Did You Know That You Can Rename a Printer in Windows 10 for Easier Device Management?

This tip (follow the source link below) is very helpful when dealing with multiple printers, such as on a network.

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Instead of forcing yourself and your family or coworkers to memorize printer model numbers, you can manually rename printers to something more descriptive and helpful. Here’s a quick tip on how to rename a printer in Windows 10.

Source: How to Rename a Printer in Windows 10 for Easier Device Management

IMPORTANT: 500,000 routers infected with malware, security researchers warn

I am posting this, for the second time, to stress the importance of this cyber attack, how it involves you at home, and what you can do to protect yourself. This particular article was posted in USAToday…

Researchers with Cisco’s Talos cyberintelligence unit say malware called ‘VPNFilter’ has infected about 500,000 consumer routers worldwide.

Click on the source link below to learn how to protect yourself

Source: 500,000 routers infected with malware, security researchers warn

How To Scan Your Computer For Malware With Google Chrome

This is an interesting tidbit about Google Chrome’s ability to scan your Windows-based computer for malware. I tested this on a Google Chromebook and it would not launch; but, never the less, this is great. I encourage you to read and learn more about this by clicking on the source link below.

Google Chrome might be the most secure web browser around. What’s more, Chrome can actually make your whole computer more secure.

Open Chrome (or open a new tab if Chrome is already running) and type the following in to the address bar at the top: chrome://settings/cleanup.

Here’s what you should see when you do that:

Source: How To Scan Your Computer For Malware With Google Chrome

What To Do When You Get A Robocall

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Here are some tips on how to manage and reduce those Robocalls:

If you see a number you don’t recognize, even if it’s from a local area code, let the message go to voicemail. If it’s important — say a message from a school nurse — you’ll get a voicemail.

If you pick up, you should end the call immediately after you realize it’s a pre-recorded message.

“Hang up the phone,” FTC attorney Kati Daffan advises. “Don’t press one to speak to a live operator. And don’t press any other number to get off the list. If you respond by pressing any number, it will probably just lead to more robocalls.”

Source: CNBC – How to block the annoying robocalls that you keep getting

Here is how to Download Your Entire Facebook History

  1. Open a new tab in your web browser and head to Facebook.com and login.
  2. Click on the downward arrow in the top-right corner and choose Settings, or head to Facebook.com/settings.
  3. At the bottom of the General tab click on “Download a copy of your Facebook data.
  4. Select what you would like to include, or leave everything selected (default) then click Create File.
  5. Wait until your data is ready to download. You will receive a notification when it’s done.
  6. Click on the notification, review the file size, then click Download.
  7. Enter your account password to confirm your identity, then wait for the download to complete.

Source: MakeUseOf

Here is how to change your Twitter password

Twitter is making it easy to get started. The company is showing users a notification that links directly to its password reset page. You can also get there by going to Settings and Privacy -> Change Password on Twitter’s website, or Settings and Privacy -> Account -> Change Password on the mobile app. You will need to enter your existing password, then a new password twice.


Source: CNN Money

NEW Gmail – Here’s what makes it so special (and a little frustrating) And How to Activate It

If you haven’t already done so, you need to upgrade and try the NEW Gmail interface on the web. So far, I am loving it. Here is a good article (see source link below) by Inc. that will give you the skinny on what to expect; and, that getting to the new interface is only a couple mouse clicks away.

To get the new Gmail look (and features), open your Gmail, click on the settings cog (top right) and select the option “Try the new Gmail”… In the event you do not like what you are seeing, you can always go back to the classic Gmail by following the same steps.

Source: Inc. – This New Gmail Update is Insane (Most People Don’t Realize It’s Just a Click Away)

 

How To Use Specialized Software To Recover Lost Data From Android Phones | EaseUS

Most Android data recovery processes require connecting your phone to a Windows based computer and using specialized software installed on the computer to initiate the recovery process. EaseUS MobiSaver is an example (see source link below to learn more).

Connect Android phone to PC and run EaseUS online data recovery software for Android

 

How to recover lost data from Android phones? This article introduces you a powerful Android data recovery tool which you can use to recover lost photos, messages, contacts and more.

Source: Android Data Recovery Tool – EaseUS

How To Turn An Old PC Into A Chromebook (sort of)

Let’s face it, our notebook and desktop computers get old. Some die and some just keep chugging along; but, get very slow. If you are in this dilemma, don’t throw it away. You can take that old computer and turn it into something useful. A firm called Neverware has created a variant of the Chrome Operating System called CloudReady that can be installed to repurpose that old computer.

So, how do you go about this?

I found a great step-by-step article, “How to install Chromium OS and revive your old Windows PC” that will help walk you through the steps (see source link below)…

 Source: How to install Chromium OS and revive your old Windows PC – MSPoweruser 

Popular Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts

My Chromebook has become my primary “go to” computer in the house. I like the concept of simplicity. Open it up, it turns on and I am on the internet doing what I need or want to do.

Today, I decided to post some popular Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts that you may be interested in (if you own a Chromebook). If you don’t own one, check out the one that I own by clicking here… I love it…

Popular Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Take a screenshot: Press Ctrl +  switch window (or Ctrl + F5)
  • Take a partial screenshot: Press Ctrl + Shift +  switch window (or Ctrl + Shift + F5), then click and drag
  • Take a screenshot (if your Chromebook converts into a tablet): Press Power button + Volume down button
  • Turn Caps Lock on or off: Press Alt + Search
  • Lock your screen: Press Search + L
  • Sign out of your Google Account: Press Ctrl + Shift + q (twice)
  • See all keyboard shortcuts: Press Ctrl + Alt + ?

Tips On Using The Touchpad On Your Chromebook

The touchpad on your Chromebook is more versatile than you realize. Below is a list of maneuvers you can perform for specific tasks. I especially like the one that simulates a “right mouse click” by tapping with two fingers.

Move the pointer Move your finger across the touchpad.

Click
 

Press or tap the lower half of the touchpad.


Right-click

Press or tap the touchpad with two fingers. You can also press Alt, then click with one finger.


Scroll

Place two fingers on the touchpad and move them up and down to scroll vertically, or left and right to scroll horizontally.


Move between pages

To go back to a page you were just on, swipe left with two fingers. To go forward to a page you were just on, swipe right with two fingers.


See all open windows

Swipe up or down with three fingers. If you have Australian scrolling turned on, swipe up. If you have traditional scrolling turned on, swipe down.


Close a tab
Point to the tab, then tap or click the touchpad with three fingers.

Open a link in a new tab
Point to the link, then tap or click the touchpad with three fingers.

Switch between tabs
If you have multiple browser tabs open, swipe left and right with three fingers.

Drag and drop

Using one finger, click and hold the item you want to move. Drag the item to its new spot, then release your finger.

Did you know you can can broadcast your voice from your smartphone to your Google Home speaker?

If you have a Google Home voice-activated speaker you can broadcast your voice from your Android Smartphone to the speaker, just as long as both devices use the same account. For example, using my smartphone, when away from the house, I can use the Google Assistant on my phone and  say “ok Google broadcast I am on my way home” and the message will be broadcasted to the Google speaker in my house. If you have more than one of the Google Home speakers in your house, you can broadcast a message from one speaker to another, just like an intercom system (but smarter).

 

SOURCE: Communicate around the house with the Google Assistant

How can I reset all “PAST” public posts on Facebook to be friends-only posts?

