Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Computer Tips [ 9 Ways To Ruin CDs + Download - Photos Have Never Been So Fun + Fast Printing Trick + Make Your Own Podcast ] 02/26/09

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

Quick Tips

EZ Printing

Need to print a recently used document? Don't waste the next 2 minutes of your life opening up Word, Excel, Notepad etc, then digging around for the document, finally opening it up, hitting the print button, and dealing with any dialog boxes that may pop up. I have a faster way you're gonna love! Try this:

Click the Start button, My Recent Documents. Right-click the document you want and select Print from the resulting menu. The document's application will run, open the document, then print it for you with the default printer. Windows is even thoughtful enough to close the application for you too - and it's all blissfully automatic.

If you don't see the document you want to print listed in the My Recent Documents menu, hope is not lost. Just head to the location on your hard drive where it lives (probably under your My Documents folder), find it, and give it the right-click treatment described above. This little tricks works for pretty much any document anywhere on your computer. Give it a try :-)


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You can't stop now! There's so much more to read about. Keep going to learn all about why you might be having some CD burning issues, find out how you can drag your notes in MS Outlook and learn how you can create your very own podcast. Also, be sure to check out this week's awesome download thanks to Gary and as always, don't miss out on Amanda's Cool Site of the Day!


WOW! You Gotta See THIS!!

Turn Your Car's Cigarette Lighter Into An Electric Plug - Just Like Home!

Produces 110V AC Power! Great For:

Plugging In Your Laptop
Charging Your Cell Phone (with its wall charger)
Running A Video Game Console (Works GREAT, BTW)
Running A Printer!
Charging Batteries
Even Running A Small TV!

Give THIS A Try!! Amazing!

WOW - We landed an incredible deal on an AWESOME 75 Watt Power Inverter! What the heck is a "power inverter" you ask?

Basically, a power inverter is a device that plugs into your car's cigarette lighter and converts the 12V DC power supply into 110/120V AC power supply. In short, this unit gives you a household AC plug that you can use in your car! Basically, you can use this great little gadget to power all kinds of devices. Everyone I've talked to has come up with several uses for it (then promptly bought one :-)

Think about the possibilities - you could use this for charging laptops, DVD players, small TVs, video game consoles, and cell phones! This power inverter is a valuable accessory for both long and short trips alike. Heck, it would even be handy for recharging batteries (been there, done that - camera, iPod, MP3, etc.) - I can't think of anything you wouldn't be able to use with this!

I've had an inverter for several years, I can't imagine hitting the road without one! I've been on several cross country trips in over the last year and this is one accessory that's always plugged into my cigarette lighter! I use it constantly!

This Power Inverter also features low-voltage thermal overload protection to protect against short circuiting, overheating, and overload and can be positioned several ways to better fit different car designs. I can't find one thing I don't just love about this item! It's absolutely fantastic! Oh ya - it's also really lightweight (about 1/2 lb.) and really compact so it's easy to store when not in use or to move from one vehicle to another!

Your price on this is incredible - just $15.97 and US shipping is FREE! Power inverters are normally on the expensive side - most go for $50-$90, so this is an outstanding buy.

PS - OK, here's the deal. This is actually the second time we've tried to run these! First time, our supplier got them in, and they were swooped up before we had a chance to order! We got some this time, but these are VERY popular! We are trying to get more, but right now we have less than 100 to go around! You gotta hurry to get in on this one!

Special Note From Steve - Back By Popular Demand! This is one of those titles that everyone seems to be grabbing! If you're using Vista - or if you're going to be - you've just gotta grab a copy of the title below! Seriously, this is the absolute best way I've ever seen for anyone to learn Vista! We've sold thousands so far and they just won't stop flyin' out the door. Give it a try - for the money, you just can't go wrong. Check it out - you'll see why everyone is so excited about this one!

YES! YOU Can Be A Windows Vista Pro!

Try It For A Few Hours -You'll Be Stunned!

Brilliant Audio & Video Presentations Teach You Everything!

Interactive Simulations Let You Virtually "Try" Techniques Safely!

Hey - Are you a Widows Vista user? Are you going to be? Maybe just thinking about an upgrade? If so, you've just got to try the program that took me from newbie to pro in no time! It's called Professor Teaches Windows Vista and it makes learning Windows Vista a snap!

