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Quick Tip

Jim from USA writes:

Is their a difference between hibernation and sleep?

Sleep and hibernation do a very similar thing, but in different ways. Both keep all of your applications and windows saved and allow you to resume back to the point you were at before hitting sleep/hibernate, but one is designed for short breaks and one for longer breaks. 

Sleep, (also called Suspend) saves the information into your computer’s RAM and uses a small amount of power to keep the ramRAM and some system components active to allow you to quickly resume where you were.

Hibernate, on the other hand, saves the information to your hard drive then shuts down your computer. This uses the least power, but takes longer to start back up.

If you’re going from the office to a meeting you may just want to close your laptop lid to suspend. It’ll use more power than if you hibernate, but it’ll come back quickly when you get to the meeting. However, if you’re going from your office to home you may want to hibernate, as you probably won’t be using the computer for a few hours.

Sleep or hibernate

~Tim

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May Wallpaper!

Check it out - our May wallpaper is ready to go! Also, we've been choosing only horizontal images for the wallpaper, but I get SO MANY requests for some of the vertical shots to be wallpaper, I just had to go ahead and do it. So, give it a try and let me know what you think by posting on the blog entry for this idea (Click Here)

As always, all the desktop wallpaper below is 100% free.

Upper Falls

This is usually the first falls I photograph when I’m in the Old Man’s Cave area of Hocking Hills State Park. First, you walk across the bridge you see in the photo, then follow a little path down to the bottom. Now, the “normal” thing to do here is (more)

 

Snow Goose Taking Flight

captured this image one sunny January evening at Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. The snow geese were there in force, and this little pond had a lot of activity going on. The birds were coming and going, trying to decide where to stay for the night and I was just ... (more)

Hidden Hoodoos

We had just finished shooting some sunrise scenes at Bryce Canyon when my 9 year old son asked if we could hike down into the canyon and explore. Well, it didn’t take much arm twisting to convince me! As we rounded a corner on the way down, we saw... (more)

It can all be found here:

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

Enjoy!

~Steve

 

Announcements

Wait...Isn't WiFi Supposed to be FAST?

And What's With Your Range?

You Mean You Have to be RIGHT Next to it For Service?

NEVER. AGAIN!

Say Hello to a 150Mbps Lan Adapter With a 5dBi Antenna!

WICKED FAST SPEED - AMAZING RANGE!

Connect up to 900 Feet Away - Without Losing Speed!

This Is The Answer You've Been Dreamin' About!

A 5 dBi Antenna is RIDICULOUSLY POWERFUL!

Unbelievable Price! Just $20.97!!

 

A FRUSTRATING Story...

So you just set up your new wireless router at home so you can enjoy wireless anywhere in the house. There's only one problem... "anywhere" isn't quite right, is it? What always seems to happen? There's the one spot in your home that you enjoy relaxing and browsing the Internet...but that seems to be the spot where you just can't get quite enough signal. It's just a little too slow and too weak.

My one question to you is - Why should you have to put up with that slow, weak, crappy internet connection? Huh??

Or - how about when you're at a hotel that brags about having "wireless internet"? Yeah, we've all been there - they ALWAYS seem to stick you in a room that's juuusssst out of reach of that wonderful "wireless internet" they claim to have.

So, what if there was an ANTENNA you could plug into your laptop or desktop computer that would give a little extra coverage that your lookin' for??

Well, we found one! This blazin' fast Dynamode 150Mbps 802.11n adapter with a 5dBi antenna...is gonna give your signal that extra ump that it needs...AND THEN SOME!

Most "top of the line" lan adaptors you see have a 3dBi antenna. Are they nice? Yep. So imagine the power of a 5dBi antenna!

So - last weekend I took the family to one of my favorite hotel resorts and decided to bring this bad boy along. I had my laptop in my hotel room and was only gettin' between 1 and 2 bars.

I plugged this little sucker in and WA-POW....I had 4 bars!!! Talk about a boost!!! I'm always bringing this little guy everywhere my laptop goes from now on!!!!

