GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring How To Use Your Smartphone As A Document Scanner AND Copier

April 15, 2014


[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK]
How To Use Your Smartphone As A Document Scanner AND Copier
– I recently made a decision to ditch my all-in-one inkjet printer due to the continued cost of inkjet cartridges. I decided to go with a basic level, black and white color, wireless laser printer where the cartridges are about the same price (as the inkjet). The printer I purchased was the Brother HL-2270DW Compact Laser Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex.

The positive sides to this is that I can print many, many, many more pages, at greater speed, with the laser vs. the inkjet; plus, I gained the benefit of the wireless printer technology (that I did not have). I try to not print anything at all; however, I recently took on another task in my life where hardcopies of documents is required.

The negative sides to this is I cannot print in color and can no longer scan documents; HOWEVER, if you read on, there is a solution.

I was not too concerned about the printing in color. Most of what we print at home is pictures (which is very costly); plus in my planning of all of this I decided if I needed pictures printed out, I would visit a local kiosk to perform this task (where the finished product is much better that the typical inkjet printer).  Now, losing out on the document scanner did have me concerned; HOWEVER, I came up with a solution (in my planning) to use my Nexus 5 Smartphone as my document scanner.

The Nexus 5 is an Android based phone; therefore I needed to find an Android app that was made to perform document scans. After trying many variations of Android document scanners, I settled for the app called CamScanner. The FREE version of CamScanner should be all you need.

CamScanner

What I am finding now, using CamScanner and after training myself (through experimentation), is that I can scan a document (using my smartphone) very quickly; and then following the scan can send and share the document at light speed.  For example, I will scan a document and then send it to any of my online accounts, such as my Microsoft OneNote notebook, my email account, my OneDrive account, etc… When you scan a document with CamScanner, the app will perform an auto-correction to line up the document, adjust the clarity of the document and convert it to a PDF file.  There are many manual corrections that can be performed, as well, within the CamScanner app.

Then the question came up in my mind, “What if I want to copy a document and print it???  With CamScanner this is not an issue.  Using my new wireless laser printer I was able to send print jobs directly to the printer (from anywhere in the world) using Google Cloud Print. By the way, your printer does not have to be wireless or Google Cloud Print ready to print from the internet (or the cloud).

In the end, my planning has so far paid off; plus, I am not caught up in the world of inkjet cartridges where the cartridges often cost more than the actual purchase of the printer. Also, give CamScanner a try. Once you learn how to use it, you will not miss that cumbersome inkjet all-in-one document scanner.

CamScanner – Available at the Google Play Store

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[GOOGLE CHROME SECURITY] Chromebleed – Displays a warning if the site you are browsing is affected by the Heartbleed bug… @Chrome Web Store

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[HOW TO] How to Remember All the Passwords You’re ResettingIf you’re like a lot of people, you probably think that you can come up with one indecipherable password, maybe one that isn’t even a word, and then reuse it because no one will ever guess. But the Heartbleed bug, like the hacks of Kickstarter and some Yahoo emails earlier this year, should have you questioning that assumption… @ABC News

[WINDOWS 8.1 UPDATE SOLUTION FOR DELL SYSTEMS] Dell DDA – Upgrading from Windows 8 to 8.1 - Having a problem uninstalling the Dell Data Access Software and upgrading to 8.1?  Here’s some tips… @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring Windows 8.1 Update Error Codes 80070020, 80073712, 0x80071a91, and 0x800f081f

April 13, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] If you are experiencing an error code (as indicated in the title) that is preventing the installation of the Windows 8.1 Update, then you needs to read this article (@WinBeta) to help get you on track. Sometimes the update reaches 99% and ends up reverting and requiring a restart… @WinBeta

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[ANDROID CAMERA APP] Whistle Camera Listens For An Audio Cue & Snaps A Picture – Launch the app and let out the faintest whistle you can manage. A pea whistle appears on your phone to show that the app heard you and a picture is snapped… @Addictive Tips

[EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE] My Passport Ultra – Ultra-compact, local and cloud backup to go – @Amazon

WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 with Auto and Cloud Backup

WD My Passport

Features at a Glance

Ultra-compact design with plenty of storage
Blazing-fast data transfers with USB 3.0 interface
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
Automatic backup software for local backups
Cloud backup through Dropbox
Password protection and hardware encryption

[NEWS] Brace yourself, here comes the mobile appsplosion – Smartphone and tablet apps are great. But now we’re facing a kind of app glut. Our smartphones are quickly becoming bloated with far more apps than anyone can manage… @Computer World

