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WorldStart Tech Tips 2014-10-30

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Quick Tip

Bring Back IE Menu Bar With One Tap

I told you in a previous article how to bring the menu bar back to Internet Explorer 11 permanently, but there’s a way to quickly bring it up whenever you need it. Here’s what the latest version of IE normally looks like:

If I press the Alt key to the left of the space bar of my keyboard, the menu bar will appear and stay there until I press Alt again.

This change isn’t permanent. If you close and reopen IE, the bar will be gone. To make the changes stick, follow the directions in the article I mentioned above.

~ Cynthia

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How many outlets do you have that you CAN'T USE?!

Maybe one behind the couch.

One near the TV stand.

What about those ones in your bedroom?

Despite how many outlets we all have in our homes, we're ALWAYS hunting for a place to plug stuff in. Because half of them are in places that make them IMPOSSIBLE to use!

It takes all those outlets that you can't really use and turns them into MORE outlets that you CAN!

I know, it sounds too good to be true, but it really is that simple!

By taking the outlets that face outward and making them face the side, you don't need to have that extra 5-6 inches of clearance to plug in your device!

After all, most devices have big bulky plugs on them (especially home appliances!) so it's always been impossible to put furniture in front of your outlets! With your outlets now being "low profile" you won't have to hunt around to find a different place to plug in your vacuum, TV, computer, or whatever else you need to plug in!

The unique pivoting design gives you a lot more options, too!

For instance, maybe your outlet is too near a corner or something that's right up against the wall! That's okay, because you can just angle the outlets forward a bit!

Or maybe it's one of those BIG plugs and a normal outlet adapter prevents you from using that device at all! Same solution, just pivot the plugs a little outwards!

No matter where you plug this bad boy in, and no matter what you're plugging into it, this swivel adapter is going to make things so much easier to use!

And that's only half of what these awesome Swivel 'n Swirls do! I mean, you can't forget that it gives you MORE outlets too!

Everyone has a spot or two in their house that has that old, worn out socket. Because it's just the prime real estate for plugging stuff in.

The sweeper can hit every corner from that one plug, the lamp that perfectly ties the room together needs to be right there, or the TV stand with all the speakers and Blu-Ray players and cable boxes plugged in...

My point is, you KNOW you could use more outlets here or there. And now instead of just adding one or two, you get FOUR extra plugs!

Here's the deal: I managed to find these just before they sold out! So we have a very limited number of them!

And I got them in at an INSANELY low price that's absolutely killing the competition!

Seriously, I looked around online to see what other reputable sellers had these at... and I was SHOCKED:


And combine that with the insanely low price of just $12.97 - well, you know these are going to sell out quick!

Click the link below to get one before they're gone!

If there ARE any left Friday, the sale is over anyway, and these go up to $19.97 !


Computers 101

Java, Flash Security Updates Available

Adobe Flash Player is often considered to be one of the most vulnerable programs running on PCs. Attackers love to exploit any flaws they come across and that’s why it is very important to keep it up to date.

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Mac & Linux to take care of vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker to take control of your system.

Affected versions include Flash Player and earlier versions, Flash Player and earlier versions and Flash Player and earlier versions for Linux. Several versions of Adobe AIR are also affected.

Adobe suggests the following updates:

  • Users of the Adobe Flash Player desktop runtime for Windows and Macintosh should update to Adobe Flash Player
  • Users of the Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release should update to Adobe Flash Player
  • Users of Adobe Flash Player for Linux should update to Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Flash Player installed with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11 will be automatically updated to the current version.
  • Users of the Adobe AIR desktop runtime should update to version
  • Users of the Adobe AIR SDK and AIR SDK & Compiler should update to version
  • Users of Adobe AIR for Android should update to Adobe AIR

You version of FlashPlayer may update automatically or you can visit Adobe for the latest update. Make sure you actually go to Adobe and not to a third-party site offering the updates with all sorts of hijackers attached.

Oracle is also offering a critical patch update that contains 154 security fixes for its products, including Java SE. Many of these patches affect database and business suite products.  For a complete list of products, click here.

 Running updates regularly is key to protecting your PC.

~ Cynthia

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On The Move

Facebook Safety Check Lets Friends Know You're Safe During Disasters

Facebook has a new feature to allow users to connect with friends and loved ones in the event of a disaster. It’s called Safety Check.

If you happen to be near a natural disaster like an earthquake, you can let friends know that you’re safe and also check in to see if your friends are all right. You’ll also be given information about the event and a link to call for help if needed.  Facebook will determine if you’re in the area by looking at the location listed in your profile, if you’ve opted to use the Nearby Friends feature or the city where you’re logged on to the Internet.  You can also mark yourself outside of the disaster area. The system works by....

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From The Archives

Choosing A Video Card

The video card is an essential component in a gamer or home theater’s buff’s setup. It can be the difference between mediocre graphics performance and screaming fast high definition goodness! Like most things these days, you often get what you pay for, but how do you know where to begin? In a previous article, we discussed how to identify what type of card you currently have on your system. Now, we look at what you need to know before purchasing a new card. 

How Do I Pick a New Card?

If you find that the video card you already have is not up to the task, then it’s time to go shopping. However, be prepared to find a wide variety of options. Video cards can be bought for as little as $30 but can cost as much as $900 or more.

