Wallpaper of the Week (#50)

December 31, 2011

Candles and Daisies…  I think it was the green that jumped out at me on this one.  Looks great on a widescreen monitor…

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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’ (#68) – Download MP3 Songs, Wearable Technology, Zynga Poker, Epson Ink, and 2012

December 30, 2011

music2pc – Find and Download MP3 Songs – FREE

music2pc

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Apple Developing Wearable Technology
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Wearable Technology

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Is Zynga Poker on Facebook going start letting
players play for real money?
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Zynga Poker

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Super quality Espon Ink
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Epson Ink

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Looking Back & Looking Ahead
@ Tech-for Everyone

Looking Back & Looking Ahead

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Using Google Instant Preview When Performing a Google Search

December 29, 2011

It came to my attention this week, while assisting others with their computers, that people are unaware of Google’s Instant Preview and how to use it (even though it was launched last November 2010) . Actually it is sort of a hidden feature, when performing a Google search, that will give you a quick glance (preview of a web page) without having to actually click and open the page up.

To be more instructive on this, take a look at the screenshot below. In this example, I performed a Google search for “whatsonmypc”.  After the search results generated, I placed my mouse pointer to the right side of the first result and a pair of arrows appeared (out of nowhere to the right side). If you then hover your mouse pointer on the arrows (do not click), a small version of the page will be generated. You can open the page in full view by simply clicking on it or you can glide your mouse pointer down to the next link to see the small web page displayed of that link and so on and so forth…

Google Instant Preview - Screenshot

I almost always use Google Instant Preview to see what is hiding under the link or to help me quickly find a page I pulled up in the past (and did not bookmark).

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Top Forty Songs Powered by Twitter and YouTube

December 28, 2011

I can remember in my teen years we listened to the top forty on the radio and then some years later we became mesmerized with the music videos on cable TV. That was a big thing to us as kids back then… To my younger readers, you are probably thinking I am a hundred years old. Not quite, but you can half that… Today’s post revived some of those memories I had and made me realize just how far we have come in terms of technology.

TopForty.it Yesterday on the blog I featured a FREE Online Utility to Convert YouTube Videos to MP3. During the process of researching and writing that post, I came across another interesting music site, that is powered by Twitter and YouTube, that revived those memories of the top forty and the music videos. It is called Topforty.it where you can become your own DJ.

Simply visit the site, click on the song of your choice to launch the YouTube music video. The music video, with controls, will play at the top of the screen. At that point, you do not have to do anything else.  Just let it ride…

TopForty.it

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FREE Online Utility to Convert YouTube Videos to MP3

December 27, 2011

There is so much video content on YouTube these days;  from music videos to comedy to educational videos, etc…, that it is beyond our level of comprehension and imagination. Oftentimes I will bookmark the videos, not so much to watch them, but to listen to the video (e.g. an educational video) while I am working on my computer. This is all fine and dandy when I have the resources to do that; however, there are instances where I wished I could listen to my favorite videos; especially when I am travelling.  It would sure help make the time go by. Let’s face it, watching a video while driving down the road just is not a safe practice.

Well, I came across an online utility that was the answer to my wish.  It is called,  TuneTune.

TuneTune

To use TuneTune: Simply enter the link to the YouTube Video and click on the “Convert” button. During the conversion, which is quite fast, a visual indicator will appear to indicate at what percentage the video has converted. Following the conversion, click on the “Download” button and enjoy.

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Random Tech Site Selections of the Day – #6

Desktop Computers – Top Five Best Sellers

Mozilla Firefox 10 Beta lands now
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Set Up Your Own Personal Notepad in the Cloud

December 26, 2011

imageThis does not get any simpler or basic than this… Go to notepad.cc and you will be looking at a blank page where you can create and save an endless page of notes.  No account is required.

When you get to the site, you are automatically assigned your own personal web address, that you can also change (at the bottom of the note page).  Make sure you remember the address so that you can access your notes again. Once you get the address you desire, you can share your notepad and even password protect it.  If you need another page to save notes, simply type in notepad.cc in your browser and you will be presented with another blank note. I found this app to work perfectly on my Toshiba Thrive Tablet and has come in real handy when I need to jot something down.

