GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring A Windows 8.1 Update Install Marathon On A HP Computer (following a hard drive failure).

April 20, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] A Windows 8.1 Update Install Marathon On An HP Computer (following a hard drive failure) – This squeak is from a personal experience that I will keep short; therefore, a chopped up description.

Windows 8.1 Update

Have you ever ran a marathon and you thought there was no end? To me the experience below was unbelievable and was like running a marathon.

My Father’s All-In-One HP computer, running Windows 8.1, still under warranty, had a hard drive failure. Called HP, patched to India, on the phone for an over an hour to run the diagnostics and listen to them trying to scare me into buying the extended warranty. Hard drive failure confirmed, patched to another person in India who kept telling me how wonderful I was. Hard drive shipped (within 3 days), and installed (in less than 15 minutes); then, the real fun began.

The drive shipped with HP’s Windows 8 recovery software.  My objective was to get the machine up and running, then upgrade to Windows 8.1…

Long story short, started at 6 pm and finished after 1 am.  Over 7 hours to run the recovery, download all of the Windows updates, and download/install Windows 8.1.  The time involved did not include the other tweaking required to get my Father’s PC back to the point he originally was at (i.e. printer install, third party software installs, cosmetic changes, etc…).

I am definitely, at my next visit, going to image the disk…  Has anyone else experienced this?

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[MICROSOFT OFFICE] Microsoft Launches Cheaper Office 365 Personal – First unveiled last month, Office 365 Personal lets you run Microsoft’s cloud-based document creation and editing suite on one PC or Mac and one tablet for $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year. Office 365 Personal is available online, at Microsoft stores, and through online and retail partners… @PCMag

[REMOTE PC ANDROID APP] Chrome Remote Desktop – Securely access your computers from your Android device. On each of your computers, set up remote access using the Chrome Remote Desktop app from Chrome Web Store. On your Android device, open the app and tap on any of your online computers to connect… @Google Play

[COMPUTER ACCESSORIES] Vantec CB-ISATAU2 SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter Supports 2.5-Inch, 3.5-Inch, 5.25-Inch Hard Disk Drives – The SATA/IDE-USB Adapter gives you the flexibility of connecting almost any type of drive to your computer via USB.  SATA, 3.5-inch IDE, 5.25-inch IDE, and 2.5-inch IDE drives are all supported and can be easily hot-swapped to your system.

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Vantec CB-ISATAU2 SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter

The included external power adapter will allow you to power your drives outside your system giving you the ability to quickly add or swap between drives without opening your case.  The SATA/IDE-USB adapter incorporates 3 interfaces to one USB adapters… @Amazon

[COMPUTER BACKUP SOFTWARE] FREE Backup Software Protects System & Data of Your PC – Back up your most important files and folders on a regular basis. Create a system image to keep Windows and applications safe. Back up entire hard disk or specified partitions, or just cloning them. Save time and effort with automatic, incremental, and differential backups… @AOMEI

[WEB APP] Zenpen - A minimalist writing zone by Tim Holman, to get you into that zone, where you can focus on the writing – with none of the distractions… @ZenPen

[HOW TO] Windows 8.1 Update tip: Clean up that disk space nowNow that you’ve had about a week to play around with the update—which brings the taskbar to the modern UI, among other welcome additions—the next few days present a good time to clear up extra space on your hard drive by getting rid of some Windows Update files.How much space you’ll recover depends on whether you’ve ever run the Disk Clean-up utility, and the number of different Windows versions you’ve ever run on your PC… @PCWorld


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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Today’s Geek Squeaks – December 13, 2013

December 13, 2013

MONITOR THE STATUS OF YOUR FAVORITE WEB SERVICES, with “down right now”, to let you know when there is service trouble…  Thanks to GEGeek for this submission…

CLEAN MASTER (CLEANER) FREE – MOST DOWNLOADED ANDROID CLEANER and Ram Booster recently udpated with a new user interface (that looks awesome). This is a great utility to help keep your Android phone or tablet running in tip top shape…

TODAY’S RANDOM TECH SITE PICK is a site that gives you hope; Computer Hope that is…

A WEAK-PASSWORD PREVENTION SYSTEM that will try to guess each character of your password before you type it.

WATCH, PAUSE, AND RECORD TV ON YOUR PC, in a window or full screen.

