Using Minitools Partition Wizard To Extend The System Reserve Partition

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Ran into an issue when I went to upgrade my Minix NEO Z83-4  mini PC to the Windows 10 Creators Edition. The update would not install and I kept getting Windows error code (0xc1900200) when using the  Windows Update Assistant. I ended up researching the issue and found that the “System Reserve Partition” (64MB) was too small. I decided at this point to wait until the update made its’ rollout to my computer (to see what would happen) and when that day did come, the update started to install but soon failed. After concluding I needed to find a way to expand the system reserve partition, I went to the MiniTools Partition Wizard (free edition). What I ended up doing with this partition tool, to make the System Reserve Partition larger in size, had me sweating bullets. I backed up my computer, just in case this did not work out as intended.

MiniTool Partition Manager

In a nutshell, I used the Minitool Partition Wizard to delete an unidentified 16MB partition on the drive (which I had to do in order for this to work), then took 250 MB from drive C:.  I then took the 64MB System partition and added the 16MB space from the partition I had deleted and added the 250MB that I removed from Drive C:, giving me a total of approximately 330MB for the System Reserve Partition. At this point, I crossed my fingers (and toes) and rebooted.  The PC rebooted with no errors or problems detected.

Since the Creators Update had attempted to install previously I went into the Windows Update Settings, clicked on “Check For Updates” and the Windows 10 Creator’s Update started the installation process (which is a time consuming process with numerous reboots). I probably could have used the Windows Update Assistant tool to download and install the update, as well… In the end,  I was able sucessfully to install the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Hopefully, as a result of expanding the System Reserve Partition, using MiniTools Partition Wizard, I will not have to worry about doing this again when future major updates occur.


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Multiple security holes discovered in Linksys routers – 

The flaws could allow attackers to:

  • Cause a Denial of Service (DoS) by sending requests to an unamed API. Admins would be locked out until the attack stopped.
  • Use CGI web server scripts to reveal connected devices and computers, dump the WPS Wi-Fi PIN code, and list firmware version and configuration settings.
  • Create a hidden “backdoor” account with root privileges and the ability to run commands.

Source: Naked Security

Ingenious Ways to Repurpose Your Old Tech – Check out this article at PC Mag that provided ingenius ways to repurpose your old tech… READ MORE

Ingenious Ways to Repurpose Your Old Tech

Kaspersky System Checker 1.1.0.228 – Kaspersky System Checker is a handy system diagnostics utility that allows you to check your PC system for different kinds of issues. The software then provides a detailed report about possible threats, hardware problems, and system-related issues… READ MORE

Microsoft To-Do: the end of Wunderlist – Microsoft launched a preview of To-Do, a new cross-platform task management service the other day that is “designed to make it easy to plan and manage your day”… READ MORE

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 #1 Hot New Release – Samsung Chromebook Plus Convertible Touch Laptop… READ MORE

How to create a single-column Start menu in the Windows 10 Creators Update – To do this, open the Settings app and go to Personalization > Start. Scroll down past the preview to the list of on/off sliders. Turn off the one that’s labeled Show app list in Start menu. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to get to your app list… READ MORE

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A Sampling Of Some Of The Most Popular Articles At What’s On My PC — and MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-03)

A Sampling Of Some Of The Most Popular Articles At What’s On My PC – Each week on the blog I try to provide an array of topics through the Geek Squeaks’ theme. This week I was brain dead and for the life of me nothing was jumping out to get my juices going. In an effort to give myself a jump start, I decided to list some of the most popular articles at What’s On My PC. This not only got my juices going; but, it made me come to the realization that I need to re-think how I am titling my blog articles and still keep within the parameters of my Geek Squeaks’ way of life where I post multiple topics (with one main topic as the attention grabber). As a result, I am going to implement this change to see where it takes me. To get started with this week’s post, I changed the title format; and to get my juices going, I have listed a sampling some of the most popular articles at What’s On My PC. Always remember, you can perform a search to find various topics, software, etc… In the 8 years that I have been blogging, there is a good chance that if you are looking for something, I have covered it in some form or another.

Symptoms of a Failing Computer Power Supply – I discuss some of the symptoms you may experience that could indicate that your power supply is failing. This article was published back in 2010, which seems like yesterday, and much of what is reflected is still applicable today.

Shutdown, Sleep, Restart or Logoff Your Computer Using the Keyboard – Here I did a post about the built in keyboard shortcuts that you can use to shutdown, sleep, restart or logoff your Windows computer. This article is applicable to Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 users. I still get a ton of hits on this one.

Locating Your Software License Keys – Did you know that if you do a complete reinstall of the software on your PC, you will need the product license keys (or serial/registration information) for the software that you had paid for? If you did not know this, then this article will guide you on the various software options that are available that will help you out.

An Easy Way to Get the Serial Number and Disk Drive Information of Your Computer – If you follow the command prompt steps that I have reflected in this article you can get the serial number and disk drive information of your computer.

Get the last FREE version of FastStone Capture – If you do not know what FastStone Capture is, then you are missing out on some good software. This screen capture program, at one point was freeware; however, you now (current version) have to pay for the software (shareware). This is one shareware program that I recommend buying. If you do not wish to buy it, you can still grab the last FREE version.

What does the “G” represent in 3G and 4G? – There is a high probability that you own a cell phone. If so, you have probably questioned, “What is all of this 3G and 4G talk about?”. This article will help you out with this.

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A Package Of More Than 180 Portable Freeware Utilities (for Windows) – If you are the techie type, you probably have heard of the NirSoft utilities. Did you know that these utilities can be downloaded as a package and conveniently launched using what is called the NirLauncher. The NirLauncher package includes variety of tools that you may need for your daily computer use, including utilities to recover lost passwords, to monitor your network, to view and extract cookies, cache, and other information stored by your Web browser, to search files in your system, and more… This is a “must have” for the tech toolbox.

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An OS That Will Turn A PC Into An Android PC – I came across a new open source OS (operating system) that can be installed on a compatible PC or run from a flash drive called Remix OS that will turn a PC into an Android based PC. What this means is that you can run the same apps through the Remix OS that you do on your Android based phones and tablets. I will be keeping an eye on this…

Video – How To Install The Remix OS

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Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – If you do not own a wireless bluetooth speaker, you do not know what you are missing. Today, I came across an Amazon deal for people like me who is rough on things. It is the Photive HYDRA Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, that is shockproof and waterproof. At the time of this posting, the pricing was unbelievable ($39) with great customer reviews.

 Photive HYDRA Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Photive HYDRA Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

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Geek Squeaks (#2016-02) FEATURING — Great Reference Book On Upgrading And Repairing PCs — and MORE GREAT STUFF

Great Reference Book On Upgrading And Repairing PCs – If you are contemplating a career as an IT Professional or you are an IT Professional, you may want to consider purchasing the 22nd Edition of Scott Mueller’s Upgrading and Repairing PCs. Get “practical answers about PC processors, mother-boards, buses, BIOSes, memory, SSD and HDD storage, video, audio, networks, Internet connectivity, power, and much more. You’ll find the industry’s best coverage of diagnostics, testing, and repair—plus cutting-edge discussions of improving PC performance via overclocking and other techniques.”.  Also, be sure to check out Scott Mueller’s online Upgrading and Repairing Forum.

Upgrading and Repairing PCs

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Boot Failure Troubleshooting Flowchart – Since I started out today’s post with a book on upgrading and repairing PCs, I thought I would throw in this Boot Failure Troubleshooting Flowchart that you may find of interest. There is also a book on this as well — CLICK HERE .

 Boot Failure Troubleshooting Flowchart

Boot Failure Flowchart

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Use Disk Space Organizing Software To Keep Your Computer Clutter Free – Using disk space organizing software can help you keep your computer from turning into a junkyard by visually showing you what files and folders (and where) are consuming hard drive space.  To help me in this situation I use the portable app called GetFolderSize. There is also a full install version if you are not into the portable apps. GetFolderSize works as a disk analyzer that lets you see a folder tree where you can easily locate files and folders that you have “lost” and cannot even search for because you have forgotten what you named them! I have added GetFolderSize to the Downloads Page, listed under the portable apps swarm.

GetFolderSize

GetFolderSize

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Fast Free File Shredder – Another portable app that landed in my lap is OW Shredder. This portable app is an advanced security tool which allows you to completely erase secret data with all drive traces from your hard drives by overwriting it. Individual files, free disk space and entire volumes can by erased. I have also added this portable app to the Downloads Page

OW Shredder

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Turn An Android Device Into A Home Video Monitoring System – If you have a tablet or an old Android phone lying around, you can put it to good use and turn it into a video surveillance camera by using the Android app called AtHomeCamera. This app is worth a try before you go out an buy and expensive setup. All platforms are supported, including Windows PC、Mac、iPhone、iPad、iPod, Android phone, Android tablet and Smart TV. Used together with AtHome Video Streamer, you are able to keep an eye on your home when you are outside, and receive alerts right away in case of any incident!

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 AtHome Camera - Home Security- screenshot

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Geek Squeaks (#2016-01) FEATURING — The Lemming Effect Top 25 For 2015 — and MORE GREAT STUFF

The Lemming Effect Top 25 For 2015   – In today’s world we depend on a multitude of readily available sources for current events, news, politics, etc… The media competition is intense to the point that a lot of what we read, watch and hear is diluted with mistruths and downright lies. I am a firm believer that if you hear and see mistruths (and downright lies) enough, you will believe it to the point that if the truth were actually pointed out to you that you will deny it is the truth (and will become angry). “How dare you tell me this is not true!”, I saw this on my news channel, read it in my email, saw it on Facebook, and it is gospel. Folks, I am here to tell you that we are a very gullible society and are like a bunch of lemmings…

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If you don’t know, the term lemmings is a a metaphor for people who go along unquestioningly with a group with potentially dangerous consequences. The “Lemming Effect” is an innate psychological phenomenon, a survival trait, an inborn instinct in the majority of people. For example (and I have been around weapons for hunting purposes all my life), the media hype over the gun issue has initiated this “Lemming Effect” that has generated fear that we better arm ourselves now before our right to own guns are taken away. As a result, we are like lemmings and lineup to buy military grade weapons (and handguns) that require skill (and continual maintenance) that potentially could have dangerous long term consequences (even beyond our generation).

When there are times I feel I am becoming a lemming, I start looking for facts. For example, how many of you fell for the Mark Zuckerberg Giveaway Hoax where on 1 December 2015, Mark Zuckerberg shared a post on Facebook announcing the birth of his daughter and a pledge to giveaway 99% of his Facebook shares to users who shared the post?  If you fell for this, then you joined the Lemming’s Club. I fell for it because one of my reliable Facebook friends was circulating it; and, then it hit me, I need to check this out. Just because someone says it is true, does not make it true (even if it is someone that you consider to be a reliable resource).

One such site that I use to “assist” in research of some of this crazy stuff is Snopes.com which has come to be regarded as an online touchstone of rumor research. Recently Snopes posted the Most Popular Urban Legends of 2015 that features the top 25 rumors (or urban legends) that circulated most widely on the internet. Don’t become a lemming, always look for the facts and truths.

Most Popular Urgan Legends of 2015

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How To Import Your Browser Bookmarks Into Pocket – In a nutshell, Pocket is an online cloud based “bookmarking” service that will help you “save interesting articles, videos and more from the web for later enjoyment. Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device — phone, tablet or computer. It can be viewed while waiting in line, on the couch, during commutes or travel — even offline”. I love Pocket and use it to categorize and save sites I want to visit later. I know you can save (bookmark) your sites in your browser, but Pocket is like a bookmarking site on steroids (much, much better in my opinion). Recently I was wondering if it was possible to import browser bookmarks into Pocket and found that “yes you can”…  To do this, CLICK HERE to visit the Import Bookmarks Into Pocket.

How To Import Your Browser Bookmarks Into Pocket

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Tech For Everyone Let’s Out Secret You Need To Know About Ebooks – Tech Paul at Tech For Everyone recently posted a notice on his site that led me to another site called BookBub that will send you a daily email that alert you to free and deeply discounted ebooks that are available for a limited time. I have taken advantage of this and already have downloaded some FREE ebooks (from the likes of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc…).  Good find there Tech Paul…

BookBub

BookBug

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“All In One” Cable Modem Router – I have an older version of one of the Motorola Cable Modem Routers and it has not given me an ounce of trouble. The one I am sharing with you today is the newer version (compared to mine) called the Motorola ARRIS SURFboard SBG6580 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem/ Wi-Fi N Router … With this device you can free up some desk space. The Motorola ARRIS SURFboard SBG6580 is designed for seamless mobility, Motorola’s SBG6580 is a fully integrated all-in-one home networking solution that combines the functionality of a DOCSIS/EuroDOCSIS 3.0 cable modem, four-port 10/100/1000 Ethernet switch with advanced firewall, and an 802.11n Wi-Fi access point in a sleek, stylish package for the sophisticated consumer.

Motorola ARRIS SURFboard SBG6580 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem/ Wi-Fi N Router

Motorola Cable Modem

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Geek Squeaks #2015-15 (Featuring: 70+ Useful Google Now Voice Commands— and MORE STUFF)

70+ Useful Google Now Voice Commands – I am a big Android smartphone and tablet user. I am finding more and more of using Google’s version of a virtual personal assistant called Google Now. What amazes me is how accurate Google Now is in interpreting what I am saying. If you are like me and you find Google Now to be very useful, then check out trendblog.net’s infographic on their “Awesome List Of 70 Google Now Voice Commands“.

Google Now Commands

DSpeech Upgraded DSpeech is a portable app program that will read text back to you. I find it very helpful when composing documents where I can have the document read back to me. Really makes a difference in the final product of the document when you can actually hear what you have written. 

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Wunderlist Has A New Design – Just plucked this off of the Wunderlist blog site that indicates there is a new user interface for Wunderlist. “The new-look Wunderlist is available on Web, Chrome and Windows 7 today and will be coming to iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android and Windows 10 this year, plus a host of new updates too”… — READ MORE

Wunderlist

Quickly Search For Files On Your Android Smartphone or Tablet – What I find when using Google to search my phone, the search is limited to my contacts and apps. If you would like something that will dig a little deeper then take a look at the app called Andro Search. This app when installed will create an index of the files on your computer to make searching for files fast. Andro Search can be described as a full-text instant search over your Documents/Files, Contacts, and Apps – An efficient powerful search engine and launcher on your Android.

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Geek Squeaks #2015-1 @ What’s On My PC

Geek Squeaks is back… – After taking a break from posting Geek Squeaks, I am thinking of bringing it back. Geek Squeaks is a name I came up with as an identifier to my readers that when you see a Geek Squeaks’ post it is a “quick read” compilation of tech news, software, apps and anything for that matter that I think is worth a squeak from an old geek. Geek Squeaks’ are random posts that are not set to any timeline or schedule.

Free Desktop Timer – Free Desktop Timer is a simple utility that allows you to create multiple timers on your desktop. This is one of those kinds of things that you might not even know you need until you try it.

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Added Links To The “Software & Apps” Swarm – If you click on the downloads tab at the top of the blog you will see links to Software & Apps sites, FREE Software, Portable Apps, Android Apps and Cloud Computing Apps. I just added some additional sites to the Software & Apps swarm that will take you to reputable software sites. All links and software in each of the swarms are tried, true and tested…  I want to publish only the best.

Keep An Eye On This Smartphone – With the OnePlus 2, we have something bold to say. We believe that great products come from great ideas, not multi-million dollar marketing campaigns. We believe “that’s just the way things are” is almost always the wrong answer. Most of all, we believe that great things should be shared. This is the OnePlus 2.

