ScribeFire – A Browser Based Blogging Editor

August 17, 2014

This past week I decided to completely do a Windows 8 OS re-install on my PC (HP m8100n). My computer is over 7 years old, is used extensively on a daily basis, and has been through the Windows Vista, 7, and the 8 operating systems, without doing anything really major; other than replacing the power supply a couple years back and recently upgrading to a hybrid Seagate drive. I ended up doing a re-install due to an annoying problem I ran into that was literally driving me crazy and I could not figure out (which will be in an upcoming blog article).

After I re-installed the Windows 8 operating system and performed the upgrade to Windows 8.1 I ran into a second problem that was driving me bonkers. As a matter of fact the original problem I had (which had been driving me crazy) was still there (which I did eventually resolve), so now I had two very annoying issues. After I re-installed Windows 8, I could not install Windows Live Writer, which was the blogging editor I use to publish my blog posts on WordPress. What I discovered is that Windows Live Writer needs Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5  installed in order for it to install (and run).

After many hours of research and trying all of the advice and procedures out there, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 would not install. I actually could write an article just on that topic. I finally came to the realization that Microsoft Live Writer is now Microsoft Dead Writer and figured, “if Microsoft was serious about keeping Microsoft Live Writer alive, they would not require us to jump through hoops just to install it on a new operating system”.  At this point, I started to look around for another blogging editor and discovered that there are quite a few out there; but, what caught my attention is that most of these editors have not been updated in several years. Is this a sign that blogging is going to the wayside???

What I did come across, that I believe is going work for me, is a blogging editor that is actually a browser extension, called ScribeFire. As a matter of fact, this article is my first using ScribeFire. I like the idea that I can draft an article in my browser and that the extension is available for different browsing platforms (Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Apple Safari browser). In my case I use Google Chrome; therefore, I installed ScribeFire from the Chrome Web Store. The initial setup was very, very easy (and fast). After entering my login credentials for WordPress my recent posts, categories, tags, etc…; all fell into place.

  Chrome Web Store – ScribeFire

With ScribeFire you can post to blogs from WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Windows Live Spaces, Xanga, LiveJournal, or any other blog that supports the MetaWeblog or MovableType APIs. From what I can see so far, everything I need to draft and post a blog article is there. You can edit and update existing posts. You can schedule posts for the future (if your blog allows that). You can delete posts. You can save drafts. You can tag and categorize. You can upload images. You can edit visually, or you can use HTML or Markdown. You can post to multiple blogs at once. My biggest obstacle, right now is learning to navigate around.

If you decide you want to save your article as a draft, simply click on “Save Progress”; then go to WordPress to put on the final touches using the WordPress editor OR if you want, click on “Publish Post” and the post will be immediately published.

If you have any other recommendations for a blogging editor, I would love to hear them. In the meantime, I am going to give ScribeFire a try and maybe a few others.


GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring Zero Dollar Movies

February 14, 2014

To keep you busy this weekend; especially if you are snowed in, check out Zero Dollar Movies.

Zero Dollar Movies

What Zero Dollar Movies is a collection of over 15000 full length movies that are available on YouTube. My guess is that many of these are not theatre quality movies, but all the same there may be some good watchers here. The site is very nicely organized and categorized by their year of release.  There is an instant search feature built in that you can use to determine if a particular title is available for watching on YouTube…  ENJOY!!!

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Avira PC Cleaner – a second opinion scanner – The PC Cleaner is a scanner which can be used in parallel with other anti-malware products. It is created for users of other security products who think that they might have a malware infection which their security solution doesn’t detect. It works on any PC, note- or netbook with operating system Windows XP SP3 and above. It doesn’t require installation or registration and it doesn’t install any drivers… @Avira

Google works toward 10Gbps Internet connections – The Web giant is working on technology to deliver data transfer speeds over the Internet at 10 gigabits per second, 10 times faster than the connections offered by Google Fiber in Kansas City, a Google executive revealed Wednesday, according to a USA Today report. That’s roughly 1,000 times faster than the average US connection speed of 7.2 megabits per second… @c|net

New Internet Explorer 10 zero-day exploit targets U.S. military – Hackers are actively exploiting a newly discovered zero-day flaw within the browser Internet Explorer 10, and have used it in a watering hole attack on the U.S. Veterans of Foreign Wars’ website… @ZDNet

