What is the best ebook converter?

The opinion here, at “What’s On My PC”, the best ebook converter is Calibre. This software application is actually a fullscale e-book manager that allows you to do nearly everything and it takes things a step beyond normal ebook software. It’s also completely free and open source and great for both casual users and computer experts.

Calibre has been in development since October 31, 2006, is completely free (open source). Calibre is available for download on the following platforms: Windows (32 and 64 bit), macOS, Linux, and as a portable app.

How popular is Calibre? Active installs: 2,795,543 (those that have started calibre at least once in the last 60 days).

What formats does calibre support conversion to/from?

Calibre supports the conversion of many input formats to many output formats. It can convert every input format in the following list, to every output format.

Input Formats: AZW, AZW3, AZW4, CBZ, CBR, CBC, CHM, DJVU, DOCX, EPUB, FB2, FBZ, HTML, HTMLZ, LIT, LRF, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT, TXTZ

Output Formats: AZW3, EPUB, DOCX, FB2, HTMLZ, OEB, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PDB, PMLZ, RB, PDF, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT, TXTZ, ZIP

Source: Calibre – ebook management


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How To Change The Theme On Your Windows 10 Computer

When we paint a room in our house we get that feeling that we have something anew. You can do the same thing with your Windows 10 computer by changing the theme. I have found over the years by assisting people with computers that they will stay with the same color schemes, backgrounds, etc… during the entire life of owning their computers. Much of it has to do with being fearful that they may mess up the operation of their computer.

With Windows 10 you are given many options (themes) to change the appearance of what you are seeing and I encourage people to take advantage of that to give you that feeling of anew.

In Windows 10, the simplest way to get started with changing the theme on your computer is to simply go to the desktop, right mouse click, and select “Personalize” on the menu.

  • Once the “Personalization” window loads, select “Themes” from the sidebar menu.
  • Once the “Themes” window loads, you will have options where you can customize make changes to the current theme (background, color, sounds and mouse cursor); BUT, I highly recommend that you jump down to where it says “Change Theme”.

  • At that point, you may see 3 or 4 themes, including the current theme you are using, that shipped with Windows 10. You are not limited to just those themes.
  • Under “Themes” you will see “Get more themes in Microsoft Store”. If you click on that, you will be taken to the store where a whole new world of themes is available.

  • When selecting a theme from the Microsoft Store, read the reviews, etc… The theme you select will show up in the “Themes” window on your computer and will become part of your collection. You can change the themes anytime by following the steps outlined above.

In Summary, all-in-all, this is a simple process that you can easily learn to make using your computer a more enjoyable experience.


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Here’s how to hide and report comments on Facebook | The Next Web

Hiding a comment means it will disappear from your point of view. However, the person who posted it, along with any of your mutual friends, will still be able to view it. But what kind of comments are worth hiding? Well, maybe the ones that could spoil a TV show you’re watching, for example.  And finally, reporting a comment is kind of like a citizen’s arrest. Well, not really… but it does mean that if you see an offensive comment, you can flag it to the Facebook police who will then decide if it has violated its community standards. If it does, it’ll be deleted.

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Find The Best Prices And Places To Buy With The Redesigned Google Shopping

The redesigned Google Shopping experience is now available in the U.S. across mobile and desktop. With information from thousands of stores in one place, you can discover and compare millions of products, and find the best prices and places to buy online or from a store nearby. The new homepage is personalized so you see useful product suggestions, as well as sections that help you reorder common items or continue your shopping research. And when you’re ready to buy, you can choose to purchase online, at a nearby store, or directly from retailers on Google.
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Q-Dir – Best Alternative To The Windows File Manager

To this day, I cannot figure out why Microsoft does not have a multi-pane file manager baked into the OS.  This is why you will see Q-Dir frequently featured here at “What’s On My PC”. This Quad-Directory-Explorer makes your files and folders easy to manage, either installed or as a portable Windows program as an alternative to Microsoft’s file manager. Definitely one of my favorite “FREE” software applications…

Q-Dir

The Quad-Explorer for Windows 10!

Source: SoftwareOk.com – Q-Dir


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Microsoft “To Do” List App – How To Get It

If you are big into the Microsoft applications, you may want to take a look at their new “To Do” list app… You can read more about the app and instructions on how to download to your computer and mobile devices by clicking on the source link at the bottom of this post.

