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

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

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

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

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

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

[WALLPAPER] Blue Burst… @Microsoft

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Wallpaper of the Week (#121) – Rainbow Wheel

This week’s wallpaper is called Rainbow Wheel and is one of the most colorful wallpaper’s I have ever downloaded.

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

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Discover Breaking News As Soon As It Breaks

Another sad day in the United States. Two bombs exploded in the crowded streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people and injuring more than 130 in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs that raised alarms that terrorists might have struck again in the U.S. – Source (AP)

I started thinking is there a service out there that can provide us with breaking news as it happens and push it out there to our computers, smartphones and tablets? Sadly, in today’s world, getting the news as fast as you can is important toward maintaining one’s safety.

The service I came across that pushes the biggest breaking stories as they happen, 24 hours a day, is called just that, Breaking News.

Breaking News App

Breaking News is part of the of the NBC News Digital Network; however, the service is a fully independent, agnostic news organization that brings you the biggest stories as they happen, 24 hours a day, from more than a 160 news and eyewitness sources across the globe. Breaking News also is available as an app that will work off of the Android, Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Samsung Smart TV platforms.

Going back to this tragic event, my heart goes out to anyone that was a victim of this senseless act and I pray that the people of this country, who feel there is division, show the world that we are truly one nation under God that can come together in time of need.

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Wireless Speaker Adapter for Bluetooth Audio Devices

It is amazing the sound quality that can be had from our smartphones and tablet computers; especially, when you can drive that sound to a your speakers or home theater system. One way to accomplish this, without the mess of wires and actually connecting the device to the speakers, is to use a wireless speaker adapter for bluetooth enabled audio devices (such as your iphone, android phone, ipad and android tablet).

I went on the hunt for such an adapter and came up with the Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter for Bluetooth Audio Devices that is not only made by a reputable manufacturer, but is cost effective and carries a good review rating.

Wireless audio streaming

  • Instantly stream music, movie soundtracks, Pandora and game audio from your tablet or smartphone to your home speakers
  • Great for iPhone, iPad, Android phones or any Bluetooth-enabled audio device
  • Far better sound quality than you get from your mobile device’s tiny built-in speakers

Get the specs from the manufacturer – [ HERE ]

 Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter for Bluetooth Audio Devices

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Wallpaper of the Week (#112) – Earth Artistic

This week I decided to take us from the gloomy final days of winter and set us up with some greenery with Earth Artistic.

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Is The Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet Computer Going To Hold Up To The Competition?

The best description I can give for Microsoft Surface Pro is that it is a laptop in tablet form. It will run the same programs that you have been running with Windows 7; BUT, will this be enough to standup to the competition (the Android Tablets and iPad)?

Microsoft Surface Pro

I am a Windows user, always have been, but there is two things that is holding me back from the Surface Pro, and has me questioning Microsoft’s strategy:

  1. The price of $899+ is too salty for my pocketbook. For 899+ I can get a pretty decent Ultrabook with a touch screen. Granted the Surface Pro is comparable to the full Windows desktop and notebook computer experience that I have always been used to; however, after personally using and experiencing the simplicity of the Android Tablet (at a much lesser price), and the iPad, I cannot see existing home based computer users or the new generation of users (our kids and grandkids) going for Microsoft’s flavor of the tablet (Pro or RT Models).

    For example, I have two elderly friends of mine, one owning an Android Tablet and the other owning an iPad. Both have expressed how easy it was for them to use these devices in comparison to their Windows based computers. As a matter of fact, they are spending less time at the keyboard.

  2. The Surface Pro (best model) ships with a 128 GB of space and from what I am reading this space can drop dramatically to around 89 GBs with Windows 8, Microsoft Office and the built in Windows apps installed (click here). Also, I have noticed that many of the Windows Store apps can be quite large in file or install size compared to the typical apps installed on the Android OS and iOS (iPad) platforms.

