How To Auto Hide Icons On Your Desktop

I am real particular when it comes to the organization of icons (if any) on the desktop of my computers. What I have found over the years from assisting others (especially at home) is that people do not remove the icons on their desktop; thus, disorganization and clutter results. I truly believe, for most folks, it is out of fear of not knowing what is OK to delete and what is not OK to delete. Typically, most icons are shortcuts and are safe to delete; however, there are those occasions where you may have saved an important file to the desktop (which I would not do); where if you delete it, it will go to the recycle bin (for future permanent removal). Usually in that case, you need to move the file to another folder on your computer (such as your document folder).  If you want to learn what is safe to delete and what is not I encourage you to read this article from Microsoft — CLICK HERE — titled “Add or Remove Icons From Your Desktop…

If you are someone that adamant about not removing the icons from your desktop or you use the desktop as a launching point for the programs that you use on a regular basis, I encourage you to look at the small utility called AutoHideDesktopIcons.

AutoHideDesktopIcons

This utility, after a period of time it will auto-hide the icons on your desktop so that you have full view of your wallpaper. If you want the icons to show, all you have to do is left mouse click on the desktop and icons will reappear. I typically use AutoHideDesktopIcons on my notebook computer to make launching of my programs easier when using the touchpad. Another feature in the program is that you can set the program to auto-hide the taskbar with the exception of the start button…

AutoHideDesktopIcons is a Windows based program that works on all Windows OS platforms from Windows 98 to Windows 10.

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TECH DEAL – I Believe I Got A Good Deal On This ASUS Desktop Computer

After nearly 8 years I decided it was time to changeout my HP computer… After a great deal of research and shopping around I ended up settling for the ASUS M51BC-US018S Desktop (3.3 GHz AMD FX-8300 Processor, 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, Windows 8.1) at Amazon. Pricing on this computer at the time and date of this posting was listed as $519.00 with a $60 ASUS rebate = $459.00…

ASUS makes a really nice computer and this box is no exception. I am very pleased with not only the build; but also with the performance. What sold me on this PC is the AMD -FX8300 processor which is rated equivalent to an Intel i7 processor; that the memory can be upgraded up to 32GBs; and, there is 10 USB Ports (6-USB 2.0 and 4-USB 3.0). There is room for expansion in this PC; however, when I broke open the case to insert my Hauppauge WinTV card I found that insertion of the card to be tight due to the installed video card consuming a lot of the space. I did manage to get it installed and due to the power of this computer, watching TV on this computer is a much better experience than my older PC with better clarity and video performance.

There was one issue I ran into with the purchase with this computer. Amazon had it posted to indicate that there are two $30 rebates (from ASUS).  After processing the rebates I discovered that ASUS would only honor one rebate and apparently the two posted on Amazon are the same rebate. In the end, all was good…  I contacted Amazon, reported the issue, and they immediately credited me for the additional $30. I checked today when I posted this article and they are still showing the $60 rebate. So, if you want to chance it and buy this computer; you too may be able to take advantage of the $60 return on the purchase.

If interested in this PC, which is a relatively new posting at Amazon, with myself making the first customer review, reflected below is the specs, in much more detail than what is posted at Amazon:

ASUS M51BC-US018S Desktop (3.3 GHz AMD FX-8300 Processor, 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, Windows 8.1)

ASUS M51BC-US018S Desktop

Product Type: Desktop Computer

Cache: 8 MB

Processor Core: Octa-core (8 Core)

