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The story behind the world’s most viewed photo

You may not recognize the image by its name, “Bliss,” but you’ll know it when you see it.

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The story behind the wallpaper we’ll never forget
From today on Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. The one thing everybody will always remember of Windows XP is desktop image ‘Bliss’, with it’s gre…

How to boot Windows 8 in safe mode and scan for viruses

When I suspect viruses or malware on a Windows PC I like to start it in Safe Mode and run my scans there. This prevents things from starting up and enables the utilities to do a better job in finding the bad stuff and cleaning your PC.

In previous versions of Windows you had to be quick about mashing down on your F8 key to get into safe mode to fix problems. Thankfully, now in Windows 8 you can tell the OS to boot up into safe mode, making this process easier. The trouble is, how you actually do that is easy yet a bit convoluted.  Here’s a quick how-to:

From Start screen:

  • Type PC settings and click on the PC Strings icon
  • Click on Update and Recovery
  • Click on Recovery
  • Under Advanced startup, click restart now
  • Click Troubleshoot
  • Click Advanced options
  • Click Startup Settings
  • Click Restart

Your computer will reboot and present a menu of options. Choose #4 for Safe Mode

Now, if you want to scan your computer from malware and viruses, follow these steps after the reboot.

After the PC reboots:

  • Go to Start screen
  • Type Windows Defender
  • Select the Full option and click Scan now
  • The scan will start. Could take awhile depending on how full your hard drive is.

When the scan complete you can reboot

How To Create a Google Calendar Entry from a Search Query

I stumbled across this. Probably been around a while, who knows. Anyway, simply go to Google or in the address bar of Chrome, start typing your query like “add to calendar meeting friday 1pm to 3pm” and start your search. You’ll be presented with a Create event dialog and once you click the link an event will be created in your Google calendar. You’ll then have the ability to edit your entry and provide more details.
Typing dates works too. For example: “add to calendar meeting june 3rd 1pm to 3pm”. Doing “add to calendar meeting tonight” gave me an entry dialog of 7:00 to 7:30. Still, half the work was done.

 

Google Play Music’s new mini player is cool yet flawed

Have you see it yet? You get to it in Google Play Music by click the gear icon then clicking Labs. Then enable Google Play Music for Chrome and save your changes. 
 
Then when you are playing some music you can pop out the mini player to control your music. Even click the dice in the middle to start listening to a random song from your library.

That is all great and everything but I have to have the full Chrome browser up and running. Granted, that is most of the time, but there are other apps that can continue running in the back ground if you have allowed them to do that. I think if I could do that with the Music app it would get more use.

If you haven't looked at any of the other Labs items, have a look at the descriptions of them and give them a try as well.

Automatic Link: Upgrade your Car

Automatic Link The Link is an auto accessory that talks to your car's onboard computer. I just learned about this yesterday. Cool or to Big Brother for you?

Automatic Link
This is the Automatic Link The Link is an auto accessory that talks to your car’s onboard computer and uses your smartphone’s GPS and data plan to upgrade your car’s capabilities. Every Link works with both iPhone and Android. Automatic works only in the United States with just about any gasoline engine car sold in the U.S. since 1996. Is my car supported?

iBeacon Installed at Dodger Stadium and Petco Park

The ballparks are the first two of more than 20 that will use Apple’s iBeacon technology by opening day of the 2014 season.

MLB completes iBeacon installations at Dodger Stadium and Petco Park
Summary: The ballparks are the first two of more than 20 that will use Apple’s iBeacon technology by opening day of the 2014 season.

Chromebooks: Now with Windows

Huge: Google inks a deal with VMWare to bring legacy Windows applications to its Chrome OS-powered Chromebooks and Chromeboxes

Now running on a Chromebook near you: Windows
Google inks a deal with VMWare to bring legacy Windows applications to its Chrome OS-powered Chromebooks and Chromeboxes. Read this article by Seth Rosenblatt on CNET News.

Everything Google in 2014

Arstechnica has put together a list of Google's plans for Android, gaming, smart homes, healthcare, robots, and more.

The 2014 Google tracker—Everything we know Google is working on this year
Google’s plans for Android, gaming, smart homes, healthcare, robots, and much, much more.

DARPA’S Open Catalog

DARPA had created an online database of open-source software, publications, and other data, from public DARPA-funded projects. 

DARPA Publishes Huge Online Catalog of Open Source Code
DARPA — the branch of the U.S. Department of Defense responsible for developing new, cutting-edge technologies for the military — is making all of its open-source code freely and easily accessible online.

Adobe changing its Epub DRM

This may not seen like a big deal but there are tons of libraries that loan ebooks with Adobe's current DRM scheme. It's a hassle to get set up in the first place.
So are all those books going to cease working? Are libraries going to need to re-encode? Stupid DRM.

Adobe to Require New Epub DRM in July, Expects to Abandon Existing Users – The Digital Reader
When Adobe announced their new DRM a couple weeks ago some said that we would soon see compatibility issues with older devices and apps as Adobe forced everyone to upgrade. At that time I didn’t think Adobe would make the mistake of cutting off so many existing readers, but now it seems that I could …