Wallpaper of the Week (#76)

June 30, 2012

I don’t think I have ever seen a green flower; until now! This green flower, in 3D, is absolutely beautiful on a widescreen monitor.

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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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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: An Internet Security Blog For Home Based Computer Users and Experts Alike

June 29, 2012

As a retired Information Technology Manager, that was surrounded by people in a State Government healthcare setting, at a time when networks and the internet were just starting to ramp up, there was a very valuable lesson that I learned along the way.

I learned to never talk over the heads of my user base by using computer, internet, or network terms (or lingo) to suppress their learning or make them feel I was above their level of comprehension. I looked at the job as; I was the coach and my user base was the team. When the internet and my network started to mature, the lessons (and education to my users and myself) paid off and actually served as a physical layer of protection to keep my network safe.

Following my career as an IT Manager, my user base changed to that of the home computer user (i.e. readers of this blog, friends and family) where explaining things to people, in understandable terms, is even more important.

One of the hardest topics out there today to explain is internet security and cybercrime. It is a topic that is not easily comprehended, unless you have expertise; and, explaining internet security and cybercrime to others (such as the home computer user) is something that is very challenging to do.

Internet Security

Myself, I have learned to depend on blogs such as Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts and Tech Paul’s –Tech for Everyone to keep myself aware and alert. You will find that bloggers, such as these, make it personal and have that ability to get it across in teaching you how to protect your computer and yourself.

There is another blog, that I intentionally did not mention above, that now exclusively specializes in internet security and cybercrime. The reason for that is that the name of the blog, authored by Paul Lubic, Jr, has changed from Paul’s Home Computing Blog to the more appropriate title of Paul’s Internet Security Blog. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you bookmark this site.

Paul initially started out his blog by specializing in sharing tips, techniques and advice on home computers and the home computing environment. His blog eventually evolved into what his real specialty is and that is the topic of Internet Security. Paul has been in the technology field for over 40 years and has held positions as programmer, IT Security Manager, and Chief Information Officer. His great love is in cyber-security where he worked with the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia in the area of cyber-terror prevention and preparedness.

DO NOT let his credentials lead you to believe that he is going to talk over your head when it comes to internet security and cybercrime. It is quite the contrary. Paul Lubic, Jr. possesses the same traits that myself, Bill Mullins’, and Tech Paul possess; and, that is to explain things in a manner that you can understand and that you will ultimately will benefit from.  NOTE:  Be sure to check out Paul’s ever growing List of Terms .

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Create A Mouse Cursor Infinity Effect

June 27, 2012

If you have a large screen computer monitor, you know that moving the mouse cursor around from one side of the screen to the other can be a real exercise. To help make your mouse lazy, and at the same time increase productivity, give Mousinity a try.

Mousinity

Mousinity is a portable app that creates an infinity effect for your cursor when it reaches the edges of your screen. For example if you go to the top of your screen, your mouse will appear on the bottom, right-to-left, etc.

Takes some getting used to, but once you do, you will be using Mousinity on a regular basis.

Note:  There is no tray icon with Mousinity.  To turn it “off”, simply run Mousinity again and select “yes”.

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The Windows 7 Welcome Screen Suddenly Came Back To Life

June 26, 2012

I sometimes have those days where my brain shuts down and I have a difficult time coming up with content for the blog. Yesterday was no exception, until I turned on my computer (which is running Windows 7 Home Premium) and noticed that my computer booted to the Windows 7 Welcome Screen instead of the Windows Desktop.

The Windows 7 Welcome Screen is the screen you will typically see if you have your Windows sessions’ password protected or you have the computer set up for multi-users. What caused this change of events, I have not a clue; but, I had the computer originally configured to boot directly to the desktop (and bypass the Welcome Screen).

As I mentioned, I was brain dead and could not for the life of me find an option on the computer to disable the Welcome Screen. Not only that, a change occurred to my computer without my blessing that raised a red flag and caused me to run a malware scan (just to be on the safe side). After getting the scan off my plate, which came up clean, I went to work researching this matter (Sources: About.com PC Support, Leateds and SevenForums).

What I found is this; AND, if I am wrong, please feel free to correct me.  There is no option built into Windows 7 Home Premium to openly turn the Welcome Screen “off” or to bypass this. With Windows 7 Home Premium there is a fix and you will need to do this:

  1. Click on the “Start” button.
  2. Click on “Run”
  3. In the “Run” box, type netplWiz.exe and hit “Enter”
  4. You should now see the “User Accounts” box or applet (which, by the way, provides more advanced options to managing the accounts on your PC).

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  5. At the top section of the “User Accounts” box, uncheck the box next to “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer”.
  6. Click on “apply” and the “Automatically Log On” dialog box will appear. In my case, it automatically loaded my username and I left the password entry box and confirm password entry box blank.

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  7. Click “OK” and “OK” again and  you should be good to go…

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Wallpaper of the Week (#75)

June 24, 2012

Here is a beautiful background of a Nordic Landscape that will add depth to your screen.

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Nordic Landscape

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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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An Extremely Versatile and Configurable Screen Capture Utility

June 22, 2012

I have tried just about every screen capture utility out there, but a new one landed on my plate that I can only describe as being in the category of awesome (especially for being free and portable). It is called LiveCapture.

I am not going to get into the details, because the screen shot below tells it all; and, besides part of the fun with a program such as this is exploring all of the program options. The only thing I don’t like about LiveCapture is that when you run it, a capture toolbar initially appears that really does not (in my opinion) do the program any justice (unless you like toolbars). The good, or at least for me, is that you can turn the toolbar “off”.  Where this program really shines is when you right click on the LiveCapture icon in the system tray (as the screenshot below reflects) to show what this gem can do.  Again, awesome

LiveCapture

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A Free Replacement for the Windows Uninstaller

June 20, 2012

I have found that the everyday computer user often struggles with the program uninstaller that is built into Microsoft Windows. I have also found that the program uninstaller that is built into Microsoft Windows has a residual effect to it and does not perform an in-depth scan to completely remove all files, folders or registry items. In essence it sort of serves as a launcher that points to the uninstaller that may be associated with any particular program.

There are several third party uninstallers out there that specialize in the in-depth removal of software on a Windows based computer, with one of my favorites being RevoUninstaller.  Recently I noticed a new kid on the block, called GeekUninstaller, that appears to be developing a good following.

GeekUninstaller

Geek Uninstaller, I found was very fast, easy to use, and proved to meet the criteria for aggressively removing software from the computer (to include leftover files, folders and registry items).

GeekUninstaller

With Geek Uninstaller you can select a program item on the list and determine where the program is installed, determine registry references, go to the programs website, and force an uninstall (for broken programs). Another plus to Geek Uninstaller is that it is one single file that can be carried and run directly from your flash drive.

Another feature that I personally took to, is that if you click on the “File” menu, there is an option to “Export to html” that gives you the ability to generate a listing of the programs you currently have installed on your PC. A listing such as this is a good reference to keep available in the event you need to reinstall the operating system on your PC. If you’re in your mid 50’s like me, I can’t remember what I did yesterday, let alone the software titles on my pc.

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