Green Compliant: Yes

Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS

Memory Card Reader: Yes

64-bit Processing: Yes

Processor Manufacturer: AMD

Number of External 5.25″ Bays: 2

Chipset Manufacturer: AMD

Chipset Model: 970

Graphics Controller Manufacturer: AMD

Graphics Controller Model: R5 235X

Number of Total Memory Slots: 4

Optical Drive Type: DVD-Writer

Optical Media Supported: DVD-RAM/±R/±RW

Graphics Memory Capacity: Up to 1 GB

Graphics Memory Technology: DDR3 SDRAM

Hard Drive Interface: Serial ATA/600

Hard Drive RPM: 7200

Keyboard Type: Physical Keyboard

Number of PCI Express x1: Slots2

Number of Processors Supported: 1

Number of Processors Installed: 1

Total Hard Drive Capacity: 1 TB

Ethernet Technology: Gigabit Ethernet

Number of Total Expansion Bays: 4

Number of 3.5″ Bays: 2

Number of Total Expansion Slots: 4

Number of PCI Express x4 Slots: 1

Number of PCI Express x16 Slots:1

Network (RJ-45):Yes

Maximum Power Supply Wattage: 300 W

Audio Line In: Yes

Audio Line Out: Yes

Total Number of USB Ports:10

Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 6

Number of USB 3.0 Ports: 4

Memory Form Factor: DIMM

Memory Card Supported: Secure Digital (SD)

Memory Card Supported: Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC)

Memory Card Supported: CompactFlash (CF)

Memory Card Supported: Microdrive

Memory Card Supported: Memory Stick

Memory Card Supported: Memory Stick PRO

Memory Card Supported: Memory Stick Duo

Memory Card Supported: Memory Stick PRO Duo

Memory Card Supported: MultiMediaCard (MMC)

Memory Card Supported: Reduced Size MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC)

Memory Card Supported: Memory Stick Micro

Memory Card Supported: miniSD

Memory Card Supported: microSD

Processor Model: FX-8300

Memory Standard: DDR3-1600/PC3-12800

Height: 16.1″

Width: 6.8″

Depth: 16.5″

Memory Technology: DDR3 SDRAM

Operating System: Windows 8.1

Product Series: M51BC

Brand Name: Asus

Form Factor: Tower

Keyboard: Yes

Manufacturer: ASUS Computer International

Product Model: M51BC-US018S

Product Name: M51BC-US018S Desktop Computer

Pointing Device: TypeMouse

Processor Speed: 3.30 GHz

Processor Type: FX-Series

Controller Type: Serial ATA/600

Manufacturer Part Number: M51BC-US018S

Maximum Memory: 32 GB

Software Included

Anti-Virus Trial

Adobe Acrobat Reader

MaxxAudio

Microsoft Pack

Office trial

Utility:

ASUS AI-SUITE II

ASUS AI Manager

ASUS My Logo2

ASUS Easy Update

ASUS Q-fan

ASUS Vibe

ASUS AI Charger

ASUS WebStorage

ASUS Music Maker

Standard Memory: 8 GB

Weight (Approximate): 19.80 lb

Graphics Controller Model: R5 235X

Processor Speed: 3.30 GHz

Processor Type: FX-Series

Controller Type: Serial ATA/600

Manufacturer Part Number: M51BC-US018S

Weight (Approximate)19.80 lb

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How To Skip The Windows 8.1 Start Screen When Logging In

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

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

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

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

Taskbar and Navigation Properties

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


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 8, 2013


Summary Listing of Today’s Geek Squeaks’:

– A small utility that will auto hide your desktop icons
– First impressions of the Google Nexus 5 Smartphone
– One inbox for all your email accounts (Android App)
– Nice selection of cases for the Nexus 5

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

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Auto Hide Desktop Icons

If your Windows desktop is a sea of icons, then you need this little utility called AutoHideDesktopIcons that will automatically hide the icons on your desktop after 5 seconds (or more depending on what you configure it to do). To make the icons visible, simply left mouse click on the desktop. You can also configure the mouse click settings, as well.

Very nice, small and portable app that gives you the ability to actually see and appreciate your desktop wallpaper. To really appreciate this little utility, make sure you place a check in the box next to “Start With Windows”.

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Google Nexus 5: First Impressions and Photos

@ Paul Thurrott’s Super Site For Windows

I am a proud owner of one of the Nexus 5 smartphone’s by Google. So far, I am loving it. I can see why the younger generation is walking away from desktop computers. Mix Google, Android and the Nexus 5 together and you have your computer in your pocket.

To give an idea of my first impressions, I found an article by Paul Thurrott that parallels my thoughts exactly…

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First, and perhaps most important, this is a pretty special device. At just $350 for the 16 GB version and $400 for the 32 GB version, the Google Nexus 5 is an affordable and attractive device. It’s not a “hero” phone like the Galaxy S4, HTC One X, iPhone 5S or Lumia 1020. But it’s also not a bargain basement burner. This is a solid and well-made smart phone handset… READ MORE


An Android Email App With Fast Magical Search

I currently have a Gmail, an Outlook (Hotmail) and a couple of Yahoo email accounts that serve me well for various purposes. To pull down the mail from these accounts, into one inbox, on my Android devices, I use an app called Cloud Magic – Mail App. The strength in Cloud Magic lies in its’ ability to rapidly perform searches, but the part I really like is that it is very user friendly and it looks really nice.