[WINDOWS SOFTWARE UTILITY] System Explorer (recently updated to V5.0) – This small software includes many usefull tools which help youKeep Your System Under Control . With System Explorer You get also fast access to File Database which help you to determine unwanted processes or threats . System Explorer is translated into 29 languages and is available for download in installer and portable version… @System Explorer

System Explorer

[FEATURED TECH SITE] geekOmad – The purpose of the geekOmad Technology Blog is to help you take maximum advantage of the methods, tips, technology news, latest trends and reviews at your leisure so that you spend more time doing things you really love. Whenever he gets time he writes about his professional experience in general PC Applications, Windows, Hardware & Networking (Wired & Wirelss) related issues and fixation… @geekOmad

[ANDROID CAMERA APPS] 4 Android Fast Camera Apps To Take Photos Instantly – In this list, we shall talk about 4 free fast camera apps for Android that let you instantly click photos on your Android device. Most of these apps are incredibly simple to use, and some of them don’t even require you to press the camera shutter button…
@I Love Free Software

[HOW TO] Take Awesome Astronomy Photos with a Smartphone and a Telescope – If you’re eager to start photographing the night sky, but you want to do so on a budget, it can be done—even with just a smartphone and a telescope… @lifehacker

[WINDOWS 8.1 UPDATE] Windows 8.1 Update 1 Tip: Manage Disk Space – Among the many small improvements in Windows 8.1 Update 1 is a set of new settings in PC Settings that help you manage your PC. And key among these is the new Disk Space settings, which lets you check and manage how your PC’s or device’s storage is being used… @Paul Thurrott’s Supersite For Windows

[ANDROID PDF READERS] Top 3 Android PDF Readers That Won’t Make Your Eyes Tired – While there are choices of great Android ebook readers out there, not all of them can read a PDF file, which is a shame considering that PDF is a common format of your textbook or technical guidance book. If you’ve been looking for the best Android PDF reader, you’d better check one of these apps… @Android Stars

[ANDROID NEWBIE ADVICE] 10 common mistakes Android newbies make – If you’re just learning the Android ropes, you might get tangled up in a mistake or two. Here are 10 ways to avoid problems and get the maximum benefit from your Android device… @TechRepublic


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring The Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac

April 8, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac – This datavac is actually a blower that is made to clean your computer and electronics more effectively than canned air (and safer than canned air).  Features a 500 watt motor at .75 HP, 4.5 amps, 70 CFM air flow. I recommend wearing safety eyewear when using this. Very powerful.  Excellent ratings… @Amazon

Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac

Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac

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[NEW MOUSE] Logitech introduces the G502 Proteus Core mouseLogitech introduces the G502 Proteus Core mouse. The mouse is corded and has 11 programmable buttons. The DPI can be adjusted in game from 200-12,000 DPI and you can tune the weight and balance of the mouse using the provided weights. The most exciting feature of the G502 Proteus Core is its ability to adapt to different surfaces. It will sense the surface and adjust the sensitivity accordingly… @404 TECH SUPPORT

[ANDROID – HOW TO] 4 Ways To Get Data Usage On Your Android Phone Under Control – Roaming on your mobile data plan is rarely cheap but almost always necessary. You can control how much data you use on your device by simply opting for a plan with a data cap and price to match your budget but you can take things a little further and manage your data plan better by limiting how data is used. Here are a few things you can do on any Android device to manage your data plan… @Addictive Tips

[WINDOWS 8] Hands-on with the Windows 8.1 Update (pictures)@c|net

[TABLET NEWS] Lenovo to roll out more low-priced Android tablets in MayMore inexpensive Android tablets with prices from $129 to $249 are coming from Lenovo. The new Tab A-series tablets, which will ship next month, have screen sizes ranging from 7-10 inches and are designed for Web surfing and home entertainment, Lenovo said. Other than screen sizes and weight, the tablets have mostly identical features… @COMPUTERWORLD

[WINDOWS 8.1 UPDATE] Windows 8.1 Update 1 is Now Available -The latest patch to Windows is largely geared at improving the experience for mouse and keyboard users, and also to add new amenities for those who spend most of their time in Desktop Mode… @Daily Tech


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring A FREE Android News Aggregator That Will Talk To You

April 3, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Newshog – A Google News aggregator that has the ability to read the news to you while on the go. I use this on a regular basis when traveling. Newshog is the only news app you will ever need. Very popular…

Newshog

NewsHog has many advanced features such as summarization, reader mode, text to speech, offline reading and translation that take the Google News experience to the next level. NewsHog is a worthy replacement for Google Currents or the News and Weather app… @Google Play