If you're tired and frustrated with Vista, you're not alone! It's really a great system, but it's juuusssst different enough from previous versions of Windows to make you pull-your-hair-out-crazy trying to make it work the way you want! Come on - Why not say goodbye to all the headaches and take control? Professor Teaches Windows Vista is just the ticket out of frustrationville!

First off, this software uses over 150 absolutely fantastic multimedia presentations to show you how all the new features work - in every version of Vista! You'll really love how easy these terrific presentations are to follow and watch! See, you're not just reading a page of text; this uses engaging audio and video to explain exactly how you do something! PLUS I really love that they cover it all for each topic - there's not a single mouse click left out of the presentation! This won't leave you guessing - it'll leave you knowing EXACTLY what to do! It's like having Bill Gates sitting next to you, going over Vista step by step (only this is a little cheaper :-)!

Oh, and then it takes your learning to the next level! OK, you know how most people seem to learn better by "trying it out" on their own? Well, this has an amazing Vista Simulator built in! So, get this - you watch a lesson, then you can actually "try" it - just like you were using Windows, only you're not going to be able to mess anything up! How cool is that? If that's not the smartest way ever to teach Windows, I don't know what is! It's really like having a private computer tutor! Heck, you can even take a quiz at the end of the chapters to test your knowledge!

 Plus, you'll really love the way the presentations progress too- they won't leave you behind scratching your head! You'll start off with the basics, then move on to more advanced topics as you learn. Of course, you can always skip back and review, but let me tell ya, as good as this software is, you probably won't need to! Plus, if you need a quick fix to a problem, you can skip to any topic at any time!

What's covered? HA - What isn't? This thoroughly covers everything you'll ever want to know about Vista! Want a small taste of what you're gonna get on this jam-packed CD? We're talking: setting up internet and e-mail, firewalls, online security, updates, networking, customizing your desktop, troubleshooting problems, disk maintenance, backups, getting remote help, printing, adding / removing programs from startup, intros to everything (desktop, explorer, folders, ect), customizing your start menu, getting the best performance, working with files and folders, using the taskbar, a bunch of great desktop tricks, and more! You're REALLY gonna love it!

Oh, and that's not all - you gotta see this! If you already know how to use XP, this has a special section just for you! It's a "transition" section that takes what you already know about XP and shows you how its now done in Vista! You'll find this is a HUGE time saver and a great way to get your Vista experience on the fast track!

Here's the main categories:

Vista Basics
Using The Desktop
Managing Computer Security
Working With Internet & E-mail
Managing And Maintenance
Working With Files And Folders
Interacting With Other Computers
Personalizing Vista
Print & Media

Whew, it covers a TON and we've only touched the surface here! Seriously, if you're running Windows Vista or are going to be, this is an absolute MUST-HAVE! This makes the transition soooo much easier, it's crazy to fight and struggle along! Give this a try, by the time you're done you'll not only love Vista, you'll be using it like a pro!

Your price? For a limited time we're doing this at just $10.97 for our newsletter readers! That's FREE US Shipping of course, plus if you don't love it, just send it back within 60 days for a refund! Trust me, this is the best way to learn Vista - I've never seen a faster - or easier - way to learn! You'll love it too!

PS - This is a limited quantity deal and the price is only good for a limited time (it'll be $16.97 soon). If you are ever going to be face to face with a Vista computer, this is going to make that experience soooo much better! Crazy not to grab it - I know I'm impressed!

YEAH! They're BACK!! These went over like CRAZY last week! Well, we were able to get a few more so we wanted to give you another chance at 'em! They are an incredible bargain considering what you get! Check out the info below - if you've ever thought about a webcam, this is an excellent way to get your digital feet wet - great quality and the price is unreal! Go on, give it a try - you'll find out why everyone loves these things!

Now THAT'S A Really Sweet Webcam!

Emprex Flexible Neck 350K USB Webcam

Use It To Chat With Friends For FREE - No More Long Distance!

Flexible Neck, LEDs For Low Light, And It Even Takes Snapshots!

Great Quality @ A Dirt Cheap Price!

Know what time it is? It's time to FINALLY get yourself a webcam! We just got an absolutely amazing deal on some incredible Flexible Neck USB Webcams and you're gonna love 'em!

I know, I know, folks who've never used a webcam before are always a bit nervous the first time they plug it in - will it work? Is it hard to setup? What do I do with it? Well, rest easy! Just plug in the webcam and install the easy to use software and you're good to go!

