FREE Backup Software That Provides Basic And Advanced Features (such as disk imaging)

July 23, 2014

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[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] FREE Backup Software That Provides Basic And Advanced Features (such as disk imaging)

I have been involved in computers in some form or another for over 25 years. My strength has always been in the area of software and learning what I needed to know to keep the flow of the workplace healthy. I will tell you right off the bat, I am not an expert; however, give me a little time and I will find the answer. Since my retirement, my desire to keep up with the trends has not diminished; AND, if anything it has become even more focused. I have learned to become a master of computer information.

My focus is no longer in a workplace setting, but is more in the direction of what can I contribute to help folks at home. Today, I want to push you in a direction of making sure you are backing up your data (documents, pictures, music, etc…) and even backing up your entired hard drive.

One of the first things you need to do is get yourself a good external drive that will become an extension of your computer and can be easily removed (and stored away) if need be (depending on how important is your data to you). I currently use several external drives, with one of those drives being a portable hard drive (see examples here). I use this portable hard drive to store a backup image of my entire hard drive that will capture every bit of data on the drive at the time of the backup. I then remove the drive and store it off site. I know there are numerous cloud computing backup options out there where you can move your personal (and private) files to the cloud. Even with this option being available, I still (highly) recommend the process of backing up your data and external drive (at your house). This all may sound like a pain, but really it is not; especially when I introduce you to AOMEI Backupper Standard.

AMOEI Backupper Standard is a FREE backup software solution that I can personally attest does work (especially the disk imaging component). AMOEI gives you the ability to perform a system backup, a disk backup, a customized files/folders backup and a partition backup.

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Please do not let these terms scare you off. AMOEI will walk you through the process of performing these tasks. On a personal level, as mentioned, I use the disk imaging component of AMOEI to make an exact copy of my hard drive in my computer.

In closing, to give an example of how AMOEI, saved my butt…  I recently noticed and determined that my hard drive in my computer, after 7 years, was working its’ way toward failure. Using AMOEI, I routinely performed disk imaging backups and had those images stored on an external drive. When it was time to install the new drive, I created a boot CD (or DVD) using the AMOEI software. Using the AMOEI software, I created boot CD (which is easy to do). After installing the new hard drive, which was larger in size and contained no data, I booted from the CD.  Within the boot CD is a built in version of the AMOEI software that allowed me to pull the image from the external drive and restore my data (an exact copy of my old hard drive) to the new drive (a new Seagate Hybrid Drive with SSD). I always keep my fingers crossed when performing tasks such as this, but AMOEI performed flawlessly.

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The Benefit of Turning Off GPS On Your Android Phone (KitKat Version) And Using WiFi To Determine Your Location

June 18, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The Benefit of Turning Off GPS On Your Android Phone (KitKat Version) And Using WiFi To Determine Your Location – When the GPS function is activated on your phone it is constantly performing a satellite handshake to pinpoint your location. Personally, I do not see a need for GPS unless you are going a trip and need to use the phone for navigation purposes; PLUS, GPS turned “on” drains the battery.

The 2nd best option to GPS, that is more battery friendly, is to use Wi-Fi and the Mobile Networks to determine your location. To do this on your Android Phone (KitKat version), Go to Settings > Location Mode AND select Battery Saving (Use wi-fi and mobile networks to determine location).

Turning Off GPS

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Sony 16GB Microvault USB Flash Drive for Smartphone

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The Easiest Way To Tell If The Windows 8.1 Update Is Installed On Your Computer

May 22, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The Easiest Way To Tell If The Windows 8.1 Update Is Installed On Your Computer – If you are confused about Windows 8.1 and the Windows 8.1 Update, you are not alone. In a nutshell; Windows 8.1 was an update to Windows 8.  Windows 8.1 Update, which is a completely different thing from Windows 8.1, is an update to Windows 8.1 (and Windows 8). Still confused?

The bottom line is that you want to make sure your computer is completely up to date. To determine if you have the Windows 8.1 Update installed go to the Start screen. If you see a Search button near your account name at the top of the Start screen, you already have the update.

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Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse

Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse

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

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FREE Self Managing Android Battery Saving App

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[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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Belkin N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

Belkin N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

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Looking For An Online File Storage Option? Give OneDrive A Try

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[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Looking For An Online File Storage Option? Give OneDrive A Try– If you are looking for a reputable place to store online files, you may want to sign up for a Microsoft OneDrive Account.

OneDrive

You will automatically receive, for FREE, 7GBs of online storage space that can be used to store your files, such as documents, pictures, videos, etc…  If you [click here] and sign up today, you will get an additional 0.5GBs of space on top of the 7GBs.  Once you have signed up, make sure you download the OneDrive Software that will give you the ability to sync files on your computer with your OneDrive account. Once the software is installed you will see a OneDrive folder on your PC. OneDrive is also available for the Windows Tablet, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Xbox.

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URHDWALLPAPERS

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