Marketing At Its’ Best – Get 100 GB of Online Storage FREE For 2 Years

February 10, 2015

Microsoft is and has been working it lately to get us all on board with their products. The most recent marketing tactic is the “Get 100 GB of FREE online storage with OneDrive for 2 years” with a Bing Rewards membership (where you can earn even more rewards like gift cards and sweepstake entries).

Of course my first question would be is; What happens (with my data) after the 2 year window is up?

Bing Rewards

From what I am grasping on this is that if you use Bing to perform your searches you get credits that are redeemable.

Earning credits is easy. Search with Bing on your PC and phone, try new features and take advantage of exclusive offers to see your credits start adding up. Status upgrades allow you to earn even faster. All you have to do is stay signed-in and keep searching with Bing.

Something like this I would look at as a temporary storage location for those files that are not that important.  Also, make sure you read up on the Bing Rewards Terms of Use and the Bing Privacy Statement. You have until February 28, 2015 to take advantage of this offer.

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 17, 2013

September 17, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (NetSolitaire): Love playing solitaire? NetSolitaire is one of the best cloud based solitaire games I have come across that you play in your web browser (see below);

Squeak #2 – (Wallpaper “Inside The Icicle”): I normally only feature wallpapers once a week; however, this one called “Inside The Icicle” popped up on my screen and I went WOW!  I just had to share this wallpaper with you (see below);

Squeak #3 – (Microsoft Bing Has A NEW Look):  Over 4 years ago I posted an article, “Bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine”, that received more comments than any other article I ever posted at What’s On My PC. At that time, people were complaining that Bing took over their computer and apparently they thought I created Bing and demanded I remove it. Fast forward to today and Bing has become a main competitor to Google and a now they have once again given Bing a new look (see below); AND,

Squeak #4 – (Desktop Cable Management): A neat, inexpensive, way to manage cable clutter on your desktop (see below)…

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FREE Online HTML5 Solitaire

@ NetSolitaire

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Play Klondike, FreeCell, Spider and many other solitaire card games online for free in your desktop or tablet browser!… CLICK HERE TO START PLAYING


Wallpaper – Inside The Icicle

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A New Look for Bing:
More Helpful, More Human, More Beautiful

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With this release we’ve created a modern Bing.com experience – one that is faster, cleaner and more visually appealing. We believe that search can be beautiful as well as functional and efficient. With that as our goal, we evaluated fonts, spacing, color, visual scan patterns, the search box and even the underlying code. We’re excited about the final result and to give you a glimpse, we have created a destination at www.bing.com/newwhere you can learn more about the new face of search… READ MORE


Desktop Cable Management For Power Cords
and Charging Accessory Cables

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  • Five rubber grips with four slots, each of which can hold the ends of several cords
  • Weighted base for stability
  • Perfect for power cords, USB cords, cell phone chargers, audio cables, headphones, FireWire cords, and more.
  • Small footprint (fits even the most cluttered workspaces)
  • Ability to stack cables on top of each other within each loop.

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 29, 2013

August 29, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: Bing Powered OCR (optical character resolution) is a new feature in SkyDrive that gives you the ability to extract text from photos. This is useful in the event you snap a photo of a document and you need to capture the text from that document for printing and/or saving to another format.  Very cool stuff (see below);

Squeak #2: Today I am featuring a portable app that I highly recommend.  It is called WinScanPDF; which gives you the ability to scan documents and convert them to the Adobe PDF format.  Very handy (see below);

Squeak #3: 404 Tech Support has pointed out something bad about the trial antivirus software that is installed on new computers. We are actually setting ourselves up for a fall once the trial expired. The article also explains, “how to” return the computer to the default state of using the antivirus software that is already installed (Microsoft Defender); AND,

Squeak #4: Here of late I have featured several bluetooth speakers. Today this one is from BOSE and it is awesome (good customer reviews)…

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NEW – Bing Powered OCR

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Make your SkyDrive photos smarter by using OCR (optical character recognition) to extract the text from photos in your camera roll when you view them on SkyDrive.com… READ MORE


Scan Documents And Save Them On Your Computer
As A PDF

WinScan2PDF

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Are you one of those who only occasionally has to send a signed document to someone by e-mail? So you don’t need a PDF printer driver or some other complex program. With WinScan2PDF it is no longer necessary! Simply save the scanned documents into PDF and save them to a file on your computer. The program is very simple to use… GET IT HERE


