Back In Full Service and Geek Glory

If you are a visitor of my blog, then you most likely know about Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts. Bill was actually one of the folks out there that served as a mentor to me when I first got into blogging (nearly 8 years ago). Bill’s blog initially specialized in technologies related to System and Internet Security; HOWEVER, the past couple of years he has been posting his very popular (daily) Tech Thoughts Net News. No need to spend hours looking for tech news, Bill does it for us.

Some moons ago, I noticed Bill’s blog had come to an abrupt halt and I later found out he was dealing with some of those curve balls that life has a tendency to throw at us. Well, some good news this week, I noticed on Monday (May 30th), Bill’s Tech Thoughts Net News was back in full service and geek glory.

I encourage you to visit Bill’s blog to welcome him back and to encourage him to keep doing what he does… Also, as a matter of convenience for my visitor’s, if you click on the tab at the top of the blog labelled “Tech News”, you will be taken directly to the Tech Thoughts Net News.

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Seven years ago this month I started the “What’s On My PC” blog at WordPress. I have met numerous individuals and have seen numerous blogs come and go. To me, it has become a hobby and a way for me to keep up with my passion for information technology.  Blogging has taught me discipline; has improved my writing skills; and, pushes me to keep up with the latest in information technology.

My start with blogging can be attributed to the support and guidance from Bill Mullins’ at Tech Thoughts and Tech Paul at Tech-for Everyone. These guys are true bloggers and still maintain their blogs. Their level of expertise and knowledge of information technology is a level that is very admirable. I can’t say “Thank You” enough to these guys…

To celebrate my 7 years, you will notice that at the top of the blog you will see a tab labelled “Tech News”. Effective today, if you click on that tab you will be redirected to Bill Mullins’ site (Tech Thoughts) where one of his specialties is aggregating technology news (tagged as Tech Thoughts – Net News). What I have found is that we are saturated on a daily basis with information technology news, to the point you can lose a sense of it all and you miss out on the important stuff. With Bill’s insight and sixth sense for technology, he does the legwork for us and provides a good read on current tech news, trends, security, software; AND, even some off topic news.

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 16, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (Reduce The Risk Of Your Computer Being Attacked or Infected): Bill Mullins’, writer of Tech Thoughts Daily Net News, started off this morning with Avast 2014 FREE Edition, as being the lead topic (and rightfully so). I encourage you to bookmark Bill’s site to get the latest and greatest in tech news (and more).

To get Avast 2014 FREE Edition, see below. Remember, it is important to uninstall any antivirus program you have installed on your PC prior to installing another (GET AVAST BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (When Delete Means Delete): When you delete a file on your computer or other drives, the file becomes hidden from view, but can actually remain present on the drive until it is written over with other data. This data can be there a long time and can be easily recovered using many of the free utilities that are available on the internet. To completely delete a file, you need special software such as Hardwipe (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Crooks Using Cash Register Skimmers): Today.com has an interesting piece posted today about high tech thieves using PS/2 keyboard loggers (which are available on the internet) to capture data that is inputted at the cash register level (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #4 – (NEW – A 21.5 Inch All-In-One Android Computer by HP): I knew it would be a matter of time before Android would be on desktop size computers. I like this concept and would be the perfect computer for Mom and Pop (SEE BELOW)…

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Avast! Free Edition 2014 9.0.2006 Final

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Avast! is a package of applications that aim to protect your computer from a possible virus infection or other malware threat. If you use it correctly, and in combination with other programs such as data backup utilities, it will significantly reduce the risk of your computer being attacked or infected by a virus, and thus the risk of losing important or private data… GET IT HERE


File Eraser & Drive Wiper

Hardwipe

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Hardwipe can erase drives and USB media, but can also sanitize the Windows Recycle Bin, overwrite selected files and folders, and clean unused drive space of unwanted remenant data. Furthermore, you can run Hardwipe as a standard-alone application, or use its convenient “right-click” context menus from within the Windows File Explorer… GET IT HERE


Shoppers getting ripped off by tiny,
high-tech cash register skimmers…

@ TODAY.com

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Crooks who steal credit and debit card numbers have found a devious new way to snag this information. They’re using a small and relatively cheap piece of off-the-shelf technology to compromise computerized store cash registers… READ MORE


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

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Hide Your Serial Numbers, Passwords, Phone Numbers and Everyday Notes In A Safe Place

A program that I use on a regular basis to protect and hide my personal text based notes is called Steganos LockNote.  In a sense it is like notepad with an encryption option.

