Geek Squeaks #2015-6 @ What’s On My PC (Featuring – Did You Know Windows 10 Is Sharing Your Computer?)

Windows 10 Is Sharing Your Computer By Default – I found this article on PCWorld (How to stop Windows 10 from using your PC’s bandwidth to update strangers’ systems) that explains how Microsoft is a using a new peer-to-peer (P2P) delivery update mechanism (in Windows 10) that turns your Windows 10 PC (by default) into a server for distributing updates to other machines.

Hmmm…  I’m not liking the sound of this. Anyhow, the setting or toggle to turn this off is buried in the update and security settings.  CLICK HERE to learn how to turn this off.

win10 updates advanced options

Need advice for buying a Smartphone? – I am pretty seasoned when it comes to computers and smartphones, but when it comes to shopping for either (especially smartphones) I soon become discombobulated (in a state of confusion). To help you folks out there looking for a smartphone, be sure to read Best Android smartphones for work and play (Aug 2015 edition) at ZDNet….

Make Sure You Check Out This Screen Capture Program – I use screen capture utilities on a daily basis and would be lost without one. A new kid on the block recently to me is ShareX. This utility is being updated regularly and the most recent update allows you to either perform a full installation or the option to install the program as a portable app. Very nice screen capture program that does not disappoint. Best thing about ShareX is that it is FREE, Open Source and there are no embedded advertisements.

If you need to install or reinstall Windows 10 – As a reminder, if you need to reinstall Windows 10 (for whatever reason), make sure you are prepared.  CLICK HERE to create your own Windows 10 installation media using either a USB flash drive or a DVD.

RedLaser Barcode and QR Scanner — Shop Smarter – Nice Android App that was rated as a top shopping app by US Today, The New York Times, CNN Money, PC Magazine and Smart Money magazine. RedLaser searches millions of products across thousands of online and local retailers to find the best prices…

Harness The Energy Of The Sun To Light Your Night – Check out this outdoor LED motion sensored solar light for less than 15 bucks….

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Use Jolicloud Drive To Manage Your Online Drive Accounts In One Place

Some of you may have heard of the Jolicloud OS that originally established its’ roots back in 2009 with the intent of using the infinite power of the cloud to pull all your online apps together in a very nice interface that could be accessed in your web browser. The original concept (back then) was actually ahead of its’ time.  Since that time, the Jolicloud OS has ceased to exist; however, the developers at Jolicloud have now given us Jolicloud Drive that runs in your web browser.

Jolicloud Drive

Jolicloud Drive is a new way to manage your online storage, from some of the most reputable sources out there (such as Dropbox Copy, Box, Google Drive); ALL, in one place. In my testing of Jolicloud Drive, I found that setting up the various online drive accounts you may have with Jolicloud Drive was very easy to do. I also found, compared to some of the other similar type of cloud apps out there, Jolicloud Drive is a fast loader that has a built in file viewer and has file sharing capability. The only drawback with the FREE account is that you cannot copy or move files from one drive account to the other; but, in my case I can live without that feature.

Also, if you do decide to use Jolicloud Drive, dig a little deeper in the interface and you will find Jolicloud Library (that is currently in beta) where you can pull in a variety of services (such as YouTube, Feedly, Flickr, etc..); ALL, in one place. I will be following Jolicloud on both of these online cloud app services…

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

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

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

John’s Background Switcher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Learning About Secure Boot In Windows 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pocket Monkey

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

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

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

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

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

[WALLPAPER] Earth Map… @WideWallpapers

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GEEK SQUEAKS – FastStone Image Viewer Updated

Today’s featured Geek Squeak is the FastStone Image Viewer, that has been updated to version 5.0. I have used this image viewer for years and can’t say enough about it. It is available as an install file or portable app, is very easy to use and is loaded with a ton of features that you normally do not see in other FREE viewers.

 FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendlyimage browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, retouching and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, PSD, EPS, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF, SRF, ARW, SR2, RW2 and DNG).

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[NEWS] Report: Microsoft Considering Offering Free “Windows 8.1 with Bing” – Microsoft isreportedly cutting Windows 8.1 license fees by 75 percent (on budget hardware priced $250 and below) in an effort to past cost savings on to the end-user. Now, according to separate reports from The Verge and ZDNet, Microsoft may be taking things a step further. Microsoft is reportedly developing a version of Windows 8.1 that will come bundled with Bing services strewn throughout the operating system. For now, this variant is simply known as “Windows 8.1 with Bing.”… @Daily Tech

[WINDOWS] Introducing Jumpshare For WindowsYou’ve come to know Jumpshare as the file sharing service that lets you view over 200 file formats online. Up until today, our service and our sophisticated file rendering engine worked exclusively from your browser but we understand that file sharing doesn’t end when you close your browser. Today, we’re thrilled to launch the Jumpshare app for Windows… @Jumpshare

