Friday, April 17, 2009
Here are the results from this week's poll! Looks like we've got a lot of Windows XP faithful out there! So what's next? Tax returns should be coming in soon, so what are you going to do with it? Are you upset by the new tax laws, or are you keeping your intentions a secret? Stop by the Worldstart site and cast your vote! It's your voice, so use it!
Perhaps in preparation for the upcoming Windows 7, Microsoft announced that Mainstream support for Windows XP will transition into Extended support, effective April 14th 2009.
What does this mean, exactly?
Not much for the average XP user, so don't panic. Your operating system will function as usual and you'll still get security updates through 2014 via Windows Update. The catch is that all other technical problems related to Windows XP are now considered “Extended Support” and will therefore cost money per incident, depending on the issue.
Mainstream support typically lasts five years, but in the case of Windows XP it has gone on for almost seven and a half! This is due, perhaps, to the overall dissatisfaction with Windows Vista and possible reluctance to move to Windows 7. On the bright side, Windows XP “downgrade rights” will continue until April 30th 2010. You can read more about downgrade rights here.
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Don't Fork Out $400.00 For Adobe PhotoShop!
We Have A Great Photo Editing Program Just Like It For $9.97!
Make Professional Image Editing EASY!
Edit, Enhance, And Share Your Photos!
You're Gonna Be BLOWN AWAY!!
Seriously - just look at the screen shots below - this really looks and performs just like Adobe Photoshop! This has to be the most incredible software find we've ever come across! You'll save HUNDREDS and have pretty much the same program! WOW!
Let me guess - you'd love to have Adobe PhotoShop but that $400 price tag holds ya back. Wouldn't it great if someone made a program LIKE Photoshop, only cheaper? Oh, we found it! It's PhotoDesigner Pro and just look at those screen shots below - it looks and acts just like the $400 Adobe Photoshop! Layers, tools, filters - give this a try and you'll think you're using Photoshop!
At first I wasn't too sure about this one, could it really be like Photoshop? Let me tell ya, once I installed it, I was really surprised! You open it up and it really looks and performs pretty much exactly like Adobe Photoshop! The tools and layout look just slightly (very slightly) different, but it's all there! It features layers, adjustment layers, masks, effects, has pretty much all the same filters, rulers, tools - it's all there! Heck, going through the menus, you have to remind yourself that you're NOT using actually Photoshop!
Oh, just wait till you see the tools - that was my concern, but they're all there! The clone stamp, gradient tool, red-eye removal tool, crop tool, paint bucket, smudge tool, burn & dodge tools, the blur & sharpen tools, scratch removal tool, color picker, text tools, shapes, selection tools like Magic Wand or "shapes" - whew - on and on! You name the Photoshop tool, this has it!
Same goes for the rest of the program - the filters from Photoshop are all there! My personal favorites - the High Pass, Unsharpen Mask, Gaussian blur, Sharpen, and Lighting Effects - all there along with a total of 44 regular filters at your disposal! Everything you need to add that little extra punch to your photos!
As for the the image adjustments, you have 'em all too! We're talking Curves, Levels, Contrast, Hue / Saturation, Brightness / Contrast, Color Balance, Selective Color, Channel Mixer, Gradient Map - and more! It's all there - just like Photoshop!
I tell ya, if you want Photoshop but can't justify the expense, this is a no-brainer! Heck, even if you can justify the expense, why not take a look at this first? I've never seen a program that was soooo close to Photoshop!
With this program you are getting tons of ways to use professional level tools that will have everyone wondering who you hired to edit your photos! This program goes above and beyond basic photo editing software. It not only acts like Photoshop - it actually works with Adobe Photoshop files too - you can open Photoshop images, edit them and save them back into the native Photoshop format!! Of course, it will work with all the photo files on your computer and work with your digital camera / scanner too!
In addition to looking and acting like Photoshop, it's jam-packed with over 200 instant effects (these are REALLY cool), 140 picture brushes and 30 tutorials- all of which make this program unbeatable! Add your own message to your photos with the editable text function. Use the automated images correction for quick and easy photo editing. Create your own amazing effects with a few clicks of your mouse! Automatically create awesome web animations! Even turn your documents into print-ready PDF's with encryption and password protection!
Like I said, pretty much Photoshop's twin! It even has a pressure sensitive feature that works with a graphics tablet if you have one! Depending on how hard you press on the tablet, the program will know whether or not you to use a think or a thin brush! How absolutely sweet is that?
