Sunday, March 22, 2009

Computer Tips [ The Horror Of Invalid Filenames + Setting Up Single-Click Icons + Your Other Keyboard ] 03/23/2009

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

Quick Tips

On Screen Keyboard

I'm not sure how many of you would like to use this, but I thought it would be a neat little idea to share with you all. Did you know that you can put a keyboard on your computer screen and actually type with it?

If that sounds interesting to you, then follow these directions. Go to Start, Run and type in "osk" (without the quotes). Click OK and a mini keyboard will pop up on your screen. Now, open up the program you want to write in and start clicking the letters on the keyboard with your mouse. The letters will appear and your typing will be done.

This may not be the quickest way to type, but if you like to use your mouse and you don't exactly like typing on the keyboard, this is perfect for you. Once you have the keyboard on your screen, you can even go to the Settings menu and choose your own font and size. There is also a sound option, so if you like to hear the keys clicking, choose "Use clicking sound." In the Keyboard menu, you can also choose the number of keys you would like to have displayed, between 101, 102 and 106.

Isn't that cool? I just used it to type this last sentence. Keep in mind that it might take you a little while to get acquainted with the keys on the on screen keyboard, but it's definitely worth a shot and it's kinda fun. There's also a Help menu if you need any further help figuring it all out.

~ Erin

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"Do you think President Obama is doing a good job?"

Wow - we've had a lot of response to the homepage poll - check out these results as of Sunday:

He's the best president ever :
He's doing good :
He's doing about average :
He's not doing that good :
He's a disaster :

Do you agree? Disagree? Hey, head on over to the poll and cast yoru vote today! No signups, no messin' around, just a lot of great fun! New poll & final results this Friday!

The poll is in the right-hand column on the hompage:

Keep reading to find out more about minimization, maximization, April's tip on getting more out of your Outlook Contacts list and file name characters to avoid. We'll also find out that single clicking has it's uses, and take an internet trip to spaaaaaace! This all comes with a side of humor, a dash of deals and the usual compliment of technological knowhow that only Worldstart can deliver! Have a great day, everyone! :)



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"Oh, I wish I had my camera!" Don't you just hate it everytime you utter those words? Wouldn't it be great if someone would make a camera that was sooooo small that you never left home without it? I mean, think about all those times you WISHED you had a camera along but didn't - just imagine all those pictures you could have captured!

Well, it'll never happen to you again! We just discovered this amazing little camera from Oregon Scientific. It's called the ThinCam and it's soooo tiny you'll end up taking it everywhere you go! Never miss another photo op!

This thing is so small it literally fits in the palm of your hand! You could easily stick it in a shirt pocket and forget it's there! It would fit great inside a purse too! Not only would this be great to keep with you all the time, but it would be tremendous for all those times you WANT to bring a camera, but don't want something big and bulky slowing you down. Heck, compared to just about any camera out there, this is WAY easier to take along. I slid one into my pants pocket and completely forget it was there! Tiny and light - it's GREAT!

Oregon Scientific ThinCam 3MP Digital Camera

Oh, and the quality is simply OUTSTANDING too! It's 3MP so you can make nice prints up to 8x10 (and probably pretty darn good 11x14s). Plus - check it out - it has a built in flash too! Day or night - inside or outside - you're covered! Plus, it may be tiny, but it still sports a vivid 1.5" LCD screen on the back! Makes it easy to see what you're shootin' and what you've shot! 

Almost forgot - This takes SD cards but get this - it also has a whoppin' 16MB of built-in memory too! So even if you leave your memory card at home you'll still be able to take photos! They thought of everything!

PLUS this is a complete kit! Check this out - you get the camera, a handy charger stand (charges via USB), a nice little case, and a software CD for managing your photos! From start to finish you are SERIOUSLY covered!

Oregon Scientific ThinCam 3MP Digital Camera

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This mouse is by far the most comfortable mouse I have ever used! Just wait till you try it! If you're in front of your computer a lot, you need a mouse that fits your hand and is comfortable to use. I mean, if your job involved standing all day, wouldn't you use have to wear comfortable shoes? Well, why not have a comfortable mouse if you are sitting at the computer all day? If you are looking for a mouse that feels like it was built using your hand as the mold, you're gonna LOVE this little guy!

But, not only is this mouse comfortable but it has such an stylish design. The black and clear style matches just about any computer!

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Computers 101

What are those three little buttons on the upper right-hand corner of an open window for?

Those are the Minimize, Maximize, and Close buttons.

The "X" closes the window.

The "Box" maximizes the program, making it full screen. If it's already maximized, it looks like a box on top of another box. If you click it in that state, it will make your window smaller.

Finally, the little "_" is the minimize button. It reduces the current window to a Taskbar button. Clicking the button on the Taskbar restores the window to its former state.