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Wallpaper of the Week (#49) – A Happy New Year

December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas Everyone! To get us set for the New Year, here is a wallpaper you can use this week to get ready for 2012.

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Happy New Year

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A Free application to Transfer Music and Video Files From An iPod/iPod Touch/iPhone to a PC

December 23, 2011

I came across this application, that is FREE, called Sharepod, that may be of some usefulness to those who are iPod, iPod Touch or iPhone users.  Sharepod helps solve one of the most common dilemmas that is out there; and that is an EASY method to transfer or backup your iTunes music library to your Windows based PC.

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Sharepod Screenshot

If you are an owner of any of these devices, I would make this software a must-have on your computer. As a computer guru, I am often asked, “Is there a way to transfer or backup my music on my iPod?”.

SharePodis easy to use and works! Heres some of the main features:

  • Add & remove music and videos from your iPod
  • Add, remove and edit playlists
  • Add & remove album art
  • View and backup photos
  • Copy music, videos and playlists from your iPod to PC
  • Import music/videos into your iTunes library, including playlists and ratings
  • Tag editing
  • Drag n’ drop to and from Explorer
  • Simple, clean interface
  • Quick to load and use with no unnessary complicated features
  • Support for iPhone and iTouch

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A Must See – Three Different Very Cool Futuristic Ways to Browse The Flickr Photo Galleries

December 22, 2011

FlickrNearly everyone is familiar with Flickr. It is the best way to store, sort, search and share your photos online. Flickr is home to over five billion of the world’s photos.

You can explore Flickr by visiting the website; however, I want to show you three very cool futuristic ways to browse the Flickr photo galleries, if your web browser can handle it. Simply click on any of the text or graphics below to experience each. When you get to each site it is important for you to play around and perform searches to fully get the experience.

Tag Galaxy

Tag Galaxy

Flickr Explorer

Flickr Explorer

Flickr Postcards

Flickr Postcards

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Good Buy (While It Lasts) – AmazonBasics 32 GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive

Random Tech Site Selections of the Day – #4

iPhone 4s Tips and Tricks
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GEEK SQUEAKS’ (#67) – Kindle Bookstore Browser, Free Clocks, Free Security Software, Newshunt and Laptop Buying

December 21, 2011

Bookmarks4Tech’s Amazon Kindle Bookstore Browser

Looking for that Kindle book?  Be sure to check out my most recent creation at Bookmarks4Techs that gives you the ability to browse the Amazon Kindle Book library.  Pretty cool stuff…

Kindle Bookstore Browser

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Free Vector Clocks

Fully scalable desktop alarm clocks that can be placed anywhere on your screen, rotated with total freedom, resized to any scale and set in 3D perspective view without losing any quality. Plus, it doesn’t require installation and it’s FREE.

Free Vector Clocks

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World’s Best and Largest List of Free Security Software
@ the PC Security

Free List of Security Software

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Read newspapers on your mobile phone with newshunt
@ Techpiper

Newshunt

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4 Important Things To Consider When Buying A Laptop
@ Technize

Buying a Laptop

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Over 600 Bookmarked Tech Sites

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A Simple, Fast and Easy, Online Weather Source

December 20, 2011

I am a real fan of weather applications and it is amazing how the development of these applications have evolved over the years to where there are numerous sources to go to for the weather.

Recently, I came across a lesser known online source called HAMWeather that has really become my daily go to source for the weather.

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What I like about HAMWeather is that the page is a fast loader; and is laid out very nicely to give you your current conditions, the outlook, the extended forcast and some adjoining radar maps (with no ads).  The site also loads nicely on the tablet PC’s and smartphones, as well.

HAMWeather does not stop there…  If you dig further and follow the top menu bar links you will see numerous other options you can load to get further specifics.

From what I could tell, HAMWeather can provide weather conditions for any location in the world; however, the weather details are lessened depending on the location you are looking for.

