Geek Squeaks #2015-11 @ What’s On My PC (Featuring: A Quick Study On The Anatomy Of A Good Password and MORE)

August 11, 2015

A Quick Study On The Anatomy Of A Good Password – I plucked the information below from my work security notices about passwords and thought it would be good to share with my readers. It pretty much sums it up nicely about the creation and the composition of a good password.

Did you know the longer the password, the harder it is to crack? Consider a 12-character password or longer. Things to avoid: Names, places, dictionary words. Mix it up. Use variations on capitalization, spelling, numbers, and punctuation. Most importantly, don’t save passwords or use “remember me” especially on public computers.  Make sure your computer is secure.  Never give your password out to anyone and don’t post your password in plain sight.

From my experience I have found that people that use computers (and other devices) on the personal level (such as at home) use very weak passwords, never change them and are very liberal on who has access to those passwords. To solve this problem, I highly recommend that you use a password manager such as S10 Password Vault that will help you manage, organize, store and generate your passwords.

S10 Password Vault

Hope You Don’t Miss Out On This Deal At Best Buy ($49.99) – My Passport Ultra 1TB External USB 3.0 Hard Drive – Black … Apparently Best Buy is clearing these out (which are the older models — but still a great buy)… If you miss out, and want one of the newer models, then try this link – CLICK HERE

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Here’s How To Use A Compass For Better Photography – If you have never visited Backcounty Gallery, then you do not know what you are missing… The site has FREE wallpapers that are to die for if you are a nature lover, featuring photos from the site’s developer (and photographer). If you are wondering, “How does he do that?”; then, read this article, at Backcountry Gallery, “Can A Compass Help You Get Better Photos?‘…

Backcountry Gallery

Have you ever tried going offline for days at a time? I don’t know if I could detach myself from my devices. I am serious, I have never tried it. Found this blog post at the Huffington Post “Why You Need To Go Offline For A Week” where the author explains that “you go completely offline (no internet allowed at all) and off grid (so no phone calls, texts etc.) to have a complete break from technology and communication with anyone you’re not physically with”. I encourage you to read this article to see his end results… I definitely need to go offline, get off the grid and go to hermit land.

Going Offline

Check out this men’s lithium powered mountain bike – This is an example of how battery technology is improving all of the time. This bike (or scooter) is by X-Treme Scooters (Model XB-300Li)… The Lithium Powered Electric Bicycle has a 300-Watt rear brushless hub motor for power operation. The bike has a key start and a variable speed control twist throttle. The bike can be powered exclusively by the motor, can be pedaled and power assisted, or be exclusively pedaled. Mountain bike components that make the bike great for trail and road riding include a seven-speed Shimano Tourney Gears Shifter System, lightweight 100 percent aluminum alloy frame, fully adjustable seat, and a RST Capa T7 hydraulic front fork for maximum shock absorption. The bike is also equipped with strong front and rear brakes, a battery indicator, a headlight, tool kit, and cargo rack.

Battery Powered Bicycle

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A Christmas Wallpaper To Help Get You Into The Spirit

December 4, 2014

Thought I would post a bright and cheery wallpaper (computer desktop background) to help get everyone into the Christmas Spirit… ALSO, If you are at a shopping dead end and don’t know what to get that special someone, be sure to visit the Earth’s Biggest Selection from the comfort of your home…

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Christmas Wallpaper

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Show Your Support of Windows 8 With This Cracked Screen Wallpaper

November 28, 2014

To demonstrate my recent frustrations with Windows 8 (8.1) in setting up a new PC, I went on the hunt for a wallpaper background that shows how I feel right now about Windows in general. All in all, I finally got my PC setup the way I wanted, but I did experience a hurdle or two that pushed me over the edge.

To get this wallpaper (which I added to my collection), click on the image below (or CLICK HERE). You will be taken to the site where the wallpaper is located. Right click on the image to save it to your computer.

Windows 8 Cracked Screen Wallpaper

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WALLPAPER – Tanks In The Sky

September 2, 2014

Used to have the A10 Warthogs doing test runs in my area… The Warthog is basically a tank in the sky.  Found this wallpaper that says it all.

