A Flash Drive That Is As Small As Your Thumbnail

May 18, 2015

Recently purchased a couple of the SanDisk Cruzer Fit 8GB USB 2.0 Low-Profile Flash Drives to use with my car and truck audio systems (which means — “no more CD’s”)… Due to the small size of these drives they are best suited for purposes such as this where you plug them in and leave them in place.  I am thinking about purchasing some more of these flash drives, in the larger capacities (>8GB) to serve as my tech toolbox and carry in my wallet. When I got these drives I was really fascinated with how small they were and was saying to myself “How is this possible?”…

SanDisk Cruzer Fit 8GB USB 2.0 Low-Profile Flash Drives

SanDisk Cruzer Fit

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TECH DEAL – Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac 500-Watt 0.75-HP Electric Duster 120 volt

November 11, 2014

To maintain optimum cooling performance and stability of your computers and electronics it is necessary that on a regularly scheduled basis that you blow out the dust that accumulates. I have seen the interior components of computers so laden with dust that a blanket had actually developed causing the computer to overheat and stop functioning. Not forgetting to mention that dust build up on electronics can cause an overheated condition that potentially can lead to a fire.

A solution to this issue is to used cans of compressed air. This is a good solution; however, it can also be a costly solution with the costs of canned air being as high as $7 or 8$. A solution to eliminating the ongoing expense of canned air is the Metro Vaccuum Electric Duster. Bite the bullet on the cost of this duster and never buy cans of compressed air again.

Don’t let the name of this product fool you into thinking this is a vaccuum cleaner. It is the opposite, it is a duster with a 3/4 HP blower and it is awesome (and powerful) that will blow the dust out of just about anything. When blowing dust from your computer, make sure you do it in an open air environment (like outdoors) and make sure you wear eye protection.

I found a good deal on this at Amazon that you can use as a price comparison and where you can get a good read on the customer reviews (of over 1500 reviews). I cannot emphasize the importance of keeping your electronics dust free.

Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac
500-Watt 0.75-HP Electric Duster 120 volt

Metro Vaccuum Duster

Features:

Electric duster is compact and comfortable to use.

Powerful 500-Watt motor literally blasts dust, dirt and debris off expensive computer/electronic equipment.

Motor: .75 HP, Amps: 4.5 amps, Weight: 2.7 lbs.


The Easiest Way To Tell If The Windows 8.1 Update Is Installed On Your Computer

May 22, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The Easiest Way To Tell If The Windows 8.1 Update Is Installed On Your Computer – If you are confused about Windows 8.1 and the Windows 8.1 Update, you are not alone. In a nutshell; Windows 8.1 was an update to Windows 8.  Windows 8.1 Update, which is a completely different thing from Windows 8.1, is an update to Windows 8.1 (and Windows 8). Still confused?

The bottom line is that you want to make sure your computer is completely up to date. To determine if you have the Windows 8.1 Update installed go to the Start screen. If you see a Search button near your account name at the top of the Start screen, you already have the update.

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[COMPUTER SECURITY] SOLUTION: “This is Microsoft Support” telephone scam – Computer ransom lockout – A trend of the past couple of years has been for scammers to contact computer owners directly via telephone in the United States in an effort to convince them that there is a problem with their PC and they’ll need to pay to have it fixed.  In general, these people cannot fix anything, and instead they merely charge exorbitant fees for absolutely nothing. In other words, they scam you… @Triple-S Computers

[HARDWARE] A Programmable Computer Mouse – Do more, more easily with your mouse. With soft rubber grips and a contoured shape, this full size mouse provides all-day comfort, while Back/Forward buttons, side-to-side scrolling plus zoom and programmable buttons empower you to click, scroll and zoom with the flick of a finger… @Amazon

Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse

Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse

[ANDROID] magicApp by magicJack – Get unlimited local & long distance calling to the U.S. and Canada with magicApp. For international callers, make FREE unlimited magicApp-to-magicApp calls worldwide… @Google play

[FILE ENCRYPTION] Quick Crypt – A portable solution for encrypting and decrypting files.  Many features… @Valkova

[TECH NEWS] Lenovo Slides Past Apple to Claim #3 PC Sales Spot in U.S., Posts Record Earnings – Lenovo also made significant inroads in the U.S. market, where HP and Dell are still in first and second place. Lenovo’s strengthened PC lineup allowed it to vault past Apple to claim the third place spot for its fiscal fourth quarter (January through March 2014)… @DailyTech

[HOW TO] Averting Disaster – A Guide To Computer Backups (2014) – Backups are simply duplicates of data which are archived, and which can be restored to a previous point in time. The key is the data must be duplicated, and you have to be able to go back to an earlier time. Anything that doesn’t meet both of those requirements is not a backup… @AnandTech

[WALLPAPER] Cracked Windows Computer Screen@The Paper Wall

Cracked Windows Computer Screen


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FREE Self Managing Android Battery Saving App

May 11, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] FREE Self Managing Android Battery Saving App – I am big on the Android Smartphones; currently owning a Nexus 5. It has become (literally) my computer in my pocket; however, I learned early on that it is important to monitor its’ battery life on a daily basis in order to get the most out of my computer in my pocket. To assist me with this task is the FREE Android App called Battery Doctor (Battery Saver).

