Excuse me while I nerd out for today. Thursday marks the release of the Star Trek movie reboot, and while I'm a mite apprehensive about the film itself, I think that the plethora of tech articles out there that showcase Trek technology are just too good to pass up! It's amazing how much real life has grown to emulate science fiction, and Gene Roddenberry's classic series, one that has enjoyed multiple iterations, has stood as the high water mark for technological advancement.
Some of the more interesting comparisons are the tricorder, Dr. Bones McCoy's compact medical device, put up against today's modern, albeit less space friendly MRI scanners. Or, what about the classic communicator? Looks suspiciously like the everyday cellphones we all use, right? Heck, even Lieutenant Uhura's earpiece has a real-world equivalent in Blue-tooth headsets! Phasers, space travel and my personal favorite, the holodeck all have real-world counterparts that we can either experience right now, or in the near future. The only thing I saw in my article perusing travels that we're not so close to is teleportation, and even in that field we're making steps!
My geekiness is at its high point reading about all of this. So, if you thought that flying cars, rocket boots and alien contact were the stuff dreams are made of, search around the Internet a bit. I think technology is about to get really interesting.
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WOW!!! THIS IS A RUNAWAY FREIGHT TRAIN! So we're not gonna try and stop it! Instead we were able to grab a few more so we're just gonna let the deal continue! Looks like a BUNCH of folks needed these so we want to make sure whoever hasn't picked up one of these can do it while we still have the special. But please understand we can only hold this price while we have 'em in inventory! So, if you haven't grabbed one, now's your chance!
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These went like CRAZY on Friday, over the weekend and Monday! Oh, and check this out - We found the SAME DRIVE at buy.com for $73.82 after shipping! AND - they LIST for $138!!! We are gonna keep the same price break on them today (as long as we have them in stock!) - you can get 'em for just $19.97 and our shipping is FREE if you live in the US! Killer deal! Take a look!!
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These are just the coolest little hard drives we've ever come across! Not only are they about as good lookin' as a hard drive can get, but they are really tiny too! Just wait till you see yours :-) You're gonna LOVE 'em!
This works just like a flash drive - only it doesn't set you back as much money! Just plug it into your computer and it will show up as an external drive under My Computer. From there, simply drag and drop your files! Works on any XP or Vista computer - no drivers required! WOW!
Why not free up extra room on your computer's Hard Drive? Yeah...instead of jamming EVERYTHING onto the computer (you know...the one you never seem to get around to backing up!), why not keep all your favorite music, photos and other important stuff in one nice, convenient spot? Plus that way, you've got everything together when you want to show uncle Bob all the latest photos from your last vacation?
Oh, and these are FANTASTIC for backups too! You probably have loads of documents, information, spreadsheets, family photos, and music that you just can't afford to lose - Why not back 'em up onto a couple of these handy little drives? Makes it MUCH easier to keep track of and for the price you just can't go wrong!
Or if you've got SOOO many tunes you just "can't live without" and you're juggling three or four thumb drives- well STOP IT!!! (Besides, you're bound to loose one of 'em, poke an eye out or do something else that every mother in the world seems to warn their kids about doing!) Do the smart thing and keep them all together and neat all in one place! (Besides, your mother will be so proud!)
Anyway, in addition to the HUGE amount of capacity, this mini-HD is FAST! (USB 2.0 with data transfer speeds up to 480 Mbps!) So when "Uncle Bob" says he just has to have copies of those pictures, BAM! plug right into that USB port and you're done!!! Oh, and this comes pre-loaded with Mobile Launchpad, which is the start menu for your USB HD Drive! So no need to think about drivers, and all that. Again, this baby is 100% Plug 'N Play so you can Rock 'N Roll!!!
And, of course, we can't leave out the fact that this Mini HD looks gooood! Sleek, slick, compact,,,what else do you need.
Oh, and this comes with its own USB cable, a Quick Start Guide AND a travel wallet. (Can you say, "Accessorize"?)
These are going to go out the door in a hurry! I'd say grab one or two while you can for yourself...maybe even one as a gift if we still have any. Also, we just found this exact same drive at buy.com for $73.82 after shipping! Grab 'em from us for just $19.97 and US Shipping is FREE! Here's the link:
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WOW - we just came across the handiest little USB Cable Adapter that you're absolutely going to love! Check out these two great uses:
Easily retrieve information from your old hard drive ~
Turn an internal drive into a convenient external drive for back-ups ~
Now, this is where this USB Cable Adapter comes in really handy. Again, just hook the adapter up to your "internal" drive (it doesn't have to be inside your computer) and then plug into an existing USB port on your computer. Again, easy-peasy! The drive will show up as an external drive on your computer and you can easily back-up all your files ~ pretty cool, huh? When you're done, you can disconnect and store the drive in a drawer ~ no need to have it taking up desk space! And, you've saved about $130.00 by using an "internal" drive as your backup drive!
