The leaves are changing across the West, and few views are more striking than this one of the fall foliage in the Uncompahgre National Forest in the shadow of Chimney Rock. The spire and its neighbor Courthouse Mountain dominate the landscape here year-round, but the changing colors make this area—and drives along the nearby Million Dollar Highway—even more scenic in the fall. — Read More @ Bing
For people at home, Microsoft Windows 10 (Home Edition) has an advanced built-in feature that allows you to “temporarily” delay or pause Windows updates for up to 35 days. For your IT Network Managers in the business world, you are most likely running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, etc…; and, in those instances, updates can be delayed up to a year.
Microsoft Windows is an extremely complex operating system, the target of the criminal enterprise, and as a result, updates are necessary in order to maintain the integrity of the operating system. Often though, these updates run into compatibility issues or the coding of the update may be off just enough that it causes widespread problems. As a result, a good strategy here is to delay the updates; especially if you know beforehand the update is one that is a major OS “feature” update where potential stability problems often occur.
So, how do you delay the updates? I found a good tutorial on this, which is a quick read, and for you folks at home, you will learn where and how to pause updates in a matter of minutes. There are also instructions included for anyone else who has the higher Windows 10 version options.
I do want to add that it is vitally important to allow updates to eventually take hold in order to protect your data and the integrity of the operating system.
How to delay Windows 10 updates, like the November 2019 Update
Do you want to stop Windows 10 November 2019 Update (version 1909) from downloading and installing on your computers and other similar devices? The good news is that, if you have Windows 10 Pro or a superior edition such as Enterprise, you can postpone updates for up to an entire year. Even if you only have Windows 10 Home, you can still change some settings and make it delay updates for up to 35 days. Here is how to postpone Windows 10 updates such as November 2019 Update.
Our happy pale-throated sloth hangs out in the trees of Sloth Island (yes, that’s a real place). It’s a tiny island on the Essequibo River near the town of Bartica, Guyana. Let’s take a cue from the sloth and slow down our own hectic lives during International Sloth Day on October 20. Who knows, we might find smiles creeping across our own faces — Read More @ Bing
All software products have a lifecycle. “End of support” refers to the date when the software vendor will no longer provide automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance.  For more information on end of support for Microsoft products see the Microsoft End of Support FAQ. Systems running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will continue to work at their current capacity even after support ends on January 14, 2020. However, using unsupported software may increase the likelihood of malware and other security threats. Mission and business functions supported by systems running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 could experience negative consequences resulting from unpatched vulnerabilities and software bugs. These negative consequences could include the loss of confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data, system resources, and business assets.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and organizations to: Upgrade to a newer operating system. Identify affected devices to determine breadth of the problem and assess risk of not upgrading. Establish and execute a plan to systematically migrate
Nimbus Notes is similar to Microsoft OneNote and Evernote; however, in my opinion I like it better for quickly capturing information for blogging. With the free option of Nimbus Notes you are limited to 100 notes (a month), 100Mb uploads (a month), 10Mb attachment size, and 50Mb note size; all of which seem minute and may not work for you if you are saving a ton of data. What sold me is the Nimbus Screen Capture and Nimbus Note Capture browser extensions (available for different browser platforms) that allow me to send my captured information to my Nimbus Notes. There are also mobile apps available as well. Anyhow, I thought I would throw this out there and let you take a look at it.
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If you want to wipe out all the data from your Amazon Fire Tablet, you need to access the Settings app and perform the factory reset process from there. However, in certain situations, you won’t be able to do this – the touch screen won’t work, the system glitches, or most frequently, you forget the pin.
I often drive the interstate in my area. This benefit being introduced by Google Maps will be of benefit when it comes to hazards and slowdowns. Speed Traps is not of my concern, due I typically set the cruise to stay within the means of the speed limit. I have found, as vehicles become more technologically advanced and safer, driver’s are taking more risks, such as exceeding the speed limit by at much as 15 to 20 mph….
This week, however, Google announced the next best thing: Starting immediately, drivers will be able to report hazards, slowdowns and speed traps right on Google Maps.
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Below my post here is an article from c|net explaining the differences between a Chromebook vs. a Windows laptop and how Chromebooks have progressed to the point that they are a worthy choice; but, when is that choice really worthy.
