Welcome to

What’s On My PC @ whatsonmypc.net

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…

There is something here for everyone!

whatsonmypc logo 2019


Most Recent Posts


retirement phone

CONTACT ME

Gb associate 300x250

Featured post

Chrome Browser Extension: Overlay Clock

Overlay Clock

Source: Google Chrome Store

(Google Chrome Browser, Chrome OS)

I have to say, I really like this clock. It is a digital clock that is an overlay to any page you load in the browser. There are options to change the colors, etc… Due to it being an overlay interface you can click on the digital interface to temporarily clear the clock from the screen to get to whatever is underneath the clock. Very useful clock in my opinion…

Displays a small digital clock at the corner of the screen, on a small semi-transparent patch. Colors and opacity are configurable. You can choose a 12- or 24-hour clock. The clock can be restricted to fullscreen mode only, which makes it ideal when reading text, e.g. with the Kindle Cloud Reader. Based on the original Overlay Clock extension by mk, improved to eliminate web site conflicts.


Click Here For More Software

Software Selection for 08/20/2019 – PeaZip Portable 6.9.0

PeaZip Portable 6.9.0

Download Source: FreewareFiles

Author: PeaZip.org

(Windows XP/2003/Vista/7/8/10 (32-Bit/64-Bit)

rar zip file browser explorer

PeaZip is free file archiver utility, based on Open Source technologies of 7-Zip, p7zip, FreeArc, PAQ, and PEA projects.

Cross-platform, full-featured but user-friendly alternative to WinRar, WinZip and similar general purpose archive manager applications, open and extract 180+ archive formats: 001, 7Z, ACE(*), ARC, ARJ, BZ2, CAB, DMG, GZ, ISO, LHA, PAQ, PEA, RAR, TAR, UDF, WIM, XZ, ZIP ZIPX – view full list of supported archive file formats for archiving and for extraction.


Click Here For More Software

Is Amazon Prime’s $129 A Good Deal?

After reading the article by  Brian Fagioli (at betanews) , “I canceled Amazon Prime and you should too” makes me think and question; “Who is taking advantage of who?”. Is the $129 I am spending every year to take advantage of Amazon Prime (i.e. free 2-day shipping, movies, tv show, whole foods, etc..) worth it?

I would love to hear what people think about this… Read the article that Brian posted. It makes a whole lot of sense and you may be throwing $129 out the window that could be used for something else more valuable; PLUS, Brian gets into the flip side of things where Amazon graciously cancelled (reimbursed in full) his annual subscription; but, at the same time Amazon has a reputation of not treating their employees too good. The last part, “not treating their employees too good” may be enough for me to cancel right there.

Android App Selection for 08/19/2019 – Eye Protector

Eye Protector

Source: Google Play

(Android OS)

This app is ad-free and is one of the easier-to-use apps for setting up your screen to read your phone during the night time hours. I currently use this app… Protect & care your eyes, reduce the blue light. Make your eyes feel more comfortable when you watching cellphone. You can make the screen darker, or set other plans to fit your eyes, set the scheduled task. Besides, you are able to shake to catch screenshot and share.

Screenshot Image


Click Here For More Android

Software Selection for 08/19/2019 – License Crawler

LicenseCrawler

Source: Klinzmann

(9x/ME/2000/XP/20003/Vista/2008/7/8/10)

This application comes in handy in the event you need to set up your computer again. LicenseCrawler is a sweet little application that scans the Windows Registry for Windows product keys and other serial numbers and licenses. The LicenseCrawler can discover application product keys and other serial numbers or licenses very quickly and supports all versions of Windows operating system from Windows 95 over Windows 7 to Windows Server 2008 R2 (64Bit).


Click Here For More Software

10 Essential Chromebook Tips for Students | Laptop Mag

While navigating the operating system is simple, the pool of students underutilizing their Chromebooks gets larger with each semester. From shortcuts to multitasking, we’ll help you make the most out of the speedy and lightweight operating system. Bust out your comfy sweatpants, grab yourself a pumpkin spice latte and prepare to free up your schedule this semester with these back-to-school tips for Chromebooks.

lenovo-chromebook-c330-010-HERO1

Learn More @ Laptop Mag

Quick Tip: Creating A Windows Desktop Shortcut With Google Chrome

Creating a desktop shortcut using Google Chrome is quite easy. By creating a shortcut on your Window’s desktop to a favorite site will get you to the site quickly by simply clicking on the shortcut. I personally have shortcuts on the desktop to my Gmail, my calendar, my notes, my Google Drive, etc…

Here are the steps to create a Windows desktop shortcut with Google Chrome:

  • Open Google Chrome and go to the site you desire to create a shortcut for. In my case, I went to my site at www.whatsonmypc.net.
  • Once the site loads, go to the top right corner of the browser and click on the three vertical dots to open the Google Chrome Menu.
  • When the menu opens, click on “More Tools”; then click on “Create Shortcut”

  • When the “Create Shortcut” dialog box appears, you can name the shortcut whatever you want to name it. In this case, I named the shortcut “What’s On My PC”. I typically keep the name of the shortcut to a short easily identifiable name.

