Sunday, October 19, 2008

Computer Tips [ Is Your PC Going To Die Soon? + Stop A Google System Hog + Snag Web Picts ] 10/20/08

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

Quick Tips

Wireless Channels

Today, we're going to talk about wireless channels! After going over the whole setup for a wireless keyboard and mouse a couple weeks ago, I got to thinking that you might also run into some trouble with the channels, so I definitely wanted to cover that right away. So, without further ado, let's check it out!

First of all, wireless keyboards and mice basically work through signals, which come from the wireless receiver you have hooked up to your computer. If the receiver is not able to get a good connection with either the keyboard or the mouse, they will not work properly. In that case, you have to change the receiver's channel until it does start to work. Now, keep in mind that it may not work on the first try. You might have to change it multiple times before your new hardware starts to function correctly, so try to be patient.

So, the next question is, how do you do it? Take your wireless receiver and flip it over. You should see a small button there. Just push in on that button (you may need to use a pen or pencil to make sure it gets pushed down all the way) and then try using the keyboard and mouse. If they still don't work, push the button again and so on. You may also need to do the same thing on the mouse (and only the mouse). On the bottom side of the mouse, there's a similar button. Just keep pushing that until it connects to the receiver and works for you. If both items are working right, your receiver will light up when you use them. So, yes, this is one downside to the wireless world, but at least you now know how to fix the problem. And it's an easy fix at that!

~ Erin

Don't stop now! Keep reading to learn all about the Reliability Monitor feature in Windows Vista, find out how to get a quick view change in MS Word and learn how you can easily remove the GoogleUpdate.exe from your Windows Vista computer. Also, find out how to add an online picture to your e-mail with today's video tip and of course, don't miss out on Amanda's Cool Site of the Day!


Special Note - We were finally able to get these in stock. Last time we had them, we sold over 300 in less than a day! Check this out - see for yourself why everyone loves Cookin' With Betty Crocker!

WOW!! Amazing Betty Crocker CD ROM Cookbook!

Special - Just $10.97 Today Only! (10-20-2008)

Over 1100 Fantastic Recipes!

Oh, You Gotta Grab This!

We just got an absolutely amazing deal on Cookin' With Betty Crocker - and let me tell ya - this is going to BLOW - YOU - AWAY!!!!

This has got to be, hands down, the best deal we've ever seen on a CD ROM cookbook! 

Oh, and not only are you getting all these amazing recipes - you're getting a seriously powerful digital cooking assistant! This is just LOADED with great features and it's really going to make your kitchen life much easier!

First off, don't you hate it when you have a recipe that serves five and you only have two to feed? Heck, you spend half your time just trying to divide up fractions! YUCK! Well, this can easily scale the recipes for however many people you're trying to feed! Need to feed just two? It can do that! Need the same recipe to feed 10? Yup, just a click of the mouse! To me this one feature ALONE is worth the price of the cookbook!

Then it gets even better! Say you're on a diet and you really need nutritional information for the food that you're making. Wouldn't it be great if you could analyze a recipe and find out how much fat, cholesterol, how many calories etc. you were taking in? Well, with this you can! It can easily do a health analysis and in second you'll know the nutritional values for ANY recipe!

What if you have a bunch of recipes that you want to add? No problem! Add as many as you like! Now, adding recipes is easy, but this takes it a step further! When you add a recipe, you get all the features mentioned above right at your fingertips! Need to scale your recipe for more or less people - it can still do it! Want nutritional values? YES! This can analyze YOUR recipes and give that to you as well!

Oh, and you'll love this! What if you're not sure how to cook something? Maybe there's a technique that a recipe describes but you're not familiar with it - Sure wouldn't take much for that to happen to me! Well, this has tons of fantastic instructional videos! Yup, just pull up the video section then watch and learn! HA! Who needs the cooking channel? :-)

Want more! Sure ya do! This can also create a shopping list for a recipe (print or send to a palm), e-mail recipes to friends and family, create weekly menus (and make those shopping lists from those menus), search recipes by keywords OR ingredients, and to top it all off, the interface is just fantastic!

Whew, this is one amazing cookbook! Want one too? I don't blame ya! These are just great! Your cost is only $10.97 and US shipping is FREE! The paper version of this has an $85 retail! Plus the fact that it's all on your computer makes it so much more useful / powerful than those old paper cookbooks! Go on, give this a try - I know you'll love it too!