A To Do list titled My Day on a tablet computer

To Do helps you manage, prioritize, and complete the most important things you need to achieve every day

Source: Microsoft to do list app

The Best Password Managers for 2019 | PCMag.com

Nearly every page you visit insists you create a user account and think up a password, from dating apps to hyper-secure banking sites. The human memory can’t keep up with dozens and dozens of these. Some folks get the bright idea to use the simplest possible passwords, things that are easy to remember, like “12345678” or “password.” Others memorize one superbly random password and use it for everything. Either path is likely to make you the latest victim of identity theft.

The Best Password Managers

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How to Scan and Fix Hard Drives with CHKDSK in Windows 10 | TechJunkie

The CHKDSK (Check Disk) command has been around since the beginning of computers. Below is some quoted text from a website called TechJunkie where I found an excellent writeup on CHKDSK and how to use it. To read the full article, click on the source link at the end of this post.

chkdsk windows 10

Because CHKDSK has been updated and upgraded repeatedly with each new generation of storage hardware, the program continues to work correctly to analyze and repair hard drives of any sort, even on the most modern OSes and using the most advanced drive technologies.

The same process that used to be executed to analyze a floppy disk holding 160K, can today be executed to analyze a solid-state, all-electronic SSD holding 15 terabytes.

Millions of Windows 10 users still have mechanical hard drives in their PCs. To keep them healthy and to help investigate any unusual behavior, try the venerable CHKDSK command. Here’s how to…

Source: How to Scan & Fix Hard Drives with CHKDSK in Windows 10

Password Checkup Extension by Google

If your password for a non-Google website has been exposed, the Password Checkup extension can help let you know. That way, you can change your password for at-risk accounts to help secure them.

Password Checkup was built with privacy in mind. It never reports any identifying information about your accounts, passwords, or device.

Source #1: Google Chrome Store – Password Checkup Extension

Source #2: Google Account Help for Password Checkup Extension

Display System Information On Your Desktop With Desktop Info

This post is more for those that are geeks at heart, manage test servers, or multiple PC’s in a network setting. This utility, called Desktop Info, is a portable app (just download, unzip and run), that allows you to display and monitor every kind of metric about a Windows-based system. You can actually configure this portable app to run as a screensaver. Instructions on doing that and other configuration options are included in a manual that is packaged in the zip file.

Desktop Info v1.91 screenshot 1 / 1

Once the Desktop Info is running you can kill it via the right click context menu or from Task Manager. Open the desktopinfo.ini file or select Configuration from the right click context menu and adjust each item in the items section to control visibility, refresh times, colors and other properties. The display updates itself automatically when you save the ini file. Desktop Info ships with a sample configuration file. The first time you run the application, the sample ini file will be copied to the working ini file. You are now free to modify it as needed using any text editor.

Source: Glenn’s Page – Desktop Info


Frndly TV, a New $5.99/Month Live TV Streaming Service is Now Officially Available for Cord Cutters | Cord Cutters News

Frndly TV, the family friendly, live and on-demand streaming service, officially launched today. Frndly had a soft launch a few weeks ago but today they are officially launching as a new live TV streaming service. Subscriptions to Frndly TV, starting at $5.99, offer live and on-demand content, a linear TV guide, unlimited DVR storage, and more.

Source: Frndly TV, a New $5.99/Month Live TV Streaming Service is Now Officially Available for Cord Cutters – Cord Cutters News

Search files faster with File Seek for Windows 10 PC | The Windows Club

The Windows Club is featuring a search utility for your Windows-based computer, called File Seek, which is faster (with more options) than the built-in Windows search options. If you go to the File Seek download page you will see a “full install version” and a version that you can download without the installer (portable app). I typically, with these types of utilities, will download the portable version to test them out; plus, the portable version will typically leave the registry alone.


File Seek Free version offers limited features, but they are still useful. The free version is excellent, keeping in mind the number of features it offers, and how fast it can find the files. You can download it from its homepage.

Search files faster with File Seek

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172 malicious apps with 335M+ installs found on Google Play | The Next Web

I have a motto here at “What’s On My PC”… The motto is, when it comes to the world of computing, “Trust Nothing, Verify Everything”…

This article at “The Next Web” is an eye opener. I strongly urge when downloading apps from the online stores that you closely look at what the app wants to access on your device,, the reviews, if ad-supported, where developed, etc… In other words, do a bit of research.

Google desperately needs to curb the spread of Android malware. In September alone, researchers uncovered a total of 172 infected apps on the Play Store. The worst part? These apps had racked up over 335 million installs by the time they were detected by security experts.

