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WorldStart Tech Tips 2014-04-17

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Quick Tip

Nancy from Herdon writes:

If all I do on XP is go in and update my software without checking email or going to websites, can I catch a virus or Malware?

It’s always possible that you could run into a virus or Malware when you go online. If it’s a previously known threat, your anti-virus or malware program may be able to take care of it, but they cannot permanently patch the vulnerability. 

There won’t be any more Windows updates to deal with, so there’s no need to go online for that. Also updates for plug-ins found in browsers like Flash Player and Java won’t be necessary since you won’t be going online.

If you’ll be going online to download updates for third-party security updates, you’ll probably be about as protected as you can get without security support from Microsoft. These companies will do their best to protect XP, but as we’ve said before, they lack the necessary support from Microsoft to permanently patch issues.

 ~ Cynthia

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The One Device EVERY Computer Owner Needs!

"How'd I Ever Live Without It?!?!?!"

The BEST Way To Transfer Files From PC To PC!

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No Software, Drivers, Or Setup!


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We just found your computer's new BEST FRIEND!! You are absolutely gonna LOVE this - It's the Maxell High-Speed Transfer Cable and it's totally gonna change your computing world - FOREVER! It's the ONE accessory EVERY computer user positively MUST-HAVE!!

See, we've heard about you and it's no secret - You need to get files from one computer to another!

Only problem is getting the files from one place to another can be as frustrating as riding your bike across the Grand Canyon!

I mean, don't you just hate it when...

6  You get a brand new machine and your photos, music, and documents are all trapped on your old computer?
5  You have a desktop and a laptop but sharing files between them is a complete nightmare?
4  You and a friend want to swap files, but there just isn't an easy way?
3  You have more than one computer in the house, and you'd like to get files from one to the other?

Bottom line - You're gonna need to get files from one computer to another sooner or later!

Sure there's lots of ways to do it - and they all fall under "hard and miserable"! You could spend your afternoon burning CDs, emailing the files to yourself (please tell me you don't do that), or grabbing an Ethernet cable and networking the computers together.

Yeah, that didn't sound very good to me either. Come ON! Your time is WAY more valuable than that!! Right?

Then join us here in this decade doin' it the EASY WAY...

Grab the amazing Maxell 36" High-Speed Transfer Cable! It effortlessly networks your two computers together with just a cable - all automatic!

I looked up the word "easy" in the dictionary and I think I saw a picture of the Maxell High-Speed Transfer Cable!

How's it work?

Simple! Just plug one end into each computer's USB port - you're over half way done!

That's right - if you can use a USB plug - YOU'RE already an expert! EASY!

Oh, and you'll absolutely love this - once you plug in, a friendly "Windows Explorer" style window automatically pops open so you can quickly drag and drop your files from one computer to another! That's really it! So easy it ought to be illegal!

YESSSSS!! This is works back and forth with everything from Win 98 right up to Windows 7 - talk about great compatibility!!!

Plus it's lightning fast too! This uses high-speed USB 2.0 so it's the smokin' hot Ferrari of data transfer! There's nothing like a fast, zippy progress bar on your screen to bring a smile to your face!

Without a DOUBT - this is the one accessory NO computer user should be without! Just imagine - next time you need to transfer documents, loads of photos, tons of music - it can all be done with this little cable!

Oh, and you are in for a real TREAT when you upgrade to your next computer! You know ALL those files you need to get from one machine to another? Yup, use this cable, sit back, and relax! It's done baby!!

You and I BOTH know you've gotta be crazier than an outhouse rat to sit there trying to copy all your data to CDs or flash drives - or worse - trying to network two computers together just to get your data moved!

If you're ever, in your life, going to buy another computer YOU need this!! Heck, if you're ever going to transfer a batch of files from one computer to another you need this!

Best computer accessory. EVER.


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Today only, you can get this for just $12.97 and US shipping is FREE! Oh, and take it from me - once you get your hands on this bad boy you'll be patting yourself on the back for grabbin' it!! It's THAT good!

A word of warning though - this was a VERY limited quantity buyout, so once these are gone, we can't get more. Don't get left out in the cold - GRAB this deal today!


Computers 101

Office 365: Worth Renewing Subscription?

I have been using Microsoft Office 365, the subscription version of Microsoft’s Office Suite for just about a year. Now I have to decide if I want to renew my subscription to the service.

Here’s what I get for my $99 per year: The Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, One Note, Power Point, Outlook, Publisher and Access. The subscription to Office 365 Home Premium means I can have those programs on up to 5 devices in my house. That includes PCs, Macs, Android Phones, iPhones and iPads. Microsoft says there is a version for Android tablets coming, but they don’t have a specific launch date.