I am big on privacy and security and never wanted anything to to with Facebook; HOWEVER, this past year I caved in. I am actually enjoying Facebook and have used the site to promote the blog (click here) and another public Facebook page I am experimenting with, called “Protection of Our First Amendment Rights – The Fake News Daily“. Again, I am big on privacy and security; AND, one downfall with Facebook is navigating the menus to turn privacy and security features “on and off”.

For example, after seeing how my private Facebook page looked on the public side, I noticed there were posts on the public page that I did not want there. As a matter of fact, I didn’t want any of my private (friends only) posts on the public page and commenced researching “How can I reset all “PAST” public posts on Facebook to be friends-only posts?

Here is the instructions I found and decided to post them here on the blog for others:

  1. Open up your Facebook page
  2. Click on the small triange in the upper right corner of the blue bar (at the top of the window)
  3. On the menu click on “Settings”
  4. On the left sidebar, click on “Privacy”
  5. When the privacy window opens, on the right side, click on “Limit Past Posts” (to expand that section).
  6. Click on “Limit Old Posts” (click on graphic below to see example)
  7. Click on “Confirm” (see graphic further below)

 

Geek Squeak: New Facebook Feature To Snooze A Friend

Tired of seeing my political posts on your timeline? You don’t have to “unfriend or unfollow” me, just put me in snooze. I truly hope you don’t do that because I do look for news that I think you “need to know” and is factual; however, if you must, just put me to sleep (in Facebook Snooze).

With Snooze, you don’t have to unfollow or unfriend permanently, rather just stop seeing someone’s posts for a short period of time. The people, Pages, and groups you snooze will not be notified. You will be notified before the Snooze period is about to end and the setting can also be reversed at any time… READ MORE

SOURCE: Facebook Newsroom

Best List I Found On “How To Use A Chromebook”

I am exploring the Google Chromebooks and in the process, I am collecting various tips (and tricks) on how to use it. My goal is to learn this thing, “in and out”, with the intent of recommending the Chromebook to people at home. From what I am seeing, the Chromebook, just works, easy to use, updates are transparent, is inexpensive and there are a ton of Chrome apps and Android apps that can be run on the Chrome OS platform.

To get started with any device it is nice to have a “how to” list available and the best list I could find on the Chromebook was from c|net (see below)…

12 keyboard shortcuts every Chromebook owner needs to know

A dozen keyboard shortcuts to make Chrome OS even easier to use.

How to print from a Chromebook

Google Cloud Print for the win.

How to force quit apps on a Chromebook

What’s the Chromebook equivalent of Ctrl-Alt-Delete?

3 ways to pin apps to a Chromebook’s shelf

Help the app shelf help you.

How to keep your Chromebook from falling asleep

Stay woke.

This setting makes Chrome OS feel like more than just a browser

Open as window, says me.

How to use an external drive with a Chromebook

Not all of your files are stored in the cloud. Learn how to move files between your Chromebook and an external hard drive, thumb drive or SD card.

The best way to use Dropbox on a Chromebook

Accessing Dropbox from Chrome OS’s file manager is preferable to accessing it through the Chrome browser.

Run Windows software on a Chromebook

Can’t live without a particular Windows program? Here’s the trick for running it on your Chromebook.

How to take a screenshot on a Chromebook

Screenshots are a quick and easy way to save information or troubleshoot an issue.

Why a Chromebook isn’t the same thing as a budget laptop

They may look the same, but a cheap laptop and a Chromebook are more different than you might expect.


SOURCE: c|net – How to use a Chromebook: Tips, tricks and shortcuts

A Hack And Some Other Options To Help Reduce Your Satellite Broadband Data Usage With Windows 10

If you are using Windows 10, a “desktop computer” on an ethernet connection, and you are using a Satellite broadband service where there is a cap on your data usage, you may want to try this registry hack (see source link below) to help reduce your data usage. This hack fools a Windows 10 desktop computer into thinking it is on a metered connection. If you have a notebook computer on a wifi connection that is on Satellite broadband, this registry hack does not apply due that you have the option for a notebook computer (in the Windows 10 network settings) to meter the connection.

Also, anytime you go to edit the registry, always back the registry up. Failure to do so can cause your computer to malfunction. It is always best to find someone who is familiar with editing the registry.

Why we tried this registry hack…

When my parents, who have a desktop computer on a Satellite broadband connection, went from Windows 7 to Windows 10, we immediately noticed a dramatic increase in their data usage each month. This was due to Windows 10 capturing privacy data in the background (that can be turned off); due to the option where Windows 10 uses your computer to help update other computers on the internet (that can be turned off); the regular update cycle (that cannot be turned off, but can be set to occur during different hours); and the Windows 10 version updates that have occurred transparently on a regular basis (such as the Creator’s update and now the Fall Creator’s update).

In the end, what we are finding is that Windows 10, a desktop computer and a Satellite broadband connection are not a good mix. Our last option was to trick the desktop into thinking it is on a metered connection, as reflected in the Windows Central article. The downside of this is that not all the Windows updates will come through; except the Security updates. If I find that the connection continues to exceed the data limits, we are planning to look at a Chromebook or Chromebox and get away from Windows altogether.

If you are on a Satellite connection, please let me know your thoughts, suggestions, etc… on how to reduce data usage.


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Did you know you can “Voice Type” in Google Docs?

Google Docs is a very powerful word processor that is available (for FREE) to anyone who has a Google (Gmail) Account. One feature in Google Docs that you may be interested in trying is the “Voice Type” feature where you can type and edit by speaking. This feature not only works in Google Docs, but also works in the Google Slides speaker notes. Voice Type only works when opening Google Docs through the Google Chrome web browser and you will need a working microphone connected to your computer. The newer notebook PC’s have mic’s built in.

To try Voice Type, follow the instructions below:

  1. Turn on your microphone.
  2. Open a document in Google Docs.
  3. Click on “Tools”; then “Voice Typing” (a microphone box will appear)
  4. When you are ready to dictate or speak, click on the microphone icon.
  5. Speak clearly using a normal volume and speed.
  6. When done, click on the microphone icon.
  7. After you start voice typing, you can use commands to edit and format your document. For example, “Select paragraph,” “italics,” or “Go to the end of the line.” (Note: There are numerous commands you can use to edit and format a document.  To get a listing of these commands, “CLICK HERE“).

SOURCE: Google Docs

How To Setup AND Share A Google Calendar

My brothers and I have been in a situation where we are caring for our Father. We needed a way to schedule when we were available to assist with his care. What I did, since I have a Google account, was setup a calendar that could be shared with each of my brothers. In this case, each of us had a Google account which made setting this up all the more easier; PLUS I was able to give each brother rights to edit (add or delete) events on the calendar. You can also make the calendar public (with viewing rights only) for those who do not have an account or those who need to see the calendar. Setting this up literally took me less than 10 minutes.

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Here are the steps to setup and share a Google Calendar:

You can create a new calendar and invite other people to view or edit it. When you create an event, you’ll see an option to choose which calendar to add the event to.

  • On your computer, open Google Calendar. You can’t create or share calendars from the Google Calendar app.
  • On the left, next to “My Calendars,” click the Down arrow.
  • Click Create a new calendar.
  • Add the calendar name.  In my case, I named the calendar “Family”
  • Under “Share with specific people,” add the email address of the person you want to share with. This is where it is beneficial that each recipient has a Google account.
  • Under “Permission Settings,” choose an option in the drop-down menu. In my case, I selected the option “Make changes to events”; which allows the people you are sharing with to edit, add or delete events. They can also restore events from the trash that have been deleted.
  • If someone isn’t already added, click Add person.
  • Click Create calendar and you are done. Each recipient will receive an email to announce that a shared calendar has been created for which they can edit.

