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Are you one of WorldStart's message board users? (If you're not, you really should sign up. It's free and it's a great resource if you're ever having computer trouble!) If you are, I'm willing to bet that you sometimes use it to look for help with a specific problem. Am I right? After all, that's what the message board is for! It's there to help you when you're down and out with your own troubleshooting techniques. Now, tell me, when you're looking for that one special topic, do you sometimes spend hours going through all the posts, just hoping for something to come along? Well, why not speed up the process a little bit? Keep reading to find out how you can do just that!
On our message board, we have this wonderful thing called a search box. Yes, that's right. You can use that box to search through everything and anything our members have posted. You can either search the entire message board as a whole or you can search within one category (PC Ask and Answer Questions, PC Tips & Tricks, etc). Wow, that would make it quite a bit easier, huh?!
So, if you'd like to search the whole board all at once, log in to your account and along the very top, you'll see a line of links. Look over to the right and you'll see one titled as Search. Click on the down arrow next to it and a search box will pop up. Type in a few keywords and then hit Go. On the other hand, if you just want to search within one category, click on the one you want to look through, look over to the right and you'll see a link that says "Search This Forum." Click on the down arrow next to it and a search box will come up for you. Again, type in a few keywords and hit Go. Whichever means you go by, this is the perfect way to let the results come to you. Give it a try, all you message board lovers!
Don't stop now! Keep reading to learn all about Windows SteadyState, find out how you can reply to your e-mails at a later time in MS Outlook and learn how you can easily test your computer's microphone. Also, find out how to do easy Web page printing with today's video tip and of course, don't miss out on Amanda's Cool Site of the Day. Enjoy!
Free 512 MB Flash Drive With Every Order!
Extended From Yesterday!
Good Today ONLY 12-01-2008!
Any Order of Any Size From Our Online Store Scores You A Free Flash Drive!
Don't Miss This One!
Yup, you read that right! We featured this in our Software Deals newsletter yesterday and had our biggest day of the year! Thank YOU to everyone who ordered! So, we're extending the deal for TODAY ONLY!
Again, we're giving away a FREE 512 Meg USB 2.0 Flash Drive with EVERY order! How's that for a great way to start your December? Oh, and let me tell ya about these - you're gonna love 'em!
First - using them! It's so easy! All you have to do is just plug it into any USB port and then locate it as a drive under "My Computer". You can now drag and drop files or copy and paste them onto your Flash Drive. It works just like a regular hard drive. In addition, you can create folders, delete items, and edit stuff - heck, you can even run software from them! You use it just like a floppy drive or exteranl HD - only it's MUCH easier!
Oh, and fast too - these aren't the cheapo USB 1.x drives - these are high-speed USB 2.0 Drives! No more waiting around watching the progress bar slowly tick away while you transfer files!
Check this out - let's say you just had a really fun vacation and you want to show your family and friends all your wonderful digital photographs! Just copy your pictures on here and take it to their place with ya. Don't hassle with e-mail or waste time trying to burn them all on a disc. Also, a great way to transport your favorite tunes!
Plus, this is 512 meg - that's really a TON of space. You can carry around over 100 typical sized photos (or thousands of small, web-size images), 200 songs, or thousands of documents - or a little of everything! HA - it took me at least 4 computers when I first started this stuff before I even had that much hard drive space - it's amazing that you can carry it around in your pocket!
Again, these are 100% FREE with ANY order of ANY size today! You can order something from this newsletter, from the last several day's worth of newsletters, or just stop by and do a little shopping in our store! No matter what, place an order and we'll toss in a FREE 512meg flash drive for you today (and today ONLY - 12-01-2008)!
Oh, one more thing - our shopping cart won't show these as part of your order, but don't worry - our shipping dept will make sure you get your flash drive!
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Oh, did we get a deal for you with this one! It's an 8 Gig Mini Hard Drive and you're really gonna love it!
This works just like a flash drive - only it doesn't set you back as much money! Just plug it into your computer and it will show up as an external drive under My Computer. From there, simply drag and drop your files! Works on any XP or Vista computer - no drivers required! WOW!
These are fantastic for any kind of files! Office documents, spreadsheets, music, photos, backup - whatever! Just pop it into your computer and drag and drop! You can even install programs on it if you like! This has the same amount of storage of 11, yes 11 CD ROMs!