  • You will also see an option where you can open the shortcut as a Window if you desire. My advice, leave the box unchecked.
  • Click on “Create” and the shortcut will be created on your Windows desktop where it makes it easy for you to go directly to the site.
  • If you decide you no longer want the shortcut, simply delete it from the desktop.

More “Quick Tips” Here

 

 

 

Software Selection for 08/16/2019 – Click&Clean

Click&Clean

Source: Google Chrome Store

(Browser Extension – Google Chrome, Chrome OS)

A super easy Google Chrome browser extension that is engineered to delete typed URLs, Cache, Cookies, your Download and Browsing History…instantly, with just 1-click on Click&Clean button! Over 2.5 million users… with super user ratings!

Click&Clean is an innovative and totally free solution for your PC, Mac or Chromebook, that will help you to:

– Scan your PC for Malware
– Delete your browsing history
– Remove download history
– Erase temporary files
– Clear cookies and Empty cache
– Delete client-side Web SQL Databases
– Remove Flash Cookies (LSOs)
– Protect your privacy by cleaning up all traces of your internet activity,
– Clean up your hard drives and Free up more disk space, icluding secure file deletion using external applications, like CCleaner or Wise Disk Cleaner.


Click Here For More Software

Today’s Deal: A Ruggedized and Water Resistant Chromebook

The ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS04 is ready for drops and spills with rugged construction with reinforced rubber guards, easy-grip handles, and a spill-resistant keyboard. This Chromebook is lightweight (2.65-pound body) and rugged (can be dropped from 3.9 feet).

ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS04

Powered by the Intel Celeron N3060 Processor (2M Cache, up to 2.48 GHz)
4 GB DDR3 RAM; 32GB Flash Storage


Click Here To See More Tech Deals

Software Selection for 08/15/2019 – IsMyHdOK 1.84

IsMyHdOK 1.84

Source: SoftwareOK.com

(Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Server 2000-2016, XP, Vista, x64/x32/x86)

IsMyHdOK is a small program but effective solution to easily check the Performance of a Windows Volume eg. Partition!

Key Features in HD Test Tool

◆ Benchmark Suitable for SSD and HD and other drives
◆ Arbitrary Test Time:
◆ Quick Test (~ 15 sec)
◆ Short Test (~ 30 sec)
◆ Long test (~ 60 sec)
◆ Very long test (~ 4 min)
◆ Screenshot after the Benchmark

Calculate The HDD / SSD / SHDD / SC / USB Speed!


Click Here For More Software

Microsoft Patches Two Critical Windows 10 Security Flaws | Digital Trends

If you’re running any version of Windows 10, you should update your computer as soon as possible. Microsoft recently alerted users that it patched two critical remote code execution (RCE) “wormable” vulnerabilities, which could have allowed hackers to spread malware to both your — and others — PCs without your knowledge or any interaction.

Source: Microsoft Patches Two Critical Windows 10 Security Flaws | Digital Trends

Windows Defender Gets Perfect Scores in Antivirus Test | Tom’s Hardware

Windows Defender is the default antivirus software that comes pre-installed on Windows 10 and is the antivirus software that I use here at “What’s On My PC”. The best part is that it is FREE!

Performance issues, privacy concerns, and other problems make it harder than ever to recommend third-party antivirus solutions on Windows. Now it’s about to become even more difficult: TechSpot reported that AV-Test, an independent organization that evaluates security products, gave Windows Defender perfect scores across its three evaluation categories after testing 20 antivirus products made for Windows 10 throughout May and June

Read More @ Tom’s Hardware

Quick Tip: See All Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts By Using A Keyboard Shortcut

The Chromebook, which runs off the Google Chrome OS platform, is a different beast in itself; BUT, let me tell you this, “I love my Chromebook”… I find myself using it more and more. If interested in seeing the different Chromebooks and their pricing — CLICK HERE

If you are the proud owner of a Chromebook here is a quick way to get to a guide that will show you all the “Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts”. To get to the guide, simply Press Ctrl + Alt + ?  at the same time on your keyboard. You can browse through the different keyboard shortcuts or you can search for them. Below is a screenshot of what I am seeing on my Chromebook. If your Chromebook OS has not been updated you may see a screen overlay of a keyboard instead.

