Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Computer Tips [ 25 Worst E-mail Mistakes + Keep Your E-mail Address Safe + Quiet Startups ] 11/26/08

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

Quick Tips

Vista Startup Sounds

So, tell me, are you a new Windows Vista user? Or maybe you've been using it for awhile now. Either way, do you like the way the Vista operating system sounds when you boot up your computer. You know, it plays that little song for you. All the Windows operating systems do it, but that doesn't necessarily mean we have to like it, right? Well, if you're one that doesn't care for the whole intro song type of thing, there is a way you can shut it off. Want to know how? Then read on!

Now, before I go any further, I want you all to know that you're very lucky when it comes to this kind of thing, because originally, there was no way to turn this sound off in earlier versions of Windows. But, now with Vista, there is, so we might as well take advantage of it, don't you think?! Alright, to turn off the startup sounds that Vista makes, click on your Start button and in the search box below it, type in the word "sound" to create a search query for it.

When your results come up, find the one that simply says "Sound" and click on it. Next, choose the Sounds tab. From there, look to the bottom of the box and uncheck the option that says "Play Windows Startup Sound." When you're finished, click Apply and then OK. That's all there is to it! Once you do this, you won't have to hear all those "sometimes annoying" sounds that play while your operating system is starting up. How great is that? Give it a try today!

~ Erin

Don't stop now! Make sure you keep reading to learn all about the first 12 of the 25 most common e-mail mistakes people make, find out how you can number your own way in MS PowerPoint and learn all about the differences between HTML and plain text formats. Also, be sure to stay safe by reading this week's security article thanks to Gary and as always, don't miss out on Amanda's Cool Site of the Day!


Best $2.97 You'll Ever Spend On Software!

Finally! A Perfect Letter For EVERY Situation - 1,001 Of 'Em!

Never Agonize Over An Important Letter Or E-mail Again!

Always Sound Professional!

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Oh, we have a real treat for you today! We have an amazing program that EVERYONE can use - it's called 1001 Essential Letters and let me tell ya - this is going to be one of those programs you use again and again! I only wish I would have installed it sooner! I can tell you one thing for sure - it's the absolute BEST $2.97 you'll EVER spend on software! Here, check this out -

You know how it is - you need to send a professional sounding e-mail or letter to someone and you end up spending an hour trying to compose something that sounds perfect and professional. Maybe it's a follow-up for a job interview, maybe it's a problem with a product or service, maybe it's a legal or government matter. Hey, we've all been there - agonizing over the right words, rewriting, revising - it's never any fun!

Well, that's where this is gonna sweep in and save the day (and your sanity)! love this thing! You just pick the type of letter you're looking for, and you'll find all sorts of sub-categories and topics - 1001 of 'em in fact! Let me tell ya, there's really and truly something for EVERY occasion in here! I'd give you a list, but it's a little long! Trust me on this one, if you need a letter, this has a prefab one that's absolutely perfect! I couldn't come up with any subject this didn't cover!

Oh, and using it is super easy! It can integrate with your word processor and, get this, works perfectly with Windows Wordpad too! So EVERYONE has a compatible word processor!

You are gonna LOVE how easy this is! First, you locate the letter you want to use and double click it. A new window pops up giving you an explanation of what the letter is for so you know you have the right one. Then, it brings up another screen where you simply fill in the blanks to complete the letter! Stuff like addresses, names, and other pertinent information. Once that's done, just click "Send To Word processor" and you can edit it more if you like or just print it out! A letter that took you an hour to get perfect before is done in a matter of minutes! I am SOOOO going to be using this all the time! I don't know about you, but I feel like saving an hour of my time is worth $2.97!

If you think that sometime in your life you're going to need a professional letter for snail mail or e-mail, you have absolutely GOT to do yourself a favor and grab this one today! If there was ever a no-brainer, this has really got to be it! 

Again, your cost is really just $2.97 and US shipping is still FREE! We're pretty much giving these away - but only for today (11-26-2008)! Price goes up to $8.97 at midnight! Here's the link - RUN to the site and grab one for yourself and maybe a couple for friends!


PS - Again, this deal is ONLY good today(11-26-2008), so you gotta RUN to the site ASAP to get yours! This is the smartest, most useful $2.97 you'll ever spend on computer software! Get 'em while you can!

Warning!!! Warning!!! Warning!!!

