A Link To The Top Ten Highest Rated Super Bowl Commercials

January 20, 2015

Talk about great marketing tactics. We long for the commercials at Super Bowl time…

USA Today posted the top ten highest rated Super Bowl Commericals with all but three _ “Pepsi vs. Coke drivers in diner,” “Frozen Tundra” and “Chevy Chase gets fired from ad” _ finished first in the Ad Meter. (Those three placed second.) — CLICK HERE to see this roundup of commercials.

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Preview of the NEW Windows 9 Start Menu In Action

September 22, 2014

Check out this video that purportedly is showing the NEW Windows 9 Start Menu In Action…


GEEK SQUEAKS – Featuring Steps To Clean Your Flat Panel Monitor (and other screen devices)

April 6, 2014


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FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] – How To Clean Your Flat Panel Monitor – Most of the time when we decide to clean the monitor it is at a time when we are not really prepared to do it.  We’re sitting there and it is something obvious (like a smudge, a fingerprint, a bug etc.) that catches our attention and motivates us to to perform a cleaning. Ant

As a result of this, we end up using glass cleaner and paper towels, which is a big “NO, NO”…  Paper towels or any paper product for that matter contains micro-particles that can scratch the monitor; AND glass cleaners contain chemicals (such as ammonia, alcohol and phosphates) that can damage the optical coating.

5 Step Process:

  1. Turn “OFF” the monitor (actually turn “off” everything including the computer, etc. OR better yet unplug the monitor from its’ power source).
  2. If available, use a can of compressed air to remove any dust particles.  Believe it or not, dust particles can causing scratches.
  3. Use a lint free (microfiber) soft cloth, similar to what you use to clean eyeglasses with, to remove dust particles.
  4. If necessary dampen the cloth with “water” (recommend 50/50 distilled water and vinegar mix), and gently wipe the screen off.  Do Not use commercial cleaners, as they contain damaging chemicals; and, again do not use paper towels or tissues (can scratch the screen).
  5. Post a sign, “Touch my screen and you’re a goner!”  For some reason, some people have to be all “touchy feely” with monitors.  Flat panel screens are not designed to be touched (unless it is a touch screen monitor, tablet, smartphone, etc…).

    NOTE:
      These same steps can be used to clean devices that are designed to be touched (such as smartphones, tablets, touch screen monitors, etc…)

If your flat panel monitor is really dirty, there are commercial LCD, LED, Plasman monitor cleaning solutions and micro-fiber cloths available at most office supply stores.

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[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] Tweetz is a Simple, Attractive and Efficient Desktop Twitter Client – Tweetz is a good option to consider if you don’t need power tools but want a clean and simple interface for Twitter… @Lifehacker

[SECURITY] Permanent Fix for Microsoft Word Zero-day Releasing Next Week – As Windows XP and Office 2003 check-in for their very last Patch Tuesday *ever* next week, Microsoft is also making available a fix for the zero-day flaw discovered just two weeks ago. As I reported in Vulnerability in All Versions of Microsoft Word Could Lead to Computer Takeover, the flaw is a serious one… @WindowsITPro

[WALLPAPER] Windows Crash – @Desktop Nexus

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[NEWS] Congress To Hold Hearing On ‘Cuban Twitter’Congress announced that it will hold hearings next week following revelations that a U.S. government agency secretly created a “Cuban Twitter” communications network, while Cuban officials condemned the program and asked the U.S. to cease “illegal” and “covert” operations on the island… @NBC News

[WINDOWS 8 NEWS] Microsoft to restore Start menu to Windows – Microsoft this week gave customers a bare-bones peek at the future of Windows, saying that the next iteration after Windows 8.1 Update will restore a Start menu and let users run “Metro” apps on the classic desktop… @ComputerWorld

[ANDROID APP] WebMD for Android – WebMD for Android helps you with your decision-making and health improvement efforts by providing mobile access 24/7 to mobile-optimized health information and decision-support tools including WebMD’s Symptom Checker, Drugs & Treatments, First Aid Information and Local Health Listings. WebMD the App also gives you access to first aid information without having to be connected wirelessly – critical if you don’t have Internet access in the time of need… @Google Play

[FEATURED WINDOWS COMPUTER] Lenovo IdeaCentre C560 23-Inch All-in-One Desktop@AMAZON

