You've heard of a hub before, right? Well, in case you haven't, a hub is a device you can use with your computer to hook up other devices and gadgets you may use (such as a keyboard, a mouse, a digital camera, a printer, etc). The most common form of a hub is in a USB format. With that, you simply plug the hub into one of your USB ports and the rest of the devices are hooked into that, which gives them power to work.
So, now that you know all about hubs, what about a wireless hub? Is there such a thing? There sure is and it's very convenient! If you have a wireless network set up in your home or office, you can use a wireless hub to connect all the other devices you need to use. A wireless hub is the perfect way to link everything together with all the computers you use within your network. Along with being inexpensive, wireless hubs are also very easy to set up and configure, which is always a bonus!
The only thing you can't share on a wireless hub is an Internet connection. That is often misunderstood by several people. Even though you have a hub set up on your wireless network, only one computer can access the Internet. If you wanted to share the Internet connection, you would have to purchase a router. Happy hubbing, my friends!
It's Friday, it's Friday! Make sure you keep reading to learn all about some different programs you can use instead of iTunes, find out how to easily work with long formulas in MS Excel 2007 and learn how you can easily jazz up your desktop in no time at all. Also, be sure to check out the Friday Funnies for your daily laugh and as always, don't miss out on Amanda's Cool Site of the Day. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend, everyone! : )
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First, Writer, the word processor, is compatible with Microsoft Word and is the fastest way to produce dynamic written documents. Plus, this program offers tons of awesome style and formatting features which makes creating your documents a breeze! Plus, just like Word, this program has an auto-spell checker, which immediately underlines your misspelled words!
But I must say, when it comes to a word processor, Writer has Microsoft Word beat simply because everything is sooo easy to find! Cosmi really thought of everything when putting their tool bars together. Never again will I go searching through the menu looking of a certain toolbar to turn on or off a feature like Text wrap- because it is right in front of me! I just love this- and I know you will too! Plus- I can format these toolbars and adjust the size of my document so I have everything in front of me. Check out this pic to see what I mean:
Calc, the Microsoft Excel compatible spreadsheet creator is simply amazing and makes creating complicated spreadsheets extremely painless! This program comes with an affordable and easy to design presentation maker called Impress, which is compatible with Microsoft Powerpoint! Plus, there is even more! One feature is called Draw, which is an easy-to-use drawing program; another is the Math Equation Editor; and finally, Base, which allows you to create useful databases in a snitch! You will love all of these features! Check out the site for more information!
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PDF's are the easiest way of sharing files with friends and family. With this program, creating amazing PDF's has never been so simple! I was able to edit, change page order, and bookmark my document in a blink of the eye! Check out this for an example of how cool this feature really is:
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When I saw these, all I could think about was my mom wearing her reading glasses over top of her normal glasses while working on the computer. Then when she wants to do something else, she has has to take off her reading glasses! I am sure you have seen people do this before too! Sometimes you just can't see those fine details or small lettering with your normal glasses and need just an extra bit of magnification!
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Now, before I go any further, I want to make sure everyone knows that if you use a Mac computer, you probably won't need to finish reading this tip. iTunes works perfectly with Macs, along with your iPod. The iTunes store is very easy to use with a Mac computer as well. On the other hand, things may be a little different for all you Windows users out there. I've heard a lot of stories from people who say iTunes is a little difficult to use on a Windows computer and it can bog down your memory quite a bit too. I mean, it makes sense. Since there isn't a Windows version of iTunes, you're just using a Mac application on a Windows PC and that doesn't always work out so well.
Along with the problems I mentioned above, there have also been some complaints about excessive resource usage, unnecessary programs running in the background and there are several compatibility issues with Windows Vista. If you try to use iTunes with Vista, your computer may end up crashing or at least freezing up. Plus, there's the whole DRM issue when it comes to "protected" music. If you download a protected song from the iTunes store on your Windows PC, you may run into some trouble when trying to transfer it to your iPod or MP3 player. Yuck!
With all of that said, it's no surprise that you want some alternative options to iTunes. Below is a list of music players that come with multi-platform compatibility and tools that will help you manage your digital music, as well as, keep it organized all at the same time. Let's check them out, shall we?!