Viruses and Hackers Are Alive And Well!!

And They Are Trying To Get Your Computer!!

12 Award Winning Programs

That Will Keep You And Your Computer SAFE!!!

On Sale Today For $10.97!!!

We just found a BRAND NEW TITLE for XP users, and WOW! We're so impressed we could hardly get this review put together fast enough! It is called System Guard, (by Broderbund and Encore Software, so you know it's not only good, and easy to use too!) and it's going to blow you away!

System Guard is a very simple solution to safeguard your computer from cyber-thieves! You have to admit, identity theft and credit card theft is a huge problem in our society. We leave too much information out in cyber space without protecting our identities. That is why you have to protect your computer and your confidential information, and, when dealing with safety, System Guard really has you covered! This program has the features you need to restore your computer and guard against harmful threats. Better yet, it is super easy to install and use! Wait until you pop this CD in: It is simply fantastic!

System Guard comes with 12 (yes, that is right, 12) different programs that will secure your computer and your crucial information!!! Let me tell ya, this program has amazing ways to protect every aspect of your computer, ultimately making your identity virtually "bank vault" secure! Just check out this list of incredible features offered through this program. WOW!!

Anti-Virus Defender
Anti-Spyware Attacker

File Encryptor

Fire Wall Protection
Instant Remote
Anonymous Surfing
Cache Cleaner
File Shredder
Spam Filter
Password Control
Pop-Up Slasher

Now I really don't have the room to discuss all 12 of these features in detail with you; however, I am going to tell you about a few of my favorites! Any ONE Of the above is worth way more than what we're asking for the whole package!

Okay, so... my first favorite feature is probably the Anonymous Surfing. Did you know that some websites record your personal information including your IP address and other valuable information the second you click on it? Well, this program allows you to surf the web anonymously, which prevents websites from recording your personal information and tracking your Internet movements!! Heck, even your ISP can track where you are going unless you have software like this installed! If you want your internet to stay private - this is the way to do it! This feature is simply amazing!

Another one of my favorite features would have to be the Cache Cleaner. This program quickly and easily allows you to clean up all traces of your internet and computer activities. It erases your tracks, from auto-complete forms to temporary Internet files, so your private business doesn't become public knowledge. Auto-complete forms are scary stuff, storing your data even when you close out of the Internet. This program goes through and makes sure those forms, which contain critical personal information, are deleted and not accessible to computer hackers. Yes, this program knows how to protect your identity.

Oh, and just wait till you check out the Instant Remote feature! Need to access another computer from home or on the road? For example, let's say you want to access your office computer from home - that's exactly what this does! Easily access files, folders, copy files, move stuff -whatever! I can't wait to really give this a workout on my next road trip! It's gonna be GREAT!!!

Even shred files with the built-in File Shredder!! If you have sensitive data on your computer, you can't just delete it - that info is really easy to recover. People just delete their files when they toss a computer or hard drive- and wonder how their info gets stolen! With a file shredder program, when you delete a file, it's GONE FOREVER! Don't compute without one!

One more favorite feature, and I am done! I really think that the Backtracker feature is pretty awesome because it monitors and restores your computer to its original state by deleting harmful content. Dangerous content is extremely bad for your computer. There can be viruses stored in the background or perhaps other illicit things that can really slow down your system. This program deletes all of those harmful things that slow down your system, ultimately restoring it and making it work for efficiently.

Oh, and I just love how you have complete control of what this program does. You get to choose when this program scans your computer, what files to scan, and even which features you want to run at any given time. And just as a side note, the Anti-Virus Defender and Anti- Spyware Attacker are super-easy to update and work really fantastic too! This program never stops impressing me!!!

Your cost?? Yes, that price at the top is correct, just $10.97 and US Shipping is Free! Originally retailing for over $30.00, you will get these amazing 12 programs for just $10.97. Better yet, you will know your computer and your identity are safe (and that kind of comfort- at least for me- is priceless). Order now!


PS: Whenever we get new titles in, our sales go through the roof. I can almost guarantee that this product will be out soon. So get to the store and order your copy before our supply is gone!!!!

PPS - The price for this WILL increase soon to $18.97 - make sure you get to the site today because we can't guarantee the killer price of $10.97 for long!

Everyone Needs More USB Ports

AMAZING 4 Port Hub Has You Covered!

