BE AWARE that “Unlimited video storage at Google Photos has a catch” – Android Authority

If you are posting videos on Google Photos that have a file format that is not listed below; then, the file size will count against your online storage total. Video file sizes can add up quickly.

The Google Photos app icon.

If you use Google Photos to store video files, you likely are happy you have unlimited space (with some compression). However, there’s a new limitation to this unlimited storage.

The new policy took effect on December 6, 2018.

The supported video file formats are: .mpg, .mod, .mmv, .tod, .wmv, .asf, .avi, .divx, .mov, .m4v, .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m2t, .m2ts, .mts, and .mkv.

Source: Unlimited video storage at Google Photos has a catch – Android Authority

It’s Now Possible To Play A Slideshow From Any Google Photos Album

If you use Android, it is very likely that your photos are being backed up to Google Photos. If you are not using Android, and have a Google Account you have option of uploading (storing your photos) at Google Photos. Go to photos.google.com

Google Photos continues to improve (almost weekly) and one notable improvement is that it you can now play slideshows from and Google Photo Album.

Play slideshows from an album

You like crowding friends and family around your computer or TV to show them photos of last weekend’s adventure. You don’t like clicking 132 times to show them each photo.

Luckily for you, it’s now possible to play a slideshow from any album. Just open the album, click on a photo, and select Slideshow from the dropdown menu.

Need Help With Windows 10? — and MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-06)

Need Help With Windows 10? – If you are a newcomer to Windows 10 (or computers) and you need help with Windows 10, you will find on the Microsoft site itself (which is quite large) a section of the site totally devoted to getting help with Windows 10. Many of the answers you may be seeking can be found here — and, if that is of no help you can go so far as to actually talk or chat with someone from Microsoft to get assistance. I personally have never had to go this route; but, I do think it is helpful that the home-based computer user know that these options are available; especially, that you can talk to someone. Also, to my readers, if you know of any third party Windows 10 help sites available, please feel free to share this information in the comments section.

Windows 10 Help

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Virus and Malware Removal Tools – TCAT Shelbyville’s Technical Blog recently pointed out to us that “Often we remember Malwarebytes, Adwcleaner, ComboFix, RKill , Junkware Removal Tool (JRT) or Adware Removal Tool/TSA and forget about tools offered by Anti-virus software manufacturers”…  I encourage you to visit their site to see what those other tools are — CLICK HERE

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Two Guys One Ticket – This is an off-topic video, but is a hack of sorts where two guys (more or less as a challenge) try to get into a movie theatre with one ticket. Appeared to take a lot of work, strength (and personal closeness), but they pulled it off.

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I Am About To Lose A 100 Gigs Of Online Storage – For the past several years I have managed to accumulate 100 GBs of FREE online storage space at Copy.com (by having other people sign up for their service). Well, effective May 1, 2016, Copy and CudaDrive services will be discontinued (after 4+ years of service)… Fortunately, in my case, this is no sweat off my back; due I do not keep all my eggs in one basket. Yes, I am going to miss that 100 gigs; but, this is a good example (or lesson) where we should never completely depend on cloud based services. Personally, when it comes to the important files, I keep a local backup and store another away from my residence.

Copy and CudaDrive services will be discontinued  

Copy ©

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All-In-One Design Tool For Everyone (for FREE) – If you do not have PicPick installed on your computer, then you are missing out on some very good screen capturing and editing software. PicPick is FREE for personal use (not FREE for commerical use). You can do a full install or use it as a portable app… PicPick is full-featured screen capture tool, Intuitive image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel-ruler, protractor, crosshair, whiteboard and more.

PicPick

PicPick

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Bluetooth Keyboard That Works With Your PC, Android, iOS Smartphones & Tablets – I found this keyboard quite interesting and currently have it on my wishlist for my tablet.  It is the Jelly Comb Bluetooth 3.0 Keyboard.  This keyboard is unique in that it works with your PC, Android, or Smartphones & Tablets.  It features a 96 Keys Keyboard with Multi Touch Track Pad; Silicone Rubber Docking Stand (or slot); Wireless Bluetooth 3.0 for fast pairing and wide range connectivity of up to 33 feet (10 meters) and a Built-in Battery (Charge 2 hours and you can use it for months. Simply plug the keyboard to a USB and start charging.). The only downfall that I am seeing with this is that it does not come with a micro USB charging cable (which are readily available a dime a dozen)… 

Jelly Comb Bluetooth 3.0 Keyboard

Jelly Comb Keyboard

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An Exhaustive Comparison Of The Best Online File Storage Services

There are so many online file storage services these days that you can find yourself lost in the herd. To help you narrow down your choices, I recommend that you visit I Love Free Software where they have a table posted that is an exhaustive comparison of the 15 best FREE cloud storage services (i.e. Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, Tresorit, DataBagg, Bitcasa, ASUS WebStorage, IDrive, MEGA, pCloud, Inbox Storage, Copy.com, SpiderOak, and FlipDrive).

Cloud Storage Services

I am very familiar with everyone of these services and can tell you that the cross comparison table that I Love Free Software has compiled is of great value; especially, if you do not know what services to use.

What I am finding, even with myself, I have signed up with many of these services and before I knew it I was losing track of what I had stored and where.  My recommendation, is keep it to one or two services, focus on organizing your files and focus on encrypting any sensitive files that you intend to store online.

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Air Explorer – A Windows Based Software Application To Manage Your Online File Storage

Typically when we sign up for online file storage we are often given option to download software that will allow you to sync files locally with the online account. The problem with that, as in my case, I have multiple online accounts with multiple providers and do not want to burden down my computer with numerous software installs from these different providers.

