Wallpaper of the Week (#14)

April 24, 2011

The perfect wallpaper for spring and summer. Whimsical, refreshing and full of colors. This wallpaper is called Daydreams (by WENPENDER) and you can get it [HERE] .

Daydream

Need wallpaper software to show off your wallpaper collection? Try one of these:

John’s Background Switcher

Walyk Wallpaper Changer

Wallpaper Updater

Windows 7 Users: If you are using Windows 7, did you know you can create a desktop background slideshow to show off your pictures and wallpaper images?  To learn how to use this feature [ CLICK HERE ] .

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WeatherByte – A Clean and Simple Weather App

April 22, 2011

It does not get any simpler than this! If you want a to display the current weather, temperature, forecast, time and date (at a defined location) without a lot of fuss, then WeatherByte is for you.

WeatherByte

Simply visit the web site [ HERE ], enter your location and how you want the temperature reflected. That is all there is too it.

WeatherByte Location

Weatherbyte is great to display on your computer, home theater, Google TV, Boxee, etc…  Instead of using a screensaver, I often bring up WeatherByte and have it on the screen so that I have a quick (and fast) glance of the current weather conditons.  Hmmm…  Maybe the developer could turn this into a screensaver app.

WeatherByte is also available as a Google Chrome app from the Google Chrome Web Store [ HERE ] .

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TTC Shelbyville Recognized by ComputerWorld

April 21, 2011

I think it is important to recognize fellow bloggers and in this case it is a blog that is on my blogroll – TTC Shelbyville .

The Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville (Computer Information Technology Program) has been Recognized by ComputerWorld as a 2011 Honors Laureate (award for outstanding creative or intellectual achievement).

April 21, 2011 – IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program today announces the Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville’s Computer Information Technology program as a 2011 Laureate.  The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results.

Congratulations to Steve Mallard and his program at TTC Shelbyville.

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Geek Squeak (#111) – New Version of Web App Note

April 21, 2011

I personally love to follow the development of NEW applications; especially when the developer makes you part of the process. I recently posted an article about a NEW cloud computing application (that is totally FREE) called Web App Note (“Web App Note – A NEW Online Sticky Notes Type Program” ).

Following that article a reader of the blog pointed out a user friendly issue and the developer was right on top of it and fixed the issue to make using the application easier for the end-user (which is you and me).  As a result, Web App Note is worthy of a Geek Squeak!

Web App Note

Today, I found out that Web App Note has been upgraded to version 2.0 . I encourage you to try it out [ HERE ] .  Again, as mentioned in the previous article, there is nothing to install.  Simply visit the site, signup for an account, and you are good to go.

The developer of Web App Note is looking for feedback and ideas to improve the application.

New in version 2.0

  • Brand new layout from Alexis!
  • Notes are not just plain text!
  • Text formating in notes (see help (i))
  • Insert html tables
  • Urls are converted into html links
  • Create Google Calendar© reminders
  • Create a linked task (n)

Web App Note is not just about notes!

  • Up/download files from Dropbox©
  • Organize your notes with tabs
  • Tab area is adjusted at startup
  • Manage a task list
  • Emails sent from your Google account to import@webappnote.com are imported
  • Hotkey CTRL+S saves the note contents

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Enhance Your Google Chrome Browser Experience with Weather Window

April 20, 2011

Weather Window (by Weatherbug) is probably one of the best online Weather apps out there. The catch is that you have to be using the Google Chrome browser to take advantage of this app by installing it through the Chrome Web Store.

Weather Window

When you first load Weather Window and put in your location, you are given a virtual look of the weather through a window. So if it is raining, you will see rain; if it sunny, you will see sunshine. The window interface is only the eye candy to Weather Window. All-in-All, Weather Window is a great browser based weather application. The real power lies in the weather features that are readily available.

In summary, with weather window you can bring up the following:

Current Observations

Current Observations

Forecasts

Forecasts

Weather Maps

Weather Maps

Webcams

Webcams

Weather Alerts

Alerts are currently available for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Spain.

The alert icon Alert Icon will only appear if an alert is active. The number within the icon displays the number of active alerts.

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A Good Read About Amazon’s Cloud Drive Music Player

April 19, 2011

Steve over at his site, Scoroncocolo, always drops me a line when he composes a new tech article. This time around he has researched and drafted an article about the Amazon Cloud Drive Music Player that he has asked that I share with you.

Amazon Cloud Drive Music Player

In summary, Steve’s article [ CLICK HERE ] explains how to use the Amazon Cloud Drive Music Player with the  Amazon Cloud Drive Service to store your personal music collection on the internet (in the cloud) where you can access your collection and stream the music content to your computer or android phone (or other android devices) from anywhere.  Be sure to check it out…

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Easily Create Complex Passwords the Microsoft Way

April 18, 2011

I noticed on the Microsoft Privacy & Safety Site, a step-by-step (easy) method for creating complex passwords. I started using this method and now find myself using it all of the time. I suggest you bookmark or print out this method. It may look like there is a lot to it; however, it actually is quite easy to do.

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Step 1: Start with a sentence or two (about 10 words total). Think of something meaningful to you.

Example: My cat is named Bucket. She is a fat cat.

Step 2: Turn your sentences into a row of letters. Use the first letter of each word.

Example: mcinbsiafc

Step 3: Add complexity. Make only the letters in the first half of the alphabet uppercase.

Example: MCInBsIAFC

Step 4: Add length with numbers. Put two numbers that are meaningful to you between the two sentences.

Example: MCInB19sIAFC

Step 5: Add length with punctuation. Put a punctuation mark at the beginning.

Example: ?MCInB19sIAFC

Step 6: Add length with symbols. Put a symbol at the end.

Example: ?MCInB19sIAFC*

Now test the strength of your Password [HERE] at the Microsoft Safety & Security site.

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