I don’t want to sound too negative about Microsoft Surface, because I am a true Windows based user who has lived in the operating system for years; BUT, that has been my passion, my hobby, my life blood… Most people I know could care less about computers or Microsoft Windows. All they want is an easy computer (internet) experience and they want it at a reasonable cost; whether it is Android, iOS (iPad) or Microsoft. In other words, I am starting to realize that the writing may be on the wall and that myself, desktop computing and Microsoft is becoming old school pretty fast.

I would love to hear insight on this from the experts in the field and from the everyday computer user at home.  (see a related article here, called Rethinking Tablets, at TTC Shelbyville – a Tennessee Tech School).

Get the manufacturer specs on Microsoft Surface Pro – [ HERE ]

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Use PDFProtect to Password Protect Your PDF Files

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

PDFProtect

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

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Get Your Windows Gadgets Back In Windows 8

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

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

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

Screenshot - Windows Sidebar 8

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

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

Thoosje Windows Sidebar 8 Features

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

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Wallpaper of the Week (#101)

One more wallpaper before Christmas that features an elegant lace Christmas tree and very colorful ornaments…  Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Tree Wallpaper

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

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How To Check If Your PC Is Ready For The Windows 8 Upgrade?

The release date for Windows 8 is tomorrow (October 26th) and if you are planning to upgrade you will be given the opportunity to download Windows 8 Pro (Professional) for $39.99…  [CLICK HERE] to learn more about the upgrade process and cost. It is the lowest cost I have ever witnessed for any Windows OS upgrade; however, make sure you do your homework first and don’t jump into this. Make sure you have all of your personal files backed up.

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Personally, for the first time ever (and I do not know why) I have not even touched any of the Windows 8 beta or preview releases. Maybe I am looking for the challenge if I do opt to upgrade OR it is my gut telling me to play this out for awhile.

I will tell you this… For the everyday desktop or notebook computer user, Windows 8 is going to present you with some cosmetic and navigational changes over what you have been used to. For example, the first thing that is going to capture your attention is that there is no start menu button. Instead there is a start screen. You also have to know that this version of Windows is being driven by the new world of tablet PC’s and as a result you will see many flavors of Windows 8 based tablet computers. Microsoft has even produced their own tablet computer called Surface that will be in direct competition with Google’s Nexus 7, Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD.

Windows 8, I am sure, is an awesome and stable operating system; however, if you are running a desktop or notebook computer, with the intent to upgrade, you may want to download and run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.

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The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant will scan your computer to see if it is compatible with Windows 8. You can download the upgrade assistant [HERE].  Per the Microsoft web site, the assistant will do four main things:

It scans your hardware, apps, and connected devices to see if they’ll work with Windows 8. Make sure all the peripheral devices that you need to work with your PC, like printers and monitors, are connected to your PC and turned on before you run Upgrade Assistant.

Upgrade Assistant checks your PC hardware to see if it meets the Windows 8 system requirements to install on your PC, including features of the processor such as CPU speed, PAE, NX, and SSE2, as well as RAM size and hard disk capacity. It also checks for compatibility of your currently installed apps and devices.

It provides a compatibility report. Windows 8 generally works with the same apps and devices that work with Windows 7, but in some cases, a product might need an update, or you might need to uninstall and reinstall it after you upgrade. The compatibility report lists your apps and devices that will work in Windows 8, those that might not work, and what you can do to get them working again after you upgrade. If some of your apps and devices aren’t listed, it might be because we don’t have compatibility info for that product yet. For more info on specific products, check the Windows Compatibility Center, or contact the product manufacturer.

You can save or print the compatibility report to use later. Unless you choose the option to “keep nothing” during the upgrade, you’ll be able to find the report on your desktop after the upgrade. For more info, see Get your apps and devices working in Windows 8.

It checks your PC for support of certain Windows 8 features. Specifically: the Windows Store, snap, secure boot, and multitouch. If your PC doesn’t support one or more of these features you’ll see a warning. You’ll still be able to installWindows 8, but specific features won’t be available to you.

