Geek Squeaks #2015-3 @ What’s On My PC (Featuring Differences Between Windows 8 and Windows 10 and MORE)

The Differences Between Windows 8 and Windows 10 – I currently have my Windows 8.1 desktop and an older Windows 7 laptop. What surprised me was my Windows 10 upgrade hit the laptop first. I am still waiting for the upgrade for the desktop to kick in. I did complete the upgrade on the laptop and I must say (as first impression) I found Windows 10 quite comfortable to navigate and use; HOWEVER, there are differences between what I was accustomed to in Windows 8 (and Windows 7).

To get a good read on the differences, I suggest you read this article at Tech Advisor — “Windows 8 vs Windows 10 comparison: What’s the difference between Windows 10 and Windows 8? New features in Windows 10, and why you should upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 10” …

Windows 10

A Windows Tech Toolbox Repair Utility – If you find yourself in a situation where you know that the Windows operating system has been crippled, you may want to give Windows Repair a try. I pretty much has used this as a last resort tool in instances where everything else has failed. I have had good luck with this tool in those instances and yes this program is compatible with Windows 10. I have added this utility to the portable apps swarm on the downloads page.

Bookmark This Online File Converter – I recently needed a quick way to perform a file conversion from one file format to another. Instead of having to find and download software, and factoring in the learning curve, I use an online converter called CloudConvert that supports the conversion between more than 200 different audio, video, document, ebook, archive, image, spreadsheet and presentation formats.

ARRIS / Motorola SurfBoard SB6183 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem – Save money by buying your own cable modem. The Motorola SurfBoard SB6183 is a perfect solution that is compatible with All Major Cable providers like Comcast/Xfinity, Cox, Charter, Time Warner, Mediacom, Bright House…

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Nice Brief Review On What Will Be New (To You) In Windows 10

As many of you are aware, Microsoft will be shoveling out Windows 10 to Windows 7 and Windows 8 user’s on July 29, 2015. I am sure many of you (including myself) have not experienced Windows 10. As with any new operating system, there will be challenges and I know many are gun shy due to the unpleasant transition that many experienced as a result of upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8. From what I witnessed, most of the issue during that upgrade, for the end user, was the forced change in how the PC booted to the metro screen (instead of the desktop) and no start menu being present.

Windows 10

When Windows 8 was the talk, I deliberately avoided the beta’s so that when it was released, I would experience (and see) what the end user would experience when it was finally released. I have to admit, I was quite shocked and can relate to the frustration many experienced. Now that Windows 10 is the talk, I decided to do the same and have not downloaded (or experienced) any of the Windows 10 beta’s.  Again, I want experience (and see) what others will experience (and see) the first time they use Windows 10.

HOWEVER — There is nothing to say that we can’t read about Windows 10, look at some screenshots, learn what is new, and at least prepare ourselves with some inside information.

To help prepare you for Windows 10, TechAdvisor has prepared a nice (and brief) Windows 10 review: hands on with the preview version of Windows 10 and the new Start menu, Edge browser, new apps and Cortana.

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#1 Best Seller – Basic Brand Name All-In-One Computer At A Good Price Point

Lenovo, in my opinion, makes one of the best computers out there right now. If you are looking for a computer, at the basic level of computing (check email, internet surfing,YouTube, Facebook, office suite, etc.), then you will not go wrong with the Lenovo C260 19.5-Inch All-in-One Desktop. This computer is currently a #1 Best Seller at Amazon and is currently carrying good customer reviews.

Lenovo C260 19.5-Inch All-in-One Desktop
Features:
  • 19.5” HD+ display (1600 x 900)
  • Space-saving all-in-one design
  • Front-facing stereo speakers
  • Integrated DVD RW
  • USB AccuType keyboard
  • 720p HD webcam
  • Windows 8.1 with Bing
  • Lenovo Rescue System – a simple and quick way to backup and restore your data
  • Lenovo Assistant
Space-saving Design

The 19.5″ display takes surprisingly little space on your desk, counter, or entertainment center. The unit itself is less than 2” deep, with clutter-free cable management. Everything tucks away neatly when nobody’s using the C260, even though those times will probably be rare.

Full Multimedia Experience

Integrated graphics support, an integrated DVD reader/writer, stereo speakers, and HDMI output offer crisp visuals and immersive sound for a fuller, more satisfying home entertainment experience.

Lenovo C260 19.5-Inch All-in-One Desktop
AccuType Wireless Keyboard

Featuring a modern look and feel, the acclaimed AccuType keyboard has island-style, ergonomic keys that allow a more fluid, spacious, comfortable, and accurate typing experience than standard keyboard designs.

USB 3.0 SuperSpeed

Up to 10 times faster than previous USB technologies, the USB 3.0 SuperSpeed enables you to move data quickly between your PC and other devices.

Ample Storage and Memory

With 500GB of HDD storage, you won’t have to worry about where to put all your data, videos, music, or photos.

 

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Download This Windows 8.1 Quick Reference Card

I happened, by chance, to come across this Windows 8.1 Quick Reference Card by Custom Guide Interactive (that your can download or print) that is buried at the University of Incarnate Word (whatever that is).

This “must have” guide will be of great assistance to you in navigating and learning about Windows 8.1… The card actually consists of 2 pages of Windows 8.1 training tips. Get it before it disappears!

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Windows 8.1 Quick Reference Guide

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Having Problems Cloning A Windows 8 PC Hard Drive? Read These Articles, Download This FREE Software and Watch This Video

I recently purchased a new Windows 8 Box (see this article) and decided I wanted to make a bootable cloned drive. Being old school I went to work using the cloning software I had on hand and I immediately noticed something different in the drive partitions. The free software I was using was not getting the job done; and the drive, after the cloning process, did not boot. My tech instinct told me I was missing out on something and went to work researching terms I was seeing, such as GPT and UEFI.

I had been out of the field for nearly 7 years, have kept up with things (more as a hobby), but was not real familiar with the new GPT and UEFI terms that I was seeing. I had heard of the terms, but really did not pay any attention to them. Besides I always was a more of a software guy than a hardware guy (so it really did not hit high on my priority list, until now).

I soon discovered that all Windows 8 machines nowadays support the new GPT and UEFI ; AND, that it is real important to know what GPT and UEFI are when you get into the hardware side of a Windows 8 based computer.

In real simple terms GPT is the new replacement for MBR – Master Boot Record and UEFI is the new replacement for the BIOS – Basic Input/Output System.

To define GPT and UEFI in more complex terms (and to get a full understanding), I went to Wikipedia for a definition and found two really good articles that will bring this all together.

GUID Partition Table (GPT) is a standard for the layout of the partition table on a physical hard disk, using globally unique identifiers (GUID). Although it forms a part of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) standard (Unified EFI Forum proposed replacement for the PC BIOS)…  source: wikipedia:GUID Partition Table 

If you read this article “What’s the Difference Between GPT and MBR When Partitioning a Drive?” you will see that MBR is old school and GPT is new school… source: How-To Geek

If you read this article “UEFI boot: how does that actually work, then?” you will see where the author adamantly is telling us UEFI and BIOS are two completely different beasts. This article in my opinion really nails down all of this stuff to the point where I found a lot of what I had been reading was off base due to people using the terminology incorrectly.

You do not have a ‘UEFI BIOS’. No-one has a ‘UEFI BIOS’. Please don’t ever say ‘UEFI BIOS’. BIOS is not a generic term for all PC firmware, it is a particular type of PC firmware. Your computer has a firmware. If it’s an IBM PC compatible computer, it’s almost certainly either a BIOS or a UEFI firmware… source: AdamW on Linux and more

Getting back to my original problem of cloning my Windows 8 hard drive, I now knew I needed to find cloning software that supported GPT and UEFI. This is where I found Macrium Reflect (FREE Edition), which supported the cloning process for GPT and UEFI based systems. Macrium Reflect is a free disaster recovery solution for your home computer that primarily specializes in making drive images.

Also, during my research, I came across this instructional video “How to Clone Windows 8” , where the person in the video will clearly walk you through the cloning process using the FREE Edition of Macrium Reflect…

When it comes to cloning Windows 8 or 8.1 you need to use the right software for the job, whats even better you don’t have to pay. Here is a free option that lets you clone Windows 8 or 8.1 with ease. The program is called Macruim Reflect, it supports the new GPT and UEFI BIOS that all windows 8 machines come with now days.

In the end, once I educated myself about GPT and UEFI, had the right software, and watched how to do it; I walked away with a successfully cloned (and bootable) hard drive. Due to my real life experience working through this, I decided to help others out in the event they start pulling their hair out, like I did…

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Show Your Support of Windows 8 With This Cracked Screen Wallpaper

To demonstrate my recent frustrations with Windows 8 (8.1) in setting up a new PC, I went on the hunt for a wallpaper background that shows how I feel right now about Windows in general. All in all, I finally got my PC setup the way I wanted, but I did experience a hurdle or two that pushed me over the edge.

To get this wallpaper (which I added to my collection), click on the image below (or CLICK HERE). You will be taken to the site where the wallpaper is located. Right click on the image to save it to your computer.

Windows 8 Cracked Screen Wallpaper

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I Just Changed The Way I Receive Windows Updates AND Here Is Why…

I cannot stress enough, from a computer security standpoint, the importance of the Windows Updates. Microsoft goes to great lengths to keep our PC’s safe; HOWEVER, this past week I had an experience on a brand new PC that I had customized to my liking where I believe a Windows Update caused me a lot of grief. I experienced similar symptoms, as reported at 404 Tech Support, where they made determination that a specific update on machines with the Avast Anti-Virus installed caused the following symptoms to occur:

  • Restarting or shutting down would never complete
  • Uninstalling a program would hang
  • Certain startup programs would never launch
  • Opening computer properties (Right-click on This PC, select Properties) would never open

In my case, I experienced the exact same symptoms; HOWEVER, was not the same cause(s). I did not (initially) install the update as indicated in the 404 Tech Support article and do not have Avast installed. My problem started out when I booted my Windows 81. box and was greeted with a message indicating that Windows was installing new features and telling me to wait. Of course I am scratching my head going, “What new features???  I didn’t install or ask for any new features”. Needless to say, the computer hung on that screen (and message) and did not move forward. I ended up booting into the Windows reset, refresh and restore options. I attempted a restore and that did not work properly, as well. I performed a reboot again, and the PC did start to the desktop; however, that is when I experienced the symptoms as reflected above. After a second start of the computer, the computer started to run properly (for whatever reason). I immediately ran a scan for malware and checked all areas (startup, processes, services, etc…) to make sure I was not hit with something.

The only thing that I could come up with was when I went to do the Windows restore, the restore point was showing that Windows updates KB2920189 and KB3011780 had been installed. Update KB3011780 was showing in the Windows Updates history that it had been cancelled at one point, but also showed on the same date it did install successfully. It is my thinking that this update may have caused the issues I was experiencing.

After getting things back in order and the computer running properly. I manually downloaded the update as reflected in the article 404 Tech Support had problems with (which showed as an optional update on my PC) and the update installed with no issue on my PC. Note: By the way, that optional update (KB8000850) is a large core Windows update.

Needless to say, after reading the article at 404 Tech Support and my own experience with a potential Windows Update that went wild, I now have my computer configured to “Check for updates but let me choose whether to download or install them…”.

Windows Update Configuration

I do not recommend this setting, but from a troubleshooting standpoint, I am going this route for now. There have been too many Windows 8 (8.1) updates that have caused problems and this will put me in control to monitor the updates more closely and to educate myself more about Windows Updates.

If anyone else experienced a Windows Update issue, please feel free to share your experience and comment below…

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An Extraordinary Craigslist App For Windows 8 (and 8.1)

You may have noticed here on the blog I do not write too much about Windows 8 Apps. In my opinion the Windows App Store selection is nothing compared to the Google or Apple platforms; however, there is on occasion I will find a Windows App that will impress me as being useful. One of those apps being CPlus for Craigslist.