To remedy this issue and to give full control in the management of your files in the cloud, at multiple (popular) providers, check out Air Explorer.

Air Explorer

Air Explorer is a Windows based program that appears to be relatively new (at least to me) that has the ability to connect to multiple online cloud servers. Air Explorer currently supports OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, Mega, Copy, Mediafire, Yandex, and WebDAV. When I tested Air Explorer it effortlessly connected to each of my online accounts and appeared to be quite fast.

Air Explorer Interface

What I like about the Air Explorer concept is that I can centrally and directly manage (move, copy, delete, share) my files and can even copy files from one provider to another provider. Air Explorer provides a dual paned interface that gives you the ability to easily perform the various file operations.

Features:

Optionally Air Explorer can encrypt your files when you upload them to the cloud

Sets up multiple accounts from the same server

You can synchronize folders between any cloud or your computer

Copy/Paste between cloud servers

Pause and continue uploads and downloads

Air Exlorer can share files

Centralize search of your files across all the clouds

Get A Great Deal On Microsoft Office 365 Personal

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Get A Great Deal On Microsoft Office 365 Personal– A year ago I would have told you that Microsoft was behind the eight ball and was not in tune with the current devices (such as tablets, smartphones, etc.) which are supported by cloud computing. A year later I am seeing a new Microsoft that is quickly rebounding and doing things that I never thought I would see them do.

One example (of late) is their pricing model changes and incentives with Microsoft Office 365.  If you do not know what Microsoft Office 365 is, let me break it down in one sentence. Microsoft Office 365 is an online subscription service to Microsoft Office where you pay an annual fee to keep Office on your computer (and other devices).

Microsoft Office 365

There are quite a few pricing models for Microsoft Office 365, but the latest deal that jumped out at me was Microsoft Office 365 Personal where Microsoft has thrown in a Terabyte of online storage and 60 Skype minutes for $6.99 a month (or $69.99 a year at a 16% savings).

Office 365 Personal enables you to install the latest full desktop version of Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook, on 1 PC or Mac, in addition to 1 Windows tablet or iPad — so you can use all the features offline as well as online. You can also install Office on multiple smartphones.

What is making this sweet is the terabyte of online storage (and the Skype minutes); PLUS, the satisfaction of knowing that your version of Microsoft Office is always up to date.

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[ANDROID APP] The simplest possible way to create daily countdowns – Simply set a date and a label (or don’t, your call!) and let the magic happen. This date can be in the future or the past… @Google Play

Countdown


[WEB BROWSER] Slimjet – Get More Done In Less Time – Faster browser startup, faster page loading, highly responsive UI powered by industry-leading Blink engine… @Slimjet

Slimjet


[TECH NEWS] What 18 Popular Websites Used To Look Like – A comparison between then and now… @Business Insider

Websites Then And Now


[ANDROID SECURITY] 14 best antivirus Android apps and anti-malware Android apps – Antivirus Android apps have exploded over the last year. Despite Android’s mostly secure internal security, there are millions of people who just like having extra security around for those just-in-case scenarios… @Android Authority

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[WINDOWS 7] Windows 7 will be patched until 2020 – Microsoft plans to end mainstream support for Windows 7 in January, but security updates will continue for at least a further five years. Microsoft has previously announced that business PCs running Windows 7 will stop being offered for sale in early 2015… @PCAuthority

Windows 7 will be patched until 2020


[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] Extract Text from JPG with FREE JPG to Word Converter – JPG to Word is a free OCR software to convert JPG to Word document. This free OCR software extracts text from jpg images (scanned jpg images, online images, etc.) and lets you save that text as Word file (*.doc)… @I Love Free Software

FREE JPG to Word Converter


[HOW TO] How To Launch Chrome In Incognito Mode From A Desktop Shortcut – We all know that Chrome is one of the best web browsers out there that sports tons of great features. Among them is its handy Incognito ability which lets users browse websites without storing any history information… @Addictive Tips

Launch Chrome In Incognito Mode


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Looking For An Online File Storage Option? Give OneDrive A Try

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Looking For An Online File Storage Option? Give OneDrive A Try– If you are looking for a reputable place to store online files, you may want to sign up for a Microsoft OneDrive Account.

OneDrive

You will automatically receive, for FREE, 7GBs of online storage space that can be used to store your files, such as documents, pictures, videos, etc…  If you [click here] and sign up today, you will get an additional 0.5GBs of space on top of the 7GBs.  Once you have signed up, make sure you download the OneDrive Software that will give you the ability to sync files on your computer with your OneDrive account. Once the software is installed you will see a OneDrive folder on your PC. OneDrive is also available for the Windows Tablet, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Xbox.

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[ANDROID] 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, download manager, 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… @Google Play

[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] PDF Eraser is a free Windows application that deletes and erases text, images, logos and all unnecessary objects from PDF files – 100% FREE… @PDF Eraser

[WALLPAPER] – High Def @URHDWALLPAPERS

URHDWALLPAPERS

[WEB BROWSER TOOL] The Only Cross-browser Snapshot Tool – Capture single or multiple webpages with qSnap. 100% Browser Based – 100% Free – 100% Awesome… @qSnap

[HACK] Ikea Tablet Rack – While looking for a wooden plat rack to store my iPad, e-readers and Android Tablets, I came across this metal rack from Ikea. Only €4,95 and capable of storing up to 6 tablets… @Ikea Hackers

[TECH TOOLBOX] 5 SysInternals Utilities Updated Today – Five, count them, five Sysinternals utilities saw updated releases today. The Sysinternals suite continues to be some of the most popular, free utilizes for systems administrators… @WindowsITPro