It provides the option to buy, download, and install Windows 8. If your PC is ready to go, Upgrade Assistant provides a recommendation on which edition to buy, and walks you through the steps to upgrade.

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A Web Browser Optimized For The 10 Inch Tablet PC

Making a decision on what web browser to use on your tablet PC can be a tough decision. I personally have tried, and tested, the browser that ships with the Android OS, and others such as Opera, Dolphin and Firefox. What I have found, is that due to the various compatibility issues browsers face with tablets, tablet sizes and the Android OS, each have there own little quirks. Time will tell which browser will surface at the leader when the tablet browsing war slows down.

Another browser that crossed my plate that I am now testing is called Maxthon Tablet.

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Maxthon Tablet is specifically optimized for the 10 inch tablet.  Note:  Actually the specs on the Google Play site indicate that Maxthon Tablet is optimized run on an Android based tablet 7.7 inches or greater tablet (7.7, 8.9, 10.1).

What I am finding is that Maxthon has done really a super job on this browser.  I find browsing with Maxthon Tablet, on my Toshiba Thrive tablet, gives me the same experience I have with the browser on my desktop computer. As a matter of fact, this browser has impressed me so much that it has become the only browser on my tablet.  At this point, Maxton runs rings around the other browsers.

Fastest and smartest tablet browser. Make no mistake, with over 500 million downloads of its PC web browser Maxthon knows how to make your web sizzle. Maxthon Mobile is packed with cool features like:

Sync to the Cloud – Your bookmarks/favorites travel with you from desktop to mobile.
Theme/Skin – Ever-growing collection of skins that can customize your browser the way you like it.
WWW/WAP switch – Switch between www and WAP versions of the web at your fingertip
RSS reader widget – Find, manage and read your favorite content quickly and easily
Speed Dial – Quick access of the best sites on the web.
Download Manager – Makes it easy to sort, schedule and grab the downloads you need: wherever, whenever.
Super Gesture – Use touch screen commands to surf with your fingertips.
Tab browsing – Powerful tab management that puts your
mobile screen to maximum use.
Amazing speed – Get websites super
fast.
Powerful personalization – Avatars and more.

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iPAD – A Possible Solution For When You Cannot View The Contents Of Your Email

Yesterday, was a first with me that taught me that I need to be now thinking outside the box; the Windows OS box that is…  A friend of mine, in his 80’s, asked if I could help him with an email problem he was experiencing on his computer. What I was expecting was a computer sitting on or under his desk or a notebook computer, but what I found was that this well seasoned friend of mine was using an iPad.  I was like, hmm, hmm, and hmm… ; where do you turn this thing on at (just kidding). I actually had an iPad in my hands a few times, so I did at least know where the home button was located.

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The problem he was facing was that the email client suddenly had stopped displaying the contents of any of his emails. The left side of the email client showed the email titles; however, when you finger tapped an actual email, it was no longer showing the content of the email on the right side of the window. After navigating around in the settings and confirming the settings were properly set, etc…, I came to the conclusion that this was a bug in the email app that was causing it to hang and wasn’t releasing itself from memory.

If you remember, several days back I posted the article All It Took Was Unplugging The Computer and Plugging It Back In as a potential fix to many computer problems. With this thinking in mind, I told my friend, “Let’s try this… We will completely shutdown the iPad, count to 10, then restart it”. What I soon learned is that he had never completely shutdown the iPad since he owned it.

Note: Folks, these tablets (iPads, Androids, etc…) are like giant smartphones and if you ever owned a smartphone (or cell phone) you soon learn that you need to completely power down the unit on occasions and reboot it.  What this does is refresh the operating system and releases any memory resident programs or issues that have been cached.

Sure enough, after restarting the iPad and it came back to life, I went back to the email client and voila’ problem solved.  My friend was back in business and could now read his email.

