How To EASILY Download Genuine Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 (ISO) Disk Images

Using the 4-step process of the Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool you can easily and comfortably download genuine Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 disk images (ISO) directly from Microsoft’s servers. As an added bonus here, you can also download the disk images for Office 2007, Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 2016, and Office 2011 for Mac, as well.

  1. Simply select the build you want to download and click on “confirm”.  In my case I selected Windows 10.
  2. Select the Edition and click on “confirm”. In my case I selected Windows 10 Home/Pro.
  3. Select the Product Language and click on “confirm”.  In my case I selected English.
  4. Select the whether 32bit or 64bit download; at which point you will be prompted to save the image file to a folder on your computer.

Windows ISO Downloader

Source: Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool


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Microsoft admins: Update your systems now to prevent “crazy bad” zero-day bug exploits – A new Windows zero-day exploit has been discovered, and it’s possibly one of the most serious vulnerabilities to date. It targets Windows Defender’s Microsoft Malware Protection Engine (MsMpEng), tricking it into executing code when the engine scans a file… READ MORE


Results are in: The best Android smartphone camera is… – Our search for the answer to this question saw us put Samsung’s latest, the Galaxy S8, up against the best from its rivals, including the LG G6, Sony Xperia XZs, Huawei P10, Google Pixel XL and OnePlus 3T! Now the votes are in and have been counted, let’s reveal the winner! … READ MORE


Opera is ‘Reborn,’ with new features that help usher in modern browser market – Opera Software has officially rebooted the Opera browser and relaunched it in a brand-new “Reborn” guise. The Neon-compatible browser brings a fancy new look to the browser market, as well as an ad blocker, virtual private network (VPN) service, and built-in chat functions, all of which could help separate it from the more popular competition… READ MORE

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ASUS ZenFone 3 – 5.5-Inch unlocked Dual SIM smartphone with AMOLED Gorilla Glass 5 display, 1920 X 1080 FHD resolution… READ MORE


Massive ransomware attack spreads across the globe – A new strain of ransomware is wrecking havoc all over the world, with hospitals across England and major companies in several counties reportedly affected. Security experts have identified the ransomware as a new strain of the WannaCry (also known as WanaCrypt0r and WCry) malware, and apparently its reach extends beyond… READ MORE


How to open Universal Touch-optimized File Explorer in Windows 10 – Windows 10 v 1703 includes a new UWP Windows File Explorer app file, that is optimized for Touch devices. This post will show you how to access this hidden Explorer app… READ MORE

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Google Maps for Android adds Street View images in navigation to show your turns – Google Maps has quietly rolled out a new feature that will make it easier for you to see where you need to go when using turn-by-turn navigation: integrated Street View images on the directions screen… READ MORE


Canary All-in-One Home Security Device – See and Hear: Stream real-time video of your home with Canary’s 1080p HD camera, 147 degree wide-angle lens, automatic night vision, and high-quality audio. More Than a Camera: Protect your home with Canary’s 90+ dB siren, motion-activated recording, auto-arm/disarm, and instant access to local authorities. HomeHealth Technology: Monitor air quality, temperature, and humidity to help understand how your home might affect your health. Intelligent Notifications: Receive instant video alerts on your iOS or Android device. No Installation/Contracts/Monthly Fees Required: Plug in Canary, connect to the Internet and you’re ready to go. Free secure cloud storage included,or get even more with optional monthly plans… READ MORE


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Turn Your Big Display Into A Windows Based Computer

Soon you will be able to buy (for approximately $150) Intel’s Compute Stick that will enable you to turn your TV into a Windows based or Linux based computer. This Windows on a stick device will be available later this month. The Stick has built-in Wi-Fi and built-in Bluetooth support that will enable you to add a keyboard and mouse. Also on board: a quad-core Intel Atom processor, 2 Gigabytes of RAM, 32GB of storage and a micro SD card slot for additional storage. If you check around, you can pre-order today

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Download This Windows 8.1 Quick Reference Card

I happened, by chance, to come across this Windows 8.1 Quick Reference Card by Custom Guide Interactive (that your can download or print) that is buried at the University of Incarnate Word (whatever that is).

This “must have” guide will be of great assistance to you in navigating and learning about Windows 8.1… The card actually consists of 2 pages of Windows 8.1 training tips. Get it before it disappears!

Windows 8.1 Quick Reference Card

Windows 8.1 Quick Reference Guide

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I Just Changed The Way I Receive Windows Updates AND Here Is Why…

I cannot stress enough, from a computer security standpoint, the importance of the Windows Updates. Microsoft goes to great lengths to keep our PC’s safe; HOWEVER, this past week I had an experience on a brand new PC that I had customized to my liking where I believe a Windows Update caused me a lot of grief. I experienced similar symptoms, as reported at 404 Tech Support, where they made determination that a specific update on machines with the Avast Anti-Virus installed caused the following symptoms to occur:

  • Restarting or shutting down would never complete
  • Uninstalling a program would hang
  • Certain startup programs would never launch
  • Opening computer properties (Right-click on This PC, select Properties) would never open

In my case, I experienced the exact same symptoms; HOWEVER, was not the same cause(s). I did not (initially) install the update as indicated in the 404 Tech Support article and do not have Avast installed. My problem started out when I booted my Windows 81. box and was greeted with a message indicating that Windows was installing new features and telling me to wait. Of course I am scratching my head going, “What new features???  I didn’t install or ask for any new features”. Needless to say, the computer hung on that screen (and message) and did not move forward. I ended up booting into the Windows reset, refresh and restore options. I attempted a restore and that did not work properly, as well. I performed a reboot again, and the PC did start to the desktop; however, that is when I experienced the symptoms as reflected above. After a second start of the computer, the computer started to run properly (for whatever reason). I immediately ran a scan for malware and checked all areas (startup, processes, services, etc…) to make sure I was not hit with something.

The only thing that I could come up with was when I went to do the Windows restore, the restore point was showing that Windows updates KB2920189 and KB3011780 had been installed. Update KB3011780 was showing in the Windows Updates history that it had been cancelled at one point, but also showed on the same date it did install successfully. It is my thinking that this update may have caused the issues I was experiencing.

After getting things back in order and the computer running properly. I manually downloaded the update as reflected in the article 404 Tech Support had problems with (which showed as an optional update on my PC) and the update installed with no issue on my PC. Note: By the way, that optional update (KB8000850) is a large core Windows update.

Needless to say, after reading the article at 404 Tech Support and my own experience with a potential Windows Update that went wild, I now have my computer configured to “Check for updates but let me choose whether to download or install them…”.

Windows Update Configuration

I do not recommend this setting, but from a troubleshooting standpoint, I am going this route for now. There have been too many Windows 8 (8.1) updates that have caused problems and this will put me in control to monitor the updates more closely and to educate myself more about Windows Updates.

If anyone else experienced a Windows Update issue, please feel free to share your experience and comment below…

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An Extraordinary Craigslist App For Windows 8 (and 8.1)

You may have noticed here on the blog I do not write too much about Windows 8 Apps. In my opinion the Windows App Store selection is nothing compared to the Google or Apple platforms; however, there is on occasion I will find a Windows App that will impress me as being useful. One of those apps being CPlus for Craigslist.

CPlus for Craigslist

If you are a Craigslist junky I believe you will like this app. It will definitely making searching Craigslist, across multiple locations, easier than visiting the Craigslist site itself. I typically use this app to look for things on Craigslist; not to post anything. Therefore the posting component, that is built into this app I cannot vouch for

Features – CPlus for Craigslist:

  • Search multiple cities
  • Add multiple cities and switch the search results easily with a single click.
  • Save searches and favorite listings
  • Save your search with the filter setting and favorite listings. They will be displayed on the main page.
  • Map view
  • Show all the postings on the map – especially useful when you are looking for apartments or houses.
  • In-app Posting
  • Post your ads inside our app and you may add multiple Craigslist accounts. (This feature is for Windows 8 Pro version only. The free version can post up to 10 times)
  • Account Management
  • Manage your Craigslist account. Edit or repost your existing posts. Show your previous posts.
  • History Tracking
  • Track your recent searches and viewed posts.

Have It All With A Solid State Hybrid Drive

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Have It All With A Solid State Hybrid Drive –  If you have an older PC and you are looking for a performance boost, that gives you faster speed with capacity, you may want to take a look one of Seagate’s Solid State Hybrid Drives.

Seagate’s Solid State Hybrid Drive

The good about the hybrid drive is that it is less expensive (see sample pricing) than solid state drives, yet gives you the kick and speed of the solid state drive (see customer reviews).

The hybrid drives by Seagate set aside approximately 6GB’s of ultra-fast NAND flash (same as used for SSD technology) to store the most frequently used data.  What this means is that, as you use the computer, the hybrid drive learns what data you use frequently and stores it on the SSD side of the drive. As this happens over time you will notice that the load times of those frequently used application are greatly reduced.  System boot times and system responsiveness are also noticeably improved using the hybrid form factor.

The Seagate® Desktop SSHD is designed to work in any standard desktop system. Unlike other hybrid solutions, there are no special drivers or software to install and configure. It installs and works just like a hard drive – only faster!

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[HOW TO] How to Upgrade a Desktop Hard Drive With Solid State Hybrid Drive Technology – The process of upgrading your desktop drive to a Seagate® Desktop SSHD is simpler than you might expect. There are three essential steps involved with the upgrade process… @Seagate

[FREE EBOOKS] 150 FREE Microsoft eBooks – largest collection ever – Given the amount my readers enjoy these posts and these free resources, I am sharing another post this year with over 130 more FREE eBooks, Step-By-Steps, Resource Guides, etc., for your enjoyment… @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog

[GMAIL] 5 Free Gmail Tracking Services To Get Read Receipt for Gmail – Here’s a listing of five free Gmail tracking services. These email tracking services keep tabs on your sent emails (sent via Gmail) and notify you (via different methods) when the recipient(s) open/read those emails… @I Love Free Software

[HOT TECH NEWS] The Popular WinPatrol System Monitoring Software Changes Hands – I couldn’t be happier to introduce you to the founder of Ruiware, LLC and Scotty’s new best friend,  Bret Lowry. He’s younger with more energy but still has almost 30 years experience developing software… @Bits From Bill

[WEB BROWSER NEWS] Chrome rockets past Firefox in browser arena – Google’s Chrome continues to shoot past Firefox among the desktop browser crowd, according to the latest stats from Web tracker Net Applications… @c|net

[WINDOWS APP] Pushbullet Windows App Gets Right-Click File Push Capability – You know all about Pushbullet by now – it’s that file/text/notification/everything else pushing app that’s so outrageously useful that you have to wonder why it’s free. Today there’s a treat rolling out to Pushbullet users on Windows in particular, and it makes sending files to your devices mega-easy. Just right-click and send.. @Android Police

[SECURITY] Probably the Best Free Security List in the World – This article contains a comprehensive list of free security-related programs or web applications for Windows XP and later Windows PC-based operating systems. The few non-free programs on this list are included because they are of high merit (in our opinion) and lack a comparable free alternative. This list also includes links to webpages that contain security-related information… @gizmo’s

[FREE SOFTWARE] MagicArchiver – Free Solutions for Archive Processing – A free archive processing utility. It provides a free and complete solution for manipulating archives. It is completely free for commercial and personal use… @MagicArchiver

[CLOUD COMPUTING] Here is the online application for cutting music – It allows you to effortlessly cut out a desired musical fragment from an MP3 file or a file in other formats, in order, for example to set it up as a customized ringtone for your mobile phone… @Online Audio Cutter

[CHROME EXTENSION] A powerful local, offline and background music player built entirely of HTML5 and JavaScript – A powerful local music player which runs as a packaged app (100% offline)… @Chrome Web Store

[UTILITIES] A software toolbox for your solid state drive hardware – Many of the top manufacturers of solid state drives have a software “toolbox” to go along with the hardware to configure the best performance. Sometimes a manufacturer only provides firmware updates, which are warned to be done at your own risk… @404 Tech Support

[HOW TO] 3 Ways To Directly Boot To Desktop In Windows 8 – Here are 3 ways to boot directly to Windows 8 desktop, when you login to Windows 8 PC… @I Love Free Software

[SECURITY] Microsoft Account protection: Login and security tips – Here are a few things you can do to help protect your Microsoft Account… @The Windows Club

[HOT TECH NEWS] Microsoft Announces Major Changes to Office 365 for Small and Midsized Businesses – In October, Microsoft will replace its Office 365subscriptions for small and midsized businesses with versions that are more affordable, more flexible, and provide more value. Existing customers will be able to take advantage of the new offerings—and the new pricing—starting October 1 or when they upgrade in the months ahead… @Paul Thurrott’s Supersite For Windows


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Periodically Change The Background Image On Your Computer (like every hour or every day)

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Periodically Change The Background Image On Your Computer (like every hour or every day) – You may have figured out that in Windows 7 and Windows 8 you have the ability to setup a screensaver that will display your photos and images on your computer as a slideshow (when the computer goes idle for a preset period of time).  The problem with this is that it is limited in what you can do. Actually screensavers are really a thing of the past (that was designed to save your screen from burn in).