After playing with this for an hour or so (It's really fun), I came to the conclusion that anything I've been doing with Photoshop could be done in this - and using the same tools and techniques too! Why pay $400 for Photoshop when there's something like this on the market? You've got to try it - I promise, you'll be impressed!
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, this photo editor is going to amaze you! But the price is incredible in itself. You could pay almost $400.00 for Abode Photoshop, or you could check out this great program for just $9.97 and US Shipping is Free! Heck, for that kind of money, you can't afford to pass this one up! If you don't agree that this is just like Photoshop, you can even send it back for a refund within 60 days! No risk to you at all - give this a try, it's really unbelievable how much Photoshop DNA this seems to have!
The price will increase to $16.97 soon! Don't miss the boat on this one!
Wireless Headphones - $12.97!!
No, That's Not A Typo!
You Read That Right - Just $12.97!!!
No Refurbs, No Seconds - Brand New!
You'll Love Going Wireless!
OK, we get some good deals from time to time, but this is a real jaw-dropper! We just got these cool little Wireless Stereo Headphones in and WOW - this is just incredible!
When I saw these, I had to test them - after all, for this kind of money, do they really work? Well, I'm thrilled to report - YES - they work GREAT!
They include a cord that you can plug into an iPod, MP3 player, Computer, CD player, (most) TV, Stereo, - whatever! Once connected, just turn on the transmitter and the headphones! A quick button push and you're sent to a state of wireless listening bliss! Cool huh?
As for range, I was really impressed! I figured a few feet if I was lucky, ya know? Well, I found these work great for the room the transmitter is in and can easily go into the next room or two with no static.
They are really light weight too - just wait till ya try 'em on! Oh, and these are the "wrap around the back of you head" style so you don't have an annoying band going over the top of your head. They stay on really great too!
Want more? These also have an FM radio built in! That's right! You can listen to your music device OR just listen to FM radio! The choice is yours!
Again, these are just $12.97 and US shipping is FREE! It's easily the best deal we've ever seen on wireless headphones and I don't think we're going to see another one like it any time soon (or ever). RUN to the site and give these a try! You'll be blown away at what you get for just $12.97!
PS - Yes - you guessed it! This is a limited quantity deal, so you don't wanna wait! You just know these are about to FLY out of here!
YES! Back In Stock!!
Whatever You Do - Don't Buy An External Hard Drive!
Make One Yourself And Save BIG!
Super Easy! Anyone Can Do It!
Great Way To Give Your Old Hard Drives A Reason To Live!
I'm so excited! We just got a jaw-droppin' deal on some do-it-yourself External Hard Drive Cases! I've used these in the past (a lot, actually), and I've saved literally HUNDREDS over buying the "prefab" deals at the stores! Super easy too - my 7 year old can do it!
OK, so how's this work anyway? Glad you asked! Really easy - we sell you this great little case, you take an internal Hard Drive (IDE connection) and just plug it in. Put the case back together (a few screws - not hard), then plug it in! That's it! When you plug it into your computer's USB port windows will AUTOMATICALLY install the drive and list it under MyComputer! It's just like plugging in a GIANT flashdrive! It's THAT easy!
From there, just use it like any other drive! It's an absolutely fantastic idea for extra storage or backups!
PLUS, like I say, this can save a TON on money! There are two ways to do this - The first is to watch for a sale on internal Hard Drives at your local electronics store. You can get HUGE drives for less than $100 all day long! I've seen them for less than $40 after rebates and such! You get them for WAY less than external drives since you're not buying some snazzy case.
The second way these save money is letting you give new life to old hard drives! You know how it is - you have that old computer sitting in your closet - there's nothing on it you need anymore, it's really not worth anything, but you're worried about throwing it away. Why not salvage it's old HD and stick it into this handy case? You instantly have an external HD - for less than $20!
Now, I know you may be a little worried about having to assemble something like this, but trust me, it's easy. If you've ever used a screwdriver and plugged a lamp into the wall, you're qualified! You simply take any IDE drive up to 750GB, in plug the power cord (inside the case), then just push it into place! A few screws later and the case is assembled! I put mine together in less than 5 minutes! Really! Still not sure? I'll make you a deal - if you can't figure it out, you can call out tech support and they'll walk you though it!
OK, ready for the deal? We have these on sale today for just $18.97 and US shipping is FREE! This can save you TONS of money on external drives! Easy to do, cheap, and quick! Grab one, grab a dozen - for this kind of money you just can't go wrong!
PS - It's never been easier - or cheaper - to make your own external HD! PLUS - if down the road you decide the drive you started with is too small, you can always just take this apart and "upgrade" it yourself in a few minutes! Don't miss out!