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down right now

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You know the feeling: you’re happily using one of your favorite web sites when, all of a sudden, you’re interrupted by an error message. It can be frustrating. Is there a bug in the web site, or is your Internet provider acting up again? Where can you turn to find out if others are having the same problem?… CHECK IT OUT HERE


Clean Master (Cleaner) – FREE

(Android)

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Memory Boost/Task Killer – Boosting apps and games speed is much easier with Clean Master.

Clean - Delete those junk files (cache and residual) that take up valuable storage space.

Clear
– Protect your privacy by deleting personal information like your search and browser history

App Management
– Move apps to an SD card, remove pre-installed apps and backup .apk files

GET IT HERE


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

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(as listed @ Bookmarks4Tech.com)

Replace Windows Explorer with Multi Commander – Microsoft Windows Explorer is great for general file management tasks. However, there are several more complicated tasks that Windows Explorer is unable to handle. This is where Multi Commander can come in handy… READ MORE


Use this Site to Help You Create Stronger Online Passwords

@ Gizmo’s

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Want a way to help you create passwords that are harder to crack? The web has many sites that claim to test how strong your passwords are. Many of these simply look at the length, which can be misleading. Others try to do better by looking at the variety of character types used. However, many of the tricks used by hackers are not tested by these sites. Now Microsoft Research has come up with a new site that is more sophisticated and may help you to create better passwords… LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS SITE (AND TEST YOUR PASSWORDS)


Hauppauge 1196 WinTV-HVR-1250 PCI-E x1 TV Tuner

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The WinTV-HVR-1250 lets you watch ATSC digital TV as well as QAM digital TV and analog cable TV directly on your computer. ATSC digital TV, which typically requires an antenna for reception, is the over-the-air HDTV standard for North America. ATSC broadcasts range in resolution from standard definition up to the high definition 1080i format… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 14, 2013

November 14, 2013

SNAPY the resizeable, movable & adjustable Android camera app that’s always there…

FASTSTONE IMAGE VIEWER WAS RECENTLY UPDATED to include a “design and print” feature that gives you the ability to print multiple images with text and effects on one page…

SOME ELEMENTARY STEPS you should always take to troubleshoot and resolve PC problems…

AN ULTRABOOK THAT THINKS IT IS A TABLET or is it a tablet that thinks it is an ultrabook???

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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Snapy Is A Floating, Resizable Android Camera App
With A Built-In Editor

@ Addictive Tips

One of my everyday reads is Addictive Tips… Recently they posted a really cool Android App called Snapy that changes the way you use the camera on your smartphone and tablet.

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When was the last time you used a Camera app on your smartphone or tablet and you said ‘wow’? Because today just might happen to be that day after you use Snapy, The Floating Camera on Android. Unlike any traditional camera app, Snapy is designed to let you take photos no matter where you are or what app you’re using… READ MORE


FastStone Image Viewer Update

The only image viewer that I have on my PC and carry on my flash drives (as a portable app) is FastStone Image Viewer. This application does more than just view images. It is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. Once you learn how to use FastStone image viewer you will become a user forever…

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Most recently FastStone Image Viewer was updated to include the following:

Added “Design and Print” (press Alt+P), which allows you to print multiple images with text and effects on one page

Improved “Adjust Curves“. Now you can click and drag in image to adjust the curves directly. Endpoints of the curves are adjustable

Added “Print Size” option to the Resize tab of the batch convert tool

Added support of video files to the batch rename tool

Added “Auto-Resize” option to the image-scanning tool

Added “Show in Google Maps” and “Show in Google Earth” buttons to the “Image Properties” window. These buttons will be visible if the image has GPS information

Many other small improvements and bug fixes

GET IT HERE


Five Really Simple Tricks and Tips
that Solve a Lot of PC Problems

@ gizmo’s

Another daily read of mine is gizmo’s freeware. Today they posted an article that I can truly relate to that you should first try when you are experiencing PC problems. You do not need to be tech savvy to use these tips. I don’t know how many times, myself, I have told people experiencing PC problems to check the cables, reboot, turn the device on/off, etc…  All elementary steps, but necessary steps!

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After you work with PCs for a while, you learn some really simple tricks that solve many of the problems that plague PC users. These tricks are not in any instruction book but they work in a surprising number of situations. Here are five that I have used over and over… READ MORE


Acer Aspire P3-171-6820 11.6-Inch Convertible 2-in-1 Touchscreen Ultrabook

A fully functioning 11.6″ Windows 8 Ultrabook that transforms into a sleek and stylish tablet… Now how cool is that!

