Geek Squeaks (#2015-41) FEATURING — Three WordPress.com Blogging Editors To Consider — and MORE GREAT STUFF

Three WordPress.com Blogging Editors To Consider – About a year ago I was at wits end in trying to find an editor that I could use at the desktop level to draft my blog articles. Today, if you are an avid blogger or want to give blogging a try, you need to know that there are several options available. Some of these editors support other blogging platforms, but what I am outlining here in this geek squeak article is editors that I know work with the WordPress.com platform (which is the online cloud based version of WordPress).

Wordpress

To keep this simple and allow you to do a quick read; three options to consider are:

ScribeFire – This editor is actually a browser extension (for Firefox and Chrome) that I use (and love). I think what sells me on this is that it is a basic editor, is fast, and dependable. The cons with ScribeFire is that, due to its’ simplicity, you have to do the final touches online (with the formatting) using the online WordPress editor. Otherwise, ScribeFire has worked for me. ScribeFire is a full-featured blog editor that integrates with your browser and lets you easily post to all of your blogs.

Open Live Writer – Remember the Windows version of Live Writer. I actually used that prior to ScribeFire; however, due to changes at Microsoft and the operating system upgrades the Microsoft version of Live Writer is basically a dead duck in the water. Due to numerous people using Live Writer, a group of talented contributors have turned what it used to be into an open source program called Open Live Writer. Open Live Writer is like Word for your blog. Open Live Writer is a powerful, lightweight blog editor that allows you to create blog posts, add photos and videos then publish to your website.

New WordPress.com Desktop App – WordPress.com must have heard our cries and know that in order to continue as one of the premiere blogging platforms there has to be options made available in order for people to remain within their blogging empire. I can tell you from being a blogger since 2008, WordPress is the way to go. With the new Windows and Mac based apps you can manage your sites, write and publish, and even customize your site and view stats from a dedicated app in your Windows Start Menu.

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Happy Holidays To My Reader And To My Favorite Blogging Friends –  I want to wish my readers’ a safe and happy holiday season; AND, hope that you will continue to visit my blog. I love blogging about information technology, and have been doing so since 2008. During this journey there is a group of bloggers that have kept together in the virtual sense (even though none of us have physically met each other). Those bloggers, whom I have great respect for are Steve, Bill Paul, and Michael (and Jason). I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season…

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Bluetooth Speaker Makes Great Gift – If you are looking to gift someone, consider a portable bluetooth speaker. Currently Anker has a new release at Amazon (that has become a best seller) called the Anker SoundCore. Right now the customer reviews on this little beast is very good. Points that standout with this speaker is battery life (24-hour / 500-song playtime powered by a built-in high capacity Li-ion battery) and Bluetooth 4.0 Technology (compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled devices. Instantly connect to your smartphone or tablet from up to 66 feet away. SoundCore reconnects automatically to the last device used. Built-in mic for hands-free calls.).  What you get is the Anker SoundCore Bluetooth speaker, Micro USB charging cable, welcome guide, and 18-month warranty).

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Anker SoundCore

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Turn Your Android Device Into An At Home Video Monitoring Device – Have a tablet or an old smartphone around? If so, put it to work using the AtHome Camera – Home Security App. This app, using a three step process, will turn the device into a home video monitoring device that can be accessed when you are away.

AtHome Camera – Home Security

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The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards – If you love animals, then you will love these hilarious and funny pictures (with a funny caption). For example the picture you see below was captioned “Rush Hour”. To see the original “Rush Hour” and others visit The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. The cool thing about this is that no digital manipulation was allowed in order to enter the contest.

The Comedy Wildlife

WINNER Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

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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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The Two Joy’s Of Blogging Lead Me To A Totally Inspired Mind AND Some Good Cooking

Two of the joy’s of blogging are: 1- Meeting other people who maintain blogs (or websites); and, 2 – Helping out the people you meet by sharing your interest and knowledge.

Recently I happened across a blog called “Computer Users Forum” that lead me to a person by the name of Paulette Le Pore Motko. This in turn lead me the various sites that Ms. Motzko maintains (see Bio below). After having some contact with Ms. Motko I asked that she provide her Bio and links to some of her sites (see below) so that my some of my readers could visit and help drive some traffic her way.

 Bio – Paulette Le Pore Motzko

After being married to a rocket scientist for 15 years and being a piano teacher for 20 years, Paulette Motzko ventured off in the writing, photography, blogging and marketing world. She writes Feature Stories for restaurants, photography for restaurants and food businesses, and writes everything from press releases, resumes, and PowerPoint Presentations with her company called Totally Inspired PC. Paulette uses a computer as a tool to create what has never been created before.

