Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#42)

January 6, 2010

It is unbelievable, especially the older we get, just how fast a week seemingly passes by; but, one thing I look forward to each week is Geek Squeaks’.

Geek Squeaks’ is a compilation of articles, created within the past 7 days, by the members (bloggers) associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll (at the right side of the blog). If computers and information technology is in your blood, then these sites (or blogs) are the ones to follow.

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Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
FreeFixer – A Free, Powerful Anti-Malware Tool

Plato On-Line
Facebook vs. Suicide Machine

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Antivirus PC 2009

AKS-Feel The Change
Merge two or more PDF files

thePC Security
Freeware PC Security Software Download – Rising PC Doctor

Crazy World of G
You Have Wave

Lifehacker
Memorize Makes Virtual Flashcards and More [Flashcards]

Rarst.net
SuggestRSS.com – finds sites like those in your feeds

Sugarloaf Tech
Remote wipe your BlackBerry without BES

Tech-for Everyone
How To Make Word Open A Normal Blank Page*

AskBillFirst
Those Green Doublelined Words on a Web Page

Free PC Security
Online Armor Free Firewall V4

TuneUp Blog
Survey: Replace Rather Than Clean Up a PC?

Computer Maintenance
Data Backup

Canadian Tech Blogger
IE Usage Down, Chrome Surpasses Safari

Mrintech
Free ASCII Art Designer Software for your PC!

Worthy Tips
Idea To Convert Your Photo To Hand Draw Sketch On Your Desktop

Technize
3 Ways To Test Your LCD Monitor For Defective Pixels

I Love Free Software
WeBuzz.IM – Use Gtalk, Yahoo, ICQ, AIM from Browser

TTC Shelbyville
Repair Internet Explorer

Carputers News and Computer Tips
Learn how to research online…

Snakebytez
Easily and Safely Optimize Vista
by Disabling Unnecessary Windows Vista Services

Freeware Pharmacy
MCE Buddy

What’s On My PC
FREE Online Virus and Malware Scanners

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A Simple Solution to Backing Up Your Browser Settings

November 6, 2009

The everyday computer user primarily uses the computer to browse the internet. As a result, the web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc.) becomes one of the most important pieces of software on the computer. Over a period of time, based on the user’s surfing habits, the browser cumulatively collects bookmarks, cookies, history, toolbar settings, extensions, add ons, etc. that the user ultimately becomes dependent on. The problem occurs is when the computer crashes or the user moves to a new computer AND all of those cumulative browser gatherings by the user are lost. I have actually witnessed users that were more upset that they lost their browser bookmark settings, when their computer crashed, than personal documents they may have had.

To prevent this mishap from occurring there is a backup solution, called FavBackup, that will backup your bookmarks and any other settings that are browser specific (e.g. history, cookies, user preferences, extensions and other elements).

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FavBackup is a portable app that requires no installation and has the capability of backing up the browser settings for various versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari and Flock.  One point to make is that you will be see two different type of backup and restore options:

(1) – Backup or Restore – allows you to select what you desire to backup or restore

(2) – Full Backup or Full Restore – will perform a backup or restore of all settings in one fell swoop.

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FavBackup is very easy to use, fast and efficient; AND is must-have software for any computer user who is tied to their browser. If anything, make FavBackup part of your normal backup routine and use it to at least backup your bookmarks.

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Internet Explorer – Losing ground to Firefox

July 6, 2009

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Other Browsers Advance as Internet Explorer Slides


By Mark Long
www.newsfactor.com


July 6, 2009 1:16PM


Other Browsers Advance as Internet Explorer Slides

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continued to lose ground against other browsers in June, according to StatCounter. The market share for Mozilla’s Firefox 3.5 rose rapidly since its launch last week. Opera’s share in Europe has jumped since July 2008 and Apple, Inc.’s Safari has lost global market share, but Safari 4 downloads have been heavy.

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Browser Speed Comparison Test

June 20, 2009

We all want faster, safer, and reliable… Checkout the browser speed comparison test at PCGames Hardware. The tests they ran focused on pure speed. You can even run the same tests at Sunspider, Futuremark Peacekeeper, and Acid.

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Internet browser tested
with Peacekeeper, Sunspider and Acid

Big browser comparison test: Internet Explorer vs. Firefox, Opera, Safari and Chrome

June 19, 2009 – by Link, Riemann

PC Games Hardware tested the speed of the internet browsers Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8, Mozilla Firefox 2.0, 3.0.11 and 3.5b99, Opera 9.6 and 10, Safari 3.1.1 and 4.0, Chrome 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 with the benchmarks Peacekeeper and Sunspider and checked them with the Acid tests as well.

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Web Browsers run faster in Windows 7(?)

June 1, 2009

Have any of the readers of this blog experienced this sort of revelation with Windows 7 RC? Please feel free to comment below.

