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Core 2 and Core 2 Duo

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Back in the day buying a processor was as simple as looking at the megahertz or gigahertz and purchasing based on the bigger number. I know there’s more to it than that like onboard cache and what-not, but in comparison to what we’ve got to work with today, life seemed simpler back then.

So, for example, what’s the difference between Core 2 and… Continue reading

Modern Laptop Batteries

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Recently, Worldstart ran a tip on laptops concerning the dangers of keeping them plugged in for too long. Corrections are in order, I feel, and although some of the information found in the article holds true, I’d like to take the time to explain a key point with more detail.

On the topic of batteries exploding or being ruined form being plugged in… Continue reading


Friday, July 17th, 2009

Are you looking for an affordable, modern way of getting on the Internet and checking your e-mail? You don’t need a gigantic desktop computer or even an expensive laptop, people! All you need to do is take a closer look at netbooks.

A netbook is a wireless enabled, mini laptop primarily used for web browsing and e-mailing. There’s a lot of options out… Continue reading

Single Click Mouse

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

This is another one of those instances where I could’ve sworn we already had a tip on this somewhere, but again I was left in surprise. A reader e-mailed me recently and asked me how to set their mouse to single click in Windows Vista and Windows 7. I went looking through our vast archives and found no such thing, so I thought today would be a good day to… Continue reading

iPod Shuffle

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

There’s a new iPod Shuffle out! It’s $79 from the Apple Store and can hold 1000 songs in short. Let’s take a closer look at the new features of this tiny new device!

New controls

Remember how on the old iPod Shuffle the controls were actually on the player itself? Now they’re in the headphones!

Just click the volume up and down buttons for volume control, the… Continue reading

Memory Card Readers

Friday, May 1st, 2009

If you have a digital camera, cellphone or other device that uses memory cards then you’ve probably used or heard of a memory card reader before. A memory card reader is a device in which you insert an applicable card to transfer pictures, music and what-have-you over to your computer and vice versa. Some of the newer computers come with memory card readers built-in, but the most common form factor… Continue reading

Conserve your LCD Monitor’s Lifespan

Like all electronics, LCD monitors have a lifespan. Usually, this can be up to ten years or so, but even after only a couple of years our monitors can begin to dim; giving us a dark, eye-straining image that can make it difficult to get anything accomplished! You can tweak the brightness, fiddle with the contrast, but the damage has already been done… Continue reading

Laptop Battery Conservation

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

In recent times, laptops have become an essential part of day-to-day life. Mobile technology has progressed so much that laptops outsell desktops. Though mobile technology has advanced, the average laptop battery life is still a bit on the low side, between two to four hours if the laptop is used continuously. It isn’t all that much, especially if you are regularly on the move.… Continue reading

Mp3 Players and You

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

So the progression goes.. We started with vinyl records, moved to eight-tracks and tapes and then, eventually, compact discs came around and made all of them obsolete. Of course, even that doesn’t matter because now the MP3 reigns supreme; bringing music out of the confines of physical media and transforming it into digital data. No longer do we have to worry about our discs scratching, or our tapes… Continue reading

If your Internet is down, you probably can’t read this! It would be better if you save this page locally for a rainy day! This page will also give you a better understanding of what goes behind the scenes that makes your net… work…!

At first you need a brief introduction of how your Internet works. You, as the user, are given a… Continue reading

Windows Experience Index

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Do you Vista and 7 users out there wonder what the Windows Experience Index is? Well, search no further, folks! This tip outlines what it is, and what it means to you! Continue reading

Clean Your LCD Screen

Friday, March 27th, 2009

I’ve gotten a couple of questions recently concerning the upkeep of LCD screens. Those flat-panel beauties are a joy to look at, for sure, but once the power is turned off all sorts of streaks, smudges and other detritus appear. How is one to keep their super-cool, modern monitor looking it’s best without permanently damaging it with harsh chemicals?

Well, let me tell you.

There are cleaning… Continue reading

Inside, Outside, Upside down!

Friday, March 13th, 2009

How well do you know the insides of your PC? I mean, it’s all enclosed in a shiny case for the most part, and barring anyone out there who has a window cut into the side (and there are those out there that do), looking into the abyss of the home computer is just not something the average user is apt to do! So, say you want to upgrade the… Continue reading

USB Speeds

Monday, January 5th, 2009

USB Speeds

If you’ve gotten a new computer in the last few years, it more than likely came with USB ports. If you’re not sure, USB ports are the little slots on either the front or back of your computer that you can use to plug in certain devices, such as a flash drive or digital camera. USB ports come in two different speeds: 2.0 and 1.0, with… Continue reading

Monitors: LCD vs. CRT

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Monitors: LCD vs. CRT

There’s a fierce battle raging in the world of computer monitors these days! It’s basically old technology pitched against a constantly evolving new technology and there’s no telling who will eventually triumph over the other. It will more than likely be LCD, but for now, let’s take a look at the following factors before favoring one over the other. Here we go!