In my opinion (and experience), a Chromebook is a choice for someone that is pretty much limited to being tied to the internet. From what I am seeing out there in the “real world” of home computing, a Chromebook will suffice for the kids growing up and the parents that are retired. The Chromebooks are lower in cost, simple to operate and very low maintenance. There are no antivirus software to install and updates are transparent. I own a Chromebook and let me tell you, I love it. For what I do these days (i.e. blogging, writing letters, exploring the internet) it gets the job done and gets it done at a lower price point than a full-blown Windows-based laptop. Once you get past the low learning curve, you will be dragging your Chromebook everywhere through the house.
Now again, using real-world thinking here, if you are the high school student, the college student or the working business person, go with a Windows-based laptop. The reason for that thinking is that people in those life categories are using power-intensive applications (Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Video Conferencing, etc…) that are the industry standards. There are ways to use a Chromebook to run these standard applications, but you will get frustrated; whereas, the Windows-based laptop is engineered to handle these applications with ease. With a Windows-based laptop be prepared, as you probably already know, for a higher cost, with a higher learning curve, and a higher level of maintenance.
TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog reminding me of a post I did years ago about using the WMIC command in Windows. A BIG THANK YOU to Steve on this!
So what if you needed to find out information about your computer that is otherwise available in third party programs or all over Windows? You can use WMIC to find out a lot of information about your computer. I’ve been using some of these for years but only remembered to blog about it after I saw a post at What’s On My PC (Thanks Rick!) back in 2011.
Here’s a quick list from Microsoft (Use WMIC the alias command)
Here’s how to get your hard drive information –
Go to a command prompt and type:
wmic diskdrive get name,size,model
So how many partitions does it have?
wmic partition get name, size, type
This shows one hard drive and three partitions. (above)
How about BIOS information?
wmic bios get name,serialnumber,version
What service packs, patches and hotfixes were installed and on what date?
wmic qfe get description,installedOn /format:csv
Want to know more…
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It has been a while since I have made any mention of IrfanView. It has been around for years and in my opinion, it is not only the most popular graphic viewer, but it is also the best.
Some IrfanView features:
- 32 and 64 bit version
- Many supported file formats (click here the list of formats)
- Multi language support
- Unicode support
- Thumbnail/preview option
- Paint option – to draw lines, circles, arrows, straighten image etc.
- Toolbar skins option
- Lossless JPG rotation, crop and EXIF date change (also in batch mode)
- 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)
- Batch conversion (with advanced image processing of all files)
- Multipage TIF editing
- File search
- Email option
- Multimedia player
- Print option
- Support for embedded color profiles in JPG/TIF files
- Change color depth
- Scan (batch scan) support
- Add overlay text/image (watermark)
- IPTC editing
- Effects (Sharpen, Blur, Adobe 8BF, Filter Factory, Filters Unlimited, etc.)
- Screen Capturing
- Extract icons from EXE/DLL/ICLs
- Shell Extension PlugIn
- Many hotkeys
- Many command line options
- Many PlugIns
- Only one EXE-File, no DLLs, no Shareware messages like “I Agree” or “Evaluation expired”
- No registry changes without user action/permission!
- and much much more
“What’s On My PC” is currently hosted at WordPress. Several months ago I purchased the domain name of whatsonmypc.net and set it has the primary domain. What I have been noticing is a decline in traffic since that time and realize it has to do with how Google is now seeing the site. As an experiment of sorts, I have switched the primary domain back to whatsonmypc.wordpress.com. I want to see if there is any change in the traffic. You can still get to the site using whatsonmypc.net …
Has anyone else had a similar experience?
Keep Screen Awake is an Android app that has been developed to keep your screen from timing out during times that you need it to stay “on”. This app serves as a toggle from your default screen timeout to keeping the screen “on”; AND, it can be easily toggled by using the included widget and/or the icon in the notification area. So far, this is the best app I have found to do what it does with various customization options.
Source: Google Play – Keep Screen Awake
For folks at home… This does not apply and only applies to “Microsoft’s enterprise-based customers”.
Before going on a red alert, this issue pertains to Microsoft’s enterprise-based customers. Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection is a paid service for detecting, investigating, and responding to “advanced threats.” It’s built into Windows 10 but unrelated to the Windows Security platform found in Windows 10 Home and Pro.
