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The primary focus of “What’s On My PC” is to provide tech-related information for people at home (i.e. Microsoft Windows, Chrome OS, Android, How-To’s, Tech News, Software Downloads, Apps, Security, Features, Tech Deals, Reviews & more).

My name is Rick Robinette and I have been maintaining the “What’s On My PC” blog since July 2008. CLICK HERE – to see the archive of all my blog posts, that literally consists of thousands of postings. My passion for blogging about computers and information technology have not diminished. Please visit frequently and share the site with others…

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Daily Deal: Save 75% on Norton Security Deluxe – Antivirus software for 5 Devices with Auto Renewal

If I were going to buy Antivirus software, this is the package I would get. Appears to be a 75% reduction in the original retail price and can use on up to 5 devices.

Norton Security Deluxe – Antivirus software for 5 Devices with Auto Renewal

AUTO-RENEWAL Never have a service disruption since this product auto-renews annually. If you do not wish to renew, you can cancel in your Norton account anytime

ONGOING PROTECTION Download & install protection for up to 5 PCs, Macs, iOS or Android devices in minutes

REAL-TIME THREAT PROTECTION Advanced security that helps defend against existing and emerging malware to your devices, and helps protect your private and financial information when you go online

Source: Amazon – Norton Security Deluxe – Antivirus software for 5 Devices with Auto Renewal


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Photopea – A Perfect (online) Alternative To Photoshop Or Gimp.

This is a great online web alternative to Photoshop or Gimp… If you own a Chromebook, Photopea may be the image editor you are looking for.

Photopea is an advanced image editor, which can work with both raster and vector graphics. You can use it for simple tasks, such as resizing images, as well as complex tasks, such as designing webpages, creating illustrations, processing photographs and more.

Open and edit PSD, XCF, Sketch (Photoshop, Gimp and Sketch) or any other image files. Inspect PSD and Sketch files. Convert Sketch to PSD. Apply photo effects and filters. A perfect alternative to Photoshop or Gimp.

Source: Photopea | Online Photo Editor


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Today’s Software Picks: StorURL, Wireshark, and TurnedOnTimesView

[UPDATE] StorURL v3.0.25.6


StorURL is a customizable bookmark manager that can import from most popular browsers or add manually. Bookmarks can be then organized in a unlimited number of categories. The program includes verification, the ability to launch in a custom browser, grab website icons, search, always remain on top, minimize to tray (with bookmarks launched from the tray), floating tool-bar, password-protection and more.

Wireshark v3.0.5

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Wireshark is one of the world’s foremost network protocol analyzers, and is the standard in many parts of the industry.

[UPDATE] TurnedOnTimesView v1.42

TurnedOnTimesView analyses the Windows event log, detecting the time ranges when your computer was turned on. For those time frames, startup/shutdown time, duration, shutdown reason, type and process, as well as shutdown code are all displayed.

The program works on your local computer as well as from remote computer on your network if you have privileges to view the Windows event log remotely. Although primarily for system administrators, it can also help track down system issues and in testing.


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BEST Online Klondike Solitaire For Your Computer, Smartphone or Tablet

FRVR Klondike Solitaire is the BEST online solitaire that you will find that you can play directly in your web browser (on your computer, tablet or smartphone).

A true to the original remake of the classical Klondike Solitaire game everyone knows and loves. The game features vibrant graphics, smooth animations, a jumping card ending, and works great on any Computer, Tablet or Phone — well pretty much anywhere. Even better, there is no need to install anything, the game works right in your browser!

Source: Play Solitaire FRVR – Klondike Solitaire


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Yahoo is Offering to Pay Up to $358.80 if You Had a Yahoo Email Between 2013 & 2016 to Settle a Class Action Lawsuit | Cord Cutters News

Yahoo is Offering to Pay Up to $358.80 if You Had a Yahoo Email Between 2013 & 2016 to Settle a Class Action Lawsuit by Luke Bouma on September 20, 2019 in All News, News Did you have a yahoo email account between 2013 and 2016? You could be eligible for up to $358.80 thanks to a new settlement from a class-action lawsuit targeting Yahoo. The catch is you must make your claim online or by mail by July 20th, 2020 at YahooDatabreachSettlement.com. If you don’t want the money back, you can ask for two years of credit monitoring services. In total Yahoo expects to payout $117,500,000 to those affected by this data breach.

