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Broken Wheel

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Q:
The mouse I use has a scroll wheel on the top of it and lately, the wheel has not been working properly. Do you know of anything I can do to fix it? Please help, I really miss my mouse!

A:
any version of Windows, the first thing you need to look at is the Mouse Properties window. To get there, go to Start, Control

Laptop USB Connections

Friday, June 1st, 2007

Laptop USB Connections

Do you use a laptop as your main computer? If so, do you ever get tired of the small keyboard that comes with it or do you struggle with the touchpad mouse? I know both of those things have really hindered my laptop experience. That is, until I found out there was a way to work around all of that and now, I couldn’t be happier with… Continue reading

Protect Your Keyboard

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Protect Your Keyboard

I know it’s only Wednesday, but so far this week, I’ve gotten several calls and e-mails from all of you regarding the letters on your keyboards. Most of you are telling me that certain letters are starting to wear off and therefore, you’re having a hard time getting your typing done. The majority of you have told me that only a few of your letters are starting… Continue reading

Buying Headphones

Friday, May 4th, 2007

Buying Headphones

If you’ve ever been a little confused about the whole headphone buying process, this tip is sure to help. Read on!

Headphones are important, but then, so are your ears. So, it’s important that you invest in a good pair of headphones. And even more importantly, that you know all the features associated with headphones so you can make an informed choice. Well, that’s what I’m here to… Continue reading

Fix Those Scratches

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Fix Those Scratches

If you have a large CD (or DVD) collection, I’m willing to bet that at least one of them is scratched at this very moment as we speak. You may not know it (because I’m sure you don’t have time to take each CD out and look at it everyday to make sure it’s not scratched), but it does happen from time to time. Yes, CDs are… Continue reading

Keyboard Blues

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Keyboard Blues

Are you having trouble getting the keys on your keyboard to do what they’re actually supposed to do? Perhaps they work some days, but the rest of the time, you just can’t get them to do anything. Well, if this sounds familiar, you either have a big or a small keyboard problem. Come along with me as I go over both scenarios. I’m here to help you get… Continue reading

Proper Removal

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Proper Removal

Are you one of the many who use a flash drive these days? I mean, really, how can you resist? They are so simple to use and just as convenient as can be. So, tell me, when you go to remove your flash drive from the USB port it’s in, how do you do it? Do you just yank it out of there and go on with your… Continue reading

Raise Your Keyboard

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Raise Your Keyboard

Today, I have one question for you: “How do you feel about the height of your keyboard”? Okay, so that may seem like a pretty odd question, but believe me, it’s legit for this quick tip! I’m talking about the height of your keyboard as it stands on your desk (or wherever you may keep your keyboard).

Some of you may know about this, but the rest… Continue reading

Print Your Hardware

Friday, January 19th, 2007

Print Your Hardware

Have you ever wondered what all your computer has in terms of hardware? I’m talking about everything from the motherboard to ports to controllers to drives and every other resource your computer uses to help you get your work done. Well, if you have ever wished that you could have a compiled list of this information, today is your lucky day. That’s exactly what I’m going to… Continue reading

Mousepad Clean Up

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Q:
I know this is a little silly, but can you give me some tips on cleaning a mousepad? Mine is awful looking, but I don’t want to ruin it in the process. Please help!

A:
Just like a mouse, the mousepad can easily collect dirt, dead skin and oil. After all of that sits in place for awhile, it can start to make… Continue reading

Go Faster, Mouse!

Friday, December 15th, 2006

Q:
I’ve tried all of your other suggestions when it comes to speeding up my mouse, but I’m just not satisfied. Is there anything else I can do? Please!

A:
I’m sure you’re all going to back me up on this one. There are several things that can frustrate you when your mouse is involved. Am I right or am I right? You either can’t get your pointer… Continue reading

Webcam Surveillance

Monday, November 6th, 2006

Webcam Surveillance

Do you know what goes on with your computer while you’re away from it? Do you have any idea who comes into your room or office, doing who knows what?

Wouldn’t it be useful to have some sort of surveillance by your computer that would enable you to record what is going on around your home when you’re gone?

Did you know that if you have a simple… Continue reading

Webcam Settings

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Q:
I just bought one of those Xnap Webcams from WorldStart and I just can’t figure out how to adjust the settings, etc. like I want to. Can you please give me some help?

A:
It was very smart for you to submit this question to the e-mail we receive here in the office. Sometimes people will have a problem with one our products and they will just… Continue reading

Control That Cursor

Friday, October 27th, 2006

In today’s world, most of us are using a Microsoft Windows operating system. When compared to the other operating systems that are currently available, it seems like the best choice. Similarly, the usage of the mouse is more in Windows than in any other operating system.

