Wallpaper of the Week (#28)

July 31, 2011

I don’t know why I like this wallpaper of an Ostrich, but I do.  Maybe it is because it is so ugly that it is cute. The detail in this image is superior…

To get this wallpaper [CLICK HERE] .

Windows Wallpaper - Ostrich

Browse for wallpapers from previous weeks, [CLICK HERE]

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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Easy Timer – An Easy To Use Alarm Clock and Timer

July 30, 2011

Many occasions when I find myself getting tired I will take a power nap to rejuvenate this half century old body. Oftentimes I will use my computer as an alarm clock to wake me up. On the other end of the spectrum when I exercise to increase my energy level I will use the computer to time down my exercise session.

There are numerous software options and web apps available that you can find that will serve as an alarm clock and/or a timer. One option that I use as my “go to” alarm clock and timer is the portable app called Easy Timer.

Easy Timer

Easy Timer is small in file size; but, do not let that fool you. This portable app is less than 400KB and packed inside is a fully customizable (and resizable) alarm clock and timer with over 35 pre-installed alarm sounds. One neat way I found to resize Easy Timer was to rotate the scroll wheel on my mouse.

Main Features

  • Set up an alarm timer with just a few clicks
  • Separate analog desktop clock
  • Really easy and intuitive interface
  • Over 35 pre-installed alarm sounds
  • Multilingual: CA, DE, EN, ES, FR, IT, PT, SE
  • Portable: Just one executable, no need for installation

To download Easy Timer [ CLICK HERE ] . When you get to the web site, scroll to the bottom for the FREE version.

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[DID YOU KNOW?] Two YouTube Interfaces Optimized for Your TV That Works On Your Computer As Well

July 29, 2011

YouTube If you are into YouTube, I am sure you are familiar with YouTube’s typical web interface that you access through your desktop computer; BUT, did you know there are two other ways to access YouTube content that is pretty darn attractive?

YouTube XL

 

YouTube Leanback

Both of these interfaces were designed and optimized for viewing on your television; however, with widescreen monitors being very popular, both YouTube XL and YouTube Leanback may be worth considering.

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[GEEK SQUEAKS'] – Free Word Processor, Norton Online Backup, Internet TV, 13″ MacBook Problem and the ASUS Eee Tablet PC

July 27, 2011

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101-A1 10.1-Inch Tablet Computer

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Get Extensive Weather Results at MyWeather.com

July 27, 2011

As you well know, I love my weather apps; and, more and more of them keep cropping up.  Just came across a new one (to me) called MyWeather.com.

MyWeather.com

From what I am seeing, MyWeather.com is currently in beta and generates their own weather results (current and future) and is not dependent on the repackaging of the government weather data.  The site is very nicely layed out, easy to navigate and uses Microsoft Bing mapping technology to display various weather condition layers. Appears it has the ability to load weather results for various worldwide locations; however, would like to hear from my readers on this.

Best bet on this one is to get in there, enter your location, and start playing around.  I find something different everytime I visit the site.  Keep in mind, the site is in beta, therefore bug-a-boos are expected.

History of how the MyWeather.com site launched is as follows:

In the early days of television, meteorologists used magnetic chalkboards to show viewers the weather conditions. Presenting a forecast meant moving magnets around the board, then drawing frontal boundaries and temperatures by hand. This method was the standard for broadcasting weather, even into the ’60s and ’70s.

In 1974, an enterprising meteorologist in Madison, Wisconsin suggested that computer technology might be useful in the forecasting business. Terry Kelly and his collaborator bought an Apple II, and their company, Weather Central, ushered in a new era of computerized weather information.

Weather Central continues to innovate in the broadcasting arena, and now brings MyWeather.com directly to you.

Features:

What makes the MyWeather.com approach to online weather different?

Personalization - Save the locations you care about most.

Customized alerts - Get the severe weather notifications you choose, for your exact position, sent the way you prefer (SMS, smartphone, desktop).

Immediacy - Weather is front and center.

Portability - Sync your settings with our iPhone, Android and desktop apps (coming soon).

Detail - Patented approach to hourly forecasts includes an animated map with frame-by-frame specifics.

Dependability - Accurate, informative forecasts for anywhere on Earth, and we’ve earned the trust of meteorologists worldwide.

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Great Instructional Videos to Learn the Basics of Windows 7

July 26, 2011

I am always on the hunt for instructional material for people that use their computers in their homes. With Windows 7, Microsoft has done a pretty good job with providing help and assistance; however, if you are not familiar with computers and Microsoft Windows, then locating these helpful tips can be a chore in itself. Also factor in the point that most people today do not have time to sit and read something that will not hold their attention span and is difficult to understand.

Windows 7 Basics

To resolve this issue, one solution is through video instruction,. I went on the hunt and found a nice array of FREE instructional videos on learning Windows 7 Basics at a website called Mahalo.

Mahalo - Windows 7 Basics

The videos are provided by Sean Hewitt, a Mahalo’s Windows expert.  The videos are very nicely organized and broken down into categories with a listing of videos under each category. The videos themselves are approximately 1-4 minutes or less in duration. When you launch a video, note that below the video window there is also provided easy to understand textual and pictorial descriptions of the material being presented. You can easily move from lesson to lesson following any video you have completed.

Follow this course and you will be able to use some of the more advanced Windows features. The curriculum consists of visual lessons starting at the basics and moving up to advanced. Although each lesson is taught in a manner that anyone can follow, even advanced users are guaranteed to learn some new tricks. The only thing you need for this course is to be ready to learn!

Category topics available are:

Windows 7 Navigation 25:06

System Settings 27:27

Browsing the Internet 31:45

Customize Windows 24:24

Basic Programs 30:28

Windows Media Center 11:32

Advanced Features 22:03

Test Your Knowledge 5:27

To visit, Mahalo and to watch the videos Learn Windows 7 Basics [CLICK HERE]

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[GEEK SQUEAKS'] – Notepad Replacement, Easy Read Domain Name, Speed Up Your PC, PC Tricks and Camcorder Deal

July 25, 2011

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