GEEK SQUEAKS’ #54 = Great Gift Idea, Virtual Desktops, Keyboard Shortcuts, HTC Explorer, and Upcoming Tech News

September 30, 2011

Great Gift Idea at A Reasonable Cost
Kindle Wi-Fi, 6 inch E-Ink Display

30% lighter, less than 6 ounces
18% smaller body, same 6″ screen size – Fits in your pocket
Most advanced E Ink display, reads like paper
Built in Wi-Fi – Get books in 60 seconds
Massive book selection, over 800,000 titles are $9.99 or less
New – Borrow Kindle books from your public library

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Dexpot 1.5

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With Dexpot you may have separate virtual desktops for different applications. One desktop might feature applications for graphic design, for example, and another might feature your business applications.

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Ask A Tech Teacher
Tech Tip #89: Use Keyboard Shortcuts With Students

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AKS Geek Live
HTC unveils HTC Explorer

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Upcoming Tech Events Will Keep Everybody Hopping

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Free Online TV Channel Gathering Service

September 29, 2011

Online TV still has a ways to go, and trying to find online TV channels and sites can be a real challenge. I have been on the hunt for various sources of online TV to watch on my tablet PC. One, of the many sources I have across is TvTube .

TvTube TvTube is a free online TV channel gathering service that offers a selection of the best TV channels from around the world. Start watching now and enjoy worldwide TV through a Web experience. No registration or download required.

TvTube boasts that it hosts links to the largest collection of free internet television on the web with over 2000 channels from more than 60 countries.  So, if you dig around the TvTube site, which is nicely categorized, I am sure you will find something that will catch your attention.

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Kindle Fire – Amazon’s $199 Android Tablet PC

September 28, 2011

When Amazon made the announcement that they were entering the tablet PC race with the Android based Kindle Fire, for $199, I was skeptical; however, after seeing the potential that this 7” tablet offers, Amazon may be onto something that could be a game changer. You can take a look at the Kindle Fire [CLICK HERE] and even pre-order one now [CLICK HERE]. The price is right, but will this tablet do everything you need it to do?

Kindle Fire

According to Amazon, the Kindle Fire will serve as a conduit to:

18 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books

Amazon Appstore – thousands of popular apps and games

Ultra-fast web browsing – Amazon Silk

Free cloud storage for all your Amazon content

Vibrant color touchscreen with extra-wide viewing angle

Fast, powerful dual-core processor

Amazon Prime members enjoy unlimited, instant streaming of over 10,000 popular movies and TV shows

Amazon Kindle–Official Presentation

Display
7″ multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors.

Size (in inches)
7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm).

Weight
14.6 ounces (413 grams).

System Requirements
None, because it’s wireless and doesn’t require a computer.

On-device Storage
8GB internal. That’s enough for 80 apps, plus either 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.

Cloud Storage
Free cloud storage for all Amazon content

Battery Life
Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as web browsing and downloading content.

Charge Time
Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via included U.S. power adapter. Also supports charging from your computer via USB.

Wi-Fi Connectivity
Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or 802.1X standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.

USB Port
USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)

Audio
3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers.

Content Formats Supported
Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.

Documentation
Quick Start Guide(included in box); Kindle User’s Guide (pre-installed on device)

Warranty and Service
1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the terms found here.

Included in the Box
Kindle Fire tablet, U.S. power adapter (supports 100-240V), and Quick Start Guide.

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[GEEK SQUEAKS’] – Super HP Monitor, Restore Icons, FREE PC Protection, Awesome Wallpapers, and Questionable Password Strength

September 28, 2011

HP 2311x 23-Inch LED Monitor
My Main Monitor – Full HD 1920 X 1080 resolution

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DesktopOK 2.69
Save and restore the positions of icons.

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Big Geek Daddy
Free PC Protection

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Awesome Wallpapers
Nature Wallpaper Set 49

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AskBillFirst
Maybe My Password Isn’t As Strong As I Thought It Was

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[DID YOU KNOW?] You Can Check A Suspicious Website for Malware In Your Browser

September 27, 2011

If you open up your web browser and type the following in the address bar;

http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=

AND, after the “equals sign” type the web address of any site, that site will be checked against Google’s updated lists of suspected phishing and malware pages. It is a handy and quick way to help verify your suspicions of a potentially bad site.

This is all part of Google’s Safe Browsing Service.  The goal of this service is to:

  • Warn users before clicking on links that appear in your site when they lead to malware-infected pages.
  • Prevent users from posting links to known phishing pages from your site.
  • Check a list of pages againest Google’s lists of suspected phishing and malware pages.

For example if you wanted to get a report on What’s On My PC, you would type the following in your browser’s address bar and hit enter.

 http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=whatsonmypc.wordpress.com

You will then get the following diagnostic report from Google:

Safe Browsing

Diagnostic page for whatsonmypc.wordpress.com

What is the current listing status for whatsonmypc.wordpress.com?