CPlus for Craigslist

If you are a Craigslist junky I believe you will like this app. It will definitely making searching Craigslist, across multiple locations, easier than visiting the Craigslist site itself. I typically use this app to look for things on Craigslist; not to post anything. Therefore the posting component, that is built into this app I cannot vouch for

Features – CPlus for Craigslist:

  • Search multiple cities
  • Add multiple cities and switch the search results easily with a single click.
  • Save searches and favorite listings
  • Save your search with the filter setting and favorite listings. They will be displayed on the main page.
  • Map view
  • Show all the postings on the map – especially useful when you are looking for apartments or houses.
  • In-app Posting
  • Post your ads inside our app and you may add multiple Craigslist accounts. (This feature is for Windows 8 Pro version only. The free version can post up to 10 times)
  • Account Management
  • Manage your Craigslist account. Edit or repost your existing posts. Show your previous posts.
  • History Tracking
  • Track your recent searches and viewed posts.

Train Yourself To Use The Windows 8/8.1 Quick Access Menu (aka: Win +X Menu)

If you are a Windows 8 user, teach yourself to to use the Quick Access Menu (also known as the “Win + X menu” where you hold down the “Windows Key” on the keyboard and hit the “X” key on the keyboard).

To get to the Quick Access menu using the mouse, right mouse-click the “Start Button” at the bottom-left corner of any screen (including the Start screen or the Desktop) and the menu will pop up. If you don’t see the “Start Button”, move your mouse to the lower-left corner, and the “Start Button” will appear.

Quick Access Menu

The reason you should train yourself to use this menu is that this menu was designed by Microsoft to give you a specific (hidden) location to quickly access the most commonly used and advanced options on your computer, no matter what screen you are working from (for example: you can do things like shut down and sign out, get to Control Panel, Task Manager, File Explorer, or open a Command Prompt window).

Few people know about this menu; and, the few that do know this menu is there, forget to use it. In a nutshell the “Quick Access Menu” gets you to the nuts and bolts of the Windows 8 operating system.

How To Activate The Windows 8.1 Onscreen Keyboards During Those Times Of Laziness

There are times when I am at my computer where my posture and position are just not ergonomically correct (by all standards). It is called getting comfortable (by my standards). It is when I am in my comfortable posture and position, with feet propped to the side, that typing from the keyboard requires me to become a contortionist (which then defeats the purpose of being in my comfortable position).

To solve this problem of using the keyboard I use the onscreen keyboards that are built into Windows 8.1 and use the mouse pointer to type (using the hunt and peck method).  To get to these keyboards and have them readily available here is what you do:

1st OPTION: Using the Windows 8.1 Touch Keyboard

1 – To Activate The Keyboard: Right click the taskbar at the bottom of your screen, select Toolbars, then click on Touch Keyboard. 

2 – To Launch The Keyboard: Click on the icon that is now on the taskbar to show or hide the keyboard (you can also click on the close “X” button to hide it, as well).

Touch Keyboard

2nd OPTION: Using the Windows 8.1 On Screen Keyboard

1 – To Activate and Launch The Keyboard: Press the key combination [Windows-Logo]+[R] and type the following command: osk and then confirm by pressing [Enter].

2 – Pinning To Taskbar:  After the keyboard launches, click on the minimize button so that the keyboard minimizes to the taskbar.  Once it is minimized to the taskbar, right mouse click the keyboard icon and select “pin to taskbar”.

3 – Using the Options: This onscreen keyboard can be moved around and resized; whereas the previous keyboard option presented is stationary at the bottom of the screen. There is an option’s button built into this keyboard that will allow you to add or remove features of the this keyboard. One nice feature using this keyboard is that it has word prediction built in, which makes your typing experience faster (and more accurate); PLUS, it also has a “hover” option (when turned on) that you can hover over a key with your mouse pointer and the letter will be typed for you.

On Screen Keyboard

You will see many articles out there on how to turn these keyboards “off”; whereas, for purposes of laziness I have presented you with how to turn these keyboards “on”…

These keyboards are really handy when you need to type in short text strings, such as a web address, a password, etc… I don’t think I will be typing any letters with these; BUT, what I am finding is that I am really getting faster at mouse typing (using the “hunt and peck method” or, maybe I should say the “hunt and click method”).

FEATURED TECH PRODUCT – Toshiba Encore 2 Windows 8 Tablet

USA Today had a feature tech write-up on the Toshiba Encore 2 that is worth a look see (titled: Review: Toshiba’s Encore 2 Windows tablet makes the grade) for those considering a full Windows 8 experience tablet at a price that is comparable (or better) than some of the other tablets (of this caliber) out there.

I also noticed that Amazon has the Encore 2 now available (click here) in the 10 inch model and (click here) in the 8 inch model.

Toshiba Encore™ 2

One of the first reviewers at Amazon had this to say about the Encore 2:

Got one yesterday at BB. Really like this tablet. Full windows 8.1 and MS Office 365 personal. You get to download another Office 365 on your home PC. You also get 1000 gb of storage on MS One Drive. Running ITunes off of my 14 gb of music on the micro SD card. Very good processor response. The 1 gb of Ram may have it limits, but no noticeable slow down. Overall, very happy. We also have an iPad and Samsung Galaxy. Cannot go wrong, when you consider the price and power of this 10 inch tablet… 

Meet the Encore™ 2 tablet—a powerful performer that works the way you do. Thinner, faster, lighter and more capable than ever, this Windows® tablet with a brilliant 10.1-inch display and ultrafast Wi-Fi® goes from work to play in an instant. Get going right out of the box with a complimentary one-year subscription to Office 365™ Personal, capture video and take amazing photos with a built-in 5MP camera, synchronize across all your Windows® devices and much more. Powered by a quad-core Intel® Atom™ processor with InstantGo technology, this is one tablet that’s up for anything.

ProduKey – Popular, FREE, Must Have Utility To Retrieve Your Windows Product Key

Prior to performing a re-install of the operating system on my computer,  I ran NirSoft’s little utility called ProduKey to retrieve my Windows 8 product key. This key is required in order to complete the installation of Windows and is the key that communicates to Microsoft that you legally purchased the operating system software.

Typically what happens is when we get these product keys we end up forgetting where we placed them or where we had written them down. ProduKey makes retrieving the key very fast and easy.

ProduKey
ProduKey is a small utility that displays the ProductID and the CD-Key of Microsoft Office (Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office 2007), Windows (Including Windows 7 and Windows Vista), Exchange Server, and SQL Server installed on your computer. You can view this information for your current running operating system, or for another operating system/computer – by using command-line options. This utility can be useful if you lost the product key of your Windows/Office, and you want to reinstall it on your computer.

Note:  The description at the NirSoft site indicates the software will display the key for Windows (including Windows 7 and Windows Vista). Does not indicate Windows 8; however, I can attest that it will work for Windows 8, as well.

Geek Squeak – How To Make The Windows 8 Task Manager Become A Desktop Widget

This geek squeak is a quickie, but is pretty neat.  If you have Windows 8, right click on the Windows 8 taskbar at the bottom of your screen, and click on Task Manager.  When Task Manager loads, click on the Performance tab. On the left side of the Performance Tab you will see graphical user interface for the CPU, Memory, Disk, Ethernet, etc… Left double click on on any of those and voila you will get a sized down widget version of the performance tab in a  floating window that can be moved around and is handy when it comes to troubleshooting problems.

To return back to the full size version of the Task Manager, just left double click anywhere inside the floating window.

How to Disable Specific Windows Updates So That They Will Not Be Installed

You probably are asking, “Why would I want to block a Windows Update?”.

I had numerous Windows Updates hit my PC yesterday and one of the updates would not install.  As a result, the computer ended up into a tailspin where every time I booted, the update appeared to be installing; then, it would fail; and, then uninstall itself.  After identifying what update it was, I needed a way to disable the update from installing, until a fix could be found.

What I found is that in Windows 7 and Windows 8 you can disable updates from installing by hiding them. Keep in mind, it is important to capture all updates; however, as in my case, there are those occasions where an update will break the machine.

To disable or hide the update I did some research and found that the web site Windows SevenForums has a very nice tutorial description (with graphics) on How to Hide or Restore Hidden Windows Updates in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

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By following their tutorial, I was able to easily hide the update that was causing me the issue. Once I find a fix, I will unhide the update so that it can properly install. Thank you Windows SevenForum

Periodically Change The Background Image On Your Computer (like every hour or every day)

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Periodically Change The Background Image On Your Computer (like every hour or every day) – You may have figured out that in Windows 7 and Windows 8 you have the ability to setup a screensaver that will display your photos and images on your computer as a slideshow (when the computer goes idle for a preset period of time).  The problem with this is that it is limited in what you can do. Actually screensavers are really a thing of the past (that was designed to save your screen from burn in).

If you really want something that I consider an awesome piece of software, that is periodically updated (and improved), I encourage you to take a look at John’s Background Switcher (aka: JBS).

John’s Background Switcher

What does John’s Background Switcher do?  John best describes it as this: “JBS sits in your system tray (down by the clock) and changes your background at the time interval of your choosing. You tell it where to get pictures from and how to show them – maybe you just want to see one photo at a time or maybe you’d like to see a ‘Snapshot Scrapbook‘ of photos thrown across your desktop. It’s up to you and you never know what’s coming next!”

Take a look at John’s Background Switcher; and, that dull boring computer background will be transformed into a beautiful display that makes good use of your images (and photos) with the ability to pull images from various sources on the internet.  Get it here (for FREE)!

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[WINDOWS 8] Fast Way to Troubleshoot Problems in Windows 8 and 8.1 – Windows 8.x has a troubleshooting feature for system maintenance and repair that everybody should know about. A previous tip showed one quick way to access this very useful set of utilities. Here is another way that uses a single command… @gizmo’s

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[GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSION] Find out when your emails were read (in Gmail) – Avoid misunderstandings: check if your e-mails have been received – Friends: coordinate better with them – Family: make sure your loved ones are well – Peace of mind: avoid impatience when waiting for answers – Commercial objectives: verify if there is interest in your products – Job search: find out if a company reviewed your resume… @chrome web store

[CLOUD COMPUTING] 17 Websites That Will Make You Smarter – Tired of wasting your time watching cat videos or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed? Want to be more productive next time you go online? Here’s a list of websites that will actually make you smarter… @Entrepreneur

[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] PDF24 Creator: Free PDF Creator to create, convert, merge PDF files – If you are looking for any application that can create, convert and merge PDF files, then PDF24 Creator is one you may want to have a look at. PDF remains the most commonly used file format even today. Whether you are working at home or office, you often across PDF files and it is at such times, when  PDF24 Creator comes in handy. It is a freeware tool that can help in scanning the PDF documents and converting any printable document into the PDF format… @The Windows Club

[ANDROID] The top-rated, most-loved keyboard on Android, now available for free – Swiftkey Keyboard is an intelligent app for Android that upgrades your device’s on-screen keyboard, making it faster and easier for you to type. This free, award-winning app delivers smarter autocorrect and next-word prediction in over 60 languages. It’s packed full of customization features, including over 30 colorful themes, layouts for all screen sizes and devices, support for over 800 emoji, emoji prediction and much more… @Google Play

[FILE SHARING] Send Files Up To 1GB Easily – LockDox is a secure file sharing service brought to you by WatchDox, the leader in enterprise file sync and sharing. WatchDox believes everyone should be able to share files with security, tracking and control… @LockDox

[WINDOWS 8] Access Windows 8’s Advanced Startup Utility with a Simple Shortcut – Windows 8 comes with a handy tool for troubleshooting your computer: the Advanced Startup tool. Accessing it can be kind of roundabout, though, so Tech Support Alert shows how to access it quickly and easily… @lifehacker

[MICROSOFT ONEDRIVE] Microsoft ups free OneDrive storage – Office 365 users get 1TB, everyone else 15GB – OneDrive comes with seven gigabytes of free storage, and Office 365 comes with 20 gigabytes of OneDrive storage. As of today, that’s changed: Microsoft will increase the free quota to 15 Gbytes, and OneDrive subscribers will receive a whopping 1 terabyte with their subscription. The changes will roll out over the next month… @PCWorld


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Shut Down Windows 8 With Shutdown8

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Shut Down Windows 8 With Shutdown8 – After the release of Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft did make things better for people to navigate around; however, shutting down the PC is still a hidden component (when you are on the desktop side of Windows 8).

