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.


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Android App Selection for 08/05/2019 – OpenSignal

Open Signal

(Android OS)

Source: Google Play

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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

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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.


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Android App Selection for 08/04/2019 – Keep Screen Awake

Keep Screen Awake

(Android OS)

Source: Google Play

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Very useful and easy to use application that allows you to quickly toggle phone’s screen timeout settings, setting it to always on or revert back to chosen before display timeout.

KEY FEATURES:

NEW! Quick Setting Tile (requires Android Nougat or above) to toggle screen timeout in the most convinient way.
• Quickly toggle screen timeout with compact and easy to use widget.
• Screen always on mode.
• Multi-tap support for switching between different screen timeout values.
• Up to 6 user definable custom timeout values, that you’re able to quickly switch between using double and triple taps on widget.
• Option to restore last active timeout state on device boot.


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Software Selection for 08/03/2019 – Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Downloader Tool 8.16

Microsoft Windows and Office ISO Downloader Tool 8.16

Source: FreewareFiles

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Microsoft removed the disk images of its Windows operating system from Digital River, making it difficult to get untouched ISO files. Now, you can now use Microsoft Windows ISO Downloader Tool to easily download genuine disk images for Windows 10, 8.1 and 7. Additionally, you can download Office images for Windows and Mac. The handy software connects directly to Microsoft’s server.


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Today’s Deal: BLACK+DECKER HHVI315JO42 Dustbuster

The BLACK+DECKER HHVI315JO42 Dustbuster is an inexpensive cordless (lithium battery) handheld vacuum. I have one of these and it is great for cleaning in and around the computer and with the crevice tool attachment you can easily clean the keyboard. I also use this vac to keep up with the cleaning of my vehicles.  Run time is about 10 minutes and the power will stay at a constant level for that 10 minutes. That may not seem like a lot, but I can do the inside of my crew cab truck (seats and floor) with power to spare. Very handy vacuum with great suction.

  • Lithium technology provides strong suction and extended run time, 1.5AH
  • Increased bowl capacity, washable bowl and filter
  • Crevice tool for hard to reach areas and brush for upholstery
  • Wide mouth design for large debris and cyclonic action helps keep the filter clean and suction strong
  • Lightweight and portable design. 10 hrs, Power Rating : 10.8
  • Included Components: Jack Plug Charger, Wall Mount, Push-In Crevice Tool, Push-In Brush; Power Source: Cordless

Source: Amazon – BLACK+DECKER HHVI315JO42 Dustbuster 

25 temporarily free and 38 on-sale apps and games, including Majesty and Majesty: Northern Kingdom | Android Police

I always check out the free apps at Android Police. This week I grabbed a Unit Measure app (for free) that was posted.

What I usually do, even if I don’t really want the app and only have a slight interest, I will install it and then uninstall it. At that point, it becomes part of my Google Play app library. I can always then can go back to my library and install it, when I need it.

 

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Software Selection for 07/29/2019 – NirLauncher 1.22.19

NirLauncher 1.22.19

Source: Major Geeks

NirLauncher is a suite of all the tools from NirSoft. Currently, it has over 200 tools wrapped into this one package. NirLauncher is a suite of tools that are intended to make your daily computer use easier. Tools include; password recovery, network monitors, the ability to view Web Browser info (like cookies and cache), to file search and more. [License: Freeware | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP | Size: 28.8 MB ]

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Quick Tip: How to Activate the “Speakerphone” Feature On Your Android Phone

Today’s tip is actually quite simple and is actually a reminder to folks who are learning to use their smartphones. When making a phone call and the connection has been established, learn to activate the speakerphone feature that will allow you to put the phone down and continue talking (and listening). Not every call would you want to do this, but I have trained myself to use this feature when I know I may need both hands to review a document, write something down,  or someone else needs to hear the call, as well (like a conference call). Typically, the speakerphone feature can only be activated after the phone number is dialed.

Below is a pic of my phone and where the speaker icon is located when a call is in progress. When I tap on the “speaker icon” on my phone, I can then hear the conversation through the speaker on the phone. This will vary from phone to phone… Make sure the volume is turned up on your phone so that you will be able to clearly hear the recipient of the call.

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Software Selection for 07/28/2019 – Tweaking.com Windows Repair 4.5.3

Tweaking.com Windows Repair 4.5.3

Source:  Freewarefiles.com

Tweaking.com – Windows Repair is a tool designed help fix a large majority of known Windows problems including; registry errors, file permissions, issues with Internet Explorer, Windows Updates, Windows Firewall and more. Malware and poorly installed programs can modify your default settings resulting in your machine working badly – or worse.