We've been getting a lot of questions lately from people who are trying to make their windows smaller. I guess big windows are out this year or something.

Anyhow, in order to re-size a window, you need to be sure it's in a "normal" state, and not Maximized. If your Maximize button is a single box (as shown above), then you can re-size. If it's a double box, click it and it will turn to a single box.

Then to resize your window, just hover your mouse cursor over an edge or corner of the window you want to re-size. It should turn into a double-arrow. Just left-click, hold and drag till the window is the size you want.

Finally, here's a hint for all you first time re-sizers: If you resize using a corner (preferably not the corner with the min, max, and close buttons) you can resize both height and width at the same time.

~ Steve

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MS Office

Need More Data?

Are you an MS Outlook user who often finds yourself wishing for more Contact fields? That is, maybe you're looking to enter data that has no "pre-made" location?

Frustrating, isn't it?

What do you do?

I mean, you want the data recorded for future use, but where?

Let's face it. If you "slide" it into another field just to have a record of the information, you could easily forget where you put it. (Sort of like my car keys. I'm always putting them some place where "I won't lose them." Yeah, right!)

So, here's a way to put a "key hook on the wall" and make a place for all your Contact data, so you don't accidentally misplace it.

To begin, you need to open a Contact.

Next, in older versions of Outlook, you're looking for the All Fields tab.

In Outlook 2007 you need the All Fields button located on the Contacts tab of the Ribbon.

The resulting list of All Fields list will look like this:

In the bottom left corner, you'll find the New button. Click it.

The New Field window will open and this is where you can enter a name and choose a data type for the field.

Once everything is set, click OK.

When you're returned to the Contact window, you'll notice the new field is now listed in the All Fields tab.

You can enter your data to the right of the field name.

If you need to remove a field from the list, select it and click the Delete button at the bottom.

Data where you won't lose it. Who would have thought?!

Now, if only I could get that kind of organization with all the other stuff I keep misplacing!

~ April

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More Cool Stuff

Now THAT'S A Really Sweet Webcam!

Black Komptronix 300K USB 2.0 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 USB 2.0 Webcams W/ Mic 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!

Black Komptronix 300K USB 2.0 Webcam

OK, all the above is great - but this camera has a few really ingenious features I just gotta brag about! First, it's designed to just right ont he edge of your LCD monitor or laptop screen! No more balancing acts - only to watch the camera fall off a few seconds later! It also sits real well on flat surfaces :-)!

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! The 6 LED lights help enhance brighten the image when you're in a dark office or room! Great for webcamming in low light! The 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 $18.97 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! 

Special Note From Steve - WOW - These went over so well yesterday in our Sunday Special I just had to toss them in here and keep 'em on sale another day! This is a $130 program for $18.97 - you just can't go wrong! Check this out and give it a try, I know you'll love it too!!

Quickly Create AWESOME 2-D AND 3-D Drawings And Models To Show Off Your Ideas In No Time!

The Most Versatile and User Friendly CAD Program...Period!

Whether you're a seasoned Computer Aided Design professional looking for a full-featured CAD program or a design "newbie" wanting a simple way to get great looking results, you're gonna LOVE TurboCAD Deluxe14! This program is LOADED with more professional features per dollar than ANY other 2-D/3-D CAD application - bar none!

  • Woodworking Enthusiasts: See what that piece of furniture will look like BEFORE you even start your lathe!
  • Builders and Contractors: Why show your prospective new homeowner or remodeling customer a boring blueprint when you can show them a professional 3-dimensional, color image of their finished home or office? (Think that might separate you from the competition?)
  • Engineers: Easily create an "Exploded" view of that new product design you're working on?

Are you thinking about a new design for in a room in your home and having a hard time imagining what the finished result will look like? Try this: Start your design in 2-D (don't're shown EXACTLY what to do). Then, easily convert your finished drawings into photorealistic a full-blown, 3-D lay-out! Then, if you REALLY want to have some fun, apply the "light effects" and "camera views" features and simulate a "video fly-through" of your finished space! (That'll turn some heads!)

With TurboCAD's architectural tools you can design floorplans, decks, kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and a LOT more.

You may be thinking, "O.K.,..sounds great, but I've NEVER designed anything before in your life!" No problem, because even if you have NO previous experience in computer-aided design, you'll be crankin' out professional looking designs in NO TIME! This program was designed to be SUPER easy to learn AND use! Let me put it this way: if you can use Microsoft Windows, you'll feel right at home with the same type of familiar lay-out you're use to.

PLUS, you'll have more than 3 HOURS of Video and Interactive tutorials packed with over 200 lessons to take you by the hand and walk you thru the steps to get GREAT design results...FAST! (Sure there's a handy "Getting Started Guide", but some of us would rather just watch the videos. Ahem...but I know some people still like to read, so there's still a great help file for you, too, if you like.)

