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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GEEK SQUEAKS OF THE WEEK – Featuring the FREE Version of Microsoft OneNote

March 22, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Microsoft OneNote – Many of you may be familiar with Microsoft OneNote, which Microsoft describes as an “extension of your brain”.

Microsoft OneNote

The HOT NEWS this week is that OneNote is now FREE everywhere. This means that you can download, sync and use OneNote on all of your computing platforms. OneNote is now available on: PC, Mac, Windows tablets, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone, Android and the Web. And they’re always in sync with each other.

OneNote, in comparison to many other note keeping applications, is very featured enriched. Personally, I am testing OneNote out on all of my devices to see where it will stand in my life of hoarding information… @What’s On My PC

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[ANDROID] Selectively Lock Android Apps In Multiple Ways With Lockdown ProLockdown Pro, this awesome app offers basic as well as advanced app locking features for newbies and seasoned users alike, and looks great while at it. Featuring multiple PIN & pattern options, geo-fencing, stealth mode to conceal the app’s very presence, and several great-looking themes for the unlocking screen, this should be a must-have on every Android phone and tablet out there. And best of all, it’s completely free, without even any ads!… @Addictive Tips

[GOLD BOX DEALS] New deals. Every day. Shop Deal of the Day and more daily deals and limited-time sales. I hit this everyday looking for that tech bargain (or any other bargain in general)… @Amazon

[HOW TO] How To Transfer Evernote Notebooks To OneNote – Evernote2Onenote tool is a handy tool to automatically import all required Evernote Notebooks to your OneNote account. It doesn’t matter whether notebooks are synchronized or local, any notebook with all notes could be imported from Evernote to OneNote using this simple tool… @I Love Free Software

[WINDOWS] – Geek Uninstaller – Standard removal program leaves tons of leftovers on your PC. GeekUninstaller performs deep and fast scanning afterwards and removes all leftovers. Keep your PC clean! Use Force Removal for stubborn and broken programs… @Geek Uninstaller

[ALL IN ONE DESKTOP] HP Pavilion 23-g010 23-Inch All-in-One Desktop – Less than $500… @Amazon

HP Pavilion 23-g010 23-Inch All-in-One Desktop

[WINDOWS] 3 Calculators Better Than The One in Windows – After trying out several different calculators, I rounded up three programs that in my opinion, are a tad better than the default Windows calculator… @Instant Fundas

[FEATURED TECH SITE] – Android Awesomeness (featured at Bookmarks4Techs) - Android Awesomeness is all about Android and it’s apps. We strive to review at least one new, awesome app a day. What’s an awesome app you ask? An awesome app is a well designed, functional app, that follows the Android Design Guidelines. And also, it’s just a matter of taste… @Android Awesomeness

[HOW TO] Make the Most of Your Multiple Monitors in Windows – If you already have a computer that can handle multiple monitors, just plug in the power cord for your monitor and hook it up to the extra VGA or DVI port. Then it’s time to really get started… @lifehacker

[NEWS] Windows XP Migrations Should Take the Path of Least Resistance – I realize there are some companies that are actually migrating to Windows 8, but with the limited amount of time left, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with migrating to Windows 7, and Microsoft should state that… @WindowsITPro

[HOW TO] How to speed up your Android phone in 2 easy steps – Before we begin, this method will only work for phones running Android 4.0 and above. If you have an older device such as the Samsung Galaxy Ace and are running Android 2.3, then this guide unfortunately won’t apply. There are still ways of speeding up these older phones however, and we’ll have a guide for that real soon… @gadget helpline

[NEWS] This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs – In an attempt to lure people off its 13-year-old Windows XP operating system, Microsoft will pay $100 to XP users who upgrade to a new Windows 8 PC. The promotion, run via the Microsoft Store website, is open to users who ditch their Windows XP systems and buy new machines. The money-off offer applies to PCs costing $699 or more that are bought from Redmond’s online shop… @The Register

[WALLPAPER] – F-16 Fighting Falcon… @Good-Wallpapers

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GEEK SQUEAKS OF THE WEEK – Featuring CrowdInspect (Detect Untrusted Or Malicious Network-Active Processes)

March 19, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK]  CrowdInspect – Today’s lineup of Geek Squeaks’ starts out with a FREE (community based) portable tool called CrowdInspect. What this tool does is help alert you to the presence of potential malware processes that may exist on your computer.

