Forward Those Entertaining Emails to forwardOn

February 27, 2010

image TechPaul from Tech-for Everyone was recently so ever apologetic for forwarding a chain email to me; BUT, he had some very interesting pics he wanted me to see that were floating around the internet via the never-ending email circuit. See, he is alot like myself when it comes to forwarding those crazy (but sometimes entertaining) emails; we, usually are the one’s that drop the ball and break the email chain.  We do have our reasons for that and mostly it is our protective geek nature to be security conscious and do all that we can to prevent any chance of malware from being spread and to help reduce clutter in your inbox. I’m sure our proactive actions really do not have much of an impact at all; but, we do try : )

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As a result of our proactive geek behavior, I recently found a service, called forwardOn where you can forward (and store) those entertaining emails that you cannot live without; so TechPaul at Tech-for Everyone, feel guilty no more.  I will just forward those great emails you send me to forwardOn for all to see.  At forwardOn you can post:

1. Videos (including links to YouTube videos)
2. Pictures
3. Jokes
4. Audio
5. Files (Word docs, Powerpoints, and more)

The “cool factor” to this service is that it works directly from your email.  Once you signup you will be provided with a forwardOn email address where you can forward those emails to your forwardOn account where it will be posted on your own private page where it can be shared with everyone.  For example, below is my public forwardOn page for your viewing pleasure:

http://www.forwardon.com/Ramblinrick

forwardOn eliminates accidental viruses, email hoaxes and scams, wasted bandwidth and storage, clogged inboxes, unformatted content, and much more. The only thing I could not nail down with this service is how much space is given for storage…  It also appears the service offers a reward program, where the quantity and quality of your posts generates points that are redeemable for gifts, etc…

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An On-Line Tool to Clean Your Monitor from the Inside Out

February 26, 2010

I knew this title would catch your attention and you are probably wondering, “How is that possible?”. Before I reveal how cleaning your monitor from the “inside out”, it is just important to know how to clean your monitor from the outside in…

If your monitor is the LCD flat screen type monitor it is very important that you do not spray liquids directly onto the screen and do not use paper towels.  Use a microfiber (non-abrasive) rated cloth or cotton cloth to initially remove the dust from the screen.  If a heavier cleaning is needed, apply a light dose of water to the cloth.  DO NOT use ammonia based glass cleaners. I routinely use a Swiffer duster to keep the dust from collecting on my monitor (and LCD TV screen as well).  There are also other commercial cleaning products available such as Staples Lint-Free Cloths to get the job done.  It is advisable that the monitor be turned “off” during the cleaning process.

If your monitor is the old CRT type, then using window cleaner sprayed onto a lint free cloth will work.  Again, do not spray liquids directly onto the monitor and make sure the monitor is turned “off”.

Now to reveal the online tool to clean your monitor from the inside out, click the link below.  During the “inside out” cleaning method, it is important that your monitor is  turned “on” and that you have access to the internet. Please allow at least 2 minutes for a complete cleaning.

[ CLICK HERE FOR ON-LINE TOOL TO CLEAN YOUR MONITOR ]

If this on-line tool failed to work for you, then you most likely need to install the Adobe Flash.

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Download Over 5000 National Geographic Wallpapers with One Click

February 25, 2010

You are probably wondering how is that possible.  Well the possibility is real with NatGeo Wallpaper Downloader .

NatGeo Wallpaper Downloader is a FREE and PORTABLE app that will automatically download (in a batch) images that have been featured in the magazine and on the website of National Geographic.

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National Geographic, the official journal of the National Geographic Society, has been publishing the journal (or magazine) since 1888. The collection of photographs is phenomenal and are an excellent and safe source for wallpaper backgrounds for your computer.

In connection to this blog post, you may be also interested in this article, as well:

FREE Wallpaper and Puzzles at National Geographic

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#49)

February 24, 2010

If you have a passion for information technology and computers, then you need to follow the sites (blogs) listed below that are part of Geek Squeaks’. Each week I pull an article from each of those sites (blogs) to highlight their accomplishments in Geek Squeaks’ of the Week. I encourage you the preview the articles below and pay a visit to each of these sites.

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Scoroncocolo
Google’s Free Programs and Services

Right On Technology
Google Earth Arrives For Android 2.1 Phones

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Comodo Dragon – A More Secure Internet Browser?

Plato On-Line
FBI Now into the PA School ‘Laptop Spying’

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Antimalware Doctor

Carol’s Vault
Reblog: 20+ Exceptional Online Professional Image Editors and Drawing Applications

Free PC Security
Site Update

AskBillFirst
Lesson Learned

Tech-for Everyone
Buzz Bombs

Rarst.net
Google Buzz – weird email or weird Twitter?

