GEEK SQUEAKS – A Must Have Tool For The Tech Toolbox

February 27, 2014

One thing I learned from working with PC’s is always have a way out when things go south. When trouble surfaces, you have option in Windows by the nature of its’ build to turn back the clock and restore a PC to a prior time when things were running OK.  This is very useful when a software install goes wrong, or a Windows update is not playing well; and, during those occasions where a malware infection is suspected.

The problem is that you often have to drill down to get to the Windows Restore. To solve this problem, I came across a tool, that is available as a portable app, called Restore Point Creator that will allow you to easily create and manage restore points.

Follow the simple program layout and you have your System Restore Point created in no time at all…

System Restore Creator

Create System Checkpoint – Creates a System Restore Point with the name of “System Checkpoint made by System Restore Point Creator”

Create Custom Named – Asks you what you want your System Restore Point to be named and then creates one based upon what you inputted.

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[ANDROID] TimeLock – Your Hidden Safe is not only a timeless clock with an alarm function, but also a high security vault for your personal photos and videos. The vault itself is completely invisible, hidden in the design of the clock. The TimeLock™ integrates a powerful vault, which comprehensively protects all the backed up photos and videos in it, while offering unmatched usability… @Google Play

[SOFTWARE] A Call For Windows Beta Testers For PushBullet – PushBullet is actually an Android App that gives you the ability to push files, notes, pictures, and more to and from your devices.  The developers of PushBullet are looking for beta testers of their NEW Windows version of PushBullet. I know I am in…  @PushBullet Blog

[SOFTWARE] BS.MP3 – a simple folder oriented MP3/WMA audio files player. It treats folders as if they were albums of the songs. Very pleasant to enjoy MP3 and WMA files without bothered to make any playlist. It is aware of folder JPEG images and uses them as backgrounds for the albums. Click on the song title to toggle compact view… @BS Programs

[ACCESSORIES] DiMeCard micro8 microSD Memory Card Holder (Ultra thin credit card size holder, writable label)

DiMeCard

Ideal for use with microSD-compatible mobile phones, tablet PC’s, cameras, camcorders, games consoles, etc. Allows you to keep all your photo’s, videos, movies, emails with you off-line, always available even when your network is not… @Amazon

[NEWS] Hauppauge’s new multi-standard TV receiver works with NTSC and PAL TV – TV tuner specialist Hauppauge recently announced a multi-standard TV receiver designed for computers running either Windows or Linux. Specifically, the WinTV-HVR-1975 works with the NTSC standard used in North America as well as the PAL TV encoding system that’s popular in Europe… @TechSpot

[WALLPAPER] Northrop B-2 Spirit – @Picky Wallpapers

Northrop B-2 Spirit

[VIDEO – HOW TO] How to Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8 – Free & Easy – Windows 8.1 Update

How to Upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8

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GEEK SQUEAKS – Defining Refresh, Reset and Restore In Windows 8.1

February 25, 2014

The hardest part about using a computer is learning the language or jargon that is used. Learn the language and the rest comes easy!

Windows 8.1 is no exception. For example, did you know if you are having problems with your Windows 8 computer you can perform either a refresh, a reset or a restore? You can, but what does each of those terms mean in helping you resolve a specific problem?

Each term has a specific purpose that if not selected properly for the nature of your problem, could result in you losing personal files (such as your pictures, documents, movies, music, etc…). All the more reason that you backup those personal files.

So what does Refresh, Reset and Restore mean in Windows 8.1?

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.

Resetting your PC reinstalls Windows but deletes your files, settings, and apps—except for the apps that came with your PC.

Restoring your PC is a way to undo recent system changes you’ve made.

To learn more about and how to get to these settings (of Refresh, Reset and Restore) in Windows 8.1, go right straight to the Microsoft Repair & Recovery site [HERE] .

