FREE Backup Software That Provides Basic And Advanced Features (such as disk imaging)

July 23, 2014

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[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] FREE Backup Software That Provides Basic And Advanced Features (such as disk imaging)

I have been involved in computers in some form or another for over 25 years. My strength has always been in the area of software and learning what I needed to know to keep the flow of the workplace healthy. I will tell you right off the bat, I am not an expert; however, give me a little time and I will find the answer. Since my retirement, my desire to keep up with the trends has not diminished; AND, if anything it has become even more focused. I have learned to become a master of computer information.

My focus is no longer in a workplace setting, but is more in the direction of what can I contribute to help folks at home. Today, I want to push you in a direction of making sure you are backing up your data (documents, pictures, music, etc…) and even backing up your entired hard drive.

One of the first things you need to do is get yourself a good external drive that will become an extension of your computer and can be easily removed (and stored away) if need be (depending on how important is your data to you). I currently use several external drives, with one of those drives being a portable hard drive (see examples here). I use this portable hard drive to store a backup image of my entire hard drive that will capture every bit of data on the drive at the time of the backup. I then remove the drive and store it off site. I know there are numerous cloud computing backup options out there where you can move your personal (and private) files to the cloud. Even with this option being available, I still (highly) recommend the process of backing up your data and external drive (at your house). This all may sound like a pain, but really it is not; especially when I introduce you to AOMEI Backupper Standard.

AMOEI Backupper Standard is a FREE backup software solution that I can personally attest does work (especially the disk imaging component). AMOEI gives you the ability to perform a system backup, a disk backup, a customized files/folders backup and a partition backup.

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Please do not let these terms scare you off. AMOEI will walk you through the process of performing these tasks. On a personal level, as mentioned, I use the disk imaging component of AMOEI to make an exact copy of my hard drive in my computer.

In closing, to give an example of how AMOEI, saved my butt…  I recently noticed and determined that my hard drive in my computer, after 7 years, was working its’ way toward failure. Using AMOEI, I routinely performed disk imaging backups and had those images stored on an external drive. When it was time to install the new drive, I created a boot CD (or DVD) using the AMOEI software. Using the AMOEI software, I created boot CD (which is easy to do). After installing the new hard drive, which was larger in size and contained no data, I booted from the CD.  Within the boot CD is a built in version of the AMOEI software that allowed me to pull the image from the external drive and restore my data (an exact copy of my old hard drive) to the new drive (a new Seagate Hybrid Drive with SSD). I always keep my fingers crossed when performing tasks such as this, but AMOEI performed flawlessly.

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[TECH NEWS] Microsoft talks up ‘next version of Windows’ – Microsoft is trying to bridge the relatively strict separation — that currently exists on Windows 8.1 — of the Modern, aka Metro, UI that is touch friendly and the more traditional desktop UI, which is geared more toward the mouse and keyboard… @c|net

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[ANDROID APP] Floatify – Smart Notifications – When you receive notifications Floatify will show you a popup window with stacked notifications. You can interact with the popup, expand a notification to full size, open or cancel the notification, setup a reminder or open the app in xHalo. Even if the phone is locked you can directly open or cancel the notification! Floatify will also wake your phone if you like… @Google Play

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An Ultra Light Mobile Browser For Your Android Phone That Is Small, Speedy and Secure

June 2, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] An Ultra Light Mobile Browser For Your Android Phone That Is Small, Speedy and Secure – When it comes to web browsers it seems we get stuck on top named browsers (such as Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer); but, did you know there are numerous other browsers out there that is competing on the Android mobile phone platform that is giving these browsers a run for their money?

A web browser that has become a mainstay on my Nexus 5 is CM (Clean Master) Browser-Fast. The install for this browser is SMALL (less that 2MB). It is SPEEDY (featuring a preload mechanism that makes browsing very fast). It is SECURE (warns you when browsing potentially fraudulent or malicious websites).

CM (Clean Master) Browser-Fast

Two things that stands out with me with CM (Clean Master) Browser-Fast is that it actually is fast and will protect your privacy from unsolicited tracking.

