What’s On My PC – Top Ten Most Popular Articles for 2010

December 31, 2010

We are within hours of closing out another timeframe in our lives. Time is like a vapor! Make the best use of it that you can.

To close out the year at my blog I decided to post the top ten “most popular” articles for 2010, here at What’s On My PC… 

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2010
Top Ten Most Popular

  1. If you experience Windows Vista Service Pack 2 installation issues…
  2. Locating Your Software License Keys
  3. How to use a Blackberry Smartphone with a cheap “Pay As You Go” mobile phone plan…
  4. Motorola SBG901 SURFboard Wireless Cable Modem Gateway
  5. When Vista will not boot…
  6. bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine
  7. Creating an AOL Install CD… (if you must:)
  8. Adding a “Watermark” in Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007
  9. Write Your Name in the Snow with Penguin Show
  10. Go Incognito with Firefox…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#92)

December 29, 2010

If you have a desire and passion to learn about information technology then you need to be following these blogs. Each week What’s On My PC features recent articles from the blogs that are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll.  Enjoy this weeks’ roundup!

Geek Squeaks'

Bookmarks4Techs
486 Bookmarked Tech Sites

Awesome Wallpapers
Mac Wallpaper Set 41

My Technology Guide
How To Use Kaspersky Rescue Disk to Clean Infected Computer

Snakebytez
Beware: SBI Fraudulent email
to Steal Personal and Financial Information

TTC Shelbyville
How to breakdown and repair your laptop

404 Tech Support
Before You Throw Out Your Old Gadgets,
You Need To Know This E-cycling Information

I Want Ice Water
In Today’s Episode

I Love Free Software
Chrome Extension to See WordPress Stats

Netbook Freeware
AVI.NET: Free Application To Convert Video To AVI

Worthy Tips
Withdraw Funds to Bank Account from PayPal

AKSGEEK Live
Samsung to Unveil World’s Thinnest 3D Blu-ray Player

Online Storage Reviews
Storing Your Important Personal Data

Malware Removal Instructions
How to Remove HDD Low (Uninstall Guide)

Chicago Mac/PC Support
2010 in review: The year for creatives
Software Creative Notes Macworld

PC Optimization Secrets
Most Internet Surfers Use Personal Info As Their Passwords

Gadgetsholic
Merry Christmas from Gadgetsholic

Websites, Internet, Software Tips, and Reviews
Fluther Teams Joins Twitter

Tech-for Everyone
Special Holiday Edition: Goodies Grab-Bag

Rarst.net
Fix “This Operation Has Been Cancelled” error
when launching applications

Lifehacker
Most Popular iPhone Posts and Free Apps of 2010

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Happy Holidays from TuneUp!

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
How-To Corner: Publish a Newsletter
for Your Organization, Business or Family

RGdot
Clipboard Master: Freeware Clipboard Enhancement

Carol’s Vault
“An accountable world with WikiLeaks” – That would be wonderful

Faster PC! Clean! Clean!
How to Remove HDD Low

Plato On-Line
Sue Spammers for a Living

Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Antivirus Update: Microsoft Security Essentials updated to version 2.0

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
5 Fully Licensed Applications FREE From Ashampoo – Value $129.95!

Right Science
U.S. Navy goes Electromagnetic with Railgun and Fighter Catapult

thePC Security
VPS Hosting vs Shared Server – Which One Do You Need

Canadian Tech Blogger
Samsung Galaxy 550 Review (Virgin Mobile)

What’s On My PC
A Fantastic FREE 3D Online Chess Game

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Send a Text Message to Google to Get Search Results

December 28, 2010

Data plans for mobile phones are typically not in the range of affordability for everyone.  If you do not have a data plan and you wish you could have at least the capability of getting the weather, movies, product information, driving directions, phone listings, and more; THEN you are in for a surprise.  Almost all mobile phone plans offer text messaging as an included or add-on service. Text Messaging is typically the common term used for SMS (Short Message Service).  With your text messaging service did you know that you can text message Google to conduct a search query and Google will determine the information and text the top results back to you?  Once you get the hang of it; it is nearly as quick as lightning.

Here’s how it works…  Enter this number into your mobile phone: 466453 . It is the number to Google SMS. Then follow the instructions at the Google SMS website [ HERE ] .  I think you will be quite surprised to what information you can pull down using Google SMS. With Google’s SMS Service and Microsoft’s FREE 411 Service, that was recently featured here, you will be amazing your friends and family in no time.

Google SMS

Reminder: Handset must be SMS capable and user must be authorized to use this device. This service is free from Google but message & data rates may apply.

