Bookmarks4Techs Hits The 777 Mark

Throughout the years of maintaining my main site (What’s On My PC), I have managed to accumulate (and continue to accumulate) links to numerous tech sites. As a result, I have decided to share these links with you, through Bookmarks4Techs.com

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Bookmarks4Techs is one of, if not, the largest listing of tech sites on the internet.  If you have an interest in the world of computers and information technology, I think you will find this site to be a very valuable resource. I will be working hard to keep the site up to date; and, as a result you will see continual changes in the listing.

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 17, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (NetSolitaire): Love playing solitaire? NetSolitaire is one of the best cloud based solitaire games I have come across that you play in your web browser (see below);

Squeak #2 – (Wallpaper “Inside The Icicle”): I normally only feature wallpapers once a week; however, this one called “Inside The Icicle” popped up on my screen and I went WOW!  I just had to share this wallpaper with you (see below);

Squeak #3 – (Microsoft Bing Has A NEW Look):  Over 4 years ago I posted an article, “Bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine”, that received more comments than any other article I ever posted at What’s On My PC. At that time, people were complaining that Bing took over their computer and apparently they thought I created Bing and demanded I remove it. Fast forward to today and Bing has become a main competitor to Google and a now they have once again given Bing a new look (see below); AND,

Squeak #4 – (Desktop Cable Management): A neat, inexpensive, way to manage cable clutter on your desktop (see below)…

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

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FREE Online HTML5 Solitaire

@ NetSolitaire

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Play Klondike, FreeCell, Spider and many other solitaire card games online for free in your desktop or tablet browser!… CLICK HERE TO START PLAYING


Wallpaper – Inside The Icicle

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GET IT HERE


A New Look for Bing:
More Helpful, More Human, More Beautiful

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With this release we’ve created a modern Bing.com experience – one that is faster, cleaner and more visually appealing. We believe that search can be beautiful as well as functional and efficient. With that as our goal, we evaluated fonts, spacing, color, visual scan patterns, the search box and even the underlying code. We’re excited about the final result and to give you a glimpse, we have created a destination at www.bing.com/newwhere you can learn more about the new face of search… READ MORE


Desktop Cable Management For Power Cords
and Charging Accessory Cables

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  • Five rubber grips with four slots, each of which can hold the ends of several cords
  • Weighted base for stability
  • Perfect for power cords, USB cords, cell phone chargers, audio cables, headphones, FireWire cords, and more.
  • Small footprint (fits even the most cluttered workspaces)
  • Ability to stack cables on top of each other within each loop.

CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 15, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: Windows 8.1 is coming; Windows 8.1 is coming; hear ye, Windows 8.1 is coming…

Squeak #2: There are many image editors and viewers out there, but StylePix from Hornil is one that you need to try;

Squeak #3: TechPaul at Tech-for Everyone is hitting on all cylinders this week with a second article in a row to make Geek Squeaks…  Knowing what computer to buy and accessories for your kids in school can be quite stressful.  This article (and excellent advice) will help you out; AND,

Squeak #4: I love cool tech products and this portable blue tooth speaker is no exception.

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


Mark your calendars for Windows 8.1!

@ Blogging Windows

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I am excited to share that starting at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand (that’s 4:00am October 17th in Redmond), Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store… READ MORE


Convenient And Easy To Use, Lightweight and Powerful Image Editor

StylePix

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StylePix is an image editor that has all the features of raster graphics editor and adhered to lightweight design and effective UI. In addition, it has a built-in image viewer and batch processor… GET IT HERE (FREE)


Choosing the right computer for your student

@ Tech-for Everyone

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This is the time of year when I am asked for advice on what computer “tech” to buy for students… READ MORE


Sweet Sound In A Sleek Portable Design

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Connects Wirelessly to Bluetooth-Enabled Devices

Connect wirelessly from up to 30 feet away–JAM Plus works with most Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and desktops, including iPad, iPhone, and iPod… GET IT HERE


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A Couch Friendly Keyboard By Logitech

Logitech is the best when it comes to the computer keyboard and mouse. One of their keyboard innovations that is quite impressive (in customer reviews) and is couch friendly is the Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 with Built-In Multi-Touch Touchpad.

Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 with Built-In Multi-Touch Touchpad

The reason I call this a couch friendly keyboard is because you can connect your laptop (and some tablets) to your TV and control the laptop from the comfort of your couch. The K400 has a range of approximately 33 feet (10 meters) and the best part is that it has a touchpad built right into the keyboard to control the functions of the mouse.

Long-range wireless control

  • Reliable Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connection with up to 33 ft range*
  • Control your TV-connected laptop from across the room
  • Turn up the volume, pause or tweet about the movie you just downloaded—all without leaving the couch

Built-in large touchpad with intuitive Windows 8 gesture support

  • No need for a separate mouse
  • Large 3.5-inch touchpad with multi-touch navigation for easy horizontal and vertical scrolling
  • Convenient left and right click buttons

Plug-and-play simplicity

  • No cords, software or hassles
  • Plug the Logitech Unifying wireless receiver into your USB port and start navigating
  • Tiny receiver can stay in your laptop and connect up to six compatible Unifying wireless devices

12-month battery life**

  • Go for a full year without changing batteries
  • On-off switch helps you save power when you’re not using the keyboard

Works with:

  • Windows 8/Windows 8 RT, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP
  • USB port

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What’s In The Bag Today???

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A Hard Drive That Has Its’ Own Wi-Fi Network

You have to love technology… Seagate has an external hard drive available that is called Wireless Plus. This drive has its own Wi-Fi network built-in, so you can wirelessly stream your media and files to your wi-fi devices such, as your tablet or smartphone. The cool thing about the Wireless Plus drive is that it acts as a router. You do not need to be connected to the internet to access this drive.