[NEWS] Microsoft hints at new apps for Office suite – Microsoft executives signaled that Microsoft is working to add new apps to its Office suite, as well as versions tailored for new platforms… @PCWorld

[ANDROID] The Android version of BS.MP3 is ready – Inheriting the features of its ancestor, BS.MP3 is available to entertain Android users with its decent features and simplicity. BS.MP3 (Android) had been tested and run smoothly in various Android devices such as smartphones, tablets, and TV with Android box. It even runs nicely on Android-based 2DIN car audios… @BS.MP3

[GOOGLE] Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player

Chromecast

Chromecast is the easy way to enjoy online video and anything from the web on your TV. Plug it into any HDTV and control it with your existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Send your favorites from HBO GO, Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, and Chrome to your TV with the press of a button. No more huddling around small screens and tiny speakers. Chromecast automatically updates to work with a growing number of apps… @Amazon

[WALLPAPER]Green Grass… @Microsoft

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[VIDEO]Cleaning A Computer – Inside and Out

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LIMITED TIME ONLY – Rack Up Free Gigabytes Of Online Storage Space

There are numerous online file storage options out there and the competition is fierce. I recently came across another NEW player in the field (called COPY), that offers (for FREE) an enticing 15 GB (or more) of online storage space to new accounts.

It doesn’t stop there… To celebrate the launch of COPY, they are offering 5 GB of additional space for every person that is referred to their service. The person who takes advantage of the referral also gets a 5 GB bonus on top of the 15 GB (for a total of 20 GB). From what I am reading, there is no limit to the number of referrals and you must install one of their apps (desktop or mobile) to take advantage of this opportunity in order to be credited for the 5 GB bonus.

To help me test this out; and, to help me add to my 15 GB amount, please click the link below to sign-up for your own 15 GB COPY account and install one of their apps (desktop or mobile). You should also receive the additional 5 GB bonus for signing up through this link. I have no idea how long this offer will last…

[ CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR FREE ACCOUNT TODAY ]

ADDENDUM TO THIS POST (1/17/2014) – As of date of this addendum, I was up to 60 Gb of space in my COPY Account (from the original FREE 15 GB); so, we can confirm the referrals are working.  Thank you very much!  Keep ’em coming…  Rick

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And with advanced features like secure sharing, source validation, and identity verification, you can breathe easy knowing your content can only be seen by the people you want.

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 12, 2013

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#1 Best Seller (at Amazon) Wireless Color Photo Printer With Scanner, Copier and Fax…

Access the shared files and folders on your desktop PC to move files to and from your Android Devices (such as smartphones and tablets)…

A Must See Infographic: How the mobile phone has evolved from bricks to brains…

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Canon PIXMA MX922 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax

When I am in the need to purchase tech items, such as a printer, I head over to Amazon to see if the item is available (which it most likely is), then I pull up the customer reviews (from real people). I know some of the reviews may be planted, but the majority are for real and it can give you a good handle on what to expect. In this case I was browsing around for an economical printer and I happened across the Canon PIXMA MX922 that has favorable reviews and is just the size I need for the space on my desk.

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FEATURES:

Built-in automatic two-sided printing, copying and scanning saves time and cuts paper usage by up to 50%

Print features include AirPrint, Auto Duplex Printing, Auto Sheet Feeder, Borderless Printing, CD/DVD Printing, Dual Function Panel, Google Cloud Print, Document Printing, Full HD Movie Print, Photo Printing and Web Template Print

Copy features include Auto Duplex ADF, AE (Auto Exposure / Intensity) Copy, Auto Duplex Copy, Borderless, Fit-to-Page, Gutter Shadow Correction Copy, Image Repeat, Intensity, Multiple Copy (1-99 pages), Preset Copy Ratios, Reserve Copy, Sort (ADF) and Zoom

Scan features include Auto Document Fix, Auto Duplex Scan, Auto Scan Mode, Network Scan, Push Scan and Scan to Memory (USB)

Fax features include Answering Machine Connectivity, Caller Rejection, Check RX Fax Info., Fax Reception Reject, Fax Number Re-Entry, F/T Changing (manual), Group Dialing, Memory Transmission, Redial and Remote Reception

CHECK IT OUT HERE


ES File Explorer File Manager

I cannot rave enough about the Android app called ES File Explorer Manager. If you need an app to manage the files on your Android device, this is the one to get. What has sold me on ES File Explorer is the networking capabilites that is built into the app (such as LAN, Cloud, FTP and Bluetooth). For example, instead of installing separate apps for your online file storage accounts, you can access those accounts through ES File Explorer (accounts such as the popular GDrive, Box, Drop Box, & SkyDrive). What I especially like is that I can access the shared files and folders on my desktop PC to move files to and from my Android Devices (and the computer).

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ES File Explorer is a free, full-featured file and application manager. It functions as all of these apps in one: file manager, application manager, task killer, cloud storage client (compatible with Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Box.net, Sugarsync, Yandex, Amazon S3, and Ubuntu One), FTP client, and LAN Samba client.

