SMPlayer Portable 18.4.0 (media player) Released | PortableApps.com – Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives

SMPlayer Portable 18.4.0 has been released by PortableApps.com.

SMPlayer Portable is the popular SMPlayer packaged with a PortableApps.com Launcher as a portable app, so you can take your video player with you. It has all the same great features as SMPlayer including remembering the settings of all the files you play, configurable subtitles, audio track switching, etc…

Source: SMPlayer Portable 18.4.0 (media player) Released | PortableApps.com – Portable software for USB, portable and cloud drives

NirLauncher – Collection of more than 200 portable utilities from NirSoft

NirLauncher is a collection of more than 200 portable utilities from NirSoft. If you are into working on and troubleshooting computers, this will be right down your alley.

Click on the screenshot to get a full-size view. See features below.

NirLauncher Features

  • NirLauncher can be used from USB flash drive without need of any installation.
  • NirLauncher and all the utilities in the package are completely freeware, without any Spyware/Adware/Malware. This package doesn’t contain any 3-party software, toolbars, Web browser plugins, or other unwanted surprises. It will not install any software on your system and it will not change your Web browser homepage or other settings on your system.
  • NirLauncher package includes variety of tools that you may need for your daily computer use, including utilities to recover lost passwords, to monitor your network, to view and extract cookies, cache, and other information stored by your Web browser, to search files in your system, and more…
  • For every utility in the package, you can easily run it, view the help file, or jump to the Web page of the utility.
  • When using it from USB flash drive, the configuration of every utility is saved into .cfg file on the flash drive.
  • On x64 systems, NirLauncher automatically run the x64 version of the utility, when there is a separated x64 version.
  • NirLauncher also allows to add more software packages in additional to the main NirSoft package.
  • NirLauncher allows you generate plugin files for BartPE (Launcher -> Generate BartPE Plugin Files), so you can easily use the utilities of NirSoft from a bootable live windows CD.

Source: NirLauncher – Collection of more than 200 portable utilities from NirSoft

Geek Squeaks (#2016-02) FEATURING — Great Reference Book On Upgrading And Repairing PCs — and MORE GREAT STUFF

Great Reference Book On Upgrading And Repairing PCs – If you are contemplating a career as an IT Professional or you are an IT Professional, you may want to consider purchasing the 22nd Edition of Scott Mueller’s Upgrading and Repairing PCs. Get “practical answers about PC processors, mother-boards, buses, BIOSes, memory, SSD and HDD storage, video, audio, networks, Internet connectivity, power, and much more. You’ll find the industry’s best coverage of diagnostics, testing, and repair—plus cutting-edge discussions of improving PC performance via overclocking and other techniques.”.  Also, be sure to check out Scott Mueller’s online Upgrading and Repairing Forum.

Upgrading and Repairing PCs

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Boot Failure Troubleshooting Flowchart – Since I started out today’s post with a book on upgrading and repairing PCs, I thought I would throw in this Boot Failure Troubleshooting Flowchart that you may find of interest. There is also a book on this as well — CLICK HERE .

 Boot Failure Troubleshooting Flowchart

Boot Failure Flowchart

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Use Disk Space Organizing Software To Keep Your Computer Clutter Free – Using disk space organizing software can help you keep your computer from turning into a junkyard by visually showing you what files and folders (and where) are consuming hard drive space.  To help me in this situation I use the portable app called GetFolderSize. There is also a full install version if you are not into the portable apps. GetFolderSize works as a disk analyzer that lets you see a folder tree where you can easily locate files and folders that you have “lost” and cannot even search for because you have forgotten what you named them! I have added GetFolderSize to the Downloads Page, listed under the portable apps swarm.

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GetFolderSize

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Fast Free File Shredder – Another portable app that landed in my lap is OW Shredder. This portable app is an advanced security tool which allows you to completely erase secret data with all drive traces from your hard drives by overwriting it. Individual files, free disk space and entire volumes can by erased. I have also added this portable app to the Downloads Page

OW Shredder

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Turn An Android Device Into A Home Video Monitoring System – If you have a tablet or an old Android phone lying around, you can put it to good use and turn it into a video surveillance camera by using the Android app called AtHomeCamera. This app is worth a try before you go out an buy and expensive setup. All platforms are supported, including Windows PC、Mac、iPhone、iPad、iPod, Android phone, Android tablet and Smart TV. Used together with AtHome Video Streamer, you are able to keep an eye on your home when you are outside, and receive alerts right away in case of any incident!

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Geek Squeaks #2015-1 @ What’s On My PC

Geek Squeaks is back… – After taking a break from posting Geek Squeaks, I am thinking of bringing it back. Geek Squeaks is a name I came up with as an identifier to my readers that when you see a Geek Squeaks’ post it is a “quick read” compilation of tech news, software, apps and anything for that matter that I think is worth a squeak from an old geek. Geek Squeaks’ are random posts that are not set to any timeline or schedule.

Free Desktop Timer – Free Desktop Timer is a simple utility that allows you to create multiple timers on your desktop. This is one of those kinds of things that you might not even know you need until you try it.

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Added Links To The “Software & Apps” Swarm – If you click on the downloads tab at the top of the blog you will see links to Software & Apps sites, FREE Software, Portable Apps, Android Apps and Cloud Computing Apps. I just added some additional sites to the Software & Apps swarm that will take you to reputable software sites. All links and software in each of the swarms are tried, true and tested…  I want to publish only the best.

Keep An Eye On This Smartphone – With the OnePlus 2, we have something bold to say. We believe that great products come from great ideas, not multi-million dollar marketing campaigns. We believe “that’s just the way things are” is almost always the wrong answer. Most of all, we believe that great things should be shared. This is the OnePlus 2.