Continue Reading @ Cord Cutters

Daily Deal: Save 46% on this Men’s School Laptop Bag

Save big on this backpack that has not only multifunctional compartments, but it also has multifunctional purposes. Large capacity for your essentials, like clothes, shoes, laptops, books, business accessories and so on, easy to find what you need. Suitable for a laptop/notebook computer which is 18.4/17.3/17/15.6 inches. TSA-Friendly feature exclusive designed for AIRPLANE TRAVEL, makes it getting through airport security quickly and easily.

Men’s School Laptop Bag

Source: Amazon – Extra Large School Laptop Backpack for Men


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ZDNet Reporting That You Can Still Get A FREE Windows 10 Upgrade

As of September 20, 2019, ZDNet is reporting that the upgrade process to Windows 10 still works. If you are running Windows 7 or 8.1 I would give this a shot ASAP!

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Today, more than three years after the free upgrade offer supposedly ended, you can still upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and claim a free digital entitlement, without being forced to jump through any hoops.

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Today’s Software Picks: OpenOffice, Wireless Network Watcher, and Last Pass

Apache OpenOffice v4.1.7

Apache OpenOffice v3.0.0 Beta 2 RC 1 screenshot 1 / 5
OpenOffice.org is is a multi-platform office productivity suite.

[UPDATE] Wireless Network Watcher v2.21

Wireless Network Watcher scans your wireless or small wired network and displays the list of all computers and devices that are currently connected to your network. For every computer or device that is connected to your network, IP & MAC addresses, the company that manufactured the network card and optionally the computer name are all listed.

LastPass 4.33

LastPass automatically fills in saved log-ins and forms with the click of a button. This handy Web freebie and browser plug-in also syncs your data to any computer that you use regularly.


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Today’s Software Picks: DriverMax, FastStone Capture, and Process Lasso

DriverMax 11.13

FastStone Capture 9.2

FastStone Capture is a powerful, flexible and intuitive screen capture utility. It allows you to capture anything on the screen including windows, objects, full screen, rectangle regions, freehand-selected regions and scrolling windows/web-pages. It has innovative features such as floating Capture Panel, hotkeys, resizing, cropping, text annotation, printing, emailing and many more.

Process Lasso (64-bit) v9.3.0.64

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Process Lasso”s ProBalance technology intelligently adjusts the priority of running programs so that badly behaved programs won”t interfere with your ability to use the computer.

Daily Deal: 52% Discount On This Very Unique Product

This product is so unique that I had a hard time describing it. The description has it listed as Sleep Headphones, Bluetooth Sleeping Headphones Bluetooth Headband with Detachable Stereo Thin Speaker for Side Sleepers, Sleeping, Sports, Meditation & Relax, Ultra Soft, Long Time Play, Unisex…

My description is A Sleep Mask with Bluetooth Headphones Built-In…  Anyhow, these are pretty cool…

Sleep Mask with Bluetooth Headphones Built-In

3D Eye Mask 2019 Updated Version, Bluetooth 5.0, Great for Size Sleeper, Ultra Thin Adjustable Speakers, Microphone for Hands Free Call, Noise Cancellation, Stereo, Wind Noise Reduction, Comfortable, Fully Charged Playtime more than 9 hours,support a whole night, Can be Washable, Air Travel,Meditation Soft, Skin-friendly, earphone adjustable, size adjustable, Holiday gift,Mother’s Day gift, Christmas present, Noise Cancellation…

Source: Amazon – Sleep Headphones, Bluetooth Sleeping Headphones Bluetooth Headband with Detachable Stereo Thin Speaker for Side Sleepers, Sleeping, Sports, Meditation & Relax, Ultra Soft, Long Time Play, Unisex…


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Today’s Software Picks: Paint.NET, TextAloud and Avast! FREE Edition

Paint.NET 4.2.3 

Paint.NET is a free image and photo editing software that features an intuitive and innovative user interface. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 | Size: 8.86 MB ]

 

TextAloud 4.0.37 

TextAloud reads text from email, web pages, reports and more, aloud on your PC. It can also save your daily reading to MP3 or Windows Media files ready for playback on your iPod, PocketPC, or even on your TV with Tivo’s Home Media Option.

