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WorldStart Tech Tips 2012-09-04

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Quick Tip

What is Rundll32.exe?

Throughout the course of Windows history, one process has always stood out to me the most. It runs silently in your task manager, calmly taking up memory with little explanation as to what it does. Of course, I’m speaking ofrundll32.exe. In fact, you may have seen it crop up a time or two when a program crashes, but other than that, it’s just something that is “there”.

So what is it, exactly?

Well, Rundll32 is actually a medium for which other DLL files go through. Think of it like a baseball pitching machine, and the DLL files are the baseballs. Since there is no way to directly launch a DLL file by itself, Windows needs an application to do this. That’s where rundll32.exe comes in. It launches functionality stored within 32 bit DLL files, thus the name, “run dll 32”.

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Be warned, however, as malicious programs like spyware can run under the same name! Keep your virus scanning software up to date, and run weekly spyware checks! That way, you’ll ensure that the process you’ve just learned about is the one with good intentions!

~Andrew

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Announcements

You Gotta See It to Believe It!

And You'll Have NO Trouble Seein' It

Saves Your Eyes From a Lifetime of Pain

Glowkey

Incredible Glowkey Largeprint Keyboard

Easy to Read and It GLOWS IN THE DARK!

Send Typing Troubles Back to the Dark Ages!

Hunting for keys on your keyboard is a huge pain. We've all been there. Whether the keys are too small or it's way too dark, you strain and strain just because nobody has come up with a better design.

Straining

That better design is FINALLY HERE!

The Total Solution: With largeprint keys, you'll never have to strain to find the key you need. Even better... it glows in the dark.

You read that right. It glows in the dark!

Day or night, the keys will ALWAYS be visible.

Your eyes will thank you!Comparison

So Simple - Just plug in the USB connector and you're done. Easy.

PC or Mac? Doesn't matter! This amazing keyboard works with either.

Oh yeah, and it has an amazing spill-resistant design just in case you accidentally share some water with it.

So let's recap:

CheckEZ-Read Large Print

CheckGLOWS IN THE DARK!

CheckPlug-And-Play Simplicity

CheckPC and Mac compatibility

CheckSpill-Resistant

Calling something the total package has never been more appropriate.

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Computers 101

Terry from FL writes:

I have used Hotmail a long time, and in all the years they have never added more fonts. Is there a way to get more fonts?

In the web-based version of Hotmail? No.

However, the best way to achieve this is not to use Hotmail in a web browser, but instead to download a program that will access your emails for you.  This will eliminate the need to log in, open a browser and wait for it to load – plus it will give you all of the font choices that you might expect in Microsoft Word as well as a whole host of other advantages.

The program that might be the easiest to set up with Hotmail is Windows Live. Simply click this link and then click “Download Now”. 

Windows Live - Installing

Once you’ve downloaded and installed the program, simply go to your mail inbox, click Accounts and then click Email.  Type in your Hotmail account details and presto, you have now increased the power of your emailing abilities tenfold!

You may notice that the layout is similar to other Microsoft Office programs. Simply click “email message” at the top left, and then select your font in the drop down menu (this will become available to select once you have clicked the main body of the email.)

You’ll also find it much easier to add photos to a message – simply drag and drop the pictures that you want into the blank area of the message. You can resize the picture by pulling on the little white boxes that surround it.

You’ll also get prompted when you receive a new message, as opposed to having to check the Hotmail web page.

You can also mark all unread emails as read, just by right clicking “unread emails” on the left and clicking “mark all as read”. I find this extremely useful, as I tend not to check my Hotmail account as much as I should!

We hope this article has helped you out.

 ~Matthew McGuire

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On The Move

A Camera Powered By Android?

Nikon recently announced the Nikon Coolpix S800C, which features something really unique: Google’s Android operating system.

Read all about it here!

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From The Archives

OpenOffice.org Writer: A Few Special Symbols Without the Insert Menu

We all know that when you’re trying to insert symbols (other than the standard ones available on the keyboard) into a document you end up in the Insert menu, Special Character choice.

This leads you to the Special Characters dialog box, where you can peruse a multitude of symbols to insert… and while nobody needs to use them all, there are some that are more useful than others such as a copyright or trademark symbol.

The good news is that for these special characters you’ll find no need to use the Insert menu since the key combination that will cue the AutoCorrect feature to kick in are super easy to remember.

Find out here!

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Today's Feature

Gesture photography

Gesture photography is nothing more than capturing any movement of the subject while you are engaged in portrait photography. Just the way active voices are better than passive voices in the English language, action shots are better than posed ones. Here is where gesture photography comes to your rescue and turns this into a form of art. Follow these tips and you are on your way to creating photographs of everlasting value.

CC image courtesy of Ronn Ashore

Start with a pose
This works for just about anybody, but more so for senior citizens. With age showing on their face and hands, just a smile at the camera or even a stare right into the camera’s lens works like magic.

There's a lot more at Worldstart!

