Something New at Bookmarks4Techs.com

January 31, 2012

I am writing to you to let you know there is something NEW at Bookmarks4Techs.com that consists of a new posting regimen and a new layout of the sites’ content.

Bookmarks4Techs.com is a second website that I maintain that initially started out as a large collection of links to tech sites. That large collection is still there; however, the site is now at another level where I can comfortably post content at a comfortable pace. I would also like to point out that the site is for everyone (especially home users) and not just Techs.

Bookmarks4Techs.com

Most everyone loves computers, software and anything related to information technology. It has become entrenched in our daily lives. What I have started at Bookmarks4Techs, that is NEW, is a posting regimen that I am calling “Bookmark This”. One of my obsessions is cruising the internet at hyper-speed and finding anything that is FREE and is related to computers, software and information technology.

What “Bookmark This” is going to bring to you is a way to quickly capture (and quickly read) what I think is good out there or something that I found that is exciting that you should know about (i.e. an article from another blogger FREE software, an Android App, etc…). Now what is good to one person, may not be good to another; but, I think as this develops, the selections that are made will be recognized as top quality. I research and play around with everything I recommend. I have experience doing this from managing “What’s On My PC” and from working as an IT Professional for over 20 years.

The layout of the site has also been changed and consists of (6)-six tab areas:

Home Page– Daily Posts (which will primarily feature Tech Products of the Day, Tech Deals, the Bookmark This posts, FREE and Paid Android Apps, etc…).  I will tell you up front, that I am an Amazon Associate and you will see me pointing out to you the best of the best at Amazon.

Bookmarks4Techs– Features over 500 Links to Tech Sites. I am working to clean this up and remove the dead links. It is amazing how many sites are now dead since I started this. Blogging and maintaining a site is hard work and the number of sites that have went dead in the water really surprised me.

Bookmark This Collection – When I do a “Bookmark This” post, the collection of these posts will be managed and collected. The list is currently short, but give it time; it will grow. Again, I will only list quality FREE software, cloud apps, etc…  This will serve as a good resource for those looking for good quality FREE software, information, etc…

Shop for Deals– This will link you to the Bookmarks4Techs Amazon Store that I have put together. Give it a try. I think you will like it.  I am pretty proud of how this turned out.

Amazon Deal of the Day– Deal of the Day is featured from this tab. I hit this tab every day; where Amazon will make huge price cuts on products, etc…

About– Some information about me as a blogger and IT professional.

Also, on the left sidebar of the site, make sure you check out the Shop @ Amazon listing. I have tried to make a general category listing to assist you with looking for specific computer products (i.e. a mouse pad, keyboard, etc…).

On both sidebars you will find feeds from some of the top tech blogs out there.  If you want to know what is going on, all you have to do is scroll down through these sidebars. The bloggers who maintain these sites are some of the best of the best.

To subscribe to Bookmarks4Techs.com by email [ CLICK HERE ] and to subscribe to Bookmarks4Techs by RSS [ CLICK HERE ]By subscribing you will be alerted to the most recent posts. You can back out of either of these subscriptions anytime.

I encourage you to take the time and visit Bookmarks4Techs.com and help me make it a successful site. If you are a tech blogger and you do not see your site on the bookmarks list, please let me know. I will almost surely add your site providing it offers solid content and is maintained regularly. Also, by adding Bookmarks4Techs.com to your blogroll will help to support what I am intending to accomplish.

Thank You !

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The “My 7 Links Challenge” at What’s On MY PC

January 30, 2012

The Webmaster of Computer How To Guide contacted me directly via email and informed me that he had nominated What’s On My PC for the My 7 Links Challenge. Upon receiving this email and nomination I was reluctant to participate and was thinking, what is this all about?

My 7 Links Challenge

It appears that the My 7 Links Challenge has originated from a blog called Tripbaseblog, and after previewing the site and reading the rules [HERE], I decided to participate. It will be interesting to see what traffic comes this way after taking on this challenge.

The goal of this challenge is to unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.

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What I have to do here is dig up 7 links from What’s On My PC for the following categories; then, nominate (5)-five more bloggers.