If your mouse happens to stop working for a day or two, you would have a really tough time trying to… Continue reading

Snap To

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Q:
I feel like I use my mouse too often and I was just wondering if there was an easy way I could cut back. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks for all your help!

A:
It’s possible and here’s how! You just have to enable the “snap to” feature for your mouse. Go to Start, Control Panel and click on the Printers and Other

Wireless Hub

Friday, September 15th, 2006

You’ve heard of a hub before, right? In case you haven’t, a hub is a device you can use with your computer to hook up other devices and gadgets that you may use (such as a keyboard, a mouse, a digital camera, a printer, etc). The most common form of a hub is in a USB format. You simply plug the hub into one of your USB ports and the… Continue reading

CD Minis

Friday, August 4th, 2006

CD Minis

Have you ever used a mini CD. You know, they look just like a normal sized CD, but they are much smaller. They are becoming more and more popular these days and more companies are starting to use them for their software programs, etc. They are also used for a lot of the computer games that are available today. You can see the size difference in the screenshot… Continue reading

Mouse Battery Power

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Mouse Battery Power

Here’s a quickie for you! Earlier this week, I talked about waking up sleeping mice. I told you that if you leave your wireless mouse alone for more than eight minutes, it will be sleeping when you come back. The reason they go into the sleep mode is to save some battery life, which is of course, very helpful.

Well, there are a couple other things you… Continue reading

Sleeping Mice

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Q:
Help, my wireless mouse feel asleep! How do I wake it up?

A:
Some wireless mice are programmed to go into the sleep mode after approximately eight minutes of non-use. So, if you leave your computer for more than eight minutes, you will probably come back to a sleeping mouse. The main reason they do this is to save some battery life while you’re… Continue reading

Buying a Webcam

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Q:
I want to buy a Webcam, but I’m not sure what to look for. What are some things I should ask when shopping around?

A:
Webcams are becoming more and more popular every day. It seems like almost everyone you talk to has one these days. We’ve even been selling them every once in awhile here at WorldStart and they seem to be pretty popular with all… Continue reading

Mouse Types

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Mouse Types

What type of mouse do you use? Maybe you use a wireless mouse or maybe you use a ball and wheel mouse. Or maybe you use a…

As you might be figuring out, there are several different types of mice available to use with your computer these days. It’s pretty amazing how many there are actually. Let’s see, there’s the cordless (wireless), the footmouse, the glidepoint (also known… Continue reading

Mouse Trails

Friday, July 7th, 2006

Mouse Trails

No, no, I’m not talking about that kind of mouse trail! : ) Fortunately, the type I am referring to are also called pointer trails and it only deals with the mouse pointer.

Okay, so have you ever been working away on your computer when all of the sudden, your mouse pointer disappears? You try moving your mouse around as fast as you can to try and find… Continue reading

Subwoofer What?

Friday, July 7th, 2006

Subwoofer What?

Have you been hearing the term subwoofer a lot lately? Maybe you already know what it means and you’ve been experiencing the special effects of it for some time now. If so, that’s great! If not, let me explain the term to you a little more.

The word subwoofer goes along with the word speaker. A subwoofer usually comes with a set of speakers and it is an… Continue reading

Special Keys

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Have you ever owned a keyboard that has special function keys? These are small buttons that run along the very top of the keyboard. Different keyboards have different keys, but the most common ones are an e-mail button, a search button, a connect button (for the Internet) and a calculator button. Some even have a sleep mode function, a volume control right on the keyboard itself

Portable Applications

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Portable Applications

Most of us use our USB memory sticks to transfer files from one computer to another, which is definitely more convenient than using CDs or even worse, floppies. However, what most of us don’t realize is that a USB stick can be used in several efficient ways that can even make our lives much easier. This is especially true for people who are constantly on the move or… Continue reading

Speaker Troubleshooting

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Speaker Troubleshooting

Well, I must have hit a soft spot with some of you, because ever since I mentioned how to hook up a microphone and how to test your computer’s microphone, several of you have been asking about the speakers. I don’t know if you all perked up when you realized that the computer speakers are involved in the process of installing and testing the mic, but I’ve gotten… Continue reading

Testing 1, 2, 3

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Q:
How can I test my microphone to make sure it’s working properly?

A:
That’s a great question, especially since we discussed using your microphone in Wednesday’s newsletter. So, if you want to test either a recently purchased external microphone or if you want to test one you already have (external or internal), this is the tip for you! It’s a good idea to test your… Continue reading

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