Forward Those Entertaining Emails to forwardOn

February 27, 2010

image TechPaul from Tech-for Everyone was recently so ever apologetic for forwarding a chain email to me; BUT, he had some very interesting pics he wanted me to see that were floating around the internet via the never-ending email circuit. See, he is alot like myself when it comes to forwarding those crazy (but sometimes entertaining) emails; we, usually are the one’s that drop the ball and break the email chain.  We do have our reasons for that and mostly it is our protective geek nature to be security conscious and do all that we can to prevent any chance of malware from being spread and to help reduce clutter in your inbox. I’m sure our proactive actions really do not have much of an impact at all; but, we do try : )

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As a result of our proactive geek behavior, I recently found a service, called forwardOn where you can forward (and store) those entertaining emails that you cannot live without; so TechPaul at Tech-for Everyone, feel guilty no more.  I will just forward those great emails you send me to forwardOn for all to see.  At forwardOn you can post:

1. Videos (including links to YouTube videos)
2. Pictures
3. Jokes
4. Audio
5. Files (Word docs, Powerpoints, and more)

The “cool factor” to this service is that it works directly from your email.  Once you signup you will be provided with a forwardOn email address where you can forward those emails to your forwardOn account where it will be posted on your own private page where it can be shared with everyone.  For example, below is my public forwardOn page for your viewing pleasure:

http://www.forwardon.com/Ramblinrick

forwardOn eliminates accidental viruses, email hoaxes and scams, wasted bandwidth and storage, clogged inboxes, unformatted content, and much more. The only thing I could not nail down with this service is how much space is given for storage…  It also appears the service offers a reward program, where the quantity and quality of your posts generates points that are redeemable for gifts, etc…

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An On-Line Tool to Clean Your Monitor from the Inside Out

February 26, 2010

I knew this title would catch your attention and you are probably wondering, “How is that possible?”. Before I reveal how cleaning your monitor from the “inside out”, it is just important to know how to clean your monitor from the outside in…

If your monitor is the LCD flat screen type monitor it is very important that you do not spray liquids directly onto the screen and do not use paper towels.  Use a microfiber (non-abrasive) rated cloth or cotton cloth to initially remove the dust from the screen.  If a heavier cleaning is needed, apply a light dose of water to the cloth.  DO NOT use ammonia based glass cleaners. I routinely use a Swiffer duster to keep the dust from collecting on my monitor (and LCD TV screen as well).  There are also other commercial cleaning products available such as Staples Lint-Free Cloths to get the job done.  It is advisable that the monitor be turned “off” during the cleaning process.

If your monitor is the old CRT type, then using window cleaner sprayed onto a lint free cloth will work.  Again, do not spray liquids directly onto the monitor and make sure the monitor is turned “off”.

Now to reveal the online tool to clean your monitor from the inside out, click the link below.  During the “inside out” cleaning method, it is important that your monitor is  turned “on” and that you have access to the internet. Please allow at least 2 minutes for a complete cleaning.

[ CLICK HERE FOR ON-LINE TOOL TO CLEAN YOUR MONITOR ]

If this on-line tool failed to work for you, then you most likely need to install the Adobe Flash.

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Download Over 5000 National Geographic Wallpapers with One Click

February 25, 2010

You are probably wondering how is that possible.  Well the possibility is real with NatGeo Wallpaper Downloader .

NatGeo Wallpaper Downloader is a FREE and PORTABLE app that will automatically download (in a batch) images that have been featured in the magazine and on the website of National Geographic.

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National Geographic, the official journal of the National Geographic Society, has been publishing the journal (or magazine) since 1888. The collection of photographs is phenomenal and are an excellent and safe source for wallpaper backgrounds for your computer.

In connection to this blog post, you may be also interested in this article, as well:

FREE Wallpaper and Puzzles at National Geographic

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#49)

February 24, 2010

If you have a passion for information technology and computers, then you need to follow the sites (blogs) listed below that are part of Geek Squeaks’. Each week I pull an article from each of those sites (blogs) to highlight their accomplishments in Geek Squeaks’ of the Week. I encourage you the preview the articles below and pay a visit to each of these sites.

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Scoroncocolo
Google’s Free Programs and Services

Right On Technology
Google Earth Arrives For Android 2.1 Phones

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Comodo Dragon – A More Secure Internet Browser?

Plato On-Line
FBI Now into the PA School ‘Laptop Spying’

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Antimalware Doctor

Carol’s Vault
Reblog: 20+ Exceptional Online Professional Image Editors and Drawing Applications

Free PC Security
Site Update

AskBillFirst
Lesson Learned

Tech-for Everyone
Buzz Bombs

Rarst.net
Google Buzz – weird email or weird Twitter?

