Backup Your Gmail With MailStore Home

Here is a good Windows software option, called MailStore Home, that you can use to download and backup your Gmail. I can also see using this to archive a Gmail account that is getting full.

 

MailStore Home is a free email archiving and email backup software for personal use.

With MailStore Home you can backup all emails in a central archive, even if they are distributed across different computers, programs or mailboxes. You can do this either on your PC or on a USB drive as a “portable” option.

Source: MailStore Home – Free Email Archiving and Backup for Home Users

A TIP To Protect Privacy (When sending email to multiple recipients, use “Bcc”.)

The article reflected below I have posted several times since its’ original posting (back in 2010). What prompted me to dust this off and bring it back out of the archives is that today I received a local government generated email to advise recipients of other government agencies of an impending snowstorm.  What caught my attention was that as this email was sent to a very large body of people.  I was able to see every name and email address to folks I am guessing would not want their email address and name made that public. As this email get’s forwarded, more and more email addresses will be revealed. To protect the privacy of others, it is best practice to use “Bcc” when sending email to multiple recipients.

Bcc = Blind Carbon Copy

Did you know that if you use the Bcc field in your email client to address and send an email or want to send a copy of an email to multiple users, the recipients will not see whom you sent the email to?

Many know this trick; however, I still find that many do not. When using the Bcc field to send your emails, the people receiving the email will not know who the other recipients are. It is not a trick of hidden magic. It is that the addresses of the other recipients are simply not shared.

I often receive forwarded chain emails; usually consisting of jokes, humorous movies, prayer requests, etc… Occasionally I will find one these emails humorous or important enough that I will pass it on; HOWEVER, prior to doing this I perform some housecleaning steps.

I will remove any “FWD” text (usually in the subject line) and will remove any email addresses I find in the body of the email that reflects the email addresses of recipients who have already received the email. After performing these housecleaning steps, I will enter into the the Bcc field, in my email client, the recipient’s email addresses, from my address book, to send (or forward) the email. If the email client requires at least one entry in the “To” field, I simply enter my own email address.

The benefits of using the Bcc field is simply this. You are protecting the privacy of other people. Currently I have approximately (5)-five email accounts that I use for specific purposes, from a variety of email services, with one of those accounts being my primary email account. I am very protective of that primary email account address and do not want it thrown about for the spammers to get hold of or for strangers to see. For example, I have found people’s email addresses in forwarded emails that I know and have not seen for years. They are very surprised when I contact them; and, will often ask, “How did you get my email?”. I explain that I simply pulled it from a forwarded email.

Be courteous to others and learn to use the Bcc field in your email; AND, when possible avoid chain emails all together.

How To Setup The NEW “Undo Send” Option In Gmail

Google recently added an optional setting in Gmail that will allow you to auto delay sending an email, for a period of 5-10-20 or 30 seconds, so that if you have second thoughts (after hitting “send”) you can retract or undo the sending process. This sort of option had been available through the Google Labs, but many people are not familiar with the labs’ options or add-ons; therefore, Google has made this a permanently embedded option in the Gmail settings.

To get to the undo settings, click on the cog wheel on the top right side of your Gmail and click on “Settings”. Under the “General” tab, you will find “Undo Send” (see screenshot below). Click the box next to “Enable Undo Send”; then select the amount of time for the “Send cancellation period”. After you have made your changes, scroll down and click on “Save Changes”.

Gmail - Undo Settings

Also, now that you know how to get into the Gmail settings, go back into the settings you will find a tab that is labelled “Labs”. Some pretty neat add-ons are available there.

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Email – Less Is More

Was reading the USA Today tech article about 8 things you’re still doing wrong with email and there was “one of the eight” that really jumped out at me. That “one” being;  When composing an email “Less Is More” — meaning:

K. I. S. S. — Keep it simple, stupid. Email is not the place to write a novel. With more than 121 emails in a typical inbox a day (source: The Radicati Group), no one wants to read 17 pages of text. Granted, your emails needn’t be as cold and brief as an instant message or text (e.g. “C U @ 10 4 java?”) but be sure what you’re communicating is clear and near the top of the email, as studies have shown our attention span tends to drift as our eyes scan down the page. Friendly is good, but keep your email messages short, simple and concise. — source: USA Today

Oftentimes, especially when emotion is involved, we have a tendency to write lengthy emails. I can tell you from experience, that writing lengthy emails; especially, to the people that manage us at work, will not get you anywhere. If anything, it will have a negative impact.

Also, I have found two concerns, since the inception of email that factors into the equation:

  1. Most people are not good readers… (i.e. cannot accurately interpret or absorb the point being presented due to being too busy; lack good reading skills, short attention span, could care less, etc…)
  2. Most people are not good writers… (cannot accurately provide an interpretation of the point being presented due to poor grammar skills; poor spelling; lack attention to detail, let emotions take over, etc… )

Email is a powerful communicator and can serve as a record of actions, of sorts; however, be very careful of what your intentions are. Once you hit send, retraction of an email is impossible. It is best to keep the content brief and to the point. If you are sending an email, based on your emotions, I highly recommend you wait, really think it out and/or personally meet with or talk to the person.

A trick that has served me well, to make sure my email gets read, is to make the subject line of the email stick out like a sore thumb that is based on what the direct point or content of the email is. For example, instead of a subject line such as “Call Me”; I may insert a subject line “Call Me About the What’s On My PC Contract – ASAP”…

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Quickly Send Yourself An Email Note Or Reminder With The Android App Called mynderMail

There has been occasions where I have used my smartphone (and tablet) to send myself an email to remind myself of something. What I do not like about that, is the number of steps I have to go though to get it done. To eliminate the number of steps, I happened across the Android App called mynderMail that looks to be a very promising app.

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mynderMail is currently in beta; however, so far has been working great (for me) and I am finding myself using it quite often. To use mynderMail, simply open the App, type your message and send it. The first line that you type in the app becomes the subject line. Very simple app that will save you a few steps and serves a good purpose. I will be following mynderMail as it develops and eventually comes out of beta.

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HOT TECH NEWS – Google Gearing Up To Handle All Your Email Accounts With Gmail

This is something I know will excite many people. Google is gearing up to handle all of your email accounts with Gmail (for Android). From what I am reading you will be able to setup Gmail (when the new version is released) to pull in mail from other external accounts you may have (such as Outlook and Yahoo).

New Gmail

…the new Gmail will be able to handle email accounts from other providers like Yahoo or Outlook, switching between them with either a simple swipe or by touching the account drop down. Here’s the new onboarding video Gmail will show for returning users upgrading to the new version. Source: Android Police

A TTS (Text To Speech) Program With Functionality Of ASR (Automatic Speed Recognition Integrated)

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] A TTS (Text To Speech) Program With Functionality Of ASR (Automatic Speed Recognition Integrated) – One of my hobbies in life is this blog. To assist me with getting a good read on what I publish, I use a TTS (Text To Speech) program that allows me to hear my written words. Typically when we write it is all visual; however, when something is read back to you it changes the whole perspective of things.

The program that I use for this purpose is a FREE (portable app) standalone program called DSpeech.

DSpeech gives you the ability to copy and paste text into the DSpeech reader and have it read back to you using different voices. You can also save the audio output to a variety of different audio file formats (such as WAV, .MP3, AAC, WMA or OGG).

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DSpeech is a TTS (Text To Speech) program with functionality of ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) integrated. It is able to to read aloud the written text and choose the sentences to be pronounced based upon the vocal answers of the user. It is specifically designed to quickly and directly provide the functions and improved practical usefulness that are requested by this kind of program. In the meantime, the invasiveness and resource consumption is minimal.

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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

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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.

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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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A Must Have Cleaner App For Android Users

404 Tech Support, a member of the What’s On My PC blogroll, posted an article CCleaner-like app for Android that caught my attention; BUT, the real attention grabber in the article was one of the apps he recommended, called Clean Master.

I downloaded Clean Master and installed it on my Android smartphone (Sony Xperia X10) and installed it on my Android Tablet (Toshiba Thrive). Clean Master is an approximately 1.8 mb install that is worth its’ weight in gold.

Clean Master

After using Android for quite some time now and after installing (and uninstalling) numerous apps, I often wondered just how much data pollution was occurring on these devices. The term data pollution is a term I made up to describe leftover files and hidden files that you, the user, is totally unaware of.  These files on an Android device can include history files, cache files, residual files and the app packages (.apk files) that Android uses to install apps.

What I soon discovered, after installing and running Clean Master, is that the accumulation of these files can easily run into hundreds of megabytes. On my phone, which is an older powerhouse Android phone (Sony Xperia X10), space is precious to me.  After running Clean Master, I regained 35 MB’s of space. On my tablet (Toshiba Thrive), which I call my Android workhorse, I was able to reclaim nearly a gigabyte of space. I found Clean Master to be safe and did not alter or effect the operation of either of these devices.

