FEATURED TECH SITE – AlternativeTo

January 6, 2015

AlternativeTo has become one of my daily reads to satisfy my obsession for software and apps. What is really cool about this site is that the main focus is to give you alternatives to software (and web based apps) that you already may know and want to replace, for various operating system and custom platforms (such as Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Firefox, Chrome, and a whole lot more..).

Many of the alternatives found at AlternativeTo is based on user recommendations. To get you started with AlternativeTo, you will find below a listing of their most recent postings.

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Algolia provides a developer-friendly RESTful API for website and app instant search. Most web services and mobile apps, such as Spotify, Salesforce or Amazon need to provide a fast and meaningful access to database objects via a simple search box. People want to find songs, invoices, products in just a few keystrokes. Algolia’s search API returns full results in less than 10ms in average, allowing as-you-type result display, “à la Google”, up to 200 times faster than other search technologies. Our focus is on small database objects (such as contacts or products), so we designed new ranking rules built for this kind of data. We use new criteria to rank results, such as the popularity for a song, or, for a product, how many times it was put in a shopping cart. This new engine design, optimized for databases, enables the apps and services who use our API to provide their users with meaningful and relevant results at the first keystroke.

Professional Learning Management System solutions for the eLearning community. We are LMS experts and offer affordable prices. Our LMS platform is integrated with SIS, CMS, CRM, Video Conferencing systems etc which makes implementation quicker and cheaper. Due to the features such as gamification, social learning and mobile compatibility, students are more engaged and learn more. Our multi-tenant feature allows you to use single LMS for different departments or programs or branches which results into centralized reporting and lesser implementation and operating costs.

Deputy is the ultimate workforce manager, offering you the best technology in a web based solution. Simplifying your rostering, timesheets, tasking and employee communication administrative tasks. With brilliant apps and one click payroll integration we make your life easier. Let us get you back to loving your business again.

Kifi makes organizing, discovering, and sharing knowledge a snap! Kifi lets you create public libraries of knowledge in any domain and attach it to your favorite search engine.

Zent.IO is a Contact Center Cloud Software Multichannel that unify chat, phone and e-mail. All the communication channels will be answered from a single interface. The agent will only need a web browser Whether we are a contact center inside a company or a contact center that provides services to customers for other companies that outsource their customer care, being multichannel is a necessity nowadays. Give a step forward with Zent.io

An open source URL shortener. A great non-profit and free alternative to bit.ly, TinyURL, or goo.gl. It has a modern look, themes, user admin panels, and you can even host it yourself. Similar to products like YOURLS, Polr can be hosted yourself. If you have a PHP server, you can have your own instance. It has many more features than YOURLS, and is constantly being developed.

rapidfiles.us – search for latest working shared files from all most popular file hosting sites: Mega.co.nz, 4shared, Rapidshare, Hotfile, Mediafire, Netload and many others.

The web is the leading resource for home cooks and Whisk’s vision is to make the journey from online recipe inspiration to real-life shopping much easier. Whisk displays an “Add to Shopping List” button alongside thousands of popular recipes, allowing people to quickly create a shopping list from any recipe. These shopping lists can be uploaded to online grocery carts, viewed on mobile devices so users can tick off items as they shop, printed out to bring into the store, or emailed to family members for collaboration. Since launching the company in 2013, Whisk has secured partnerships with leading recipe publishers, including Allrecipes, Food Network and Woman & Home. Additionally, the company has successful online grocery cart integration with UK grocery stores Tesco, Ocado, Waitrose and Asda. Whisk shopping list features: — Allows users to add recipe ingredients into their shopping list with one click — Users can add non-recipe items to their list and use Whisk Cards to store lists for repeat use — Sync lists to Whisk’s mobile Apple and Google Play apps and tick off items as you shop — Lists can also be printed, emailed or shared with friends and family — Recipe bookmarking: Whisk Collections allows users to keep their favorite recipes — Seamless online grocery cart integration (currently available in the UK)

iSpring Free converts PowerPoint presentations to Flash or HTML5 while preserving the original look of your presentation. Retain all PowerPoint animations, transitions, hyperlinks and even triggers.

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How To Type the “Degree” Symbol From The Keyboard

July 30, 2014

[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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Wallpaper of the Week (#104)

January 12, 2013

Here’s a wallpaper of Garfield suction cupped to the inside of your monitor…  This wallpaper comes in a variety of screen resolution sizes.

To Get This Wallpaper [ CLICK HERE ]

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Windows 7 (and 8) Users: If you are using Windows 7 (or 8), did you know you can create a desktop background slideshow to show off your pictures and wallpaper images?  To learn how to use this feature [CLICK HERE].

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Manage And Keep Your Software (apps) Up-To-Date With AllMyApps

March 20, 2012

I am sure if you are regular visitor to What’s On My PC you will find that my main point of interest is FREE software. I typically review software by downloading, installing and using the software for awhile before I give it a thumbs up. As a result, I end up with quite a collection of software (or referred to as “apps”, in today’s world”) that requires constant monitoring for software updates. I am adamant about maintaining and keeping my software up-to-date to help deter and prevent malware infections.

Today I came across a cloud based service that you may be interested in exploring that is called AllMyApps, that is specifically setup to manage the software (or apps) that you install on all of your computers.

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Simply sign up for an account and download the AllMyApps software that you will ultimately use to manage your software (or apps). Now, the really cool part about AllMyApps is the large library of FREE software applications they have available. They have just about every popular (FREE) software app available that I could throw at it.  Even if you do not install the software manager, the large resource of software apps on this site is a gold mine.

Once you have installed the software manager component on your computer, you can visit the AllMyApps website (or apps store) to select the software you desire to install.  The software manager component of AllMyApps can be used to select, install, launch and uninstall any software they have available.

