What’s On My PC – Recent Articles (November 10, 2014 – November 19, 2014)

November 20, 2014
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:06:52 EST
I just posted an article about Checker Plus for Gmail and while at the developer’s site I noticed he had developed another Google Chrome browser extension called Checker Plus for Google Calendar. Again, this is another extension by this developer that is carrying a very high user base rating. I am a big time user […]

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:23:25 EST
When I see a five star rating at the Google Chrome Web Store I know it has to be something good. If you are a Google Chrome browser fan and use Gmail then you must download the Google Chrome browser extension called Checker Plus for Gmail. Before I go further, if you click this link […]

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:34:10 EST
I want to start off this post by stating something I tell people, especially the elderly, who came from a generation that trusted other people. “If you receive an unsolicited telephone call, whether it be a charity, a politician, an alarm company, your grandson is locked up in a jail in Canada, etc… where the […]

Sun, 16 Nov 2014 9:59:59 EST
Recently during a software install I found myself in a hurry and noticed about halfway through the install I was authorizing third party installs (of other software) that was piggy backing the software that I really wanted to install. Needless to say I do not like the idea of software developers doing this; especially when […]

Sat, 15 Nov 2014 23:22:25 EST
Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog:
Ironically I’ve seen warnings from other techs like Dawn, Mickey and more of my IT peers about fake Microsoft calls. Today, I got the pleasure of speaking with one. When these people call you, they will identify themselves as a Microsoft employee or some other prominent company.   Microsoft…

Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:50:23 EST
Learn to tie knots for a variety of purposes at Animated Knots By Grog. As the title of the site indicates, you can select a knot of interest, and then watch an animated presentation on how the knot is made.  Really neat site…

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:15:34 EST
Are you familiar with the web browser called Maxthon? If so, I discovered that the developers of Maxthon are working from the ground up to develop a speedster of a browser called Maxthon Nitro. Maxthon Nitro is currently in the alpha stage of development. If you want to give it a try, no install is […]

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:27:03 EST
To maintain optimum cooling performance and stability of your computers and electronics it is necessary that on a regularly scheduled basis that you blow out the dust that accumulates. I have seen the interior components of computers so laden with dust that a blanket had actually developed causing the computer to overheat and stop functioning. […]

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:36:32 EST
If you have a Nexus 5, Moto X, or LG G2 (or other recent high-end device) that features a hardware step sensor AND you want a pedometer with the NEW Android UI (called Material Design) then take a look at Pedometer (by Ivin Liu)… What I like about this particular pedometer is that it is […]

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Checker Plus for Gmail – One Of The Highest Rated Google Chrome Extensions Out There

November 18, 2014

When I see a five star rating at the Google Chrome Web Store I know it has to be something good. If you are a Google Chrome browser fan and use Gmail then you must download the Google Chrome browser extension called Checker Plus for Gmail.

Before I go further, if you click this link (Checker Plus for Gmail) you will be taken to the Chrome Web Store; however, if you want to meet the author of this fantastic creation and learn more in detail about this extension, CLICK HERE …  The author’s main site also provides a forum, frequently asked questions, and other goodies that is an indicator (as a software reviewer) that the author is serious about what they do (as a trusted developer) and will continue to develop and fine tune their work. I can’t get over how good this extension is…

Due to this browser extension being very featured rich, I am going to cut to the chase and post the highlights, features and video (verbatim) as posted on the author’s site (see below); but there is one feature that I really love and that is you can configure Checker Plus for Gmail to read an incoming email to you (which is very unique).

I encourage you to take a look at this extension. It is definitely number one on my list of Chrome browser extensions at this time and is now added to my list of “Top Ten Google Chrome Browser Extensions I Can’t Live Without“…

Highlights...

  • The fastest and easiest way to manage multiple email accounts
  • One of the highest rated Chrome extensions – featured many times on PCWorld
  • Trusted developer of many extensions – more than one million satisfied users worldwide
  • Lots of features, options and updates – just read the version changes in the logs below
  • Personal tech support from me (the developer) – very fast response times, 5-30 minutes
  • Supports “Inbox by Gmail”
  • I’ll add your suggestions
  • Safer – requires less permissions and only access to Google Mail’s website

Features…

  • See the people emailing you just like in the Gmail chat notification, with an option to show their contact photos or your assigned photos for them.
  • Voice notification: If you get an email while you’re busy watching a movie or cooking dinner this extension can optionally read it out loud ie. “Jason says, dinner at my place”. It’s great for the visually impaired.
  • Option to monitor any Gmail or custom labels
  • Option to run in background when Google Chrome is closed and still get new email alerts
  • Zoom in and out of emails which have large images
  • Popup mail preview window to read, archive, mark as read or delete emails without leaving the current tab (or option to go directly to your Gmail tab)
  • Can also be used as a widget for the extension “Awesome New Tab Page” (ANTP) which supports multiple accounts
  • Desktop sound or voice notifications when new mail arrives (or add your own sounds)
  • Support for multiple Gmail and Google Apps accounts
  • Option to open “Mail to” links in your Gmail instead of your regular mail client
  • This Gmail notifier has more than 10 different icon sets, choose your favorite!
  • You change the generated voice by adding TTS (text to speech) voice extensions
  • The fast way to inbox zero. Yes that’s a thing.