My favorite keyboard shortcut is Ctrl + Shift + []]] button (above the 6 key). This shortcut will allow you to take a partial screenshot.


More “Quick Tips” Here

Android App Selection for 08/14/2019 – SmartNews: Breaking News Headlines

SmartNews: Breaking News Headlines

SmartNews delivers high-quality news headlines and breaking news from top news publishers: NBC News, MSNBC, USA Today, TIME, The Huffington Post, Bleacher Report, Quartz, The Verge, VICE, VOX, AP, Reuters, Buzzfeed, Fast Company and more.

Source: Google Play Store

(Android OS)

Screenshot Image

Breaking News —
Notifications for breaking news headlines.

Smart Mode —
Readability mode for optimal news reading experience.

Offline News Reading —
Fetch trending news and read it offline.


Click Here For More Android

Software Selection for 08/13/2019 – SearchMyFiles 3.01

SearchMyFiles 3.01

Source: NirSoft

(Windows 7/8/10/2000/Vista/XP)

SearchMyFiles is an alternative to the standard “Search For Files And Folders” module of Windows. It allows you to easily search files in your system by wildcard, by last modified/created/last accessed time, by file attributes, by file content (text or binary search), and by the file size. SearchMyFiles allows you to make a very accurate search that cannot be done with Windows search. For Example: You can search all files created in the last 10 minutes with size between 500 and 700 bytes.


Click Here For More Software

Quick Tip: When getting rid of your iOS, Android or Windows devices it is important to wipe the data. Here’s how…

What I have found that most people when they get rid of their devices they neglect to erase or wipe the device clean of their personal information (files, pictures, contacts, messages, etc…). The National Cyber Security Centre,  UK’s independent authority on cybersecurity, has a nice tech writeup on resetting (wiping clean) and reprovisioning your iOS, Android and Windows Devices (see source link below).

Quick Reference

For each platform, the most useful restore methods are explained in full, alongside the risks of using them. We then recommend one of the methods to use for the following four common scenarios:

  • Scenario 1: Sanitising a device believed to be compromised with malware
  • Scenario 2: Preparing a device which has not previously been managed
  • Scenario 3: Reissuing a device to a different user in the same security environment
  • Scenario 4: Sanitising a device for release to lower security domain or sale

Platform-specific advice:

Quick Tip: Learn How To Digitally Preview Your “U.S. Mail” In Your “Email” Before You Go To The Mailbox

Did you know that the U.S. Postal Service has a feature available that allows you to digitally preview what mail you have arriving before you even go to your mailbox? 

It is called “Informed Delivery” and it is available for FREE through the U.S. Postal Service. To get started — CLICK HERE — to sign up… It is a 3-step process where you will create your account, verify your identity, and receive notifications.

Once your account is created, it may take a period of time before you will start seeing the notifications in your email account. Once you start receiving the notifications in your email you will be able to view grayscale images of the exterior, address side of letter-sized mailpieces scheduled to arrive soon. You can also check the delivery status of packages and when they’re scheduled to arrive. If for some reason you do not start seeing the email previews, make sure you check your spam folder in your email client.

I have been using the service for quite a while and has saved me from making unnecessary trips to the mailbox.


More “Quick Tips” Here

 

Android App Selection for 08/12/2019 – HiPER Scientific Calculator

HiPER Scientific Calculator

HiPER Scientific Calculator is a popular calculator with more than 16 million downloads and 100,000 five-star ratings.

Source: Google Play Store

(Android OS)

Screenshot Image

The calculator has many functions, such as:

– basic arithmetic operations including percentage, modulo and negation;
– fractions (in the expression mode any expression including nested fractions can be entered as a numerator and a denominator);
– mixed numbers;
– periodic numbers and their conversion to fractions;
– unlimited number of braces;
– operator priority;
– repeated operations;
– variables and symbolic computation;
– derivatives and integrals;
– graphs of functions and integral area;
– calculation details – extended information about a calculation like all complex roots, unit circle etc.;
– complex numbers
– conversion between rectangular and polar coordinates
– advanced number operations such as random numbers, combinations, permutations, common greatest divisor, etc.;
– trigonometric and hyperbolic functions;
– powers, roots, logarithms, etc.;
– degrees, minutes and seconds conversion;
– fixed point, scientific and engineering display format;
– display exponent as SI units prefix;
– memory operations with 10 extended memories;
– clipboard operations with various clipboard formats;
– result history;
– binary, octal and hexadecimal numeral systems;
– logical operations;
– bitwise shifts and rotations;
– haptic feedback;
– more than 90 physical constants;
– conversion among 250 units;
– Reverse Polish notation.


