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 … 

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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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Helpful Windows 10 Resources From The “What’s On My PC” Tech Blog

July 26, 2015

Windows 10 will start rolling out on July 29, 2015. The strategy, from what I understand, will be to release the upgrade in waves; which, indicates to me your upgrade may not hit your PC for awhile.

In the meantime, to prep everyone, I have been posting information (here and there) about Windows 10 since the beginning of June. To bring this all together I have listed the articles that I have posted (from the most recent to oldest) as a quick reference resource in an effort to help you with the upgrade process and to learn more about Windows 10.

What Happens Next After You Reserve Your Copy Of Windows 10

Your Questions Answered About Windows 10

Need A Quick Intro To Windows 10?

GWX.EXE (Or, How To Remove the Windows 10 Upgrade Nag)

Nice Brief Review On What Will Be New (To You) In Windows 10

Get Answers To Windows 10 FAQ’s HERE

Reserve Your FREE Upgrade To Windows 10 Now

Confirmed – Windows 10 Availability Date Is July 29, 2015

I have been following Windows 10 since its’ early development, and based on Microsoft’s history of good and bad operating system releases, Windows 10 is an operating system that Microsoft knows that they have to get right.  I am pretty excited about this release myself and can’t wait to try it…  If you are in a situation where you are not eligible for the upgrade and/or you are building a PC, here is a link to buy Windows 10 at Amazon — CLICK HERE 

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What Happens Next After You Reserve Your Copy Of Windows 10

July 23, 2015

Many of you have taken advantage of the offer from Microsoft by reserving your FREE upgrade to Windows 10. If you are not aware of the offer, please know that you are eligible for the FREE upgrade if you are running Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.

To take advantage of the offer, look for the Microsoft Windows 8 logo that should have magically appeared in your system tray (bottom right corner of your screen). You would be surprised of how many folks I have talked to about this and were totally unaware that the logo was present. The graphic below (minus the “Windows 10″ text) is an example of the logo you should be looking for.

This logo appeared through the Windows update service. If you click on the logo you can reserve your copy of Windows 10 (that is scheduled for release on July 29, 2013) and you can confirm that your computer is compatible with Windows 10. This is a full version of Windows 10 and you have up to a year to take advantage of this offer. After the year is up, you will be required to purchase Windows 10 (which, last I looked would be in the ballpark of $120).

Now that you have reserved your copy of Windows 10, you are probably wondering what happens next?

From the time you reserve your copy and when your upgrade is ready, the files needed to perform the upgrade will be downloaded to your computer. You most likely will not even notice this occurring. Microsoft, through their normal update stream is in essence trickling the Windows 10 install files to your computer and setting the stage for the final installation that will occur after July 29, 2015.

I do recommend, prior to this upgrade, that you perform (at the minimum) a backup of your personal files (such as documents, pictures, videos, music, etc…) and to be completely safe perform an image backup of your computer’s hard disk (using software such as AOMEI or Macrium Reflect).

Once the stage has been set, you will get a notification or prompt to launch your upgrade. You can install right away or opt to wait. I know many of us in the tech field opt to never install a fresh release of an OS, but my thoughts on this is that Microsoft must be pretty sure of themselves on this since it will be available to millions and millions of people and are strongly encouraging people to upgrade. I am sure there will be glitches, due to the variables involved (especially with home based computer systems).

After you initiate the launch of the upgrade, it is expected take an hour or more for the upgrade to complete.

Good luck with this…  I would really be interested in hearing stories about how your Windows 10 upgrade experience went.

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Your Questions Answered About Windows 10

July 21, 2015

Windows 10 will start rolling out on July 29th and I am starting to have people ask questions. Reflected below is a sampling of the frequently asked questions.

TO GET ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS — CLICK HERE

Windows 10 - Q&A

What are the basic facts of the Windows 10 upgrade?

Is the upgrade really free?

How do I get my free upgrade?

What happens when I reserve?

Are there any qualification requirements?

If I buy a new PC today, can it upgrade to Windows 10?

How long does it take to install the upgrade?

How do I reserve on my existing device?

What is the Get Windows 10 app?

How do I get a confirmation that I’ve reserved my upgrade?

If I change my mind, can I cancel my reservation?

Can I get my free Windows 10 upgrade even if I didn’t reserve?

What if I have more than one Windows device—can I upgrade them all?

