If you are using Windows 10 and suffering from depression, as a result of missing your Windows 7 Classic Games, there is a solution. Go to Winaero.com and download the ZIP archive that contains those classic games that you so much miss (such as Solitaire, Spider Solitaire, Minesweeper, FreeCell, Hearts, Chess Titans, Mahjong Titans, Purble Place, Internet Spades, Internet Checkers, and Internet Backgammon)… Unzip the archive, run the setup and voila’ your depression will soon be gone! Enjoy…
[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Get A Great Deal On Microsoft Office 365 Personal– A year ago I would have told you that Microsoft was behind the eight ball and was not in tune with the current devices (such as tablets, smartphones, etc.) which are supported by cloud computing. A year later I am seeing a new Microsoft that is quickly rebounding and doing things that I never thought I would see them do.
One example (of late) is their pricing model changes and incentives with Microsoft Office 365. If you do not know what Microsoft Office 365 is, let me break it down in one sentence. Microsoft Office 365 is an online subscription service to Microsoft Office where you pay an annual fee to keep Office on your computer (and other devices).
There are quite a few pricing models for Microsoft Office 365, but the latest deal that jumped out at me was Microsoft Office 365 Personal where Microsoft has thrown in a Terabyte of online storage and 60 Skype minutes for $6.99 a month (or $69.99 a year at a 16% savings).
Office 365 Personal enables you to install the latest full desktop version of Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook, on 1 PC or Mac, in addition to 1 Windows tablet or iPad — so you can use all the features offline as well as online. You can also install Office on multiple smartphones.
What is making this sweet is the terabyte of online storage (and the Skype minutes); PLUS, the satisfaction of knowing that your version of Microsoft Office is always up to date.
Learn a byte at a time, at What’s On My PC, with Geek Squeaks’ — featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it… I just plain love tech!
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[ANDROID APP] The simplest possible way to create daily countdowns – Simply set a date and a label (or don’t, your call!) and let the magic happen. This date can be in the future or the past… @Google Play
[WEB BROWSER] Slimjet – Get More Done In Less Time – Faster browser startup, faster page loading, highly responsive UI powered by industry-leading Blink engine… @Slimjet
[TECH NEWS] What 18 Popular Websites Used To Look Like – A comparison between then and now… @Business Insider
[ANDROID SECURITY] 14 best antivirus Android apps and anti-malware Android apps – Antivirus Android apps have exploded over the last year. Despite Android’s mostly secure internal security, there are millions of people who just like having extra security around for those just-in-case scenarios… @Android Authority
[WINDOWS 7] Windows 7 will be patched until 2020 – Microsoft plans to end mainstream support for Windows 7 in January, but security updates will continue for at least a further five years. Microsoft has previously announced that business PCs running Windows 7 will stop being offered for sale in early 2015… @PCAuthority
[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] Extract Text from JPG with FREE JPG to Word Converter – JPG to Word is a free OCR software to convert JPG to Word document. This free OCR software extracts text from jpg images (scanned jpg images, online images, etc.) and lets you save that text as Word file (*.doc)… @I Love Free Software
[HOW TO] How To Launch Chrome In Incognito Mode From A Desktop Shortcut – We all know that Chrome is one of the best web browsers out there that sports tons of great features. Among them is its handy Incognito ability which lets users browse websites without storing any history information… @Addictive Tips
THE ROUND-UP FOR THE WEEK:
HOW SECURE IS MY PASSWORD? is a web based utility that will assist (and educate) you on creating secure passwords. Most home based folks have a tendency to maintain easy to guess passwords and often use the same password on numerous sites. I do not foresee this changing until other “more secure” options appear (more info below)…
HOT ARTICLE THIS WEEK AT WHAT’S ON MY PC was “LIMITED TIME ONLY – Rack Up Free Gigabytes Of Online Storage Space”. If you want some online storage, be sure to check this out (more info below)…
PROTECT (AND LOCK) INSTALLED ANDROID APPS on your smartphone or tablet with the FREE utility called App Lock (more info below)…
TOP TEN: MAKING WINDOWS 8.1 WORK LIKE WINDOWS 7 is featured on this week’s random tech site selection (more info below)…
AxCrypt – Password Protect Files With Strong Encryption is a FREE file encryption software for Windows. It integrates seamlessly with Windows to compress, encrypt, decrypt, store, send and work with individual files. I use this to encrypt files I store online (more info below)…
THIS WEEK’S WALLPAPER is of a white dove with a blue background. I figured I may as well include a wallpaper each week in the round-up… (more info below)…
I GAVE UP THE INKJET PRINTER AND WENT WITH A LASER PRINTER (Brother HL-2270DW). As a result I gave up scanning capability and color printing. I now scan with my smartphone and pipe the scan job to the printer. I don’t miss the color, due if I want photos printed, I use either a local kiosk or use one of the online service. So far I love this printer; and, not forgetting to mention it is going to save me money when I have to replace the toner cartridge. One of the low end cartridges gives me the ability to print 1200 page and for a few bucks more I can get the better cartridge for 2600 pages. This printer prints from the cloud, prints duplex, and is fast (more info below)…
Geek Squeaks’ for the Week is a weekly round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it; from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!
