Geek Squeak #17-024: Creating a USB thumb drive loaded with Windows 10 installation media is very easy thanks to Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool….

June 8, 2017

Found this great mini-tutorial on how to install Windows 10 on a USB drive, for Windows 10 install purposes, by using the Microsoft’s Media Creation Tool at PCWorld.  With a prepared USB drive you can install the latest version of Windows on a new PC or have an install drive ready should your own Windows 10 PC malfunctions… READ MORE

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My Two Favorite Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10

May 31, 2017

There are so many different way to navigate Windows 10 to get a specific task done. Many of those ways require multiple actions from the end user which can be hard to remember. PCMag recently posted an article, “Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10” (see source link below) that will make using Windows 10 easier and more interesting.

My two favorite hidden tricks inside Windows 10, from the PCMag article, are the “Secret Start Menu” and the “Secret Desktop button.  To elaborate:

Secret Start Menu – If you go to the “Start Menu” icon in the bottom left corner and “right mouse click” you will be presented with a smorgasbord of commonly used Windows 10 program commands or utilities (such as run, settings, device manager, etc…). The only command that I do not see anymore is one for the “Control Panel”. This may be due to the UI changes taking place in Windows 10 as it continues to mature. I will say I go to this “Secret Start Menu” on a constant basis.

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Secret Desktop Button – On the bottom right side of the screen, to the right of the time and date, there is a very thin vertical button that is virtually unseen. If you take your mouse pointer and place it in the right corner of the screen (on the button) you magically see the desktop. If you “left mouse click” at that location the desktop will be launched and the programs you had open will be minimized to the taskbar. This is very handy when you need to get to something on the desktop. Also, when you “left mouse click” at the same location, you can toggle back to whatever it was you were working on. Again, this is another secret feature in Windows 10 that I have trained myself to use on a regular basis.

SOURCE: PCMag – Hidden Tricks Inside Windows 10


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How can I download a video posted on Facebook?

May 22, 2017

This is a question I recently searched for using Google. What I found is that there is no easy way on Facebook to download a video that has been posted by another party; however, I did find savefrom.net that will download a Facebook video providing you have the URL for the video.

To get the URL, simply right mouse click on the video, click on “show video URL”, then click on the “URL” (to highlight it), then hit “Ctrll+C” to copy the URL to the clipboard (or you can right mouse click and select “copy” which will copy the URL to the clipboard). After you have copied the URL to the clipboard, go to savefrom.net and enter the URL in the input field at the top of the main page. This action should present a download button where you can initiate the download (which will either be in MP4-HD or MP4-SD file formats).

With safefrom.net you can also download audio, video, and other types of files from various websites and social networks such as youtube.com, vk.com, vimeo.com, and others.

Source: savefrom.net


GEEK SQUEAKS’ OF THE WEEK
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Keeping You Safe With Google Play Protect – One of the biggest security risks you’re likely to face is simply losing your phone. To help in these times of need, we’re launching Find My Device as part of Google Play Protect. With Find My Device you can locate, ring, lock and erase your Android devices—phones, tablets, and even watches… READ MORE


How To Unlock A Locked Account in Windows 10 – This tutorial explains how to unlock a locked account in Windows 10. A user account is locked when total number of invalid login attempts are reached. In that case, that particular user account is locked for 30 minutes (default lockout limit) or it can be more if you have manually set account lockout time… READ MORE

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Note-taking made easier for everyone—redesigning OneNote – As Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said, “We will focus on designing and building products that our customers love and that are accessible to everyone and built for each of us.” In this update, we focused on making OneNote more usable for those with disabilities—such as vision and mobility impairments… READ MORE

Screenshot of OneNote’s new design showing the navigation all on the left hand side. The columns are labeled from left to right: Notebooks, Sections, Pages.


Malwarebytes AdwCleaner 6.044 – a free anti-malware app that deletes adware, PUP’s (Potentially Unwanted Programs), toolbars, and browser hijackers… READ MORE


How to add a second clock to the Windows taskbar – All modern versions of Windows allow you to add up to two additional clocks. To do so… READ MORE


How To Remove A Photo From Your Device But Not Google Drive – If you bought a device that doesn’t have a lot of storage space, this is a great way to make sure you don’t run out of space on it… READ MORE


Stop users copying PDF text with PDF Anti-Copy – PDF Anti-Copy is a free tool which protects PDF content by preventing users selecting or copying its text… READ MORE

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How To Tell What Version Of Windows 10 Is On Your Computer

May 10, 2017

Windows 10 was released in July of 2015 and has went through several version changes (or major updates). You may have heard of the “November Update – Version 1511” or the “Anniversary Update – Version 1607”; and, the most recent “Creators Update – 1703”. I know for some home-based computer users this all may sound quite confusing to the point that you are not sure what version of Windows 10 you are running.