With Tweaking.com Windows Repair you can restore Windows original settings fixing many of these problems.

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What’s On My PC – Software Selection for 07/28/2019

[UPDATE] Desktop Info v1.18.0

(Windows, Portable App)

Desktop Info displays system information on your desktop in a similar way to some other desktop information tools. Unlike others, this application looks like wallpaper but stays resident in memory and continues to update the display in real-time. Uses very little memory and nearly zero CPU. Perfect for quick identification and walk-by monitoring of production or test server farms. Everything is customizable including language.

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Quick Tip: You can still get emergency help when your phone is locked — here’s how | CNET

Go to the source link at the end of the blog post to learn how to set up emergency contacts and medical conditions on different phone platforms. Emergency personnel may use your phone to access this information in the event of an emergency.

Below are the steps (from c|net) on how to set up your information for Android phones (not from Samsung).

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Android phones not from Samsung

Open the Settings app, scroll to the bottom and select About phone > Emergency Information. If you don’t see emergency information in that section, try this: Open Settings > Users & accounts > Emergency information.

Regardless of how you got to the Emergency Information screen, once there you can tap on the pencil icon to edit your medical information and add emergency contacts.

If the instructions above don’t apply to your phone, lock your phone and swipe up on the screen to bring up the prompt for your unlock method (PIN, pattern, etc.). Tap on the Emergency or Emergency Call button.

Swiping and tapping the button is also how first responders can view your information.

Source: You can still get emergency help when your phone is locked — here’s how – CNET

Good Android “Word Search Puzzle”

If you’re looking for the most trendy word search game, Word Search Puzzle is the game for you! You will enjoy a fun challenge as you identify the hidden words and then swipe up, down, left, right or diagonally to mark them. It’s a fun way to hone your vocabulary, spelling and puzzle skills. The game has 3 difficulty levels from easy to hard, you can choose them freely. Need more challenges? Try the Blitz mode and Marathon mode and enjoy time pressure.

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Word Search Puzzle @ Apps on Google Play

Trump’s ‘infested’ tweets violate Twitter’s dehumanizing language rule | Mashable

Rats, rodents, maggots, crime. These words have literal meanings, but when they’re used to describe specific places or groups, they take on something more. It’s something CNN anchor Victor Blackwell pointed out in a moving segment about Trump’s racist use of the word “infested” in tweets — and also something that Twitter explicitly prohibits in its rules against “dehumanizing language.”

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What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 07/25/2019

[UPDATE] WinScan2PDF v4.88 

WinScan2PDF is a very small program for scanning documents and saving them on your computer as a PDF by using any installed scanner.

Privacy note: The program does not automatically clean up scanned JPEGs, which are left behind in a temporary folder.

Icecream Screen Recorder 5.99

Icecream Screen Recorder is an easy-to-use utility that allows you to capture a screen area of any size as well as the added capability to record short videos. [License: Freemium | Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista | Size: 51.6 MB ]

Ashampoo Snap 10.1.0

Capture your desktop with this versatile screenshot and video capture tool

 

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What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 07/23/2019

Vivaldi for Windows (64-bit) v2.6.1566.49

Vivaldi for Windows 64-bit is a new web browser from the team that created the Opera web browser.

Free Music Downloader for SoundCloud 1.0.1

Download songs, tracks, and music from SoundCloud for free and save them in MP3 format.

BestCrypt Volume Encryption 4.07.9

BestCrypt Volume Encryption software opens a new class of Volume Encryption products. With the software users can encrypt old MS-DOS style disk partitions as well as modern volumes residing on a number of physical disk devices, for example Spanned, Striped, Mirrored or RAID-5 volumes.

BestCrypt Volume Encryption uses proven strong cryptographic algorithms: AES 256-bit, Blowfish 448-bit, CAST 128-bit, GOST 256-bit, RC6 256-bit, Serpent 256-bit, Twofish – 256-bit. It performs Computer Pre-Boot Authentication if system or boot volume/partition is encrypted. In addition, it supports Alladin hardware tokens.

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55 Useful Computer Shortcut Keys | Stay Updated

Computer Shortcut Keys: Whenever we work on the computer every time we use a mouse instead of shortcut keys. without mouse we don’t do anything. but there are plenty of computer shortcut keys which doesn’t require a mouse even we can most of the work without using the mouse. and shortcut keys makes our life easier and save some time that we waste on clicking the mouse button every time. Today I have brought 55 computer shortcut keys that can make you easier. so let’s begin.