A list of all the Google Now voice commands –  Here’s a list of just about everything you can say to Google Now. Try experimenting with different phrasing, you’ll be surprised how much it understands. The part of the phrase in [brackets] can be replaced with any similar term you choose… @greenbot

Deal Ends August 7th – For Photive 50 Watt 6 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger @ Amazon. Industry first 6 port 50 Watt 10 Amp Rapid USB Wall charger. The PH-50W has revolutionized charging – Our Intelegent USB ports will comunicate and recognize the device it is plugged into and will povide the fastest possible charging speed. Excellent reviews…

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Three Must Have Diagnostic Tools by Windows Sysinternals

Windows Sysinternals is host to numerous advanced system utilities and technical information that is available (for FREE) to help you manage, troubleshoot and diagnose your Windows systems and applications. There are three of their utilities that I consider as “must have” utilities; and, the beauty of these three is that you can run them live from Sysinternals.

BgInfo – Displays relevant information about a Windows computer on the desktop’s background, such as the computer name, IP address, service pack version, and more. You can edit any field as well as the font and background colors, and can place it in your startup folder so that it runs every boot, or even configure it to display as the background for the logon screen. By default when you first run BgInfo it will display more than what is actually being shown in the screenshot and is very useful in getting good baseline visual information about any Windows based computer you may be troubleshooting.

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Autoruns – Shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and when you start various built-in Windows applications like Internet Explorer, Explorer and media players. These programs and drivers include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. Autoruns reports Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and much more. Autoruns goes way beyond other autostart utilities.

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Process Explorer – Shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded AND isuseful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work.

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FREE Windows Desktop Vector Alarm Clocks

Every so often I like to re-visit past blog articles; especially those I believe offer something that is unique, but often fall in the forgotten category.

The vector clocks that I mention in this article are the best looking Windows based software clocks (with alarms) out there…

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Just when I think I have found every type of clock software on the internet I come across another find, called Vector Clock, to add to my collection. Today I am excited to bring to you, not just one clock, but a collection of FREE vector alarm clocks that are fully scaleable, fully customizable, requires no installation (portable app) and just plain downright looks awesome.

Vector Clocks

There are four things that makes these FREE Vector Alarm Clocks tick:

CustomizableVector Clock is customizable. There are detailed Clock Options in the settings. It also nicely integrates with Your desktop – You can choose to pin the clock to desktop, use it as a normal window, keep it on top or even force it to foreground (when in click-through mode). Plus some other options, such as “hide on mouse over”, “start with Windows” and “clock transparency” configuration.

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How To Type the “Degree” Symbol From The Keyboard

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] How To Type the “Degree” Symbol From The Keyboard – I always like sharing personal experiences here on the blog to show that I don’t pull these things out of thin air. Recently I was generating a report where I was typing out weather conditions (such as outside temperature). As I continued doing this I would always type out the word “degree” for the temperature (i.e. 90 degrees). It was at that point I started wondering if there is a way to generate the degree symbol from the keyboard?

If you look at your keyboard you will not visually find the symbol or character reference for the “degree symbol.  What you have to do is use what is called “ALT CODES”…

If you hold down the Alt key and on the numeric keypad on the right of the keyboard, type 0176, or Alt+ 248, then when you release the Alt Key, a ° should be there.

If you are interested in learning some more ALT CODES, click on the ALT CODES REFERENCE SHEET below.

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[PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE] Envelope Printer – While I could have used MS Office Word and other 3rd party programs to print out envelopes, I wanted something that was far easier to use and that required a heck of a lot less mouse clicks to get the job done. The program remembers your settings, so once all ready to go you can open the program, open the address book, choose the address hit use this address and the click print. 4 mouse clicks and you are done… @Tweaking.com

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[CLOUD STORAGE] How to tie your cloud storage services together – How can you tie your cloud storage services together?   It’s actually easy if you use MultCloud.   MultCloud ties together all of the most popular cloud storage services so you can upload files to multiple sites through a single sign-on… @TTC Shelbyville – Technical Blog

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[COMPRESSION SOFTWARE] ZipGenius handles more than 20 types of compression formats – It allows you to browse CD/DVD-ROM ISO image files as if they were common archives. It is the best companion for your daily tasks and you can even use it through command line module in batch operations… @ZipGenius

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[PORTABLE APP] A simple and free start menu application that can be installed on USB sticks or local PCs – Portable Start Menu organizes your programs in a simple menu system and launches them via a tray icon. If you close Portable Start Menu on an USB-Stick, running applications can be closed automatically, too… @Portable Start Menu

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[COMPUTER HARDWARE] Cable Matters USB 3.0 to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station – swappable access to 2.5″ and 3.5″ SATA HDD/SSD, without having to mount the hard drive, or installing it in an enclosure. It provides a simple, fast, and cost effective solution for data recovery, drive imaging, and testing centers, or any environment that requires fast access to uninstalled/archived drives.. @Amazon

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[HOW TO – TROUBLESHOOT] When your computer won’t turn on – A lot of problems can keep a computer from booting Windows (or any other operating system). Fortunately, you can get a pretty good idea by noting how and when the PC fails. If you press the power button and nothing happens, you’ve got a very different problem than if the PC starts but Windows never loads. Let’s take a look at some of the possibilities… @PCWorld

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[TECH NEWS] How the Internet of Things knows where gunfire happens – SST’s ShotSpotter pinpoints outdoor, urban gunshots for law enforcement agencies. Now it’s moving indoors with a service for schools… @c|net

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FREE Backup Software That Provides Basic And Advanced Features (such as disk imaging)

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[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] FREE Backup Software That Provides Basic And Advanced Features (such as disk imaging)

I have been involved in computers in some form or another for over 25 years. My strength has always been in the area of software and learning what I needed to know to keep the flow of the workplace healthy. I will tell you right off the bat, I am not an expert; however, give me a little time and I will find the answer. Since my retirement, my desire to keep up with the trends has not diminished; AND, if anything it has become even more focused. I have learned to become a master of computer information.

My focus is no longer in a workplace setting, but is more in the direction of what can I contribute to help folks at home. Today, I want to push you in a direction of making sure you are backing up your data (documents, pictures, music, etc…) and even backing up your entire hard drive.