If you really want something that I consider an awesome piece of software, that is periodically updated (and improved), I encourage you to take a look at John’s Background Switcher (aka: JBS).

John’s Background Switcher

What does John’s Background Switcher do?  John best describes it as this: “JBS sits in your system tray (down by the clock) and changes your background at the time interval of your choosing. You tell it where to get pictures from and how to show them – maybe you just want to see one photo at a time or maybe you’d like to see a ‘Snapshot Scrapbook‘ of photos thrown across your desktop. It’s up to you and you never know what’s coming next!”

Take a look at John’s Background Switcher; and, that dull boring computer background will be transformed into a beautiful display that makes good use of your images (and photos) with the ability to pull images from various sources on the internet.  Get it here (for FREE)!

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[WINDOWS 8] Fast Way to Troubleshoot Problems in Windows 8 and 8.1 – Windows 8.x has a troubleshooting feature for system maintenance and repair that everybody should know about. A previous tip showed one quick way to access this very useful set of utilities. Here is another way that uses a single command… @gizmo’s

[UPCOMING DEAL] Foscam FI9804W 720P Outdoor HD Wireless IP Camera – Fixed 720p HD Video Quality Megapixel Wireless IP camera, H.264 compression. 12 IR LEDs for night vision up to 20 meters. Fitted with a 2.8 mm lens for a 70 degree viewing angle, 1280 x 720 Resolution… Upcoming Deals @ Amazon

Foscam FI9804W 720P Outdoor HD Wireless IP Camera

[GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSION] Find out when your emails were read (in Gmail) – Avoid misunderstandings: check if your e-mails have been received – Friends: coordinate better with them – Family: make sure your loved ones are well – Peace of mind: avoid impatience when waiting for answers – Commercial objectives: verify if there is interest in your products – Job search: find out if a company reviewed your resume… @chrome web store

[CLOUD COMPUTING] 17 Websites That Will Make You Smarter – Tired of wasting your time watching cat videos or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed? Want to be more productive next time you go online? Here’s a list of websites that will actually make you smarter… @Entrepreneur

[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] PDF24 Creator: Free PDF Creator to create, convert, merge PDF files – If you are looking for any application that can create, convert and merge PDF files, then PDF24 Creator is one you may want to have a look at. PDF remains the most commonly used file format even today. Whether you are working at home or office, you often across PDF files and it is at such times, when  PDF24 Creator comes in handy. It is a freeware tool that can help in scanning the PDF documents and converting any printable document into the PDF format… @The Windows Club

[ANDROID] The top-rated, most-loved keyboard on Android, now available for free – Swiftkey Keyboard is an intelligent app for Android that upgrades your device’s on-screen keyboard, making it faster and easier for you to type. This free, award-winning app delivers smarter autocorrect and next-word prediction in over 60 languages. It’s packed full of customization features, including over 30 colorful themes, layouts for all screen sizes and devices, support for over 800 emoji, emoji prediction and much more… @Google Play

[FILE SHARING] Send Files Up To 1GB Easily – LockDox is a secure file sharing service brought to you by WatchDox, the leader in enterprise file sync and sharing. WatchDox believes everyone should be able to share files with security, tracking and control… @LockDox

[WINDOWS 8] Access Windows 8’s Advanced Startup Utility with a Simple Shortcut – Windows 8 comes with a handy tool for troubleshooting your computer: the Advanced Startup tool. Accessing it can be kind of roundabout, though, so Tech Support Alert shows how to access it quickly and easily… @lifehacker

[MICROSOFT ONEDRIVE] Microsoft ups free OneDrive storage – Office 365 users get 1TB, everyone else 15GB – OneDrive comes with seven gigabytes of free storage, and Office 365 comes with 20 gigabytes of OneDrive storage. As of today, that’s changed: Microsoft will increase the free quota to 15 Gbytes, and OneDrive subscribers will receive a whopping 1 terabyte with their subscription. The changes will roll out over the next month… @PCWorld


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The Easiest Way To Tell If The Windows 8.1 Update Is Installed On Your Computer

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The Easiest Way To Tell If The Windows 8.1 Update Is Installed On Your Computer – If you are confused about Windows 8.1 and the Windows 8.1 Update, you are not alone. In a nutshell; Windows 8.1 was an update to Windows 8.  Windows 8.1 Update, which is a completely different thing from Windows 8.1, is an update to Windows 8.1 (and Windows 8). Still confused?

The bottom line is that you want to make sure your computer is completely up to date. To determine if you have the Windows 8.1 Update installed go to the Start screen. If you see a Search button near your account name at the top of the Start screen, you already have the update.

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[COMPUTER SECURITY] SOLUTION: “This is Microsoft Support” telephone scam – Computer ransom lockout – A trend of the past couple of years has been for scammers to contact computer owners directly via telephone in the United States in an effort to convince them that there is a problem with their PC and they’ll need to pay to have it fixed.  In general, these people cannot fix anything, and instead they merely charge exorbitant fees for absolutely nothing. In other words, they scam you… @Triple-S Computers

[HARDWARE] A Programmable Computer Mouse – Do more, more easily with your mouse. With soft rubber grips and a contoured shape, this full size mouse provides all-day comfort, while Back/Forward buttons, side-to-side scrolling plus zoom and programmable buttons empower you to click, scroll and zoom with the flick of a finger… @Amazon

Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse

Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse

[ANDROID] magicApp by magicJack – Get unlimited local & long distance calling to the U.S. and Canada with magicApp. For international callers, make FREE unlimited magicApp-to-magicApp calls worldwide… @Google play

[FILE ENCRYPTION] Quick Crypt – A portable solution for encrypting and decrypting files.  Many features… @Valkova

[TECH NEWS] Lenovo Slides Past Apple to Claim #3 PC Sales Spot in U.S., Posts Record Earnings – Lenovo also made significant inroads in the U.S. market, where HP and Dell are still in first and second place. Lenovo’s strengthened PC lineup allowed it to vault past Apple to claim the third place spot for its fiscal fourth quarter (January through March 2014)… @DailyTech

[HOW TO] Averting Disaster – A Guide To Computer Backups (2014) – Backups are simply duplicates of data which are archived, and which can be restored to a previous point in time. The key is the data must be duplicated, and you have to be able to go back to an earlier time. Anything that doesn’t meet both of those requirements is not a backup… @AnandTech

[WALLPAPER] Cracked Windows Computer Screen@The Paper Wall

Cracked Windows Computer Screen


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Learning About Secure Boot In Windows 8

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Learning About Secure Boot In Windows 8 – This geek squeak is about a feature, called Secure Boot, that is built into the firmware architecture of the newer computers that make sure that your PC boots using only software that is trusted by the PC manufacturer.  When the PC starts, the firmware checks the signature of each piece of boot software, including firmware drivers (Option ROMs) and the operating system. If the signatures are good, the PC boots, and the firmware gives control to the operating system. From what I have read, Microsoft had encouraged the computer manufacturers to put this in place, as a security measure to prevent a Windows 8 computer from being compromised.

The problem I experienced with this, not working on computers as much since my retirement, is that I did not know about Secure Boot. I had attempted to boot a Windows 8 based (newer) PC from a third party DVD called Hiren’s Boot CD and the PC would not allow the CD to perform the boot process. I was in and out of the BIOS to make sure I had the CD/DVD drive in line to be the first boot device and it would not boot from the CD/DVD (or USB drive) due to the Secure Boot feature.  The PC, during the boot process, would look at the CD/DVD (or USB drive), BUT as indicated in the first paragraph Secure Boot did not recognize the signature and would bypass the boot disk and try to boot into Windows.

The workaround I found to this is that in the BIOS of this particular PC, I was able to disable Secure Boot and enable Legacy Boot. After I performed this task, the PC booted from the boot CD/DVD (or USB Drive). The process of disabling this feature varies, depending on the make and model of your computer. I encourage you to research this through your computer manufacturer.

To learn more about this and to validate my findings, please read Secure Boot Overview (at Microsoft) and Disabling Secure Boot.

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[FILE SHARING] Send Anywhere Transfers Files Quickly and Securely Across Devices – The big sell of Send Anywhere is that it uses P2P to transfer your files, without saving them on any server along the way. So once the transfer is done, the file isn’t going to be sitting on the cloud, waiting to be discovered by someone else… @lifehacker

[HOW TO] What You Need to Know About Text-to-911 – Text-to-911 is the ability to send a text message to reach 911 emergency call takers from your mobile phone or device. In the future, text-to-911 will be widely available in the United States. However, for now, the ability to contact 911 using text is only available on a limited basis in a few markets.… @FCC

[GADGET TOOL] Pocket Monkey – 3 screwdrivers (flat head, 2D phillips, micro flat), 6 nested hex wrenches (standard sizes), bottle opener, letter opener, and 6 more… @Amazon

Pocket Monkey

[COLLEGE COMPUTER] Tablet or Laptop for college? – As high school students take the summer off and begin to prepare for college, we are often asked what technology students should get for college.   Here’s our answer.  Both – maybe.  Why? … @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog

[SOFTWARE] Scan Documents And Save Them On Your Computer As A PDF – WinScan2PDF is a very small (~40k) and portable program that allows you to scan documents and save them on your computer as a PDF by using any installed scanner… @SoftwareOK

[BOOT DISK] Create bootable media using ESET SysRescue Live – Recently, a popular security company ESET has released its SysRescue Live bootable CD/USB. It is a free utility that allows you to create a bootable rescue CD/DVD or USB Drive. You can boot an infected computer from your rescue media to scan for malware and clean infected files… @The Windows Club

[TECH NEWS] China bans Windows 8 from being used on government PC  – Reuters reports that China’s Central Government Procurement Center posted word of the Windows 8 ban last week on its website. Oddly, the notice was part of a message on how the government could use energy saving products. However, the official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, later said the ban was to help ensure computer security… @Neowin

[ANDROID] Direct-to-Drive attachment saves added to Gmail for Android – Gmail for Android now lets you save attachments directly to Google Drive. The new feature is part of the latest version of Gmail for Android, which started rolling out on Monday via Google Play… @Greenbot

[WALLPAPER] Earth Map… @WideWallpapers

Earth Map


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Looking For An Online File Storage Option? Give OneDrive A Try

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Looking For An Online File Storage Option? Give OneDrive A Try– If you are looking for a reputable place to store online files, you may want to sign up for a Microsoft OneDrive Account.

