Sunday, October 26, 2008

Computer Tips [ Gain Link Freedom + Bye-Bye Hidden Programs + Where Did It Go? ] 10/27/08

Computer No, this isn't Steve. You can tell because Steve never wears a suit :-)

Quick Tips

Contents of the Clipboard

With a mention of the Windows clipboard in another tip awhile back, questions about it have been rolling in. Most of the inquiries have basically been about what all goes on the clipboard. I've gotten several e-mails about this or that being saved on the clipboard or not. Well, I'm here today to help clear some of that up for you. Here we go!

First of all, if you're not sure what the clipboard is, read here before you continue on. It will help the rest of this tip to make a lot more sense for you. Now, to make a long story short, pretty much anything you copy when using your computer is saved to the clipboard. As in everything, I mean any text, images, Web addresses, whole documents, folders, files and so on. Hopefully you get the picture!

For example, if you make a screenshot on your computer using the Printscreen button, that will go to the clipboard until you paste it into your image editing program (like Photoshop). If you visit a Web site and want to share the URL with someone, copy it and it will go to the clipboard until you paste it into an e-mail. If you copy a picture you received in an e-mail, it will be on the clipboard until you paste it somewhere else. The pattern is always the same. The data will stay on the clipboard until you paste it somewhere, until it is covered up by something else or until you shut down your computer. So, now you know where all of your information goes and yes, the Windows clipboard is a pretty cool thing!

~ Erin

Don't stop now! Keep reading to learn how you can still get rid of hidden programs on your computer, find out how to edit without ungrouping in various MS Office programs and learn how you can gain link freedom once again. Also, find out how to do a simple copy and paste with today's video tip and of course, don't miss out on Amanda's Cool Site of the Day. Enjoy!


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Friday's sale went over sooo well, that we just had to continue it for one more day! Only today, we found some new products to share with you! So check' em out! These are some EARTH SHATTERIN' deals we got going on today only! Place your orders now before you miss out!!!

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We have an absolutely incredible deal for you today! We just received a limited quantity of PrintMaster Select 16!!! And just wait 'til you see the deal!

What can it do? Pretty much anything you can think of! Here's a small sampling:

Business Cards
Greeting Cards
3D Crafts
CD Labels
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Or start your own project from scratch! This project possibilities are truly endless!

It's incredibly easy to use, has a ton of flexibility, and is extremely fast to learn. In fact, most projects can be completed with a just a few mouse clicks using the built in wizard, or you can do them from scratch. I know it's one of the easiest "print" type programs I've ever used (and I've used a lot). Oh, and guess what - it works on Vista - yeah!!

Oh, it also includes over 10,500 images, 8,000 templates, 200 premium fonts and much more! Here's a shot of one of the easy to use predesigned templates:

It has an impressive photo editor built in that's just as easy to use as the rest of the program. This photo editor allows you to remove red-eye (yeah!), enhance brightness / contrast, crop, adjust color, sharpen, clone, fix flaws, do touch ups, and more!

I could go on for another 10 paragraphs or so, but I think you get the idea. This is one of the best publishing programs you can get (at such an incredible price too!)! Very highly recommend by myself and just about anyone who's ever used it!

Normally, you would have to fork over $30.00+ for this - still a heck of a deal. However, if you can "settle" for 10,500+ graphics, you can get this today for just $7.97, with FREE US shipping!

This price will increase to $12.97 on Tuesday!

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We just got a great deal on these awesome, colorful flash drives, and we just couldn't pass up sharing them with you!

Flash Drives are amazing! They allow you to store data on them and take it with you wherever you go! Seriously, having this kind of data portable is amazing!!! That is why you can never have too many flash drives.

Another great thing- this flash drives come with plug and play, which means you can plug it into any USB port and easily access all the files that you need!!! How cool is that?

So, wait until you get your paws on these awesome 512MB flash drives that we got in stock today! I just love the bright, colorful casing. I picked up one of each color, because I will be able to remember exactly what is on it! For example, I am going to put pictures on the blue one, music on the green one, and important documents on the red one! What a great way to get organized!! These are just awesome!

