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

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[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

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 2, 2013

October 2, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (A Set Of Over 20 Software Utilities) – The number of optimization suites out there are numerous. Some you pay for; others are simply FREE. Today’s featured suite is Puran’s Utilities. You can download these FREE utilities individually or as a suite. Puran’s Utilities carries with it good ratings and reviews (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Did you know that as PC Users we have a tendency to overlook the power supply?) –  Tips4PC has a great article up about choosing the right power supply. I know from my own personal experience that the power supply is a major component in our PC and is the most overlooked. The manufacturers, when they sell us a PC, often are guilty of this, as well; and, will sell us an underpowered unit (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Google’s Good To Know Site): Many of us use the services and products that Google has developed. To help keep you safe and secure online, Google has created a “Good To Know” site that talks about security, privacy, identity theft, and how you can protect yourself (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (Microsoft Office As A Subscription): Many folks out there do not realize that you can purchase Microsoft Office as a yearly subscription (SEE BELOW)…

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Puran Utilities

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A set of more than 20 software utilities including but not limited to utilities that can help you get the best performance out of your computer. It also provides an automatic and a one click solution to keep your computer clean and error free… GET IT HERE


Choosing the Right Computer Power Supply

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Power supply is one of the most ignored parts of computers. The average computer user will discuss configuration details of main memory, RAM, motherboard etc before purchasing a new or used PC, but ignore the importance of having a good power supply… READ MORE


Good To Know –
A Guide To Staying Safe and Security Online

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  • Explore quick tips and how-to’s that explain what you can do to stay safe and secure on the web.
  • Get advice from parents at Google and family safety experts on how to help your family safely surf the web.
  • Google works hard to protect you whenever you use the web.
  • What is a browser anyway? Find out how to chat online, search effectively and more.

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Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium 1yr Subscription

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Office 365 Home Premium has all the Microsoft applications, plus cloud services. Just sign in and you can get to your Office files, applications, and settings when you are not at home.

The 2013 versions of familiar Office applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint include new features that help you create, communicate and work efficiently from virtually anywhere… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Upgrades To Two Of My Favorite FREE Productivity Software Packages

June 11, 2013

When you throw software and me (Rick) into the mix, it is all about productivity and efficiency. Today I was happy to see two of my favorite FREE productivity software packages get major version upgrades (not that they needed it).

The first one is WordWeb that has been upgraded to Version 7.0.  If you do not have WordWeb on your computer you are missing out on one of the best English thesaurus and dictionaries for Windows.

WordWeb

WordWeb is a one-click English thesaurus and dictionary for Windows that can look up words in almost any program. It works off-line, but can also look up words in web references such as the Wikipedia encyclopedia. Features of the free version include:

Definitions and synonyms
Related words
5000 audio pronunciations
65 000 text pronunciations

150 000 root words
120 000 synonym sets
Look up words in almost any program


The second one is Kingsoft Office Suite that has been upgraded to Kingsoft Office Suite 2013 (9.1.0.4056). I recently posted articles about Kingsoft, with the most recent being The Poor Man’s Microsoft Office. Save your money and try this out. It is very compatible with Microsoft Office.

Kingsoft Office Suite

Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2013 is perhaps the most versatile free office suite, which includes free word processor, spreadsheet program and presentation maker. These three programs help you deal with office tasks with ease:

Writer – Efficient word processor;
Presentation – Multimedia presentations creator;
Spreadsheets – Powerful tool for data processing and data analysis

Although it is a free suite, Kingsoft Office comes with many innovative features, including a paragraph adjustment tool, and multiple tabbed feature. It also has Office to PDF converter, automatic spell checking and word count features. In this latest version, new features such as watermark in document, and converting PowerPoint to Word documents are also supported.


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CloudOn brings Microsoft Office® to your Tablet Computer and Phone for FREE

April 11, 2013

Appears in today’s world of computing we are definitely moving away from the desktop form of computing to the more mobile form of computing, such as tablets and smartphones. In the end, no matter which direction we go, we still need to use the computer, whether it be in the form of desktop or tablet, to get our work done.

Working on a Microsoft Word, Excel or Powerpoint  file on a tablet vs. a desktop can be a real challenge. As we continue to move toward the tablet form of computing I am seeing more and more applications that are trying to emulate the desktop experience of using Word, Excel or Powerpoint on the tablet. As a matter of fact, I have many of these types of apps installed on my tablet and really in the end I am not using them to edit or create documents; instead, I use them more or less as a document viewers.

