Today at What’s On My PC – Google is retiring “cloud print” in 2020

November 22, 2019


Today’s Thoughts From Rick (Google is retiring “cloud print” in 2020): 

Do you use Google’s “Cloud Print” service that allows you to print a document to your printer from anywhere on the internet from any device?  I do; AND, get this, Google is dumping the widely used service at the end of 2020. Google announced that Cloud Print has been in beta since 2010 and it will no longer be supported as of December 31, 2020. They are recommending that users migrate to other options. Maybe it is time for “Cloud Print” to go away; but, Google has a running history of dumping services they create and this announcement just added to my “do not trust Google list”.


Today’s Tech News Briefs:

Qualcomm (QCOM) President Cristiano Amon claimed that the successor to the present-time 4G LTE wireless connectivity (known as “5G”) is about to be up and running in all major areas by 2020; T-Mobile said Thursday that hackers gained access to the personal information of some prepaid wireless customers, including their names, phone numbers, and account information; AND, Microsoft is touting Application Guard as a defense against Office 365 macro viruses; but, will it truly prevent viruses in Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents?


Today’s Software Pick:

TreeSize Free – Tells you where precious disk space has gone. Use the treemap to keep an eye on your disk space. Besides German and English, TreeSize Free can be installed in Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Ukrainian.

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Today’s Android Pick:

EAS (Easy App Switcher) – A “What’s On My PC” top choice. This app allows you to switch to last, recent and favorite apps easily.

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Today’s “How To” Pick:

How Do I Reformat and Reinstall Windows?
by Leo A. Notenboom

Reformatting a machine and reinstalling everything to start over is typically a five-step process.

  1. Back Up

    Take an image of the existing machine, if possible. This saves all current content in case you want it later.

  2. Reformat the hard disk

    While “reformatting” refers to a specific operation, in this situation, it refers to any technique used to erase or overwrite everything on the hard disk.

  3. Reinstall Windows from scratch

    This typically means booting from a Windows setup disk and letting the setup program do its thing.

  4. Reinstall applications

    Windows on its own isn’t enough; you’ll want to reinstall additional software. We won’t cover that step here, since it varies dramatically depending on what applications you use.

  5. Recover your data

    You can do this either from the backup image we started with in Step 1, or from other sources, depending on how you organize your data.


Today’s Amazon Deal (don’t know how long this deal will last):

Get the Amazon Fire HD 10 (10.1″ 1080p full HD display, 32 GB) at $50 off the regular price. These are great tablets for the price…

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Today at What’s On My PC – “Following The News”

November 21, 2019


Today’s Thoughts From Rick (Following The News): 

As I have gotten older I have become more focused on politics and the news. I observed the same thing occur with my Parents and Grandparents. Today, unlike their generation, we can get the news from a buffet of news sources from around the world. One thing I highly recommend to people is to get the news from multiple sources and do not focus on any single news source. In my case, I use two software tools to do this and both are FREE. The first tool is an RSS reader, which is web-based, called Feedreader. This application has been around for a long time, has no limits on the number of feeds you add, and is very simplistic in nature. The second tool is an app for your smartphone, called Smartnews, that can be acquired from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Both of these tools allow you to quickly pull in news, as well as many other topics, from multiple sources.


Today’s Tech News Briefs:

A FREE tool that can help you escape from the bloated TV bundles; An unknown user had found a setting in the beta of Samsung’s One UI 2.0 that lets users choose between 60Hz, 120Hz (refresh rates), or automatically switch between the two; AND, Google Assistant can now help you buy movie tickets in Chrome…


Today’s Software Pick:

Opera Web Browser Portable – A free web browser that is a fast, safe and secure web browser. Opera lets you quickly pick up browsing where you left off, across all of your devices. Just sign in to your Opera account to sync browsing data – bookmarks, open tabs, passwords and typed history. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 | Size: 57.4 MB ]


Today’s Android Pick:

Fast Finder – An app that is designed to find about anything on your phone, as well as, on the internet.

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Today’s “How To” Pick:

How to install/uninstall add-ons in Google Docs – Each add-on also has its very own product page so if you happen to have a link to it, you can get the add-on from there. Installing a Google Docs add-on is simple; you click the ‘Free’ button if the add-on is free, or you buy it. Once you do that, it will install. The add-on will need certain permissions to work, and it will ask you to sign in with your Google account.


Today’s Amazon Deal (don’t know how long this deal will last):

Amazon has the HP DeskJet 2622 All-in-One Printer (with Wireless Printing) on sale for $20 with free shipping on $25+ or with Prime.


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Today at What’s On My PC – RVing In Fringe Cell Reception Areas

November 20, 2019


Today’s Thoughts From Rick (RVing In Fringe Cell Reception Areas):

I just got back from camping in my RV where cell phone reception is (was) near non-existent. If you notice, I used the term “was”. Approximately 1 1/2 years ago I purchased a 3G/4G cell phone booster from Amazon (SolidRF SOHO4G Cell Phone Signal Booster). This particular booster has worked well for me by boosting that near “non-existent” signal to the point that I can easily make phone calls, browse the internet, and stream data (i.e. online TV, Youtube, etc…). Without getting into great detail, if you are in an area where there is a weak signal, these boosters will work. In my case, the signal was so weak, I could not make any calls (no bars); however, occasionally I would briefly get intermittent weak signals. Just make sure you do your homework and make sure the booster you buy is compatible with your cell phone service provider. SolidRF is a good choice, as well as weBoost.

