A FREE Tool That Allows You To Quickly Turn OFF/ON (and Schedule) Your Internet Connection

I have featured the tool InternetOff here on the blog before. Recently I noticed that InternetOff has now been upgraded to include a scheduling feature, which give you the ability to schedule your access to the internet. 

InternetOff allows you to quickly turn off the internet so that you can go offline. When you need the connection, you can enable the internet easily for some period (and it will be automatically turned off) or permanently in just two clicks. Besides the program lets you password protect and schedule access to the internet.

This tool is a great asset if you are on a metered connection (such as satellite); to shutdown the internet to protect your PC from potential security threats; to shutdown (and schedule) your children’s usage; OR, to simply shutdown the internet to avoid the distractions (such as notifications from email, facebook, twitter, etc…), so that you can work (offline) on other matters of importance.

InternetOff

Version: 3.0, Size: 1.9 MB

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Geek Squeaks’ for July 18, 2013

One of my passions is finding reputable resources and applications for home based users that can be used in confidence. Today’s round up of Geek Squeaks’ is no exception:

Create Your Own Customized Start Page with YOURLS (my favorite);

Optimize your computer with this collection of utilities;

Must read tips on protecting our kids on the internet;

Soon our watches will be smarter than us; and, last squeak for today,

An inexpensive Wi-Fi wireless video (monitoring) camera…


YOURLS Allows You To Create A personal Startpage
With Your Favorite URLs

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YOURLS has by far become my favorite startpage. It keeps getting better and better.

Features

  • Add an unlimited amount of pages, lists and urls
  • Drag and drop pages, lists and urls
  • HTML5 Local caching (your startpage even loads when you are offline)
  • Import/Export your bookmarks
  • Extensions for popular browsers like Google and Firefox
  • Make your URL pages public and share them
  • Have your favorite search engines all in one place

The Ultimate All-In-One Speedup Solution

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Toolwiz Care is a collection of system utilities and optimization tools designed to clean, check, optimize and tweak your computer. The program offers a well designed interface that organizes the more than 40 tools into 6 different categories… – GET IT HERE


How to Protect Your Kids Online

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Making online friends is something everyone is capable of doing: kids do it via Instant Messaging, chatting on chat rooms or online gaming communities; and adults make new friends online via internet dating websites and the like. Of all the ages that dabble into making online friends, the ones in the younger age group are more at risk… – READ MORE


Smartwatches still in a ‘so what’ phase for consumers

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The smartwatch market is especially questionable for young people who have moved away from wearing traditional watches and use their smartphones to track the time, analysts said…—READ MORE


Dropcam HD – Watch What You Love From Anywhere

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Keep an eye on your home, your baby, your dog or cat, your small business, and everything else you love in stunning 720p. After a simple 60-second setup your Dropcam wireless video monitor is online and secure, providing stunning video 24/7 when you’re out…—READ MORE


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Take Me Back In Time To Visit An Archived Version of The Internet

I actually developed an interest in computers that pre-dates the internet, as we know it (with the graphical user interface, html web pages, etc…). I can remember way back when, being in attendance at a local school where a representative from a large telecommunications company was speaking about computers and that something innovative was on the horizon that would change our lives, as we know it.  What he was talking about at the time was the building of the internet. No one in attendance, including myself, could really grasp at what he was talking about and just how important it would become.

It was some years later, as a result of computers and the internet, my life changed for me personally. Suddenly being labeled as a computer geek, I was thrust into a new career field (as an IT Manager) where I became part of that innovation of what we call internet. Our entire lives has been changed by the internet and the connectivity it has brought; AND, without it we would be at a great loss.

I started thinking about all of this; and, knowing the digital world being as it is, was there was a way to go back in time to revisit the internet in days past? You know, sort of reminisce…  It was after this thought that I remembered hearing about the Wayback Machine.

The Wayback Machine is “a service that allows people to visit archived versions of Web sites. Visitors to the Wayback Machine can type in a URL, select a date range, and then begin surfing on an archived version of the Web. Imagine surfing circa 1999 and looking at all the Y2K hype, or revisiting an older version of your favorite Web site. The Internet Archive Wayback Machine can make all of this possible”.