From what I am reading the “tamper protection” feature was actually launched last December (for business customers) and is now being rolled out to Windows 10 computer user’s at home that are running Windows 10 v1903.
At the time of this posting, I checked my Windows Defender software on my PC and have not seen anything thus far to indicate “tamper protection” has rolled out to my PC.
Tamper Protection, as the name suggests, protects certain security features from tampering. One of the barriers that Tamper Protection puts in place around security features blocks manipulations of setting changes that are made outside of the official Settings application. Attackers may attempt to disable real-time protections or certain security features and Tamper Protection was designed to prevent these changes from being made successfully. — Source: gHacks
Windowsreport.com – An independent online publication founded in the Fall of 2012 that covers Microsoft’s Windows platform along with its many related products and services, all with the aim of contextualizing the wider implications of their development in the world of technology.
This website was added to the “Bookmarks4Techs Collection” (on 10/16/19) based on the quality of content and frequency of posting. If you see that this site is no longer active, please contact me so that I can rectify the matter.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of backing up your personal files. Have a plan (i.e. weekly, daily, etc…); just do it, before disaster hits!
Here is an opportunity to get a really decent external hard drive at about a 20% savings that carries an above-average consumer rating and made by a reputable manufacturer.
(with automatic backup software availability and 2-year warranty)
The NirSoft website offers a broad array of tech utilities that has had a following in the tech community for years. Buried in their site is a page that features “pre-release” Nir-Soft Tools that I found to be interesting.
These tools, as a result of being in current development (most likely in alpha stage), do not have their own icons, no screenshots, no help files, and no translations; however, there is a short description of each tool. The introduction to these tools on their ‘pre-release” site specifically states, “If you choose to download and try to use them, do it with extreme caution, and of course it’s at your own risk !!”. That is all I needed to see. Like the curiosity of my cat, “Emma Faith Clementine”, I had to take these utilities for a ride (download and run). Each utility is in the zip file. format and require a password to unzip the file (shhh… the password is: SoftNirPre987@ ).
The tools that I ran worked “for me” with no issues. My favorite on the list, that I decided to keep in my tech toolbox, was BrowserDownloadsView. This tool was forensic in nature in that it displays the list of the latest files downloaded in Chrome and Firefox.
So if you are like most computer techs with that cat curiosity (and nine lives), you may want to explore these utilities (with caution, of course)…
Source: Pre-release NirSoft Tools
Get ready for Wi-Fi 6…
Wi-Fi is set to get better and faster with its upcoming major update. While plenty of routers are already available with chips using draft specifications, 802.11ax Wi-Fi wasn’t fully finalized until September 2019 when the Wi-Fi 6 certification was made official. This will usher in a wave of updated devices touting new wireless capabilities that will contribute toward next-generation networks with more speed and less congestion.
802.11ax also known as ‘high-efficiency wireless’ will be commonly referred to asWi-Fi 6.
This is a new naming standard set by the Wi-Fi Alliance, with previous generations now being known as Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n). This labeling convention is expected to appear on devices as shown below.
Technically, Wi-Fi 6 will have a single-user data rate that is 37% faster than 802.11ac, but what’s more significant is that the updated specification will offer four times the throughput per user in crowded environments, as…
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Below is a video for you folks at home that will walk you through the proper steps of resetting a Windows 10 computer that you are intending on selling, donating, recycling, etc… Manually deleting files and uninstalling software will not remove all your personal data. The reset method, as outlined in this video, will wipe the drive and reset Windows back to factory specs. If you want a more aggressive option, check out “Powerful Software That Allows You To Destroy Data On Your Computer” that will remove everything, including the operating system.
Two things to know:
- Backup your personal files to another drive, export your bookmarks in your browser, and make sure you have the license keys to any software that you have installed (such as Microsoft Office).
- The reset process where all data is removed will take hours depending on the size of the drive. In the video, you will see that it took over 3 hours, but you can leave the computer unattended while it is performing the reset.
As one reviewer stated, “If you need a plug and play Gigabit switch for your home or business this is the best bang for the buck”.
If you are a computer tech, SIV may of interest to you. This utility is able to generate comprehensive system information for just about any Windows-based computer to assist with identifying and troubleshooting computer components.
