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).

Cloud Storage Services

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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FEATURED TECH SITE – I Love Free Software

April 29, 2015

I Love Free Software are words I love to hear. Do you know many folks out there do not know there is actually free software available that is comparable (or better) than some of the paid versions?

Today I want to point you to a website called, ilovefreesoftware, that has developed into the best free software site on the internet. The work that the site developers put into this is unbelievable. What started out as simple reviews of individual FREE software packages has evolved into a site where (daily) they will give you 4 or 5 choices of free software options of similar function.

The listing below is just a sample of what I am talking about.  I have often told young people who are interested in the field of IT to get out there and learn the in’s and out’s of software, and ilovefreesoftware is a great place to start.

 

App Icon Resizer is a free online tool to resize android/iPhone/iPad app icons. This simple tool can resize app icons into all needed resolutions.

 

Here’s a list of 5 random quote extensions for Chrome which you can use to post random quotes when opening new tabs, creating email in Gmail and more.

 

Here are best free TeraCopy alternative software. These software copy files faster than normal, let you pause/resume copy process, and more.

 

This article talks about 4 free group study websites. Check them to study in groups and share educational resources and quizzes with each other.

 

This article talks about 5 best keylogger detector software for Windows 10. These include features like real-time keystroke encryption, proxy support & more

 

The article talks about 5 best remote access software for Windows 10. These also have features like encrypted connections, file transfers, voice chat & more

 

Transformy.io is a free online app to transform a list of data into a clean list. All you have to do is provide an example of the desired format! That’s it!

 

Here’s a list of 5 brain training extensions for Chrome which you can use to improve your brain skills.

 

treev is a free Google Chrome extension that lets you search files and folders stored in your different cloud storage services together from any webpage.

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FEATURED TECH SITE – Digital Trends

February 26, 2015

Digital Trends is your authoritative guide to the world around us. They love, live and breathe tech and explain it to you simply and clearly; featuring editors, engineers, and marketing specialists who provide unique solutions to their advertising partners. Digital Trends is hit monthly by over 20 million monthly unique visitors and growing every month — backed by the number 1 tech network on the web with almost 100 million technology influencers.

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Below you will find some of the most recent articles featured at Digital Trends…

 

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 8:15:51 ESTAccording to a post on the official website for the British Monarchy, a job listing to chauffeur Queen Elizabeth II is open for application. The live-in job naturally requires some high standards and gives the driver access to rare vehicles such as the official Bentley State Limousine.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 8:04:52 ESTAudi has introduced the all-new second-generation R8 ahead of its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Built using lightweight materials like aluminum and carbon fiber, the R8 ditches the outgoing model’s entry-level V8 and goes V10-only.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 7:55:08 ESTThe earliest examples of Sony’s Aibo robotic dog are now around 15 years old, and many are coming to the end of their short lives. Engineers specializing in keeping the Aibo’s going have been pictured at a funeral in Japan, honoring those which can’t be saved.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 7:15:09 ESTDo you know which appliances in your home take up the most energy? Instead of installing lots of individual energy-monitoring plug, Neurio is a single sensor that hooks into your electrical box.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 7:00:33 ESTWith little more than a month to go before the launch of Apple’s first ever wearable, the company’s massive marketing machine has stepped up a gear with a 12-page spread in Vogue’s March issue.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 6:15:54 ESTFor the second night in a row, mystery drones have been spotted buzzing around various landmarks in central Paris despite strict bans on such flights. The incidents follow similar happenings last year involving quadcopter flights over French nuclear plants
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 6:15:08 ESTWith the arrival of Apple CarPlay, it is more tempting than ever to compare infotainment to smartphones, but should we? No, and we want to explain why not.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 5:45:56 ESTFollowing a limited launch late last year, Viber, the popular messaging app, has released its new series of social games worldwide. The three titles are available right now for Android and iOS devices.
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 5:45:25 ESTWith its population aging fast and birth rate falling, Japan is set to call on robots to help care for its senior citizens. A team of researchers in Nagoya recently unveiled the third version of Robear, a robot with a bear’s face capable of lifting adults
Thu, 26 Feb 2015 5:28:19 ESTLG has announced another new smartwatch. This time it’s a variation on the Watch Urbane, and it has a built-in LTE modem, ready to make and receive calls. However, it doesn’t run Android Wear, but WebOS instead.

