Geek Squeaks (#2015-22) FEATURING — Use Your Existing Electrical Wiring In Your Home To Create A Wired Data Network — and MORE GREAT STUFF

September 8, 2015

Use Your Existing Electrical Wiring In Your Home To Create A Wired Data Network – I know we all are into wireless connectivity, but did you know there is another option available, using the right technology, that is right under our nose. It is called power-line networking that uses the electrical wiring in our homes to create an ethernet (data) network. What you need to set this up are small adapters that plug into any wall outlet and connect via a cable to the ethernet port on your computer (or other network device). This setup is especially useful in scenarios where your wireless network is out of reach or you want to create a wired home theater (media center) setup for greater speeds and reliability. To get you started on this (and to learn more), I found The essential guide to powerline Ethernet adapters (including 12 hands-on reviewsat PCWorld which is part of a series of continually updated articles on the topic. If you are thinking about creating a power-line data network I encourage you to bookmark this information. One thing of importance that I extracted from my reading of these articles is that there is a variety products (and standards) and it is important to stay with the same product line (and standard) once you start creating your network. These type of networks require minimal setup and once you plug in a networked computer (or device), it should be connected within moments.

Powerline Networking

Power Tool For The Tech Toolbox – This tool, called Registry Finder (available as a portable app), is a tool that allows you to browse the local registry; create, delete, rename keys and values; modify values as its natural data type (string, multistring, DWORD) or as a binary data. It is allowed to open multiple Registry windows. Next time you start Registry Finder, those windows will be reopened on the same keys as before.

Registry Finder

Upgrade Your Old PC To SSD – I recently upgraded a 5 year old Toshiba notebook PC with a solid state drive. This was a good decision on my part (pat on the back) due that it made the computer noticeably more responsive by greatly improving load times and transfer speeds. Along with this upgrade you benefit from a reduction in noise and power consumption. If you are considering an upgrade, An SSD should be the first upgrade for your PC (read more on this at BetaNews).  If you are looking for solid state drive options (and pricing) — CLICK HERE

SSD Upgrade

Rules And Regulations On Drone Usage Is As Clear As Mud – I encourage you to — CLICK HERE — to see the infographic titled Robots In The Sky that pretty much sums up everything about drones right now (i.e. drones that made the headlines, proposed FAA laws, State drone laws, safety guidelines, etc…)

Robots In the Sky


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A FREE Registry Backup Tool For Windows 8

January 3, 2013

Just talking about the Windows Registry can make the hair stand up on one’s neck; however, if you work in IT there is a high probability, at some point, you will need to dissect the registry to make a system configuration change or to repair a registry setting that has been targeted by malware.

To those who have no idea of what I am talking about; the best and simplest definition I could find to describe the Windows Registry, for those at home, was at WikipediA.

The Windows Registry is a hierarchical database that stores configuration settings and options on Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Most folks at home are unaware of the registry and the method to edit the registry; which should only be performed by the skilled hands of a computer tech. To put the registry into perspective; ”mess up the registry and you mess up the operation of your computer”.

This is why backing up the registry should be part of your backup strategy. A program, that is FREE, I recently started to use for registry backups is called Registry Backup (go figure) by .


Registry Backup

When I upgraded to Windows 8 I wanted to make sure I had a compatible registry backup program and Registry Backup was the surefire solution.  Note:  Registry Backup is compatible with Windows XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7 & 8 (32 & 64 Bit).

I recently started using this program for several primary reasons:

Registry Backup uses the Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service to backup your system registry, which allows for perfect backups of the registry files and profiles on your computer.

Registry Backup is a full scale backup and restore program that has the ability to restore a backup from safe mode.

Registry Backup has a built-in scheduling option that can perform unattended backups.

I particularly keep registry backups around in the event of a malware infection, which in today’s world of computer, the registry becomes a prime target.  Also, during those rare occasions where I do make registry edits, I feel more comfortable making the edits knowing my bacon is covered with Registry Backup.

