An Android Based Clipboard Manager For Your Phone Or Tablet

An app that I installed on my phone that has been invaluable to me when blogging is an app called “Clipboard Manager“. Clipboard Manager is a simple and powerful application to manage your clipboard, keep history, fast access to your notes in history, etc. If you install and use this app and find it is not showing up in the notifications; go into your phone’s settings and under the battery settings app management, allow the app to run in the background. This is a nice app if you are constantly copying/pasting text-based material…

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Source: Clipboard Manager – Apps on Google Play

Google Chrome Will Now Alert You to Phishing Scams in Real Time – Gizmodo

With the rollout of Chrome 79 this week, the company announced it’s launching with new features focused on more secure browsing, two of which involve greater protection against phishing. Google maintains a blacklist of predatory sites as part of the Safe Browsing service that’s used by browsers like Chrome and Firefox. Now, with the newest version of Chrome, desktop users will see real-time phishing alerts on unsafe sites.

Read More @ Gizmodo

The Ultimate Christmas Gift For the Geek In You – The Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit X Multi-Tool

If you are looking for a Christmas gift that will last the ages and can be handed down to the next generation, then take a look at the Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit X Multi-Tool.  This tool is the Cadillac for those who are looking for the “everyday carry (EDC)” multi-tool.  If you don’t believe me just visit YouTube and you find a multitude of video reviews about this gem. If you click on any of the links below, you will find that this multi-tool has been given a 5-star rating by 89% of the consumers who wrote reviews. Do I own one of these? You bet I do… It is the ultimate tech tool.

Victorinox Swiss Army SwissTool Spirit X Multi-Tool
(Includes Leather Pouch)

  • Features 27 robust functions to complete your toolbox including – Needle nose pliers, Phillips screwdriver, leather pouch, and spear tip blade
  • Stainless steel construction provides lightweight and lasting durability for long term use
  • Unique design allows you to access each tool individually from the outside of the handle; tools lock into place when opened and fold away with a simple slide of the release button

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Here’s what will happen to your Windows 7 PC on January 15, 2020 | ZDNet

The January 15 full-screen warning will tell users that their PCs are more vulnerable to viruses and malware due to no security updates, no software updates and no tech support. It will say that “Microsoft strongly recommends using Windows 10 on a new PC for the latest security features and protection against malicious software.”


Source: Here’s what will happen to your Windows 7 PC on January 15, 2020 | ZDNet

Hundreds of counterfeit online shoe stores injected with credit card skimmer | Malwarebytes Labs

We recently identified a credit card skimmer injected into hundreds of fraudulent sites selling brand name shoes. Unfortunate shoppers may not only be disappointed with the faux merchandise, but they will also relinquish their personal and financial data to Magecart fraudsters.

Source: Hundreds of counterfeit online shoe stores injected with credit card skimmer | Malwarebytes Labs

Chrome will now warn you if your password’s been stolen as soon as you type it in | Mashable

Within the next few weeks, Chrome will roll out a feature that lets you know immediately with a pop-up if you enter a password that’s been compromised somewhere, and prompts you to change it everywhere you use it. (Yes, they see you reusing passwords across different sites even though we all know it’s data hygiene 101 to never do that.)

Have you been pwned? Almost certainly.

Source: Chrome will now warn you if your password’s been stolen as soon as you type it in

Google Calendar (finally) lets users reassign events to other calendars – Android Community

While Google Calendar is probably one of the favorite productivity apps of a lot of users, the mobile version is not as robust as its desktop counterpart. One of the things missing was the ability to move events from one calendar to the other. It looks like Google is finally adding that minor but important feature as a server-side switch is giving selected users the ability to do that.

Continue Reading @ Android Community

Please don’t buy this: smart doorbells | Malwarebytes Labs

To start, some of the more popular smart doorbell products have suffered severe cybersecurity vulnerabilities, while others lacked basic functionality upon launch. Worse, the data privacy practices at one major smart doorbell maker resulted in wanton employee access to users’ neighborhood videos. Finally, partnerships between hundreds of police departments and one smart doorbell maker have created a world in which police can make broad, multi-home requests for user videos without needing to show evidence of a crime.

Source: Please don’t buy this: smart doorbells | Malwarebytes Labs

China to ditch all Windows PCs by 2022 – could this be Linux’s time to shine? | TechRadar

In a major blow to Microsoft, the Chinese government will be replacing all PCs that run Windows by 2022, and could instead use a Chinese-created Linux distro, such as Kylin Linux.

