An Android App Lock That Is FREE and Awesome

April 23, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] An Android App Lock That Is FREE and AWESOME – After experiencing Android, my Nexus 5 Smartphone has become an extension of my desktop computer and of me (in the physical sense)… If I were to lose my smartphone, not only would it cause an emotional reaction and response, it would be like losing my right hand. It is my computer in my pocket and what people do not realize is that these smartphones, after a period use, is also your profile in your pocket that contains a wealth of information about you, as the person. If you concerned about the security of your phone, the first thing to do is lock the phone down so that if the phone is lost it becomes difficult to access the content of the phone.  Android has a couple of options built in to do this.

The second thing to do, is go to the Google Play store and download Lockdown Pro. This app gives you the ability to lock down individual apps on your phone and is very customizable. I have been testing this app for sometime on my Nexus 5, and it awesome (and is completely FREE with no advertisements).

Lockdown Pro

Lockdown Pro is the BEST app lock and privacy protect tool, it can lock any app, such as SMS, Gmail, Facebook, Whatsapp, SnapChat, Instagram, Viber, Line, Evernote, etc and special apps including Lock install/uninstall apps, Lock incoming calls, etc.

One-tap to lock Apps.

Auto lock new-install app.

Auto lock & unlock when you get in/out your setting locations.

Auto lock & unlock when connect/disconnect with wifi.

Active lock apps with a SMS

Three password modes: Pattern Lock, Classic Lock & Calculator Lock

Fake Error Message (Distract from unauthorized access.)

Random keyboard password

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[HOW TO] Coiling a USB power cord – This is an easy way to tidy up cord that are too long or in the way. Great for the car or desk… @Instructables

[CLOUD APP] ZenPen – A minimalist writing zone, where you can block out all distractions and get to what’s important. The writing!… @ZenPen

[WINDOWS 8.1 UPDATE] Windows 8.1 Update tip: Clean up that disk space now – 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

[MUSIC SOFTWARE] Tired of handling playlists? – 1by1 is a small, fast and handy audio player which is not only small: it provides a smart and versatile environment to handle your file collection and listen to your tracks – with no need for playlists or databases… @mpesch3

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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


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

April 15, 2014


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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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[FREE WINDOWS SOFTWARE] All-in-one Design Tool, Screen Capture, Image editor, Color Picker, Pixel Ruler and More (PicPick) – An all-in-one program that provides a full-featured screen capture tool, an intuitive image editor, a color picker, a color palette, a pixel- ruler, a protractor, a crosshair and even a whiteboard… @PicPick

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

[FREE WINDOWS SOFTWARE] mp3DirectCut – a fast and extensive audio editor and recorder for compressed mp3. You can directly cut, copy, paste or change the volume with no need to decompress your files for audio editing… @mpesch3 Audio Tools

[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

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[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…
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[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 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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[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] Tweetz is a Simple, Attractive and Efficient Desktop Twitter Client – Tweetz is a good option to consider if you don’t need power tools but want a clean and simple interface for Twitter… @Lifehacker

[SECURITY] Permanent Fix for Microsoft Word Zero-day Releasing Next Week – As Windows XP and Office 2003 check-in for their very last Patch Tuesday *ever* next week, Microsoft is also making available a fix for the zero-day flaw discovered just two weeks ago. As I reported in Vulnerability in All Versions of Microsoft Word Could Lead to Computer Takeover, the flaw is a serious one… @WindowsITPro

[WALLPAPER] Windows Crash – @Desktop Nexus

Windows Crash

[NEWS] Congress To Hold Hearing On ‘Cuban Twitter’Congress announced that it will hold hearings next week following revelations that a U.S. government agency secretly created a “Cuban Twitter” communications network, while Cuban officials condemned the program and asked the U.S. to cease “illegal” and “covert” operations on the island… @NBC News

[WINDOWS 8 NEWS] Microsoft to restore Start menu to Windows – Microsoft this week gave customers a bare-bones peek at the future of Windows, saying that the next iteration after Windows 8.1 Update will restore a Start menu and let users run “Metro” apps on the classic desktop… @ComputerWorld

[ANDROID APP] WebMD for Android – WebMD for Android helps you with your decision-making and health improvement efforts by providing mobile access 24/7 to mobile-optimized health information and decision-support tools including WebMD’s Symptom Checker, Drugs & Treatments, First Aid Information and Local Health Listings. WebMD the App also gives you access to first aid information without having to be connected wirelessly – critical if you don’t have Internet access in the time of need… @Google Play

[FEATURED WINDOWS COMPUTER] Lenovo IdeaCentre C560 23-Inch All-in-One Desktop@AMAZON

