Make Google Your Personal Dictionary

May 26, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Make Google Your Personal Dictionary – One of my favorite Google Search tips is how to use the dictionary feature that is available in Google. It is quite simple, faster than grabbing a dictionary off of the shelf, and is one of the most overlooked tips out there.

Simply visit Google’s Search Page and type in the word define followed by a colon and the word you wish to get a definition. For example, if you typed define:computer you would get a result similar to what you see below.

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[COMPUTER SECURITY] Don’t fall for tech support scammers offering costly PC cleanup ‘solutions’ – We’re all familiar with how telemarketers occasionally interrupt our lives, often at the most inopportune times. However, even more upsetting is receiving an unexpected phone call claiming that your PC has been infected with viruses and can be cleaned only for a hefty fee. What’s worse is that the caller is almost certainly a fake — a bad guy who pretends to work for Microsoft or one of our partners… @The Official Microsoft Blog

[ANDROID – HOW TO] How to set up Daydream: Android’s overlooked, customizable docking screen – Let’s say I want to use that screen while my phone is charging or docked. Let’s say I want to use it as a digital clock or photo frame. I’m in luck (and so are you), because Android 4.2 and up actually has a little-known, built-in feature that allows me to do just that! It’s called Daydream, and it’s a quick, easy way to customize your Android device’s charging/docking screen to display practically anything you want… @greenbot

[SOFTWARE] Sandboxie – This innovative program makes it possible to run applications in complete isolation from the rest of your system – in a sandbox. This means that any problems that may crop up in an isolated piece of software do not spread to other areas of your system; this help to protect against full system crashes, and also the spread of malware. Sandboxie can also be used to run web browser sessions in isolation so that any malicious web sites that may be encountered are not able to cause any damage outside the sandbox… @Download Crew

[ALL-IN-ONE COMPUTER] Lenovo IdeaCentre C365 19.5-Inch All-in-One Touchscreen Desktop@Amazon

Lenovo IdeaCentre C365

Lenovo IdeaCentre C365

[TECH NEWS] U.S. may act to keep Chinese hackers out of Def Con hacker eventWashington is considering using visa restrictions to prevent Chinese nationals from attending popular summer hacking conferences in Las Vegas as part of a broader effort to curb Chinese cyber espionage, a senior administration official said Saturday… @Yahoo News

[WALLPAPER] Desktop wallpaper by Adan Vivar@Wallpapers Room

Desktop wallpaper by Adan Vivar


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Learning About Secure Boot In Windows 8

May 20, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Learning About Secure Boot In Windows 8 – This geek squeak is about a feature, called Secure Boot, that is built into the firmware architecture of the newer computers that make sure that your PC boots using only software that is trusted by the PC manufacturer.  When the PC starts, the firmware checks the signature of each piece of boot software, including firmware drivers (Option ROMs) and the operating system. If the signatures are good, the PC boots, and the firmware gives control to the operating system. From what I have read, Microsoft had encouraged the computer manufacturers to put this in place, as a security measure to prevent a Windows 8 computer from being compromised.

The problem I experienced with this, not working on computers as much since my retirement, is that I did not know about Secure Boot. I had attempted to boot a Windows 8 based (newer) PC from a third party DVD called Hiren’s Boot CD and the PC would not allow the CD to perform the boot process. I was in and out of the BIOS to make sure I had the CD/DVD drive in line to be the first boot device and it would not boot from the CD/DVD (or USB drive) due to the Secure Boot feature.  The PC, during the boot process, would look at the CD/DVD (or USB drive), BUT as indicated in the first paragraph Secure Boot did not recognize the signature and would bypass the boot disk and try to boot into Windows.

The workaround I found to this is that in the BIOS of this particular PC, I was able to disable Secure Boot and enable Legacy Boot. After I performed this task, the PC booted from the boot CD/DVD (or USB Drive). The process of disabling this feature varies, depending on the make and model of your computer. I encourage you to research this through your computer manufacturer.

To learn more about this and to validate my findings, please read Secure Boot Overview (at Microsoft) and Disabling Secure Boot.