404 Tech Support was correct in comparing Clean Master to CCleaner, the popular computer optimization and cleaning tool. This is a must have cleaner app for Android Users…

Key Features

History Eraser
Clean cache Files
Clean unused files
Manage and clean app packages
Remind unused files when app installed
Kill running tasks/release RAM

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Upgrade Your Hotmail To Outlook.com

If you are a Microsoft Office user, I am sure you have heard of Microsoft Outlook.  Well today I learned that Microsoft has launched a preview of their new webmail service called Outlook.com.  As a matter of fact if you have a Hotmail account you can get started using Outlook.com today.

Outlook

If you’re a Hotmail customer and want to upgrade to the Outlook.com preview, just click “Upgrade” in the options menu of Hotmail. Your email address, password, contacts, old email, and rules will remain unchanged, and you can send/receive email from your @hotmail.com or @msn.com or @live.com address. You’ll experience it all in the new Outlook.com preview user interface. You can also add an @Outlook.com email address to your account if you want.

Outlook.com integrates with your other Microsoft services, such as contacts, calendar and the SkyDrive cloud storage service. You can also view Microsoft Office documents from Outlook using the cloud based versions of those applications (called Office Web Apps).

To learn more about Outlook.com, go to the Outlook Blog [HERE] .

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GEEK SQUEAK: Why You Should Use Bcc In Your Email

Bcc = Blind Carbon Copy

Did you know that if you use the Bcc field in your email client to address and send an email to multiple users, the recipients will not see whom you sent the email to?

Many know this trick; however, I still find that many do not. When using the Bccfield to send your emails, the people receiving the email will not know who the other recipients are. It is not a trick of hidden magic. It is that the addresses of the other recipients are simply not shared.

I often receive forwarded chain emails; usually consisting of jokes, humorous movies, prayer requests, etc… Occasionally I will find one of these emails humorous or important enough that I will pass it on; HOWEVER, prior to doing this I perform some housecleaning steps.

I will remove any “FWD” text (usually in the subject line) and will remove any email addresses I find in the body of the email that reflects the email addresses of recipients who have already received the email. After performing these housecleaning steps, I will enter into the the Bcc field, in my email client, the recipient’s email addresses, from my address book, to send (or forward) the email. If the email client requires at least one entry in the “To” field, I simply enter my own email address.

The benefits of using the Bcc field is simply this. You are protecting the privacy of other people. Currently I have approximately (5)-five email accounts that I use for specific purposes, from a variety of email services, with one of those accounts being my primary email account. I am very protective of that primary email account address and do not want it thrown about for the spammers to get hold of or for strangers to see. For example, I have found people’s email addresses in forwarded emails that I know and have not seen for years. They are very surprised when I contact them; and, will often ask, “How did you get my email?”. I explain that I simply pulled it from a forwarded email.

Be courteous to others and learn to use the Bcc field in your email; AND, when possible avoid chain emails all together.

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An Advanced Email Client for Android

Recently I posted an article about an Android email client,  called Email Tray, that gives you the ability to manage multiple email accounts using one app. I was very excited to find that there was such an app for the Android based tablet or smartphone that mimicked the application that I have installed on my desktop PC (called PopPeeper).

As I often do, I continued to search for other Android email clients and found another gem of an email client called K-9 Mail; that, as of this writing, has become a mainstay on my tablet pc. There are particularly three things I like about K-9.  One, I can quickly pull down mail from all of my email accounts; two, it is open source; AND three, its’ simplicity.

K-9 Mail

K-9is the best email client for Android. It’s incredibly powerful and 100% free

K-9 Mailis an open-source e-mail client with search, IMAP push email, multi-folder sync, flagging, filing, signatures, bcc-self, PGP, mail on SD & more!

K-9 supports IMAP, POP3 and Exchange 2003/2007 (with WebDAV).

K-9 is a community developed project. If you’re interested in helping to make the best email client on Android even better, please join us! You can find our bugtracker, source code, mailing list and wiki at http://k9mail.googlecode.com.

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Unify All of Your Email Accounts With Email Tray

Recently I was looking for an email notifier and client, similar to PopPeeper, that I could install and run on my Tablet PC (Toshiba Thrive). I was pleasantly surprised to come across EmailTray that, not only can be installed on an Android based tablet (or smartphone), but can also be installed on your Windows based PC.

EmailTray

Since I have multiple email accounts through multiple email providers (such as Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo), EmailTray installed on my tablet was just what I was looking for. EmailTray has now made it easy for me to check all of these accounts (from one centralized place) without the need to install additional apps for each account; PLUS, this app has the ability to intelligently prioritize what emails are important and what emails are not.

Features of EmailTray:

MANAGE ALL EMAILS FROM ONE PLACE

EmailTray will help you manage several email accounts at once, including those based on Webmail, POP3 and IMAP.

HAVE YOUR EMAILS RANKED INTELLIGENTLY

EmailTray will analyze your read/respond/delete/forward actions, as well as interconnections between email senders, to rank incoming emails by importance.

BE NOTIFIED ABOUT IMPORTANT MAIL

EmailTray will notify you about new important emails with a pop-up ticker and sound – regardless of whether you have a browser or other email client opened.

  • Easy management from one mail hub
  • Smart email ranking by importance
  • Notification for important (only!) mail
  • Contacts’ details (Facebook, LinkedIn)
  • Good mail recovery from spam
  • Instant message search

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Manage Multiple Email Accounts with POP Peeper

Occasionally you will see here at What’s On My PC, repeat reviews on top quality software that is graciously made available for FREE and software that I feel is a must have. Today I am doing a repeat review on one of my favorite software programs called POP Peeper.

POP Peeper

In today’s world of computing, compared to yesteryear, it is not uncommon to have more than one email account. As a result, managing and organizing multiple accounts can get out of hand real quick. A solution to bring it all together is POP Peeper.

POP Peeper is an email notifier that runs in your Windows task bar and alerts you when you have new email on your POP3, IMAP (with IDLE support), Hotmail\MSN\LiveMail, Yahoo, GMail, MyWay, Excite, iWon, RediffMail, Juno and NetZero accounts. IMAP supports allows you to access AOL, AIM, Fastmail and other services. Send mail directly from POP Peeper and use the address book to email your frequently used contacts. POP Peeper allows you to view messages using HTML or you can choose to safely view all messages in rich or plain text. Several options are available that will decrease or eliminate the risks of reading your email (viruses, javascript, webbugs, etc). POP Peeper can be run from a portable device and can be password protected. Many notification options are availble to indicate when new mail has arrived, such as sound alerts (configurable for each account), flashing scroll lock, skinnable popup notifier, customized screensaver and more.

I cannot say enough good things about this program. It does it all when you are trying to keep track of multiple email accounts. In example, I currently manage five different email accounts with each account serving a specific purpose. With POP Peeper I can pull down any incoming email from those accounts in one window. The cool part about this is, once setup, I can color code each account. This allows me to easily identify each email account (by color) and allows me to pick and choose (manage and organize) what email is important, etc… The real power with POP Peeper is the email notification feature that will automatically check your accounts (at preset time intervals) and let you know (by visual or audible cues) of any incoming email.

POP Peeper

Primary Features

Easy Setup – accounts are imported from your existing email client(s)

Supports POP3, IMAP (including GMail, AOL, AIM, FastMail, etc), SMTP, GMail, Hotmail\MSN\LiveMail, Yahoo, MyWay, Excite, iWon, RediffMail, Juno, NetZero

IDLE is supported for IMAP accounts which allows instant notification when new mail arrives in your inbox

Support for RSS feeds is available with purchase of the Premium Add-on Pack

Read, delete, print and reply to Email without opening your email client

Send email directly from POP Peeper

SSL support for POP3, IMAP and SMTP

Read email in HTML, Rich or Plain text

Password protection

Address book

Options to protect you from messages that contain viruses and web bugs

Send, save and open file attachments

Run POP Peeper on your portable storage device

No account limit — notifies you of an unlimited number of accounts

Many ways to receive new mail notification: skinnable desktop alerts, audio, flashing scroll lock LED and more

Specify how often all accounts are checked for new mail or set individual intervals for each account

Extensive help with useful tips and information

Email Notification Options

Sound notifications: single sound for any new mail, or a customized sound for each account

Tray icon notification that display the color and number of new messages for each account

Flashing scroll lock LED

Windows popup indicating which account(s) received new email

BalloonTip displays the subject and sender of the last email message received

Automatically open POP Peeper or launch your email client when new email is received

Skinnable popup (optional download)

ScreenSaver (optional download)

Chime can repeat a sound until acknowledged and\or launch another program when new mail arrives (optional download)

Snarl notification system plugin (optional download)

Voice Notification announces the subject and sender of your new messages (premium download)

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An Example of One of the Worst Email Internet Petitions

Today I received an email petition, titled Fwd: Social Security Changes that indicated even though you dislike Obama, the Senate voted this week to allow ‘illegal’ aliens access to Social Security benefits.  The email went on further to reflect “If you don’t forward the petition and just stop it, we will lose all these names. At the bottom of this email was listed literally thousands of peoples’ names, thinking it was real and had forwarded on.