If you shared your calendar with an individual email address, they’ll see your calendar in their “Other calendar” list. If you shared your calendar with an email group , they’ll see the calendar in their “Other calendars” list once they click on the link in the email invitation from Google Calendar.

Important: To get your new calendar to show up on your Android phone or tablet, you’ll need to turn on sync for that calendar.


SOURCE: Google – Share Your Calendar With Someone

 

Need help installing a particular computer component? Here are links for each piece of hardware in your PC…

The links below are part of PCWorld’s recent post on “How To Build A PC”…

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How to avoid common PC building mistakes

How to install or replace a case fan

How to install a power supply in your computer

How to install an Intel or AMD CPU in your PC

How to install new memory in your PC

How to replace your PC’s motherboard

How to install a graphics card

How to install a hard drive in your PC

The ultimate guide to proper PC cable management

 Troubleshooting your home-built PC


SOURCE: PCWorld – How To Build A PC

How to remove the “FWD” in forwarded Gmails…

As I continue to work on my project of How To Use A Gmail Account To Create Your Own Customized Note-Taking App, I am sure learning a lot about Gmail. For example, I wanted to know if you can remove the “FWD” in the subject line in a forwarded Gmail? I could see where this could be useful; especially, when you don’t want the recipient (such as a customer) to know that it was an email you received from someone else and then forwarded it to them. In my case, where I am using one of my Gmail accounts exclusively as a note-taking app, by removing the “FWD” would help me clean up any notes I had edited (forwarded) and ultimately would give the appearance of a true note-taking app (such as Evernote, OneNote, and Simple Note).

After some exploring, I found that you can easily remove the “FWD”. You just have to look for it. When you forward a Gmail you will notice a small box (see screenshot) with an arrow pointing to the right (which indicates it is a forwarded Gmail) and beside that arrow, you will see a small arrow pointing downward. Click on that arrow and a drop-down menu will appear. On that menu, click on “Edit Subject”. After you click on “Edit Subject” you will be permitted to edit the subject of the email; for which you can remove the “FWD” and actually change the subject line to anything you want. Also, after you have completed editing the subject line, go into the body of the email and remove any other extraneous text that you typically would see in a forwarded email. Once you get this cleaned up, the recipient will never know the email was forwarded.

SOURCE: What’s On My PC – How To Remove The “FWD” In Forwarded Gmails

Quickly get started using Windows 10 features with the tips and tricks included in “Getting to know Windows 10 – for employees”

First saw this, “Getting to know Windows 10 – for employees”, at Major Geeks. It caught my attention and I explored further. This is a guide that may be helpful to my readers at home in exploring and learning about the features of Windows 10. The guide is available as a PDF or PPT (Powerpoint) — see source link below.

Getting to know Windows 10—for employees

SOURCE: Microsoft – Getting to know Windows 10 – for employees

How To Use A Gmail Account To Create Your Own Customized Note-Taking App

Evernote, OneNote, and SimpleNote are the note-taking apps that we all hear about. I have accounts with all three and have used them extensively; however, I just cannot get settled with any of them. I initially started out with a free Evernote account; then, Evernote ended up limiting what a free user could do. OneNote, great note-taking app; however, I was never completely satisfied with the app, due to its’ slowness (in loading and performing searches). Simplenote, which is text based only (with some markup language) is ok if all you want to do is save text-based notes.

After using all three of these, I kept thinking, there has to be a better way. This is when I came up with the idea of creating and using a Gmail account specifically for note-taking (or note keeping). Think about it. anything you find on the internet can be sent directly to a Gmail account; plus, on my Android phone, I can share (or send) just about anything to a Gmail account (i.e. scanned documents, photos, etc…). Gmail also has the labeling feature built-in where hierarchical note categories can be created (or labeled); plus, it has the ability to create rich text based notes (using the email editor). The real clincher with this is Gmail’s (Google’s) powerful search capabilities, 15GB of storage, and the ability to attach documents using Google Docs. I have been working with this idea and the key point in making it work is that the account should be strictly used for note-taking (or note keeping) purposes only; and, not for daily email purposes. In other words, my Gmail note-taking account is a completely separate account from my main Gmail account.

Below are the steps I took to create (in appearance) my own personal note taking (or note keeping) app using a Gmail account as the container to store stuff (notes, pics, docs, etc…) that are important to me. 

Step 1: Create a new account at Gmail.com. Give the account a name that you will recognize for note-taking purposes.

For example, “johndoe.notebook@gmail.com” …

Step 2: Once the account has been created, one of the first things I did was change the theme so that it stood out. Go to the “cogged gear” icon, at the top right side of the Gmail window and click on “Themes”. The theme I selected was one called “High Contrast”, which gives it the look of a note-taking (or note keeping) app — (see screenshot below).

Step 3: Go to the “cogged gear” icon and click on settings.

Step 4: Under the “General” tab, scroll down and turn the “Conversation View” to “off” and if you like, scroll down to “My Picture” and add a profile picture. In my case, I used a notebook icon. When done, scroll to the bottom and click on “save settings.

Step 5: Go back into the “Settings” and under the “Labels” tab, hide all labels with the exception of the “inbox” and “drafts” labels. Scroll down to the “Create Labels” section. This is where you can create your own label categories. You can always add or remove labels, in the future, from this section.

Step 6: Under the “Inbox” tab go to the categories section and “uncheck” the categories that are shown; then, scroll to the bottom and and click on “save settings”.

Step 7: Go back into the “Settings” and under the “Labs” tab scroll until you see “Preview Pane”. Once found, click on “Enable” to activate the “Preview Pane”; then, scroll down and click on “Save Settings” which will return you to the main Gmail screen.

Step 8: We’re almost done… Now that you have activated the “Preview Pane”, you will see a toggle icon (for the Preview Pane) with a down arrow. Click on the down arrow and select “vertical Split”.

After completing the aforementioned step, your Gmail note-taking app should look something like this:

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When composing a new note, within your Gmail note-taking account, click on “Compose” to draft your note. When finished drafting your note send the note back to yourself. Once it lands in the inbox, assign a label to it. I also use my main everyday Gmail account and my Android Smartphone to send important stuff to my Gmail note-taking account. Another point to make is that I do not move anything from the inbox; unless, I am deleting (or archiving) a note

To draft an existing note, I search for the note, click on “Forward”, make my changes, then forward it back to my Gmail note-taking account; then, I delete the original. When I see that a note has FWD that tells me at one point it has been changed.

In the end, as I continue to work with this, I am finding that the concept of customizing and using a Gmail account as a note-taking app has far exceeded my expectations…

Geek Squeak #17-021: Save Your Butt With Gmail’s “Undo Send”

A feature that I activated in Gmail, many moons ago (back in 2015), is the “Undo Send” feature. You can activate “Undo Send” in your Gmail settings by clicking on the “gear icon” (top right side), then click “Settings”; then, scroll down until you see “Undo Send”.  Click in the box, next to “Enable Undo Send” and then select the delay time before the email is sent.  In my case I selected the maximum setting of 30 seconds. MAKE SURE you then scroll to the bottom of settings screen and click on “Save Settings”.

Now that you have activated this feature, when you go to send an email, at the top of the screen you will see what is displayed in the screenshot below, with the option to “undo”. If you click on “undo”, the email will not be sent.

I highly recommend that you activate this feature. I don’t know how many times, using that feature, that I have canceled sending an email, to make a correction and/or had second thoughts about sending the email.