 You need no wires with this drive, at all.  It has a built-in rechargeable battery that will give you up to 10 hours life.  Imagine jumping in the car, powering the Wireless Plus up to stream movies to the kids’ tablets.

Wireless Plus has its own Wi-Fi network, so you can wirelessly stream your media and files to your tablet or smartphone on-the-go and off-the-grid

The free Seagate Media app for iOS and Android makes it easy to navigate and enjoy content wherever you go

1TB of built-in storage, which means you can load up to 500 movies or thousands of songs, photos and documents

Allows up to eight tablets and smartphones to access and store content at the same time

Wireless Plus creates its own Wi-Fi network, so there is no need for an Internet connection and you don’t have to use your data plan

Download movies and other media to your device, so you can enjoy your content later, when not connected to Wireless Plus

Game consoles, smart TVs, connected Blu-ray players and other DLNA devices can access the content on Wireless Plus whenever you have it connected to your home network via Wi-Fi

Up to 10-hour battery life

Get the specs from the manufacturer – [ HERE ]

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Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about the Seagate Wireless Plus –[CLICK HERE]

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A Camcorder With A Built-In Projector

With the advent of the smartphone, with built in cameras and video recorders, the makers of camcorders needed to become more innovative. An example of this higher level of innovation can be found in the Sony HDR-PJ230/B High Definition Handycam Camcorder. This camcorder has it all; a built-in 8.9 megapixel still image camera, 27X optical zoom, 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution, 8GB embedded Flash memory and much more.  But, get this —  the Sony HDR-PJ230/B has a built-in video projection system that is powerful enough to project an image up to a 100-inch diagonal screen. Now this is what I call carrying your whole multimedia system in your pocket…  Amazing!

Get the specs from the manufacturer – [ HERE ]

Sony HDR-PJ230/B

Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about the Sony HDR-PJ230/B High Definition Handycam Camcorder – [CLICK HERE]

    • 1920×1080 Full HD 60p with 8.9MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor
    • Project up to 100″ videos with 13lm built-in projector
    • Up to 3hr10min of recording with 8GB embedded Flash Memory
    • SteadyShot image stabilization reduces blur
    • 2.7″ wide Clear Photo LCD display (230K)

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Amazon Drops The Price On The Kindle Fire HD 8.9” Tablet

Back in January I featured the Kindle Fire HD tablet as the tech product of the week. This week is sort of a repeat on the Kindle Fire HD and the reason is simply this:  I noticed that Amazon has dropped the price $30 on the 8.9” Wi-Fi model and $100 on the 8.9” 4G LTE model (with data plans). I am sure this is to keep Amazon competitive and my guess is that they have something else coming at us on the horizon. If you want to get on board with a tablet, the Kindle HD Fire with the price drop is an excellent opportunity.

Get the specs from the manufacturer – [ HERE ]

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A Friday Freebie: Internet Tool For Finding EVERYTHING Related To Digital Photography

As a result of yesterday’s post, where I made an announcement about the NEW Bookmarks4Techs, a reader of the blog introduced me to a similar site that exclusively deals with digital photography, called PhotoStartSheet. As a matter of fact, due to digital photography being tech related, I added this site to the Bookmarks4Techs collection.

PhotoStartSheet

PhotoStartSheet

A big THANK YOU, to the reader identified as Delenn for sharing this GREAT find with us. PhotoStartSheet is a compilation of links to anything and everything having to do with digital photography.

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Win 7 Smart Defender Pro (Malware Removal)

Samsung Unveils Much Awaited Flagship Model Galaxy S4

Gmail Power User.pdf

13X Or Greater Optical Zoom Cameras

13X Or Greater Optical Zoom Cameras

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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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Tech Product of the Week: Raspberry Pi Model B Revision 2.0 (512MB) Single-Board Computer

At one point in time a computer encumbered a whole room; today you can find a computer, such as Raspberry Pi, that is the size of a credit card. The Raspberry Pi is a single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation that is capable of performing functions, similar to that of a desktop PC (such as spreadsheets, word processing, games and high definition Video). Raspberry Pi has no hardrive; instead, it relies on an SD card (not included) for booting and long-term storage. The default OS is Debian; however, you can run other ARM Linux distributions.

Get the specs from the manufacturer – [ HERE ]

Raspberry Pi Model B

Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about the Raspberry Pi Model B Revision 2.0 (512MB)[CLICK HERE]

Broadcom BCM2835 700MHz ARM1176JZFS processor with FPU and Videocore 4 GPU

GPU provides Open GL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG, and 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode, GPU is capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s or 24GFLOPs with texture filtering and DMA infrastructure

512MB RAM

Additional specs: 10/100 BaseT Ethernet, HDMI, (2) USB 2.0, RCA video, SD card socket, Powered from microUSB socket, 3.5 mm audio out jack, boots from SD card, Size: 85.6 x 56 x 21 mm

Model B Revision 2.0 Board-only (no SD card, case, or cables)

Readers: To keep the blog interesting, I plan to feature a tech product of the week that will feature a direct link to the manufacturer for specifications and a link to Amazon to see the customer reviews (and how the product is being rated).

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Tech Product of the Week: U32 ShadowTM 1 TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

How would you like a 1TB (terabyte) external drive that is economically priced; carries a 3 year warranty; is the thinnest on the market; can be easily carried in your pocket; can dissipate heat by design; is USB bus powered (no power adapter required);, and, when connected to a USB 3.0 port is 5 times faster than USB 2.0?

Is so, then you need to check out the U32 ShadownTM 1 TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive. These little drives are made by a company, based in St. Paul Minnesota, called Oyen Digital.

A drive such as this is a perfect backup strategy device to backup your personal files and then store the drive off-site.

Get the specs from the manufacturer – [ HERE ]

U32 ShadowTM 1 TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive

Oyen Digital is an innovative developer and manufacturer in the portable storage industry, specializing in professional A/V and RAID storage.

Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about the U32 ShadownTM 1 TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive[CLICK HERE]

Readers: To keep the blog interesting, I plan to feature a tech product of the week that will feature a direct link to the manufacturer for specifications and a link to Amazon to see the customer reviews (and how the product is being rated).

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Galaxy Nexus Screenshot

Recovering Hard Drive From Broken Computer

Proper body posture to sit in front of Computer

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Wallpaper of the Week (#105) – Cat and Mouse

Seems like we live in the days where everyone is playing cat and mouse. This wallpaper is a good example of what I am talking about. This wallpaper is available in various sizes and resolutions…

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Cat and Mouse

Windows 7 (and 8) Users: If you are using Windows 7 (or 8), did you know you can create a desktop background slideshow to show off your pictures and wallpaper images?  To learn how to use this feature [CLICK HERE].

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Easy way to shun boredom

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Release Dates

DATA-ONLY PLANS: CUT TALK AND TEXT (AND SAVE MONEY)

Kingston Digital DataTraveler 101 USB 2.0 Generation 2 –
16 GB Flash Drive

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Get Your Windows Gadgets Back In Windows 8

Microsoft did not do a very good job promoting the gadget platform that was available in Windows Vista and Windows 7; and, as a result, most people were clueless about it (and did not understand it). Actually, for the everyday home computer user, it was not the easiest platform to navigate.

Typically, if you had the gadget platform activated, you would see a sidebar on the side of the desktop that displayed your gadgets (mini-programs that offered information at a glance and provided easy access to frequently accessed tools). I know that some of the gadgets I played around with (such as clocks, system monitors, picture slide shows, mini rss readers) were actually very good and were often nice in appearance. You could even detach the gadgets from the sidebar and move them around the desktop.

If you upgraded to Windows 8, and you was a Windows gadget user, you are going to find that the gadget platform is gone; HOWEVER, there is a really good third party FREE software option, called Thoosje Windows Sidebar 8, that will bring the gadgets back in Windows 8.

Screenshot - Windows Sidebar 8

Thoosje windows Sidebar comes with 11 of the most used gadgets like a clock gadget, Calendar gadget, CPU/memory gadget, Search gadgets, Hard Drive gadgets, Media player, quick launch, RSS feed gadget and more. An addtionional free gadget pack is under development now and will be released this year.

Thoosje windows sidebar is completely redeveloped and now the new gadgets system is designed to make it possible to let independent developers  create new gadgets for Thoosje Windows sidebar 8. The system is created to make it possible running Gadgets Directly From DLL ( For Developers)

Thoosje Windows Sidebar 8 Features

  • Entirely new Sidebar Engine
  • Eleven Build In Windows Gadgets
  • New Redesigned Windows Gadget Manager
  • Importing/Exporting Windows Gadgets (.cwgf files)
  • Importing & exporting Gadget Packs (.cwgp files)
  • Gadgets Info
  • Gadgets have Customizable Settings With build in encryption system
  • Gadget Blacklisting system to prevent malware
  • Enlarging Gadgets
  • Running multiple instances of gadgets which each have their own settings
  • Sidebar Background Settings Including 8 sidebar backgrounds
  • Customizable Sidebar Transparency settings
  • Sidebar Language Settings
  • Automatically Download new language files from server
  • Sidebar Error logs
  • Storing Gadgets on separated Sidebar pages
  • More gadgets available soon

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Increase the maximum USB transfer size in Windows 7
and Windows Server 2008 R2

VideoLAN proposes VLC native Windows 8 version

Tech Tip #36: The Internet Toolbar Disappeared

FEATURED TECH PRODUCT

5 in 1 Card Reader for iPad

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Use Amazon’s Full Store Directory For The Twelve Days of Christmas

AmazonWe are now in the midst of the 12 Days of Christmas and if you are like me, I have a tendency to procrastinate and/or I am at a total loss when it comes to gifting.  An option that I use when it gets’ close to Christmas is Amazon.com, which is one of the largest online retailers. Being the geekster that I am, I am a regular visitor to their computer and electronics section to see what is new and to wish for my next purchase.  I especially like, that due to their size, you get numerous reviews on products from customers.

As a result of the size of Amazon, it is often difficult to get to the place you want to be. What many people do not know is that Amazon has a main store directory [ CLICK HERE ] that is a great launching point.

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Nature Wallpaper Set 61

Lawnmower DUI

WordPress infected with javascript malware – FIX

ASUS VivoBook S400CA-DH51T 14.1-Inch Touch Ultrabook

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Linoit Is The Best Web Based Sticky Notes App

This article is a retake on a cloud based sticky notes application, called Linoit, that I absolutely fell in love with. Since my last posting on Linoit back in early 2011, Linoit has developed into a very popular app to the point that it is also now available as an app for the iPhone, iPad and Android platforms. As a matter of fact I use it on my Toshiba Thrive tablet and absolutely love it. This allows me to sync my notes across all of my devices.

Linoit

Years ago when I first experienced electronic sticky notes, I thought WOW…  No more paper notes hanging around my computer monitor.  Most electronic sticky note programs require a software installation to work; until now!  As a result of cloud computing, a web-based virtual sticky notes program, called Linoit, was born. After setting up an account (for FREE) with Linoit, you can access your sticky notes anywhere there is internet service. Linoitworks directly from your web browser within a moveable “canvas” (where you can use your own background image), which is like a user specific bulletin board-like area. With Linoit you can even share sticky notes (and photos) with others.

