Featured Tech Site: The Online Mom

September 4, 2017

Today at “What’s On My PC” I want to share a tech site with you that exclusively assists parents with keeping up with all the technology that is now second nature to their kids… It is called “The Online Mom”. I have added “The Online Mom” to “What’s On My PC” collection of tech bookmarks.

Click on the tab, at the top of the blog, labeled “Bookmarks4Techs“. There you will find a collection of over 900 tech sites.

About “The Online Mom”:

Today’s children are exposed to a dizzying array of technology platforms and services that present endless possibilities…and more than a few problems. How do parents keep up with all the technology that is now second nature to their kids? How can parents make informed decisions about how their kids spend their time online and which tech devices and internet sites are appropriate? How can parents give their kids guidelines that should apply both inside and outside the home? Above all, how can parents keep their kids safe – protecting them from online dangers, whether it’s cyber-bullying, online predators, pornography or ID theft?

Founded by parents with extensive technology backgrounds, The Online Mom is an organization and web site devoted to providing the knowledge, the advice, and the tools that will help all parents protect their kids and encourage responsible behavior as they make the most of the new digital world.

Whether it’s understanding social networking, photo sharing, texting,YouTube or just finding the right video games, The Online Mom has the explanations, the advice and the recommendations you have been looking for.


SOURCE: The Online Mom


Ask A Tech Teacher About Microsoft Sway

July 28, 2017

One of my favorite educational sites is “Ask A Tech Teacher“. If you have kids, I strongly recommend that you and your kids visit this site on a regular basis; and, if you are a kid like me (who is 60 years old), this site is a “must visit” site. You will learn something new every day…

For example, today I learned about “What is Microsoft Sway?”.

Sway is part of Office 365 Education and is the newest alternative to its popular PowerPoint slideshow program. Using the Sway canvas, students select a theme and then add their notes and research. Sway organizes the content, suggests images and even data, and then helps students to quickly arrange everything into a comprehensive and fully-fleshed project. If the selected theme doesn’t work, students simply click “remix” and get a different look. More advanced users can edit the pieces to fit particular colors and interests. When everything’s perfect, it can be shared, embedded, and published… READ MORE


SOURCE: Ask A Tech Teacher – What is Microsoft Sway?


ADDED – Windowsreport.com To Bookmarks4Techs

April 24, 2017

Added the website, Windowsreport.com to Bookmarks4Techs.  According to their About page:

WindowsReport.com is an independent online publication founded in the Fall of 2012 that covers Microsoft’s Windows platform along with its many related products and services, all in the aim of contextualizing the wider implications of their development in the world of technology.

Since its founding, WindowsReport.com has grown to become one of the most important websites when it comes to Windows coverage, with millions of Windows enthusiasts relying on WindowsReport.com’s team of experienced tech journalists, editors, community managers, and more for the freshest news, reviews, features, and product recommendations.

Bookmarks4Techs is a compilation of websites that I have bookmarked over the years. If you run a tech site or know of a tech site that is not on the list, go to the Bookmarks4Techs page and complete the easy to fill out form.


GEEK SQUEAKS’ OF THE WEEK
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The 20 best smartphones in the world – If you are looking to purchase a smartphone, this article may give you some insight. Most of the phones reflected are high end phones… READ MORE

The Galaxy S8 was a clear contender for the top spot, and the G6 finally let me place an LG phone within the top 10. To be clear, the top 10 smartphones in this list come very close to each other in terms of performance, design, and features, and you’d easily be happy with our number 10 pick as you would with our number one pick. It all comes down to your personal preference over design and features.

If you see this hook in a toilet, LEAVE and report it – What we’re talking about are innocent looking clothing or coat hooks. However, if you take a closer look, you’ll see there is a tiny hidden camera built-in that peepers are using to watch people undress. Here’s an example of what one of these “spy hooks” looks like…  READ MORE

How Dish Network could shake up your wireless service – The way your service looks in coming years could rest in the hands of a satellite TV provider. Seriously… READ MORE

#1 Best Seller Desktop Computer (at Amazon)Acer Aspire Desktop, 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7400, 8GB DDR4, 2TB HDD, Windows 10 Home, TC-780-AMZKi5… READ MORE


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Featured Tech Site: Digital Citizen | 8 ways to take screenshots in Windows, using built-in tools

April 4, 2017

Digital Citizen has posted an article on how to take screenshots using the tools that are already built into Windows (see the article’s source link below).

For example, I learned that you can take a screenshot of an active window, that you have opened, by pressing Alt + PrtScn on your keyboard. The captured result, of just the window, is then saved to your clipboard.

This is only a sampling of many of the great articles that Digital Citizen has posted… I encourage you to bookmark their site.

How to take screenshots in Windows 10, Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, on all kind of devices, from desktop PCs, to laptops, to convertible devices like Microsoft Surface.

Source: 8 ways to take screenshots in Windows, using built-in tools | Digital Citizen

To see more sites, like Digital Citizen, I encourage you to visit Bookmarks4Techs where you will find one of the largest listings of tech sites on the internet… Stay tuned for more featured sites (and articles)!