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My Two Favorite Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10

There are so many different way to navigate Windows 10 to get a specific task done. Many of those ways require multiple actions from the end user which can be hard to remember. PCMag recently posted an article, “Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10” (see source link below) that will make using Windows 10 easier and more interesting.

My two favorite hidden tricks inside Windows 10, from the PCMag article, are the “Secret Start Menu” and the “Secret Desktop button.  To elaborate:

Secret Start Menu – If you go to the “Start Menu” icon in the bottom left corner and “right mouse click” you will be presented with a smorgasbord of commonly used Windows 10 program commands or utilities (such as run, settings, device manager, etc…). The only command that I do not see anymore is one for the “Control Panel”. This may be due to the UI changes taking place in Windows 10 as it continues to mature. I will say I go to this “Secret Start Menu” on a constant basis.

Secret Start Menu

Secret Desktop Button – On the bottom right side of the screen, to the right of the time and date, there is a very thin vertical button that is virtually unseen. If you take your mouse pointer and place it in the right corner of the screen (on the button) you magically see the desktop. If you “left mouse click” at that location the desktop will be launched and the programs you had open will be minimized to the taskbar. This is very handy when you need to get to something on the desktop. Also, when you “left mouse click” at the same location, you can toggle back to whatever it was you were working on. Again, this is another secret feature in Windows 10 that I have trained myself to use on a regular basis.

SOURCE: PCMag – Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10


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Windows 10: The Best Hidden Features, Tips, and Tricks – ExtremeTech

Windows 10’s best tricks, tips, and tweaks – PCWorld


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How can I download a video posted on Facebook?

This is a question I recently searched for using Google. What I found is that there is no easy way on Facebook to download a video that has been posted by another party; however, I did find savefrom.net that will download a Facebook video providing you have the URL for the video.

To get the URL, simply right mouse click on the video, click on “show video URL”, then click on the “URL” (to highlight it), then hit “Ctrll+C” to copy the URL to the clipboard (or you can right mouse click and select “copy” which will copy the URL to the clipboard). After you have copied the URL to the clipboard, go to savefrom.net and enter the URL in the input field at the top of the main page. This action should present a download button where you can initiate the download (which will either be in MP4-HD or MP4-SD file formats).

With safefrom.net you can also download audio, video, and other types of files from various websites and social networks such as youtube.com, vk.com, vimeo.com, and others.

Source: savefrom.net


GEEK SQUEAKS’ OF THE WEEK
(17-010)

Keeping You Safe With Google Play Protect – One of the biggest security risks you’re likely to face is simply losing your phone. To help in these times of need, we’re launching Find My Device as part of Google Play Protect. With Find My Device you can locate, ring, lock and erase your Android devices—phones, tablets, and even watches… READ MORE


How To Unlock A Locked Account in Windows 10 – This tutorial explains how to unlock a locked account in Windows 10. A user account is locked when total number of invalid login attempts are reached. In that case, that particular user account is locked for 30 minutes (default lockout limit) or it can be more if you have manually set account lockout time… READ MORE

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Note-taking made easier for everyone—redesigning OneNote – As Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said, “We will focus on designing and building products that our customers love and that are accessible to everyone and built for each of us.” In this update, we focused on making OneNote more usable for those with disabilities—such as vision and mobility impairments… READ MORE

Screenshot of OneNote’s new design showing the navigation all on the left hand side. The columns are labeled from left to right: Notebooks, Sections, Pages.


Malwarebytes AdwCleaner 6.044 – a free anti-malware app that deletes adware, PUP’s (Potentially Unwanted Programs), toolbars, and browser hijackers… READ MORE


How to add a second clock to the Windows taskbar – All modern versions of Windows allow you to add up to two additional clocks. To do so… READ MORE


How To Remove A Photo From Your Device But Not Google Drive – If you bought a device that doesn’t have a lot of storage space, this is a great way to make sure you don’t run out of space on it… READ MORE


Stop users copying PDF text with PDF Anti-Copy – PDF Anti-Copy is a free tool which protects PDF content by preventing users selecting or copying its text… READ MORE

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Identity Theft – Here is what to do if someone is using your information to open new accounts or make purchases…

If you are a victim of identity theft or know someone that is, the Federal Trade Commission has an identity theft website setup (identitytheft.gov) where you can report an event. The site provides streamlined checklists and sample letters to guide you through various recovery plans and processes based on the type of identity theft you have been exposed to. Note: I also encourage victims to contact and file a report with their State Police so that there is record of the event (at the local level) and to alert the police to a trend that may be occurring in their jurisdiction.

Identify theft can occur through breaches of your credit card account; telephone, mobile or utility accounts; debit, checking or savings accounts; employment or taxes; government benefits or IDs (such as your Social Security Number); loans or leases; AND, other accounts such as internet accounts, medical accounts, insurance accounts, investment accounts, etc…

Clues that someone stole your information are:

  • You see withdrawals from your bank account that you can’t explain.
  • You don’t get your bills or other mail.
  • Merchants refuse your checks.
  • Debt collectors call you about debts that aren’t yours.
  • You find unfamiliar accounts or charges on your credit report.
  • Medical providers bill you for services you didn’t use.
  • Your health plan rejects your legitimate medical claim because the records show you’ve reached your benefits limit.
  • A health plan won’t cover you because your medical records show a condition you don’t have.
  • The IRS notifies you that more than one tax return was filed in your name, or that you have income from an employer you don’t work for.
  • You get notice that your information was compromised by a data breach at a company where you do business or have an account.

Source: Federal Trade Commission – Identity Theft Recovery Steps


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MusicWire – Portable App to search for and download music. All downloads are in the MP3 format… READ MORE

MusicWire

Chrome to More Aggressively Highlight Insecure Sites – Starting with Chrome 62, the browser will show the “not secure” warning when users type any data into HTTP sites… READ MORE

How to snooze your Wi-Fi in the Windows 10 Creators Update – Click on the Wi-Fi icon in your taskbar, and when the panel listing all the available Wi-Fi connections appears, click the Wi-Fi tile in the lower-left corner. Next, the panel as pictured here appears. By default, your Wi-Fi will only be restored if you activate it manually by clicking the Wi-Fi tile. If you want it to turn on automatically after a set time, click the drop-down menu under Turn Wi-Fi back on. Here you’ll see options for turning it back on in an hour, four hours, or one day… READ MORE

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Schedule web pages to open automatically with Open Me Later! for Chrome – Open Me Later! is a free Chrome extension which enables scheduling a page to open automatically, as the date and time you specify… READ MORE

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Amazon Echo – The Echo may be the closest thing we’ll have to a Star Trek computer at home… READ MORE

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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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Learn How To Triple Mouse Click To Select A Block or Line Of Text

There are occasions; when working with text, that we need to copy (or cut) blocks of text (or paragraphs). Typically we will hold down the left mouse button and drag (highlight) the text that we desire to copy (or cut) and then paste the text into another application or another location within the document. This method can sometimes be quite clumsy; especially if it is a large block of text.

An easier and faster method of doing this is simply left mouse click (quickly) 3-times anywhere inside the block of text (or paragraph) that you desire to highlight and copy (or cut). Like magic, the block of text will be highlighted… This trick also works if you want to quickly highlight and copy a web address in your browser’s address bar.

You may have to experiment with this; but, I have found that tip works in just about any application where text is involved (such as your web browser, word processor (such as MS-Word), etc…) and is a good tip to train yourself to use.

BONUS TIP:  Need to copy just a word?  Simply double click anywhere on the word and it will be automatically hightlighted.

