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When was it updated?

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Q:
I was on a web page the other day and thought the info I was seeing was current. Turns out it was 2 years old! Is there any way to tell when a web page was last updated?

A:
Yes there is. To find out when a particular page was last updated, head to the page and type (or copy and paste) the following line into your address… Continue reading

Favorite Web Pages At Startup

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Favorite Web Pages At Startup

If you’re like me, you probably have several internet related tasks you do each time you start your computer.

Wouldn’t it be great to have all the web pages you frequent, and maybe your e-mail program, run when you start the computer? You guessed it – you can.

All you need to do is drop some shortcuts into your Startup Folder

Minimize, Maximize, and Close buttons

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Q:
What are those three little buttons on the upper right-hand corner of an open window for?

A:
Those are the Minimize, Maximize, and Close buttons.

The “X” closes the window.

The “Box” maximizes the program, making it full screen. If it’s already maximized, it looks like a box on top of another box. If you click it in that state, it will make your window smaller.

Finally… Continue reading

What’s This?

Monday, November 15th, 2004

We often tell you ways to configure Internet Explorer or Outlook Express for maximum efficiency or how to stop annoying default features. Many times you end up in the “Options” menu where you are faced with a long list of features. What does each one do?

Guess what, there is a very easy way to find out what different features do

Resize Scrollbars

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Q:
My scrollbars are too small and I have trouble grabbing them. Is there a way to change the size?

Note: Video may contain additional information not found in the written text.

A:
Well, you’ll be both thrilled and delighted to know you can adjust their size. Here’s how:

In Windows XP:

1. Right-click your desktop and select Properties

2. You’ll be… Continue reading

Stop Third Party Toolbars

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Stop Third Party Toolbars

Have you ever been surfing along when suddenly you find that somewhere along your journey you picked up an extra toolbar? Many of these (Hotbar for instance) are adware that sends targeted pop-ups. Sometimes you can go to Add/Remove Programs and delete them there, but how about an easier way to get rid of them AND prevent them from getting there to begin with.

NOTE: If… Continue reading

Save as JPEGs instead of BMPs

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Q:
When I try to save pictures from the web they my computer tries to save them as .bmp? Is there a way to save them as JPEGs like they should be?

A:
If the internet history folder is full, you might try to save a picture that says .jpg only to have it try to save as as bitmap. This is a sign that your Internet History… Continue reading

Sort IE Favorites

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Q:
My IE favorites are getting out of hand! Is there a way to sort them?

A:
If you use Internet Explorer, you know this problem well. Here are some tips and tricks you’ll appreciate (note that some of these tips will not work with older versions of Internet Explorer):

1. To put your favorites in alphabetical order, right-click any favorite and select ” Sort by

Slow Cable Modem

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Q:
My cable company bragged about how much faster a cable modem was compared to dial-up, so I went with them. It was faster, at first, but sometimes it seems as slow as my old phone line connection. What gives?

A:
Sure cable modems have the potential of reaching speeds of 3Mbps, but keep in mind that you share a wire buried underground with everyone in… Continue reading

Site Not Found

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Site Not Found

“404- Not Found – The page you were trying to look at was not found on the server.” Doesn’t this message annoy you? There are several reasons why you would get this message.

1. The web page you were going to has been removed or re-named. Try scaling down the URL. For example, if it’s:

www.worldstart.com/tips/nopage.htm

you may want to try:

www.worldstart.com/tips

or

www.worldstart.com

Keep going backwards… Continue reading

Transfering Favorites

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Q:
Is there a way to transfer my Internet Explorer favorites to Netscape?

A:
Not only can you use this tip to update and share bookmarks/favorites between Internet Explorer and Netscape, you can also use it to export your NS bookmarks to IE and vice-versa. I suppose you could even use it to share them with your other computers or friends. That’s right… three tips for the price… Continue reading

How to Download

Friday, November 12th, 2004

How to Download

So, you’ve found a piece of software you want to download but aren’t sure how to go about the whole process. Well, here’s a step by step guide:

#1 – Click the download link.

# 2 – Choose to save to disk and hit the OK button.

# 3 – Choose where you would like the file downloaded… Continue reading

What are .pdf files?

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Q:
What are .pdf files?

A:
If you’ve been using the internet for any amount of time, you’ve probably run across these little buggers. They’re Adobe Acrobat files. Normally, you download them and use Adobe Acrobat Reader to read them. You can get Adobe Acrobat Reader for free at Adobe’s web site:

http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html (Make sure you… Continue reading

Desktop Web Shortcuts

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Do you have a web site you visit often? Wouldn’t it be cool to have a shortcut on your desktop for it? Here’s a quick way to do it:

First, head to the web page with either Explorer or Firefox.

