Is VeraCrypt The Reincarnation of TrueCrypt??? — and MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-05)

Is VeraCrypt The Reincarnation of TrueCrypt??? – Nearly everyone in the world of tech has heard of TrueCrypt. TrueCrypt was an open source-available freeware utility used for on-the-fly encryption (OTFE). If you notice I said “was”. TrueCrypt’s life was an approximate 10 year lifespan from 2004 to 2014. In 2014 TrueCrypt abruptly shutdown development and many rumors have persisted since that time, as to “why”. As a result, many people became skeptical about the security of TrueCrypt. Well fret no more…  I noticed at Gizmo’s Freeware site (one of my favorite sites) that TrueCrypt has been reincarnated into VeraCrypt. Gizmo’s has an article posted, TrueCrypt Is Dead. Long Live VeraCrypt! that I encourage you to read.

VeraCrypt

VeraCrypt picks up from where TrueCrypt left and it adds enhanced security to the algorithms used for system and partitions encryption making it immune to new developments in brute-force attacks.

VeraCrypt also solves many vulnerabilities and security issues found in TrueCrypt. It can load TrueCrypt volume and it offers the possibility to convert TrueCrypt containers and non-system partitions to VeraCrypt format.

To learn how to use Veracrypt — CLICK HERE — for a beginner’s tutorial.

MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF

SpyDetectFree – Free Spyware Detector – Here is a FREE, easy to run, spyware detector called SpyDetectFree. It is a “one click” tool mainly intended for detecting processes that may indicate that your keystrokes are being recorded and/or there is the presence of spyware on your computer. SpyDetectFree does not require installation. Simply download and run.

SpyDetectFree

SpyDetectFree

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A Tutorial On Three Ways To View The WiFi Password On Your Windows 10 PC – You need to put ILoveFreeSoftware’s tutorial on “How To View WiFi Password on Windows 10 PC” in your tech toolbox files. Visit the site to learn how to: (1) View Windows 10 Wifi Password via Network and Sharing Center; (2) See Wifi Password on Windows 10 via Command Prompt; and, (3) Use Free WirelessKeyView Software for Windows 10 To View Wifi Password…

How To View WiFi Password on Windows 10 PC

enable show characters option to reveal the password

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Some Simple “FREE” Programs To Try – I don’t know what it is, but I have always had a fancy toward the small software programs that are developed for specific purposes. Many of these turn out to be actually very good. Reflected below are four that I ventured across this week that were new to me and is a worth a try:

WinBurner – Free Simple Complete Burning Suite

Tray Radio

OneWaySynchronize

OneWaySynchronize screenshot

SSuite Envelope Printer

Screenshot of SSuite - Envelope Printer

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Anker® Full-Size Ergonomic Wireless Mouse with 6 Buttons – If you are looking for a mouse, you will not beat the price (or customers reviews) on the Anker® Full-Size Ergonomic Wireless Mouse with 6 Buttons.

Anker® Full-Size Ergonomic Wireless Mouse

Anker Full-Size Ergonomic Wireless Mouse

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-18) – Featuring Amazons NEW Underground App For Android — and MORE FREE STUFF

Amazon’s NEW Underground App For Android – From what I am gathering, Amazon is replacing their Amazon free app of the day with a new app that has the same functionality as their regular shopping app. It is being called Amazon Underground and it includes “over $10,000 of apps and games that are actually free”. Appears Amazon has an agreement with the app developers where they are reimbursed based on the amount of time the apps are actually used. You can learn more on this HERE …

Amazon Underground

 Windows 10 Now Installed On Over 75 Million Devices – Sounds like a good start for Microsoft and Windows 10 — READ MORE

Windows 10 - Over 75 Million

 A Tech Tool To Keep Your System Under Control – Get detailed information about Tasks, Processes, Modules, Startups, IE Addons, Uninstallers, Windows, Services, Drivers, Connections and Opened Files with System Explorer

 System Explorer

Best Seller Inexpensive Mouse At Amazon – The AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse with Nano Receiver is a smooth, precise and affordable wireless optical 3-button mouse with nano receiver for laptop, desktop and netbook PCs. Check out the other AmazonBasics deals and save…

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TECH DEAL – A Mouse With A 3 Year Battery Life

Just purchased the Logitech Wireless Marathon Mouse M705 With 3-year Battery Life and I must say I am impressed with the “smooth as butter” hyper scrolling that you can toggle (at the push of a button) to a more precise scrolling. As a matter of fact when I purchased this mouse I could not (initially) figure out what the button on top of the mouse was for.

