Addictive Tips | Turn Your PC Into A Chromecast Receiver

January 14, 2017

If you are a “Teacher” and familiar with “Chromecast”, this article may be for you… Make sure you visit the source link below to learn “how to” turn your PC into a Chromecast receiver by simply installing a Google Chrome App.

Chromecast is a very affordable way to turn a normal TV into a smart TV. The $30 device lets you get more use out of a monitor and a television set without needing a cable set-top box. Just imagine…

Source: How To Turn Your PC Into A Chromecast Receiver


Lifewire | A Slacker Radio Review

January 13, 2017

Looking to relax this weekend? If so, give Slacker Radio a try. Full review at source link reflected below…

slacker-radio

Slacker Radio is an online music service that you can use to listen to hundreds of compiled radio stations, or even create your own customized ones. With support for social networking platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, you can also share your radio stations with friends and find out what they are listening to. Even though Slacker is essentially a subscription service, it offers a free basic account so that you can test drive its features before committing financially. To find out more, read this full Slacker Radio review to discover how it measures up to other Internet radio services like Pandora, Spotify, and others.

Source: Slacker Radio Review


TTSReader | FREE Online Text To Speech Reader

January 11, 2017

Happened across this online text to speech reader that may come in handy to read back your documents. Makes a big difference when you hear your written words read back to you.

Free online Text To Speech Reader. Accurate with natural voices, multilingual. Real time. Source link below.  Watch demo video…

Source: TTSReader | Text To Speech Reader. Online. Accurate. Free.


Handy Graphic That Illustrates All The Known Gmail Search Operators

January 10, 2017

Gmail is no exception when it comes to the plethora of search operators that it supports to assist you with finding that elusive email that literally can be buried in thousands and thousands of emails. Below you will find a handy graphic that I want to share with you that illustrates all the known search operators. I received this graphic in my government work email account and thought I would share it with you here on the blog.

A search operator (sometimes referred to as a search parameter) is a character or string of characters used in a search engine query to narrow the focus of the search. [source: Whatis.com].

To apply one of the search operators, you simply enter the search operator parameter (or command) in the Gmail search box for whatever it is you need to track or narrow down. For example, let’s say I wanted to find all unread emails in my account. I would simply enter in the search box, is:unread from the list below and like magic, all unread emails will instantly appear.

 

 


Hyper Crypt | Portable Encryption Software

January 5, 2017

Looking for a method to protect sensitive files and folders?  If so, Hyper Crypt may be of interest to you (see source link below). Hyper Crypt consists of a standalone (portable) executable file, a pdf manual and an updater that can be run on any Windows computer (Vista and higher)…

hyper-crypt

One thing I noticed that when you encrypt a folder, the files in the folder will appear as they normally would and no copy of the original is left behind. If you attempt to open any of the files, they will not open, due to the encyption. Don’t know if that is good or not, but works for me…

By default if you encrypt a single file, a copy of the original file is left behind; however, there is an option to change that.

Hyper Crypt uses the military-grade AES-256 algorithm for file and folder encryption, along with automatic integrity validation.

With Hyper Crypt, you can easily encrypt any kind of file, from documents, to pictures and videos.

Source: Hyper Crypt | Portable Encryption Software


NEW – Tech News Page (updated daily)

January 4, 2017

Yesterday I revamped the Downloads page and today I revamped the Tech News page. The page consists of news feeds from numerous reputable commercial information technology sites that many of us are familiar with. These feeds update on a daily basis. If you hover your mouse pointer over a news story, a floating description of the story will appear. Beware, the feed list is very, very long… I personally plan to use this page to conveniently perform a “fast read” of the tech news that is currently out there…

 

 


NEW – Software Downloads Page (with hundreds of titles — updated daily)

January 3, 2017

Just did a revamping of the software Downloads Page…  The page consists of feeds from numerous reputable software and app sites that primarily specializes in FREE software. I am currently using this as my “go to” source to review software listings and to see what is new and/or has been updated. The list is very, very long…  If you hover your mouse pointer over a software title that interests you, a floating description will appear. 

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A “FastKey” Launcher For Android

January 3, 2017

Thought I would throw this out there for you Android users.  It is called “FastKey” and it is a launcher for your phone or tablet. I installed this and was super impressed on how fast it was; however, I wish it had an option where I could solely use it as an app (and not so much as a default launcher).  Anyhow, this launcher keeps a keyboard on your screen and when you need to find something, such as an app, contact, etc…, this launcher is right on top of it.

Source: Google Play Store (FastKey Launcher)


My Amazon Review On The Minix NEO Z83-4 Mini PC

December 30, 2016

Recently I posted an article, All I Want For Christmas Is A MINIX NEO Z83-4  … Well, Santa left me one of these and I must say, I am very impressed, thus far. As a matter of fact, I am writing this blog post using this mini PC, connected to a 32 inch TV, in my garage.  I typically do not post reviews, but I did post a review on Amazon (see below) to encourage others to consider this mini PC as a home entertainment setup or even for a basic PC for everyday use (such as email, web browsing, watching videos, office documents, etc…). Very nicely built with a very small footprint.

