Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#63)

June 9, 2010

If you have a passion for computers and information technology, then the place to be is at the sites listed below. Each week What’s On My PC features links to recent postings, called “Geek Squeaks’” that are authored by the members of the What’s On My PC blolgroll. Truly a blessing to be associated with this group!

Geek Squeaks'

Scoroncocolo Tech Pages
How To Lock Down Facebook Privacy Settings

Tech-for Everyone
Software License Giveaway: Genie Timeline Professional

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
In The News – VISA Launches A Highly-Secure Card In Europe

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Styling Windows XP (Part 2): How to Change the Visual Style

Canadian Tech Blogger
Norton Launches Norton DNS

I Love Free Software
PDF Hammer – Free Online PDF Editor

Worthy Tips
Extend Recycle Bin power with RecycleBinEx

Netbook Freeware
Best 10 Free System Optimization and Diagnostic Tool for Netbooks

404 Tech Support
New 0-Day Attack Targets Adobe Reader, Acrobat, and Flash

TTC Shelbyville
Use the Task Manager to Analyze Your Computer

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites June 8

AKS-Feel The Change
Handy Backup Server – reliable backup solution for enterprise network (Review)

Carol’s Vault
Free Fashionable WordPress Theme | Themesbell
How to Remove AV Security Suite

Plato On-Line
Your Brain On-line
Mini-ITX PC (Antec ISK 300-150, ZOTAC GF9300-G-E)

Dual Monitor Tools Manages
Your Multiple Monitors with Open-Source Tools

Bill Mullins’ Web Blog – Tech Thoughts
Download Dmailer Backup –
A Free Handy Dandy, Easy Backup Utility

Crazy World of G

Right On Technology
AT&T Stops Unlimited Data Plans, Introduces Tiered Rates

thePC Security
New MSN Hotmail Account Security Features by Microsoft

What’s On My PC
Over 33,500 High Quality Clipart Images


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Understanding the Windows Recycle Bin

March 21, 2009

I have found that many computer users do not fully understand the purpose, or the features, of the “Recycle Bin”.  It is one of the first places I visit when assisting someone.  It serves as a visual indicator of what level the user manages their files and folders; and often provides clues when troubleshooting.

Microsoft, in their infinite wisdom, knew that there would be those occasions where a computer user would accidentally delete a file or folder.

Recycle Bin
Some things you should know about the recycle bin:

  • The “Recycle Bin” is a catch all area for files and folders that you, as the user, manually delete (in most cases).
  • Files that you delete on removable disks (i.e. flash drive, SD Card, floppy disk), network drives and in compressed zipped folders do not go to the “Recycle Bin”.
  • The main launching point for the recycle bin is the recycle bin icon on your desktop; however, you can also preview the contents in the recycle bin through Windows Explorer.
  • You can bypass the recycle bin, when deleting a file, by holding down the “Shift Key”.  For example, when selecting your file(s) for deletion, hold down the “Shift Key” while you press the “Delete” key.
  • Windows maintains a quota (space allocation) on how much data can be stored in the recycle bin.  Typically, Windows allocates approximately 7.5 percent of a disk’s space for the recycle bin. Data is cycled when the space allocation limit is met. It is “out with the old, and in with the new”. The default allocation limit can be customized by right clicking the recycle bin icon on your desktop and choosing properties on the menu.
  • You can choose to not remove any files to the recycle bin, when deleting files, by right clicking the recycle bin icon on your desktop and choosing properties on the menu; however, I highly recommend you keep the recycle bin activated.
  • You can reclaim disk space by emptying the recycle bin. To empty the recycle bin, right click the recycle bin icon on your desktop and choose “empty recycle bin”.
  • To restore a file or folder from the recycle bin, double click the recycle bin icon on your desktop and highlight the file or folder with a mouse click; then, right click the mouse and select restore.

Tip: In the event you delete a file and you are unable to recover the file from the recycle bin, there is the chance you can reclaim the file by using file recovery software.  A  “free” poduct that I have used, for file recovery, is called “Recuva” by Piriform  – [ GET IT HERE ] .

Recuva (pronounced “recover”) is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses!


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