Save Money On Computer Accessories

December 17, 2016

When looking for computer accessories (mice, keyboards, cables, etc…), take a moment and visit AmazonBasics for your computer accessory needs (CLICK HERE)… Definitely good products that will help you save some money.

Amazon Basics - Computer Accessories

Many people have never heard of AmazonBasics, which specializes in a variety of shopping categories, including everyday home necessities. VISIT HERE to see the main site…


AOMEI Backupper Standard 4 Now Includes Real-Time Syncing | Betanews

December 17, 2016

AOMEI is an excellent software package that will assist you with backing up your files. The newest version now includes a live syncing option. Read more at Betanews (source link below).

AOMEI has released AOMEI Backupper Standard 4.0, the second major update of its freeware Windows backup, imaging and cloning tool in 2016. Version 4.0 adds an additional arrow to the tool’s bow …

Source: AOMEI Backupper Standard 4 adds real-time file sync, supports backup to cloud


Washington Post Releases A Google Chrome Plug-In Designed to Fact Check Trump’s Twitter Posts

December 17, 2016

I wonder WHY???

Washington Post released a Chrome plug-in on Friday designed to fact-check posts from a single Twitter account.

Source: Washington Post automatically inserts Trump fact-checks into Twitter | Ars Technica


Haystack TV For Your Chromecast

December 17, 2016

On Black Friday I took advantage of the $25 Chromecast and installed it on my TV in my garage. My wife hasn’t seen me since. You can still take advantage of the $25 Chromecast at the official Google site (click here), until December 24th. After getting the Chromecast I was like a kid with a new toy and it wasn’t long before I was looking for Chromecast ready apps (that you install on your Android phone or tablet then cast or display on the TV).  

One of my favorites so far, is Haystack TV… In a nutshell it is like a high-def visual feed reader that specializes mostly in news; however, I found that you can customize (search for and save sources & topics) that can be quite entertaining (like late night TV segments).  Even if you do not have a Chromecast, Haystack TV is worth downloading on your smartphone or tablet.

   Haystack TV: Daily News- screenshot

 

Haystack TV is a free and Google Cast™ Ready app, a great alternative to cable news. Haystack has featured repeatedly for Chromecast and Android TV the latest politics, local, national and world news from top news organizations such as CNN, AP, MSNBC, NYTimes and the BBC.

 


Yahoo Account Owners – CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD

December 14, 2016

If you have an account with Yahoo, you need to change your password NOW. Reportedly a 1 Billion account breach has occurred. Better yet, based on past security issues with Yahoo, you may want to consider other options.

Source: It’s new and it’s bad: Yahoo discloses 1B account breach


All I Want For Christmas Is A MINIX NEO Z83-4

December 13, 2016

Looking to get one of these mini pc’s for Christmas (like I need another tech toy)… It is called the Minix NEO Z83-4. My intention is to set this up as a connection to my TV.  See spec’s and YouTube video below…

Minix NEO Z83-4

YouTube Review

Here are the specs:

Palm-Sized Computing – Ultra-compact design combined with premium performance. Equipped with Intel’s Cherry Trail Quad-Core processor.

Excellent Thermal Design – Perfect balance of speed, temperature, performance and absolute silence. Low operating temperature and incredibly energy-efficient.

Desktop Performance – Lightning-fast and highly responsive user experience. Exceptional connectivity capabilities, packed with 802.11ac Dual-Band Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet.

Multi-Purpose PC – Excellent Thin Client Solution or Home Theater PC. Equipped with Dual Output display ports (Mini DP and HDMI) and supports up to 4K @ 30fps.

Ready To Run Out Of The Box – 32GB of Samsung eMMC (MLC), 4GB of DDR3L memory and pre-installed with Windows 10 (64-bit).


Google Keyboard Update (to Gboard)

December 13, 2016

If you are an Android user, you will soon see a noticeable change to the Google Keyboard. One change is in the name. Following the update, it will be called Gboard with all the features that came to iOS users earlier this year. Apparently, Gboard has been big hit with the iOS users. One feature I am seeing that is nice is that you will be able to perform searches directly from the keyboard.

Source: Gboard FINALLY comes to Android and replaces Google Keyboard


Odd Solution To The Internet Not Working

December 8, 2016

Assisted two neighbors today that (during the past several days) lost their internet connectivity. One box was hard wired and the other was wireless. Both situations, which I eventually resolved, has me wondering what broke the connection. I am thinking a Windows update, but not even sure on that. I ruled out malware in both cases; but who knows, may have been something in the wild. It may be a coincidence, but both computers experienced the same exact issue. One box was Windows 8 and the other Windows 10. After checking the modems, routers and cabling; determined the issue was occurring at the computer level. Reboots often will resolve problems (such as power management issues); however, in these two cases, the magic of a reboot did not work to resolve the problem. It was after running the ping commands and the ipconfig commands from the Admin Command Prompt that I determined the issue (in both cases) was at the network adapter level. In both instances the properties of the network adapters (in the device manager) displayed that the adapters were working properly. I was also thinking possible Winsock issues where the TCP/IP needed reset. Anyhow, while I was in the network card adapter properties, I clicked on the “driver’s tab” and clicked on “update driver” knowing it would be impossible to update the driver from the internet (due to no internet connection). The driver update failed, but guess what, the internet connection in both cases immediately came back to life.

