SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive m3.0 256GB

Quickly and easily transfer your files between OTG-enabled Android smartphones and tablets1 and PC and Mac computers. Free up space to add more photos, videos, songs, and other stuff. Simply connect the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0 to the micro-USB port of your Android device and move content to the drive. Quickly transfer files at up to 150MB/s* from drive to computer with the high-speed USB 3.0 connector. Spend less time waiting to transfer a full-length movie to the drive than with a standard USB 2.0 drive3. The SanDisk Memory Zone app (available on Google Play) helps you manage your phone’s memory2, making it easy to move, view, copy, or back up your photos and videos to the drive, so you’re always ready to take more videos and pictures on the go.

SOURCE: Amazon – SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive 

Top Ten Best Sellers – Data Storage

This week I went on the hunt at Amazon to see what the TOP TEN best sellers were in Data Storage devices (see results below). The top dog in this category was the:

Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive with USB 3.0

 

#1: Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA1000400)

#2: WD Blue 1TB SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive (WD10EZEX)

#3: Samsung 32GB BAR (METAL) USB 3.0 Flash Drive (MUF-32BA/AM)

#4: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM)

#5: Seagate Expansion 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEA2000400)

#6: WD 1TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive – USB 3.0 – WDBUZG0010BBK-WESN

#7: WD 2TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive – USB 3.0 – WDBU6Y0020BBK-WESN

#8: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E500B/AM)

#9: SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 64GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive, Frustration-Free Packaging- SDCZ36-064G-AFFP

#10: Seagate Expansion 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEB5000100)

Bill And George Fall For The Flash Drive Scam

What is nice about having your own blog is that you can have some fun with your friends and at the same time educate others…

My elders alway told me, “If it is too good to be true, stay away from it…” Two computer friends of mine, who I will call Bill and George, came across a “no name” flash drive that was advertised as 1 TB for $16 (out of China). They were excited when they received their perfectly packaged “no name” drives (all the way from China) and were bragging to ALL, “look what we got, 1 TB drives for $16″… Their excitement soon turned to blush when they started filling the drive with data and discovered at approximately 10% capacity of the drive the data started spilling out and the drive would not accept anymore data.

Flash Drive Scam Alert

Bill and George were victims of what has become a very common scam on the internet of counterfeit USB flash drives. Many of the these drives can be found on eBay (and even Amazon); typically ship from China; and, often are in packaging (and branding) that replicates popular manufacturer’s such as Kingston, SanDisk, Toshiba and Corsair. Oftentimes, the seller themselves are unaware that the drives are counterfeit and take the hit on this, as the middleman (resulting in poor customer feedback that affects their seller ratings).

So, as you can see great measure and tactic has been taken by these crooks to take your money. Usually, with these drives, most folks do not realize in time, that there is an issue, due to the fact most folks do not “right away” start maxing out the capacity of the drive.

Again, “If it is too good to be true, stay away from it…”.  Here are two tips to abide by when purchasing these drives:

  1. Do your homework… See what is current from reputable manufacturer’s (such as Kingston, Corsair, Sandisk, Patriot, etc…). You will get a general idea of what the current generation drive capacities are (and their true costs). For example, CLICK HERE to see the real cost of what a 1TB drive can be at present…
  2. Buy only from a reputable online source or buy at a local box store… I am seeing that a great majority of these counterfeit drives are found on eBay and typically ship from China (making it difficult to get your money back).

FREE Kapersky Security Tools — and MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-09)

FREE Kapersky Security Tools – Kaspersky Lab is world renown for its’ security products, such as anti-virus, anti-malware and firewall applications, in addition to security systems designed for small business, corporations and large enterprises.

Kaspersky Lab

In addition to their fine security applications, they also have a page setup — CLICK HERE — where you can download a variety of FREE security tools that they have put together that you may be interested in:

Kaspersky Software Updater – Keep your PC software up-to-date and secure. The tool automatically gives you a list of new updates, and applies only those ones you select.

Kaspersky Password Manager – Securely store your passwords & sync them across PC, Mac, iPhone & iPad and Android devices – for safer access to accounts, apps & websites.

Kaspersky Cleaner (link is direct file dowloand) – Make your PC run smoothly & effectively, by cleaning it from junk files & temporary items – and tune up your digital privacy.

Kaspersky Safe Kids – Protect your kids from digital dangers – so they can enjoy and learn more from the digital world.

Kaspersky Security Scan – Scan your PC for malware that may be hidden on it. Get a detailed security status report – plus tips on improving your PC protection.

Kaspersky Rescue Disk (link is direct file download) – Check and cure your computer when it is critically infected and it is impossible to boot the operating system.

Kaspersky Virus Removal Tool  (link is direct file download)- Get quick help for your PC. Download an efficient tool to clean up your computer from viruses, Trojans, malware, adware and more.

Kaspersky Internet Security – (Multi-Device) Get the one-license solution that delivers premium protection for your money, kids, privacy and more on PC, Mac and Mobile.

My Kaspersky – Remotely manage the security of all your devices from a simple web portal – plus get access to free Kaspersky security services.

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MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF

Craigslist On Steroids – I have been trying to pay more attention to some of the Windows Store apps (for Windows 8.1 and 10) and hope to feature some of the apps that I think are worth installing. One of the first apps I installed (since I am a Craigslist user) was CPlus for Craigslist. If you are a Craigslist user, I encourage you to definitely take a look at this app. Makes browsing Craigslist a much more enjoyable and streamlined (faster) experience.

CPlus for Craigslist

Screenshot: Main Page

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How To Create A Slide To Shutdown Shortcut In Windows 10 – The Windows Club has given us a “how to” Create A Slide To Shutdown Shortcut In Windows 10. Once you follow their instructions, simply click on the shortcut and the lock screen will roll half way down the screen. When it stops, simply take your mouse and drag it to the bottom edge of the screen and your computer will commence to shutdown. You can back out of this, if you decide to not pull down the lock screen (from the halfway point), by hitting the “esc” key on your keyboard (at which point the lock down screen will roll back to the top).  To add to this, I right clicked the shortcut I added and selected a different icon (such as the shutdown icon). I then pinned the shortcut to my taskbar. This shortcut makes shutting down your PC much easier…

To add to this, I right clicked the shortcut I created and selected a different icon (such as the shutdown icon). I then pinned the shortcut to my taskbar. This shortcut makes shutting down your PC much easier…

Create A Slide To Shutdown Shortcut In Windows 10

Create Slide To Shutdown shortcut

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An Ultrasmall Highspeed USB 3.0 Flash Drive That’s Ideal For Notebooks – Last year I installed a 128 GB SSD drive in my old notebook computer. To compliment that drive, I am looking to get one of these small USB low profile drives to give me more space (to store personal files). Right now my radar has me looking at the SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

SanDisk Ultra Fit 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

SanDisk Ultra Fit 128 GB

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Geek Squeaks #2015-13 @ What’s On My PC (Featuring: Rdio Announces FREE Access To Live Broadcast Radio — and MORE STUFF)

Rdio Announces FREE Access To Live Broadcast Radio – What this means is that you can search for your favorite stations (by name, call letters or frequency) and listen to them live. To visit Rdio — click here

Rdio is an online music service that offers ad-supported free streaming and ad-free subscription streaming services in 85 countries.[4] It is available as a website and also has applications for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone mobile devices, which can stream music from its servers or download music for offline playback. — source: Wikipedia

Rdio

Did you know your smartphone is loaded with more fecal coliform than a toilet seat? – After you read this article at Forbes, “5 Gadgets With More Germs Than Your Toilet Seat” you may think twice about using someone elses’ phone (and even your own)… As a matter of fact there is more bacteria being harbored on our devices than a toilet seat.

