Geek Squeaks (#2015-20) – Is Your Windows 10 Upgrade Setup Stuck?— and MORE FREE STUFF

September 2, 2015

Is Your Windows 10 Upgrade Setup Stuck? – Just experienced this problem with a friend where his Windows 10 upgrade was stuck at the “Preparing To Install” window for over 24 hours. Typically the upgrade process should be less than 2 hours max and in my case the upgrade process (on a basic laptop) took approximately 45 minutes. If this occurs, there is actually two things you can “try”. In my friends case we ended up shutting down the computer and restarting the process all over again (and it worked). We were not seeing any hard drive activity at all; thus, we made the decision to shutdown.  In the event you do not want to take that risk,  and your Microsoft Windows 10 Setup Stuck At “Preparing To Install”? Here’s The Fix … at a website called Bidnessetc. I have not tried this fix; however, this is what I came up with when researching the problem my friend was experiencing.

Microsoft Windows 10 Setup Stuck At “Preparing To Install”? Here’s The Fix

Remember the “Send To Toys” Explorer Extension?  It’s back… – Some years back a developer made a popular Windows Explorer extension tool that expanded the usage of the “Send To” menu, called Send To Toys. After years of no development activity, the developer recently published an upgraded version that is compatible with Windows 10. This program allows you add useful tools to the “Send To” menu and also gives you the ability to customize the menu (add/remove menu items — even those items that are not part of the program). Please note that I have added “Send To Toys” to the downloads page under the “Free Software” swarm…

Send To Toys

Like Legos? If yes, then you will love this computer –  “Imagine having a vertical tower of Lego pieces, only with every piece you add, the tower gains a new ability.” — at the Verge.

Revo Build Series

Watch This Video That Leads To Google’s NEW LOGO – Google has been around for approximately 17 years and during that 17 years they have taken us through a lot and as those changes occurred, their logo changed. You can read more about it by clicking HERE

Play And Run Android Apps On Your Desktop – This concept is nothing new, but the emulator to do this called Nox App Player is new to me and apparently was out there in the wild, but in Chinese. Betanews has a write-up on this if you are interested in giving this a try — CLICK HERE

NOX App Emulator

Trail and Game Camera Viewer – My brother’s have game cameras setup on our property (more or less as a hobby). You would not believe what has been captured on camera (such as bears, eagles, foxes and coyotes). The cameras require a SD card; and, typically in order to view the camera footage you have to take the card to a computer, UNTIL NOW. Check out this BoneViewTM2.0 Trail and Game Camera Viewer for AndroidTM Phones, Micro USB Connector, Reads SD and Micro SD Cards

Wildlife Cam Viewer

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-19) – View And Control Your Android Device From Your Computer — and MORE FREE STUFF

August 28, 2015

View And Control Your Android Device From Your ComputerVysor is a Google Chrome extension that is currently in beta (testing) that allows you to mirror (and control) your Android device (smartphone or tablet) from your Windows based computer. Keep in mind this utility is in beta testing, so there may be bugaboos… Your smartphone or tablet must be connected to your computer via USB. Typically this is not a problem for many Android device users, due this is a method that we often use to charge our devices. You can read in detail — CLICK HERE — the steps and driver involved for this to work. If you are successful, I think you will find that Vysor is an awesome application in the making where you can control every aspect of your Android device from your computer (even texting).

In summary, the ingredients to make this work are: USB debugging must be enabled on your device; your device connected to your computer via USB; the Google Chrome browser; the Google Chrome Vysor extension,; and the ABD driver installed. May sound complicated, but is not as hard as you think and in the end you have a very impressive (and useful) application.

Maryland University To Eliminate Textbooks – A spokesman at the University said “students will be able use a variety of materials like readings and videos online at no cost”.  Many Universities have been following similar models; however, UMUC is the first in making a transition of this magnitude

(Photo: UMUC)

4-Port USB Car Charger with Intelligent Charging Technology – Check out this Inateck Aluminum 4-Port USB Car Charger with Intelligent Charging Technology. The intelligent charging technology has a built-in smart chipset that detects your devices automatically to deliver the safest current.

