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Email Safety

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Email Safety

The WorldStart newsletter is delivered via email, and replies to it arrive in one of several inboxes that I monitor each day. When a response is called for, I reply, in an often vain attempt to answer readers’ questions. Some of the replies to the newsletter are, to

NYPL Digital Gallery

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

NYPL Digital Gallery

Here you’ll find access to over 700,000 images that have been digitized and placed online in this database so people can browse them easily. You’ll find maps, posters, prints, manuscripts, and more for your viewing pleasure.

I started my visit by checking

In the News 2-16-11

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Insomnia? Your phone can help.



If you have an Android phone and you have trouble falling asleep, this one’s for you. Mizo Software Solutions has come up with a great app: Relax and Sleep. This application is a free sound-generator that lets you create your own custom

Auto Clicker Typer

Monday, February 14th, 2011

It seems like in this day and age; computers should be able to do more of our work for us. Just last week, I was working on a project and I had to print 30 different web pages, and set the same special printer settings for each one. Talk about something being painstakingly boring! So, I searched for a solution and found Auto Clicker Typer, which

Dealing with an SNMaster.idx Error Message

Monday, February 14th, 2011

I keep getting an error message when I start my computer. It says “The snmaster idx file database file is missing, please restore this file”. What’s this all about? Can I restore it? Error: Missing or Corrupt SNMaster.idx. What Do I do!?

Do you start your computer up every day, greeted by a message notifying you that your “SNMaster.idx”

Ocean Portal

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Ocean Portal

I adore Smithsonian web sites, because they always catch my attention right away. And this one certainly didn’t let me down. If you just scroll through the featured articles with the arrows on either side of the screen, you’ll see what I mean! There are featured articles on: a pirate

Windows Media Player Online Radio

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Windows Media Player 12 comes with a special feature that offers online radio anywhere. You can listen to different types of music including Country, Blues, Talk Radio, Soft Rock, and more. If you’re tired of continually listening to your MP3s and old CDs, you may want to give Windows Media Player 12 a listen. With all the radio stations now available from Windows Media Player 12

Protopage

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Protopage



It’s been a while since I’ve found one of these make your own start page web sites that I’ve liked. But I found myself charmed by this one, so I thought I’d share it with you.

You’ll

ooVoo

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Video chatting is the cool new way to communicate in the twenty-first century! One popular video call service is Skype, which we’ve covered before in the newsletter, but I recently stumbled upon another named ooVoo, and it is chock full of useful features, including 6-way video calling! I think many of you will enjoy how you can begin a video call with anyone in the world

Superscript and Subscript

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Franklyn asks:

When writing email, there are times I would like to use a superscript (degree F) and subscript (H2O). Is there a way to have them available?

Franklyn, if you’re using Microsoft Word or Outlook 2007 or 2010, you can easily add either superscript…

IM Sounds

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Because I hate talking on the phone, most of my communication with my friends tends to go on over IM. One thing that I’ve noticed, though, is that most IM default sounds are barely audible. And, since I’m not usually sitting at my computer, I can’t hear the default sounds. So I’ve changed all of my sounds to louder, more easily audible sounds, and here’s how

One in 8 Million

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

One in 8 Million

I found this site fascinating! In 2009, the New York Times focused on 54 people from New York City, from all walks of life. They recorded their stories and proved that New York City is a place filled with characters. Now you can browse the entire

Creating Macros in MS Excel

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Microsoft Excel is the one of the most popular spreadsheet programs used worldwide. It has a variety of features such as data storage, creating reports and charts, using mathematical functions, performing statistical analysis, ability to connect to databases, making use of pivot tables, V-lookups etc. One such very useful feature within Microsoft Excel is the ability to make use of “macros”.

What is a Macro?

Create Your Own Superhero

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Create Your Own Superhero

Have you ever wanted to design your own super hero? I’m geeky enough to admit that I have! Do you have kids who are gaga for comics? This could be a fun way for them to spend a snowy afternoon this winter.

AbiWord 2.8.6

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

One of the great things about writing for WorldStart is the opportunity to test free software, something that, as a geek wannabe, I’d already been doing at home for years. And, as it was then, while mining the software fields, it’s exciting to discover a little gem. AbiWord is one of them.

AbiWord is a free, lightweight, open source word processor

Adjusting the Size of Taskbar Icons

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Nancy asks:

For some reason my icons on the taskbar are larger. I don’t know how they got that way. How can I make them smaller? I use XP Professional SP3.

Nancy, you can set the Quick

Watching DVD movies on TV is fun, and you may like to burn movies to DVD using software on your PC. But, often the subtitles are missing in these burned DVDs. DVD burning software doesn’t provide an option to include subtitle files, that it will burn along with the movie. Also, you can’t drag and drop subtitles while playing a movie on your TV. Therefore, it

Picnik

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Picnik



Picnik is an amazing photo editor that is web browser based and completely free (there are premium levels but they’re completely unnecessary to make a fantastic photo – trust me you’ll be wowed by the free version).

You don’t have to

In the News 2-09-11

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

In China news today…

Mine is bigger than yours.

They built the world’s largest supercomputer. They built “Optimus Prime”, the world’s largest transformer (out of recyclable materials, I might add). Apparently they like the “mine is bigger than yours” concept, because now China

Create Your Own Comic

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Create Your Own Comic

Okay, so I’ve probably spent far too much time on this site creating super heroes, then I found out that you can create and your own comic! I couldn’t let you miss out on the fun of creating your own comic, so I’m sharing the link with you

Free Photo Apps for the iPhone

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Often, you can’t take candid shots of people, places and things because you either forget to bring your digital camera along or you don’t have one with you when you need it. But there is one accessory that is always with you: your iPhone. Here is where some free nifty apps for the Apple device are working their magic on iPhone camera users. Here are a

How to Stop Screen Shake

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Richard from Hudson, Florida asks:

I am using Microsoft Outlook 2003. Sometimes in checking my mail, a red flag would come up on the right side of a message and the page would shake. I tried to shut down Outlook and restart it, no help. I would even reboot and the red flags are still there. I

We Choose the Moon

Friday, February 4th, 2011

We Choose the Moon

Welcome to We Choose the Moon, a web site devoted to the launch of Apollo 11. The site was created to honor the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, and is cleverly divided into 11 stages with sound, photos, and videos making it a truly multimedia experience. I

The Daily Kitten

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The Daily Kitten

Every day a new adorable kitten is posted here at the daily kitten. They even tell you when you can expect the new image and story to be up (3:07 P.M. GMT). I was hooked when a reader sent me this link and I knew after seeing

Firefox 4.0 Beta 10

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Firefox has many loyal supporters, and for good reason, as it has always been a dependable browser, but of the three I use regularly, it has also always been the slowest. Not anymore. Firefox 4.0 Beta 10 now offers speed, in addition to the Firefox trademark dependability and flexibility.

The download

SharePod

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Do you ever get frustrated because it seems like your iPod is “tied” to the computer that you sync it with? I know I do! I mean, you can’t add, delete, or download music and videos from an iPod unless it is plugged into your very own computer. If you are using a work, school, or public computer, it won’t recognize your iPod when you connect

Deleting Multiple Comments in Excel

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

MS Excel: Delete Multiple Comments at Once

If you’ve got an Excel worksheet that contains a lot of comments, it can be a bit of a pain to remove them all when you’re done.

Think about it. If the worksheet is a large one and you’ve managed to accumulate quite a few comments, it’s

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