As for what you do with it - have I got an idea for you! We use these routinely with Yahoo's (FREE) Instant Messenger's "Webcam" feature! Just install the software, hook up your webcam, and select Webcam from the Messenger menu! You instantly have a way to "Video Chat" online! 

Oh, and the best thing? Not only are conversations with friends and family 10X better with a webcam, it's all FREE!!! Think about the endlessly expensive long distance calls or all those cell phone minutes that get eaten up every month. Why not grab a webcam for yourself and a friend and give THIS a try instead? Talk about paying for itself!! WOW!

Emprex Flexible Neck 350K USB Webcam

OK, all the above is great - but this camera has a few really ingenious features I just gotta brag about! First, it's on a flexible neck, so getting it to point where you want is a breeze! No more trying to balance it on a monitor or LCD screen! 

Oh, and not only will you be blown away first time you see the quality of the video - this takes it to the next level with built-in lights! It has 3 regular super-bright LEDs AND 3 infrared LEDs! Great for webcamming in low light! The regular LEDs give really help get rid of that horrible toplighting coming from the ceiling and make YOU look better on the other end :) You'll see!

Plus, get this - you can even take still photos too! Just press the button to snap a photo! If you've ever needed just a quick snapshot of someone or something, this makes it super fast and super easy! 

Your cost for all this webcam fun? We're talking just $12.97 and US shipping is FREE! That's not a typo - that's one of the best prices we've ever had on a webcam - and this has the flexible neck, LEDs, and a snapshot feature! Give it a try - you'll love it too!

PS -Yeah, you know how it goes, only a limited quantity available, so make sure you get to the site and order while they're still in stock! 

Computers 101

I keep trying to burn a CD on my computer, but it keeps failing. What could be causing that and is there anything I can do to fix it?

That's a very good question and I've been getting several of the same in the past couple of weeks. Here's the scenario: you get the whole thing set up and you press "Start Burn" (or whatever your burning software has you do) and nothing happens. How frustrating is that?! Well, below are some of the most common reasons why a CD burn fails. Hopefully you'll be able to do some troubleshooting with your software and find out what's causing the problem. Then you'll be able to burn up a storm!

1.) The blank CD you're trying to burn with may have a scratch on it. Even a little dust can cause the burn to fail. Make sure you handle the CD with extreme care when transferring it from its case to your CD ROM drive.

2.) When burning with some programs, the auto insert notification and DMA (direct memory access) come into play. If the software you use has an option for either of those, make sure it's unchecked before you start the burn. You can usually go under the Preferences menu and uncheck the boxes. (You may have to restart your computer after doing so as well). If you don't do that, you may have trouble with lock ups and buffer under run errors, among others.

3.) Depending on the type of media (CDs) you're using, you may have too low of quality to get a successful burn. Non-branded media or no name media is usually referred to as a "B grade," so you'll want to make sure you don't buy that type of writeable CD. If you do have that kind, you'll more than likely run into some writing errors.

4.) Make sure all other programs are closed out before you start the burning process. You can do that by simply hitting Ctrl + Alt + Del. You'll then see a list of all the running programs and you can close them down one by one. That includes your screensaver, virus checkers, uninstallers, etc. All of those will take CPU time away from the writer, causing lock ups and buffer under run errors. The only programs that should be running are your burning software, Explorer and the system tray, if you must.

5.) If you have a power management program set up on your computer to shut down your hard drive every so often, that could be causing the burn to fail. If the power is shut down during the burning process, you'll receive the usual errors and you'll go nowhere.

6.) If you have a compressed hard drive, you may also run into some problems. Compressed hard drives cause the access time to diminish and that can cause errors. If that's your situation, make sure you turn that option around before starting to burn a CD.

7.) If you're having continuous burning trouble, you may have some sort of virus on your system. Make sure you run your virus scan before you start burning. Ensure that you have a clean system to start the process with. Update all your virus definitions, etc. before starting as well.

8.) You may have more than one burning software installed on your computer. If so, that may be causing your problem. Sometimes various programs conflict with each other and when they're not compatible during the burn, they can cause system lock ups. That isn't always the case, but if you're having trouble, you may want to check that one out.

9.) Last, but not least, there are a couple simple things you can do to try and solve your burning problems if nothing else has worked thus far. It's recommended to defrag your system before you start burning. If there's any fragmentation on your hard drive, it can cause slower access time and other errors. You can also try restarting your computer. If yours has been on for a long period of time, sometimes all it needs is a good reboot.