Battery Doctor

I have been using this app for quite awhile and can attest that it will significantly improve your battery life. It is smart in that it self manages and optimizes your phone in a way that it will shutdown battery eating background apps and hardware (such as bluetooth, wifi, etc…) when these components are not in use (or are not needed). There is also power management features built into the app  to let you know how much power your apps are consuming, how much battery is left, when is a good time to charge and when not too charge.

Overall, one of my favorite utilities on my phone that I highly recommend.

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[FREE SECURITY SOFTWARE] Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition – Baseline protection against viruses and all other types of malware. Using #1 ranked antivirus technology, it will detect and clean e-threats without causing slowdown or requiring configurations… MORE INFO

[WIFI EXTENDER] Extend range and provide a strong Wi-Fi signal for improved coverage – @Amazon

Belkin N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

Belkin N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

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[GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSION] HoverReader Displays Full Articles When You Hover Over The Link – Chrome: HoverReader, once installed, lets you hover over a link to a news article to see a pop-up display of an article preview or its full-text before you click. It’s especially useful if you’re browsing an article full of links, or want to preview an article before you click through on Reddit, Hacker News, or other news aggregators… @Lifehacker

[ONLINE GRAPHIC UTILITY] Background Burner – Quickly removes the background from any image or photo… @Background Burner

[TECH NEWS] Man arrested for 3D printing handguns in Japan – Yoshimoto Imura, a 27-year-old Japanese college employee, was arrested this week for possession of five 3D-printed handguns, two of them capable of firing lethal ammunition. Police did not find any live ammunition at his residence…@Neowin

[HOW TO] Tips to free up drive space on your PC – Getting a message that your PC is running out of room can be a stressful event—or, even a genuine emergency if you’re in the middle of an important project. The good news is you can probably free up a lot of space by using the following tips. But if you keep getting messages about low drive space, you might want to consider other options, including adding additional removable storage… @Microsoft

[WALLPAPER] Digital Art Freedom – @WallpaperStop

Digital Art Freedom


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Looking For An Online File Storage Option? Give OneDrive A Try

May 2, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Looking For An Online File Storage Option? Give OneDrive A Try– If you are looking for a reputable place to store online files, you may want to sign up for a Microsoft OneDrive Account.

OneDrive

You will automatically receive, for FREE, 7GBs of online storage space that can be used to store your files, such as documents, pictures, videos, etc…  If you [click here] and sign up today, you will get an additional 0.5GBs of space on top of the 7GBs.  Once you have signed up, make sure you download the OneDrive Software that will give you the ability to sync files on your computer with your OneDrive account. Once the software is installed you will see a OneDrive folder on your PC. OneDrive is also available for the Windows Tablet, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Xbox.

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[ANDROID] ES File Explorer is a free, full-featured file and application manager – It functions as all of these apps in one: file manager, application manager, task killer, download manager, cloud storage client (compatible with Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Box.net, Sugarsync, Yandex, Amazon S3, and Ubuntu One…), FTP client, and LAN Samba client. It provides access to pictures, music, video, documents, and other files on both your Android devices and your computers… @Google Play

[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] PDF Eraser is a free Windows application that deletes and erases text, images, logos and all unnecessary objects from PDF files – 100% FREE… @PDF Eraser

[WALLPAPER] – High Def @URHDWALLPAPERS

URHDWALLPAPERS

[WEB BROWSER TOOL] The Only Cross-browser Snapshot Tool – Capture single or multiple webpages with qSnap. 100% Browser Based – 100% Free – 100% Awesome… @qSnap

[HACK] Ikea Tablet Rack – While looking for a wooden plat rack to store my iPad, e-readers and Android Tablets, I came across this metal rack from Ikea. Only €4,95 and capable of storing up to 6 tablets… @Ikea Hackers

[TECH TOOLBOX] 5 SysInternals Utilities Updated Today – Five, count them, five Sysinternals utilities saw updated releases today. The Sysinternals suite continues to be some of the most popular, free utilizes for systems administrators… @WindowsITPro

[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] Reporting on Internet Browsing History by Site, Date, and Time – BrowsingHistoryView is a single executable that can, when run, retrieve and display browsing history information for visited URL, page title, time visited, how many times the page was visited, the web browser used, and the user profile doing the browsing. BrowsingHistoryView supports Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and SeaMonkey… @WindowsITPro

[TABLET ACCESSORIES] BlueMart ® 6Pcs Colorful Portable Foldable Smartphone and Tablet Stand – [click here]

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Watch movies, surf the net, read content on your device hands free. Suitable for landscape and Vertical View. Dimensions: 4.5″(L) x 1.25″(W)… @Amazon

[WINDOWS 8.1] Help, Windows 8 refusing to install major update! – Now on to this week’s topic from member Matthew, who has been having difficulties updating a few Windows 8 computers to Windows 8.1 and finds that attempting to do the update corrupts the OS. He has noted that all of these machines that are having problems were previously upgraded from Windows 7 to 8… @c|net

[HARDWARE] Best Video Cards: April 2014 – As April comes to a close we’re back once again with our monthly guide to video cards… @AnandTech

[ANDROID] 10 common mistakes Android newbies make – ​If you’re just learning the Android ropes, you might get tangled up in a mistake or two. Here are 10 ways to avoid problems and get the maximum benefit from your Android device… @TechRepublic


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Understanding The Difference Between Refreshing, Resetting Or Restoring Your Windows 8.1 PC

April 27, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Understanding The Difference Between Refreshing, Resetting Or Restoring Your Windows 8.1 PC– If you are a Windows 8.1 PC user and you are finding that your computer may not be running up to par; you have several options to either refresh, reset or restore your PC. It is very important to understand the difference between the three.  No matter what option you choose, ALWAYS back up your personal files.