Learn more about Linoit by watching the video…

There are so many features and options with this program that I encourage to visit the website [ HERE ] ; HOWEVER, there is one feature with Linoit that I think is really cool. Once you sign up for your account, get the “linoit anywhere” bookmarklet. Click on the “lino anywhere” bookmarklet anywhere, anytime, from any website and if you are signed into your Linoit account, your sticky notes will magically appear (overlay with transparent background) on the the page you are visiting. I can’t say I have seen anything like this with any other cloud computing service.  Also, if you use Google Chrome, you can install Linoit as a Chrome app[ HERE ].

If you would like to experience Linoit to see what it is like, you can visit Linoit’s public sticky notes “HOW TO” board [ HERE ].

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Technology News, Software, Apps, Wallpapers, Tech Products and MORE…

The Facebook Obsession

6 Security Apps for Recovering Your Office’s Stolen Laptops

Use WordPress as the platform for your website

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Check Out This Interactive Digital Playground

Make sure you check this out…  It is Paul Neave’s digital playground of interactive tools, toys, apps and art! Each one of these components require no installation. Simply visit the links in your browser and enjoy. Amazing collection of work on Mr. Neave’s part.

Neave Interactive (Main Site)

Neave's Interactive

Webcam Toy
Strobe Illusion
Bouncy Balls
Planetarium
Television
Imagination
Fractal Zoomer
Tetris N-Blox
Hexxagon
Simon
Tic-Tac-Toe
Snake
AOL.swarm
Barclay’s Wheel
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Two FREE URL history tools for Chrome

TeamViewer Portable 7.0.13936 (pc control, screen sharing) Released

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Make Your TV A Smart TV With Pocket TV

Ok, with Pocket TV there is good news and there is bad news. The good news is that Pocket TV is a small pocket-sized device that will turn your TV into a Smart TV by simply plugging the device into the HDMI port on your TV. The bad news is that Pocket TV will not be available until September or October of this year.

Pocket tV

Pocket TV is unique in that it is a fully functioning (thumb-sized) micro-computer, with Wi-Fi, running Android OS 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). PocketTV uses the HDMI port on the TV as the display (up to 1080p resolution). In essence, what you are experience on your Android based smartphone, you will be able to experience on your large screen TV (such as downloading apps from Google Play Store, streaming videos, playing games, social networking, web browsing, etc…). Pocket TV also comes with a standard IR remote or an optional air remote. You can even use your Android Smartphone as a remote.

You can get the full scoop on Pocket TV [ HERE ]

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Today’s Technology News, Software, Apps, Wallpapers, Tech Products and MORE… 6/08/12

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Now This Is Off Topic – I Think

I know this is a Tech Blog, where we are to be focused on computers, technology, gadgets, software and all of that good stuff; BUT, and I mean BUT, there are those occasions when we need to think outside the computer box. This is one of those occasions where I absolutely was laughing my butt off…

I am sure most of you have seen those “AS SEEN ON TV” products.  As a matter of fact, in my local mall there is a store devoted to the “AS SEEN ON TV” products. Today, in my hunt for information technology news I came across some technology advancements that made it to “AS SEEN ON TV”.

After looking at the images below, I will let your imagination take hold. After your imagination has painted that picture in your demented mind, I then want you to [CLICK HERE] to see these marvels of innovation AND what they are really all about.

P. S. I actually was laughing the entire time I was writing this and it is not even April Fools !

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FREE Animated Clock with Weather Like on HTC Phones

If you are a regular visitor of the blog, then you know that I am a lover of clock software. Today I bring to you a new clock app that I recently found that is unlike any other. It is called HTC Home. HTC Home is a a nice animated flip style clock with weather, that displays on your Windows Desktop. This clock is like the clock that is popular on HTC phones. As a matter of fact, I rate it as the top clock in my collection, at this time.

HTC Home Clock

Depending if you go with version 1.1 of HTC Home or the beta 1 of version 2, you will find features such as weather and clock animations, wallpaper background changing, a location chooser for the weather and an option to install directly from the internet or download as a portable app. My suggestion is to go with version 1.1 of HTC Home until the bugs are ironed out of version 2.  As a matter of fact, in my testing, version 1.1 actually has more features.

To give you an idea how HTC Home works, I encourage you to preview the video below.

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Bookmarks4Techs – New Site Update #29

Be sure to visit Bookmarks4Techs, the sister site to What’s On My PC for the frequently added site updates, PLUS the compilation of links to over 445 Tech Sites and RSS Feeds to some of the most popular sites on the internet.  Site Update #29 features the addition of a new site called GilsMethod, featured FREE software – Portable Start Menu, and featured site – Bits from Bill.

You can visit Bookmarks4Techs [CLICK HERE] to see these and the many of the other site updates. If you do not see your tech site there, let me know!

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Bookmarks4Techs – New Site Update (#28)

Be sure to visit Bookmarks4Techs, the sister site to What’s On My PC for the frequently added site updates, PLUS the compilation of links to over 440 Tech SitesSite Update #28 features the addition of a new site called Red Ferret, featured FREE software – DNS Benchmark, and featured site – Laptop Reviews Central. You can visit Bookmarks4Techs [HERE] to see these and the many of the other site updates.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#69)

Here we go again…  Another roundup of articles from the members of the What’s On My PC blogroll.  If you are someone that has an interest in information technology and computers, then these sites are where to get started.

Geek Squeaks"

Online Storage Reviews
Definition of Online Storage

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
Do You Shop Online?…Safely? Tips for Safe Online Shopping

Gadgetsholic
Nokia C6-01 Phone Unveils with 8-megapixel Camera

RGdot
TyperTask: Tiny System Automation

My Technology Guide
Norman Security Suite 8 Free License Valid for 4 Years

Mister Reiner
Your friends and relatives can go home
and jack up their own computer

Snakebytez
AssaultCube : First-person shooter game similar to Counter-Strike

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites July 18

AKS-Feel The Change
MyGreenPC (Remote Desktop Access) Premium Account FREE

TTC Shelbyville
Stuxnet – Just Another Virus?