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vClock – A Top Pick For An Online Alarm Clock, Countdown Timer, Stopwatch, and World Clock

Here at “What’s On My PC”, I was on the hunt for an online countdown timer that I could use when I am exercising. I found many online and ended up liking one included in an online clock utility called “vClock”.

vClock is a mix of clock utilities; consisting of an alarm clock, countdown timer, stopwatch and world clock. What I liked about vClock is that there is a night mode; it is customizable (colors, fonts, configurable time/date elements, full screen option); and, the interface is not saturated with a lot of ads.

Source: vClock


While we are talking about clocks,
check out this techie clock at Amazon…

LED Digital Alarm Clock with Large 6.5″ Easy-Read Display

Logitech MX Master 3 Wireless Mouse Review | groovyPost

Here is a nice review, by groovyPost, on the new generation Logitech MX Master 3 Wireless Mouse… You can see this mouse firsthand, at Amazon — Click Here

All the buttons on the mouse can be customized for app-specific profiles thanks to the Logitech Options software. Any button can be remapped for a specific task. In fact, it will scan your computer for apps where you can enable preset mappings. It also gives you control over the pointer precision and scrolling functionality.

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Daily Deal: Save Over 50% on this DYMO Label Maker

You will have a hard time beating the price on this label maker… A great device to help organize the “things” in your life.

The DYMO LabelManager 160 prints durable, water-resistant labels that make it easy to access files, charts, tools, and more. A familiar QWERTY-style keyboard lets users quickly enter text, then edit and customize with one-touch fast-formatting keys for a perfect, professional label every time.

DYMO LabelManager 160 Hand-Held Label Maker

Source: Amazon – DYMO LabelManager 160 Hand-Held Label Maker


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Today’s Software Picks: FolderChangesView, Foxit Reader, and Stellarium

FolderChangesView 2.30

FolderChangesView is a simple tool that monitors the folder or disk drive that you choose and lists every filename that is being modified, created, or deleted while the folder is being monitored. You can use FolderChangesView with any local disk drive or with a remote network share, as long as you have read permission to the selected folder.

Foxit Reader v9.7.0.29455

Foxit Reader v7.0.3.916 screenshot 1 / 4

Foxit PDF Reader is a free reader for PDF (eBook) documents. You can view and print PDF documents with it.

Stellarium v0.19.2

Stellarium v0.10.5 screenshot 1 / 4

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer.


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22 Hidden Facebook Features Only Power Users Know | PCMag.com

Facebook is not synonymous with “the internet,” but it boasts one of the world’s most complex and multi-faceted websites. It rivals many standalone software apps with the sheer amount of personalization, tweaks, and tinkering available to visitors. In fact, there are so many things you can do on Facebook.com that you can’t know about all the official, baked-in, easily accessible functions just a few clicks away. Read on to awaken your inner social superstar.

22 Hidden Facebook Features Only Power Users Know

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How To Set Up Your Personal Vault In OneDrive | What’s On My PC

If you use Microsoft’s OneDrive, did you know there is a personal vault (protected area) in OneDrive where you can store your most important or sensitive files?  I totally forgot about the newly added “personal vault” and happened across it while browsing my OneDrive files. It was at this point I needed to know the basics in setting up my “personal vault”.

Here is what you need to do:

Personal Vault is a special folder in your OneDrive that’s protected by an extra layer of security. You’ll need to set it up separately on each device where you want to use it.

  1. The first time you see Personal Vault in your OneDrive, you’ll see a message where you can select Get started.Personal Vault get started

    If you don’t see the message or you dismissed it, browse to your OneDrive and select the Personal Vault folder.

  2. Read about Personal Vault and select Next.
  3. In the Verify your identity dialog box, verify your account info and make note of your email address in case you want it for the next step. Then select Verify.
  4. Choose a verification method. For example, select Text and follow the instructions to send yourself a text message on your phone.

    If you’re using text or email, you’ll need to find the text or email message and type in the code that you were sent.

Click the source link below to learn more about uploading files to your personal vault; moving files to your personal vault; and/or, unlocking or locking your personal vault…

Source: Microsoft

Windows 10 Version 1903 Now in Broad Deployment, Available to Everyone | Bleeping Computer

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 version 1903 has now been added to the broad deployment channel and will be available to everyone via Windows Update. While the release of Windows 1903 has not been nearly as bad as version 1809, it has been a rough couple of months for some people since it was released in May. With numerous bugs causing audio problems, high CPU usage, Visual Basic app problems, bluetooth issues, and more, Microsoft has finally determined that Windows 10 version 1903 is ready for broad release to everyone.