Works Great On Desktop And Notebook Computers!

WOW!!! Dirt Cheap Too!

Sick of unplugging your hardware just to free up a precious USB Port? Even more sick of having to crawl around to the back of your computer and messing with all of those wires to find the free USB port? Well, have no more worries. this amazing 4 port USB 2.0 Hub will really make your life a lot more easier!!!!

This hub is just what every computer needs! It provides 4 hi-speed (2.0) USB Ports in a small compact size! Honest, this hub takes up almost zero space. It will free up so much room on your desktop! This guy is so small, that it could easily fit in your pocket!!! Really! You can take it anywhere, making it ideal for both notebook or desktop computers!!!

If you are worried about having too many things plugged into USB ports at one time, Don't BE! This USB Hub has overcurrent protection! I love this feature!!! I have a couple of these and I always seem to max 'em out! Hey, between my mouse, keyboard, printer, digital camera, iPod, flash drives, ect, ect, things get full quick! The overcurrent protection makes insures I'm not going to blow any of my electronics (or computer)!

Even Better-it even has 100% hot-swappable protection. What does this mean? Well, simply put- this 4 port hub lets you yank out accessories - or plug 'em in - without worrying about blowing a circuit! You don't need to take the time to formally "eject" it from Windows either!!!! Very cool :-)

Your price? Get this!! This handy USB Hub costs only $9.97 and US Shipping is Free. Check it OUT:


PS: I love this hub!!! And I am sure you will too! Order one today, this deal is just too good to pass up!

Computers 101

What are the 25 most common mistakes we all make in accordance to e-mail security?

Okay, I must confess. No one wrote in and asked me that question, but I thought it was so important to cover, I had to get it in here somehow. Now, I know that 25 is a rather large number, but don't worry. I'm not going to go over all of them in one day. We'll do 12 of them today and the other 13 tomorrow. So, make sure you stay tuned, because all 25 of them are very important to know! All right, what do you say we get started?!

1.) Only Using One E-mail Account - We here at WorldStart have actually told you this before. It's very important that you familiarize yourself with more than one e-mail program. You can't think of your e-mail address like your home address. You need to have more than one! In all actuality, it's best to have even up to three open e-mail accounts. That way, you can have one for your home e-mails, one for your office e-mails and an extra one for all the other things you do online. For example, always use your third account to sign up for newsletters, contests, etc. It's also best to have maybe one paid e-mail account and the other two can be one of the free ones that are available today, such as Yahoo!, Hotmail or Gmail. With more than one account, you are saving yourself in the long run.

2.) Keeping the Spam Around - Have you ever had an e-mail account that just got spammed out? You know, pretty much all you ever received from that account was spam. So, after awhile, you probably got tired of it, but instead of switching to another e-mail client, you just started to accept it. Well, I'm here to tell you not to do that anymore! When one of your accounts gets spammed out, just get rid of it and start fresh. I know it's easy to get attached to an e-mail program, because you're familiar with it, etc., but it's not healthy to keep all that spam around. It's only going to get worse, so my advice is to get rid of it while you're still somewhat ahead.

3.) Forgot to Close the Browser - Do you ever check your e-mail from another location apart from your home computer? You know, like the library or even maybe a cyber café. Well, when you do that, you have to make sure you log out of your e-mail account when you're finished. Along with that, be sure that you always close down the browser window as well. If you don't do this, your username may remain on the screen and it will really put you on target for some security risks.

4.) Forgot to Clear It - Here's another important tip if you're using another computer outside of your home. Always make sure you clear the browser cache, the history and your passwords. Most Web browsers will hold onto that information and even though it's trying to save you time, it's a hazard if you're using a public computer. You never know who could get on that computer after you. Here are some quick instructions on how to do all of that, so you won't ever have to worry about it.

In Internet Explorer, go to Tools, Internet Options and click on all three buttons that say, "Clear History," "Delete Cookies" and "Delete Files." In Firefox, you can simply use the keyboard combination of Ctrl + Shift + Del in the open browser window. Doing that will keep you much safer!

5.) Using Insecure Accounts - This one has a little more to do with larger corporations, but you never know when it could affect you. Often times, corporation employees are careless and they use their personal e-mail accounts for business purposes. If this happens, they are at risk of sending out sensitive information that could really hurt the company. Doing this could put their job at risk as well. Always use your personal account for personal items and leave everything else out.

