How To Activate The FM Radio Chip In Your Smartphone

May 9, 2015

I bet you did not know that your smartphone has a FM radio chip built into the phone that has the ability to receive FM radio signal broadcasts, just like any FM radio. Since this technology works off of the radio waves, no internet data connection is required.

So, how do you activate the chip in order to receive FM radio broadcasts? This “how to” article is a little bit more involved than what the title may lead you to believe; but, to activate the chip requires each of us to TAKE ACTION and contact our wireless carriers to request that the FM radio chip technology be activated. From what I have read, carriers in other countries activate the chips (by default).

Free Radio On My Phone

To learn more about the FM Radio chip, please visit Free Radio On My Phone

Contact your wireless carrier today to let them know — as a matter of public safety and consumer fairness for data plans — you want your phone’s FM chip activated for constant access to free FM radio!

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Uninstall Programs In Bulk With BCUninstaller

May 7, 2015

BCUninstaller (Bulk Crap Uninstaller) is one of those portable apps that I can see being used on new PC’s that ship with a bunch of software crap and used on older PC’s where over a period of time the end user has installed numerous programs. This program is designed to uninstall software programs in bulk. It also had the ability to scan the registry and file structure to clean up the leftovers. Nice utility that is under active development and makes for a nice addition to the tech toolbox

BCUninstaller

  • Available in English and Polish language, more to come (contact me if you are willing to translate BCU to your language)
  • Uninstall any number of programs at once
  • Quiet (unattended) uninstall of many programs, even if they don’t explicitly support it
  • Intelligent ordering of uninstallers in large tasks
  • Detection and clean up of leftovers after uninstalling applications
  • Uninstall lists (automatically select uninstallers from the list, can be edited in a text editor)
  • Advanced grouping, sorting, filtering and searching
  • Editing tools and backup creation – can generate .reg files and remove junk to recycle bin
  • Visibility of protected and invalid entries (system uninstaller doesn’t see them)
  • Fully portable, requires Net 3.5 which is installed on all Windows 7 machines
  • Automatic error reporting and updating
  • And a bunch more features

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Tips On Password Creation and Management

May 4, 2015

Finished a refresher training today at my work that featured tips on password creation and management that I thought I would share with you. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to use strong passwords and different passwords for each account that you maintain. I can tell you from personal experience, that nearly every computer I have ever assisted anyone with (home and work), their passwords could be easily compromised.

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Revive An Old PC or Laptop With The Transcend Information 256 GB SATA III SSD370

May 3, 2015

Recently, I had an older Windows 7 based Toshiba Laptop given to me in exchange for removing the personal data off of the drive. The laptop was suffering some other issues, as well;  that I was able to fix. The laptop is approximately 5 years old and came at a time when I was giving my brother a another computer I had, to install in his man-cave (garage)… The Toshiba became my own man-cave (garage) computer, after upgrading the computer with a Solid State Drive.

To breathe new life into this laptop I installed the Transcend Information 256 GB SATA III 6 Gb/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive. For the money, it was a no-brainer. The difference this upgrade made was very noticeable (faster boot time, faster program loads, and a faster internet experience).

A nice thing about the SSD370, is that it includes a 3.5-inch mounting kit, consisting of a bay adapter and 8 mounting screws (in the event you decide to install this drive in a desktop computer). Once attached to the chassis, you can use the 2.5-inch SSD370 in the standard 3.5-inch space.

Transcend Information 256 GB SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive TS256GSSD370

Transcend Information 256 GB SATA III 6 Gb/s 2.5-Inch Solid State Drive

  • 256GB (MLC)
  • Max. Read 570MB/s, Max. Write 470MB/s
  • DDR3 DRAM cache
  • TRIM Command support
  • Power Shield to prevent data loss when sudden power off
  • Supports S.M.A.R.T. function
  • Built-in ECC protection for long data retention
  • Intelligent Block Management and Wear Leveling

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Windows Technical Department

May 2, 2015

Ramblinrick:

DO NOT FALL VICTIM to the FAKE MICROSOFT TECH SUPPORT CALLS…

Tech Paul at Tech-for Everyone has posted “rules” that you need to keep in mind. Probably, the most important rule is NEVER relinquish control of your computer to a third party that calls you out of the blue…

Originally posted on Tech - for Everyone:

I just got a phone call from some Indian claiming to be from the “Windows Technical Department”; he addressed me by name, and he started to tell me that there were serious problems with my computer, but I told him he is a vile criminal, and hung up on him.

This was my second such call this week. So be aware, folks, the fake Microsoft tech support phone call scammers are still quite active. Remind your friends and loved ones of this fact, and tell them that no way, no how, are such calls legitimate. Maybe even refer them to this resource: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0346-tech-support-scams.

Keep these other tips rules in mind:

  • Don’t give control of your computer to a third party who calls you out of the blue.
  • Do not rely on caller ID alone to authenticate a caller. Criminals spoof caller ID numbers. They may appear to be calling…

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How To Determine If Your Website Is Mobile-Friendly

May 1, 2015

Let’s face it, our mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) have become an attachment to our self. As a result, when we use the web browser on these devices we want the websites to load and fit the screen size without having to make adjustments. Web sites that are able to automatically make these adjustments are known as mobile-friendly sites. I know myself, if I visit a site on my smartphone and it is difficult to read and navigate, I typically will not revisit the site.

How important is this? If your site is not mobile-friendly (not formatted to fit the screen) there is a possibility your Google PageRank will be affected (read this). Of course site content is a major factor in maintaining a high PageRank; however, Google is now also factoring mobile friendliness into this mix, as well. To learn more about Google PageRanking  CLICK HERE

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How To Determine If Your Site Is Mobile-Friendly

If you want to determine if your site (or any site for that matter) is mobile-friendly, I encourage you to take the Mobile-Friendly Test at the Google Developers web site.

 This test will analyze a URL and report if the page has a mobile-friendly design.

Learn more about the mobile-friendly criteria and how it may affect Google’s search results by reading our blog post.

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FEATURED TECH SITE – I Love Free Software

April 29, 2015

I Love Free Software are words I love to hear. Do you know many folks out there do not know there is actually free software available that is comparable (or better) than some of the paid versions?

Today I want to point you to a website called, ilovefreesoftware, that has developed into the best free software site on the internet. The work that the site developers put into this is unbelievable. What started out as simple reviews of individual FREE software packages has evolved into a site where (daily) they will give you 4 or 5 choices of free software options of similar function.

The listing below is just a sample of what I am talking about.  I have often told young people who are interested in the field of IT to get out there and learn the in’s and out’s of software, and ilovefreesoftware is a great place to start.

 

App Icon Resizer is a free online tool to resize android/iPhone/iPad app icons. This simple tool can resize app icons into all needed resolutions.

 

Here’s a list of 5 random quote extensions for Chrome which you can use to post random quotes when opening new tabs, creating email in Gmail and more.

 

Here are best free TeraCopy alternative software. These software copy files faster than normal, let you pause/resume copy process, and more.

 

This article talks about 4 free group study websites. Check them to study in groups and share educational resources and quizzes with each other.

 

This article talks about 5 best keylogger detector software for Windows 10. These include features like real-time keystroke encryption, proxy support & more

 

The article talks about 5 best remote access software for Windows 10. These also have features like encrypted connections, file transfers, voice chat & more

 

Transformy.io is a free online app to transform a list of data into a clean list. All you have to do is provide an example of the desired format! That’s it!

 

Here’s a list of 5 brain training extensions for Chrome which you can use to improve your brain skills.

 

treev is a free Google Chrome extension that lets you search files and folders stored in your different cloud storage services together from any webpage.

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