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Amanda's Coolsite

White House Official Photostream

No matter what your personal politics may be, the fascination with the day to day life, travelings, happenings and events of the President of the United States is almost universal. Maybe it’s the fact that many consider it the most important office in the world, or maybe it’s that it resembles no other job on the planet.

Whatever the case, the White House is always buzzing with interesting activites.

So, wouldn’t you love to be able to look through the lens of White House photographer Pete Souza and members of his talented team?

Guess what? You can!

The White House has an official photostream on the popular photo sharing website Flickr, which lets you see thousands of photos taken with the President, First Family, Vice President and others around the White House and at events. Some of the photographs are the type you would see on the front page of newspaper, but others show a behind the scenes view of the White House and its people.

All of the photos are provided free of charge and can be used for personal use or news organizations. The official terms of use for the photos are: This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

Click Here to access the White House photostream.

~Tim

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Do you have a cool, non-commercial site that you want to share?

Send it to Amanda at amanda@worldstart.com

One More Big Deal

Trying to Transfer Files from One PC to Another?

Stubborn PC Holding Your Important Files Hostage?

Need a Miracle? A Ransom Payment? A Sledgehammer?

NOPE - ALL YOU NEED IS THE TARGUS TRANSFER CABLE!

Ridiculously EASY to Use!

Just Connect Each End of the Cable to Each PC...

AND DRAG AND DROP YOUR FILES - THAT'S IT!

 

No Drivers - No Networks - Plug & Play to the MAX!


  

 

 

Transfering files is a PAIN. You could literally spend DAYS trying to get the files you want transferred from one computer to another.  We're talking countless hours burning CD's, emailing files to yourself...or worse: trying to use a stupid ethernet cable to sync the two PC's together.  This DAUNTING task is nearly impossible, and by the end of it you'll be ready to destroy that dumb old computer!

Seriously, whether you just got yourself a new PC or your friend is over with their PC and you're trying to swap/share files...if you don't have the right hardware, you're in for a HUGE fight. Why?


Your Old Computer Has ALL Your Files...And it's NOT Giving Them Up Without a FIGHT!

Your old PC, jealous soul that it is, has ALL of your old files - and it's not giving them up easily! Have you ANY idea how much of a frustrating, time consuming hassle this can be? Yeah...it's TERRIBLE!

Of course, you don't have to have a new PC to experience this problem. Maybe you just have two computers in the house, and you need to transfer things from one to the other.  Or maybe your friend is over with his laptop, and you need to get photos, media, or anything else from his PC to yours...good luck with that!

You need a simple solution. And we've got it - A cable to unify the masses!



You NEED the Targus Transfer Cable - Almost TOO Easy to Use!

Like a knight in shining armor, this slick little cable makes the entire process FAST and EFFORTLESS! You'll be SHOCKED by the speed, STUNNED by the simplicity, and THRILLED by the results!

If you can plug one end of a cable into a USB port, and the other end into the other computer's USB port, guess what?  You're ALREADY AN EXPERT!  

Once you've got the two computers connected to one another, a window pops up and lets you drag and drop your files from one PC to the other - THAT'S IT!

ZERO COMPATIBILITY ISSUES: This cable supports everything from Win98 to Win7 with ZERO PROBLEMS!
 

"Fast?" NO. "Greased Lightning?" YES!

Powered by USB 2.0, you'll be transferring files at 480Mbps!  That's LIGHTNING FAST, and you won't believe how quickly you'll be up and running!

The best part is, you can keep this cable and use it any time, any where, between whatever PC's you so choose!  So whether you're buying a new computer, or simply want to transfer files from one to another, you're all set with this brilliant cable!


Transfer EVERYTHING!

ALL of Your Documents - Every Last One!
ALL of Your Photos - From the Great ones to the Embarassing ones!
Your ENTIRE Music Collection - NEVER go Without Your Tunes!
Movies...and ANYTHING else - you name it, Targus will Transfer it!

You Won't BELIEVE the Deal!

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!

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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 or pay $14.97 soon (if there's any left)!




 

Monthly Wallpaper

September Wallpaper Is Ready!

It's that time again - time to dress up your monitor with some brand spankin' new wallpaper!

Big Sable Lighthouse At Twilight

Finally got it! This shot was literally 2 years, 5 hikes, and two separate trips in the making – but I was finally - finally - able to pull it off June 2012! My son Grant and I had been to Ludington State Park the year before and stayed several days in an attempt to get a good shot of the Big Sable Lighthouse – and we failed. Every evening we’d ...(More)

Three Irritated Little Owlets

Think they had enough of me? Sure looks like it from the photo! These little bundles of joy were photographed in Cape Coral FL in early summer. And, in reality, they were pretty happy with me for the most part – I think I just caught them at a...
(More)

 

Roaring Fork Rush

This image was captured on a trip to the Smoky Mountains that featured a LOT of excess water. Normally, Roaring Fork isn’t all that robust, but this time is was really flowing with some serious enthusiasm. So, we started hiking upstream looking for compositions. We skirted the bank for as long as we could, and….. (More)

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~ Steve

 

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