NEW 3D Earth View Option Available in Google Maps

April 29, 2010

If you are familiar with Google Earth then you are familiar with the data-rich 3D imagery and terrain that Google Earth is capable of.

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Recently the Official Google Blog announced that there is now a view option available on Google Maps called Earth that uses the same 3D power of Google Earth.

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Once you visit Google Maps and select the Earth option you will be prompted to download a browser plugin. The browser plugin, once downloaded and installed, enables you to navigate and explore geographic data in a three-dimensional view; just like the standalone software version of Google Earth. The browser version is somewhat limited and does not have the additional functionality (other options) that the standalone version has; however, the ability to explore the earth in 3D detail in your web browser is nothing but sensational and is an excellent addon to Google Maps.

A TIP to using the Google Earth View option: When navigating the location you select, hold down the “Shift key and Left Mouse Button” to change the vertical field of view to a horizontal field of view (similar to what you would see in a flight simulator).

System Requirements

The Google Earth Plugin is currently available for the following operating systems and web browsers:

Microsoft Windows (2000, XP, Vista, and 7)

  • Google Chrome 1.0+
  • Internet Explorer 7+ (32-bit)
  • Firefox 2.0+
  • Flock 1.0+

Apple Mac OS X 10.4 and higher (Intel and PowerPC)

  • Safari 3.1+
  • Firefox 3.0+

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#57)

April 28, 2010

It’s that time of the week here at What’s On My PC… Reflected is a rundown of articles, randomly selected, from the past week that have been posted by the friends on the What’s On My PC blogroll. If you have a passion for information technology and computers, these sites are the one’s to visit.

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thePC Security
Ultimate List of Best Portable Antivirus For Your USB

Carol’s Vault
Songr – Download free music from 15 search engines

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove TrustDoctor

Evilfantasy’s Blog
PageAddict Firefox extension

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Principles of Security: Keeping it Simple

Right On Technology
Gizmodo’s Editor Jason Chen’s House Raided

Free PC Security
Avira 10 Installation, Configuration and Test

AskBillFirst
Defective McAfee update causes worldwide meltdown of XP PCs | Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report | ZDNet.com

Tech-for Everyone
Amazingly Dangerous Email: Must See To Believe

Rarst.net
Speccy – basic system info tool from Piriform

Lifehacker
Google Earth Arrives Inside Google Maps on the Web
[Google Earth]

Snakebytez
New way to explore disk space usage with Disk Space Fan

Carputer’s News and Computer Tips
Malware: Infecting the Unexpecting

TTC Shelbyville
Chrome Stats for Nerds

404 Tech Support
Exploring the AT&T U-Verse

Netbook Freeware
FARR (Find and Run Robot): Best Free Application Launcher
for Netbooks

Worthy Tips
Download Microsoft Office 2010 Product Guide(Official)

I Love Free Software
Download Microsoft USB Flash Drive Manager Free

Canadian Tech News Blog
Why flash is like crack

Internet Security Blog
Cannot Delete Print Jobs Queue in Spooler – Use Stalled Printer Repair

Mrintech
Important Security Tips for Online Banking

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
WordPress.com versus Blogger.com

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Styling Windows 7 (Part 1): How to Change the Visual Style

Plato Press
Cloud and Criminal Networking

What’s On My PC
A Portable Start Menu for your Flash Drive

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A FREE Way to Monitor Your Kids Online Activity

April 27, 2010

If you are a parent who has children who use the computer to access the internet it is very important that you educate yourself and your child about the dangers of the internet. It is important to have strict guidelines in place on their computer usage and a method to supervise and monitor their online activities. Do not fall for the myth that your generation is dumb about computers (and the internet) and today’s kids are computer (and internet) savvy. This is very far from the truth.  Let’s face it kids will be kids… Computers and the internet are a form of entertainment to kids, much like the television was when we were kids.