If you find yourself in either of these situations, I'm telling you ~ you've got to give this a try. You won't believe how easy this really is ~ even the "non-techies" will be surprised! Oh, yeah ~ almost forgot, TODAY ONLY your cost is just $19.97 and that includes FREE shipping in the US!
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OK, I really like most adapters - but I absolutely LOVE this one! This FlexUSB Adapter has got to be about the best idea I've ever come across! It's such a great gadget - I only wish I would have thought of it :-)
What's it do? Simple - have you ever needed to plug something into a USB port only to have sooo much other junk sticking out that plugging the cord in was next to impossible? Heck, just the other day I had to unplug one USB cord to plug another device in due to limited space! Well, this solves that little problem! (And it's just killer for laptops too)
Just plug this in and you instantly have a handy little plug that rotates, turns, and lets you plug stuff in at virtually any angle! After using a couple of these, I think all computers should have these included! I don't think I've ever paid so little for something soooo useful! Wait till you try it!
Your cost? Get this - Just $6.97 and US shipping is FREE! Heck of a deal for such a useful little gadget! Heck, for this price, why not grab two or three? Here ya go!
PS - These are just so useful - you'll never look at USB plugs the same again! Grab a few for your computer while they're still at this price!
1.) First, right click any open area on the taskbar next to your Start menu.
2.) Choose Properties.
Once there, you will see this window. The most important setting is the middle one.
3.) You can go ahead and check the box that says "Keep the taskbar on top of other windows." From now on, the taskbar will always be visible at the bottom of your screen, regardless of any other windows you have open.
Keeping your taskbar on top is very beneficial, but before I go into any more detail, I want to show you how the programs you use can pile up on your taskbar. Most tasks should look like this:
On the other hand, when you have a lot of windows open, they pile up on your desktop. So, you can use the taskbar to "shuffle" things around so that you're in control of what is and isn't visible at any given time. Keeping your taskbar on top of the other programs can make your life a lot easier! Here are some more things you can do with the taskbar:
Without your taskbar on top, you wouldnt be able to use these little time saving techniques. Adjusting this feature on your computer may help you enjoy working with Windows a whole lot more. Give it a try today!
~ Mike Pettinato
Get Your Color Back
Are you an Outlook 2007 user who misses the color-coded messages you were able to use in older versions of Outlook?
You know the color coding rules that would actually change the color of the text in your message list based upon the sender?
Well, I don't know about you but I used it for lots of messages. I found that it really helped me to locate the most important messages with just a quick glance.
Once I switched to Outlook 2007 I began to use the categories, which is nice but what if you miss your old way of doing things?
On first glance it doesn't look like that feature still exists - but it does and you just have to know where to find it.
The thing you seek is in the Tools menu.
Choose Organize and you'll find that the top section of your message list looks like you remember.
What you're look for is on the Using Colors tab
A few quick settings just like before and you'll find that you feel much better and even have your color back!
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PREPARE TO BE BLOWN AWAY!!!
WARNING: Make Sure You Have The Volume Turned DOWN Before you Plug These in!!
These Portable Speakers Are A "Concert Hall In a Box"!!!
I'VE GOT TO TELL YA WHAT HAPPENED when we first got these in. I Plugged these into the headphone jack of my desktop computer and clicked on an Internet radio station to get some music. BUT I didn't bother to check the VOLUME LEVEL of my computer! When I turned on the power to these portable speakers, it startled me so much, I JUMPED ABOUT A FOOT OUT OF MY CHAIR!
WOW!!! WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THESE "LITTLE" SPEAKERS COULD BE THAT POWERFUL!!
I'm tellin' ya...you're gonna be surprised how POWERFUL this little speaker system is! Whew!!!
What's funny is this speaker system is actually made so you carry it around with you wherever go. They're about the size of an eye glass case and the speakers themselves fold up and tuck safely away inside the hard-shell case. So when I first saw these I thought, "These are so small! How POWERFUL could these actually be? Well, I found out quick enough...PLENTY POWERFUL!!! These things ROCK...and you're gonna love 'em!!!
What I like about these is that they work with ANY AUDIO DEVICE that has a headphone jack! So you can use this with your mp3 player, satellite radio, laptop computer, CD player, portable DVD player even portable game! (The kids will LOVE to hear their gaming devices take on a "BIG 3-D sound!)
PLUS, you don't have to plug these into an AC electrical outlet because they work on four "AA" batteries, so you can play your audio devices just about anywhere! which makes 'em REALLY convenient! There's a audio cord that's neatly attached to the speakers, and you just plug that into whatever device you want to listen to! And when you're done, just unplug the cord and tuck it back into the case! THAT'S A REALLY A GREAT idea not only for easy travel but to protect the speaker system, too!
What's REALLY AMAZING about these speakers is that YOU CAN EVEN USE THESE WITH YOUR DESKTOP COMPUTER! How's THAT for versatility! So, if you don't have a set of speakers for your desktop computer or you're not happy with the ones you have, before you rush out and buy a more expensive set of speakers, PUT THESE to the test just like I did! You're gonna LOVE the sound! Plus - you'll be saving yourself a LOT of money!
