Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Computer Tips [ Conficker - Are You Infected? + Speed Up Vista + Keyboard Shortcut Finale + Useless Alerts - Kiss 'Em Goodbye ] 04/15/2009

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Quick Tips

What the F-key? F9 through F12 (Extended)

Our romp through form and function is nearing it's end, and we have but four remaining F-Keys to discuss. The ALT, CTRL and Shift combinations haven't really added a whole lot of usefulness as far as I can tell, but we'd better finish this off with F9 through F12, just to be thorough! Remember: The F-keys are not a curse word, but a row of keys at the top of your keyboard ranging from F1 through F12.
Without any further hesitation a-here-we-go!

Note: Do not expect all of these key combinations to work. Some of them may be program specific, or obsolete. If you're slamming the keys in frustration and nothing is happening, move on! :)

F9 (Note: These combinations apply to MS Word and other programs)
Shift + F9 = Switch between field code and it's result
CTRL + F9 = Insert and empty field
CTRL + Shift + F9 = Unlink a field
ALT + F9 = Switch between all field codes and their results

F10 (Note: Yet another MS Word situation)
Shift + F10 =Displays the shortcut menu
CTRL + F10 = Maximizes the document window
CTRL + Shift + F10 = Activates the ruler (Non-functional for me)
ALT + F10 = Maximizes the program window

Shift + F11 = Go to previous field (MS Word)
CTRL + F11 = Lock a field
CTRL+ Shift+ F11 = Unlock a field
ALT + F11 = Display Microsoft Visual Basic Code
ALT + SHIFT + F11 = Display Microsoft Visual Studio Code

Shift + F12 = Choose the Save Command (MS Word)
CTRL + F12 = Choose the Open Command
CTRL+ Shift+ F12 = Choose the Print Command

Once again, there are many more shortcuts to be had outside of what I've listed here. A lot of other programs, like Photoshop, use combination functions all the time! It's all a matter of experimentation and remembering to save your work first! I hope you've enjoyed our trip down F-key lane. Rest assured that there are more fun and functional shortcuts and tips from me in the future. Until then, be safe, save often and don't be afraid of your computer!


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Are you planning on upgrading your Operating System, and how?
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Transfer Files Without A Computer!

Memorex TravelLink

If You Like "Quick and Easy", You'll Want This...

The TravelLink is a small device that can transfer data from one place to another - all without a computer. "BAM"...you're done! OK, that's the "Readers Digest" version of what this does - which actually may be enough for those who are "tech" savvy, and who'll just immediately scroll down to the bottom of the page, click on the link and get one of these for every person that's on their "gift" list.

For those who don't already understand and appreciate what this can do, keep reading...you soon will!

It won't do anything as dramatic as save your life or bringing about world peace, but you can count on this saving you a whole lot of money and an equal (if not greater) amount of time, hassle and frustration. And you'll write to thank me. Let me tell you why...

Let's say you're on vacation, in the middle of "who knows where". You got your camera and your just snappin' away, havin' a ball. All of a sudden, you see a great scene (maybe of the kids, a unique site, could be any of a thousand things) you "click" and ....nuthin'! The camera card's full. Better pull out another empty one, except you forgot to bring it! No problem, someone in your party says they have a card you can try. Problem is, it's the wrong kind. (Your camera uses a "card" file but they actually have a USB flash drive.) How much would you be willing to pay for an empty card right about now? That is, if there was a store anywhere around.

Or how 'bout this common scenario...

You bump into some friends (or family) and they've got some great pictures, or music files, or actually ANY KIND OF FILE - on memory card...or a USB flash drive...or on their camera...or on their mp3 player or on...well, as you probably already figured out, it could be on ANY USB device or just about ANY kind of memory card or drive...it DOESN"T MATTER!!!

Anyway, they got some kind of "stuff" (you fill in the blank) on "some kind of drive/flash" (again, you fill in the blank) and you want it. They'll probably say they'll email all of that to you, "Just don't you worry, you'll get it!" Don't tell me...you're still waiting! Here's the weird part: those "files" were RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU...but you couldn't have 'em. You had to wait for the other person to get to their computer! Well, you'll never have to hear that excuse again!!!

So, why do I call the TravelLink, the "Ultimate Digital Device"? Get this - You'll be able to transfer files between any two USB storage devices! Think of the possibilities! 

Just imagine - you can transfer files between almost any combo you can think of!

