Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#61)

May 26, 2010

If you are someone who is scratching your head when it comes to information technology and computers, then you need to bookmark the sites listed below. These sites are members of the What’s On My PC blogroll community and are excellent computer learning resources. These bloggers work very hard to bring up-to-date and accurate content to the tech community.


Scoroncocolo Tech Pages
Firefox Add-on NoScript

Plato Press
Class-Action Lawsuit Against Google

Laptop Reviews Central
HP Compaq Airlife 100 Smartbook
reviewed at last after long overdue release

TTC Shelbyville
Reclaim Your Privacy on FaceBook

404 Tech Support
Make Your Firefox Search Engine use Google’s
SSL (https) Search for Security Reasons

I Love Free Software
Download Microsoft Fix it Center – Fix PC Problems

Netbook Freeware
Quick Config: Easily Change Netbook Settings Instantly

Worthy Tips
Gmail under phishing attack – Alert: Finalization

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
Recovering from Viruses, Worms, and Trojan Horses

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Who will win the Freeview HD PVR race?

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Who are you going to call? Mythbusters!

Canadian Tech Blogger
Google Reveals Google TV

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites May 25

Legal experts: LimeWire likely doomed
| Media Maverick – CNET News

Tech-for Everyone
Software License Giveaway: NOD32 Antivirus 4

Sugarloaf Tech
Does your Mac have an excessively loud fan noise?
How to categorize RSS feeds for best experience

Fix the Web’s Biggest Annoyances with Google Chrome

Crazy World of G
Go Away

thePC Security
iPhone 4G Scam on Twitter
How to Remove Win Antispyware Center

Evilfantasy’s Blog – Facebook Privacy Scanner

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
License Giveaway –
SYNCING.NET Business Edition, 12 Free Licenses

Right On Technology
Google Facial Recognition Technology Too Nosy?

What’s On My PC
An Easy Way To Remote Into Another PC


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NOD32 Antivirus 4 License Giveaway at Tech-for Everyone

May 24, 2010

My good friend TechPaul, at Tech-for Everyone, contacted me today to let me know that he will be conducting a drawing to giveaway (10)-ten licenses for the award winning NOD32 Antivirus 4.


You might not have heard of Eset or NOD32, but it has quietly been around, and winning awards, since the early 90′s (the days of DOS). For the last year, I have been using it as my primary anti-malware defense on my principle machine and I have not been disappointed. This Internet security tool passed my every test and I recommend it; and I do so to folks of any skill level. – Tech-for Everyone.

Folks, this is an excellent opportunity to possibly get your hands on some great antivirus software. To enter the drawing, simply click [HERE], and at the bottom of the article “Software License Giveaway: NOD32 Antivirus 4”, “Leave A Comment” and enter a name and valid e-mail address. The contest will end midnight Thursday, May 27th, and the winners announced Friday. Good Luck; and while you are there, give a big “Thank You” to TechPaul!


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A FREE 3D Game of Yahtzee

May 23, 2010

If you are looking for a game to play on your computer to pass the time away, then checkout (download) the FREE game of Yahtzee123. The dice in this game are in 3D and use real physics to mimic real dice rolls.  Sound effects included…

Yahtzee123 is the computer version of the popular dice game ‘Yahtzee’, in which the aim is to score as many points as possible by rolling different combinations.

Tips: Left mouse click on dice to hold them.  If you click on the right side of the Yatzee123 screen, the scoreboard will appear.  Hit “ESC” on the keyboard to exit to the main menu.

Main Menu

System Requirements
(will play on most modern day PC’s)

Processor: 1 Ghz or faster
RAM: 128MB or more
HD: 18MB
Graphics Card: 16MB or more (Pixel shader compatible card required for shader shadows option)
Direct X: 9.0c or higher


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YOU NEED TO KNOW: Beware of Digital Photocopiers

May 21, 2010

I just read an article at 404 Tech Support that is very important and is something YOU NEED TO KNOW!  The article, “Photocopiers, an Identity Theft Goldmine” (with an informational video) really caught my attention.  With my background in IT and computers, the article made me come up with my own spin on all of this.

The reason the article caught my attention, and believe me I am very security conscious, is that I recently went to a local business establishment to make copies of important documents that contained sensitive information in regards to my privacy. I never once thought about whether my privacy or information could be compromised by using a copy machine. Like most people, my priority at the time was that I needed the copies to meet a timeline.

Folks, after reading the article at 404 Tech Support (and watching the video) be wary of digital photo copiers. If you use a public outlet to make copies, I would be questioning their security practices and ask “Is this a digital copier?” and if it is, ask “What are you doing to protect my privacy?”

YOU NEED TO KNOW: that many of the modern digital photocopiers have a built in hard drive that has the ability to harvest (and store) the documents you copy; that the documents you copy can literally be archived on that hard drive for a very, very, long time; that the documents you copy could literally be reproduced (stolen) and sold; that many photocopiers can now be connected to a network and data can be moved to/from the copier; that your copied documents could be at risk if the copier is moved to another location or sold…

Believe me, if you read the article at 404 Tech Support and follow the links, you will think twice about making those personal copies at work that you are not supposed to be making…

Am I being too parenoid?  Let me know…  Comments are always welcomed!


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Chain Emails – Your Urban Legend Resource

May 21, 2010

When it comes to chain emails, I can spot the false ones the second I receive them. As a matter of fact, it is pretty easy to do. They are all false and/or are a mixture of what I call “hybrid truths” (partial truths). The solution; read them, research them, and then delete them. During wars it was not uncommon for planes to fly over enemy territory and drop leaflets of propaganda as a form of psychological warfare to influence a population’s way of thinking or to incite fear. Chain emails is just the modern version of airborne leaflet propaganda that is predominantly littered with wishful lies and maligned thoughts. You have heard it here before, “believe nothing and verify everything”.

For example, I received this in my inbox of Sarah Palin sporting her patriotism, showing up at a redneck shooting range to demonstrate her ability to pick off Yahoo email hackers at a hundred yards. Is this true? If it is, I’m voting for her…

Not pictured: genuine ridiculousness

To keep you up to date on the hottest urban legends that you will typically see circulating, check out Snopes – 25 Hottest Urban Legends and you will particularly like Snopes – What’s New.


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