All Your Faves
So, tell me, how many favorites do you have saved on your computer? Ten? Twenty-five? One hundred? No matter how many you have, you know how important your favorites are. I mean, every time you happen upon a Web site you like, all you have to do is add it to your favorites list and it's then just a mouse click away. Plus, there are so many different kinds of favorites you can have, it's just silly not to take advantage of them. What am I getting at, you ask? Well, keep reading and I promise you will be pleasantly surprised!
I was browsing through WorldStart's message board the other day and I came across a post from user "Jimmy Carter" that I instantly fell in love with. It's a Web site called All My Faves and it features links to almost every Web site you could ever think of. When you first get to the site, you'll see a line of tabs that run across the top, as well as, different categories listed on the left hand side of the page. And no matter which one you click on, you'll see gobs of company logos that just fill up the entire page. Yep, it's all your favorites in one place!
The different categories include Weekly Faves, E-mail, Sports, Weather, Shopping, Music, Health, Jobs, Games, Kids and Travel, among others. And the logos include just about every favorite you've probably ever saved. There's Google, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, Sports Illustrated, Wal-Mart, Chase, Skype, UPS, CareerBuilder, Disney, Hertz, Orbitz, Blockbuster, Verizon and the list goes on and on. You really have to see it to believe it. It's simply amazing how many sites are jam packed onto this one page! To check out All My Faves for yourself, just click here. All your faves in one spot. Who could ask for anything more?!
You can't stop now! There's so much more to read about. Keep going to learn how to troubleshoot any driver problems you may be having with your Windows Vista hardware, find out how to easily break up in MS Excel 2007 and learn how you can clean out your computer with Atomic Cleaner. 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!
"Boost, Boost, Boost It UP! - Boost Your XP System Up!"
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If you are using Windows XP, you just gotta listen to this deal that we have for you today!
Okay so, its finally football season. And just like your favorite player who has been pumping iron all off season, or your favorite cheerleader that pumps up the crowd- your computer needs a little "pumping up" as well, which is why we just have to tell you about Boost XP!
Boost XP is the perfect personal trainer. You can really crank up your speed settings, slice your boot-up time, get the excess junk off your hard drive freeing up gobs of space, and - my favorite part - really customize Windows to be EXACTLY what you want it to be! Your computer will turn into a lean, mean, processing machine!!!
I was able to pump up my computer so well, that is just blew me away! Want to dump all the excess junk in your RAM (and speed things back up) after using a memory hoggin' program? How about enable auto-login when you start up? Or maybe automatically close an app that's hung up? Would you like give some programs priority over others? Are you looking for an awesome defrag and scan disk program? Or would you like to remove the flag from the start button? Get the idea? If a setting can be adjusted or optimized, you can do it with this software!
All in all, this includes a whopping 40 tools that can really pump up your system!And the best thing is it's all automatic! I don't think there's a setting in Windows this software can't tweak or improve. We were amazed at everything this one piece of software can do - and how easy it was to make changes. Stuff that would normally be exceedingly difficult or impossible for the average user to accomplish was done in a couple mouse clicks.
Here's just a very small sample of what this software can do:
Speed up Windows
So many enhancements, so little time!
Okay WorldStart fans- Pump-It-Up, because this one program that every XP user really needs! Optimizing your computer couldn't be easier, and with this program you will really "win" in the technological game!
Cost? Don't fret- this program isn't going to cost you $50.00 like a ticket to the BIG GAME! Nope! This program is just $8.97 and US Shipping is Free. Unfortunately, this program sell faster than those tickets to the big game, so don't be left out in the cold on this one! Order now!!!
WARNING - This is the last of 'em! It took us months just to be able to run this again! Please order fast - I can't recommend this program strongly enough! You MUST-MUST order today to get the sale price of $8.97!
Awesome Wireless Network Adapter!
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We have an awesome USB Wireless LAN Adapter for you today and it's about the coolest wireless accessory I've ever seen! This takes plug and play to a new level - you plug this little device into your computer (desktop or laptop) and in a matter of seconds you have a wireless network adapter installed and ready to use! Talk about making easy to get on a wireless network, huh? And look how small it is! This is the way to go - especially if you travel with your laptop!