Windows 10

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Unique Product: An On-The-Go Dual-Screen Laptop Monitor

For you techies out there that have the need for dual-screen viewing, while on the go; the Duex Pro Portable Monitor may be what you need. This portable monitor features full HD 1080P display with flexible rotation (to get the best view angle). Simply plug DUEX Pro into your laptop, and you’re ready to boost your productivity by up to 50%! USB Type-C cable and USB-C to A Adapter included.

Duex Pro Portable Monitor

Source: Amazon – Duex Pro Portable Monitor


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Today’s Software Picks: TeamViewer Portable, WinScan2PDF, and TweakPower

TeamViewer Portable v14.6.4835

TeamViewer is a software that allows you to share your desktop via the Internet.

[UPDATE] WinScan2PDF v5.01

WinScan2PDF is a very small program for scanning documents and saving them on your computer as a PDF by using any installed scanner.

TweakPower 1.0741d

TweakPower is an all-in-one suite that has been designed to keep you and all your family’s computers running at optimal speed and efficiency. It is an intelligent software tool that allows users to fine-tune their operating systems and programs for optimum performance. Protects users from PC problems, while increasing the performance and security of their computer. TweakPower includes advanced performance optimizers, helping you achieve super-fast application load times, work faster and make your games run smoother. Now it’s easier than ever to get a clean PC. TweakPower can quickly remove Windows, program and browser clutter while refreshing your registry and deleting massive disk space hogs. Also, its easy-to-use wizards and diagnostic tools help you find vulnerabilities and errors on your computer.


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11 Tips to Help You Fix the Windows Blue Screen Error | MakeUseOf

What is a blue screen in Windows? How do you fix blue screen errors? Here are several fixes for this common Windows problem.

What’s commonly called a blue screen of death is technically known as a stop error or fatal system error. This occurs when the operating system crashes, meaning it ran into some issue that prevented it from running safely. When this happens, Windows displays a blue screen with some information about the problem and then restarts.

Old Windows Blue Screen

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How to Use Google Docs in Landscape | Tech Junkie

Google Docs is a powerful text editor. It is easy to use and has a pretty intuitive layout. It has many features and options routinely found in desktop word processors, which is pretty impressive considering it is a web-based app. The roster also includes the ability to change the page orientation. In this article, we’ll explore the Landscape side of Google Docs and take a closer look at other page setup options.

Page Setup Menu

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Video Combiner – Combine Videos in Different Formats and Resolutions

Neat program…  Also packaged as a portable app where no install is required…

Add videos

Video Combiner software tool which combines videos in multiple formats and different resolutions into one single video without losing original video quality.

This powerful video merger application supports video formats recorded from all major smart phones and tablets such as Apple iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, Android Tablet, and supports most of the popular video formats such as MP4, MOV, FLV, 3GP, AVI, WMV, MPG, VOB and more. Video Combiner can mix and concatenate video files in multiple video formats at the same time, so you can easily combine mp4 and join other video file formats into one video at once.

Source: Video Combiner – Combine Videos in Different Formats and Resolutions without Lossing Quality


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Logitech MX Vertical Wireless Mouse – Advanced Ergonomic Design Reduces Muscle Strain

I am seeing quite a few of these vertical mice (computer mouse) show up that have been designed and engineered to help reduce muscle strain, wrist pressure and will even help you improve your posture. As you know, Logitech has been around for a long time and if I was going to take the plunge on one of the these, I would definitely recommend the Logitech brand.

Logitech MX Vertical Wireless Mouse

Logitech MX Vertical

  • ADVANCED ERGONOMIC DESIGN – Places your hand in a natural handshake position using a unique 57-degree angle, preventing forearm twisting and reducing muscular strain by 10 percent* (*As compared with a traditional non-vertical mouse. Based on Logitech Study, September 2017)
  • HYPER-EFFICIENT TRACKING – 4000 DPI high-precision sensor provides precise tracking that requires 4x less hand movement compared to a traditional mouse with a 1000 DPI sensor
  • CROSS-COMPUTER CONTROL?- Game-changing capacity to navigate seamlessly on three computers, and copy-paste text, images, and files from one to the other using Logitech FLOW
  • THREE WAYS TO CONNECT?- Use with up to three Windows or Mac computers via included wireless USB unifying receiver or Bluetooth smart technology or the included USB-C charging cable. Wireless Operating Distance- 10m wireless
  • RECHARGEABLE BATTERY – With quick charging: Stays powered for 4 months on a full charge? and get 3 hours of use from a 1-minute quick charge (Battery life may vary based on user and computing conditions). Battery life: Rechargeable Li-Po battery (240mAh)

Source: Amazon – Logitech MX Vertical Wireless Mouse


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Today’s Software Picks: FastCopy, Glary Utilities, and FinalCrypt

[UPDATE] FastCopy v3.85

FastCopy is a file copy and synchronization tool with a variety of available extras. It uses different strategies (multi-threading, buffering) to help ensure maximum device throughput, as well as optional verification to make sure data is transferred correctly. It does not use the system cache, so other processes do not get bogged down during the copy process and a speed setting is also available, including pause. It supports Unix-style include/exclude wildcards filters.