One of the first things you need to do is get yourself a good external drive that will become an extension of your computer and can be easily removed (and stored away) if need be (depending on how important is your data to you). I currently use several external drives, with one of those drives being a portable hard drive (see examples here). I use this portable hard drive to store a backup image of my entire hard drive that will capture every bit of data on the drive at the time of the backup. I then remove the drive and store it off site. I know there are numerous cloud computing backup options out there where you can move your personal (and private) files to the cloud. Even with this option being available, I still (highly) recommend the process of backing up your data and external drive (at your house). This all may sound like a pain, but really it is not; especially when I introduce you to AOMEI Backupper Standard.

AMOEI Backupper Standard is a FREE backup software solution that I can personally attest does work (especially the disk imaging component). AMOEI gives you the ability to perform a system backup, a disk backup, a customized files/folders backup and a partition backup.

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Please do not let these terms scare you off. AMOEI will walk you through the process of performing these tasks. On a personal level, as mentioned, I use the disk imaging component of AMOEI to make an exact copy of my hard drive in my computer.

In closing, to give an example of how AMOEI, saved my butt…  I recently noticed and determined that my hard drive in my computer, after 7 years, was working its’ way toward failure. Using AMOEI, I routinely performed disk imaging backups and had those images stored on an external drive. When it was time to install the new drive, I created a boot CD (or DVD) using the AMOEI software. Using the AMOEI software, I created boot CD (which is easy to do). After installing the new hard drive, which was larger in size and contained no data, I booted from the CD.  Within the boot CD is a built in version of the AMOEI software that allowed me to pull the image from the external drive and restore my data (an exact copy of my old hard drive) to the new drive (a new Seagate Hybrid Drive with SSD). I always keep my fingers crossed when performing tasks such as this, but AMOEI performed flawlessly.

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[WALLPAPER] Browse and Download Any Bing Wallpaper at Official Homepage Gallery – Microsoft Bing’s daily updated photo backgrounds for the search engine are cool and popular. You can now browse and download all the wallpapers in Bing’s history at the official Homepage Gallery, all for free… @lifehacker

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[GOOGLE] Create Reminders in Google Search – You don’t have to use the mobile Google Search app to add reminders. Just search Google for add reminder or create reminder, enter a name, a date or a place. You can also enter specific queries like: add reminder to buy milk tomorrow or create reminder to buy sandwich when I am in Chicago. Just click “remind me on Google Now”… @Google Operating System

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[TECH NEWS] Microsoft talks up ‘next version of Windows’ – Microsoft is trying to bridge the relatively strict separation — that currently exists on Windows 8.1 — of the Modern, aka Metro, UI that is touch friendly and the more traditional desktop UI, which is geared more toward the mouse and keyboard… @c|net

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[HOW TO] Sleep and hibernation: frequently asked questions – Here are answers to some common questions about sleep and hibernation… @Microsoft


[SOFTWARE] Angry IP Scanner – Angry IP scanner is a very fast and small IP scanner. It pings each IP address to check if it`s alive, then optionally it is resolving hostname and tries to connect at specified in Options dialog box TCP port… @Snapfiles

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[PORTABLE APPS] 300+ free and legal portable apps (over 9GB) – Free. No time limits. No catch. No registration required. Never was. No adware. No spyware. No malware… @portableapps

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[ANDROID APP] Floatify – Smart Notifications – When you receive notifications Floatify will show you a popup window with stacked notifications. You can interact with the popup, expand a notification to full size, open or cancel the notification, setup a reminder or open the app in xHalo. Even if the phone is locked you can directly open or cancel the notification! Floatify will also wake your phone if you like… @Google Play

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What’s On My PC – WordPress Crunchy Numbers for 2013

Happy New Year Everyone and THANK YOU for visiting my blog during 2013. Posted below is a stat summary for 2013 AND my thoughts for 2014:

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. What’s On My PC was viewed about 410,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 18 days for that many people to see it.

If What’s On My PC were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 18 days for that many people to see it.

In 2013, there were 249 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,708 posts. There were 774pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 46 MB. That’s about 2 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was February 4th with1,917 views. The most popular post that day was Wallpaper of the Week (#107) – Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Wallpaper.


This past year, about mid-stream, I decided to change the blog to fit the Geek Squeaks’ theme that I have used in the past (on a random basis)…  As a result, my stats have stayed up (and actually improved).  I am now thinking of doing a post once or twice a week, calling it Geek Squeaks for the Week which will feature a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites…

I often find myself, after 5 years of blogging, slowing down; however, my obsession with technology is still there. Any feedback is most welcome…

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 22, 2013

Today’s Geek Squeaks’ consists of a NEW Geek Squeaks layout, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Android, a small portable app called Snap2Html (to generate html folder listings), and some of the best selling tablet PCs that are out there!

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!
 
 

Trying A NEW Look With Geek Squeaks’

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As I continue to transform the blog toward the Geek Squeaks’ theme, which I am truly enjoying,  I am looking to find the best way to layout and present information to you so that you can quickly get a good idea of what the content of the post is about.

The layout I am experimenting with, starting today, begins with a brief intro summary followed up with brief mini-posts with links to the larger picture. If you subscribe to the blog via email or rss feed, you will generally see the brief intro summary and hopefully that will entice you to visit and explore the site more.


Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Has Gone Mobile

Many of you, I am sure, are aware of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware that is available for your PC. Let it be known that the developers of Malwarebytes has released an Android version for your smartphones and tablets…

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The world’s most popular anti-malware technology protects your phone or tablet from malware, infected apps, and unauthorized surveillance… GET IT HERE


Snap2HTML

This utility I currently use to take a snapshot of my program files directory and my portable apps directory. I do this in the event of a system crash. I can refer back to this snapshot to see what programs I had installed. I can see where Snap2HTML could be useful in a variety of scenarios.