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My Personal Experience with a Craigslist Scam Attempt

December 26, 2010

I recently took the plunge and actually posted (and sold), for the first time, several items on Craigslist. As a result of this new experience I soon learned, like any other service on the internet where you are socially connecting to (and actually meeting) other people, the cybercriminal and real-time criminal both can be lurking nearby.

Craigslist

If you are unfamiliar with Craigslist:

Craigslist is a centralized network of online communities, featuring free online classified advertisements – with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums – Wikipedia

I posted “locally” an ad for a camera that I had for sale and indicated that “cash” payment was required. Within 24 hours I received the following email from someone with an email name of “Josephus Kokotu” (female) that was using a Yahoo email address that had a male’s name in it (Stanford).

Email #1: Hey I’m intersted for sure is it still available ?

I immediately became suspicious due most respondents will cut to the chase and provide further details, such as a phone number or email address; PLUS, the female name “Josephus Kokotu” did not set well with me and the fact there was male’s name in the Yahoo email address. Now, I know I may be over diagnosing this, but they spelled the word “interested” incorrectly; however, from my experience scam emails often consist of intentional misspellings.

I decided at this point to see where this was going. I deliberately responded back, using a temporary email account.

Yes Camera is still available…

Are you local?  Please provide number to contact you.

Thank you

Josephus Kokotu responded back:

Email #2: I’m off for the rest of the week so I can meet up pretty much anytime, just let me know what works for you. Cash ok ? By the way, do you have a certificate number from verifycraigslist.com ? If you don’t I’d really prefer you get one before we meet. It’s totally free, only takes a minute, and it proves your not a sex offender or violent felon. As a single woman xmas shopper it helps me feel better about meeting random people off the Internet. Anyways see you soon.

After receiving this response I noticed Josephus wanted me to visit a website to acquire a Craigslist certificate number so that I could prove to Josephus that I was not a criminal. I knew right then and there this was a phlishing scam. Folks, verifycraigslist.com, is not a legitimate site and was down when I last checked. This site, masquerading as being legitimate, is (was) used to steal sensitive information from the unsuspecting public who enter data at the site. Another clue that this was a scam email is that, I already stipulated, “cash only”, yet Josephus is asking me, “Cask OK?”.

Phlishing

I responded back to Josephus and informed her that she has no worry about me being a criminal; that I am retired Law Enforcement.  You know, I never heard back from Josephus.

In the end, most of my experience with Craigslist has been a good experience; however, it is important that you use common sense and do not fall for that false sense of security that the Craigslist service (or any service for that matter) is protecting you. It is not and they will tell you that; however, Craigslist does provide some common sense rules to follow:

  • DEAL LOCALLY WITH FOLKS YOU CAN MEET IN PERSON – follow this one simple rule and you will avoid 99% of the scam attempts on craigslist.
  • NEVER WIRE FUNDS VIA WESTERN UNION, MONEYGRAM or any other wire service – anyone who asks you to do so is a scammer.
  • FAKE CASHIER CHECKS & MONEY ORDERS ARE COMMON, and BANKS WILL CASH THEM AND THEN HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE when the fake is discovered weeks later.
  • CRAIGSLIST IS NOT INVOLVED IN ANY TRANSACTION, and does not handle payments, guarantee transactions, provide escrow services, or offer “buyer protection” or “seller certification”
  • NEVER GIVE OUT FINANCIAL INFORMATION (bank account number, social security number, eBay/PayPal info, etc.)
  • AVOID DEALS INVOLVING SHIPPING OR ESCROW SERVICES and know that ONLY A SCAMMER WILL “GUARANTEE” YOUR TRANSACTION.

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Google Docs or Microsoft Web Apps?

December 25, 2010

Steve at Scoroncocolo has written a very good article on the comparisons between Google Docs and Microsoft Web Apps. As a matter of fact his article is perfect timing. I personally have been intensely exploring and using Google Docs.

Office Web Apps vs. Google Docs

Both of these online applications offer you the ability to create documents online inside your web browser; whether it be a letter, a spreadsheet, a presentation, etc… Why spend hundreds of dollars when all you may need is what is being offered (online for FREE) by Google and Microsoft.

My concerns in all of this is is the privacy factor; so, always keep that in mind when posting sensitive in nature documents. I realize our accounts to these online apps are password protected; however, I would like to see both entities offer password protection and encryption options for each file being stored online. Any files you store online, make sure you back them up at the PC level.