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MORE GEEK SQUEAKS
FROM AROUND THE NET

[CHROMEBOOK] Toshiba CB35-A3120 13.3-Inch Chromebook – Meet the new Toshiba Chromebook—the first device of its kind to feature a 13.3-inch diagonal HD display. Powered by Chrome OS™, this Chromebook has everything you need, already built in. It boots in seconds. Has no annoying updates. Browses faster. Sleek, lightweight and always up to date, the Toshiba Chromebook is an ideal choice for everyone. It is easy to use, easy to manage and convenient for everyday use… @Amazon

[ANDROID] Free Prints – Print photos quickly, easily and for FREE! Free Prints lets you order FREE 4×6 photos – right from your Android device! Printed on your choice of deluxe glossy or premium matte photo paper, you’ll have your FREE professional-quality pictures, delivered to your door within days, for JUST the price of shipping and handling… @Google Play

[VIDEO] The 10 Best Moments From Jimmy Fallon’s First Week on The Tonight ShowFor fans of Late Night, the first week of Tonight Shows was a relief: It’s the same guy after all! The Roots are still around! Viewers used to Jay Leno, though, they likely wondered exactly what it was they were watching, and why it was so much funnier. If you stayed away for fear of Fallon playing it a little too straight, don’t worry. We’ve got the best bits from his surprisingly polished first week right here… @Wired

 Jimmy Fallon’s First Week

[NEWS] SanDisk unleashes world’s first 128GB microSD card – The card, which is just .59-in x .43-in x .03-in, is also available in 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB capacities. The microSD card has a maximum data write speed of 30MBps, according to SanDisk. Pricing will range from $29.99 to $199.99 @ComputerWorld

[PORTABLE APP] Foxit Reader Portable – Foxit Reader is a fast PDF viewer that includes annotation capabilities, Javascript support, interactive form filler, and built-in text converter. The interface includes text reading, two page view, rotation, autoscroll, text view, skins, measuring, and supports drag-and-drop. Annotation tools include text “sticky notes” and standard text boxes, as well as form data import and export. Can insert images, bookmarks, and files (including audio and video)… @the Portable Freeware collection

[HOW TO] The art of finding your Windows 8/8.1 product key – Beginning with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, you may have noticed that there is no longer a sticker on computers or laptops that tells the Windows product key. Microsoft hopes to have fewer compromised keys by making them less obvious even though manufacturers were getting pretty good at hiding them under batteries or other removable slots on laptops… @404 Tech Support

[WALLPAPER] Fantasy Bottle @WallpaperAbyss

Fantasy Bottle


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring A Windows-Based Portable App Tool For Updating Windows

February 13, 2014

Today’s Geek Squeaks, I am featuring a portable app utility that, as an IT professional, may be a tool to include in your toolbox… It is called Portable Update.

Portable Update

To keep this short, Portable Update uses an external cache to store updates.  Once an update is copied to the cache, the same update can be used on multiple computers that would require the update.

When is an app like this useful:

  • When the computer reside on a secure lan isolated from internet;
  • When the computer to update doesn’t have access or can’t use a proxy server;
  • When is necessary to completely update a fresh-formatted computer with the last update before to connect it to network;
  • When the computer doesn’t have an hardware network connection at all;
  • When the network connection speed is too low or it is necessary to update the computer very speedily;
  • In all the other cases when is mandatory to have the complete control on the whole updating process without connecting the computer to the network.

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You Didn’t Forget Your Sweetheart Did You??? – If you are like me, my sweetheart says I am in another dimension and can’t remember my own birthday. Well, Valentine’s Day is here and if you need a bailout, check out Amazon’s FREE One Day Shipping on Jewelry. I know this may not be tech related, but it is…  Most tech guys I know are in the same dimension that I am, which cannot be described.  Anyhow, for those like me, here is your bailout for Valentine’s Day… @Amazon

System Mechanic – An excellent PC repair and optimization tool – Over the years I have seen ads for System Mechanic by Iolo Technologies, but never downloaded and tried its software. After being contacted by an Iolo representative, I decided to give the software a try on an older Windows 7 computer to see if the software performed as advertised… @ TCAT Shelbyville Technical Blog

