Have you ever heard of datagrams? It's not a term that comes around too often, so you may not have, but you won't be able to say that anymore, because I'm here to tell you what they are! The easiest way to understand datagrams is to think of them as a type of communication that's used within the Internet.
Datagrams are often referred to as packets as well and they are just a small piece of data that is assigned a source and a destination for all Internet transfers. Each one is completely self contained and they have no relationship with any others before or after them. While most networking communications are done through streams, the Internet uses datagrams.
The datagrams also work with the TCP Protocol, while a utility called a packet decoder is used to evaluate individual packets within an Internet operation. With that connected to the TCP Protocol knowledge, the Internet features are able to put together a network operation. All of that goes into making the Internet work for you. Pretty interesting, isn't it?!
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Make sure you keep reading to learn how you can add a Safe List to your Hotmail e-mail account, find out how you can work better with your custom dictionaries in MS Word and learn how you can start controlling the new Windows 7 operating system now. Also, find out how you can avoid camera shake with today's digital photography tip and of course, don't miss out on Amanda's Cool Site of the Day!
You've Never Seen Desktop Publishing Software Like This!
Don't Pay $700 For Adobe's InDesign!
Try This For Just $9.97!!!
Try It, You'll Be Shocked At What You Snagged For Less Than $10!
Professional Level Desktop Publishing Made Affordable!
Incredible Power At Your Fingertips!
I'm so excited! We've never offered anything quite like this one before! We have Page Designer Pro and it's some really amazing, professional-level desktop publishing software that's gonna absolutely blow you away! This makes PrintShop look like a toy! Check this out:
First off, this is a LOT like Adobe InDesign, just an amazing $690 LESS than what Adobe gets for their version! It's meant for - and does - pretty much the same thing - pro level design and print. You can literally create ANYTHING you can imagine with this software. This is truly a high-end desktop publishing solution and the power it brings is amazing. Talk about blown-away by what you can do with a computer and printer!!
The first thing you'll notice when you start it up is your choice between a really handy wizard interface or the option to start a project from scratch. When you first start playing with it, just go ahead and take a look at what those wizards can do for you (over 2000 designs)! You'll be amazed at just how quickly you can create ads, brochures, business stationery, calendars, cards, letterheads, invoices, flyers, forms, newsletters, notices, handouts, event programs, posters, banners, price lists, reports, announcements, invitations, greeting cards and TONS more!
What that brings to the table with the amazing "wizards" is easily enough to justify this fantastic program, but that's only the beginning! After you're done checking out the wizards, go ahead and start a project from scratch - you're gonna be absolutely floored at how quickly you can produce professional level projects! This is the kind of software they use in professional print shops! Once you start messing around with it, you'll discover very soon you start to feel like a professional graphics artist!
As for features, this thing is the 800LB gorilla of desktop publishing! For example, just wait till you start playing with dozens and dozens of preset color schemes for your projects! Change the look and feel of your project in a mouse click! Great to use with the wizards to instantly change the look and feel of, well, ANY project!
Oh, and wait till you feast your mouse on the professional layout tools! Talk about a kid in a candy store! This has everything you need (and probably more)! We're talking intelligent text fitting (nice), kerning, hyphenation, drop caps, smart quotes, named styles, movable ruler and guides, precision placements, rotation, calendar tools, tables, brush / pencils, gradients, fills, shapes, all kind of text, frames and TONS more! I could fill the length of this review with JUST the tools at your disposal!
PLUS, you've absolutly got to check out the Text Composition Tools - you'll love these things! Get this - you have all the following at your beck and call: Word count, spell checker, search & replace, a thesaurus, AutoCorrect, AutoSpell, over 300 new fonts, and - get this - a proofreader! That's right - you can have the program actually "read" your text and it can make suggestions for improvements! Now THAT'S cool!
Another feature you'll really love is the amazing "Text On A Path" tool! Here's how it works - You create a "path" using your mouse in any shape you want - a squiggly line, a square, a letter - whatever you can dream up. Then, double-click and start typing - your text will actually follow along the path you created, twisting and turning all along the way! Soooo cool!
You've gotta try the QuickShapes too! These aren't just the lousy shapes you drop into Word or something. These are basically intelligent clipart! Choose a shape, drag & drop it on your document, then adjust each angle and dimension using the little handles! Oh, and you can fill the shapes, do different "styles" , put in a gradient, add a photo, and MORE! The options are fantastic!
Oh, but the drawing fun isn't just limited to the QuickShapes! This has an amazing arsenal of drawing tools that you have to see to believe! You can sketch freehand, apply some really cool styles, make custom shapes, and create all kinds of eye-popping graphics in minutes! You could literally design your own clipart!
