Geek Squeaks (#2015-24) FEATURING — Are The Days Of The Traditional “Clamshell” Laptop Numbered? — and MORE GREAT STUFF

September 14, 2015

Are The Days Of The Traditional “Clamshell” Laptop Numbered? BetaNews has a good read on this. My gut is telling me that they may be right on predicting that the future of laptop computers will give away to the detachable keyboard format (with the digitized pen-enabled screen) of the Microsoft Surface device. The future may be now, due that every major hardware vendor is now embracing this technology. Initially, the Microsoft Surface device was largely ignored; but, after three tries (or versions) of Microsoft Surface the vendors (after their own awkward experimentation of multi-purpose notebooks) is now looking at the Microsoft Surface hardware model as a model template to accept and follow. An example of what the detachable 2-in-1 touchscreen laptops look like — CLICK HERE… I would wait awhile before jumping into one of these until the “Surface Like” models appear.

What do you think, will the traditional clamshell laptop give way to the 2-in-1 detachable keyboard format?

Read More On This At BetaNews

Surface Pro 3

Microsoft Buys A Top Android App Company – You may want to keep an eye on the Android App called Echo (by Double Labs). At the Google Play Store Echo is described as “…the fastest and coolest lockscreen for your notifications. Featured by Google as a top app, Echo Lockscreen is loved by users in 50+ countries”… What this means, if you are an Android phone or tablet user, you can personalize what appears on your phone or tablet when it’s in lock mode, with this app. I just discovered (according to Business Insider), that Microsoft has acquired Double Labs.  Read more about this to learn why Microsoft made this acquistion…

 Echo Notification Lockscreen

List Of Freeware AND Other Releases From The Windows Club – Just added The Windows Club Freeware List to the Downloads Page. This listing is unique in that it consists of many Windows utilities that will help make using Windows easier and/or fix a problem you may be experiencing. This lists consists of all the Freeware, eBook, Themes, Screensavers, Wallpaper and other releases from The Windows Club.

The Windows Club

Microsoft Office 2016 Will Be Broadly Available On September 22nd – One of the most innovative features to be included in this version of Office is the ability to co-author a document in real-time when both parties are online. You can read more about this at Maximum PC

Office 2016


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Geek Squeaks (#2015-23) FEATURING — Your FREE Online Tech Tool Bag — and MORE GREAT STUFF

September 10, 2015

A FREE Online Tech Tool Bag – No, this is not a tool bag that you physically carry around. This tool bag is one that is readily available in the virtual sense and has been specifically made for those who have a passion for information technology, PC troubleshooting and repair, and the desire to learn more. What I am referring to is the GEGeek web site. This site is awesome in the sense that the developer of the site, who is a seasoned IT Professional, has successfully created a centralized index of sorts that will direct you to anything and everything that has to do with fixing and learning more about Microsoft Windows and computers. To show how important I think this site is, I have permanently included a link to the site on What’s On My PC (see tab at top of the page).


On top of all of this, make sure you check out the GEGeek Tech Toolkit which is a “Complete Collection of over 600 Tech Related Free Programs⁄Suites, all accessible from one Menu Launcher Utility” that you can carry around on your flash drive. This toolkit, I highly recommend if you are an IT Professional or training to become one, is available via donationware. Donate an amount that is “Reasonable” and he will send you a download link via email for the toolkit (with includes free future updates). The link to the toolkit is at the top of the GE Geek Web Site (can’t miss it and don’t miss it)…

A Porn App That Snaps Your Photo and Demands A Ransom – “If you’ve used Adult Player, sorry to hear it: It’s an Android porn app that takes a photo of you with the phone’s front-facing camera, immobilizes the device, and demands a $500 payment via a locked ransom screen to fix the phone and delete the photo”… READ MORE

See How Fast Technology Education Is Changing In The Schools – I cannot imagine being a Teacher, Student or Parent these days and attempting to stay on top of all of the information technology changes. Ask A Tech Teacher has posted an article, 13 Changes in Tech-in-Ed in Just Three Years that provides real-world insight on how quickly things have changed, just in a three year period.