Tech-for Everyone
Software License Giveaway Drawing: CodySafe Sigma

Plato On-Line
Bad-Neighborhood Text Link Checker

I Want Ice Water
The Logical Song

Rarst.net
Panda Cloud Antivirus – slim compact solution

Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Is RealPlayer making a return?

404 Tech Support
Deploying Skype to Your Organization via Group Policy

Lifehacker
Microsoft Security Essentials’ New Beta
Increases Protection on a First-Come, First-Serve Basis

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
If You Get A Malware Infection Who’s Fault Is It Really?

Right On Technology
Apple Announces Free iPhone 4 Cases For Antenna Issue

Worthy Tips
Checkout Full Featured Youtube Radio

thePC Security
Lock Computer Screen with USB to Prevent Unauthorized Access

Netbook Freeware
GiMeSpace: Extend Desktop of Netbooks Horizontally

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Connectify: Turning Your Windows 7 Laptop into a Wi-Fi Hotspot

I Love Free Software
MagicLantern – Free Multimedia Presentation Software

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Beginning Blogging 9. Keeping up Appearances

Laptop Reviews Central
More on Toshiba Portege R705’s features

Laptop Computer Reviews
Future Laptop Concept

Bookmarks4Techs
Site Update #6

What’s On My PC
Top 20 Most Popular Blogs – July 2010

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Geek Squeaksof the Week (#64)

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

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

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

GadgetsHolic
Genos CYCLOPS universal controller

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

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

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites June 15

Laptops Review Central
Toshiba updates Satellite Pro line

TTC Shelbyville
Protect Me!

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

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

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Defense Center

404 Tech Support
Avoiding IT Career Burnout

Tech-for Everyone
WinPatrol PLUS License Giveaway

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

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

Rarst.net
MWSnap – old but useful screenshot tool

Netbook Freeware
BatteryBar: Free Software to Monitor Battery of Netbook

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

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

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

thePC Security
Free Sandbox Software for Best Security – Trustware BufferZone

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

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

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

TuneUp Blog about Windows
TechEd 2010 – All About Windows Troubleshooting

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

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#14)

Geek Squeaks'Here is this week’s roundup of articles from the blogs that are on the “What’s On My PC…” blogroll!  If you currently maintain a Tech blog and desire to exchange links; please comment below and I will contact you.  Thank you!

PayPalSucks – Plato On-Line

GADGET: Is the Palm Pre an iPhone Killer? – Tux in the Midwest

Change Task Manager – Technize.com

Convert Audio/Video file Online for FREE – AKS – Feel The Change!

Rescue a hard drive, partition or reset a password using PING – TTC Shelbyville

Google Squared Organizes Search Results In Spreadsheet Form – AllThatsNew

Safari 4 Shows a great start as it goes Public – Tech~Line

How to Remove YOUR – DAD – NAKED – hahahaha . pif – 411-Spyware.com

Fix a Noisy Laptop – AskBillFirst

Troubleshooting Installing Programs On Win 7 – Tech-for Everyone

40+ awesome free Windows apps from Downloadsquad.com – Carol’s Vault

How Risky is Peer to Peer (P2P) File Sharing? – Tech Thoughts

ArchView – Firefox Add-on – Evilfantasy’s Blog

Outlook stuck in a loop trying to receive mail – Sugarloaf Tech

PC Tools Firewall Plus Version 5 – Free – Free PC Security

Three kinds of software I totally don’t get – Rarst.net

Palm Pre Multitasking and Speed Test Video Demonstration – Is You GEEKed UP

6 Free lifesaver utility for Windows User to stop hair loss – Piyada’s World

Five Best Alternative File Copiers – Lifehacker

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Tech-for Everyone, and I mean Everyone

One of my favorite blogging past times is writing about authors and creators of other blogs. I have been at this almost a year and have established some great connections with other people who maintain blogs and who take what they write about seriously. One of those blogs where the “connectivity” between their blog and mine just sort of happened, or was fate, has been “Tech-for Everyone” .

Tech-for Everyone

TechPaul, the author of “Tech-for Everyone” is a Computer Tech, by profession [ CLICK HERE ] , that has the uncanny ability to reach plain folks like us when it comes to computers, software, technology, etc…  To me this is a real attribute to becoming great computer tech.

If you have a real interest in computers and information technology; AND, you do not have “Tech-for Everyone” bookmarked in your browser, then you are missing out on a real gem.  There is something there for “Everyone” that can be understood by “Anyone”…

I do not know how many articles TechPaul has rolled out, but here is a sampling of articles to get you started with his blog.

How did they get my e-mail?

What’s to say about Windows 7?

Manage Startup programs in Vista

How to boot from a CD

Just Say “No” To mylife.com

Adding programs to your Startup Folder

Quick Tip: overcome “access denied” in Vista’s Command Prompt

“My Taskbar disappeared” and other simple tweaks (updated)

How to fix a “lost” Internet connection

My Startup folder is a clown car

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The Internet’s Largest Tech Blogroll (?)

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

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

LaunchPad( click here )

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

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

New Additions to the “Launch Pad”

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

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Understanding the Windows Vista Sidebar

It is my finding, and I think most techs will agree, that the Windows Vista Sidebar is probably the most underutilized and most misunderstood feature in Vista. I also do not see many articles written about the sidebar and this may be due to the thinking, by techs, that the sidebar consumes system memory or it is nothing more than eye candy.

If you are a Vista user and you do not know what the sidebar is, it is an area, usually inhabiting the right edge of your desktop that contains gadgets (such as a clock, picture viewer, calendar, etc…).  What most people do not know is that you can install, add and remove gadgets from the sidebar and you can also drag gadgets from the sidebar and place them anywhere on your desktop; thus, making the sidebar an useful feature.