Totally Inspired Mind: Where Positive Minds  Congregate now with 44,000+ hits after two years, has 2200 followers and counting, has won many blogger awards and between 50 countries to 70 tune in monthly to read her inspiring words.

To enlighten or show how with usable information that empowers is in her DNA she says.

You can also see her making health and easy dishes anybody can prepare on Cooking Up a Storm With Miss Polly

 

ScribeFire – A Browser Based Blogging Editor

This past week I decided to completely do a Windows 8 OS re-install on my PC (HP m8100n). My computer is over 7 years old, is used extensively on a daily basis, and has been through the Windows Vista, 7, and the 8 operating systems, without doing anything really major; other than replacing the power supply a couple years back and recently upgrading to a hybrid Seagate drive. I ended up doing a re-install due to an annoying problem I ran into that was literally driving me crazy and I could not figure out (which will be in an upcoming blog article).

After I re-installed the Windows 8 operating system and performed the upgrade to Windows 8.1 I ran into a second problem that was driving me bonkers. As a matter of fact the original problem I had (which had been driving me crazy) was still there (which I did eventually resolve), so now I had two very annoying issues. After I re-installed Windows 8, I could not install Windows Live Writer, which was the blogging editor I use to publish my blog posts on WordPress. What I discovered is that Windows Live Writer needs Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5  installed in order for it to install (and run).

After many hours of research and trying all of the advice and procedures out there, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 would not install. I actually could write an article just on that topic. I finally came to the realization that Microsoft Live Writer is now Microsoft Dead Writer and figured, “if Microsoft was serious about keeping Microsoft Live Writer alive, they would not require us to jump through hoops just to install it on a new operating system”.  At this point, I started to look around for another blogging editor and discovered that there are quite a few out there; but, what caught my attention is that most of these editors have not been updated in several years. Is this a sign that blogging is going to the wayside???

What I did come across, that I believe is going work for me, is a blogging editor that is actually a browser extension, called ScribeFire. As a matter of fact, this article is my first using ScribeFire. I like the idea that I can draft an article in my browser and that the extension is available for different browsing platforms (Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Apple Safari browser). In my case I use Google Chrome; therefore, I installed ScribeFire from the Chrome Web Store. The initial setup was very, very easy (and fast). After entering my login credentials for WordPress my recent posts, categories, tags, etc…; all fell into place.

  Chrome Web Store – ScribeFire

With ScribeFire you can post to blogs from WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Windows Live Spaces, Xanga, LiveJournal, or any other blog that supports the MetaWeblog or MovableType APIs. From what I can see so far, everything I need to draft and post a blog article is there. You can edit and update existing posts. You can schedule posts for the future (if your blog allows that). You can delete posts. You can save drafts. You can tag and categorize. You can upload images. You can edit visually, or you can use HTML or Markdown. You can post to multiple blogs at once. My biggest obstacle, right now is learning to navigate around.

If you decide you want to save your article as a draft, simply click on “Save Progress”; then go to WordPress to put on the final touches using the WordPress editor OR if you want, click on “Publish Post” and the post will be immediately published.

If you have any other recommendations for a blogging editor, I would love to hear them. In the meantime, I am going to give ScribeFire a try and maybe a few others.

Tech Product of the Week: MK808 Dual Core Android 4.1 TV BOX Rockchip RK3066 Cortex-A9 Mini PC Smart TV Stick

If you are looking for an economical (and ingenious) way to wirelessly bring the internet to your TV (including steaming videos) or to turn your TV into a Smart TV, then the MK808 Dual Cord Android (4.1) TV Box may be up your alley. In essence, this device is an Android device without the screen. You plug it into the HDMI port on your TV and use the TV as your screen. It is like having a giant Android Tablet, with all the apps, bells and whistles that Android offers.

Get the the manufacturer specs – [ HERE ]

MK808 Dual Core Android 4.1 TV BOX Rockchip RK3066 Cortex-A9 Mini PC Smart TV Stick

Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about the MK808 Android TV Box [ CLICK HERE ]

Nice Video Demo of the MK808 Android TV Box

Readers: To keep the blog interesting, I plan to feature a tech product of the week that will feature a direct link to the manufacturer for specifications and a link to Amazon to see the customer reviews (and how the product is being rated). In essence, it is my Tech Toy Wish List as a work in progress…

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Two NEW Enhancements at Bookmarks4Techs.com

If you have not visited Bookmarks4Techs.com recently, I encourage you to do so. Don’t let the name of the site lead you to believe that the site is only for techs. Bookmarks4Techs is one of the largest collection of links to computer information technology sites and news on the internet. If you have a passion for computer information technology, to include software, apps, cloud computing, desktop computing, tablet computing, smartphones, etc…, then this site is for you. I can guarantee that you will keep up-to-date with the latest and greatest by visiting the links I have posted on the site.

