Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 28, 2013

October 28, 2013

Featuring: Glary Utilities, a FREE, Powerful, All-In-One computer maintenance and system optimization utility was recently updated; Some telltale signs that your laptop is overheating; See the latest gadget at ITRush that is exclusively designed to convert photos to digital images; and, The NEW Galaxy Note 3…

Geek Squeaks’ features 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!

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Free, Powerful, All-In-One Utility
For Cleaning and Optimizing Your Windows PC

Glary Utilities

Glary Utilities is one of my favorites when it comes to all-in-one system maintenance and optimization utilities. I especially like that they have a portable version available that can be carried on a flash drive.

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The No. 1 Free, Powerful and All-in-one utility for cleaning your Windows PC.

Boosts PC speed and fixes frustrating errors, crashes and freezes

Protects your privacy and wipe sensitive internet and chat history

Over 20 tools to maximize your Computer’s performance

GET IT HERE


Your laptop overheats and turns itself off how do you overcome this problem?

@ Wiki Answers

During a training session I was attending the instructor’s notebook, after approximately 2 hours of use, started to suddenly shut itself down and when the instructor resumed Windows the mouse became jumpy and the computer’s performance noticeably dropped. Long story short; the notebook was positioned in such a way that it could not cool itself down and was becoming overheated. This led me to find this article at Wiki Answers…

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Most laptops will auto-shutdown if they get too hot, to prevent damage to the CPU chip. So if it’s still shutting down, it hasn’t lost it’s mind — yet… READ MORE


The Photograph To Digital Picture Converter – Now you can transform photos into digital format quickly and easily

@ ITRush

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The Photograph To Digital Picture Converter is very easy to use and works faster than any scanners out there, simply place the picture into the converter, close the tray and hit the button to start the process of converting your old photographs into a more secure digital format plus you can even watch the conversion process because it already comes with a nice LCD screen… READ MORE


The Next Big Thing Is Here – Galaxy Note 3

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The Galaxy Note 3 features a wider 5.7-inch Full HD 1080p Super AMOLED display, yet it’s slimmer and lighter than its predecessor (8.3mm and 5.93 ounces, respectively) and has a more powerful and longer lasting 3200 mAh battery. It’s also equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera with Smart Stabilization and an improved LED flash to help you capture every visual story in your life — even in low light and active situations… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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A Powerful DataVac Blower To Keep Your Computer Clean and Free From Dirt, Dust and Debris

February 20, 2013

I can tell you, from personal experience(s), that dust accumulations inside a computer, over a period of time, will cause a heat build-up that will ultimately affect the operation of the computer. You can literally fry the computer…

It is important that any electronics you own, you should regularly clean the device of dust and debris. In the spring and fall, I disconnect my computer, remove the case entry cover, and blow out the dust and debris. I also clean the printer and keyboard on this same maintenance schedule. I use a can of compressed air to perform this task; however, I am now looking at another powerful option called the Metro DataVac Electric Duster 500 which features a 500 watt motor, .75 HP, 120 volt, 4.5 amps, 70 CFM air flow.

The Metro DataVac over a period of time will outweigh the initial cost; versus buying cans of compressed air over that same period of time.  I can also see using this blower for other things as well, such as blowing up my inflatable boat and blowing out the air filters in the mower, car, etc… : )…

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Metro DataVac Electric Duster 500

Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about the Metro DataVac Electric Duster 500 [CLICK HERE]

Features:

  • Sturdy all-steel construction
  • 500 watt motor, .75 HP, 120 volt, 4.5 amps, 70 CFM air flow
  • Includes air pin-pointer, air concentrator nozzle, air -flare nozzle, micro-cleaning tool kit
  • More effective than canned air and safer than canned air
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

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Wallpaper of the Week (#96)

November 17, 2012

Thanksgiving and Christmas are on the way and along with these holidays is snow. Here is a really nice detailed wallpaper of a squirrel in a snow bound pine tree. This image would also make for a nice Christmas card.

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Squirrel

Windows 7 Users: If you are using Windows 7, 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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Extend the Cleaning Abilities of CCleaner with CCEnhancer

March 17, 2011

If you use CCleaner, the highly recommended system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool then you need to also install (and run) CCEnhancer.

CCEnhancer

CCEnhancer is a small tool that will add support for over 450 new programs into CCleaner.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You must have CCleaner installed on your PC to make this work.
  2. If CCleaner is installed on your PC, download and run CCEnhancer.
  3. When you run CCEnhancer, it will download the latest definition files and automatically add it to the “Applications” section of CCleaner.

