Geek Squeaks #2015-15 (Featuring: 70+ Useful Google Now Voice Commands— and MORE STUFF)

August 21, 2015

70+ Useful Google Now Voice Commands – I am a big Android smartphone and tablet user. I am finding more and more of using Google’s version of a virtual personal assistant called Google Now. What amazes me is how accurate Google Now is in interpreting what I am saying. If you are like me and you find Google Now to be very useful, then check out trendblog.net’s infographic on their “Awesome List Of 70 Google Now Voice Commands“.

Google Now Commands

DSpeech Upgraded DSpeech is a portable app program that will read text back to you. I find it very helpful when composing documents where I can have the document read back to me. Really makes a difference in the final product of the document when you can actually hear what you have written. 

Dspeech

Wunderlist Has A New Design – Just plucked this off of the Wunderlist blog site that indicates there is a new user interface for Wunderlist. “The new-look Wunderlist is available on Web, Chrome and Windows 7 today and will be coming to iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android and Windows 10 this year, plus a host of new updates too”… — READ MORE

Wunderlist

Quickly Search For Files On Your Android Smartphone or Tablet – What I find when using Google to search my phone, the search is limited to my contacts and apps. If you would like something that will dig a little deeper then take a look at the app called Andro Search. This app when installed will create an index of the files on your computer to make searching for files fast. Andro Search can be described as a full-text instant search over your Documents/Files, Contacts, and Apps – An efficient powerful search engine and launcher on your Android.

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Geek Squeaks #2015-14 @ What’s On My PC (Featuring: An Alternative To The Windows 10 Photo Viewer — and MORE STUFF)

August 18, 2015

An Alternative To The Windows 10 Photo Viewer – With the release of Windows 10 a new photo viewer comes with it. If you don’t like it, you may want to download and install FastStone Image Viewer. This viewer has been in development for quite some time, was recently upgraded and is the only viewer that I have personally used for years. It can be downloaded as a full install or as a portable app.

FastStone Image Viewer

FastStone Image Viewer is a fast, stable, user-friendly image browser, converter and editor. It has a nice array of features that include image viewing, management, comparison, red-eye removal, emailing, resizing, cropping, retouching and color adjustments. Its innovative but intuitive full-screen mode provides quick access to EXIF information, thumbnail browser and major functionalities via hidden toolbars that pop up when your mouse touches one of the four edges of the screen. Other features include a high quality magnifier and a musical slideshow with 150+ transitional effects, as well as lossless JPEG transitions, drop shadow effects, image annotation, scanner support, histogram and much more. It supports all major graphic formats (BMP, JPEG, JPEG 2000, animated GIF, PNG, PCX, PSD, EPS, TIFF, WMF, ICO and TGA) and popular digital camera RAW formats (CRW, CR2, NEF, PEF, RAF, MRW, ORF, SRF, ARW, SR2, RW2 and DNG).

Simplify Copy Paste On Android With Easy Copy – Copy and Pasting is a function that everyone should learn to do and I am constantly running across folks who still do not know how to perform the copy and paste function. If you are an Android (smartphone or table) user, you can simply the copy paste function with the app called Easy Copy. After you tap on copy, a pop-up menu is displayed and allows to auto paste into other apps to: locate in Google Maps, call a number, translate text in Google translate, create a calendar event, send a text or just to simply share what has been copied…

 Easy Copy - 1-Tap Copy Paste- screenshot

 Next Version of Android Is Called Marshmallow – Google’s update for Android, its mobile software for smartphones and tablets, officially has a name: Marshmallow — READ MORE

If you were wondering about the
Android Version Names

Alpha

Beta

Cupcake

Donut

Eclair

Froyo

Gingerbread

Honeycomb

Ice Cream Sandwich

Jelly Bean

KitKat

Lollipop

Marshmallow

Off-To-College Essentials – It is that time of year that our kids are off-to-college and they need “stuff” to manage and get through their daily “away from home” lives. To help plan and get “stuff”, Amazon is a good place to start to find college essentials needed to decorate, study, sleep, clean, cook, freshen up, relax, and organize…  CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED

Back To College

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Geek Squeaks #2015-9 @ What’s On My PC (Featuring: How To Make A Batch File Shortcut To Open Multiple Web Pages At Once and MORE)

August 8, 2015

How To Make A Batch File Shortcut To Open Multiple Web Pages At Once – Many non-technical personality type folks shy away when they hear terms such as batch file. As a matter of fact it has been awhile since I have heard anyone use the term until I came across The Windows Club article on how to “Create single desktop shortcut to open multiple web pages in Windows“…  The article goes on to tell you how to use notepad in Windows to create a batch file shortcut that will enable you to click on the shortcut (preferably from the desktop level) and launch multiple web sites in your browser in separate tabs. A fast way to get up and running quickly. There are other options to doing the same thing (within today’s modern browsers); but, I found this article interesting due I haven’t heard the use of batch files for awhile. Nice tip (and easy) from The Windows Club…

Batch File To Open Multiple Pages

 Verizon Is Shaking Up On How You Pay For Your Wireless Service – One of the hot topics out there right now is the wireless service providers making changes on how we end up paying for those expensive smartphones in our pockets. T-Mobile pretty much set the stage for all of this and the others are offering competitive plans and options. Verizon is no exception… Yahoo Tech has an article posted announcing that Verizon kills off service contracts, smartphone subsidies … In the end I this may drive the competition of drop the high pricing on these phones.

REMINDER – Use ProduKey To Identify Your Windows 10 Product KeyProduKey (by NirSoft) is a available for FREE (as a full install or portable app). The description at the NirSoft site indicates the software will display the key for Windows (including Windows 7 and Windows Vista). Does not indicate Windows 10; however, I can attest that it will work for Windows 10, as well. The Windows 10 product key is a key you need to keep (very important) in the event you need to re-install Windows 10.

ProduKey

My Favorite CD/DVD Burner And Ripper – If you upgraded to Windows 10 and are looking for an easy to use (lightweight), but professional CD / DVD / Blu-ray burning (and ripping) software, then AnyBurn is the way to go. It is also available as a portable app…

AnyBurn

Need A Good Smartphone Case? – I currently carry my smartphone in one of the NiteIze cases… Check some of them out HERE

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Geek Squeaks #2015-6 @ What’s On My PC (Featuring – Did You Know Windows 10 Is Sharing Your Computer?)

August 4, 2015

Windows 10 Is Sharing Your Computer By Default – I found this article on PCWorld (How to stop Windows 10 from using your PC’s bandwidth to update strangers’ systems) that explains how Microsoft is a using a new peer-to-peer (P2P) delivery update mechanism (in Windows 10) that turns your Windows 10 PC (by default) into a server for distributing updates to other machines.

Hmmm…  I’m not liking the sound of this. Anyhow, the setting or toggle to turn this off is buried in the update and security settings.  CLICK HERE to learn how to turn this off.

win10 updates advanced options

Need advice for buying a Smartphone? – I am pretty seasoned when it comes to computers and smartphones, but when it comes to shopping for either (especially smartphones) I soon become discombobulated (in a state of confusion). To help you folks out there looking for a smartphone, be sure to read Best Android smartphones for work and play (Aug 2015 edition) at ZDNet….

Make Sure You Check Out This Screen Capture Program – I use screen capture utilities on a daily basis and would be lost without one. A new kid on the block recently to me is ShareX. This utility is being updated regularly and the most recent update allows you to either perform a full installation or the option to install the program as a portable app. Very nice screen capture program that does not disappoint. Best thing about ShareX is that it is FREE, Open Source and there are no embedded advertisements.

If you need to install or reinstall Windows 10 – As a reminder, if you need to reinstall Windows 10 (for whatever reason), make sure you are prepared.  CLICK HERE to create your own Windows 10 installation media using either a USB flash drive or a DVD.

