Launch Pad – A Gigantic Collection of Over 350 Tech Sites

January 31, 2010

If you are into computers and information technology, then you need to visit the

What’s On My PC
Launch Pad
Click the “Launch Pad” to
see  my collection of links
to over 350
Tech Sites and Blogs

The Launch Pad is a growing collection of links to over 350 tech sites and blogs.  I have been collecting Tech site links ever since I started blogging. If you do not see your tech site or blog on the  Launch Pad, please let me know and I will be glad to add it.

The most recent additions to the Launch Pad are:

WebTechPoint
Gadget Planet
BNET
Mark’s Blog
Spywarevoid
Tricks-Collections.com
FreeTechJournal
Soft Sailor
Computer Repair Help
Infrequent Geek
Techtree
FreeFunFiles
Canadian Tech Blogger
Instant Fundas
ReadWriteWeb
Chicago Mac/PC Support
SwatSpam
ShoutMeloud
Beep The Geek
WebWorkerDaily
OStatic
Million Clues
Raymond.cc
Browserland
Otak Komputer
My Tech Quest
The Windows Club
Windows 7 Forums
Within Windows
The Windows 7 Blog
Techlicious
Ask Dave Taylor!
Sync
Geeks to Go!
Technically Inspired
GeekSugar
Google Tutor
AccessTech News
Techtites
Computer Tips and Tricks
Crenk
The Unofficial Web Application List
iTechWorld
TechBlizz
PCSafety.us

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Boost Your Microsoft Office Skills with Ribbon Hero

January 30, 2010

Many people, businesses and government agencies have not yet upgraded to Office 2007 or tried out the beta of Office 2010. If you are someone that is a Microsoft Office 2003 user (or earlier version), you most likely will be disconcerted when you upgrade (or use) Office 2007 or Office 2010 (currently in beta). Reason I say this is that the first time I experienced Office 2007, I was immediately thrown off by the new user interface called ribbons that replaces the the traditional menus and toolbars.  In reality, the new ribbon design is a tabbed interface that is more simplified and more fluent with a command structure that is grouped together in a more “common sense” order of relevancy.

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As with any major software upgrade there is a learning curve. Most of the time we conquer that curve through trial and many errors; OR, we take instruction to learn about the software changes. In an innovative (and different) approach, Microsoft decided to make learning about the ribbon interface a fun thing by teaching people through a game.  The game they came up with, is a prototype called Ribbon Hero. With Ribbon Hero you score points by doing the things you do everyday in Microsoft Office.

image Ribbon Hero is an add-in that you install if you are running Office 2007 or Office 2010.

Ribbon Hero is a game for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2007 and 2010, designed to help you boost your Office skills and knowledge. Play games (aka “challenges”), score points, and compete with your friends while improving your productivity with Office.  As a concept test, this add-in is not supported, but is an opportunity for you to try out an idea we are working on and let us know what you think.  For additional challenges and the opportunity to earn more points, download Office 2010 Beta. – Microsoft Office Labs

If this has caught your attention and you are interested in learning more about the “Ribbon User Interface” in Office 2007 (or Office 2010), you can download “Ribbon Hero” from [ HERE ] . The “cool factor” with this game is that you become educated by having fun.

To grasp the concept on how to play Ribbon Hero, I encourage you to watch the video below.

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WinPatrol Plus Lifetime for 99 Cents – January 29th Only

January 28, 2010

This Offer has been extended through
Jan 30th, 2010

WinPatrol Plus – Lifetime License for 99 cents at WinPatrol.com.  The regular price is typically $29.95…

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From Bits from Bill: This will be a one-day only “experiment” starting at 12:01 AM EST on Jan 29th and will last 24 hours. Will over 30 times the normal number customers upgrade to WinPatrol PLUS? If so, will other software developers notice?

What is WinPatrol?

