Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 12, 2013

October 12, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (A Complete List of Google Search Engine Tips & Tricks): Google has a site up called Inside Search that not only provides information on how search works, search stories by people like you and me, and a search playground; but, also provides a complete list of Google search engine tricks. I often refer to Google as my second brain (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Best FREE Computer Optimization and Cleaning Utility):  CCleaner has been around for ages and has developed into a premiere computer optimization and cleaning utility. If you are not using CCleaner, then you do not know what you are missing (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Imagine if, one day, you log into Facebook and your account is gone.): Facebook has become a very powerful entity that has made your identity its’ central mission (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (An Intel Solid State Drive ): Intel is now making its’ mark in SSD’s (SEE BELOW)…

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Google Inside Search

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Web history

Start simple

Ignore spelling

Use web friendly words

Less is more

Search with an exact phrase

Use descriptive words

Don’t worry about cases

Search within a specific site

Don’t worry about punctuation

Search by file type

Include or ignore words and characters in your search

Find related pages

Find recipes

Search numbers in a range

Get number conversions

Get the time

Get currency conversions

Search the web in all languages

Check the weather

Get realtime stock quotes

Check sport scores and schedules

Search with Goggles

Track your packages

Get definitions

Search by advanced image search

Calculate anything

Locate earthquake activity

Search by location

Search locations by zip and area codes

Shop and compare

Get local sunrise/sunset times

Discover local business

Get movie times

Read public domain books

Hone in on a particular range

Check flight schedules

Research health conditions

Check flight times

Get world news

Search for an address

Similar terms

Search by voice

Examine public data

Get interactive financial info

Find medication information

Instant on mobile

Use instant preview on mobile

Search by location

Get interactive weather


Optimization and Cleaning

CCleaner

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CCleaner removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it’s fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware!… GET IT HERE


What if Facebook stole your identity?

@ ZDNet

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Intel 530 180GB 2.5-Inch Internal Solid State Drive

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 28, 2013

September 28, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (Good News For Facebook Users) – Call me fuddy duddy, but I am not a Facebook fan, but I know the rest of the world is. I did not know this, but previously in Facebook after you posted something, you could not go back and edit the post. You had t to delete your post, lose all your likes and comments, and repost to edit something. This all will be changing… (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (50 GBs Of Online Storage for FREE) – Take a look at Mega, which is currently in beta. I like the idea of the end-to-end encryption when you upload and download a file. May be a good service to use to store those unimportant files (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Change Or Correct The Timestamp Of Any File On Your System): NewFileTime gives you the ability to make quick corrections to the creation, last access and modification dates/times of the files or folders on their PC.  Very small (portable) app… (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #4 – (Very Unique Memory Card Holder): Yesterday I featured a memory card reader. Today it is a very unique card holder that will fit in your wallet (SEE BELOW)…

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Facebook Lets You Edit Posts After Sharing On Android And Web Now, iOS Soon

@ TechCrunch

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Soon you’ll be able to edit all posts and comments from the web, Android, or iOS. To edit posts, you’ll be able to click the down arrow in the top right of one of your posts and select ‘Edit Post’ to change the text, then click “Done Editing”… READ MORE


Mega – Online File Storage and Sharing

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Get 50 GBs of storage…  Mega uses end-to-end encyption. Data uploaded is encrypted on the uploading device before it is sent out to the Internet, and data downloaded is decrypted only after it has arrived on the downloading device. The client machines are responsible for generating, exchanging and managing the encryption keys. No usable encryption keys ever leave the client computers (with the exception of RSA public keys)… SIGN UP HERE


Modify The Timestamp Of Files And Folders

NewFileTime

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NewFileTime is a small but effective tool that provides you easy access to corrections and manipulation of timestamp for any file and folder on your system.Several files and/or folders can be dispatched at the same time,add files simple via Drag and Drop or by import from a folder.In any case, it opens different ways to bring it quickly to do. You can make files proportionally younger or older, or targeted a specific time… GET IT HERE


DiMeCard-SD: SD + microSD Memory Card Holder (credit card size holder, writable label)

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Stores 2 full size SD cards or SD/microSD card adapters and 4 microSD cards or 6 microSD cards if SD/ microSD adapters (not supplied) are used. Durable memory card holder slips comfortably into wallet, purse or pocket. Store up to 768 Gigabytes depending on the size of your memory cards… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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A Must Have Cleaner App For Android Users

January 29, 2013

404 Tech Support, a member of the What’s On My PC blogroll, posted an article CCleaner-like app for Android that caught my attention; BUT, the real attention grabber in the article was one of the apps he recommended, called Clean Master.

I downloaded Clean Master and installed it on my Android smartphone (Sony Xperia X10) and installed it on my Android Tablet (Toshiba Thrive). Clean Master is an approximately 1.8 mb install that is worth its’ weight in gold.

