What's that Key?
We ran an article awhile back that focused on the Print Screen Key, a.k.a. “Prt Scn”. We got a really great response from this, but at the same time I had a lot of folks asking me what the heck “SysReq” was and what it was doing on the same key!
So, what does it all mean? Well, SysReq stands for System Request, which, at one time, was used to get the attention of a mainframe or central computer. Users of older IBM consoles would press the SysReq key to ask the central computer to permit input. Kind of like paging someone, only with a computer instead!
I wouldn't try pressing the SysReq key and expecting anything amazing to happen, although Linux users can configure our mystery key to provide functions for system debugging and crash recovery. Leave it to the Linux users to keep things relevant!
Note: Not all keyboards have a SysReq key, so if you don't, consider yourself modern!
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The Worldstart Photo Contest is back!!
Many of our readers who have been with us for awhile remember our Photo Contest! Well, Steve and the geniuses in our programming department decided to resurrect, reformat and reestablish it! We're proud to announce the new and improved version, with a chance to win a $50 Worldstart gift certificate!!
Submissions for each contest will be accepted for the first three weeks of every month, where afterward voting will be open for users to rate each photo. Voting details will be explained before the voting process starts. Voting will run for 3 weeks while accepting new submission for next month's contest.
The winner of the contest will be the photo with the highest rating, chosen from all qualified submissions; not just the top five as in the old photo contest.
A login will be required to submit photos and keep track of voting. The login is the same as used for Personal Cool Sites, not the same one used by the Worldstart store. Making a new login is super easy and can be completed in less than 60 seconds! No extra information needed, just a username and password!!
April's Photo Contest Theme is:
If you have any pictures of a national park, now is your chance to show the flowers blooming, the trees budding and the beauty of the Earth as nature intended.
May's Photo Contest Theme is:
We're giving you next month's theme early, so you have a chance to get set up before the Spring showers really start coming down! Please do not submit May's entries early, as they will not be accepted until next month's contest opens.
Here are some guidelines to keep in mind:
- Submission photos must be sharp. Nothing blurry or we'll think our glasses have fogged up!
- Submission must be at least 2 megapixel images, big enough to make the winner's entry into wallpaper!
- Submissions must follow our monthly theme, otherwise they will be rejected.
- Submissions must contain no people.
Here's where you can enter the contest:
Don't stop now! Below we have our usual compliment of the best deals around, the most helpful tips available and the coolest Cool Sites known! Take for example the tip on how to Copy that Floppy, April's Office tip on how to choose from multiple signatures in Outlook and the Hotkey refresher Course! Not enough? Well, then how about Gary's download of the week or Amanda's spaced-out Cool Site? Should you want for more, there's always tomorrow!
Convert 12 Volt DC Power to 110 Volt AC Power
Or "How To Keep the Kids or Grandkids Quiet During A Long Car Ride!!!"
This is a REALLY FANTASTIC 150 Watt Power Inverter. OK, what the heck's an inverter? That's just a fancy, technical term for a device that let's you plug a 110 Volt AC device into your car! You know the plugs I'm talking about- like the ones in your wall over there! In case you haven't noticed, you don't have one of those outlet plugs in your dashboard. But NOW you will! In fact, you'll have TWO!!!
This lightweight beauty will give ya all the power you need for all your portable electronic needs while on the road!
For example, you can plug your laptop computer, portable DVD player or other other portable device and use 'em (and charge 'em up) while you're in the car! (No more battery drain!)
This ALSO has a USB outlet that'll power / charge things like your digital camera or any other USB-Powered handheld device.
Even MORE practical, you'll be able to plug in the kids' PSP game or XBox or any of those "alphabet soup" named games that you may or may not know what they are but probably heard them before! (Now let's see who the hero is cuz "You Got The Power"...Yeah, baby!!!)
And get this: there's also a "pass-through 12-volt outlet" (i.e., cigarette lighter) for charging things like your cell phone, radar detector, GPS, or whatever. Talk about powered up huh? No matter what power needs you have - AC outlet, 12V Cig lighter, or USB - THIS has you covered!
Yes sir...this mighty lil power plant will stay cool and keep crankin' for as long as you're on the road. Just plug into your existing car power out and you're ready to roll!
