September 16, 2016
Don’t know how long this deal will last, but you can get the Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard for iPad, iPhone, Android devices, and Windows Tablets at half price on Amazon. Two things jump out at me that I like and that is it is Bluetooth (4.0) Smart and has full-size keys.
Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard
September 10, 2016
I don’t know who would want one of these, but a site called USBKill.com is selling a device (similar in appearance to a USB Flash Drive), that purportedly is designed for testing the surge protection of electronics to their limits – and beyond.
According to the site:
“When plugged into a device, the USB Killer rapidly charges its capacitors from the USB power lines. When the device is charged, -200VDC is discharged over the data lines of the host device. This charge/discharge cycle is repeated many times per second, until the USB Killer is removed.”
Simply put: used on unprotected equipment, the USB Killer instantly and permanently disables unprotected hardware.
USB KILL 2.0 DEMONSTRATION VIDEO
June 22, 2016
What is nice about having your own blog is that you can have some fun with your friends and at the same time educate others…
My elders alway told me, “If it is too good to be true, stay away from it…” Two computer friends of mine, who I will call Bill and George, came across a “no name” flash drive that was advertised as 1 TB for $16 (out of China). They were excited when they received their perfectly packaged “no name” drives (all the way from China) and were bragging to ALL, “look what we got, 1 TB drives for $16″… Their excitement soon turned to blush when they started filling the drive with data and discovered at approximately 10% capacity of the drive the data started spilling out and the drive would not accept anymore data.
Bill and George were victims of what has become a very common scam on the internet of counterfeit USB flash drives. Many of the these drives can be found on eBay (and even Amazon); typically ship from China; and, often are in packaging (and branding) that replicates popular manufacturer’s such as Kingston, SanDisk, Toshiba and Corsair. Oftentimes, the seller themselves are unaware that the drives are counterfeit and take the hit on this, as the middleman (resulting in poor customer feedback that affects their seller ratings).
So, as you can see great measure and tactic has been taken by these crooks to take your money. Usually, with these drives, most folks do not realize in time, that there is an issue, due to the fact most folks do not “right away” start maxing out the capacity of the drive.
Again, “If it is too good to be true, stay away from it…”. Here are two tips to abide by when purchasing these drives:
- Do your homework… See what is current from reputable manufacturer’s (such as Kingston, Corsair, Sandisk, Patriot, etc…). You will get a general idea of what the current generation drive capacities are (and their true costs). For example, CLICK HERE to see the real cost of what a 1TB drive can be at present…
- Buy only from a reputable online source or buy at a local box store… I am seeing that a great majority of these counterfeit drives are found on eBay and typically ship from China (making it difficult to get your money back).
May 2, 2016
… and, MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-018)
Malwarebytes has a junkware removal tool that I was unaware about that will aggressively perform the following tasks:
- Removes adware that spawn popup ads, such as Conduit
- Uninstalls unwanted toolbars and browser helper objects, including the Ask and Babylon toolbars
- Removes potentially unwanted programs (PUPs)
- Cleans up traces left behind by PUPs
I am a big user of the Malwarebyte products and decided to give this tool a test run. To run the tool, simply download and run it. A command-line window will open up that will prompt you to hit a key on your keyboard to launch the program. If you have any browser windows open, they will automatically be closed. In the end I found that the tool is pretty aggressive in its’ cleaning to the point it actually removed one of my Chrome browser extensions that I use on a regular basis. With that being said, I recommend you make a note of what extensions you have. If you are in a situation where you find your PC running slow and suspect an infection, you may want to run this tool.
Malwarebytes Junkware Removal Tool
MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF
Free Alternative to Office365 Called Open365 – I Love Free Software has a great article about LibreOffice’s new alternative to Office365 called Open365. After reading the article I went ahead and opened an account (for FREE) at Open365 (which appears to be in beta). Once I opened the account, client software was downloaded to my PC; which, I opted to not install. Instead, I went directly to the cloud-based version of Open365. First impression, not bad… Will be keeping an eye on this.
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