A list of all the Google Now voice commands –  Here’s a list of just about everything you can say to Google Now. Try experimenting with different phrasing, you’ll be surprised how much it understands. The part of the phrase in [brackets] can be replaced with any similar term you choose… @greenbot

Deal Ends August 7th – For Photive 50 Watt 6 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger @ Amazon. Industry first 6 port 50 Watt 10 Amp Rapid USB Wall charger. The PH-50W has revolutionized charging – Our Intelegent USB ports will comunicate and recognize the device it is plugged into and will povide the fastest possible charging speed. Excellent reviews…

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GEEK SQUEAK #79 – Check Out The GULEEK i8

Check out this very small Windows 8 computer…  The price is right too! The GULEEK i8 was recently featured and reviewed at WinBeta [ click here for the review ]…  This may end up on my tech toy wishlist…

GULEEK i8 is a dirt cheap Windows 8.1 PC with built-in battery, has the size of a portable hard drive…

The GULEEK i8 is a small external hard-drive-like hardware. And besides its dirt-cheap price tag of $104, there are several features that make it seem like a must-have product. First of all, its runs the Windows 8.1 operating system and is powered by a 1.8 GHz Intel Atom Z3735F Bay Trail processor. Secondly, it comes with a 3,000mAh battery which could come in handy in an event of a power outage or while traveling… READ MORE @ WinBeta

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GEEK SQUEAK – To Good To Be True: BGR Confirming Windows 9 to be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users

Came across this article this morning by BGR – Confirmed: Windows 9 to be a free upgrade for Windows 8 users … Sounds too good to be true. Being the old geek that I am I learned a long time ago “believe nothing, verify everything”. I will definitely be looking for more verification on this.

Windows 9 Upgrade Free Download

Multiple Windows 9 reports have suggested that Microsoft is considering releasing the upcoming platform as a free download to certain existing Windows users. Some said that Windows 8 will get Windows 9 free of charge, while others claimed the company is also considering some sort of special offers for existing Windows XP users. A report from Indonesian online publication Detik said earlier this week that President of Microsoft Indonesia Andreas Diantoro has confirmed this particular Windows 9 feature… READ MORE

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

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

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

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

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

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[HOW TO] What Does Airplane Mode Do, and Is It Really Necessary? – Airplane mode disables a device’s cellular radio, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth — the wireless transmission functions. But many airplanes now offer in-flight Wi-Fi, and cellular access may be coming to planes soon — so where does that leave airplane mode?…READ MORE @ How To Geek

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[ANDROID] Poppy Gives You Email Notifications That You Can Reply To From Anywhere – Email Popup: Poppy is an Android app that gives you richer email alerts on any screen. Like the alerts in the notification area, you can interact with the alert but it takes the interaction further. You can reply to the email directly from the email without having to switch to the email app… READ MORE @ Addictive Tips

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[HOW TO] How To Access All OneDrive Files Offline In Windows 8.1 -Here is a short tutorial that explains how to to access OneDrive files offline in Windows 8.1… READ MORE @ I Love Free Software

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[TECH NEWS] Moving On: Microsoft Confirms No More Major Updates for Windows 8 – Microsoft tried to address consumer complaints in Windows 8 with Windows 8.1, and then again with its first major update for Windows 8.1. However, Windows 8/8.1 isn’t grabbing market share the way Microsoft hoped it would, even with Windows XP taken behind the shed.

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That reality must have finally hit Microsoft like a ton of bricks, and now the firm is changing gears — rather than release another major update to Windows 8.1, it’s going to add any upcoming changes to its monthly update schedule, better known as Patch Tuesday… READ MORE @ MaximumPC


[HARDWARE] Anti-Static / Anti-Drop / Anti-Shake / Water Resistant / Dust Resistant Hard Disk Drive Protect Case – ORICO PH Series Hard disk drive Protection Box is a Ultimate Bodyguard for your Hard Drive. High Strength Engineering ABS plastic hard shell style and indestructible, EVA Cushion surround every corner of your HDD inside. Easy lock and open mechanism make it user-friendly… READ MORE @ Amazon

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How To Type the “Degree” Symbol From The Keyboard

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] How To Type the “Degree” Symbol From The Keyboard – I always like sharing personal experiences here on the blog to show that I don’t pull these things out of thin air. Recently I was generating a report where I was typing out weather conditions (such as outside temperature). As I continued doing this I would always type out the word “degree” for the temperature (i.e. 90 degrees). It was at that point I started wondering if there is a way to generate the degree symbol from the keyboard?

If you look at your keyboard you will not visually find the symbol or character reference for the “degree symbol.  What you have to do is use what is called “ALT CODES”…

If you hold down the Alt key and on the numeric keypad on the right of the keyboard, type 0176, or Alt+ 248, then when you release the Alt Key, a ° should be there.

If you are interested in learning some more ALT CODES, click on the ALT CODES REFERENCE SHEET below.

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[PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE] Envelope Printer – While I could have used MS Office Word and other 3rd party programs to print out envelopes, I wanted something that was far easier to use and that required a heck of a lot less mouse clicks to get the job done. The program remembers your settings, so once all ready to go you can open the program, open the address book, choose the address hit use this address and the click print. 4 mouse clicks and you are done… @Tweaking.com

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[CLOUD STORAGE] How to tie your cloud storage services together – How can you tie your cloud storage services together?   It’s actually easy if you use MultCloud.   MultCloud ties together all of the most popular cloud storage services so you can upload files to multiple sites through a single sign-on… @TTC Shelbyville – Technical Blog

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[COMPRESSION SOFTWARE] ZipGenius handles more than 20 types of compression formats – It allows you to browse CD/DVD-ROM ISO image files as if they were common archives. It is the best companion for your daily tasks and you can even use it through command line module in batch operations… @ZipGenius

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[PORTABLE APP] A simple and free start menu application that can be installed on USB sticks or local PCs – Portable Start Menu organizes your programs in a simple menu system and launches them via a tray icon. If you close Portable Start Menu on an USB-Stick, running applications can be closed automatically, too… @Portable Start Menu

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[COMPUTER HARDWARE] Cable Matters USB 3.0 to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station – swappable access to 2.5″ and 3.5″ SATA HDD/SSD, without having to mount the hard drive, or installing it in an enclosure. It provides a simple, fast, and cost effective solution for data recovery, drive imaging, and testing centers, or any environment that requires fast access to uninstalled/archived drives.. @Amazon

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[HOW TO – TROUBLESHOOT] When your computer won’t turn on – A lot of problems can keep a computer from booting Windows (or any other operating system). Fortunately, you can get a pretty good idea by noting how and when the PC fails. If you press the power button and nothing happens, you’ve got a very different problem than if the PC starts but Windows never loads. Let’s take a look at some of the possibilities… @PCWorld

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[TECH NEWS] How the Internet of Things knows where gunfire happens – SST’s ShotSpotter pinpoints outdoor, urban gunshots for law enforcement agencies. Now it’s moving indoors with a service for schools… @c|net

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FREE Backup Software That Provides Basic And Advanced Features (such as disk imaging)

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[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] FREE Backup Software That Provides Basic And Advanced Features (such as disk imaging)

I have been involved in computers in some form or another for over 25 years. My strength has always been in the area of software and learning what I needed to know to keep the flow of the workplace healthy. I will tell you right off the bat, I am not an expert; however, give me a little time and I will find the answer. Since my retirement, my desire to keep up with the trends has not diminished; AND, if anything it has become even more focused. I have learned to become a master of computer information.

My focus is no longer in a workplace setting, but is more in the direction of what can I contribute to help folks at home. Today, I want to push you in a direction of making sure you are backing up your data (documents, pictures, music, etc…) and even backing up your entire hard drive.

One of the first things you need to do is get yourself a good external drive that will become an extension of your computer and can be easily removed (and stored away) if need be (depending on how important is your data to you). I currently use several external drives, with one of those drives being a portable hard drive (see examples here). I use this portable hard drive to store a backup image of my entire hard drive that will capture every bit of data on the drive at the time of the backup. I then remove the drive and store it off site. I know there are numerous cloud computing backup options out there where you can move your personal (and private) files to the cloud. Even with this option being available, I still (highly) recommend the process of backing up your data and external drive (at your house). This all may sound like a pain, but really it is not; especially when I introduce you to AOMEI Backupper Standard.

AMOEI Backupper Standard is a FREE backup software solution that I can personally attest does work (especially the disk imaging component). AMOEI gives you the ability to perform a system backup, a disk backup, a customized files/folders backup and a partition backup.

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Please do not let these terms scare you off. AMOEI will walk you through the process of performing these tasks. On a personal level, as mentioned, I use the disk imaging component of AMOEI to make an exact copy of my hard drive in my computer.

In closing, to give an example of how AMOEI, saved my butt…  I recently noticed and determined that my hard drive in my computer, after 7 years, was working its’ way toward failure. Using AMOEI, I routinely performed disk imaging backups and had those images stored on an external drive. When it was time to install the new drive, I created a boot CD (or DVD) using the AMOEI software. Using the AMOEI software, I created boot CD (which is easy to do). After installing the new hard drive, which was larger in size and contained no data, I booted from the CD.  Within the boot CD is a built in version of the AMOEI software that allowed me to pull the image from the external drive and restore my data (an exact copy of my old hard drive) to the new drive (a new Seagate Hybrid Drive with SSD). I always keep my fingers crossed when performing tasks such as this, but AMOEI performed flawlessly.

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[WALLPAPER] Browse and Download Any Bing Wallpaper at Official Homepage Gallery – Microsoft Bing’s daily updated photo backgrounds for the search engine are cool and popular. You can now browse and download all the wallpapers in Bing’s history at the official Homepage Gallery, all for free… @lifehacker

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[GOOGLE] Create Reminders in Google Search – You don’t have to use the mobile Google Search app to add reminders. Just search Google for add reminder or create reminder, enter a name, a date or a place. You can also enter specific queries like: add reminder to buy milk tomorrow or create reminder to buy sandwich when I am in Chicago. Just click “remind me on Google Now”… @Google Operating System

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[TECH NEWS] Microsoft talks up ‘next version of Windows’ – Microsoft is trying to bridge the relatively strict separation — that currently exists on Windows 8.1 — of the Modern, aka Metro, UI that is touch friendly and the more traditional desktop UI, which is geared more toward the mouse and keyboard… @c|net

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[HOW TO] Sleep and hibernation: frequently asked questions – Here are answers to some common questions about sleep and hibernation… @Microsoft


[SOFTWARE] Angry IP Scanner – Angry IP scanner is a very fast and small IP scanner. It pings each IP address to check if it`s alive, then optionally it is resolving hostname and tries to connect at specified in Options dialog box TCP port… @Snapfiles

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[PORTABLE APPS] 300+ free and legal portable apps (over 9GB) – Free. No time limits. No catch. No registration required. Never was. No adware. No spyware. No malware… @portableapps

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[ANDROID APP] Floatify – Smart Notifications – When you receive notifications Floatify will show you a popup window with stacked notifications. You can interact with the popup, expand a notification to full size, open or cancel the notification, setup a reminder or open the app in xHalo. Even if the phone is locked you can directly open or cancel the notification! Floatify will also wake your phone if you like… @Google Play

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Get A Great Deal On Microsoft Office 365 Personal

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Get A Great Deal On Microsoft Office 365 Personal– A year ago I would have told you that Microsoft was behind the eight ball and was not in tune with the current devices (such as tablets, smartphones, etc.) which are supported by cloud computing. A year later I am seeing a new Microsoft that is quickly rebounding and doing things that I never thought I would see them do.

One example (of late) is their pricing model changes and incentives with Microsoft Office 365.  If you do not know what Microsoft Office 365 is, let me break it down in one sentence. Microsoft Office 365 is an online subscription service to Microsoft Office where you pay an annual fee to keep Office on your computer (and other devices).

Microsoft Office 365

There are quite a few pricing models for Microsoft Office 365, but the latest deal that jumped out at me was Microsoft Office 365 Personal where Microsoft has thrown in a Terabyte of online storage and 60 Skype minutes for $6.99 a month (or $69.99 a year at a 16% savings).

Office 365 Personal enables you to install the latest full desktop version of Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook, on 1 PC or Mac, in addition to 1 Windows tablet or iPad — so you can use all the features offline as well as online. You can also install Office on multiple smartphones.

What is making this sweet is the terabyte of online storage (and the Skype minutes); PLUS, the satisfaction of knowing that your version of Microsoft Office is always up to date.

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[ANDROID APP] The simplest possible way to create daily countdowns – Simply set a date and a label (or don’t, your call!) and let the magic happen. This date can be in the future or the past… @Google Play

Countdown


[WEB BROWSER] Slimjet – Get More Done In Less Time – Faster browser startup, faster page loading, highly responsive UI powered by industry-leading Blink engine… @Slimjet

Slimjet


[TECH NEWS] What 18 Popular Websites Used To Look Like – A comparison between then and now… @Business Insider

Websites Then And Now


[ANDROID SECURITY] 14 best antivirus Android apps and anti-malware Android apps – Antivirus Android apps have exploded over the last year. Despite Android’s mostly secure internal security, there are millions of people who just like having extra security around for those just-in-case scenarios… @Android Authority

14 best antivirus Android apps


[WINDOWS 7] Windows 7 will be patched until 2020 – Microsoft plans to end mainstream support for Windows 7 in January, but security updates will continue for at least a further five years. Microsoft has previously announced that business PCs running Windows 7 will stop being offered for sale in early 2015… @PCAuthority

Windows 7 will be patched until 2020


[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] Extract Text from JPG with FREE JPG to Word Converter – JPG to Word is a free OCR software to convert JPG to Word document. This free OCR software extracts text from jpg images (scanned jpg images, online images, etc.) and lets you save that text as Word file (*.doc)… @I Love Free Software

FREE JPG to Word Converter


[HOW TO] How To Launch Chrome In Incognito Mode From A Desktop Shortcut – We all know that Chrome is one of the best web browsers out there that sports tons of great features. Among them is its handy Incognito ability which lets users browse websites without storing any history information… @Addictive Tips

Launch Chrome In Incognito Mode


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Have It All With A Solid State Hybrid Drive

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Have It All With A Solid State Hybrid Drive –  If you have an older PC and you are looking for a performance boost, that gives you faster speed with capacity, you may want to take a look one of Seagate’s Solid State Hybrid Drives.

Seagate’s Solid State Hybrid Drive

The good about the hybrid drive is that it is less expensive (see sample pricing) than solid state drives, yet gives you the kick and speed of the solid state drive (see customer reviews).

The hybrid drives by Seagate set aside approximately 6GB’s of ultra-fast NAND flash (same as used for SSD technology) to store the most frequently used data.  What this means is that, as you use the computer, the hybrid drive learns what data you use frequently and stores it on the SSD side of the drive. As this happens over time you will notice that the load times of those frequently used application are greatly reduced.  System boot times and system responsiveness are also noticeably improved using the hybrid form factor.

The Seagate® Desktop SSHD is designed to work in any standard desktop system. Unlike other hybrid solutions, there are no special drivers or software to install and configure. It installs and works just like a hard drive – only faster!