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How to Add a Link to MS Word | Ask a Tech Teacher

Sign up for a new tip each week or buy the entire 169 Real-world Ways to Put Tech into Your Classroom…  Click on the source link below to learn more about “How to Add a Link to MS Word”…

Ask A Tech Teacher — Awesome site!

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

Source: 169 Tech Tip #20: How to Add a Link to MS Word | Ask a Tech Teacher

Featured Tech Site: Digital Citizen | 8 ways to take screenshots in Windows, using built-in tools

Digital Citizen has posted an article on how to take screenshots using the tools that are already built into Windows (see the article’s source link below).

For example, I learned that you can take a screenshot of an active window, that you have opened, by pressing Alt + PrtScn on your keyboard. The captured result, of just the window, is then saved to your clipboard.

This is only a sampling of many of the great articles that Digital Citizen has posted… I encourage you to bookmark their site.

How to take screenshots in Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, on all kind of devices, from desktop PCs, to laptops, to convertible devices like Microsoft Surface.

Source: 8 ways to take screenshots in Windows, using built-in tools | Digital Citizen

To see more sites, like Digital Citizen, I encourage you to visit Bookmarks4Techs where you will find one of the largest listings of tech sites on the internet… Stay tuned for more featured sites (and articles)!

“Windows 10 is great, but it has its issues. Here’s how to fix them.” | PCMag.com

Check out PCMag’s helpful tips (see source link below) on fixing the most annoying things in Windows 10.  My favorite “annoyance”, from the list, “Skip the Password Login”, is for the computers that I use at home where logging in each time is a PITA (pain in the a_ _)…

Skip the Password Login

Are you the only person who ever—and I mean ever—uses your PC? Then you can probably skip the password login screen that appears after every reboot or sometimes even when you come back from the screensaver. To do that, go to the User Accounts control panel by typing “netplwiz” in the search bar. Select the account, uncheck the box next to “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer. You’ll get a confirmation box that asks you to enter that very password—twice. Click okay when done. Reboot the PC and if it works, it should roll smoothly into the desktop without requesting a password. Don’t do this if it’s shared PC. And you’ll still need to know the password if you’re logging into the PC remotely.

Windows 10 is great, but it has its issues. Here’s how to fix them.

Source: How to Fix the Most Annoying Things in Windows 10 | PCMag.com

Addictive Tips | Turn Your PC Into A Chromecast Receiver

If you are a “Teacher” and familiar with “Chromecast”, this article may be for you… Make sure you visit the source link below to learn “how to” turn your PC into a Chromecast receiver by simply installing a Google Chrome App.

Chromecast is a very affordable way to turn a normal TV into a smart TV. The $30 device lets you get more use out of a monitor and a television set without needing a cable set-top box. Just imagine…

Source: How To Turn Your PC Into A Chromecast Receiver

If You Are Wondering About SD Memory Card Speeds

SD Memory cards are used in many different devices these days from smartphones to cameras to video recording devices…  There are so many cards to choose from. For example, check out [click here] to see an example of what I am talking about.

So, how do you determine what “class” card to purchase? Like everything else when it comes to storage; speed and capacity are two of the main factors that most people look at. A general rule of thumb when it comes to the SD Card (for file and data storage) is that the higher the class number, with Class 10 being the highest, the faster the read/write speeds. To learn more follow the source link below to get insight on SD Memory Cards…

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The SD Association defines Speed Class standards indicated by speed symbols to help consumers decide what card will provide the required minimum performance for reliability.

Source: Speed Class – SD Association

How To Archive Thousands Of Emails In Your Gmail Inbox

I’ve been on quite a few computers here recently and have noticed that many people are Gmail users. One thing I noticed is that they do not keep a cleaned out inbox. I have pointed out it is a good thing to archive the emails and get them out of the inbox. By archiving the emails you are simply sending to them to the “All Mail” folder or tag; therefore, they are not deleted. By archiving your mail you will immediately discover that WOW factor where you will start to feel organized…  

The problem is if you have thousands of emails to archive. Gmail will only allow you to select a certain number to archive at a time (which is usually 50 or 100). You can go this route, but it literally could take you hours to clean out your inbox and archive your mail.

The workaround solution to this problem is thisCourtesy of Peter Bonez — Data Science in the Nation’s Capital

  1. Enter in:inbox into the search bar
  2. Press the search button or press return to run the search
  3. Click on the small down arrow on the search bar and select Create filter with this search
  4. Click OK when warned that the filter will not apply to new mail
  5. Select Skip the Inbox (Archive It) and Also apply filter to X matching conversations.
  6. Click Create Filter

IMPORTANT: Gmail will think for a moment, then poof! your inbox will be empty, with all your mail tucked away safely in your archive. It’s a good idea to delete the filter you just created to avoid unwanted behavior. Just navigate Settings –> Filter and delete the in:Inbox filter.

Make Simplenote Along With Google Drive (and Docs) Your Premiere, Powerful, and FREE Note Keeping App

As I mentioned recently, I made the switch from Evernote and OneNote to Simplenote to meet my note keeping demands. To keep this article short, a supplement option to Simplenote that I started to use is Google Drive (and Google Docs). I love the idea that Simplenote is super fast (and TOTALLY FREE) and the reason for that is that it is strictly a text based application; however, there were those occasions where I wished I could pull up a document, or picture using Simplenote.

Simplenote and Google Drive

The solution I came up with, that is working better than I ever expected, is to use the “markdown” feature in Simplenote to create links in a note that will link to and pull up a document, picture or any file from my Google Drive (or Docs). In Google Drive I created a folder called “Simplenote Links” and then created subfolders that matched the tags I used in Simplenote. For example, if I had a batch of notes in Simplenote tagged as “Rick”, then I created a folder in Google Drive (under the “Simplenotes Link” folder) called “Rick”. This method provided a way to keep the documents organized, based on my Simplenote tags. Keep in mind, any document you want to link to in Google Drive, you will have to get the shared link for that document.

The beauty to this is that I can use the power of Google Docs to create impressive documents and the simplicity (and speed) to find and load those documents by using Simplenote. This is especially remarkable on my smartphone, when I am out and about: and, need to locate a document quickly. Another plus to this is that the documents in Google Drive that I use for this purpose are synced and backed up to my home based computer.

The hardest part of all of this, and it really is not hard at all, is to create a note using “markdown”. When I have a note that I need to link to a specific document or file (or folder) in Google Drive, I simply create the note with a link using “Markdown”. 

What is Markdown? The best definition I found for markdown was at Lifehacker:

At its core, Markdown is a super simple way to add formatting like headers, bold, bulleted lists, and so on to plain text. It was originally designed to be an easy alternative to HTML, and allows people to create web pages with no HTML experience—but it’s also a great way to organize notes, to-do lists, and other things. It has all the advantages of plain text, but with the organizational power of a word processor. The end goal is a minimalist writing system that you can use to get your thoughts down, and then export them elsewhere without worrying too much about the appearance. — Source: Lifehacker

Here is a sampling of using markdown in Simplenote and one of the examples below shows you how to create a link, using markdown, in Simplenote.

# heading 1

## heading 2

### heading 3

*Italics*

**Bold**

***Italics and Bold***

[WordPress](https://wordpress.com)

Lists

I know to most, this may sound like a geeky way to keep notes; but, I am telling you this works and it works great… The best part of it all is that Simplenote and Google Drive (Docs) are FREE… Also, both applications work on a variety of OS platforms, making it widely available from nearly every device we use.