It provides access to pictures, music, video, documents, and other files on both your Android devices and your computers.

GET IT HERE


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Storing and Opening Password Protected PDF Files Online Using Google Drive and SkyDrive

If you are concerned about security and storing personal document type files online, you may want to consider converting the document file to the PDF format, then password protecting the PDF file. Password protection of online files is one of the most requested features out there.

What I stumbled across, through experimentation, is that Google Drive and Microsoft SkyDrive can handle and open password protected PDF files, using their built-in (online) viewers. When you go to open a password protected PDF file using either of these services, you will be prompted for the password, and the PDF file will be opened online, without downloading, using either of these services.

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This gives you an additional level of security protection when storing or sharing files using either of these services’ PLUS, the convenience of keeping the file online (and not downloading it). These were the only two file storage (and sharing) services I tested, where this will work; however, there may be other services, as well, that can handle or open a password protected PDF file. I also found that you need to be using a modern web browser, as well.

I know you are probably wondering, how do I convert my file to the Adobe PDF format and how do I password protect it?  The easiest way to do this is to download the FREE Nitro PDF Reader, which has a built in a PDF creator (or printer).

After you have downloaded and installed the Nitro PDF Reader, you will notice that when you go to print a document, you will see that a new printer is on the list called “Nitro PDF Creator (Reader)”.  If you want to convert the document to an Adobe PDF file, simply select the printer labeled “Nitro PDF Creator 2 (Reader”). Basically anything that can be printed on your computer to a regular printer can be printed to “Nitro PDF Creator 2 (Reader)”, including image files, spreadsheets, Powerpoint slides, etc…

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Using Nitro PDF Reader you also have the ability to password protect  any PDF file you desire to create. When you go to print on your computer, the print dialog box typically appears. When it appears, select the “Nitro PDF Creator 2 (Reader)”, then click on and select “Preferences”.

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Once you select preferences, the “Printing Preferences” dialog box appears. You will then notice a tab labeled “PDF Security”.  Click on that tab, click on “Require a password to open the document”, enter the desired password, then click on the “OK” button, then click on “Print” to generate (and create) a password protected PDF version of the document.

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I know this may seem like a lot of steps, but really it is a cakewalk.  After you have created the password protected PDF file, then simply upload the file to either Google Drive or SkyDrive. Your file can now be stored and opened online, with the additional security of password protection.

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MediaFire App Now Available For Android

MediaFire is an online file storage and sharing service that most computer users at home are not familiar with. With MediaFire you are given 50GB’s of space (for FREE) with a 200 MB file upload size limit. Compared to the other online storage services (which typically offer much less FREE storage space), MediaFire is very generous in their offering. I have maintained an account with MediaFire for nearly 2 years and have never experienced an issue.

MediaFire

The complaint you will hear coming from people about MediaFire is that they will remove your account is your account is inactive. There is some truth to this; however, the rule is that if you must access the MediaFire API (your account) from either the Web, your Mobile platform or your desktop platform at least once per year and if you do that, your account will never be removed.  This is a pretty easy rule to follow; especially, that you are getting 50 GBs of online storage space.  If your account is in jeopardy you will receive sufficient notice via the email account you signed up with.

The one downfall to MediaFire, that I was experiencing, was no Android App available to access and manage my MediaFire files from my tablet. This has all changed within the past couple days (prior to the writing of this article).  MediaFire now has an Android mobile app available in the Google Play Store that can be downloaded to your Android phone or tablet.  You can get the MediaFire App [HERE] .

The MediaFire mobile app lets you access all your documents, photos, and videos from anywhere. Securely store, organize, and share all your data on the web and through your Android device.

MediaFire Mobile App

Features:

• Keep all your important files at your fingertips.
• View docs, spreadsheets, presentations, video, and listen to audio.
• Take and upload pictures and videos directly in the MediaFire app.
• Upload Android gallery images.
• Create and manage folders of files.
• Share files on the go via email, SMS, through other Android apps, and with copy and paste links.
• Quickly search all your MediaFire files and folders.

MediaFire Android App:  Requires Android OS 2.2 or higher

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Access SkyDrive From Any Android Smartphone And Tablet Running Android 2.3+ Or Later.

Folks, if you are looking for a nice, dependable and easy to use online file storing (and sharing) service, I am highly recommending Microsoft’s SkyDrive. With SkyDrive you will get 7 GBs of space for FREE and can opt in to purchasing additional space if need be. This service continues to get better and better all the time and has become my main online file storage service.  I encourage you to visit the link above to learn more about SkyDrive.

As this service continues to evolve, Microsoft recently made announcement that a SkyDrive app has been developed exclusively for Android 2.3 or later.

