everyone in the family is using online services such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, ITunes, Babe Pics of the Day, file sharing, instant messaging, different browsers, and on and on…

Stressful Experience #13 – Computer is running slower.  Spyware and virus warnings are popping up informing you your PC is infected.  You pay with your credit card to fix the problem and the problem worsens.

Stressful Experience #14 – You contact tech support because your PC is still running slow only to learn your PC is out of its’ warranty period and you now have to pay for tech support.

Stressful Experience #15 – Tech Support informs you that the PC is beyond cleaning; that you were a victim of an online scam; that your credit card has been compromised and the only way to fix the PC is to do a recovery.

Stressful Experience  #16 – You forgot to make the recovery disks.  You buy the recovery disks through tech support.

Stressful Experience #17 – As a result of Stressful Experiences #13, #14, #15 and #16 you are now back at Stressful Experience #3.

Stressful Experience #18 – As a result of stressful experiences #1 – #17, you learn the value of maintaining your PC and securing your PC; however, you just can’t let your subscription to “Babe Pics of  the Day” go…    “What Momma doesn’t know won’t hurt her!”

Stressful Experience #19 – You have survived numerous experiences over the lifetime of your PC and it is time to get rid of it and you decide to donate it to your Church to use with their projection system.  You are happy that you survived these experiences, handed off the PC to a good cause, and now you are ready to kick back, because you now know everything about a PC.

Stressful Experience #20 – You did not remove the personal data from the PC (that you donated to the Church).  Remember “Babe Pics of the Day”; well, let me tell you…

Stressful Experience #21 – Judgment Day

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Links to Over 300 Computer Tech Blogs in One Place

I thoroughly enjoy visiting, reading, collecting and supporting the tech blogs that are out there on the internet. Locating tech blogs can be a cumbersome task; especially since there are so many. There are an endless number of private tech blogs out there that we never see and end up missing out on some really excellent material. As a matter of fact, if you are someone that is in the ever changing world of IT and computers, I encourage you to go fishing for blogs to keep in line with the pace.

If you are someone that enjoys reading and learning about information technology I can save you a whole lot of work.  I have spent the past year collecting tech blogs.

Located on the right side of the blog you will see the
“What’s On My PC – Launch Pad” .

image The Launch Pad is your launching point to over 300 tech blogs (319 to be exact and the list continues to grow). The Launch Pad is nothing pretty; but it loads fast; AND, is smart phone and browser friendly.

Recently I added to the Launch Pad another 61 more blogs (or tech sites).  The new additions are are reflected below.

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Instructify
PCauthorities.com
Pallab.net
Freeware Mission
4Sysops
Everything USB
dotTech [.org]
Download Tube
Ramesh’s Site
TMS Network Blog
Software & News
RotorBlog
Tom’s Hardware
Windows 7 Hacker
Tech Bucket
Tech-Ex
Tecneek
WEBKEEPS

Windows 7 News & Tips
Technology Is Fun
TekShek
Techportalz
techFAQ
LiveSide.net
DirFile
Tech Zoom In
Techarraz
Freeware Home
Get2use.com
Geek or Unique
wiseGEEK
Murtaza’s Technoblog
ChurchTechBlogs
File Guru
I Love Free Software
Tech Airlines
Digital Buzz Blog
FreewareWire
Quick Online Tips
Computer Articles
Steal Ideas
Tweaking Windows
Extreme Trix
Ask A Tech Teacher
The Kim Komando Show
IT Mamak
Freeware Pharmacy
Tech-Tips
One Tip A Day
HelpMeRick
Ask Bob Rankin
ByteTips.com
Online Tech Tips
Barry’s Best Computer Tips
Daily Bits
TechXplore
TinkerNut
New Your Computer Help Blog
LyteByte
TechSpot
TuneUp

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Side-by-Side Search Engine Results With Panabee

I want to share with you today an unique search engine, called “Panabee”, that is a specifically designed search portal for bloggers, journalists, shoppers, marketers, and other users who often search and compare multiple web sites.  Panabee is currently in beta, is FREE to use, and requires no installation.

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A unique aspect of  Panabee is that users can search favorite sites without repeating queries or opening new windows.  When querying Panabee to get a search result, Panabee provides the results in a “side-by-side” view that can be compared within the same window.

To give you an example.  I performed a search with Panabee for a Stylus 1010 camera.  By default, Panabee went to work and provided the search results from Google and from Bing – “side-by-side”  – within the same window (and browser tab).  If you have a large monitor; using Panabee will enhance your search experience dramatically.

Click on the screenshot below to get a “real-time”
example of how Panabee works.

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The “cool factor” to Panabee is that you are not limited to just a few search engines AND at any time you can toggle between the side-by-side view to full window view at the click of a button.

To change to a different type of search engine and to view a category listing of available search engines, simply click on the “Sites” button at the top of the Panabee search panel (see below).

