Learning About Secure Boot In Windows 8

May 20, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Learning About Secure Boot In Windows 8 – This geek squeak is about a feature, called Secure Boot, that is built into the firmware architecture of the newer computers that make sure that your PC boots using only software that is trusted by the PC manufacturer.  When the PC starts, the firmware checks the signature of each piece of boot software, including firmware drivers (Option ROMs) and the operating system. If the signatures are good, the PC boots, and the firmware gives control to the operating system. From what I have read, Microsoft had encouraged the computer manufacturers to put this in place, as a security measure to prevent a Windows 8 computer from being compromised.

The problem I experienced with this, not working on computers as much since my retirement, is that I did not know about Secure Boot. I had attempted to boot a Windows 8 based (newer) PC from a third party DVD called Hiren’s Boot CD and the PC would not allow the CD to perform the boot process. I was in and out of the BIOS to make sure I had the CD/DVD drive in line to be the first boot device and it would not boot from the CD/DVD (or USB drive) due to the Secure Boot feature.  The PC, during the boot process, would look at the CD/DVD (or USB drive), BUT as indicated in the first paragraph Secure Boot did not recognize the signature and would bypass the boot disk and try to boot into Windows.

The workaround I found to this is that in the BIOS of this particular PC, I was able to disable Secure Boot and enable Legacy Boot. After I performed this task, the PC booted from the boot CD/DVD (or USB Drive). The process of disabling this feature varies, depending on the make and model of your computer. I encourage you to research this through your computer manufacturer.

To learn more about this and to validate my findings, please read Secure Boot Overview (at Microsoft) and Disabling Secure Boot.

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[FILE SHARING] Send Anywhere Transfers Files Quickly and Securely Across Devices – The big sell of Send Anywhere is that it uses P2P to transfer your files, without saving them on any server along the way. So once the transfer is done, the file isn’t going to be sitting on the cloud, waiting to be discovered by someone else… @lifehacker

[HOW TO] What You Need to Know About Text-to-911 – Text-to-911 is the ability to send a text message to reach 911 emergency call takers from your mobile phone or device. In the future, text-to-911 will be widely available in the United States. However, for now, the ability to contact 911 using text is only available on a limited basis in a few markets.… @FCC

[GADGET TOOL] Pocket Monkey – 3 screwdrivers (flat head, 2D phillips, micro flat), 6 nested hex wrenches (standard sizes), bottle opener, letter opener, and 6 more… @Amazon

Pocket Monkey

[COLLEGE COMPUTER] Tablet or Laptop for college? – As high school students take the summer off and begin to prepare for college, we are often asked what technology students should get for college.   Here’s our answer.  Both – maybe.  Why? … @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog

[SOFTWARE] Scan Documents And Save Them On Your Computer As A PDF – WinScan2PDF is a very small (~40k) and portable program that allows you to scan documents and save them on your computer as a PDF by using any installed scanner… @SoftwareOK

[BOOT DISK] Create bootable media using ESET SysRescue Live – Recently, a popular security company ESET has released its SysRescue Live bootable CD/USB. It is a free utility that allows you to create a bootable rescue CD/DVD or USB Drive. You can boot an infected computer from your rescue media to scan for malware and clean infected files… @The Windows Club

[TECH NEWS] China bans Windows 8 from being used on government PC  – Reuters reports that China’s Central Government Procurement Center posted word of the Windows 8 ban last week on its website. Oddly, the notice was part of a message on how the government could use energy saving products. However, the official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, later said the ban was to help ensure computer security… @Neowin

[ANDROID] Direct-to-Drive attachment saves added to Gmail for Android – Gmail for Android now lets you save attachments directly to Google Drive. The new feature is part of the latest version of Gmail for Android, which started rolling out on Monday via Google Play… @Greenbot

[WALLPAPER] Earth Map… @WideWallpapers

Earth Map


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FREE Self Managing Android Battery Saving App

May 11, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] FREE Self Managing Android Battery Saving App – I am big on the Android Smartphones; currently owning a Nexus 5. It has become (literally) my computer in my pocket; however, I learned early on that it is important to monitor its’ battery life on a daily basis in order to get the most out of my computer in my pocket. To assist me with this task is the FREE Android App called Battery Doctor (Battery Saver).