Any easy way to determine what version of Windows 10 you have installed (and the build number); simply, click the Start Button (at the bottom left corner), then click on Settings, then click on System (cog wheeled icon), then click on About (see screenshot below). Another method to determine what version you are running is CLICK HERE (which will open your web browser to the Microsoft site “Get Windows Creator Update”). Once the page loads, click on the button labelled “Check your version of Windows 10”.


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Windows 10 Tip: Unlock the UWP File Explorer – If you’re running Windows 10 version 1703 (Creators Update) or newer, here’s a nice surprise: You can unlock a hidden UWP version of File Explorer… READ MORE

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How to find the Windows 10 Creators Update’s hidden desktop themes – To get started with Windows Store themes, open the Settings app by clicking on Start and selecting the cog icon in the lower left corner of the menu. Once the app opens, go to Personalization > Themes. Scroll down a bit in that screen and under the sub-heading “Apply a theme,” click the link labeled Get more themes in the Store… READ MORE

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Read web pages offline with Chrome for Android  Google’s mobile browser just made it even easier to cache and read pages when you don’t have the internet. Google’s mobile browser added offline reading last year, but a new update expands the capability with a couple handy features… READ MORE

Create multiple partitions on a USB drive in Windows 10 using MakeWinPEMedia – In Windows 10, you can use MakeWinPEMedia to create multiple partitions on a USB drive. Windows 10 v1703 Creators Update allows you to create multiple partitions on a USB drive so that you can have a single USB key with a combination of FAT32 and NTFS partitions… READ MORE

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Tweaking.com – Windows Repair 3.9.30 – An all-in-one repair tool to help fix a large majority of known Windows problems including registry errors and file permissions. Video tutorial available below… READ MORE

Try This Coupon Code [TA9JX297] – For Pasonomi VR XMAS – Virtual Reality Headset with Stereo Headphone Speaker for iPhone, Samsung, Google and all Android Smartphones. Try coupon code (for $14 off) at checkout … READ MORE


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How To Use Windows 10’s “Microsoft Print To PDF”

May 8, 2017

A feature that I really like in Windows 10 is the “Microsoft Print to PDF”. Typically when you print a document, the document is sent to your default printer to be printed. In Windows 10 you have another optional printer to select from called “Microsoft Print to PDF” that allows you to print a document to a native PDF file. What this means is that the document you desire to print does not go to a physical printer; instead, the document is printed (converted) to a PDF file that you can save to your computer, email to another party, etc… An example of how I use this is, when I make an online purchase, instead of printing the invoice to my printer, I simply select “Microsoft Print to PDF” and print the invoice to a PDF file that I then save on my computer.  You can save a lot of paper by printing documents to “Microsoft Print to PDF”…

In Windows 10, the default PDF viewer is Microsoft Edge; however, you can install another PDF viewer such as Adobe, Foxit Reader, Nitro and my freeware favorite Sumatra


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[ OFF TOPIC – IMPORTANT ] The Most Important Things They Don’t Want You to Know About the Health Care Bill – I follow the Congress very closely and what I am seeing is unprecedented. We the people need to stop looking at politics as some type of team sport of taking sides and take an interest in following what is going on. Our politicians are taking advantage of us in an effort to dumb us down so that we are a nation of the poor and of the very rich. For example, the House of Representatives just passed a health care bill that many of them (who voted for it) will outwardly tell you, is not a good bill. This bill will hurt the very base of the people that elected our President and it is being touted as some type of a trophy. Please contact your representatives and express your displeasure; seriously, your life and the future of your financial integrity could depend on this. The bill still has to go through the Senate where it is expected to be basically rewritten. A good read on this is at the popular website LifeHackers, where details on how this will impact you is outlined —  “lawmakers plastered on a few lipstick-like changes to the bill: things that they hope will make it look prettier and deflect some criticism, but that do nothing to change the fact that this is a terrible bill and they all know it”… READ MORE

The 10 Best Camera Apps For Android – Despite manufacturer’s best efforts, default camera apps have not enjoyed the privilege of consistency. This gave birth to an entire library of camera based apps to squeeze every bit of power from that camera. Here is our pick for the 10 best best android camera apps… READ MORE

Why you don’t need 27 different passwords – According to a poll by Intel Security, the average person has 27 discrete online logins. From social media accounts to banking to online shopping to utilities, credentials—which usually include a username and password—are required for each… READ MORE

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NirSoft unveils UninstallView 1.0 – NirSoft has released UninstallView (32-bit here), a portable tool which collects and displays information on your stored applications… READ MORE