[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] Reporting on Internet Browsing History by Site, Date, and Time – BrowsingHistoryView is a single executable that can, when run, retrieve and display browsing history information for visited URL, page title, time visited, how many times the page was visited, the web browser used, and the user profile doing the browsing. BrowsingHistoryView supports Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and SeaMonkey… @WindowsITPro

[TABLET ACCESSORIES] BlueMart ® 6Pcs Colorful Portable Foldable Smartphone and Tablet Stand – [click here]

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Watch movies, surf the net, read content on your device hands free. Suitable for landscape and Vertical View. Dimensions: 4.5″(L) x 1.25″(W)… @Amazon

[WINDOWS 8.1] Help, Windows 8 refusing to install major update! – Now on to this week’s topic from member Matthew, who has been having difficulties updating a few Windows 8 computers to Windows 8.1 and finds that attempting to do the update corrupts the OS. He has noted that all of these machines that are having problems were previously upgraded from Windows 7 to 8… @c|net

[HARDWARE] Best Video Cards: April 2014 – As April comes to a close we’re back once again with our monthly guide to video cards… @AnandTech

[ANDROID] 10 common mistakes Android newbies make – ​If you’re just learning the Android ropes, you might get tangled up in a mistake or two. Here are 10 ways to avoid problems and get the maximum benefit from your Android device… @TechRepublic


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What’s On My PC – Geek Squeaks’ for the Week

THE ROUND-UP FOR THE WEEK:

FAST & FREE ONLINE VIRUS SCANNER, for your computer, featuring the Bitdefender scanning engine. Need a second opinion, use this virus scanner. I just featured Bitdefender Antivirus FREE Edition [here]  (more info below)…

RADIO ENJOYMENT FOR FREE WITH WINDOWS 8 – I started looking around for some Windows 8 Apps, at the Windows Store, and found an app (Audials) that gives you the ability to listen to just about any radio station out there (more info below)…

THE PARTY IS ON! MAKE IT RAIN GIGABYTES at Copy.com (online storage). When you signup with Copy, you get 15 GB of space for FREE; plus, for every person you refer you get an additional 5 GBs (no limit to the referrals). I recently posted an article about this (click here). Last I checked I was up to 85 GB through the referrals and every person signing up (after installing one of their apps) got an additional 5 GB. From what I am reading this is for a limited time only (more info below)…

7 WAYS TO HELP REDUCE YOUR PRINTING COSTS is an article posted at this weeks random tech site pick (Computer How To Guide). The owner and administrator of ComputerHowtoGuide.com is a fun loving person who writes about a variety of topics related to computers and technology. This is one of my favorite sites by a site administrator who has similar passion for information technology, as I do (more info below)…

TAKE A RIDE IN A FLYING ROLLER COASTER where the fun begins about a minute into this video. The video below gives you the backseat cockpit view from an ultra low flying RAF Typhoon frontline jet fighter (more info below)…

THIS WEEK’S WALLPAPER is in celebration of Ground Hog Day (more info below)…

TECH PRODUCT BUY OF THE WEEK features a special at Amazon where you can get up to 30% off on external hard drives [click here]. When using a computer it is important to have a back up strategy for your personal files. An external hard drive is the perfect solution (more info below)…

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Bitdefender QuickScan

Available As A Google Chrome Add On

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GET IT HERE


Impressive Radio Enjoyment with Audials Radio Windows 8

(Windows App)

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The radio controls provide initial information on the tracks played, artists and even cover art, even before you listen to the station. The user can find, listen to and record radio stations according to genre, country or currently-played artist. The location-based supply of regional stations and a station selection with top hits just starting are both add-on advantages. In addition to the favorites function, the user can also “pin” genres and artists.

GET THE WINDOWS APP HERE

Also available on other platforms: Windows PC – Android Smartphone & Tablet – Apple iPhone & iPad

Audials provides you with Music, Videos, Movies and offers the best Internet Radios, Podcasts and Music TV


The Party Is On!  Make it Rain Gigabytes

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To celebrate Copy’s launch, earn 5 GB of extra free storage for yourself and whoever you refer each time you introduce someone new to Copy. This is a limited time opportunity to rack up huge amounts of extra free storage while we build the initial buzz around Copy!

For every person that signs up, using the link below, you will get 15 GB of free storage, plus an additional 5 GB (total of 20 GB) after you install one of their apps. Unknown at this time how long this will remain in effect.

[ CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP ]


This Week’s Random Tech Site Pick (with sample article)

Computer How To Guide

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7 Ways to Help Reduce Your Printing Costs – A printer is one of the most important computer accessories and should be chosen carefully. Not only should you take into consideration the actual cost of the printer, but how much it is going to cost you… READ MORE


Flying inside the cockpit of a fighter jet
is the best roller coaster

@ SPLOID

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Strap yourself in your chair. Put down the coffee mug. And make sure you have an empty stomach because you’re about to take a ride in a flying roller coaster. Or well, the closest thing there is to a flying roller coaster… READ MORE TO SEE THIS AWESOME VIDEO


Wallpaper Of The Week

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GET IT HERE


TECH PRODUCT BUY OF THE WEEK

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CHECK IT OUT HERE


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LIMITED TIME ONLY – Rack Up Free Gigabytes Of Online Storage Space

There are numerous online file storage options out there and the competition is fierce. I recently came across another NEW player in the field (called COPY), that offers (for FREE) an enticing 15 GB (or more) of online storage space to new accounts.

It doesn’t stop there… To celebrate the launch of COPY, they are offering 5 GB of additional space for every person that is referred to their service. The person who takes advantage of the referral also gets a 5 GB bonus on top of the 15 GB (for a total of 20 GB). From what I am reading, there is no limit to the number of referrals and you must install one of their apps (desktop or mobile) to take advantage of this opportunity in order to be credited for the 5 GB bonus.

