A FREE Tool That Allows You To Quickly Turn OFF/ON (and Schedule) Your Internet Connection

I have featured the tool InternetOff here on the blog before. Recently I noticed that InternetOff has now been upgraded to include a scheduling feature, which give you the ability to schedule your access to the internet. 

InternetOff allows you to quickly turn off the internet so that you can go offline. When you need the connection, you can enable the internet easily for some period (and it will be automatically turned off) or permanently in just two clicks. Besides the program lets you password protect and schedule access to the internet.

This tool is a great asset if you are on a metered connection (such as satellite); to shutdown the internet to protect your PC from potential security threats; to shutdown (and schedule) your children’s usage; OR, to simply shutdown the internet to avoid the distractions (such as notifications from email, facebook, twitter, etc…), so that you can work (offline) on other matters of importance.

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Geek Squeaks’ for July 18, 2013

One of my passions is finding reputable resources and applications for home based users that can be used in confidence. Today’s round up of Geek Squeaks’ is no exception:

Create Your Own Customized Start Page with YOURLS (my favorite);

Optimize your computer with this collection of utilities;

Must read tips on protecting our kids on the internet;

Soon our watches will be smarter than us; and, last squeak for today,

An inexpensive Wi-Fi wireless video (monitoring) camera…


YOURLS Allows You To Create A personal Startpage
With Your Favorite URLs

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YOURLS has by far become my favorite startpage. It keeps getting better and better.

Features

  • Add an unlimited amount of pages, lists and urls
  • Drag and drop pages, lists and urls
  • HTML5 Local caching (your startpage even loads when you are offline)
  • Import/Export your bookmarks
  • Extensions for popular browsers like Google and Firefox
  • Make your URL pages public and share them
  • Have your favorite search engines all in one place

The Ultimate All-In-One Speedup Solution

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Toolwiz Care is a collection of system utilities and optimization tools designed to clean, check, optimize and tweak your computer. The program offers a well designed interface that organizes the more than 40 tools into 6 different categories… – GET IT HERE


How to Protect Your Kids Online

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Making online friends is something everyone is capable of doing: kids do it via Instant Messaging, chatting on chat rooms or online gaming communities; and adults make new friends online via internet dating websites and the like. Of all the ages that dabble into making online friends, the ones in the younger age group are more at risk… – READ MORE


Smartwatches still in a ‘so what’ phase for consumers

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The smartwatch market is especially questionable for young people who have moved away from wearing traditional watches and use their smartphones to track the time, analysts said…—READ MORE


Dropcam HD – Watch What You Love From Anywhere

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Keep an eye on your home, your baby, your dog or cat, your small business, and everything else you love in stunning 720p. After a simple 60-second setup your Dropcam wireless video monitor is online and secure, providing stunning video 24/7 when you’re out…—READ MORE


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Take Me Back In Time To Visit An Archived Version of The Internet

I actually developed an interest in computers that pre-dates the internet, as we know it (with the graphical user interface, html web pages, etc…). I can remember way back when, being in attendance at a local school where a representative from a large telecommunications company was speaking about computers and that something innovative was on the horizon that would change our lives, as we know it.  What he was talking about at the time was the building of the internet. No one in attendance, including myself, could really grasp at what he was talking about and just how important it would become.

It was some years later, as a result of computers and the internet, my life changed for me personally. Suddenly being labeled as a computer geek, I was thrust into a new career field (as an IT Manager) where I became part of that innovation of what we call internet. Our entire lives has been changed by the internet and the connectivity it has brought; AND, without it we would be at a great loss.

I started thinking about all of this; and, knowing the digital world being as it is, was there was a way to go back in time to revisit the internet in days past? You know, sort of reminisce…  It was after this thought that I remembered hearing about the Wayback Machine.

The Wayback Machine is “a service that allows people to visit archived versions of Web sites. Visitors to the Wayback Machine can type in a URL, select a date range, and then begin surfing on an archived version of the Web. Imagine surfing circa 1999 and looking at all the Y2K hype, or revisiting an older version of your favorite Web site. The Internet Archive Wayback Machine can make all of this possible”.

You are not going to find every site ever created out there, but the Wayback Machine is a great learning and research tool and is just plain interesting to see what the internet landscape looked like in years gone by. For example here is part of a page I pulled from Microsoft’s web site in December 1997:

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You can also upload your own digital artifacts to the Wayback Machine, as well…

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And I Thought Black Widows Had It Bad!

Turning Your Regular TV into a Smart TV

Remove hotstartsearch.com, removal instructions


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SanDisk Ultra 64 GB MicroSDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card with Adapter

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A FREE and EASY Offline Browser Utility That I Use To Backup My Web Sites

I currently maintain two public sites and one private site using WordPress.com, Weebly.com and Blogger.com. Each of these services provide a back door option to backup a web site; however, these backup options (with the exception of Weebly) are somewhat proprietary and difficult to follow.

My primary concern with using these FREE services is that you are at the mercy of the provider and could be at risk of waking up one morning to find you are locked out of your site. To help keep my sanity, due to the amount of content I do have posted (on all three sites), I use a FREE utility called HTTrack Website Copier.

HTTrack

HTTrack Website Copier allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site’s relative link-structure. Simply open a page of the “mirrored” website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. HTTrack can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads. HTTrack is fully configurable, and has an integrated help system.

HTTrack Website Copier may appear to be non-user friendly, when in fact it is actually pretty easy to use. You can get a quick step-by-step rundown on using it [HERE]What I primarily use HTTrack for is to copy the main content of my sites in the event I need to move elsewhere.

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Online Photo Sharing Vs. Online Photo Storage

Tips for Writing a Headline to Bring in Traffic

How to Back Up Your PC

Rosewill 45 Piece Premium Computer Tool Kit

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Infographic Depicting The Growth of the Internet In The Past Ten Years

I came across this infographic titled “The Internet – A Decade Later” (at Best Education Sites) that depicts where we were in 2002 in comparison to now (2012). I was an IT Manager at the time when networks and the internet were just ramping up to what it is today (and wireless technology’s was only a dream). I can remember being quite excited over it all, at the time.

