Microsoft likes it when people activate their software. If you just got a new computer, chances are that when you first booted it up, Windows asked you to activate. It goes pretty quick, and in no time you're off and running with your PC; carefree and without any activation reservations.
But what if you bought that Vista machine used? How are you to be sure that it has been activated completely? Thank goodness for good news, people! Let's learn how to check our Vista Activation Status!
At the Command Prompt type: “slmgr.vbs -dli” without the quotes.
Now wait for a bit, I know I had to; and because I originally wrote this tip for Vista Enterprise and Business, I wasn't expecting it to work. Then, out of nowhere, this window popped up:
If it says “License Status: Licensed” you're covered! If not, you might want to contact the seller and see what's up!
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WOW!! Coolest Card Reader EVER!
It's Not Just A Blazin' Fast USB 2.0 Memory Card Reader...
This Baby Even Has Storage For Your Cards!
Now THAT'S A Brilliant Idea!
Dirt Cheap Too! WOW - You're Love It!!!
This is soooo cool! I want you to meet my new USB 2.0 Card Reader! Sure, looks like any other card reader, but look a little closer and you'll see what's got me so excited!!! You can actually STORE your extra cards in it! (And wait till you see the deal - that's pretty exciting too!)
Check it out - the top has spots for all kinds of memory cards! Store up to a total of 9 cards! Right in in your card reader!!! Just flip the top down and you're good to go! Is that ingenious or what???
Oh, and if you haven't used a card reader before, you're in for a real treat! It's the easiest way on the planet to get your photos from your camera to your computer! Get this - you just pop your card into this handy little reader and a window will pop up on your screen. Just view the files, and drag and drop to whereever you want to store 'em! It's really that easy!!
I know, you think transferring directly form your cameras is just fine - well, I used to think that way too! Oh, but THEN I tried a card reader and it changed my life forever! (OK, maybe that's a bit extreme, but I'd give you my mouse before I'd give up my card reader! You can't have it! NEVER!!!)
Seriously, these make it so much faster - and sooooo incredibly easy - to get your files off your card and onto your computer! Really, once you try it, you'll never consider ever going back to the bad old days of camera transfers! PLUS this little guy works with just about EVERY card out there! I mean, look at this:
Yeah, pretty much if you have a camera with a memory card, this baby is gonna read it!
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PS - This is the reader I keep with my laptop now! I LOVE that I can store extra cards into it! Makes it easy to keep track of everything! Give this a try - you'll love it too!!
Binoculars With A Built-In Digital Camera!!!
Big 7x Image Magnification!
There have been times when I've gone to a football game and had my binoculars and wished that I could take some pictures of what I was seeing. Sure, you can schlep along a digital camera with a zoom lens, but it's not much fun watching a game through a camera lens! (Trust me...I tried it - but only for a few minutes.) That's why I was so excited when we got these in! After all, this could be a great solution for all of us who have struggled with the "binocular vs. camera" conundrum!
I got to admit, I was "cautiously optimistic" when I first saw these. But I saw these were made by Bushnell - a trusted, old "stand-by" in the field of optical products. So I thought, "What the heck...let me give 'em a run thru!"
These work just like a regular set of binoculars but it has the added feature of a built-in digital camera! So you can "See" a scene just like you normally would with a pair of binoculars. But, then you can also "Save It", and then "Download It" to your computer and even "Edit It"! Hmmm...that seemed interesting!
Sure enough just like a regular set of binoculars, there's a "focus" knob. Actually, I thought was even better than most binoculars cuz it's in a convenient spot - right underneath the base of the camera, right by your thumb so it's easy to adjust. Also, there's an "eye adjustment" feature so you can get a perfect fit for the distance between your eyes. Heck, there's even a an additional setting to adjust for individual eye strength! (Something called a "diopter setting", apparently a feature that Bushnell binoculars have. Didn't expect to find something like that.) Maybe I was really onto something!
Come to find out that it has "fully coated optics for optimum light transmission", plus it uses a "Porro prism system". Not sure about all that - all I know is that the magnification was pretty darn strong (7 x 18 mm magnification) and the view was very clear! In fact, it was better that other binoculars I've used that were much more expensive!
As they say, "the proof is in the pudding", so I wanted to see what kind of pictures it would take. So I ran outside a took a few shots and well, you tell me!
This first one of, "Old Glory", it was about 60 feet away from where I was standing. What's interesting is that it was pretty windy out when I snapped that shot and there's not a blur in the shot!
Next, I thought I'd see how these would work with a moving object - just like if you were at a sporting event (football game, car race, whatever). Now, it just so happens this street has a posted speed limit of 50 mph, so I think it's safe to assume this car was moving at about that rate. And once again, no blur!!! What do ya think...not bad, heh?
