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Friday, December 5th, 2008

Rate Our Tips

If you spend a lot of time on WorldStart’s Web site, you’ve probably noticed a little something extra we’ve added just recently. We’ve been thinking a lot about how we can make our site and our newsletters a little more interactive for all of you loyal readers and we think we’ve come up with the perfect solution. From now on, you’ll have the opportunity to… Continue reading

PocketMod

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

PocketMod

Don’t have a fancy Pocket PC or organizer? Well, with PocketMod, you don’t need one! I discovered PocketMod just a couple of weeks ago and I haven’t stopped using mine since. Let’s check it out!

So, what is a PocketMod? Believe it or not, but it’s not another electronic gadget. It’s actually just a piece of paper you can use as a personal organizer. And best of all, it’s… Continue reading

A Few More Windows 7 Features

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

A Few More Windows 7 Features

Did you know that Windows Vista’s most popular features are being completely overhauled to be more customizable in Windows 7? Well, let’s see what we can expect! These four settings will be available:

1.) “Never notify (least secure).” The user is not notified when a program tries to install software or make changes to the computer. The user is not notified when they make… Continue reading

Windows 7 Sensors

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Windows 7 Sensors

Two screenshots of the Windows 7 Control Panel were recently released and one of the features that immediately caught my eye is a new function called Windows Sensors. With it, programs on your computer can communicate with your Windows compatible sensors. Let’s check it out!

Listed in the same menu are Windows Media Player and the Windows Live Inbox. The screen also contains… Continue reading

Working with the Vista Index

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Working with the Vista Index

The new search capabilities in Windows Vista are certainly a significant step up from those in Windows 2000 and Windows XP. For once, you can actually find what you’re looking for in a reasonable amount of time. By default, however, the new Vista search feature only indexes the partition where the operating system is installed, which is usually the C: drive. That’s fine, unless you… Continue reading

Testing Your Remote

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Testing Your Remote

Today, instead of the usual download, I have something else you all just have to see! The other day, I received a phone call from one of our readers. We were talking about testing a remote control and he told me about something I’ve never seen before.

So, tell me, have you ever had a remote control you knew just wasn’t working properly? You know, you point… Continue reading

Vista Search: Date Range

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Vista Search: Date Range

Searching for files according to their date ranges can be very confusing, but it’s actually extremely easy with Windows Vista. The following guidelines will help you get the job done!

Date Range Searching with the Keyboard

If you’re a keyboard junkie, you can easily select a date range by using the following syntax in the search box for any folder: “modified:2/1/2008 .. 2/20/2008” (without the quotes).… Continue reading

FCC vs. Comcast

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

FCC vs. Comcast

As the development of technology increases, consumers expect their devices and Internet connections to run faster and more efficient. Most Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are advertising high-speed broadband Internet connections, running at an average speed of 2 Mbps and unlimited bandwidth. That may sound impressive and high-tech, but what if your ISP slowed down your Internet connection to certain Web sites, such as their competitors, and blocked… Continue reading

Buying a Laptop: What to Look For

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Buying a Laptop: What to Look For

With laptops being so ubiquitous these days, it’s important to know what you’re looking for before heading out to the store. Laptops can vary depending on your needs, so it’s imperative to buy a laptop while keeping your requirements in mind. Here’s how you can go about it!

Weight Matters

Laptops become laptops only when they can easily be carried… Continue reading

Ejecting a Stuck DVD

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Ejecting a Stuck DVD

Do you frequently use DVDs on your computer? If so, has one ever gotten stuck in your DVD ROM drive? What did you do? Did you press the Eject button several times with no results? Or, perhaps you tried rebooting your computer, but the DVD drive remained shut. What a nightmare! So, is there anything else you can do?

Well, first of all, don’t panic! This… Continue reading

Vista Ad Campaign

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Vista Ad Campaign

Now, before you say anything, I just want to make it clear that I am aware that Windows Vista has been out on the market for at least a year and a half. There’s no doubting that, but according to Microsoft, it’s never too late to launch an ad campaign for their current operating system. Yes, that’s right, as we speak, Microsoft is working on… Continue reading

Quick Update: Windows 7

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Quick Update: Windows 7

It’s been awhile since we’ve talked about the new operating system of Windows 7, so I thought I’d give you a quick update on it today! I know there are a lot of you out there who are anxious about it, because I get e-mails with questions about it all the time. Now, before I go any further, I want to make sure everyone… Continue reading

It’s Official: Mozilla Sets Record

Monday, July 14th, 2008

It’s Official: Mozilla Sets Record

I know I’m a little behind on this piece of news, but I still wanted to share it with all of you, just in case you haven’t heard yet. On July 2, 2008, it was announced that Mozilla has officially been added to the Guinness World Records for the most downloads of one application in one day. The new Firefox 3 Web browser… Continue reading