This site is not currently listed as suspicious.

What happened when Google visited this site?

Of the 3 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 0 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2011-09-09, and suspicious content was never found on this site within the past 90 days.This site was hosted on 3 network(s) including AS13768 (PEER1), AS16805 (LAYER3), AS22576 (LAYER3).

Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware?

Over the past 90 days, whatsonmypc.wordpress.com did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites.

Has this site hosted malware?

No, this site has not hosted malicious software over the past 90 days.

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If You Love Icons…

September 26, 2011

If you love icons, then you need to add We Love Icons to your collection. An icon is typically used to serve as a quick, intuitive visual representation to identify a software program or web site. We usually click on icons on our desktop or menus to launch programs or to get to a web site. Icons can also be used for presentations, blogging, desktop publishing, etc…

Approximately a year ago I featured an article, An Icon Search Engine That Helps You Find FREE Icons. Recently, I did some follow-up to determine if there was anything new out there and this is how I came across We Love Icons.

We Love Icons

The sole purpose of We Love Icons is to provide you with ONE place to go to find links to the BEST freeware desktop icons on earth. Not only does the site feature icons, it also features a How To section which is a collection of articles and apps to help you work with and learn about icons.

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Wallpaper of the Week (#36)

September 24, 2011

Here is a high definition wallpaper of waves battering a rocky beach with a stone archway to the sea in the background. The only way to truly appreciate the beauty of this wallpaper is to give it a try.

To get this wallpaper, [CLICK HERE] .

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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’] – ASUS Tablet, Get Detailed System Information, Up and Close Dolphin, YouTube MP3 Converter, and an iPad 2 Review

September 23, 2011

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101-A1 10.1-Inch Tablet Computer
10.1″ WSVGA (1280×800) IPS Capacitive LED Touchscreen;
Android 3.2 Operating System

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System Explorer 3.2.1
Shows detailed system information about processes, startups, IE addons, drivers, explorer, more.

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ChiMac.net
Dolphin up close and personal

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Carol’s Vault
YouTube to MP3 Converter – AudioThief – Converter

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Canadian Tech Blogger
Review: Apple iPad 2

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Aurora Firefox 7 Promises Speed

September 22, 2011

Guest Article By:

Christoph Laumann,
President and Managing Partner,
TuneUp

TuneUp

Mozilla recently pre-released Firefox 7, also known as Aurora, which promises massive performance enhancements for Javascript and significantly lower memory usage. Over the past few years, Mozilla had gained a reputation as a somewhat slow browser, but that’s about to change with Aurora. This version sits right between the stable beta release of Firefox 6.0 and the highly experimental nightly builds currently running at version 8.0.

One of the first major improvements of note is a massive reduction in overall memory consumption. According to the company’s developer blog, memory fragmentation of Javascript objects has been a serious problem. For example, after closing a Javascript applet the memory it previously occupied would not be entirely regained and eventually the browser’s memory usage would grow exponentially, leading to massive slowdowns. This issue has been fixed in Aurora. Additionally, the “garbage collector” runs more frequently to clear up memory occupied by Firefox. Users can also now see how much memory is occupied by individual components of the browser with the new and improved “about : memory” page.

This enhanced memory is good news for serious multi-tab users, who often experience a delay in page loads. Firefox 5 users especially may have found multi-tab loading particularly cumbersome. TuneUp recently conducted a performance intense memory usage benchmark to test how the new browser measured up. With 27 tabs, Firefox 5 claims an astonishing 659 MB of RAM for itself after all tabs have finished loading. Compared to Firefox 7.0a2, loading 27 websites dropped from current memory usage of 670 MB to 496 MB. Firefox.exe peaked at only 658 MB.

To put these results into perspective, Internet Explorer 9 needed a total of 814 MB with a peak at almost 1.3 GB to display the 27 websites which is an incredibly large amount. Google Chrome’s latest beta release consumed 693 MB and peaked at 1.1 GB. It was surprising to see Firefox 7 as the most resource-friendly browser.

This new version of Firefox is optimized for web developers as well. Since optimizing the browser is only one part of the equation, Mozilla also integrated performance monitoring tools to help developers gauge how fast their websites’ navigation works. Firefox logs websites’ responsiveness so that developers can optimize their own websites accordingly.

Overall, Mozilla has done some incredible work improving their performance. Other browsers need to follow suit as users’ move to low-powered devices such as netbooks and tablets, which increases the demand for lean browsers. It will be interesting to see the additional improvements Mozilla has made to the final version and what’s in store for Firefox 8.

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Is Your Windows Desktop Awash With Icons?

September 21, 2011

The majority of us are unable to enjoy the background image or wallpaper image on our computer, due to the background being awash with icons.

A workaround to this problem is a small and lightweight software utility called AutoHideDesktopIcons.