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Snap2HTML takes a “snapshot” of folder structures on your harddrive and saves as HTML files. What’s unique about Snap2HTML is that the HTML file uses modern techniques to make it feel more like a “real” application, similar to Windows Explorer, displaying a treeview with folders that you can click to view the files contained within (see example output). There is also a built in file search. Still, everything is contained in a single HTML file that you can easily store or distribute… GET IT HERE


Best Selling Tablets

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Tablet PCs are where it is at… Desktop sales continue to decline because of these slim, easy to carry and easy to use computer devices. If you do not own a tablet, I encourage you to visit Amazon to explore the best selling tablets; not necessarily to purchase one, but to explore the specs, customer reviews and to learn more about these newest innovations in the world of computing… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 23, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (Get NirSoft and Sysinternals Utilities In One Program): A great way to capture any or all of the tech utilities that are developed by NirSoft and Sysinternals is to use the portable app called WSCC (Windows System Control Center). What I especially like about WSCC is that when there is an update (or a new utility), WSCC will let you know (see below for more details);

Squeak #2 – (A Router That Fits In The Palm Of Your Hand): I noticed that TCAT Shelbyville is playing around with a router that is so small that it will fit in the palm of your hand (see more about this below);

Squeak #3 – (A Malware Scanner In The Clouds): Panda, known for its’ online cloud based antivirus packages has a NEW cloud based malware scanner that is FREE (see below); AND,

Squeak #4 – (ZyXEL 3-in-1 Wireless N Pocket Travel Router): See where you can get your hands on the ZyXEL router that TCAT Shelbyville is reviewing (see below)…

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A Portable App To Organize and Maintain The Utilities From NirSoft and Sysinternals Live

WSCC – Windows System Control Center

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WSCC is a free, portable program that allows you to install, update, execute and organize the utilities from various system utility suites. WSCC can install and update the supported utilities automatically. Alternatively, WSCC can use the http protocol to download and run the programs. WSCC is portable, installation is not required. Extract the content of the downloaded zip archive to any directory on your computer… GET IT HERE


Zyxel MWR102 tiny router/AP

@ TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog

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Finally got my Zyxel Routers / APs in.  Promised pics earlier with our blog post earlier last week.  With a router/ap switch on the side and the ability to act as a router, ap or bridge, the routers came with two power supplies each, a CAT5 cable and a very powerful wireless signal… READ MORE


Panda Cloud Cleaner

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Panda Cloud Cleaner is an advanced disinfector based on Collective Intelligence (scanning in-the-cloud) that detects malware that traditional security solutions cannot detect. The FREE DISINFECTOR… GET IT HERE


ZyXEL 3-in-1 Wireless N Pocket Travel Router,
Access Point, and Ethernet Client

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Many ultra-portable devices like PDAs, tablets, handheld game consoles, and even some laptops no longer accept a wired connection, limiting their functionality in locations without wireless access. The MWR102 combines a miniature router and wireless access point to create the perfect way to share high-speed wireless internet access in hotel rooms, conference rooms, or anywhere a wired broadband connection is available… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Liberate Your Flash Drive with LiberKey

Managing apps on a flash drive can be a real challenge even for the polished IT professional. Flash Drives have given us the liberty to transport files from PC to PC and the ability to run apps (software applications) directly from these little buggers. Again the problem that occurs is the ability to manage and organize what we place on these drives.  I can remember when flash drives first came out and developers started creating portable apps. These apps were far and few between; however, today the portable apps available number into the hundreds.  You literally can create a computer on a stick…

To help manage what you place on your flash drive and to help you decide what apps to install, I use a portable menu management utility called LiberKey.

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The abilities of LiberKey are phenomenal and will, in a sense, take complete charge of your drive. The most important feature I like about LiberKey is after I select the apps I want I can go back at anytime and have LiberKey update the apps to the current version. As a matter of fact, being big on flash drive usage, this feature alone is worth its’ weight in gold. I do not know how many times I have installed a portable app on my flash drive and never take the time to perform updates.

LiberKey is FREE; is host to over 292 applications that you can select from; plus, if you are not in the mood to specifically select what apps you want to install, you can actually take the lazy man’s way out and download a complete suite of apps in a batch.

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SanDisk Cruzer – A Reliable USB Flash Drive

If you are in the market for a portable flash drive, I can honestly attest to and recommend the SanDisk Cruzer line of USB Flash Drives. I have owned several of these drives, over the years; and, I literally use the daylights out of them to run portable apps and to perform file backups. I carry one in my pocket all of the time. The “cool factor” with these drives is the retractable usb connector. When connected to the computer, the SanDisk Cruzer will light up and will flash when read/write drive activity is detected.

This particular model is available in 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB* capacities. Where to buy? [ click here ]

Minimum System Requirements

  • Intel® Pentium® PC or Macintosh™computer with USB support
  • Windows® 7, Windows® XP, Windows Vista®
  • Mac OS® X v10.1.2+ and Linux (storage only)
  • USB 2.0 port required for high-speed transfer
  • Requires high-power USB hub port

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#54)

Each week, What’s On My PC, features recent (within the past 7 days) links to articles that are authored by the blog owners who are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community (at the sidebar of the blog).  If you are someone who has that special obsession for computers and information technology, I highly encourage you to bookmark these blogs and make Geek Squeaks’ part of your weekly routine.

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Tech-for Everyone
How To Get Free Tax-prep Programs & e-Filing

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites March 30

AskBillFirst
LifeLock Settles FTC Charges For $12 Million

Rarst.net
Are we going to shed most of software?

Lifehacker
Don’t Forget to Sign That Tax Return and 9 Other Common Tax Mistakes to Avoid

Carol’s Vault
ZeuAPP: 82 free and open source applications with one click

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Control Components

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Download Free LiberKey – Installs 180+ Portable Applications

Right On Technology
Apple iPhone HD on AT&T and Verizon this summer?

Snakebytez
Disable Startup – Free Startup Manager and Monitoring Software

Carputer’s News and Computer Tips
Free Websites Reloaded

TTC Shelbyville
Cable Messes and Awesome Data Centers

I Love Free Software
ContactOffice – Free Virtual Office To Manage Your Business

Worthy Tips
Some Best Free Video Editing Software

Canadian Tech News
Have you heard of Duck Duck Go (search engine)?