Antivirus trials on Windows 8 decreases its security

@ 404 Tech Support

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Unfortunately, it seems PC manufacturers are compromising this native improvement in Windows 8 through bloatware. I have seen several clients computers recently that came with Windows 8. However, primarily HP notebooks, come with a Norton 360 antivirus 30-day trial installed on them. When the trial expires, the Norton AntiVirus stops updating its definitions. The longer this goes on, the more users are put at risk… READ MORE


The Most Compact Mobile Speaker From Bose
Easily Goes Where You Go

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  • Advanced audio performance delivers a full-range listening experience
  • The most compact speaker from Bose easily goes where you go
  • Wirelessly connects to your Bluetooth device
  • Rechargeable battery plays up to 7 hours

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Bing vs. Google – Bing It On

May 28, 2013

Back in May of 2009 I posted an article titled, “bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine”. My intent of the article was to let people know that Microsoft had created their own version of a search engine that would be a main competitor to Google and Yahoo. I was actually impressed with Bing (back then) and I still am today; HOWEVER, following that article I received over 100 comments asking me (as if I was the creator of Bing) to remove Bing from their computers. Apparently Microsoft, as part of their marketing strategy of Bing (in a viral type of way), was making Bing show up on people’s computers in various ways and then making it difficult for people to then remove Bing from their computers. To me, not a very good way for people to develop a warm and fuzzy feeling for something.

I think Microsoft learned from that strategy and has been trying to get people to use Bing by sensationalizing it through various media sources (such as through TV commercials).  Today I happened across another attempt by Microsoft to bring Bing home and to draw attention to the power (and beauty) of the Bing Search engine.

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Go to, BING IT ON, where you can do a side-by-side search analysis of the Bing Search Engine and the Google Search Engine. The site is sort of competitive in nature and gives you the opportunity to perform searches, then rate the outcome, as to which performed better. If anything, this is a nice source to perform a more extensive search using two very powerful search engines.

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GEEK SQUEAKS’ (#65) – A Wireless Hard Drive, Opera Browser, Ask A Tech Teacher, New Coupon Site, and Bing’s Magical Calendar

December 2, 2011

Seagate’s Mobile Wireless Hard Drive

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Opera for Windows

Opera for Windows

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Tech Tip #96: Open a Program Maximized
@ Ask A Tech Teacher

Tech Tip #96: Open a Program Maximized

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Our Own Start-Up: New Coupon Site Pluxie!
@ Websites, Internet, Software Tips And Reviews

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Bing unveils Magical Holiday Calendar
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Bing unveils Magical Holiday Calendar

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Gold Box: New Deals. Every Day.

Computers & Accessories Index

Over 600 Bookmarked Tech Sites

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I Did Not Have A Hand In This bing Thing!

June 27, 2011

When you write a blog post or article you hope to get feedback, through the comments section, from your readers. I always make it a practice to respond back, even if it is just to say thank you; however, with anything there are exceptions.

There was one article, back in May of 2009, titled bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine that went viral with the comments to the point that I stopped responding and I’ll tell you why.

Bing Wallpaper

Following that post, I must have hit pretty high in the Google search page ranking (or bing page ranking) for the article. As a result people must have thought that I had a hand in this bing thing or that I actually developed bing. Following that article I immediately, and still do to this day, received really nasty comments telling me how bing took over their computers and they want me, yes me, to remove it.  Now, there has been a few people who have come to my defense and have pointed out that poor Rick has no play in this. I will usually give them a pat on the back with a response of some type.

I really think Microsoft, who owns and operates bing, should at least compensate me with a prize or something for promoting bing and for ultimately absorbing some of their pains as a result of the promotion.

In the end, I have truly enjoyed the comments and actually look forward to reading them as they continue to trickle in. As a matter of fact to keep it going, I encourage you to visit bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine and add your comments to what I am now calling the “bing hall of shame”.  Also, as a reward to those you came to my defense, the image reflected above is actually a bing wallpaper for your computer that you can wear proud…

“If I did have a hand in this bing thing,
a poor blogger I would not sing”.

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Experience the Best of Both Worlds – Google and Bing

December 10, 2010

You can now tap into the search engine power of Google and Bing, at the same time, using and online app called Qrobe.

qrobe

I have featured other combo search engines like Panabee and Goog-a-who, where the search results are displayed in a side-by-side (dual pane) interface using a variety of search engines. Qrobe is different, in that when you perform a search the search results are directly and tandemly pulled from Google and Bing and displayed in the manner which we are already accustomed to (in a single pane or screen interface). Now, the really cool factor with Qrobe is that the search results are displayed in an infinitely scrolling list. In other words, no scrolling to the bottom, then selecting the next page; instead, you just keep scrolling and scrolling and scrolling; until you locate your desired result…

