Take Me Back In Time To Visit An Archived Version of The Internet

April 30, 2013

I actually developed an interest in computers that pre-dates the internet, as we know it (with the graphical user interface, html web pages, etc…). I can remember way back when, being in attendance at a local school where a representative from a large telecommunications company was speaking about computers and that something innovative was on the horizon that would change our lives, as we know it.  What he was talking about at the time was the building of the internet. No one in attendance, including myself, could really grasp at what he was talking about and just how important it would become.

It was some years later, as a result of computers and the internet, my life changed for me personally. Suddenly being labeled as a computer geek, I was thrust into a new career field (as an IT Manager) where I became part of that innovation of what we call internet. Our entire lives has been changed by the internet and the connectivity it has brought; AND, without it we would be at a great loss.

I started thinking about all of this; and, knowing the digital world being as it is, was there was a way to go back in time to revisit the internet in days past? You know, sort of reminisce…  It was after this thought that I remembered hearing about the Wayback Machine.

The Wayback Machine is “a service that allows people to visit archived versions of Web sites. Visitors to the Wayback Machine can type in a URL, select a date range, and then begin surfing on an archived version of the Web. Imagine surfing circa 1999 and looking at all the Y2K hype, or revisiting an older version of your favorite Web site. The Internet Archive Wayback Machine can make all of this possible”.

You are not going to find every site ever created out there, but the Wayback Machine is a great learning and research tool and is just plain interesting to see what the internet landscape looked like in years gone by. For example here is part of a page I pulled from Microsoft’s web site in December 1997:

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You can also upload your own digital artifacts to the Wayback Machine, as well…

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Building A Web Site Has Never Been Easier

April 8, 2013

If you ever dreamed of having your own web site without a lot of overhead and complexity, then take a look at Weebly

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Recently I was looking for a place to host Bookmarks4Techs.com and Weebly became the logical choice. First off, you have option to going into this for FREE; which is what I have initially done with Bookmarks4Techs.com. What really sold me on Weebly was that they allowed me to use my domain name (Bookmarks4Techs.com), , which is parked elsewhere, at Weebly.  Not only that, getting your website up and running is dead simple using their online website builder. You need no knowledge of HTML/CSS coding to build a site with Weebly; HOWEVER, if you have that knowledge, you have full control to completely customize the look and feel of your site.

Building a website on Weebly is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Our drag & drop website builder makes it dead simple to create a powerful, professional website without any technical skills required. Over 6 million people and small businesses have joined Weebly to build their online presence.

So far, my experience using Weebly to maintain Bookmarks4Techs has been a good experience and from what I am gathering, Weebly is currently in process of improving and adding more features. I do not know of another service out there that offers this much, when it comes to web site building.

Here is what you get with Weebly:

Online Drag and Drop Website Builder
Awesome Collection of 100 Plus Professional Themes
Powerful Hosting
Fast and Helpful Support
Easy Blogging
Photo Galleries and Slide Shows
Video and Audio Players
Easy Form Builder
ImagePerfect Image Editor
Detailed Traffic Stats
Free Domain Hosting
No Forced Advertising
FREE Search Engine Optimization
E-Commerce Features
Password Protect Pages
Automatic Optimization for Mobile Devices
Full HTML/CSS Control

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Be Sure To Visit My Sister Site – Bookmarks4Techs

November 5, 2011

If you are regular visitor to What’s On My PC, you surely have noticed that I have links posted to my sister site – Bookmarks4Techs.

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Bookmark4Techs started out as a personal project of mine as a result of managing my personal blog – What’s On My PC.  When searching for content for my blog, I found myself constantly trolling the internet in search of the latest and the greatest in computers, software, and information technology.

I found, for the matter of convenience, that if I listed the sites I regularly visited on a web page, I could troll the internet at a much faster rate (especially with today’s tabbed browsers). It was after a certain point of collecting numerous tech related websites that I realized that this collection may be of use and interest to others.  I love visiting other tech blogs (and sites) and I am constantly adding to this collection.  It is amazing how good theses sites and blogs really are.

