Best Website for FREE Stock Market Data and Financial Markets Summary – Wall Street Journal

If you know of any other FREE sites that monitor the stock market in real-time, let me know. The page that the Wall Street Journal is one of the best I have found to get a quick view of the current market conditions (see source link below).

Financial stock market overview with major US stock indexes, currencies, futures, rates, currencies and ETFs. A complete overview of US market data

SOURCE:  Stock Market Data & Financial Markets Summary – Wall Street Journal

Take Me Back In Time To Visit An Archived Version of The Internet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 Visitors to the Wayback Machine can type in a URL, select a date range, and then begin surfing on an archived version of the Web.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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Building A Web Site Has Never Been Easier

If you ever dreamed of having your own web site without a lot of overhead and complexity, then take a look at Weebly

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Recently I was looking for a place to host Bookmarks4Techs.com and Weebly became the logical choice. First off, you have option to going into this for FREE; which is what I have initially done with Bookmarks4Techs.com. What really sold me on Weebly was that they allowed me to use my domain name (Bookmarks4Techs.com), , which is parked elsewhere, at Weebly.  Not only that, getting your website up and running is dead simple using their online website builder. You need no knowledge of HTML/CSS coding to build a site with Weebly; HOWEVER, if you have that knowledge, you have full control to completely customize the look and feel of your site.

Building a website on Weebly is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Our drag & drop website builder makes it dead simple to create a powerful, professional website without any technical skills required. Over 6 million people and small businesses have joined Weebly to build their online presence.

So far, my experience using Weebly to maintain Bookmarks4Techs has been a good experience and from what I am gathering, Weebly is currently in process of improving and adding more features. I do not know of another service out there that offers this much, when it comes to web site building.

Here is what you get with Weebly:

Online Drag and Drop Website Builder
Awesome Collection of 100 Plus Professional Themes
Powerful Hosting
Fast and Helpful Support
Easy Blogging
Photo Galleries and Slide Shows
Video and Audio Players
Easy Form Builder
ImagePerfect Image Editor
Detailed Traffic Stats
Free Domain Hosting
No Forced Advertising
FREE Search Engine Optimization
E-Commerce Features
Password Protect Pages
Automatic Optimization for Mobile Devices
Full HTML/CSS Control

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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
 
so that it may grow in popularity.

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Find Cheap Stuff and Great Deals with DEALZON

If you are like me and you like gadgets and cheap deals, then you may want to check out DEALZON.

DEALZON

DEALZON is run by a small team of techies who work hard to find the best prices and values on computers, electronics, video games, and any other tech goodies. In essence, they do the legwork for you and get the best deals from reputable retail sources that we are all familiar with [ SEE HERE – Store List ] .

Note:  Added DEALZON to the What’s On My PC blogroll at the right sidebar of the blog.

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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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TTC Shelbyville Recognized by ComputerWorld

I think it is important to recognize fellow bloggers and in this case it is a blog that is on my blogroll – TTC Shelbyville .

The Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville (Computer Information Technology Program) has been Recognized by ComputerWorld as a 2011 Honors Laureate (award for outstanding creative or intellectual achievement).

April 21, 2011 – IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program today announces the Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville’s Computer Information Technology program as a 2011 Laureate.  The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results.

Congratulations to Steve Mallard and his program at TTC Shelbyville.

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Performed Some Site Maintenance – Blogroll Updated

After receiving some prompting and prodding I have cleaned up the blogroll somewhat so that the experience is more useful.  Any site that was on the blogroll that had not posted any articles within the past year have been taken off of the blogroll and archived (just in case they become active again).

To my readers out there, if you do not know what a blogroll is; it is a list of other blogs that a blogger (such as myself) might recommend by providing links to them (usually in a sidebar list).  You will find the blogroll here at What’s On My PC on the right side of the blog.

The blogs on my blogroll, which I am most proud to be associated with, are the following.  Take a few moments and hit these blogs. If you visit a site, leave them a comment that Rick from What’s On My PC  sent you. I promise you; you will not regret it.

Site Maintenance

404 Tech Support
AKS-Feel The Change
AKSGEEK Live
AllThatsNew
Appnews.net
Ask A Tech Teacher
AskBillFirst
Awesome Wallpapers
Big Geek Daddy
Blogging Fool
Canadian Tech News Blog
Carol’s Vault
Carputers
Chicago Mac/PC Support
Computer Too Slow
Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Crazy World of G
Data Recovery Blog
Discobytes
EvilFantasy’s
Faster PC! Clean! Clean!
Free PC Security
Gadgetsholic
Great Free Software Utilities
I Love Free Software
I Want Ice Water
Internet Security Blog
Laptop Computer Reviews
Laptop Reviews Central
Lifehacker
Malware Removal Instructions
Mister Reiner
Mrintech
My Technology Guide
Netbook Freeware
Online Storage
Paul’s Home Computing Blog
PC Optimization Secrets
Plato Online
Rarst.net
RGdot.com
Right On Technology
Scoroncocolo
Snakebytez
Sugarloaf Tech
Tech Thoughts
Tech-for Everyone
Technize.com
Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Techolar
Techpiper
Teck-Line
thePC Security
Tied Up in the (World Wide) Web
TTC Shelbyville
TuneUp Blog about Windows
Worthy Tips

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What’s On My PC – Top Ten Most Popular Articles for 2010

We are within hours of closing out another timeframe in our lives. Time is like a vapor! Make the best use of it that you can.

To close out the year at my blog I decided to post the top ten “most popular” articles for 2010, here at What’s On My PC… 

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2010
Top Ten Most Popular

  1. If you experience Windows Vista Service Pack 2 installation issues…
  2. Locating Your Software License Keys
  3. How to use a Blackberry Smartphone with a cheap “Pay As You Go” mobile phone plan…
  4. Motorola SBG901 SURFboard Wireless Cable Modem Gateway
  5. When Vista will not boot…
  6. bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine
  7. Creating an AOL Install CD… (if you must:)
  8. Adding a “Watermark” in Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007
  9. Write Your Name in the Snow with Penguin Show
  10. Go Incognito with Firefox…

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All About PC Optimization, Virus Removal And IT Support

I would like to welcome a new addition to the What’s On My PC blogroll, called PC Optimization Secrets.

PC Optimization Secrets

The site is maintained by Clifford the IT Guy who has over 10 years experience working in the IT sector, in areas such as systems administration, fixing computers, networking, and internet security.

The site specializes in PC Optimization, Virus Removal and IT Support.