How Secure Is My Password?
Go to “How Secure Is My Password” and test out some passwords to your ability to create secure passwords… GET IT HERE
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To celebrate the launch of COPY, they are offering 5 GB of additional space for every person that is referred to their service. The person who takes advantage of the referral also gets a 5 GB bonus on top of the 15 GB (for a total of 20 GB). From what I am reading, there is no limit to the number of referrals and you must install one of their apps (desktop or mobile) to take advantage of this opportunity in order to be credited for the 5 GB bonus… GET YOUR GIGABYTES HERE
App Lock (Smart App Protector)
The Best App Lock downloaded more than 10 Million Times
Smart App Protector (App Lock) is an App Locker or App Protector that will protect your installed applications using a password or pattern!(Facebook, WhatsApp, Line, Twitter, Snapchat, Skype, Gallery, Camera, Gmail and any app you choose)
✔ Protects(Locks) installed Apps using password(PIN or Words), pattern, or gesture
✔ Detects and Takes a picture of the Intruder(after failed attempts to unlock)
✔ Support Fake Forced Close pop-up(instead of lock screen)
✔ Set individual passwords for each app(multiple passwords)
✔ Support a variable size pattern(1×1 ~ 18×18)
• Lock screen timeout and Lock screen rotation
• Lock incoming calls and outgoing calls
• Wi-Fi whitelist to deactivate lock at whitelisted locations
• Set Lock Time to only activate lock at certain time
• Lock 3G data
• Remote Lock by SMS keyword
This Week’s Random Tech Site Pick (with sample article)
Top Ten: Making Windows 8.1 Work Like Windows 7 – Windows 8.1 was Microsoft’s rushed attempt to fix the problems in the original Windows 8 release, and although the update helped, it unfortunately just didn’t go far enough. Fortunately, there are several ways you can tweak your Windows 8.1 system to provide a better and more Windows 7–like experience… READ MORE
Password Protect Files With Strong Encryption
Over 2,960,729 registrations
AxCrypt is used to share and work with stored documents, and e-mail attachments, in a secure manner.
If your documents reside on a document sharing service, intranet or file server AxCrypt is especially well suited and will usually seamlessly integrate, and make sharing and storing sensitive data as easy as not protecting it.
To send secure e-mail, agree on a pass phrase and ensure that all parties have AxCrypt, then send your encrypted files as regular attachments. With the pass phrase cache and the double-click edit feature even many turns over e-mail is as easy as without encryption.
Wallpaper of the Week
Brother HL-2270DW Compact Laser Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex
The Brother HL-2270DW is a compact, monochrome laser printer includes built-in wireless and Ethernet network interfaces for small office or home office printer sharing. Offering a fast print speed and automatic duplex capability, you can print professional-looking two-sided documents and booklets with ease. In addition, its stylish, space-saving design fits virtually anywhere and complements any environment. Affordable to own and operate, the HL-2270DW uses a high-yield replacement toner cartridge± to help reduce your operating costs. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED… GET IT HERE
Another sad day in the United States. Two bombs exploded in the crowded streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, killing three people and injuring more than 130 in a bloody scene of shattered glass and severed limbs that raised alarms that terrorists might have struck again in the U.S. – Source (AP)
I started thinking is there a service out there that can provide us with breaking news as it happens and push it out there to our computers, smartphones and tablets? Sadly, in today’s world, getting the news as fast as you can is important toward maintaining one’s safety.