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Today’s Tech News Briefs:

How hackers hijacked Android phone cameras without anyone knowing; Many cord cutters are choosing antennas to watch OTA TV for free; AND, The AI-powered feature that currently tries to complete phrases and sentences for you in Gmail, is also coming to G Suite’s Google Docs soon.


Today’s Software Pick(s):

PicPick – A full-featured screen capture tool, Intuitive image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel-ruler, protractor, crosshair, whiteboard and more.

TeamViewer – Remotely access, manage, and support computers, mobile devices, network machines, and more — from anywhere, anytime.


Today’s Android Pick(s):

Nova Launcher – A powerful, customizable, and versatile home screen replacement. Nova brings advanced features to enhance your home screens, but still remains a great, user-friendly choice for everyone. Whether you want to completely overhaul your home screens or are looking for a cleaner, faster home launcher, Nova is the answer.

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Today’s “How To” Pick:

How To Turn On Tab Freeze To Reduce Chrome Memory Usage – If you are one of those users who keep open dozens of tabs in Chrome, you will be happy to know that there is a new feature introduced in Chrome to reduce memory usage when have you have multiple inactive tabs.

The new tab freezing feature in Chrome, when enabled, automatically freezes open tabs (open webpages) that are inactive for 5 minutes.

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Today’s Amazon Deal(s):

Lenovo 100E Chromebook 2ND Gen Laptop

OneSpace Basics TV Stand with Steel Frame and Tempered Glass (Silver/ Black)


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Today at What’s On My PC – Using A Dedicated Gmail Account for Note-Keeping

November 18, 2019


Today’s Thoughts From Rick (Using A Dedicated Gmail Account for Note-Keeping):

The past several days I have been exploring the various note keeping applications and thought I had settled on Microsoft OneNote; then, the light bulb went off. Back in August, I had posted an article I had composed titled, “Quick Tip: How To Turn A Gmail Account Into A Powerful Note-Taking And Note-Keeping App“. Folks, what I posted in that article about using a separate Gmail account (from your normal email account) as a note-keeping and note-taking app really does work. The key is to use this separate account for note and document storage only; not for email. The most important thing in doing this is to use the tagging feature in Gmail to categorize your notes. You can let your imagination fly by using all the powerful features associated with Gmail (especially the search function). In the end, I created a cross-platform note-keeping and note-taking app that works hand in hand with all the Google services, with 15GB of storage; ALL, for FREE.  I even prettied up my creation with a theme (that is already built into the Gmail platform). The real beauty is that I can send anything to this Gmail note-keeping account from my phone, my browser and from my main email.

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Today’s Tech News Briefs:

Using 5G VR Technologies, a connected ambulance could allow doctors to diagnose patients remotely and speed up treatment; People are complacent when it comes to data breaches despite high profile data breaches in 2019 where 33 percent of respondents have been a victim of fraud or identity theft; AND, here are all the new features and changes that Microsoft has added to  Windows 10 version 2003 (20H1), May 2020 Update…


Today’s Software Pick(s):

NirLauncher – a package of more than 200 portable freeware utilities for Windows, all of them developed for NirSoft Web site during the last few years.

Speccy – a FREE software app that answers the question, what’s inside your computer?


Today’s Android Pick(s):

HiPER Scientific Calculator – a popular calculator with more than 16 million downloads and 100,000 five-star ratings. The calculator has up to 100 digits of significand and 9 digits of exponent. It detects repeating decimals and numbers can be also entered as fractions or converted to fractions.

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Today’s “How To” Pick:

How Can My ISP Tell I’m Using BitTorrent? – Many people have reported getting notices from their internet service providers after downloading files using torrents. How does your ISP know? It’s all in how BitTorrent works. BitTorrent is a lot less anonymous than it might seem at a glance.

Blue Network of Connected Lines


Today’s Amazon Deal(s):

Save nearly 1/2 on these Sony WH-XB900N Wireless Noise Canceling Extra Bass Headphones

 

Take advantage of the 5% coupon saving on the Pet Gear Travel Lite Ramp with supertraX Surface for Maximum Traction

Pet Gear Travel Lite Ramp with supertraX Surface for Maximum Traction, 4 Models to Choose from, 42-71 in. Long, Supports 150-200 lbs, Find The Best Fit for Your Pet


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Today at What’s On My PC – November 15, 2019

November 15, 2019


Today’s Thoughts From Rick: If you are a regular visitor here at “What’s On My PC” you are probably scratching your head and wondering, “What is this guy doing?”. I have been blogging about computer technology since 2008 and the nice thing about maintaining your very own site is that you can do whatever you want. Today I decided to try something different and who knows, I may continue with this format. Blogging is not easy and getting traffic to a site is much more difficult these days than when I started blogging. Anyhow, I welcome any comments or suggestions you may have. The format I have in place, starting today, is a format that will cover a broad range of tech-related material; such as my thoughts, the news, software downloads, android apps, how tos, tech deals, etc… I truly have a passion for these topics and posting information about what I find is an immense learning experience for me; AND hopefully, it is some benefit to you. There is something here for everyone…

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Today’s Tech News Briefs:

Here is a very good read on why you “should not” use the password manager that is built into your browser; here are the very best tools that will make converting written documents to audio files (text to speech) as easy as possible; what all you need to know about the upcoming deals for “Cyber Monday” at Amazon; The Daily Show, Trevor Noah breaks down the troubling ways in which Fox is already writing off the entire impeachment process; AND, how Google angered IT Admins by performing a “silent experiment” with Google Chrome that caused some heartache.


