Site Changes At What’s On My PC…

August 27, 2013

The landscape of information technology is constantly changing and the changes occurring now are more than ever before. I have also noticed that the landscape of blogging about information technology has changed as well, with visitor’s wanting to read less; but,  see more…

As a result, I have decided to make some changes that hopefully will be pleasing to you:

1 – The first change is that I am now posting Geek Squeaks’ on a regular basis. I have been playing around with this for about a month and it seems to be taking off quite nicely. Geek Squeaks’ is a roundup and review of anything IT related that I think you need to know… It is also of great benefit to me, due it keeps me in touch with the IT world. Occasionally, you may see a single article or a guest post.

2 – At the top of the blog you will notice that I have changed the tabs. Two of the tabs are links that are internal to the blog (i.e. Home and About) . The new editions are four tabs that are links that are external to the blog (Bookmarks4Techs, GE Geek, Downloads and Tech News). What I am trying to do here, is give you good quality resources to current tech sites, software & apps, and tech news.

3 – I will also will be updating the sidebar and the blogroll.  Sites that are on the blogroll and have not posted during the past year will be removed.

I truly hope you enjoy the changes and feel the need to visit (and comment) on a regular basis.  What’s On My PC is closing in on the 2 million mark and I feel I may have another million left in me to keep going. Just felt the need to mix it up a little…


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Search And Listen To Thousands Of Online Radio Stations With RadioTuna

February 8, 2013

I can remember the day growing up where a transistor radio and listening to a local radio station was high tech. Wow, has things ever changed! There are so many music sources today and music player devices, it will make your head spin…

I still get into the mood to listen to music, with my genre being country or classical; especially, when I am working on my computer. I tune into a station using my personal favorite online radio application called RadioTuna. What is cool about RadioTuna is that it is very easy to use and you have two options play music.


You can either visit the website, select the type of music you want to hear, select a station, and you are good to go; OR, you can download the RadioTuna Online Desktop Player (see screenshot below). I especially enjoy the desktop player, due I can set presets for the channels I desire to listen to.

RadioTuna Desktop Player

It is advisable to establish an account with RadioTuna so that you can save your favorites; however, an online account is not required.


The Best Sites for Internet Radio

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A New Kind of Video Game Console


Bookmarks4Techs – Over 500 Listed Tech Sites


Links To All Articles Ever Posted At What’s On My PC


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A Straightforward System Information Utility

July 2, 2012

There are many great system information utilities out there that will give you a rundown on the specs of your computer or any computer that you may be working on (such as the hardware, software, and system configurations). What I have found is that many of these utilities often provide more information than what is really needed (such as useless memory addresses) and are easy to get lost in.

Today, I bring to you a system information utility, called System Spec, that is straightforward in its’ approach, easy to use, and can be carried around on your flash drive (self-contained portable app)

System Spec is a freeware system information utility that produces a specification of your system’s hardware and software. With System Spec you can see, save and print a complete spec of your PC. This standalone, system information utility can also perform various windows functions. Additional advanced info includes CPU, drives, applications, display, memory, networking, internet, CD / DVD drives and more.

System Spec

One of the things I like about System Spec is that the menus at the top of the program window serves as a launching point to many of the troubleshooting and maintenance applets on your computer such as the control panel, device manager, defrag, on screen keyboard, etc… A very nicely done utility and fast too…



Today’s Technology News, Software, Apps, Wallpapers, Tech Products and MORE…

Too many Passwords – How to remember them all?

PhotoFiltre Portable 7.0 Rev 2 (photo editing and effects) Released


Gold Box: New Deals. Every Day.


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Get The Real Scoop On Printer Ink Cartridges

January 14, 2011

I do not think I have to tell you that printer ink cartridges are expensive and that you have options out there to “supposedly” save you money; such as, refilling the cartridge (with a kit), buying recycled cartridges or buying generic brand cartridges.  But, are you really saving money by using any of these options?