OneDrive

You will automatically receive, for FREE, 7GBs of online storage space that can be used to store your files, such as documents, pictures, videos, etc…  If you [click here] and sign up today, you will get an additional 0.5GBs of space on top of the 7GBs.  Once you have signed up, make sure you download the OneDrive Software that will give you the ability to sync files on your computer with your OneDrive account. Once the software is installed you will see a OneDrive folder on your PC. OneDrive is also available for the Windows Tablet, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Xbox.

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[ANDROID] ES File Explorer is a free, full-featured file and application manager – It functions as all of these apps in one: file manager, application manager, task killer, download manager, cloud storage client (compatible with Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Box.net, Sugarsync, Yandex, Amazon S3, and Ubuntu One…), FTP client, and LAN Samba client. It provides access to pictures, music, video, documents, and other files on both your Android devices and your computers… @Google Play

[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] PDF Eraser is a free Windows application that deletes and erases text, images, logos and all unnecessary objects from PDF files – 100% FREE… @PDF Eraser

[WALLPAPER] – High Def @URHDWALLPAPERS

URHDWALLPAPERS

[WEB BROWSER TOOL] The Only Cross-browser Snapshot Tool – Capture single or multiple webpages with qSnap. 100% Browser Based – 100% Free – 100% Awesome… @qSnap

[HACK] Ikea Tablet Rack – While looking for a wooden plat rack to store my iPad, e-readers and Android Tablets, I came across this metal rack from Ikea. Only €4,95 and capable of storing up to 6 tablets… @Ikea Hackers

[TECH TOOLBOX] 5 SysInternals Utilities Updated Today – Five, count them, five Sysinternals utilities saw updated releases today. The Sysinternals suite continues to be some of the most popular, free utilizes for systems administrators… @WindowsITPro

[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] Reporting on Internet Browsing History by Site, Date, and Time – BrowsingHistoryView is a single executable that can, when run, retrieve and display browsing history information for visited URL, page title, time visited, how many times the page was visited, the web browser used, and the user profile doing the browsing. BrowsingHistoryView supports Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and SeaMonkey… @WindowsITPro

[TABLET ACCESSORIES] BlueMart ® 6Pcs Colorful Portable Foldable Smartphone and Tablet Stand – [click here]

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Watch movies, surf the net, read content on your device hands free. Suitable for landscape and Vertical View. Dimensions: 4.5″(L) x 1.25″(W)… @Amazon

[WINDOWS 8.1] Help, Windows 8 refusing to install major update! – Now on to this week’s topic from member Matthew, who has been having difficulties updating a few Windows 8 computers to Windows 8.1 and finds that attempting to do the update corrupts the OS. He has noted that all of these machines that are having problems were previously upgraded from Windows 7 to 8… @c|net

[HARDWARE] Best Video Cards: April 2014 – As April comes to a close we’re back once again with our monthly guide to video cards… @AnandTech

[ANDROID] 10 common mistakes Android newbies make – ​If you’re just learning the Android ropes, you might get tangled up in a mistake or two. Here are 10 ways to avoid problems and get the maximum benefit from your Android device… @TechRepublic


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Understanding The Difference Between Refreshing, Resetting Or Restoring Your Windows 8.1 PC

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Understanding The Difference Between Refreshing, Resetting Or Restoring Your Windows 8.1 PC– If you are a Windows 8.1 PC user and you are finding that your computer may not be running up to par; you have several options to either refresh, reset or restore your PC. It is very important to understand the difference between the three.  No matter what option you choose, ALWAYS back up your personal files.

  1. Refreshing your PC reinstalls Windows and keeps your personal files and settings. It also keeps the apps that came with your PC and the apps you installed from the Windows Store.
  2. Resetting your PC reinstalls Windows but deletes your files, settings, and apps—except for the apps that came with your PC.
  3. Restoring your PC is a way to undo recent system changes you’ve made.

The RESTORE option is the least aggressive, with the RESET Option being the most aggressive. Just remember, if you do a RESET you will lose your personal files and data.

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[CLOUD APP] Compress PDF Reduce the size of your PDF online – This app compresses your PDF in the cloud for free to a perfect size that is still good quality for emailing and uploading to the web… @smallpdf.com

[EXERCISE] This Graphic Walks You Through the Four-Minute Workout@Lifehacker

World's Fastest Workout

[ANDROID] 11 Android apps to make notifications more interesting – I love Android as much as the next non-Apple owning guy, but there are times when I get bored of using the same old operating system, and seeing the same boring old notifications. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of different ways to liven things up without having to root your phone, or in some cases, even spend a penny… @TNW

[FREE WINDOWS OFFICE SUITE] Kingsoft Office Suite – Provides friendly Word processing, Spreadsheets & Presentation software. I currently use this on all of my devices (instead of Microsoft Office)… @Kingsoft

[WIRELESS NETWORKING] An Omni-Directional Antenna That Delivers Wider Wireless Coverage – I have one of these and it works great in pulling your wireless signal in and around your house… @Amazon

TP-LINK TL-WN822N Wireless N300 High Gain USB Adapter, 300Mbps, Dual 3dBi External Antennas, WPS Button,
Support Windows XP/Vista/7/8

TP-LINK TL-WN822N Wireless N300 High Gain USB Adapter

[GADGET NEWS] Wicked Lasers Flashtorch flashlight starts fires with 4100 lumens of light – Wicked Lasers has unveiled its latest product called the Flashtorch. This isn’t a laser like we typically see from the company; rather this is a flashlight that has a massive 4100 lumens of light output. The light that the Flashtorch produces is white in color and the light is bright enough to do all sorts of things you could never do with a normal flashlight… @Slash Gear

[WALLPAPER] 3D Cat… @4Wallpapers

 3D Cat


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring A Windows 8.1 Update Install Marathon On A HP Computer (following a hard drive failure).

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] A Windows 8.1 Update Install Marathon On An HP Computer (following a hard drive failure) – This squeak is from a personal experience that I will keep short; therefore, a chopped up description.

Windows 8.1 Update

Have you ever ran a marathon and you thought there was no end? To me the experience below was unbelievable and was like running a marathon.

My Father’s All-In-One HP computer, running Windows 8.1, still under warranty, had a hard drive failure. Called HP, patched to India, on the phone for an over an hour to run the diagnostics and listen to them trying to scare me into buying the extended warranty. Hard drive failure confirmed, patched to another person in India who kept telling me how wonderful I was. Hard drive shipped (within 3 days), and installed (in less than 15 minutes); then, the real fun began.

The drive shipped with HP’s Windows 8 recovery software.  My objective was to get the machine up and running, then upgrade to Windows 8.1…

Long story short, started at 6 pm and finished after 1 am.  Over 7 hours to run the recovery, download all of the Windows updates, and download/install Windows 8.1.  The time involved did not include the other tweaking required to get my Father’s PC back to the point he originally was at (i.e. printer install, third party software installs, cosmetic changes, etc…).

I am definitely, at my next visit, going to image the disk…  Has anyone else experienced this?

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[MICROSOFT OFFICE] Microsoft Launches Cheaper Office 365 Personal – First unveiled last month, Office 365 Personal lets you run Microsoft’s cloud-based document creation and editing suite on one PC or Mac and one tablet for $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year. Office 365 Personal is available online, at Microsoft stores, and through online and retail partners… @PCMag

[REMOTE PC ANDROID APP] Chrome Remote Desktop – Securely access your computers from your Android device. On each of your computers, set up remote access using the Chrome Remote Desktop app from Chrome Web Store. On your Android device, open the app and tap on any of your online computers to connect… @Google Play

[COMPUTER ACCESSORIES] Vantec CB-ISATAU2 SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter Supports 2.5-Inch, 3.5-Inch, 5.25-Inch Hard Disk Drives – The SATA/IDE-USB Adapter gives you the flexibility of connecting almost any type of drive to your computer via USB.  SATA, 3.5-inch IDE, 5.25-inch IDE, and 2.5-inch IDE drives are all supported and can be easily hot-swapped to your system.

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Vantec CB-ISATAU2 SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter

The included external power adapter will allow you to power your drives outside your system giving you the ability to quickly add or swap between drives without opening your case.  The SATA/IDE-USB adapter incorporates 3 interfaces to one USB adapters… @Amazon

[COMPUTER BACKUP SOFTWARE] FREE Backup Software Protects System & Data of Your PC – Back up your most important files and folders on a regular basis. Create a system image to keep Windows and applications safe. Back up entire hard disk or specified partitions, or just cloning them. Save time and effort with automatic, incremental, and differential backups… @AOMEI

[WEB APP] Zenpen – A minimalist writing zone by Tim Holman, to get you into that zone, where you can focus on the writing – with none of the distractions… @ZenPen

[HOW TO] Windows 8.1 Update tip: Clean up that disk space nowNow that you’ve had about a week to play around with the update—which brings the taskbar to the modern UI, among other welcome additions—the next few days present a good time to clear up extra space on your hard drive by getting rid of some Windows Update files.How much space you’ll recover depends on whether you’ve ever run the Disk Clean-up utility, and the number of different Windows versions you’ve ever run on your PC… @PCWorld


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


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

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

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

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

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

CamScanner

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

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

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

CamScanner – Available at the Google Play Store

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

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

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

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

[WINDOWS 8.1 UPDATE SOLUTION FOR DELL SYSTEMS] Dell DDA – Upgrading from Windows 8 to 8.1 Having a problem uninstalling the Dell Data Access Software and upgrading to 8.1?  Here’s some tips… @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring Windows 8.1 Update Error Codes 80070020, 80073712, 0x80071a91, and 0x800f081f

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] If you are experiencing an error code (as indicated in the title) that is preventing the installation of the Windows 8.1 Update, then you needs to read this article (@WinBeta) to help get you on track. Sometimes the update reaches 99% and ends up reverting and requiring a restart… @WinBeta

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[ANDROID CAMERA APP] Whistle Camera Listens For An Audio Cue & Snaps A Picture – Launch the app and let out the faintest whistle you can manage. A pea whistle appears on your phone to show that the app heard you and a picture is snapped… @Addictive Tips

[EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE] My Passport Ultra – Ultra-compact, local and cloud backup to go – @Amazon

WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 with Auto and Cloud Backup

WD My Passport

Features at a Glance

Ultra-compact design with plenty of storage
Blazing-fast data transfers with USB 3.0 interface
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
Automatic backup software for local backups
Cloud backup through Dropbox
Password protection and hardware encryption

[NEWS] Brace yourself, here comes the mobile appsplosion – Smartphone and tablet apps are great. But now we’re facing a kind of app glut. Our smartphones are quickly becoming bloated with far more apps than anyone can manage… @Computer World

[WINDOWS SOFTWARE UTILITY] System Explorer (recently updated to V5.0) – This small software includes many usefull tools which help youKeep Your System Under Control . With System Explorer You get also fast access to File Database which help you to determine unwanted processes or threats . System Explorer is translated into 29 languages and is available for download in installer and portable version… @System Explorer

System Explorer

[FEATURED TECH SITE] geekOmad – The purpose of the geekOmad Technology Blog is to help you take maximum advantage of the methods, tips, technology news, latest trends and reviews at your leisure so that you spend more time doing things you really love. Whenever he gets time he writes about his professional experience in general PC Applications, Windows, Hardware & Networking (Wired & Wirelss) related issues and fixation… @geekOmad

[ANDROID CAMERA APPS] 4 Android Fast Camera Apps To Take Photos Instantly – In this list, we shall talk about 4 free fast camera apps for Android that let you instantly click photos on your Android device. Most of these apps are incredibly simple to use, and some of them don’t even require you to press the camera shutter button…
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[HOW TO] Take Awesome Astronomy Photos with a Smartphone and a Telescope – If you’re eager to start photographing the night sky, but you want to do so on a budget, it can be done—even with just a smartphone and a telescope… @lifehacker

