Launch Pad – A Gigantic Collection of Over 350 Tech Sites

January 31, 2010

If you are into computers and information technology, then you need to visit the

What’s On My PC
Launch Pad
Click the “Launch Pad” to
see  my collection of links
to over 350
Tech Sites and Blogs

The Launch Pad is a growing collection of links to over 350 tech sites and blogs.  I have been collecting Tech site links ever since I started blogging. If you do not see your tech site or blog on the  Launch Pad, please let me know and I will be glad to add it.

The most recent additions to the Launch Pad are:

WebTechPoint
Gadget Planet
BNET
Mark’s Blog
Spywarevoid
Tricks-Collections.com
FreeTechJournal
Soft Sailor
Computer Repair Help
Infrequent Geek
Techtree
FreeFunFiles
Canadian Tech Blogger
Instant Fundas
ReadWriteWeb
Chicago Mac/PC Support
SwatSpam
ShoutMeloud
Beep The Geek
WebWorkerDaily
OStatic
Million Clues
Raymond.cc
Browserland
Otak Komputer
My Tech Quest
The Windows Club
Windows 7 Forums
Within Windows
The Windows 7 Blog
Techlicious
Ask Dave Taylor!
Sync
Geeks to Go!
Technically Inspired
GeekSugar
Google Tutor
AccessTech News
Techtites
Computer Tips and Tricks
Crenk
The Unofficial Web Application List
iTechWorld
TechBlizz
PCSafety.us

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Boost Your Microsoft Office Skills with Ribbon Hero

January 30, 2010

Many people, businesses and government agencies have not yet upgraded to Office 2007 or tried out the beta of Office 2010. If you are someone that is a Microsoft Office 2003 user (or earlier version), you most likely will be disconcerted when you upgrade (or use) Office 2007 or Office 2010 (currently in beta). Reason I say this is that the first time I experienced Office 2007, I was immediately thrown off by the new user interface called ribbons that replaces the the traditional menus and toolbars.  In reality, the new ribbon design is a tabbed interface that is more simplified and more fluent with a command structure that is grouped together in a more “common sense” order of relevancy.

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As with any major software upgrade there is a learning curve. Most of the time we conquer that curve through trial and many errors; OR, we take instruction to learn about the software changes. In an innovative (and different) approach, Microsoft decided to make learning about the ribbon interface a fun thing by teaching people through a game.  The game they came up with, is a prototype called Ribbon Hero. With Ribbon Hero you score points by doing the things you do everyday in Microsoft Office.

image Ribbon Hero is an add-in that you install if you are running Office 2007 or Office 2010.

Ribbon Hero is a game for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2007 and 2010, designed to help you boost your Office skills and knowledge. Play games (aka “challenges”), score points, and compete with your friends while improving your productivity with Office.  As a concept test, this add-in is not supported, but is an opportunity for you to try out an idea we are working on and let us know what you think.  For additional challenges and the opportunity to earn more points, download Office 2010 Beta. – Microsoft Office Labs

If this has caught your attention and you are interested in learning more about the “Ribbon User Interface” in Office 2007 (or Office 2010), you can download “Ribbon Hero” from [ HERE ] . The “cool factor” with this game is that you become educated by having fun.

To grasp the concept on how to play Ribbon Hero, I encourage you to watch the video below.

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WinPatrol Plus Lifetime for 99 Cents – January 29th Only

January 28, 2010

This Offer has been extended through
Jan 30th, 2010

WinPatrol Plus – Lifetime License for 99 cents at WinPatrol.com.  The regular price is typically $29.95…

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From Bits from Bill: This will be a one-day only “experiment” starting at 12:01 AM EST on Jan 29th and will last 24 hours. Will over 30 times the normal number customers upgrade to WinPatrol PLUS? If so, will other software developers notice?

What is WinPatrol?

WinPatrol takes snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without your knowledge. WinPatrol was the pioneer in using a heuristic behavioral approach to detecting attacks and violations of your computing environment. It continues to be one of the most powerful system monitors while staying a single small program.

I have had WinPatrol monitoring my PC for years.  It places a small Scotty Dog in the system tray that alerts you, by barking, of potential changes to your system.  This is excellent software that adds another layer of protection to your PC.