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[FEATURED TECH SITE] TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog – The Tennessee College of Applied Technology creates blogs for all of the different classes at this higher education institution as part of an online learning center found on our homepage.  Through the cooperation of WordPress (They support educational institutions!) we created this blog to communicate with students.   This Technical Blog is for the Computer Information Technology class and whoever wants to read it… @TCAT Shelbyville

[HOW TO] Getting Started Tutorials For Windows 8.1 – You’re at the right place. Whether you’re brand new to Windows 8.1 or Windows  RT 8.1, or just want a refresher, these 10 tutorials will show you the basics… @Microsoft

[VIDEO] Skydiver Almost Struck By Meteorite@YouTube


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 4, 2013

October 4, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (AOMEI Backupper – “No brainer” Disk Backup and Imaging Software) – You may well know that in the coming upgrade release of Windows 8.1 you will have to really dig deep to get to the disk imaging component that was in Window 7. To remedy this issue, I went on the hunt and found a disk backup and imaging program that I can attest to being very good, easy to understand and serves as a good backup strategy; especially for home-based users (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Remember 1995 – The Windows 95 Game Called Hover?)–  You can go back in time in your web browser and play the same game and even play against 8 others (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Desktop Client For Your 50GB MEGA Account): The September 28th Geek Squeak roundup, I featured a bit about MEGA and their 50GB online file storage offering. Today at Addictive Tips I learned that MEGA has BETA released a desktop client where you can sync folders on your computer with your MEGA account (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (Online Streaming of Movies and TV Shows ): I am a big fan of Amazon and I am really liking the idea of their Prime Membership that gives you access to their movie collection, TV Shows, Kindle books and more (SEE BELOW)

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Microsoft Lets You Relive Your Windows 95 Years Through Any Browser

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A game called Hover! shipped on all Windows 95 installation CD-ROMs. As of today you can play that game again right through Internet Explorer 11 or any other browser that supports the Web GL development standard, including Chrome and Firefox… READ MORE


Official MEGA Client For Windows Appears; Syncs Multiple Local Folders With The Cloud

@ Addictive Tips

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What makes MEGASync outsmart the competition is its ability to synchronize multiple folders in your MEGA cloud storage with different locations on your local storage via linking each folder to a specific cloud drive nodes… LEARN MORE HERE


Amazon Is Doing It Right With Their Prime Membership

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 2, 2013

August 2, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

  • A very cool and easy way to keep your data secure and safe on your USB Flash Drive (or computer);
  • I love weather apps and I truly think I found the mother of all weather apps that is not only beautiful, but very practical;
  • Curiosity the Mars Rover has been on Mars for a year. I encourage you to watch this video, 12 Months In Twelve Minutes; Curiosity’s First Year On Mars; AND,
  • The Google Chromebook has caught my eye and is a good example of what direction computing is heading !

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A Free Program To Keep Your Data Secure and Safe On Your USB Flash Drive

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It is very easy to encrypt your files and folders using a free program and to keep your data secure and safe on USB Pen Drive. You can also open this on any computer running Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 and you don’t even have to install anything on the computer… READ MORE


Beautiful Weather Graphs and Maps

@ WeatherSpark

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  • A rich, interactive map with the current conditions from thousands of locations worldwide.
  • Incredibly smooth radar playback for the last two hours – or any period in the last five years. US only, extended playback is subscription only
  • Pan and zoom through a graphical forecast, seamlessly transitioning to averages and historical data.
  • Compare the weather across locations for any time period.
  • Multiple forecasts shown in seventeen graphs – get precisely the data you want.

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Twelve Months in Two Minutes;
Curiosity’s First Year on Mars


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Here is a rover’s eye view of driving, scooping and drilling during Curiosity’s first year on Mars, August 2012 through July 2013.


Chromebook – The NEW Computer From Google

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The Chromebook is a new computer from Google that’s simple, lightweight and easy to use. Starts in seconds, backs-up your stuff in the cloud and keeps it safe with built-in virus protection. It’s the ideal device for getting stuff done everywhere you go… READ MORE


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Geek Squeaks’ for July 18, 2013

July 18, 2013

One of my passions is finding reputable resources and applications for home based users that can be used in confidence. Today’s round up of Geek Squeaks’ is no exception:

Create Your Own Customized Start Page with YOURLS (my favorite);

Optimize your computer with this collection of utilities;

Must read tips on protecting our kids on the internet;

Soon our watches will be smarter than us; and, last squeak for today,

An inexpensive Wi-Fi wireless video (monitoring) camera…


YOURLS Allows You To Create A personal Startpage
With Your Favorite URLs

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YOURLS has by far become my favorite startpage. It keeps getting better and better.

