October 23, 2017
Noticed a new version of PicPick on their site and thought I would give another shout-out for this program. This program is very good, is free and serves as an all-in-one program that provides full-featured screen capture, image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel ruler, protractor, crosshair and even whiteboard… PicPick is available as a Windows install or portable app.
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SOURCE: PicPick by NGWIN
October 23, 2017
I have featured FastStone Image Viewer here on the blog in the past. If you are looking for a full featured image viewer, this is the one to get. One of the features that I fail to mention, is the slideshow builder that allows you to build a slideshow with 156 transitional effects and the option to include music. Once you get everything just the way you like it, you simply click on the “Create” button and FastStone Image Viewer will create the slideshow and compile it into an executable file. The beauty of this is that when you go to present the slideshow, you only need the executable file to launch the slideshow. This feature allows you to take the slideshow with you on a flash drive and launch the slideshow without having to install the FastStone Image Viewer software. The slideshow builder is an easy and free way to compile a slideshow for events, a class, a memorial or family get together.
After you install FastStone Image Viewer, click on “Create” on the top menu, then click on “Slideshow Builder”. You will then be presented with an interface as reflected below with the various options.
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SOURCE: FastStone Image Viewer
October 20, 2017
Zedge is a smartphone app available for Android, iPhone and Windows that gives you the ability to download and manage tons of free wallpapers, ringtones, notifications, icons and more… Zedge also has a site (see source link below) available where you can preview (and download) wallpapers and ringtones from your computer.
Zedge is one of the biggest and best mobile centric social networking communities in the world. We specialize in phone personalization and offer several unique and creative services through this website. We do currently have over 27 million registered members from all over the world. The Zedge brand and services are owned by Zedge Inc.
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October 18, 2017
Yesterday (October 17th) was the rollout date for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Instead of waiting for the update to rollout to my computer, I ended up forcing the install by using the Update Assistant on my laptop to test out the installation experience. In a nutshell, the installation stalled on me on two occasions and spit out an error code (for which I was unable to see what the error code was). In other words, I was stuck. I ended up going to Google to research further and found this article, “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update common installation problems and fixes” at WindowsCentral.com that helped me punch through the install process. After running the Windows disk cleaning utility (right click start > run > type in: clnmgr > click on “OK”) to delete the temporary install files, I was then successful in completing the installation. In the end, the installation process (which was mostly unattended from my end) took hours. I then moved to my 2nd computer (desktop) and decided to let the install run during the night. This morning when I checked the desktop, the install process had also failed. I will be working on this computer to narrow down the cause.
From my experience, with these major Windows 10 OS updates, expect problems…
SOURCE: WindowsCentral.com – Windows 10 Fall Creators Update common installation problems and fixes
October 17, 2017
Per MSPowerUser.com – If you want the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update right NOW in three different ways: using the Update Assistant, using the Media Creation tool, or by clean installing using an ISO. Installing with the Update Assistant is probably the better choice as it is easier to use, but you can also get a fresh start by downloading the ISO using the Media Creation Tool and clean installing using the ISO.
You do not have to do any of the above options. The Fall Creators Update will eventually rollout to your PC. You do have to have Windows 10 on your PC in order to qualify for the update. Typically, what I do is use the “Update Assistant” option on my laptop to see how the install performs and how long it takes, before I install on my main computer. From my experience, these updates can take a considerable amount of time; and, as with any major update (or upgrade) problems can be expected.
SOURCE: MSPowerUser.com – Get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update right now
October 17, 2017
Did you know that an easy way to determine if your internet speed is up to par is to perform an internet speed test by simply going to Google and typing, “Internet Speed Test”? Not only does this work on your computer, it will also work on your smartphone and tablet. The test and the results are provided by a company called M-Lab (for which Google has a partnership).
The graphics below and information is courtesy of Google to help you understand how this works and what the results mean. This is a good way to determine if you are getting the bandwidth speed you are paying for.
How the test works:
The test takes about 30 seconds. It figures out your Internet speed by measuring how much data can move through your connection in that time.
Understand the results:
The Internet speed test measures your connection’s download speed, upload speed, and latency. The best Internet connections have high download and upload speeds but low latency.
- Download speed is how fast information can be transferred to you. It affects things like how long it takes to download large files or display webpages with lots of images. Download speed is measured in megabits per second (Mbps).
- Upload speed is how fast information can be transferred from you. It affects things like how long it takes to post pictures to social media. Upload speed is measured in megabits per second (Mbps).
- Latency measures how quickly you get a response from the server. Low response times are important for real-time apps, like video calls and online gaming. Latency is measured in milliseconds (ms).
SOURCE: Google – Internet Speed Test
October 16, 2017
Noticed this morning a version upgrade to Any Burn Portable at FreewareFiles. Followed up by checking the official site. Any Burn is my favorite burning software due to its’ simplicity and the fact that there is a portable version that I can carry on my flash drive.
AnyBurn is a light weight but professional CD / DVD / Blu-ray burning software that everyone must have. It provides a free and complete solution for burning and disc imaging.
- Portable, no installation needed.
- Burn image file, directories and files
- Convert CD / DVD / Blu-ray to ISO or BIN/CUE images
- Erase rewritable disc
- Burn Audio CD from mp3/ape/flac…
- sector by sector copy function
SOURCE: Any Burn