Why don’t I have the Get Windows 10 app?

Why am I seeing notifications about Windows 10?

Can I turn off the notifications?

Can I reserve even if I didn’t get a notification?

What edition of Windows will I get as part of this free upgrade?

Do Windows Phone devices qualify for this free upgrade?

What about Windows RT?

Can Enterprise customers get the free Windows 10 upgrade?

How much does Windows 10 cost?

Will I get all of the features of Windows 10 once I upgrade?

Will my devices and apps work with Windows 10?

Will Windows Media Center be available in Windows 10?

Can I reinstall Windows 10 on my computer after upgrading?

When do new Windows 10 devices arrive in stores?

Will all my stuff be in the cloud?

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An “Ad Free” Battery Optimizer App For Your Android Smartphone

July 20, 2015

When I saw Intel and McAfee together, as an app logo, it caught my attention. What they have developed is called the Intel Security Battery Optimizer. I know there are some really nice battery optimizer apps out there, but what has drawn my attention to this one is that it works in an ad free environment and it appears that, based on the number of reviews, it is relatively new.

Intel Security Battery Optimizer

Intel Security Battery Optimizer is an All-in-one battery energy boosting and power management tool for Android smartphone and tablets. Saves battery life, provides real-time power usage information, alerts you when battery is low or time to charge battery, extends call time, and helps you deal with various battery wasting situations with ease.

What this app does:

✔ Control Your Device Battery Usage

▪Identifies battery draining apps and allows you to save battery life by stopping them

▪Starts conserving battery early on by turning off less important functions

▪Shuts off all non-emergency functions when battery is critically low so you can take emergency calls and messages

✔ Accurate Energy Consumption Information

▪Provides you with real-time battery usage information

▪Displays remaining standby time & remaining charge time

▪Gives accurate battery time estimation saved by stopping an app

▪Offers accurate energy rating of apps

✔ Quick Access & Easy Management

▪Notification Bar Power Control

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Awesome Tech Sites – Awesome Tech People

July 17, 2015

If you are a information technology junkie, as I am, you need to routinely visit the following sites to stay abreast of the constant change in the world of information technology. Each of these resources can be had by clicking on any of the tabs at the top of the What’s On My PC blog. What you will find in this mix is Awesome Tech Sites — Awesome Tech People …

Bookmarks4Techs – This is a conglomeration of links that I personally maintain that are all tech oriented.  I am constantly adding to the listing. This has picked up in popularity and I am now receiving links from site developers asking that their sites be listed.

GEGeek – My opinion! If you are into information technology as a student or work IT for a living, GEGeek is top gun when it comes to resources. What is unique here is that Mike works in IT to make a living; YET, has the capacity, time and passion to share his knowledge. On top of this, he also maintains the GEGeek Tech Toolkit that is the most comprehensive collection of tech tools you will ever come across. No need to search the net for this stuff, Mike has done the hard work for you.  Awesome site — Awesome guy!

Downloads – One of my passions is software, apps, portable apps, browser add-ons, etc… Recently I changed up the Downloads page to create what I am calling swarms of software, apps, etc… that will continue to grow. The focus is quality; not quantity. To make it to a swarm the software has be known, has to be good; and, must demonstrate that it will be around for awhile (through continued development). You can submit recommendations of software that you think should be added to the swarm and I will consider it based on the criteria, as indicated.

Tech News – I was recently on the hunt for a good news resource and went back to my blogging roots. Click on the Tech News tab and you will be redirected to Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts. Bill on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday will post an edition of tech news that he has scoured the internet for. I know Bill and I know he is very devoted to anything that he does. Awesome site — Awesome Guy!

Tech Toys – This is a site that I put together that is a direct link to Amazon. The objective is to give you a resource to search and look around for tech toys (computers, hardware, software, smartphones, tablets, etc…). I often use it to get a baseline pricing on items.

Archives – If you click on the Archives tab this will take you to a page that is every posting I have ever made at What’s On My PC that I want to share with you.

I have been blogging since July 2008.  Like Mike (at GEGeek), Bill (at Tech Thoughts), Steve (at TCAT Shelbyville), and Tech Paul (at Tech-for Everyone); we all have a passion for information technology AND from that passion we enjoy sharing information with the world.

Awesome Tech Sites — Awesome Tech People

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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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