Sunday, January 18, 2009

Computer Tips [ Fix CD Scratches + Cool Trick Makes Mousing Easier + Automatic Folders + E-mail Help ] 01/19/09

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

Quick Tips

Fix Those CD Scratches

If you have a large CD (or DVD) collection, I'm willing to bet that at least one of them is scratched at this very moment as we speak. You may not know it (because I'm sure you don't have time to take each CD out and look at it everyday to make sure it's not scratched), but it does happen from time to time. Yes, CDs are very durable, but it's also hard to prevent it sometimes.

So, you're probably wondering now if there's a way that you can easily fix those scratches, right? Well, of course there is! (If there wasn't, I wouldn't be doing this tip!) Now, there are special CD repair kits available, but before you go out and buy something, try fixing it yourself first. The number one best thing to try is a good cleaning. You can run warm water or rubbing alcohol over the CD to clean it. When you're done, just shake the excess liquid off and be sure to let the CD air dry.

If that doesn't work, you may want to try polishing the CD. Polishing can sometimes repair a scratch by making it more shallow. The best thing to use is, believe it or not, toothpaste (especially toothpaste with baking soda). Just apply a small amount to a piece of cloth and gently polish the whole CD. You can then rinse the disc with warm water and let it dry. Another common fix is to just burn a copy of the CD to make a brand new one. Your software may be able to read the CD well enough to make a good copy. Whatever you do to fix your scratched CDs, you now know that you have a lot of options and if you ask me, options are good!

~ Erin


Get Some Yahoo! Help

Are you having trouble with your Yahoo! e-mail account? Maybe you're having a problem reading your messages or perhaps you can't send an e-mail out. Whatever it is, I'm sure it's interfering with your e-mail time and we just can't have that! So, if you've run out of other options in seeking help, allow me to give you the best one of all: Ask Yahoo!

Yes, that's right, you can actually ask the Yahoo! team to help you with your e-mail troubles. To do that, log in to your Yahoo! e-mail account and in the very top right hand corner, click on the Help link. Next, scroll down and click on the Contact Us link. Once you get to that page, there are three options you can choose from to receive help. You can either view the help pages, contact their customer support or ask other Yahoo! users. I suggest clicking on the second one (Contact Customer Care - reply needed), because you can get help from a Yahoo! expert directly.

So, go ahead and click on that link. From there, click on the link that describes your e-mail problem the best. There's basic help, assistance with mail errors and problems and there's mail abuse help. The most common would be the second choice, so go ahead and click on the Yahoo! Mail Errors and Problems Form link. You then need to fill in the form provided so that they can pinpoint what might be causing your e-mail problem. When you're done, click on the Send button and it will be sent to Yahoo! Since you requested a reply, you should hear back from someone within a day or two. Just be patient though, because they do get a lot of questions everyday and it takes time to wade through them all. But when they do get back with you, you should be able to solve your e-mail mystery and be on your way!

~ Erin

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Don't stop now! Keep reading to learn how you can snap to using your keyboard just a little bit more than your mouse, find out how you can make the To-Do Bar yours in MS Outlook 2007 and learn how you can get Windows Vista to open your favorite folders automatically. Also, find out how you can change your e-mail display name with today's video tip and of course, don't miss out on Amanda's Cool Site of the Day. Enjoy!


OH, Yeah - The Coolest 4 Port USB Hub You've Ever Seen!

Brilliant "Octopus" Design!

You'll Never Use A "Regular" Hub Again!!

On Sale Today ONLY!

Special Note - This was such an amazing hit yesterday in our Software Deals newsletter, I decided to yank what I had planned today and leave this on sale another day! You've got to check this one out - you'll never go back to a normal hub, that's for sure!

Sick of unplugging your hardware just to use a the USB Port? Even more sick of having to crawl around to the back of your computer and playing contortionist to find the free USB port? Well, have I got the cure to all your hardware sickness! This 4 USB 2.0 Hub!!!

Oh, but the big deal with this is the absolutely brilliant octopus-like arms that make plugging in your devices soooo much easier than a normal hub! I mean, you know how it goes - it's a huge hassle to pop a USB plug into a tiny, crowded port. We've all been there - adjusting, jiggling, flipping and pushing the plug just trying to get the stupid thing in.