It is not real and is an example of how the internet is being used as a propaganda tool to fill people’s minds with untruths and at the same time harvest your personal information. You can read more about this at Snopes.

Email Hoax

Last year I posted an article “Stop Chain Email” and from that article I would like to revisit some advice about these types of emails:

Delete forward emails, such as indicated, on the spot! I have yet to truly find one that really is of any benefit. Do not become part of the lie. Email chains spread panic,  insecurity, misinformation, and hate. Email chains are bandwidth hogs that lessen the effectiveness of email as a communication medium. As a matter of fact, we are destroying the credibility and security of our email systems because we are creating an environment of propaganda where we do not know what is true and what is not true.  I can tell you this much, if you rely on forward emails as your information source,  especially those with a political agenda, then you are truly lessening your credibility as a person in the know.

Keep in mind every time you forward that email, your email address is added to the other hundreds (and thousands) of email addresses that  have already been harvested.  In essence you are giving away information about yourself that could circulate worldwide and come back to haunt you. Chain emails feed on a persons psychic to the point that you, in good conscience, feel you need to forward it on!  Again, do not forward these emails and simply delete them.

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Restoring Your Contacts List or Address Book In Gmail

Google’s Gmail has been a very popular online (web) email client for years; and, rightfully so. It continues to improve and offer features that you would typically find in email software that you would install on your PC. As a matter of fact, I no longer use email client software on my PC at all and have come to rely on my Gmail account for my email communications.

When it comes to email software, the most important component that people fail to backup is their contacts list (or address book). The contacts list is a cumulative database of peoples names, email addresses, phone numbers, work and home addresses, etc… that continues to grow and ends up becoming a vital component to your email communications. Lose your contacts list (or address book) and I will guarantee that you will not be a happy camper. I can personally attest from experience, using email software, there are no easy ways to backup your contacts list (or address book); OR least a method that is easily understood to the everyday computer user.

One feature that I really like about Gmail is the built in backup versioning feature of the contacts list. Gmail actually does the backup of your contacts list for you in the event you make a change and you need to undo the change. As a matter of fact you can go back in time up to 30 days to do a restore from a previous version of the contacts list.

Restore Contacts

You can restore your contacts from a earlier saved version in instances such as; when accidental deletion occurs, a sync failed, an import failed or a merge failed.

You will not find any email client software that I know of that will give you this bailout in the event you lose your contacts.

To restore your contacts to a previous version, just follow these steps:

  1. Click Contacts.
  2. From the More actions drop-down menu, choose Restore contacts.
  3. Choose the time you’d like to revert your contacts list to (e.g. 10 minutes ago, one hour ago, one week ago, etc). We suggest that you also make a note of the time that you restore your contacts, in case you’d like to return to where you started.
  4. Click Restore. You’ll see a confirmation at the top of the screen when the rollback is complete.

To undo a restoration:

When the operation completes, a notification bar will appear that gives you the opportunity to immediately undo the restore. This notification bar will disappear if you leave Contacts or make edits to your contacts.

If the notification bar is no longer there, you can always re-run the Restore Contacts tool to take you back to where you started. Just set the tool to take you to the time just before you started the whole process.

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A FREE Personal Information Manager Solution

I recently had someone ask me; “Are there any software packages out there (for FREE) that I can use to manage events in my life (such as a calendar, task manager, notebook, reminders, etc…)? I was quick to the draw to the answer and immediately blurted out EPIM – Essential Personal Information Manager. I know there are many online options available today to help manage our life; however, there is just something about putting personal (and private) information about myself out there (online) that just does not sit well with me.

Folks, if you are looking for a software download, for FREE, that will help you manage calendar events in your life, help you manage tasks, help you keep notes, and help you keep contact information (addresses); I highly endorse EPIM. There is even an email client built into EPIM, which to be honest, I turned off and do not use.

I have been using EPIM for years and the most impressive feature that I love about this software is the powerful search feature that is built in. The amount of personal information (such as addresses, notes, tasks, events) that I have accumulated since I started using EPIM is quite a bit; however, I can bring up an information in EPIM’s database very, very quickly. As I type in the search box, the information starts to magically appear. Another draw to me about EPIM is the notekeeping component that allows you to keep unlimited notes in a tree-like multi-level structure.

EPIM is available as a full install on your PC or available as a portable application. It is impressive that such quality software is packaged into a file size of less than 10 MBs. I currently use the portable version of EPIM on my flash drive and would be absolutely lost without it. Oh, I forgot to mention, you can password protect access to your information, as well.

Features:

  • Excellent usability. Shortcuts that are fun to use and boost your productivity. Easy, intuitive tools arranged right where you need them. Link any item to any other items. Email to Notes, Contacts to Tasks, etc.
  • Security. All data can be password-protected and the database file is encrypted with multiple encryption algorithms, with the advanced industry standard AES (Rijndael), 128-bit key, and Blowfish 448-bit* key.
  • Versatile import and export capabilities. You can import and export HTML, RTF, CSV, TXT and TreePad. You can perform complete synchronization with Microsoft® Outlook**; and you can import from Outlook Express.
  • Available in many languages: Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, and Ukrainian.
  • System tray icon with a hotkey for starting and configuring the software.
  • Sticky Notes- place any of your Notes onto Desktop and get rid of yellow paper on your desk!*
  • Open-source Firebird database. Advanced users and system administrators get great flexibility in managing databases.

Scheduler (Tasks):

Scheduled Tasks

  • Color-coded, easy-to-read day, week, month, year schedules, with easy set up of recurring tasks or events.
  • Completion date, priority, and category properties for each task.
  • Integrated synchronization with Microsoft Outlook** and import and export with Outlook Express.
  • Full drag-and-drop support for fast rescheduling.
  • Easy printout by days, weeks or months, with saving to HTML.

To Do List (To Do):

To Do List

  • Tree-like, flexible to do structure that holds category, priority, completion status, due date, and even reminders for you.*
  • Fast and powerful search to find your to do list quickly.
  • Easy sorting and categorizing tools.
  • Printing that gives you exactly what you see on your screen. Take your to do list with you as you run out the door.

Outliner (Notes):

Outliner

  • Tools to organize your data the way you want! Flat, table, tree-like multilevel data structure or any combination you want. Multiple tree and leafs* for each note allow a powerful hierarchical storage.
  • No limit on the number of folders and notes. Don’t worry about running out of room.
  • Inserting photos, drawings, any kind of pictures, tables, any nicely formatted text: fonts, subscripts/superscripts, colored text background, multilevel bullets and numbering, Unicode, background images.
  • Quick searching for any note by its subject, date, word or phrase.
  • Powerful printout and save features.
  • Clickable (active) hyperlinks in any document.

Contact Manager (Contacts):

Contract Manager

  • Number of records that outstrip the Outlook Address Book.
  • Flexible set of fields, allowing you to easily add your own.
  • Complete import/export to and Windows Address Book and CSV format.
  • Powerful and fast search and sort features.
  • Adjustable views so you can see your information the way you want.

Email:

Email

  • Full support for POP3 and IMAP accounts.
  • Integration with Conteacts and other modules.
  • Signatures, mail sorting rules,- everything you need to work efficiently.

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Tip: Bcc Protects Private Email Addresses

Bcc = Blind Carbon Copy

Did you know that if you use the Bcc field in your email client to address and send an email to multiple users, the recipients will not see whom you sent the email to?

Many know this trick; however, I still find that many do not. When using the Bcc field to send your emails, the people receiving the email will not know who the other recipients are. It is not a trick of hidden magic. It is that the addresses of the other recipients are simply not shared.

I often receive forwarded chain emails; usually consisting of jokes, humorous movies, prayer requests, etc… Occasionally I will find one these emails humorous or important enough that I will pass it on; HOWEVER, prior to doing this I perform some housecleaning steps.

I will remove any “FWD” text (usually in the subject line) and will remove any email addresses I find in the body of the email that reflects the email addresses of recipients who have already received the email. After performing these housecleaning steps, I will enter into the the Bcc field, in my email client, the recipient’s email addresses, from my address book, to send (or forward) the email. If the email client requires at least one entry in the “To” field, I simply enter my own email address.

The benefits of using the Bcc field is simply this. You are protecting the privacy of other people. Currently I have approximately (5)-five email accounts that I use for specific purposes, from a variety of email services, with one of those accounts being my primary email account. I am very protective of that primary email account address and do not want it thrown about for the spammers to get hold of or for strangers to see. For example, I have found people’s email addresses in forwarded emails that I know and have not seen for years. They are very surprised when I contact them; and, will often ask, “How did you get my email?”. I explain that I simply pulled it from a forwarded email.

Be courteous to others and learn to use the Bcc field in your email; AND, when possible avoid chain emails all together.