Transfer between:

Your camera's memory card and a USB flash drive
Two USB flash drives
Your external HD and your friends MP3 player
A digital camera and a flash drive
A memory card and external HD
A friends memory card and your digital camera
A memory card and MP3 player
Two memory cards (if they are different types)
An external HD and a USB flash drive
A digital camera and external HD

OK, you get the picture! Pretty much any combination of USB and / or memory card storage you can come up with (memory cards, external HDs, flash drives, MP3 players, digital cameras etc) you can transfer files between with this! All without a computer! WOW!!

That means music, photos, and other types of electronic data can be quickly transferred between flash cards,...even between MULTIPLE Card Formats or USB flash drives, digital cameras, external hard drives, or MP3 players. And you can move individually selected files between devices or copy the entire contents of the device all at once. And do it quickly and easily. The cool LCD screen makes it simple to do.

And it's portable. Not, "like your laptop portable". I'm talkin', "fit in the palm of your hand" portable. And, it runs on 3 "AAA" batteries so you can take it anywhere...and you probably should because it's as useful as it is versatile. By the way, you might want to keep an extra one in your laptop case 'cuz this can double as an "8-in-1"card reader! (Told you it was versatile!)

(Check out all the places to "plug-in" below! There's TWO USB ports, one "mini" USB, and a "card" slot that reads eight different types of cards. And a "USB to mini-USB" cable is included!)

Memorex TravelLink

What's more, Memorex sells these off their site for $69.99!!!

But we'd figure you'd rather get a better deal than that (do we know our readers of what???) So, how about $15.97 and U.S. Shipping is FREE!!! Nope...that's no misprint. But, you better jump all over this...as in NOW!!! After you, if YOU like a great deal, chances are a lot of other people are thinkin' the same thing. Here's your link:


P.S. - Oh, and that thought of grabbin' one of these as gifts for folks on your shoppin' list really IS a great idea! O.K., I'll stop talkin' so you can start clickin'...

Transfer Files From One Computer To Another - With A Cable!!!

It's Never Been Easier To Move Your Files, Photos, Songs - Anything!

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Then Just Drag & Drop!

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Have you ever needed to get the files from one computer to another? You know what I mean, maybe you just got a new computer and you want to get all your files, songs, photos, etc from the old computer to the new one. Maybe you have a laptop and wish there was an easy to way to get share your laptop and desktop files. Maybe you need a file or some photos off of a friend's computer. Who knows, maybe you just have a really big file that needs transferred from one computer to another.

So, are you still doing it the old way? Do you try and copy Gigs and Gigs of info to a flash drive? Burn dozens of CD-ROMs? Or worse - Try to e-mail the files? (Please tell me you're not doing that!) Don't ya wish there was a better way? There is!

We have these amazing Direct Link Cables and they're going to change your computing life forever!They allow you to quickly and easily transfer files from one computer to another via the USB ports! Get this - you just plug one end into the computer that has the files you want, then plug the other end into the computer you want to transfer those file to - that's it! An Explorer-like window will open up one each screen and you just drag and drop! Anyone can do it, and it's MUCH easier than messing around with CDs or Flash drives!

What about the install? HA - There is none! Just plug and play, these have the drivers built right in! If you can pop in a USB plug and click a mouse, you're in the club!

Plus, these are USB 2.0, so it's like transferring your data with a souped-up Ferrari! Talk about fast - you'll be blown away at how quickly you get files from one computer to another. Oh, and don't worry if you only have USB 1.x - still works just fine!

I tell ya, there is simply no better way to get files from computer to computer! Just wait till the next time you need to move either large numbers or large size files - you'll be THRILLED you grabbed this! I love to use it when I'm transferring my photos from my trips off my laptop onto my main computer - it's an incredible time saver! Oh, and just wait till you upgrade to your next computer - your data is going to be there before you know it. Works for ANY kind of file you have too! Seriously, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it! You'll find it becomes as essential to your computer as your mouse!

Why spend countless hours burning CDs and trying to transfer large files with flash drives? Just plug this into your computers, drag and drop, and be done with it already!

If you're ever, in your life, going to get another computer or need to get a file from one computer to another, you absolutely, positively MUST get yourself one of these!

Your cost for all this file-moving bliss? For today, we're talkin' just $14.97 and US shipping is FREE! (PLUS - you get that great LED keychain Flashlight too) Insane not to get one! Oh, and if you don't think it's as cool as I say it is, you can send it back within 60 days for a refund! That's how confident I am that you'll love this too! Check it out:


PS - This special price is ONLY guaranteed today, 04-15-2009, so make sure you sprint on over to the site and get yourself setup with one of these! Next time you need to move files, you'll agree that this is the best cable you've ever owned! Regular price is $21.97 - don't miss out!