 Bacterial growth from phone imprints.

SanDisk Connect 32GB Wireless Flash Drive – Wirelessly store, share, stream movies, photos, music, and documents across your smartphones, tablets and computers with the SanDisk Connect 32GB Wireless Flash Drive. You can simultaneously can connect and access data on up to 8 devices via Wi-Fi. Works on all Wi-Fi enabled devices (no internet connection, cables or router required.

SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive

Some Good Movies At Crackle This MonthCrackle is an online movie and tv site where you can watch movies and tv shows for FREE. It is actually pretty good and they change their venue on a regular basis.

21 (2008)

Barney’s Version (2010)

Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)

Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star (2011)

Detention (2011)

District 9 (2009)

Exorcism of Emily Rose, The (2005)

The Eye (2008)

Fisher King, The (1991)

Guess Who (2005)

Heavy Metal (1981)

Heavy Metal 2000 (2000)

I Spy (2002)

Jawbreaker (1999)

Jerry Maguire (1996)

The Legend of Zorro (2005)

Leprechaun (1993)

Leprechaun II (1994)

Leprechaun III (1995)

Leprechaun IV: In Space (1996)

Leprechaun V: In the Hood (2000)

Leprechaun VI: Back 2 tha Hood (2003)

Lockout (2012)

Mr. Baseball (1992)

The Net (1995)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

Return of the Living Dead III (1993)

Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis (2005)

Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave (2005)

The Rum Diary (2011)

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Skulls, The (2000)

Skulls 2, The (2002)

Skulls 3, The (2004)

Steamboy (2004)

Toy Soldiers (1991)

Vantage Point (2008)

Year One (2009)

You Got Served (2004)

You Got Served: Beat the World (2011)

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TODAY ONLY = Up to 40% Off Select Transcend Memory Cards, USB Drives, and Solid-State Drives

A quick post this morning (Thursday – June 11, 2015)… Noticed that Amazon has up to 40% off on select Transcend products (such as memory cards, USB Drives, and Solid State Drives). I recently upgraded my 5 year old laptop with a Transcend SSD (Solid State Drive) and what a noticeable performance increase. If interested in checking this deal out, click the link below…

Today only, enjoy special savings on Transcend memory products.
This one-day offer is valid on June 11, 2015,
or while supplies last.

Transcend

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A Flash Drive That Is As Small As Your Thumbnail

Recently purchased a couple of the SanDisk Cruzer Fit 8GB USB 2.0 Low-Profile Flash Drives to use with my car and truck audio systems (which means — “no more CD’s”)… Due to the small size of these drives they are best suited for purposes such as this where you plug them in and leave them in place.  I am thinking about purchasing some more of these flash drives, in the larger capacities (>8GB) to serve as my tech toolbox and carry in my wallet. When I got these drives I was really fascinated with how small they were and was saying to myself “How is this possible?”…

SanDisk Cruzer Fit 8GB USB 2.0 Low-Profile Flash Drives

SanDisk Cruzer Fit

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TECH DEAL – Lexar JumpDrive S73 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (limited time only)

I don’t know how long this one will last…  A Lexar JumpDrive S73 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive (for less than $50 + FREE Shipping)…

 Lexar JumpDrive S73 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Lexar 128 GB

Store and transfer content faster with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology

Speeds up to 3 times faster (up to 45MB/s read and 20MB/s write

Retractable connector with convenient thumb slide

Reliably stores and transfers photos, videos, files, and more

Compatible with PC and Mac systems

Nice Deal On Toshiba TransMemory Flash Drives

Remember when the flash drive technology first came out. We couldn’t wait to get our hands on one. Today is no exception, especially that the capacity of the these little drives exceed the levels of what some hard drives used to be.

Today I came across a good deal on the Toshiba TransMemory USB 3.0 Flash Drives that you may be interested in. These drives are especially handy for people who work in the information technology profession and for the everyday homebody who wants to store important files off site (i.e. in a bank deposit box).

Toshiba Transmemory Flash Drives

 

Amazon carries several models of these from the 32 GB capacity all the way up to the 128 GB capacity with a drop in the pricing at this time.

SanDisk Connect 32GB Wireless Flash Drive For Smartphones And Tablets

Everyday I become more enchanted with technology and what is out there (NOW) for our use. I came across a really neat product from SanDisk called the SanDisk Connect, that if I described it in one line, it would be something like this — “The SanDisk Connect Is A Flash Drive On Steroids”…

This drive is like no other flash drive. With the SanDisk Connect you can wirelessly store, share, stream movies, photos, music, and documents across your smartphones, tablets and computers. If you are looking to upgrade to another flash drive, I would definitely take a look at one of these [CLICK HERE]. The cost is more than a typical flash drive; however, the capability here outweighs the cost. Great customer reviews, as well.

SanDisk Connect

 

FEATURES:

  • Simultaneously connect & access data stored on up to 8 devices via Wi-Fi
  • No internet connection, cables or router required, works on all Wi-Fi enabled devices
  • Up to 4 hours of video streaming on a single charge
  • Access with free app, compatible with iOS 5.0 or later, Android 2.3 or later and Kindle devices
  • Access with internet browser, compatible with all Wi-Fi enabled devices
  • Charging and accessing with USB 2.0 connection interface or higher
  • Optional Wi-Fi password protection and 128-bit AES encryption

Today’s Geek Squeaks – December 10, 2013

SELLING OR SCRAPPING YOUR PC? If so, you need to securely wipe the hard drive with Darik’s Boot and Nuke…

LISTEN TO THE NEWS ON YOUR SMARTPHONE with an Android app that was selected as one of the top apps for 2013. I currently have this on my phone and I love it.  Especially, when on a commute…

TODAY’S RANDOM TECH SITE PICK is a tech blog focused on helping users find simple solutions to their everyday problems. It is bookmarked as one of my favorites…

JUST CALL MY iPHONE MY BINKY! This is what an author at PCMag referred to his iPhone after trying out the Nexus 5. I love my Nexus 5 and who knows, it just may become my binky : )

THE SANDISK CONNECT WIRELESS FLASH DRIVE looks like a regular flash drive, but this is a total upgrade. Simply turn it on and connect wirelessly from your mobile device or computer–no Internet connection required.…

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Darik’s Boot and Nuke

(Windows OS)

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Darik’s Boot and Nuke is a bootable tool – in ISO format – which securely wipes the hard drive of your choice. It’s ideal if you’re about to sell or scrap a PC and want to be sure no-one can recover your personal data… GET IT HERE (FOR FREE)


Umano: News Read To You

(Android OS)

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Listen to our ever growing catalog of articles from the world’s best publishers and bloggers narrated by professional voice-actors. Whether commuting, working out at the gym, or cooking at home, let Umano accompany you and enrich your day.