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FEATURED TECH SITE – TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog

February 13, 2015

TCAT Shelbyville is the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (Shelbyville)… Their blog is one of my daily reads; and, if I was just about 35 to 40 years younger this is the college that I would be heading to in order to cement a career in information technology. Steve Mallard is the Lead IT Manager (and TCAT Shelbyville Blogger); and, for whatever reasons, has always supported What’s On My PC. I am thinking myself and Steve are quite alike (possibly close in age) and both know, after being in the IT field, it is important that IT students know that the learning and passion can never stop or you will be left behind the curve (and possibly in the unemployment line). I sense that he impresses this on his students…

TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog

The past couple of weeks, the TCAT Shelbyville (blog) has been on a roll with their blog posts that has hit the WOW factor…Below you will find a sampling of their recent posts. ALSO, on a further note, if you have a kid that has a geek side to them, I strongly suggest that you give the Tennesse College of Applied Technology at Shelbyville a good look. I really do not think you will regret it…

Windows 10 – GodMode is back and you can put it on a flash drive

60 Minutes Overtime – New search engine exposes the “Dark Web”

How to repair the boot loader on your HDD or SSD

Excellent playlist for Server 2008 R2

What’s Running 3.0?

Don’t daisy chain switches

What is really new in Windows 10 – Changelog

Improve network performance

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FEATURED TECH SITE – AnandTech

February 4, 2015

AnandTech serves the needs of readers looking for reviews on PC components, smartphones, tablets, pre-built desktops, notebooks, Macs and enterprise/cloud computing technologies. AnandTech is the largest independent technology website doing all of this with over 12 million unique readers per month. If you are into TECH; then, you know about AnandTech. Below is a sampling of reviews and articles found on their site.

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The Google Nexus 9 Review

Imagination Creator CI20 Now Shipping With Spec Bump & Kodi Support

ARM Announces Cortex-A72, CCI-500, and Mali-T880

Intel Launches SSD DC S3610 & S3710 Enterprise SSDs

Razer Updates The Razer Blade With More RAM and GTX 970M

Nokia Lumia 735 Review

Verizon Galaxy S5 Receiving Lollipop Update

Raspberry Pi 2 Available: ARMv7 and Windows 10

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FEATURED TECH SITE – The Windows Club

January 18, 2015

The Windows Club is one of my favorite sites that primarily addresses and covers information that targets the most recent versions of the Windows operating system. I think what makes me keep coming back is the uniqueness in the information and software that is presented (that you often do not find anywhere else).

To get you started on using the The Windows Club web site, below you will find some recent postings.

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Sun, 18 Jan 2015 1:06:14 EST
Microsoft today released an updated holiday list for Outlook 2010.As reported in official Microsoft blog, some holidays are listed incorrectly in the Microsoft Outlook Holiday file including the… 

Sun, 18 Jan 2015 1:01:38 EST
The popular Google AdSense program that supplies advertisement to most websites has become the latest victim of malware abuse. It has been reported that serious malvertising attacks were delivered on… 

Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:09:11 EST
In this post we will see how to disable Send To OneNote from startup in Windows 8 and how to remove the Send To OneNote context menu entry in Internet Explorer. While OneNote is a very popular… 

Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:02:35 EST
Good news for Skype users, as Skype announced today, the new version of Skype – Skype 4.0.  This is a pleasant announcement especially for those who love to make group video calls in order to… 

Sat, 17 Jan 2015 9:30:28 EST
Google Project Zero team has once again disclosed the two unpatched Windows vulnerabilities in CryptProtectMemory memory-encrypting function found within Windows 7 and 8.1. Microsoft, on the other… 