This is EXACTLY the thing for taking "stop action" shots! Also, I like that fact that this has a 1/4" standard tripod mount. Especially handy if you want to use the "Timer" feature and jump in the shot yourself!
Also, this neat little binocular-camera has a button on top that let's use access different features:
Timer - will take a photo after a 10 second delay when you press the shutter
Repeat Shot - This is neat. It takes a rapid series of 3 consecutive photos about 12 second apart when you press and hold the shutter button.
High/Low Photo Quality - This allows you to take photos at different resolutions (640x480 or 320x240).
Movie Mode - This lets you take short movie clips ("avi files", at 320 x 240)
Delete - Lets you delete the last photo or all photos on the camera
There's an LCD Display at the top of the camera that shows you what "Modes" you selected and also shows you how many pictures you've already taken.
As far as downloading the pictures to your computer, it couldn't be easier! It comes with a software program by Roxio, which makes excellent software products! (Now that I really didn't expect!) Just load the CD into your computer, plug one end of the USB cord (comes included!) into the camera and the other end into your computer and you're ready to roll! Just click on a couple of icons to transfer the pictures onto your computer and that's all to it! You can even edit your pictures directly from their if you want, which is perfect for someone who's pretty new to taking digital pictures and all. If you've been taking photos for a while and you're comfortable doing more advanced editing you can use a more advanced program specifically designed for photo editing, like this one we use.
And check out all the accessories that comes with it including: a USB Cable, a Carry case and carry strap!
I got to tell you, I was really pleasantly surprised with this little Bushnell beauty! Has just enough features to be really handy and useful without being too complicated! Easy to use and it works great! Plus it's compact so you can stick it in your pocket or attach the carrying case to your belt and go that route! This is great for sight seeing, sporting events or even family get togethers!
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P.S. - It has a "rugged" design so don't be afraid of bringing this along where ever you go...after all, that's what it's for!!!
All Pinned Up!
The bottom section of the Start Menu is reserved for frequently used programs, or programs that I use on a regular basis. Though this may sound the same as a pinned menu, the items on the list change dynamically based on what I've been apt to do lately. So if I've been using the calculator a lot, it's icon will show up, but if I stop using it for awhile and make use of something else, that icon will show up.
Get the point? :)
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Change an Individual Smart Art Shape
When you're working with Microsoft Office 2007 SmartArt graphics do you ever think to yourself how nice it would be if all the shapes in the graphic didn't have to be the same?
Maybe your basic SmartArt graphic like this one:
Would make more sense or be more useful to you if it looked something like this:
For whatever reason you have you can customize your SmartArt shapes individually with just a couple of clicks.
The first step is to right-click on a single shape in the diagram.
From the menu choose Change Shape.
The shape palette will open allowing you to choose any shape you like.
You can change one shape, two shapes, all shapes this one really makes the already powerful SmartArt tool even more versatile and useful.
Give it a try - you just may find a whole new set of uses for SmartArt.
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This is a great little fan, especially if you're workin' late at night. The air's dead still and nothin' is moving. Sure would be good to get some air circulating! But you hate to turn on the air conditioning to cool off the whole house if you don't really need to? So, just plug this right into the USB port of your computer and there you go...comfort at your desk!
PLUS, it has an ultra-quiet motor so you won't wake up the rest of the house. But I'll tell you what I like most about this personal fan: it doesn't need batteries or any other external power! All you need is notebook or PC with a USB port and you're good to go! How's that for being economical?
The wire-coiled base is flexible, so you can adjust and position it for maximum cooling comfort!
I know...you're probably wonderin' the same thing I did when I first saw this: "Is it safe?": Well, those fan blades are made of a soft material, so the answer is, "Yes it is's very safe!" But don't be fooled- it really kicks out a powerful breeze!
This is also great for kids away at school. It will keep 'em cool without disturbing their roommates, plus the circulating air will help keep them awake when they study!
It's great for laptops! Here's another idea: If you've had it on for a long time and it starts heating up,just bend the fan and point it in the direction of the base of the laptop. This is just a great little fan and a handy thing to have around. It works great, it's quiet, you don't need to spend money on batteries, and besides - it looks kind of neat!
Grab one or two while yo can at this great price - only $9.97 and US shipping is FREE!! Yeah, I know, it's a great deal so grab a few now while you can get them at this price!
P.S. - Heck, you'd spend more than that in 10 minutes with the air conditioner runnin'! But get these while you can before they up in price!
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Brightness and Contrast
Are you a pyramid fanatic like I am? I personally can't get enough about learning the history of one of the greatest wonders the world has ever known! If you're curious too, head over to Worldstart and get the knowledge on pyramids!