The most beautiful post
The most popular post
The most controversial post
The most helpful post
A post whose success surprised me
A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
The post that you I am most proud of

Let the challenge begin…  Thank you Computer How To Guide for the nomination!  I actually enjoyed doing this…

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The Most Beautiful post at What’s On My PC…

HAPPY THANKSGIVING – Giving Thanks To My Readers

In this post I gave thanks to anyone who has ever visited my blogs (What’s On My PC and Bookmarks4Techs).  I randomly picked the first reader of the blog I could locate and gave recognition to them. In this case, by chance, it was another blog – Talinorfali – Just Another WordPress Blog.  The response from this was awesome…

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The Most Popular Post at What’s On My PC…

If you experience Windows Vista Service Pack 2 installation issues…

Windows Vista, when released, was a disappointment and actually set Microsoft back a few steps. This article was drafted, not to provide a specific solution, but to provide options to explore that may lead to resolving the problem where the Service Pack failed to install…

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The Most Controversial post at What’s On My PC…

bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine

This post was drafted back in May of 2009 when Microsoft was making a play for it with its’ search engine Bing. For some reason, as a result of this post, readers thought I was Microsoft.  As a result, I received (and still do) a flood of responses requesting I (Ramblin’ Rick) remove Bing from their computers…  Bill Gates, you owe me on this one!

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The Most Helpful post at What’s On My PC…

Adding a “Watermark” in Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007

To this day, this post has driven up the visits to the blog.  When I was an IT Manager, I found that helping people with matters such as this to get their work done made their day and made mine, as well…

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The post at What’s On My PC where the Success Surprised Me

Creating an AOL Install CD… (if you must:)

Remember AOL (America Online) and how they would send you the CDs in the mail, as a marketing tactic, to entice you to subscribe to their service? Well, they stopped doing that and it created a dilemma for people who needed to manually install AOL.  I came up with a solution (on my own) and posted it…

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The post I feel Didn’t Get The Attention It Deserved at What’s On MY PC…

A Three Step Guide To Email Ethics…

This post dealt with email ethics and I do not think people really got the point of what I was driving at on how to spot the lie, don’t be part of the lie and don’t start the lie.  I guess folks didn’t like the idea that some of them are living in a world of email lies…

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The Most Proud Of post at What’s On My PC…

Symptoms of a Failing Computer Power Supply

“Computers, you either love ‘em or you hate ‘em”.  This post was from my own personal experience of dealing with a failing power supply…

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To pass the blogger’s torch on and to keep the My 7 Links Challenge going, What’s On My PC nominates the following blogs to take this challenge:

Tech-for Everyone (met the challenge – CLICK HERE )

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts (met the challenge – CLICK HERE)

TTC Shelbyville (met the challenge – CLICK HERE)

404 Tech Support

Plato On-Line

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Wallpaper of the Week (#54)

January 28, 2012

I love animal wallpapers and this one of a Rhino, called Inherently Powerful, Unexpectedly Sweet (By Said Ehrlich), is awesome.

To Get This Wallpaper [ CLICK HERE ]

Rhino Wallpaer

Browse for wallpapers from previous weeks, [CLICK HERE]

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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Launch of Google’s Emergency Public Alert Service

January 27, 2012

Today’s post is an important one that ultimately and literally could be a lifesaver. Google, in conjunction with their mapping technology, has launched [see here] a platform service called Google Public Alerts that is designed to help you find critical emergency information during a crisis. The intent of the platform is to disseminate emergency messages such as the location of crisis events (such as hurricanes and earthquakes) and what actions to take (such as evacuation notices).

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The Google Public Alerts service uses alerts provided by our authoritative, trusted partners. What alert you see (if any) depends on what alerts are active at a given location, on their severity, and on what you search for and where. To see all alerts go to the Google Public Alerts homepage.

Google Public Alerts currently shows weather, public safety and earthquake alerts from US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Weather Service, and the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Keep in mind that Google Public Alerts is a new baby, with future improvements expected (beyond weather and earthquakes), and should only be used as a supplemental tool or resource in determining the extent and degree of an emergency event. To see more on this [CLICK HERE].

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Hide Everything Outside the Main Application with CinemaDrape

January 26, 2012

With the advent of the widescreen LCD/LED monitor we have established a visual landscape where we can easily open more than one application on the screen and take in more information. Under most circumstances this is a wonderful thing; however, I know myself there are times I wish I could create a distraction free environment and hide everything on the screen except the main task (or application) I am focused on.

Well, my wish came true with CinemaDrape

CinemaDrape helps you focus on your current task on the screen (such as a video in a web page, a photo or a document editor area) by instantly blanking or dimming the other less important areas in a web page or in the background windows.