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A10 Warthog


Nice Wallpaper of Looking Through A Chain Link Fence

August 26, 2014

Don’t know why, but I really like this wallpaper from “The Paper Wall

Looking Through A Chain Link Fence


FREE Backup Software That Provides Basic And Advanced Features (such as disk imaging)

July 23, 2014

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[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] FREE Backup Software That Provides Basic And Advanced Features (such as disk imaging)

I have been involved in computers in some form or another for over 25 years. My strength has always been in the area of software and learning what I needed to know to keep the flow of the workplace healthy. I will tell you right off the bat, I am not an expert; however, give me a little time and I will find the answer. Since my retirement, my desire to keep up with the trends has not diminished; AND, if anything it has become even more focused. I have learned to become a master of computer information.

My focus is no longer in a workplace setting, but is more in the direction of what can I contribute to help folks at home. Today, I want to push you in a direction of making sure you are backing up your data (documents, pictures, music, etc…) and even backing up your entire hard drive.

One of the first things you need to do is get yourself a good external drive that will become an extension of your computer and can be easily removed (and stored away) if need be (depending on how important is your data to you). I currently use several external drives, with one of those drives being a portable hard drive (see examples here). I use this portable hard drive to store a backup image of my entire hard drive that will capture every bit of data on the drive at the time of the backup. I then remove the drive and store it off site. I know there are numerous cloud computing backup options out there where you can move your personal (and private) files to the cloud. Even with this option being available, I still (highly) recommend the process of backing up your data and external drive (at your house). This all may sound like a pain, but really it is not; especially when I introduce you to AOMEI Backupper Standard.

AMOEI Backupper Standard is a FREE backup software solution that I can personally attest does work (especially the disk imaging component). AMOEI gives you the ability to perform a system backup, a disk backup, a customized files/folders backup and a partition backup.

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Please do not let these terms scare you off. AMOEI will walk you through the process of performing these tasks. On a personal level, as mentioned, I use the disk imaging component of AMOEI to make an exact copy of my hard drive in my computer.

In closing, to give an example of how AMOEI, saved my butt…  I recently noticed and determined that my hard drive in my computer, after 7 years, was working its’ way toward failure. Using AMOEI, I routinely performed disk imaging backups and had those images stored on an external drive. When it was time to install the new drive, I created a boot CD (or DVD) using the AMOEI software. Using the AMOEI software, I created boot CD (which is easy to do). After installing the new hard drive, which was larger in size and contained no data, I booted from the CD.  Within the boot CD is a built in version of the AMOEI software that allowed me to pull the image from the external drive and restore my data (an exact copy of my old hard drive) to the new drive (a new Seagate Hybrid Drive with SSD). I always keep my fingers crossed when performing tasks such as this, but AMOEI performed flawlessly.

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[WALLPAPER] Browse and Download Any Bing Wallpaper at Official Homepage Gallery – Microsoft Bing’s daily updated photo backgrounds for the search engine are cool and popular. You can now browse and download all the wallpapers in Bing’s history at the official Homepage Gallery, all for free… @lifehacker

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[GOOGLE] Create Reminders in Google Search – You don’t have to use the mobile Google Search app to add reminders. Just search Google for add reminder or create reminder, enter a name, a date or a place. You can also enter specific queries like: add reminder to buy milk tomorrow or create reminder to buy sandwich when I am in Chicago. Just click “remind me on Google Now”… @Google Operating System

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[TECH NEWS] Microsoft talks up ‘next version of Windows’ – Microsoft is trying to bridge the relatively strict separation — that currently exists on Windows 8.1 — of the Modern, aka Metro, UI that is touch friendly and the more traditional desktop UI, which is geared more toward the mouse and keyboard… @c|net

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[HOW TO] Sleep and hibernation: frequently asked questions – Here are answers to some common questions about sleep and hibernation… @Microsoft


[SOFTWARE] Angry IP Scanner – Angry IP scanner is a very fast and small IP scanner. It pings each IP address to check if it`s alive, then optionally it is resolving hostname and tries to connect at specified in Options dialog box TCP port… @Snapfiles

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[PORTABLE APPS] 300+ free and legal portable apps (over 9GB) – Free. No time limits. No catch. No registration required. Never was. No adware. No spyware. No malware… @portableapps

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[ANDROID APP] Floatify – Smart Notifications – When you receive notifications Floatify will show you a popup window with stacked notifications. You can interact with the popup, expand a notification to full size, open or cancel the notification, setup a reminder or open the app in xHalo. Even if the phone is locked you can directly open or cancel the notification! Floatify will also wake your phone if you like… @Google Play

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The Benefit of Turning Off GPS On Your Android Phone (KitKat Version) And Using WiFi To Determine Your Location

June 18, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The Benefit of Turning Off GPS On Your Android Phone (KitKat Version) And Using WiFi To Determine Your Location – When the GPS function is activated on your phone it is constantly performing a satellite handshake to pinpoint your location. Personally, I do not see a need for GPS unless you are going a trip and need to use the phone for navigation purposes; PLUS, GPS turned “on” drains the battery.

