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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Zamzar – Online Converter (1200+ formats)

Free online video converter, audio converter, image converter, eBook converter. No download or account required.

Zamzar - Video Converter, Audio Converter, Image Converter, eBook Converter

Convenience – No software to download. Just select your file, pick a format to convert to and away you go.

Speed – Aim to complete all our conversions in under 10 minutes.

Formats – Support 1200+ file formats, more than any other converter.

Experience – Have been successfully converting files since 2006 with millions of happy customers.

Support – Got a file you can’t convert? Just email Zamar and they will ask their dedicated engineers to take a look for you.

Source:  Zamzar – video converter, audio converter, image converter, eBook converter

Check Out Jigsaw Explorer – Online Jigsaw Puzzles

If you enjoy working on jigsaw puzzles, you need to check out “Jigsaw Explorer” (that runs in your web browser). What I found is that once you load a puzzle, select the number of pieces you want; then, go to full screen (to eliminate the ads loading). You can also upload your own images and what I discovered by doing that is that you can rotate the pieces by using the wheel on your mouse. To lift and move a piece, simply click on the piece using your mouse. You can even create puzzles and send/share them with others. Really nice online jigsaw app. Great app for Chromebooks, as well.

Jigsaw Explorer – Premium online jigsaw puzzles.

Source: Jigsaw Explorer – Online Jigsaw Puzzles

BeFunky: Free Online Graphic Designer, Photo Editor and Collage Maker

BeFunky is a FREE online graphic designer, photo editor and collage maker that continues to improve. The good here is that you can use this without installing software on your computer and end up with a really great creation. I have used all the elements (designer, photo editor, collage maker) in BeFunky and will tell you that you will not be disappointed. I suggest you spend some time with BeFunky and learn about each of the elements and make it your “go to” online editor.

BeFunky Photo Editor lets you apply photo effects, edit photos and create photo collages with collage maker. Online Photo editing and creating collages has never been easier.

Source: Photo Editor | BeFunky: Free Online Graphic Designer, Photo Editing and Collage Maker

Wikiwand – A Cool Way To Read Wikipedia

If you are into Wikipedia, you may want to take a look at Wikiwand. Very nice, interesting and modernized interface that makes reading Wikipedia articles a more pleasant experience to read. Wikiwand is available on many platforms (web and mobile). I currently have bookmarked their Start-News page in my web browser that enables me to jump to their web interface.

Wikiwand is the world’s leading Wikipedia reader for web and mobile.

Source: Wikiwand

Convert Microsoft Publisher Files to PDF Free Online

Just experienced a situation where someone sent me a Microsoft Publisher file as an email attachment. Guess what, most people, including myself, do not have Publisher installed and when using my Chromebook there is no conversion option available. To remedy this issue, I went to a website called “Convert Publisher to PDF” and within minutes, after uploading the publisher file and downloading the converted pdf file, I could see the contents of the file. Also appears you can save the converted file to Google Drive, Box, and OneDrive.

Pub to PDF converter online without email. Access files from Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive. Convert Publisher to PDF. 100% free. No software installation.

Source: Convert Publisher to PDF Free Online

start.me – A Modern Day Bookmark Manager (and Homepage App)

(start.me) is, by far, my favorite homepage browser app. It is the first thing I see when I load my browser on my computer.

I am big into customization and “start.me” has numerous options available to make your homepage shine the way you want it to (with various widgets, page backgrounds, etc…) Not only that, it is a modern-day bookmark manager with browser extensions, that gives you the power to save your bookmarks on the fly. Also, there is a mobile app available that you can load on your phone so that you can take your bookmarks with you.

If interested, the source link below will help get you started; plus, take a minute to watch the video.

We spend a lot of time on the Internet. We browse the web to discover. Or we search for something specific, like a delicious recipe or a motivational article. start.me’s bookmark manager lets you easily save and organize all of your favorite webpages on a customizable dashboard. Using start.me, you’ll spend less time digging for links and more time browsing them.