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Are You a Faceless Manager Hiding Behind Email?

When managing people it is of the utmost importance that you make an appearance before the people that you are managing, on the main deck of the boat, to prevent the boat from going adrift. It is important to get out there once in awhile and mingle with the backbone of whatever it is you are managing (whether it is an office, a company, a computer network, etc..). I am finding that the days of the Captain going down with his ship are over. In today’s world, it is all about me, and that so called Captain (of today) will let the whole crew sink first.

In today’s age of going paperless, we are also heading toward going faceless. What to do I mean when I say that? Where you work, can you put the Manager’s face with the email? OR Have you not seen the Manager’s face in a long, long time; except for easy stuff like an office party? If either is the case, then your office has went or is going faceless.

Faceless management is becoming the trend. You end doing your job based on email communications and email directives. Is this frustrating?  You bet… It leaves out any opportunity to ask questions “face to face” or to make decisions “face to face”; instead you may email a question back and due to the faceless manager getting so many of these emails, your response back is going to be at best, very wishy washy. The faceless manager is going to tell you that email communications are part of making the office or company more efficient; which is just plain BS.

To me email was intended to provide short bursts of productive information; not lengthy wishy washy directives that become the main level of communication within an organization. Once this practice is accepted, everyone will start doing it, and in the end it will cause inefficiency and low morale. It will absolutely get out of control to the point that you cannot stop it.

I have been on both sides of the fence as being someone that was part of the backbone and someone who eventually had a role in managing the backbone. To become a good manager, no matter what it is you manage, do not hide behind email and become a faceless manager.

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STOP Chain Email

How many of you receive on a daily basis those “forward” emails, such as funnies, hoaxes, jokes, surveys, chain letters, prayer requests, fake virus warnings, surveys, petitions, political attacks, etc. ?

Are we that gullible?  The answer is resoundingly, YES!

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I particularly like the ones where if you forward a prayer request to 10 people your prayers will be answered. I tried that one once and prayed that I would stop receiving chain emails!  That one didn’t work either; I am getting more of them : ) Besides, if your moment of religion is forwarding these types of emails, you better get your butt in Church.

I am going to give you some good advice. Delete forward emails, such as indicated, on the spot! I have yet to truly find one that really is of any benefit. Do not become part of the lie. Email chains spread panic,  insecurity, misinformation, and hate. Email chains are bandwidth hogs that lessen the effectiveness of email as a communication medium. As a matter of fact, we are destroying the credibility and security of our email systems because we are creating an environment of propaganda where we do not know what is true and what is not true.  I can tell you this much, if you rely on forward emails as your information source,  especially those with a political agenda, then you are truly lessening your credibility as a person in the know.

Keep in mind every time you forward that email, your email address is added to the other hundreds (and thousands) of email addresses that  have already been harvested.  In essence you are giving away information about yourself that could circulate worldwide and come back to haunt you. Chain emails feed on a persons psychic to the point that you, in good conscience, feel you need to forward it on!  Again, do not forward these emails and simply delete them.

An example of a chain email that is designed to instill fear:

Subject: Fw: FW: Virus Coming

Hi All,

I just got this message from a friend I thought you need to be aware of … I checked with Norton  Anti-Virus, and they are  gearing up for this  virus! I checked Snopes, and  it is for real. Get this E-mail message sent around to your contacts   ASAP.

PLEASE FORWARD THIS  WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY AND  CONTACTS!

You  should be alert  during the next few days. Do not  open any message with an attachment  entitled  ‘POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK,’regardless of who sent it  to  you. It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD  IMAGE, which ‘burns’ the whole hard disc C of your  computer.

This  virus will be  received from someone who has your  e-mail address in his/her contact  list. This is  the reason why you need to send this e-mail to all   your contacts. It is better to receive this  message 25 times than  to receive the virus and  open it.

If  you receive a mail  called’ POSTCARD,’ even though  sent to you by a friend, do not open it!  Shut down  your computer immediately. This is the worst virus   announced by  CNN.

It  has been classified  by Microsoft as the most  destructive virus ever. This virus was  discovered  by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet  for  this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys  the Zero Sector of the  Hard Disc, where the vital  information is  kept.

COPY  THIS E-MAIL, AND  SEND IT TO YOUR  FRIENDS.

REMEMBER:  IF YOU SEND  IT TO THEM, YOU WILL BENEFIT ALL OF  US

Again, simply stated; “delete forward emails”; HOWEVER, if you feel the need to confirm information you receive in your email,  Google it; OR use Snopes,  Hoaxbusters,  Hoax-Slayer, or ChainLetters.net, to name a few. I usually head to Snopes first…

“There is only one reason these things exist: to harvest the “live” e-mail addresses of *gullible* people”. [Tech Paul – Tech-for Everyone]

“Believe nothing and verify everything!”

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Change the Look of Your Gmail

image If you are a user of Gmail, learn how to change the look of the Gmail interface by using a feature built into Gmail, called “Themes”…

Here is how it works in Ramblin’ Rick’s own words:

1.)  Open up Gmail.

2.)  Top right corner of Gmail, click on “Settings”

3.)  Once you are into the “Settings”, click on “Themes”

4.)  Select (click on) the “Theme” of your choice and the Gmail interface will magically change.

You can even select your own colors under the Themes Settings…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#55)

How do they do it?  Each week I select links to articles from the sites (blogs) that are composed by the authors who are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll. The quality and content is amazing and serves as an excellent learning source for those who have the computer and information technology bug. Please, I encourage you to visit these sites.

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TTC Shelbyville
So You Thought You Knew the Internet and Networking

Plato Press
Facebook Photos: the New Porn

404 Tech Support
Making a High Quality Slideshow with Animoto

Netbook Freeware
Two Best Free Antivirus Programs for your Windows Netbook

Worthy Tips
Sync files between two computers or laptop securely with Fast

I Love Free Software
Windows SteadyState – Manage Your Shared Computers Easily

Canadian Tech Blogger
Battle Of The Search Engines

WP Xpert
How To Report a Spam related Blog On WordPress.com

Mrintech
Access upto 5 Email Accounts with a Single Click!

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Using the LifeCam Cinema with Windows Live

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Performance Check:
How 200 New Programs Slow Down Your PC (Part 3)

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites April 13

AskBillFirst
Adobe Issues Workaround for Security Issue

Tech-for Everyone
“Free”, “Cash Back”, “Rebate”, and Alarm Bells

Rarst.net
Kaspersky GetSystemInfo utility and site

Lifehacker
Google Docs Updates with a Drawing Editor, Real-Time Collaboration, and Speed

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Digital Protection

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Download Digital Defender – Pound Malware Before it Pounds You!

Right On Technology
Twitter acquires Tweetie, now official Twitter app

What’s On My PC
Trusting the IT Guy…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#54)

Welcome to this weeks’ edition of Geek Squeaks’…  Each week, What’s On My PC features articles (posted within the past week) from the blogs that are associated with What’s On My PC blogroll community.  If you really want to learn more about information technology and computers, then you are at the right place.  I encourage you to visit (and bookmark) each of these sites.

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Netbook Freeware NEW
Explore++ : Free, Multi-Tab File Manager
for Windows Netbook

HD Doctor Blog – NEW
Blog about computer repair, computer recovery, computer data backup and so on.

404 Tech Support
Hidden Easter Eggs in Software and The Security Implications

Snakebytez
Send Free SMS Worldwide with FreeSMS 1.4

TTC Shelbyville
Optimize Your Windows 7 or Windows Vista Internet Connection

I Love Free Software
Speccy – Free Software to Get Hardware Info of your System

Worthy Tips
Transform your email into physical mail using MailWriter service

TuneUp Blog About Windows
Windows XP Gets a Facelift! (Part 1) – New Boot Screens

Canadian Tech Blogger
JooJoo And HP Slate Desperately Trying To Out Win Apple iPad

Internet Security Blog
Software to Hide Computer Files & Folders – Freeware

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites April 6

Tech-for Everyone
How To Uninstall Live Messenger

Rarst.net
Prepare to wrestle computer issues unprepared

Lifehacker
CloudApp Instantly Shares Any File, Is My New Favorite Timesaver

AKS-Feel The Change
Facebook Antivirus is FAKE!

Carol’s Vault
Inbox2 – One stream for all your accounts

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Your Protection

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Download Free Microsoft Security Essentials – Kill Malware DEAD!

Right On Technology
iPad Launch Day is here!

Big Geek Daddy
How to Protect Kids Using the Internet

Blogging Fool
WordPress Version 3 To Incorporate Powerful Multi-User Functionality As Beta 1 Is Released

Plato Press
Is the iPad the End Of The Internet?

What’s On My PC
A Digital and Analog Clock Combo…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#53)

It is that time again…  Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly rundown of links to articles posted from the blogs that are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  If you have a desire to keep up with information technology and computers, then I suggest you make these sites part of your daily routine.

