Today’s Geek Squeaks – August 9, 2013

August 9, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks‘:

  • I use Google Drive extensively and one of the features that people do not realize is that the search function in Google Drive is very powerful;
  • Want a full featured photo editing (and painting) program for FREE that requires no installation?  Then check out Sumo Paint, that runs directly from your web browser;
  • I call Google Search my second brain?  Read the Cnet article below to find out why; AND,
  • I am really leaning toward getting a Google Chromebook and the Samsung model has caught my eye…

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Plan on seeing  a lot more of 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!


Search your Google Drive

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Use the search box at the top of Google Drive on the web to find your files and folders.

Type a word or phrase into the search box in your Google Drive to find a specific file, folder, or Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation. If your search locates something that’s in your Trash, a notification will appear at the top of your search results with a link you can click to view the items found in your Trash… READ MORE


Show Your Artistic Side With Sumo Paint

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Sumo Paint is a full featured photo editing / painting application, which works right in your favorite web browser! The application can be used in Windows, Macintosh or Linux operating systems. The only requirement is the Flash Player (which usually comes preinstalled in any OS)… GET IT HERE


How to get the most out of Google search

@ Cnet

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…if you type in the proper search phrases or words, it can show detailed information right there, without needing to click a link or go to a separate site… READ MORE


The Samsung Chromebook

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The Samsung Chromebook is a new computer that helps you get everyday things done faster and easier. It starts in seconds, has virus protection built-in, and runs your favorite Google apps plus thousands more. The Chromebook comes with leading Google products, like Search, Gmail, YouTube and Hangouts, so you can work, play, and do whatever you want, right out of the box… READ MORE


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A Couch Friendly Keyboard By Logitech

June 7, 2013

Logitech is the best when it comes to the computer keyboard and mouse. One of their keyboard innovations that is quite impressive (in customer reviews) and is couch friendly is the Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 with Built-In Multi-Touch Touchpad.

Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 with Built-In Multi-Touch Touchpad

The reason I call this a couch friendly keyboard is because you can connect your laptop (and some tablets) to your TV and control the laptop from the comfort of your couch. The K400 has a range of approximately 33 feet (10 meters) and the best part is that it has a touchpad built right into the keyboard to control the functions of the mouse.

Long-range wireless control

  • Reliable Logitech Advanced 2.4 GHz wireless connection with up to 33 ft range*
  • Control your TV-connected laptop from across the room
  • Turn up the volume, pause or tweet about the movie you just downloaded—all without leaving the couch

Built-in large touchpad with intuitive Windows 8 gesture support

  • No need for a separate mouse
  • Large 3.5-inch touchpad with multi-touch navigation for easy horizontal and vertical scrolling
  • Convenient left and right click buttons

Plug-and-play simplicity

  • No cords, software or hassles
  • Plug the Logitech Unifying wireless receiver into your USB port and start navigating
  • Tiny receiver can stay in your laptop and connect up to six compatible Unifying wireless devices

12-month battery life**

  • Go for a full year without changing batteries
  • On-off switch helps you save power when you’re not using the keyboard

Works with:

  • Windows 8/Windows 8 RT, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP
  • USB port

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What’s In The Bag Today???

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No More Forgotten Passwords

February 12, 2013

One of the newest concepts out there for managing passwords is the concept where you only have to remember ONE permanent “keyword”.  Based on that “keyword” a password is generated (and remembered) for whatever login you require. When you need to get the password, you simply return to the password managing site, enter the keyword, what you need the password for, and the password will magically appear. How these password managers (or generators) work is that a secure hash algorithm is used to generate the password which makes reverse-engineering of your keyword virtually impossible. The problem with some of these types of password managers is that: 1 – they are all mostly online and 2 – many of them will only accept website names; thus, restricting their usage.

Today I want to share with you an online service called Password Live that uses the same concept, as previously mentioned. Where Password Live is unique is that it will accept whatever you throw at it; PLUS, there is a downloadable desktop version available. On top of that, in comparison to other similar applications of this type, Password Live has taken into account that some logins will not allow you to use special characters or numbers and some sites restrict the length of the passwords; therefore, with Password Live you can manipulate the password types and password lengths.  In the end, with Password Live you end up with a very strong password.

Password Live

I know this all sound confusing, and it is, but it works…  Here is an example of how Password Live works (to try and explain the concept):

  1. Type ‘secretkey123′ into the ‘secret keyword’ area.
  2. Type ‘gmail’ into the ‘What for?’ area.
  3. Press ‘Generate Password’ and you will see your password for gmail.
  4. Now change ‘gmail’ to ‘amazon’ and press ‘Generate Password’ again. You will see the new password for amazon.
  5. If you change ‘amazon’ back to ‘gmail’ again, you will see the very same password you did previously! It means that you only have to remember that one secret keyword to have access to all your passwords.

In conjunction to using this program, I use a password manager, called S10 Password Vault, to store my passwords, as an added measure of security and backup.

