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Tag Friends in Facebook Status Updates

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Learn how to tag friends in your Facebook posts with this handy tip! Continue reading

Changing the Registered Owner

Friday, January 28th, 2011

I once had someone give me their “old” computer, and it had Vista on it. I changed the computer name and the system name to mine, but the name of the person who owned the computer before I did (the registered owner) kept popping up (in addition to mine). I figured it would be easy to change, but it wasn’t. And I couldn’t find out how to change the registered… Continue reading

Help Us Help You

Monday, January 17th, 2011

In almost all aspects of life, knowledge is vital. The more that you know, the more you can learn, and the easier it will be for someone to help you.

This applies if you are trying to learn a new recipe, getting your car repaired, or asking a question at Worldstart.com. With that in mind, I would like to offer some suggestions for information that you… Continue reading

Avast Free Antivirus

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

I’ve been an AVG antivirus user for several years now, and will probably continue to use it on my own computers. However, after having some problems installing the latest version of AVG on someone else’s XP computer, I decided to try Avast instead. That’s one the beauties of the abundance of freeware available today. If you’re having problems with an uncooperative program, you can… Continue reading

Joy of Baking

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Joy of Baking



This site is my new guilty pleasure. I adore baking and the recipes here are just fantastic! I could easily make it my New Year’s resolution to bake the Top 40 Recipes from 2010, but I’m going to restrain myself and only bake things that

Using the Clipboard in MS Office

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

MS Office 2007 & 2010: I Thought That the Clipboard Could Hold More Than One Item?

You’re right – it can…
you were used to accessing something like this via the Edit menu in older
versions of MS Office:

A clipboard pane where all
the items that have been copied or cut, are stacked in a list… Continue reading

Regular PC Maintenance Tips

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Juan, from Albuquerque NM asks:

I like to perform monthly maintenance on my PCs and I’d like some advice from you regarding getting this task done? I’m using windows Vista and 7. I already clear temp files, cookies, and other basic items.



Juan, maintaining your computer is like maintaining a car. The more you look after it, the better it will run… Continue reading

In the News 1-12-11

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

This week: Cool gadgets that are “in the news”.



A refrigerator to tweet about?


Did you ever find yourself standing at the refrigerator thinking about how much you would love to tweet someone about what you are about to eat?

I am not joking.

Samsung has… Continue reading

Indoor photography without a flash can be a challenging task. Particularly, if you have a point and shoot that has limited capabilities. These nifty tips should enable you to capture arresting portraits of people.

1. Go natural. Nothing like the light from the windows and doors to get the perfect light and shade you need on your subject. What’s… Continue reading

Using Windows Snipping Tool with Word

Monday, January 10th, 2011

In Windows 7, when using the Snipping tool, (one of the greatest features of Win 7), I can copy the snippet OK and place it in MS Word, but I cannot place the object right or center nor can I text wrap around the object. Any ideas?



Back in the days before the introduction of Windows 7 and Vista, if you wanted to take a picture… Continue reading

Website Safety Check

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I received an email from one of our readers about URL Void, a website she’d discovered that checks website safety, and I thought it was worth passing along to you.

At URL Void, just type an internet address (URL) into the field, click the Scan Now button and, within seconds, a report on the site comes back.… Continue reading

Web Sudoku

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Web Sudoku



My mom loves Sudoku! I was searching the net to find her more places where she could play. I really liked this site’s version, so I thought I’d share it with all of you too!

It comes in four different languages, with four different difficulty levels, and they’ve even included variations (I love the JigSawDoku!).… Continue reading

Add Information to Excel Formulas

Friday, January 7th, 2011

MS Excel: A Little Something
More to Say

Ever find yourself working
on an Excel formula and wondering how in the world the person you’re handing
this off to will ever understand some of the more complex calculations?

Short of writing lengthy
documentation, or spending a whole lot of time walking them through things piece
by piece, there… Continue reading

Tiling Windows in XP

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

We recently ran a tip about how to show multiple windows side by side in Vista and Windows 7 (click here for a look at that tip). However, many of our readers wanted to be able to accomplish this on their XP computers.