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[HOW TO] How to Upgrade a Desktop Hard Drive With Solid State Hybrid Drive Technology – The process of upgrading your desktop drive to a Seagate® Desktop SSHD is simpler than you might expect. There are three essential steps involved with the upgrade process… @Seagate

[FREE EBOOKS] 150 FREE Microsoft eBooks – largest collection ever – Given the amount my readers enjoy these posts and these free resources, I am sharing another post this year with over 130 more FREE eBooks, Step-By-Steps, Resource Guides, etc., for your enjoyment… @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog

[GMAIL] 5 Free Gmail Tracking Services To Get Read Receipt for Gmail – Here’s a listing of five free Gmail tracking services. These email tracking services keep tabs on your sent emails (sent via Gmail) and notify you (via different methods) when the recipient(s) open/read those emails… @I Love Free Software

[HOT TECH NEWS] The Popular WinPatrol System Monitoring Software Changes Hands – I couldn’t be happier to introduce you to the founder of Ruiware, LLC and Scotty’s new best friend,  Bret Lowry. He’s younger with more energy but still has almost 30 years experience developing software… @Bits From Bill

[WEB BROWSER NEWS] Chrome rockets past Firefox in browser arena – Google’s Chrome continues to shoot past Firefox among the desktop browser crowd, according to the latest stats from Web tracker Net Applications… @c|net

[WINDOWS APP] Pushbullet Windows App Gets Right-Click File Push Capability – You know all about Pushbullet by now – it’s that file/text/notification/everything else pushing app that’s so outrageously useful that you have to wonder why it’s free. Today there’s a treat rolling out to Pushbullet users on Windows in particular, and it makes sending files to your devices mega-easy. Just right-click and send.. @Android Police

[SECURITY] Probably the Best Free Security List in the World – This article contains a comprehensive list of free security-related programs or web applications for Windows XP and later Windows PC-based operating systems. The few non-free programs on this list are included because they are of high merit (in our opinion) and lack a comparable free alternative. This list also includes links to webpages that contain security-related information… @gizmo’s

[FREE SOFTWARE] MagicArchiver – Free Solutions for Archive Processing – A free archive processing utility. It provides a free and complete solution for manipulating archives. It is completely free for commercial and personal use… @MagicArchiver

[CLOUD COMPUTING] Here is the online application for cutting music – It allows you to effortlessly cut out a desired musical fragment from an MP3 file or a file in other formats, in order, for example to set it up as a customized ringtone for your mobile phone… @Online Audio Cutter

[CHROME EXTENSION] A powerful local, offline and background music player built entirely of HTML5 and JavaScript – A powerful local music player which runs as a packaged app (100% offline)… @Chrome Web Store

[UTILITIES] A software toolbox for your solid state drive hardware – Many of the top manufacturers of solid state drives have a software “toolbox” to go along with the hardware to configure the best performance. Sometimes a manufacturer only provides firmware updates, which are warned to be done at your own risk… @404 Tech Support

[HOW TO] 3 Ways To Directly Boot To Desktop In Windows 8 – Here are 3 ways to boot directly to Windows 8 desktop, when you login to Windows 8 PC… @I Love Free Software

[SECURITY] Microsoft Account protection: Login and security tips – Here are a few things you can do to help protect your Microsoft Account… @The Windows Club

[HOT TECH NEWS] Microsoft Announces Major Changes to Office 365 for Small and Midsized Businesses – In October, Microsoft will replace its Office 365subscriptions for small and midsized businesses with versions that are more affordable, more flexible, and provide more value. Existing customers will be able to take advantage of the new offerings—and the new pricing—starting October 1 or when they upgrade in the months ahead… @Paul Thurrott’s Supersite For Windows


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The Benefit of Turning Off GPS On Your Android Phone (KitKat Version) And Using WiFi To Determine Your Location

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The Benefit of Turning Off GPS On Your Android Phone (KitKat Version) And Using WiFi To Determine Your Location – When the GPS function is activated on your phone it is constantly performing a satellite handshake to pinpoint your location. Personally, I do not see a need for GPS unless you are going a trip and need to use the phone for navigation purposes; PLUS, GPS turned “on” drains the battery.

The 2nd best option to GPS, that is more battery friendly, is to use Wi-Fi and the Mobile Networks to determine your location. To do this on your Android Phone (KitKat version), Go to Settings > Location Mode AND select Battery Saving (Use wi-fi and mobile networks to determine location).

Turning Off GPS

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[HOW TO] How to Delete Your Google+ Account – If you want to keep using Gmail and rest of Google’s tools, but want to ditch Google+, AddictiveTips shows the simple steps to removing the social network functions from your Google account. The process is quick and simple… @lifehacker

[USB FLASH DRIVE FOR SMARTPHONE] Transfer files between your smartphone, computer or tablet using the dual micro USB and USB 2.0 connections – Easily manage all of your files from your smartphone or tablet. Search, copy, delete, playback and sort your files with ease. The File Manager application is free to download from Google Play… @AMAZON

Sony 16GB Microvault USB Flash Drive for Smartphone

Sony 16GB Microvault

[TECH NEWS] Amazon Unveils New 3-D ‘Fire’ Smartphone – The long-rumored Amazon smartphone was officially unveiled Wednesday and, yes, it has a 3-D screen. Well, technically Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos called it “dynamic perspective,” but it gives the new Fire Phone the illusion of depth with no glasses required thanks to four face-tracking cameras built into the front of the phone… @NBCNews

[LABEL PRINTER] Share Brother’s Wireless Label Printer Among Multiple PCs – Brother has introduced the PT-P750W, its first PC-connectable P-touch label maker that can be used with most computers and mobile devices to create labels over a wireless network. This makes the PT-P750W an ideal group label printer for small offices and business environments… @PCMag

[FREE SOFTWARE] Locate files and folders by name instantly – Everything Search Engine (Small installation file, Clean and simple user interface, Quick file indexing, Quick searching, Minimal resource usage, Share files with others easily AND Real-time updating)… @voidtools

[HOW TO] Proper Ways to Dispose of An Old Computer – When the time comes to dispose of an old computer, you need to take the proper steps to ensure it is discarded properly. The two main concerns when getting rid of an old computer include the fact that they contain heavy metals like many electronics, and the fact that they contain a variety of important and personal information that you don’t want to end up in the wrong hands where it could make you vulnerable to identity theft or fraud. Here are some helpful tips for disposing of the old computer safely… @Computer How To Guide

[ANDROID APPS] 5 Flute Apps For Android – Here’s a list of 5 flute apps for Android which you can use to play the flute on your Android devices. By simulating music instruments on Android you can’t expect to have the same music experience like you do with real instruments. Despite that, instrument simulators are a great way how to have fun on your smartphone or tablet… @I Love Free Software

[WALLPAPER] Rain Wet Blue… @URHDWALLPAPERS

Rain Wet Blue


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Shut Down Windows 8 With Shutdown8

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Shut Down Windows 8 With Shutdown8 – After the release of Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft did make things better for people to navigate around; however, shutting down the PC is still a hidden component (when you are on the desktop side of Windows 8).

To remedy this issue on my Windows 8 computer, I installed a little program called Shutdown8.

Shutdown8

Shutdown8 is available as an install file or a portable app. I went for the portable app version. Once you get it installed, pin the Shutdown8 executable file to your taskbar making it very handy to shutdown your PC.

Not only does Shutdown8 provide convenience in shutting down your PC, it also has the following features:

  • Shuts down/powers off computers at a specified time
  • Users can set the timer with the [+][-] keys or the mouse wheel button
  • Hibernate Mode: Saves the contents from the RAM to a hard disk and shuts down
  • Sleep Mode: Saves the state of the computer to RAM and enters a low-power mode
  • Works well with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8

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[REMOTE DESKTOP] A New Perspective on Remote Desktop – AnyDesk is the fastest remote desktop software on the market. It allows for new usage scenarios and applications that have not been possible with current remote desktop software… @AnyDesk

[GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSION] OneNote Clipper – the easiest way to save anything on the web to OneNote in just one click – One-click to save any webpage with the extension toolbar OneNote button… @Chrome Web Store

[ANDROID] SwiftKey goes free on Android – One of the most popular third party keyboards on Android has just shed its price tag. In announcing a major update with new features, SwiftKey has also dropped the bombshell that it will now be available free of charge, but will still hold on to in-app purchases via a new add-on store… @Slash Gear

[SECURITY] Steganos LockNote will change the way you work with confidential notes – Hide your serial numbers, passwords, phone numbers and everyday notes in a safe place. Your informations will be encrypted using a password and most modern AES 256bit encryption technology… @steganos

[WINDOWS APP] Windows 8 Magazine App To Read Millions Of Free Magazines – Issuu is a free magazine app for Windows 8 which lets you read free magazines. This app has millions of free magazines in its collection. You can read any magazine either by searching for it using the built-in search box or by going through each magazine… @I Love Free Software

[CLOUD COMPUTING] Remove backgrounds from images – Free online tool automatically removes the background from images. Make your image backgrounds white or transparent. Even removes white backgrounds from images or photos… @Background Burner

[NOTEBOOK COMPUTER] 2-in-1 Ultraportable Notebook With A 10″ Detachable Tablet – The all-new Transformer Book T100 transforms your mobile lifestyle with a 2-in-1 ultraportable design and an amazing 11 hours battery life that will never tie you down. On one hand, it is a performance notebook with an Intel Atom Bay Trail-T Z3740 Quad Core processor and Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student preinstalled for great productivity. On the other hand, it is a 10.1″ HD touchscreen display that works as a standalone Windows 8.1 tablet for all your entertainment needs… @Amazon

ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR 10.1″ Detachable 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop, 64GB

ASUS Transformer Book


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The Best Microsoft Office Alternative Out There (WPS Office–Formerly Kingsoft Office)

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The Best Microsoft Office Alternative Out There (WPS Office–Formerly Kingsoft Office) – Many home-based computer users get in their minds, especially after a new computer install, that they have to install (and buy) Microsoft Office.

Well, I am here to tell you that you don’t. If you are a home based user, and even if you are still in the workforce using Microsoft Office products, I encourage you to take a look at WPS Office (formerly called Kingsoft Office). The difference between the two is this – COST.  Microsoft Office will cost you a considerable amount of money; whereas, WPS is FREE.

WPS Office

WPS Office

I currently have WPS Office installed on all of my Windows based computers, Android tablets, and Android Phone. If you are an Apple user or Linux user, you are in luck, as well.

WPS Office Highlights

  • Fully compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel
  • Supports DOC, XLS, PPT, TXT and more
  • Easily switch between open documents using our Priority Tabs feature
  • Quickly share documents with built in emailing function
  • Keep your work safe with auto-save
  • Keep your work protected with document encryption
  • One small file includes Presentation, Writer and Spreadsheet
  • Optional spell check language packs available

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[USB FLASH DRIVE FOR SMART PHONES] Transfer files between your smartphone, computer or tablet using the dual micro USB and USB 2.0 connections – Smartphone USB transfers files between your smartphone, computer or tablet using its dual micro USB and USB 2.0 connections. It is compatible with most Android devices1 for easy content transfer, no cords or network required… @Amazon

[WALLPAPERS] Check out Bing’s Homepage Gallery  – This gallery showcases images on the U.S. Bing Homepage during the past five years… @bing Homepage Gallery

Bing’s Homepage Gallery

[TECH NEWS] Touch version of Office expected to arrive for Android before Windows – Since Nadella has taken over as Microsoft’s CEO, he hasn’t been afraid to make it known that the company wants it software on every platform and will not wait to make sure that Windows gets an early advantage. This has already played out, as Office is currently available on the iPad and according to a new report, it will also arrive on Android tablets before it hits the Surface line and other Windows tablets… @Neowin

[SPRINGPAD ALTERNATIVES] SpringPad Is Shutting Down (so sad) – If you are a Springpad user, I am sure you heard the bad news that Springpad is shutting down. If you need an alternative, then check out this Google Docs Spreadsheet… @Google Docs

[CLOUD COMPUTING] A Map With All The Newspapers In The World – Providing a search interface, direct links, and one-click translating… @Newspaper Map

Newspaper Map

[CLOUD COMPUTING] A Web Based RSS Reader – Stories are pushed directly to you, so you can read news as it comes in… @Newsblur


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An Ultra Light Mobile Browser For Your Android Phone That Is Small, Speedy and Secure

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] An Ultra Light Mobile Browser For Your Android Phone That Is Small, Speedy and Secure – When it comes to web browsers it seems we get stuck on top named browsers (such as Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer); but, did you know there are numerous other browsers out there that is competing on the Android mobile phone platform that is giving these browsers a run for their money?

A web browser that has become a mainstay on my Nexus 5 is CM (Clean Master) Browser-Fast. The install for this browser is SMALL (less that 2MB). It is SPEEDY (featuring a preload mechanism that makes browsing very fast). It is SECURE (warns you when browsing potentially fraudulent or malicious websites).

CM (Clean Master) Browser-Fast

Two things that stands out with me with CM (Clean Master) Browser-Fast is that it actually is fast and will protect your privacy from unsolicited tracking.

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[FILE ENCRYPTION] A Small, Easy-To-Use Encryption Program – Drag’n’Crypt ULTRA is a small, easy-to-use encryption program using which you can protect confidential data from unauthorized access. You move the file to encrypt (s) simply on the program window (the drop zone ) and DCU encrypt the file (s) with the very safe Twofish encryption algorithm… @Drag’n’Crypt ULTRA

[COMPUTER SECURITY] Run software in an isolated environment to prevent it from making changes to your system –  Sandboxie is an innovative program that makes it possible to run applications in complete isolation from the rest of your system – in a sandbox. This means that any problems that may crop up in an isolated piece of software do not spread to other areas of your system; this help to protect against full system crashes, and also the spread of malware. Sandboxie can also be used to run web browser sessions in isolation so that any malicious web sites that may be encountered are not able to cause any damage outside the sandbox… @DownloadCrew

[DROWNING SIMULATOR] After Watching This You Will Think Twice About Not Wearing Your Life Jacket – @Sortieenmer.com

[WALLPAPERS] Take Your Desktop to New Heights with These Mountainous Wallpapers – @lifehacker

Mountainous Wallpapers

[MUSIC PLAYER] 3 Ways To Use Google Chrome As A Music Player For Local Files – What if you wanted to ditch your music player and use Chrome instead? With no additional apps or extensions installed, you can open an MP3 file in Chrome by dragging & dropping it on to a tab, or by using the Ctrl+O function and selecting it from your library and the file will play… @Addictive Tips

[RINGTONE MAKER] Free Ringtone Maker (Free Download) – an extremely simple and handy Windows software for making your own free ringtones… @musetips

[HOT TECH NEWS] Important Information If You Use TrueCrypt – At present, the reasons for the abrupt ending of TrueCrypt development are not known.  Various rumours persist, including NSA involvement, the web site being hacked, a spat among the developers, and more besides… @gizmo’s

[NEW CHROMEBOOK] ASUS Chromebook C200MA-DS01 11.6-Inch Laptop Coming To Amazon on June 26, 2014

ASUS Chromebook C200MA-DS01 11.6-Inch Laptop

Unprecedented 11-Hours Battery Life. 802.11 A/C Wireless for incredible speed. 16 GB solid state storage. 11.6″ HD LED display. Intel Bay Trail N2830 2.16 GHz (turbo 2.41GHz). 2GB DDR3. 1.2MP camera. 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, SD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0… @Amazon


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Make Google Your Personal Dictionary

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Make Google Your Personal Dictionary – One of my favorite Google Search tips is how to use the dictionary feature that is available in Google. It is quite simple, faster than grabbing a dictionary off of the shelf, and is one of the most overlooked tips out there.

Simply visit Google’s Search Page and type in the word define followed by a colon and the word you wish to get a definition. For example, if you typed define:computer you would get a result similar to what you see below.

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[COMPUTER SECURITY] Don’t fall for tech support scammers offering costly PC cleanup ‘solutions’ – We’re all familiar with how telemarketers occasionally interrupt our lives, often at the most inopportune times. However, even more upsetting is receiving an unexpected phone call claiming that your PC has been infected with viruses and can be cleaned only for a hefty fee. What’s worse is that the caller is almost certainly a fake — a bad guy who pretends to work for Microsoft or one of our partners… @The Official Microsoft Blog

[ANDROID – HOW TO] How to set up Daydream: Android’s overlooked, customizable docking screen – Let’s say I want to use that screen while my phone is charging or docked. Let’s say I want to use it as a digital clock or photo frame. I’m in luck (and so are you), because Android 4.2 and up actually has a little-known, built-in feature that allows me to do just that! It’s called Daydream, and it’s a quick, easy way to customize your Android device’s charging/docking screen to display practically anything you want… @greenbot

[SOFTWARE] Sandboxie – This innovative program makes it possible to run applications in complete isolation from the rest of your system – in a sandbox. This means that any problems that may crop up in an isolated piece of software do not spread to other areas of your system; this help to protect against full system crashes, and also the spread of malware. Sandboxie can also be used to run web browser sessions in isolation so that any malicious web sites that may be encountered are not able to cause any damage outside the sandbox… @Download Crew

[ALL-IN-ONE COMPUTER] Lenovo IdeaCentre C365 19.5-Inch All-in-One Touchscreen Desktop@Amazon

Lenovo IdeaCentre C365

Lenovo IdeaCentre C365

[TECH NEWS] U.S. may act to keep Chinese hackers out of Def Con hacker eventWashington is considering using visa restrictions to prevent Chinese nationals from attending popular summer hacking conferences in Las Vegas as part of a broader effort to curb Chinese cyber espionage, a senior administration official said Saturday… @Yahoo News

[WALLPAPER] Desktop wallpaper by Adan Vivar@Wallpapers Room

Desktop wallpaper by Adan Vivar


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The Easiest Way To Tell If The Windows 8.1 Update Is Installed On Your Computer

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The Easiest Way To Tell If The Windows 8.1 Update Is Installed On Your Computer – If you are confused about Windows 8.1 and the Windows 8.1 Update, you are not alone. In a nutshell; Windows 8.1 was an update to Windows 8.  Windows 8.1 Update, which is a completely different thing from Windows 8.1, is an update to Windows 8.1 (and Windows 8). Still confused?