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[SOFTWARE] Folder Size review: Free tool shows the distribution of your disk space – Folder Size is worth the very minimal download time and disk space in that it provides useful information that is not easily extracted from File Explorer, which will let you can see the size of a folder, but not its relative contribution to total storage… @PCWorld

[WINDOWS 8 NEWS] 8 Things You Need to Know About Windows 8.1 Update – It’s sometimes hard to remember that Windows 8 has only been available for a year and half, and in that short space has taken three significantly different forms—Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and now Windows 8.1 Update. This revision is a result of the product team behind the operating system’s listening to the feedback from users: Sareen made a point of emphasizing that and that the primary motivation behind this Update is to address the feedback from mouse pushers and clickers, in particular.. @PCMag

[HOW TO] Speed Up Chrome for Android with this Settings TweakThis settings tweak, thanks to Redditor erythrocytes64, may give you a tidy speed boost, depending on your device.In short, what you’re doing is giving Chrome access to more memory, and eliminating that stutter you get when scrolling up and down pages… @Lifehacker

[ANDROID NEWS] Google to roll out Android KitKat 4.4.3 update for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 – The update which is yet to be pushed to the regular customers and would take around a month or more , Google is pushing it in the hands of the developers for testing purposes. With this new update, Google is expected to fix a number of issues KitKat now has, the issues includes keyboard crash and a fix to the camera app… @The Westside Story

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[ANDROID APP] CCleaner Beta in now available for Android – CCleaner which has been mostly used in Windows to boost performance by cleaning temporary and useless files residing on the system. The app has now also arrived for the Android devices under a beta release… @The Westside Story

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Free HD Wallpapers


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Preorder The ASUS Chromebox – AND MORE

March 13, 2014

How would you like a computer that starts up in seconds, has integrated malware and virus protection, is low maintenance, takes up very little space, is perfect for mom and pop, can be easily used as your home entertainment system, is inexpensive, and MORE???????

This may sound like the perfect computer and maybe it is. In the very near future ASUS will be releasing the ASUS Chromebox that will meet the specs, as described above. This is not a Windows based computer. It is a Google Chrome OS based computer that just may be a game changer.

ASUS Chromebox

Features-at-a-Glance

  • 4th gen Intel processors deliver the best performance for Chrome OS
  • HDMI and DisplayPort for dual display support and up to 4k playback1
  • Lightweight, small form design that supports VESA mount
  • USB 3.0 ports to easily share data from USB drives and devices
  • Dual-band Wireless-N connectivity for streaming HD media and seamless web surfing
  • Instant boot up in seconds saves you time
  • Chrome OS for a simplified, secure web experience that syncs all your Chrome services instantly and lets you use apps offline

If you think about it, most of our computing experience these days is online (in the cloud, as they say). The days of computers, as we know it, may be coming to an end; especially as these cloud based devices continue to evolve. I ask myself; especially, being a computer user for over 25 years, would I be satisfied with something like the ASUS Chromebox as my only computing source? I really don’t know at this point, but my geek instincts is telling me that this just may be the perfect computer setup.

The ASUS Chromebox can be pre-ordered [HERE]…  From what I am gathering, pricing will be around $180…

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[ANDROID] Sidebar Launcher Adds A Slide-Out Multitasking Panel To Android – Sidebar Launcher offers a quicker way to access different Android features and launch your favorite apps. It’s quite user-friendly and doesn’t seem to slow down older devices. You can launch it from anywhere by swiping in from the left edge of the screen. When opened, it presents you with several elements to add, including a time and date widget, quick settings like Wi-Fi and GPS, favorite apps, and other common settings. Each widget is called a ‘Card’, and you can add, remove and edit these on the fly… @ Addictive Tips

[HOW TO] Prevent access to Registry Editor in Windows 8 | 7 – In this post we will see how to disable, restrict or prevent access to Registry Editor or Registry Editing Tools using Group Policy Editor or by tweaking the Windows Registry in Windows 8 | 7… @The Windows Club

[WINDOWS] 3 Calculators Better Than The One in Windows – After trying out several different calculators, I rounded up three programs that in my opinion, are a tad better than the default Windows calculator… @Instant Fundas

[NEWS] Amazon Raises Prime Membership Fee to $99 a Year – The online retail giant on Thursday morning sent email to Prime members, informing them of a $20 price hike. This means the service will now set you back $99 a year, instead of $79. For existing members, the change will go into effect when your membership renews… @PCMag

