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Quick Tip

Polly from PA writes:

How does my computer send out e-mails to several names on my address list, saying it’s from me, when I am not on the computer or not even at home? It’s always just a link to something – don’t know what it is, because I’ve never clicked on the link. Is this a virus? What can I do to stop it from happening again?

Uh oh, Polly! It sounds to me like you have a Virus on your computer. Many viruses use this kind of technique because people are far more likely to open up e-mail from people they know. The links that are being sent out sometimes are as innocent as advertisements for products, but often are intended to infect other computers with the same virus.

I would recommend using an antivirus program, such as Panda Cloud antivirus, to clean your system. Panda can be downloaded at, and you should run it and do a full system scan. I would recommend after running it also running TrendMicro Housecall (It’s always good to run two different scans, as no antivirus is 100% effective) available at

spam mail and virus logo


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Still Using a Mouse to Edit Photos or Do Graphics Work?


Get THIS Graphics Tablet with Stylus Pen And...


There's NEVER Been a Better Way to Edit!

The Tablet with Pen Allows You to Actually "Draw" on Your Screen...


High-Tech & High-End - And we've Got it for an Outstanding Deal!


If You've EVER...

Done any kind of photo editing, or any kind of graphics work, you'll absolutely, positively 100% LOVE this thing!  You see, before graphics tablets, you were forced to do your editing work with your mouse.  How natural did that feel?  Not natural at all.  There's no precision with a mouse, and it shows in both photos and graphics.

But a graphics tablet that comes WITH a that's what you need.  All you need to do is hook the tablet up to your PC and then you can use the "Pen" to draw on the tablet, which then shows up on your computer screen!  Freedom!

Precise, Simple and Efficient!

Ok, there's TONS of graphics and photo editing programs out there.  Like, endless amounts.  And all of them force you to do your editing by clicking and dragging your mouse.  It's pretty ridiculous, and almost NEVER works right.  In fact, you end up spending way too much time if you're trying to edit with a mouse.

The good new is, no matter what graphics or photo editing sofware you're using, if it can be controlled by a mouse, it can be controlled with this graphics tablet!  Ever used a mouse trying to do precise work? doesn't work.  At all.

The Graphics Tablet sits next to your keyboard and functions just like a mouse pad.  Only there's a pen included with this tablet, and it allows you to draw on it - while the mouse follows along on the monitor!  Basically, the Pen becomes your mouse without actually replacing it!

Simple Set Up! All you have to do is plug it into your USB port!  One of the coolest features here is that you can use both the pen/tablet at the same time you're using your mouse - it's the best of both worlds!  

Perfect 5.5'' X 4''  Pressure Sensitive Tablet - SO Easy to Use!

The tablet is 5.5'' X 4'' for simple drawing.  Easier to use than a mouse?  That's the understatement of the century!  

You can even lift up the transparent drawing grid, slide your favorite photo or picture underneath it and trace over your picture! Before you know it - your favorite picture will soon become an incredible digital drawing!! Just try to do that with your mouse!

This is a pressure sensitive pad! If your program supports it (Photoshop does - and many others), then you'll really love this! You can generally set the pen to apply "more" as you press harder! So, let's say you're brushing in an area in Photoshop - You can set this so the harder you press, the more "effect" you put down! 

For example, if you're painting with black, a light touch would only put down a light grey, harder would be a middle grey, and full pressure would be black.

You're Gonna Love it - Here's Why:

The usefulness of this thing pretty much speaks for itself, but here's a quick list for all you fence sitters...

 The PERFECT 5.5''X4'' size - Big enough, but not too big for your desk!
 Pressure sensitive Stylus pen - 1024 levels of pressure!
 USB interface - Cable included, just plug it in and get to work!
 Pen commands and signature capturing capabilities - simple online signatures!

HUGE Improvement for a TINY PRICE!

These days, we all do a little photo editing - you pretty much have to if you're taking digital photos!  Well as you now know, this thing makes it WAY easier.  These easily go for $200 or so at the box stores...but today, you can get one from Worldstart for just $29.97 with FREE US SHIPPING! 

PRICE WARNING - We're getting these are a special price from our supplier, and I can't guarantee the deal after today. RUN to the site and grab this - the price will increase to $38.97 Wednesday!


Computers 101

Alex from Hungary writes:

How can I transfer from vinyl records to a laptop when the laptop only has two sound inputs (mic & ear phone )?

Hi, Alex.  Thanks for the excellent question.

