Nice (portable 32bit / 64 bit) screen capture utility.
Took a little bit of a learning curve; but, learned how to use Snipaste in short order. Snipaste is a windows snipping (or screen capturing) tool that is different in the way that you would normally perform a screen capture that is typical of other similar software…
Noticed that PicPick, a multi-purpose design tool that features a powerful capture tool, image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel ruler, protractor, crosshair, whiteboard, etc. was recently upgraded and continues to make strides in its’ development. This is a must-have tool that is FREE for personal use. A portable version is available, as well…
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Malwarebytes has a junkware removal tool that I was unaware about that will aggressively perform the following tasks:
- Removes adware that spawn popup ads, such as Conduit
- Uninstalls unwanted toolbars and browser helper objects, including the Ask and Babylon toolbars
- Removes potentially unwanted programs (PUPs)
- Cleans up traces left behind by PUPs
I am a big user of the Malwarebyte products and decided to give this tool a test run. To run the tool, simply download and run it. A command-line window will open up that will prompt you to hit a key on your keyboard to launch the program. If you have any browser windows open, they will automatically be closed. In the end I found that the tool is pretty aggressive in its’ cleaning to the point it actually removed one of my Chrome browser extensions that I use on a regular basis. With that being said, I recommend you make a note of what extensions you have. If you are in a situation where you find your PC running slow and suspect an infection, you may want to run this tool.
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Free Alternative to Office365 Called Open365 – I Love Free Software has a great article about LibreOffice’s new alternative to Office365 called Open365. After reading the article I went ahead and opened an account (for FREE) at Open365 (which appears to be in beta). Once I opened the account, client software was downloaded to my PC; which, I opted to not install. Instead, I went directly to the cloud-based version of Open365. First impression, not bad… Will be keeping an eye on this.
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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.
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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Just when I think I am running out of steam and have tried and tested all the screen capture programs out there, I find ShareX… Really, I do not know how I missed this awesome “must have” screen capture program.
What makes ShareX standout is that you can upload your screenshots to over 25 different file hosting services. The ShareX user interface is easy to use and understand allowing you to use hotkeys to initiate a screen grab (or capture); or you can launch the screen capture selections by right mouse clicking the ShareX icon in the system tray. ShareX can capture screenshots with different shapes such as rectangular, rectangular rounded, ellipses, triangular, diamond, polygon and freehand. There is a built in editor where you can apply different effects (such as transparency, shadowing, torn edges, text, borders, etc…).
ShareX is available as a full install and if you dig deep enough on the site you will find that there is a portable app version as well (which is what I went for)… Really nice screen capture program that is open source and FREE.
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I love screen capture applications due they are very useful in drafting articles for the blog and for everyday computing. I have featured other capture programs on the blog, and every I time turn around I stumble across another one. The one I present today, called FireShot, I somehow missed on my radar. FireShot currently is carrying a 5 star rating (from over 7500 reviews) and was selected in 2013 as “The Best Free Google Chrome Extension for 2013″ by PCMAG.COM”. FireShot is available as a Google Chrome Extension from the Chrome Web Store.
FireShot typically performs like many of the other screen capture utilities; however, it offers more features than what else is out there. For example, one feature that really jumped out at me is that you can capture a page (or part of page) with FireShot and save it as a PDF file.
This is only one of the features and is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to FireShot.
Other features are:
✓ Capture web pages entirely
✓ Capture only visible part of the page
✓ Capture selection
✓ Save screenshot to disk as PDF, PNG, and JPEG
✓ Copy screenshot to clipboard
✓ Print screenshot
Additionally, users on Windows can do the following:
✓ Edit screenshot: crop, resize, add text and arrow annotations, blur areas and apply other effects
✓ Save screenshot to PDF files
✓ Save screenshot to disk as PDF, PNG, GIF, JPEG, BMP
✓ Send to OneNote (Pro version)
✓ Upload to Twitter, Google Picasa, Facebook, ImageShack, Flickr, EasyCaptures
✓ Copy screenshot to clipboard
✓ Print screenshot
✓ Export to external editor
As a blog writer it is necessary to have a good screen capture application available. Probably the best screen capture extension in the Google Chrome Store right now is Nimbus Screenshot: Capture and Annotate.