This past week I happened across another Android and iPad app, called CloudOn that really looks promising and is very close to emulating the desktop when it comes to creating, reviewing and editing your Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint files. Not only that, CloudOn can connect directly to your Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive Accounts; AND, the real topper is that CloudOn’s file viewer can view virtually any type of file (including PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.).

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So far, what I am experiencing, is a pretty darn good app that seems to have the right fine tuning in place for working with my Microsoft Office files; PLUS, CloudOn with its’ powerful viewing capabilities will replace many of the separate apps I have installed for those purposes.

The CloudOn Workspace allows you to:

• Use Microsoft Word®, Excel® and PowerPoint® on your Android Tablet and Phone to create, review and edit documents.
• Rename, delete and manage documents with your Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and SkyDrive accounts.
• View virtually any type of file, including: PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.
• Share files as links or attachments via email directly from the workspace.
• Display, edit or create charts, change formatting, spell check, insert comments, etc into any Word, Excel or PowerPoint files.
• Use the FileSpace to see a log of all the activity on file including edits, notifications and notes.
• Track changes while reviewing Word documents.
• Use pivot tables and insert formulas in Excel workbooks.
• Display and edit transitions in PowerPoint slides and present in full presentation mode.
• Open files directly from your device email accounts as well as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and SkyDrive.
• Automatically save documents to avoid losing changes.

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A FREE Alternative to Microsoft Office And Especially Microsoft Word

January 8, 2013

Most people at home think that when they buy a computer they have to throw the Microsoft Office Suite into the deal. Did you know that you can avoid the added expense and install other third party software that will get the job done for you and have the ability to read and write many of the Microsoft Office file formats?

Spending a lot of money on an Office Suite because you may write the occasional letter, does not make sense. If you are a student in school (or college) or a business person where Microsoft Office is a requirement, then it may make sense; and, even then (in most instances) people will only use the suite at home to view Office documents because they really don’t want to work from home.

Kingsoft Office SuiteRecently, I featured an Android Office Suite option for your phone and tablet called Kingsoft Office Suite for Android (see here).  I was so impressed with the Android version that I started to explore the Windows version that is available (for FREE) called Kingsoft Office Suite Free.

Kingsoft Office consists of a FREE word processor, spreadsheet program and presentation maker. You can download these components separately and in most instances you will only need the Word Processor (called Kingsoft Writer). To put this into perspective of how powerful (and compatible) the word processor is; Kingsoft Writer can open and edit all Microsoft Word files created with Microsoft Word 2003, 2007, and 2010.

Kingsoft Writer Free 2012 is a totally free word processor program with the qualities matching Microsoft Word and includes a wide range of easy to use features. It is the best Microsoft Word replacement supporting all the Word file formats including .docx. The easy to use user interface makes Kingsoft Writer an attractive choice of software for complete beginners and even the most advanced users. In addition, it introduced lots of useful functions including a built-in Word to PDF converter, automatic spell check, web layout view, etc.

So the next time you buy a computer, save yourself a considerable amount of money and give Kingsoft Office Suite FREE (especially Kingsoft Writer) a try…

Other Features of Writer Free 2012

Automatic Spell Check: Use the built-in spell checker to proofread your document. Any incorrect words are underlined in red.

Word Count: This feature helps to count the number of words in a document automatically. It can count pages, words, characters (with or without spaces) and paragraphs.

Word Document Encryption: Protect your privacy by preventing others from viewing or changing the files. Enter a read-only password to only allow document browsing and not modification. Enter read-write password to both browse and modify the document.

Mail Merge: A Mail Merging feature enables you to generate many documents at once that contain identical formatting, layout, text, graphics, and more in which only certain portions of each document vary.

Illustrations: A large range of clip arts, charts, shapes and pictures are available to choose from as well as several text effects, such as shadows, 3-D effects, wordart, outlines, emboss engrave, and more.

Cross-Reference: It offers cross-reference functions which refer to an item that appears in another location in a document. It can help you to find the content you are looking for as soon as possible and it also displays the structure of a book in a more systematical and compact way.

Equation and Symbol: A built-in equation editor is available for Writer which offers a number of often-used equations and operation symbols. You can easily insert and edit equations & symbols in your word document.

Various Document Viewing Methods: Diverse document viewing methods make it easy to edit your documents. These functions include the document map, gridlines, ruler, markup, and more.

One Click to Insert Blank Page and Page Break: It provides a useful function for inserting blank pages and page break that you can insert a blank pages or page break just by single-click.

