Thursday, December 29, 2011

LCD monitor Blackout.....here's a quick fix for you!

If your LCD display is turning itself off due to aging capacitors, an easy work around is to turn the brightness down! Brightness goes down, display draws less juice, and you can at least use it. As it warms up you should be able to gradually turn the brightness back up, although probably not all the way.

Sometimes this problem manifests itself as a display that turns itself off after a few seconds or will turn itself off and back on over and over again.

Raspberry PI running Quake 3....it's coming in January 2012

his little guy runs a stripped down version of Linux, an open-source operating system. Here are the specs:
  • 700-megahertz processor (the iPhone has a 1-gigahertz processor)
  • 128 megabytes of RAM (the iPhone has 512MB)
  • SD Card slot for storage
  • USB port
  • HDMI Port
It still packs a punch, though — the processor is beefy enough to run Quake 3, a first-person shooter game that has some moderately intense graphics. It runs that game at about 20 frames per second at a 1920 by 1080 pixel resolution....about as high as most modern laptops!

Raspberries in January....they're coming....check it out....

The $25 computer project known as Raspberry Pi is set to go on sale next month.
The tiny computer, which runs Linux on an ARM processor and sports USB, audio and video out, as well as an SD card slot, was designed to be an ultra-low-cost computer aimed at children.
In a blog post picked up by Business Insider this week, its creators noted that the machine will be available in January following some additional testing on the hardware and software.
At launch the diminutive machine will be offered in two configurations, one at $25 and the other at $35. The extra $10 gets you double the RAM at 256MB, as well as the addition of an Ethernet port for getting online. Its creators have also announced the "Gertboard," a small expansion board that can be added to the Rasberry Pi. Its purpose is to "flash LEDs on and off, drive motors, run sensors and all that other fun stuff."
The computing project is the brainchild of game developer David Braben, and follows in the footsteps of previous low-cost computing initiatives like One Laptop per Child, which aimed a $100 price tag for Internet-ready laptops. There was also last year's $35 tablet in India, which ran Google's Android OS

Using Swype on your Android Phone....here's the tips

Swype Basics

 
Introduction
Introduction Swype is a fast way to enter text. To Swype, put your finger on the first letter of the word and draw a path from letter to letter, lifting up after the last letter.
Automatic Spacing Swype automatically inserts a space between words when you Swype the next word in your sentence.
Double Letters
Double Letters Swype usually knows if you want a double letter in a word without your doing anything special, but you can help Swype recognize you want a double letter by scribbling slightly or making a loop on the letter. For example, to get the "ll" in "hello", scribble (or make a loop) on the "l" key.
Word Choice List
Word Choice List When there are multiple suggestions for the word you want to enter, Swype displays a Word Choice List. To accept the default word in the Word Choice List, just keep Swyping. Otherwise, scroll through the list by dragging your finger, and tap the word you want. You can also customize the way the Word Choice List behaves while tapping - just go to Options and select Word suggestion to see more options.
Changing a Word There are many ways to edit a word. If Swype does not output the word you wanted, tap on the word and select an alternate from the Word Choice List. To quickly replace a word, simply double-tap on the word and Swype (or tap) a replacement word.
Adding Words to Personal Dictionary
Adding Words to Personal Dictionary If a word is not in the Swype Dictionary you can add it to your Personal Dictionary. a) Tap in the letters of the word, b) select the word from the Word Choice List, and c) tap the "add to dictionary" prompt.
The Swype Key
The Swype Key Press and hold the Swype key to access Swype Settings, Swype help, and change input methods.

 