What if you have a photo you want to drop in? Yup, not only can you add any photo, you can even enhance it right in the program so it looks amazing in just a few mouse clicks! Once it's in the program, there's dozens and dozens of ways you can use it!
Hey, have you ever needed to place a photo in with a bunch of text and couldn't get the text to "flow" right around it? Sometimes the text runs though your photos, sometimes the text gets blocked out, pushed around, or just ends up looking wrong. Well, this lets you easily reshape, rotate, and adjust your text frames to make your next project look like a magazine spread!
Heck, did I mention this can even create a website for you? Imagine the power above put into a web design program! It has all the tools you need to quickly and easily create professional looking webpages! Add text, graphics, animated gif, music, java - it can do it!
As if all that wasn't enough, this can also do mail merges, has some really cool transparency effects (so you can "see through" objects that are on top of other objects), mind-blowing versatility in printing, allows for outstanding PDF output, and even includes a PANTONE library if you're outputting your work for press publication! Told ya it was loaded!
BONUS!!! BOUNS!!! Can you believe this? It also includes a second CD with a whoppin' 100,000 graphics crammed onto it! Clip art, photos, it's all there and at your fingertips! This alone is worth the price of the software! With 100,000 images to choose from, you'll always be able to find the exact graphic you need for your projects!
Your cost for all this? Just $9.97 and US shipping is FREE! After using this for just a little bit, I can't believe we got these for this kind of price! Our supplier must be nuts!
It's really the best $9.97 you'll ever spend on desktop publishing! Honestly, if we were selling it for the $40 retail, it would STILL be well worth the price! This is truly a professional level program that looks and works an awful lot like Adobe's $700 InDesign! If you want to do some serious desktop publishing, there's never been a cheaper way to get serious about it! $9.97!! Once you start using it, you'll agree that it's crazy for anyone to pass this by! You're not gonna believe what you get for less than $10!
You've gotta give this a try because for this kind of money you just can't afford to pass it by!!
PS - Bad news? Only a limited quantity of these are available, so you need to get to the site ASAP to grab your copy! You'll be completely blown away at how you can get software this powerful for $9.97!!!
Awesome LED Keychain Light!
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These LED Keychain Lights are super bright! This is great to have on your keychain for an all purpose flashlight, it's that bright.
You can put it on your day to day keychain, hook it on your backpack, put it in your purse, or carry in your pocket. Hit with a power outage and you can't find a candle, lighter, or match to obtain light within your home? No problem - you'll be prepared with this LED Keychain Light on hand.
And, you don't get just one - you get two! So, share one with a friend or family member ~ you can never have enough keychains or flashlights around, that's for sure. Best yet? The cost! Today only you get 2 of these great LED Keychain Lights for just $6.97 and that includes FREE shipping in the US! Check em out here:
PS - The price really will increase to $12.97 tomorrow so don't wait to order - get to the site now ;-)
Now, while the Hotmail filters are great at what they do, they, like everything else, are not perfect. Every so often, they slip up and accidentally send one of your "wanted" e-mails to the wrong folder. That could happen to an e-mail one of your friends sent to you or even to a newsletter you're subscribed to (WorldStart's newsletter, for example). Whatever the e-mail contains, all of your messages are important and I, for one, don't want you to miss out on any of them.
So, allow me to give all you Hotmail users another option when it comes to filtering your e-mail messages. It's really easy to do and it won't take you all day to get it done. Okay, let's get started!
Along with its e-mail filters, Hotmail has what is called a Safe List. That feature is meant specifically for those e-mails that automatically get sent to the Junk e-mail folder. You can add certain e-mail addresses to the Safe List and after that, Hotmail will never regard those addresses as spam again. For example, if you've ever had trouble receiving our newsletter here at WorldStart, you can put the address of "firstname.lastname@example.org" on your Safe List. That way, you'll be guaranteed to always get our newsletters in your Inbox each day.
Sounds like a pretty good deal, doesn't it?! If you're interested, this is how you can do it. Log in to your Hotmail account and click on the Options link located in the top right hand corner. Then choose More Options. From there, under the Junk E-mail section, click on the Safe and Blocked Senders link. Then look for the Safe Mailing Lists option. Now, go ahead and type in an e-mail address you would like to keep safe. It could be one of your friends, a family member, a co-worker, etc. Once you have the address typed in, click on the Add to List button.
The address will then automatically be added to your Safe List. You can then type in another e-mail address and so on, until you have all the addresses you want saved added. Unfortunately, there's no way to do multiple addresses at once, so it may take you a little while to get them all done, but once you do, I know you'll be more than pleased with the results.