  1. Refreshing your PC reinstalls Windows and keeps your personal files and settings. It also keeps the apps that came with your PC and the apps you installed from the Windows Store.
  2. Resetting your PC reinstalls Windows but deletes your files, settings, and apps—except for the apps that came with your PC.
  3. Restoring your PC is a way to undo recent system changes you’ve made.

The RESTORE option is the least aggressive, with the RESET Option being the most aggressive. Just remember, if you do a RESET you will lose your personal files and data.

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[CLOUD APP] Compress PDF Reduce the size of your PDF online – This app compresses your PDF in the cloud for free to a perfect size that is still good quality for emailing and uploading to the web… @smallpdf.com

[EXERCISE] This Graphic Walks You Through the Four-Minute Workout@Lifehacker

World's Fastest Workout

[ANDROID] 11 Android apps to make notifications more interesting – I love Android as much as the next non-Apple owning guy, but there are times when I get bored of using the same old operating system, and seeing the same boring old notifications. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of different ways to liven things up without having to root your phone, or in some cases, even spend a penny… @TNW

[FREE WINDOWS OFFICE SUITE] Kingsoft Office Suite – Provides friendly Word processing, Spreadsheets & Presentation software. I currently use this on all of my devices (instead of Microsoft Office)… @Kingsoft

[WIRELESS NETWORKING] An Omni-Directional Antenna That Delivers Wider Wireless Coverage – I have one of these and it works great in pulling your wireless signal in and around your house… @Amazon

TP-LINK TL-WN822N Wireless N300 High Gain USB Adapter, 300Mbps, Dual 3dBi External Antennas, WPS Button,
Support Windows XP/Vista/7/8

TP-LINK TL-WN822N Wireless N300 High Gain USB Adapter

[GADGET NEWS] Wicked Lasers Flashtorch flashlight starts fires with 4100 lumens of light – Wicked Lasers has unveiled its latest product called the Flashtorch. This isn’t a laser like we typically see from the company; rather this is a flashlight that has a massive 4100 lumens of light output. The light that the Flashtorch produces is white in color and the light is bright enough to do all sorts of things you could never do with a normal flashlight… @Slash Gear

[WALLPAPER] 3D Cat… @4Wallpapers

 3D Cat


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring A Windows 8.1 Update Install Marathon On A HP Computer (following a hard drive failure).

April 20, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] A Windows 8.1 Update Install Marathon On An HP Computer (following a hard drive failure) – This squeak is from a personal experience that I will keep short; therefore, a chopped up description.

Windows 8.1 Update

Have you ever ran a marathon and you thought there was no end? To me the experience below was unbelievable and was like running a marathon.

My Father’s All-In-One HP computer, running Windows 8.1, still under warranty, had a hard drive failure. Called HP, patched to India, on the phone for an over an hour to run the diagnostics and listen to them trying to scare me into buying the extended warranty. Hard drive failure confirmed, patched to another person in India who kept telling me how wonderful I was. Hard drive shipped (within 3 days), and installed (in less than 15 minutes); then, the real fun began.

The drive shipped with HP’s Windows 8 recovery software.  My objective was to get the machine up and running, then upgrade to Windows 8.1…

Long story short, started at 6 pm and finished after 1 am.  Over 7 hours to run the recovery, download all of the Windows updates, and download/install Windows 8.1.  The time involved did not include the other tweaking required to get my Father’s PC back to the point he originally was at (i.e. printer install, third party software installs, cosmetic changes, etc…).

I am definitely, at my next visit, going to image the disk…  Has anyone else experienced this?

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[MICROSOFT OFFICE] Microsoft Launches Cheaper Office 365 Personal – First unveiled last month, Office 365 Personal lets you run Microsoft’s cloud-based document creation and editing suite on one PC or Mac and one tablet for $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year. Office 365 Personal is available online, at Microsoft stores, and through online and retail partners… @PCMag

[REMOTE PC ANDROID APP] Chrome Remote Desktop – Securely access your computers from your Android device. On each of your computers, set up remote access using the Chrome Remote Desktop app from Chrome Web Store. On your Android device, open the app and tap on any of your online computers to connect… @Google Play

[COMPUTER ACCESSORIES] Vantec CB-ISATAU2 SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter Supports 2.5-Inch, 3.5-Inch, 5.25-Inch Hard Disk Drives – The SATA/IDE-USB Adapter gives you the flexibility of connecting almost any type of drive to your computer via USB.  SATA, 3.5-inch IDE, 5.25-inch IDE, and 2.5-inch IDE drives are all supported and can be easily hot-swapped to your system.