1.) Foobar 2000 - This one is a digital music management program and it works with Windows 2000, XP and Vista. It is also compatible with several music platforms, including WAV, Ogg Valis, WavPack, AIFF, AU and many more. It also comes with full unicode and replay options, as well as, several other customizable features. You can check Foobar 2000 out for yourself right here.
2.) Songbird - This one is built off of the Firefox browser platform and it works with several media players, including the iPod. Songbird comes with many different add ons, with more added to the list everyday. It's an open source program, so it's very easy to work with. Check it out here.
3.) YamiPod - This particular player is a little different in that you don't have to install it on your computer. You can just copy it to your iPod's hard drive and use it from there. With YamiPod, you can manage your songs from any computer that runs Mac OS X, Windows or Linux. Just click on this link to check it out for yourself.
4.) Winamp - You may recognize the name on this one, because we here at WorldStart have talked about Winamp before. It has been around for quite a long time, but it is still one of the most popular music players out there today. It's a full featured music manager and it comes with complete iPod support. Also, if you have QuickTime installed on your computer along with Winamp, you are able to play protected songs. Cool, huh?! Take a look at it for yourself right here.
5.) Amarok - This one only works for Linux and Unix users, but it is a great iTunes alternative. It works with a wide variety of media players, including iPods, Zen players, Nomad players, USB players and more. It also comes with features like album covers, Wikipedia integration, awesome visual effects, lyrics support and so on. All of that just makes it ten times better. Check Amarok out today right here.
6.) Banshee - Banshee only works with Linux, so if you're a Linux user, I know you're just going to fall in love with it. It's a free download and it allows you to do just about anything with your music. You can import your music, organize it, play it back, share it and even rip it to a CD. So, if you want to manage your music with no limitations, Banshee is for you. Check it out here.
7.) Cog - Like iTunes, this is another music player that works perfectly with Macs. But, if you feel like you're being limited with iTunes, you may want to give Cog a look see. It takes care of all those problems and it allows you to actively manage your music. It is supported by several music platforms, including Ogg vorbis, MP3, FLAC, WavPack, Musepack and many more. It also comes with features like gapless playback, auto updating, Growl support, hot keys and seeking. It's definitely worth checking out, which you can do right here.
So, whether you're very unhappy with iTunes or you just want to try something different for awhile, the above seven players are worthy choices. There are so many alternatives to iTunes, you're bound to find one that fits perfectly with your operating system and your musical life. Give them a try today!
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The Long Formula
Do you work in MS Excel a lot?
Ever have a really long formula that would expand the formula bar in the older versions of Excel? Did it become bothersome when it began to cover the cells in the first few rows?
Well, if that's the case for you and you now use Excel 2007, you may be happy to know that you have some other options and they don't involve covering parts of your worksheet.
First of all, if your formula gets too long for the space allowed, you'll find that Excel 2007 will scroll the formula up, but it won't automatically expand the formula bar downward.
Notice the scroll arrows now at the far right end of the formula bar. You can use those to scroll back and forth through your formula.
But wait! I can hear many of you wondering what good that is if you need to see the whole formula at once.
I agree and fortunately, Excel 2007 has a solution for that situation as well!
If you slowly move your mouse pointer over the bottom edge of the formula bar, you'll find that it turns into a double arrow.
While the pointer is a double arrow, click and drag the bottom edge of the formula bar downward.
When you do that, you'll see how the entire worksheet moves down as the formula bar expands.
Now, you can see your entire formula without covering a single cell!
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This uses easy to understand video presentations (104 of 'em!) to show you how to do all the cool stuff you just knew Windows could do! From the very basics to more advanced topics, it's all covered. We've put a complete list of all 104 topics on the site (wait till you see it), but we've listed the topic headings here:
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To me, videos are about the best way to learn Windows. It's one thing to read about something, but to watch it being done in front of you is really fantastic. This is like having a Windows guru sitting next to you, showing you step by step exactly what you need to know for any given topic! It's really great, and available whenever you want (unlike, say, a real life Windows guru).
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Proper Shut Down
So, tell me, what all do you do when you're shutting down your computer? Do you just go to the Start menu and turn it off or do you take some other steps first? For example, do you close out all of the programs you were using or do you just leave them running? Do you save all your documents or do you think your computer will handle that for you? Well, either way, there is a right and wrong way to shut down your computer and if you read today's tip on our homepage, you will learn all about the right one!