Lifehacker
Use Windows System Restore to Recover Individual Files

Crazy World of G
Export This

Snakebytez
Liksoft Free Screen Capture Software

TTC Shelbyville
NetSurveyor Wireless Network Survey

I Love Free Software
Do It Again: Automatically Repeat Tasks on your PC

Worthy Tips
Change Windows 7 Start Button
with Windows 7 Start Button Changer

Mrintech
Real Life Photograph which Looks like Oil Painting!

Canadian Tech Blogger
Top 5: Most Popular Google Searchs For 2010

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Blogging with Windows Live Writer. 9

TuneUp Blog
Educating PC Users on Computer Maintenance

WP Expert
How To Correctly Use The Top Rated Widget

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260 Million People On 100Mbps Broadband by 2020

February 23, 2010

With a push from the FCC, will broadband become a service similar to our telephone landline network of old?  Here is a What’s On My PC – Web Clip from ars technica on this very subject.

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A “What’s On My PC…” Web Clip!

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FCC wants 260 million people on 100Mbps broadband by 2020

By Nate Anderson | Last updated February 16, 2010 1:58 PM

Finally, the FCC has had it with “small ball”—and the agency is at last detailing some big-picture aspirational goals for US broadband. By 2020, the National Broadband Plan calls for 100 million homes to have 100Mbps Internet access, and the US should have the world’s largest “ultra-high-speed broadband testbeds.” In addition, Internet adoption rates should hit at least 90 percent—way up from the current 65 percent.   read more…

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Learn the Basics of Your Windows 7 Computer

February 22, 2010

If you are new to computers and recently started using Windows 7, I suggest one of the first points of instruction to look at is under “Help and Support” section; titled “Learn About Windows Basic”.

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You can get to this section by clicking on the “Start Menu”, then on “Help and Support”, then “Learn About Windows Basics”. I have found that the vast majority of people who buy a computer are lost within a short matter of time due to their unfamiliarity with the basic parts of the computer, the navigation of the computer, and the terminology that is associated with the computer. This is one of the first places I send people to learn about their PC and to familiarize them with Help & Support.

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It is very important to learn more about the computer other than turning it on/off and getting on the internet. Learning the basics will make you more knowledgeable and will make your computer experience a comfortable and safe experience. I run into people on a daily basis, who have been using a computer for years and one of my first tests of their knowledge is to ask them something simple such as “How many icons do you see on the taskbar?”.  Nearly every time, the response is “Where’s that? or “What is the taskbar?”.  The “Learn About Windows Basics” help section in Windows 7 does a great job (in short time) by explaining the basics of the computer and the Windows operating system.

Windows Basics topics are designed to introduce you to personal computing and the Windows operating system. Whether you’re a beginning computer user or someone with experience using a previous version of Windows, these topics will help you understand the tasks and tools you need to use your computer successfully.

Microsoft has done a great job in covering these basics with topics such as:

  • Introduction to computers
  • Parts of a computer
  • Using your mouse
  • Using your keyboard
  • Turning off your computer properly

Desktop fundamentals

  • The desktop (overview)
  • The Start menu (overview)
  • The taskbar (overview)
  • Desktop gadgets (overview)
  • Working with windows
  • Using menus, buttons, bars, and boxes

Programs, files, and folders

  • Using programs
  • Working with files and folders
  • Getting started with printing
  • Getting started with Paint

Internet, e‑mail, and networking

  • Getting started with e‑mail
  • Understanding security and safe computing
  • Setting up a wireless network

Pictures and games

  • Working with digital pictures
  • Learn about Windows games

Help and support

  • Getting help

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Open Multiple Links In A Batch with Firefox

February 21, 2010

Wouldn’t it be handy and a real timesaver to open “at the same time” more than one link on a web page?  Well, you can with (2)-two ingredients; Firefox and the Firefox extension called Multi-Links (brought to you by Grizzly Ape)

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With Multi Links installed (only 23.8 KB) you simply use your mouse to draw a box over the group of links that you desire to open. For example, using the illustration below, by holding down the “right mouse button”, I drew a box around a batch of links I desired to open.  Once I made my selection, I released the hold on the “right mouse button” and each one of those links opened in separate tabs.

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If you want to open a group of links but not all of them you can use the Ctrl, Shift or Alt key to draw multiple selection boxes around the links you desire. Alternatively, you can select all the links and then deselect links by holding down the Ctrl or Shift key and drawing boxes around the links that you do not want selected.

