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

April 6, 2014


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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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MORE GEEK SQUEAKS

[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


Learn a byte at a time with Geek Squeaks’ — featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it… I just plain love tech!

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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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Geek Squeaks’ for the Week is a weekly round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!


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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Today’s Geek Squeaks – December 7, 2013

December 7, 2013


DEFEND YOUR JUICE
with Battery Doctor. If you are experiencing battery drain on your Android devices (smartphones and tablets), Battery Doctor is definitely an app to look at…

TODAY’S RANDOM TECH SITE PICK featuring a blogger who has been at it since 2007. Very nice tech site…

ACCESS ALL YOUR ONLINE DATA with one simple interface. Combine multiple FREE online storage services and decide which should be selected to host your data…

A FUTURISTIC TECH TOILET that just may end up making your crappy day a happy day…

THE CUSTOMER REVIEWS SAY IT ALL on this natural ergonomic keyboard by Microsoft…

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Battery Doctor (Battery Saver)

Battery Doctor, the professional power manager, is the best FREE battery saving app capable of extending your battery life. Over 150 MILLION downloads over Android and iOS worldwide supporting 19 languages.

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Defend Your Juice!
- Disable unnecessary apps that drain your battery!
- Task Killer kills tasks with one click!
- Kill apps when screen is off!
- Accurate battery remaining time!
- Accurate charging remaining time!
- Schedule power saving modes for work/class/sleep and more!
- Unique 3 Stage Charging system!
- Wifi/Data/Bluetooth toggle!
- Brightness control!
- CPU Management (for rooted phones)!
- Battery temperature!
- Charging Tips!
- 15 languages supported!
- Simple easy-to-use interface!

GET THIS BATTERY SAVING ANDROID APP HERE


Today’s Random Tech Site Pick

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(as listed @ Bookmarks4Tech.com)

Why Porting your Mobile Phone Number is Obsolete! – A few years back you would need to worry about keeping that number of yours for your friends and family, so they wouldn’t have to worry about updating that number of yours.   In today’s time we have a great option for everyone to keep your number where ever you go.   You no longer have to tell people to update there numbers for you… READ MORE


Jolidrive – Your Personal Space In The Cloud

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Jolidrive unifies all your content from multiple services in one simple and beautiful interface accessible from anywhere.

Built on HTML5 and Open Web technologies, Jolidrive works with all modern browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer… GET IT HERE


Toilet of the future? You might want to sit down for this

@ NBC.com

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The problem with trying to redesign something like a toilet, however, is that “it is incredibly difficult to introduce something new” since, like many basic pieces of furniture like chairs or tables, it’s “something most people use all the time without giving it much consideration… READ MORE


Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000

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Microsoft’s best-selling line of ergonomic keyboards can pay dividends in greater comfort. According to some studies, ergonomic keyboard designs, such as the Microsoft Natural line, have been associated with significant reduction of carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms. Rest your wrists against the plush palm rest in a relaxed, natural angle with this keyboard’s curved key bed, ergonomic arc, and reversed slope. Apart from comfort and support, enjoy quick, customizable way to reach files, folders, and web pages with handy hot keys. For close-in tasks, use the Zoom Slider, located in the middle of the keyboard, to zoom in and out with the touch of a finger… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 27, 2013

October 27, 2013

Featuring: Cometdocs, the online document management system, now has a desktop app available; Is the October 31st release of the Nexus 5, a trick or a treat?; What to do if you are infected by Cryptolocker and how to prevent the infection; and, The Xbox One Console, a product that will be in high demand…

Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

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Convert Files Quickly and Easily By Using Cometdocs
From Your Desktop

Cometdocs is an online document management system where you can convert your PDF files to Word, Excel, Powerpoint and more. You can also convert various formats to PDF. Cometdocs allows you to store and share your documents, online, for FREE. Recently Cometdocs released this desktop application where you can complete various file conversions, from your desktop, without having to go to the Cometdocs site.

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With one right click on a document, you are presented with the file conversion options for that document type. Once you have chosen your conversion, the file will be automatically converted and download to your computer in a matter of moments… GET IT HERE


Nexus 5 expected to debut October 31 in the US – TechSpot

TRICK OR TREAT?: have been following the announcements leading to the development and release of Google’s Nexus 5 smartphone. According to TechSpot, we can expect the release on October 31st…

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The anticipation and excitement surrounding the upcoming Nexus 5 smartphone and Android 4.4 Kitkat software update have reached a feverish pace, especially when you consider the phone briefly appeared on the Google Play store last week. And if the latest rumors prove to be true, consumers won’t have to wait much longer for the device as the latest suggests it will launch on October 31 in the US… READ MORE


Cryptolocker: How to avoid getting infected
and what to do if you are

@ ComputerWorld

I know I posted information yesterday about Cryptolocker, but this is extremely important. If you become victim of Cryptolocker, you are at high odds of losing your personal files. I have never seen anything like this and I feel, the more I let people know, the better. If you see the below graphic show up on your PC displaying that your personal files are encrypted, you have been nailed!

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Cryptolocker comes in the door through social engineering. Usually the virus payload hides in an attachment to a phishing message, one purporting to be from a business copier like Xerox that is delivering a PDF of a scanned image, from a major delivery service like UPS orFedEx offering tracking information or from a bank letter confirming a wire or money transfer… READ MORE


This Product Is Not Guaranteed At Release Date of November 22, 2013 Due To High Demand

Xbox One Console – Standard Edition

I love it when I see a new product that is in such demand, you most likely don’t have a shot at it, until months after its’ release.