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The Best Choice For Your Mobile Android Office

January 1, 2013

If you are an Android device owner (smartphone or tablet) and you are a Microsoft Office user it is important to have the ability to create, view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel or Powerpoint files, while on the go.

The android app that I settled with, that is FREE, is the acclaimed Kingsoft Office for Android. I have tested nearly every android app out there that is capable of creating, viewing and editing Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint files, and Kingsoft Office is, in my opinion, the best choice and the most accurate.

Kingsoft Office for Android

Kingsoft Office for Android is the only Android mobile Office with full-features FREE. It is currently the No.1 FREE Business App in the Google Play Market. Over 12 million people worldwide are using this mobile office app to edit, share, and collaborate on the go. It is widely used in various popular mobile phones like Samsung and HTC. For Samsung Galaxy Note, we have a special installer, learn more.

Two of my favorite features are the ability to read Adobe PDF files and the ability to upload and download files on Box.net, Google Drive and Dropbox, directly from the file manager built into the app.

Feature List:

  • Desktop Widget
  • Writer for Android
  • Spreadsheets for Android
  • Presentation for Android
  • File manager
  • Input file formats: Support 23 kinds of files, including DOC/DOCX/TXT /XLS/XLSX/PPT/PPTX/PDF
  • Output file formats: Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint 97 to 2010 formats: .doc, .docx, .txt, .xls, .xlsx, .pptx and .pdf.
  • Share documents via Email
    and Cloud Storage.
  • Easily open, view and send
    Email attachments.
  • Upload and download files
    on Box.net, Google Drive and Dropbox.
  • The interface is simple and easy to navigate.
  • The thumbnail wall helps you to find the recently opened files quickly.
  • The Desktop Widget provides convenient document previewing and editing functions.

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Appears Microsoft Is Pushing Us Into An Online Leasing Option Starting With Microsoft Office 2013

September 19, 2012

Typically in the past, when you purchased the Microsoft Office Suite, you shelled out a one time allotment of money to purchase the suite, whether it be a standalone license or a multi-user license. Technically, in this purchasing scenario the end-user (or purchaser) became the sole owner of the license which enabled the owner to use the suite for as long as they desired. For example, I have a license for Microsoft Office 2003, that  I am still using. Since that release there has been Office 2007 and Office 2010. From the viewpoint of being a home based computer user it was too expensive for me to keep upgrading; plus, I figured I would continue to use it as long as Microsoft supported it. Oftentimes, people who cannot afford to purchase the newest versions of the Microsoft Office Suite will resort to using pirated (illegal) versions of the software.

image Well, this is all about to change…  With cloud computing being the current technology, Microsoft will be offering the home-based computer user a leasing option for Microsoft Office 2013 called Office 365 Home Premium. You will still have the option of purchasing the boxed standalone version of Office 2013, but the licensing options are being constrained in such a way that it is obvious which direction Microsoft wants us to go.

The leasing option for home-based computer users, in words you can understand, is simply this…  You will subscribe to the Microsoft Office 2013 – 365 Home Premium Program online by paying a annual fee of $99 for an account. That $99 will you give you access to Microsoft Office 2013 on up to 5 computers and or any other internet enabled device such as tablet PC. Windows 7 or 8 and an internet connection are required. Keep in mind, this is all playing into the upcoming release of Windows 8, which has been specifically engineered to run as a desktop OS or tablet OS.

To get us all onboard with this change, Microsoft is currently providing an opportunity where you can download (and try) a 60 day preview of the program. At (or near) the end of the 60 days you will be alerted (and prompted) to purchase the leasing option of the full-release version of Office 2013 – 365 Home Premium (which will or should be available).

The preview version gives you the opportunity to see what is coming with the full release, such as:

  • A personalized Office experience on up to 5 PCs or tablets.
  • Powerful new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access.
  • Streaming full versions of Office applications with Office on Demand (PC running Windows 7 or 8 and Internet connection required).
  • If you’re also trying Windows 8 Release Preview, be sure to check out the OneNote Preview in the Windows Store. Keep your notes, pictures, voice memos, and web pages in one easy to access place so you have them when you need them.
  • Coming soon, with the full release of Office 365 Home Premium:
  • Talk to anyone using Skype, including 60 minutes of free international calls every month to landlines in over 40 countries and to cell phones in 7 countries. (Skype account required. Excludes special, premium and non-geographic numbers.)
  • Get an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive online storage for easy access and sharing of your documents.
  • Office for Mac

I can see pro’s and con’s to this new purchasing (or leasing) model.  What is your thinking on this?  To get the full scoop visit Microsoft’s Office 365 Home Premium site [ HERE ] .

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