[GEEK SQUEAKS’] – Mobile TV, ASUS Netbooks, James Bond, Download Google Books, and a Wireless-N Router

July 20, 2011

Geek Squeaks'

MobileTV
Live TV | On Demand

Laptop Reviews
ASUS U Series Netbooks Have Arrived

I Want Ice Water
Where’s James Bond When We Need Him?

I Love Free Software
Google Books Downloader: Get Your Own Free Book Collection

Geek Toy of the Day @ Amazon
Linksys E2500 Advanced Simultaneous Dual-Band Wireless-N Router

MORE Geek Squeaks’…

Computers & Accessories Index

Over 500 Bookmarked Tech Sites

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[GEEK SQUEAKS’] – Computer Startup, Toshiba Mini, Identity Theft Protection

May 20, 2011

Geek Squeaks'

Computer Too Slow
Optimizing Windows Startup Programs

Computer Tips
The Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BL

Big Geek Daddy
Identity Theft Advice

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[GEEK SQUEAKS’] – Control Sound Volume, Chromebook Release, Remove Spyware

May 17, 2011

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I Love Free Software
Volumouse: Free Software to Control Sound Volume

Gadgetsholic
Cloud Netbook (Chromebook) Will Release On June 15

Faster PC! Clean! Clean!
How to Remove Security Shield Pro 2011

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My Mini (HTPC) Media Center Setup Featuring Lenovo, LG and Bose

November 5, 2010

When I get a thought in my head to do something, I usually follow through; no matter how crazy or indifferent it is.

In this case I was looking to complete a mini media center (HTPC) setup in my living room that would provide full computer access with wireless connectivity to the internet, my main PC and my netbook. In essence my goal was to lay back in the recliner and be able to browse the internet, stream media (and movies) from the internet, play my music and movie collection, play a game or two, check my email, check the blog, etc…  You get the idea.

You are probably wondering why I would want a “mini” media setup instead of a full blown super large screen media setup? Well, here is the problem and the word spelled out is “w-i-f-e”.  See, we have an oak TV cabinet (that is like the foundation of our relationship) that will only accomodate a TV the size of approximately 26” to 30” and no way was anything going to replace the cabinet. Also, I wanted to keep cost to a minimum.

So here is what I did (step-by-step) to create my “lay back in the recliner media center” using the confines of the oak TV cabinet.

The current TV had to go. I replaced it with a LG M2762D-PM Glossy Black 27″ 5ms 1080p HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with TV Tuner 300 cd/m2 DC 50000:1 [ SEE HERE ] . In short this Monitor/TV has hi-def capability, very good ratings, numerous connections and a nice remote to toggle between TV and computer. This monitor/tv fit nicely into the oak cabinet and connected to an existing DVD/VHS player, that was already in the cabinet.

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I then purchased the Lenovo Ideacentre Q150 Series Nettop [ SEE HERE ] . If you are not familiar with nettops; they are mini computers that are on the same line as a netbook, but smaller.

A nettop is a very small form factor, inexpensive, low-wattage desktop computer designed for basic tasks such as surfing the Internet, accessing web-based applications, document processing, and audio/video playback. – Wikipedia

The Lenovo Ideacentre Q150 sports an Intel ® Atom Dual Core processor D510 (1.66GHz, 1MB L2 Cache), 2 GB DDR2 667 (2GB max), 250 GB, 5400 RPM, HDMI NVIDIA ION Graphics Processor with 512MB graphics, Full HD (1080p) support, Wireless network ready, Handheld wireless multimedia remote with trackball mouse and keyboard Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit.

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Now comes cool part #1. The Lenovo Ideacentre Q150 shown above can be removed from its’ stand and mounted directly to the rear of the monitor using a bracket included in the package. That is exactly what I did. In essence, I now have an “all-in-one” PC. I then connected the Lenovo Nettop to the HDMI port on the TV for hi-def. Again, everything still fitting nicely in the oak TV cabinet.

Now comes cool part #2. The multimedia remote that you see above is slightly larger than the palm of my hand; yet it is a keyboard and trackball mouse all wrapped up in one.  Took some getting used to, but I love this little bugger.  What a great idea from Lenovo.