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 easily drop $70 or more for an 8 Gig flash drive - this gives you the same storage for just $21.97! 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 $21.97 (free US shipping), you can't go wrong! And Don't forget that to punch in your 15% off coupon code to get 'em even cheaper!!! 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!
WARNING - This price WILL increase to $28.97 Tuesday!
STOP RIGHT THERE!
The Shocking Truth About Your Hard Drive!
Don't Throw Out That Old Hard Drive!!
Don't Give Away Your Old Computer!
You Gotta Read This - It'll Scare The Heck Outta Ya!
Recent studies show that 74% of hard drives sold, given away, or thrown out (in the computer or out) contain data that can be easily read and recovered - and 36% of those hard drives had even been reformatted. You absolutely, positively, have to permanently get that data off of there!!
Do you have an old computer you're thinking about giving away? Maybe an old hard drive that needs to be thrown out? Well, if you do, you MUST GET THAT DATA OFF THERE!!
Well, we have some really easy to use software that will keep you safe called DriveScrubber. Just pop the CD into your computer (or make a floppy if you still have a drive for one of those) and reboot. Even if you can't boot to Windows, you can still erase that drive with this software!
Think about it - you wouldn't toss paperwork with credit card, bank, or social security numbers in the trash without shredding the heck out of 'em would you? Of course not! However, day in and day out, people toss out old computers and think that just deleting or formatting a drive is going to get rid of all the personal info they had on it - not a chance!
WARNING - When you delete a file, it's not really gone. You might want to read that last sentence again because it's really important. The area where the file lives on your hard drive simply gets tagged as free space, but until it's overwritten, that data is VERY recoverable. I formatted a test drive and ran recovery software on it awhile ago just to see what would happen. Nearly EVERYTHING was easily recoverable! No problem at all!
If you've ever used your computer to check on your banking, buy a product online, or anything that involves your personal info, then that info might be easily available when you get rid of your old hardware! Yikes!
Don't think it can happen to you? Well, two MIT students did a study. They went and purchased 158 used hard drives for less than $1000 from a web swap-meet type site. When they went through the drives, they found over 5,000 credit card numbers, medical reports, lots of personal and corporate financial information, and gigs of personal e-mail. And get this - 60% of the drives had been formatted!!!
There are people who look for old computers at the curb or in the dumpster just to pull info off the hard drive or sell the drives to others! Plus, if you just "donate" an old computer you have no idea what really is going to happen to it! If this doesn't scare the heck out of you, then you shouldn't be using a computer!
Once you insert the Drive Scrubber disk, your computer will boot to the CD or the floppy, and has an easy to use interface that makes wiping a drive a snap. Just select the drive and select the "erase" button. ALL the info on the drive will be gone - permanently and forever! You can still reformat the drive and install Windows again once this is done - but any info you had on the drive will be completely gone. No worries about anyone ever using your hard drive or old computer to steal you personal info! It's great!
I personally have a couple of old hard drives sitting around that I just didn't want to throw out. Now I'll be able to completely erase them and toss them into the trash knowing that no one will EVER be able to recover any of my personal data from that drive.
Your cost for all this protection? Just $8.97 and US shipping is FREE! Sure, it's not a program that you'll use every day, but everyone with a computer WILL need to use it someday! For this kind of money, it's insane not to be safe. Check it out:
PS - This price is ONLY good today, 12-01-2008 - first thing Tuesday the price will increase to $12.97! Get yours today!
Plug ALL Your Gadgets In!
7-Port Super Slim Compact Hub w/LEDs!!!
Turn 1 USB port into - Get this - 7 of 'em!
This hub has been selling like CRAZY - our supplier can't keep 'em in stock and neither can we! This expands a single USB port to seven! Not only that, it's also a powered unit, so big devices like scanners, printers, webcams, etc. run perfectly! You get super-fast high speed transfer rates - up to 480 Mbps - WOW!!!!
I mean, let's face it - you can never have enough places to put your USB toys! Having a hub on your desk is just soooo much easier than crawling around on the floor, switching plugs, trying to figure out what this USB plug goes to, if you can be without that gadget, jumping back on the floor when you unplugged the wrong thing - YUK!