Check out any one of these possibilities to try and fix your CD burning blues. Once you figure out which one is causing the trouble, you'll be on your way to CD burning bliss!

~ Erin

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MS Office

Notes That Are a Drag

Do you use MS Outlook's Notes feature?

If so, do you ever have text in another program that needs to be in a note? What do you do?

Do you copy the text, go to Outlook, open a new note and then paste the text?

That's not a bad idea. It certainly beats retyping all that text.

But wouldn't it be nice to do all that just a little bit faster?

Yeah, I knew you'd agree. After all, who doesn't like to save time?

So, here it goes!

Obviously, you'll need to have Outlook running. (This includes Outlook 2007, so if you're running the new version, keep reading!)

Now, highlight the text that needs to be in the new note.

At this point, it's a matter of a click-hold-and-drag of the highlighted text to the Notes feature in Outlook.

In older versions of Outlook, the Notes icon should look something like this on the Outlook Bar:

In newer versions of Outlook, it's on what is now called the Navigation Pane and you'll find it looks something like this:

If you don't have the program windows side by side (Outlook and the program with the text), simply click-hold-and-drag the mouse pointer over to the Outlook program in the Windows Taskbar. Outlook will take the focus on your screen and you can continue your text drag to the Notes feature.

A new note will then open with your text in it.

Voila! No copying, no pasting. Just a simple drag and drop!

~ April

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More Cool Stuff

WHAT? You're Still PAYING For Music?!?

Jump Off The Crazy Train And Get All The Music You Want FREE!

Easy To Use Software Creates Amazing MP3 From Internet Radio!

Grab Hundreds Of Songs Per Hour!

You May Never Pay For Another MP3!

Our staff is pretty much digital shell-shocked by the number of order for this! It's absolutely FLYING out of here! Hundreds - actually THOUSANDS are getting this and LOVING it! Thank YOU to everyone who ordered so far! You'll LOVE all the free music you're gonna be downloading! If you haven't ordered your copy yet, what are you waiting for? You've just got to try this!

Again, it's called Skwid and, yeah, yeah, we all know it's an oddball name. Once you get over it though, you'll be blown away by what this does! Think about this:

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 huge, no doubt about it! The sooner you order, the faster we can get your code to you!

OK, DANG!!! We tossed these into our Sunday Special, then into this newsletter and they just won't quit! Hundreds and hundreds of orders comin' in, so we decided to go another day for ya! You want 'em, it's a fantastic deal, so here ya go :-)

The Best Greeting Card-Making Software EVER!

Make Hallmark Cards Right From Your Computer!

What A Deal Too!!

WOW! We've featured lots of card-making software, but seriously, who makes cards better than Hallmark? And with Hallmark Card Studio you can make amazing Hallmark Cards right from your own home!!

I don't know how Hallmark keeps out doing themselves again and again!!! Each previous edition of the software has been good- but not this good!!!

So what does this software do?

Basically, this it allows you make Hallmark cards right from your computer. Yes, they are authentic cards with even the "Hallmark" trademark on the back. The program comes with predesigned cards with pictures, graphics, and expressions. All you do is customize it (if you like). If you really want to make your card unique, they even have the ones where you insert your own picture (of course, you do this through your computer so it looks fantastic).

And it is so easy to use!!! By far, I would say this is one of the easiest programs I have ever used! All you have to do is just point and click to create your cards. I was shocked!!! I mean could anything be any easier to use?

Curious about what the finished product will look like once it is printed? Check it out! It was really awesome!



This program includes 10,000 different images, 5400 Hallmark cards, projects, and tons more! This gives you over 1 million ways to create your personalized cards.

Personally, I really like that the cards are "pre-written". It makes it so much easier. I never have to rush through the store again looking for the perfect card. It really has saved me time!!!

Of course, you can replace what they say with what you want to say (or add to it, modify, etc). Plus, people really dig you more custom message and what to know where you found such a personalized card.

Oh, and it's not just limited to the printing out out-dated paper cards (that's so 20th century) - you can also send e-mail greetings complete with animated pictures and sounds!

As if all the above weren't enough, this can also do scrapbooks, calendars, and even has a really good built-in photo editor! WOW!! And just wait till you check out the event planner! Never forget to send another card - this will remind you! How cool is that??