Chrome, Firefox, IE8 accelerate 12% or more in Windows 7 over Vista

By Scott M. Fulton, III | Published May 28, 2009, 3:59 PM

If you’ve been testing the final Windows 7 Release Candidate on your own physical platforms, and you wonder what’s giving you that feeling that it’s just a bit peppier, a tad zippier, it’s not an illusion. Betanews tests all this week, concluding today, comparing all the major stable release and development Windows-based Web browsers, running on exactly the same physical computer with fresh Windows Vista SP2 and Windows 7 RC partitions, confirmed what our eyes and gut feelings were telling us: On average, most browsers ran 11.9% faster in Windows 7 than on the same machine running Vista SP2, with most speed gains falling right around that mark..


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Transmute – The Ultimate Bookmark Converter

June 1, 2009

If you are like me, you may be using more than one web browser OR you may be in the process of changing to another browser. The problem most users experience in these cases is moving their bookmarks (or web site favorites) from one browser platform to another; OR trying to keep their bookmarks synced between the different browser platforms. It has been my experience through assisting other users that there is a “high value” placed on their bookmarks (or favorites). I often hear the statements, “please try and save my favorites or don’t lose my favorites”. Most techie types know the various processes to convert and transfer bookmark formats from one browser format to another; however, it can be a daunting task for the everyday computer user.

There is an easy solution to all of this called “Transmute”. Transmute is software that will easily do all of the work for you when you desire to transfer your bookmarks from one browser platform to another.

Transmute

“Transmute will convert, synchronize, sort, organize and remove duplicates from your bookmarks and more”.

I currently use Transmute to synchronize my bookmarks between Internet Explorer, Opera USB, Chrome, and Firefox. I also look at Transmute as a backup strategy for my bookmarks, as well. There is a “FREE” version of Transmute and a “PAID” version. The “FREE” version supports the major browser platforms and is all most users will need. The “PAID” version takes it one step further and provides support to work with two of the leading “online” bookmarking services (Delicious and Google Bookmarks).

Transmute is available as a full install program or as a portable app that can be run from your flash drive. (NOTE: This is another good tool for the techie toolbox).

Transmute

Publisher’s Description

Extensive Browser Support

Transmute supports all of the major web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Apple Safari, Chromium, Flock and Konqueror!

Easy to Use

A streamlined interface makes Transmute very accessible.

Automatic Backups

By default Transmute will timestamp and back up your bookmark collections before changes are made, providing extra safety.

Cross-Platform

Transmute supports Windows using the Microsoft .NET Framework. However, Transmute will also run on Windows, Linux and Mac via use of the Mono Framework!

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TheWorld Browser – A different kind of web browser…

May 28, 2009

For those who may not know what a web browser is, it is simply a software application, such as Internet Explorer, that is specifically crafted for retrieving, presenting and traversing information resources on the internet. Many computer users do not realize that there are other browser options out there, other than Internet Explorer; the most popular being Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera (to name a few).

Recently I have been on the hunt for a good portable version of a browser to run from my flash drive. I have tried and used extensively the portable versions of the most popular browsers such as Firefox, Opera, and Chrome; however, I found that after long periods of usage (from the flashdrive), the browsers would start to bog down and/or errors would start to develop.

Sometimes we get so locked into what is popular and forget that there are other options. It was at this point I starting looking outside that circle of “popular browsers” for something different. During that hunt, I tried and tested many (such as Avant, Maxthon, Browzar, QtWeb). I eventually came across a browser called “TheWorld Browser” that not only caught my eye, but has performed beautifully from my flash drive. As a matter of fact, the more I use it, the more I like it.

TheWorld Browser

TheWorld Browser is a “fast, safe and easy way to browse the web” that has features that many of the other browsers do not.  TheWorld Browser is dependent on the Internet Explorer engine, and is guaranteed to be 100% malware free.  This app is small in size (1.4 MB) and, in my opinion, is very fast to the draw…  If you are looking for an Internet Explorer replacement on your PC or a browser to carry with you on your flash drive, I say give this browser a try!

TheWorld Browser

Publisher’s Description

Multi-threaded frame.
TheWorld Browser version 2.0 is among the first multi-threaded frame browser in the world (the first is Internet Explorer 7.0), the multi-threaded window frame can prevent the web pages from freezing.

Intelligent Ad blocking + Blacklist filter.
TheWorld can block popup ad. and float ad. automatically.
TheWorld can block popups and float ads automatically. You can also use a blacklist to filter ads. The blacklist filter works from lower level of HTTP protocol, with regular expression so that you can filter out anything you want.

Web page mute.
TheWorld is the first browser that can disable a web page’s sound with one click.

Powerful Tools
Powerful Tools Built in tools like: Flash filter, unlock page script limited, zoom, Proxy quick switching, Auto complete, Quick media saver, Privacy guard, Mouse gestures, Custom hotkeys and Drag & drop support, make TheWorld one of the most powerful browsers around.

Safer.
TheWorld Browser has built-in safe guards that will protect you while surfing.

Built-in Download Manager.
Which consists of multi-thread download, resumable download, with intuitive download management.

Skins and plugins.
TheWorld Browser supports skins and plugins, we have hundreds of skins and plugins to customize the way you browse. TheWorld has native support for Internet Explorer’s plugins as well.

