Best Tech Podcasts – Reality PC Archives Now Available

The Reality PC podcast archives are now available. Initially, the Reality PC podcast was created in 2012. However, after recording 10 to 20 episodes, I became distracted with trying to create a full time computer repair business.

In early two thousand seventeen, I brought back the Reality PC podcast and recorded a total of 62 episodes. Once again I became distracted trying to formulate a full time income with computer repair. All episodes of the Reality PC podcast will become available for FREE.

You will be able to listen to them with a built in html5 player. Also, you will be able to download them to your computer, for later listening. I plan on recording a weekly Reality PC podcast beginning in April.

These podcasts are supported with on page advertisements. I do NOT plan on including on air advertisements. I do NOT boast that the Reality PC is the best tech podcasts. It was a decent keyword I found when performing search engine optimization for this blog post.

The Reality PC podcast will discuss technology related topics. I may or may NOT answer listener questions. As we speak I have incorporated a live radio show feature into this website.

I may replay each Reality PC episode via my radio station feature. Also, I may perform the Reality PC podcast live. As far as performing a livestream of the Reality PC, I am debating whether or not to livestream on Youtube or on this website.

The Reality PC podcast covers computer and technology related subjects with real free speech. No political correctness, music, or on air commercials. Just straight talk radio, the way nature intended.

For now you will have access to every Reality PC podcast ever recorded, entirely FREE of charge. Tired of looking at advertisements? Purchase a members only subscription for just $5 per month, and gain access to the podcast archives advertisement free.

Teamviewer Remote Desktop – Portable Version

Teamviewer remote desktop is one of my preferred remote desktop connection software. There is actually a portable version of Teamviewer available for free. This software functions similar to the desktop version.

I prefer to keep my Microsoft Windows 10 machine as clutter free as possible. I removed Teamviwer 11 and now exclusively use Teamviwer remote desktop portable version after testing this software. This software takes up close to 80 megabytes of disk space.

You can run Teamviewer remote desktop portable version off of a Universal Serial Bus drive or Compact Disc Read Only Memory disk. I have not tried running this off of a network drive, but I think it would be possible. According to the official Teamviewer website, this portable version "...comprises all the features of the full version of TeamViewer..."

This is good news for me as I do NOT like having to install countless pieces of software cluttering up this Windows 10 machine. All you have to do is download Teamviewer portable and burn it to CD-ROM or USB flash drive. Then just open up TeamViewer.exe.

This software supports Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, Linux, Google Android, and Apple iOS operating systems. You can download the newest version of Teamviewer remote desktop from this static link. You do NOT and will NOT be able to update this portable version.

You would need to browse to Teamviewer's download area to download the most recent portable version of this remote desktop connection software. I have been satisfied with this portable version of Teamviewer. Also, 80 megabytes of disk space is sufficient enough reason for me to rely on this portable version.

Any time I can keep my Microsoft Winblows machine clutter free, I am a happy technology camper.

VLC Open Source – Media Player 3 Released

VLC open source media player version 3 has been released on February ten two thousand eighteen. This latest version of VLC open source media player is a major release called Vetinari with quite a few new features. VideoLAN VLC media player is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, and Linux operating systems.

* 4k and 8k video supported
* 10 bits and high dynamic range
* 360 video and 3definition audo
* chromecast streaming
* blu-ray java menus playable
* browse local network and network attached storage

I was not able to use VLC's "check for updates" feature nor did the automatic updates detect version 3. You can download VLC media player version 3 and install this software update manually. VLC media player is free and open source.

This software is available in both x86 32 bit and x64 64 bit versions. The current version of VLC open source media player is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP service pack 3, vista, 7, 8, and 10. There are basically three different ways to update VLC open source media player.

You can enable updates notifier. VLC open source media player will check for updates and notify you when one is available. A second way to update VLC media player is to download the most recent version from a static link at

Finally, you can update VLC by clicking on "Help" from top menu and then choosing "Check for Updates...". If an update is available you will be prompted to download and install it. You will need to restart VLC media player for this update to complete.

How to Upload a Video – to

There a few alternative video platforms to One of them being I am going to describe how to upload a video to First, you will need to sign up for a DailyMotion account.