Advanced Tips

 
One-Letter Words
One-Letter Words Swype one-letter words like "a" and "I" by gliding from the letter to the Space key. Swype automatically capitalizes the word "I" for you.
Contractions
Contractions Many words with punctuation and punctuation combinations are in the Swype dictionary, making them easier to enter when Swyping (I'm, I'll, it's, how's, etc).
Alternate Characters
Alternate Characters Tapping and holding your finger on any key brings up a list of all the characters available on that key, including letters with accents like "é" and "ñ", symbols like @ and %, and numbers.
To enter an alternate character explicitly, tap the '=@#' (symbol) key to be taken to the Symbols layer. You can see that there are two pages of alternate characters. If you don't see the character you are looking for, press the Shift key and this will show you another set of characters.
All of the characters are Swype-able from the main keyboard (whether you can see them or not). You can Swype while on Symbol layer of the keyboard, but you will only get words that have at least one number or symbol.
Bouncing between letters
"Bouncing" between letters Sometimes avoiding letters when Swyping ensures you get the word you want the first time.
For example, "pot", "pit", and "put" could be drawn with the same path. Fortunately, you don't have to move from letter to letter in a straight line. Avoiding the "i" and the "o" when gliding your finger to the "t" ensures that the word "put" is first in the Word Choice List.
Swype Gestures Swype Gestures Swype Gestures are shortcuts on the keyboard to quickly accomplish common tasks. Not all gestures below are available on all versions of Swype. Some gestures are described below:
  • Capitalization: Capitalize a letter while Swyping by gliding your finger from the letter up past the top of the keyboard and, without lifting, gliding your finger back down to the next letter of the word.
  • Punctuation: Swype from the comma, period, or other punctuation to the Space key instead of tapping punctuation and then the Space key.
  • The Edit Keyboard: The Edit keyboard allows the user to move the cursor within text, as well as perform other editing tasks. To get to the Edit keyboard, Swype from the Swype key to the Symbols key (=@#) on the keyboard.
  • Select All: To select all of the text you entered, just Swype from the Swype key to the 'a'.
  • Copy: To copy a word or block of text, just select the text by double-tapping on the word or do the Select-all gesture, then Swype from the Swype key to the 'c'.
  • Cut: To remove a word or block of text and store it to paste elsewhere, just select the text by double-tapping on the word or do the select-all gesture, then Swype from the Swype key to the 'x'.
  • Paste: After doing a copy or cut of your text, Swype from the Swype key to the 'v' to paste it.
  • The Number Keyboard: To quickly get to the Number keyboard, Swype from the Swype key to the number 5.
  • Hiding the Keyboard: To easily hide the keyboard, just Swype from the Swype key to the backspace key.
  • Turn off Automatic Spacing: Suppress automatic spacing before the next word by gliding from the Space key to the backspace key. This is useful when creating compound words.
  • Editing the Case of a Word: Change the case of a word after you enter it or when editing your message by tapping the word in the message and then gliding from the Swype key to the Shift key before lifting. A Word choice list with capitalization options will display, allowing you to choose lower case, Capitalized, or ALL CAPS.
  • Switching languages: To switch between the two most recent languages, Swype from the Swype-key to the key with the language initials on it.
Personal Dictionary Management You can add, remove or edit custom words, email addresses, phone numbers, etc. from your Swype personal dictionary via the following ways:

Monday, December 26, 2011

Opt-Out of Google advertising cookies....here's how

Google does allow you to opt out of advertising if you’d like.
To get started, jump to this Google Plugin page. Google provides several different versions of the Advertising Cookie Opt Out Plugin, which is initiated via web browser. Currently, the plugin is available for Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer. Using one of the mentioned web browsers, click the Download the advertising opt-out plugin button.
Google Opt Out Advertising
Upon doing so, the plugin should auto install for your specific web browser. For this tutorial, we will be using Firefox, so we will follow the required steps for installing any basic Firefox plugin. Click the Install Now button to install the plugin.
Once the plugin has been installed, that’s pretty much all there is to it, as very little configuration is needed. For detailed information about how the plugin operates with your web browser, check out Google’s FAQ page.
Installing the above plugin allows you to opt-out of DoubleClick cookies all together. However, you may not want to completely opt-out, but rather, setup custom preferences for Google advertising and marketing. This can be done using Google’s Ad Preferences manager.
Google Ads Preferences
Another option that you have, that is recommended by Google, is to configure more advanced opt out settings using the Network Advertising Initiative website also  a similar website that allows you to opt out and set preferences for many popular ad networks.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

How to Play the Music in Google Docs

    • 1
      Press the “All Applications” button on the bottom of your Android device.
    • 2
      Tap the “Google Docs” app icon to launch Google Docs on your Android.
    • 3
      Tap the “All items” icon.
    • 4
      Scroll down and tap the song you want to play from Google Docs.
    • 5
      Tap “Music Player” when asked what you want to play the song with. The song loads and begins playing on your Android device.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Your Music Anywhere using Google SyncDocs

