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WorldStart Tech Tips 2015-03-05

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Quick Tip

Beryl from the United Kingdom writes:

I watched your video on YouTube regarding Windows Movie Maker, making DVDs.  When I get the drop down menu there is no ‘Burn DVD’ icon. I have Windows 8.1  (which I don’t like very much!!)  Can you help please?


Beryl, you don’t see that option because there is no built-in DVD burner in Windows 8.1. You can copy data  files to a DVD drive as you would to a USB drive, but if you want to burn a movie to play in a DVD player, you’ll need to purchase a program such a Roxio or a free burner such as ImgBurn  designed for that purpose.  You’ll have to export the file and then use the third-party program to burn them.

~ Cynthia

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Hey everyone Steve here and I’m going to keep this simple. 
We just got an unbelievable deal on a HANDFUL of MASSIVE 128GB 3.0 flash drives.
I’d even call it dirt cheap!
First off, yeah, you read that right - we’re talking 128 whopping gigs of storage goodness right at your fingertips, coupled with the fastest USB connection you've ever had. This is beyond ideal for backing up or transporting photos, video, and more. 
Think about all you can store on it - probably every file, photo, and video on your hard drive with room to spare.
Ever run out of space? Not anymore! The KING of flash drives just walked into your life!
It’s bat-poop crazy to mess with dozens of smaller flash drives when all your stuff will fit on just ONE massive drive, isn’t it? Why take a chance on losing bits and pieces of your digital life with a bunch of smaller drives? (You know the drawer you keep ‘em in eats them.)
Why not keep all your files in one easy to locate place with MASSIVE storage that you can access with a quickness?
You may be thinking that the speed of your USB drive DOESN'T matter. But it totally does! USB 2.0 is redicuously slower than you would think. You don't even notice how slow it is until you use a USB 3.0!
I mean heck, I used to think putting some pictures on a flash drive was SUPPOSED to take 15 min... Then I got a 3.0 USB drive and WOW 15 min dropped down to 90 seconds - THATS 13 1/2 EXTRA minutes I have to do other stuff!
Here - let me SHOW you!
NOW How could you not want all that storage to have that kind of speed!
Until now, if you wanted storage of this magnitude, you’d have to pay dearly for the privilege.
Not today, not for you. 
Look at what other places are selling these for!
Today only, you can get this for just $45.97 and US shipping is FREE!
Pretty much the biggest no-brainer of all time. 
Check it out, but you need to move fast. There are only a handful of these available and once they sell out, it could be years before we see them again for this kind of price!
PS - Seriously - less than a hundred of these at this price. You’d have to be crazier than an outhouse rat to miss this one!


Computers 101

Floyd asks:

Can I delete downloads from my download folder because the same seems to appear in my control panel?

Floyd I’m not sure what you mean by  “control panel.”  I suspect you might mean your Start Menu. If that’s the case, I wouldn’t delete the files because they may be showing in the Start Menu because you’ve recently opened the file from the downloads folder.


In the case of files such as music, documents or photographs, you will want to make sure to move those files from the downloads folder to where you ultimately want to keep them.  For example, I can click and hold the left mouse button on this downloaded file of WorldStart’s Tech Tips Monthly e-Magazine and drag it to the Documents folder.


Or I could right click on the file, select copy and then paste it to a destination folder.


If you move them, they’ll disappear from the downloads folder. If you choose to copy the files to their destination, you can delete the copy left in the downloads folder when you’re finished.


For some files, such as an installer for a Flashplayer, you can delete that file once the installation of the update is complete.

~ Cynthia

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On The Move

Ernie asks:

I have WiFi modem. Is there something to keep it just in the home?

Ernie, your WiFi signal shouldn’t broadcast much farther than the walls of  your house. You may be able to pick it up outside in your yard and it’s possible your neighbors may be able to pick up the signal depending on how close your houses are together.

There’s really no way to keep a signal from broadcasting outside your home. Let’s take a look at how WiFi works.

Your router generates a radio wave and broadcasts it in your home. Your computer or other wireless devices can use that wave to send and receive information to the modem and access the Internet.

It would be difficult to physically contain the wave length, through I suppose you could put your router in a basement, but that might interfere with the signal reaching...

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From The Archives

Question: A lot of your articles for backing up files or moving files around say to use a flash drive, but you don’t explain how to use it. My son wanted some photos from my computer and said that I should copy them to flash drive and just send it to him. I bought one at the store, but it doesn’t have any instructions. What do you do with a flash drive?

A USB flash drive (sometimes called a  jump drive or memory stick. A thumb drive is slightly different because they have a write-protect feature) is simply a data storage device just like the old floppy disc, but it stores much more data. Though, since it has no moving parts, it’s not technically a drive. It draws power from the USB port on your computer. USB ports are generally located either in the front of the tower of a desktop or on the sides of a laptop or all-in-one. They look like this:

To use a drive, all you have to do is put it in the port. Some flash drives may have a switch that allow you to retract the Male A-plug (the part that plugs into the port), so you need to make sure it is extended like below:

Others may come with a cap, which you’ll have to remove for use.