Steganos LockNote

Store your most valuable notes as a LockNote
Hide your serial numbers, passwords, phone numbers and everyday notes in a safe place. Your informations will be encrypted using a password and most modern AES 256bit encryption technology.

Secure, yet simple
Just double-click a LockNote and enter your password to access your text files as usual.

No installation required
Move LockNotes wherever you want, as often as you want. A LockNote document does not require much more hard drive space than an unencrypted document.

Encrypt existing text files in no time at all
Simply drag and drop existing text files on a LockNote window: they will be encrypted automatically.

Open and free
LockNote is open source and is based upon open source technologies, e.g. the certified CryptoPP program library for strong encryption.

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World’s 1st Touch Screen Wireless N Router
+ Range Extender

World's 1st Touch Screen Wireless N Router  + Range Extender

For the first time users can setup & maintain their router easily from its highly intuitive touch screen. You can avoid the cumbersome PC/Mac based setup that is common with other routers. Its dual purpose — You can use it either as a Wireless Router or a Range Extender

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Wallpaper of the Week (#111) – Water Footprints

I found this to be a very cool wallpaper called Water Footprints where the footprints have been made with droplets of water…

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Windows 7 (and 8) Users: If you are using Windows 7 (or 8), did you know you can create a desktop background slideshow to show off your pictures and wallpaper images?  To learn how to use this feature [CLICK HERE].

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A Start Menu That Comes Highly Recommended For Windows 8

If you follow my blog, then you probably are beginning to think that Ramblinrick is sure stuck on third party Start Menu options for Windows 8. Well, in a sense, I am…  Here are the most recent posts on this topic:

A Start Menu for Windows 8 That Is A Portable App

My Pick For A Windows 8 Start Menu

Seven Alternatives To Restore The Start Menu In Windows 8

Following yesterday’s post, Two Options to Boot Windows 8 To The Desktop, Bill Mullins’ from Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts contacted me with another recommendation, called Classic Shell .

Classic Shell

Classic Shell is free and open-source software that is a collection of features that were available in older versions of Windows but are removed from Vista and Windows 7. In summary, I am seeing that Classic Start Menu is a jack of all trades and out of the many picks I have tried, this one is tried, true and tested; meaning, it has been around for awhile.

Features:

  • Drag and drop to let you organize your applications
  • Options to show Favorites, expand Control Panel, etc
  • Shows recently used documents. The number of documents to display is customizable
  • Translated in 35 languages, including Right-to-left support for Arabic and Hebrew
  • Does not disable the original start menu in Windows. You can access it by Shift+Click on the start button
  • Right-click on an item in the menu to delete, rename, sort, or perform other tasks
  • The search box helps you find your programs without getting in the way of your keyboard shortcuts
  • Supports jumplists for easy access to recent documents and common tasks
  • Available for 32 and 64-bit operating systems
  • Has support for skins, including additional 3rd party skins
  • Fully customizable in both looks and functionality
  • Support for Microsoft’s Active Accessibility
  • Converts the “All Programs” button in the Windows menu into a cascading menu (Vista and Windows 7)
  • Implements a customizable Start button (Windows 7 and 8)
  • Can show, search and launch Windows Store apps (Windows 8)
  • And last but not least – it’s FREE!

So if you are at a loss that there is no Start Menu at the Windows 8 desktop level, then Classic Menu may be the one to go with. It comes highly recommended by a highly respectable blogger.  Thank you goes out to Bill Mullins’ for making us aware of Classic Menu.

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Access Any File You Need From Your PC From Anywhere With The NEW SkyDrive

A hot news item this week in the world of computers and information technology has been the re-design of Microsoft’s SkyDrive from its’ standard file management interface to the more metro look (that is the defacto Windows 8 GUI). If you have a Hotmail (or Outlook.com) account, then you can easily get access to SkyDrive. I highly recommend you take advantage of SkyDrive, because Microsoft is really getting this right.

With SkyDrive, you get 7 GB of free storage with SkyDrive—that’s enough for over 20,000 Office documents or 7,000 photos. For most people, this is plenty of space. But if 7 GB isn’t enough, you can add even more storage for a low yearly fee.

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It was not the metro look that captured my attention or that you can now upload and store any type of file; instead, it is a very powerful feature in SkyDrive that allows you to remotely access your files and folders on your Windows (or Mac) computer from anywhere you have internet access. For example, if I am at work and I need a document file from my computer at home, I simply log onto SkyDrive account where I am able to see my entire file/folder/drive(s) structure on my computer at home. This sort of reminds me when I used to manage network attached storage devices (NAS), with the end user interface being quite similar to this.

