Windows Double Explorer for Windows 7

I could never figure out why Microsoft never offered a dual paned or tabbed view interface option in Windows Explorer. Managing your files and folders in those types of interfaces are so much easier to use; especially if you are a power user.

There are numerous third party options available; however, none really mimic the Windows Explorer interface, until Windows Double Explorer came on the scene. Windows Double Explorer is an open source utilitly that is engineered (for Windows 7) to manage two or more Windows Explorer interfaces in one application.

Windows Double Explorer

Windows Double Explorer also features a vertical or horizontal dual pane interface in conjunction with a tabbed interface. Once you have Windows Double Explorer up and running; and configured to your liking, I think you will become hooked.

Windows Double Explorer is currently in the beta stage of development and is engineered to work as a Windows 7 application.  There is no install to this application.  Simply download and run with it.

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A FREE Desktop Reminder Utility for Google Calendar

As I continue to experiment with the various cloud based applications that are available through Google, I recently began using Google Calendar to schedule the events in my life. I have used (and tested) numerous personal information managers and must say if you are looking for a way to manage your life events, on the cheap, then consider Google Calendar as an option.

There are many ways to sync your Google Calendar with apps that are available, say for mobile phones, but there really is not much I could find that allows me to sync my Google Calendar straight away from my computer’s desktop. In other words I was looking for something, hopefully a portable app, that I could use offline to add or delete events; however, when I went back online, my events would automatically become synced with my Google Calendar. I also like the idea of having an offline app that would serve as a backup to my calendar in the event the Google service or my account suddenly went south.

One app that I found, that works very nicely and meets the criteria l had set forth of being FREE, PORTABLE, with SYNCHRONIZATION features is a small application called GMinder.

GMinder

GMinder is a reminder program that waits in your system tray and alerts you when you have an upcoming Google Calendar event. GMinder supports multiple calendars and allows you to configure how you want to be alerted. Since it downloads your events, it works offline and enables you to preview your agenda of events. New events can be added to your Google Calendars using a Quick Add feature.

I am still testing GMinder and found that it is really a nice utility that really serves a good purpose; however, my only concern at this point is whether the development cycle of GMinder is continuing or not. The last release was July 2009.  Irregardless, at the moment, it is working for me and serves a real purpose.

If you are aware of any FREE apps out there that will sync with Google Calendar, let us know by leaving a comment below.  As always, to my readers, thank you and comment often.  I love hearing from you!

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Guard Against Viruses, Spyware, and Other Malicious Software

If you are looking for security software to protect your PC that runs quietly and efficiently in the background (AND IS FREE), then look no further than Microsoft Security Essentials.

If you are a current user of Microsoft Security Essentials, be advised that Version 2.0 has been released. You can upgrade by either waiting for the upgrade to come to you (via the automatic updates) or you can download and manually install the upgraded version from [ HERE ] . If you go the manual route, the installation will automatically detect if you are upgrading or performing a full install.

The good about Microsoft Security Essentials is that it is a Microsoft based product that provides real-time protection for your home PC that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. I have been using Microsoft Security Essentials since its’ inception and I can personally attest that it is doing an excellent job in protecting my PCs.  It is very easy to use (and understand) and performs in a manner where it will not bog (slow) down your PC.

Microsoft Security Essentials

If you have a desire to give Microsoft Security Essentials a try, I highly recommend you remove the antivirus software you currently have installed on your PC.  To assist with the complete removal of any exisiting security software on your PC, I recommend using AppRemover to assist with the uninstall and removal process.

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Google Body Browser – Coolest Web App Yet

Steve over at TTC Shelbyville came across one of the coolest web apps yet. It is a Google Lab experiment called Google Body Browser.  If you are studying anatomy or just want to see what the underpinnings of your body consists of, then you need to see this. Steve’s article [HERE] explains what is required to see this 3D marvel and how Google Body Browser is another great example of cloud computing.

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Make Using Your Flash Drive Easier with a USB Extension Cable

If you are someone that uses a USB flash drive on a regular basis, like I do, I highly recommend that you purchase a USB extension cable.  The extension cable makes it much easier to plug in your flash drive; plus, it prevents wear and tear on your computer’s USB port(s).