To help me test this out; and, to help me add to my 15 GB amount, please click the link below to sign-up for your own 15 GB COPY account and install one of their apps (desktop or mobile). You should also receive the additional 5 GB bonus for signing up through this link. I have no idea how long this offer will last…

[ CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR YOUR FREE ACCOUNT TODAY ]

ADDENDUM TO THIS POST (1/17/2014) – As of date of this addendum, I was up to 60 Gb of space in my COPY Account (from the original FREE 15 GB); so, we can confirm the referrals are working.  Thank you very much!  Keep ’em coming…  Rick

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COPY is the product of network security and backup giant Barracuda, your files are stored on servers we control and manage, not with a 3rd party like most cloud storage services.

COPY - Online Storage

For increased security, your data is protected by multiple layers of encryption, including top-secret grade AES 256, both during transfer and while at rest on Barracuda’s enterprise-class cloud storage.

And with advanced features like secure sharing, source validation, and identity verification, you can breathe easy knowing your content can only be seen by the people you want.

FREE 15 GB or more

  • Windows, Mac, and Linux friendly
  • iOS, Android and Windows mobile apps
  • Share files with others
  • Electronically sign 5 documents per month

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 28, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (Good News For Facebook Users) – Call me fuddy duddy, but I am not a Facebook fan, but I know the rest of the world is. I did not know this, but previously in Facebook after you posted something, you could not go back and edit the post. You had t to delete your post, lose all your likes and comments, and repost to edit something. This all will be changing… (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (50 GBs Of Online Storage for FREE) – Take a look at Mega, which is currently in beta. I like the idea of the end-to-end encryption when you upload and download a file. May be a good service to use to store those unimportant files (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Change Or Correct The Timestamp Of Any File On Your System): NewFileTime gives you the ability to make quick corrections to the creation, last access and modification dates/times of the files or folders on their PC.  Very small (portable) app… (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #4 – (Very Unique Memory Card Holder): Yesterday I featured a memory card reader. Today it is a very unique card holder that will fit in your wallet (SEE BELOW)…

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Facebook Lets You Edit Posts After Sharing On Android And Web Now, iOS Soon

@ TechCrunch

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Soon you’ll be able to edit all posts and comments from the web, Android, or iOS. To edit posts, you’ll be able to click the down arrow in the top right of one of your posts and select ‘Edit Post’ to change the text, then click “Done Editing”… READ MORE


Mega – Online File Storage and Sharing

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Get 50 GBs of storage…  Mega uses end-to-end encyption. Data uploaded is encrypted on the uploading device before it is sent out to the Internet, and data downloaded is decrypted only after it has arrived on the downloading device. The client machines are responsible for generating, exchanging and managing the encryption keys. No usable encryption keys ever leave the client computers (with the exception of RSA public keys)… SIGN UP HERE


Modify The Timestamp Of Files And Folders

NewFileTime

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NewFileTime is a small but effective tool that provides you easy access to corrections and manipulation of timestamp for any file and folder on your system.Several files and/or folders can be dispatched at the same time,add files simple via Drag and Drop or by import from a folder.In any case, it opens different ways to bring it quickly to do. You can make files proportionally younger or older, or targeted a specific time… GET IT HERE


DiMeCard-SD: SD + microSD Memory Card Holder (credit card size holder, writable label)

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Stores 2 full size SD cards or SD/microSD card adapters and 4 microSD cards or 6 microSD cards if SD/ microSD adapters (not supplied) are used. Durable memory card holder slips comfortably into wallet, purse or pocket. Store up to 768 Gigabytes depending on the size of your memory cards… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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MediaFire App Now Available For Android

MediaFire is an online file storage and sharing service that most computer users at home are not familiar with. With MediaFire you are given 50GB’s of space (for FREE) with a 200 MB file upload size limit. Compared to the other online storage services (which typically offer much less FREE storage space), MediaFire is very generous in their offering. I have maintained an account with MediaFire for nearly 2 years and have never experienced an issue.

MediaFire

The complaint you will hear coming from people about MediaFire is that they will remove your account is your account is inactive. There is some truth to this; however, the rule is that if you must access the MediaFire API (your account) from either the Web, your Mobile platform or your desktop platform at least once per year and if you do that, your account will never be removed.  This is a pretty easy rule to follow; especially, that you are getting 50 GBs of online storage space.  If your account is in jeopardy you will receive sufficient notice via the email account you signed up with.

The one downfall to MediaFire, that I was experiencing, was no Android App available to access and manage my MediaFire files from my tablet. This has all changed within the past couple days (prior to the writing of this article).  MediaFire now has an Android mobile app available in the Google Play Store that can be downloaded to your Android phone or tablet.  You can get the MediaFire App [HERE] .

The MediaFire mobile app lets you access all your documents, photos, and videos from anywhere. Securely store, organize, and share all your data on the web and through your Android device.

MediaFire Mobile App

Features:

• Keep all your important files at your fingertips.
• View docs, spreadsheets, presentations, video, and listen to audio.
• Take and upload pictures and videos directly in the MediaFire app.
• Upload Android gallery images.
• Create and manage folders of files.
• Share files on the go via email, SMS, through other Android apps, and with copy and paste links.
• Quickly search all your MediaFire files and folders.

MediaFire Android App:  Requires Android OS 2.2 or higher

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Alert! Existing SkyDrive Users – Sign In To Keep Your 25 GBs

If you are an existing Microsoft SkyDrive User it is important that you sign into your account and acknowledge that you desire to keep your 25GBs of online storage space. Failure to do so could result in your 25GBs being reduced down to 7GBs of space.