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TTC Shelbyville
2000 mw USB Wireless – 2 Watts of Power

Carputer’s News and Computer Tips
100 Free and Useful Portable Apps

I Love Free Software
Penzu – Free Online Personal Diary and Journal

Worthy Tips
BasicTwitter – A desktop client
to manage multiple twitter accounts

Internet Security Blog
Block, Avoid, Identify Paypal, EBay,
Bank Phishing Emails with Iconix

Canadian Tech Blogger
What free email service should I use?

Computer Maintenance
Uninstall Unwanted Programs

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites March 23

AskBillFirst
Do You Really Know Where That Link Is Taking You?

Tech-for Everyone
URGENTLY!!!

Sugarloaf Tech
Uninstall Trend Micro without a password

Rarst.net
TeamViewer – functional remote access tool

Lifehacker
Which Browser Should I Use: Firefox or Chrome?

Crazy World of G
Export This Part 5

thePC Security
Comodo Dragon Review | The Secured Browser on Chromium

AKS-Feel The Change
Linkbait Generator-Generate Catchy Blog Post ideas

Carol’s Vault
My word!!! Please, don’t be rude!

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Security Guard

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Free ThreatFire – Advanced Security Against Malware

Right On Technology
AT&T adding Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus soon

Freeware Pharmacy
Subsonic

Plato Press
Biggest Threat to Endangered Species: the Internet

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live, Stats and Nostalgia

TuneUp Blog About Windows
Building the Perfect Media Center (Part Two)

WP Xpert
Custom Header Workaround For The New WP.com Theme Titan

What’s On My PC
Test Your Internet Connection Speed

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Forward Those Entertaining Emails to forwardOn

image TechPaul from Tech-for Everyone was recently so ever apologetic for forwarding a chain email to me; BUT, he had some very interesting pics he wanted me to see that were floating around the internet via the never-ending email circuit. See, he is alot like myself when it comes to forwarding those crazy (but sometimes entertaining) emails; we, usually are the one’s that drop the ball and break the email chain.  We do have our reasons for that and mostly it is our protective geek nature to be security conscious and do all that we can to prevent any chance of malware from being spread and to help reduce clutter in your inbox. I’m sure our proactive actions really do not have much of an impact at all; but, we do try : )

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As a result of our proactive geek behavior, I recently found a service, called forwardOn where you can forward (and store) those entertaining emails that you cannot live without; so TechPaul at Tech-for Everyone, feel guilty no more.  I will just forward those great emails you send me to forwardOn for all to see.  At forwardOn you can post:

1. Videos (including links to YouTube videos)
2. Pictures
3. Jokes
4. Audio
5. Files (Word docs, Powerpoints, and more)

The “cool factor” to this service is that it works directly from your email.  Once you signup you will be provided with a forwardOn email address where you can forward those emails to your forwardOn account where it will be posted on your own private page where it can be shared with everyone.  For example, below is my public forwardOn page for your viewing pleasure:

http://www.forwardon.com/Ramblinrick

forwardOn eliminates accidental viruses, email hoaxes and scams, wasted bandwidth and storage, clogged inboxes, unformatted content, and much more. The only thing I could not nail down with this service is how much space is given for storage…  It also appears the service offers a reward program, where the quantity and quality of your posts generates points that are redeemable for gifts, etc…

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Pop Peeper – Best Email Notifier Out There

One of my very favorite apps that has been installed on my PC for years, that continues to get better and better, is Pop Peeper…  In my opinion, as a software evaluator and computer geekster, Pop Peeper is the best email notifier out there.

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If you do not know how Pop Peeper works, let me try to give a brief explanation.  Pop Peeper is an application that patiently sits in your task bar tray waiting for mail to arrive in your email accounts so that it can alert you that you have mail.  If you notice, I put an “s” on the word “account”.  This application, once configured (which is easy to do), will monitor all of your email accounts and will alert you when you have mail.

The primary use of an email notifier is to let you know when you have new email. Although email clients can generally do the same thing, notifiers are geared more specifically to this purpose. For example, most email notifiers work better than email clients when you have several email accounts. Although some email notifiers will allow you to send email, most do not allow you to save messages to disk for permanent access. POP Peeper is an example of an email notifier.

You can even check (read) the content of the emails through the Pop Peeper interface and manage those emails (e.g. delete, forward, etc…) without ever having to open the email client itself.  For example, I currently use Pop Peeper to manage (3)-three of my personal email accounts, my email account for the blog, and my wife’s email account.  See below for the account types that are supported by Pop Peeper.

Recently, a new plugin for Pop Peeper was added that is really cool called a “skin notifier”.

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This plugin displays a skinnable popup when new email arrives. The popup can either be acknowledged by the user, or automatically slide in and out.  You can get the plugin [ here ] ; however, you must install Pop Peeper first, configure Pop Peeper to monitor your mail accounts; then, you can install the “skin notifier”.

Pop Peeper; definitely one of my favorites!

Description
POP Peeper is an email notifier that runs in your Windows task bar and alerts you when you have new email on your POP3, IMAP (with IDLE support), Hotmail\MSN\LiveMail, Yahoo, GMail, MyWay, Excite, iWon, Lycos.com, RediffMail, Juno and NetZero accounts. IMAP supports allows you to access AOL, AIM, Netscape and other services. Send mail directly from POP Peeper and use the address book to email your frequently used contacts. POP Peeper allows you to view messages using HTML or you can choose to safely view all messages in rich or plain text. Several options are available that will decrease or eliminate the risks of reading your email (viruses, javascript, webbugs, etc). POP Peeper can be run from a portable device and can be password protected. Many notification options are availble to indicate when new mail has arrived, such as sound alerts (configurable for each account), flashing scroll lock, skinnable popup notifier, customized screensaver and more.

Primary Features

  • Easy Setup – accounts are imported from your existing email client(s)
  • Supports POP3, IMAP (including GMail, AOL, AIM, Netscape, FastMail, mail.com, etc), SMTP, GMail, Hotmail\MSN\LiveMail, Yahoo, MyWay, Excite, iWon, Lycos.com, RediffMail, Juno, NetZero
  • IDLE is supported for IMAP accounts which allows instant notification when new mail arrives in your inbox
  • Support for RSS feeds is available with purchase of the Premium Add-on Pack
  • Read, delete, print and reply to Email without opening your email client
  • Send email directly from POP Peeper
  • SSL support for POP3, IMAP and SMTP
  • HTML email support
  • Password protection
  • Address book
  • Options to protect you from messages that contain viruses and web bugs
  • Send, save and open file attachments
  • Run POP Peeper off your portable storage device
  • No account limit — notifies you of an unlimited number of accounts
  • Many ways to receive new mail notification: skinnable desktop alerts, audio, flashing scroll lock LED and more
  • Specify how often all accounts are checked for new mail or set individual intervals for each account
  • Extensive help with useful tips and information

Email Notification Options

  • Sound notifications: single sound for any new mail, or a customized sound for each account
  • Tray icon notification that display the color and number of new messages for each account
  • Flashing scroll lock LED
  • Windows popup indicating which account(s) received new email
  • BalloonTip displays the subject and sender of the last email message received
  • Automatically open POP Peeper or launch your email client when new email is received
  • Skinnable popup (optional download)
  • ScreenSaver (optional download)
  • Chime can repeat a sound until acknowledged and\or launch another program when new mail arrives (optional download)
  • Snarl notification system plugin (optional download)
  • Voice Notification announces the subject and sender of your new messages (premium download)

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Google Turns On HTTPS Full-Time for Gmail Users

Pretty geeky title, but what does it mean?  If you are a Google Gmail user your email transactions traveling from your web browser to the server are now encrypted fulltime (by default).  In the past the default settings required you to manually turn on https (encryption).  Most people never turned on https, because they did not know the purpose.

The upside to all of this is that it helps protect your data from being snooped by third parties, such as in public wifi hotspots. The downside to https is that the encryption process slows things down a tad and can make your email slower.  If you are one that is in need of speed and trust the security of your network, you can turn https “off” in your Gmail settings. Personally, I’ll live with the millisecond differences and keep https turned “on”.

You can read more about this at The Official Gmail Blog…

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How to tell if your Gmail Account has been compromised…

I recently made a decision to use my Gmail account as my primary email client and have not regretted it.  Gmail is a little different than the email clients you may be used to with terms like conversations, labels, and stars; but, once you learn and get past that there is no going back ( in my opinion).  Oh, and not forgetting to mention, it is fast.

One really neat feature to look for when you log into your Gmail account next time is located at the very bottom of your Gmail pages.  It is called “Last account activity”…  (see below).

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If you click on the “Details” link, you can find information about recent activity in your mail account (see below). Recent activity is a log of sorts that tracks the occasions your account is accessed. This includes any times that your mail account was accessed, using a regular web browser, through a POP client, from a mobile device, etc. A list of IP addresses from which the access was made, as well as the time and date, is also collected and made available.