The 2nd best option to GPS, that is more battery friendly, is to use Wi-Fi and the Mobile Networks to determine your location. To do this on your Android Phone (KitKat version), Go to Settings > Location Mode AND select Battery Saving (Use wi-fi and mobile networks to determine location).

Turning Off GPS

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[HOW TO] How to Delete Your Google+ Account – If you want to keep using Gmail and rest of Google’s tools, but want to ditch Google+, AddictiveTips shows the simple steps to removing the social network functions from your Google account. The process is quick and simple… @lifehacker

[USB FLASH DRIVE FOR SMARTPHONE] Transfer files between your smartphone, computer or tablet using the dual micro USB and USB 2.0 connections – Easily manage all of your files from your smartphone or tablet. Search, copy, delete, playback and sort your files with ease. The File Manager application is free to download from Google Play… @AMAZON

Sony 16GB Microvault USB Flash Drive for Smartphone

Sony 16GB Microvault

[TECH NEWS] Amazon Unveils New 3-D ‘Fire’ Smartphone – The long-rumored Amazon smartphone was officially unveiled Wednesday and, yes, it has a 3-D screen. Well, technically Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos called it “dynamic perspective,” but it gives the new Fire Phone the illusion of depth with no glasses required thanks to four face-tracking cameras built into the front of the phone… @NBCNews

[LABEL PRINTER] Share Brother’s Wireless Label Printer Among Multiple PCs – Brother has introduced the PT-P750W, its first PC-connectable P-touch label maker that can be used with most computers and mobile devices to create labels over a wireless network. This makes the PT-P750W an ideal group label printer for small offices and business environments… @PCMag

[FREE SOFTWARE] Locate files and folders by name instantly – Everything Search Engine (Small installation file, Clean and simple user interface, Quick file indexing, Quick searching, Minimal resource usage, Share files with others easily AND Real-time updating)… @voidtools

[HOW TO] Proper Ways to Dispose of An Old Computer – When the time comes to dispose of an old computer, you need to take the proper steps to ensure it is discarded properly. The two main concerns when getting rid of an old computer include the fact that they contain heavy metals like many electronics, and the fact that they contain a variety of important and personal information that you don’t want to end up in the wrong hands where it could make you vulnerable to identity theft or fraud. Here are some helpful tips for disposing of the old computer safely… @Computer How To Guide

[ANDROID APPS] 5 Flute Apps For Android – Here’s a list of 5 flute apps for Android which you can use to play the flute on your Android devices. By simulating music instruments on Android you can’t expect to have the same music experience like you do with real instruments. Despite that, instrument simulators are a great way how to have fun on your smartphone or tablet… @I Love Free Software

[WALLPAPER] Rain Wet Blue… @URHDWALLPAPERS

Rain Wet Blue


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The Best Microsoft Office Alternative Out There (WPS Office–Formerly Kingsoft Office)

June 5, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The Best Microsoft Office Alternative Out There (WPS Office–Formerly Kingsoft Office) – Many home-based computer users get in their minds, especially after a new computer install, that they have to install (and buy) Microsoft Office.

Well, I am here to tell you that you don’t. If you are a home based user, and even if you are still in the workforce using Microsoft Office products, I encourage you to take a look at WPS Office (formerly called Kingsoft Office). The difference between the two is this – COST.  Microsoft Office will cost you a considerable amount of money; whereas, WPS is FREE.

WPS Office

WPS Office

I currently have WPS Office installed on all of my Windows based computers, Android tablets, and Android Phone. If you are an Apple user or Linux user, you are in luck, as well.