TimeLock Is An Encrypted Photo & Video Vault For Android Disguised As A Clock App – A new, unique addition to this genre on Android is TimeLock, a free app that lets you hide your mobile media files behind a disguise. To anyone else using your Android device, TimeLock appears to be a simple clock app, but hidden behind it is a vault for photos and videos, protected with 256-bit military grade AES encryption. It also comes with alarm functionality as well as  a ‘desktop clock’ dock mode. Lets take a closer look… @Addictive Tips

1Weather Is The Most Loved Android Weather App On Google Play – “The Most Attractive, Feature-Packed Android Weather App We’ve Ever Seen” – Lifehacker — “The most beautiful weather app we’ve ever seen” – Android Police — “A Game Changing, Gorgeous Weather App” – Android Static… @Google Play

Your next smartphone is now closer to wireless charging – Like the Blu-Ray Disc and HD DVD standards (and Betamax and VHS before that), one wireless charging specification will eventually win out. Which one does will be decided by device manufacturers, not industry groups… @ComputerWorld

How to Create a System Image with Windows 8.1 File History – A previous tip showed how to create a system image in Windows 8. In Windows 8.1, Microsoft changed the procedure and made it harder to find. In this tip, I will give the new way to make a system image… @Gizmo’s

Norton ConnectSafe: Change DNS Server For Safe Internet Browsing – Norton ConnectSafe is a handy service that helps to change DNS server of your PC for safe Internet browsing. Once configured, it automatically blocks unsafe websites (like pornography, gambling, scam sites etc.)… @I Love Free Software

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Monitor Your Satellite Bandwidth Usage With Networx

January 2, 2014

When your internet connection is served through a satellite provider you soon find out that you are at the mercy of a bandwidth cap. Exceed the cap and things slow to a crawl, limiting what you can do.

The provider often gives you a set amount of gigabytes per month, which is eaten up not only by normal internet browsing; but, is also eaten up by the behind the scene operations such as windows updates, security software updates, etc… Some providers will give you bonus gigabytes that can be used during off hours (such as 2 AM to 8 AM) and in that scenario I recommend you schedule updates to occur during these so called bonus hours (at night).

In the end, if your internet connection is served through a satellite provider it is important that you plan a strategy to take advantage of the bandwidth that you are provided; but, how do you see how much gas (gigabytes) is left in the tank or how much gas (gigabytes) has been used?

Most satellite providers track your usage and post the usage on the online account you have with the provider. This option, in my opinion, is quite lame. Another more viable option is to use bandwidth monitoring software that will give you real-time visual results that can generate daily reports of your total usage.

I explored various software options to perform this task and finally settled on a FREE software option called NetWorx.

NetWorx is available as a full install or as a portable app. To give it a try, I would download the portable version and if you don’t like it, simply delete it. I think you will be wanting to keep it once you see that it gives you the ability to easily track your daily data traffic amounts.

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NetWorx is a simple and free, yet powerful tool that helps you objectively evaluate your bandwidth situation. You can use it to collect bandwidth usage data and measure the speed of your Internet or any other network connection. NetWorx can help you identify possible sources of network problems, ensure that you do not exceed the bandwidth limits specified by your ISP, or track down suspicious network activity characteristic of Trojan horses and hacker attacks.

Key Features

  • Clear graphic and/or numeric display
  • Usage reports with export to a variety of file formats, including Excel, MS Word and HTML
  • Permits close supervision of uploads and downloads
  • Works with dial-up, ISDN, cable modems, ADSL, Ethernet cards, and more
  • Includes network information and testing tools with advanced netstat that displays applications using your Internet connection
  • Option to notify user or disconnect from the Internet automatically when network activity exceeds a certain level
  • Speed meter to accurately time downloads and report the average transfer rates
  • Dial-up session journal with detailed information about every session
  • Absolutely free and does not contain any adware/spyware/malware

With NetWorx you can:

