Get A Snapshot View of Your Network Information

May 30, 2012

Running the command IPConfig is typically a windows based command used to display all current TCP/IP network configuration values (such as the IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway for all adapters). The IPConfig command also can be run with a host of parameters that will perform various network related functions such as refreshing the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS) settings.

Recently I came across another third party form of IPConfig that is also called IPConfig that will centralize and display all your network information, local and remote, in one window.

IPConfig

The purpose here with the third party form of IPConfig is to give you  a snapshot view of the following network related settings on your PC:

  • Internal & external IP addresses
  • MAC address
  • DNS server IP address
  • Subnet mask
  • Gateway IP address
  • Hostname
  • Current network speed
  • Network adapter name
  • DNS suffix
  • DNS enabled
  • DNS dynamically configured
  • Auto updating

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TODAY ONLY – Seagate Expansion 500 GB Portable External Hard Drive

May 28, 2012

When the holidays roll around you can really find some decent deals on computer and technology products. One tech bargain that jumped out at me was at Amazon (TODAY ONLY) that can be a real benefit to everyone is the Seagate 500 GB Portable External Hard Drive.

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I cannot overstress the importance of backing up your personal files (such as pictures, documents, videos, etc…). The cool part about this particular drive is that it is designed with portability in mind. No power adapter is required. Simply connect a single USB cable and you are ready to go. These types of drives are useful in backing up your data, then moving the drive to an offsite location. Another factor with this drive is that it is Bus-powered USB 3.0, backwards compatible with USB 2.0.  So if you have USB 3.0 technology built into your PC, then file transfers will occur at lightning speed.  Again, this deal is TODAY ONLY!

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Wallpaper of the Week (#71)

May 26, 2012

This week’s wallpaper is an abstract that features very bright palette of colors.

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One of My Favorites – SearchMyFiles

May 25, 2012

I have never been a real fan of the search operation that is built into windows; instead, have relied on third party applications, such as SearchMyFiles.

What I find, is that most people do not want to try something that is not attached to the operating system (or they do not understand it); however, there are those occasions where the third party applications (in my opinion) are better. In this case, SearchMyFiles, is my “go to” utility when I need to find a specific file on my computer (or another computer, since it is a portable app).

The only thing, looking through the eyes of the home computer user, is that SearchMyFiles may appear difficult to understand; when, in fact once you see that there is really only two components in the program that you really need to focus on, it becomes quite easy to use.

Again, SearchMyFiles is a portable app. Just download it and run. Once the program loads, look for the area that says “base folder”.  In that area type in (or browse for) the folder location or drive location that you desire to perform the search. I typically type in what you see in the screenshot below. Next, type in the filename using wildcards.  What are wildcards?  If you notice below, there is an asterisk before and after the word “*starburn*. Using the wildcard format tells SearchMyFiles to search the “C” Drive (which is almost always your hard drive) for any file that contains the word “starburn”. By using the wildcard format, I eliminate any possibility of the file not being located.

SearchMyFiles

SearchMyFiles (by NirSoft) is probably one of my most used portable apps.  It is very fast for a search utility that does not rely on indexing and has many features making it a super powerful search utility.

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Free Windows Clipboard Manager Software With Multilingual Support

May 24, 2012

When you cut and copy text or images on your PC, that data is temporarily stored on the clipboard. Typically each instance when you perform the cut and copy operation, the data that was previously on the clipboard is wiped out. To keep this from occurring you need to get your hands on a clipboard manager where any cut and copy operations that you perform, the data is stored and can be retrieved at a later time.  I often use a clipboard manager when working on the blog and other projects.

I have featured clipboard managers on the blog in the past; but, today I want to share a NEW one called Multi Clipboard Recorder. Where this one differs from the others is that it is very easy to use and understand (and is portable). Simply start it up and copy away!

To view what you are storing on the Multi Clipboard Recorder, click the button, as shown in the screenshot. On the left side of the window you can individually select what data items you want to use to paste into whatever it is you are working on. A green check will appear for the item that you select.

Multi Clipboard Recorder

To use Multi Clipboard Manager on your flash drive, it appears you have to install it to your PC, then copy the folder over to the flash drive.

Key Features:

  • Records clipboard data and restore it.
  • Support all programs.
  • Support all data formats.
  • Multilingual support.
  • Display the contents of the clipboard.
  • Duplication of data input fast.
  • Portable freeware tool.

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Add Pixlr Online Photo Editor to Your Google Drive

May 22, 2012

With the inception of Google Drive (Google’s new cloud storage and collaboration service), there are quite a few apps that you can set up that will work hand-in-hand with Google Drive.  One of my favorites is Pixlr.

Pixlr is an online photo editor that gives you the ability to work with photos (and graphics) inside your web browser (no software install is required). If you are already subscribed to Google Drive, you can add Pixlr from the Chrome Web Store. After you have this completed, you will be able to open images from Google Drive right into Pixlr.

An easy way to add apps (such as Pixlr) to Google Drive is to open up your Google Drive, click on the “Create” button, then click on “More”, then click on “Get More Apps”.  When you click on “Get More Apps”, you will be redirected to the Chrome Store where there is a wide (and growing) selection of Google Drive compatible apps.

Google Drive

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Over 450 Web Fonts Now Available In Google Docs

May 21, 2012

It still surprises me when I talk computers with people, the number of people that are not familiar with Google Docs. Google Docs, as it rapidly continues to evolve, has become the premier online office suite consisting of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, drawings and forms. When you sign up for Google Docs you are in essence now signing up for Google Drive. If you are a home based computer user and you are looking for an office suite solution (such as a word processor), then Google Docs is the solution.

Earlier in the month, Google made available over 450 web fonts that can be used to spruce up your Google Docs creations. The fonts are very easy to get to and easy to turn “on” and “off” (or select)

Simply open up a new (or existing) document, go to the toolbar, select the font button and a drop down box will appear. At the bottom of the font list you will see “add fonts.  Click on “add fonts” and you will be presented with another box where you can preview, pick and choose what fonts you want to use. The fonts you select will be added to the drop down box where the font will be available anytime you work on a document.

Google Doc Fonts

Google Doc  Fonts

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