Clean Master

After using Android for quite some time now and after installing (and uninstalling) numerous apps, I often wondered just how much data pollution was occurring on these devices. The term data pollution is a term I made up to describe leftover files and hidden files that you, the user, is totally unaware of.  These files on an Android device can include history files, cache files, residual files and the app packages (.apk files) that Android uses to install apps.

What I soon discovered, after installing and running Clean Master, is that the accumulation of these files can easily run into hundreds of megabytes. On my phone, which is an older powerhouse Android phone (Sony Xperia X10), space is precious to me.  After running Clean Master, I regained 35 MB’s of space. On my tablet (Toshiba Thrive), which I call my Android workhorse, I was able to reclaim nearly a gigabyte of space. I found Clean Master to be safe and did not alter or effect the operation of either of these devices.

404 Tech Support was correct in comparing Clean Master to CCleaner, the popular computer optimization and cleaning tool. This is a must have cleaner app for Android Users…

Key Features

History Eraser
Clean cache Files
Clean unused files
Manage and clean app packages
Remind unused files when app installed
Kill running tasks/release RAM

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A Home For ALL Of Your Favorite Websites, Links, Recipes, Images, Podcasts, Videos And MORE!

January 25, 2013

Ever hear of QuickLinkr? I never heard of QuickLinkr, until NOW…

QuickLinkr is a cloud based bookmarking service that gives you the ability to keep all of your bookmarks in one place, that is available from any device, any where, any time! QuickLinkr is currently in beta!

QuickLinkr

What separates QuickLinkr from many of the other bookmarking services is that once you add an URL (web site), QuickLinkr will capture and create a mini version of the bookmarked page (larger than a thumbnail) which creates a tiled type interface that is quite visually appealing.

I suggest you create an account with QuickLinkr so that you can customize your own Quickboard where you can create folders, make folders private or public, use a background image, view your bookmarked sites directly from QuickLinkr, etc… There are no ads, no social logins and no forced registration with QuickLinkr. A browser bookmarklet is also available that allows you to capture the URL of a site and send it directly to your QuickLinkr Quickboard.

To see a demo QuickLinkr in action, [CLICK HERE] .

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Wallpaper of the Week (#103)

January 5, 2013

I hope everyone had a nice holiday…  I decided to start the New Year out with a multi-colored wallpaper to brighten up everyone’s desktop.

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Multi-colored Wallpaper

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Wallpaper of the Week (#94)

November 3, 2012

November is the month to give thanks…  To celebrate Thanksgiving, decorate your computer background with this colorful wallpaper.

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Thanksgiving

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Appears Microsoft Is Pushing Us Into An Online Leasing Option Starting With Microsoft Office 2013

September 19, 2012

Typically in the past, when you purchased the Microsoft Office Suite, you shelled out a one time allotment of money to purchase the suite, whether it be a standalone license or a multi-user license. Technically, in this purchasing scenario the end-user (or purchaser) became the sole owner of the license which enabled the owner to use the suite for as long as they desired. For example, I have a license for Microsoft Office 2003, that  I am still using. Since that release there has been Office 2007 and Office 2010. From the viewpoint of being a home based computer user it was too expensive for me to keep upgrading; plus, I figured I would continue to use it as long as Microsoft supported it. Oftentimes, people who cannot afford to purchase the newest versions of the Microsoft Office Suite will resort to using pirated (illegal) versions of the software.

image Well, this is all about to change…  With cloud computing being the current technology, Microsoft will be offering the home-based computer user a leasing option for Microsoft Office 2013 called Office 365 Home Premium. You will still have the option of purchasing the boxed standalone version of Office 2013, but the licensing options are being constrained in such a way that it is obvious which direction Microsoft wants us to go.

The leasing option for home-based computer users, in words you can understand, is simply this…  You will subscribe to the Microsoft Office 2013 – 365 Home Premium Program online by paying a annual fee of $99 for an account. That $99 will you give you access to Microsoft Office 2013 on up to 5 computers and or any other internet enabled device such as tablet PC. Windows 7 or 8 and an internet connection are required. Keep in mind, this is all playing into the upcoming release of Windows 8, which has been specifically engineered to run as a desktop OS or tablet OS.

To get us all onboard with this change, Microsoft is currently providing an opportunity where you can download (and try) a 60 day preview of the program. At (or near) the end of the 60 days you will be alerted (and prompted) to purchase the leasing option of the full-release version of Office 2013 – 365 Home Premium (which will or should be available).