Sorry to say, we were only able able to get hold of a VERY low number of these. So get one while the gettin's good and the price is cheap!!! Last time I needed one at the last minute, had to run to one of the "Big Box" stores. I think it was around 60 or 70 bucks! (Ouch!!) We got 'em now for just $28.97!!! So get 'em while we got 'em!
P.S. - These dandy lil gadgets will ALWAYS come in handy. VERY practical...probably why they're so popular! Grab at least one if you're able!
(The Wheels Fell Off The "Shopping Cart" With This One!)
Yesterday, Some of You Tried To Order Learn2 Training Complete for Microsoft® Office® & Windows® Vista®
But Weren't Able To Get A Copy...We Sold Out!!!
But I Felt Bad Because This Is SUCH A Great Program And We Wanted To Make Sure That Everyone Who Wanted One, Could Get It.
Sooo, We Begged And Pleaded With Our Suppliers (It's Amazing How Far Whining Can Go Sometimes!) And Anyway, We Were Able To Get Another (albeit small) Shipment!!!
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And unlock all the bells and whistles that have been lurking under the hood just waiting for you to "Crack the Code"!
So...what programs are we talking about? Well, how about the COMPLETE Microsoft® Office® suite of programs., including:
Pretty impressive, heh? But hang on...we've only just started!
Ever wanted to know how to make your own newsletters, brochures, or fliers? (Got you covered!)
How 'bout sprucing up those digital photos you've got sitting on that hard drive? (Got ya there, too!)
Been thinking about putting together a web page? (Oh yeah...we can get you started on that, too!)
Check out this list of courses that are ALSO covered:
See...told you it was AWESOME! This will keep you busy for quite some time, don't ya think?
And what you're going to find is that this is the Easiest and Fastest way to learn these programs!
This course was created by a company called "LEARN2". Now that may not mean much to you...until you realize that this company's training programs have been used by Fortune 500 companies and leading government agencies to train some of their KEY employees for over a decade! Why? Because their system works!
You see, you don't just sit there trying to learn by reading out of a book. (We all know how well THAT usually works - especially trying to learn a computer program. zzzzzzzz) Well, they do something VERY different. Instead, you watch a series of short, but in-depth video presentations, that shows you what to do and how to do it. Each lesson has step-by-step simulations with easy visual and audio instructions.
The result is this system has proven to increase the rate of retention. In other words, you learn more and you remember what you learn! (How's THAT for a novel concept!)
Oh, and, by the way, this company's training carries the "Microsoft® Approved Courseware" designation. In fact, their training information covers the very same material included in the "MS Certified Specialist" Certification level! So understand...you're running with the very best!
And wait til you see what this course covers. (I think you'll be impressed as we were!)
As you might expect from the title, this program covers the entire suite of Microsoft® Office® programs...ALL of them!
But hang on a second...check this out.
How many times have you tried to learn a program but then the teaching information was for a DIFFERENT version of the program than YOU had? (You know...you've got last year's version, but the program covers the latest version, which (of course) you just don't happen to have!) This program not only has the most current version of MS Office®, but it ALSO has the earlier versions... for each program that makes up MS Office®!
So even if you don't have the latest version of each MS Office® program, you don't need to let that stop you. Learn the version that you have right now. If you decide to upgrade your MS Office® in the future, fine, learn those versions at that time. Or if you really want to increase your job skills, learn all of the programs and become familiar with all of the versions. (Hello, "Super Star" !)
Just so you know, this is T-H-E FULL- BLOWN training course on Microsoft®® Office®®. (There is a "shortened" version of this course that's called, "Learn2 Training Essentials"). This is ain't it. This is, "LEARN2 Training Complete". And there's a reason they called it that.
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To give you some idea of the depth covered in these courses, I took some screenshots for you to look at.
Here I opened the section on Microsoft® Access® (the database program). Once inside, you see the Course Menu for Level 1
When you click on one of the modules, you'll see the lessons within that module. (Here you can see the lessons within Module 3.)
Once you click on one of the lessons, you see the presentations within that lesson.
Here's a screenshot of one of the exercises in Access®. As you can see, the training is VERY thorough!
And if you're already familiar with Microsoft® Office® but you'd like to "brush-up" a little or if you'd like to increase your skills in a certain area, no problem. You'll love the way these modules are set up because you can focus on any one specific area you want OR learn any of the programs from the ground up!
