This is Awesome… Play, Create and Share Realistic Looking Jigsaw Puzzles Online

December 20, 2014

When I come across something that I classify as “awesome”, I want to share it with my readers right away! Some of you may like jigsaw puzzles and some of you may not; however, you have to take a look at this online (virtual) version of jigsaw puzzles called Jigsaw Planet (by Tibo Software).

Briefly, I am familiar with Tibo Software’s Jigsaw Puzzle software and highly recommend it if you are into this sort of thing. The online version that they have created is the best out there (in my opinion) in coming very close to the real jigsaw puzzles that we put together out of the box.

Tibo - Jigsaw Planet

To play (or try) the online version, simply visit jigsawplanet.com and select one of the puzzles they have available. This will give you an idea of what I am talking about; but, if you sign up for an account this opens the door for a whole lot more such as uploading your own photos to create your own jigsaw puzzles that can be shared with others (by simply emailing them a link to the puzzle you created).

Also, account holders can create puzzle albums and customize the puzzles to determine the shape, number of pieces, sharing options, etc…; and, to make things more challenging, you can create puzzles where the pieces can be rotated by picking up the pieces by left clicking the mouse and rotating the piece by right clicking the mouse. I think this feature of rotating the pieces is unheard in comparison to other online jigsaw puzzles I have tried.

Account holders also have the luxury that once you start a puzzle, the puzzle is automatically saved, no matter where you leave off. If you log off or leave the site, when you come back and log in, your puzzle is there where you left it (with the pieces intact). Another feature here is that the pieces look real and you can go full screen (without ads)… I think, once you get in there with this, you will be bookmarking this jigsaw app.

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MSN Apps Are Now Available for iOS, Android, and Amazon devices

December 19, 2014

Just a short note to let you know that if you are an iOS (Apple), Android or Amazon smartphone or tablet user, the MSN apps (News, Weather*, Sports, Money, Health & Fitness, and Food & Drink) that are popular on the Windows based platforms are now available to you (on those respective OS platforms).

MSN Apps

I personally am fond of the MSN News app and applaud Microsoft for opening their door to these apps and making them available to the other OS platforms. To learn more about this and where (and how) to download the specific MSN app you may be interested in – CLICK HERE

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Download This Windows 8.1 Quick Reference Card

December 19, 2014

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!

Windows 8.1 Quick Reference Card

Windows 8.1 Quick Reference Guide

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FEATURED TECH TOY – A Bluetooth Speaker That Drops Sound In All Directions

December 18, 2014

There are bluetooth speakers, then there are bluetooth speakers. If you are going to spend the money to make the most out of your listening to music, via bluetooth technology, go all out with the Ultimate Ears BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. The customer reviews on this particular speaker, that comes in a variety of color combinations, says it all (portable, durable, long battery life – up to 15 hrs, option of external power,standard 3.5mm input, 360 degree sound ).

 

Ultimate Ears BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

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Getting rid of that old computer? If so, you need to Boot and Nuke It

December 18, 2014

If you are in a position where it is “out with the old computer” and “in with the new computer”, please keep in mind it is important to make sure that the data on the old computer is not compromised. What many folks typically do is “packrat” the old computer by putting it aside, for sometimes years; OR, they will give it away as a donation, etc… No matter the scenario, it is very important that you make sure the computer does not leave your possession until your personal information and data has been removed and/or destroyed. The only way(s) to ensure that your personal information is safe is to either remove and destroy the drive(s) or use software that is engineered to wipe the drive(s) (of everything).

An option to consider, for home based computer users, is the open source program called DBAN – Darik’s Boot and Nuke. This program has been around for many years and was acquired by a company in Finland called Blancco in 2012. One of Blancco’s products is a powerful and secure data erasure tool that is geared toward the enterprise level of computing; however, DBAN – Darik’s Boot and Nuke is free erasure software designed for the home user. I can attest that this software will adequately serve the needs of the home based computer user when it comes to data removal.

DBAN is free erasure software designed for the home user. It automatically deletes the contents of any hard disk that it can detect. This method can help prevent identity theft before recycling a computer. DBAN is also a commonly used solution to remove viruses and spyware from Microsoft Windows installations.

Here’s how it works: I downloaded the DBAN ISO image file, wrote the ISO image to a CD and booted it on my old PC. You may have to go into the BIOS on the old computer to change the boot order so that the computer will boot from the CD. 

Once DBAN has booted, you will be presented with the following screen. At this screen you can type autonuke, press enter, and DBAN will do the rest for you (using the default settings). The Autonuke mode should be a sufficient in removing data from the computer.

DBAN start screen

 

The screenshot below is an example of the progress you will see. Erasing data on a drive, depending on the drive size and the amount of data, can take hours.

DBAN running in autonuke mode

 

When DBAN is finished, it will display a message similar what you see below to indicate that the CD can be removed and the computer powered off. You can feel confident that your data has been “nuked”.

DBAN autonuke finished message

 

Interactive Mode

There is also an interactive mode that you can select at the first screen, by hitting Enter. This mode gives you greater control (i.e. you can select the pseudo-random number generator, wiping method, verification method and rounds).