If the battery life is what is claimed, and based on my computer usage, I may wear this thing out before the batteries expire; but, then I noticed the feet on this mouse can be changed??? The Marathon Mouse M705 uses less than half the battery power of comparable wireless mice.

So far, as all Logitech products I have owned, I am loving this mouse… The Logitech Wireless Marathon Mouse M705, at Amazon, is (at the time of this post) is approximately 30% off the regular price.

Logitech Wireless Marathon Mouse M705 With 3-year Battery Life

Logitech M705 Marathon Mouse

Extended battery life
Save time, money and the planet by practically eliminating battery changes.

Hand-friendly design
Contoured shape and finger rests poise your hand for comfortable control.

Tiny Logitech Unifying receiver
One plug-and-forget USB receiver stays in your notebook and let you connect up to six Unifying- compatible devices like keyboards and mice. To learn more about Logitech Unifying receiver click here

Hyper-fast scroll wheel
Fly through long documents and web pages with a single spin.

Precision cursor control
Smooth, accurate laser tracking, even on challenging surfaces like a polished desk

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Featured Tech Toy – Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball

If you have never used a trackball before you do not know what you are missing. Probably the best way to describe a trackball is that it is a stationary mouse (no mouse to move around) with a ball that you use your thumb to navigate (or roll the ball) to perform your onscreen point and click operations.

Compared with a mouse, a trackball has no limits on effective travel; at times, a mouse can reach an edge of its working area while the operator still wishes to move the screen pointer farther. With a trackball, the operator just continues rolling, whereas a mouse would have to be lifted and re-positioned. Some trackballs, such as Logitech’s optical-pickoff types, have notably low friction, as well as being dense (glass), so they can be spun to make them coast. The trackball’s buttons may be situated to that of a mouse or to a unique style that suits the user… source: Wikipedia

Looking at the trackball options out there, the best-of-the-best, in my opinion and based on customer reviews in the Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball. If we look at this at What’s On My PC @ Amazon (at the time of this writing), there were over 4105 reviews submitted giving the Logitech M570 a near 5 star rating. I personally am looking at this trackball to prevent injury to my wrist and to use it as a media center device. Another plus to the trackball, is if you have limited desk space, the trackball is the way to go because you do not move it, and it only takes up the space where you position it (plus, no mouse pad is required).

Logitech M570 Wireless Trackball

Logitech Wireless Trackball M570

Features

  • Trackball comfort: Sculpted shape supports your hand and stays in one place?move the cursor without moving your arm
  • Logitech Unifying receiver: Connect up to six compatible wireless devices with one tiny receiver that stays in your laptop
  • Long battery life: Go for up to 18 months without changing the included AA battery* (* Battery life may vary based on user and computing conditions. )
  • Smooth cursor control anywhere: Precision laser tracking on your desk, couch, bed or almost any other surface
  • For Windows or Mac OS: Control your laptop, desktop computer or home theater PC wirelessly from up to 30 ft. away** (** Actual wireless range will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions. )
  • Compact footprint: perfect for tight workspaces and busy desks.
  • Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless
  • Logitech Unifying technology: Easily connect up to six compatible wireless devices?keyboards, number pads or mice?without the hassle of multiple receivers filling up your USB ports.
  • Trackball comfort, Time-tested shape
  • Wireless freedom: Control laptop, desktop computer or home theater PC from up to 30 feet (10 meters) away.

A Mouse Designed Specifically For Web Scrolling

I just purchased the Logitech M325 Mouse, to use with my nettop computer, and must say I am quite impressed with how smooth this mouse scrolls web pages. Typically with a mouse you get that click-click-click feel when scrolling webpages. With the Logitech M325 the mouse wheel operates as smooth as silk when scrolling pages.