Lenovo IdeaCentre C560 23-Inch All-in-One Desktop

[FEATURED TECH SITE] TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog – The Tennessee College of Applied Technology creates blogs for all of the different classes at this higher education institution as part of an online learning center found on our homepage.  Through the cooperation of WordPress (They support educational institutions!) we created this blog to communicate with students.   This Technical Blog is for the Computer Information Technology class and whoever wants to read it… @TCAT Shelbyville

[HOW TO] Getting Started Tutorials For Windows 8.1 – You’re at the right place. Whether you’re brand new to Windows 8.1 or Windows  RT 8.1, or just want a refresher, these 10 tutorials will show you the basics… @Microsoft

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Geek Squeaks – Featuring An Antivirus With Practically No Impact On Your PC’s Performance

March 27, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Bitdefender Antivirus FREE Edition – When it comes to the frontline protection of my PC at home (on the cheap), I personally depend on the FREE edition of Bitdefender.

Bitdefender Antivirus FREE Edition

What I especially like about Bitdefender is its’ reputation for providing ironclad security without slowing down your computer and that it is virtually maintenance free (built in autoscan that focuses virus detection efforts on risky areas).  I have been running the FREE edition for quite awhile and have installed it on other PC’s and have not one complaint… @Bitdefender

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[ANDROID] Antivirus FREE for Android – Bitdefender Antivirus Free utilizes high-detection engines, coupled with in-the-cloud scanning capabilities, to keep Android devices safe from attack – with minimal impact on resources. Malware Protection – Cloud Scanning – Low Battery Impact… @Bitdefender

[NETWORKING] Need a small wireless access point or wireless router? – Here’s one of the smallest, feature packed and powerful routers for under $30.  The NetShair Nano by iogear offers some of the most features money can buy.  Here’s how it works (interactive)… @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog

[HOT NEWS] Amazon to Unveil Free TV and Movie Streaming Service: ReportThis new service, which could launch “in the coming months,” according to the Wall Street Journal, would offer original programming like its comedies “Alpha House” and “Betas,” as well as music videos. It could also include TV shows and movies licensed from other sources… @NBC News

[HOW TO] Send Email to OneNote – Another neat new OneNote capability – With last week’s expansion of OneNote as a platform, Microsoft has added a nice new capability: You can now send email messages from your inbox to your OneNote-based notebooks… @Paul Thurrott’s Supersite For Windows

[SOFTWARE] Recover Your Router Password (RouterPassView) – RouterPassView enables you to recover your router password and wireless network keys if you have a backup of your router configuration saved as local file. It can load and decrypt the configuration file, providing you with a list of all passwords and keys that are stored in the file… @SnapFiles

[HOT NEWS] It’s Official: Microsoft Releases Office for iPad (And yes, Hell has frozen over) – As expected, Microsoft today announced Office for iPad, which is really a set of new mobile productivity apps—Word, Excel and PowerPoint—plus an update to OneNote, which was previously available. These apps aren’t upscaled versions of the Office Mobile apps on iPhone, they’re all-new apps engineered for the unique iPad capabilities and screen size… @WindowsITPro

[TABLET COMPUTER] The sharpest 7″ tablet screen ever – Nexus 7 from Google – The world’s highest-resolution 7″ tablet puts over 2.3 million pixels in the palm of your hand. With 323 pixels packed into every inch, you can read text that’s sharper than the printed page, see images more vivid than the highest quality photo magazine, and watch videos come to life in vibrant 1080p HD… @AMAZON

[WALLPAPER] Blue Burst… @Microsoft

Blue Burst


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Two Must See and Must Get Quickies For Today

March 26, 2014

[SPECIAL PROMOTION] Special Offer by True Image Backup Products – GEGeek contacted me about a promotion that Acronis is running, for World Backup Day; where, if you purchase any Acronis True Image backup product, between now and April 1st, they will throw in 250GBs of Cloud Backup for FREE! If you are a geekster, then you know what Acronis is all about and that is is a great offer. Not only are you getting a reputable imaging and backup product; you are getting a hard drive in the sky… @Acronis

[AMAZON APP OF THE DAY] NeoCal Advanced – The past couple of days Amazon has been on a good run with their giveaway (paid) Android apps. Each day Amazon posts and Android app to giveaway.  Some days are better than others. Today, worthy of a geek squeak, Amazon posted, for FREE, the Android App NeoCal Advanced ($9.99 value) which is an advanced calcuator ( with advanced scientific, financial, statistical, date and time, programmer, and conversion functions)… @Amazon (today only)

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