Here is a sampling of some of articles featured at
PC Optimization Secrets
:

How To Fine Tune Application Performance In Windows 7

How To Disable Windows 7 Search Indexing Feature

How To Recover Locked Up Apps In Windows 7

Cyber Criminal Delivers Malware Via USB Devices

How To Declutter Your Windows 7 By Moving Taskbar To The Side

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Cyberbullying – A Negative Result of Technology

I know I am from a generation of past; however, I have been fortunate enough to keep up to speed with technology and all the good and bad that is associated with it.

Today, I happened across a site called the Cyberbullying Research Institute that is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.

Cyberbullying Research Center

If you are in the know, the term of the year for 2010 has to be the word “bullying”. Bullying is nothing new, and if you are from my generation (and prior), then you may have experienced it yourself at one point or another when you were an adolescent. Bullying is someone that persistently tries to dominant (and abuse) another through fear, threats and sometimes violence.

The reason I crafted this article is to inform people, especially those from my generation (and prior), that there is a new bully in town and he (or she) is called the Cyberbully. The Cyberbully is different in that the Cyberbully uses current technology to bully the victim in an attempt to gain power and control. The Cyberbullying Research Institute defines cyberbullying as this:

“willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.”

Today’s technology makes it easy for the bully to harass others, due to the fact that the bully does not have to be physically in the  presence of the victim. With the wide reach of today’s technology, such as computers, cell phones, webcams, voice recorders, cameras, etc…,  incidents are occurring where adolescents are using these devices to harass, threaten, embarrass, intimidate, and humiliate others. For example, most cell phones today have the ability to record video and take pictures. There have been cases where bullying adolescents have taken pictures and videos of their peers in very compromising situations such as in a bedroom, a bathroom or other areas where privacy is typically expected; then posting the result on the internet.  Even something as simple as spreading rumors via text, instant, or email messaging can have devastating affects.

Again, my main purpose of this blog post is to make people aware that handing a cell phone, computer, or any electronic device over to a teenager, without rules and guidance, is a recipe for disaster that can lead to devastating affects.

If you would like to learn more about Cyberbullying, I encourage you to visit the Cyberbullying Research Center, a research group dedicated to tracking bullying behaviors online among youth.

Addendum:

  1. A fellow blogger, at 404 Tech Support, has an excellent article on this topic as well, titled ‘A Rant on Cyber-Bullying or ‘They’re 11. You, the Parent, Take Responsibility!’
  2. Parents, in this “digital age”, are faced with questions and challenges new to us humans. Tech, and the World-wide Web have changed the landscape. Tech Paul (at Tech-for Everyone) has assembled  ‘Some Tips for Parents’ that is a must read article.

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An Icon Search Engine That Helps You Find FREE Icons

No it is not National Icon Week… I know this is my second article about icons within 2 days but a really nice icon search engine was brought to my attention as a result of yesterday’s article (titled: How To Find Icons Hidden Inside of Files) that I want to share with you. Following yesterday’s article the author of the blog, Word Dreams pointed me to another source for icons called FindIcons.com. I initially thought I had done a review on this site; however, I discovered FindIcons.com was a new one to me.

Find Icons

FindIcons.com has a largest free icon collections, a better search filtering & matching system and more output options. Also, we track every search query and manually adjust the results according to the average ratings set by the search results from other users. And we understand that by searching you can’t categorize every icon you found. So we created a handy User Set tool to allow you group frequently used icons in your personal Favorites box which can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere. Now you will have an alternative option to having to put favorite icons into folders on your hard drive.

Another nice feature that I have not seen at the other icon sites is the ability to browse icon packs (batches of icons designed with a specific interest in mind).

Icon Packs

Some other features are a converter, ability to upload icons, search by tag and an “Excite” me link that will surprise you with a random listing of icons. Findicons.com claims to maintain a database of close to 300,000 icons. A BIG THANK YOU to Word Dreams for this one!

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TTC Shelbyville Makes ComputerWorld Magazine

Steve Mallard, IT Manager at the Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville, a regular visitor and supporter of this blog, is featured in ComputerWorld Magazine. Steve (and his students) are contributors of the blog TTC Shelbyville, which I am a (daily) regular visitor.

TTC Shelbyville

To read about Steve and TTC Shelbyville, in ComputerWorld
[ click here ]

The article is titled “IT embraces its new leaner lifestyle”.

But there are also organizations where investments in both technology and staff are at a standstill. Among them is the Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville, one of 27 such centers across the state that along with six universities and 44 community colleges make up Tennessee’s higher education system.

“One of the biggest problems is that there isn’t revenue flowing into the state, and one of the first places they look to cut is education. We’re doing without 20% of the IT budget we had last year, and last year we had 10% less than the year before,” says Steve Mallard, the center’s IT director. [ Source: ComputerWorld ]

Congratulations to Steve and his fine program at TTC Shelbyville.

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Online Royalty Free Public Domain Clip Art

In the past here at What’s On My PC I have provided links to sites that feature FREE clipart. For example WP Clipart and Open Clipart Library are a couple of my favorite sources for FREE clipart.

Today I added another clipart site to my collection, called Clker.com, that I would like to share with you.

Clker.com

Clker.com is an online sharing service where users share free public domain vector cliparts, or share public domain photos and derive vector cliparts from those photos using clker’s online tracer.

Sample

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Bookmarks4Techs – An Ongoing Experiment

If you haven’t visited Bookmarks4Techs lately, then you are missing out on a growing list of tech sites. As of the date of this posting, the site is currently listing 464 bookmarked links to computer and information technology sites across the internet. You can literally spend hours hitting these sites. Also posted are RSS feeds to some of my favorite blogs and sites. This will continue to grow, as well.

Another featured experiment is that I am tyring is randomly selecting articles, from the 464 bookmarked sites, on a daily basis and posting links to those articles under Random Tech News. I am hoping that I can get people to drop by to read the latest news from the random selection and to encourage site owners to place Bookmarks4Techs on their blogroll.

Bookmarks4Techs, I set up to encourage people to learn about information technology and computers.  If you want to learn what is going on out there, the bookmarked sites is a good place to start.

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Time Magazines’ 50 Best Websites of 2010

As we continue to move more toward cloud computing here is a sampling of some of the best websites of 2010, as selected by Time Magazine (in Partnership with CNN). 

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The Best in the Online World

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August 25,2010

From the helpful to the distracting, the big hitters to the unknowns, TIME offers a road map to the best of the Web More »

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Ushering In HTML 5

If you are into web page coding, then you need to read the article posted at Scoroncocolo, titled, “What is HTML 5?”. Even if you have no idea what web page coding is about or HTML standards, you will definitely learn something about how web pages are built and how the new coding standards will change what you see and hear on the internet. Steve at Scoroncocolo has done a fabulous job educating us about these new standards and how it is going to change our experiences on the internet.