PS - WARNING! This was a VERY limited quantity deal. PLEASE hurry to the site and grab yours while you can! Right now, we can't get any more and these are bound to be extremely popular today. See ya at the site!

Make Hallmark Cards Right From Your Computer!

What A Deal Too!!

Only 80 Left @ $6.97!!

WOW! We've featured lots of card-making software, but seriously, who makes cards better than Hallmark? And with Hallmark Card Studio you can make amazing Hallmark Cards right from your own home!!

I don't know how Hallmark keeps out doing themselves again and again!!! Each previous edition of the software has been good- but not this good!!!

So what does this software do?

Basically, this it allows you make Hallmark cards right from your computer. Yes, they are authentic cards with even the "Hallmark" trademark on the back. The program comes with predesigned cards with pictures, graphics, and expressions. All you do is customize it (if you like). If you really want to make your card unique, they even have the ones where you insert your own picture (of course, you do this through your computer so it looks fantastic).

And it is so easy to use!!! By far, I would say this is one of the easiest programs I have ever used! All you have to do is just point and click to create your cards. I was shocked!!! I mean could anything be any easier to use?

Curious about what the finished product will look like once it is printed? Check it out! It was really awesome!



This program includes 10,000 different images, 5400 Hallmark cards, projects, and tons more! This gives you over 1 million ways to create your personalized cards.

Personally, I really like that the cards are "pre-written". It makes it so much easier. I never have to rush through the store again looking for the perfect card. It really has saved me time!!!

Of course, you can replace what they say with what you want to say (or add to it, modify, etc). Plus, people really dig you more custom message and what to know where you found such a personalized card.

Oh, and it's not just limited to the printing out out-dated paper cards (that's so 20th century) - you can also send e-mail greetings complete with animated pictures and sounds!

As if all the above weren't enough, this can also do scrapbooks, calendars, and even has a really good built-in photo editor! WOW!! And just wait till you check out the event planner! Never forget to send another card - this will remind you! How cool is that??

All this probably sounds really expensive!!! Relax!!! Your price is just $6.97 (retail $49.95). Of course, if you live in the US shipping is FREE! Here's a link with all the info:

Hurry on this one. Last time we sold this program, they flew out the door!!! And remember- the price will increase to $18.97 on Monday!!!

Whew - We knew this was going to be HUGE but this camera is the deal of the month! No doubt about that! We had such an awesome response to this camera last week that we just had to make sure that you guys had one more day to order your own! Thanks go out to the hundreds who ordered!!! This camera defines the word awesome! I just love it! Order yours now before you miss out on this steal of a deal!

"I Am Ready For My Close-Up!" (ARE YOU?)

Awesome Digital Camera / Web Cam Combo!

Great Buy For Just $14.97!!

That's Right- Only $14.97!!!!


Yes, WOW! This amazing camera has it all! You have never seen a camera as cool as this one- Just look at that awesome design!!! Wait until you check it out!!! You will be so glad that you did!

Fabulously engineered, this awesome camera has an innovative design that allows you to use it in two ways. First, carry this camera with you to take digital photographs. Its lightweight, portable design is perfect for the go. Take this amazing camera to your next family function or on vacation and capture all your favorite memories with just a push of the button!

Included inside this fantastic camera is a memory chip that allows you to capture and store up to 152 photos! WOW!!! That will really let you preserve all those priceless memories of you and your loved ones. Seriously, what could be better? This Phenomenal Camera!!! Wanna know how? Keep Reading!

You can use this incredible camera as a web cam too. WOW!!! The packaging includes a stand that allows this camera to rest at the perfect height for awesome video messaging and conferencing. Now is that really cool or what? All you have to do is plug it into a USB port, and you are ready to go.

Video messaging is so great! When you are unable to attend a precious family (or friends) gathering, this method gives you a feeling that you are there. Better yet, with this feature you can quickly and easily capture photos and email them, all within a few clicks of the mouse! Now that is really cool!

Oh and I gotta mention the quality of the photos!! They are really REALLY clear! I was soooo impressed!!!

As an added BONUS, this camera also comes with its own Archsoft Photo Editing Software. Edit your favorite photos by cropping, removing red eye, and soooo much more all within a few short steps! AWESOME!!!

OOOH, but the price of this camera makes this deal soooo much better! In fact, this is by far the deal of the month! You could go to a local retail store and pay anywhere for $50.00 to $200.00 on a digital camera web cam combo! But if you order now, this camera is just $14.97 and US Shipping is FREE! Check out the product page for more information!!