[SECURITY] Adobe patches a critical flaw in Shockwave PlayerAdobe Systems released a new security update for Shockwave Player in order to fix a critical vulnerability that could allow attackers to remotely take control of affected systems. The vulnerability, identified as CVE-2014-0505, is the result of a memory corruption issue and can lead to arbitrary code execution. According to Adobe, the flaw was privately reported to the company and there are no reports of active exploits targeting it in the wild… @ComputerWorld

[ONLINE STORAGE] Save more with Google Drive – We’ve lowered the price of our monthly storage plans to $1.99 for 100GB (previously $4.99), $9.99 for 1TB (previously $49.99), and $99.99 for 10TB, with even more storage available if you need it… @Google Drive Blog

[WINDOWS 8] The BEST Start button and menu choices for Windows 8.1 – Seasoned Windows 8.x users might sneer at you for “going back to the old ways”, but there’s no question that if you use a keyboard and mouse and have limited interest in the Modern UI, a “real” Start button and menu can do wonders for your productivity. Here are our top 14 recommendations — free and paid… @BetaNews

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Super Colorful


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How To Skip The Windows 8.1 Start Screen When Logging In

January 21, 2014

If you have upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, there is now an option built-in that will allow you, when you log into the computer, to bypass the Start Screen and go directly to the Desktop.

I have been using Windows 8 since its’ inception and I am finding the Start Screen to be more of an aggravation than anything. Microsoft heard the complaints and provided this option in the Windows 8 upgrade (to 8.1).

Here are the steps to take to tell your computer to automatically go to the Desktop, when you log in…

  1. From the Windows Desktop, right mouse click the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen and choose properties on the pop-up menu.
  2. Click the Navigation Tab
  3. In the Start Screen section, select the checkbox labelled “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start”.
  4. Click Apply then OK

Taskbar and Navigation Properties

This does not disable the Windows Start Screen whatsoever. The easiest way to toggle between the Desktop and Start Screen is to hit the Windows key located on the left side of the keyboard between the Crtl key and the Alt key. You can also take the mouse pointer to the bottom left corner of the screen and click on the Windows logo when it appears.


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – December 4, 2013

December 4, 2013


NEXUS FLASHLIGHT
, a simple, but beautiful Android app to light your way…

The NEXT USB PLUG SPECIFICATION is currently being developed…

WINDOWS 8 FOR DUMMIES shows you how to navigate the Windows 8 interface, work with files, browse the Internet, set up e-mail, manage media, and more…

DOWNLOAD OFFICE 2013 QUICKSTART GUIDES from Microsoft…

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Nexus Flashlight

A down and dirty (nice looking) Android flashlight app that was originally designed for the Nexus line of smartphones, works on numerous other smartphone models, as well. I have this installed on my Nexus 5 and it serves one purpose only and that is to use the LED on my phone as a flashlight.

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Overview:

-Keep the LED on when switching the application or locking the screen.
-Create a notification for fast off-switching of the LED when not in the application itself.
-Turn on the LED on application start to save even more time.
-It is fast. You do not have to wait for multiple seconds to start the LED flash.
-Resizable Widget: Turn on the LED right from your homescreen
-Put the widget on your lockscreen (Android 4.2 only)
-Customizable widget to make it look like a standard app shortcut in order to integrate it nicer with other app shortcuts on your home screen(*) [DOES NOT WORK ON THE NEXUS 5]
-Shortcut to quickly toggle the LED without opening the main application
-Customizable widget text size (Android 4.1.2+ only)

GET IT HERE


The Next Generation Of USB Connector
Will Plug In Either Way

@ Popular Science

Did you ever get frustrated when plugging in that USB connector? Well, someone was thinking when they came up with the next generation connector.

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The new plugs and receptacles will be bilaterally symmetrical, so never again will you try and fail to plug in a USB plug because it’s upside-down!!!  READ MORE


Windows 8 For Dummies

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I have been an advocate for the Dummies series of book on computers and Windows for years… This book, Windows 8 for Dummies, is a great way to introduce yourself to this new operating system (which is very stable; but, can be confusing, at first, to navigate).

Covers all the basics of using Windows 8–core desktop components, managing files and folders, saving files, using Windows search, printing, and working in the cloud

Shows how to get online, set up and use e-mail, use the latest version of Internet Explorer, set up security and virus protection, add music to the media player, organize photos, and edit media

Includes coverage on using Windows 8′s new start screen on both a desktop computer and a touchscreen device

GET IT HERE


Office 2013 Quick Start Guides

You can’t beat the price on these; $FREE… Get started using Office 2013 with these FREE Quick Start Guides from Microsoft.

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If you’re new to Office 2013, you can download any of the free Quick Start Guides. These printable guides contain useful tips, shortcuts, and screenshots to help you find your way around.

GET THE GUIDES HERE


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