Use Windows Explorer to Access Your Windows Live SkyDrive Files

October 31, 2009

If you have a Windows Live account (e.g. Hotmail) I am sure you are taking advantage of the Microsoft’s Windows SkyDrive service, which offers 25 GB’s of FREE password protected online storage space that can be used to store, access and share files.

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Normally, to copy files to and from your PC to your online SkyDrive space, you are required to log into the SkyDrive service through your web browser. Today I want to expose you to a new utility, called SkyDrive Explorer, that will allow you to access and manage your SkyDrive files through Windows Explorer.

Now the thing I want directly point out here is that SkyDrive Explorer is currently in beta, was a little buggy (during my testing), and is developed by a third party developer (not Microsoft).  This app looks very promising and could change the way you manage your SkyDrive space from within Windows Explorer. I recommend you keep an eye on this one.

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Features (as described by the developers):

  • View the structure and contents of folders in SkyDrive™;
  • View files information (type, size, creation date in GMT format);
  • Create new root folders and subfolders;
  • Copy files into the storage;
  • Delete files and folders;
  • Copy files from the storage to the computer;
  • Copy folders and subfolders from the storage to the computer keeping their structure;
  • Use Drag & Drop for files operations;
  • Rename files and folders;
  • Create links to SkyDrive™ folders on your computer.

SkyDrive Explorer uses the standard Microsoft library for work with Windows Live Id services. Your personal information does not leave this library and even is not passed to SkyDrive Explorer engine. Also, the traffic with online storage goes through HTTPS protocol that protects data from snoopers.

SkyDrive Explorer works both in 32- and 64-bit Microsoft® Windows OS. Minimal required OS is Windows XP, and SkyDrive Explorer will successfully work in Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and 2008, and Windows 7.

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Highly Recommended – Bill Mullins’ Top 12 FREE Downloads

October 30, 2009

If you are a frequent visitor to What’s On My PC… , then you know Bill Mullins’, the blogmaster, at Tech Thoughts.  Bill, along with TechPaul (at Tech-for Everyone) were the motivators that got me into the blogging arena.  As a result, I have (2)-two virtual friends that continue to encourage, prod and motivate. Both are very unique individuals; AND between myself and these two individuals, I believe some cloning occurred somewhere along this life’s path.

If you are a blogger, then you know it is work; BUT, it is rewarding and enriching, as well.  Bill, at Tech Thoughts, has been a professional blogger for nearly 2 years and has mastered what it takes to be successful at blogging. Over 1.5 million hits in a 22 month period are numbers you typically see on some of the top sites on the internet.

During that 22 month run, Bill has posted (relentlessly) tech article after tech article with numerous software reviews. The cool factor about all of this is that Bill actually tests the software to give you the low down of what is hot and what is not.

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During a recent visit to Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts, I noticed Bill posted a review about the “Top 12 Downloaded Free Applications on Tech Thoughts”.

Bill’s comments about the top 12 applications:

In the roughly 22 months I have been writing Tech Thoughts, these are the top 12 downloaded free applications on this site. Having had the opportunity to test each and every one thoroughly, I have no hesitation in recommending these top performing free applications.

I am not going to reveal those Top 12 applications here; instead, I encourage you to visit Bill Mullins’ – Tech Thoughts to get this highly recommended listing for yourself.

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Defragmentation the Smart and Lazy Way

October 29, 2009

I have found, from personal experience, that most people do not take the time to perform routine computer maintenance and will resort to paying someone to do it when there PC is crawling at a snail’s pace.

image One of the most important components to maintaining your PC is to perform a disk defragmentation, at least once a month. When files are written to your hard disk they are typically not written as one unit, as you would think. Instead a file can be broken up to fill the empty spaces that are available on the disk; and, as a result the file(s) are not of one unit, but scattered about. In the end a noticeable degradation in the load time of files and programs occur and additional disk space is allocated to store the file pieces that ultimately affects the performance of the computer. When you run your defragmentation utility, the defragger will ultimately move the file pieces closer together and contiguously (the pieces are adjacent to one another and will appear to be connected).

There are numerous defraggers out there that are more powerful than others (from a technical standpoint) that offer a variety of defragmentation methods; however, you  have to be savvy enough to understand those methods and what you ultimately want to achieve. Again, the everyday computer user does not understand the various methods and really do not care. They just want their PC to run efficiently with minimal fuss and intervention.