PS: It is getting to be holiday season. Don't miss a great photo opportunity because you don't have a camera. Order this awesomely priced amazing camera now before our supply is gone.

Computers 101

Do you have any information on the Reliability Monitor in Windows Vista? I think it's something I would be interested in using, but I don't know a lot about it yet. Anything you can tell me would be a big help. Thanks!

As a matter of fact, I do have some information on that and I would be more than happy to share it with all of you! The Reliability Monitor is actually something we like to use quite often on our WorldStart Windows Vista computers. We have found it to be very helpful and we think it's probably one of the best tools that came along with Vista. Now, before I go on and rave about it some more, let me give you some information on it and you can then decide for yourself too. Here we go!

First of all, the main function of the Reliability Monitor is to track down any malfunctions that may be occurring within your Vista computer system. It pinpoints any problems you may be having and it also helps you fix them right away. Once you run the Reliability Monitor, it gives you a graph of all your software installs, uninstalls and any errors that have been recorded within those programs.

To start the Reliability Monitor application, click on your Start button and in the search box that comes up under that, type in "reliability." Once your results show up, select the option of Reliability and Performance Monitor. Then click on Reliability Monitor.

Once you have that open, you will see your Reliability Index value in the very top right hand corner. That value is set based on how smoothly Vista runs on your computer. It starts at 10, but it can decrease, depending on everything you have on your system. For example, if you try to install some older programs onto your Windows Vista computer, they might end up crashing if they cannot be supported by Vista. If that happens, your value will go down.

Your Reliability Index is updated on a daily basis, which is very convenient. Since it's done that way, you can check your status one day, wait a week or two and then check it again. If some of the same applications or pieces of hardware are causing trouble on a regular basis, you'll know it right away and you can take the next steps in getting them fixed.

So, what if the Reliability Monitor does find a few problems with some of your software or hardware? Well, once you find all of that out, you'll need to troubleshoot them. Then if you're not able to fix them properly, you may have to remove them from your Vista computer completely. Otherwise, your Vista computer will not run at its full capability. And if that happens, you're the only one losing out.

Now, as I said earlier, the Reliability Monitor does try to give you some tips on getting your problems fixed. Whenever it finds a malfunction on your Vista computer, the Reliability Monitor will record the date on which it happened and it will give you examples of the events that led up to the point of when the problem actually started. All of that information will be displayed in the System Stability Chart within the Reliability Monitor application. The errors are then marked with a red circle with a small "x" inside.

Once you get your report, you can go through the list of errors found on your computer and then look back through all the information given to see what might have caused the problems in the first place. For example, if your computer crashed at one time or another, you can go back through your report and see what might have caused it to happen. Often times, things that happened a few days (or even weeks) earlier can be the reason for a persistent problem. And that's exactly what the Reliability Monitor is for.

Go on and check it out. You might be surprised by what's going on inside your Vista computer, even now as we speak. Good luck, my Vista user friends!

~ Erin

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MS Office

Quick View Changes in Word

It seems like everyone has a preference for the way they view their MS Word documents.

Some people prefer the Normal View, while others like the Page/Print Layout View. Plus, there's the Web layout and in newer versions of Word, the Full Screen Reading and Draft views.

Whatever your preference, it's always a good thing to know how to get to a different view. Sometimes you're trying to accomplish a task that lends itself to a view different from your usual way of seeing things.

I bet most of you know you can change views using the View menu or View tab on the ribbon (depending on the version of Word you use).

In fact, your choices are the first items on the menu, so you can't miss them!

But what if you could change views with a quicker click?

You may not have realized it, but there are buttons for your view choices right on the screen the whole time you're working.

Take a look at the horizontal scroll bar across the bottom of your document.

Follow it all the way to the left.

See them?

In older versions of Word, on the very left, you have four buttons, which are also known as the view buttons.

Newer versions of Word may have view buttons that look like the image below and they're found on the far right side of the Status bar.

You can just do a "quick click" to switch from one view to another, no menu/ribbon tabs required!

~ April

More Cool Stuff


Attention! Dust Could Store Up in Dangerous Places!!!

Finally A Great Way To Clean Your Computer!!!

Grab That Dusty Mess With This Awesome Flexible Vacuum Attachment!

VERY, VERY Limited Supply!!!!

Most vacuum attachments frustrate me. They "say" they will suck up anything, anywhere; however, I don't get how that is possible when you are using a plastic piece of equipment that doesn't bend into all those nooks and crannies.