Now, of course, there are still some e-mail addresses you'll probably want to keep out, so you can either use Hotmail's Junk E-mail Filter option or the Block Senders feature to do that. Doing both of those is just as important as the Safe List, so make sure you cover all your bases. Once you're all done setting up your filters, you'll have no trouble getting in the e-mails you want and keeping the others out. It doesn't get any better than that. Give it a try today!
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Back Up or Move Your Word Custom Dictionary
Do you have an extensive custom dictionary in MS Word?
It would definitely be to your advantage to back that file up once in awhile, don't you think? After all, if you have a lot of entries, it's faster to back it up than to recreate it, if you would happen to run into system problems later on.
Or, if it's a dictionary you're looking to transfer from one computer to another, the same information comes into play.
If you locate the dictionary file(s) in your old system, it's just a quick copy to the correct location in the new system and voila! Your custom dictionary transfers and there's no recreating from scratch.
So, it's just a matter of knowing what the custom dictionary is called, locating the file and either backing it up to another storage location or copying it to its new home. Okay, let's get down to business!
Your default custom dictionary is called CUSTOM.dic and now, all you need is a push in the right direction for locating the file. (Any additional custom dictionaries you've created have the .dic file extension as well).
With my older version of Word, I found my custom dictionary along with all my others at: C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Application Data\Microsoft\Proof.
For Word 2007, I found my custom dictionary at: C:\Users\April\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\UProof.
If that doesn't seem to match your system, try to search for files with the .dic extension or a name of CUSTOM.
At any rate, once you have the file(s) located, you're ready to back it up, move it or whatever your heart desires!
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FREE Music - Yours For The Takin'!!
Easy To Use Software Creates Amazing MP3 From Internet Radio!
Grab Hundreds Of Songs Per Hour!
You May Never Pay For Another MP3!
OK, we knew this was going to be big when we first mentioned it last week, but the sales for this are though the roof! Considering what you get, I can see why! This program can literally save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars! You've gotta check this out - and join the hundreds who are already downloading even as you read this!
First off, I think this is the most exciting software I think we've ever offered! It's called Skwid and once you get past the odd name, you're gonna be absolutely blown away at what this software does! This is going to be HUGE!
You love music right? Well, wouldn't it be great if there was a way to legally get all the songs you ever wanted - for free? With this software - you can! Interested? I thought so!
This amazing software lets you record internet radio and turns the tracks into high-quality MP3s for use on your MP3 player, iPod, Computer, CDs, whatever!! You can get thousands of songs - and they won't cost you a cent! You may never buy another MP3! WOW!
Here's how it works - You can search for the type of music you enjoy, or pick from a list. There a HUGE variety - 23 main genres, but with all the "sub-genres" I counted over 200 different types of music you can choose from, so you're bound to find all the types of music you enjoy! From there, just hit the record button! You can have it record tracks form just one station, do dozens of stations at once, or just pick your favorites! TONS of options!
I had mine set to record from 20 stations simultaneously and WOW! I had a whoppin' 38 songs in 15 minutes! Is that amazing or what? I had to sort though and decide which ones to keep, but you gotta admit, that's pretty cool! What an amazing program!
PLUS this thing is loaded down with radio stations too! We're talking 2600+ internet radio stations at your fingertips - and more are added all the time!
PLUS - This software actually allows you to add your own stations! That's right - if you listen to internet radio and your station isn't listed, you can add it to this program! Now that's cool!You'll never run out of songs to record, that's for sure! I think I'm going to find my favorite 10 or 20 stations and record from those. Heck, you can even use this just to listen to internet radio if you like! (I'm listening to it as I type this!)
Oh, and here's the kicker! Not only can this record internet radio stations - it can record ANYTHING coming through your computer's sound card! Wow - think about that for a minute! If you have a favorite song you just have to get, simply find it online, play it, and hit Record with this program! This would work great if a new song came out and the video to the song was online - just watch the video and record! You'd have the song on your MP3 player before it was even available in stores! Now that's serious power! WOW!
So, what do you do with all these songs after you sort 'em out? Well, once you record them just import them to your favorite MP3 software (or right to your player) - or iPod users can import them into iTunes and use with your iPod! How cool is that?
Plus, since these are just standard MP3s, you can also play them on Windows Media player with zero problems - even send them to CDs or your MP3 player right from Windows Media Player - EZ!!!!!! That's right - you don't even need an MP3 player to enjoy these free songs!