Time: “Umano: One of 50 Best Android Apps of 2013”

Forbes: “Umano. Can you think of a better way to pass the time on a commute?”

Key features:

★ Your daily headline news and thousands of articles narrated by REAL people
★ Enjoy a wide selection of articles from Technology to Lifestyle
★ Simple and intuitive design. Ideal for using while on-the-go.
★ Build your own playlist or let Umano create one for you based on your interest or time available.
★ Download capabilities for offline listening.
★ See what your friends are listening to and share articles with friends via Email, Twitter or Facebook. Friends can listen, even if they don’t have Umano!
★ Slick car mode designed for a perfect in-car experience
★ And many more…

GET IT HERE


Today’s Random Tech Site Pick (with sample article)

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(as listed @ Bookmarks4Tech.com)

Easily Convert Local & Cloud Drive Videos & Audio Files Online – It’s fairly hard to keep track of all the web based media converters that are now at our disposal, that lets us perform a wide array of audio and video conversion without downloading some resource-hungry desktop program. While many of these online tools are meant only for a specific type of files, there are some options available that support a wide range of formats, eliminating the need to use multiple tools for the purpose. Online Video Converter is one such robust web app that can convert audio and video files between almost all major formats… READ MORE


It’s Not You, It’s Me:
Breaking Up With the Nexus 5 After 24 Hours

@ PCMag.com

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I’ve been a happy iPhone user since the 3G was released in 2008 and no alternatives have since been able to lure me away. However, when the forces of logic and lust collide, they compel me to take action. That was the case last month when Google released the Nexus 5…. READ MORE


SanDisk Connect 32GB Wireless Flash Drive

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The SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive lets you store and access your music, videos, photos, and documents wirelessly on multiple devices. Its 150-foot range means you can share photos on your friend’s Kindle Fire device across the room or stream a movie to your sister’s laptop in the next plane row. The drive provides up to four hours of continuous streaming on a single charge1. To recharge, simply plug the drive into your computer’s USB port… GET IT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – Happy Thanksgiving


HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM WHAT’S ON MY PC
– You can tell you ate too much for Thanksgiving when you have to let your bathrobe out—Jay Leno

DECORATE YOUR DESKTOP with these animated Christmas trees, lights and 3D snow globes…

A PORTABLE WEB BROWSER that you carry with you on a stick (flash drive)…

A TECHIE SET OF ADJUSTABLE DUMBBELLS to help work off the winter and holiday season fat…


We Give Thanks

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Our Father in Heaven,
We give thanks for the pleasure
Of gathering together for this occasion.
We give thanks for this food
Prepared by loving hands.
We give thanks for life,
The freedom to enjoy it all
And all other blessings.
As we partake of this food,
We pray for health and strength
To carry on and try to live as You would have us.
This we ask in the name of Christ,
Our Heavenly Father.

– Harry Jewell


Get Ready For Christmas With These Animated Christmas Trees, Lights and Snowglobes

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Add a fresh touch to your desktop and get in the Christmas spirit with these various trees, lights and snow globes.

No installation or un-installation required, just unzip the files and run. To access the settings, right-click on the tree.

GET ‘EM HERE


In My Opinion – Best Portable App Browser Out There

Pale Moon Portable

Over the holidays you may be at more than one PC to access your personal files and data on the internet. The thing you don’t want to do is leave behind are any traces or tracks that can compromise your accounts and privacy. A workaround to this is to use Pale Moon as your browser and to run it from a stick (flash drive)…  I have used this browser extensively from my flash drive and I can tell you it is the best one out there in terms of performance and security…

Pale Moon portable has been specifically designed to take with you on removable media with high wear and slow access, and its default settings reflect this.

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Pale Moon offers you a browsing experience in a browser completely built from source with carefully selected features and optimizations to maximize the browser’s speed*, stability and user experience, while maintaining compatibility with the thousands of Firefox extensions you have come to love and rely on.

GET IT HERE FOR FREE


Rapidly Switch From One Exercise To The Next With This Techie Set of Dumbbells

by Bowflex

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If you want to get a good strength workout at home, but don’t have much space, the Bowflex 552 SelectTech Dumbbells are an ideal solution. Newly designed, the innovative pair of 552 SelectTech Dumbbells combines 15 sets of weights into one using a unique dial system. It’s one of the most space-efficient and flexible strength-training options available with its unique and effective design. With just the turn of a dial, you can automatically change your resistance on each dumbbell from 5 pounds all the way up to 52.5 pounds of weight. It adjusts in 2.5-pound increments (up to 25 pounds), enabling you to gradually increase your strength without bulking up… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 7, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (FREE Software To Hide Files and Folders): When it comes to data security on my PC (and flashdrive); I am a firm believer that if you cannot see it, then it does not exist. I have been experimenting with Wise Folder Hider and I am impressed; especially with the portable version where you can hide the entire contents of the flash drive (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Which CPU is faster or better?): We all like to comparison shop. Below you will find a site that will allow you to compare CPU’s with the ranking being performed in real time. Also a good site to teach you about CPUs (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Lock Down Your Evernotes With 2-Step Verification): I currently use Gmail’s 2-step verification and welcome that Evernote has headed in the same direction.  If your Evernote data is important to you, then lock it down tightly with this feature (SEE BELOW); AND,

Squeak #4 – (A Tech Deal of The Day ): Heck of a deal on PNY flash memory, USB drives and smartphone batteries (SEE BELOW).

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Hide Private Files, Photos, Videos And Other Personal Data From Your PC For FREE

Wise Folder Hider

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Free of Charge – Wise Folder Hider is a completely freeware. It costs $0 for all users to use the functions, get newest updates and enjoy basic technical supports.

Easy to Hide Data – Only with a few simple clicks can you hide your private and sensitive data like docs, photos, videos, folders, etc.

Double Password Protection – Mechanism of Two-Tier-Passwords makes the hiding safe enough. One password to log in and the other one to hide and unhide the data.

Support Drag and Drop – You can simply drag and drop a file/folder into Wise Folder Hider. This feature is avaliable in Win8/7/Vista OS(only when UAC is disabled) and XP OS.

Flash Drive Hiding Supported (not External Hard Disk) – Wise Folder Hider can hide the entire Flash Drive as well as the folders and files in it.