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A FREE Full-Fledged Disc Burning Tool

December 19, 2011

I do not know about you, but I like simple; especially when it comes to disc burning software. In my book, the disc burning software package that meets the criteria for being simple, is Burnaware Home.

Burnaware

I have often found that the majority of software that is designed to burn discs is overladen with bells and whistles that is often very confusing to the end-user; especially, us folks at home who only want to burn the occasional disc.

I have found Burnaware to be one of the easiest burning software packages to work with that uses minimal system resources to get the job done.  The initial interface that you work from is a series of icons where you simply point and shoot.  It does not get any easier than this.

BurnAware Home easily handles such tasks as data backup to various optical media, creation of fully configurable bootable discs, creation and writing to multisession discs, conversion of popular audio formats and creation of Audio CDs, creation of DVD discs that can be played on home DVD players and popular consoles, as well as disc image burning and grabbing. Extras include the ability to create disc copies directly to another drive, extract files from sessions and music tracks from Audio CDs.

The only negative I can say about BurnAware is that during the installation routine it will prompt you to install the ASK browser toolbar.  You can opt out of this by unchecking the boxes during the install.

The software supports the most popular Windows versions, including NT/2000/XP/Vista/7 (32 and 64-bit) and does not require the .NET framework to operate.

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Wallpaper of the Week (#48)

December 18, 2011

A Christmas Tree that will perfectly adorn your desktop. Get this wallpaper and 24 more high def Christmas wallpapers [ CLICK HERE ]

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Christmas Tree

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Get It While You Can – Microsoft Office Starter 2010

December 16, 2011

Typically when you buy a computer these days, you will see Microsoft Office Starter 2010 included in the deal. Microsoft Office Starter 2010 includes Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, with limited functionality and is ad supported.

Recently, on the blogging circuit, I noticed that it was discovered that Microsoft Office Starter 2010 could in fact be downloaded, via Microsoft supported servers. Whether this was a hiccup in Microsoft’s managing of those servers or they simply opened the gate to generate attention, it is unknown. Since that time the gate has been closed; however, I did find two other sites where you can get this download.

Again, I want to point out that Microsoft Office Starter 2010 only includes Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel (with limited functionality); however, do not let this deter you. I tested both of these applications and found they are very good; especially, if all you need is basic word processing and spreadsheet capabilities. Actually, knowing what I know about people using software, the basic will actually seem to them to be advanced.  In other words, it will probably suffice for 90 percent of everyone out there, at home, to perform the functions you will need (and more). If you are advanced business user, or a Microsoft Office power user, this is not for you. Also, do not let the “ad support” deter you.  The ad is small and unobtrusive…  Bottomline is this, if you want to save a whole lot of money and want a good word processor and spreadsheet application, then get this download (see below).

Microsoft Office Starter 2010

Ok, as of the date of this post, there were two locations I found to download Microsoft Office Starter 2010:

SnapFiles

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DownloadCrew

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As an added note, if you may be wondering…  I am running Microsoft Officer Starter 2010 alongside the full blown version of Microsoft Office 2003 with no problems.

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Launch Windows Sysinternals Tools Directly from the Web

December 15, 2011

Most all techs who work on PC’s are quite familiar with the Sysinternals Utilities that are available for download (for FREE) through Microsoft TechNet.

Windows Sysinternals Tools

The tool categories that are available are:

File and Disk Utilities
Networking Utilities
Process Utilities
Security Utilities
System Information Utilities
Miscellaneous Utilities

You can either download a tool individually, from any of the categories above, or you can download an entire suite of troubleshooting tools.

Another, lesser known option, to getting to these tools is through Sysinternals Live. This option will save you a considerable amount of time due that the tools are conveniently listed for quick access and can be launched directly from the web.

Sysinternals Live is a service that enables you to execute Sysinternals tools directly from the Web without hunting for and manually downloading them. Simply enter a tool’s Sysinternals Live path into Windows Explorer or a command prompt as http://live.sysinternals.com/<toolname&gt; or \\live.sysinternals.com\tools\<toolname>.

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