Click Here For More Android

Software Selection for 08/12/2019 – Ultra Adware Killer 7.6.4.0

Ultra Adware Killer

Source: MajorGeek.com

Author: Carifred

(Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP)

Ultra Adware Killer

Ultra Adware Killer is a simple but powerful adware remover for Windows, which has the ability of detecting and removing adware for all the users in a system.

It removes browser toolbars, ad-ons, plugins, unwanted search providers and hijacked home pages, and also potentially unwanted programs (PUP’s). It also allows to optionally reset MS Edge, Chrome and Firefox’s preferences.


Click Here For More Software

8 ways to improve security on smart home devices | Malwarebytes Labs

If you own any smart devices at home, you may want to read this article at Malwarebytes Labs that will teach you how to tighten the security on those devices. Like anything else that is connected to the internet, there is always the risk of being compromised.

Let’s face it: No matter how often we warn about the security concerns with smart home devices, they do make life more convenient—or at the very least, are a lot of fun to play with. It’s pretty clear this technology isn’t going away. So how can those who’ve embraced smart home technology do so while staying as secure as possible?

Here are eight easy ways to tighten up security on smart home devices so that users are as protected as possible while using the new technologies they love.

8 ways to improve security on smart home devices

Learn More @ Malwarebytes Labs

Quick Tip: Should I Turn My Computer Off At Night?

Here at “What’s On My PC”, since the beginning of time, I shut down all my computer’s at night. In the morning I power the computers back up and let the computers go into sleep mode during the day when not using the computers (if I am at home). If I leave home, I shut the computers down. I do all of the above for online security reasons, home safety reasons and I like the idea that every day the computers are being refreshed when starting up in the morning. Computers sort of have a mind of their own… If you click on the source link below, you will find a good read where various gamers tell you their thinking on this.

Depending who you ask, turning off your PC at night is either a good way to save electricity or a good way to speed up the deterioration of your hardware. Or maybe it’ll help prevent the build-up of dust. Or maybe powering down and then up again uses more electricity than just leaving it to hibernate would. Or maybe the RGB gremlins will get sad if you don’t leave a light on for them. At this point there’s so much conflicting advice, it’s tempting to just throw up your hands and stop caring.

Source: Do you turn your PC off at night? | PC Gamer

Windows 10 Version 1903 Will Be Coming Soon, Microsoft Warns | Redmondmag.com

Here at ‘What’s On My PC’ I am hearing the version 1903 feature update this is starting to show up on Windows 10 computers at home. As with any Windows 10 update, expect the process to be time-consuming (and leave the computer “on” during the update process).

Windows 10 version 1903 will be arriving soon for many of those individuals and organizations not presently using it.

Read More @ Redmondmag.com

Quick Tip: How To Send (and Request) Money Using Gmail

Who would have ever thought you would be able to send (and receive) money using email. With Google’s Gmail, you can. When composing an email in Gmail, at the bottom, you will see a “$” sign. If you click on that “$’ sign you will be walked through the process of sending money where a Google Pay, Debit or Bank Account is required. You can send the money to any email recipient, does not have to be another Gmail account, and it is free so long as you have one of the three bank accounts as mentioned. The first time a recipient receives money through Gmail, they will need to add a debit card to transfer the money to. After that first time, whenever someone sends money through Gmail, it will automatically and seamlessly transfer to that card.  You can also “request” money using the Gmail ‘$” feature, as well.


More “Quick Tips” Here

Software Selection for 08/09/2019 – WebBrowserPassView v1.91

WebBrowserPassView v1.91

Source: NirSoft

(Windows 2000 to Windows 10)

WebBrowserPassView is a password recovery tool that reveals the passwords stored by the following Web browsers: Internet Explorer (Version 4.0 – 11.0), Mozilla Firefox (All Versions), Google Chrome, Safari, and Opera. This tool can be used to recover your lost/forgotten password of any Website, including popular Web sites, like Facebook, Yahoo, Google, and GMail, as long as the password is stored by your Web Browser.

After retrieving your lost passwords, you can save them into text/html/csv/xml file, by using the ‘Save Selected Items’ option (Ctrl+S).


