How To Activate the Floating Assistant Menu On The Samsung Galaxy Tab S

January 7, 2015

I recently purchased the Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4 inch) Android tablet; AND, after having owned several Android tablets, this one is definitely the cream of the crop.

I continue to learn to navigate the tablet and came across a setting that I have found to be very useful that many users most likely will not try (because they do not know it is there or how to turn it “on”). It is called an Assistant Menu, that once activated, creates a small (square) floating icon (that can be moved around the screen) that will give you the ability to launch various actions, such as:

  • Home
  • Back
  • Recently Opened Apps
  • Lock and Turn Off Screen
  • Brightness Adjustment
  • Volume Adjustment
  • Screen Capture
  • Open Notification List
  • Power Off
  • Restart
  • Device Options
  • Settings
  • Cursor
  • More Options
  • Rotate Screen
  • Zoom

SPECIAL NOTE: If you notice on the list above there is one option that will give you the ability to grab screenshots, which is worth its’ weight in gold. I used that option to create the screenshot below.

The neat thing about all of this is that this floating assistant menu can be edited; and, the functions you find that you would use the most, can be reordered. The menu is easy to turn “on” and if you find you do not like it, simply go back and turn it “off”.

To turn this menu “on” and to get you to the place to where you need to be, here is how to turn “on” and edit the menu:

  • On the Apps screen, tap Settings > Device > Accessibility > Dexterity and Interaction
  • Tap the Assistant Menu Switch to toggle the switch to “on”. The Assistant Menu icon will appear at the bottom right of the screen (at which point it can be moved around).
  • To edit the menu, simply tap where it says  Assistant Menu > Edit (see screenshot below). At this point you can drag the icons around and place them in the order you desire. The order you see below is the actual order I set for my menu.  You can also remove various components from the menu.  For example, using the screenshot below, I opted to remove Cursor, More Options, Rotate Screen and Zoom from the menu.

Assistant Menu


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Using The Windows Command Line Service Control (SC) to Delete A Windows Service

December 30, 2014

While reviewing the Windows Event log on my Windows 8.1 computer, an error was being produced each time I booted the computer to indicate that a Windows Service was not loading. After researching the name of the service I found that the service was related to a software application that I had installed; and, then subsequently uninstalled. The service was still hooked into the Windows registry and was not removed during the uninstall process. I needed to find a way to remove the service that I positively knew was not part of the operating system.

To remove the service I had to open the Windows 8 command prompt (run as Administrator) and type the following Service Control (SC) command line syntax:

sc delete <and the name of the service>

NOTE: Do not type or include the characters < or >

Please keep in mind, once you delete the service, it is gone; so, it is important that you know what you are looking for and what you are doing. In my case, as I do in most cases, I use the power of the internet to research issues such as this to ultimately find the solution. In this case, I thought I would share this one with you.


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Shop The Earth’s Biggest Selection

November 28, 2014

Many folks in my generation and the generation before me are reluctant to shop online for fear of being taken, receiving the wrong product and/or are worried that the return process is too much of a hassle.

I have been a shopper at Amazon for years, feeding my obsession for tech products and I have had nothing but a good experience with them. I am a frequent visitor of Amazon’s electronics and computer department; not only to shop, but to get customer reviews on tech products that I write about (or may be interested in sometime in the future).

When I am not shopping for tech I often head to their main directory listing (that many people overlook). The Directory, labelled as the Earth’s Biggest Selection, consists of various categories with sub-categories that will point you in the right direction. If you shop Amazon, it is a good idea to bookmark the directory in your browser (see below).


