Sunday, May 17, 2009

Computer Tips [ Kick Start That Sluggish Computer + See Your Computer In A Whole New Way + Create An Email Symphony ] 05/18/2009


Quick Tips

Woah! That's so Cool! (and useful, too!)

Every once in awhile I come across a tip that turns out to be far cooler than I thought it was going to be. Today's tip is a great example of that. If your eyesight isn't quite what it used to be, then here's a trick I'd like you to try. It's called “High Contrast” mode.

How do we do this, then?

Press: Left Shift+Left Alt+Print Screen

Got that? A window will pop up, asking you if you'd like to turn this mode on. Go ahead and click “Yes”. Your desktop will undergo a magical transformation. Text will turn white, the background will turn black and you may see things a little clearer than you used to.

If you don't like it, just repeat the key combination and everything will go back to normal. This tip applies to both XP and Vista. Give it a try!


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Here are the results from the Weekly Trivia Question! Looks like a lot of folks out there were sooo close! Never fear, there's a new question up right now, so get over there and test your skills! In the meantime, let's talk a little bit more about the Gigagyte!

We'll be talking about Gigabytes in reference to RAM, not hard drive sizes. There are a lot of size discrepancies when it comes to storage, so we'll save that for another time.

The reason the gigabyte is 1024 and not 1000, is because of the way your computer needs to read those sizes. Computers speak binary, and typically a computer likes to see multiples of 2. So, back in the day your computer might have had 2 megabytes of RAM, then, to upgrade correctly, you needed 4, then 8, and so on. Later on down the line we had 256 megabytes of ram, then 512, until we were finally met with today's answer: 1024; otherwise known as a gigabyte! It's pretty simple when you think about it, but even so, there's no harm in just saying 1000, because it's close enough! :)

How many Megabytes are in a Gigabyte?
Answer 1: 100 :
3.56% - 85 votes
Answer 2: 512 :
1.3% - 31 votes
Answer 3: 1024 :
30.97% - 739 votes
Answer 4: 1000 :
42.25% - 1008 votes
Answer 5: 10024 :
8.17% - 195 votes
Answer 6: 10000 :
13.75% - 328 votes
2386 total votes


What Can We Say??? The Response To This Special Was Absolutely Deafening!!!

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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 $8.97 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 tomorrow! Don't miss the boat on this one!

FREE Music - Yours For The Takin'!!

Easy To Use Software Creates Amazing MP3 From Internet Radio!

Grab Hundreds Of Songs Per Hour!

You May Never Pay For Another MP3!

OK, we knew this was going to be big when we mentioned it last week, but the sales for this are though the roof! Considering what you get, I can see why! This program can literally save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars! You've gotta check this out - and join the hundreds who are already downloading even as you read this!

First off, I think this is the most exciting software I think we've ever offered! It's called Skwid and once you get past the odd name, you're gonna be absolutely blown away at what this software does! This is going to be HUGE!

You love music right? Well, wouldn't it be great if there was a way to legally get all the songs you ever wanted - for free? With this software - you can! Interested? I thought so!

This amazing software lets you record internet radio and turns the tracks into high-quality MP3s for use on your MP3 player, iPod, Computer, CDs, whatever!! You can get thousands of songs - and they won't cost you a cent! You may never buy another MP3! WOW!

Here's how it works - You can search for the type of music you enjoy, or pick from a list. There a HUGE variety - 23 main genres, but with all the "sub-genres" I counted over 200 different types of music you can choose from, so you're bound to find all the types of music you enjoy! From there, just hit the record button! You can have it record tracks form just one station, do dozens of stations at once, or just pick your favorites! TONS of options!

I had mine set to record from 20 stations simultaneously and WOW! I had a whoppin' 38 songs in 15 minutes! Is that amazing or what? I had to sort though and decide which ones to keep, but you gotta admit, that's pretty cool! What an amazing program!

PLUS this thing is loaded down with radio stations too! We're talking 2600+ internet radio stations at your fingertips - and more are added all the time!