 

Avast! Free Edition

Avast! Free Antivirus is the perfect package of applications for people who send e-mails and surf popular websites to protect their computers from a virus infection or other malware threats and can significantly reduce the risk of losing vital or private data. [License: Ad-Supported | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 | Size: 360 MB ]

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Five Comprehensive Lists of Uninstallers (removal tools) For Common Windows Antivirus and Malware Software Products

After a conversation with a seasoned tech on the What’s On My PC Facebook page about our thoughts on Antivirus Software, for which we decided is the biggest scam in the industry, I went on the hunt to find antivirus and malware uninstallers. Why? Most people at home do not know that these antivirus and malware software installations are very comprehensive in their very nature and are not the same as installing or uninstalling normal software. Also, a common practice I have seen, as well as the tech on Facebook I was conversing with, the home-based computer user will often let a subscription run out and then install another antivirus product right on top of the other. This is a big “NO NO”; unless the antivirus or malware product you intend to install specifically states that their product can co-exist with another. Installing another antivirus or malware product on top of another will cause problems to surface and will slow down your computer.

It is important that any previously installed antivirus or Malware software is uninstalled from your system before installing another product. Typical uninstallation using the Windows removal tools (Add/Remove Programs) is often not enough to completely clean your computer.

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This is where this list of uninstallers comes into play. Typically if you have a specific product installed that you want to uninstall, you would go to the products web site and locate their uninstaller. The problem I have experienced with this is that they bury the uninstaller in the site, making it difficult to locate because they don’t want to lose you as a paying customer.

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The Windows Club Shows You “How to schedule a Windows Defender scan in Windows 10”

Why buy Antivirus Software when it is included in Windows 10? I would not have said that a couple years back. Windows Defender has progessed to the point that it is the only antivirus software I have installed on my PC. CLICK HERE to see why. With that being said, learn how to schedule a Windows Defender scan (see source link below).

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Microsoft has provided Windows 10/8 with built-in security software, Windows Defender. It’s free, easy to use, and has great features like other competitor antivirus software in its class. In this post, we will see how to schedule a full scan in Windows Defender

Continue Reading @ The Windows Club


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Learn How To Setup and Use The Backup Utility In Windows 10

I bet you did not know there is a backup utility built into Windows 10. It is called File History… File History actually was first introduced in Windows 8. It gives you the ability to backup your personal files on your computer and restores them in the event of an issue. Below are the initial steps to setting up File History. You will need an external drive in order to back up your files. The main thing I personally was looking for in this built-in utility was whether I could select specific folders to backup and the answer to that is, you can select specific folders. You can also select specific times you want the backups to occur. If you want a more detailed description of “How to Set Up and Configure File History on Windows 10”, CLICK HERE, to see the writeup at Groovy Post by Brian Burgess.

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Use File History to backup and restore in Windows 10

  • Backup your PC with File History 
  • Use File History to back up to an external drive or network location. Select Start​  > Settings  > Update & Security  Backup Add a drive , and then choose an external drive or network location for your backups.
    Image of File History backup in Windows 10
  • Restore your files with File History

If you’re missing an important file or folder that you’ve backed up, here’s how to get it back:

  • In the search box on the taskbar, type restore files, and then select Restore your files with File History.

  • Look for the file you need, then use the arrows to see all its versions.

  • When you find the version you want, select Restore to save it in its original location. To save it in a different place, right-click Restore, select Restore to, and then choose a new location.


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Today’s Software Picks: McAfee Stinger Portable, Icecream Screen Recorder, and WinToUSB

McAfee Stinger Portable 12.1.0.3302 (common virus remover)

A new version of McAfee Stinger Portable has been released. McAfee Stinger removes 6,000 common viruses and ‘fake alert’ malware on-demand. It is not a replacement for a full antivirus, but handy in many situations. It’s packaged in PortableApps.com Format so it can easily integrate with the PortableApps.com Platform. McAfee Stinger is freeware for business and personal use.

