A Sampling Of Some Of The Most Popular Articles At What’s On My PC — and MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-03)

January 18, 2016

A Sampling Of Some Of The Most Popular Articles At What’s On My PC – Each week on the blog I try to provide an array of topics through the Geek Squeaks’ theme. This week I was brain dead and for the life of me nothing was jumping out to get my juices going. In an effort to give myself a jump start, I decided to list some of the most popular articles at What’s On My PC. This not only got my juices going; but, it made me come to the realization that I need to re-think how I am titling my blog articles and still keep within the parameters of my Geek Squeaks’ way of life where I post multiple topics (with one main topic as the attention grabber). As a result, I am going to implement this change to see where it takes me. To get started with this week’s post, I changed the title format; and to get my juices going, I have listed a sampling some of the most popular articles at What’s On My PC. Always remember, you can perform a search to find various topics, software, etc… In the 8 years that I have been blogging, there is a good chance that if you are looking for something, I have covered it in some form or another.

Symptoms of a Failing Computer Power Supply – I discuss some of the symptoms you may experience that could indicate that your power supply is failing. This article was published back in 2010, which seems like yesterday, and much of what is reflected is still applicable today.

Shutdown, Sleep, Restart or Logoff Your Computer Using the Keyboard – Here I did a post about the built in keyboard shortcuts that you can use to shutdown, sleep, restart or logoff your Windows computer. This article is applicable to Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 users. I still get a ton of hits on this one.

Locating Your Software License Keys – Did you know that if you do a complete reinstall of the software on your PC, you will need the product license keys (or serial/registration information) for the software that you had paid for? If you did not know this, then this article will guide you on the various software options that are available that will help you out.

An Easy Way to Get the Serial Number and Disk Drive Information of Your Computer – If you follow the command prompt steps that I have reflected in this article you can get the serial number and disk drive information of your computer.

Get the last FREE version of FastStone Capture – If you do not know what FastStone Capture is, then you are missing out on some good software. This screen capture program, at one point was freeware; however, you now (current version) have to pay for the software (shareware). This is one shareware program that I recommend buying. If you do not wish to buy it, you can still grab the last FREE version.

What does the “G” represent in 3G and 4G? – There is a high probability that you own a cell phone. If so, you have probably questioned, “What is all of this 3G and 4G talk about?”. This article will help you out with this.

MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF

A Package Of More Than 180 Portable Freeware Utilities (for Windows) – If you are the techie type, you probably have heard of the NirSoft utilities. Did you know that these utilities can be downloaded as a package and conveniently launched using what is called the NirLauncher. The NirLauncher package includes variety of tools that you may need for your daily computer use, including utilities to recover lost passwords, to monitor your network, to view and extract cookies, cache, and other information stored by your Web browser, to search files in your system, and more… This is a “must have” for the tech toolbox.

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An OS That Will Turn A PC Into An Android PC – I came across a new open source OS (operating system) that can be installed on a compatible PC or run from a flash drive called Remix OS that will turn a PC into an Android based PC. What this means is that you can run the same apps through the Remix OS that you do on your Android based phones and tablets. I will be keeping an eye on this…

Video – How To Install The Remix OS

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Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker – If you do not own a wireless bluetooth speaker, you do not know what you are missing. Today, I came across an Amazon deal for people like me who is rough on things. It is the Photive HYDRA Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, that is shockproof and waterproof. At the time of this posting, the pricing was unbelievable ($39) with great customer reviews.

 Photive HYDRA Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Photive HYDRA Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-34) FEATURING — Samsung’s 18.4″ Galaxy View Tablet (can pre-order now) — and MORE GREAT STUFF

November 2, 2015

Samsung’s 18.4″ Galaxy View Tablet (can pre-order now) – Yes you are seeing that right. Samsung has developed an 18.4″ tablet called the Galaxy View that is in comparison to carrying a portable TV around; AND, that is exactly what I think Samsung is thinking in regards to this hugeous tablet. The pricing on this ($599) is a little steep for my pocketbook; however, if the price were to come within reason, I may consider the Galaxy View for home-based usage.

There are mixed reviews on this, from CNET’sSamsung has just taken the wraps off the best tablet we may have ever seen”, to the Verge’s “Samsung might’ve just priced itself out of success”… The Galaxy View is slated for release on November 6th and can be pre-ordered now… To see all the specs — CLICK HERE — scroll down the page and then click on “See All Specs”.