 Registry BackupFeatures List:

  • The program is 100% free.
  • One click backup and restore.
  • Can restore from Windows Safe Mode.
  • Portable version can be ran from a thumb drive and keep backups of multiple systems.
  • Automatic cleanup of older backups.
  • Set and control scheduling options.
  • Can backup & restore all user profiles on the system, not just the ones that are currently loaded.
  • Control which registry files are backed up or restored.
  • Detailed logs are saved with each backup.
  • Multiple easy restore options.
  • Online videos showing how to use the program and how to use the different restore options.



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An Easy Way to Backup the Windows Registry

September 2, 2010

Ah yes, the Windows Registry… In comparison to the human body where our brain is the data storage component that controls our thoughts and bodily processes; the Windows registry is similar in this fashion. Just like the brain, if injury or damage occurs to the registry, the impact can be great and ultimately result in a crash of your computer.

The Windows Registry is a hierarchical database that stores configuration settings and options on Microsoft Windows operating systems. It contains settings for low-level operating system components as well as the applications running on the platform: the kernel, device drivers, services, SAM, user interface and third party applications all make use of the Registry. The registry also provides a means to access counters for profiling system performance. – [Source: Wikipedia]

Now the good to this is that the Windows registry can be backed up (even sections of it) and the backups can be used to restore or heal the registry. I am a big advocate of backing up my registry on my computer; especially when installing or testing software. These backups are also especially helpful in the event of a malware infection where malware will hook into the registry unbeknownst to the user and will ultimately cause havoc.

Backing up and/or restoring the Windows registry is a process that is not an easy process. I know of many techs that even get the jitters when you even talk about the registry.  The Windows Restore function, does try to perform backups of registry changes so that the user can try to recover from a mishap; however, in my opinion this is not the most reliable option.

If you want an easy way to backup your Windows’ Registry, I suggest using ERUNTgui .

ERUNTgui is a graphic user interface for the popular registry backup and restore program “ERUNT” created by Lars Hederer.

ERUNT – current versions 1.1j are still compatible with Windows 7, but as in Vista, they will only work correctly if you turn off User Account Control in Windows’ Control Panel (move the slider to the lowest position).

This utility is pretty easy to use. Simply select, “Backup The Registry” and you will be prompted for a location to save your backup. Once the backup is saved, you can also use ERUNTgui to perform a restore in the event your registry becomes corrupted. There is also an “Optimize the Registry” button; however, if you do try this, make a backup of the registry first.  See, I even get the jitters when I know I am messing with the registry.

ERUNT.gui can also be used as a portable app on your flash drive. I currently have this utility in my tech toolbox and will often use it to make a registry backup on other computers that I know I will be getting down and dirty with.




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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#44)

January 20, 2010

Welcome to the 44th round of Geek Squeaks’.  If you have a passion for information technology and computers, then you are at the right place.  Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly roundup of links to articles produced by bloggers (and site owners) associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  I encourage you to pay a special visit to each of these sites to support their incredible work…


Tech-for Everyone
What is Mobsync?

thePC Security
HDD Password Removal –
Crack, Clear, Unlock, Reset a Locked Hard Disk

Seems Like Everyone’s Getting Faster Internet but the U.S. – online image editor to paint walls

Microsoft urges Windows XP users to ditch old Flash version

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites January 19

Create a System Restore Point in 1-click with Quick Restore Maker

TTC Shelbyville
Online Network Tools

I Love Free Software
RegKey Backup – Free Software to Registry Backup

Worthy Tips
Download ‘Your Guide to Windows 7′ EBook

Help Haiti People: Donate Online or via Text

Canadian Tech Blogger
Firefox 3.6 RC2 Out

AKS-Feel The Change
What’s My Computer Doing?

Carol’s Vault
PDF Password Remover – remove your PDF’s restrictions
How to Remove Win Security 360

Plato On-Line
World Netizen’s Day

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Safe, Secure Browsing, with Free WOT Browser Add-on

Big Geek Daddy
How to Control Startup Programs

Computer Maintenance
How To Set Windows Automatic Update

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live Mail Wave4, it’s all looking good!