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[COMPUTER SECURITY] Run software in an isolated environment to prevent it from making changes to your system -  Sandboxie is an innovative program that makes it possible to run applications in complete isolation from the rest of your system – in a sandbox. This means that any problems that may crop up in an isolated piece of software do not spread to other areas of your system; this help to protect against full system crashes, and also the spread of malware. Sandboxie can also be used to run web browser sessions in isolation so that any malicious web sites that may be encountered are not able to cause any damage outside the sandbox… @DownloadCrew

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Mountainous Wallpapers

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[NEW CHROMEBOOK] ASUS Chromebook C200MA-DS01 11.6-Inch Laptop Coming To Amazon on June 26, 2014 -

ASUS Chromebook C200MA-DS01 11.6-Inch Laptop

Unprecedented 11-Hours Battery Life. 802.11 A/C Wireless for incredible speed. 16 GB solid state storage. 11.6″ HD LED display. Intel Bay Trail N2830 2.16 GHz (turbo 2.41GHz). 2GB DDR3. 1.2MP camera. 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, SD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0… @Amazon


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – December 21, 2013

December 21, 2013

LAST FREE VERSION of Weather Watcher… One of my favorite weather programs.

MANAGE YOUR ANDROID FROM A WEB BROWSER, all over the air. Take control of your Android phone or tablet from the comfort of your computer.  No wires required…

TODAY’S RANDOM TECH SITE PICK features a ton of stuff on Windows (especially Windows 8.1) and other tech stuff. This is a super site…

TOP 10 TECH FAILS of 2013… Can you guess what they were???

NEXUS 7 brings you the perfect mix of power and portability and features the world’s sharpest 7″ tablet screen. This is the tablet ot buy…

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Weather Watcher 5.5.63 (Last Free Version)

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This is one of my most favorite Weather applications.  It is still in development; however, went the shareware route. I was able to find the last freeware (FREE) version [click here] .  So far, running great on Windows 8.1…


AirDroid

(Android)

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AirDroid is a free and fast Android device manager app that helps you manage your Android phone/tablet from a web browser, all over the air… GET IT HERE


Today’s Random Tech Site Pick (with sample article)

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New security features added to Microsoft Accounts – Microsoft has added three new security features to its Microsoft Account which you use to sign into various Microsoft’s services like SkyDrive, Outlook.com and Windows 8. A recent activity page, new recovery codes option and more control of security notifications has been added… READ MORE

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Top 10 tech fails of 2013

@ NBC News

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It was a year of great tech triumphs, including big and beautiful phablets, a new wave of easy-to-use fitness trackers and cheap-but-versatile gadgets like the Chromecast. The jury is still out on smartwatches. But there’s just as much cause for hand-wringing among tech companies whose new products flopped… READ MORE


Google Nexus 7 Tablet (7-Inch, 16GB, Black) by ASUS

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Nexus 7 is made by ASUS and packs a serious punch. With a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM, everything runs faster. Plus, high-performance rendering ensures 3D graphics are smooth and dynamic…ensures 3D graphics are smooth and dynamic… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 19, 2013

November 19, 2013

A FREE COMMAND-LINE TOOL to recover the product/serial Keys of Windows and other popular software…

THE $200 CHROMEBOOK C720 BY ACER may be the way to go to meet your computer and internet needs…

DECIDING BETWEEN A LAPTOP OR TABLET requires some real forethought. Let Dom’s Computer Tech Blog get you on the right track with, “Should You Choose A Laptop or Tablet?”…

ANDROID SCREEN OFF AND LOCK is an android app designed to quickly shut off your android devices…

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Windows License Key Dump

If you lost a software license key for a software product you purchased, you may want to give this command line utility a try, called Windows License Key Dump, to recover the key. Thanks to Bill Mullin’s over at Tech Thoughts for this one…

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It automatically detects and decrypts the license/serial keys of over 200+ popular softwares including Office, SQL Server, Adobe, Nero and many more. The complete list is given below.

Windows License Key Dump’ works on both 32-bit & 64-bit platforms starting from Windows XP to Windows 8GET IT HERE


Acer C720 Chromebook
(11.6-Inch, Haswell micro-architecture, 2GB)

For $200 bucks, this Chromebook (by Acer) is something to really take a look at, especially if you only need something to get on the internet. Let’s face it, most of our computer time is on the internet.