This is another great example of a Firefox extension, that takes multi-tasking to another level and can save you a considerable amount of time. I currently use this extension when researching information for posting on the blog. You can get full instructions on How To Use Multi Links [ HERE ] .

Multi Links is fully customizable and offers many options.

General Tab Options

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Actions Tab Options

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Appearance Tab Options

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Enhance Your Right Click Menus with Right Click Extender

February 19, 2010

When teaching others how to navigate their computers, the one area I find where people neglect is using the “right mouse button” to activate the context sensitive menus.

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These menus often provide a quick solution (or choice) to an action you are looking for to get the job done; and, these solutions (or choices) vary depending on where you are on the computer.  For example the right click context menu in Windows Explorer differs from the right click context menu on your desktop.  As a challenge to the everyday computer user out there, try right clicking your mouse in different areas of your computer to explore the options that are available.  I guarantee, if you learn to use the “right mouse button” you will discover that the majority of functions you typically search for on the toolbar menus is only a “right mouse click” away and will save you mileage on your mouse.

To you “right click menu” power users I found a neat little utility called Right Click Extender that extends and enhances the capabilities of the right click context menus.

According to the author’s site [HERE] , Right Click Extender was primarily designed to work with Windows 7, but should work with Windows Vista as well. While not designed for Windows XP some features will work with XP as well, but if you try it and you don’t find the feature added, this is due to certain features not being available for XP.

So what is the “cool factors” to Right Click Extender?

You can easily enhance and activate some really neat (and useful) options to your File or Folder Right-Click Menu, your My Computer and Desktop Right-Click Menu by simply checking the options that are provided in the program (see below).

For example, you geeksters out there that are into those hidden “God Modes”, this little program will get you to geek heaven quick.

You can also deactivate the options by unchecking the options.

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File and Folder Options:
Option to add or remove Copy To
Option to add or remove Move To
Option to add or remove Admin Command Prompt
Option to add or remove Encrypt/Decrypt
Option to add or remove File List Create
Option to add or remove My Computer God Mode
Option to add or remove Hide File
Option to add or remove Unhide File
Option to add or remove Hide Folder
Option to add or remove Unhide Folder
Option to add or remove Take Ownership

Desktop Options:
Option to add or remove Flip3D
Option to add or remove Desktop God Mode
Option to add or remove Control Panel
Option to add or remove Task Manager
Option to add or remove Administrative Tools
Option to add or remove Registry Editor

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Use Your Computer to Put You to Sleep

February 19, 2010

image Here is a cloud app, called Rainy Mood,  that is unique in that it does only one thing; it is a mood enhancer that provides a 15 minute sound loop of a gentle rain (with some rumbling thunder in the background). You can also play your own music simultaneously with this online app to further enhance the mood.  I found that one of two things is going to happen while listening to Rainy Mood.  ONE, the sound of running water is going to promote a run to the bathroom; OR, TWO you are going to relax and hopefully go sleep (YAWN)…

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A NEW and TASTY Sticky Notes Program

February 18, 2010

I have always had a fascination for sticky note type programs and have tried them all. Today I experienced a new one, called OrangeNote that takes the sticky note concept to a whole different level.

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OrangeNote is a sticky note program and clipboard manager (text storage bin) wrapped up in one. You can use it like any other sticky note program to keep to do lists, reminders, etc…; BUT, the real power of OrangeNote lies in its’ ability to capture (and store) any text that you copy to the Window clipboard.  The text data you copy is stored in the OrangeNote database where it is indexed. Indexing the data means the data can be instantly retrieved using OrangeNote’s search feature.

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There is a learning curve to using OrangeNote, but once you get the hang of it I think you will find it visually appealing and very useful. Some things I experienced were:

  • You can add a title to your notes
  • You can create a “hotkey” for individual notes
  • You can pin a note to the desktop that will act just like any other window
  • You can change the color of the notes, adjust the font size and the color of the font.
  • You can bring up the notes manager and search box by hitting “ctrl – space” on your keyboard or by performing a right mouse click on the OrangeNote icon in the system tray.

There is also a pro version that allows you to sync notes remotely across multiple copies of the program, but the free version is fully functional for local use.  OrangeNote appears to be in early development and appears that the developer is open to suggestions to make OrangeNote better.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#48)

February 17, 2010

The hits keep on coming…  Geek Squeaks’ are weekly marvels of articles crafted by the members of the What’s On My PC blogroll. If  you have an interest in computers and information technology, I suggest that you bookmark these sites and make them part of your daily reading.

