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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What is the differences between 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G?

Computer and smartphone users at home are beginning to get curious about the new 5G cellular technology. To help you understand what the differences are between the different generations of cellular transmission technologies, I extracted the below information from a PCMag article (see source link below).

The G in this 5G means it’s a generation of wireless technology. While most generations have technically been defined by their data transmission speeds, each has also been marked by a break in encoding methods, or “air interfaces,” that make it incompatible with the previous generation.

1G was analog cellular. 2G technologies, such as CDMA, GSM, and TDMA, were the first generation of digital cellular technologies. 3G technologies, such as EVDO, HSPA, and UMTS, brought speeds from 200kbps to a few megabits per second. 4G technologies, such as WiMAX and LTE, were the next incompatible leap forward, and they are now scaling up to hundreds of megabits and even gigabit-level speeds.

5G brings three new aspects to the table: greater speed (to move more data), lower latency (to be more responsive), and the ability to connect a lot more devices at once (for sensors and smart devices).

Source: PCMag – What Is 5G?

How To Use The Electric Lines In Your House To Create A Wired Computer Network

Many folks at home are unaware of the technology where, with inexpensive devices, you can create a wired computer network within the confines of your home by using your existing electrical wiring. Setting this up is actually quite simple (plug and play) and be done by using the devices manufactured by TP-Link. Typically one device is plugged into an electrical outlet at your router then plugged (via ethernet cable) to your router. The other device(s) are then plugged into outlets in your home, paired with the main one at the router, then plugged into the computer or components using an ethernet cable.

Wired networking will give you better security, speed, and performance; which, are the main reasons to give this a try. It is one of those networking options that people do not think about and/or are totally unaware of. This eliminates having to run networking cable all through your house and is a good option if your wireless connectivity is poor in certain areas.

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Save On The NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender

Amazon has the NETGEAR AC750 WiFi Range Extender with $10 off the regular price, plus apply the extra savings coupon, that is currently available, to get an additional $5 off… This extender is ideal for boosting or extending the range of your existing WiFi network.

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  • Ideal for extending WiFi to devices like the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S5, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3
  • Dual band WiFi up to 750 Mbps
  • Supports new 802.11ac & b/g/n WiFi devices
  • External antennas for better performance, Access Point mode creates a WiFi hotspot using a wired Ethernet connection
  • Convenient wall-plug design
  • Works with any WiFi router
  • FastLane Technology – Use both Wi-Fi bands to establish one super high-speed connection; ideal for HD streaming & gaming
  • NOTE: Check instruction video before use

 

 

PingInfoView – Ping to multiple host names/IP addresses

One way to test the reachability of a host on the internet is to “ping” the IP address of the host or the hostname (i.e. http://www.google.com). When you perform a ping, it measures the round-trip time for the message to be echoed back to your computer.

A nice little utility, with a GUI, is PingInfoView by NirSoft. PingInfoView is a small utility that allows you to easily ping multiple host names and IP addresses, and watch the result in one table. It automatically pings to all hosts every number of seconds that you specify, and displays the number of successful and failed pings, as well as the average ping time. You can also save the ping result into text/html/xml file, or copy it to the clipboard.

Source: PingInfoView – Ping to multiple host names/IP addresses

World Route by Softperfect

NICE FIND by TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog… With the World Route tool you can easily find out what gateways your data goes through and how fast it travels. You will receive comprehensive route details, with each city and country conveniently marked on the map. Simply enter any IP-address or website and see the path network packets take to that destination. AVAILABLE as a full install or as a portable app…

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Here’s a visual aid to tracert currently free at Softperfect.  You can use this to see where internet delays are happening with a website.  This tool comes in portable and with an installer.

https://www.softperfect.com/products/worldroute/

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Geek Squeaks (#2015-38) FEATURING — My Reset Experience With Windows 10 — and MORE GREAT STUFF

My Reset Experience With Windows 10 – I recently performed a reset on my Windows 10 based computer and found the experience to be quite positive. I thought I would share some pointers with you so that if you have to perform a reset, it is not a scary experience.  Even though the reset preserves your personal files, I highly recommend that you always have a backup of any files on your computer that you cannot live without.

To get to the reset option in Windows 10, click on the Windows Start button (bottom left corner), go to Settings > Update & security > Reset this PC > Get started and choose an option. The option I chose was to reinstall Windows 10 and keep my personal files. This option will reinstall Windows 10 and keep your personal files; will remove the apps and drivers that you originally installed; will remove the changes made to any settings (and return them to the default settings); and, will remove any apps that the PC manufacturer installed (Note: If your PC came with Windows 10, the apps from your PC manufacturer will be reinstalled.).  After I launched the reset on my PC, it was pretty much hands free; and, what I really liked was that following the reset, Windows 10 generated a html page on my desktop titled “removed apps” that listed all of the programs I originally had installed on my computer. I had already written down what I wanted to re-install, but this list came in quite handy. In the end, the reset took approximately a half hour to 45 minutes and I can honestly say my computer is cleaner and faster.