Features:

  • Qrobe brings together the best results from the best search engines, so you absolutely get the best results. Qrobe does not try to hide (or claim credit for) where the results came from or change the sorting in any way.
  • View your search results (both web and image searches) in an infinitely scrolling list, paging is so yesterday.
  • Qrobe does not track, analyze or profile our users or let anyone else do that. Qrobe does not set any uniquely identifiable cookies or allow any ad network cookies. Do note that searches are temporarily stored in  the qrobe web logs and we will fully cooperate with legal authorities.
  • Qrobe PowerSearch lets you get straight from your search bar to your search destination. Find a movie on Netflix (avatar /nf), a video on YouTube (inception trailer /yt), your favorite show on Hulu (office /hu), find a picture on Qrobe image search (flowers /i), or you local weather (walnut creek ca /we) right from the search bar. With 20+ power hints get to most of your favorite destinations straight from the search bar.
  • Bored? Qrobe integration with Digg and Reddit allows you to view what going on on both Digg and Reddit on one screen.
  • Peek into results or share, save, translate and shorten results with one click from the left menu.

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Microsoft Bing’s FREE 411 Service – Give It A Try!

December 5, 2010

With the recent demise of Google’s 411 service, which I found most people (that I have contact with) did not know about anyway, I bring to you information about Microsoft’s FREE audio 411 service called:

Bing 411

Bing 411

I encourage you to give this try, from any phone, and keep it in your phone listing on your cell phone. It just may come in handy in a pinch. Bing 411 is currently available in the U.S. only.

Simply Dial, from any phone:

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translated that is

(1-800-246-4411)

[CLICK HERE] for an audio demo of Bing 411

With Bing 411 you can:

Find local shops and restaurants

Search by name or type

Narrow listings by city, neighborhood, or street

Get text message links to maps and details 2

Hear driving directions to the location

Connect directly to businesses

Share listings with friends

Get traffic, movie times, and weather

Hear the latest traffic reports, personalized to your route

Hear turn-by-turn driving directions, or get a text message2

Find movie showtimes and theater info

Listen to current weather and forecasts

Special Note: When you call from your mobile phone, standard airtime usage applies based on your phone plan. You are also responsible for text message fees if you choose to receive any text messages.

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Perform A Search Times Two With Goog-A-WHO?

October 24, 2010

If you are someone that is a search engine junkie and knows how to use the top search engines to get results, then you are going to like “Goog-A-WHO?” .

Goog-A-Who

“Goog-A-WHO?” is a web based search tool (not a search engine) that allows you to enter your query (or search term) one time, just like a search engine; however, once you click the button to “double your search” the end result is phenomenal. Your search results are presented instantly from Google and another search engine at random, side-by-side (in a dual pane interface). If you are like me, and have a widescreen monitor, this type of dual pane interface really takes advantage of my widescreen monitor by using the entire space of the monitor to present me with more information.

For example, to see “Goog-A-Who?” in action, with a search for, What’s On My PC, click [ HERE ] .

Googawho does its best to provide you with the fastest way to compare ALL of the internet’s top search engines with just one search on just one page!

Goog-A-WHO? does not stop there. Once your search results are up, you can now manipulate your search results by viewing results from eight other top search engines (Google, Yahoo!, Bing, Ask, InfoSpace, AltaVista, Lycos, and Dogpile). Now how cool is that! Plus, you can go full screen with any of the search engines by clicking on the small “load engine full screen” button.

Screenshot - Goog-A-Who

“Goog-A-WHO?” also takes advantage of the tabbed browser interface with a button called a “Tabulizer”.  Click on the Tabulizer and your search results will be opened by all eight search engines in their own separate tabs.

My opinion, this web based search tool, “Goog-A-WHO?”,  is a keeper and a must for anyone who is a search engine junkie.

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Bing Entertainment – FREE Online Games

August 1, 2010

Bing, Microsoft’s Search Engine, now offers several entertainment components to their search engine experience. One such experience under their entertainment category is access to some really great online games – [ CLICK HERE ]

They’re all part of a stellar line up of new casual games that can be found on Bing – available right in the Bing entertainment browser! Earlier this summer Yusuf mentioned casual games were part of our new entertainment experience on Bing and these new games are just one more way we are continuing to expand and deepen your online gaming experience.

Bing Games

The “good” here with this is that the goal is to provide a malware free experience in a category (such as online gaming) that has a reputation of dropping malware on people’s PC’s.