CCEnhancer

That is all there is to it; however, I do recommend running CCEnhancer on a regular basis to keep the definition files up to date or set CCEnhancer to run when your computer starts.  What I do is run CCEnhancer anytime I want to clean my PC since it will automatically prompt me to start CCleaner after downloading the new definition files.

Note: You must use the “Run As Administrator” function if running Windows 7/Windows Vista with User Account Control enabled.

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Check the Integrity of Your Hard Disks with CheckDrive

July 5, 2010

Looking for and writing content for a blog is a job, especially when you are on the run; however, in my email this morning a company called  Abelssoft dropped me a line about a new FREE hard disk utility called CheckDrive 2011 that saved the day and possibly my hard disks.

CheckDrive

From my early testing of this utility, it is like using chkdsk (checkdisk) with a very nice GUI (graphical user interface). As with chkdsk, if errors are found on any of your drives, repairing of those errors can take some time. Failure to identify and repair errors on your hard disks  (in the file system) can result in data corruption; thus, the importance of an utility such as CheckDrive. As always, maintain backups of your data prior to running any maintenance utility. This type of utility I usually run on a monthly basis to check the integrity of my disks.

If you are not familiar with chkdsk (checkdisk)…

Chkdsk (Checkdisk) is a command on computers running DOS, OS/2 and Microsoft Windows operating systems that displays the file system integrity status of hard disks and floppy disk and can fix logical file system errors. It is similar to the fsck command in Unix.

On computers running NT-based versions of Windows, CHKDSK can also check the disk surface for physical errors or bad sectors, a task previously done bySCANDISK. This version of CHKDSK can also handle some physical errors and recover data that is still readable. — Wikipedia

CheckDrive

CheckDrive offers you an easy way to check your hard drives for errors. CheckDrive may detect and fix hard drive errors that might appear on system crashes or when switching off your PC without a proper Windows shutdown. If you ever had a system crash then CheckDrive is for you. CheckDrive is completely free! Download it today to check your system for hard drive errors.

CheckDrive – Features

Check Hard Disks for Errors

CheckDrive offers you an easy way of checking your PCs hard drives for errors. Those errors can be fixed immediately if you like.

Shows Drive Information

CheckDrive shows info about your drives and determins if your hard drive needs to be cleaned or defragmented.

Detects current fragmentation of your hard drives

Shows the amount of garbage on your disks

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Get WinUtilities Pro for FREE (while it lasts)

June 26, 2010

I was combing the web site of YL Software, the developers of the popular utility suite, WinUtilities and came across a page where you can acquire the license and registration code for the professional version of WinUtilites for FREE [ link ] . Typically this software is priced at $49.99 and is currently being offered for FREE through Softpedia. If interested, take advantage of this FREE offer as soon as possible, before it disappears.

Instructions

When you visit the download site, I suggest you scroll down the page to where you see “Step 2”.  At this point, write down the license and registration information. After you have accomplished that task, scroll back up to “Step 1” and click on the “Softpedia” download button to be redirected to the Softpedia download location. After you install Winutilities you will reach a point where you will enter the license & registration information to make the software fully functional.

What is WinUtilities?

WinUtilities Pro is an award winning collection of tools to optimize and speedup your system performance. this suite contains utilities to clean registry, temporary files on your disks, erase your application and internet browser history, cache and cookies. it also supports to defragment your disk drives and improve computer performance and stability. built-in StartUp Cleaner allows you to control startup programs that load automatically with windows, find duplicate files, fix broken shortcuts and uninstall unneeded software. other features include secure file deletion, recycle bin shredding, system maintenance tasks scheduling and undelete deleted files.

WinUtilities Pro

The “cool factor” to this software is that there is a “1 Click Maintenance” function built in that enables you to perform typical maintenance on your PC.  There are also rescue (restore) options  built into the various modules in the event something inadvertently goes bump in the night.

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TuneUp Utilities 2010 License Giveaway

May 3, 2010

To the readers of my blog, make sure you visit Tech-for Everyone and enter for a chance to receive one of the licenses that Tech Paul has available for TuneUp Utilities 2010.  TuneUp Utilities is a very reputable, well known, maintenance utility that is designed to keep your PC in tip top shape.  Do not miss out on this opportunity; AND, while you are at Tech-for Everyone, be sure to browse around.  I will guarantee you that you will learn something NEW!

