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WorldStart Tech Tips 2014-12-22

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Quick Tip

Shirley writes:

How do I find out what I have as an operating system.  XP, 7 etc.?

Open your Start Menu and go to Control Panel – then choose System.

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Clicking on System should show you which version of Windows you are running.

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~ Cynthia

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Announcements

Home security is ALWAYS on everyone's mind!

Hopefully you never have to deal with a home invader, or a burglar, or anything else... but it NEVER hurts to be prepared!

Instead of running around, looking for expensive and complicated security devices, let me save you some time!

You don't need any tools to install these! That's right. The strong adhesive tape on the back allows you to simply press them in place and you're done! Press and Protect!

When the magnetic sensors line up with each other all is quiet and secure. If for any reason that alignment is broken - you are gonna know about it!

This bad boy is LOUD! It's a 90dB alarm! That's loud, and in the dead of night when most burglaries occur, it will certainly SHOCK THE INTRUDER and WAKE YOU FROM YOUR SLEEP!

The small switch on the side of the unit allows you to choose the alarm you prefer! And when you want to let in that fresh cool breeze on a spring day, of course you can still open that window! Just flip the switch to off until you choose to reacivate it!

It runs on batteries, so it can go ANYWHERE!

And remember, you get TWO per pack so you can have multiple locations secured!

But these do WAY more than just go on your doors!

See, this is why I LOVE these things.

You COULD spend $200 getting a big, elaborate security system installed. Then continue paying $20-50 a month to keep it running.

But what does that get you? "Oh, if the front or back doors open up, we'll let you know!"

That's a LOT of money for something that could also be accomplished with a  strategically placed string of cans.

Do you have young children who you don't want to go into certain rooms for their own safety? Set the alarm high enough to be out of their reach and you'll know if they got in!

Is their a cabinet that is likewise off limits? Set the alarm to activate if it's opened by someone who shouldn't have.

Maybe you're caring for a very elderly person who shouldn't go outside without assistance? You'll be alerted if they do by setting this up on the exterior doors!

No one can absolutely guarantee that a break-in won't happen to you. But with these window and door alarms, you will certainly startle anyone making the attempt, and alert yourself that they're there as well!

Remember this: burglars are generally non-confrontational (that's why they prefer to steal from empty houses!) The moment these alarms go off, they tend to panic & run. They just want EASY targets - and with these things, you aren't an easy target anymore!

And the price we're offering these for today?

Yeah, ONLY $8.97!

That's probably less than you're gonna spend on lunch!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/8854

Take advantage of us on this one, and get a more peaceful night's sleep too!

 




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Computers 101

Harvey writes:

You say if you are using a web-based email like Gmail or Outlook in an article. I use Outlook just because it is NOT web-based like Gmail or Yahoo mail. Am I wrong?

I would like to make it clear that all e-mail is web-based. All e-mails spend time in the cloud on a server. I see that you have an e-mail address provided by your ISP. Those emails sit on the server just the same as a Gmail message sits on their servers.

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In the article you mention, I was referring to Gmail and Outlook.com and how users access them.  Outlook.com is the email service provided by Microsoft while Outlook is an e-mail client that you install on your computer.

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 You can access an e-mail account with different interfaces. Users can access Outlook.com, Gmail and other services through an interface on their browser. In fact, your e-mail provider actually uses the Yahoo mail server, so while your e-mail address shows the name of your provider, your messages are actually on the Yahoo mail servers. If you were away from your computer, you could access your mail on another device via a browser.

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The Outlook e-mail client (and any other e-mail client like Live Mail or Thunderbird) downloads copies of your messages from your Internet service provider’s e-mail servers to your computers. Outlook would also work with Gmail, Outlook.com, Yahoo or other e-mail services.

Some e-mail accounts will erase the server copy of your e-mail once it is downloaded. But that depends on your settings.

Just to hit the main points one more time:

1. Outlook.com is an e-mail service while Outlook is a program that downloads copies of messages from your e-mail provider to your computer.

2. E-mail accounts can be accessed through your browser or with an e-mail client, but they are all web-based.

Hope this clears up any confusion.

~ Cynthia

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On The Move

Top Graphic Cards For Gaming

As gaming technology continues to advance—pushing the limits of visual brilliance, realistic character models and scenery—video card manufacturers are producing faster, stronger and more capable hardware in order to keep pace with the evolving software. The demands and requirements of recent games like Titanfall, Dragon Age Inquisition and Assassins Creed Unity feature worlds and people that are more realistic and detailed than ever before; however, to take utmost advantage of these stunning visuals, you need to have the right video card or you’re going to fall behind the evolution of gaming graphics.

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AMD

While AMD doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to hardware, its Radeon R9 Series is on a whole new level. The new flagship video card Radeon R9 295X2 is a step in the right direction with dual Hawaii GPUs that clocked higher than any other card they offer. The 500W board is cooled by a closed loop liquid cooler system for superior temperature control while maintaining a reduced sound profile.

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If you aren’t looking for a dual GPU setup, take a look at AMD’s single GPU leader...

Head on over to WorldStart to learn more!

 

From The Archives

Create A Business Card In 5 Minutes

Even though the digital wave has taken over our life, a professional business card still remains a very useful tool! A well-designed business card is a helpful resource for any kind of business. It represents who you are and it should be designed with great care!

Whether you have any design skills or not, you should know that by following the easy steps presented in this tutorial, you will be able to create your own business card in just minutes! Your business card will be print-ready, modern and stylish! You’ll also get the download links for both business card designs, with fully editable PSD files. 