CrowdInspect

CrowdInspect is a host based inspection tool that will help you identify these malicious processes by using multiple outside (and reputable) sources of information including VirusTotal, Web of Trust (WOT), and Team Cymru’s Malware Hash Registry CrowdInspect can be used during Incident Response process to rapidly identify potential malicious running processes on a machine… @CrowdInspect

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[SECURITY] WinPatrol adds Safe Update, Restore Deleted Files features – BillP Studios has updated its snapshot-based security tool for Windows with the release ofWinPatrol 30.5.2014. The new incremental release comes with two major new features, plus an upgrade discount for XP users as End of Life approaches. The first new feature allows WinPatrol users to restore files previously deleted by the program. The second new feature is restricted to users of the paid-for Plus version, and comes in the shape of a new “Check for Safe Updates” button… @betanews

[HOW TO] How To Hook A Wireless Mouse to Your Android Device - If your one of those folks that miss using a physical device with your computer powered devices, and you happened to purchase an Android powered device, then your in luck. With the latest operating system, the Jellybean operating system, and newer, you can have the ability to use a wireless mouse with your Android powered device, and even a physical keyboard… @The Tech Tip Channel

[NEWS] I quit! 10 things that drove me out of IT – For what seemed like an eternity, I served as a support tech for a managed service provider (MSP). Starting the job, I had no idea what I was getting into. As the saying goes, “If I knew then what I know now….” Would I have stepped foot into the world of remote support? It’s hard to say. What is not so hard to say is why I eventually gave up being a support technician. In fact, I can give you 10 reasons why… @TechRepublic

[WIFI SECURITY] SoftPerfect WiFi Guard – A simple tool which makes it easy to detect intruders on your local network. No install – Portable App… @SoftPerfect

[TABLET COMPUTER] Lenovo Yoga Multimode 10-inch Tablet With Epic 18-Hour Battery Life

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Yoga Tablet 10′s pioneering design incorporates a battery cylinder and kickstand on the side of the device, shifting the center of gravity and opening up multiple usage modes: Hold, Tilt, and Stand. In hold mode, the weight of the device falls into your palm rather than your fingers, making it more comfortable for reading and browsing. Lay it down for Tilt mode and you have a perfect viewing angle for typing or gaming. Flick the kickstand and rest it upright in Stand mode to comfortably watch videos, listen to music, or video-chat… @Amazon

[ANDROID] – NewsHog: Google News & Weather – NewsHog is the most comprehensive, feature rich, free news aggregator on Google Play. NewsHog gives you the most news on any topic or location of your choice,aggregated via Google News! NewsHog has many advanced features such as summarization, reader mode, text to speech, offline reading and translation that take the Google News experience to the next level. NewsHog is a worthy replacement for Google Currents or the News and Weather app… @Google Play

[NEWS] Experts: ‘Very Unlikely’ Missing Malaysian Jet Was Hacked – Several versions of the hack theory have bubbled up, however. For example, one theory suggests that a person placed malicious software into the plane’s systems to force it to change direction mid-flight. It would be “astronomically difficult” for someone to get that kind of access.. @NBC News

[WALLPAPER] The First Day of Spring… @WallpaperStop

The First Day of Spring

 


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring Google Chrome’s Remote Desktop App – AND MORE

March 11, 2014

Did you know you can access any remote connection enabled computer with the same Google Account? You can with Google Chrome’s Remote Desktop App. The nice thing about this app is that Chrome does not need to be opened on the remote computer.