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CPUBoss

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Compare CPU’s HERE…  Also, once you get to the site, be sure to check out SSDBoss!


Two-Step Verification Available to All Users

@ Evernote

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Two-step verification, also known as two-factor authentication, adds an additional layer of security to the login process, requiring you to enter a special code from your phone, in addition to your regular username and password. The goal of this extra step is to combine something you know (your password) with something only you would have access to (your phone)… READ MORE


Tech Deal of the Day (Oct 7th Only)

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Amazon has a heck of deal (today only) on PNY flash memory, USB drives and smartphone batteries… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 21, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (How to get to the Windows 8 event logs): I ran into a situation with my computer where I needed to get to the Windows 8 event logs to perform some troubleshooting. Do you think I could remember how? Guess it is age or I don’t troubleshoot enough. Take a minute to read how to get to this log in Windows 8 and take a look at what the log looks like. You may need it in the future (see below);

Squeak #2 – (A Pill That Turns Your Body Into A Password): A friend of mine put me on this one. You can’t make this stuff up, because this is real. Motorola has revealed a stomach acid-powered pill that will literally will use your body for password authentication. I can see it now in the workplace; “Did you take your password pill this morning? If not, please proceed to HR for a suppository.” (see below);

Squeak #3 – (Remotely Change Your Password On Your Android Device):  Ever lose your android smartphone? Google recently came out with an update to their Android Device Manager that gives you the ability to remotely change the password on your phone or tablet, in the event it is lost or stolen (see below); AND,

Squeak #4 – (128 GB Flash Drive): It amazes me how flash drives are slowly evolving into excellent backup strategy options by the amount of space that is being developed for the drives (see below)…

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Finding the Windows 8 System Log

@ Computer Performance (CP)

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Launch the Windows 8 Event Viewer – To get started with the Event Viewer press Winkey +w, this launches the Search box with the focus on Settings.  Now type: “ev” you should see ‘View event logs’… READ MORE


Google-owned Motorola reveals stomach acid-powered tablet that turns your body into a password

“The tablets contain a small chip with a switch and something that amounts to an inside-out potato battery,” Wired UK explains. “After swallowing it the acids in your stomach act as electrolytes, which power the battery and turn the switch on and off in a sequence.”… READ MORE

 


Google now lets you change your password remotely on an Android device

 @ TechHive

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Google has begun rolling out an update to its Google Play Services that includes the ability to remotely change your phone unlock password—a major addition since the search giant released the Android Device Manager last month… READ MORE


SanDisk Cruzer Glide 128 GB USB Flash Drive

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Store and protect everything from cherished photos and videos to sensitive work files with the Cruzer Glide USB Flash Drive. This 128 GB drive comes with SanDisk SecureAccess software, which lets you password-protect and encrypt files you want to keep private while permitting access to files you want to share. Additionally, Cruzer Glide’s 2 GB of secure online storage make it easy to safeguard your most valued files. The compact drive features a red slider that glides shut to shield the USB jack… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 12, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: The first squeak on the list is the Youtube Downloader, that gives you the ability to download Youtube videos to your computer and covert them to a device friendly format;

Squeak #2: Now, this is unique in that it is an utility that will help you create a multi-boot USB Flashdrive where you can boot into different operating system environments;

Squeak #3: The mother load of all Geek reference sites… If you are into IT, this is a must have site…

Squeak #4: I am a real advocate of the SanDisk Cruzer portable flash drives.  A real investment at a cheap price…

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Youtube Downloader HD

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Youtube Downloader HD is a free tool to download videos from YouTube and save it to your local computer. The videos can be converted to avi video format or to mp4 (compatible with iPod, iPhone)… GET IT HERE


How to Run Multiple Operating Systems From a USB Drive

@ Instant Fundas

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YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer) can create a Multiboot USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more… READ MORE


GEGeek – PC Tech Reference

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If you are a tech or into information technology, I highly recommend that you bookmark this site. This site is managed by a person who is actively employed in the field of IT… SEE IT HERE


Take It All With You On Reliable SanDisk USB Flash Drives

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I have owned several of these drives over the years and can attest to their reliability. Available in 4GB, 8GB,16GB and 32GB capacities… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 7, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

  • A must-have Android App that someday will help you locate your Android phone or tablet, in the event it is stolen or misplaced;
  • Need a Start Menu for Windows 8? Check out Classic Shell. One of the best out there (and for FREE);
  • 3D printers are doing some pretty scary things. You need to read the article below from MIT; AND,
  • Flash Drives are changing, as we know it and becoming more powerful (and useful).

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COMING SOON!
An Official Android App (by the Android Team) To Allow You To Easily Find And Manage Your Devices

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This service will be available later this month on devices running Android 2.2 or above; to use it, you also will need to be signed into your Google Account. There will also be an Android app to allow you to easily find and manage your devices. Stay tuned!… READ MORE


Best (FREE) Start Menu For Windows 8

@Classic Shell

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Classic Shell™ is a collection of usability enhancements for Windows. The main features are:

  • Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins
  • Start button for Windows 7 and Windows 8
  • Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer
  • Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer

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MIT Researchers: Printable Keys
Make Mechanical Locks Insecure

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Along with fellow student and researcher David Lawrence, Mr. Van Albert showed off a software tool that used scans from a flatbed scanner of a highly advanced “secure” key design to create a 3D model of the key and then duplicate it via online printing services Shapeways (nylon; $5 USD) and i.Materialise (titanium: $150 USD)… READ MORE


SanDisk Connect 32GB Wireless Flash Drive

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  • Wirelessly store, share, stream movies, photos, music, and documents across your smartphones, tablets and computers
  • Simultaneously connect & access data stored on up to 8 devices via Wi-Fi
  • No internet connection, cables or router required, works on all Wi-Fi enabled devices
  • Up to 4 hours of video streaming on a single charge
  • Access with free app, compatible with iOS 5.0 or later, Android 2.3 or later and Kindle devices

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Use PDFProtect to Password Protect Your PDF Files

A couple days back I featured an article titled, “Storing and Opening Password Protected PDF Files Online Using Google Drive and SkyDrive”, that explained how Google Drive and SkyDrive have the ability to open password protected PDF files. The problem is, you may not have the software or may be in a situation away from your computer where you cannot perform this task. This is where the online service called PDFProtect can help you.

PDFProtect

Simply visit PDFProtect, upload your PDF file, create a password to protect your PDF file, select the encryption strength and if your file contains personal or confidential information select secure connection. Once the file has been uploaded and the password protection has been added, you will be prompted to download the PDF file that is now password protected. PDFProtect allows a file size up to 50 MB…

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Mailbox (iPhone/iPad) – Promises to change email forever

Web Developer Cheat Sheets

One Million Hits–Wow

Kingston Digital DataTraveler SE9 16GB USB 2.0

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A Low Profile 32 GB Flash Drive That Is Well Suited for A Tablet Computer or Car Audio System

The Tech Product for this week is the SanDisk Cruzer Fit CZEE 32 GB Flash Drive. The best way to describe this drive is that it is discreet.  As a matter of fact, the only bad about this drive is that it is so discreet you may just forget about it.  Otherwise, this drive is well suited for a  tablet computer or car audio where it is a very low profile and inconspicuous. This drive does not protrude from the side of the device like a typical in size flash drive.

