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Weekly Computer Tips by WorldStart.com
By WorldStart.com
May 20, 2009 - 4:24:41 PM

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Quick Tips

Shift + End

Here's a quick shortcut for anyone who's found themselves acting like a telegraph operator on their backspace key. You know what I'm talking about. You've just finished a line of text, it doesn't look right, so you want to delete the whole line. “ Ratta-tatta-ratta-ratta”, and your finger falls off...

There's a better way! Simply put your cursor at the beginning of the line you want to delete and press Shift+End. This will cause the whole line to be selected, and all you have to do after that is press delete or backspace to finish the job! The best part is that because your cursor is already at the beginning of the line, all you have to do is type!

Deletion, simplified!


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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 - y ou 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!

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OK - get this! Our supplier contacts us and tells us he just got a HUGE deal on these! We ask the price and WOW!! Yeah, he got a deal alright! Normally these retail for $39.99, we usually have them discounted for just $10.97, but TODAY you can get them for - ready? - Just $6.97 and US Shipping is FREE! 

It's a mind-blowin' deal on what has to be the best software of its kind! If you're running Vista - or just thinking about it - then you really have to try this! For $6.97, you'll discover just how great Vista can be! It really is easy - when you know what you're doing! You spent a ton on your computer, isn't it worth another $6.97 to get the most from it???

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Try It For A Few Hours - It Will Completely Blow-You-Away!

Brilliant Audio & Video Presentations Teach You Everything!

Interactive Simulations Let You Virtually "Try" Techniques Safely!

The BEST $6.97 You'll EVER Spend On Your Computer!!

Hey - Are you a Widows Vista user?  Are you going to be?  Maybe just thinking about an upgrade? If so, you've just got to try the program that took me from newbie to pro in no time! It's called Professor Teaches Windows Vista and it makes learning Windows Vista a snap!

If you're tired and frustrated with Vista, you're not alone!  It's really a great system, but it's juuusssst different enough from previous versions of Windows to make you pull-your-hair-out-crazy trying to make it work the way you want! Come on - Why not say goodbye to all the headaches and take control? Professor Teaches Windows Vista is just the ticket out of frustrationville!

First off, this software uses over 150 absolutely fantastic multimedia presentations to show you how all the new features work - in every version of Vista! You'll really love how easy these terrific presentations are to follow and watch! See, you're not just reading a page of text; this uses engaging audio and video to explain exactly how you do something! PLUS I really love that they cover it all for each topic - there's not a single mouse click left out of the presentation! This won't leave you guessing - it'll leave you knowing EXACTLY what to do! It's like having Bill Gates sitting next to you, going over Vista step by step (only this is a little cheaper :-)!

Oh, and then it takes your learning to the next level!  OK, you know how most people seem to learn better by "trying it out" on their own? Well, this has an amazing Vista Simulator built in!  So, get this - you watch a lesson, then you can actually "try" it - just like you were using Windows, only you're not going to be able to mess anything up! How cool is that? If that's not the smartest way ever to teach Windows, I don't know what is! It's really like having a private computer tutor! Heck, you can even take a quiz at the end of the chapters to test your knowledge!

  Plus, you'll really love the way the presentations progress too- they won't leave you behind scratching your head! You'll start off with the basics, then move on to more advanced topics as you learn. Of course, you can always skip back and review, but let me tell ya, as good as this software is, you probably won't need to! Plus, if you need a quick fix to a problem, you can skip to any topic at any time!

What's covered? HA - What isn't? This thoroughly covers everything you'll ever want to know about Vista! Want a small taste of what you're gonna get on this jam-packed CD? We're talking: setting up internet and e-mail, firewalls, online security, updates, networking, customizing your desktop, troubleshooting problems, disk maintenance, backups, getting remote help, printing, adding / removing programs from startup, intros to everything (desktop, explorer, folders, ect), customizing your start menu, getting the best performance, working with files and folders, using the taskbar, a bunch of great desktop tricks, and more! You're REALLY gonna love it!

Oh, and that's not all - you gotta see this!  If you already know how to use XP, this has a special section just for you! It's a "transition" section that takes what you already know about XP and shows you how its now done in Vista! You'll find this is a HUGE time saver and a great way to get your Vista experience on the fast track!

Here's the main categories:

Vista Basics

Using The Desktop

Managing Computer Security

Working With Internet & E-mail

Managing And Maintenance

Working With Files And Folders

Interacting With Other Computers

Personalizing Vista

Print & Media

Whew, it covers a TON and we've only touched the surface here! Seriously, if you're running Windows Vista or are going to be, this is an absolute MUST-HAVE! This makes the transition soooo much easier, it's crazy to fight and struggle along! Give this a try, by the time you're done you'll not only love Vista, you'll be using it like a pro!

