Geek Squeaks (#2015-28) FEATURING — NEW Gmail Features — and MORE GREAT STUFF

September 28, 2015

NEW Gmail Feature – Gmail now has a built in feature that gives you the ability to EASILY block a nuisance sender (via the web interface and on Android) and the ability to unsubscribe from various services (on Android only). I am especially eager to test the unsubscribe option…  You can read more (and get a visual of how this works) at the official Gmail blog

Just Added “Feedly” To The Downloads Page – Feedly is an RSS (Really Simply Syndicate) Reader that I use to connect to the blogs and news sites that I am interested in. What RSS allows you to do is subscribe to a sites’ RSS feed.  The reader then pulls down the content into the reader (from the sites that you are subscribed to). RSS allows you to automatically pull down content from numerous sites into one place where you can then read it (just like a newspaper).  If you are not using RSS, then you do not know what you are missing. Feedly does a nice job of this and gives you a ton of options.  I currently use the web based version of Feedly and the Android version of Feedly  …

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Watermark Your Digital Photos With Ease – Download and Install SquiggleMark, follow these instructions, and you will be watermarking your photos and images in no time. With SqiggleMark you can watermark and resize multiple pictures simultaneously.

Is Tablet Use Starting To Shrink – ZDNet has an article posted, “Tablet use set to fall in 2016 for the first time”, where a new study from ABI Research now suggests the user base for the devices will itself start to shrink next year for the first time. Read this article to find out WHY(???)…

Get Instant Weather Information With This Portable App – Windows based weather software is actually a hard find. One that has weathered the storms over the years, that is a portable app, is WeatherMate.


Easy-to-use, attractive interface

Displays the weather for multiple locations

Displays severe weather alerts

Displays radar images

Displays a variety of US weather maps

Speaks the weather

Moves out of the way when not in use

Automatically checks for a new version

Highly customizable

100% free!

Check Out The Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7 – I currently own a Samsung Tablet and can tell you they are a quality build. I encourage you take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S2 9.7 (Samsung’s latest tablet.).

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 9.7″

Samsung Galaxy Tab S2


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Geek Squeaks (#2015-26) FEATURING — Get A Six Pack Of Amazon Tablets for $250 — and MORE GREAT STUFF

September 21, 2015

Get A Six Pack Of Amazon Tablets for $250 – If you want a tablet, here is your chance to pick up an Amazon Fire 7 inch display for $49.99; AND, if you want to buy tablets for the whole family, Amazon has a six pack offer for the same tablet (for $250).  Buy six, get one FREE. This idea is a marketing tactic on Amazon’s part to corral you in on spending more money on Amazon products and services (which in my opinion, are great services). To get a good look at this tablet (and specs) — CLICK HERE

Amazon Fire Six-Pack

7″ IPS display (171 ppi / 1024 x 600)

1.3 GHz quad-core processor

Rear (2MP) and front-facing (VGA) cameras

New Amazon Underground app store. Includes over $10,000 in apps, games and even in-app items that are free

Has access to over 38 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, apps and games

8 GB of internal storage. Free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content and photos taken with Fire devices

Can use a microSD card to get up to 128GB of extra on device storage

7 hours of battery life

Supports web browsing, email and calendaring

Star Wars Here We Come – You may already be aware that the Navy (aboard the USS Ponce) has deployed a laser weapon that can take down small boats, drones and other light aircraft. I have seen videos of this technology in action. Inexpensive to operate, automated targeting and no noise. All you see is flames being generated from the intended target. Soon, Air Force fighters will carry laser cannons, cyber weapons by 2020 (read @ arstechnica). Folks, we are entering another era of warfare that is an indicator that star wars may not be that far off.

Laser - Air Force Fighter

A Neat Little Snipping Tool From the Microsoft Garage Project – Here is a nice little snipping tool (screen capture and annotation tool) from Microsoft, called Snip, that may be helpful to you. With Snip you can snip it, annotate it and share it…


Add Multi-Tab Functionality To Windows 10 File Explorer – With a multi-tab file utility you can open multiple folders in the same Windows. The Windows 10 File Explorer does not have that capability, but you can make it happen by installing the extension called Clover. I nearly forgot about Clover after I upgraded to Windows 10 and when I did remember it, I was questioning, “Will it work on the Windows 10 platform with File Explorer?”.  The answer is “yes”… What is neat about Clover is that it works similar to the tabs in the Google Chrome browser. You can pin tabs and the feature I especially like is that you can add your favorite folders to the bookmark bar (for easy and fast access). I have added Clover to the downloads page (posted under the FREE SOFTWARE swarm)…

Best Web Browser Apps For Android And iPhone – “The web browsers that come loaded on smartphones aren’t always the best, especially in the case of Safari on the iPhone. It may be one of the most used browsers in the world but that doesn’t mean it is the best. These give options are easy to use and compatible with any phone so you can get browsing… ” READ MORE @ 

If you are wondering what browser I use on my Android devices; I use Google Chrome.  I have tried them all and I keep coming back to Chrome!