As long as your home computer is “on” and is running the SkyDrive software, you can access any file you need from your home computer—from anywhere.

In fact, you can browse through files just like you would if you were sitting in front of that PC. Want to show someone a photo on that home PC? You can view photo slide shows and videos on that PC from any browser, from any computer.

Fetch files from your Windows PC from anywhere

Here’s how it works, straight from the horses’ mouth:

  1. Download SkyDrive for Windows.
  2. Make sure you leave the box checked during setup that will allow you to “Fetch your files from anywhere.” (You can also choose this later by clicking the SkyDrive icon (SkyDrive icon) in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar, and clicking Settings. On the General tab, under Fetch files, select Make files on this PC available to me on my other devices, and then click OK.)
  3. Open your browser and sign in to SkyDrive.com.
  4. Your PCs that have SkyDrive for Windows installed will appear in the Computers menu. Choose the computer that has the file you want, and you can view, print, or download the file you forgot.

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iPAD – A Possible Solution For When You Cannot View The Contents Of Your Email

Yesterday, was a first with me that taught me that I need to be now thinking outside the box; the Windows OS box that is…  A friend of mine, in his 80’s, asked if I could help him with an email problem he was experiencing on his computer. What I was expecting was a computer sitting on or under his desk or a notebook computer, but what I found was that this well seasoned friend of mine was using an iPad.  I was like, hmm, hmm, and hmm… ; where do you turn this thing on at (just kidding). I actually had an iPad in my hands a few times, so I did at least know where the home button was located.

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The problem he was facing was that the email client suddenly had stopped displaying the contents of any of his emails. The left side of the email client showed the email titles; however, when you finger tapped an actual email, it was no longer showing the content of the email on the right side of the window. After navigating around in the settings and confirming the settings were properly set, etc…, I came to the conclusion that this was a bug in the email app that was causing it to hang and wasn’t releasing itself from memory.

If you remember, several days back I posted the article All It Took Was Unplugging The Computer and Plugging It Back In as a potential fix to many computer problems. With this thinking in mind, I told my friend, “Let’s try this… We will completely shutdown the iPad, count to 10, then restart it”. What I soon learned is that he had never completely shutdown the iPad since he owned it.

Note: Folks, these tablets (iPads, Androids, etc…) are like giant smartphones and if you ever owned a smartphone (or cell phone) you soon learn that you need to completely power down the unit on occasions and reboot it.  What this does is refresh the operating system and releases any memory resident programs or issues that have been cached.

Sure enough, after restarting the iPad and it came back to life, I went back to the email client and voila’ problem solved.  My friend was back in business and could now read his email.

After praising my friend, who is in his 80’s, for knowing more about an iPad than I did, I went home and did some further research on this specific problem and found it is quite a common problem. As a result, to help other iPad owners, here are some of the solutions you can try if you are unable to view the contents of your email:

Solution #1:  Completely power down the iPad.  Hold in on the hold  button (which I called the power button) that is at the top right corner of the iPad. A red slider will appear.  Slide the slider to the right to power the iPad “off”.  Count to 10, then restart the iPad.

Solution #2: You can perform what is similar to ctrl+alt+del on your computer by holding both the sleep and home buttons together (for approximately 10 seconds) until you see the Apple Logo.  Ignore the red slider.  The iPad will reboot.

Solution #3:  Simply double click the home button, press and hold the mail icon and tap when the red dash appears to refresh or (kill) the app.

Again, I am not an iPad expert and these solutions may vary from generation to generation of iPad. Also, for anyone that is into computers and information technology, be aware that you now have the tablets on your plate to deal with.

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: An Internet Security Blog For Home Based Computer Users and Experts Alike

As a retired Information Technology Manager, that was surrounded by people in a State Government healthcare setting, at a time when networks and the internet were just starting to ramp up, there was a very valuable lesson that I learned along the way.

I learned to never talk over the heads of my user base by using computer, internet, or network terms (or lingo) to suppress their learning or make them feel I was above their level of comprehension. I looked at the job as; I was the coach and my user base was the team. When the internet and my network started to mature, the lessons (and education to my users and myself) paid off and actually served as a physical layer of protection to keep my network safe.

Following my career as an IT Manager, my user base changed to that of the home computer user (i.e. readers of this blog, friends and family) where explaining things to people, in understandable terms, is even more important.