Today’s Software Picks:

TinyTask – a minimalist PC automation app you can use to record and repeat actions. As the name implies, it’s unbelievably small (only 36KB!), ultra compact, and 100% portable.

DSynchronize – synchronize multiple folders on CD-DVD (with packet writing software).

Sage 50 Pro – Accounting software for small business.

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Today’s Android Picks:

AccuWeather – Live local weather forecast & alerts…

Bricks Ball Crusher – a classic and exciting brick game. Just play this game to relax your brain and get fun. The game is funny and challenging.

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Today’s “How To” Pick:

Microsoft Excel – How to Insert or delete rows, and columns

Image of the Insert Options button that's displayed after inserting rows or columns.


Today’s Amazon Deal(s):

Save up to 30% on the Tineco A10 Hero and PureOne S12 Stick Vac

Save big on Panasonic cameras and lenses

Over 20,000 Customer reviews on this NETGEAR Nighthawk Smart WiFi Router (R6700) – AC1750 Wireless Speed (up to 1750 Mbps) | Up to 1500 sq ft Coverage & 25 Devices | 4 x 1G Ethernet and 1 x 3.0 USB ports | Armor Security

 

Today’s Wallpaper @ What’s On My PC

Oahu’s North Shore

The North Shore on Oahu is a great place for photographers to capture vivid images of the Pacific in motion, as the beach’s legendary monster waves rise up before breaking on the beach. This long-exposure photograph, shot early in the morning, shows off the power and motion of the water as it rises to form a curled wave… Learn More @ Bing

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Today’s Tech News Briefs, Downloads, Deals, etc…

November 4, 2019 @ What’s On My PC

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Today’s Tech News Briefs:

Google “UPSIZES” the city landmark icons on Google Maps; Read how facial recognition technology could  cause a scenario where we achieve an almost-accidental surveillance state; Why did Google buy Fitbit? Here’s 5 reasons why; Top 10 pirated movies for this week; You can now do “Photoshop” on the iPad; AND, Scammers trying to fool Office 365 users into giving up their log in information.

Today’s Downloads:

A small utility (PingInfoView) that allows you to easily ping multiple hostnames and IP addresses, and watch the result in one table; A portable application (Farbar) designed to run on Windows XP, Windows Vista, & Windows 7/8/10 in normal or safe mode to diagnose malware issues; AND, Preserve your family history for generations to come with this FREE (My Family Tree) Windows software.

Today’s Amazon Deals:

A brightly backlit “wireless and rechargeable” keyboard with illuminated characters for easy typing by a prominent keyboard maker (Logitech)…

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Get this  (SimpliSafe) 9 Piece Wireless Home Security System w/HD Camera – Optional 24/7 Professional Monitoring (no contract) at a “get it now” price…

simplisafe home security system 24/7 monitoring home protection wireless alarm system


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Today’s Tech News Briefs, Downloads, Deals, etc… @ What’s On My PC

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Today’s Tech News Briefs:

Microsoft Edge is getting a new logo; How to pin a tab in Google Chrome; The best “phablets” (smartphones over 6.3″); Will my phone change for Daylight Saving Time automatically?; A new version of Monopoly for Android and iOS was announced last month, and now you can pre-register for it on the Play Store; Alarming and chilling takeaway that savvy social media users outside the U.S. are gaming President Donald Trump’s Twitter habits; AND, Two Great FREE Streaming Services Compared…

Today’s Downloads:

An Open Source utility (Simplenote) that allows you to sync your essential notes on all your devices automatically; A mildly customizable text to speech application (Balbooka) that is capable of utilizing all the installed computer voices on your PC; AND, A cutting-edge extension (LASER CAT) for the popular Firefox or Chrome web browser software.

Today’s Amazon Deals:

ON SALE NOW – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital) for $13

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World [Blu-ray]

GREAT RATINGS and ON-SALE NOW – Heat Press Machine For T Shirts and HTV Vinyl Projects

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Today’s Tech News Briefs, Downloads, Deals, etc… November 1, 2019 @ What’s On My PC

Today’s Tech News Briefs: A new edition to Pluto TV in time for Christmas is coming; Google is restoring a tab management tool they removed after people got p*ssed; Motorola may be setting the stage to update a popular clamshell phone to a NEW foldable-screen phone; Google is rolling out “incognito mode” in its’ Android mapping app; It is “Black Friday” already at Dell…

Today’s Downloads include: A FREE web browser from the founders of the original Opera Web Browser; AND, a software option to perform screen recordings.

Today’s Tech Deals include:

Save some big bucks on this Acer Chromebook

Good Consumer Ratings on this
Solar Powered Motion Sensor Light

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Here is how to go “incognito” in Google Chrome…

When you typically browse the internet with Google Chrome (and other web browsers), the sites you visit are stored in the browser’s history. Also, the sites you visit will deposit and store browsing cookies that keep track of your visits and activity. Both typically serve good purposes; however, what if you do not want to be tracked? If that is the case, then go “incognito”.

Here’s how to go “incognito” in Google Chrome:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More More and then New Incognito Window.
  3. A new window appears. In the top corner, check for the Incognito icon Incognito
  4. You will see a window similar to what is pictured below.

A misconception about “incognito” mode:

Even though your browsing history and cookies are not stored on the computer you are working from; websites you visit, your employer or school, or internet service provider can still track your activity via the computer’s IP addresses.