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Recover a Lost Window
I'm sure this has happened to you: a window strays outside of the visible desktop area and you can't seem to grab it with your pointer.
All is not lost.
Click the button for it down in the toolbar to bring it into focus. Hit Alt+Spacebar and it will bring up a System menu (Restore, Move, Size, etc.) Usually this shows up in the upper left hand corner of a window, but on one that's offscreen it appears on your desktop as close to the renegade as it can.
Press "M" for Move and use the arrow key to bring it back into view.
Once it's where you want it, hit Enter or click your left mouse button.
Last week I wrote about a free program called Wise Disk Cleaner. This handy little application was made for cleaning unused files on your system, and I must say, it does a great job. As a matter of fact, I liked it so much that I decided to try another program made by Wise. This one is called Wise Registry Cleaner, and once again, I am impressed!
Wise Registry Cleaner follows along the same principals as the disk cleaner. It provides you with an easy to use, fail-safe way to clean your registry of entries that are not needed. I installed the registry cleaner and it walked me through the whole process. There is no guess work with this program. Just install it and follow the steps that it recommends. This will ensure that you get a clean registry and not a destroyed registry! It even offers you the ability to create an automatic restore point before it does any work. That way, you can undo any un-needed changes with just one click. What more could you ask for?
If you want to try out Wise Registry cleaner, you can download it here.
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Have you ever wanted to be able to look into the past? Well now you can! This site provides historical pictures from all over the globe! It seems I’ve been sharing this site with everyone I know! I sent it to my family members and my history professors at school, and we all agree this is one neat site!
Along the bottom the page you’ll see a strip of the most popular photos on the site. While I was visiting, there was a photo of Blackrock Castle, in Cork, Ireland. It was absolutely gorgeous, so I click on it to make it larger. On the photo’s page not only do you get to see the image larger, but they also provide you with a Google map to the left of it that shows exactly where the subject matter of the photo is from! If you click the photo again, you’ll be able to see it even larger. And at the bottom of the page there will be a strip of related photos that you can check out.
Back on the main page, if you don’t want to check out the photo strip at the bottom, then you can type in the location you’re looking for and you can change the dates the photos are from as well. For example if you want to see one of my favorite pictures on the whole site type in: The Sphinx, Apostle Islands, Lake Superior, U.S. Then click the Find Pictures button.
The search will bring up two images (at least it did when I searched it) choose the one that matches the title exactly. For me, that is the first image. The image is of a rock formation in Lake Superior that looks like the Sphinx. I think it strikes a cord in me because it is like cloud watching. You decide what shape it takes, I can certainly see the Sphinx like shape of it, but I can also see a battleship, a seagull perched on a rock out cropping, and that’s a just a few.
This is an amazing database of pictures! Not only can you see images here, you can share images! I’m hoping I can talk my grandparents into sharing some of their photos of Pennsylvania from the early 1930’s.
In order to leave comments, or share photographs, you’ll need to register. Don’t worry it is super easy! Just fill out the form, make sure you provide a real e-mail address so that you can get the confirmation e-mail, and click Sign Up! Now you can share your photos, and help add to the collection.
This is an awesome site; share it with your friends and family today!
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Hey guess what??? We just found an EXTRA, neat little feature that we didn't even know about! How would you like to have "Internet Radio" on this device along with EVERYTHING ELSE it can do? Yep, that's right! We just out that you can download the software updates (free of charge!) you can sign up for Yahoo Radio and you'll get put up Internet Radio stations thru your WiFi connection! Don't worry, it's easy to set up and we'll send you the simple directions along with this great little player!!! Just take a look at everything this can do!!!
The Entertainment Center
That Fits In Your Pocket!
(All I Can Say Is That This Thing is Sweeeeet!!!)
Here at WorldStart, we do our best to give you valuable "technical" tips and ideas that can help make your life more productive and fun! Last week, as you may recall, we ran a poll asking: "How often do you use an mp3 player/Digital Music Player?". The results were that 65.03% of those who took the poll Have Never Used An mp3 Player!!! (Nearly 11% didn't even know what an mp3 player was!)
So, we decided that this is an area that we can shed a little bit of light cuz a bunch of you are really missin' out!
Very simply, an mp3 player is a portable device that plays "digital" audio files. That's it. It gets its name ("mp3") from the name of the type of these files. Microsoft Word is a ".doc" file. Excel can be referred to as an ".xls" file. These audio files are labeled "mp3" and someone cleverly decided to name the devices that play these files, "mp3 players". (I know...whoever had that idea didn't win any awards for imagination but it did keep things simple.)