Your price? Today, you can get these for just $6.97! Really!! That's FREE US Shipping of course, plus if you don't love it, just send it back within 60 days for a refund!   Trust me, this is the best way to learn Vista - I've never seen a faster - or easier - way to learn! You'll love it too!

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PS - This is a limited quantity deal and the price is only good for a limited time (it'll be $16.97 soon). If you are ever going to be face to face with a Vista computer, this is going to make that experience soooo much better! Crazy not to grab it - I know I'm impressed!

Computers 101

What do all those error codes (like 404) mean?

It happens to all of us. We're surfing along, and up comes an error. What do all those error codes mean? Here's a quick rundown of the most common:

400 - Bad Request - You probably typed in a URL wrong, the server has no clue what you're looking for, or you aren't allowed to have access. Usually, it's a matter of the URL being typing in wrong. Maybe you mixed upper and lowercase letters or something.

401 - Unauthorized Request - you tried to get to something on the web server you're not allowed to play with. In other words, you ain't on the party list.

403 - Forbidden - You can't access the page. You may not have access (it may require a password), or it may be blocked from your domain.

404 - Not Found - The page you were trying to look at was not found on the server. This is probably the most common error you'll come across. What has probably happened is that the web page you were going to has been removed or re-named.

500 - Internal error - Usually caused by a CGI error. You fill out a form, but the script used to process it is not working properly.

503 - Service Unavailable - The server may be overloaded, down, or have other similar problems. Try later.

~ Steve

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MS Office

Outlook Startup Choices

Here's a tip that comes to you courtesy of a reader's question. She was looking for a way to force Outlook to open straight to the Inbox.

Sounds like a very relevant and legitimate concern.

I don't know about you, but when I start up Outlook, I'm looking for my e-mail. Don't get me wrong, there's lots of other great stuff in Outlook, but 99.9 percent of the time, I'm there for the e-mail.

With that as the priority, I can clearly see why having the Inbox open as the program starts is the way to go.

Wait, I can hear you already.

Some of you would much rather have the calendar or journal or some other aspect of Outlook open upon the program startup.

Well, that's no problem either. This is a tip for everyone! Your biggest decision is which part of Outlook to choose.

Okay, it's time to get down to business.

If you're running MS Outlook 97, here's the information you need.

  • Go to the Tools menu, Options choice.
  • On the General tab, you're looking for the Startup Settings section at the bottom.

  • The "Startup in this folder" field has a list of choices. From the drop down list, select the aspect of Outlook you chose as your startup place.
  • Click OK to make the change and return to Outlook.

It's really that easy!

Now, for those of you who are using a newer version of MS Outlook (including Outlook 2007), your directions are just a little bit different.

·   You'll begin in the same place. Go to the Tools menu, Options choice.

·   You're looking for the Advanced Options button, located on the Other tab.

  • Once you've clicked the Advanced Options button, a dialog window will open where you can make your choices.
  • This is what you'll find for Outlook 2000 - 2003:

  • At the top, in the General settings section, you'll find the "Startup in this folder" field. Choose the aspect of Outlook that works best for you from the drop down list.

For my Outlook 2007 people the "Startup in this folder" field looks a bit different:

·   You'll find that you're given a Browse button instead of a drop-down list of choices.

  • This will open the Select Folder dialog window where you have a complete list of choices for that first view in Outlook 2007.

  • Choose a location and click OK.

Now it's time for the Outlook 2000 - 2007 users to all click OK to exit the Advanced Options window.

Click OK again to exit the Options window.


You now have tailored Outlook to meet your needs, right from the very start!

~ April

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More Cool Stuff


WOW!!! Are These Cool Or What???


Binoculars With A Built-In Digital Camera!!!


Big 7x Image Magnification!


A MUST Have For Every Photo Buff!!!

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 " D ownload 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 $39.97 and US shipping is FREE!!!

http://store.worldstart.com/ product.php?productid=5044

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!!!

Today at WorldStart.com

Font Size Shortcuts

One from the deepest part of the Worldstart vault is up on the site today. It's still relevant, and it can help to streamline things if you're in a heated typing session. Drop by the site today and give it a look!

City Creator

Are you a fan of the game Sim City? Well, if so here’s a site for you. City Creator allows you to build cities online. You have a choice between Blankton and Snoland. One is a regular city, the other is, you guessed it – full of snowy items. Roll on by today and check it out for yourself!

Here's the link you need: http://www.worldstart.com/ Enjoy!