The preview version gives you the opportunity to see what is coming with the full release, such as:

  • A personalized Office experience on up to 5 PCs or tablets.
  • Powerful new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access.
  • Streaming full versions of Office applications with Office on Demand (PC running Windows 7 or 8 and Internet connection required).
  • If you’re also trying Windows 8 Release Preview, be sure to check out the OneNote Preview in the Windows Store. Keep your notes, pictures, voice memos, and web pages in one easy to access place so you have them when you need them.
  • Coming soon, with the full release of Office 365 Home Premium:
  • Talk to anyone using Skype, including 60 minutes of free international calls every month to landlines in over 40 countries and to cell phones in 7 countries. (Skype account required. Excludes special, premium and non-geographic numbers.)
  • Get an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive online storage for easy access and sharing of your documents.
  • Office for Mac

I can see pro’s and con’s to this new purchasing (or leasing) model.  What is your thinking on this?  To get the full scoop visit Microsoft’s Office 365 Home Premium site [ HERE ] .

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Use Password Chameleon To Generate A Different Unique Password For Every Site You Use

August 17, 2012

If you are not using some form of software to manage the passwords to your online accounts, then this tells me you are using weak passwords; or you are using the same password for every account; or you are writing down the passwords somewhere. I can go with writing the passwords down, as long as you are using some level of security (like storing them in a locked area), but I will bet you are not doing this. When it comes to computer security and passwords, I have found it is human nature to not take the extra steps to make sure the accounts are protected and have also found that most people really do not understand the importance of it all.

Today, I came across a really unique website that really caught my attention, called Password Chameleon, that is very different than any password manager I ever experienced.  As a matter of fact, it does not get any easier than this.

Password Chameleon

With Password Chameleon you only need to remember one password and the domain name of the account you are accessing.

For example, to access my blog account whatsonmypc.wordpress.com, I enter my secret password (which actually can be easy), then the domain name, which is wordpress.com, then click on “Generate Password”

Password Chameleon

After I click on “Generate Password”, a strong password is then generated.

Password Chameleon

What is cool about Password Chameleon is if I forget the password,  I can go back to the Password Chameleon website, enter my secret password, the domain name, click on “Generate password” to retrieve the same password I created the first time. You can come back anytime to Password Chameleon to get the password. Where the beauty of this lies is that I can retrieve a password for my accounts from any internet enabled computer by simply visiting the Password Chameleon site.

Password Chameleon uses a technique called “hashing” to combine your secret password with the address of the site and produce your password.

  • Passwords are never saved.
  • There is no database of passwords that could be hacked.
  • Passwords are generated on your computer using JavaScript, so nothing is sent over the internet.
  • Password Chameleon uses SHA-1 encryption to generate each password.
  • Passwords are 10 character, 64-bit sequences.
  • Passwords do not contain easily confused characters, such as 0 and O.

I am now using Password Chameleon, in conjunction with my password management software, to generate and keep track of my passwords.

Password Chameleon is a very cool concept that I hope the developers continue to enhance even further. On a further note, you can also download a Password Chameleon app to your windows computer, windows phone, android devices, Google Chrome and Internet Explorer browsers which makes it even easier to manage those passwords.

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Linoit Is The Best Web Based Sticky Notes App

August 14, 2012

This article is a retake on a cloud based sticky notes application, called Linoit, that I absolutely fell in love with. Since my last posting on Linoit back in early 2011, Linoit has developed into a very popular app to the point that it is also now available as an app for the iPhone, iPad and Android platforms. As a matter of fact I use it on my Toshiba Thrive tablet and absolutely love it. This allows me to sync my notes across all of my devices.

Linoit

Years ago when I first experienced electronic sticky notes, I thought WOW…  No more paper notes hanging around my computer monitor.  Most electronic sticky note programs require a software installation to work; until now!  As a result of cloud computing, a web-based virtual sticky notes program, called Linoit, was born. After setting up an account (for FREE) with Linoit, you can access your sticky notes anywhere there is internet service. Linoitworks directly from your web browser within a moveable “canvas” (where you can use your own background image), which is like a user specific bulletin board-like area. With Linoit you can even share sticky notes (and photos) with others.

Learn more about Linoit by watching the video…

There are so many features and options with this program that I encourage to visit the website [ HERE ] ; HOWEVER, there is one feature with Linoit that I think is really cool. Once you sign up for your account, get the “linoit anywhere” bookmarklet. Click on the “lino anywhere” bookmarklet anywhere, anytime, from any website and if you are signed into your Linoit account, your sticky notes will magically appear (overlay with transparent background) on the the page you are visiting. I can’t say I have seen anything like this with any other cloud computing service.  Also, if you use Google Chrome, you can install Linoit as a Chrome app[ HERE ].

If you would like to experience Linoit to see what it is like, you can visit Linoit’s public sticky notes “HOW TO” board [ HERE ].

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Wallpaper of the Week (#81)

August 4, 2012

This weeks wallpaper is a closeup of Pudz the cat…  Many wallpaper sizes to pick from for ole’ Pudz.