All this probably sounds really expensive!!! Relax!!! Your price is just $6.97 (retail $49.95)! Of course, if you live in the US shipping is FREE! Here's a link with all the info:

Hurry on this one. Last time we sold this program, they flew out the door!!! And remember- the price will increase to $18.97 tomorrow!!!!

Anonymous Files

So, tell me, do you have some files on your computer that are very important and personal to you? You know, they're files you don't want just anyone getting their hands (or eyes) on, because it could put you or others at risk. Well, luckily, there's a very easy way to keep certain files on your computer anonymous. Once you do that, no one but you will know what the files are and no one will be able to find out either. If you'd like to learn how you can protect your files by making them anonymous, all you have to do is check out today's tip on our homepage!

Back to College

Have you been thinking about going back to college lately? Perhaps it's something you never got to finish and you'd really like to go back and complete your degree. Of course, it's fine if you don't want to do that, but it is a huge accomplishment and it means a lot to some people. Well, if you're doing some serious thinking about it, you're going to want to check out the cool site on our homepage today. It's simply called Back to College and it has a lot of tips for anyone who's considering going back to school. It's a must see!

Here's the link you need: Enjoy!

Tip of the Day

Creating Your Very Own Podcast

With the advent of the iPod and other portable MP3 players, listening to podcasts is an essential part of day to day life. Before I show you how to create your very own podcast, let’s first define what a podcast is. The term “podcast” stands for iPod Broadcast. A podcast is an audio file created in the MP3 format that you can download and play on an MP3 player.

People have various reasons to create a podcast, such as if you’re a speaker and want to sell a multi-part audio seminar or you’re a book author and you want to interest people in buying your book by offering a few spoken pages each week to entice them or you’re a teacher and you want to create a short lecture series and so on. Podcasting is not necessarily for making profit. Often times, it's just about self-expression, such as when you make your own music. In this article, I’ll show you how to create your very own podcast. All you have to do is follow the next three steps!


To avoid problems while recording your podcast, you need to ensure the following:

  • Decide what you'll podcast about and name your series. For example, if you're podcasting to teach a course on motivation, "Motivation" can be your title and the podcast should contain short lectures on building motivation.

  • Write the script. Always write the audio script before you start recording your podcast. Otherwise, you may have to re-record many times or edit the MP3 file. Both of those tasks can be frustrating and time consuming.

  • Locate a zero noise recording room. While recording, the last thing you need is a good podcast with background noise coming from a crying child or an ambulance siren. Find a quiet place to do your recording.

  • Buy the right equipment. You'll need a microphone and a computer with a sound card in it. Most computers nowadays come standard with a sound card.

Recording the MP3 Audio File

MP3 is a fancy term for a type of audio file. Another famous type of an audio file is WAV. The Sound Recorder program that comes built in with Microsoft Windows allows you to record files in the WAV format. Since a podcast requires an MP3 audio file, you can't use it for creating a podcast. However, there are conversion software programs that enable you to convert WAV files to an MP3 format. For my example, I'm going to use a free software program called Switch.

You can download and install Switch right here. Here's how to use it:

1.) Connect your microphone to the sound card.

2.) Launch Switch.

3.) Click on the New File icon.

4.) Click OK.

5.) Click on the Record button. At this point, anything you say will be recorded.

6.) Click on the Record button in the Record Control window.

7.) Read from your script.

8.) Click on the Stop button after you’ve completed the recording. Then click on the Close button in the top right hand corner of the Record Control window.

9.) Click on the Save File icon.

10.) Write a name for the file and then select the MP3 file format.

11.) Click OK in the MP3 Encoder Settings window.

Voila! You’ve created your first MP3 audio file. After you've created your podcast, you now need to host it on a server so that people can download it onto their MP3 players.

Hosting the File

There are numerous service providers, such as, who offer podcasting hosting on the Internet. LibSyn charges a nominal fee for the hosting service. After you’ve selected a service provider to host your podcast, all you need to do is advertise your creation and start planning to record the next episode of your podcast. To advertise, you should spread the word among your circle of friends. You should also list your podcast in a Podcast Directory. Some examples of Web sites that offer podcast listing services are and

After a few recordings, you’ll realize that the technology aspect of podcasting is not the challenge. Once you get the hang of it, it's not that difficult. The challenge lies in thinking of creative and entertaining ways of engaging your audience. But it's all in fun, so go have a good time!

~ Rupen Sharma

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BONUS TIP Today!!!

