Monday, June 1, 2009

Computer Tips [ The Password Trick You Never Thought Of + The Most Exciting Photos Ever + Your Music Hijacked By Apple? ] 06/02/2009


Quick Tips

At'sa Spicy Password!

Without a single doubt, security is the most important thing to keep in mind when using the Internet. Browse only safe sites, be careful what you download, avoid the yellow snow! It's a virtual minefield out there, so I'm going to take the work out of one of the most vulnerable parts of Internet safety. The password.

We're told, that as safe Internet browsers, we are to change our password occasionally to keep the hackers guessing. Well, it does a fine job at keeping me guessing, I'll tell you that much! How may sites do you have separate passwords for? Just Try to remember all of those, plus remember to change them on a regular basis!

Here's a tip: Try incorporating a semi-colon into your existing passwords. It's easy to remember because it's in a prominent place on the keyboard, and it allows you to keep what you already have with a little spice added to it! You can put a semi-colon at the beginning, end, or if you're feeling super-secure, in the middle. Heck, some sites require punctuation in their passwords, so you're killing two birds with one stone! You can remember easily and you're secure! Neat!


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Hey, smartypants! Do you think you have the brains to take on Worldstart Trivia? This week's question is extra, EXTRA tough!

"What is considered to be the World's first electronic digital computer?"

Have the answer? Want to take a stab at it? Go here and flex those synapses!


Software Deal Of The Week!

No Wait, The Month!

Wait A Minute Here - It's The Software Deal Of The YEAR!

The Coolest Software EVER For Digital Camera Owners!!


Make Your Own Amazing CD or DVD Slide Show!

Incredibly Easy To Use!

Create A DVD or Video CD In Minutes From Your Photos!

All You Need Is A CD Burner - No Special Hardware!!

And Just Wait Till You See The Deal!

Whew! These sold like CRAZY yesterday! THANK YOU to everyone who ordered - what a response! If you missed out, you just gotta take a look at this one! This incredible software turns your photos into absolutely amazing digital slide shows you can show off on any TV with a DVD player, or your computer, or even send via e-mail! You gotta check it out - you'll love it too!

I'm so excited! We have just the coolest software for you today! If you shoot digital photos or even digital video, this is one piece of software you just gotta own! I almost can't stand how cool this is! I had to tear myself away from it just to write this review up!

It's called SlideShow Expressions and it lets you create these absolutely amazing DVDs or Video CDs from either your digital photos or videos (or both)! All you need is this software and a standard CD or DVD burner!! The resulting movies are incredibly professional looking and between all the "ohhs and "ahhs", everyone is going to ask how the heck you did these incredible shows!

I mean, think about it. You've probably taken a lot of photos and maybe even some home videos. Now's your chance to bring 'em back to life and share them with your family and friends! Don't let them just sit and gather digital dust on your hard drive (yeah, we know about you), it's time to really DO something exciting with 'em!

First off, SlideShow Expressions really couldn't be easier to use! You'll be blown away the first time you use it! Amazing how simple they can make these things! Seriously, it gives you all the shortcuts, the wizards, and the help you need by doing all the "hard parts" for you! Just start the wizard, import your photos (soooo easy), and follow the prompts! Ten minutes later, you have this absolutely amazing digital slide show of your images that is going to drop the jaw of anyone who sees it! Really - just wait till you try it! This takes you from beginning to end and shows you how to turn your favorite photos and videos into DVD's or Video CD's that frankly even you won't believe you were able to create yourself!

Sure, it's easy to use, but at the same time it's designed to help you produce stunning, professional quality projects in no time! You're not going to find ANY OTHER program that's this fast and easy...believe me...we've tried!!!

Here, just take a look at just some of the amazing features this has! Once you start the program, the easy-to-use "Wizard" starts up and asks you questions to help give you the features and designs you need to create the final result you want! Start out with taking your favorite photos and editing them to a professional level that will not only amaze you but your family and friends as well!


Oh, and get this. Included with this program is a fantastic mini photo editor that makes it oh-so-simple to "fix" and enhance those photos that didn't seem to come out quite the way you wanted when you took them! And don't worry, there's plenty of examples to show you what to do to really "tweak" 'em to how you want 'em to be!


