Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Computer Tips [ Safer Internet Use + Customize Your Icons+ Enjoy Your New Printer ] 10/30/08

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

Quick Tips

Deleting IE 7 Cookies

Lately, several of you have been asking about deleting cookies in Windows Vista and while that's a valid question, I think we all may be a little confused about this whole thing. For starters, cookies don't really lie within your operating system, rather they come from your Web browser. So, even if you're using the operating system of Vista, your cookies are still stored in whichever browser you use, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. (Also, just to make sure we're all on the same page here, if you're not familiar with cookies, you can read all about them here). Okay, with all that taken care of, let's continue!

From all of your questions about cookies in Vista, I've come to the conclusion that you're really asking about cookies in Internet Explorer 7. Vista comes with IE 7 as the default Web browser, so if you're new to using that, let's go over how you can delete cookies from there. To begin, go to Start, Control Panel and double click on the Internet Options icon to open the Internet Properties box. (You need to be in the classic view for this to work. To get there, just click on the Classic View link on the left hand side of the Control Panel window).

Once you're there, look for the Browsing History section and hit the Delete button. Another window with several options will then come up for you. Click on the Delete Cookies button to get rid of all your stored cookie files. You will then be asked if you're sure you want to delete your cookies, so when you're ready, just hit Yes. Next, hit the Close button and then the OK button to close everything out. That's all you have to do. All of your cookies will be gone for good (that is, until you make new ones!) Either way, this is a good thing to do on a regular basis, just to make sure the information you put on the Internet is kept as safe as possible!

~ Erin

You can't stop now! There's so much more to read about. Keep going to learn all about what you need to do before installing a new printer on your computer, find out how to give your themes a face lift in MS PowerPoint 2007 and learn all you'll need to know and more about the Windows Vista e-mail program. Also, be sure to check out this week's awesome download thanks to Gary and of course, don't miss out on Amanda's Cool Site of the Day. Enjoy!


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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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But these magnifiers are just too cool! Uniquely designed, these magnifiers clip right on to your normal prescription glasses, providing you with enough magnification to really read all of those fine details!

Plus, because they clip right onto your eye glasses, both of your hands are free to do whatever you would like! Now that is really cool especially if you are into needlework, crafts, or other hobbies that having a precise eye is extremely important!

Now, another thing that is really awesome about these clip on magnifiers is that when they are not in use, you can simply flip them up!!! (Think of clip on sunglasses!) What a great idea!!! Man, I wish I would have thought of something this clever!

Better yet, they are sooo lightweight, that you won't even be able to tell that they are on your glasses! WOW!

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This awesome mini hard drive works just like a flash drive- only it doesn't cost as much money!!! :-)

All you have to do is plug it into a USB port on your computer and it will show up as an external drive under My Computer. From there, simply drag and drop your files!

Better yet- it Works on any XP or Vista computer!!! And there are no drivers required! WOW!

These are fantastic for any kind of files! Office documents, spreadsheets, music, photos, backup - whatever!  You can even install programs on it if you like!

The really fantastic thing about these is that you're getting a TON of storage space for a LOT less than the price of a comparable flash drive! You can spend over $30.00 for an 4 Gig flash drive - this gives you the more storage for just $22.97! WOW!

PLUS these are super-fast USB 2.0 drives! You'll be amazed at the file transfer speed! Wait till you try it!

Want one too? I don't blame ya! Head to the link below and get in on this deal before they're gone! For just $18.97 (free US shipping), you can't go wrong! Only a limited number available!

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We have been getting constant requests for this camera/ web cam! And for only $14.97 we believe this deal to definitely be the deal of the month!

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: Unfortunately, we could only track down a limited quantity of these cameras, and once they are gone we can't guarantee if or when we will be getting them back! So, if you have been "thinking" about ordering on of these but have been leaving it on the back-burner- Act NOW before they are all gone!

Computers 101

I just bought a new printer, but before I install it, do I need to remove my old one first? Please help!

Back by popular demand! Here's a quick one for you, but it's very helpful as well. Listen up!

The simple answer is "No." All of the Windows operating systems support multiple printers, so you can install your brand new printer without having to remove the old one.

