A FREE 3D Game of Yahtzee

May 23, 2010

If you are looking for a game to play on your computer to pass the time away, then checkout (download) the FREE game of Yahtzee123. The dice in this game are in 3D and use real physics to mimic real dice rolls.  Sound effects included…

Yahtzee123 is the computer version of the popular dice game ‘Yahtzee’, in which the aim is to score as many points as possible by rolling different combinations.

Tips: Left mouse click on dice to hold them.  If you click on the right side of the Yatzee123 screen, the scoreboard will appear.  Hit “ESC” on the keyboard to exit to the main menu.

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System Requirements
(will play on most modern day PC’s)

Processor: 1 Ghz or faster
RAM: 128MB or more
HD: 18MB
Graphics Card: 16MB or more (Pixel shader compatible card required for shader shadows option)
Direct X: 9.0c or higher

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YOU NEED TO KNOW: Beware of Digital Photocopiers

May 21, 2010

I just read an article at 404 Tech Support that is very important and is something YOU NEED TO KNOW!  The article, “Photocopiers, an Identity Theft Goldmine” (with an informational video) really caught my attention.  With my background in IT and computers, the article made me come up with my own spin on all of this.

The reason the article caught my attention, and believe me I am very security conscious, is that I recently went to a local business establishment to make copies of important documents that contained sensitive information in regards to my privacy. I never once thought about whether my privacy or information could be compromised by using a copy machine. Like most people, my priority at the time was that I needed the copies to meet a timeline.

Folks, after reading the article at 404 Tech Support (and watching the video) be wary of digital photo copiers. If you use a public outlet to make copies, I would be questioning their security practices and ask “Is this a digital copier?” and if it is, ask “What are you doing to protect my privacy?”

YOU NEED TO KNOW: that many of the modern digital photocopiers have a built in hard drive that has the ability to harvest (and store) the documents you copy; that the documents you copy can literally be archived on that hard drive for a very, very, long time; that the documents you copy could literally be reproduced (stolen) and sold; that many photocopiers can now be connected to a network and data can be moved to/from the copier; that your copied documents could be at risk if the copier is moved to another location or sold…

Believe me, if you read the article at 404 Tech Support and follow the links, you will think twice about making those personal copies at work that you are not supposed to be making…

Am I being too parenoid?  Let me know…  Comments are always welcomed!

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Chain Emails – Your Urban Legend Resource

May 21, 2010

When it comes to chain emails, I can spot the false ones the second I receive them. As a matter of fact, it is pretty easy to do. They are all false and/or are a mixture of what I call “hybrid truths” (partial truths). The solution; read them, research them, and then delete them. During wars it was not uncommon for planes to fly over enemy territory and drop leaflets of propaganda as a form of psychological warfare to influence a population’s way of thinking or to incite fear. Chain emails is just the modern version of airborne leaflet propaganda that is predominantly littered with wishful lies and maligned thoughts. You have heard it here before, “believe nothing and verify everything”.

For example, I received this in my inbox of Sarah Palin sporting her patriotism, showing up at a redneck shooting range to demonstrate her ability to pick off Yahoo email hackers at a hundred yards. Is this true? If it is, I’m voting for her…

Not pictured: genuine ridiculousness

To keep you up to date on the hottest urban legends that you will typically see circulating, check out Snopes – 25 Hottest Urban Legends and you will particularly like Snopes – What’s New.

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Common Sense – You Cannot Install This

May 20, 2010

Of all of the layers of security software that I have installed on my PC, common sense is not engineered in any of them. That layer of protection is up to you…

Common Sense – You can not install this… I have found that if your gut says “beware”; then follow your gut. Also, I am not an advocate of social sites, porn sites, pirating sites, etc…. If it is something that violates morality; believe me, you will be victimized. “Where the people gather, the cybercriminals prey”. Please use common sense!