Make Photo Transfers Super-EASY!Emprex All-in-One USB Card Reader

All-In-One Memory Card Reader

Fastest Way To Get Photos From Camera To Computer

Give It A Try - You'll NEVER Go Back!

To go along with all of the digital photography tips we've been publishing, we just got in a really great deal that I know you're gonna love!!

This is a really neat Memory Card Reader that has Six built-in card slots support the most common and popular memory cards, like:

SD, Compact Flash, MMC, MS, Memory Stick, and xD! A total of 50 different memory card types and sizes! (Pretty much every card out there - I'll bet yours is on the list!!)

OK, if you're not using a card reader, now's the time! I know, I know, you can spend an hour fishing around for the cord that came with your camera and plug it into your computer and use some awkward, afterthought software to slowly transfer your files over. I used to think that was just fine too. Then I tried my first memory card reader! Oh, once you go down that blissful path, you'll never go back! Memory card readers make dealing with your photos sooooo much simpler!

Here's how easy it is - Just pop your card into the reader, a window pops up. Then drag and drop your photos to where ever YOU want them! So much easier than messing with trying to organize your photos on the camera! This way - you can set up your own folders for your photos - and organize them the way YOU want! (I personally like using the year, then dated sub-folders with event names). This is one of those short-cuts professional photographers use. It's simple and it works!

Oh, and it's QUICK too! This is a USB 2.0 reader so it's every bit as fast - and in many cases FASTER than transferring the photos from your camera! Plus, since it supports so many different cards, chances are if you get another camera (or already have a few), you can use it for those cards too!

Now, here's what really got me excited! We're able to sell these for just $8.97 each, FREE US SHIPPING! Come, on now - for that kind of money, you KNOW you just gotta grab one of these! You'll have to hurry though - only a VERY limited number available and I don't think we'll be seeing more for this kind of money!


PS - Warning!! These WILL go up to $14.97 Thursday!! Grab yours while you can!


Computers 101

How can I get rid of those alert messages that always show up in the taskbar? You know, the ones that tell me new updates are ready, etc.

Well, those alerts are there to inform you of things that are going on within your computer, but I understand that they are sometimes annoying. Usually, these messages are telling you that there are updates available that you can download or that new hardware was found, etc.

There is an easy way to disable them from ever showing up again, but before you do that, you need to make sure that you keep an eye on your taskbar so you don't miss any of those important updates or anything else.

If you can promise that, let's continue! Keep in mind that this tip is for Windows XP users only. If you're using Windows Vista check this tip out. Also, if you don't have a certain type of antivirus on your computer, you may not have the option for the security center.

1.) Go to your Start menu, Control Panel and look for the Security Center icon. Click on that.

Also, keep in mind that you need to be in the category view of your Control Panel for this to work. To get there, open up your Control Panel and at the upper left hand corner, click on "Switch to Category View" (if you're not already there).

2.) After opening the security center, look under the title Resources on the left hand side of the page. Click on "Change the way Security Center alerts me."

3.) From this screen, you can choose which things you want to change under the Alert Settings. Uncheck any that you don't want activated anymore. You probably will only want to change the Automatic Updates setting though, because the others deal with your antivirus and firewall and you should always have those running. When you're done, click OK.

You may want to restart your computer when you're finished just to make sure the changes take effect. Then the next time you browse the Web, there won't be any more annoying and frustrating messages! Sounds like a deal to me!

~ Robert Desacada

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MS Office

Access Your Outlook Calendar from the To-Do Bar

Many people, including me, use the To-Do Bar in Outlook 2007 and have the monthly calendar displayed at the top of the bar.

But, did you know that if you double-click any date on the To-Do Bar's mini calendar, you'll be whisked away to Outlook's Calendar feature where you've already been sent to the date you clicked?

This means that if you want to see something 3 months from now, just navigate there from the To-Do Bar and click the date.

Voila! Your calendar opens up 3 months from now instead of on today.

I'd like to add some extra info regarding which view the calendar uses when it opens:

I found that if I had the calendar set to display one day at a time then the calendar opens on exactly the day you chose.

If I had the calendar display set to monthly then it also would open to the exact date I chose.

And finally, when my calendar is set to weekly Outlook will open to the week containing the date I chose.

It's just a small thing to use but it seems a bit more efficient then opening the calendar and then navigating to the correct date… and every little bit of extra efficiency is always appreciated.