One of the hardest topics out there today to explain is internet security and cybercrime. It is a topic that is not easily comprehended, unless you have expertise; and, explaining internet security and cybercrime to others (such as the home computer user) is something that is very challenging to do.

Internet Security

Myself, I have learned to depend on blogs such as Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts and Tech Paul’s –Tech for Everyone to keep myself aware and alert. You will find that bloggers, such as these, make it personal and have that ability to get it across in teaching you how to protect your computer and yourself.

There is another blog, that I intentionally did not mention above, that now exclusively specializes in internet security and cybercrime. The reason for that is that the name of the blog, authored by Paul Lubic, Jr, has changed from Paul’s Home Computing Blog to the more appropriate title of Paul’s Internet Security Blog. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you bookmark this site.

Paul initially started out his blog by specializing in sharing tips, techniques and advice on home computers and the home computing environment. His blog eventually evolved into what his real specialty is and that is the topic of Internet Security. Paul has been in the technology field for over 40 years and has held positions as programmer, IT Security Manager, and Chief Information Officer. His great love is in cyber-security where he worked with the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia in the area of cyber-terror prevention and preparedness.

DO NOT let his credentials lead you to believe that he is going to talk over your head when it comes to internet security and cybercrime. It is quite the contrary. Paul Lubic, Jr. possesses the same traits that myself, Bill Mullins’, and Tech Paul possess; and, that is to explain things in a manner that you can understand and that you will ultimately will benefit from.  NOTE:  Be sure to check out Paul’s ever growing List of Terms .

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Bookmark This for Full Commercial Software Giveaways

Bill Mullins’, who is north of my border, and the webmaster at Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts, does not know this (yet), but he pointed me in the direction to something this morning that really caught my attention; that I did not know existed.

Bill posted on his site Download Crew Giveaway – Today Only – Acronis True Image Personal 2010. If you do not know what Acronis True Image is about, I encourage you to visit Bill’s site and take advantage of what he has posted. It is very good software and will save you a whole lot of trouble if your computer goes south on you.

Download Crew Giveway

Having a passion for software (especially FREE software), what caught my attention, as a result of Bill’s article, was that Download Crew offers periodic giveaways of commercial software. I did not know that and if you did not know that, I encourage you to bookmark the giveaway site [CLICK HERE] .

The Downloadcrew website is brought to you by Betanews Inc who are best known for FileForum, which is a bleeding-edge downloads site, offering you the very latest software betas and the final release downloads.

We do not believe in bringing you a sub-standard full software giveaways. With this in mind, we will notbe offering a daily giveaway. Besides, the logistics and resources involved are incredible. This may change in the future, however, depending on the popularity of this giveaway website.

We aim to provide a minimum one or two free full commercial products each week. The giveaway days will be random, but you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, follow our RSS feed, keep one eye on the Downloadcrew website or bookmark Downloadcrew Giveaway!

Thank you Bill for sharing your find with us this morning!

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Geek Squeak (#112): Tech Thoughts is A Geek Squeak Trophy Winner

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts is worthy of the NEW What’s On My PC – Geek Squeak Trophy.

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There is no method or madness to the trophy selection, but is typically given to those who exemplify the world of computers, information technology, and blogging.  More awards will be forthcoming…

If you are a regular reader of Bill’s blog, Tech Thoughts, you may have noticed on the sidebar of his blog (on the right side) an achievement like no other I’ve seen when it comes to blogging. This guy has had over 3 million visitors to his blog since January 1, 2008. This is phenomenal and is symbolic of his dedication to the subject which he is so versed in. Blogging is hard work and requires an endless thought process.

Bill’s blog primarily focuses on system and internet security; however, he throws a surprise at us once in awhile. He is an expert at it and it shows in the number of articles he pumps out on a daily basis. If you comment to any of his articles or have a question, you will get a straight forward answer that you can bank on. Also, a real plus to visiting Bill’s blog is his Tech Thoughts Daily Net News where you will get a daily rundown on what is happening out there in the world of technology.

On a personal note, Bill has been a personal supporter of What’s On My PC and I take great pride in knowing him. I thank you for your hard work and dedication.

If you want to learn more about information security, system security and internet security, I encourage you to bookmark  Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts.

Reflected below is a sampling of some of Bill’s recent articles:

Who’s Tracking Your Internet Browsing? – Find Out With Ghostery

Mark Russinovich’s ‘Zero Day’ – Fiction Or Fact?