Samsung Galaxy View

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Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard for Computers, Tablets and Smartphones – The Logitech K480 is an excellent bluetooth keyboard, that works great either as an external keyboard for a Mac or a PC desktop system, or as a keyboard for a phone or a tablet. You can use this device to connect up to three Bluetooth wireless–capable computers or mobile devices. If this is something you may find of interest, check out Logitech’s Immersion Guide that will tell you everything you need to know about this keyboard.

Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480

You aren’t limited to a single device, so why should your keyboard be?

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How To Bypass Android’s Secured Lock Screen – If you do not have your Android smartphone (or tablet) locked down, I suggest that you take the time and lock it down. For example, to use my Nexus 5, I enter a pin number in order to operate the device.  The ONLY problem I see with locking down your device is the chance you forget the pattern, pin or password that you used. Well, don’t fret, I came across this article,7 Ways to Bypass Android’s Secured Lock Screen.  A lot of folks don’t want to lock down their devices due that it is an inconvenience; however if you ever lose the device you will soon learn that you wished you had taken the precaution of securing it.

Android Security

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Display A Host Of System Information-Type Data On Your DesktopBGInfo is a system information tool (portable app) that is very useful for people who manage numerous systems. BGInfo automatically displays relevant information about a Windows computer on the desktop’s background, such as the computer name, IP address, service pack version, and more. The information that BGInfo displays can be edited, as well as the font and background color. Stick this tool in the startup folder on your computer to display the system information each time the computer boots.

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Nice Deal On Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

July 13, 2015

Another deal I came across at Amazon features the Urge Basics Cuatro Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with Bass+ Technology – (Includes Carrying Case and Charging Cable; Compatible with Smartphones, Tablets and Mp3 Players with Bluetooth Capability, Black)…

I don’t know how long this deal (at $20) will last, but is worth a look see…

Urge Basics Bluetooth Speaker

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Photive BTH3 Bluetooth Headphones (Clearance Deal)

July 11, 2015

If you are really into listening to music, you may want to take a look at these Photive BTH3 Bluetooth Headphones. When I post tech deals I see at Amazon I always look at the customer reviews as a gauge to get a feel on the whether a product is good or not. These Photive BTH3 headphones have been reviewed over 2,200 times and is carrying a strong 4 star rating. Appears that the stock is being cleared out; nonetheless, good opportunity to get your hands on an excellent headphone set.

Photive BTH3 Bluetooth 4.0 Stereo Headphones
with Built-in Mic and 12 Hour Battery. Includes Hard Travel Case. 2014 New Release

Photoive Headphones

Listen to your favorite tunes with the Photive PH-BT3 wireless headphones designed with the latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology. This multifunctional pair of headphones will deliver amazing sound quality and lasting comfort. Featuring a lithium ion battery that will give you up to 12 hours of uninterrupted playtime, and charges completely in only 3 hours. The lightweight, slim design of the PH-BTH3 headphones also makes it an excellent travel companion. The headphones come with their own hard travel case.

• Bluetooth 4.0- Advanced CSR Bluetooth 4.0 technology. Stream your music wirelessly up to 33ft.

• Premium sound- Uncompromising sound quality. 40 mm drivers for excellent bass, precise treble and clear mid tones. You’ll hear every satisfying note of your music at its best.

• 12 Hour Lithium-ion rechargeable battery- Enjoy hours of uninterrupted music, podcasts, phone calls and movies before the next charge.

• On Board Controls- Control your music quickly and easily with controls located on the headphone.

• Easy Pairing- Pairs easily, no code required

• 3.5mm Aux input- Includes and a 3.5mm stereo cord for quick and easy connections to devices without Bluetooth.

Included Accessories

USB charging cable

Hard Travel Case

3.5mm Audio Cable

User’s guide

Warranty

1 Year Parts and Labor

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A Bluetooth Speaker For Under $30 That Has Me Sold

March 24, 2015

To compliment my Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 Tablet, I went on the hunt for a bluetooth speaker. Never having owned a bluetooth speaker, I soon found that there are so many different models and types of these speakers to the point that you can easily get lost in the hunt.

What I was looking for was something that was reasonable in size, sounds good, and is under $50.  If you are not familiar with these little speakers, they are primarily used to wirelessly connect (via bluetooth technology) your smartphone or tablet so that you can listen to music, podcasts, videos, etc… It actually adds a whole other dimension to your handheld devices.

After researching bluetooth speakers at various sites on the internet, I ended up at Amazon where I could make cost and feature comparisons and get a good feel of where a particular speaker stood based on the customer reviews (which is a strong point at Amazon).