~ April

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You know how it is - You've probably been wanting to learn how to use a bunch of programs that you've just dabbled with up til now. Well, here's your chance to really dominate 'em!

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:

  • Word® (Word Processor)
  • Excel® (Spreadsheet)
  • PowerPoint® (Presentation Program - Slide Shows, etc.)
  • Access® (Database Management)
  • Outlook® (E-mail)

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:

  • Microsoft Publisher 2000 and 2003
  • Microsoft Project 98 and 2000
  • Microsoft InfoPath 2003
  • Microsoft Visio 2003
  • Microsoft OneNote 2003
  • Microsoft FrontPage 2000, 2002, and 2003
  • Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) 2003
  • Java
  • JavaScript
  • Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) 4
  • Dynamic HTML
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0
  • Adobe Acrobat 6
  • Digital Photography Tutorial

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.

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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.

This program comes with Five!!! (count 'em... FIVE CD-ROMs, each packed with audio and video presentations! And each CD-ROM features in-depth instruction on an Office® program as well as an introduction to Windows® Vista®. There's over 1400 topics covered! The bottom-line: go thru this course, complete the exercises and YOU WILL KNOW Microsoft® Office®.

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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PowerPoint Key Combinations

I've learned that our readers love shortcuts and key combinations! Things roll a lot smoother when you can just slam a couple of keys and accomplish the same thing as 5 or 6 mouse clicks. Want to expand your knowledge? Head over to the WS site today and check 'em out!

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Tip of the Day

Vista's ReadyBoost

The Windows Vista operating system has a new feature that is designed to give users a quick, simple and cheap way to boost the performance of their Vista powered PC. It is called ReadyBoost and trust me, it does just that! So, what is ReadyBoost? How does it work and how effective is it? Well, let’s take a look!

Basically, ReadyBoost allows you to use a flash memory stick (flash drive) or SD card on your computer to store commonly used files so that you can access them much faster than off of your hard drive. Turning the ReadyBoost feature on couldn't be any easier as well. To do so, just plug a flash drive, SD card or whatever flash device you'd like to use into your computer. You'll then see this dialogue box pop up:

Click the "Speed up my system" link and you'll be taken to the ReadyBoost panel for the flash drive, which looks like this:

Just select Use this device and then set the amount of space you want to use. Vista will then create what is essentially a paging file on that drive and you will then be able to use it for quicker access. Note: This will only work with USB 2.0 devices or SD cards.

The advantage of ReadyBoost is that it is much faster to cache to a USB drive than to your hard drive. That then speeds up your system and enhances its overall performance. For example, acting as a fast store for frequently accessed data, the average random 4K document read from a flash device is about ten times faster than accessing the same information from the hard drive. That's pretty darn fast, if you ask me. Check it out!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami

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Today's Feature

Conficker Test

Over the past couple weeks, I have been getting a lot of questions about the Conficker worm. Obviously, people are concerned about whether thay may or may not have this nasty little bug. Now, I have written a couple articles about how to remove conficker and how to avoid conficker, but how do you know if you really have this virus?

Well, just the other day, our good friend Andy stunbled across this awesome tool that will tell you if you could be infected with Conficker. This test is easy and takes just seconds. Here is what it looks like:

screen shot

So... What does this mean?

It's simple, Go to the testing page by clicking here: http://www.baylor.edu/its/security/conficker/. You will see an Image similar to this one. If you can see all of the images, you are safe. If you cannot see all of the images, you may have an issue. There are descriptions below the image that will explain the possibilities.

So, if you are worried that you may be infected, check this quick test out now.

Until next time, stay safe out there.


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Amanda's Coolsite

Making the Modern World

"Making the Modern World brings you powerful stories about science and invention from the eighteenth century to today. It explains the development and the global spread of modern industrial society and its effects on all our lives."I found this explanation in the About Us section near the bottom of the page.

You'll find the navigation of the site on the tabs across the top under the title. The sections are Home, Stories Timeline, Icons of Invention, Everyday Life, Guided Tours, and Learning Modules.

The Stories Timeline has a timeline dated all the way back to 1750 and ending at 2000. You can click on each block. For example, click on the gray block for "1750 to 1820 Enlightenment and Measurement", and a drop down menu gives you three stories: "Measuring the Universe", "Empire, Navy, and Trade", and "Rational Manufacture." At the very bottom of the menu, there is a link titled Read More, which will take you to a page where you can learn a little more about the subject and access the three stories. I like the Read More option for navigation of the timeline and I'm greatly appreciative that they included it.