Bookmarks4Techs.com

Not only will you find one of the largest collection of links to computer and information technology sites on the internet, you will now find two NEW enhancements to the site.

  1. Tech News – As you scroll down the listing of links, on the homepage, you will notice RSS news feeds for some of the most popular tech sites and blogs on the internet. These feeds automatically update so that when you come back to visit, there is always something new.  I actually use this to get my daily dose of tech news and to see what is new on some of my favorite blogs.
  2. Archived Blog Posts – The archive is a brainstorm idea that I came up with that list links to every single blog article ever posted at What’s On My PC. As I continue to post here at What’s On My PC, the archive at Bookmarks4Techs will continue to grow. As of today’s post, I currently have archived links to 1,457 posts.

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Bookmarks4Techs is Back!

You may have read my recent article, Has Bookmarks4Techs Been Kidnapped or Assassinated?, where the host of the site (Google’s Blogger Service), through an automated classification system removed my sister site (Bookmarks4Techs.com) without warning (for suspicion of SPAM). The only notice I received was this:

Hello, Your blog at http://www.bookmarks4techs.com/has been reviewed and confirmed as in violation of our Terms of Service for: SPAM. In accordance to these terms, we’ve removed the blog and the URL is no longer accessible. For more information, please review the following resources:

Blogger Terms of Service: http://blogger.com/terms.g

Blogger Content Policy: http://blogger.com/go/contentpolicy

-The Blogger Team

Needless to say, after 2 weeks of working through a Google Groups Moderator (who was as polite as a badger), my site at Blogger has not been restored and I do not expect it to be restored. My last communication with the moderator resulted in this response:

Unfortunately, “bookmarks4techs.blogspot.com” was recently confirmed as a spam host.

As a result, I have went back to the drawing board to do a rebuild of Bookmarks4Techs.com.  I have decided to keep it simple and to avoid the complexities I had in place that apparently tripped Google’s automated classification system.

Bookmarks4Techs

Bookmarks4Techs.com is back! I request your patience as I update the site and thank you for your support.

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Has Bookmarks4Techs Been Kidnapped or Assassinated?

My sister site, Bookmarks4Tech.com, has either been kidnapped or assassinated (after 3 years) by Google’s Blogger service and marked as a TOS (Terms of Service) violator by Google’s automated spam detection system. I am awaiting a review from Google to get the site back. The process to do this is not a friendly or easy process. It does not give you that warm and fuzzy feeling. As a matter of fact if anyone feels violated, it is me!

TOS Violation

Contained in my site was scripting language that I suspect their automated system identified as suspicious. The scripting language was used on my part, in good faith, to automate the content of the site.  There is nothing suspicious about it and if a real person would have looked at it then none of this would have occurred.

For the past several weeks I had received notices that my site appeared suspicious and was possibly being looked upon as a spam host.  Each time I posted on the site I had to go through a “human identifier” process to prove that I was a human maintaining the site and that the site was not a bot of sorts. I played the game, yet Blogger’s automated system still was not satisfied and killed my site. I woke up on Monday morning to find the following message in my email with no indication on how to contact Blogger support or any instruction whatsoever to recover the site. Needless to say, I was not happy!

Hello, Your blog at http://www.bookmarks4techs.com/has been reviewed and confirmed as in violation of our Terms of Service for: SPAM. In accordance to these terms, we’ve removed the blog and the URL is no longer accessible. For more information, please review the following resources:

Blogger Terms of Service: http://blogger.com/terms.g

Blogger Content Policy: http://blogger.com/go/contentpolicy

-The Blogger Team

I especially liked how they signed the email; “The Blogger Team”.  I would have felt much better, and part of the “team”, if they provided a method to contact the “team”.

Apparently, like in my case, there are many false positives where sites get locked out. This goes to show that I really have no control over my own content and the “team” really does not care.

In the meantime, I’ll be counting the hours and days to see if Bookmarks4Techs has been kidnapped by Google or assassinated by Google.

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Free Icon Resources For Graphic Editing Purposes, Blogging, Program Launchers, etc…

I really get into program launchers and avoid the Windows Start menu altogether. Right now, my program launcher of choice is XLaunchPad. What I like about XLaunchPad is that it gives me the ability to customize and change the program icons that are used to launch my programs. As a result, this leads me to looking for good quality icon resources…

As the title of this post suggests, icons can be used for a variety of purposes including graphic editing, desktop publishing, PowerPoint presentations, blog articles, etc… Choosing the right icon can make all the difference in the world in the final product.