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Vantec CB-ISATAU2 SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter

The included external power adapter will allow you to power your drives outside your system giving you the ability to quickly add or swap between drives without opening your case.  The SATA/IDE-USB adapter incorporates 3 interfaces to one USB adapters… @Amazon

[COMPUTER BACKUP SOFTWARE] FREE Backup Software Protects System & Data of Your PC – Back up your most important files and folders on a regular basis. Create a system image to keep Windows and applications safe. Back up entire hard disk or specified partitions, or just cloning them. Save time and effort with automatic, incremental, and differential backups… @AOMEI

[WEB APP] Zenpen – A minimalist writing zone by Tim Holman, to get you into that zone, where you can focus on the writing – with none of the distractions… @ZenPen

[HOW TO] Windows 8.1 Update tip: Clean up that disk space nowNow that you’ve had about a week to play around with the update—which brings the taskbar to the modern UI, among other welcome additions—the next few days present a good time to clear up extra space on your hard drive by getting rid of some Windows Update files.How much space you’ll recover depends on whether you’ve ever run the Disk Clean-up utility, and the number of different Windows versions you’ve ever run on your PC… @PCWorld


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring The Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac

April 8, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac – This datavac is actually a blower that is made to clean your computer and electronics more effectively than canned air (and safer than canned air).  Features a 500 watt motor at .75 HP, 4.5 amps, 70 CFM air flow. I recommend wearing safety eyewear when using this. Very powerful.  Excellent ratings… @Amazon

Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac

Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac

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[NEW MOUSE] Logitech introduces the G502 Proteus Core mouseLogitech introduces the G502 Proteus Core mouse. The mouse is corded and has 11 programmable buttons. The DPI can be adjusted in game from 200-12,000 DPI and you can tune the weight and balance of the mouse using the provided weights. The most exciting feature of the G502 Proteus Core is its ability to adapt to different surfaces. It will sense the surface and adjust the sensitivity accordingly… @404 TECH SUPPORT

[ANDROID – HOW TO] 4 Ways To Get Data Usage On Your Android Phone Under Control – Roaming on your mobile data plan is rarely cheap but almost always necessary. You can control how much data you use on your device by simply opting for a plan with a data cap and price to match your budget but you can take things a little further and manage your data plan better by limiting how data is used. Here are a few things you can do on any Android device to manage your data plan… @Addictive Tips

[WINDOWS 8] Hands-on with the Windows 8.1 Update (pictures)@c|net

[TABLET NEWS] Lenovo to roll out more low-priced Android tablets in MayMore inexpensive Android tablets with prices from $129 to $249 are coming from Lenovo. The new Tab A-series tablets, which will ship next month, have screen sizes ranging from 7-10 inches and are designed for Web surfing and home entertainment, Lenovo said. Other than screen sizes and weight, the tablets have mostly identical features… @COMPUTERWORLD

[WINDOWS 8.1 UPDATE] Windows 8.1 Update 1 is Now Available –The latest patch to Windows is largely geared at improving the experience for mouse and keyboard users, and also to add new amenities for those who spend most of their time in Desktop Mode… @Daily Tech


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring A FREE Android News Aggregator That Will Talk To You

April 3, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Newshog – A Google News aggregator that has the ability to read the news to you while on the go. I use this on a regular basis when traveling. Newshog is the only news app you will ever need. Very popular…

Newshog

NewsHog has many advanced features such as summarization, reader mode, text to speech, offline reading and translation that take the Google News experience to the next level. NewsHog is a worthy replacement for Google Currents or the News and Weather app… @Google Play

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[WINDOWS 8 NEWS] Rejoice! The Start menu is coming back to Windows – You heard right, devout desktop lovers: The Start menu is coming back to Windows, Microsoft operating system head Terry Myerson announced at Build on Wednesday… @PCWorld

[ACCESSORY] WorkForce DS-30 Portable Color Document Scanner – Scan, save and send important data wherever your business takes you with the WorkForce DS-30 portable document scanner. Delivering full-function flexibility on the go, the DS-30 scans receipts, documents up to 8.5″ x 14″, plastic I.D. cards and more right into an e-mail, searchable PDF and more. Send your scanned files directly to the most popular cloud services with the included software… @Amazon

[SOFTWARE] Folder Size review: Free tool shows the distribution of your disk space – Folder Size is worth the very minimal download time and disk space in that it provides useful information that is not easily extracted from File Explorer, which will let you can see the size of a folder, but not its relative contribution to total storage… @PCWorld

[WINDOWS 8 NEWS] 8 Things You Need to Know About Windows 8.1 Update – It’s sometimes hard to remember that Windows 8 has only been available for a year and half, and in that short space has taken three significantly different forms—Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and now Windows 8.1 Update. This revision is a result of the product team behind the operating system’s listening to the feedback from users: Sareen made a point of emphasizing that and that the primary motivation behind this Update is to address the feedback from mouse pushers and clickers, in particular.. @PCMag

[HOW TO] Speed Up Chrome for Android with this Settings TweakThis settings tweak, thanks to Redditor erythrocytes64, may give you a tidy speed boost, depending on your device.In short, what you’re doing is giving Chrome access to more memory, and eliminating that stutter you get when scrolling up and down pages… @Lifehacker