Just how small is the Cruzer Fit CZEE 32 GB Flash Drive?  It is next to the size of a dime, so be careful that you do not lose it (or forget about it). Personally, I like the size and typically keep it in my computer to backup my personal documents.

Get the specs from the manufacturer – [ HERE ]

SanDisk Cruzer Fit CZEE 32 GB Flash Drive

Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about the SanDisk Cruzer Fit CZEE 32 GB Flash Drive [CLICK HERE]

  • Low-profile design for easy USB connectivity
  • Store all your most important data with capacities up to 32GB**
  • SanDisk SecureAccess™ software provides password protection**
  • Includes up to 2GB of online backup optionally available from YuuWaa**
  • Fits unobtrusively in a tablet or car audio USB port

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An Upgraded (New) Weather Map From The Weather Underground

Today’s post is a short one, but a good one! The Weather Underground has come out with a NEW interactive weather map (big upgrade from previous map) , chocked full of features, in a full screen mode, called WunderMap.

WunderMap

You can immediately get a visual weather overview at the local, regional or continental level; additional map layers that can easily be defined, and an animation feature that beats any weather map out there.

You can try out WunderMap [ HERE ] .

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Facebook Messenger For Android Allows You To Use Your Name, Phone Number As Login

Store, protect, and transfer your files with ease using the Cruzer Fit USB Flash Drive

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Hide, Lock and Protect Your Files With This Unique Software

Carrying files on a flash drive is an easy method of transporting files to and from the office; BUT, did you ever stop and think; what the consequences would be if you lost the drive. Would you be exposing sensitive files and data to someone that found the drive that ultimately could come back to haunt you? Portable flash drives are small and can very easily lost or misplaced.

There are numerous methods available to encrypt files but most of the those methods can be time consuming, still can expose or give hints to the nature of the file data, and in most instances cannot be fully used on other PC’s due to limited access rights. As always, prior to transporting data to/from your home PC to another site (e.g. work), make sure you have permission to do so (e.g. consult with your network administrator).

I have experimented with many software utilities that will encrypt data on a drive to deter and prevent exposure of the data. If you do not know what encryption is, do not let the term scare you.

encryption is the process of transforming information (referred to as plaintext) using an algorithm (called cipher) to make it unreadable to anyone except those possessing special knowledge, usually referred to as a key. [ source: WikiPedia ]

An utility that I recently started to use and have been quite impressed with is called FREE SafeHouse Explorer.  FREE Safehouse Explorer is a FREE (never expires) product that is offered by a company called PCDynamics, Inc. to promote their other commercial products and to promote the importance of data privacy.

SafeHouse

FREE SafeHouse Explorer is initially installed on your PC, BUT there is a menu option in SafeHouse to copy the program to your flash drive or any external media. Once on your flash drive you will be prompted to create a volume storage area.  The volume storage area can be any size up to 2000 Gigabytes… In my case I have an 8 Gig flash drive and I created a 2 Gig volume area to store my sensitive files. Once your volume has been created, the actual program on the flash drive, called “SafeHouse Explorer” is the program that you use to move, copy, and delete files in the protected volume; thus, it makes no difference if you have administrative access rights on the PC or not. Basically, in summary, the  files that you intend on protecting are hidden inside this volume file that gives no hint of what the data may or could be. You can also backup these volume files; and to open them, you only need the “SafeHouse Explorer” program.  SafeHouse Explorer is very similar to Windows Explorer in appearance and operation. There are many features to this program, requires a minimal learning curve, and in the end I feel comfortable with the protection if offers in the event my drive is lost or stolen.

SafeHouse Explorer In Action

Main Features:

SafeHouse Explorer makes your secret files invisible and hides them from snoopers, intruders and anyone else who doesn’t have your permission to view them.

SafeHouse Explorer uses passwords and maximum-strength 256-bit advanced encryption to completely hide and defend your sensitive files, including photos, videos, spreadsheets, databases and just about any other kind of file that you might have.

SafeHouse Explorer can protect files residing on any drive, including memory sticks, external USB drives, network servers, CD/DVDs and even iPods. Supports U3 Smart Drives.

SafeHouse Explorer creates hidden private storage areas on your local hard drive or external media to hold your confidential files. Your files are completely invisible until you enter your password. After you enter your secret password, you access your files using SafeHouse Explorer’s familiar drag-and-drop Explorer-like interface.

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A Great Way To Backup Those Sensitive Tax Files On Your Computer Off Site

I just read that it is becoming more and more difficult to locate the paper tax forms and that more and more people are filing their taxes electronically. As a result, the tax data is often stored on the computer for which the taxes were filed; often to be forgotten. This can really be a privacy (and identity) issue should the integrity of the computer be compromised or the computer ends up in other hands; which it eventually will at the end of its’ life cycle.

Each year when I complete my taxes, using an online tax service provider, I am always given option to save my completed forms to an Adobe PDF file. Typically, I encrypt those tax form files (and any other sensitive files) on my PC using a program called Axcrypt. I then copy the encrypted files to a flash drive that I have set aside to store nothing but sensitive documents, files, photos, etc…

Flash Drive

The reason I copy this data to a flash drive is that I then keep the flash drive in a safety deposit box (off site) where I can get to what is important to me in the event of a disastrous event (such as computer hard drive failure, house fire, flood, etc…).  As a matter of fact, if you have a scanner, scan your sensitive documents and save them to that flash drive. Again, as an additional layer of protection encrypt the files on the flash drive.

If you do not have a flash drive, get one. I went on the hunt (for you) and found (Today Only) a 32 GB SanDisk Cruzer Drive at Amazon for under $25 (as part of their Deal of the Day).  There are other flash drive options out there as well [CLICK HERE] .

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Bookmark This (#20) – TuneIn

Bookmarks4Techs News Clip – Introducing Chrome for Android

HOT HOT HOT – OneNote for Android is here —
get it now or live with regret
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HOT HOT HOT – Spot Fake Facebook Profiles + More
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Liberate Your Flash Drive with LiberKey

Managing apps on a flash drive can be a real challenge even for the polished IT professional. Flash Drives have given us the liberty to transport files from PC to PC and the ability to run apps (software applications) directly from these little buggers. Again the problem that occurs is the ability to manage and organize what we place on these drives.  I can remember when flash drives first came out and developers started creating portable apps. These apps were far and few between; however, today the portable apps available number into the hundreds.  You literally can create a computer on a stick…

To help manage what you place on your flash drive and to help you decide what apps to install, I use a portable menu management utility called LiberKey.