Well, these arms make it so easy to plug in your USB devices you may find yourself buying computer accessories just so you can use it :-) Yup, finally a way to plug in your USB devices without the hassle! Just grab a free plug, turn it anyway you like, and pop your plug in! It doesn't sound like much, but let me tell ya, once you try it, you'll be hooked! I have one plugged into the front of my computer right now, and anyone who tries to "borrow" it is in for a serious hand-slappin'!!!

Oh, and it's more than just a pretty face too! It provides 4 hi-speed (2.0) USB Ports in a small compact size! This hub takes up almost zero space since it's mostly just cords! It will free up gobs of space your desktop! This guy is so small, that it could easily fit in your pocket!!! Really! You can take it anywhere, making it ideal for both notebook or desktop computers!!! (I can't wait to take this on the road)

Even Better- it even has 100% hot-swappable protection. What does this mean? Hot-swappable means that you can simply plug in your device when you need it, then yank it out when you're done. You don't need to take the time to formally eject it or have to worry about the stuff you have plugged in!!!! Cool :-)

Your price? Get this!! The coolest UBS hub on the planet can be yours today for just $12.97 and US Shipping is Free. I know, hard to believe you can get this much innovation for that kind of money! Run to the site before they sell out (Or before I decide just to keep them all for myself) Check it OUT:

PS: Yup, I love this hub!!! And I am sure you will too! Order one today, this deal is just too good to pass up- You'll be kicking yourself if you wait till tomorrow when the price will increase to $18.97!

Check Out This Poker Chip Flash Drive! Dane Elec 2GB Poker Chip USB Flash Drive

YES - That Really Is A Flash Drive!

2GB USB 2.0 Poker Chip!

Get Ready For "Ohhs" and "Ahhs" From Friends!

Lowest Price Ever - Just $9.97!

Isn't this just about the coolest idea you've ever seen for a flash drive? This incredibly fun USB 2.0 flash drive really is shaped like a poker chip! I know you're gonna love this one - get ready to get greeted by, "Ohhs, Ahhs, "Whows" and the occasional "Wow, that's soooo cool" each time you pull it out! People absolutely LOVE these things!

When these first came in, none of our staff could resist playing with them! They look and feel just like a real poker chip - get this - the blue area is actually rubber! Very cool!

Plus, not only do they look awesome, they hold just gobs and gobs of data! These tiny little drives are a gigantic 2 GB in size - who knew you could put so much info in a poker chip?? Seriously, we're talking 3 CDs worth of data here! Heck, you could put about 350 large photos (or 1000+ smaller ones) on it, or around 500 MP3 songs, or thousands of Word Docs! 

Sure, it stores a TON, but check out how clever this is! When you don't need it as a flash drive, it sits quietly in your pocket, pretending to be a quarter or something. When it's time to work, the USB drive just pulls out of the chip - then just plug it in like ANY other USB drive! No drives, no install, no messin' around! Plus the small size of the actually drive makes it easy to plug into those hard to reach USB ports! Brilliant idea!!!

You know what's the best part? These are waayyy easier to carry around than a regular flash drive. I have one and it's just like having some change (or even a poker chip) in your pocket! Plus, if you're a spy, you can use it to transport top secret data since it just looks like an innocent little poker chip (hey, I just watched Get Smart and James Bond - what did you expect?;-).

Dane Elec 2GB Poker Chip USB Flash Drive

All kidding aside, you gotta grab one of these! They are really cool and you'll get to make all your friends jealous :-) Most fun $9.97 (and FREE US shipping) can ever bring in a flash drive! Give it a try!

PS - As usual, quantities are limited, so make sure you get to the site before these sell out! If you miss out, you'll be overwhelmed with sorrow every time you gaze at a poker chip!! Don't let that happen! RUN to the site now!

Special Notice From Steve - Only a few of these available, but WOW - you've gotta try this! I have one of these hooked up to my two computers at home. I turn both computers on, and with a quick push of a button, I instantly zip from one to the other - using the same keyboard, mouse, and monitor! If you've never used one, you'll find yourself unable to resist pushing that button at first - it's really cool! If you have an extra computer sitting around (or even a laptop), give this a try!

"OH WOW! These Are SOOO Cool!"

Have An Extra Computer Laying Around? 2-Port USB 2.0 KVM Switch w/2 Cable Sets

Get Some More Life From It!

Awesome KVM Switch Makes It Easy!

Control TWO Computers With Just:
One Mouse, Monitor, And Keyboard!