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To help you, as a parent, to take a bite out of the dangers of the internet, I would like to introduce you to McGruff Safeguard.  This application intelligently monitors kids’ internet activity such as internet chatting, search engine phrases, and social networking profiles (e.g. Facebook, My Space).  The difference between this application and many of the other applications out there is that McGruff Safeguard is a monitoring application and not an application that controls where your child visits. I actually prefer an application such as this to establish an open dialog about internet guidelines and to build  trust between you and your child.

McGruff SafeGuard is an authorized, licensed product of The National Crime Prevention Council and McGruff The Crime Dog, and the first and only service to electronically connect parents with law enforcement in their common battle against Internet sexual predators.

Monitors:

•  All website visits
•  MySpace/Facebook and social network activity
•  Chat and instant message conversations
•  Search engine phrases
•  Emails sent on popular systems, including AOL, Yahoo, MSN and Hotmail
•  Tracks total hours spent online

Alerts:

•  Intelligent monitoring automatically alerts you by email to potential danger
•  Get daily summary of activity
•  Report predators directly to Law Enforcement
•  Auto-monitors for hundreds of dangerous phrases
•  Create your own custom alerts

Search:

•  Your child’s activity by keyword and date
•  Your child’s activity by buddy name

Simplify:

•  Translates “kidspeak” abbreviations and acronyms
•  Choose your level of monitoring preferences
•  Installs on your child’s PC one time. Then, monitor remotely forever.
•  No need to sneak back onto your child’s PC.
•  Block specific people from talking to your child
•  Connect and cooperate with millions of other parents worldwide

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Dial 1-800-GOOG-411 for FREE Business Information

April 25, 2010

I am surprised of how many people do not know about Google’s 411 service where you can call to find local business information completely FREE.  Simply dial 1-800-GOOG-411 ( or 1-800-466-4411).  You can call anytime, from anywhere.  GOOG-411 is only available in the U.S. and Canada.

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Using GOOG-411

Call 1-800-GOOG-411. (That’s 1-800-466-4411). Say where you are and what you’re looking for. GOOG-411 will connect you with the business you choose.

If you are calling from a mobile device, GOOG-411 can even send you a text message with more details and a map. Simply say “Text message” or “Map it.”

If you desire to learn more about GOOG-411 then [ click here ] or watch the video below.

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STOP Chain Email

April 23, 2010

How many of you receive on a daily basis those “forward” emails, such as funnies, hoaxes, jokes, surveys, chain letters, prayer requests, fake virus warnings, surveys, petitions, political attacks, etc. ?

Are we that gullible?  The answer is resoundingly, YES!

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I particularly like the ones where if you forward a prayer request to 10 people your prayers will be answered. I tried that one once and prayed that I would stop receiving chain emails!  That one didn’t work either; I am getting more of them : ) Besides, if your moment of religion is forwarding these types of emails, you better get your butt in Church.

I am going to give you some good advice. Delete forward emails, such as indicated, on the spot! I have yet to truly find one that really is of any benefit. Do not become part of the lie. Email chains spread panic,  insecurity, misinformation, and hate. Email chains are bandwidth hogs that lessen the effectiveness of email as a communication medium. As a matter of fact, we are destroying the credibility and security of our email systems because we are creating an environment of propaganda where we do not know what is true and what is not true.  I can tell you this much, if you rely on forward emails as your information source,  especially those with a political agenda, then you are truly lessening your credibility as a person in the know.

Keep in mind every time you forward that email, your email address is added to the other hundreds (and thousands) of email addresses that  have already been harvested.  In essence you are giving away information about yourself that could circulate worldwide and come back to haunt you. Chain emails feed on a persons psychic to the point that you, in good conscience, feel you need to forward it on!  Again, do not forward these emails and simply delete them.

An example of a chain email that is designed to instill fear:

Subject: Fw: FW: Virus Coming

Hi All,

I just got this message from a friend I thought you need to be aware of … I checked with Norton  Anti-Virus, and they are  gearing up for this  virus! I checked Snopes, and  it is for real. Get this E-mail message sent around to your contacts   ASAP.