Windows 10 Reset

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How To Mark All Your Unread Gmail’s As Being Read  – After performing a reset on my Windows 10 computer, I found myself motivated to do some housecleaning in my Gmail account. One of the issues I ran into was that I had hundreds of email’s that I did not read. As a result, I needed and wanted to mark those emails, as being read. The problem with this is that Gmail will only allow you to bulk select only a certain number of emails. This is where I started thinking, “there has to be a way to mark all the emails in my account as being read”. After performing some online research, I found an article at a site called Chron, titled “How to Mark an Entire Gmail Inbox as Read“. By using the Google Search box in your email as a filter to generate all unread messages, and following the step-by-step instructions, at Chron, you can easily mark hundreds (or thousands) of unread emails and change them to read.

 

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A Simple Program To Troubleshoot Network-Related Problems – If you manage a network, Win Network Tools may be helpful. The program provides a graphical interface (or launcher) of common command line tools that are built into Windows (that are typically run from the command prompt) and some other options (such as Speed Test) that will launch a site to test out your connection speed. What would be nice is if this program had a “portable app” option readily available for the tech toolbox. I did find that if I installed the program, and copied the “WinNetworkTools.exe” to another location (such as a flash drive) I was still able to run the program.  I then uninstalled it from the computer. Nice concept…  May contact the developer to suggest the portable app idea.

Win Network Tools - Interface

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Checker Plus for Gmail – You do not know what you are missing if you do not have Checker Plus for Gmail installed (as a Google Chrome extension). In my opinion, this is probably one of the best (and most useful) extensions available. I currently use this to monitor 4 different Gmail accounts and the best part is that you can set this to run in the background so that you will get notifications when an email arrives. If you have Chrome installed, get this one…

Checker Plus for Gmail

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Shield Your Electronics From Electrical Power Surges – When Christmas rolls around many of you may be installing new electronic equipment. What we have a tendency to forget is to purchase a surge protector to help protect the equipment from power surges. I went on the hunt to find what I think is a good investment and came up with the Tripp Lite 8 Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip 25ft Cord Right Angle Plug 1440 Joules . This Tripp Lite Surge Protector has a 1440 joule surge suppression rating with EMI/RFI line noise filtering to help components perform at their peak while extending their lifespan; 8 outlets with 3 specially designed to accommodate transformer plugs without blocking other outlets; an extra-long 25 foot cord with space-saving right angle plug; diagnostic LEDs that alerts you to the protection and grounding status; convenient built-in outlet safety covers to protect young children from possible harm and prevent dust from eroding internal components; and, a lifetime Warranty and $75,000 Ultimate Lifetime Insurance for connected devices. On top of this, to support my opinion on this, this surge protector is carrying a 5-Star rating.

 Tripp Lite 8 Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip 25ft Cord Right Angle Plug 1440 Joules

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Google Cloud Print – Make Your Home And Work Printers Available To You From Anywhere

If you use the Google Chrome Browser, did you know there is a built in feature (called Cloud Print) that will allow you to set up your home (or work) based printer so that you can print to that printer from any web based device (such as your smartphone, tablet, Chromebook, etc…)? This is a really handy feature when you are out and about and would like to generate a printed hard-copy of a document. Once you have Google Cloud Print setup, Cloud Print gives you the ability to store and manage (keep a history) of your print jobs.

Google Cloud Print

Google Cloud Print works with all printers, but for the best printing experience we recommend that you use a Cloud Ready printer. You can connect a printer to your Google Cloud Print account in seconds, and immediately start printing to it.

cloud printerConnect a Cloud Ready printer

If your printer is Cloud Ready, follow your manufacturer’s provided instructions or see setup information for Cloud Ready printers.

classic printerConnect a classic printer

 To connect your classic printer, enable the Google Cloud Print connector using a Windows or Mac computer that’s connected to the printer. You’ll need Google Chrome to be installed on the computer. If you’re using Windows XP, make sure you also have the Microsoft XML paper specification pack installed.

If you are like me, you most likely have a classic printer. The instructions to install a classic printer is as follows:

Once Google Chrome is installed, follow the steps below to enable the Google Cloud Print connector in Google Chrome.

  1. Turn your printer on.
  2. Log in to your user account on the Windows or Mac computer.
  3. Open Google Chrome.
  4. Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  5. Select Settings.
  6. Click Show advanced settings.
  7. Scroll down to the “Google Cloud Print” section. Click Add printers.
  8. If prompted, sign in with your Google Account.

Today’s Geek Squeaks – December 17, 2013

SEND AND PUSH NOTIFICATIONS to your Android devices and computer with Pushbullet. This is a new app that makes pushing files, pics, notes, addresses, etc… to and from your devices at supersonic speed.  So far, I love it…  Definitely one to keep an eye on…

A small and FREE application that can RECOVER LOST SOFTWARE PRODUCT KEYS in seconds…

TODAY’S RANDOM TECH SITE PICK is a site that is primarily targeted at the Windows 8, Windows 7 & Windows Vista user that addresses and covers issues in relation to Microsoft and Windows operating system. Highly recommended that you bookmark this site…

ARE DIGITAL MUSIC DOWNLOADS going to go the way of the dinosaur???

A CHEAP ROUTER with high customer review ratings…

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Pushbullet

(Android)

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What makes Pushbullet so useful?

Simple! It’s the easiest way to get things from your computer onto your phone or from your phone onto your computer. It’s also great for sending things from one Android device to another, or even to friends!