TuneUp Blog
Get More Privacy! How to Remove Personal Information from Files

Internet Security Blog
Auto Lock Computer Screen With USB – Free Download

Geeked Up
6 Important Steps on How to Maximize Firefox Screen Space

Find Your Files Faster with Windows 7

Whats On My PC
The Ultimate Clock for your Windows Desktop


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A Windows Registry Tech Tip…

August 19, 2009

How many users know what the Windows Registry is?  How many users out there use “Registry Cleaners”?


A “must read” article at “Tech-for Everyone”

Top Tech Tip #2: Leave Registry Cleaners Alone
[ click here ]

This is one of those articles, very well written, that explains to you about the Windows Registry and how you can be baited into using Registry Cleaners, that could cause you more problems that it is worth.  The few minutes to read this article, will educate you enough to avoid problems in the future.


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Backing Up the Windows Registry

June 16, 2009

Did you know that Windows depends on a “database” to function? It is called the “Windows Registry…” I call it the “heart and soul” to the Windows Operation System. Mess with it and the whole house will come down and the operating system will crash. The registry (database) contains the information and settings for all of the hardware, software, users and preferences on your PC once your PC boots into the Windows environment. When you install software or make a hardware change to your computer, the settings (or preferences) are automatically written to the registry.

The registry has been a good thing; BUT, it is also an avenue for trouble. Often when malware infiltrates or damages a computer system (without your consent) it will register (or write) itself into the registry to cause harm and ultimately take over your computer. The registry can also be edited  or modified by the computer user using the “regedit.exe” command which in itself can spell trouble if you do not know what your are doing. I have actually seen people tremble and decline from making edits to the registry, knowing that one error can cause havoc. Really though, a good tech knows that making registry edits comes with the territory and is no big deal; especially when you know how to backup and restore the registry.

A really great utility to automatically backup (and restore) the registry on your computer is called “ERUNT” (Emergency Recovery Utility NT). I am a tester of software and prior to testing any software application on my system I will use ERUNT to make a backup of the registry. I have come to depend on ERUNT more so than the Windows restore (rollback) function. In the event the software I am testing does not set well with my computer, I will use ERUNT to restore the registry (and ultimately my computer) to its’ original state, prior to the software install. I also include ERUNT in my weekly backup routines of my computer. ERUNT has been around for years and is avalaible as a full install or portable application. There is nothing attractive (in appearance) with ERUNT, but it is one of those “save your butt” utilities that should have been built into the Windows operating system.




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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#1)

March 11, 2009

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Cloud computing safer than on-premisesComputerWorld

Check the Speed of Your FlashdriveTTC Shelbyville

Your Electric Wiring Is A Wi-Fi Network AlternativeBill Mullins’ Tech Thoughts

Wired or Wireless?*Tech-for Everyone

USB Locker – Free USB Port Disabler ProgramPiyadas World

Convert files to different formats for freeGreat Free Software Utilities

Registry Mighty – How to ruin your PCFree PC Security

Make Mine Dark RoastCrazy World of G

Panda USB and Autorun Vaccine BetaEvilfantasy’s Blog

Use a laptop SATA drive in a desktop computerConfessions of a Freeware Junkie

How-to GuideCarputers News and Computer Tips

30+ File-share and drop bookmarksCarol’s Vault

Reduce the Size Of Your Digital Pictures in Windows XPAsk Bill First

8+ Most Must-Have Twitter Mash-Ups and Apps EverAll That’s New

Glary Utilities – traditional all-in-one

Geek Squeaks are random “hot” topic links (called “squeaks”) from various credible sources (called “geeks”) and may appear on the blog at any time.  Many of the topics are creations from fellow bloggers or software authors who have actively participated (e.g. link exchanges, comments, etc…) with “What’s On My PC…”.  If you are interested in a link exchange please leave a comment below.


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