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live, stats and nostalgia

TuneUp Blog About Windows
Can a “Secret” CPU Setting Really Improve Boot-up Time?

Plato Press
10 Things You Should Know About Digicam Memory Cards

What’s On My PC
The easy way to print filenames in folders…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#53)

It is that time again…  Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly rundown of links to articles posted from the blogs that are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  If you have a desire to keep up with information technology and computers, then I suggest you make these sites part of your daily routine.

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TTC Shelbyville
2000 mw USB Wireless – 2 Watts of Power

Carputer’s News and Computer Tips
100 Free and Useful Portable Apps

I Love Free Software
Penzu – Free Online Personal Diary and Journal

Worthy Tips
BasicTwitter – A desktop client
to manage multiple twitter accounts

Internet Security Blog
Block, Avoid, Identify Paypal, EBay,
Bank Phishing Emails with Iconix

Canadian Tech Blogger
What free email service should I use?

Computer Maintenance
Uninstall Unwanted Programs

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites March 23

AskBillFirst
Do You Really Know Where That Link Is Taking You?

Tech-for Everyone
URGENTLY!!!

Sugarloaf Tech
Uninstall Trend Micro without a password

Rarst.net
TeamViewer – functional remote access tool

Lifehacker
Which Browser Should I Use: Firefox or Chrome?

Crazy World of G
Export This Part 5

thePC Security
Comodo Dragon Review | The Secured Browser on Chromium

AKS-Feel The Change
Linkbait Generator-Generate Catchy Blog Post ideas

Carol’s Vault
My word!!! Please, don’t be rude!

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Security Guard

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Free ThreatFire – Advanced Security Against Malware

Right On Technology
AT&T adding Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus soon

Freeware Pharmacy
Subsonic

Plato Press
Biggest Threat to Endangered Species: the Internet

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live, Stats and Nostalgia

TuneUp Blog About Windows
Building the Perfect Media Center (Part Two)

WP Xpert
Custom Header Workaround For The New WP.com Theme Titan

What’s On My PC
Test Your Internet Connection Speed

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Hang Out with Portable Firefox, Chrome and Opera

When I am asked, “What browser do I use?”, I usually comeback with “I’m a Chrome user”; BUT, when my inner self takes over, the real answer is that I hang out with Firefox, Chrome and Opera. It seems that Chrome is in fact my primary browser (for the moment), but when Firefox and Opera make another leap forward, I just have to be there to witness the leap. For example Opera 10.5 was just released and I had to try it out.  I just can’t help it.  This is what is so fun about software; you can witness technology changing right in front of you AND browsers are where it is at. The competition amongst these (3)-three are pushing the technology envelope on the internet further and further. Think about it, the browser is your windshield to the world wide web.

If you have been wanting to give one of these (or all of these) browsers a test run, there is a way to do that without performing a full install of the browser software; AND, that is through downloading the portable versions. The portable versions of Firefox, Chrome and Opera are designed to be downloaded, saved and run from a folder of your choice without making system wide changes to your computer. The portable versions are primarily designed to be carried on a flash drive (as a portable app); however, I can personally attest the portable versions will run just fine from a folder on your PC, as well.  The “cool factor” with this is that if you don’t like the  browser,  just delete the folder where you saved it to.

Now, unlike myself, most normal people will focus on learning and using one browser. Once you tried one of the portable browsers out (like Firefox) and you can’t live without it, then I would delete the portable version and install the full version from their website. Personally, my advice to most computer users, is to stick with one browser on their PC for security reasons; however, if you need a change and want to try something different or want to see what all the excitement is about, then take a look at these portable versions.

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Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition [ Link ]

Mozilla Firefox is a fast, full-featured web browser that’s easy to use. It has lots of great features including popup-blocking, tabbed-browsing, integrated search, improved privacy features, automatic updating and more. Plus, thanks to the PortableApps.com launcher bundled in the Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition, it leaves no personal information behind on the machine you run it on, so you can take your favorite browser along with all your favorite bookmarks and extensions with you wherever you go. – PortableApps.com

Google Chrome Portable [ Link ]

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Google Chrome’s features include:

  • Quick to start up
  • Loads web pages in a snap
  • Runs web applications faster than ever
  • Designed for efficiency and ease of use
  • Search and navigate to web pages from the same box
  • Arrange and organize tabs however you wish — quickly and easily
  • Get to your favorite websites with just a click, from the thumbnails of your most visited sites in the New Tab page
  • Themes to add delight to your browser
  • PortableApps.com

Portable Opera for USB [Link]

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You want to use all Opera features also in this version – no problem !
– there are no unwanted effects on IE or other browsers
– existing Opera versions are not affected
– make no entries to the registry
– works with every Windows PC (company,Internetcafe, friends,..)
– leave no data on the host computer

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#50)

If we were measuring time with Geek Squeaks’, I would have to say that time has rapidly passed us by.  Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly production (links to other blogs) of articles that are produced by the members of the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  If you are passionate about information technology and computers there is no better place to stay ahead of the curve than with this weekly collection.  There is something here for everyone!

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Tech-for Everyone
The Best CPU? Hardware Upgrade

thePC Security
Auto Lock / Unlock Computer With USB – Free Download

Crazy World of G
Export This Part 2

Lifehacker
What’s the Registry, Should I Clean It, and What’s the Point?