If you have a wireless network you want to jump onto at home, at a friend's house, at a hotel, or at a favorite resturant, this makes getting connected almost too easy. Oh, and if you're on the road and long for an easy to use wireless solution, this is a no-brainer. Look at these features:
Plus this device has a operating range of up to 984 feet!!! WOW!! Now that is super far!!!! That will make sure you get connected whenever you need to be connected!!!
I purchased a wireless card for my laptop last year and it set me back $100! Plus, it was a pain in the digital rear to install the thing. What a headache! If you have an older laptop at home and haven't wanted to invest in a wireless card or hassle with hooking it up, this is definitely the way to go!!!
Well, this is super easy to install and your cost is just $18.97! With FREE US shipping and our 60 day money back guarantee, you just can't go wrong. OK, you can go wrong - if you wait too long! We only have a limited quantity of these available. Check it out:
The price will increase to $24.97 tomorrow!
An ENORMOUS 4GB Mini Hard Drive That Fits In Your Hand!!!
Finally An Amazing Device That Schedules Its Own File Backups!
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You Won't Find A 4GB Flash Drive For That Cheap!!
It is certain that this deal is absolutely astounding! Today only get this absolutely amazing 4GB mini Hard Drive for just $16.97!!!! WOW!!
Now you are just going to adore this mini Hard Drive. This amazing device is smaller than a flash drive and works just like one too! And even better than that- it costs less than a 4GB flash drive too! :-)
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!
There are absolutely no drivers required with this amazing tiny device! PLUS these are super-fast USB 2.0 drives! You'll be amazed at the file transfer speed! Wait till you try it!
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! Plus, another amazing feature- this awesome mini hard drive has a schedule and specified files back-up utility, which will make sure you are saving all of those critical documents and favorite songs!
Even better- this awesome device is password protected! Now I know that that is such a relief knowing all of my important information will be kept safe!
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 same storage at half the price! WOW!!!
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 $16.97 (free US shipping), you can't go wrong! Only a limited number available!
PS: Don't miss out! These are just GREAT! Built to last, quick, and extremely portable! Not really much bigger than a flash drive, but not nearly as expensive! Get 'em before they're sold out!
To begin, let's open up the Device Manager. In Windows Vista, go to Start, Control Panel and click on the System and Maintenance link. Next, click on the System link and then on the left hand side under the Tasks pane, click on Device Manager. That will open a window that lists all of your computer's hardware. You'll see all of your computer's adapters, ROM drives, your keyboard, your mouse, the controllers, the USB ports, etc. Anything that has to do with your computer's hardware will be listed there. In short, it will look something like this:
Now, let's get back to the question at hand. If you've been having trouble with the drivers for some of your computer's hardware, there are three common issues that come into play. Chances are, your problem lies within one of them, so let's get down to it!
1.) Certain Hardware is Not Listed - The first problem arises when hardware you expected to find is not listed. If something is left off the list, it's likely the hardware was not installed correctly. In that case, you should power down your computer and find the actual hardware device. Take some time to make sure it's hooked up correctly and then restart your computer. Once you do that, Vista should automatically recognize the hardware and it will go through the installation process again. You may be asked for the hardware's drivers during the new installation, so just make sure you have those ready to go as well. When the installation is done, you should now see the hardware listed under the Device Manager.
2.) You See a Yellow Exclamation Point - It's possible that when you get the Device Manager open, you'll see a few entries that have yellow exclamation points next to them. When that happens, it means the hardware is installed correctly and Windows recognizes it, but it's still not working properly. That type of thing usually involves a driver error, so you just need to update your drivers. To do that, right click on the hardware (the one that has the exclamation point next to it) and choose Properties. Next, click on the Driver tab and then the Update Driver button. From there, click on the option that says "Search automatically for updated driver software." Vista will then look for the correct updated drivers for your hardware device and install them for you. If Windows can't find any, you will need to go to the manufacturer's Web site and download them there.
3.) The Dreaded Red X Appears - If you have a hardware device with a red X next to it, you're dealing with a disabled piece of hardware. To fix that, simply right click on the hardware and choose Enable. That will start up the hardware and you can begin using it like normal once again.