Tips By Number

Here's something new about WorldStart's Web site you may not have known about before! Did you know you can search for certain tips on our site by simply typing in a number? That's right, each tip we record in our archives is assigned a number and it's a very easy way to go back and search for them later on. So, if you ever have trouble finding one of our tips because you're not sure which keywords to use, you might want to give the tip number method a try. Okay, let's get started!

First, I'd like you to go to and click on the Computer Tips tab at the top of the page. From there, click on any one of the tips you see. You could click on one under the Recently Added Tips section, the Most Popular Tips section or you could even click on one of the categories at the top and select a tip from there. It doesn't matter which tip it is, as long as you have one open. Once you've chosen a tip, look in your Web browser's address bar for the URL. You'll see and then a number. For example,

That number is basically the tip's ID. If you know that number, you can go up to your address bar, plug it in and find the tip you're looking for in no time at all. Now, I know you're probably wondering how you can find the numbers in the first place, right? Well, in our Computer Tips newsletter, at the very end of each tip, we give you that number! Just look at the very end of the URL and you'll see it every time. Now that you know where to find it, you can start keeping track of the numbers for the tips you may want to refer back to. It's just another way to search through our tip archives and easily find what you're looking for. It's a win-win situation!

~ Erin

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Here's a fun little download for those of you who like to experiment with your photos! How many of you have old Polaroid cameras? Those cameras are now a dying breed with digital cameras taking over, but many people miss the fun those photos used to provide. You know, you take the picture, shake it for five minutes and hope it turns out okay!

I'm sure not everyone misses those photos, but it would be fun to have one occasionally, wouldn't it?!

Well, that's where today's download comes into play! It's called Poladroid and it takes any regular picture on your computer and turns it into an old fashioned Polaroid picture. All you have to do is install the program and then drag the picture of your choice to the camera that appears on your desktop.

Here's an example:

After you drag the picture to the camera, this is what happens:

As you can see, your Poladroid picture is created, but it hasn't developed yet. You can then shake it and after a few minutes, your picture will start to appear!

I'm not going to show you that part though. You'll have to download the program and see for yourself!

Note: This is a great program, but the author doesn't have very good English. You may notice some grammar errors when you visit the Web site.

You can download Poladroid for yourself (for both Windows and Mac) right here. Enjoy!

~ Gary

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My Deco

Now that Spring is almost here, I'm dying to get my house whipped into shape! I want to change the furniture layout and get new curtains for sure. And with My Deco’s 3D room planner, I can do it without the hassle of moving my furniture a billion times, just trying to get the right configuration.

On the right hand side of the screen, you'll find a side menu. Choose Design a 3D Room to get started. That opens in another window. It's really easy to use! You just drag and drop everything and then arrange it to suit your taste.

You start by selecting the shape of the room you want to decorate. You then add alcoves or walls as needed. Next, you furnish the room (if you're using it for rearranging like I am, just pick furniture that has the same shapes as what you have) and then you can decorate it!

If at any time you want to see your room larger, just click on the Bigger and Better button beneath the 3D image of your room. That will make the 3D image bigger. When you’re finished, make sure you save your design so that you can refer back to it later.

Another great part of this Web site is the ability to create a mood board. A mood board lets you collect ideas or create collages of things you like. They're helpful when designing a room, because they give you something to refer back to if you get stuck on your design.

For your mood board, all you have to do is drag and drop the items you like from the left side of the screen to the right side. You can then organize them in a collage style that suits you.

Another option you might consider is Furnish a Photo. That lets you take a picture of the room you want to decorate and upload it so that you can make your changes directly to it. The photo can't be larger than 4 MB.

You can also check out 3D rooms and mood boards other people have made. With the 3D rooms, you can even edit them if you think something else would look better. There are even competitions for the best designed 3D rooms. Have fun!

~ Amanda

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Snowy Deer

This girl was in a group I managed to slip into. It was snowing pretty good and she was curious about me and got within eight feet for this close-up! If this isn't a February shot, I don't know what is!


I shot this just last month in the Valley of Fire State Park, just about an hour from Las Vegas. We were going to another spot just down the road, but couldn't resist stopping for this shot. Timing on one like this is really tough, so dumb luck came to my rescue.

Summer Stream

Here's one that's a little different. It was shot in the Smokies last summer, but instead of giving you the straight shot, I added a soft-focus/dreamy effect to it. I hope you enjoy it!

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