Internet Explorer:

You’ll see next to the site’s URL (address) a small icon with a blue “e” on it. Drag that… Continue reading

Internet Error Codes

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Q:
What do all those error codes (like 404) mean?

A:
It happens to all of us. We’re surfing along, and up comes an error. What do all those error codes mean? Here’s a quick rundown of the most common:

400 – Bad Request – You probably typed in a URL wrong, the server has no clue what you’re looking for, or you aren’t allowed to have access… Continue reading

Emoticons

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Emoticons are little text representations of emotions that you find in email, chat rooms, and IM’s. When you talk to someone, they can tell what you mean by the tone of your voice or the look on your face. For example, maybe someone says something like, “Why are you so annoying?”

Now, if they say it while they’re laughing, you know that it’s just lighthearted humor. If they say it… Continue reading

Crumble Cookies

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Crumble Cookies

I constantly need to shake crumbs out of my keyboard because people eat cookies while…what? Oh, wait… I’m supposed to talk about the other kind of cookie : the small text file placed on your hard drive by a web server to keep track of your travels through the site in question. Let’s begin with my advice.

I recommend that if you are worried about cookies… Continue reading

Pop-up Blockers & Email Trouble

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Q:
I installed a pop-up blocker, but now I can’t get my web-based email. Do I need to uninstall the program?

A:
This is one of those cases of something working “too good”. A popup blocker kills any javascript that tries to open, and will prevent new windows from opening, for instance, when you click on a link that comes up in a new window. Sometimes it can… Continue reading

Full Screen Fun

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

If you would like to see more web page and less web browser toolbars, here’s a little trick you’ll like. Hit the F11 key. It will put you into “full screen” mode. Hit F11 again to go back to normal mode. This works in both Internet Explorer and Firefox.

OK, many of you are sitting there thinking, yeah, I know all about that one. Well, here’s a… Continue reading

10 digit dialing for modems

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Q:
My area requires ten digit dialing, so every time I try to make an internet connection I have to type in my area code for it to dial. Is there a way to fix this?

A:
As more numbers are needed for cell phones area codes are being broken up and ten-digit dialing is becoming the norm. So, how to get your modem to dial up correctly…… Continue reading

Take your contacts with you

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Q:
I’m switching ISPs and want to take my contacts with me. Is there a way to do this?

A:
There is, of course, the tedious method of printing out your address book and re-entering all the info, but I like to save time whenever I can.

Many web-based email address books have the option to import/export contacts into an Outlook (.CVS) or Netscape (LDIF) address book file… Continue reading

Search Engine Tricks

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Search Engine Tricks

Having a hard time finding something online? Does it seem like you type in your search term but don’t get anywhere near what you’re looking for?

Well, here’s a couple tricks that seem (almost) universal between search engines.

Let’s say you’re looking for sports cars and all you’re getting is information on baseball and football (sports). What can you do? Try some of the… Continue reading

Change browser search engine

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Hey Internet Explorer users—you aren’t stuck using MSN as your search engine when you search from the address bar or when you click “Search” to bring up the sidebar.

For NON XP SP2 Internet Explorer just click View / Explorer Bar / Search (or click the “Search” button in your Toolbar) to bring up the side panel. If you have a side bar with a little dog at the bottom… Continue reading

How to download a wave file

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Q:
How do I download Wave and MP3 sound files from the internet?

A:
Here’s the problem. You go to download a sound file, so you click the link to it. Then Windows automatically plays it, but doesn’t display a download screen (OK, this varies a bit depending on what flavor of Windows / Explorer you’re using). What can you do? Easy! Right-click… Continue reading

Munchin’ Cookies

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Munchin’ Cookies

If you would like to delete the cookies on your hard drive , you certainly can do so. Keep in mind they really don’t take up that much room though. For example, I have around 1100 cookies on my hard drive and they take up less than 5 meg of disk space. I know, that’s a bunch of those little cookies, but I… Continue reading

What are cookies?

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Q:
What are “Cookies”?

A:
When you hear the term “cookies” applied to the internet, it’s generally not in reference to the gooey chocolate chip variety. A cookie used on the internet is basically a small text file that is placed on your hard drive by a web server. They are used to keep track of various aspects of your travels through the site in… Continue reading

Clear Your Temporary Internet Files

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Clear Your Temporary Internet Files

As you surf the web, every page, every graphic, cookie, etc. is saved in your temporary internet files. Why is this? Well, for one, if you visit a page often it brings up the files from the cache rather than getting them online, thus making the page appear quicker. The down side is that this can cause an old page to come up when content… Continue reading

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