[GEEK SQUEAKS’] – Free Video Downloader, iPhone Word Games, Wireless Speaker and Amazon Drops California

June 30, 2011

Geek Squeaks'

Freemake Video Downloader 2.1.6.1
Download and convert videos from
YouTube, Google, Facebook, and other sites.

Technize
3 iPhone Games for People Who Love Words

TechMyND
Nokia Portable Hi-Fi Wireless Speaker
for Listening Music from Mobile Wirelessly

Tech-for Everyone
More Good News For California – Amazon Drops Us

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Computers & Accessories Index

Over 500 Bookmarked Tech Sites

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Use The Western Digital My Passport Essential SE Series Portable External Hard Drive to Backup Your Files

June 30, 2011

I cannot stress the importance of backing up your personal files (such as your documents, pictures, and videos).  A surefire way to get this done is by purchasing an external hard drive; and, to really make it easy I suggest one of the portable external hard drives that you simply plug in the USB port and start using it. The beauty of the portable external hard drive is that you can easily move it from one PC to another; PLUS, you can then store the drive off site (in the event disaster at home would occur). Many of the portable external hard drives are small enough to easily fit in a briefcase and even your pocket.

A good choice to take a look at is the Western Digital My Passport series of drives (e.g. My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB 3.0/2.0). The key feature with this drive is that it features dual USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility. If you are not backing up your files, here is a good way to start. Believe me, I have seen people turn ghost white, cry, yell, and stomp when told there files are gone.

Western Digital My Passport Essential SE Series

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[GEEK SQUEAKS’] – Download Google Books, Google Alerts, Will Facebook Drop In Users and Trouble with Microsoft

June 29, 2011

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Google Books Downloader
Save Google Books To Your Computer In PDF or JPEG

Scoroncocolo
Google’s Me on the Web, Google Alerts
and How to Put Google Alerts on Your iGoogle Page

Bd Techie
Will Facebook’s Drop in Users Lead to a Drop in Crime?

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
The Trouble with Microsoft

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Over 500 Bookmarked Tech Sites

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A Timer, Alarm and Stopwatch in a Browser Tab

June 29, 2011

Here is a web browser app that just may come in handy in the event you need a timer, an alarm or a stopwatch.  It is called Timer Tab.

Timer Tab

There is nothing to install (unless you want to install it as a Google app). Simply type in the following in your web browser: http://timer-tab.com and you are good to go.

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I Did Not Have A Hand In This bing Thing!

June 27, 2011

When you write a blog post or article you hope to get feedback, through the comments section, from your readers. I always make it a practice to respond back, even if it is just to say thank you; however, with anything there are exceptions.

There was one article, back in May of 2009, titled bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine that went viral with the comments to the point that I stopped responding and I’ll tell you why.

Bing Wallpaper

Following that post, I must have hit pretty high in the Google search page ranking (or bing page ranking) for the article. As a result people must have thought that I had a hand in this bing thing or that I actually developed bing. Following that article I immediately, and still do to this day, received really nasty comments telling me how bing took over their computers and they want me, yes me, to remove it.  Now, there has been a few people who have come to my defense and have pointed out that poor Rick has no play in this. I will usually give them a pat on the back with a response of some type.

I really think Microsoft, who owns and operates bing, should at least compensate me with a prize or something for promoting bing and for ultimately absorbing some of their pains as a result of the promotion.

In the end, I have truly enjoyed the comments and actually look forward to reading them as they continue to trickle in. As a matter of fact to keep it going, I encourage you to visit bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine and add your comments to what I am now calling the “bing hall of shame”.  Also, as a reward to those you came to my defense, the image reflected above is actually a bing wallpaper for your computer that you can wear proud…

“If I did have a hand in this bing thing,
a poor blogger I would not sing”.

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Wallpaper of the Week (#23)

June 26, 2011

If you are into wallpapers that feature wildlife, then you will appreciate this one!

You can get this wallpaper [HERE] .

Wallpaper of the Week

Browse for wallpapers from previous weeks, [CLICK HERE]

Need wallpaper software to show off your wallpaper collection? Try one of these:

John’s Background Switcher

Walyk Wallpaper Changer

Wallpaper Updater

Windows 7 Users: If you are using Windows 7, did you know you can create a desktop background slideshow to show off your pictures and wallpaper images?  To learn how to use this feature [ CLICK HERE ].