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Google Drawings – A FREE Web-Based Tool for Creating and Editing Images

There are many good “web-based” applications out there that do not get the credit they deserve. Google Drawings is one of those applications. I have tried many, many “web-based” applications for creating and editing images and I keep going back to Google Drawings.

Google Drawings is like the black sheep of the Google Docs family. It is there and no one sees it. What most people don’t know is that an image you create, with Google Drawings, can be embedded into Google Docs. Google Drawings has all of those hidden powers of a graphic editor, an image editor or a publisher. As a matter of fact, some of the tools, using the layers, remind me of MS-Publisher. I have used Google Docs to create images and backgrounds for blogging, cards, flowcharts, Facebook, etc…

The best way I found to learn how to use Google Drawings is to simply visit the site, start a new blank drawing and start exploring the various menus and start creating an abstract drawing or graphic. If you have some experience with graphic editors, a lot of what you see will make sense.

I am also finding that if you google templates for google drawings, you will find a boatload of templates for many purposes (or use Bing to do the same).

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11 Uses for Your Old Smartphone | PCMag.com

Don’t throw that old smartphone away. There are many “afterlife” uses…


11 Uses for Your Old Smartphone

Most of us can probably eke out a few years with our smartphones, but the upgrade cycle means it’s always tempting to splurge on a shinier model. You can usually save a few bucks by trading your old phone in when you buy a new one, but there are times you might end up with an extra, aging smartphone hanging around. Instead of letting that phone collect dust, reuse it. If it connects to Wi-Fi, it can still be a handy addition to the household. Here are a few cool things you can do with your old smartphone… — Continue Reading @ PCMag.com

Link aggregation – Use Multiple NIC Cards

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There is truly an advantage to adding multiple NIC cards to a computer.   It won’t speed up a single internet connection but it can help with loss of signal, detecting access points, transferring information to and  from computers.

When adding a second NIC card to a computer, you can highlight both by holding down the CTRL key and clicking on them and then right clicking to bridge the connections so they act as one…this can allow you to bridge a wireless network to a wired network.

Creating a Bridge

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Bridged Adapter

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Two nic cards on the same network can allow for load balancing.

Dual Wireless Cards

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Tech News: US nuclear weapons command finally ditches 8-inch floppies | Naked Security

Imagine a computer system based on the 1970’s-era IBM Series/1 and 8-inch floppy drives and most people would assume you’re describing a museum piece kept alive by enthusiasts.

And yet, such a computer system ranks as one of the most important in the world – so critical in fact that nobody has wanted to change or upgrade it since it was built nearly half a century ago.

It sits in bunkers across the US, part of the command centres that run the country’s nuclear missile deterrent on behalf of the Strategic Automated Command and Control System (SACCS).

Surprised? You shouldn’t be. But what matters is that SACCS finally spies a hardware upgrade as part of a $400 billion, 10-year programme to modernise the US’s military nuclear technology.

Continue Reading @ Naked Security

Google’s working on a new feature to speed up Chrome…

BGR reporting… As discovered by Ghacks, Google recently added a new feature to Chrome Canary that’s designed to further reduce the resource load from background tabs that are not currently in use. Chrome Canary, for those unaware, is a special version of Google Chrome that gives you access to features that are currently being tested by Google. It’s surprisingly stable and no experimental features are enabled automatically, so you don’t have to worry about any early features coming along and crashing your browser. In order to test new features, you have to enable them manually. Chrome Canary is a free download for anyone and everyone, and you can get it right here. With that out of the way, let’s check out this great new feature that Ghacks found.

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Today’s Software Picks: Wireless Network Watcher, WifiInfoView, and GoodSync

First up today is Wireless Network Watcher, a NirSoft Tool, that I personally use on a regular basis to determine who and what devices are connected to the wireless network in my home. I especially like that this utility pinpoints the IP address of each device. You will be surprised at how many devices you use wirelessly; especially, if you own computers, smartphones, and smart devices.

Moving on… Since we are on the NirSoft site, you need to take a look at WifiInfoView that was recently updated. This is another wireless network utility that will look for and generate a host of details on wireless networks within range of your wireless router. This utility, combined with the previously mentioned Wireless Network Watcher, I have installed on my PC, and use them regularly. I have also used these tools as troubleshooting tools when assisting others.

Last in the lineup is GoodSync… If you have been a regular visitor at What’s On My PC, I am sure you know how I feel about backing up your personal files and data. GoodSync is a good choice in helping you backup your files. There is a FREE and commercial version of GoodSync…

Feel free to comment and share your software finds. You can find a whole slew of downloads HERE … that are updated daily.

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Microsoft Ending Support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 | CISA

Technical Details

All software products have a lifecycle. “End of support” refers to the date when the software vendor will no longer provide automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. [2] For more information on end of support for Microsoft products see the Microsoft End of Support FAQ. Systems running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will continue to work at their current capacity even after support ends on January 14, 2020. However, using unsupported software may increase the likelihood of malware and other security threats. Mission and business functions supported by systems running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 could experience negative consequences resulting from unpatched vulnerabilities and software bugs. These negative consequences could include the loss of confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data, system resources, and business assets.