That is why when I saw this awesome vacuum attachment, I just had to try it out. And Guess What? I love it!!! In fact, I don't think my house has ever been so clean because once I tried out this device, I couldn't stop! It really sucks up dust everywhere!

This attachment is slim enough to fit into the tiniest nook, long enough to slip deep into any crannies, and flexible enough to turn corners and bend in any direction! I can't begin to tell you how much I love this vacuum attachment!

So, let me tell you the story of my cleaning spree. I started off in my office. This awesome device was able to really suck all that gross dust that was stuck in between the keys on my keyboard. I was so impressed with this that I used it to suck up the dust on my monitor and even the collection of dust bunnies that collected on the fan on the back of my CPU.

Then, I moved to the living room. You see, the other week, I noticed these gross piles of dust that had accumulated on my air vents. With ease, I was able to slid the 29" cord (obviously with tons of room to spare) in between the vent holes! This awesome attachment was even able to suck the dust that was stored inside the vent! I am tellin' ya, I was shocked.

But my cleaning spree keeps getting better when I moved to the kitchen. Have you ever noticed the crumbs, dirt, and other collected goodies that hide in the corners of you oven, fridge, or range? Well, this vacuum attachment is long enough to fit into all these electronic devices, slender enough to suck up all that dust that accumulates under them (image cleaning under your stove or fridge without having to move it- WOW!), and flexible enough to get get in between those tiny crevices on your range. Now, you know why I say my house is super clean!

This product even works great it cars!!! Check out how well it cleans car consoles:

I just love this vacuum attachment! Better yet, it is designed to attach to all major vacuum cleaners! I am tellin' ya, this product is one that you just gotta try!

Cost? Get this!!! We have a special deal on these amazing vacuum attachments today! Today only pay just $10.97 and US Shipping is Free!

PS: I couldn't recommend this attachment enough! Unfortunately, we have a VERY LIMITED supply of these amazing vacuum attachments, so get to the store and order NOW!!! Your house will be thankful for the thorough cleaning that it will receive!


Hate Poppin' Pills Out?

Arthritis Even Makes It Painful!

Awesome Pill Popper Frees Your Pills In A Snap!

Amazing Low Price Too!!

Oh, WOW!! We featured these Friday and they went like CRAZY! Thank YOU to the hundreds and hundreds who ordered!

Don't you just hate trying to get the pills out of those foil packages? Talk about a fight - You twist it, turn it, bite at it, and it still doesn't seem like those darn little pills every want to come out! Drives Ya NUTS!!!

Plus, it's 10X worse if you have arthritis or carpel tunnel in your arms and fingers!

Well, stop messin' around and cut out all that hassle with this amazing new pill popper! This little guy is just so cool- every house hold needs one!

How does it work? It pops the pills out for you! Just place the "popper" over the pill you want and push down the lever! Once the pill is popped out, it catches it in a little compartment. Sure makes it easier to get your pills out! Wish I would have thought of that!

Sound cool? Well wait until you hear the price! Get this awesome pill popper for just $6.97 and US Shipping is Free! Check out this fun page to order your pill popper!

Amazing New Cleaning Cloth Cleans, Polishes and Protects!

Get Your Glasses Super Clean - On The Go!

Credit Card Small To Fit In Your Wallet!!!

Dirt Cheap Deal Too!!!

Have you looked at your cell phone lately? I mean really really looked at it? I have my cell phone sitting in front of me and I am just disgusted by all the dirt, greasy smudges, fingerprints, and scratches that cover my phone!!! Normally, to fix this problem, I just take my phone to my shirt and rub it until I "think" its clean!!! But that was before I tried out this new mircrofiber cloth!!! I am just amazed!

Clean , polish, protect, and preserve your MP3 player, glasses, PDA, CDs and DVDs,and so much more, all while you are away from your house with this amazing mini microfiber cloth!

Dirt and dust are no match to this clinging microfiber material! And with this flexible mini microfiber cloth, you can take the super cleaning ability with you wherever you go! How awesome is that?

This amazing mini microfiber cloth is the size of a credit card and easily fits into you wallet, purse, or pocket.This super mini cloth will capture and eliminate surface dirt, smudges, makeup and oil! With the edge cleaner grab all that gross grime stuck in all the little crannies- it works great around the screen and keys of my cell phone!

Plus- with this cleaning cloth you will also find a detachable detailer which works great at getting stubborn dirt and fingerprints off of camera lens (including the lens on my cell phone!)

I am sure you want to polish, protect, and preserve all of your expensive gadgets! Why not do it on the go? And we have an absolutely fabulous deal for you today!