Sat, 17 Jan 2015 8:39:44 EST
PortExpert is a free  application that can give very useful information about all TCP, UDP communications connected to the system and is hence useful to identify potential threats. These days we are… 

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:24:03 EST
If you were looking to buy Xbox one, this is the right time to purchase. Microsoft has announced a rate cut for  Xbox One from $400 to $349 in the US effective, Friday, 16th January.  The price cut… 

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:22:16 EST
The chain started with Lumia Amber, followed by Lumia Black and Lumia Cyan, and now, it’s time to welcome Lumia Denim. Microsoft’s latest Lumia Denim update has started rolling out to a certain range… 

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:20:52 EST
We all now what stress is and recently there has been a lot of debate about social media being a source of stress. Many have attributed social media a contributing factor of stress in their life…. 

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:59:00 EST
Registry Trash Keys Finder or TrashReg is a registry cleaner with a difference. It will remove even the trash, obsolete and useless registry keys left behind by trial software on a Windows computer… 

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FEATURED TECH SITE – AlternativeTo

January 6, 2015

AlternativeTo has become one of my daily reads to satisfy my obsession for software and apps. What is really cool about this site is that the main focus is to give you alternatives to software (and web based apps) that you already may know and want to replace, for various operating system and custom platforms (such as Windows, Mac, Linux, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Firefox, Chrome, and a whole lot more..).

Many of the alternatives found at AlternativeTo is based on user recommendations. To get you started with AlternativeTo, you will find below a listing of their most recent postings.

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Algolia provides a developer-friendly RESTful API for website and app instant search. Most web services and mobile apps, such as Spotify, Salesforce or Amazon need to provide a fast and meaningful access to database objects via a simple search box. People want to find songs, invoices, products in just a few keystrokes. Algolia’s search API returns full results in less than 10ms in average, allowing as-you-type result display, “à la Google”, up to 200 times faster than other search technologies. Our focus is on small database objects (such as contacts or products), so we designed new ranking rules built for this kind of data. We use new criteria to rank results, such as the popularity for a song, or, for a product, how many times it was put in a shopping cart. This new engine design, optimized for databases, enables the apps and services who use our API to provide their users with meaningful and relevant results at the first keystroke.

Professional Learning Management System solutions for the eLearning community. We are LMS experts and offer affordable prices. Our LMS platform is integrated with SIS, CMS, CRM, Video Conferencing systems etc which makes implementation quicker and cheaper. Due to the features such as gamification, social learning and mobile compatibility, students are more engaged and learn more. Our multi-tenant feature allows you to use single LMS for different departments or programs or branches which results into centralized reporting and lesser implementation and operating costs.

Deputy is the ultimate workforce manager, offering you the best technology in a web based solution. Simplifying your rostering, timesheets, tasking and employee communication administrative tasks. With brilliant apps and one click payroll integration we make your life easier. Let us get you back to loving your business again.

Kifi makes organizing, discovering, and sharing knowledge a snap! Kifi lets you create public libraries of knowledge in any domain and attach it to your favorite search engine.

Zent.IO is a Contact Center Cloud Software Multichannel that unify chat, phone and e-mail. All the communication channels will be answered from a single interface. The agent will only need a web browser Whether we are a contact center inside a company or a contact center that provides services to customers for other companies that outsource their customer care, being multichannel is a necessity nowadays. Give a step forward with Zent.io

An open source URL shortener. A great non-profit and free alternative to bit.ly, TinyURL, or goo.gl. It has a modern look, themes, user admin panels, and you can even host it yourself. Similar to products like YOURLS, Polr can be hosted yourself. If you have a PHP server, you can have your own instance. It has many more features than YOURLS, and is constantly being developed.

rapidfiles.us – search for latest working shared files from all most popular file hosting sites: Mega.co.nz, 4shared, Rapidshare, Hotfile, Mediafire, Netload and many others.