Once approved you will then need to sign into your DailyMotion account. Now you want to click on a generic avatar on the top menu to the right of the search box. Left click on that avatar and then choose "Partner HQ".

You will be taken to your partner headquarters, which is your video dashboard. There is an "Upload" button towards the top left. Click on this button and you will taken to an upload page.

DailyMotion changed their upload interface about a month ago, so potentially they could change this page again in the future. Anyways, for now you can drag and drop up to ten videos to upload at a time. Also, you can click on "Selected video files" in the lower right hand corner.

This allows you to pick files to upload by browsing your hard drive. If you need more information about the upload process, you can click on "Learn more about uploading" on the lower left hand corner. I believe DailyMotion has a one gigabyte size file limitation.

Also, each video can be no more than sixty minutes. I am not sure how many videos per day that you can upload. Once you select a video file to upload you will be taken to a page where your file begins to upload.

You can enter in a title, description, and choose a category. I believe entering in a title and selecting a category is mandatory. You can enter in uniform resource locators or hyperlinks in the description box.

You are limited to 3000 characters in the description box. You can choose a different language under a "Language" box. Also, you can select playlists from an "Add to playlist" drop down.

You will need to create playlists before they are available in the video upload interface. You have three options for the visibility of your video under "Visibility". Public, private, or password protected.

You can enter in up to 10 different tags under a "Tags" box. Also, you can place a check in the "Age-restricted content" box, so that younger viewers cannot watch this video. You are completed with the "Basic" portion of your video settings.

You can click on an "Advanced" tab or just click on "Publish" to publish your video. Also, you can click on "Cancel" to cancel this video upload. I usually do not make any changes under the "Advanced" tab.

You can configure "Geoblocking" settings. If you want to make this video featured then place a check in the box next to "Feature video". You can manually set a "Record date".

If you want to add subtitles then click on "Add subtitles" under "Subtitles". Finally, you can choose what video that will play next by entering in a uniform resource locater link to another video in the "Play next" box.

Fresh Install Windows 7 – on HP Pavilion P6-2108P

I recently received an HP Pavilion P6-2108P desktop computer for recycling. This is a dual core computer with 8 gigabytes and a one terabyte hard drive. I always wipe computers I receive for recycling with Darik's Boot and Nuke.

Also, I perform a fresh installation of whatever operating system the computer came with. Older Microsoft Windows computers come with certificate of authenticity stickers on them. This way I do NOT need to buy a new license and can just enter the serial number and then activate Windows.

This computer had a Windows 7 Home Premium sticker. Windows 7 installations are pretty straight forward. You need either a Windows 7 DVD-ROM, USB flash drive, etc.

Windows 7 operating system will be supported at least until 2020 by Microsoft corporation. Dual core computers have lost value in recent years. However, I am still able to sell them on Craigslist, eBay, Amazon, etc.

Windows 7 updates are still slow as ever. Also, I usually load Microsoft Security Essentials anti-virus. Making sure Windows firewall is enabled is part of my to do list.

I use either Driver Pack or Snappy Driver installer to install hardware drivers. These two applications save me quite a bit of time loading drivers. If not for these two applications, I would have to search on the Internet for drivers manually.

I always install Windows 7 with service pack one. This process usually does not take that much time. Waiting for the Windows 7 security updates to install takes quite a bit of time.

However, this is a good way to perform a burn in test so to speak. Normally, by the time I finish installing Windows 7 including all security updates, any major problems with recycled computers would have been noticeable. Once I am completed with the operating system install then I usually leave the computer powered on for at least twenty four hours.

Microsoft Windows 2000 – Quick Restore on Compaq EVO N180

I recently received some computer equipment for recycling. One of those items was a Compaq EVO N180 laptop. This computer is around fifteen years old.

However, I thought I would process this notebook computer with Microsoft windows 2000 as if I could resell it. This laptop came with a battery that would not charge and a failing left mouse button. However, I thought I would have some fun and try to perform a new install of Microsoft Windows 2000.

Luckily enough, the individual that dropped off this equipment took excellent care of this equipment and also saved software that came with these computers. He gave me three Windows 2000 compact disc read only memory discs. One of these was a HP Windows 2000 service pack two disc.