OK, you know how it goes. You get a new computer and your old computer gets shuffled to your closet (poor little guy). You hate to toss it to the corner, but at the same time, there's no space to have two complete computer systems sitting around the house. Well, what if I told you that you're just a cool gadget away from putting that old computer back to use? Get ready to get excited!

We have a few of these fantastic USB KVM Switches available today at a knockout price. What's a KVM switch? Glad you asked! 

KVM stands for Keyboard, Video, and Mouse - but here's what ya do with 'em and why you'll really want one. You start by plugging your monitor, USB keyboard, and mouse into the KVM switch - easy enough. Now, simply plug the KVM switch into your two computers with the included cables (USB and Monitor). So, when it's all done, you can run TWO computers with the same keyboard, mouse, and monitor! Just press a button to switch back and forth! Just wait till you try it!

Setup is really fast, so in a few minutes you'll have use of your old computer using your existing monitor, mouse and keyboard! I have this exact switch plugged into my system and now I'm using my old computer all the time! I've decided the old computer is for business stuff and the new, more powerful computer is now dedicated to my photos and graphics work! I just push the button to jump between them!

Oh, if you have a laptop and desktop computer this is just killer! Hook your laptop up to it and switch back and forth with the push of a button! 

Why let that old computer collect dust in your closet? Put it back to work with one of these handy switches! Just $22.97 and US shipping is FREE! For that kind of money, it's crazy to let your old computer collect dust bunnies! Hurry, quantities are limited!

Computers 101

I feel like I use my mouse too often and I was just wondering if there was an easy way I could cut back. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks for all your help!

I know exactly what you mean! I often feel like I use my mouse too often too. It just becomes so redundant going back and forth between my keyboard and mouse. By the end of the day, my poor little arm is tired out! I'm sure you and I aren't the only ones who feel that way either. So, if you feel like you use your mouse too much, keep reading for a simple cure. I promise you're going to love this one!

Now, before I go any further, I want to make it perfectly clear that I'm not trying to push keyboard shortcuts on you, because I know those can be hard to learn and remember. I'm talking about all the times you use your mouse for the most common tasks on your computer. For example, any time you change a setting on your PC, you have to press OK for it to take effect, right? Isn't it a little repetitive to have to press that button every single time? Wouldn't it be nice if your mouse would automatically do it for you?

Well, it's possible and here's how! You just have to enable the "snap to" feature for your mouse. To do so, go to Start, Control Panel and click on the Printers and Other Hardware link. Choose the Mouse link and then click on the Pointer Options tab. The second choice there is Snap To. Checkmark that box and click OK.

So, from now on, your mouse pointer will automatically move to the default button in any dialogue box. Every time you're doing something on your computer, the mouse pointer will take care of the finishing touches for you and you won't have to worry about moving your hand back over to your mouse. This feature also helps to eliminate wrist injuries, such as carpal tunnel, because you don't have to use your mouse quite so much. And let's be honest, who can argue with that?!

Now, go on and snap to it, my friends!

~ Erin

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MS Office

Making the To-Do Bar Yours

I don't know about you, but I really like the To-Do Bar in MS Outlook 2007 (it's on the right side of the Outlook 2007 program window).

I find I'm constantly using the Task List to see what's due and to see what's coming up in the near future.

At any rate, if you've grown attached to the To-Do Bar, but wish maybe one section wasn't displayed or you could see more than one month at a time, you may be happy to know that there are some options for you!

To see exactly what you can change, you need the View menu, To-Do Bar submenu, Options choice.

When the To-Do Bar Options dialogue window opens, you'll see three settings, because there are three sections on your To-Do Bar.

Let's begin by saying you can remove any of the three parts by unchecking it in this window.

Beyond that, you can also control how many months of the calendar should be displayed and how many appointments you want to be listed.

Check, uncheck and set the quantities as you like and then click on the OK button.

You'll instantly find that your To-Do Bar has been updated to reflect your requests.

At this point, we must discuss what might be an unexpected outcome. If you choose to show multiple months of the calendar, the calendar will take up more space. Outlook will then redistribute what space is left and you may find yourself with a vertical scroll bar in one of the other areas.

You get the idea. Space is limited to the size of your monitor and Outlook will accommodate your choices, but you may find you can't actually see everything at once. It could take some scroll work to get to all of it.

I'd say that's a small price to pay for such convenient information though, wouldn't you?!

~ April

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More Cool Stuff

WOW! Make Your Computer Run Like New (Maybe BETTER)!