Mitigations

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and organizations to: Upgrade to a newer operating system. Identify affected devices to determine breadth of the problem and assess risk of not upgrading.  Establish and execute a plan to systematically migrate

Source: Microsoft Ending Support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 | CISA


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Nimbus Note – You May Like This As An Alternative To OneNote and Evernote

Nimbus Notes is similar to Microsoft OneNote and Evernote; however, in my opinion I like it better for quickly capturing information for blogging. With the free option of Nimbus Notes you are limited to 100 notes (a month), 100Mb uploads (a month), 10Mb attachment size, and 50Mb note size; all of which seem minute and may not work for you if you are saving a ton of data. What sold me is the Nimbus Screen Capture and Nimbus Note Capture browser extensions (available for different browser platforms) that allow me to send my captured information to my Nimbus Notes. There are also mobile apps available as well. Anyhow, I thought I would throw this out there and let you take a look at it.

Nimbus Note

Transform information chaos from multiple sources into an organized workplace. Empower yourself or your team to get things done faster with fewer iterations and fewer meetings.

Source: Nimbus Note – One place to manage all your information|knowledge base|task|projects|etc


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Google Maps Just Introduced a Controversial New Feature That Drivers Will Probably Love (But Police Will Utterly Hate) | Inc.com

I often drive the interstate in my area. This benefit being introduced by Google Maps will be of benefit when it comes to hazards and slowdowns. Speed Traps is not of my concern, due I typically set the cruise to stay within the means of the speed limit. I have found, as vehicles become more technologically advanced and safer, driver’s are taking more risks, such as exceeding the speed limit by at much as 15 to 20 mph….


This week, however, Google announced the next best thing: Starting immediately, drivers will be able to report hazards, slowdowns and speed traps right on Google Maps.

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When is owning a Chromebook a worthy choice vs. owning a Windows Laptop?

Below my post here is an article from c|net explaining the differences between a Chromebook vs. a Windows laptop and how Chromebooks have progressed to the point that they are a worthy choice; but, when is that choice really worthy.

In my opinion (and experience), a Chromebook is a choice for someone that is pretty much limited to being tied to the internet. From what I am seeing out there in the “real world” of home computing, a Chromebook will suffice for the kids growing up and the parents that are retired. The Chromebooks are lower in cost, simple to operate and very low maintenance. There are no antivirus software to install and updates are transparent. I own a Chromebook and let me tell you, I love it. For what I do these days (i.e. blogging, writing letters, exploring the internet) it gets the job done and gets it done at a lower price point than a full-blown Windows-based laptop. Once you get past the low learning curve, you will be dragging your Chromebook everywhere through the house.

Examples of Chromebooks and Their Prices

Now again, using real-world thinking here, if you are the high school student, the college student or the working business person, go with a Windows-based laptop. The reason for that thinking is that people in those life categories are using power-intensive applications (Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Video Conferencing, etc…) that are the industry standards. There are ways to use a Chromebook to run these standard applications, but you will get frustrated; whereas, the Windows-based laptop is engineered to handle these applications with ease. With a Windows-based laptop be prepared, as you probably already know, for a higher cost, with a higher learning curve, and a higher level of maintenance.

Examples of Windows Based Laptops and Their Prices

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WMIC – a little known command in Windows

TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog reminding me of a post I did years ago about using the WMIC command in Windows. A BIG THANK YOU to Steve on this!

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So what if you needed to find out information about your computer that is otherwise available in third party programs or all over Windows?  You can use WMIC to find out a lot of information about your computer.   I’ve been using some of these for years but only remembered to blog about it after I saw a post at What’s On My PC (Thanks Rick!) back in 2011.

Here’s a quick list from Microsoft (Use WMIC the alias command)

Examples:

Here’s how to get your hard drive information –

Go to a command prompt and type:

wmic diskdrive get name,size,model

Model

So how many partitions does it have?

wmic partition get name, size, type

harddrive Breakdown

This shows one hard drive and three partitions. (above)

How about BIOS information?

wmic bios get name,serialnumber,version

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What service packs, patches and hotfixes were installed and on what date?

wmic qfe get description,installedOn /format:csv

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IrfanView – One of the Most Popular Graphic Viewers Worldwide

It has been a while since I have made any mention of IrfanView. It has been around for years and in my opinion, it is not only the most popular graphic viewer, but it is also the best.

Some IrfanView features:

  • 32 and 64 bit version
  • Many supported file formats (click here the list of formats)
  • Multi language support
  • Unicode support
  • Thumbnail/preview option
  • Paint option – to draw lines, circles, arrows, straighten image etc.
  • Toolbar skins option
  • Lossless JPG rotation, crop and EXIF date change (also in batch mode)
  • Slideshow (save slideshow as EXE/SCR or burn it to CD)
  • Show EXIF/IPTC/Comment text in Slideshow/Fullscreen etc.
  • Support for Adobe Photoshop Filters
  • Fast directory view (moving through directory)
  • Batch conversion (with advanced image processing of all files)
  • Multipage TIF editing
  • File search
  • Email option
  • Multimedia player
  • Print option
  • Support for embedded color profiles in JPG/TIF files
  • Change color depth
  • Scan (batch scan) support
  • Cut/crop
  • Add overlay text/image (watermark)
  • IPTC editing
  • Effects (Sharpen, Blur, Adobe 8BF, Filter Factory, Filters Unlimited, etc.)
  • Screen Capturing
  • Extract icons from EXE/DLL/ICLs
  • Shell Extension PlugIn
  • Many hotkeys
  • Many command line options
  • Many PlugIns
  • Only one EXE-File, no DLLs, no Shareware messages like “I Agree” or “Evaluation expired”
  • No registry changes without user action/permission!
  • and much much more

Source: IrfanView – Official Homepage – One of the Most Popular Viewers Worldwide


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Microsoft Cautions Against Installing the Latest Windows 10 Update | Digital Trends

For folks at home… This does not apply and only applies to “Microsoft’s enterprise-based customers”.