The order comes from the Chinese Communist Party Central Office, and is part of a drive to replace any computer that runs non-Chinese software, partly in response to the US government’s blacklisting of Chinese hardware.

Source: China to ditch all Windows PCs by 2022 – could this be Linux’s time to shine? | TechRadar

A Basic Level Computer To Replace That Old Windows 7 Computer

If you are not a “Gamer” or someone that does not use intensive based software products, then the computer reflected below is a good replacement at home for that old Windows 7 Computer. If you are someone that needs more power to the punch, then take a look at this computer (click here)… The computer below, at the time of this posting, was showing very good consumer review based ratings.

Acer Aspire TC-885-UA91 Desktop,
9th Gen Intel Core i3-9100,
8GB DDR4, 512GB SSD, 8X DVD, 802.11AC Wifi,
USB 3.1 Type C, Windows 10 Home


How To Get To Your Windows 10 Desktop Super Fast

You may have found yourself in a situation where you have multiple windows open and need to get back to the Windows 10 desktop. Simply press the Windows logo key  + D to minimize all your open windows and go right to your desktop. You can toggle back to where you were working by pressing those same keys again.

Showing the desktop by pressing Windows logo key + D

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How to pin drives to the Taskbar on Windows 10 | Addictive Tips

The taskbar is for pinning apps. You’ll find that if you want to pin anything that isn’t an app e.g. a file or a folder, you will have to look for a workaround. That said, it’s still possible to pin a file to the taskbar. If you’re looking to pin a drive to the taskbar, you will again need a workaround. The good news is that the workaround, in this case, is really simple. Here’s what you need to do.

Learn How at: Addictive Tips

Gmail will now let you attach emails to your emails | The Verge

The mailing system will soon allow its users to send emails as attachments without having to forward or download them first. Or as Google puts it, “You can now attach emails to other emails in Gmail.”

Fervent emailers can attach as many emails, which will appear as an .eml file, as they like. Users who love to have multiple tabs open may also be pleased to hear that the attachment will open in a new window.

Source: Gmail will now let you attach emails to your emails – The Verge

TweakPower – An all-in-one tool to clean, backup, and optimize your computer

TweakPower is an all-in-one suite that has been designed to keep you and all your family’s computers running at optimal speed and efficiency. TweakPower is an intelligent software tool that allows users to fine-tune their operating systems and programs for optimum performance. TweakPower protects users from PC problems, while increasing the performance and security of their computer. TweakPower includes advanced performance optimizers, helping you achieve super-fast application load times, work faster and make your games run smoother. Now it’s easier than ever to get a clean PC. TweakPower can quickly remove Windows, program and browser clutter while refreshing your registry and deleting massive disk space hogs. Also, its easy-to-use wizards and diagnostic tools help you find vulnerabilities and errors on your computer.

Source: TweakPower

How To Turn Any Speaker Into An Amazon Echo Device

Amazon carries a device, called “Echo Input“, that gives you the ability to turn your own speaker(s) into an Amazon Echo speaker where you can give commands, ask Alexa questions and stream online audio and music content. Echo Input adds Alexa to an external speaker and connects via 3.5 mm audio cable or Bluetooth; AND, can hear you from across the room—even when music is playing. There is a button you can press to turn the microphone “off” when you want privacy. The “GOOD” right now is that this device, at the time of this posting, can be had for less than $10.

Echo Input – Bring Alexa to your own speaker

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Word Game by BetaFactory to Test and Improve your English Vocabulary | I Love Free Software

Word Game is a fun vocabulary game developed by the BetaFactory to test and improve your English language vocabulary. Word game enthusiasts love playing different kinds of word games. This game is another addition to that list. The game interface is quite easy. The website does ask you to create an account and login so the progress you make can be saved.


Source: Word Game by BetaFactory to Test and Improve your English Vocabulary

How To Get AND Install Windows 7 games for Windows 10 (i.e. Solitaire, Hearts, etc…)

Windows 7 had a set of nice, beautiful games including the classic card games with new shiny graphics and some great new games from Vista like Chess Titans, Mahjong Titans and Purble Place. For some reason, Microsoft decided to discontinue these games and offers bloated Modern games from the Store instead. For fans of the original Windows 7 games, here is a simple tutorial to revive them on Windows 10.