Logitech M325

The Logitech M325 is mainly designed for use with notebook computers; however, it is a reasonably priced mouse that I would not be afraid to use as the mouse for my desktop. One feature I like with this mouse is that you can tilt the mouse wheel left or right to go backwards or forward when navigating web pages. Also, has very good ratings

GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring The Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac – This datavac is actually a blower that is made to clean your computer and electronics more effectively than canned air (and safer than canned air).  Features a 500 watt motor at .75 HP, 4.5 amps, 70 CFM air flow. I recommend wearing safety eyewear when using this. Very powerful.  Excellent ratings… @Amazon

Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac

Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac

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[NEW MOUSE] Logitech introduces the G502 Proteus Core mouseLogitech introduces the G502 Proteus Core mouse. The mouse is corded and has 11 programmable buttons. The DPI can be adjusted in game from 200-12,000 DPI and you can tune the weight and balance of the mouse using the provided weights. The most exciting feature of the G502 Proteus Core is its ability to adapt to different surfaces. It will sense the surface and adjust the sensitivity accordingly… @404 TECH SUPPORT

[ANDROID – HOW TO] 4 Ways To Get Data Usage On Your Android Phone Under Control – Roaming on your mobile data plan is rarely cheap but almost always necessary. You can control how much data you use on your device by simply opting for a plan with a data cap and price to match your budget but you can take things a little further and manage your data plan better by limiting how data is used. Here are a few things you can do on any Android device to manage your data plan… @Addictive Tips

[WINDOWS 8] Hands-on with the Windows 8.1 Update (pictures)@c|net

[TABLET NEWS] Lenovo to roll out more low-priced Android tablets in MayMore inexpensive Android tablets with prices from $129 to $249 are coming from Lenovo. The new Tab A-series tablets, which will ship next month, have screen sizes ranging from 7-10 inches and are designed for Web surfing and home entertainment, Lenovo said. Other than screen sizes and weight, the tablets have mostly identical features… @COMPUTERWORLD

[WINDOWS 8.1 UPDATE] Windows 8.1 Update 1 is Now Available –The latest patch to Windows is largely geared at improving the experience for mouse and keyboard users, and also to add new amenities for those who spend most of their time in Desktop Mode… @Daily Tech


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 29, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (All Of The Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts) – Into keyboard shortcuts? If so, then you will appreciate the list that Microsoft has compiled for us (for Windows 8). Below you will find how to get to the list and note that there is even a bigger list (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Gmail For Android Getting A Cleaner Look) – I have tried several different Android email clients to pull down my mail and I don’t learn. I keep going back to the Gmail client. I can’t wait to see the new version on my phone (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Backup And Image The Partitions On Your Computer): When you create an image of your disk partitions you are getting an exact copy of the disk at the time you create the image. To do this you need specialized software.  Makes for an excellent backup strategy (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #4 – (A Highly Sophisticated Mouse): Check out the SteelSeries Sensei gaming mouse (SEE BELOW);

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New keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8 and Windows RT

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With Windows 8 and Windows RT, you can use the keyboard shortcuts you’re already using, and you’ll find new ones too. For example, the easiest way to search on the Start screen is to simply start typing. Not on the Start screen? Press the Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key and you can quickly switch between Start and the app you’re in… READ MORE

NOTE: If you’re not familiar with keyboard shortcuts—or you’d like to see a list of shortcuts in one place—see the bigger list of keyboard shortcuts.


Cleaner Conversation View For Gmail On Android

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Gmail for Android is getting a new, cleaner design for its conversation view. The update also includes a number of additional design tweaks such as checkmarks for multiple message selection so you can easily see what messages you are about to move, archive or delete… READ MORE


Backup Your Disk Partitions With Macrium Reflect
(FREE EDITION)

@ Snapfiles

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Macrium Reflect Free Edition enables you to create complete backups of your disk partitions, including operating system, installed programs and all your settings. Using disk images instead of simple file backups allows you to restore your system to the same state in the event of a system crash or hardware failure… GET IT HERE

 


SteelSeries Sensei Gaming Collection

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Based off the critically acclaimed Xai gaming mouse, the SteelSeries Sensei is a top of the line laser gaming mouse dedicated to suiting tournament level players. It features a highly sophisticated firmware that allows for multiple adjustments of the sensor functionality, as well as complex macros to customize the mouse to the user’s specific desires… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 14, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: A huge tip on how to find important emails faster (from one of my favorite sites);

Squeak #2: In Windows XP, Vista and 7, you could invoke the Advanced Boot Options menu by pressing F8 (especially to get to Safe Mode). Did you know this is no longer possible in Windows 8; however, there is a way to bring the F8 control option back to life?

Squeak #3: A neat (portable) utility that will let you know the  Startup Time, Shutdown Time, Duration, Shutdown Reason, Shutdown Type, Shutdown Process, and Shutdown Code of a computer; AND,

Squeak #4: An inexpensive, full-size mouse, with full-size features.