[ANDROID NEWS] Google to roll out Android KitKat 4.4.3 update for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 – The update which is yet to be pushed to the regular customers and would take around a month or more , Google is pushing it in the hands of the developers for testing purposes. With this new update, Google is expected to fix a number of issues KitKat now has, the issues includes keyboard crash and a fix to the camera app… @The Westside Story

[FEATURED TECH SITE] – Malware Tips – Definitely bookmark this site. One of the best out there when it comes to malware removal instruction… @Malware Tips

[ANDROID APP] CCleaner Beta in now available for Android – CCleaner which has been mostly used in Windows to boost performance by cleaning temporary and useless files residing on the system. The app has now also arrived for the Android devices under a beta release… @The Westside Story

[WALLPAPER] Free HD Wallpapers – @Backcountry Gallery

Free HD Wallpapers


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GEEK SQUEAKS OF THE WEEK – Featuring the FREE Version of Microsoft OneNote

March 22, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Microsoft OneNote – Many of you may be familiar with Microsoft OneNote, which Microsoft describes as an “extension of your brain”.

Microsoft OneNote

The HOT NEWS this week is that OneNote is now FREE everywhere. This means that you can download, sync and use OneNote on all of your computing platforms. OneNote is now available on: PC, Mac, Windows tablets, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone, Android and the Web. And they’re always in sync with each other.

OneNote, in comparison to many other note keeping applications, is very featured enriched. Personally, I am testing OneNote out on all of my devices to see where it will stand in my life of hoarding information… @What’s On My PC

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[ANDROID] Selectively Lock Android Apps In Multiple Ways With Lockdown ProLockdown Pro, this awesome app offers basic as well as advanced app locking features for newbies and seasoned users alike, and looks great while at it. Featuring multiple PIN & pattern options, geo-fencing, stealth mode to conceal the app’s very presence, and several great-looking themes for the unlocking screen, this should be a must-have on every Android phone and tablet out there. And best of all, it’s completely free, without even any ads!… @Addictive Tips

[GOLD BOX DEALS] New deals. Every day. Shop Deal of the Day and more daily deals and limited-time sales. I hit this everyday looking for that tech bargain (or any other bargain in general)… @Amazon

[HOW TO] How To Transfer Evernote Notebooks To OneNote – Evernote2Onenote tool is a handy tool to automatically import all required Evernote Notebooks to your OneNote account. It doesn’t matter whether notebooks are synchronized or local, any notebook with all notes could be imported from Evernote to OneNote using this simple tool… @I Love Free Software

[WINDOWS] – Geek Uninstaller – Standard removal program leaves tons of leftovers on your PC. GeekUninstaller performs deep and fast scanning afterwards and removes all leftovers. Keep your PC clean! Use Force Removal for stubborn and broken programs… @Geek Uninstaller

[ALL IN ONE DESKTOP] HP Pavilion 23-g010 23-Inch All-in-One Desktop – Less than $500… @Amazon

HP Pavilion 23-g010 23-Inch All-in-One Desktop

[WINDOWS] 3 Calculators Better Than The One in Windows – After trying out several different calculators, I rounded up three programs that in my opinion, are a tad better than the default Windows calculator… @Instant Fundas

[FEATURED TECH SITE] – Android Awesomeness (featured at Bookmarks4Techs) – Android Awesomeness is all about Android and it’s apps. We strive to review at least one new, awesome app a day. What’s an awesome app you ask? An awesome app is a well designed, functional app, that follows the Android Design Guidelines. And also, it’s just a matter of taste… @Android Awesomeness

[HOW TO] Make the Most of Your Multiple Monitors in Windows – If you already have a computer that can handle multiple monitors, just plug in the power cord for your monitor and hook it up to the extra VGA or DVI port. Then it’s time to really get started… @lifehacker

[NEWS] Windows XP Migrations Should Take the Path of Least Resistance – I realize there are some companies that are actually migrating to Windows 8, but with the limited amount of time left, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with migrating to Windows 7, and Microsoft should state that… @WindowsITPro

[HOW TO] How to speed up your Android phone in 2 easy steps – Before we begin, this method will only work for phones running Android 4.0 and above. If you have an older device such as the Samsung Galaxy Ace and are running Android 2.3, then this guide unfortunately won’t apply. There are still ways of speeding up these older phones however, and we’ll have a guide for that real soon… @gadget helpline

[NEWS] This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs – In an attempt to lure people off its 13-year-old Windows XP operating system, Microsoft will pay $100 to XP users who upgrade to a new Windows 8 PC. The promotion, run via the Microsoft Store website, is open to users who ditch their Windows XP systems and buy new machines. The money-off offer applies to PCs costing $699 or more that are bought from Redmond’s online shop… @The Register

[WALLPAPER] – F-16 Fighting Falcon… @Good-Wallpapers

F-16 Fighting Falcon


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GEEK SQUEAKS – Using Software To Change Your Computer DNS Fast (and Safe)

February 20, 2014

When you type in a web address from your browser, your computer connects to a DNS server (through your internet service provider) that takes that address (which is in a human readable form) and translates it to a IP address (which is a set of numbers). In the end, computers connect to each other on the network by their technical internet addresses called IPs: IP (v4) or IP (v6).