Rarst.net
Kongregate – free online games collection

AskBillFirst
Many Microsoft Products Going Off Support Soon – Security Watch

Free PC Security
Threatfire Updated March 2010

AKS-Feel The Change
Luxand Blink!-Face Recognition Program for your PC

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Dr. Guard

Plato Press
Millions Stolen Due to Wrong Numbers

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Computer help in all languages

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Google Will Avoid the Desktop Operating System Market

Right On Technology
AT&T Fastest In 3G Wireless Tests

Snakebytez
Run Windows Commands Easily with Commands In Demand

TTC Shelbyville
Microsoft Office Cheatsheets

I Love Free Software
Ant Movie Catalog: Free Software to Catalog your Movies

Worthy Tips
Security Essentials 2010 is a fake anitivirus (Security Alert)

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Blogging with Windows Live Writer. 10

TuneUp Blog About Windows
Correcting the Slow Log on to Your Windows 7 System

WP Xpert
How To Add a Custom Header To Your WP.com Blog

Big Geek Daddy
Free Software

What’s On My PC
PortableApps Suite

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SUPERAntiSpyware Now Available in a FREE Portable Version

Malware infections on today’s PC is probably one of the most frustrating experiences out there. Your PC, when attacked, is rendered useless and attempts to remove the infection is futile. The infection is usually in the form of FAKE security software that has one goal of extracting (stealing) money from you by using the FAKE security software as the bait (and as an illusion). Your attempts to install  legitimate security software to resolve the problem fail; your attempts to download malware fixes (from reputable security sites) fail; popup windows accumulate; your security software on your PC is crippled; control panel is crippled; safe mode is crippled; file data on your PC is compromised; and the list goes on and on. In essence, you have lost all control of your PC.

Many users end up resorting to a complete recovery of their PC that takes the PC back to factory specs; AND, as a result end up losing valuable file data (such a pictures, emails, important documents, etc…).  This experience is not only frustrating to the everyday computer user; but, is also frustrating experience for a computer tech, as well.  The attack vector and complexity of these infections changes daily and you have to be prepared.

This is where the SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner can help.  The SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner is a new product made by the makers of the FREE SUPERAntiSpyware software you install on your PC.

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I am a real advocate of this software and highly recommend it.  Simply download it and keep a copy of it on your flashdrive. When a malware infection attack occurs that renders your system useless, run this scanner from your flashdrive.  The SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner is another valuable tool to keep in your Tech Toolbox (on your flashdrive).

The new portable scanner harnesses the same powerful anti-spyware engine as the Professional Edition of SUPERAntiSpyware and references a spyware definition database that is updated at least once per day. It is free for personal use, and technician and corporate licenses are available. SUPERAntiSpyware Portable can be downloaded from

http://www.superantispyware.com/portable

In addition to keeping the SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner on your flash drive; I also suggest you take a look and install the FREE version of SuperAntiSpyware on your PC.

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SuperAntiSpyware comes to us in (2)-two flavors. The FREE version and the PAID Professional version. The only difference between the two is that the FREE version requires manual intervention (e.g. scans, updates); whereas the PAID version provides real-time protection, scheduled scanning and other additional protective features. Folks, this is good software and having it installed on your PC adds another layer of protection that plays well with your other anti-virus and anti-malware software products. I have featured this product on the blog several times [ Link ] and highly recommend it.

Some of the Features of SUPERAntiSpyware:

  • Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware and Remove Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits, Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats.
  • Light on System Resources and won’t slow down your computer like many other anti-spyware products. Won’t conflict with your existing anti-spyware or anti-virus solution!
  • Repair broken Internet Connections, Desktops, Registry Editing and more with our unique Repair System!

I applaud the makers of SUPERAntiSpyware for making the internet a safer place!

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Take Google Chrome Portable for a Spin

From day one Google Chrome has piqued my interest.  As a matter of fact, Google Chrome and Firefox sit side-by-side on my machine as my web browsers of choice. I enjoy the speed and clean appearance that Chrome offers and the dependability, security, and extensions that Firefox offers. I find myself alternating between the two, quite frequently.

If you are someone that has not tried Google Chrome and would like to (without installing it) there is a very good portable option available at portableapps.com. Simply download Google Chrome portable [HERE] and install/run it from a folder on your PC or install/run it from your flashdrive (as it was designed for). Due to Google Chrome Portable being classified as a portable app, it will not write to the registry or leave any files behind. If you find that it is not your cup of tea, simply delete the folder where you initially installed the files.

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To learn more about Google Chrome, click [ HERE ]

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All Time Top Ten Tech Articles at What’s On My PC…

When you write articles in a blog, nearly everyday, they have a tendency to accumulate and eventually get lost in the pile (especially to the frequent visitor). Today I was reviewing some past posts and decided to make a listing of the “All Time Top Ten” at What’s On My PC.  Enjoy!

In summary you will find that: Windows Vista still is causing gray hair; AOL is not dead; WD TV Media Player is a hit; people do not like change, including bing;  we need browser protection; there is a cheap way to use a Blackberry; we love FREE software; people are still trying to figure out MS-Word; and Conficker continues to evolve and is still alive!

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If you experience
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 installation issues…

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Creating an AOL Install CD… (if you must:)

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When Vista will not boot…

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Review of the Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player

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“WOT” is NEW…

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bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine

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How to use a Blackberry Smartphone with a cheap
“Pay As You Go” mobile phone plan…

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Software AppsFreebiesPortable Apps

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Adding a “Watermark” in Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007

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Conficker and Spyware Protect 2009

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A Portable Start Menu for your Flash Drive

I generally am a person that likes to be organized; even when it comes to managing files and program apps on my flash drive. I have tried numerous menu launchers on my flash drive and the one I settled with in the end is called “Portable Start Menu”. This little menu app installs an icon in your system tray that serves as a start menu for your flash drive apps and it does not stop there.

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There are (3)-three features that I really like about Portable Start Menu:

You can configure Portable Start Menu, to automatically launch an application (or applications) when it starts up. For example, I carry my personal information manager with me. When I plug in my flash drive and start up “Portable Start Menu”, my personal information manager will automatically load and it is the first app I see.

    When you click on the Portable Start Menu Icon in the tray, you can readily see how much space you have remaining on your flash drive.

      When you get ready to unplug your flash drive, there is a menu selection available [ Close all running applications ]. This option will attempt to close any app you have open and once the apps is successfully closed a popup box (with an audio alert) will appear informing you it is safe to pull the drive. This feature alone is unheard of in the other portable menu apps I have tried. Many people lose data or cause file corruption on their flash drives due they end up pulling the drive before it has completed its’ operations.