What I found was a bluetooth speaker called the DKnight Magicbox (for under $30), that in my opinion, deserves a 5 star rating. As a matter of fact if you look at the customer reviews on this speaker you will find that the DKnight Magicbox has had over 5500 customer reviews and is carrying a near 5 star rating.

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DKnight Magicbox

Straight out of the box I was able to seamlessly connect my tablet to the speaker. The first time I heard the sound, coming from such a small footprint, I was totally amazed. Yes, you can spend a lot of money for a bluetooth speaker, but I am telling you don’t do it.  Give the DKnight Magicbox a try before you do.

Here is what I liked about this speaker:

  • It just plain looks nice (with a rubber top and rubber bottom)…
  • There is an “on and off” switch on the side of the unit and controls on the top of the unit (for volume, to move forward/backward in your music que, to pause and to answer your phone)…
  • When charging, a red led light is displayed.  When the speaker is fully charged the light will go out.
  • There is a micro SD card slot on the unit.  Load your MP3’s on the SD card and speaker will play them…
  • It has two highly powerful 40mml total 6W acoustic drivers that produces a wide spectrum of audio…
  • It is less than $30…

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Play Music All Day and All Night With The Anker A7908 Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker

October 13, 2014

This little 3 inch bluetooth speaker packs a punch and has an uptime (between charges) of 15 to 20 hours. The unit also doubles as a speaker phone with a 2-foot range microphone so you can answer or make calls mid-song. Currently has a great customer rating (see here) and is currently at a reduced price point.

Anker® A7908 Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker with 20 Hour Rechargeable Battery and Full, High-Def Sound (Black)

Anker® A7908 Portable Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker

  • Experience your tunes in high definition and surprising fullness realized through a 4W / 2in driver and bass port – outclassing other similar-sized portable speakers.
  • Unrivalled 15 to 20-hour playtime powered by a built-in rechargeable 2100mAh Li-ion battery.
  • Automatically connect to the last-connected device when turned on enables one-step music streaming. Compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled devices (2.1 and over). 3.5mm audio port for non-Bluetooth devices.
  • Outstanding connection range of up to 33 feet. Built-in microphone with a 2-feet pickup range allows the speaker to double as a speaker phone.
  • Package contents: Anker® Portable Bluetooth Speaker, micro USB cable, 3.5mm audio cable, travel pouch, instruction manual. 18-month warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 6, 2013

October 6, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (A Real-Time Weather Station In Your Browser): If you use Google Chrome as your browser, I highly recommend that you install the Weather Watcher browser extension. It will be all you need, at the click of a button, to get your local weather stats and more (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Build HTML5 Web Content With Google Web Designer):  For those who are into web design, the NEW Google Web designer (currently in beta) may be something that you can use to design the more advanced web content. When in design view, you can create content using drawing tools, text, and 3D objects, and you can animate objects on a timeline… (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (The Best AMD Gaming Motherboards): Elite Gaming Computers (on my blogroll) posted an article that gives you insight on the best of the best when it comes to the AMD Gaming Motherboards. Like anything else, you get what you pay for and if you are into gaming, you only want the best (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (A 360 Degree Wireless Speaker ): When it comes to speakers, the wireless technology continues to fascinate me. Today I found a bluetooth wireless speaker that can be wirelessly controlled up to 50 feet away, can take your phone calls, and is water (and stain) resistant (SEE BELOW)…

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Chrome Browser Extension – Weather Watcher Live

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Weather Watcher is a full featured weather station. Access weather data from NWS Weather stations, real-time WeatherBug weather stations… GET IT HERE


Google Web Designer

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Google Web Designer is an advanced web application that’s built with HTML5 which lets you design and build HTML5 advertisements and other web content using an integrated visual and code interface. Using Google Web Designer’s design view you can create content using drawing tools, text, and 3D objects, and you can animate objects on a timeline. Once you’re done creating your content, Google Web Designer outputs clean human-readable HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript… GET IT HERE


The Best AMD Gaming Motherboards for 2013

@ Elite Gaming Computers

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The motherboard is the central communication center for your computer. It’s where all of your components plug into and are able to communicate with each other.

The motherboard you choose for your gaming computer will have a huge impact on the quality of your build… READ MORE


UE BOOM – 360-Degree Speaker
That Drops Immersive Sound In Every Direction

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The 360-degree speaker design drops bold, immersive sound into any space. And the water and stain resistant acoustic skin and 15-hour rechargeable battery mean you’re ready for wherever the night takes you… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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