The bottom line is that you want to make sure your computer is completely up to date. To determine if you have the Windows 8.1 Update installed go to the Start screen. If you see a Search button near your account name at the top of the Start screen, you already have the update.

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[COMPUTER SECURITY] SOLUTION: “This is Microsoft Support” telephone scam – Computer ransom lockout – A trend of the past couple of years has been for scammers to contact computer owners directly via telephone in the United States in an effort to convince them that there is a problem with their PC and they’ll need to pay to have it fixed.  In general, these people cannot fix anything, and instead they merely charge exorbitant fees for absolutely nothing. In other words, they scam you… @Triple-S Computers

[HARDWARE] A Programmable Computer Mouse – Do more, more easily with your mouse. With soft rubber grips and a contoured shape, this full size mouse provides all-day comfort, while Back/Forward buttons, side-to-side scrolling plus zoom and programmable buttons empower you to click, scroll and zoom with the flick of a finger… @Amazon

Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse

Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse

[ANDROID] magicApp by magicJack – Get unlimited local & long distance calling to the U.S. and Canada with magicApp. For international callers, make FREE unlimited magicApp-to-magicApp calls worldwide… @Google play

[FILE ENCRYPTION] Quick Crypt – A portable solution for encrypting and decrypting files.  Many features… @Valkova

[TECH NEWS] Lenovo Slides Past Apple to Claim #3 PC Sales Spot in U.S., Posts Record Earnings – Lenovo also made significant inroads in the U.S. market, where HP and Dell are still in first and second place. Lenovo’s strengthened PC lineup allowed it to vault past Apple to claim the third place spot for its fiscal fourth quarter (January through March 2014)… @DailyTech

[HOW TO] Averting Disaster – A Guide To Computer Backups (2014) – Backups are simply duplicates of data which are archived, and which can be restored to a previous point in time. The key is the data must be duplicated, and you have to be able to go back to an earlier time. Anything that doesn’t meet both of those requirements is not a backup… @AnandTech

[WALLPAPER] Cracked Windows Computer Screen@The Paper Wall

Cracked Windows Computer Screen


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Learning About Secure Boot In Windows 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pocket Monkey

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

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

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

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

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

[WALLPAPER] Earth Map… @WideWallpapers

Earth Map


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The No. 1 Free, Powerful and All-In-One Utility For Cleaning Your Windows PC

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The No. 1 Free, Powerful and All-in-one Utility For Cleaning Your Windows PC – One of my favorite, all-in-one computer maintenance utilities is Glary Utilities.

Glary Utilities

I just happened to notice that a NEW version (5.0) is available. Glary Utilities features over 20+ utilities that will help you maintain and improve the performance of your PC. I also noticed that there is also an Android version of Glary Utilities available, as well…

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[HOW TO] How to Install Android 4.4 KitKat on Windows PC – This article will guide you on How to Install Android 4.4 KitKat on Windows PC. Be sure check all the prerequisites before you proceed with the steps… @TechSwatch

[SOFTWARE] Evernote2Onenote – a small tool to import Evernote notebooks to Onenote. Evernote2Onenote does not require installation. It can be run from any place. Just doubleclick on the file to run it… @Stefan’s Tools

[HOW TO] Create Reminders On Your Desktop. No Software Required – To create a reminder note, just right-click your desktop, choose New Folder, and create an empty folder whose name is the text of the reminder you want.  And that’s all there is to it!  Alternatively, create a new text document in the same way, to get a different icon… @gizmo’s

[WI FI ROUTER] Revolutionary Touch Screen WiFi Router + Range Extender –

Securifi Almond – (3 Minute Setup) Touchscreen Wireless Router / Range Extender

Securifi Almond - (3 Minute Setup) Touchscreen Wireless Router / Range Extender

Almond is a revolutionary device that brings touch to Wireless Routers for the first time in history. For the first time users can setup & maintain their router easily from its highly intuitive touch screen… @Amazon

[ANDROID] Free Android App of the Day – Make sure you visit Amazon to see what Android App they are giving away (daily). I personally visit the site daily and have managed to grab some fantastics apps that I normally would have paid for… @Amazon

[FREE ONLINE STORAGE] Copy – Store Protect and Share Amazing Things – Get 15GB and an additional 5GB by signing up[click here]

[WALLPAPER] Reflection of An Iceberg@ja.best-wallpaper.net

Reflection of An Iceberg

 


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Next Version Of DuckDuckGo Focuses On Smarter Answers AND A More Refined Looks

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Next Version Of DuckDuckGo Focuses On Smarter Answers AND A More Refined Looks – Most of us, when performing a search on the internet, go with the big players such as Google, Bing and Yahoo (to name a few). A search engine option that I want you take a look at that actually is comparable or better in terms of search results is the search engine called DuckDuckGo.

DuckDuckGo

Where DuckDuckGo really excels, is that it is a search engine with privacy in mind. Unlike the big players, DuckDuckGo does not profile and track you.

Recently, through the DuckDuckGo Community Platform, I learned that the next version of DuckDuckGo is in beta and can be tested [here].

This version of DuckDuckGo focuses on smarter answers and a more refined look. New features like images, auto-suggest, places and more. Of course, your privacy is protected, with this version, as well!

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[GREAT DEAL – MICROSOFT OFFICE 2013] Get Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 for $104.99 – The 2013 Home and Business edition will run you $219.99. But there’s an unusually good deal to be had: Tech Supply King has Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 (single license) for $104.99. It’s a download, so there’s no shipping charge. This version of the suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. It comes with both 32- and 64-bit files, with Service Pack 1 already rolled in. And you own the software; this isn’t a subscription version that requires you to pony up another $100 every year. (Barf)… @c|net

[MINI WINDOWS DESKTOP COMPUTER] CyberPowerPC Fang Mini joins the tiny desktop PC party – CyberPowerPC is offering a choice between Intel and AMD chips. The Intel version costs $889 and includes a Core i7-4770R quad-core processor and Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics. The AMD model costs $799 and includes an AMD A8-5557M quad-core processor with Radeon R9 M275X graphics. The AMD model should have a slight edge on performance (and price), while the Intel model should sip less power… @PCWorld

[LAPTOP] HP Pavilion 10.1-Inch Touchscreen Laptop@Amazon

 HP Pavilion 10.1-Inch Touchscreen Laptop

[WINDOWS GOD MODE] Get Easy Access to Control Panel Settings with Windows God Mode – When most people hear the term “God Mode,” they think of video game cheat codes that give the player invincibility or other game-breaking attributes. But there’s also a Windows God Mode, at least sort of… @TekRevue

[NEED TO KNOW] The Facts About Defragmenting Your Computer Drives – Defragmenting your computer’s hard drive from time to time is necessary to help increase performance. Hard drives function by using spinning platters that store data in various areas. The data is written in blocks that are arranged in a sequenced order… @Computer How To Guide

[TECH NEWS] Microsoft’s late to the mini tablet market, but still has a shot at sales – According to several online reports, Microsoft will introduce a smaller-screen Surface on May 20 at an invite-only event in New York City. Dubbed “Surface Mini” in lieu of an official moniker, the device is expected to sport an 8-in. screen, come with a stylus, and be promoted primarily as a digital note taker… @ComputerWorld

[ANDROID] 5 Volume Booster Apps For Android – Here’s a list of 5 volume booster apps for Android which can be used to improve volume on your Android devices if they’re too quiet… @I Love Free Software

[COMPUTER SECURITY] Eusing Maze Lock lets you lock Windows computer using a pattern – Using the pattern lock is in trend these days and most of the Smartphone users today use the pattern lock instead of passwords. With Eusing Maze Lock you can safely lock and unlock your Windows PC, just by connecting some dots in a specific pattern… @The Windows Club

[WALLPAPERS] Say “Awwww” with These Baby Animal Wallpapers – @Lifehacker

Baby Animal Wallpapers


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Looking For An Online File Storage Option? Give OneDrive A Try

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Looking For An Online File Storage Option? Give OneDrive A Try– If you are looking for a reputable place to store online files, you may want to sign up for a Microsoft OneDrive Account.

OneDrive

You will automatically receive, for FREE, 7GBs of online storage space that can be used to store your files, such as documents, pictures, videos, etc…  If you [click here] and sign up today, you will get an additional 0.5GBs of space on top of the 7GBs.  Once you have signed up, make sure you download the OneDrive Software that will give you the ability to sync files on your computer with your OneDrive account. Once the software is installed you will see a OneDrive folder on your PC. OneDrive is also available for the Windows Tablet, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Xbox.

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[ANDROID] ES File Explorer is a free, full-featured file and application manager – It functions as all of these apps in one: file manager, application manager, task killer, download manager, cloud storage client (compatible with Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Box.net, Sugarsync, Yandex, Amazon S3, and Ubuntu One…), FTP client, and LAN Samba client. It provides access to pictures, music, video, documents, and other files on both your Android devices and your computers… @Google Play

[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] PDF Eraser is a free Windows application that deletes and erases text, images, logos and all unnecessary objects from PDF files – 100% FREE… @PDF Eraser

[WALLPAPER] – High Def @URHDWALLPAPERS

URHDWALLPAPERS

[WEB BROWSER TOOL] The Only Cross-browser Snapshot Tool – Capture single or multiple webpages with qSnap. 100% Browser Based – 100% Free – 100% Awesome… @qSnap

[HACK] Ikea Tablet Rack – While looking for a wooden plat rack to store my iPad, e-readers and Android Tablets, I came across this metal rack from Ikea. Only €4,95 and capable of storing up to 6 tablets… @Ikea Hackers

[TECH TOOLBOX] 5 SysInternals Utilities Updated Today – Five, count them, five Sysinternals utilities saw updated releases today. The Sysinternals suite continues to be some of the most popular, free utilizes for systems administrators… @WindowsITPro

[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] Reporting on Internet Browsing History by Site, Date, and Time – BrowsingHistoryView is a single executable that can, when run, retrieve and display browsing history information for visited URL, page title, time visited, how many times the page was visited, the web browser used, and the user profile doing the browsing. BrowsingHistoryView supports Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and SeaMonkey… @WindowsITPro

[TABLET ACCESSORIES] BlueMart ® 6Pcs Colorful Portable Foldable Smartphone and Tablet Stand – [click here]

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Watch movies, surf the net, read content on your device hands free. Suitable for landscape and Vertical View. Dimensions: 4.5″(L) x 1.25″(W)… @Amazon

[WINDOWS 8.1] Help, Windows 8 refusing to install major update! – Now on to this week’s topic from member Matthew, who has been having difficulties updating a few Windows 8 computers to Windows 8.1 and finds that attempting to do the update corrupts the OS. He has noted that all of these machines that are having problems were previously upgraded from Windows 7 to 8… @c|net

[HARDWARE] Best Video Cards: April 2014 – As April comes to a close we’re back once again with our monthly guide to video cards… @AnandTech

[ANDROID] 10 common mistakes Android newbies make – ​If you’re just learning the Android ropes, you might get tangled up in a mistake or two. Here are 10 ways to avoid problems and get the maximum benefit from your Android device… @TechRepublic


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Your Super-Personalized TV Guide For Android

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Your Super-Personalized TV Guide For Android – If your Android device (smartphone or tablet) is running Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.2+) or Jellybean (4.1+) a must have app (if you are big into watching TV) is TV Guide Mobile.

TV Guide Mobile

I am sure you are familiar with the hard copy version of the TV Guide.  This app, after entering your zip code, will generate a channel listing for your area that gives you instant listings from your cable provider. This app, from what I am reading, must have been updated and WOW, I am impressed.

Highlights:

• Watchlist – your super-personalized TV Guide: Organize your favorite shows, sports teams, movies, and actors and find where you can watch them – on TV, on demand, streaming and DVD.

• Video: Link to watch TV and movies instantly on Crackle, The CW, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, and MAX GO. Watch now, anywhere, anytime.

• New Tonight: What’s new in prime time with three handy filters.

• Listings: Detailed info about every airing.

• Exclusive content: The best in breaking news, features, videos and photos, curated by TV Guide’s editors.

• News Watchlist filter: Get news customized just for you.

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[FREE MUSIC CONVERTER] Free WMA MP3 Converter – free WMA to MP3 converter which helps you convert WMA to MP3, MP3 to WMA, WAV to MP3, WAV to WMA, MP3 to WAV, WMA to WAV etc. Free WMA MP3 Converter provides optimized default settings. No more thinking but just a click to start WMA to MP3 conversion with the MP3 converter… @Eusing Software

[IMPORTANT SECURITY NEWS] Homeland Security Now Warning Against Using Internet Explorer Until Vulnerability is Resolved – You know the stuff is getting serious when Homeland Security steps in and starts warning the public about using a specific piece of software. The government agency goes into a bit more depth, stating that the Internet Explorer vulnerability causes Adobe Flash to become corrupted so that the attack can piggyback on a memory address leak… @WindowsITPro

[CHROME OS COMPUTER] Experience the Best Chrome OS Computer – [check it out here]

ASUS Chromebox

Easy out-of-the-box setup, integrated virus and malware protection and feature-enhancing updates, ASUS Chromebox starts up in seconds to get you to your favorite websites and apps instantly… @Amazon

[FREE PDF READER] A Powerful, Small, Portable PDF Reader That Starts Very Fast – Get rid of the Adobe and go with Sumatra. I currently use this as my default PDF Reader on my PC. Sumatra PDF is a free PDF, eBook (ePub, Mobi), XPS, DjVu, CHM, Comic Book (CBZ and CBR) reader for Windows… @Sumatra PDF

[WALLPAPER] Rushing In… @InterfaceLIFT

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[FEATURED TECH SITE] WinBeta – WinBeta is one of the original Microsoft-centered communities founded in 1998. WinBeta has broken numerous stories in the Microsoft community. They are a Microsoft-oriented website, but are not affiliated with Microsoft. The sole intention is to provide you with in-depth Microsoft news coverage… @WinBeta


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Understanding The Difference Between Refreshing, Resetting Or Restoring Your Windows 8.1 PC

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Understanding The Difference Between Refreshing, Resetting Or Restoring Your Windows 8.1 PC– If you are a Windows 8.1 PC user and you are finding that your computer may not be running up to par; you have several options to either refresh, reset or restore your PC. It is very important to understand the difference between the three.  No matter what option you choose, ALWAYS back up your personal files.

  1. Refreshing your PC reinstalls Windows and keeps your personal files and settings. It also keeps the apps that came with your PC and the apps you installed from the Windows Store.
  2. Resetting your PC reinstalls Windows but deletes your files, settings, and apps—except for the apps that came with your PC.
  3. Restoring your PC is a way to undo recent system changes you’ve made.

The RESTORE option is the least aggressive, with the RESET Option being the most aggressive. Just remember, if you do a RESET you will lose your personal files and data.