Inatech 4-Port Charger

Sandboxie Now Supports Windows 10 – If you do not know what Sandboxie is then you are missing out on a very special piece of software that can keep you safe… Sandboxie is a software application that gives you the ability to run other software applications and surf the internet in an isolated abstraction area called a sandbox. Under the supervision of Sandboxie, an application operates normally and at full speed, but can’t effect permanent changes to your computer. Instead, the changes are effected only in the sandbox; thus, in the event of a malware infection or the software does not meet your needs, you simply delete the sandbox. I currently use Sandboxie to test software that I am not sure about. Since the my upgrade to Windows 10, I found that the developers of Sandboxie are working on a compatible version for Windows 10. If you are a Windows 10 and Sandboxie user, you may want to give the beta (test) version a try (CLICK HERE); HOWEVER, please note that SBIE Beta v5 does not support Windows Metro Apps or the Edge browser at this time. You will need to change your default web browser in Win 10 from Edge to something else. For example, in my case, I am currently (and safely) using Sandboxie to run the Google Chrome browser inside a sandbox.

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-18) – Featuring Amazons NEW Underground App For Android — and MORE FREE STUFF

August 26, 2015

Amazon’s NEW Underground App For Android – From what I am gathering, Amazon is replacing their Amazon free app of the day with a new app that has the same functionality as their regular shopping app. It is being called Amazon Underground and it includes “over $10,000 of apps and games that are actually free”. Appears Amazon has an agreement with the app developers where they are reimbursed based on the amount of time the apps are actually used. You can learn more on this HERE …

Amazon Underground

 Windows 10 Now Installed On Over 75 Million Devices – Sounds like a good start for Microsoft and Windows 10 — READ MORE

Windows 10 - Over 75 Million

 A Tech Tool To Keep Your System Under Control – Get detailed information about Tasks, Processes, Modules, Startups, IE Addons, Uninstallers, Windows, Services, Drivers, Connections and Opened Files with System Explorer

 System Explorer

Best Seller Inexpensive Mouse At Amazon – The AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse with Nano Receiver is a smooth, precise and affordable wireless optical 3-button mouse with nano receiver for laptop, desktop and netbook PCs. Check out the other AmazonBasics deals and save…

 Amazon's Basics

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-17) – Featuring Drone Event Happens In My Hometown — and MORE FREE STUFF

August 25, 2015

Drone Event Happens In My Hometown – The drone and robotic technology’s are two technology’s that I fear could have major repercussions to our society, if in the wrong hands. For example, an event occurred in my home turf where a plot was foiled by police to fly a drone into the airspace of a maximum security prison. The intended payload of the drone was drugs, tobacco and porn DVDs. There was some speculation that this may have been pulled off prior to this — Read: Cops foil drone plot to carry drugs and porn into Maryland prison, two arrested

Drone Event

Don’t Like Windows 10’s OneDrive? – Here is how to disable and remove it — CLICK HERE

No OneDrive Windows 10

McAfee FREE Antivirus Beta – Are my eyes deceiving me? I noticed at the Download Crew there is a beta version of McAfee’s Free Antivirus available. Yes, FREE; but, hold your horses. I would not install this until it is a fine-tuned finished product and definitely do not install it alongside another security product. Thought I would post this to let the techies out there (and home based users) know that McAfee is working on a FREE basic anti-version tool.

McAfee's Free Antivirus

Microsoft Print to PDF Is A Feature Built Into Windows 10 – While Windows 10 was in development, I deliberately avoided the test versions. I wanted to experience what everyone else experienced after its’ release. As a result, I am (just like you) learning more and more about Windows 10 (and I love it). I am like a kid in a candy shop. Today, I learned something else that I did not know. Did you know there is a Microsoft Print to PDF feature, built into Windows 10?  I did not know that until I read: Print to PDF in Windows 10 without using any software …  Nice move on Microsoft’s part.

microsoft print to pdf windows 10

Portable LED Projection Micro Home Theater Projector – This may be my next Tech Toy — Taotaole Multi-media Mini 800 Lumens Portable LED Projection Micro Home Theater Projector … This projector is a best seller at Amazon and if you read the reviews you will see why. The big thing about this projector is that it comes in around $100 bucks.

Taotaole Multi-media Mini 800 Lumens Portable LED Projection Micro Home Theater Projector

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Photo viewers and Windows 10

August 24, 2015

Ramblinrick:

To add to the previous post about an “alternative” photo viewer for Windows 10, TCAT Shelbyville’s – Technical Blog has come up with another one (called IrfanView) — that is totally FREE, is a seasoned piece of software, and can be installed as a portable app. If you are a computer tech, IrfanView is a “must have” piece of software that actually can be used for forensic purposes (such as extracting the EXIF data from a picture and using IrfanView’s GPS feature with Google Earth and Google Maps to locate the origin of the picture). You can learn more about this by reading the article at TCAT Shelbyville’s – Technical Blog

Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog:

Rick over at “What’s on my PC” recently reviewed FastStone Image Viewer  which I agree is one of the best image viewers on the web.  I’ve used FastStone for years and I also have Irfanview and XnView.    Note:  This is by no means is a way to try to compete with Rick, Rick is an excellent blogger who we have used in lectures and we highly recommend his blog.