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        Description:

        • Organize and launch applications via a tray menu
        • Closes running applications on USB-Sticks automatically
        • Checks if an application has been changed before execution
        • Quick Start functionality to start applications with a few keystrokes
        • Runs on USB-Sticks without leaving any traces on a host PC
        • Portable Start Menu is Freeware
        • Close running applications when you exit Portable Start Menu
        • Safely remove your USB-Stick
        • Supports relative paths
        • Can open folders, web sites, files, etc…

        Portable Start Menu is my menu launcher of choice on my flash drive. I have been using this app for over a year and it has not ever let me down.  Highly recommended!

        System: Win9x/Me/NT4/2000/2003/XP/Vista
        License: Freeware

        [ GET IT HERE ]

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        A Godzilla Collection of Portable Apps

        Today I’m going to tell you about a new application that is the “Godzilla” of portable application suites; BUT, before I do, I know there are many readers out there that visit my blog who do not know what a portable software application is (aka: portable app). If you own a flash drive and you have not placed any software on it, you do not know what you are missing.

        In order for a software application to be labeled as portable application, that can be run directly from your flash drive, the application must meet the following criteria:

        1. Does not require any kind of formal installation onto a computer’s permanent storage device to be executed, and can be stored on a removable storage device such as USB flash drive, enabling it to be used on multiple computers.
        2. Settings are stored with, and can be carried around with, the software (i.e., they are written to the USB drive). If the registry is used to store settings, the application’s configuration isn’t portable, and must be set up on every PC it is used on
        3. Leaves a zero (or near-zero) “footprint” on any PC it’s run on after being used. i.e., All temporary files/registry settings should be removed once the program has exited, and files created by the user can be saved directly to the same removable media as the application is stored on.

          [source: Wikipedia ]

        In a nutshell, portable applications are applications that you copy (or install) to your flash drive that can be  used on  just about any Windows based computer and will leave no traces (or footprints) on the computer from which you use the flash drive.

        If you are like me, my flash drive has become a repository in a sense for portable applications that I can’t live without.  It has taken me considerable time to research, test run and compile my collection of applications.

        Today I happened across a FREE application called “LiberKey”, that will save you a considerable amount of time in getting your flash drive up and running.  LiberKey is an “already prepared” collection of numerous portable apps  that can be installed onto your flash drive (or your computer’s hard drive) “in one fell swoop”, menu and all. If you notice in the screen shot below, the menu is categorized; and, under each of those categories are sub-categories containing numerous portable apps. I have tried and tested many of the portable app suites and this one I have to say this is probably the best one I have yet to experience. The features that stands with me is that you can update the LiberKey package directly from the internet to keep all your portable apps up-to-date AND you can add/remove any applications at your discretion. I find LiberKey to be a very impressive application…

        LiberKey

        LiberKey is available in (3)-three different packages:

        LiberKey Ultimate (202 packages)

        LiberKey Standard (106 packages)

        LiberKey Basic (28 packages)

        Main Assets of LiberKey

        • 100% mobility with portable software
        • A rigorous selection among more than 1800 software
        • Updates of LiberKey directly by Internet
        • You can temporarily associate files extensions (.avi, .jpg, doc.,…) with LiberKey software
        • Optimization of launching and installed size
        • And, it is free, without virus, spyware, adware, popup, etc.

        [ LiberKey Home Page ]

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        PortableApps Suite

        If you own an USB flash drive, then you will want to grab the most recent version of “PortableApps Suite”.  The launcher and collection of apps will fit comfortably on a 512 MB drive.

        PortableApps Suite

        PortableApps Suite™ is a collection of portable apps including a web browser, email client, office suite, calendar/scheduler, instant messaging client, antivirus, sudoku game, backup utility and integrated menu, all preconfigured to work portably. Just drop it on your portable device and you´re ready to go.

        All versions of the PortableApps Suite include the integrated PortableApps Menu and the PortableApps Backup utility along with a set of custom icons, an autoplay configuration, folders and a quick start shortcut.

        Features:

        • Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition (web browser)
        • Mozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition (email)
        • Mozilla Sunbird, Portable Edition (calendar/tasks)
        • ClamWin Portable (antivirus)
        • Pidgin Portable (instant messaging)
        • Sumatra PDF Portable (PDF reader
        • KeePass Password Safe Portable (password manager)
        • Sudoku Portable (game)
        • Mines-Perfect Portable (game)
        • CoolPlayer+ Portable (audio player)
        • OpenOffice.org Portable* (office suite)

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        Launch Pad Collection of Over 140 Top Quality Tech blogs and Freeware Sites

        What's On My PC... - Launch PadThe Launch Pad, which is located on the sidebar of the blog, is my version of a blog roll on steroids. It is a community of “over 140  top quality tech blogs and web sites” that specialize in technology news, freeware, open source software, portable apps, cloud apps, gadgets, information security and anything else that is geek inspired. I visit these sites on a regular basis to fill that void between my ears.  Visiting and interacting with the blogging community and tech sites is a great way to learn.

        The first thing you will notice about the Launch Pad is that some of the site names are in a larger font size. These are sites that have committed to link exchanges with my blog and our recognized for that. If you are interested in a link exchange or would like to have your blog added to the “Launch Pad”,  please leave a comment at the bottom of this article and I will get back to you. Link exchanges are a great way to drive traffic to each others blogs.

        If you are interested in adding the Launch Pad sites to your browser’s bookmarks, you can download the Launch Pad links and import the file (html) to your browser’s bookmarks OR you can download the Launch Pad file, and open it directly in your browser.

        [ Download Launch Pad Links Here ]

        Download Launch Pad

        The blog and web site links listed below, are new additions and have been added to the “Launch Pad”.