SkyDrive for Android

SkyDrive for Android

So, if you have an Android based phone or tablet AND you are a SkyDrive user, this app is a must-have app.  I have been testing it on my Toshiba Thrive Tablet and it has performed flawlessly. I even have SkyDrive setup to access the files (and drives) on my main PC anywhere I have internet access (see recent article, Access Any File You Need From Your PC From Anywhere With The NEW SkyDrive). This option alone is like having my main PC tethered to my tablet.

With SkyDrive for Android, you can now easily access and share files on the go. You can also upload photos or videos from your phone to SkyDrive.

• Access all of your SkyDrive content including files shared with you.
• View recently used documents.
• Choose multiple photos or videos to upload from your phone.
• Share your files and photos – send a link in email or in another app.
• Open your SkyDrive files in other Android apps.
• Manage your files – delete, or create new folders.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fetch files from your Windows PC from anywhere

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

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

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Access Your Box (Cloud Storage) Files Directly From Windows Explorer

Recently I posted an article about Box, an online file storage (and sharing) service. The article, “Log Into Your Box Account From Your Android Device and Get 50 GBs of FREE Online Storage” provided instruction on taking advantage of an offer that Box was promoting for Android users. I definitely took advantage of this offer and got my 50GBs of space.

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So far, my experience using Box as an online file storage option, has been an excellent experience. The only thing that I was missing with this service was the ability to access my online files directly from my desktop. To do that would require signing up for one of the paid options to download their desktop software.

From experience, I knew there had to be another method to access these files and it was not long that I came across an article at Instant Fundas (titled: How to Access Box.net Files From Windows Explorer?) , that provided a solution. Not only did this article provide a solution, it also taught me something new about a HTTP protocol extension called WebDAV (Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning) that allows users to create, move, or change files directly on a server. Guess what? Box offers WebDAV support, giving me a FREE  solution to my problem. After following the instructions as Instant Fundas, I can now access my Box files directly from Windows Explorer.

If you are currently a Box subscriber, I encourage you to visit Instant Fundas to get step-by-step instructions on how to set this up. It worked great for me and just may be the solution you are looking for, as well.

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FREE – Unlimited Image (Photo) Sharing and Storage for an Unlimited Time

There are numerous image (photo) sharing and storage sites out there, but I ventured across an image sharing (and storage) service called imgbox, that really caught my attention!

imgbox

The Pro’s: Easy to use; image sharing via URL links; inline hotlinking (great for us bloggers); fast upload speed, batch uploads; 10 mb max file size (jpg, gif, png); unlimited storage for an unlimited time; can name (edit) galleries, can individually select and move images from one gallery to another; and once a gallery of images load you can scroll the images either horizontal (i.e. previous or next) or simply use your mouse wheel to scroll vertically.

The Con’s: Actually I only noticed one fault. Unless I am missing something; and if I am, please let me know. I did not see a method to batch download my images. You can capture the share codes for the images to individually download an image, but no easy method noticed to perform a batch downloads.

Overall, the fact that you have unlimited storage space for an unlimited time; imgbox is looking pretty good to me!

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An Online File Sharing and Storage Service to Seriously Consider Called 4shared

Is it just me or are we going through a technology change with these tablet computers like never seen before? As a result, and being an owner of a tablet pc (Toshiba Thrive), I am now really looking at the online file storage options that will enable me to reliably post, share, stream and retrieve files from a source in the cloud. Recently I put up two posts about Microsoft’s Live SkyDrive that you should consider for online file storage:

SkyDrive – Your Password Protected Hard Drive in the Cloud

Ways to Sync Your SkyDrive Files To Your Computer, Tablet and Smartphone

4sharedToday, I want to share with you another online file sharing and file storage service that I have been testing out and have been quite pleased with. It is called 4shared .

4shared

4shared will give you 10GBs of space right off the bat; plus another 5GBs, when all is said and done. What I found with this service is that they really have made an effort to cover all bases to ensure that you can access, share, and store your files anywhere there is internet service and from just about any platform (whether it be your desktop, tablet PC or smartphone). The features of this service is too numerous to list and if you are interested in seeing a comparison of their paid service, versus their FREE service, then [ click here ] . I think you will find that the FREE service will meet your needs.

What I like about 4shared is that they have an android app to perform file operations from my Tablet PC and another android app to stream music from my 4Shared account to my Tablet. The various interfaces that 4Share provides to access your files, whether it be their desktop syncing app or file manager, their online interface or their mobile file manager apps; I found all of them very easy to navigate and understand. Mobile apps are available for Symbian, Blackberry, Android, and iPhone .

If you have any questions about 4shared, I encourage you to visit their FAQ (frequently asked questions) page [ here ]. Overall, I have been using the daylights out of this service, especially the music search, storage, streaming and sharing functions.

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Ways to Sync Your SkyDrive Files To Your Computer, Tablet and Smartphone

Yesterday’s article I talked about, SkyDrive – Your Password Protected Hard Drive in the Cloud, that is available for FREE (from Microsoft). SkyDrive gives you 25 GB’s of of storage space that you can use to store files online (in the cloud) that can be accessed from anywhere there is internet access.