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* Lightning fast, powerful email search – Search across all your mailboxes in one go, all the way back to your first email. Use the smart search suggestions to quickly get to the email you need.

* Works for all types of email  – Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook.com, iCloud, Google Apps, Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Mail.com, GMX, AOL and other IMAP accounts.

* Unified Inbox – One inbox for all your email accounts.

GET IT HERE AT THE GOOGLE PLAY STORE


Cases For Your Nexus 5

After getting my Nexus 5, one of the first things I did was go on the hunt for a case to protect my investment. It is still early in the game, since the Nexus 5 was just released, but there are some manufacturer’s who are ahead in the game with some really nice cases.

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 13, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: If you are familiar with GlarySoft utilities you will be interested in knowing that they have started a new service called GlarySoft Giveaway featuring commercial grade software given away (for FREE) everyday. You only have a certain amount of time to take advantage of the daily offerings (see below);

Squeak #2: Did you ever get a large PDF file that was many pages and you wished you could extract only a few pages from the file? If so, take a look at PDF Splitter and Merger for FREE (see below);

Squeak #3: I bet you are familiar with the yellow and black “DUMMIES” books that are out there on just about any topic. One of my first Dummies book was “DOS for Dummies”. Create your own Dummies book cover using the online generator that is featured below; AND,

Squeak #4: You are in the market for a computer, which do you choose; Laptop or Desktop??? (see below)…

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

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GlarySoft Giveaway

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What’s GlarySoft Giveaway?

Basically, giveaway is for users to freely download for-purchase software. The giveaway software has no free technical support, no free upgrades to future versions and strictly non-commercial usage. It is a great way to get FREE commercial software and a great way for developers to promote their software… CHECK IT OUT HERE

Also, if you click on the DOWNLOADS TAB at the top of the blog, you can see what is given away on a daily basis…


PDF Splitter and Merger Free

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A powerful and easy-to-use PDF utility that is designed to to split and merge PDF documents. It is able to split large PDF document into separate documents within seconds by page range or page numbers. And it is able to merge an unlimited number of PDF documents into one PDF file… GET IT HERE


The Official “FOR DUMMIES” Cover Generator

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Customize your own For Dummies book cover and share them with your friends… CREATE YOUR OWN DUMMIES COVER HERE


Laptop vs. Desktop: Which is Right for You?

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When you’re in the market for a new computer, one of your biggest decisions will be deciding between a laptop and a desktop. In a laptop vs. desktop comparison, it’s important to decide which features and benefits are consistent with your needs. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each, and you’ll be that much closer to finalizing your decision… READ MORE


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Two Options to Boot Windows 8 To The Desktop

Typically when you boot Windows 8 you will land either on the Lock (or Login) Screen or the Start Screen; depending on how you have Windows 8 configured. To get to the desktop, you have to click on the Desktop tile on the Windows 8 Start Screen. This change has really thrown a lot of folks off of their game.

Windows 8

There are couple of ways to fix this so that you will land on your desktop, instead of landing on the Start Screen. One option is to download (and buy) Start8 by Stardock. The advantages of this option is that there is a configuration setting in Start8 that will allow you to boot to the desktop; PLUS, Start8 creates a Start Menu (which is a missing component in Windows 8). So this option is really a win-win option, all the way around. There are many other third party options out there, but I lay my trust in Stardock’s reputation.

The other option that I came across is by WinAero. This option is a more techie type option that requires a little work on your part; however, this option does not require you to install any third party software. It modifies system policy and allows to Explorer to read the registry key which controls Metro behavior. If you think you may be interested in this option, [click here]. WinAero also has some other Windows 8 utilities that you may be interested in, as well.

In summary, I am thinking that Microsoft will eventually get this right by giving us an option to restore the Start menu and by giving us an option to boot to the desktop. Microsoft reminds me of many of the smart (intelligent) people I know. They are smart, but they lack common sense.

