Shut Down Windows 8 With Shutdown8

June 11, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Shut Down Windows 8 With Shutdown8 – After the release of Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft did make things better for people to navigate around; however, shutting down the PC is still a hidden component (when you are on the desktop side of Windows 8).

To remedy this issue on my Windows 8 computer, I installed a little program called Shutdown8.

Shutdown8

Shutdown8 is available as an install file or a portable app. I went for the portable app version. Once you get it installed, pin the Shutdown8 executable file to your taskbar making it very handy to shutdown your PC.

Not only does Shutdown8 provide convenience in shutting down your PC, it also has the following features:

  • Shuts down/powers off computers at a specified time
  • Users can set the timer with the [+][-] keys or the mouse wheel button
  • Hibernate Mode: Saves the contents from the RAM to a hard disk and shuts down
  • Sleep Mode: Saves the state of the computer to RAM and enters a low-power mode
  • Works well with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 13, 2013

August 13, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: An Android powered app called 1Weather that is one of the best weather apps out there;

Squeak #2: TechRepublic has a nice writeup on some FREE DVD authoring tools that walks you through the process of making your own DVD’s;

Squeak #3: With Microsoft Windows XP’s retirement looming on the horizon; will it become a hacker’s heaven?

Squeak #4: Going back to school and needing a notebook?  Take a look at this round-up at Amazon.

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – July 30, 2013

July 30, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

  • If you are a network administrator you may want to take a look at BgInfo to display system information on the desktop of all of your computers!  Great for home computers too;
  • Lifehacker has an article up about how to use an old router to extend your Wi-Fi network.  Many routers have this capability built in (which many folks are unaware of);
  • If you love messing with software and online browser based applications, then you need to check out BearWare (one of my favorite software resources);
  • Find yourself in a pinch where you need to make a note of something, you may be interested in the posting below from gizmo’s; AND,
  • Heading back to school or going to college. Toshiba has a nice Satellite notebook (with an intel i7 processor) that packs a punch for work and play.

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Automatically Display System Information About A Windows Computer On The Desktop Background
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The Simplest Online Notepad You’ll Find

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

October 25, 2012

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.

Windows 8

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.

Download Upgrade Assistant

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

August 7, 2012

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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Nice Buy on an Acer 15.6 Inch Notebook

September 24, 2010

Here at What’s On My PC I have been on the hunt at Amazon to find some great deals.  This one fell into my lap today and may be worth a look-see if you are in the market for a notebook computer.

Acer Aspire AS5251-1805 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)

$100 off retail

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5.6-inch CineCrystal LED-backlit widescreen display with native 720p resolution for high-definition viewing. Its widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio is designed to present websites without lots of left-right scrolling, as well as with a smoother line of sight.

2.20 GHz AMD V Series V120 single-core processor with 512 KB L2 cache and 1066 MHz front-side bus for good multi-tasking. And with Vision Technology from AMD, you’ll get a combination of cutting-edge processing and video power that allows you to experience vivid web and video content, sharp photos and crystal-clear music.

250 GB SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)

3 GB of installed DDR3 RAM (1066 MHz; expandable to 8 GB)

ATI Radeon HD 4250 graphics (with 256 MB of discrete video memory) is equipped with 40 stream processors and an advanced 3D engine to provide support for hybrid graphics when paired with this system’s Windows operating system. It provides up to 1919 MB of total shared system memory and is compatible with Microsoft DirectX 10.1.

8x SuperMulti DVD±R/RW drive can also write to CD, DVD-RAM, and dual-layer (DL) DVD±R discs–which can hold up to 8.5 GB of data.

Multi-Gesture Touchpad allows you to pinch, flick and swirl your fingers across the touchpad for more natural photo and video viewing as well as intuitive navigation of websites such as Google Earth. It also enables you to scroll, zoom in and out and flip through web pages, photos, spreadsheets and more. (Learn more)

Crystal Eye webcam with a built-in digital microphone that helps keep background noise levels low and minimizes echoes. Acer Video Conference Manager software supports 640 x 480 resolution online video calls.

Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking capability provides up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range using 802.11n-compatible routers as you would with 802.11g networks. It’s also backward compatible with 802.11b/g networks (commonly found at Wi-Fi hotspots and in older home routers).

Fast Ethernet (10/100/1000)

Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader compatible with Secure Digital (SD), MultiMediaCard (MMC), Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick PRO (MS PRO), xD-Picture Card (xD)

Three USB 2.0 ports

HDMI high-definition audio/video output allows a single cable to transmit uncompressed high-definition video to your digital TV or LCD. It also includes a standard VGA video output.

Windows 7 Home Premium makes it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. And you can watch shows for free when and where you want with Internet TV on Windows Media Center. Get the best entertainment experience with Windows 7 Home Premium.

Get more features with Windows Anytime Upgrade. It’s the best way to add features to Windows 7, takes as few as ten minutes, requires no software or downloads, and you’ll keep your existing programs, files, and settings. Windows will walk you through the simple upgrade process. (Learn more)

Pre-loaded software includes Microsoft Works SE 9.0 for word processing and spreadsheet work. Enjoy a 60-day trial version of Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007.

6-cell battery (4400 mAh)

Weight: 5.74 pounds

Warranty: One-year parts and labor limited warranty with concurrent International Traveler’s Warranty

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The Futuristic Design of the Notebook Computer

November 29, 2009

Recently a friend and lifelong schoolmate of mine pointed me to this video which very well could be the futuristic design of notebook PC’s; called a Rolltop. The Rolltop in the video, by virtue of the flexible OLED-Display, features a multi-touch screen display. As a result, the keyboard to the Rolltop is integrated into the display. In essence this flexible display technology allows the user to use the Rolltop as a typical 13 inch notebook or can be rolled out to be used as a 17 inch tablet PC.  The 17 inch display can also be used as a primary monitor. The Rolltop is powered from a power supply through the holding belt. On sale now (just kidding)!

I encourage you to watch the YouTube video
of the Rolltop, by clicking on the graphic below.

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