– By sending a file with Pushbullet, it’s automatically downloaded and waiting for you as a notification. Tapping on the notification instantly opens the file so you’ll never have to go dig for the file in your email or Dropbox folders ever again.

– With Pushbullet, you can also push links right into your phone’s notification tray. Just tap the notification to go to the link.

– Instead of having to look up an address all over again on your phone after having found it on your computer, you can just push the address to your phone. It will open Google Maps right from the notification, making getting to navigation a breeze.

– And that’s just the beginning, you can also send checklists, notes & reminders, and more.

GET IT HERE


 

SterJo Key Finder

(Windows)

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SterJo Key Finder is a small and FREE application that can recover lost product keys. All you have to do is run the program and it will find the keys for you in a few seconds. The software is currently able to recover a large number of keys like Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, WinZip, Corel Draw, CyberLink PowerDVD, Nero, VMWare Workstation, Techsmith Camtasia Studio, AUTOCAD and many more…

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Today’s Random Tech Site Pick (with sample article)

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(as listed @ Bookmarks4Tech.com)

AnVir Task Manager Free: Alternative to Windows Task Manager – Although Windows Task Manager works fine for me but some power users prefer using a third-party task manager tool which provides extensive information and granular control to monitor their computer performance and processes… READ MORE


Are digital music downloads already heading
the way of the CD?

@ TECHSPOT

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Don’t look now but it seems as though digital downloads may have already reached their peak. According to a new report from Billboard, 2012 may ultimately go down in history as the most lucrative digital download year as streaming services such as iTunes Radio, Rhapsody and Spotify will likely continue to gain in popularity and perhaps one day replace downloads completely… READ MORE


TP-LINK TL-WR841N Wireless N300 Home Router

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Made by TP-LINK, the TL-WR841N 300 Mbps Wireless-N Router enables multiple computers to share one Internet connection, and is designed specifically to meet the networking requirements of home offices and small businesses. This combined wired/wireless network connection device offers wireless transmission rates of up to 300 Mbps along with four 10/100 Mbps ports for wired connections. Sporting a sleek exterior, the Wireless-N Router can be mounted on a wall or placed horizontally on a table or desk… GET IT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – November 12, 2013

Summary Listing of Today’s Geek Squeaks’:

#1 Best Seller (at Amazon) Wireless Color Photo Printer With Scanner, Copier and Fax…

Access the shared files and folders on your desktop PC to move files to and from your Android Devices (such as smartphones and tablets)…

A Must See Infographic: How the mobile phone has evolved from bricks to brains…

Geek Squeaks’ features a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!

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Canon PIXMA MX922 Wireless Color Photo Printer with Scanner, Copier and Fax

When I am in the need to purchase tech items, such as a printer, I head over to Amazon to see if the item is available (which it most likely is), then I pull up the customer reviews (from real people). I know some of the reviews may be planted, but the majority are for real and it can give you a good handle on what to expect. In this case I was browsing around for an economical printer and I happened across the Canon PIXMA MX922 that has favorable reviews and is just the size I need for the space on my desk.

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FEATURES:

Built-in automatic two-sided printing, copying and scanning saves time and cuts paper usage by up to 50%

Print features include AirPrint, Auto Duplex Printing, Auto Sheet Feeder, Borderless Printing, CD/DVD Printing, Dual Function Panel, Google Cloud Print, Document Printing, Full HD Movie Print, Photo Printing and Web Template Print

Copy features include Auto Duplex ADF, AE (Auto Exposure / Intensity) Copy, Auto Duplex Copy, Borderless, Fit-to-Page, Gutter Shadow Correction Copy, Image Repeat, Intensity, Multiple Copy (1-99 pages), Preset Copy Ratios, Reserve Copy, Sort (ADF) and Zoom

Scan features include Auto Document Fix, Auto Duplex Scan, Auto Scan Mode, Network Scan, Push Scan and Scan to Memory (USB)

Fax features include Answering Machine Connectivity, Caller Rejection, Check RX Fax Info., Fax Reception Reject, Fax Number Re-Entry, F/T Changing (manual), Group Dialing, Memory Transmission, Redial and Remote Reception

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ES File Explorer File Manager

I cannot rave enough about the Android app called ES File Explorer Manager. If you need an app to manage the files on your Android device, this is the one to get. What has sold me on ES File Explorer is the networking capabilites that is built into the app (such as LAN, Cloud, FTP and Bluetooth). For example, instead of installing separate apps for your online file storage accounts, you can access those accounts through ES File Explorer (accounts such as the popular GDrive, Box, Drop Box, & SkyDrive). What I especially like is that I can access the shared files and folders on my desktop PC to move files to and from my Android Devices (and the computer).

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ES File Explorer is a free, full-featured file and application manager. It functions as all of these apps in one: file manager, application manager, task killer, cloud storage client (compatible with Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Box.net, Sugarsync, Yandex, Amazon S3, and Ubuntu One), FTP client, and LAN Samba client.

It provides access to pictures, music, video, documents, and other files on both your Android devices and your computers.