DBAN interactive

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Keep An Eye On Your Latest RSS News Feeds With Desktop Ticker

December 17, 2014

I am big into RSS feeds (Really Simple Syndication), by using the likes of Feedly (RSS Feed Reader) to keep track of what is going on in the world. I currently have a large collection of feeds that I follow. RSS gives you the ability to track multiple news sources quickly and efficiently by giving you (in most cases, depending on how you configure the feed) the headlines with bits and pieces of the story. Once you see something of interest you can go to it by clicking on the feed link. You can grasp a whole lot of information with RSS feeds. It has been an invaluable tool to me with locating resources for the blog.

Now that you have somewhat of a feel what a RSS feed is, you may want to take a look at Desktop Ticker which is a FREE scrolling desktop ticker that you can load feeds into that will scroll the latest feeds across your desktop (much like what you see on TV when they scroll the news across the screen).

Desktop Ticker is a free RSS and Atom web feed aggregator application that allows you to keep an eye on the latest news from your favourite websites whilst you work on your computer. Once feeds have been added, the article titles scroll horizontally across the screen. Article summaries are displayed when the mouse cursor is placed over an article title, and the full article can be opened in a web browser by clicking on the article title. The RSS feeds are automatically downloaded after the specified interval to show updated content.

Desktop Ticker

What I like about Desktop Ticker is that it is FREE; can be downloaded as a portable app; and, can be fully customized. For example, the graphic you see above is close to the default size. What I ended up doing was increasing the font (to size 18) which will change the ticker to a very readable size. If you notice below, you will see my browser window is open and the ticker is at the top of the screen. Keep in mind this is a cropped screenshot and that the ticker stretches across the length of the screen. You can float the ticker or tell it to pin to the top or bottom of the screen. Personally I like it at the top of the screen.

Desktop Ticker

There are many (very easy to use) configuration settings that you can manage to customize Desktop Ticker to your personal taste. Very nicely done software that has an easy learning curve and serves a good purpose (especially for a newshound like myself).

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What’s On My PC – Recent Articles (December 6, 2014 – December 15, 2014)

December 16, 2014

Here is a conglomeration of articles that I put together from December 6, 2014 to December 15, 2014. If interested, you can click here to see all the articles ever posted at What’s On My PC (over 1940 articles).

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 0:02:43 EST
Did you ever wrestle with a Malware infection, think you have the PC cleaned; but, when you reboot the PC it comes back with a vengeance? This is where you need to have the utility by BleepingComputer.com, called RKill in your toolbox. What RKill does is that it will attempt to terminate known malware processes. […]

 

Sat, 13 Dec 2014 20:26:03 EST
When working on my computer I enjoy streaming music from the internet via the site called “Internet Radio“… To help get you in the spirit, listed below is the most recent tag cloud from Internet Radio; and, if you are familiar with tag clouds, the larger the text the more popular the tag is. As […]

 

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:17:57 EST
If you are like me and you have cup holders available in your car or truck, you can take advantage of the holders with the iKross 2-in-1 Adjustable Swing Cup Mount Holder Car Kit (for iPad, Tablets, iPhone, Cellphone, Smartphones). I currently own one of these and it is awesome. I really like the idea of […]

 

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:53:47 EST
I depend on my Android devices (tablet and smartphone) to provide me with the latest news headlines from around the world. I have tried numerous news apps and the one that I have settled down to and really look forward to reading is SmartNews. SmartNews uses a proprietary algorithm to analyze over 10 million articles […]

 

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 8:01:55 EST
Following yesterday’s blog post, “KPC – “Keeping Parents Clueless” With Text Messaging“, a visitor to What’s On My PC pointed me in the direction of the Urban Dictionary that you may find to be helpful; and, if anything quite entertaining. Just beware, some definitions may be for your eyes only. Urban Dictionary is a crowdsourced […]

 

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 20:43:19 EST
For a 57 year old techie, my texting skills are pretty good compared to others in my age group; but, put me up against today’s teens and I am clearly no match (not even close). Part of the problem may be that I do not know the text message acronym system that is used by […]

 

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:10:08 EST
TechSpot is a leading seasoned technology publication that has been around since 1998 that is read daily by thousands of tech enthusiasts, computer power users and IT decision makers, TechSpot is home to over 5 million readers every month and is one of my “go to” tech sites to get breaking news. TechSpot’s daily news […]

 

Tue, 9 Dec 2014 14:25:18 EST
Download your favorite music for free with Free Music Downloader. Simply enter the name of the artist or the title of a song and Free Music Downloader can connect to over 20 online music services to locate the song. Once the song is located you have option of where you want to download the song […]

 

Sat, 6 Dec 2014 10:01:23 EST
After reviewing and researching the newer Android Tablet brands out there, I am pretty much sold on The Samsung Galaxy S 8.4 Inch Tablet. If you keep checking, you will find that Amazon will periodically drop the price from $399 to $349 (was at that price today when I wrote this post).  I could give […]

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