After praising my friend, who is in his 80’s, for knowing more about an iPad than I did, I went home and did some further research on this specific problem and found it is quite a common problem. As a result, to help other iPad owners, here are some of the solutions you can try if you are unable to view the contents of your email:

Solution #1:  Completely power down the iPad.  Hold in on the hold  button (which I called the power button) that is at the top right corner of the iPad. A red slider will appear.  Slide the slider to the right to power the iPad “off”.  Count to 10, then restart the iPad.

Solution #2: You can perform what is similar to ctrl+alt+del on your computer by holding both the sleep and home buttons together (for approximately 10 seconds) until you see the Apple Logo.  Ignore the red slider.  The iPad will reboot.

Solution #3:  Simply double click the home button, press and hold the mail icon and tap when the red dash appears to refresh or (kill) the app.

Again, I am not an iPad expert and these solutions may vary from generation to generation of iPad. Also, for anyone that is into computers and information technology, be aware that you now have the tablets on your plate to deal with.

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A Minimalistic Program That Provides Basic Automation (recording and playback)

When on the hunt for FREE software, I am always up for software that is unique; something that is outside the norm. Today, I want to introduce you to a small software utility that is only 33KBs in size that I think you may find quite useful.  It is called TinyTask

TinyTask

What TinyTask does is simply this; it can record actions that you perform on the computer and then compiles those actions into a self executable file that will allow you to later playback (and automate) those actions. In other words you can turn the task that you record into your very own standalone program that will automate a task that you routinely (or repetitiously) perform. TinyTask can also be used as a training presentation tool to show students how to perform a specific action on the computer.

Developer’s Description:

Our most popular freeware, TinyTask provides quick & easy automation by recording/playback. It is a case study in minimalist programming: the entire program is only 33k — and over 14k are graphics, which means the executable portion is very small and efficient. It is used as the test harness for the “Recording” feature of vTask Studio.

New: now includes an EXE compiler! Turn your recordings into standalone programs. If you were stranded on a deserted island, this is the one program you would want.

TinyTask is completely portable, requires no installation, and will not touch or alter any registry settings. As I mentioned, I am always up for something outside the norm and TinyTask meets that criteria.  Great job to the developers on this little jewel that really shines.

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Use Your iPhone, iPad or iPod as an External Disk with iPhone Explorer

I have had folks in the past ask me about methods to use to backup (or transfer) their files on their Apple products (such as the iPhone, iPad or iPod). I am no expert on any of those  products, by any means, but I do know that backing up or transferring (say music files) is pretty much a proprietary process (using apps such as iTunes, etc…).  Judging from the questions I am posed by owners of these products, those proprietary processes can be quite intimidating and apparently are confusing to the everyday user.

A FREE software application that I happened across, called iPhone Explorer, may be a helpful solution to the Apple folks out there, that will allow you to connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod to your Windows based computer via an USB connection. The benefit to this is that with this software installed, these devices in essence become an external disk where you will be able to browse the file structure of the device. There are other features to this software such as creating ringtones; however, the importance I am seeing here is the ability to access these Apple products via a non-proprietary method.

iPhone Explorer

I would be interested in hearing from anyone out there that has used this software to provide input on the usefulness of iPhone Explorer. I really like the concept here with this software.

With the iPhone Explorer can you look into the file system of your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and down- and upload files by USB connection, regardless of whether file format. Within this function can use your iPhone/iPad/iPod as “external disk”. The program supports also a direct access to the photos, emails, SMS, videos directories of the iPhone. Herewith can you photos, emails, SMS, videos and all other files easily and simple copy to the computer. The same function is also available for videos, music (from iPod-App) and ringtones. One of the highlights of the iPhone Explorer is the creating of custom ringtones for the iPhone. With the comfortable ringtone editor can you use MP3, WAV, AIFF and M4A audio file formats. The ringtone editor can milliseconds accurately cut. However the song length is not limited to 32 seconds as iTunes.