Battery Doctor

I have been using this app for quite awhile and can attest that it will significantly improve your battery life. It is smart in that it self manages and optimizes your phone in a way that it will shutdown battery eating background apps and hardware (such as bluetooth, wifi, etc…) when these components are not in use (or are not needed). There is also power management features built into the app  to let you know how much power your apps are consuming, how much battery is left, when is a good time to charge and when not too charge.

Overall, one of my favorite utilities on my phone that I highly recommend.

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[FREE SECURITY SOFTWARE] Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition – Baseline protection against viruses and all other types of malware. Using #1 ranked antivirus technology, it will detect and clean e-threats without causing slowdown or requiring configurations… MORE INFO

[WIFI EXTENDER] Extend range and provide a strong Wi-Fi signal for improved coverage – @Amazon

Belkin N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

Belkin N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

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[GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSION] HoverReader Displays Full Articles When You Hover Over The Link – Chrome: HoverReader, once installed, lets you hover over a link to a news article to see a pop-up display of an article preview or its full-text before you click. It’s especially useful if you’re browsing an article full of links, or want to preview an article before you click through on Reddit, Hacker News, or other news aggregators… @Lifehacker

[ONLINE GRAPHIC UTILITY] Background Burner - Quickly removes the background from any image or photo… @Background Burner

[TECH NEWS] Man arrested for 3D printing handguns in Japan – Yoshimoto Imura, a 27-year-old Japanese college employee, was arrested this week for possession of five 3D-printed handguns, two of them capable of firing lethal ammunition. Police did not find any live ammunition at his residence…@Neowin

[HOW TO] Tips to free up drive space on your PC - Getting a message that your PC is running out of room can be a stressful event—or, even a genuine emergency if you’re in the middle of an important project. The good news is you can probably free up a lot of space by using the following tips. But if you keep getting messages about low drive space, you might want to consider other options, including adding additional removable storage… @Microsoft

[WALLPAPER] Digital Art Freedom – @WallpaperStop

Digital Art Freedom


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Next Version Of DuckDuckGo Focuses On Smarter Answers AND A More Refined Looks

May 7, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Next Version Of DuckDuckGo Focuses On Smarter Answers AND A More Refined Looks – Most of us, when performing a search on the internet, go with the big players such as Google, Bing and Yahoo (to name a few). A search engine option that I want you take a look at that actually is comparable or better in terms of search results is the search engine called DuckDuckGo.

DuckDuckGo

Where DuckDuckGo really excels, is that it is a search engine with privacy in mind. Unlike the big players, DuckDuckGo does not profile and track you.

Recently, through the DuckDuckGo Community Platform, I learned that the next version of DuckDuckGo is in beta and can be tested [here].

This version of DuckDuckGo focuses on smarter answers and a more refined look. New features like images, auto-suggest, places and more. Of course, your privacy is protected, with this version, as well!

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[GREAT DEAL – MICROSOFT OFFICE 2013] Get Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 for $104.99 – The 2013 Home and Business edition will run you $219.99. But there’s an unusually good deal to be had: Tech Supply King has Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 (single license) for $104.99. It’s a download, so there’s no shipping charge. This version of the suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. It comes with both 32- and 64-bit files, with Service Pack 1 already rolled in. And you own the software; this isn’t a subscription version that requires you to pony up another $100 every year. (Barf)… @c|net

[MINI WINDOWS DESKTOP COMPUTER] CyberPowerPC Fang Mini joins the tiny desktop PC party – CyberPowerPC is offering a choice between Intel and AMD chips. The Intel version costs $889 and includes a Core i7-4770R quad-core processor and Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics. The AMD model costs $799 and includes an AMD A8-5557M quad-core processor with Radeon R9 M275X graphics. The AMD model should have a slight edge on performance (and price), while the Intel model should sip less power… @PCWorld

[LAPTOP] HP Pavilion 10.1-Inch Touchscreen Laptop@Amazon

 HP Pavilion 10.1-Inch Touchscreen Laptop

[WINDOWS GOD MODE] Get Easy Access to Control Panel Settings with Windows God Mode – When most people hear the term “God Mode,” they think of video game cheat codes that give the player invincibility or other game-breaking attributes. But there’s also a Windows God Mode, at least sort of… @TekRevue

[NEED TO KNOW] The Facts About Defragmenting Your Computer Drives – Defragmenting your computer’s hard drive from time to time is necessary to help increase performance. Hard drives function by using spinning platters that store data in various areas. The data is written in blocks that are arranged in a sequenced order… @Computer How To Guide

