Sunday, November 23, 2008

Computer Tips [ Amazing Paper PC + Smart eBay Bidding + A Better Map Site + Messed Up E-Mail ] 11/24/08

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

Quick Tips

Raise Your Keyboard

Today, I have one question for you: "How do you feel about the height of your keyboard?" Okay, so that may seem like a pretty odd question, but believe me, it's legit for this quick tip! I'm talking about the height of your keyboard as it sits on your desk (or wherever you may keep it).

Some of you may know about this, but the rest of you may not, so I thought this would be a neat little entry for today's newsletter. Go ahead and flip your keyboard over on its back. What do you see? Besides some wording, etc., you should see two clips on either side of the keyboard. If you pull those clips out and then set your keyboard back down, you will notice that it gains a little bit of height. Wow, who knew?!

Those special clips are there to help you get the most comfortable feel for your keyboard. If it's better for your hands to be a little higher as you type, use the clips. If you try it for awhile and decide you don't like it, push the clips back in and your keyboard will then sit flat on your desk once again. It's just an easy way to achieve the best fit for all of your typing needs. Check it out!

~ Erin

Don't stop now! Keep reading to learn what you can do to help yourself win more eBay auctions, find out how you can undo a mistake in MS Outlook and learn how you can keep yourself completely organized with PocketMod. Also, find out how you can have column sized fun with today's video tip and as always, don't miss out on Amanda's Cool Site of the Day!


Best Deal EVER On A 12 GB Drive!

Hurry! You Don't Want To Miss This One!

Get A Massive 12 GIG Mini Hard Drive Dirt Cheap!

That's 12 CDs Of Worth Of Data!!

Works Just Like A Flash Drive- Only Much, Much Cheaper!

OK I'm REALLY excited about this one!  Can you believe this? We've really seen some amazing deals on mini hard drives and flash drives before, but this has got to be the best yet! When we found these- there was no doubt about it- these mini hard drives are fan-credible (that's right, I am makin' up my own words now! These things are just that cool!)

These Mini hard drives work just like a HUGE bulked-up flash drive. They use Ferrari fast USB 2.0 and allow you to store an absolutely amazing amount of information - from documents, to music, to video, to even critical file back-ups!

We're talking sooo much space- it's like the Mount Everest of Storage! WOW!

Wanna play a numbers game? This will hold around 2,000 12MP digital photos, 12 CDs worth of data, about 3,000 MP3 songs, and - ready for this - 24,000 typical size word documents!!! This can hold a SERIOUS amount of data! I'd bet that most people would be able to use this to store / backup every important file on their computer!

Oh, and talk about easy storage - it's only about 1 square inch in size! WOW!! You won't even know it's in your pocket!

What makes this mini hard drive even cooler is that it has a swiveling USB connector that allows you to tuck it inside for easy storage! Better yet- you don't have to keep track of the pesky flash drive lids!

Need a little extra room to connect this hard drive- the designers of this mini hard drive thought of everything! It comes with its own USB extension cable for all of those hard to reach ports :-)

Oh, and did I mention it's 12GB of storage on a 1" unit? Guess I did :-) Don't let this offer pass you by! You are just going to love it!

Again, your cost is just $32.97 and US Shipping is Free! Look at similar size flash drives - you'll be lucky to find one under $60!! We have never, EVER sold 12 Gig of anything for $32.97! Yep- you're reading that right- these are really just $32.97 (no typos, and no we haven't lost our minds!) Don't hate yourself for missing this one! Order now!

PS: We all need to back-up our important files! This is the perfect solution. And for just $32.97, this is the easiest, cheapest way to do so! Save yourself the heartache of lost files, back 'em up now of the mini hard drive! Order Now!

The BEST "Talking Dictionary" Ever!

I Use This Program All The Time! 

It's Absolutely Awesome!

Today Just $6.97!! Really!!

Check out the fantastic Random House Webster's Dictionary!

This program is really a must have - especially since most word processors still only have a spell check and no dictionary. This software has over 315,000 definitions (the largest number I've seen), 2,400 maps and illustrations, and over 120,000 professionally pronounced words!