Now comes cool part #3. The only thing I did not like about the monitor was the built in speakers. I would rate them as average, but I needed better. No way could I ask “w-i-f-e” for any more money. Then it hit me. We have a Bose Wave Music System that we purchased years ago and the sound from this thing is absolutely awesome (for such a small package). I started exploring this option and found that I could patch the sound from the TV and the Nettop into the Bose. To make it work in the oak TV cabinet, the LG monitor/tv with the attached Lenovo Nettop sat perfectly on top of the Bose; and the black color scheme of the monitor and Bose matched nicely to make it appear as an “all-in-one” system.

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Now comes cool part #4. I attached an external Western Digital My Passport 250 GB drive to the Lenovo nettop (that I already had) for more storage capacity and setup the nettop to be remotely (and wirelessly) managed from my main desktop computer (using UltraVNC). If you have a network in your home, wireless or hardwired, I highly recommend setting up remote access from a main PC. You can then easily manage your networked PC’s from one location.

Now comes cool part #5. When using a setup such as this from a distance across the room, seeing the text on the screen when browsing the internet or performing other Windows functions can be a chore; especially when your eyes are going south like mine. The solution here was the Windows 7 maginifier tool that can be found under “Ease of Access” on the Windows 7 menu.  The magnifier tool provides the option to magnify the entire screen or just portions of it.

In the end, I am very satisfied with this setup and that it met the specifications, as set forth by “w-i-f-e”. The “w-i-f-e” is quite happy and I think impressed (even though she will not break down and tell me that).

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#65)

June 23, 2010

Spend some of your hot summer day, in the cool, reading Geek Squeaks’. If you have an interest in computers and information technology or you just want to learn something NEW, then these sites is where it is at.

Geek Squeaks'

Tech-for Everyone
Software Giveaway Drawing(s) – Oops!Backup

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Improve Your PC’s Performance with ReadyBoost

Lifehacker
Use GOOG-411 and Skype to Call Any U.S.
or Canadian Business for Free

Rarst.net
FeedDemon and Google Reader – best feed reading ever?

AskBillFirst
Windows XP zero-day under attack;
Use Microsofts “fix-it” workaround

Free PC Security
Wondershare Time Freeze – FREE Virtualization

Mister Reiner
When it comes to computer security, people are being brainwashed

Gadgetsholic
Apple iPhone 4 Start to Preorder

Canadian Tech Blogger
200,000,000 Posts… and Counting (via WordPress.com News)

thePC Security
Internet Traffic Monitoring Freeware Tool – iTraffic Monitor

Right On Technology
New Mac Mini Includes Do It Yourself Memory Upgrades

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Access Denied in Windows 7? –
Download Free TOwnership (Take Ownership)

Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Sorry about all the layout changes

Plato On-Line
Is There an Internet Conspirancy Scam?

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Windows Registration Checker

Carol’s Vault
Microsoft unveils its new Xbox and Kinect cam

AKS-Feel The Change
Win A Free Copy of WinX Product Every Week

RGdot
ClipboardFusion: Free Alternative Clipboard Manager

Laptop Reviews Central
Ben Heckendorn introduces blue PS3 Slim laptop

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
In The News – Report: US lacks staff, power to protect networks

Netbook Freeware
Soluto: Make Your Windows Netbook Boot Faster

I Love Free Software
4 Free Alternatives to Dropbox

Worthy Tips
Get Article Ideas using Google

404 Tech Support
Google’s Terms of Service = Not Safe For Work?

TTC Shelbyville
Publish Your Blog as an ePub

My Technology Guide
Windows 2000, Windows XP SP2 Support Ends July 2010

Awesome Wallpapers
VladStudio Wallpaper Set 7

What’s On My PC
Send Text Message from your Email to a Mobile Phone for FREE

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#60)

May 19, 2010

If you are a member of the What’s On My PC blogroll and you posted an article within the past 7 days, expect to see a link to your blog on Geek Squeaks’.  It is my way of saying “Thank You” to my fellow bloggers; AND, my way of visiting each and every blog to read the “best of the best”!

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Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Life in the Trenches –
Never Assume Anything When it Comes to Computer Security

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
Cool Stuff On The Net

TTC Shelbyville
Google Voice for Students

404 Tech Support
Product Review: HP MultiSeat

Netbook Freeware
Advanced Uninstaller – Best Free Uninstaller for Netbook

Worthy Tips
SuperbarMonitor: A portable CPU, Battery,
Disk, Memory monitoring system

I Love Free Software
Folder Marker – Freeware to Change Folder Icon and Color

Canadian Tech Blogger
OpenDNS Suffers DDoS Attack

Internet Security Review
Komodo Dragon Browser Review

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Has Facebook become too big for it’s boots?