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What Is HTML 5?
by
Steve @ Scoroncocolo

August 8, 2010

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Html 5 used in conjunction with the newly evolving CSS 3 will revolutionize the way webpage’s are built and consequently will have a profound effect on the Internet that will last forever. We are now on the verge of a “tipping point” that will usher the Internet into a new age. Html 5 and CSS 3 are poised to supersede HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0 used in conjunction with CSS 2 that are the present day languages with which 99% of all webpages are built today. If you’re a web designer you no doubt know a little or perhaps a lot more than I do about Html 5. But if you are a blogger or a small or large business owner who maintains a website you need to be aware that there’s a change coming to the Internet the likes of which have never been seen before. [ MORE ]

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Great Source of High Quality Icons and Icon Tools

I recently posted the article, “Over 31,100 Icons for Windows, Mac and Linux” ; which was very well received.  Today I came across another awesome site called SOFTICONS which offers a boat load of icons in a variety of categories from Animals to TV & Movie icons; PLUS, the site offers two awesome icon tools to create your own icons.

Softicons

The icons at SOFTICONS are of very high quality.  Here is an example of a motherboard icon (created by VisualPharm) at SOFTICONS

Motherboard Sample

The really “cool factor” with SOFTICONS is that a section of the site is devoted to icon tools.

Favicon Generator

Favicon Generator, is an online (cloud app) that gives you the ability to create a favicon for your website from a regular image (.png, .jpg, .gif, .bmp).

Image to Icon Converter

Image to Icon Converter is also an online (cloud app) that gives you the ability to create an icon from image (.png, .jpg, .gif, .bmp).

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Over 31,100 Icons for Windows, Mac and Linux

Whenever I want to customize the appearance of my PC, fancy up a document, make a powerpoint slide shine, or enhance a blog article I often use icons. Yes, the same type of icons (but only better) that you see on your computer’s desktop. Icons are excellent graphic enhancements and the professionally crafted icons often are three dimensional in appearance.

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An excellent resource for icons is the web site Icon Archive. Currently the site boasts an archive of over 31,100 icons in 1097 sets from 260 different authors. The majority of the icons I explored can be used for non-commercial purposes, such as what I mentioned previously. You will find that these icons are of professional quality and there is something there for just about any subject you can think of.

How good are these icons?  Here is an example:

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Announcement: SUPERAntiSpyware Giveway at Tech-for Everyone

If you are a follower of the blog, then you may have read the article (this past week), SUPERAntiSpyware’s Detection Engine Now Part of VirusTotal. To celebrate the joint venture between SUPERAntiSpwyare and VirusTotal, Tech Paul at Tech-for Everyone is sponsoring a giveway (contest) for the licensed version of SUPERAntiSpyware (the professional version).

SUPERAntiSpyware

This is a great opportunity for a chance to get your hands on some great security software that is engineered to:

Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware and Remove Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits, Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats.

To enter this contest, visit Tech-for Everyone [ HERE ] .

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Bookmarks4Techs – Site Update #5

Bookmarked Sites: 421 Total

New Site Added:

My Chrome Addons

Collect best of the Chrome addons, themes, plugins, software, tips, tricks, and hacks to help you customize your Chrome browser to the hilt!

Giveaway:

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Featured Site:

Paul’s Home Computing Blog

We’re here to share lots of information about how to use computers at home. We’ll discuss hardware, software, networking, security and lots more.

Featured Geek Gear:

Western Digital WD Elements 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive WDBAAU0010HBK-NESN

Western Digital WD Elements 1 TB USB 2.0 Desktop External Hard Drive WDBAAU0010HBK-NESN

Microsoft Office 2010 Professional (Disc Version)

Microsoft Office 2010 Professional (Disc Version)

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Are you in need of some inspiration?

One of the functions I serve in my Church is that of the Multimedia Director. I have proudly served in that capacity for over 6 years. One of the challenges I often face is locating content to be used with our projection system (such as movies, backgrounds, etc…). I have learned to use the vast resources on the internet to engineer the Sunday morning service presentations. Often, a challenge I face is making sure (or honestly trying to make sure) that I get permission to use copyrighted material.

Magnificent Recently the Pastor contacted me about video, called “Magnificent”, that he had found on the internet at a site called Andie’s Isle.  It was at this point I went to work.

Andie's Isle

I contacted Andie, at at Andie’s Isle, to determine if there was a downloadable version of the video available, since the video was embedded on the site; AND, if possible could I use it?  Andie graciously worked with me to provide the video.

Being the good blogger, the good geek and most importantly the good Christian; this gave me the opportunity to thank Andie, at Andie’s Isle, by making her site shine here at What’s On My PC

To my readers; take a few moments to visit Andie’s Isle. That few moments will definitely be an uplifting experience that will prompt you to visit again and again.

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New Web Site – Bookmarks4Techs.com

During my two years of blogging I have had the opportunity to visit, review and bookmark over 400 tech sites and blogs. As a matter of fact, it is a passion of mine to visit and collect tech sites. I have found it is a great way to learn about computers and information technology.

Recently I decided to post these bookmarks, on a separate sister site to What’s On My PC; AND, decided to call the site Bookmarks4Techs.com . The site is currently in the development stages and will continue to evolve as I continue to tweak the site. The site features RSS Feeds from some of my favorite tech sites; plus some quick links to tech bargains at Amazon. I fully intend to add to the collection as the site continues to grow. I am always open to any tech sites that are not included.

If you are a tech site (or blog) and you add Bookmarks4Techs.com to your blogroll, let me know, and I will increase the font size to the name of your site (or blog) on Bookmarks4Techs so that it stand’s out.

Bookmarks4Techs

Site Description:

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! To help support the site, I ask that any tech site listed below, to please consider adding Bookmarks4Techs to your blogroll. If added to your blogroll, I will increase the font size of your listing to make it stand out from the rest of the crowd. Thank You and Enjoy!

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Top 20 Most Popular Blogs – July 2010

An article I read today titled “Blogging is a Pain In The…” by Bill Mullins at Tech Thoughts really caught my attention. First off, Bill’s article is not as bad as it sounds; especially from a very popular blogger who has passed a million visitor’s twice and is now working toward the three million mark. Believe me, Bill has the blogging injuries to prove it and if you do not believe me, read the article [ HERE ] .

As a result of that article, I started to wonder what are some of the most popular blogs out there and found the “Top 20 Most Popular Blog for July 2010” compiled by eBizMBA. The results was derived from their eBizMBA Rank which is an average of each website’s Alexa Global Traffic Rank, and U.S. Traffic Rank from both Compete and Quantcast.