AutoHideDesktopIcons

AutoHideDesktopIcons has been engineered to automatically hide your desktop icons after a predetermined time up to 100 seconds. For example, I set the software to hide the icons on my desktop after a period of 20 seconds. To reactivate (or show) the icons, I simply left mouse click anywhere on the desktop. After 20 seconds, the icons will disappear again. There is even a setting to hide the taskbar, if you want.

No installation is required with AutoHideDesktopIcons. Simply download to a folder and run.  If you like AutoHideDesktopIcons you can set it to start with Windows.

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[GEEK SQUEAKS’] – Laptop for School, FREE Graphics Editor, 4TB External Hard Drive, Blogger Pay, and An Overheating PC

September 20, 2011

A Laptop for School
ASUS A53U-XE1 15.6-Inch Versatile Entertainment Laptop

ASUS Notebook

Hornil StylePix
Graphics Editing Program That Allows You To Draw Pictures, Edit Photos and More…

Hornil StylePix

Data Recovery Blog
Seagate Announced New 4TB External Hard Drives

Seagate Announced New 4TB External Hard Drives

Dailyblogscoop
How to Get Paid for Your Efforts as a Blogger

Paid for Your Efforts as a Blogger

Computer Too Slow
Detect and Fix an Overheating Computer

Overheating Computer

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Looking For That Default Router Password

September 19, 2011

When you purchase a router it is best security practices to change the administrator password to the router. The administrator password is the password that allows you to open the web-based setup, in your web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome), so that you can make configuration changes (such as setting up and securing a wireless network). If you do make the password change, make sure you record and store that password in a safe place.

Typically, and in almost every instance I have experienced, most people never change the administrator password to the router and let it remain as the same password, as set by the factory. You may think this is enough to prevent unauthorized access; however, the factory set (default) password for nearly every type and model of router out there can be easily acquired on the internet.

What I have experienced with folks is that when they do experience router issues and need to access their router they are at a loss and they themselves do not know what the default admin password is. In this instance I usually go to the manufacturer’s website to locate the default password settings.  This can be quite time consuming…

Today, I will show you a website, called routerpasswords.com to demonstrate two things:

One, to demonstrate how readily available passwords to routers can be acquired, which is more the reason to lock down your router with your own password; AND,

Secondly to give you a quick access method to acquire a router’s password in the event you forgot what the default password was or you are a tech and need the password to troubleshoot a system.

RouterPasswords.com

RouterPasswords.com provides quick access for technicians to default passwords used on routers, default web logins, CCTV systems and other electronic devices.

RouterPasswords.com is the largest free online database of default router passwords. The database is maintained by the online community and constantly updated by visitors like yourself submitting new passwords.

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Wallpaper of the Week (#35)

September 18, 2011

Twilight at Big Sur is this week’s wallpaper.

Big Sur is a sparsely populated region of the Central Coast of California where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean. The name “Big Sur” is derived from the original Spanish-language “el sur grande”, meaning “the big south” – Wikipedia

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Twilight at Big Sur

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In My Opinion – This Is The Best FREE File Sharing Service Out There

September 16, 2011

If you are looking for a simple file sharing platform to share photos, docs, music, videos and whatever else; that has no hidden agendas, is absolutely FREE, then you need to check out Minus.

Minus

Personally, I do not think it gets any better than Minus. Need a way to create an online portfolio of your work, then use Minus.  Need a simple way to share documents, slideshow presentations, photos and videos, then use Minus.  Need a way to publish and ebook, then use Minus.  There are so many ways that you can use Minus that I cannot begin to list them all.

Not only can you make your files public, you can also make them private.  For example, if I am working on a project, I will backup my project files to Minus and then make them private so that no one else can see them.  Then, on the other hand, if I need to share one of those project files with an associate, I simply send them the link to the file. Once you upload a file it will remain indefinitely until you delete it.

By establishing an account with Minus you are entitled to the following:

  • Get 10 GB of free space
  • Upload files up to 2 GB
  • Unlimited Downloads and Transfer
  • Profile to publish and share your files and folders ( example)
  • Follow friends to see what they are sharing
  • Use Dashboard to manage your files and folders
  • Search and discover public folders
  • Browser, desktop and mobile tool options

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[GEEK SQUEAKS’] – Protect Your PC with an UPS, Animated Menu Dock, Download Windows 8 Developers Preview, New Acer Aspire, and How to Remove Data Recovery

September 15, 2011

An Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) for Your Desktop
APC Back-UPS ES 750 – UPS – AC 120 V – 450 Watt – 750 VA – USB – 10 output connector(s)

APC Back-UPS ES 750

ObjectDock
Organize your shortcuts, programs and running tasks into an attractive and fun animated dock.

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I Love Free Software
Download Windows 8 Free

Windows 8

GadgetsHolic
ACER Aspire AS5552-7260 AMD Phenom Powered Laptop

ACER Aspire AS5552

Faster PC! Clean! Clean!
How to Remove Data Recovery

How to Remove Data Recovery

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