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Here is the easiest way I found to copy your floppies to CD-R/RW:
1. Create a folder on your desktop (right-click and select New>Folder). Click the folder and hit F2 to rename (give it a name that will remind you what is in the folder).
2. Open the floppy in your drive and hit Ctrl+A to select all. NOTE: Make sure that your folder option view is set to show hidden files,otherwise you might not copy all the files from the floppy. There's a tip on how to Show Hidden Files available here.
3. Copy (Ctrl+C) the files then Paste (Ctrl+V) into the folder you created on your desktop. This is also a great time to "prune" any files you don't want to keep - do you REALLY need to keep that book report you wrote in 10th grade? If you create several folders, you could also sort the contents before you burn.
4. Now you are ready to burn your files to CD. In most cases it is as simple as dragging the folders into a frame in your CD burning program. For detailed generic information (kinda sounds like an oxymoron) on CD Burning, head on over to our How to Burn a CD tutorial.
The great thing is that the average floppy holds 1.44 MB of data, while a CD-R can hold 700 MBthat means you can fit about 486 floppies on 1 CD-R!
For XP users: after you select the files you want to transfer (or Ctrl+A), you can click "Copy the selected items" in the left hand column which opens a window where you can select where you want the files to go. From there you can send them to the new folder you created in step 1.
You can also substitute a thumb drive in place of a CD-R, thus bypassing the need for burning altogether! Just copy the files from your floppy and paste into a new folder on your thumb drive!
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The Quick Signature Switch
Here's a handy little signature feature I just found today in MS Outlook 2007
If you're like me then you have a few different signatures for your e-mails. Depending upon who is the recipient or what the message is about you may find yourself constantly locating the Signature button on the Home tab of the message's Ribbon to change out a signature for a different one.
But there's a slightly quicker method one that requires no locating on any buttons anywhere on the Ribbon.
I just know that you're interested so let me fill you in.
The next time you need a signature change try a right-click on the signature that's currently displayed.
A list will open allowing you to choose which one you want to use from right there within the message.
I can't imagine anything that would be much quicker or simpler than that!
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This Isn't For Everyone.... Only For Those of us
WHO HATE TO CLEAN!!!
This is a cleaver little idea you probably wish YOU had thought of! A Ceiling Fan Vacuum Cleaner Attachment!!!
Think about it..Ceiling fans are a real nuisance to clean. .First you have to stand on a ladder (or balance on a chair like some of us "dare devils"...O.K.... "lazy people"). And the problem is that you have to reach HIGH enough to be able to get over the TOP of the fan blades! After all, the top of the blade is where most of the dust congregates, right?. (You can probably tell I've done this once or twice before, which is why I absolutely HATE doing it!)
Anyway, then you have to wipe off the top of the blade and at least half of the dust falls down onto your face and hair. (Believe it or not, there's actually a term for this! It's called, "Dust fallout." )
Well, check this out: We came across this neat little gizmo that's really does make cleaning fans a WHOLE lot easier, faster and a lot less messy!
All you have to do is slip the Ceiling Fan Vac Attachment onto the nozzle or hose of your vacuum cleaner and whoosh! Pretty slick, heh? It has a unique hinge design that allows the vacuum "fingers" to open and close around ceiling fan blades. And since the Ceiling Fan attachment covers both the top and bottom of the fan blade, you save time by cleaning BOTH sides at the same time!
It comes with an easy-to-use universal adapter so it'll fit all major brands of vacuums including:
Eureka, Electrolux. Hoover, Kenmore, Kirby, Panasonic, Royal, Fantom, Shop-Vac, any 1-1/4" vacuum hose.
Not a big deal...UNLESS YOU REALLY HATE TO CLEAN AS MUCH AS I DO!!!
So, scoop one of these up (get it?...that was a cleaning joke!!) You'll be "cleaning up" (there I go again!) at just $12.97!
P.S. - Thought you'd find it as handy as we did. Grab it now!
Proven to be the best lens cleaning system in the world!
Use What The Camera Pros Use
(But... Get It At A Discount!)
Voted "Accessory of The Year" by Photo Trade News...Four Years In A Row!!!
This is going to be short and sweet: If you have any kind of camera lens, THIS is what you need to clean it safely!
Simple to use:
One end has a convenient, retractable brush made of soft, natural bristles is used to dust away any hard particles or contaminants.