As if that wasn't enough, you can add picture captions to go with your photos! You can also create on-screen menus and on-screen "chapter buttons". And you can "trim and edit" not only photos but videos as well! Think that sounds cool? Oh, just wait till you see the "Pan and Zoom" effects...this will blow your mind!!! What this does is let you bring your "still" images to life by "panning" across pictures and zooming in and out! And the program lets you choose the "begin" and the "end" views for a photo! For example, the slide can start with the focus exclusively on a small section of a photo and then the view can zoom out and pan in any direction to shift focus to an entirely different area! You've complete control over the focal shift. Here's the section of the program that shows you EXACTLY HOW TO DO IT!


But hang on...we're not done yet! Next you can choose slide transitions! Instead of just slapping them up on the screen, the software does these awesome scrolls, zooms in / out, fades, etc.! It really looks like it was done in a professional studio! In fact, there are tons of different "styles" you can choose from to give the show the exact "look" you're going for! It's sooo cool - you'll have a blast putting your production together!

And of course no "professional" level video presentation would be complete without audio, would it? So, let's add some music or even your own voice! Oh yeah, we're ready for the BIG LEAGUES!!!

So what do you do with your slideshow once it's been created? Tons! OK, first off, what if you want a CD or DVD to show off on your home TV set? Hey - that's my favorite use for this! Just save your show to a DVD or CD - either of which will play on ANY standard DVD player!! That's right - just pop in a standard CD-R or DVD-R and create a movie - no special CDs, DVDs or burners required!

Oh, and the "saving" options don't stop there! Want to publish your slide show directly on the Web? No problem! You can share your creation your photo slide shows with friends and family online at sites like MySpace, YouTube and other social Websites! Want more? You can convert your photo slide show for use on an Apple iPod, Sony PSP players, most MP3 players that support video, even cell phones that are "media enabled"! WOW!!! Talk about customized production! You've got it all!

Oh, and wait till you see this - It also INCLUDES A CD / DVD LABEL MAKER! That's need to buy another program to design and create you DVD's already included! Don't just hand out a "blank" disc when you can design and print personalized CD and DVD disc labels and cover sheets! Now you can make your DVD presentation complete and give it that professional "polished" look! And with the templates and easy to follow tutorials you'll turn out awesome labels in no time!

This is GREAT way to archive and preserve your photos and home videos. You can organize an entire year's worth of pictures and put them on a CD or DVD! Plus, do it fast and easy. And you can even hand out copies to everyone you know. Great for family events like weddings, graduations, parties, you name it!

Don't Spend $40 or more for different programs that do each separately when the SlideShow Expressions can do it all! And to top it off, you can have all of this today for just, $12.97 and US shipping is free!!!

P.S. - Your family and friends are gonna love being able to see your photos and videos on their own DVD player in their living room! You're really gonna be thrilled with this!!!

Do You Love Birds?

Then You're Gonna Want To Have This!

And If You REALLY Love Birds...This Is An Absolute Must-Have!!!


Don't Pay $29.99 For It! OUCH!

We Have It For Just $5.97 - And FREE US Shipping! WOW!

You know, books are nice, but "Multi-Media" is SO MUCH better! And this software program is FILLED with tons videos, sound clips, drawings, 3D displays and slide shows that bring you "up close and personal" with our fine feathered friends! WOW!!! What a great way to learn about birds!!!

The program is set up as a "virtual" museum with three main rooms along with galleries and corridors filled with everything imaginable related to birds! And just like a regular museum, you can visit different galleries and each one features a different topic related to birds. And the multi-media presentations will definitely impress you AND hold your attention! Actually, that's an understatement...wait til you see the attention to detail information in some of these exhibits!

You can take, "guided" tours that whisk you away through planned tours of related topics. Or just "wander" through on your own and stop to take a closer look at what catches your interest at the moment!


Some of the features in the galleries include:

Bird Watching
"Songs and Calls"
Bird Tracks
Flight Patterns
Bird Behavior, that covers things courtship, hatching, nesting, and feeding.

Other galleries showcase differences in beaks and talons among birds, their global habitats and migration patterns. Still others explain how history and international cultures have been influenced by birds! And what I thought was really helpful is that within each gallery are links that you can click on to see related topics within the museum!

When you come across some of the "interactive galleries", you'll have some fun! These let you rotate the items that are on display 360 degrees to get a better view...just like you were there in person!