LiberKey

The abilities of LiberKey are phenomenal and will, in a sense, take complete charge of your drive. The most important feature I like about LiberKey is after I select the apps I want I can go back at anytime and have LiberKey update the apps to the current version. As a matter of fact, being big on flash drive usage, this feature alone is worth its’ weight in gold. I do not know how many times I have installed a portable app on my flash drive and never take the time to perform updates.

LiberKey is FREE; is host to over 292 applications that you can select from; plus, if you are not in the mood to specifically select what apps you want to install, you can actually take the lazy man’s way out and download a complete suite of apps in a batch.

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An Ideal Scanner for Converting and Capturing
Paper Based Documents

Ultra-Portable Mouse – Great Price

Hot Tech Site of the Day – ReviewGuy

What to do after Windows 7 SP 1 Installation
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GEEK SQUEAKS’ (#57) – Awesome Flash Drive, Microsoft Security Essentials, DVD Cloning and Fun, Microsoft Photo Gallery Features, and Moving Your Blog

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

Cruzer Flash Drive

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

Microsoft Security Essentials

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Free DVD Cloning Software | Amazing! | Friday Fun

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Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Windows Live Photo Gallery – Top 4 Features

Windows Live Photo Gallery

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Move your Blog from Blogger To WordPress without losing traffic

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[GEEK SQUEAKS’] – Free PDF Reader, New ThinkPad Tablet, Facebook Danger, Photos Gone Missing and SanDisk Flash Drive Bargain

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Sumatra PDF
Free PDF, XPS, DjVu, CBZ and CBR reader for Windows

Gadgetsholic
Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet Available in the US

Faster PC! Clean! Clean!
Don’t Click that
“This girl must be Out of her Mind” Facebook Video

Data Recovery Blog
5 Reasons Why Your Digital Photos Gone Missing

Geek Deal of the Day @ Amazon
SanDisk Cruzer 16 GB Cruzer USB 2.0 Flash Drive

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Make Using Your Flash Drive Easier with a USB Extension Cable

If you are someone that uses a USB flash drive on a regular basis, like I do, I highly recommend that you purchase a USB extension cable.  The extension cable makes it much easier to plug in your flash drive; plus, it prevents wear and tear on your computer’s USB port(s).

For example, I have the “male” end of my extension cable plugged into one of the ports at the rear of my PC (which is on the floor) and the “female” end of the cable lying on top of my desk.  Unlike USB desktop hubs, where again you have to fumble around and search for and plug in the flash drive, I simply lift the female end of the cable and plug in the drive.  It is the ultimate way to make using your flash drive an enjoyable experience.  I also use it to plug in a digital camera to download my pics from the camera to the PC.  The good part is that these cables are inexpensive (click here)

What type of cable to look for…

You can get these at just about any electronics store  (Amazon, Belkin, USB Gear, Circuit City, Radio Shack, Best Buy, etc…) and in various lengths.  Keep in mind, the USB standard limits the length of a USB cable to 5 meters (about 16.5 ft.).  You want Hi-Speed USB Revision 2.0 Shielded, USB Extension Cable USB Connector Type A Male to Type A Female. Don’t spend more than $10 bucks for one of these.

Example of a 9.8 ft/3.0 meter “USB Extension Cable”

USB Extension Cable

It’s the simple things that can make your computing life enjoyable!

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Prices Dropping on SanDisk Cruzer 16 GB Flash Drives

I have been noticing that if you look around, you can find a 16 GB SanDisk Cruzer Drive in the $25.00 range. As a matter of fact, at the time of this post, Amazon had one [ CLICK HERE ] listed for $22.99 plus shipping and handling. I can remember when the 16 GB SanDisk Cruzer drives were going for a whole lot more.

SanDisk Cruzer

I have been a user of these little retractable (dependable) drives for years and the 16 GB drive at those prices are looking real good to me. These drives are great for putting your computer on a stick (with portable apps) and for off site file storage.

With USB ports on computers, to new ports popping up on cars, DVD players, TVs, photo frames, and more, the need for a fast and reliable way to share your digital content on a moment’s notice is greater than ever.

The SanDisk® Cruzer® USB Flash drive meets that need. This reliable flash drive fits in the palm of your hand and gives you the storage capacity you need to store and transfer up to 16 GB of data.

While the drive is optimized for laptops and devices with USB 2.0 port, it is backwards compatible with older devices that have USB 1.1 ports, so you can be assured of near universal compatibility.

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CodySafe FREE – The Ultimate Portable Apps Menu

CodySafe Free If you are someone that carries their computer on a stick (flash drive), then you may want to take a look at CodySafe Free. I know there are many portable app menus and launchers available, but this one may be the most feature driven, nicest looking portable apps menu I have experienced thus far.

CodySafe Free

With CodySafe Free you can manage your portable apps in an easy and convenient way. The menu structure is completely configurable, plus with CodySafe Free there are popular portable apps available within the installation package that will install directly to your CodySafe drive.

CodySafe software allows you add free portable applications from the website. The installer specially designed for each application will install it directly on your portable drive, add the application to the menu, set the application category, organize it and allow one-click launching or automatic execution of the portable application.

Prominent features integrated into CodySafe Free are two security apps called ViruSense and DriveDoctor. ViruSense will detect and alert you if your Autorun.inf file has been modified, which in most cases is the evidence of virus activity. DriveDoctor will perform instant scanning of your drive for errors and runs periodical drive checks (scheduled tests) to keep your drive healthy.

Features:

  • Carry your favourite applications with you
  • Run applications on any PC with no need of installation
  • Leave no footprint on a host computer
  • Add, remove and manage portable apps with ease
  • Set custom command line arguments
  • Set applications Autorun
  • Set applications to run automatically
  • Create scripts that run before starting CodySafe
  • Set scripts to run upon exiting an application
  • Define Hot Keys for CodySafe functions
  • Make Hot Keys for launching your favorite applications
  • Compose Hot Keys for accessing your favorite websites

Completely FREE

CodySafe Free

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#58)

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

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

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

Canadian Tech Blogger
Apple Sells Over 1 Million iPads

Mrintech
Best Free Portable Apps Suite with 280+ Apps

TuneUp Blog about Windows
PC Optimization: The Green Way

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

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

Netbook Freeware
PeaZip: Best Free Compression Tool for Netbook

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

404 Tech Support
SparkChess – Quality, Free Chess Online

TTC Shelbyville
1.5 million stolen Facebook accounts up for grabs

Snakebytez
PDF OCR – OCR PDF Document to Editable Text

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites May 4

Tech-for Everyone
Click, click, fixed!

Rarst.net
Best and worst computing advice you know?

Lifehacker
Disable Google Chrome’s Location-Aware Browsing

Crazy World
of G HTC Incredible

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

Right On Technology
HP Buys Palm, Hints at WebOS Slate

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

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

Plato Press
Comodo Backup

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Secure USB Flash Drive

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#57)

It’s that time of the week here at What’s On My PC… Reflected is a rundown of articles, randomly selected, from the past week that have been posted by the friends on the What’s On My PC blogroll. If you have a passion for information technology and computers, these sites are the one’s to visit.