This review is from: MINIX NEO Z83-4, Intel Cherry Trail Fanless Mini PC Windows 10 (64-bit) [4GB/32GB/Dual-Band Wi-Fi/Gigabit Ethernet/Dual Output/4K]. Sold Directly by MINIX Technology Limited. (Personal Computers)

Great Mini PC That Met All My ExpectationsDecember 30, 2016

Put a great deal of research into the Minix Neo Z83-4 and based on my research I purchased this mini computer (as a Christmas gift to me) with high expectations. The Minix Neo Z83-4 has met those expectations and more… If you are looking for a computer to connect to your home entertainment system, this is the one to get. If you are someone looking for a basic computer setup, this will do the job. I currently am a tech blogger (whatsonmypc.wordpress.com) who has an obsession for computer technology. Setting up this computer was quick (and easy), with no software bloat that you typically would find on new computers. I have put the Minix Neo Z83-4 to the test by running numerous software applications, videos, browsers, etc… and for a mini PC this thing rocks. I have been very pleased with the build, ease of setup, the numerous ports available and the fact that my experience with this mini PC, thus far, has been very positive. Currently, I am using this computer in wireless mode, with a 32″ Insignia TV connected (via HDMI), with a wireless mouse connected, wireless keyboard connected, a 128GB Mini SD card installed and a 1 TD Western Digital external drive connected. One thing I did run into is that when you insert a SD card, it has to be inserted upside down. Ditto on the other positive reviews you are finding here. Nice work Minix…


FireShot – Google Chrome Extension to Take Screenshots

December 30, 2016

I recently installed FireShot and have been quite impressed. FireShot is a Google Chrome browser extension that gives you the very convenient ability to capture screenshots. You can quickly capture full web pages in their entirety; capture only visible portions of the screen; or, capture selective areas on the screen. Once you make the screen capture you can save the screenshot to disk (as a PDF, JPeg, or Png) or you can copy it to the clipboard. 

FireShot

FireShot

 

 


FRVR – Great games for Web and Mobile

December 28, 2016

Nice…  You can play the games reflected below directly from within your browser. Pretty impressive GUI. Source link is below. Enjoy!

FRVR creates the next generation of games that runs right in peoples browsers. FRVR’s HTML5 technologies allows games to be built once and seamlessly published to all platforms.

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Source: FRVR – Great games for Web and Mobile


Convert Any 9.5mm & 7mm 2.5-Inch SATA HDD/SSD Into An External Hard Drive

December 22, 2016

Now this is what I call a really neat product. It is the Inateck 2.5 Inch USB 3.0 Hard Drive Enclosure (External Case) for 9.5mm 7mm SATA/HDD/SSD drives… What makes this enclosure standout is that it also serves as a 3 port USB (3.0) hub. Makes good use of any old drives you may have laying around.

Inateck

Features:

Automatic sleep function: Features automatic sleep and spin-down, goes into sleep mode automatically after 10 minutes in idle state. LED flashes each three seconds to indicate standby, a single access to the drive restores the operational mode. Sustainable power management and environmental protection ensured.

Features ABS plastic material, contemporary and reliable design; Top-grade Jmicron JMS567 chipset, theoretical USB 3.0 speeds of up to 5 Gbps, downward compatibility with USB 2.0/1.1.

Suitable for 9.5mm and below thickness 2.5-Inch SATA HDD; Converts any 9.5mm & 7mm 2.5-Inch SATA HDD/SSD into an external hard drive for ultimate mobility and convenience.

Tool free, No Reboot and Additional Driver is needed, easy to install and disassemble; Built-in foam pad, protect hard disk effectively.

Compatible with all Windows versions and Mac OS; eye-pleasing HDD LED activity indicator; Support hot-swap,Plug & play.



If You Are Wondering About SD Memory Card Speeds

December 20, 2016

SD Memory cards are used in many different devices these days from smartphones to cameras to video recording devices…  There are so many cards to choose from. For example, check out [click here] to see an example of what I am talking about.

So, how do you determine what “class” card to purchase? Like everything else when it comes to storage; speed and capacity are two of the main factors that most people look at. A general rule of thumb when it comes to the SD Card (for file and data storage) is that the higher the class number, with Class 10 being the highest, the faster the read/write speeds. To learn more follow the source link below to get insight on SD Memory Cards…

sd-card-ratings

The SD Association defines Speed Class standards indicated by speed symbols to help consumers decide what card will provide the required minimum performance for reliability.

Source: Speed Class – SD Association


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…