Where were you and the internet in 2002?

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

4 Quick Tips — How to Protect Yourself Online

Three must-have tools to enhance your Facebook experience!

A Backpack For Your Laptop

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Quickly Turn Off / On the Internet

Typically, I turn my computer “on” in the morning, which is connected to the internet, and leave it “on” until I go to bed at night. A practice that I have gotten into is that when I am away from the computer I will disconnect (or disable) my internet connection through my network settings.  I primarily do this to prevent my computer from communicating with the internet and to prevent any opportunity for an outside intrusion (such as malware) to occur.

Recently, I came across a nice utility, called InternetOff, that makes turning the internet “on” and “off” very easy, right from the system tray (which is typically located on the right side of the taskbar).

InternetOff

After installing InternetOff, a small icon, representing a globe, will appear in the tray. Simply click on the globe and click on “Turn off the internet”. When you want to turn the internet back “on”, click on the globe icon again, and you will be presented with several options to turn the internet “on”.  You can turn it “on” for 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour; OR, just turn it “on” (permanently).

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Internet Security: Exposing Your Credit Cards Online; Is It Worth It?

An IT Professional’s Internet Privacy Tips – Simple And Effective

Logitech K350 2.4Ghz Wireless Keyboard

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

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

Minus

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

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

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

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

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[GEEK SQUEAKS’] – Drive Manager, YouTube Converter, Skype for iPad, Internet Safety, and the Toshiba Thrive Tablet

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Drive Manager 4.14
See all your drives and their details at a glance.

Free Youtube to MP3 Converter
@ Carol’s Vault

Skype for iPad launched
@ Canadian Tech Blogger

Internet Safety
@ Big Geek Daddy

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Toshiba Thrive 10.1-Inch 8 GB Android Tablet

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How The Satirical Work of the Onion Combined With Facebook Equals Literally Unbelievable

If you are a reader of the blog, you most likely have seen one of my favorite sayings; “believe nothing and verify everything!”. I usually make that statement to let people know that just because it is on the internet, it is not always true. As a matter of fact, the internet is most likely the largest source of satire, gossip and untruths.

The Onion, Facebook and Literally Unbelievable

To validate my point, Steve over at Scoroncocolo contacted me about an article that he had written called The Onion, Facebook and Literally Unbelievable.com where he writes about how The Onion and Facebook make a pretty good team in that, it has been proven, that many of the users of Facebook literally and seriously believe what is posted on The Onion. The Onion is a satirical news outlet that publishes fake news stories so well that they can be quite convincing. As a matter of fact, just this morning, there is a story published titled, Church Cancelled Due to Lack of God.

Born from The Onion and Facebook connection was another site called Literally Unbelievable that interprets how the Facebook users are perceiving the stories, as published by The Onion.

So, if you are looking for a good story about how this mix works, I encourage you to jump over to Steve’s site and read The Onion, Facebook and Literally Unbelievable.com

And, don’t forget…  “believe nothing and verify everything!”.

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What’s On My PC – 2010 in Review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured imageThe Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 280,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 12 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 343 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 821 posts. There were 795 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 66mb. That’s about 2 pictures per day.

The busiest month of the year was August  with 30,207 views. The most popular post that month was Locating Your Software License Keys.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were Stumbleupon, Google Reader, Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech ThoughtsTech-for Everyone and  Google.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for vista will not boot, firefox incognito, vista service pack 2 problems, windows vista service pack 2 problems, and old record player.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Locating Your Software License Keys July 2010
10 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

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If you experience Windows Vista Service Pack 2 installation issues… June 2009
62 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

3

How to use a Blackberry Smartphone with a cheap “Pay As You Go” mobile phone plan… March 2009
60 comments

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Motorola SBG901 SURFboard Wireless Cable Modem Gateway January 2010
41 comments

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When Vista will not boot… December 2008
10 comments

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Improve Your Browsing Experience with Speedtile

Most of the popular web browsers out there today give us the ability to setup a homepage that will tile our favorites sites into an interface (of web page thumbnails) that is commonly called a speed dial. Typically, this interface can be setup, depending on the browser, as a browser option, addon or extension. The beauty of this interface is that once your homepage loads you can quickly go to your most frequently visited sites by visually selecting one of the thumbnails. The speed dial interfaces are completely customizable and defintiely will make your internet browsing experience more efficient.

Typically, once you set up your speed dial, the data is stored on your computer; BUT, what if you want the same interface (you created) on another computer (for example at work)? The closest solution that I found, to make this happen with minimal fuss, is with an online service called Speedtile. With Speedtile you can access your speed dial anywhere there is internet access.

Speedtile

Speedtile requires you to setup up an account (which is FREE) where a login is required to get to your very own online speed dial interface. It is very simple to create your individual tiles by adding your favorite sites (or URL’s). Once you enter the web address of the site, a mini version of the site will magically appear (called a tile). You can even add categories.

Speedtile

See the What’s On My PC blogroll on Speedtile

With Speedtile you can share your bookmarks with others. For example, and this is very cool; I took all the sites on my blogroll and created a public Speedtile site. If you would like to see what a speed dial looks like, consisting of links from the What’s on My PC blogroll, then [ CLICK HERE ].

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#79)

Geek Squeaks' We are living in the age of information technology and computers. To keep up with the pace it is important to have credible and reliable sources. Reflected below is this weeks round up of recent information technology and computer news, as posted by the members associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll. It does not get any better than this.

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites September 28

Tech-for Everyone
How To Remove Internet Explorer 9

Rarst.net
PrtScr – cute and streamlined screenshot tool

Lifehacker
Xmarks Bookmark Syncing Service Shutting Down in January 2011

Crazy World of G
Google Chrome

TuneUp Blog about Windows
25 Amazing Windows 7 Themes You will love!