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To toggle from side-by-side view to full window size, click on the “Display” button at the top of the Panabee search panel. (see below).

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So far here are some of the reasons I like Panabee and why I think this little panda bear with wings will be a winner:

  • Panabee is a faster way to search and compare sites
  • See results from Google, Bing, Twitter, Amazon, Wikipedia, and others with one click
  • View sites side-by-side
  • You can add Panabee to your browser’s search engine listing and make it your default search engine

Developer’s Description:

With Panabee, users can search favorite sites without repeating queries or opening new windows. The side-by-side view offers faster searches because results from the underlying sites (e.g., eBay, Amazon, Google, Bing, Twitter) can be compared within the same window.

This link compares Amazon and eBay: http://bit.ly/3Dbkn9

This link compares Bing and Google Caffeine: http://bit.ly/55S73

Assume you’re shopping for a digital camera, and you want to compare Amazon and eBay. With Panabee, you can see their search results side-by-side. If the original results aren’t helpful, you can search Google and other sites with a single click.  The same idea applies to other areas where you tend to search multiple sites (e.g., coupons, recipes, videos, images).

Panabee offers more reliable searches because you’re viewing the underlying sites in real-time whereas traditional comparison sites often suffer from outdated results or slow indexing.

Panabee excels at general searches since you can see results from Bing, Yahoo!, Google, Ask, Wolfram, and other search engines side-by-side.

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Detox Centers for Computer and Internet Related Addictions

Overindulgence, in anything, (including computers and the internet) will result in devastation of some form.

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Have you lost your connection with the real world as a result of excessive computer usage and what the internet has to offer (e.g. video games, chatting, texting, social networking, blogging, gambling, buying, pornography, compulsive surfing, etc…)?

Do you know someone personally, as a result of excessive use of the internet, whose:

marriage has been devastated?
career has been shattered?
family has been broken?
health has been affected?
financial ruin has occurred?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are witness to someone (or yourself) of a computer or internet related addictive behavior.  Here in the U.S. we are just starting to recognize these addictive behaviors and are taking steps to provide help and resolution.

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One such place to seek help is called reStart: Internet Addiction Recovery Program. reStart is the first program of its’ kind in the U.S. designed to specifically help internet and video game addicts overcome their computer or online dependencies. reStart is a 45 day in-patient (therapeutic) program, 6-bed facility (family style retreat), located in Fall City, Washington.

Current research suggests that anywhere from 6-10 % of the online population is dependent on one or more aspects of cyber technology and the internet. Among gamers, those playing multi-user games (like World of Warcraft) appear to be addicted at much higher levels. Both China and South Korea have designated Internet Addiction as their #1 public health danger and have responded by developing multiple treatment programs. The United States, by contrast, has been slower to recognize and respond to the problem but now is beginning to take some active steps.  This program is part of that process.

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Another great resource is the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery, located in Bradford, PA. You will find treatment services for:

Cybersex/Cyberporn

Studies show that men are more likely to view cyberporn, while women are more likely to engage in erotic chat.

Online Affairs

Partners engaged in an online affair go through several personality changes and often rationalize that an online affair isn’t really cheating.

Online Gambling

At an alarming rate, people in recovery from gambling addiction have relapsed because of the availability of virtual casinos, as they use the Internet as another vehicle to satisfy their addiction.

Online Gaming

Like a drug, gamers who play almost every day, play for extended periods of time (over 4 hours), get restless or irritable if they can’t play, and sacrifice other social activities just to game are showing signs of addiction.

Compulsive Surfing

Internet Addiction is an impulsive-control problem and five subtypes have been defined:

  1. Cybersexual Addiction
  2. Cyber-Relational Addiction
  3. Net Compulsions
  4. Information Overload
  5. Computer Addiction

eBay Addiction

Online auction houses create a stimulating place where users can conquer others as the highest bidder, which can be intoxicating as one beats out others in the last precious seconds to win the desired prize.

Take a Test

Cybersexual Addiction Quiz
Internet Addiction Test (IAT)
Quiz for Obsessive Online Gambling
Quiz for Compulsive Online Gamers
Quiz for Online Auction Addiction
The Partner’s Addiction Test
The Parent-Child Addiction Test

I have personally witnessed the evolution of computers and the internet from the very beginning. On a personal level, I have witnessed the devastation that can occur as a result of overindulgence in the various avenues that computers and the internet has to offer. The internet, in a sense is a virtual world, where your soul and mind can become consumed, if you let it. If you need help, please seek it!

In connection to this article and information, I also encourage you to read A Look At Our Newest Addition at Tech-for Everyone.

25 August 2009 – Another ‘must read’ article, “Internet Addiction – Do You Qualify?” at Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts.  Mr. Mullin’s explores this topic and gives us whole different angle on it.