WPS Office Highlights

  • Fully compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel
  • Supports DOC, XLS, PPT, TXT and more
  • Easily switch between open documents using our Priority Tabs feature
  • Quickly share documents with built in emailing function
  • Keep your work safe with auto-save
  • Keep your work protected with document encryption
  • One small file includes Presentation, Writer and Spreadsheet
  • Optional spell check language packs available

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[USB FLASH DRIVE FOR SMART PHONES] Transfer files between your smartphone, computer or tablet using the dual micro USB and USB 2.0 connections – Smartphone USB transfers files between your smartphone, computer or tablet using its dual micro USB and USB 2.0 connections. It is compatible with most Android devices1 for easy content transfer, no cords or network required… @Amazon

[WALLPAPERS] Check out Bing’s Homepage Gallery  – This gallery showcases images on the U.S. Bing Homepage during the past five years… @bing Homepage Gallery

Bing’s Homepage Gallery

[TECH NEWS] Touch version of Office expected to arrive for Android before Windows – Since Nadella has taken over as Microsoft’s CEO, he hasn’t been afraid to make it known that the company wants it software on every platform and will not wait to make sure that Windows gets an early advantage. This has already played out, as Office is currently available on the iPad and according to a new report, it will also arrive on Android tablets before it hits the Surface line and other Windows tablets… @Neowin

[SPRINGPAD ALTERNATIVES] SpringPad Is Shutting Down (so sad) – If you are a Springpad user, I am sure you heard the bad news that Springpad is shutting down. If you need an alternative, then check out this Google Docs Spreadsheet… @Google Docs

[CLOUD COMPUTING] A Map With All The Newspapers In The World – Providing a search interface, direct links, and one-click translating… @Newspaper Map

Newspaper Map

[CLOUD COMPUTING] A Web Based RSS Reader – Stories are pushed directly to you, so you can read news as it comes in… @Newsblur


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An Ultra Light Mobile Browser For Your Android Phone That Is Small, Speedy and Secure

June 2, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] An Ultra Light Mobile Browser For Your Android Phone That Is Small, Speedy and Secure – When it comes to web browsers it seems we get stuck on top named browsers (such as Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer); but, did you know there are numerous other browsers out there that is competing on the Android mobile phone platform that is giving these browsers a run for their money?

A web browser that has become a mainstay on my Nexus 5 is CM (Clean Master) Browser-Fast. The install for this browser is SMALL (less that 2MB). It is SPEEDY (featuring a preload mechanism that makes browsing very fast). It is SECURE (warns you when browsing potentially fraudulent or malicious websites).

CM (Clean Master) Browser-Fast

Two things that stands out with me with CM (Clean Master) Browser-Fast is that it actually is fast and will protect your privacy from unsolicited tracking.

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[FILE ENCRYPTION] A Small, Easy-To-Use Encryption Program – Drag’n’Crypt ULTRA is a small, easy-to-use encryption program using which you can protect confidential data from unauthorized access. You move the file to encrypt (s) simply on the program window (the drop zone ) and DCU encrypt the file (s) with the very safe Twofish encryption algorithm… @Drag’n’Crypt ULTRA

[COMPUTER SECURITY] Run software in an isolated environment to prevent it from making changes to your system –  Sandboxie is an innovative program that makes it possible to run applications in complete isolation from the rest of your system – in a sandbox. This means that any problems that may crop up in an isolated piece of software do not spread to other areas of your system; this help to protect against full system crashes, and also the spread of malware. Sandboxie can also be used to run web browser sessions in isolation so that any malicious web sites that may be encountered are not able to cause any damage outside the sandbox… @DownloadCrew

[DROWNING SIMULATOR] After Watching This You Will Think Twice About Not Wearing Your Life Jacket – @Sortieenmer.com

[WALLPAPERS] Take Your Desktop to New Heights with These Mountainous Wallpapers – @lifehacker

Mountainous Wallpapers

[MUSIC PLAYER] 3 Ways To Use Google Chrome As A Music Player For Local Files – What if you wanted to ditch your music player and use Chrome instead? With no additional apps or extensions installed, you can open an MP3 file in Chrome by dragging & dropping it on to a tab, or by using the Ctrl+O function and selecting it from your library and the file will play… @Addictive Tips

[RINGTONE MAKER] Free Ringtone Maker (Free Download) – an extremely simple and handy Windows software for making your own free ringtones… @musetips

[HOT TECH NEWS] Important Information If You Use TrueCrypt – At present, the reasons for the abrupt ending of TrueCrypt development are not known.  Various rumours persist, including NSA involvement, the web site being hacked, a spat among the developers, and more besides… @gizmo’s