A solution that I recently have been testing (and have been impressed with) is a FREE program called Smart Defrag by IObit.com. I call it the lazy man’s defragger.  Why? Well, you simply install it, select the drive(s) you desire to defrag, select Auto Defrag, and the program does the rest.

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When you are not using your computer (and it goes idle) Smart Defrag automatically, in the background (unseen to you), commences defragging the drive you selected. If you feel that Smart Defrag is causing an interference, which I did not personally experience, there are slider settings that you can adjust under Auto Defrag. For example I used the default settings where Smart Defrag will pause when my resource usage exceeds 20 percent. I also have Auto Defrag set to engage defragmentation after 5 minutes of the computer being idle. The first time you use Smart Defrag, I suggest you do a manual defrag first to get everything in good shape. After that, Smart Defrag will do the rest for you.

Smart Defrag is Windows® Vista™, XP, 2000. and Windows® 7 READY!

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Key Benefits (from the developer, IOBit)

Extremely Easy to Use

Install it and forget it. This powerful, free defragmenter works continuously, automatically and quietly in the background on your PC. Its intuitive interface makes Smart Defrag the ideal utility for complete computer dummies.

Exceptionally Efficient Defragmentation

Smart Defrag has the world’s fastest defragmenting engine. It’s been specially designed for modern, large hard drives, so it eliminates long waiting times.

Optimize Disk Performance

Smart Defrag doesn’t just use simple defragmentation. It also streamlines your file system, places the frequently used files and directories into the fastest area of the disk, enabling your computer to run at top speed with the most stability.

Always-on to Work Automatically

Smart Defrag works automatically and quietly in the background, so it continually and constantly keeps your computer fragment-free.

Data Safe and Reliability Guaranteed

Smart Defrag uses the commercial-level standard to move data and does not damage any file in your disk. Besides, unlike other “Automated” Defragmenters, Smart Defrag does NOT constantly perform analysis and defragment, which does damage your hard drive and shorten its life. Smart Defrag has a “Safe Intelligence” technology that can assure the health of your disk by deciding When and How to start defragmentation.

Free Defragmenter Forever

Smart Defrag is 100% freeware. Download, use, and update it absolutely free for your personal computers, business or enterprise servers –– it won’t cost you a penny.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#34)

October 28, 2009

image We are in the midst of the fall season and Geek Squeaks’ is going strong.  If you are a person who has a love for information technology, computers, and software; then Geek Squeaks’ are for you. Each week What’s On My PC… randomly selects an article posted by the blog authors (within the past 7 days) who are connected to the What’s On My PC… blogroll community. If you have not visited these blogs, I encourage you to do so. This week’s roundup is reflected below.

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Hard Drive Cloning is Easy with Free Easeus Disk Copy

Right On Technology
Top Black Friday Ad Sites 2009

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Resizeable Textarea add-on for Firefox

Plato On-Line
Multitasking Might Cause Brain Damage

Teck~Line Lounge
Free Easy To Use Portable Start Menu For Your USB Drive

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove ShieldSafeness

Carol’s Vault
8 FPS characters on multiple challanges. Very funny!

AKS-Feel The Change
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites October 27

AskBillFirst
What Can The Wheel On My Mouse Be Used For?

Tech-for Everyone
Troubleshooting Stop Errors In Vista

Sugarloaf Tech
Java Update Available – should I install it?

Rarst.net
PDFCreator – virtual printer to create documents

Lifehacker
Google Voice Offers Voicemail
Without a New Number [Google Voice]

Crazy World of G
Welcome to Frickintardistan

Computer Too Slow
How To Format a Hard Drive

Tune Up Blog
A Step-by-Step Guide: How to Clean Install Windows 7

Computer Maintenance
Diagnose Hard Drive Failure | Troubleshoot Hard Disk Problems

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows 7, these are a few of my favourite things

Freeware Elite
Gridy: a great active window manager by Sector Seven

Technize
How To Log On To Your Windows User Account If You Forget Your Password Or If Your Password Expires

I Love Free Software
How to Draw in Your Computer with your Pen

The Abbey Rose
Memory Lane

TTC Shelbyville
Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit – MAP 4.0

Tux in the Midwest
Drupal Notes – My Project

Snakebytez
Monitor UPS status with UPS Assistant

What’s On My PC…
Get the Last FREE version of FastStone Capture

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When Windows 7 Will Not Boot

October 27, 2009

Did you know that Windows 7 contains an utility to create a “System Repair Disc”? I highly recommend that you take the time to create this disc, in the chance your Windows 7  becomes broken or will not boot.