6.) Forgot to Use the Telephone - We all know how convenient e-mail is, but in some cases, it's not always the best option. If you're going to be e-mailing something very sensitive or private, you might want to consider just picking up the telephone and doing it that way. In these types of cases, using the telephone is a much safer option to use than e-mail. It may take a few more minutes to do, but if it's possible, just call.

7.) Forgot to Use the BCC - We've told you about the BCC (Blind Carbon Copy) feature before in the newsletter, but I'm willing to guess that some of you still don't use it. This works the best when you're e-mailing multiple people. If you insert the e-mail addresses onto the BCC line, the recipients won't be able to see any of the other e-mail addresses you're sending the e-mail to. Now, don't get this confused with the CC option either. BCC is really the way to go to keep everyone's addresses safe and secure.

8.) Used the Reply All Button - Do you ever get confused as to whether you should hit the Reply or Reply All buttons when you're replying to an e-mail message? If you click on Reply All, your reply will go to each and every e-mail address that the original message was sent to. Yes, it will go to the person you intended as well, but if you're sending them a personal message, you don't want everyone else to be able to see it. Always use Reply first. It's a safer shot.

9.) Forwarding Spam - Did you know that forwarding e-mails can bring on a new batch of spam mail? Well, if you didn't know before, you know now. If you aren't careful, forwarding e-mails can pose a big security threat for you and the earlier recipients of the e-mail. When you forward an e-mail, make sure you delete all of the previous addresses first. This way, the person you forward the message to won't be able to see the addresses of who all already got it. If you keep all the e-mail addresses on there, spammers can quickly grab up that entire list and just go to town. Everyone will get spammed, including you. And I know you don't want that to happen!

10.) Forgot to Back It Up - Again, we here at WorldStart are always telling you to back up the data on your computer. Well, e-mails are no exception. If you've got important e-mails on your computer that you're going to want to hang on to for awhile, don't forget to back them up frequently. These types of e-mails could be anything from legal contracts to financial information or even personal information you want to keep. Either way, run a backup on them and you won't ever have to worry about losing them for good. Read here for some tips on getting the backup process done easily.

11.) Mobile Access - Do you ever access your e-mail through a mobile device, such as your cell phone or a Blackberry? With today's technology, you can check your e-mail from just about anywhere, but is it really safe? They are safe, but you have to remember a couple of things if you're using this method. Sometimes, the software on your mobile device will not keep the e-mails you check on the server for very long. Therefore, certain e-mails will not be on your home or office computer later on when you need them. So, if you delete them from the device, they will be deleted from your Inbox as well. Check the default settings on your mobile device to make sure they are set to keep the e-mails around for as long as you need them. This is very important, especially for urgent e-mails.

12.) It's Gone For Good - Yes, we've all done it. We've sent embarrassing e-mails to our friends or we received very inappropriate e-mails from other senders. When those come in, what do you do? Probably delete them right away, right? Well, when you delete them, are they gone for good? The answer is no. Just because you delete an e-mail from your Inbox or even your Deleted folder, the e-mails are not gone forever. They usually remain on your server until something else takes its place. Even then, they sometimes stay in backup folders and other remote servers for years. If this happens, spammers can get ahold of them and you know what happens after that. So, when you're sending e-mails, think about what you're writing in them. It may come back to haunt you later on.

Okay, that's the last one for today. Like I said before, we'll do the rest tomorrow, so don't forget to check out that issue. If you think these 12 tips were good, wait until you see what I have for you next. You're all going to be the safest e-mail users ever by the time we get done. And if that happens, my work here is complete. See you all tomorrow!

~ Erin

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MS Office

Numbered My Way

Ever give a presentation that involved a couple of different PowerPoint files? Was it confusing to have the slide numbers of all the different files start over at 1? Looking for a quick fix to avoid duplicates? No, I'm not proposing something so drastic as to merge the two presentations together; it's just a quick adjustment to the slide numbering!

To alter the number of the first slide in a presentation, you need to go to the Page Setup dialogue window.

In older versions of PowerPoint, the Page Setup is found under the File menu.

In PowerPoint 2007, you can find it on the Design ribbon.

In any case, when the Page Setup window opens, take a look in the bottom left corner.

See the Number Slides From field? That's where you'll enter the number you want for the first slide in the presentation and then click OK.