I Use CCleaner, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, And Bitdefender Antivirus Free To Keep My PC Safe (and Clean)

… and, MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-014)

I have been involved with computers for nearly 30 years. I have never installed any “paid” antivirus software products and have solely relied on common sense and the FREE products that are available (and suitable for computers in the home). I have never had a virus on any of my home based computers. As you noticed, I mentioned “common sense” as one of the factors, which may be easier said than done. I do believe that you have to develop that sixth sense (or gut feeling) in knowing when you are entering potentially dangerous territory. On the software side I currently use three products to help keep my computers (at home) safe and clean.

CCleaner – Without a doubt, CCleaner is the number one optimization tool that not only cleans your computer, but also aids in keeping your computer safe. There is a FREE version and a paid version. I have always gotten along just fine with the free version.

Laptop showing the CCleaner interface - 1 billion downloads

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware – Detects and removes malware on an infected computer with industry-leading anti-malware, anti-spyware, and anti-rootkit tech. Scans for the newest and most dangerous threats. Safely removes malware. One thing to point out at the start is that the FREE version of Malwarebytes is only a scanning utility and does not provide real-time protection. You can get the real-time protection by purchasing the commercial version of their software. Don’t let this deter you from downloading the FREE version. I use the FREE version and make a habit to manually download the updates and perform routine scans of my computer. If I was going to purchase protection for my computer, I would definitely go with the “paid” version of this software (so that it runs continuously in the background, stopping infections before they happen. Scans automatically and halts attempted attacks).

Malwarebytyes Anti-Malware

Bitdefender Antivirus FREE Edition – What I like about Bitdefender is that it is “smart and silent”. Once you install the FREE version, you will have to register with an email address; then, after that you will not even know it is on your computer. Bitdefender has a great reputation and has been well reviewed. As a reminder, when installing antivirus software; always remove (uninstall) any other antivirus software you have installed on your computer.

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A NEW Tool For The Tech Toolbox – Saw this on betaNews, “Investigate your PC’s RAM use with ATM“… This tool, called ATM performs an in-depth, low-level look at your PC’s system memory use. If you are a troubleshooter, ATM may be right up your alley. Being an old dumb PC Tech, this one was definitely above my level of comprehension (which isn’t much these days)…

ATM

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Easily Control Automatic and Unwanted Windows 7 & 8.1 Upgrading to Windows 10 – Here is a “How To”  @ Tech-for Everyone on using a utility called Never 10 that will disable the Windows 10 Upgrade (wiith just one click). Many folks are sticking to or reverting back to earlier versions of Windows due to the privacy concerns in Windows 10.

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Is 123456 A Good Password? — and MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-04)

Is 123456 A Good Password? – Apparently many people think that it is. The password “123456” once again reigns as the most commonly used password, as it has since SplashData’s first list in 2011, demonstrating how people’s choices for passwords remain consistently risky. The second most risky password used is; you got it, is the word “password”. To see a listing of the worst passwords for 2015 — CLICK HERE… The whole purpose of this annual publishing of bad passwords is to encourage “we the people” to use stronger passwords in an effort to protect our personal data and to improve internet security.

Worst Passwords

One of the options that I use to protect myself, due to the numerous passwords that I use, is to use a password manager. The password manager that I use and strongly endorse is the S10 Password Vault which is available as a Windows install, portable app (on USB Drive), iPhone app, iPad app, and Android app. Many folks have a tendency to use one of the cloud-based password managers; however, I personally just do not feel comfortable with piping the passwords to my personal accounts into the cloud and not knowing (for absolutely sure) that it will always remain protected. With S10 Password Vault, I at least feel I have some level of control.

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How To Create A Bookmark For The Download List In Google Chrome – Open chrome://downloads in your browser. Click the star next to the link and then save it on your bookmarks bar. You can adjust the name of the shortcut to whatever you desire..

Google Chrome

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If You Have Windows 10 And Love Jigsaw Puzzles – Check out Magic Jigsaw Puzzles, a Windows app, that has some FREEBIE options built into it, as well as paid options. Featuring: Lot’s of  beautiful, high-definition puzzles; Downloadable content (including FREE puzzles); Constantly updated pictures gallery; 4 levels of difficulty (up to 280 pieces); Move pieces in groups; Rotation mode for a greater challenge; Create your own puzzles from your pictures; New special picture every day; Work on more than one puzzle at a time and see your progress; Easy-to-operate control and Easy preview. After installing and trying it out, I found there were some ads and a few freebie puzzles. There was an option to buy into a package for $9.99 that makes the ads go away and opens up many options. Nice jigsaw puzzle software (even for $10)…

Magic Jigsaw Puzzles

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Synchronize Your Folders and Drives In A Quick and Easy Way – I have been testing various FREE backup and synchronization software. One that is currently on my computer now that is leading the pack is Synchredible. The standard version is free for private purposes. What I really like about Synchredible is that it has a built in wizard that will walk you through configuring your sync jobs. Once these jobs are setup, performing synchronized backups is as easy as clicking a button.

Synchredible

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A “News Spread” Like No OtherCLICK HERE to see Newsola… I have featured Newsola on here before and decided to throw it out there at you again. Really neat way that the news is presented. You can set Newsola up so that it will auto refresh on a regular basis. Nice cloud based app that you can keep up on the screen when your computer is idle that will keep you up to date on the latest news.

Newsola 

Newsola

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Need A Router? Check This One Out – The TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router is one of those routers I am seeing on Amazon that is inexpensive, but has a great number of customer reviews. At the time of this posting, this router was at the $20 mark.

TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router

TP-Link Router

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-42) FEATURING — An Easy To Use Backup Program — and MORE GREAT STUFF

An Easy To Use Backup Program – Nearly every home based computer user that I have encountered do not backup their personal files. Most of what files people have stored on their computers they feel are files that are unimportant; until the moment comes that they lose those files. An example being, many people store family pictures on their computers. At the moment they may seem unimportant; however, when the computer fails (and it will), all of the sudden you realize that you lost precious memories. If you fall into this category, which most likely you do, please take the time to purchase an external hard drive (click here) and establish a backup plan. Finding an external hard drive and connecting it is the easy part. Finding a software solution is another matter. To help you along, a software solution that I use is called

To help you along, a software solution that I use is called Bvckup 2. If you visit the site you will see that it is software that you have to buy; however, to get around that option, if you scroll down to the bottom of the page where the download button is located, you will see “Looking for the last beta?”.  If you click on that link you can download the last beta version of Bvckup, which is FREE. By trying out the beta, you may be encouraged to purchase the software; however, I have found the beta’s of BVCkup 2 to work perfectly fine for our purposes. Bvckup 2 is easy to use (and learn) and it does not compress, encrypt or FTP files. It’s not a two-way sync nor is it a full system backup software. It simply makes a copy of your personal files from your computer to a designated location on the external hard drive; AND, the best part (by default), Bvckup will automatically perform these backups for you in real-time.