If you want to find something specific, there's a searchable "Main" index along with an index of videos available to watch. And you'll definitely want to check out the "Anatomy Room" that shows detail drawings of exterior, muscles, organs, skeletons.


And in this edition there's a "Bonus" section that lets you create screen savers and print stationery for your own use. Want to remember a particular bird call? You can also save sound files to create your own personal collection or even use them in other programs! This is a fantastic program and I know you're gonna love this as much as I do. And if you're involved with a group or organization that has any interest in birds, they'll love to see it!!! (But be warned...if you lend it to them, you may not get it back!!) The only thing that would make this even better is a great price and we've got that for you today too! 'Cause right now this is just $5.97 and US shipping is FREE!!!

PS - If you have kids, think about this: would they rather crack open a book or click on some videos? And at this price, it's a steal!!

WOW! Special Introductory Price!
(Psst - You're Gonna LOVE This!)

Absolutely Amazing Data Transfer Device!

Smart PC-Link USB Data Transfer Cable

Just Plug In >> Drag And Drop Files Between Two Computers!

No Drivers To Install! No Special Software!

Includes Everything You Need!

Jaw-Droppingly Simply To Use! - You'll Be Blown Away!

Hey, if you are ever, in your life, going to buy another computer or need to get data from one computer to another, this amazing accessory is absolutely, positively a MUST-HAVE!

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 Data Transfer 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 (PC to PC or PC to MAC)! Get this - you just plug the unit into the computer that has the files you want, then plug the included cable 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 $16.97 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, 06-02-2009, 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

I like to use the Apple iTunes store to get some of my music, but I don't have an iPod, so I'm unable to take that music with me. And of course, Apple won't let me transfer those songs to MP3s. Is there any way I can get around this or am I just out the money I've already spent? Please help!

Excellent question! I'm sure there are a lot of you out there who have been swayed into using Apple's services before you realized how unfair they can sometimes be. Yes, their iTunes music store is a grand thing, but if you don't have an iPod to go along with it, you're stuck listening to all of that music on your computer and nowhere else. And even though it's nice to have music to listen to on your computer, it would be even nicer if you could take that music with you. I mean, you paid for it, so shouldn't you be allowed to do whatever you want with it? Well, that may make sense to you and me, but unfortunately, the Apple company sees things differently.

Okay, just to make sure we're all on the same page here, this is what happens: you can purchase songs from the Apple iTunes store, but unless you have Apple supported hardware (such as an iPod) to put them on, you can only access them from your computer. So, if you have an MP3 player that is not supported by Apple, it won't work. Going outside of the Apple environment is just not possible. Why, you ask? Well, most of the songs you purchase from iTunes are in an AAC or MP4 format, which is mainly put in place to protect Apple. But, in reality, it's all set up by the Digital Rights Management (DRM) and they're just basically out for the money.

The DRM was put in place to control the copying and reproducing of copyrighted material by artists in the recording industry. The way they see it is if they allow people to copy music for free, they will be losing out on their profit. And while that makes sense for CDs and music formats like that, the DRM seems to be missing the point that consumers are actually spending their own money on the songs they purchase from iTunes and they're just being restricted from enjoying the music they own. I know a lot of you fall into that category, so how does that make you feel?

Well, there may be another option for you. As you may know, the MP3 audio format is pretty universal. MP3s can be played on any music player and you can even burn them onto CDs and they'll play perfectly fine on any standard CD player. Unfortunately though, when you buy a song from iTunes, it does not create an MP3 file for you. Instead, they are "protected" and can only be played with the iTunes software or like I said before, on an Apple iPod. How frustrating!

Now, if you right click on one of your songs in iTunes, you'll see an option that says something like Convert Selection. Chances are though, it will say "Convert Selection to AAC" and that doesn't help you out at all, because your iTunes songs are already in the AAC format. So, to get around this in iTunes, you can start by going to Edit, Preferences, Importing (it may be Edit, Preferences, Advanced, Importing for some of you). Once you're under the Importing tab, click on the drop down menu next to Import Using: and change that setting to MP3 Encoder. That will then become your default setting. Click OK when you're done. Next, go back up to a song you'd like to convert, right click it and choose Convert Selection to MP3. Now, I urge you to try this, but don't be surprised if iTunes shuts you down. You will more than likely receive a message that says something like "Protected files cannot be converted to other formats," but I still recommend that you try this first. It may work for some of you.