Ink. Nozzles. Cartridges

If you want the real scoop on printer cartridges and whether the alternatives out there (as I have indicated) are worth your time and money, then you need to read “Ink. Nozzles. Cartridges” .

This article, “Ink. Nozzles. Cartridges” is from a tech that I have great respect for and I totally agree with his analogy and advice on this subject. You do not see many techs write about printer issues, including  myself, due to the fact we despise printers. They can be hard to troubleshoot, hard to work on and just knowing you get the printer at a cheap price and pay big time in the long haul for ink is a big turn off in my book.

I would like to hear your input on printers and whether or not cartridge refill kits, recycled cartridges or generic cartridges are worth it or not???


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What My Years In Tech Has Taught Me

November 1, 2010

I started working with computers in a time before there was such a term called “information technology”. It was a time before Microsoft Windows, a time when certifications was not heard of and a time before, what we consider to be, the internet of today. The blessing in all of this is that I had the opportunity to let technology teach me.

During those years I worked at a State government agency and had no training whatsoever in computer technology. As a matter of fact my job had nothing to do with computers whatsoever. It all got started at home with an Apple IIc and at work with an IBM PS/2. As a result, I found myself filling the shoes of a computer information specialist at the same State agency where I planned and managed a network in a campus style setting consisting of ten buildings. All along the way I let technology teach me.

My years in Tech taught me discipline, to be patient, to teach and share with others what I was learning, how to be innovative in streamlining business processes, to become a business administrator, to be always organized, to be a gatekeeper and protector (of data), and to be always current with what technology was out there.

Today, as a retiree, my love for technology is still there. It is the one reason that I enjoy blogging about computers, software and information technology.

I would be interested in hearing comments from other techs on “what tech has taught you”…  You can leave comments below.

NOTE: This article was posted as a result of a wager with TechPaul at Tech-for Everyone.  Deal was, if Texas won the World Series TechPaul had to write the article and if San Francisco won the World Series I (Ramblinrick) had to write the article.  Congratulations to TechPaul!

Addendum (11/02/2010): Following the completion of this article, TechPaul at Tech-for Everyone followed up with a similar article,

The Unintended Consequences of Gambling – You Win’.

I encourage you to read this article to learn about the history of TechPaul.  As he is always telling me, “You’re a good man Charlie Brown”…

Addendum (11/05/2010): As a result of this article, Steve over at TTC Shelbyville composed an article titled,

“Every Tech Has A Story”

His article shows tribute to those who grew up in the age of computers and explains his background as well.  Steve is the lead Computer Information Technology Instructor at TTC Shelbyville (Tennessee Technology Center at Shelbyville) and it has been a real honor to be associated with him. As Steve puts it, “ In today’s world, the new guys will be old guys quick…”. How true that is!

If you are a young (and even old) and have that burning  desire to learn tech, Tennessee Technology Center is where to start.


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Bookmarks4Techs – An Ongoing Experiment

September 9, 2010

If you haven’t visited Bookmarks4Techs lately, then you are missing out on a growing list of tech sites. As of the date of this posting, the site is currently listing 464 bookmarked links to computer and information technology sites across the internet. You can literally spend hours hitting these sites. Also posted are RSS feeds to some of my favorite blogs and sites. This will continue to grow, as well.

Another featured experiment is that I am tyring is randomly selecting articles, from the 464 bookmarked sites, on a daily basis and posting links to those articles under Random Tech News. I am hoping that I can get people to drop by to read the latest news from the random selection and to encourage site owners to place Bookmarks4Techs on their blogroll.

Bookmarks4Techs, I set up to encourage people to learn about information technology and computers.  If you want to learn what is going on out there, the bookmarked sites is a good place to start.


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FREE Software License Giveaway to Prevent Theft of Your Laptop

March 12, 2010

TechPaul, at Tech-for Everyone is currently running a software license giveway (drawing for 10 licenses) for the software package called LAlarm. Typically LAlarm is FREE for personal use; however, a license is required if you desire to use LAlarm for business use (i.e. on an employees laptop).