The recent announcement of Google Music is great news, but it’s only available if you live in the US. There is another way to stream your music from Google. It is not as visually impressive as Google Music but sounds just as good. You can stream your music from Google Docs to your PC or phone.
To do this, you need a sync app like Syncdocs, and a media player like iTunes, Windows Media Player or VLC. Here’s how you can stream your music from the web:
1. Install the latest free beta version of Syncdocs.
2. Right click on the folder containing your music. Select “Create Google Playlist”.
If it not already on Google Docs, Syncdocs will pop-up and ask you to upload it first.
3. Syncdocs will make two “Google Playlist” files.
Syncdocs syncs these files to Google Docs, so you can just download the playlist files from another browser and open them to play your music. Open these files on your mobile, or other computer you want to listen to this music from. You can also email these files or get the short link in Syncdocs sharing.
What’s great is that you don’t need the big audio files on the device you are using to play the music. All you need are the tiny playlist files. The audio is streamed live from the Google.
Open the playlist in Windows Media Player, VLC, Winamp or iTunes on any other PC or Mac. You can also play it on your mobile, the m3u playlist file can be played with a playlist media player, like Just Playlists on Android or fstream on iPhone.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Convert PDF to HTML for easy reading in your browser...check it out....





PDFtoHTML converts standard PDFs to HTML, which can then be inserted into any website and read by any browser.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

IE6 - deathblow coming in January

If you are still using Internet Explorer 6 via Windows XP ....well, it is time to give it a rest.   Starting in January 2012 it will be phasing out thru automatic updates....You will be upgraded like it or not to IE 8
if using Windows XP....

And sometime in 2012 all support for XP will cease....

So make sure you get all the XP updates on a hard drive so if you ever want to run it again you can update it via the drive.....

I recommend WUD--windows update downloader



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Friday, December 9, 2011

Homegroup or Headache? How to get it working finally.....

If you are trying to get your homegroup in order with windows 7 computers on your network here are some vital tips....make SURE all of your computers are set to HOME network.....not WORK or PUBLIC....that is the intial step....then follow below:


There could be several reasons why you might not be able to join a homegroup. First, try running a Fix It wizard to diagnose and fix common problems with joining a homegroup.

To run a HomeGroup Fix It wizard

  1. Click this button:
  2. Click Run, and then follow the steps in the wizard.
If running the Fix It wizard doesn't solve the problem, refer to the following list:.
  • There might not be a homegroup available on your network. To create one, see Create a homegroup.
  • You might not be connected to the network that the homegroup is on. To connect to a network, follow these steps:
    1. Click the network icon (Picture of the wireless network icon or Picture of the wired network icon) in the notification area of your taskbar.
    2. Click the network you want to connect to, and then click Connect. You might be required to enter a network security key.
    After you've connected to the network, you can join a homegroup if one exists on your network.
  • Computers must be running Windows 7 to join a homegroup. HomeGroup is available in all editions of Windows 7. In Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic, you can join a homegroup, but you can’t create one.
  • The network location might not be set to Home. HomeGroup only works on home (private) networks. To change your network location, follow these steps:
    1. Open Network and Sharing Center by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type network, and then click Network and Sharing Center.
    2. Click Work network or Public network, and then click Home network.
      Picture of Network and Sharing CenterNetwork and Sharing Center
  • The other computers in your homegroup might not be in the home, might have left the homegroup, or might be turned off, sleeping, or hibernating. For information on changing power saving options, see Change, create, or delete a power plan (scheme).
  • The computer on which the homegroup was created might have been restarted and no one has logged on to it. Some services that HomeGroup needs don't start until after logon. Make sure someone logs on to the computer that initially created the homegroup.
  • Network discovery is turned off. To turn on network discovery, follow these steps:
    1. Open Advanced sharing settings by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type network, click Network and Sharing Center, and then, in the left pane, click Change advanced sharing settings.
    2. Click the chevron Picture of the chevron icon to expand the Home or Work network profile.
    3. Click Turn on network discovery, and then click Save changes. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
    For more information about network discovery, see What is network discovery?
  • One or more required services aren't running. The Peer Networking Grouping and HomeGroup Provider services must both be running. Here's how to check this:
    1. Open Administrative Tools by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type administrative tools, and then click Administrative Tools. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
    2. Double-click Services. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
    3. In the Status column next to the Peer Networking Grouping and HomeGroup Provider services, you should see the word "Started." If you don't see this, double-click the name of the service, and then click Start.
  • The peer networking idstore.sst file is corrupted. If you see the message "Windows cannot set up a homegroup on this computer. Error code 0x80630801." and you're unable to start the Peer Networking Grouping service using the above procedure, follow these steps to remove the corrupted file:
    1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button.
    2. In the search box, type command prompt.
    3. In the list of results, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
    4. Delete the idstore.sset file found in the \Windows\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData\Roaming\PeerNetworking folder of your system drive (for example, drive C).
    5. Restart your computer, and then try joining the homegroup.
  • Your computer already belongs to a homegroup. You can only belong to one homegroup at a time.
  • Your system administrator has turned off HomeGroup on domain-joined computers.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Free Texting App for all Smartphones...check this out!