What's with the word pronunciation? Just click the little "speaker" in the definition and you'll
hear the word in your computer speakers. You don't even need to have the CD in the drive to use this feature (some other dictionaries require this).

If you've ever had a word come up and just weren't sure how to pronounce it (I think we've all been there), this dictionary can take that little mystery out of your life! I love it!

What if you don't know the spelling? Don't sweat it. You can search on words in the definition! For example, let's say you need to look up affenpinscher but aren't sure on the spelling (understandable). Since you know it's a dog (well, you do now :-), you can search for definitions with the word dog in them! Cool huh? Works great too - WAY better than any spellchecker, that's for sure.

Frankly, I didn't think they could put that much into a dictionary program. I have been using this on an almost daily basis since I installed last year and I'm continuously impressed by it. I can't recommend this highly enough. When I get a new computer, this is one of the first programs to get installed.

The price? That's the best part - today it's just $6.97! (retail $29.95) Shipping is FREE if you live in the US! If you do ANY kind of writing - letters, e-mails, books, - whatever - you need this!

PS - Looks like this is the last of them! This is such a great program, but it looks like our supplier isn't carrying them anymore! So, make sure you RUN to the site and grab the last of 'em!

This price will increase to $8.97 on Tuesday

Stop Livin' In The Past!

It's Time For YOU (yes, you)To Finally Get A Webcam!

Stop Those Long Distance Phone Bills!!

Talk To Your Family And Friends Face To Face!

All Over The Internet- For FREE!

And Just Wait Till You See The Deal!

Wow! We just got an amazing deal on a Labtec Web cam (by Logitech), and decided that we just couldn't pass it up - and neither should you! Oh, let me tell you - when I tested this, I was more than a little impressed - this thing is gonna blow you away! Reeeaad on!

Now, most web cams have, well, crappy video resolution. But not this one! With this stellar web cam you finally get high quality video resolution. What this means is bye- bye fuzzy videos! You will be able to see who you are talking to almost as well as if you were sitting across from the person! Wow! It really looked great!

Another awesome thing about this web cam is that is compatible with Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, AOL Instant Messenger, Most SKYPE systems, and sooo many more messaging systems, which make free internet video communication with your friends and family easier than ever before!

Want a good candid shot of yourself? This actually has a snapshot button for taking stills! Really! Just point the camera, strike your best pose, and snap the shot! You'll instantly have a great quality shot that you can zip off to anyone! Great for online scrapbooks, Fackbook, MySpace, or even your personal website!

Personally, I just love web cams! They have really allowed me to keep in touch with my family and my close friends since I moved out of my hometown! And the best part- they have really saved me a ton of money because I don't have to pay for a phone bill! All I do is connect to an Instant Messaging program or site, and I can talk for hours- all for FREE too! What could be better than that?

Yes, that is right- the PRICE! We have an amazing deal for you today! This phenomenal web cam is just $18.97 and US Shipping is Free! Oh, and don't forget that if you are not completely satisfied, that we do have a 60 day money back guarantee! Order now!

PS: I have been tellin' everyone I know about this amazing deal we got on this Labtec web cam and everyone wants one! It is quite possible I could sell these simply by word of mouth! Hurry order now before they are gone!!!

Computers 101

I like to buy things on eBay sometimes, but I never seem to win any auctions. Do you have any tips you can give me that might help me with my eBay purchases? Please help!

That's an excellent question! I know a lot of you are eBay users and being one myself, I know how frustrating it can be to see an item you really want taken away from you because someone else outbid you. I also know that some of the bidding options, etc. on eBay's Web site can be a little confusing, which makes it even harder to win an auction. Well, all of that frustration and confusion is going to end today, because I've got some great tips that should really help you out the next time you want to buy something on eBay. Let's get started!

