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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

How to Rip DVDs with ImgBurn

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

If you know about using the VLC player to rip a DVD to an MPEG-1 file, then remember it’s not the only way. Technically, this gets the job done, but there are other options available. Storage is very cheap, so why not retain the full image quality and size as well as all the menus, languages, subtitles and bonus material from the original DVD? Using ImgBurn for… Continue reading

What’s that Key?

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

We ran an article awhile back that focused on the Print Screen Key, a.k.a. “Prt Scn”. We got a really great response from this, but at the same time I had a lot of folks asking me what the heck “SysReq” was and what it was doing on the same key!

So, what does it all mean? Well, SysReq stands for System Request, which, at one… Continue reading

Hotkey Refresher Course

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

Today we’re going to have a refresher course on Hotkeys! I bring this subject up because the article I wrote on determining 32 and 64 bit processors brought the Win+Pause properties shortcut to my attention. I thought this was so cool that I should take it a step further and list some more useful hotkey shortcuts! So, if your mouse ever breaks, or if you want to impress those around… Continue reading

Windows SteadyState Part 3

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

This week is the third and final tutorial on Windows Steadystate. If you missed parts one and two, you can view them here: Part 1, Part 2 . Today we are going to cover the last two sections of SteadyState. These two area are called “Feature Restrictions” and “Block programs“. Lets dive in!

The first section is the “Feature Restrictions” tab. This tab goes beyond the options of… Continue reading

Internet Explorer 8 Features pt. 1

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

March 19th saw the release of Microsoft Internet Explorer 8; the first major release of the famous Internet browsing software since 2006. Aside from offering enhanced security, IE 8 is also the default browser for Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 7 as well. Let’s take a gander at some of the features included this time around, and see what they mean to you!

Suggested Sites: This is a pretty cool… Continue reading

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

Red “X” Remedies

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Q: Why are some of my images showing up as a red x when I try to view them? It’s so frustrating!

A: Good golly, I sure do get a lot of questions about this! I’m glad that I finally get to set the record straight about the mysterious (and annoying) red X, once and for all! Here’s a list of the top reasons for the red X and… Continue reading

About Us Internet Wiki

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Have you ever wanted a guide to the internet? Well, aren’t you in luck; you’ve found one! About Us is a wiki style guide to the internet. I suggest getting started by taking the Introductory Tour, found here.

If you’d like to contribute to the wiki entries you will need to sign up. Registration is really easy! Just click the Sign Up button at the top of main… Continue reading

The Truth About Conficker

Monday, March 30th, 2009

I woke up yesterday morning, like I do most mornings, to my annoying clock radio. Well, that day was just a little more annoying than most, just because of what I heard when I woke up. To my surprise, I heard the “morning personalities” blabbing on about this terrible worm called “Conficker“. They were saying that the worm could possibly strike on April first and cause “all kinds of… Continue reading

What is dwm in Windows Vista?

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Q: What is dwm.exe and why is it running in Windows Vista?

A: Desktop Window Manager (dwm.exe) is the compositing window manager that gives you all those pretty effects in Windows Vista: Transparent windows, live taskbar thumbnails (that you can resize now), and even the Flip3D switcher that you can disable and replace with Switcher. What happens in Vista is that applications write the picture of their… 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

Recuva to the Rescue!

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Have you ever deleted a file that you wish you would kept? Have you ever lost a file? I know I have. It seems like i get questions about this a lot. Is it possible to recover a deleted file? Well, the answer is yes and I have a free download for you called Recuva that will do the job.

This program is SIMPLE to use. Just… Continue reading

Vista Service Pack 2 on the Horizon

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Vista Service Pack 2 on the Horizon

A few tidbits surrounding Microsoft’s second service pack for Windows Vista have trickled out on the web. Nothing major has been announced just yet, but here’s what we know so far.

First off, SP2 will have the updated Windows Search 4.0, which makes finding files, e-mail and network items quicker and easier. There’s also the inclusion of Microsoft’s new exFAT… Continue reading

Controlling Windows 7

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Controlling Windows 7

Microsoft received a lot of feedback from its users in regards to showing plenty of alerts and messages when using different versions of Windows. Because of that, Windows 7 has been designed in such a way that users are able to take control over the messages they want to see. That’s right, when you use Windows 7, you’re the only one in control. And it’s all thanks… Continue reading

New and Improved: Google Reader

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

New and Improved: Google Reader

Have you tried the Google Reader, but didn’t like it so much? Are you not quite sure which reader you should switch to? Well, have no fear, because the new and improved Google Reader is here! It has a more simple look for less visual clutter and it includes several new features to create a very pleasant experience. Keep reading to learn all… Continue reading

Windows 7 Beta

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Windows 7 Beta

Have you heard the big news yet?! This past Friday (January 9, 2009), Microsoft released the Windows 7 Beta and it is now available as a free download. The new Windows 7 promises to be a leaner and meaner version of Windows Vista, because it was designed with “simplicity, reliability and speed” in mind. Now, before you start downloading it, here’s a little more of what you… Continue reading

News Alert: The Mouse Turns 40!

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

News Alert: The Mouse Turns 40!

Here’s a quick and fun one for you!

I know I’m a little behind on getting this news to you, but I figured you’d still want to know, so here you go! The computer mouse celebrated its 40th anniversary on December 8, 2008. It was in 1968 that computer visionary Douglas Engelbart showed off his new invention to an audience of 1,000 at a… Continue reading

Steganography: Hiding Your Messages

Monday, January 5th, 2009

In today’s age of hackers, phishers and identity thefts, you can never be too sure when saving or sending private or sensitive information. Although you might use safe practices, your recipient may not. As you may recall, in the past, I have shown you how to encrypt data using AxCrypt. That’s a good program to use, but if someone were to get ahold of it and realize it… Continue reading


Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Okay, so what’s the catch? I keep seeing these little laptop computers around and they’re so cheap! I saw one for less than $200 the other day. Are they for real or are they too good to be true?

Welcome to the world of “netbooks.” These cute little laptop/notebook computers are starting to pop up all over the place and for some users, they’re going to… Continue reading

A Vista Virtual Store

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

A Vista Virtual Store

There have been a few of you asking about the benefits of the Virtual Store found in Windows Vista. And while it’s a great thing, it seems as if some of you have some concerns about it as well. That’s especially true when it comes to finding some of the programs or applications in the Virtual Store directory even after uninstalling them from your computer. So… Continue reading

Our Homepage Tips

Monday, December 8th, 2008

Our Homepage Tips

As you all know, for awhile now, we’ve been including a couple tips in each day’s newsletter that take you to our homepage. We give you a little sneak peek of the tip and you can then read the rest of it right from our homepage. I know there has been a little confusion about it over the past few months, but I think we… Continue reading

Breaking News: U.S. Broadband Satellite

Sunday, December 7th, 2008

Breaking News: U.S. Broadband Satellite

You may have been hearing about a new U.S. broadband Internet satellite for some time now, but new information has just been released and I’m here to tell you all about it today! According to PC World, a California satellite technology provider, ViaSat, has signed a deal to put a broadband Internet satellite into orbit around the United States in the first part… Continue reading

Rate Our Tips

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


Sunday, November 23rd, 2008


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

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