WinPatrol takes snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without your knowledge. WinPatrol was the pioneer in using a heuristic behavioral approach to detecting attacks and violations of your computing environment. It continues to be one of the most powerful system monitors while staying a single small program.

I have had WinPatrol monitoring my PC for years.  It places a small Scotty Dog in the system tray that alerts you, by barking, of potential changes to your system.  This is excellent software that adds another layer of protection to your PC.

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Search, Play and Bookmark Online Radio Stations with RadioTuna

January 28, 2010

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RadioTuna is a cloud app that brings internet radio to your desktop via their online presence and easy to understand interface.  In the past I normally installed software on my PC to search for and bookmark my online stations; however, RadioTuna eliminates the need to do that.

The “cool factors” to RadioTuna are:

  • Can bookmark your stations (for future reference) that can be accessed anywhere there is internet access.
  • Album art is displayed as the songs are playing to enhance, not only the listening experience, but the visual experience, as well.
  • Very powerful internet radio search engine.

RadioTuna is the first real-time search engine for online radio, giving up-to-the-minute results relating to the music being played across the globe right now. If you search for an artist that happens to be playing right now, we’ll tell you and you can connect straight to that station. If your choice isn’t playing right now, we’ll tell you which stations are most likely to play them next.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#45)

January 27, 2010

If you are a person who has a passion (and obsession) for information technology and computers; then, you need to follow Geek Squeaks’.

Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly roundup of articles that have been produced by the bloggers (and site owners) who are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community. I endorse each one of these sites and encourage you to visit and bookmark them!

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AKS-Feel The Change
Remove Start Button-Start Killer

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove PCsSecure

Teck~Line
ShowMeWhatsWrong.com
Is a Awesome Screen Recording Tool
To Help Your Non Tech Savvy Friends

Plato On-Line
Would Jesus be Blogging Today?

Geeked Up
Using Magnets to Organize Your USB Cables

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Delete Stubborn Security Applications With Free AppRemover

thePC Security
Most Commonly Used Password List – Avoid It

Crazy World of G
Traitor

Lifehacker
DIY Monitor Shelf Stashes Peripherals Behind Your Monitor

Rarst.net
Kingston SSDNow V+ SNV225-S2 solid state disk

Tech-for Everyone
Johnny Depp car crash death video leads to malware

Free PC Security
Avast 5 Plus Installation Guide

Snakebytez
Android Operating System : Run Android on Your PC

Carputers News and Computers Tips
Another way to get SoftMaker Office 2008 free!

TTC Shelbyville
Speed up Taskbar Thumbnails in Windows 7

I Love Free Software
5 Best Free Screen Capture Software

Worthy Tips
Placefy – Let You Learn New Places Through Online Game

Mrintech
Backup your Online Accounts using Backupify!

Canadian Tech Blogger
Chrome Reaches Version 4 Stable

Internet Security Blog
Setting / Change Default Programs in Windows Computer – DPE

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
The Ribbon Interface, love it or hate it?

TuneUp Blog
How To: Change the Logon Screen in Windows 7

Big Geek Daddy
Free Software

What’s On My
PC Klondike Forever…

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A Challenging but GREAT Program Launcher

January 26, 2010

I have mentioned it before; I love program launchers over using the Windows Start Menu. The Start Menu, over a period of time, can end up becoming a convoluted mess that is counterproductive; especially if you do not know how to organize the menu items. This is where program launchers can help. Not only are many of them customizable and attractive, but they literally can save you mouse clicks when launching your favorite applications.  I have tested and tried them all; except one.

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8start has been around for over 5 years, which in itself is a testimony of survival; however, every time when I crossed paths with 8start I found it to be quite challenging to configure and would let it go. Once again, 8start has crossed my path and this time I really decided to learn this software application and give it my all; and, boy I am glad I did.  Yes, it is somewhat a different type of program launcher when it comes to building your menus; however, once you get it, you will be quite impressed.  For me, I went from not having the patience to learn 8start, to becoming obsessed with it.