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1 | HuffingtonPost
98 – eBizMBA Rank | 28,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 99 – Compete Rank| 37 – Quantcast Rank | 158 – Alexa Rank.
The Most Popular Blogs | Updated 7/01/2010 | eBizMBA

2 | TMZ
228 – eBizMBA Rank | 17,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 220 – Compete Rank | 57 – Quantcast Rank | 407 – Alexa Rank.
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3 | engadget
479 – eBizMBA Rank | 11,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 808 – Compete Rank | *250* – Quantcast Rank | 378 – Alexa Rank.
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4 | PerezHilton
570 – eBizMBA Rank | 9,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 882 – Compete Rank | 251 – Quantcast Rank | 577 – Alexa Rank.
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5 | Gizmodo
575 – eBizMBA Rank | 8,900,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,103 – Compete Rank | 150 – Quantcast Rank | 472 – Alexa Rank.
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6 | Mashable
579 – eBizMBA Rank | 7,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 803 – Compete Rank | 612 – Quantcast Rank | 323 – Alexa Rank.
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7 | TechCrunch
615 – eBizMBA Rank | 6,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 607 – Compete Rank | *860* – Quantcast Rank | 377 – Alexa Rank.
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8 | Gawker
776 – eBizMBA Rank | 4,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,005 – Compete Rank | 458 – Quantcast Rank | 866 – Alexa Rank.
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9 | lifehacker
860 – eBizMBA Rank | 4,400,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,298 – Compete Rank | 463 – Quantcast Rank | 819 – Alexa Rank.
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10 | FanHouse
896 – eBizMBA Rank | 4,350,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 512 – Compete Rank | 856 – Quantcast Rank | 1,321 – Alexa Rank.
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11 | SmashingMagazine
967 – eBizMBA Rank | 4,325,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,142 – Compete Rank | *990* – Quantcast Rank | 768 – Alexa Rank.
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12 | FailBlog
1,001 – eBizMBA Rank | 4,300,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,417 – Compete Rank | 549 – Quantcast Rank | 1,038 – Alexa Rank.
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13 | Kotaku
1,217 – eBizMBA Rank | 4,200,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,875 – Compete Rank | 584 – Quantcast Rank | 1,192 – Alexa Rank.
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14 | BusinessInsider
1,312 – eBizMBA Rank | 2,100,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,382 – Compete Rank | 1,127 – Quantcast Rank | 1,427 – Alexa Rank.
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15 | boingboing
1,387 – eBizMBA Rank | 2,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,466 – Compete Rank | 911 – Quantcast Rank | 1,784 – Alexa Rank.
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16 | AutoBlog
1,495 – eBizMBA Rank | 1,950,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,391 – Compete Rank | 1,587 – Quantcast Rank | 1,507 – Alexa Rank.
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17 | icanhascheezburger
1,690 – eBizMBA Rank | 1,900,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,834 – Compete Rank | 1,018 – Quantcast Rank | 2,217 – Alexa Rank.
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18 | treehugger
2,242 – eBizMBA Rank | 1,700,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 2,673 – Compete Rank | 1,568 – Quantcast Rank | 2,486 – Alexa Rank.
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19 | PopSugar
2,249 – eBizMBA Rank | 1,675,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 2,413 – Compete Rank | 1,087 – Quantcast Rank | 3,248 – Alexa Rank.
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20 | PopCrunch
2,307 – eBizMBA Rank | 1,625,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 2,010 – Compete Rank | 1,376 – Quantcast Rank | 3,536 – Alexa Rank.
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New Additions to the What’s On My PC Blogroll

Just completed some link exchanges and would like to introduce the following blogs that have been added to the What’s On My PC blogroll and Launch Pad.

image I Want Ice Water – If you need a good laugh for the day, check this blog out.  It is not a tech blog; however, I decided here at What’s On My PC, we need to mix it up a little with a pinch of humor. The author of the blog is definitely someone like me. “They ain’t hitting on all cylinders!’”.  Great blog that you need to check out.

I Want Ice Water – Is a mixture of humor & seriousness that reflects my own personal philosophy of life. From growing up a poor, mixed-race kid in the 50s, 60s & 70s, to living as a depressed urban hermit in recovery, this is a collection of my pleas for reason & rationality in this global asylum. The Only Thing I’m Certain Of Is: I Don’t Know Everything!

All Of My Opinions Are Subject To Change As New Facts Come In.

Your Comments Will Always Be Welcomed.

Laptop Computer Reviews Laptop Computer Reviews – from Real Users – If you are in the market for a laptop or notebook computer, this blog is a nice place to start your research. Numerous reviews are provided for a variety of models. Appears the blog is in the initial stages of development, with software reviews in their future.  Will only get better!

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An AWESOME Wallpaper Site

As a result of posting a recent article about “FREE High Resolution Wallpapers”, I was introduced to a fellow WordPress blogger that specializes in nothing but Wallpaper Backgrounds. The blog is called, you got it, Awesome Wallpapers. Now here is the “cool factors” about Awesome Wallpapers.  The site owner loves collecting wallpapers (has about 14000 of them) and; get this, the site owner has been engaged in computers for approximately 8 years and is a young whipper snapper (14 to 15 years old).  The blog also specializes in Firefox Addons, Sites & Software, and Wallpaper Utilities.

Awesome Wallpapers

As a result of being impressed with Awesome Wallpapers, and the professional attitude of this young whipper snapper, I subsequently contacted the him and managed a link exchange. Awesome Wallpapers has become the newest additon to the What’s On My PC blogroll (at the right side of the blog). Welcome aboard!

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FREE High Resolution Wallpapers

Locating desktop wallpaper on the internet to spruce up your computer’s desktop background can actually be a dangerous adventure that can lead to a malware experience that you do not need. Wallpaper and screensaver sites are common habitats for malware and you really do need to be careful. Another issue that you may run into is that a wallpaper you download may not match your screen resolution, thus creating a frustration experience.

Today, I want to tell you about a wallpaper site that I use, called InterfaceLIFT that is not only safe, but provides a great collection of high resolution wallpapers.

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The “cool factor” to InterfaceLIFT is that when you visit the site your screen resolution is automatically detected so that when you select your desired wallpaper, it is a perfect fit. You can also sort the wallpapers by date, downloads, ratings, etc… to help you make your decision. There are also a nice collection of icons on the site, as well.

There are many wallpaper sites out there. I would be interested in hearing about any other wallpaper sites that you would recommend. You can make your recommendation(s) by leaving a comment below.

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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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Tech-for Everyone – The One Million Mark

Tech Paul, the genius behind the blog called Tech-for Everyone, just surpassed the one million mark for visitors. This is a major accomplishment for a blogger. I personally offer my congratulations!