Bookmarks4Techs is not just for techs; it is for everyone. As a matter of fact it is a great conduit to Amazon.com where I am currently serving as an affiliate. For example, if you click on the computer and accessories tab you will be redirected directly to Amazon’s site on Computer Accessories. It all has been an experiment of sorts to test out the affiliate experience (to see if it really works) and at the same time give people a launching point to other technology sites. You will find the sidebars loaded with RSS feeds to some of the best tech sites out there; plus, if you click on the Bookmarks4Techs tab you will be taken to my collection of tech sites (currently over 600 sites and growing).

Also, in an effort to draw people to Bookmarks4Techs I am constantly trolling for tech bargains and new technologies that have surfaced on the market and any other tech related products that may be of interest to you. I especially use Amazon.com, TigerDirect, Circuit City, NewEgg, and CompUSA to locate products of interest.

I ask that you “pass the word”…
Bookmark and blogroll Bookmarks4Techs
 
so that it may grow in popularity.

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Find Cheap Stuff and Great Deals with DEALZON

July 12, 2011

If you are like me and you like gadgets and cheap deals, then you may want to check out DEALZON.

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DEALZON is run by a small team of techies who work hard to find the best prices and values on computers, electronics, video games, and any other tech goodies. In essence, they do the legwork for you and get the best deals from reputable retail sources that we are all familiar with [ SEE HERE – Store List ] .

Note:  Added DEALZON to the What’s On My PC blogroll at the right sidebar of the blog.

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Bookmarks4Techs – A Worldwide Online Resource for Tech Sites

June 21, 2011

During the past several years I have been bookmarking and collecting tech sites.  Approximately a year ago I posted second site on the internet called Bookmarks4Techs to make this collection of tech sites available to everyone in the world.

Recently I have been working toward adding more sites and now have posted a total of 565 sites.  I still have many more sites to add to this collection.  Once I get caught up I will do a cleanup of any dead links and get a final count.  I encourage you to pay the site a visit [ HERE ] .

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Bookmarks4Techs is the largest repository of listed tech sites currently available on the internet. If you have the desire to learn about computers and information technology, then Bookmarks4Techs is your place to start!

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TTC Shelbyville Recognized by ComputerWorld

April 21, 2011

I think it is important to recognize fellow bloggers and in this case it is a blog that is on my blogroll – TTC Shelbyville .

The Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville (Computer Information Technology Program) has been Recognized by ComputerWorld as a 2011 Honors Laureate (award for outstanding creative or intellectual achievement).

April 21, 2011 – IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program today announces the Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville’s Computer Information Technology program as a 2011 Laureate.  The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results.

Congratulations to Steve Mallard and his program at TTC Shelbyville.

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Performed Some Site Maintenance – Blogroll Updated

January 22, 2011

After receiving some prompting and prodding I have cleaned up the blogroll somewhat so that the experience is more useful.  Any site that was on the blogroll that had not posted any articles within the past year have been taken off of the blogroll and archived (just in case they become active again).

To my readers out there, if you do not know what a blogroll is; it is a list of other blogs that a blogger (such as myself) might recommend by providing links to them (usually in a sidebar list).  You will find the blogroll here at What’s On My PC on the right side of the blog.

The blogs on my blogroll, which I am most proud to be associated with, are the following.  Take a few moments and hit these blogs. If you visit a site, leave them a comment that Rick from What’s On My PC  sent you. I promise you; you will not regret it.

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404 Tech Support
AKS-Feel The Change
AKSGEEK Live
AllThatsNew
Appnews.net
Ask A Tech Teacher
AskBillFirst
Awesome Wallpapers
Big Geek Daddy
Blogging Fool
Canadian Tech News Blog
Carol’s Vault
Carputers
Chicago Mac/PC Support
Computer Too Slow
Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Crazy World of G
Data Recovery Blog
Discobytes
EvilFantasy’s
Faster PC! Clean! Clean!
Free PC Security
Gadgetsholic
Great Free Software Utilities
I Love Free Software
I Want Ice Water
Internet Security Blog
Laptop Computer Reviews
Laptop Reviews Central
Lifehacker
Malware Removal Instructions
Mister Reiner
Mrintech
My Technology Guide
Netbook Freeware
Online Storage
Paul’s Home Computing Blog
PC Optimization Secrets
Plato Online
Rarst.net
RGdot.com
Right On Technology
Scoroncocolo
Snakebytez
Sugarloaf Tech
Tech Thoughts
Tech-for Everyone
Technize.com
Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Techolar
Techpiper
Teck-Line
thePC Security
Tied Up in the (World Wide) Web
TTC Shelbyville
TuneUp Blog about Windows
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What’s On My PC – Top Ten Most Popular Articles for 2010

December 31, 2010

We are within hours of closing out another timeframe in our lives. Time is like a vapor! Make the best use of it that you can.