To remedy this issue on my Windows 8 computer, I installed a little program called Shutdown8.

Shutdown8

Shutdown8 is available as an install file or a portable app. I went for the portable app version. Once you get it installed, pin the Shutdown8 executable file to your taskbar making it very handy to shutdown your PC.

Not only does Shutdown8 provide convenience in shutting down your PC, it also has the following features:

  • Shuts down/powers off computers at a specified time
  • Users can set the timer with the [+][-] keys or the mouse wheel button
  • Hibernate Mode: Saves the contents from the RAM to a hard disk and shuts down
  • Sleep Mode: Saves the state of the computer to RAM and enters a low-power mode
  • Works well with Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8

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[REMOTE DESKTOP] A New Perspective on Remote Desktop – AnyDesk is the fastest remote desktop software on the market. It allows for new usage scenarios and applications that have not been possible with current remote desktop software… @AnyDesk

[GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSION] OneNote Clipper – the easiest way to save anything on the web to OneNote in just one click – One-click to save any webpage with the extension toolbar OneNote button… @Chrome Web Store

[ANDROID] SwiftKey goes free on Android – One of the most popular third party keyboards on Android has just shed its price tag. In announcing a major update with new features, SwiftKey has also dropped the bombshell that it will now be available free of charge, but will still hold on to in-app purchases via a new add-on store… @Slash Gear

[SECURITY] Steganos LockNote will change the way you work with confidential notes – Hide your serial numbers, passwords, phone numbers and everyday notes in a safe place. Your informations will be encrypted using a password and most modern AES 256bit encryption technology… @steganos

[WINDOWS APP] Windows 8 Magazine App To Read Millions Of Free Magazines – Issuu is a free magazine app for Windows 8 which lets you read free magazines. This app has millions of free magazines in its collection. You can read any magazine either by searching for it using the built-in search box or by going through each magazine… @I Love Free Software

[CLOUD COMPUTING] Remove backgrounds from images – Free online tool automatically removes the background from images. Make your image backgrounds white or transparent. Even removes white backgrounds from images or photos… @Background Burner

[NOTEBOOK COMPUTER] 2-in-1 Ultraportable Notebook With A 10″ Detachable Tablet – The all-new Transformer Book T100 transforms your mobile lifestyle with a 2-in-1 ultraportable design and an amazing 11 hours battery life that will never tie you down. On one hand, it is a performance notebook with an Intel Atom Bay Trail-T Z3740 Quad Core processor and Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student preinstalled for great productivity. On the other hand, it is a 10.1″ HD touchscreen display that works as a standalone Windows 8.1 tablet for all your entertainment needs… @Amazon

ASUS Transformer Book T100TA-C1-GR 10.1″ Detachable 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop, 64GB

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Learning About Secure Boot In Windows 8

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Learning About Secure Boot In Windows 8 – This geek squeak is about a feature, called Secure Boot, that is built into the firmware architecture of the newer computers that make sure that your PC boots using only software that is trusted by the PC manufacturer.  When the PC starts, the firmware checks the signature of each piece of boot software, including firmware drivers (Option ROMs) and the operating system. If the signatures are good, the PC boots, and the firmware gives control to the operating system. From what I have read, Microsoft had encouraged the computer manufacturers to put this in place, as a security measure to prevent a Windows 8 computer from being compromised.

The problem I experienced with this, not working on computers as much since my retirement, is that I did not know about Secure Boot. I had attempted to boot a Windows 8 based (newer) PC from a third party DVD called Hiren’s Boot CD and the PC would not allow the CD to perform the boot process. I was in and out of the BIOS to make sure I had the CD/DVD drive in line to be the first boot device and it would not boot from the CD/DVD (or USB drive) due to the Secure Boot feature.  The PC, during the boot process, would look at the CD/DVD (or USB drive), BUT as indicated in the first paragraph Secure Boot did not recognize the signature and would bypass the boot disk and try to boot into Windows.

The workaround I found to this is that in the BIOS of this particular PC, I was able to disable Secure Boot and enable Legacy Boot. After I performed this task, the PC booted from the boot CD/DVD (or USB Drive). The process of disabling this feature varies, depending on the make and model of your computer. I encourage you to research this through your computer manufacturer.

To learn more about this and to validate my findings, please read Secure Boot Overview (at Microsoft) and Disabling Secure Boot.

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[FILE SHARING] Send Anywhere Transfers Files Quickly and Securely Across Devices – The big sell of Send Anywhere is that it uses P2P to transfer your files, without saving them on any server along the way. So once the transfer is done, the file isn’t going to be sitting on the cloud, waiting to be discovered by someone else… @lifehacker

[HOW TO] What You Need to Know About Text-to-911 – Text-to-911 is the ability to send a text message to reach 911 emergency call takers from your mobile phone or device. In the future, text-to-911 will be widely available in the United States. However, for now, the ability to contact 911 using text is only available on a limited basis in a few markets.… @FCC

[GADGET TOOL] Pocket Monkey – 3 screwdrivers (flat head, 2D phillips, micro flat), 6 nested hex wrenches (standard sizes), bottle opener, letter opener, and 6 more… @Amazon

Pocket Monkey

[COLLEGE COMPUTER] Tablet or Laptop for college? – As high school students take the summer off and begin to prepare for college, we are often asked what technology students should get for college.   Here’s our answer.  Both – maybe.  Why? … @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog

[SOFTWARE] Scan Documents And Save Them On Your Computer As A PDF – WinScan2PDF is a very small (~40k) and portable program that allows you to scan documents and save them on your computer as a PDF by using any installed scanner… @SoftwareOK

[BOOT DISK] Create bootable media using ESET SysRescue Live – Recently, a popular security company ESET has released its SysRescue Live bootable CD/USB. It is a free utility that allows you to create a bootable rescue CD/DVD or USB Drive. You can boot an infected computer from your rescue media to scan for malware and clean infected files… @The Windows Club

[TECH NEWS] China bans Windows 8 from being used on government PC  – Reuters reports that China’s Central Government Procurement Center posted word of the Windows 8 ban last week on its website. Oddly, the notice was part of a message on how the government could use energy saving products. However, the official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, later said the ban was to help ensure computer security… @Neowin

[ANDROID] Direct-to-Drive attachment saves added to Gmail for Android – Gmail for Android now lets you save attachments directly to Google Drive. The new feature is part of the latest version of Gmail for Android, which started rolling out on Monday via Google Play… @Greenbot

[WALLPAPER] Earth Map… @WideWallpapers

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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring A FREE Android News Aggregator That Will Talk To You

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Newshog – A Google News aggregator that has the ability to read the news to you while on the go. I use this on a regular basis when traveling. Newshog is the only news app you will ever need. Very popular…

Newshog

NewsHog has many advanced features such as summarization, reader mode, text to speech, offline reading and translation that take the Google News experience to the next level. NewsHog is a worthy replacement for Google Currents or the News and Weather app… @Google Play

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[WINDOWS 8 NEWS] Rejoice! The Start menu is coming back to Windows – You heard right, devout desktop lovers: The Start menu is coming back to Windows, Microsoft operating system head Terry Myerson announced at Build on Wednesday… @PCWorld

[ACCESSORY] WorkForce DS-30 Portable Color Document Scanner – Scan, save and send important data wherever your business takes you with the WorkForce DS-30 portable document scanner. Delivering full-function flexibility on the go, the DS-30 scans receipts, documents up to 8.5″ x 14″, plastic I.D. cards and more right into an e-mail, searchable PDF and more. Send your scanned files directly to the most popular cloud services with the included software… @Amazon

[SOFTWARE] Folder Size review: Free tool shows the distribution of your disk space – Folder Size is worth the very minimal download time and disk space in that it provides useful information that is not easily extracted from File Explorer, which will let you can see the size of a folder, but not its relative contribution to total storage… @PCWorld

[WINDOWS 8 NEWS] 8 Things You Need to Know About Windows 8.1 Update – It’s sometimes hard to remember that Windows 8 has only been available for a year and half, and in that short space has taken three significantly different forms—Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and now Windows 8.1 Update. This revision is a result of the product team behind the operating system’s listening to the feedback from users: Sareen made a point of emphasizing that and that the primary motivation behind this Update is to address the feedback from mouse pushers and clickers, in particular.. @PCMag

[HOW TO] Speed Up Chrome for Android with this Settings TweakThis settings tweak, thanks to Redditor erythrocytes64, may give you a tidy speed boost, depending on your device.In short, what you’re doing is giving Chrome access to more memory, and eliminating that stutter you get when scrolling up and down pages… @Lifehacker

[ANDROID NEWS] Google to roll out Android KitKat 4.4.3 update for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 – The update which is yet to be pushed to the regular customers and would take around a month or more , Google is pushing it in the hands of the developers for testing purposes. With this new update, Google is expected to fix a number of issues KitKat now has, the issues includes keyboard crash and a fix to the camera app… @The Westside Story

[FEATURED TECH SITE] – Malware Tips – Definitely bookmark this site. One of the best out there when it comes to malware removal instruction… @Malware Tips

[ANDROID APP] CCleaner Beta in now available for Android – CCleaner which has been mostly used in Windows to boost performance by cleaning temporary and useless files residing on the system. The app has now also arrived for the Android devices under a beta release… @The Westside Story

[WALLPAPER] Free HD Wallpapers – @Backcountry Gallery

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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring An Android App Lock and Privacy Protection Tool

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Lockdown Pro App Lock – Did you ever misplace your Android phone (or tablet) and suddenly dawns on you that all your personal and private information is at risk of possibly being compromised? We really do not think about this until it hits home and it happens.

Today I want to share with you an Android App, called Lockdown Pro App Lock; that is totally FREE, that is gaining in popularity, and  may someday save you from losing your personal information. The versatility of this app is amazing (especially for a FREE product).

Lockdown Pro App Lock

Features:

Lockdown Pro is the BEST app lock and privacy protect tool, it can lock any app, such as SMS, Gmail, Facebook, Whatsapp, SnapChat, Instagram, Viber, Line, Evernote, etc and special apps including Lock install/uninstall apps, Lock incoming calls, etc.

One-tap to lock Apps.

Auto lock new-install app.

Auto lock & unlock when you get in/out your setting locations.

Auto lock & unlock when connect/disconnect with wifi.

Active lock apps with a SMS

Three password modes: Pattern Lock, Classic Lock & Calculator Lock

Fake Error Message (Distract from unauthorized access.)