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To enter the drawing, simply visit Tech-for Everyone [ HERE ] , THEN click on “comment”, and enter a name and valid e-mail in the form. That’s all there is to it…  GOOD LUCK!

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#35)

November 4, 2009

image Each week What’s On My PC features links to articles (posted within the past 7 days) from the tech blogs that are on the What’s On My PC blogroll (at the sidebar of the blog).  If you are new or old to information technology and computers, these blogs are awesome resources for keeping in tune.

Canadian Tech News Blog
Top 5 Free Software

Snakebytez
Firefox 3.6 Beta 1 now available for Download

Carputer’s News and Computer Tips
Free Software for Business Use

Tux in the Midwest
Another website launched with Drupal

Worthy Tips
How to preset safe mode boot
before rebooting in Windows OS?

Technize
Download Free Windows 7 Product Guide From Microsoft

I Love Free Software
ADrive: Free 50GB Online Storage and Backup Space

TTC Shelbyville
Control the Ping Command With Performance Pinging

The Abbey Rose
Favicon’s

Techolar
How to disinfect your computer keyboard

Mrintech
WordPress XML and XHTML Sitemap

Freeware Elite
So, do you know what is a Browser?

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Facebook, my pet peeves.

Tuneup Blog
Tuneup Blog Diary: Extend Your Laptop’s Battery Life (Part Two)

Computer Too Slow
Setting up Dual Monitors

Crazy World of G
Open Sesame

Lifehacker
Google Chrome Beta Adds Bookmark Sync, Speed Boost [Updates]

Rarst.net
HP ProBook 4510s – nice small business notebook

Sugarloaf Tech
How to display your birthday, not your age, in Facebook

Tech-for Everyone
Windows 7 64-bit Adventures

AskBillFirst
What Did He Mean By That? SMS and E-mail Etiquette

Free PC Security
WOT Community Trust Certificate

AKS-Feel The Change
Free Windows File Manager Alternative

Carol’s Vault
Beautiful and free vector graphics

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove BlockWatcher

Teck~Line
See What a Mac User Has To Say About Windows 7

Plato On-Line
Facebook Spamming Practices Revealed

Is You GEEKed Up
Windows 7: What’s Wrong with It?

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Fix MSE Utility – Repair Microsoft Security Essentials

Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Sending large files to a friend without a web service?
Create a torrent!

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
A Seriously Advanced Photo Tool – Free Image Analyzer 1.31

Right On Technology
Little Buddy GPS

Scoroncocolo Tech Pages
Backing Up and Synchronizing Files with SyncToy

What’s On My PC
Using your numeric keypad as a launcher…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#33)

October 21, 2009

image Recently I posted an article [ link ] about the What’s On My PC… Launch Pad that is a compilation of over 300 tech sites and blogs. If you visit the Launch Pad [ link ] you will notice that some of the sites in the listing are in a larger font size. Those sites (blogs) in the larger font size are the blogs that are associated with the What’s On My PC… blogroll (located on the sidebar of the blog). The purpose of the larger font size is to draw attention to those sites or blogs.  Each week I pull an article from each of those blogs to highlight their accomplishments in Geek Squeaks’ of the Week. If you want to learn more about information technology and computers, blogging is where it is at. I encourage you the preview the articles below and pay a visit to each of these sites.

Computer Maintenance
Defragment your hard drive using smart defrag

Scoroncocolo Tech Pages
Internet Browsing Inside a Sandbox

AskBillFirst
Fake security software in millions of computers:
Symantec by Reuters: Yahoo! Tech

Tech-for Everyone
Own A Laptop? Make A Thumb Drive Theft Alarm With Free Tool

Sugarloaf Tech
Is your home in a flood hazard area?

Rarst.net
Shame and technology

Lifehacker
Turn Your PC into a Home Surveillance System [Security]

Computer Too Slow
Download Accelerator plus (Premium) Review

thePC Security
Online Malware Detection and Removal With Panda Active Scan

Free PC Security
A-Squared 4.5 Free

AKS-Feel The Change
Get Steganos Password Manager 2009 FREE

Carol’s Vault
Free Flash Mp3 Player from Flabell.com

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Softcop

Tech~Line Lounge
How To Engage Your Blog Community

Plato On-Line
Broadband Leadership Stats

Is You GEEKed Up
Which Operating System Should I Use?