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Key Features

  • 11.6″ HD 1366 x 768 resolution, Acer CineCrystal™ LED-backlit TFT LCD with integrated 10-Point multi-touch screen, supporting finger touch and image auto rotation
  • Windows 8
  • 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3339Y Processor 1.5GHzwith Turbo Boost Technology up to 2.0GHz
  • 4GB of DDR3 On-Board System Memory
  • Intel® HD Graphics 4000with 128MB of dedicated system memory
  • 120GB Solid State Drive
  • Optimized Dolby® Home Theater® v4 audio enhancement
  • Two Built-in Stereo Speakers
  • Integrated Digital Microphone
  • Acer Invilink™ Nplify™ 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Certified™
  • Bluetooth® 4.0 + HS
  • 1- USB 3.0 Port
  • 1 – Micro-HDMI™ out with HDCP support
  • 5MP Rear-facing HD camera
  • Front-Facing HD Camera
  • Sensors:Gyroscope, E-Compass, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor
  • 4-Cell Li-Ion Battery
  • INCLUDES Protective Case with Bluetooth Keyboard

CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 30, 2013

September 30, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (How To Restore, Refresh or Reset Your Windows 8 PC) – Get “how to” instructions, straight from the horses mouth, to restore, refresh or reset Windows 8. Hopefully, this never becomes an option, but there are those rare occasion where knowing how to do this may be your best option (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Why fixing computers for FREE is not a good idea?) – TechRepublic posted an article citing ten reasons you should not fix computers for free. What timing? I have been working my way out of assisting people for FREE with their computers. The reasons that they reflect are right on. Trust me, I know (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Remember The Old Windows Media Player): Check out Media Player Classic Home Cinema. It looks identical to the old Windows Media Player from years gone by; however, this replica supports all common video, audio and image file formats available as well as video playback (SEE BELOW); AND,

Squeak #4 – (Dual Monitor Stand): If you have a multi-monitor setup, you should consider looking for a stand to mount those monitors. There are numerous configurations to choose from. Featured today is the most economical stand I could find for a dual monitor setup (SEE BELOW)…

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How to restore, refresh, or reset your PC

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Applies to Windows 8 and Windows RT – If you’re having problems with your PC, you can try to restore, refresh, or reset it. Restoring your PC is a way to undo recent system changes you’ve made. Refreshing your PC reinstalls Windows and keeps your personal files, settings, and the apps that came with your PC and apps that you installed from Windows Store. Resetting your PC reinstalls Windows but deletes your files, settings, and apps—except for the apps that came with your PC… SEE HOW HERE


Ten reasons not to fix computers for free

@ TechRepublic

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Don’t get the wrong idea. There are some people that I truly don’t mind helping. I would never refuse to help my wife with a computer problem, nor would I cut off my mother. Unfortunately though, the majority of those that I have helped have abused the situation. As such, this article is a list of ten reasons why I don’t recommend fixing PCs for free… READ MORE


Media Player Classic Home Cinema

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Media Player Classic Home Cinema is a lightweight, open source media player that supports all common video, audio and image file formats available as well as video playback… GET IT HERE


Dual Freestanding Monitor Stand

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Support 2 screens in a horizontal position. The two arms are easily adjustable. Arms will swing into a comfortable position. Pole Height is 19.5″ Weight capacity: 13lbs Each. Up To 24″ wide-screen monitors Meets VESA 75*75 or 100*100mm. With a weighted metal base… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Windows Repair (All In One) – A GREAT Utility For The Tech Toolbox

April 19, 2013

imageWhen it comes to computers we can find ourselves getting into all sorts of situations where it is very difficult to assess and fix the problem.  For example, a couple of friends of mine recently ran into a situation where the windows updates service was broken on a computer they were working on and they had to resort to researching the matter on the internet in order to get a fix. The fix in this situation was not a fix that everyday computer user would want to attempt, due to edits to the registry being required.

I applaud my friends for finding the fix and making the fix work. As a result of this specific situation I started to explore around for an easier solution; and, just by chance happened across a utility called Windows Repair (All In One) , that not only will fix the Windows Update service, but a whole host of Windows OS based problems.