With such a wide range for prices, you need to know how to narrow things down a bit, so here are a few of the key considerations to bear in mind when choosing a new video card.

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Today's Feature

Gail Lincoln from United States writes:

99% of my Gmail is gone, including my folders where I was saving tech info. How do I get my Gmail message back?

Logging in to your email and finding all your mail has gone is a sinking feeling that many of have experienced over the years. However, with any luck it is not gone for good. It may just be hidden from plain sight. Here are some of the usual suspects.

1. The Trash – It may seem obvious, but the first place to look for your missing email is the Trash. Gmail will store emails in the Trash folder for 30 days, but after that, they will automatically be permanently deleted, so don’t delay if it has been a while since you have seen this mail.

  • Look for the Trash folder on the left hand side of your Gmail inbox, and click it.

gmail trash

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Amanda's Coolsite

Noun Project

One of the paths I could have walked in my education is Linguistics. I’m fascinated by language. How does language work? How does it change over time? What causes dialect differences? This site speaks to that fascination by collecting and creating a repository for visual language. How can symbols, images, and glyphs speak to humanity universally? 

I’d recommend starting by clicking the Learn More button on the main page, and then watching the video it takes you to. It’s just over a minute long and explains about language, symbols, and the database that they’re building. You’ll find a handy FAQ here

If you decide to sign up you’ll want the Playground (free) level that allows you free access to the public domain icons. You can either register through Facebook or their form with your e-mail address.  When you do sign up, you’ll be logged in and can create your profile (or use the arrows to skip through it) and start collecting.

At the free level you’ll download icons with the Attribution option. This means that whenever you use the icon, you’ll also provide attribution of where it came from and who designed it. It shows you how to do so after the download as well as where you should put the attribution. I found that particularly helpful. 

Do you design graphics? Do you want to contribute icons to the collection? Well you can totally do that. Just use the upload option at the top of the page and follow all the steps! 

This is a great way to find icons for use in webpages, apps, posters, videos and more! Check it out today!


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One More Big Deal



One Button Syncing, And It SAVES Your Synced Devices!

It's The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread!

It's CRAZY Easy: Plug This In, And You're DONE!

This Amazing Bluetooth 2.0 Adapter Gives YOU Syncing Power!

Keyboards, Mice, Speakers, Phones, Headsets...


Ditch The Wires, Wireless Is FINALLY Simple!


Bluetooth Is EVERYWHERE!

But if your PC doesn't have compability, it's leaving you in the dust!

Who would've figured upgrading for Bluetooth would just take one tiny little adapter?

Plug this bad boy in your USB port and BOOM! You're livin' in a wireless wonderland!

And you know what? EVERYTHING nowadays has Bluetooth versions!

GPS Units!
MP3 Players!
And TONS More!

And that's just the stuff that I can think off right off the top of my head, too!

Chances are, if it has to work with another device, there's a version of it with Bluetooth!

Just cutting the wires out of the equation is the best part!

No more crawling under the desk.

No more getting tangled up.

No more fighting to get that extra one inch of cable you need to be able to actually USE your device.

But you can do some other REALLY cool stuff like... TRANSFERRING DATA! Yep, some devices fully support transferring data over Bluetooth! That makes it so much easier to update or move files like pictures, music, or more to your portable Bluetooth-enabled MP3 players or devices!

Concerned About Security?

There's no holes in Bluetooth!

Actually, it's even MORE secure than WiFi wireless! And EVERYONE is using that... so you KNOW Bluetooth is going to keep your tech safe!

So whether you're just connecting devices or transferring data from one to another, you don't have to worry even for a second about intruders or prying eyes!

Speaking of Bluetooth Versus WiFi...

You ever notice how when you have WiFi enabled on your phone it drains the batteries WAY faster?

Bluetooth was specifically designed to AVOID that extra drain! That means you can keep it on and ready without turning your 24 hour battery life into a 2 hour battery life!

It's low-power, high-security, infinite convenience! YES!

Bluetooth Just ROCKS!


$5.97! For that kinda price, you'd be CRAZY not to grab one for your computer!

DON'T WAIT UNTIL Friday! That's when the sale ends and these'll go all the way up to $12.97!!


Monthly Wallpaper

October Desktop Wallpaper Is Ready!

The featured desktop wallpaper for October is all set and ready to go. Check out the featured images below and stop by the site - hundreds to choose from, including a lot of "autumn" themed images!

All can be found here and are 100% free:

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

Autumn Magic At Bond Falls

You know, I’m starting to really like Bond Falls. It’s located – more or less – in the north central area of Michigan’s UP, and let me tell ya – I’ve been there twice and pulled out a good shot each time! The first time was of the main falls, this time I went for the upper falls. In fact, back when I took the main falls I just -…(More)

Fall Cascades In The Smokies

Sometimes the good shots aren’t where you think they are. It was autumn in the Smoky Mountains. If you’ve never been there in the fall, you can be forgiven for thinking it’s a quiet, peaceful time of year when the tourists have flown home and you have the place to yourself. Nope, it’s a zoo. I think fall is actually getting as busy as – or even busier than - ...(More)

Black Bear Stare Down

It was “Bear Week” in Yellowstone fall of 2007! Seems like everywhere I went, I ended up takin’ snaps of bears. This guy was by far my favorite though. He was walking below the ridge line and we...(More)

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

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!


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