Monitor the Operating Status of Your PC from the Desktop

May 31, 2010

Here is a no frills (no install) status monitor, called Desktop Info, that is useful if you are into monitoring the operating status of your PC (e.g. cpu usage, low disk space, network connectivity, memory usage, etc…). The status of your PC can be displayed on your desktop with little or no memory or cpu usage. For example, below is a screenshot from the desktop of my PC with Desktop Info running. When running, Desktop Info displays real-time information about the operation of your PC on your desktop with a transparent background. This app could be most useful if you are running numerous PCs (or server farm) to visually identify the operating status of your equipment.

Desktop Info

Once Desktop Info is running on your PC and displayed on the desktop, you can close it by right mouse clicking anywhere on top of the display info and by selecting quit on the menu. There are numerous options available to modify the output of information displayed by modifying the “ini” file that is in the same directory (or folder) as the application. I encourage you to read the read.me file that is included to learn all that you can do with this little app.

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FREE Utility to Manage Your Drives

May 29, 2010

If you are someone, like myself, and manage many different types of drives on your computer (e.g. external hard drives, flash drives, cd/dvd drives, memory card drives, etc…) then you may want to take a look at the utility called Drive Manager.

Drive Manager

Drive Manager is a very helpful program that will display every available drive on your computer system, the free space available on each drive and whether the drives are mounted or not.  If you are someone that moves from PC to PC, there is a portable version, as well.  I currently use this application to get an immediate summary of the drive space available on all of my drives.  Great little app for FREE!

Features:

  • % Free column.
  • Hard disk serial number
  • CD ROM Doors open + close.
  • Lock / Unlock CD ROM / DVD drives.
  • Not mounted drives listed in grey with disks not inserted.
  • Time and date.
  • Map / Disconnect network drives.
  • Hide / Unhide drives from explorer.
  • See drives which are hidden.
  • Drive properties dialog on right click.
  • Create / Remove a substitute drive letter for a local folder.
  • Hidden drives displayed in blue.
  • Launch Windows Search
  • Drives with less than 5% available are displayed in red.
  • Vendor details: Vendor Name, Product Id, Revision, Vendor Spec

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Tech-for Everyone – The One Million Mark

May 29, 2010

Tech Paul, the genius behind the blog called Tech-for Everyone, just surpassed the one million mark for visitors. This is a major accomplishment for a blogger. I personally offer my congratulations!

Tech-for Everyone

To my visitors, please bookmark and visit Tech Paul’s site [ HERE ] as a show of continued support. I communicate on a daily visit with this man and I can tell you he is a class act. His blog is a secondary job (that he receives no compensation for) to his primary profession of being a CompTIA Certified Computer Tech for his private owned business called Aplus Computer Aid.

APlus Computer Aid

Not only am I encouraging you to visit his blog (Tech-for Everyone), I also encourage you to look him up at Aplus Computer Aid where he offers affordable and friendly services via remote control over the web, or over the phone.

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Feed it to VideoLan (VLC)

May 28, 2010

Did you ever experience the situation where you have attempted to play an audio or video file on your computer and the format is not recognized and it will simply not play? As a result you become frustrated and start expending time, downloading plugins, codecs, etc. that often causes more harm than good.

The fix for this is VideoLan (aka: VLC). VideoLan is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework, that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols. To get a rundown of what formats VLC will play [click here] .

VideoLan

The “cool factor” to VLC is that you can also download a portable version to carry with you on your flash drive or as a quick fix in the event your regular media player will not play the file. I have been using VLC now for several years; and, as a result Windows Media Player has become a thing of the past.  It is not as glamorous as Media Player, but, who needs glamour.  You can, however, download skins [ HERE ] if you want to change the default appearance of VLC to something more glamorous…

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An Example of a Fraudulent Email

May 27, 2010

It never ceases to amaze me the degree that the cybercriminal will go to… This post appears rather lengthy; however, the content reflected is an actual email I received (in my Gmail) from the FBI; the Director himself.  Wow! Remember the recent article about “Common Sense – You Cannot Install This”? Here is a prime example where your common sense (I hope) should dictate.

Simply delete these emails and if for some reason your inner curiousity gets the best of you, for “God’s Sake” do not click on any links contained in the email. This particular type of email has been out there for some time and is not new; however, purpose of this article is to heighten your awareness.

To learn more about these types of scams and hoaxes, and to get real life examples, visit the FBI website “Investigative Programs – Cyber Investigations”.

Same Email Alert

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FBI.WASHINGTON DC.
WASHINGTON D.C ROOM,7367
J. EDGAR HOOVER FBI BUILDING
935 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE,
NW WASHINGTON, DC 20535,RE: FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION SEEKING TO WIRETAP THE INTERNET

We hope this notification arrives meeting your good health and mind. We the FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (FBI) Washington, DC in conjunction with some other relevant investigation agencies here in the United STATES of America have recently been informed through our Global intelligence monitoring network that you are presently have a transaction going on with the CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN) as regards to your over-due contract payment which was fully endorsed in your favor accordingly by the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA.

It might interest you to know that we have taken our time in screening through this project as stipulated on our protocol of operation and have finally confirmed that your contract payment is 100% genuine and hitch free from all facets and of which you have the lawful right to claim your fund without any further delay. Having said all this, we will further advise that you go ahead in dealing with the central bank office accordingly as we will be monitoring all their activities with you as well as your correspondence at all levels.

