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)…


Plan on seeing  a lot more of Geek Squeaks’, featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

See An Endless Stream Of Geek Squeaks’ [ HERE ]

FREE Online HTML5 Solitaire

@ NetSolitaire


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



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


With this release we’ve created a modern 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 you can learn more about the new face of search… READ MORE

Desktop Cable Management For Power Cords
and Charging Accessory Cables


  • 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)…


Plan on seeing  a lot more of Geek Squeaks’, featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

See An Endless Stream Of Geek Squeaks’ [ HERE ]

NEW – Bing Powered OCR


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… READ MORE

Scan Documents And Save Them On Your Computer



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


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


  • 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.


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



Opera for Windows

Opera for Windows


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

Tech Tip #96: Open a Program Maximized


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



Bing unveils Magical Holiday Calendar
@ AKSGeek Live

Bing unveils Magical Holiday Calendar



Gold Box: New Deals. Every Day.

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MORE Geek Squeaks


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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.


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…


  • 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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