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
Internet Security: 7 Practices for Computer Security

Laptops Review Central
Panasonic unveils new ToughBook F5, N9 and S9 rugged notebooks

RGdot
Top 10 Must Have Windows Freeware

Carol’s Vault
Ashampoo gift: 5 full versions to download

Faster PC! Clean! Clean!
How to Remove MyWebSearch

Plato On-Line
Texting and Driving Killed 16K in US

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
How Secure Are Your Software Applications – Not Very, It Seems

Right On Technology
BlackBerry PlayBook 7-inch Tablet Announced, Arrives in 2011

thePC Security
Boot Recovery – Repair Boot Sector,
MBR of Hard Disk With Easeus Fixboot

Mrintech
Interesting Facts about Google: How Big it is?

Canadian Tech Blogger
TV Buying Guide – Rocketboom Tech

Bookmarks4Techs
Iomega eGo USB 2.0 500 GB Compact Portable Hard Drive

Awesome Wallpapers
Space/Fantasy Wallpaper Set 37

My Technology Guide
VLMC: VideoLAN Movie Creator

Snakebytez
Group Windows Start Menu Programs with Handy start Menu

TTC Shelbyville
How many calories does the IT brain use?

404 Tech Support
Set Windows File Type Associations With assoc Command

I Want Ice Water
When The Madness Comes

Techolar
How to Speed up History Navigation in Opera Browser

I Love Free Software
Modify “Send To” Right Click Option: Send To Toys

Netbook Freeware
Portable Universal Viewer:
Best Free Advanced File Viewer For Your Netbook

Worthy Tips
Free Download Ashampoo Home Designer with License Keys

AKSGEEK Live
Intel Updates Mobile Processors and Pricing

Online Storage Reviews
Do You Have Adequate Disk Space to Store Your Files?

Malware Removal Instructions
How to remove Antivirus8 malware (Uninstall Guide)

Chicago Mac/PC Support
The 17 Most Dangerous Places on the Web – PCWorld

What’s On My PC
How to Get Rid of the Data on that Old Computer

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Is magicJack’s VoIP for you?

magicJack – A device that you plug into your computer’s USB port that enables you to use your broadband internet connection to make FREE local and long distance phone calls. A phone line (standard RJ-11) plugs into the magicJack from a phone. Initial cost is typically around $40 dollars [ CLICK HERE ] the first year, then $20 a year thereafter. There are other pricing packages available, as well.

magicJack

magicJack

Is magicJack’s VoIP for you?

Recently while browsing in the local RadioShack, I could not help overhearing a man and woman asking the salesperson a lot of questions about the magicJack. What they wanted to do was replace the landline phones in their home with a magicJack and this salesperson was laying it on heavy; making it sound like this $20 device was the “ultimate” solution to replacing their landline phone service.

After detecting skepticism from these folks, I could not take it any longer and piped in. I said, “Listen, I have been a magicJack owner for over a year.  It does work; however you need to know this about magicJack”.

  • This device is dependent on the speed and reliability of your broadband connection and your computer. If the broadband connection and/or computer is under heavy load, then expect problems.
  • This device depends on your computer being turned “on”; however, the service does have voicemail which can be forwarded to an email account (in the event the computer is turned “off”).
  • Call quality can vary; however, on my setup the call quality is better than cellular and most of the time as good (sometimes better) than my landline. Again, this varies, based on the factors previously reflected.
  • I have experienced occasional software issues with the magicJack software, which is driven by the magicJack device itself. Often a reboot of the PC will make it behave itself. When you get this thing, get everything plugged in and follow the registration instructions to setup your “new” phone number.

  • This device will not work through the phone jacks in your house. The salesperson was definitely giving that impression. One thing you can do, is purchase a cheap cordless phone and plug the main base into the magicJack.
  • Services included are FREE local and long distance calls, FREE voicemail, FREE call waiting, FREE Caller ID and FREE Directory Assistance.  Again, this all varies based on factors previously reflected; however these services are included.
  • You are going to see thousands of “pros” and thousands of “cons” on this device. For example, [ SEE HERE ] .  All I can tell you is, it works for me.
  • You are going to read where magicJack computers may analyze the phone numbers you call in order to improve the relevance of the ads you see in the magicJack software.  In other words, this could be a privacy concern.
  • You are going to find at the magicJack.com website, it is geared toward marketing; not tech support.

Is magicJack’s VoIP for you?

In this particular case, I set up a “win-win” situation for these folks (the customer) and the salesperson.

Replacing your landline phones in your home with magicJack, is not a good solution; unless you are living on bread alone (which did not appear to be the case here). Using magicJack to supplement other services you have is a good solution. For example, I dumped my long distance and use MagicJack to make my long distance calls, which is really not that many compared to other people. We also have pay-as-you-go cell phones and can use them in a pinch, if necessary.

I then turned to the salesperson and asked, “What is your return policy? AND, If these people buy this and do not like it can they bring it back to YOU? At this point, I really got the look. Once that was out of the way, I told these people, take this home and play with it and play with it a lot.  If it does not suit bring it back to this guy. They ended up buying it!

To my readers, magicJack does work; however it depends on many variables. If you want to play with one, go to Walmart to buy it.  Their return policy is probably the best around. If you can’t wait and want a decent buy, then check [ HERE ] .

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New Google Maps version of EARTH ALERTS

How would you like to monitor, in near real-time, natural events (such as hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, cyclones) that occur here on mother earth? You can with the Google Maps version of Earth Alerts.

Earth Alerts

Before I go further, I must give credit where credit is due. The Google Maps version of Earth Alerts is actually an offspring to the software version of Earth Alerts.

Earth Alerts is a Windows-based application that allows you to monitor in near real-time a variety of natural hazard events that are occurring anywhere around the world. Alert notifications, reports, and imagery provide the user with a convenient way to view natural phenomenon as they occur, whether close to home or some far-flung corner of the globe!