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Introducing Xbox One. Where the best games, multiplayer, and your favorite movies, music, sports and live TV come togeather in one place. Xbox One games look and feel incredibly real, with cinematic gameplay that rivals Hollywood. Watch TV or chat with friends on Skype while you play, and keep on playing while smarter matchmaking happens behind the scenes. With Xbox One, you can snap two things side-by-side on your TV, and switch from one to another instantly. Cloud-powered and built for the digital age, Xbox One is designed to keep getting better over time… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 7, 2013

October 7, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (FREE Software To Hide Files and Folders): When it comes to data security on my PC (and flashdrive); I am a firm believer that if you cannot see it, then it does not exist. I have been experimenting with Wise Folder Hider and I am impressed; especially with the portable version where you can hide the entire contents of the flash drive (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Which CPU is faster or better?): We all like to comparison shop. Below you will find a site that will allow you to compare CPU’s with the ranking being performed in real time. Also a good site to teach you about CPUs (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Lock Down Your Evernotes With 2-Step Verification): I currently use Gmail’s 2-step verification and welcome that Evernote has headed in the same direction.  If your Evernote data is important to you, then lock it down tightly with this feature (SEE BELOW); AND,

Squeak #4 – (A Tech Deal of The Day ): Heck of a deal on PNY flash memory, USB drives and smartphone batteries (SEE BELOW).

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Geek Squeaks’, featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

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Hide Private Files, Photos, Videos And Other Personal Data From Your PC For FREE

Wise Folder Hider

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Free of Charge – Wise Folder Hider is a completely freeware. It costs $0 for all users to use the functions, get newest updates and enjoy basic technical supports.

Easy to Hide Data – Only with a few simple clicks can you hide your private and sensitive data like docs, photos, videos, folders, etc.

Double Password Protection – Mechanism of Two-Tier-Passwords makes the hiding safe enough. One password to log in and the other one to hide and unhide the data.

Support Drag and Drop – You can simply drag and drop a file/folder into Wise Folder Hider. This feature is avaliable in Win8/7/Vista OS(only when UAC is disabled) and XP OS.

Flash Drive Hiding Supported (not External Hard Disk) – Wise Folder Hider can hide the entire Flash Drive as well as the folders and files in it.

GET FULL INSTALL HERE and GET PORTABLE VERSION HERE


CPUBoss

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Compare CPU’s HERE…  Also, once you get to the site, be sure to check out SSDBoss!


Two-Step Verification Available to All Users

@ Evernote

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Two-step verification, also known as two-factor authentication, adds an additional layer of security to the login process, requiring you to enter a special code from your phone, in addition to your regular username and password. The goal of this extra step is to combine something you know (your password) with something only you would have access to (your phone)… READ MORE


Tech Deal of the Day (Oct 7th Only)

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Amazon has a heck of deal (today only) on PNY flash memory, USB drives and smartphone batteries… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 2, 2013

August 2, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

  • A very cool and easy way to keep your data secure and safe on your USB Flash Drive (or computer);
  • I love weather apps and I truly think I found the mother of all weather apps that is not only beautiful, but very practical;
  • Curiosity the Mars Rover has been on Mars for a year. I encourage you to watch this video, 12 Months In Twelve Minutes; Curiosity’s First Year On Mars; AND,
  • The Google Chromebook has caught my eye and is a good example of what direction computing is heading !

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Plan on seeing  a lot more of Geek Squeaks’, featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!


A Free Program To Keep Your Data Secure and Safe On Your USB Flash Drive

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It is very easy to encrypt your files and folders using a free program and to keep your data secure and safe on USB Pen Drive. You can also open this on any computer running Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 and you don’t even have to install anything on the computer… READ MORE


Beautiful Weather Graphs and Maps

@ WeatherSpark

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  • A rich, interactive map with the current conditions from thousands of locations worldwide.
  • Incredibly smooth radar playback for the last two hours – or any period in the last five years. US only, extended playback is subscription only
  • Pan and zoom through a graphical forecast, seamlessly transitioning to averages and historical data.
  • Compare the weather across locations for any time period.
  • Multiple forecasts shown in seventeen graphs – get precisely the data you want.

GET IT HERE


Twelve Months in Two Minutes;
Curiosity’s First Year on Mars


Curiosity

Here is a rover’s eye view of driving, scooping and drilling during Curiosity’s first year on Mars, August 2012 through July 2013.


Chromebook – The NEW Computer From Google

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The Chromebook is a new computer from Google that’s simple, lightweight and easy to use. Starts in seconds, backs-up your stuff in the cloud and keeps it safe with built-in virus protection. It’s the ideal device for getting stuff done everywhere you go… READ MORE


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Wireless Speaker Adapter for Bluetooth Audio Devices

March 27, 2013

It is amazing the sound quality that can be had from our smartphones and tablet computers; especially, when you can drive that sound to a your speakers or home theater system. One way to accomplish this, without the mess of wires and actually connecting the device to the speakers, is to use a wireless speaker adapter for bluetooth enabled audio devices (such as your iphone, android phone, ipad and android tablet).

I went on the hunt for such an adapter and came up with the Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter for Bluetooth Audio Devices that is not only made by a reputable manufacturer, but is cost effective and carries a good review rating.

Wireless audio streaming

  • Instantly stream music, movie soundtracks, Pandora and game audio from your tablet or smartphone to your home speakers
  • Great for iPhone, iPad, Android phones or any Bluetooth-enabled audio device
  • Far better sound quality than you get from your mobile device’s tiny built-in speakers

Get the specs from the manufacturer - [ HERE ]

 Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter for Bluetooth Audio Devices

Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about the Logitech Wireless Speaker Adapter for Bluetooth Audio Devices– [CLICK HERE]

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