Another one was a HP Windows 2000 service pack four disc. Finally, I received a Windows 2000 service pack one recovery disc. I could not use the HP Windows 2000 service pack two disc with this Compaq EVO N180.

Also, the HP Windows 2000 service pack four disc did NOT have the correct drivers for this EVO N180 laptop computer. However, the HP Windows 2000 service pack one disc did have correct drivers for ths Compaq EVO N180. Unfortunately, this disc only loaded service pack one of Windows 2000.

I was not able to download service pack four for windows 2000 from Microsoft. I do not have any discs with service pack four. This Compaq EVO N180 ran pretty good on 768 Megabytes of random access memory.

Believe it or not I was able to access the Internet with the built in Internet Explorer 5. I could not find a replacement battery and or touchpad mouse on the Internet anywhere. If I were going to try to resell this laptop then definately I would want to replace the battery, touchpad mouse, and upgrade Windows 2000 to service pack four.

Also, I would want to install a firewall and anti-virus. However, this Compaq EVO N180 was only a Pentium III computer. Certainly not much if any demand for older Pentium III computers.

I may try to sell this laptop as is or part it out. Most likely I will have to give it away or part it out and then send the remaining parts to a larger recycler. I had a good time messing around with older school technology.

Computer Equipment Recycling – Worth The Time and Effort?

Is computer equipment recycling worth your time and effort? Originally, I was not going to write this blog post, but then I had second thoughts. As a part time computer repair technician with my own business, I started recycling computer equipment a few years ago.

I am just a small recycler at this point. However, I normally receive computer equipment that is in relatively good condition. I try to resell any computer equipment that I receive, that is obviously functional and not missing any parts.

I generally receive items such as desktop computers, laptop computers, liquid crystal display monitors, printers, and cables. I do NOT accept old cathode ray tube computer monitors and televisions. Also, on occasion I receive liquid crystal display televisions.

Most printers I receive do NOT work at all or have some type of problemw with them. Normally, I do NOT even try reselling printers, as they are not very valuable. All you have to do is browse the free section of Craigslist and your bound to find free printers.

As of the date of this blog post creation, I sell all personal computers that are Pentium 4 or newer. Also, I resell older Macintosh computers ie. G5's. Generally, Macintosh hardware retains more of its value as they age, compared to personal computers.

If a Microsoft Windows certificate of authenticity sticker is attached to a computer then I load whatever operating system that license is good for. If personal computers are missing certificate of authenticity stickers, usually I install Linux operating systems on them. Macintosh computers, I install whatever the newest Apple Macintosh OS X is compatible with that particular hardware.

Overall, I would say that computer equipment recycling is worth my time and effort. I have recycled computer equipment from non-profits and small businesses. Actually, I have made a decent profit off of reselling pre-owned computer equipment.

I never charge a fee for drop off or pickup of computer equipment. I generally require at least 10 items or more for pickup. Since I do NOT own a truck then I end up renting a Uhaul truck.

However, I am still able to receive a nice profit for my time and labor, as well as the expense of renting a truck. You might be surprised how large of a demand there actually is for pre-owned computer equipment.

Small Business Accounting – Software GnuCash 2.6.19

As a small business owner I have used exclusively a small business accounting software titled GnuCash, for many years. GnuCash is free and open source accounting software. Version 2.6.19 is available.

GnuCash supports Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10, Apple Macintosh Intel as well as PowerPC, Linux, Sun Solaris, and Berkeley Software Distribution operating systems. I have used GnuCash on both Linux and Windows operating systems. GnuCash is both individual and small business accounting software.

There is no web based interface that I am aware of. Also, you cannot have multiple users on a network access the same GnuCash database at the same time. However, you can install multiple instances of GnuCash and point them to the same database, just as long as one person at a time makes changes.

GnuCash is easy to backup and restore. You just save the QIF files. You can import this database into another installation.