Features

  • Add an unlimited amount of pages, lists and urls
  • Drag and drop pages, lists and urls
  • HTML5 Local caching (your startpage even loads when you are offline)
  • Import/Export your bookmarks
  • Extensions for popular browsers like Google and Firefox
  • Make your URL pages public and share them
  • Have your favorite search engines all in one place

The Ultimate All-In-One Speedup Solution

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Toolwiz Care is a collection of system utilities and optimization tools designed to clean, check, optimize and tweak your computer. The program offers a well designed interface that organizes the more than 40 tools into 6 different categories… – GET IT HERE


How to Protect Your Kids Online

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Making online friends is something everyone is capable of doing: kids do it via Instant Messaging, chatting on chat rooms or online gaming communities; and adults make new friends online via internet dating websites and the like. Of all the ages that dabble into making online friends, the ones in the younger age group are more at risk… – READ MORE


Smartwatches still in a ‘so what’ phase for consumers

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The smartwatch market is especially questionable for young people who have moved away from wearing traditional watches and use their smartphones to track the time, analysts said…—READ MORE


Dropcam HD – Watch What You Love From Anywhere

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Keep an eye on your home, your baby, your dog or cat, your small business, and everything else you love in stunning 720p. After a simple 60-second setup your Dropcam wireless video monitor is online and secure, providing stunning video 24/7 when you’re out…—READ MORE


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Toogles – A Fresher, Less Annoying Interface To YouTube

February 5, 2013

Today’s post is not a long post, but it is a good one! If you enjoy searching for and watching YouTube videos; OR, you simply want to see what is trending, make sure you take a look at Toogles

Toogles

Toogles is absolutely awesome in that it uses a minimalistic and simplistic approach to watching YouTube videos without all of the extra fluff. As a matter of fact, you do not even sign into an account. Simply go to Toogles  [HERE] AND start watching or searching. Once the page loads I guarantee you it will take you less than 10 seconds to figure Toogles out…  It’s so easy a geek caveman could figure it out!

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Believe Nothing and Verify Everything – Golden Eagle Snatches Kid Video

December 20, 2012

When it comes to computers, information technology, and the internet; I have a motto, “believe nothing and verify everything”. Just because it is on the internet, DO NOT let that lead you to believe that the source is reputable. It is this false sense, that the internet is the brain of the universe that knows all, that get’s us into trouble.

For example, three students that attend a school in Montreal, that specializes in 3-D animation design, recently posted a video (that was made up in product simulation) of what purportedly shows what is described as a Golden Eagle snatching a child in a Montreal park.

This video was so believable that it chalked up over 5 million views on YouTube in one day and at the time I posted this article, the video was nearing the 19 million view mark. I bet these guys who developed the video got an “A+” on this video project

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How to Determine What Videos Are Topping The YouTube Charts?

November 25, 2011

When I visit YouTube I am often looking for the videos that are topping the charts (most popular). This can be a challenge; however, there is an easy way to see what videos are topping the charts for the day, week, month and even all time.

Simply visit youtube.com, but add the word charts to the web address.  It will look like this in your web browser:

 http://youtube.com/charts

YouTube Charts

Not only can you determine what is popular at the moment for the most viewed videos, you can also determine what is topping the charts for the Most Discussed Videos, the Most Liked, the Most Viewed HD Videos, and the Top Favorited.  Hmmm… Is favorited a word?

YouTube Charts

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A FREE Web Based Screen Recorder

August 10, 2011

Screencast-O-Matic Recently my brother asked me if I could download  some online video news footage of his son (my nephew) in a featured sporting event? They wanted to archive the video so that his son (my nephew) would have something in the future to show his kids.  Exhausting all of the tricks that I knew for grabbing the download stream of the video, I had to start thinking outside the box, which is something new for me, and focused on not downloading the video, but on a method to capture (or record the video). I knew from experience I could install software to perform this task; however, I did not want to install any software and began to wonder if there were any online web based services out there where I could perform this task. This is when and how I discovered the online web based screen recorder service called Screencast-O-Matic .