Tip of the Day

Branding Your Computer

Guess what! I have some great news for all of you! Today, I'm going to show you how to make some very cool modifications to your computer. I'll share with you how you can make your experience with Windows XP a whole lot easier and more fun too!

For this tip, I'll be showing you a couple of ways you can modify Windows to personalize and brand it. You know, just to make sure everybody knows it's yours! We'll start off with the system properties window. By default, a computer's system properties window looks like this:

To access that, right click on the My Computer icon on your desktop and select Properties. Some of you may have a manufacturer logo below the Windows logo. If so, how would you like to add your logo and some text there? I thought you might be interested, so let's do it!

1.) First, an image must be created to place there. For that, I'll be using Microsoft's Paint program, which is included on all Windows computers. To access that, go to Start, All Programs, Accessories and choose Paint.

2.) Since the image can be no larger than 180x115 pixels, we need to resize the canvas. To do so, go up to Image and select Attributes. In the box that appears, select Pixels as the measurement unit and enter in the correct units, shown once again below. Then click OK.

3.) You can use the tools located on the toolbar to create your logo. I used the fill tool to make a black background and the text tool to make white text. I also copied and pasted a small clip art of a computer. You can do whatever you want with this. Just choose something that will help personalize your computer for your very own. Here's what I came up with:

4.) Now, go up to File, Save As and save the file in the directory of C:\Windows\System32 with the name of oemlogo.bmp.

That does it for the logo. Now, let's move on to entering the text. We will be using Notepad for this part.

1.) Get to Notepad by going to Start, All Programs, Accessories, Notepad.

2.) Next, copy and paste the information below into the text area. You won't want it to be exactly the same as mine (there's more on that below), but go ahead and copy and paste it all first. Then, once you have it in Notepad, you can change everything to read what you want. That way, you'll know for sure that you have the basics entered in correctly.

Manufacturer=Neil's PC
Model=Dell Inspiron 8100
[Support Information]
Line1=This PC was created
Line2=by Neil Patel
Line3=Enjoy using it!

3.) After you have that pasted in, replace everything after the equal signs (=) with your own information. You can add more lines at the end too, but be sure to use the same format as I did.

4.) Once you have that the way you want it, go up to File and choose Save As. Again, save the file in the directory of C:\Windows\System32, but this time, under the name of oeminfo.ini. Also, be sure to change the file type to All Files instead of Text Document.

If you did this correctly, the next time you check your system properties, your new information should be there. Be sure to click the Support Information link to see your custom message.

Another great mod is editing the text on the Start button. Everybody who uses your computer looks at that, so it’s a great way to express your individuality. Now, there is a manual way to execute this mod, but a nifty program called Start Button Renamer makes it much easier to do. You can download that program right here. There is no installation necessary, so just double click the icon called StartBtn.

Now, just type the text you want your Start button to read in the box and click Rename It. Viola! Your start button has been changed. Look at my new Start button below. I love it!

I have one more mod for you today and that's posting a box to come up every time you log on and off your computer. Now, once again, there is away to do this manually, but you can use this simple script I found for you instead. It's much easier that way. You can download the script here and then open it up. You will see this screen:

Just enter the log in text you want and click OK. Then enter the log off text you prefer and click OK.

Now, whenever you (or other users) log on and off, you will see the designated message. How awesome is that?!

I hope you enjoy all of today's mods!

~ Neil Patel

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Amanda's Coolsite

Perfect Portions

I’ve gone from cooking for five people to cooking for two, and let me tell you, it is hard to adjust the amount you’re cooking to get the right portion size. It took me month to figure out that instead of a whole box of pasta I only needed about a third of it for two of us. Mind you, I didn’t keep cooking a whole box; I went down gradually till I got the right amount.

I would have loved to have this site to take the guess work, the trial and error, and agony out of that process.

You start by picking what you’re cooking from the categories they’ve provided, select from the list, unless you’re actually cooking one of their popular ingredients. Next, you’ll select how many people you’re cooking for. It will then calculate how much you need to cook and display the answer with the best way to measure it.

Once you’ve set the amount of people you are serving, you can just change food items from the list at the bottom to plan your whole meal. So you could start by having it measure how much pasta you’ll need, and then you can choose from the list and see how many strawberries you need for desert. This will make meal planning much easier – especially if you’re cooking for a dinner party where you will serve more people than you’re used serving.

This is a great site that will help you cook the perfect portion every time. This site is great for meal planning, dieting, and your everyday cooking.



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Monthly Wallpaper


May Wallpaper

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

Grand Canyon Overlook


Great Blue Heron


Smoky Mountains Sunset


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

All can be found here:

http://www.worldstart.com/ wallpaper/index.php


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