GET IT HERE


A Must See Info Graphic
On The Evolution Of The Cell Phone

@ Computer Science Degree Hub

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Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 15, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (FREE CD Ripping Software): First in the lineup today is FairStars CD Ripper that is exclusively designed to rip CDs, on the fly, to a variety of formats (i.e. WMA, MP3, OGG, VQF, FLAC, APE). This ripper has had a place on my PC for years (see below);

Squeak #2 – (Wallpaper of the Week): A frog inside your monitor screen. Very cooool… (see below);

Squeak #3 – (Coffee Table With Built-In Tablet Computer):  ITRush, one of the bloggers on my blogroll, recently posted this really cool computer setup that takes advantage of a coffee table and a tablet (see below); AND,

Squeak #4 – (Wireless Media Drive): A portable media storage device that streams high-definition movies, photos, and music on mobile devices and computers. Fits in the palm of your hand and holds a charge for up to 8 hours of use (see below)…

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Free Powerful Software For Ripping Audio CD Tracks

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  • Rips CD to WMA, MP3, OGG, VQF, FLAC, APE and WAV on-the-fly.
  • Supports automatic volume adjustment(normalization) during ripping.
  • Supports multiple CD/DVD drivers.
  • ID3 tag support.
  • Support automatic saving ID3 Tags when converting, and also support ID3 tags display and edit.
  • Query and submit CD disc information from/to the freedb(the Internet Compact Disc Database).
  • Audio Playback control function Support.
  • Easy-to-use user-friendly interface(skin support).

GET IT HERE


A Vladstudio “Frog”

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Get this other very unique wallpapers at Vladstudio…  GET THIS WALLPAPER HERE


The Giant Coffee Table Touchscreen Computer – The All New Coffee Table with Built-in Tablet Computer

@ ITRush

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Coffee everyone? Sure, how about enjoying your coffee with your favorite games, scrolling through your latest photos or even browsing to your favorite social media sites right on your favorite coffee table?… READ MORE


SanDisk Connect 32G Wireless Media Drive Streaming
On the Go

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The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive stores and streams your photo, video, and music collections wirelessly on up to eight mobile devices.

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This convenient pocket-sized drive requires no Internet connection or messy cables, so it can travel with you anywhere. It includes 32 GB* of storage, so you’ll have plenty of room for all your favorite movies and high-resolution photos.

CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – July 26, 2013

Today’s  Geek Squeaks‘ summary:

  • An easy (and portable) way to transfer files, on a network, without worrying about users, permissions, etc… ;
  • Get a T-Mobile phone for $0;
  • See the inside guts of the new Chromecast; AND,
  • If you are a big time book reader, then your tablet of choice should be the Kindle Paperwhite…

Dukto R6

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If you don’t know Dukto, I can tell you that it’s an easy file transfer tool designed for LAN use. I use it in my everyday work to transfer files from one PC (or other device) to another, without worrying about users, permissions, operating systems, protocols, clients, servers and so on… Just start Dukto on the two PCs and transfer files and folders by dragging onto it’s window… GET IT HERE


T-Mobile turns up the heat, offers all phones for $0 down

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T-Mobile is pulling out all the stops lately as part of their new “un-carrier” strategy. As of tomorrow, eligible customers will be able to purchase a new phone with no money down and pay for it via monthly payments for the next 24 months… READ MORE


iFixit Cracks Open Google’s $35 Chromecast Dongle

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Inside they found a tiny logic board encased in “a big hunk of aluminum heat sink.” That’s a relative term of course, the heat sink for this 2-inch unit is only “big” in terms of how much of the Chromecast’s insides it occupies… READ MORE


The Best Device For Reading. Period.

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Paperwhite guides light towards the display from above instead of projecting it out at your eyes like back-lit displays, thereby reducing screen fatigue. You can adjust your screen’s brightness to create a perfect reading experience in all lighting conditions, from bright sunlight to bedtime reading… READ MORE


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – July 20, 2013

Today’s roundup of Geek Squeaks’:

  • This does not sound like a good idea to me, but you can get a duplicate of your house keys with your phone;
  • Is there a NEW Nexus 7 on the horizon?;
  • Launch your Google Chrome Apps from your Windows desktop;
  • and, Expand your home network with this 5-port network switch.

How To Get Duplicates Of Your House Keys
With Your Phone

This is for real…

A credit card is required to ship the key, so in case of fraud, identity can be traced back. We’ll cooperate with law enforcement inquiries in case of fraud (nothing like that has ever come up).

We don’t accept flyby pictures of keys: the key must be held in the person’s hand, with their fingers visible.

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New Nexus 7 leak points to Android 4.3, dual cameras and wireless charging (update: on sale July 31st)

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A few days back, a lovely tipster sent us in some shots that strongly suggest a shiny new Nexus 7 will be hitting shelves next week for $269. Granted, that’s for the 32GB model, but it still represents a $20 premium over the current version… READ MORE


Launch Your Favorite Chrome Apps
Right From Your Desktop

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If you use Google Chrome, then this Windows based Chrome Apps Launcher is something you may be interested in…  GET IT HERE


Netgear FS105 ProSafe
5-Port Fast Ethernet Desktop Switch

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Plug in your Ethernet cables and connect a power cord, and you’re ready to go. There is no software to install or settings to configure. The switch features auto negotiation, which automatically obtains the fastest possible connection, and Auto Uplink takes care of the MDI/MDI-X connection. There are no toggle switches or special crossover cables. If your network has existing 10BASE-T devices, they will work seamlessly within a higher bandwidth environment with each port achieving its full speed… READ MORE


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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week – July 17, 2013

If you are a regular here at What’s On My PC, you are probably wondering what is going on with the blog. To put it bluntly, I have been going through blogger’s burnout and decided to try something different, using the Geek Squeaks’ theme that I have used in the past. I am hoping it is something you will enjoy and really get something out of. There is so much out there and this is one way to introduce you to other Tech Sites and at the same time share information with you in a beneficial way.

