Microsoft’s Solitaire Collection for Android and iOS

November 23, 2016

Microsoft introduced the computer version of Solitaire back in 1990, with the intention “to soothe people intimidated by the operating system,” and at a time where many users were still unfamiliar with graphical user interfaces, it proved useful in familiarizing them with the use of a mouse, such as the drag-and-drop technique required for moving cards” [Source: Wikipedia]…

I encourage you to click the link below to learn about Microsoft’s NEW Solitaire (collection) app for the Android and iOS platforms…

Source: Microsoft brings Solitaire Collection to Android and iOS – TechSpot

MSN Apps Are Now Available for iOS, Android, and Amazon devices

December 19, 2014

Just a short note to let you know that if you are an iOS (Apple), Android or Amazon smartphone or tablet user, the MSN apps (News, Weather*, Sports, Money, Health & Fitness, and Food & Drink) that are popular on the Windows based platforms are now available to you (on those respective OS platforms).

MSN Apps

I personally am fond of the MSN News app and applaud Microsoft for opening their door to these apps and making them available to the other OS platforms. To learn more about this and where (and how) to download the specific MSN app you may be interested in – CLICK HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 18, 2013

October 18, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 –(Add Multi-Tab Functionality To Windows Explorer): I am big on using the built in file manager in Windows; however, it is lacking when compared to some of the third party file managers that are available. Today, I found a really cool application (or extension) called Clover that adds multi-tab functionality to Windows Explorer (for Windows 7 and XP) and File Explorer (for Windows 8). The really cool part about Clover is that it looks like the Chrome browser (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (More News On The Nexus 5): Either Google made a boo boo and posted the Nexus 5 (at $349) on the Nexus site by mistake or they are using a marketing tactic to promote the Nexus 5; either way, it showed up on the site one minute, then disappeared the next (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (An App For To Check Your Heart Rate): Carol over at Carol’s Vault has a really neat app posted that literally could be a lifesaver (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (A Small Speaker That Puts Out A Surprising Amount of Sound): The iHome iHM60GY 3.5mm Aux Portable Speaker is one awesome speaker for its’ size. If you don’t believe me check out the customer reviews and (SEE MORE BELOW)…


Geek Squeaks’, featuring 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!

See An Endless Stream Of Geek Squeaks’ [ HERE ]


Clover 3

Wings for your Windows Explorer!


Clover is an extension of the Windows Explorer, to add multi-tab functionality similar to Google Chrome browser. After install Clover, you will be able to open multiple folders within the same window, and you can also add folder bookmarks… GET IT HERE

Nexus 5 16GB Appears on Google Play Store Priced at $349

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Following the leaked official snapshots of the Nexus 5, Google has announced a starting price for the flagship smartphone via its Play Store just weeks before the anticipated, but still only rumoured, October 31st launch date… READ MORE

Instant Heart Rate – Mobile Apps

@ Carol’s Vault


Instant Heart Rate is the most accurate Heart Rate Monitor app for any smartphone and it does not need any external hardware… READ MORE

iHome iHM60GY 3.5mm Aux Portable Speaker


Speaker works with any 3.5 mm headphone jack, perfect for laptops, phones, portable game devices, MP3 players, etc

Size defying sound – Vacuum bass design provides surprising volume and bass response in a small space-saving speaker that fits in your hand

Built-in rechargeable battery – Long-lasting rechargeable internal lithium ion battery

Collapsible speaker can be used singly or get two for simulated stereo – Twist speaker to expand

Use two for simulated stereo or a single speaker for mono

Audio plugs for connecting to audio source so you can charge speaker while listening

Speaker works with any 3.5 mm headphone jack, perfect for laptops, cell phones, portable game devices, MP3 players, etc


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Is The Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet Computer Going To Hold Up To The Competition?

February 27, 2013

The best description I can give for Microsoft Surface Pro is that it is a laptop in tablet form. It will run the same programs that you have been running with Windows 7; BUT, will this be enough to standup to the competition (the Android Tablets and iPad)?

