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Google Reader

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Google Reader

Are you someone who is fascinated by the concept of RSS feeds? Do you constantly find yourself saying that RSS is the best thing invented since DVDs? Then Google has something in store for you!

Google launched a Web based Ajax RSS reader late last year, named Google Reader. To access the reader, you need to have your Google account e-mail and password handy. If you… Continue reading

Google Tips

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Google Tips

Google is by far the most popular search engine on the planet. I think Santa Claus even uses Google to search the names of kids who have been good or bad! However, most people don’t really use Google to the extent they can. People would just rather type in their search query and expect Google to guess what exactly is on their mind. So, here are five little… Continue reading

Google SMS

Friday, May 19th, 2006

Q:
I’ve been hearing about this new text service that allows you to search the Web on your cell phone. Can you tell me more about it?

A:
I’m glad you asked! I’ve just recently heard about this too and it’s super cool. This is the perfect time to share it with all of you. The service you have heard about it called Google SMS (Short Message Service)… Continue reading

Laptop Buying Guide 2

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Laptop Buying Guide – Part 2

Welcome back to the second part of your very own laptop buying guide. If you’re one of the many people who are looking into buying a laptop, hopefully yesterday’s article helped you narrow down your choice a little more. With all of that being said, today we’re going to continue by talking about different types of drives you may need for your laptop, how… Continue reading

Laptop Buying Guide – Part 1

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Laptop Buying Guide – Part 1

Have you been thinking about getting a new computer and maybe you’re leaning more toward a laptop? Well, if you are and you’re wondering some comparisons, different types, etc., this tip is for you. This is a two part tip all about laptops. It will give you some helpful information about laptops and it help you know what to look for when you go… Continue reading

Creating a Basic Animation

Friday, May 12th, 2006

Creating a Basic Animation

Have you ever wished you could create a simple animation to share with your friends or to add to your Web site? Well, believe it or not, but it’s a fairly simple process once you get the hang of it. This tutorial will walk you through the steps, so let’s get started!

The first thing you will need is some sort of animation software and preferably… Continue reading

Guide to FTP

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Guide to FTP

If you are an avid Web site designer and you are thinking about making the transition between free hosting and shared hosting, or simply to a more advanced Web host, you may find an FTP server to be much more efficient than a simple online uploader. FTP is short for File Transfer Protocol. The FTP program allows people to upload and download files from the Internet by… Continue reading

Search For Lost Friends

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Q:
I lost touch with one of my good friends and I don’t have her address or phone number anymore. Is there any way I can search for that type of information on the Internet?

A:
There are several Web sites available today that can offer up this sort of information. If you’ve ever lost touch with an

Reverse Lookup

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Reverse Lookup

Have you ever used an online search database to find old friends or other people you’ve lost touch with? Maybe you’d like to call them up and chat, but you don’t have their phone number. Or maybe you need to find someone’s address so you can send them a birthday card. If any of these scenarios ring true, you can start using a nifty little feature that most… Continue reading

Paint Fun

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Do you know about the Paint program? Well, if you don’t, you should, because it’s very cool! To get to it, go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, Paint. A page will appear with a white box. That is your drawing board.

You can use the tools on the left side to create different pictures. Use the File menu to open a new

Web Site Feedback

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Web Site Feedback

Today is the last of the FrontPage tutorials and I must say I’ve enjoyed our time together. I hope you all have learned something as well and I hope your Web site design and creation is well on its way!

The last thing I’m going to explain is feedback. As you all may know, feedback is generally the information you get from someone who has viewed your… Continue reading

Edit the Link Bar

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Edit the Link Bar

We only have a couple more FrontPage tutorials left, so I hope that you all have learned something from all of this. Today, we’re going to work on editing the link bar. The link bar is the set of items you have listed on your page that each have their own links to go out to the different pages of your Web site. You may have… Continue reading

Buying Locations

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Q:
I’ve been wanting to buy some new software for my computer, but I’m not sure of the best place to buy it. What are some of the things I should consider?

A:
When you are buying new software, hardware or even a new computer, you have a few choices of buying locations to choose from. Of course, you can by from a local retailer or from the… Continue reading

Insert Your Own Photos

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Insert Your Own Photos

Today we’re going to work with the photo gallery in FrontPage. As we discussed yesterday, you can edit and customize different aspects of your site so you can see what it’s going to look like when you’re all done.

