Kaspersky System Checker – A Portable Free Tool To Scan Your PC For A Range Of Problems

August 7, 2017

If you are experiencing issues with your PC, Kapersky System Checker may help you resolve the issue.  It is not designed to fix anything; but, is designed to give you a lead on what the problem could be… I look at this as another tool in the tech toolbox that may help you troubleshoot a range of problems such as:  malware, missing updates, poorly configured Windows or application settings, a shortage of hard drive space, and more.  Simply download and run. No install is necessary.


SOURCE: DownloadCrew – Kapersky System Checker 1.2.0.290


TweakPower – A Promising ALL-IN-ONE Tool To Clean, Backup and Optimize Your Computer (as well as fix common problems)

July 11, 2017

Been noticing TweakPower on many of the freeware download sites. Appears to be in beta and looks like a promising all-in-one tool to clean, backup, and optimize your computer as well as fix common problems. Since it is in beta, may want to run in a test environment until the final is released. Noticed a portable version is available…

TweakPower is an all-in-one suite that has been designed to keep you and all your family’s computers running at optimal speed and efficiency. TweakPower is an intelligent software tool that allows users to fine-tune their operating systems and programs for optimum performance. TweakPower protects users from PC problems, while increasing the performance and security of their computer. TweakPower includes advanced performance optimizers, helping you achieve super-fast application load times, work faster and make your games run smoother. Now it’s easier than ever to get a clean PC. TweakPower can quickly remove Windows, program and browser clutter while refreshing your registry and deleting massive disk space hogs. Also, its easy-to-use wizards and diagnostic tools help you find vulnerabilities and errors on your computer.

SOURCE: KurtZimmermann Software – TweakPower

 


NEW – Network Usage View

June 29, 2017

A NEW NirSoft tech tool…

NetworkUsageView extracts and displays the network usage information stored in the SRUDB.dat database of Windows 8 and Windows 10. The network usage data is collected every hour by Windows operating systems and includes the following information: The name and description of the service or application, the name and SID of the user, the network adapter, and the total number of bytes sent and received by the specified service/application.

SOURCE: NirSoft – Network Usage View


A Tool Created By A Technician For Technicians

June 12, 2017

Didn’t really get a chance to mess around with this open source program (called WinBolt); however, thought I would post it for the other techs out there. From what I am gathering WinBolt is a 45MB tech tool (portable app) where you can automate maintenance routines, such as Windows Updates, Malware Scans, CCleaner, etc… If you give this a try, let us know via the comments, your experience with this.

Features:

  • Automate Windows Updates
  • Automate Application Installs
  • Automate General Maintenance
  • Automate User Backups
  • Worry Free IT!
  • Scheduled Monthly Maintenance

SOURCE: SourceForge – WinBolt


Geek Squeaks (#2015-30) FEATURING — Use This App To Create Your Own Android Car Dashboard — and MORE GREAT STUFF

October 5, 2015

Use This App To Create Your Own Android Car Dashboard – Many auto manufacturers as well as aftermarket units are bringing Android to the dashboard of your car. One such example is Android Auto that projects or casts what is on your phone onto a compatible dashboard touchscreen; but, most of us do not have the luxury of this technology. To fill in this gap, did you know that there is an android app called Car Dashdroid.

 Car dashdroid- Car dashboard- screenshot

Car Dashdroid does not project to a screen in your car’s dashboard; however, it will turn your phone into a distraction free device that has been specifically developed for use in your car. I have been testing this app and can attest that it is very good. In summary, Car Dashdroid is a car home dock replacement that makes driving easy (and safer)! It can switch on and off with your car (using Bluetooth), and return from any app to the specially-designed Car Dashdroid homescreen with a press of the Home button while connected (see settings). The interface features large buttons to launch apps (such as your GPS mapping app) and can be set to read incoming text messages to you (and you can respond back without taking your hands off the wheel). This app is fully customizable; for example, you can set up to 16 shortcuts for your favorite apps, contacts, and even shortcuts to custom actions like directions to a particular place, opening a specific playlist, or sending a pre-written message (like “On my way!” or “Stuck in traffic!”). You can use it FREE (with ads) and with some of the features disabled; however, if I were to buy an android app, this is one that I would buy. (UPDATE – I did buy this app!)…