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To my visitors, please bookmark and visit Tech Paul’s site [ HERE ] as a show of continued support. I communicate on a daily visit with this man and I can tell you he is a class act. His blog is a secondary job (that he receives no compensation for) to his primary profession of being a CompTIA Certified Computer Tech for his private owned business called Aplus Computer Aid.

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Not only am I encouraging you to visit his blog (Tech-for Everyone), I also encourage you to look him up at Aplus Computer Aid where he offers affordable and friendly services via remote control over the web, or over the phone.

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A Grab Bag Selection of GREAT Online Computer Games

I recently went on the hunt for some online (cloud based) computer games. As you well know, there are numerous online gaming sites; however, most are laden with numerous advertisements and questionable tactics to draw you in. What I was looking for were individualized and specialized games that you play in your web browser (in a full screen or near full screen mode), that would make you stand back in awe, and did not require an online account.

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Reflected below are links to the sites for the games that I was able to locate. If you know of other online games, that meets the criteria I have indicated, by all means share them with us by commenting below. You will notice I have not provided any description for the games. This is like a grab bag; reach in, click on the links, and be surprised.

Get The Glass

3D Future Ops 4: First Strike

Gravity Master

Glassez

Matter: Online Tangram

Quest For The Rest

Space Shuttle: Online Flight Simulator

CDX

First Person Tetris

World of Solitaire

FlashChess III

Crystal Galaxy

Breakdown

Leadership

Cost Cutter

Free Crossword Puzzles

Jigsaw Online

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As a Blogger, Pay It Back Twofold

I have been blogging since July 2008 and enjoy it very much; even though there are times my “blogger batteries” start to discharge.  It is truly hard work; however, I look at it as a form of exercise in the mental sense (similar to a daily physical workout).

The rewards from blogging are many…  You keep those brain cells refreshed, your writing improves, recognition will come your way, your knowledgebase expands, you develop a sense that you are doing something that will help someone else; AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY you meet people that I can only describe as being awesome.

I do not know how it is with other people that blog on other topics of interest; BUT, what I have found with Tech Bloggers it that it is a very unique group of people.  That old saying “birds of a feather flock together” describes perfectly the group of bloggers I have been associated with.

When a fellow Tech Blogger gives you recognition, I have a blogger’s policy that I follow, and that is to “pay it back, twofold”.  Recently one of the blogs I am associated with, called “Ask A Tech Teacher” posted text from one of my articles and and a link back to What’s On My PC.  Many bloggers look at link backs as a way to generate traffic to the blog (which it is); but, I look at it in a whole different light.  I made a connection with someone!

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image I started digging deep into the blog, Ask A Tech Teacher, and what I experienced was a vast amount (and array) of information that can really help those that are in need of a real teacher of computers and information technology. The author of the blog has been been a tech teacher for 15 years and it really shows.  To all my readers and new visitors, Ask A Tech Teacher is one site to bookmark and frequently visit. I will guarantee you that you will learn something that you did not know.

Oh, by the way, if you are interested in becoming a blogger, I encourage you to use WordPress.com… Everything you need to get started is there and you do not need to be a rocket scientist to figure it out; plus, there is always someone out there that will help.

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Healthcare Insurance Reform – Use Technology to get the FACTS

When it comes to the Health Insurance Reform topic I am not going to reflect (in my blog) my opinion, how I feel, etc…  I would become a victim of blog assassination, if I did.  Too much hatred (like road rage) out there for me to do that.

I will tell you this though.  I am an observer of people and have been for years.  Especially, from a behavioral standpoint.  This topic of Healthcare Reform is a major change that will or could have an impact for us all.  Again, I’m not revealing my feelings on this, either way…  From the behavioral standpoint, at least in my region, I see people talking and talking and talking; but not saying anything.  Why?  Because they have no idea what they are talking about.  It is the same folks who are still looking for those weapons of mass destruction.

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One of my favorite sayings is, “believe nothing and verify everything”.  In this specific case of Health Insurance Reform, “verify everything”.  DO NOT rely on the propaganda of the media to “dumb you down”. The media is a business (of greed & sensationalization), fed by political influences, that relies on stirring up the population to the point of hatred (toward each other) and division (even within our Congress). Our leaders are even afraid to make decisions, because it is “all about me” and “not us” (as a unified country). DO NOT rely on the information that is circulating via the email circuits.  If you are, then you are really being taken for a ride.

So before you start talking, pointing fingers, and ready to beat your neighbor up, GET THE FACTS and become an expert of the information; however use good resources.  A good starting point for this is the White House [ HERE ] AND [ HERE ] .  Again, and I know I may get comments telling me to not trust the White House; BUT, please do not be one of these people that tell me to hate my President, but love thy neighbor. The information I am presenting to you is your starting point to GET THE FACTS, then start digging and just maybe when the talking starts you can GIVE THE FACTS, can realistically debate your concerns; AND, in the end, love your neighbor.

Note: I encourage you to comment and I also encourage you to read the comments that have been posted [ HERE ].

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Got My Blogger Batteries Recharged

My friend TechPaul, at Tech-for Everyone, recently responded to a comment on his blog explaining how blogging is hard work,  how Thank You’s are far and few between; BUT, when recognition does occur (especially from a peer) it really charges up his blogger batteries. I couldn’t agree with him more.

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Recently, by pure chance, I came across the web site My Life Scoop which is a site devoted to useful stories on Family Life (including parenting, holidays, education, and cooking), Personal Life (including career and health), and Tech Life (including travel, music and videos).”

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What jumped out at me at this site was that they had my blog (What’s On My PC) and TechPaul’s (Tech-for Everyone) listed as one of their Top 10 Tech Advice Blogs [click here] alongside some of the big guns that are out there.  What was rewarding about this was that I was included with one of my mentors (Tech Paul).  I actually got into blogging from the encouragement of Tech Paul (at Tech-for Everyone) and from the encouragement of Bill Mullins’ (at Tech Thoughts). To this day I look up to these guys and when something good happens the real reward is paying them back with words of sincere thanks that recharges my blogger batteries and hopefully gives them a charge to their blogger batteries, as well.

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I just wanted to publicly recognize and say Thank You to My Life Scoop for this recognition; AND, most importantly for recharging my blogger batteries.  I really needed that…

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Convert Adobe PDF to Microsoft Word

I recently attended a day long seminar on emergency management for my current job and the instructor was displaying various forms and documents in the Adobe PDF file format that was available for our use.  The instructor went on to say that it is too bad there is not a way to make those PDF forms and documents editable.  I wanted to jump right out of my chair; however, I did not want to embarass my colleagues who  already think I’m an overclocked CPU.  Folks, there are numerous converters available on the internet that will convert PDF files to the Microsoft Word format.  One such site is Convert PDF to Word.net

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To make the conversion you simply browse for the file you desire to convert, then hit the convert and download button. During my testing, the converter took the PDF file and converted it into blocks of text.  As with any document converter, there may be slight differences in the formatting.  For example, documents containing tables can be hard to get a really good final result; BUT, hey whose complaining.  These converters do a pretty good job!