Nimbus Screenshot fits in well with ScribeFire, that is also a Chrome browser extension, that I use to draft my blog articles. With both of these extensions in place, all articles that I compose are performed directly in my browser (Google Chrome and/or Chromium) making my writing experience much more pleasant, efficient, and faster.
Nimbus Screenshot gives you the ability to capture a whole Web page (snipping tool), a part of it or the whole browser window. Built in is an optional editor, with a very user-friendly interface, where you can edit your captures, crop your images; AND, add text (or comments), lines, arrows, circles, rectangles, etc… When done you can save your screenshots to your Google Drive or Nimbus account. The free Nimbus account allows you to save up to 100 mbs of data a month.
As a side note, which I need to explore further; Nimbus also offers, in a addition to the Google Chrome browser extension, a screen capture app for the Windows, Android, and Firefox platforms.
As a blogger I often use a screen capture program to grab screenshots to use in my postings. Most screen capture programs I use are locally installed Windows programs; however, lately I have been using the Google Chrome browser extension called Awesome Screenshot (Capture and Annotate) to grab screenshots to post in Scribefire which is the editor I use to draft my posts.
One of my goals in my blog drafting and posting is to solely find ways to use my browser to do all the work, without relying on locally installed software. Using Awesome Screenshot (Capture and Annotate) and Scribefire together, which is also a browser extension, is bringing me closer to that goal.
One thing I want to point out about Awesome Screenshot (Capture and Annotate) is that it is one of the highest rated browser extensions, with approximately 1.3 million users, at the Chrome Web Store, which speaks highly of this application.
Capture the whole page or any portion, annotate screenshot, blur sensitive info, one-click upload to share.
1. Capture or clip selected area, or all visible portion, or entire page
2. Support PNG format
3 Support horizontal scroll when capturing
Annotate & Edit
1.Annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text
2.Crop and scroll & Show crop area dimension
3. Use eraser to hide sensitive information
4. Copy the screenshot and paste it to gmail etc. Support Windows and Linux.
Save & Share
1. Save to Local
2. One-click to upload to awesomescreenshot.com and get a shareable link
3. Support Google Drive (Gdrive) Now.
3. Save very large image, by pass the 2M limit. No crash any more.
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FIVE WINDOWS 8 SHORTCUT KEYS that are essential to know…
A FREE ALL-IN-ONE SCREEN CAPTURE PROGRAM that provides a full-featured screen capture tool, an intuitive image editor, a color picker, a color palette, a pixel- ruler, a protractor, a crosshair and even a whiteboard…
A REALLY COOL SOUND AND SLEEP MACHINE for a better nights sleep…
Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it; from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!
Monitor Your Mobile Network’s Performance With The Official FCC Speed Test Android App
If you have any question or doubt in regards to performance of your mobile broadband connection; install FCC Speed Test. FCC Speed Test is an Android app that accurately measures your mobile broadband performance and displays an in-depth view of its factors (e.g. download and upload speed, latency, and packet loss).
Addictive Tips gets full credit for bringing this useful Android app to our attention.
In 2012, the Federal Communications Commission revealed their plans to provide mobile users with a way to more accurately find information about mobile broadband speeds offered by their carriers and crowd-sourcing the data across the US. The aim is to help the agency crowdsource data about wireless performance for their own record keeping. To expand the program, FCC has now released a new Android app simply dubbed FCC Speed Test… READ MORE
Important Windows 8 Shortcut Keys To Know About
Windows key+D = Takes you to the desktop
Windows key+R = Opens the Run box
Windows key+I = Opens Settings
Windows key+Q = Opens a Search screen
Windows key+X = Opens the Quick Access menu
PicPick – All-In-One Screen Capture Program
I have tried many screen capture programs and PicPick always comes out on top. If you are into graphic editing, blogging, desktop publishing, etc… PicPick is a must have installation.