A standard one-device download of Office costs around $140 and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Home & Business 2013, which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook runs around $219.  Microsoft Office Professional includes all of the programs offered in Office 365 and sells for around $400. These downloads would be licensed for only one device in your household.

An advantage to the 365 subscription is that updates are continual. Instead of purchasing Office 2017 when it is released, the idea is that your apps will be continually updated with the latest features available. Also, should your computer die, you can simply go to your Office account and delete that licensed device and add another.  Or if you purchase an additional computer or a new iPad, you can add it to your Office account yourself in a matter of minutes and start downloading the programs you need.

 If you purchase the one-device download, it’s tied to the computer you installed it on. Microsoft says they will make exceptions in some cases such as a hard drive failure, but you would have to contact them before your product key would be authorized on a separate device.

A feature I particularly enjoy about Office 365, is that you can install the app on your phone and have access to your documents wherever you go, thanks to Microsoft’s OneDrive Cloud storage.  I can read, edit and even create documents right from my phone and they look very much the same wherever I pull them up.  I can also use Microsoft Office Apps online from any computer to pull up needed documents stored to my OneDrive. I’m old-school enough to always keep copies of my documents on the hard drive of my computer as well.

Cloud storage is a great feature of Office 365. It’s especially great for someone like me who writes a whole lot. In addition to being a tech writer, I’m also a hard news journalist, a food blogger and a novelist. Being able to access any of my documents at any time is a big plus for me. The current lack of an Android tablet app that I can use on my Kindle is source of frustration for me. But not a deal breaker. I can still look at my Office documents in my One Drive, but to edit them I have to use another app on my tablet.

I know many of you aren’t keen on cloud storage. You don’t have to use the OneDrive function if you don’t want to. But, if you have an iPad or a smartphone, I thing you’ll really love the convenience of accessing your documents wherever you happen to be.

I’m not going to get into a review of Office itself. That’s another long, separate article .Office 365 is Office with some fancy new features. I’ve been using Word since it came out and it is deeply ingrained in my psyche. If you are comfortable with recent additions of Office, you’ll probably enjoy using it. I am a fan of Microsoft’s Office Suite. I’ve tried some free Office Suites and while they are functional and work great for some people, I am just more comfortable with Office products.

 For me, the Office 365 is worth renewing. For others, it might not seem as great a value. But I have no complaints about how the products function or any issues with OneDrive. 

Several readers angry over the demise of XP and what they considered my defense of Microsoft, have accused me of being on Microsoft’s payroll. But, as the $99 charge on my debit card shows, they are actually on my payroll. And this time, I’ve judged them a good enough worker to renew that contract for another year.

~ Cynthia

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On The Move

Danny from Hobbs, New Mexico writes: Where can I get books that are read to you for my Android Tablet? I like stories but I don’t like to read.

Danny, you have several options for enjoying audio books on your Android tablet.

If you’re interest in free audio books, you might want to check out LibriVox in the Google Play Store.  It provides access to over 6,000 audiobooks that you can either stream or download free of charge. The works are mostly classics, put together by dedicated volunteers who record, edit and distribute the books.

As you can tell from its user ratings in the Google Play Store, this app has a lot of fans.

It’s a free app with free content, so just head to the Google Play Store and click Install. You can also check out other free audio book apps like Audiobooks Traveling Classics.

If you’d like to borrow Audio books from the library, check out,,,

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From The Archives

Theresa from Lethbridge AB Canada writes:

In Windows 7, how do you delete icons and notifications from the list (under customize) in the personalize section? How do these get entered here and is there a way to decide what goes here? I have tried deleting these but there is no way to do this.

This is a common misconception about how the notification area in Windows 7 works, and unfortunately Microsoft’s terminology doesn’t make it any clearer. Icons actually only show up in this area if that program is currently running, so the only sure-fire way to prevent an icon from appearing in the notification area is to turn it off and then prevent it from opening again on startup.

If there are programs that you don’t want to appear in this area, such as “noisy” software that is constantly giving you pop-up notifications, you may have already tried to hide the icon by clicking the “customize” link.

Customize Link

In this window is an option to change any program’s setting to “hide icon and notifications.” Unfortunately this setting isn’t what it appears to be at first. Rather than stopping the icon from appearing in the notification area, it “hides” the icon by moving it off the Start bar directly and into the pop-up window that only appears when you click the arrow icon. Obviously this doesn’t actually prevent the icon from appearing in the notification area.

Hiding Notification Icons

If you don’t want an icon to show up, and don’t want to see its various pop-up notifications, your only remaining option is to...

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Today's Feature

Pick Your Ubuntu Flavor: Part 1

As we’ve discussed in previous artilces, Ubuntu is regarded as  fast, reliable, secure and best of all, free, operating system.  This Linux- based system can keep your computer alive when other operating systems pull support.  There are several Ubuntu distributions or “flavors” especially designed to meet users’ needs. Although their main core is still Ubuntu, the interface, themes and system requirements are quite different. Why? Because they use different desktop environments.