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Add-ons Blocklist | Mozilla

Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Antivirus Now available: Microsoft Security Essentials

Freeware Pharmacy
Auslogic’s Disk Defrag

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Prevent Unintentional File Deletion With Free System Protect

Right On Technology
New Chrome OS Download

Snakebytez
How to create a Password Protected Secret Drive

Tux in the Midwest
Drupal Notes – Modules – Creating the Files

Worthy Tips
Cute Rank – An excellent free search engine
keyword analysis tool for SEO lovers

TTC Shelbyville
Best Wireless Tool – Free

I Love Free Software
Gmail Notifier: Get an alert when you get a new mail

Technize
How To Make Gmail Work Offline

Freeware Elite
OpenOffice 3.2 Beta released

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Live Photo Gallery v Google Picasa. round 2

Tune Up Blog about Windows
A Step-by-Step Guide:
How to Upgrade from Windows Vista to 7

Mrintech
Best Collection of Windows 7 Wallpapers for You!

What’s On My PC
Klondike Forever…

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A FREE PC Optimization Tool

August 21, 2009

Maintaining a PC can be a daunting task, especially when you are unfamiliar with the utilities that are available to accomplish those tasks.  I recently came across a PC optimization tool, called “Perfect Utilities”, that is new one to me.

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I am usually cautious when it comes to utilities that claim to fix or optimize your PC;  BUT, after kicking the tires around on Perfect Utilities, I think app could end up being a contender in the system optimization and maintenance category. The first thing that set well with me is that the interface is clean and easy to navigate. The second thing was that this optimization tool is bundled with over 20 tools (see below) to clean, optimize and speed up your system performance. The third thing was that many of the cleaning options available provided a rescue option in the event a problem occurred.

As with any utility such as this, you are making system modifications (that generally are safe); however, things can go bump in the night if you do not have some knowledge of what you are doing.  Also, when exploring each of the utilities bundled in Perfect Utilities, be sure to explore the menu options.  For example, the Perfect Disk Defrag provided numerous disk defragmentation options. Overall, I will be kicking Perfect Utilities around and watching its’ development.  I’m hoping for a portable version of this app, as well.

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Publisher’s Description:

Perfect Utilities system suite is a simple and easy-to-use freeware which will optimize your PC and fix computer problems like slow speed, blue screen, deadlock errors and other annoying problems to maintain system stability and security, keep your PC running smoother and improve its overall performance. Perfect Utilities combines more than 20 system optimization and cleaning tools in one bundle and offers an attractive and easy to use interface that organizes all tasks into categories and provides graphical statistics whenever possible.

It is easy to use Perfect Utilities, anyone can easily use Perfect Utilities to enjoy its powerful functions only by clicking on the button of “Start Scan”, “Repair All” and “Clean” etc.

Support Platforms: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7.

Perfect Utilities combines the following modules:

Perfect Disk Cleaner
Quickly find and wipe away all the garbage files

Perfect Registry Cleaner
Detect, clean, and repair
invalid Registry entries and errors

Perfect History Cleaner
Clean online activity tracks
and protect your online privacy

Perfect 1-Click Maintenance
Support to quickly maintain
your system with one mouse click

Perfect Task Scheduler
Schedule your maintenance tasks
that take place automatically

Perfect Disk Defrag
Defragment your disks and
improve computer performance and stability

Perfect Memory Optimizer
Clean, optimize, and free
up your computer’s memory

Perfect Shortcuts Fixer
Fix the invalid shortcuts from your system

Perfect Duplicate File Finder
Trace and remove the
unintended duplicate files

Perfect System Control
Organize and manage your Windows settings

Perfect BHO Remover
Remove BHO(s) you don’t want to keep

Perfect Startup Cleaner
Manage program execution at Windows startup

Perfect Auto Shutdown
Schedule your computer
for shutdown at a specified time

Perfect Process Manager
Manage currently running programs

Perfect Uninstall Manager
Uninstall programs you don’t need anymore

Perfect System Information
Provides comprehensive information on your computer

Perfect Windows Tools
Provides an easy way to launch Windows Tools

Perfect Registry Backup
Back up and restore the Windows Registry

Perfect Registry Search
Search the registry by specific wildcard

Perfect Undelete
Recover deleted files on
NTFS, FAT32, FAT16 and FAT12 volumes

Perfect File Shredder
Delete files securely, ensuring that
they cannot be recovered later

Perfect File Splitter
Split any type of file into smaller pieces

Perfect EXE Protector
Protect any Windows executable file with a password

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