From – Andy Goh; the creator of 8start: 8start Launcher is a free portable application launcher, I created 8start Launcher because I believe there should be a convenient way to access application than using windows start menu, quick launch and desktop. Windows desktop look messy if too many shortcuts in the desktop, windows start menu become hard to access if too many applications installed in the computer, windows quick launch not suitable to handle too many shortcuts.

I do not want to even begin to explain “how to” use and configure 8Start, but if you are truly interested, the basics are outlined for you [here] .

A “cool factor” to 8Start is that it is skinnable.  In other words you can change the outward appearance by using many of the skins that is available on the web site [ Link ] . For example, I went with the Fabio Longo iPhone look.  Other “cool factors” to 8Start are the built in Tree Notes Feature and the Countdown timer.

Once I learned how to use 8start to create my categories, groups, application links, menu buttons and change the skin I ended up with what I think is a very modernistic  program launcher (see below).  My 8start launcher has the iPhone look complete with (8)-eight categories.  I configured 8start to magically appear when I click my middle mouse button.

My Finished Menu
using 8start and the
Fabio Longo iPhone skin.

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Overall, my battle to try 8start is over.  This program launcher rocks!  I just hope the developer  continues with this project and continues to improve 8start.

Launcher Features

Organize shortcuts into groups and categories

Accessed by system tray, hotkey and middle mouse

Create and manange buttons fast and easy. Shortcuts, url favorites, files, folder, and application link can be defined easily

Launch applications and files fast and intuitive

Keeps the desktop clean, no more shortcuts block the view of your wallpaper

Portable with relative path defined supported, can be run in flash drive or install in harddisk.

Show program name / description when mouse over the icon

Quick access to the drive content by click the drive letter

Changable skin with transpancy png format supported, 30+ beautiful skins available for download

Able to use picture files .jpg, .png, .ico, .bmp, .gif as button icon

Individual customizable button style. Link to the application, favorite documents, music files, folders…. intuitively by apply the most suitable style

Auto download website favicon to local for url type button. Url icon still available if the internet cached have been deleted.

Launcher auto shrink to fit number of icons

Whole new concept of launching your applications and files

Countdown Features

Stay in taskbar, always visible while you working on your computer

Bounce/running text in taskbar show what you countdown now

Countdown till specific time or countdown for specific duration

Show countdown days / hours / minutes / seconds in different color, auto best fit to 1 or 2 icons

Fast setting and start the countdown (right click on 8start systray icon)

Option to launch a file/application when countdown reaches zero

Option to pop up a shaking window when countdown reaches zero

Tree Notes Features

Opacity of notes is adjustable on the fly, ease for you to read through the content behind the note while editing the note.

Unlimited of Tree and Notes can be defined

Each Tree has its own Path for storing notes, notes can be saved in File Server, Flash Drive, Portable Device… Combination of notes storage path is possible.

Each Tree have its’ own note color , ease for you to differential type of notes, e.g. Notes in Server, Notes for research Linux….

Notes can be shared if store in File Server, or by network sharing in normal worktation

Portable with relative path defined supported, you can store and access your notes in your flash drive

200+ beautiful icons included, you can add in your prefer icons in icons library. .ico and .png format is supported.

Notes information show last edited time and user

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FREE Computer Troubleshooting Checklist

January 23, 2010

image Here is a What’s On My PC web clip featuring an article from the  New York Computer Help Blog that I feel would be of great value to my readers in the event they experience the inevitable. This clip is worth its’ weight in gold and is worth saving or holding onto…  I applaud the New Your Computer Help Blog for posting this “easy to understand” troubleshooting checklist and encourage the What’s On My PC readers to pay them a visit.

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A “What’s On My PC…” Web Clip!