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What’s On My PC – Top Ten All Time Articles

June 11, 2010

It is has been almost 2 years that I first started blogging and was spoon fed, from afar, by the likes of Bill Mullins’ at Tech Thoughts and TechPaul at Tech-for Everyone. I can honestly attest, as a rookie blogger, it has been a challenge; however, today I can further attest it has been both rewarding and a daily exercise of the mind.

What is amazing about blogging is that it is unpredictable. Articles or information that you think will never amount to anything ends up being popular; AND, others you feel are great, just don’t quite hit the mark. To qualify that statement, I have posted links to the top ten all time articles at What’s On My PC…

The one article that really amazes me (that is #3 on the list), is the article where people are still looking for that America Online (AOL) CD. The article, in summary, explains steps (actually a trick) to make your own CD, since it is very difficult to get your hands on an actual CD. As of the date of this article, according to my statistics, nearly 10,000 people cannot live without the AOL CD. I’m guessing, from all of those years where AOL spammed our postal mailboxes with the AOL CD’s, the brainwashing affects continue to live on.

What’s On My PC – Top Ten All Time


  1. If you experience Windows Vista Service Pack 2 installation issues…
  2. Creating a personalized font from your own handwriting…
  3. Creating an AOL Install CD… (if you must:)
  4. How to use a Blackberry Smartphone with a cheap “Pay As You Go” mobile phone plan…
  5. When Vista will not boot…
  6. bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine
  7. Review of the Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player
  8. Technibble’s (portable and FREE) Computer Repair Utility Kit
  9. Adding a “Watermark” in Microsoft Word 2003
  10. “WOT” is NEW…

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All Time Top Ten Tech Articles at What’s On My PC…

October 25, 2009

When you write articles in a blog, nearly everyday, they have a tendency to accumulate and eventually get lost in the pile (especially to the frequent visitor). Today I was reviewing some past posts and decided to make a listing of the “All Time Top Ten” at What’s On My PC.  Enjoy!

In summary you will find that: Windows Vista still is causing gray hair; AOL is not dead; WD TV Media Player is a hit; people do not like change, including bing;  we need browser protection; there is a cheap way to use a Blackberry; we love FREE software; people are still trying to figure out MS-Word; and Conficker continues to evolve and is still alive!

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If you experience
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 installation issues…

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Creating an AOL Install CD… (if you must:)

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When Vista will not boot…

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Review of the Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player

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“WOT” is NEW…

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bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine

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How to use a Blackberry Smartphone with a cheap
“Pay As You Go” mobile phone plan…

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Software AppsFreebiesPortable Apps

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Adding a “Watermark” in Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007

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Conficker and Spyware Protect 2009

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Search the Internet better with fefoo…

August 25, 2009

Fefoo is a search application that changes the way we use search engines. Fefoo is an application that is engineered to work with multiple search engines to make your searches more effective and better. FeFoo is designed to search by categories; thus, making your search more refined from the time you start searching. As a result you spend less time searching.  Loading fefoo is very, very fast. The first time you use fefoo it is cached (saved) automatically to your disk thus making subsequent load times in the milliseconds. Another neat thing about fefoo is that you can add and remove categories.

www.fefoo.com

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How does fefoo work?

The first time you visit fefoo, it gets cached on your browser. After that everytime you search its done on your computer. That is one reason why it feels so fast. There are no roundtrips back to the server every time you search. The search is as fast as the search engine that you are using. fefoo works transparently without adding any overhead while searching.

How to add fefoo as a search provider?

When you are on the fefoo homepage you will see add to browser button on the top right hand corner. If you don’t see the button, currently there is no known way to add search to your browser. (If you know a way to add it please do leave a feedback). In any case you can always bookmark fefoo. You can also set it as your homepage. Since it runs from the cache its almost as fast as setting the homepage toabout:blank

After you perform a search with fefoo, a search bar will appear at the top of the browser to assist with further searching.  This search bar is not permanent and only appears when you perform a search.

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The more I use fefoo the more I am liking it.  Definitely a keeper on my PC.

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bing – Microsoft’s New Search Engine

May 30, 2009

Keep your eye out for “bing”. Bing is Microsoft’s NEW search engine that will replace Microsoft’s Live Search. Reportedly this strategy will help bring Microsoft in line with their main competitors (Yahoo and Google). Reports from Microsoft indicate that bing will be able to dig deeper and provide more relevant search results; PLUS, your search results will be presented dynamically in search categories, which is a different approach than what we are accustomed to. According to Microsoft, bing will be going live on June 3rd and will be phased in over the course of several days.  The official bing website is, bing.com.

To find out more about bing, and to watch a video demo of bing in action, click the “Find Out More” button below.

Bing & decide. Coming soon. Find out more...

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