13 Changes In Tech Ed

I Highly Recommend This Android App If You Use Google’s Two-Factor Authentication – I just added this app to the downloads page and it is called Authy. Authy brings the future of strong authentication to the convenience of your Android device. The Authy app generates secure 2 step verification tokens on your device. It help’s you protect your account from hackers and hijackers by adding an additional layer of security. Two-Factor Authentication prevents your Google Gmail account from being hacked.

 Authy 2-Factor Authentication

Preserve The Integrity Of An Image With A Curved Screened Monitor – The first time I experienced one of the curved computer monitors and went back to a flat panel, I immediately sensed the difference. To get an idea of what I am referring to take a look at the S27D590CS monitor by Samsung. Definitely takes entertainment to a whole new level. I just need to figure out how to get this monitor to fit into my work area.

Samsung Curved Monitor


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Geek Squeaks (#2015-22) FEATURING — Use Your Existing Electrical Wiring In Your Home To Create A Wired Data Network — and MORE GREAT STUFF

September 8, 2015

Use Your Existing Electrical Wiring In Your Home To Create A Wired Data Network – I know we all are into wireless connectivity, but did you know there is another option available, using the right technology, that is right under our nose. It is called power-line networking that uses the electrical wiring in our homes to create an ethernet (data) network. What you need to set this up are small adapters that plug into any wall outlet and connect via a cable to the ethernet port on your computer (or other network device). This setup is especially useful in scenarios where your wireless network is out of reach or you want to create a wired home theater (media center) setup for greater speeds and reliability. To get you started on this (and to learn more), I found The essential guide to powerline Ethernet adapters (including 12 hands-on reviewsat PCWorld which is part of a series of continually updated articles on the topic. If you are thinking about creating a power-line data network I encourage you to bookmark this information. One thing of importance that I extracted from my reading of these articles is that there is a variety products (and standards) and it is important to stay with the same product line (and standard) once you start creating your network. These type of networks require minimal setup and once you plug in a networked computer (or device), it should be connected within moments.

Powerline Networking

Power Tool For The Tech Toolbox – This tool, called Registry Finder (available as a portable app), is a tool that allows you to browse the local registry; create, delete, rename keys and values; modify values as its natural data type (string, multistring, DWORD) or as a binary data. It is allowed to open multiple Registry windows. Next time you start Registry Finder, those windows will be reopened on the same keys as before.

Registry Finder

Upgrade Your Old PC To SSD – I recently upgraded a 5 year old Toshiba notebook PC with a solid state drive. This was a good decision on my part (pat on the back) due that it made the computer noticeably more responsive by greatly improving load times and transfer speeds. Along with this upgrade you benefit from a reduction in noise and power consumption. If you are considering an upgrade, An SSD should be the first upgrade for your PC (read more on this at BetaNews).  If you are looking for solid state drive options (and pricing) — CLICK HERE

SSD Upgrade

Rules And Regulations On Drone Usage Is As Clear As Mud – I encourage you to — CLICK HERE — to see the infographic titled Robots In The Sky that pretty much sums up everything about drones right now (i.e. drones that made the headlines, proposed FAA laws, State drone laws, safety guidelines, etc…)

Robots In the Sky


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Geek Squeaks (#2015-20) – Is Your Windows 10 Upgrade Setup Stuck?— and MORE FREE STUFF

September 2, 2015

Is Your Windows 10 Upgrade Setup Stuck? – Just experienced this problem with a friend where his Windows 10 upgrade was stuck at the “Preparing To Install” window for over 24 hours. Typically the upgrade process should be less than 2 hours max and in my case the upgrade process (on a basic laptop) took approximately 45 minutes. If this occurs, there is actually two things you can “try”. In my friends case we ended up shutting down the computer and restarting the process all over again (and it worked). We were not seeing any hard drive activity at all; thus, we made the decision to shutdown.  In the event you do not want to take that risk,  and your Microsoft Windows 10 Setup Stuck At “Preparing To Install”? Here’s The Fix … at a website called Bidnessetc. I have not tried this fix; however, this is what I came up with when researching the problem my friend was experiencing.