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Chromebooks are designed to be connected to the Internet. You can create documents and spreadsheets or edit photos on a Chromebook using Google apps designed for these purposes. The Chrome operating system will not load and run traditional PC software like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. However, files created in these applications can be viewed and edited using Google apps on your Chromebook or cloud-based applications like Microsoft’s Office web apps… CHECK IT OUT HERE


Should you Choose a Laptop or a Tablet?

@ Dom’s Computer Tech Blog

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Choosing between a laptop and a tablet can be quite a tricky situation. As such, you can’t just pick one based on the mere fact that one is better than the other. There are some reasons and factors that come into play when talking about the two… READ MORE


Screen Off and Lock

I was recently looking for a software (or app) option to turning off my Android phone by tapping on an app shortcut on the screen (instead of using the hardware button). What I found was a very nice app called Screen Off and Lock that works very nicely and has several options such as screen off animations (that are very cool).

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Screen Off and Lock allows you to switch off your devices from:
1. Launcher shortcut
2. Launcher widget 1×1 – 4×4, resizable in Android 4.0+ (Also available in lock screen for Android 4.2+) (Donate version)
3. Notification
4. Floating button over all apps! (Double tap to use it) (Donate version)
5. Search button (if your device has it)

Other features:
1. Screen off animation (including the most famous Old TV style)
2. Screen lock/unlock sound effect
3. Screen off vibration

GET IT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 16, 2013

November 16, 2013


FREE ANDROID QUICK START GUIDE
for Android 4.4 (KitKat)…

GIF YOURSELF online to create your own personalized gif animation…

ONE-CLICK SCREEN CAPTURE RECORDING on Windows or Mac computers with no install for FREE…

THE BROTHER HL-2280DW laser printer featuring a flatbed printer at a very economical price…

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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Android Quick Start Guide, Android 4.4 (KitKat)

@ Google Play Books

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This guide introduces the Android 4.4 software (KitKat) available on the Nexus and Google Play edition mobile devices.

GET IT HERE


Have Some Fun With Gif Yourself

Upload a facial shot to Gif Yourself and create your own animated gif shot that you can save and send to others…

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Choose a GIF for yourself. Browse by category, recently faced, or most recently added. Take or upload a photo. Crop your face with the simple editing tools. Save your newly personalized GIF. Astound your friends.

CHECK IT OUT HERE


Screencast-O-Matic

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An online app that features one-click, screen capture recording on Windows or Mac computers with no install for FREE! With the FREE option you get 15 minutes of recording time, free hosting (up to 15 minutes per upload), record screen or webcam, publish to YouTube HD, and publish (or save to) MP4, AVI, or FLV file formats… DO IT HERE


Brother HL-2280DW All-In-One Laser Printer

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The Brother HL-2280DW compact, monochrome laser printer includes built-in wireless and Ethernet network interfaces for small office or home office printer sharing. Offering a fast print speed and automatic duplex capability, you can print professional-looking two-sided documents and booklets with ease. In addition, it features a flatbed document glass for convenient copying and color scanning. Plus, an optional high-yield replacement toner cartridge± is available to help reduce your operating costs… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 13, 2013

November 13, 2013


WOT – WEB OF TRUST hits the 100 million download mark!!!

IMPORTANT TO KNOW – Did you know that taking a picture with your digital camera, tablet, or smartphone may be revealing the precise location where the picture was taken? Read the article below from TCAT Shelbyville to see why this can come back to haunt you…

NEW FEATURE IN GMAIL now gives you the ability to view attachments and save files directly to Google Drive without ever leaving Gmail

CONNECT YOUR PHONE TO YOUR TV with this slimport HDMI adapter. The phone has to be slimport or MyDP compatible to work. Your phone, in essence, turns your TV into a media center.

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WOT is celebrating 100.000.000 downloads!

WOT – Web of Trust is a browser add-on (for Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari) that serves as an aid in helping you determine what sites are safe and what sites potentially are not. I have used WOT since day one, through the thick and thin, and have come to rely on its’ purpose. Congratulation to the WOT team for reaching the 100 million milestone and for the FREE service that is provided to help protect us on the internet.

Watch Video To  See WOT In Action

  • Traffic light style icons guide you find trustworthy links on search engine results, social media, online email, and many popular sites
  • You can leave your own ratings to help other web users stay safe
  • Third-party trusted sources provide technical security
  • It’s fast, free, and easy-to-use
  • Interested to know how the WOT system works? Learn more here

GET IT HERE


Remove EXIF information from your pictures

@ TCAT Shelbyville

Did you know that today’s digital cameras and smartphone cameras will implant into the EXIF data of the picture the lattitude and longitude of where the picture was taken? IMPORTANT – You need to read this article to learn about the consequences of this and what you can do to stop it.