Microsoft: best way to upgrade from XP is to buy a new PC – The best way to upgrade from Windows XP is to buy a new PC, according to Microsoft. That’s the advice it’s doling out via a Windows blog post marking 60 days until the end of support for the ageing XP… @PCPro

Windows XP Systems Could Be Infected Within 10 Minutes of April 8th Support Deadline – In a recent Wisconsin Law Journalarticle, Michael Menor, a former military computer specialist and network engineer, warns that businesses still running Windows XP after the April 8th cutoff date could see their systems infected “within 10 minutes.”… @TekRevue

Auto Hide Desktop Icons” A lightweight portable Windows program. If you use desktop backgrounds, it helps you to see sometimes the wallpapers clean and in full bloom… @SoftwareOk

TeamViewer (for Android) Provides Remote Access To Windows – You can use this app to: Control computers remotely as if you were sitting right in front of them. On the go support your clients, colleagues, and friends. Gain access to your office desktop with all of the documents and installed applications. Remotely administrate unattended computers (e.g. servers)… @Google Play

Revolutionary Dual Drive With 120 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD – Introducing the WD Black² dual drive, the world’s first 2.5-inch dual drive storage solution. WD Black² is the fusion of a fully accessible solid-state drive for your operating system and a generous capacity hard drive for personal data and large files… @Amazon

Wallpaper of the Week (Waterdrops Bright)… @Desktop Nexus

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Win A Chance At A Samsung 840 EVO-Series Solid State Drive

February 4, 2014

How would you like to get your hands on a solid state drive?

Dom over at Dom’s Tech & Computer Blog contacted me to let me know that he is working in partnership with Elite Gaming Computers in giving away a Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 120GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Solid State Drive.

Samsung 840 EVO-Series Solid State Drive

This giveaway will also feature two $25 Amazon gift cards as runner up prizes.

The rules to sign up for a chance at this are very easy and makes it worth the few minutes to visit. Simply visit Dom’s Tech & Computer Blog and follow the instructions.

According to his blog, the winner will be chosen randomly on 2/21/2014 and will be notified via email.

To see the specs for the Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series drive as reflected above, CLICK HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Also, I checked at Amazon and the customer reviews and feedback on this drive are quite good – SEE HERE


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A FREE Registry Backup Tool For Windows 8

January 3, 2013

Just talking about the Windows Registry can make the hair stand up on one’s neck; however, if you work in IT there is a high probability, at some point, you will need to dissect the registry to make a system configuration change or to repair a registry setting that has been targeted by malware.

To those who have no idea of what I am talking about; the best and simplest definition I could find to describe the Windows Registry, for those at home, was at WikipediA.

The Windows Registry is a hierarchical database that stores configuration settings and options on Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Most folks at home are unaware of the registry and the method to edit the registry; which should only be performed by the skilled hands of a computer tech. To put the registry into perspective; ”mess up the registry and you mess up the operation of your computer”.

This is why backing up the registry should be part of your backup strategy. A program, that is FREE, I recently started to use for registry backups is called Registry Backup (go figure) by Tweaking.com .

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Registry Backup

When I upgraded to Windows 8 I wanted to make sure I had a compatible registry backup program and Registry Backup was the surefire solution.  Note:  Registry Backup is compatible with Windows XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7 & 8 (32 & 64 Bit).

I recently started using this program for several primary reasons:

Registry Backup uses the Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service to backup your system registry, which allows for perfect backups of the registry files and profiles on your computer.

Registry Backup is a full scale backup and restore program that has the ability to restore a backup from safe mode.

Registry Backup has a built-in scheduling option that can perform unattended backups.

I particularly keep registry backups around in the event of a malware infection, which in today’s world of computer, the registry becomes a prime target.  Also, during those rare occasions where I do make registry edits, I feel more comfortable making the edits knowing my bacon is covered with Registry Backup.

 Registry BackupFeatures List:

  • The program is 100% free.
  • One click backup and restore.
  • Can restore from Windows Safe Mode.
  • Portable version can be ran from a thumb drive and keep backups of multiple systems.
  • Automatic cleanup of older backups.
  • Set and control scheduling options.
  • Can backup & restore all user profiles on the system, not just the ones that are currently loaded.
  • Control which registry files are backed up or restored.
  • Detailed logs are saved with each backup.
  • Multiple easy restore options.
  • Online videos showing how to use the program and how to use the different restore options.

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