 

Glary Utilities 5.128


Glary Utilities offers numerous powerful and easy-to-use system tools and utilities to fix, speed up, maintain and protect your PC. It allows you to clean common system junk files, as well as invalid registry entries and Internet traces. You can manage and delete browser add-ons, analyze disk space usage and find duplicate files. You can also view and manage installed shell extensions, encrypt your files from unauthorized access and use, split large files into smaller manageable files and then rejoin them. Furthermore, it includes the options to optimize memory, find, fix, or remove broken Windows shortcuts, manage the programs that start at Windows startup and uninstall software. Other features include secure file deletion, an Empty Folder finder and more.

FinalCrypt 5.6.0

Lock down your files with one of the most secure forms of cryptography.


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FREE Browser Extension That Blocks Tech Support Scams, Hijackers, Popup Ads, Trackers and More…

Came across a browser extension called Browser Guard (by Malwarebytes) that was actually introduced in July 2018 but is the first I have actually installed it, as a Google Chrome browser extension. It is also available as a Firefox browser extension, as well.

What drew me to this was a recent Malwarebytes news article on how “Browser Guard combats privacy abuse, tracking, clickbait, and scammers“; AND, that Browser Guard has the best protection among competitive browser security offerings, blocking 98.07 percent of malware.

Browser Guard, a free extension, blocks unwanted ads and trackers that intrude upon users’ privacy, while also protecting against clickbait and scams. The extension prevents browser hijackers, lockers, and annoying and sometimes malicious pop-ups, all known scare tactics to trap consumers in tech support scams, exposing them to unwanted content and forcing them into purchasing unnecessary, expensive technical support.

Source: Malwarebytes – Browser Guard


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Today’s Software Picks: HWiNFO, Slimjet, and WifiInfoView

HWiNFO (Portable 32/64-bit) v6.12

HWiNFO (Portable 32/64-bit) v5.04 screenshot 1 / 4

HWiNFO32 (Portable) is a professional hardware information and diagnostic tool supporting the latest components, industry technologies and standards.

[UPDATE] Slimjet v24.0.4.0

Slimjet is a web browser based on the Google Chrome engine with additional features and customizations. The program includes integrated ad-blocking, video downloader, customizable toolbar, form filler, photo upload enhance/shrink, translation, address aliases, flexible new tab controls and more.

Slimjet includes Facebook integration and is compatible with Google account import history/bookmarks. The program claims compatibility with almost all plugins and extensions from the Chrome web store.

WifiInfoView 2.47

WifiInfoView scans the wireless networks in your area and displays extensive information about them, including: Network Name (SSID), MAC Address, PHY Type (802.11g or 802.11n), RSSI, Signal Quality, Frequency, Channel Number, Maximum Speed, Company Name, Router Model and Router Name (Only for routers that provides this information), and more… When you select a wireless network in the upper pane of this tool, the lower pane displays the Wi-Fi information elements received from this device, in hexadecimal format.


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Today’s Software Picks: WSCC, SUPERAntiSpyware, and LibreOffice Portable

WSCC (PortableApps) v4.0.1.2

WSCC (PortableApps) v3.2.7.0 screenshot 1 / 1

WSCC (PortableApps) is a free, portable program that allows you to view, execute and organize the utilities from various system utility suites.

SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition v8.0.1044

SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition v6.0.1116 screenshot 1 / 3

SUPERAntiSpyware claims to be the most thorough spyware remover on the market. It detects and removes all the malicious software from hard drives, memory, registry and removable media.

[UPDATE] LibreOffice Portable v6.3.1 Rev 2

LibreOffice is a complete productivity suite including word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, database, drawing tool and more. Includes strong compatibility for 100s of file formats including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio etc.). The program is similar to OpenOffice, a program that it was derived from, but has added many new features and improvements.

LibreOffice Portable is a special build developed in conjunction with the publisher. On systems without Java installed, some functions such as document creation wizards and the Base database application etc. can be enabled by adding jPortable, though this is optional and can be skipped if those functions are not needed. Alternatively, X-LibreOffice is also available.


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