And the "icing on the cake" is that you'll ALSO have a FANTASTIC set of portable speakers that you can take with you anywhere and play your portable devices! Oh man!!! How sweet is THAT? The only thing that can make this even sweeter is an amazing price - $14.97 and US shipping is FREE!!! Is that crazy or what???
I've heard small computer systems that were in the $40-50 range that didn't sound HALF as good as these beauties! These are something you're gonna want to have for home AND on the go so grab one now at this crazy price!
P.S. - BIG SOUND for on the go! So go grab one before they all go out the door!
Windtalks Mini Helicopter with Remote Control!
OK parents (and grandparents) - check this out - this DOES NOT require assembly!
Every once in awhile we come across one of these really fun remote control "toys" and we just have to offer it to you all because we love it so much, we know you will too! This one is no exception!
This Windtalks Mini Helicopter is made of a durable foam material and is extremely compact and lightweight so it's easy to operate indoors! No worries about busting up all the windows and no need to send the kids out in the cold. Let them play indoors where you can keep an eye on them while they're having fun!
Here's a video we think you'll like. This is a video we shot showing LAST YEAR'S helicopter model. We didn't have time to shoot another video before the deadline for this issue of the newsletter, but we wanted you to see how these fly because they really are a lot of fun. This year's model works just like the one in the video (actually even a little better!) and looks very much like it too - It's just a newer version. Kids love 'em! And actually you'll see that we had some fun flying' this around, too!
Here you can see the Mini Helicopter flying around in our stockroom (click the picture below - scroll down just a bit when you get to the page - it's a YouTube video, click on it to watch the video):
This Mini Helicopter is so much fun, everyone wanted to have "just one more turn" when we were testing it here! And, EVERYONE here has put in orders (I ordered 4!!!) that's how much fun these are! So don't wait to get your order placed. We offered these a couple of weeks ago and they sold out the same day!!! Customers have been calling and emailing ever since asking for more - well, here you go, we have more!!!!
This ultimate indoor Windtalks Mini Helicopter is easy to fly and does not require assembly! With the included remote control, you'll enjoy precision flight and unbelievable indoor maneuvering abilities - take off, land, turn left or right! Great fun for all ages! Makes a great holiday gift (get one for yourself too ~ we won't tell)!
If you want to get one, get to the site soon! The price is just $23.97 and shipping is FREE in the US! Check it out here:
PS - We have a very limited quantity so don't wait too long! Again, last time we sold them they sold out the same day so be sure to get yours ordered ASAP!!!
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Restore Previous Versions of a File in Windows Vista
After an appropriate restore point or a folder version that contains the desired file is selected, click the Open button. The folder of that version will be displayed on the screen as viewing a current existing folder in the Windows Explorer window. The folder name contains the date that the folder was backed up as a restore point.
By opening the context menu on the related file by a right click, you can copy the file, open the file than save it in any folder in the current file structure, or directly print it, etc. So, it’s that easy to restore previous versions of files in Windows Vista. Now no longer you need to worry even if you have accidentally deleted files.
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Q: Why do people make viruses?
A: This is a very good question! I know it seems like the maker of a virus gets absolutely nothing out of the deal, but there are some real reasons that hackers make viruses.
1. Personal problems - I start with this one because I think it's funny. Some people make viruses because it makes them feel better or more powerful. They get nothing but the ability to know that they made something that did so much damage. This is why it is not good when viruses make headlines in the news because the more media attention they get, the more reason there is for someone else to make one. If they can know that their virus was bad enough to be in the news, it's more reason to try and make an even worse virus later.
2. Money - Obviously money had to be a reason to make a virus, but how does a virus make money? There are a lot of ways, most of which have to do with the theft of data. When you get a virus, it will most likely steal data from your computer and send it back to a different location. If the virus can somehow get a hold of your personal info or credit card info, it can be used to make fraudulent purchases. This is one way that a virus can make money. Another way is through ransom. There are many "ransomware" viruses out there. They will lock your computer down and not allow you access until you pay the ransom.
3. Gangs - Really! There are such things as cyber gangs. They are groups of people that work together to make viruses and other badware. They generally aren't trying to get anything out of the viruses they make, they just do it for fun. Just like any other real life vandals.
4. Political issues - Hackers can make viruses that specifically attack certain groups or websites. For example, Lets say that I wanted to make a virus that would attack Worldstart. I could make a virus that would infect a bunch of computers anywhere in the world, and then I could give the virus directions to attack the Worldstart site on a certain day. This type of virus usually does nothing to the infected computer, it simply waits for the day that it is instructed to attack the target. This could easily bring any website down.
So, now you have a little look into the mind of a hacker. I hope this helps to explain some of the seemingly pointless destruction that we find on the web.
Stay safe out there.
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