According to the website, the following Apple products are currently supported:

Apple iOS 3.1.x, 4.x and 5 firmware devices
iPad 2
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Toshiba Thrive – My First Tablet Computer

Apple’s iPad started the tablet PC rage, and the competition is becoming more fierce where many different types of tablet PC’s are hitting the market. Even Microsoft has put Windows 8, their next OS, into the fast track with the intention of making an operating system that will fly on the tablet platform, as well on your desktop PC (or notebook). Then there is Google and the Android OS; AND, Hewlett Packard’s tablet with their own operating system (called WebOS).

As a person who loves technology (especially computers and software), I am finding that I need to be changing my way of thinking. I came up in an environment where Microsoft Windows, desktop computers and notebook computers was the standard platform. I could not imagine anything any different. Let me tell you, we are in the midst of change and I decided to take the plunge on a tablet PC to try and get a good feel as to what direction we are heading. At the moment I see Tablet PC’s and cloud computing as being one.

I spent a great deal of time exploring the various tablet computer platforms and options out there and finally broke down and went with the chubby 10-inch Toshiba Thrive (16 GB Model) with the Android Honeycomb 3.1 OS.

Toshiba Thrive

So far I am finding it to be an awesome addition to my collection of technology toys. Toshiba has done a great job pulling the Android OS (Honeycomb 3.1) together with this computer and has even included a very nicely designed file manager. Being somewhat computer savvy; however, having no knowledge whatsoever of the Android OS, I was up and running in no time with Android. It is very easy to learn (and navigate) – and as they say, “even a caveman could do it”. I can see why Microsoft is fast tracking Windows 8.

If you noticed in my description, I described the Thrive as being chubby. Well chubby in this case is a good thing. The chubbiness is attributed to the fact that Toshiba has packed into this tablet a full sized USB port (to connect a flash drive or external drive), a full sized HDMI port (to connect to a TV), a SD Card Slot (for expansion) and get this — no tablet out there right now, that I know of, has a removable battery like the Thrive. In comparison to other tablet PCs the Thrive is in fact chubby (.62”); however, you will not even notice this once you get it in your hands.  The added ports was a no-brainer to me and this is what sold me on this tablet PC.

The only negatives I can find (at this point) is that the volume controls and power button to the Thrive are difficult to see. It is like the buttons are camouflaged into the rubberized casing.  I figure that will be a matter of me getting used to where they are located. Of course, I am in my fifties and they claim that the first thing to go is your sight. Also, the Thrive features three small LED lights to indicate the status of the power, battery and wireless connection.  This can be distracting if you let it.

Overall, I am still playing with the Thrive and may never leave my recliner ever again. Instead of reflecting a lengthy features list about the Thrive and where to purchase, you can visit the site for the Toshiba Thrive [HERE] and if you are sold on one, you can purchase the 16GB mode Thrive [HERE].  Keep in mind there is an 8 GB model, a 16 GB model and a 32 GB model.  I recommend at least the 16 GB model.

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Solitaire Brought to Life in 3D

Here is something that you all will like.  It is solitaire in 3D that is available for Windows, Apple Macintosh, iPod, iPhone and iPad.  It is called Klondike Forever…  The Windows version is a portable app where no install is required.  Klondike Forever is by far my most favorite computer version of solitaire.

Klondike Forever

 Features include:
– Game rules settings
– Unlimited undo/redo
– Full screen mode
– Highlight playable cards
– Highlight cards of any rank
– Single or double click auto-move
– Sticky click option
– Auto-play to foundations
– Auto-flip face down cards
– Peek at hidden cards

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It All Began With An iPhone

To interject some humor in today’s post and give you an opportunity to learn about some of Apple’s product line; a friend recently sent me this dissertation about some of Apple’s products, that he had purchased, and how these products (in the end) got him into trouble.

In all seriousness, if you want to learn about the iPhone, iPad, iPodTouch, and the last product (which is a surprise), I encourage you click on the links below.