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[CLOUD APP] Compress PDF Reduce the size of your PDF online – This app compresses your PDF in the cloud for free to a perfect size that is still good quality for emailing and uploading to the web… @smallpdf.com

[EXERCISE] This Graphic Walks You Through the Four-Minute Workout@Lifehacker

World's Fastest Workout

[ANDROID] 11 Android apps to make notifications more interesting – I love Android as much as the next non-Apple owning guy, but there are times when I get bored of using the same old operating system, and seeing the same boring old notifications. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of different ways to liven things up without having to root your phone, or in some cases, even spend a penny… @TNW

[FREE WINDOWS OFFICE SUITE] Kingsoft Office Suite – Provides friendly Word processing, Spreadsheets & Presentation software. I currently use this on all of my devices (instead of Microsoft Office)… @Kingsoft

[WIRELESS NETWORKING] An Omni-Directional Antenna That Delivers Wider Wireless Coverage – I have one of these and it works great in pulling your wireless signal in and around your house… @Amazon

TP-LINK TL-WN822N Wireless N300 High Gain USB Adapter, 300Mbps, Dual 3dBi External Antennas, WPS Button,
Support Windows XP/Vista/7/8

TP-LINK TL-WN822N Wireless N300 High Gain USB Adapter

[GADGET NEWS] Wicked Lasers Flashtorch flashlight starts fires with 4100 lumens of light – Wicked Lasers has unveiled its latest product called the Flashtorch. This isn’t a laser like we typically see from the company; rather this is a flashlight that has a massive 4100 lumens of light output. The light that the Flashtorch produces is white in color and the light is bright enough to do all sorts of things you could never do with a normal flashlight… @Slash Gear

[WALLPAPER] 3D Cat… @4Wallpapers

 3D Cat


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An Android App Lock That Is FREE and Awesome

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] An Android App Lock That Is FREE and AWESOME – After experiencing Android, my Nexus 5 Smartphone has become an extension of my desktop computer and of me (in the physical sense)… If I were to lose my smartphone, not only would it cause an emotional reaction and response, it would be like losing my right hand. It is my computer in my pocket and what people do not realize is that these smartphones, after a period use, is also your profile in your pocket that contains a wealth of information about you, as the person. If you concerned about the security of your phone, the first thing to do is lock the phone down so that if the phone is lost it becomes difficult to access the content of the phone.  Android has a couple of options built in to do this.

The second thing to do, is go to the Google Play store and download Lockdown Pro. This app gives you the ability to lock down individual apps on your phone and is very customizable. I have been testing this app for sometime on my Nexus 5, and it awesome (and is completely FREE with no advertisements).

Lockdown Pro

Lockdown Pro is the BEST app lock and privacy protect tool, it can lock any app, such as SMS, Gmail, Facebook, Whatsapp, SnapChat, Instagram, Viber, Line, Evernote, etc and special apps including Lock install/uninstall apps, Lock incoming calls, etc.

One-tap to lock Apps.

Auto lock new-install app.

Auto lock & unlock when you get in/out your setting locations.

Auto lock & unlock when connect/disconnect with wifi.

Active lock apps with a SMS

Three password modes: Pattern Lock, Classic Lock & Calculator Lock

Fake Error Message (Distract from unauthorized access.)

Random keyboard password

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[HOW TO] Coiling a USB power cord – This is an easy way to tidy up cord that are too long or in the way. Great for the car or desk… @Instructables

[CLOUD APP] ZenPen – A minimalist writing zone, where you can block out all distractions and get to what’s important. The writing!… @ZenPen

[WINDOWS 8.1 UPDATE] Windows 8.1 Update tip: Clean up that disk space now – How much space you’ll recover depends on whether you’ve ever run the Disk Clean-up utility, and the number of different Windows versions you’ve ever run on your PC… @PCWorld

[MUSIC SOFTWARE] Tired of handling playlists? – 1by1 is a small, fast and handy audio player which is not only small: it provides a smart and versatile environment to handle your file collection and listen to your tracks – with no need for playlists or databases… @mpesch3

[FEATURED TECH SITE] geekOmad – The purpose of the geekOmad Technology Blog is to help you take maximum advantage of these methods, tips, technology news, latest trends and reviews at your leisure so that you spend more time doing things you really love. Whenever he gets time he writes about his professional experience in general PC Applications, Windows, Hardware & Networking (Wired & Wirelss) related issues and fixation… @geekOmad

[FEATURED GEEK PRODUCT] Monoprice 18-Inch SATA III 6.0 Gbps Cable with Locking Latch [ CLICK HERE]

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Monoprice SATA 6 Gbps cables are certified to provide maximum speeds from your SATA system, up to 6 Gbps when used with equivalent devices and controllers… @Amazon


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring A Windows 8.1 Update Install Marathon On A HP Computer (following a hard drive failure).

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] A Windows 8.1 Update Install Marathon On An HP Computer (following a hard drive failure) – This squeak is from a personal experience that I will keep short; therefore, a chopped up description.

Windows 8.1 Update

Have you ever ran a marathon and you thought there was no end? To me the experience below was unbelievable and was like running a marathon.

My Father’s All-In-One HP computer, running Windows 8.1, still under warranty, had a hard drive failure. Called HP, patched to India, on the phone for an over an hour to run the diagnostics and listen to them trying to scare me into buying the extended warranty. Hard drive failure confirmed, patched to another person in India who kept telling me how wonderful I was. Hard drive shipped (within 3 days), and installed (in less than 15 minutes); then, the real fun began.

The drive shipped with HP’s Windows 8 recovery software.  My objective was to get the machine up and running, then upgrade to Windows 8.1…

Long story short, started at 6 pm and finished after 1 am.  Over 7 hours to run the recovery, download all of the Windows updates, and download/install Windows 8.1.  The time involved did not include the other tweaking required to get my Father’s PC back to the point he originally was at (i.e. printer install, third party software installs, cosmetic changes, etc…).

I am definitely, at my next visit, going to image the disk…  Has anyone else experienced this?

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[MICROSOFT OFFICE] Microsoft Launches Cheaper Office 365 Personal – First unveiled last month, Office 365 Personal lets you run Microsoft’s cloud-based document creation and editing suite on one PC or Mac and one tablet for $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year. Office 365 Personal is available online, at Microsoft stores, and through online and retail partners… @PCMag

[REMOTE PC ANDROID APP] Chrome Remote Desktop – Securely access your computers from your Android device. On each of your computers, set up remote access using the Chrome Remote Desktop app from Chrome Web Store. On your Android device, open the app and tap on any of your online computers to connect… @Google Play

[COMPUTER ACCESSORIES] Vantec CB-ISATAU2 SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter Supports 2.5-Inch, 3.5-Inch, 5.25-Inch Hard Disk Drives – The SATA/IDE-USB Adapter gives you the flexibility of connecting almost any type of drive to your computer via USB.  SATA, 3.5-inch IDE, 5.25-inch IDE, and 2.5-inch IDE drives are all supported and can be easily hot-swapped to your system.

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Vantec CB-ISATAU2 SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter

The included external power adapter will allow you to power your drives outside your system giving you the ability to quickly add or swap between drives without opening your case.  The SATA/IDE-USB adapter incorporates 3 interfaces to one USB adapters… @Amazon

[COMPUTER BACKUP SOFTWARE] FREE Backup Software Protects System & Data of Your PC – Back up your most important files and folders on a regular basis. Create a system image to keep Windows and applications safe. Back up entire hard disk or specified partitions, or just cloning them. Save time and effort with automatic, incremental, and differential backups… @AOMEI

[WEB APP] Zenpen – A minimalist writing zone by Tim Holman, to get you into that zone, where you can focus on the writing – with none of the distractions… @ZenPen

[HOW TO] Windows 8.1 Update tip: Clean up that disk space nowNow that you’ve had about a week to play around with the update—which brings the taskbar to the modern UI, among other welcome additions—the next few days present a good time to clear up extra space on your hard drive by getting rid of some Windows Update files.How much space you’ll recover depends on whether you’ve ever run the Disk Clean-up utility, and the number of different Windows versions you’ve ever run on your PC… @PCWorld


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring How To Use Your Smartphone As A Document Scanner AND Copier


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How To Use Your Smartphone As A Document Scanner AND Copier
– I recently made a decision to ditch my all-in-one inkjet printer due to the continued cost of inkjet cartridges. I decided to go with a basic level, black and white color, wireless laser printer where the cartridges are about the same price (as the inkjet). The printer I purchased was the Brother HL-2270DW Compact Laser Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex.

The positive sides to this is that I can print many, many, many more pages, at greater speed, with the laser vs. the inkjet; plus, I gained the benefit of the wireless printer technology (that I did not have). I try to not print anything at all; however, I recently took on another task in my life where hardcopies of documents is required.

The negative sides to this is I cannot print in color and can no longer scan documents; HOWEVER, if you read on, there is a solution.

I was not too concerned about the printing in color. Most of what we print at home is pictures (which is very costly); plus in my planning of all of this I decided if I needed pictures printed out, I would visit a local kiosk to perform this task (where the finished product is much better that the typical inkjet printer).  Now, losing out on the document scanner did have me concerned; HOWEVER, I came up with a solution (in my planning) to use my Nexus 5 Smartphone as my document scanner.

The Nexus 5 is an Android based phone; therefore I needed to find an Android app that was made to perform document scans. After trying many variations of Android document scanners, I settled for the app called CamScanner. The FREE version of CamScanner should be all you need.

CamScanner

What I am finding now, using CamScanner and after training myself (through experimentation), is that I can scan a document (using my smartphone) very quickly; and then following the scan can send and share the document at light speed.  For example, I will scan a document and then send it to any of my online accounts, such as my Microsoft OneNote notebook, my email account, my OneDrive account, etc… When you scan a document with CamScanner, the app will perform an auto-correction to line up the document, adjust the clarity of the document and convert it to a PDF file.  There are many manual corrections that can be performed, as well, within the CamScanner app.

Then the question came up in my mind, “What if I want to copy a document and print it???  With CamScanner this is not an issue.  Using my new wireless laser printer I was able to send print jobs directly to the printer (from anywhere in the world) using Google Cloud Print. By the way, your printer does not have to be wireless or Google Cloud Print ready to print from the internet (or the cloud).

In the end, my planning has so far paid off; plus, I am not caught up in the world of inkjet cartridges where the cartridges often cost more than the actual purchase of the printer. Also, give CamScanner a try. Once you learn how to use it, you will not miss that cumbersome inkjet all-in-one document scanner.

CamScanner – Available at the Google Play Store

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[FREE WINDOWS SOFTWARE] All-in-one Design Tool, Screen Capture, Image editor, Color Picker, Pixel Ruler and More (PicPick) – An all-in-one program that provides a full-featured screen capture tool, an intuitive image editor, a color picker, a color palette, a pixel- ruler, a protractor, a crosshair and even a whiteboard… @PicPick

[GOOGLE CHROME SECURITY] Chromebleed – Displays a warning if the site you are browsing is affected by the Heartbleed bug… @Chrome Web Store

[FREE WINDOWS SOFTWARE] mp3DirectCut – a fast and extensive audio editor and recorder for compressed mp3. You can directly cut, copy, paste or change the volume with no need to decompress your files for audio editing… @mpesch3 Audio Tools

[HOW TO] How to Remember All the Passwords You’re ResettingIf you’re like a lot of people, you probably think that you can come up with one indecipherable password, maybe one that isn’t even a word, and then reuse it because no one will ever guess. But the Heartbleed bug, like the hacks of Kickstarter and some Yahoo emails earlier this year, should have you questioning that assumption… @ABC News

[WINDOWS 8.1 UPDATE SOLUTION FOR DELL SYSTEMS] Dell DDA – Upgrading from Windows 8 to 8.1 Having a problem uninstalling the Dell Data Access Software and upgrading to 8.1?  Here’s some tips… @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring Windows 8.1 Update Error Codes 80070020, 80073712, 0x80071a91, and 0x800f081f

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] If you are experiencing an error code (as indicated in the title) that is preventing the installation of the Windows 8.1 Update, then you needs to read this article (@WinBeta) to help get you on track. Sometimes the update reaches 99% and ends up reverting and requiring a restart… @WinBeta

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[ANDROID CAMERA APP] Whistle Camera Listens For An Audio Cue & Snaps A Picture – Launch the app and let out the faintest whistle you can manage. A pea whistle appears on your phone to show that the app heard you and a picture is snapped… @Addictive Tips

[EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE] My Passport Ultra – Ultra-compact, local and cloud backup to go – @Amazon

WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 with Auto and Cloud Backup

WD My Passport

Features at a Glance

Ultra-compact design with plenty of storage
Blazing-fast data transfers with USB 3.0 interface
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
Automatic backup software for local backups
Cloud backup through Dropbox
Password protection and hardware encryption

[NEWS] Brace yourself, here comes the mobile appsplosion – Smartphone and tablet apps are great. But now we’re facing a kind of app glut. Our smartphones are quickly becoming bloated with far more apps than anyone can manage… @Computer World

[WINDOWS SOFTWARE UTILITY] System Explorer (recently updated to V5.0) – This small software includes many usefull tools which help youKeep Your System Under Control . With System Explorer You get also fast access to File Database which help you to determine unwanted processes or threats . System Explorer is translated into 29 languages and is available for download in installer and portable version… @System Explorer

System Explorer

[FEATURED TECH SITE] geekOmad – The purpose of the geekOmad Technology Blog is to help you take maximum advantage of the methods, tips, technology news, latest trends and reviews at your leisure so that you spend more time doing things you really love. Whenever he gets time he writes about his professional experience in general PC Applications, Windows, Hardware & Networking (Wired & Wirelss) related issues and fixation… @geekOmad

[ANDROID CAMERA APPS] 4 Android Fast Camera Apps To Take Photos Instantly – In this list, we shall talk about 4 free fast camera apps for Android that let you instantly click photos on your Android device. Most of these apps are incredibly simple to use, and some of them don’t even require you to press the camera shutter button…
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[HOW TO] Take Awesome Astronomy Photos with a Smartphone and a Telescope – If you’re eager to start photographing the night sky, but you want to do so on a budget, it can be done—even with just a smartphone and a telescope… @lifehacker

[WINDOWS 8.1 UPDATE] Windows 8.1 Update 1 Tip: Manage Disk Space – Among the many small improvements in Windows 8.1 Update 1 is a set of new settings in PC Settings that help you manage your PC. And key among these is the new Disk Space settings, which lets you check and manage how your PC’s or device’s storage is being used… @Paul Thurrott’s Supersite For Windows

[ANDROID PDF READERS] Top 3 Android PDF Readers That Won’t Make Your Eyes Tired – While there are choices of great Android ebook readers out there, not all of them can read a PDF file, which is a shame considering that PDF is a common format of your textbook or technical guidance book. If you’ve been looking for the best Android PDF reader, you’d better check one of these apps… @Android Stars

[ANDROID NEWBIE ADVICE] 10 common mistakes Android newbies make – If you’re just learning the Android ropes, you might get tangled up in a mistake or two. Here are 10 ways to avoid problems and get the maximum benefit from your Android device… @TechRepublic


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring Steps To Clean Your Flat Panel Monitor (and other screen devices)


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FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] – How To Clean Your Flat Panel Monitor – Most of the time when we decide to clean the monitor it is at a time when we are not really prepared to do it.  We’re sitting there and it is something obvious (like a smudge, a fingerprint, a bug etc.) that catches our attention and motivates us to to perform a cleaning. Ant

As a result of this, we end up using glass cleaner and paper towels, which is a big “NO, NO”…  Paper towels or any paper product for that matter contains micro-particles that can scratch the monitor; AND glass cleaners contain chemicals (such as ammonia, alcohol and phosphates) that can damage the optical coating.

5 Step Process:

  1. Turn “OFF” the monitor (actually turn “off” everything including the computer, etc. OR better yet unplug the monitor from its’ power source).
  2. If available, use a can of compressed air to remove any dust particles.  Believe it or not, dust particles can causing scratches.
  3. Use a lint free (microfiber) soft cloth, similar to what you use to clean eyeglasses with, to remove dust particles.
  4. If necessary dampen the cloth with “water” (recommend 50/50 distilled water and vinegar mix), and gently wipe the screen off.  Do Not use commercial cleaners, as they contain damaging chemicals; and, again do not use paper towels or tissues (can scratch the screen).
  5. Post a sign, “Touch my screen and you’re a goner!”  For some reason, some people have to be all “touchy feely” with monitors.  Flat panel screens are not designed to be touched (unless it is a touch screen monitor, tablet, smartphone, etc…).

    NOTE:
      These same steps can be used to clean devices that are designed to be touched (such as smartphones, tablets, touch screen monitors, etc…)

If your flat panel monitor is really dirty, there are commercial LCD, LED, Plasman monitor cleaning solutions and micro-fiber cloths available at most office supply stores.

