NICE FIND by TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog… With the World Route tool you can easily find out what gateways your data goes through and how fast it travels. You will receive comprehensive route details, with each city and country conveniently marked on the map. Simply enter any IP-address or website and see the path network packets take to that destination. AVAILABLE as a full install or as a portable app…
My Reset Experience With Windows 10 – I recently performed a reset on my Windows 10 based computer and found the experience to be quite positive. I thought I would share some pointers with you so that if you have to perform a reset, it is not a scary experience. Even though the reset preserves your personal files, I highly recommend that you always have a backup of any files on your computer that you cannot live without.
To get to the reset option in Windows 10, click on the Windows Start button (bottom left corner), go to Settings > Update & security > Reset this PC > Get started and choose an option. The option I chose was to reinstall Windows 10 and keep my personal files. This option will reinstall Windows 10 and keep your personal files; will remove the apps and drivers that you originally installed; will remove the changes made to any settings (and return them to the default settings); and, will remove any apps that the PC manufacturer installed (Note: If your PC came with Windows 10, the apps from your PC manufacturer will be reinstalled.). After I launched the reset on my PC, it was pretty much hands free; and, what I really liked was that following the reset, Windows 10 generated a html page on my desktop titled “removed apps” that listed all of the programs I originally had installed on my computer. I had already written down what I wanted to re-install, but this list came in quite handy. In the end, the reset took approximately a half hour to 45 minutes and I can honestly say my computer is cleaner and faster.
How To Mark All Your Unread Gmail’s As Being Read – After performing a reset on my Windows 10 computer, I found myself motivated to do some housecleaning in my Gmail account. One of the issues I ran into was that I had hundreds of email’s that I did not read. As a result, I needed and wanted to mark those emails, as being read. The problem with this is that Gmail will only allow you to bulk select only a certain number of emails. This is where I started thinking, “there has to be a way to mark all the emails in my account as being read”. After performing some online research, I found an article at a site called Chron, titled “How to Mark an Entire Gmail Inbox as Read“. By using the Google Search box in your email as a filter to generate all unread messages, and following the step-by-step instructions, at Chron, you can easily mark hundreds (or thousands) of unread emails and change them to read.
A Simple Program To Troubleshoot Network-Related Problems – If you manage a network, Win Network Tools may be helpful. The program provides a graphical interface (or launcher) of common command line tools that are built into Windows (that are typically run from the command prompt) and some other options (such as Speed Test) that will launch a site to test out your connection speed. What would be nice is if this program had a “portable app” option readily available for the tech toolbox. I did find that if I installed the program, and copied the “WinNetworkTools.exe” to another location (such as a flash drive) I was still able to run the program. I then uninstalled it from the computer. Nice concept… May contact the developer to suggest the portable app idea.
Checker Plus for Gmail – You do not know what you are missing if you do not have Checker Plus for Gmail installed (as a Google Chrome extension). In my opinion, this is probably one of the best (and most useful) extensions available. I currently use this to monitor 4 different Gmail accounts and the best part is that you can set this to run in the background so that you will get notifications when an email arrives. If you have Chrome installed, get this one…
Shield Your Electronics From Electrical Power Surges – When Christmas rolls around many of you may be installing new electronic equipment. What we have a tendency to forget is to purchase a surge protector to help protect the equipment from power surges. I went on the hunt to find what I think is a good investment and came up with the Tripp Lite 8 Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip 25ft Cord Right Angle Plug 1440 Joules . This Tripp Lite Surge Protector has a 1440 joule surge suppression rating with EMI/RFI line noise filtering to help components perform at their peak while extending their lifespan; 8 outlets with 3 specially designed to accommodate transformer plugs without blocking other outlets; an extra-long 25 foot cord with space-saving right angle plug; diagnostic LEDs that alerts you to the protection and grounding status; convenient built-in outlet safety covers to protect young children from possible harm and prevent dust from eroding internal components; and, a lifetime Warranty and $75,000 Ultimate Lifetime Insurance for connected devices. On top of this, to support my opinion on this, this surge protector is carrying a 5-Star rating.
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If you use the Google Chrome Browser, did you know there is a built in feature (called Cloud Print) that will allow you to set up your home (or work) based printer so that you can print to that printer from any web based device (such as your smartphone, tablet, Chromebook, etc…)? This is a really handy feature when you are out and about and would like to generate a printed hard-copy of a document. Once you have Google Cloud Print setup, Cloud Print gives you the ability to store and manage (keep a history) of your print jobs.
Google Cloud Print works with all printers, but for the best printing experience we recommend that you use a Cloud Ready printer. You can connect a printer to your Google Cloud Print account in seconds, and immediately start printing to it.