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The  System Repair Disc is an option designed to help users “fix or repair” Windows 7 without resorting to a complete re-install or resorting to your system recovery software. The System Repair Disc is a bootable disc, that provides accessible options for using System Restore, Complete PC Backup, Automated System Repair, Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool and a Command-line Prompt for manual advanced recovery.

The easiest method to initate the process to create the “System Repair Disc”, is to click on “Start“, go to the “Run” dialog, type: recdisc, and hit “Enter“.  The following dialog box will appear prompting you for a  blank CD or DVD disc.  Once the CD or DVD has been created, label the disc, and store it in a safe place. This simple process may save you a whole lot of headaches later.

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Windows 7 Recovery Options

If for some reason you are unable to create the “System Repair Disc” from your Windows 7 PC, you can download and create a bootable copy of the System Repair Disc at NeoSmart.

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All Time Top Ten Tech Articles at What’s On My PC…

October 25, 2009

When you write articles in a blog, nearly everyday, they have a tendency to accumulate and eventually get lost in the pile (especially to the frequent visitor). Today I was reviewing some past posts and decided to make a listing of the “All Time Top Ten” at What’s On My PC.  Enjoy!

In summary you will find that: Windows Vista still is causing gray hair; AOL is not dead; WD TV Media Player is a hit; people do not like change, including bing;  we need browser protection; there is a cheap way to use a Blackberry; we love FREE software; people are still trying to figure out MS-Word; and Conficker continues to evolve and is still alive!

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If you experience
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 installation issues…

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Creating an AOL Install CD… (if you must:)

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When Vista will not boot…

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Review of the Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player

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“WOT” is NEW…

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bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine

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How to use a Blackberry Smartphone with a cheap
“Pay As You Go” mobile phone plan…

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Software AppsFreebiesPortable Apps

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Adding a “Watermark” in Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007

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Conficker and Spyware Protect 2009

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My Windows Vista to Windows 7 Upgrade Experience

October 23, 2009

I had purchased the upgrade version of Windows 7 Home Premium back in June when it was offered for $49.99; however, the delivery did not occur until the much anticipated October 22nd release date. Sure enough, I had an email in my Window’s Live account, on that date, informing me that I could download my copy of Windows 7.

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I opted to download the 32 bit version in an ISO format. The download file was approximately 2.5 GB’s that I burned to a DVD. The first thing I did, prior to making this install, was to make sure that all of my “important” files were properly backed up. Once I had an updated backup, my Product key in hand and the install DVD created, I was ready to rock and roll.  I turned off or exited everything in the Windows system tray to prevent anything from possibly running in the background that could disrupt or interfere with the install routine.

Now, what I was about to do, goes against everything that a good tech will tell you when it comes to an operating system upgrade. I opted to perform a direct upgrade from Vista to Windows 7, instead of a clean install.

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Now, this is a big deal on my PC, due to the fact that I am a customization, configuration and organization geek freak. I initiated the install process, by launching the Setup file on the DVD, at 11:15 PM.  By 11:30 PM, Windows 7 was already begging for an online update to continue the installation. I downloaded the update; however, the install would not proceed and reached a point that it was going to reboot; or I thought it was. I know patience is required during an OS install, so I waited (hard drive light “on” at full throttle), and I waited AND Nothing! I force the reboot and had to start back over from scratch. Whatever file that was downloaded, during the update, was the medicine that the Windows 7 install needed. By this time, it is 11:40 PM and I am finally in the actual Windows 7 install mode.

To make a long, long story short; between 11:40 PM to 1:45 AM (over 2 hours), the Windows 7 install ran full throttle and meticulously setup my PC for the Windows 7 environment. The only intervention on my part during this process was entering the product key at the end of the install routine (nearly 2.5 hours later).  Whatever you do, make sure you have that product key.

