Today’s Geek Squeaks – July 30, 2013

July 30, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

  • If you are a network administrator you may want to take a look at BgInfo to display system information on the desktop of all of your computers!  Great for home computers too;
  • Lifehacker has an article up about how to use an old router to extend your Wi-Fi network.  Many routers have this capability built in (which many folks are unaware of);
  • If you love messing with software and online browser based applications, then you need to check out BearWare (one of my favorite software resources);
  • Find yourself in a pinch where you need to make a note of something, you may be interested in the posting below from gizmo’s; AND,
  • Heading back to school or going to college. Toshiba has a nice Satellite notebook (with an intel i7 processor) that packs a punch for work and play.

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Automatically Display System Information About A Windows Computer On The Desktop Background
With BgInfo

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BgInfo automatically displays relevant information about a Windows computer on the desktop’s background, such as the computer name, IP address, service pack version, and more. You can edit any field as well as the font and background colors, and can place it in your startup folder so that it runs every boot, or even configure it to display as the background for the logon screen… GET IT HERE


How to Extend Your Wi-Fi Network With an Old Router

@Lifehacker

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“When creating a range-boosting Wi-Fi repeater, what you need will vary. Some routers have repeater functionality built in. Others need custom firmware to get the job done”… READ MORE


Only The Best Freeware Listings

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As Yogi would say, “smarter than the average bear”…  I can attest that BearWare is smarter than the average bear when it comes to freeware, webware and some great computer tips that will make you smarter than the average bear…CHECK IT OUT HERE


The Simplest Online Notepad You’ll Find

@gizmo’s

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You’re sitting at your computer, or perhaps a public terminal in a hotel or an internet cafe, and you need to make some notes.  Copy some interesting URLs, maybe, or draft a letter.   You could fire up Notepad or Wordpad, of course.  But actually you’d quite like to be able to access those notes later on from a different machine”… READ MORE


Good Deal On A Toshiba Satellite Laptop

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A 4th generation Intel® Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost Technology delivers the premium performance your life demands.

With 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory, the Satellite® S55-A5257 ensures that your software won’t just run — it’ll sprint.

Safely store and easily access all your videos, photos, music and other documents on a generous 750GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA hard drive… GET IT HERE


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Create and Customize Your Very Own Quick Access Notepad Using Google Docs

July 9, 2012

One of my favorite note keeping and note collecting apps is Evernote, but there are times where I just need to jot down a thought, web link, reminder, phone number, etc… without having to navigate my large Evernote collection or having to actually use paper. The post-it note concept, whether paper notes or electronic notes, did not really catch on with me due to the notes being scattered about. I needed something that was simple and within immediate reach.

One solution that I came up with to keep these types of notes, where I could quickly access the notes, was to create my very own quick access notepad using Google Docs (aka: Google Drive).  If you have a Gmail account, you can easily gain access to and start using Google Docs (aka: Google Drive). Google Docs consists of a suite of apps such as: Documents, Presentations, Forms, Spreadsheets, Drawings, etc…).  In my case, to create my very own personal notepad, I used the “document” component.

To get you started, simply open up a new Google Drive “document” where you can let your imagination fly in creating and customizing your own quick access notepad.

In my case, I changed the margins on both sides to 0.5 inches (to take full advantage of the document space), I changed the background color to yellow (to emulate the color of a canary yellow notepad); I inserted a table with two columns with blue table borders (to emulate the line color in a yellow notepad); and finished it up by inserting a header with a title of Rick’s Notepad (in a red font). The fun part about all of this is that it can be customized and changed at any time.

Rick's Notepad

After creating and customizing the notepad, we now need to make it where we can quickly access (and even share) the notepad.  To do this, click on the “File” menu and select “Share”. The “Share Settings” dialog box will appear. NOTE: In my case, I kept my notepad private and did not share it.

Share Google Docs

Here is the most important part (or key) to making your notepad quickly accessible.

Under “Link to share (only accessible by collaborators)”, you will see a web address. That address is a direct web link (or shortcut) to your notepad. At this point you can copy that web link to anywhere you desire. In my case I inserted it on my browsers bookmark bar, inserted it into my actual favorite bookmarks, and used the link in my Symbaloo web launcher app (which is very cool). Other places to save the link that is possible is your desktop, the Windows taskbar, the Start Menu, etc… This web link (shortcut) allows you to quickly access your notepad directly from any internet browser enabled device (such as your computer, smartphone, tablet pc, etc…).

Once you have this all customized to your personal taste, you can save text, web links, pictures, etc… to your notepad. You can even search for note entries by holding down the “Ctrl+F” keys on your keyboard. NOTE: I highly recommend that you insert a table when you create your notepad so that it can serve to separate the notes.