If you lose this QIF database your pretty much fucked. You can download the most recent version, along with older versions from this GnuCash 2.6.19 small business accounting software static link. GnuCash features these principles:

* double entry accounting system
* stock, bond, & mutual fund accounting
* small business accounting software
* reports and graphs
* qif, ofx, and hbci importation
* transaction matching verification
* schedule transactions
* financial calculators
* online banking

GnuCash is a double entry accounting system, with a general ledger and chart of accounts. I have used it to help me file my federal and state income taxes. I have used this software to track stock trades.

This free small business accounting software will track most individual and business expenses. You can even create invoices. Also, you can create graphical reports to track expenses, revenues, etc.

I highly recommend this software to track your individual money. Finally, I have used this software before to keep track of my small business money.

How to Make Money With CryptoCurrency – by Using MinerGate

I am going to walk you through how to make money with cryptocurrency by using MinerGate. is a legitimate crypto currency miner. Crypto currencies are created by hash transactions.

This type of currency is NOT like printing pieces of paper like the United States Federal Reserve does. There have been bitcoin and other crypto currency miners since this type of money system was created. However, for whatever reason some people frown upon crypto mining.

If you support crypto currencies, then you can help to contribute to this possible new economy by mining crypto currencies. Also, you can actually make money by using either your hard drive, computers' central processing unit(s), and even graphical processing unit(s). My first attempt at trying to mine crypto currency was with Nicehash.

However, their mining software did not detect either my CPU or GPU. I am using computer hardware that is not brand new. I then found MinerGate and their software successfully detected the central processing unit.

Minergate claims that most older hardware is supported. However, some older graphics processing units may not process fast enough to mine cryptocurrency. Minergate software is free to download and use.

This software supports Microsoft Windows 7 or newer, Apple Macintosh 10.9 Mavericks or newer, and Linux Ubuntu 16.04 or newer operating systems. MinerGate also supports Fedora Linux 25 or newer operating system. Also, you can mine cryptocurrency with a command line tool Claymore.

You may not become a millionaire over night, but you may be able to make some extra money. What you want to do is download Minergate to all computers that you want to mine cryptocurrency with. You will need to create a Minergate account first.

You will then log into Minergate from each computer with the Minergate client. There are two ways to mine crypto currency with Minergate. You can use the Smart Miner or just Miner tools.

Smart Miner will automatically choose which currency to mine based upon profitability. You can certainly use the standard miner tool and mine which ever currency Minergate supports. Another important point is that there are two different types of payment models that Minergate uses.

Pay Per Last N Shares and Pay Per Share. PPLNS charges 1% while PPS charges 1.5%. You may want to use PPLNS since it charges less.

However, I recommend you study on your own and come up with what suites you best. Once you login to the Minergate client software, you click on either Smart Miner or Miner. If you choose Miner you will have to choose which currencies to mine manually.

Minergate allows you to choose how many cores to dedicate to mining crypto currency. For example I have a quad core computer that I am using. I select the drop down next to a currency under "CPU Mining".

You will see "CPU Cores". I can choose to dedicate either 1, 2, 3 or 4 cores on my quad core computer. I recommend that if you are going to use this same computer for other tasks that you leave one core for those tasks.

You can then dedicate 3 cores for crypto currency data mining. I have two machines set to 3 cores and was still able to use these computers like I normally do. You can certainly dedicate all 4 cores if you are not using this computer.

A dual core machine would only detect 2 cores that you could use. A six core machine would show 6 cores that you could dedicate and so on. Once you have picked how many cores to crypto currency mine with then you click on the "Start mining" arrow next to the currency you have picked to mine.

One other important caveat, some crypto currencies might not be very profitable or no longer being used or supported. You do NOT necessarily want to mine crypto currency that nobody is using. However, I recommend that you study each crypto currency on your own so that you make the right decision for your best interests.

If you select the Smart Miner tab, all you have to do is choose how many cores to dedicate to crypto currency mining and then click on a "Start smart mining" button. You can always pause the smart mining. Smart mining will choose the currencies that get mined for you.

You can install the Minergate client on multiple computers. I do NOT know if there is a limit to how many computers you mine from. However, each computer that is mining will show up as a "worker" in the Minergate dashboard.

I highly recommend you get familiar with the dashboard. You can convert your crypto currency coins via the dashboard by selling your coins. Also, you can trade your coins for different crypto currencies.