Read Steve’s Article: Microsoft Office Web Apps Versus Google Docs

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Software To Sync a Folder On Your PC with Google Docs

December 23, 2010

I have been using and testing Google Docs to determine if it is a practical resource and solution for the everyday home computer user.

Google Docs is a free, Web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form, and data storage service offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users. – Wikipedia

During my testing I have been creating documents, primarily using the word processor and spreadsheet components of Google Docs. I am finding that for what the home based computer user would need, Google Docs is a practical FREE solution. So before you go out and spend hundreds of dollars for Microsoft Office, give Google Docs a try.  As a matter fact, Google Docs and Microsoft Office (i.e. Word and Excel), at the basic level of document formatting, work together nicely.

As a result of my testing, one feature that I believe is needed is the ability to automatically sync (or backup) your Google Docs to your PC. Google has yet to address this concern; however, if I know their strategy, this is something that we will eventually see happen. Keep in mind Google Docs is in constant development and when advancements are made, they are very noticeable. You can give Google Docs a try with Google’s online demo [HERE]

In the meantime, the best solution I could find (for FREE) that allows  you to sync your online Google Docs to your PC is an application called Syncplicity.

Syncplicity

Syncplicity instantly syncs files across your Macs, PCs and Google Docs, so that your files are always available across all the computers you use and the Web. Instant sync with automatic back-up to our cloud ensures you have access to your data wherever you are, and that your days of worrying about manual back-ups and data loss are over. Our instant restore means you can recover deleted or lost files immediately.

Once you install and setup your online Syncplicity account, you will see in the file browser of Syncplicity a tab titled, “Google Docs”.  This is where you begin the process to setup the sync between Google Docs and your PC.

Once you have everything setup, it may take awhile for any Google Docs that you have stored online to show up on your PC. Now that I have Syncplicity up and working, any Google Doc files I work on, from any location in the world, will now sync with the folder I have setup on my PC.  Same goes, with any Google Docs I work with from the PC level will automatically be synced with my online account.

Syncplicity

To learn more about Syncplicity and what it can do, click [HERE] . For my situation Syncplicity has worked seamlessly and gets the job done. Who knows, this may be the next cloud app on Google’s payroll.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#91)

December 22, 2010

As we celebrate the Christmas season, now is the time to relax and read some good tech news. Reflected are recent articles that have been posted by the authors of the blogs that are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll. Enjoy and have a great holiday season!

Geek Squeaks'

PC Optimization Secrets
Is IE 9 The Best Browser At Fighting Malware?

Chicago Mac/PC Support
All media app for iPad

Malware Removal Instructions
How to Remove Internet Security 2011 (Uninstall Guide)

Online Storage Reviews
Latest Trends in Data Storage

AKSGEEK Live
Read Twitter and Facebook as Daily Newspaper

Worthy Tips
Gymgym Chair Keep You Healthy In front of Desk

Netbook Freeware
ZapWallPaper Classic: Free Wallpaper Manager for Netbooks

I Love Free Software
Belarc Advisor: Free PC Auditing Tool

404 Tech Support
Is Mall Of America A High Tech Paradise Or A Tech Hell?

TTC Shelbyville
Backup your license numbers on your computer

Snakebytez
Make Free Calls to U.S and Canada

My Technology Guide
Find Out What’s New in Microsoft Security Essentials 2

Awesome Wallpapers
Windows Se7en Wallpaper Set 35

Gadgetsholic
Bringrr Makes Sure You Don’t Leave The House Without Your Phone

Tech-for Everyone
Quik Thots 4 U

Rarst.net
Opera 11 gets extension add-ons

Lifehacker
Add Events to Google Calendar From Your Browser’s Address Bar

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Three Great Ways to Recover Your Data

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
Facebook’s New User Profile: Be Careful!

Bookmarks4Techs
486 Listed Tech Sites

Canadian Tech Blogger
Opera 11 Now Out For Windows, Mac, Linux

Internet Security Blog
PCRisk.com – Malware and Spyware Removal

thePC Security
Monitor, Track iPhone Data Usage – 3G, EDGE, GPRS or Wifi – Freeware

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Panda Safe Browser – Just Released As A Free Application

Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Back up your blogger.com blog: Blogger Backup Utility 1.0.9.23

Plato On-Line
Touchpad Blocker

Faster PC! Clean! Clean!
How to Remove System Tool 2.20

Carol’s Vault
Abuse of international power: That’s US expecting hugs and kisses

RGdot
MadAppLauncher: Minimize Mouse Clicks When Launching Applications

What’s On My PC
Make An Exact Copy of Your Hard Drive

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