[WINDOWS 8.1 UPDATE] Windows 8.1 Update 1 Tip: Manage Disk Space – Among the many small improvements in Windows 8.1 Update 1 is a set of new settings in PC Settings that help you manage your PC. And key among these is the new Disk Space settings, which lets you check and manage how your PC’s or device’s storage is being used… @Paul Thurrott’s Supersite For Windows

[ANDROID PDF READERS] Top 3 Android PDF Readers That Won’t Make Your Eyes Tired – While there are choices of great Android ebook readers out there, not all of them can read a PDF file, which is a shame considering that PDF is a common format of your textbook or technical guidance book. If you’ve been looking for the best Android PDF reader, you’d better check one of these apps… @Android Stars

[ANDROID NEWBIE ADVICE] 10 common mistakes Android newbies make – If you’re just learning the Android ropes, you might get tangled up in a mistake or two. Here are 10 ways to avoid problems and get the maximum benefit from your Android device… @TechRepublic


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring The Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac – This datavac is actually a blower that is made to clean your computer and electronics more effectively than canned air (and safer than canned air).  Features a 500 watt motor at .75 HP, 4.5 amps, 70 CFM air flow. I recommend wearing safety eyewear when using this. Very powerful.  Excellent ratings… @Amazon

Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac

Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac

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[NEW MOUSE] Logitech introduces the G502 Proteus Core mouseLogitech introduces the G502 Proteus Core mouse. The mouse is corded and has 11 programmable buttons. The DPI can be adjusted in game from 200-12,000 DPI and you can tune the weight and balance of the mouse using the provided weights. The most exciting feature of the G502 Proteus Core is its ability to adapt to different surfaces. It will sense the surface and adjust the sensitivity accordingly… @404 TECH SUPPORT

[ANDROID – HOW TO] 4 Ways To Get Data Usage On Your Android Phone Under Control – Roaming on your mobile data plan is rarely cheap but almost always necessary. You can control how much data you use on your device by simply opting for a plan with a data cap and price to match your budget but you can take things a little further and manage your data plan better by limiting how data is used. Here are a few things you can do on any Android device to manage your data plan… @Addictive Tips

[WINDOWS 8] Hands-on with the Windows 8.1 Update (pictures)@c|net

[TABLET NEWS] Lenovo to roll out more low-priced Android tablets in MayMore inexpensive Android tablets with prices from $129 to $249 are coming from Lenovo. The new Tab A-series tablets, which will ship next month, have screen sizes ranging from 7-10 inches and are designed for Web surfing and home entertainment, Lenovo said. Other than screen sizes and weight, the tablets have mostly identical features… @COMPUTERWORLD

[WINDOWS 8.1 UPDATE] Windows 8.1 Update 1 is Now Available –The latest patch to Windows is largely geared at improving the experience for mouse and keyboard users, and also to add new amenities for those who spend most of their time in Desktop Mode… @Daily Tech


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring A FREE Android News Aggregator That Will Talk To You

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Newshog – A Google News aggregator that has the ability to read the news to you while on the go. I use this on a regular basis when traveling. Newshog is the only news app you will ever need. Very popular…

Newshog

NewsHog has many advanced features such as summarization, reader mode, text to speech, offline reading and translation that take the Google News experience to the next level. NewsHog is a worthy replacement for Google Currents or the News and Weather app… @Google Play

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[WINDOWS 8 NEWS] Rejoice! The Start menu is coming back to Windows – You heard right, devout desktop lovers: The Start menu is coming back to Windows, Microsoft operating system head Terry Myerson announced at Build on Wednesday… @PCWorld

[ACCESSORY] WorkForce DS-30 Portable Color Document Scanner – Scan, save and send important data wherever your business takes you with the WorkForce DS-30 portable document scanner. Delivering full-function flexibility on the go, the DS-30 scans receipts, documents up to 8.5″ x 14″, plastic I.D. cards and more right into an e-mail, searchable PDF and more. Send your scanned files directly to the most popular cloud services with the included software… @Amazon

[SOFTWARE] Folder Size review: Free tool shows the distribution of your disk space – Folder Size is worth the very minimal download time and disk space in that it provides useful information that is not easily extracted from File Explorer, which will let you can see the size of a folder, but not its relative contribution to total storage… @PCWorld

[WINDOWS 8 NEWS] 8 Things You Need to Know About Windows 8.1 Update – It’s sometimes hard to remember that Windows 8 has only been available for a year and half, and in that short space has taken three significantly different forms—Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and now Windows 8.1 Update. This revision is a result of the product team behind the operating system’s listening to the feedback from users: Sareen made a point of emphasizing that and that the primary motivation behind this Update is to address the feedback from mouse pushers and clickers, in particular.. @PCMag

[HOW TO] Speed Up Chrome for Android with this Settings TweakThis settings tweak, thanks to Redditor erythrocytes64, may give you a tidy speed boost, depending on your device.In short, what you’re doing is giving Chrome access to more memory, and eliminating that stutter you get when scrolling up and down pages… @Lifehacker

[ANDROID NEWS] Google to roll out Android KitKat 4.4.3 update for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 – The update which is yet to be pushed to the regular customers and would take around a month or more , Google is pushing it in the hands of the developers for testing purposes. With this new update, Google is expected to fix a number of issues KitKat now has, the issues includes keyboard crash and a fix to the camera app… @The Westside Story

[FEATURED TECH SITE] – Malware Tips – Definitely bookmark this site. One of the best out there when it comes to malware removal instruction… @Malware Tips

[ANDROID APP] CCleaner Beta in now available for Android – CCleaner which has been mostly used in Windows to boost performance by cleaning temporary and useless files residing on the system. The app has now also arrived for the Android devices under a beta release… @The Westside Story

[WALLPAPER] Free HD Wallpapers – @Backcountry Gallery

Free HD Wallpapers


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Preorder The ASUS Chromebox – AND MORE

How would you like a computer that starts up in seconds, has integrated malware and virus protection, is low maintenance, takes up very little space, is perfect for mom and pop, can be easily used as your home entertainment system, is inexpensive, and MORE???????

This may sound like the perfect computer and maybe it is. In the very near future ASUS will be releasing the ASUS Chromebox that will meet the specs, as described above. This is not a Windows based computer. It is a Google Chrome OS based computer that just may be a game changer.

ASUS Chromebox

Features-at-a-Glance

  • 4th gen Intel processors deliver the best performance for Chrome OS
  • HDMI and DisplayPort for dual display support and up to 4k playback1
  • Lightweight, small form design that supports VESA mount
  • USB 3.0 ports to easily share data from USB drives and devices
  • Dual-band Wireless-N connectivity for streaming HD media and seamless web surfing
  • Instant boot up in seconds saves you time
  • Chrome OS for a simplified, secure web experience that syncs all your Chrome services instantly and lets you use apps offline

If you think about it, most of our computing experience these days is online (in the cloud, as they say). The days of computers, as we know it, may be coming to an end; especially as these cloud based devices continue to evolve. I ask myself; especially, being a computer user for over 25 years, would I be satisfied with something like the ASUS Chromebox as my only computing source? I really don’t know at this point, but my geek instincts is telling me that this just may be the perfect computer setup.

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[ANDROID] Sidebar Launcher Adds A Slide-Out Multitasking Panel To Android – Sidebar Launcher offers a quicker way to access different Android features and launch your favorite apps. It’s quite user-friendly and doesn’t seem to slow down older devices. You can launch it from anywhere by swiping in from the left edge of the screen. When opened, it presents you with several elements to add, including a time and date widget, quick settings like Wi-Fi and GPS, favorite apps, and other common settings. Each widget is called a ‘Card’, and you can add, remove and edit these on the fly… @ Addictive Tips

[HOW TO] Prevent access to Registry Editor in Windows 8 | 7 – In this post we will see how to disable, restrict or prevent access to Registry Editor or Registry Editing Tools using Group Policy Editor or by tweaking the Windows Registry in Windows 8 | 7… @The Windows Club

[WINDOWS] 3 Calculators Better Than The One in Windows – After trying out several different calculators, I rounded up three programs that in my opinion, are a tad better than the default Windows calculator… @Instant Fundas

[NEWS] Amazon Raises Prime Membership Fee to $99 a Year – The online retail giant on Thursday morning sent email to Prime members, informing them of a $20 price hike. This means the service will now set you back $99 a year, instead of $79. For existing members, the change will go into effect when your membership renews… @PCMag

[SECURITY] Adobe patches a critical flaw in Shockwave PlayerAdobe Systems released a new security update for Shockwave Player in order to fix a critical vulnerability that could allow attackers to remotely take control of affected systems. The vulnerability, identified as CVE-2014-0505, is the result of a memory corruption issue and can lead to arbitrary code execution. According to Adobe, the flaw was privately reported to the company and there are no reports of active exploits targeting it in the wild… @ComputerWorld

[ONLINE STORAGE] Save more with Google Drive – We’ve lowered the price of our monthly storage plans to $1.99 for 100GB (previously $4.99), $9.99 for 1TB (previously $49.99), and $99.99 for 10TB, with even more storage available if you need it… @Google Drive Blog

[WINDOWS 8] The BEST Start button and menu choices for Windows 8.1 – Seasoned Windows 8.x users might sneer at you for “going back to the old ways”, but there’s no question that if you use a keyboard and mouse and have limited interest in the Modern UI, a “real” Start button and menu can do wonders for your productivity. Here are our top 14 recommendations — free and paid… @BetaNews

[WALLPAPER] Super Colorful @Wallbase

Super Colorful


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How To Skip The Windows 8.1 Start Screen When Logging In

If you have upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, there is now an option built-in that will allow you, when you log into the computer, to bypass the Start Screen and go directly to the Desktop.

I have been using Windows 8 since its’ inception and I am finding the Start Screen to be more of an aggravation than anything. Microsoft heard the complaints and provided this option in the Windows 8 upgrade (to 8.1).

Here are the steps to take to tell your computer to automatically go to the Desktop, when you log in…

  1. From the Windows Desktop, right mouse click the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen and choose properties on the pop-up menu.
  2. Click the Navigation Tab
  3. In the Start Screen section, select the checkbox labelled “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start”.
  4. Click Apply then OK

Taskbar and Navigation Properties

This does not disable the Windows Start Screen whatsoever. The easiest way to toggle between the Desktop and Start Screen is to hit the Windows key located on the left side of the keyboard between the Crtl key and the Alt key. You can also take the mouse pointer to the bottom left corner of the screen and click on the Windows logo when it appears.


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – December 4, 2013


NEXUS FLASHLIGHT
, a simple, but beautiful Android app to light your way…

The NEXT USB PLUG SPECIFICATION is currently being developed…

WINDOWS 8 FOR DUMMIES shows you how to navigate the Windows 8 interface, work with files, browse the Internet, set up e-mail, manage media, and more…

DOWNLOAD OFFICE 2013 QUICKSTART GUIDES from Microsoft…

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Nexus Flashlight

A down and dirty (nice looking) Android flashlight app that was originally designed for the Nexus line of smartphones, works on numerous other smartphone models, as well. I have this installed on my Nexus 5 and it serves one purpose only and that is to use the LED on my phone as a flashlight.

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Overview:

-Keep the LED on when switching the application or locking the screen.
-Create a notification for fast off-switching of the LED when not in the application itself.
-Turn on the LED on application start to save even more time.
-It is fast. You do not have to wait for multiple seconds to start the LED flash.
-Resizable Widget: Turn on the LED right from your homescreen
-Put the widget on your lockscreen (Android 4.2 only)
-Customizable widget to make it look like a standard app shortcut in order to integrate it nicer with other app shortcuts on your home screen(*) [DOES NOT WORK ON THE NEXUS 5]
-Shortcut to quickly toggle the LED without opening the main application
-Customizable widget text size (Android 4.1.2+ only)

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The Next Generation Of USB Connector
Will Plug In Either Way

@ Popular Science

Did you ever get frustrated when plugging in that USB connector? Well, someone was thinking when they came up with the next generation connector.