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Find important emails faster

@ Tech-for Everyone

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When viewing your emails in Outlook, or the other email clients (Windows Live Mail, Thunderbird, etc.), simply (use the cursor to) “highlight” (turn blue) the unhelpful text the author put there, and type something helpful in its place… LEARN MORE HERE


How to enable the F8 key to start Safe Mode in Windows 8

@ Bleeping Computer

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Windows 8 introduced a new boot loader that decreased the time that it takes Windows 8 to start. Unfortunately, in order to do this Microsoft needed to remove the ability to access the Advanced Boot Options screen when you press the F8 key when Windows starts. This meant that there was no easy and quick way to access Safe Mode anymore by simply pressing the F8 key… LEARN HOW TO HERE


Determine The Dates/Times
That The Computer Was Turned On

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TurnedOnTimesView is a new tool that analyses the event log of Windows operating system, and detects the time ranges that your computer was turned on… GET IT HERE


A Full-Size Laser Mouse That Does More

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Do more, more easily with your mouse. With soft rubber grips and a contoured shape, this full size mouse provides all-day comfort, while Back/Forward buttons, side-to-side scrolling plus zoom and programmable buttons empower you to click, scroll and zoom with the flick of a finger… GET IT HERE


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Use Chameleon To Get Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Installed and Running To Remove Malicious Software

Experiencing a malware infection (malicious software infection) is likened to being locked in a cage with someone poking a stick at you. You try to grab the stick and it is just out of reach or you are not quick enough to stop the constant barrage of poking.

Most folks who get these infections are often at a loss and actually experience anxiety, fear, and anger… Your computer is working fine one minute, then suddenly you experience slowness and then the fake security software (scareware) starts popping up (that you don’t recognize) telling you that you have hundreds of infections and that you need to click a button to fix the problem.  Also, you most likely will be prompted to enter a credit card number to fix the problem.

Once a malware infection has started it will worsen to the point that it will disable access to the tools and security software that you need to detect, identify and possibly remove the infection. These infections will often impede or shutdown the normal operation of your web browser, preventing you from downloading the software that you need to remove the infection.

I highly recommend keeping, at all times, a FREE version Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on your computer and make it a habit to keep it up-to-date.  The FREE version does not provide real-time protection; however, by performing routine updates and routine scans is better than nothing.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free utilizes Malwarebytes powerful technology to detect and remove all traces of malware including worms, trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware and more.

As I stated, when the malware infection unleashes it will most likely cripple or shutdown the security software on your computer, including Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The developers of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, knowing this to be a problem, have come up with a solution called Chameleon.

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Malwarebytes Chameleon Technologies will try to get Malwarebytes Anti-Malware installed (if not installed) and running when blocked by malicious programs. You may have to go to another computer to download Chameleon or if you get lucky, you may download it onto the infected computer from the website [HERE] .

Unzip the contents to a folder in a convenient location.

Follow the instructions in the included Chameleon CHM Help File or, if the help file will not open, simply try to run the files by double-clicking on them one by one until one of them remains open, then follow the onscreen instructions.  When you open the Chameleon CHM Help File, you will see twelve buttons.

Click on the first button and see if it runs. You’ll know it’s working if a black DOS window appears, slays the malicious programs and processes, and then starts Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.

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If all goes well, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will get your computer back to a workable state.

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

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

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Cat and Mouse

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

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Easy way to shun boredom

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate Release Dates

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

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

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Instantly Search Google Street Views AND Maps On The Fly

Today’s post is a short post, but a good one. A London based web developer and consultant has taken the Google Street View technology to another level.

Instant Google Street View

Simply visit Instant Google Street View, start typing an address, place name or location and be instantly taken there via the Google Street View technology. If no Street view exists, a map will be shown instead.

When performing a search, the search box border will change color to indicate the status of the search:

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There are also toggle controls available that allow you to perform the following functions:

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Very ingenious and very addictive… 

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SEO in 2013 – Five Realistic Predictions

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The Best of 2012

FEATURED TECH PRODUCT

Logitech Wireless Wave Combo Mk550 With Keyboard
and Laser Mouse

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Access Any File You Need From Your PC From Anywhere With The NEW SkyDrive

A hot news item this week in the world of computers and information technology has been the re-design of Microsoft’s SkyDrive from its’ standard file management interface to the more metro look (that is the defacto Windows 8 GUI). If you have a Hotmail (or Outlook.com) account, then you can easily get access to SkyDrive. I highly recommend you take advantage of SkyDrive, because Microsoft is really getting this right.