If You Need To Be Convinced You Need A Wi-Fi Password This Story Will Do It

Billions Set To Watch The Royal Wedding On TV & Online

Advanced SystemCare Free – Version 4.0 Blasts Off Today

The Importance of Real-Time Server Monitoring

Fix Up To 50 Windows 7, And Vista Problems, With Free FixWin

Kate Middleton Nude – As If!

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Copy Large Files Faster, Easier and More Reliably with TeraCopy

Ever since Bill Mullin’s at Tech Thoughts did a write up on the file copy (and move) utility called TeraCopy, I have been putting it through its’ paces. I cannot say enough about this utility. It is designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed.  I currently use this utility on my wireless home network to move files wirelessly from one PC to another and it has not let me down.  Even though Windows 7 made advancements in their file copy operations, TeraCopy still has it beat.

TeraCopy

There are several features in particular that has me sold on this utility:

You can Pause and resume file transfers at any time to free up system resources and continue with a single click.

There is Error recovery built in that in case of a copy error, TeraCopy will try several times to rehab itself and in the worse case just skip the file, not terminating the entire transfer. TeraCopy shows failed file transfers and lets you fix the problem and recopy only problem files.

Once I start a file copy or move operation, I can minimize TeraCopy to the taskbar and continue working on My PC with minimal impact to continued operation of the PC.  If you use Windows 7, and minimize TeraCopy to the taskbar, the icon will dynamically give you a visual of where you are at in the file copy or move operation.

Shell integration. TeraCopy can completely replace Explorer copy and move functions, allowing you work with files as usual.

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Gain Added Protection On Your PC with Immunet

Bill Mullins’ at Tech Thoughts, who was actually one of the people to get me started in blogging, recently posted an article about an exciting security product called Immunet 3.0, that I encourage you to read.

Immunet

I’m not going to get into great detail about Immunet because I want you to read Bill’s article first; but, I will tell you this, I installed Immunet on all of my PC’s; AND what is so cool about this security application (that will help protect your PC) is that it is a “companion security product”.  What this means is that it is engineered to run alongside your other security products. For example, I am now using Immunet alongside Microsoft Security Essentials, which is my primary level of protection. From my initial testing I can’t even tell it is on my system due it uses miminal system resources. My gut is telling me that this is definitely a security product to consider.

If you want good insight on this security product (which is totally FREE), read Bill’s article about Immunet 3.0 [ HERE ] .

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Is Your Webcam Spying on You?

Do you have a webcam looking back at you from your desktop or notebook computer?  Did you know it is possible from that very same camera that you could literally be spied upon?

I can remember back as early as 2004 where Sophos, a leading info tech security company, warned computer users about a backdoor worm trojan virus that was capable of of using webcams to spy on people in their home or workplace [ see here ] .

The W32/Rbot-GR worm (also known as the “Peeping Tom” worm) spreads via network shares, exploiting a number of Microsoft security vulnerabilities, installing a backdoor Trojan horse as it travels.

Today, I want to share with you a web clip (see excerpt below) referencing an article that Bill Mullins’ (at Tech Thoughts) posted about the dangers of webcams and how specially crafted software can reverse the tables from watching to being watched. Folks this is for real stuff and is espionage on a personal private level.

I encourage you to read the full article at Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts [ HERE ] .  Just the title alone is enough to want you to read this article.

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A “What’s On My PC…” Web Clip!

“Big Brother” isn’t the only one watching you. “Uncle Nasty”
is out there prowling the Internet too!

July 23, 2010
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Bill Mullins’

imageWidespread publicity, generated by the use of so-called “legitimate” spycam software in the ongoing “Pennsylvania High School Caught Filming Naked Teenage Students In Their Bedrooms”, class action lawsuit, and more recent reports from around the world of stealth webcam-activating malware being used to spy on young girls and boys, should be waving a bright red flag warning about the potential for webcam misuse. But, statistics show that most people pay little, or no, attention. [ READ MORE ]

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Top 20 Most Popular Blogs – July 2010

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

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

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

2 | TMZ
228 – eBizMBA Rank | 17,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 220 – Compete Rank | 57 – Quantcast Rank | 407 – Alexa Rank.
The Most Popular Blogs | Updated 7/01/2010 | eBizMBA

3 | engadget
479 – eBizMBA Rank | 11,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 808 – Compete Rank | *250* – Quantcast Rank | 378 – Alexa Rank.
The Most Popular Blogs | Updated 7/01/2010 | eBizMBA