To close out the year at my blog I decided to post the top ten “most popular” articles for 2010, here at What’s On My PC… 

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Top Ten Most Popular

  1. If you experience Windows Vista Service Pack 2 installation issues…
  2. Locating Your Software License Keys
  3. How to use a Blackberry Smartphone with a cheap “Pay As You Go” mobile phone plan…
  4. Motorola SBG901 SURFboard Wireless Cable Modem Gateway
  5. When Vista will not boot…
  6. bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine
  7. Creating an AOL Install CD… (if you must:)
  8. Adding a “Watermark” in Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007
  9. Write Your Name in the Snow with Penguin Show
  10. Go Incognito with Firefox…

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All About PC Optimization, Virus Removal And IT Support

November 17, 2010

I would like to welcome a new addition to the What’s On My PC blogroll, called PC Optimization Secrets.

PC Optimization Secrets

The site is maintained by Clifford the IT Guy who has over 10 years experience working in the IT sector, in areas such as systems administration, fixing computers, networking, and internet security.

The site specializes in PC Optimization, Virus Removal and IT Support.

Here is a sampling of some of articles featured at
PC Optimization Secrets
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How To Fine Tune Application Performance In Windows 7

How To Disable Windows 7 Search Indexing Feature

How To Recover Locked Up Apps In Windows 7

Cyber Criminal Delivers Malware Via USB Devices

How To Declutter Your Windows 7 By Moving Taskbar To The Side

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Cyberbullying – A Negative Result of Technology

October 29, 2010

I know I am from a generation of past; however, I have been fortunate enough to keep up to speed with technology and all the good and bad that is associated with it.

Today, I happened across a site called the Cyberbullying Research Institute that is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents.

Cyberbullying Research Center

If you are in the know, the term of the year for 2010 has to be the word “bullying”. Bullying is nothing new, and if you are from my generation (and prior), then you may have experienced it yourself at one point or another when you were an adolescent. Bullying is someone that persistently tries to dominant (and abuse) another through fear, threats and sometimes violence.

The reason I crafted this article is to inform people, especially those from my generation (and prior), that there is a new bully in town and he (or she) is called the Cyberbully. The Cyberbully is different in that the Cyberbully uses current technology to bully the victim in an attempt to gain power and control. The Cyberbullying Research Institute defines cyberbullying as this:

“willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices.”

Today’s technology makes it easy for the bully to harass others, due to the fact that the bully does not have to be physically in the  presence of the victim. With the wide reach of today’s technology, such as computers, cell phones, webcams, voice recorders, cameras, etc…,  incidents are occurring where adolescents are using these devices to harass, threaten, embarrass, intimidate, and humiliate others. For example, most cell phones today have the ability to record video and take pictures. There have been cases where bullying adolescents have taken pictures and videos of their peers in very compromising situations such as in a bedroom, a bathroom or other areas where privacy is typically expected; then posting the result on the internet.  Even something as simple as spreading rumors via text, instant, or email messaging can have devastating affects.

Again, my main purpose of this blog post is to make people aware that handing a cell phone, computer, or any electronic device over to a teenager, without rules and guidance, is a recipe for disaster that can lead to devastating affects.

If you would like to learn more about Cyberbullying, I encourage you to visit the Cyberbullying Research Center, a research group dedicated to tracking bullying behaviors online among youth.