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[Geek Squeaks] – File and Folder Hiding Tool, Online Image Downloader, Optimize SSD, and Router Control

June 25, 2011

Geek Squeaks

WinMend
Folder Hidden A Free File/Folder Hiding Tool

Worthy Tips
Scrapii – Free Online Image Downloader

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Four Steps to Optimize Your SSD

TTC Shelbyville
Manage your router with Router Commander

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Computers & Accessories Index

Over 500 Bookmarked Tech Sites

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Monitor Multiple Types of Natural Hazard Events Worldwide with Earth Alert

June 24, 2011

Many people today express concern about the magnitude of the natural disasters that have occurred or are presently occurring. I personally do believe mother earth is going through a noticeable change; however, natural disasters have always been part of the life cycle.

In today’s world we have become more exposed and sensitized to these events, in real time, through the use of the internet, digital media and satellite communications.  In other words we hear (and see it) as it happens and we actually become part of the story; whereas in the past we were told about the story following the event.

To put this into perspective and to give an example, I want you to take a look at an online cloud application called Earth Alert that uses Google Map overlay technology to show various natural hazard events around the world.

Earth Alert

Earth Alert has the ability to display various natural hazard events as they occur and automatically retrieve the latest information from various live data feeds available on the Internet and present it to you in a convenient arrangement of reports, maps and images. For example, I selected the natural hazard event of “Fire” and earth alert displayed fire events for the U.S.

Earth Alert

Remember much of what you are seeing in Earth Alert is based on data feeds from various sources and may not show every event occurring in the world. What Earth Alert does point out is that mother earth continues to naturally evolve and it is technology such as this that makes us more aware of these events.

You can visit Earth Alert [HERE]

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[Geek Squeaks’] – New Version of uTorrent, Computers and Accessories, HP Touchpad and YouTube Easter Eggs

June 23, 2011

geeksqueak

uTorrent 3.0
An efficient and feature rich BitTorrent client
for Windows sporting a very small footprint.

Bookmarks4Techs
New “Computers & Accessories” Index

AKS GeekLive
HP announces webOS Pivot for HP Touchpad

404 Tech Support
A Few YouTube Easter Eggs

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My Neglect Paid Off Two Times Resulting in a HP 2311 LED Monitor

June 23, 2011

My bank had in place a points reward program where you accumulated points when you used your bank card, which I was totally unaware of, until recently. With these points you could go shopping for pre-selected merchandise. The bank recently sent notice that the rewards program terminated in May and that I had until July 31st to redeem any points I may have accumulated.  Guess what?  My neglect paid off. By the luck of the draw I was able to use my points to order a Hewlett Packard 2310 23” LCD Monitor. During the wait for this monitor I did some research on the HP 2310 and immediately began noticing that the HP 2310 had high user ratings; however, it was at the end of its’ shelf life and was not in stock on many sites.  At this point my spirit started breaking and I commenced thinking that I would be getting a refurbished monitor instead.

Today the monitor arrived, as promised; however, my neglect to this rewards program paid off a second time. I did not receive the HP 2310 monitor; instead, I received the HP 2311 23” LED monitor which is a current generation monitor. It was like being a kid again and it was Christmas time (in June)…HP 2311 LED Monitor

I will start off saying one thing. The HP 2311 LED monitor is awesome!

From (un) packaging to desktop, I was up in running within 20 minutes. After you unpack the monitor you will be required to install the base stand (which is very easy to do). With the base stand installed you can angle the monitor up and down. Connecting to the PC is very easy and you have option of either using the included VGA or DVI-D cable.  Once the monitor and computer is powered up, Windows 7 will automatically install a generic driver for this monitor which will work fine; however, I recommend using the driver software that is supplied on the CD that is included with the monitor.

Once I had this monitor fired up and running, I simply sat back in awe and was saying to myself, “How do they do this?”.  The brightness, the clarity, the sharpness, the definition, etc… are all right on target. The whites are pure white and the blacks are pure black. It is very noticeable in comparison with my LCD monitor.  I have only had this monitor for a very short period of time; however, I have been behind hundreds of monitors and this one surely has to be one of the best I have worked with.

Here are the specs for this monitor. If interested, A good starting point to purchase this monitor is Amazon [ HERE ] .

