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Firewall Basics

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Firewall Basics

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

System Tray

Friday, July 6th, 2007

System Tray

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

Friday, July 6th, 2007

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

Dongle

Friday, June 29th, 2007

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

Progress Bar

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Progress Bar

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

Active Content

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Active Content

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

Friday, June 15th, 2007

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

Pharming

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Pharming

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

Tooltips

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Tooltips

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

FireWire

Friday, May 4th, 2007

FireWire

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 “Ping” mean?

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Q:
What does the term “Ping” mean?

A:
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

Dual Boot

Friday, April 27th, 2007

Dual Boot

Did you know that you can have more than one operating system on just one single computer? If you’ve never heard of the term mentioned above in the title, you’re in for a real treat today! Now, I’m sure most of you are able to figure out (even if it’s just a little) what a dual boot is just by putting the two words together. But, what all… Continue reading

Send To

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Send To

So, what exactly is the Send To option for? Does it even have a purpose? Well, if you’ve ever wondered what the answer to that question is, then come along with me. I’ll explain everything!

One of the most powerful tools in the Windows operating systems is the right mouse button. That one little button opens up so many new options and it makes so many things so… Continue reading

Windows Explorer

Friday, April 6th, 2007

Windows Explorer

I have one more Q&A for you today. I hope you don’t mind too much!

Q:
What exactly is Windows Explorer? I’ve heard the term mentioned several times in your tips, but I’ve never gotten a good grasp as to what it is. Please explain!

A:
You know what? This question came at the most perfect possible time. It was brought to my attention… Continue reading

What is an Avatar?

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the term “avatar” before, right? Besides being a 3D movie by James Cameron, it is also a pretty common term in today’s Internet world. Still, you may have heard of it and still not know what it means or what all it entails.

This is an example of an avatar picture.

An avatar is… Continue reading

BitTorrent

Friday, March 16th, 2007

BitTorrent

The question of the day is, “What is a torrent”? And even better yet, “What is BitTorrent”? Well, as you may have guessed, the word “torrent” is derived from the term “BitTorrent.” You may have heard of these terms before, but what do they mean? BitTorrent is actually the file distribution system that the torrents (a.k.a. files) come from. So, how does all of it work? Well, allow me… Continue reading

Social Bookmarking

Friday, March 9th, 2007

Q:
What can you tell me about social bookmarking?

A:
Well, a lot actually! I know most of you have probably heard of bookmarking and some of you probably know what I’m talking about when I say social networking, but what about social bookmarking? Do those three things even have anything to do with each other? The answer to that is yes and no. Allow me to explain.… Continue reading

Know Your Hardware

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

Know Your Hardware

Most people who own computers have basic hardware and they don’t even realize it. Either that or they don’t really know what each item is called. And basically, when you don’t realize when something is there, it can keep you from doing certain things that you want to do. Usually, you can do those things, but without knowing your hardware, it’s difficult to master.

So, what is… Continue reading

E-books

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

E-books

So, what is an e-book? I’m sure some of you have probably wondered that and it makes sense that you do, because e-books are becoming very popular as the days go by. An e-book, which is also known as an electronic book is just basically the digital equivalent of a regular printed book. Often times, e-books are also read with an e-book reader, which is just a device that… Continue reading

What Does OEM Stand for?

Friday, February 9th, 2007

Melissa from MS asks:

What does OEM stand for?

You may have heard the letters OEM before, but what do they have to do with computers? Well, OEM is short for Original Equipment Manufacturer and as a whole, they are basically companies that build certain products that are then sold by another company. Those

Third Party

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Third Party

You’ve probably heard this term somewhere along the line in one of our previous tips, but do you have any idea what it really means? You might have a slight clue as to what it is, because the term, third party, is used for various other things, but what does it have to do with computers? Well, basically, the same thing.

A third party resource is anything that… Continue reading

Pixels

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Pixels

After some consideration, I realized that some of you may not know what a pixel is. I’ve been running some tips about pixels lately and I forgot that some of you may not even be familiar with the initial term. And although all of you are so smart and you’ve probably been able to figure it out, I thought I should give you a formal definition anyway. So, here… Continue reading

Dead Pixels

Friday, January 12th, 2007

Dead Pixels

Ever since I wrote the tip about stuck pixels, I’ve gotten questions from several readers about the difference between those and dead pixels. Is there a difference? Well, as a matter of fact, there is. Before you go any further, read here to find out what a stuck pixel is first. That will help you in understanding this tip a lot more. Okay, once you’ve read… Continue reading

Applet Defined

Saturday, January 6th, 2007

Applet Defined

We often use this term in our computer tips, so I got to thinking that it might be a good idea to tell you all what it actually is. How would you like that? Yeah, I thought you might be interested. So, here’s a brief definition of applet just for you!

An applet is one part of a software program that actually works within another program. The term… Continue reading

AdSense

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

AdSense

After mentioning this term in one of the tips last week, I received several e-mails from all of you wondering what exactly it is. I’m sure most of you can figure out that it has something to do with advertisements, but what else does it entail? Where does the term come from, etc., etc.? Those are all good questions and I’m here to answer them for you right now!… Continue reading

Zero-Day Defined

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Zero-Day Defined

Have you heard of the term Zero-Day before? You may have, but do you know what all a Zero-Day flaw entails? The term itself isn’t very complicated to understand once you know the bottom line of what makes them exist, but if you ever just wanted a simple definition of a Zero-Day flaw, today is your day. That’s exactly what I’m going to give you right now!

These… Continue reading

ISO Images

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

ISO Images

Ever wonder what this term involves? You may know that it has something to do with the digital world, but what exactly does it entail? Well, I’m here to fill you in today!

First of all, an ISO image is known as a .iso file and it is just another term for a disk image or any optical disk image. It’s basically an exact copy of an already… Continue reading

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