As I said yesterday, you probably have the basic layout of your site done by now and you may have certain items such as text and colors… Continue reading

Search Those Tips

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Search Those Tips

I’ve had several people ask me recently how they can search through WorldStart’s old computer tips to find help. If you ever run into a problem that you don’t know the answer to, it’s a good idea to search through our archives to see if you can find a tip that will give you the guidelines you need to solve your problem.

Searching for past computer tips… Continue reading

Edit and Customize Your Homepage

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Edit and Customize Your Homepage

Are you ready for another FrontPage lesson? I sure hope so, because today, we’re going to talk about editing and customizing your homepage. So far, we’ve talked about the basics of getting your page started and about creating and changing the templates within your site.

By now, you probably have most of your homepage in the layout that you like and you may have some… Continue reading

FrontPage Templates

Friday, April 28th, 2006

FrontPage Templates

On Friday, we talked about the beginnings of starting your own Web site by using Microsoft’s FrontPage Web design program. As promised, we’re going to move on to another topic today: creating a template.

Choosing a template for your Web site is very important, because it helps set the guidelines for what your site is going to look like in the end. A template comes with… Continue reading

Games

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Games

Did you know that your computer automatically comes with a few games that you can play when you have some spare time? There’s not many, but you do get the essentials. So, if you can’t buy any other computer games, you always have these few options to choose from!

Most computers come with FreeCell, Hearts, Minesweeper, Spider Solitaire and my favorite (and probably yours too), regular Solitaire. You can… Continue reading

Computer Donation

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Computer Donation

If you have ever thought of donating an old computer that you don’t need anymore, there are just a few things you should keep in mind before you hand it over.

Make sure you have backed up all your files on the old computer so you’re able to replace it on your new PC. If you have personal files on the computer, make for certain that those are… Continue reading

Cleaning Your Laptop

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Cleaning Your Laptop

Have you made the switch from a desktop PC to a laptop? Several people have and although they may be easier to carry around and travel with, they still need to be cleaned, don’t they?

Laptops aren’t as easy to open up and clean as desktops are, but it still can be done. To get started, just make sure your computer is turned off and unplugged. You… Continue reading

Determine Your Modem

Friday, April 21st, 2006

Q:
How can I determine what type of modem my computer has?

A:
That is a very good question and it’s probably a smart idea to check and see what kind of modem you do have installed on your computer, if you don’t already know. It’s good to know in case something ever goes wrong with it. If you have to call tech support, you’ll be able… Continue reading

Your PC Buying Guide – Part 2

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Your PC Buying Guide – Continued

As promised from yesterday’s tip of the day, your personal PC buying guide is continued! Today we will answer some questions about different types of software, operating systems, where you may want to buy your new computer from, different spending rates and some desktop vs. laptop inquiries. Here we go!

Software:

Most computers will come with some sort of office suite, whether it’s Microsoft’s… Continue reading

Your PC Buying Guide – Part 1

Friday, April 7th, 2006

Your PC Buying Guide

Okay, so you’re interested in buying a new computer. You’ve been thinking about it for awhile and you are pretty close to being 100 percent sure you’re ready to take the plunge. So, what do you need to look for? What’s going to work best for your needs? What about prices? What about offline and online applications?

All of those questions are definitely some that you… Continue reading

Computer repair

Friday, March 31st, 2006

Q:
Can you give me some information on where I should take my computer if it needs to be repaired?

A:
That’s a very good question, because you never know when your computer is going to have problems and you won’t have much time to waste looking for a place to go to get it fixed. You’re obviously going to want to look for a place that will… Continue reading

Tech Support Tips

Friday, March 24th, 2006

Sometimes the pleasure of owning a computer is overshadowed by the need to ask for assistance with a computer issue. Calling for technical support does not have to be an unpleasant experience. Preparing yourself before you make that call, and knowing what to expect while talking to support representatives, can help ease the way.

1. Before you pick up the phone, have as much information at hand

Clean Your Keyboard!

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

Q:
My keyboard needs to be cleaned badly! Can you give me a guide on how to get the job done?

A:
Just follow these four steps for basic keyboard cleaning.

First of all, you’ll want to turn off your computer and unplug your keyboard.

1.) Turn your keyboard over and try to shake out any loose particles. This part can be pretty gross, especially if… Continue reading

WorldStart’s message board

Thursday, February 9th, 2006

Here’s a tip in itself. If you ever get stuck on a computer problem and would like some immediate help, post your question on WorldStart’s message board. Click on the link to register to use the message board and to read the rules and regulations.

There are always people signed on to the message board and chances are, your problem has happened to someone else on there before… Continue reading

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