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Styling Windows Vista (Part 1): Give Your OS a Facelift with a New Boot Screen

Free PC Security
GeSWall Test

AskBillFirst
Laptop Scandal School’s Own Law Firm: Aside From Those 58,000 Spy Photos, There’s No Evidence Of Spying | Techdirt

Tech-for Everyone
5 Tips For Internet Safety

Rarst.net
PSU calculator – online app to compute PC’s wattage

Lifehacker
Turn a Suction Cup into a Phone Stand

Crazy World of G
Crow Saves An Eagle

thePC Security
How to View HTML Code of a Web Page Without Opening it

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove System Armor

Plato Press
Facebook ‘Friend’ Murders Teener

What’s On My PC
Free Layer’s of Protection

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#55)

April 14, 2010

How do they do it?  Each week I select links to articles from the sites (blogs) that are composed by the authors who are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll. The quality and content is amazing and serves as an excellent learning source for those who have the computer and information technology bug. Please, I encourage you to visit these sites.

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TTC Shelbyville
So You Thought You Knew the Internet and Networking

Plato Press
Facebook Photos: the New Porn

404 Tech Support
Making a High Quality Slideshow with Animoto

Netbook Freeware
Two Best Free Antivirus Programs for your Windows Netbook

Worthy Tips
Sync files between two computers or laptop securely with Fast

I Love Free Software
Windows SteadyState – Manage Your Shared Computers Easily

Canadian Tech Blogger
Battle Of The Search Engines

WP Xpert
How To Report a Spam related Blog On WordPress.com

Mrintech
Access upto 5 Email Accounts with a Single Click!

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Using the LifeCam Cinema with Windows Live

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Performance Check:
How 200 New Programs Slow Down Your PC (Part 3)

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites April 13

AskBillFirst
Adobe Issues Workaround for Security Issue

Tech-for Everyone
“Free”, “Cash Back”, “Rebate”, and Alarm Bells

Rarst.net
Kaspersky GetSystemInfo utility and site

Lifehacker
Google Docs Updates with a Drawing Editor, Real-Time Collaboration, and Speed

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Digital Protection

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Download Digital Defender – Pound Malware Before it Pounds You!

Right On Technology
Twitter acquires Tweetie, now official Twitter app

What’s On My PC
Trusting the IT Guy…

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A Smartbook (computer) for less than $100

March 7, 2010

I was just over at Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts to look over what he had posted this past week and noticed under the article Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 4, 2010 a news alert item titled

Would you buy Coby’s 7-inch smartbook for $85?

I did some backtracking of the links and discovered (see below Web Clip) that this smartbook (for internet access or cloud computing) is a for real deal and apparently will not to be available in the U.S., until this spring (which is right around the corner – I Think : )  You can preview a video description of the Coby Smartbook at engadget by clicking any of the links below.

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Coby $85 smartbook
feels like a hundred bucks (hands-on)

By Joanna Stern posted Mar 3rd 2010 9:58AM

Funny how our tune on smartbooks totally changes when one’s got an $85 price tag. We happened upon Coby’s booth at CeBIT this morning and of all the fairly cheap feeling laptops the company had on display it was its 7-inch NBPC722 smartbook that cozied right up to us. Okay, so it isn’t as thin or attractive as the $499 Lenovo’s Skylight, but again let us remind you that it costs about as much as a couple of new printer ink cartridges. Inside the little guy packs a 624MHz Marvell PXA303 processor, 2GB of flash storage and runs Windows CE which all should be good enough for some light Web browsing and e-mail writing.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#46)

February 3, 2010

Geek Squeaks’ are links to articles, that are presented weekly, here on the blog to give recognition to the author’s who are members of the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  The articles you see were randomly selected and were recently created within the past (7)-seven days.  I encourage you support these blogs (and sites) by becoming a regular visitor.