We recently had a meeting with the Executive Governor in the person of Mr Sanusi Lamido Sanusi along with some of the top officials of the ministry regarding your case and they made sure we understand that your file has been held in abase depending on when you personally come for the claim. They also told us that the only problem they are facing right now is that some criminals are using this project as an avenue to scam innocent people.

We were also informed that another person has contacted them and she gave us proof of your claim prior to the release of your contract fund valued at about US$10,700,000.00 (Ten million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars), but the central bank office did the right thing by insisting on hearing from you personally before they go ahead on wiring your fund to the bank information which was forwarded to them by the above lady, so that was the main reason why they contacted us so as to assist them in making the investigations.

They further advised that we should warn our dear citizens who have contract payments which was awarded to them from the central bank of Nigeria to be very careful prior to these irregularities so that they do not fall victim to this ugly circumstance anymore. And should incase you are already dealing with anybody or office claiming to be from the central bank of Nigeria, you are to STOP further contact with them immediately in your best interest and contact the real office of the central bank of Nigeria (CBN) only with the below information’s accordingly:

NAME:  Mr Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (Executive Governor Central Bank Of Nigeria)
OFFICE ADDRESS: Central Bank of Nigeria, Tinubu Square Tinubu
Lagos – Nigeria.
TEL: +234-7069329526
Email: enquiry.centbnkng @ officeliveusers.com

NOTE: In your best interest, any message that does not come from the above official email address with phone number should be nullified and voided immediately for security reasons. Meanwhile, we will advise that you contact the central bank office immediately with the above email address and request that they attend to your payment file as directed so as to enable you receive your contract fund accordingly.

Ensure you follow all directives from CBN as this will further help hasten up the whole payment process in regards to the transfer of your fund to you as designated. Also have in mind that the central bank of Nigeria equally have their own protocol of operation as stipulated on their banking terms. All modalities has already been worked out before you were contacted and note that we will be monitoring all your dealings with them as you proceed so you don’t have anything to worry about. All we require from you henceforth is an update so as to enable us be on track with you and the Central Bank of Nigeria. Without wasting much time, we will want you to contact them immediately with the above email address so as to enable them attend to your case accordingly without any further delay as time is already running out.

Should in case you need any more information in regards to this notification, feel free to get back to us via email so that we can brief you more as we are here to guide you during and after this project has been completely perfected and you have received your contract fund as stated.

Thank you very much for your anticipated co-operation.

Best Regards,
ROBERT SWAN MUELLER III

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#61)

May 26, 2010

If you are someone who is scratching your head when it comes to information technology and computers, then you need to bookmark the sites listed below. These sites are members of the What’s On My PC blogroll community and are excellent computer learning resources. These bloggers work very hard to bring up-to-date and accurate content to the tech community.

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Scoroncocolo Tech Pages
Firefox Add-on NoScript

Plato Press
Class-Action Lawsuit Against Google

Laptop Reviews Central
HP Compaq Airlife 100 Smartbook
reviewed at last after long overdue release

TTC Shelbyville
Reclaim Your Privacy on FaceBook

404 Tech Support
Make Your Firefox Search Engine use Google’s
SSL (https) Search for Security Reasons

I Love Free Software
Download Microsoft Fix it Center – Fix PC Problems

Netbook Freeware
Quick Config: Easily Change Netbook Settings Instantly

Worthy Tips
Gmail under phishing attack – Alert: Finalization

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
Recovering from Viruses, Worms, and Trojan Horses

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Who will win the Freeview HD PVR race?

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Who are you going to call? Mythbusters!

Canadian Tech Blogger
Google Reveals Google TV

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites May 25

AskBillFirst
Legal experts: LimeWire likely doomed
| Media Maverick – CNET News

Tech-for Everyone
Software License Giveaway: NOD32 Antivirus 4

Sugarloaf Tech
Does your Mac have an excessively loud fan noise?

Rarst.net
How to categorize RSS feeds for best experience

Lifehacker
Fix the Web’s Biggest Annoyances with Google Chrome

Crazy World of G
Go Away

thePC Security
iPhone 4G Scam on Twitter

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Win Antispyware Center

Evilfantasy’s Blog
ReclaimPrivacy.org – Facebook Privacy Scanner

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
License Giveaway –
SYNCING.NET Business Edition, 12 Free Licenses

Right On Technology
Google Facial Recognition Technology Too Nosy?

What’s On My PC
An Easy Way To Remote Into Another PC

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NOD32 Antivirus 4 License Giveaway at Tech-for Everyone

May 24, 2010

My good friend TechPaul, at Tech-for Everyone, contacted me today to let me know that he will be conducting a drawing to giveaway (10)-ten licenses for the award winning NOD32 Antivirus 4.

nod32_antivirus_4

You might not have heard of Eset or NOD32, but it has quietly been around, and winning awards, since the early 90′s (the days of DOS). For the last year, I have been using it as my primary anti-malware defense on my principle machine and I have not been disappointed. This Internet security tool passed my every test and I recommend it; and I do so to folks of any skill level. – Tech-for Everyone.

Folks, this is an excellent opportunity to possibly get your hands on some great antivirus software. To enter the drawing, simply click [HERE], and at the bottom of the article “Software License Giveaway: NOD32 Antivirus 4”, “Leave A Comment” and enter a name and valid e-mail address. The contest will end midnight Thursday, May 27th, and the winners announced Friday. Good Luck; and while you are there, give a big “Thank You” to TechPaul!

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