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[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] Tweetz is a Simple, Attractive and Efficient Desktop Twitter Client – Tweetz is a good option to consider if you don’t need power tools but want a clean and simple interface for Twitter… @Lifehacker

[SECURITY] Permanent Fix for Microsoft Word Zero-day Releasing Next Week – As Windows XP and Office 2003 check-in for their very last Patch Tuesday *ever* next week, Microsoft is also making available a fix for the zero-day flaw discovered just two weeks ago. As I reported in Vulnerability in All Versions of Microsoft Word Could Lead to Computer Takeover, the flaw is a serious one… @WindowsITPro

[WALLPAPER] Windows Crash – @Desktop Nexus

Windows Crash

[NEWS] Congress To Hold Hearing On ‘Cuban Twitter’Congress announced that it will hold hearings next week following revelations that a U.S. government agency secretly created a “Cuban Twitter” communications network, while Cuban officials condemned the program and asked the U.S. to cease “illegal” and “covert” operations on the island… @NBC News

[WINDOWS 8 NEWS] Microsoft to restore Start menu to Windows – Microsoft this week gave customers a bare-bones peek at the future of Windows, saying that the next iteration after Windows 8.1 Update will restore a Start menu and let users run “Metro” apps on the classic desktop… @ComputerWorld

[ANDROID APP] WebMD for Android – WebMD for Android helps you with your decision-making and health improvement efforts by providing mobile access 24/7 to mobile-optimized health information and decision-support tools including WebMD’s Symptom Checker, Drugs & Treatments, First Aid Information and Local Health Listings. WebMD the App also gives you access to first aid information without having to be connected wirelessly – critical if you don’t have Internet access in the time of need… @Google Play

[FEATURED WINDOWS COMPUTER] Lenovo IdeaCentre C560 23-Inch All-in-One Desktop@AMAZON

Lenovo IdeaCentre C560 23-Inch All-in-One Desktop

[FEATURED TECH SITE] TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog – The Tennessee College of Applied Technology creates blogs for all of the different classes at this higher education institution as part of an online learning center found on our homepage.  Through the cooperation of WordPress (They support educational institutions!) we created this blog to communicate with students.   This Technical Blog is for the Computer Information Technology class and whoever wants to read it… @TCAT Shelbyville

[HOW TO] Getting Started Tutorials For Windows 8.1 – You’re at the right place. Whether you’re brand new to Windows 8.1 or Windows  RT 8.1, or just want a refresher, these 10 tutorials will show you the basics… @Microsoft

[VIDEO] Skydiver Almost Struck By Meteorite@YouTube


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Geek Squeaks – Featuring An Antivirus With Practically No Impact On Your PC’s Performance

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Bitdefender Antivirus FREE Edition – When it comes to the frontline protection of my PC at home (on the cheap), I personally depend on the FREE edition of Bitdefender.

Bitdefender Antivirus FREE Edition

What I especially like about Bitdefender is its’ reputation for providing ironclad security without slowing down your computer and that it is virtually maintenance free (built in autoscan that focuses virus detection efforts on risky areas).  I have been running the FREE edition for quite awhile and have installed it on other PC’s and have not one complaint… @Bitdefender

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[ANDROID] Antivirus FREE for Android – Bitdefender Antivirus Free utilizes high-detection engines, coupled with in-the-cloud scanning capabilities, to keep Android devices safe from attack – with minimal impact on resources. Malware Protection – Cloud Scanning – Low Battery Impact… @Bitdefender

[NETWORKING] Need a small wireless access point or wireless router? – Here’s one of the smallest, feature packed and powerful routers for under $30.  The NetShair Nano by iogear offers some of the most features money can buy.  Here’s how it works (interactive)… @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog

[HOT NEWS] Amazon to Unveil Free TV and Movie Streaming Service: ReportThis new service, which could launch “in the coming months,” according to the Wall Street Journal, would offer original programming like its comedies “Alpha House” and “Betas,” as well as music videos. It could also include TV shows and movies licensed from other sources… @NBC News

[HOW TO] Send Email to OneNote – Another neat new OneNote capability – With last week’s expansion of OneNote as a platform, Microsoft has added a nice new capability: You can now send email messages from your inbox to your OneNote-based notebooks… @Paul Thurrott’s Supersite For Windows

[SOFTWARE] Recover Your Router Password (RouterPassView) – RouterPassView enables you to recover your router password and wireless network keys if you have a backup of your router configuration saved as local file. It can load and decrypt the configuration file, providing you with a list of all passwords and keys that are stored in the file… @SnapFiles

[HOT NEWS] It’s Official: Microsoft Releases Office for iPad (And yes, Hell has frozen over) – As expected, Microsoft today announced Office for iPad, which is really a set of new mobile productivity apps—Word, Excel and PowerPoint—plus an update to OneNote, which was previously available. These apps aren’t upscaled versions of the Office Mobile apps on iPhone, they’re all-new apps engineered for the unique iPad capabilities and screen size… @WindowsITPro

[TABLET COMPUTER] The sharpest 7″ tablet screen ever – Nexus 7 from Google – The world’s highest-resolution 7″ tablet puts over 2.3 million pixels in the palm of your hand. With 323 pixels packed into every inch, you can read text that’s sharper than the printed page, see images more vivid than the highest quality photo magazine, and watch videos come to life in vibrant 1080p HD… @AMAZON

[WALLPAPER] Blue Burst… @Microsoft

Blue Burst


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Two Must See and Must Get Quickies For Today

[SPECIAL PROMOTION] Special Offer by True Image Backup Products – GEGeek contacted me about a promotion that Acronis is running, for World Backup Day; where, if you purchase any Acronis True Image backup product, between now and April 1st, they will throw in 250GBs of Cloud Backup for FREE! If you are a geekster, then you know what Acronis is all about and that is is a great offer. Not only are you getting a reputable imaging and backup product; you are getting a hard drive in the sky… @Acronis

[AMAZON APP OF THE DAY] NeoCal Advanced – The past couple of days Amazon has been on a good run with their giveaway (paid) Android apps. Each day Amazon posts and Android app to giveaway.  Some days are better than others. Today, worthy of a geek squeak, Amazon posted, for FREE, the Android App NeoCal Advanced ($9.99 value) which is an advanced calcuator ( with advanced scientific, financial, statistical, date and time, programmer, and conversion functions)… @Amazon (today only)

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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring An Android App Lock and Privacy Protection Tool

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Lockdown Pro App Lock – Did you ever misplace your Android phone (or tablet) and suddenly dawns on you that all your personal and private information is at risk of possibly being compromised? We really do not think about this until it hits home and it happens.

Today I want to share with you an Android App, called Lockdown Pro App Lock; that is totally FREE, that is gaining in popularity, and  may someday save you from losing your personal information. The versatility of this app is amazing (especially for a FREE product).

Lockdown Pro App Lock

Features:

Lockdown Pro is the BEST app lock and privacy protect tool, it can lock any app, such as SMS, Gmail, Facebook, Whatsapp, SnapChat, Instagram, Viber, Line, Evernote, etc and special apps including Lock install/uninstall apps, Lock incoming calls, etc.

One-tap to lock Apps.

Auto lock new-install app.

Auto lock & unlock when you get in/out your setting locations.

Auto lock & unlock when connect/disconnect with wifi.

Active lock apps with a SMS

Three password modes: Pattern Lock, Classic Lock & Calculator Lock

Fake Error Message (Distract from unauthorized access.)

Random keyboard password

Time pin password (Ex: If the time is 13:12, your PIN will be 1312)

Themes store (so many beautiful themes for your choice)

Facility Security:

★ Prevent uninstall Lockdown Pro & clear the memory on some devices (Activate Device administrator)

Lock Deactive Device administrator

Hide Lockdown Pro icon (Remove Lockdown Pro icon on App Draw & Home screen)

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[ANDROID] The 100 Best Android Apps of 2014 – As the deathgrip of winter finally slips and snow drops peak their blossoms above frozen ground, so too do the fresh Android apps emerge…@PCMag

[WEB APP] Redesigned start.me live – After almost two months of work behind the scenes the fully redesigned start.me site has gone live. For the coming few weeks, the design will run in beta-mode on www.start.meand the old design will stay available on www.startme.com during that time… @start.me: blog

[MICROSOFT OFFICE] Announcing Office 365 Personal: A new way to access Office 365! – Coming this Spring, Office 365 Personal is a new, great option for people interested in using Office 365.  It’s designed for an individual, allows for one PC or Mac and one tablet to be connected to the service and will be available for $69.99 USD/year or $6.99 USD/ month (ERP)1. We recognize that there are households of all shapes and sizes and we’re committed to delivering the right Office for everyone – whether that be one person or an entire household… @Office Blogs

[COMPUTERS & ACCESSORIES] Top 100 Best Sellers… See the top 100 in everything from tablets, to monitors, to desktops, etc…  @Amazon

[WINDOWS UTILITY] A free, awards winning software for exploration and management of System Internals – Useful tools which help you Keep Your System Under Control . With System Explorer You get also fast access to File Database which help you to determine unwanted processes or threats . System Explorer is translated into 29 languages and is available for download in installer and portable version… @SystemExplorer

[HOW TO] How Do I Know if my PC is Infected with Malware? – Unless the symptoms are obvious, you cannot know 100% for sure if your PC is infected or not. Here are some common Indicators of malware infections to help you decide if you need to have your PC tested or cleaned… @GEGeek

[SECURITY] Malwarebytes Launches version 2.0, Commits to Supporting Windows XP for LifeMalwarebytes, the maker of a popular, trusted, and effective solution for removing nasty bits of harmful code from PCs, has officially launched version 2.0. And, to ensure the christening makes significant noise, the company is also promising to support Windows XP for a lifetime… @WindowsITPro

[NOTEKEEPING] Lifehacker Faceoff: OneNote vs. Evernote -Now that Microsoft OneNote is free for Mac and Windows, the price and cross-platform barriers to this much beloved note-taking tool are gone. But how well does OneNote stack up to (the also awesome) Evernote… @Lifehacker

[WALLPAPER] Windows 8 Wallpaper Set 15… @Awesome Wallpapers

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GEEK SQUEAKS OF THE WEEK – Featuring CrowdInspect (Detect Untrusted Or Malicious Network-Active Processes)

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK]  CrowdInspect – Today’s lineup of Geek Squeaks’ starts out with a FREE (community based) portable tool called CrowdInspect. What this tool does is help alert you to the presence of potential malware processes that may exist on your computer.

CrowdInspect

CrowdInspect is a host based inspection tool that will help you identify these malicious processes by using multiple outside (and reputable) sources of information including VirusTotal, Web of Trust (WOT), and Team Cymru’s Malware Hash Registry CrowdInspect can be used during Incident Response process to rapidly identify potential malicious running processes on a machine… @CrowdInspect

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[SECURITY] WinPatrol adds Safe Update, Restore Deleted Files features – BillP Studios has updated its snapshot-based security tool for Windows with the release ofWinPatrol 30.5.2014. The new incremental release comes with two major new features, plus an upgrade discount for XP users as End of Life approaches. The first new feature allows WinPatrol users to restore files previously deleted by the program. The second new feature is restricted to users of the paid-for Plus version, and comes in the shape of a new “Check for Safe Updates” button… @betanews

[HOW TO] How To Hook A Wireless Mouse to Your Android Device – If your one of those folks that miss using a physical device with your computer powered devices, and you happened to purchase an Android powered device, then your in luck. With the latest operating system, the Jellybean operating system, and newer, you can have the ability to use a wireless mouse with your Android powered device, and even a physical keyboard… @The Tech Tip Channel

[NEWS] I quit! 10 things that drove me out of IT – For what seemed like an eternity, I served as a support tech for a managed service provider (MSP). Starting the job, I had no idea what I was getting into. As the saying goes, “If I knew then what I know now….” Would I have stepped foot into the world of remote support? It’s hard to say. What is not so hard to say is why I eventually gave up being a support technician. In fact, I can give you 10 reasons why… @TechRepublic

[WIFI SECURITY] SoftPerfect WiFi Guard – A simple tool which makes it easy to detect intruders on your local network. No install – Portable App… @SoftPerfect

[TABLET COMPUTER] Lenovo Yoga Multimode 10-inch Tablet With Epic 18-Hour Battery Life

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Yoga Tablet 10’s pioneering design incorporates a battery cylinder and kickstand on the side of the device, shifting the center of gravity and opening up multiple usage modes: Hold, Tilt, and Stand. In hold mode, the weight of the device falls into your palm rather than your fingers, making it more comfortable for reading and browsing. Lay it down for Tilt mode and you have a perfect viewing angle for typing or gaming. Flick the kickstand and rest it upright in Stand mode to comfortably watch videos, listen to music, or video-chat… @Amazon

[ANDROID] – NewsHog: Google News & Weather – NewsHog is the most comprehensive, feature rich, free news aggregator on Google Play. NewsHog gives you the most news on any topic or location of your choice,aggregated via Google News! NewsHog has many advanced features such as summarization, reader mode, text to speech, offline reading and translation that take the Google News experience to the next level. NewsHog is a worthy replacement for Google Currents or the News and Weather app… @Google Play

[NEWS] Experts: ‘Very Unlikely’ Missing Malaysian Jet Was Hacked – Several versions of the hack theory have bubbled up, however. For example, one theory suggests that a person placed malicious software into the plane’s systems to force it to change direction mid-flight. It would be “astronomically difficult” for someone to get that kind of access.. @NBC News

[WALLPAPER] The First Day of Spring… @WallpaperStop

The First Day of Spring

 


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GEEK SQUEAKS – April 8th Is D-Day For Windows XP

If you are a Windows XP user and have been procrastinating about upgrading to Windows 8 or to a new PC (or you just plain do not care), here is the official word from Microsoft that may encourage you to move forward:

Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But now the time has come for us (Microsoft), along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.

As a result, after April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC.

If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.

April 8th Is D-Day For Windows XP

The key issues in the above notice is that you will no longer receive automatic updates, you will be vulnerable to security risks and viruses (which could compromise the security for a whole lot of people) and as time goes on you will experience software and hardware compatibility issues.

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[TABLET NEWS] Rumor: The Nexus 8 Tablet From Google To Come With An 8.9-Inch Display – Digitimes research is reporting that Google has made the decision to replace the Nexus 7, and swap it out by replacing it with an 8.9-inch Nexus 8 for this years new Nexus tablet offering. It’s said that the Nexus 8 will be Google’s first tablet project for the year, which points to the possibility that they could be looking to release another tablet in a different size… @AndroidHeadlines

[HOW TO] How to Fix Windows 8 Update Freezing Issue – Windows 8 Update is Stuck at Updating. How Do I Fix This? … @Tom’s Hardware

How to Fix Windows 8 Update Freezing Issue

[ACCESSORIES] Mount-It! Dual Freestanding Monitor Stand for Monitors Up to 27″ screens – LCD Monitor Pole with Double-Link Swing Arm provides a secure and elevated position for two flat-screen monitors to help free up valuable desk and work space.