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How To Update Windows In An Isolated Environment – Another tool for the tech toolbox is Portable Update. This tool is used to perform Windows updates on a computer where there is limited or no internet connection. Portable Update uses an external cache to store updates. The cache can reside on any usb external drive or, via private lan network, on a shared path. Once an update is copied to the cache (the only time that an internet connection is required), the same update will be used for all computer that need that particular update. I have added Portable Update to the What’s On My PC downloads page (under the Portable Apps Swarm).

Portable Update Hystory tag

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Daimler Driverless Truck Tested  – I’ve been saying that one of the first areas of transportation that will host autonomous driving is the truck industry. Take a look at the this article, “Daimler driverless lorry tested in motorway traffic” …

Daimler's self-driving truck took to a German autobahn to prove its capabilities

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Compact Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank – I don’t know about you, but my smartphone has become an extension of my body. I feel lost when I don’t have it in my possession and frustrated when it needs charged. To remedy the charging issue, I am exploring (looking at) the compact portable chargers. One that has caught my eye, that is inexpensive and has great customer reviews is the Anker Astro E1 5200mAh Ultra Compact Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank … One in three chargers sold on Amazon are from Anker!

Anker Astro E1

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An Inexpensive SATA Hard Drive Docking Station (for the tech toolbox)

June 18, 2015

Looking for an inexpensive way to take advantage of the fast Serial ATA III disk drives and USB 3.0 bandwidth for fast storage backups and data transfers? Whether you are or not, the Plugable® USB 3.0 SuperSpeed SATA III Lay-Flat Hard Drive and Solid State Drive Docking Station is the perfect solution for taking a SATA drive (desktop and/or notebook) and turning it into an external hard drive.

Plugable Docking Station

  • Supports all 2.5 and 3.5 inch SATA (Serial ATA) I, II, and III hard drives, solid state drives, and hybrid drives up to any capacity (6TB+). (Please note that IDE/EIDE/PATA, SCSI, SAS, mSATA, and M.2 drives are not supported.)
  • Docking station connects via USB 3.0 SuperSpeed 5Gbps (640MBps), up to 10x as fast as USB 2.0 480Mbps (60MBps). Real world transfer rate performance over USB 3.0 will vary by computer host controller and disk drive specifications.
  • Take advantage of fast Serial ATA III disk drives and USB 3.0 bandwidth for fast storage backups and data transfers.
  • UASP (USB Attached SCSI Protocol) support for even faster drive data transfer performance. (UASP functionality requires UASP capable host controller and operating system.)
  • Includes robust 30W 12V 2.5A AC power adapter. Dock will work connected to any USB port. AC adapter required for operation. (US AC Wall Outlet Plug, 100-240V 50/60Hz)

I personally own one of these docking stations and have used it on numerous occasions to clone drives, remove data from drives (on dead computers) and to serve as a backup drive (for my own computer). If you are a tech, this is a “must-have” tool to have available in your the tech toolbox. Very easy to setup and use with excellent ratings at Amazon…

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An Awesome Geek Multi-Function Tool

January 1, 2015

I am into the multi-tools such as Leatherman… If you never owned one of these you do not know what you are missing. It is like carrying a lightweight toolbox on your belt or in your pocket. To add to my collection I recently added the Leatherman 831189 Squirt PS4 Keychain Tool with Pliers.

Leatherman Squirt PS4

The Leatherman Squirt PS4 Keychain Tool features a 420HC clip-point knife blade, needlenose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters, spring-action scissors, wood/metal file, bottle opener, and flat/phillips screwdrivers. The tool is stainless steel with hard-anodized aluminum handle scales with the tools being outside accessible. Simply attach to your key ring and you are good to go (dimensions: 1.5 inches x 2 inches x 3 inches)

When I was growing up, it was custom to carry a pocket knife. The Leatherman Squirt PS4 takes this custom to another level. Very impressive and sturdy tool by Leatherman. (Available colors: Red, Blue, Black)

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