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Any registered SkyDrive user *who has uploaded files to SkyDrive* as of April 22nd can opt in to keep 25GB of free storage while still getting all of the benefits of the new service.

If you are already using 4GBs of space on SkyDrive you will automatically keep your 25GBs.

This all may sound like a dirty trick, but Microsoft is working toward making SkyDrive better (with new apps) and making SkyDrive accessible from Windows Explorer. For example, they recently came out with a preview of SkyDrive for the Windows Desktop which gives you the ability to seamlessly sync your files (from Windows Explorer).

Here’s where you go to try SkyDrive today:

As a result of these new changes I suspect Microsoft is gearing up for an anticipated increase of people using SkyDrive (thus the reduction in the online storage space). According to Microsoft, currently 99.4 percent of current SkyDrive subscribers use 7GBs of space or less (thus the reasoning for the 7GB level). If 7GBs of space is not enough for your situation, they are offering a tiered pricing model to increase that space.

You can read more about these changes [HERE]

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FREE – Unlimited Image (Photo) Sharing and Storage for an Unlimited Time

There are numerous image (photo) sharing and storage sites out there, but I ventured across an image sharing (and storage) service called imgbox, that really caught my attention!

imgbox

The Pro’s: Easy to use; image sharing via URL links; inline hotlinking (great for us bloggers); fast upload speed, batch uploads; 10 mb max file size (jpg, gif, png); unlimited storage for an unlimited time; can name (edit) galleries, can individually select and move images from one gallery to another; and once a gallery of images load you can scroll the images either horizontal (i.e. previous or next) or simply use your mouse wheel to scroll vertically.

The Con’s: Actually I only noticed one fault. Unless I am missing something; and if I am, please let me know. I did not see a method to batch download my images. You can capture the share codes for the images to individually download an image, but no easy method noticed to perform a batch downloads.

Overall, the fact that you have unlimited storage space for an unlimited time; imgbox is looking pretty good to me!

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CX.com Now Has An Android App Available

I have been watching for this… CX.com, a relative newcomer to online file storage and sharing, now has an Android app available that will get you to your CX.com files online. The app is still in the very basic stages of development and does not have any syncing or uploading features built into the app (yet). I do look for that to change.

What this all means at this point in time, is that if you use an Android OS based smartphone or tablet you can now access your CX.com files from those platforms. You can get the app at the Android Marketplace [ HERE ] or via your Android Smartphone or Tablet device. Once you install the app your device will alert you when any upgrades occur, just like any other Android installed app.

If you do not know what CX.com is; then read this recent article:

Get 10 GBs of FREE Online Storage
to Store, Share, Access Anytime, Anywhere

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Once you sign up for the FREE CX.com account, you will get 10 GBs of online space; and for every person you signup you will receive an additional 300 MBs of space (up to 16 GBs).  I am a CX.com user and I am nearing the 16 GB mark; however, I am still not quite there.  If you do signup with CX.com, please [ CLICK HERE ] .  This will help me reach the mark.

Take the potential 16 GBs of space from CX.com, plus 25 GBs that Microsoft has available for FREE [ SEE HERE ] and you will walkaway with over 40 GBs of online storage.  Not too shabby is it?

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SkyDrive – Your Password Protected Hard Drive in the Cloud

The beauty of online file storage (in the cloud) is that you can access your files from anywhere; and from just about any internet enabled device (such as your computer, tablet pc, smartphone, etc.). If you are like me, I am always on the hunt for a good online file storage service that is reliable, reputable and is feature driven. The number of options grow daily and it is hard to determine where is the right place to store files.

Trust me, I have accounts with all of them and the more I engage in this the more confused I get and the more careless I see me getting.  Careless in the sense that I see myself storing files on a site, that in the end I may forget about, and my files are out there in never never land, forever and ever. As a result of this thinking, I have narrowed my options to a few and have made up my mind to stick with them.

One of the online storage options that has recaptured my attention is Microsoft’s SkyDrive.

SkyDrive

SkyDrive is not a new player in the field of cloud based file storage.  As a matter of fact I have had an account with SkyDrive since its’ inception; however, I just was not sold on it – until now! To use SkyDrive you have to sign up for a Windows Live ID account, or if you already have a Hotmail account you are good to go. With SkyDrive you are given a whopping FREE 25GB’s of storage.

What has changed my thinking on SkyDrive is actually this:

You can now perform (easily) batch uploads of files from your computer, as well as, batch downloads. You can select a folder in SkyDrive, select download, and the entire folder will download as a zip file.

SkyDrive appears to be quite reliable in terms of uptime vs. downtime.  You can check the status of the service [HERE] .

If you are a Microsoft Office user, SkyDrive ties nicely into Microsoft’s Office Web Apps which gives you the ability to edit your files online using Word, Powerpoint, Excel and OneNote.

The file management interface of SkyDrive just feels right… You can right click on any file in SkyDrive and perform various file operations, such as Open, Download, View Original, Move to, Copy to, Rename, Delete, Embed and Share.

SkyDrive

If you had moved away from using SkyDrive at an earlier time, I encourage you to revisit.  I think you will find that with the FREE 25 GBs you are getting an online file sharing service that is comparable to many of the other paid services out there.

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Get 10 GBs of FREE Online Storage to Store, Share, Access Anytime, Anywhere

CX.com is relative newcomer in the online file storage services and as a result they offer one of the best FREE packages available. When you signup with CX you get 10 GBs of space to start and if you refer friends, that space can grow (up to 16 GBs).