What about the quality? I've been pleasantly surprised - and really happy with it! The songs sound great and most of the time you even get the artist name! PLUS in many cases, the radio stations are broadcasting in 128 bit format - the same quality you normally get when you buy MP3s!
What's that? You already have a huge CD collection you wish was in MP3 format? Yup, you guessed - This can convert your CDs to MP3s too! Just pop in the CD, and select the songs you want to convert - then click the Convert button! It's that easy! A few mouse click and all your favorite CD songs are now MP3s! WOW!!
BONUS! In addition to all the great audio recording features, this can also take your personal video files and convert them so they work on your iPod! What a great way to show off your videos!
Finally, we're trying something new with this one - it's a download! That's right - we worked out a deal with the publisher, so you don't have to wait to get this amazing program in the mail! Now, this is our first time doing a download only run like this, but we should be able to get your code to you within 48 hours - beats waiting for the mailman!
Your cost? You're not going to believe this - just $9.97! Is that amazing or what? Most of the time, MP3 music is about a buck a song, so figure this will pay for itself after it finds you just 17 great songs! I had that many "keepers" in less than a half hour! Give it a try, you'll be glad you did!
PS - This is going to be huge, no doubt about it! The sooner you order, the faster we can get your code to you!
Kodak 1 GB SD Cards - Just $6.88!!
1 Whoppin' GB Of Storage Dirt Cheap!
That's 300 Photos On A 7 MP Camera! WOW!
Yup, you read that price right - that $6.88 isn't a typo!!! We got an absolutely amazing deal on these Kodak 1GB SD Cards and we're passing the savings on to you!
You know how it is - you're at an exciting party or event, and next thing you know, you're digital camera is flashing "Memory Full" and you're fun is over! Don't let that EVER plague your happiness again! With this huge 1GB Kodak card, not only can you get a whoppin' 300 photos per card (based on a 7 MP camera), but you can afford to buy as many extra cards as you need! You know the number 1 rule of memory - get DOUBLE or TRIPLE what you think you'll need! Although, with as many photos as you can stick on one of these little cards, you may be saying good-bye forever to the panicky "card-switching" game!
PLUS these fantastic little cards work in ANY digital camera that takes an SD card - no matter who the manufacturer! Heck, these work in ANY device that take SD cards - MP3 players, digital camcorders, hand-held PCs, even many PDAs, GPS units, and cellphones! If it takes an SD card, THIS will work!
What about quality? Glad you asked! These reliable little cards are from Kodak, so you know they're going to be GREAT! Oh, and they even have a handy little "Write Protect" switch on them that keeps you from accidently deleing the data on the card! Flip that switch and you'll never accidently erase an important image!
Your price? Just $6.88 and US Shipping is FREE! Talk about a deal! It's only for today, so RUN to the site and get 'em while you can!
PS - This price is scheduled to increase to $14.97 first thing tomorrow! Don't miss your chance!
Hide That Pointer
So, tell me, when you're typing something out, does your mouse pointer ever get in your way? You know, sometimes it hovers over the words you're typing and it's hard to read what you've written. I don't know about you, but that annoys me to no end! Because of that, I always hide my mouse pointer when I'm typing. Think that's something you'd like to do too? Then you've got to read through the tip on our homepage today and learn how to make that happen. It's very easy, I promise!
Do you like to listen to the radio right on your computer? Maybe you're working on something and instead of bringing a radio into your computer room, you just log on to your favorite radio station. Would you like to see what other stations your computer can pick up? Perhaps you're tired of listening to the same thing all the time. In that case, you've got to check out the cool site on our homepage today. It's called Radio Locator and it will help you find exactly what you're looking for in terms of music, news, talk shows, etc. Check it out!
Here's the link you need: http://www.worldstart.com/ Enjoy!
Controlling Windows 7
Microsoft received a lot of feedback from its users in regards to showing plenty of alerts and messages when using different versions of Windows. Because of that, Windows 7 has been designed in such a way that users are able to take control over the messages they want to see. That's right, when you use Windows 7, you're the only one in control. And it's all thanks to the Action Center. Keep reading to learn even more!
Even if you don't change a thing, you'll still see fewer notifications and icons on your screen, because the Action Center consolidates alerts from 10 Windows features, including the Security Center and Windows Defender.
Rather than popping up with a message in the lower right hand corner of your screen, if Windows 7 needs your attention, you'll see an Action Center icon and you can then find out more by clicking on it. If you don't have time to look at the alert immediately, the Action Center will keep the information for you to address later.
That's it. Just another great feature coming to you soon in the new Windows 7 operating system. Enjoy!