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Following the posting of that article, I started to wonder what FREE options are there available to sync the files on my computer or tablet or smartphone with my SkyDrive Account.  As a result I went on the hunt and found the following options available that will help you take full advantage of SkyDrive:

SDExplorer (to sync and access your SkyDrive Files from the Windows platform – your desktop or notebook computer):

SDExplorer is a free, easy-to-use, but very powerful extension for Windows Explorer. With SDExplorer you can perform all everyday operations with your documents on Microsoft Live SkyDrive™ using Windows Explorer, as if they were on your computer itself.

SkyDrive Browser (to sync and access your SkyDrive Files from the Android platform – such as tablets and smartphones):

Microsoft’s SkyDrive service is a nice chunk of cloud storage—25 GB, to be exact. Now you can view, download, and send your files in SkyDrive from your Android phone with SkyDrive Browser.

SkyDrive on your Windows Phone:

With SkyDrive on your Windows’s phone, it’s like having a thousand wallets for photos and hundreds of briefcases with your latest files. You can keep files to yourself or share them. Add photos from your camera phone manually or automatically. SkyDrive will also synchronize notes you take in OneNote.

SkyDrive on your iPhone:

With SkyDrive for the iPhone, you can now easily access, manage and share files on the go. You can also upload photos or videos from your iPhone to SkyDrive.

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Get 10 GBs of FREE Online Storage to Store, Share, Access Anytime, Anywhere

CX.com is relative newcomer in the online file storage services and as a result they offer one of the best FREE packages available. When you signup with CX you get 10 GBs of space to start and if you refer friends, that space can grow (up to 16 GBs).

As a matter of fact if you [ CLICK HERE ] and signup for your free account, I will get 300 MBs of additional space and YOU will get 300 MB’s additional space.  By doing this, you will help me reach my 16 GB’s.

I am currently using this service to backup some files from my PC. There is a syncing utility available for Windows, Apple, iPad, iPhone and coming soon, Android.  I will be especially interested in the Android file syncing app when it is released to backup, store, share and access my files from my tablet PC (Toshiba Thrive) .

CX.com

Here are the features of CX.com that sets it apart from some of the other services:

Store

Start with 10GB free and get up to 16GB total when you refer friends. Need more room? We have plans for 50GB, 100GB, and custom amounts for whatever you need. Plus, 256 bit encryption, redundant backups and firewall protection keeps your data safe in the CX cloud.

Sync Between Devices

With CX you can keep your work and home life in sync on as many devices as you want. Your stuff is always ready to access wherever you are.

Share

With CX you have total control over what you share and how. Choose from public or private file-sharing options and share stuff with the world on your favorite social networks. Bonus: when you share a file with someone it doesn’t take up space in their account. Files only count toward the file owner’s storage quota.

Collaborate

Every file has a comment stream. Share a file, and CX users can comment on it too. Join or create a group and everyone can join the conversation, edit files or add new ones.

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In My Opinion – This Is The Best FREE File Sharing Service Out There

If you are looking for a simple file sharing platform to share photos, docs, music, videos and whatever else; that has no hidden agendas, is absolutely FREE, then you need to check out Minus.

Minus

Personally, I do not think it gets any better than Minus. Need a way to create an online portfolio of your work, then use Minus.  Need a simple way to share documents, slideshow presentations, photos and videos, then use Minus.  Need a way to publish and ebook, then use Minus.  There are so many ways that you can use Minus that I cannot begin to list them all.

Not only can you make your files public, you can also make them private.  For example, if I am working on a project, I will backup my project files to Minus and then make them private so that no one else can see them.  Then, on the other hand, if I need to share one of those project files with an associate, I simply send them the link to the file. Once you upload a file it will remain indefinitely until you delete it.

By establishing an account with Minus you are entitled to the following:

  • Get 10 GB of free space
  • Upload files up to 2 GB
  • Unlimited Downloads and Transfer
  • Profile to publish and share your files and folders ( example)
  • Follow friends to see what they are sharing
  • Use Dashboard to manage your files and folders
  • Search and discover public folders
  • Browser, desktop and mobile tool options

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The Popular drop.io Service is Going South

A couple of things I have learned about some of the online (cloud based) services is that; 1) Do not get too comfortable with them and 2) Do not put all your eggs in one basket. Many of these services, such as online file storage and sharing sites, are here one day and gone the next.  An example of what I am talking about is the very popular service, drop.io.

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Drop.io is (and soon will be “was”) one of those online services that allowed users to create, what was called a “drop”,  to store various types of data and share that data with others. Drop.io is (and soon will be “was”) one of my favorite online services to share photos and files with others.

