Geek Squeaks’ (#72) – Sandbox Your Programs, Personal Cloud Storage, Remove Malware, Ubuntu For Smartphones, and Work In Forensics

February 29, 2012

Sandboxie

Sandboxie

Tired of dealing with rogue software, spyware and malware? Spent too many hours removing unsolicited software? Worried about clicking unfamiliar Web links?

Introducing Sandboxie

Sandboxie runs your programs in an isolated space which prevents them from making permanent changes to other programs and data in your computer.

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Tech Product of the Day – Western Digital My Book Live 2 TB Personal Cloud Storage Drive

Western Digital Drive

We are all familiar with the external drives that we connect to our computer to backup our files. How would you like an external drive that you connect to your wireless router that gives you the ability to access the drive wirelessly. Also, The beauty of the router connection is that you can access your files from anywhere on the internet. You can do all this and more with the Western Digital My Book Live 2 TB Personal Cloud Storage Drive.

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How to Remove Mapbird.info @ Faster PC! Clean! Clean!

Remove Mapbird.info

Don’t let Mapbird.info fool you. It has that wide search box across the top, but this isn’t a Google-style search engine that will direct you to interesting sites from across the web READ MORE

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Ubuntu For Smartphones With Android Ready for Market
@ Discobytes

Ubuntu for Smartphones

Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux distributions now available in world, and since smartphones are getting closer to the portable computers, so there exist a question here that why not to use Linux system for them? Canonical Foundation has decided to create a special Linux distribution also in smartphones with Android.  READ MORE

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Work in Forensics: 5 Key Steps @ HDDoctor.NET

Work In Forensics

With the rise in cyber-fraud and various breach incidents, digital forensics is becoming a growing field with plenty of opportunities. The job involves determining the cause, scope and impact of security incidents; stopping unwanted activity; limiting damage; preserving evidence and preventing other incidents. Digital forensics experts typically investigate networks, systems and data storage devices.  READ MORE

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An Advanced Online Image Editor That Is Easy

February 27, 2012

Just like the online file converters I recently featured, online image editors are everywhere, which makes it hard to decide which one to go with. Factor in that the learning curve to master an image editor is quite challenging that makes most people avoid them.  Well don’t…

Today, I want to show you an online image editor, called Fotoflexer, that to me is advanced (rich in features), but very easy (and fun) to use.

Fotoflexer

For an online editor, Fotoflexer has all of the bases covered. You can do everything from fixing your photo or image to adding effects, fonts, shapes, etc… You can even get crazy with Fotoflexer by applying morphing, distortion and doodling effects.

Fotoflexer

The best way to get a handle on using Fotoflexer is to visit the website and either upload a test photo or use a photo they provide.  A really cool feature (that I like) is that I can either save my finished product to my computer or I can save it to an online photo storage and sharing service (such as Picasa, Photobucket, MySpace, and others).  In my case, I use Picasa. To take advantage of the his feature, you must sign up for an account with Fotoflexer (which is FREE).

After using Fotoflexer, I can honestly say that for an online photo and image editing program, this one is a keeper.  Fotoflexer can do it all and most importantly, it is easy to use and understand.

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Wallpaper of the Week (#58)

February 25, 2012

This weeks’ wallpaper image is out of this world. It is titled, “Beautiful Galaxy” and on a widescreen monitor it looks awesome.

To Get This Wallpaper [ CLICK HERE ]

Beautiful Galaxy

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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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Log Into Your Box Account From Your Android Device and Get 50 GBs of FREE Online Storage

February 24, 2012

Box is an online file storage service that typically gives you for FREE, 5 GBs of online file storage. The 5 GB limit is the typical amount you see for most services in an effort to get you to try the service; HOWEVER, Box has an interesting offer that is hard to refuse (providing you have an Android device such as a smartphone or tablet). Now through March 23, 2012 if you download Box for Android  and log into you’re your Box account from an Android device, your account will automatically be upgraded to 50 GBs.