Todays Geek Squeaks’ features the following Squeaks’:

Find out how, step-by-step, to secure your wireless network; Use Web of Trust to find out what sites you can trust and what sites you cannot (I really endorse using this); See how you could possibly win $10000 for using Skype; Use TSR Watermark to apply watermarks to your images; and, for the last Squeak of the day; Expand Your Home Network With This HP Switch…

Plan on seeing  a lot more of Geek Squeaks’, featuring a round-up of tech products, news, software, apps, wallpapers, articles, you name it;  from my favorite tech web sites… I just plain love tech!


How to Secure Your Wireless (Wi-Fi) Home Network

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This article describes how you can secure your Wireless Network from hackers and you’ll also learn about free tools that people generally use to intercept your Wi-Fi signals… – READ MORE


Know Which Website To Trust

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WOT works as a free add-on for your Internet browser and crowd sources ratings from a global community of millions of users, who rate and comment on websites based on their personal experiences. WOT is based on a patented system to make sure the ratings are reliable, accurate, and constantly updated. The user ratings are validated with other trusted third party information…— GET IT HERE


Microsoft offers $10,000 travel voucher for Skype
“Stay Together” story

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If you can look past the irony of a Microsoft competition about connecting people all around the world open only to US residents, you could win a $10,000 United Airlines travel voucher for simply using Skype…—READ MORE


Easy, Fast and Fully Featured Batch Watermarking of Photos

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Boost your income while protecting your intellectual rights – Easy, fast and fully featured batch watermarking of photos… – GET IT HERE

  • Easy to use, available in more than 28 languages
  • Get better protection and branding – use multiple watermarks
  • Be more creative – with unlimited possibilities using text, images or 3D watermarks.
  • Save time – batch watermark thousands of photos without user action.

Expand Your Home Network With The
HP Pro Curve 1810G-8 Switch

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  • Provides reliable, plug-and-play Gigabit network connectivity
  • Provides additional network security capabilities
  • Improves energy efficiency, and expanded deployment flexibility
  • Consists of 8- and 24-port 10/100/1000 Web-managed switches

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300Mbps High Gain Wireless USB Adapter

Wireless networking and connectivity in the home is great, when it works; however, it is not uncommon to run into spots where connectivity can fluctuate from good to bad to dropped connectivity altogether.  I have been experiencing just that with my Lenovo Nettop Computer that is in my garage. It became quite frustrating; and just about the time I thought I resolved the issue, the issue would laugh back at me and surface again. 

To resolve the problem, once and for all, I decided to give the TP-LINK TL-WN822N Wireless N300 High Gain USB Adapter a try. For under $20 bucks, what did I have to lose.

TP-LINK TL-WN822N Wireless N300 High Gain USB Adapter

This adapter sort of reminded me of a flat headed rabbit (with its’ dual external antennas). It simply plugs into a USB port on the computer via the supplied 1.5 meter cable. I do recommend, prior to the install that you disable your existing wireless adapter (in device manager) and that you do not install the software that comes with this adapter and only install the driver. I found that the built in wireless management software built into Windows will do a much better job, with a smaller memory footprint. In the end, my wireless connection is now in the awesome category with no dropped connections.

Dual External Antennas Provide Strong Signal Strength

The TP-LINK TL-WN822N Wireless N300 High Gain USB Adapter offers wireless transmission speeds of up to 300 Mbps and complies with IEEE 802.11b/g/n standards. Dual external, 3 dBi, omnidirectional antennas deliver stronger signal penetration strength and wider wireless coverage, making the adapter ideal for sharing files, making Internet calls, or watching HD streaming media.

Worry-Free Wireless Security with QSS

This product’s QSS (Quick Secure Setup) function complies with the WPS standard to ensure the security of your wireless network. The Wireless-N USB Adapter supports 64/128-bit WEP encryption, as well as WPA/WPA2 and WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryption and mechanisms. These combined security measures are designed to deliver stronger, safer protection and guard against intruders.

Product and Warranty Information

The Wireless-N USB Adapter measures 7/10 by 3-1/2 by 2-7/10 inches (H x W x D) and is supported by Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. It is compatible with other 802.11b/g/n protocol wireless products, as well as Intel Centrino technology.

The Wireless-N USB Adapter is backed by a two-year warranty.

What’s in the Box
Wireless-N USB Adapter, quick setup guide, USB cable, and resource CD.

 


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Turn Any Outlet In Your Home Into A High Speed Networking Port

A very cheap alternative to networking computers together in your home, without running network cable, is to use networking adapters that are engineered to use the electric grid in your house. Typically you connect one of the adapters to your modem/router via ethernet cable, then plug the adapter into a wall plug. Then you place another adapter, plugged into a electric outlet, that is subsequently connected to the device .(i.e. Smart TV, Gaming Consoles, Home Surveillance Device, etc.) that you desire to connect to. After the adapters are setup, you simply sync the adapters by pushing a button on the adapters. Once they are synced and the lights on the adapter show a connection, then you are networked.