Amazing Software Makes Windows Run Up To 300% Faster!

It's The Absolute BEST $8.97 You'll Ever Spend On Your PC!

You're Computer Will Be Smokin' Fast!

Customize, Tweak, Secure, Optimize, And Make 'Er FLY!!

OK, these are STILL going like crazy! Thank YOU to the 1000+ who have ordered! If you don't have it yet, you;re missing out big time! Just wait till you check out this mind-blowing deal on System Mechanic 7

It's by far, the very best program I've ever seen for getting the most out of Windows! You'll be blown away at what this does to your PC - You'll think you got a new computer! I tell ya, personally, I think this is just outstanding! I've seen a ton of software, but the improvements this makes is really nothing short of amazing! It optimizes Windows to be the way it SHOULD have been when you purchased it! Read on - and get ready to be really - and I mean REALLY - impressed!

First, I'm seriously impressed at just how easy this software makes it to really get your computer crankin'! I mean, I don't think there's anything on your computer this can't tweak and optimize!

To test, I installed it on my personal machine and it did a quick scan, and then it scared the poop outta me! it came up with a serious warning about a few security problems and gave me some really helpful speed improvement suggestions. Now here's the cool part - With just a couple mouse clicks, I'm now enjoying a MUCH faster -and much more secure - computer! And I honestly thought I was as tweaked out as I could be! Not even close - this was incredible - and all automatic!

What can it do for you? Let's talk speed - this takes your slow PC and turns it into a Ferrari - you'll think your computer is new again (maybe better than new)! It'll be just flying through programs and impressing the livin' daylights out of ya! This has a whopping 19 different ways to crank up the speed on your machine! In fact, many systems see an absolutely incredible 300% improvement after just some automatic adjusting by this program! WOW - that's worth $8.97 in anyone's book!

Want to surf the internet at up to 300% faster? Oh, man, this can help! Windows isn't necessarily optimized for the fastest connection out of the box, but this program can grab your settings and squeeze out the speed - you'll surf the internet like crazy! Who wouldn't want to surf up to 300% faster?!!? Heck, it even has a speed tool to measure how faster you connection speed is! Just fantastic!

Want more? - Sure ya do! Another thing this does that I'm in absolute love with is it lets you customize over 100 "secret" Windows settings! Stuff that you always wish Windows would let you adjust but there isn't really any direct way to do it. This makes it point-and-click easy!! You can: Optimize the way Windows' Start Menu behaves, speed up networking performance, log in automatically, edit your computer registration data, change multimedia behavior, improve pagefile security, customize explorer's context menus, edit advanced administration options, and much more!!

Oh, and just wait till you point your mouse at the Automatic System Maintenance section! I just love this! This part of the program will watch in the background and wait till the system is idle. As soon as you're not using the computer, it will work in the background tuning your computer for absolute peak performance! Here's the really cool part - just touch your mouse, and it stops what it's doing and gives the system back to you! Really! If you've ever been slowed down by a stubborn anti-virus that insisted on scanning while you were working, you know just how cool this is! Oh, and it even lets you pick and choose what optimizations to run!

Another automatic feature I think is just brilliant is the "One-Click" option! It's just what it sounds like - just click the button and System Mechanic runs all of its system enhancement programs and cranks your system up to the next level! Just a button push away! It makes it easy for EVERYONE to have a smokin' system!

Of course, no utility suite would be complete without some killer security tools - and this has the best! This program will quickly scan your system and help you find all the holes - then just plug them with a mouse click! I was really surprised when it found not one, not two, but THREE major holes on my personal PC! I clicked the mouse and the world was safe again!

Oh, and that's not all! This also includes both a world-class Anti-Virus (one of the easiest, most comprehensive AVs I've ever used) and a really top-notch Firewall! Either one retails for more than we're selling the entire suite for! WOW!

PLUS - it destroys spyware, adware, malware and more. OK, put it this way - if it was made to attack your system, this is going to seek it out and destroy it like a battalion of ticked off Marines!

OK, all that's great, but what if your PC is really messed up - like it won't boot? This software can handle that too! Just pop in a recovery CD and System Mechanic will examine your system and get your computer running right again! If you've ever had that sick "why isn't my computer booting" feeling, you can appreciate how great this will be next time it happens!