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[GEEK SQUEAKS’] – Super HP Monitor, Restore Icons, FREE PC Protection, Awesome Wallpapers, and Questionable Password Strength

HP 2311x 23-Inch LED Monitor
My Main Monitor – Full HD 1920 X 1080 resolution

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Save and restore the positions of icons.

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NEW – Create Virtual Desktop Workspaces with WindowsPager

If you have never experienced using virtual desktop software you do not know what you are missing. It makes the computing experience a whole other dimension that enables you to multi-task like never before.

If you are new to using virtual desktop software, let me try to explain how this works and try to keep your attention long enough that you will give this a try.

You know how when you start your Windows computer and you see the desktop (that shows your icons and wallpaper)? Well, through the use of virtual desktop software you can create more than one instance of the desktop with the ability to toggle between each desktop. It is like having more than one computer screen available to you at a time.

One of my favorite virtual desktop software applications is called Dexpot; however, today I want to show you a NEW virtual desktop software application called WindowsPager that is very, very easy to use and makes for a good start for someone that has never used virtual desktop software before. As a matter of fact, due to the simplicity of WindowsPager, I (myself) use it constantly.

It is very simple to install and use…  Simply download [ CLICK HERE ] and run WindowsPager. You will immediately see at the bottom of your screen (near the Windows Tray) four little window panels or blocks.  Each of those four panels (or blocks) represent a separate desktop (to work from). For example you could click on Desktop 1 and browse the internet, while on Desktop 2 you type a letter, while on Desktop 3 you monitor the weather, etc.  Where I find using WindowsPager advantageous to me is when I am working on a blog post. It enables me to easily toggle from desktop to desktop to perform the functions that I need.

WindowsPager

I’m telling you, this stuff is very cool. WindowsPager is considered a portable app and can be run from your flash drive, if need be. It is Windows 2000/XP/Vista and 7 compatible. I have personally found this application to be very stable.

FEATURES:

  • virtual desktops, workspaces for Windows Vista/7/XP/2000
  • arrange your running applications on different desktops to improve overview
  • integration into the panel
  • several patterns possible
  • 64 bit support
  • move windows between desktops by drag ‘n drop or by using the window menu
  • optional keyboard shortcuts for switching the desktop
  • set a window “sticky”: always visible
  • “Mini-Windows” give an overview from each desktop
  • support for “Flashing-Windows” (notify for new messages in Mirc for example)
  • keep a window above all others by selecting “Keep on top” from the window menu
  • drag `n drop between desktops
  • dual/multi monitor support
  • no administrator rights necessary
  • no installation
  • safe: automatic window restore even on crash by use of two separate processes.


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An Online Desktop Wallpaper Tool

With the advent of the bigger computer monitors and the differences in screen resolutions, it can be a challenge to take a desktop background that you may like and make it fit properly on the screen.

To help resolve that issue there is an online application, called Desktop Wallpaper Tool,  that will automatically adapt an image to your screen resolution.

Desktop Wallpaper Tool

Images are adjusted either by cropping the part of it or by scaling when the resolution of the original image differs from your desktop resolution. You can define the crop region and the screen resolution yourself.

What is neat about this app is that you do not need to install anything.  Simply visit the Desktop Wallpaper Tool site in your web browser and either upload an image, drag and drop an image onto the app, or enter a web URL where the image is located.

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FREE Software to Organize and Cheer Up Your Desktop

The computer desktop, the main graphical user interface that we see when we start our PC’s… The desktop is harbor for icons, windows, toolbars, folders, files, wallpapers and the occasional widget. I have found that many people keep numerous icons on their desktops as a convenient launching point for their favorite programs. Personally I like to keep my desktop completely clean (no icons).

If you are a desktop junkie, currently with 15 or more icons on your desktop, and you want to add some pizazz to your desktop, then take a look at MyCoolDeskTop. As I mentioned, I maintain a clean desktop interface; however, I ran across MyCoolDeskTop, installed it, loaded my desktop up with icons, tested it and found it does work; therefore, I thought let me put it out there for somebody’s use.  My conclusion on this was, use a small icon setting and you should have more than 15 icons on your desktop in order to get the full effect of the shapes.