As a matter of fact if you [ CLICK HERE ] and signup for your free account, I will get 300 MBs of additional space and YOU will get 300 MB’s additional space.  By doing this, you will help me reach my 16 GB’s.

I am currently using this service to backup some files from my PC. There is a syncing utility available for Windows, Apple, iPad, iPhone and coming soon, Android.  I will be especially interested in the Android file syncing app when it is released to backup, store, share and access my files from my tablet PC (Toshiba Thrive) .

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Here are the features of CX.com that sets it apart from some of the other services:

Store

Start with 10GB free and get up to 16GB total when you refer friends. Need more room? We have plans for 50GB, 100GB, and custom amounts for whatever you need. Plus, 256 bit encryption, redundant backups and firewall protection keeps your data safe in the CX cloud.

Sync Between Devices

With CX you can keep your work and home life in sync on as many devices as you want. Your stuff is always ready to access wherever you are.

Share

With CX you have total control over what you share and how. Choose from public or private file-sharing options and share stuff with the world on your favorite social networks. Bonus: when you share a file with someone it doesn’t take up space in their account. Files only count toward the file owner’s storage quota.

Collaborate

Every file has a comment stream. Share a file, and CX users can comment on it too. Join or create a group and everyone can join the conversation, edit files or add new ones.

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Can you buy online storage space from Google?

I was recently asked the question, “Can you buy online storage space from Google?”.  The answer is YES.

Google has been generous in providing online storage space for a variety of their FREE products; however, FREE storage space is specific to each product and FREE storage from one product cannot be used by or transferred to another product.  For example:

Picasa Web Albums offers 1 GB of storage for photos and videos only.

Gmail provides 7+ GB (and counting) which is reserved just for Gmail messages.

Docs gives you 1 GB for your uploaded files (documents created in Google Docs and converted files don’t count towards your storage, but do have some size limitations).

If you have a Google Gmail account and are using any of the applications I previously mentioned you can determine how much online space you are currently consuming in any of these applications by clicking on the graphic below:

Manager Storage

Where you can overcome these restrictions, and store it all, is by purchasing additional storage from Google that allows you to share the space between all of your Google applications. As a matter of fact, with the Google Operating System on the horizon, I can see people purchasing additional space; especially if this online operating system takes hold and they come up with their own file syncing tools.

Cost for additional space:

20 GB – $5/yr
80 GB – $20/yr
200 GB – $50/yr
400 GB – $100/yr
1 TB – $256/yr
2 TB – $512/yr
4 TB – $1024/yr
8 TB – $2048/yr
16 TB – $4096/yr

Also from what I have researched, the storage level you purchase is set to auto-renew (or auto pay), by default, at the end of the year. You can upgrade or downgrade the storage level anytime.  If you opt out of the annual auto renewal billing cycle, and let your subscription expire, the following will occur:

After your storage expires (including the 30-day grace period) or after you cancel the subscription, your storage limits will be set back to the free levels for each product. All of your existing data (photos, emails, uploaded files) will still be accessible, but you won’t be able to add anything new for any product over the free storage limit. Here are the specifics:

  • Gmail (7+ GB free storage): If you’re at or beyond your storage limit, all new incoming emails will hard bounce. This means your inbox is full; you won’t receive new email.
  • Picasa Web Albums (1 GB free storage): If you’re at or beyond your storage limit, you will not be able to upload any new photos and videos.
  • Docs (1 GB free storage): If you’re at or beyond your storage limit, you will not be able to upload any new files.

So if you are big on using Google’s applications, as indicated in this article, and want to keep everything under one roof, then purchasing additional space may be feasible [ click here ]; however, keep in mind there other FREE options out there. (i.e. SkyDrive 25GB FREE)

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The Popular drop.io Service is Going South

A couple of things I have learned about some of the online (cloud based) services is that; 1) Do not get too comfortable with them and 2) Do not put all your eggs in one basket. Many of these services, such as online file storage and sharing sites, are here one day and gone the next.  An example of what I am talking about is the very popular service, drop.io.

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Drop.io is (and soon will be “was”) one of those online services that allowed users to create, what was called a “drop”,  to store various types of data and share that data with others. Drop.io is (and soon will be “was”) one of my favorite online services to share photos and files with others.

Per the drop.io blog, the owners of drop.io have struck a deal with Facebook. In the coming weeks, the drop.io service will be winding down (by Dec 15th) . In other words, drop.io will become non-existent and if you currently have a data stored online with drop.io (that is important to you) I suggest you either download or delete it.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be winding down the drop.io service. As of this week, people will no longer be able to create new free drops, but you’ll be able to download content from existing drops until Dec. 15. Paid user accounts will still be available through Dec. 15 and paid users will be able to continue using the service normally.  After Dec. 15, paid accounts will be discontinued as well.

Please download your information before Dec. 15 – we plan to delete it after that time. No user data or content will be transferred to Facebook, and we’ll send out e-mails to everyone to remind them about the service closing.

 

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Another FREE Online Storage Solution

I am pretty picky when it comes to FREE online file storage.  Currently I am using LiveMesh (5 GB), SkyDrive (25 GB); and, my Gmail account (7GB) with a software client called Backup To Email, to meet my online storage needs. Today I just added another option, called CloudDrive, which is client software for the Adobe Acrobat Online Storage Service (5 GB). With this new addition, I now have a total of 42 GB’s of FREE online space, from well known sources, to play around with.  Not too shabby for FREE.

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To use CloudDrive, the first thing you need to do is subscribe to an account at the Adobe Acrobat Online Storage Service. After you have your account setup, download and install CloudDrive. Once CloudDrive is installed, the following will occur:

When you start up CloudDrive, it will ask you to input your registered email and password on Adobe Acrobat Free Online Storage Service to login.