Google Chrome’s Remote Desktop App

If interested in giving this a spin, visit the Chrome Remote Desktop App page (in the Chrome Web Store) where you can install the app.

Once installed and you open it for the first time, you will go through an authorization process and will be asked to see your email address (which is the validation key to your account); to see your other activated Chrome remote desktop computers; to receive (and send) chat messages so that the computers can talk to each other; and, authorization to allow remote access even if no one is at the PC using the application.

Need more help with this, check out the Chrome Remote Desktop App Support Page…

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[ACCESSORY] An All-In-One Wireless Router, Power Bank, Wireless USB Storage Reader, and Media Sharing Device – The NEW HooToo TripMate HT-TM01 is the perfect solution for your network needs away from home… @Amazon

HooToo TripMate HT-TM01

[MS OFFICE] Service Pack 1 available for Office 2013 – Full Download links… @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog

[ANDROID] The 3 Best Android Apps of the Week! - (Forest Live Wallpaper, SlideLock, Trunx)… @Barry’s Best Windows, Android, And iPhone iPad Apps

[WALLPAPER] Cars Wallpaper Set 3 @Awesome Wallpapers

Cars Wallpaper Set 3

[WINDOWS]  CDBurnerXP 4.5.3.4643 -CDBurnerXP is a free application to burn CDs and DVDs, including Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs. It also includes the feature to burn and create ISOs, as well as a multilanguage interface. Everyone, even companies, can use it for free. It does not include adware or similar malicious components.

[NEWS] Windows XP: 28 Days LaterApocalypse, and if you’ve not read through the comparison yet, grab it from the inline link. But, is anyone wondering what will actually happen after April 8, 2014 when Windows XP is finally laid to rest? Will a moment of silence at its passing explode into a full scale malware war?… @WindowsITPro


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Set, Forget, Simple and Fast Backup Software

March 6, 2014

I actually forgot about this software being on my PC. It is called Bvckup; and, it is designed to make maintenance free backup copies of files and directories.

Bvckup

Once you perform the initial setup (which is very easy to do), Bvckup will do the rest of the work for you. For example, I have four main (root) folders on my PC that contains the bulk of my personal files. After performing the initial setup, Bvckup will automatically perform backups of these files and folders in real time (anytime a file or folder changes). The program will also alert you to any errors it may encounter. I discovered, as a result of running, Bvckup that I had some directories (or folders) where there was some file corruption going on.

Bvckup is currently FREE and is in the Beta stages of development.

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FROM AROUND THE NET

[NEWS] The Windows XP Death Threat Notice is 2934207 – Many of you already know that Microsoft is releasing a pop-up alert as part of March’s Patch Tuesday. The pop-up produces a recurring (every 8th of the month unless disabled) notification for Windows XP users that states the OS’s expiration date (April 8, 2014) and provides a link for those who just didn’t know to read more. The link sends clickers to a page that explains the end of support and offers Windows 8.1 as a migration choice (despite Windows XP not being upgradeable directly to Windows 8.1)… @WindowsITPro

[GIVEAWAY] Win a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB GDDR5 Video Card – DomsTechBlog.com, in partnership with Elite Gaming Computers is giving away a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 OC 2GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 3.0 DVI-I/DVI-D/HDMI/Displayport SLI Ready Graphics Card. This is an awesome card that boasts a 4.7/5 star rating on Amazon… @Dom’s Computer & Tech Blog

[BROWSER EXTENSION] Streamus turns YouTube into the music player – It’s a Google Chrome extension that makes streaming YouTube refreshingly easy… @Streamus

[HOW TO] How to zip and compress files on Android with ES File Explorer – If you’re storing files locally on your Androiddevice, compressing them can save you precious storage space. If you need to send files over a mobile connection, compressing them beforehand may also keep your data usage down. One of the easiest ways to compress files on your Android device is using the app ES File Explorer@c|net

[WALLPAPER] Sailing Ship Against The Moon… @Wallbase

Sailing Ship Against The Moon…

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