Dual Freestanding Monitor Stand

It’s fully adjustable tilt, rotate, side-to-side, height, and tension settings enable a comfortable and productive viewing position that helps reduce eye fatigue, neck, and back strain… @AMAZON

[GOOGLE NEWS] Google Launches Add-Ons for Google Docs and Sheets… @Google Drive Blog

Google Launches Add-Ons for Google Docs and Sheets

[NEED TO KNOW] What will be New in the Upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 – Microsoft will be releasing a new update for Windows 8.1 in April. The company inadvertently made a finished copy of the updated system available for a brief time several days ago. A number of bloggers have subsequently given some details of what’s coming in this new version. The changes are not major but should make mouse-and-keyboard users happier. Here are some of the updated features you can expect… @Gizmo’s

[ANDROID] Nova Launcher – Everyone’s Favorite Ice Cream Sandwich Launcher… @TeslaCoil Software

[WINDOWS] Volumouse: Control Sound Volume using Mouse wheel – Volumouse will allow you to control the sound volume on your Windows computer speakers by simply rolling the wheel of your mouse. Normally, to change the sound volume, you have to click on the sound volume icon in the system tray and then adjust the volume. But with Volumouse, all you need to do is roll the mouse wheel… @The Windows Club

[NEED TO KNOW] Popcorn Time is Netflix Type Movie Streaming for Pirates – Popcorn Time lets you stream the latest movies in various qualities complete with subtitles, if needed, with just a couple clicks. The software uses BitTorrent in the backend to find and download movies, but eliminates the usual hassle of wading through sketchy torrent sites and waiting for download to complete. The entire process is transparent to the user. Evidently, using Popcorn Time would be breaking a lot of copyright laws and the program creators are quick to acknowledge the legal dangers. A disclaimer appears each time you launch the application… @Instant Fundas

[WALLPAPER] Jungle Bridge Background… @WallpaperStop

 Jungle Bridge Background


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Preorder The ASUS Chromebox – AND MORE

How would you like a computer that starts up in seconds, has integrated malware and virus protection, is low maintenance, takes up very little space, is perfect for mom and pop, can be easily used as your home entertainment system, is inexpensive, and MORE???????

This may sound like the perfect computer and maybe it is. In the very near future ASUS will be releasing the ASUS Chromebox that will meet the specs, as described above. This is not a Windows based computer. It is a Google Chrome OS based computer that just may be a game changer.

ASUS Chromebox

Features-at-a-Glance

  • 4th gen Intel processors deliver the best performance for Chrome OS
  • HDMI and DisplayPort for dual display support and up to 4k playback1
  • Lightweight, small form design that supports VESA mount
  • USB 3.0 ports to easily share data from USB drives and devices
  • Dual-band Wireless-N connectivity for streaming HD media and seamless web surfing
  • Instant boot up in seconds saves you time
  • Chrome OS for a simplified, secure web experience that syncs all your Chrome services instantly and lets you use apps offline

If you think about it, most of our computing experience these days is online (in the cloud, as they say). The days of computers, as we know it, may be coming to an end; especially as these cloud based devices continue to evolve. I ask myself; especially, being a computer user for over 25 years, would I be satisfied with something like the ASUS Chromebox as my only computing source? I really don’t know at this point, but my geek instincts is telling me that this just may be the perfect computer setup.

The ASUS Chromebox can be pre-ordered [HERE]…  From what I am gathering, pricing will be around $180…

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[HOW TO] Prevent access to Registry Editor in Windows 8 | 7 – In this post we will see how to disable, restrict or prevent access to Registry Editor or Registry Editing Tools using Group Policy Editor or by tweaking the Windows Registry in Windows 8 | 7… @The Windows Club

[WINDOWS] 3 Calculators Better Than The One in Windows – After trying out several different calculators, I rounded up three programs that in my opinion, are a tad better than the default Windows calculator… @Instant Fundas

[NEWS] Amazon Raises Prime Membership Fee to $99 a Year – The online retail giant on Thursday morning sent email to Prime members, informing them of a $20 price hike. This means the service will now set you back $99 a year, instead of $79. For existing members, the change will go into effect when your membership renews… @PCMag

[SECURITY] Adobe patches a critical flaw in Shockwave PlayerAdobe Systems released a new security update for Shockwave Player in order to fix a critical vulnerability that could allow attackers to remotely take control of affected systems. The vulnerability, identified as CVE-2014-0505, is the result of a memory corruption issue and can lead to arbitrary code execution. According to Adobe, the flaw was privately reported to the company and there are no reports of active exploits targeting it in the wild… @ComputerWorld

[ONLINE STORAGE] Save more with Google Drive – We’ve lowered the price of our monthly storage plans to $1.99 for 100GB (previously $4.99), $9.99 for 1TB (previously $49.99), and $99.99 for 10TB, with even more storage available if you need it… @Google Drive Blog

[WINDOWS 8] The BEST Start button and menu choices for Windows 8.1 – Seasoned Windows 8.x users might sneer at you for “going back to the old ways”, but there’s no question that if you use a keyboard and mouse and have limited interest in the Modern UI, a “real” Start button and menu can do wonders for your productivity. Here are our top 14 recommendations — free and paid… @BetaNews

[WALLPAPER] Super Colorful @Wallbase

Super Colorful


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring Google Chrome’s Remote Desktop App – AND MORE

Did you know you can access any remote connection enabled computer with the same Google Account? You can with Google Chrome’s Remote Desktop App. The nice thing about this app is that Chrome does not need to be opened on the remote computer.

Google Chrome’s Remote Desktop App

If interested in giving this a spin, visit the Chrome Remote Desktop App page (in the Chrome Web Store) where you can install the app.

Once installed and you open it for the first time, you will go through an authorization process and will be asked to see your email address (which is the validation key to your account); to see your other activated Chrome remote desktop computers; to receive (and send) chat messages so that the computers can talk to each other; and, authorization to allow remote access even if no one is at the PC using the application.

Need more help with this, check out the Chrome Remote Desktop App Support Page…

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[ACCESSORY] An All-In-One Wireless Router, Power Bank, Wireless USB Storage Reader, and Media Sharing Device – The NEW HooToo TripMate HT-TM01 is the perfect solution for your network needs away from home… @Amazon

HooToo TripMate HT-TM01

[MS OFFICE] Service Pack 1 available for Office 2013 – Full Download links… @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog

[ANDROID] The 3 Best Android Apps of the Week! – (Forest Live Wallpaper, SlideLock, Trunx)… @Barry’s Best Windows, Android, And iPhone iPad Apps

[WALLPAPER] Cars Wallpaper Set 3 @Awesome Wallpapers

Cars Wallpaper Set 3

[WINDOWS]  CDBurnerXP 4.5.3.4643 -CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. It does not include adware or similar malicious components.

[NEWS] Windows XP: 28 Days LaterApocalypse, and if you’ve not read through the comparison yet, grab it from the inline link. But, is anyone wondering what will actually happen after April 8, 2014 when Windows XP is finally laid to rest? Will a moment of silence at its passing explode into a full scale malware war?… @WindowsITPro


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Set, Forget, Simple and Fast Backup Software

I actually forgot about this software being on my PC. It is called Bvckup; and, it is designed to make maintenance free backup copies of files and directories.

Bvckup

Once you perform the initial setup (which is very easy to do), Bvckup will do the rest of the work for you. For example, I have four main (root) folders on my PC that contains the bulk of my personal files. After performing the initial setup, Bvckup will automatically perform backups of these files and folders in real time (anytime a file or folder changes). The program will also alert you to any errors it may encounter. I discovered, as a result of running, Bvckup that I had some directories (or folders) where there was some file corruption going on.

Bvckup is currently FREE and is in the Beta stages of development.

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[NEWS] The Windows XP Death Threat Notice is 2934207 – Many of you already know that Microsoft is releasing a pop-up alert as part of March’s Patch Tuesday. The pop-up produces a recurring (every 8th of the month unless disabled) notification for Windows XP users that states the OS’s expiration date (April 8, 2014) and provides a link for those who just didn’t know to read more. The link sends clickers to a page that explains the end of support and offers Windows 8.1 as a migration choice (despite Windows XP not being upgradeable directly to Windows 8.1)… @WindowsITPro

[GIVEAWAY] Win a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB GDDR5 Video Card – DomsTechBlog.com, in partnership with Elite Gaming Computers is giving away a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 DVI-I/DVI-D/HDMI/Displayport SLI Ready Graphics Card. This is an awesome card that boasts a 4.7/5 star rating on Amazon… @Dom’s Computer & Tech Blog

[BROWSER EXTENSION] Streamus turns YouTube into the music player – It’s a Google Chrome extension that makes streaming YouTube refreshingly easy… @Streamus

[HOW TO] How to zip and compress files on Android with ES File Explorer – If you’re storing files locally on your Androiddevice, compressing them can save you precious storage space. If you need to send files over a mobile connection, compressing them beforehand may also keep your data usage down. One of the easiest ways to compress files on your Android device is using the app ES File Explorer@c|net

[WALLPAPER] Sailing Ship Against The Moon… @Wallbase

Sailing Ship Against The Moon…

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GEEK SQUEAKS – Use Windows 8.1’s Quick Access Menu To Shutdown Windows

What gets me about Windows 8 and 8.1 is that you have to go on an Easter egg hunt to find the most basic of functions that we commonly use in Windows. I really think Microsoft has a lost sight of what the end user’s needs are and have never heard of the K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid).

For example, anyone who has not experienced Windows 8 or 8.1 will immediately discover that they cannot easily find a shutdown button in order to turn the computer “off”. Recently I set up a Windows 8 box for my parents and I ended up creating a shutdown button on the taskbar so that they would not have to go digging for this function. To the home based end user, these sort of things can be a challenge.

For others out there, in an effort to help you out…  If you have upgraded to Windows 8.1, the easiest way to get to the Shutdown or Signout options, is to right mouse click on the Start Button which is located in the bottom left corner of the screen (or on the very left side of the task bar at the bottom of the screen). If you are not seeing the Start Button, hover your mouse pointer in the bottom left corner and the button will appear.  When the button appears, right mouse click on the Start Menu button and a menu will pop up.  This is called the Quick Access Menu.

Quick Access Menu

One the menu pops up you will see an option for Shutdown or Sign Out; and, if you hover your mouse pointer over that option another menu will appear to the side giving you the ability to Sign Out, Sleep, Shut Down or Restart.

This may sound like a lot, but once you accomplish this feat it will become second nature; PLUS, the bonus to this you will know how to get to many other features in Windows via the Quick Access Menu such as the Control Panel, Task Manager, File Explorer, etc…

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[NEWS] Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 5, 2014 – 10 Things You Need to Know About Digital Security;  FreedomPop Announces A Fully-Encrypted Smartphone For $10 A Month;  Identity Fraud: It’s Here to Stay;  How to use Chrome’s coming voice search feature today;  5 New Uses for Chromecast;  Free: Tweaking.com – Windows Repair;  Chromebooks are a revolution in Easy;  RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores;  Apple faces website blacklist in ‘misleading’ warranty claims;  VPN Users ‘Pirating’ Netflix Scare TV Networks;  Google Fixes Nearly 20 Bugs in Chrome 33… @Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts

[WINDOWS] Free PC cleaner & Privacy Tool – PrivaZer a privacy tool and PC cleaner. It’s free and easy… @PrivaZer

[HARDWARE] WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 with Auto and Cloud Backup – My Passport Ultra portable hard drive features WD SmartWare Pro backup software that lets you back up to the drive itself or use Dropbox to back up to the cloud. Move files quickly with the blazing speed of USB 3.0 connectivity. Keep your data private with password protection and hardware encryption… @AMAZON

[ANDROID] USA Today – The nation’s news from USA TODAY is accessible 24/7 on your Android phone or tablet. Staying informed has never been this quick, easy or enjoyable… @Google Play

[NEWS] Porn Dethroned as Top Source of Mobile Malware – Pornography is no longer the leading source of malware on mobile devices, according to a new study. The non-honor now goes to Web-based ads, according to Blue Coat, a security firm that analyzed data from more than 75 million global users for a report it released Wednesday… @NBC News

[WALLPAPER] – CATERHAM CT03 RENAULT @wallpaperfusion

CATERHAM CT03 RENAULT

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GEEK SQUEAKS – Keep Track Of Important Dates On Your Android

I recently added a new site to Bookmarks4Techs, named Android Awesomeness; and, in doing so I noticed that they had an Android App posted, called Days that will be of great assistance to me (and you).

As I continue to age and ferment like wine, I have a tendency to forget things. I don’t know if it is the fermenting process or it is just me learning to mellow out more; however, my forgetfulness needed tended to. This is where Days will help me out.

Days

Days— is a beautiful countdown app using the popular card-based UI introduced by Google. It is designed to be an efficient as well as elegant tool for your Android device.

Days— provides all essential functionalities needed to remind you of your important dates, and gives you choices over colors if you want to keep things organized. Since this app is built based on open-source libraries, it is definitely free with no ads.

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[ANDROID] ISSUU – Experience Millions Of The World’s Best Magazines And Catalogs – all for free, in Issuu’s beautifully crafted app for Android. Discover a world of meaningful content, created by over 1.5 million publishers around the globe. Turn millions of digital pages with the swipe of a finger… @Google Play

[NEWS] RSAC: Buying, Selling Stolen Credit Cards Online – What is striking about the carder sites where criminals sell and buy stolen credit and debit cards is the fact the entire process is so customer-friendly and easy… @PCMag

[NEWS] Windows XP draws its final breaths whilst Windows 8 gets an update – Microsoft announced a long time ago that it would be turning off  support for its most successful operating system (if by successful you mean actually worked), Windows XP.  The OS will no longer be supported as of April 8th… @gadget helpline

[WINDOWS] System Explorer Portable 4.6.0 – If you’ve ever wondered where all of your system resources have disappeared to, System Explorer can reveal all. Working like a more advanced version of Windows’ built in Task Manager, the program can reveal a tremendous amount of information about the programs and processes that are running on your computer at any given time. In addition to this you can keep an eye on the programs which are configured to start automatically with Windows, view a list of browser add-ons, and monitor drivers and services… @Download Crew

[WALLPAPER] – A great sunset evening at Cape Arago on the Oregon Coast, USA… @Interfacelift

Great Sunset

[HARDWARE] Samsung Monitors – Discover Top Savings – Having owned several Samsung Monitors, I highly recommend their products. If you are looking for a monitor, here is the place to look at their selection… @Amazon

[TECH BARGAIN] Get 40% or More Off of Select MicroSD Cards – Featuring various brand names… @Amazon


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GEEK SQUEAKS – A Must Have Tool For The Tech Toolbox

One thing I learned from working with PC’s is always have a way out when things go south. When trouble surfaces, you have option in Windows by the nature of its’ build to turn back the clock and restore a PC to a prior time when things were running OK.  This is very useful when a software install goes wrong, or a Windows update is not playing well; and, during those occasions where a malware infection is suspected.

The problem is that you often have to drill down to get to the Windows Restore. To solve this problem, I came across a tool, that is available as a portable app, called Restore Point Creator that will allow you to easily create and manage restore points.

Follow the simple program layout and you have your System Restore Point created in no time at all…

System Restore Creator

Create System Checkpoint – Creates a System Restore Point with the name of “System Checkpoint made by System Restore Point Creator”

Create Custom Named – Asks you what you want your System Restore Point to be named and then creates one based upon what you inputted.

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[ANDROID] TimeLock – Your Hidden Safe is not only a timeless clock with an alarm function, but also a high security vault for your personal photos and videos. The vault itself is completely invisible, hidden in the design of the clock. The TimeLock™ integrates a powerful vault, which comprehensively protects all the backed up photos and videos in it, while offering unmatched usability… @Google Play

[SOFTWARE] A Call For Windows Beta Testers For PushBullet – PushBullet is actually an Android App that gives you the ability to push files, notes, pictures, and more to and from your devices.  The developers of PushBullet are looking for beta testers of their NEW Windows version of PushBullet. I know I am in…  @PushBullet Blog

[SOFTWARE] BS.MP3 – a simple folder oriented MP3/WMA audio files player. It treats folders as if they were albums of the songs. Very pleasant to enjoy MP3 and WMA files without bothered to make any playlist. It is aware of folder JPEG images and uses them as backgrounds for the albums. Click on the song title to toggle compact view… @BS Programs

[ACCESSORIES] DiMeCard micro8 microSD Memory Card Holder (Ultra thin credit card size holder, writable label)

DiMeCard

Ideal for use with microSD-compatible mobile phones, tablet PC’s, cameras, camcorders, games consoles, etc. Allows you to keep all your photo’s, videos, movies, emails with you off-line, always available even when your network is not… @Amazon

[NEWS] Hauppauge’s new multi-standard TV receiver works with NTSC and PAL TV – TV tuner specialist Hauppauge recently announced a multi-standard TV receiver designed for computers running either Windows or Linux. Specifically, the WinTV-HVR-1975 works with the NTSC standard used in North America as well as the PAL TV encoding system that’s popular in Europe… @TechSpot

[WALLPAPER] Northrop B-2 Spirit – @Picky Wallpapers

Northrop B-2 Spirit

[VIDEO – HOW TO] How to Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8 – Free & Easy – Windows 8.1 Update

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GEEK SQUEAKS – Using Software To Change Your Computer DNS Fast (and Safe)

When you type in a web address from your browser, your computer connects to a DNS server (through your internet service provider) that takes that address (which is in a human readable form) and translates it to a IP address (which is a set of numbers). In the end, computers connect to each other on the network by their technical internet addresses called IPs: IP (v4) or IP (v6).