~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami
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Avoiding Camera Shake
Do you have trouble with your camera shaking when you're taking pictures? Well, never fear, because I'm here to help! Simply follow the six options below for avoiding camera shake and in no time at all, you'll be taking crisp images like a pro. Let's check them out!
You can create your own tripod by resting your elbow on your knee when you're in a seated position. You can also bring your other elbow in for even more support. Or, you could try using a cam pod when a tripod seems awkward or cumbersome to use.
Simply get a beanbag and put your camera on it. Beanbags are especially handy when you're doing street photography and traveling light. They really can be used in several different ways when you're trying to avoid camera shake.
Another technique is to shoot in burst mode and take three to eight shots. That increases the chance of getting a stable shot that looks nice as well.
Wrap the camera strap around your hand a few times to keep the camera close and tight to your head. Also, be aware of your breathing. It's best to shoot while you’re exhaling rather than inhaling, because your body tends to be more still when exhaling.
Get the Hold Right
Take a medium sized tripod, attach your camera to it, fix it in the position as if you're taking a vertical shot, lock it in place, fold up your tripod with your camera still attached and hold it in the sniper position with the tripod over your opposite arm. You can also use a monopod to do this. It works best when working on steady shots that require you to move around a lot. Sometimes just setting up a tripod doesn’t work, because when you need to move, there isn’t much time to readjust your tripod.
Go faster! Set your camera to A/TV and crank it to double the focal length. For example, if you're shooting with a 100mm lens, set your shutter speed to 1/250 and use your exposure compensation if it’s darker than you'd like. You can also shoot in RAW/NEF mode and non-destructively adjust the exposure.
Holding your elbows firmly against your sides, taking a shoulder-width stance and holding the viewfinder right up against your eye is a good way to steady the camera.
You can always use your friend’s shoulder as a very flexible and adjustable tripod.
You could create a cradle for the lens between your shoulder and your wrist. You could stabilize the hold by balancing your elbow on your knee. By holding the body of the camera with your right hand and gripping the lens firmly with your left, you can take clear photos at 1/25, with a 50mm lens on a 1.6 crop body.
If the previous tip doesn’t work for you, lie down on the ground, holding your breath or leaning up against a tree. You could lie flat and let the lens sit directly on the ground or place your hand flat against the ground and balance the lens on top of it to give yourself some height.
This involves hand-holding the camera with the strap wrapped around your arm just above the elbow. Then you wrap it around the outside of your wrist and pull it tight. The bottom line though is that it's very effective regardless of which lens you're using.
Add More Weight
Another way to reduce camera shake is to increase the weight of the camera. So, it’s better to use a light weight camera with a heavy battery grip.
Keep experimenting with your grip. One grip that works decently is to hold the grip of the camera in your fist, like a roll of quarters, and trigger it with your thumb. That has the effect of letting you get good pressure on the grip. The pressure is good as it has the effect of locking the wrist and stabilizing your joints.
If none of those methods work for you, try this simple one. Put your camera on a steady surface, such as a table. Lean yourself against a wall and get closer to your subject. The less you have to zoom, the less your lens will shake. Have a small tripod attached to the camera. Even pressing that against your stomach or chest will stabilize the camera nicely. Some find it's more effective to train themselves to breathe slower as well. Jogging, swimming, cycling, yoga and other kinds of aerobic exercises should be able to help you breathe slower. You also need to remember your body language. Dig your arms in, stand with your feet apart and exhale before clicking. Happy shooting!
~ Zahid H. Javali
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I was looking for a great Web site to help me create some flashcards for school and I was really pleased by what I found here at Flashcard Exchange. Not only do they cover a multitude of subjects, but the site is also available in many languages!
I'm starting you out on the Introduction page, because you'll find out exactly what the site is all about, what you can find here and how to best use what you find. It also includes a link to their Help section, just in case you have questions that weren't answered here.
Should you decide that this is something you can use, you’ll want to register for an account. Make sure you select the free membership, because it allows you to create unlimited flash cards, share those flash cards, as well as, study online and play the Memory game.
You’ll need a working e-mail address to register and a password. You’ll receive a confirmation e-mail and you’ll need to follow the instructions in the e-mail in order to be fully registered.
If you click on the Flashcard Exchange banner in the top left corner of the page, you'll find a listing of flashcard topics. Choose any of the topics to check out a flashcard set.
You’ll want to use the menu above the card that loads. Your options are: Study, Print, List Cards, Export and Play Memory. As a free user, you can use Study, List and Play Memory.
My favorite is Study. That allows you to play the flashcards for the topic you’ve selected as a slideshow. Then, after studying, you can play with the same set of cards in the Memory game.
This Web site is a great study resource and I really hope you enjoy it!
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