It's no surprise we all like eBay so much. I mean, they offer a little bit of everything, from clothes to cars to electronic devices to sports memorabilia to boats and everything in between. Unfortunately though, a lot of eBay shoppers are obsessed with winning auctions, which can make it pretty difficult for a new user to win anything. Plus, when you're caught in the last moments of an auction, you may feel pressured to spend more money than you originally planned on. That's when the following tips can really come in handy!

First of all, it's a good idea to research an auction before you bid on it. When you first go to eBay's Web site (, click on the Advanced Search link located next to the main searching area. That will help you decide on a fair bidding price before you do anything outrageous. Just fill in all of the criteria for what you want to search for, but before you hit the Search button, make sure the "Completed listings only" box is checkmarked. That way, you'll be able to see some past bids on similar items and you can then go from there to set a decent bid on the item you want. That will also help you avoid bidding wars.

Once you have a bid in mind that you're comfortable with, you can set it and then walk away. For instance, if you research an item and find that $50 is a good bid for it, you can go right in and place that, no questions asked. You can then leave that bid in place, only adjusting it if someone overbids you. If that happens, you will receive a notification e-mail that your bid has been exceeded and you can then go in and change it. Now, what's even better about eBay is that even though you place the $50 bid, there's always a starting bid of something much lower, say $20. If that particular auction stays at $20 the whole time, you will only have to pay that amount, even though you placed a higher bid in the beginning. That method is a good way to stay out of bidding wars. Just set your price and walk away. If you don't win, chances are, someone else will be selling the same thing on down the road. Don't let yourself get caught up in the heat of bidding!

It's also a good idea to bid for an item that has very few bidders. When there aren't a lot of other bidders, you can usually get away with a very low bid. That's especially true if the auction ends in the middle of the night or on a holiday, because most people aren't around their computers during those times. You can use the Advanced Search link to help you with that as well. You may also want to look into using an automated sniping tool that will place your bid for you in the final seconds of an auction. It also keeps you hidden so that other people won't even know you're interested in an item. A good one we've come across is eSnipe.

You should also pay close attention to the person selling an item. You should check out their ratings and comments from other users before doing business with them. If a seller is new or if they've had trouble with other buyers in the past, you may want to look at other sellers who have more experience or a better reputation on eBay. If you deal with a bad seller, you could run into problems with late shipping, poor service or even no shipment at all. No one wants to deal with that kind of stuff, now do we?!

Now, if you don't like the idea of bidding, eBay also offers a Buy It Now option for a lot of their auctions. If you're happy with the price an item is set at, just hit the Buy It Now link and you'll be able to purchase it on the spot. That takes the stress out of bidding and it ensures that you'll always get the item you want. One more thing: it's a good idea to consider buying your eBay items locally. That can really save you on shipping costs or it's possible you can go and pick up the item on your own, which means no shipping costs at all!

All in all, if you do your research on an eBay item you want to buy, you'll be much better off. If you take the time to look at all the important parts, such as locality, customer service, prices, etc., you'll be all set. A little research can take you a long way when it comes to eBay shopping. Give it a whirl on your next big purchase!

~ Erin

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MS Office

Oops! How Can I Undo That?

Okay, so the other day, we learned how to add to the Safe Senders list in MS Outlook 2003 and 2007.

But what if you've accidentally added someone to the list who shouldn't be there? How can you remove that name from the list?

It's a good question and I thought it deserved an answer, so let's get right down to business!

In Outlook 2003 or 2007, go to the Tools menu, Options choice.

Under the Preferences tab, you're looking for the Junk E-mail button.

When the Junk E-mail window opens, you need the Safe Senders tab.

In the center, you should find a list of senders you've selected as safe.

Choose the one that needs to be removed and then click on the Remove button.

Click OK twice to get back to Outlook.

Voila. It's back to blocked pictures for that sender!

~ April

More Cool Stuff

Dirt Is Killing Your CDs and DVDs!!

Clean 'Em The Easy Way!

Amazing New Disk Cleaner Will Make Your CDs and DVD Shine Like New!

Must Have For Anyone With CDs Or DVDs!