There are currently four sources that I use to find that special icon and I thought I would share those sources with you…

SoftIcons

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It Feels Like A Million Dollar Day at What’s On My PC

Got up this morning and noticed that I am 500 page views shy of a million. I typically do not play into the stats much, but I do have to admit; this is EXCITING !!! I should hit the summit sometime today.  I have to go see my parents today and I’ll probably miss the rollover.

Thanks to everyone who has ever visited and contributed to the blog. Now I have to figure out what the next goal will be…     Rick Robinette

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The “My 7 Links Challenge” at What’s On MY PC

The Webmaster of Computer How To Guide contacted me directly via email and informed me that he had nominated What’s On My PC for the My 7 Links Challenge. Upon receiving this email and nomination I was reluctant to participate and was thinking, what is this all about?

My 7 Links Challenge

It appears that the My 7 Links Challenge has originated from a blog called Tripbaseblog, and after previewing the site and reading the rules [HERE], I decided to participate. It will be interesting to see what traffic comes this way after taking on this challenge.

The goal of this challenge is to unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.

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What I have to do here is dig up 7 links from What’s On My PC for the following categories; then, nominate (5)-five more bloggers.

The most beautiful post
The most popular post
The most controversial post
The most helpful post
A post whose success surprised me
A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
The post that you I am most proud of

Let the challenge begin…  Thank you Computer How To Guide for the nomination!  I actually enjoyed doing this…

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The Most Beautiful post at What’s On My PC…

HAPPY THANKSGIVING – Giving Thanks To My Readers

In this post I gave thanks to anyone who has ever visited my blogs (What’s On My PC and Bookmarks4Techs).  I randomly picked the first reader of the blog I could locate and gave recognition to them. In this case, by chance, it was another blog – Talinorfali – Just Another WordPress Blog.  The response from this was awesome…

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The Most Popular Post at What’s On My PC…

If you experience Windows Vista Service Pack 2 installation issues…

Windows Vista, when released, was a disappointment and actually set Microsoft back a few steps. This article was drafted, not to provide a specific solution, but to provide options to explore that may lead to resolving the problem where the Service Pack failed to install…

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The Most Controversial post at What’s On My PC…

bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine

This post was drafted back in May of 2009 when Microsoft was making a play for it with its’ search engine Bing. For some reason, as a result of this post, readers thought I was Microsoft.  As a result, I received (and still do) a flood of responses requesting I (Ramblin’ Rick) remove Bing from their computers…  Bill Gates, you owe me on this one!

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The Most Helpful post at What’s On My PC…

Adding a “Watermark” in Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007

To this day, this post has driven up the visits to the blog.  When I was an IT Manager, I found that helping people with matters such as this to get their work done made their day and made mine, as well…

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The post at What’s On My PC where the Success Surprised Me

Creating an AOL Install CD… (if you must:)

Remember AOL (America Online) and how they would send you the CDs in the mail, as a marketing tactic, to entice you to subscribe to their service? Well, they stopped doing that and it created a dilemma for people who needed to manually install AOL.  I came up with a solution (on my own) and posted it…

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The post I feel Didn’t Get The Attention It Deserved at What’s On MY PC…

A Three Step Guide To Email Ethics…

This post dealt with email ethics and I do not think people really got the point of what I was driving at on how to spot the lie, don’t be part of the lie and don’t start the lie.  I guess folks didn’t like the idea that some of them are living in a world of email lies…

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The Most Proud Of post at What’s On My PC…

Symptoms of a Failing Computer Power Supply

“Computers, you either love ‘em or you hate ‘em”.  This post was from my own personal experience of dealing with a failing power supply…

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To pass the blogger’s torch on and to keep the My 7 Links Challenge going, What’s On My PC nominates the following blogs to take this challenge:

Tech-for Everyone (met the challenge – CLICK HERE )

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts (met the challenge – CLICK HERE)

TTC Shelbyville (met the challenge – CLICK HERE)

404 Tech Support

Plato On-Line

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What To Do If Your Blog is Stolen, Scraped or Unlawfully Copied

Thanks to a fellow blogger, I was recently informed that both of my blogs, What’s On My PC (hosted at WordPress.com) and Bookmarks4Techs (hosted at Blogger) were being duplicated (word for word) on another WordPress hosted blog.  Some of my logos and graphics were even being used.  Today, I noticed that the site is now marked private so that no one can view the content.

I have had this happen before, but not to the degree which it was in this particular case, and trying to remember what I did before to rectify the problem had completely left me. Therefore, I was back to researching and taking care of this problem again; however, this time around I decided to post links (in an article of my own) where you can get help if your blog (or blogs) are hosted by either WordPress.com or Blogger. This article will also go to serve me (and possibly you) in the future, because I know this will happen again. Note:  It is important we bloggers stick together and alert each other when we see that our work has been compromised.

