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Peter Greene's Top 10+ as announced on Monday - October 1st, 2018
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- sports-reference.com - sports stats galore! Includes college & pro football, college & pro basketball, pro baseball and ice hockey. Here is their baseball resource.
- fansided.com - build your own custom daily newsletter with updates on your favorite teams, sent directly to your inbox. The FanSided network features more than 300 Websites covering a variety of sports and entertainment topics dedicated to bringing together fans to share their common passions. Covers all the major sports venues plus entertainment such as TV & movies.
- Looper.com - entertainment news resource. Covers movie release countdowns, movies, TV, comics and more.
- ThoughtCo.com - states to have a 20+ year focus on expert-created education content. Rated as one of the top-10 information sites (comScore). They claim to help 13,000,000+ get answers to their questions every month.
- Honey.com - [The Official National Honey Board Website] - honey bees are premier pollinators because they are available throughout the growing season and pollinate a wide range of crops, including almonds, apples, avocados, cucumbers, melons, pears and many more [some things/food-items for which we may mistakenly take for granted need bees (and other insects) to reproduce!].
- JoinHoney.com - an online shopping resource. Earn rewards on purchases or money back from 4,500+ online stores; includes personalized deal recommendations, and much more! Other Web resources to check out [but not limited to - there are many more] include: eBates.com, groupon.com and CouponCabin.com.
- ThisIsHockey.org [from the NHL - "Hockey is for everyone"] - a statement page that makes a declaration "All hockey programs should provide a safe, positive and inclusive environment for players and families regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status. Simply put, hockey is for everyone".
- AnnualCreditReport.com - is the official site to get your free annual credit reports. This right is guaranteed by Federal law. Also visit: MyFico.com and their "What is a FICO Score?", Equifax.com and their "TrustedID", Experian.com and Transunion.com.
- 511wi.gov - provides traffic and route information. You can call 511 or visit 511WI.gov to get all the information you need to make smarter traveling decisions, check traffic speeds or plan a trip. Improve your commute and know about travel conditions both before you leave the house, and, while you are on the road. Wisconsin road information, flood info and road closures, road construction, road cameras (cams) and much more.
- TollGuru.com - is a free online trip calculator app that calculates tolls and gas costs for all USA, Canada, México & India toll roads, turnpikes, tollways, bridges, and tunnels.
- Microsoft's Security Portal - This is Microsoft's Security Update Guide and is the authoritative source of information on Microsoft's security updates for all of their products.
- Microsoft's Update Catalog site - It's a service from Microsoft that provides a listing of updates that can be distributed over a corporate network. You can use it as a one-stop location for finding Microsoft software updates, drivers, and hotfixes. Security-related updates are released once a month. However, if a security threat occurs, such as a widespread virus or worm, Microsoft will release a corresponding update as soon as possible. Other types of updates can be released whenever they are ready.
- End of top 10 for this month
- Windows 10 - creating a recovery thumbdrive, Windows 10 recovery drive #2 or Windows 8 or 10 recovery drive Solution #3.
- Windows 10 Missing Fonts Solution #1 or try this other Windows 10 Missing Fonts Solution #2.
- DoNotCall.gov - National Do Not Call Registry - Wisconsin now uses this - but here is Wisconsin's DoNotCall Web resource: Wisconsin Do Not Call Registry. Also visit: How to report unwanted calls.
- How to Stop Unwanted Calls on Your Cell Phone or Landline: Lifewire.com article, HowToGeek.com article, and PCMag.com article.
- Another resource to check out for Cell Phone/PC/Online privacy and security apps (software) that includes secure & encrypted chat, messaging, calling; plus password managers, Web browsing in privacy, and more is: Tom's Guide article. I use "CM Security" on my Samsung Android powered phone to screen and block almost every annoying "telemarketer" incoming cell phone call. Please note ---> that this is not an endorsement by me; it works ok but is not without its own quirks. Use it at your own risk.
- Troubleshooting Windows 10 printer problemsLast show's tip on how to fix common Windows 10 printer problems (it is not you - it is Microsoft that keeps having trouble!.