I was reminded of that statement by the author of Plato Press. I did not even realize I had written it; but somehow it must have stuck and it sure looked good (to me) when I read it as a quote, over a year later after I had drafted the article “FREE Layers of Protection”. Really made my day when a fellow blogger threw that back at me. Thank you Plato Press

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Use Your Google Account to Sync Your Chrome Bookmarks

May 20, 2010

If you currently have a Google account and you use the Google Chrome browser, did you know you can activate an option in Chrome that will, in essence, store (and backup) your bookmarks online? As a matter of fact, those stored bookmarks will show up in Google Docs, making your bookmarks available anywhere that you have internet access. I typically get to Google Docs though my Gmail account. When I open Gmail you will see “Documents” at the top left corner of the screen, just above the GMail logo. The “cool factor” to this feature in Google Chrome is that once you activate the bookmark sync option on each computer that you have Chrome installed, your bookmarks are automatically kept up to date on each computer. Of course you have to activate (turn on) the sync option in Chrome on each computer that you have Chrome installed.

For example, I use Google Chrome on (3)-three different computers (that I own). I have the bookmark sync feature turned “on”, in Google Chrome, at each of those computers. As a result, my bookmarks are automatically (and instantly) kept up to date (the same) on each computer (when any bookmarks are added, deleted or changed). In cases where I am using another computer (like my work computer) and I need to get to my bookmarks, I log into my GMail account and go to Google Docs to get to my bookmarks.

So how do you activate this feature in Google Chrome:

To enable bookmark sync, follow these steps on each computer that you’ll be using to access your bookmarks:

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click the Tools menu tools menu.
  3. Select Synchronize my bookmarks.
  4. Sign in to your Google Account in the dialog that appears. (Don’t have an account? Learn how to create one)
  5. If you’ve already enabled the sync feature on another computer, you’ll see a prompt asking you to confirm that your different sets of bookmarks should be merged together. Click Merge and sync to finish the syncing process.
  6. Click OK.

You can enable sync on as many computers as you’d like.

Video on How To Activate Bookmark Sync in Google Chrome

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A Super Downloadable Collection of Windows 7 Shortcuts

May 19, 2010

Here is something that I really, really liked that is a nice addition to my flash drive and to my Windows 7 computer… The web site “7Tutorials” has put out there a downloadable compilation of over 100 Windows 7 shortcuts. The shortcuts have been organized into folders, in such a manner, that you can readily find what you may be looking for very quickly; faster than all the clicks you would typically make using the Start Menu; faster than the time it takes to remember where it is and what it is you are looking for…

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I love stuff like this and wonder why I did not think of doing something like this myself. The “cool factor” to this is that I can add to, and even customize this (with other techie shortcuts). For example, I have added the “Windows 7 God Mode” folder (with shortcuts) to this collection on my PC (don’t know how it would work from the flash drive on another PC)”.

Another tool for that tech toolbox… The shortcuts are bundled in a zip file and can be downloaded from [ HERE ]. You will find the download link at the bottom of the 7Tutorials web page.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#60)

May 19, 2010

If you are a member of the What’s On My PC blogroll and you posted an article within the past 7 days, expect to see a link to your blog on Geek Squeaks’.  It is my way of saying “Thank You” to my fellow bloggers; AND, my way of visiting each and every blog to read the “best of the best”!

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Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Life in the Trenches –
Never Assume Anything When it Comes to Computer Security

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
Cool Stuff On The Net

TTC Shelbyville
Google Voice for Students

404 Tech Support
Product Review: HP MultiSeat

Netbook Freeware
Advanced Uninstaller – Best Free Uninstaller for Netbook

Worthy Tips
SuperbarMonitor: A portable CPU, Battery,
Disk, Memory monitoring system

I Love Free Software
Folder Marker – Freeware to Change Folder Icon and Color

Canadian Tech Blogger
OpenDNS Suffers DDoS Attack

Internet Security Review
Komodo Dragon Browser Review

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Has Facebook become too big for it’s boots?

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Styling Windows Vista (Part 1): Give Your OS a Facelift with a New Boot Screen

Free PC Security
GeSWall Test

AskBillFirst
Laptop Scandal School’s Own Law Firm: Aside From Those 58,000 Spy Photos, There’s No Evidence Of Spying | Techdirt

Tech-for Everyone
5 Tips For Internet Safety

Rarst.net
PSU calculator – online app to compute PC’s wattage

Lifehacker
Turn a Suction Cup into a Phone Stand

Crazy World of G
Crow Saves An Eagle

thePC Security
How to View HTML Code of a Web Page Without Opening it

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove System Armor

Plato Press
Facebook ‘Friend’ Murders Teener

What’s On My PC
Free Layer’s of Protection

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