American Red Cross Museum
The American Red Cross is an awesome organization, isn't it?! I mean, they're always there to help when disaster strikes and you can find them just about anywhere help is needed. And that's precisely why we thought we'd feature a Web site about them on our homepage today. It's called the American Red Cross Museum and when you visit it, you'll learn all about them, you can read through fun little facts about them, check out some of their memorabilia and much, much more. Check it out ASAP!
Here's the link you need: http://www.worldstart.com/ Enjoy!
Do you like to use your own pictures for your computer's desktop wallpaper? You know, as long as you have the picture saved on your computer, you can right click on your desktop, choose Properties, click on the Desktop tab and hit the Browse button to search for it. When you find the one you want, select it and then you just hit OK for the picture to become your wallpaper.
Well, when you do this, you can also choose for the picture to be centered on your screen, stretched out across your whole monitor or tiled. Most people like to have it centered, because the other choices make the picture look a little distorted sometimes (depending on its size). To center your picture, choose Center under the Position drop down menu. So, once you have the picture centered, what about the rest of your desktop screen? Does it just sit there or is there something you can do to spice it up a little?
Luckily, there is! All you have to do is change the background color and it will add a whole new life to your picture and your wallpaper. Just choose a color that goes well with the colors in your picture. For example, if you have a picture of your favorite football team as your wallpaper, you may want to use one of their team colors for your background. In my case, I love the Ohio State Buckeyes, so if I put a picture of their logo as my wallpaper, I would choose my background color to be either scarlet or gray!
To pick your color, go back to the Desktop tab in the Display Properties window and use the drop down menu that says Color. You can choose from the original colors they have or hit Other for more options. You also want to make sure you choose a color that shows your icons well. Don't use a really dark or really light color, because they'll be harder to see. Once you have the colors the way you want them, just hit OK and your masterpiece will come alive!
Here's what mine looks like:
Cool, huh? Jazz up your desktop today!
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Welcome to the History of Halloween. Every year, tons of kids around the USA dress up in costumes and go trick or treating, but what’s the real history behind this holiday?
Well, if you're interested, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll find navigation on the side menu. The sections are Holiday Origins, Creepy Videos Clips, The Great Pumpkin, Ghost Stories, Around the World, Historic Haunts, Halloween Treats, Jack-O-Lantern Cut Outs, Fast Facts and Boo-ography.
Holiday Origins – Here you can learn all about the origins of Halloween, from ancient times to modern day. Also, read about the evolution of Halloween as a holiday.
Creepy Video Clips – Check out these video clips about ghost stories and folklore. Choose a video from the left hand menu and it will play in the center video pane. Learn about the ghost Lavender and Barnsley Gardens if you dare! You can even find out about some of the ghosts haunting the Wild, Wild West.
The Great Pumpkin – Here you can learn all about pumpkins and how the Jack-O-Lantern came to be!
Ghost Stories – Here you will find three ghost stories that may be based in fact, but are most certainly interesting to read.
Around the World – Here you can see how Halloween is celebrated around the world and learn about the two related holidays: Guy Fawkes Day and El Dia de Los Muertos (The Day of the Dead).
Historic Haunts – This section centers on the haunting of presidents and of the White House itself. It was pretty interesting. I’d never heard of any of these stories before.
Halloween Treats – Here you can find some recipes for Halloween treats. There are cupcakes, cookies and even icing.
Jack-O-Lantern Cut Outs – Here you can find two Jack-O-Lantern Templates that you can use on your pumpkins for easier carving. If you click them, they enlarge and you can print them out too. (They are .PDF files, so if you need a PDF reader, go here).
Fast Facts – Here you can find a lot of fast facts about Halloween. They're just like little blurbs really, but there were some interesting ones, like how many pounds of pumpkins were produced per state.
Boo-ography – And last, but not least, this is really its own site. It will pop open in a new window. Here you can find spooky biographies, celebrities who were born or died on Halloween, Halloween origins and even another section called Halloween Around the World. This was by far my favorite part of this visit!
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Here's October's wallpaper. It's all free, so enjoy!
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Thursday, October 30, 2008
Computer Tips [ Jazz Up Your Desktop + Happy Wireless Hubbing + Friday Funnies ] 10/31/08
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