So, maybe you like to listen to songs on your computer when you're at your desk. But, what if you're NOT at your desk! That's where technology comes in. (After all, that's why you got a computer in the first place, to make technology work for you!)
So these mp3 players are small, portable "players" that you can carry around with you . If this reminds you of those portable cassette players "back in the day", you're on the right track. But if you recall, those tapes couldn't hold very much music, so you had to carry around a boatload of tapes, right? (You may have even had one of those "cassette carriers"...what a hassle!)
So, O.K., what if you could carry ALL of those songs (and then some!) inside a device that also played those songs - and, it was smaller than the entire cassette player? Pretty neat, heh? Well, that's what this mp3 player can do.
So, how do you get all those songs onto this thing? Pretty simple actually.
Plug one end of the cable (that's included) into the player and the end into a USB slot in your computer. Your computer will then show you a message letting you know that you plugged the player in.
Next, fire-up Windows Media Player on your computer.
Hit the "Synch" Tab on Windows Media Player. You'll then see this screen image below. Here you see that the two songs that are on the left side are the songs that I have on my computer. The mp3 player (labeled, "Sansa PMP -SanDisk") appears on the right side. Click on the songs you want to copy, drag them over to the mp3 player and drop 'em - that's it. You're ready to Rock 'n Roll!
Oh, and check out the controls - very intuitive, very easy to use!
Let me tell you about another idea I think you're gonna love. Chances are, you've visited some websites that had audio files that you could download to your computer. These could be lectures, recorded teleconferences, pre-recorded radio shows, whatever. You'd love to listen to them but you never seem to have the time when you're at your desk. Too bad you couldn't listen to those recordings some other time, like, ohhh, maybe while your driving, walking or even working out. Well, now you can! Go ahead and download those recordings to your computer, "synch" them to your mp3 player just like we did above and now you can listen to those files at your convenience!
But hang on a sec...it gets better!
Some players, in addition to playing audio files (mp3 files), can also play VIDEO FILES, also referred to as mp4 files. (And, "Yes", these devices are called, "mp4 players"! See, there IS a method to this computer madness!) "You mean to tell me these can play VIDEOS??" Yep...sure can! And you can carry them where ever you want to go!
Now keep in mind these players are limited based on how much storage room they have. So you're not going to get "Gone With The Wind" on there. Most people have videos from Video Camcorders (great way to see videos of the family!) or short video clips from the Internet. But you can carry these video clips with you!
Speaking of "family", you probably have a few photos in your wallet or purse. How would you like to be able to have an entire photo album...yep, stored on this same device? Well, hold on, cuz most mp4 players can also "read" jpg files (i.e., "photos")! Hmmm...starting to get interesting, isn't it?
So, how would you like to have a simple little device that can carry (and play):
TON of songs, recordings and other audio files
As you may imagine, these "players" come in all different shapes and sizes, each with greater or lesser capabilities. Like anything else, the more you spend, the more options you get...usually. But, as you probably already know, we like to do things a LOT different! To make a long story short, we've been on the look out for a great little player that's easy to use, yet jammed pack full of features. And...at a fantastic price. Well, we got one that fits all those requirements!!!
This little honey plays mp3 files and mp4 files has 4 GB of memory, has a clear and vivid video screen, and is made by SanDisk, which is a company with a strong reputation!
Oh yeah....you're gonna LOVE this thing! Just think...carry around hours and hours of songs that you can play whenever and where ever you are. Plus, no more havin' to jam only a few photos in your wallet or purse when you can carry around a photo album worth of pictures!
This mp3/mp4 player is loaded with tons of features. It even has an Equalizer with 7 pre-set settings. (try the "Bass Setting", that's my favorite one!)
And this unit comes complete with everything you need to get started!
To be honest, I'm not a big fan of "earbuds", (as you may have read in our newsletters) so I use a different set than the ones that come with this unit. This is what I use and the sound is fantastic! (It may not make any difference you; this is just one of those things I'm kind of picky about.)
And, by the way, this uses a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery, which I also love. Anyway, there's a bunch more features that are listed on the product page if you want to read all the "specs".
Here's the deal on this: We were able to get a few of these units...at a really great price. That's it. We've seen this same player listed on the web for, believe it not - $216!!! (Ouch!) But, like I said, we got a great deal, so we can pass that along to yiou. And we want to do this to make it especially to those of you who have never had a chance to use one of these before! So, we're letting these great little mp3/mp4 units go for only $48.97 and US Shipping is FREE!!!
PS - RUN, don't walk to the checkout on this one, cuz this really is one Sweet Deal!
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Computer Tips [ Take Control Of Your Start Menu + Free Registry Cleaner Download + Where Did My Window Go? ] 04/23/2009
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