PLUS - This software actually allows you to add your own stations! That's right - if you listen to internet radio and your station isn't listed, you can add it to this program! Now that's cool!You'll never run out of songs to record, that's for sure! I think I'm going to find my favorite 10 or 20 stations and record from those. Heck, you can even use this just to listen to internet radio if you like! (I'm listening to it as I type this!)

Oh, and here's the kicker! Not only can this record internet radio stations - it can record ANYTHING coming through your computer's sound card! Wow - think about that for a minute! If you have a favorite song you just have to get, simply find it online, play it, and hit Record with this program! This would work great if a new song came out and the video to the song was online - just watch the video and record! You'd have the song on your MP3 player before it was even available in stores! Now that's serious power! WOW!

So, what do you do with all these songs after you sort 'em out? Well, once you record them just import them to your favorite MP3 software (or right to your player) - or iPod users can import them into iTunes and use with your iPod! How cool is that? 

Plus, since these are just standard MP3s, you can also play them on Windows Media player with zero problems - even send them to CDs or your MP3 player right from Windows Media Player - EZ!!!!!! That's right - you don't even need an MP3 player to enjoy these free songs!

What about the quality? I've been pleasantly surprised - and really happy with it! The songs sound great and most of the time you even get the artist name! PLUS in many cases, the radio stations are broadcasting in 128 bit format - the same quality you normally get when you buy MP3s!

What's that? You already have a huge CD collection you wish was in MP3 format? Yup, you guessed - This can convert your CDs to MP3s too! Just pop in the CD, and select the songs you want to convert - then click the Convert button! It's that easy! A few mouse click and all your favorite CD songs are now MP3s! WOW!!

BONUS! In addition to all the great audio recording features, this can also take your personal video files and convert them so they work on your iPod! What a great way to show off your videos!

Finally, we're trying something new with this one - it's a download! That's right - we worked out a deal with the publisher, so you don't have to wait to get this amazing program in the mail! Now, this is our first time doing a download only run like this, but we should be able to get your code to you within 48 hours - beats waiting for the mailman!

Your cost? You're not going to believe this - just $9.97! Is that amazing or what? Most of the time, MP3 music is about a buck a song, so figure this will pay for itself after it finds you just 17 great songs! I had that many "keepers" in less than a half hour! Give it a try, you'll be glad you did!

PS - This is going to be huge, no doubt about it! The sooner you order, the faster we can get your code to you!

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!

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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 is ONLY guaranteed today, 05-18-2009, 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!

Computers 101

Lately, I've noticed that my computer has started to run a lot slower than usual. I didn't really do anything different, so I'm not sure what could be going on. Do you have any suggestions for me?

I'm glad you asked this question, because we haven't run a tip on this in awhile and this is always the perfect refresher for everyone. If your system seems to be running sluggishly, the main cause is usually the extra programs that may be running in the background on your system.

Image provided by Google Images

Before you go and do what that guy is going to do, let's delve into this a little more and fix your problem, shall we?!

When your computer is slowing down, it usually means that you require more memory. Instead of adding more memory, you can easily remove programs and stop them from consuming all of it. The easiest way of doing this is by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del and then clicking the Processes tab.

This window will show exactly how much memory each program is using. You can click the End Process button to close any program you don't think you need running. Just be careful, you may not want to close any program running under the name of “System,” because you might shut down something that Windows needs to operate correctly.

Instead of closing all of these programs every time you turn on your computer, you could use the msconfig command to stop them for good. Go to Start, Run and type in “msconfig.” Click the StartUp tab. You can then uncheck the programs that you do not want to run right when your computer starts and then click OK. However, you need to be careful again to not uncheck any programs that are required for Windows to work.

For more on fixing sluggish system questions, read this tip for additional help.

~ Jack William

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MS Office

The Super Quick Synonym

Looking for another way to say it?

Need a synonym? Need it quick?

Well, then I have a little treat for you... yes - even those of you with Word 2007!

Next time you need a quick word, try a right-click.

Yep, that's all it will take. Just right-click over the word for which you need the synonym. (You don't have to select the word - just right-click over it and you'll get the same result.)

At the bottom of the menu that pops open, you'll find Synonyms. When you choose it, a list of possibilities will open.

Choose something from the list or if that's still not "hitting the spot," choose Thesaurus from the bottom to quickly start that feature.