Windows Repair (All In One)

What I want you to keep in mind with this utility is that this utility is geared toward someone that has knowledge of the Windows operating system; however, if your back is against the wall and you know you are in deep doo doo, then what the heck, give the Windows Repair (All In One) a try.

Tweaking.com – Windows Repair can do the following:

Reset Registry Permissions
Reset File Permissions
Register System Files
Repair WMI
Repair Windows Firewall
Repair Internet Explorer
Repair MDAC & MS Jet
Repair Hosts File
Remove Policies Set By Infections
Repair Icons
Repair Winsock & DNS Cache
Remove Temp Files
Repair Proxy Settings
Unhide Non System Files
Repair Windows Updates
Repair CD/DVD Missing/Not Working
and more…

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Official Mac OSX Leopard Wallpapers

Phone for Google Voice & Gtalk (Android) –
Make Free Calls Over Wi-Fi

Reblog: Best Free Online Applications and Services

Affordable, Shared, Wireless HP LaserJet Printing
In The Home or Office

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An Easy-To-Use Program To Fix, Speed Up, Maintain And Protect Your PC

February 4, 2013

One of the biggest complaints I often hear from people who use a computer at home is that over time their computer gets slower and slower. This often occurs as result of installing numerous software programs and failing to perform routine system maintenance.

When I hear this complaint, I will often help them clean up their PC and then refer them to Glary Utilities which features a 1-Click Maintenance feature that will help keep their PC clean, help protect their privacy, and even acts as a layer of protection from spyware and adware.

Glary Utilities

Glary Utilities provides an always-on, automated, all-in-one PC care service just by one click, including quick and thorough scan for issues like invalid registry keys, dangling shortcuts, unnecessary startup items, junk of temporary files, Internet history and spyware. Then a second click on “Repair Problems” and you can speed up system performance a great deal. One-click Maintenance makes it easy to optimize system immediately and doesn’t bother you with multiple steps.

Glary Utilities does not stop there. Glary Utilities features numerous other maintenance tools, referred to as modules, where you can individually select tasks that you desire to perform.

Glary Utilities

Clean Up & Repair Module – Disk Cleaner, Registry Cleaner,
Shortcuts Fixer,  and Uninstall Manager.

Optimize & Improve Module – Startup Manager, Memory Optimizer,
Context Menu Manager, and Registry Defrag.

Privacy & Security Module – Tracks Eraser, File Shredder, File Undelete, and File Encrypter – Decrypter.

Files & Folders Module – Disk Analysis, Duplicate Files Finder, Empty Folders Finder,  and File Splitter – Joiner.

System Tools Module – Process Manager, Internet Explorer Assistant,
System Information, and Windows Standard Tools..

If you are concerned that a change is made to your PC and you wish you could revert the change, it is possible with Glary Utilites through its’ built-in restore Center.

Glary Utilities

So, instead of putting out big bucks for some the PC maintenance utilities out there, you may want to consider the FREE version of Glary Utilities.  It is very easy to understand, is low on system resources, is also available as a portable app and will run on Windows 8, 7, 2000, XP, Vista. (32/64bit version).

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Microsoft Offers Windows 8 Pro Upgrade To Students
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Invoice App for Free on Chrome Web Store: InvoiceFox

SB Raspberry Pi Case (Clear)

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A PC Tech’s Quick Reference Web Site

December 28, 2012

Just when I think I have found most of the golden nuggets on the internet, I come across another. While performing an update to the Bookmarks4Techs listing, a visitor to the site contacted me and suggested that I add the tech site GEGeek – PC Tech Quick Reference to the listing.

GEGeek

What I expected to find was a tech blog, but what I came across is a Geek’s paradise for anyone who is into computers; and especially,  computer repair & troubleshooting. While you are there, pay special attention to the GEGeek Tech Toolkit.  This toolkit should be called a Tech Tool Shop…  It is a 1.0 gig download and contains everything, as a tech, you would ever need.

An excerpt about the author of GEGeek:

This site is the culmination of years of CAREFULLY selecting a handful of links to assist me on my current job, personal consulting work and of course my own PCs. Not every site has all useful links ⁄ articles, but there were always one or two gems to be found on every site I visited. Keeping them readily available and manageable became quite a chore, so i created this site just to help me organize them and provide a quick reference . The “How To” is assumed knowledge, I just provide the quick reference.

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