Photo viewers and Windows 10

August 24, 2015


To add to the previous post about an “alternative” photo viewer for Windows 10, TCAT Shelbyville’s – Technical Blog has come up with another one (called IrfanView) — that is totally FREE, is a seasoned piece of software, and can be installed as a portable app. If you are a computer tech, IrfanView is a “must have” piece of software that actually can be used for forensic purposes (such as extracting the EXIF data from a picture and using IrfanView’s GPS feature with Google Earth and Google Maps to locate the origin of the picture). You can learn more about this by reading the article at TCAT Shelbyville’s – Technical Blog

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Rick over at “What’s on my PC” recently reviewed FastStone Image Viewer  which I agree is one of the best image viewers on the web.  I’ve used FastStone for years and I also have Irfanview and XnView.    Note:  This is by no means is a way to try to compete with Rick, Rick is an excellent blogger who we have used in lectures and we highly recommend his blog.

Read more over at Rick’s blog –What’s on My PC


Irfanview is an excellent viewer that has dozens of features including EXIF plugins that integrate with Google Earth.  Here’s more features from their website.

  • Thumbnail/preview option
  • Resize
  • Paint option – to draw lines, circles, arrows, straighten image etc.
  • Toolbar skins option
  • 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)

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Geek Squeaks #2015-2 @ What’s On My PC (Featuring Windows 10 Release and MORE)

July 29, 2015

Featured – Today is the day that Windows 10 is to be released. It will be interesting to watch the tech blogs to see when it starts hitting our computers at home and what people are saying. If you want a good read about the release, go to the Windows blog and check out Windows 10 Free Upgrade Available in 190 Countries Today … 

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WinScan2PDF – I just added this little program to the downloads page under the Portable Apps swarm. WinScan2PDF is a very small (~40k) and portable program that allows you to scan documents and save them on your computer as a PDF by using any installed scanner. I currently carry a copy of this on my flash drive and have used it on many occasions.

Drift Innovation Stealth 2 Action Camera – Check this out. These mini-cameras continue to fascinate me and the cost is reasonable; especially, for  Full HD – 1080p at 30fps & 720p at 60fps…  This little beast has a 300 Degree Rotatable Lens which allows you to mount the camera at an angle. Other features: W i-Fi Connectivity – Get full control of the camera using your mobile device Long life battery – 1500 mAh battery giving you 3 hours of recording time… @Amazon

5 must-know Windows 10 tips and tricks – PCWord has this article posted that caught my interest on what they consider five of the most useful Windows 10 tricks and tweaks… @PCWorld


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Awesome Tech Sites – Awesome Tech People

July 17, 2015

If you are a information technology junkie, as I am, you need to routinely visit the following sites to stay abreast of the constant change in the world of information technology. Each of these resources can be had by clicking on any of the tabs at the top of the What’s On My PC blog. What you will find in this mix is Awesome Tech Sites — Awesome Tech People …

Bookmarks4Techs – This is a conglomeration of links that I personally maintain that are all tech oriented.  I am constantly adding to the listing. This has picked up in popularity and I am now receiving links from site developers asking that their sites be listed.

GEGeek – My opinion! If you are into information technology as a student or work IT for a living, GEGeek is top gun when it comes to resources. What is unique here is that Mike works in IT to make a living; YET, has the capacity, time and passion to share his knowledge. On top of this, he also maintains the GEGeek Tech Toolkit that is the most comprehensive collection of tech tools you will ever come across. No need to search the net for this stuff, Mike has done the hard work for you.  Awesome site — Awesome guy!

Downloads – One of my passions is software, apps, portable apps, browser add-ons, etc… Recently I changed up the Downloads page to create what I am calling swarms of software, apps, etc… that will continue to grow. The focus is quality; not quantity. To make it to a swarm the software has be known, has to be good; and, must demonstrate that it will be around for awhile (through continued development). You can submit recommendations of software that you think should be added to the swarm and I will consider it based on the criteria, as indicated.

Tech News – I was recently on the hunt for a good news resource and went back to my blogging roots. Click on the Tech News tab and you will be redirected to Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts. Bill on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday will post an edition of tech news that he has scoured the internet for. I know Bill and I know he is very devoted to anything that he does. Awesome site — Awesome Guy!

Tech Toys – This is a site that I put together that is a direct link to Amazon. The objective is to give you a resource to search and look around for tech toys (computers, hardware, software, smartphones, tablets, etc…). I often use it to get a baseline pricing on items.

Archives – If you click on the Archives tab this will take you to a page that is every posting I have ever made at What’s On My PC that I want to share with you.

I have been blogging since July 2008.  Like Mike (at GEGeek), Bill (at Tech Thoughts), Steve (at TCAT Shelbyville), and Tech Paul (at Tech-for Everyone); we all have a passion for information technology AND from that passion we enjoy sharing information with the world.

Awesome Tech Sites — Awesome Tech People


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The Best Free Software

July 13, 2015


Tech Paul at Tech-for Everyone just made the Downloads swarm page with this one (PCMags – 2015 Best Free)

Originally posted on Tech - for Everyone:

Folks, for the first time in several years, reputable tech source PC Magazine has updated their Best Free Software compilation — which is, IMHO, the best place to look when seeking software solutions (new programs).

* The Best Free Software for 2015

Your phone is full of free apps. But don’t neglect the desktop. These free programs can make your life better.Read more..

Today’s quote:A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.” ~ Grantland Rice

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Why IT stays stressed…

July 13, 2015


I can remember when working in IT (in order to eat) the state government I worked for was adamant that all network cabling and drops be certified (with supporting documentation of that certification). I think this posting at TTC Shelbyville shows the reason “why”…

Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog:

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NEW Downloads Page (featuring app and software swarms)

July 8, 2015

One of my self-proclaimed passions in the world of information technology is software. Today I have changed the Downloads tab at the top of the page to link you to a new concept that I have come up with, called software or app swarms.

There is no sanity or organization to the swarms other than the swarms being divided up into 5 basic generalized categories (Software and Apps Sites – Free Software – Portable Apps – Android Apps – Cloud Computing Apps).

The neat thing about this is that you can contribute recommendations to add to any of the swarm categories by using the comment section on the page. I will then review the recommendation for quality assurance. PLEASE do not be offended that I shoot down a recommendation. The objective with this project is:  Quality; not Quantity.

PLEASE keep in mind this concept is in its’ infancy and will grow as I continue to add to the swarms.


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CIT program to be recognized at the White House for CTE “Excellence in Action” Award

June 30, 2015


Congratulations to Steve and his team, at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville, for receiving recognition by the White House, for their achievements in innovative CTE coursework and practices… Rick @ What’s On My PC

Originally posted on TCAT Shelbyville - Technical Blog:

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Picture – Dawn Babian, Network Administrator, Steve Mallard, IT Manager and Lead Instructor and Mike Miller, Asst. IT Manager.and CIT Instructor.

The Computer Information Technology program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville will be recognized at the White House  along with other Career Technical Education winners of the 2014 “Excellence in Action” award on June 30, 2015.

The Obama Administration and White House will be recognizing the programs at a convening, Celebrating Innovations in Career and Technical Education which will be hosted at The White House on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

The CIT program and other CTE winners will be recognized with a select group of other education leaders.  Business and industry partners, exceptional student leaders and Administration officials,  will be present to celebrate the latest advancements in career and technical education (CTE).  The program along with other winners will be recognized for its achievements on innovative CTE coursework…

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