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The new plugs and receptacles will be bilaterally symmetrical, so never again will you try and fail to plug in a USB plug because it’s upside-down!!!  READ MORE


Windows 8 For Dummies

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I have been an advocate for the Dummies series of book on computers and Windows for years… This book, Windows 8 for Dummies, is a great way to introduce yourself to this new operating system (which is very stable; but, can be confusing, at first, to navigate).

Covers all the basics of using Windows 8–core desktop components, managing files and folders, saving files, using Windows search, printing, and working in the cloud

Shows how to get online, set up and use e-mail, use the latest version of Internet Explorer, set up security and virus protection, add music to the media player, organize photos, and edit media

Includes coverage on using Windows 8’s new start screen on both a desktop computer and a touchscreen device

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Office 2013 Quick Start Guides

You can’t beat the price on these; $FREE… Get started using Office 2013 with these FREE Quick Start Guides from Microsoft.

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If you’re new to Office 2013, you can download any of the free Quick Start Guides. These printable guides contain useful tips, shortcuts, and screenshots to help you find your way around.

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 21, 2013


FCC SPEED TEST (ANDROID APP) accurately measures your mobile broadband performance…

FIVE WINDOWS 8 SHORTCUT KEYS that are essential to know…

A FREE ALL-IN-ONE SCREEN CAPTURE PROGRAM that provides a full-featured screen capture tool, an intuitive image editor, a color picker, a color palette, a pixel- ruler, a protractor, a crosshair and even a whiteboard…

A REALLY COOL SOUND AND SLEEP MACHINE for a better nights sleep…

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Monitor Your Mobile Network’s Performance With The Official FCC Speed Test Android App

@ Addictive Tips

If you have any question or doubt in regards to performance of your mobile broadband connection; install FCC Speed Test. FCC Speed Test is an Android app that accurately measures your mobile broadband performance and displays an in-depth view of its factors (e.g. download and upload speed, latency, and packet loss).

Addictive Tips gets full credit for bringing this useful Android app to our attention.

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In 2012, the Federal Communications Commission revealed their plans to provide mobile users with a way to more accurately find information about mobile broadband speeds offered by their carriers and crowd-sourcing the data across the US. The aim is to help the agency crowdsource data about wireless performance for their own record keeping. To expand the program, FCC has now released a new Android app simply dubbed FCC Speed Test… READ MORE


Important Windows 8 Shortcut Keys To Know About

Windows key+D = Takes you to the desktop

Windows key+R = Opens the Run box

Windows key+I = Opens Settings

Windows key+Q = Opens a Search screen

Windows key+X = Opens the Quick Access menu


PicPick – All-In-One Screen Capture Program

I have tried many screen capture programs and PicPick always comes out on top. If you are into graphic editing, blogging, desktop publishing, etc… PicPick is a must have installation.

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Key Features

Full featured screen capture
Intuitive image editor
Color Picker
Color Palette
Pixel Ruler
Screen Magnifier
Screen Protractor
Whiteboard

GET IT HERE


Ecotones SOUND+SLEEP Machine

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For roughly the same amount you’d spend for a month’s supply of sleeping medication, SOUND+SLEEP provides high-quality, natural sound compositions to help you relax and treat your body to a night of deep, restorative sleep. Featuring upward-facing speakers for full-room, high-definition sound, SOUND+SLEEP delivers a rich audio experience and automatically adjusts to minimize the effect of background noises and other distractions… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 14, 2013

SNAPY the resizeable, movable & adjustable Android camera app that’s always there…

FASTSTONE IMAGE VIEWER WAS RECENTLY UPDATED to include a “design and print” feature that gives you the ability to print multiple images with text and effects on one page…

SOME ELEMENTARY STEPS you should always take to troubleshoot and resolve PC problems…

AN ULTRABOOK THAT THINKS IT IS A TABLET or is it a tablet that thinks it is an ultrabook???

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Snapy Is A Floating, Resizable Android Camera App
With A Built-In Editor

@ Addictive Tips

One of my everyday reads is Addictive Tips… Recently they posted a really cool Android App called Snapy that changes the way you use the camera on your smartphone and tablet.

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When was the last time you used a Camera app on your smartphone or tablet and you said ‘wow’? Because today just might happen to be that day after you use Snapy, The Floating Camera on Android. Unlike any traditional camera app, Snapy is designed to let you take photos no matter where you are or what app you’re using… READ MORE


FastStone Image Viewer Update

The only image viewer that I have on my PC and carry on my flash drives (as a portable app) is FastStone Image Viewer. This application does more than just view images. It is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. Once you learn how to use FastStone image viewer you will become a user forever…

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Most recently FastStone Image Viewer was updated to include the following:

Added “Design and Print” (press Alt+P), which allows you to print multiple images with text and effects on one page

Improved “Adjust Curves“. Now you can click and drag in image to adjust the curves directly. Endpoints of the curves are adjustable

Added “Print Size” option to the Resize tab of the batch convert tool

Added support of video files to the batch rename tool

Added “Auto-Resize” option to the image-scanning tool

Added “Show in Google Maps” and “Show in Google Earth” buttons to the “Image Properties” window. These buttons will be visible if the image has GPS information

Many other small improvements and bug fixes

GET IT HERE


Five Really Simple Tricks and Tips
that Solve a Lot of PC Problems

@ gizmo’s

Another daily read of mine is gizmo’s freeware. Today they posted an article that I can truly relate to that you should first try when you are experiencing PC problems. You do not need to be tech savvy to use these tips. I don’t know how many times, myself, I have told people experiencing PC problems to check the cables, reboot, turn the device on/off, etc…  All elementary steps, but necessary steps!

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After you work with PCs for a while, you learn some really simple tricks that solve many of the problems that plague PC users. These tricks are not in any instruction book but they work in a surprising number of situations. Here are five that I have used over and over… READ MORE


Acer Aspire P3-171-6820 11.6-Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen Ultrabook

A fully functioning 11.6″ Windows 8 Ultrabook that transforms into a sleek and stylish tablet… Now how cool is that!

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Key Features

  • 11.6″ HD 1366 x 768 resolution, Acer CineCrystal™ LED-backlit TFT LCD with integrated 10-Point multi-touch screen, supporting finger touch and image auto rotation
  • Windows 8
  • 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3339Y Processor 1.5GHzwith Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.0GHz
  • 4GB of DDR3 On-Board System Memory
  • Intel® HD Graphics 4000with 128MB of dedicated system memory
  • 120GB Solid State Drive
  • Optimized Dolby® Home Theater® v4 audio enhancement
  • Two Built-in Stereo Speakers
  • Integrated Digital Microphone
  • Acer Invilink™ Nplify™ 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Certified™
  • Bluetooth® 4.0 + HS
  • 1- USB 3.0 Port
  • 1 – Micro-HDMI™ out with HDCP support
  • 5MP Rear-facing HD camera
  • Front-Facing HD Camera
  • Sensors:Gyroscope, E-Compass, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor
  • 4-Cell Li-Ion Battery
  • INCLUDES Protective Case with Bluetooth Keyboard

CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 10, 2013


Summary Listing of Today’s Geek Squeaks’:

– A better sound control utility for Windows
– Know what files to backup prior to reinstalling Windows
– How to increase battery life on the Nexus 5 (KitKat)
– Eliminate smartphone and tablet cord clutter

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SimpleSndVol

SimpleSndVol is a simple application that sits in your system tray near the clock and provides some useful and fast ways to control your sound volume and balance.

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This is my go to sound volume control on my PC. More features than the standard Windows sound volume control

  • Easy access to sound balance with one click.
  • Global hotkeys to change or mute volume.
  • Change sound volume with mouse wheel/scroll. Hover tray icon and scroll up or down. Very useful.
  • Middle click on tray icon will mute the sound.
  • Several nice icon sets for tray.

GET IT HERE


Files to Backup before Reinstalling Windows

@ Dom’s Tech & Computer Blog

If you are thinking about reinstalling windows or you are in a position where you have to reinstall Windows, take a step back and think about what personal data (the important stuff) that needs to be backed up. To help you along, Dom’s Tech & Computer Blog has compiled a listing of files you need to backup prior to reinstalling Windows.

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Many situations may require the re-installation of Windows on your PC. This may lead to loss of vital personal files unless you backup your files or if these files happen to be saved on some other remote drive.

Because of this, it is important to know exactly what files to to backup just before you reinstall Windows on your desktop or laptop computer… READ MORE


Five settings that increase battery life
on Android 4.4 KitKat

@ c|net

As the smartphone and tablet continues to become more enriched in features; it is these features that can cause a drain on your battery. c|net has a nice article up to help you identify what and where these battery draining culprits are and how to disable them (featuring the Nexus 5 and KitKat). The tips provided here in this article will definitely give you some more battery life.

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If you’re looking to get more juice out of your phone’s battery, or are one of the many people with a Nexus 5 plagued by a possible battery issue, change these settings… READ MORE


Bamboo Multi Device Charging Station

There’s room to store a laptop, tablet and up to three other mobile devices like smartphones, cell phones or portable gaming devices.

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The bottom of the charging station has a magnetic base that flips open to reveal a hidden storage area for organizing the wires that would otherwise clutter your desk space. The built in elastic straps keep everything tidy and in its right place… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 21, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 –(WinPatrol 29 Now Available): WinPatrol provides real-time infiltration detection, as a first layer of defense on your PC. Scotty the dog lets you know when a change is about to take place to your computer, whether it is good or bad. Highly recommended and FREE (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Learn How To Create A Windows 8.1 Recovery Drive): There is nothing more frustrating than when your computer won’t boot properly and you suspect major problems. This is where a recovery may be the solution (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (TeamViewer for Android): I am a big fan of TeamViewer and can attest to how well TeamViewer works from my tablet to control my desktop PC. I was even able to stream live TV from my desktop PC to the tablet; sound and all (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (The Kindle Fire HDX Is Now Shipping): The 7” version of the Kindle Fire HDX can now be had. Great deal on a very nice tablet computer (SEE BELOW);

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WinPatrol

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WinPatrol was the first program to use a behavioral approach to detect new changes due to infiltrations and Zero-Day attacks. WinPatrol continues to add unique features and remains the smallest, fastest system monitor of its kind. Install WinPatrol anytime you rebuild or purchase a new computer. A snapshot of critical system locations and resources is recorded so if anything changes you’ll know what changed and when… GET IT HERE


Windows 8.1 – Create A USB Recovery Drive

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If you run into problems with your PC, a USB recovery drive can help you troubleshoot and fix those problems, even if your PC won’t start… LEARN MORE HERE


TeamViewer Remote Control – Android App

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Mobile and flexible: remotely access computers from your android device! Easily support friends and family when they have computer problems – no matter where you are. You can also benefit from gaining access to your private home computer to edit documents or use particular software while you are on the road… GET IT HERE


Kindle Fire HDX 7″ Tablet – NOW SHIPPING

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Kindle Fire HDX tablets are the first tablets to be powered by the 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, making them the first to clock in at over 2 GHz. It provides 3x more processing power than the previous-generation Kindle Fire HD and, combined with 2GB of RAM, provides faster app launches, faster website load times, smoother multi-tasking, and better overall performance… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 20, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 –(Turn The Internet On or Off At A Whim): Came across a small utility, called InternetOff, that gives you the ability to switch your internet connection on and off. I especially like that you can set this up to where you can password protect access to the internet or turn on the internet for predetermined lengths of time (e.g. turn on for an hour). Both of these options would be great if you have kids and you want to regulate when and how long they are on the internet (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Readers Rate The Best Five Surge Protectors): A surge protector is a device designed to protect your computer and other electrical components from voltage surges or spikes. If you do not have a surge protector connected to your equipment, I highly recommend you look at one of these (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (No Sound In Windows – Take These Steps): Sound issues can be very difficult to troubleshoot and they seem to occur when you least expect it… (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #4 – (Dell Breaks Price Barriers With The NEW Dell Venue 8 Tablet PC): Many of you may not know that Dell is in the midst of change and trying to go back to their roots. They seem to be heading in the right direction with the upcoming release of their new Windows 8 Pro Tablet… (SEE BELOW).