Random keyboard password

Time pin password (Ex: If the time is 13:12, your PIN will be 1312)

Themes store (so many beautiful themes for your choice)

Facility Security:

★ Prevent uninstall Lockdown Pro & clear the memory on some devices (Activate Device administrator)

Lock Deactive Device administrator

Hide Lockdown Pro icon (Remove Lockdown Pro icon on App Draw & Home screen)

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[ANDROID] The 100 Best Android Apps of 2014 – As the deathgrip of winter finally slips and snow drops peak their blossoms above frozen ground, so too do the fresh Android apps emerge…@PCMag

[WEB APP] Redesigned start.me live – After almost two months of work behind the scenes the fully redesigned start.me site has gone live. For the coming few weeks, the design will run in beta-mode on www.start.meand the old design will stay available on www.startme.com during that time… @start.me: blog

[MICROSOFT OFFICE] Announcing Office 365 Personal: A new way to access Office 365! – Coming this Spring, Office 365 Personal is a new, great option for people interested in using Office 365.  It’s designed for an individual, allows for one PC or Mac and one tablet to be connected to the service and will be available for $69.99 USD/year or $6.99 USD/ month (ERP)1. We recognize that there are households of all shapes and sizes and we’re committed to delivering the right Office for everyone – whether that be one person or an entire household… @Office Blogs

[COMPUTERS & ACCESSORIES] Top 100 Best Sellers… See the top 100 in everything from tablets, to monitors, to desktops, etc…  @Amazon

[WINDOWS UTILITY] A free, awards winning software for exploration and management of System Internals – Useful tools which help you Keep Your System Under Control . With System Explorer You get also fast access to File Database which help you to determine unwanted processes or threats . System Explorer is translated into 29 languages and is available for download in installer and portable version… @SystemExplorer

[HOW TO] How Do I Know if my PC is Infected with Malware? – Unless the symptoms are obvious, you cannot know 100% for sure if your PC is infected or not. Here are some common Indicators of malware infections to help you decide if you need to have your PC tested or cleaned… @GEGeek

[SECURITY] Malwarebytes Launches version 2.0, Commits to Supporting Windows XP for LifeMalwarebytes, the maker of a popular, trusted, and effective solution for removing nasty bits of harmful code from PCs, has officially launched version 2.0. And, to ensure the christening makes significant noise, the company is also promising to support Windows XP for a lifetime… @WindowsITPro

[NOTEKEEPING] Lifehacker Faceoff: OneNote vs. Evernote -Now that Microsoft OneNote is free for Mac and Windows, the price and cross-platform barriers to this much beloved note-taking tool are gone. But how well does OneNote stack up to (the also awesome) Evernote… @Lifehacker

[WALLPAPER] Windows 8 Wallpaper Set 15… @Awesome Wallpapers

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GEEK SQUEAKS – April 8th Is D-Day For Windows XP

If you are a Windows XP user and have been procrastinating about upgrading to Windows 8 or to a new PC (or you just plain do not care), here is the official word from Microsoft that may encourage you to move forward:

Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But now the time has come for us (Microsoft), along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.

As a result, after April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC.

If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.

April 8th Is D-Day For Windows XP

The key issues in the above notice is that you will no longer receive automatic updates, you will be vulnerable to security risks and viruses (which could compromise the security for a whole lot of people) and as time goes on you will experience software and hardware compatibility issues.

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[TABLET NEWS] Rumor: The Nexus 8 Tablet From Google To Come With An 8.9-Inch Display – Digitimes research is reporting that Google has made the decision to replace the Nexus 7, and swap it out by replacing it with an 8.9-inch Nexus 8 for this years new Nexus tablet offering. It’s said that the Nexus 8 will be Google’s first tablet project for the year, which points to the possibility that they could be looking to release another tablet in a different size… @AndroidHeadlines

[HOW TO] How to Fix Windows 8 Update Freezing Issue – Windows 8 Update is Stuck at Updating. How Do I Fix This? … @Tom’s Hardware

How to Fix Windows 8 Update Freezing Issue

[ACCESSORIES] Mount-It! Dual Freestanding Monitor Stand for Monitors Up to 27″ screens – LCD Monitor Pole with Double-Link Swing Arm provides a secure and elevated position for two flat-screen monitors to help free up valuable desk and work space.

Dual Freestanding Monitor Stand

It’s fully adjustable tilt, rotate, side-to-side, height, and tension settings enable a comfortable and productive viewing position that helps reduce eye fatigue, neck, and back strain… @AMAZON

[GOOGLE NEWS] Google Launches Add-Ons for Google Docs and Sheets… @Google Drive Blog

Google Launches Add-Ons for Google Docs and Sheets

[NEED TO KNOW] What will be New in the Upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 – Microsoft will be releasing a new update for Windows 8.1 in April. The company inadvertently made a finished copy of the updated system available for a brief time several days ago. A number of bloggers have subsequently given some details of what’s coming in this new version. The changes are not major but should make mouse-and-keyboard users happier. Here are some of the updated features you can expect… @Gizmo’s

[ANDROID] Nova Launcher – Everyone’s Favorite Ice Cream Sandwich Launcher… @TeslaCoil Software

[WINDOWS] Volumouse: Control Sound Volume using Mouse wheel – Volumouse will allow you to control the sound volume on your Windows computer speakers by simply rolling the wheel of your mouse. Normally, to change the sound volume, you have to click on the sound volume icon in the system tray and then adjust the volume. But with Volumouse, all you need to do is roll the mouse wheel… @The Windows Club

[NEED TO KNOW] Popcorn Time is Netflix Type Movie Streaming for Pirates – Popcorn Time lets you stream the latest movies in various qualities complete with subtitles, if needed, with just a couple clicks. The software uses BitTorrent in the backend to find and download movies, but eliminates the usual hassle of wading through sketchy torrent sites and waiting for download to complete. The entire process is transparent to the user. Evidently, using Popcorn Time would be breaking a lot of copyright laws and the program creators are quick to acknowledge the legal dangers. A disclaimer appears each time you launch the application… @Instant Fundas

[WALLPAPER] Jungle Bridge Background… @WallpaperStop

 Jungle Bridge Background


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Preorder The ASUS Chromebox – AND MORE

How would you like a computer that starts up in seconds, has integrated malware and virus protection, is low maintenance, takes up very little space, is perfect for mom and pop, can be easily used as your home entertainment system, is inexpensive, and MORE???????

This may sound like the perfect computer and maybe it is. In the very near future ASUS will be releasing the ASUS Chromebox that will meet the specs, as described above. This is not a Windows based computer. It is a Google Chrome OS based computer that just may be a game changer.

ASUS Chromebox

Features-at-a-Glance

  • 4th gen Intel processors deliver the best performance for Chrome OS
  • HDMI and DisplayPort for dual display support and up to 4k playback1
  • Lightweight, small form design that supports VESA mount
  • USB 3.0 ports to easily share data from USB drives and devices
  • Dual-band Wireless-N connectivity for streaming HD media and seamless web surfing
  • Instant boot up in seconds saves you time
  • Chrome OS for a simplified, secure web experience that syncs all your Chrome services instantly and lets you use apps offline

If you think about it, most of our computing experience these days is online (in the cloud, as they say). The days of computers, as we know it, may be coming to an end; especially as these cloud based devices continue to evolve. I ask myself; especially, being a computer user for over 25 years, would I be satisfied with something like the ASUS Chromebox as my only computing source? I really don’t know at this point, but my geek instincts is telling me that this just may be the perfect computer setup.

The ASUS Chromebox can be pre-ordered [HERE]…  From what I am gathering, pricing will be around $180…

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[ANDROID] Sidebar Launcher Adds A Slide-Out Multitasking Panel To Android – Sidebar Launcher offers a quicker way to access different Android features and launch your favorite apps. It’s quite user-friendly and doesn’t seem to slow down older devices. You can launch it from anywhere by swiping in from the left edge of the screen. When opened, it presents you with several elements to add, including a time and date widget, quick settings like Wi-Fi and GPS, favorite apps, and other common settings. Each widget is called a ‘Card’, and you can add, remove and edit these on the fly… @ Addictive Tips

[HOW TO] Prevent access to Registry Editor in Windows 8 | 7 – In this post we will see how to disable, restrict or prevent access to Registry Editor or Registry Editing Tools using Group Policy Editor or by tweaking the Windows Registry in Windows 8 | 7… @The Windows Club

[WINDOWS] 3 Calculators Better Than The One in Windows – After trying out several different calculators, I rounded up three programs that in my opinion, are a tad better than the default Windows calculator… @Instant Fundas

[NEWS] Amazon Raises Prime Membership Fee to $99 a Year – The online retail giant on Thursday morning sent email to Prime members, informing them of a $20 price hike. This means the service will now set you back $99 a year, instead of $79. For existing members, the change will go into effect when your membership renews… @PCMag

[SECURITY] Adobe patches a critical flaw in Shockwave PlayerAdobe Systems released a new security update for Shockwave Player in order to fix a critical vulnerability that could allow attackers to remotely take control of affected systems. The vulnerability, identified as CVE-2014-0505, is the result of a memory corruption issue and can lead to arbitrary code execution. According to Adobe, the flaw was privately reported to the company and there are no reports of active exploits targeting it in the wild… @ComputerWorld

[ONLINE STORAGE] Save more with Google Drive – We’ve lowered the price of our monthly storage plans to $1.99 for 100GB (previously $4.99), $9.99 for 1TB (previously $49.99), and $99.99 for 10TB, with even more storage available if you need it… @Google Drive Blog

[WINDOWS 8] The BEST Start button and menu choices for Windows 8.1 – Seasoned Windows 8.x users might sneer at you for “going back to the old ways”, but there’s no question that if you use a keyboard and mouse and have limited interest in the Modern UI, a “real” Start button and menu can do wonders for your productivity. Here are our top 14 recommendations — free and paid… @BetaNews

[WALLPAPER] Super Colorful @Wallbase

Super Colorful


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Use Windows 8.1’s Quick Access Menu To Shutdown Windows

What gets me about Windows 8 and 8.1 is that you have to go on an Easter egg hunt to find the most basic of functions that we commonly use in Windows. I really think Microsoft has a lost sight of what the end user’s needs are and have never heard of the K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid).

For example, anyone who has not experienced Windows 8 or 8.1 will immediately discover that they cannot easily find a shutdown button in order to turn the computer “off”. Recently I set up a Windows 8 box for my parents and I ended up creating a shutdown button on the taskbar so that they would not have to go digging for this function. To the home based end user, these sort of things can be a challenge.

For others out there, in an effort to help you out…  If you have upgraded to Windows 8.1, the easiest way to get to the Shutdown or Signout options, is to right mouse click on the Start Button which is located in the bottom left corner of the screen (or on the very left side of the task bar at the bottom of the screen). If you are not seeing the Start Button, hover your mouse pointer in the bottom left corner and the button will appear.  When the button appears, right mouse click on the Start Menu button and a menu will pop up.  This is called the Quick Access Menu.

Quick Access Menu

One the menu pops up you will see an option for Shutdown or Sign Out; and, if you hover your mouse pointer over that option another menu will appear to the side giving you the ability to Sign Out, Sleep, Shut Down or Restart.

This may sound like a lot, but once you accomplish this feat it will become second nature; PLUS, the bonus to this you will know how to get to many other features in Windows via the Quick Access Menu such as the Control Panel, Task Manager, File Explorer, etc…

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FROM AROUND THE NET

[NEWS] Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 5, 2014 – 10 Things You Need to Know About Digital Security;  FreedomPop Announces A Fully-Encrypted Smartphone For $10 A Month;  Identity Fraud: It’s Here to Stay;  How to use Chrome’s coming voice search feature today;  5 New Uses for Chromecast;  Free: Tweaking.com – Windows Repair;  Chromebooks are a revolution in Easy;  RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores;  Apple faces website blacklist in ‘misleading’ warranty claims;  VPN Users ‘Pirating’ Netflix Scare TV Networks;  Google Fixes Nearly 20 Bugs in Chrome 33… @Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts

[WINDOWS] Free PC cleaner & Privacy Tool – PrivaZer a privacy tool and PC cleaner. It’s free and easy… @PrivaZer

[HARDWARE] WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 with Auto and Cloud Backup – My Passport Ultra portable hard drive features WD SmartWare Pro backup software that lets you back up to the drive itself or use Dropbox to back up to the cloud. Move files quickly with the blazing speed of USB 3.0 connectivity. Keep your data private with password protection and hardware encryption… @AMAZON

[ANDROID] USA Today – The nation’s news from USA TODAY is accessible 24/7 on your Android phone or tablet. Staying informed has never been this quick, easy or enjoyable… @Google Play

[NEWS] Porn Dethroned as Top Source of Mobile Malware – Pornography is no longer the leading source of malware on mobile devices, according to a new study. The non-honor now goes to Web-based ads, according to Blue Coat, a security firm that analyzed data from more than 75 million global users for a report it released Wednesday… @NBC News

[WALLPAPER] – CATERHAM CT03 RENAULT @wallpaperfusion

CATERHAM CT03 RENAULT

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Geek Squeak: An Easy To Follow Tutorial On Creating Windows Shortcuts To Shutdown, Restart, Log Off or Suspend Your Computer

If you are new to Windows 8 (or 8.1) I am sure at some point you began searching for the shutdown or restart button and had a dickens of a time locating it. Even after you do locate it, you are thinking this is not very convenient. Well… There is a solution and the solution showed up in my Twitter feed this morning from The Windows Club.