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Search, Play and Bookmark Online Radio Stations with RadioTuna

January 28, 2010

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RadioTuna is a cloud app that brings internet radio to your desktop via their online presence and easy to understand interface.  In the past I normally installed software on my PC to search for and bookmark my online stations; however, RadioTuna eliminates the need to do that.

The “cool factors” to RadioTuna are:

  • Can bookmark your stations (for future reference) that can be accessed anywhere there is internet access.
  • Album art is displayed as the songs are playing to enhance, not only the listening experience, but the visual experience, as well.
  • Very powerful internet radio search engine.

RadioTuna is the first real-time search engine for online radio, giving up-to-the-minute results relating to the music being played across the globe right now. If you search for an artist that happens to be playing right now, we’ll tell you and you can connect straight to that station. If your choice isn’t playing right now, we’ll tell you which stations are most likely to play them next.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#45)

January 27, 2010

If you are a person who has a passion (and obsession) for information technology and computers; then, you need to follow Geek Squeaks’.

Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly roundup of articles that have been produced by the bloggers (and site owners) who are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community. I endorse each one of these sites and encourage you to visit and bookmark them!

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AKS-Feel The Change
Remove Start Button-Start Killer

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove PCsSecure

Teck~Line
ShowMeWhatsWrong.com
Is a Awesome Screen Recording Tool
To Help Your Non Tech Savvy Friends

Plato On-Line
Would Jesus be Blogging Today?

Geeked Up
Using Magnets to Organize Your USB Cables

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Delete Stubborn Security Applications With Free AppRemover

thePC Security
Most Commonly Used Password List – Avoid It

Crazy World of G
Traitor

Lifehacker
DIY Monitor Shelf Stashes Peripherals Behind Your Monitor

Rarst.net
Kingston SSDNow V+ SNV225-S2 solid state disk

Tech-for Everyone
Johnny Depp car crash death video leads to malware

Free PC Security
Avast 5 Plus Installation Guide

Snakebytez
Android Operating System : Run Android on Your PC

Carputers News and Computers Tips
Another way to get SoftMaker Office 2008 free!

TTC Shelbyville
Speed up Taskbar Thumbnails in Windows 7

I Love Free Software
5 Best Free Screen Capture Software

Worthy Tips
Placefy – Let You Learn New Places Through Online Game

Mrintech
Backup your Online Accounts using Backupify!

Canadian Tech Blogger
Chrome Reaches Version 4 Stable

Internet Security Blog
Setting / Change Default Programs in Windows Computer – DPE

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
The Ribbon Interface, love it or hate it?

TuneUp Blog
How To: Change the Logon Screen in Windows 7

Big Geek Daddy
Free Software

What’s On My
PC Klondike Forever…

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A Challenging but GREAT Program Launcher

January 26, 2010

I have mentioned it before; I love program launchers over using the Windows Start Menu. The Start Menu, over a period of time, can end up becoming a convoluted mess that is counterproductive; especially if you do not know how to organize the menu items. This is where program launchers can help. Not only are many of them customizable and attractive, but they literally can save you mouse clicks when launching your favorite applications.  I have tested and tried them all; except one.

That one exception being, 8startimage

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8start has been around for over 5 years, which in itself is a testimony of survival; however, every time when I crossed paths with 8start I found it to be quite challenging to configure and would let it go. Once again, 8start has crossed my path and this time I really decided to learn this software application and give it my all; and, boy I am glad I did.  Yes, it is somewhat a different type of program launcher when it comes to building your menus; however, once you get it, you will be quite impressed.  For me, I went from not having the patience to learn 8start, to becoming obsessed with it.

From – Andy Goh; the creator of 8start: 8start Launcher is a free portable application launcher, I created 8start Launcher because I believe there should be a convenient way to access application than using windows start menu, quick launch and desktop. Windows desktop look messy if too many shortcuts in the desktop, windows start menu become hard to access if too many applications installed in the computer, windows quick launch not suitable to handle too many shortcuts.

I do not want to even begin to explain “how to” use and configure 8Start, but if you are truly interested, the basics are outlined for you [here] .