PLEASE FORWARD THIS  WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY AND  CONTACTS!

You  should be alert  during the next few days. Do not  open any message with an attachment  entitled  ‘POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK,’regardless of who sent it  to  you. It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD  IMAGE, which ‘burns’ the whole hard disc C of your  computer.

This  virus will be  received from someone who has your  e-mail address in his/her contact  list. This is  the reason why you need to send this e-mail to all   your contacts. It is better to receive this  message 25 times than  to receive the virus and  open it.

If  you receive a mail  called’ POSTCARD,’ even though  sent to you by a friend, do not open it!  Shut down  your computer immediately. This is the worst virus   announced by  CNN.

It  has been classified  by Microsoft as the most  destructive virus ever. This virus was  discovered  by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet  for  this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys  the Zero Sector of the  Hard Disc, where the vital  information is  kept.

COPY  THIS E-MAIL, AND  SEND IT TO YOUR  FRIENDS.

REMEMBER:  IF YOU SEND  IT TO THEM, YOU WILL BENEFIT ALL OF  US

Again, simply stated; “delete forward emails”; HOWEVER, if you feel the need to confirm information you receive in your email,  Google it; OR use Snopes,  Hoaxbusters,  Hoax-Slayer, or ChainLetters.net, to name a few. I usually head to Snopes first…

“There is only one reason these things exist: to harvest the “live” e-mail addresses of *gullible* people”. [Tech Paul - Tech-for Everyone]

“Believe nothing and verify everything!”

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A Grab Bag Selection of GREAT Online Computer Games

April 23, 2010

I recently went on the hunt for some online (cloud based) computer games. As you well know, there are numerous online gaming sites; however, most are laden with numerous advertisements and questionable tactics to draw you in. What I was looking for were individualized and specialized games that you play in your web browser (in a full screen or near full screen mode), that would make you stand back in awe, and did not require an online account.

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Reflected below are links to the sites for the games that I was able to locate. If you know of other online games, that meets the criteria I have indicated, by all means share them with us by commenting below. You will notice I have not provided any description for the games. This is like a grab bag; reach in, click on the links, and be surprised.

Get The Glass

3D Future Ops 4: First Strike

Gravity Master

Glassez

Matter: Online Tangram

Quest For The Rest

Space Shuttle: Online Flight Simulator

CDX

First Person Tetris

World of Solitaire

FlashChess III

Crystal Galaxy

Breakdown

Leadership

Cost Cutter

Free Crossword Puzzles

Jigsaw Online

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Take An Inside Look of Windows with What’s Running

April 22, 2010

image There are numerous task manager replacements out there that can be used to monitor and troubleshoot what is running behind the scenes on your PC. Recently another app of this type that has crossed my plate is called What’s Running, with the latest version (3.0) currently in beta (the testing stage of software). If you are someone that is called upon to troubleshoot potential computer issues, such as a computer that suddenly has become sluggish, this app may be for you.

SCREENSHOT [ CLICK HERE ]

What’s Running definitely provides more information, than the standard Windows task manager, when it comes to Processes, Services, Modules, IP Connections, Drivers, Startup and System Information. One “cool factor” with this app is that you can capture snapshots, of the current state of your PC, then compare the snapshot to another snapshot take at a later time. This is helpful when troubleshooting suspected stability issues. I noticed on the site that there is no “portable version” specifically available; however, I did find that you can run the setup and directly install What’s Running onto your flash drive OR use Universal Extractor to unpack the setup file (then copy the unpacked files to your flash Drive). I noticed that the first go round of running What’s Running, it takes some time for the program to poll your system; however, once it has completed that task subsequent startups is much faster.

What’s Running is a product that gives you an inside look into your Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Windows 7 system.

Lots of great features including hierarchical process view, usability improvements, more in-depth information, smart information navigation and much more!

Explore processes, services, modules, IP-connections, drivers and much more through a simple to use application. Find out important information such as what modules are involved in a specific process.

Control your system by starting and stopping services and processes. Configure your startup programs easily.

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