Earth Alerts uses a variety of online resources provided by organizations such as the National Weather Service, U.S. Geological Survey and Smithsonian Institution (just to name a few), to identify what sort of activities “Mother Earth” is currently dishing out on the planet. [MORE]

To use this offspring (cloud based) version Earth Alerts, simply visit, in your browser, the Google Maps version of Earth Alerts [HERE]. Once loaded into your browser you are presented with a map of the world with icons depicting current (or recent) alerts; plus, many drop down options and layers to enhance your experience. For example, the U.S. is currently monitoring several hurricanes in the Atlantic. With the Google Maps version of Earth Alerts you can monitor and track the strength, locations and the direction these hurricanes are tracking.

Earth Alerts

In this particular case, by clicking on any of the hurricane alert symbols you can gather current information that is provided by the Weather Underground.

Weather Underground

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Tech-for Everyone – Sandboxie Lifetime License Giveaway

TechPaul, at Tech-for Everyone, is running a (5)-five license giveaway (contest drawing) for the software package called Sandboxie. The “cool factor” here is that if you win one of the licenses for Sandboxie, it is for lifetime! To enter the contest, simply visit Tech-for Everyone [click here], scroll to the bottom of the page and leave a comment. Your name and email will be required in order for the license to be sent to you, should you win.

Sandboxie

What the heck is Sandboxie?

Folks, I would not live without Sandboxie. With Sandboxie installed on your PC you can run applications, like your web browser, in an isolated “protected” space on your PC. For example, occasionally I will run my web browser (e.g. Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer) in Sandboxie. As a result, if I would happen to come in contact with any malware while on the internet, my PC would be protected because I was running my browser within Sandboxie.  Basically any application you run in the sandbox, stays in the sandbox. It is a great utility to have in place for testing software.

I had a friend recently who became obsessed with playing an online game on a site that he claimed was messing with his PC.  Of course I tried to tell him to move on; however, I knew that would not happen. Instead, I had him run his browser within Sandboxie.  Any malicious or suspicious content, from that point on, that was hitting his PC, remained in the Sandbox.

I’m telling you, from a tech and security standpoint, this is great software.  When I saw TechPaul’s post on this giveaway, I jumped right on it with the hope I would be lucky enough to get one of those lifetime licenses.

You can enter the contest for the Sandboxie License Giveaway [HERE] .

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#65)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Free PC Security
Wondershare Time Freeze – FREE Virtualization

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

Gadgetsholic
Apple iPhone 4 Start to Preorder

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

thePC Security
Internet Traffic Monitoring Freeware Tool – iTraffic Monitor

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

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

Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Sorry about all the layout changes

Plato On-Line
Is There an Internet Conspirancy Scam?

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Windows Registration Checker

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

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

RGdot
ClipboardFusion: Free Alternative Clipboard Manager

Laptop Reviews Central
Ben Heckendorn introduces blue PS3 Slim laptop

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

Netbook Freeware
Soluto: Make Your Windows Netbook Boot Faster

I Love Free Software
4 Free Alternatives to Dropbox

Worthy Tips
Get Article Ideas using Google

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

TTC Shelbyville
Publish Your Blog as an ePub

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

Awesome Wallpapers
VladStudio Wallpaper Set 7

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

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Tech-for Everyone: WinPatrol Plus License Giveaway

I do not know how TechPaul, at Tech-for Everyone, is doing this… Giveaway after giveaway… This week you need to visit his site for a chance to win a WinPatrol Plus License Giveaway. Simply click [ HERE ] to preview the article about WinPatrol Plus; then, leave a comment to say hello to TechPaul and that you are interested in entering the contest. The contest ends June 18th at midnight.

Folks, WinPatrol is awesome software that helps protect you from the nasties on the internet that can hit your PC at the machine level. The WinPatrol dog, Scotty, will bark to alert you when there is a potential intrusion. I have been using this software for years and I highly, highly recommend it. You can read more about WinPatrol [ HERE ] .

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NOD32 Antivirus 4 License Giveaway at Tech-for Everyone

My good friend TechPaul, at Tech-for Everyone, contacted me today to let me know that he will be conducting a drawing to giveaway (10)-ten licenses for the award winning NOD32 Antivirus 4.

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You might not have heard of Eset or NOD32, but it has quietly been around, and winning awards, since the early 90′s (the days of DOS). For the last year, I have been using it as my primary anti-malware defense on my principle machine and I have not been disappointed. This Internet security tool passed my every test and I recommend it; and I do so to folks of any skill level. – Tech-for Everyone.

Folks, this is an excellent opportunity to possibly get your hands on some great antivirus software. To enter the drawing, simply click [HERE], and at the bottom of the article “Software License Giveaway: NOD32 Antivirus 4”, “Leave A Comment” and enter a name and valid e-mail address. The contest will end midnight Thursday, May 27th, and the winners announced Friday. Good Luck; and while you are there, give a big “Thank You” to TechPaul!

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260 Million People On 100Mbps Broadband by 2020

With a push from the FCC, will broadband become a service similar to our telephone landline network of old?  Here is a What’s On My PC – Web Clip from ars technica on this very subject.

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A “What’s On My PC…” Web Clip!

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FCC wants 260 million people on 100Mbps broadband by 2020

By Nate Anderson | Last updated February 16, 2010 1:58 PM

Finally, the FCC has had it with “small ball”—and the agency is at last detailing some big-picture aspirational goals for US broadband. By 2020, the National Broadband Plan calls for 100 million homes to have 100Mbps Internet access, and the US should have the world’s largest “ultra-high-speed broadband testbeds.” In addition, Internet adoption rates should hit at least 90 percent—way up from the current 65 percent.   read more…

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Flushing the DNS Cache On Your Computer

Did you know that when you visit a website Windows maintains a cache (temporary holding area) of the DNS information about the site?  I know you are probably wondering what is all this talk about DNS and who cares.

I recently was required to change internet service providers.  I went from DSL to Cable.  I immediately noticed, on a frequent basis, that there was lag time in page loads and that many web sites would time out and not load at all.  As a result, I started getting an error in my browser where the server could not be found. First instinct was that my cable provider was the problem; however, after some thought; and research to confirm my thoughts, I discovered that my DNS Cache on my PC needed flushed out.  Once I flushed the DNS Cache, the lag time disappeared on the page loads and the sites ceased timing out.

