Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

A few items…

A few items a few of you might like:

1) The Secret You Need to Know About Ebooks

A select group of readers, however, had the inside scoop on all these deals and more. They were using BookBub, a daily email that alerts readers to free and deeply discounted ebooks that are available for a limited time.Read more…

2) A song from days past I hope will still speak to you today..

and, 3) a song I like.. and is more uptempo..

Today’s quote:If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it.” ~ Lyndon B. Johnson

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All we really have, in the end, are our stories.
Make yours great ones. Ones to be proud of.

December 29, 2015 Posted by | digital music, digital Video, Internet | , , , , , | 1 Comment

What is Mobsync and how do you disable it?

One of the most popular topics here has been how to make Vista boot up faster. And one of the ways you do that is by controlling what programs automatically load at startup. (See, Manage Startup programs in Vista.)

mobsync iconReaders of that article have been sending me questions about a program they have found running (by using Task Manager [Ctrl+Alt+Del]) which they cannot find any startup entries for.. and thus no way to ‘turn it off’. That program is called “mobsync.exe.”

Mobsync is a small program – called a “Service” – which Windows uses for managing removable mass-storage devices, like thumb drives. Mobsync.exe enables applications such as Windows Media Player and Image Import Wizard to transfer and synchronize content with your removable storage devices. It is found in your Control Panel, and most people use it for “syncing” their address books and calendars on their mobile phones/PDA’s.

Tip of the day: Follow the simple steps below to stop mobsync from running at startup, and set this service to run manually. Then it will only be used when you actually sync devices on your PC or Laptop.

1. Open Run (Start > Run; or, Start > Programs > Accessories > Run) and type in “services.msc” (no quotes), and hit Enter.

2. The Services window will open. Now scroll down the page until you locate a service called Portable Device Enumerator Service, then double click on it.

3. Click on the Stop button, then click on OK.

4. In the General” tab: use the drop-down arrow to change the “Startup Type” to Manual. Then click on OK.

5. If prompted by UAC, select Continue.

In conclusion: mobsync is not a real “resource hog”, and leaving it be won’t hurt anything. Switching it from “always on” to “as needed”, by itself, will not drastically reduce how long it takes to start up your computer, or make your e-mail Inbox ‘load’ faster.

On the other hand, there’s no real reason for this to be running all the time except for the fact someone at Microsoft thought it should. Much like you don’t need Adobe Reader running except for when you need to open a PDF file, but the Adobe folks think you’ll like the “instant response” having it running will give you. To really get at the items slowing down your boot up time, I refer you to the article listed above. (This tip is more of a “control thing”.. a minor “tweak”.)

A word of caution: Some of you may get the urge – while in the Services window – to start turning off other Services. Don’t. Unless you really know what you’re doing, you can really mess things up, and either “kill” Windows altogether, or get some really strange (and unsatisfactory) results. This article may help you understand, and I recommend reading it before clicking on any other drop-down arrows.. Holiday Edition: What programs should be in Task Manager?

Today’s free download: CCleaner
CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused and temporary (“temp”) files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster, more efficiently and giving you more hard disk space. It also has a safe Registry cleaner/repair tool, and is the one I use after I have done a manual malware removal process.
(Please read, Top Tech Tip #2: Leave Registry Cleaners Alone.)

Today’s reco’d reading: Use GooReader to Read Google Books

GooReader provides a sweet interface for reading publicly available books and magazines on Google Books. Instead of awkward page scrolling in your browser you can get pleasure of reading on your desktop in the same way as you read hardcover books or paperback magazines.

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September 25, 2010 Posted by | how to, Microsoft, PC, performance, tweaks, Vista, Windows, Windows 7 | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s Thursday Already? | Free eBooks | More

Folks, I do not have any e-Reader devices, such as Amazon’s Kindle, but I am a big fan and proponent of reading. Reading is not only fun, and a great method for learning, but life sort of has a way of rewarding those who take the time to actually read the information provided. Ahem. I received notice in my e-mail today that Amazon is offering 4 classic e-Books for free – here’s the links:

Pride and Prejudice Treasure Island Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Pride and Prejudice


Treasure Island


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


20,000 Leagues Under the Sea


Tip of the day: RTFM (read the *freaking* manual). Sure, it is easier to buy a new gizmo, gadget, or doodad, bring it home and take it over to your geeky friend/relative/co-worker/neighbor and ask them to show you how to use it.
And, yes, the manual that comes with your gadget has too many pages.. and the grammar isn’t always the best.. but here is how you learn THE CORRECT METHODS for using your device.. and not your geeky friend’s best guess at how to use it.
Also.. those blinking lights and confusing menus and strange-looking icons are explained.

FAQ stands for “frequently asked questions”, and almost every device manufacturer has FAQ’s posted on their Website. These are the “How do I..?” and “What does xyz mean?” questions and answers that new users typically have. You will probably find the answer you’re looking for here, without having to go bother your geeky neighbor.
Some manufacturer’s call this page “Support”.

Owner’s manuals and FAQ pages can prevent you from making it into the PEBCAK Hall of Shame.

Today’s reco’d reading:
* Top 10 USB Thumb Drive Tricks
* Anti-Malware Software To Have Confidence In

Some news… Loyal friends know my regard for SUPERAntiSpyware. I received this info from my friend there: SUPERAntiSpyware is now included in VirusTotal’s premier file analyzing service

EUGENE, OR (July 21, 2010) –, a Pacific Northwest developer of state-of-the-art security software, has announced acceptance into Virus Total’s ( independent file analyzing service.

VirusTotal provides an absolutely necessary service to spyware/malware researchers worldwide,” said Nick Skrepetos, founder of “This free service allows researchers and users alike to submit suspicious files and have them analyzed by over 40 of the top anti-virus and anti-spyware products. We are very proud to have SUPERAntiSpyware’s detection engine included. VirusTotal’s staff was extremely helpful and a pleasure to work with while integrating SUPERAntiSpyware into their service.”

Don’t know about SUPERAntiSpyware? Click here and find out. It is a Tech Paul reco fersher!

** Software License Giveaway Drawing Ends Tonight **

The folks at Codyssey have generously donated 10 licenses for CodySafe Σ (Sigma) to me, to award to my readers. I sincerely thank them for that. So I am having a random drawing¹ contest from folks who “enter”. The drawing will close midnight tonight, Thursday, July 22nd, and the winners announced Friday. So act now.CodySafe is essentially a portable applications launcher and portable drive management tool for use with USB drives, and making them into a “computer on a stick”.  With it, you launch your “portable” programs and files from a Vista-like menu. For details (and to enter), click here.

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July 22, 2010 Posted by | computers | , , , , | 2 Comments