I will guide you through the process of creating two types of business cards, one vertical and the other one horizontal. The designs are very simple. I will show you only some basic techniques for creating simple, minimalist business cards. Of course, only your creativity is the limit when in comes to graphic design! You can learn the basic steps in this tutorial and add your own creative touch to the design. 

Before we begin, you should know that business cards can be horizontal (landscape) and have the following standard dimensions – 3.5 inches wide or long and 2 inches tall,  or vertical (portrait) – 3.5 inches tall and 2 inches wide. Landscape is the most common orientation for business cards, but I’ll show you how to create both of them. 

Vertical Business Card Design 

Start by opening up Adobe Photoshop and creating a new document, using the inputs below. Don’t forget to set your Color mode to CMYK, we’re designing for printers!  We’ll design the business cards with a bleed, so we’ll use a document size of 2.25 x 3.75 inches (.25 inch bleed allowance). 

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To make things easier, we’ll use guides to set up the working area...

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Today's Feature

Liddy from Parkersburg writes:

I sent something to my daughter’s Facebook page and she said that I should not have put it there, that I should have sent it as a message so other people couldn’t read it. How do I know the difference between what people can read and what messages are just to the person I want to talk to?

Liddy, if you post a status or photo on your Facebook home page, it is public and all of your friends can see it.

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If you go to someone’s Facebook Timeline and share a photo or post, both your friends and his or her friends will be able to see it.

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If you would like to send a private message to only be read by one person, click the messaging icon.

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You can then either compose a new message or click...

Go to WorldStart to learn more!

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Amanda's Coolsite

Temponaut

Today’s Cool Site brings you an archive of time-lapse photography that is amazing! 

If you scroll down the main page you can learn all the details about these Royalty-Free videos. You’ll also find an awesome time-lapse video with footage from New York City. Just click the play button. It’s comprised of 8,000 different images and runs just under five minutes long. 

Ready to browse? Well, then click the Time-Lapse Footage Clips and start watching! You’ll find clips of cities, landscapes, fruit, the galaxy (my favorite), traffic, clouds, and more! 

Okay, so you’re probably wondering why there are prices? Well people can buy a license to use them with a one time fee. But you can download the preview videos for free and they’re so stellar, I think it’s worth it! 

Go see for yourself today!

https://www.time-lapse-footage.com

~Amanda

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Do you have a cool, non-commercial site that you want to share?

Send it to Amanda at amanda@worldstart.com

 

One More Big Deal

 

Let's face it: if you're still using a wired mouse, you KNOW it's getting old!

And I don't just mean in the "that mouse is outdated, clunky, and starting to break" old. I mean the "dealing with the cord and fighting with your primary tool for using the computer is not fun" kind of old.

No more cords!

That means hooking it up doesn't take you crawling around to the back of the computer! You can use a front-side USB port!

And that ALSO means when you're trying to use it, you won't have to worry about snagging the cord on something! Considering how much you use your mouse, it's a HUGE relief having one that's flawless!

Now so far this mouse is sounding pretty awesome - but you gotta check this out too!

Most average mice don't even come CLOSE to this!

More DPI = more accurate movement. Anyone who has had to deal with crummy dollar store mice has probably fought to get their cursor where they wanted it before!

NOT WITH THIS ONE!

It's accurate WITHOUT having to fight tooth and nail to click on that icon or link!

This mouse has a fantastic 5 button design with a scroll wheel that acts as one of the buttons!

This type of design really provides to the fastest, most proficient navigating ever!

Plus, this mouse is extremely comfortable on your hand!

You will be able to use it for hours and never have to worry about your hand cramping or being uncomfortable!

Think setting up a new mouse is going to be a pain?

With this mouse you have absolutely nothing to worry about because it actually IS "plug and play"! There is nothing to install whatsoever!

Just plug it in and you're ready to click! No software, no syncing.

For a wireless mouse, that's insane! Talk about saving some serious cash - you could buy one pack of 'AAA' batteries and be set for YEARS with this mouse!

Compare that to the other big mice that chew through two or three 'AA' batteries every few months!

Pair that up with the fact that this mouse has a stowable receiver (you can just put it inside the battery compartment!) that makes it the ULTIMATE travel companion!

Get this sweet mouse for just $9.97!

This mouse is just great!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/10103

The sale will end Tuesday and these go up to $13.97 - Don't miss out on this ROCKING mouse deal!




 

Monthly Wallpaper

December Wallpaper Is Ready

The featured desktop wallpaper for December is all set and ready to go. Check out the featured images below and stop by the site - hundreds to choose from.

All can be found here and are 100% free:

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wallpaper/

Oh, and if you enjoy these images, please tell your friends!

Arctic Titan

This was captured during the last hour of the last day on the arctic. It was windy, the snow was blowing, and he really didn’t seem to mind one little bit. In fact, if I had to describe his emotional state, I think he seemed …(More)

Great Blue Heron In Flight

I captured this great blue heron image at Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Florida – one of my all time favorite places for bird photography. This guy almost made it too easy. He actually had a nest about 75 yards from this position, and when he took off the flight pattern was always...(More)

Undine Falls With Snow

This gorgeous falls is located just outside of Mammoth on the way to Cook City in Yellowstone NP. Funny thing is, first time I was visiting the area I drove by it no less than a dozen time before I finally bothered to pull into the parking lot. I had expected some long, strenuous hike, but discovered you can ...(More)

For these and other great selections of desktop wallpaper, head to:

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wallpaper/

As always, the wallpaper is 100% free, so enjoy!

PS - I also want to thank all the people who helped support the wallpaper with a voluntary contribution over the last few months. Your support helps to keep the wallpaper comin' every month! THANK YOU!

http://www.backcountrygallery.com

~Steve

 

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