This surfin' is smokin fast too!! In the bad old days (like last month), if you had an 802.11g adapter, you'd be stuck cruising along at 54Mbps - this does a whoppin' 150Mbps! You don't even need to know that Mbps means Mega Bits Per Second to see it's nearly double the speed!

Setup is super easy too - it's just a wireless USB internet adapter with a powerful antenna, so just plug it into your computer, run the software, and a few minutes later you're surfing! You can be up to 984 feet away and STILL pull in a good signal! Now THAT'S impressive!!

Bottom line - if you are sick and tired of weak WiFi signals and surfing the net at super-slow speeds, it's time to upgrade to the Lamborghini of LAN adapters!!!

Your price? Just $20.97 and US shipping is FREE! Heck, you can't buy a standard wireless internet adapter from the big box stores for that kind of money, let alone one with extra coverage at insanely fast speeds!!!!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/7297


WARNING - Don't miss out - we have an extremely limited quantity on this one, AND the price goes back to $26.97 Wednesday! Better hurry!




BRAND NEW - HOT OFF THE LINE PHOTO EDITING SOFTWARE!

From Amateur to Pro - This is THE Program to Have!

If You Loved X3, PhotoPlus X4 Will Blow Your Mind!

Forget PhotoShop - This Does Everything That Can Do...

EXCEPT IT'S EASIER TO USE AND A FRACTION OF THE COST!

Crop, Adjust, Retouch, Enhance, Customize and TONS More!

Comes With PanoramaPlus X4 - A FREE Bonus Program!




Your Personal Digital Darkroom - Does Everything You Need and More!

Just $18.97 - an UNBELIEVABLE Value!

 

You No Longer Have to be a Pro...

To produce professional grade photos! Back in the good old days, either you were a skilled photographer or you weren't.  There wasn't much you could do to existing photos in order to make them better. Go ahead and look through your old photo albums...not exactly great, are they?

These days, you have TONS of photos, and the beauty of it is, you can upload them digitally and make HUGE improvements to them.  Technology today allows us to preserve and improve those cherished memories and keep them forever.  There's only one problem...

Most "standard" photo editing software costs a small fortune!  We won't drop any names - chances are, you know who the guilty parties are.  Here at Worldstart, we're constantly searching for the BEST photo editing software at the LOWEST price - without sacrificing on quality.

Everyone LOVED Serif PhotoPlus X3 - and now, we're proud to introduce to you Serif PhotoPlus X4!   Take everything you loved about X3, add even MORE features, more power, keep it easy to use and priced low...and you've got yourself a winner! Check this out!

Brand New.  Insanely Good.  

Most of us use photo editing software for the small things.  You know, like removing blemishes, fixing red eye, getting rid of blurriness - mainly cosmetic things.  Well, not only does Serif X4 have an AMAZING PhotoFix Studio, it's got a TON of other powerful features, and we're going to go over just some of them below - read on and fall in love!

And just keep in mind that other photo editing software with this kind of power and this many features will cost you hundreds...this one doesn't even come close to that perverse excuse for a price!

PhotoFix Studio - Your One-Stop Fix-All!

In a matter of minutes, you can make any photo look it's best using the PhotoFix Studio.  This allows you to make a number of common adjustments in a flash!  Red eye?  GONE!  Blemishes, blurriness, washed-out skin tones - fix those problems in seconds!

Everybody knows the camera always seems to highlight our worst flaws when getting a picture taken - PhotoFix Studio eliminates those problems in seconds!

It also allows you to adjust white balance exposure, lighting curves, film emulation and more - just wait until you get to use it!

Single out any and all issues and make them disappear with ease!

Cropping Made Easy - Really Easy!

Aside from fixing cosmetic issues with photos, easily the other most common feature we look for in a good photo editing software is the cropping.  Ever take a photo that turned out near perfect, if not for something you just don't like in the background?  Crop it out!

Sometimes, there's a certain aspect of a photo that we'd like to single out and focus on.  This often leads to cropping and resizing, and with lesser, inferior programs, something this simple can end up a confusing, out of focus mess!  Well not with Serif X4 - it makes cropping simple!

You'll notice that this NEW version of X4 gives you cropping with Drag & Click guides and the Rule of Thirds Grid to give you that PERFECT picture composition:

Looking For Effects?  Get a Load of This!