In addition to getting a storage bump, your file upload limit will jump, too;  you’ll be able to upload files up to 100MB  – like photos, presentations and documents – in your Box account for easy, quick access from anywhere.

Box for Android

If you currently do not have a Box account, simply go to the Box website and sign up for the FREE 5 GB account, then download and install Box for Android (from HERE). Sign into the account from your Android device and voila’, the 5 GBs magically turns into 50 GBs.

The only negative thing I could find with Box is that they do not offer (for FREE), a Windows desktop syncing application; otherwise, Box is one phenomenal online storage service.  The more I use it, whether it is from my Windows desktop or from my Android Device, the more I am leaning toward making it my primary online storage service.

I think the feature I like the most about Box is the file preview feature. For example, if I have a MS-Word file stored in Box, I can get a nice clean preview of the document in its’ native format; which in most cases for me, is all I need.  There are also editing options available for many file types.

Features:

Store all kinds of files online, then arrange them into folders just like on your desktop. Box provides anytime, anywhere access to your files from any device – whether you’re in Nebraska or Norway. Throwing thumb drives in your bag, transferring files to CDs, stressing about a stolen laptop – that’s yesterday. Today, everything’s on Box.

Send a LinkPaste it into an email or an instant message, even send directly from Box.

Share a Whole Folder of FilesCreate a new folder, upload files, then invite others to join.

Receive Real-Time UpdatesSo you always know when someone’s viewed, edited or commented on your file.

Invite Others to Share and EditTurn folders into shared online workspaces, where all your files are in one place and anyone you invite can view, edit and upload files – even add more content.

Post Comments and DiscussionsWhether it’s a quick comment or an in-depth discussion, keep the whole team on track by exchanging feedback in one place.

Get Real-Time UpdatesWith Box’s real-time updates and email notifications, you always know when teammates add, edit or comment on shared files.

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A FREE Online PDF to Word Conversion Service

February 23, 2012

Yesterday’s post featured a FREE PDF to Excel Conversion Service that led me to look for (and find) a FREE PDF to Word Conversion Service (called Free PDF to Word Online).

PDF to Word

I don’t know if you are like me, but I find myself using Microsoft Word a lot more than Excel (but, that’s just me) and the majority of PDF files you are going to come across are text based documents.

The beauty of this online converter is that once the conversion is completed, you can fully edit the document in Microsoft Word. During the conversion process you are given option of converting the PDF file to a docx file (as typically seen as the default in MS-Word 2010), a doc file (as typcially seen as the default in MS-Word 2003) and a rtf file (rich text format).

You are limited to uploading a 10 MB PDF file with this service and there is an option for uploading the PDF directly from a website source. Following the upload of your PDF file, you can either wait for a download link to appear OR if you do not want to wait, just leave your email address and you will receive an email when the file is ready for download.

Nice service with excellent output results; however, the file upload size could be a little more heftier.

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A FREE Online PDF to Excel Conversion Service

February 22, 2012

A reader of the blog recently contacted me and pointed me to an online PDF to Excel Conversion Service that is quite nice. What is unique here is that we typically see converters that specialize in moving (or converting) documents to the PDF format; not the other way around. I checked out this service and found that PDF files where tables were embedded converted nicely and represented both the row and column structure (as seen in Excel). Once the table is in the Excel format you can then implement your formulas and calculations as you would in an Excel spreadsheet.

PDF to EXCEL

According to the privacy policy of this service, any files you upload to be converted are deleted automatically following the conversion AND the converted file remains on the server for a period of 24 hours to give you enough time to download it. There is a 30 MB limitation on the file you desire to upload and convert.

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Save A File As A PDF File In Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010

February 21, 2012

Years ago when I was working as a Computer Information Specialist, where you had to be the “jack of all trades and master of none” , I was often called upon to find ways to convert Microsoft Office files to the Adobe PDF file format. I often had to jump through a bunch of hoops to get it done. Today, that has all changed… There are PDF converters everywhere; AND, to make it even easier the newer generations of Microsoft Office (2007 and 2010) now have an option available where you can save an Office file as a PDF file. To no surprise (to me), most people using Office 2007 and 2010 are unaware of the PDF “save as” option and end up expending a lot of their time looking for solution.