How-to fix computer hardware; symptoms and troubleshooting help – computer hardware repair tip

January 12, 2010
New York Computer Help Blog

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Computers are a work of science.  Since all computers require the same basic hardware and connections to be operational, any computer issues are “Elementary, my Dear Watson.”  – New York Computer Help Blog

  1. Symptom: No sound, no lights when turning on -> Check: power supply, motherboard, CPU
  2. Symptom: Continuous beeps when turning on -> Check: keyboard, video card, memory, motherboard
  3. Symptom: Screen is blank upon boot up -> Check: power on monitor, video card connection
  4. Symptom: Operating system doesn’t load -> Check: hard drive, memory, motherboard, CPU
  5. Symptom: Screeching noise -> Check: power supply, CPU, hard drive, floppy drive, speakers
  6. Symptom: Shuts off by itself -> Check: BIOS power features, power supply, fans, dust
  7. Symptom: Operating system freezes -> Check: Windows; probably not a hardware issue

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Pop Peeper – Best Email Notifier Out There

January 22, 2010

One of my very favorite apps that has been installed on my PC for years, that continues to get better and better, is Pop Peeper…  In my opinion, as a software evaluator and computer geekster, Pop Peeper is the best email notifier out there.

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If you do not know how Pop Peeper works, let me try to give a brief explanation.  Pop Peeper is an application that patiently sits in your task bar tray waiting for mail to arrive in your email accounts so that it can alert you that you have mail.  If you notice, I put an “s” on the word “account”.  This application, once configured (which is easy to do), will monitor all of your email accounts and will alert you when you have mail.

The primary use of an email notifier is to let you know when you have new email. Although email clients can generally do the same thing, notifiers are geared more specifically to this purpose. For example, most email notifiers work better than email clients when you have several email accounts. Although some email notifiers will allow you to send email, most do not allow you to save messages to disk for permanent access. POP Peeper is an example of an email notifier.

You can even check (read) the content of the emails through the Pop Peeper interface and manage those emails (e.g. delete, forward, etc…) without ever having to open the email client itself.  For example, I currently use Pop Peeper to manage (3)-three of my personal email accounts, my email account for the blog, and my wife’s email account.  See below for the account types that are supported by Pop Peeper.

Recently, a new plugin for Pop Peeper was added that is really cool called a “skin notifier”.

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This plugin displays a skinnable popup when new email arrives. The popup can either be acknowledged by the user, or automatically slide in and out.  You can get the plugin [ here ] ; however, you must install Pop Peeper first, configure Pop Peeper to monitor your mail accounts; then, you can install the “skin notifier”.

Pop Peeper; definitely one of my favorites!

Description
POP Peeper is an email notifier that runs in your Windows task bar and alerts you when you have new email on your POP3, IMAP (with IDLE support), Hotmail\MSN\LiveMail, Yahoo, GMail, MyWay, Excite, iWon, Lycos.com, RediffMail, Juno and NetZero accounts. IMAP supports allows you to access AOL, AIM, Netscape and other services. Send mail directly from POP Peeper and use the address book to email your frequently used contacts. POP Peeper allows you to view messages using HTML or you can choose to safely view all messages in rich or plain text. Several options are available that will decrease or eliminate the risks of reading your email (viruses, javascript, webbugs, etc). POP Peeper can be run from a portable device and can be password protected. Many notification options are availble to indicate when new mail has arrived, such as sound alerts (configurable for each account), flashing scroll lock, skinnable popup notifier, customized screensaver and more.