After that, your mailbox will receive an email from acrobat. You MUST confirm your email by clicking the link in the email.

Now input your registered email and password in the login form and start to experience CloudDrive!

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When the first time you logged in, probably there are already several files in CloudDrive window; All of them are Acrobat’s ads, you can delete them all.

CloudDrive has an easy to use interface that gives you the ability to upload/download multiple files. You can either drag and drop the files or use the upload/download buttons that are build into CloudDrive.  Of any of the FREE online services I use, the CloudDrive client (with the Adobe Acrobat Online Storage Services) appears to be the fastest (in terms of upload/download speed); however, it did seem a little buggy at times.

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In the end, CloudDrive is a welcome addition to meeting my online file storage needs and is a keeper. This is another app that I see as serving a good purpose and will improve in time.

In closing, one point I would like to make about online storage. Any files that I store online, I encrypt the file(s) before I upload them. This provides an added level of protection  An easy to use application to accomplish that task, on-the-fly, is Axcrypt. Use Axcrypt to encrypt the file as an .exe file, before you upload it. This option gives you the ability to download, open and decrypt the file from any location (without the Axcrypt software).

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Forward Those Entertaining Emails to forwardOn

image TechPaul from Tech-for Everyone was recently so ever apologetic for forwarding a chain email to me; BUT, he had some very interesting pics he wanted me to see that were floating around the internet via the never-ending email circuit. See, he is alot like myself when it comes to forwarding those crazy (but sometimes entertaining) emails; we, usually are the one’s that drop the ball and break the email chain.  We do have our reasons for that and mostly it is our protective geek nature to be security conscious and do all that we can to prevent any chance of malware from being spread and to help reduce clutter in your inbox. I’m sure our proactive actions really do not have much of an impact at all; but, we do try : )

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As a result of our proactive geek behavior, I recently found a service, called forwardOn where you can forward (and store) those entertaining emails that you cannot live without; so TechPaul at Tech-for Everyone, feel guilty no more.  I will just forward those great emails you send me to forwardOn for all to see.  At forwardOn you can post:

1. Videos (including links to YouTube videos)
2. Pictures
3. Jokes
4. Audio
5. Files (Word docs, Powerpoints, and more)

The “cool factor” to this service is that it works directly from your email.  Once you signup you will be provided with a forwardOn email address where you can forward those emails to your forwardOn account where it will be posted on your own private page where it can be shared with everyone.  For example, below is my public forwardOn page for your viewing pleasure:

http://www.forwardon.com/Ramblinrick

forwardOn eliminates accidental viruses, email hoaxes and scams, wasted bandwidth and storage, clogged inboxes, unformatted content, and much more. The only thing I could not nail down with this service is how much space is given for storage…  It also appears the service offers a reward program, where the quantity and quality of your posts generates points that are redeemable for gifts, etc…

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What is Dropbox?

Dropbox Is a File Storage, Syncing and Collaboration Tool [ Link ]

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Every once in awhile I love to link to articles that have been posted by others; especially those who are members of the What’s On My PC blogroll.  Steve, over at Scoroncocolo has put up an excellent in-depth article [ Link ] about using the cloud storage app called Dropbox.

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What is really intriguing about Steve’s writing is that he just does not give you bits and pieces; he give you the whole loaf.  He tests out the apps he writes about, then tells you how to use those apps in an easily understood manner. His Dropbox article is an excellent example of this. If you do not know what cloud storage is or Dropbox, I encourage you to read Steve’s article titled;

Dropbox Is a File Storage, Syncing and Collaboration Tool

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#38)

Another great roundup of articles from the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  If you are a person that is looking to get an edge on the latest in information technology and computers, I highly recommend that you visit these sites on a daily basis.

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Tech-for Everyone
Media Center Recordings Filled Disk

Scoroncocolo Tech Pages
How to Use Google Wave

Snakebytez
FreeCommander : An Advanced File Manager

Carputers News and Computer Tips
Internet Explorer 8 and Compatibility View

TTC Shelbyville
How To: Setting Up Active Directory Group Policies –
Network Computing

The Abbey Rose
Universe Firefox

I Love Free Software
Eraser: Permanently Delete Files from Hard Disk

Technize
Download Yahoo Messenger 10 Final

Worthy Tips
Handy Backup –
A Cost Effective Life Insurance For Your System

Mrintech
Best Collection of Aero Wallpapers for your Desktop!

Freeware Elite
Check whether a blog is down with “IS MY BLOG WORKING?”

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites November 24

AskBillFirst
Online Holiday Shopping Tips

Rarst.net
Run web app in dedicated window of Firefox or Chrome

Lifehacker
Hands-On Look at What’s New in Office 2010 [Screenshot Tour]

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Gov K. Says No LNG Investigation

Computer Too Slow
How to control a desktop remotely

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12 Tips to Avoid Phising –
Protection From Phishing Emails and Sites

AKS-Feel The Change
Resize Images Automatically with Dropresize

Carol’s Vault
Online storage services still around

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Enterprise Suite

Plato On-Line
Fake Facebook Uncovered

Evilfantasy’s Blog
GoogleGoogleGoogleGoolge

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
5 Free Microsoft Programs – Really!

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Live Photo Gallery v Google Picasa.round 4.

Canadian Tech News Blog
CNET: Top 5 Tech Turkeys

TuneUp Blog
PDC09 – L.A. Day 1 Coverage

Freeware Pharmacy
Essential Apps For…

What’s On My PC…
Microsoft Office Templates

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#35)

image Each week What’s On My PC features links to articles (posted within the past 7 days) from the tech blogs that are on the What’s On My PC blogroll (at the sidebar of the blog).  If you are new or old to information technology and computers, these blogs are awesome resources for keeping in tune.