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The PDF file format is an excellent way to share a file and retain the original format that deters others from making changes to the content of the file. The PDF file format has been around for many years and is widely accepted (as a standard) worldwide with many agencies and organizations. Numerous viewers are available that make it possible for anyone to view a PDF file.

To save a file in Microsoft Office 2007 (to include, Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Publisher, Visio and Word) you generally can get to the PDF option by clicking on the Microsoft Office button, point to the arrow next to Save As, and then click PDF.  You will have to give the file a name.  Depending on what Microsoft product you are using, the Office button may not be an available feature. Typically in that case go to the File Menu to perform a similar action as already described. Best way to learn, with whatever Microsoft product you use, is just do it and you will (learn) and will find the option I am referring to.  If you are totally lost, [click here] for more detailed instructions.

To save a file in Microsoft Office 2010 (to include, Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Publisher, Project, Visio and Word) you generally can get to the PDF option by clicking on the File Tab, click Save As, and in the Save as type list, click PDF (*.pdf). Again, you will have to give the file a name.  If you need further instruction (with more detail), [click here].

Please keep in mind that when you save a file in Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010, using the PDF format, you will not be able reopen that file in Microsoft Office to edit the file. Typically, what I do first is save the file as a native Microsoft file (as the original working document). Then if I want to distribute the file as a PDF, I will bring up the original and save it to the PDF format.  In the end, I have my original version of the document (which I can edit) and the PDF version of the document (which cannot be edited).

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Use Magical Jelly Bean To Recover Your Software Product Keys

February 20, 2012

I have drafted articles in the past which featured various utilities to use to recover your software product keys. To name a few there was LicenseCrawler, ProduKey (by NirSoft), AND SIW -System Information for Windows.  Today I found another one, called Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder, that you can add to this arsenal.

KeyFinder screenshot

The Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder is a freeware utility that retrieves your Product Key (cd key) used to install windows from your registry (plus over 300 other software products). It also has a community-updated configuration file that retrieves product keys for many other applications. Another feature is the ability to retrieve product keys from unbootable Windows installations.

There is nothing more frustrating than when you go to install software that you paid good money for and cannot find the product key to install that software. As a matter of fact, in the real world of computing, and I have helped many; most people fail to keep the product keys and in many cases cannot even locate the CD’s. It may be years, during the operation of your computer that you may need the CD’s and the product keys; therefore, GENERAL RULE OF THUMB —  Keep those CD’s and Product Keys together in one place so that you will have them available in the event a re-install is required.

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Wallpaper of the Week (#57)

February 18, 2012

With Angry Birds being one of the most popular games out there, I came across a wallpaper for all of you pig slayers out there.

To Get This Wallpaper [ CLICK HERE ]

Angry Birds

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Extend the Lifespan of the Windows 8 Developer Preview or the Windows 8 Server Developer Preview

February 18, 2012

This post applies to anyone who has been using the pre-release of the Windows 8 Developer Preview or the Windows 8 Server Developer Preview…

Windows 8 Update

You can extend the lifespan (or usage) of these products to January 15, 2013 by performing a Windows Update. Following the install of this update, Windows 8 will automatically try to reactivate after a restart and will continue restarting until an activation is successful. If you fail to perform the update you will receive notice on your desktop, 14 days prior to expiration, alerting you that the pre-release version will expire.

You can read in more detail about the expiration of these products and the steps to take to extend their lifespan by visiting Microsoft Support [click here] .

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It Feels Like A Million Dollar Day at What’s On My PC

February 17, 2012

Got up this morning and noticed that I am 500 page views shy of a million. I typically do not play into the stats much, but I do have to admit; this is EXCITING !!! I should hit the summit sometime today.  I have to go see my parents today and I’ll probably miss the rollover.