The service I came across that pushes the biggest breaking stories as they happen, 24 hours a day, is called just that, Breaking News.
Breaking News is part of the of the NBC News Digital Network; however, the service is a fully independent, agnostic news organization that brings you the biggest stories as they happen, 24 hours a day, from more than a 160 news and eyewitness sources across the globe. Breaking News also is available as an app that will work off of the Android, Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Samsung Smart TV platforms.
Going back to this tragic event, my heart goes out to anyone that was a victim of this senseless act and I pray that the people of this country, who feel there is division, show the world that we are truly one nation under God that can come together in time of need.
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Most techs have heard of the Windows 7 GodMode where there is a trick to creating a folder and giving it a special name [see here] to enable GodMode. GodMode is a hidden control panel that contains everything, in one place, about Windows 7 in terms of options, settings, customizations, etc…
Getting to GodMode can be a tricky venture for some; however, I came across a nice utility that gives you the ability to enable or disable God Mode in one mouse click. It is called the Windows 7 GodMode Tool. Simply download the tool to a folder, unzip the tool and double click on the Windows 7 GodMode Tool file to launch the utility. When the interface loads simply click on “Enable GodMode”.
After you click on “Enable GodMode” the tool button will change to “Disable GodMode” and an icon will appear on your desktop that is labelled “GodMode”. Click on the “GodMode” icon to launch into the GodMode settings.
To disable GodMode, simply run the Windows 7 GodMode Tool again and click on “Disable GodMode”.
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I sometimes have those days where my brain shuts down and I have a difficult time coming up with content for the blog. Yesterday was no exception, until I turned on my computer (which is running Windows 7 Home Premium) and noticed that my computer booted to the Windows 7 Welcome Screen instead of the Windows Desktop.
The Windows 7 Welcome Screen is the screen you will typically see if you have your Windows sessions’ password protected or you have the computer set up for multi-users. What caused this change of events, I have not a clue; but, I had the computer originally configured to boot directly to the desktop (and bypass the Welcome Screen).
As I mentioned, I was brain dead and could not for the life of me find an option on the computer to disable the Welcome Screen. Not only that, a change occurred to my computer without my blessing that raised a red flag and caused me to run a malware scan (just to be on the safe side). After getting the scan off my plate, which came up clean, I went to work researching this matter (Sources: About.com PC Support, Leateds and SevenForums).
What I found is this; AND, if I am wrong, please feel free to correct me. There is no option built into Windows 7 Home Premium to openly turn the Welcome Screen “off” or to bypass this. With Windows 7 Home Premium there is a fix and you will need to do this:
- Click on the “Start” button.
- Click on “Run”
- In the “Run” box, type netplWiz.exe and hit “Enter”
You should now see the “User Accounts” box or applet (which, by the way, provides more advanced options to managing the accounts on your PC).
- At the top section of the “User Accounts” box, uncheck the box next to “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer”.
- Click on “apply” and the “Automatically Log On” dialog box will appear. In my case, it automatically loaded my username and I left the password entry box and confirm password entry box blank.
- Click “OK” and “OK” again and you should be good to go…
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Want to get the look of Windows 8 on your Windows 7 PC? Then take a look at the Windows 8 UX Pack. The pack will give you the Windows 8 experience including Windows 8 Login Screen, Themes, Wallpapers, Metro UI (Newgen), Aero’s Auto-Colorization, Taskbar UserTile and more. Keep in mind, this is only a theme pack and if you do not like it, the developer has included an uninstall option via the Windows Control Panel. Also, appears that the developer continues to improve this and make it better. Pretty impressive work in my opinion…
- M3 user interface for installation/configuration
- One-click installation/configuration
- UxStyle memory patching
- Windows8 Aero Glass or Lite theme
- Instant M2 and M3 wallpaper/logon screen customization
- UserTile with current user/wallpaper auto configured on login
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[Geek Squeaks’] – Remote Control, WordPress Plugins, Chrome 13, Windows 7 Themes, and 16GB SDHC CardAugust 23, 2011
I am always on the hunt for instructional material for people that use their computers in their homes. With Windows 7, Microsoft has done a pretty good job with providing help and assistance; however, if you are not familiar with computers and Microsoft Windows, then locating these helpful tips can be a chore in itself. Also factor in the point that most people today do not have time to sit and read something that will not hold their attention span and is difficult to understand.