To assist you with Understanding the Sidebar
I have compiled the following, easy-to-follow tutorial

Did you know…

You can move the sidebar to the left side of the screen (or to a secondary monitor); make it stay on top; OR make it start each time with Windows.  (Right click in the sidebar area and select properties).

Sidebar Properties

You can toggle the sidebar “on” and “off”. To turn the sidebar “off” “right click” the sidebar icon in the system tray notification area and select “exit”.  To turn it back “on”,  click on “Sidebar” under “Accessories” from the “Start Menu. A quick way to load the sidebar, is click the “Start Menu” button, select “run” and type “sidebar”.

Sidebar Tray

You can move any of the gadgets from the sidebar and place them anywhere on your desktop.  By placing your pointer on a gadget, a handle will appear.  Place the mouse pointer on the handle, hold down the left mouse button and drag it to the desktop. You can move your gadgets “to and from” the sidebar or around the desktop using the handle.

Sidebar Handle

You can configure and customize a gadget (depending on what the gadget is).  By placing your pointer on a gadget, a “wrench” will appear.  Click on the “wrench”.  Some gadgets have more configuration options than others.

Gadget Configure

You can remove a gadget from the sidebar.  By placing your mouse pointer on a gadget, an “X” will appear.  Click on the “X” to close the gadget and remove it from the sidebar or from your desktop.  When you close a gadget it is not deleted.  It is transferred (stored) in the Gadget Gallery.

Gadget Close

You can add gadgets by adding them from the “gadget gallery”.  To add a gadget, “right mouse click” a blank area within the “sidebar” and select “add gadget”.  This will prompt the gadget gallery to appear.  You can “left double click” on any gadget and it will be added to the sidebar.  Simply “close” the gadget gallery when done.  You can also add gadgets and invoke the gadget gallery by right mouse clicking the Sidebar tray icon and selecting “add gadget”.

Gadget Gallery

You can “uninstall” (remove) any gadgets from the “gadget gallery”.  To completely uninstall a gadget from your computer, “right mouse click” a blank area within the “sidebar” and select “add gadget”.  This will prompt the gadget gallery to appear.  “Right Mouse Click”, select “uninstall” to remove any gadget from your computer (and from the gadget gallery).

Gadget Uninstall from Gallery

You can add gadgets by downloading and installing them from the internet.  Installed gadgets are automatically added to the “Gadget Gallery”.  The “Gadget Gallery” serves as the depot for your gadget collection. Most of the gadgets reflected in the graphic above was downloaded from various internet sources.  A good place to start looking online for sidebar gadgets is:

Windows Vista Gallery – Personalize Windows Vista Sidebar

Look for quality when selecting your gadgets.
There are some really neat ones available.

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What to do when your cell phone takes a swim…

We all know that the exposure of liquids to electronic devices is not a good combination and without taking immediate measures, the device(s) are doomed for ruination.

Cell Phone in Toilet

My good friend, Tech Paul, at “Tech-for Everyone” posted an article today that is important information on what to do when “electronics and liquids meet” (e.g. cell phone, keyboard, notebook computer, etc.).  I encourage you to read the article and make note of his recommendations. If it has not happened to you, it eventually will!

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How to use a Blackberry Smartphone with a cheap “Pay As You Go” mobile phone plan…

I love my gadgets, and when opportunity presents itself to try something different, I cannot resist.

The object of the this story is to demonstrate how I maximized the usage  of a Blackberry Smartphone using one of the cheapest mobile phone plans out there. For the sake of this article, the model phone that I used for this project was the Blackberry Curve 8320 Smartphone.

If you do not know what a Blackberry is, I encourage to visit the Blackberry website [ CLICK HERE ] .

Blackberry Smartphone

When it comes to mobile (cell) phones I cannot see myself conversing for a 1000 minutes (16.66 hours) a month. That is two workdays to me or time that I can allocate to other things where I can see results. Please do not get me wrong, a mobile phone is very much needed in circumstances where your business or livelihood is dependent on quick communications. The plan which I currently use is a “pay as you go” plan (with T-Mobile). I have learned to discipline myself with the usage; PLUS I do not give my number out or use it for lengthy conversation.

I have always been fascinated with PDA’s, have owned quite a few, and was currently looking for something that would provide PDA capabilities, as well as, mobile phone capabilities. I did not want to pay a lot or get trapped into a lengthy service contract with a mobile phone provider just to own a computer in my pocket.

During a recent visit to the local mall I entered into my usual question and answer session with the sales rep at one of the T-Mobile kiosks.  I have done this in the past at other locations in an effort to educate myself about mobile phones. One of my primary questions has been,  “What phones will my T-Mobile “pay-as-you-go” SIM card work in?”. You would be surprised at the answers I have received. I have always been told I would have to purchase another phone plan, if I wanted a Blackberry, etc… Ultimately I always leave very confused about mobile phones. In this case, the sales rep proceeded to inform me that my SIM card in my cheapie phone would function in any of the phones they had. The sales rep proceeded to show me several phones including the Blackberry (all with heavy price tags if I were to buy the phone straight out).

As my “gadget luck” would have it, I was preparing to leave and the sales rep proceeds to tell me that he had an used Blackberry Curve 8320 for sale, minus the software for the phone.  Long story short, I get what I think is a good deal on this phone…  I buy the phone and with my cheap “pay as you go” plan, I challenge myself (as a project) to find workarounds to getting data to and from the Blackberry without the need to purchase a high priced data plan.

Reflected below is highlights of how my project turned out…  Some of the information alone may be helpful to other Blackberry owners and in some cases, depending on the phone (and provider), may not work at all. Some of the information reflected may be common information to mobile phone power users and may make me appear as if I don’t have a clue about mobile phones…  Well I don’t, but I am learning!  All I can tell you is, that I took a cheap phone plan (pay-as-you-go) and an expensive smartphone and customized it for my personal needs.