Canadian Tech News Blog
Top 5 Free Software

Snakebytez
Firefox 3.6 Beta 1 now available for Download

Carputer’s News and Computer Tips
Free Software for Business Use

Tux in the Midwest
Another website launched with Drupal

Worthy Tips
How to preset safe mode boot
before rebooting in Windows OS?

Technize
Download Free Windows 7 Product Guide From Microsoft

I Love Free Software
ADrive: Free 50GB Online Storage and Backup Space

TTC Shelbyville
Control the Ping Command With Performance Pinging

The Abbey Rose
Favicon’s

Techolar
How to disinfect your computer keyboard

Mrintech
WordPress XML and XHTML Sitemap

Freeware Elite
So, do you know what is a Browser?

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Facebook, my pet peeves.

Tuneup Blog
Tuneup Blog Diary: Extend Your Laptop’s Battery Life (Part Two)

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Setting up Dual Monitors

Crazy World of G
Open Sesame

Lifehacker
Google Chrome Beta Adds Bookmark Sync, Speed Boost [Updates]

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HP ProBook 4510s – nice small business notebook

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How to display your birthday, not your age, in Facebook

Tech-for Everyone
Windows 7 64-bit Adventures

AskBillFirst
What Did He Mean By That? SMS and E-mail Etiquette

Free PC Security
WOT Community Trust Certificate

AKS-Feel The Change
Free Windows File Manager Alternative

Carol’s Vault
Beautiful and free vector graphics

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove BlockWatcher

Teck~Line
See What a Mac User Has To Say About Windows 7

Plato On-Line
Facebook Spamming Practices Revealed

Is You GEEKed Up
Windows 7: What’s Wrong with It?

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Fix MSE Utility – Repair Microsoft Security Essentials

Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Sending large files to a friend without a web service?
Create a torrent!

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
A Seriously Advanced Photo Tool – Free Image Analyzer 1.31

Right On Technology
Little Buddy GPS

Scoroncocolo Tech Pages
Backing Up and Synchronizing Files with SyncToy

What’s On My PC
Using your numeric keypad as a launcher…

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Live Mesh…

As an addendum to the recent blog post on Windows Live, there is another “Windows Live” service, that is in “beta” like many of the others; BUT is not widely known.  It is called “Live Mesh”

Live Mesh

Best description of what “Live Mesh” is, I quoted from the web site:

“With Live Mesh, you can synchronize files with all of your devices, so you always have the latest versions handy. Access your files from any device or from the web, easily share them with others, and get notified whenever someone changes a file.”

To take advantage of Live Mesh, you must have a Windows Live account (which is FREE).  If you already have a Hotmail or Messenger account, you are good to go.  Go to the Live Mesh site [Click Here] and initially setup your Live Mesh desktop and the devices you want to sync with (i.e. your home computer, your notebook computer, your mobile devices, your online Mesh desktop, etc.).  During this process you will be prompted to download the Mesh (synchronization) software. Following the installation of the software, you can right click on any folder in Windows explorer and make the folder you selected a Live Mesh folder.  Once the folder is selected, you can change the synchronization options.  Basically what happens at this point is that any file you place in the Live Mesh folder will sync with the online folder OR any changes you make to the online folder will sync with the local folder (depending on the sync options you selected).  I actually took this one step folder and created a shortcut to my Live Mesh folder and placed the shortcut in my “Send To” folder so that all I would have to do is right click on a file I may be working on, send it to my Live Mesh folder, and it automatically would be uploaded to my online folder (as a quick backup option).  I later found that Live Mesh created a menu option to allow you to save a file to the folder.  Learning as I go with this; but, is looking pretty impressive.  Live Mesh currently provides users with 5 GB’s of space.  I do question or wonder why the Live Mesh’s storage space does not tie into SkyDrive, another Window’s Live (online) file storage option???

Live Mesh also provides the ability to share folders with other Windows Live users and the ability to perform remote sessions into your PC.  As I earlier indicated, Live Mesh is in beta and as with any beta software, changes come and changes go.  I will continue to monitor this and the other Windows Live components.

 

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Windows Live…

I’ve recently did a post about “Blogging with Microsoft Word 2007…” Following that post, a fellow blogger whom I’ve come to know at “Tech-for Everyone” told me to give Window’s Live Writer a try to edit and post my blog articles…  I did and there has been no going back.  The Window’s Live Writer (by Microsoft) is one of the best “FREE” blogging tools I have since experienced.  If you currently have a Windows Live ID or Windows Live Hotmail or Windows Messenger account, then you are already setup to take advantage of Live Writer and a whole gamut of other “FREE” services (and software) which Microsoft has cooked up…  If you don’t have an account, you can easily setup an account by clicking on the “Get Windows Live” button at the end of this post. 

Following the advice I received from “Tech-for Everyone”, I noticed he posted a great article about Windows Live Writer and Window’s Live Mail.  I encourage you to read the post titled “The Live Line” [Click Here].

After reading the “Tech-for Everyone” article, I started exploring deeper into some of the Window’s Live Services such as Live Mail (email client) and Window’s SkyDrive (online storage).  I have found both to be awesome and likely will be mainstays on my computer…  I also learned that SkyDrive currently provide 5 GB’s of online storage and will be expanding that to 25 GB’s in the near future (click here to read that announcement).

I really think Microsoft is heading in a good direction with the Window’s Live Services.  Reflected below is a screenshot from the Windows Live website which depicts the services currently available.  You can click on “Get Windows Live” to visit Microsoft’s Windows Live site.

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