MyCoolDesktop

What is cool about this FREE application is that it will automatically take your icons and arrange them in many different shapes and styles.  As a matter of fact you can select from 27 different shapes in 5 categories with the ability to save and restore your selected layouts at the click of the mouse.

MyCoolDesktop

My Cool Desktop key features :

  • 27 different shapes grouped in 5 categories
  • save and restore multiple desktop layouts, save and load with 1-click

Full control of your desktop layout :

  • set height and width of selected shape
  • set space between desktop icons
  • move your icons layout anywhere on the screen – includes auto-centering
  • increase/decrease the size of your shape
  • minimization to system tray
  • opening on system Start Up (starts with Windows)

Important: You have to Disable Align to Grid and Auto arrange for Desktop icons in order to let My Cool Desktop control your desktop items position :

For Windows XP users: Right click on Desktop, select Arrange by and uncheck Align to Grid and Auto arrange, if they are checked

For Windows Vista/7 users: Right click on Desktop, select View and uncheck Align to Grid and Auto arrange, if they are checked

System requirements

IMPORTANT: At least 15 icons on desktop required, more than 25 recommended

Windows 2000/ME/XP/Vista or 7 operating systems

400 Mhz processor

64 MB of RAM

5 MB of Disk Space

1024 X 768 or higher resolution

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Learn How to Use the Boss Button In Windows 7

When Windows 7 was in beta development I was following and trying to learn every tip that I possibly could learn; however, there was one tip that I completely forgot about (and I bet you may have to).

If you have Windows 7 as your operating system on your computer, look at the taskbar (typically at the bottom of your screen) and on the far right side you will see a shaded rectangular block. That rectangular block is actually a button, called the Show Desktop button or what I call the Boss Button.

Boss Button

What purpose does the Show Desktop button (or Boss Button) serve?

If you have a multitude of Windows open and you want to quickly minimize all of those windows to get to and see the desktop, simply click on the Show Desktop button. If you desire to return to where you were working and open the windows back up, simply click the Show Desktop button again.

Why do I call it the Boss button?

An example: If you are at work and playing solitaire (or whatever other thing you are not suppose to be doing on the computer) and the Boss is coming toward your office, simply click the Show Desktop button (or Boss button) and whatever you have on your screen will instantly disappear and minimize to the taskbar. When the boss leaves, click the Boss button again and continue playing solitaire.

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Over 31,100 Icons for Windows, Mac and Linux

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

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

How good are these icons?  Here is an example:

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#46)

Geek Squeaks’ are links to articles, that are presented weekly, here on the blog to give recognition to the author’s who are members of the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  The articles you see were randomly selected and were recently created within the past (7)-seven days.  I encourage you support these blogs (and sites) by becoming a regular visitor.

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Big Geek Daddy
Resize Pictures for Email with a Free Image Resizer

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Free PC Security
PC Tools Firewall Plus V6 – Free

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Simple Passwords Remain Popular, Despite Risk of Hacking – NYTimes.com

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Another Way To Install A Program On A Netbook

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Native tool to install Windows 7 from flash drive

Lifehacker
Know How Likely You Are to Get Audited

Crazy World of G
Media Monkey

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Free Data Recovery from HDD, USB Flash Drive, Memory Card – DiskDigger

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Scan and Fix Windows XP/Vista Problem Online

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Spliter Cell: Conviction delayed again from February to April 2010

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How to Remove AntiMalware Defender

Teck~Line Lounge
Screenpresso Free Alternative For Snagit (Windows)

Plato On-Line
Beware of Browser Fingerprinting

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System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7
for x64-based  Systems (KB947821)

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Computer Infection? – Search Engine Links Might Be The Culprit

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Recover/Restore deleted files or delete files forever with FileWing

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Control Two Computers with One Mouse and Keyboard

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Google Social Search – Watch Video

I Love Free Software
6 Best Free Password Managers

Worthy Tips
Philips DC315/37 – A Portable iPhone/iPod Speaker
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Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Grundig GUFSDTR500HD Freesat DTR review

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Performance Check: How 200 New Programs Slow Down Your PC

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Top 5 Best Desktop Computers

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Increase the area of your monitor screen by up to 20 times…

You are probably wondering, how is it possible to increase your monitor screen by up to 20 times.  It is possible with Dexpot…

Dexpot

Dexpot is a virtual desktop manager that can be configured to create up to 20 different virtual desktops. The advantage of this concept is that you can work more efficiently with simultaneously opened Windows on different desktops. I could not imagine using 20 separates desktops, but I recently started using Dexpot to manage up to 4 desktops on my PC.