Using my web browser and a microphone connected to the computer I used Screencast-O-Matic to record (and capture) the video and audio of the news clip. The end result turned out better than I ever anticipated.

Screencast-O-Matic is a web based screen recorder that can be used in an instance such as I described, but is primarily designed to record your actions on the computer for purposes of “how to” instruction.

There is nothing to install when using Screencast-O-Matic.  Visit the website, click on Start Recording.  The first occasion of using Screencast-O-Matic you will be prompted to download a Java Plugin.

Following the download, the adjustable Screencast-O-Matic capture window, with various controls, will appear on the screen.  The capture window will remain on the window over top of any application you bring up.

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There is a FREE and PRO version of Screencast-O-Matic .  The FREE version enables you to:

  • Record for a max of 15 minutes
  • FREE Hosting (15 minutes per upload)
  • Upload to YouTube HD
  • Export to MP4, AVI, FLV movie
  • Record web camera

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[DID YOU KNOW?] Two YouTube Interfaces Optimized for Your TV That Works On Your Computer As Well

July 29, 2011

YouTube If you are into YouTube, I am sure you are familiar with YouTube’s typical web interface that you access through your desktop computer; BUT, did you know there are two other ways to access YouTube content that is pretty darn attractive?

YouTube XL

 

YouTube Leanback

Both of these interfaces were designed and optimized for viewing on your television; however, with widescreen monitors being very popular, both YouTube XL and YouTube Leanback may be worth considering.

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Must See – 3D Color Printing of a Crescent Wrench

July 9, 2011

You have to see this to believe it! I initially thought this was a hoax of some type.

It is a 3D printer (by Z Corporation) that has the ability to capture an object, edit the appearance of the object, then actually print (or replicate) a 3D working composite model of the object. The 3D printer (called the Zprinter) starts out by using a specially engineered powder that is mixed with a binder material that solidifies the powder particles.

Hold a full color, realistic 3D model in your hands to impart infinitely more information than a computer image.

ZPrinter

To see the printer in action I encourage you to watch the video below of a Crescent wrench being replicated using the ZPrinter.

ZPrinter–3D Printing

To learn more about the 3D Printers, by Z Corporation, you can download and preview their brochure [ HERE ] .

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[VIDEO] WALMARTians (AKA: People of Walmart)

July 2, 2011

I am sure, here in the States, you will be doing that last minute shopping for that 4th of July grilling party and one of your stops will most likely be at the Walmart monopoly.  As a result of the monopoly, every Tom, Dick, and Harriet, who once visited the local (now defunct) Mom and Pop stores, have no choice but to venture out into public view as, Walmartians (aka: The People of Walmart).

I routinely receive chain emails with updated versions of The People of Walmart and have come to the conclusion it is our humanistic way of making fun of ourselves in an economic environment that is now controlled by people of wealth.

To keep the humor going, here is a YouTube music video of the People of Walmart (by Jessica Frech).  Be sure to visit Jessica’s Website [HERE] – and have a Happy and Safe 4th!

People of Walmart

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Video: Take A Ride In The Dragon Lady to the Edge of Space

April 16, 2011
James May from Top Gear rides in a U-2 spy plane

The Lockheed U-2, nicknamed “Dragon Lady“, is a single-engine, very high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency. It provides day and night, very high-altitude (70,000 feet / 21,000 meters), all-weather intelligence gathering. The aircraft is also used for electronic sensor research and development, satellite calibration, and satellite data validation. [Source: Wikipedia]

This is an awesome video that demonstrates just how capable technology and man are. A related article is the recent post “YouTube Movie: First Orbit” .

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YouTube Movie: First Orbit

April 13, 2011

YouTube (and Google) continue to raise the bar when it comes to online video content. Typically, it features a repository of short video clips and now they are working toward featuring longer, higher-quality video content on its website. Google, which owns YouTube, plans to invest millions into developing “original content”.

On that note, YouTube is featuring a premiere video (hour-and-half-long) called First Orbit. The video is a real-time recreation of Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin’s first 108 minutes long orbit of Earth in 1961.

To mark this historic flight YouTube has teamed up with the astronauts onboard the International Space Station to film a new view of what Yuri would have seen as he travelled around the planet.

If you are interested in watching this move, [CLICK HERE] .

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