[NEW CHROMEBOOK] ASUS Chromebook C200MA-DS01 11.6-Inch Laptop Coming To Amazon on June 26, 2014

ASUS Chromebook C200MA-DS01 11.6-Inch Laptop

Unprecedented 11-Hours Battery Life. 802.11 A/C Wireless for incredible speed. 16 GB solid state storage. 11.6″ HD LED display. Intel Bay Trail N2830 2.16 GHz (turbo 2.41GHz). 2GB DDR3. 1.2MP camera. 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, SD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0… @Amazon


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Make Google Your Personal Dictionary

May 26, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Make Google Your Personal Dictionary – One of my favorite Google Search tips is how to use the dictionary feature that is available in Google. It is quite simple, faster than grabbing a dictionary off of the shelf, and is one of the most overlooked tips out there.

Simply visit Google’s Search Page and type in the word define followed by a colon and the word you wish to get a definition. For example, if you typed define:computer you would get a result similar to what you see below.

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[COMPUTER SECURITY] Don’t fall for tech support scammers offering costly PC cleanup ‘solutions’ – We’re all familiar with how telemarketers occasionally interrupt our lives, often at the most inopportune times. However, even more upsetting is receiving an unexpected phone call claiming that your PC has been infected with viruses and can be cleaned only for a hefty fee. What’s worse is that the caller is almost certainly a fake — a bad guy who pretends to work for Microsoft or one of our partners… @The Official Microsoft Blog

[ANDROID – HOW TO] How to set up Daydream: Android’s overlooked, customizable docking screen – Let’s say I want to use that screen while my phone is charging or docked. Let’s say I want to use it as a digital clock or photo frame. I’m in luck (and so are you), because Android 4.2 and up actually has a little-known, built-in feature that allows me to do just that! It’s called Daydream, and it’s a quick, easy way to customize your Android device’s charging/docking screen to display practically anything you want… @greenbot

[SOFTWARE] Sandboxie – This innovative program makes it possible to run applications in complete isolation from the rest of your system – in a sandbox. This means that any problems that may crop up in an isolated piece of software do not spread to other areas of your system; this help to protect against full system crashes, and also the spread of malware. Sandboxie can also be used to run web browser sessions in isolation so that any malicious web sites that may be encountered are not able to cause any damage outside the sandbox… @Download Crew

[ALL-IN-ONE COMPUTER] Lenovo IdeaCentre C365 19.5-Inch All-in-One Touchscreen Desktop@Amazon

Lenovo IdeaCentre C365

Lenovo IdeaCentre C365

[TECH NEWS] U.S. may act to keep Chinese hackers out of Def Con hacker eventWashington is considering using visa restrictions to prevent Chinese nationals from attending popular summer hacking conferences in Las Vegas as part of a broader effort to curb Chinese cyber espionage, a senior administration official said Saturday… @Yahoo News

[WALLPAPER] Desktop wallpaper by Adan Vivar@Wallpapers Room

Desktop wallpaper by Adan Vivar


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The Easiest Way To Tell If The Windows 8.1 Update Is Installed On Your Computer

May 22, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The Easiest Way To Tell If The Windows 8.1 Update Is Installed On Your Computer – If you are confused about Windows 8.1 and the Windows 8.1 Update, you are not alone. In a nutshell; Windows 8.1 was an update to Windows 8.  Windows 8.1 Update, which is a completely different thing from Windows 8.1, is an update to Windows 8.1 (and Windows 8). Still confused?

The bottom line is that you want to make sure your computer is completely up to date. To determine if you have the Windows 8.1 Update installed go to the Start screen. If you see a Search button near your account name at the top of the Start screen, you already have the update.

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[COMPUTER SECURITY] SOLUTION: “This is Microsoft Support” telephone scam – Computer ransom lockout – A trend of the past couple of years has been for scammers to contact computer owners directly via telephone in the United States in an effort to convince them that there is a problem with their PC and they’ll need to pay to have it fixed.  In general, these people cannot fix anything, and instead they merely charge exorbitant fees for absolutely nothing. In other words, they scam you… @Triple-S Computers

[HARDWARE] A Programmable Computer Mouse – Do more, more easily with your mouse. With soft rubber grips and a contoured shape, this full size mouse provides all-day comfort, while Back/Forward buttons, side-to-side scrolling plus zoom and programmable buttons empower you to click, scroll and zoom with the flick of a finger… @Amazon

Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse

Logitech M510 Wireless Mouse

[ANDROID] magicApp by magicJack – Get unlimited local & long distance calling to the U.S. and Canada with magicApp. For international callers, make FREE unlimited magicApp-to-magicApp calls worldwide… @Google play

[FILE ENCRYPTION] Quick Crypt – A portable solution for encrypting and decrypting files.  Many features… @Valkova

[TECH NEWS] Lenovo Slides Past Apple to Claim #3 PC Sales Spot in U.S., Posts Record Earnings – Lenovo also made significant inroads in the U.S. market, where HP and Dell are still in first and second place. Lenovo’s strengthened PC lineup allowed it to vault past Apple to claim the third place spot for its fiscal fourth quarter (January through March 2014)… @DailyTech

[HOW TO] Averting Disaster – A Guide To Computer Backups (2014) – Backups are simply duplicates of data which are archived, and which can be restored to a previous point in time. The key is the data must be duplicated, and you have to be able to go back to an earlier time. Anything that doesn’t meet both of those requirements is not a backup… @AnandTech

[WALLPAPER] Cracked Windows Computer Screen@The Paper Wall

Cracked Windows Computer Screen


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Learning About Secure Boot In Windows 8

May 20, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Learning About Secure Boot In Windows 8 – This geek squeak is about a feature, called Secure Boot, that is built into the firmware architecture of the newer computers that make sure that your PC boots using only software that is trusted by the PC manufacturer.  When the PC starts, the firmware checks the signature of each piece of boot software, including firmware drivers (Option ROMs) and the operating system. If the signatures are good, the PC boots, and the firmware gives control to the operating system. From what I have read, Microsoft had encouraged the computer manufacturers to put this in place, as a security measure to prevent a Windows 8 computer from being compromised.

The problem I experienced with this, not working on computers as much since my retirement, is that I did not know about Secure Boot. I had attempted to boot a Windows 8 based (newer) PC from a third party DVD called Hiren’s Boot CD and the PC would not allow the CD to perform the boot process. I was in and out of the BIOS to make sure I had the CD/DVD drive in line to be the first boot device and it would not boot from the CD/DVD (or USB drive) due to the Secure Boot feature.  The PC, during the boot process, would look at the CD/DVD (or USB drive), BUT as indicated in the first paragraph Secure Boot did not recognize the signature and would bypass the boot disk and try to boot into Windows.

The workaround I found to this is that in the BIOS of this particular PC, I was able to disable Secure Boot and enable Legacy Boot. After I performed this task, the PC booted from the boot CD/DVD (or USB Drive). The process of disabling this feature varies, depending on the make and model of your computer. I encourage you to research this through your computer manufacturer.

To learn more about this and to validate my findings, please read Secure Boot Overview (at Microsoft) and Disabling Secure Boot.

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[FILE SHARING] Send Anywhere Transfers Files Quickly and Securely Across Devices – The big sell of Send Anywhere is that it uses P2P to transfer your files, without saving them on any server along the way. So once the transfer is done, the file isn’t going to be sitting on the cloud, waiting to be discovered by someone else… @lifehacker

[HOW TO] What You Need to Know About Text-to-911 – Text-to-911 is the ability to send a text message to reach 911 emergency call takers from your mobile phone or device. In the future, text-to-911 will be widely available in the United States. However, for now, the ability to contact 911 using text is only available on a limited basis in a few markets.… @FCC

[GADGET TOOL] Pocket Monkey – 3 screwdrivers (flat head, 2D phillips, micro flat), 6 nested hex wrenches (standard sizes), bottle opener, letter opener, and 6 more… @Amazon

Pocket Monkey

[COLLEGE COMPUTER] Tablet or Laptop for college? – As high school students take the summer off and begin to prepare for college, we are often asked what technology students should get for college.   Here’s our answer.  Both – maybe.  Why? … @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog

[SOFTWARE] Scan Documents And Save Them On Your Computer As A PDF – 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… @SoftwareOK

[BOOT DISK] Create bootable media using ESET SysRescue Live – Recently, a popular security company ESET has released its SysRescue Live bootable CD/USB. It is a free utility that allows you to create a bootable rescue CD/DVD or USB Drive. You can boot an infected computer from your rescue media to scan for malware and clean infected files… @The Windows Club