Connect a Cloud Ready printer
Connect a classic printer
To connect your classic printer, enable the Google Cloud Print connector using a Windows or Mac computer that’s connected to the printer. You’ll need Google Chrome to be installed on the computer. If you’re using Windows XP, make sure you also have the Microsoft XML paper specification pack installed.
SEND AND PUSH NOTIFICATIONS to your Android devices and computer with Pushbullet. This is a new app that makes pushing files, pics, notes, addresses, etc… to and from your devices at supersonic speed. So far, I love it… Definitely one to keep an eye on…
A small and FREE application that can RECOVER LOST SOFTWARE PRODUCT KEYS in seconds…
TODAY’S RANDOM TECH SITE PICK is a site that is primarily targeted at the Windows 8, Windows 7 & Windows Vista user that addresses and covers issues in relation to Microsoft and Windows operating system. Highly recommended that you bookmark this site…
ARE DIGITAL MUSIC DOWNLOADS going to go the way of the dinosaur???
A CHEAP ROUTER with high customer review ratings…
What makes Pushbullet so useful?
Simple! It’s the easiest way to get things from your computer onto your phone or from your phone onto your computer. It’s also great for sending things from one Android device to another, or even to friends!
– By sending a file with Pushbullet, it’s automatically downloaded and waiting for you as a notification. Tapping on the notification instantly opens the file so you’ll never have to go dig for the file in your email or Dropbox folders ever again.
– With Pushbullet, you can also push links right into your phone’s notification tray. Just tap the notification to go to the link.
– Instead of having to look up an address all over again on your phone after having found it on your computer, you can just push the address to your phone. It will open Google Maps right from the notification, making getting to navigation a breeze.
– And that’s just the beginning, you can also send checklists, notes & reminders, and more.
SterJo Key Finder
SterJo Key Finder is a small and FREE application that can recover lost product keys. All you have to do is run the program and it will find the keys for you in a few seconds. The software is currently able to recover a large number of keys like Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, WinZip, Corel Draw, CyberLink PowerDVD, Nero, VMWare Workstation, Techsmith Camtasia Studio, AUTOCAD and many more…
Today’s Random Tech Site Pick (with sample article)
(as listed @ Bookmarks4Tech.com)
AnVir Task Manager Free: Alternative to Windows Task Manager – Although Windows Task Manager works fine for me but some power users prefer using a third-party task manager tool which provides extensive information and granular control to monitor their computer performance and processes… READ MORE
Are digital music downloads already heading
the way of the CD?
Don’t look now but it seems as though digital downloads may have already reached their peak. According to a new report from Billboard, 2012 may ultimately go down in history as the most lucrative digital download year as streaming services such as iTunes Radio, Rhapsody and Spotify will likely continue to gain in popularity and perhaps one day replace downloads completely… READ MORE
TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router
Made by TP-LINK, the TL-WR841N 300 Mbps Wireless-N Router enables multiple computers to share one Internet connection, and is designed specifically to meet the networking requirements of home offices and small businesses. This combined wired/wireless network connection device offers wireless transmission rates of up to 300 Mbps along with four 10/100 Mbps ports for wired connections. Sporting a sleek exterior, the Wireless-N Router can be mounted on a wall or placed horizontally on a table or desk… GET IT HERE
Summary Listing of Today’s Geek Squeaks’:
#1 Best Seller (at Amazon) Wireless Color Photo Printer With Scanner, Copier and Fax…
Access the shared files and folders on your desktop PC to move files to and from your Android Devices (such as smartphones and tablets)…
A Must See Infographic: How the mobile phone has evolved from bricks to brains…
Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it; from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!
Canon PIXMA MX922 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax
When I am in the need to purchase tech items, such as a printer, I head over to Amazon to see if the item is available (which it most likely is), then I pull up the customer reviews (from real people). I know some of the reviews may be planted, but the majority are for real and it can give you a good handle on what to expect. In this case I was browsing around for an economical printer and I happened across the Canon PIXMA MX922 that has favorable reviews and is just the size I need for the space on my desk.
Built-in automatic two-sided printing, copying and scanning saves time and cuts paper usage by up to 50%
Print features include AirPrint, Auto Duplex Printing, Auto Sheet Feeder, Borderless Printing, CD/DVD Printing, Dual Function Panel, Google Cloud Print, Document Printing, Full HD Movie Print, Photo Printing and Web Template Print
Copy features include Auto Duplex ADF, AE (Auto Exposure / Intensity) Copy, Auto Duplex Copy, Borderless, Fit-to-Page, Gutter Shadow Correction Copy, Image Repeat, Intensity, Multiple Copy (1-99 pages), Preset Copy Ratios, Reserve Copy, Sort (ADF) and Zoom
Scan features include Auto Document Fix, Auto Duplex Scan, Auto Scan Mode, Network Scan, Push Scan and Scan to Memory (USB)
Fax features include Answering Machine Connectivity, Caller Rejection, Check RX Fax Info., Fax Reception Reject, Fax Number Re-Entry, F/T Changing (manual), Group Dialing, Memory Transmission, Redial and Remote Reception
ES File Explorer File Manager
I cannot rave enough about the Android app called ES File Explorer Manager. If you need an app to manage the files on your Android device, this is the one to get. What has sold me on ES File Explorer is the networking capabilites that is built into the app (such as LAN, Cloud, FTP and Bluetooth). For example, instead of installing separate apps for your online file storage accounts, you can access those accounts through ES File Explorer (accounts such as the popular GDrive, Box, Drop Box, & SkyDrive). What I especially like is that I can access the shared files and folders on my desktop PC to move files to and from my Android Devices (and the computer).
