BE AWARE that “Unlimited video storage at Google Photos has a catch” – Android Authority

If you are posting videos on Google Photos that have a file format that is not listed below; then, the file size will count against your online storage total. Video file sizes can add up quickly.

The Google Photos app icon.

If you use Google Photos to store video files, you likely are happy you have unlimited space (with some compression). However, there’s a new limitation to this unlimited storage.

The new policy took effect on December 6, 2018.

The supported video file formats are: .mpg, .mod, .mmv, .tod, .wmv, .asf, .avi, .divx, .mov, .m4v, .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .m2t, .m2ts, .mts, and .mkv.

Source: Unlimited video storage at Google Photos has a catch – Android Authority

GEEK SQUEAKS – Use Windows 8.1’s Quick Access Menu To Shutdown Windows

What gets me about Windows 8 and 8.1 is that you have to go on an Easter egg hunt to find the most basic of functions that we commonly use in Windows. I really think Microsoft has a lost sight of what the end user’s needs are and have never heard of the K.I.S.S. (keep it simple stupid).

For example, anyone who has not experienced Windows 8 or 8.1 will immediately discover that they cannot easily find a shutdown button in order to turn the computer “off”. Recently I set up a Windows 8 box for my parents and I ended up creating a shutdown button on the taskbar so that they would not have to go digging for this function. To the home based end user, these sort of things can be a challenge.

For others out there, in an effort to help you out…  If you have upgraded to Windows 8.1, the easiest way to get to the Shutdown or Signout options, is to right mouse click on the Start Button which is located in the bottom left corner of the screen (or on the very left side of the task bar at the bottom of the screen). If you are not seeing the Start Button, hover your mouse pointer in the bottom left corner and the button will appear.  When the button appears, right mouse click on the Start Menu button and a menu will pop up.  This is called the Quick Access Menu.

Quick Access Menu

One the menu pops up you will see an option for Shutdown or Sign Out; and, if you hover your mouse pointer over that option another menu will appear to the side giving you the ability to Sign Out, Sleep, Shut Down or Restart.

This may sound like a lot, but once you accomplish this feat it will become second nature; PLUS, the bonus to this you will know how to get to many other features in Windows via the Quick Access Menu such as the Control Panel, Task Manager, File Explorer, etc…

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[NEWS] Porn Dethroned as Top Source of Mobile Malware – Pornography is no longer the leading source of malware on mobile devices, according to a new study. The non-honor now goes to Web-based ads, according to Blue Coat, a security firm that analyzed data from more than 75 million global users for a report it released Wednesday… @NBC News

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GEEK SQUEAKS – A Must Have Tool For The Tech Toolbox

One thing I learned from working with PC’s is always have a way out when things go south. When trouble surfaces, you have option in Windows by the nature of its’ build to turn back the clock and restore a PC to a prior time when things were running OK.  This is very useful when a software install goes wrong, or a Windows update is not playing well; and, during those occasions where a malware infection is suspected.

The problem is that you often have to drill down to get to the Windows Restore. To solve this problem, I came across a tool, that is available as a portable app, called Restore Point Creator that will allow you to easily create and manage restore points.

Follow the simple program layout and you have your System Restore Point created in no time at all…

System Restore Creator

Create System Checkpoint – Creates a System Restore Point with the name of “System Checkpoint made by System Restore Point Creator”

Create Custom Named – Asks you what you want your System Restore Point to be named and then creates one based upon what you inputted.

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GEEK SQUEAKS – Using Software To Change Your Computer DNS Fast (and Safe)

When you type in a web address from your browser, your computer connects to a DNS server (through your internet service provider) that takes that address (which is in a human readable form) and translates it to a IP address (which is a set of numbers). In the end, computers connect to each other on the network by their technical internet addresses called IPs: IP (v4) or IP (v6).

The DNS is typically transparent to most of us, but it is important to know that you can alter the DNS settings on your computer to serve specific purposes (such as to protect your kids from porn sites). Manually performing these changes is something most people will not do, fearing they may mess up their computers.

An automated solution or way to pick and choose a DNS is through software that is engineered to help you make the changes and to understand those changes.

One solution I use is Chris PC DNS Switch…

Chris PC DNS Switch

Chris PC DNS Switch has built-in preset groups of servers in its DNS database, ChrisPC DNS Switch offers you the freedom to conveniently manage your DNS settings for all the network adapters belonging to your PC/laptop running Windows. End result is that you can pick and choose a DNS that is suitable for your situation (such as protecting the kids from porn).

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OneDrive is Now Available Worldwide: Free Cloud Storage for Microsoft, iOS, and Android Devices – For our existing SkyDrive customers, you are all set; your files are ready in the new OneDrive experience. All you have to do is head over to www.OneDrive.com and log in. For those of you hearing about the service for the first time, OneDrive gives you one place for all of your files, including photos, videos, and documents, and it’s available across the devices you use every day… @The OneDrive Blog

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Believe Nothing and Verify Everything – Golden Eagle Snatches Kid Video

When it comes to computers, information technology, and the internet; I have a motto, “believe nothing and verify everything”. Just because it is on the internet, DO NOT let that lead you to believe that the source is reputable. It is this false sense, that the internet is the brain of the universe that knows all, that get’s us into trouble.

For example, three students that attend a school in Montreal, that specializes in 3-D animation design, recently posted a video (that was made up in product simulation) of what purportedly shows what is described as a Golden Eagle snatching a child in a Montreal park.

This video was so believable that it chalked up over 5 million views on YouTube in one day and at the time I posted this article, the video was nearing the 19 million view mark. I bet these guys who developed the video got an “A+” on this video project

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A YouTube Downloader So Easy That Grandma Can Do It

YouTube Video MP3 Downloader has to be the easiest YouTube downloader yet. This FREE software gives you the ability to convert a YouTube video to MP3 (audio only) or to various video formats in six easy steps. As an added bonus, following the installation, you can turn YouTube Video MP3 Downloader into a portable app that can be carried on your flash drive. If you are using Windows 7, you can minimize the program during a download and monitor the status of the download via the YouTube Video MP3 Downloader icon on the taskbar. As the title of the article suggests, YouTube Video MP3 Downloader is “A YouTube Downloader So Easy That Grandma Can Do It”…

Youtube Video MP3 Downloader

Step 1– Copy the youtube video url.

Step 2– Choose the action.

Step 3– Wait for connecting to Youtube.

Step 4– Choose the file name and format.

Step 5– Wait for downloading.

Step 6– Completion.

YouTube Video MP3 Downloader supports the following video sizes and formats:

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GEEK SQUEAKS’ (#59) – Power Supply Issues, Email Notifier, Video of the Day, Virtual Desktops and a Security Suite Uninstaller

imageDiagnosing power supply issues in your computer can be a real challenge. Any one of the symptoms reflected below can indicate power supply problem. (also see article Symptoms of a Failing Computer Power Supply). If you have no idea what a power supply is or where to purchase [CLICK HERE] .

  • Circuit breakers popping when the PC is turned on
  • System startup failures or lockups
  • Noticeable change in how long it takes for your PC to boot and shutdown
  • Spontaneous rebooting or intermittent lockups during normal operation (small brownouts)
  • Memory Errors
  • HDD and fan simultaneously failing to spin
  • HDD file system corruption
  • USB devices power issues
  • Overheating due to fan failure
  • Electric shocks that are felt when the case is touched
  • Smoke
  • BIOS beeping codes detected

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