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What is “svchost.exe”?

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Svchost is kind of a catch-all. It is used to host multiple services within one process. This helps to actually conserve memory in your system by having one process govern many. Continue reading

What Does The Term “Pinned” Mean?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Q: What does the term “Pinned” mean?

A: In the world of computers, the term “Pinned” is a lot like the physical act of pinning something up on a cork board. In our case, it refers to items within a window that are kept in the same place for easy access. Programs, applications, web sites, etc. can all be stuck up in a… Continue reading

Missing Vista Recycle Bin

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

I had yet another distressed Worldstart reader contact me yesterday to tell me that their recycle bin had pulled a Harry Houdini and escaped from their desktop. This is worrisome, to say the least, but, as always, there is a solution. Actually, there are a couple of solutions depending on your Operating System, so let’s get to them!

In Windows Vista and 7, RightClick on your Desktop… Continue reading

How to Disable Autorun

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Autorun is a feature that’s been included with Windows since 1995, and what it does is looks for a file on an inserted CD called Autorun.inf. If it finds it, then it executes any program associated with it. This is fine for trusted software, but it can also execute malicious programs like viruses and spyware, too. The safe computer user disables Autorun altogether.

Steve’s Warning: Messing around in… Continue reading

How to Rip DVDs with ImgBurn

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

If you know about using the VLC player to rip a DVD to an MPEG-1 file, then remember it’s not the only way. Technically, this gets the job done, but there are other options available. Storage is very cheap, so why not retain the full image quality and size as well as all the menus, languages, subtitles and bonus material from the original DVD? Using ImgBurn for… Continue reading

Windows Experience Index

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Do you Vista and 7 users out there wonder what the Windows Experience Index is? Well, search no further, folks! This tip outlines what it is, and what it means to you! Continue reading

What’s that Key?

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

We ran an article awhile back that focused on the Print Screen Key, a.k.a. “Prt Scn”. We got a really great response from this, but at the same time I had a lot of folks asking me what the heck “SysReq” was and what it was doing on the same key!

So, what does it all mean? Well, SysReq stands for System Request, which, at one… Continue reading

Hotkey Refresher Course

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Today we’re going to have a refresher course on Hotkeys! I bring this subject up because the article I wrote on determining 32 and 64 bit processors brought the Win+Pause properties shortcut to my attention. I thought this was so cool that I should take it a step further and list some more useful hotkey shortcuts! So, if your mouse ever breaks, or if you want to impress those around… Continue reading

32 bit or 64 bit Operating System?

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Ever need to know what kind of operating system you have on your computer? Sure, we know the flavors of Windows (XP, Vista, 7, Etc.), but what if you need to know if they’re 32 bit or 64 bit? Check this out! Continue reading

What is dwm in Windows Vista?

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Q: What is dwm.exe and why is it running in Windows Vista?

A: Desktop Window Manager (dwm.exe) is the compositing window manager that gives you all those pretty effects in Windows Vista: Transparent windows, live taskbar thumbnails (that you can resize now), and even the Flip3D switcher that you can disable and replace with Switcher. What happens in Vista is that applications write the picture of their… Continue reading

Animation Choices in PowerPoint

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

You’ve just got to give these a try! I’ve been doing a tremendous amount of work in PowerPoint lately and these have truly helped to make my presentations smooth as silk! Continue reading

Web Counters

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

A while back Amanda reviewed a cool site called 99 Counters, where you could create your very own Web counters. Well, ever since, I have been getting gobs of e-mails from all of you, asking what exactly a Web counter is. I thought for sure we had written a tip about them before, but after looking through our archives, I found nothing. No wonder you’re not sure what… Continue reading

Keystroke Logging

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Ever heard of “Keystroke Logging”? Find out what it is with this handy answer! Continue reading


Tuesday, June 17th, 2008


As you may recall, the term “iHome” was mentioned in one of our recent advertisements and ever since, I have been getting tons of e-mails about it. Many of you have told me that you’ve never heard of iHome and you have no clue what it is. On the other hand, a few of you have heard of the term before, but you’d still like more information… Continue reading

Hot Swappable

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Basically, a hot swappable device is one that can be added or removed from a computer without having to reboot. USB devices are probably the most well known for being hot swappable, but there are several others as well. Continue reading

Technical Spellings

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Do I capitalize the word “Internet” or not? What about “e-mail”? Do I use a hyphen or not? Continue reading

ULCPCs: What Are They?

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

ULCPCs: What Are They?

As you may recall, we ran an article in the newsletter last week that mentioned ULCPCs and ever since, I have been getting non-stop phone calls and e-mails from all of you wondering what they are. I know I didn’t explain it very well in the article, so that’s why I’m taking the time today to go over it a little more with you… Continue reading

Message Board Stickies

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Message Board Stickies

Just out of curiosity, how many of you use WorldStart’s message board? I know there are quite a few of you out there, because a lot of you e-mail me and tell me how much the message board has helped you with your computer problems and I know several of you use it by referral from me as well. So, when you’re using… Continue reading

Can you please explain what the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool is? It comes through every month with the Windows Updates, but I’ve never really figured out what it does.

Oh, that’s such a good question! I’ve been asked this question several times in the past and to be honest, I thought we already covered it in the newsletter. That’s the only reason why I… Continue reading


Friday, January 25th, 2008


Have you ever been involved in a flaming match? Not sure how to answer that, because you don’t know exactly what it means? Well, allow me to give you a brief description and let’s just say, I hope none of you have! According to, the term “flaming” is basically “the act of posting or sending offensive messages over the Internet.” The actual messages are called “flames”… Continue reading

Web Site Certificates

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Can you please go over what Web site certificates are? I’m having a little trouble understanding their purpose. Thanks for all your help!

Wow, you guys come up with some really great questions! I have to tell you, the Q&A section of the newsletter is my favorite, because often times

All About WiFi

Friday, October 26th, 2007

All About WiFi

I received an e-mail the other day from a reader asking for some basic information about the term “WiFi.” After reading it, I immediately went to our archives, because I thought for sure we had done a tip on that in the past. Well, come to find out, we have done a few things on WiFi, but we’ve never covered just the basics of it… Continue reading


Thursday, October 18th, 2007

Can you give us some information on what a terabyte is? I’ve heard it mentioned a couple times in some of the online articles I read, but I don’t know too much about it. Please fill us in!

Ah, yes, the terabyte. I’m actually a little surprised that none of you have asked about this before. The term has been around for awhile, but I think… Continue reading

E-mail Harvesting

Friday, October 5th, 2007

E-mail Harvesting

Have you ever heard of the term “e-mail harvesting” before? I know some of you have, because I’ve gotten e-mails and phone calls from you about it. Well, whether you do or you don’t, it’s an important term to be familiar with and that’s exactly what I’m going to go over with you today. Obviously, e-mail harvesting has to do with your e-mail, but in what… Continue reading


Friday, September 14th, 2007

The API is basically a set of routines, protocols and tools that are used in the building process of software applications. Continue reading

32-Bit vs. 64-Bit

Friday, August 24th, 2007

Karen from AL. asks:

Can you tell me what the difference is between the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows? I’ve tried to research it online, but I’m not getting any concrete answers, so I thought you might have some information you could share. Please help!

Fuzz Testing

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Fuzz Testing

Here’s a new term for you! It’s possible that some of you have heard of this before, but I’m guessing most of you don’t really know exactly what it means in reference to the computer world. So, I thought I would help you all out with that today and fill you in on what fuzz testing really is. Are you ready? Then let’s stop wasting time and get… Continue reading

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