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InternetOff

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Quickly turn off the internet so that you can go offline. When you need the connection, you can enable the internet easily for some period (and it will be automatically turned off) or permanently in just two clicks. Besides the program lets you password protect access to the internet… GET IT HERE


Five Best Surge Protectors

@ Lifehacker

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A good surge protector is one of those things everyone needs, but we often don’t give much thought to—until we need one or something happens to the power. If you have a good, flexible one, you can connect all of your gear to it safely, organize your plugs, and still have room for more… READ MORE


No sound in Windows

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This tutorial can help you identify and fix common sound problems in Windows, including no sound coming from your speakers or headphones. This tutorial doesn’t cover sound problems related to specific programs. Sound problems can be caused by cables that aren’t connected properly, damaged drivers, incompatible drivers, sound settings, missing updates, and problems with your sound card… READ MORE


Dell Venue 8 Pro 8-Inch 64 GB Tablet

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Take the full power of Windows 8.1 and Office Home & Student 2013 wherever you go with an 8″ HD screen, and dual cameras.

Intel® Atom™ processor

Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D
(2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core)

Display: 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD
(WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch

Memory: 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz

Storage (hard drive): 64GB eMMC

CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 15, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (FREE Windows 8.1 ebook): Windows 8.1 is to be released this week. If you are an IT Professional, get a “heads up” on Windows 8.1’s upgrade path and the new features (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Freemake Video Converter): This converter is a “must have” on your PC and the best out there (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Did you know your profile name and photo might appear in Google products?): Google recently revamped their “Terms of Service” where your profile name and photo may appear in products that they endorse (including in reviews, advertising and other commercial contexts). Important that you read this to see how it will affect you (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (Create Digital Art With The Wacom Cintiq 22HD): See how Tech and Art can come together to create extraordinary results (SEE BELOW)…

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Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals

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Goal in this book is to help you on that upgrade path by presenting the facts and features about Windows 8.1 … GET THE BOOK HERE


Freemake Video Converter Updated

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Freemake Video Converter is designed without any limitations and hidden costs. This is freeware of new level, which offers a quality alternative to paid products. Convert video free to AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, SWF, 3GP, DVD, MPEG, MP3, iPod, iPhone, PSP, Android, rip & burn DVD, convert online videos directly from 40+ sites, burn Blu-ray, and upload to YouTube with our free video converter!!! GET IT HERE


Google Terms of Service Update – How your Profile name and photo may appear (including in reviews and advertising)

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Your friends, family and others may see your Profile name and photo, and content like the reviews you share or the ads you +1’d. This only happens when you take an action (things like +1’ing, commenting or following) – and the only people who see it are the people you’ve chosen to share that content with. On Google, you’re in control of what you share. This update to our Terms of Service doesn’t change in any way who you’ve shared things with in the past or your ability to control who you want to share things with in the future… READ MORE


Wacom Cintiq 22HD Touch Interactive Pen Display

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The Cintiq 22HD touch features a 21.5-inch display with a wide viewing angle and a widescreen aspect ratio, ideal for large-format work. With professional levels of pen-pressure sensitivity and pen-tilt recognition, the Cintiq 22HD touch provides the same responsiveness and ability to create artistic brush effects as using an actual paintbrush or marker… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 11, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

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

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

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

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

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Dns Jumper Updated

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


Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant

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


Is Handwriting So Last Generation–Redux

@ Ask A Tech Teacher

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


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

Dell XPS 18

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


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 8, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

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

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

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

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

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Classic Shell Start Menu Updated (Version 4.0)

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


The 5 Deadly Clicks: The Links You Should Never Touch

@ ABC News

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

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


LucidPress – Online Print and Digital Publishing Software

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


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

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

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

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

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

 CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 4, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (AOMEI Backupper – “No brainer” Disk Backup and Imaging Software) – You may well know that in the coming upgrade release of Windows 8.1 you will have to really dig deep to get to the disk imaging component that was in Window 7. To remedy this issue, I went on the hunt and found a disk backup and imaging program that I can attest to being very good, easy to understand and serves as a good backup strategy; especially for home-based users (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Remember 1995 – The Windows 95 Game Called Hover?)–  You can go back in time in your web browser and play the same game and even play against 8 others (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Desktop Client For Your 50GB MEGA Account): The September 28th Geek Squeak roundup, I featured a bit about MEGA and their 50GB online file storage offering. Today at Addictive Tips I learned that MEGA has BETA released a desktop client where you can sync folders on your computer with your MEGA account (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (Online Streaming of Movies and TV Shows ): I am a big fan of Amazon and I am really liking the idea of their Prime Membership that gives you access to their movie collection, TV Shows, Kindle books and more (SEE BELOW)

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Protect System & Data in Windows PC and Server with FREE Backup Software

AOMEI Backupper

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To prevent system failure or data loss, backup is important and necessary. AOMEI free backup software provides basic and advanced features to ensure the safety of your system and data.

  • One-click backup your system drive to ensure system security
  • Backup disk & partition, create disk images and clone hard drive
  • Support Windows 8/7/Vista/XP and Server 2003/2008/2012 (32/64-bit)

GET IT HERE FOR FREE


Microsoft Lets You Relive Your Windows 95 Years Through Any Browser

@ABC News

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A game called Hover! shipped on all Windows 95 installation CD-ROMs. As of today you can play that game again right through Internet Explorer 11 or any other browser that supports the Web GL development standard, including Chrome and Firefox… READ MORE


Official MEGA Client For Windows Appears; Syncs Multiple Local Folders With The Cloud

@ Addictive Tips

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What makes MEGASync outsmart the competition is its ability to synchronize multiple folders in your MEGA cloud storage with different locations on your local storage via linking each folder to a specific cloud drive nodes… LEARN MORE HERE


Amazon Is Doing It Right With Their Prime Membership

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Stream thousands of movies and TV shows for $0.00. Unlimited instant streaming… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 30, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (How To Restore, Refresh or Reset Your Windows 8 PC) – Get “how to” instructions, straight from the horses mouth, to restore, refresh or reset Windows 8. Hopefully, this never becomes an option, but there are those rare occasion where knowing how to do this may be your best option (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Why fixing computers for FREE is not a good idea?) – TechRepublic posted an article citing ten reasons you should not fix computers for free. What timing? I have been working my way out of assisting people for FREE with their computers. The reasons that they reflect are right on. Trust me, I know (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Remember The Old Windows Media Player): Check out Media Player Classic Home Cinema. It looks identical to the old Windows Media Player from years gone by; however, this replica supports all common video, audio and image file formats available as well as video playback (SEE BELOW); AND,

Squeak #4 – (Dual Monitor Stand): If you have a multi-monitor setup, you should consider looking for a stand to mount those monitors. There are numerous configurations to choose from. Featured today is the most economical stand I could find for a dual monitor setup (SEE BELOW)…

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How to restore, refresh, or reset your PC

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Applies to Windows 8 and Windows RT – If you’re having problems with your PC, you can try to restore, refresh, or reset it. Restoring your PC is a way to undo recent system changes you’ve made. Refreshing your PC reinstalls Windows and keeps your personal files, settings, and the apps that came with your PC and apps that you installed from Windows Store. Resetting your PC reinstalls Windows but deletes your files, settings, and apps—except for the apps that came with your PC… SEE HOW HERE


Ten reasons not to fix computers for free

@ TechRepublic

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Don’t get the wrong idea. There are some people that I truly don’t mind helping. I would never refuse to help my wife with a computer problem, nor would I cut off my mother. Unfortunately though, the majority of those that I have helped have abused the situation. As such, this article is a list of ten reasons why I don’t recommend fixing PCs for free… READ MORE


Media Player Classic Home Cinema

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Media Player Classic Home Cinema is a lightweight, open source media player that supports all common video, audio and image file formats available as well as video playback… GET IT HERE


Dual Freestanding Monitor Stand

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Support 2 screens in a horizontal position. The two arms are easily adjustable. Arms will swing into a comfortable position. Pole Height is 19.5″ Weight capacity: 13lbs Each. Up To 24″ wide-screen monitors Meets VESA 75*75 or 100*100mm. With a weighted metal base… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 29, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (All Of The Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts) – Into keyboard shortcuts? If so, then you will appreciate the list that Microsoft has compiled for us (for Windows 8). Below you will find how to get to the list and note that there is even a bigger list (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Gmail For Android Getting A Cleaner Look) – I have tried several different Android email clients to pull down my mail and I don’t learn. I keep going back to the Gmail client. I can’t wait to see the new version on my phone (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Backup And Image The Partitions On Your Computer): When you create an image of your disk partitions you are getting an exact copy of the disk at the time you create the image. To do this you need specialized software.  Makes for an excellent backup strategy (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #4 – (A Highly Sophisticated Mouse): Check out the SteelSeries Sensei gaming mouse (SEE BELOW);

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New keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8 and Windows RT

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With Windows 8 and Windows RT, you can use the keyboard shortcuts you’re already using, and you’ll find new ones too. For example, the easiest way to search on the Start screen is to simply start typing. Not on the Start screen? Press the Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key and you can quickly switch between Start and the app you’re in… READ MORE

NOTE: If you’re not familiar with keyboard shortcuts—or you’d like to see a list of shortcuts in one place—see the bigger list of keyboard shortcuts.


Cleaner Conversation View For Gmail On Android

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Gmail for Android is getting a new, cleaner design for its conversation view. The update also includes a number of additional design tweaks such as checkmarks for multiple message selection so you can easily see what messages you are about to move, archive or delete… READ MORE


Backup Your Disk Partitions With Macrium Reflect
(FREE EDITION)

@ Snapfiles

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Macrium Reflect Free Edition enables you to create complete backups of your disk partitions, including operating system, installed programs and all your settings. Using disk images instead of simple file backups allows you to restore your system to the same state in the event of a system crash or hardware failure… GET IT HERE

 


SteelSeries Sensei Gaming Collection

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Based off the critically acclaimed Xai gaming mouse, the SteelSeries Sensei is a top of the line laser gaming mouse dedicated to suiting tournament level players. It features a highly sophisticated firmware that allows for multiple adjustments of the sensor functionality, as well as complex macros to customize the mouse to the user’s specific desires… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 21, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (How to get to the Windows 8 event logs): I ran into a situation with my computer where I needed to get to the Windows 8 event logs to perform some troubleshooting. Do you think I could remember how? Guess it is age or I don’t troubleshoot enough. Take a minute to read how to get to this log in Windows 8 and take a look at what the log looks like. You may need it in the future (see below);

Squeak #2 – (A Pill That Turns Your Body Into A Password): A friend of mine put me on this one. You can’t make this stuff up, because this is real. Motorola has revealed a stomach acid-powered pill that will literally will use your body for password authentication. I can see it now in the workplace; “Did you take your password pill this morning? If not, please proceed to HR for a suppository.” (see below);

Squeak #3 – (Remotely Change Your Password On Your Android Device):  Ever lose your android smartphone? Google recently came out with an update to their Android Device Manager that gives you the ability to remotely change the password on your phone or tablet, in the event it is lost or stolen (see below); AND,

Squeak #4 – (128 GB Flash Drive): It amazes me how flash drives are slowly evolving into excellent backup strategy options by the amount of space that is being developed for the drives (see below)…

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Finding the Windows 8 System Log

@ Computer Performance (CP)