There you have it. A quick fix to your duplicate number dilemma!

~ April

More Cool Stuff

Your Photos Will Blow Everyone Away!

National Geographic Wants To Make You A Pro!

Amazing Software Takes The Mystery Out Of Digital Photography!

All Your Questions Answered!

The Best Software I've Ever Seen For DIgital Photographers!

WOW - Thank YOU to the hundreds and hundreds who grabbed this yesterday! What an amazing response! I'm so excited for everyone who ordered it - you're really in for a treat! Did you miss out? Well, ya better hurry - we're starting to run low on this one!

Again, this is National Geographic Guide To Digital Photography and I'm just as excited as I can be about it!  I've never - and I really do mean NEVER seen a better resource for ANYONE shooting digital! This answers all the most common questions from camera types, to taking better photos, to digital darkrooms - it's all covered! I guess I shouldn't be surprised - National Geographic may know a thing or two great images!

National Geographic Digital Photo Guide

After happily reviewing this super-friendly software, I've decided this CD is absolutely essential material for anyone with any kind of digital camera - point and shoots, advanced compacts, or digital SLRs, this has you covered! Plus, I love that it's super-easy to understand and use! It's literally like having one of the world's top photographers standing over your shoulder explaining how to get better photos!

The eight chapters cover a TON of important information that's going to turn anyone who uses it a better photographer - you won't be able to avoid it! After you're done with this program, if you don't see a HUGE difference in the quality of your photos, send it back to me within 60 days for a refund! That's how confident I am in this - Trust me - learn the techniques on the CD and you, your friends, and your family are going to be absolutely blown away at your photos!

This fantastic interactive CD ROM program starts off with an amazingly informative chapter that teaches you the fundamentals of photography. For example, do you know the secret 11 rules for taking great photos? Do you understand the way light works to create color? Do you understand how the shutter works? Want to learn the secrtes of getting properly focused photos? Want to know lens basics - what to look for, what to avoid, and what to use? How about the 7 best composition tips? You guessed it - it's all in the very first chapter!

Oh, and just wait till you dig into the chapter on the cameras themselves! I know for a fact there are many so-called "pros" who could learn quite a bit from this section! Want to learn how digital camera sensors work - and what's best for you? Confused about megapixels? You won't be anymore! Want to know what the best type of digital camera is for you? How about how sensor size affects the way your lens works? Want to know the 3 most common sensor sizes - why one is better than the others? How about what lens is right for you (critical for point and shoots where you can't change 'em)? What about image formats - should you shoot RAW? Jpeg? Tiff? Oh, do you know the best type of batteries for digital cameras? How about the secret to picking the right memory cards? All covered in chapter 2!

National Geographic Digital Photo Guide

Of course, you also need to know HOW to use the camera, and this covers it like crazy! Whew - wait till you see the info covered! Do you know the secret for getting the best exposures with your digital camera? Do you know how to use its histogram display to get perfect exposures every time? Want to learn how to set your white balance so your color looks amazing photo after photo? Do you know the 5 reasons your digital photos look noisy / grainy? Want to learn the pro trick of combining two photos with different exposures to get one amazing shot? Want to know the secret to shooting amazing panoramics? All of this is in chapter 3!

Once you have the photos, how to you make them look their very best? I've always said that half the process is shooting a great scene, the other half is in the digital darkroom!

For example, do you know the secret of making your photo "pop" with your digital darkroom? Want to learn how to use levels and curves to make a flat, dull photo look dramatic and amazing? Do you know how to make your photos explode with fantastic color? Have unintended stuff in your photo you want to remove - this tells you how! Do you understand how layers work? - This explains them better than I've ever seen! Want to know the secret to making your photos sharper? Wanna learn an amazing trick Ansel Adams used to make your eye stay on a photo? Do you know the best file format to save in? This tells all!

National Geographic Digital Photo Guide

What about printing? After the photo is shot and the image looks great on your screen, you need to print the thing! What paper is best? What resolution do you need for an 8x10? 5x7? ect? Want the secret to getting your prints to look like what you see on your monitor? It's all here!

Whew, I think you get the idea! I could write a book about this one - it's loaded! This will be one CD you pop back into your computer time and again as a reference - it's really well done, super easy to understand, and a true must-have for each and every digital photographer!