In the end, Windows 7 was completely setup on my PC and guess what?  Everything was there and it worked.  No device errors, software all accounted for and working, etc…  Was one of the easiest upgrades from one OS version to another that I have ever experienced; however, it was the longest (over 2.5 hours).

If you are planning to do a direct upgrade make sure you are prepared and have a lot of patience; especially if you are new to this.

Just when you think the upgrade (install) process is hanging, just wait and watch the hard drive indicator light and the onscreen prompts.  It will happen, but it is like birthing a baby… If you don’t have this kind of patience, and your PC is a mess anyway, then do like any good tech would do; perform a clean installation.

Reflected are some Windows 7 Resources that may be helpful to you if you are considering the upgrade:

Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7

Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7

Windows 7 Home Page

Step-by-Step: Windows 7 Upgrade and Migration

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FREE and EASY Powertoy Image Resizer

October 22, 2009

Many Windows XP users are probably familiar with the Powertoy Image Resizer you downloaded as an add-on that allowed right-click image resizing functionality in Windows Explorer. This very popular Powertoy was primarily designed for Windows XP with no further development to support Windows Vista or Windows 7. This Powertoy utility enabled you to single or batch resize your pictures by simply right clicking on the picture(s), selecting Resize Pictures, selecting the scalable size, and then OK.  Magically the scalable size of the picture(s) would uniformly be resized; thus, the file size would also be reduced (or increased).  This is very useful when sending pictures via email, or posting on the web, where you want to reduce the scalable size and the file size of the pictures.  It is also useful if you are taking numerous pictures and you want to reduce the size for storage or archiving.  Frankly, today’s cameras take pictures that literally are megabytes in size and this can add up when you are archiving all the pictures you take.

If this Powertoy was developed for Windows XP, is there an alternative (similar) solution for Windows Vista & Windows 7?

The answer is yes.  I recently located and was introducted to “Image Resizer Powertoy Clone for Windows” which is a clone (replica) of the original Windows XP Powertoy Image Resizer.  The cool factor to this clone resizer is that it is being developed as open source software product, that is FREE and will only get better as the development progresses.

If are someone that is into taking pictures, Image Resizer Powertoy Clone for Windows is definitely an image utility you want on your PC.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#33)

October 21, 2009

image Recently I posted an article [ link ] about the What’s On My PC… Launch Pad that is a compilation of over 300 tech sites and blogs. If you visit the Launch Pad [ link ] you will notice that some of the sites in the listing are in a larger font size. Those sites (blogs) in the larger font size are the blogs that are associated with the What’s On My PC… blogroll (located on the sidebar of the blog). The purpose of the larger font size is to draw attention to those sites or blogs.  Each week I pull an article from each of those blogs to highlight their accomplishments in Geek Squeaks’ of the Week. If you want to learn more about information technology and computers, blogging is where it is at. I encourage you the preview the articles below and pay a visit to each of these sites.

Computer Maintenance
Defragment your hard drive using smart defrag

Scoroncocolo Tech Pages
Internet Browsing Inside a Sandbox

AskBillFirst
Fake security software in millions of computers:
Symantec by Reuters: Yahoo! Tech

Tech-for Everyone
Own A Laptop? Make A Thumb Drive Theft Alarm With Free Tool

Sugarloaf Tech
Is your home in a flood hazard area?

Rarst.net
Shame and technology

Lifehacker
Turn Your PC into a Home Surveillance System [Security]

Computer Too Slow
Download Accelerator plus (Premium) Review

thePC Security
Online Malware Detection and Removal With Panda Active Scan

Free PC Security
A-Squared 4.5 Free

AKS-Feel The Change
Get Steganos Password Manager 2009 FREE

Carol’s Vault
Free Flash Mp3 Player from Flabell.com

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Softcop

Tech~Line Lounge
How To Engage Your Blog Community

Plato On-Line
Broadband Leadership Stats

Is You GEEKed Up
Which Operating System Should I Use?