From amateur to pro, you're gonna LOVE this!  The Effects Gallery allows you to have your pick of a huge variety of effects that you can add to a given picture.  You can choose from filters like Black & White, oil painting, impressionist, pencil drawing - and TONS of others!
 
It's simple to use and very user friendly.  The Effects Filter allows you to customize your photos and add a unique effect in a variety of ways - and it provides a simple drop down menu that provides quick examples of what each one can do.  You'll have a blast putting different effects on different photos, and the results really are professional grade!
 
Simply Select an Effect:                              And Let it Blow Your Mind!
                    

 

Idiot Proof History Menu - Go Back to the Original Any Time You Need!

Ok, so you're not a professional photographer.  Neither are we - but with Serif PhotoPlus X4, you can do anything you want to existing photos, and go back to the original any time you need to.

For example, lets say you're working on a photo and it's nearly perfect.  Until you make a change that you thought would enhance it, when really it didn't create the effect you were looking for.  Now lets say that you did that multiple times, and you really just want to go back to the original and start over.  You are learning, after all.

Most photo editing software only allows you to go back ONE single step - you're out of luck if you need to go back more.  Well, the fine folks at Serif don't like to limit their customers, and they understand that we're not all pro's.  So THIS particular history menu allows you to go back as far as you need - from one step, all the way back to the beginning!

That's just one more feature that makes this the BEST photo editing software for everyone - from pro's to amateurs!

A Finished Product That'll Impress ANYONE!

Observe the image to your left.  This shows you the end results using just some of the features we've been talking about!  Here we took a dark, hard-to-see photo with redeye, washed-out skin tones and, obviously, too much darkness - and completely transformed it.

Using a combination of the PhotoFix Studio, Text Layers, Layer Effects and Drop Shadow, we were able to take a poor photo with potential, and turn it into a beautiful keepsake memory of Easter morning!

The real shocker?  How fast and easy it was to make this photo shine!  Once you familiarize yourself with this program, you'll realize that the possibilities are virtually endless.

The user-friendly interface really helps to walk you through whatever it is you're trying to do, and in no time you won't even need to use it - you'll just know how!  

 

That's one of the things that really sets Serif apart from the other programs - It's fast, easy, and extremely effective...and you don't need to know anything about photography to successfully use it!

There's TONS of Great Features - We Merely Scratched the Surface!

Hey, it would take FOREVER to write an entire section about each of the features in this program!  You'd be reading this thing forever.  So instead, look below for a quick summary of some more of the outstanding features you're getting with this program.  This thing is STACKED - and these are just some of the highlights!

Raw Studio: this allows you to edit raw images before they're even produced!  Take care of any and all adjustments, like noise reduction and poor exposure. Get your color tone balance correct the first time around by adjusting white balance, exposure and black point - all from one menu!  You can even create your own custom text and effects.

HDR Photo Merge: this is AWESOME.  It allows you to merge photos that contain different or contrasting exposures.  You can customize the color range to create impressive, stunningly beautiful images by merging two or more images together.  Go ahead and further adjust it after you're done for complete customizations.

Pen & Paint Tools: ready to really get creative?  Choose from tons of textures and multiple paint brushes to draw on your digital photos, add in drop shadow, and finish it off with your own text - your photos can be anything you want them to be!

Serif PhotoPlus X4 even makes it easy to manage your existing photos.  Import and export from any location, and catergorize, tag and rate them from one location.  No matter how many photos you have, you'll be able to sort through them in no time!  And don't forget how easy it is to share them with the world!  You can even upload them onto Google Maps, add Geo Tags and send them to anyone!

FREE Bonus Program: PanoramaPlus X4!

That's right - this is a FREE bonus program that comes with Serif PhotPlus X4!  You can easily create stunning panoramic photos by putting several different images together!  Imagine being on a ski trip in gorgeous Colorado - you're at the top of the slope and you've taken several stunning skyline shots.  Sure, each photo is beautiful, but you want a panoramic shot of everything together.  Guess what - it's easy to do and this program comes as a bonus FOR FREE!  