Bvckup 2

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Turn Your Android Smartphone Into A Digital Bubble Level – Our smartphones have many other purposes other than making calls and texting. For example, did you know you can turn your smartphone into a bubble level that comes in handy when you need to make sure a picture is hung straight on the wall, or a length of lumber is level, etc… If you search the Google Play store you will many bubble level apps available. The one that I settled for is an app developed by a company who actually makes levels, called Rigid. The app that they have developed is called Rigid Digital Bubble Level. This app features a calibration mode that will allow you to use this app in three views: Bubble View (the standard bubble level you’re used to); Horizon View (a horizon line that twists as you rotate. Enable the camera feature in this view to level things from afar.); and, Flat View (placing the phone on a surface activates this view where an optional beep can indicate how level the surface is without needing to look at the screen.)…

Rigid Digital Bubble Level

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A Gizmodo Field Guide To 9 Google Now Voice Commands to Take Control of Your Smartphone – I am sure, if you own a Google based Android phone, you have used the “ok Google” feature where you speak to your phone by saying “ok google” and then tell (speak to) the Google Now Assistant to perform searches, etc… I am still trying to get used to this, but when I do use it I am really amazed of the accuracy and the results. Along with performing searches there are other commands you can give. Gizmodo has put together a nice field guide to “9 Google Now Voice Commands To Take Control Of Your Smartphone” that you need to learn. Commands such as turning your wi-fi on/off; the flashlight on/off; read text messages; etc…

9 Google Now Voice Commands
To Take Control Of Your Smartphone

9 Google Now Voice Commands to Take Control of Your Smartphone

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verykool Sleek, Contemporary Unlocked GSM Phones – I was focused on smartphones when I visited Amazon and what I came across is a smartphone brand that I have never heard of (called verykool). What caught my eye and made me look more than twice was the unbelievable super low pricing. Based on the low number of customer reviews (which, by the way are high ratings), verykool must be a newcomer at Amazon. I will definitely be keeping an eye on this smartphone brand that just may change the whole landscape of things when it comes to smartphones.

 verykool

verykool

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-39) FEATURING — Put All Your Cloud Drives In One Place — and MORE GREAT STUFF

Put All Your Cloud Drives In One Place – Thought I would share with you an online service that I use called MultCloud (by AOMEI). This service provides a FREE option (as well as a PAID option) that can help you easily (and safely) manage multiple cloud storage services. For example, I currently manage online drives from Box, Copy, Google, Dropbox, Mediafire and OneDrive ALL from MultCloud. In that mix I also use MultCloud to manage two Google Drives. What MultCloud does is allow you to pull all of those services and manage those services from one location. MultCloud FREE features an online file manager, cross-cloud file transfers, and a countless number of cloud drives. The file transfer speeds for the FREE version are slower than the PAID version and there is a monthly data cap on the FREE version (which is quite high in my opinion). For normal everyday use, the FREE version has worked for me and in the end (after I give this a run for awhile), I may opt to go to the PAID version.

MultCloud 

MultCloud

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Use Your Android Phone (or Tablet) To Convert An Image To Text – Ever heard of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) where you scan a paper document and OCR software that is engineered to recognize the characters in the document then translate (or convert) it into an electronic text version (that you can then edit, insert into documents, etc…)? There is an OCR version for your Android Phone or Tablet called Text Fairy that has the ability to scan for and extract text from an image. From my testing, I found Text Fairy to be quite accurate and the best part is that it is FREE. Some words of advice is when you scan the document is to make sure the images are sharp (with good lighting) and the text is black on a white background.

Text Fairy

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Nothing Gets Old Faster Than The Technology News – Case in point, check out the boredpanda for 15 Vintage Computer Ads That Used To Be Cool.  The ad I have reflected below is my favorite one from the 15 selected. Which is your favorite?

15 Vintage Computer Ads That Used To Be Cool

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How To Disable Login Screen on Windows 10 after Sleep – I have been recently assisting quite a few folks with breaking through the Windows 8.1 barrier to Windows 10. One of the most asked questions that I am receiving is “How do I disable the login screen on Windows 10 after sleep?”. What this means is that Windows 10, by default, will go into a sleep mode when the computer is idle for a prescribed period of time. When the end user comes out the sleep mode, the computer will prompt you for your password. To change this setting, to prevent or disable the login prompt, is actually quite easy and the best way to show you is for you the watch the video below from Simple How To Guide

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This Software May Be Useful When You Sell or Get Rid Of Your Hard Drive (or PC) – Came a across this portable app, called My Disk Wiper, that may be a keeper for the tech toolbox. What this portable app does is securely wipe hard drives, flash drives, SD cards, etc… by overwriting the files with a standard pattern that the developer claims cannot be undeleted or restored. To ensure maximum privacy the file names are wiped before deletion.

My Disk Wiper

My Disk Wiper

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The easiest and fastest outdoor Christmas light solution – no more hanging string lights – My neighbor has one of these and it is awesome (and beautiful). If you are looking for an alternative option to hanging lights for Christmas, take a look at the Star Shower Outdoor Laser Christmas Lights… Plant this thing in the ground, plug it in and you will have up to 600 square feet of green and red lights displayed. The one I have reflected below is the number one best seller at Amazon with a near 5 star rating…

Star Shower Outdoor Laser Christmas Lights

Star Shower

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-32) FEATURING — Beware: A Browser Hijacker That Replaces Your Default Browser — and MORE GREAT STUFF

Beware: A Browser Hijacker That Replaces Your Default Browser – Scams, viruses, malware and hijackers are constantly being developed and engineered to make our computing lives a nightmare. Today I want to make you aware of a piece of software, called eFast, that the Malwarebytes research team has determined as being a browser hijacker. What is unique about this browser hijacker is that it does not hijack your existing browser; instead, eFast replaces your existing browser. This hijacker takes control of the file associations for .gif, .htm, .html,.jpeg, .jpg, .pdf, .png, .shtml, .webp, .xht and .xhtml files AND displays numerous advertisements.

Typically eFast will piggyback its’ way onto your computer through third party software installs. Always read what is occurring when you install software.  You can usually tell it is installing (by the install prompts) and from what I getting, eFast is similar in appearance to Google Chrome. If you have been fooled into installing eFast, reflected below are the removal steps. To read more about eFast CLICK HERE

eFast

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware can detect and remove this potentially unwanted program.

  1. Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to your desktop.
  2. Double-click mbam-setup-version.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
  3. At the end, be sure a check-mark is placed next to the following:
  4. Enable free trial of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Premium
  5. Launch Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  6. Then click Finish.
  7. If an update is found, you will be prompted to download and install the latest version.
  8. Once the program has loaded, select Scan Now. Or select the Threat Scan from the Scan menu.
  9. When the scan is complete, make sure that all Threats are selected, and click Remove Selected.
  10. Restart your computer when prompted to do so.

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A Command-Line To Cleanup Windows – TTC Shelbyville posted Advanced Windows Cleanup using cleanmgr /sageset:50 and cleanmgr /sagerun:50 that gives you step-by-step instructions on how to use these commands to cleanup windows. Note: Do NOT Delete Windows ESD installation files. These files are NEEDED to Reset or Refresh your PC.

1 More Options Cleanup

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Jump Your Car AND Charge Your Devices With This Power Bank – If you get chance, take a look at the BESTEK® 400A Peak Current Portable Car Jump Starter Power Bank that not only can jumpstart a vehicle (up to 16 times); BUT, can be used to charge your portable devices (such as GPS devices, smartphones, tablets, etc.). This power bank has a 11,000 mAh battery capacity that is able to jump start a 3L gas or 2.5L diesel vehicle engine. The neat thing about this is that it is safe and can fit in your glovebox… CHECK IT OUT HERE!

Power Bank

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OW Shredder Is Portable AND FREE File Shredder Software – I came across OW Shredder through reading the article Free File Shredder With Full Drive Eraser, Disk Analyser (@ILoveFreeSoftware) and thought it was well deserving of a post here, as well. What I especially like about this file shredder is that it is portable and has the ability to erase entire volumes.

OW Shredder 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. In addition OW Shredder offers various tools to scan, analyze and wipe more drive information and traces. Beside of it OW Shredder supports a desktop widget, a context menu integration and automated recycle bin cleaning. All in all this small and portable application gives private users or even companies the perfect solution to eliminate sensitive data.