JaxtrSMS eliminates the need to pay a cellular provider for text messaging. The app works with absolutely any smartphone, and most tablets too (so long as you already have an global phone number).
JaxtrSMS logo
Since JaxtrSMS is available on virtually every smartphone and tablet, the download process is different for each operating system. Click the Download Apps Now button, then follow the directions for your device.
Download Apps Now

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Gimp - the Amazing Free Photo Editor

Here is some info on using Gimp for facial blemish removal...
 Get GIMP- download it onto your computer, then follow the instructions for installing it.
To begin, the first thing you do is run GIMP, then open the picture you want to work with:
Open Photo
Here’s the sample pic we’re going to use:
Sample Photo
Photo courtesy of PublicDomainPictures.net
First, zoom in so you can really see what you’re working with:
Zoom In
Then, move over to the Toolbox and click the Heal tool…
Toolbox
… then move lower and adjust the scale by moving the slider. This makes the heal tool circle bigger or smaller. Adjust it so that the circle size is about the same size as the blemishes you’re trying to fix.
Scale Heal Tool
… then click on a good spot very close to the major blemish you wish to fix, then do a Ctrl-Click to let GIMP know you’ve picked your good spot to serve as a reference:
After Ctrl-Click
Gimp responds by creating a circle with a cross in it to show it’s heard you. Then, all you have to do is move around the photo clicking on zits or other blemishes. In some case, it might work best to just click a bunch of times on and around the area to get it all cleared up, like this:
Zip Fixed
Note: Zoom in and out as you see fit to help you visualize the the blemishes you’re trying to repair.
Then, once you’re satisfied that you’ve zapped most of those blemishes off your picture…
After Cleanup
…you can clean things up even more by using the Blur tool. To do this, choose it by clicking the icon for the Blur tool, on the tools pane:
Blur Tool
…then choose your brush size, by using the slider next to where it says Scale, the rate of change (amount of blurring) by using the slider next to where it says Rate, and then finally by making sure you have the bullet marked next to Blur, and not Sharpen:
Blur Options
After that use the Blur tool to paint over areas of the skin that look like they could benefit from some smoothing;
Blur Tool Working
…just hold down your mouse button while you drag the tool over the skin, following the contours as you go. Also, be careful crossing between light and dark areas, or when you’re working in a place that has lots of changes going on at the same time. The idea is to create a smooth, blemish free surface.
Here is the finished result:
Finished Product
Make sure you save your results when you are done...and save yourself alot of $$$ on software....

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Task Manager Bar - missing tabs?

If your tabs on your task manager are missing here is the fix....normally it is due to GUI from something else running on your computer that is limiting the view...
READY?

Control>ALT>Shift
Open Task Manager from Desktop toolbar on bottom of the screen
Right Click..... "start task manager"


now you view should be restored....

Monday, November 14, 2011

Router Firmware Upgrades

There seems to be alot of issues out there when updating your firmware versions to the latest via the manufacturers website....

The biggest issue is make sure you are upgrading using the computer with the ETHERNET connection only and not from one that is using a wireless connection.

And of course make sure it is the right firmware version for your unit or you could end up with a paperweight....

Saturday, November 12, 2011

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Monday, November 7, 2011

More security issues with Windows- Please Read

While a security update for the Critical zero-day vulnerability in Windows kernel exploited by the Duqu malware is not yet available, Microsoft has reacted quite fast to enable customers to at least deploy a temporary solution until it releases an official patch.

The automatic fix currently being offered to all Windows users comes to introduce a workaround capable of blocking Duqu from exploiting the TrueType Font Parsing Vulnerability (CVE-2011-3402).

The security hole resides in the Win32k TrueType font parsing engine, and is caused when a Windows kernel-mode driver handles the TrueType font type improperly, Microsoft explained.

“An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could run arbitrary code in kernel mode. The attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights,” the software giant said.

“We are aware of targeted attacks that try to use the reported vulnerability; overall, we see low customer impact at this time. This vulnerability is related to the Duqu malware.”