         

Powerful Photo Editing Software - Amazing Price!

You'd think a photo editing program of this quality would run you several hundred dollars (cough...photoshop...ahem...)

Well...not at Worldstart! Today, you can get this cutting edge, top of the line photo editing software for just$18.97 with FREE US shipping! That's an amazing deal, and your photos are going to thank you for it!

PS - The quantity is EXTREMELY limited! This program will be gone Wednesday , so if you don't grab it today, you're gonna miss out on the DEAL OF A LIFETIME




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Computers 101

Susan from Wood River, IL USA writes:

I have Windows 7 and am looking for a program that will removed duplicate files on my hard drive. Can you recommend a good one?

Duplicate files can be a real nuisance to the organization of your PC. They take up unnecessary room, and can be a headache when trying to find the right version.  This tip will take you through how to delete these files and take the power back from your clogged up hard drive.

It’s simpler than you might think to get rid of duplicate files, and doesn’t even require you to download external software.

To get started hold the windows button on the keyboard and hit “F” at the same time.  

Search bar

This will open the search program. Type in the file that you suspect to be duplicated. On the toolbar, click “views” and then “details”.

Scroll down the list and look for files with the same name. If the date modified is the same in two that appear to be the same then the chances are that you can delete one of them.

However, if you are aware of a large amount of duplicates on your hard drive, then you may want an external program to find them for you. Go here, download the program, and much like before, scroll down, find the duplicates and delete them.  

It’s as simple as that! Just remember that if you make a mistake you can always go to your recycle bin and restore the file.  

I’ve been guilty in the past of having multiple copies of the same album. After a clean up of the duplicate files I freed up 8GB of space!

~Matthew McGuire

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On The Move

Personalizing Siri

Siri is the voice-recognizing personal assistant who comes equipped with the iPhone 4S. It listens and speaks like a normal human being, and like any relationship, the better you get to know each other, the more rewarding the connection will be. Today, we’ll teach Siri a little bit more about yourself.

To begin, open the Contacts app.

Why so "Sirious"? Click here for more!

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From The Archives

Center Titles in Open Office Calc

I see this all the time at school – students are forever giving me tables set up in spreadsheets where the table title is either left justified over the table columns or placed haphazardly “sort-of” in the center of the table. They just love to try to center titles by using a bunch of spaces or by putting the title in a cell that’s as close as they could get.

Either way it just looks wrong to me – especially when centering information over several columns is so very simple to do!

If this is you then you’re going to love this trick.


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Today's Feature

Photoshop Makeover

So, here’s the scenario. You are the proud owner of the latest digital SLR camera on the market and you have been deemed the official photographer of the family for all events. You have your neat collections of lenses and you think you have the art nailed down to a tee. Still, you wonder why your pictures aren’t as good as the ones you see in the magazines. Well, did you really think it was the magic of their camera?



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Amanda's Coolsite

Curse of the T.Rex

This site is fun, interesting, and great to share with anyone who loves dinosaurs! This is a companion site to theNOVA program of the same name, but is filled with a lot of great dinosaur information! I think this is also a great site to share with kids!

When you get to the site you can start browsing by checking out the link under the image – that’s where I started!

The categories are:

The Dinosaurs Weren’t Alone – this section discusses the flora and fauna that existed when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. Just scroll down to read it all. Be sure to check out the links to more information on the left side of the page.

Where to Dig – I’ve always wondered how scientists figure out where to dig for dinosaur bones. Now you can learn all about it. Check out this section by selecting  a type of rock (igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic) to start learning more about where and how fossils are found.

There is even a handy Teacher’s Guide that teachers can use to make the most of this site as supplemental teaching material.

Get ready to learn more about the Tyrannosaurus Rex by visiting Curse of the T.Rex today!

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/trex/

~Amanda

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Send it to Amanda at amanda@worldstart.com

 

One More Big Deal

Your Music Collection Might Be HUGE...

But Too Much of it is on Cassette Tapes - Who Uses Those Anymore?

You Could Spend a FORTUNE Re-Buying it on CD or MP3...

OR YOU CAN TRANSFER ALL OF THOSE TAPES TO DIGITAL WITH EASE!