Before going on a red alert, this issue pertains to Microsoft’s enterprise-based customers. Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection is a paid service for detecting, investigating, and responding to “advanced threats.” It’s built into Windows 10 but unrelated to the Windows Security platform found in Windows 10 Home and Pro.

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Windows Defender’s Tamper Protection Rolling Out To Windows 10 (v1903)

From what I am reading the “tamper protection” feature was actually launched last December (for business customers) and is now being rolled out to Windows 10 computer user’s at home that are running Windows 10 v1903.

At the time of this posting, I checked my Windows Defender software on my PC and have not seen anything thus far to indicate “tamper protection” has rolled out to my PC.

Tamper Protection, as the name suggests, protects certain security features from tampering. One of the barriers that Tamper Protection puts in place around security features blocks manipulations of setting changes that are made outside of the official Settings application. Attackers may attempt to disable real-time protections or certain security features and Tamper Protection was designed to prevent these changes from being made successfully. — Source: gHacks

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The Next Generation Of WiFi

Get ready for Wi-Fi 6…

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Wi-Fi is set to get better and faster with its upcoming major update. While plenty of routers are already available with chips using draft specifications, 802.11ax Wi-Fi wasn’t fully finalized until September 2019 when the Wi-Fi 6 certification was made official. This will usher in a wave of updated devices touting new wireless capabilities that will contribute toward next-generation networks with more speed and less congestion.

802.11ax also known as ‘high-efficiency wireless’ will be commonly referred to asWi-Fi 6.

This is a new naming standard set by the Wi-Fi Alliance, with previous generations now being known as Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) and Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n). This labeling convention is expected to appear on devices as shown below.

Technically, Wi-Fi 6 will have a single-user data rate that is 37% faster than 802.11ac, but what’s more significant is that the updated specification will offer four times the throughput per user in crowded environments, as…

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5G experts: Consumers moving away from hardwired internet; 20 billion mobile devices online in the next year (by Complete Colorado)

With 5G Technology on the horizon, the next 10 years we are going to see a truly wireless world where there will be a jump in technology innovations like never seen before… — Rick @ What’s On My PC


While municipalities across Colorado and the nation are lining up to compete against the private sector in internet services, those involved in the race to get 5G launched say fiber optic broadband will be left behind once full roll-out of the latest in wireless technology is complete. “5G is going to be a game-changer,” said Nick Ludlum, Senior Vice President and Chief Communication Officer for CTIA, which is a trade association representing the wireless communications industry in the United States. “From driverless cars to advancements in health care to (augmented reality/virtual reality) and smart cities. The innovations of the future will be built on 5G.”

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Windows 10 Fresh Start | Reset | Refresh | Clean install | In-place Upgrade – Posted by “The Windows Club”

For you folks at home, I suggest bookmarking this article by “The Windows Club”.  You will eventually need it… I added this article to the “Bookmarks4Techs” collection (a speed dial collection of quality tech sites and blogs).


Windows 10 Fresh Start | Reset | Refresh | Clean install | In-place Upgrade

Windows 10 Advanced Recovery option offers recovery solutions which can help you bring back Windows 10 to a working condition. These are extreme solutions when nothing else can be done. That said, before one uses one of these solutions, its a good idea to understand the differences between them. Windows 10 offers Fresh Start, Refresh, and Reset options. Towards the end we also mention the difference between a Clean install and In-place upgrade.

Refresh Windows Tool

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STIRR – Another FREE Online Streaming TV Service Similar to Pluto TV and XUMO

Recently I began looking into various online streaming TV services that are legal and FREE. So far, I had found Pluto TV and XUMO; and thought that was the end to this until I came across STIRR.

STIRR appears to have launched in January 2019 and in a nutshell, I found it to be similar to both XUMO and Pluto TV where you have a broad range of channels to watch. STIRR, from what I could gather is ramping up and just recently added more channel and category options. Like Pluto TV and XUMO, STIRR has an app available you can install on your smartphone so you can watch TV on the go.

News, sports, entertainment, and more are there for the taking; but, the content is typically older content or content that you normally would not find with the paid services. With that being said, I give these services credit for selecting sources that are worthy of watching and following.


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How to Make Chrome Always Open Desktop Sites by Default on Android | Gadget Hacks

Many folks at home don’t know about this; but, when visiting a web site on your Android phone, using Google Chrome, you can toggle from the mobile view of the website to the desktop view (which is the view you typically see on your desktop or laptop computers). Here at “What’s On My PC” I use this toggle on a regular basis. I encourage you to visit “Gadge Hacks”, by clicking on the source link below, to learn more about this and “why” you would want to go to the desktop view.


Open the Chrome app and tap the three dots in the top-right corner. When you do this, a menu will pop up. Here, you will see the button “Desktop site” — tap on this to turn on desktop browsing. When you do this, it will make the website load like the desktop version.