To help you out this Holiday season, to find that special gift for that special someone, I have listed the main categories below. Have a safe Holiday season: do something special for someone; and, let the shopping begin…

Amazon’s Main Directory
(Earth’s Biggest Selection)

Amazon Instant Video

Digital Music

Appstore for Android

FREE App of the Day

Kindle E-readers & Books

Fire Tablets

Fire TV

Fire Phone

Books & Audible




Electronics & Computers

Home, Garden & Tools











Sports, Fitness & Outdoors




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Next Version Of DuckDuckGo Focuses On Smarter Answers AND A More Refined Looks

May 7, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Next Version Of DuckDuckGo Focuses On Smarter Answers AND A More Refined Looks – Most of us, when performing a search on the internet, go with the big players such as Google, Bing and Yahoo (to name a few). A search engine option that I want you take a look at that actually is comparable or better in terms of search results is the search engine called DuckDuckGo.


Where DuckDuckGo really excels, is that it is a search engine with privacy in mind. Unlike the big players, DuckDuckGo does not profile and track you.

Recently, through the DuckDuckGo Community Platform, I learned that the next version of DuckDuckGo is in beta and can be tested [here].

This version of DuckDuckGo focuses on smarter answers and a more refined look. New features like images, auto-suggest, places and more. Of course, your privacy is protected, with this version, as well!


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[MINI WINDOWS DESKTOP COMPUTER] CyberPowerPC Fang Mini joins the tiny desktop PC party – CyberPowerPC is offering a choice between Intel and AMD chips. The Intel version costs $889 and includes a Core i7-4770R quad-core processor and Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics. The AMD model costs $799 and includes an AMD A8-5557M quad-core processor with Radeon R9 M275X graphics. The AMD model should have a slight edge on performance (and price), while the Intel model should sip less power… @PCWorld

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 HP Pavilion 10.1-Inch Touchscreen Laptop

[WINDOWS GOD MODE] Get Easy Access to Control Panel Settings with Windows God Mode – When most people hear the term “God Mode,” they think of video game cheat codes that give the player invincibility or other game-breaking attributes. But there’s also a Windows God Mode, at least sort of… @TekRevue

[NEED TO KNOW] The Facts About Defragmenting Your Computer Drives – Defragmenting your computer’s hard drive from time to time is necessary to help increase performance. Hard drives function by using spinning platters that store data in various areas. The data is written in blocks that are arranged in a sequenced order… @Computer How To Guide

[TECH NEWS] Microsoft’s late to the mini tablet market, but still has a shot at sales – According to several online reports, Microsoft will introduce a smaller-screen Surface on May 20 at an invite-only event in New York City. Dubbed “Surface Mini” in lieu of an official moniker, the device is expected to sport an 8-in. screen, come with a stylus, and be promoted primarily as a digital note taker… @ComputerWorld

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GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring How To Use Your Smartphone As A Document Scanner AND Copier

April 15, 2014

How To Use Your Smartphone As A Document Scanner AND Copier
– I recently made a decision to ditch my all-in-one inkjet printer due to the continued cost of inkjet cartridges. I decided to go with a basic level, black and white color, wireless laser printer where the cartridges are about the same price (as the inkjet). The printer I purchased was the Brother HL-2270DW Compact Laser Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex.

The positive sides to this is that I can print many, many, many more pages, at greater speed, with the laser vs. the inkjet; plus, I gained the benefit of the wireless printer technology (that I did not have). I try to not print anything at all; however, I recently took on another task in my life where hardcopies of documents is required.

The negative sides to this is I cannot print in color and can no longer scan documents; HOWEVER, if you read on, there is a solution.

I was not too concerned about the printing in color. Most of what we print at home is pictures (which is very costly); plus in my planning of all of this I decided if I needed pictures printed out, I would visit a local kiosk to perform this task (where the finished product is much better that the typical inkjet printer).  Now, losing out on the document scanner did have me concerned; HOWEVER, I came up with a solution (in my planning) to use my Nexus 5 Smartphone as my document scanner.

The Nexus 5 is an Android based phone; therefore I needed to find an Android app that was made to perform document scans. After trying many variations of Android document scanners, I settled for the app called CamScanner. The FREE version of CamScanner should be all you need.