Microsoft Windows 10 Setup Stuck At “Preparing To Install”? Here’s The Fix

Remember the “Send To Toys” Explorer Extension?  It’s back… – Some years back a developer made a popular Windows Explorer extension tool that expanded the usage of the “Send To” menu, called Send To Toys. After years of no development activity, the developer recently published an upgraded version that is compatible with Windows 10. This program allows you add useful tools to the “Send To” menu and also gives you the ability to customize the menu (add/remove menu items — even those items that are not part of the program). Please note that I have added “Send To Toys” to the downloads page under the “Free Software” swarm…

Send To Toys

Like Legos? If yes, then you will love this computer –  “Imagine having a vertical tower of Lego pieces, only with every piece you add, the tower gains a new ability.” — at the Verge.

Revo Build Series

Watch This Video That Leads To Google’s NEW LOGO – Google has been around for approximately 17 years and during that 17 years they have taken us through a lot and as those changes occurred, their logo changed. You can read more about it by clicking HERE

Play And Run Android Apps On Your Desktop – This concept is nothing new, but the emulator to do this called Nox App Player is new to me and apparently was out there in the wild, but in Chinese. Betanews has a write-up on this if you are interested in giving this a try — CLICK HERE

NOX App Emulator

Trail and Game Camera Viewer – My brother’s have game cameras setup on our property (more or less as a hobby). You would not believe what has been captured on camera (such as bears, eagles, foxes and coyotes). The cameras require a SD card; and, typically in order to view the camera footage you have to take the card to a computer, UNTIL NOW. Check out this BoneViewTM2.0 Trail and Game Camera Viewer for AndroidTM Phones, Micro USB Connector, Reads SD and Micro SD Cards

Wildlife Cam Viewer


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Geek Squeaks (#2015-18) – Featuring Amazons NEW Underground App For Android — and MORE FREE STUFF

August 26, 2015

Amazon’s NEW Underground App For Android – From what I am gathering, Amazon is replacing their Amazon free app of the day with a new app that has the same functionality as their regular shopping app. It is being called Amazon Underground and it includes “over $10,000 of apps and games that are actually free”. Appears Amazon has an agreement with the app developers where they are reimbursed based on the amount of time the apps are actually used. You can learn more on this HERE …

Amazon Underground

 Windows 10 Now Installed On Over 75 Million Devices – Sounds like a good start for Microsoft and Windows 10 — READ MORE

Windows 10 - Over 75 Million

 A Tech Tool To Keep Your System Under Control – Get detailed information about Tasks, Processes, Modules, Startups, IE Addons, Uninstallers, Windows, Services, Drivers, Connections and Opened Files with System Explorer

 System Explorer

Best Seller Inexpensive Mouse At Amazon – The AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse with Nano Receiver is a smooth, precise and affordable wireless optical 3-button mouse with nano receiver for laptop, desktop and netbook PCs. Check out the other AmazonBasics deals and save…

 Amazon's Basics


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Geek Squeaks #2015-13 @ What’s On My PC (Featuring: Rdio Announces FREE Access To Live Broadcast Radio — and MORE STUFF)

August 15, 2015

Rdio Announces FREE Access To Live Broadcast Radio – What this means is that you can search for your favorite stations (by name, call letters or frequency) and listen to them live. To visit Rdio — click here

Rdio is an online music service that offers ad-supported free streaming and ad-free subscription streaming services in 85 countries.[4] It is available as a website and also has applications for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone mobile devices, which can stream music from its servers or download music for offline playback. — source: Wikipedia


Did you know your smartphone is loaded with more fecal coliform than a toilet seat? – After you read this article at Forbes, “5 Gadgets With More Germs Than Your Toilet Seat” you may think twice about using someone elses’ phone (and even your own)… As a matter of fact there is more bacteria being harbored on our devices than a toilet seat.

 Bacterial growth from phone imprints.

SanDisk Connect 32GB Wireless Flash Drive – Wirelessly store, share, stream movies, photos, music, and documents across your smartphones, tablets and computers with the SanDisk Connect 32GB Wireless Flash Drive. You can simultaneously can connect and access data on up to 8 devices via Wi-Fi. Works on all Wi-Fi enabled devices (no internet connection, cables or router required.

SanDisk Wireless Flash Drive

Some Good Movies At Crackle This MonthCrackle is an online movie and tv site where you can watch movies and tv shows for FREE. It is actually pretty good and they change their venue on a regular basis.