Per the drop.io blog, the owners of drop.io have struck a deal with Facebook. In the coming weeks, the drop.io service will be winding down (by Dec 15th) . In other words, drop.io will become non-existent and if you currently have a data stored online with drop.io (that is important to you) I suggest you either download or delete it.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be winding down the drop.io service. As of this week, people will no longer be able to create new free drops, but you’ll be able to download content from existing drops until Dec. 15. Paid user accounts will still be available through Dec. 15 and paid users will be able to continue using the service normally.  After Dec. 15, paid accounts will be discontinued as well.

Please download your information before Dec. 15 – we plan to delete it after that time. No user data or content will be transferred to Facebook, and we’ll send out e-mails to everyone to remind them about the service closing.

 

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#65)

Spend some of your hot summer day, in the cool, reading Geek Squeaks’. If you have an interest in computers and information technology or you just want to learn something NEW, then these sites is where it is at.

Geek Squeaks'

Tech-for Everyone
Software Giveaway Drawing(s) – Oops!Backup

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Improve Your PC’s Performance with ReadyBoost

Lifehacker
Use GOOG-411 and Skype to Call Any U.S.
or Canadian Business for Free

Rarst.net
FeedDemon and Google Reader – best feed reading ever?

AskBillFirst
Windows XP zero-day under attack;
Use Microsofts “fix-it” workaround

Free PC Security
Wondershare Time Freeze – FREE Virtualization

Mister Reiner
When it comes to computer security, people are being brainwashed

Gadgetsholic
Apple iPhone 4 Start to Preorder

Canadian Tech Blogger
200,000,000 Posts… and Counting (via WordPress.com News)

thePC Security
Internet Traffic Monitoring Freeware Tool – iTraffic Monitor

Right On Technology
New Mac Mini Includes Do It Yourself Memory Upgrades

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Access Denied in Windows 7? –
Download Free TOwnership (Take Ownership)

Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Sorry about all the layout changes

Plato On-Line
Is There an Internet Conspirancy Scam?

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Windows Registration Checker

Carol’s Vault
Microsoft unveils its new Xbox and Kinect cam

AKS-Feel The Change
Win A Free Copy of WinX Product Every Week

RGdot
ClipboardFusion: Free Alternative Clipboard Manager

Laptop Reviews Central
Ben Heckendorn introduces blue PS3 Slim laptop

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
In The News – Report: US lacks staff, power to protect networks

Netbook Freeware
Soluto: Make Your Windows Netbook Boot Faster

I Love Free Software
4 Free Alternatives to Dropbox

Worthy Tips
Get Article Ideas using Google

404 Tech Support
Google’s Terms of Service = Not Safe For Work?

TTC Shelbyville
Publish Your Blog as an ePub

My Technology Guide
Windows 2000, Windows XP SP2 Support Ends July 2010

Awesome Wallpapers
VladStudio Wallpaper Set 7

What’s On My PC
Send Text Message from your Email to a Mobile Phone for FREE

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An Easy and Sexy Way to Send Big Files to Everyone

There are those occasions where sending large files via email just does not cut it.  As a matter of fact many ISP providers will limit file sizes when it comes to email attachments to prevent bogging down the servers.

One solution that I have been using that does not require any special software or an account registration (or log in) is a cloud based service called WeTransfer .

WeTransfer

With WeTransfer you can send up to a 2 GB file and while the transfer is taking place you are entertained with an ever changing and mesmerizing background. As a matter of fact, WeTransfer is labelled as one of the sexiest file transfer services around. Your transferred file will remain on their server for a period of 2 weeks and after that 2 weeks it is permanently deleted. You can send up to 20 people per session. When you send a file, the recipient will receive an email of where to download the file; and, you the sender of the file will receive an email when the recipient has completed the download. According to the site, all emails and files are private; however, if you do have concern I suggest encrypting the file.

WeTransfer your videos, music, photo albums or documents to friends and colleagues. We support all filetypes.

Like its competitors, the company relies on advertising for revenues. But instead of running questionable banner ads, WeTransfer sells wallpaper advertising—those pretty pictures in the background. Since WeTransfer’s own interface is minimal, that leaves a lot of space for a sponsor’s brand.

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So if you are in a pinch and need to send a large file, WeTransfer is a good one to try!

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#59)

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

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

Canadian Tech Blogger
Free Computer (Windows) Starter Kit

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

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

Worthy Tips
BizCardCreator: Create professional looking business card absolutely free

Netbook Freeware
doPDF: Best Free PDF Creator for Netbook

I Love Free Software
5 Free Post It Notes Software

404 Tech Support
Where to Ask Your Tech Questions?

TTC Shelbyville
Create Your Own Wi-Fi Hotspot

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

Free PC Security
GeSWall Intrusion Prevention

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

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

Lifehacker
Repurpose a Hanger to Tidy Long Cables

Crazy World of G
Orb

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

Right On Technology
FCC Details New Broadband Regulation Plan

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

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

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Data Protection

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

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#35)

image Each week What’s On My PC features links to articles (posted within the past 7 days) from the tech blogs that are on the What’s On My PC blogroll (at the sidebar of the blog).  If you are new or old to information technology and computers, these blogs are awesome resources for keeping in tune.

