Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#54)

March 31, 2010

Each week, What’s On My PC, features recent (within the past 7 days) links to articles that are authored by the blog owners who are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community (at the sidebar of the blog).  If you are someone who has that special obsession for computers and information technology, I highly encourage you to bookmark these blogs and make Geek Squeaks’ part of your weekly routine.

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Tech-for Everyone
How To Get Free Tax-prep Programs & e-Filing

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites March 30

AskBillFirst
LifeLock Settles FTC Charges For $12 Million

Rarst.net
Are we going to shed most of software?

Lifehacker
Don’t Forget to Sign That Tax Return and 9 Other Common Tax Mistakes to Avoid

Carol’s Vault
ZeuAPP: 82 free and open source applications with one click

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Control Components

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Download Free LiberKey – Installs 180+ Portable Applications

Right On Technology
Apple iPhone HD on AT&T and Verizon this summer?

Snakebytez
Disable Startup – Free Startup Manager and Monitoring Software

Carputer’s News and Computer Tips
Free Websites Reloaded

TTC Shelbyville
Cable Messes and Awesome Data Centers

I Love Free Software
ContactOffice – Free Virtual Office To Manage Your Business

Worthy Tips
Some Best Free Video Editing Software

Canadian Tech News
Have you heard of Duck Duck Go (search engine)?

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live, stats and nostalgia

TuneUp Blog About Windows
Can a “Secret” CPU Setting Really Improve Boot-up Time?

Plato Press
10 Things You Should Know About Digicam Memory Cards

What’s On My PC
The easy way to print filenames in folders…

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Quality Sound Recording Software for FREE!

March 29, 2010

Here is a software application, called Free Sound Recorder, that may be very useful in the event you need (for example) to save a cassette tape to a CD or a LP to a CD (or to your computer).

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Here is how it works: Any sound that you can pass through your sound card, Free Sound Recorder can capture it and convert it (to MP3, WMA or WAV format). In my testing I took a voice recorder (with sound already recorded on it); connected a 3.5 mm  male-to-male cable to the earphone jack on the voice recorder and to the line-in jack on the computer and used Free Sound Recorder to capture the audio. The end result was quite impressive. You may need a different type of cable in the event you are capturing audio from a different type of device (e.g. cassette player, LP player, etc…).

Free Sound Recorder is a perfect audio recorder to record your own voice, music or any other sound by working directly with your sound card. It supports the record input/source from a microphone, streaming audio from the Internet, external input devices (e.g. CDs, LP, music cassettes, phone line etc.) as well as other applications like Winamp, Media Player, etc. With built-in advanced audio record engine, the recorder produces high quality recordings.

Main Features of Free Sound Recorder
Dot Allows you to record audio into MP3, WMA or WAV format directly.
Dot Allows you to pre-define audio recording qualities to help quickly set and manage recording parameters.
Dot Built-in advanced audio record engine to produce high quality recording.
Dot Allows you to preset/preview your audio recording device before starting record.
Dot Build-in WMA WAV MP3 decoder.

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A Fantastic FREE 3D Online Chess Game

March 28, 2010

If you are an avid chess player, then you will appreciate SparkChess (flashChess III).

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The “cool factor” here is that you do not need to install any software to play this 3D online chess game. SparkChess (flashChess III) is a cloud application, meaning the game can be played straight from your web browser. This cloud app is Adobe Flash Player based, is very attractive in appearance and really serves one goal; AND, that is to make you a better chess player. Even if you do not play chess, I encourage you to visit SparkChess (flashChess III) to get a good look at how interactive applications, such as SparkChess, will look like as we continue to evolve in the direction of cloud based computing.

To play SparkChess (flashChess III), click [ HERE ] .

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To visit the main web site of SparkChess (flashChess III), click [HERE]. Please Note this upcoming change, as reflected on the web site:  Same game, new name – we’re rebranding: with the next release, flashCHESS will be known as SparkChess. You’ll still be able to play from either domain – SparkChess.com and flashCHESS3.com

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First Week of April Brings Increase of Spyware and Malware

March 26, 2010

I received an email from the Director of Business Development, for SuperAntiSpyware, that was a reminder that the first week of April (coinciding with “April Fool’s Day”) brings an increase in spyware and malware infections.  Also included in this email was 6-(six) tips, that I want to share with you, to remind computer users to be extra vigilant during this period of increased spyware activity.

  1. Don’t open emails, files or attachments from people you don’t know.
  2. Be extra cautious opening emails, files or attachments from people you do know.
  3. Don’t be fooled by “scareware” tactics. Know what software you are using, and familiarize yourself with how it delivers warnings and alerts.
  4. If you’re considering giving your social networking activities a break, now might be a good time. No one will miss you if you take a week off.
  5. Stay away from websites that you haven’t visited before. Think before you click!
  6. Run multiple layers of security software. There are many free and effective solutions that will co-exist well with each other.

If you are looking for another layer of security protection, that will play well (co-exist) with the other security software on your PC, then give SuperAntiSpyware a try!

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There are two flavors available: the FREE version [ Get It Here ] and the paid version [ Get It Here ] .  The difference between the two is that the paid version provides “realtime” protection, while the FREE version does not include real-time blocking or scheduled scanning.  Irregardless of what version you go with, this is a GREAT security software option to have installed on your PC that is endorsed by “What’s On My PC…”

SuperAntiSpyware – Advanced Detection and Removal

  • 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 SuperAntiSpyware’s unique Repair System!

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Google Chrome: How to Change the Default Download Location

March 25, 2010

I am currently using the developers preview channel of Google Chrome, which is a test version (of new features, coding, etc…) of the Chrome web browser. For the everyday computer user, interested in installing Google Chrome, it is your best bet to stick with the final “tested out” version. If interested, you can get it [ HERE ] . To learn more about Google Chrome, I encourage you to visit [ HERE ] .

Today, I want to share, with you, a tip about changing the default download location in Chrome. When you download files from the internet, using the Google Chrome web browser, you will automatically be directed to download the file(s) to a default download folder (or directory). This is OK with most people; however, if you are a customization geek, like myself, then you may want to change the default download settings to something that is more satisfying and manageable.

To change the default download location in Google Chrome:

  • Click on the “Wrench” image in the top right corner of the browser and a drop down menu will appear.
  • On the dropdown menu, click on “ Options” and a “Google Chrome Options” window will appear.
  • At the top of the “Google Chrome Options Window”, click on the tab, “Under The Hood”.
  • On the right side of that window use the scrollbar to scroll down to the “Downloads” section.

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  • Under the “Downloads” section, you are provided option to change the “Download Location” by using the “Browse” button.
  • I also recommend that you click on the small box (to place a check mark) that will prompt Chrome to “ask where to save each file before downloading”.  This way you can change the download location on the fly, if need be.
  • Click on the “Close” button when finished.

At anytime you desire to return to the default settings, simply follow these instruction to get to the “Google Chrome Options” and click on the “Under The Hood” tab and then the “Reset To Defaults” button”.

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