One more thing and I'll try to stop! System Mechanic is just fanatical about grabbing up wasted space on your hard drive! This just blew me away when it found a whopping 1.5 GIG of wasted hard drive space! Geeze - I've had whole hard drives that were smaller than that! This made grabbing that space back a mouse click away! I tell ya - you just can't go wrong here!

OK - can ya tell I'm impressed? There's actually a LOT more this can do, but I don't want to write a book on it (OK, maybe I've already come close)! I'm currently running this software and couldn't be happier with it. My system is definitely faster than before it was installed and I just love the performance increase! If you only buy one software program this year - GRAB THIS!

Your price? Get this - just $8.97 and US shipping is FREE! AND - this is a 3 license pack too! WOW!!! We've never had it this cheap!!! When you think of all this can do, for $8.97, it's the biggest no-brainer in software history! Check it out:

PS - Seriously, after just using this for a short time, I wouldn't be without it. If WorldStart wasn't carrying it, I'd happily pay the $70 for it somewhere else - it really is that good! PLEASE - take a look at this one, I've NEVER seen a better, more complete utility program! Blows everything else right out of the water!!

PS - The price will increase to $18.97 very soon (probably like, tomorrow)!

Low Battery Alarm

Do you use a laptop for most of your computing needs? Do you often use it in wireless mode without your power cord? Yes, it's very convenient to use it that way, because you can take your laptop around with you, but what if your battery starts to run low? Do you always realize your battery's low or does your laptop usually turn itself off, because it's too late? Well, it doesn't have to be like that anymore! In fact, there's an alarm you can set on your laptop that will tell you exactly when your battery starts to run down. Want to know how to set that up for yourself? Then you've got to check out the tip on our homepage today. It's all right there!

Find Your Spot

So, tell me, are you in between jobs right now? Are you thinking about moving to a new city? Are you getting ready to retire and you're having a little trouble deciding where you should go? If you answered yes to any of those questions, I've got a Web site that can help you figure everything out! It's called Find Your Spot and with just a short quiz, it will give you some suggestions on where you should live, work and even retire. It's so much fun and who knows, it might even help make your decision a little easier. It's the cool site featured on our homepage today, so be sure to check it out!

Here's the link you need: Enjoy!

Tip of the Day

Restoring Previously Opened Folders

Do you have a list of folders you access regularly? You know, the same ones you open every time you start up your computer. If so, you can set up your computer so that those folders are opened automatically each time you boot up the Windows Vista operating system. Let's check it out!

Here's what you need to do to make that happen:

1.) First, open Windows Explorer.

2.) Next, select Organize from the toolbar at the top of the window.

3.) Click on Folder and Search Options and the following window will open up on your screen:

4.) Now, click on the View tab.

5.) Check the option that says “Restore previous folder windows on log on."

6.) Click Apply and then OK.

Now, when you log off, restart or shut down your Vista computer, it will automatically open the previously opened folders. It's the perfect way to save yourself some time and energy. Give it a try today!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami

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Today's Feature

E-mail Display Name - Video Tip

Have you ever noticed that when you send out e-mails, there's a display name there for you? It's the name your recipients see when your e-mails arrive in their Inbox. Well, if you have an odd name there, your friends and family members may not know who's sending them messages. They may even be a little weary of it and delete it without ever knowing it was actually you. So, what should you do? Well, you should start by changing your e-mail display name. Just click on this link to get started:

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Amanda's Coolsite


I'm addicted to Web sites like this one, where you randomly stumble upon things. So, I’m pleased to be bringing you a QuoteStumbler, which is filled with quotes galore!

When the screen loads, you’ll see a random quote. To get another quote, simply click on the Refresh button in your Web browser.

If you’d like to find quotes on a specific topic, click on the Find a Quote link at the top of the page. That will pop up a little window where you can type in a name or some text and they’ll see what they can find for you.

I’m truly in love with this site! There are so many good quotes here and I hope you’ll enjoy discovering them as much as I did. Check it out!

~ Amanda

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January Wallpaper

Here's January's wallpaper. It's all free, so enjoy!

Yellowstone Falls

This was shot just before sunrise at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. This amazing falls is always a treat to see and I was early enough, I had the place to myself!

Simple Flower

I don't know about you, but I needed a break from all the snow and ice, so I found this and decided to put a little green into January! Shot last spring in the Smoky Mountains; a Trillium, I think.

Rock and Ice

This abstract looking shot is of thick ice that had formed on some reddish rock in the Smoky Mountains last spring. So, if you want a cold theme for your desktop, this should do it!

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