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Facebook and Politics: Don’t Be A Lemming (believe nothing, verify everything, don’t spread false information)

“Believe Nothing, Verify Everything, Don’t Spread It”… People are like lemmings and will believe and follow anything… The social networks, in conjunction with foreign adversaries (enemies), have used these platforms to incite people by posting “false” sensitive topics in regards to 2nd amendment rights, abortion, social security, religion, race, party affiliation, etc.. that has caused the current divisive thinking in the United States. In other words, Facebook is and was used as a propaganda platform by foreign enemies. If you see these sorts of postings, avoid spreading them because the enemy wants you to spread these things so that there is chaos, hate, and divisiveness.

Much of what you read during the last election cycle on Facebook was posted through Russian infiltration and to this day it is still occurring. Dirty Politicians had done the same, as well, and now Facebook has given the official green light for them (the dirty politicians) to do so again (see source link at the end of this post).

Don’t be a lemming, “Believe Nothing, Verify Everything” via reputable sources. What you see on Facebook or any of the social network platforms should be checked and verified. For God’s Sake, don’t spread it if you can’t verify it. Don’t let it get under your skin; and, one way to do that is by blocking the sources entirely. If you must post your political thoughts, set up a Facebook group or another page for that purpose only.

Why Facebook can’t stop politicians from lying |The Verge

As of this week, though, that policy comes with an asterisk. As Judd Legum reported this week in his newsletter, Popular Information, Facebook is now exempting political figures from this policy. If a political candidate or party wants to run a Facebook ad announcing that their rival is a lizard person, they now have an open lane to do so.

Facebook’s new rules let politicians lie in their ads. It’s bad, but asking Facebook to regulate political speech is worse…

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Two FREE Online TV Options That You Need To Check Out

When I go camping in my RV I typically use my smartphone’s data plan to stream content (without wifi) to the TV in my RV using a device called  “Screenbeam Mini 2“. You can read my recent review on the Screenbeam Mini 2 HERE. It is an awesome device that can be purchased HERE

For that real TV experience, I use two totally FREE online TV services that I want to share with you. One of the services I am sure you may have heard of, but the second was something that was totally new to me. No, you won’t find all the top channels you typically watch, but the content from both of these services will keep you entertained: both cover a wide range of topics (channels): both are optimized for streaming: and, both are available as mobile apps. I am also seeing where both of the services are actually being bundled and included with some of the newer TV’s.

Ok, now for the grand finale and time to reveal both of these services. I hope you enjoy them…


PlutoTV

Pluto TV is the leading free streaming television service in America, delivering 100+ live and original channels and thousands of on-demand movies in partnership with major TV networks, movie studios, publishers, and digital media companies. Millions of viewers tune in each month to watch premium news, TV shows, movies, sports, lifestyle, and trending digital series. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Pluto TV is a top free app and available on all mobile, web and connected TV streaming devices.


XUMO

XUMO is your destination for free LIVE and on-demand streaming entertainment. With over 160 different channels to choose from, you won’t get bored. Tune in for newly launched music channels, breaking news, epic fails, stand up comedy, sports, news coverage, and more. Select channels as “Favorite” for an experience tailored to you. Share the latest from the guys at Funny or Die, gather ’round for this week’s Movie of the Week from our collection of FREE Movies, catch-up on full length seasons of TV shows like Roseanne, Hell’s Kitchen, Unsolved Mysteries, and more, or witness history being made during LIVE tournaments from the 2019 PGA TOUR Season. Stay up to date, but most of all, stay entertained with XUMO.


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The is a good Google Chrome Browser Extension – Shortcuts for Google™

For those of you who use the Google Chrome browser, “Shortcuts for Google” is a good browser extension that will help increase your productivity.  This extension serves as a launcher (that can be customized) to display Google™ shortcuts as buttons in a space-saving popup next to your address bar. Reach services like Gmail, Google Drive, Google Maps, Google Calendar, and many more in just two clicks from your browser. The extension includes more than 500 Google services and websites. What sold me on this extension was not only the option to get to my favorite Google services but the option to create buttons to my favorite URL’s (or websites), like Facebook, my local newspaper, etc…

Source: Shortcuts for Google™ – Chrome Web Store


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Daily Deal: Save $50 on the Moto G7 with Alexa Hands-Free – Unlocked – 64 GB

The Motorola Moto G7 has been rated as one of the best mid-range smartphones you can get for under $300. If I was in the market for a phone, this would be the one I would purchase.

Moto G7 with Alexa Hands-Free – Unlocked – 64 GB

6.2″ Full HD+ Max Vision display (2270 x 1080) with 19:9 aspect ratio, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage with the option to add up to 512 GB of microSD expandable memory, Android 9.0, and US warranty

Source: Amazon – Moto G7 with Alexa Hands-Free – Unlocked – 64 GB


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How to use Windows 10’s Cloud Download Recovery Feature? | Windows101Tricks

In 2020, Windows 10 is getting a new feature that will allow users where they can download their operating systems from the cloud and increase the speed of a recovery process. This new cloud recovery or cloud reinstall feature is going to be very useful for Windows 10 users and will make the life of the user with the high-speed internet connection super simple.

Cloud Download

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A “Ready Made” Tech Toolbox for Computer Repair, Diagnostics and Malware Removal

If you are someone that works as a computer tech, an I.T. Manager; or, you are someone at home who helps family members and friends when computer problems arise, then you need to have the necessary tools to get the job done. Putting together these tools (and keeping them up-to-date) is time-consuming; and, if you are like me, as I continue to age, I often forget or don’t keep up on what is current.