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No, you are not a Microsoft employee, no I don’t have a virus and by the way, you are definitely talking to the wrong people

November 15, 2014

Ramblinrick:

This is a must read… I know several people that this has happened to where they allowed the caller (or criminal) take over their computer with the intent of taking their money (via a credit card). On one occasion, the victim suspected something was not right and the criminal cursed at them and intentionally messed up their PC so bad that the OS had to be re-installed. I tell people, “do not do phone solicitations, no matter what”…

Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog:

Ironically I’ve seen warnings from other techs like Dawn, Mickey and more of my IT peers about fake Microsoft calls. Today, I got the pleasure of speaking with one.

When these people call you, they will identify themselves as a Microsoft employee or some other prominent company.   Microsoft will notcall you to tell you that your computer is running slow or that it is infected with malware/virus.

Within one minute of talking with this individual, he wanted to take control of my computer.  Knowing what was taking place, we have virtual computers in controlled labs that would be perfect for this caller.  With the help of Pat and Nathan, we fired up a virtual computer and kept talking to the individual.

Note:  The virtual computer was in a controlled environment.   The computer had Windows 10 Technical Preview installed and had no viruses or malware.  The virtual machine had 2 gigabytes…

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Check Out What’s NEW at What’s On My PC

November 4, 2014

I am constantly trying out new ways to help drive traffic to the blog so that when a you land here you will leave with something that will encourage you to return. One of the most underused sections of the blog are the tabs at the top. I recently have added two NEW tabs that may be of interest.

What's On My PC

By clicking on these tabs (with the exception of Home and About Me) you will be taken to a wealth of tech related information, software, news, products, etc…

To explain each tab:

Bookmarks4Techs – This is another site that I maintain. Bookmarks4Techs.com is one of, if not, the largest listing of tech sites on the internet. If you have an interest in the world of computers and information technology, I think you will find this site to be a very valuable resource. I work hard to keep the site up to date; and, as a result you will frequently see changes in the listing. There are also some good RSS tech news feeds on the site, as well.

GEGeek – This site, in my opinion, ranks up there with being one of the most awesome tech resource sites out there. The site owner has a vast background in information technology and computers and has managed, over the years (with an obvious passion), to compile what you see on the site. Also, just to point out, make sure you check out the GEGeek Tech Toolkit while you are there. The toolkit is regularly updated and can be downloaded by clicking on the link at the top of the site.

Downloads - I put this together using an online cloud based service called NetVibes that compiles (daily) a large RSS listing of FREE software and download sites that are very reputable.

Tech News –  Again, using NetVibes I was able to compile a large listing of tech news feeds.

Tech Toys (NEW) - Many of the tech products I feature here on the blog I often use Amazon as a research point. Amazon does not necessarily always have the best pricing point, but it does have (in my opinion) one of the best customer review and ratings section. As a result of my passion for technology products I have put together, for the reader’s of this blog, an Amazon Affiliates Store (called What’s On My PC @ Amazon) that specifically features technology related products that can serve as a launching point for any tech products you may be looking for and wanting to learn more about. Simply visit the store and type into the search box whatever it is you are looking for.

Archives (NEW) – This is a new tab that I have put up that I consider the motherload. One of the problems with a blogging platform is many people will click on an article that was posted, but do not realize there are other articles, as well. If you click on the Archives tab you will land on a page that will literally list every blog article I have ever posted (which is nearing 2000 articles).

About – This page is my bio and yes I really do look like that picture…

Rick Robinette, What's On My PC

 


Nice Deal On Toshiba TransMemory Flash Drives

October 9, 2014

Remember when the flash drive technology first came out. We couldn’t wait to get our hands on one. Today is no exception, especially that the capacity of the these little drives exceed the levels of what some hard drives used to be.

Today I came across a good deal on the Toshiba TransMemory USB 3.0 Flash Drives that you may be interested in. These drives are especially handy for people who work in the information technology profession and for the everyday homebody who wants to store important files off site (i.e. in a bank deposit box).

Toshiba Transmemory Flash Drives

 

Amazon carries several models of these from the 32 GB capacity all the way up to the 128 GB capacity with a drop in the pricing at this time.


Dead Link Checker – Check For Broken Links Free

October 6, 2014

Many of you may be aware that I maintain a second web site called Bookmarks4Techs that has a listing, at any given time, of over 750 tech sites. The problem I encounter with a site such as this is that many tech sites (or blogs) come and go. When the sites go down or are no longer maintained, I often relied on others to let me know that a particular site was no longer available.

To remedy this issue I went looking for a cloud based application that would tell me what links were dead. This is when I came across the web site “Dead Link Checker“.

Dead Link Checker

You simply enter the URL of your site and Dead Link Checker will scan the site or a single page for any dead links. You can even set the scanner to test potential dead links up to 10 times, before giving a result.

This broken link checker is free to use, doesn’t require a download and will quickly identify non-working, bad links for you to correct. This will enable you to keep your site fresh, accurate and free from broken links. This URL checker (linkchecker) can check your site or your competitors’ sites, either for a single page or the whole site. The report will identify the number of links checked together with any errors.


A Five Star Weather Extension For Google Chrome

October 3, 2014

If you follow along with my blog, you will find over a period of time that I have a liking for weather related apps and software. Today I came across a really nice weather app that is a Google Chrome extension, called YoWindow Weather.

If you use Google Chrome, this extension makes it easy and fast to grab the weather stats for your location (or other locations around the world).

I like the idea the YoWindow Weather pulls the stats from the National Weather Service, for my locaton, which is my “go to” weather source. You will also like that the when you click on the YoWindow Weather icon on the extension bar, the app will give you a virtualized landscape view of what is actually occurring outside. You can also go full screen with YoWindow Weather to give you your own weather station that can be left up and running to keep you current on the weather.

In the end, nice weather app that definitely meets its’ five star rating.

YoWindow Weather


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