They have put together and easy to follow tutorial that will walk you through the process of creating shortcuts for various power option menus in Windows – shortcut to shut down, restart, log off and suspend your Windows computers easily….  CHECK IT OUT HERE

For example, using the tip they provided I created a shortcut to shut down my Windows 8 PC and then pinned the shortcut to my taskbar (which makes it real convenient).

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How To Skip The Windows 8.1 Start Screen When Logging In

If you have upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, there is now an option built-in that will allow you, when you log into the computer, to bypass the Start Screen and go directly to the Desktop.

I have been using Windows 8 since its’ inception and I am finding the Start Screen to be more of an aggravation than anything. Microsoft heard the complaints and provided this option in the Windows 8 upgrade (to 8.1).

Here are the steps to take to tell your computer to automatically go to the Desktop, when you log in…

  1. From the Windows Desktop, right mouse click the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen and choose properties on the pop-up menu.
  2. Click the Navigation Tab
  3. In the Start Screen section, select the checkbox labelled “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start”.
  4. Click Apply then OK

Taskbar and Navigation Properties

This does not disable the Windows Start Screen whatsoever. The easiest way to toggle between the Desktop and Start Screen is to hit the Windows key located on the left side of the keyboard between the Crtl key and the Alt key. You can also take the mouse pointer to the bottom left corner of the screen and click on the Windows logo when it appears.


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

THE ROUND-UP FOR THE WEEK:

GMAIL USERS — Starting this week, when you’re composing a new email, Gmail will suggest your Google+ connections as recipients, even if you haven’t exchanged email addresses yet. If you do not like the idea of anyone and everyone contacting you here is HOW TO OPT OUT OF THIS NEW FEATURE TO CONTROL WHO CAN EMAIL YOU…

A PASSWORD GENERATOR that will generate passwords that you just may be able remember…

WINDOWS 8.2 RUMORED to be right around the corner. Codename Threshold…

If you are like me, I really do not bother with the Metro screen on Windows 8 and really wish I could turn it “off” altogether (which you can’t); however, here is HOW TO STAY IN DESKTOP MODE IN WINDOWS 8

We all love Evernote on our PC’s, Phones and Tablets; however, YOU NEED TO GIVE SIMPLENOTE A TRY.  I currently have this installed on all of my Android devices and can access the web based version from my PC…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM TECH SITE PICK features a teacher who teaches K-8 technology covering everything from mouse skills to Photoshop, teaching students to teaching teachers, creating curriculum to implementing it, basing lessons on guidelines from IB to Common Core. You would think I was still a student, due this is by far one of my favorite sites…

THIS WEEK’S TECH PRODUCT PICK is cans of compressed air that you can use to clean your tech devices such as computers, printers, tablets, notebooks, etc…

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GMAIL: How To Control Who Can Email You

Starting this week, when you’re composing a new email, Gmail will suggest your Google+ connections as recipients, even if you haven’t exchanged email addresses yet. If you are concerned about privacy, here is how to control who can email you…

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How to control who can contact you You’re in control of whether people can reach you with a new setting in Gmail on the desktop. To learn more, check out the Help Center.

Control who can email you

You can control who can email you this way by changing your settings in Gmail.

  1. Open Gmail on a computer.
  2. Click the gear in the top right.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Scroll down to the Email via Google+ section (stay in the “General” tab).
  5. Click the drop-down menu and choose Anyone on Google+, Extended circles,Circles or No one.
  6. Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

Pafwert

@ DownloadCrew

Pafwert is a password generator with a difference. Instead of just churning out random junk like “dml&$s2j” or “lBH6-aa5”, it uses some intelligence to produce secure passwords which you just might be able to remember.

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Launch the program, click Suggest, and you’ll be presented with twelve possible passwords… GET IT HERE


Windows Threshold (8.2): what we know so far

@ PCPro

Microsoft is already planning the next major round of updates to Windows 8 – the follow up to Windows 8.1, codenamed “Threshold”

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The next major round of updates to Windows 8 is called “Threshold”, according to Windows watcher Mary Jo Foley, who reports that the codename was mentioned in an internal email from Microsoft’s head of OS Terry Myerson.

Despite that nickname, many have already simply started referring to it as Windows 8.2… READ MORE


How to Stay in Desktop Mode on Your Windows 8 PC

By Techlicious / K.T. Bradford @techlicious

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Windows 8 has two environments: the full screen, touch-centric Windows Store App interface (also called Metro) and the Desktop interface, which looks and acts like Windows 7. If you install programs you used on previous versions of Windows (XP, Vista or 7), they will open in the Desktop environment. If you prefer this mode to Metro, it’s possible to work only or mainly in the Desktop. With Windows 8.1, you can skip seeing the Start screen altogether… READ MORE


Simplenote

(Android)

The award-winning Simplenote is now available for Android. Simplenote is an easy way to keep notes, lists, ideas and more. Your notes stay in sync with all of your devices for free.

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The best way to learn about Simplenote is to try it. Once you’re up and running, visit simplenote.com to download it on other devices and start accessing your notes everywhere.

GET IT HERE


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

Ask A Tech Teacher

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Top Ten Websites of 2013 – Every week, I post a website that my classes found useful, instructive, helpful in integrating technology into classroom lesson plans. Some, you agreed with me about; others not so much. Here, I’ll share with you which sites readers thought were the most helpful in their efforts to weave tech into the classroom experience. Between these ten, they had over 120,000 visitors during the year. See if you agree… READ MORE


3M Dust Remover – Compressed Gas Duster

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  • 3M Dust Remover
  • Compressed Gas Duster
  • Removes Dust & Lint in Home and Office
  • Great for Silk Plants, Automobiles, Woodworking
  • Great for Audio/Video, Household Items, Printers

GET IT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – December 4, 2013


NEXUS FLASHLIGHT
, a simple, but beautiful Android app to light your way…

The NEXT USB PLUG SPECIFICATION is currently being developed…

WINDOWS 8 FOR DUMMIES shows you how to navigate the Windows 8 interface, work with files, browse the Internet, set up e-mail, manage media, and more…

DOWNLOAD OFFICE 2013 QUICKSTART GUIDES from Microsoft…

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Nexus Flashlight

A down and dirty (nice looking) Android flashlight app that was originally designed for the Nexus line of smartphones, works on numerous other smartphone models, as well. I have this installed on my Nexus 5 and it serves one purpose only and that is to use the LED on my phone as a flashlight.

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Overview:

-Keep the LED on when switching the application or locking the screen.
-Create a notification for fast off-switching of the LED when not in the application itself.
-Turn on the LED on application start to save even more time.
-It is fast. You do not have to wait for multiple seconds to start the LED flash.
-Resizable Widget: Turn on the LED right from your homescreen
-Put the widget on your lockscreen (Android 4.2 only)
-Customizable widget to make it look like a standard app shortcut in order to integrate it nicer with other app shortcuts on your home screen(*) [DOES NOT WORK ON THE NEXUS 5]
-Shortcut to quickly toggle the LED without opening the main application
-Customizable widget text size (Android 4.1.2+ only)

GET IT HERE


The Next Generation Of USB Connector
Will Plug In Either Way

@ Popular Science

Did you ever get frustrated when plugging in that USB connector? Well, someone was thinking when they came up with the next generation connector.

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The new plugs and receptacles will be bilaterally symmetrical, so never again will you try and fail to plug in a USB plug because it’s upside-down!!!  READ MORE


Windows 8 For Dummies

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I have been an advocate for the Dummies series of book on computers and Windows for years… This book, Windows 8 for Dummies, is a great way to introduce yourself to this new operating system (which is very stable; but, can be confusing, at first, to navigate).

Covers all the basics of using Windows 8–core desktop components, managing files and folders, saving files, using Windows search, printing, and working in the cloud

Shows how to get online, set up and use e-mail, use the latest version of Internet Explorer, set up security and virus protection, add music to the media player, organize photos, and edit media

Includes coverage on using Windows 8’s new start screen on both a desktop computer and a touchscreen device

GET IT HERE


Office 2013 Quick Start Guides

You can’t beat the price on these; $FREE… Get started using Office 2013 with these FREE Quick Start Guides from Microsoft.

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If you’re new to Office 2013, you can download any of the free Quick Start Guides. These printable guides contain useful tips, shortcuts, and screenshots to help you find your way around.

GET THE GUIDES HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 21, 2013


FCC SPEED TEST (ANDROID APP) accurately measures your mobile broadband performance…

FIVE WINDOWS 8 SHORTCUT KEYS that are essential to know…

A FREE ALL-IN-ONE SCREEN CAPTURE PROGRAM that provides a full-featured screen capture tool, an intuitive image editor, a color picker, a color palette, a pixel- ruler, a protractor, a crosshair and even a whiteboard…

A REALLY COOL SOUND AND SLEEP MACHINE for a better nights sleep…

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!

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Monitor Your Mobile Network’s Performance With The Official FCC Speed Test Android App

@ Addictive Tips

If you have any question or doubt in regards to performance of your mobile broadband connection; install FCC Speed Test. FCC Speed Test is an Android app that accurately measures your mobile broadband performance and displays an in-depth view of its factors (e.g. download and upload speed, latency, and packet loss).

Addictive Tips gets full credit for bringing this useful Android app to our attention.

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In 2012, the Federal Communications Commission revealed their plans to provide mobile users with a way to more accurately find information about mobile broadband speeds offered by their carriers and crowd-sourcing the data across the US. The aim is to help the agency crowdsource data about wireless performance for their own record keeping. To expand the program, FCC has now released a new Android app simply dubbed FCC Speed Test… READ MORE


Important Windows 8 Shortcut Keys To Know About

Windows key+D = Takes you to the desktop

Windows key+R = Opens the Run box

Windows key+I = Opens Settings

Windows key+Q = Opens a Search screen

Windows key+X = Opens the Quick Access menu


PicPick – All-In-One Screen Capture Program

I have tried many screen capture programs and PicPick always comes out on top. If you are into graphic editing, blogging, desktop publishing, etc… PicPick is a must have installation.

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Key Features

Full featured screen capture
Intuitive image editor
Color Picker
Color Palette
Pixel Ruler
Screen Magnifier
Screen Protractor
Whiteboard

GET IT HERE


Ecotones SOUND+SLEEP Machine

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For roughly the same amount you’d spend for a month’s supply of sleeping medication, SOUND+SLEEP provides high-quality, natural sound compositions to help you relax and treat your body to a night of deep, restorative sleep. Featuring upward-facing speakers for full-room, high-definition sound, SOUND+SLEEP delivers a rich audio experience and automatically adjusts to minimize the effect of background noises and other distractions… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 20, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 –(Turn The Internet On or Off At A Whim): Came across a small utility, called InternetOff, that gives you the ability to switch your internet connection on and off. I especially like that you can set this up to where you can password protect access to the internet or turn on the internet for predetermined lengths of time (e.g. turn on for an hour). Both of these options would be great if you have kids and you want to regulate when and how long they are on the internet (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Readers Rate The Best Five Surge Protectors): A surge protector is a device designed to protect your computer and other electrical components from voltage surges or spikes. If you do not have a surge protector connected to your equipment, I highly recommend you look at one of these (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (No Sound In Windows – Take These Steps): Sound issues can be very difficult to troubleshoot and they seem to occur when you least expect it… (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #4 – (Dell Breaks Price Barriers With The NEW Dell Venue 8 Tablet PC): Many of you may not know that Dell is in the midst of change and trying to go back to their roots. They seem to be heading in the right direction with the upcoming release of their new Windows 8 Pro Tablet… (SEE BELOW).