[TECH NEWS] China bans Windows 8 from being used on government PC  – Reuters reports that China’s Central Government Procurement Center posted word of the Windows 8 ban last week on its website. Oddly, the notice was part of a message on how the government could use energy saving products. However, the official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, later said the ban was to help ensure computer security… @Neowin

[ANDROID] Direct-to-Drive attachment saves added to Gmail for Android – Gmail for Android now lets you save attachments directly to Google Drive. The new feature is part of the latest version of Gmail for Android, which started rolling out on Monday via Google Play… @Greenbot

[WALLPAPER] Earth Map… @WideWallpapers

Earth Map


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The No. 1 Free, Powerful and All-In-One Utility For Cleaning Your Windows PC

May 14, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The No. 1 Free, Powerful and All-in-one Utility For Cleaning Your Windows PC – One of my favorite, all-in-one computer maintenance utilities is Glary Utilities.

Glary Utilities

I just happened to notice that a NEW version (5.0) is available. Glary Utilities features over 20+ utilities that will help you maintain and improve the performance of your PC. I also noticed that there is also an Android version of Glary Utilities available, as well…

Get the PC Version [HERE]

Get the Android Version [HERE]

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[HOW TO] How to Install Android 4.4 KitKat on Windows PC – This article will guide you on How to Install Android 4.4 KitKat on Windows PC. Be sure check all the prerequisites before you proceed with the steps… @TechSwatch

[SOFTWARE] Evernote2Onenote – a small tool to import Evernote notebooks to Onenote. Evernote2Onenote does not require installation. It can be run from any place. Just doubleclick on the file to run it… @Stefan’s Tools

[HOW TO] Create Reminders On Your Desktop. No Software Required – To create a reminder note, just right-click your desktop, choose New Folder, and create an empty folder whose name is the text of the reminder you want.  And that’s all there is to it!  Alternatively, create a new text document in the same way, to get a different icon… @gizmo’s

[WI FI ROUTER] Revolutionary Touch Screen WiFi Router + Range Extender –

Securifi Almond – (3 Minute Setup) Touchscreen Wireless Router / Range Extender

Securifi Almond - (3 Minute Setup) Touchscreen Wireless Router / Range Extender

Almond is a revolutionary device that brings touch to Wireless Routers for the first time in history. For the first time users can setup & maintain their router easily from its highly intuitive touch screen… @Amazon

[ANDROID] Free Android App of the Day – Make sure you visit Amazon to see what Android App they are giving away (daily). I personally visit the site daily and have managed to grab some fantastics apps that I normally would have paid for… @Amazon

[FREE ONLINE STORAGE] Copy – Store Protect and Share Amazing Things – Get 15GB and an additional 5GB by signing up[click here]

[WALLPAPER] Reflection of An Iceberg@ja.best-wallpaper.net

Reflection of An Iceberg

 


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FREE Self Managing Android Battery Saving App

May 11, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] FREE Self Managing Android Battery Saving App – I am big on the Android Smartphones; currently owning a Nexus 5. It has become (literally) my computer in my pocket; however, I learned early on that it is important to monitor its’ battery life on a daily basis in order to get the most out of my computer in my pocket. To assist me with this task is the FREE Android App called Battery Doctor (Battery Saver).

Battery Doctor

I have been using this app for quite awhile and can attest that it will significantly improve your battery life. It is smart in that it self manages and optimizes your phone in a way that it will shutdown battery eating background apps and hardware (such as bluetooth, wifi, etc…) when these components are not in use (or are not needed). There is also power management features built into the app  to let you know how much power your apps are consuming, how much battery is left, when is a good time to charge and when not too charge.

Overall, one of my favorite utilities on my phone that I highly recommend.

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[FREE SECURITY SOFTWARE] Bitdefender Antivirus Free Edition – Baseline protection against viruses and all other types of malware. Using #1 ranked antivirus technology, it will detect and clean e-threats without causing slowdown or requiring configurations… MORE INFO

[WIFI EXTENDER] Extend range and provide a strong Wi-Fi signal for improved coverage – @Amazon

Belkin N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

Belkin N600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender

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[GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSION] HoverReader Displays Full Articles When You Hover Over The Link – Chrome: HoverReader, once installed, lets you hover over a link to a news article to see a pop-up display of an article preview or its full-text before you click. It’s especially useful if you’re browsing an article full of links, or want to preview an article before you click through on Reddit, Hacker News, or other news aggregators… @Lifehacker