Addendum:

  1. A fellow blogger, at 404 Tech Support, has an excellent article on this topic as well, titled ‘A Rant on Cyber-Bullying or ‘They’re 11. You, the Parent, Take Responsibility!’
  2. Parents, in this “digital age”, are faced with questions and challenges new to us humans. Tech, and the World-wide Web have changed the landscape. Tech Paul (at Tech-for Everyone) has assembled  ‘Some Tips for Parents’ that is a must read article.

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An Icon Search Engine That Helps You Find FREE Icons

October 1, 2010

No it is not National Icon Week… I know this is my second article about icons within 2 days but a really nice icon search engine was brought to my attention as a result of yesterday’s article (titled: How To Find Icons Hidden Inside of Files) that I want to share with you. Following yesterday’s article the author of the blog, Word Dreams pointed me to another source for icons called FindIcons.com. I initially thought I had done a review on this site; however, I discovered FindIcons.com was a new one to me.

Find Icons

FindIcons.com has a largest free icon collections, a better search filtering & matching system and more output options. Also, we track every search query and manually adjust the results according to the average ratings set by the search results from other users. And we understand that by searching you can’t categorize every icon you found. So we created a handy User Set tool to allow you group frequently used icons in your personal Favorites box which can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere. Now you will have an alternative option to having to put favorite icons into folders on your hard drive.

Another nice feature that I have not seen at the other icon sites is the ability to browse icon packs (batches of icons designed with a specific interest in mind).

Icon Packs

Some other features are a converter, ability to upload icons, search by tag and an “Excite” me link that will surprise you with a random listing of icons. Findicons.com claims to maintain a database of close to 300,000 icons. A BIG THANK YOU to Word Dreams for this one!

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TTC Shelbyville Makes ComputerWorld Magazine

September 16, 2010

Steve Mallard, IT Manager at the Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville, a regular visitor and supporter of this blog, is featured in ComputerWorld Magazine. Steve (and his students) are contributors of the blog TTC Shelbyville, which I am a (daily) regular visitor.

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To read about Steve and TTC Shelbyville, in ComputerWorld
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The article is titled “IT embraces its new leaner lifestyle”.

But there are also organizations where investments in both technology and staff are at a standstill. Among them is the Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville, one of 27 such centers across the state that along with six universities and 44 community colleges make up Tennessee’s higher education system.

“One of the biggest problems is that there isn’t revenue flowing into the state, and one of the first places they look to cut is education. We’re doing without 20% of the IT budget we had last year, and last year we had 10% less than the year before,” says Steve Mallard, the center’s IT director. [ Source: ComputerWorld ]

Congratulations to Steve and his fine program at TTC Shelbyville.

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Online Royalty Free Public Domain Clip Art

September 13, 2010

In the past here at What’s On My PC I have provided links to sites that feature FREE clipart. For example WP Clipart and Open Clipart Library are a couple of my favorite sources for FREE clipart.

Today I added another clipart site to my collection, called Clker.com, that I would like to share with you.

Clker.com

Clker.com is an online sharing service where users share free public domain vector cliparts, or share public domain photos and derive vector cliparts from those photos using clker’s online tracer.

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Bookmarks4Techs – An Ongoing Experiment

September 9, 2010

If you haven’t visited Bookmarks4Techs lately, then you are missing out on a growing list of tech sites. As of the date of this posting, the site is currently listing 464 bookmarked links to computer and information technology sites across the internet. You can literally spend hours hitting these sites. Also posted are RSS feeds to some of my favorite blogs and sites. This will continue to grow, as well.

Another featured experiment is that I am tyring is randomly selecting articles, from the 464 bookmarked sites, on a daily basis and posting links to those articles under Random Tech News. I am hoping that I can get people to drop by to read the latest news from the random selection and to encourage site owners to place Bookmarks4Techs on their blogroll.

Bookmarks4Techs, I set up to encourage people to learn about information technology and computers.  If you want to learn what is going on out there, the bookmarked sites is a good place to start.

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Time Magazines’ 50 Best Websites of 2010

August 26, 2010

As we continue to move more toward cloud computing here is a sampling of some of the best websites of 2010, as selected by Time Magazine (in Partnership with CNN). 

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The Best in the Online World

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August 25,2010

From the helpful to the distracting, the big hitters to the unknowns, TIME offers a road map to the best of the Web More »

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