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What is the DNS? DNS is the computer term for Domain Name System (or Service or Server)… The DNS translates domain names (such as wordpress.com or microsoft.com) into IP addresses (or numerical identifiers) that network equipment on the internet can read (or translate).  In essence the DNS is like a phonebook.

If you experience the same problems I indicated, try flushing out the Windows DNS Cache.  It is easy and safe to do. You can do this by:

  • Clicking on “Start”, then “Run”
  • Type cmd
  • At the command prompt, at the blinking cursor, type ipconfig /flushdns and hit “Enter”
  • You will see the message, “Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache”
  • You are finished! Your Window DNS cache has just been flush. You can close the window.

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Google’s Public DNS Resolution Service

Google, within the past several days, announced that they are now offering a FREE, global Domain Name System (DNS) resolution service, that you can use as an alternative to your current DNS provider (which is usually through your Internet Service Provider).

The DNS protocol is an important part of the web’s infrastructure, serving as the Internet’s phone book: every time you visit a website, your computer performs a DNS lookup. Complex pages often require multiple DNS lookups before they start loading, so your computer may be performing hundreds of lookups a day.

As web pages become more complex, referencing resources from numerous domains, DNS lookups can become a significant bottleneck in the browsing experience. Whenever a client needs to query a DNS resolver over the network, the latency introduced can be significant, depending on the proximity and number of nameservers the resolver has to query (more than 2 is rare, but it can happen). As an example, the following screen shot shows the timings reported by the Page Speed web performance measurement tool. Each bar represents a resource referenced from the page; the black segments indicate DNS lookups. In this page, 13 lookups are made in the first 11 seconds in which the page is loaded. Although several of the lookups are done in parallel, the screen shot shows that 5 serial lookup times are required, accounting for several seconds of the total 11 seconds page load time.

You can learn more about Google’s Public DNS resolution service and how to configure your PC to use the service [ HERE ].  The official announcment page can be found [ HERE ] . I have not tried the service yet, due I currently use (and recommend) the popular OpenDNS resolution service on my PC’s. I would be interested in hearing about any comparative analysis between the (2)-two services and your thoughts about Google managing your DNS.

How is OpenDNS responding to this new competitor?  Click on the graphic below to see David Ulevitch’s (founder of OpenDNS) response to the release of Google’s Free DNS resolution service.

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I also encourage to visit the TTC Shelbyville blog to read about Google’s DNS resolution service and their recommendations [ HERE ]

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#37)

If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of information technology and computers, I encourage you to take a moment and visit each of the blogs listed below. The articles and information that these sites provide are phenomenal. It is an absolute honor to have them on the What’s On My PC… blogroll.

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The PC Security
9 Tips for Safe and Secure Online Shopping on Internet Sites

Computer Too Slow
Windows 7 complaints from Netbook Users

Crazy World of G
Scan To PDF

Lifehacker
MyPorts Gives You Detailed Information on Open Ports

Rarst.net
Google Wave Preview – first look

Tech-for Everyone
Open .ppt Slideshows With Free Viewer*

AskBillFirst
The “Noteable” Mousepad

Free PC Security
Revo Uninstaller – Free

Right On Technology
Pirate Bay Tracker Shuts Down

Blogging Fool
WordPress Posts Yet Another Security Update in Advance of 2.9

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Internet Security Tips for Seniors

Evilfantasy’s Blog
What things to do when bored on the Internet?

Plato On-Line
Black Friday Deals Leaked to CNN

The Spyware Biz Blog
A great way to remember secure passwords

Teck~Line Lounge
Amazing Knife Throw- Modern Warfare 2

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Personal Protector

Carol’s Vault
Design your room online with Armstrong

AKS-Feel The Change
Flash Drive Reminder-Unplug USB Flash Drive From PC

Tune Up Blog
32-bit vs. 64-bit: More Bit, More Performance?

Canadian Tech News Blog
5 Ways In Which Firefox Is Better Than Internet Explorer

Freeware Elite
Backup your Facebook account with ArchiveFB

Mrintech
View Previously Featured Bing Wallpapers & Download Them!

Worthy Tips
Switch Off Your Monitor Using Single Mouse Click in Windows 7

Technize
Handy Backup – Automatic Data Backup, Recovery and Synchronization

I Love Free Software
Kompozer: Free Alternative to Adobe Dreamweaver and FrontPage

TTC Shelbyville
Visio – Nope, It is Gliffy!

Carputers News and Computer Tips
Free WiFi for the Holidays

Snakebytez
View lyrics for songs in your iTunes Library with LyricToy

Computer Maintenance
Basic Computer Maintenance Tips/Checklist

Freeware Pharmacy
Songr

What’s On My PC
Break the Email Chain – Stop the Lies!

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Get answers to real questions with wiseGEEK…

The internet has become an infinite source of information that we have come to rely on for just about everything; however, it is important to verify the information for validity and accuracy.  Often we start our research for information from simply asking ourselves a question. The question in many cases can be relatively simple but finding the answer can be difficult because the answers are distributed across multiple web sites. This is where wiseGEEK steps in…

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wiseGEEK digests and simplifies disparate information into concise answers. The site is a compilation of nearly 50,000 articles, under 22 categories, with answers to common questions that is researched by over 100 qualified contributors.  wiseGEEK makes every attempt to keep the articles error free and accepts comments from readers to challenge the validity of the information.

…occasionally an error sneaks into one of our articles. That is where our wiseGEEK readers come in. In the “wiseGEEK features” menu available on every article page, there is an option to “comment on this article.” Every comment is researched and implemented where appropriate. Our qualified writers along with the army of readers ensures that our information is as accurate as possible.