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Launch the Windows 8 Event Viewer – To get started with the Event Viewer press Winkey +w, this launches the Search box with the focus on Settings.  Now type: “ev” you should see ‘View event logs’… READ MORE


Google-owned Motorola reveals stomach acid-powered tablet that turns your body into a password

“The tablets contain a small chip with a switch and something that amounts to an inside-out potato battery,” Wired UK explains. “After swallowing it the acids in your stomach act as electrolytes, which power the battery and turn the switch on and off in a sequence.”… READ MORE

 


Google now lets you change your password remotely on an Android device

 @ TechHive

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Google has begun rolling out an update to its Google Play Services that includes the ability to remotely change your phone unlock password—a major addition since the search giant released the Android Device Manager last month… READ MORE


SanDisk Cruzer Glide 128 GB USB Flash Drive

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Store and protect everything from cherished photos and videos to sensitive work files with the Cruzer Glide USB Flash Drive. This 128 GB drive comes with SanDisk SecureAccess software, which lets you password-protect and encrypt files you want to keep private while permitting access to files you want to share. Additionally, Cruzer Glide’s 2 GB of secure online storage make it easy to safeguard your most valued files. The compact drive features a red slider that glides shut to shield the USB jack… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 14, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (NEW Evernote Web Clipper): I have tried every note taking and note keeping application out there and I am convinced that Evernote is the best. Recently, the developers of Evernote released the NEW Evernote Web Clipper 6 for Google Chrome that features a completely re-done interface (see below);

Squeak #2 – (Outlook.com Finally Supports IMAP): IMAP is a mail protocol that allows email clients to access messages stored on a remote mail server. The beauty of IMAP is that everything stays in sync no matter which device you use. For example, any change you make on your inbox on one device appears on the other devices. Adding the IMAP protocol, by Microsoft, to their new web based mail is a big step. See below “how to” take advantage of IMAP with Outlook.com – -formerly Hotmail (see below);

Squeak #3 – (Win +X Menu Editor):  If you hit the Win key plus the X key on your keyboard in Windows 8 a menu will appear (in the bottom left corner of the screen). You can also get to that same menu by going to the bottom left corner of the screen and when the Start Screen thumbnail appears, right mouse click. This menu is pretty handy; however, there are no built in ways to edit or manage the menu – – UNTIL NOW (see below); AND,

Squeak #4 – (Nice Looking Card Reader):  In to computer builds? Then don’t forget to add a card reader to the build list (see below)…

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The All New Evernote Web Clipper 6 for Chrome

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The first thing you’ll notice is the Web Clipper’s new look. When you click on the elephant icon, the Clipper panel slides in from the right, exposing all the features from top to bottom. Some sections, like tags and notebooks, pop out to let you conveniently choose what you need…READ MORE


Here’s how to use Outlook.com’s
long-overdue IMAP support

@ PCWorld

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Outlook.com’s IMAP and OAuth support are just the latest features in Microsoft’s rapid-fire blitz to claim the webmail crown from arch-rival Google. Over the past several months, the service has added Skype integration, a vastly improved Calendar app, alias sign-ins, and two-factor authentication in a bid to compete with Gmail… READ MORE


Win+X Menu Editor for Windows 8

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A simple and useful way to edit Win+X menu without system files modification. It keeps your system integrity untouched… GET IT HERE


NZXT Aperture M Internal 5.25-Inch Mesh Card Reader
with 2x USB 3.0

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Unique design that blends well with any chassis that has a front mesh panel. Media hub supports: CF, MD, SM, XD, SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MS, M2, and MicroSD. Ante up your ports with dual USB 3.0

Supports: CF, MD, SM, XD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MS, M2, Micro SD

CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 10, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

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

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

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

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

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Plan on seeing  a lot more of Geek Squeaks’, featuring 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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Kylo – The Web Browser For Your TV

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


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

@ Simple Help

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


Best Gaming Sound Card – The Top 5!

@ Dom’s Computer & Tech Blog

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


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

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


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 2, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: A good zip utility to look at, that can be used as a portable app, is PeaZip. It is completely FREE, has the ability to extract over 150 different archive type, and it is just downright good (see below);

Squeak #2: Is Windows 8 finally taking off and Windows XP plummeting; OR, is it the way the statistics are being manipulated? Check out the article from ZDNet to get the scoop on this (see below);

Squeak #3: I am big on apps that run efficiently on a flash drive. My choice browser app, that is the best in my opinion, for a portable browser is Pale Moon. Pale Moon is an optimized version of Firefox and is available as a full install or portable app (see below);

Squeak #4: A gaming PC is built to achieve performance for actual gameplay, enthusiast PCs are built to maximize performance, using games as a benchmark. If you need need accessories for your gaming computer then check it out below…

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Plan on seeing  a lot more of Geek Squeaks’, featuring 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!

See An Endless Stream Of Geek Squeaks’ [ HERE ]


FREE Zip Files Utility, FREE Rar Files Extractor

PeaZip

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PeaZip is a free cross-platform file archiver that provides an unified portable GUI for many Open Source technologies like 7-Zip, FreeArc, PAQ, UPX… Open and extract over 150 archive types… GET IT HERE


New stats show Windows 8 usage up sharply
as XP usage plummets

@ ZDNet

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What happened? Did 40 million people suddenly wake up to the fact that support for Windows XP is ending in a matter of months and rush out to replace their outmoded machines with shiny new Windows 8 devices?… READ MORE


A Custom-Built And Optimized Firefox Based Browser
For Windows

Pale Moon

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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… GET IT HERE


Get The Top PC Gaming Devices

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Did you know that gaming PC’s and their accessories are top of the line when it comes to computers? There are many accessories available that you can dress things up with… CHECK IT OUT


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 1, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: One of my favorite software review sites is “I Love Free Software”. Recently they posted an article that was very well written that explains the difference from POP and IMAP email settings (see below);

Squeak #2: I am always looking for ways to make my browsing experience more efficient and productive. If you use Google Chrome, I strongly encourage you to install the NiftySplit extension. NiftySplit, when activated, will split Chrome into two browser windows. Any link you click on in the left window will open in the right window (see below);

Squeak #3: There is much information out there that you can read informing you of the changes from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. If you want a good visual depiction of these changes, check out the video below; AND,

Squeak #4: Into computer or electronic repair? Take a look at today’s featured tech repair toolkit from Belkin (see below)…

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Plan on seeing  a lot more of Geek Squeaks’, featuring 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!

See An Endless Stream Of Geek Squeaks’ [ HERE ]


POP vs. IMAP: What Do They Mean and
Which One Should You Use?

@ I Love Free Software

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Here is a quick explanation about what does POP and IMAP mean and when should you use POP and when to use IMAPREAD MORE


Use NiftySplit To Split Chrome Into Two Windows

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Any link you click in the left window will open in the left window. Very efficient and productive extension to Chrome… GET IT HERE


A Video of What’s New In Windows 8.1

This video covers all the changes that have been made between the Preview and RTM… ORIGINAL VIDEO HERE


Belkin 55-Piece Computer Tool Kit

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The F8E062 55-piece tool kit from Belkin features the company’s most popular tools for repairing or upgrading common electronic devices. All tools are fully demagnetized to protect your computer’s hard drive or magnetic media from damage and each tool is conveniently stored in a custom-designed case… CHECK IT OUR HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 21, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: To help protect your kids (and yourself) on the internet from sexually explicit websites, I encourage you to use the DNS service by MetaCert (see below):

Squeak #2: Did you ever wonder if anyone is tapping into your wireless network and robbing you of bandwidth (and possibly data)? Check out this little wi-fi tool designed to monitor your wi-fi network for intrusion (see below);

Squeak #3: Windows 8.1 will soon be here.  One of the new options is giving you the ability to log directly into your desktop, instead of the Start Screen.  Read the article below, from bleepingcomputer.com that shows you how to take advantage of this option; AND,

Squeak #4: There are so many variations of cable connections these days.  Take a look at this kit by Belkin that will help eliminate some of the clutter (see below)…

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Plan on seeing  a lot more of Geek Squeaks’, featuring 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!

See An Endless Stream Of Geek Squeaks’ [ HERE ]


MetaCert DNS For Family Safety

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The MetaCert DNS is the world’s most sophisticated method of blocking pornography without blocking access to innocent websites. It blocks over 655 million pages of sexually explicit content – or 32+ billion URLs… READ MORE


Essential Tool For Everyone Running A Small WiFi Network And Striving To Keep It Secure

SoftPerfect WiFi Guard

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SoftPerfect WiFi Guard will alert you if your network is used without your knowledge. It is a specialised network scanner that runs through your network at set intervals and reports immediately if it has found any new connected devices that could possibly belong to an intruder… GET IT HERE


How to sign in directly to the Windows 8.1 desktop

@ bleepingcomputer.com

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One of the biggest issues many people have had with Windows 8 is that it automatically logs you into the Windows 8 Start screen rather than the traditional Windows desktop. For those people who do not want to use the Start screen and instead work off the desktop this change has been very frustrating. If this has been an issue for you, Windows 8.1 allows you to skip the Start screen and boot directly into the desktop… LEARN HOW HERE


Belkin F3X1724 7-in-1 Retractable Cable Travel Pack

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This convenient kit offers a great solution for the mobile professional. It gives you an easy way to connect your USB and networking devices to your notebook computer, virtually anywhere you go… SEE HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 15, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: Windows 8.1 is coming; Windows 8.1 is coming; hear ye, Windows 8.1 is coming…

Squeak #2: There are many image editors and viewers out there, but StylePix from Hornil is one that you need to try;

Squeak #3: TechPaul at Tech-for Everyone is hitting on all cylinders this week with a second article in a row to make Geek Squeaks…  Knowing what computer to buy and accessories for your kids in school can be quite stressful.  This article (and excellent advice) will help you out; AND,

Squeak #4: I love cool tech products and this portable blue tooth speaker is no exception.

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Plan on seeing  a lot more of Geek Squeaks’, featuring 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!


Mark your calendars for Windows 8.1!

@ Blogging Windows

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I am excited to share that starting at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand (that’s 4:00am October 17th in Redmond), Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store… READ MORE


Convenient And Easy To Use, Lightweight and Powerful Image Editor

StylePix

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StylePix is an image editor that has all the features of raster graphics editor and adhered to lightweight design and effective UI. In addition, it has a built-in image viewer and batch processor… GET IT HERE (FREE)


Choosing the right computer for your student

@ Tech-for Everyone

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This is the time of year when I am asked for advice on what computer “tech” to buy for students… READ MORE


Sweet Sound In A Sleek Portable Design

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Connects Wirelessly to Bluetooth-Enabled Devices

Connect wirelessly from up to 30 feet away–JAM Plus works with most Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and desktops, including iPad, iPhone, and iPod… GET IT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 14, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: A huge tip on how to find important emails faster (from one of my favorite sites);

Squeak #2: In Windows XP, Vista and 7, you could invoke the Advanced Boot Options menu by pressing F8 (especially to get to Safe Mode). Did you know this is no longer possible in Windows 8; however, there is a way to bring the F8 control option back to life?

Squeak #3: A neat (portable) utility that will let you know the  Startup Time, Shutdown Time, Duration, Shutdown Reason, Shutdown Type, Shutdown Process, and Shutdown Code of a computer; AND,

Squeak #4: An inexpensive, full-size mouse, with full-size features.

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Plan on seeing  a lot more of Geek Squeaks’, featuring 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!