That's it! Working through all of those troubleshooting techniques should fix your hardware issues within your Device Manager. Luckily, they're all fairly easy to do and they deliver results. Give them a try today!
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Breaking Up Isn't So Hard to Do
If you tried the tip from the other day, where you imported data from the Web into Excel 2007, you may have found that not all data appearing to be a table is actually a table. Am I right?
I found that many things I imported were actually just text, so it came into Excel in a single column.
So, now what?
I mean, let's face it. The data is no good being treated as text all in column A. How can you do any work with it like that?
I guess the next question is: Can you separate it efficiently?
Of course you can! Why else would I mention it?
To separate your imported data, first select the column that contains your data.
Now, under the Data tab on the ribbon, you're looking for the Text to Columns button.
A three step wizard for the process will then begin.
Clicking on Finish will set Excel into motion, returning you to the worksheet where you'll happily find your data broken into separate columns and ready for work!
Attention Digital Photographers!
FINALLY - An Easy Way To...
Organize, Edit, Email, And Print Your Photos!!
On Sale TODAY ONLY(11-13-2008)
Just $8.97!! WOW!!
A Must Read:
OK, you have a digital camera. Let me guess - you have a ton of photos all over your hard drive, right? That's what I thought :-)
Wouldn't it be great if there were a way to keep all those images organized, easy to work with, and simple to share? Great news - we found a new program every digital photographer is going to want. It's called Personal ImageManger Express and it's just awesome! I can tell you it's going to make my digital life a lot easier - read on!
First off, it's really easy (dare I say even fun) to use. It can acquire photos from your hard drive, digital camera, scanner, whatever. From there, you can quickly organize all your photos into easy to manage categories. You can even create categories across numerous folders. In fact, you can even put the same photo in multiple categories if you like (very handy).
However, image management is just the beginning with this one! It also features an excellent photo editor that includes all the major tools you need. This thing just blew me away! It can easily do stuff like color balance, contrast, brightness, hue, cropping, red-eye removal, even special effects! Plus, it has an awesome "one-button enhance" tool that does a great job at automatically making your images look their very best! You may never use your old imaging software again!
And then it gets even better! This program also has an awesome captioning feature. You can add a regular caption at the bottom (or top, side etc) to a photo or you can place a caption in the image itself (see site for a screen shot). And get this - these captions are searchable by the program! Excellent tool!
As if all that weren't enough, you can also add "picture frames" to photos with the click of a button, as well as photographer info, dates, shapes, clipart and more! Even rate your own photos and search by rating!
And there's still more to tell! This also makes it really easy to share photos by e-mail! One of the biggest problems people run into when they want to e-mail a photo is the photos are just too big - usually way too big. They take forever to send, forever to download, and are hard for the recipient to see. This little gem will resize any image for e-mail with the click of a button (the original image stays intact, of course).
In fact, if you use an e-mail client on your computer (like Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Eudora, etc), it will resize your image and automatically put it in a new message for you! Just put in the address, fill in a subject, and send - it couldn't be easier. Even if you already know how to resize for e-mail, this will do it with a lot more speed and a lot less hassle.
OK, I gotta tell you about the printing and I'll stop :-) If you print your images you know that getting them to the proper size for 4x6, 5x7, or 8x10 can be a pain. Well, this does it automatically for you! Cool huh?
Alright, I think you get the idea - this is one program every digital photographer should be using and I've only touched on a portion of what it can do! It's easy to work with, loaded with tons of useful features, and the price is right - it's on sale TODAY ONLY (11-13-2008) for just $8.97 and US shipping is FREE! It's an amazing deal, check it out:
PS - If you take digital photos, you owe it to yourself to try this. It'll make your photos fun to work with, keep you organized, and it makes printing something you'll actually want to do!
Grab Yours Today!!!
Amazing Foldable Alarm Clock!!
Even Displays The Temperature- WOW!!
Earth Shattering Low Price Too- Just $9.97!!!
Woah!!! :-) Our orders on these portable foldable alarm clocks were outstanding!Thanks to everyone who ordered! This awesome little Sentry Folding Alarm Clock is soooo neat! It is definitely one item that you need to have! Get to the site and order now before they are gone!