Primary Features

  • Easy Setup – accounts are imported from your existing email client(s)
  • Supports POP3, IMAP (including GMail, AOL, AIM, Netscape, FastMail, mail.com, etc), SMTP, GMail, Hotmail\MSN\LiveMail, Yahoo, MyWay, Excite, iWon, Lycos.com, RediffMail, Juno, NetZero
  • IDLE is supported for IMAP accounts which allows instant notification when new mail arrives in your inbox
  • Support for RSS feeds is available with purchase of the Premium Add-on Pack
  • Read, delete, print and reply to Email without opening your email client
  • Send email directly from POP Peeper
  • SSL support for POP3, IMAP and SMTP
  • HTML email support
  • Password protection
  • Address book
  • Options to protect you from messages that contain viruses and web bugs
  • Send, save and open file attachments
  • Run POP Peeper off your portable storage device
  • No account limit — notifies you of an unlimited number of accounts
  • Many ways to receive new mail notification: skinnable desktop alerts, audio, flashing scroll lock LED and more
  • Specify how often all accounts are checked for new mail or set individual intervals for each account
  • Extensive help with useful tips and information

Email Notification Options

  • Sound notifications: single sound for any new mail, or a customized sound for each account
  • Tray icon notification that display the color and number of new messages for each account
  • Flashing scroll lock LED
  • Windows popup indicating which account(s) received new email
  • BalloonTip displays the subject and sender of the last email message received
  • Automatically open POP Peeper or launch your email client when new email is received
  • Skinnable popup (optional download)
  • ScreenSaver (optional download)
  • Chime can repeat a sound until acknowledged and\or launch another program when new mail arrives (optional download)
  • Snarl notification system plugin (optional download)
  • Voice Notification announces the subject and sender of your new messages (premium download)

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SUPERAntiSpyware Now Available in a FREE Portable Version

January 21, 2010

Malware infections on today’s PC is probably one of the most frustrating experiences out there. Your PC, when attacked, is rendered useless and attempts to remove the infection is futile. The infection is usually in the form of FAKE security software that has one goal of extracting (stealing) money from you by using the FAKE security software as the bait (and as an illusion). Your attempts to install  legitimate security software to resolve the problem fail; your attempts to download malware fixes (from reputable security sites) fail; popup windows accumulate; your security software on your PC is crippled; control panel is crippled; safe mode is crippled; file data on your PC is compromised; and the list goes on and on. In essence, you have lost all control of your PC.

Many users end up resorting to a complete recovery of their PC that takes the PC back to factory specs; AND, as a result end up losing valuable file data (such a pictures, emails, important documents, etc…).  This experience is not only frustrating to the everyday computer user; but, is also frustrating experience for a computer tech, as well.  The attack vector and complexity of these infections changes daily and you have to be prepared.

This is where the SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner can help.  The SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner is a new product made by the makers of the FREE SUPERAntiSpyware software you install on your PC.

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I am a real advocate of this software and highly recommend it.  Simply download it and keep a copy of it on your flashdrive. When a malware infection attack occurs that renders your system useless, run this scanner from your flashdrive.  The SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner is another valuable tool to keep in your Tech Toolbox (on your flashdrive).

The new portable scanner harnesses the same powerful anti-spyware engine as the Professional Edition of SUPERAntiSpyware and references a spyware definition database that is updated at least once per day. It is free for personal use, and technician and corporate licenses are available. SUPERAntiSpyware Portable can be downloaded from

http://www.superantispyware.com/portable

In addition to keeping the SUPERAntiSpyware Portable Scanner on your flash drive; I also suggest you take a look and install the FREE version of SuperAntiSpyware on your PC.

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SuperAntiSpyware comes to us in (2)-two flavors. The FREE version and the PAID Professional version. The only difference between the two is that the FREE version requires manual intervention (e.g. scans, updates); whereas the PAID version provides real-time protection, scheduled scanning and other additional protective features. Folks, this is good software and having it installed on your PC adds another layer of protection that plays well with your other anti-virus and anti-malware software products. I have featured this product on the blog several times [ Link ] and highly recommend it.

Some of the Features of SUPERAntiSpyware:

  • Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware and Remove Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers, Parasites, Rootkits, Rogue Security Products and many other types of threats.
  • Light on System Resources and won’t slow down your computer like many other anti-spyware products. Won’t conflict with your existing anti-spyware or anti-virus solution!
  • Repair broken Internet Connections, Desktops, Registry Editing and more with our unique Repair System!