Plus, 512MB holds the perfect amount of information! I am tellin' ya, you can't go wrong with these crazy colorful 512 Flash drives! Better yet, for $9.97 each, you aren't putting a hole in your pocket with this purchase! Don't forget that here at WorldStart, we have FREE US SHIPPING and a 60 day money back guarantee too!

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Who Wants To Come Home To A Dark House?

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Guess what, people? It is starting to get dark out wayyyy tooo early! Don't you hate coming into a dark house? Or if you go out of town, don't you hate leaving all your lights off? Well we found some absolutely amazing light sensors that automatically turn on at dusk and off at dawn! How cool is that?

These amazing light sensors are simply phenomenal!! Every house hold needs a set (or 2) of these!!!

Better yet, they are sooo easy to to install! All you have to do is screw them into your lamp's socket and then screw your light bulb into the sensor! There are no screws or tools involved! :-) Better yet, you will never walk into a dark house again!

What is really cool is that this sensor is adjustable! It can tell when it is dark out and when it is light out. So guess what? You will never have to worry about trying to set a timer, guessing what time it will be dark and what time the sun will rise! Now that is really awesome!

These sensors are perfect for when you are out of town too! Scary robbers will never suspect you are away with your lights automatically turning on and off! This is like the cheapest home security I have ever seen! :-)

I just picked up two sets of these!!! See, they even work outdoors and are perfect for my lighting next to my front door! So I put one set outside, and then I use the other set inside! I just can't get enough of these sensors!!! You are going to love them!

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Computers 101

I want to go through and remove some of the programs I know I have on my computer, but when I go to my Add/Remove Programs list, I can't find them. How can I get rid of them?

That isn't uncommon. Some programs just like to be a little stubborn. Most Windows components can be uninstalled by going to the Add/Remove Windows Components section in the Control Panel. But, what about the ones you can't find? You know they're on your computer somewhere, but how can you get rid of them if you can't find them? Well, it's actually not too hard to bring these out of their hiding. Let's learn how!

Bring up the Windows Explorer (one way to do this is to right click on the Start button and select Explore).

Find your way to C:\Windows\Inf. (Double click on the My Computer icon on your desktop, double click on the C: drive and then go from there).

Make a copy of the "Sysoc.inf" file. (Click the file and hit Ctrl + C then Ctrl + V).

Next, right click "Sysoc.inf" and choose Open with, then Notepad.

Type Ctrl + H to bring up the Replace box.

Replace ,hide, (comma hide comma) with ,, (comma comma).

Then hit the Replace All button.

Save the file.

Now, when you go to Start, Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs, Add/Remove Windows Components, you will see stuff that wasn't there before. Some of the items will be in subfolders, like "Games," which is under "Accessories." Double click to open any folder. Just uncheck the items you want to remove. There you have it. No more hidden programs!

~ David

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MS Office

Edit Without Ungrouping

Do you frequently group drawing objects in any of the MS Office Suite programs?

Then when you go back later and suddenly want to change a font size, line color or fill color, do you ungroup it all to make the changes?

And when you're done, you end up doing a regroup. Am I right?

Feel like you're repeating yourself yet?

Well, here's something you may be interested in knowing!

You can sub-select items from the group for changes to colors, shadows, lines and changes to text in shapes or text boxes, all without ungrouping!

All you have to do is click once to select the group and with the group still selected, click on the shape that needs changed.

Voila! You should see the specific element selected and now, you're free to make changes to that individual item.

That's it. Two clicks and you're making changes without an ungroup in sight!

~ April

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Ever Find Yourself Asking...

"What Kind Of Bird Is That?"

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We had such a tremedous response to this on Friday that we had to add it into today's newsletter! But please remember that our quantities are limited, and once they are gone, we cannot get our hands on anymore! So order now!!!

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First off, I think this just blows my well-worn paper version away! This is just soooo much easier to use! Browse though the listings and find the type (family) of birds you're looking for, then drill down to the specific species! We're talking over 1,000 different North American Species here!