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Most people still don’t know that their tablet, camera or smartphone might be tagging their latitude and longitude.   Why is this dangerous?  It can show the location of where you or your family is at.  It can give away corporate data or information that can harm your corporation… READ MORE


Attachments in Gmail,
now with the power of Google Drive

@ Google | Official Blog

Gmail continues to improve and these recently announced improvements are BIG!

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You’re probably used to downloading email attachments, but each of those files takes time to download, eats up space on your device, and can get buried deep inside your “Downloads” folder. With today’s update to Gmail, you can skip that whole process. Instead, you can view attachments and save files directly to Google Drive without ever leaving Gmail, making it easy to access them later from whatever device you’re on—computer, phone or tablet… READ MORE


Connect SlimPort (or MyDP) Enabled Smartphones And Tablets To TVs, Monitors, Notebooks And Projectors

SlimPort HDMI Adapter

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This HDMI adapter connects SlimPort® or MyDP-enabled smartphones and tablets to TVs, monitors, notebooks and projectors with an HDMI connection. Capable of Full HD resolutions, this adapter displays the content of your mobile device on the big screen for all to share. Enjoy multi- screen productivity with the connection of a simple cable. Unlock the full power of your device for endless productivity and high definition entertainment… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 8, 2013

November 8, 2013


Summary Listing of Today’s Geek Squeaks’:

- A small utility that will auto hide your desktop icons
- First impressions of the Google Nexus 5 Smartphone
- One inbox for all your email accounts (Android App)
- Nice selection of cases for the Nexus 5

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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Auto Hide Desktop Icons

If your Windows desktop is a sea of icons, then you need this little utility called AutoHideDesktopIcons that will automatically hide the icons on your desktop after 5 seconds (or more depending on what you configure it to do). To make the icons visible, simply left mouse click on the desktop. You can also configure the mouse click settings, as well.

Very nice, small and portable app that gives you the ability to actually see and appreciate your desktop wallpaper. To really appreciate this little utility, make sure you place a check in the box next to “Start With Windows”.

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GET IT HERE (FOR FREE)


Google Nexus 5: First Impressions and Photos

@ Paul Thurrott’s Super Site For Windows

I am a proud owner of one of the Nexus 5 smartphone’s by Google. So far, I am loving it. I can see why the younger generation is walking away from desktop computers. Mix Google, Android and the Nexus 5 together and you have your computer in your pocket.

To give an idea of my first impressions, I found an article by Paul Thurrott that parallels my thoughts exactly…

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First, and perhaps most important, this is a pretty special device. At just $350 for the 16 GB version and $400 for the 32 GB version, the Google Nexus 5 is an affordable and attractive device. It’s not a “hero” phone like the Galaxy S4, HTC One X, iPhone 5S or Lumia 1020. But it’s also not a bargain basement burner. This is a solid and well-made smart phone handset… READ MORE


An Android Email App With Fast Magical Search

I currently have a Gmail, an Outlook (Hotmail) and a couple of Yahoo email accounts that serve me well for various purposes. To pull down the mail from these accounts, into one inbox, on my Android devices, I use an app called Cloud Magic – Mail App. The strength in Cloud Magic lies in its’ ability to rapidly perform searches, but the part I really like is that it is very user friendly and it looks really nice.

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Feature List
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* Lightning fast, powerful email search – Search across all your mailboxes in one go, all the way back to your first email. Use the smart search suggestions to quickly get to the email you need.

* Works for all types of email  – Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook.com, iCloud, Google Apps, Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Mail.com, GMX, AOL and other IMAP accounts.

* Unified Inbox – One inbox for all your email accounts.

GET IT HERE AT THE GOOGLE PLAY STORE


Cases For Your Nexus 5

After getting my Nexus 5, one of the first things I did was go on the hunt for a case to protect my investment. It is still early in the game, since the Nexus 5 was just released, but there are some manufacturer’s who are ahead in the game with some really nice cases.

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CHECK OUT THE SELECTION HERE


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