What I am finding now, using CamScanner and after training myself (through experimentation), is that I can scan a document (using my smartphone) very quickly; and then following the scan can send and share the document at light speed.  For example, I will scan a document and then send it to any of my online accounts, such as my Microsoft OneNote notebook, my email account, my OneDrive account, etc… When you scan a document with CamScanner, the app will perform an auto-correction to line up the document, adjust the clarity of the document and convert it to a PDF file.  There are many manual corrections that can be performed, as well, within the CamScanner app.

Then the question came up in my mind, “What if I want to copy a document and print it???  With CamScanner this is not an issue.  Using my new wireless laser printer I was able to send print jobs directly to the printer (from anywhere in the world) using Google Cloud Print. By the way, your printer does not have to be wireless or Google Cloud Print ready to print from the internet (or the cloud).

In the end, my planning has so far paid off; plus, I am not caught up in the world of inkjet cartridges where the cartridges often cost more than the actual purchase of the printer. Also, give CamScanner a try. Once you learn how to use it, you will not miss that cumbersome inkjet all-in-one document scanner.

CamScanner – Available at the Google Play Store



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[GOOGLE CHROME SECURITY] Chromebleed – Displays a warning if the site you are browsing is affected by the Heartbleed bug… @Chrome Web Store

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[WINDOWS 8.1 UPDATE SOLUTION FOR DELL SYSTEMS] Dell DDA – Upgrading from Windows 8 to 8.1 Having a problem uninstalling the Dell Data Access Software and upgrading to 8.1?  Here’s some tips… @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog

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Monitor Your Satellite Bandwidth Usage With Networx

January 2, 2014

When your internet connection is served through a satellite provider you soon find out that you are at the mercy of a bandwidth cap. Exceed the cap and things slow to a crawl, limiting what you can do.

The provider often gives you a set amount of gigabytes per month, which is eaten up not only by normal internet browsing; but, is also eaten up by the behind the scene operations such as windows updates, security software updates, etc… Some providers will give you bonus gigabytes that can be used during off hours (such as 2 AM to 8 AM) and in that scenario I recommend you schedule updates to occur during these so called bonus hours (at night).

In the end, if your internet connection is served through a satellite provider it is important that you plan a strategy to take advantage of the bandwidth that you are provided; but, how do you see how much gas (gigabytes) is left in the tank or how much gas (gigabytes) has been used?

Most satellite providers track your usage and post the usage on the online account you have with the provider. This option, in my opinion, is quite lame. Another more viable option is to use bandwidth monitoring software that will give you real-time visual results that can generate daily reports of your total usage.

I explored various software options to perform this task and finally settled on a FREE software option called NetWorx.

NetWorx is available as a full install or as a portable app. To give it a try, I would download the portable version and if you don’t like it, simply delete it. I think you will be wanting to keep it once you see that it gives you the ability to easily track your daily data traffic amounts.



NetWorx is a simple and free, yet powerful tool that helps you objectively evaluate your bandwidth situation. You can use it to collect bandwidth usage data and measure the speed of your Internet or any other network connection. NetWorx can help you identify possible sources of network problems, ensure that you do not exceed the bandwidth limits specified by your ISP, or track down suspicious network activity characteristic of Trojan horses and hacker attacks.

Key Features

  • Clear graphic and/or numeric display
  • Usage reports with export to a variety of file formats, including Excel, MS Word and HTML
  • Permits close supervision of uploads and downloads
  • Works with dial-up, ISDN, cable modems, ADSL, Ethernet cards, and more
  • Includes network information and testing tools with advanced netstat that displays applications using your Internet connection
  • Option to notify user or disconnect from the Internet automatically when network activity exceeds a certain level
  • Speed meter to accurately time downloads and report the average transfer rates
  • Dial-up session journal with detailed information about every session
  • Absolutely free and does not contain any adware/spyware/malware

With NetWorx you can:

  • Find out and monitor how fast your Internet connection is
  • Find out and monitor how much Internet traffic you consume
  • Verify whether your ISP charges your Internet usage fairly
  • Detect a suspicious network activity on your computer
  • Perform simple network tests such as ping and trace route
  • Be notified about excessive Internet usage



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