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Technology is needed to control these monkeys…

If you think the wildlife has encroached your area; how would you like 65,000 Macque monkeys running around terrorizing your neighborhood? This is exactly what is occurring in Punjab, India. The solution being sought there is to take the worst offenders, amongst the rogue monkeys, and put them through a crash course in good manners…  My thinking is that there has to be some type of technology available to subdue these critters other than giving one laptop per monkey and sending them to school.  Anyone out there have a potential tech solution to this problem?  If so, please leave a comment with your solution.

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[SOURCE: news.bbc.co.uk ]

British Broadcasting Corporation

24 July 2009 19:48 UK


Indian school for rogue monkeys


Wildlife officials in India plan to build a special school to improve the behaviour of delinquent monkeys.


Monkey in India


They say the aim is to target monkeys that pose a serious threat to people in the state of Punjab.


Punjab has more than 65,000 wild monkeys.


Macaque monkeys routinely destroy TV antennae, tear down clothes-lines and damage parked scooters and motorcycles.

“Besides people landing in hospitals after encounters with monkeys, the animals also often get hurt when house owners try to chase them away or keep them out by using live electric wires and other means,” chief wildlife warden RK Luna told the BBC

The proposed new monkey school will take in the “worst offenders” and put them through a crash course in good manners.

[SOURCE: news.bbc.co.uk ]

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The NEW Google Chrome Operating System

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[SOURCE: googleblog.blogspot.com ]

Introducing the Google Chrome OS


7/07/2009 09:37:00 PM

It’s been an exciting nine months since we launched the Google Chrome browser. Already, over 30 million people use it regularly. We designed Google Chrome for people who live on the web –searching for information, checking email, catching up on the news, shopping or just staying in touch with friends. However, the operating systems that browsers run on were designed in an era where there was no web. So today, we’re announcing a new project that’s a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It’s our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be.


The Official Google Blog - Insights from Googlers into our products, technology and the Google culture

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Internet Explorer – Losing ground to Firefox

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Other Browsers Advance as Internet Explorer Slides


By Mark Long
www.newsfactor.com


July 6, 2009 1:16PM


Other Browsers Advance as Internet Explorer Slides

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continued to lose ground against other browsers in June, according to StatCounter. The market share for Mozilla’s Firefox 3.5 rose rapidly since its launch last week. Opera’s share in Europe has jumped since July 2008 and Apple, Inc.’s Safari has lost global market share, but Safari 4 downloads have been heavy.

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Batch Articles on Windows 7 Pricing

dollar signHere is what we all have been waiting for.  HOW MUCH?  Windows 7 is the upcoming version of Microsoft Windows. It is slated for release on October 22, 2009.  How much is it going to cost?

To answer that question, I have provided several credible sources for you to read to get related information (and thoughts) on the pricing. I encourage you to read the comments posted on these sites.

If you desire, please leave me your comments (rants or raves) and thoughts on the pricing. Windows 7 is being touted as the best Windows operating system ever; but will we be paying too much?

Windows 7 Pricing
(by Tech-for Everyone)

Windows 7 Discount, Available for a Limited Time
(by Tux In The Midwest)

Windows 7 pricing announced: cheaper than Vista (Updated)
(by ars technica)

Windows 7 Pre-Order Offer
(by Microsoft)

Windows 7 Pricing: How Much Lower?
(by InformationWeek)

Windows 7 Pricing: Good News, Mostly
(by Gizmodo)

Microsoft to charge Europeans double for Windows 7
(by Computerworld)

Windows 7 pre-orders grab Amazon’s top sales spots
(by Computerworld)

Analyst: $120 for Windows 7 ‘way too much’
(by Computerworld)

Windows 7 Upgrade No Deal for Many Businesses
(by
PCWorld)

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Will Vista be dead in the water?

A tech thought for the day…

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With the upcoming final release of Windows 7, which the tech world has been singing nothing but praises; what will the future of Windows Vista be?

Microsoft actually will be supporting Vista up to 2012; however, will Vista licenses be available after Windows 7? I have read that Windows 7 users will be able to downgrade to Vista if they are not satisfied with Windows 7, but who will want to do that?

I think the transition to Windows 7 for many will be smoother due to many businesses not opting to convert to Vista, in the first place, and remaining with Windows XP; AND, due to many home users being satisfied with running Windows XP. Keep in mind many people (and small businesses) who finally did get into computers did so during the XP era and have never really experienced another operating system. People do not like change; especially when it is expensive.  I do believe this has been a big factor in why XP has been mainstream for so long.

In my opinion, Vista was way ahead of the technology curve at the time of release, people (and hardware) were not ready for it and it did in fact have some bugginess to it; however, subsequent releases of Service Packs stabilized the OS and the hardware has been forced to catch up.  It is really not a bad operating system; however, sometimes it takes a “Vista” to make it all end up being a good thing after all.  Who knows, Vista may have been the alpha version of Windows 7 : )  I just hope Microsoft gives us Vista users an upgrade break in the end…

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