Plus this is a powered hub! Why do ya care? Well, that means it can run EVERYTHING! Non-powered hubs usually are only good for keyboard, mice - low power accessories. This baby is POWERED so it can run everything - printers, scanners, MP3 players - if it plugs into a USB port, this will run it!
Oh, and setup is a super-easy! Just plug it in and it's ready to go. That's all there is to it! Even the most novice computer users can do that ;-)
Everyone who tries a USB hub says the same thing - "Wow, what a difference - I can't believe how much I love this thing! Instead of crawling around on the floor swapping plugs every 10 minutes, I can have ALL my USB devices plugged in at once!"
As if all that wasn't enough, we have about the best price on the planet on these right now - just $14.97 today (12-01-2008) and FREE US Shipping! This has a list price of $49.99, so it's a fantastic deal! Check it out:
The price will increase to $19.97 tomorrow!
To begin, SteadyState is mostly used with shared access computing. So, what is shared access? Well, it's basically when one or more computers serve multiple users all from one location. For example, the computers in schools, Internet cafes, libraries and even in a few homes. SteadyState was created by Microsoft for the main purpose of keeping all those shared access computers running smoothly and without any trouble. Also, with it, the computers will stay the way they're supposed to, no matter who uses them from day to day.
With shared access computers, you never know what sort of condition they will be in by the time everyone is done using them. Each computer probably has several users on it throughout the day and more than likely, each one did something different, depending on the type of work they had to do. So, by the end of the day, those computers could be filled with downloaded files, newly installed programs, the normal settings could be changed, there could be some viruses or spyware on the system and so on. Basically, a shared access computer is always filled with different items and it could be bogged down for various reasons.
Because of that, you need something that will be able to clean up those computers and get them ready for the next day. And that's where SteadyState comes into play. With SteadyState, you're given an easy way to manage multiple users, you can set in place a locked down platform that will make each computer more stable for shared computing and there's even an easy way to keep all of your settings in place, meaning no one will be able to alter them.
Like I said earlier, SteadyState really comes in handy for certain locations, including schools, Internet cafes and libraries. In a typical day, the computers at those types of places will be used by hundreds of people. Luckily, SteadyState comes with a design that fits each of those locations the best. So, for example, if you're managing the computers at a school, you can use the specialized part of SteadyState that works the best for computers in a classroom. Or, if you have shared access computers in your home (maybe you have one for yourself and a couple for your children), there's also a special design in SteadyState for that. Each one really fits each location to a tee and it makes managing your computer so much easier!
So, how can you get SteadyState? Well, I will give you that information in a second, but there are a few things you'll want to do before you install it on your main computer. First, you'll want to double check the system requirements. SteadyState only works with Windows XP with the SP2 and Vista. It works for XP Professional, Home and even the Tablet PC edition. Now, you may already be using a utility called the Shared Computer Toolkit, but you'll want to upgrade to SteadyState, as it is the newer version. You'll want to uninstall the Shared Computer Toolkit first as well. You will also need to defrag your computer before you install SteadyState. That's just to ensure that your computer is optimized and ready to go.
When you're ready, you can click here to install SteadyState. Just click on the blue Download Now button and follow the directions. It will bring up a wizard for you to follow and it's not that long of a process. For more information on everything we've discussed today, you can visit this Web site. It should answer any additional questions you may have. Once you have SteadyState installed, you'll be all set and ready to go with your new shared access computers. Check it out today!
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I'll Reply to That Later
Do you have an e-mail in MS Outlook you know you need to reply to, but you just don't have the time right now?
I know you hate to just leave the e-mail sitting there though, because let's face it, there's a very good chance you'll completely forget about it.
So, what can you do to ensure you address the situation on time?
Well, I can think of a couple of things. First, you could set up an appointment for the message.
Yep, that's right, I said appointment. You can turn that e-mail into an appointment so that Outlook reminds you to take care of the situation before it's too late.
To create an appointment for your message, simply drag and drop it into the Calendar section on the Outlook Bar (or drag it to the Calendar folder).
A new appointment will open up with the body of the message already there. Next, simply complete your normal steps for setting up appointments (don't forget to set enough reminder time for yourself to get the job done) and hit the Close and Save button.