Find important emails faster

@ Tech-for Everyone

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When viewing your emails in Outlook, or the other email clients (Windows Live Mail, Thunderbird, etc.), simply (use the cursor to) “highlight” (turn blue) the unhelpful text the author put there, and type something helpful in its place… LEARN MORE HERE


How to enable the F8 key to start Safe Mode in Windows 8

@ Bleeping Computer

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Windows 8 introduced a new boot loader that decreased the time that it takes Windows 8 to start. Unfortunately, in order to do this Microsoft needed to remove the ability to access the Advanced Boot Options screen when you press the F8 key when Windows starts. This meant that there was no easy and quick way to access Safe Mode anymore by simply pressing the F8 key… LEARN HOW TO HERE


Determine The Dates/Times
That The Computer Was Turned On

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TurnedOnTimesView is a new tool that analyses the event log of Windows operating system, and detects the time ranges that your computer was turned on… GET IT HERE


A Full-Size Laser Mouse That Does More

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Do more, more easily with your mouse. With soft rubber grips and a contoured shape, this full size mouse provides all-day comfort, while Back/Forward buttons, side-to-side scrolling plus zoom and programmable buttons empower you to click, scroll and zoom with the flick of a finger… GET IT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 8, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks‘:

  • Looking for an alternative to Adobe PDF? Give Foxit PDF a try. Available as a portable app;
  • A question that is often asked of me, is “Should I upgrade to Windows 8?”.  I found an answer to that question that mirrors my thoughts on this;
  • I know for fact, we do not take password protection seriously and open ourselves up to potential compromise of our data. Very cool infographic on this very topic at Mashable; AND,
  • Protect your iPhone investment with a cover that encloses the phone and protects it from an accident (which will eventually happen).

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Plan on seeing  a lot more of Geek Squeaks’, featuring 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!


A FREE PORTABLE PDF Document Viewer and Creator

Foxit Reader Portable @ Portableapps.com

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Foxit Reader is a small, lightning fast, and feature rich PDF viewer which allows you to open, view, sign, and print any PDF file… GET IT HERE


Should I upgrade to Windows 8?

@ Ask Leo

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Should you upgrade? Well, that gets you my most common answer ever: It depends… READ MORE


Is Your Password Really Protecting You?

@ Mashable

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To sum up fast facts on the dangerous state of digital security, Instant Checkmate created an infographic that shows how vulnerable most online users really are. Some highlights: A third of people use the same password for every site; and the weakest passwords (somewhat obviously) include “password” and “123456.”… READ MORE


Covers To Protect Your iPhone

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I don’t know about you, I have dropped my smartphone more than once; AND, the only thing that saved it is the external cover.  I highly recommenced covering your iPhone to protect your investment… SEE HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 7, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

  • A must-have Android App that someday will help you locate your Android phone or tablet, in the event it is stolen or misplaced;
  • Need a Start Menu for Windows 8? Check out Classic Shell. One of the best out there (and for FREE);
  • 3D printers are doing some pretty scary things. You need to read the article below from MIT; AND,
  • Flash Drives are changing, as we know it and becoming more powerful (and useful).

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Plan on seeing  a lot more of Geek Squeaks’, featuring 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!


COMING SOON!
An Official Android App (by the Android Team) To Allow You To Easily Find And Manage Your Devices

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This service will be available later this month on devices running Android 2.2 or above; to use it, you also will need to be signed into your Google Account. There will also be an Android app to allow you to easily find and manage your devices. Stay tuned!… READ MORE


Best (FREE) Start Menu For Windows 8

@Classic Shell

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Classic Shell™ is a collection of usability enhancements for Windows. The main features are:

  • Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins
  • Start button for Windows 7 and Windows 8
  • Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer
  • Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer

GET IT HERE


MIT Researchers: Printable Keys
Make Mechanical Locks Insecure

@DailyTech

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Along with fellow student and researcher David Lawrence, Mr. Van Albert showed off a software tool that used scans from a flatbed scanner of a highly advanced “secure” key design to create a 3D model of the key and then duplicate it via online printing services Shapeways (nylon; $5 USD) and i.Materialise (titanium: $150 USD)… READ MORE


SanDisk Connect 32GB Wireless Flash Drive

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  • Wirelessly store, share, stream movies, photos, music, and documents across your smartphones, tablets and computers
  • Simultaneously connect & access data stored on up to 8 devices via Wi-Fi
  • No internet connection, cables or router required, works on all Wi-Fi enabled devices
  • Up to 4 hours of video streaming on a single charge
  • Access with free app, compatible with iOS 5.0 or later, Android 2.3 or later and Kindle devices

GET IT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – July 29, 2013


A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks
:

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

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Two Finds At TCAT Shelbyville

SanDisk unveils wireless flash drives that hold up to 64GB

Another Cloud Storage Alternative


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

@PCWorld

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


60 Windows 8 tips, tricks and secrets

@TechRadar

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


Why the PC Industry Will Never Rebound

@PCMag

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


Amazon Has The NEW Nexus 7 Tablet

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


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – July 28, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

  • A select collection of movie wallpapers from an awesome wallpaper site;
  • CCleaner, the premier computer system optimization program, recently was updated;
  • A workaround to pin apps to the Start Screen in Windows 8.1; AND,
  • With Wi-Fi technology you can control, monitor and manage the thermostats in your home.

Movies Wallpaper Set 8

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GET THE COLLECTION HERE


CCleaner Updated

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CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it’s fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware… GET IT HERE


How To Pin Apps To Start Screen In Windows 8.1

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“As of now, there is no option or workaround to automatically pin all installed apps and desktop programs to Windows 8.1 Start screen. However, you can manually pin your favourite apps, apps that support live tiles, and desktop programs to the Start screen by following the below mentioned instructions”… READ MORE


Control Your Thermostats At Home With Your Smartphone

Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation

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Simply connect the Nest Learning Thermostat to your home Wi-Fi to control it from a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Change the temperature, view and adjust your schedule or settings, and see exactly how much energy you’re using… READ MORE

 


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – July 24, 2013

A summary of today’s Geek Squeaks:

  • Upcoming Technology – Use your phone AND tiles to create the world’s largest lost and found;
  • How to (step-by-step) boot Windows 8.1 directly to the desktop (to bypass the Windows 8 Start Screen);
  • FREE software to change your Windows background on a pre-determined time schedule using numerous image sources available on the internet (Note:  This one is one of my favorites…);
  • With the demise of Google Reader, I highly recommend you give Feedly a try.  It is all that I use to pull down all my News sources and to monitor other tech blogs; AND,
  • Keep yourself safe when driving, with this one touch dashboard mount for your mobile phone.

Tile – The World’s Largest Lost and Found

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Boot Windows 8.1 to the desktop

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Want to avoid the MetroUI?  After downloading Windows 8.1 preview perform the following actions.. READ MORE


Periodically Change The Background Image On Your Computer With John’s Background Switcher

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JBS sits in your system tray (down by the clock) and changes your background at the time interval of your choosing. You tell it where to get pictures from and how to show them – maybe you just want to see one photo at a time or maybe you’d like to see a ‘Snapshot Scrapbook‘ of photos thrown across your desktop. It’s up to you and you never know what’s coming next… GET IT HERE


Feedly

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Organize your favorite blogs, news sites, podcasts and Youtube channels and access them all in one place (or migrate your Google Reader account)… READ MORE


Easy One Touch Windshield Dashboard Universal Car Mount Holder For Your Phone

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The iOttie One-Touch Windshield Dashboard Car Mounts main focus is functionality. Its easy one-touch system allows for the mounting and releasing of the device with just the push of a finger… READ MORE


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Try Before You Buy – An Online Simulation Of Windows 8

Now this is pretty cool… If you wondering what the look and feel of Windows 8 is like, [CLICK HERE] to experience Windows 8 in your web browser. When the lock screen loads, simply use the mouse to drag upward on the screen. To make it easier, [CLICK HERE] and you will be taken directly to the Windows 8 Start Screen (or Metro Screen). To move the Start Screen back and forth you will find horizontal arrows to perform this task; and yes, the apps you see on the tiles will actually load. If you like this demo of Windows 8 and would like to use it for training purposes, you can actually the download the demo OR get the Firefox WebApp [CLICK HERE] .

For you geeky types out there, wondering how this was done, I found that this online simulator (of Windows 8) was very nicely done using HTML, CSS and JavaScript coding.

Online Windows 8 Video

Online Windows 8 is an online simulation of Windows 8 made by ntim007, link6155, DaKoder, and blindbartemais. It has tons of features and tools, all based on Metro UI.

Features:

– Startscreen
– Logon screen
– Lockscreen
– Desktop
– Over 20 apps to play with, including but not limited to:
**Games**
— Cut the Rope
— Angry Birds
— Fruit Ninja
**Tools**
— Calculator
— Calendar
— Weather
— Metro IE
**Entertainment**
— Grooveshark
— Photos
– Any many more apps! Try out the demo and download it now!


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Frequently Asked Questions About Windows 8.1 Preview

To those of you (at home), who have Windows 8 based computers, please know that Microsoft will be soon releasing, to the general public, an upgrade to Windows 8, called Windows Blue (or Windows 8.1).

What is all this talk about Windows 8.1 Preview?

This past week Microsoft released the “preview version” of Windows 8.1, so that it can be tested and run in the wild by computer guys like myself to make sure it is polished enough to release to the general public.

Windows 8.1 Preview

Is this a good thing?  You bet it is…  The underpinning’s of Windows 8 is a really solid operating system, but Microsoft released it with changes that really caused a stir. Most of the stir was from what people were visually seeing on the surface, such as the computer no longer booted to the desktop; and, once they figured out how to get to the desktop, the Start Menu was no longer there. This upgrade will remedy these concerns and hopefully bring back that warm and fuzzy feeling that has literally taken home based computer users many years to get accustomed to.

Some answers to some questions you may have about Windows Blue (8.1), are reflected below:

(NOTE: If you click on any one of the links below, you will be taken directly to the Microsoft FAQ page for Windows 8.1.  I outlined these questions from the Microsoft site to show my readers what the most commonly asked question are about Windows 81. Preview.)

Is Windows 8.1 Preview ready for everyone to try?

Are there risks to installing Windows 8.1 Preview?

What are the system requirements for Windows 8.1 Preview?

What languages is the preview available in?

Will my devices and programs work with Windows 8.1 Preview?

Will I be able to keep my files, settings, and apps if I install Windows 8.1 Preview?

How do l install Windows 8.1 Preview?

Do I need a product key to install Windows 8.1 Preview?

Can I uninstall Windows 8.1 Preview?

How do I provide feedback?

Where do I go for Windows 8.1 Preview support?

Where can I get more info about Windows 8.1 Preview for businesses and IT professionals?

I want to build apps for Windows 8.1—what resources are available?


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FREE Online Windows 8 Tutorials

If you are new to Windows 8 and rate yourself as the average computer user, then you may find Windows 8, in its’ present form, a challenge. When I make the statement, “in its’ present form”, I’m referring to the upgrade that will soon take place that will bring Windows 8 back down to earth where the average computer person resides. Windows 8 is a really good operating system; it has been the new graphical user interface and missing start menu that has thrown people off. In reality, not a big deal; however, Microsoft realized that they were shooting for the moon and may have advanced the user interface a little bit too far, too fast.  The Windows 8 upgrade, last I read, is to correct these issues and make it so that people can be eased into the future proposed changes.

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In the meantime, if you just purchased a computer with Windows 8, I really encourage you to take some time and watch (and read) these tutorials, which are all FREE from GCFLearnFree.org

All About Windows 8

1: Exploring Windows 8

2: Upgrading to Windows 8

Using Windows 8

3: Getting Started with Windows 8

4: Using SkyDrive with Windows 8

5: Using the Search Feature

6: Personalizing Your Start Screen

Working With the Desktop

7: Getting Started with the Desktop

8: Managing Your Files and Folders

9: Personalizing Your Desktop

Windows 8 Apps

10: Using the People App

11: Using the Mail App

12: Internet Explorer

13: The Music and Video Apps

14: Downloading Apps from the Windows Store

Changing Your Computer’s Settings

15: Managing User Accounts and Parental Controls

16: Opening Your Files with Different Apps

17: Security and Maintenance


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