 

Icecream Screen Recorder 5.994 

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Record, edit and share videos of your desktop

 

WinToUSB 5.0 

Windows To Go Creator

WinToUSB (also called Windows To USB) is the best free Windows To Go Creator that allows you to install and run Windows operating system on an external hard drive or USB flash drive, using an ISO/WIM/ESD/SWM/VHD/VHDX image file or CD/DVD drive as the…

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TECH NEWS: Former hacker warns against password reuse

This is a “must-read” article for everybody at home. If you reuse login credentials and never change your passwords, you are at high risk of being compromised. I have assisted many folks over the years and I saw this all of the time. As a matter of fact, most folks at home will have those login credentials near the computer somewhere, often in plain view…

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The reuse of login credentials in my opinion is the greatest security flaw that we have today.

The advice for users of online services remains the same. First, use a password manager that automatically generates and stores strong passwords for each account you create. Second, where possible, turn on multi-factor authentication (MFA) for the sites you visit. This could involve SMS verification or, more secure still, a mobile app like Google Authenticator.

Continue Reading @ Naked Security


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Today’s Software Picks: GlassWire, TeamViewer Portable and Best PDF Tools

GlassWire 2.1.166.0 

GlassWire Firewall Software

Find out what’s using your internet connection

 

TeamViewer Portable 14.6.2452 

Remotely control or access another computer over the internet

Best PDF Tools 3.3

Best PDF Tools is a complete suite of free tools designed for conversion, shaping, and protection of your PDF documents. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 15.7 MB ]

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Why I Chose Amazon Photos to Archive my Family Photos in the Cloud

I recently received notice from Amazon offering a $15 credit toward my Prime Account if I installed their photo app on my phone. After reading the article reflected below, I am seriously considering it.

This is a great article about the various cloud-based photo storage sites. The author, in this case, opted to go with Amazon Photos (through Amazon Prime) which gives you unlimited storage; plus, all photos are uploaded at their original resolution and size.

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Good photo organization means having a plan that allows you to quickly and easily access your most important photos from anywhere. Here’s why I chose Amazon to help me out…

I’ve talked about how important it is to maintain your most important pictures in cloud-based photo albums that you can access from anywhere, including your smartphone. These are the photos that reflect back on your life’s big moments… not necessarily the best few pics from your recent family vacation.
(Your smartphone’s local photo app and your index finger can handle that.)

If you sit down for a few minutes and think about which groups of pictures you’ll always want available at a moment’s notice, you’ll probably come up a short list of categories.

I decided to create this group of cloud photo albums that I can also share with my wife:

  • Our son’s first day of school each year and…

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Quick Tip: Use The Update Assistant To Get The May 2019 Windows 10 Update

If you are seeing that your Windows 10 version is no longer going to be supported after November 2019, don’t fret… You simply need to update to the current version which is 1903. To get your computer up-to-date, click on the link below to, look for the update assistant, and click on “Update Now”. Please realize, this type of update may take time for the update to complete; especially, if you are several versions behind. Also, I would be concerned that my computer did not auto-update to the current version(s).

Source: Microsoft – Download Windows 10


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Daily Deal: Nero Platinum 2019 (71% Discount)

Nero Platinum 2019 – Today at Amazon I am seeing Nero at a 71% discount…

Create professional-looking movies and slideshows virtually in any format fast, easily and in highest export quality to file or video disc. Best for importing, organizing, playback and streaming of music, video, photo, slideshow, movies, TV shows as well as disc playback.

Nero Platinum 2019

6 Apps all in one package:
  • Import, Create & Edit
  • Organize, Play & Stream
  • Secure, Encrypt & Compress
  • Rip & Convert
  • Burn, Copy & Archive
  • Stream & Download

Source: Amazon – Nero Platinum 2019


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Today’s Software Picks: DirPrintOK, QGIS, and ClipAngel

DirPrintOK 3.51 

Directory and Folder Printing under Windows 10 / 8.1 / 7!
DirPrintOK is a fast, portable option for printing the content of a specific directory. It makes the process of printing the content of a directory simple. Select your target, filter the file details like including/excluding MP3 ID3 tag and hit print. It has a print preview with variable aspect ratio and is capable of exporting to XLS/HTML/CSV/TXT. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 562 KB ]

QGIS 3.8.3 (64-bit) 

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QGIS 64 bit (Geographic Information System) is advanced geospatial database software that allows users not only to create their own geospatial information with a wide variety of tools for visualization, editing, analytics, and publishing but also in-depth…

ClipAngel v1.84

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ClipAngel is a clipboard history capture and paste tool for Windows.