As for the info on each bird - this just blew me away! It has sooo much great information!! I love the photos/artwork too! Not only is it stunning - it really helps you ID the bird - male or female - you're looking at. Plus, this program shows you all the variations and field marks to watch for while gazing. PLUS it's absolutely loaded down with great info on the species itself. We're taking Habitat, Feeding Habits, Nesting Information, Filed Marks, Similar Species (GREAT TOOL, BTW), and over 700 have songs and call recordings to listen to! That ALONE is enough to make this a no-brainer decision!

This even includes a fantastic video tutorial with Roger Tory Peterson, which teaches YOU how to identify all kinds of birds! Talk about being taught by the pros huh?

It also has a Skill Builder that helps you become a better bird spotter! Test and improve your knowledge with this quiz-like part of the program. I thought it was just great!

Whew - that's the highlights. If you're into birding, or just want to know what the heck that bird was you just saw in your yard, then grab this today! It's a phenomenal program that makes figuring out which bird is which a TON of fun - and it's sooo much easier to use than the paper version!

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PS - Limited quantities! This is one that every birder - or just casual observer - just has to have! If you've ever wondered what that bird was you just saw, than you've gotta grab this fantastic title! And don't forget this is a one day only sale price. The price will increase first thing Tuesday morning!!!

Catch That Mouse!

You Will Never Use Another Mouse Again!

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Works With Both USB And PS/2!!!

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This mouse is just awesome! It has amazing optical technology, which makes the mouse pin-point precise!! And we all know, having a mouse that is perfectly precise is wonderful! But I have never seen a mouse that have this kind of precision! It blows me away every time I start moving it!

Better yet- because it is optical, never again will you have to worry about cleaning! Now that takes away some major hassle!!! I just love optical mice, and this one is no exception!

Okay, now this is my favorite feature! This cool mouse has the ability to work with both USB and PS/2 ports! WOW! So, let's say I needed to free up one of my USB ports, all I have to do is plug this mega cool mouse into the PS2 port and I am all set.

Plus, this nifty feature allows me to take this mouse with me on the go, since my laptop doesn't come with a PS/2 port! If I want to use this mouse, all I have to do is plug it into the USB port, and I am all set! How cool is that? And with its lightweight, compact size, packing this mouse is so convenient too!

But there is more! This mouse comes with a scroll wheel that acts like a third button! Let me tell ya, I don't know what I would do without this feature. It really makes navigating around on my computer super fast and ultra easy! I just love it!

Oh, and I mustn't forget to mention how comfortable it is! This mouse fits my hand like a glove! I could use it all day and never get a hand cramp! And guess what? It's amazing design is perfect for both right and left hand users! AWESOME!!!

And the price is unbeatable too! Yep, we have an amazing sale going on today only! Order this mouse for just $10.97 and US Shipping is Free! Don't miss out on this one!This mouse is going to be the best $10.97 you have ever spent!

PS: You guessed it! This sale is only good for today! The price will jump to $14.97 first thing Tuesday morning. Order now!

Admin Rights

Have you ever tried to install a new program on your computer that required you to have Administrator rights? It seems to happen to me all the time. Plus, more and more software companies are making it mandatory these days, so it's important to at least know a little about it. And that's exactly what you'll get from the tip on our homepage today. It holds all the answers you're looking for, so check it out!

Fiery Foods

Do you like hot food? You know, like a spicy hot! If you enjoy setting your mouth on fire every time you eat, you're going to love the cool site we have on our homepage today. It's called Fiery Foods and it contains everything you could ever possibly need to know about fiery foods and barbeque. It even has tons of recipes for you to try on your own. Give it a look see and set your taste buds on fire!

Here's the link you need: Enjoy!

Tip of the Day

Hyperlink Mystery

Have you ever had trouble opening a new link from your e-mail or even on a Web site? When you click on the link, just basically, nothing happens? Well, I'm here today to help you with that!

I've gotten several e-mails recently about this very problem, so I'm glad you asked. This seems to be a somewhat common problem, so I did a little research on it, in hopes of finding a quick fix for you all! Fortunately, I found a few things that could be causing this to happen.

To refresh, basically the problem is that whenever you're using your e-mail program or an instant messenger type program (or any other application) and a link is included, you click on it, but nothing happens. Your computer may freeze up for just a second, but when it's done, you're left right where you started from. Your browser will not open and you cannot, for the life of you, get a new window to come up from the link. How annoying is that?!