LAlarm laptop alarm screen

Laptop theft is common and a constant threat. Thwart thieves with the free (for personal use) program – LAlarm – which emits a loud siren sound when a thief tries to steal your laptop. More importantly (IMHO) it can destroy selected data (and also retrieve it ¹) if the laptop is stolen — which is an important step in protecting your “identity”, and personal information.

Get over there now to Tech-for Everyone for details on how you can be eligible to win one of those licenses.


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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
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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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Geek Squeaks of the Week (#16)

June 24, 2009

If you are new (or old) to information technology and computers; these (featured) articles on “What’s On My PC…” are for you. The articles are by authors who spend a great deal of their time putting the articles together (for FREE) to keep you and me abreast of the latest in computers, software, security and information technology. The articles are in no particular order or ranking and are randomly selected from my blogroll community.


AKS-Feel The Change
Another Major Web Threat :
Nine-Ball Compromises More Than 40,000 Legitimate Websites

Tux In The Midwest
Microsoft Enters the Free Anti-Malware Arena

Google Taking A Leap Forward By Identifying Landmarks

TTC Shelbyville
Fixing a Computer with A and W Root Beer
How to Remove ErrorFix

Failure Friday is now open for viewing

Disposable Email Address – What Is It Good For?
Analyze And Fix Vulnerabilities In Your System

Carol’s Vault
Increase bandwidth for networks and internet connections

Tech-for Everyone
Top Ten Internet Safety Tips for Children

Confessions of a Freeware Junkie
Announcement: Spiceworks 4.0 is out!

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Best Spam Story Ever! Thanks Pastor Mike

Crazy World of G
Google Voice Tomorrow?

Sugarloaf Tech
Vista – Launching Games is Slow

Is You GEEKed Up
Secunia PSI – Great Utility
to Quickly Get Software Update Notification

Spyware Biz
Microsoft introduces Morro

The Credit Scores You Don’t Get to See

Anti-Malware Toolkit

Piyadas World
4 Tools to add a start menu on USB flash drives

Plato on-line
The ‘Computer Terrorist’
Forget the right ways to do things


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How to save ink, paper and money…

March 3, 2009

At $22 per quarter-ounce, a Hewlett-Packard color ink-jet cartridge is more expensive, by weight, than imported Russian caviar. – source: PCWorld – Aug 28, 2003

Inkjet printers have plummeted in cost since 2003; however, the ink cartridges are still more expensive, per quarter ounce, than Russian caviar. Many people have sought out solutions such as refilling the ink cartridges or printing to a PDF file instead [see article]. One solution that is easier than both is learning how to print your documents in “draft” mode.  You will increase the life expectancy of your cartridges and save money. You will find that draft mode is sufficient for most printing needs with minimal loss in quality. I would also like to add, if you are printing photographs, I suggest you take them to a local photo kiosk or use one of the online photo processing services.  It eliminates a whole lot of frustration and the quality of the prints are much better (in my opinion).

How to print in draft mode?

Instead of reinventing the wheel here, my blogging friend, TechPaul, at Tech-for Everyone has provided an excellent resource on this topic titled, “Smart Printing Habits Save Money”.  I encourage you to visit the site, by clicking on any the links below.  Once you are at the site, be sure to watch the  “video tutorial”.  The tutorial link, located at the bottom of TechPaul’s article,  will provide you with step-by-step instructions on “How to save money on printing”.

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Smart Printing Habits Save Money

Reduce Your Ink and Paper Costs With These Simple Tips

Printer paper is dear, and ink cartridges are outrageous.

Can you tell I recently went to the store? Sheeze! Yes, I know all about “generics”, and refills, and refill kits.. but ouch! The price tags still hurt an old skinflint like me. (Call me Captain Cheapdate.)

Tip of the day: reduce your ink and paper consumption with these simple tips.

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