I have found that the notepad I created, I use more and more everyday, because it’s just plain simple and it works; plus, it gives me a sense of creativity.

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Set Up Your Own Personal Notepad in the Cloud

December 26, 2011

imageThis does not get any simpler or basic than this… Go to notepad.cc and you will be looking at a blank page where you can create and save an endless page of notes.  No account is required.

When you get to the site, you are automatically assigned your own personal web address, that you can also change (at the bottom of the note page).  Make sure you remember the address so that you can access your notes again. Once you get the address you desire, you can share your notepad and even password protect it.  If you need another page to save notes, simply type in notepad.cc in your browser and you will be presented with another blank note. I found this app to work perfectly on my Toshiba Thrive Tablet and has come in real handy when I need to jot something down.

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[GEEK SQUEAKS’] – Notepad Replacement, Easy Read Domain Name, Speed Up Your PC, PC Tricks and Camcorder Deal

July 25, 2011

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Notepad ++
A Free (as in “free speech” and also as in “free beer”) Source Code Editor and Notepad Replacement

Daily Blog Scoop
Make Your Domain Name Easy to Read

Computer Too Slow
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Computer Tips
10 Basic Computer Tips And Tricks For New Computer Users

Geek Deal of the Day @ Amazon
Samsung HMX-Q10 HD Camcorder
Ultra Compact with 10x Optical Zoom (Dark Blue)

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A FREE, Portable, Simple and Easy Notes Program with Online Syncing

October 22, 2010

If you are a flash drive junkie and carry your computer programs on a stick, then I am going to point you in the direction to a very simple note keeping program that you can carry on that stick (your flash drive) , called ResophNotes .

ResophNotes

What makes ResophNotes standout from the rest of the pack is that it serves as a client note keeping program that will sync with the online note keeping service called Simplenote. The advantage to this is that not only will your notes be available to you on your flash drive; they will also be available to you anywhere there is internet access. If you compose or update a note online (using Simplenote), the note will then be in sync with your flash drive version of ResophNotes and vice versa.

ResophNotes

To get started, go to Simplenoteapp.com and sign up for an account (it is FREE).

Simplenote

After you have your online account setup, go to the ResophNotes site [HERE] and download/install the portable version of ResophNotes to your flash drive. After launching ResophNotes you will go into the configuration settings to enter your SimpleNote account information. Other options are available in the settings to auto or manual sync your notes, as well. Once you complete those couple of steps, you are good to go.

Neither of these programs are a ramped up program like Evernote; however, if you are looking for a basic notekeeping option with portable app capability and online syncing that is stinking fast, then this pairing (ResophNotes and Simplenote) is a good option.

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A Notes Manager with a Gorgeous Interface

June 14, 2010

I have always have had an attraction to software, such as personal information managers and sticky notes programs, to help me stay organized. I have tried and tested numerous types of these programs and many of them are very, very good; however there is always a downside. Many of the personal information managers often carry with them a steep learning curve, and with many of the sticky notes programs I end up cluttering my desktop (with virtual sticky notes). If only I could have a little of both worlds… Well, after a week of searching and testing I believe I found what I was looking for, in a program called AllMyNotes Organizer

AllMyNotes Organizer

AllMyNotes Organizer is simply a program that you use to centrally store and organize all your notes; whether it be recipes, to do lists, vacation plans, shopping lists, correspondence, a diary, blog articles, or private information. Anything you can imagine can be stored in AllMyNotes Organizer. The best parts I like about using this notes organizer is that it is easy to use, has a very nice notes’ editor, is available as a portable app, all notes are searchable, can be password protected (using 1800 bit key), and is absolutely gorgeous.

One thing to point out…  AllMyNotes Organizer is available in a FREE version and a Deluxe (paid) version. When you downloand and run AllMyNotes Organizer you are treated to a 14 day trial of the Deluxe version. After the 14 days the software reverts to the FREE version, minus some of the options that were available in the Deluxe version. In the end, the FREE version is still awesome and who knows you may like this enough to buy the Deluxe version.

Major Features:

Strong security: files are encrypted and can bepassword-protected. Data file on disk is encrypted using 1800-bit key even when password is unassigned, to do not leave a trace of your private information on hard drive or USB stick!

Functional and yet simple interface with skins and translated to number of languages (English, German, Spanish, French,Swedish, Italian, Portuguese (+Brazilian Portugues), Czech, Croatian, Korean, Mainland Simplified Chinese, Taiwan Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Bulgarian, Hugarian, Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish, more will be available soon…)

Powerful Global Search feature, for searching text across one or all notes with different options. Filter-on-typing for extra fast, real-time. Global search allows powerful Google-like query language (*).