TheWorld Browser uses the Microsoft Internet Explorer engine and will run on Windows 98/me/2000/xp/Vista.

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New Google Chrome Blog

March 19, 2009

If you are following the development of the Google Chrome browser you will want to know that Google recently initiated a new blog called “Google Chrome Blog” , in addition to the “Chromium Blog”

Google Chrome Blog

The Google Chrome Blog is intended to highlight points of interest to general users, in a way that is accessible to as wide an audience as possible. It’s where you will read about new features that have been released, find interesting tips on how to get the most out of Google Chrome, and stay plugged into the product in general. Many of the types of posts that previously would have surfaced here, such as announcements of our spell-checking improvements, will now appear on this new blog instead of the Chromium blog.

The “Chromium Blog” will continue to exist and will now focus more on things that are particularly relevant to the developer community.

I have been using Chrome and monitoring the development of the browser,  and personally I think Google is proceeding in a good direction. I currently use and test (4)-four different browsers (IE, Firefox, Opera USB, Chrome) and I find myself periodically going back to Chrome. Since Chrome went live back in September 2008, there has been 29 updates that have been focused on speed, stability and usability.

Google Chrome’s current beta release [ GET IT HERE ] features new components that you can try including form autofill, full page zoom and autoscroll, and a cool new way to drag tabs out to get a side-by-side view (see video below).

By getting on Chrome’s beta channel, you will regularly receive updates of new features as they are churned out.  To help keep you up-to-date on the development of Google Chrome, I encourage you to visit the Chrome development links on the sidebar of the blog.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#2)

March 18, 2009

Geek Squeak

15 free downloads to pep up your old PC – Curious? Read

Electoluminescent Wire Goes to Local Area Networks – TTC Shelbyville

What do the dolby numbers mean? – Tech for-Everyone

How does your teenager use the internet?  Should you care? – Bill Mullins Weblog Tech Thoughts

Google Chrome Beta Updates, Boasts Improved Speeds and New Features – LifeHacker

Free Image Recovery From Digital Camera – Piyadas World

Planning and Choosing Parts for Your Carputer Build – Is You Geeked Up

WOT – Against Intuition – Free PC Security

Avira has launched its new Version 9 – EvilsFantasy Blog

Google Voice – Crazy World of G

Image Editing With No Install: Sumo Paint – Confessions of a Freeware Junkie

Google Chrome Video – Carputers News and Computer Tips

Beautiful Oriental Chillout from Jamendo.com – Carol’s Vault

Verizon Network Extender Boosts Cell Phone Signals at Home – AskBillFirst

How to Detect and Remove U.Z.A Operating System Wallpaper – 411-Spyware

WeFollow: Latest User Powered Twitter Directory – All Thats New

Beware When The Dog Barks – What’s On My PC…

Geek Squeaks are random “hot” topic links (called “squeaks”) from various credible sources (called “geeks”) and may appear on the blog at any time.  Many of the topics are creations from fellow bloggers or software authors who have actively participated (e.g. link exchanges, comments, etc…) with “What’s On My PC…”.  If you are interested in a link exchange please leave a comment below.

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Google Chrome is quickly moving forward…

January 10, 2009

Here is a clip from DownloadSquad, reporting that a Development Channel Build of Version 2.0 of Chrome is being worked on.  If you are a tester of software, visit DownloadSquad (click logo below) to read more about this build and how you can download the builds via the Chrome Channel Changer.  If you do not desire to install the build, the article points out that a “portable version” of the build is available.  I have been using and following Chrome very closely and it is of my opinion that this browser is being developed in such a manner to take advantage of the future in “cloud computing”

DownloadSquad

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Google begins work on Chrome 2.0

by Lee Mathews Jan 9th 2009

Google Chrome may have shed it’s original beta tag last month, but they’re far too fond of the beta label to keep it on ice for long.

Yes, work has begun on Chrome 2.0. Numerous changes have already been made, including the addition of basic form autocompletion like Firefox and IE, full page zooming, and autoscrolling. Browser profiles have been added and can be accessed through the wrench menu.

edit: as mentioned in the first comment, you can also test it by downloading the portable version from this site. It’s German, so search for download portable on the page. Thanks, caschy!

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Google Chrome is out of beta…

December 11, 2008

I have been following and keep finding myself using Google’s Chrome browser, more and more… Speed, simplicity, built in sandbox technology and safe browsing features are the attractive elements I like.  Today, I learned that Google has taken “Chrome” out of “beta” (removed the “beta” label). You can follow Google’s development of “Chrome” by clicking on any the Google links located on the sidebar at the right side of the blog.

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Google Chrome (BETA)
      

12/11/2008 10:00:00 AM
      

Since we first released Google Chrome, the development team has been hard at work improving the stability and overall performance of the browser. In just 100 days, we have reached more than 10 million active users around the world (on all seven continents, no less) and released 14 updates to the product. We’re excited to announce that with today’s fifteenth release we are taking off the “beta” label!
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