Back In Full Service and Geek Glory

If you are a visitor of my blog, then you most likely know about Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts. Bill was actually one of the folks out there that served as a mentor to me when I first got into blogging (nearly 8 years ago). Bill’s blog initially specialized in technologies related to System and Internet Security; HOWEVER, the past couple of years he has been posting his very popular (daily) Tech Thoughts Net News. No need to spend hours looking for tech news, Bill does it for us.

Some moons ago, I noticed Bill’s blog had come to an abrupt halt and I later found out he was dealing with some of those curve balls that life has a tendency to throw at us. Well, some good news this week, I noticed on Monday (May 30th), Bill’s Tech Thoughts Net News was back in full service and geek glory.

I encourage you to visit Bill’s blog to welcome him back and to encourage him to keep doing what he does… Also, as a matter of convenience for my visitor’s, if you click on the tab at the top of the blog labelled “Tech News”, you will be taken directly to the Tech Thoughts Net News.

Tech Thoughts Net News

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Seven years ago this month I started the “What’s On My PC” blog at WordPress. I have met numerous individuals and have seen numerous blogs come and go. To me, it has become a hobby and a way for me to keep up with my passion for information technology.  Blogging has taught me discipline; has improved my writing skills; and, pushes me to keep up with the latest in information technology.

My start with blogging can be attributed to the support and guidance from Bill Mullins’ at Tech Thoughts and Tech Paul at Tech-for Everyone. These guys are true bloggers and still maintain their blogs. Their level of expertise and knowledge of information technology is a level that is very admirable. I can’t say “Thank You” enough to these guys…

To celebrate my 7 years, you will notice that at the top of the blog you will see a tab labelled “Tech News”. Effective today, if you click on that tab you will be redirected to Bill Mullins’ site (Tech Thoughts) where one of his specialties is aggregating technology news (tagged as Tech Thoughts – Net News). What I have found is that we are saturated on a daily basis with information technology news, to the point you can lose a sense of it all and you miss out on the important stuff. With Bill’s insight and sixth sense for technology, he does the legwork for us and provides a good read on current tech news, trends, security, software; AND, even some off topic news.

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 16, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (Reduce The Risk Of Your Computer Being Attacked or Infected): Bill Mullins’, writer of Tech Thoughts Daily Net News, started off this morning with Avast 2014 FREE Edition, as being the lead topic (and rightfully so). I encourage you to bookmark Bill’s site to get the latest and greatest in tech news (and more).

To get Avast 2014 FREE Edition, see below. Remember, it is important to uninstall any antivirus program you have installed on your PC prior to installing another (GET AVAST BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (When Delete Means Delete): When you delete a file on your computer or other drives, the file becomes hidden from view, but can actually remain present on the drive until it is written over with other data. This data can be there a long time and can be easily recovered using many of the free utilities that are available on the internet. To completely delete a file, you need special software such as Hardwipe (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Crooks Using Cash Register Skimmers): Today.com has an interesting piece posted today about high tech thieves using PS/2 keyboard loggers (which are available on the internet) to capture data that is inputted at the cash register level (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #4 – (NEW – A 21.5 Inch All-In-One Android Computer by HP): I knew it would be a matter of time before Android would be on desktop size computers. I like this concept and would be the perfect computer for Mom and Pop (SEE BELOW)…

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Avast! Free Edition 2014 9.0.2006 Final

@ Major Geeks

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Avast! is a package of applications that aim to protect your computer from a possible virus infection or other malware threat. If you use it correctly, and in combination with other programs such as data backup utilities, it will significantly reduce the risk of your computer being attacked or infected by a virus, and thus the risk of losing important or private data… GET IT HERE


File Eraser & Drive Wiper

Hardwipe

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Hardwipe can erase drives and USB media, but can also sanitize the Windows Recycle Bin, overwrite selected files and folders, and clean unused drive space of unwanted remenant data. Furthermore, you can run Hardwipe as a standard-alone application, or use its convenient “right-click” context menus from within the Windows File Explorer… GET IT HERE


Shoppers getting ripped off by tiny,
high-tech cash register skimmers…

@ TODAY.com

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Crooks who steal credit and debit card numbers have found a devious new way to snag this information. They’re using a small and relatively cheap piece of off-the-shelf technology to compromise computerized store cash registers… READ MORE


HP Slate 21-k100 21.5-Inch All-in-One Touchscreen Desktop

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Android just hit the big screen. Let everyone in the house enjoy their favorite Google Play contention this big, Full HD touchscreen… CHECK IT OUT


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Hide Your Serial Numbers, Passwords, Phone Numbers and Everyday Notes In A Safe Place

A program that I use on a regular basis to protect and hide my personal text based notes is called Steganos LockNote.  In a sense it is like notepad with an encryption option.

Steganos LockNote

Store your most valuable notes as a LockNote
Hide your serial numbers, passwords, phone numbers and everyday notes in a safe place. Your informations will be encrypted using a password and most modern AES 256bit encryption technology.

Secure, yet simple
Just double-click a LockNote and enter your password to access your text files as usual.

No installation required
Move LockNotes wherever you want, as often as you want. A LockNote document does not require much more hard drive space than an unencrypted document.