Full featured screen capture
Intuitive image editor
Ecotones SOUND+SLEEP Machine
For roughly the same amount you’d spend for a month’s supply of sleeping medication, SOUND+SLEEP provides high-quality, natural sound compositions to help you relax and treat your body to a night of deep, restorative sleep. Featuring upward-facing speakers for full-room, high-definition sound, SOUND+SLEEP delivers a rich audio experience and automatically adjusts to minimize the effect of background noises and other distractions… CHECK IT OUT HERE
A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks‘:
Squeak #1: I have been looking for an online jigsaw puzzle app that emulates a real jigsaw puzzle, and I found it (see below);
Squeak #2: Anyone who does any desktop publishing, blogging, or graphic editing needs PicPick (see below);
Squeak #3: Read the scoop on renting porn movies from the cable company (read more below); AND
Squeak #4: Today’s featured gadget is a Leatherman tool. I actually collect these things and find them very useful (see below)…
Plan on seeing a lot more of Geek Squeaks’, featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it; from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!
Jigsaw Explorer – Best Online Jigsaw Puzzles
This is the best jigsaw puzzle application that I have come across that allows you to rotate the pieces, determine the number of pieces to use and use your own pictures; right from your browser (no install required)… GET IT HERE
PicPick – All In One Design Tool
PicPick is an all-in-one program that provides a full-featured screen capture tool, an intuitive image editor, a color picker, a color palette, a pixel- ruler, a protractor, a crosshair and even a whiteboard.
This software is distributed as a freeware for personal use only… GET IT HERE
Cable Movie Blackmail
Why you Shouldn’t rent cable porn movies… Cable companies tell you that they don’t list the movies you rent. But any company insider can know. Their movies have codes and so do movies you rent… READ MORE
If You’re Heading To College You Need One Of These
I have tried just about every screen capture utility out there, but a new one landed on my plate that I can only describe as being in the category of awesome (especially for being free and portable). It is called LiveCapture.
I am not going to get into the details, because the screen shot below tells it all; and, besides part of the fun with a program such as this is exploring all of the program options. The only thing I don’t like about LiveCapture is that when you run it, a capture toolbar initially appears that really does not (in my opinion) do the program any justice (unless you like toolbars). The good, or at least for me, is that you can turn the toolbar “off”. Where this program really shines is when you right click on the LiveCapture icon in the system tray (as the screenshot below reflects) to show what this gem can do. Again, awesome…
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Folks, I do a lot of graphic editing and desktop publishing on the amateur level and I would be lost if I did not have a good graphic editor and screen capture application. My “go to” software for screen captures and graphic editing, is no other than PicPick Tools. If you do not have PicPick Tools on your computer, then you are missing out on a real jewel of a computer program that is super easy to figure out, is FREE for home use, AND is portable. Don’t let the simplicity of this application fool you. It can do everything you need it do to get that graphic editing job done.
I have written about PicPick Tools before, but it is one of those apps that just continues to improve and one of those apps (that in my opinion) should be in the Freeware Hall of Fame.
So what is all my rave about:
PicPick is user friendly and full of features for creating your image, suitable for software developers, graphic designers and home user.
- Auto-scroll, dual monitors and sound effect are supported
- Various output to File, Printer, Office programs, External program
- Sharing to FTP, Web, E-mail, Facebook and Twitter are supported as well
- Full Screen
- Active Window
- Window Control
- Scrolling Window
- Region, Fixed Region
- Repeat Last Capture
- Intuitive User Interface
- Windows 7 Ribbon style
- Standard drawing, shapes, arrows, lines, text, and etc.
- Blur, sharpen, hue, contrast, brightness, pixelate, rotate, flip, frame effect and etc.
Color Picker and Color Palette
- various color code type (RGB, HTML, C++, Delphi)
- Photoshop style RGB/HSV conversion is supported.
- Pick and Save your favorite color!
Screen Pixel Ruler
- horizontal and vertical orientation
- various units (Pixels, Inches, Centimeters)
- DPI setting (72, 96, 120, 300)
- colorful gradient skins
- You don’t have to install any other screen ruler softwares.
- Zoom 2x to 10x option
- Stay on top, smooth display, and sizeable window
- Have you seen any screen protractor functions?
- For aligning objects in graphics or design applications
- For calculating relative coordinates on screen
- For giving a presentation or just drawing something on screen
GEEK SQUEAKS’ (#60) – Mini Computer, Full Featured Screen Capture Utility, Remove Malware, Occupy Wallstreet and Digitally Sign PDF DocsNovember 1, 2011
An all-in-one program that provides full-featured screen capture tool, intuitive image editor, color picker, color palette, pixel ruler, protractor, crosshair and even whiteboard. It has not only everything what you need, but it loads fast, sits quietly in the system tray until needed.