TurboCAD Deluxe 14

And for those who REALLY want to take their design skills to a whole 'nother level, take advantage of the HUGE support network of user forums, newsletters and TONS of website resources!

We wanted to show you more screen shots of some the things this program can do, but there's really too many features to list without this turning into a book! With so many powerful design features, it's easy to understand why this program retails for $129.99 ALL DAY LONG at other sites. And with over 2 Million Copies Sold, you know it's GOTTA be THAT good!

Right now, we've been able to get our hands on a few of these programs, knowing that our subscribers are always looking for great programs at a great price. So, for today only, you can get this outstanding program for just $18.97 and US shipping is FREE! These retail for $129.99, so you're saving over $110!! Run to the site and get your copy today!

PS - The price WILL increase to $24.97 first thing Tuesday!

Reporting a Bad Website

If you're a Firefox user that likes to contribute to the good of internet kind then you'll want to check out the WS site today. Learn how to report broken sites that have no pictures, busted links and other unusable features and feel good about it at the same time. It's all on the site and it's all at your fingertips! Do the right thing!

Matchbook Museum

My cousin likes to collect matchbooks, boxes of matches and lighters. While I never found the allure of doing so I can still appreciate the look and style of some of the older packages. Today on the site we have an interesting compendium of things that start fires: The Matchbook museum! Head on over and give it a look-see!

Here's the link you need: Enjoy!

Tip of the Day

File Name Characters to Avoid

Ever try to save a file only to be told that the file name is "invalid" due to a character issue? It's not you, nor a jab at your personality, I promise!

So, to avoid future problems, I give you a list of characters to avoid:

* Asterisk

< >[ ] Brackets

= Equal sign

+ Plus sign

" Quotes

\ / Slashes

, . : ; Comma, Period, Colon, Semicolon

Why don't these characters work in file names? Simple—they have specific functions in Windows so it confuses the system if a filename contains them.

Back in the old days before Windows was smart enough to tell you that a file name was invalid, it often resulted in disaster. Now it just gives you an annoying pop-up and a stern reprimand.

~ David

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Today's Feature

Single Click Icons

Double clicking can be fun, but those that are in a hurry might want to check out today's video tip that will take half of the effort out of it!
What? This isn't a "lazy workaround" at all! This is just meant to streamline the experience and get everyone going to where they want to be faster! Just watch, and decide for yourself! :)

Perhaps you would rather read about it, then? Try going here instead!

Amanda's Coolsite

Hubble Site

This site is huge and full of fabulously interesting things to check out. Under the category "Announcements", the first entry "Tonight's Sky" is my favorite of the whole site. Let's visit it shall we?

Tonight's Sky — To get them out of the way I'll mention the resources, and archive links now. Take a brief look at them, then click "Play Movie" near the top of the screen. The movie loads and takes you through what is in the night's sky for August. It shows you what to look for, where to find it, and even tells you what is visible to the naked eye. Did you know that planets don't twinkle like stars and as such are easier to spot? I didn't either. From the constellations Lyra and Sagittarius to Deep Space Nebulae, you will not regret watching this movie. I even watched it twice, and I can't wait for a clear night to go stargazing.

Also, in the Announcements category you will find links to the Gallery and to the Astronomy Print Shop where you can print out museum quality pictures of space.

Now in the Explore Hubble Site category you will find even more to do. The sections you will find here are News Center, Gallery, Discoveries, Sci-Tech, Fun & Games, and the Reference Desk.

I want to talk to you about the Fun & Games section where you can learn how to build your own handheld Hubble. I though that was really marvelous seeing as how it would get kids interested in space with a hands on experience. I even built one here at home. It goes over everything from materials to safety rules, as well as detailed instructions.

Another noteworthy area is the "Beyond the Pictures" section. You can get there by going to the News Center, click on the FITS for Fun article, and then on the side of the page you will see the question: "Have You Seen This?" Below it is the link to the Beyond the Pictures section where you can learn how they colorize the pictures from the Hubble as well as why it's in that funky staircase shape.

Absolutely worth a look or two!

~ Amanda

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March Wallpaper!

Here's this month's free calendar wallpaper! As always, it's 100% free, so head on over and grab one!

Yellowstone Rainbow

This was taken in my favorite park right as a storm blew past. I was driving along and couldn't believe the intensity of the light and this rainbow.

Yellow Flower

This was last spring in the Smoky Mtns. The light was soft and just right,so I spent an hour or so shooting flowers just like this one.

Antelope Canyon Light Beam

This is from the famous Antelope Slot Canyon in AZ. In summer, these fantastic light beams shine down from above, and I loved the look of this one.

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