Encrypt existing text files in no time at all
Simply drag and drop existing text files on a LockNote window: they will be encrypted automatically.

Open and free
LockNote is open source and is based upon open source technologies, e.g. the certified CryptoPP program library for strong encryption.

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World’s 1st Touch Screen Wireless N Router
+ Range Extender

World's 1st Touch Screen Wireless N Router  + Range Extender

For the first time users can setup & maintain their router easily from its highly intuitive touch screen. You can avoid the cumbersome PC/Mac based setup that is common with other routers. Its dual purpose — You can use it either as a Wireless Router or a Range Extender

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Wallpaper of the Week (#111) – Water Footprints

I found this to be a very cool wallpaper called Water Footprints where the footprints have been made with droplets of water…

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Water Footprints

Windows 7 (and 8) Users: If you are using Windows 7 (or 8), did you know you can create a desktop background slideshow to show off your pictures and wallpaper images?  To learn how to use this feature [CLICK HERE].

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A Start Menu That Comes Highly Recommended For Windows 8

If you follow my blog, then you probably are beginning to think that Ramblinrick is sure stuck on third party Start Menu options for Windows 8. Well, in a sense, I am…  Here are the most recent posts on this topic:

A Start Menu for Windows 8 That Is A Portable App

My Pick For A Windows 8 Start Menu

Seven Alternatives To Restore The Start Menu In Windows 8

Following yesterday’s post, Two Options to Boot Windows 8 To The Desktop, Bill Mullins’ from Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts contacted me with another recommendation, called Classic Shell .

Classic Shell

Classic Shell is free and open-source software that is a collection of features that were available in older versions of Windows but are removed from Vista and Windows 7. In summary, I am seeing that Classic Start Menu is a jack of all trades and out of the many picks I have tried, this one is tried, true and tested; meaning, it has been around for awhile.

Features:

  • Drag and drop to let you organize your applications
  • Options to show Favorites, expand Control Panel, etc
  • Shows recently used documents. The number of documents to display is customizable
  • Translated in 35 languages, including Right-to-left support for Arabic and Hebrew
  • Does not disable the original start menu in Windows. You can access it by Shift+Click on the start button
  • Right-click on an item in the menu to delete, rename, sort, or perform other tasks
  • The search box helps you find your programs without getting in the way of your keyboard shortcuts
  • Supports jumplists for easy access to recent documents and common tasks
  • Available for 32 and 64-bit operating systems
  • Has support for skins, including additional 3rd party skins
  • Fully customizable in both looks and functionality
  • Support for Microsoft’s Active Accessibility
  • Converts the “All Programs” button in the Windows menu into a cascading menu (Vista and Windows 7)
  • Implements a customizable Start button (Windows 7 and 8)
  • Can show, search and launch Windows Store apps (Windows 8)
  • And last but not least – it’s FREE!

So if you are at a loss that there is no Start Menu at the Windows 8 desktop level, then Classic Menu may be the one to go with. It comes highly recommended by a highly respectable blogger.  Thank you goes out to Bill Mullins’ for making us aware of Classic Menu.

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Access Any File You Need From Your PC From Anywhere With The NEW SkyDrive

A hot news item this week in the world of computers and information technology has been the re-design of Microsoft’s SkyDrive from its’ standard file management interface to the more metro look (that is the defacto Windows 8 GUI). If you have a Hotmail (or Outlook.com) account, then you can easily get access to SkyDrive. I highly recommend you take advantage of SkyDrive, because Microsoft is really getting this right.

With SkyDrive, you get 7 GB of free storage with SkyDrive—that’s enough for over 20,000 Office documents or 7,000 photos. For most people, this is plenty of space. But if 7 GB isn’t enough, you can add even more storage for a low yearly fee.

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It was not the metro look that captured my attention or that you can now upload and store any type of file; instead, it is a very powerful feature in SkyDrive that allows you to remotely access your files and folders on your Windows (or Mac) computer from anywhere you have internet access. For example, if I am at work and I need a document file from my computer at home, I simply log onto SkyDrive account where I am able to see my entire file/folder/drive(s) structure on my computer at home. This sort of reminds me when I used to manage network attached storage devices (NAS), with the end user interface being quite similar to this.

As long as your home computer is “on” and is running the SkyDrive software, you can access any file you need from your home computer—from anywhere.

In fact, you can browse through files just like you would if you were sitting in front of that PC. Want to show someone a photo on that home PC? You can view photo slide shows and videos on that PC from any browser, from any computer.

Fetch files from your Windows PC from anywhere

Here’s how it works, straight from the horses’ mouth:

  1. Download SkyDrive for Windows.
  2. Make sure you leave the box checked during setup that will allow you to “Fetch your files from anywhere.” (You can also choose this later by clicking the SkyDrive icon (SkyDrive icon) in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar, and clicking Settings. On the General tab, under Fetch files, select Make files on this PC available to me on my other devices, and then click OK.)
  3. Open your browser and sign in to SkyDrive.com.
  4. Your PCs that have SkyDrive for Windows installed will appear in the Computers menu. Choose the computer that has the file you want, and you can view, print, or download the file you forgot.

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