If it doesn't, there are a couple other things you can try to convert the AAC files to MP3s. The first thing to try is burning the songs you want to an audio CD. You can then open the CD in iTunes and once your songs come up, right click them and choose Convert Selection to MP3. Take note though that you will now have two copies of the same songs in your iTunes library. One will be the AAC version and the other will be in an MP3 format. You can delete the AAC version if you'd like, but either way, make sure you keep them all straight.

The second option to try is a virtual CD drive. Something like that can simulate an actual CD burner, which eliminates the need for real CDs. This would work well for any of you who have tons of music stored in iTunes. Otherwise, you may have to use several CDs just to get all the songs you want transferred over. Once you have the virtual drive set up, your Windows operating system will treat it just like a real drive and you can then access your CD burning software through the virtual drive itself. A couple names you could try for this are NoteBurner and CD Emulator. You can find more information on both of those by doing a quick search for them with Google.

Alright, I think that's about it. I hope I've given you hope in that all of your iTunes music does not have to be lost forever. You do have a few options when it comes to this kind of thing. I wish you all luck in gaining back control of your music that you should have had in the first place!

~ Erin

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MS Office

Send It As A PDF

Do you use MS Office 2007 and find yourself sending files to people who you aren't sure can open what you've sent?

Maybe they don't have the right program; maybe they aren't computer savvy enough to find the viewer program needed to see the file.

Or, maybe you want to easily send a file that they can read but not edit…

Whatever the situation, you've got to find a better way to send it.

How about sending it as a PDF? (Portable Document Format)

Sounds like a good idea - but wait, how can I create a file format of PDF from oh, let's say an MS Word file?

Good question and the answer is simple enough.

If you're using the MS Office 2007 suite then you've got exactly what you need.

Access, Excel, InfoPath, OneNote, PowerPoint, Publisher, Visio, and Word 2007 have the ability to save as PDF… all you have to do is realize it.

Once you know it's just a matter of how you choose to save.

Next time you go into the Save As dialog window view the available file type list.

See it?

Yep - there it is - and you've probably overlooked it more times than you care to admit, but it's there nonetheless.

Select PDF as the file type and continue your save.

Actually, if you hover your mouse pointer over Save As in the Office button list you'll see the PDF choice in the list at the right.

What's the difference?

Not much, that choice simply opens the Save As dialog window with the PDF file type already selected.

Now, if you're using MS Office 2007 and aren't finding the PDF choice then you have to do a bit of legwork by downloading the correct add-in.

Specifically you need the "2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS".

Can it be that easy?

Yep, you bet!

~ April

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More Cool Stuff

Super-Special Price Today Only (06-02-2009)

You've Never Experienced The Bible Like THIS Before!

Amazing CD Set - James Earl Jones Reads The Bible!

The Most Amazing Narration You've Ever Heard!

Comes On 14 CDs - 19 Absolutely Amazing Hours!

WOW!!! We were FINALLY able to get these! I'm so excited - we have what is possibly the most engaging, interesting, and enchanting way to experience the Bible! It's a 14 CD set called James Earl Jones Reads The Bible and you won't believe the auditory treat you're in for with this one!

Hear the entire New Testament - every word - read to you by the man with the most amazing voice on the planet - James Earl Jones! It's been called the greatest spoken-word Bible EVER! And once you hear it, you'll understand why over half a MILLION copies have already been sold!

You have to hear it to believe it, so we made a quick little audio sample to whet your appetite and placed it on the product page. Give it a listen - you'll be mesmerized!

Also, this is NOT software - this is a set of regular audio CDs. So, sure, you can play them on your computer, but you can also enjoy them in your car, out walking, on your stereo (you should hear this set on good stereo system - the words melt into your consciousness as you sit and listen), or anywhere you can play a regular audio CD!

This is probably one of the best ways ever to experience the bible. If you enjoy reading the Bible, you'll absolutely love it - but if you've never read the Bible - you know, you'll get around to it - why not give this a go? What a great set to have!