Click Here For More Software

Android App Selection for 08/09/2019 – Inoreader – News App & RSS

Inoreader – News App & RSS

Source: Google Play

(Android OS)

Screenshot Image

Used globally by techies, business professionals, digital marketers, research institutions, content publishers, and more – Inoreader is a news app that offers not only a beautiful and light reading experience, but also powerful news aggregation and curation features that let you build a perfectly personalized news feed.

FREE Plan
– Add feeds and organize into thematic folders
– Search inside your own subscriptions for FREE
– Use on any device with web and mobile apps
– Day and night reading modes
– Free search and full archive of your subscriptions
– Save articles to third-party tools like Dropbox, Evernote, OneNote, Pocket, etc.
– Share to any social media or scheduling tool like Buffer and Hootsuite
– Save pages from the web for viewing later


Click Here For More Android

Software Selection for 08/06/2019 – System Scheduler 5.16

System Scheduler 5.16

Source: Splinterware

(Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP)

Screenshot

The free version of System Scheduler is fully functioning with no embedded advertising or other software. Includes basic functions to run an application, popup reminders and send keypresses. The Pro version is $30.00 and further includes:

  • Runs as a system Service (run jobs while logged off)
  • Send Email Notifications on task run or failure
  • Detect Application Exit Code Errors
  • Process Watcher, File Watcher and Service Watcher Events
  • Shutdown/Reboot local and REMOTE computers
  • Auto Logoff Computer
  • Auto Lock Console
  • Run Programs/Tasks on Logon and Logoff/Shutdown
  • Schedule Missed Events to run on Startup/Logon
  • Wake Up Local (Standby/Hibernate) and Remote Computers (Wake On LAN)
  • Run Sequence of Events, with timed delays
  • Extra Scheduling Options such as ‘On Idle’, ‘On Cease Idle’, ‘On Wakeup’
  • Advanced credentials control using ‘Run As…’
  • Terminal Services/Remote Desktop support
  • On Windows Vista/7 and higher can automatically use highest credentials
  • Create desktop shortcut to run events immediately
  • Priority Email Support from Splinterware

Click Here For More Software

 

Quick Tip: Do Not Plug A Laser Printer Into An UPS

Using an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) to plug your computer and monitor into is a good thing; BUT, it is not a good idea to plug a laser printer into a UPS.

Why? 

Laser printers produce a high current draw that will “sag” the utility line causing low voltage situations. You may get away with plugging into the UPS for a while, but eventually, the powering up of the laser printer (especially during print jobs) will weaken the battery in the UPS. In one case I experienced, the user reported that their computer was shutting down during print jobs. The cause was the laser printer was plugged into their UPS. I have seen where a separate UPS is used exclusively for laser printers, but most people at home are not going to go to that expense.

What is a UPS (uninterrupted power supply)?

For those who do not know what a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) is…  CLICK HERE to see examples. Typically a UPS will have multiple outlets with some of those outlets reserved exclusively for battery backup. All the outlets typically will offer surge protection. For home use, you will be plugging the computer and monitor into the battery backup side of the UPS. When a power outage occurs, the computer and monitor will remain “ON” for a period of time so that you can safely save your files and safely shut down the computer.


More “Quick Tips” Here

Android App Selection for 08/05/2019 – OpenSignal

Open Signal

(Android OS)

Source: Google Play

Screenshot Image

The free OpenSignal app is packed with features to help you accurately measure the everyday experience you receive on your mobile network. No estimates. Includes:

  • Download speed, upload speed and latency test, test speeds on cellular or wifi
  • History of speed tests, visualized on a map or list
  • Stats on network availability – how much time you are connected to 2G, 3G, 4G, or have no signal
  • Stats on speeds experienced on all networks worldwide
  • Independent coverage maps made with data contributed by users
  • Free and ad-free

Click Here For More Android

Software Selection for 08/05/2019 – PicPick Portable 5.0.6 (screen capture, editor, color picker) Released

PicPick Portable 5.0.6 (screen capture, editor, color picker) Released

Source: PortableApps.com

A new version of PicPick Portable has been released. PicPick is an all-in-one program, primarily system tray-based, that provides a full-featured screen capture tool, an intuitive image editor, a color picker, a color palette, a pixel-ruler, a protractor, a crosshair and even a whiteboard. It’s packaged in PortableApps.com Format so it can easily integrate with the PortableApps.com Platform. PickPick Portable is freeware for personal use only.


Click Here For More Software

Powered by WordPress.com.

Up ↑