Canadian Tech News Blog
Top 5 Free Software

Snakebytez
Firefox 3.6 Beta 1 now available for Download

Carputer’s News and Computer Tips
Free Software for Business Use

Tux in the Midwest
Another website launched with Drupal

Worthy Tips
How to preset safe mode boot
before rebooting in Windows OS?

Technize
Download Free Windows 7 Product Guide From Microsoft

I Love Free Software
ADrive: Free 50GB Online Storage and Backup Space

TTC Shelbyville
Control the Ping Command With Performance Pinging

The Abbey Rose
Favicon’s

Techolar
How to disinfect your computer keyboard

Mrintech
WordPress XML and XHTML Sitemap

Freeware Elite
So, do you know what is a Browser?

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Facebook, my pet peeves.

Tuneup Blog
Tuneup Blog Diary: Extend Your Laptop’s Battery Life (Part Two)

Computer Too Slow
Setting up Dual Monitors

Crazy World of G
Open Sesame

Lifehacker
Google Chrome Beta Adds Bookmark Sync, Speed Boost [Updates]

Rarst.net
HP ProBook 4510s – nice small business notebook

Sugarloaf Tech
How to display your birthday, not your age, in Facebook

Tech-for Everyone
Windows 7 64-bit Adventures

AskBillFirst
What Did He Mean By That? SMS and E-mail Etiquette

Free PC Security
WOT Community Trust Certificate

AKS-Feel The Change
Free Windows File Manager Alternative

Carol’s Vault
Beautiful and free vector graphics

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove BlockWatcher

Teck~Line
See What a Mac User Has To Say About Windows 7

Plato On-Line
Facebook Spamming Practices Revealed

Is You GEEKed Up
Windows 7: What’s Wrong with It?

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Fix MSE Utility – Repair Microsoft Security Essentials

Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Sending large files to a friend without a web service?
Create a torrent!

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
A Seriously Advanced Photo Tool – Free Image Analyzer 1.31

Right On Technology
Little Buddy GPS

Scoroncocolo Tech Pages
Backing Up and Synchronizing Files with SyncToy

What’s On My PC
Using your numeric keypad as a launcher…

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Online Collaboration with Microsoft SharedView

image Collaboration – the act of working jointly. With Microsoft SharedView (Beta2) software, you can share, review and update documents with multiple people (up to 15 people) by displaying what is on your computer screen. A Windows Live ID (Passport, Hotmail, or MSN) is required to initate a session, but is not required to join a session. You can use your Windows Live ID or a friendly name to join a session without signing in.

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Microsoft SharedView is also integrated with Windows Live Messenger where a session can be initiated by clicking on the SharedView menu item on the Activities menu.  Choosing this option will send an invite to join a SharedView session. The person you sent the invite to can easily join the session you initiated.

Microsoft SharedView is FREE to download and use.  To learn more about Microsoft SharedView and to watch its’ development, I encourage you to click on the following links.

Welcome to Microsoft SharedView

SharedView User Assistance Home Page

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Microsoft SharedView is a fast, easy way to share documents and screen views with small groups of friends or coworkers; anytime, anywhere. Use SharedView to put your heads together and collaborate – create, convey, and communicate…across physical boundaries, through firewalls, and down to the smallest details.

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Mrintech Post on FREE 500 MB Temporary File Sharing and Storage Service

Be sure to visit Mrintech – Your Computers & Technology Guide to get the scoop on Spread-it, a free file sharing service. No passwords to share, no software to install, no accounts to create, and no full mailboxes.

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Free Temporary File Storage upto 500 MB!

Sharing files via various file sharing networks are quite popular these days.

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Spread It is a free file sharing service which allows you to upload any file format upto 500 MB (Megabyte) in size. You can share the Uploaded files via E-mail and the recipient will get the necessary download link immediately in his/her Inbox!

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Pogoplug – Share and Access Files from Anywhere

Pogoplug is a device that started shipping this week that really caught my eye… Pogoplug is a “plug and play” network device that I see  becoming popular with the “file sharing” crowd.

Pogoplug

Pogoplug

You simply connect the Pogoplug device to your home network router; then connect an external drive or memory stick to the Pogoplug.  You can then access the files on the external drive or memory stick from anywhere on the internet by logging into an account that you setup with Pogoplug.  In essence you are creating a network attached storage device (NAS) using one or more external hard drives or memory sticks; however, on the negative side you have to go through the Pogoplug website to access your files.  Only concern I have at this time with this device is the level of security.

Pogoplug

Features:

Easy to install — Installing your Pogoplug is as simple as connecting two cables, then visiting the Pogoplug website.

Full Web access — All the files from your external hard drive can be viewed or downloaded through your Web browser, with no need to download or install extra software.

iPhone support — Access all your media from an iPhone, and even send new pictures from your iPhone straight to your home, with a single click.