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Personally, I enjoy visiting wiseGEEK, on a regular basis, to learn about answers to common questions and to build my trivia knowledgebase;  AND to give myself ideas for blog articles. Make sure you check out the category on “Internet and Computers”…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#28)

I encourage the visitor’s to What’s On My PC… to look over the listing reflected below (called “Geek Squeaks” ). These articles are randomly selected from the What’s On My PC… community blogroll (located at the right side of the blog) and compiled weekly for your reading pleasure. I encourage you to visit and support each of these sites. There is no ranking or order in the selection of articles.  If you were to ask me what my favorite is? “They All Are…”

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Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Follow the 3 Magic Steps to Internet Security
Stop – Think – Click

thePC Security
BFK, The Best Free Keylogger Program

Lifehacker
Opera 10 Portable
Brings Speedy Browsing to Your Thumb Drive

Rarst.net
NiceTranslator.com – convenient online dictionary

Tech-for Everyone
Uninstalled Program Still Appears

AskBillFirst
Sending a SMS Text Message to a Cell Phone From Your Email

Free PC Security
Infected PC Won’t Boot?

AKS-Feel The Change
Free Portable Antivirus Scanner

Carol’s Vault
Quick Media Video Converter – a free all in one convertor

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove SoftSafeness

Teck~Line Lounge
Find out the Latest News around the Net with LazyFeed

Plato-Online
A Warning to all who use Google Groups

Right On Technology
Justice Department to Review Microsoft Yahoo Deal

Snakebytez
Windows Updates Downloader

Carputers News and Computer Tips
Back to School 2009

TTC Shelbyville
Run Commands for Windows Vista and Windows 7

Piyada’s World
Block porn site & unwanted ads with Clear Web System

Technize
Password Protect Any File, Application Or Software In Windows

Mrintech
Why Use a Virtual Keyboard for Net Banking?

What’s On My PC
Launch Pad – Over 240 Tech Blogs in One Place

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#18)

If you haven’t checked out Geek Squeaks here on the blog, you do not know what you are missing.  Each week random articles are selected from the sites that are listed on my blogroll (see sidebar of the blog) as a way to say “Thank you” to the authors; and to help promote their blogs. Blogs are excellent ways to learn from real people in the real world.

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TTC Shelbyville
Convert any Video, Sound or Music File

Tux in the Midwest
Why the Zune HD is better than the iPod (for some)

All Thats New
Digg Gets Dupe Detection Updates

AKS-Feel The Change
Make Backup and Synchronize Folders with PureSync for FREE

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove “Your PC Is Not Protected” Popup

AskBillFirst
AP News: Microsoft warns of serious computer security hole

Carol’s Vault
Nice Translator Firefox Extension

Crazy World of G
Windows Directory Printer

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Google Apps is out of beta (yes, really)

Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Announcement: DriverMax free is now severely limited

Free PC Security
Advanced System Care from IOBit

Lifehacker
View PDFs in Google Search Results Without HTML Conversion

Piyada’s World
Gmail coming back as invitation only service?

Plato on-line
Jackson Death and Media War

Rarst.net
Vote for my WordPress story!

Snakebytez
Privacy and Registry Cleaner

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Spammers Go Short – Cut Link Lengths

Tech-for Everyone
Tech Paul’s One Piece of Advice

Technize.com
Which Version Of DotNet Framework Is Installed On Your System?

Techsense
How data can be stored in bacteria ?

Teck~Line
“Light Box Hack” For Wp.com

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The Internet’s Largest Tech Blogroll (?)

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

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

LaunchPad( click here )

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

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

New Additions to the “Launch Pad”

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

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#10)

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Another great round of superbly written and presented articles, by the friends of “What’s On My PC…”, from the past week. I encourage my readers to visit these tech blogs to learn more about information technology, software, tips and tricks, how to’s, and information about the latest security threats.

If you are a tech blogger and are interested in a link exchange with “What’s On My PC…”, please leave a comment below and I will contact you.  Thank you!

OnlineFamily.Norton – AKSHAT

Ultimate iPod Touch/iPhone Games Toolbox: 75+ Free Must-Have Games Of All Time – AllThatsNew

Download Windows Virtual PC Beta and Virtual Windows XP Mode Beta – TTC Shelbyville

Microsoft Office 2010 (Word,Excel,Access,Outlook) Screenshots – Techolar

Firewall Causes Connection Problem – Tech-for Everyone

Download AppRemover – Delete Stubborn Security Applications – Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts

How to Remove “Warning! Your’re In Danger” Wallpaper – 411-Spyware.com

Evernote – Every Time to Organize Everything – AskBillFirst

The Home Computer Freeware List: Updated 05/08/09 – Confessions of a Freeware Junkie

Recolored: Colorize Black and White Photos – Snakebytez

MyEventViewer – alternative utility for Windows logs – Rarst.net

Jing – Free screen capture solution for blogger by TechSmith – Piyadas World

Google Calendar Integrates Tasks – Lifehacker

Organize and Manage Windows With Screen Utility “MaxTo” – Is You GEEKed Up

Panda Cloud Antivirus Beta – Free – PC Security

Microsoft changes ‘Windows Genuine Advantage’ – Evilfantasy’s Blog

Cool Websites and Tools [May 13’th] – makeuseof.com

Prism – Bringing Cloud Apps To Your Desktop – What’s On My PC…

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Learning about “Teenager Internet Usage”

One of my fellow blogging friends, Bill Mullins (Tech Thoughts) , who has written extensively about information security and the internet threats that await us on a daily basis, posted an article:

“How Does Your Teenager Use the Internet? – Should You Care?”

I truly believe that many parents have no idea of what their children are being exposed to on the internet. The portrayals of violence and sex are the hot topics; and, when I use the term “portrayal” I am not using that loosely. If you can think of it, someone has posted it on the internet. It is all presented in a “virtual” reality (almost real) sense. The Social Networks that are out there take peer pressure to a whole new level; often are the cultivator’s to unethical behavior and often serve as a predatory playground. Your children, if not guarded closely, can be innocently exposed and desensitized to the point that their conscience (morals and ethics) are affected.