I applaud the makers of SUPERAntiSpyware for making the internet a safer place!

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#44)

January 20, 2010

Welcome to the 44th round of Geek Squeaks’.  If you have a passion for information technology and computers, then you are at the right place.  Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly roundup of links to articles produced by bloggers (and site owners) associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  I encourage you to pay a special visit to each of these sites to support their incredible work…

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Tech-for Everyone
What is Mobsync?

thePC Security
HDD Password Removal –
Crack, Clear, Unlock, Reset a Locked Hard Disk

Lifehacker
Seems Like Everyone’s Getting Faster Internet but the U.S.

Rarst.net
Colorjive.com – online image editor to paint walls

AskBillFirst
Microsoft urges Windows XP users to ditch old Flash version

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites January 19

Snakebytez
Create a System Restore Point in 1-click with Quick Restore Maker

TTC Shelbyville
Online Network Tools

I Love Free Software
RegKey Backup – Free Software to Registry Backup

Worthy Tips
Download ‘Your Guide to Windows 7′ EBook

Mrintech
Help Haiti People: Donate Online or via Text

Canadian Tech Blogger
Firefox 3.6 RC2 Out

AKS-Feel The Change
What’s My Computer Doing?

Carol’s Vault
PDF Password Remover – remove your PDF’s restrictions

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Win Security 360

Plato On-Line
World Netizen’s Day

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Safe, Secure Browsing, with Free WOT Browser Add-on

Big Geek Daddy
How to Control Startup Programs

Computer Maintenance
How To Set Windows Automatic Update

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live Mail Wave4, it’s all looking good!

TuneUp Blog
Get More Privacy! How to Remove Personal Information from Files

Internet Security Blog
Auto Lock Computer Screen With USB – Free Download

Geeked Up
6 Important Steps on How to Maximize Firefox Screen Space

Technize
Find Your Files Faster with Windows 7

Whats On My PC
The Ultimate Clock for your Windows Desktop

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Motorola SBG901 SURFboard Wireless Cable Modem Gateway

January 18, 2010

Recently I moved from one residence to another and was required to drop my DSL internet provider for a Cable internet provider.  As a result I was on the hunt for a cable modem and wireless router.  Immediately, what I had in mind, was an all-in-one unit with both capabilities; however, not really being too up on what was out there I was not even sure such a beast existed. I did know, from my past experience, and you have heard me say it before, “if you can think of it, someone has done it”.

What I found and settled for was the Motorola SBG901 All-In-One integrated SURFboard Gateway with built in advanced wireless networking and security capabilities.

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Motorola’s SBG901 SURFboard Wireless Cable Modem Gateway is the perfect networking solution for the home, home office, or small business. It combines an industry-leading DOCSIS® 2.0 cable modem, an advanced firewall, and an 802.11b/g wireless access point – all in a stylish enclosure for the sophisticated consumer. The SBG901 allows users to create a custom LAN to share a single broadband connection, files, printers, and peripherals without wires.

The SBG901, after being recognized by the cable provider network,, worked right out of the box. I was on the internet in no time.

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The unit is packaged with an installation CD, but (again from past experience) I opted to ditch the Installation Assistant CD. The CD contains an installation wizard and wireless security setup.  Really, I found neither was required.  The SBG901 was already setup for wireless networking connectivity with WPA encryption (wifi protected access) enabled. In other words, the SBG901 was seen by my Netbook; and all was required was for me to enter the already assigned WPA encryption key on the Netbook side. One thing I did do right away was log into the SBG901’s Configuration manager in my web browser and change the default username and password to further enhance the security of my network.  Finding this information can be a challenge for the everyday user.  To accomplish this change:

  1. Open your web browser and type 192.168.0.1 and hit “Enter”
  2. Type “admin” in lowercase in the username field.
  3. Type “motorola” in lowercase in the password field.
  4. Click on the “Security” button at the left side of the Configuration Manager and make the necessary changes.  Make sure you keep these changes in a safe place.