The DNS is typically transparent to most of us, but it is important to know that you can alter the DNS settings on your computer to serve specific purposes (such as to protect your kids from porn sites). Manually performing these changes is something most people will not do, fearing they may mess up their computers.

An automated solution or way to pick and choose a DNS is through software that is engineered to help you make the changes and to understand those changes.

One solution I use is Chris PC DNS Switch…

Chris PC DNS Switch

Chris PC DNS Switch has built-in preset groups of servers in its DNS database, ChrisPC DNS Switch offers you the freedom to conveniently manage your DNS settings for all the network adapters belonging to your PC/laptop running Windows. End result is that you can pick and choose a DNS that is suitable for your situation (such as protecting the kids from porn).

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WhatPulse Is A PC Usage Monitor With Network, Mouse, Keyboard Stats & Heat Maps – Have you ever wanted to find out how much time you spend on the internet, how many words you typed in a day, or where you clicked on your screen? WhatPulse for Windows does all that and more. It’s a feature-rich program that monitors your keyboard and mouse usage, network bandwidth, and sends these statistics to a web portal, allowing you to analyze your computing life in the simplest way… @addictivetips

OneDrive is Now Available Worldwide: Free Cloud Storage for Microsoft, iOS, and Android Devices – For our existing SkyDrive customers, you are all set; your files are ready in the new OneDrive experience. All you have to do is head over to www.OneDrive.com and log in. For those of you hearing about the service for the first time, OneDrive gives you one place for all of your files, including photos, videos, and documents, and it’s available across the devices you use every day… @The OneDrive Blog

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Collaborate with Office Online (NEW LOOK) – Save documents, spreadsheets, and presentations online, in OneDrive. Share them with others and work together at the same time. Get started now, it’s free!… @Office.com

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WhatsApp Messenger is a smartphone messenger available for Android and other smartphones – NO HIDDEN COST: Once you and your friends download the application, you can use it to chat as much as you want. Send a million messages a day to your friends for free! WhatsApp uses your Internet connection: 3G/EDGE or Wi-Fi when available… @Google Play

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MS Windows 8 Tutorial – Confused or scared about MS Windows 8? Then check out this (Windows 8 in 18 minutes)…

MS Windows 8 Tutorial

Learn a byte at a time with Geek Squeaks’ — featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it… I just plain love tech!

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What’s On My PC – Geek Squeaks for the Week

December 29, 2013

THE ROUND-UP FOR THIS WEEK:

An Android Photo App that gives you UP TO 85 FREE INDIVIUDAL 4X6 PRINTERS PER MONTH.  Judging from the reviews, this is a great deal and a great way to preserve your photos directly from your phone or tablet…

SEARCH FOR ONLINE MUSIC AND VIDEOS from: Youtube, SoundCloud and more, USING THE ONLINE SERVICE CALLED SOLAYO

WANT TO SEND A LARGE FILE VIA EMAIL? Well, GEGeek found an online file transfer service called Filemail; where you simply select a file, type in someone’s e-mail and click ‘send’. The recipient gets a link and downloads the file…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM TECH SITE PICK is a tech site that is maintained and owned by an IT professional in Melbourne, Australia. If you are a smartphone owner, you will especially like the article that is featured and written by the owner of this site.  If you crave tech, then definitely bookmark this site…

THIS WEEK’S TECH PRODUCT PICK is the Imation 2-In-1Micro USB Flash Drive 64GB… This device connects to your smartphone (check for compatibility) and allows you to transfer files from the phone to the device.  When done, you can then move the files to your computer by plugging it into one of your USB ports. You can get a full review of this device at this week’s tech site pick…

EXPERTS HAVE CONCERNS that electronics (such as tablets) can lead kids to be anti-social.  Like my mother always said, “too much of anything can be harmful”…

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Geek Squeaks’ for the Week is a weekly round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!


PhotoAffections – FREE PRINTS

(Android)

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FEATURES:

• 1,000 free 4×6 prints a year!
• Professional-quality photo prints in multiple sizes
• High-quality prints in deluxe glossy or premium matte finishes
• Up to 85 free individual 4×6 prints per month
• Easy log-in and access to Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr and Picasa
• NEW! Quick and easy checkout with Google Wallet
• Standard shipping & handling starts at just $1.99 and never exceeds $9.99
• Expedited shipping available for just $1.00 more!
• Your photos printed and shipped to your door in just a few days!

GET IT HERE


Solayo

(WebApp)

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Search for online music & videos from: Youtube, SoundCloud and more.