4 | PerezHilton
570 – eBizMBA Rank | 9,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 882 – Compete Rank | 251 – Quantcast Rank | 577 – Alexa Rank.
The Most Popular Blogs | Updated 7/01/2010 | eBizMBA

5 | Gizmodo
575 – eBizMBA Rank | 8,900,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,103 – Compete Rank | 150 – Quantcast Rank | 472 – Alexa Rank.
The Most Popular Blogs | Updated 7/01/2010 | eBizMBA

6 | Mashable
579 – eBizMBA Rank | 7,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 803 – Compete Rank | 612 – Quantcast Rank | 323 – Alexa Rank.
The Most Popular Blogs | Updated 7/01/2010 | eBizMBA

7 | TechCrunch
615 – eBizMBA Rank | 6,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 607 – Compete Rank | *860* – Quantcast Rank | 377 – Alexa Rank.
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8 | Gawker
776 – eBizMBA Rank | 4,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,005 – Compete Rank | 458 – Quantcast Rank | 866 – Alexa Rank.
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9 | lifehacker
860 – eBizMBA Rank | 4,400,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,298 – Compete Rank | 463 – Quantcast Rank | 819 – Alexa Rank.
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10 | FanHouse
896 – eBizMBA Rank | 4,350,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 512 – Compete Rank | 856 – Quantcast Rank | 1,321 – Alexa Rank.
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11 | SmashingMagazine
967 – eBizMBA Rank | 4,325,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,142 – Compete Rank | *990* – Quantcast Rank | 768 – Alexa Rank.
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12 | FailBlog
1,001 – eBizMBA Rank | 4,300,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,417 – Compete Rank | 549 – Quantcast Rank | 1,038 – Alexa Rank.
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13 | Kotaku
1,217 – eBizMBA Rank | 4,200,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,875 – Compete Rank | 584 – Quantcast Rank | 1,192 – Alexa Rank.
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14 | BusinessInsider
1,312 – eBizMBA Rank | 2,100,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,382 – Compete Rank | 1,127 – Quantcast Rank | 1,427 – Alexa Rank.
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15 | boingboing
1,387 – eBizMBA Rank | 2,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,466 – Compete Rank | 911 – Quantcast Rank | 1,784 – Alexa Rank.
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16 | AutoBlog
1,495 – eBizMBA Rank | 1,950,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,391 – Compete Rank | 1,587 – Quantcast Rank | 1,507 – Alexa Rank.
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17 | icanhascheezburger
1,690 – eBizMBA Rank | 1,900,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,834 – Compete Rank | 1,018 – Quantcast Rank | 2,217 – Alexa Rank.
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18 | treehugger
2,242 – eBizMBA Rank | 1,700,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 2,673 – Compete Rank | 1,568 – Quantcast Rank | 2,486 – Alexa Rank.
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19 | PopSugar
2,249 – eBizMBA Rank | 1,675,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 2,413 – Compete Rank | 1,087 – Quantcast Rank | 3,248 – Alexa Rank.
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20 | PopCrunch
2,307 – eBizMBA Rank | 1,625,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 2,010 – Compete Rank | 1,376 – Quantcast Rank | 3,536 – Alexa Rank.
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Highly Recommended – Bill Mullins’ Top 12 FREE Downloads

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

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

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

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

Bill’s comments about the top 12 applications:

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

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

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The New Cloud Version of SuperAntiSpyware

Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts does it again by bringing to us important information about the NEW (and FREE) online version of SuperAntiSpyware. I found this to be important enough that I was compelled to shout about it here on the blog.

First, you need to visit Bill’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts to get the fine details on this NEW cloud driven app.

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Second, you really need to try SuperAntiSpyware Online Safe Scan. It is very easy to download and run a scan on your PC.  The definition updates are automatically updated daily so you do not need to do anything other than download and run.

The scanner does NOT install anything on your Start Menu or Program Files and does NOT need to be uninstalled.

This is another excellent layer of protection to compliment the security software that you should have already installed on your PC.  Make SuperAntiSpyware Online Safe Scan part of your normal maintenance routine. Thanks to Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts for bringing this important security application to our attention!