A “cool factor” to 8Start is that it is skinnable.  In other words you can change the outward appearance by using many of the skins that is available on the web site [ Link ] . For example, I went with the Fabio Longo iPhone look.  Other “cool factors” to 8Start are the built in Tree Notes Feature and the Countdown timer.

Once I learned how to use 8start to create my categories, groups, application links, menu buttons and change the skin I ended up with what I think is a very modernistic  program launcher (see below).  My 8start launcher has the iPhone look complete with (8)-eight categories.  I configured 8start to magically appear when I click my middle mouse button.

My Finished Menu
using 8start and the
Fabio Longo iPhone skin.

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Overall, my battle to try 8start is over.  This program launcher rocks!  I just hope the developer  continues with this project and continues to improve 8start.

Launcher Features

Organize shortcuts into groups and categories

Accessed by system tray, hotkey and middle mouse

Create and manange buttons fast and easy. Shortcuts, url favorites, files, folder, and application link can be defined easily

Launch applications and files fast and intuitive

Keeps the desktop clean, no more shortcuts block the view of your wallpaper

Portable with relative path defined supported, can be run in flash drive or install in harddisk.

Show program name / description when mouse over the icon

Quick access to the drive content by click the drive letter

Changable skin with transpancy png format supported, 30+ beautiful skins available for download

Able to use picture files .jpg, .png, .ico, .bmp, .gif as button icon

Individual customizable button style. Link to the application, favorite documents, music files, folders…. intuitively by apply the most suitable style

Auto download website favicon to local for url type button. Url icon still available if the internet cached have been deleted.

Launcher auto shrink to fit number of icons

Whole new concept of launching your applications and files

Countdown Features

Stay in taskbar, always visible while you working on your computer

Bounce/running text in taskbar show what you countdown now

Countdown till specific time or countdown for specific duration

Show countdown days / hours / minutes / seconds in different color, auto best fit to 1 or 2 icons

Fast setting and start the countdown (right click on 8start systray icon)

Option to launch a file/application when countdown reaches zero

Option to pop up a shaking window when countdown reaches zero

Tree Notes Features

Opacity of notes is adjustable on the fly, ease for you to read through the content behind the note while editing the note.

Unlimited of Tree and Notes can be defined

Each Tree has its own Path for storing notes, notes can be saved in File Server, Flash Drive, Portable Device… Combination of notes storage path is possible.

Each Tree have its’ own note color , ease for you to differential type of notes, e.g. Notes in Server, Notes for research Linux….

Notes can be shared if store in File Server, or by network sharing in normal worktation

Portable with relative path defined supported, you can store and access your notes in your flash drive

200+ beautiful icons included, you can add in your prefer icons in icons library. .ico and .png format is supported.

Notes information show last edited time and user

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FREE Computer Troubleshooting Checklist

January 23, 2010

image Here is a What’s On My PC web clip featuring an article from the  New York Computer Help Blog that I feel would be of great value to my readers in the event they experience the inevitable. This clip is worth its’ weight in gold and is worth saving or holding onto…  I applaud the New Your Computer Help Blog for posting this “easy to understand” troubleshooting checklist and encourage the What’s On My PC readers to pay them a visit.

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A “What’s On My PC…” Web Clip!

How-to fix computer hardware; symptoms and troubleshooting help – computer hardware repair tip

January 12, 2010
New York Computer Help Blog

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Computers are a work of science.  Since all computers require the same basic hardware and connections to be operational, any computer issues are “Elementary, my Dear Watson.”  – New York Computer Help Blog

  1. Symptom: No sound, no lights when turning on -> Check: power supply, motherboard, CPU
  2. Symptom: Continuous beeps when turning on -> Check: keyboard, video card, memory, motherboard
  3. Symptom: Screen is blank upon boot up -> Check: power on monitor, video card connection
  4. Symptom: Operating system doesn’t load -> Check: hard drive, memory, motherboard, CPU
  5. Symptom: Screeching noise -> Check: power supply, CPU, hard drive, floppy drive, speakers
  6. Symptom: Shuts off by itself -> Check: BIOS power features, power supply, fans, dust
  7. Symptom: Operating system freezes -> Check: Windows; probably not a hardware issue

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