You are not going to find every site ever created out there, but the Wayback Machine is a great learning and research tool and is just plain interesting to see what the internet landscape looked like in years gone by. For example here is part of a page I pulled from Microsoft’s web site in December 1997:

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You can also upload your own digital artifacts to the Wayback Machine, as well…

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Turning Your Regular TV into a Smart TV

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SanDisk Ultra 64 GB MicroSDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card with Adapter

SanDisk Ultra 64 GB MicroSDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card with Adapter

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A FREE and EASY Offline Browser Utility That I Use To Backup My Web Sites

I currently maintain two public sites and one private site using WordPress.com, Weebly.com and Blogger.com. Each of these services provide a back door option to backup a web site; however, these backup options (with the exception of Weebly) are somewhat proprietary and difficult to follow.

My primary concern with using these FREE services is that you are at the mercy of the provider and could be at risk of waking up one morning to find you are locked out of your site. To help keep my sanity, due to the amount of content I do have posted (on all three sites), I use a FREE utility called HTTrack Website Copier.

HTTrack

HTTrack Website Copier allows you to download a World Wide Web site from the Internet to a local directory, building recursively all directories, getting HTML, images, and other files from the server to your computer. HTTrack arranges the original site’s relative link-structure. Simply open a page of the “mirrored” website in your browser, and you can browse the site from link to link, as if you were viewing it online. HTTrack can also update an existing mirrored site, and resume interrupted downloads. HTTrack is fully configurable, and has an integrated help system.

HTTrack Website Copier may appear to be non-user friendly, when in fact it is actually pretty easy to use. You can get a quick step-by-step rundown on using it [HERE]What I primarily use HTTrack for is to copy the main content of my sites in the event I need to move elsewhere.

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Rosewill 45 Piece Premium Computer Tool Kit

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Infographic Depicting The Growth of the Internet In The Past Ten Years

I came across this infographic titled “The Internet – A Decade Later” (at Best Education Sites) that depicts where we were in 2002 in comparison to now (2012). I was an IT Manager at the time when networks and the internet were just ramping up to what it is today (and wireless technology’s was only a dream). I can remember being quite excited over it all, at the time.

Where were you and the internet in 2002?

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Quickly Turn Off / On the Internet

Typically, I turn my computer “on” in the morning, which is connected to the internet, and leave it “on” until I go to bed at night. A practice that I have gotten into is that when I am away from the computer I will disconnect (or disable) my internet connection through my network settings.  I primarily do this to prevent my computer from communicating with the internet and to prevent any opportunity for an outside intrusion (such as malware) to occur.

Recently, I came across a nice utility, called InternetOff, that makes turning the internet “on” and “off” very easy, right from the system tray (which is typically located on the right side of the taskbar).

InternetOff

After installing InternetOff, a small icon, representing a globe, will appear in the tray. Simply click on the globe and click on “Turn off the internet”. When you want to turn the internet back “on”, click on the globe icon again, and you will be presented with several options to turn the internet “on”.  You can turn it “on” for 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour; OR, just turn it “on” (permanently).

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In My Opinion – This Is The Best FREE File Sharing Service Out There

If you are looking for a simple file sharing platform to share photos, docs, music, videos and whatever else; that has no hidden agendas, is absolutely FREE, then you need to check out Minus.

Minus

Personally, I do not think it gets any better than Minus. Need a way to create an online portfolio of your work, then use Minus.  Need a simple way to share documents, slideshow presentations, photos and videos, then use Minus.  Need a way to publish and ebook, then use Minus.  There are so many ways that you can use Minus that I cannot begin to list them all.

Not only can you make your files public, you can also make them private.  For example, if I am working on a project, I will backup my project files to Minus and then make them private so that no one else can see them.  Then, on the other hand, if I need to share one of those project files with an associate, I simply send them the link to the file. Once you upload a file it will remain indefinitely until you delete it.

By establishing an account with Minus you are entitled to the following:

  • Get 10 GB of free space
  • Upload files up to 2 GB
  • Unlimited Downloads and Transfer
  • Profile to publish and share your files and folders ( example)
  • Follow friends to see what they are sharing
  • Use Dashboard to manage your files and folders
  • Search and discover public folders
  • Browser, desktop and mobile tool options

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