This is called tiling, and it can be done either vertically or horizontally. For this demonstration, vertical tiling was used. Depending on whether you… Continue reading

Nickelodeon Games

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Nickelodeon Games

Winter brings with it snow days, holiday breaks, and at times bored children. I think that this site can alleviate their boredom on any of those occasions.

I will warn you that on older or slower systems, these games may take some time to load. You will also need to have the latest version of… Continue reading

Read.gov

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Read.gov

Welcome to Read.gov – a site dedicated to encouraging reading by people of all ages. On the left hand side of the page, you’ll find links that break up the site by age level: Kids, Teens, Adults, and then Educators & Parents. That is a great way to get started browsing. Beneath those categories you’ll find even more categories under resources.… Continue reading

Auslogics Duplicate File Finder

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Auslogics Duplicate File Finder is a nice way to further clean up your computer. It is designed to find duplicate files on your computer that are taking up valuable space. It has the ability to search for many different types of files such as: image, audio, video, archived, and application files.

Not only is this program really useful, but it is really easy… Continue reading

Switching Views in OpenOffice Impress

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011


When we create presentations,
the software can show us a variety of views – we can see each slide in
the Normal view for editing, we can access an Outline view of our presentation
content, there’s the Notes view where we can add our extra info that doesn’t
go to the audience… well, you get the idea.

There are a variety of… Continue reading

Customizing Desktop Icons

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Rosa from Oregon writes:

Is there any way to change an icon to something other than what Windows has? Do you know of any good sites where I could get some?

Hi, Rosa! I, too, like different kinds of icons.

There are sites where you can

Windows 7 Memory Diagnostics Utility

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011


If you suspect that your computer has a memory issue, but it’s not being detected automatically, it’s best to make use of the Windows Memory Diagnostics utility that’s built-in to Windows 7.

Here’s how to access it:

Click Start, and in the Search Box type mdsched.exe. You can then either hit the Enter key or click the mdsched icon that appears… Continue reading

Adjusting the Size of the Taskbar

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Jan from Pinellas Park, FL asks:

How do I return my taskbar at the bottom of my screen to its Normal size of about 1/2 inch? For no apparent reason, it has gone to About 1 inch wide. I have tried shutting off the lock taskbar and Moving it down with the arrows that appear when I click my mouse However it just makes it totally disappear

In the News 01-05-11

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

This week in the News…

December 29, 2010.



3-feet high eggs could be South Korea’s wave of the future.

Well, not eggs, exactly. Twenty-nine egg-shaped bots (named Engkey) have started teaching English to South Korean children as part of a pilot program aimed at supporting the blossoming robot industry.

The 3.3ft high bots… Continue reading

Cat Fanciers’ Association

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Cat Fanciers’ Association – Breeds



Welcome to the Cat Fanciers’ Association page, where you can learn all about different breeds of cats. Last April, we were thinking about getting a purebred cat and did some research because a friend of ours raises Abyssinians, and as I was cleaning out my bookmarks

Self Travel Photography

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Photography figures high on our list, when we are travelling. While what we photograph comes up trumps in the photogenic department, the same cannot be applied to ourselves. After all, most photos are either taken by an uncomprehending amateur, who is either a stranger or a companion to you, or worse, you have taken your pictures at arm’s length. Not to fret anymore. With these tips, your self-travel photos will… Continue reading

The Function List in OpenOffice Calc

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

OpenOffice.org Calc: Using the Function List without Opening the Function Wizard

Sometimes you know what you want to do with your data, but you just can’t seem to remember the name of the function that does what you need.

If you open the Function Wizard (which is basically a dialog box for inserting functions) via the Insert menu, you’ll find that while it… Continue reading

New YouTube Homepage

Monday, January 3rd, 2011


It looks like YouTube has started rolling out their new homepage features. These experimental changes add more real-time functionality, such as the ability to delete videos simply by putting your mouse pointer over it and clicking the “x”, and placing recent likes and favorites right on your homepage, so you can find them easily later on.

There’s more, too, but it’s much better if I just… Continue reading

The Katherine Dunham Collection

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Selections from the Katherine Dunham Collection




Did you know that the Library of Congress had a Performing Arts Encyclopedia? I didn’t! But I discovered it when I was looking to find out more about Katherine Dunham, so I thought I’d share the collection devoted to her with you.

Katherine Dunham was an incredible dancer… Continue reading

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