With the appointment set, you'll be reminded to handle the message just like you're reminded about any other appointment you create.
A second way to get Outlook to give you a helping hand when it comes to that message you just can't forget is to use message flags.
To flag a message, select it and right click.
In older versions of MS Outlook, you'll see this:
From the menu that opens, choose Follow Up.
The Flag for Follow Up dialogue window will then open, allowing you to set up some basic information.
When you've set everything to your liking, click OK.
Now, for those of you working with Outlook 2007, here's what you'll find.
When you right click on the message, you'll find that the Follow Up choice opens as a submenu.
You can quickly pick one of the Quick Flag times offered or choose Add Reminder, which will open the following dialogue window:
Set your preferences and click OK.
Outlook will remind you about this item if the flag has not been cleared by the due date/time you set. (That's right, this option isn't a reminder before the time you set, rather it actually lets you know right after the time it was due).
When a message has a Follow Up Flag, there's a red flag displayed with the message (in Outlook 2007, instead of a red flag, you'll see the text "Follow Up") as a visual reminder that the e-mail requires your attention.
Once you've completed the job, right click on the message again and choose Flag Complete or Mark Complete (depending on your version of Outlook).
To remove a Follow Up Flag, completely right click on the message and choose Clear Flag from the menu.
There you have it! Two ways you can deal with an e-mail message later on, without it slipping your mind. Yep, Outlook's got you covered!
Awesome Wireless Network Adapter!
Go Wireless In Seconds!
Special, Low Price Today Only
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!
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!Â We only have a limited quantity of these available. Check it out:
The price will increase to $24.97 tomorrow!
Running Windows XP?
Then You Gotta Read This!
Are you a Windows XP user? Want to learn how to run it better? Faster? With less headaches? Do you want to learn about all the great features and take full advantage of them?
Then I have a must have program for you.
It's called Learning Windows XP and it's just fantastic. I was surprised at all the tricks I picked up during testing.
This software uses multimedia presentations to show you exactly how everything works. You can scroll through topics in order, or jump to a topic index and select the exact presentation you want to see.
And the presentations are absolutely fantastic. By using audio and video, they teach you exactly how to do just about anything you'd ever need to do in Windows. Every step is shown on a sample screen within the program. It's like having Bill Gates sitting down and showing you - step by step - how to operate Windows! Every mouse move, every click is shown. No guesswork required!
As for topics, it covers it all! Some of the more popular are CD burning, performance, remote desktop, remote use, security, using the built in firewall, troubleshooting, automatic updates, running older software, networking, digital music, user switching, file transfers, offline viewing, working with files and folders, reliability, safe mode, search companion, file encryption, taskbar, windows messenger, and tons more:
If you're running Windows XP, this is simply a must have program. Even if you've been using XP for awhile like I have, you'll be surprised how much you may have missed (I was)!
Your price on this today only (12-01-2008) is only $5.97 and US shipping is free! And yes, it has our 60 day satisfaction guarantee - if you're not happy, return it for a refund. Nothing to lose, but lots to gain! Here's the link:
PS - Considering how expensive computers and operating systems are, isn't it worth $5.97 to be able to make the most of your XP eXPerience? Give it a try, you'll be glad you did :-) The price will increase to $9.97 on Tuesday so don't wait to order!!!
You've heard of the term "beta" before, right? I know we here at WorldStart use it all the time, so you've definitely heard it in regards to the computer world. But just because you've heard the word doesn't necessarily mean you know what it is. Yes, beta is a pretty common word, but if you're not sure what it means, it can be a little difficult to understand the rest of our tips. And that's why we've written one devoted just to the term beta. All you have to do to read all about it is check out the tip on our homepage today. It's that simple!
About Famous People
Are you often interested in knowing what's going on in the lives of famous people? Now, I know what you're probably thinking, but I'm not talking about celebrities. I'm talking about famous men and women in history. You know, presidents, first ladies and even famous spies. To learn all about them, simply check out the cool site we're featuring on our homepage today. It's called About Famous People and that's exactly what you'll get!
Here's the link you need: http://www.worldstart.com/ Enjoy!