To give an example of such an adapter, I took a look at the Rosewill RPLC-201PKIT 200Mbps Powerline AV Pass-Through Adapter.  What I like about this adapter is that even though it uses an electrical outlet, it gives you a pass-through outlet back so that you can still use the outlet. One thing about these adapters; do not plug them into a surge protector. This will cause the adapter to either not work or may seriously degrade your network bandwidth connection.

 Rosewill Rosewill RPLC-201PKIT 200Mbps Powerline AV Pass-Through Adapter

Standards: IEEE 1901 and HomePlug AV compliantCo-existence with HomePlug 1.0 NodesIEEE802.3, IEEE802.3u
Encryption: 128-bit AES Encryption
Ports: 10/100Mbps Ethernet port
LEDs: Power, Ethernet, Data
Powerline Speeds: Up to 200Mbps
Connection Type: RJ45
Connection Speeds: 10/100M
Kit Type: Double

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All It Took Was Unplugging The Computer and Plugging It Back In

A tech (and gardening friend) of mine (Puterguy) sent me this story (actually as a comment on the blog), that compelled me to share his experience with you in hope that it will help someone else.

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Rick: I ran into another first today. I wasn’t sure where to post it so network monitoring sounded kinda close.

Story: The computer was not connecting to the the server and showing a disconnected or low signal.

My first thought was the CAT5 wire was shorting somewhere or a bad network port. After testing the line AND plugging into another CAT5 port that I knew was working, it still failed to connect. I rebooted the computer and the BIOS was set to check for LAN boot and there was a message which said something about Ethernet boot corrupted. Right away I am thinking “bad network card or BIOS corrupted”. I left it boot and logged in to still find the same symptoms. I turned the computer off and started to disconnect everything to swap out the Ethernet card BUT noticed the light on the Ethernet card on. Since the card was “wake on LAN”, I decided to pull the power cord to sorta reboot the Ethernet card. I plugged the computer back in, hit the power button, and TADA, no more issues.

All it took was unplugging the computer and plugging it back in (long story short)…

Be sure to check out Puterguys blog [ click here ] which is a gardening and tech blog mix…  Very unique!

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Locate All the Computers On Your Wired or Wireless Local Network

If you are into networking, you most likely have heard of Radmin Remote Access Software. To promote Radmin, I noticed that they offer a FREE IP Scanner called Advanced IP Scanner that is helpful in locating and monitoring the devices (wired or wireless) that are connected to your network (home or business).  Scanners such as this is helpful in identifying the IP addresses (which dynamically can change) and MAC Addresses of those devices.  Years ago when I managed a network, I used an IP scanner such as this to make sure all of my network devices and computers were alive and functioning properly.

Advanced IP Scanner is a free, fast and easy-to-use network scanner for Windows. In a matter of seconds, Advanced IP Scanner can locate all the computers on your wired or wireless local network and conduct a scan of their ports. The program provides easy access to various network resources, such as HTTP, HTTPS, FTP and shared folders. It also enables you to detect all the IP addresses on your WiFi network. With Advanced IP Scanner, you can wake up and shut down remote groups of Windows machines. If you use Radmin remote access software, you will also enjoy the improved Radmin Server detection and integration capabilities, which allow you to connect to any scanned machine with Radmin Server.

Advanced IP Scanner

What Advanced IP Scanner does:

  • Scans network in a matter of seconds
  • Detects any network devices
  • Finds HTTP, HTTPS, FTP and shared folders
  • Lets you connect to PCs running Radmin Serverwith one click
  • Allows you to shut down computers remotely
  • Supports Wake-On-Lan
  • Favorites list for easy network management
  • Export to HTML or CSV
  • Easy and user-friendly interface

Everything you need to know about Advanced IP Scanner 2.1 in just 3 minutes (video)

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Connect Multiple Computers Together For FREE Over The Internet

If you need a way to connect multiple computers together over the Internet, without worrying about firewalls, routers, or IP addresses, then checkout LogMeIn Hamachi.

LogMeIn Hamachi

LogMeIn Hamachi uses the technology of Virtual Private Networking (VPN) to tunnel its’ way between connections over the internet. It is like having a local area connection (LAN), between your computers, over the internet.

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Unlike traditional VPNs, LogMeIn Hamachi can be set up in minutes:

  • No hardware required – A quick, simple and easy-to-use VPN that just works
  • Secure communications – Encrypted tunneling across public and private networks
  • Flexible networking – Combines the ease of an SSL VPN with the connectivity of an IP-sec VPN
  • Web-based management – Deploy to anyone, manage from anywhere, access anytime
  • Free for non-commercial usage – Absolutely free for non-commercial use

I am currently testing and using the FREE non-commercial version of LogMeIn Hamachi between my Desktop PC (Windows 7 Home) and my Netbook (Windows XP) over a wireless connection to create my own virtual private network, using a topology model described by the LogMeIn website, as Mesh Networking.

Mesh networking. Connect all of your network clients to each other. Quickly and easily create a simple, virtual, mesh network that allows remote machines to directly connect to each other, thereby giving users basic network access to all the network resources they need.