Now, if you really want to get rid of the old one and start fresh, you can do so by going to Start, Control Panel and choosing Printers and Other Hardware. From there, click on Printers and Faxes. (For versions older than Windows XP, go to Start, Settings, Printers). Once there, a screen with all of your printers will open. Find the one you want to get rid of, right click it and select Delete from the resulting menu. That's all you have to do!

An Extra Note: If you have multiple printers installed on your computer and your Windows isn't using the one you want as the default printer, don't stress out! To change your default printer, just right click on the one you want to be your default and select Set as Default from the resulting menu. There you have it!

It's almost too easy, huh? Now, go on and enjoy your newly installed printer!

~ Steve

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MS Office

Give It a Quick "Face Lift"

Are you getting tired of the same old look when you browse through your MS PowerPoint 2007 themes?

I don't know about you, but I have certain themes I just love, yet I also tend to get bored with the same look over and over again. So, of course, I had to wonder if there was a way to keep my favorite themes, while still getting a new look as well.

As is customary for me, I began hunting and was pleased to find a quick and easy way to give my favorite themes a "face lift!"

Interested in knowing how to give your old themes a fresh new look?

Good! Then let's head over to the Design tab on the PowerPoint ribbon.

You're looking for the Theme section, but it's not the same area where you choose a theme.

What you need is just to the right of your theme choices.

Now, while there are a lot of changes that can be made to almost anything you create, I'd like to focus on the Colors button.

If you click on the Colors button, you'll see an entire list of color schemes.

Choosing a different color scheme will give your presentation the "fresh" look you've been craving!

You'll find that PowerPoint keeps the same elements in your theme, but it changes out the old colors for those in the corresponding positions in the newly chosen scheme.

(A quick word of advice: Take a minute to go through your slideshow after the changes are made. Sometimes a color will be unexpectedly switched to a figure you may have added to a slide, such as a shape).

There you have it. All that seemed old now looks brand new!

~ April

More Cool Stuff

It's Cold And Flu Season!!!

Keep Yourself Healthy!!!

Destroy Those Nasty Germs In Seconds!!!

Ultraviolet Technology Makes It Quick, Easy and Chemical Free!

When you stop and think about all the surfaces you touch or come into contact with on a daily basis that dozens (or hundreds) of other people touch, you know there are TONS of icky, nasty germs crawling around out there! Especially this time of year, the cold and flu season (yuck!).

So, when I recently received a sample of this portable Disinfecting UV Scanner, I thought I'd research it a little to see what it's all about before sharing it with you all. After all, I'm like you - I was thinking, "could a light actually kill off germs?" That sounded like a fantasy to me too - well, I was REALLY surprised about this amazing device! Check this out:

In a "nutshell", you can easily disinfect and sterilize just about any object you come into contact with by "swiping" the UV Scanner over it for about 10-20 seconds. This includes bacteria and viruses such as: E-Coli, Bacillus Subtilin, Staphylococcus Auras, Hepatitis, Influenza and many other viruses as well!
The kill rate is greater than 99.9%. I think that's pretty amazing, don't you? (Wanna learn more about how this works? You can read more about it by clicking here.)

Here's the great thing, this Disinfecting UV Scanner is extremely portable! It only measures about 5" folded and when it's fully opened it's about 9" in length. It weighs less than a 1/2 lb. and even comes with a handy carrying pouch as well! You can take this with you anywhere and everywhere (discreetly if you choose) and keep bacteria and other harmful viruses away! Great for public bathrooms!

Plus, it works great on your desktop and keyboard too! It's safe and effective to use on your dishes, toothbrush, cell phone, kids toys, car interior, door handles, etc. You get the idea ;-) Everyone here has been scanning their office from top to bottom since we got this in - it's still working on the same set of batteries too! You get about 4,000 scans with this on just one set - pretty amazing, huh?

When I was checking this item out, I saw that most similar products like this go for no less than $70.00 - OUCH! - some are closer to $100.00 - yikes! Well get this, your cost is just $16.97 and that includes FREE shipping in the US! Just think about all the money you spend on those little bottles of hand sanitizer every month - this will pay for itself in no time at all!

PS - Don't spend $70.00 elsewhere ~ do yourself, your coworkers and your family a favor and pick up one for your home and/or office today! You'll thank me later ;-)

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A Must Have For Every Digital Media Buff!