The web is the leading resource for home cooks and Whisk’s vision is to make the journey from online recipe inspiration to real-life shopping much easier. Whisk displays an “Add to Shopping List” button alongside thousands of popular recipes, allowing people to quickly create a shopping list from any recipe. These shopping lists can be uploaded to online grocery carts, viewed on mobile devices so users can tick off items as they shop, printed out to bring into the store, or emailed to family members for collaboration. Since launching the company in 2013, Whisk has secured partnerships with leading recipe publishers, including Allrecipes, Food Network and Woman & Home. Additionally, the company has successful online grocery cart integration with UK grocery stores Tesco, Ocado, Waitrose and Asda. Whisk shopping list features: — Allows users to add recipe ingredients into their shopping list with one click — Users can add non-recipe items to their list and use Whisk Cards to store lists for repeat use — Sync lists to Whisk’s mobile Apple and Google Play apps and tick off items as you shop — Lists can also be printed, emailed or shared with friends and family — Recipe bookmarking: Whisk Collections allows users to keep their favorite recipes — Seamless online grocery cart integration (currently available in the UK)

iSpring Free converts PowerPoint presentations to Flash or HTML5 while preserving the original look of your presentation. Retain all PowerPoint animations, transitions, hyperlinks and even triggers.

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FEATURED TECH SITE – GetANDROIDStuff

December 21, 2014

If you follow my blog you will find when it comes to desktop computers I am a Microsoft Windows user and when it comes to smartphones and tablets I am a Google Android user.

Today’s featured tech site is a site that is solely focused on Android. It is called GetAndroidStuff. Below you will find a recent sampling of articles that has been posted. Love Android? Then you will like GetANDROIDStuff.

Latest Android Apps. Download Free Android Applications, Themes, Games. Find Best Free Android Apps. Android app review and How TO Tips. Read in-depth review of high quality free android apps & games. Discover the best free android apps from weekly android apps roundup and top lists.
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Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:20:59 EST

This week’s Top 10 Free Android Apps featuring a sports app, a good photo editing app, latest Nokia Here maps for android, MSN weather

Read full article: Top 10 Free Android Apps For This Week

Beautify your android home screen with these cool android wallpaper apps. Finding the right wallpaper for your Android device can be challenging

Read full article: Top 5 Free Android Wallpaper Apps to make your device look cool

Tue, 9 Dec 2014 12:03:08 EST

Get the taste of Lollipop (android 5.0) right now on your android with the following best android lollipop launcher apps. The new

Read full article: The Best Android Lollipop Launcher Apps

The hot menu of the best new android apps you should download this week It can be a little tiring sometimes to

Read full article: This Week’s Best New Android Apps From The Play Store

Tue, 2 Dec 2014 11:20:57 EST

Browse through our Top Free Android Games list featuring some of the best titles from last week on play Store. Google Play

Read full article: Download Top Free Android Games From Last Week

Sun, 30 Nov 2014 8:40:47 EST

Refresh the look of your android device with the following Best Android Theme Apps. At some point after you’ve purchased your Android

Read full article: The Best Android Theme Apps for Free

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:20:14 EST

After a busy week in work, expect a good weekend with some of the best free new games for android we’ve discovered

Read full article: FREE New Games for Android – Best of the Week

A list of the 6 best chromecast apps to stream local content from android to tv. One of the most useful functions

Read full article: Best Android apps to Stream local content to Chromecast

Our weekly special episode for best Android Apps. Checkout them below and Download them instantly. Last Monday Google announced the new version of its operating system

Read full article: Android Apps of the Week : Amaze File Manager, WeMail, Facebook Groups and more….

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Featured Tech Site – TechSpot

December 10, 2014

TechSpot is a leading seasoned technology publication that has been around since 1998 that is read daily by thousands of tech enthusiasts, computer power users and IT decision makers, TechSpot is home to over 5 million readers every month and is one of my “go to” tech sites to get breaking news.

TechSpot’s daily news coverage is complemented by comprehensive product reviews, guides, and long form features, software recommendations, and a massive tech product database.

