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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

Scanner Basics

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Q:
I just bought a new scanner, but I really have no idea how to use it. Can you give me some basics on it?

A:
To begin, a scanner is much like a copy machine. It has a glass surface under a lid and a motion light that scans the material you place on it. The only difference is that scanners can process color much better and… Continue reading

Cleaning a mouse

Friday, January 27th, 2006

So, you’re finding delicate control with your mouse to be difficult? All you want to do is nudge the arrow on the screen by a fraction of an inch, but for some reason it keeps on jumping all over the place?

Well, here’s a tip that applies to optical mice which emit a red glow and mechanical mice (the older type with a ball in the base). For… Continue reading

Q:
When I click Turn Off Computer, it goes into what I guess is hibernation. A tiny light on my monitor changes from green to amber. Is this off, or what?

A:
No, your computer has powered down, just like it should.

Here’s what’s really happening: You’re shutting off the PC, but there’s still power going to the monitor, which is still on. The… Continue reading

Digital Image RAM and memory

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

Digital Image RAM

We all know that digital photos take up gobs of hard drive space, but how much RAM do you need to work on those images? 256MB? 512MB? 1 Gig? More?!

When it comes to RAM, more is always better. How much you need is going to depend on how large your photos are. For example, a Windows XP system with 512 MB of RAM can… Continue reading

Shift to Disable Autorun

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Q:
Whenever I put a CD into my computer it automatically opens Windows Media Player, iTunes, etc. and starts playing. How do I stop this from happening!?

A:
So you want to start the music on your terms, eh? Well, that’s easy enough. Just hold down the Shift key when you insert a CD and you’ll bypass Autorun, allowing you to manually choose when your… Continue reading

Weekly Security Tip: Flash Drive Protection

Yes, you read correctly. This week’s Download and Security Tip go together, but they’ll make more sense in this order. Next week, the schedule will return to usual.

Yesterday, I showcased a couple of applications that run directly form a flash drive (Memory card, MP3 player, or thumb drive). Don’t have one of these little guys yet? We sometimes have really good deals on… Continue reading

Run antivirus on flash memory

Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Do you use a flash memory stick, sometimes called a ‘thumb drive”, to carry information between different computers? You can (and probably should) run your antiviral software on that drive. When you open your antivirus program of choice, select that drive as the location to scan. As always, make sure those virus definitions have been recently updated!

~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading

Multisession burning

Friday, September 16th, 2005

When you burn a data CD, most burning software will allow you to add more data to that CD later. It’s called “Multisession burning.” Keep in mind that this won’t work with audio CDs. ~Chris Fisher… Continue reading

Mouse light on

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

If you have a wireless optical mouse you may notice that you still see light underneath when you shut your computer off. You won’t find an off switch or anything. These mice go into a sleep mode that uses very little battery power. I’m not sure why they sleep “with one eye open”—maybe it’s to watch out for cats ;-)

What the F-Key?

Saturday, August 20th, 2005

Q:
Why won’t my “F” keys work? I try to use F1 for help or F11 to make my browser full screen and nothing happens.

A:
My guess is that you have a newer Microsoft or Logitech keyboard. These have something called an “F Lock” key located just above the number keypad on the right side of the keyboard. It allows your Function keys to… Continue reading

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