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Convert PDF to Word.net, is part of a larger scheme of converters, that are reflected below for your convenience:

Iphone Theme
YouTube Converter
Pdf to word Converter
Convert PDF to html
Text to PDF Converter
Convert PDF To Image
Convert PDF to word
Convert My Pdf
Zip My Files
Pdf Password Remover
Water Effect
Pdf to word Converter
YouTube To Mp3

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Write Your Name in the Snow with Penguin Show

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://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r135/snow978/penguin_tebe.swf?msg=What’s%20On%20My%20PC

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!

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A FREE Full Screen Interactive Weather Map

Here in the United States the weather this winter has been anything but normal. As a result, tracking weather conditions has moved up on the priority list in our daily routines

To assist us with tracking the weather, Weather Underground has recently developed a new cloud app (with touch screen technology in mind) called FullScreenWeather.com that works in conjunction with Google Maps.

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To use this cloud app, simply visit FullScreenWeather.com (which is a redirect to the Weather Underground web site) and enter your zip code (or city, state, country, Latitude or Longitude).

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Once your zip code is entered and the map for your locale loads, simply bookmark the site in your browser (for future one click access).  Once the map loads you have option of displaying the following overlays: temperature, precipitation or cloud cover. Using Google Maps technology, in conjunction with the weather data overlays,  you have the control to interactively zoom in and out and change the maps appearance.

The map also displays widgets of sorts (with convenient links to the Weather Underground website) that displays current and forecasted conditions, as well as, weather alerts

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Glary Utilities Pro – Valentines Day Promotional Giveaway

Bill Mullins’ over at Tech Thoughts has graciously brought to our attention that Glarysoft is promoting a Glarysoft Valentine’s Day Giveaway for their all-in-one utility, Glary Utilities Pro.  They are giving away 500 licenses each day (for the Professional Version) from Feb 12 to Feb 14, 2010 to celebrate Valentines’s Day.

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Folks, Glary Utilities is a great software package that will assist you with maintaining your PC (fix, speed up, maintain and protect your PC). Do not miss out on this opportunity. Go to Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts for further details, before it is too late.

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Experience Windows 3.1 in your Web Browser

image Many computer users today have never experienced Windows prior to Windows 95 (e.g. Windows 3.1)…  If you are interested in seeing and actually experiencing (interactively) what the feel of Windows 3.1 was like back in 1992, then [ click here ] .  An emulated (or imitated) version of Windows 3.1 will load in your web browser. This is very close to the real thing and definitely brings back memories (Windows 3.1 and Dos 6.22) where my roots and interest in computers began.

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Windows 3.1x is a series of 16-bit operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers. The series began with Windows 3.1, which was first sold during March 1992 as a successor to Windows 3.0. Further editions were released between 1992 and 1994 until the series was superseded byWindows 95. – Wikipedia

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Launch Pad – A Gigantic Collection of Over 350 Tech Sites

If you are into computers and information technology, then you need to visit the

What’s On My PC
Launch Pad
Click the “Launch Pad” to
see  my collection of links
to over 350
Tech Sites and Blogs

The Launch Pad is a growing collection of links to over 350 tech sites and blogs.  I have been collecting Tech site links ever since I started blogging. If you do not see your tech site or blog on the  Launch Pad, please let me know and I will be glad to add it.

The most recent additions to the Launch Pad are:

WebTechPoint
Gadget Planet
BNET
Mark’s Blog
Spywarevoid
Tricks-Collections.com
FreeTechJournal
Soft Sailor
Computer Repair Help
Infrequent Geek
Techtree
FreeFunFiles
Canadian Tech Blogger
Instant Fundas
ReadWriteWeb
Chicago Mac/PC Support
SwatSpam
ShoutMeloud
Beep The Geek
WebWorkerDaily
OStatic
Million Clues
Raymond.cc
Browserland
Otak Komputer
My Tech Quest
The Windows Club
Windows 7 Forums
Within Windows
The Windows 7 Blog
Techlicious
Ask Dave Taylor!
Sync
Geeks to Go!
Technically Inspired
GeekSugar
Google Tutor
AccessTech News
Techtites
Computer Tips and Tricks
Crenk
The Unofficial Web Application List
iTechWorld
TechBlizz
PCSafety.us

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FREE Wallpaper and Puzzles at National Geographic

image National Geographic, the official journal of the National Geographic Society, has been publishing the journal (or magazine) since 1888.  I can remember in my childhood browsing through my Grandfather’s National Geographic collection and being in awe over the articles; and, especially the photography.  If any of you are familiar with National Geographic, you know exactly what I am talking about.

If you are a National Geographic fan, then there are (4)-four FUN things you need to check out that will bring the photography of the National Geographic to your computer.

1) The National Geographic Wallpapers [ Link 1] and [ Link 2 ] .  I currently use the National Geographic Wallpapers as my primary source for my wallpaper backgrounds on my PC. There is nothing like them (in my opinion). Be sure to check out both links, as they are different.

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2) Test your memory with the National Geographics’ Daily Dozen match game.

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3) Nothing like a jigsaw puzzle; especially, when it is FREE and can be played on your computer featuring photography [ Link ] and Atlas Maps [ Link ] from the National Geographic.  See how fast you can assemble these puzzles (you are timed).

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4) Don’t forget to check out the slide puzzles [ Link ] .  Watch the pieces scramble before your eyes and then challenge you to slide them back in order.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#42)

It is unbelievable, especially the older we get, just how fast a week seemingly passes by; but, one thing I look forward to each week is Geek Squeaks’.

Geek Squeaks’ is a compilation of articles, created within the past 7 days, by the members (bloggers) associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll (at the right side of the blog). If computers and information technology is in your blood, then these sites (or blogs) are the ones to follow.

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Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
FreeFixer – A Free, Powerful Anti-Malware Tool

Plato On-Line
Facebook vs. Suicide Machine

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Antivirus PC 2009

AKS-Feel The Change
Merge two or more PDF files

thePC Security
Freeware PC Security Software Download – Rising PC Doctor

Crazy World of G
You Have Wave

Lifehacker
Memorize Makes Virtual Flashcards and More [Flashcards]

Rarst.net
SuggestRSS.com – finds sites like those in your feeds

Sugarloaf Tech
Remote wipe your BlackBerry without BES

Tech-for Everyone
How To Make Word Open A Normal Blank Page*

AskBillFirst
Those Green Doublelined Words on a Web Page

Free PC Security
Online Armor Free Firewall V4

TuneUp Blog
Survey: Replace Rather Than Clean Up a PC?