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-29) FEATURING — How To Trigger The Windows 10 Upgrade — and MORE GREAT STUFF

How To Trigger The Windows 10 Upgrade – I am not out there in the wild, like I used to, when it comes to providing computer assistance (and troubleshooting); however, I still have a good feel for information technology from doing the blog, exposure at work and working with close family. I am getting some feedback that there are many folks out there that have not received their Windows 10 upgrade. You keep waiting and nothing is happening. I know at least 5 people in my circle where this is occurring. As a result, I went on the hunt and found that these people are not alone and that there is a viable easy solution. SuperSite for Windows recently posted, “Where is my Windows 10 update?” (by Fred Langa) that will walk you through the process of jumpstarting your Windows 10 upgrade.  If you follow the steps, your Windows10 upgrade will be exactly the same as if you’d used the Windows Update method. As a word of advice, when you go this route, expect a longer install time and don’t panic if it is taking awhile (like several hours).

WOW – A New Chromecast – Chromecast is a Google device that uses Google Cast Technology to play audio and video content on your TV or home audio system (by directly streaming it via Wi-Fi from the internet or a local network). Google has just released their next generation of Chromecast.  For $35, which is very reasonable in my opinion, this is a tech toy worth taking a look at. Check it out HERE

Chromecast

A Multi-Boot Linux DVD for PC Repair – If you are a PC Tech you may want to take a look at MediCat DVD. This is a Linux based boot disc (developed for Windows PC Repair) that has been put together by a PC Technician that runs his own PC Repair business. I haven’t tried this out yet; however, for you PC Techs out there, this may be worth taking a look at and may be helpful in making your job easier.

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Android Basics On How To Use The Share Menu – I just had a conversation with a friend about the Android smartphones and tablets and how people are truly not using these devices to their fullest capabilities. For example, I approached someone that I know that uses their phone constantly (primarily for texting and Facebook) and asked them, “Do you know how to use the share menu feature on your phone?”. They had not a clue as to what I was talking about. Folks, if you are an Android smartphone or tablet user, the share menu option is a very powerful component of Android that you need to learn about. Once you learn how to use it, you will be going WOW. To learn how to use the feature, I encourage you to read “Android Basics: How to Use the Share Menu” and watch the video …

Camera With Good Reviews Featuring Built-in Wi-Fi technology – The Canon PowerShot S120 (12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom and 1080p Full-HD Video Wi-Fi Enabled) is a digital camera that allows you to wirelessly transfer your images to social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY… At the time of this posting, this camera was reviewed 185 times and is carrying a near five star rating.

Canon PowerShot S120

Canon S120

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-27) FEATURING — Manage Your Computers Easily With CCleaner In The Cloud — and MORE GREAT STUFF

Manage Your Computers Easily With CCleaner In The Cloud – I think everyone knows about CCleaner; even those who are technologically challenged. CCleaner has been around for years, and at one time was called Crap Cleaner. In summary, what this software does is clean out the crap to increase the operational speed of your computer. CCleaner is available as a full install or portable app; AND, NOW you can run CCleaner from the cloud. If you go to CCleaner Cloud, click on the “Signup” button you will receive an invitation via email that will give you access. CCleaner Cloud has been in beta testing for quite awhile and it is now ready for public use and testing. The beauty of the cloud version of CCleaner is that you can run it from any of your Windows based computers, anywhere (without needing to install the software). You can also defrag your drives and perform registry fixes, as well.  Again, go to CCleaner Cloud and signup for your invitation today…

CCleaner Cloud

Microsoft Office 2016 – Released Today – Picked this news up at BetaNews, that gives a good read about the release of Microsoft Office 2016. More about Office 2016 can be found at Microsoft’s Office web site HERE

Microsoft Office 2016

Selfies 12, Sharks 8 – That is the score so far between selfie kills and shark kills.  Read more on this at Pocket-Lint to find out how selfies are the cause to people’s demise (more so than sharks).

Sharks vs. Selfies @ Pocketlint

Want To Learn How To Take A Screenshot On Your Android Phone? – WonderHowTo has posted a great How To article, “Android Basics: How to Take a Screenshot” …  I actually knew how to do this on my Nexus Phone; but, there is a separate way of performing a screenshot on a Samsung phone. What I found out, on my Samsung Tablet, is that this process will work on that too. Taking a screenshot on your phone or tablet is a handy way to capture what you are seeing on the screen (for troubleshooting purposes, to send to someone else, etc…).

This Works On Samsung Devices (as depicted in image below). Other
Android devices visit WonderHowTo to learn more…

Screenshot - Samsung

On Friday, Amazon’s shopping club, Prime, will cost only $67, down $32 from its usual $99 price tag – The sale starts Friday, September 25th ( at 12:00 a.m. ET and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT), and you can sign up here. This is celebrate Transparent winning 5 Emmy Awards.

Transparent

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Geek Squeaks #2015-5 @ What’s On My PC (Featuring Watch Out For The Windows 10 Email Scam and MORE)

Watch Out For This Windows 10 Email Scam – As with any major event, the underbelly of the internet will always show itself. Many of you may be waiting for your notification to upgrade to Windows 10. Please be careful and avoid a dodgy phishing email that the crooks’ are using as their method-of-choice for getting their harmful software onto your machine. Make sure you read If you’re waiting for Windows 10, watch out for this email scam …

Windows 10 upgrade scam

Become A Professional Windows Snapper In No Time – If you want to become a true Windows multi-tasker then you need to learn how to snap windows that you have open. What this is all about is learning how to snap Windows into a split screen view and with Windows 10 you can even get four neatly snapped Windows at once to create a quad view…  @Yahoo Tech

Use Wunderlist To Keep Yourself Organized – Wunderlist is a simple cross-platform task manager you can use to perform over-the-air synchronization irrespective of the device used. It is compatible across all platforms–iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, Android, Windows Phone, Windows and the Web. If you didn’t know, on June 2nd Wunderlist made an announcement that they were joining Microsoft.

Basic Replacement Computer Power Supply (with great customer reviews) – Need a power supply at a reasonable cost that carries a great customer review rating, then you may want to take a look at the EVGA 500 W1 80+, 500W 3 Year Warranty Power Supply 

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Helpful Windows 10 Resources From The “What’s On My PC” Tech Blog

Windows 10 will start rolling out on July 29, 2015. The strategy, from what I understand, will be to release the upgrade in waves; which, indicates to me your upgrade may not hit your PC for awhile.

In the meantime, to prep everyone, I have been posting information (here and there) about Windows 10 since the beginning of June. To bring this all together I have listed the articles that I have posted (from the most recent to oldest) as a quick reference resource in an effort to help you with the upgrade process and to learn more about Windows 10.

What Happens Next After You Reserve Your Copy Of Windows 10

Your Questions Answered About Windows 10

Need A Quick Intro To Windows 10?

GWX.EXE (Or, How To Remove the Windows 10 Upgrade Nag)

Nice Brief Review On What Will Be New (To You) In Windows 10

Get Answers To Windows 10 FAQ’s HERE

Reserve Your FREE Upgrade To Windows 10 Now

Confirmed – Windows 10 Availability Date Is July 29, 2015

I have been following Windows 10 since its’ early development, and based on Microsoft’s history of good and bad operating system releases, Windows 10 is an operating system that Microsoft knows that they have to get right.  I am pretty excited about this release myself and can’t wait to try it…  If you are in a situation where you are not eligible for the upgrade and/or you are building a PC, here is a link to buy Windows 10 at Amazon — CLICK HERE 

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