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Why is this important?

By using this feature you can determine if there are any signs that your account has been compromised.  For example, many users typically sign into their Gmail using a single computer (e.g. your computer at home). In this scenario, your IP address should start with the same two sets of numbers (for example, 168.18.xx.xx).  If you start seeing the first two sets of these numbers greatly varying from your typical IP address numbers, it means one of two things.  One, you recently accessed your mail from a different location or two someone else has accessed your account.

The whole point of this article is to point this feature out to you and to prompt you into using it.  The more you use it, the more you will understand it.  It just may save you from having your account hijacked.  In the event you suspect that your account has been compromised, I suggest you immediately change your Gmail password and security question.

To learn more about Gmail and its’ features, I encourage you to visit Gmail Support and The Official Gmail Blog .

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#37)

If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of information technology and computers, I encourage you to take a moment and visit each of the blogs listed below. The articles and information that these sites provide are phenomenal. It is an absolute honor to have them on the What’s On My PC… blogroll.

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The PC Security
9 Tips for Safe and Secure Online Shopping on Internet Sites

Computer Too Slow
Windows 7 complaints from Netbook Users

Crazy World of G
Scan To PDF

Lifehacker
MyPorts Gives You Detailed Information on Open Ports

Rarst.net
Google Wave Preview – first look

Tech-for Everyone
Open .ppt Slideshows With Free Viewer*

AskBillFirst
The “Noteable” Mousepad

Free PC Security
Revo Uninstaller – Free

Right On Technology
Pirate Bay Tracker Shuts Down

Blogging Fool
WordPress Posts Yet Another Security Update in Advance of 2.9

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Internet Security Tips for Seniors

Evilfantasy’s Blog
What things to do when bored on the Internet?

Plato On-Line
Black Friday Deals Leaked to CNN

The Spyware Biz Blog
A great way to remember secure passwords

Teck~Line Lounge
Amazing Knife Throw- Modern Warfare 2

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Personal Protector

Carol’s Vault
Design your room online with Armstrong

AKS-Feel The Change
Flash Drive Reminder-Unplug USB Flash Drive From PC

Tune Up Blog
32-bit vs. 64-bit: More Bit, More Performance?

Canadian Tech News Blog
5 Ways In Which Firefox Is Better Than Internet Explorer

Freeware Elite
Backup your Facebook account with ArchiveFB

Mrintech
View Previously Featured Bing Wallpapers & Download Them!

Worthy Tips
Switch Off Your Monitor Using Single Mouse Click in Windows 7

Technize
Handy Backup – Automatic Data Backup, Recovery and Synchronization

I Love Free Software
Kompozer: Free Alternative to Adobe Dreamweaver and FrontPage

TTC Shelbyville
Visio – Nope, It is Gliffy!

Carputers News and Computer Tips
Free WiFi for the Holidays

Snakebytez
View lyrics for songs in your iTunes Library with LyricToy

Computer Maintenance
Basic Computer Maintenance Tips/Checklist

Freeware Pharmacy
Songr

What’s On My PC
Break the Email Chain – Stop the Lies!

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Portable Utility to Backup and Archive Your Email

Here of late I have been on a kick with testing backup utilities; and today I came across an interesting application, called MailStore Home, that will allow you to archive (or backup) your email. If you are an email packrat and you are looking for something to archive (or backup) your email to your computer, then this app may be for you.

First off, MailStore Home is FREE and is designed to archive (or backup) email from:

Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft Exchange
AVM Ken! Mailbox
Mozilla Thunderbird
Mozilla SeaMonkey
Windows Mail
Windows Live Mail
Google Mail
IMAP Mailbox
POP3 Mailbox
Email Files

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MailStore Home can either be installed on your PC or you can go with the NEW portable beta version that can be run without installing the app  and can be run directly from your flash drive (or from a folder on your PC). For the sake of testing this app, I went with the portable version and ran it directly from a folder on my PC.

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I am an email packrat in the sense that I use an online webmail account that harvests emails from my numerous other email accounts so that I have a backup. As a matter of fact I have approximately 4 GB’s of email stored in that backup account. The only problem with this strategy is that my emails (and attachments) are stored on the internet and not on my PC. MailStore Home is the solution to this problem and has given me the option of archiving and saving all of my emails to my PC.  As a result, I can clean out my online account and feel more comfortable knowing that my email data is now safe on my PC.

The cool factor with MailStore Home is that when you perform the backup, you have option of leaving the email on the server (on the internet) or you can tell MailStore to delete the email on the server after it has been safely archived (backed up).

MailStore Home will pluck those emails, attachments and all, and save them to your PC in the form of a data file that can be read  and searched by MailStore Home and backed up to other locations (such as an external drive, flash drive, etc…). 

Main features I found that you may be interested in:

Archive all email messages centrally, securely and permanently

No storage limitations

Search your email in a fraction of a second (incl. attachments)

Integrated CD/DVD burning, backup archives with 1 click

Conserve disk space; MailStore Home saves only a single instance of mail and attachments

Preview saved messages directly in MailStore and reopen them in your local mail client (e.g. Microsoft Outlook)

Your email can be exported to a variety of destinations

Messages are stored MIME-compatible, and can be recovered at any time without information loss (e.g. to import them in other applications)

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Protect your email address before sharing it…

Did you know that posting your email as plain text in forums, on Twitter, web pages or on classified sites makes you an easy spam target?  Spammers use automated spam robots that endlessly scour the internet looking for email addresses to harvest. In other words, post your email address where it is visible on a web page, anywhere on the internet, and I will guarantee that you will experience a dramatic increase in spam. If you notice when you leave a comment here on the “What’s On My PC…” blog, I will ask you for your email address (to contact you back); however, your email address is never made visible to the spam robots or others for that matter.

The solution… If you have a need to post your email, you can mask it using this FREE service called scr.im .

scr.im – Converts your email address into a short, cute and safe link you can share on the web, in Twitter, forums, Craigslist, anywhere…

How to use it… Simply visit the scr.im site, enter your email address and click “protect my email”. You will subsequently be assigned a short URL (web address) that you ultimately can use on web pages, forums, twitter, etc.  When a person clicks on your scr.im link they will ultimately be required to go through a short “humanity check” (see below) before the email address is revealed.

scr.im is like having a spam firewall to protect your personal email address.

You will be prompted to enter your email address

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You will be assigned a short URL (that you need to remember)

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Anyone that clicks on or visits your short URL
will be required to complete the humanity check
before your email address is revealed.

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How to backup and filter files using your Gmail account…

The blog “AKS-Feel The Change” recently featured an article [ Link ] about a really neat utility called “Backup To Email”. This utility enables you to backup files to just about any email account, including Gmail. To point out here, Backup To Email is not a full featured backup program designed to backup your whole computer. It is designed to supplement the backup routines that you should already have in place.

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I use Backup To Email, to backup and store project files that I am currently working on or other files that are important to me. For example, while drafting this article, I sent a backup copy to my Gmail account using Backup To Email. This is added insurance that if disaster strikes (computer crashes), my project files are backed up off site. If I think the file(s) I am backing up are sensitive in nature, I will often encrypt the file prior to uploading it to my Gmail account. The program I use for encryption purposes is, Drag’n’Crypt Ultra.

Nearly everyone these days has a Gmail account with approximately 7 GB’s of space. If you want to maximize the usage of that space, here is a neat way to use the Backup to Email program with your Gmail account to filter out (separate) the backup files from your regular email. The reason I lean toward using Gmail is that I can open the majority of my backup files right inside my Gmail (using Google Docs). Utlimately, If you are going to backup a lot of files, you could also setup a separate Gmail account to strictly store files.

To make this all happen, you must have Backup To Email installed and configured to recognize your Gmail account. This may look more difficult than it is, but it really easy to do and in the end your backup files are automatically separated from your regular email that you receive in your inbox.

  • Log into your Gmail account and click on Settings at the top right corner.
  • Click on Labels
  • At the bottom, type in the word “Files” where it says Create a new label
  • Click on Create (the Files label should show up)
  • Next, Click on Filters (at the top)
  • Click on Create a new filter
  • In the From box, type Me
  • In the Subject box type BackupToEmail (all one word)
  • Click on Next Step
  • Put a Check Mark next to Skip the Inbox
  • Put a Check Mark next to Apply the Label and select Files from the drop down box
  • Click on Create Filter and you are done.
  • Test to see if the filter is working by backing up a file using Backup To Email.  If it is not working properly, recheck the filter settings.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#30)

Thirty weeks of Geek Squeaks’ and going strong. I encourage the readers of this blog to visit each of the sites (blogs) that are listed below to learn more about information technology and computers. I am quite sure you will find something that will grab your attention.  Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly listing of random articles that have been posted (within the past 7 days) by the blogs that are on the What’s On My PC… blogroll (located on the right side of the blog).

