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Make Phone Calls In Gmail

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

You can actually feel Skype quaking in their boots. Earlier this week Google announced that users would be able to make phone calls to any traditional number right from the Gmail interface.

Naturally, I had to check this out. I mean, it’s free after all, as long as you’re calling someone in the United States or Canada, and the promise of international calls billed as low as 2¢ a minute… Continue reading

Kindle For PC

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

If you’ve visited recently, you’ve probably noticed advertisements for its new ‘e-reader’, the Kindle. An e-reader is a physical device that displays e-books and other information on its screen for your enjoyment. Kindle ‘e-books’ are often cheaper than their physical equivalents, and are usually ‘delivered’ in under 60 seconds. The only problem is that the Kindle costs upwards of $250! For those on a tighter budget, Amazon offers some… Continue reading

Quick Scan in Windows 7

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

If you’re a Windows 7 user, what do you do when it’s time to scan something? Do you open the program that came with your scanner, fiddle with a bunch of settings, preview the scan and finally commit to scanning the item in question?

Sounds like there should be an easier way, especially if all you need to do is scan something for your records. It doesn’t… Continue reading

iTunes Album Art and DJ Features

Monday, July 19th, 2010

I love using iTunes to organize my music – all of my media can be accessed from one place with play counts and everything! However, I sometimes encounter problems which I later learn can be fixed with just a few clicks of a mouse.

Album Art
I often find that paid music downloads from online music stores other than iTunes don’t come with album… Continue reading

Want more Windows Media Player 11 shortcuts? Well, you’re in luck, because here’s part two!

Open Help – F1
Enable Classic Menus (menu bar) – F10
Full-screen mode – F11
Edit information on a selected item in the library – F2
Add media files to the library – F3
Change how items are displayed in the Details pane – F4

In the video above, Steve and Gary announce worldstart’s new video-style computer tips. Here’s a short summary of what is covered in the video.

1. Worldstart will be making new videos to supplement the text and image based computer tips and newsletter. These videos will cover many of the computer tips by giving a video demonstration of the tip. These videos will not… Continue reading

Video Download Helper Add-on for Firefox

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

One of my favorite parts of Windows Vista Ultimate edition is Dreamscene – the ability to use a video from your PC as your Windows wallpaper. The drawback is that it only supports .wmv and .mpg formats. This makes it difficult to use videos from the internet, as most of these are in .flv format.

To the rescue comes the Video Download Helper add-on for… Continue reading

Moving the iTunes Music Folder

Friday, May 28th, 2010

My laptop’s hard drive can only take about 300 GB, so when I bought an external hard drive, my huge iTunes files were the first to be moved off my laptop. However, moving iTunes files and ensuring that all files subsequently downloaded go to the new location can take a bit of work. Here’s how:

If you’re transferring your files to an external hard drive… Continue reading

YouTube User Updates

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

YouTube has updated its look this year! Let’s talk about some other ways you can manage your account while using it. After you are signed in, click on “My Account” under your account name on the top right-hand corner of the page. As you can see, also located on the right-hand corner, you can check your inbox messages, subscriptions, history, as well as upload videos by clicking on… Continue reading

RealPlayer Basics Pt. 2

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Last time, we discussed how to use the functions listed under the first two tabs in RealPlayer: “File” and “View.” Let’s learn more about what else RealPlayer has to offer its users!

An additional feature that’s both neat and entertaining under the “View” option is the “Choose Visualization” button. By clicking on this, you can select a computerized image that will play in the screen’s… Continue reading

Remote Media Streaming in Windows 7

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Configuring Remote Media Streaming is same for both the remote and local computer. We have to follow the below mentioned steps:

1.Start Windows Media Player 12 and click Stream>Allow Internet access to home media.

2.Next you have to link an online ID to your windows account. The Internet Media Sharing feature integrated with an online ID provider such as Windows… Continue reading

Is there a program out there that will convert my old cassette tapes or vinyl records to CD?

The short answer is yes. There is a program out there that will record cassette tapes or vinyl records to CD. Today, I will show you how. If you have the right software

Capture Screenshots in Windows Media Player

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

If you’ve ever tried to grab a screen shot of a video playing in your Windows Media Player, you’ve probably run across the same problem that affects many users: you don’t get a frame of video at all; you only get a black square when you paste what you thought you captured into your photo software.