        Piyada’s World
        Tech-Recipes
        NetWebApp
        ToTheTech
        Giggle Computer

        e-Justice Blog

        Rarst.net
        Listio
        Infopackets
        Eches.net
        Cybercrime Slayer
        Bloody Computer
        Windows Vista Guide
        Vhxn.com
        Techrant
        ReadersZone
        Tech Salsa
        Crazy World of G
        Snakebytez
        Curious? Read
        tnerd
        Acme Files
        TechJaws
        Tech Labs
        Digital Inspiration
        Freebyte!
        Technibble
        Techscrawl
        Tech-Linkblog
        Blog.SpywareGuide
        Totally Cool Tech
        Alpha’s Place
        Cloud Browser
        Go2Web20.net
        FeedMyApp
        SimpleSpark

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        Technibble’s (portable and FREE) Computer Repair Utility Kit

        I currently maintain on my flash drive numerous software utilities that literally have taken me years to accumulate (after careful testing and review). I use these utilities when I am assisting others on their PC’s. Recently Technibble, a web site resource for computer technicians who are looking to start their own computer business or improve their existing one, came up with a combination of  “portable” computer repair tools in one easy to use pack. As I mentioned, I have been collecting utilities for years and the list of “portable” repair utilities that they came up with is phenomenal, to say the least.  It even comes with an easy to use “right click” menu to launch each utility.

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        You can download the entire package at their web site.

        Technibble - Computer Repair Utility Kit

        If you are not interested in downloading this package you can preview the listing below and “google” any of the utilities that you may be specifically interested in.  All of the utilities I see on this list are reputable utilities.

        The “Computer Repair Utility Kit” is 88.4mb as a ZIP file and it extacts to 188mb and currently consists of the following utilities:

        File Management

        CCleaner – Cleans up Windows systems. Clears temporary internet files, cookies, history etc..

        JkDefragGUI – An advanced defragging tool far superior to the built in Windows one

        DriveimageXML – Hard drive imaging tool. Allows you to get a single file out of a whole image too

        Explore2fs – Allows you to explore hard drives with Linux file systems

        Double Killer – Finds duplicate files and deletes them

        Deep Burner – CD/DVD Burning software

        7-Zip Portable – Archive creating and extraction tool. Can handle most compression formats

        PC-Decrapifier – Cleans out the crap that comes installed on new brand name computers (Norton trials, toolbars etc.)

        Information

        Process Explorer – Allows you to view system processes

        System Information – View lots of information about a system (specs, passwords, temperatures etc.)

        ProduKey – View software cdkeys and serials

        Autoruns – Autostart program viewer

        HWMonitor – View hardware information

        GPU-Z – Show video card information (chipset, bios version, shaders, memory size etc.)

        Wireless Key View – Shows saved wireless network keys

        TreeSize Free – Show how much space each folder on a system uses

        Game Key Revealer – View CDKeys and Serials for popular games

        USBDView – Allows you to list and manage USB devices (including devices that arent currently plugged in)

        TrID – Identifies file types for extension-less files

        Codec Installer – Finds and analyzes video codecs

        Unknown Devices – Tells you what a “Unknown Device” in system properties actually is

        GSpot – Video analyizer

        Repair Tools

        Norton Removal Tool – Removes Symantec products

        McAfee Removal Tool – Removes McAfee products

        LSPFix – Fixes broken Winsock entries

        Dial-a-Fix – Repair Windows files and registries

        Recovery

        Recuva – Recovers deleted files

        Restoration – Recovers deleted files

        Photorec – Recover deleted/damaged files from Flash memory (like digital cameras)

        DBXTract – Recover emails from damaged DBX files (like Outlook Express)

        Network Tools

        Wireshark – View network packets

        Network Scanner – Scans the network for devices

        Putty – SSH/Telnet/RLogin client

        Network Stumbler – Wireless Network Scanner

        Virus and Malware Removal Tools

        Clamwin Antivirus – Virus scanner/remover

        Rootkit Revealer – Detects rootkits on a system

        Combofix – Malware finder and remover

        SmitFraudFix – Malware finder and remover

        RogueFix – Malware finder and remover

        Hijack This! – Malware remover

        SUPERAntiSpyware – Malware scanner and remover

        Malwarebytes – Malware scanner and remover

        Misc

        Mozilla Firefox – Web browser

        JavaRa – Find and remove old Java versions

        Monitor Tester – Test monitors from problems

        Dead Pixel Tester – Finds and fixes dead pixels on LCDs

        ChkFlsh – Check flash drives for errors or test their real size (as fake ones appear on eBay)

        Double Driver – Driver backup tool

        SumatraPDF – Lightweight PDF viewer

        Revo Uninstaller – Advanced application uninstaller

        Tweaks

        TweakUI – Windows XP tweaking tool

        VistaTweaker – Vista tweaking tool

        Scripts

        Quickly Make a System Restore Point – Makes restore point

        Reset Network – Releases/Renews IP and flushes DNS

        Clear Printer Spooler – Clears stuck print jobs from spooler

        Stop Automatic Updates – Stops “Windows has installed updates, restart now” dialog temporarily

        Start Automatic Updates – Switches it back on

        UPDATE 4 – 23 – 2010:  Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts has posted an article about  the 2nd version of Technibbles Computer Repair Utility Kit and where you can get it.  I encourage you to [ click here ] to visit Bill’s blog to read “57 Free PC Repair Apps for Your Flash Drive

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        ClipSpeak – Text to Speech…

        If you are someone who maintains a blog or does a lot of writing “ClipSpeak” is a nice addition to your editing toolbox. “ClipSpeak” is an open source, lightweight, very basic, text-to-speech (voice synthesized) application that is currently in the early development stages. I’ve learned to use it to read back my blog posts to me. It is transparent in nature in that it reads back any text that is copied to the Window’s clipboard. Once I have my blog post near completion, I will start up ClipSpeak, highlight the text in my post and copy it to the clipboard. At this point, ClipSpeak will automatically begin reading the post back to me. ClipSpeak is dependent on .NET Framework version 2.0 which is a key Microsoft offering and is intended to be used by most new applications created for the Windows platform (very common on today’s computers).

        Features (as indicated on the web site):

        • Speak text copied (or cut) to the clipboard.
        • Stop ongoing speech with the right-control key.
        • Select the synthesizer used. If you want a free synthesizer that supports quite a number of languages, check out eSpeak.
        • Fully portable.
        • Small size (under 200kB!)
        • The next release will feature a “Save to MP3” function.

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