Overall, I am finding the SBG901 to be a very nice unit that takes up very little space on the desktop. The unit is 5 3/4 “ x 5”.  The unit can be either stood up, placed flat or wall mounted.  I am also very pleased with the range of the wireless connectivity, which has worked flawlessly within any area of my home.

I opted to do a post on the SBG901 in the event someone out there is looking for a combo unit.  Cost for SBG901, at the time of my purchase, was $129.99 at Best Buy.

Easy to setup and use:

  • Always on, always connected and always ready
  • Includes an Installation Assistant CD, Wireless security set up, an optional user-friendly installation wizard, and multi-lingual product documents
  • Easy connection, wireless pairing button
  • Plug-and-play installation
  • Supports standard internet software
  • Front panel LEDs indicate status and simplify troubleshooting

Efficient:

  • Stylish and space saving enclosure
  • The mobility of a wireless LAN and the simplicity of “no new wire” technology
  • Two diverse internal antennas to enhance wireless connectivity

Versatile and Convenient:

  • DOCSIS® 2.0 certified
  • Interoperable with DOCSIS® 1.1
  • One 10/100 Ethernet (RJ-45) port and auto MDX cross cable detection, enables flexible, high-speed connectivity
  • Integrated 802.11b/g wireless access point
  • Support for up to 16 Service IDs (SIDs) allows for future enhanced features
  • Compatible with Windows®, Macintosh® and Unix® computers
  • Extensible networking: Your customer can network up to 263 desktop computers, laptops and other Ethernet or wireless devices to create a full Class C network
  • Enterprise-capable: Supports VPN pass-through (IPSec, PPTP, L2TP)

Reliable and Secure:

  • Remote configuration and monitoring from the headend using SNMP and TFTP
  • Intuitive, built-in Web-based diagnostics for quick and easy troubleshooting
    • Manage data and wireless networking using a Web-based interface
  • Security features including Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS)
  • Access and Legacy 64-bit and 128-bit Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption
  • Advanced router with built-in firewall with Stateful Packet Inspection, intrusion detection and Denial of Service attack prevention

ADDENDUM (WHERE TO BUY?): Due to the popularity of this article, many folks have asked where can they get the Motorola SBG901 All-In-One integrated SURFboard Gateway and the answer is [ HERE ] .

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Google Turns On HTTPS Full-Time for Gmail Users

January 17, 2010

Pretty geeky title, but what does it mean?  If you are a Google Gmail user your email transactions traveling from your web browser to the server are now encrypted fulltime (by default).  In the past the default settings required you to manually turn on https (encryption).  Most people never turned on https, because they did not know the purpose.

The upside to all of this is that it helps protect your data from being snooped by third parties, such as in public wifi hotspots. The downside to https is that the encryption process slows things down a tad and can make your email slower.  If you are one that is in need of speed and trust the security of your network, you can turn https “off” in your Gmail settings. Personally, I’ll live with the millisecond differences and keep https turned “on”.

You can read more about this at The Official Gmail Blog…

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FREE Online Cloud Based Diagram Software

January 16, 2010

If you find the need to create flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, technical drawings, and more; then check out Gliffy.

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Sometimes trying to get your point across about a process to others is best done by visually (and literally) connecting the dots.  This is where diagramming is very useful and Gliffy can help.

image Gliffy is an online web based application (that is Adobe Flash powered) similar to Microsoft Visio. Visio requires installation on your PC; whereas Gliffy is a web-based service that requires no installation and works right out of your web browser.

A web-based service provides software over the Internet. You get the performance and functionality of desktop software without having to install or maintain anything. You can access the latest version of the software every time you launch Gliffy in your web browser.