So, what is a desktop environment?

Let’s put it like this: yesterday you’ve seen a beautiful woman wearing a long red dress. Today, you see her again, but now she’s wearing a short white skirt and a green blouse. Is the same woman, but her look is different.


The same is with desktop environments. The core remains the same, only “the makeup” is different.

 I like Ubuntu, but I’m not sure what flavor to choose.

 Well, read on and you’ll make up your mind! First, a quick review of Ubuntu based derivatives.

  1. Edubuntu – a distribution for educational purposes
  2. Kubuntu – Ubuntu with K desktop environment (KDE)
  3. Lubuntu – uses LXDE
  4. Mythbuntu – for creating a home theatre using MythTv
  5. Ubuntu studio – for multimedia creating and editing
  6. Xubuntu – Ubuntu with XFCE desktop environment

    As you can see, each distribution is designed for a certain purpose. Keep in mind that, no matter which one you choose, you may still enjoy the  same applications . It’s as simple as opening the Ubuntu Software Center and installing them. Now, let’s take a closer look on those flavors...

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Amanda's Coolsite

Next Door

Next Door creates a social network for your neighborhood that you can use for free! The site helps you connect with your community in meaningful ways that help to build stronger relationships between neighbors. 

Before you do anything, I suggest scrolling down and clicking the green See a Neighborhood in Action button. It shows you what a Next Door account looks like and how it functions for a neighborhood.

It is setup like a lot of popular social networks with navigation along the top and left of the page, and news feed in the center right. It shows a lot of different ways that you can use the social network – locating lost pets, reporting crimes, reporting disasters, getting recommendations for businesses, and so much more. 

Back on the main page you can also scroll down to learn more about the service, or click About at the top of the page. The About page offers information on what the site is, how it functions, how you can use it, and who made it. You’ll also find a link to the FAQ where you can see the answers to the most frequently asked questions. 

Ready to take the plunge? Well, all you need to do is click is fill out the form on the main page!  It will then look to see if Next Door is available for your neighborhood, if there’s already a community, or if it isn’t available.

If it is available and you need to start the community, you’ll need to name the neighborhood, describe it, and then invite your neighbors to join. (That’s the options I was presented with.) Once you create or join your neighborhood, your feed will look like the sample one! 

This seems like a great way to get to know your neighbors, and keep track of what is happening your community. Check it out today!


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Or maybe you noticed that after just a couple uses, your touchscreen device is COVERED from top to bottom in nasty smudges that look awful and get your screen blurry!

Oh, and scratches? Those are PERMANENT DAMAGE!

And how many times have you been out-and-about, ready to write a check, note, sign something... only to realize YOU HAVE NO PEN! It's infuriating!

Let's not forget how often you're DYING to find a flashlight, too! Whenever you need one, they all seem to disappear!



It's a capactive touchscreen stylus , plus a smooth and precise pen!

And to top it all off, there's an LED light built right in! SWEET!

How has nobody ever thought of this before?!

If you've never used a stylus on your touchscreen device... you're in for a HUGE TREAT!

All those times you couldn't quite hit the right button, couldn't get your phone to "feel right", or were just fed up with all the oily smudges all over... NO MORE! They are PROBLEMS OF THE PAST!

And if you're gonna carry a stylus around... why not make it a pen too?

All of your writing needs = fully covered!

The stylus end is covered in a rubber-tip which glides smoothly across your touchscreen! And because of it's soft-rubber texture, it won't risk scratching your screen!

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That grip is comfy as a pillow, too!

There's a lot of stylus designs out there... but none of them come CLOSE to this! Not only does it FEEL like a real pen... IT IS ONE!

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Rock Bridge Falls

Rain. That was the story for this shot – and the whole day in fact. We heard the first drop hit the camper the night before and it didn’t slow down till nearly lunch the next day. In fact, we had lunch and it was still drizzling. We figured it was about to quit, and with the amount of rainfall that was just delivered, Rock Bridge was bound to have a pretty cool waterfall going on. So, we…(More)

Snowy Egret Sweeping In

I gotta say, I think snowy egrets are among my favorite birds. I love their attractive plumage, their bright yellow eyes and feet, but most of all their impetuous attitude. They may be half the size of their larger cousins, but they seem oblivious to the fact and don’t hesitate to grapple and squawk over a prime fishing spot. That’s what was...(More)

King Of The Mountain

This robust-looking bull elk was photographed one crisp fall morning in Yellowstone National Park. I had plans to get a bit deeper into the park, but when I saw this guy and his harem running around on the side of the mountain, I knew it was worth a stop! It started off with just a few nice captures of the bull on the mountain, but nothing very impressive. I was about to move on when... (More)

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