The Cassette to MP3 Converter is BRILLIANT!

Transfer Tapes to Digital MP3 - Put 'em on Your Portable Music Device...

OR BURN IT ALL TO CD'S!

Amazing Device Also Functions as a Portable Tape Player!

Simple Transfers: Connect - Install - Transfer - USB Compatible!

 

Remember the Good Old Days?

You used to keep ALL of your favorite cassette tapes in the glove compartment.  You had a huge selection, and enjoying music was simple.  Wasn't it great?

NOPE - IT SUCKED!  It's easy to look back and say it didn't, but don't your remember what a pain tapes were?  For example, how easy was it to access your favorite song on a tape?  You'd have to fast forward, hit play, fast forward again, then end up rewinding.  By the time you got to the song, you were too frustrated to even enjoy it!

The main problem is, you've invested a TON of time and money on your collection of cassettes, and they've done nothing but sit and collect dust since the age of CD's and MP3's hit the market.  

Whatever you do, heed this advice: DO NOT rebuy all that music - we've got a device that transfers those cassettes to digital, and it's easy!

Check out the amazing video demo below!

Video

USB 2.0 Interface - Simple to Use - ANYONE Can do it!

Equipped with a universal 3.5mm audio jack (included), all you have to do is connect the converter to the USB port on your computer, follow a few simple steps to install the software, and that's it!  

Now you're ready to rip your cassette tape to MP3 format!  Once it's on your computer you can do with it whatever you want - burn it to CD, or drag and drop the files onto your MP3 player!  That old music collection is FAR from being over with!

Of course, this is USB 2.0, but it's also compatible with USB 1.1 if you're really old school.  No matter what system you have, you can rest assured that this thing works with EASE!

Also Functions as a Portable Tape Player!

How great is that?  Not only will it transfer your tapes to digital MP3 format, it also plays the tapes!  Just pop one in and hit play - now you're rockin' it OLD SCHOOL!

That's yet another reason not to get rid of your old cassettes - even after you have them converted!  Any time you want to, you can pop a tape in and get going - just like you did 20 years ago!  

The small, compact size is easy to travel with and the sound quality is amazing!  Hey - audio has come a long way since the days of the cassette tape - and this thing sounds great!  And speaking of it's compact size...this thing looks great! With it's black on chrome color design, you're not only rockin' some stylish technology, it's TOTALLY functional!

The tape player functions just like they always have: rewind, fast forward, play and stop!  There's also easy volume control!

*Please note: headphones NOT included in this package.

Excellent New Technology - Amazing Price!

So not only are you saving yourself a fortune by not having to rebuy all of your old music to have it in digital format - you're also saving a boat load of money on this thing! Today, get your Cassette to MP3 Converter for just $32.97 with FREE US SHIPPING INCLUDED!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/7818 

PS: we were only able to get one shipment of these in, and they're sure to be a hot seller.  Get yours now - waiting will cause nothing but problems!




 

Monthly Wallpaper

May Wallpaper!

Check it out - our May wallpaper is ready to go! Also, we've been choosing only horizontal images for the wallpaper, but I get SO MANY requests for some of the vertical shots to be wallpaper, I just had to go ahead and do it. So, give it a try and let me know what you think by posting on the blog entry for this idea (Click Here)

As always, all the desktop wallpaper below is 100% free.

Upper Falls

This is usually the first falls I photograph when I’m in the Old Man’s Cave area of Hocking Hills State Park. First, you walk across the bridge you see in the photo, then follow a little path down to the bottom. Now, the “normal” thing to do here is (more)

 

Snow Goose Taking Flight

captured this image one sunny January evening at Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. The snow geese were there in force, and this little pond had a lot of activity going on. The birds were coming and going, trying to decide where to stay for the night and I was just ... (more)

Hidden Hoodoos

We had just finished shooting some sunrise scenes at Bryce Canyon when my 9 year old son asked if we could hike down into the canyon and explore. Well, it didn’t take much arm twisting to convince me! As we rounded a corner on the way down, we saw... (more)

It can all be found here:

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

Enjoy!

~Steve

 

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