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…


Weather Watcher 5.5.63 (Last Free Version)


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 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)


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, and Windows 8. A recent activity page, new recovery codes option and more control of security notifications has been added… READ MORE

Featured Topics:

Windows 8.2 to bring back the Start Menu
UXTheme Multi-Patcher 9.0 Released – Windows 8/8.1 support
Nero BackItUp – 5GB Free Online Storage
Animated Christmas Tree for Windows desktop
New VLC for Windows 8.1 Screenshots

Top 10 tech fails of 2013

@ NBC News


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


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…

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!


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…


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.


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


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).


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


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 16, 2013

November 16, 2013

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!


Android Quick Start Guide, Android 4.4 (KitKat)

@ Google Play Books


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


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…


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.




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


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.

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!


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


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.


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!


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


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!


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”.



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…


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.


Feature List

* 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,, iCloud, Google Apps, Microsoft Exchange, Office 365,, GMX, AOL and other IMAP accounts.

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


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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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 7, 2013

November 7, 2013

Summary Listing of Today’s Geek Squeaks’:

- Search NTFS volumes at insane speeds, given the right privileges.
- Some Nexus 5 Support Tips
- A Free Android Memory Booster App (and system cleaner)
- A Wireless Pan/Tilt/Zoom Surveillance Camera For Home

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!


A Lightweight Program Whose Purpose Is To Help You Quickly Find Files

I recently posted a squeak on Five Efficient Alternatives To Windows Search and a reader wrote in to tell me about another alternative called SwiftSearch.

I took SwiftSearch for a spin and liked the idea that it is a down and dirTy open source application that reads the NTFS file table to locate files. End result is an search application that can find files at insane speeds. To use this application you must have Admin rights and a NTFS formatted drive.


Typically searches yield full results in ~10 seconds or less, a significant speedup for many users. As a bonus, this program also supports path-based search (for example, you can search for “*Program*\ Windows*”), regular expressions (just start the search name with ‘>’ character), and full directory sizes. Its goal is to be simple, swift, and intuitive to use.


Some Nexus 5 Support Tips


Start using your Nexus 5

Insert a SIM card in your Nexus 5
Charge your Nexus 5
Set up your Nexus 5

Use your phone

Make a phone call
Use caller ID by Google
Answer or divert calls
Use the call log
Options during a call
Listen to your voicemail
Place an Internet call
Call settings


Read & manage messages
Send or respond to a message
Change Messaging settings

A FREE Android Memory Booster App

If you are looking for an Android App that is similar to the PC version of CCleaner, then take a look at Clean Master… I currently run this on all of my Android devices to clear out the cache and junk files; AND, free up RAM and storage space…


[Junk Files] – Clean Cache and Residual Files
On Android devices, cache and residual files can build up and occupy gigabytes of your phone’s space. Cleaning junk files can help free up memory on your device and SD card.

[Privacy] – Delete History
Privacy is important and many of your apps silently record your personal data, such as your web browser data, Google search history, and more. Clean Master can erase this information and keep your personal data secure.

[Memory Boost] – Advanced Task Manager
Tasks running in the background not only occupy system RAM, but also waste your battery life. Task Killer can stop other apps that are running in the background and free up more RAM to speed up your Android device. This includes a shortcut called “1 Tap Boost”, easily accessible from your home screen.

[App Manager] – Uninstaller, Backup, Move to SD
An uninstaller that is an improvement over the default Android version, which is also able to create backup .apk files. Some rooted users will also be able to move apps to their SD card as well as uninstall pre-installed and system apps.

[Widget] – Memory Booster Widget
A handy shortcut that allows you to instantly boost your pone’s memory from a phone widget. To enable the widget, just touch the homescreen with a long hold until a window appears, then scroll down and select the Clean Master Widget.


D-Link Wireless HD Pan & Tilt Day/Night Network Surveillance Camera

Who says you cannot inexpensively install your own home and/or business surveillance system?


Protect more of what you value with the clarity and mobile control of D-Link’s Cloud Camera 5000 surveillance solution (model DCS-5222L). Download the exclusive mydlink app and monitor your home or business–anywhere, anytime–on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Pan, tilt, and digital zoom on-demand to capture the perfect angle and see more of your home or business with smooth, responsive control. Experience the clarity of 720p HD quality and never miss a detail. And with integrated motion-sensing, automated email alerts, and night-vision technology, the Cloud Camera 5000 remains vigilant 24 hours a day, whether you’re there or not.


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 1, 2013

November 1, 2013

Summary: Nice Android app to control and manage your Android device from your web browser; The official Android KitKat site to learn more about this new Android OS; Five great alternatives to the Windows Search; and, Be prepared—make sure you bookmark the site below for Cyber Monday 2013… 

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!


Manage Your Android Device From A Web Browser
With AirDroid

Here is a great (and easy) way to move files (to and from) your Android device, using only your web browser.  You can also SMS Text and lock your device remotely in the event it is lost. Highly recommended!



The Official KitKat Site


KitKat is the name for the newest Android OS… Thought I would post a link to their official site so that you can learn more… CLICK HERE

5 Efficient Alternatives to Windows Search

@ Instant Fundas

I want you to take a look at the 5 alternative software options to the Windows search, that has been reviewed at Instant Fundas, and tell me your favorite…  Here at What’s On My PC, I am a big fan of UltraSearch


Microsoft did a good job integrating search throughout the operating system – on the start menu, on explorer, on the Control Panel. It’s a pity, it doesn’t work as it should, which is why I’m on a look out for the right tool that could replace the default search tool on Windows. Here is what I found… READ MORE

Make Sure You Bookmark Cyber Monday 2013


Cyber Monday 2013 isn’t until after Thanksgiving weekend this November, so if you’re already here that must mean you are as excited as we are for Cyber Monday Deals! Make sure to bookmark this page today so you won’t miss a thing for Cyber Monday 2013… BOOKMARK HERE

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