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InternetOff

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Quickly turn off the internet so that you can go offline. When you need the connection, you can enable the internet easily for some period (and it will be automatically turned off) or permanently in just two clicks. Besides the program lets you password protect access to the internet… GET IT HERE


Five Best Surge Protectors

@ Lifehacker

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A good surge protector is one of those things everyone needs, but we often don’t give much thought to—until we need one or something happens to the power. If you have a good, flexible one, you can connect all of your gear to it safely, organize your plugs, and still have room for more… READ MORE


No sound in Windows

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This tutorial can help you identify and fix common sound problems in Windows, including no sound coming from your speakers or headphones. This tutorial doesn’t cover sound problems related to specific programs. Sound problems can be caused by cables that aren’t connected properly, damaged drivers, incompatible drivers, sound settings, missing updates, and problems with your sound card… READ MORE


Dell Venue 8 Pro 8-Inch 64 GB Tablet

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Take the full power of Windows 8.1 and Office Home & Student 2013 wherever you go with an 8″ HD screen, and dual cameras.

Intel® Atom™ processor

Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z3740D
(2MB Cache, up to 1.8GHz Quad-Core)

Display: 8.0 inch IPS Display with HD
(WXGA 1280 x 800) resolution with 10-pt capacitive touch

Memory: 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz

Storage (hard drive): 64GB eMMC

CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 15, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (FREE Windows 8.1 ebook): Windows 8.1 is to be released this week. If you are an IT Professional, get a “heads up” on Windows 8.1’s upgrade path and the new features (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Freemake Video Converter): This converter is a “must have” on your PC and the best out there (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Did you know your profile name and photo might appear in Google products?): Google recently revamped their “Terms of Service” where your profile name and photo may appear in products that they endorse (including in reviews, advertising and other commercial contexts). Important that you read this to see how it will affect you (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (Create Digital Art With The Wacom Cintiq 22HD): See how Tech and Art can come together to create extraordinary results (SEE BELOW)…

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Free ebook: Introducing Windows 8.1 for IT Professionals

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Goal in this book is to help you on that upgrade path by presenting the facts and features about Windows 8.1 … GET THE BOOK HERE


Freemake Video Converter Updated

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Freemake Video Converter is designed without any limitations and hidden costs. This is freeware of new level, which offers a quality alternative to paid products. Convert video free to AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, SWF, 3GP, DVD, MPEG, MP3, iPod, iPhone, PSP, Android, rip & burn DVD, convert online videos directly from 40+ sites, burn Blu-ray, and upload to YouTube with our free video converter!!! GET IT HERE


Google Terms of Service Update – How your Profile name and photo may appear (including in reviews and advertising)

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Your friends, family and others may see your Profile name and photo, and content like the reviews you share or the ads you +1’d. This only happens when you take an action (things like +1’ing, commenting or following) – and the only people who see it are the people you’ve chosen to share that content with. On Google, you’re in control of what you share. This update to our Terms of Service doesn’t change in any way who you’ve shared things with in the past or your ability to control who you want to share things with in the future… READ MORE


Wacom Cintiq 22HD Touch Interactive Pen Display

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The Cintiq 22HD touch features a 21.5-inch display with a wide viewing angle and a widescreen aspect ratio, ideal for large-format work. With professional levels of pen-pressure sensitivity and pen-tilt recognition, the Cintiq 22HD touch provides the same responsiveness and ability to create artistic brush effects as using an actual paintbrush or marker… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 11, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (Use DNS Jumper To Change Your DNS Settings): Nice utility that is regularly updated that gives you the ability to pick and choose various Domain Name Services and Systems that ultimately can provide a faster browsing experience (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Read This If You Are Thinking Of Upgrading To Windows 8):  With the holidays approaching and the marketing of Windows 8.1, many people will consider upgrading their computers to Windows 8. Before you do, make sure you download the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant that will scan your PC and actually let you know if your PC can handle it (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Are Your Kids Learning Cursive Writing?): With this generation being exposed to the likes of tablets and computers, the teaching of (and learning of) cursive writing is becoming extinct. I encourage you to read the article below by Jacqui, at Ask A Tech Teacher, about this very topic (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (An All-In-One Computer That Is Like A Giant Tablet ): Dell’s XPS line of All-In-One computers that are portable is quite impressive (SEE BELOW);

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Dns Jumper Updated

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DNS – or domain name system – is the protocol on the internet that turns human-comprehensible website names such as sordum.org into addresses understandable by machines.(machine-readable “IP addresses”) , In some cases, you can increase the browsing speed or improve your security by replacing the DNS provided by your provider , DNS Jumper is a tool which makes it easy for you… GET IT HERE


Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant

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What does Upgrade Assistant do? Upgrade Assistant checks your PC hardware to see if it meets the Windows 8 system requirements to install on your PC, including features of the processor such as CPU speed, PAE, NX, and SSE2, as well as RAM size and hard drive capacity. It also checks for compatibility of your currently installed apps and devices… READ MORE and GET IT HERE


Is Handwriting So Last Generation–Redux

@ Ask A Tech Teacher

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Studies show one in three children struggle with handwriting. I’d guess more, seeing it first hand as a teacher. Sound bad? Consider another study that one in five parents say they last penned a letter more than a year ago… READ MORE


The World’s Thinnest and Lightest Portable All-In-One Computer

Dell XPS 18

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Had one of these in my hand today and I have to say I was quite impressed. It was like carrying around a giant tablet PC… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – Featuring A Warning About Bogus Obamacare Exchange Sites AND MORE…

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (Make Sure Obamacare Exchange Sites Are Not Bogus) – Numerous people will be shopping for insurance at these sites and giving out personal information. “This is a perfect environment for identity thieves and other criminals to put together bogus (fake) sites to get personal information they can use or sell on the digital underground.” (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Google Chrome Cruising Along At Version 30) –  I had to throw this one out there to you. I can remember when Google Chrome was way behind in version numbers. Today, they are at version 30 which surpasses Internet Explorer and Firefox (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Windows 8 Wallpaper Set): A site on my blogroll, called Awesome Wallpapers has a very nice set of Windows 8 wallpapers that you may want to add to your collection (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #4 – (Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Bundle): I came across this bundled deal on a tablet that includes a keyboard, desktop dock and get this; over $200 of free content including Hulu Plus membership, Google Play credit and Boingo Wi-Fi Access

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The Coming Risk of Scam “Obamacare” Sites

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In the United States on October 1, 2013 a major provision of the Affordable Care Act (also popularly known as “Obamacare”) goes into effect. The Health Insurance Exchange will go live. These sites are where people will be able to sign up for health care coverage themselves rather than through their employer.

When a person starts looking through sites to find one, at this time, they’re faced with the challenge that there’s no official marking or labeling that they can look at on a site to know that it’s an officially sanctioned site.

The next problem is that when applying for health care coverage, you have to provide all of your most sensitive personal information not only for yourself but your entire family. Most of us won’t give our social security numbers out willingly. But when it comes to health care, the industry uses that information so regularly that we’ve come to accept handing that information over as a matter of course (even if we don’t like it).

Put these two things together and you’ve got a situation where people are primed to give away their most critical personal information to legitimate sites but can’t be sure of finding their way to those legitimate sites… READ MORE AT TREND MICRO


Google Chrome 30 FINAL

@ Download Crew

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Chrome is no longer the young upstart it once was, and its pioneering spirit is often forgotten in the mists of time. It was Chrome’s sleek tab-driven interface with minimal real estate that was adopted by Firefox and the recent IE9… READ MORE


Windows 8 Wallpaper Set 14

@ Awesome Wallpapers

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My Opinion: One of the best, privately run, wallpaper sites out there… GO THERE


Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Bundle: 10.1-Inch 16 GB Tablet (White), Bluetooth Keyboard and Desktop Dock

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  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, 10.1-inch Display
  • Texas Instruments OMAP 4400 1.0 GHz Processor
  • 16 GB Flash Memory, 1 GB RAM Memory
  • 1.28 pound tablet

CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 30, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (How To Restore, Refresh or Reset Your Windows 8 PC) – Get “how to” instructions, straight from the horses mouth, to restore, refresh or reset Windows 8. Hopefully, this never becomes an option, but there are those rare occasion where knowing how to do this may be your best option (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Why fixing computers for FREE is not a good idea?) – TechRepublic posted an article citing ten reasons you should not fix computers for free. What timing? I have been working my way out of assisting people for FREE with their computers. The reasons that they reflect are right on. Trust me, I know (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Remember The Old Windows Media Player): Check out Media Player Classic Home Cinema. It looks identical to the old Windows Media Player from years gone by; however, this replica supports all common video, audio and image file formats available as well as video playback (SEE BELOW); AND,

Squeak #4 – (Dual Monitor Stand): If you have a multi-monitor setup, you should consider looking for a stand to mount those monitors. There are numerous configurations to choose from. Featured today is the most economical stand I could find for a dual monitor setup (SEE BELOW)…

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How to restore, refresh, or reset your PC

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Applies to Windows 8 and Windows RT – If you’re having problems with your PC, you can try to restore, refresh, or reset it. Restoring your PC is a way to undo recent system changes you’ve made. Refreshing your PC reinstalls Windows and keeps your personal files, settings, and the apps that came with your PC and apps that you installed from Windows Store. Resetting your PC reinstalls Windows but deletes your files, settings, and apps—except for the apps that came with your PC… SEE HOW HERE


Ten reasons not to fix computers for free

@ TechRepublic

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Don’t get the wrong idea. There are some people that I truly don’t mind helping. I would never refuse to help my wife with a computer problem, nor would I cut off my mother. Unfortunately though, the majority of those that I have helped have abused the situation. As such, this article is a list of ten reasons why I don’t recommend fixing PCs for free… READ MORE


Media Player Classic Home Cinema

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Media Player Classic Home Cinema is a lightweight, open source media player that supports all common video, audio and image file formats available as well as video playback… GET IT HERE


Dual Freestanding Monitor Stand

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Support 2 screens in a horizontal position. The two arms are easily adjustable. Arms will swing into a comfortable position. Pole Height is 19.5″ Weight capacity: 13lbs Each. Up To 24″ wide-screen monitors Meets VESA 75*75 or 100*100mm. With a weighted metal base… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 29, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (All Of The Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts) – Into keyboard shortcuts? If so, then you will appreciate the list that Microsoft has compiled for us (for Windows 8). Below you will find how to get to the list and note that there is even a bigger list (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Gmail For Android Getting A Cleaner Look) – I have tried several different Android email clients to pull down my mail and I don’t learn. I keep going back to the Gmail client. I can’t wait to see the new version on my phone (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Backup And Image The Partitions On Your Computer): When you create an image of your disk partitions you are getting an exact copy of the disk at the time you create the image. To do this you need specialized software.  Makes for an excellent backup strategy (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #4 – (A Highly Sophisticated Mouse): Check out the SteelSeries Sensei gaming mouse (SEE BELOW);

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New keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8 and Windows RT

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With Windows 8 and Windows RT, you can use the keyboard shortcuts you’re already using, and you’ll find new ones too. For example, the easiest way to search on the Start screen is to simply start typing. Not on the Start screen? Press the Windows logo key‌ Windows logo key and you can quickly switch between Start and the app you’re in… READ MORE

NOTE: If you’re not familiar with keyboard shortcuts—or you’d like to see a list of shortcuts in one place—see the bigger list of keyboard shortcuts.