TechSpot

 

Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:30:00 EST

It seems like just yesterday that we were saying goodbye to 2013 but alas, 2014 is almost in the record books. To celebrate the occasion, YouTube has once again compiled the stars of its top videos to create a unique look back at the year that was 2014.

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Tue, 9 Dec 2014 14:30:00 EST

Borrowing a page from eBay’s playbook, Amazon has announced a new feature called Make an Offer that essentially lets buyers haggle with third-party marketplace sellers. Here’s how it works.

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Tue, 9 Dec 2014 13:30:00 EST

In an interesting turn of events, a federal judge has decided that the Apple iPod lawsuit that went to trial last week, should continue even after that last remaining plaintiff was disqualified. The lawsuit, which alleges that the company violated federal antitrust laws as well as California’s unfair competition law, covers iPods…

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Tue, 9 Dec 2014 12:30:00 EST

Xbox One received native Matroska Multimedia Container (MKV) file support earlier this year and now, Microsoft has extended support to its current operating system. As of writing, those running Windows 8.1 can play MKV files without having to download a third-party media player.

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Tue, 9 Dec 2014 11:00:00 EST

Just a few days after Uber launched its service in Portland, Oregon, the city has filed a lawsuit against the ride-sharing startup for operating without required permits, and has also issued the company a cease and desist order.

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Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:00:00 EST

A couple of months after researchers at Google uncovered POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption), a vulnerability in a specific version of the SSL protocol, security firm Qualys has announced that the issue also affects implementations of the TLS protocol.

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Tue, 9 Dec 2014 9:00:00 EST

The hackers responsible for crippling Sony’s computer systems a couple of weeks ago have a new message for their ailing victim. In a notice posted to Github, the group that calls itself the Guardians of the Peace (GOP) demands Sony immediately stop showing the “movie of terrorism.” …

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Tue, 9 Dec 2014 8:00:00 EST

Nearly a month after US President Barack Obama publicly came out in support of net neutrality, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has argued in favor of creating a two-tier Internet, where the “fast lane” would be for special, high-priority online services, while the other lane would resemble the Internet we know…

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Tue, 9 Dec 2014 7:00:00 EST

Sony’s limited edition retro-themed PlayStation 4 went up for pre-order over the weekend. Considering the company only made 12,300 of these numbered collectors’ items, it should come as little surprise that there were far more buyers than Sony had inventory to cover.

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Tue, 9 Dec 2014 6:00:00 EST

Older CPUs would simply fail if they started to overheat, but modern CPUs adjust their frequency based on temperature (among other things) to prevent a dramatic failure. Because of this, it stands to reason that once you reach certain temps, you will no longer be getting the maximum performance from…

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Featured Tech Site – Ask A Tech Teacher

December 1, 2014

Ask a Tech Teacher is a group of technology teachers who provide free materials, advice, lesson plans, pedagogic conversation, website reviews, and more to all who drop by our blog. The free newsletters and website articles help thousands of teachers, homeschoolers, and those serious about finding the best way to maneuver the minefields of technology in education.

There are blogs and then there are GREAT blogs. I have been a follower of Ask a Tech Teacher for as long as I can remember. Don’t let this site fool you. Adults or Kids, this site has something for everyone; AND, I will guarantee you that you will leave the site learning something new. Probably one of the most professional tech blogs out there where the author is dedicated to her craft.

Below is a sampling of recent articles…

Ask a Tech Teacher

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 4:17:43 EST
As a tech teacher, I see a lot of student websites. I’m always impressed with the effort, the tenacity, and often the skill, but most require ‘some additional work’ to be published. And then I got an email from Stephen Byrne. In his quest to better learn history, he blended it with his love of …Continue reading »

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 4:53:30 EST
I don’t hear a lot of buzz about 3DTin, but I should. It’s a well-kept secret your 5th grade and up will love. Age: 3rd-8th Topic: modeling, programming Address: 3DTin Review: Google’s 3DTin is 3D modeling in a browser. It goes out of its way to be user-friendly. It requires no installation as long as … Continue reading »