Top 5 Browsers


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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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Geek Squeaks (#2015-21) FEATURING — Windows 10 Enhancement Update Coming In November — and MORE GREAT STUFF

September 6, 2015

Windows 10 Enhancement Update Coming In November – Microsoft is referring to this update as an enhancement update and it will be called Threshold 2. Best read on this is at BGR where they are reporting “The most important Windows 10 update yet is coming in November – here’s what we know so far.“… Expected changes mentioned is support for Microsoft Edge browser extensions, a desktop messaging app that will apparently work across various lines of messaging services and more “under-the-hood” improvements that will benefit Universal apps.

Windows 10 Threshold 2 Update

Here Are Steps To Take To Keep Your Android Smartphone Locked Down – Have you ever misplaced your smartphone or had it stolen? I have and the feeling that I experienced was not a good feeling (even though I had the phone locked down and protected). Our phones are an extension of ourselves and we don’t realize that until it is gone. The information you carry on that phone is all about you; your online account information, your personal text and email messages, pictures, documents, etc…  Not good, if this information falls into the wrong hands. To take a step in the right direction to protect you and your phone, please read How to Keep Your Android as Secure as Possible at Drippler…

Secure Your Android

Microsoft Can Track Your Keystrokes (in Windows 10) – Microsoft can track your keystrokes, your speech, and more. Here are the settings to turn it all off — CLICK HERE … Microsoft openly put into the Windows 10 Technical Preview a keylogger. At that time, the company admitted that “we may collect voice information” and “typed characters.” Apparently they are still collecting information in the released version of Windows 10.

Keylogger In Windows 10

A Talking Alarm Clock or Talking Desktop Clock For Your Computer – If you would like to install an alarm clock that will remind you of important dates and events, then take a look at Talking Alarm Clock… An alarm can talk using either Microsoft® Agent or Microsoft® Speech (a.k.a. SAPI5). Information on installing the Talking Alarm Clock and the related speech engines can be found at the site. Also, on the same site as the Talking Alarm Clock you will find the Talking Desktop Clock that will announce the time on the hour, ½ hour, or ¼ hour, or at any interval you choose. There are optional clock styles and chimes to choose from.

Talking Clocks

Prices Slashed On Motorola Nexus 6 Smartphone – The Nexus brand is the brand that is supported by Google. I noticed that the pricing on the 32 GB model and the 64 bit model (at Amazon) have been sliced dramatically. If you are looking for an unlocked Android smartphone, here is your chance to get hold of one…  I don’t know how long this will last, but this a great deal.

Nexus 6


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Geek Squeaks (#2015-20) – Is Your Windows 10 Upgrade Setup Stuck?— and MORE FREE STUFF

September 2, 2015

Is Your Windows 10 Upgrade Setup Stuck? – Just experienced this problem with a friend where his Windows 10 upgrade was stuck at the “Preparing To Install” window for over 24 hours. Typically the upgrade process should be less than 2 hours max and in my case the upgrade process (on a basic laptop) took approximately 45 minutes. If this occurs, there is actually two things you can “try”. In my friends case we ended up shutting down the computer and restarting the process all over again (and it worked). We were not seeing any hard drive activity at all; thus, we made the decision to shutdown.  In the event you do not want to take that risk,  and your Microsoft Windows 10 Setup Stuck At “Preparing To Install”? Here’s The Fix … at a website called Bidnessetc. I have not tried this fix; however, this is what I came up with when researching the problem my friend was experiencing.

Microsoft Windows 10 Setup Stuck At “Preparing To Install”? Here’s The Fix

Remember the “Send To Toys” Explorer Extension?  It’s back… – Some years back a developer made a popular Windows Explorer extension tool that expanded the usage of the “Send To” menu, called Send To Toys. After years of no development activity, the developer recently published an upgraded version that is compatible with Windows 10. This program allows you add useful tools to the “Send To” menu and also gives you the ability to customize the menu (add/remove menu items — even those items that are not part of the program). Please note that I have added “Send To Toys” to the downloads page under the “Free Software” swarm…

Send To Toys

Like Legos? If yes, then you will love this computer –  “Imagine having a vertical tower of Lego pieces, only with every piece you add, the tower gains a new ability.” — at the Verge.