Testing 1, 2, 3
If you have the need to test either a recently purchased external microphone or if you want to test one you already have (external or internal), this is the tip for you! It's a good idea to test your microphone hardware every once in awhile, just so you can be sure everything is working properly. If you use your mic quite often, this is even more important for you!
Alright, let's get started! For Windows XP, make sure your external microphone is plugged in and ready to go (if you have an internal one, you should be set to go) and then click on Start, All Programs, Accessories, Entertainment, Volume Control. The Master Volume box will come up and you will want to go to the Options menu at the top and choose Properties.
Now, select the radio button that says Recording and click OK. Another window will appear and you'll just want to make sure the Microphone channel is selected. Go ahead and move the mic volume slider to around the middle section, just so it's placed in that general area. Now, just leave that box open.
Next, we're going to need to go into the Control Panel, so click on Start, Control Panel and click on the Sounds, Speech and Audio Devices link. Choose Sounds and Audio Devices and click on the Voice tab. Now, under the Voice recording area, click on the Test Hardware button and the testing will begin.
The Sound Hardware Test Wizard will come up. Just click on the Next button and wait for the wizard to complete the tests of your sound hardware. It could take a couple minutes or so. When that is done, the Microphone Test window will come up on your screen. Now, go ahead and speak into your mic or you can just tap it lightly if you wish. The Recording Volume slider should move up and down in response to the sound you are making through your microphone. When you're all done testing your mic, just click on Finish and the wizard will close.
Just in case this happens to you, while you're using the wizard, an alert box may pop up telling you that the "Run a DLL as an App" program is blocked and it will ask you if you want to unblock it. You can if you want, but it is not necessary to unblock it for the mic test to function correctly.
You can follow similar instructions for older versions of Windows as well. The only difference may be that you'll go to Start, Programs, Accessories, Entertainment and choose Sound Recorder instead of Volume Control. From there on out, the above directions are very similar and you will be fine if you just follow them. Go on and give your microphone a little test today!
Web Page Printing - Video Tip
Do you like to print Web pages? For example, maybe you view WorldStart's newsletter in your Web browser and you would like to print it. Well, when you do that, do you ever get annoyed by the information that prints at the bottom of each and every page? You know, information like the Web address, the title, the date, the time, etc.? Well, if you would like to learn how to set up your print preferences so that it won't do that the next time you print from a Web page, check out today's video tip. Just click on the link below to watch the video!
Or, if you would just like to read today's tip, you can do that as well, here:
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'Tis the season for holiday parties! Does the pure thought of planning all those parties make you groan with displeasure? Well, make it easier this year by using this party planning Web site!
If you're unsure of whether or not this site will be useful to you, click the Try It Out button first. That will take you to a sample account where you can see some of the features they have to offer.
I need all the help I can get, so I’m going to dive right in and sign up. This site is 100 percent free and the sign up process was very easy! Just enter in your name, e-mail address and a password.
The first thing I noticed when I signed in was the event calendar on the right side of the page that listed all the calendar events for December (under Reasons to Party), as well as, January, if you scroll down into the Plan Ahead section.
In the middle of the page, you’ll see three circles: Start a New Party, Penelope Plans and Check out the Sample Party.
If you choose Start a New Party, it will take you through the process step by step, starting with your date and then your invitations. You can make up your invitations from this site for free and then e-mail them to your guests. How easy is that?!
Next comes the supplies, which is the page that will help you find a party supplies store in your area. Just choose your location from the map to get started here.
You can even plan an after party event with this party planner. So, for example, I could throw my mom’s birthday party at a restaurant and then invite everyone back to her house for presents and such afterwards. Pretty neat, huh?!
Penelope Plans – Here you will find party planning advice, tips, explanations and more. You can even ask Penelope questions! So, if you run into a snag or just need some inspiration, you can head over here and get some advice.
I know this site is going to make planning all my parties this year so much easier and I hope it will for you too!
Do you have a cool, non-commercial site that you want to share?
Can you believe it's December already?! Well, you know what that means. Yep, new wallpaper is here! You can check it all out here:
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Sunday, November 30, 2008
Computer Tips [ Get Computer Answers Quick + Smart Public Computer Advice + Hows Your Mic? ] 12/01/08
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.