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Real Racing 3 release date: February 28

Stop using Internet Explorer

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Dell Inspiron 15 i15N-1900BK 15.6-Inch Laptop

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[GEEK SQUEAKS'] – Protect Your PC with an UPS, Animated Menu Dock, Download Windows 8 Developers Preview, New Acer Aspire, and How to Remove Data Recovery

September 15, 2011

An Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) for Your Desktop
APC Back-UPS ES 750 – UPS – AC 120 V – 450 Watt – 750 VA – USB – 10 output connector(s)

APC Back-UPS ES 750

ObjectDock
Organize your shortcuts, programs and running tasks into an attractive and fun animated dock.

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Download Windows 8 Free

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ACER Aspire AS5552-7260 AMD Phenom Powered Laptop

ACER Aspire AS5552

Faster PC! Clean! Clean!
How to Remove Data Recovery

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[GEEK SQUEAKS'] – Video Converter, MP3 Editor, Samsung 1TB Notebook HDD, and How To Remove XP Home Security 2012

June 9, 2011

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NEW VERSION OF Freemake Video Converter
Freemake Video Converter is designed without any limitations, hidden costs, sneakware or adware! This is freeware of new level, which offers a quality alternative to paid products.

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Free MP3 Cutter and Free MP3 Editor

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Samsung Develops 1TB HDD For Notebooks

Faster PC! Clean! Clean!
How to Remove XP Home Security 2012

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Diigo – An Awesome Personal Research Tool

February 7, 2011

Recently I have been focused on the cloud based bookmarking and notekeeping services such as Evernote and SpringPad. Everyday I find something new and this week I have been testing out another online service called Diigo. Now Diigo, as I soon found out, is not something new; but is new to me. As matter of fact Diigo has been around for approximately 5 years and actually started out as a social bookmarking service similar to Delicious. It has evolved into something very special and very powerful.

Diigo

Recently Diigo came out with a new beta version (V5.0) of their service, that in my opinion, is really making it shine. I currently have lined up on my PC, Delicious, Evernote, SpringPad and Diigo.  For the life of me, I keep going back to the beta of Diigo and have come to the conclusion that Diigo is now my go to app for gathering and storing information I find on the internet.

Here’s Why?

First off, it is more than your typical bookmarking service.  It is a conglomeration of various research utilities (in one package) that gives you the ability to collect and highlight information with powerful browser annotation and note keeping tools; the ability to remember, organize, tag and bookmark your information; and, the ability to share that information and knowledge with others in a knowledge sharing social network. To be honest with my readers, Diigo is one of the best personal research and bookmarking tools I have ever experienced. It is simplistic, loads fast and is just plain awesome (in my opinion).  It does not have all the eye candy that you may see with some of the other services, but it gets the job done and does it fast.

I think the favorite part of Diigo that I like the most is that any bookmarks that I have saved, there is a link, adjacent to the bookmarks that allows me to preview (load) the actual web page without leaving the Diigo site.

Diigo provides a browser add-on that can really improve your research productivity. As you read on the web, instead of just bookmarking, you can highlight portions of web pages that are of particular interest to you. You can also attach sticky notes to specific parts of web pages. Unlike most other web “highlighters” that merely clip, Diigo highlights and sticky notes are persistent in the sense that whenever you return to the original web page, you will see your highlights and sticky notes superimposed on the original page, just what you would expect if you highlighted or wrote on a book!

Moreover, all the information — highlighted paragraphs, sticky notes, and the original url — are saved on Diigo servers, creating your personal digest of the web, your own collection of highlights from the web – ones that are meaningful to you! You can easily search, access, sort and share this collection from any PC or even iPhone.

I encourage anyone who is into blogging, research, and information gathering to give this one try. Best part about Diigo is that you can sign up for a FREE account (which I use) or can go all out with a PREMIUM account (with more bells and whistles).

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Save Anything You Want to Remember On Your Phone or Computer with SpringPad

December 13, 2010

Here of late I have been on a roll with applications that are cloud based; or in other words applications that you run directly from the internet. Recently I have been testing an online note keeping application called SpringPad.

SpringPad

If you are an Evernote user then you will be able to relate to SpringPad; and I must say, if you are an Evernote user, then you need take a look at SpringPad. This app has come a long ways.

In summary SpringPad is a totally FREE powerful online application that gives you the ability to store information. Look at it as your personal database of everything that’s of interest to you that can be accessed anywhere in the world where you can get to the internet.

SpringPad

For example, I use SpringPad to bookmark web sites, keep notes, maintain to do lists, clip information from web pages, reflect my thoughts, etc…  All this information can be organized in notebooks or posted on your own digital bulletin board.  There are also mobile uses for SpringPad available such as barcode scanning, locating nearby places and businesses and photo saving.

Think of Springpad as your own place in the cloud – a high-powered internet-connected personal database of everything that’s of interest to you, even if you’re not ready to do something about it right away. Everything is automatically synced between your mobile devices and the web for instant and universal access.

The one feature that is most important to me is the SpringPad Google Chrome Browser Extension. With this extension installed you can instantly save information you want to save without leaving the site you are browsing. If you are not a Google Chrome user, there is a bookmarklet available that will let you do the same thing.

After testing SpringPad, I can honestly say it has found a home on my PC. I encourage you to give this application a try. It is FREE, requires no installation on your computer and has so many features I cannot begin to mention them all here.

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