Your cost? Just $10.97 and US shipping is FREE! You spent a LOT more than that on your digital camera - doesn't it make sense grab this and learn how to get them most our of it? Check it out:


PS - Only a limited number of these available, so hurry to the site! I am soooo impressed with this CD - you've got to try it! Again, if you don't love it, send it back to me within 60 days for a full refund! Nothing to lose - and I promise you'll LOVE it too!


You're Gonna Love Hanging Pictures!!

No More Hammers, No More Nails!


Easily Hang Mirrors, Pictures, Shelves, etc!

Just Position, Twist and Turn!!!

I am SOOOO excited! This has got to be one of the best items we have come across in quite awhile! What's so great about it? Oh, this is just gonna blow you away!

These amazing Super Hooks are extremely easy to use, and don't require any tools! How great is that? I tried these at home over the weekend to hang some new pictures and I am nothing short of AMAZED! I wish I would have had these years ago! I didn't need a hammer or a nail and it took less than 5 minutes from start to finish (it might have even been 3 minutes ;-).

Here's how easy they are to use:

Simply pick a spot on the wall where you want to hang your picture (shelf, mirror, etc.) ~ no need to find a stud in the wall first either ;-)

Using the pointy end of the hook, twist back and forth (like you would a key) until you've made a nice little notch in the wall.

Push the Super Hook through and upward so just the end of the hook is showing.

Hang your picture, artwork, mirror, etc. - viola!, you're done!!!

These work great on drywall, plaster or paneling and are perfect for the home or office. They only leave a tiny hole when removed so there's very little repair needed if you change your mind and need to reposition something. A little squirt of caulk and you're good to go! This is really helpful if you rent and don't want a lot of expensive repair work when you move.

I can't believe how great these are to use! We just moved to a new house and I'm thrilled I haven't really started hanging pictures yet! I'm grabbing some of these and getting the job done FAST!

Oh, I forgot to tell you, this is a set of 20 Super Hooks so you've got plenty for every room in the house - get ready to redecorate - it's easy!

The price on these is really great too! Your cost is just $10.97 for a set of 20 Super Hooks! And that includes FREE shipping in the US! This is one great deal you don't want to miss out on! Check em out here:


PS - This is a new item for us and as many of you know, new items tend to sell out fast. If you want in on this great deal, get to the website and get yours ordered now! You'll be glad you did ;-)

Anonymous Files

So, tell me, do you have some files on your computer that are very important and personal to you? You know, they're files you don't want just anyone getting their hands (or eyes) on, because it could put you or others at risk. Well, luckily, there's a very easy way to keep certain files on your computer anonymous. Once you do that, no one but you will know what the files are and no one will be able to find out either. If you'd like to learn how you can protect your files by making them anonymous, all you have to do is check out today's tip on our homepage!

Mr. Smarty Pants

Yes, I know that's a pretty funny name, but it really is the perfect title for the cool site we're featuring on our homepage today. It's called Mr. Smarty Pants Knows and it's basically just a bunch of fun-filled facts and things you may not know. It's jam packed with topics I've never even heard of and all the while, it taught me quite a bit too. It's really just a fun Web site to visit, so be sure to check it out ASAP!

Here's the link you need: http://www.worldstart.com/ Enjoy!

Tip of the Day

HTML vs. Plain Text

Ever since I mentioned those two terms in a tip awhile back, I've come to the conclusion that some of you aren't quite sure what the difference is between them. How do they differ? How do they affect your computing life and why am I even talking about them? Well, keep reading and I do believe you will see!

Basically, the difference between HTML and plain text affects you when you're working with your e-mail (that is, unless you do a lot with Web pages). The settings you have chosen in your e-mail will determine how you see the messages you receive. If you have the plain text choice selected, you won't see anything but text. On the other hand, if you have HTML enabled, you'll see pictures and any other fun things that may be included in the e-mail.

HTML stands for HyperText Markup Language and it is the dominant language for Web pages. It helps you to see different headings, paragraphs, lists, embedded images, interactive forms, etc. It's like a script code that may look confusing to you, but when you see it in a regular view, you can see everything you need. On the other hand, plain text is just text and it's completely unformatted with no fancy work. So, as you can see, it's a lot about personal preference as well.

If you think you have plain text selected in your e-mail program and you want HTML instead, just go through your settings (usually under the Tools, Options or Settings menu) and change them around. By doing that, you can bring a whole new life to your e-mails in no time at all!