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Which is the better hard drive? The HDD (Hard Disk Drive) or The SSD (Solid State Drive)

The hard drive is the device inside your computer that stores your personal files and stores the files that work together to operate your computer (such as the Windows Operating System files). Over the years the hard drive has transformed from the HDD mechanical hard disk drive (with high-speed moving parts) to now what is known as the SSD solid-state drive (with no moving parts).

Below is a quick read summary to show how the SSD (Solid State Drive) is really your better option in today’s world of computing; but, both options are still available for purchase and both serve a purpose (i.e. CLICK HERE to see pricing for HDD – CLICK HERE to see pricing for SSD).

HDD = Hard Disk Drive = metal platters/mechanical = 2.5″/3.5″ common size = Large Storage Capacities = Moving Parts = Increased Heat = Degradation of Parts = Louder = Slower = Less Expensive = Good for File Storage

HDD vs SSD

SSD = Solid State Drive = flash / non-mechanical = 2.5″ common size = Smaller Storage Capacities = No Moving Parts = Decreased Heat = Better Longevity = Quieter = Faster = More Expensive (but not by much in comparison).= Great for Primary Storage of the Operating System and Great Upgrade Option for Older PC’s

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Learn About “720p vs. 1080p vs. 4K UHD: What’s the Best Resolution for Your TV?” | Digital Trends

Decided to categorize this under “How To” understand the difference between 4K Ultra HD, 1080p, and 720p TV resolutions. This article is very helpful in learning what this all means when it comes to making that TV purchase. For example, I learned from this article (at Digital Trends) that “If you’re buying a 24-inch TV for your kitchen, for example, you’re barely going to notice the difference between 720p and 1080p. Similarly, if you’re buying a 32-inch TV for your bedroom, you’re not going to notice many benefits from 4K resolution.” With that being said, depending on your needs, you could save a boatload of money. By the way, the 720p or 1080p TV’s, factoring in the current the drop in prices, make great computer monitors…  Thanks for visiting — Rick @ What’s On My PC


Sometimes researching a new TV can feel more like math homework than preparing for a major purchase. You’re immediately bombarded with terms like 4K Ultra HD, 1080p, and 720p — what are those letters and numbers supposed to mean? Don’t worry; it turns out that this is a lot easier to figure out than it may seem at first.

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“The Best Password Managers of 2019” by Clifford Colby @ c|net

LastPass, I highly recommend… With a password manager, you only need to remember one password to open up the password vault; and with LastPass, it will generate strong passwords for you. You can also store other information such as credit card information, driver’s license information, etc… in your LastPass Vault. LastPass was rated in this article by c|net as the “Best Free Password Manager”.  Click on the source link below to learn more about password managers, by Clifford Colby, and how you can get LastPass (or any of the others you may be interested in).

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Simply, a password manager is an encrypted digital vault that stores the login information you use to access websites, apps and other services. Besides keeping your credentials, identity and sensitive data safe, a password manager can generate unique, strong passwords to ensure you aren’t reusing them across your services. With all the recent news of security breaches and identity theft, using unique passwords can go a long way to ensuring if one site gets hacked, your stolen password can’t be used on other sites.

Continue Reading @ c|net


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TakeStock 2 – Completely FREE Full-Featured Investment Management Software For Windows

There are many online options to track investments; but, I happened upon to a FREE Windows-based software option that you may want to look at and consider. You can do a full install or can be downloaded as a portable app… — Thanks for visiting Rick @ What’s On My PC

Here is a description, screenshot, and features list to help you make an informed decision:

TakeStock 2, the world’s most popular completely free full-featured personal investment management software for Windows. TakeStock 2 is a from-the-ground-up rewrite of the original version first released in 2002, and is used by thousands of independent and professional investors worldwide to help make better informed investment decisions.