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TTC Shelbyville
Test Drive Windows 7 Online

Snakebytez
Easily import Twitter contacts into Google Buzz with Tw2buzz

I Love Free Software
360Desktop: Desktop Manager Adds 360° View to Desktop

Worthy Tips
How to unsubscribe from a Google Buzz conversation?

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Blogging with windows live writer. 7

TuneUp Blog
Building the Perfect Media Center (Part One)

Canadian Tech Blogger
Top 5: Best Laptops

Internet Security Blog
Change DNS Server IP Address Settings With Few Clicks [How To]

thePC Security
Auto Lock / Unlock Computer With USB – Free Download

Lifehacker
Google Says Buzz Needed Wider Testing, Issuing Fixes This Week

Rarst.net
View Microsoft Excel files with native free app

Tech-for Everyone
Briefest Scam Email Ever?

Free PC Security
Valentine’s Day ‘I Love You’ Around The World

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove My Security Wall

WP Expert
Image Organization Workaround For WP.com

Plato On-Line
Company to Care for Pets after Christian Rapture

Evilfantasy’s Blog
BITS from MooSoft

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Two Free Apps to Encrypt Your USB Drive

Big Geek Daddy
Identity Theft Advice

Scoroncocolo
Windows 7 and Vista God Mode

What’s On My PC
Beware! Telephone Bill Rip-Off…

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Write Your Name in the Snow with Penguin Show

February 16, 2010

UPDATE (12/24/2014): If the links in this article, to the Penguin Show, do not work; you can still run Penguin Show by copying and pasting the following URL into your browser. Once you have it pasted in the address bar of your browser you can modify the message. Where it says, “msg=” in the URL you can type whatever you want and the Penguin will draw it for you in the snow.

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r135/snow978/penguin_tebe.swf?msg=What’s%20On%20My%20PC

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[ CLICK HERE ] to see my message in the snow!

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A FREE Full Screen Interactive Weather Map

February 15, 2010

Here in the United States the weather this winter has been anything but normal. As a result, tracking weather conditions has moved up on the priority list in our daily routines

To assist us with tracking the weather, Weather Underground has recently developed a new cloud app (with touch screen technology in mind) called FullScreenWeather.com that works in conjunction with Google Maps.

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To use this cloud app, simply visit FullScreenWeather.com (which is a redirect to the Weather Underground web site) and enter your zip code (or city, state, country, Latitude or Longitude).

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Once your zip code is entered and the map for your locale loads, simply bookmark the site in your browser (for future one click access).  Once the map loads you have option of displaying the following overlays: temperature, precipitation or cloud cover. Using Google Maps technology, in conjunction with the weather data overlays,  you have the control to interactively zoom in and out and change the maps appearance.

The map also displays widgets of sorts (with convenient links to the Weather Underground website) that displays current and forecasted conditions, as well as, weather alerts

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FREE eBook – The Complete Windows 7 Shortcuts

February 14, 2010

This FREE Ebook is in the PDF and XPS formats.  It features over 200 keyboard shortcuts that are available in Windows 7 and its’ default programs.  If you are unfamiliar with keyboard shortcuts, please let me briefly explain.  Instead of using the mouse to typically perform a specific function, you press 2 or more (assigned) keys on your keyboard (in combination)  to perform the function.  Believe it or not, keyboard shortcuts can save a lot of time and effort in comparison to the mouse.

This (very impressive) eBook was professionally crafted, in its’ entirety, by Nitin Agarwal via The Windows Club Forum.  For the everyday computer user and computer tech, this eBook is an excellent “must have” reference guide and learning tool.

This eBook comprises of more than 200 keyboard shortcuts containing almost all the keyboard shortcuts that are available in Windows 7 and its default programs like Paint, WordPad, MS Office, Calculator, Help, Media Player, Media Center, Windows Journal, Internet Explorer, etc.

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Glary Utilities Pro – Valentines Day Promotional Giveaway

February 12, 2010

Bill Mullins’ over at Tech Thoughts has graciously brought to our attention that Glarysoft is promoting a Glarysoft Valentine’s Day Giveaway for their all-in-one utility, Glary Utilities Pro.  They are giving away 500 licenses each day (for the Professional Version) from Feb 12 to Feb 14, 2010 to celebrate Valentines’s Day.

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Folks, Glary Utilities is a great software package that will assist you with maintaining your PC (fix, speed up, maintain and protect your PC). Do not miss out on this opportunity. Go to Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts for further details, before it is too late.

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