Something New at Bookmarks4Techs.com

January 31, 2012

I am writing to you to let you know there is something NEW at Bookmarks4Techs.com that consists of a new posting regimen and a new layout of the sites’ content.

Bookmarks4Techs.com is a second website that I maintain that initially started out as a large collection of links to tech sites. That large collection is still there; however, the site is now at another level where I can comfortably post content at a comfortable pace. I would also like to point out that the site is for everyone (especially home users) and not just Techs.

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Most everyone loves computers, software and anything related to information technology. It has become entrenched in our daily lives. What I have started at Bookmarks4Techs, that is NEW, is a posting regimen that I am calling “Bookmark This”. One of my obsessions is cruising the internet at hyper-speed and finding anything that is FREE and is related to computers, software and information technology.

What “Bookmark This” is going to bring to you is a way to quickly capture (and quickly read) what I think is good out there or something that I found that is exciting that you should know about (i.e. an article from another blogger FREE software, an Android App, etc…). Now what is good to one person, may not be good to another; but, I think as this develops, the selections that are made will be recognized as top quality. I research and play around with everything I recommend. I have experience doing this from managing “What’s On My PC” and from working as an IT Professional for over 20 years.

The layout of the site has also been changed and consists of (6)-six tab areas:

Home Page– Daily Posts (which will primarily feature Tech Products of the Day, Tech Deals, the Bookmark This posts, FREE and Paid Android Apps, etc…).  I will tell you up front, that I am an Amazon Associate and you will see me pointing out to you the best of the best at Amazon.

Bookmarks4Techs– Features over 500 Links to Tech Sites. I am working to clean this up and remove the dead links. It is amazing how many sites are now dead since I started this. Blogging and maintaining a site is hard work and the number of sites that have went dead in the water really surprised me.

Bookmark This Collection – When I do a “Bookmark This” post, the collection of these posts will be managed and collected. The list is currently short, but give it time; it will grow. Again, I will only list quality FREE software, cloud apps, etc…  This will serve as a good resource for those looking for good quality FREE software, information, etc…

Shop for Deals– This will link you to the Bookmarks4Techs Amazon Store that I have put together. Give it a try. I think you will like it.  I am pretty proud of how this turned out.

Amazon Deal of the Day– Deal of the Day is featured from this tab. I hit this tab every day; where Amazon will make huge price cuts on products, etc…

About– Some information about me as a blogger and IT professional.

Also, on the left sidebar of the site, make sure you check out the Shop @ Amazon listing. I have tried to make a general category listing to assist you with looking for specific computer products (i.e. a mouse pad, keyboard, etc…).

On both sidebars you will find feeds from some of the top tech blogs out there.  If you want to know what is going on, all you have to do is scroll down through these sidebars. The bloggers who maintain these sites are some of the best of the best.

To subscribe to Bookmarks4Techs.com by email [ CLICK HERE ] and to subscribe to Bookmarks4Techs by RSS [ CLICK HERE ]By subscribing you will be alerted to the most recent posts. You can back out of either of these subscriptions anytime.

I encourage you to take the time and visit Bookmarks4Techs.com and help me make it a successful site. If you are a tech blogger and you do not see your site on the bookmarks list, please let me know. I will almost surely add your site providing it offers solid content and is maintained regularly. Also, by adding Bookmarks4Techs.com to your blogroll will help to support what I am intending to accomplish.

Thank You !

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Now Available – HP TouchPad Wi-Fi 9.7-Inch Tablet Computer

July 17, 2011

Tablet PCs are taking off like crazy and the new HP TouchPad powered by HP webOS 3.0 is no exception. We are early in the game with the tablet computers, but so far the concept is a winner. As a matter of fact, this concept makes perfect sense and will change the way we use computers, not only in  home, but in the workplace. HP summed up the TouchPad by saying it’s the perfect size to contain the sum of all human knowledge.  If you are not familiar with tablet PCs; what you see in the picture below is the whole computer. If you have Wi-Fi in your home, you can carry this computer, as you would a book, from room to room, and access the internet from those locations.

HP TouchPad

  • TouchPad measures 9.45″ wide by 7.48″ high by 0.54″ deep. It weighs in at approximately 1.6 pounds (that’s 740 grams if you’re counting).
  • It has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core APQ8060 processor.
  • TouchPad comes with Qualcomm Adreno 220 core graphics capability. Movies and games will seem ten times bigger and more real than the lightweight tablet you’re holding in your hands.
  • Front and center on TouchPad is the 9.7-inch diagonal, LED-backlit, glossy multitouch display with IPS wide viewing-angle technology.
  • HP webOS lets you move back and forth seamlessly between multiple applications and activities.
  • TouchPad is a device for entertainment and immersing yourself in gaming action.
  • Available in a 16GB or 32GB model.

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Must See – 3D Color Printing of a Crescent Wrench

July 9, 2011

You have to see this to believe it! I initially thought this was a hoax of some type.

It is a 3D printer (by Z Corporation) that has the ability to capture an object, edit the appearance of the object, then actually print (or replicate) a 3D working composite model of the object. The 3D printer (called the Zprinter) starts out by using a specially engineered powder that is mixed with a binder material that solidifies the powder particles.

Hold a full color, realistic 3D model in your hands to impart infinitely more information than a computer image.

ZPrinter

To see the printer in action I encourage you to watch the video below of a Crescent wrench being replicated using the ZPrinter.