Where do you land on this computer literacy chart?

December 7, 2016

I always hear how smart or literate our kids are when it comes to computers. This is true to a certain degree, but what I have found is that they have no fear when it comes to computers; not so much that they are any more literate about computers than any other generation. I have found that most folks are pretty much on the same level when it comes to computer literacy.

Lifehacker has posted an article (and chart) that will validate what I am talking about. Take a look at the chart and it may make you feel a little better, in comparison to others, when it comes to computer literacy skills.

Source: This Chart Shows How Computer Literate Most People Are


A Sampling Of Some Of The Most Popular Articles At What’s On My PC — and MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-03)

January 18, 2016

A Sampling Of Some Of The Most Popular Articles At What’s On My PC – Each week on the blog I try to provide an array of topics through the Geek Squeaks’ theme. This week I was brain dead and for the life of me nothing was jumping out to get my juices going. In an effort to give myself a jump start, I decided to list some of the most popular articles at What’s On My PC. This not only got my juices going; but, it made me come to the realization that I need to re-think how I am titling my blog articles and still keep within the parameters of my Geek Squeaks’ way of life where I post multiple topics (with one main topic as the attention grabber). As a result, I am going to implement this change to see where it takes me. To get started with this week’s post, I changed the title format; and to get my juices going, I have listed a sampling some of the most popular articles at What’s On My PC. Always remember, you can perform a search to find various topics, software, etc… In the 8 years that I have been blogging, there is a good chance that if you are looking for something, I have covered it in some form or another.

Symptoms of a Failing Computer Power Supply – I discuss some of the symptoms you may experience that could indicate that your power supply is failing. This article was published back in 2010, which seems like yesterday, and much of what is reflected is still applicable today.

Shutdown, Sleep, Restart or Logoff Your Computer Using the Keyboard – Here I did a post about the built in keyboard shortcuts that you can use to shutdown, sleep, restart or logoff your Windows computer. This article is applicable to Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 users. I still get a ton of hits on this one.

Locating Your Software License Keys – Did you know that if you do a complete reinstall of the software on your PC, you will need the product license keys (or serial/registration information) for the software that you had paid for? If you did not know this, then this article will guide you on the various software options that are available that will help you out.

An Easy Way to Get the Serial Number and Disk Drive Information of Your Computer – If you follow the command prompt steps that I have reflected in this article you can get the serial number and disk drive information of your computer.

Get the last FREE version of FastStone Capture – If you do not know what FastStone Capture is, then you are missing out on some good software. This screen capture program, at one point was freeware; however, you now (current version) have to pay for the software (shareware). This is one shareware program that I recommend buying. If you do not wish to buy it, you can still grab the last FREE version.

What does the “G” represent in 3G and 4G? – There is a high probability that you own a cell phone. If so, you have probably questioned, “What is all of this 3G and 4G talk about?”. This article will help you out with this.

MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF

A Package Of More Than 180 Portable Freeware Utilities (for Windows) – If you are the techie type, you probably have heard of the NirSoft utilities. Did you know that these utilities can be downloaded as a package and conveniently launched using what is called the NirLauncher. The NirLauncher package includes variety of tools that you may need for your daily computer use, including utilities to recover lost passwords, to monitor your network, to view and extract cookies, cache, and other information stored by your Web browser, to search files in your system, and more… This is a “must have” for the tech toolbox.

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An OS That Will Turn A PC Into An Android PC – I came across a new open source OS (operating system) that can be installed on a compatible PC or run from a flash drive called Remix OS that will turn a PC into an Android based PC. What this means is that you can run the same apps through the Remix OS that you do on your Android based phones and tablets. I will be keeping an eye on this…

Video – How To Install The Remix OS

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Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – If you do not own a wireless bluetooth speaker, you do not know what you are missing. Today, I came across an Amazon deal for people like me who is rough on things. It is the Photive HYDRA Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, that is shockproof and waterproof. At the time of this posting, the pricing was unbelievable ($39) with great customer reviews.

 Photive HYDRA Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Photive HYDRA Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

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An Exhaustive Comparison Of The Best Online File Storage Services

June 4, 2015

There are so many online file storage services these days that you can find yourself lost in the herd. To help you narrow down your choices, I recommend that you visit I Love Free Software where they have a table posted that is an exhaustive comparison of the 15 best FREE cloud storage services (i.e. Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, Tresorit, DataBagg, Bitcasa, ASUS WebStorage, IDrive, MEGA, pCloud, Inbox Storage, Copy.com, SpiderOak, and FlipDrive).

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I am very familiar with everyone of these services and can tell you that the cross comparison table that I Love Free Software has compiled is of great value; especially, if you do not know what services to use.

What I am finding, even with myself, I have signed up with many of these services and before I knew it I was losing track of what I had stored and where.  My recommendation, is keep it to one or two services, focus on organizing your files and focus on encrypting any sensitive files that you intend to store online.

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