Windows 10 build 14328 games

Source: Get Windows 7 games for Windows 10

Use Your Phone As One Of Those Wallet Magnifier Cards

You may be like me and carry one of those wallet magnifier cards to use in those instances where you need to magnify small text; but, did you know you can use your smartphone to do the same thing. There are numerous “magnifier” apps on the Google Play Store that will turn your phone into a magnifier card; but, most are polluted with ads. After doing a lot of searching, I settled with the Android app called weZoom. On the get-go, it is FREE and I mean ad free; AND, for an ad free app “weZoom” has many of the features of the paid apps. You can “pinch to zoom in and out”‘; tap the screen to clear up what you are seeing; pause what you are seeing; capture what you are seeing; illuminate what you are seeing; and, even share (via other apps) what you are seeing.

weZoom, best app out there to serve as that wallet magnifier card…

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Today at “What’s On My PC” – Using Google Tasks

Today’s Thoughts From Rick – “Using Google Tasks”:

All of us have busy lives and keeping it all organized is a task. One of the ways that I manage the components in my life is with Google Tasks. Folks that have used Google Tasks in the past may remember it as a minuscule application that was not really up to speed in comparison to other similar apps. Now that Google has made improvements to this application, it has become my main “to do” application. Google Tasks ties in nicely with Gmail where you will see it on the panel to the right. There is now a dedicated “Google Tasks” app in the Google Play Store. Google has not provided a “standalone” version of Google Tasks that can be opened up in your browser, that I know of, but there are a couple workarounds. The first workaround that has worked for me was using the following web address:

The second workaround is the new “third party” Chrome browser extension called “Full Screen for Google Tasks” that works quite nicely. All-In-All Google Tasks has matured and maybe something that you may want to take a look at to get organization your life.

Today’s Tech News Briefs:

Plex has followed through on a September announcement that it would offer a free streaming service by the end of 2019; Are we headed towards a climate crisis tipping point?; AND, Microsoft announced this week that it won’t offer Notepad through the Microsoft Store anymore.

Today’s Software Pick:

Notepad++ – A free (as in “free speech” and also as in “free beer”) source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License.

Today’s Android Pick:

Google Tasks – Get more done with the Google Tasks mobile app. Manage, capture, and edit your tasks from anywhere, at anytime, with to-dos that sync across all your devices. Integrations with Gmail and Google Calendar help you get tasks done—faster.

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Today’s “How To” Pick:

Windows 10 Fresh Start vs Reset vs Refresh vs Clean install vs In-place Upgrade – Windows 10 Advanced Recovery option offers recovery solutions that 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… Continue Reading @ The Windows Club

Windows 10 Fresh Start vs. Reset vs. Refresh vs. Clean install

Today’s Amazon Deal (don’t know how long this deal will last):

Amazon has the TaoTronics SoundSurge 60 Over-Ear Bluetooth 5.0 Headphones at $59.99 minus a $15 coupon and then apply this code DGYOHE7X and get and additional $5 off.

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Today’s Wallpaper: Two Rhinos

Two Rhinos

In honor of Wildlife Conservation Day, we’re looking at these two white rhinos strolling through the Amakhala Game Reserve in South Africa—with a friendly oxpecker bird on their tails. The large anklets they’re wearing are used to track the endangered animals and protect them from poaching. Both white and black rhinos live in open savanna, but the adult rhinos’ only real predators are humans who hunt them for the illegal trade of their horns… Continue Reading @ Bing

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Today at “What’s On My PC” – This Smartphone Pedometer Will Help You Lose Weight

Today’s Thoughts From Rick – “This Smartphone Pedometer Will Help You Lose Weight”:

For the first time in my life I am actually focused on good eating habits (portion control) and exercising (walking) and it is working. One thing that is helping me, is a smartphone pedometer app, called “Pedometer – Step Counter Free & Calorie Burner“. There are many pedometer app selections at Google Play, but there is one app that I found that does not use a GPS Tracker (which will save you battery life) and is downright accurate. One feature that I really like is a widget that you can place on your screen to see how many steps you are taking in a day’s time. In my case, it is on my home screen, as a visual motivator, where I can easily see my step count during the day. All the features in this app are 100% free, but you may see that occasional popup ad. Also, no sign-in is required. Just install and start walking. Walking is one of the best exercises you can do…

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Today’s Tech News Briefs:

A new Facebook tool will let users transfer all their photos to other social media platforms and storage services like Google Photos; A new Google Photos feature uses the recipient’s Gmail address as a means of sending an image to someone and can be done by pressing on an image and tapping the ‘share’ option; AND,  Why 2020 Will Be the Year of 5G

Today’s Software Pick:

Microsoft Windows 10 Pro – Includes all the features of Windows 10 Home, plus business functionality for encryption, remote log-in, creating virtual machines, and more. With Windows 10 Pro, you’ll always have the latest features and security. Experience faster start-ups, a familiar yet expanded Start menu, and great new ways to get stuff done.

