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
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
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, Right-Click on your Desktop… Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 techterms.com, the term “flaming” is basically “the act of posting or sending offensive messages over the Internet.” The actual messages are called “flames”… Continue reading
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
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
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
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
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!
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