Now, that's what I call a quick word switch!

~ April

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More Cool Stuff

Psst - Steve here. Hey, I know you're in a hurry today, but make sure you read my review of PrintShop 22 below! I've used a lot of similar programs, including other PrintShop programs, and NONE have been more powerful or easier to use. Give it to yourself as a gift - you'll love it too!

You'll Blow YOURSELF Away When You See Your Amazing Projects!

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Think you know PrintShop? Well, so did I but let me tell ya - you've never seen a PrintShop like this one! We have PrintShop 22 Deluxe on sale today and it's one of the best - if not THE best PrintShops EVER!!! Get ready to get wow'ed!

First off, this thing is more loaded with more goodies than a $100,000 Mercedes! No matter what kind of project you have in mind - mild or wild - this will cover you with a virtual smile! In fact, not only will it cover you, it has dozens and dozens of professional-looking templates to get you started and make you look like a graphics design master!

Install this and you'll find this is - by far - the most powerful and easiest to use PrintShop you've ever tried! Oh, and wait till you see all the goodies this includes - we're talkin' a 4 CD set with a whoppin' 350,000 images, 20,000 professionally designed templates, 700 fonts (wow), 2,900 sentiments for greeting cards, notes, ect, and it's all just waiting for your command :-)

The project templates are what's really exciting though. We're talking any kind of project you can dream up! Here's a little block 'o projects that are included:

Business Cards
Fax Covers
Greeting Cards
Photo Sideshows
Report Covers
Scrapbook Pages

Cool thing is there aren't just one or two little templates for this stuff - there's so many options for each type of project, this program can easily replace one that specializes in any of the above. Need greeting cards? Forget greeting card software - this is better! Need a good-looking resume? Forget buying a resume program - use this again! Need a calendar for next year? Again, no need to go any further! You will be absolutely blown-away when you see these projects!

Speaking of which, you'll LOVE how professional this stuff comes out looking! You know how it is - you can usually spot it when something was thrown together on a computer. Whether it's a business card, calendar, flyer, resume, greeting card - whatever - it just sometimes lacks that "polished" look, ya know? Well, you're not gonna have that problem with Printshop! Once you start doing project with these templates, you'll understand. Friends and family are going to be sooooo impressed when you tell them you did it yourself on your computer - they may even think you're trying to trick 'em! Get ready for lots of "Oh, WOW - really?'s" coming your way!

What if there isn't a template for what you want to do? Hey, no worries! This is the easiest to use print software you'll ever see. Just create a project from scratch and you'll still be able to generate absolutely amazing results! All the tools are incredibly easy to use and understand. Arranging pictures, text, ect in your projects is all a drag & drop deal. Easy as fallin' off aPrint Shop Deluxe 22 slimy log!

Print Shop Deluxe 22Oh, and that reminds me - not only can you use all your favorite photos in your projects, you can edit them with this as well! The photo editor they came up with for this software should be sold on it's own as a stand-alone - it's really that good! You'll never come across an easier to use editor. If you always thought editing your photos was a challenge, just wait till you see the results you get with this! Drop your photo into your project and quickly crop, turn, tweak color, sharpen, adjust brightness, fix red-eye (and "pet-eye" too), knock out dust, polish off scratches, convert to B&W, use filters, add contrast, saturation, and even brush in special effects! Yeah, I know! WOW!!!!

What about once you're done with everything? Well, this takes it to the next level! Not only can you print out your project with incredible ease, you can send your creations via e-mail (including songs, text, photo, and video), create a CD, or even do a slideshow! It's all there at your disposal! 

Honestly, we're just barely putting a fingernail deep scratch in the surface of what this can do! We haven't even covered the amazing address book that will make your life MUCH easier, the easy-to-use drawing tools that will let you add all kinds of customizations to your projects, all the cool special effects that I know you're just gonna love, the amazing photo frames you can create around photos / projects, the cool way you can add your own videos to you project, the family tree projects that will blow you away, or the really cool way you can print your projects to save tons of ink and paper. You'll have to grab the program and try this for yourself!