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thePC Security
Ultimate List of Best Portable Antivirus For Your USB

Carol’s Vault
Songr – Download free music from 15 search engines

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove TrustDoctor

Evilfantasy’s Blog
PageAddict Firefox extension

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Principles of Security: Keeping it Simple

Right On Technology
Gizmodo’s Editor Jason Chen’s House Raided

Free PC Security
Avira 10 Installation, Configuration and Test

AskBillFirst
Defective McAfee update causes worldwide meltdown of XP PCs | Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report | ZDNet.com

Tech-for Everyone
Amazingly Dangerous Email: Must See To Believe

Rarst.net
Speccy – basic system info tool from Piriform

Lifehacker
Google Earth Arrives Inside Google Maps on the Web
[Google Earth]

Snakebytez
New way to explore disk space usage with Disk Space Fan

Carputer’s News and Computer Tips
Malware: Infecting the Unexpecting

TTC Shelbyville
Chrome Stats for Nerds

404 Tech Support
Exploring the AT&T U-Verse

Netbook Freeware
FARR (Find and Run Robot): Best Free Application Launcher
for Netbooks

Worthy Tips
Download Microsoft Office 2010 Product Guide(Official)

I Love Free Software
Download Microsoft USB Flash Drive Manager Free

Canadian Tech News Blog
Why flash is like crack

Internet Security Blog
Cannot Delete Print Jobs Queue in Spooler – Use Stalled Printer Repair

Mrintech
Important Security Tips for Online Banking

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

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Styling Windows 7 (Part 1): How to Change the Visual Style

Plato Press
Cloud and Criminal Networking

What’s On My PC
A Portable Start Menu for your Flash Drive

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Secure USB Flash Drive

Anyone who uses a flash drive on a regular basis knows that the drives can be easily misplaced or lost and that the data can be easily compromised.  There are many software options out there to encrypt the data on these drives; however, it requires some tech know how to jump through all the hoops. Would not it be nice there was a way to protect the data on the flash drive from the “hardware” side, instead of the “software” side?

Just recently Corsair (maker of flash drives and memory modules) has come up with a 8 GB flash drive (called Corsair Padlock 2) that requires entering a 4 – 10 digit (PIN) Personal Identification Number, on a small built-in keypad, in order to make the drive accessible.

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How secure is the Corsair Padlock 2 ?

The Corsair Padlock 2 will automatically lock once the drive is removed from the computer; however, if you are an IT guy and you are travelling from one PC to another, there is an option to keep the drive unlocked until you lock it again. If you fail to enter the correct PIN, multiple times, you will automatically be locked out of the drive for 2 minutes.  If you forget the PIN, you can reset the drive back to factory specs; however, resetting the drive securely erases the data on the drive.

Current retail on this product can be found for $55.00 or less.  I am currently investigating this drive for my personal use and would love to hear from anyone who is currently using the Corsair Flash Padlock 2.

Details as published by Corsair:

The Corsair Flash Padlock 2 is perfect for transporting and protecting your sensitive business or personal information. With built-in 256-bit hardware data encryption, and access limited by a PIN, you can rest assured your information is safe from unintentional viewing. Built with the same ruggedized rubber housing found on the Corsair Flash Voyager family for durability, your data is protected from the elements as well.

Because the PIN keypad is integrated directly onto the flash drive, there is no software to install. Simply enter your own Personal Identification Number and your data is unlocked for use on virtually any PC operating system: Windows, OS X, or Linux—even game consoles. Without the PIN, your information stays secure and inaccessible.

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  • Secure: Hardware 256-bit encryption secures your data
  • Protection: Your own 4-10 digit PIN protects and locks access to the Flash Padlock 2
  • Capacity: Large 8GB storage gives you ample room to store all your sensitive documents, or up to 2,480 images, or up to 2,000 songs
  • Compatible: No software to install — Works on Windows, Mac or Linux based computers — Plug & Play compatible with virtually any USB port
  • Hacking Detection: Multiple failed entries locks device for 2 minutes to prevent repeated attempts to access data
  • Drive Recovery: If you lose your PIN, you can reset the Flash Padlock to its factory default state, securely erasing all data from the drive
  • Confidence: Protected by a limited 10 year warranted and backed by Corsair’s renowned customer service and support

View The Corsair Flash Padlock 2 Owner’s Manual [HERE] .

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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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A Portable Calculator for your Flash Drive…

I love portable apps and Day Maxi Calc is no exception. Day Maxi Calc is a calculator that is designed to be portable (small in file size), but big in appearance.  This calculator is a godsend for people like myself (middle aged), where the eyesight is the first to go. The interface is supersized (big buttons & wide display) so that you can easily perform your calculations, even from a distance.

The calculator is laid out with the basic button functions being conveniently accessible, incorporates all of your most common calculating functions, and the results are viewable just like the classic roll of paper on a real desktop calculator. There is even an option available to print or save your results. Numbers can be inputted from the keyboard.

Day Maxi Calc can be downloaded from [ here ] .  The author’s website for Day Maxi Calc is [ here ] .

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A Portable Start Menu for your Flash Drive

I generally am a person that likes to be organized; even when it comes to managing files and program apps on my flash drive. I have tried numerous menu launchers on my flash drive and the one I settled with in the end is called “Portable Start Menu”. This little menu app installs an icon in your system tray that serves as a start menu for your flash drive apps and it does not stop there.

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There are (3)-three features that I really like about Portable Start Menu:

You can configure Portable Start Menu, to automatically launch an application (or applications) when it starts up. For example, I carry my personal information manager with me. When I plug in my flash drive and start up “Portable Start Menu”, my personal information manager will automatically load and it is the first app I see.

    When you click on the Portable Start Menu Icon in the tray, you can readily see how much space you have remaining on your flash drive.

      When you get ready to unplug your flash drive, there is a menu selection available [ Close all running applications ]. This option will attempt to close any app you have open and once the apps is successfully closed a popup box (with an audio alert) will appear informing you it is safe to pull the drive. This feature alone is unheard of in the other portable menu apps I have tried. Many people lose data or cause file corruption on their flash drives due they end up pulling the drive before it has completed its’ operations.

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        Description:

        • Organize and launch applications via a tray menu
        • Closes running applications on USB-Sticks automatically
        • Checks if an application has been changed before execution
        • Quick Start functionality to start applications with a few keystrokes
        • Runs on USB-Sticks without leaving any traces on a host PC
        • Portable Start Menu is Freeware
        • Close running applications when you exit Portable Start Menu
        • Safely remove your USB-Stick
        • Supports relative paths
        • Can open folders, web sites, files, etc…

        Portable Start Menu is my menu launcher of choice on my flash drive. I have been using this app for over a year and it has not ever let me down.  Highly recommended!