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Pudz the Cat Wallpaper

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Sync Box, Google Docs, Evernote and More With SocialFolders

April 16, 2012

If you use Box (online file storage service) and Google Docs, then you are well aware that there is no easy way to sync your online files (and folders) with your computer; UNTIL NOW!

SocialFolders

I came across an online service called SocialFolders where you can sync your files at Box, Google Docs and more (such as Evernote) from one location. You can also transfer files from one service to another and the cool part is that it acts just like any other folder you are accustomed to in Windows explorer. SocialFolders performs the sync tasks in the background while you are working on your computer giving you an automated way of backing up your files (online and offline). – (see video below)

SocialFolders enables you to sync (nerdy word for synchronize) the Windows Explorer with your online accounts: social networks, photo sharing applications, online storage services, etc.

Syncing means that the content of your websites will be updated when you update it in your local folders, and vice-versa.

To get started using Social Folders:

  • Download and Run the install package and follow the instructions.
  • Once SocialFolders is installed, a dialog box will appear inviting you to sign up. Fill in the required information and the application will launch automatically.
  • Right click on the SocialFolders icon in the systray to get started with SocialFolders.

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  • At this point you can select the services you desire to sync with.

SocialFolders currently supports Facebook, Flickr, Google Docs, Instagram, Photobucket, SmugMug, Box, YouTube, Picasa and Twitter. Appears SkyDrive support may be in the works… From what I can tell, it appears that SocialFolders allows you to sync up to three services with the free version.

Note that YouTube allows only uploads, whereas Instagram allows only download. All the other services work both ways.

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Here’s Why I Do Not Do Facebook…

March 6, 2012

Thought I would throw this article out there from MSNBC – The Redtape Chronicles , titled: Govt. agencies, colleges demand applicants’ Facebook passwords

If you think privacy settings on your Facebook and Twitter accounts guarantee future employers or schools can’t see your private posts, guess again.

Employers and colleges find the treasure-trove of personal information hiding behind password-protected accounts and privacy walls just too tempting, and some are demanding full access from job applicants and student athletes.  READ MORE

The Red Tape Chronicles

I do carry a Facebook account; however, I do not do Facebook in the sense that other people do Facebook. I carry it for purposes of driving traffic to my blogs AND for purposes of seeing just how crazy people can get in revealing their lifestyles, behavior, likes/dislikes, locations, etc… With Facebook, and any of the social magnet sites, you are profiling yourself and revealing your soul in a manner that it can become a haunting.

This portion of the article (see below), especially caught my attention, due that this is the State I reside and I am very familiar with the State Government (having worked in a public safety capacity for State Government for over 31 years).

In Maryland, job seekers applying to the state’s Department of Corrections have been asked during interviews to log into their accounts and let an interviewer watch while the potential employee clicks through wall posts, friends, photos and anything else that might be found behind the privacy wall.  READ MORE

Folks, I’ve been doing computers for years and have a great understanding on data storage and the internet.  I don’t care what these online services say that they will do to protect your information and privacy, it is all at risk. The information is potentially accessible from the service provider’s end and from your end.  Once it is out there, it is out there!

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[GEEK SQUEAKS’] – Free PDF Reader, New ThinkPad Tablet, Facebook Danger, Photos Gone Missing and SanDisk Flash Drive Bargain

July 22, 2011

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[GEEK SQUEAKS’] – Download Google Books, Google Alerts, Will Facebook Drop In Users and Trouble with Microsoft

June 29, 2011

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How The Satirical Work of the Onion Combined With Facebook Equals Literally Unbelievable

June 5, 2011

If you are a reader of the blog, you most likely have seen one of my favorite sayings; “believe nothing and verify everything!”. I usually make that statement to let people know that just because it is on the internet, it is not always true. As a matter of fact, the internet is most likely the largest source of satire, gossip and untruths.

The Onion, Facebook and Literally Unbelievable

To validate my point, Steve over at Scoroncocolo contacted me about an article that he had written called The Onion, Facebook and Literally Unbelievable.com where he writes about how The Onion and Facebook make a pretty good team in that, it has been proven, that many of the users of Facebook literally and seriously believe what is posted on The Onion. The Onion is a satirical news outlet that publishes fake news stories so well that they can be quite convincing. As a matter of fact, just this morning, there is a story published titled, Church Cancelled Due to Lack of God.

Born from The Onion and Facebook connection was another site called Literally Unbelievable that interprets how the Facebook users are perceiving the stories, as published by The Onion.

So, if you are looking for a good story about how this mix works, I encourage you to jump over to Steve’s site and read The Onion, Facebook and Literally Unbelievable.com

And, don’t forget…  “believe nothing and verify everything!”.

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