Thanks to everyone who has ever visited and contributed to the blog. Now I have to figure out what the next goal will be…     Rick Robinette

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When You Have To Go Nuclear and Restore The Settings On Your iPhone

February 16, 2012

Steve at Scoroncocolo sure catches my attention with some of the terminology he uses and his most recent article Reboot, Restore, Backup iPhone, is no exception. I especially liked the one section in his most recent article Restoring Your iPhone – The Nuclear Option. I don’t think I need to explain what he means by the term nuclear in this case.

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The gist of his article is to provide us with instruction on differentiating between “a reboot and a restore (going nuclear)” and how to backup the iPhone.

Steve always contacts me and says, “hey take a look at this article”…  His enthusiasm is what draws me in and I feel he shares the same passion for information technology that I do; AND, as a result of this enthusiasm he feels compelled to share that enthusiasm with us all.  That is what a true blogger is! I truly enjoy promoting sites like this.

Take the time and drop by his site and if you are an iPhone owner, make sure to bookmark and read Reboot, Restore Backup iPhone.

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Turn Your Blog Into A Mobile App

February 15, 2012

Using your blog’s RSS feed address you can turn your blog into an Android App that can be shared on Twitter, Facebook or your website. To accomplish this, simply visit Free Blog Apps and follow the step-by-step instructions to build and customize and build your app (with icon and background). There is nothing to install and once you complete the process the app will be available for download to your PC, smartphone or tablet in the matter of minutes.

Free Blog Apps

For example, if interested you can download the What’s On My PC android app that will keep you up-to-date on what has been posted.  You may have to go into your phone settings to the tell the phone it is ok to download unknown third party android apps for this to happen.

If not interested, that is OK too.  I just thought it interesting that there was a site out there that would automatically build an app for bloggers that could be useful in driving traffic to their blogs.

Download The What's On My PC Free Android App

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Create Your Own Browser Home Page With Myfav.es

February 14, 2012

I am always looking for new ways to launch web sites from my browser’s homepage. My criteria is that it has to look attractive and must be device friendly and readable from my computer, tablet  or smartphone. Currently I am using Symbaloo for this purpose.

Today I ran into a new kid on the block called Myfav.es that you may want to take a look at and one that I will be keeping a close eye on.  So far it is meeting my criteria and appears to be fully customizable. The cool part about Myfav.es is that can sign up for your own personal URL that enables you to get to your page from anywhere there is internet access and from any internet enabled device.

myfave.es

There is no signup required! However, there are perks to having an account:

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Geek Squeaks’ (#71) – Useful System Tool, NEW Touch Mouse, Malware Removal, Rappapalooza 2, and Live365 Internet Radio

February 13, 2012

System Explorer

System Explorer

System Explorer includes many useful tools which help you Keep Your System Under Control. With System Explorer You get also fast access to File Database which help you to determine unwanted processes or threats. System Explorer is translated into 29 languages and is available for download in installer and portable version.

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Logitech’s NEW M600 Touch Mouse

Logitech Touch Mouse

Scrolling, swiping, and surfing that’s like second nature—thanks to the responsive touch surface and smooth-as-smartphone scrolling…  Read more at Logitech and available at Amazon .

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AV Security Essentials (Uninstall Guide)
@ Malware Removal Instructions

AV Security Essentials (Uninstall Guide)

Here’s another anti-spyware program that we’ve added to the list of scareware, called AV Security Essentials. As you see in the image below, it impersonates legit anti-virus software from Microsoft… READ MORE

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Let’s Get Ready To Rumble… Rappapalooza 2!
@ I Want Ice Water

Rappapalooza 2

Ready or not (mostly not, I suspect), I’ve decided it’s high time to to follow up my Let’s Get Ready To Rumble… Rappapalooza! post with some more of those “Epic Rap Battles Of History” videos… READ MORE

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Listen to Free Online Radio: Live365
@ I Love Free Software

Live365

Live365 is your free online radio that offers thousands of stations with no commercial interruption. It lets you save your own favourite station and save tracks in your own list… READ MORE

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