Cleaner Conversation View For Gmail On Android

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Gmail for Android is getting a new, cleaner design for its conversation view. The update also includes a number of additional design tweaks such as checkmarks for multiple message selection so you can easily see what messages you are about to move, archive or delete… READ MORE


Backup Your Disk Partitions With Macrium Reflect
(FREE EDITION)

@ Snapfiles

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Macrium Reflect Free Edition enables you to create complete backups of your disk partitions, including operating system, installed programs and all your settings. Using disk images instead of simple file backups allows you to restore your system to the same state in the event of a system crash or hardware failure… GET IT HERE

 


SteelSeries Sensei Gaming Collection

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Based off the critically acclaimed Xai gaming mouse, the SteelSeries Sensei is a top of the line laser gaming mouse dedicated to suiting tournament level players. It features a highly sophisticated firmware that allows for multiple adjustments of the sensor functionality, as well as complex macros to customize the mouse to the user’s specific desires… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 21, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (How to get to the Windows 8 event logs): I ran into a situation with my computer where I needed to get to the Windows 8 event logs to perform some troubleshooting. Do you think I could remember how? Guess it is age or I don’t troubleshoot enough. Take a minute to read how to get to this log in Windows 8 and take a look at what the log looks like. You may need it in the future (see below);

Squeak #2 – (A Pill That Turns Your Body Into A Password): A friend of mine put me on this one. You can’t make this stuff up, because this is real. Motorola has revealed a stomach acid-powered pill that will literally will use your body for password authentication. I can see it now in the workplace; “Did you take your password pill this morning? If not, please proceed to HR for a suppository.” (see below);

Squeak #3 – (Remotely Change Your Password On Your Android Device):  Ever lose your android smartphone? Google recently came out with an update to their Android Device Manager that gives you the ability to remotely change the password on your phone or tablet, in the event it is lost or stolen (see below); AND,

Squeak #4 – (128 GB Flash Drive): It amazes me how flash drives are slowly evolving into excellent backup strategy options by the amount of space that is being developed for the drives (see below)…

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Finding the Windows 8 System Log

@ Computer Performance (CP)

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Launch the Windows 8 Event Viewer – To get started with the Event Viewer press Winkey +w, this launches the Search box with the focus on Settings.  Now type: “ev” you should see ‘View event logs’… READ MORE


Google-owned Motorola reveals stomach acid-powered tablet that turns your body into a password

“The tablets contain a small chip with a switch and something that amounts to an inside-out potato battery,” Wired UK explains. “After swallowing it the acids in your stomach act as electrolytes, which power the battery and turn the switch on and off in a sequence.”… READ MORE

 


Google now lets you change your password remotely on an Android device

 @ TechHive

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Google has begun rolling out an update to its Google Play Services that includes the ability to remotely change your phone unlock password—a major addition since the search giant released the Android Device Manager last month… READ MORE


SanDisk Cruzer Glide 128 GB USB Flash Drive

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Store and protect everything from cherished photos and videos to sensitive work files with the Cruzer Glide USB Flash Drive. This 128 GB drive comes with SanDisk SecureAccess software, which lets you password-protect and encrypt files you want to keep private while permitting access to files you want to share. Additionally, Cruzer Glide’s 2 GB of secure online storage make it easy to safeguard your most valued files. The compact drive features a red slider that glides shut to shield the USB jack… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 10, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: Connecting a computer to a big screen TV is pretty straight forward these days; however, when surfing the web on a TV, the standard web browser is not really optimized for that purpose. There is a solution in a browser called Kylo (see below);

Squeak #2: If you are using Windows 8 and you come across and iso file, did you know you can view the contents of the iso file and even burn the iso file to disc with what is already built into Windows 8? Let Simple Help show you how in a very nicely composed tutorial (see below);

Squeak #3: When we purchase a computer these days, the sound hardware components are typically built into the motherboard. The sound may sound good, but you do not know what good is until you go with a sound card (that you can install). To shoot you in the right direction, and to teach you a few things, make sure you read the article below from Dom’s Tech & Computer Blog (see below); AND

Squeak #4: Today’s featured geek product is one of the sound cards that Dom’s Tech & Computer Blog is recommending. It is the Creative Sound Blaster Z (see below)…

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Kylo – The Web Browser For Your TV

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Kylo’s wide-open interface is designed specifically to fit your TV screen. It’s not just a blown-up web browser. Kylo lets you enjoy your favorite content fast. Don’t waste time hunting through lists of links and unreadable text. See what you want to see!… GET IT HERE


How to Open or Burn an .ISO File in Windows 8

@ Simple Help

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This very brief tutorial will show you how to open up and view the contents of an .iso file – or burn the .iso to CD/DVD – in Windows 8. The best part – all the software you need is included with Windows 8 itself… READ MORE


Best Gaming Sound Card – The Top 5!

@ Dom’s Computer & Tech Blog

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Most motherboards today come with an on-board sound card. Many people, however, don’t realize how much a dedicated sound card can really improve sound quality… READ MORE


Creative Sound Blaster Z SBX PCIE Gaming Sound Card with Beamforming Microphone

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The Sound Blaster Z is an ideal all-round solution for your PC gaming and entertainment needs. It comes complete with the Sound Blaster beamforming microphone for crystal clear voice communication… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 2, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: A good zip utility to look at, that can be used as a portable app, is PeaZip. It is completely FREE, has the ability to extract over 150 different archive type, and it is just downright good (see below);

Squeak #2: Is Windows 8 finally taking off and Windows XP plummeting; OR, is it the way the statistics are being manipulated? Check out the article from ZDNet to get the scoop on this (see below);

Squeak #3: I am big on apps that run efficiently on a flash drive. My choice browser app, that is the best in my opinion, for a portable browser is Pale Moon. Pale Moon is an optimized version of Firefox and is available as a full install or portable app (see below);

Squeak #4: A gaming PC is built to achieve performance for actual gameplay, enthusiast PCs are built to maximize performance, using games as a benchmark. If you need need accessories for your gaming computer then check it out below…

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FREE Zip Files Utility, FREE Rar Files Extractor

PeaZip

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PeaZip is a free cross-platform file archiver that provides an unified portable GUI for many Open Source technologies like 7-Zip, FreeArc, PAQ, UPX… Open and extract over 150 archive types… GET IT HERE


New stats show Windows 8 usage up sharply
as XP usage plummets

@ ZDNet

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What happened? Did 40 million people suddenly wake up to the fact that support for Windows XP is ending in a matter of months and rush out to replace their outmoded machines with shiny new Windows 8 devices?… READ MORE


A Custom-Built And Optimized Firefox Based Browser
For Windows

Pale Moon

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Pale Moon offers you a browsing experience in a browser completely built from source with carefully selected features and optimizations to maximize the browser’s speed*, stability and user experience, while maintaining compatibility with the thousands of Firefox extensions you have come to love and rely on… GET IT HERE


Get The Top PC Gaming Devices

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 1, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: One of my favorite software review sites is “I Love Free Software”. Recently they posted an article that was very well written that explains the difference from POP and IMAP email settings (see below);

Squeak #2: I am always looking for ways to make my browsing experience more efficient and productive. If you use Google Chrome, I strongly encourage you to install the NiftySplit extension. NiftySplit, when activated, will split Chrome into two browser windows. Any link you click on in the left window will open in the right window (see below);

Squeak #3: There is much information out there that you can read informing you of the changes from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. If you want a good visual depiction of these changes, check out the video below; AND,

Squeak #4: Into computer or electronic repair? Take a look at today’s featured tech repair toolkit from Belkin (see below)…

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POP vs. IMAP: What Do They Mean and
Which One Should You Use?

@ I Love Free Software

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Here is a quick explanation about what does POP and IMAP mean and when should you use POP and when to use IMAPREAD MORE


Use NiftySplit To Split Chrome Into Two Windows

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Any link you click in the left window will open in the left window. Very efficient and productive extension to Chrome… GET IT HERE


A Video of What’s New In Windows 8.1

This video covers all the changes that have been made between the Preview and RTM… ORIGINAL VIDEO HERE


Belkin 55-Piece Computer Tool Kit

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The F8E062 55-piece tool kit from Belkin features the company’s most popular tools for repairing or upgrading common electronic devices. All tools are fully demagnetized to protect your computer’s hard drive or magnetic media from damage and each tool is conveniently stored in a custom-designed case… CHECK IT OUR HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 15, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: Windows 8.1 is coming; Windows 8.1 is coming; hear ye, Windows 8.1 is coming…

Squeak #2: There are many image editors and viewers out there, but StylePix from Hornil is one that you need to try;

Squeak #3: TechPaul at Tech-for Everyone is hitting on all cylinders this week with a second article in a row to make Geek Squeaks…  Knowing what computer to buy and accessories for your kids in school can be quite stressful.  This article (and excellent advice) will help you out; AND,

Squeak #4: I love cool tech products and this portable blue tooth speaker is no exception.

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Mark your calendars for Windows 8.1!

@ Blogging Windows

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I am excited to share that starting at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand (that’s 4:00am October 17th in Redmond), Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide as a free update for consumers on Windows 8 through the Windows Store… READ MORE


Convenient And Easy To Use, Lightweight and Powerful Image Editor

StylePix

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StylePix is an image editor that has all the features of raster graphics editor and adhered to lightweight design and effective UI. In addition, it has a built-in image viewer and batch processor… GET IT HERE (FREE)


Choosing the right computer for your student

@ Tech-for Everyone

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This is the time of year when I am asked for advice on what computer “tech” to buy for students… READ MORE


Sweet Sound In A Sleek Portable Design

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Connects Wirelessly to Bluetooth-Enabled Devices

Connect wirelessly from up to 30 feet away–JAM Plus works with most Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, tablets, notebooks, and desktops, including iPad, iPhone, and iPod… GET IT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 14, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: A huge tip on how to find important emails faster (from one of my favorite sites);

Squeak #2: In Windows XP, Vista and 7, you could invoke the Advanced Boot Options menu by pressing F8 (especially to get to Safe Mode). Did you know this is no longer possible in Windows 8; however, there is a way to bring the F8 control option back to life?

Squeak #3: A neat (portable) utility that will let you know the  Startup Time, Shutdown Time, Duration, Shutdown Reason, Shutdown Type, Shutdown Process, and Shutdown Code of a computer; AND,

Squeak #4: An inexpensive, full-size mouse, with full-size features.

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Find important emails faster

@ Tech-for Everyone

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When viewing your emails in Outlook, or the other email clients (Windows Live Mail, Thunderbird, etc.), simply (use the cursor to) “highlight” (turn blue) the unhelpful text the author put there, and type something helpful in its place… LEARN MORE HERE


How to enable the F8 key to start Safe Mode in Windows 8

@ Bleeping Computer

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Windows 8 introduced a new boot loader that decreased the time that it takes Windows 8 to start. Unfortunately, in order to do this Microsoft needed to remove the ability to access the Advanced Boot Options screen when you press the F8 key when Windows starts. This meant that there was no easy and quick way to access Safe Mode anymore by simply pressing the F8 key… LEARN HOW TO HERE


Determine The Dates/Times
That The Computer Was Turned On

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TurnedOnTimesView is a new tool that analyses the event log of Windows operating system, and detects the time ranges that your computer was turned on… GET IT HERE


A Full-Size Laser Mouse That Does More

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Do more, more easily with your mouse. With soft rubber grips and a contoured shape, this full size mouse provides all-day comfort, while Back/Forward buttons, side-to-side scrolling plus zoom and programmable buttons empower you to click, scroll and zoom with the flick of a finger… GET IT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 8, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks‘:

  • Looking for an alternative to Adobe PDF? Give Foxit PDF a try. Available as a portable app;
  • A question that is often asked of me, is “Should I upgrade to Windows 8?”.  I found an answer to that question that mirrors my thoughts on this;
  • I know for fact, we do not take password protection seriously and open ourselves up to potential compromise of our data. Very cool infographic on this very topic at Mashable; AND,
  • Protect your iPhone investment with a cover that encloses the phone and protects it from an accident (which will eventually happen).

