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
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
Tell me, has your computer ever “crashed” on you? Now, tell me, was it really a computer crash or was it something else? It’s hard to be completely sure what constitutes as a computer crash, but don’t worry too much, because you’re not alone.
Basically, a “computer crash” occurs whenever a program (one that’s either an application you’ve installed on your PC or… Continue reading
I’m sure you’ve all probably heard of this term in passing, but have you ever been given an exact definition of it? I mean, I know we’ve mentioned it a lot in some of our other tips, but we’ve never written a tip solely on what cyberspace is. So, that’s what I thought I would do for you today. Here we go!
Basically, cyberspace is the word that is… Continue reading
Do you use a wireless keyboard or mouse? I know some of you do, because you’ve ordered them from us before! If you do, I’m sure you know that they come with a receiver. Right? Right! Well, if you’re not sure what I’m talking about, allow me to explain it a little more. Basically, the wireless receiver is the component that is used to connect your computer with… Continue reading
We here at WorldStart have talked about firewalls before, but we have never just taken a step back and given you the basics about them. So, that’s exactly what I’m going to do for you today!
A firewall is designed to help protect your computer from being attacked by malicious users or by malicious software programs, such as viruses that use unsolicited incoming network traffic and so on… Continue reading
In one of the tips I wrote last week, I happened to mention the term “system tray” and without thinking much about it, I figured most computer users know what that is. Well, when I got back into the office on Monday, I had quite a few e-mails from you all asking me about it. So, evidently I was wrong and I want to take this time to… Continue reading
All About the Volume
I was brainstorming for new tip ideas the other day and I got to thinking that we have never done a tip on the basics of your computer’s volume controls before. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, go down to your system tray and double click on the little speaker icon (it looks like this: ). A new window will then open that is… Continue reading
Recently, the term “dongle” (pronounced DONG-uhl) has been making its way around our office. Some of my co-workers have been seeing it on certain Web sites, but they weren’t really sure what it meant, so they’ve been asking me to look it up and write a tip on it. Plus, I figured some of you have probably heard it before as well, but maybe you don’t know what it is… Continue reading
Here’s the scenario: You just typed in the address of your favorite Web site and you’ve hit the button that will start the loading process. You then wait patiently in anticipation for the site to come up so you can start using it. Now, while you’re waiting, what do you usually look at to see how much of the site has been loaded? Perhaps you look at the… Continue reading
Have you ever heard of the term “active content” before? You may have seen it referenced along with some Web sites, but have you ever gotten a formal definition of it? If not, you’re in luck, because that’s exactly what I’m going to give you today. Are you ready to add another computer term to your “I Know What That Means” list? Then let’s do it!
Basically, active… Continue reading
Refresh Rate Basics
So, I was looking in our computer tip archives the other day and found a tip on the term “refresh rate.” I was reading through it and although it was very helpful, it didn’t give just the basics of what the refresh rate really is. And I figured a lot of you would probably want to know, so that’s exactly what I’m going to do for you… Continue reading
No, I didn’t spell it wrong! Pharming (with a “ph”) is actually a term used in the computer world. I know you’ve heard of phishing before, because we’ve talked about it in the newsletter and well, pharming sort of goes along with that. It’s just another example of how hackers try to manipulate computer users via the Internet. Keep reading for a more detailed definition.
Basically, pharming is the… Continue reading
Did you know that everyday, at some point in time while you’re working on your computer, you’ve come across a tooltip? It’s such a common thing with computers these days and most of us probably don’t even realize it when we see one. Do you have any idea what I’m talking about yet? Well, whether you do or you don’t, come along with me as I explain what exactly… Continue reading
I’m sure most of you have heard this term before, one way or another, but do you have any idea what it means? FireWire is fairly new to the computer world, so it’s understandable if you’ve never really been given a definition of it. Either way, that ends today. I’m going to do my best to give you the information you want to know, so here we go!
FireWire… Continue reading
What does the term “Ping” mean?
Basically, ping is short for Packet InterNet Groper and it is a utility that is most widely used to check for network errors. It’s the main utility that is used to verify whether or not a network data packet can be sent to an address (usually an IP address) without any errors.
Now, let me try… Continue reading