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March was when my son celebrated his 15th birthday, and I got him an

iPhone

He just loved it. Who wouldn’t?

iPhone

I celebrated my birthday in July, and my wife made me very happy when she bought me an

iPad

iPad

My daughter’s birthday was in August so I got her an

iPodTouch

iPod Touch

September came by so for her birthday i got my wife an

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iRon

It was around then that the fight started . .. .

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#56)

If you are finding that you need to be more knowledgeable and productive at your computer, then you need to click on the Geek Squeaks’ category a the sidebar of the blog.  Geek Squeaks’ are a collection of links to articles that have been posted by members of the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  Each week articles are randomly selected, that have been composed within the week period, to promote the good works of these blogs. I encourage you to become a regular follower of all of these sites.

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Tech-for Everyone
What To Do When Your Mouse Plays Dead

Free PC Security
VIPRE Rescue

Rarst.net
Emsisoft (a-squared) Anti-Malware portable

Lifehacker
Dexpot Adds Aero Peek Virtual Desktops
to the Windows 7 Taskbar

Crazy World of G
Insanity

thePC Security
Create Secret, Hidden Virtual Partitions
on Hard Disk With SecretDrive

Right On Technology
Next-Gen iPhone Leaked, Closely Examined

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
How Safe Are Trusted Web Sites? Not Very!

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Microsoft launches new Fix it Center Online (Beta)

TTC Shelbyville
Best Windows 7 Tweaker

404 Tech Support
Streaming Netflix with your Wii

Netbook Freeware
How To Use Sumatra PDF Like a Pro in Your Netbook?

Worthy Tips
Get 17000+ Recipes and Grocery List Right On Your iPad

I Love Free Software
Prey: Free Software to Track and Recover Stolen Laptop

Canadian Tech Blogger
Microsoft Office 2010 Hits RTM Will Be Available By May

Internet Security Blog
iPad Antivirus: VirusBarrier x6 – Anti Virus for Apple Mac Products

Mrintech
Can You Track a Mobile Number & It’s Location?

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
WordPress.com launches the Theme Team!

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Incredibly Sluggish PC? How to Easily Detect and Combat High Processor Usage

Plato Press
BinarySwitch Eclipse

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Remote into your Notebook PC “Wirelessly” with UltraVNC…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#54)

Welcome to this weeks’ edition of Geek Squeaks’…  Each week, What’s On My PC features articles (posted within the past week) from the blogs that are associated with What’s On My PC blogroll community.  If you really want to learn more about information technology and computers, then you are at the right place.  I encourage you to visit (and bookmark) each of these sites.

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for Windows Netbook

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Blog about computer repair, computer recovery, computer data backup and so on.

404 Tech Support
Hidden Easter Eggs in Software and The Security Implications

Snakebytez
Send Free SMS Worldwide with FreeSMS 1.4

TTC Shelbyville
Optimize Your Windows 7 or Windows Vista Internet Connection

I Love Free Software
Speccy – Free Software to Get Hardware Info of your System

Worthy Tips
Transform your email into physical mail using MailWriter service

TuneUp Blog About Windows
Windows XP Gets a Facelift! (Part 1) – New Boot Screens

Canadian Tech Blogger
JooJoo And HP Slate Desperately Trying To Out Win Apple iPad

Internet Security Blog
Software to Hide Computer Files & Folders – Freeware

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites April 6

Tech-for Everyone
How To Uninstall Live Messenger

Rarst.net
Prepare to wrestle computer issues unprepared

Lifehacker
CloudApp Instantly Shares Any File, Is My New Favorite Timesaver

AKS-Feel The Change
Facebook Antivirus is FAKE!

Carol’s Vault
Inbox2 – One stream for all your accounts

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Your Protection

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Download Free Microsoft Security Essentials – Kill Malware DEAD!

Right On Technology
iPad Launch Day is here!

Big Geek Daddy
How to Protect Kids Using the Internet

Blogging Fool
WordPress Version 3 To Incorporate Powerful Multi-User Functionality As Beta 1 Is Released

Plato Press
Is the iPad the End Of The Internet?

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A Digital and Analog Clock Combo…

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