For example, I have the “male” end of my extension cable plugged into one of the ports at the rear of my PC (which is on the floor) and the “female” end of the cable lying on top of my desk.  Unlike USB desktop hubs, where again you have to fumble around and search for and plug in the flash drive, I simply lift the female end of the cable and plug in the drive.  It is the ultimate way to make using your flash drive an enjoyable experience.  I also use it to plug in a digital camera to download my pics from the camera to the PC.  The good part is that these cables are inexpensive (click here)

What type of cable to look for…

You can get these at just about any electronics store  (Amazon, Belkin, USB Gear, Circuit City, Radio Shack, Best Buy, etc…) and in various lengths.  Keep in mind, the USB standard limits the length of a USB cable to 5 meters (about 16.5 ft.).  You want Hi-Speed USB Revision 2.0 Shielded, USB Extension Cable USB Connector Type A Male to Type A Female. Don’t spend more than $10 bucks for one of these.

Example of a 9.8 ft/3.0 meter “USB Extension Cable”

USB Extension Cable

It’s the simple things that can make your computing life enjoyable!

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#90)

How about that?  Ninety weeks of Geek Squeaks’ – Shooting for a hundred.  Folks, if you have a desire to learn about computers and information technology, then let your education begin here.

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Google Chrome : New version of Google Chrome 8.0.552.224

Gadgetsholic
Rogers now offering the White BlackBerry Bold 9780 for $149.99

Tech-for Everyone
Is That Email Legitimate?

Rarst.net
When freeware runs out of free

Lifehacker
Most Popular DIY Projects of 2010

Crazy World of G
Google Chrome PDF Viewer

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live Writer, Dual postings

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
Wanna Know: How Computer Viruses Work?

Laptop Reviews Central
Asus shows off U36JC

Bookmarks4Techs
Listing of 485 Tech Sites

Canadian Tech Blogger
Chrome OS Demo

Mrintech
Assemble/Build a Cheap Computer with High Performance

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Weak Password Control – A Self Inflicted Injury

Plato On-Line
Year’s Most Popular on YouTube: ‘Hide Your Wife’

Faster PC! Clean! Clean!
How to Remove HDD Rescue

Carol’s Vault
Sothink All-in-One Free Video Converter

RGdot
Todomoo: Open Source To Do List

PC Optimization Secrets
How To Check The Security Of Your Internet Connection

Chicago Mac/PC Support
Create a table of contents – Word – Microsoft Office

Malware Removal Instructions
How to Remove Smart HDD (Uninstall Guide)

Online Storage Reviews
Preserving Your Memories Online

AKSGEEK Live
T-Mobile to launch ‘4G’ Tablet in 2011

Worthy Tips
Customize Windows Media Center Easily With Media Center Studio

Netbook Freeware
Hide Desktop Icons on Netbook with ZapIcones

I Love Free Software
5 Free Tools to Check Google Search Position Online

404 Tech Support
Google Launches Website To Simplify Answering Your Parents’ Computer Questions

TTC Shelbyville
Protect Yourself with HotSpot Shield

Snakebytez
Image Resizer For Windows

Awesome Wallpapers
Space/Fantasy Wallpaper Set 40

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Save Anything You Want to Remember On Your Phone or Computer with SpringPad

Here of late I have been on a roll with applications that are cloud based; or in other words applications that you run directly from the internet. Recently I have been testing an online note keeping application called SpringPad.

SpringPad

If you are an Evernote user then you will be able to relate to SpringPad; and I must say, if you are an Evernote user, then you need take a look at SpringPad. This app has come a long ways.

In summary SpringPad is a totally FREE powerful online application that gives you the ability to store information. Look at it as your personal database of everything that’s of interest to you that can be accessed anywhere in the world where you can get to the internet.

SpringPad

For example, I use SpringPad to bookmark web sites, keep notes, maintain to do lists, clip information from web pages, reflect my thoughts, etc…  All this information can be organized in notebooks or posted on your own digital bulletin board.  There are also mobile uses for SpringPad available such as barcode scanning, locating nearby places and businesses and photo saving.

Think of Springpad as your own place in the cloud – a high-powered internet-connected personal database of everything that’s of interest to you, even if you’re not ready to do something about it right away. Everything is automatically synced between your mobile devices and the web for instant and universal access.

The one feature that is most important to me is the SpringPad Google Chrome Browser Extension. With this extension installed you can instantly save information you want to save without leaving the site you are browsing. If you are not a Google Chrome user, there is a bookmarklet available that will let you do the same thing.

After testing SpringPad, I can honestly say it has found a home on my PC. I encourage you to give this application a try. It is FREE, requires no installation on your computer and has so many features I cannot begin to mention them all here.

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