Source: What is start.me? – start.me

A FREE Basic Calculator (that can be accessed via the web or as a browser extension)

I love this calculator for its’ simplicity and that it is right at hand, as a browser extension. You can also access this calculator via the source link below and to learn more on how to install the calculator as a browser extension.

A simple calculator for basic arithmetic. This is a free tool available as an offline-enabled web/mobile application, Chrome extension, Firefox Add-on, and Microsoft Edge Extension.

Source: Basic Arithmetic Calculator

Spotify vs. Google Play Music: Which should you subscribe to? | Android Central

I am currently looking at Google Play Music and Spotify as an online music service subscription… So which one is the best?

Spotify is one of the most popular music services on the market today, but is it more deserving of your money than Google Play Music? Depending on your musical habits, the answer may be easier than you think.

Source: Spotify vs. Google Play Music: Which should you subscribe to? | Android Central

Listen to your favorite online radio stations – myTuner

I really like this online radio service (called myTuner) and especially like when you find and select a station it will pop out into its’ own small window (which allows you to listen while you surf). This app is available for many platforms and in my case; works on my Chromebook, Windows computers, and my Android devices as a dedicated app (smartphones and tablets).

Listen to your favorite radio stations and more than 50000 online radio stations for free on mytuner-radio.com. Easy to use internet radio.

Source: Listen to your favorite online radio stations – myTuner

You Will Love This Virtual Note Board App

You will love this virtual note board app, called “Note Board” that will help you remember tasks, write sticky notes, save web content, post pictures, etc… “Note Board” allows you to save content you come across with the Chrome or Firefox browser extensions; AND, is available as an Android or iOS app.

Note Board, productivity app

Organize notes: move your sticky notes to the board you want and drag the bottom right corner to resize.

Multiple boards: organize notes in boards, use textures to change the look of the board, move notes between boards.

Publish boards: when board’s visibility is set to public, it is viewable by anyone, but nobody will be able to change the contents of the board except yourself. Visit the gallery to see examples.

Share boards: share boards with friends and let them have writing access rights or read-only.

Save web content: if you install the Chrome or Firefox extension right click the website you are viewing to store a note, a selection of text, an image, a link or the URL of the page.

Source: Note Board App

Photopea | FREE Online Image Editor

A FREE online image editor that you may want to take a look at (especially, if you are a Chromebook user)…

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 Image Editor

FREE Online PDF Utility

All round “best” online  PDF service you will find.  PDFConvertFree is an easy-to-use online tool that gives you multiple options to manage PDF docmuents. It comes with excellent features that everyone may use.

For exam;le you can use it to Merge PDF, Split PDF, Convert PDF to Image/Word/Excel/PPTX/TXT/EPUB/SVG. You can create PDF from Word/Image/EPUB/Latex. You can also compress PDF, rotate PDF, grayscale PDF and protect PDF.

PDFConvertFree is 100% Free. No Sign Up. No Email Address. No Ads.
You can discover more about PDFConvertFree by following the source link below.

Source: PDFConvertFree

My Favorite of the “5 Online Postcard Maker Websites Free” is Crello

There are numerous online graphic design editors out there. It is just the matter of finding them. This is where the site “I Love Free Software” comes into play in finding the gems. They recently posted and reviewed “5 Online Postcard Maker Websites” for you to try and my favorite on their list is Crello. With Crello you can create a whole lot more than just postcards with their free templates to make stunning visuals. For example, they have a template for Facebook posts that I use to make my posts look original.

Here are 5 free online postcard maker websites. With these websites, you can make beautiful postcards in a matter of minutes and print or download them for free.

Source: 5 Online Postcard Maker Websites Free

Chrome Music Lab – Hands-On Experiments

Are you a music lover? If so, make sure you check out the Chrome Music Lab where you can have some fun with the hands-on experiments (such as Song Maker, Rhythm, Spectogram, Chords, Sound Waves, Appregios, Melody Maker and more…).  All of these apps can be run straight from your web browser and no account sign-in is required.

What is Chrome Music Lab? Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.

What can it be used for? Many teachers have been using Chrome Music Lab as a tool in their classrooms to explore music and its connections to science, math, art, and more. They’ve been combining it with dance and live instruments.