Computer Maintenance
Data Backup

Canadian Tech Blogger
IE Usage Down, Chrome Surpasses Safari

Mrintech
Free ASCII Art Designer Software for your PC!

Worthy Tips
Idea To Convert Your Photo To Hand Draw Sketch On Your Desktop

Technize
3 Ways To Test Your LCD Monitor For Defective Pixels

I Love Free Software
WeBuzz.IM – Use Gtalk, Yahoo, ICQ, AIM from Browser

TTC Shelbyville
Repair Internet Explorer

Carputers News and Computer Tips
Learn how to research online…

Snakebytez
Easily and Safely Optimize Vista
by Disabling Unnecessary Windows Vista Services

Freeware Pharmacy
MCE Buddy

What’s On My PC
FREE Online Virus and Malware Scanners

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cnet’s Rundown of the Best New Windows Software of 2009

A good source for reviews, of FREE Software, is cnet. Reflected below is a clip from cnet – The Download Blog that I encourage you to visit.  The article gives you a good run down of some of the new (popular) software that was developed in 2009.

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December 31, 2009 12:00 AM PST

Best new Windows software of 2009

by Seth Rosenblatt

This past year was not the best for new software developments. There were no surprising game-changers like Google Chrome in 2008, and no watershed moments. However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t some cool releases. I suspect that much of the best software of 2009 winds up becoming the foundation for innovations in 2010.

[ Source: cnet – The Download Blog ]

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A Collection of Online Image Converters

Recently I found a need to convert an icon from one image format (.png) to another (.ico); that put me on the hunt for online image converters.  To the everyday computer user, converting from one  image file format to another, is something that you will not be doing very often; but, it is nice to have an option in the event you do need to perform this task. This is where an online converter (cloud app) can be of help and will save you from installing converter software on your PC.

In my case, I was initially searching for an icon converter to convert icons from the image file format of .png to the image file format of .ico.  I performed a quick search for an icon converter using Google and immediately was directed to Convertico.com

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ConvertICO is a Free Online Converter – fast (you don’t need to register or to install software) and easy to use (you need only 3 clicks to convert the PNG or ICO file) – able to convert PNG to ICO (Windows Vista compatible icons) and ICO to PNG format files.

As I indicated before, this piqued my interest and I went on the hunt for online image converters and found an array of (6)-six online options (see below).

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At CoolUtils – Free Online Image Converter you can convert most commonly used graphic image formats – BMP, JPG, PNG, GIF or ICO.  Your image image must not exceed 700Kb in size.

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At Online-Image Converter.com you are permitted to convert files up to 50 MBs in size and can do an unlimited number of files at a time.  The converter also allows you to resize, crop and adjust the contrast and brightness, which appeared difficult to understand (to me).  Once the conversion has completed, a download link to the converted images is sent to your email.

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The image converter at Online-Utility.org supports over 100 major image formats.  Ironically, the only format it does not support is the .ico format (for icons)that I was initially looking for.

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PictureResize not only features an option to resize your pictures, it also supports the conversion of over 100 different image formats.  Appears to be a good choice and easy to understand; however, it did not support the .ico format I was looking for.

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Convert Hub supports the most common (everyday) image formats.  What I liked about Convert Hub is that it did support the .ico format I was looking for and it allowed me to select the size of the .ico (icon file dimensions).

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Online-Convert.com not only supports the most common image conversions, it also has converters available for video, audio and documents.

If you know of any other online image converters, please feel free to share it with us.

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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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How to Look More Productive at Your PC

If you are looking for a way, on the job, to appear professional and give that illusion you are really busy, then give cantyouseeimbusy.com a try! The site offers (3)-three hard at work games that is played inside your web browser that emulates (gives the illusion of) a word processor and spreadsheet program. All three games require Adobe Flash to be installed on the PC to work (which is very common anyway).

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Disclaimer: If you lose your job because of your increased productivity, please do not blame What’s On My PC…

imageBreakdown – Are you working hard everyday typing reports, letters or minutes? Then Breakdown is the game for you but instead of generating text, this game is all about erasing as much text as possible.

image Leadership – Do you think it’s your time to step up and show off your leadership ability? Then this is your chance. Prove that you can lead your ship through the graph, and you will move up a level.

image Cost Cutter – In times like these everyone is always telling you to keep the costs down. And that’s just the challenge in this game. Keep the data as low as possible and your points will sky rocket.

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GUEST POST: Starting a Blog the Right Way

Guest Post by Poch Peralta

I encourage you to visit Poch Peralta’s blog, Plato On-Line, to get the scoop on just about anything…  Poch is a regular visitor here at What’s On My PC and recently featured one of my articles on Plato On-Line.  As a courtesy, today I am posting one of Poch’s articles about “Starting a Blog the Right Way”, which was recently featured on the site Million Clues.

Starting a Blog the Right Way

During my first 6 months of blogging, I made a lot of mistakes which is just normal in my humble opinion. Just learning from them made me grateful. And I was lucky I didn’t make the really big ones! (user name, theme). So here is what I learned and my suggestions.

The Right Kick-off

1. Finding the best blog platform or host

Before I found my current host, I left three from which I didn’t get a single comment! So do a research first. Decide if you want a ‘monetized’ or an advertisement-free blog. Some hosts allow monetizing, some don’t. So if you choose to self-host your blog, then it’s better to monetize it to cover your expenses.

2. Choosing your user name (or domain name) carefully.

Some blog platforms do not allow their users to change that so you might be stuck with what you choose. And changing a username is like changing a BRAND name –you’ll probably lose some of your followers who don’t want the change. I suggest you choose one as if it’s a website name because you wouldn’t know if your weblog might someday be a big website. A name which can be ‘verbalized’ is best. See how websurfers turned the proper noun Google into a verb? (It’s just bad that my own would sound bad if verbalized – pochpeed).

3. Choosing your blog Theme

There are specific themes designed for your niche or speciality.

4. Choose your niche carefully

This was my first mistake. At first, I started writing just about everything that floats my boat. Then I learned that you could monetize your blog at least to cover your writing expenses, time and effort. Some professional bloggers even teach that you shouldn’t spend on your blog or site until you’re earning from it. So decide if you want a monetized blog or not –then decide what your blog will be specifically about. Will it be about Technology, Science, Business, etc?

5. Continue search for better blog platforms

Most probably, your first blog host will not be the best.