The Microsoft Security Advisory (2639658) and KB 2639658 have been published on November 3, 2011 to provide additional information to customers, guidance on how to protect themselves against potential attacks and the workaround the Redmond company put together.

“To make it easy for customers to install, we have released a Fix it that will allow one-click installation of the workaround and an easy way for enterprises to deploy,” the software giant said.

Customers looking to render Duqu incapable of exploiting the Critical 0-day TrueType Font Parsing vulnerability need to install Microsoft Fix it 50792.

“When you run the Enable fix it solution, the workaround denies the system access to the T2embed.dll file,” the company informs.

The software giant is also supplying Microsoft Fix it 50793 to disable the changes introduced by Microsoft Fix it 50792.

The Fix it automatic solution is a viable workaround that can be deployed until Microsoft patches the TrueType Font Parsing security issue. According to the company, a security update won’t be released next week with the rest of its monthly patches for November.

“Given our ability to detect exploit attempts for this issue, we are able to closely monitor the threat landscape and will notify customers if we see any indication of increased risk,” revealed Jerry Bryant, group manager, Response Communications Trustworthy Computing Group.

“As previously stated, the risk for customers remains low. However, that is subject to change so we encourage customers to either apply the workaround or ensure their anti-malware vendor has added new signatures based on the information we’ve provided them to ensure protections are in place for this issue.”

Windows Live - More Scam- Please Read

Microsoft has warned customers using its web properties, including services associated with Windows Live such as Hotmail, of a new phishing attack designed to steal their sensitive data.

The scam involves a social engineering technique in order to trick users into handing over their account information.


The unsolicited email message claims to be coming from Windows Live Customer Care, although the email is signed by the Windows Live Hotmail Team.

It’s this, and other discrepancies, that should alert users that there’s something seriously dodgy with the email in their inbox.

Attacks resort to attempting to scare Windows Live customers, bogusly threatening them with shutting down their accounts, unless they confirm them.

“This Email is from Windows Live Customer Care and we are sending it to every Windows Live MSN Email Accounts Owner for safety. we(!) are having congestions due to the anonymous registration of Windows Live MSDN accounts so we are shutting down some Windows Live MSN accounts and your account was among those to be deleted,” reads an excerpt from the spam email used in the phishing attack.

“We are sending this email to you so that you can verify and let us know if you still want to use this account.”

Users are ill-advised to hand over all sorts of sensitive data, including username, password, date of birth and the country or territory they reside in.

Phishing spam
Enlarge picture
The spam sports a number of evident typos, as such emails often do, and this should be enough to make recipients suspicious as to the email’s legitimacy.

“The bogus email claims to come from Microsoft and asks the recipient to respond to the email with their user name and password to avoid permanent cancellation of their account. This is a scam. Microsoft never asks for user names and passwords in an email,” reveals Microsoft’s Chris Stetkiewicz.

Users should never reply to such messages, and they should never, under any circumstances hand over sensitive info such as the username and password for their accounts.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tekkie G's Has Made The 10,000 Hit Mark!

Thanks to all of you who are making use of the  blog.....a milestone for sure!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Image Resizer for Windows 7 - Good Old Standby Program

Wanna do it simply?  Here's the program to do it....resize your pictures in an instant by a right click....
both 32 bit and 64 bit stable versions HERE

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

LASTPASS Mobile.....here's how to get it for free....check it out....

All right......get a USB stick....download and install Firefox Portable to it.....once up and running go ahead and install all the extensions you normally use including LASTPASS....unplug and take it with you wherever you go and you have a full fledged working Firefox browser with all your goods on it!   Just plug into any computer...run the Firefox .exe and away you go....
get Firefox Portable HERE

Monday, October 17, 2011

Dual Monitors-how to get two different backgrounds working on them


Jon Tackabury has created a Free piece of software that lets you easily set separate wallpapers for each desktop. Once the software is installed, you’ll notice a new tray icon. Clicking the Desktop Wallpaper item from the menu will open up the dialog where you can set the wallpaper.
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You can click on each desktop in the display, and set display settings differently for each monitor, or span the wallpaper across the two.
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Or you can even load wallpaper from Flickr, which is an incredibly cool feature. Type in “vista wallpaper” for some really nice images.
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If you chose the Settings from the tray icon popup menu, you’ll notice that this application also adds a set of shortcut keys that can be used to move windows from one monitor to the other.
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Download DisplayFusion from Binaryfortress (Vista/XP/Win7)