The other end is a long-lasting, specialized "cleaning tip", to wipe away fingerprints and other smudges
Extensive laboratory tests show that the innovative LensPen outperforms other lens cleaning systems. including high quality optical lens tissue and cloth!
See for yourself!!!
Surfaced cleaned for 10 seconds using a high quality optical cloth
Surface cleaned for 10 seconds using LensPen
I could blab on and on all day about how great the LensPen is. But don't take MY word for it. Check out what the pro's have to say!
"I've used LensPen for years and think it's brilliant." Jonathan Guttman, Photographer
"Your product is without a doubt the best product on the market for cleaning sensors on digital cameras." Michael Corral, Professional Photographer Sherman Oaks, CA
"I've used your product for many years in the field of outdoor television. It is an invaluable product that I have stressed for years to outdoor cameraman." Steve Finch - Producer
"I have two LensPens, one in my desk, and one in my camera bag." Robert Cameron Ward, Photographer
"I would definitely recommend this product to anyone. Thanks LensPen!" Igor Teichman
"We loved our LensPen!" Shainee Gabel and Kristin Hahn - Filmakers/authors
"Within about 8 minutes I had 3 lenses clean and sparkling, both front and rear elements. It looks as though the glass is brand new." Guy Prince
"...I've been showing the "LensPen" to people on my workshops and other places I go and talking about it in seminars I do."Ken Lassiter, Senior Photo Education Consultant, Photo Imaging Education Association
"I think LensPen is a great product. It works extremely well and I know it will never damage my valuable Leica lenses. I have a LensPen in each camera bag, one in my photo vest and another on the shelf in my camera cabinet." John Camelford, Pond's Foto Source
"I am a strident supporter of the LensPen! It definitely is a superior product." Andy Long, First Light Productions
"...it's the best little gadget I've found for use around the telescope in a long, long time. I've never had a problem of any kind in several years of use and do not hesitate to use it on the most expensive optics!" Rod Mollise, Author of Choosing and USing a Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope
Heck...even the Critics Love It!!!
"...the special LensPen pad is the most efficient and effective method of removing most damaging materials from the lens surface...On our test bench the LensPen proved to be very effective in removing a variety of common contaminants from camcorder lenses. The pad was by far the most effective in removing fingerprints from the lens surface, out-performing most lens cleaning cloths by a noticeable amount. It's probably the cheapest insurance you will ever purchase." VideoCamera and Electronic Imaging Magazine
Use it for all these types of lenses:
Cameras, Camcorders, Binoculars, Telescopes, Microscopes,Rifle Scopes, even Night Vision!
Here's what you need to know:
If you have a small lens, grab the LensPen "miniPRO II"
If you have a Inter-changeable SLR lenses, grab the LensPen Original!
Might want to do what some of the professional photographers above do: grab a couple!
Your cost?Get this - just $10.97 and US shipping is FREE! For that price, you gotta give it a go!! In fact, with the small size, I just picked up three! That way, no matter where I am, I know my lens will always be clean and my pictures will be sharp! I love it! and I know you will too!
Small Lenspen For Point & Shoot Style Cameras (miniPro II):
Large Lenspen Original for SLR (interchangeable lens) cameras (or binoculars, scopes, etc)
P.S. LensPen may not make you a better photographer, but you'll feel like a Pro while you keep your camera and other lenses clean. Grab 'em while we still got 'em!
Stop printer, Stop!
You've gone to print a document and just remembered that you forgot to add a line in somewhere. The printer is chugging along and you, being quick on the draw, decide to cancel the print job. Problem is that it just isn't stopping!! What do you do? Well, head on over to the WS site and stop the print-ness!
How to Tie a Tie
Here's the link you need: http://www.worldstart.com/ Enjoy!
Hotkey Refresher Course
Today we're going to have a refresher course on Hotkeys! I bring this subject up because the article I wrote on determining 32 and 64 bit processors brought the Win+Pause properties shortcut to my attention. I thought this was so cool that I should take it a step further and list some more useful hotkey shortcuts! So, if your mouse ever breaks, or if you want to impress those around you, make note: Keyboard shortcuts are the way to go!