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I am not an everyday tech, as I once was years ago, and I am puzzled over this. If you have any insight to this, please leave a comment that may be helpful to myself and especially to others.  Thank you…


Are these people nuts?

December 7, 2016

Tech - for Everyone

Folks, the tech industry is talking about upcoming “improvements” to Windows 10. Which of course is an indicator of the evolution of our devices.. and what the big brains at the billion dollar companies think we want..

* Windows 10: Ten missing and highly anticipated features due in 2017

A look at the most significant changes due to hit Microsoft’s evolving OS in the coming year.Read more..

Okay.. I don’t want ANY of that. Do you? (Are you ‘eagerly anticipating’?) Would you even call these ‘improvements’?

The only one I think worthy of mention is for a browser I’ll never use.

I’m going to replace my desktop with a phone..? I guess marijuana is legal in the State of Washington? Cuz they gotta be high.

… It’s like they spend so much time in their labs, they have a complete disconnect with human psychology.. The numbers telling…

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Where do you land on this computer literacy chart?

December 7, 2016

I always hear how smart or literate our kids are when it comes to computers. This is true to a certain degree, but what I have found is that they have no fear when it comes to computers; not so much that they are any more literate about computers than any other generation. I have found that most folks are pretty much on the same level when it comes to computer literacy.

Lifehacker has posted an article (and chart) that will validate what I am talking about. Take a look at the chart and it may make you feel a little better, in comparison to others, when it comes to computer literacy skills.

Source: This Chart Shows How Computer Literate Most People Are


Stocking Stuffer – MoKo Universal Portable Foldable Smartphone Stand

December 7, 2016

If you are looking for an inexpensive, very usable, stocking stuffer, definitely take a look at the Moko Universal Portable Foldable Smartphone Stand. This stand is available in several different colors and is adjustable…  

Moko Smartphone Stand

 

  • Extremely lightweight(1.09 oz) and pocket-sized(3.26*2.8*0.5 inches), folds up to a completely flat shape, easily thrown onto a rucksack/bag.
  • Six fully adjustable slots, easily adjusts stand angle, supporting both vertical and horizontal viewing, displaying portrait and landscape modes.
  • Strong and durable ABS and rubber ensures stablity, holds devices up to 8 inch.
  • Well placed rubber pads for surface protection protects tablet from scratches and sliding.
  • Compatible with all Smartphones, E-reader and Tablets(6-8 Inch), will not fit tablet with a case or sleeve.

AdwCleaner by Malwarebytes (free adware, PUPs, hijacker and toolbar cleaner)

December 7, 2016

AdwCleaner is a “must have” security software tool that will search for and delete Adware, PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs), Toolbars, Hijackers and MORE… This program is by Malwarebytes, the maker of the famous Malwarebytes Anti-Malware…

Source: AdwCleaner


Chrome 55 Now Available | TechSpot

December 2, 2016

Appears that Google Chrome Version 55 has been released. This release is significant in that  it has been engineered to drastically reduce RAM usage by as much as 50 percent thanks to an updated JavaScript V8 engine that reduces the memory zone and heap size. Another notable change is that Chrome is slowly pushing Flash out the back door in favor of HTML5.  In the end, faster browser and better security.

You can wait for the auto update or you go to the Google Menu, click on “Help”, then “About Google Chrome”. From that point you can determine your current version and/or the option to go for the upgrade, if available. In my case, the upgrade was there.

Source: Chrome 55 now available: loads HTML5 over Flash by default, drastically reduces RAM usage – TechSpot


President Trump Text Messages | BGR

December 1, 2016

If you take a moment to read this article, from BGR (source link below), you will find that the text messaging system they are referring to is the WEA System (Wireless Emergency Alerts), where only three types of alerts are permitted:

  • Alerts by the President
  • Alerts involving imminent threats to safety or life
  • Amber alerts

Source: President Trump Text Messages | BGR


Nice Uninstaller Directory (and Removal Tool) For Common Windows Antivirus Software

December 1, 2016

Found this directory (and a removal tool) on the ESET website that may be a valuable resource to you. ESET is a leading IT security company that specializes in various antivirus and security products. If you are interested on trying ESET, there is some good deals on their products (click here)The directory on their support site is what jumped out at me, which outlines various antivirus and security software brands with links to those sites to access instructions and/or tools to uninstall their antivirus software. 

Why is this important? Prior to switching to other brands of antivirus or security products it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you uninstall the older version to prevent conflicts, system slowdowns; and even system failures. You may think, “OK, no problem, will use the Windows Program Uninstaller applet in the control panel to do this”. You are on the right track, but the problem with that is the Windows Uninstaller may not capture and uninstall everything; and could leave remnants of files behind that can cause problems. This is where the directory on the ESET website will really come in handy to assist you with the removal of antivirus and security products.

ESET

ALSO, on the same note, I noticed ESET also has a removal tool on the same page that my do the heavy lifting for you in removing an old software product. The ESET AV Remover tool will remove almost any antivirus software previously installed on your system. ALSO, you will find a link for a list of available malware removal tools. 

Source: ESET Support – Uninstallers (removal tools) for common Windows antivirus software