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Add-ons Blocklist | Mozilla

Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Antivirus Now available: Microsoft Security Essentials

Freeware Pharmacy
Auslogic’s Disk Defrag

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Prevent Unintentional File Deletion With Free System Protect

Right On Technology
New Chrome OS Download

Snakebytez
How to create a Password Protected Secret Drive

Tux in the Midwest
Drupal Notes – Modules – Creating the Files

Worthy Tips
Cute Rank – An excellent free search engine
keyword analysis tool for SEO lovers

TTC Shelbyville
Best Wireless Tool – Free

I Love Free Software
Gmail Notifier: Get an alert when you get a new mail

Technize
How To Make Gmail Work Offline

Freeware Elite
OpenOffice 3.2 Beta released

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Live Photo Gallery v Google Picasa. round 2

Tune Up Blog about Windows
A Step-by-Step Guide:
How to Upgrade from Windows Vista to 7

Mrintech
Best Collection of Windows 7 Wallpapers for You!

What’s On My PC
Klondike Forever…

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Go Incognito with Firefox…

October 20, 2009

Mozilla Firefox

Did you know that Firefox, the choice browser of the tech community has a Private Browsing Mode built into it?

If you are a Firefox user and you are using Firefox version 3.5 or higher you can easily switch from normal browsing mode to private browsing mode. Many of the other popular browsers also have a private (incognito) browsing mode that you can explore.

When you are normally browsing the internet, Firefox remembers the web sites you have visited, your user names and passwords, your browsing history and more. In other words these browsing morsels become a profile of your browsing habits and of you. When you switch to the  Private Browsing Mode in Firefox, these browsing morsels are not collected and stored on the host computer.

Using Private Browsing Mode, to protect your privacy, is handy when browsing the internet from a friend’s computer or at work. In reverse, you can switch the browser into Private Browsing Mode when someone else is using your computer to prevent extraction of or review of your personal morsels (such as user names, passwords, history, cookies, etc…).

To get into Private Browsing Mode, go to the menu bar (at the top of the browser), click on “Tools”, then “Private Browsing Mode” [ see video ]. You can also perform the hotkey combo of  Ctrl + Shift + P on your keyboard to turn Private Browsing Mode “on or off” .

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Personally, I prefer using the hotkey combination to quickly go in and out of Private Browsing Mode. When you enter the Private Browsing Mode, Firefox will graciously remember any pages or tabs that you have open, so that when you exit from Private Browsing Mode, you are right back where you started.

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You can also depart from Private Browsing Mode by going to the menu bar, click on “Tools”, then “Stop Private Browsing”.  You can also leave Private Browsing Mode by simply closing Firefox, as well.

In a Private Browsing session, Firefox won’t keep any browser history, search history, download history, web form history, cookies, or temporary internet files.  However, files you download and bookmarks you make will be kept. [ click here to see details ]

You can tell when you are in Private Browsing Mode by looking at the Title Bar at the top of the browser window.  It will reflect “Private Browsing – Mozilla Firefox”. Downloading files or saving bookmarks is not affected by Private Browsing Mode.

If you are at another PC, I strongly encourage that you use Firefox and the Firefox Private Browsing Mode to protect your privacy.  If Firefox is not available on the host PC you can use Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition and run it from your flash drive.

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Online Collaboration with Microsoft SharedView

October 18, 2009

image Collaboration – the act of working jointly. With Microsoft SharedView (Beta2) software, you can share, review and update documents with multiple people (up to 15 people) by displaying what is on your computer screen. A Windows Live ID (Passport, Hotmail, or MSN) is required to initate a session, but is not required to join a session. You can use your Windows Live ID or a friendly name to join a session without signing in.

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Microsoft SharedView is also integrated with Windows Live Messenger where a session can be initiated by clicking on the SharedView menu item on the Activities menu.  Choosing this option will send an invite to join a SharedView session. The person you sent the invite to can easily join the session you initiated.

Microsoft SharedView is FREE to download and use.  To learn more about Microsoft SharedView and to watch its’ development, I encourage you to click on the following links.

Welcome to Microsoft SharedView

SharedView User Assistance Home Page

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Microsoft SharedView is a fast, easy way to share documents and screen views with small groups of friends or coworkers; anytime, anywhere. Use SharedView to put your heads together and collaborate – create, convey, and communicate…across physical boundaries, through firewalls, and down to the smallest details.