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20 FREE Lifetime License for SUPERAntiSpyware Professional Giveaway on August 24th

Be sure to visit Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts for a chance at receiving a FREE LIFETIME registration code for a leading antispyware product called SUPERAntiSpyware. To enter the contest to win one of the lifetime licenses, simply add a comment at the end of the article that Bill has posted [ HERE ] . Bill currently has available (20)-twenty registration codes that can be used to activate the Professional version of SUPERAntiSpyware. On August 24, 2009, all comments will be added to an online List Randomizer, and the first 20 names that come up, in random order, will win a free lifetime registration code. Even if you do not win, you will have had the opportunity to visit one of the top blogging sites on the internet – Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts

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Your one stop place to get daily net news…

Have you noticed that when you visit Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts he has been compiling on a daily basis a roundup of tech related news?  I have noticed that he has expanded the aggregation of articles to include some “off topic” news as well as a sampling of some “Free Downloads”.  The aggregation of articles from around the net is what he calls “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News”.

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This roundup is the result of a lot of hard work to bring to us the “important stuff”.  See, if you know Bill, as I have come to know Bill, he will use a fine toothed comb to scour the internet to only bring to you what you need to know.  It is like having an RSS feed available to you and you do not have to do anything to get it. Bill is doing the work for us; so pay it back by visiting and supporting his blog, Tech Thoughts.

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Some great information for all levels of computer users…

One of my favorite weblogs to visit on a daily basis is “Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts”.  Recently Bill put up (2)-two articles (see below) that are great articles for anyone who owns and operates a computer. Bill has the ability to convey information to his readers in such a way that all levels of computer users walk away learning something. If you are new (or old) to computers, Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts is a good starting point to learn about  computers, technology, software and protecting yourself on the internet.

Computer and Internet Security – How Savvy Are You?

Bill Mullins' Weblog - Tech Thoughts

Old Computer? Think It’s Junk? – Give It One More Chance!

Bill Mullins' Weblog - Tech Thoughts

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Panda Cloud Antivirus – Is it netbook ready?

Bill Mullins’ at Tech Thoughts scooped us all on a new “exciting” and FREE antivirus product called “Panda Cloud Antivirus”. I encourage you to visit Bill’s site [ CLICK HERE ] to preview his article, “Panda Cloud Antivirus – Free Cloud Protection”. My reading of Bill’s article prompted me to get the word out about this new security product and to test it on my netbook.

Panda Cloud Antivirus

Many of you may not have heard of Panda.
Panda Security is an European based company…

Panda Cloud Antivirus

Founded by Mikel Urizarbarrena in 1990 in Bilbao, Spain, the company operated under the name Panda Software for the first 17 years. By 1995, it was the antivirus market leader in Spain and the following year saw the start of its international expansion effort. It currently has a direct sales presence in 56 countries, operating through an extensive network of subsidiaries and franchises.

“Panda Cloud Antivirus” compared
to the other FREE antivirus software…

Panda Cloud Antivirus is a “thin client” service that you install on your PC that is dependent on the Panda’s internet (cloud) based services for its’ processing activities (aka: cloud computing). As result of the processing services being managed at the cloud (internet) level; maintenance, updates, configuration changes and system resources are minimized to the point that it becomes a maintenance free product. Panda is claiming that by using this model, which is the first that I am aware for any security software, their system will scan and quarantine malware with a 50 per cent less performance load on your PC than other traditional signature based antivirus systems. The detection component of “Panda Cloud Antivirus” is installed on your computer, but the analytic component is managed at the cloud level. One important thing to point out is that Panda Cloud Antivirus is in beta (released to the public for testing) and has not been made final. [added 05/01/2009 – Panda Cloud Antivirus” – Instructions & Help]

“Panda Cloud Antivirus” installed and running on a netbook…

Acer AspireOne Netbook

Following my review of Bill Mullins’ article I downloaded and installed “Panda Cloud Antivirus” on my Acer AspireOne Mini-Netbook over a wireless connection (Intel Atom processor, 1.60 Ghz, 1Gig of RAM, 120 GB SATA, Windows XP). Netbooks are basically low-end PCs’ that primarily rely on the Internet for remote access to web-based (cloud) applications.  I use my netbook to test software; and in theory, if it will run on the “netbook” it will run on just about anything.

System Requirements for Panda Cloud Antivirus

Operating system: Windows Vista 32
(also compatible with Windows Vista SP1 32-bit), Windows XP (32-bit with SP 2 or 3).

RAM: 64 MB.

Hard disk free space: 100 MB.

Browser: Internet Explorer 6.0 or later.