ZPrinter–3D Printing

To learn more about the 3D Printers, by Z Corporation, you can download and preview their brochure [ HERE ] .

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Search and Browse at the Same Time with Search Lion

July 7, 2011

The one element of the internet that has not really changed much over the past decade is the method which we interact with search engines. You input what you want to search for and the results is provided as a list of links where you are required to navigate back and forth from the generated list. By the time you open numerous browser tabs and navigate back and forth to the search results, it is easy to find yourself getting lost.

I came across a new method of searching, called SearchLion, that uses current browser technology and serves as the frontend interface to the Google and Yahoo search engines.

SearchLion

SearchLion is different than anything I have experienced when it comes to performing a search. You enter what you are searching, as you normally would; however, when the list of results are provided you will notice that the listing is to the left side of your screen. Adjacent to each link in the listing you will see a small “open” button which will allow you to open the link on the right side of the screen in a fully navigable and resizable browser window.  You can do this with each and every link of interest without ever leaving the search result screen.  During my testing of SearchLion I found it to be very fast; and just the ability to open a link in an adjacent window is definitely a productivity boost right there.

That feature is only one aspect of SearchLion. It get’s better! To really appreciate SearchLion you have really have to stroke its’ mane and take it for a ride. SearchLion is currently in beta and developers seem to be really open to any suggestion you (the enduser) may have to offer.

Other features to explore in Search Lion are:

1.  Search Browsing
2.  MultiView
3.  Saved Searches
4.  User Features

Instead of me boring you with my explanation of these awesome features, you can get a detailed explanation of these features, along with videos, [HERE] .  Also, to follow along with the development of SearchLion, I encourage you to bookmark their blog [HERE].

In the end, I know I will keep going back to SearchLion to take advantage of the ingenious method of searching and to see what is new in terms of its’ development.

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Google To Strip Out Some of the Gmail Clutter

July 2, 2011

I am a big user (and tester) of Google’s Gmail, Calendar, Tasks, etc… My only complaint is that the interface is an interface of clutter; especially if you are not used to it. I can remember the first time I used Gmail, I was not to fond of what I was seeing. I eventually adjusted and have to say, I really do love my Gmail.

This is all about to change. Google recently announced that they have “embarked on a series of interface updates to help strip out unnecessary clutter and make Gmail as beautiful as it is powerful”.  As with anything, people do not like change; therefore, Google will be gradually adjusting the interface. Also, to help ease these pains of adjustment, you can preview the new look (as a sneak preview) by going into the MAIL SETTINGS of your Gmail account, select the THEMES tab and click on the “PREVIEW” or “PREVIEW (Dense)” themes.

Why two themes? Our new interface will eventually expand dynamically to accommodate different screen sizes and user preferences, but until then you can pick the information density that you prefer.

I have been testing the new appearance and I have to say I personally do like the clean (clutter free) look that Google is working on.  I am also finding it is easier on the eyes.

Gmail Preview

To read more and follow the development of these changes, I encourage you to visit the The Official Gmail Blog.

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Geek Squeak (#110) – NEW Taskbar Organizer for Windows 7 is Coming

April 7, 2011

Typically I test any software that I write about; however, I decided to make an exception in this case due that I am excited about the development of a NEW application (called Bins).

Bins

Bins is a Windows 7 taskbar organizer, currently in beta development, that will enable you to combine related programs into a group (called a Bin). I love application launchers, but what I am seeing here is that Bins will be handling applications on the Windows 7 taskbar in a very unique and different way.

Bins was created from the concept that your programs should be quicker and easier to get to. After having created many application launchers over the years including the Dell Dock for Dell in 2007, it seemed the Windows 7 taskbar was a great step in the right direction, but lacked the powertools needed to get the job done for serious computer users. By allowing you to group programs, and allowing you to access them immediately with a simple mouseover, we think we’ve created a tool that will drastically improve how you work with your computer.

Bins is being developed by the same author of ObjectDock, the DellDock and the critically acclaimed Fences. Currently Bins is in the beta stage of developmnet and is  “invite only”.  To be considered for the beta testing of Bins, you have submit your email and leave a message. I am still patiently waiting for my invite.

Features

Group your taskbar icons

Combine related programs on your Windows 7 taskbar into “Bins”.
Reduce clutter, and get at your programs quickly.

Super easy

Create a Bin by dragging one taskbar icon on top of another, and dropping into the popup that appears. Ungroup shortcuts by dragging the icon back to the taskbar. No need to open a settings screen; Bins is simple and intuitive.

Instantly accessible

Once combined into a Bin, your shortcuts will appear instantly when you mouse over the group’s icon, for launching or for window-management. Move your mouse away and your Bin will tuck back into the taskbar.

Pin files and folders to your taskbar

Want a favorite folder or document more easily on hand? Bins allows you to pin any file or folder to your taskbar natively.

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Geek Squeak #102: New Food Recipe Search View in Google

February 26, 2011

Google is worthy of Geek Squeak #102 for the NEW Recipe View that is now available when you search for a food ingredient or recipe.  Here’s an example of how it works… Pull up the Google Search engine at Google.com. Enter the word chicken and you will get a ton of results related to chicken; however, on the right side of the screen you will notice the word “Recipes”. Click on “Recipes” and voila the search results now provides nothing but recipes related to chicken. You can then filter that result down further by ingredients, preparation time, and calories using options in Google’s left-hand toolbar.

Google Recipe View

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