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Links to Over 300 Computer Tech Blogs in One Place

October 17, 2009

I thoroughly enjoy visiting, reading, collecting and supporting the tech blogs that are out there on the internet. Locating tech blogs can be a cumbersome task; especially since there are so many. There are an endless number of private tech blogs out there that we never see and end up missing out on some really excellent material. As a matter of fact, if you are someone that is in the ever changing world of IT and computers, I encourage you to go fishing for blogs to keep in line with the pace.

If you are someone that enjoys reading and learning about information technology I can save you a whole lot of work.  I have spent the past year collecting tech blogs.

Located on the right side of the blog you will see the
“What’s On My PC – Launch Pad” .

image The Launch Pad is your launching point to over 300 tech blogs (319 to be exact and the list continues to grow). The Launch Pad is nothing pretty; but it loads fast; AND, is smart phone and browser friendly.

Recently I added to the Launch Pad another 61 more blogs (or tech sites).  The new additions are are reflected below.

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Instructify
PCauthorities.com
Pallab.net
Freeware Mission
4Sysops
Everything USB
dotTech [.org]
Download Tube
Ramesh’s Site
TMS Network Blog
Software & News
RotorBlog
Tom’s Hardware
Windows 7 Hacker
Tech Bucket
Tech-Ex
Tecneek
WEBKEEPS

Windows 7 News & Tips
Technology Is Fun
TekShek
Techportalz
techFAQ
LiveSide.net
DirFile
Tech Zoom In
Techarraz
Freeware Home
Get2use.com
Geek or Unique
wiseGEEK
Murtaza’s Technoblog
ChurchTechBlogs
File Guru
I Love Free Software
Tech Airlines
Digital Buzz Blog
FreewareWire
Quick Online Tips
Computer Articles
Steal Ideas
Tweaking Windows
Extreme Trix
Ask A Tech Teacher
The Kim Komando Show
IT Mamak
Freeware Pharmacy
Tech-Tips
One Tip A Day
HelpMeRick
Ask Bob Rankin
ByteTips.com
Online Tech Tips
Barry’s Best Computer Tips
Daily Bits
TechXplore
TinkerNut
New Your Computer Help Blog
LyteByte
TechSpot
TuneUp

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An Insane Portable Task Manager for FREE

October 16, 2009

Anvir Task Manager Free – a task manager with an insane list of options and features that gives you full control of your computer.

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I love playing around with the various task managers and this one is no exception. As a matter of fact, I put Anvir Task Manager into the exceptional category for task managers.

If you dare to try this task manager, I encourage you to download the portable version that requires no installation. Simply download [ link ] AnVir Task Manager Free Portable, unzip the archive and run.

What I find interesting about this task manager is that it it like finding easter eggs. In conjunction with the normal monitoring features you find in a task manager (such as Startup, Applications, Processes, Services, etc…), AnVir has some hidden features such as a tweaker that gives you access to hundreds of Windows XP and Vista settings. Another feature for example; Anvir Task Manager, when running in the background, places (3)-three small buttons adjacent to the minimize, restore and close button at the top right corner any window you have open. One button allows you to minimize the window to the system tray, another allows you to pin the window so that it stays on top and another minimizes the window to a square floating icon on your desktop. Another easter egg buried in this task manager is the ability to generate a HiJackThisPro log that can be used for online troubleshooting assistance.

Anvir Task Manager, when running will place a couple icons in your system tray. One icon readily gives you your CPU Usage and Processes; and another icon readily gives you a drive listing, disk load of each drive and free space on each drive. If you “right mouse click” on either of the icons, you can preview a list of most recently launched programs.

An option to definitely explore is that you can “Check any file with AntiViruses on Virus Total” which is handy when you need to analyze a suspicious file. Analysis of suspicious files can be quickly accomplished when troubleshooting file sources in the startup, processes and services areas.

For a complete feature list (see below). Anvir Task Manager is available in a FREE edition and several paid editions (Task Manager, Task Manager Pro, Security Suite). Click [ here ] to compare the various editions. For everyday use, the AnVir Task Manager Free Portable Edition should be sufficient to meet your diagnostic needs.  Overall this app is my choice task manager.