21 (2008)

Barney’s Version (2010)

Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)

Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star (2011)

Detention (2011)

District 9 (2009)

Exorcism of Emily Rose, The (2005)

The Eye (2008)

Fisher King, The (1991)

Guess Who (2005)

Heavy Metal (1981)

Heavy Metal 2000 (2000)

I Spy (2002)

Jawbreaker (1999)

Jerry Maguire (1996)

The Legend of Zorro (2005)

Leprechaun (1993)

Leprechaun II (1994)

Leprechaun III (1995)

Leprechaun IV: In Space (1996)

Leprechaun V: In the Hood (2000)

Leprechaun VI: Back 2 tha Hood (2003)

Lockout (2012)

Mr. Baseball (1992)

The Net (1995)

Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

Return of the Living Dead III (1993)

Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis (2005)

Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave (2005)

The Rum Diary (2011)

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Skulls, The (2000)

Skulls 2, The (2002)

Skulls 3, The (2004)

Steamboy (2004)

Toy Soldiers (1991)

Vantage Point (2008)

Year One (2009)

You Got Served (2004)

You Got Served: Beat the World (2011)


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Geek Squeaks #2015-11 @ What’s On My PC (Featuring: A Quick Study On The Anatomy Of A Good Password and MORE)

August 11, 2015

A Quick Study On The Anatomy Of A Good Password – I plucked the information below from my work security notices about passwords and thought it would be good to share with my readers. It pretty much sums it up nicely about the creation and the composition of a good password.

Did you know the longer the password, the harder it is to crack? Consider a 12-character password or longer. Things to avoid: Names, places, dictionary words. Mix it up. Use variations on capitalization, spelling, numbers, and punctuation. Most importantly, don’t save passwords or use “remember me” especially on public computers.  Make sure your computer is secure.  Never give your password out to anyone and don’t post your password in plain sight.

From my experience I have found that people that use computers (and other devices) on the personal level (such as at home) use very weak passwords, never change them and are very liberal on who has access to those passwords. To solve this problem, I highly recommend that you use a password manager such as S10 Password Vault that will help you manage, organize, store and generate your passwords.

S10 Password Vault

Hope You Don’t Miss Out On This Deal At Best Buy ($49.99) – My Passport Ultra 1TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive – Black … Apparently Best Buy is clearing these out (which are the older models — but still a great buy)… If you miss out, and want one of the newer models, then try this link – CLICK HERE

WD - My Passport Ultra 1TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Black - Larger Front

Here’s How To Use A Compass For Better Photography – If you have never visited Backcounty Gallery, then you do not know what you are missing… The site has FREE wallpapers that are to die for if you are a nature lover, featuring photos from the site’s developer (and photographer). If you are wondering, “How does he do that?”; then, read this article, at Backcountry Gallery, “Can A Compass Help You Get Better Photos?‘…

Backcountry Gallery

Have you ever tried going offline for days at a time? I don’t know if I could detach myself from my devices. I am serious, I have never tried it. Found this blog post at the Huffington Post “Why You Need To Go Offline For A Week” where the author explains that “you go completely offline (no internet allowed at all) and off grid (so no phone calls, texts etc.) to have a complete break from technology and communication with anyone you’re not physically with”. I encourage you to read this article to see his end results… I definitely need to go offline, get off the grid and go to hermit land.

Going Offline

Check out this men’s lithium powered mountain bike – This is an example of how battery technology is improving all of the time. This bike (or scooter) is by X-Treme Scooters (Model XB-300Li)… The Lithium Powered Electric Bicycle has a 300-Watt rear brushless hub motor for power operation. The bike has a key start and a variable speed control twist throttle. The bike can be powered exclusively by the motor, can be pedaled and power assisted, or be exclusively pedaled. Mountain bike components that make the bike great for trail and road riding include a seven-speed Shimano Tourney Gears Shifter System, lightweight 100 percent aluminum alloy frame, fully adjustable seat, and a RST Capa T7 hydraulic front fork for maximum shock absorption. The bike is also equipped with strong front and rear brakes, a battery indicator, a headlight, tool kit, and cargo rack.

Battery Powered Bicycle


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