Microsoft Surface Pro

I am a Windows user, always have been, but there is two things that is holding me back from the Surface Pro, and has me questioning Microsoft’s strategy:

  1. The price of $899+ is too salty for my pocketbook. For 899+ I can get a pretty decent Ultrabook with a touch screen. Granted the Surface Pro is comparable to the full Windows desktop and notebook computer experience that I have always been used to; however, after personally using and experiencing the simplicity of the Android Tablet (at a much lesser price), and the iPad, I cannot see existing home based computer users or the new generation of users (our kids and grandkids) going for Microsoft’s flavor of the tablet (Pro or RT Models).

    For example, I have two elderly friends of mine, one owning an Android Tablet and the other owning an iPad. Both have expressed how easy it was for them to use these devices in comparison to their Windows based computers. As a matter of fact, they are spending less time at the keyboard.

  2. The Surface Pro (best model) ships with a 128 GB of space and from what I am reading this space can drop dramatically to around 89 GBs with Windows 8, Microsoft Office and the built in Windows apps installed (click here). Also, I have noticed that many of the Windows Store apps can be quite large in file or install size compared to the typical apps installed on the Android OS and iOS (iPad) platforms.

I don’t want to sound too negative about Microsoft Surface, because I am a true Windows based user who has lived in the operating system for years; BUT, that has been my passion, my hobby, my life blood… Most people I know could care less about computers or Microsoft Windows. All they want is an easy computer (internet) experience and they want it at a reasonable cost; whether it is Android, iOS (iPad) or Microsoft. In other words, I am starting to realize that the writing may be on the wall and that myself, desktop computing and Microsoft is becoming old school pretty fast.

I would love to hear insight on this from the experts in the field and from the everyday computer user at home.  (see a related article here, called Rethinking Tablets, at TTC Shelbyville – a Tennessee Tech School).

Get the manufacturer specs on Microsoft Surface Pro – [ HERE ]


Customer Reviews: See what other people are saying about Microsoft Surface Pro [CLICK HERE]

Product Features

i5 processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000
4GB Ram Dual Channel Memory
Windows 8 Pro
128 GB
10.6″ ClearType HD Display


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Four Ways To Easily Get To The NEW and IMPROVED Windows 8 Task Manager

December 18, 2012

The NEW and IMPROVED Task Manager that we find in Windows 8 was designed in such a way to not overwhelm the end user and can be quite useful, especially when you need to shut down a task (or program) that is not playing well with your computer. When you first open the Task Manager in Windows 8, you are going to initially find a very basic interface (see below) that will only show what tasks (or programs) are currently active. This basic interface was an on purpose design, with the idea that it makes it easy for the non-technical type of person to get to the task manager, review and shut down  tasks (or programs) quickly, then get out.

Task Manager - Basic Interface

To get to the more expanded (advanced) options to the Task Manager, you will need to click on “More Details”, which in turn will give you what you see in the screenshot below.

Task Manager - Advanced Interface

The expanded view is more for the technically inclined individual; however, I encourage new visitors to the Task Manager to not be afraid and go for the tour. You will find tabs for the processes running on your computer, performance gauges, Windows 8 App History, the programs starting up on your computer (which you can disable for troubleshooting purposes), Users, Details (on the programs and processes that are running), and Services.  I especially like the Details tab where if I see a process or program that is running that I am not sure of, I can right click on that process or program and perform a Google search to see what exactly the program or process is. So you see, the Task Manager has come a long way and can be used as a great troubleshooting tool.

Now that I have briefly covered the Task Manager, here are four ways to open the Task Manager up in Windows 8?

  1. At the Windows 8 Start Screen, simply start typing “Task Manager”.  You will see the screen populate with a “Task Manager tile.  Click on the tile…
  2. From the Windows 8 Start Screen or the Windows 8 Desktop use the hotkey Ctrl – Shift – Esc on your keyboard.
  3. At the desktop level, move your mouse pointer to the bottom left corner of the screen until you see the Start Screen Button appear. When the button appears, right mouse click on the button and select Task Manager from the menu.  Also note the other options on that menu.
  4. Believe it or not, this is the one I use the most. I guess it is because I have used it from day one when Windows was born. It is what I call the “three finger salute”.  Hit the Ctrl – Alt – Del keys simultaneously on the keyboard. You will be taken to the solid colored screen (usually blue by default) where you can select Task Manager.  To come out of that screen, simply Esc on the keyboard.



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