SIV – ‘System Information Viewer’ is a general Windows utility for displaying lots of useful Windows, Network and hardware info – CPU info, PCI info, PCMCIA info, USB info SMBus info, SPD info, ACPI methods, Machine info, Hardware Sensors, Networked computers, Operating System Information and more. SIV is designed for Windows 10, 8.1, 8.0, 7, Vista, XP, 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008, 2003, 2000, NT 4.00 and NT 3.51. Windows 95, 98 and Me are also supported.
With 5G Technology on the horizon, the next 10 years we are going to see a truly wireless world where there will be a jump in technology innovations like never seen before… — Rick @ What’s On My PC
While municipalities across Colorado and the nation are lining up to compete against the private sector in internet services, those involved in the race to get 5G launched say fiber optic broadband will be left behind once full roll-out of the latest in wireless technology is complete. “5G is going to be a game-changer,” said Nick Ludlum, Senior Vice President and Chief Communication Officer for CTIA, which is a trade association representing the wireless communications industry in the United States. “From driverless cars to advancements in health care to (augmented reality/virtual reality) and smart cities. The innovations of the future will be built on 5G.”
Etcher (an open source application) is something new to me here at “What’s On My PC”… This software application (for Windows, MacOS, and Linux) is an image burner for SD Cards and USB Drives; featuring a simple user interface that allows quick and easy image burning (with followup validation). Would be used to create a bootable image of an OS…
As an added note, “Etcher” is available as a portable app and would make a great addition to the tech toolbox.
One thing I miss in blogging is the support that you would get from other bloggers. I have been blogging since 2008 and the support pattern you would expect to get no longer exists. Many “very good” blogging resources stopped blogging because of that; plus, the fact that Google changed their search engine algorithms over the years where the traffic bloggers were getting noticeably decreased. Posting material that people will read and developing a following is not an easy task. For myself, I look at maintaining my site as a daily mental exercise and hobby (in something I have a passion for). I personally have learned a great deal from blogging and about information technology.
One blog that has stuck in there (and supported my blog) is the “TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog“, even though it had gone silent for awhile. This blog is managed by the “Tennessee College of Applied Technology“. Their postings you will find are computer technical issues that I am assuming that they come across or discuss in a classroom setting, then post them to the blog for us to digest (so that we can learn, as well). I have always enjoyed their blog and included them in the “Bookmarks4Techs” collection that I recently revamped.
Anyhow, glad to see their blog ramping up. Below is some of their most recent postings:
- Good tweak or bad tweak? TweakHound helps you decide.
- Display Driver Uninstaller
- Change network adapter priorities in Windows 10 – PowerShell
- Is your AHCI Link Power Management viewable from the Power Options Console?
- Error 1935 while installing Office
For you folks at home, I suggest bookmarking this article by “The Windows Club”. You will eventually need it… I added this article to the “Bookmarks4Techs” collection (a speed dial collection of quality tech sites and blogs).
Windows 10 Advanced Recovery option offers recovery solutions which can help you bring back Windows 10 to a working condition. These are extreme solutions when nothing else can be done. That said, before one uses one of these solutions, its a good idea to understand the differences between them. Windows 10 offers Fresh Start, Refresh, and Reset options. Towards the end we also mention the difference between a Clean install and In-place upgrade.
Here at “What’s On My PC” I am into multi-tasking, multi-tools and multi-purpose flashlights that make my life more productive. Today I want to share with you a flashlight (penlight) that I highly recommend that will serve you in a multitude of circumstances where lighting is needed. It is the Streamlight 66418 Stylus Pro Reach Penlight. It is my go-to light for everything I do, whether it is working on a PC, under the hood of the car, or when camping. This light is unique in that it has an eight-inch (20.32 cm) flexible polyethylene-coated extension cable type head that allows for 14 inches (35.56 cm) of reach; so from the get-go, this does not look like your typical light. With the included attached side clip and the attached magnetic side clip along with the flexible head, you can let your imagination flow when using this light.
At Amazon, this light is carrying close to 7,000 reviews at the time of this posting, with 79% of those reviews being 5 stars. Streamlight makes good flashlights have been used worldwide by emergency service personnel for years.
- Two “AAA” alkaline batteries (included).
- Push-button tail switch for momentary or constant on operation.
- Removable pocket clip and Magnetic clip.
- Extended Length: 14.6″
- Folded Length: 7.5″
- Body Diameter: 0.60″
- Weight: 2.70 Ounces with batteries.
- Includes magnet mount.