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Scoroncocolo TechPages
On-Line Backup Strategies

The PC Security
192.168.1.1 Lost Password –
How to Reset / Crack Broadband Router Password

Computer Too Slow
AMD to unleash six-core “Thuban” processors

Crazy World of G
Enjoy The Bubble

Lifehacker
Microsoft Security Essentials Free Antivirus
Leaves Beta [Downloads]

Rarst.net
How to modify images in bulk with IrfanView

Tech-for Everyone
Troubleshooting Thumbdrives*

AskBillFirst
Skipping the Voicemail Greeting on Cell Phones

Free PC Security
IObit Security 360 – Update September 2009

AKS-Feel The Change
Backup your Files/Folder to Email with just one click

Carol’s Vault
Dear Ubisoft, i really hate you!

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove SecureVeteran

Teck~Line
Protect your Passwords with KeePass Password Safe

SpywareBiz
Great info on protecting your personal data

Plato On-Line
Google Hits Back at Microsoft

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Cloud Antivirus coming under fire

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware – The Best Free Security Application?

Right On Technology
Honda Shows New Personal Mobility Device

Mrintech
Register Email as Googlemail.com or Gmail.com

Technize
Turn Off Monitor Without Windows Shutdown

TTC Shelbyville
Cloud Computing – Startforce – Cloudo – Glide OS

Piyada’s World
A simple text-to-speech tool
for Students at Learning Disabilities Services

Snakebytez
CurrPorts : Monitoring Opened TCP/IP
network ports / connections

What’s On My PC…
The World’s Best Selling Book…

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Send Text Messages from your Email to a Mobile Phone for FREE

Recently the blog, AskBillFirst posted an article “Sending a SMS Text Message to a Cell Phone From Your Email” that not only caught my attention, but also fit in well with the article I have posted here on the blog titled “How to use a Blackberry Smartphone with a cheap “Pay As You Go” mobile phone plan…

The information Bill posted was a solution that further keeps the cost down on my Blackberry using that plan. I have to be frugal when using the SMS text messaging feature with my Blackberry, because texting can be quite addictive. I try to be smart in the aspect that there is only a few people I actually use the SMS texting feature with.  With a “pay-as-you-go” plan the secret is to not reveal your cell phone number to everyone, because once your number is out there you will receive calls and text messages (that you really do not want) that ends up costing you. For every text message I send I lose a minute and for every text message I receive, I lose another minute.

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If you are unfamiliar with SMS Text Messaging, let’s stop here for a moment, to give you a good description:

Short Message Service (SMS) is a communication service standardized in the GSM mobile communication system, using standardized communications protocols allowing the interchange of short text messages between mobile telephone devices. SMS text messaging is the most widely used data application on the planet, with 2.4 billion active users, or 74% of all mobile phone subscribers sending and receiving text messages on their phones. [Wikipedia]

What Bill posted on AskBillFirst is a very simple and FREE solution to sending and receiving text messages to/from mobile phones by using your email account. Here’s how it works. To my knowledge, nearly all of the major carriers have what is called SMS Gateways. Visually the gateway, to you, appears as an email address; HOWEVER, you need to know (2)-two things in regards to the person you are texting :

1.)  Their “phone number” and ;

2.)  The “mobile carrier” they use.

The neat thing about this, and I have already tested it with several carriers, is that when you send the text from your email to a mobile phone user, they will receive the text on their phone (as normal); AND, if they reply to the text message, the response they send will come right back to your email account (not your phone). This process has saved me from picking up my phone at home to send (and receive) a text message and saved me from losing my precious minutes on my “pay-as-you-go” plan.

Reflected below is a clip from AskBillFirst that lists the format, for the most common US Carriers, to use from your email account. I encourage the readers here on What’s On My PC… to make Bill’s blog, AskBillFirst, one of your daily stops.  Thank you Bill for this information!

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A “What’s On My PC…” Web Clip!

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If you know the carrier your friend or family member uses, it’s easy to enter their information in the To field of your email, type a subject and then the message. When you click send, it’s delivered to their phone. When they reply,  the reply is returned to your email.

The following is a list of carriers and the format you would use to send the message to someone.

Mobile Carrier – Maximum Characters – Email Address
Virgin Mobile – 125 characters – PhoneNumber@vmobl.com
Beyond GSM – 160 characters – PhoneNumber@txt.att.net
Cingular AT&T – 160 characters – PhoneNumber@txt.att.net
Verizon – 160 characters – PhoneNumber@vtext.com
Boost Mobile – 140 characters – PhoneNumber@myboostmobile.com
Nextel – 140 characters – PhoneNumber@messaging.nextel.com
Sprint – 160 characters – PhoneNumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com
T-Mobile – 140 characters – PhoneNumber@tmomail.net
Alltel – 140 characters – PhoneNumber@message.alltel.com
Qwest – 185 characters – PhoneNumber@qwestmp.com
MetroPCS – 185 characters – PhoneNumber@mymetropcs.com
Cricket – 143 characters – PhoneNumberMMS.mycricket.com

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Break the Email Chain – Stop the Lies!

How many of you receive on a daily basis those “forward” emails, such as funnies, hoaxes, jokes, surveys, chain letters, prayer requests, fake virus warnings, surveys, petitions, political attacks, etc. ?

Are we that gullible?  The answer is resoundingly, YES!

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I particularly like the ones where if you forward a prayer request to 10 people your prayers will be answered. I tried that one once and prayed that I would stop receiving chain emails!  That one didn’t work either; I am getting more of them : ) Besides, if your moment of religion is forwarding these types of emails, you better get your butt in Church.

I am going to give you some good advice. Delete forward emails, such as indicated, on the spot! I have yet to truly find one that really is of any benefit. Do not become part of the lie. Email chains spread panic,  insecurity, misinformation, and hate. Email chains are bandwidth hogs that lessen the effectiveness of email as a communication medium. As a matter of fact, we are destroying the credibility and security of our email systems because we are creating an environment of propaganda where we do not know what is true and what is not true.  I can tell you this much, if you rely on forward emails as your information source,  especially those with a political agenda, then you are truly lessening your credibility as a person in the know.

Keep in mind every time you forward that email, your email address is added to the other hundreds (and thousands) of email addresses that  have already been harvested.  In essence you are giving away information about yourself that could circulate worldwide and come back to haunt you. Chain emails feed on a persons psychic to the point that you, in good conscience, feel you need to forward it on!  Again, do not forward these emails and simply delete them.

My favorites in the email chain are the hoax emails. To give you an illustrative example of a hoax email that spreads panic (and lies); I received an email about how your cell phone can explode and become an instrument of death  when it is used while charging. Hoaxes, such as this, are very convincing; especially when there is horrific photo footage (see the example below).

Again, simply stated; “delete forward emails”; HOWEVER, if you feel the need to confirm information you receive in your email, you can Google it; OR use Snopes, Hoaxbusters, Hoax-Slayer, or ChainLetters.net, to name a few.  I usually head to Snopes first…

“Believe nothing and verify everything!”


An example of a hoax email:

I do this all the time.  I guess I won’t be doing it ANY more!

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A few days ago, a person was recharging his mobile phone at home.
Just at that time a call came in and he answered it with the Instrument still connected to the outlet.

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After a few seconds electricity flowed into the cell phone unrestrained and the young man was thrown to the ground
with a heavy thud. His parents rushed to the room only to find him unconscious, with a weak heartbeat and burnt fingers.

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He was rushed to the nearby hospital,
but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Cell phones are a very useful modern invention.

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However, we must be aware that it can also be an
instrument of death.


Never use the cell phone while it is hooked to the electrical outlet!

“There is only one reason these things exist: to harvest the “live” e-mail addresses of *gullible* people”. [Tech Paul – Tech-for Everyone]

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TrillianAstra – The Ultimate Instant Messenger

These days the avenues of messaging and communicating with each other, on the computer, are many. There is instant messaging; messaging via the social networks; IRC (Internet Relay Chat); and email. What usually occurs is that we end up installing multiple messaging clients so that we can stay in the loop and end up slowing down our PC’s and internet connection, as a result.

There is a FREE solution and that solution is TrillianAstra – The Ultimate Instant Messenger. You install TrillianAstra and it will work with many of the messaging services that you have an account with.

TrillianAstra lets you connect to multiple IM and social networks at the same time, managing contacts and real time status feeds efficiently.

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TriallianAstra is interoperable with any of the following instant messaging services:

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In addition (for Windows), TrillianAstra will work with:

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Consolidate all of your email inboxes into a single area of the contact list. Each item will show the amount of unread messages, sender information, and message snippets if available. Double click on any mail item to conveniently launch the inbox associated with that item.

TrillianAstra is full of features; over 400 features to be exact.  TrillianAstra is currently available for Windows XP, Vista, 7; Web ; and Tablet PC.  iPhone and Mac OS X are currently in development.