This is one card reader that you need to have (especially when it is only $7.97!!!)! Steve recently tested it, and decided that everyone here at WorldStart needed one to have easy access to all of our files stored on SD, MMC, Ultra MMC, T-Flash, RS MMC and Mini SD cards. And I must agree, this card reader is sooo cool!

With its transparent black compact design, this card reader is perfect for everyone on the go! Better yet, with this card you have easy access to the most popular forms of digital media! This card reader reads 23 different types of memory cards including SD, MMC, mini SD, MMC mobil and sooo many more. Check out the product page for the complete list!!

Who doesn't want to experience blistering fast data transfer rates? And with the USB 2.0 interface, this card works super fast! Better yet, it is even backwards compatible with USB 1.1, making this card reader extremely attractive to all digital media users!

Another great feature is the Plug and Play capabilities! With this feature there is no need to have external power. All you have to do is pop in you memory card, and then plug the card reader into any USB port and you are all set to start working!

Because of its cool reading and writing capabilities, this card reader works just like a flash drive! It can easily be taken with you wherever you go! And, when you have a card plugged in, this card reader automatically detects it! How cool is that! WOW!

Now, the cost in unbeatable! Look around your local retail store, and you won't find a card reader under $10.00, let alone $7.97 and Free Shipping inside the US! Get to the site now and order yours before they are gone!!

PS: This deal is only good for today! The price will increase to $14.97 tomorrow! Order now!

Saving Web Pictures

Have you ever seen a picture on a Web site that you think you just have to keep for yourself? Maybe you want to print it out and hang it on your refrigerator or perhaps you'd like to set it as your desktop background. It's just that beautiful! Either way, do you know how you can make that happen? Well, you would if you check out the tip we have on our homepage today. It gives you easy to follow step by step instructions, so check it out!

Idaho Potato Commission

I know that title sounds a little odd, but if you're a potato lover (like me!), you're going to love the cool site we have featured on our homepage for you today. Obviously, it's called the Idaho Potato Commission and it's a Web site devoted to potatoes. What could be better than that?! It has tons of recipes, fun little facts and a whole lot more. Go visit it and then whip up some potatoes of your own!

Here's the link you need: Enjoy!

Tip of the Day

Windows Vista E-mail

I'm not sure what it is, but a lot of you have been asking about the e-mail program found in Windows Vista lately. Maybe there's a group of you that have just upgraded to Vista and you want to know what your e-mail options are or perhaps, you all just have a sudden interest in Windows Mail. Either way, I've got a tip for you today that will answer all of your questions about it and then some!

In case you haven't figured it out yet, Windows Mail, as it is technically called, is the new e-mail program for Windows Vista. It comes right along with it and you can use it basically the same way you used Outlook Express in Windows XP. It's a really good e-mail client, so whether you're new to Vista or you've been working with it for awhile, you're definitely going to want to check this out. Let's get started!

So, in the last few minutes, I have been racking my brain, trying to think of the best way to present this new e-mail program to you all. The most useful thing I came up with is to just show you how to set up your Vista Mail account to get it going so you can actually start to use it for all your e-mail needs. I have a feeling that some of you have probably been looking around on your new Vista computer for Outlook Express. Well, you're not going to find that, but do look for something called Windows Mail. That's what you need!

To get there, go to Start and click on Windows Mail. Now, if you have not set up your account yet, you will see a wizard pop up that will take you through all the steps. Here they are in a nutshell:

1.) Type in your name (or at least the name you want all of your receivers to see when you send them e-mail). Click Next when you've decided.

2.) Enter in your e-mail address. This can be the same one you've used for years or if you'd like to create a new one (in Yahoo!, Hotmail, etc.), you can do so. Click Next again when you're done.

3.) The next step asks you for your Incoming and Outgoing names. This is actually information you will need to get from your ISP. If you used Outlook Express on your other computer, you can use the same information, but if you don't remember it, contact your ISP to get it. That's the only way you'll get past this part of the setup. Click Next when you're finished.

4.) Next, you'll need to choose a username and password for your e-mail account. At this stage, you can click the "Remember" checkbox. That way, you won't have to type it in each time you open your Windows Mail. Then click Next.

5.) If you're all set, you can click the Finish button and your account will automatically be set up.