SIM Card – SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is the card located in your phone that is a module that identifies to the mobile phone provider, who you are. It can also serve as storage media for your contacts, etc… The module can usually be removed and swapped to other phones (with the same provider).  In my case the SIM card worked with no problems and all my contacts were transferred to the Blackberry.  I now have voice communications with the Blackberry using my “pay as you go” plan.

Coverage – My phone coverage improved noticeably.  Locations where I could not get service, I now have service.  Proves to me that some mobile phones are better in transmission and reception than others.

Blackberry Desktop Manager Software – Since there was no software with the smartphone to manage the phone from my computer, I had to go find the software on the internet. I easily located and downloaded the software from “Blackberry” and installed it on my PC . The Desktop Manager Software is an integral piece that you need to keep your phone software up to date; AND to provide file management, software management, and backup capabilities. The installation was also bundled with a Roxio package to manage and convert audio, video and photo files.  After learning the Desktop Manager Software, I knew at that point this was my gateway for installing third party software onto Blackberry.

Calendar, Contact, and Task Management – In order to take full advantage of the calendar, contact and task management portion of the phone, I needed some type of syncing capabilities. The Desktop Manager Software provides syncing capability to Microsoft Outlook and to Yahoo.  I exclusively configured my Yahoo internet mail account to manage my contacts, calendar, notes and tasks on my Blackberry. When I connect my Blackberry to my computer, run the Desktop Manager Software, it automatically syncs with my Yahoo account on the internet. This also gives me the ability to pull up my information from any PC connected to the internet.

Wi-Fi – The Blackberry Curve 8320 has wi-fi (wireless) capability.  I configured the Blackberry to connect to the wireless router in my home, which provided me with (at first) limited access to the internet.  You will see below the workaround I utilized to gain full access.

Internet Browser – The browser on this particular phone was very, very limited (proprietary to T-Mobile) and did not provide complete internet access via my wireless access point. I initially did not think this was possible without a data plan, but after some careful thinking, I knew there had to be some way that I could bridge that gap. I downloaded and installed Opera-Mini which is browser software designed for mobile phones. I now have full access to the internet via my wireless router or at any wi-fi access point that will let me in.  (Note: Opera-Mini is an awesome browser for this purpose).

MicroSD Card (with PC Adapter) – RadioShack had an 8 gig MicroSD memory card on sale ($20), which I installed into the Blackberry…  I now have storage capability; plus when  connecting the Blackberry to my computer it is recognized as a mass storage device. I can now transport my files, portable apps, etc… This particular phone model has a camera (w/photo viewer), video camera (with video player) and voice recorder (w/audio player) built in.  With the added storage I successfully converted a full length movie to play on the Blackberry; added MP3 music files, photos, documents, etc…

Software – Now that I have learned to install software onto the Blackberry, I am currently exploring the internet for “freeware” software for the Blackberry.  Several sources that I have located are:

Blackberry Freeware

Blackberryfreaks.com

Blackberry Freeware Lovers

In closing, I have been quite pleased with the outcome of this project and the Blackberry Curve Smartphone.  I welcome any comments or suggestions.

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Launch Pad Collection of Over 140 Top Quality Tech blogs and Freeware Sites

What's On My PC... - Launch PadThe Launch Pad, which is located on the sidebar of the blog, is my version of a blog roll on steroids. It is a community of “over 140  top quality tech blogs and web sites” that specialize in technology news, freeware, open source software, portable apps, cloud apps, gadgets, information security and anything else that is geek inspired. I visit these sites on a regular basis to fill that void between my ears.  Visiting and interacting with the blogging community and tech sites is a great way to learn.

The first thing you will notice about the Launch Pad is that some of the site names are in a larger font size. These are sites that have committed to link exchanges with my blog and our recognized for that. If you are interested in a link exchange or would like to have your blog added to the “Launch Pad”,  please leave a comment at the bottom of this article and I will get back to you. Link exchanges are a great way to drive traffic to each others blogs.

If you are interested in adding the Launch Pad sites to your browser’s bookmarks, you can download the Launch Pad links and import the file (html) to your browser’s bookmarks OR you can download the Launch Pad file, and open it directly in your browser.

[ Download Launch Pad Links Here ]

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The blog and web site links listed below, are new additions and have been added to the “Launch Pad”.

Piyada’s World
Tech-Recipes
NetWebApp
ToTheTech
Giggle Computer

e-Justice Blog

Rarst.net
Listio
Infopackets
Eches.net
Cybercrime Slayer
Bloody Computer
Windows Vista Guide
Vhxn.com
Techrant
ReadersZone
Tech Salsa
Crazy World of G
Snakebytez
Curious? Read
tnerd
Acme Files
TechJaws
Tech Labs
Digital Inspiration
Freebyte!
Technibble
Techscrawl
Tech-Linkblog
Blog.SpywareGuide
Totally Cool Tech
Alpha’s Place
Cloud Browser
Go2Web20.net
FeedMyApp
SimpleSpark

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Review of the Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player

If you have an USB Mass Storage device (external hard drive or USB flash drive for that matter), here is a device made by Western Digital, called “WD TV HD Media Player” , that serves as a bridge between an USB Mass Storage Device and your television.  You connect the “WD TV HD Media Player” to your television and the USB Mass storage device to the WD TV HD Media Player (see below).  The connection to the TV is accomplished either using standard video/audio composite cables (which are included) OR via a HDMI cable (high def cable).