ES File Explorer is a free, full-featured file and application manager. It functions as all of these apps in one: file manager, application manager, task killer, cloud storage client (compatible with Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Box.net, Sugarsync, Yandex, Amazon S3, and Ubuntu One), FTP client, and LAN Samba client.
It provides access to pictures, music, video, documents, and other files on both your Android devices and your computers.
A Must See Info Graphic
On The Evolution Of The Cell Phone
A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks‘:
Squeak #1 – (FREE CD Ripping Software): First in the lineup today is FairStars CD Ripper that is exclusively designed to rip CDs, on the fly, to a variety of formats (i.e. WMA, MP3, OGG, VQF, FLAC, APE). This ripper has had a place on my PC for years (see below);
Squeak #2 – (Wallpaper of the Week): A frog inside your monitor screen. Very cooool… (see below);
Squeak #3 – (Coffee Table With Built-In Tablet Computer): ITRush, one of the bloggers on my blogroll, recently posted this really cool computer setup that takes advantage of a coffee table and a tablet (see below); AND,
Squeak #4 – (Wireless Media Drive): A portable media storage device that streams high-definition movies, photos, and music on mobile devices and computers. Fits in the palm of your hand and holds a charge for up to 8 hours of use (see below)…
Plan on seeing a lot more of Geek Squeaks’, featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it; from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!
See An Endless Stream Of Geek Squeaks’ [ HERE ]
Free Powerful Software For Ripping Audio CD Tracks
- Rips CD to WMA, MP3, OGG, VQF, FLAC, APE and WAV on-the-fly.
- Supports automatic volume adjustment(normalization) during ripping.
- Supports multiple CD/DVD drivers.
- ID3 tag support.
- Support automatic saving ID3 Tags when converting, and also support ID3 tags display and edit.
- Query and submit CD disc information from/to the freedb(the Internet Compact Disc Database).
- Audio Playback control function Support.
- Easy-to-use user-friendly interface(skin support).
A Vladstudio “Frog”
Get this other very unique wallpapers at Vladstudio… GET THIS WALLPAPER HERE
The Giant Coffee Table Touchscreen Computer – The All New Coffee Table with Built-in Tablet Computer
Coffee everyone? Sure, how about enjoying your coffee with your favorite games, scrolling through your latest photos or even browsing to your favorite social media sites right on your favorite coffee table?… READ MORE
SanDisk Connect 32G Wireless Media Drive Streaming
On the Go
The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive stores and streams your photo, video, and music collections wirelessly on up to eight mobile devices.
This convenient pocket-sized drive requires no Internet connection or messy cables, so it can travel with you anywhere. It includes 32 GB* of storage, so you’ll have plenty of room for all your favorite movies and high-resolution photos.
Today’s Geek Squeaks‘ summary:
- An easy (and portable) way to transfer files, on a network, without worrying about users, permissions, etc… ;
- Get a T-Mobile phone for $0;
- See the inside guts of the new Chromecast; AND,
- If you are a big time book reader, then your tablet of choice should be the Kindle Paperwhite…
If you don’t know Dukto, I can tell you that it’s an easy file transfer tool designed for LAN use. I use it in my everyday work to transfer files from one PC (or other device) to another, without worrying about users, permissions, operating systems, protocols, clients, servers and so on… Just start Dukto on the two PCs and transfer files and folders by dragging onto it’s window… GET IT HERE
T-Mobile is pulling out all the stops lately as part of their new “un-carrier” strategy. As of tomorrow, eligible customers will be able to purchase a new phone with no money down and pay for it via monthly payments for the next 24 months… READ MORE
Inside they found a tiny logic board encased in “a big hunk of aluminum heat sink.” That’s a relative term of course, the heat sink for this 2-inch unit is only “big” in terms of how much of the Chromecast’s insides it occupies… READ MORE
Paperwhite guides light towards the display from above instead of projecting it out at your eyes like back-lit displays, thereby reducing screen fatigue. You can adjust your screen’s brightness to create a perfect reading experience in all lighting conditions, from bright sunlight to bedtime reading… READ MORE