Oh, one last thing I did want to mention is the absolutely excellent tutorial library! WOW! This covers dozens of topics and it's just outstanding! This will explain, step by step, exactly how to use all the tools and how to take your projects to the next level! Just wait till you see it, you'll be impressed!

OK, that gives you a taste, but you've gotta try this for yourself! I promise you'll love it and I'll back that up with our 60 day satisfaction guarantee too! Try this, it's impossible to go on long enough to describe all the exciting things you can do with it!

Your price? Get this - retail on this is $50 and, frankly, it's WELL WORTH IT! However, this here is WorldStart and you know we get ya a deal! Right now, you can grab this for just $14.97 and US Shipping is FREE!! If that's not the best deal ever on a print program like this, I don't know what is!

PS - You will be IMPRESSED with this one! Just wait till you give it a try! I don't think you'll ever find and easier to use, more powerful program like this! OK, I'm off to make some Christmas cards with my copy!!

Warning - The price WILL increase to $19.97 tomorrow! Don't wait - order today!

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That's What This Cost In The Local "Big Box" I Just Checked!!!

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This Savings Is HUGE!!!

This is a USB cable that allows you to connect a USB printer, scanner or hard drive to a computer. It's is the best way to connect those devices to your computer 'cause the data moves faster with this type of connection. (Pages print faster, images from your scanner are sent faster, etc.) That's why this is now the preferred method.

But you've probably noticed that most cables that come with a printer or scanner are SO short!!! Problem is if you try to get one a little longer (or if you need a new one to replace an old cable!) the prices are THRU THE ROOF!!! I just check and the local "Box Store" had one for nearly $40!!! (OUCH!!!)

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I just wanted you to understand that this is a VERY HIGH QUALITY USB CABLE and why! Also, you'll note that this is a Belkin...a VERY well-know, reputable name-brand manufacturer!

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    Sorting And Throwing Away Good Batteries!

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    I don't know about you, but I really do NOT like having to rummage thru a bunch of batteries "guessing" which was still have power and which ones don't! NOT a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon, or any time of day for that matter!!! So don't go through all of that aggravation! Check out this great little battery tester that will save you a TON of time and frustration!!

    This Battery Tester makes it FAST AND EASY to use so you can find out which batteries are good and which one's aren't! Just connect the battery to the negative and positive poles of the battery tester and the easy to read gauge will automatically let you know if that battery has power!

    And this works with AA, AAA, C, D, N, 9 volt or even a 1.5 volt batteries! No need for separate testers - this one does it all!!!

    Keep the battery tester on your keychain or conveniently store this handy compact device in your kitchen, home office, garage, etc.  Now you can be sure that your kids toys, your gadgets, and other equipment stay powered when you want to use them.

    Now what you'll be able to do is go through ALL OF THOSE BATTERIES you've got laying around and test 'em. Toss out the bad and keep the good ones! Now you won't be wasting any more time in the future when you may be faced with an emergency and you don't have time to spare!!!

    And guess what? Unlike a lot of other testers, this does NOT NEED A BATTERY IN ORDER TO OPERATE!!! Now THAT'S good news!!!

    And this will surprise you: this battery tester is only 1.89 inches x 3.15 inches! WOW!!! That's small enough to keep on your key chain or in the garage, office and ESPECIALLY THE KITCHEN (that's where I keep my batteries!!!)

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    Did you know there's a new squiggle in town? That's right, MS Word 2007 comes along with a new blue squiggle and if you want to know how it can help you, all you have to do is go to!


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    Tip of the Day

    Sounds for e-mail

    We all know AOL's famous "You've got mail" voice, but what about Outlook Express and Thunderbird? Is there a way to use a sound for them when mail arrives?

    Yes there is! In XP go to the Start> Control Panel.. Open the " Sounds and Audio Devices " icon, then click the "Sounds" tab. In Vista go Start>Control Panel>Hardware and Sound>Sound>Change System Sounds.

    Find the "New Mail Notification" item. Click the "Browse" button and locate a sound file you would like to use instead.


    You can use any wave file you locate in your Windows sound scheme or otherwise. Once you've settled on that perfect sound, hit OK and you're all set.

    If you aren't happy with the Windows sounds that are available head to your favorite search engine and look for "wav" files.