With SkyDrive, you get 7 GB of free storage with SkyDrive—that’s enough for over 20,000 Office documents or 7,000 photos. For most people, this is plenty of space. But if 7 GB isn’t enough, you can add even more storage for a low yearly fee.

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It was not the metro look that captured my attention or that you can now upload and store any type of file; instead, it is a very powerful feature in SkyDrive that allows you to remotely access your files and folders on your Windows (or Mac) computer from anywhere you have internet access. For example, if I am at work and I need a document file from my computer at home, I simply log onto SkyDrive account where I am able to see my entire file/folder/drive(s) structure on my computer at home. This sort of reminds me when I used to manage network attached storage devices (NAS), with the end user interface being quite similar to this.

As long as your home computer is “on” and is running the SkyDrive software, you can access any file you need from your home computer—from anywhere.

In fact, you can browse through files just like you would if you were sitting in front of that PC. Want to show someone a photo on that home PC? You can view photo slide shows and videos on that PC from any browser, from any computer.

Fetch files from your Windows PC from anywhere

Here’s how it works, straight from the horses’ mouth:

  1. Download SkyDrive for Windows.
  2. Make sure you leave the box checked during setup that will allow you to “Fetch your files from anywhere.” (You can also choose this later by clicking the SkyDrive icon (SkyDrive icon) in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar, and clicking Settings. On the General tab, under Fetch files, select Make files on this PC available to me on my other devices, and then click OK.)
  3. Open your browser and sign in to SkyDrive.com.
  4. Your PCs that have SkyDrive for Windows installed will appear in the Computers menu. Choose the computer that has the file you want, and you can view, print, or download the file you forgot.

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Create A Mouse Cursor Infinity Effect

If you have a large screen computer monitor, you know that moving the mouse cursor around from one side of the screen to the other can be a real exercise. To help make your mouse lazy, and at the same time increase productivity, give Mousinity a try.

Mousinity

Mousinity is a portable app that creates an infinity effect for your cursor when it reaches the edges of your screen. For example if you go to the top of your screen, your mouse will appear on the bottom, right-to-left, etc.

Takes some getting used to, but once you do, you will be using Mousinity on a regular basis.

Note:  There is no tray icon with Mousinity.  To turn it “off”, simply run Mousinity again and select “yes”.

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Do You Need a Tablet?

How A Computer Scanner Works

Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4020 Wireless Color Inkjet Printer

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Automatically Get the Mouse Cursor Out Of The Way

You probably noticed that the past several days I have not posted much. This is due that I have been using my writing skills on another personal matter that has consumed, not only my time, but what brain cells I have left.

During the course of this personal writing venture, there were quite a few occasions where I had to swat the mouse pointer out of my view so that it would not distract me or change my focus. Afterwards, I started to wonder if there was an utility out there that would move the pointer out of the way for me (automatically)? In other words, I was looking for something that when I started to type, the cursor would move out of view and park itself.

Sure enough, I soon found my answer with Park Cursor Aside

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Whenever you type on keyboard, the mouse cursor is automatically parked (moved) aside to a defined screen / active window position. This way your view of the input field is not blocked by the mouse cursor.

Right click on tray icon and select Settings, to define the parking position and other values.

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Geek Squeaks’ (#71) – Useful System Tool, NEW Touch Mouse, Malware Removal, Rappapalooza 2, and Live365 Internet Radio

System Explorer

System Explorer

System Explorer includes many useful tools which help you Keep Your System Under Control. With System Explorer You get also fast access to File Database which help you to determine unwanted processes or threats. System Explorer is translated into 29 languages and is available for download in installer and portable version.

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Logitech’s NEW M600 Touch Mouse

Logitech Touch Mouse

Scrolling, swiping, and surfing that’s like second nature—thanks to the responsive touch surface and smooth-as-smartphone scrolling…  Read more at Logitech and available at Amazon .