We all know that it is important to keep your CDs and DVDs clean. Dirty discs can cause data errors and bad signals- all of which are caused by surface contamination! Left grimy, the DVD / CD surface may actually be compromised - ruining your disk!

There have been countless times when I noticed smudges and finger prints all over my CDs and DVDs. I have attempted to "clean" these CDs or DVDs and ended up scratching and ruining them! And it is just terrible knowing the I ruined on of my favorite musical CDs or movies (DVD).

Well, now with this fantastic CD/DVD cleaner, you can keep your CDs and DVDs clean and protect them at the same time!

Say goodbye to the shirt sleeve method of cleaning your precious CDs and DVDs, and take cleaning to a whole new level! With this easy to use CD/DVD cleaner, all you have to do is load you disk spray the enclosed cleaner, and lightly crank the handle! After a few quick cranks, your CD or DVD is clean as the day you unwrapped the packaging! This cleaner really does all the work!

Know what? I'm keeping one of these next to my DVD player for rentals! Don't you hate putting those grimy DVDs into your player? Sometimes they don't play right - and I frankly I don't want something as nasty looking as the DVD I rented the other day going into my player! 

Your Cost is really just $12.97- and there are no Shipping Fees in the US! WOW! Pretty cool! I know $12.97 is nothin' compared to all the CDs and DVDs I own! Keepin' them clean and running well, is way cheaper than replacing them! There is no way I am passin' up this deal! Order yours now!

PS: Think about it- you probably spend an average of $20.00 on a video DVD, even more on a video game! Wouldn't it be horrible if you had to replace all of these CDs and DVD because they got dirty then scratched? Keep em' clean for pennies on the dollar! Order this cleaner now!

Reads And Writes To Memory Cards! 23-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader / Writer

Transfer Pictures, Music, Videos & Data Quickly & Easily!

Supports 23 Types Of Memory Cards!

Portable Compact Design & Easy Plug and Play!

Some days it can seem as if there is a conspiracy being perpetrated against the consumer by all of the digital camera, mobile phone and PDA manufacturers. How so?

As each new device comes out, there seems to be a new type of flash media card that must be purchased in order to properly use the item. While I think that is a good thing to have smaller media cards in order to create smaller electronic devices, I find that it can be frustrating to have to buy a new reader each time a company comes out with a "pro" or micro-sized version of its regular product.

If you have a plethora of media cards and you don't want to keep a collection of readers, then you should take an extra special look at this 23-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader / Writer that we have on sale for you today!

With a 23-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader / Writer you can get your data from your Digital Camera, MP3 Player, PDA, or other digital media device to your system with ease anytime you want! Transfer images, music, or data easily and quickly! It provides the ability to write data to and read data from flash memory without connecting your digital device (digital camera, handheld computer, digital music player, etc.) directly to a computer. It will read almost any camera's digital media!!

This Multi-card Reader is the ideal companion for your digital media. It supports CompactFlash, Microdrive, SmartMemory, Memory Stick, MultiMedia Card (MMC), Secure Digital, and more- much more. Its compact size and USB connectivity make it convenient to take it with you wherever you go! Plus- it's PC & MAC Compatible.

It is high speed and very easy to use, because it just plug and play. Works with all existing USB ports, just connect it to your computer's USB port and you're good to go! It provides superior performance to transfer pictures, music, video and data between flash memory cards and your computer. Ideal for portable use - at home or on the road, desktop or laptop, whenever... finally your data will be ready when your ready!

On Sale!Avoid the hassle of moving photos, music, data and more between multiple media platforms and get your personal Multi-card Reader today for just $9.97!! That includes free shipping! (Note: free shipping applies to USA orders only.)

PS: Does this sound like something that you could use? Probably, and you should probably get one right now because we only have a limited number of these in stock (seriously) and this incredible sale price will end tomorrow when the price increases to $14.97!!


Change Your XP Picture

So, tell me, are you a Windows XP user? If so, do you have a picture for yourself that pops up every time you turn on your computer? You know, it's just a little picture that sits beside the name you've given your PC. Are you tired of looking at that same picture everyday? Want to change it up a bit? Well, that's very easy to do and for full instructions, all you have to do is visit our homepage and check out today's tip. It will walk you through the process step by step and before you know it, you'll have a brand new picture to look at. Yes!