Features List:

  • Check the performance of your stocks, ETFs and mutual funds.
  • Track dividends, capital gain distributions, margin equity and cash flow.
  • View a security’s price chart, find historical prices and read company information.
  • Get price quotes (usually delayed by 15 minutes).
  • Be alerted when a security’s target buy or sell price is reached.
  • Easily identify short and long term gains for tax reporting purposes.

Source: TakeStock 2


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Good Value On This 12-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip

You will not find a better value or buy for this 12-Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip at Amazon. I personally own one of these and can attest to its value. The pros – There are 12 outlets with 4 outlets spaced away from the others for those power supply plugs. Low height (thickness). LED light will illuminate when “on” (which may be a nuisance to many). Has excellent review ratings. The only CON I could come up with is that there is no template available for the screw hole mounts. In my case, I avoided the fuss of that and used heavy duty velcro.  All-in-All, go for it…

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AmazonBasics 12-Outlet Power Strip Surge Protector | 4,320 Joule, 8-Foot CordDependable Surge Protection
  • 12-outlet surge protector power strip with 4320 joule energy rating
  • Protects sensitive electronic devices such as computers, data lines, TVs, and more from potentially-damaging power surges
  • LED lights indicate active surge protection and grounded wiring
  • Fireproof MOV provides additional safety precaution from surges and spikes
  • Power on/off switch integrates with a 15Amp overload resettable circuit breaker
  • 8 foot heavy-duty power cord, widely-spaced outlets with sliding covers, and a back keyhole wall-mount

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Unique and FREE Awesome Wallpaper Manager

I tested this wallpaper app (manager) and it works very well. When downloading, it will download as a zip file and is actually a portable app. Run the executable and the program will load in the system tray where if you double click on the program’s icon it will bring up the configuration settings. If you right mouse click on the program’s icon, you can set the program to autostart (each time you boot the computer). This wallpaper manager is unique in that you can display images, system information and play a video. System information feature looks really nice… Can also play a folder of images (gallery) with presets to rotate the images. — Rick @ What’s On My PC

AwesomeWallpaper is a free wallpaper app that can display images, a gallery, videos, or your system information. You can choose any single image as your wallpaper, or you can select a folder of images. With a folder of images, you can select the interval time, display time, autoplay, transparency, and alignment.

Reputable Download Source: MajorGeeks

Developer’s Web Site: Awesome Wallpaper


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This Amazon “New Release” Caught My Attention (Acer Aspire TC-885-UA92 Desktop)

Looking for a desktop computer? Was checking out Amazon’s “New Release” list for Desktop Computers and the Acer Aspire TC-885-UA92 Desktop caught my attention — CHECK IT OUT HERE

Specs on the Acer Aspire TC-885-UA92 Desktop:

  • 9th Generation Intel Core i5-9400 Processor (Up to 4. 1GHz)
  • 12GB DDR4 Memory, 512GB SSD & 8x DVD-Writer Double-Layer Drive (DVD-RW)
  • 802. 11ac WiFi, Gigabit Ethernet LAN & Bluetooth 5. 0
  • 1 – USB 3. 1 Type C Gen 2 port (up to 10 Gbps), 1 – USB 3. 1 Gen 2 Port, 1 – USB 3. 1 Gen 1 Port, 4 – USB 2. 0 Ports & 2 – HDMI Ports & 1 – VGA Port
  • Windows 10 Home, USB Keyboard & USB Mouse

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Quick Tip: Four “Must Learn” Gmail Search Operators

I have been using Gmail since its’ inception and as a result, I literally have thousands of email that have accumulated in the account. Searching for a specific email in a sea of thousands of emails can be a daunting task. Many times I can simply enter the person’s name into the search box to find the email I am looking for; however, there are times where I need to use special search operators to quickly narrow down the result. This is where I have taught myself to use these four search operators to narrow down exactly what email I am looking for.

Specify the sender… 

from:
Example: from:amy

Specify a recipient…

to:
Example: to:david

Specify a recipient who received a copy…

cc:
bcc:
Example: cc:david

Words in the subject line…

subject:
Example: subject:dinner


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Today’s FREE Downloads – A File Sync and Backup Utility, A Windows Updater, and A Popular Web Browser

[UPDATE] SyncFolders v3.4.527

SyncFolders main window...