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 4:29:19 EST
Here are ideas of apps and websites that teachers in my PLN used successfully in the past during Hour of Code: Kindergarten Start kindergartners with problem solving. If they love Legos, they’ll love coding BotLogic–great for Kindergarten and youngers Code–learn to code, for students Daisy the Dinosaur—intro to programming via iPad How to train your … Continue reading »

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 4:42:30 EST
December 8-14, Computer Science Education will host the Hour Of Code–a one hour introduction to students on coding, programming, and why they should love it, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, and an innovator. They provide a variety of self-guided tutorials that say … Continue reading »

Sun, 16 Nov 2014 4:31:31 EST
The 2014 Edublog Awards is a community based initiative started in 2004 in response to concerns relating to how schools, districts and educational institutions were blocking access to educational blog sites. The purpose of the Edublog awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of these. Once a year, about this time of year, we … Continue reading »

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 4:06:52 EST
These cover elementary school through high school (sites like Open Library and Gutenberg Press where students can get free copies of books they need for class): Read Stories Aesop Fables—no ads Aesop’s Fables Audio stories Childhood Stories Classic Fairy Tales Edutainment games and stories Fables—Aesop—nicely done Fables–beautiful Fairy Tales and Fables Project Gutenberg Interactive storybook … Continue reading »

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 4:18:40 EST
Here’s an authentic use of technology to support discussion on math, language standards, and the holidays. As a summation to your discussion with students on symbols, idiomatic expressions, geography, farms, or another topic, post this on your Smartscreen. The poll includes lots of definitions for the word ‘turkey’–from objective to idiomatic. Have each student come … Continue reading »

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Featured Tech Site – Scotties Tech.Info

November 23, 2014

Something NEW that I am going to try is to feature a tech site on a regular basis here on the blog. If you visit my sister site, Bookmarks4techs, you will find over 800 tech sites listed. I intend to pluck a site from the list to promote Bookmarks4Techs.com and to promote the featured site.

To start this off, I happened across a site this morning, called Scotties Tech.Info that I added to the listing at Bookmarks4Techs. I checked the about page on the site and Scottie is an Electrical and Computer Engineer that describes himself as a “jack of all trades”; which, is something I can relate to. His site is very nicely done and features a ton of “how to’s and fixes”.  Below you will find a listing of some of his most recent postings…  

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Sun, 16 Nov 2014 4:49:09 EST
This is one of those Windows tricks that you probably didn’t even know existed. Usually, the Explorer icon is visible on the Taskbar. That’s great for opening Explorer and navigating to whatever folder you need. But what if you want to maintain a list of commonly-used folders without clogging up your desktop with a bunch […]

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 12:20:34 EST
At some point, you’ll probably run into a problem that doesn’t seem to have an easy solution: one of your default User folders in Windows 7 (My Documents, My Pictures, My Music, My Videos, Downloads, and Desktop) will suddenly disappear. Try as you might, you won’t be able to restore these user folders, because they […]

Sun, 2 Nov 2014 8:04:10 EST
Let’s say you get a new phone or tablet, and both are running Android. You’d like to copy everything from your old device to your new one. How do you do it? Well, certainly there are more hardcore methods of migrating all your data. Most of these methods require “rooting” your device, and are probably […]

Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:46:01 EDT
Let’s say you need to capture all or part of your puter’s screen. You’d like to grab a quick image of your browser window, or maybe you want to capture a frame from a video playing on your puter. Maybe you want to save an image from a web page, but they’ve disabled the right-click […]

Sun, 5 Oct 2014 10:49:59 EDT
If you’ve been anxiously awaiting Windows 9, you’re in for a long wait. But Windows 10 will be coming next year! You see, the official explanation is apparently that, “7 8 9″ – 7 ate 9 – so Microsoft will be going straight to Windows 10. Isn’t that cute? No, because Windows 8 still sucks. […]

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