Dexpot

The functionality of this app is amazing. Not only can you create independent desktops, you can configure each of those desktops to have their own independent wallpaper background, screensaver, icons, screen resolution, etc.  You can copy windows from one desktop to another and you can switch desktops via hotkeys, the tray icon, the special “Desktop Manager” or by using an automatic slideshow that automatically goes from one desktop to the other.  You can also select the “Desktop Preview” feature that will tile all of your desktops on your screen to give you an overall view of what’s happening on each desktop.  Another notable feature is the “Windows Catalogue” feature which when selected will tile the windows you have open on the desktop.

If you are a serious multi-tasker or a fan of virtual desktop managers, you surely do not want to pass this one up. Dexpot is FREE for non-commercial use, is available as a portable app, and will run on just about any Windows based platform ( Windows 95/98/ME and NT4/2000/XP/2003/Vista – incl. x64).

You can read more about Dexpot and download it from [ HERE ] .

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Double Desktop – Like having 2-two monitors in one…

The Windows operating system, with the proper hardware configuration, provides the ability to connect more than two displays (monitors) to a single PC. Many of today’s users have taken advantage of the multi-monitor feature to increase their desktop real estate. As a result, the user is able to perform multiple tasks and functions.  For example, you could be checking your email on one screen (or desktop) and composing a letter on the second screen (or desktop).  Multi-Monitor configurations also gives the user the ability to drag items from one desktop to the other.

If you do not have a multi-monitor setup, there are other software options available that allows users to toggle between multiple virtual desktops.  I have tried many of these options and have found them to be quite cumbersome, memory extensive, and difficult to understand for the everyday user.

DoubleDesktop

Recently, I ventured across an awesome virtual desktop utility that I had not yet experienced, called Double Desktop. Double Desktop is a software utility that will double your desktop (dual desktops) and give you that multi-monitor feeling (on one monitor).  I have found this utility to be very useful.  After you install Double Desktop, a red arrow (or triangle) will be displayed in the tray area (see below).

DoubleDesktop_Icon

By clicking on the “red triangle” you can toggle between your 2-two desktops. You can also right mouse click on the “red triangle” and select options to setup “hotkeys” to toggle between your 2-two desktops. For example I selected the “Ctrl” key and the “Down Arrow” key to toggle between my desktops. I have been testing this utility and have been very excited about it.  It is one of those utilities that probably should have been a standard Windows feature.  According to the web site, DoubleDesktop will run on Windows 9X and later. For purposes of this article, I tested DoubleDesktop using Windows Vista Home Premium. You can download and read more about  “Double Desktop” by clicking on any of the links below.

Excerpts from the website:

DoubleDesktop is a smart and elegant system tray utility that effectively doubles the width of your Windows desktop. It’s simpler to use than many similar programs: just mouse-click on its icon or hit a keystroke combination to switch between “left” and “right” parts of the desktop. This lets you easily rearrange all your application windows between the two desktop parts.

To move a window from the one virtual screen to another, just drag the window beyond the right or left screen boundaries. Then, switch the desktop and pull the window the rest of the way through. You can choose different wallpaper and desktop icons’ title colors for both screens.

Exiting DoubleDesktop returns your main desktop back to its normal state, with all programs intact.

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G.ho.st (“Ghost”) – Your online virtual computer…

When we first sit down at our computer the first thing we see is our desktop which serves as the visual gateway and the initial launching point for files, programs, settings, menus, icons, etc… We have become accustomed to seeing a certain desktop model  that consists of a start menu, a task bar, a wallpaper background, icons, etc. This model is consistent across the various operating system platforms; from Windows, to Mac, to the many flavors of Linux. Take us away from that desktop model and our comfort level suddenly drops.

