GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring Steps To Clean Your Flat Panel Monitor (and other screen devices)

April 6, 2014


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FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] – How To Clean Your Flat Panel Monitor – Most of the time when we decide to clean the monitor it is at a time when we are not really prepared to do it.  We’re sitting there and it is something obvious (like a smudge, a fingerprint, a bug etc.) that catches our attention and motivates us to to perform a cleaning. Ant

As a result of this, we end up using glass cleaner and paper towels, which is a big “NO, NO”…  Paper towels or any paper product for that matter contains micro-particles that can scratch the monitor; AND glass cleaners contain chemicals (such as ammonia, alcohol and phosphates) that can damage the optical coating.

5 Step Process:

  1. Turn “OFF” the monitor (actually turn “off” everything including the computer, etc. OR better yet unplug the monitor from its’ power source).
  2. If available, use a can of compressed air to remove any dust particles.  Believe it or not, dust particles can causing scratches.
  3. Use a lint free (microfiber) soft cloth, similar to what you use to clean eyeglasses with, to remove dust particles.
  4. If necessary dampen the cloth with “water” (recommend 50/50 distilled water and vinegar mix), and gently wipe the screen off.  Do Not use commercial cleaners, as they contain damaging chemicals; and, again do not use paper towels or tissues (can scratch the screen).
  5. Post a sign, “Touch my screen and you’re a goner!”  For some reason, some people have to be all “touchy feely” with monitors.  Flat panel screens are not designed to be touched (unless it is a touch screen monitor, tablet, smartphone, etc…).

    NOTE:
      These same steps can be used to clean devices that are designed to be touched (such as smartphones, tablets, touch screen monitors, etc…)

If your flat panel monitor is really dirty, there are commercial LCD, LED, Plasman monitor cleaning solutions and micro-fiber cloths available at most office supply stores.

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 4, 2013

October 4, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (AOMEI Backupper – “No brainer” Disk Backup and Imaging Software) – You may well know that in the coming upgrade release of Windows 8.1 you will have to really dig deep to get to the disk imaging component that was in Window 7. To remedy this issue, I went on the hunt and found a disk backup and imaging program that I can attest to being very good, easy to understand and serves as a good backup strategy; especially for home-based users (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Remember 1995 – The Windows 95 Game Called Hover?)–  You can go back in time in your web browser and play the same game and even play against 8 others (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Desktop Client For Your 50GB MEGA Account): The September 28th Geek Squeak roundup, I featured a bit about MEGA and their 50GB online file storage offering. Today at Addictive Tips I learned that MEGA has BETA released a desktop client where you can sync folders on your computer with your MEGA account (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (Online Streaming of Movies and TV Shows ): I am a big fan of Amazon and I am really liking the idea of their Prime Membership that gives you access to their movie collection, TV Shows, Kindle books and more (SEE BELOW)

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Microsoft Lets You Relive Your Windows 95 Years Through Any Browser

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Official MEGA Client For Windows Appears; Syncs Multiple Local Folders With The Cloud

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 2, 2013

August 2, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

  • A very cool and easy way to keep your data secure and safe on your USB Flash Drive (or computer);
  • I love weather apps and I truly think I found the mother of all weather apps that is not only beautiful, but very practical;
  • Curiosity the Mars Rover has been on Mars for a year. I encourage you to watch this video, 12 Months In Twelve Minutes; Curiosity’s First Year On Mars; AND,
  • The Google Chromebook has caught my eye and is a good example of what direction computing is heading !

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Beautiful Weather Graphs and Maps

@ WeatherSpark

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Geek Squeaks’ for July 18, 2013

July 18, 2013

One of my passions is finding reputable resources and applications for home based users that can be used in confidence. Today’s round up of Geek Squeaks’ is no exception:

Create Your Own Customized Start Page with YOURLS (my favorite);

Optimize your computer with this collection of utilities;

Must read tips on protecting our kids on the internet;

Soon our watches will be smarter than us; and, last squeak for today,

An inexpensive Wi-Fi wireless video (monitoring) camera…


YOURLS Allows You To Create A personal Startpage
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YOURLS has by far become my favorite startpage. It keeps getting better and better.

Features

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  • Drag and drop pages, lists and urls
  • HTML5 Local caching (your startpage even loads when you are offline)
  • Import/Export your bookmarks
  • Extensions for popular browsers like Google and Firefox
  • Make your URL pages public and share them
  • Have your favorite search engines all in one place

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Toogles – A Fresher, Less Annoying Interface To YouTube

February 5, 2013

Today’s post is not a long post, but it is a good one! If you enjoy searching for and watching YouTube videos; OR, you simply want to see what is trending, make sure you take a look at Toogles

Toogles

Toogles is absolutely awesome in that it uses a minimalistic and simplistic approach to watching YouTube videos without all of the extra fluff. As a matter of fact, you do not even sign into an account. Simply go to Toogles  [HERE] AND start watching or searching. Once the page loads I guarantee you it will take you less than 10 seconds to figure Toogles out…  It’s so easy a geek caveman could figure it out!

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Believe Nothing and Verify Everything – Golden Eagle Snatches Kid Video

December 20, 2012

When it comes to computers, information technology, and the internet; I have a motto, “believe nothing and verify everything”. Just because it is on the internet, DO NOT let that lead you to believe that the source is reputable. It is this false sense, that the internet is the brain of the universe that knows all, that get’s us into trouble.

For example, three students that attend a school in Montreal, that specializes in 3-D animation design, recently posted a video (that was made up in product simulation) of what purportedly shows what is described as a Golden Eagle snatching a child in a Montreal park.

This video was so believable that it chalked up over 5 million views on YouTube in one day and at the time I posted this article, the video was nearing the 19 million view mark. I bet these guys who developed the video got an “A+” on this video project

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How to Determine What Videos Are Topping The YouTube Charts?

November 25, 2011

When I visit YouTube I am often looking for the videos that are topping the charts (most popular). This can be a challenge; however, there is an easy way to see what videos are topping the charts for the day, week, month and even all time.

Simply visit youtube.com, but add the word charts to the web address.  It will look like this in your web browser:

 http://youtube.com/charts

YouTube Charts

Not only can you determine what is popular at the moment for the most viewed videos, you can also determine what is topping the charts for the Most Discussed Videos, the Most Liked, the Most Viewed HD Videos, and the Top Favorited.  Hmmm… Is favorited a word?

YouTube Charts

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