The install/setup of the client software took me less than 10 minutes for each PC. During the installation on my desktop PC I was prompted to give my PC a network name and then prompted to create a network ID and Password. During the Installation on my Netbook, I was prompted to give the Netbook a network name and then I selected “join an existing network”; at which point I typed in the network ID and password. The LogMeIn Hamachi client software (on the Netbook) started probing (searching) for the Desktop, on the network, and found it very quickly. I then setup a network share on the desktop. From the Netbook side, using the LogMeIn Hamachi client (see below), I clicked on “browse” and the share that I had setup, quickly appeared.  Wow, what an easy way to setup a network.

LogMeIn Hamachi

When downloading the FREE non-commercial version, you have an option of downloading a “managed version” and an “unmanaged version”. For the sake of creating my mini network, I went with the unmanaged mode.

Unmanaged mode allows you and your friends or colleagues to set-up a VPN in a matter of minutes. However you will be limited to a mesh network configuration.

Managed mode gives you the ability to create a VPN in one of three configurations: mesh, hub and spoke or gateway. You will have the ability to deploy clients to your users by emailing them a hyperlink, and you will be able to manage and monitor your networks and their usage centrally from LogMeIn.com.

In the end, LogMeIn Hamachi was pretty easy to setup with minimal networking knowledge. One feature I really liked was that I could turn “off” my network by clicking on a “Power Button” at the top left corner of the LogMeIn Hamachi client software (see screenshot above).

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#60)

If you are a member of the What’s On My PC blogroll and you posted an article within the past 7 days, expect to see a link to your blog on Geek Squeaks’.  It is my way of saying “Thank You” to my fellow bloggers; AND, my way of visiting each and every blog to read the “best of the best”!

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Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Life in the Trenches –
Never Assume Anything When it Comes to Computer Security

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
Cool Stuff On The Net

TTC Shelbyville
Google Voice for Students

404 Tech Support
Product Review: HP MultiSeat

Netbook Freeware
Advanced Uninstaller – Best Free Uninstaller for Netbook

Worthy Tips
SuperbarMonitor: A portable CPU, Battery,
Disk, Memory monitoring system

I Love Free Software
Folder Marker – Freeware to Change Folder Icon and Color

Canadian Tech Blogger
OpenDNS Suffers DDoS Attack

Internet Security Review
Komodo Dragon Browser Review

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Has Facebook become too big for it’s boots?

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Styling Windows Vista (Part 1): Give Your OS a Facelift with a New Boot Screen

Free PC Security
GeSWall Test

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Laptop Scandal School’s Own Law Firm: Aside From Those 58,000 Spy Photos, There’s No Evidence Of Spying | Techdirt

Tech-for Everyone
5 Tips For Internet Safety

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PSU calculator – online app to compute PC’s wattage

Lifehacker
Turn a Suction Cup into a Phone Stand

Crazy World of G
Crow Saves An Eagle

thePC Security
How to View HTML Code of a Web Page Without Opening it

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove System Armor

Plato Press
Facebook ‘Friend’ Murders Teener

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Free Layer’s of Protection

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Google’s Public DNS Resolution Service

Google, within the past several days, announced that they are now offering a FREE, global Domain Name System (DNS) resolution service, that you can use as an alternative to your current DNS provider (which is usually through your Internet Service Provider).

The DNS protocol is an important part of the web’s infrastructure, serving as the Internet’s phone book: every time you visit a website, your computer performs a DNS lookup. Complex pages often require multiple DNS lookups before they start loading, so your computer may be performing hundreds of lookups a day.

As web pages become more complex, referencing resources from numerous domains, DNS lookups can become a significant bottleneck in the browsing experience. Whenever a client needs to query a DNS resolver over the network, the latency introduced can be significant, depending on the proximity and number of nameservers the resolver has to query (more than 2 is rare, but it can happen). As an example, the following screen shot shows the timings reported by the Page Speed web performance measurement tool. Each bar represents a resource referenced from the page; the black segments indicate DNS lookups. In this page, 13 lookups are made in the first 11 seconds in which the page is loaded. Although several of the lookups are done in parallel, the screen shot shows that 5 serial lookup times are required, accounting for several seconds of the total 11 seconds page load time.

You can learn more about Google’s Public DNS resolution service and how to configure your PC to use the service [ HERE ].  The official announcment page can be found [ HERE ] . I have not tried the service yet, due I currently use (and recommend) the popular OpenDNS resolution service on my PC’s. I would be interested in hearing about any comparative analysis between the (2)-two services and your thoughts about Google managing your DNS.

How is OpenDNS responding to this new competitor?  Click on the graphic below to see David Ulevitch’s (founder of OpenDNS) response to the release of Google’s Free DNS resolution service.