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Quick Tip: Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts to Sign Out, Sleep, Shutdown and Restart

  • Press the Windows key + X (at the same time, then release), then tap U, then tap I to SIGN OUT
  • Press the Windows key + X (at the same time, then release), then tap U, then tap S to SLEEP
  • Press the Windows key + X (at the same time, then release), then tap U, then tap U again to SHUTDOWN
  • Press the Windows key + X (at the same time, then release), then tap U, then tap R to RESTART

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Change Mouse pointer and cursor size, color, scheme on Windows 10 | The Windows Club

The mouse pointer and cursor in Windows 10 are very important aspects of the operating system. This can be said for other operating systems as well, so in truth, they are not unique to Windows. Many users of the popular operating system may have no idea of some of the customization can perform on the mouse pointer and the cursor. If you’re someone who is sick and tired of looking at the same old thing every day, then continue reading.

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Resurrected viral hoax gets Facebook users worried about nothing! | Komando.com

A perfect example of how hoaxes flourish on Facebook is the re-emergence of a classic bit of fake news. A viral post claims that starting “tomorrow,” Facebook now owns every bit of content that you’ve posted. This means your likeness could be used in promotional material, sold to other buyers, or shared with third parties. Worse yet, the “rule change” is allegedly retroactive as well!

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Quick Tip: How To Add An Email Signature To Your Gmail

Create a Gmail signature

An email signature is text, like your contact information or a favorite quote, that’s automatically added at the end of Gmail messages as a footer. This text can be formatted and graphics can be added to really make the signature stand out.

Add or change a signature

You can put up to 10,000 characters in your signature.

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings and then Settings.
  3. In the “Signature” section, add your signature text in the box. If you want, you can format your message by adding an image or changing the text style.
  4. At the bottom of the page, click Save Changes

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What’s On My PC – Software Selections for 07/21/2019

BlueStacks (64-bit) v4.110.0.3101

Your Favorite Android Apps Now on PC (64-bit)

Wise Auto Shutdown (portable) v1.7.5

Wise Auto Shutdown is a freeware tool that can schedule a system shutdown, sleep, restart and so on.

[UPDATE] EssentialPIM Free v8.54.2

EssentialPIM includes a calendar/scheduler, todo list, contact manager, basic e-mail client, and tree-like multi-level notes tool that supports rich text, formatting and images.

While many advanced functions such as synchronization and encryption are exclusive in the Pro version, the program is capable of manually importing from variety of formats including Outlook, TreePad, Google calendar etc. Additionally, it can export to many formats including HTML, vCard, iCal, RTF, CSV, iPod, text etc.

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Quick Tip: How To Make Your Google Calendar Go Full Screen

When using Google Calendar, I personally like the month view (like you would see on a wall calendar); however, that is a matter of preference. To make your calendar go to a full-screen view,, no matter what calendar view you prefer, you can collapse the left-side menu and the right-side panel. Reflected below are instructions to walk you through this:

On the top left side of the screen, click the three-line menu icon at the top to collapse the side menu. You can toggle open the side menu by clicking on the three-line menu.

On the bottom right side, click the small right-facing arrow to collapse the side panel. This panel lets you view your Google Keep Notes, Tasks and other services. You can toggle the side panel back open by clicking the left-facing arrow.

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Today’s Deal: The Highly Recommended Olight I3T EOS 180 Lumens Dual-Output Slim EDC Flashlight

Being a techie type of guy who loves tinkering and messing around with just about anything, I have found it is necessary to have a flashlight around at all times. If you are like me, carrying a large light is not practical. This is where the Olight I3T EOS 180 Lumens Dual-Output Slim EDC Flashlight comes into the picture. The only thing I can say to make this review, is that this light is a must-have light and is just plain awesome (very portable, very bright, inexpensive). One AAA-battery powers the light and is a good thing in that you don’t have to stand around waiting for it to charge. Just pop in another battery and you are good to go.

Olight I3T EOS 180 Lumens Dual-Output Slim EDC Flashlight

The I3T EOS is a slim tail switch flashlight powered by a single AAA battery with a max output of 180 lumens. It is equipped with an excellent LED paired with a TIR optic lens producing a soft and balanced beam. It is also equipped with a dual direction pocket clip for multiple carrying options such as a pocket or backpack strap. The I3T is an incredibly convenient illumination experience to take with you everywhere.

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