XP Sales Finished

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

XP Sales Finished

We here at WorldStart have been telling you for months now that Microsoft would be stopping sales of their Windows XP operating system on June 30, 2008. Obviously, that day has come and gone and unfortunately, Microsoft kept their promise. Some of you may have heard rumors about them extending XP’s retail life, but Microsoft senior vice president Bill Veghte confirmed they have stopped shipments… Continue reading

Bill Gates Steps Down

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Bill Gates Steps Down

I’m sure most of you have already heard the news, but just in case you didn’t see all of the headlines, I’m here today to fill you in! As you can see, Friday, June 27, 2008 was Bill Gates’ last day as commander in chief of the Microsoft Corporation. Gates, age 52, decided to retire from the company so that he could focus more… Continue reading

Coming Soon: Windows 7?

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Coming Soon: Windows 7?

Well, maybe not as soon as you think, but it is in the works! First of all, allow me to explain what Windows 7 is, just in case some of you haven’t heard about it yet. Basically, Windows 7 is the name of the next big operating system to come from Microsoft. It will succeed Windows Vista by just a mere three years. That’s… Continue reading

Hypercam

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Hypercam

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes like to take a video of what’s happening on my computer screen. You know, just so you can keep track of what’s going on. And to do that, I’ve got two options: either take a video using your digital camera or make a slideshow using screenshots.

Neither one of those catch your fancy?

Then try this better solution!

Hypercam is a… Continue reading

Windows Calendar

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Windows Calendar

If you’re like me, you’ve got a lot of events to go to and people to see everyday. I used to keep a journal to manage all of my appointments, but now, I just use Windows Calendar! It’s really easy to get started and once you’ve got it going, you won’t want to stop. Let’s check it out!

To start up Windows Calendar in Windows Vista, go to… Continue reading

Windows 7

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Windows 7

I’m sure most of you have heard about Windows 7 by now, but just in case you haven’t, I’m here to fill you in! Just recently, I started hearing about Windows 7 more and more, so I figured today would be a good time to tell you all a little more about it. It seems like there’s a new story about it online everyday, so it’s… Continue reading

Vista Program Compatibility: An Update

As you may remember, last week, I wrote an article about the Windows Vista Program Compatibility Wizard you can use if you’re having trouble getting some of your programs to work on your Vista computer. (If you missed out on that tip, you can read it right here). After it appeared in the newsletter, I received several e-mails and even a… Continue reading

How Our Homepage Works

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

How Our Homepage Works

As you all know, we here at WorldStart debuted our new homepage a little over a month ago and ever since, it seems like there has been quite the confusion about how it works. We get numerous e-mails and phone calls everyday about it, so I wanted to take some time today to explain exactly how our new homepage operates. It’s really easy to… Continue reading

Screenshot Captor

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

So many people have asked me about an easy way to make screenshots. You know, taking a picture of what’s on your screen so that you can show it to others. Well, in the past, I have always made my screenshots the hard way. I would take the screenshot by pressing the Print Screen button on my keyboard, open up my photo editing program, paste in the image, crop the… Continue reading

Control Panel Views

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Okay, so I know we’ve gone over this one before, but a lot of you have been asking about it recently and it seems like many of you are still having trouble with it, so I thought I’d go over it again today. What am I talking about? Well, you may or may not know that the Control Panel on your computer has two different views. That’s right, it… Continue reading

New XP SP3 Features

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Q:
So, now that the Windows XP SP3 has finally been released, can we expect any new features from it? That information would be very helpful as well. Thanks!

A:
I’m so glad you asked! We’ve been going back and forth with the release of the new Windows XP Service Pack 3 for so long, it looks like we here at WorldStart forgot to mention its new features… Continue reading

XP SP3: Still On Hold

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

XP SP3: Still On Hold

Several of you have been asking me about this and after doing a lot of research, I think I’ve finally figured out what’s going on. As you all know, in a prior issue of the newsletter, I told you the Windows XP SP3 would be released to the public on April 29, 2008. Well, that day has come and gone and there’s still… Continue reading

Issues with Vista SP1

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Issues with Vista SP1

As you know, the Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows Vista is an important update for the Vista operating system. The Vista SP1 includes improved security, reliability and other feature updates for Windows Vista. However, while most programs will continue to work as expected after you install the SP1, you may experience a loss of functionality with a few others.

Here’s a basic list of some… Continue reading

XP SP3 is Coming!

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

XP SP3 is Coming!

Have you heard the good news?! Talk about this has been spreading like wildfire all over the Internet, so I’m sure most of you already know, but just in case you don’t, allow me to fill you in. Microsoft finally made the announcement that the Windows XP Service Pack 3 will make its debut on April 29, 2008 (that’s only a few days away!)… Continue reading

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