Your cost? Get this - these retail for $35 (which is a fantastic price, really), but your cost today is just $15.97 and US shipping is FREE! We looked around and that's at least $10-$15 cheaper than anyone else out there has it for - It's an amazing deal! Check it out:

PS - You know the drill - that price is good today only! Tomorrow it leaps to $24.97!! Better grab it now - you'll be glad you did!

WOW!  I Say WOW!!

THANK YOU to the hundreds who grabbed this amazing flashlight! It just keeps on sellin' like crazy! It's an amazing deal - so much so we had lots of calls and e-mails from people verifying the price! Hey, go to the store and these can go for $20! I tell ya, $5.97 is a STEAL by anyone's measure, well, unless of course you actually steal one from someone, but former legal indiscretions aside, you gotta grab one today! <switching to Scotty voice because I've seen too much Star Trek > "I doo nout know how much longer I can hold this price together cap'in"

It's Time To Get Yours!!

OK, NOW This Is Most Amazing Deal EVER On An LED Flashlight!

Blindin' Bright 9 LED Flashlight - Just $5.97!!!!

That's No Typo - These Incredible Flashlights Really Are Just $5.97!

Grab As Many As You Can! 

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Ohhhh, I just LOVE it when I get a call from a supplier and they say something like, "Hey Steve, I got a problem. I have a bunch of extra 9 LED flashlights I need to move. Can you help?"

So, after a little back and forth, we agree on a price that even couldn't believe I got! Soooooo - YOU get a jaw-droppin' deal on some fantastic 9 LED Flashlights! We're talking just $5.97 for a 9 LED Flashlight! We've never had 'em that cheap! Heck, I'm not sure anyone has ever had 'em that cheap! It's a knock-out deal, that's for sure!

Oh, and wait till you try 'em! Turn it on BUT don't look into it - this baby is really BRIGHT! It's absolutely amazing how much light those 9 LEDs throw out! You wouldn't think a flashlight this small would be this BLINDIN' BRIGHT!!! WOW!!

Speaking of size - wait till you feast your fingers on this little guy! It's super-compact and easily fits in the palm of your hand! Makes it super-easy to take anywhere! I already have one in each of my cars, and my wife keeps on in her purse. It's so small you don't even know it's there - till ya need it! Grab one for each of your cars, your camper, boat, house, garage, camera bag - anywhere you need a small, bright, reliable light!

Plus, this thing is REALLY well built too! Don't let the price fool ya! These aren't some cheap plastic lights - this bad boy is SOLID! We're talking a heavy-duty all aluminium barrel that can really take some serious pounding! Plus, the grip is just fantastic and I can personally attest that even when your hands are dripping wet (or snow covered), it's easy to keep ahold of! The design also keeps it from rolling around!

Get this - since this is an LED flashlight, it seems to run FOREVER on a set of batteries! Changing batteries or running out of juice is going to be a very RARE thing now! Oh, PLUS don't forget that you won't ever have to worry about the LEDs burning out - Heck, even if you kept it on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it would take 11 YEARS before they would burn out! WOW!!!

If you've looked at LED flashlights, you know they are the pedigree of the lighting world - for a light like this, you're looking at least $20-$30 easy. Your cost? Again we're talking just $5.97 and US Shipping is FREE!! It's the BEST DEAL we've ever offered on an LED Flashlight! Give it a try, you'll be glad you did!

PS - At this price, you'd better grab a few! Can't go wrong for $5.97!! Not sure how long these will be available to us at this kind of price, so RUN to the site and get in on this as soon as you can! The price may increase without notice - get 'em while they're $5.97!!!

Today at

Memory Card Readers

If you have a digital camera, cellphone or other device that uses memory cards then you've probably used or heard of a memory card reader before. So, how does one go about using one of these handy-dandy devices? I guess the Worldstart site holds the key!

Liquid Sculpture

Just a single drop of water can produce some of the most awe-inspiring works of art, if the shutter closes at the right time. Swing on by the WS site today and you'll know exactly what I mean. This is some really cool stuff!

Here's the link you need: Enjoy!

Tip of the Day

The Difference Between Flash and Shockwave

You've probably heard of both Flash and Shockwave, but do you know the difference between them? Well, that's what I'm here to take care of today. Let's get started!

Flash and Shockwave allow Web sites to deliver the most engaging, compelling and interesting entertainment content on the Web. The Web utilizes technologies like Flash and Shockwave to enhance the entertainment experience you get when you use the Internet. There are certain Web sites that require either Shockwave or Flash to be installed in order to view their content. For example, many sites require Shockwave to be able to play free slot games, etc.