Revo Build Series

Watch This Video That Leads To Google’s NEW LOGO – Google has been around for approximately 17 years and during that 17 years they have taken us through a lot and as those changes occurred, their logo changed. You can read more about it by clicking HERE

Play And Run Android Apps On Your Desktop – This concept is nothing new, but the emulator to do this called Nox App Player is new to me and apparently was out there in the wild, but in Chinese. Betanews has a write-up on this if you are interested in giving this a try — CLICK HERE

NOX App Emulator

Trail and Game Camera Viewer – My brother’s have game cameras setup on our property (more or less as a hobby). You would not believe what has been captured on camera (such as bears, eagles, foxes and coyotes). The cameras require a SD card; and, typically in order to view the camera footage you have to take the card to a computer, UNTIL NOW. Check out this BoneViewTM2.0 Trail and Game Camera Viewer for AndroidTM Phones, Micro USB Connector, Reads SD and Micro SD Cards

Wildlife Cam Viewer


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Geek Squeaks (#2015-18) – Featuring Amazons NEW Underground App For Android — and MORE FREE STUFF

August 26, 2015

Amazon’s NEW Underground App For Android – From what I am gathering, Amazon is replacing their Amazon free app of the day with a new app that has the same functionality as their regular shopping app. It is being called Amazon Underground and it includes “over $10,000 of apps and games that are actually free”. Appears Amazon has an agreement with the app developers where they are reimbursed based on the amount of time the apps are actually used. You can learn more on this HERE …

Amazon Underground

 Windows 10 Now Installed On Over 75 Million Devices – Sounds like a good start for Microsoft and Windows 10 — READ MORE

Windows 10 - Over 75 Million

 A Tech Tool To Keep Your System Under Control – Get detailed information about Tasks, Processes, Modules, Startups, IE Addons, Uninstallers, Windows, Services, Drivers, Connections and Opened Files with System Explorer

 System Explorer

Best Seller Inexpensive Mouse At Amazon – The AmazonBasics Wireless Mouse with Nano Receiver is a smooth, precise and affordable wireless optical 3-button mouse with nano receiver for laptop, desktop and netbook PCs. Check out the other AmazonBasics deals and save…

 Amazon's Basics


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Geek Squeaks (#2015-16) – Featuring How To Link Outlook Email To Other Accounts — and MORE FREE STUFF

August 24, 2015

How To Link Outlook Email To Other Accounts – Just had a friend ask me, “How do I link Outlook Email To Other Accounts?”; especially, if IMAP or POP accounts. Did some quick research on this and found, by chance, that Digital Trends just posted an article, “Want to link Outlook with other email accounts? Here’s how” that is a quick study article that will help you resolve this issue in automatically or manually making the connections to your other accounts… If you have multiple email accounts, from various services, this article will help you pull all of your email (from these accounts) into Outlook, which is a big timesaver and makes reading your email more efficient.


Use Strong Patterns When Using Lock Patterns On Your Smartphone Or Tablet – Do you use lock patterns on your portable devices (such as smartphones and tablets)? Just like traditional passwords, some good research is showing we are just as predictable with lock patterns. What this means is that someone with some know how can access your device, in a short time, because your lock pattern is way to simple and easy to figure out. As humans, we are always looking for simplicity and convenience. I encourage you to read, “Lock patterns are more predictable than we thought” at the Android Authority…

“Humans are predictable. We’re seeing the same aspects used when creating a pattern lock [as are used in] pin codes and alphanumeric passwords.” -Marte Løge

FREE Online Audio Converter – What online cloud computing has brought to us is tools that can be used, in our web browser, to perform various functions without the need to install traditional software. One such example is Online Audio Converter. This online tool allows converting audio into a wide range of major formats such as mp3, wav, ogg, m4a, m4r, flac. Because the audio files are converted online, you don’t have to install software on your computer. Just open your browser, go to the Online Audio Converter site, and start converting. I have added this site to the downloads page under the cloud computing apps swarm.

Online Audio Converter

Nice Windows 10 Tip – Hit the Win + X keys on your keyboard to get this quick access menu to various “important” functions on your computer…

Win X Menu

A “Must Have” Back To School Portable Hard Drive – Teach your kids (especially in college) the importance of backing up their work. I could not imagine how I would react if I lost that term paper I had been working on for weeks. An easy solution is the Western Digital WD My Passport Ultra 2 TB Portable External Hard Drive that is convenient in size (and weight), is dependable and is inexpensive…

WD Portable Hard Drive


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