6. Practice Ethics of blogging/networking

This is the continuing and maybe, the hard part. How do we make sure we’re blogging politically correct?

a. Your content

We have freedom of speech so it’s really up to you what you write even if it’s offensive; which of course I practice but don’t endorse. But if you will write a rant or offensive piece, target specifically so the innocents wouldn’t think they are part of it. You wouldn’t want your followers to think they are part of your target. If you’re after popularity or sales, then you wouldn’t want to offend everyone so be careful what you write.

One way to make sure your piece isn’t offending: have a kind-hearted person or editor read your article then ask if it’s reader-friendly.

b. Your comments

Now this is where most bloggers offend each other the most. I myself have offended through comments without intending to although one or two I admit were careless though innocent; and that is why I’m reluctant to write about this – it would smell hypocrisy. We just really can’t be sure how our words will be interpreted. And that is the reason why we should be extremely careful. Tips:

  1. Never make or reply to an offensive comment when you’re still angry. Most of the time, we will find that it’s not really worth our anger as time passes. What I do is ignore offensive comments if I want someone to stop sending it. You bet it works. We will even sometimes find we can learn something from the offensive comment. The offensive commenter might even become your fan if you befriend the person!
  2. If you think you have made an offensive comment, follow-up at once and apologize before you get a reply. The more time passes, the more damage the comment will do because it spreads.

c. Spamming

This not only apply only to commenting but also to e-mail marketing.  The rule is DON’T SPAM. What do you think your reader will do when the reader learns you spammed him/her? Of course the reader will spread the news which would brand you as a user of your fellowman. I suggest you use a blog host or platform that uses Akismet.

Now there are human spam comments that you really need to spam. Human spam comments are innocent and not dangerous right?

Wrong!

It can be an attempt to steal hits, comments, or hijack your weblog altogether which I have experienced. If comments are not related to the post, it is spam especially if it asks you to click a link. So check the link first before clicking.

A good way to block spam comments manually is this:

Go to your WordPress Dashboard and follow Settings –> Discussion. In the comment blacklist, enter words like porno, gambling, and whatever words, IP’s, and e-mail addresses you think should be banned. Be extra careful who you spam or blacklist!

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A Techies’ Sneak Peek Preview to Black Friday Ads

Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving and is the kickoff to the holiday shopping season. Merchants offer deep discounts on a wide variety of products in an effort to bait consumers into the stores. This year, Black Friday falls on Friday November 27th 2009.

Does it work?  You bet! People will literally inflict injury (and sometimes cause death) to get “stuff”. It is like lemmings jumping off of a cliff; the urge is just too great!

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Black Friday is an event to monitor; especially if you are a techie. Deals on computers, monitors, media, software, peripherals, etc. can be had if you know where to look; which, leads me to introducing you to a website called BlackFriday.net .

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BlackFriday.net provides early sneak peek previews to the Black Friday sales ads for over 80 different merchants; and is an excellent resource for planning your Black Friday strategy (to get your “stuff”).

As of the date of this blog post, BlackFriday.net already had posted ads for (9)-Nine merchants and we still have approximately 20 days yet to go. One thing to point out, is that even though Black Friday falls on Friday, many of the stores offer their Black Friday products for sale online on Thanksgiving morning. Oh, and don’t forget about Cyber Monday either…

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Highly Recommended – Bill Mullins’ Top 12 FREE Downloads

If you are a frequent visitor to What’s On My PC… , then you know Bill Mullins’, the blogmaster, at Tech Thoughts.  Bill, along with TechPaul (at Tech-for Everyone) were the motivators that got me into the blogging arena.  As a result, I have (2)-two virtual friends that continue to encourage, prod and motivate. Both are very unique individuals; AND between myself and these two individuals, I believe some cloning occurred somewhere along this life’s path.

If you are a blogger, then you know it is work; BUT, it is rewarding and enriching, as well.  Bill, at Tech Thoughts, has been a professional blogger for nearly 2 years and has mastered what it takes to be successful at blogging. Over 1.5 million hits in a 22 month period are numbers you typically see on some of the top sites on the internet.

During that 22 month run, Bill has posted (relentlessly) tech article after tech article with numerous software reviews. The cool factor about all of this is that Bill actually tests the software to give you the low down of what is hot and what is not.

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During a recent visit to Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts, I noticed Bill posted a review about the “Top 12 Downloaded Free Applications on Tech Thoughts”.

Bill’s comments about the top 12 applications:

In the roughly 22 months I have been writing Tech Thoughts, these are the top 12 downloaded free applications on this site. Having had the opportunity to test each and every one thoroughly, I have no hesitation in recommending these top performing free applications.

I am not going to reveal those Top 12 applications here; instead, I encourage you to visit Bill Mullins’ – Tech Thoughts to get this highly recommended listing for yourself.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#34)

image We are in the midst of the fall season and Geek Squeaks’ is going strong.  If you are a person who has a love for information technology, computers, and software; then Geek Squeaks’ are for you. Each week What’s On My PC… randomly selects an article posted by the blog authors (within the past 7 days) who are connected to the What’s On My PC… blogroll community. If you have not visited these blogs, I encourage you to do so. This week’s roundup is reflected below.

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Hard Drive Cloning is Easy with Free Easeus Disk Copy

Right On Technology
Top Black Friday Ad Sites 2009

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Resizeable Textarea add-on for Firefox

Plato On-Line
Multitasking Might Cause Brain Damage

Teck~Line Lounge
Free Easy To Use Portable Start Menu For Your USB Drive

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove ShieldSafeness

Carol’s Vault
8 FPS characters on multiple challanges. Very funny!

AKS-Feel The Change
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites October 27

AskBillFirst
What Can The Wheel On My Mouse Be Used For?

Tech-for Everyone
Troubleshooting Stop Errors In Vista

Sugarloaf Tech
Java Update Available – should I install it?

Rarst.net
PDFCreator – virtual printer to create documents

Lifehacker
Google Voice Offers Voicemail
Without a New Number [Google Voice]

Crazy World of G
Welcome to Frickintardistan

Computer Too Slow
How To Format a Hard Drive

Tune Up Blog
A Step-by-Step Guide: How to Clean Install Windows 7

Computer Maintenance
Diagnose Hard Drive Failure | Troubleshoot Hard Disk Problems

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows 7, these are a few of my favourite things

Freeware Elite
Gridy: a great active window manager by Sector Seven

Technize
How To Log On To Your Windows User Account If You Forget Your Password Or If Your Password Expires

I Love Free Software
How to Draw in Your Computer with your Pen

The Abbey Rose
Memory Lane

TTC Shelbyville
Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit – MAP 4.0

Tux in the Midwest
Drupal Notes – My Project

Snakebytez
Monitor UPS status with UPS Assistant

What’s On My PC…
Get the Last FREE version of FastStone Capture

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