I suggest that if this happens to you, that you take down the URL address of the site, take some screenshots of the offending site and politely contact the author (perpetrator). Inform the perpetrator what you are seeing, inform them to take down the site immediately, and that you have contacted the hosting service that is hosting the site. Usually this will take care of the problem.

In this particular case, I came to the conclusion that the intent of this person was to copy my material and was not some pimply kid who did not know better; therefore, politeness was not in my vocabulary. As a matter of fact, it took me some time to find a hole on the site to where I could actually leave a comment, which further cemented my conclusion.  Once I did find a hole to leave a comment, it was just a matter of time I noticed that the perpetrator had taken the site down from public view and now has it set at private view.  I am hoping that following my contact with support at WordPress [ CLICK HERE ] they will take the site down permanently.

To help (me) and you in the future, should your blog be stolen, scraped or unlawfully copied AND your blog is hosted either by WordPress.com or Blogger, follow the links below to help you get started toward the removal of the offending site:

Content Theft – What to Do @ WordPress.com

Report alleged copyright infringement @ Blogger

Also, another insightful article that I found very helpful, was posted at Blogger-Hints-And-Tips:

Taking action when someone has copied your blog without permission

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GEEK SQUEAKS’ (#57) – Awesome Flash Drive, Microsoft Security Essentials, DVD Cloning and Fun, Microsoft Photo Gallery Features, and Moving Your Blog

SanDisk Cruzer 8 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive
Take it all with you – on reliable USB flash drives

Cruzer Flash Drive

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Microsoft Security Essentials
Provides real-time protection for your home or small business PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

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Free DVD Cloning Software | Amazing! | Friday Fun

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[GEEK SQUEAKS’] – Laptop for School, FREE Graphics Editor, 4TB External Hard Drive, Blogger Pay, and An Overheating PC

A Laptop for School
ASUS A53U-XE1 15.6-Inch Versatile Entertainment Laptop

ASUS Notebook

Hornil StylePix
Graphics Editing Program That Allows You To Draw Pictures, Edit Photos and More…

Hornil StylePix

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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.

Geek Squeak Aware

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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Geek Squeaksof the Week (#64)

Where does the week go? It is time for another round of Geek Squeaks’; a premier listing of tech links to articles that are crafted by the members of the What’s On My PC blogroll. If you are into information technology and computers, then it is highly recommended that you bookmark and follow these sites. I will guarantee you that you will walk away learning something that you did not know. For example, pictured is the ultimate tech beach chair to kick back and read Geek Squeaks’…

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
For Added Internet Protection – Virtualize Your System with Free Wondershare Time Freeze

My Technology Guide
Get a Chance to Win Free License of “Handy Backup Professional” worth $99 [Contest, Giveaway

GadgetsHolic
Genos CYCLOPS universal controller

RGdot.com
Trix: Freeware Efficiency And Productivity Utility For Windows

Mr. Reiner
Why the current computer security paradigm
is analogous to fixing a leaky dam

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites June 15

Laptops Review Central
Toshiba updates Satellite Pro line

TTC Shelbyville
Protect Me!

AKS-Feel The Change
Rotate your PDF document Permanently with RotatePDF.net

AskBillFirst
Adobe reports critical flaw in Flash,
Acrobat | Security – CNET News

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Defense Center

404 Tech Support
Avoiding IT Career Burnout

Tech-for Everyone
WinPatrol PLUS License Giveaway

Plato On-Line
BP Oil Disaster: It’s Everyone’s Fault?! –edited

Worthy Tips
Turns your laptop into kids friendly gadget with Smash Key

Rarst.net
MWSnap – old but useful screenshot tool

Netbook Freeware
BatteryBar: Free Software to Monitor Battery of Netbook

Lifehacker
DIY Laptop Riser Is a Convenient Surfing-in-Bed Companion

Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Remote Control: Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Manager

I Love Free Software
PulpTunes – Access your iTunes Library from Any PC

thePC Security
Free Sandbox Software for Best Security – Trustware BufferZone

The Internet Security Blog
Best Free Internet Security for New Malware –
Microsoft Security Essentials

Canadian Tech Blogger
Google Adds A Caffeine Boost To Its Search Index

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
Windows XP Users: End of Support Reminder

TuneUp Blog about Windows
TechEd 2010 – All About Windows Troubleshooting

What’s On My PC
The easy way to print filenames in folders…

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

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

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

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

What’s On My PC – Top Ten All Time


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

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#59)

Have you ever noticed that the world of information technology and computers is forever changing?  If you are looking for a way to keep up; then you need to book mark these sites.  Each week What’s On My PC features random (recently posted) articles (called Geek  Squeaks’) from the members of the What’s On My PC blogroll.