Netbook Install Experience

In summary, the install file was approximately 18.5 MBs and occupied a footprint of approximately 56 MBs following the installation. The installation was very, very quick. The Windows XP Security Center immediately recognized the product as a Security product. The GUI (graphical user interface) is very attractive and simplistic (one of the easiest GUI’s I have experienced). I performed a system scan and found the scan time was comparable in speed and duration to the  previous antivirus software I had installed. I plan to continue using “Panda Cloud Antivirus” on the netbook, as my primary level of antivirus protection, for further review and testing. So far this cloud app is running smoothly on my netbook, but time will tell.

To Bill Mullin’s at Tech Thoughts; Thank you for bringing this product to our attention.  As Bill stated in communication with me “This is an important improvement to our overall security status..”

THE WORD IS OUT

Official Blog – Panda Cloud Antivirus

Panda Cloud Antivirus hits Internet for free – USA Today

Panda Cloud Antivirus is a Lightweight,
Always-Updated Virus Killer – Lifehacker

Panda Launches New Free Cloud-based Antivirus – PCWorld

Panda debuts first cloud-based anti-virus system – VNUNet

Panda Security debuts cloud-based anti-virus – itWorldCanada

Panda Security launches free cloud-based antivirus – Geek.com

Addendum (05/01/2009) The Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville (aka: TTC Shelbyville) has posted the  article “Panda Cloud Antivirus Free”. The TTC Shelbyville article provides additional information about their installation experience(s), screenshots and findings; that is a great supplement to this article. They also threw some actual viral content at “Panda Cloud Antivirus”… I encourage you to visit TTC Shelbyville [ CLICK HERE ] to see the results of their review.

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Get Your Daily Dosage of Internet Security Alerts

If you are someone who likes to keep abreast of the current security threats that haunt us on the internet, then you need to visit Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts.  Bill, who is very versed in information security, recently implemented a new feature on his very popular (over a million visitors) blog, called:

“Tech Thoughts Daily Security Alerts”

Tech Thoughts - Daily Alerts

This new feature is a convenient way to learn about information security, internet threats, and what the cybercriminals are up to.  Having software installed on our PC’s is only one method of protection; having information readily available about security threats and knowing what they mean is just as important.

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Tech Thoughts – Your Internet Source for Daily Security Alerts …

If you are someone who likes to remain current of prevailing security threats on the internet, then you need to visit and bookmark “Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts”. Bill recently started posting “Tech Thoughts – Daily Security Alerts” which is an invaluable resource to anyone that is a regular visitor to the internet.

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If you are already a regular visitor to his blog, you will already know that he is an expert at sniffing out trouble and ultimately posting solutions to problems that he knows that users need to know. His writings are composed in such a manner that they are easily understood; even by people who are new to computers. His ability to blast out articles of importance, that are globally recognized and read, is a big task that is not supplemented by any monetary means.

Bill’s blog recently surpassed one million visitors to his blog, which is a telltale sign of just how important the information is that he posts; and a telltale sign of just how many people he has influenced.

Thank you Bill Mullin’s
for making the internet a safer place for us all.


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Learning about “Teenager Internet Usage”

One of my fellow blogging friends, Bill Mullins (Tech Thoughts) , who has written extensively about information security and the internet threats that await us on a daily basis, posted an article:

“How Does Your Teenager Use the Internet? – Should You Care?”

I truly believe that many parents have no idea of what their children are being exposed to on the internet. The portrayals of violence and sex are the hot topics; and, when I use the term “portrayal” I am not using that loosely. If you can think of it, someone has posted it on the internet. It is all presented in a “virtual” reality (almost real) sense. The Social Networks that are out there take peer pressure to a whole new level; often are the cultivator’s to unethical behavior and often serve as a predatory playground. Your children, if not guarded closely, can be innocently exposed and desensitized to the point that their conscience (morals and ethics) are affected.

If you are a concerned parent and want to learn more, I strongly encourage that you read Bill’s article [ CLICK HERE ]. Reflected below is a clip from the article that makes a point that hit home with me. I commend Mr. Mullins for taking the time to serve as the messenger for this most important topic.

Clipped from billmullins.wordpress.com

How Does Your Teenager Use The Internet? – Should You Care?


Posted by: Bill Mullins on: March 14, 2009


Consider this – would you drop off your child, or teenager, in a neighborhood where more than half of the buildings were adult stores, and which was potentially full of predators? In my view, if you allow your child, or younger teenager, to interact with the Internet unsupervised, or without having communicated to your child information concerning potential on-line dangers, this is what you may be doing.


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