This alarms clock is wayyy cooler than that old radio alarm clock that is sitting next to your bed plugged into the wall. Yes, I know that is a bold statement and you are probably asking yourself "how?" Well, keep reading!
Operating on a watch battery, this alarm clock goes anywhere and everywhere. Its thin lightweight design can easily fit into your back pocket or the tiniest purse. I am so impressed with the design of this alarm clock. It is about the size of a woman's powder compact and is extremely portable. It is the perfect travel size, great to take with you, and definitely more trustworthy then those darn hotel room alarm clocks!!!!!
Plus- the digital numbers are HUGE! This alarm clock is extremely easy to read!! It not only displays the time but it also gives you the date and day of the week! I love this feature because when I am groggy in the morning, I can easily read the time and date without having to put on my glasses!
Better yet, the alarm is really loud and will make sure you know that it is time to get moving. As an added bonus, the programmed songs are really fun and includes the well-known melodies of "Happy Birthday," "The Bonanza Theme," and many many more! How cool is that?
Okay now all those are all fine and dandy, but wait until you check out my favorite feature! This fan-tabulous folding alarm clock even comes with a built-in digital thermometer, which displays the temperature of the room. WOW!! I love this! On those brisk fall mornings, this alarm clock lets me know how chilly it is outside of my warm and toasty covers. Maybe it is just me, but I find it really nice being able to prepare myself of that immediate chill.
Because this alarm clock isn't plugged into the wall, it will even help you cut down some cost on your electric bill too! AWESOME!!!
I just picked up two of these alarm clocks. One of next to my bed, and another one for the office. It is perfect for quickly glancing at the time and the alarm is a great reminder of my deadlines at the office! Plus, its folding stylish design looks awesome on my desktop! I just adore this little guy!
Cost? WOW! We have a spectacular deal for you today! Order now and get this super folding alarm clock for just $9.97 and US Shipping is Free! Now that is one kind of deal you don't want to pass up!
PS: These fun alarm clocks are going to go quickly. Order now before our supply is gone!!!! :-)
A Perfect Print
Have you ever printed something out and it didn't look quite like you had imagined? That actually happens to me all the time and I get so frustrated with it! I mean, how are you supposed to know how something is going to look once it's printed on paper? Well, you can! Yep, that's right. Thanks to a little thing I like to call Print Preview, you can always check out your work before you go and waste your paper and ink. If you'd like to learn more about the Print Preview feature, all you have to do is check out the tip on our homepage today!
Today's Front Pages
So, tell me, how many newspapers do you subscribe to? I'm guessing most of you said one or two, am I right? You know, your local ones. But what if you had the chance to see news articles from newspapers around the world? Wouldn't that be awesome?! Well, now you can just by visiting the cool site on our homepage today. It's called Today's Front Pages and with it, you can see the front pages of newspapers from more than 39 different countries. Trust me, it's a must see!
Here's the link you need: http://www.worldstart.com/ Enjoy!
A problem most Windows users face is unnecessary files residing in cryptic folders on their hard drive. You know, files like your Internet browsing cache, files left behind by games you play and so on. Those not only slow down your system's performance, but they also occupy valuable disk space. You wouldn’t let rats and rodents infest your house, would you? Then why let those files corrupt your system?! Well, with Atomic Cleaner, a small utility that takes care of all of the above, you no longer will. Atomic Cleaner allows you to perform such maintenance with just a few clicks and instantly, you'll see an improvement in your system speed. It also removes traces of Internet activity to make your system more secure. Let's check it out!
The installation of Atomic Cleaner is much like any other Windows software and you shouldn’t have any trouble getting it set up. Once you have it installed, go ahead and open it up and you'll see this simple screen:
On the left, you have your options and on the right, you have their explanations. There are several programs available that can help you get rid of your cache and Internet history, but Atomic Cleaner wins out, because it also has a “gamer cleanup” option. Honestly, most gamers aren't even aware that while playing a game, a lot of temporary files are created on their system. More so, they're left behind even after you uninstall the game.