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Internet Security Blog
Delete, Remove Virus, Malware with Norton Power Eraser Free

Canadian Tech Blogger
Free Computer (Windows) Starter Kit

TuneUp Blog about Windows
The All-in-One Configuration Tool: Windows 7’s “God Mode”

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Decisions decisions, which one do I choose?

Worthy Tips
BizCardCreator: Create professional looking business card absolutely free

Netbook Freeware
doPDF: Best Free PDF Creator for Netbook

I Love Free Software
5 Free Post It Notes Software

404 Tech Support
Where to Ask Your Tech Questions?

TTC Shelbyville
Create Your Own Wi-Fi Hotspot

Snakebytez
F.lux : Change Your Screen Brightness by Time of Day

Free PC Security
GeSWall Intrusion Prevention

Tech-for Everyone
How are you? (From: Sgt. Edmond Baker)

Rarst.net
Best and worse computing advice – readers’ choice

Lifehacker
Repurpose a Hanger to Tidy Long Cables

Crazy World of G
Orb

thePC Security
Computer Security Tools Download- 4 Free Tools from Microsoft

Right On Technology
FCC Details New Broadband Regulation Plan

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Internet: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

Evil Fantasy’s Blog
Download Internet Explorer 8 Optimized for Bing

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Data Protection

What’s On My PC
The Ultimate Clock for your Windows Desktop

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Turn Your Blog Into a PDF Book

Steve over at TTC Shelbyville has outdone himself on telling us how and where you can “Make Your WordPress Blog Into a Book”.  What Steve is referring to is the web based (online) FREE service called BlogBooker.

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What is this ?

BlogBooker produces a high-quality PDF Blog Book from all your blog’s entries and comments. Archives can be generated from any blog running on WordPress, LiveJournal (and derivatives) or Blogger.

The really cool factor with BlogBooker is that it will literally take every article you ever posted on your blog and compile it into a readable PDF book with a table of contents, chapters and all (all hot linked together).  During my testing and by following the simple instructions from the TTC Shelbyville article [ HERE ] I was able to take nearly 2 years worth of my writing and archive it into my own personal eBook. The compilation process, using an XML file that I easily generated at my WordPress Dashboard, took approximately 5 minutes.  End result was a 1373 page PDF book (29 MB) with every article (and comment) ever posted on What’s On My PC…  If you are a blogger and you use WordPress, LiveJournal or Blogger as your blogging service, then this is a great way to compile and have a searchable record of all your postings.

I tip my hat to Steve at the TTC Shelbyville Technical Blog for this great find!

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#58)

If you have an obsession for information technology and computers, then I encourage you to become a regular subscriber of the sites listed below.  To whet your appetite, What’s On My PC randomly selects each week recent articles that have been composed by the authors who are members of the What’s On My PC blogroll.

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Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Be Sure to Visit this SUPER TECH BLOG and Congratulate Bill
for surpassing the 2 Million mark in visits

Internet Security Blog
Malware Infection Economy – Top Selling Products
and Services in Malware Business

Canadian Tech Blogger
Apple Sells Over 1 Million iPads

Mrintech
Best Free Portable Apps Suite with 280+ Apps

TuneUp Blog about Windows
PC Optimization: The Green Way

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
WordPress.com versus Blogger.com 3

Worthy Tips
Will you pay to watch Youtube video? You should soon

Netbook Freeware
PeaZip: Best Free Compression Tool for Netbook

I Love Free Software
3 Chrome Extensions for Downloading Files from Rapidshare

404 Tech Support
SparkChess – Quality, Free Chess Online

TTC Shelbyville
1.5 million stolen Facebook accounts up for grabs

Snakebytez
PDF OCR – OCR PDF Document to Editable Text

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites May 4

Tech-for Everyone
Click, click, fixed!

Rarst.net
Best and worst computing advice you know?

Lifehacker
Disable Google Chrome’s Location-Aware Browsing

Crazy World
of G HTC Incredible

thePC Security
Top 10 Spamming Country – No, China is Not There

Right On Technology
HP Buys Palm, Hints at WebOS Slate

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove AKM Anitivirus 2010 Pro

Carol’s Vault
Chillout Saturday : DJ River’s “Blue Room” album

Plato Press
Comodo Backup

What’s On My PC
Secure USB Flash Drive

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As a Blogger, Pay It Back Twofold

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Computer Shopper – Blogs We Like

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

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

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

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

Tune Up Blog

Techlicious

Tech-for Everyone

Ask Leo

Ask Dave Taylor

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#38)

Another great roundup of articles from the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  If you are a person that is looking to get an edge on the latest in information technology and computers, I highly recommend that you visit these sites on a daily basis.