The DNS is typically transparent to most of us, but it is important to know that you can alter the DNS settings on your computer to serve specific purposes (such as to protect your kids from porn sites). Manually performing these changes is something most people will not do, fearing they may mess up their computers.

An automated solution or way to pick and choose a DNS is through software that is engineered to help you make the changes and to understand those changes.

One solution I use is Chris PC DNS Switch…

Chris PC DNS Switch

Chris PC DNS Switch has built-in preset groups of servers in its DNS database, ChrisPC DNS Switch offers you the freedom to conveniently manage your DNS settings for all the network adapters belonging to your PC/laptop running Windows. End result is that you can pick and choose a DNS that is suitable for your situation (such as protecting the kids from porn).

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OneDrive is Now Available Worldwide: Free Cloud Storage for Microsoft, iOS, and Android Devices – For our existing SkyDrive customers, you are all set; your files are ready in the new OneDrive experience. All you have to do is head over to www.OneDrive.com and log in. For those of you hearing about the service for the first time, OneDrive gives you one place for all of your files, including photos, videos, and documents, and it’s available across the devices you use every day… @The OneDrive Blog

Headphone ReviewsNo music device is complete without the right pair of headphones. So express yourself with the best headphones from popular brands like Beats, Sennheiser, Monster, Sony, V-MODA, Bose, and more. Lightweight earbuds and in-ear headphones are great for MP3 players and mobile devices for the person on the move. Or enjoy high quality sound at home and at your convenience with wireless and comfortable over-the-ear headphones… @Amazon

Collaborate with Office Online (NEW LOOK) – Save documents, spreadsheets, and presentations online, in OneDrive. Share them with others and work together at the same time. Get started now, it’s free!… @Office.com

Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – February 20, 2014 – Lighting Can Track Your Position in Stores;  Website helps users opt out of smartphone tracking;  Five free tools to help brainstorm solutions and spark innovation;  Laptops for work and play: the differences that matter;  10 tips to help you make the most of Google Apps;  ‘Fix it’ patch for IE9 and IE10 exploit;  Malware-infected Android apps spike;Facebook’s $19 Billion WhatsApp Acquisition;  3D printing: 10 factors still holding it back;  Twitter lie detector is in development; DOOM lives!… @Bill Mullins’ Weblog Tech Thoughts

WhatsApp Messenger is a smartphone messenger available for Android and other smartphones – NO HIDDEN COST: Once you and your friends download the application, you can use it to chat as much as you want. Send a million messages a day to your friends for free! WhatsApp uses your Internet connection: 3G/EDGE or Wi-Fi when available… @Google Play

Wallpaper – Bible Background@PicHost

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MS Windows 8 Tutorial – Confused or scared about MS Windows 8? Then check out this (Windows 8 in 18 minutes)…

MS Windows 8 Tutorial

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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring Another Tool For The Tech Toolbox

Tweaking.com recently updated their Windows Repair Tool that is a utility that continues to improve and be a work in progress. It is a tool that is geared toward system repair and rescue of all flavors of Windows since XP.  I suggest you have experience in the troubleshooting of the Windows operating system, prior to using this tool. Windows Repair Tool is a available as a full install or as a portable app (which makes it nice addition to the tech toolbox).

Windows Repair Tool

Tweaking.com – Windows Repair can do the following:
Reset Registry Permissions
Reset File Permissions
Register System Files
Repair WMI
Repair Windows Firewall
Repair Internet Explorer
Repair MDAC & MS Jet
Repair Hosts File
Remove Policies Set By Infections
Repair Icons
Repair Winsock & DNS Cache
Remove Temp Files
Repair Proxy Settings
Unhide Non System Files
Repair Windows Updates
Repair CD/DVD Missing/Not Working
and more…

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Keeping tabs on upcoming tabletsInitial product announcements sometimes lack details and we’re left reading the tea leaves to guess if the device will actually perform well or not. We’ve outlined some of the available information on upcoming tablets and our impressions of their place in the current tablet landscape. We’ll update this blog regularly as more tablets are announced… @c|net

ATA, SATA and SSD, Plus Tips for Upgrading – This post will examine the most common hard drive formats, how they relate to each other with respect to connectivity and performance, and a few tips on how to maximize your hard drive upgrade options! To avoid confusion for novice hard drive shoppers, both SATA (and ATA) formats come in two different sizes, 3.5-inch (for desktop computers) and 2.5-inch (for laptop computers). However, it’s customary to find 2.5″ notebook type hard drives in slim all-in-one computers as they complement the computer’s slim form factor… @geeks.com

PicPick (All-In-One Design Tool For Everyone) – Full-featured screen capture tool, Intuitive image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel-ruler, protractor, crosshair, whiteboard and more… @PicPick

Pocket Lets You Take Your Content With You (Android App) – Whenever you come across an interesting article, video, or website you want to check out later, you no longer have to send yourself links or bookmark items in your browser. Simply put it in your Pocket. Once something’s in your Pocket, it automatically syncs across your phone, tablet, and computer so you can view it anytime on any device, without an Internet connection… @Google Play

Check Out The President’s Day Savings In Electronics – President’s Day may be no black friday, but you can get your hands on some good deals… @Amazon

Free HD Wallpaper – So… Why is it called HD wallpaper? Because this desktop wallpaper is not your average image stretched across your desktop. These wallpapers are (in my opinion) the best nature wallpapers out there… @Backcountry Gallery

Backcountry Gallery

Possibly The Best Soldier-Dog Reunion Video Ever « Tammy Bruce – This video showed up in my email and I must say it brought tears to my eyes. It was posted on July 19, 2013… @YouTube


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring Zero Dollar Movies

To keep you busy this weekend; especially if you are snowed in, check out Zero Dollar Movies.

Zero Dollar Movies

What Zero Dollar Movies is a collection of over 15000 full length movies that are available on YouTube. My guess is that many of these are not theatre quality movies, but all the same there may be some good watchers here. The site is very nicely organized and categorized by their year of release.  There is an instant search feature built in that you can use to determine if a particular title is available for watching on YouTube…  ENJOY!!!

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Google works toward 10Gbps Internet connections – The Web giant is working on technology to deliver data transfer speeds over the Internet at 10 gigabits per second, 10 times faster than the connections offered by Google Fiber in Kansas City, a Google executive revealed Wednesday, according to a USA Today report. That’s roughly 1,000 times faster than the average US connection speed of 7.2 megabits per second… @c|net

New Internet Explorer 10 zero-day exploit targets U.S. military – Hackers are actively exploiting a newly discovered zero-day flaw within the browser Internet Explorer 10, and have used it in a watering hole attack on the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars’ website… @ZDNet

Microsoft: best way to upgrade from XP is to buy a new PC – The best way to upgrade from Windows XP is to buy a new PC, according to Microsoft. That’s the advice it’s doling out via a Windows blog post marking 60 days until the end of support for the ageing XP… @PCPro

Windows XP Systems Could Be Infected Within 10 Minutes of April 8th Support Deadline – In a recent Wisconsin Law Journalarticle, Michael Menor, a former military computer specialist and network engineer, warns that businesses still running Windows XP after the April 8th cutoff date could see their systems infected “within 10 minutes.”… @TekRevue

Auto Hide Desktop Icons” A lightweight portable Windows program. If you use desktop backgrounds, it helps you to see sometimes the wallpapers clean and in full bloom… @SoftwareOk

TeamViewer (for Android) Provides Remote Access To Windows – You can use this app to: Control computers remotely as if you were sitting right in front of them. On the go support your clients, colleagues, and friends. Gain access to your office desktop with all of the documents and installed applications. Remotely administrate unattended computers (e.g. servers)… @Google Play

Revolutionary Dual Drive With 120 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD – Introducing the WD Black² dual drive, the world’s first 2.5-inch dual drive storage solution. WD Black² is the fusion of a fully accessible solid-state drive for your operating system and a generous capacity hard drive for personal data and large files… @Amazon

Wallpaper of the Week (Waterdrops Bright)… @Desktop Nexus

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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring A Windows-Based Portable App Tool For Updating Windows

Today’s Geek Squeaks, I am featuring a portable app utility that, as an IT professional, may be a tool to include in your toolbox… It is called Portable Update.

Portable Update

To keep this short, Portable Update uses an external cache to store updates.  Once an update is copied to the cache, the same update can be used on multiple computers that would require the update.

When is an app like this useful:

  • When the computer reside on a secure lan isolated from internet;
  • When the computer to update doesn’t have access or can’t use a proxy server;
  • When is necessary to completely update a fresh-formatted computer with the last update before to connect it to network;
  • When the computer doesn’t have an hardware network connection at all;
  • When the network connection speed is too low or it is necessary to update the computer very speedily;
  • In all the other cases when is mandatory to have the complete control on the whole updating process without connecting the computer to the network.

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System Mechanic – An excellent PC repair and optimization tool – Over the years I have seen ads for System Mechanic by Iolo Technologies, but never downloaded and tried its software. After being contacted by an Iolo representative, I decided to give the software a try on an older Windows 7 computer to see if the software performed as advertised… @ TCAT Shelbyville Technical Blog

TimeLock Is An Encrypted Photo & Video Vault For Android Disguised As A Clock App – A new, unique addition to this genre on Android is TimeLock, a free app that lets you hide your mobile media files behind a disguise. To anyone else using your Android device, TimeLock appears to be a simple clock app, but hidden behind it is a vault for photos and videos, protected with 256-bit military grade AES encryption. It also comes with alarm functionality as well as  a ‘desktop clock’ dock mode. Lets take a closer look… @Addictive Tips

1Weather Is The Most Loved Android Weather App On Google Play – “The Most Attractive, Feature-Packed Android Weather App We’ve Ever Seen” – Lifehacker — “The most beautiful weather app we’ve ever seen” – Android Police — “A Game Changing, Gorgeous Weather App” – Android Static… @Google Play

Your next smartphone is now closer to wireless charging – Like the Blu-Ray Disc and HD DVD standards (and Betamax and VHS before that), one wireless charging specification will eventually win out. Which one does will be decided by device manufacturers, not industry groups… @ComputerWorld

How to Create a System Image with Windows 8.1 File History – A previous tip showed how to create a system image in Windows 8. In Windows 8.1, Microsoft changed the procedure and made it harder to find. In this tip, I will give the new way to make a system image… @Gizmo’s

Norton ConnectSafe: Change DNS Server For Safe Internet Browsing – Norton ConnectSafe is a handy service that helps to change DNS server of your PC for safe Internet browsing. Once configured, it automatically blocks unsafe websites (like pornography, gambling, scam sites etc.)… @I Love Free Software

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GEEK SQUEAKS – Run Bluestacks App Player On Your PC To Test Android Apps

Want to create an Android environment on your PC to run your favorite Android apps?  You can, with Bluestacks App Player.

 Bluestacks App Player

I have been using this to test the Android Apps I come across prior to installing on my Android Devices (tablets and smartphones) or recommending them here on the blog.

The Bluestacks App Player installs just like any other Windows software. Once installed you can connect the Google Play Store or the Amazon App Store, as you would with any other Android device. I have found it to run very smoothly. You have option to run the player in a window or full screen.

It is also available for the Mac OSX platform, as well.

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Process Explorer now includes VirusTotal integration – Last week, version 16 of Process Explorer was released and 16.01 was released yesterday. Its newest feature is VirusTotal integration. You use Process Explorer to examine the processes currently running on a Windows computer and now you can right-click on any process to upload it to VirusTotal to have it scanned by 40+ different antivirus scanners… @404 Tech Support

How to Block or Unfollow Someone on Twitter – We are all sick of random bots and Bieber-wannabes spamming our Twitter feeds with gibberish or self-promoting posts. Thankfully, you can enjoy your Twitter timeline without being subject to these unwanted tweets. Here’s how to block people on Twitter… @Yahoo Tech

Why the Bad Guys Want Your Email – “For the most part, compromised webmail accounts are used to send spam (some of which may contain links to malware),” writes Johannes Ullrich, chief research officer at the SANS Institute@ Yahoo Tech

FREE Ringtone Maker (Free Download) – Free Ringtone Maker is an extremely simple and handy Windows software for making your own free ringtones… @musetips

LAST CHANCE – Kindle Fire HD Tablet ($124) – From what I understand this is a Valentine’s Day promotion that will end soon. Great tablet at a great bargain… @Amazon

Torrent Etiquette and Safety Tips for Beginners – A torrent is defined as a file that is constantly moving across a large network. If you are getting started with torrents then there are a few things that you have to know about peer to peer sharing. Not only is there a code of ethics that you should follow to make sure everyone is as happy as you are, but there are also a few important safety regulations to follow to make sure that nothing bad happens to you… @Computer How To Guide

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GEEK SQUEAK: Wirelessly Sync Your Media Between Your Computer AND Your Android Devices With Media Monkey


Let me cut to the chase on this squeak:

MediaMonkey’s Wi-Fi Sync lets you wirelessly sync your media between your devices and your desktop.

You’ll need:

  1. MediaMonkey for Android (currently in beta) on your Android device
  2. MediaMonkey for Windows 4.1 on your Windows (XP / Vista / 7 / 8) desktop.

Ok, now that is out of the way, What is MediaMonkey?

MediaMonkey is a very powerful media manager. There is a FREE version and a PAID version. What we are interested in here is the features of the FREE version (which I highly recommend) and that it gives you the ability to wirelessly sync your media between your devices. Enjoy!!!

MediaMonkey

Features of the FREE version of MediaMonkey:

Manage Your Media – Manage a movie / music library from 100 to 100,000+ audio/video files and playlists

Identify Tracks – Automatically identify movies and tracks that are missing information, whose tags are not synchronized, or that are duplicated elsewhere.

Tag – Tag music easily using industry-standard formats.

Organize & Rename – Automatically organize and rename music / video files on your hard drive into a logical hierarchy.

Manage Playlists – Create Playlists with ease.

Automatic Library Updates – Use the File Monitor to automatically update your music library or video collection to reflect any changes on your hard drive or network (e.g. MP3 music downloads or movie purchases) .

Download Music & Podcasts – Download audio content using the integrated Podcatcher, or use the web downloader to download media files from any website.

Sync / Backup Android, iPhone, iPod, iPad, etc. devices – Sync with most* Android, iPhone, iPod, iPad and other portable Audio/Video Devices.

Share over UPnP / DLNA * – Share Audio/Video files with TVs, BD Players, and other UPnP / DLNA * devices.

Record & Convert – Record CDs to your hard drive using the high quality LAME MP3 encoder*, M4A encoder*,OGG encoder, WMA encoder, or FLAC encoder).

Burn – Burn Audio CDs using the integrated burner powered by PrimoBurner™.

Play – Play CDs and digital audio files (MP3, *AAC/M4A, OGG, WMA*, MPC, APE, FLAC, WAV, WMV, *AVI, *MP4, *MKV, etc.) and have volume levels adjust automatically (using Replay Gain and MP3 Gain technology).

Party – Use MediaMonkey for parties or other public events with its jukebox mode, which allows users to make requests while protecting your library from being modified.

Visualize – Visualize your music with funky trance-like effects powered by Milkdrop and hundreds of other visualization plug-ins.

Reports and Statistics – Create Statistics and other Reports of your music collection as Excel, html, or xml files, so that you can show it to others.

Customize – Customize MediaMonkey with Skins, visualizations, plug-ins and other addons to make it do what you want it to.

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Some Past Geek Squeaks

A Magical Jelly Bean Finder

An Android Side Launcher That Is Always There When You Play, Read Or Listen

Why You Should Use Bcc In Your Email

A Social Media Dashboard Application
For Managing Your Twitter Activity

 


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