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- *****macrium.com - another backup software program; also has ghosting feature (duplicating "drives" - especially hard drives - check out their FREE version of their "Macrium Reflect" software.
- ****Classic Shell ---> This is a Windows 8 "free utility" to make it look more like Windows-7 or Windows XP. I have used it a few times on Windows 8 systems; and, it has worked well for me. Good luck!
Peter Greene's Selection of Most Popular Applications (Apps) - Software
- Microsoft "Office" - remember Visicalc? WordStar? WordPerfect? Lotus 1-2-3? Multiplan? Also now: "Google Docs"
- Adobe's "Photoshop" - they are also known for their "Creative Suite". Related - remember Corel Draw? Saw money and use "Google's Picasa".
- "Google's Gmail". Also: Yahoo Mail, AOL, Outlook by Microsoft, Windows Live Mail (by Microsoft), Apple Mail.
- "Google Maps" or just using your smartphone for a GPS [Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-based satellite navigation system]. Remember MapQuest?
- Google's "YouTube". Along with "Twitter", "Pinterest" and "Facebook" you are a social butterfly. Remember "MySpace"?.
- "eBay" - connects buyer's and seller's from all over the world.
- "Speedtest.net" by Ookla; just nice to know how face your Internet connection really is. I have been using this for years and really appreciate it!
- "Skype" (for traveling) - it has changed hands (owners) a few times. So the rules / costs might change just like cell phone plans do!
- "WhatsApp" (for traveling) - also handy for travelling outside the U.S.
- Apple's "iTunes". If you own an Apple product then you pretty much have to use it. But don't forget this handy app --->"i-FunBox" [I like the classic version]
- The "Staples": Operating Systems: Free"Ubuntu" and paid for version such as Apple's OSX (Yeosemite) and Microsoft Windows 8.1 (I still like 7 over 8). I think OSX runs better and if you hate doing backups you can't beat TimeMachine in OSX. Under the hood Apple's OSX really is a version of Unix; and Linux (Ubuntu, Redhat and others) is also a version of Unix.
- The other Staples: Web browser - Mozilla's "FireFox". And the others: Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Chrome, Apple's Safari.
*** Below are last month's choices ****
- LittleFreeLibrary.org - a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. Millions of books are exchanged each year. Visit their "World Map".
- WhatIsMyIP.org - a free (and easy to use) resource that provides you with your IP address details (your Internet point of access) and many other useful tools for your online world and Website. Remember from last week - "WebPageTest.org" [useful to use if you think a Website is having problems], and more useful Websites: "YouGetSignal.com" and "PortForward.com".
- InsectIdentification.org - a free resource to help you with the fact that there are over 1,000,000 identified insect and spider species throughout the world. Evolution to the max!
- AvoidSpoilers.com - a resource to help find information on upcoming, live or re-play sports or TV events quickly and easily without any spoilers. Missed your favorite game? Come here to find links to watch the replay without any hint of what happened in your game of choice or any games or tv shows. Interesting feature - shows event-ticket availability count and link to ticketing resources such as "SeatGeek.com".
- StubHub.com - a resource for purchasing event tickets electronically (print or download to your phone using mobile app). Also visit: "SeatGeek.com" and "TicketMaster.com".
- GovX.com - exclusive access to discounted deals on gear, apparel, tickets, travel and more for current and former military, first responders and law enforcement. [NOTE: I do not have access so I have no idea if their claims are valid or not; also, this link is not an endorsement].
- CenterWatch.com - [since 1994] a trusted resource and global destination for clinical trials information for both professionals and patients.
- SafeCosmetics.org [since 2004 - Campaign for Safe Cosmetics - is a project of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners - see next top-10] - works to protect the health of consumers, workers and the environment through public education and engagement, corporate accountability and sustainability campaigns and legislative advocacy designed to eliminate dangerous chemicals linked to adverse health impacts from cosmetics and personal care products.
- BCPP.org [Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (Formerly Breast Cancer Fund)] - is a science-based advocacy organization that works to prevent breast cancer by eliminating exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation.