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Tech-for Everyone
Media Center Recordings Filled Disk

Scoroncocolo Tech Pages
How to Use Google Wave

Snakebytez
FreeCommander : An Advanced File Manager

Carputers News and Computer Tips
Internet Explorer 8 and Compatibility View

TTC Shelbyville
How To: Setting Up Active Directory Group Policies –
Network Computing

The Abbey Rose
Universe Firefox

I Love Free Software
Eraser: Permanently Delete Files from Hard Disk

Technize
Download Yahoo Messenger 10 Final

Worthy Tips
Handy Backup –
A Cost Effective Life Insurance For Your System

Mrintech
Best Collection of Aero Wallpapers for your Desktop!

Freeware Elite
Check whether a blog is down with “IS MY BLOG WORKING?”

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites November 24

AskBillFirst
Online Holiday Shopping Tips

Rarst.net
Run web app in dedicated window of Firefox or Chrome

Lifehacker
Hands-On Look at What’s New in Office 2010 [Screenshot Tour]

Crazy World of G
Gov K. Says No LNG Investigation

Computer Too Slow
How to control a desktop remotely

thePC Security
12 Tips to Avoid Phising –
Protection From Phishing Emails and Sites

AKS-Feel The Change
Resize Images Automatically with Dropresize

Carol’s Vault
Online storage services still around

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Enterprise Suite

Plato On-Line
Fake Facebook Uncovered

Evilfantasy’s Blog
GoogleGoogleGoogleGoolge

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
5 Free Microsoft Programs – Really!

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Live Photo Gallery v Google Picasa.round 4.

Canadian Tech News Blog
CNET: Top 5 Tech Turkeys

TuneUp Blog
PDC09 – L.A. Day 1 Coverage

Freeware Pharmacy
Essential Apps For…

What’s On My PC…
Microsoft Office Templates

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#18)

If you haven’t checked out Geek Squeaks here on the blog, you do not know what you are missing.  Each week random articles are selected from the sites that are listed on my blogroll (see sidebar of the blog) as a way to say “Thank you” to the authors; and to help promote their blogs. Blogs are excellent ways to learn from real people in the real world.

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TTC Shelbyville
Convert any Video, Sound or Music File

Tux in the Midwest
Why the Zune HD is better than the iPod (for some)

All Thats New
Digg Gets Dupe Detection Updates

AKS-Feel The Change
Make Backup and Synchronize Folders with PureSync for FREE

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove “Your PC Is Not Protected” Popup

AskBillFirst
AP News: Microsoft warns of serious computer security hole

Carol’s Vault
Nice Translator Firefox Extension

Crazy World of G
Windows Directory Printer

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Google Apps is out of beta (yes, really)

Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Announcement: DriverMax free is now severely limited

Free PC Security
Advanced System Care from IOBit

Lifehacker
View PDFs in Google Search Results Without HTML Conversion

Piyada’s World
Gmail coming back as invitation only service?

Plato on-line
Jackson Death and Media War

Rarst.net
Vote for my WordPress story!

Snakebytez
Privacy and Registry Cleaner

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Spammers Go Short – Cut Link Lengths

Tech-for Everyone
Tech Paul’s One Piece of Advice

Technize.com
Which Version Of DotNet Framework Is Installed On Your System?

Techsense
How data can be stored in bacteria ?

Teck~Line
“Light Box Hack” For Wp.com

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The Internet’s Largest Tech Blogroll (?)

When I entered the world of blogging I soon learned that getting your blog name (link) posted on another person’s “blog roll” is an honor and nice gesture. A blogroll is a list of recommended blogs (sites) usually posted on the sidebar of a blog. In my case, here at “What’s On My PC…” , the blogroll is located on the right side of the blog.

Above the blogroll you will notice, what I call, the “Launch Pad” .  The Launch Pad is a launching point to over 150 tech blogs and sites that I visit on a regular basis.  I figured this was an excellent way to share tech sites and make it easy for you to visit those sites.  In a sense it is a blogroll on steroids…

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Since the inception of the Launch Pad I have been on a mission to visit and collect quality tech related blogs (and sites). Today I am adding an additional (37) blogs to the Launch Pad (see below), bringing the Launch Pad total to 182 sites. This could possibly be the largest “Tech Blogroll” out there…

When you visit the Launch Pad you will notice that some blog and site names are larger than others. Those are blogs that have committed to link exchanges with “What’s On My PC…”.  If you would like to commit to a link exchange, please leave a comment below and I will contact you.