All Experts

Do you consider yourself an expert? Well, if you do, congratulations, but I'm guessing there aren't too many of you out there who said yes. I know I'm not an expert on anything and that's why I always refer back to the cool site we're showcasing on our homepage today. It's called All Experts and it's just a place you can go to ask questions and get answers. If there's something you've been dying to know more about, ask an expert. If you've been trying to figure something out on your own, but you just can't get it right, ask an expert. They're there to help you, so give them a chance!

Here's the link you need: Enjoy!

Tip of the Day


Don’t have a fancy Pocket PC or organizer? Well, with PocketMod, you don’t need one! I discovered PocketMod just a couple of weeks ago and I haven’t stopped using mine since. Let's check it out!

So, what is a PocketMod? Believe it or not, but it’s not another electronic gadget. It’s actually just a piece of paper you can use as a personal organizer. And best of all, it's completely customizable!

Creating one for yourself is easy! Here's how:

1.) Go to and click on the Start icon.

2.) You can then begin to customize your cover page. To do that, first click on the button labeled Cover. Then click on the spanner and screwdriver icon.

3.) Next, enter in your details and click on Close. Now, click and drag the cover page into the spot on your PocketMod that says Front.

4.) Okay, it’s now time to add other items! Simply repeat the same process as above for six more pages. For example, I like the Sudoku widget, the calendar and the shopping list, so I added all of those to my PocketMod. Of course, you can add whatever suits you the best. When you're finished, click on Print PocketMod to print out your organizer.

5.) Once you’ve printed your PocketMod, it’s time to fold it. On the PocketMod homepage (or, here if you prefer), there's a video that shows you how to fold it. Just follow the directions and you'll be all set!

You’re now completely organized. Yes!

~ Brandon Zubek

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Today's Feature

Column Size Fun - Video Tip

So, you probably know you can resize columns in Windows, right? But do you know how to do it? Even better, do you know the quickest and easiest way to do it? Well, if you don't, make sure you check out today's video tip. Just click on the link below to learn all about changing column sizes!

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Amanda's Coolsite

The Route Planner

Need directions to go somewhere? Well, then you should try using The Route Planner to plan your drive! It’s really easy to use and not only does it give you directions, but it shows you your route side by side with the directions. Let's see what we've got!

To get started, type in your starting address at the top of the page and then the address you want to plan a route for. Next, choose the language you want from the drop down box. The default is English, but the other languages include: French, German, Japanese and Spanish. After you’ve selected a language, all you need to do is click on the Get Directions button.

It will then generate directions to your destination, side by side with a map showing you the route. You can view the map in three different ways. The default is Map and it looks like a regular map you’d see in an Atlas. Your next option is Satellite, which looks like the satellite weather maps you see on TV. My favorite option is Hybrid, which is a combination of the two. You get both a regular map and a satellite map together!

This is a great tool for planning the route to your next destination. Check it out!

~ Amanda

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New Titles and Offers

Print Shop Deluxe 22: $16.97

With a wide array of high-quality projects, unique crafts and handy print creations the perfect personalized project is waiting for you or you may choose to start from scratch to make a design completely your own. The Print Shop 22 has all of the tools and templates you need for unlimited creative designs. Take your creativity to new heights with The Print Shop Deluxe 22.

Monthly Wallpaper

November Wallpaper

Here's November's wallpaper! It's all free, so enjoy!

Smoky Mountain Color

Here's one from my wife! She shot this when we were in the Smokies last week. We liked the photo so much, we decided to turn it into wallpaper for you!

Smoky Mountain Stream

I shot this after a rain storm the night before. Lots of water, lots of great color in the trees and a little climbing down slippery boulders to grab this one!

Smoky Mountain Snowy Pine

Are you seeing a theme yet?! This was shot earlier this year. I loved how the snow and ice were clinging to this pine tree branch.

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