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UPS

Friday, August 11th, 2006

UPS

No, I’m not talking about the package delivery company. If you need to do some mailing, you might want to try looking up your local UPS’ phone number in the phonebook. The UPS I’m referring to is actually a term that is used with computers quite often as well.

In this case, UPS stands for Uninterruptible Power Supply. It is basically a power supply that provides back up power… Continue reading

Explorer.exe Error

Friday, July 14th, 2006

Q:
I just upgraded to Windows XP and I keep getting an explorer.exe error. How can I stop it?

A:
This is a common error to receive if you, like you said, have just upgraded from an older Windows operating system. This message usually only appears when you first log in to the new version, but it could stick around if you don’t fix it right away. The… Continue reading

Mail Transfer Agent

Friday, July 14th, 2006

Mail Transfer Agent

You may have heard of this term before, but what really is a Mail Transfer Agent? Also known as an MTA, a Mail Transfer Agent is basically what handles your e-mails after you hit the Send button and release them to the cyber world. It is a computer program (or a software agent) that helps transport e-mails from computer to computer (from yours to your friend’s).

An… Continue reading

PS/2 Port

Friday, July 7th, 2006

PS/2 Port

You may have heard this term before, but what really is a PS/2 port? I know this type of port is required for some of the items WorldStart sells, so you may have seen it on our Web site. So, if you’ve never needed a PS/2 port before, your time may come, so here is a little description of one for you.

A PS/2 port is also commonly… Continue reading

Runtime Error

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Runtime Error

What is a runtime error and what is its purpose? Well, it’s probably no surprise that everyone reading this has probably come across a runtime error sometime in their computer using lives. Runtime errors are common, but what are they? Here’s a little description for you.

Basically, it is an error that occurs during the execution of a program. Runtime errors go along with the “bug” errors that… Continue reading

USB Cables

Friday, June 30th, 2006

USB Cables

Have you ever needed to use a USB cable to hook up an external USB device to your computer? If you have, you may already know the cable specifications that are required with any device, but if you don’t, here are some details for you.

The longest cable you can use depends on if you’re connecting a full speed device (such as a CD/DVD burner or a flash… Continue reading

USB Connectors

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Q:
What are the different types of USB connectors?

A:
That’s an excellent question, because most of us have to use a USB port at some point in our everyday computing. Since so many of us work with computers on a daily basis now, it’s very likely that we have used a USB connector somewhere along the line. Today, most computers come with two or more USB ports… Continue reading

DSL

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Q:
What is DSL?

A:
We’ve had a couple tips in the past about DSL, but we’ve never really told you what it is. Here’s a quick explanation for you.

DSL stands for “digital subscriber line” and it’s basically a type of broadband Internet access that is simply carried over a regular phone line. DSL delivers a high-speed service and it is high… Continue reading

Laser Printer

Friday, June 9th, 2006

Laser Printer

Ever wonder how a laser printer does its job? Well, to begin, a laser printer is a little different from a regular inkjet printer. A lot of people wonder how it can print words and pictures on to paper with just a single laser beam, but it sure can!

Basically, a laser printer works primarily with static electricity, believe it or not! While clothes dryers use static electricity… Continue reading

NIC Cards

Friday, June 9th, 2006

NIC Cards

You may often hear the term “nic” being thrown around in reference to computers. Ever wonder what it means? Well, NIC stands for Network Interface Card. It is pronounced like “nick” and it is basically the card that makes the physical connection between your computer and a network cable.

NIC cards usually go along with an Ethernet connection and they also come in different sizes; those being 10… Continue reading

Troubleshooting

Friday, June 9th, 2006

Troubleshooting

What does the word troubleshoot mean? You’ve probably heard it mostly in relation to computers, right? If you ever run into a problem with your computer, you’re always told to first do some troubleshooting. But, what does it mean exactly? How are you supposed to know what to do?

Well, troubleshooting simply means isolating the problem that you are experiencing so you can work toward fixing it completely. Also… Continue reading

Hits

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

Hits

Have you ever heard the term “hit”? Do you have any idea what it refers to in means of the Internet world? If you have heard of it, are you really sure you know what it means?

There is actually a big misconception with this term. Many people think a hit refers to the number of visits a certain Web site gets. They think every time someone goes to… Continue reading

Encryption

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

Q:
Can you tell me more about encryption in regards to wireless Internet?

A:
When it comes to your wireless network, just know that you will always need encryption. There are no and, ifs or buts about it. It’s necessary!