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An Example of How CyberCrooks Will Use Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson spam spreads, malware attacks likely

Star’s death brings crooks out of the woodwork, expect scam deluge, says Sophos

June 26, 2009 –By Greg Keizer

Computerworld – Within hours of the death of pop star Michael Jackson, spam trading on his demise hit in-boxes, a security firm said today as it warned that more junk mail was in the offing.

Just eight hours after news broke about Jackson, Abingdon, England-based Sophos PLC started tracking the first wave of Jackson spam, which used a subject line of “Confidential — Michael Jackson.” The spam wasn’t pitching a product or leading users to a phishing or malware Web site. Instead it was trying to dupe users into replying to the message in order to collect e-mail addresses and verify them as legitimate.

[ Source: Computerworld ]

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Tell me, is this a safe and legitimate email?

I am going to try something a little different with this article as a way to learn from each other. I am going to make it interactive and request your participation, by leaving comments below. Please do not be afraid to leave a comment. You can use alias names for all I care. The strategy here is to learn from each other and to have some FUN!  The below scenario, I tested in a sandboxed environment, to determine what the outcome would ultimately be.

I am going to let you be the judge on this and tell me if this is a safe and legitimate email or not; AND how you came to that conclusion (leave comments below). There are clues… You can actually click on the email example below to see a screenshot of the site that I was ultimately directed to.

Note: All comments are moderated (by me) and may not immediately be displayed, until I approve them.

I received the following email, from what appears (visually) to be from WalMart. WalMart, being the conglomerate that they are, is going to give me a $500 gift card.

Is this a safe and legitimate email?

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#13)

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Here are this weeks’ highlight “tech” articles from bloggers on the “What’s On My PC…” blogroll. If you are new (or old) to computers, I encourage you to visit these blogs. You can learn a whole lot very quickly from, what I consider, very reputable sources.

A Tech’s First Impression of Windows 7 64-bit – Tech-for Everyone

Fully Optimize Windows Vista Services – Technize.com

Wipe Your Blackberry – Sugarloaf Tech

Knockout Malware With SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition – Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts

rsizr.com – quite advanced way to resize images online – Rarst.net

Receive a FREE prepaid cell phone from Safe Link Wireless- Tech-Line

Computer Security and Firewall Ports – TTC Shelbyville

TOY: M-Audio KeyStation 49 Review – Tux in the Midwest

Most Dangerous Websites – Plato on-line

Free Windows7 Tips and Trick Ebook – Piyada’s World

KillCopy Speeds Up Disk Transfers and Securely Deletes Files – Lifehacker

Get alerts for specific phrases – AKS – Feel The Change

Watch Out Safari: New Opera 10 Goes Turbo – AllThatsNew

How to Remove “Testversion” Popup – 411-Spyware.com

Splinter Cell: Conviction – Sam is back with shorter hair and sexier than ever – Carol’s Vault

Article: Panda Cloud Antivirus installed. Ok Cloud, fix me up – Confessions of a freeware junkie

Email Misunderstanding – Crazy World of G

BoonEx – Free Community Website Builder Software – Is You GEEKed Up

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Zimbra Desktop – A next generation cloud app by Yahoo!

Yahoo! Zimbra Desktop…

Zimbra Desktop

When I first came across this cloud app by Yahoo! I nearly passed over it. This application is an open source email (PIM) client, that is relatively young (Version 1.0), built using Mozilla’s Prism. Prism is an application that lets users split web applications out of their browser and run them directly from the desktop. In summary, Zimbra Desktop uses Prism as the container to give you that desktop application feel.

Now, I hope I haven’t lost you with all of this mumbo jumbo. Please stick with me, due I think that Yahoo! may be onto something with this cloud based application.

Zimbra Desktop is a full featured PIM (personal information manager) very similar to Microsoft Outlook that is next generation. This  application, in summary, features  full email, contact, calendar, document management and offline access features for free! The outstanding feature is the ability to pull down (sync) your email, calendars, etc.. with your POP3, IMAP and other popular webmail services.

Zimbra Screenshots

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My take on Zimbra Desktop is that I will be testing and following its’ development. The GUI (graphical user interface) is very nicely done and is a good bet it will have good following.

Yahoo! Zimbra Desktop is free for anyone to download and use. It works on Windows, Apple and Linux computers.

If you have questions or want help please start with their End User Guide or visit the Desktop Support page.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#6)

Geek Squeaks'“Geek Squeaks’ of the Week” – A roundup of articles posted by bloggers who are active participants of “What’s On My PC…”. If you are interested in a link exchange with my blog, please leave a comment below and I will contact you…  Thank you all for such a great round of articles…

New Search Feature: Filter Google Image Search By Color – All That’s New

Cloud Computing – Computers online for everyone – TTC Shelbyville

How to remove Virus Protect 2009 – 411- Spyware.com

How to insert images in GMail – A GMail Labs feature – Techolar

Easter Eggs – AskBillFirst

$250K Reward Offered In Fiber Vandals Case – Tech-for Everyone

Update: Spiceworks 4.0 coming in June – Confessions of a freeware junkie

Tweak Vista To The Max – Ultimate Windows Tweaker Free – Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts

A Place Called Vertigo – Crazy World of G

Bad idea to rely on a new hard drive – Rarst.net

Sandboxie 3.36 – Evilfantasy’s Blog

Now fix your PC problem automatically with Microsoft ‘Fix It’ – Piyadas World

Spyware Blaster 4.2 – Free Passive Protection – Free PC Security

ContactHelp Gets You Through to a Human Being – Lifehacker

Mozy Online Data Backup Review – Backup Your Files To The Internet – Is You Geeked Up

Detect Virus and Spyware in Emails/Websites with Online Link Scan – Internet Security Blog

PogoPlug – Share and Access Files from Anywhere – What’s On My PC…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#5)

These links are a compilation of articles, for the past week, written by the friends to “What’s On My PC…” . To have an article featured on “Geek Squeaks’ of the Week” (every week) all that is asked for is a link exchange  with your blog or web site.

You will find that the articles written by these bloggers are comparable or better than many articles written in some of the top tech publications.

Geek Squeaks'Free Computer Courses – Tech-for Everyone

Is Windows 7 Just Vista? – TTC Shelbyville

Win a Free Rapidshare Premium Account – Techolar

WinPatrolToGo – A Great Addition to Your Geek Toolbox – Tech Thoughts

Everything – fast and powerful file search utility – Rarst.net

I Can’t HEAR You – Crazy World of G

Workrave – Schedule Your Work And Avoid RSI – Piyadas World

Is Thunderbird, Desktop Email Dying Out? – Lifehacker

15.4” LCD Screen Resolutions – WUXGA (1920 x 1200) Is The Way To Go – Is You GEEKed Up

The Truth About Security Software – Free PC Security

Conficker Eye Chart – Are you infected? – Evilfantasy’s Blog

My dream Blackberry: Storm with Trackball – Confessions of a freeware junkie

19 Amazing Free Graphic and Image Editors – Carputers News and Computer Tips

Safe Surfing with WOT – AskBillFirst

How to Remove “Trojan Detected” Popup!” – 411- Spyware.com

12+ Free Thinking iPod Touch/iPhone Puzzle Games Worth Playing – AllThatsNew

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

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What to do if your Windows Live Hotmail Account has been stolen…

Hotmail Account StolenIf you are someone that depends on the Windows Live Hotmail service for email, how would you like to wake up and find that you were unable to login into your account; then later discover that everyone in your address book received an email that you were in urgent need of help and that you needed money? A friend of mine recently experienced this type of situation. What had happened was that his Hotmail account had been hijacked and stolen. The hijacker accessed the account, changed the password and then sent out the following email to everyone in the address book in an attempt to steal money through deception.

Email Subject: YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED

Hello. please I need your help. I am caught up on an International conference  and am on my way back. I lost all my personal effects, and I am stranded and  so confused at the moment I need a sum of about $1000 to put me through the  embassy and sort out the travel agencies. I will refund the money to you  sooner than you expect. Please I need you to keep this confidential!!! Let me  know if you can be of assistance so I can give you the name of the agent and  details to send the money to through Western Union Money Transfer. Sorry for  any inconveniences i would have call you but i lost my cell phone as well… I  will really appreciate this. I will fill you in on this as soon as I can Thank you  very much

Most people will let this type of incident pass and will simply subscribe to another account. My advice is to be persistent and report this matter to Microsoft Live Hotmail immediately and attempt to get your account name back (especially if your email name is your real name).

If you experience this type of situation where your Windows Live Hotmail account has been hijacked or stolen you will soon find that there is no customer support telephone hotline for Hotmail.

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  1. Make sure you have an another email account to communicate with Microsoft (remember, your hotmail account has been hijacked and you can no longer access it).
  2. If you suspect that someone has used or stolen your Windows Live Hotmail ID – CLICK HERE FOR WINDOWS LIVE HOTMAIL SUPPORT
  3. Complete and submit the form on the Windows Live Validation Page which is a form designed to validate ownership of an account.  You will be asked questions that you would only know about.

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