SEARCH

PLAY

COLLECT

CHECK IT OUT HERE


Filemail

(WebApp)

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Users have discovered that Filemail:

  • Is faster and hassle-free compared to sharing via cloud drives
  • Is simpler than uploading to file hosting services
  • Offers much higher file size limit than e-mail accounts
  • Doesn’t force people who receive your files to register anywhere or install anything
  • Integrates seamlessly with popular e-mail software
  • Offers better transfer speeds than other free services

CHECK IT OUT HERE


This Week’s Random Tech Site Pick (with sample article)

Craving Tech

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Add unlimited storage space to your Android phone or tablet, thanks to Imation – Imation’s 2-in-1 micro USB Flash Drive for Android gives a seamless access between your precious files and your Android smartphone/tablet. Simply plug the USB drive on the phone to access the files in it and plug to your computer to transfer files to it. Buy this in bulk and you can practically have an unlimited storage space on your Android phone or tablet… READ MORE


Imation 2-In-1Micro USB Flash Drive 64GB

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  • The rugged swivel and slide cap less design lets you carry additional photos, videos and files in your pocket without worrying about damage or lost caps
  • Compatible with many Android devices, the drive allows you to transfer or view content without the need for a computer
  • Preserve your device’s storage space by accessing content directly from the USB drive
  • Plug n Play technology requires no batteries, Wi-Fi or internet
  • Use with ES File Explorer App to optimize performance on select devices
  • DEVICE REQUIREMENTS: visit www.imation.com/compatibility for compatibility details
  • For Android 4.1+ Jelly Bean devices Innovative swivel design with USB OTG support
  • OS REQUIREMENTS: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP; Mac OS X and higher

GET IT HERE


Tablets a hit with kids, but experts have concerns

@ NBC News

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Some experts note there’s no evidence that screen time — whether from a TV or tablet — provides any educational or developmental benefits for babies and toddlers. Yet it takes away from activities that do promote brain development, such as non-electronic toys and adult interaction.

They also say that too much screen time has been linked to behavior problems and delayed social development in older children… READ MORE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – December 24, 2013

December 24, 2013


BOOST THE VOLUME
on your Android phone with an app called Volume Booster Plus…

WEAK CARD SECURITY made Target just that; a juicy Target… Almost as if someone was trying to make a point…

Check out this GAMING PC that is a baseline gamer…

TODAY’S RANDOM TECH SITE PICK is one of the most popular sites on the internet today…

Merry Christmas

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Volume Booster Plus

(Android)

Tried this on my Android smartphone.  Does seem to make a difference in the volume level…

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The volume booster plus will increase the volume for all seven of your phone’s sound streams:

– music sound volume (this is the music volume, bass sound volume, etc)
– alarm sound volume (this is the alarm sound)
– notifications sound volume (the notifications include SMS sounds, Email sounds, etc.)
– ring sound volume (this is the ring sound)
– system sound volume (other system sounds like low battery, etc.)
– voice call sound volume (the voice volume for your call partner)

GET IT HERE


Weak US card security made Target a juicy target

@ NBC News

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The U.S. is the juiciest target for hackers hunting credit card information. And experts say incidents like the recent data theft at Target’s stores will get worse before they get better… READ MORE


CybertronPC GM2222D 5150 Escape Gaming PC

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  • Processor: AMD FX 4100 3.60GHz Quad-Core; Motherboard: AMD 760G Chipset; Memory: 8GB DDR3 SDRAM; Hard Drive: 500GB (7200 RPM); Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD6670 1GB Video Card; Optical Drive: 22X DVD±RW Dual-Layer Super-Multi Drive; Audio: High Definition 2/4/5.1/7.1 Channel; Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
  • Expansions: Bays Total (Free) – 3 ( 1 ) External 5.25″; 6 ( 5 ) Internal 3.5″; 2 ( 2 ) Internal 2.5″; Slots Total (Free) – 1 ( 1 ) PCI; 1 ( 1 ) PCI Express x1; 1 ( 0 ) PCI Express x16; 2 ( 0 ) DIMM 240-Pin
  • Connectivity: 2 x PS/2; 5 x Hi-Speed USB 2.0 [1 front, 4 rear]; 1 x RJ-45 Network Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T; Audio; 1 x DVI; 1 x HDMI; 1 x D-Sub VGA
  • Chassis: In-Win MANA 134 Gaming Mid-Tower Case with 400 Watt Power Supply; Accessories: Keyboard and Optical Mouse with Scroll; Service & Support Details: 1 Year Parts & Labor Warranty; Free Lifetime Tech Support

CHECK IT OUT HERE


Today’s Random Tech Site Pick (with sample article)

Lifehacker

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(as listed @ Bookmarks4Tech.com)

Most Popular Android Downloads and Posts of 2013 – – This was a huge year for Android. We watched while Google started to make Android more modular to fight fragmentation, Jelly Bean rose to prominence and KitKat hit the stage, and we showed you it’s easier than ever to root your phone, customize it, talk to it with voice commands, and use it to automate your life. Here’s a look back… READ MORE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – December 17, 2013

December 17, 2013

SEND AND PUSH NOTIFICATIONS to your Android devices and computer with Pushbullet. This is a new app that makes pushing files, pics, notes, addresses, etc… to and from your devices at supersonic speed.  So far, I love it…  Definitely one to keep an eye on…

A small and FREE application that can RECOVER LOST SOFTWARE PRODUCT KEYS in seconds…

TODAY’S RANDOM TECH SITE PICK is a site that is primarily targeted at the Windows 8, Windows 7 & Windows Vista user that addresses and covers issues in relation to Microsoft and Windows operating system. Highly recommended that you bookmark this site…

ARE DIGITAL MUSIC DOWNLOADS going to go the way of the dinosaur???