  • Find out and monitor how fast your Internet connection is
  • Find out and monitor how much Internet traffic you consume
  • Verify whether your ISP charges your Internet usage fairly
  • Detect a suspicious network activity on your computer
  • Perform simple network tests such as ping and trace route
  • Be notified about excessive Internet usage

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – December 3, 2013

December 3, 2013

KEEP YOUR SYSTEM UNDER CONTROL with System Explorer…

ALL MY FAVES will take you where you want to go online with just one click by offering a visual-based approach to Web navigation and site discovery.…

WHEN WILL AMAZON DRONE DELIVERIES BE AVAILABLE? That is only one question that is being asked in reference to this Jetsons generation idea…

GREAT DEAL on a combo pack of micro SD cards (for your smartphones, tablets, and digital cameras)

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System Explorer

What System Explorer does is provide you with detailed information about Tasks, Processes, Modules, Startups, IE Addons, Uninstallers, Windows, Services, Drivers, Connections, Opened Files and MORE…

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Main Features

  • Detailed information about Tasks, Processes, Modules, Startups, IE Addons, Uninstallers, Windows, Services, Drivers, Connections and Opened Files.
  • Easy check of suspicious files via File Database or the VirusTotal service.
  • Easy monitoring of processes activities and System changes.
  • Usage graphs of important System resources.
  • Tray Hint with detailed System and Battery status.
  • WMI Browser and System Additional Info
  • Multilanguage Support
  • System Explorer is REAL freeware!
  • Installer and Portable App versions are available

GET IT HERE


The Ultimate Homepage

I am not one for collecting a ton of bookmarks. I pretty much have my routine list of bookmarks that seldom change. One of the bookmarks on my list is to AllMyFaves… I especially like it in that it also comes up nicely on my smartphone and tablet and it pretty much covers all bases of the top sites on the internet.

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CHECK IT OUT HERE (NO INSTALL REQUIRED – WEB BASED)


‘What if an Amazon delivery drone crashes into me?’ and 6 other key questions

@ NBC News – Technology

You may have read where the CEO at Amazon has a vision, of not too far in the future, where you can order a product from Amazon and have it delivered to your doorstep via a drone; but, “What if an Amazon delivery drone crashes into you??? (and 6 other key questions)…

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Will spotting Amazon’s fleet of “Prime Air” drones soon be “as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today”? That’s what Amazon is saying, after CEO Jeff Bezos explained Sunday that the company would, in the future, deliver packages by quadcopter. However, that future may be a bit further out than the revolutionary retailer can say.. READ MORE


Transcend Dual Pack 32GB MicroSDHC Class10 UHS-1 Memory Card with Adapter

Excellent Upgrade For Mobile Devices – Transcend’s microSDHC Class 10 UHS-I memory cards can realize blazing-fast read/write transfer rates of up to 45MB/s (300x). This incredible speed not only helps you capture smooth Full HD video and high-speed consecutive camera shots, but also launches entertaining smartphone Apps noticeably faster.

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Compatible with devices with micro SD, microSDHC and microSDXC slot

CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – Happy Thanksgiving

November 28, 2013


HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM WHAT’S ON MY PC
- You can tell you ate too much for Thanksgiving when you have to let your bathrobe out—Jay Leno

DECORATE YOUR DESKTOP with these animated Christmas trees, lights and 3D snow globes…

A PORTABLE WEB BROWSER that you carry with you on a stick (flash drive)…

A TECHIE SET OF ADJUSTABLE DUMBBELLS to help work off the winter and holiday season fat…


We Give Thanks

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Our Father in Heaven,
We give thanks for the pleasure
Of gathering together for this occasion.
We give thanks for this food
Prepared by loving hands.
We give thanks for life,
The freedom to enjoy it all
And all other blessings.
As we partake of this food,
We pray for health and strength
To carry on and try to live as You would have us.
This we ask in the name of Christ,
Our Heavenly Father.