[TECH NEWS] Microsoft’s late to the mini tablet market, but still has a shot at sales – According to several online reports, Microsoft will introduce a smaller-screen Surface on May 20 at an invite-only event in New York City. Dubbed “Surface Mini” in lieu of an official moniker, the device is expected to sport an 8-in. screen, come with a stylus, and be promoted primarily as a digital note taker… @ComputerWorld

[ANDROID] 5 Volume Booster Apps For Android – Here’s a list of 5 volume booster apps for Android which can be used to improve volume on your Android devices if they’re too quiet… @I Love Free Software

[COMPUTER SECURITY] Eusing Maze Lock lets you lock Windows computer using a pattern – Using the pattern lock is in trend these days and most of the Smartphone users today use the pattern lock instead of passwords. With Eusing Maze Lock you can safely lock and unlock your Windows PC, just by connecting some dots in a specific pattern… @The Windows Club

[WALLPAPERS] Say “Awwww” with These Baby Animal Wallpapers – @Lifehacker

Baby Animal Wallpapers


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Looking For An Online File Storage Option? Give OneDrive A Try

May 2, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Looking For An Online File Storage Option? Give OneDrive A Try– If you are looking for a reputable place to store online files, you may want to sign up for a Microsoft OneDrive Account.

OneDrive

You will automatically receive, for FREE, 7GBs of online storage space that can be used to store your files, such as documents, pictures, videos, etc…  If you [click here] and sign up today, you will get an additional 0.5GBs of space on top of the 7GBs.  Once you have signed up, make sure you download the OneDrive Software that will give you the ability to sync files on your computer with your OneDrive account. Once the software is installed you will see a OneDrive folder on your PC. OneDrive is also available for the Windows Tablet, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Xbox.

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[ANDROID] ES File Explorer is a free, full-featured file and application manager – It functions as all of these apps in one: file manager, application manager, task killer, download manager, cloud storage client (compatible with Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Box.net, Sugarsync, Yandex, Amazon S3, and Ubuntu One…), FTP client, and LAN Samba client. It provides access to pictures, music, video, documents, and other files on both your Android devices and your computers… @Google Play

[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] PDF Eraser is a free Windows application that deletes and erases text, images, logos and all unnecessary objects from PDF files – 100% FREE… @PDF Eraser

[WALLPAPER] – High Def @URHDWALLPAPERS

URHDWALLPAPERS

[WEB BROWSER TOOL] The Only Cross-browser Snapshot Tool – Capture single or multiple webpages with qSnap. 100% Browser Based – 100% Free – 100% Awesome… @qSnap

[HACK] Ikea Tablet Rack – While looking for a wooden plat rack to store my iPad, e-readers and Android Tablets, I came across this metal rack from Ikea. Only €4,95 and capable of storing up to 6 tablets… @Ikea Hackers

[TECH TOOLBOX] 5 SysInternals Utilities Updated Today - Five, count them, five Sysinternals utilities saw updated releases today. The Sysinternals suite continues to be some of the most popular, free utilizes for systems administrators… @WindowsITPro

[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] Reporting on Internet Browsing History by Site, Date, and Time – BrowsingHistoryView is a single executable that can, when run, retrieve and display browsing history information for visited URL, page title, time visited, how many times the page was visited, the web browser used, and the user profile doing the browsing. BrowsingHistoryView supports Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and SeaMonkey… @WindowsITPro

[TABLET ACCESSORIES] BlueMart ® 6Pcs Colorful Portable Foldable Smartphone and Tablet Stand – [click here]

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Watch movies, surf the net, read content on your device hands free. Suitable for landscape and Vertical View. Dimensions: 4.5″(L) x 1.25″(W)… @Amazon

[WINDOWS 8.1] Help, Windows 8 refusing to install major update! – Now on to this week’s topic from member Matthew, who has been having difficulties updating a few Windows 8 computers to Windows 8.1 and finds that attempting to do the update corrupts the OS. He has noted that all of these machines that are having problems were previously upgraded from Windows 7 to 8… @c|net

[HARDWARE] Best Video Cards: April 2014 – As April comes to a close we’re back once again with our monthly guide to video cards… @AnandTech

[ANDROID] 10 common mistakes Android newbies make – ​If you’re just learning the Android ropes, you might get tangled up in a mistake or two. Here are 10 ways to avoid problems and get the maximum benefit from your Android device… @TechRepublic