So, all you have to do is select the option you want and the cleanup will begin. While Atomic Cleaner is working, it gives you additional information, as you can see in the screenshots below:
The time taken to clean up depends on the amount of "garbage" you have residing on your computer, but once it's finished, it gives you an overall report of how the cleaning went. You can then take pride in your newly "spick and span" computer!
Check Atomic Cleaner out for yourself right here. Enjoy!
~ Yogesh Bakshi
When it comes to an easy way to share, edit and organize your photos, Picasa is the only way to go! We have written about Picasa here at WorldStart before, because it's a great free program made by Google that packs in a lot of power.
And not too long ago, Google announced the arrival of Picasa 3. The new version offers even more features than the previous one, so there's plenty of new stuff to try out. Or, if you've never used Picasa before, you surely don't want to miss out on the new version 3!
Here are some of the great things you can do with Picasa 3:
Retouch Images: In Picasa 3, you can fix little problems with your pictures using the Retouch tool. Simply click on the problem area and the program will handle it from there.
Share Images with Web Albums: Picasa 3 offers a new feature that allows you to automatically upload your images to the Web so that others can see them. You can even choose the option of Sync Pictures so that any changes made on the album will automatically update to the Web.
Make Movies: With Picasa 3, you can take your pictures and turn them into movies. It's a great feature and it's one I use with my own photos all the time.
Watermarks: You can add a custom watermark to your pictures to mark them as your own. If you have images that are unique, that's a great feature for you.
The above list is short in comparison to the full list of capabilities Picasa 3 has. So, if you want to learn more about Picasa 3 and get it for yourself, you can download it right here. Enjoy!
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Are you ready to get creative with comics? I hope so, because I know I am! The first thing you need to do is register. Just fill out the form with a username, password and e-mail address. Then click on the Register button and just like that, you’re good to go ahead and log in!
When you log in, you'll be on your dashboard, which shows you the latest toondoos, the random pick of the day, popular tags and the latest comments.
To create your own toondoo, click on the Pencil button that says “Create Your Own.” That will then open the Cartoon Strip Creator in another window. On the top navigation strip, you’ll find buttons for characters, backgrounds, props and text bubbles. On the bottom navigation strip, you’ll find buttons that let you edit the things you’re adding from the top navigation strip. Those tools are easy to figure out, but if you run into any snags, you can check out the Help Wiki section back on the main page.
Here's a comic I made in about three minutes. I know it’s not hilarious, but it’s still cute!
You can also browse through the comics other people have made and redo them if they've left them open for editing. If they have, it will have a ReDoo It button next to it. Just click on that and it will open the Cartoon Strip Editor for you to make your changes.
As you're browsing cartoon strips, you can also comment on them, fave them, cheer them, flag as inappropriate or even print them out!
I had so much fun making cartoon strips and I hope you do too!
Do you have a cool, non-commercial site that you want to share?
Royal's WSA555 Digital Wireless Weather Station provides accurate temperature readings from up to 4 locations. See the temperature outside, in the attic, the basement and wherever else right from the base station!
The Royal WSA555 displays indoor and outdoor temperature in Centigrade or Fahrenheit, indoor and outdoor humidity and time and date! It features an easy to read RoyalGlo LCD Display and comes with a wireless remote that transmits temperatures up to 70 feet! No wire installation is needed! Just add AA batteries to the base station and remote!
Here's November's wallpaper! It's all free, so enjoy!
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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Computer Tips [ Clean Up Those Folders + Super Cool New Download + Save Your Faves On One Page ] 11/13/08
Personal & Educational Use Only This blog consists mainly of FREE newsletters from computer web gurus that I receive. I thought you might like to see them all in one place than try to discover them on your own. A moderate amount of editing may be done to eliminate unrelated repetitious ads or unnecessary text which bloat the post. However I have given the authors full credit and will not remove their site links because you deserve to see where it comes from and they deserve to get credit for what they have written. Your use of this site is simply for educational purposes. For more computer-related help go to: CPEDLEY.COM for free software, advice and tips on low cost products which are very helpful. If you want to contact the editor, please go CPEDLEY.COM and check the Contact page for email address.