CinemaDrape gives you the ability to turn off (or hide) the side elements by exposing a drape.  For example, let’s say you want to watch a video and hide everything else on the screen.  It is possible with CinemaDrape.  The drape will cover everything but the video.  To get the idea, watch the video [ HERE ] .

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Once you install CinemaDrape, there are two things to remember. By pressing Ctrl + F12 on your keyboard will startup CinemaDrape and by pressing Esc on your keyboard will close CinemaDrape. CinemaDrape requires no memory when the drape is not active and no extra tray icon!

Easy to start

CinemaDrape is easy to start: just move your mouse over the area you want to focus on and press Ctrl+F12 (or your own favorite custom keyboard combination). This works in any Web browser or in any other program you are using.

To focus an entire window (such as your current, active window), just move your mouse over the title bar at the top of the window and press Ctrl+F12.

To focus the previously selected area from the last time the CinemaDrape was used, use the Ctrl+Alt+F12 keyboard shortcut anywhere in Windows.

Easy to close

CinemaDrape is easy to close: just press Esc or select Quit from the context menu.

CinemaDrape is also very customizable in that you can resize the focus window, save the focus window as a favorite (to use later), and  change the color of the surrounding drape.

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CX.com Now Has An Android App Available

January 25, 2012

I have been watching for this… CX.com, a relative newcomer to online file storage and sharing, now has an Android app available that will get you to your CX.com files online. The app is still in the very basic stages of development and does not have any syncing or uploading features built into the app (yet). I do look for that to change.

What this all means at this point in time, is that if you use an Android OS based smartphone or tablet you can now access your CX.com files from those platforms. You can get the app at the Android Marketplace [ HERE ] or via your Android Smartphone or Tablet device. Once you install the app your device will alert you when any upgrades occur, just like any other Android installed app.

If you do not know what CX.com is; then read this recent article:

Get 10 GBs of FREE Online Storage
to Store, Share, Access Anytime, Anywhere

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Once you sign up for the FREE CX.com account, you will get 10 GBs of online space; and for every person you signup you will receive an additional 300 MBs of space (up to 16 GBs).  I am a CX.com user and I am nearing the 16 GB mark; however, I am still not quite there.  If you do signup with CX.com, please [ CLICK HERE ] .  This will help me reach the mark.

Take the potential 16 GBs of space from CX.com, plus 25 GBs that Microsoft has available for FREE [ SEE HERE ] and you will walkaway with over 40 GBs of online storage.  Not too shabby is it?

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A Nice Google Chrome Extension to Convert Any Video from YouTube to High Quality MP4, FLV or MP3 for FREE

January 24, 2012

One of the rewards to maintaining a tech blog that has a strong emphasis toward reviewing (and testing) FREE software, is when a reader contacts you and points you in the direction of something that is good. The reader in this case, as a result of reading the past article, “Keep An Eye On This: Freemake Music Box” said this:

Today I want to share a free video converter with you. I just found it on CNET. Similar to FreeMake, but it has both windows and mac version.

Here is the product page:

http://www.wontube.com/free-video-converter.html

And their chrome extension is good to. I can convert youtube to mp3 and download youtube clips one click.

Here is the link for chrome extension:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nlhcllbknkijepekbafagpbniolfcmme

I hope that will be valuable and can help others.

Please keep going on. Thanks again.

If you notice, a couple web links of interest in terms of a video converter (called WonTube) is mentioned, but the one link that I especially was interested in was the link for the Google Chrome Extension (of WonTube).

Before I get into the description of the WonTube Chrome Extension, please note that the first link he reflected is to the Windows and Mac software versions of WonTube.  If you do not use Google Chrome, you may then be interested in the software version [ CLICK HERE ].

The Google Chrome Extension of WonTube is actually something I had been looking for; where I could, “on the fly”, straight from the Google Chrome browser window download YouTube videos and convert them to another video format or convert them to an audio format (such as MP3). By doing this, I do not have to exit the browser window to start up other software on the computer to perform the desired task.

The WonTube Extension, after installed, sort of threw me off due I was looking for a button at the top of the browser. Where the magic works here is when you go to the YouTube site. When you pull up the desired video that you want to work with, you will see two buttons embedded near the YouTube video title (see below for example). One button is labelled “Download Video” and the other button is labelled “Convert to mp3”. Click on your desired choice and you will be redirected to the WonTube conversion site where the conversion will (quickly) take place.  Following the conversion you will have the option to download the converted result.

WonTube Screenshot

To the reader of the blog, who contacted me about WonTube, What’s On My PC, says Thank You…  Nice find!

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