As you may be too, I have always been confused about the difference between Flash and Shockwave. I mean, they both:

1.) Are technologies developed by Macromedia, Inc.

2.) Are plug-ins for Web browsers.

3.) Make use of ActiveX in Web browsers.

4.) Enable Web pages to include multimedia objects, such as graphics, video and animations.

However, when I thoroughly researched both of them, I found quite a few differences. Most of them are minor, but I never knew about them, so I figured we could sort them out together. Let's go!

Macromedia Flash

1.) Macromedia Flash is widely spread, as many Web sites require Flash to be pre-installed. It allows designers to combine text, graphics, video and sound to create dynamic and immersive applications in a variety of fields, including interactive Web content and games.

2.) Flash loads comparatively faster than Shockwave.

3.) Flash allows designers and developers to integrate video, text, audio and graphics into their interactive presentations.

4.) Flash is also much cheaper than Shockwave, as it costs approximately $400.

5.) Flash works in the .SWF Flash format and it is part of the "SIMPLE" Scripting Level.

Macromedia Shockwave

1.) Macromedia claims that over 200 million Web users have installed the Macromedia Shockwave player. Some of the features supported by Shockwave are 3D games, product demos and online learning applications.

2.) Shockwave is mostly used for online games and areas that require programming (as opposed to simple video clips or animations). It has the ability to move objects around as well.

3.) Shockwave has a special built in feature where it can integrate Flash into its own format (Flash cannot do that with Shockwave).

4.) Shockwave can only be created using the Macromedia Director and it is part of the Advanced Scripting Language. Shockwave requires technical expertise as well.

5.) Shockwave is much more expensive than Flash, as it costs more than $1,000.

6.) Shockwave works in the .DCR Shockwave format, which is one that is much harder to decode/modify.

There you have it! Now you know all there is to know about Flash and Shockwave. Don't you feel special?!

~ Chetan P.

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Today's Feature

Revolutionize Your Photographs

Point and click can get a bit tedious at times. Sometimes the subject looks good, but when you freeze it and show friends afterwards it has none of the impact it had on you at the time. Livening up your photos by adding that creative spark can make the photos much more interesting for viewing after the fact. To add creativity, all you have to do is remember everything you have been taught about photography and turn it on its head. That’s what creativity is, experimenting with the boundaries of the norms, or breaking them all together. Thus, there are no set rules to being creative apart from consistent experimentation. Here are a few handy tips.

Add movement to your photo

Photos are also known as ‘stills’ for a particular reason, they don’t move. However, with a few nifty tricks you can add a sense of movement, making it much more interesting. Firstly, try moving the camera. It seems to go against all instincts to move a camera whilst taking a photo, but give it a try. For example, a popular technique is panning. Used especially in sports, panning follows the movement of the subject which makes the subject sharp and visible, whilst the background is a blur. Try also swirling with your camera and taking a photo mid shot…who knows what will appear on your viewfinder? If you want try extreme photography, endangering the well being of your camera, put it on a long shutter speed then chuck it in the air. Catch it afterwards, obviously. This again will help get a photo you will never have seen.
This adds vertical and horizontal movement to a photo, but zooming whilst taking a photo adds another dimension, quite literally. It gives a 3D feel and look. This can produce particularly interesting results when combined with slow sync flash.

Change the angle you shoot from

Experiment with as many different angles as you can. Get down and dirty and take a photo from ground up. Getting photos from this new perspective can produce some enlightening point of views. Factoring in some luck can also create a random photograph no matter what the technique. Just point and click without aiming to see what result you can achieve.
Alternate to going low, go high. Get an extended monopod, or tripod, and a long shutter release cable and hold your camera high and start to take photos. You can get all sorts of interesting views, such as photos of things too high to see normally, or interesting birds-eye like perspectives. Go crazy and add on a wide angle lens or even a fisheye lens. Back to extreme photography, attach your camera to a kite and get the ultimate picture from the clouds!