Get one of these great microfiber cloths for just $4.97:

Get two of these great microfiber clothes for just $7.97:

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PS: These cleaning clothes are just too cool! Once I tried it- I was hooked! I keep one in my car for my CDs, one in my purse, and one next to my bed just for my glasses! Order yours now!!! You are just going to love them!!! Don't forget that US Shipping is FREE!!!


Have you ever received an e-mail that was in all CAPS? If so, how did you like it? Did you feel like the person who sent it was screaming at you? That's how I always feel when I get an e-mail like that and I don't care for it too much at all. So, is there anything you can do to change the text back to a normal size? Well, there certainly is! And if you check out the tip we have on our homepage today, you will learn all about it!

Coloring Page

Do you have a lot of kids in your life? Maybe they're your own or perhaps they're your grandchildren. Either way, you're really going to want to share the cool site we have featured on our homepage today with them. They are going to love it! It's called Coloring Page and it's filled with fun activities for young children. And who knows, maybe you'll find something there for yourself as well!

Here's the link you need: Enjoy!

Tip of the Day

GoogleUpdate: Removing It From Vista

GoogleUpdate.exe is a small program that's automatically installed with any Google product you download and use. GoogleUpdate comes bundled with Google Picasa, the Google desktop search and as of late, Google Chrome.

GoogleUpdate seems to be a hidden process, because it doesn't always show up when you install a new Google application. GoogleUpdate.exe is a software component that acts as a meta-installer and an auto-updater for many downloadable Google applications, including the ones I mentioned above. In other words, it keeps all your Google programs up to date.

Above is a snapshot of the GoogleUpdate.exe running in the Task Manager. It automatically runs in the background, it connects to Google servers, it uses system resources all the time, as well as, downloads and installs the needed updates. It also reports some data usage to the Google servers, which includes version numbers, language, operating systems, etc. Because of all that, you may want to consider stopping the GoogleUpdate.exe from running on your computer. But let's learn more about it first!

Why should you stop the GoogleUpdate.exe?

Well, basically because it downloads the updates even when you don’t need them and it also consumes part of your Internet bandwidth, without asking your permission. So, let’s see how you can remove GoogleUpdate.exe from your computer! GoogleUpdate.exe adds itself to the Windows scheduler, but it doesn't add itself to the system startup. Therefore, you can’t really remove it using the “msconfig” command.

So, to remove the GoogleUpdate.exe from your Windows Vista computer, simply follow these directions:

1.) Go to Start, Control Panel.

2.) Click on Administrative Tools, then Task Scheduler.

3.) Next, click on Task Scheduler Library and locate GoogleUpdateTaskUser.exe.

4.) Right click on that and select Disable.

5.) That’s it. You're done. GoogleUpdate.exe is now history!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami

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Today's Feature

Add a Picture - Video Tip

Have you ever been browsing the Web and you find an awesome picture you know you just have to share with one of your friends? I know that happens to me all the time. Either I find a cute picture of a dog (I love dogs!) or a beautiful picture of a flower and I just think of all the people I know who would enjoy it too. So, what do I do? Well, I, of course, send the picture to them in an e-mail. It's so easy to do and it's such a great way to share the things you find online. Want to learn how so that you can start right away? I thought you might! Well, just click on the link to get started and have fun!

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Amanda's Coolsite

50th Anniversary of NASA

This Web site gives you an incredible guided tour of NASA over the past fifty years! With a robot to guide you through the highly interactive site, it will delight both young and old alike!

To get started, click on the logo in the center of the page with the robot. That will open the core of the site. It should pop up in another window. The robot will give you a brief introduction to the site and then you can start exploring. You can either click on the building behind him to start in the 1950s or you can choose a time period from the time line that runs across the bottom of the page.

As you explore the site, remember to click around and see everything that's available. There are so many things you can click on to learn more about NASA!

For example, in the 50s section, when you're done exploring the interior of the building, head outside and explore there. You’ll find rockets and you'll learn about someone who helped develop them. You can also listen to music from that time period with the jukebox!

Each section teaches you about what happened during that decade. You start in the 1950s with the beginning of NASA and end up in 2000 with robonauts! You can even click on the Future Rd. sign to learn about where NASA is headed for the future. Enjoy!

~ Amanda

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Monthly Wallpaper

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

This guy was busy chasing around a couple girls, so he wasn't too concerned about me. I was able to get pretty close and he was fun to watch. That's for sure!

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