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I also encourage to visit the TTC Shelbyville blog to read about Google’s DNS resolution service and their recommendations [ HERE ]

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#2)

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15 free downloads to pep up your old PC – Curious? Read

Electoluminescent Wire Goes to Local Area Networks – TTC Shelbyville

What do the dolby numbers mean? – Tech for-Everyone

How does your teenager use the internet?  Should you care? – Bill Mullins Weblog Tech Thoughts

Google Chrome Beta Updates, Boasts Improved Speeds and New Features – LifeHacker

Free Image Recovery From Digital Camera – Piyadas World

Planning and Choosing Parts for Your Carputer Build – Is You Geeked Up

WOT – Against Intuition – Free PC Security

Avira has launched its new Version 9 – EvilsFantasy Blog

Google Voice – Crazy World of G

Image Editing With No Install: Sumo Paint – Confessions of a Freeware Junkie

Google Chrome Video – Carputers News and Computer Tips

Beautiful Oriental Chillout from Jamendo.com – Carol’s Vault

Verizon Network Extender Boosts Cell Phone Signals at Home – AskBillFirst

How to Detect and Remove U.Z.A Operating System Wallpaper – 411-Spyware

WeFollow: Latest User Powered Twitter Directory – All Thats New

Beware When The Dog Barks – What’s On My PC…

Geek Squeaks are random “hot” topic links (called “squeaks”) from various credible sources (called “geeks”) and may appear on the blog at any time.  Many of the topics are creations from fellow bloggers or software authors who have actively participated (e.g. link exchanges, comments, etc…) with “What’s On My PC…”.  If you are interested in a link exchange please leave a comment below.

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#1)

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Cloud computing safer than on-premisesComputerWorld

Check the Speed of Your FlashdriveTTC Shelbyville

Your Electric Wiring Is A Wi-Fi Network AlternativeBill Mullins’ Tech Thoughts

Wired or Wireless?*Tech-for Everyone

USB Locker – Free USB Port Disabler ProgramPiyadas World

Convert files to different formats for freeGreat Free Software Utilities

Registry Mighty – How to ruin your PCFree PC Security

Make Mine Dark RoastCrazy World of G

Panda USB and Autorun Vaccine BetaEvilfantasy’s Blog

Use a laptop SATA drive in a desktop computerConfessions of a Freeware Junkie

How-to GuideCarputers News and Computer Tips

30+ File-share and drop bookmarksCarol’s Vault

Reduce the Size Of Your Digital Pictures in Windows XPAsk Bill First

8+ Most Must-Have Twitter Mash-Ups and Apps EverAll That’s New

Glary Utilities – traditional all-in-one packageRarst.net

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Get your FREE eBooks at BookFundas.com

BookFundas.com is a FREE eBooks website with a comprehensive collection of popular ebooks written by famous authors from the world’s leading publishers. Most of the books I reviewed were in the Adobe PDF format. I found a very good selection of computer and technical books at this site, as well as, publications on subjects ranging from accounting to weightlifting. It appears that titles are added to the site on a regular consistent basis.  BookFundas.com will be added to the “Freebies” section of this blog for future reference. You can click on any of the categories listed below and you will be redirected to the BookFundas.com web site.

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Remote into your Notebook PC “Wirelessly” with UltraVNC…

When managing a computer network, having the ability to remote into a PC on the network to provide help desk support or to perform maintenance, there is none better than the VNC (virtual network computing) software packages that are freely available. VNC allows you to share, view and control remote computers as if you were sitting in front of them. If you have several PC’s in the home environment that are networked, this is an excellent way to manage those PC’s to perform maintenance routines or to perform alternative tasks without having to physically sit in front of each PC. What “VNC Software” do I have on my PC? There are several VNC packages available: RealVNC , TightVNC and UltraVNC. I “currently” prefer UltraVNC over the rest of the pack.

UltraVNC runs under the Windows operating systems (95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000, XP, 2003…), is available for free (under the GNU General Public License) and is constantly being improved. Vista is not reflected on the list; however, I am using it on a PC with the Vista operating system and have experienced no issues.

Key features of UltraVNC (as indicated on the web site):
File transfer , Video driver , optional Encryption Plugins , MS Logon , Text chat , Viewer Toolbar , Java Viewer with File Transfer , as well as Auto scaling and Server Side Scaling,Multiple-Monitors-support,Repeater-Proxy support, Auto reconnection, good performances and tons of other functionalities.

Using UltraVNC to wirelessly connect to my notebook PC… In a previous post, I did a review on the Acer Aspire One Netbook computer [Click Here] that I recently purchased. Since that review I have setup the Aspire One to wirelessly connect to the internet via my wireless router or access point. I currently have the UltraVNC viewer installed on my main PC (Windows Vista) and the UltraVNC server installed on the Aspire One (Windows XP). When installing VNC software, the viewer is always installed on the computer(s) that you want to use to control the other computer(s). The server component is installed on the computer(s) that are going to be controlled. When installing the UltraVNC software, the installation routine walks you through the entire setup process. I have the Aspire One setup to automatically load the UltraVNC server, when booted, so that it is ready at any given time for a remote session. Using the UltraVNC viewer component on my main PC (Windows Vista), I “wirelessly” remote into the Aspire One. I’ve found that this works best if the Aspire One is working off the AC Power Adapter. The neat thing about this, and it works very well, is that I am pulling up and controlling the Aspire One, “wirelessly” from my main PC, with minimal performance loss This gives me the ability to manage the Aspire One and to perform other tasks (i.e. downloads, test software, perform updates, transfer files, etc…) without having to physically touch the (Aspire One) computer. The sole purposes of my setup is that I making good use of my computer resources; the Aspire One is not just setting around; and it is a great conversation piece when people visit and see me controlling another PC through thin air.

 

 

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