[ONLINE GRAPHIC UTILITY] Background Burner – Quickly removes the background from any image or photo… @Background Burner

[TECH NEWS] Man arrested for 3D printing handguns in Japan – Yoshimoto Imura, a 27-year-old Japanese college employee, was arrested this week for possession of five 3D-printed handguns, two of them capable of firing lethal ammunition. Police did not find any live ammunition at his residence…@Neowin

[HOW TO] Tips to free up drive space on your PC – Getting a message that your PC is running out of room can be a stressful event—or, even a genuine emergency if you’re in the middle of an important project. The good news is you can probably free up a lot of space by using the following tips. But if you keep getting messages about low drive space, you might want to consider other options, including adding additional removable storage… @Microsoft

[WALLPAPER] Digital Art Freedom – @WallpaperStop

Digital Art Freedom


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Next Version Of DuckDuckGo Focuses On Smarter Answers AND A More Refined Looks

May 7, 2014

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Next Version Of DuckDuckGo Focuses On Smarter Answers AND A More Refined Looks – Most of us, when performing a search on the internet, go with the big players such as Google, Bing and Yahoo (to name a few). A search engine option that I want you take a look at that actually is comparable or better in terms of search results is the search engine called DuckDuckGo.

DuckDuckGo

Where DuckDuckGo really excels, is that it is a search engine with privacy in mind. Unlike the big players, DuckDuckGo does not profile and track you.

Recently, through the DuckDuckGo Community Platform, I learned that the next version of DuckDuckGo is in beta and can be tested [here].

This version of DuckDuckGo focuses on smarter answers and a more refined look. New features like images, auto-suggest, places and more. Of course, your privacy is protected, with this version, as well!

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[GREAT DEAL – MICROSOFT OFFICE 2013] Get Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 for $104.99 – The 2013 Home and Business edition will run you $219.99. But there’s an unusually good deal to be had: Tech Supply King has Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 (single license) for $104.99. It’s a download, so there’s no shipping charge. This version of the suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. It comes with both 32- and 64-bit files, with Service Pack 1 already rolled in. And you own the software; this isn’t a subscription version that requires you to pony up another $100 every year. (Barf)… @c|net

[MINI WINDOWS DESKTOP COMPUTER] CyberPowerPC Fang Mini joins the tiny desktop PC party – CyberPowerPC is offering a choice between Intel and AMD chips. The Intel version costs $889 and includes a Core i7-4770R quad-core processor and Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics. The AMD model costs $799 and includes an AMD A8-5557M quad-core processor with Radeon R9 M275X graphics. The AMD model should have a slight edge on performance (and price), while the Intel model should sip less power… @PCWorld

[LAPTOP] HP Pavilion 10.1-Inch Touchscreen Laptop@Amazon

 HP Pavilion 10.1-Inch Touchscreen Laptop

[WINDOWS GOD MODE] Get Easy Access to Control Panel Settings with Windows God Mode – When most people hear the term “God Mode,” they think of video game cheat codes that give the player invincibility or other game-breaking attributes. But there’s also a Windows God Mode, at least sort of… @TekRevue

[NEED TO KNOW] The Facts About Defragmenting Your Computer Drives – Defragmenting your computer’s hard drive from time to time is necessary to help increase performance. Hard drives function by using spinning platters that store data in various areas. The data is written in blocks that are arranged in a sequenced order… @Computer How To Guide

[TECH NEWS] Microsoft’s late to the mini tablet market, but still has a shot at sales – According to several online reports, Microsoft will introduce a smaller-screen Surface on May 20 at an invite-only event in New York City. Dubbed “Surface Mini” in lieu of an official moniker, the device is expected to sport an 8-in. screen, come with a stylus, and be promoted primarily as a digital note taker… @ComputerWorld

[ANDROID] 5 Volume Booster Apps For Android – Here’s a list of 5 volume booster apps for Android which can be used to improve volume on your Android devices if they’re too quiet… @I Love Free Software

[COMPUTER SECURITY] Eusing Maze Lock lets you lock Windows computer using a pattern – Using the pattern lock is in trend these days and most of the Smartphone users today use the pattern lock instead of passwords. With Eusing Maze Lock you can safely lock and unlock your Windows PC, just by connecting some dots in a specific pattern… @The Windows Club

[WALLPAPERS] Say “Awwww” with These Baby Animal Wallpapers – @Lifehacker

Baby Animal Wallpapers


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