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[FILE SHARING] Send Anywhere Transfers Files Quickly and Securely Across Devices – The big sell of Send Anywhere is that it uses P2P to transfer your files, without saving them on any server along the way. So once the transfer is done, the file isn’t going to be sitting on the cloud, waiting to be discovered by someone else… @lifehacker

[HOW TO] What You Need to Know About Text-to-911 – Text-to-911 is the ability to send a text message to reach 911 emergency call takers from your mobile phone or device. In the future, text-to-911 will be widely available in the United States. However, for now, the ability to contact 911 using text is only available on a limited basis in a few markets.… @FCC

[GADGET TOOL] Pocket Monkey – 3 screwdrivers (flat head, 2D phillips, micro flat), 6 nested hex wrenches (standard sizes), bottle opener, letter opener, and 6 more… @Amazon

Pocket Monkey

[COLLEGE COMPUTER] Tablet or Laptop for college? – As high school students take the summer off and begin to prepare for college, we are often asked what technology students should get for college.   Here’s our answer.  Both – maybe.  Why? … @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog

[SOFTWARE] Scan Documents And Save Them On Your Computer As A PDF – WinScan2PDF is a very small (~40k) and portable program that allows you to scan documents and save them on your computer as a PDF by using any installed scanner… @SoftwareOK

[BOOT DISK] Create bootable media using ESET SysRescue Live – Recently, a popular security company ESET has released its SysRescue Live bootable CD/USB. It is a free utility that allows you to create a bootable rescue CD/DVD or USB Drive. You can boot an infected computer from your rescue media to scan for malware and clean infected files… @The Windows Club

[TECH NEWS] China bans Windows 8 from being used on government PC  – Reuters reports that China’s Central Government Procurement Center posted word of the Windows 8 ban last week on its website. Oddly, the notice was part of a message on how the government could use energy saving products. However, the official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, later said the ban was to help ensure computer security… @Neowin

[ANDROID] Direct-to-Drive attachment saves added to Gmail for Android – Gmail for Android now lets you save attachments directly to Google Drive. The new feature is part of the latest version of Gmail for Android, which started rolling out on Monday via Google Play… @Greenbot

[WALLPAPER] Earth Map… @WideWallpapers

Earth Map


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The No. 1 Free, Powerful and All-In-One Utility For Cleaning Your Windows PC

May 14, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The No. 1 Free, Powerful and All-in-one Utility For Cleaning Your Windows PC – One of my favorite, all-in-one computer maintenance utilities is Glary Utilities.

Glary Utilities

I just happened to notice that a NEW version (5.0) is available. Glary Utilities features over 20+ utilities that will help you maintain and improve the performance of your PC. I also noticed that there is also an Android version of Glary Utilities available, as well…

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Get the Android Version [HERE]

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[HOW TO] How to Install Android 4.4 KitKat on Windows PC – This article will guide you on How to Install Android 4.4 KitKat on Windows PC. Be sure check all the prerequisites before you proceed with the steps… @TechSwatch

[SOFTWARE] Evernote2Onenote - a small tool to import Evernote notebooks to Onenote. Evernote2Onenote does not require installation. It can be run from any place. Just doubleclick on the file to run it… @Stefan’s Tools

[HOW TO] Create Reminders On Your Desktop. No Software Required – To create a reminder note, just right-click your desktop, choose New Folder, and create an empty folder whose name is the text of the reminder you want.  And that’s all there is to it!  Alternatively, create a new text document in the same way, to get a different icon… @gizmo’s

[WI FI ROUTER] Revolutionary Touch Screen WiFi Router + Range Extender –

Securifi Almond – (3 Minute Setup) Touchscreen Wireless Router / Range Extender

Securifi Almond - (3 Minute Setup) Touchscreen Wireless Router / Range Extender

Almond is a revolutionary device that brings touch to Wireless Routers for the first time in history. For the first time users can setup & maintain their router easily from its highly intuitive touch screen… @Amazon

[ANDROID] Free Android App of the Day – Make sure you visit Amazon to see what Android App they are giving away (daily). I personally visit the site daily and have managed to grab some fantastics apps that I normally would have paid for… @Amazon

[FREE ONLINE STORAGE] Copy – Store Protect and Share Amazing Things – Get 15GB and an additional 5GB by signing up[click here]

[WALLPAPER] Reflection of An Iceberg@ja.best-wallpaper.net

Reflection of An Iceberg

 


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FREE Self Managing Android Battery Saving App

May 11, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] FREE Self Managing Android Battery Saving App – I am big on the Android Smartphones; currently owning a Nexus 5. It has become (literally) my computer in my pocket; however, I learned early on that it is important to monitor its’ battery life on a daily basis in order to get the most out of my computer in my pocket. To assist me with this task is the FREE Android App called Battery Doctor (Battery Saver).

Battery Doctor

I have been using this app for quite awhile and can attest that it will significantly improve your battery life. It is smart in that it self manages and optimizes your phone in a way that it will shutdown battery eating background apps and hardware (such as bluetooth, wifi, etc…) when these components are not in use (or are not needed). There is also power management features built into the app  to let you know how much power your apps are consuming, how much battery is left, when is a good time to charge and when not too charge.

Overall, one of my favorite utilities on my phone that I highly recommend.