RedLaser Barcode and QR Scanner — Shop Smarter – Nice Android App that was rated as a top shopping app by US Today, The New York Times, CNN Money, PC Magazine and Smart Money magazine. RedLaser searches millions of products across thousands of online and local retailers to find the best prices…

Harness The Energy Of The Sun To Light Your Night – Check out this outdoor LED motion sensored solar light for less than 15 bucks….

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Geek Squeaks #2015-2 @ What’s On My PC (Featuring Windows 10 Release and MORE)

July 29, 2015

Featured – Today is the day that Windows 10 is to be released. It will be interesting to watch the tech blogs to see when it starts hitting our computers at home and what people are saying. If you want a good read about the release, go to the Windows blog and check out Windows 10 Free Upgrade Available in 190 Countries Today … 

8 - Start

WinScan2PDF – I just added this little program to the downloads page under the Portable Apps swarm. WinScan2PDF is a very small (~40k) and portable program that allows you to scan documents and save them on your computer as a PDF by using any installed scanner. I currently carry a copy of this on my flash drive and have used it on many occasions.

Drift Innovation Stealth 2 Action Camera – Check this out. These mini-cameras continue to fascinate me and the cost is reasonable; especially, for  Full HD – 1080p at 30fps & 720p at 60fps…  This little beast has a 300 Degree Rotatable Lens which allows you to mount the camera at an angle. Other features: W i-Fi Connectivity – Get full control of the camera using your mobile device Long life battery – 1500 mAh battery giving you 3 hours of recording time… @Amazon

5 must-know Windows 10 tips and tricks – PCWord has this article posted that caught my interest on what they consider five of the most useful Windows 10 tricks and tweaks… @PCWorld

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HWiNFO Upgraded To V5.0 (FREE System Info Tool)

July 15, 2015

HWiNFO, in a nutshell, is a FREE System Info Tool (or system profiler) that will tell you just about everything you would ever want to know about your computer’s configuration. Little to no footprint (if installed) and is available as a portable app. Once the information about your computer is retrieved by HwiNFO you can export (or save) the information in various report formats (such as Text, HTML, or XML). A good tool for the tech toolbox…

HWiNFO

Features

  • comprehensive hardware information of your computer
  • system health monitoring (Thermal, Voltage, Fan, Power)
  • table, Logfile, Graph, Tray, Gadget, LG LCD reporting
  • text, CSV, XML, HTML, MHTML report formats
  • frequent updates
  • available as SDK (custom client)
  • 3rd party add-ons (Rainmeter plug-in, Samurize plug-in, Sidebar Gadget to display any sensor value, LCDHost plug-in, Mini WebServer, RivaTuner/MSI Afterburner/EVGA Precision On-Screen Display, HWiNFOMonitor Sidebar Gadget including graphs, bars, etc.)

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Cool Software To Reduce The Glare Off Of Your Screen (in the evening)

July 5, 2015

I use the word “cool”, which may be out of date terminology in today’s generation; but, this is the only way to describe Sunset Screen… This software (easy to use – portable version available) will help you with reducing eye strain, sleep better, and wind down in the evening before bed.

SunsetScreen is a free app for Windows which helps take the glare off your your screen in the evening. Scientific research has shown that melatonin – the chemical the brain makes late in the day – is reduced when exposed to blue light. By tempering this blue light, it becomes easier to wind down properly at night, and thus have a more restful sleep.

Features include:

  • Set the sunset time precisely.
  • Set the sunrise time too.
  • Choose by colour temperature or by HSB for a precise colour.
  • Transition from one phase to the other gradually.
  • Automatically resides in the tray so it keeps out of your way.
  • Loads automatically at Windows startup if you wish.
  • Instantly turn off SunsetScreen if you need to do colour sensitive work.
  • Choose from a range of presets, and reset to default if things go wonky.
  • Small, fast, elegant and easy to use interface in less than a megabyte.
  • Isn’t patent pending unlike something beginning with ‘F’ ;)

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