WD TV Media Player

WD TV Media Player

What does this all mean?  Many of us have movies, music and photos stored on external hard drives and really no way of accessing them; except, through the computer.  This device changes all of that.  I purchased a “WD TV HD Media Player” (on sale for $99.00; normally $129.99 at my local BestBuy)  to play around with and to ultimately determine if it was possible for the WD TV  HD Media Player to read photos, movies, and music files from a “portable flash drive”.  The WD TV HD Media Player supports a multitude of video, graphic and music file formats.  My thinking with this device is that with a flash drive I could still store a consider amount of photos, music and a movie or two AND make this device modular and mobile.  In my case, fill the flash drive, plug in the flash drive to the WD TV HD Media Player, and watch the media on my TV (especially the movies).

When I got the WD TV HD Media Player home, I found it packaged very nicely, with a remote control, batteries, composite cables, an installation guide, power supply, and a CD (ArcSoft MediaConverter and Western Digital Info).  The WD TV HD Media Player is a very compact unit (1.5 “H X 4 3/4” W x 4” D) with a black glossy shell.

In my situation I opted to purchase the HDMI cable to make the connection to my TV.  This alone helped alleviate some cable clutter.  After I unpackaged the WD  TV HD Media Player, I had it hooked up and ready to go within 10 minutes.  After loading a 1 Gig flash drive with a divx movie, some music and some photos, I plugged the flash drive into the WD TV HD Media Player.  The WD TV  HD Media Player is designed with (2)-two USB ports. After inputting my TV to the HDMI input (via the TV remote), I then switched to the WD TV HD Media Player remote and powered up the WD TV HD Media Player .  WD TV HD Media Player immediately recognized my flash drive and the content (movies, music and photos).  The WD TV HD Media Player  menu is very slick in appearance and navigation with the remote was breeze.  I found that the WD TV HD Media Player handled the movies, music and photos with no problems.  The only issue I experienced is when I placed the WD TV HD Media Player unit in a vertical position, the flash drive seemed to lose its’ connection; otherwise when the WD TV HD Media Player  was lying horizontal I experienced no problem whatsoever.  My next step is to purchase an 8 or 16 Gig flash drive to use with this device.

You can read more about “WD TV HD  Media Player” by clicking on the links below.

Western Digital – WD TV HD Media Player

Connect Your Hard Drive and HD TV

Review: Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player

WD TV HD Media Player


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New edition to the “Launch Pad” – AllThatsNew…

The neat thing about blogging is that you meet new people, exchange common information, and receive satisfaction when you know that some information you may have provided was helpful to others; especially your peers. The ultimate reward is when another blogger, with a common interest, offers to do a link exchange with you. Recently I had the author of the blog “AllThatsNew” do just that.

Description from web site:

“AllThatsNew” is an awesome blog that is updated with several posts daily. Most of the posts are short and takes less than 5 minutes to read. Visit this blog everyday to see interesting reviews and tips about the internet, websites and software.”

I did some navigating of the site and found the blog be very current, up-to-date, and loaded with many, many tips for computer users.  I encourage you to visit “AllThatsNew” [ click here ] and I welcome the site to my blogroll (“Launch Pad”), which is located on the sidebar of the blog.

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Are you an old egg or a new egg?

People that are in the “middle age” group (or older), as I am, are either an “old egg” or a “new egg” when it comes to computers and technology.  They either accept it or they do not; whereas, the current generation is automatically exposed to the technology and do not really know any difference between “what was” and “what is”.  They are automatically “new eggs”.  Most “old eggs” have been exposed to computers through their workplace and will often carry that exposure over into the home, by purchasing a home computer.  They become a “new egg”.  I know many, many people that are in my age group that simply will not take the plunge into computers and avoid the internet and technology all together.  A lot of it is fear; fear that they will be made to look unintelligent, etc… to the “new eggs”. Let me tell you; I love this stuff due to the fact that the learning cycle is endless; there are no dumb questions; and the resources available to learn from is immense. I encourage anyone out there who knows someone that is an “old egg” that you get them involved with computer technology and the internet so that they can become a “new egg”, like the rest of us…  It is the greatest innovation in our lifetime; don’t miss out on it.

newegg.comIf you are a “new egg” and you want to learn more about the products that are generated, as result of computer technology, then you need to visit “newegg.com”.  I know when you visit the site you are going to say, this is not a learning site, it is a site to buy technology products.  Believe it or not, a site like this that has anything and everything, is a great place to learn from.  Since most of us are “new eggs”, this site is an excellent reference source to look up computers, devices, peripheral components, etc…  The things I like best about “newegg.com” is that if there is something I am interested in, I will look it up (and believe me it will most likely be there) and once I find it there are pictures (at different angles), specifications, and ratings (where other “new egg” people have rated the item).  They are also very competitive in their pricing as well.  If you have never heard of “newegg.com” I encourage you to visit to learn and buy…  (an NO, I am not getting a commission for writing this article : )

GET IT HERE - newegg.com

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What’s On My PC… BLOG UPDATES!

The following sites or blogs have been added to the “What’s On My PC… LAUNCH PAD” (located on the right side of the blog posts).

Shell Extension City

DonationCoder.com

Raymond.cc

Smashing Magazine

The Launch Pad can be used to visit the numerous quality web sites and blogs that are listed. It is conveniently setup so that if you click on a link it will open in a new separate window. That way you can click on a link, a separate window will open, which will allow you to conveniently return to the “Launch Pad” when you are finished visiting the site. The Sites and Blogs reflected in the listing are all maintained and updated on a regular basis. If you are someone who is into open source software, freeware applications and technology information, I encourage you to use the “Launch Pad”.

I am slowly adding to the “Portable Apps” tab located at the top of the blog. The applications I have listed are applications that I personally use on my portable USB flash drives. Also, under the “Freebies” tab, I added a couple more goodies.  You will also notice at the top of each page there is a search box that will allow you to search the blog for specific information that has been posted.  This is a nice “add-on” provided by WordPress to enhance the efficiency of the blog.  A big “THANK YOU” to WordPress for this enhancement (widget).

Thank you for visiting and I hope you continue to come back.

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