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring Steps To Clean Your Flat Panel Monitor (and other screen devices)

April 6, 2014


[
FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] – How To Clean Your Flat Panel Monitor – Most of the time when we decide to clean the monitor it is at a time when we are not really prepared to do it.  We’re sitting there and it is something obvious (like a smudge, a fingerprint, a bug etc.) that catches our attention and motivates us to to perform a cleaning. Ant

As a result of this, we end up using glass cleaner and paper towels, which is a big “NO, NO”…  Paper towels or any paper product for that matter contains micro-particles that can scratch the monitor; AND glass cleaners contain chemicals (such as ammonia, alcohol and phosphates) that can damage the optical coating.

5 Step Process:

  1. Turn “OFF” the monitor (actually turn “off” everything including the computer, etc. OR better yet unplug the monitor from its’ power source).
  2. If available, use a can of compressed air to remove any dust particles.  Believe it or not, dust particles can causing scratches.
  3. Use a lint free (microfiber) soft cloth, similar to what you use to clean eyeglasses with, to remove dust particles.
  4. If necessary dampen the cloth with “water” (recommend 50/50 distilled water and vinegar mix), and gently wipe the screen off.  Do Not use commercial cleaners, as they contain damaging chemicals; and, again do not use paper towels or tissues (can scratch the screen).
  5. Post a sign, “Touch my screen and you’re a goner!”  For some reason, some people have to be all “touchy feely” with monitors.  Flat panel screens are not designed to be touched (unless it is a touch screen monitor, tablet, smartphone, etc…).

    NOTE:
      These same steps can be used to clean devices that are designed to be touched (such as smartphones, tablets, touch screen monitors, etc…)

If your flat panel monitor is really dirty, there are commercial LCD, LED, Plasman monitor cleaning solutions and micro-fiber cloths available at most office supply stores.

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[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] Tweetz is a Simple, Attractive and Efficient Desktop Twitter Client – Tweetz is a good option to consider if you don’t need power tools but want a clean and simple interface for Twitter… @Lifehacker

[SECURITY] Permanent Fix for Microsoft Word Zero-day Releasing Next Week – As Windows XP and Office 2003 check-in for their very last Patch Tuesday *ever* next week, Microsoft is also making available a fix for the zero-day flaw discovered just two weeks ago. As I reported in Vulnerability in All Versions of Microsoft Word Could Lead to Computer Takeover, the flaw is a serious one… @WindowsITPro

[WALLPAPER] Windows Crash – @Desktop Nexus

Windows Crash

[NEWS] Congress To Hold Hearing On ‘Cuban Twitter’Congress announced that it will hold hearings next week following revelations that a U.S. government agency secretly created a “Cuban Twitter” communications network, while Cuban officials condemned the program and asked the U.S. to cease “illegal” and “covert” operations on the island… @NBC News

[WINDOWS 8 NEWS] Microsoft to restore Start menu to Windows – Microsoft this week gave customers a bare-bones peek at the future of Windows, saying that the next iteration after Windows 8.1 Update will restore a Start menu and let users run “Metro” apps on the classic desktop… @ComputerWorld

[ANDROID APP] WebMD for Android – WebMD for Android helps you with your decision-making and health improvement efforts by providing mobile access 24/7 to mobile-optimized health information and decision-support tools including WebMD’s Symptom Checker, Drugs & Treatments, First Aid Information and Local Health Listings. WebMD the App also gives you access to first aid information without having to be connected wirelessly – critical if you don’t have Internet access in the time of need… @Google Play

[FEATURED WINDOWS COMPUTER] Lenovo IdeaCentre C560 23-Inch All-in-One Desktop@AMAZON

Lenovo IdeaCentre C560 23-Inch All-in-One Desktop

[FEATURED TECH SITE] TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog – The Tennessee College of Applied Technology creates blogs for all of the different classes at this higher education institution as part of an online learning center found on our homepage.  Through the cooperation of WordPress (They support educational institutions!) we created this blog to communicate with students.   This Technical Blog is for the Computer Information Technology class and whoever wants to read it… @TCAT Shelbyville

[HOW TO] Getting Started Tutorials For Windows 8.1 – You’re at the right place. Whether you’re brand new to Windows 8.1 or Windows  RT 8.1, or just want a refresher, these 10 tutorials will show you the basics… @Microsoft