Read more over at Rick’s blog –What’s on My PC

Irfanview

Irfanview is an excellent viewer that has dozens of features including EXIF plugins that integrate with Google Earth.  Here’s more features from their website.

  • Thumbnail/preview option
  • Resize
  • Paint option – to draw lines, circles, arrows, straighten image etc.
  • Toolbar skins option
  • Slideshow (save slideshow as EXE/SCR or burn it to CD)
  • Show EXIF/IPTC/Comment text in Slideshow/Fullscreen etc.
  • Support for Adobe Photoshop Filters
  • Fast directory view (moving through directory)

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-16) – Featuring How To Link Outlook Email To Other Accounts — and MORE FREE STUFF

August 24, 2015

How To Link Outlook Email To Other Accounts – Just had a friend ask me, “How do I link Outlook Email To Other Accounts?”; especially, if IMAP or POP accounts. Did some quick research on this and found, by chance, that Digital Trends just posted an article, “Want to link Outlook with other email accounts? Here’s how” that is a quick study article that will help you resolve this issue in automatically or manually making the connections to your other accounts… If you have multiple email accounts, from various services, this article will help you pull all of your email (from these accounts) into Outlook, which is a big timesaver and makes reading your email more efficient.

Outlook

Use Strong Patterns When Using Lock Patterns On Your Smartphone Or Tablet – Do you use lock patterns on your portable devices (such as smartphones and tablets)? Just like traditional passwords, some good research is showing we are just as predictable with lock patterns. What this means is that someone with some know how can access your device, in a short time, because your lock pattern is way to simple and easy to figure out. As humans, we are always looking for simplicity and convenience. I encourage you to read, “Lock patterns are more predictable than we thought” at the Android Authority…

“Humans are predictable. We’re seeing the same aspects used when creating a pattern lock [as are used in] pin codes and alphanumeric passwords.” -Marte Løge

FREE Online Audio Converter – What online cloud computing has brought to us is tools that can be used, in our web browser, to perform various functions without the need to install traditional software. One such example is Online Audio Converter. This online tool allows converting audio into a wide range of major formats such as mp3, wav, ogg, m4a, m4r, flac. Because the audio files are converted online, you don’t have to install software on your computer. Just open your browser, go to the Online Audio Converter site, and start converting. I have added this site to the downloads page under the cloud computing apps swarm.

Online Audio Converter

Nice Windows 10 Tip – Hit the Win + X keys on your keyboard to get this quick access menu to various “important” functions on your computer…

Win X Menu

A “Must Have” Back To School Portable Hard Drive – Teach your kids (especially in college) the importance of backing up their work. I could not imagine how I would react if I lost that term paper I had been working on for weeks. An easy solution is the Western Digital WD My Passport Ultra 2 TB Portable External Hard Drive that is convenient in size (and weight), is dependable and is inexpensive…

WD Portable Hard Drive

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Geek Squeaks #2015-15 (Featuring: 70+ Useful Google Now Voice Commands— and MORE STUFF)

August 21, 2015

70+ Useful Google Now Voice Commands – I am a big Android smartphone and tablet user. I am finding more and more of using Google’s version of a virtual personal assistant called Google Now. What amazes me is how accurate Google Now is in interpreting what I am saying. If you are like me and you find Google Now to be very useful, then check out trendblog.net’s infographic on their “Awesome List Of 70 Google Now Voice Commands“.

Google Now Commands

DSpeech Upgraded DSpeech is a portable app program that will read text back to you. I find it very helpful when composing documents where I can have the document read back to me. Really makes a difference in the final product of the document when you can actually hear what you have written. 

Dspeech

Wunderlist Has A New Design – Just plucked this off of the Wunderlist blog site that indicates there is a new user interface for Wunderlist. “The new-look Wunderlist is available on Web, Chrome and Windows 7 today and will be coming to iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android and Windows 10 this year, plus a host of new updates too”… — READ MORE

Wunderlist

Quickly Search For Files On Your Android Smartphone or Tablet – What I find when using Google to search my phone, the search is limited to my contacts and apps. If you would like something that will dig a little deeper then take a look at the app called Andro Search. This app when installed will create an index of the files on your computer to make searching for files fast. Andro Search can be described as a full-text instant search over your Documents/Files, Contacts, and Apps – An efficient powerful search engine and launcher on your Android.

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