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A FREE PORTABLE PDF Document Viewer and Creator

Foxit Reader Portable @ Portableapps.com

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Foxit Reader is a small, lightning fast, and feature rich PDF viewer which allows you to open, view, sign, and print any PDF file… GET IT HERE


Should I upgrade to Windows 8?

@ Ask Leo

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Should you upgrade? Well, that gets you my most common answer ever: It depends… READ MORE


Is Your Password Really Protecting You?

@ Mashable

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To sum up fast facts on the dangerous state of digital security, Instant Checkmate created an infographic that shows how vulnerable most online users really are. Some highlights: A third of people use the same password for every site; and the weakest passwords (somewhat obviously) include “password” and “123456.”… READ MORE


Covers To Protect Your iPhone

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I don’t know about you, I have dropped my smartphone more than once; AND, the only thing that saved it is the external cover.  I highly recommenced covering your iPhone to protect your investment… SEE HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – July 29, 2013


A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks
:

  • TCAT Shelbyville posted two links to two new technologies that are available, that you need to check out;
  • If you are a Gmail user, learn “how to” compose an email using Gmail’s new compose window;
  • Windows 8 throwing you for a loop(?); then make sure you bookmark the 60 tips that TechRadar is throwing at us;
  • Are desktop computers becoming the way of the dinosaur?; AND,
  • If you are like me, I have my eye on the NEW Nexus 7 tablet.  Amazon currently has them in stock.

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Two Finds At TCAT Shelbyville

SanDisk unveils wireless flash drives that hold up to 64GB

Another Cloud Storage Alternative


How to get a full-screen Gmail
compose window every time

@PCWorld

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By default, when you click Gmail’s Compose button, you get a window that appears in the right corner of the screen. Now there’s a new option. In the top-right corner of that Compose window, you’ll see three icons: Minimize, Full-screen, and Close. Clicking that middle one enlarges the window, though the description “full-screen” is a little disingenuous here: you actually get a larger, centered window that darkens the background… READ MORE


60 Windows 8 tips, tricks and secrets

@TechRadar

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Windows 8 has seen the biggest change since the jump from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95… GET THE TIPS


Why the PC Industry Will Never Rebound

@PCMag

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This reality of the declining PC demand has hit all PC vendors very hard. However, Microsoft has taken the brunt of this because its core product, Windows, is being thrashed by upstart operating systems like iOS and Android… READ MORE


Amazon Has The NEW Nexus 7 Tablet

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NEW – Nexus 7 brings you the perfect mix of power and portability and features the world’s sharpest 7″ tablet screen… SEE IT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – July 28, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

  • A select collection of movie wallpapers from an awesome wallpaper site;
  • CCleaner, the premier computer system optimization program, recently was updated;
  • A workaround to pin apps to the Start Screen in Windows 8.1; AND,
  • With Wi-Fi technology you can control, monitor and manage the thermostats in your home.

Movies Wallpaper Set 8

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GET THE COLLECTION HERE


CCleaner Updated

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CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it’s fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware… GET IT HERE


How To Pin Apps To Start Screen In Windows 8.1

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“As of now, there is no option or workaround to automatically pin all installed apps and desktop programs to Windows 8.1 Start screen. However, you can manually pin your favourite apps, apps that support live tiles, and desktop programs to the Start screen by following the below mentioned instructions”… READ MORE


Control Your Thermostats At Home With Your Smartphone

Nest Learning Thermostat – 2nd Generation

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Simply connect the Nest Learning Thermostat to your home Wi-Fi to control it from a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Change the temperature, view and adjust your schedule or settings, and see exactly how much energy you’re using… READ MORE

 


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – July 24, 2013

A summary of today’s Geek Squeaks:

  • Upcoming Technology – Use your phone AND tiles to create the world’s largest lost and found;
  • How to (step-by-step) boot Windows 8.1 directly to the desktop (to bypass the Windows 8 Start Screen);
  • FREE software to change your Windows background on a pre-determined time schedule using numerous image sources available on the internet (Note:  This one is one of my favorites…);
  • With the demise of Google Reader, I highly recommend you give Feedly a try.  It is all that I use to pull down all my News sources and to monitor other tech blogs; AND,
  • Keep yourself safe when driving, with this one touch dashboard mount for your mobile phone.

Tile – The World’s Largest Lost and Found

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Boot Windows 8.1 to the desktop

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Want to avoid the MetroUI?  After downloading Windows 8.1 preview perform the following actions.. READ MORE


Periodically Change The Background Image On Your Computer With John’s Background Switcher

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JBS sits in your system tray (down by the clock) and changes your background at the time interval of your choosing. You tell it where to get pictures from and how to show them – maybe you just want to see one photo at a time or maybe you’d like to see a ‘Snapshot Scrapbook‘ of photos thrown across your desktop. It’s up to you and you never know what’s coming next… GET IT HERE


Feedly

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Organize your favorite blogs, news sites, podcasts and Youtube channels and access them all in one place (or migrate your Google Reader account)… READ MORE


Easy One Touch Windshield Dashboard Universal Car Mount Holder For Your Phone

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The iOttie One-Touch Windshield Dashboard Car Mounts main focus is functionality. Its easy one-touch system allows for the mounting and releasing of the device with just the push of a finger… READ MORE


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Geek Squeaks’ – July 13, 2013

Learn how to use the performance monitor in Windows 7 and Windows 8; some really good thoughts… in brief about phone plans; a windows based audio player that will play just about any format imaginable; how to enable the hidden “show desktop” feature in Windows 8; and, get your own 80 ounce beer belly.

Plan on seeing  a lot more of Geek Squeaks’, featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!


How to Work with the Performance Monitor
in Windows 7 & Windows 8

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Performance Monitor, also known as PerfMon.exe or PerfMon.msc: a complex tool used to do just what it sounds like it does – monitor the performance of your computer. Using it, you can see how your computer manages its resources. This can help you make choices about which programs work the best in unison for your computer. For example – READ MORE


Contract, no contract, or screw it all?

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There are so many options anymore it can make your head spin. This may date me a little, but I miss the days when I could walk into a cellular dealer, pick out a free brick phone, tell them I don’t want to pay any more than $30 a month for data and minutes, and walk out with a smile on my face and a newbrick phone in my hand – READ MORE


BZR Player

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BZR Player is a sound player for Windows with the primary goal being able to play a lot of different file formats, currently over 480 different ones. It is developed using C++ and QT. The sound engine is based on FMOD. The first version was released 12-Apr-2008. – READ MORE


Get Show Desktop in Windows 8

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A lot of people might wonder if the Show Desktop feature has been removed in Windows 8, particularly since the taskbar area that housed the button is bare and empty. Don’t worry though – the Show Desktop feature is hidden in Windows 8. – READ MORE


The BeerBelly 200-001 The 80-Ounce Beer Belly

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The Beerbelly brings Freedom to the Beverage. Now you can drink what you want, when you want, where you want, with no hassles and for less money. what more could you ask for? – READ MORE


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Try Before You Buy – An Online Simulation Of Windows 8

Now this is pretty cool… If you wondering what the look and feel of Windows 8 is like, [CLICK HERE] to experience Windows 8 in your web browser. When the lock screen loads, simply use the mouse to drag upward on the screen. To make it easier, [CLICK HERE] and you will be taken directly to the Windows 8 Start Screen (or Metro Screen). To move the Start Screen back and forth you will find horizontal arrows to perform this task; and yes, the apps you see on the tiles will actually load. If you like this demo of Windows 8 and would like to use it for training purposes, you can actually the download the demo OR get the Firefox WebApp [CLICK HERE] .

For you geeky types out there, wondering how this was done, I found that this online simulator (of Windows 8) was very nicely done using HTML, CSS and JavaScript coding.

Online Windows 8 Video

Online Windows 8 is an online simulation of Windows 8 made by ntim007, link6155, DaKoder, and blindbartemais. It has tons of features and tools, all based on Metro UI.

Features:

– Startscreen
– Logon screen
– Lockscreen
– Desktop
– Over 20 apps to play with, including but not limited to:
**Games**
— Cut the Rope
— Angry Birds
— Fruit Ninja
**Tools**
— Calculator
— Calendar
— Weather
— Metro IE
**Entertainment**
— Grooveshark
— Photos
– Any many more apps! Try out the demo and download it now!


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Frequently Asked Questions About Windows 8.1 Preview

To those of you (at home), who have Windows 8 based computers, please know that Microsoft will be soon releasing, to the general public, an upgrade to Windows 8, called Windows Blue (or Windows 8.1).

What is all this talk about Windows 8.1 Preview?

This past week Microsoft released the “preview version” of Windows 8.1, so that it can be tested and run in the wild by computer guys like myself to make sure it is polished enough to release to the general public.

Windows 8.1 Preview

Is this a good thing?  You bet it is…  The underpinning’s of Windows 8 is a really solid operating system, but Microsoft released it with changes that really caused a stir. Most of the stir was from what people were visually seeing on the surface, such as the computer no longer booted to the desktop; and, once they figured out how to get to the desktop, the Start Menu was no longer there. This upgrade will remedy these concerns and hopefully bring back that warm and fuzzy feeling that has literally taken home based computer users many years to get accustomed to.

Some answers to some questions you may have about Windows Blue (8.1), are reflected below:

(NOTE: If you click on any one of the links below, you will be taken directly to the Microsoft FAQ page for Windows 8.1.  I outlined these questions from the Microsoft site to show my readers what the most commonly asked question are about Windows 81. Preview.)

Is Windows 8.1 Preview ready for everyone to try?

Are there risks to installing Windows 8.1 Preview?

What are the system requirements for Windows 8.1 Preview?

What languages is the preview available in?

Will my devices and programs work with Windows 8.1 Preview?

Will I be able to keep my files, settings, and apps if I install Windows 8.1 Preview?

How do l install Windows 8.1 Preview?

Do I need a product key to install Windows 8.1 Preview?

Can I uninstall Windows 8.1 Preview?

How do I provide feedback?

Where do I go for Windows 8.1 Preview support?

Where can I get more info about Windows 8.1 Preview for businesses and IT professionals?

I want to build apps for Windows 8.1—what resources are available?


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FREE Online Windows 8 Tutorials

If you are new to Windows 8 and rate yourself as the average computer user, then you may find Windows 8, in its’ present form, a challenge. When I make the statement, “in its’ present form”, I’m referring to the upgrade that will soon take place that will bring Windows 8 back down to earth where the average computer person resides. Windows 8 is a really good operating system; it has been the new graphical user interface and missing start menu that has thrown people off. In reality, not a big deal; however, Microsoft realized that they were shooting for the moon and may have advanced the user interface a little bit too far, too fast.  The Windows 8 upgrade, last I read, is to correct these issues and make it so that people can be eased into the future proposed changes.

GCFLearnFree.org

In the meantime, if you just purchased a computer with Windows 8, I really encourage you to take some time and watch (and read) these tutorials, which are all FREE from GCFLearnFree.org

All About Windows 8

1: Exploring Windows 8

2: Upgrading to Windows 8

Using Windows 8

3: Getting Started with Windows 8

4: Using SkyDrive with Windows 8

5: Using the Search Feature

6: Personalizing Your Start Screen

Working With the Desktop

7: Getting Started with the Desktop

8: Managing Your Files and Folders

9: Personalizing Your Desktop

Windows 8 Apps

10: Using the People App

11: Using the Mail App

12: Internet Explorer

13: The Music and Video Apps

14: Downloading Apps from the Windows Store

Changing Your Computer’s Settings

15: Managing User Accounts and Parental Controls

16: Opening Your Files with Different Apps

17: Security and Maintenance


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