        System: Win9x/Me/NT4/2000/2003/XP/Vista
        License: Freeware

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        Protecting sensitive files on your portable flash drive…

        Carrying files on a flash drive is an easy method of transporting files to and from the office; BUT, did you ever stop and think; what the consequences would be if you lost the drive. Would you be exposing sensitive files and data to someone that found the drive that ultimately could come back to haunt you? Portable flash drives are small and can very easily lost or misplaced.

        There are numerous methods available to encrypt files but most of the those methods can be time consuming, still can expose or give hints to the nature of the file data, and in most instances cannot be fully used on other PC’s due to limited access rights. As always, prior to transporting data to/from your home PC to another site (e.g. work), make sure you have permission to do so (e.g. consult with your network administrator).

        I have experimented with many software utilities that will encrypt data on a drive to deter and prevent exposure of the data. If you do not know what encryption is, do not let the term scare you.

        encryption is the process of transforming information (referred to as plaintext) using an algorithm (called cipher) to make it unreadable to anyone except those possessing special knowledge, usually referred to as a key. [ source: WikiPedia ]

        An utility that I recently started to use and have been quite impressed with is called “FREE SafeHouse Explorer”FREE Safehouse Explorer is a FREE (never expires) product that is offered by a company called PCDynamics, Inc. to promote their other commercial products and to promote the importance of data privacy.

        SafeHouse

        FREE SafeHouse Explorer is initially installed on your PC, BUT there is a menu option in SafeHouse to copy the program to your flash drive or any external media. Once on your flash drive you will be prompted to create a volume storage area.  The volume storage area can be any size up to 2000 Gigabytes… In my case I have an 8 Gig flash drive and I created a 2 Gig volume area to store my sensitive files. Once your volume has been created, the actual program on the flash drive, called “SafeHouse Explorer” is the program that you use to move, copy, and delete files in the protected volume; thus, it makes no difference if you have administrative access rights on the PC or not. Basically, in summary, the  files that you intend on protecting are hidden inside this volume file that gives no hint of what the data may or could be. You can also backup these volume files; and to open them, you only need the “SafeHouse Explorer” program.  SafeHouse Explorer is very similar to Windows Explorer in appearance and operation. There are many features to this program, requires a minimal learning curve, and in the end I feel comfortable with the protection if offers in the event my drive is lost or stolen.

        SafeHouse Explorer In Action

        Main Features:

        SafeHouse Explorer makes your secret files invisible and hides them from snoopers, intruders and anyone else who doesn’t have your permission to view them.

        SafeHouse Explorer uses passwords and maximum-strength 256-bit advanced encryption to completely hide and defend your sensitive files, including photos, videos, spreadsheets, databases and just about any other kind of file that you might have.

        SafeHouse Explorer can protect files residing on any drive, including memory sticks, external USB drives, network servers, CD/DVDs and even iPods. Supports U3 Smart Drives.

        SafeHouse Explorer creates hidden private storage areas on your local hard drive or external media to hold your confidential files. Your files are completely invisible until you enter your password. After you enter your secret password, you access your files using SafeHouse Explorer’s familiar drag-and-drop Explorer-like interface.

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        Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#3)

        Geek Squeak

        New Gmail Feature – 5 Seconds Undo Send Button – All Thats New

        Who Knows What About You Online – AskBillFirst

        Spyware Terminator 2.5 – Crazy World of G

        Test your flash drive with Check Flash – Evilfantasy’s Blog

        GreatNews – the lightning fast RSS reader and organizer – Great Free Software Utilities

        How to remove SmartEnhancer – 411-Spyware

        How Do I Setup a One-Way File Sync Backup? – LifeHacker

        WinPatrol 2009 – Free, PLUS and Portable Versions – Free PC Security

        WiMax Bandwidth Speed Tests vs. 3G – Is You Geeked Up

        How Do I Setup a One-Way File Sync Backup? – LifeHacker

        Rocket On: Make Every Site Your Virtual Chat Room – Piyadas World

        Turn your handwriting into font at Yourfonts.com – Rarst.net

        Thanks a Million – Tech Thoughts Hits One Million Page Views – Tech Thoughts

        An update is causing BSOD, what do I do? – Tech-for Everyone

        Geek Squeaks are random “hot” topic links (called “squeaks”) from various credible sources (called “geeks”) and may appear on the blog at any time.  Many of the topics are creations from fellow bloggers or software authors who have actively participated (e.g. link exchanges, comments, etc…) with “What’s On My PC…”.  If you are interested in a link exchange please leave a comment below.

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        PortableApps Suite

        If you own an USB flash drive, then you will want to grab the most recent version of “PortableApps Suite”.  The launcher and collection of apps will fit comfortably on a 512 MB drive.

        PortableApps Suite

        PortableApps Suite™ is a collection of portable apps including a web browser, email client, office suite, calendar/scheduler, instant messaging client, antivirus, sudoku game, backup utility and integrated menu, all preconfigured to work portably. Just drop it on your portable device and you´re ready to go.

        All versions of the PortableApps Suite include the integrated PortableApps Menu and the PortableApps Backup utility along with a set of custom icons, an autoplay configuration, folders and a quick start shortcut.

        Features:

        • Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition (web browser)
        • Mozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition (email)
        • Mozilla Sunbird, Portable Edition (calendar/tasks)
        • ClamWin Portable (antivirus)
        • Pidgin Portable (instant messaging)
        • Sumatra PDF Portable (PDF reader
        • KeePass Password Safe Portable (password manager)
        • Sudoku Portable (game)
        • Mines-Perfect Portable (game)
        • CoolPlayer+ Portable (audio player)
        • OpenOffice.org Portable* (office suite)

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        USB Extension Cable…

        If you are someone that uses a USB flash drive on a regular basis, like I do, I highly recommend that you purchase a USB extension cable.  The extension cable makes it much easier to plug in your flash drive; plus, it prevents wear and tear on your computer’s USB port(s).  I have the “male” end of my extension cable plugged into one of the ports at the rear of my PC (which is on the floor) and the “female” end of the cable lying on top of my desk.  Unlike USB desktop hubs, where again you have to fumble around and search for and plug in the flash drive, I simply lift the female end of the cable and plug in the drive.  It is the ultimate way to make using your flash drive an enjoyable experience.  I also use it to plug in a digital camera to download my pics from the camera to the PC.

        What type of cable to look for…

        You can get these at just about any electronics store  (Belkin, USB Gear, Circuit City, Radio Shack, Best Buy, etc…) and in various lengths.  Keep in mind, the USB standard limits the length of a USB cable to 5 meters (about 16.5 ft.).  You want Hi-Speed USB Revision 2.0 Shielded, USB Extension Cable USB Connector Type A Male to Type A Female. Don’t spend more than $20 bucks for one of these.

        Example of a 3 ft. “USB Extension Cable”

        USB Extension Cable
        It’s the simple things that can make your computing life enjoyable!

         

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