~ Erin

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Today's Feature

Staying Extra Safe

I know how much everyone is concerned about their security and personal information on the Web, so this week, I found a couple Web sites that will help keep your data extra secure when you put it on the Web. The first one is called Guerrilla Mail and the second is called The Cloak. Both of these sites offer great features for extra security options.

Have you ever wanted some information from a Web site that requires your e-mail address? I know I have! And once you do that, you know what happens. Yep, you give the company your e-mail address so that you can get the information you want and you then get an e-mail from them everyday. Well, that's when Guerrilla Mail comes in handy. You can go to Guerrilla Mail and get a temporary e-mail address. That address only works for 15 minutes, but that should be long enough to get the information you need, without having to give out your actual e-mail address. Sounds like a deal to me!

Secondly, everyone talks about how your personal information is gathered by Web sites and search engines everyday. Well, The Cloak puts a stop to that! The Cloak is a site that sets up a proxy for you. That way, no matter where you go on the Web, the Web sites you visit will not be able to access any of your information. The only information they get is from The Cloak.

You can check out these two security sites here: Guerrilla Mail and The Cloak. Until next time, stay safe out there, my friends!

~ Gary

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Amanda's Coolsite

Fruit and Veggie Guru

I am a pretty picky eater to begin with, but when you add veggies to the mix, I get even pickier! I think as a child, the only vegetables I ate were corn, carrots and cucumbers. Now, I enjoy zucchini, summer squash, corn, carrots, spinach, peas, green beans and many more. On the other hand, I’ve always been a little more adventurous when it comes to fruit. That's probably because I love citrus so much and a lot of fruits tend to be sweet tasting. But, with all the servings of fruits and veggies you're supposed to get in a day, it's sometimes hard to figure out what to eat, isn't it?

Well, that’s where this Web site comes in! Here you can not only learn all about fruits and vegetables, but you can find recipes for them as well. It was a little difficult to pick a place to begin with on this site, so I decided to start at the top of the page and work my way down!

What is Fruit and Veggie Guru? – While this is the last one across the top navigation bar, I thought it would be wise to start here. This section explains what the site is all about.

Recipes – I’m always hunting for new recipes! Here you’ll find tons of recipes you can use to prepare your fruits and veggies in tasty and interesting ways. You’ll find recipes for condiments, beverages, salads, side dishes, desserts and more!

Produce & Your Health – Here you will learn all about nutrition, getting your recommended daily intake, how easy it is to eat produce and how to prepare fruits and vegetables. I love the part about getting your daily intake, so make sure you check that one out.

Organic Produce – Here you can learn all about organic produce, why some people favor it and just why exactly it tends to cost more.

Produce & Kids – Are you having trouble getting your kids to eat their fruits and veggies? Like I said before, I was a very picky eater growing up and only recently have I become more adventurous, so I understand where your kids are coming from. For me, a lot of it has to do with texture, so I’d recommend if you can’t get your kids to eat something cooked one way, try another. For example, instead of feeding them cooked carrots, let them try the raw version. I couldn’t stand cooked carrots growing up, but now I love them. Spinach is another one. I still don’t enjoy creamed spinach to this day, but I have found other ways to eat it, such as in my salads or lightly wilted down with a quick sauté.

Here you’ll not only learn about nutrition for your kids, but you’ll find recipes that are kid orientated and learn how to get your kids involved, as well as, how to get your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables!

Produce in the News – Here you will find information on Food Safety (produce recalls), Health and Nutrition, Organics, Meal Preparation, Kids and Produce, Locally Grown Produce and Other Produce Related Stories.

On the main page, you’ll also find green and yellow navigation bars that include Find a Fruit and Find a Veggie. Click on the Go button next to either of those to start a search through the entire fruit and veggie lists. I chose fruit and then scrolled down until I found oranges. Then I scrolled down to where it showed the different varieties of oranges. I was searching for information on blood oranges, because I’ve been wanting to try them forever. I wondered what they taste like and now I know! Blood oranges taste like oranges with a hint of raspberry or strawberry.

Below the green and yellow bars, you’ll find the main section. There you can find a display of fruit, a list of the most recent produce news and a "Did You Know?" fact.

This Web site gives you a very cool look into the produce we eat everyday. Check it out!


~ Amanda

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