This is where the “Windows Repair Toolbox” comes into play. This portable application is probably the best application put together that I have found that provides an interface that serves as a launcher and updater of just about every important portable diagnostic software and portable anti-malware software that you can find. Not only that, the “Windows Repair Toolbox” will help you keep these software applications up-to-date. If there is a portable software tool that you see that is not included, you can custom add it to the toolbox.

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For you folks at home, who possess that technical expertise in helping family and friends, do this: 

  • Download, unzip the program to a flash drive with at least 8GB of space. Make that flash drive your tech toolbox.
  • After downloading, open the toolbox and click on the buttons on the “Windows Repair Toolbox” of the apps you think you will most likely use (when assisting others). Be patient as each of these apps download and install to your flash drive.
  • After completing these tasks, I keep the drive plugged in. By doing this I occasionally will perform the updates so that I am ready to go; PLUS, it makes me become more knowledgeable of each of the current applications, making it sort of an educational experience, as well. Also, I periodically run some of the applications to scan my PC for malware and/or Windows problems.

Here at “What’s On My PC”, I rank the “Windows Repair Toolbox” as a top-notch application and have included it in the “Bookmarks4Techs” collection.


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VeraCrypt – FREE Open Source Encryption Software

VeraCrypt is FREE open-source disk encryption software that is used by those who have a need to lock down data from prying eyes. There are many options to using Veracrypt from simply creating a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounting it as a real disk (or drive) TO encrypting an entire partition or storage device such as USB flash drive or hard drive. If you are looking for encryption software, at no cost, that is as good or better than commerical encryption software, this is it…

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VeraCrypt never saves any decrypted data to a disk – it only stores the data temporarily in RAM (memory). Even when the volume is mounted, data stored in the volume is still encrypted. When you restart Windows or turn off your computer, the volume will be dismounted and files stored in it will be inaccessible (and encrypted). Even when power supply is suddenly interrupted (without proper system shut down), files stored in the volume are inaccessible (and encrypted).

Veracrypt is currently available on the following platforms: Windows, Mac OSX, Linus AND third party support on Android and iOS. It can also be downloaded and run as a portable app…

Source: VeraCrypt – Free Open source disk encryption with strong security for the Paranoid


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What is the best ebook converter?

The opinion here, at “What’s On My PC”, the best ebook converter is Calibre. This software application is actually a fullscale e-book manager that allows you to do nearly everything and it takes things a step beyond normal ebook software. It’s also completely free and open source and great for both casual users and computer experts.

Calibre has been in development since October 31, 2006, is completely free (open source). Calibre is available for download on the following platforms: Windows (32 and 64 bit), macOS, Linux, and as a portable app.

How popular is Calibre? Active installs: 2,795,543 (those that have started calibre at least once in the last 60 days).

What formats does calibre support conversion to/from?

Calibre supports the conversion of many input formats to many output formats. It can convert every input format in the following list, to every output format.

Input Formats: AZW, AZW3, AZW4, CBZ, CBR, CBC, CHM, DJVU, DOCX, EPUB, FB2, FBZ, HTML, HTMLZ, LIT, LRF, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT, TXTZ

Output Formats: AZW3, EPUB, DOCX, FB2, HTMLZ, OEB, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PDB, PMLZ, RB, PDF, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT, TXTZ, ZIP

Source: Calibre – ebook management


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Find The Best Prices And Places To Buy With The Redesigned Google Shopping

The redesigned Google Shopping experience is now available in the U.S. across mobile and desktop. With information from thousands of stores in one place, you can discover and compare millions of products, and find the best prices and places to buy online or from a store nearby. The new homepage is personalized so you see useful product suggestions, as well as sections that help you reorder common items or continue your shopping research. And when you’re ready to buy, you can choose to purchase online, at a nearby store, or directly from retailers on Google.
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Microsoft “To Do” List App – How To Get It

If you are big into the Microsoft applications, you may want to take a look at their new “To Do” list app… You can read more about the app and instructions on how to download to your computer and mobile devices by clicking on the source link at the bottom of this post.

A To Do list titled My Day on a tablet computer

To Do helps you manage, prioritize, and complete the most important things you need to achieve every day

Source: Microsoft to do list app

The Best Password Managers for 2019 | PCMag.com

Nearly every page you visit insists you create a user account and think up a password, from dating apps to hyper-secure banking sites. The human memory can’t keep up with dozens and dozens of these. Some folks get the bright idea to use the simplest possible passwords, things that are easy to remember, like “12345678” or “password.” Others memorize one superbly random password and use it for everything. Either path is likely to make you the latest victim of identity theft.

The Best Password Managers

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How to Scan and Fix Hard Drives with CHKDSK in Windows 10 | TechJunkie

The CHKDSK (Check Disk) command has been around since the beginning of computers. Below is some quoted text from a website called TechJunkie where I found an excellent writeup on CHKDSK and how to use it. To read the full article, click on the source link at the end of this post.

chkdsk windows 10

Because CHKDSK has been updated and upgraded repeatedly with each new generation of storage hardware, the program continues to work correctly to analyze and repair hard drives of any sort, even on the most modern OSes and using the most advanced drive technologies.

The same process that used to be executed to analyze a floppy disk holding 160K, can today be executed to analyze a solid-state, all-electronic SSD holding 15 terabytes.

Millions of Windows 10 users still have mechanical hard drives in their PCs. To keep them healthy and to help investigate any unusual behavior, try the venerable CHKDSK command. Here’s how to…

Source: How to Scan & Fix Hard Drives with CHKDSK in Windows 10

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