The first rule of e-mail security is to make sure you only open e-mail from recipients that you know very well. If you get an e-mail from a business, corporation or organization, keep in mind that you should only receive an e-mail from a place like that if you had contacted them first. If you did not contact them, then by all means, dont open the e-mail!
I recently received an e-mail from Microsoft with a subject line of Use this Patch Immediately! Microsoft will not contact you about patches or anything else, unless you contact them first. This patch, which was attached to the e-mail, could have very well been a virus or a worm.
One of the new techniques of spam senders is pretending to be someone else sending the message. The message I received from Microsoft was not from Microsoft at all, but instead, it was from someone who changed the recipient e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, which is not legit.
Also, take note that if you receive an e-mail from a bank requesting your information over the Internet, do not give it to them. There was a Bank of America e-mail scam going around the Internet awhile back. It was one where a link took you to a site that looked like Bank of America's official Web site requesting your information, but it was really someone pretending to be the bank. It is always safer to visit your bank and ask them about the e-mail.
There was also the Nigerian e-mail scam. It involved an e-mail telling you that someone found a large amount of money that belongs to you. However, they have to get this money into the United States for you, so they request that you send them money to assist them in their work. Never send money to anyone you dont know, especially if you receive an e-mail from a suspicious person.
So, there you have it, a little more information on e-mail security and ways to stay protected.
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Now That's a Comment of a Different Color
If you use comments in MS Excel then you might find yourself wishing that there was a way to color code them.
Maybe some comments are notes you've made to yourself about double checking a formula, maybe others pertain to something entirely different.
Whatever your needs it might interest you to know that you can change the color of your comments with just a couple a clicks.
Once you've located a comment to be changed simply right-click on the border of the comment.
Then choose Format Comment from the menu.
When the dialog window opens choose the Colors and Lines tab.
At this point it's a quick decision as to what color to choose and a click on the OK button.
And there you have it - comments of any color you choose.
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NOW HEAR THIS!
This "Travel Link" has been a reader favorite this week!!! (That's an understatement!)
Looks like people have been scooping up a few for family and friends as gifts! We went back to our suppliers and were able to get enough to (hopefully) carry us over thru til the end of today. But please, hurry and secure your own "Travel Link" ASAP! These little suckers are movin' quick! Over the past few weeks we've had a number of products sell out and some of our readers were disappointed cuz when they hit the shopping cart, the "cupboard was bare"!
This is a great way...THE Best Way...we've seen, to transfer files both quickly AND easily. So be sure to grab one or two of these today!
Transfer Files Without A Computer!
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!
Your camera's memory card and a USB flash drive
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!)
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'...
Hard Drive Space
Running low on HDD space? Perhaps you just installed a new Hard Drive and you want to look at all the room you have? Many people wonder how to check this, and thankfully we here at Worldstart are quick to oblige! Head on over to the site and give it a look-see!
Desert Island Library
We're all looking for something new, right? The good news is that "new" is a relative term and something old can be just as new to fresh eyes! Enter the Desert Island Library, where people can recommend books, movies or music to stimulate their minds! The WS site has it, so go get it!
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In Windows XP, go to Start>Run and you'll see a box. It's an often overlooked place that can save you a lot of time. If a program is in the Window's folder or System32, you can launch it by typing in the name.
Want a quick way to Notepad? Type in "notepad". How about Explorer? That's right, you type in "explorer". How about Paint? That's a little trickier: type in "MSpaint". And for a calculator, type in "calc". For an on-screen keyboard type "osk".
Windows Vista is even easier! When you click the Start Button there is a box directly above it with the words "Start Search" in it. This is where you can issue your Run commands! Simply type in the desired program name and off you go!
These are just a few... see if you can find more.
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Welcome to Roadside America, an online guide to find unusual tourist attractions. Right off the bat, before we get started exploring this site, I want to draw your attention to Light Bulb Methuselahs. This is under the Features section on the side menu. Click on the image or the link to enter the section. Once inside, you will learn all about the longest lasting light bulb, which is a light bulb that has worked for 100 years. Isnt that amazing?!
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Transfer Files From One Computer To Another - With A Cable!!!
It's Never Been Easier To Move Your Files, Photos, Songs - Anything!
Just Plug This Cable Into Your USB Slots!
Then Just Drag & Drop!
HEY! Let me ask you a question or two :-)
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! 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 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!
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Thursday, April 16, 2009
Computer Tips [ The End Of XP? + Urgent Tips For E-mail Safety + Great Way To Launch Your Programs ] 04/17/2009
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