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Blogging with Tumblr

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Blogging has changed the way we use news media. In this modern era, news media is divided into online news content from Web 2.0 sites and newspaper content that is the traditional news most people prefer to read. However, no matter what ventures newspapers make to establish an online business, they will always be distinct and a step behind blogs.

A newspaper has… Continue reading

Coastline Photography

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Coastlines are the best bet for some great water photography. Call it coastline photography, if you will. What makes it more enticing are the accompaniments that come with coastlines: sand dunes, sea grasses, rugged rocks, cliff faces and faces in the crowd. However, just like any other sphere of activity, there are rules to the game. Here are a few. You can add more to it as you… Continue reading

Choosing Between Prime and Zoom Lenses

Monday, November 15th, 2010

DSLRs are coming down in price and more people are finding they can afford to upgrade. But should you get a Prime lens or a Zoom? It’s an important decision to get right, as lenses don’t come cheap and you don’t want to end up regretting your decision. So what’s the difference?

A prime lens has a fixed focal length- you can’t zoom… Continue reading

Cell Phone Generations

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Anthony, from New York City asks:

What does 3G or 4G mean? One hears these terms used in cell phone advertising all the time, but the ads never explain what these mean.

It is true that these terms are commonly used in advertisements. The “G” is often used in commercials as a way to entice the audience. The “G” actually stands for generation. Therefore… Continue reading

100% Free Chess

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

100% Free Chess is just what the name says. Utilizing a simple, intuitive interface, it includes several free chess games, along with helpful tutorials for those of us who need all the help we can get.

Let me begin by saying that there will be no mention here of the outcome of the test games I played. I suspected that this wasn’t my… Continue reading

Shut Down Your Computer from Anywhere

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Have you ever left your computer logged into Windows and suddenly remembered you did so when you were far away from your computer? What’s worse, have you ever kept it logged on when you knew there were going to be many people around the computer’s vicinity and you were going to be away for a while? This scenario certainly could end badly. People could search your computer for files and… Continue reading

Download Tube

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Download Tube

YouTube is the new cable TV and as much as most people hate to admit it, it’s easy to get hooked. Who here hasn’t gone on a YouTube marathon only to realize that 6 hours have passed by and the birds are already chirping outside ? Darn those video recommendations. Wouldn’t it be easier if you could take those videos along for the… Continue reading

Playstation Move and Motion Controls

Friday, October 15th, 2010

In the current generation video game wars, it’s hard to question to dominance of the Wii. As of 2011, more than 74 million Wii units have been sold worldwide; compared to about 43 million Xbox 360 units and about 38 million PS3′s. Another way to look at it is dominance by the inferior unit. The Wii’s graphics are primitive compared to the other two units, the gameplay is

History of 3D TV

Monday, October 4th, 2010

3D entertainment has been with us at least since 1838 when Sir Charles Wheatstone invented the Stereoscope – basically a viewer that looked a lot like a pair of glasses that you would stand on a desk and slide a Stereoscope image under to view in 3D. You can also see 3D on these images by allowing your eyes to become unfocused, similar to viewing a “Magic Eye” picture (autostereogram)… Continue reading

jetAudio Basic Media Player

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

If you’re looking for a new digital media player, capable of ripping and burning CDs, along with most other features generally found in quality media players, jetAudio Basic may be for you. In addition to a full range of features, you might also find the price appealing…free.

jetAudio can be installed on Windows 2000, XP, Vista, or Windows 7 and supports mp3, wma, avi, along with many… Continue reading

Using Documents on iPod Touch

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Mary Ann from Florida asks:

“I bought a new iPod Touch 64 GB and I’d like to load in some of my MS Word and/or Excel documents for referral when I’m away from my home computer. Is there any way to accomplish this?”

Although the iPod touch would potentially make an excellent PDA, the capability to view documents on it is possible, but not the ability… Continue reading

SketchUp Basics

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

I’ve always found navigating through the three actual dimensions difficult. Numerous bruises and scrapes finally forced me to quit trying to walk and chew gum at the same time. My early attempts at navigating three virtual dimensions in Google SketchUp offered similar challenges (with fewer injuries). Once I got my bearings though, I found Sketchup to be a wonderful, user friendly tool. However, learning some basics helped make that transition… Continue reading

Mark H. asks:

I have Windows Media Player 11. There used to be a place at the top where I could click Play. I can’t find it anywhere. Where is it?

A. Hi, Mark! You would think it would be right there all the time, wouldn’t you? After all, everybody has to use it.

It’s all about options. If you play a lot of music on your player, you might… Continue reading

Converting Internet Images To Jpeg

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Tom from CA asks: 

When saving a picture, Windows always calls it a bitmap. How can I change it so it saves as a jpeg?

The real question here isn’t how your computer is SAVING the picture, rather in what format the picture was UPLOADED.

Many times, website creators will

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 Amazon.com 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

http://www.worldstart.com/ask

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

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

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