Keep in mind the afore mentioned services require fees. You get a free private wallet with Minergate. However, you may want to get a more public wallet like what Coinbase offers.

This is so that you can transfer your money to perhaps a banking institution checking or savings account. These decisions are entirely up to you. These are all the currencies that you can mine with Minergate as of the time of this blog post creation:

* zcash
* bitcoin gold
* ethereum
* ethereum classic
* bitcoin
* litecoin
* bytecoin
* monero
* digitalnote
* aeon coin
* fantomcoin
* quazarcoin
* monetaverde
* dashcoin
* infinium-8

Finally, you want to secure your Minergate, Coinbase, etc. credentials. Anyone that has access to this information can transfer your coins else where.

Install Linux Mint From USB – on Dell Inspiron 530

I have decided to try out Linux Mint for the very first time. I am going to go through the steps involved to install Linux Mint from USB. Universal Serial Bus is normally faster than Digital Versatile Disc. You will need a spare computer and USB flash drive.

You then need to download Linux Mint from the link above. Currently there are four different variations of Linux Mint 18.3 that you can install.

* Cinnamon
* Mate
* Xfce

There are x86 32 bit and x64 64 bit versions available for download. I choose to install Linux Mint 18.3 Xfce because I have used this window manager before and it is quite lightweight compared the other three window managers. Once you download the .iso file then you will need to burn it to either DVD or flash it to USB.

You will need a program like Rufus or Etcher. I was not able to flash successfully a Linux Mint 18.3 USB drive with Rufus so I used Etcher instead. Etcher is recommended on Linux Mint's website.

Now once your flash drive is ready, then you can attach it to a USB port on your computer. Any laptop or desktop computer will work. I would recommend a computer with at least 1 gigahertz processor, 1 megabytes Random Access Memory, and 20 gigabytes hard drive space.

Also, recommended is to connect your computer to the Internet before starting the install. You do NOT have to have Internet connection to complete the install. Another tip is that you can test Linux Mint 18.3 on your hardware before installing.

The USB flash drive boots a demonstration version of Linux Mint 18.3. On my Dell Inspiron 530 I had to make sure that the Basic Input Output System detected the USB flash drive. Also, I made certain that I enabled "Removable Media" as a boot choice.

On Dell computers you can press F2 to enter the BIOS and F12 to enter a boot menu. This boot menu allows you to choose what device to boot from. Your computer might detect this USB flash drive as a USB HDD.

This is normal and you would select this device to boot from. Once you boot off the Linux Mint 18.3 media, you will be logged into a desktop. You can test Linux Mint 18.3.

Double click on an installation icon on the desktop to begin the installation. You can accept the default settings, which is what I recommend if you are new to Linux. You will be asked to choose your language, keyboard type and city location.

Then you will be asked to choose your type of installation. I recommend that you choose the top one which is choosen by default. All of the partition settings will be chosen for you.

You do NOT need to know how to partition using Gparted in order to get Linux Mint installed and working. However, you can choose to encrypt your hard drive, configure Logical Volume Management and even choose a custom install. I have been using different Linux distributions for over 15 years now and I rarely fuck with partitioning, logical volume management, encryption, and custom installs.

Finally, you will be asked to enter in a name, username, password, verify password, and computer name. You do NOT need to enter in a name. You must enter in a username, password, and computer name I think.

You can change your password later or even blank it. You can also choose to have Linux Mint 18.3 automatically login each time. You can change this later.

Linux Mint 18.3 will download some updates from the Internet if you connected your computer to an Interne connection. If not it will begin to load files from the media you created. It took around ten minutes to install Linux Mint rrom USB on my dual core Dell 530 Inspiron with 4 gigabytes of memory.

Once Linux Mint 18.3 installation is finished it will warn you to remove your installation media. Remove your installation media ie. DVD, USB flash drive, etc. and then hit enter. Now Linux Mint 18.3 will boot for the first time.

Depending on how you decided to enter your desktop, you will either see your desktop or have to login with your username and password. Now that you are finished with your installation you deserve to enjoy a mint, a Linux Mint.