New Additions to the “Launch Pad”

Geeky Tips
TechChee
Help Desk Geek
SuperSite for Windows
Bigblackbear’s Weblog
ZePy
Cnet – The Download Blog
TheFreeWindows
Esoft Web ID
Softonic
The JFB Page
Chrome Story
PCMech
e-Techcheck
Mark’s Technology News
Geeks Are Sexy
Turn Around
Technize.com
techdreams
404 Tech Support
Teck-Line
AKS – Feel The Change
Dedicated 2-Viruses
UK Tech Support
Freeware Download List
Smashing Apps
The Abbey Rose
PCWizKid
TechDirt
Technologizer
World of Vampire
Tech and Life
Freeware Elite’s Blog
Cloud Apps
Great Skills
Hokinabru Tech

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#8)

Geek Squeaks'

I can only say WOW!  Another round of great articles, during the past week, from the top tech blogs on the internet… You can be part of this weekly listing by adding “What’s On My PC…” to your blogroll… 

Thank you!


Synchronize Two Folders to have a Backup – TTC Shelbyville

Have You Gone Virtual Yet? – Tech-for Everyone

Convert Any File Online For Free – AKSHAT

YouTube RealTime: FriendFeed-Style Notifications All In Real Time [Do You Have An Invite?] – AllThatsNew

FireFox 3.0.10 Released – Fixes Crash Issues – Bill Mullins Weblog – Tech Thoughts

Good support is always a good thing, even with Malware – The Spyware Biz Blog

How to Remove Virus Shield 2009 – 411-Spyware.com

Google fixes severe Chrome security hole | Webware – CNet – AskBillFirst

The Best Free Antivirus? – Carputers News and Computer Tips

How to Optimize USB Drives – SnakeBytes

Introducing Appnews.net – awesome software updates – Rarst.net

System management akin to DameWare and Hyena: Purgos 3.0.249 – Confessions of a Freeware Junkie

Microsoft Wireless Laser 8000 Mouse Review – Crazy World of G

A simple way to keep you out from internet addiction – Piyadas World

Office 2010 Screenshots Preview What’s to Come – Lifehacker

Free SUPERAntiSpyware Pro Giveaway – Evilfantasy’s Blog

PHORM – Invading Your Privacy – Free PC Security

VDownloader – download and convert YouTube videos – Great Free Software Utilities

AND A BLAST FROM THE PAST

Beware! Telephone Bill Rip-Off…

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“What’s On My PC…” – The Top Ten!

I started my blogging adventure in July of 2008. I did not have any experience with blogging and really had no idea of what I was about to get into. I say that in a positive sense. Right off the bat, 2-two professional bloggers make contact with me.  

 Tech for-Everyone   and   Tech Thoughts
Virtual Handshake

I have always avoided socializing on the net with people I do not know; however, my gut instinct told me, “These guys may be a little crazy, but they are really honest, sincere, and smart people”.  How right my gut instinct was! After making that initial “virtual handshake” they have been my mentors ever since.

I have found blogging to be quite addictive, exercising to the mind, rewarding and unusually interesting. To date, I have 175 posts (written articles) under my belt and it has surprised me what articles have been the most popular. What I think is going to be a hit, never is… Who would ever think that an article about making an “America Online CD” would be a popular article? I’m learning, it is all about helping others…  To share with my readers, here is the TOP 10 most read articles, since the beginning of my adventure in blogging.

What’s On My PC
Top 10 Articles

(clicking on a link will open a separate window)

  1. When Vista will not boot…
  2. Is your system infected with the Downadup Worm, Conficker, or Kido?
  3. Beware! Telephone Bill Rip-Off…
  4. USB Flash Drives.. FAQ (frequently asked questions)!
  5. Should I shut “OFF” my PC or leave it “On”?
  6. Creating an AOL Install CD… (if you must:)
  7. The Underbelly of the Internet – Antivirus 2009 (removal help)…
  8. “WOT” to trust; “WOT” not to trust!
  9. Remote into your Notebook PC “Wirelessly” with UltraVNC…
  10. Uninstalling and Installing AntiVirus Software…

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Blogging with Microsoft Word 2007…

If you have Microsoft Word 2007 installed on your PC and currently are an avid blogger; did you know there is a blogging component built into Microsoft Word 2007 that you can use to post your articles? I’ve been using this component for the past 2 months and found it is a real timesaver; which allows you to author your blog articles offline, as well as save them to your computer. I usually compose the drafts of my articles using Word 2007, and then use the built-in publishing feature to transfer the draft article to WordPress. Once the draft is online, I go into my WordPress online editor to make any final changes or adjustments. prior to actually going live with the post. Word 2007 currently provides support to post to the following blogging services: Windows Live Services, Blogger, Sharepoint, WordPress, and Typepad. There is also instructions provided in the event you are not using one of those services.

If you are interested in using this feature built into Microsoft Word 2007, you can directly preview the instructions, by clicking on any of the graphics below.

 

GET IT HERE - Blogging with Word 2007

 

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