Well, there are a couple of ways to do this. One, if you already have a record player, is to get what’s called a “dongle” to hook your record player to your computer via USB.

These will typically run you $10 or $20.  Many of them, like the one pictured here, come with audio and video inputs (so that you can also transfer your old VHS tapes), as well as a 3.5 mm input jack so that you can hook your earphone output from a Walkman or other portable audio device, plus software so that your computer can communicate with it.  You simply install the software, hook your record player’s audio output or headphone output (as long as it has the 3.5 mm headphone output) to the dongle and you’re good to go.  If you need a 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm cable, or an adapter to change the larger headphone output to 3.5 mm, you can pick those up at any electronics store for a couple of bucks.

If, like many of us, you don’t have a record player, then you can get a record player that hooks directly to your computer via USB.

These will run you anywhere from about $60 to $100 and most include a 3.5 mm jack to plug your Walkman or headphone jack into so that you can also transfer your tapes.

Once you’ve got the music on your computer, you can then use your computer’s CD burner to transfer these to disc if you want.

Hope that this helps!

~Randal Schaffer

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On The Move

WS App Review: MyFitnessPal

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Whether you’re trying to lose weight or someone just trying to keep up a healthy diet, MyFitnessPal is an app that you may consider trying out.  The app, available for Android, iOS devices, and Blackberry, is a calorie counting program at its very core.  You start out by setting up a profile, which includes entering current weight, goal weight, and other bits of vital stats that’ll help in determining accurate results.  It will let you choose how many pounds you want to lose or gain per week, then calculate a daily calorie total based on the information you give the app.  There are also tutorial videos and an FAQ included to help you get started.

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From The Archives

Windows 7 Taskbar Hotkeys

I love hotkeys! In fact, I’m pretty sure that If I could assign one for every Windows 7 action, I definitely would! With that said, here are some quick hotkey combinations I stumbled across for the Windows 7 Taskbar.

Ctrl + Click on a grouped taskbar item
Cycles through the various windows of the group.

Shift + Right-click on a taskbar item
Show the window menu for the program.


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Today's Feature

iPad for photo editing on the fly

Sometimes, you want to finish your photos and upload them online immediately. This is particularly true of sporting events, functions, or even travelogues. With social networking getting increasingly addictive, uploading photos is the next big thing. However, not all photos are picture perfect. You need to adjust the exposure, brightness, contrast, color saturation, and maybe even crop out stuff you don’t want. But how can you do this on the fly without going back home and powering up your PC? Well, if you have an iPad, help is at hand. Thanks to its extended battery life and portability, the iPad is perfect for mobile photo editing. Here are a few tips that will get you started.

CC image courtesy of Daniel Y Go

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Amanda's Coolsite

Smitten Kitchen

Besides video games, or lately, solitaire on my smart phone, there is nothing I like to procrastinate with like a food blog. It’s the end of the semester for me, and it’s also crunch time. To be honest, I was ready for summer break a month ago – but it’s finally almost here! (Two weeks to go!) And I’ve been doing a healthy amount of procrastinating. Hey, sometimes you need a break after writing a paper for eight hours straight, and when you forgot to eat during that time, there is nothing like a gorgeous food blog to remind you.

I am smitten with Smitten Kitchen! I feel like the author and I would get on fabulously. Deb writes with wit, knowledge, and the understanding that sometimes cooking is a the last thing you want to do (see herawesome recipe for pasta with garlicky broccoli rabe, if you want to understand what I’m talking about) and yet, you still manage to make something simple and scrumptious.

There are a couple of things about this food blog that are unique and make me love it more than freshly baked bread – okay not more, but close.

First, each recipe also links you back to the recipe that was posted on that day – going as far as five years back. So if you took a gander at the pasta recipe I linked above, scrolled all the way past the lovely photos, you’d find links for the previous years’ recipes. You could plan an entire week of meals just from those links sometimes. The pasta recipe links back to a dessert, a salad, another pasta dish, and then an Asian noodle dish.  

Second, I adore that Deb lures you in with multiple images before offering a link to head to the recipe. Usually there’s an image of the finished product, and an image or two of the steps to get there.

And Last, but not least, on the main page if you scroll down you’ll come to Browse By section on the left side menu. It offers categories of recipes: spring, summer, fall, winter, vegetable, and fruit – all with pretty images that make you want to click into those categories to see what recipes lay in store for you.  