Win - Press windows key to open start menu
Win+R - Apply to open Run dialog box
Win+M - Apply to minimize all opened windows
Win+Shift+M - Apply to maximize all opened windows
Win+L - Press keys to lock keyboard in windows XP
Win+E - Press keys to open My Computer
Win+F - Apply to open search options
Win+U - Apply keys to open Utility Manager
Win+D - To view desktop/minimize all windows
Win+F1 - To view the detail windows help page
Win+Pause - To view the System Properties dialog box
Win+Tab - Move through taskbar programs
Win+F+Ctrl - Apply to open search for computers
Alt+Tab - Move through opened windows programs
Alt+F4 - Press keys to close active windows program
Alt+Enter - Apply to open properties of selected item
Alt+ SPACEBAR - Open the system menu of active window
Alt+ SPACEBAR +N - Press keys to minimize the active program
Alt+ SPACEBAR +R - Press keys to restore the active program
Alt+ SPACEBAR+C - Press keys to close the active program
Alt+ SPACEBAR+X - Press keys to maximize the active program
Alt+ SPACEBAR+M - Press keys to move the active program
Ctrl+Alt+Delete - Apply to open windows task manager
Ctrl+Shift+Esc - Apply to open windows task manager
Ctrl+Esc - Press keys to open start menu
Shift+Delete - To delete items permanently
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Today I have found an awesome new email client that just might replace Outlook Express. The program is called PostBox and it combines all of the features you see in most mail clients with some awesome, new and innovative features.
PostBox was easy to download and install. This is a must for me. I downloaded it and opened the file. From there, PostBox handled the rest. It even imported all of my email and settings from Outlook Express so I didn't have to do anything but click "OK".
Like I mentioned before, it has all the regular stuff like most clients. It retrieves and organizes you email, it keeps contacts and allows for easy use of folders. Where it stands apart is in some of the additional features it offers. One of my favorites is the search option. PostBox will index all of your email data so it is easily and quickly searchable. It creates searches for links, contacts, images and attachments. This saves me a ton of time.
Another feature is the todo list. You can mark any email as a ToDo item. This will mark it and put it in a list for easy organization.
And wait till you see the Compose sidebar. This allows for you to quickly compose new, rich emails with content from other messages and search results. This makes writing email fun!
If you are interested in download PostBox or learning more, check out their website here: http://postbox-inc.com/
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Normally, we take a more serious approach to science. Well, lets forget that for today as we take a look at the strangest things in space!
Not only can you check out the Top 10 strange things in space, but you can rate them too. On a scale of one to five, one being not strange and five being really strange! Once you rate the level of the strangest, it automatically moves you along to the next image.
Underneath the image, youll find a scroll box filled with information about it. I found a lot of these to be very interesting to read. Which was my favorite? Probably the Galactic Cannibalism! The idea of galaxies feeding on other galaxies really got my imagination going. Although, the image of Gravity Waves was also very pretty and interesting to learn about as well.
Now, if you would really like some more serious space information, just click the Home button underneath the text scroll box. Or you can choose to learn about any of the planets, stars, galaxies, etc. just by clicking on them from the same area.
I would highly recommend checking out the Image of the Day and the Amazing Images section. They are both very cool.
Are you ready to journey to the strange side of space?!
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No More Struggling To Hold A Flashlight!
No More Sticking That Flashlight In Your Mouth (YUCK!)
Now I know, it may not look really cool wearing a headlamp, but who cares! This Adjustable Headlamp is so useful and convenient you might just start a whole new fashion trend ~ you never know!
But seriously, why struggle with a flashlight under your arm or even in your mouth (yuck) when there's this terrific hands-free alternative? This high-quality Adjustable Headlamp combines a single krypton bulb and three bright LEDs (now that's bright)!
The three LEDs provide four times the brightness of standard incandescent bulbs and the one krypton bulb is capable of producing a beam that projects up to 100 ft! And, LEDs last about 100,000 hours or 11+ years of nonstop use providing up to 80 hours of runtime on a single set of batteries ~ pretty cool, huh?
No matter what you need them for, I know you'll take a real shine to this headlamp because it has just so many uses! Its high output is great for long distances and it works equally well for short distances and illuminating your immediate area ~ the uses truly are endless! Best feature, the price! Today Only $9.97 and shipping in the US is FREE!
This price will DOUBLE to $19.97 on FridayS!
March Wallpaper (April Wallpaper is up!)
Here's March's wallpaper. It's all free, so enjoy!
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Computer Tips [ The 26 Top Keyboard Shortcuts + Best E-mail Program - Ever? + Death Of A Floppy ] 04/02/2009
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