Now, this get’s better…  After you sign up for an account, you can also manage your web apps (or websites) in a dial pad (tiled) type of interface that allows you to move the tiles around, rename them, etc.  Look for “My Web Apps” on the site after you setup your account to access your own personalized launching pad to your favorite websites.

I have to admit, I am still exploring AllMyApps, and I have not covered all of the bases, but I am pretty excited about what I am seeing.

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How did I miss out on the Google Chrome Web Store?

January 17, 2011

I currently use Google Chrome as my primary web browser, more or less, to be part of the continued development cycle of this browser and due to the fact, I just plain love it.

I did see recently, on other sites, information in regards to the Google Chrome Web Store and to be honest I set it aside in my mind, without investigating it further. I was also hearing about Google web apps and again, did not make the connection between Google Chrome and Google Web Apps until last night when I opened a new tab in Google Chrome . It was then I noticed an icon for  theWeb Store.  When I clicked on the Web Store icon that I soon realized how the Google Web Apps and Google Chrome Browser work together.

If you are a Google Chrome user, open up new tab, and click on the Web Store or click [ HERE ] .

The Chrome Web Store is an online marketplace where you can discover thousands of apps, extensions and themes for Google Chrome. To start exploring the store, visit chrome.google.com/webstore or click the store icon in Chrome’s New Tab page.

Once I was in the Web Store, I discovered there are many FREE (yes FREE) web apps being developed. What I was trying to figure out, was how did the web apps work with Google Chrome?  The only way to find out was to install one. After completing the installation, I was on my way of looking for and installing others, and soon discovered, that following the installation of these apps, they were instantly accessible by opening up a new tab in Google Chrome.

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I do believe these web apps are a glimpse of how applications are going to work in the upcoming Google Operating System.

Keep in mind, the Web Store is something new; therefore the selections of apps are limited at this time; HOWEVER, there are some FREE apps in the store worth installing.  Here are BEST FREE APPS I have found worth installing at this time:

Weather Window by Weatherbug (this one is really cool)

Linoit Web Sticky Service (account required with Linoit)

Time Flip

Scratchpad

Quick Note

I am sure there are more apps to be found and I don’t want to spoil the fun (like hunting for Easter Eggs).

Call me a dummy, but I don’t know how I missed the Web Store and the Web Apps that are a direct connection to the Google Chrome Web Browser.  Have to wonder how many other Google Chrome browser users have not put two and two together?

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#41)

December 30, 2009

After a month of moving and no Geek Squeaks’; it is time!  I present to you the 41st version of Geek Squeaks’.  If you are new to the blog, Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly roundup of articles from the author’s associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  This community consists of a group of people, from around the world, that bring to us a vast sea of computer and technology information.  I encourage all of you to bookmark these sites and pay them a visit on a regular basis.  You will not regret it…

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Snakebytez
Hide Windows Drives with NoDrives Manager

Carputers News and Computer Tips
Load and Help Campaign by SoftMaker

TTC Shelbyville
Data Recovery Freeware Roundup

The Abbey Rose
Windows Update Broke?

I Love Free Software
gDoc Creator: Convert Word to PDF and PDF to Word

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Customize And Personalize Your USB Pen Drive

Worthy Tips
Photovisi – Lets You Create Your Own Photo Collage Online Free

Canadian Tech Blogger
Windows 7 Going Over Well With IT Community

Computer Maintenance
Uninstall Unwanted Programs

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live, its not the same……

TuneUp Blog
Enabling DirectCompute for Windows Vista and 7

Free PC Security
Three Words For 2010

AskBillFirst
Dragon Naturally Speaking

Tech-for Everyone
Tech-for Everyone – Computer Shopper Blogs We Like

Rarst.net
Rollip.com – collection of graphical filters for photos

Lifehacker
You Don’t Need to Regularly Reinstall Windows; Here’s Why

Crazy World of G
Truth or Consequences

thePC Security
Data Encryption: A Free, Open Source, Portable, Simple Tool for Windows

AKS-Feel The Change
Change your Drive Icons and background Image

Carol’s Vault
A look back at the past 10 years: the bloody decade

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove SystemCleanerPro

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Happy Holiday to Everyone

Plato On-Line
Top 10 Consumer Web Apps of 2009

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The Ultimate Geek TaskForce!

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15.4″ LCD Screen Resolutions

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Spyware Doctor with Anti-Virus 2010 – Free License Giveaway

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JPEG Lossless Rotator

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Double Desktop – Like having two monitors in one…

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A FREE cloud based version of Microsoft Office is coming…

August 4, 2009

Microsoft is finally seeing the light (or cloud I should say) and will be making available (for FREE) a browser based (light weight) version of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and One Note to members of its free Windows Live online service. It is my understanding that if you have a Windows Live account (i.e. Hotmail account) you will be able to access these applications for FREE in your web browser (including Firefox). It is anticipated to be available sometime next year (2010) as Microsoft Office 2010 is rolled out.  It is currently unknown if these cloud apps will be ad supported or not.

This is a major step for Microsoft in an effort to compete with the likes of other cloud based services that already offer similar functionality, such as Google Docs. This may be an excellent solution for many people out there, such as the “Moms and Pops” who only need a “light weight” version of these apps to perform lightweight tasks (such as drafting a letter or simply as a means to open an Office document).

According to Microsoft, you will be able to
“View documents across PCs, mobile phones, and the Web without compromising document fidelity. Create new documents and do basic editing using the familiar Office interface”.

You can learn more about the upcoming web based version of Microsoft Office 2010 [ HERE ] and by watching the video below.

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