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Gorilla Glass | Kewel Desktop Clock (with weather) | More

Several items have been brought to my attention recently, via reader comments and emails, which are worthy of your attention. First up, “gorilla glass”.

Are considering getting a new mobile device? One that might be dropped? Or kept in the same pocket/purse as your car keys (aka “where it might get scratched”)? Or perhaps, will be mostly in the care of a young person/child?
If so, you might want to make sure the gadget you’re considering has a screen made with “gorilla glass”.

Why do I want Corning® Gorilla® Glass on my devices?

“Scrapes, bumps, and drops are a fact of life, but Gorilla Glass enables your device to resist damage from the abuses that come with everyday use. Gorilla Glass also has strong aesthetic appeal. It’s thin, lightweight, and cool to the touch – enabling the sleekest designs.”

Clicking on the gorilla picture will take you to Corning’s gorilla glass FAQ page; and their list of vendors and products which use the tough screen glass is here. (I was pleased to discover my smart phone was listed..)

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Now that Winter is coming, keeping a “weather eye” on the forecast seems a bit more.. prudent. Having it displayed on your Desktop would make that easy. I am not a fan of “weatherbug” and some of the others (I view as adware and a resource hog.. but others, including CNET give it good reviews. You can see that, and download it here), and don’t really have any good alternative suggestion for a free app (or widget) except for maybe HTC Home.

I don’t think this will give you emergency warnings of impending tornadoes, but does give the basics in an attractive way.
I hope someone will leave a comment with their fave free ‘weather widget’..

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Learning By Video: Perhaps you might like to forward this to someone you know..

If so, here’s the link: (You’ll probably also want to send them Tip: Bcc Protects Private Email Addresses. Who know? Maybe.. you can FINALLY get through to them?)

Today’s free download: Are you a skim reader? It’s up above!

Today’s quote:The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” ~ Lily Tomlin

Have a good weekend, everybody! (And my thanks to those who wrote in.)

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November 5, 2011 - Posted by | advice, Android, cloud computing, computers, e-mail, Internet, mobile, shopping for | , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Funny


    Comment by RJ45 | November 5, 2011 | Reply

    • RJ45,
      Yes. Like most (all?) good humor, there’s a lot of Truth in his video..


      Comment by techpaul | November 5, 2011 | Reply

  2. Cool, I had gorilla glass all this time and I didn’t know it. Was an ID-10-T Error‎ on my part, I guess.

    I have a weather alert email sent from a local TV station sent daily that I can check at any time. I don’t like the widgets or the apps..uses too much power and have ads in them. We do use the weather channel app on the phone..again has ads. And at times I can look out the window. :) NTM, my arthritis can be a great predictor at times.

    I use Fences™ Free Product Information – By Stardock – Clean up your desktop clutter because i don’t like a crowded/cluttered desktop. Plus it can “take and restore snapshots of your Fence layouts for backup, or for when you are doing different tasks. Change your resolution for playing games and Fences will keep them in the same relative spots.” However, I am still playing catch up from when we went to Nova Scotia so I have a messy one right now. I can hide it..but I know it’s a mess.

    Al is the man..I follow him on twitter and on google +


    Comment by delenn13 | November 5, 2011 | Reply

  3. But Fences makes it pretty…Fences™ Screenshots – By Stardock – Clean up your desktop clutter. You can change the colors etc. I have only 14 visible icons. I keep most of my shortcuts in my Start menu in Folders.

    What I have on my desktop is programs/folders/stuff(which does suck a few seconds of my startup..but I got a 3 core so it’s not noticeable.) that needs to be sorted…a winter project. :) Now that I have figured out shouldn’t take me long to get it done, I hope.


    Comment by delenn13 | November 5, 2011 | Reply

    • Delenn13,
      I actually have developed a “working style” where I need to sort of keep that clutter “in front of me” (out of sight, out of mind). But I have read about Fences (as also, other desktop icon organizers) and know it has many fans.


      Comment by techpaul | November 5, 2011 | Reply

  4. I have fences and the HTC weather widget. They both are serving me well. What I like about fences is I can hide the icons and enjoy my background (mostly of my family and vacations I have enjoyed.)

    The weather/clock allows for 12 hour and 24 hours selection. I can learn how to tell military time now.

    I know I know, stop playing and get to work. But this is more fun.

    Good techy stuff Paul. I like it


    Comment by ebony | November 7, 2011 | Reply

    • ebony,
      Thank you for taking the time to share with us. “Real Life” testimonials are often invaluable.
      Coincidentally, in fact, Fences came up (randomly) in a conversation I had ‘on the street’ yesterday.. and so I have decided to take a hint from this “alignment of the planets” (aka Trust the Force, Luke) and will give Fences a trial ASAP.

      Folks, my friend and fellow tech blogger, Rick Robinette some time ago wrote up an informative piece about Fences: Corral your desktop icons with “Fences”.


      Comment by techpaul | November 7, 2011 | Reply

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