[VIDEO] Skydiver Almost Struck By Meteorite@YouTube


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What’s On My PC – Geek Squeaks for the Week

December 29, 2013

THE ROUND-UP FOR THIS WEEK:

An Android Photo App that gives you UP TO 85 FREE INDIVIUDAL 4X6 PRINTERS PER MONTH.  Judging from the reviews, this is a great deal and a great way to preserve your photos directly from your phone or tablet…

SEARCH FOR ONLINE MUSIC AND VIDEOS from: Youtube, SoundCloud and more, USING THE ONLINE SERVICE CALLED SOLAYO

WANT TO SEND A LARGE FILE VIA EMAIL? Well, GEGeek found an online file transfer service called Filemail; where you simply select a file, type in someone’s e-mail and click ‘send’. The recipient gets a link and downloads the file…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM TECH SITE PICK is a tech site that is maintained and owned by an IT professional in Melbourne, Australia. If you are a smartphone owner, you will especially like the article that is featured and written by the owner of this site.  If you crave tech, then definitely bookmark this site…

THIS WEEK’S TECH PRODUCT PICK is the Imation 2-In-1Micro USB Flash Drive 64GB… This device connects to your smartphone (check for compatibility) and allows you to transfer files from the phone to the device.  When done, you can then move the files to your computer by plugging it into one of your USB ports. You can get a full review of this device at this week’s tech site pick…

EXPERTS HAVE CONCERNS that electronics (such as tablets) can lead kids to be anti-social.  Like my mother always said, “too much of anything can be harmful”…

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PhotoAffections – FREE PRINTS

(Android)

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FEATURES:

• 1,000 free 4×6 prints a year!
• Professional-quality photo prints in multiple sizes
• High-quality prints in deluxe glossy or premium matte finishes
• Up to 85 free individual 4×6 prints per month
• Easy log-in and access to Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr and Picasa
• NEW! Quick and easy checkout with Google Wallet
• Standard shipping & handling starts at just $1.99 and never exceeds $9.99
• Expedited shipping available for just $1.00 more!
• Your photos printed and shipped to your door in just a few days!

GET IT HERE


Solayo

(WebApp)

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Search for online music & videos from: Youtube, SoundCloud and more.

SEARCH

PLAY

COLLECT

CHECK IT OUT HERE


Filemail

(WebApp)

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Users have discovered that Filemail:

  • Is faster and hassle-free compared to sharing via cloud drives
  • Is simpler than uploading to file hosting services
  • Offers much higher file size limit than e-mail accounts
  • Doesn’t force people who receive your files to register anywhere or install anything
  • Integrates seamlessly with popular e-mail software
  • Offers better transfer speeds than other free services

CHECK IT OUT HERE


This Week’s Random Tech Site Pick (with sample article)

Craving Tech

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Add unlimited storage space to your Android phone or tablet, thanks to Imation – Imation’s 2-in-1 micro USB Flash Drive for Android gives a seamless access between your precious files and your Android smartphone/tablet. Simply plug the USB drive on the phone to access the files in it and plug to your computer to transfer files to it. Buy this in bulk and you can practically have an unlimited storage space on your Android phone or tablet… READ MORE


Imation 2-In-1Micro USB Flash Drive 64GB

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  • The rugged swivel and slide cap less design lets you carry additional photos, videos and files in your pocket without worrying about damage or lost caps
  • Compatible with many Android devices, the drive allows you to transfer or view content without the need for a computer
  • Preserve your device’s storage space by accessing content directly from the USB drive
  • Plug n Play technology requires no batteries, Wi-Fi or internet
  • Use with ES File Explorer App to optimize performance on select devices
  • DEVICE REQUIREMENTS: visit www.imation.com/compatibility for compatibility details
  • For Android 4.1+ Jelly Bean devices Innovative swivel design with USB OTG support
  • OS REQUIREMENTS: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP; Mac OS X and higher

GET IT HERE


Tablets a hit with kids, but experts have concerns

@ NBC News

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Some experts note there’s no evidence that screen time — whether from a TV or tablet — provides any educational or developmental benefits for babies and toddlers. Yet it takes away from activities that do promote brain development, such as non-electronic toys and adult interaction.

They also say that too much screen time has been linked to behavior problems and delayed social development in older children… READ MORE


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