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[FREE SECURITY SOFTWARE] Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition – Baseline protection against viruses and all other types of malware. Using #1 ranked antivirus technology, it will detect and clean e-threats without causing slowdown or requiring configurations… MORE INFO

[WIFI EXTENDER] Extend range and provide a strong Wi-Fi signal for improved coverage – @Amazon

Belkin N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

Belkin N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

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[GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSION] HoverReader Displays Full Articles When You Hover Over The Link – Chrome: HoverReader, once installed, lets you hover over a link to a news article to see a pop-up display of an article preview or its full-text before you click. It’s especially useful if you’re browsing an article full of links, or want to preview an article before you click through on Reddit, Hacker News, or other news aggregators… @Lifehacker

[ONLINE GRAPHIC UTILITY] Background Burner - Quickly removes the background from any image or photo… @Background Burner

[TECH NEWS] Man arrested for 3D printing handguns in Japan – Yoshimoto Imura, a 27-year-old Japanese college employee, was arrested this week for possession of five 3D-printed handguns, two of them capable of firing lethal ammunition. Police did not find any live ammunition at his residence…@Neowin

[HOW TO] Tips to free up drive space on your PC - Getting a message that your PC is running out of room can be a stressful event—or, even a genuine emergency if you’re in the middle of an important project. The good news is you can probably free up a lot of space by using the following tips. But if you keep getting messages about low drive space, you might want to consider other options, including adding additional removable storage… @Microsoft

[WALLPAPER] Digital Art Freedom – @WallpaperStop

Digital Art Freedom


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Understanding The Difference Between Refreshing, Resetting Or Restoring Your Windows 8.1 PC

April 27, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Understanding The Difference Between Refreshing, Resetting Or Restoring Your Windows 8.1 PC– If you are a Windows 8.1 PC user and you are finding that your computer may not be running up to par; you have several options to either refresh, reset or restore your PC. It is very important to understand the difference between the three.  No matter what option you choose, ALWAYS back up your personal files.

  1. Refreshing your PC reinstalls Windows and keeps your personal files and settings. It also keeps the apps that came with your PC and the apps you installed from the Windows Store.
  2. Resetting your PC reinstalls Windows but deletes your files, settings, and apps—except for the apps that came with your PC.
  3. Restoring your PC is a way to undo recent system changes you’ve made.

The RESTORE option is the least aggressive, with the RESET Option being the most aggressive. Just remember, if you do a RESET you will lose your personal files and data.

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[CLOUD APP] Compress PDF Reduce the size of your PDF online – This app compresses your PDF in the cloud for free to a perfect size that is still good quality for emailing and uploading to the web… @smallpdf.com

[EXERCISE] This Graphic Walks You Through the Four-Minute Workout@Lifehacker

World's Fastest Workout

[ANDROID] 11 Android apps to make notifications more interesting – I love Android as much as the next non-Apple owning guy, but there are times when I get bored of using the same old operating system, and seeing the same boring old notifications. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of different ways to liven things up without having to root your phone, or in some cases, even spend a penny… @TNW

[FREE WINDOWS OFFICE SUITE] Kingsoft Office Suite – Provides friendly Word processing, Spreadsheets & Presentation software. I currently use this on all of my devices (instead of Microsoft Office)… @Kingsoft

[WIRELESS NETWORKING] An Omni-Directional Antenna That Delivers Wider Wireless Coverage – I have one of these and it works great in pulling your wireless signal in and around your house… @Amazon

TP-LINK TL-WN822N Wireless N300 High Gain USB Adapter, 300Mbps, Dual 3dBi External Antennas, WPS Button,
Support Windows XP/Vista/7/8

TP-LINK TL-WN822N Wireless N300 High Gain USB Adapter

[GADGET NEWS] Wicked Lasers Flashtorch flashlight starts fires with 4100 lumens of light – Wicked Lasers has unveiled its latest product called the Flashtorch. This isn’t a laser like we typically see from the company; rather this is a flashlight that has a massive 4100 lumens of light output. The light that the Flashtorch produces is white in color and the light is bright enough to do all sorts of things you could never do with a normal flashlight… @Slash Gear

[WALLPAPER] 3D Cat… @4Wallpapers

 3D Cat


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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

[FEATURED TECH SITE] geekOmad – The purpose of the geekOmad Technology Blog is to help you take maximum advantage of these 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

[FEATURED GEEK PRODUCT] Monoprice 18-Inch SATA III 6.0 Gbps Cable with Locking Latch [ CLICK HERE]

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Monoprice SATA 6 Gbps cables are certified to provide maximum speeds from your SATA system, up to 6 Gbps when used with equivalent devices and controllers… @Amazon


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

April 6, 2014


[
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

[VIDEO] Skydiver Almost Struck By Meteorite@YouTube


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