Icons of Invention has information on the inventions that have changed our world. It's divided into three sections: Science, Technology, and Medicine. Beneath that, you can browse the Icons of Invention either from clicking on the examples provided or by scrolling through the pages with the page numbers at the bottom.

If you choose the Browse Category option above each section, you can view the icons of invention through another timeline setting. I really love this option because it gave you a real feel for the progress that was made over time. Take a look at that Apple I Home Computer! It's amazing to think how far just computers have come since their invention.

Everyday Life shows inventions that have changed (you guessed it!) everyday life. Everything from appliances and toothbrushes to synthetic fabrics. I am so amazed by this section and I adore the three examples that they put right out on the front. The first is about the Singer Sewing Machine, the second is about re-inventing a shovel, and the third is about house plants. Beneath that are more sections – Personal, Home, Work, Leisure, Control, and Health. Each of these sections is again set up in a timeline so that you can see the time progression. There's even a button for an audio version of the stories!

Guided Tours has three pages of tours, each tracing a different aspect of progression. From the impact that woman have had in science to advancements in healthcare, you'll find a lot of interesting information presented in pictures and text. I found Making Modern Health interesting as it tracks the progress of healthcare, from the x-ray to pharmaceuticals.

Last, but not least, is the section Learning Modules. Here you will find demonstrations, activities and media designed on a level to be used by just about everyone. This section is broken down into separate areas, like Biology, English, Chemistry, History, Geography, Mathematics, and Psychology. My favorite, Psychology, talks a lot about stress and stress management. Everyone has stress at some point in their life, but not everyone manages stress in a healthy way or knows how to channel it out of their system at all. This section was really useful.

This site is a great way to stimulate your brain.


~ Amanda

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If you've ever tried to listen music with earphones (or "earbuds" as they're often called) you probably have had the same gripes that I've had with 'em. Yeah, they're lightweight but the trouble is you have to "balance" them in your ear canal. And then they usually fall out, so you have to jam 'em so far into your ear that they're REALLY uncomfortable. And then you also have to watch the volume OR ELSE YOU GET BLASTED AWAY!!! So, I had just resigned myself to the fact that they were just more trouble than they were worth.

Well...we found the solution! We've just come across a NICE set that sound GREAT (YES...they're STEREO! ) and are VERY comfortable. (In fact, I'm wearing 'em right now as I'm writing this!)

Let's face it, if earphones aren't comfortable, who cares how they sound, cuz you'll never wear 'em to ever find out! Well, these stream-lined earphones really deliver not only on great sound but comfort too!

Here's why these "Stereo Earphones" work:

First off, each earpiece fits over and behind your ear, so they stay out of the way. And that piece is bendable so you can adjust it to your own comfort level! (Makes a huge difference!)

The other thing I like about these is that the earpiece is wrapped in a thin layer of rubber-neoprene so that makes 'em very comfortable as well. So when you place the earpiece in your ear it stays there...comfortably, and doesn't fall out! And I noticed that by being able to position the earpiece itself, that also explains why the sound is so good!

These are all small points but they're important. And when you point them all together, you have a really great set of earphones that you can take where ever you go! In fact, you can use these at your computer desk if you're working on your computer late at night or early in the morning and you need to keep the sound down.

And the cord is long enough (4 foot) without being too long so as to get tangled and in the way. (Another small point but something I've noticed as a problem with other earphones I've tried!)

And in case you were wonderin', this is the common plug (3.5 mm) that fits into the front and your computer and most other audio devices, like portable radios, laptops, cd /dvd/mp3 players, iPods etc.

Do NOT let the low price fool you on this. We just happened to get a great deal on these so we're passin' along the savings! Believe it or not, today these are just $8.97 and shipping in the US is FREE!


P.S. - At this price, might want to consider picking up 2 or three of these so you have one at your computer, one in the car and one you can stick in your pocket or purse for walks or bike rides!

Warning - This price is set to increase soon! Don't pay $14.97 for 'em later - grab 'em today!!

Monthly Wallpaper

April Wallpaper

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

Pink Flower

This was actually in my front of my house! It had rained the night before, and this pink flower (lily?) was looking especially pink.

Mossy Stream

This just has to make you think "Spring"! Taken last April in the Smokys - and man that water was cold!

Valley Of Fire Road

Just about an hour's drive from Las Vegas is this amazing place! It really does look like that when you round the top of the hill! You think you're on another planet (and may sci-fi movies were shot there, including Star Trek Generations)

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

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