Like I said before, there are a few things you can try to resolve this problem. Before we go any deeper, the first thing to check is your popup blocker. If you have a pop up stopper installed on your computer, it could be interfering with the links you are trying to open. If this happens to be the case, you can always hit the Ctrl button and click on the link again. Ctrl + a click allows the link to open. If that was your problem, you are very lucky.

Another simple cause could be that you don't have the correct browser set as the default for your computer. If you use Internet Explorer, you have to make sure it is set as your default browser. To check this, open IE and go to Tools, Internet Options. Click on the Programs tab and make sure the box clear down at the bottom that says "Internet Explorer should check to see whether it is the default browser" is checked. This will allow IE to open any links you click on. If you use Firefox, go to Tools, Options and choose the General tab. Make sure the box that says "Firefox should check to see if it is the default browser when starting" is checked.

If those two things still don't fix the link problem, there are a couple more options you can try. We need to check and make sure your folder options are set to your specific browser. Go to Start, Control Panel and make sure it is in the classic view. Once there, click on the Folder Options icon and choose the File Types tab. Now, you're going to look for the item "(NONE) URL: HyperText Transfer Protocol." Highlight that and click on the Advanced button, then the Edit button. This will bring up some information on your browser. You're mainly going to be looking at the Application line. If you use Internet Explorer, make sure it says IExplore and so on (for whichever browser you use). If you've recently switched browsers, you may still have your old settings in there and that could be causing the problem with the links. You just have to make sure you have the right browser selected so the links will open in the correct way.

Okay, there's one more tip for you in case nothing has worked thus far. Go to Start, Run and type in "regsvr32 urlmon.dll" (without the quotes). Click OK when done and if a message pops up that says "DllRegisterServer in urlmom.dll succeeded," the problem should be fixed. If that still doesn't work, try typing in the following commands in the Run box:

- Shdocvw.dll
- Msjava.dll
- Actxprxy.dll
- Oleaut32.dll
- Mshtml.dll
- Browseui.dll
- Shell32.dll

One of these options should solve the link problem you are experiencing and you can enjoy link freedom once again!

~ Erin

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Today's Feature

Copy and Paste - Video Tip

I know this is an oldie, but you have to admit, it's a goodie! Everyone can use a little refresher course on the process of copying and pasting and I'm here to give that to you today! Everything is explained in the video, so I'm just going to let you roll with it. Get started by clicking on the link. Enjoy!

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Amanda's Coolsite

Book Mooch

Welcome to Book Mooch, a site where you can give books away and get books you want to read in return. It’s absolutely free to join and browse. The only cost is to ship your books to others. All in all, it is a really sweet deal!

I recommend joining right off the bat. To do so, click the Join tab and fill out the fields that are required. On the Join page, you will also find some links that will help better explain how things work. Look next to the Info area. There are three links: overview, points explained and interview.

Once you’ve joined and logged in, you’ll have more tabs across the top. They are: Browse, Add, Inventory, Wishlist, Pending and Member Home.

The Browse tab allows you to search for books that you would like to receive. You can do this by username, book title, by Amazon and there are even more options below the main search area.

Add – This is where you can add books for other people to mooch from you. There are several ways to add them. I would start with by hand.

Inventory – This shows the books that you’ve added for people to mooch off you.

Wishlist – This is where you can keep a listing of books that you want to mooch.

I highly recommend that everyone check out the FAQ section, as it helps clarify some of the questions you may have about points and shipping. You do have to earn points before you get free books, but really, the price of shipping isn’t that bad of a cost to get rid of books that may be cluttering up your house.

I can’t wait to start whittling down my extensive stacks of books by giving them to people who are actually going to treasure them. Get started today!

~ Amanda

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October Wallpaper

Here's October's wallpaper. It's all free, so enjoy!

Undine Falls

Yeah, strange name, but good falls! I'd like to say I had to hike 12 miles into the backcountry to get this shot, but this was taken probably about 10 yards from the parking lot. Worth the quick stop!

Lamar Valley Trees

I took this a couple weeks ago in Yellowstone. The trees looked too good to pass up!

Antelope on the Lookout

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