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).
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.
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 When the sites go down or are no longer maintained, I often relied on others to let me know that a particular site was no longer available.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“.
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.
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.
September 5, 2014
I actually featured Advertputt on the blog in the past. Advertputt is a putt putt golf game that you play in your browser. It is actually like a demo page, by damp gnat, that they will setup for you (if you are a business), in the form of advergaming, as a marketing strategy.
Anyhow, the objective of Advertputt is to get all 12 holes in as few as putts as you can. Use the mouse to aim and adjust the power for each putt. All of the holes are sponsored.
September 1, 2014
I don’t know if this is a Labor Day special or not, but Amazon has the SanDisk Ultra II 240 GB 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive at 38% off the regular price.
The SanDisk Ultra II SSD is an easy and affordable way to upgrade and boost your PC’s performance by up to 28 times (1). With this performance boost, you can enjoy no-wait boot up, shorter application load times, and quicker data transfer to make multi-tasking easy when it comes to work, entertainment, or both. In addition to cooler, quieter computing, the SanDisk Ultra II SSD adds up to 15% battery life to laptops and notebooks (2). From a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, the SanDisk Ultra II SSD can extend the life of your computer.
August 27, 2014
Nice processor for all you system builders out there…
AMD FX 8-Core Processor, Unlocked, Black Edition. AMD’s next-generation architecture takes 8-core processing to a new level. Get up to 24% better frame rates in some of the most demanding games, at stunning resolutions. Get faster audio encoding so you can enjoy your music sooner. Go up to 5.0 GHz with aggressive cooling solutions from AMD. What Is In The Box: CPU, Heat Sink and Fan(E3), Thermal Paste is already applied on the Heat Sink, FX Bezel Sticker, Certificate of Authenticity, Installation Instruction and a 3 Year Warranty and Instruction Manual
August 27, 2014
If you use the Google Chrome Browser, did you know there is a built in feature (called Cloud Print) that will allow you to set up your home (or work) based printer so that you can print to that printer from any web based device (such as your smartphone, tablet, Chromebook, etc…)? This is a really handy feature when you are out and about and would like to generate a printed hard-copy of a document. Once you have Google Cloud Print setup, Cloud Print gives you the ability to store and manage (keep a history) of your print jobs.
Google Cloud Print works with all printers, but for the best printing experience we recommend that you use a Cloud Ready printer. You can connect a printer to your Google Cloud Print account in seconds, and immediately start printing to it.
Connect a Cloud Ready printer
If your printer is Cloud Ready, follow your manufacturer’s provided instructions or see setup information for Cloud Ready printers.
Connect a classic printer
To connect your classic printer, enable the Google Cloud Print connector using a Windows or Mac computer that’s connected to the printer. You’ll need Google Chrome to be installed on the computer. If you’re using Windows XP, make sure you also have the Microsoft XML paper specification pack installed.
If you are like me, you most likely have a classic printer. The instructions to install a classic printer is as follows:
Once Google Chrome is installed, follow the steps below to enable the Google Cloud Print connector in Google Chrome.
- Turn your printer on.
- Log in to your user account on the Windows or Mac computer.
- Open Google Chrome.
- Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
- Select Settings.
- Click Show advanced settings.
- Scroll down to the “Google Cloud Print” section. Click Add printers.
- If prompted, sign in with your Google Account.