TECH Blog - JANUARY 2013

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Digitizing Pens & Tablets:

A graphics tablet is a computer input device that enables a user to hand-draw images and graphics, similar to the way a person draws images with a pencil and paper. They can be used to trace an image from a piece of paper which is taped or otherwise secured to the surface. The image does not appear on the tablet itself but, rather, is displayed on the computer monitor as a vector graphic.
Tablets can function as a replacement for a mouse as the primary pointing and navigation device for desktop computers. Wacom holds many patents on the key technologies for graphic tablets.
The Bamboo line offers the use of multi-touch on the tablet surface.

Inkling consists of a receiver, and a pen (which uses real ink.) You draw directly on paper. New layers are created by tapping a button on the receiver. When finished with the sketch, connect the receiver into the computer via USB and the sketches are imported into a Sketch Manager as vector images and can be exported to Photoshop, Illustrator or Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, as well as other formats.

Watch the webcasts on Android and other mobile devices:

  • Read RSS feeds, download and listen to podcasts/video casts directly on your phone.
  • Discover new podcasts in integrated podcast/feed catalogs or use our integrated feed search.
  • Import your feeds from Goggle Reader with automatic “Read” and “Starred” status synchronization.
  • Schedule automatic podcast downloads for convenient time or directly stream the podcasts without the need for download.
  • Our built in media player supports features like configurable "TiVo style" commercial skip, tracking of played time, easy cleanup of played podcasts and many others.

Other apps for iTunes on Android phones and tablets (Kindle too!):   DoggCatcher

    Pocket Casts     doubleTwist     Stitcher Radio     Presto Sound Library Open Beta

(See direct Podcast Links at left.
Remember - the download links are easily available by bringing up the .xml link with Internet Exlorer or use it to subscribe to the RSS Feed.)

Organize your computer passwords:

LastPass handles capturing and playing back website login credentials. It's also very good at detecting password changes and new secure site signup's. Its user interaction is very unobtrusive, and it successfully captures credentials from oddball login pages that throw the competition for a loop.

LastPass can store one or more profiles of personal information and one or more credit cards.
When you go to fill a Web form you can mix and match, choosing whichever profile and whichever credit card you like. The identities feature lets you filter which passwords and profiles are visible, so, for example, you can enable a subset of your data at work.

Removing USB drives:

This is a great article on when (and when NOT) to pull a USB thumb drive from your PC.

As a rule - I always wait until the operation is completed before removing a USB stick.
It is recommended that if your hard drive has internal moving parts (i.e..... a fan) that you use "Safely Remove Hardware."


TrendMicro - Housecall


Great for giving your computer a "check-up."
It can work when your anti-virus software fails.

Registry Cleaner

cc cleaner

in addition to browser tracks cleaning
it will clean tracks from other programs, empty your recycle bin, delete temporary files, and clean your Registry, quickly scanning for invalid entries before removing them.



This utility manages the 'copy' function on your system, giving you the option to only copy the newest versions of a file.

Win Dir Stat -
File Analyser

analyse files

WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for Microsoft Windows
It tells you what is taking up the bulk of your drive space.
  windows live
Windows Essentials (formerly Windows Live) is a suite of freeware applications by Microsoft that aims to offer integrated and bundled e-mail, instant messaging, photo-sharing, blog publishing, and security services. Essentials programs are designed to integrate well with each other, with Microsoft Windows, and with other Microsoft web-based services such as SkyDrive and, so that they operate as a “seamless whole”.
Dropbox is the easiest way to store,
sync, and, share files online.
There's no complicated interface to learn.

2GB of online storage for free, with up to 100GB available to paying customers.

Sync files of any size or type.

Just for Fun :)
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itunes iTunes-Podcast info

Watch podcasts online on iTunes!
(Free, simple . . . no ipod required)
Click here to download iTunes.

iTunes podcasts Links:

- 830
- BERNINA_v6_Software
- Cutwork
- Discover Artista
- Bernina_My Label
- V6 Tool Tips
- Just Sewing
- QuiltMotion
- BERNINA Machines
- DesignWorks

Direct Link to podcast
.xml files online

Use to open videos with a
Podcast App or directly with
Internet Explorer or
subscribe to RSS Feed.

- 830
- BERNINA_v6_Software
- Cutwork
- Discover Artista
- Bernina_My Label
- V6 Tool Tips
- Just Sewing
- QuiltMotion
- BERNINA Machines
- DesignWorks
-Project Sewing Workshop



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