With Gliffy you can take complex information and effectively organize it to visually represent your thoughts to create flow charts, organization charts, floor plans, business processes, network drawings, wireframes (for websites), etc…

Gliffy is very easy to use and navigate.  Simply load Gliffy in your browser, select your diagram type from the library, and begin placing your thoughts on paper by simply dragging-and-dropping the shapes onto the work space provided.  Once your diagram is completed you can then print, save or share and collaborate your diagram on the internet.

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One point to make is that to effectively use Gliffy, you will need to sign up for an account.  For the first 30 days you will be given access to the premium service; and after 30 days if you fail to subscribe to the premium service your account reverts to the basic FREE service.  To compare the (2)-two service [ CLICK HERE ] .  If you are like me, the basic FREE service will meet the needs of the everyday computer user.

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Make Gmail your Default Email Client in Firefox

January 14, 2010

A great option in Firefox that I recently traversed is the option to make your Gmail account your default email account when using Firefox.  Of course, to benefit from this, you must be using the Mozilla Firefox browser (which I highly recommend) and you must have a Google Gmail account.  Why this became an interest to me is that I recently decided to make Gmail my primary email provider. The downside to this is when I clicked on an email address in Firefox, Gmail would not automatically load; instead the default email client assigned by the computer (e.g. Microsoft Outlook) would load. Knowing from my past experience, “if you can think of it, someone has done it”…  I went on the hunt to find a solution to this problem and discovered that Firefox version 3 and greater has an option built into the browser where you can make Gmail your default email client.  To make this happen:

  1. Open Firefox
  2. Click on “Tools” on the top menu, then click on “Options”
  3. Click on the “Applications Tab”
  4. Under “Content Type” look for “mailto”
  5. Once you locate the “mailto” entry, click on “mailto” to highlight it.
  6. You should see on the right side of “mailto” (under the “Action” column) a small “down arrow”.
  7. Click on the “down arrow” and then click on “Use Gmail” (see screenshot below)
  8. After making your selection, click on “OK”
  9. You are done!

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Note:  You can also follow this same process to make Yahoo! Mail your default email client.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#43)

January 13, 2010

A week has past and Geek Squeaks’ are here at last…  Be sure to check out these articles posted by bloggers (everyday people like you and me) who are members of the What’s On My PC blogroll community. Geek Squeaks’ are recent articles (posted within the past 7 days).  There is no order (or method to my madness) in the selection process of articles; all are randomly selected AND all are squeaks from a very elite group of geeks.

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TTC Shelbyville – Technical Blog
Make a Shortcut on the Send To Menu

The Abbey Rose
Unmask Parasites accelerator for Internet Explorer 8

I Love Free Software
Comodo Time Machine Better than Windows Restore Point

Technize
Collection of Themes for Windows 7

Computer Maintenance
Computer Repair Tools

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
What is Windows Live?

TuneUp Blog
How To: Control Annoying Messages in Windows 7

Mrintech
Shorten/Change your Facebook Page/Profile URL

Canadian Tech Blogger
Microsoft Stops Selling Office

thePC Security
Free File Search Software For Text String Search

Lifehacker
WebMii Shows You How the Web Sees You

Rarst.net
How to integrate Google search into WordPress site

Tech-for Everyone
What The Inside Looks Like

AskBillFirst
Acer Recalls Notebook Computers Due to Burn Hazard

The PC Security
Malicious Sites January 13

AKS-Feel The Change
Speccy-Portable System Information Tool

Carol’s Vault
Free Screen To Video Freeware – screen capture tool

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove SysDefenders

Plato On-Line
Software Patents and Intellectual Piracy

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Comodo System Cleaner –
The Free “Swiss Army Knife” of System Cleaners

Scoroncocolo
Dropbox Is a File Storage, Syncing and Collaboration Tool

Big Geek Daddy
Free Disk Defrag

Internet Security Blog
Password Protect USB Data With Portable Free Encryption Tool

Worthy Tips
Download Official Gmail Tips E-Book

What’s On My PC
When Windows 7 Will Not Boot

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