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AV Security Essentials (Uninstall Guide)
@ Malware Removal Instructions

AV Security Essentials (Uninstall Guide)

Here’s another anti-spyware program that we’ve added to the list of scareware, called AV Security Essentials. As you see in the image below, it impersonates legit anti-virus software from Microsoft… READ MORE

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Let’s Get Ready To Rumble… Rappapalooza 2!
@ I Want Ice Water

Rappapalooza 2

Ready or not (mostly not, I suspect), I’ve decided it’s high time to to follow up my Let’s Get Ready To Rumble… Rappapalooza! post with some more of those “Epic Rap Battles Of History” videos… READ MORE

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Listen to Free Online Radio: Live365
@ I Love Free Software

Live365

Live365 is your free online radio that offers thousands of stations with no commercial interruption. It lets you save your own favourite station and save tracks in your own list… READ MORE

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[GEEK SQUEAKS’] – Optimize Windows, A Video, Taskbar Hider, AVG 2012, and a Wireless Mouse

Glary Utilities
Optimize, clean and boost the speed of your Windows.

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Paul Andrew Russell
A Video

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Netbook Freeware
TaskBar Hider: Easily Hide Windows Taskbar When Needed

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My Technology Guide
AVG Antivirus 2012 Free Released [Offline Installer, Download Links]

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HP 2.4 GHz Wireless Optical Mobile Mouse (Black)
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[FEATURED PRODUCT] – Logitech Wireless Wave Combo MK550 With Keyboard and Laser Mouse

Logitech Wireless Wave Combo MK550 With Keyboard and Laser Mouse

Talk about a nice keyboard and mouse combo…  I have always been a fan of Logitech products and the Logitech Wireless Wave Combo MK550 Keyboard and Mouse are no exception.  It is a well designed  functional pairing of devices that will make your computing experience all that much better.

Features I Like:

The wave design of the keyboard that brings a natural and more comfortable typing experience, featuring Logitech’s ergonomic curve+wave+palm rest.

The included Logitech SetPoint software that allows you to program and customize the multimedia keys on the keyboard and the buttons on the mouse.

The small (very small) unifying receiver that connects both the keyboard and the mouse.

The long battery life.  Seems like I never have to change the battery in either the keyboard or mouse.

The keys are very responsive with no lag time from keyboard to screen.

The pricing…  For an ergonomic keyboard and mouse combo of this type, the price is better than other comparable products [ SEE HERE ] .

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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

What’s On My PC
Remote into your Notebook PC “Wirelessly” with UltraVNC…

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Enhance Your Right Click Menus with Right Click Extender

When teaching others how to navigate their computers, the one area I find where people neglect is using the “right mouse button” to activate the context sensitive menus.

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These menus often provide a quick solution (or choice) to an action you are looking for to get the job done; and, these solutions (or choices) vary depending on where you are on the computer.  For example the right click context menu in Windows Explorer differs from the right click context menu on your desktop.  As a challenge to the everyday computer user out there, try right clicking your mouse in different areas of your computer to explore the options that are available.  I guarantee, if you learn to use the “right mouse button” you will discover that the majority of functions you typically search for on the toolbar menus is only a “right mouse click” away and will save you mileage on your mouse.

To you “right click menu” power users I found a neat little utility called Right Click Extender that extends and enhances the capabilities of the right click context menus.

According to the author’s site [HERE] , Right Click Extender was primarily designed to work with Windows 7, but should work with Windows Vista as well. While not designed for Windows XP some features will work with XP as well, but if you try it and you don’t find the feature added, this is due to certain features not being available for XP.

So what is the “cool factors” to Right Click Extender?

You can easily enhance and activate some really neat (and useful) options to your File or Folder Right-Click Menu, your My Computer and Desktop Right-Click Menu by simply checking the options that are provided in the program (see below).

For example, you geeksters out there that are into those hidden “God Modes”, this little program will get you to geek heaven quick.

You can also deactivate the options by unchecking the options.

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File and Folder Options:
Option to add or remove Copy To
Option to add or remove Move To
Option to add or remove Admin Command Prompt
Option to add or remove Encrypt/Decrypt
Option to add or remove File List Create
Option to add or remove My Computer God Mode
Option to add or remove Hide File
Option to add or remove Unhide File
Option to add or remove Hide Folder
Option to add or remove Unhide Folder
Option to add or remove Take Ownership

Desktop Options:
Option to add or remove Flip3D
Option to add or remove Desktop God Mode
Option to add or remove Control Panel
Option to add or remove Task Manager
Option to add or remove Administrative Tools
Option to add or remove Registry Editor

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Learn to gesture with your mouse in Firefox…

Have you ever gestured with your mouse? If you are a Firefox browser fan then you need to install the extension to the Firefox browser called FireGestures.

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Learning to gesture with your mouse may seem awkward and takes a little practice; but once you master some of the basic gesture techniques, you will wonder how you managed without it.