Today’s Android Pick:

WordPress – The mobile version of WordPress that allows you to share information to your WordPress site; make edits, etc…

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Today’s “How To” Pick:

How to transfer everything from your old Android phone to your new one – Getting a new phone is awesome, but transferring all of your data over from your old one isn’t. Luckily, it’s gotten a lot better than it used to be, and it doesn’t take too much work anymore. With a Google account and a little patience, you don’t need to be an Android whiz to ensure your stuff can easily transfer to a new phone… Continue Reading @ PCWorld

Today’s Amazon Deal (don’t know how long this deal will last):

Amazon has the Black+Decker 6″ Random Orbit Waxer / Polisher for $20 with free shipping on $25+ or with Prime.

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Vladmir Putin is extricating Russia from the world-wide-web | TNW

Truth of the matter is that his “wall” will serve only to isolate the people of Russia from the world. Putin will have an “off” switch if an election doesn’t go his way or a foreign press publishes some dirt he doesn’t like. He’ll have the power to disrupt his people’s communication and keep open-source idea exchanges at arm’s length.

Source: Vladmir Putin is extricating Russia from the world-wide-web

DO NOT Fall for the “Google Chrome Critical ERROR” Phlishing Scam

First time ever for me to have one of these scams popup on my computer. This one here is the “Google Chrome Critical ERROR” phlishing scam that comes in a variety of forms. In this case the “Security System” (whatever that is) has detected the threatening attempt to gain access to my bank logins. The crooks, in this case, are recommending that I perform a temporary block on all my accounts; THEN, the crooks want me to contact their customer support team at Microsoft. If you really take a look at the screenshot below, you can tell that the designer of this scary scam graphic does not use very good grammar.

Folks, for God’s sake, please do not fall for this scam or any of the hundreds like it. They are scams. These crooks want you to call the number, as reflected in the screenshot; THEN, the real fun will begin where they will bilk you out of as much money as they can and will even want to help solve your problem by remotely taking over the operation of your computer. They are such nice criminals…

This error can be removed simply by closing the web browser, however, some websites run scripts that prevent users from closing browsing tabs/windows. In these cases, terminate the browser via Task Manager or simply reboot the system. Note that after re-running the browser, you should not restore the previous session, otherwise you will return to the malicious site. Also, I typically will run CCleaner and AdwCleaner. If you end up going to far with this scam and allow the criminals to take over your computer, you will need to be more aggressive in the removal process.

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Today at “What’s On My PC” – “TuneIn” Your Christmas Music

December 2, 2019

Today’s Thoughts From Rick – “TuneIn” Your Christmas Music

To help me get into the Christmas spirit, I go to “TuneIn” to get my music; especially, when working from my computer or taking a drive in my car. To get you started using TuneIn, I recommend that you establish an account. After you do that you can save the stations or podcasts that you like under favorites. You can also find many of your local radio stations as well.

TuneIn In is an American audio streaming service delivering live news, radio, sports, music, and podcasts to over 60 million monthly active users.  As of 2019, TuneIn has more than 75 million monthly active users.

Today’s Tech News Briefs:

A team of international scientists spotted a stellar black hole three-and-a-half times greater than anyone thought possible; The US is reportedly considering new measures that would further restrict Huawei’s ability to procure US technologies; AND, Facebook is releasing a new tool today that will allow its users to transfer photos directly to Google Photos. The tool is being released initially in Ireland, and will be available worldwide in the first half of 2020.

Today’s Software Pick:

Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Download Tool – This recently updated tool allows an easy and comfortable way to download genuine Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 disk images (ISO) directly from Microsoft’s servers, as well as Office 2010, Office 2013, Office 2016, Office 2019, Expression Studio and Office for Mac.

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Today’s Android Pick:

Compass Galaxy – This is a FREE functional and simple compass application without unnecessary permissions.

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Today’s “How To” Pick:

How to run older programs in Windows 10 using compatibility settings – The “Program Compatibility Troubleshooter” wizard is a built-in tool that helps you apply compatibility settings to older software that doesn’t work as it should on your Windows 10 computer. One way to open it is by typing “run programs” in the taskbar’s search field, and then clicking or tapping on “Run programs made for previous versions of Windows.”… Continue Reading @ Digital Citizen

Access Run programs made for previous versions of Windows

Today’s Amazon Deal (don’t know how long this deal will last):

This premium level Chromebook is $100 cheaper for Cyber Monday

Asus Chromebook Flip C434 2 In 1 Laptop

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