Recently I began looking into various online streaming TV services that are legal and FREE. So far, I had found Pluto TV and XUMO; and thought that was the end to this until I came across STIRR.
STIRR appears to have launched in January 2019 and in a nutshell, I found it to be similar to both XUMO and Pluto TV where you have a broad range of channels to watch. STIRR, from what I could gather is ramping up and just recently added more channel and category options. Like Pluto TV and XUMO, STIRR has an app available you can install on your smartphone so you can watch TV on the go.
News, sports, entertainment, and more are there for the taking; but, the content is typically older content or content that you normally would not find with the paid services. With that being said, I give these services credit for selecting sources that are worthy of watching and following.
But why??? You are probably scratching your head in bewilderment and wondering, “Why would I want to destroy the data on my computer?
When your computer has completed its’ life and it is time for a new computer, it is very important to transfer your personal file data to your new computer; AND, once that you are satisfied that has been completed, then it is doubly important to clean or sanitize (delete) the data on the old computer. By simply erasing the data on the old computer using the delete command just doesn’t cut it; besides, over the ownership period (approximately 5 years or more) of your computer, you accumulate personal data in places that it is impossible to even detect unless you are some kind of computer forensic expert.
What to do? I have assisted folks in this scenario and there are two ways I have made sure their data was gone, zilch, no recover, etc… The first way is, I remove the hard drive, disassemble the drive and destroy the platters. Often I will drill holes in the platters and give the shiny mirror-like platters back to them. Solid State Drives, I will disassemble and drill multiple holes. If you are into target shooting, shoot holes into the platters or SSD. The second way is to use software to sanitize the computer. This process is done in the event the user wants to donate the computer or hand it off to a friend. In this instance, a “FREE” software option to use is “Active@ KillDisk Freeware” which contains a sanitize and erase option called “One Pass Zeros” option where the number of passes is fixed and cannot be changed. When the write head passes through a sector, it writes only zeros (0x00 characters). What this means is the software writes over the existing data to make recovery next to impossible. There are also commercial versions of this software available that has even more options for nuking data.
Freeware version includes Windows executables, as well as Console Boot Disk ISO image containing KillDisk pre-installed and bootable disk creator for CD/DVD/Blu-ray & USB disks. With Boot Disks you can boot up and sanitize any PC without needing to boot to the computer’s operating system first. System disk (where Windows OS is usually installed) can be easily sanitized this way, which isn’t possible when you run KillDisk under your computer’s Operating System.
So, the bottom line here is; prior to handing over any computer, make sure it is sanitized… If you fail to do this, you are at very high risk of handing over sensitive personal data that could come back to haunt you.
Source: Active@ KillDisk Freeware
I don’t know how long this deal will stay up, but I noticed at Amazon that PNY has some select memory storage devices on sale. You can’t have enough storage and it is always a good idea to look for these devices when you can get them at a bargain.
Save on PNY Memory Products
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. To help you stay protected online, here are 4-four simple tips to follow:
- Use our Mobile Banking app so that you can stay on top of any suspicious account activity.
- Protect your devices by installing the latest browsers, operating systems and antivirus software.
- Don’t provide account or personal information via email, text or to an unsolicited caller.
- Don’t click on unsolicited links or attachments sent via email or text.
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Many folks at home don’t know about this; but, when visiting a web site on your Android phone, using Google Chrome, you can toggle from the mobile view of the website to the desktop view (which is the view you typically see on your desktop or laptop computers). Here at “What’s On My PC” I use this toggle on a regular basis. I encourage you to visit “Gadge Hacks”, by clicking on the source link below, to learn more about this and “why” you would want to go to the desktop view.
Open the Chrome app and tap the three dots in the top-right corner. When you do this, a menu will pop up. Here, you will see the button “Desktop site” — tap on this to turn on desktop browsing. When you do this, it will make the website load like the desktop version.
Leatherman has a multitool, called the Leap, that is designed for kids (with some safety in mind), but after doing some careful review, I want one of these as an edc (every day carry). If you read the reviews you will see adults buying into this. Price is reasonable to…
- FIT MORE FUNCTIONALITY: The Leap features a variety of pliers, wire cutters, screwdrivers, a user-installed knife, saw, spring-action scissors, ruler, tweezers, and bottle opener.