If you are a concerned parent and want to learn more, I strongly encourage that you read Bill’s article [ CLICK HERE ]. Reflected below is a clip from the article that makes a point that hit home with me. I commend Mr. Mullins for taking the time to serve as the messenger for this most important topic.

Clipped from billmullins.wordpress.com

How Does Your Teenager Use The Internet? – Should You Care?


Posted by: Bill Mullins on: March 14, 2009


Consider this – would you drop off your child, or teenager, in a neighborhood where more than half of the buildings were adult stores, and which was potentially full of predators? In my view, if you allow your child, or younger teenager, to interact with the Internet unsupervised, or without having communicated to your child information concerning potential on-line dangers, this is what you may be doing.


ParentalControl Bar, a browser toolbar, is one solution provided free of charge, by WRAAC.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free, and effective Internet control tools.

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Online Porn – Conservative States Biggest Users…

ABC News has published an article that indicates the people who are most outraged by pornography turn out to be consumers of the very things they claimed to be outraged by. A nationwide study, which was based on credit-card receipts from a major online adult entertainment provider, is indicating that the more conservative and religious states are reportedly topping out the numbers.

Irregardless of your stance or the validity of the study; my stance is avoid it at all costs. They call it an “entertainment industry”; it is an “addiction industry” that will destroy. Parents, watch your kids. This stuff is readily available (for FREE) at the click of a mouse.

From the tech side of all this… I do not know what a person pays to become a member of the porn community, but in addition to that cost expect to pay for some type of computer repair in addition to possible identity theft.  Porn sites are notorious breeding grounds (no pun intended) for malware, viruses, pop-up windows, trojans, keyloggers, browser hijacking, tracking cookies; and on and on!  Also, nothing is more embarrassing than when a tech sits down to repair your PC and finds that you have a dark side!

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Porn in the USA: Conservatives Are Biggest Consumers


8 of Top 10 Porn-Consuming States Voted Republican in 2008 Presidential Election


By EWEN CALLAWAY
Feb. 28, 2009

Americans may paint themselves in increasingly bright shades of red and blue, but new research finds one thing that varies little across the nation: the liking for online pornography.


States where a majority of residents agreed with the statement “I have old-fashioned values about family and marriage,” bought 3.6 more subscriptions per thousand people than states where a majority disagreed.


Photo: Americans may paint themselves in increasingly bright shades of red and blue, but new research finds one thing that varies little across the nation: the liking for online pornography.

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Need some cloudware? – Web 2.0 Apps

I did not realize how many Web 2.0 (cloud apps) were out there until a fellow blogger – “Carol’s Vault” – sent me links to (3)-three sites that specialize in nothing but cloud apps. I was in complete awe… This was like hitting the cloud apps jackpot!

First, a big THANK YOU to Carol’s Vault –“the geek girl”. Carol’s Vault is a blog, that is geared toward information technology, including the best in freeware and open source software. I have been following “the geek girl’s” blog for more than a year and actually developed an interest for blogging from that specific blog.

Need some cloudware?

Go2Web20.net – A directory of web 2.0 applications and services…

Go2Web20.net

Feedmyapp – Your daily web2.0 dose…

FeedMyApp

Simple Spark – Discover, share and enjoy web apps for your life online.

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A Software Technology Test – Can you get a passing score?

Did you know that you can increase your internet speed “up to 375%” AND “cure” all sorts of computer errors, which can make your machine seem slow? A company called Ascentive, is purporting this is possible if you buy their optimization software (at Finally Fast.com). They are currently “mass” advertising this claim via TV ads and the internet.

Test question #1: Would you buy this software?

Under the Finallyfast.com “Terms of Agreement – Software Use”, this clause is reflected:

“You understand and agree that the Material is provided hereunder “AS IS” without warranty of any kind and that your use of the Material is at your sole discretion and risk.You shall be solely responsible for any damage to your network, software or computer system and any loss of data that may result from your use of the Site and/or the Material.”

Test question #2: Would you buy this software?

On the website, it states that “Ascentive Software, the company behind Finally Fast.com, has been featured in Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes; however, when you click on the links to those magazine sites, the links are dead.

Test question #3: Would you buy this software?

On the web site you can click on the “Free Scan” and download/install the scanning software.  The scanning software detects numerous problems and errors (including severe errors).

Test question #4: Would you buy this software?

Please review this article: Finally Fast.com – Fast Scam! Free Alternative Software

Test question #5: Would you buy this software?

Please review this article: Fast At Last.com or Finally Fast.com – With this Software You’re Neither!

Test question #6: Would you buy this software?

Please review this article: TV Ads Promise Faster Internet and Problem Free Computing (actual video footage)

Test question #7: Would you buy this software?

Please review this article: FinallyFast Exposed (aka FastAtLast)

Test question #8: Would you buy this software?

I do not think I need to go any further AND I would like to think that you scored 100 percent on this short test, by answering “NO” to all of the questions.  Primary purpose of this article is show readers, that it is important to research anything that is “to good to be true”!

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“What’s On My PC…” – The Top Ten!

I started my blogging adventure in July of 2008. I did not have any experience with blogging and really had no idea of what I was about to get into. I say that in a positive sense. Right off the bat, 2-two professional bloggers make contact with me.  

 Tech for-Everyone   and   Tech Thoughts
Virtual Handshake

I have always avoided socializing on the net with people I do not know; however, my gut instinct told me, “These guys may be a little crazy, but they are really honest, sincere, and smart people”.  How right my gut instinct was! After making that initial “virtual handshake” they have been my mentors ever since.

I have found blogging to be quite addictive, exercising to the mind, rewarding and unusually interesting. To date, I have 175 posts (written articles) under my belt and it has surprised me what articles have been the most popular. What I think is going to be a hit, never is… Who would ever think that an article about making an “America Online CD” would be a popular article? I’m learning, it is all about helping others…  To share with my readers, here is the TOP 10 most read articles, since the beginning of my adventure in blogging.