Monitor type: 23″ ultra-slim LED monitor

Native Resolution:1920×1080

Contrast Ratio (typical):1,000:1 (typical) 3,000,000:1 (Dynamic)

Brightness (typical): 250 nits

Pixel pitch: 0.265 mm

Response rate (typical):5 ms

ENERGY STAR Qualified: ENERGY STAR qualifed and EPEAT Silver registered

Signal Input Connector: VGA, DVI-D (with HDCP), HDMI (with HDCP)

Misc. Tilt:Yes (0 to +25 degrees)

Dimensions: 16.40 (h) x 21.97(w) x 6.26 (d)

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[Geek Squeaks’] – Free Graphic Viewer, SideJacking, Fantasy Wallpapers, and Malware Removal

June 21, 2011

Geek Squeaks'

New Version of IrfanView
A very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE graphic viewer
for Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 , 2008, Vista, Windows 7.

Big Geek Daddy
SideJacking

Awesome Wallpapers
Space/Fantasy Wallpaper Set 47

AskBillFirst
Windows AntiVirus 2011 or Fake AntiVirus

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Bookmarks4Techs – A Worldwide Online Resource for Tech Sites

June 21, 2011

During the past several years I have been bookmarking and collecting tech sites.  Approximately a year ago I posted second site on the internet called Bookmarks4Techs to make this collection of tech sites available to everyone in the world.

Recently I have been working toward adding more sites and now have posted a total of 565 sites.  I still have many more sites to add to this collection.  Once I get caught up I will do a cleanup of any dead links and get a final count.  I encourage you to pay the site a visit [ HERE ] .

Bookmarks4techs

Bookmarks4Techs is the largest repository of listed tech sites currently available on the internet. If you have the desire to learn about computers and information technology, then Bookmarks4Techs is your place to start!

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Manage Multiple Instances of Word, Powerpoint and Excel in a Tabbed Window

June 20, 2011

Most everyone is familiar with Microsoft Office; especially Word, Powerpoint and Excel. When you open more than one instance of a document in either of these Office applications it can be quite a chore to manage and switch between each open document.
Office TabA remedy to this problem that will make you more efficient in Word, Powerpoint and Excel is an add-in application called Office Tab. After you install the FREE version of Office Tab, you will be presented with a tabbed user interface that is similar to what you see in our current generation of web browsers (such as Google Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer).

Office Tab

As a result of the tabbed interface, you can open, read, edit and manage multiple Office documents in a tabbed window without having to open separate instances of the document.  The FREE version of Office Tab is compatible with Windows XP, (32-bit/64-bit) Vista or (32-bit/64-bit) Windows 7 that will work seamlessly with Microsoft Office (or Word, Excel, PowerPoint) 2003, 2007 or 2010(32-bit).

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Wallpaper of the Week (#22)

June 19, 2011

This week’s wallpaper is a high def background of a mountain stream to help cool you off.

You can get this wallpaper [HERE] .

Wallpaper

Browse for wallpapers from previous weeks, [CLICK HERE]

Need wallpaper software to show off your wallpaper collection? Try one of these:

John’s Background Switcher

Walyk Wallpaper Changer

Wallpaper Updater

Windows 7 Users: If you are using Windows 7, did you know you can create a desktop background slideshow to show off your pictures and wallpaper images?  To learn how to use this feature [ CLICK HERE ].

StumbleIt

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[Did You Know?] – About the Windows 7 Mouse Shake Feature

June 18, 2011

There is a feature in Windows 7 that can come in quite handy in those instances where you have multiple windows open and you want to minimize those windows with the exception of the one you are working in.  It is called Aero Shake.

Here is how it works:  Let’s say for example you have four windows open and one of those Windows is Internet Explorer.  You decide you want to focus your attention on Internet Explorer and minimize the other three windows. Instead of minimizing each one separately, simply position the mouse pointer on the top of the Internet Explorer pane, hold down the left mouse button and give the mouse a shake. If you did this correctly, all the windows will minimize to the taskbar with the exception of Internet Explorer. Again, this was example (using Internet Explorer) and will work with any window you have open.

Video Demo of Aero Shake

Video - Aero Shake

Here’s another great tip provided by Tech-for Everyone:
How To Restore The Menu Bar In Vista And Windows 7

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