In the very near future you will spend more time talking to your phone than using your phone to talk to other people…

November 30, 2011

Steve over at Scoroncocolo contacted me about an article he posted that may be of great interest to all you smartphone users. The article is about smartphone voice recognition featuring the Siri, the iPhone 4s “personal assistant”.

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Siri on iPhone 4s is one of the most incredible innovations in modern computing technology. This is another of Steve Jobs’ dreams that came true.

Siri on iPhone 4S lets you use your voice to send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more. Ask Siri to do things just by talking the way you talk. Siri understands what you say, knows what you mean, and even talks back. Siri is so easy to use and does so much, you’ll keep finding more and more ways to use it.

If you are an Android user, Steve will also point you to a couple of apps that are similar to Siri.

Without further ado, I encourage you to visit Scoroncocolo and read Steve’s article,  Smart Phone Voice Recognition Is the Future

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Clean Up The Clutter and Hide Your Windows Desktop Icons Automatically

November 29, 2011

In today’s world of computing I have noticed that most folks will save files and program shortcuts to the Windows desktop, as it was intended for. This is not a bad thing due this makes the files and programs readily available to the user. Where the bad comes in, is that we as humans, through instinct, will packrat the files and shortcuts on the desktop to the point the desktop really becomes a hoarding zone. As a result, those pretty background wallpaper images you have on your desktop never are seen and fully appreciated.

The first thing I will tell you, as an IT person, keep that desktop clutter free and organized. It will make your computing experience an enjoyable one.

The second thing I will tell you, if you are going to save files and program shortcuts to your desktop, use a program to auto arrange your shortcuts and hide them when not in use. In order to do this you will have to download and install a small program called DesktopOK.

There are two things that you can do with DesktopOK. One, you can move your icons around on your desktop in groups or you can even forms shapes with the icons, etc… Once you do this, use DesktopOK to save the arrangement. That way if your icons get all messed up again, you can pull up DesktopOK and restore the arrangment.

DesktopOK

The second thing you can do with DesktopOK, which is sort of hidden in the program, you can tell DesktopOK to hide your desktop icons after a period of time. You will need to start up DesktopOK, by double clicking the DesktopOK icon in the system tray. Once it is up, click on Tools, then click on Use This Feature to activate the icon hiding. You can then, if you want, click on Hide Icons When Mouse option to set a time limit. For example, after 10 seconds my desktop icons will hide when there is no mouse activity on the desktop.  After the icons go into hiding, you can make them appear by simply clicking on the desktop.

DesktopOK

In the end, I will tell you that DesktopOK has really become a favorite program of mine that allows me to manage (and customize) my icon arrangments on my desktop; plus, I always have a good view of my background wallpaper image when the icons go into hiding.

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Set Your Computer’s Sound Volume to Autopilot

November 28, 2011

Setting your computer’s volume to autopilot is not a feature I know of in Windows; however, with Volume Concierge at the helm your sound levels can be automatically regulated and controlled.

Volume Concierge is a sound utility that gives you the ability to control your sound level by applying rules.  For example, you could set a rule in Volume Concierge to turn your sound level down to 20 percent at  8 PM every evening so as not to disturb the neighbors.  I know myself, I am one to forget to turn the volume down and my wife comes running over to the computer room late at night questioning me about what was that loud kaboom…

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So, if you do want a method to put your sound volume on autopilot, then Volume Concierge may be your solution.

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Wallpaper of the Week (#45)

November 27, 2011

To check out some of the coolest pieces of artwork, make sure you visit Vladstudio. This week’s wallpaper features a Vladstudio creation called Jellyfish.

To Get This Wallpaper – [ CLICK HERE ]

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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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Analyze The Speed of Your Web Site

November 26, 2011

When you are maintaining a web site it is important that page loads are fast so that your visitors will keep coming back. Recently on my website Bookmarks4Techs.com I made the decision to revamp the design of the site and the reason for the revamping was that the page loads were just too slow. Using a different design, with different coding, I was able to increase page loads dramatically and the reward has been a noticeable increase in visitors. The primary objective of most people visiting a site, including me, is to get in and get out with minimal lag time. I don’t know what the average stay is on a site; but, I do know it is not very long.

If your page loads seem slow and you are looking for a way to analyze and ultimately optimize the performance of your website then take a look at the online application called Pingdom Tools. One of the tools that is available is called Full Page Test that will give you a full scale analysis of where your site stands.

Pingdom Tools

Feature Overview:

Examine all parts of a web page – View file sizes, load times, and other details about every single element of a web page (HTML, JavaScript and CSS files, images, etc.). You can sort and filter this list in different ways to identify performance bottlenecks.

Performance overview – We automatically put together plenty of performance-related statistics for you based on the test result.

Performance grade and tips – See how your website conforms to performance best practices from Google Page Speed (similar to Yahoo’s Yslow). You can get some great tips on how to speed up your website this way.

Trace your performance history – We save each test for you so you can review it later and also see how things change over time (with pretty charts!).

Test from multiple locations – See how fast a website loads in Europe, the United States, etc.

Share your results – We’ve made it easy for you to perform a test and share it with your friends, work colleagues or web host.

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How to Determine What Videos Are Topping The YouTube Charts?

November 25, 2011

When I visit YouTube I am often looking for the videos that are topping the charts (most popular). This can be a challenge; however, there is an easy way to see what videos are topping the charts for the day, week, month and even all time.

Simply visit youtube.com, but add the word charts to the web address.  It will look like this in your web browser:

 http://youtube.com/charts

YouTube Charts

Not only can you determine what is popular at the moment for the most viewed videos, you can also determine what is topping the charts for the Most Discussed Videos, the Most Liked, the Most Viewed HD Videos, and the Top Favorited.  Hmmm… Is favorited a word?

YouTube Charts

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING – Giving Thanks To My Readers

November 24, 2011

Blogging is a lot of work, but there is reward. The reward comes to the author from the readers, their comments and their following.

Today, I am going to do something a little different that is off topic.  It hit me this morning to randomly pick the first reader I could locate and give recognition to that reader as a symbolic gesture of thanks to all the readers that have ever visited my blogs (What’s On My PC and Bookmarks4Techs).

Ironically, the first reader I came across is someone else who enjoys writing, appears to have just started blogging, and goes by the online name of Talin401. I can remember (and will not forget it) when I first started this venture I was under the wings of Bill Mullins (at Tech Thoughts) and TechPaul (at Tech-for Everyone). What they do not know is their gestures really made a change in my life.  So today, I hope to make a difference in this reader’s life.

Talin401, as a symbol to all my readers, I say “Thank You” and as a gesture of thanks I am asking my readers to please take a moment and visit Talin401’s blog. It is called – Talinorfali – Just Another WordPress Blog.

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Talinorfali – Just Another WordPress Blog is not a tech blog; however, I do see some inklings of tech in some of the writings (i.e. How Social Networking & Communication Has Changed The World).  It is a blog where personal inspiration and advice is provided.  What a nice blog to find on Thanksgiving.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING ! 

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