- SAFETY FIRST: The Leap includes safety locks that keep fingers from the path of tools, a two-hand opening knife, and a secure grip. It also comes with a user-installed knife blade that can be added when you feel they’re ready.
- ALWAYS ON HAND: With its compact size, lightweight design, and lanyard hole, their Leap is always within reach and ready to help.
- GUARANTEED: We go to extraordinary lengths to make sure your Leatherman gives you many years of dependable service. If it doesn’t, we’ve got your back with our 25-year limited warranty. Just send in your tool and we’ll fix it up.
Microsoft now offers a layer of protection for Google Chrome through a browser extension called ‘Windows Defender Browser Protection“. If you are particularly concerned about malicious links then this extension will provide an extra safeguard.
The Windows Defender Browser Protection extension helps protect you against online threats, such as links in phishing emails and websites designed to trick you into downloading and installing malicious software that can harm your computer.
If you click a malicious link in an email or navigate to a site designed to trick you into disclosing financial, personal or other sensitive information, or a website that hosts malware, Windows Defender Browser Protection will check it against a constantly updated list of malicious URLs known to Microsoft.
If the malicious link matches one on the list, Windows Defender Browser Protection will show a red warning screen letting you know that the web page you are about to visit is known to be harmful, giving you a clear path back to safety with one click.
“Believe Nothing, Verify Everything, Don’t Spread It”… People are like lemmings and will believe and follow anything… The social networks, in conjunction with foreign adversaries (enemies), have used these platforms to incite people by posting “false” sensitive topics in regards to 2nd amendment rights, abortion, social security, religion, race, party affiliation, etc.. that has caused the current divisive thinking in the United States. In other words, Facebook is and was used as a propaganda platform by foreign enemies. If you see these sorts of postings, avoid spreading them because the enemy wants you to spread these things so that there is chaos, hate, and divisiveness.
Much of what you read during the last election cycle on Facebook was posted through Russian infiltration and to this day it is still occurring. Dirty Politicians had done the same, as well, and now Facebook has given the official green light for them (the dirty politicians) to do so again (see source link at the end of this post).
Don’t be a lemming, “Believe Nothing, Verify Everything” via reputable sources. What you see on Facebook or any of the social network platforms should be checked and verified. For God’s Sake, don’t spread it if you can’t verify it. Don’t let it get under your skin; and, one way to do that is by blocking the sources entirely. If you must post your political thoughts, set up a Facebook group or another page for that purpose only.
Why Facebook can’t stop politicians from lying |The Verge
As of this week, though, that policy comes with an asterisk. As Judd Legum reported this week in his newsletter, Popular Information, Facebook is now exempting political figures from this policy. If a political candidate or party wants to run a Facebook ad announcing that their rival is a lizard person, they now have an open lane to do so.
Facebook’s new rules let politicians lie in their ads. It’s bad, but asking Facebook to regulate political speech is worse…
If you have an old laptop around that you want to breath new life into, the Kingston 240GB A400 SATA 3 2.5″ Internal SSD (solid state hard drive) will do just that. Great buy on this…
- Make sure this fits by entering your model number.
- Fast start-up, loading, and file transfers
- More reliable and durable than a hard drive
- Multiple capacities with space for applications or a hard drive replacement
When I go camping in my RV I typically use my smartphone’s data plan to stream content (without wifi) to the TV in my RV using a device called “Screenbeam Mini 2“. You can read my recent review on the Screenbeam Mini 2 HERE. It is an awesome device that can be purchased HERE…
For that real TV experience, I use two totally FREE online TV services that I want to share with you. One of the services I am sure you may have heard of, but the second was something that was totally new to me. No, you won’t find all the top channels you typically watch, but the content from both of these services will keep you entertained: both cover a wide range of topics (channels): both are optimized for streaming: and, both are available as mobile apps. I am also seeing where both of the services are actually being bundled and included with some of the newer TV’s.
Ok, now for the grand finale and time to reveal both of these services. I hope you enjoy them…
Pluto TV is the leading free streaming television service in America, delivering 100+ live and original channels and thousands of on-demand movies in partnership with major TV networks, movie studios, publishers, and digital media companies. Millions of viewers tune in each month to watch premium news, TV shows, movies, sports, lifestyle, and trending digital series. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Pluto TV is a top free app and available on all mobile, web and connected TV streaming devices.