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Big Geek Daddy
Resize Pictures for Email with a Free Image Resizer

Freeware Pharmacy
NotePad ++

Free PC Security
PC Tools Firewall Plus V6 – Free

AskBillFirst
Simple Passwords Remain Popular, Despite Risk of Hacking – NYTimes.com

Tech-for Everyone
Another Way To Install A Program On A Netbook

Rarst.net
Native tool to install Windows 7 from flash drive

Lifehacker
Know How Likely You Are to Get Audited

Crazy World of G
Media Monkey

thePC Security
Free Data Recovery from HDD, USB Flash Drive, Memory Card – DiskDigger

AKS-Feel The Change
Scan and Fix Windows XP/Vista Problem Online

Carol’s Vault
Spliter Cell: Conviction delayed again from February to April 2010

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove AntiMalware Defender

Teck~Line Lounge
Screenpresso Free Alternative For Snagit (Windows)

Plato On-Line
Beware of Browser Fingerprinting

Evilfantasy’s Blog
System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7
for x64-based  Systems (KB947821)

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Computer Infection? – Search Engine Links Might Be The Culprit

Snakebytez
Recover/Restore deleted files or delete files forever with FileWing

TTC Shelbyville
Control Two Computers with One Mouse and Keyboard

Techolar
Google Social Search – Watch Video

I Love Free Software
6 Best Free Password Managers

Worthy Tips
Philips DC315/37 – A Portable iPhone/iPod Speaker
With FM Digital Tuning

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Grundig GUFSDTR500HD Freesat DTR review

TuneUp Blog
Performance Check: How 200 New Programs Slow Down Your PC

Canadian Tech Blogger
Top 5 Best Desktop Computers

Internet Security Blog
Folder, File Manager Utility for Multi-Pane Drag & Drop – QDir

A What’s On My PC Relic
Get better lighting for your computer…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#37)

November 18, 2009

If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of information technology and computers, I encourage you to take a moment and visit each of the blogs listed below. The articles and information that these sites provide are phenomenal. It is an absolute honor to have them on the What’s On My PC… blogroll.

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The PC Security
9 Tips for Safe and Secure Online Shopping on Internet Sites

Computer Too Slow
Windows 7 complaints from Netbook Users

Crazy World of G
Scan To PDF

Lifehacker
MyPorts Gives You Detailed Information on Open Ports

Rarst.net
Google Wave Preview – first look

Tech-for Everyone
Open .ppt Slideshows With Free Viewer*

AskBillFirst
The “Noteable” Mousepad

Free PC Security
Revo Uninstaller – Free

Right On Technology
Pirate Bay Tracker Shuts Down

Blogging Fool
WordPress Posts Yet Another Security Update in Advance of 2.9

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Internet Security Tips for Seniors

Evilfantasy’s Blog
What things to do when bored on the Internet?

Plato On-Line
Black Friday Deals Leaked to CNN

The Spyware Biz Blog
A great way to remember secure passwords

Teck~Line Lounge
Amazing Knife Throw- Modern Warfare 2

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Personal Protector

Carol’s Vault
Design your room online with Armstrong

AKS-Feel The Change
Flash Drive Reminder-Unplug USB Flash Drive From PC

Tune Up Blog
32-bit vs. 64-bit: More Bit, More Performance?

Canadian Tech News Blog
5 Ways In Which Firefox Is Better Than Internet Explorer

Freeware Elite
Backup your Facebook account with ArchiveFB

Mrintech
View Previously Featured Bing Wallpapers & Download Them!

Worthy Tips
Switch Off Your Monitor Using Single Mouse Click in Windows 7

Technize
Handy Backup – Automatic Data Backup, Recovery and Synchronization

I Love Free Software
Kompozer: Free Alternative to Adobe Dreamweaver and FrontPage

TTC Shelbyville
Visio – Nope, It is Gliffy!

Carputers News and Computer Tips
Free WiFi for the Holidays

Snakebytez
View lyrics for songs in your iTunes Library with LyricToy

Computer Maintenance
Basic Computer Maintenance Tips/Checklist

Freeware Pharmacy
Songr

What’s On My PC
Break the Email Chain – Stop the Lies!

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#36)

November 11, 2009

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AKS – Feel The Change
Windows SteadyState- Powerful tool to Protect Shared Computers

Carol’s Vault
Introducing Mind & Brain: A Graphic Guide sample

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove SystemVeteran

Teck~Line Lounge
Free CodySafe Portable Start Menu By Codyssey

The Spyware Biz Blog
Were you tricked ot treated?