Can I use it to make my own songs? Yes. Check out the Song Maker experiment, which lets you make and share your own songs.

Source:  Chrome Music Lab

Some Really Cool Online Clock Background Wallpapers (with sound effects)

Here are some really cool backgrounds (with sound effects) that you can pull up in your web browser. Simply click on the links below. Once you land on the site, you will find additional background selections at the top right, as well.  Enjoy!

Rain Background

Fireplace Background

Aquarium Background

Virtual Washing Machine Background

Running Water Background

Lava Lamp Background

Nature Sounds Background

Abstracts Background

Christmas Background

 

Source: Online Clock Background Wallpapers – Online Alarm Clocks

A Modern Screenshot And Capture Tool

Here is a screenshot tool, called CloudShot, that may pique your interest. I love screenshot programs and CloudShot stands out in that it has a modern interface that allows you to share your screenshots via cloud services like Dropbox/Imgur, upload to FTP, copy or just save it.  I also dug a little deeper on the site and found there is a portable version, as well.

CloudShot

CloudShot

MultCloud Upgraded To Include NEW Google Chrome App

Multcloud is a web based app where you can bring together multiple cloud drives into one place (such as Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, MEGA, SugarSync, Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon S3 as well as FTP, WebDav, etc.).  I use Multcloud to quickly manage my cloud drives to access and transfer my files from one service to another. Today I was informed by AOMEI Technology that MultCloud was upgraded to include a NEW Google Chrome App

MultCloud

For home based personal account users, the FREE version of Multcloud is awesome when compared to other similar services.  

You get (for FREE):

  • Access To the Online File Manager
  • Cross-File Transfer Capabilities
  • Unlimited Cloud Drive Quantity
  • A Data Transfer Cap of <10TB
  • General Transfer Speeds (which is sufficient for personal use)

If you need more, MultCloud offers a premium service that, in my opinion, cannot be beat.

Need Custom Labels??? You May Want To Check Out The NEW and IMPROVED Labeley!

Labeley is a FREE web app (that you work with from your web browser) that gives you the ability to “create custom stickers for all occasions, from birthday parties, weddings and other special events to kids camping trips, kids clothing, back-to-school programs and so on”. With Labeley you can create your own design(s) with the online label editor, save them for future reference, upload your own graphics (or pics) and when done you can have them printed (for a small fee) and sent to you.

Labeley

Aside from the sleek, user-friendly layout, Labeley comes with a variety of design options that make label creation easy and fun. Users can choose between different:

– label shapes
– borders
– ribbons and graphics
– colors and fonts

or they can revamp their own design by simply uploading it from their personal computers. The best thing is, they don’t even need to create an account if they want to remain anonymous.

Evernote and Google Keep Made Some Nice Upgrades This Past Week

… and, MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-017)

Evernote and Google Keep are my two main note keeping applications. Evernote is for the important stuff and Google Keep is for the unimportant stuff.  Both are cloud based and are available on numerous platforms.

Unveiling the new Evernote for Windows

This past week Evernote made some noticeable improvements that made navigation of the sidebar more intuitive, searches are now more refined, and notebooks (and tags) can be color coded.  Read more about the changes to Evernote by CLICKING HERE.

The most noticeable improvement this past week to Google Keep is the NEW Google Keep Chrome extension that gives you the ability to save web pages, images and selected text with ease. To take a look at the Google Keep Chrome extension, CLICK HERE .

Both of these applications are especially helpful in keeping track of the things in our life; whether important and/or unimportant.

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Relive The Sinking Of The Titanic In This Real-Time Animation – If you got 2 hours and 40 minutes to spare, you can relive the final hours of the Titanic. The video has been viewed almost 3 million times on YouTube, with many people commenting that they watched the whole animation.