- Harry Jewell


Get Ready For Christmas With These Animated Christmas Trees, Lights and Snowglobes

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Add a fresh touch to your desktop and get in the Christmas spirit with these various trees, lights and snow globes.

No installation or un-installation required, just unzip the files and run. To access the settings, right-click on the tree.

GET ‘EM HERE


In My Opinion – Best Portable App Browser Out There

Pale Moon Portable

Over the holidays you may be at more than one PC to access your personal files and data on the internet. The thing you don’t want to do is leave behind are any traces or tracks that can compromise your accounts and privacy. A workaround to this is to use Pale Moon as your browser and to run it from a stick (flash drive)…  I have used this browser extensively from my flash drive and I can tell you it is the best one out there in terms of performance and security…

Pale Moon portable has been specifically designed to take with you on removable media with high wear and slow access, and its default settings reflect this.

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Pale Moon offers you a browsing experience in a browser completely built from source with carefully selected features and optimizations to maximize the browser’s speed*, stability and user experience, while maintaining compatibility with the thousands of Firefox extensions you have come to love and rely on.

GET IT HERE FOR FREE


Rapidly Switch From One Exercise To The Next With This Techie Set of Dumbbells

by Bowflex

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If you want to get a good strength workout at home, but don’t have much space, the Bowflex 552 SelectTech Dumbbells are an ideal solution. Newly designed, the innovative pair of 552 SelectTech Dumbbells combines 15 sets of weights into one using a unique dial system. It’s one of the most space-efficient and flexible strength-training options available with its unique and effective design. With just the turn of a dial, you can automatically change your resistance on each dumbbell from 5 pounds all the way up to 52.5 pounds of weight. It adjusts in 2.5-pound increments (up to 25 pounds), enabling you to gradually increase your strength without bulking up… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 24, 2013

November 24, 2013


CREATE AND MANAGE SYSTEM RESTORE POINTS
quickly and easily…

HP’s $89 MESQUITE ANDROID TABLET will be available on Black Friday…

SEND A GREETING CARD FROM YOUR PHONE with justWINK!!!

GET BLACK FRIDAY DEALS EARLIER than what will be in the stores…

Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

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Restore Point Creator

There are those occasions where we make software installs that creating a restore point in Windows can be a lifesaver. The problem in windows is that they don’t make it very easy to find that option. This little program, called Restore Point Creator makes it easy and the good part, it is available as a portable app.

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No more drilling through multiple menus in Windows just to create a System Restore Point, now all you have to do is run this program and that’s it.  Follow the simple program layout and you have your System Restore Point created in no time at all… GET IT HERE


HP to ship $89 Android tablet with Intel chip

@ ComputerWorld

I have always been a fan of HP products, through thick and thin. On Black Friday, HP will have a available an $89 android tablet that has an intel processor. Great way to get into the tablet world…

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HP’s Mesquite tablet, which has a 7-inch screen, will go on sale Friday of next week, according to Intel . The Friday after the Thanksgiving holiday is one of the biggest shopping days in the U.S. Locations of Walmart retail outlets offering the product were not immediately available… READ MORE


Send Awesome Greeting Cards With justWink! (Android)

@ Barry’s Best Windows, Android, and iPhone iPad Apps

There is an Android app for every occasion; even when you need to send a greeting card.

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Quickly find great cards for:
- Christmas!
– Holidays!
– Season’s Greetings!
– New Year’s!
– Valentine’s Day!
– Birthday!
– Thanks!
– Congrats!
– Baby!
– Wedding!
– Friendship!
– Couples!
– Just Because!
– And everything in between…

LEARN MORE HERE


Black Friday 2013 Deals Are Here

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You shouldn’t have to stand in a long line to get a great deal. Amazon has been searching for the best Black Friday deals everywhere–including Black Friday deals other stores are planning–so they can bring them to you even earlier. The limited-supply deals will go quickly, but new ones are added, as frequently as every 10 minutes, every day, during Black Friday Deals Week so you can skip the long lines… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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