Currently there are numerous online services being introduced (called cloud apps) that allow you to access those services through your browser (such as Internet Explorer, Opera, Firefox & Chrome). There are even web-based operating system environments being introduced that attempt to replicate the desktop model. How would you like to go to any computer that is connected to the internet and be able to log into your own personal desktop; a desktop that looks familiar and allows you to do virtually the same functions you are now performing on your computer’s desktop at home? It is possible with these types of web based operating systems.

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Today, I came across a service called “Global Hosted Operating System” or “Ghost” (actually G.ho.st) that is the closest resemblance to the desktop model that I have experienced to date. If you are on broadband (high-speed G.ho.stinternet), you have to at least try the “Ghost” virtual computer.  It will not harm your computer in anyway and it is absolutely free. The first thing to make clear is that Ghost is currently in the “alpha” stage of “public” testing. It is stable and usable, but it is not yet fully complete.  During “alpha testing”, you can expect some bugs, but they will not bite. You can test Ghost by visiting the web site [ click here ] and clicking on the “Guest Account”. Once you have accessed the “Guest Account and have loaded the Ghost desktop, go full screen…  Don’t be surprised that you feel as if you are on another computer…  If you find Ghost to be something you may be interested in following you can setup an account to create your own personalized desktop in the clouds.  You are initally provided with a 5 GB account (for file storage) and an additional 3 GB account for the email account.  Additional space can be acquired by referring your friends to Ghost.

What is Ghost?

G.ho.st® provides every person in the world with a free Virtual Computer (VC). Like a Windows PC, or Mac, the VC is a personal computing environment which includes your desktop, your personal settings, your files and your choice of software applications. But unlike a PC, your VC is not installed on one physical computer – instead it is stored in professional data centers across the Internet cloud, and is accessed from any Internet browser in the world. From any computer, open the browser to G.ho.st , enter your username and password, and continue using your VC from exactly the state you last left it in.

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G.ho.st

What are the advantages of G.ho.st?

Available from any browser in the world instead of being installed on one physical machine.

The operating system, many apps, and the first 5GB of data storage and 3GB of email storage are absolutely free.

Software (namely Web-based software) can be run without installation.

The computer is always up-to-date, secure and backed up with no action or cost on your part.

The G.ho.st® VC manages all your Web logins and all your web ‘stuff’ (e.g. files on different web services).

Because it is online, the G.ho.st® VC provides new possibilities for fun and collaboration, beyond what is available on a PC.

Examples of how to use G.ho.st

You can use the G.ho.st® file upload/download facility to permanently move your files (documents, music, photos, etc.) to G.ho.st®. You can use G.ho.st® Mail as your e-mail service and use the POP aggregation to receive e-mails from your other e-mail services (as well as your new @G.ho.st email). You can also use G.ho.st® My Items to manage your Web stuff (links to Flickr photos, Google Docs, YouTube videos, etc.) and use the G.ho.st® Browser to make sure that your bookmarks and cookies are available everywhere.

Key Features

  • Access your desktop, files, apps and settings from any Internet browser
  • Desktop and apps run without the need for installation or updating
  • Customize your desktop and choose from 20+ available languages
  • G.ho.st® has chosen the very best available storage service for your precious data – Amazon Web Services
  • 5GB professionally hosted and backed-up disk space
  • Many file types can be viewed or edited online with a simple double-click
  • Upload and sync your documents, photos and music easily using the G.ho.st® Upload Download Utility, Sync program or FTP
  • Manage smart shortcuts called Tagged Things to Web resources – webmarks (URLs), files, photos, videos, music, products
  • Single sign-on to other services such as Google Docs using My Logins
  • Manage smart shortcuts called Tagged Things to Web resources – webmarks (URLs), files, photos, videos, music, products
  • Share or publish your files directly from the G.ho.st® Drive
  • Read, write and edit documents, spreadsheets and presentations using G.ho.st® integrations with Zoho, directly from your G.ho.st® Storage
  • Edit Google Docs, sheets and presentations stored at Google from within G.ho.st®
  • Manage your e-mails, calendar and contacts with the Web’s leading collaboratoin suite
  • You will receive a yourGhostID @G.ho.st email and can retrieve other emails as well (using “POP3”)
  • Yes G.ho.st® runs within the browser but also contains a browser of it’s own! Whichever computer you are on, the G.ho.st® Browser will have your history, your webmarks, and your “cookies” so that other sites will recognize you

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