XUMO is your destination for free LIVE and on-demand streaming entertainment. With over 160 different channels to choose from, you won’t get bored. Tune in for newly launched music channels, breaking news, epic fails, stand up comedy, sports, news coverage, and more. Select channels as “Favorite” for an experience tailored to you. Share the latest from the guys at Funny or Die, gather ’round for this week’s Movie of the Week from our collection of FREE Movies, catch-up on full length seasons of TV shows like Roseanne, Hell’s Kitchen, Unsolved Mysteries, and more, or witness history being made during LIVE tournaments from the 2019 PGA TOUR Season. Stay up to date, but most of all, stay entertained with XUMO.
For those of you who use the Google Chrome browser, “Shortcuts for Google” is a good browser extension that will help increase your productivity. This extension serves as a launcher (that can be customized) to display Google™ shortcuts as buttons in a space-saving popup next to your address bar. Reach services like Gmail, Google Drive, Google Maps, Google Calendar, and many more in just two clicks from your browser. The extension includes more than 500 Google services and websites. What sold me on this extension was not only the option to get to my favorite Google services but the option to create buttons to my favorite URL’s (or websites), like Facebook, my local newspaper, etc…
The updated Fire HD 10 tablet includes a faster processor than last year’s model, a 10-inch 1080p display, up to 12 hours of battery life, Dolby Atmos stereo speakers and a new USB-C port that lets you charge faster. Amazon’s tablets, until now, have continued to use older micro USB technology.
The Fire HD 10 can be pre-ordered — HERE …
The Motorola Moto G7 has been rated as one of the best mid-range smartphones you can get for under $300. If I was in the market for a phone, this would be the one I would purchase.
6.2″ Full HD+ Max Vision display (2270 x 1080) with 19:9 aspect ratio, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage with the option to add up to 512 GB of microSD expandable memory, Android 9.0, and US warranty
In 2020, Windows 10 is getting a new feature that will allow users where they can download their operating systems from the cloud and increase the speed of a recovery process. This new cloud recovery or cloud reinstall feature is going to be very useful for Windows 10 users and will make the life of the user with the high-speed internet connection super simple.
If you are someone that works as a computer tech, an I.T. Manager; or, you are someone at home who helps family members and friends when computer problems arise, then you need to have the necessary tools to get the job done. Putting together these tools (and keeping them up-to-date) is time-consuming; and, if you are like me, as I continue to age, I often forget or don’t keep up on what is current.
This is where the “Windows Repair Toolbox” comes into play. This portable application is probably the best application put together that I have found that provides an interface that serves as a launcher and updater of just about every important portable diagnostic software and portable anti-malware software that you can find. Not only that, the “Windows Repair Toolbox” will help you keep these software applications up-to-date. If there is a portable software tool that you see that is not included, you can custom add it to the toolbox.
For you folks at home, who possess that technical expertise in helping family and friends, do this:
- Download, unzip the program to a flash drive with at least 8GB of space. Make that flash drive your tech toolbox.
- After downloading, open the toolbox and click on the buttons on the “Windows Repair Toolbox” of the apps you think you will most likely use (when assisting others). Be patient as each of these apps download and install to your flash drive.
- After completing these tasks, I keep the drive plugged in. By doing this I occasionally will perform the updates so that I am ready to go; PLUS, it makes me become more knowledgeable of each of the current applications, making it sort of an educational experience, as well. Also, I periodically run some of the applications to scan my PC for malware and/or Windows problems.
VeraCrypt is FREE open-source disk encryption software that is used by those who have a need to lock down data from prying eyes. There are many options to using Veracrypt from simply creating a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounting it as a real disk (or drive) TO encrypting an entire partition or storage device such as USB flash drive or hard drive. If you are looking for encryption software, at no cost, that is as good or better than commerical encryption software, this is it…
VeraCrypt never saves any decrypted data to a disk – it only stores the data temporarily in RAM (memory). Even when the volume is mounted, data stored in the volume is still encrypted. When you restart Windows or turn off your computer, the volume will be dismounted and files stored in it will be inaccessible (and encrypted). Even when power supply is suddenly interrupted (without proper system shut down), files stored in the volume are inaccessible (and encrypted).
Veracrypt is currently available on the following platforms: Windows, Mac OSX, Linus AND third party support on Android and iOS. It can also be downloaded and run as a portable app…