Sinking Of The Titanic Animation

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Drone

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How To Watch YouTube In TV Mode On Your Computer

… and, MORE GREAT GEEK SQUEAK STUFF (#2016-015)

This week’s blog posting on “How To Watch YouTube In TV Mode On Your Computer” is actually a very easy posting for me. To go into the YouTube TV Mode on your computer, simply open your browser and type in the following URL: https://www.youtube.com/tv … That is all there is to it. Once you are there there are three very easy keyboard commands you need to know. By hitting the “G” key on your keyboard, a guide will slide out from the left side of the screen. To perform a YouTube search, simply hit the “S” key on your keyboard. If you need to go back to the Home Screen, simply hit the “ESC” key on your keyboard. You can also easily navigate YouTube.com/TV with your mouse (pay special attention to the sidebar on the left side of the screen).

YouTube TV

YouTube.com/TV is also called YouTube Leanback and can also be launched by entering the URL of https://www.youtube.com/leanback. This mode of watching YouTube, which is commonly not known (or is forgotten about), is especially beneficial for those who have the larger computer monitors or have a media center set up on a large screen TV.

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File Encryption Software That I Was Unaware Of – Have you ever heard of MEO File Encryption Software? I was unaware it existed and glad that I found it. A free version is available for non-commercial use. If you like it, I found that following the install you can copy the folder where MEO File Encryption is installed to your flash drive and turn it into a portable app. Very nice (and easy) file encryption software with the following features (in the FREE version): Easily encrypt files and folders; Decrypt files that have been encrypted; Encrypt emails and send within MEO; and Create self-extracting encrypted files that can be decrypted without encryption software.

MEO File Encryption Software

More MEO Encryption Software Screenshots

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Reddit App ScreenShader

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Learn To Tie Knots Online – Check out Animated Knots by Grog that is described on the site as “TIE KNOTS THE FUN AND EASY WAY – Better to know a knot and not need it, than need a knot and not know it”. There is a desktop and mobile version available.

Animated Knots by Grog

Animated Knots

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Bet You Never Saw This Before – I have been looking around for a bluetooth capable mouse for my Android tablet and came across a mouse with a bluetooth speaker built into it. It is called the Aerb® Wireless Bluetooth Speaking Mouse . I haven’t decided whether to splurge for this (just to have something different); but, I have never seen anything like it.  A mouse with a speaker built into it is a really neat concept; especially, for a tablet or smartphone.

Aerb® Wireless Bluetooth Speaking Mouse

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Play Solitaire In Your Web Browser at Full Screen with No Distractions

There are a number of Klondike Solitaire games available on the internet that you can play in your browser; but, it is hard to find one that is ad free, until now. You need to check out, Solitaire Online.

Online Solitaire

Solitaire Online is one of the nicest looking Solitaire games I’ve come across that can be played full screen in your browser without any ads glaring nearby. Solitaire Online is also available as a Google Chrome Web App at the Google Chrome Web Store.

Game Features:

Unlimited undo option (‘CTRL’ + ‘Z’ option for Computer Geeks).

Retry function that allows you to start new game with same cards at start.

Auto move cards by double clicking them or single RMB click. – Animated gameply with on/off option.

You can play offline. – Different themes, backgrounds and card backs to choose from.

Klondike Solitaire for 1 and 3 card draws and Spider (1 suit, 2 and 4 suits).

Auto flip cars on/off option.

Support two language options: English, Polish.

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Play Mahjong Solitaire All Day Long Online for FREE

Mahjong, an ancient game that originated in China, has long been one of my most favorite games on the computer since the inception of the computer.  I can remember years ago when I first got into computers, finding a good software driven Mahjong game was a big deal.  Especially when the Mahjong tiles became more 3D in appearance.

Recently I went on the hunt on the internet to see if I could find a decent online version of Mahjong.  I hit the jackpot when I found 247 Mahjong [CLICK HERE] .

247 Mahjong

247 Mahjong is an Adobe Flash based game that you can play directly in your web browser (no software install required). 247 Mahjong features sounds, background music, a timer and 8 different tile sets to select from.

To Play Mahjong: Mahjong Solitaire is a tile matching puzzle game. You may click on any “free” tiles (those that are on the edge) to select them, and match them with other free tiles with the same face to eliminate them from the board. Beat Mahjong by eliminating all tiles.


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