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Evernote Your FREE Online Notebook

April 11, 2010

ec4a5c92-e586-47b7-ac7c-a831524f4186If you are constantly piling notes on your desktop then it is time to use your computer, the internet, your mobile phone, and Evernote. Evernote is an online notebook that is designed to store notes, webclips, pictures, pdf files, etc… You can use the online interface to store your notes or you can download the computer version of Evernote that will synchronize with the online version.

Evernote gives you 40 mb of note usage a month which is equivalent to 20,000 typed notes, 10000 ink notes, 400 mobile snapshots, 270 webclips, and 40 audio notes. If you maxed out the your allowance every month that is 480 mb of data a year… WOW! The allowance is based on the amount of data you send (or upload), not the total amount stored… There is also a premium paid version available that gives you substantially more upload capacity (500 mb a month). There are also browser extensions available that will enable you to gather web clippings and even whole web pages. This is an excellent application; and, as a blogger and everyday computer user, I would not be without it.

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You have to try out Stickies v7 beta…

September 29, 2009

Stickies (v6.7) is a FREE electronic version of “sticky notes” that you often see posted on people’s desk, computer monitors, refrigerators, etc…  I have been using Stickies on my PC (and thumb drive) to replace the accumulated paper mess that “sticky notes can lead to. Stickies is one of those programs that I personally cannot live without.  It is FREE; It is GOOD; and It is PORTABLE.

The author of Stickies, Tom Revell (Zhorn Software), recently made an announcement, via the Stickies web site forum, that a new beta version of Stickies is available for public testing (Stickies v7 beta).  Final release of Stickies v7 is expected on or around October 16th. Mr. Revell, we at What’s On My PC… applaud your work.

Folks, I have been testing the beta and it is awesome (see new features below).  Beats the Windows 7 Sticky Notes hands down.

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NEW FEATURES

Image stickies

Unicode titles

“Show System windows” checkbox in Attach dialog

Attached stickies can be set to only appear if the window is visible (not minimised)

“Snap back to transparent” option

Sticky ID added to properties

32 new API commands

New sticky from clipboard

Sleep until / Tomorrow added to Sleep menu

PDA keys can now be entered in Stickies

Text background highlighting

stickies.1wk now written after one week of continuous operation

Live preview of setting transparency

Control-F now searches text within a sticky

Stickies can be moved directly from any category to any other in the Manage dialog

Backup function

Drop shadow option

Font name MRU list

F2 edits the sticky title

Sticky colour can be set in the Manage dialog

Sticky colour is now shown in the Manage dialog

New sticky “force title on create” option

Individual Desktop stickies can be hidden/revealed in the Manage dialog

RTL (right-to-left) default option for new stickies, and left shft+control / right shift+control to set paragraphs

Recovery dialog for when Stickies detects an error with the data file

“Ghost” mode for Desktop stickies can be set from the Manage dialog so they’re not clickable

Different Stickies can have different skins (alt-s to choose, shift-alt-s to return to default)

“Locked stickies are also frozen in place” option

“Rolled stickies have an alternate position” option. Hold shift as you toggle rolled to reset

Two new global shortcuts, “new sticky from clipboard” and “show manage dialog”

New sizing method – hold alt and click near the edge of a text sticky to resize it

A sync of Friends can now be set to happen every X minutes

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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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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#25)

August 26, 2009

If you are new to What’s On My PC… you will notice on the right side of the blog a category listing for Geek Squeaks’.  The Geek Squeaks’ category is a weekly roundup of articles from the bloggers that are on the What’s On My PC… blogroll.  I encourage you to visit these blogs to learn more about information technology and computers.

Geek Squeaks'

Evilfantasy’s Blog
A rogue security test site?

Plato on-line
H1N1 Vaccine and National Security

Spywarebiz
BitDefender gets real about what you want in online security

Teck~Line
Critical Update for Adobe Flash Player (Reblogged)

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove SaveSoldier

Carol’s Vault
Finding inspiration on Twitter

AKS-Feel The Change
Music Search Engine – Find All Your MP3 Songs

Lifehacker
Tech Support Cheat Sheet
Reveals the Secrets of Troubleshooting

Rarst.net
FilterMyRSS.com – light online filter for feeds

Tech-for Everyone
The Best 10 Minutes

AskBillFirst
Setting up your browser to open multiple home page tabs

Free PC Security
Keepass – Free Password Security

Bill Mullin’s Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Save Your Machine – Keep it Clean

Mrintech
Google Pack: All Essential & Free Softwares!

Piyada’s World
List of fake antivirus and its removal tool

TTC Shelbyville
Change Firefox’s Default Search

Tux in the Midwest
Robot Hands Will Rule the World

Snakebytez
Tiny Program to Automatically Shutdown Computer

Is You GEEKed Up
Windows 7 Post Install Customization Checklist

Scoroncocolo
Windows Notepad

What’s On My PC…
A super easy way to listen to internet radio…

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