Works just like your hard drive — Your Pogoplug is accessible through Windows Explorer and Mac Finder. It’s just like using a drive that is directly connected to your computer.

Safe, simple sharing — Easily share your home videos and photos with friends and family. No uploading required!

Add-ons — Pogoplug is getting even better all the time. The Pogoplug system is expandable over the Web. Soon, Pogoplug can connect directly to popular sites such as backup, file synchronization, photo printing and more.

Specs:

  • Dimensions (L x W x D): 4″ x 2.5″ x 2″
  • Power requirements: 100-240V, 50/60HZ
  • Drive connection: USB 2.0
  • Network connection: Gigabit Ethernet
  • Operating Systems: MS Windows XP, Vista (32-bit), Mac OSX 10.5 and above (Intel based)
  • Web browsers: Safari, FireFox 3, IE 7, Chrome

Reviews: If you are interested in the PogoPlug, I strongly encourage you to read the following reviews:

Gizmodo: Pogoplug Review: Share Any USB Disk Over the Net (Even to iPhone)

Engadget: Pogoplug review

cnet: First hands-on with Pogoplug

CrunchGear: Review: PogoPlug USB hard drive network sharing

Popular Science: Access Any Hard Drive from the Internet

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411 for Spyware and Malware Assistance

4-1-1 is one of those telephone numbers we learn to use (and remember) to call the operator for directory assistance (to help us locate a directory listing). It is one of those services that is there to help us when we are in a bind.

As a computer user, what an advantage it would be to have a service available that you could consult with to find information about malware and spyware infections.  Look no further…

If you suspect you are a victim of a malware or spyware infection where malicious software or content has installed on your PC, without your permission, then you need to visit:

http://www.411-spyware.com/

411-Spyware

411-Spyware is your online directory (click links below) for identifying specific infections and removal assistance for:

If you are tech, 411-Spyware is a great research starting point. The site provides visual cues of what the infections look like, descriptions and removal instructions. If you are new to computers and do not fully understand what malware is, I encourage you to visit this site for the educational experience (with pictures and all). Everything that you see on that site are examples of infections that have been engineered to exploit your computer and ultimately compromise your privacy.  Remember, 411-Spyware for spyware and malware assistance!

Tips to remember if you think your computer is infected:

If there are noticeable changes to your computer such as slowness, sudden pop-up ads, browser redirects, homepage changes, fake security software, then you are most likely infected.  Do not panic!

Write down exactly what you are seeing.  This is very helpful for researching and accurately identifying the problem.

Disconnect from the internet…  Do not continue using the internet to do your shopping, banking or other online activities that involve user names, passwords or other sensitive information until you are sure the problem has been resolved.

Use layers of protections (firewall, anti-virus, anti-malware, anti-spyware).

Maintain your Windows and Software updates.

Use common sense when surfing the internet.  If it looks too good to be true, avoid it!

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#1)

Geek Squeak

Cloud computing safer than on-premisesComputerWorld

Check the Speed of Your FlashdriveTTC Shelbyville

Your Electric Wiring Is A Wi-Fi Network AlternativeBill Mullins’ Tech Thoughts

Wired or Wireless?*Tech-for Everyone

USB Locker – Free USB Port Disabler ProgramPiyadas World

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Good Example of “The Dangers of Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Programs”

This to me is unbelievable… We have been living (and practically brainwashed) in this era of so called “Homeland Security”, yet it has been discovered that as a result of a peer-to-peer file sharing program being installed on a defense contractor’s computer, The President’s helicopter (Marine One) has been exposed as a result of a security breach.

I encourage you to read the clips below from an article that was posted by MSNBC. In summary, engineering and communications information about Marine One was found at an IP address in Tehran, Iran and was tracked back to the defense contractor’s site; and, back to the computer workstation where the breach occurred.

Marine One

“Peer-to Peer File Sharing” programs are notorious vehicles for introducing malicious content to your computer. In this case, the user (or employee) had not a clue that they were sharing more than they  bargained for. It is my guess that this employee had a high security clearance, yet they managed to install and use a program on a network system that should have been heavily guarded and monitored.  One has to wonder, what else are we giving away?

clipped from www.msnbc.msn.com


Report: Obama helicopter security breached


Pa. company says blueprints for Marine One found at Iran IP address


A company that monitors peer-to-peer file-sharing networks has discovered a potentially serious security breach involving President Barack Obama’s helicopter, NBC affiliate WPXI in Pittsburgh reported Saturday.


“What appears to be a defense contractor in Bethesda, Md., had a file-sharing program on one of their systems that also contained highly sensitive blueprints for Marine One,” Boback said.


Someone from the company most likely downloaded a file-sharing program, typically used to exchange music, not realizing the potential problems, Boback said.


“When downloading one of these file-sharing programs, you are effectively allowing others around the world to access your hard drive,” Boback said.

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