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How this works is like this… When you are using the Firefox browser, with FireGestures installed, you learn to use your mouse to perform navigation commands such as going back and forth from one web page to another, closing a page, reloading a page, minimizing/maximizing a window, etc… The commands are typically performed by holding down the right mouse button and dragging the mouse in predefined directions. As you drag the mouse, with FireGestures, you will see a line being drawn to provide a visual of the action  you are performing.

FireGestures is loaded with numerous commands and options; however, I typically only use (3)-three of the basic commands the most with the default options. Those commands being back, forward and close. For example, let’s say I visit the What’s On My PC blog and click on a link to another site that takes me to another web page; then, let’s say I want to return back to the What’s On My PC blog. Instead of clicking the “back” button in my browser, I simply hold down the right mouse button and quickly drag the mouse to the left (or backward); as a result, I quickly return to the What’s On My PC blog.  Vice versa, I can hold down the right mouse button and drag to the right (or forward) to go to the site I had originally visited.  To close a tab, I hold down the right mouse button and draw an “L”.

As I continue to master mouse gesturing, I plan to learn many of the other commands that are available in FireGestures. This all may seem a little techie to most people, but if you are a Firefox browser user and spend a great deal of time on the internet; installing the FireGestures extension and learning to gesture with your mouse is like using your mouse as a magic wand. It will make your browsing experience all that more fast and efficient; plus, your friends will be impressed with the magic.

How good is FireGestures?  It has been downloaded over 4 million times…

FireGestures is a Firefox extension which enables you to execute various commands with five types of gestures:

  • Mouse Gestures (Move mouse with holding right-button)
  • Wheel Gestures (Scroll wheel with holding right-button)
  • Rocker Gestures (Left-click with holding right-button and vice versa)
  • Keypress Gestures (Mouse gesture with holding Ctrl / Shift key)
  • Tab Wheel Gestures (Scrolling wheel on the tab bar)

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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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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#34)

image We are in the midst of the fall season and Geek Squeaks’ is going strong.  If you are a person who has a love for information technology, computers, and software; then Geek Squeaks’ are for you. Each week What’s On My PC… randomly selects an article posted by the blog authors (within the past 7 days) who are connected to the What’s On My PC… blogroll community. If you have not visited these blogs, I encourage you to do so. This week’s roundup is reflected below.

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Hard Drive Cloning is Easy with Free Easeus Disk Copy

Right On Technology
Top Black Friday Ad Sites 2009

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Resizeable Textarea add-on for Firefox

Plato On-Line
Multitasking Might Cause Brain Damage

Teck~Line Lounge
Free Easy To Use Portable Start Menu For Your USB Drive

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove ShieldSafeness

Carol’s Vault
8 FPS characters on multiple challanges. Very funny!

AKS-Feel The Change
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites October 27

AskBillFirst
What Can The Wheel On My Mouse Be Used For?

Tech-for Everyone
Troubleshooting Stop Errors In Vista

Sugarloaf Tech
Java Update Available – should I install it?

Rarst.net
PDFCreator – virtual printer to create documents

Lifehacker
Google Voice Offers Voicemail
Without a New Number [Google Voice]

Crazy World of G
Welcome to Frickintardistan

Computer Too Slow
How To Format a Hard Drive

Tune Up Blog
A Step-by-Step Guide: How to Clean Install Windows 7

Computer Maintenance
Diagnose Hard Drive Failure | Troubleshoot Hard Disk Problems

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows 7, these are a few of my favourite things

Freeware Elite
Gridy: a great active window manager by Sector Seven

Technize
How To Log On To Your Windows User Account If You Forget Your Password Or If Your Password Expires

I Love Free Software
How to Draw in Your Computer with your Pen

The Abbey Rose
Memory Lane

TTC Shelbyville
Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit – MAP 4.0

Tux in the Midwest
Drupal Notes – My Project

Snakebytez
Monitor UPS status with UPS Assistant

What’s On My PC…
Get the Last FREE version of FastStone Capture

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A Program Launcher that is Mouse Activated

I have always had an attraction for menu launchers and can’t wait to try a new one out. A new one to me, called MouseExtender, is very unique in that the menu (which you customize and create) is launched via your middle mouse button. When you click on the middle mouse button, your menu will appear wherever the mouse pointer is located.  How convenient is that?