Some drives fold out.

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Today's Feature

Don from California writes:

I’m 73 and don’t always understand computer changes. Is it too early to determine if Windows 10 will completely replace Win 7 if you download it or can both be on your computer at the same time?  Additionally, if Win 10 just isn’t for you could a switch back to Win 7 be possible?

The upgrade to Windows 10 would completely replace Windows 7 with 10. At least if you go with the free upgrade Microsoft will offer Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users.  You could pay for a new copy of Windows 10 and run it as a dual boot alongside Windows 7 on your computer, assuming you had enough room to install both. That’s how I’m running the Windows 10 Technical Preview now.


The idea behind offering the Windows 10 upgrade for free is that it will put as many Windows users as possible on the same page. That way customers using Microsoft products and services will all have the same experience. That’s much easier than trying to come up with options for four different operating systems and similar to the way that Apple offers updates for OS X.

I’ve been running the Windows 10 Technical Preview for several weeks now and I do think that most Windows 7 users should find it pretty familiar.


As long as you have your discs and activation code for Windows 7...

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Amanda's Coolsite

Vine Masher

Welcome to Vine Masher! This site allows you to create stories, queue playlists, and make compilations of any vine!

We’ve all probably run across a vine or two in our internet travels. I run across them on Facebook all the time from friends posting them. And I know that the app is super popular among my friends.

On the main page, you’ll find an assortment of featured mash ups. You can check them out or switch the view over to most recent mash ups with the Recent Mashes link. Another way to browse is to use the handy search engine to look for specific content.  

Once you’re ready to begin making your own mash up or compilation, you should check out How To link at the top of the page. It will walk you through the process of creating a mash up step by step with animations and text instructions.

If you like vines, I hope you’ll check out today’s site and give creating a mash up a go. I think I’m going to make one about unicorns or cats by doing a keyword search!


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One More Big Deal

Hey everyone, Steve here and I have a very limited time, limited quantity deal you’ll want to JUMP on! 
One of my suppliers is giving me a super-sweet deal on 100 of these amazing Straford Labs EasyScan Portable Scanners - but it’s only for the next 24 hours and it’s only for the first 100 customers!
So, here’s a quick rundown - but read it fast or you may miss out!
This easy to use portable scanner is IDEAL for scanning both photos and documents. Simply set your photo or document on a flat surface, press the button and scan away. It doesn’t get easier than that!
You read that right! Unlike a traditional scanner that ties you down to your computer, this one allows you to scan anything, anywhere. It includes a 2GB memory card and automatically saves your scan to it (holds hundreds of scans)!
Think about it - you could finally get all those old photos scanned while you sit back and watch TV!
Once you’re ready to put the images on your computer, simply plug in the memory card or scanner into your PC and download.
Oh, but that’s not all!
Get this - not only does it scan, it allows you to choose low or high res scanning, and color or B&W. I’ve never seen a piece of technology so eager to meet your needs!
Plus, it’s a nice wide scanner. Scan anything up to 8.27 inches wide and 25 inches long for high res - and 8.27 x 50 inches long for low res! WOW!!
Plus, get this - it comes with all the software you need! It makes it so simple to import and organize your scans, but it does’t stop there. It also includes a nice photo editing AND OCR software! 
The OCR software (Optical Character Recognition) can “read” your scanned documents and turn them into an editable text or MS Word document! 
That’s right - you can actually edit your paper documents! 
This little scanner is jam-packed with every feature you could ever want. It has got to be the best way ever to get all those fading photos into your computer - not to mention you could use it to eliminate all those messy piles of paperwork. What a great way to free up space!
So, what’s the deal? 
You get all this amazing scanning goodness for just $34.97 and US Shipping is FREE! How’s that for a deal? Don’t pay $100+ for something like this - grab these before the sale ends or before they sell out!
PS - Again, no joke - we only have 100 of these. When we’ve had similar items in the past that just FLEW out of the door - and the price was considerably higher. This is one of the best deals we’ve ever seen on a portable scanner like this - please don’t wait too long. 


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Water Skiing Pelican

Pelicans have to be on of the most enjoyable birds to photograph. I was lucky enough to stumble upon a nice group of white pelicans that last time I was at Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands in Florida. And I had a BLAST! The birds are huge of course, so you don’t...(More)

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I came across this guy and his mother while out searching for a large male griz I’d spotted the day before. This, umm, “little” guy and his mom were actually strolling right along the roadside and blended in with the trees remarkably well. I was lucky there was a group of cars stopped or I might have driven right past them! Upon spotting them, I pulled over and yanked the gear out of the back – hoping my 600mm lens wasn’t going to be too much – I was literally shooting from right across the road. Although you might expect...(More)

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