Make your photos look ‘worse’

When I say ‘worse’, I mean worse in a good way, don’t strive to get the best quality photo. Put the subject out of focus. Make sure it’s not slightly out of focus, but out of focus so that the viewer can tell it is purposeful. Make something the focal point of the photo by being the only thing out of focus. A good use of creative focusing is if you have a plain background, then nothing in the photo is in focus.
Put your ISO as high as you can. The higher the ISO the more noise and more grainier the picture becomes. This can add real character to a photograph, especially if you want to achieve a dated look by using black and white photography.
Some real interesting photographs have been achieved by over exposing the image. It creates a really bright result that when used well, can emphasize parts of the photograph.

It can be very difficult at times to get the right white balance. It can be much more fun purposefully getting it wrong. By changing the color cast of the photograph you completely change the feel and attitude of the photo.

Keep that shutter open

Flick the shutter speed to “Bulb”, which is usually at the lower end of the time shutter spectrum. What bulb allows you to do is keep the shutter open as long as you want simply by holding down the shutter release button. It is particularly fun in low light situations following a trail of light, be it cars or a friend with a flashlight. Although due to the shutter being open for a while, the photo can become blurry because of your movement. Unless this is the look you want, it is often best to use a tripod. You could also go astronomical and take photos of the sky. Astronomers have the shutter open for long periods of time with the camera pointed at the sky. This allows them to track star paths. However, this is heavily battery dependent.
Try using flash along with a slow shutter speed. This creates a nice layered photo, as the flash makes part of the image sharp and the slow shutter speed can create interesting effects. This is usually referred to as “slow sync” flash photography.

And if your camera can…

There are often nice little additions on your camera you may never have known. Most cameras have the ability to capture infrared, but not all. If yours can get an infrared lens and prepare to take some potentially stunning shots. The results can be unique and is an art form in its own right and can be very exciting to experiment with. However, the filters filter out much of the light so long shutter speeds are recommended, and thus so is a tripod and a faster ISO.
Multiple exposure is also a setting that, unfortunately, is limited to a select few models. Taking multiple exposures of the same frame can create a very detailed picture. Changing the focus or angle between each makes some fantastic results. Fortunately, by using layers in Adobe Photoshop, you can achieve this affect.

Last word

This list is only a guideline, giving a few suggestions to changing a typical, boring photo into something different and exciting. However, it is all down to the photographer. You have to experiment and try new things. With digital photography it’s not so costly so go out and take lots of photos, you are bound to take bad ones, but within them there could be some hidden gems.

~Zahid H Javali

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Yeah Baby!

It's Time To Spy On Your Neighbors! 

And Take Photos Of 'Em For Blackmail!

And Do It With A Knock-Out, Jaw-Droppin' Price Break!!

Lowest Price Ever - Now's The Time To Buy!

Hey, our supplier is giving us a discount on these Bushnell Camera Binoculars for another day, so we've decided to go another day with the sale! So, if you've been looking for a convenient way to spy, err, check on your neighbors (or "spot birds" or, umm, "see better at the big game" or "get a better look at the seagulls at a beach full of bikini clad women"), then here's a deal that'll make your mouth water!

Normally, these are an amazingly low $39.97 - a price that makes most wholesalers think we should be in an institution of some sort on heavy medication. Unfortunately for us (and good for you), we're like a drunk limbo player that just doesn't know enough to stop - we're going to go even LOWER baby! If you order today you can snag one for just $34.97!! You can't find a cheap set of discount binoculars for that kind of money, and here we are - almost givin' away a set of these amazing Bushnell binoculars that have a built in digital camera! Better get yours before we get back on our meds! Why is my wall covered with spiders anyway?!?!?

Binoculars With A Built-In Digital Camera!!!


Big 7x Image Magnification!


You Gotta Try These!

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!

This Bushnell "binocular-camera" is something we know you're gonna love so we're gonna let you have this at a price that'll put a smile on your face (Say, "Cheese!) Grab one of these units today for just $34.97 and US shipping is FREE!!!

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!!!

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June Wallpaper

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

Bald River Falls (Photo contest winner)

This picture was taken on a very cold day in November of 2008. Location - Smoky Mtn Nat. Park


 Golden Canyon

This was taken in Death Valley Nat. Park near the overlook at Zabriski Point. It was early morning and the amazing golden light really turned the already gold-colored hills even more yellow.


Yellow Flower

 Here's an extreme closeup of a yellow lily (OK, could be an orchid - I don't really know), taken last spring.


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

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