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Turn Your Android Phone (or laptop) Into An Endoscope – I just did a search for endoscopic cameras on Amazon and was surprised to see the results (and really how inexpensive these cameras are). What these cameras do, is allow you to see in and around small narrow spaces, using a long snake-like waterproof camera attached to  your Android phone (or laptop) as the viewer and power source.  Amazing stuff at little cost… READ MORE


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Identity Theft – Here is what to do if someone is using your information to open new accounts or make purchases…

May 1, 2017

If you are a victim of identity theft or know someone that is, the Federal Trade Commission has an identity theft website setup (identitytheft.gov) where you can report an event. The site provides streamlined checklists and sample letters to guide you through various recovery plans and processes based on the type of identity theft you have been exposed to. Note: I also encourage victims to contact and file a report with their State Police so that there is record of the event (at the local level) and to alert the police to a trend that may be occurring in their jurisdiction.

Identify theft can occur through breaches of your credit card account; telephone, mobile or utility accounts; debit, checking or savings accounts; employment or taxes; government benefits or IDs (such as your Social Security Number); loans or leases; AND, other accounts such as internet accounts, medical accounts, insurance accounts, investment accounts, etc…

Clues that someone stole your information are:

  • You see withdrawals from your bank account that you can’t explain.
  • You don’t get your bills or other mail.
  • Merchants refuse your checks.
  • Debt collectors call you about debts that aren’t yours.
  • You find unfamiliar accounts or charges on your credit report.
  • Medical providers bill you for services you didn’t use.
  • Your health plan rejects your legitimate medical claim because the records show you’ve reached your benefits limit.
  • A health plan won’t cover you because your medical records show a condition you don’t have.
  • The IRS notifies you that more than one tax return was filed in your name, or that you have income from an employer you don’t work for.
  • You get notice that your information was compromised by a data breach at a company where you do business or have an account.

Source: Federal Trade Commission – Identity Theft Recovery Steps


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MusicWire – Portable App to search for and download music. All downloads are in the MP3 format… READ MORE

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Chrome to More Aggressively Highlight Insecure Sites – Starting with Chrome 62, the browser will show the “not secure” warning when users type any data into HTTP sites… READ MORE

How to snooze your Wi-Fi in the Windows 10 Creators Update – Click on the Wi-Fi icon in your taskbar, and when the panel listing all the available Wi-Fi connections appears, click the Wi-Fi tile in the lower-left corner. Next, the panel as pictured here appears. By default, your Wi-Fi will only be restored if you activate it manually by clicking the Wi-Fi tile. If you want it to turn on automatically after a set time, click the drop-down menu under Turn Wi-Fi back on. Here you’ll see options for turning it back on in an hour, four hours, or one day… READ MORE

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Schedule web pages to open automatically with Open Me Later! for Chrome – Open Me Later! is a free Chrome extension which enables scheduling a page to open automatically, as the date and time you specify… READ MORE

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Amazon Echo – The Echo may be the closest thing we’ll have to a Star Trek computer at home… READ MORE

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How To Enable Night Light Mode In Windows 10

April 28, 2017

One of the new features that come to Windows 10, after the Windows Creators Update, is “Night Light”…

If you are one of those computer users who is on the computer during the night hours, then “Night Light” is a feature that you may want to enable. Studies have shown that our sleep cycle can be disrupted as a result of blue light that emanates from our computer displays (monitor). A solution to this is to change the hue;: thus,  restricting the blue light. This is where “Night Light” comes in to play. “Night Light” will help you display warmer colors to help you sleep; is fully adjustable; and, can be scheduled to auto turn “on” and “off”.

To get to “Night Light” on your computer: Click on Start > Settings > System > Display > Night Light Settings

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Don’t install the Windows 10 Creators Update on your own, Microsoft advises – Microsoft would prefer it if you didn’t try to install the Windows 10 Creators Update yourself. Instead, the company is encouraging everyone but advanced users to wait for the Creators Update to become available via Windows Update. That means workarounds for excited users, like the Media Creation Tool or the Windows Update Assistant, are discouraged… READ MORE

Windows 10: The big changes headed your way in 2017 – As a perpetual work in progress, Windows 10 continues to accrue new features, as Windows catches up with Microsoft’s vision of it being an OS that runs anywhere, syncs with the cloud, and has an intelligent assistant at its core… READ MORE

5 Free Software to Measure WiFi Signal Strength – Here are 5 free software to measure WiFi signal strength. Using these free software, you can easily measure the signal quality of your WiFi which is coming from the router… READ MORE

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CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit – 16 GB Edition – An exclusive Starter Kit from CanaKit that includes the fastest model of the Raspberry Pi family – The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and everything you need to get up and running within minutes in the exciting world of Raspberry Pi!… READ MORE


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