I hope you’ll love Smitten Kitchen as much as I do. I can’t wait for break to start and the weather to get warm again so I can try her ice cream sandwich recipe!


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One More Big Deal

*Note: 3D Images are moveable/turnable on the sceen to allow you to see a flat image from any viewpoint. The image is displayed as a flat image on the screen but provides you the ability to rotate and twist the model to see it any way you like! 3D glasses NOT required.


Hey! Nice Body!

Wanna Know More About It?

Finally! KNOW What Your Doctor Is Talking About!


Learn Every Bone and Organ - From its Location to its Function!

3 Complete Programs in One:

3D Body Atlas, Medical Dictionary, and Human 3D!

Complete With Clickable 3D Graphics...

And TONS Of Simple Descriptions!


3D Glasses Absolutely NOT Required!


Get to Know Your Body!

The human body is fascinating!  From the bones that allow us to walk upright to the organs that digest our food, there's a TON going on!

Ever wondered how anything truly works?  Ever wonder why we have certain bones and organs that don't seem to do much of anything (trust me, they do!)?  Ever wonder what the heck your doctor is talking about???

You can learn EVERYTHING you've ever wanted to know about the Human Body in one amazing, EXTENSIVE program - you've gotta check this out!

3D Atlas - Stunning Animations and Simple Understanding!

This program alone is worth the cost of admission! Seriously, everything you've ever wanted to know about the body is displayed for you with clear, concise graphics and in-depth (yet simple) descriptions.  

As you can see from this particular graphic, this is super easy to use.  You're presented with a clickable skeleton.  Click on any region of the body for a detailed picture.  You'll notice underneath the picture it tells you what each part of said organ is, and from there you can click on it and then open it up in the Medical Dictionary (which we'll learn more about below!).

The side menu here allows you to focus on specific areas and regions. Click on any of the side menu buttons for a different aspect.  For example,  the first option is a Locomotor System that tells you each and every bone you click on.  The next option is the muscular system, then digestive, urinary, sensory, endocrine, lymphatic, nervous system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system and the reproductive system.

Each menu option brings up a different clickable, interactive graphic that will allow you to hone in on any area you so choose, and learn everything there is to know about it!

Human 3D - An In-Depth Tour of the Body

Get to know your body, both inside and out!  The Human 3D program is broken up into three parts: Anatomy, Physiology and guided, virtual tours of each.  You're about to become an expert with ease!  This is perfect for your reference, and it takes you to any region of the body you're interested in learning about.

This is EXTENSIVE:  both the anatomy and physiology sections contain menus with each and every aspect of the body.  Click on whatever area you're interested in (from a HUGE list), and that opens up another menu that directly focuses on each individual part.  Click on one of them for the full description of what they are, where they are, and the purpose they serve in your body!  

Complete with 3D graphics, models, and simple-to-understand explanations, you'll become an expert in both Anatomy and Physiology in no time!  No 3D glasses are required!  Click on the guided tours and you'll be walked through each section of the body you're interested in learning more about!  This is also complete with illustrations and full of informative descriptions!

Use the EXCELLENT Menu for ease of navigation!  You can look at things in X-Ray viewer, a 3D Anatomical Atlas, you can create bookmarks and notes, search, even print off illustrations and descriptions!

Medical Dictionary - Extensive, Informative, Simple!

The body is a complicated and beautiful thing.  It may seem intimidating trying to learn about what makes us...well, us - but you can learn it at your own pace with excellent descriptions that ANYONE can understand!  

The Medical Dictionary is SO COOL!  Here, you're taken to a massive, extensive database that contains everything you could ever want to know about the body.  Type literally anything in the body into the search, and you'll be flooded with information!  From a basic general description to each little part that makes up an organ, you'll learn what it does, where it's at and what makes it up.  Obviously, this is complete with colorful, helpful graphics that provide an in-depth overview of specific areas and what they do in your body.

Here, we're looking at the lungs.  As you can see, you get a general description along with a clickable graphic.  Each separate part of the lung is pointed out, as you can see, and you can learn about each part individually if you so choose.  Bottom line - the Medical Dictionary will help you learn about anything you want, and you'll be able to understand it because it was written for people like us!

Extensive Program - Endless Knowledge - Outstanding Price!

If you want to learn EVERYTHING there is to know about the human body, you can get this program or you can take a college class.  Which do you think is cheaper?  For today and today only, the entire Human Body 3D package can be yours for just $14.97 with FREE US SHIPPING! 



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)

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