SyncFolders supports 3 synchronization modes – Copy, Backup (Mirror) and Two-Way Synchronization on an unlimited number of files and folders. Other features include preview, file comparison by date and size or by content, integration with Windows task scheduler, filters, connections from or to UNC paths, multiple rules in a single rules file, and deleted or overwritten files can be moved to the recycle bin or to a time-stamped history folder. It even can ignore one-hour time stamp differences caused by DST switch for synchronization to FAT file systems.

The program includes logging, command-line parameters and more. SyncFolders is multilingual and comes with a detailed help file.

 

WSUS Offline Update 11.8.1 

WSUS Offline Update allows you to safely and quickly update any computer running Microsoft Windows safely without an Internet connection.

 

Opera Web Browser 63.0.3368.88

Screenshot for: Opera Web Browser 63.0.3368.88
A fast Web browser with powerful features and a new, beautiful minimalistic design.

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[Hot Tech News] Walmart and CVS now works with Google Photos to make on-demand prints

Google Photos, far and away the most used photo-sharing app, with over 1 billion users monthly, has partnered with CVS and Walmart to offer on-demand, in-store prints from the app. The 4×6 photo prints directly from Google Photos and will be available for same-day pick up at the stores, which have a combined 11,000 locations. Consumers order the prints from within the app, and the retailer gets the photo directly from Google. You’ll get a notification when they’re ready for pickup in the app itself.

Google Photo prints

Continue Reading @ USAToday


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[Android] FitzyTV – FREE Streaming TV Aggregator That Transforms Your Smartphone Into A Portable DVR

If you have a television subscription through your cable or satellite provider (including web-based ones such as DirecTV Now, LoCast, etc…) you definitely need this app (FitzyTV) to pull in the channels that you are subscribed to in one place. Typically, you have to download specific apps for specific channels. FitzyTV eliminates that and makes watching TV from your mobile device a pleasure; plus, you can Chromecast or Screenbeam what you are watching to the big screen.  I could not get over how fast this app loads the channels; plus, it pulled in all the channels I was entitled to from my cable provider. I found that FitzyTV also throws in some other channels as well, that are very good. It even tells you what is playing on each channel.

A big selling point to this app is the DVR function that will allow you to record your favorite programs. The DVR function will require a subscription. FitzyTV is the world’s first inexpensive cloud DVR solution. Just log in with your Cable/Satellite provider and FitzyTV will let you watch and record all of your favorite channels. This transforms your smartphone into a portable DVR.

Check out the video below to learn more. You can get FitzyTV at the Google Play Store (see source link below). Being a lover of software and apps, this one really got me excited to try.

Source: FitzyTV – Free Streaming TV Aggregator & Cloud DVR – Apps on Google Play


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[Hot Tech News] Sandbox program Sandboxie is now freeware (soon open source)

When I test software applications from questionable origin or if I have a need to explore the dark belly of the internet, I go to Sandboxie to perform these functions in a sandbox that protects my computer from potential malware. Sandboxie has been around for years and according to the article at gHacks (see source link below), it is now completely FREE. Appears, Sophos is now the new owner of Sandboxie… Rick @ What’s On My PC


Sandboxie, a sandbox program for Microsoft’s Windows operating system, has been turned into a free application. The latest version, Sandboxie 5.31.4 was released on September 10, 2019; it is the first version of Sandboxie that is available as freeware.

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Geek Uninstaller – The Best FREE Program Uninstaller For Windows

If you are someone that assists others when computer problems develop, Geek Uninstaller is one software utility program (portable app) that you should have with you in your tech toolbox. I personally have followed and used this program since its’ inception and it is the one program I go to when I need to uninstall programs from Windows computers. I totally avoid the built-in uninstaller that ships with Windows due I have found it will not do a thorough cleanup. This is where Geek Uninstaller shines. This program will perform a deep and fast scanning (after the uninstall) to remove the leftovers. Efficient and Fast, Small and Portable. 100% Free…

Geek Uninstaller

Source: Geek Uninstaller – the best FREE uninstaller


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