There are commercial software packages available that will allow you to get the frame… Continue reading

Mp3 Super Disk

Friday, October 16th, 2009

If you have a DVD burner in your PC and a home DVD player that will play mp3 files, then you can make a super-disk with about 50 hours of music! Since DVD-R disks can hold around 4.7 GB of data, that means you can select about 1000 mp3 files through your DVD burning software and create one mega music disk. This also gives you a… Continue reading

Compose your own Ringtones

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Did you know that you can compose your own ringtones to be played on your cell phone? Any music or audio file can be made into a ringtone and edited to fade out, echo, or have other effects added to them. You can have the ringtones sent directly to your cell phone, computer, email address, sms inbox or cell phone email address. There is no limit to how many ringtones you… Continue reading

RealPlayer Basics

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Are you interested in using the best audio, video, flash and media player out there today? Not only is it easy to use, this media player offers a free standard download for all computer users—just go to Once you have downloaded and opened the program, you’re set to use it. Let’s get started!

I’m going to teach you how simple it is to use RealPlayer by… Continue reading

YouTube Navigation

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

YouTube is one of the most popular sites that exist on the Internet today. It is a search engine for video clips; whether they be music videos, movies, trailers, funny videos, or a work-out tutorial—practically any video that exists can be found here! Next to Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter, it is probably the most visited website out there today. In fact, you can share links from YouTube on your Myspace… Continue reading

Second Picture

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Welcome to one of the best Digital Art, Photography, and Design tutorial sites I’ve come across.

One of my pet peeves is going to a tutorial site on design or photographs that just looks ugly, you may have good information but if you’re not putting your own tips into practice who is going to put any faith in what you have to say.

So I’m giving this site very high… Continue reading

VLC Player

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

I get a lot of e-mails every week about how to open files. I know that there are a lot of file extensions out there and it can be difficult to find the right program to open them all. Well, today I have a program that will help tremendously, at least in the media department.

The program is called VLC player and it opens almost any video file you can… 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

Turn your Photos into a Calendar

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Have you ever wanted to turn your photos into a nice looking calendar for display? Or perhaps to give to friends and family as a gift? Well, this is all possible with some simple steps. Read on and find out how you can do this. It’s really quite a simple procedure – anyone can do it within one or two hours.

1. Select

Using Focal Points in Photography

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Do you know what the focal point of a picture is? The next time before you take a picture, pause and ask yourself: “What is the Focal Point in this Picture?”

The other ways of asking the same question would be – What is the central point of interest? What will draw the eye of the viewers of this picture? What in this image will make it… Continue reading

Do you use MS PowerPoint’s Slide Sorter view to rearrange your presentations?

Ever find yourself wishing that you didn’t have to switch from the Normal view to accomplish this task?

Do you have PowerPoint XP, 2003 or 2007?

If you answered yes to all three questions, then I have some good news for you. In the newer versions of PowerPoint, you can rearrange slides while still in the Normal view!… Continue reading

Creating Your Very Own Podcast

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Creating Your Very Own Podcast

With the advent of the iPod and other portable MP3 players, listening to podcasts is an essential part of day to day life. Before I show you how to create your very own podcast, let’s first define what a podcast is. The term “podcast” stands for iPod Broadcast. A podcast is an audio file created in the MP3 format that you can download and play… Continue reading

Windows Media Player: Mini Mode

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Windows Media Player: Mini Mode

Did you know that the Windows Media Player program has an interesting option that allows you to open files in the Mini Player mode instead of the full window view? Well, now you do! The Mini Player mode is especially useful for opening music files you don’t really need to see in full size. Let’s learn a little more about it, shall we?!

To set… Continue reading

iTunes Plus

Monday, January 26th, 2009

iTunes Plus

I’ve always been a fan of iTunes, but one downfall of the iTunes Store is the licensing restrictions placed on the music (Digital Rights Management or DRM) that stops you from using your music in various ways. I don’t know about you, but where I live, it’s illegal to try to get around the DRM rules. So, when Apple announced a new service in the iTunes Store, I… Continue reading


Tuesday, December 9th, 2008


I have lots and lots of movies and I’d like to put them on my iPod, but unfortunately, iPods only accept the MPEG-4 (MP4) video format. So, I went searching for something else to use and I came across HandBrake. It’s a great piece of software that “format shifts” your video files so that they’re converted into the MP4 format for use on your iPod. How cool is that?!… Continue reading

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