August 29, 2014
I know from assisting home based computer users, they are reluctant to remove any software (good or bad) from their computer; fearing that the worst will happen. I came across a program, called “Should I Remove It?” that may be what the doctor ordered.
Oftentimes, computer users will install software, never to use it again and/or they install something that they wished they never would have installed in the first place. Deciding what is safe to remove and what is not is where “Should I Remove It?” will be helpful.
“Should I Remove It?” is 100% FREE, and does not bundle any additional software, that means no adware, spyware, malware or other types of shareware or free-ware.
If you visit the “Should I Remove It?” download page [here], I encourage you to scroll down and read the numerous reviews to give you the sense that this software is recognized as being safe and helpful in removing the crap from your PC.
August 29, 2014
One of my passions is software and when I come across something that is professional in stature and FREE, I really get excited.
Software developers are a completely different breed of people that are dedicated to a building process that can literally require years of devotion to get it just right or to keep up with changes. I do not think people really give enough credit to these folks. This past week I stumbled across a freeware developer called Icecream Apps that has produced a treasure trove of very usable high quality Windows based software.
Looking for something to post on the blog, I initially stumbled across one of Ice Cream Apps products; however, as I researched further I found that Ice Cream Apps has produced a whole array of products (see below). I encourage you to take a look at their products (again, all FREE); and if you do, I think you will find their level of production is comparable to and maybe even better than their commercial counterparts.
As a side note; The one product they produce (Media Converter) is something I was really looking for to convert media files. This converter also has built in to it a YouTube downloader that will give you the ability to batch download YouTube videos and music and convert them to various video and audio formats.
To make this easy, I have captured each product they produce (with a short description). Enjoy your Ice Cream!!!
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 are looking for a desktop computer, I came across this deal at DealNews:
Lenovo offers its Lenovo K450e Intel Haswell Core i5 3.2GHz Desktop (no monitor), model no. 57328801, for $579. Coupon code “K350E8801″ cuts it to$539. With free shipping, that’s $260 off list and the lowest total price we could find. Features include an Intel Haswell Core i5-4460 3.2GHz quad-core processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB 7200rpm hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, and Windows 8.1 64-bit. Deal ends September 3.
August 27, 2014
Looking for a way to convert your favorite music videos to MP3? Look no further… I have been on the hunt for an online YouTube video to MP3 converter and found quite a few; HOWEVER, I finally settled with a FREE service called convert2mp3.net – Online Video Converter. This service is cloud based, which means everything can be done to make the conversion by using your web browser, which means “no software to install”. I think the things that impressed me the most with convert2mp3.net is the built in search component, how fast the conversion takes place and that the end result of the conversion is excellent; PLUS, unlike many of the other services I tried, there are no surprise pop-up ad pages (that looked pretty shady to me).
Search for a video on YouTube, Dailymotion, Vevo or Clipfish and copy & paste the link (URL) of the video in the first box, select the file type and press “convert”. Alternatively you can search for a Youtube video directly. Just enter the video title in the second form and press “search”
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.
August 26, 2014
Once I get stuck on something, I am on it until I’ve exhausted it or I’m exhausted (which ever comes first). For some odd reason, I have been on a MP3 music kick; especially being focused on web based converters and web based players.
Today I happened across a Google Chrome App, called Trifling Trivial Worthless Rubbishy Player (TTWR player), that appears to be VERY NEW at the Google Chrome Store. What is unique about TTWR player is that does not pull music from the cloud (the internet); instead, it pulls the music from your local drive(s) using a web Google Chrome browser based user interface. The interface is minimalistic and easy to navigate. Simply browse for a music folder on your computer and TTWRP will begin playing your music. You can do a song loop, a song list loop or song list shuffle. Pretty cool idea for a browser based player that ultimately makes playing your locally stored music an easy task. I am interested in seeing this app being developed further and feel this is a definite plus for people who have Google Chromebooks (click here to see a Chromebook). Again, this appears to be a very new app (so expect a glitch or two).