First of all, what is encryption? It is the process of coding or scrambling information so it can only be read by someone who knows the correct decoding… Continue reading

Virtual Private Network

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Q:
I’ve always wondered about the term “virtual private network”. What is that?

A:
Good question! A virtual private network (VPN) is any type of private network that uses a public network to connect users and remote sites together. The public network that a VPN usually uses is of course, the Internet. Staying true to its name, a VPN uses virtual connections that route through… Continue reading

VoIP Defined

Friday, May 26th, 2006

VoIP Defined

We’ve introduced it to you before, but what really is VoIP? It’s becoming more and more popular each day, so it wouldn’t hurt to know a basic overview of it. You might even already use it or you might become interested in getting it after you read this! Who knows?!

VoIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol and it is also known as Internet Telephony. If you have… Continue reading

End User

Friday, May 26th, 2006

Are You an End User?

You probably hear that term all the time. I know we use it in our articles quite a bit. So, have you ever wondered what it actually means? You might have an idea, but would you like a more based definition of the term? If so, keep reading!

An end user is basically anyone who a software program or a hardware piece is created for… Continue reading

Cable Modem

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Cable Modem

You may have heard about cable modems, but do you know exactly what they are? Maybe you have one and by chance, don’t even know it. Here is a small explanation on cable modems for you.

Cable modems are obviously used to connect a computer to the Internet. They are much faster than dial-up modems and they support transfer rates of up to 30 MB per second. That’s… Continue reading

JavaScript Basics

Friday, May 12th, 2006

JavaScript Basics

JavaScript is basically a programming language that works with HTML. It is a scripting language that is used to create different special effects on standard Web pages. If you were to design a basic Web page, you would use JavaScript to make the page dynamic and interactive for the viewers.

Some examples of JavaScript in action are image rollovers, form input validations and it even helps… Continue reading

Social Network

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Q:
What is a social network?

A:
That’s a great question, because you might in a social network right now and not even know it. A social network is also known as a virtual community and they are related to profile sites. They are just certain Web sites that help bring people together so they can make new friends, chat, share interests, share ideas, etc.

It’s amazing how… Continue reading

What does “URL” Mean?

Friday, April 28th, 2006

…a URL is the global address of documents and other resources used on the Internet. Continue reading

Hardware vs. Software Modems

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Q:
What is the difference between a hardware modem and a software modem?

A:
The two types of modems do have many differences and it’s a good idea to know which kind you have in your computer.

Hardware modems are usually external and they connect to your computer through what is called a serial port and then, of course, a phone jack. Everything that the modem needs to… Continue reading

What is a Server?

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Q:
Everyone’s always talking about servers. What is a server and what does it mean to me?

A:
A server is basically a service that allows clients (that is you) to be able to use programs within your computer. Servers are run through specialized computers, which are, ironically, also called servers. In other words, a server serves the information needed to a computer that it is connected with… Continue reading

Webcams

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Webcams

You’ve probably heard of them; you might even have one of your own, but do you fully understand what a Webcam is or how you use one? If you’re interested in getting the one that’s been sitting on your desk for months out of the box or if you have been thinking about buying one, this tip is just for you!

There are many different uses for Webcams, from… Continue reading

Let’s talk about Easter Eggs

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Easter eggs are special little extra tidbits or surprises programmers put into their programs. It usually involves doing some strange things (usually hitting an odd key combination at a specific time) in a program to see a little bonus surprise. Recently, many movies on DVD and video games began including these bonus features. Just do a websearch for the name of your favorite recent movie or game and “Easter… Continue reading

Alert! Alert!

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Q:
What is an alert box?

A:
You come across alert boxes all the time. You probably do every single time you use your computer, but you just may not know what they are. You probably call them something else, like a popup box, dialog box, message box, etc. All of those terms are referring to an alert box; it’s just a more technical name for… Continue reading

More on BIOS

Friday, April 14th, 2006

More on BIOS

We have explained BIOS to you in the past, but I’ve gotten some e-mails from people wondering more about BIOS, so here you go!

As stated in our other tip, BIOS stands for Basic Input/Output System. It is a program that comes preinstalled on computers that are Windows compatible. It does not come with Macs. BIOS is basically the program that your computer uses to start each… Continue reading

Streaming

Friday, March 24th, 2006

Q:
What does streaming mean?

A:
You may have seen the word streaming in various places. Streaming often has to do with audio and video formats, so if you deal a lot with music or video in your daily computing activities, you may run across streaming quite a bit.

Basically, streaming is when a multimedia file is able to be played back on your computer without it being… Continue reading

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