A CHEAP ROUTER with high customer review ratings…

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Pushbullet

(Android)

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What makes Pushbullet so useful?

Simple! It’s the easiest way to get things from your computer onto your phone or from your phone onto your computer. It’s also great for sending things from one Android device to another, or even to friends!

– By sending a file with Pushbullet, it’s automatically downloaded and waiting for you as a notification. Tapping on the notification instantly opens the file so you’ll never have to go dig for the file in your email or Dropbox folders ever again.

– With Pushbullet, you can also push links right into your phone’s notification tray. Just tap the notification to go to the link.

– Instead of having to look up an address all over again on your phone after having found it on your computer, you can just push the address to your phone. It will open Google Maps right from the notification, making getting to navigation a breeze.

– And that’s just the beginning, you can also send checklists, notes & reminders, and more.

GET IT HERE


 

SterJo Key Finder

(Windows)

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SterJo Key Finder is a small and FREE application that can recover lost product keys. All you have to do is run the program and it will find the keys for you in a few seconds. The software is currently able to recover a large number of keys like Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, WinZip, Corel Draw, CyberLink PowerDVD, Nero, VMWare Workstation, Techsmith Camtasia Studio, AUTOCAD and many more…

GET IT HERE


Today’s Random Tech Site Pick (with sample article)

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(as listed @ Bookmarks4Tech.com)

AnVir Task Manager Free: Alternative to Windows Task Manager – Although Windows Task Manager works fine for me but some power users prefer using a third-party task manager tool which provides extensive information and granular control to monitor their computer performance and processes… READ MORE


Are digital music downloads already heading
the way of the CD?

@ TECHSPOT

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Don’t look now but it seems as though digital downloads may have already reached their peak. According to a new report from Billboard, 2012 may ultimately go down in history as the most lucrative digital download year as streaming services such as iTunes Radio, Rhapsody and Spotify will likely continue to gain in popularity and perhaps one day replace downloads completely… READ MORE


TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router

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[ Customer Reviews ]

Made by TP-LINK, the TL-WR841N 300 Mbps Wireless-N Router enables multiple computers to share one Internet connection, and is designed specifically to meet the networking requirements of home offices and small businesses. This combined wired/wireless network connection device offers wireless transmission rates of up to 300 Mbps along with four 10/100 Mbps ports for wired connections. Sporting a sleek exterior, the Wireless-N Router can be mounted on a wall or placed horizontally on a table or desk… GET IT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – December 13, 2013

December 13, 2013

MONITOR THE STATUS OF YOUR FAVORITE WEB SERVICES, with “down right now”, to let you know when there is service trouble…  Thanks to GEGeek for this submission…

CLEAN MASTER (CLEANER) FREE – MOST DOWNLOADED ANDROID CLEANER and Ram Booster recently udpated with a new user interface (that looks awesome). This is a great utility to help keep your Android phone or tablet running in tip top shape…

TODAY’S RANDOM TECH SITE PICK is a site that gives you hope; Computer Hope that is…

A WEAK-PASSWORD PREVENTION SYSTEM that will try to guess each character of your password before you type it.

WATCH, PAUSE, AND RECORD TV ON YOUR PC, in a window or full screen.

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down right now

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You know the feeling: you’re happily using one of your favorite web sites when, all of a sudden, you’re interrupted by an error message. It can be frustrating. Is there a bug in the web site, or is your Internet provider acting up again? Where can you turn to find out if others are having the same problem?… CHECK IT OUT HERE


Clean Master (Cleaner) – FREE

(Android)

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Memory Boost/Task Killer – Boosting apps and games speed is much easier with Clean Master.

Clean – Delete those junk files (cache and residual) that take up valuable storage space.

Clear
– Protect your privacy by deleting personal information like your search and browser history

App Management
– Move apps to an SD card, remove pre-installed apps and backup .apk files

GET IT HERE


Today’s Random Tech Site Pick (with sample article)

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(as listed @ Bookmarks4Tech.com)

Replace Windows Explorer with Multi Commander – Microsoft Windows Explorer is great for general file management tasks. However, there are several more complicated tasks that Windows Explorer is unable to handle. This is where Multi Commander can come in handy… READ MORE


Use this Site to Help You Create Stronger Online Passwords

@ Gizmo’s

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Want a way to help you create passwords that are harder to crack? The web has many sites that claim to test how strong your passwords are. Many of these simply look at the length, which can be misleading. Others try to do better by looking at the variety of character types used. However, many of the tricks used by hackers are not tested by these sites. Now Microsoft Research has come up with a new site that is more sophisticated and may help you to create better passwords… LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS SITE (AND TEST YOUR PASSWORDS)


Hauppauge 1196 WinTV-HVR-1250 PCI-E x1 TV Tuner

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The WinTV-HVR-1250 lets you watch ATSC digital TV as well as QAM digital TV and analog cable TV directly on your computer. ATSC digital TV, which typically requires an antenna for reception, is the over-the-air HDTV standard for North America. ATSC broadcasts range in resolution from standard definition up to the high definition 1080i format… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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