Plato On-Line
Deceptive Credit Card Practices

Geeked Up
Mini Notebook Computers

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Fix Your Computer with Free PC Fixer a 4.5 Star Utility

Right On Technology
Apple $30 a Month TV Service for iTunes

The PC Security
How to Crack, Open or Access
Outlook PST File without Password

Computer Too Slow
How to disable CD/DVD autoplay in Windows

Crazy World of G
Are You In Sync?

LifeHacker
Replace Library Icons
Customizes Windows 7 Library Icons [Downloads]

Rarst.net
Colorbrewer – excellent color schemes resource

Sugarloaf Tech
Just say no to toolbars

Tech-for Everyone
Is It Worth Upgrading? (Two quick reco’s)

AskBillFirst
Nokia Recalls 14 Million AC Adapters – Gearlog

Free PC Security
Facebook Virus – UPS Virus – Using SUPERantispyware

Tune Up Blog
TuneUp Utilities – Enjoy your PC

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Live Photo Gallery v Google Picasa round 3

Computer Maintenance
Delete Temporary Files/Cache and Speed Up Your Computer

Canadian Tech News Blog
8 Must Have Applications

Freeware Elite
Launchy: Great flashy launcher

Mrintech
Winners of Google Wave Invitations Giveaway!

Worthy Tips
How to detect what .Net version installed on your machine?

Technize
Microsoft Security Essentials A Free Anti-Virus From Microsoft

I Love Free Software
Fastest Free Disk Imaging Software: Macrium Reflect

Techolar
Domain names extensions in International scripts

TTC Shelbyville
Resize Photos Online

Tux in the Midwest
Flirting with Androids

Snakebytez
Client for Google Translate

Freeware Pharmacy
Hulu Desktop

What’s On My PC…
I Want That Video…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#27)

September 9, 2009

Wow…  Over a half-year of Geek Squeaks’. Combine all the articles together in a book and you have a technology book like no other.  Geek Squeaks’ are a compilation of articles from the authors of blogs (web sites) that are on the What’s On My PC… blogroll. I do have to admit I have associated with the best bloggers out there; no doubt about it.  If you want to read more “Geek Squeaks” be sure to visit the category link at the side of the blog.

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StatCounter
Scoroncocolo

Multicore Computers and Old Programs*
Tech-for Everyone

Boost Firefox in a single click with SpeedyFox
Snakebytez

USB Image Tool
Evil Fantasy’s Blog

Best Websites of 2009
Carputer’s News and Computer Tips

Are You an Internet Addict?
Plato-online

Zune HD – And Drool All Over my Keyboard
Tux in the Midwest

Going after the hackers! Wanna help?
The Spyware Biz Blog

Give your file advance security with Cryptor encrypting utility Piyada’s World

How to Remove Antivirus Pro 2010
411-Spyware.com

Test Your Computer’s Stability
TTC Shelbyville

List of Portable Web Browsers
AKS-Feel The Change

JavaRa
The Abbey Rose

Computer Security
Crazy World of G

Nokia set to release a Net book mini computer
Computer Too Slow

Design Your Own Exercise Program Using Seven Key Moves [DIY] Lifehacker

Use Google Talk to get Latest & Top NEWS!
Mrintech

1by1 – tiny and portable mp3 audio player
Rarst.net

I Don’t Care If You’re Naked – Stop Spamming Me!
Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts

Microsoft Office 2007 – Deal for college students
Sugarloaf Tech

Rootkits, Malware and Registry Protection
Free PC Security

How to List and View Installed Windows Fonts
thePC Security

Glass Notepad
Technize

ZeroRemote
Freeware Pharmacy

Learn how to keyboard…
What’s On My PC…

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UPDATE… Amazon.com Customer Reviews of the Acer Aspire One…

November 9, 2008

I recently did a post on the Acer Aspire One (Mini-Netbook) that I had purchased [CLICK HERE]. If anyone is interested, click on the “Amazon” graphic below to read the reviews so far on the Aspire One. At the time of this post there were 78 reviews posted at Amazon.   I was quite pleased that many people are rating the Aspire One as a good experience. I don’t know how long this link will be available; therefore, this blog post may end up being a temporary post.

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