Lifehacker
Use Windows System Restore to Recover Individual Files

Crazy World of G
Export This

Snakebytez
Liksoft Free Screen Capture Software

TTC Shelbyville
NetSurveyor Wireless Network Survey

I Love Free Software
Do It Again: Automatically Repeat Tasks on your PC

Worthy Tips
Change Windows 7 Start Button
with Windows 7 Start Button Changer

Mrintech
Real Life Photograph which Looks like Oil Painting!

Canadian Tech Blogger
Top 5: Most Popular Google Searchs For 2010

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Blogging with Windows Live Writer. 9

TuneUp Blog
Educating PC Users on Computer Maintenance

WP Expert
How To Correctly Use The Top Rated Widget

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260 Million People On 100Mbps Broadband by 2020

February 23, 2010

With a push from the FCC, will broadband become a service similar to our telephone landline network of old?  Here is a What’s On My PC – Web Clip from ars technica on this very subject.

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A “What’s On My PC…” Web Clip!

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FCC wants 260 million people on 100Mbps broadband by 2020

By Nate Anderson | Last updated February 16, 2010 1:58 PM

Finally, the FCC has had it with “small ball”—and the agency is at last detailing some big-picture aspirational goals for US broadband. By 2020, the National Broadband Plan calls for 100 million homes to have 100Mbps Internet access, and the US should have the world’s largest “ultra-high-speed broadband testbeds.” In addition, Internet adoption rates should hit at least 90 percent—way up from the current 65 percent.   read more…

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Learn the Basics of Your Windows 7 Computer

February 22, 2010

If you are new to computers and recently started using Windows 7, I suggest one of the first points of instruction to look at is under “Help and Support” section; titled “Learn About Windows Basic”.

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You can get to this section by clicking on the “Start Menu”, then on “Help and Support”, then “Learn About Windows Basics”. I have found that the vast majority of people who buy a computer are lost within a short matter of time due to their unfamiliarity with the basic parts of the computer, the navigation of the computer, and the terminology that is associated with the computer. This is one of the first places I send people to learn about their PC and to familiarize them with Help & Support.

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It is very important to learn more about the computer other than turning it on/off and getting on the internet. Learning the basics will make you more knowledgeable and will make your computer experience a comfortable and safe experience. I run into people on a daily basis, who have been using a computer for years and one of my first tests of their knowledge is to ask them something simple such as “How many icons do you see on the taskbar?”.  Nearly every time, the response is “Where’s that? or “What is the taskbar?”.  The “Learn About Windows Basics” help section in Windows 7 does a great job (in short time) by explaining the basics of the computer and the Windows operating system.

Windows Basics topics are designed to introduce you to personal computing and the Windows operating system. Whether you’re a beginning computer user or someone with experience using a previous version of Windows, these topics will help you understand the tasks and tools you need to use your computer successfully.

Microsoft has done a great job in covering these basics with topics such as:

  • Introduction to computers
  • Parts of a computer
  • Using your mouse
  • Using your keyboard
  • Turning off your computer properly

Desktop fundamentals

  • The desktop (overview)
  • The Start menu (overview)
  • The taskbar (overview)
  • Desktop gadgets (overview)
  • Working with windows
  • Using menus, buttons, bars, and boxes

Programs, files, and folders

  • Using programs
  • Working with files and folders
  • Getting started with printing
  • Getting started with Paint

Internet, e‑mail, and networking

  • Getting started with e‑mail
  • Understanding security and safe computing
  • Setting up a wireless network

Pictures and games

  • Working with digital pictures
  • Learn about Windows games

Help and support

  • Getting help

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Open Multiple Links In A Batch with Firefox

February 21, 2010

Wouldn’t it be handy and a real timesaver to open “at the same time” more than one link on a web page?  Well, you can with (2)-two ingredients; Firefox and the Firefox extension called Multi-Links (brought to you by Grizzly Ape)

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With Multi Links installed (only 23.8 KB) you simply use your mouse to draw a box over the group of links that you desire to open. For example, using the illustration below, by holding down the “right mouse button”, I drew a box around a batch of links I desired to open.  Once I made my selection, I released the hold on the “right mouse button” and each one of those links opened in separate tabs.

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If you want to open a group of links but not all of them you can use the Ctrl, Shift or Alt key to draw multiple selection boxes around the links you desire. Alternatively, you can select all the links and then deselect links by holding down the Ctrl or Shift key and drawing boxes around the links that you do not want selected.

This is another great example of a Firefox extension, that takes multi-tasking to another level and can save you a considerable amount of time. I currently use this extension when researching information for posting on the blog. You can get full instructions on How To Use Multi Links [ HERE ] .

Multi Links is fully customizable and offers many options.

General Tab Options

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Actions Tab Options

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Appearance Tab Options

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