Size Does Matter

There’s… Continue reading

USB Disk Ejector

Friday, February 15th, 2008

USB Disk Ejector

I saw this posted on WorldStart’s message board by user “Bazcaz” and I thought it was a neat little application that you all might enjoy as well. It’s called the USB Disk Ejector and it’s just a simple little program that makes working with your USB devices a little bit easier. So, if you use flash drives or other USB devices regularly and you’ve been… Continue reading

Buying an Inkjet Printer: Dos and Don’ts

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Buying an Inkjet Printer: Dos and Don’ts

Are you in the market to buy a new inkjet printer? If so, I urge you to take the following suggestions with you when you go shopping. They are dos and don’ts that are sure to save you from disappointment! They’re also very simple and easy to implement. Continue reading for the full scoop!

Quality Speaks for Itself

Often times, we ask for… Continue reading

Airports and Electronic Devices

Friday, December 14th, 2007

You’ve talked about laptops going through airport security before, but what about other electronic devices, such as flash drives and CDs? Can those be damaged when going through the security line?

That’s a great question and it couldn’t have come at a better time! With Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner, I’m sure a lot of you will be traveling via airplane to go… Continue reading

Installing a Power Supply

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Now that you’ve told us what to look out for in a faulty power supply and how to go about replacing it, can you please tell us how to install a new one? That’s the only thing you haven’t covered yet. Thanks for all your help with this!

Of course I will! As promised from yesterday’s newsletter, I will tell you exactly how to install your… Continue reading

The Power Supply

Friday, November 9th, 2007

The Power Supply

So, tell me, has your computer ever made a noise that sounds like one of your fans is dying? I’m sure you would know if it has, because it can be pretty loud and it usually just sounds awful! Well, either way, I’m willing to bet that your fan really isn’t the culprit here. Nope, it could be your power supply instead. If you have… Continue reading

Computer Fans

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

I have a quick question about the fans in my computer. I’m not sure if they’re working properly. Can you give me some information on how they should be acting? Thank you for your help!

That is an excellent question and I’m so glad you asked! I’m sure you’re not the only one who has ever wondered about this either. So, in a sense, I’ll be… Continue reading

Getting to the Sound Card

Friday, September 28th, 2007

The other day, you mentioned something about checking a computer’s sound card for any audio problems we may be having, but you didn’t say anything about how to locate our sound card to check it out. Can you please give us instructions on how to do that? I appreciate your help!

You’re absolutely right! I did fail to mention that information in the tip I wrote… Continue reading

Flash Drives 101

Friday, September 28th, 2007

We here at WorldStart have sold several flash drives in the past and because of that, it seems like I’m always being asked exactly how to use one. That being said, I thought I’d take the matter into my own hands today and give you a brief overview on how to use a flash drive. They’re very easy to use and I think once you’re done reading/watching this tip, you’ll… Continue reading

Where’s That Button?

Friday, September 28th, 2007

Where’s That Button?

I hope you don’t mind, but we’re going back to the basics today! It seems like I’ve been asked this question over and over again for the past couple of weeks, so I figured it would be a good idea to take a step back and explain it to all of you at the same time. We have done a couple tips on this in… Continue reading

Graphics Card Blues

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Have you ever tried to play a game or use software that involves a lot of graphics or anything of the sort, only to get a pop up message telling you that you need to lower your screen resolution? Or, maybe even lower your color quality. Either way, if you have, you probably find this extremely annoying, am I right? Well, this pop up can happen for a number of… Continue reading

Fixing Your Flash Drive

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Fixing Your Flash Drive

I’m sad to report that one of my flash drives suddenly died today. Has that ever happened to you? It all happened when my Windows XP suddenly froze for some reason. After rebooting my computer, the device was dead. It just simply would not work anymore. XP detected it as a 0 MB device (and attempted to format it as such), but nothing worked. What could… Continue reading

Buying an External Hard Drive

Friday, July 20th, 2007

You’re always talking about having a second hard drive on hand and I was thinking about getting an external one, but I’m not sure what to look for. Can you give me some hints? Thank you!

Oh, what a great question! After reading through this question, I immediately went and did a search in our archives, because I thought for sure we had done a tip… Continue reading

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