What’s On My PC
Top 10 Articles

(clicking on a link will open a separate window)

  1. When Vista will not boot…
  2. Is your system infected with the Downadup Worm, Conficker, or Kido?
  3. Beware! Telephone Bill Rip-Off…
  4. USB Flash Drives.. FAQ (frequently asked questions)!
  5. Should I shut “OFF” my PC or leave it “On”?
  6. Creating an AOL Install CD… (if you must:)
  7. The Underbelly of the Internet – Antivirus 2009 (removal help)…
  8. “WOT” to trust; “WOT” not to trust!
  9. Remote into your Notebook PC “Wirelessly” with UltraVNC…
  10. Uninstalling and Installing AntiVirus Software…

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New edition to the “Launch Pad” – AllThatsNew…

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

Description from web site:

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

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

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Skipping Intimacy for the Internet…

“46 per cent of women queried about the importance of the Internet versus “hanky-panky” replied that they would be more willing to engage in abstinence than lose their web access”.

I found the clip below at infopackets.com where a survey was conducted on how far Americans will go for web access….  I know from my personal experiences, from the angle of helping others when their PC’s go down; it becomes borderline crisis due to the fact that they can not get their daily dose of “net”.  

Visit infopackets.com to read more about this enlightening article… And, yes honey, our internet access is still down!

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clipped from www.infopackets.com
     

Given that you’re reading this right now, it’s a fair bet that the web, or Internet access, is important to you. But, how important is it? In a recent survey, Harris Interactive found that women would rather give up “relations” for two weeks than access to the information superhighway.
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OpenDNS … Something to try…

Did you know that by using a “FREE” DNS (“Domain Name System”) service called OpenDNS you can make your internet browsing experience faster, reliable and safer? I currently use OpenDNS as a layer of protection from web site phlishing; plus, by setting up an account with OpenDNS, I can use the built in Parental Controls to filter out and block what content reaches my computer. I know you are probably reading this and ready to discount this information due you feel it may be too technical for you to grasp. It is not. There is no software to install and only involves making some very easy configuration changes to your computer’s network settings or to your router. I opted to make the DNS changes on the router level so that any PC connected to the internet, through my router, will benefit from the change. The OpenDNS web site walks you through the entire process, which is easy to follow and only takes a few minutes.  There is also a demo available explaining how to make the configuration changes – [click here] Bottomline is that if you see no benefit or gain to using the OpenDNS service, you simply remove the DNS settings.

To help you understand what DNS is and how it works:

When you use your browser and you type in a web address (i.e. www.wordpress.com) that address is translated, by a DNS server, into a numeric address (called an IP address) so that web servers and routers can understand and process the request. In other words, once you type in the web address, your computer contacts the DNS servers, which is specified by your internet service provider, and the DNS servers complete the translation. Many times there is a time delay in contacting the DNS server and with resolving the address. End result is that your web surfing is slowed down.

OpenDNS

Benefits of OpenDNS – OpenDNS has DNS servers around the world (big DNS cache), which enable you to retrieve IP addresses faster than from your ISP’s DNS servers. End result is that your web surfing speeds up.

Parental Controls – This is one feature that really caught my attention. Here is a neat way to protect the kids. OpenDNS Parental Controls divide the Internet’s content into more than 50 categories. Simply choose your desired filtering level, from “High” to “Minimal,” and check a box. 

Phlishing Protection – featuring anti-phlishing service.

Customization – setup an account and you are on your way of using the OpenDNS Dashboard to customize your internet experience.

 

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Just the facts…

One thing I have learned when it comes to computers, technology and the internet is to “believe nothing and verify everything”. The same goes with politics. With the election right around the corner we are now being bombarded with a barrage of information and political propaganda. I sometimes feel it is an insult to our intelligence. The problem is, the complexity of it all makes it nearly impossible to verify whether the information being presented is truth, half-truth, or untruth. Here is where technology and the internet can help. During an internet search recently to verify a political statement made by one of VP candidates, during the debate, I came across a web site called “FactCheck.org”. Based on the information that I reviewed, many of the statements made by both candidates were mangled, to say the least. FactCheck.org’s Mission states that they are a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Their goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

Google Chrome Development…

I’ve been using Google Chrome since the “beta” was introduced earlier in the month.  So far, I like it…  Keep in mind it is in the “early” development stages and I think it will be a top contender in the browser competition.  I have posted on the sidebar, of the blog, some Google Chrome links that you can use to download and/or to follow the development of this browser.  I’ve been following the reviews on the browser and right now it is a mixed bag of positive and negative comments; which, is typical of “beta” software.  For a “beta” package, it has come out of the chute running.

Looking for a good web email service?

Inbox.com

I just found one… InBox.com

Inbox.com offers its users FREE 5GB* webmail account with online data storage, fast web & mail search, spam & virus protection, user friendly design & functions and is completely advertisement free. This is only a sample of what the service has to offer. If need be, you can upgrade from the FREE 5GB account to a 30 GB account for $29.88 a year ($2.50 per month).

Inbox’s primary components are:

Email
Photo Sharing
File Storage
Organizer (PIM)
Notes

Additional components available:

Own Customizable Homepage
Access to News, Games, Screensavers, ECards
Email Notifier
Browser Toolbar
Skinnable Interface

After setting up my account and really exploring the site, I opted to go with the basics with this service, avoiding the toolbar and email notifier… The email component, on a broadband connection, is fast, very attractive (skinnable) and interfaces very well with the other components the service provides. When you log into your account to check the mail, a tip of the day window will appear, and then the email component of the service will slide up from the bottom of your screen (pretty cool looking). I recommend after you setup an account that you go into the “Settings” tab to setup your spam protection, photo sharing, etc. I currently have my InBox account setup to harvest emails from my ISP’s Pop3 email account.

I checked around the internet to try and find some reviews on the service and found at “Top Ten Reviews” , a consumer research service, a side-by-side comparison of web email services was conducted and Inbox.com was rated #2… [SEE REVIEWS HERE]

My personal findings thus far is that InBox.com is now on my PC… : )

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