To resolve this issue, one solution is through video instruction,. I went on the hunt and found a nice array of FREE instructional videos on learning Windows 7 Basics at a website called Mahalo.
The videos are provided by Sean Hewitt, a Mahalo’s Windows expert. The videos are very nicely organized and broken down into categories with a listing of videos under each category. The videos themselves are approximately 1-4 minutes or less in duration. When you launch a video, note that below the video window there is also provided easy to understand textual and pictorial descriptions of the material being presented. You can easily move from lesson to lesson following any video you have completed.
Follow this course and you will be able to use some of the more advanced Windows features. The curriculum consists of visual lessons starting at the basics and moving up to advanced. Although each lesson is taught in a manner that anyone can follow, even advanced users are guaranteed to learn some new tricks. The only thing you need for this course is to be ready to learn!
Category topics available are:
Windows 7 Navigation 25:06
System Settings 27:27
Browsing the Internet 31:45
Customize Windows 24:24
Basic Programs 30:28
Windows Media Center 11:32
Advanced Features 22:03
Test Your Knowledge 5:27
To visit, Mahalo and to watch the videos Learn Windows 7 Basics [CLICK HERE]
There is a feature in Windows 7 that can come in quite handy in those instances where you have multiple windows open and you want to minimize those windows with the exception of the one you are working in. It is called Aero Shake.
Here is how it works: Let’s say for example you have four windows open and one of those Windows is Internet Explorer. You decide you want to focus your attention on Internet Explorer and minimize the other three windows. Instead of minimizing each one separately, simply position the mouse pointer on the top of the Internet Explorer pane, hold down the left mouse button and give the mouse a shake. If you did this correctly, all the windows will minimize to the taskbar with the exception of Internet Explorer. Again, this was example (using Internet Explorer) and will work with any window you have open.
Here’s another great tip provided by Tech-for Everyone:
How To Restore The Menu Bar In Vista And Windows 7
Recently I cleaned the slate on my PC and performed a reinstall of my operating system (Windows 7 Home Premium). Following the installation, which went very well, I did experience a TV Screen Size issue, in the Windows Media Center, where the TV display aspect ratio was locked into the 4:3 (square display) mode and would not let me change it to the 16:9 (widescreen display) mode.
After researching this on the internet, I discovered that many people have experienced this issue; especially, with various HP computers with the NVidia video cards. What I discovered is that the fix, in most cases, is really an easy fix, but is not what you think it would be . Now, this may not work in all instances; however, I felt compelled to put the fix (that worked for me) out there in the event someone else is troubled by this problem.
A fix to this issue requires you to go into Windows Media Center, startup the TV and when the TV display is on your monitor screen, simply right mouse click in the middle of the display. After you right mouse click, you will see a blue band appear at the bottom of the screen. You can’t miss it. On the right side of this band you will see a right and left arrow. Click on the right arrow and the band will change with various options available. When you see the option for Zoom, stop at that point. By default, it will be on Zoom 1. Give the other zoom levels a try. I found that Zoom Level 4 perfectly aligned my display to match the size of my widescreen display (16:9 ratio).
I know this fix may not be a fix for everyone who is experiencing this issue; however, in most cases by following these steps will fix the problem. The option to change the display is right under our noses; however, there is nothing readily visible to let you know this option is even there.
If you are wondering how I am watching TV on my computer, then check out this article Watch Cable TV on your Computer .
The Windows Power Users Guide is a MUST HAVE book to get the most out of Windows 7 that is for people of all technical ability. The book (now FREE as an eBook) was first published in 2009 by Mike Halsey (MVP). Mike is also author of the famous book Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out from Microsoft Press…
The book contains 16 chapters and is a guide on how to get the very best out of Windows 7 from installation to configuration and advanced operations. It includes step-by-step guides, screenshots and diagrams on every page, quick tips throughout the book and is presented in full colour.
TheWindows 7 Power Users Guide contains helpful how-to’s, full colour pictures and quick tips to guide you through everything from using the Start Menu and Taskbar to backing up your documents and identifying and fixing problems.
You can get your hands on the book [HERE] .