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Features of the FREE edition:

Basic Security analysis of processes, startup programs and Windows services

Startup monitor: alerts on new startups, block undesired startup programs

Check files on VirusTotal.com with 30+ antivirus engines

Startup manager: manage all programs running on startup including services and Internet Explorer toolbars

Save HijackThis log with additional info

Tweaker that gives direct access to hundreds of XP / Vista settings including settings that cannot be accessed in Windows at all without editing the registry directly

Drive’s free space as a colored horizontal bar in Windows “My Computer” (Vista style icons on Windows XP)

Click on title of any application:

  • hide window to system tray
  • make window semi-transparent
  • pin window ‘always on top’
  • change window size to 640×480, 800×600, 1024×768
  • change priority of the process

List of recently used folders in “Open”/”Save” dialogs

Minimize windows to system tray and save taskbar space

Quick access to last launched programs and last opened folders in system tray

Monitor processes, services, Internet connections, CPU, disk, memory, DLLs, drivers,locked files, windows

Icons and tooltips in tray for CPU, memory, network, disk load, HDD temperature, and battery

Find locked files and DLL

Log of processes start and stop

Graph of processor, memory and disk activity for each process and for computer

Compatible with all popular antivirus, complement antivirus software or make it unnecessary

Can replace Windows Task Manager

Can run as portable application

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Learn Everything About USB…

October 15, 2009

The TTC Shelbyville blog recently posted information about a really awesome web site called EverythingUSB that solely is about USB (Universal Serial Bus) technology and devices.  EverythingUSB not only is an information source about past, present and future USB technology; it also provides reviews on some really neat USB devices and products that will surely be of interest.

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USB (or Universal Serial Bus) is a 13-year old standard that was originally designed to connect then smart phones to PCs in the mid-90s. It later became the de facto standard for connecting any external, thanks to USB’s built-in power supply and relatively fast speeds. The then-unique one-cable approach sparked a revolution that spawned everything USB (no pun intended) ranging from flash drives, hard drives, headsets, speakers, TV tuners to webcams. All these top at 12Mbps, at which speed is only good for mice and keyboards; so the official USB body upgraded the specs to USB 2.0, adding Hi-Speed USB mode operating at 480Mbps. As more applications moved on to wireless thereafter, the same group decided to follow the trend by cutting the wire in the latest Certified Wireless USB standard, completed in 2005. And now, we are currently in the pre-WUSB and SuperSpeed USB era.

Thank you TTC Shelbyville (Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville) for this awesome find.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#32)

October 14, 2009

They say there are hidden treasures in those blogs and the treasures in these blogs are are no exception. The blog articles listed below are articles from the blogs (sites) that are listed on the “What’s On My PC…” blogroll community. If you are looking for that treasure, then look no further; the information that is conveyed and presented in these articles are true gems of professionalism.

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Carol’s Vault
The President’s new cross: a Nobel prize for Peace

Right On Technology
T-Mobile Project Dark to Offer $50 Unlimited Plan

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Be Safe – Write Down Your Passwords

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Preview a TinyURL

Is You GEEKed Up
Up Do You Tweet on Twitter?

Plato On-Line
Bladeless Fan and Spider-Pill-Camera

Teck~Line
Now You Can Publicize Your Post To Twitter

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Antivirus

AKS-Feel The Change
Check Whether your Email Account Phished or Not

TuneUp Blog
Speed Up Games on Your XP or Vista System (Part One)

Snakebytez
Manage your Passwords with KeePass Password Safe

Tux in the Midwest
Drupal Notes – Terminology

Piyada’s World
A simple tool to disable write access on your USB thumb drive

TTC Shelbyville
Free Video Converter

The Abbey Rose
Tech Airlines©

Technize
Get All Windows & Office Updates on A DVD

Mrintech
How to Create Polaroid Photos Online?

Tecnogran’s Tittle Tattle
Live Photo Gallery v Google Picasa

thePC Security
Scan or Check Websites for Malware – 4 Free Tools

Computer Too Slow
Diagnose Windows Freezing

Lifehacker
CrimeReports Maps Out Local Crimes [Crime]

Rarst.net
HijackThis – unofficial standard for startup entries log

Scoroncocolo Tech Pages
Anyone Can View Saved Passwords on Your Computer

Tech-for Everyone
IE 8 – Protecting Your Privacy Online

AskBillFirst
Setting a Default Program to Open a File

Free PC Security
Microsoft Update Fake Emails

What’s On My PC…
A “FREE” way to inventory your movie collection…

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