Yep, it's as easy as that! A little less confusing than setting up an Outlook Express account, but it still asks for all the important information needed. So, once you have your account all ready, you can start to look through it and figure out how to use it. But, don't worry too much, because it's very similar to OE, version 6. So, if you used that before, you should be just fine.

The first thing I noticed with Windows Mail was that the views were pretty much the same. There's the box on the top and the box on the bottom. The top shows your received e-mails in a list and the bottom shows the actual e-mail content. I also noticed that the folders on the left hand side were exactly the same, including Inbox, Outbox, Sent Items, Deleted Items, Drafts and Junk E-mail. The menus along the top were fairly similar as well. I'm sure you'll notice that they are no longer icon type buttons, but a bit of a smaller version. You'll see Create Mail, Reply, Reply All, Forward and Send/Receive. All of those work just like OE.

A couple things that were different are the Print and Delete buttons. In Windows Mail, the Print button is an actual icon of a printer and the Delete button is just a big red X. You just have to click on those to print or delete your e-mails. I guess they weren't good enough to get their own buttons this time around. : ) After those, there is a series of new icons. If you hover your mouse over them, you'll see that one is Contacts, the second is Windows Calendar and the third is Find.

With Contacts, you can click on that icon to add people to your address book. It's a very convenient way of accessing the e-mail addresses and names you need. Just a quick click and there they are. The Windows Calendar is another very cool feature. Click on that button and a calendar will pop up for you. You can go from month to month, making notes of your appointments, etc. It's very easy to use and great for keeping track of your daily activities. The Find button is where you can either search for a particular message, a certain person or for text in a certain e-mail message. That way, if you lose an e-mail, you can search by any of these criteria to retrieve it much faster.

There is also a Search box at the top of the window and you can use that to search for e-mail messages as well. Just type in a few keywords you know were used in the e-mail you're looking for and it should come right up in the window for you. It's as easy as pie!

Everything else with Windows Mail is pretty much the same as what you're probably used to. The menus along the very top are the same, including File, Edit, View, etc. You can still access your preferences through the Tools, Options menu as well. All of those tabs are the same too, so you can set up your account just the way you want it. Windows Mail does have some new stationery options to choose from. You can get those by going under the Message menu. My favorite is the green bubbles choice. It gives the e-mails I send out some real jazz!

So, as you can see, everything is still pretty much the same as Outlook Express 6, but be sure to browse through Windows Mail and familiarize yourself with everything. I'm sure a lot of you will get the hang of things right away, but at least you now have a small guide to go by. And you know, there's always the Help menu if you need extra help. Now, go on and enjoy your new Vista e-mail program. Yes, yes, yes!

~ Erin

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Today's Feature

Vista Shortcut Manager

Some time ago, Steve wrote a tip about removing the little arrows you see in the corners of all your icons. Those arrows indicate that the file is a shortcut, but that doesn't make them any less annoying! Now, just in case you're not quite sure what I'm talking about, here's a sample picture:

That tip was great and it has helped many people, but it only covered Windows 98, ME, 2000 and XP. So, what about Windows Vista? Well, after doing a little research, I found a free program that will help you get rid of your shortcut arrows in Vista!

The program is called Vista Shortcut Manager and it's so easy to use!

Simply install the program and choose how you'd like your icons to look.

You can download the Vista Shortcut Manager program for 32bit Windows Vista here or if you're using x64 Vista, you can download it here.

Note: If your system doesn't specifically say "x64," you have the 32bit version.

Also, for those of you who are still using Windows XP, you can read Steve's original tip about shortcut arrows right here. Enjoy!

~ Gary

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Amanda's Coolsite

Halloween Hangman

Today, let’s take a break from all the Halloween preparations, all the costume making and the party planning. Instead, let's play a game! This game has sound, so you may not want to play it at work (or at least turn those speakers off!)

It’s a game of Hangman with a mouthy skeleton as the hanged man. Guess the letters and for each one you get right, you score points. For each one you get wrong, another part of the skeleton’s body gets added to the hangman’s noose.

The words in the puzzle revolve around a Halloween theme, so that should help you with your guesses. If you guess the first word right, you get to continue. If not, start over and try again.

If you get on a roll, you can really rack up the points as your score continues to grow with each word you get right. My highest score was 130, with Vampire Bat as the word. I think the scoring really depends on how long the word is.

Are you ready to take on this spooky version of Hangman? Go for it!

~ Amanda

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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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