It appears that MouseExtender is in the early development stages; however, do not let that distract you from trying or using it.  This puppy is attractive in appearance, has Windows 7 effects AND has Windows Shutdown, Restart and Control Panel buttons already configured. Adding a File, Folder, or Program is as easy as right clicking on the menu panel and making a selection.

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I plan to monitor this app very closely. I would love to see the developer further engineer MouseExtender to include menu categories, web links, and the ability to move the icons around on the menu panel. Otherwise, very impressive and unique program launcher.

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Features

Instant access your programs and folders in a second!

Access to Control panel and restart/shutdown buttons!

Nice Windows 7™ like effect!

Disable ME in specific programs

Run ME when Windows® starts

Access to the source-code

New features

Adding currently running programs to ME shortcuts and exception lists

Simple item customization: tooltips are now editable

User can remove “close” x-button

ME can be disabled/enabled for all programs

User can show ME from tray icon menu

ME can be pinned to screen

Shadow added to window

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Make your mouse smarter with these productivity tools…

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The author of Piyada’s World recently contacted me and indicated that after reading the article “Control your sound volume with your mouse wheel…” he was going to put together a listing of utilities that you could install and control with your mouse.  Today, Piyada’s World has given us a list of (20)-Twenty “mouse” tools (utilities) that will help automate our computer experience.  I can tell you as a blogger, to research and compile a listing such as this, is a whole lot of work. I encourage you to visit Piyada’s World (Your Daily Tech Digest) to read and comment on the  “20 Free Tools To Increase Your Mouse Productivity”.  I am sure there is something on that list that will you will want to try.

Piyadas World

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Control your sound volume with your mouse wheel…

Have you ever tried to adjust the sound volume on your computer by clicking on the sound volume control icon in the system tray? Not very convenient, is it?  An option to try is Volumouse (by NirSoft).  This is one of those “must have” utilities that I have personally used since its’ inception.  Volumouse is a small utility that you install on your PC that will allow you to adjust and control your sound volume by scrolling the mouse wheel. Volumouse requires some easy configuration that will allow you to define a set of rules for determining when the wheel will be used for changing the sound volume,  For example, I have Volumouse configured to be used when I place my mouse pointer on my taskbar. When the mouse pointer is placed on the taskbar, I can adjust the sound volume up or down by using my mouse wheel (see below).

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To get to the configuration window, you simply double click the Volumouse icon in the system tray following the installation.

Volumouse

There are also “plugins” available to enhance the functionality of Volumouse.

Additional Plugins

HideThisApp Plugin – Allows you to hide the active window by pressing a key combination, and showing it again by pressing another key combination.

MoveResize Plugin – allows you to resize or move the current active window by rolling the mouse wheel or by pressing a hot-key.

OpenCloseCD Plugin – allows you to open and close the door of your CD-ROM/DVD by rolling the mouse wheel or by pressing a hot-key.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#8)

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I can only say WOW!  Another round of great articles, during the past week, from the top tech blogs on the internet… You can be part of this weekly listing by adding “What’s On My PC…” to your blogroll… 

Thank you!


Synchronize Two Folders to have a Backup – TTC Shelbyville

Have You Gone Virtual Yet? – Tech-for Everyone

Convert Any File Online For Free – AKSHAT

YouTube RealTime: FriendFeed-Style Notifications All In Real Time [Do You Have An Invite?] – AllThatsNew

FireFox 3.0.10 Released – Fixes Crash Issues – Bill Mullins Weblog – Tech Thoughts

Good support is always a good thing, even with Malware – The Spyware Biz Blog

How to Remove Virus Shield 2009 – 411-Spyware.com

Google fixes severe Chrome security hole | Webware – CNet – AskBillFirst

The Best Free Antivirus? – Carputers News and Computer Tips

How to Optimize USB Drives – SnakeBytes

Introducing Appnews.net – awesome software updates – Rarst.net

System management akin to DameWare and Hyena: Purgos 3.0.249 – Confessions of a Freeware Junkie

Microsoft Wireless Laser 8000 Mouse Review – Crazy World of G

A simple way to keep you out from internet addiction – Piyadas World

Office 2010 Screenshots Preview What’s to Come – Lifehacker

Free SUPERAntiSpyware Pro Giveaway – Evilfantasy’s Blog

PHORM – Invading Your Privacy – Free PC Security

VDownloader – download and convert YouTube videos – Great Free Software Utilities

AND A BLAST FROM THE PAST

Beware! Telephone Bill Rip-Off…

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