    What do you do when you locate wave files on the web? Most of the time, you can click a link to the file to hear the sound. If you like it, right-click the link and select "Save target as" from the resulting menu. Save the file to a location you'll remember then head back to the "Sounds" screen (under the Control Panel), select the sound item you want the new sound for ("New Mail Notification" in this case), then browse to the file you just downloaded.

    You'll nee to make sure that you have your email program configured to play a sound when mail arrives:

    In Outlook Express go to Tools, Options then under the "General" tab check the box marked "play sound when new messages arrive" under "Send/Receive Messages".


    In Thunderbird go to Tools, Options then under the "General" tab check the box marked "Play a sound" under "When new messages arrive:" If you have "System New Mail Sound" selected it will play the sound you just selected. Another option is to choose "Custom .wav file" then browse to a sound file that will play only in Thunderbird.


    There you have it—your own sounds for mail notification.

    ~ Steve (with updates by David and Andrew)

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    Today's Feature

    Better Living Through Mouse Wheels!

    It seems that today's theme is making things easier to see! This Monday video tip is all about the Mouse Wheel and what it can do for you with just a simple key press and a scroll. Click the link below and get magnified today!

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    Cross Tips

    I have definitely inherited my family’s love of crossword puzzles. My grandfather does them, my mother does them, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a new crossword puzzle. But sometimes I just get stuck on a word, and while I try to solve around it still can’t puzzle it out. Well if that happens to you too then you are going to love this site.

    Welcome to Cross Tips, where you can find all the crossword puzzle help you need! It is really easy to use too.

    Just input the number of letters the word has, and then fill in the blank slots with any letters you know. It will then generate a list of words that could possibly fit the criteria you’ve provided.

    And if you don’t like that way of searching you can switch to the simple interface, where you’ll type in the letters you know with spaces for what you don’t know. I like the other interface better myself, because I’m a very visual person, and can easily mess up counting spaces.

    I just love this site! It gets me out of a pickle every time.


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    I thought everyone would like these Tire Gauges, but WOW!!! What a response!! These are STILL GOING STRONG! People have been ordering several of these at a time. Gifts? Keep one in each car? Not sure but looks like a lot of folks know a bargain when they see one! Thank you to EVERYONE who jumped on this deal!!

    And for those of you who may not be aware of it, we had some tire gauges in the past but THIS Tire Gauge is the lowest price we've had AND... IT'S DIGITAL!!! Super simple to use!!! You've got to check this out!!!

    WOW! Here's The Product A LOT of You Have Been Waiting For...

    And It's FINALLY IN!!!

    This is an AMAZING Deal On This DIGITAL TIRE GAUGE!!!


    Oh yeah...This Makes Checking Your Tire Pressure A Breeze!!!

    Everybody knows you should keep your tires properly inflated because IT SAVES BIG BUCKS!!! In fact, here's what US Dept of Energy has to say about it, "You can improve your gas mileage by around 3.3 percent by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3 percent for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires."


    We all know these things. But here's the question: "How can you check your tires QUICKLY, EASILY and REMEMBER TO DO IT REGULARLY?

    Well, here's your answer: This DIGITAL TIRE GAUGE is fast and so simple to use! Press the button to turn it on and place the gauge over the tire valve and READ THE DIGITAL READ OUT! And what I really like about it is that it's compact and lightweight! PLUS it has a Key Ring so YOU CAN KEEP THIS ON YOUR OWN KEY RING!!! (How easy is that??) How often have you WANTED TO CHECK YOUR TIRE PRESSURE but you just didn't have a tire gauge around? Now you've got it right where you need it!

    ALSO, You can use this on motorcycles or even bicycles! Give one to the kids and LET THEM KEEP TRACK OF THE TIRE PRESSURE ON THEIR BIKES! You might want to keep an extra one on a hook in the garage so it's handy for everyone! And at this ridiculously low price, you can grab a couple 'cause today we've got these for an AMAZING price of just $9.97 and US shipping is FREE!!! We've NEVER had a TIRE GAUGE priced THIS low...AND THIS IS DIGITAL!! WOW!!!

    P.S. - So, increase your fuel efficiency, and save money on wear and tear on your tires!

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