- Syncios.com [claim 100,000,000+ users of their products - that's a lot!] - worth noting - they were established in 2002 and are located in Shenzhen, China. Briefly ..."As an iOS & Android device manager, Syncios can access to any file in Anroid devices and iDevice like iPod touch, iPhone or iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 7, iPad, the new iPad, iPad Mini, iPad 4, helping you manage and export apps, photos, music, ringtone, videos, and eBooks to any desired PC for backup. Using Syncios, you can freely install, uninstall or backup iPad/iPhone/iPod applications (*.IPA) between PC and iPod/iPhone/iPad. You can also transfer video files (.*MOV, .*M4V, .*MP4), audio files including music (.*MP3, .*M4A), ringtone (.*M4R), audiobook (.*M4B), eBook files (ePub, PDF) between iPod/iPhone/iPad and PC." and more ... visit their "About Anvsoft And Syncios Products" Webpage.
As discussed on a previous show - I have listed resources to help you search for access to public information, and, information that may be purchased.
Note: I have no affiliation or am I making any endorsement for use of these resources; just pointing out examples to access this kind of information on the Internet and World Wide Web. I tried to group the resources together as best as possible.
Keep in mind that even though you may sign-up to be a member of a Web site - that some of your information, such as a "user name" for your membership may be accessible outside of that resource by search engines such as Google.com (this also includes images). So you may want to change your use of your "user name" across multiple sites; similar to changing your use of the same passwords to protect yourself. Or it is a question to ask yourself - how visible or invisible do I want to be online? If you associate your name (even a nickname or alias and someone knows it) with a face then you are visible.
A way to save money - sign-up for a trial account that may give you "a 7-day window to use the service" if you pay the annual fee; however, make sure you note the cancellation date or you may end-up paying for the entire year!
Google.com [make sure you check out their "Other Products Page"] , Google's Image search, YouTube.com (part of Google), and Google's Plus (similar to Facebook); note Google makes money by selling advertising - they make this statement as related to Google Plus - "'Google may use my account information to personalize +1s on content and ads on non-Google web sites.'"
Yahoo.com and Bing.com two other search engines to work with that are also popular.
Facebook has become popular not only for individuals but business and organizations to use as a social media marketing tool to gain popularity.
LinkedIn - typically considered for business professional but also used by others.
MySpace - was more popular before Facebook but still used by individuals. Another social connectivity resource like facebook.
Twitter - a social networking tool - find out what’s happening, right now, with the people and organizations you are interested in (if they tweet !!!).
Manta.com - business community where you can find out more detailed information on a business and its contacts.
Bizapedia.com - provides free online company search and people search tools.
CorporationWiki.com - information on 37+ million Companies and 35+ million executive.
Netprospex.com - helps Business-to-Business companies discover and connect with millions of targeted sales prospects. Find verified contact information, including email, phone, and social media.
LookUpAnyone.com and PublicRecords.com - comprehensive people search resources to use; costs/fees to access (I have no experience with them).
pipl.com - search engine that claims to be the "most comprehensive people search on the Web"; dive into the deep Web to bring you results you won't find in any other search engine then we use a powerful identity resolution engine to link those seemingly disparate results into a set of meaningful profiles so you can easily find the person you are looking for.
Radaris - another comprehensive people search resource to use.
Spoke.com - another comprehensive people search resource to use.
SocialDiligence.com - a social media search tool.
Ancestry.com - looking for close relatives, family tree, divorce, marriage, birth, death records?
Archives.com - claims to have an extensive database of images, newspapers, vital records, and more for your ancestors' historical records.
Areaconnect.com - a resource that has access to local Yellow Pages, White Pages, search, directories, news, weather and more.
411.info - looking for phone numbers, addresses, reverse look-ups?
Netronline.com- gain entrance to those official state Web resources that provide online access to property tax and related information. Check out the State of Wisconsin info and local Dane County examples below.
Wisconsin and local resources examples:
Access to the Public Records of the Consolidated Court Automation Programs (CCAP) from the Wisconsin Court System - commonly referred to as "CCAP"; and City of Madison Property Taxes
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