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WorldStart Tech Tips 2012-09-11

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Quick Tip

Want Windows 7 When Windows 8 is Released? 

If you are like me you’ve become quite attached to Windows 7. The interface is familiar, but it’s functional and does most of what I need it to do. However, Microsoft has decided to change a lot of how Windows works by removing the start button and switching to the Windows 8 style program list.

So what do you do in a few months if you want to buy a new computer and it comes with Windows 8? Microsoft has an answer for you. Get the Pro version of Windows 8 and you’ll be allowed to use your license key to downgrade to Windows 7 or Windows Vista.

Now this process won’t be as easy as just clicking a downgrade button, as you will need to fully install Windows 7 (along with finding drivers and software for your computer), but it does provide an option for those of us unwilling to make the switch to Windows 8.


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Slow Computers Suck!

Go From Painfully Sluggish To Supersonic - In Minutes!

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That's Fast!

Don't Put Up With Your Slow Computer!

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 You Need SPEED!

What if you could get the benefits of a new computer without the THOUSAND DOLLAR PRICE TAG? 


Bring your computer back to its peak with this amazing SOFTWARE SUPERCHARGER! We're talking lightning fast boot-ups, programs that load instantly, and an error-free existence.

Sounds good? Maybe you want more?

Oh, we've GOT more.

Clean up unused files. Keep your system registry and memory in optimal conditions. Make sure your drivers are all up-to-date. It's a total pit crew for your PC.


How about computer security made EASY? Turn your computer into Fort Knox. Hackers won't stand a CHANCE! Keep your personal files PRIVATE AND SECURE.

And all of it as simple as pressing a button. Seriously!

Everyone has their trusted mechanic for their car, now you can have one for your PC. This is the one piece of software EVERYONE needs to have!

The ALL NEW System Mechanic 11 will breathe new life into an old PC. Heck, it'll even fix up the PC you just purchased!

And after you get your PC supercharged, it'll KEEP it that way.


NOTHING compares to System Mechanic. Period.

After installation, the first thing you'll notice when you launch it is that it will IMMEDIATELY upgrade to the latest version. Yep! No hunting for upgrades, and no outdated features. You get the latest and the greatest.

The second thing you'll probably notice is this:

Don't be surprised! This is a lot more common than you might think. Even EXPERTS can't prevent computers from degrading without software like System Mechanic. For everything you might know about your computer, there's at least a hundred more potential problems lurking around the corner.

But, now that you have System Mechanic, it only takes one click to get ALL those problems out of your life forever.

That "Repair All" button?

That's the one-way ticket to a lifetime of carefree, computer BLISS.

If you want System Mechanic to give your PC the works, that's all you have to do.

But maybe you're a little more tech-savvy than most of us. Want to get under the hood with it? NO PROBLEM! Every single tool and utility with System Mechanic can be used manually to allow you total control over what it fixes and what it leaves alone.

It's the perfect program for ALL levels of technical experience.

Either way, when you let System Mechanic do it's work, you're going to get to see this ray of sunshine:

It doesn't matter how good your computer was before. Now it's better and faster. You WILL be BLOWN AWAY. Stability, speed, and peace of mind.

Remember, it's never what you know that hurts your PC. It's the million little things you could have NEVER expected.

But nothing surprises System Mechanic. It sees every nook and cranny and makes them sparkle.

Want a sneak peek at how this incredible software gives your PC the power-wash you always dreamed of? If I tried to talk about EVERY feature of System Mechanic, we'd be here until the Sun burnt out. Get ready for some major highlights that'll have your jaw dropping.

Booting up your PC is always a pain. No matter what you do, you could cook a Thanksgiving dinner before your computer is done starting. It doesn't have to be like that.

By eliminating unnecessary or even HAZARDOUS programs from your startup, there'll be no more watching the clock, wondering when you can actually begin to use your computer. And without all these wasted resources going to unneeded programs, your computer will stay fast after booting.

Do you LIKE some of your startup programs? No worries. If you don't want System Mechanic to take control, you can go in and see each and every program it wants to disable. Regardless of which path you take, it's easy and fast to get your PC booting properly.

Oh, and do you ever get those annoying error messages when you boot up? Chances are after this, you'll never see them again! YES!

In addition to startup programs, there's ALWAYS just TONS of files and applications that end up on your PC. Sometimes they came installed with the computer, other times they sneak in through vulnerabilities or hidden in other software.

No matter how they go there, they are taking up GIGs of space!!

Don't worry, CRUDD Remover is on the job.

All this CRUDD (Commonly Redundant or Unnecessary Decelerators and Destabilizers) adds up into one giant, super slow, gunk of a mess.

Even if you knew what programs were the trouble makers, it would take AGES to manually hunt through and clean up all those files. System Mechanic removes the work and eliminates all that unwanted mess - in minutes!

Fully Controllable -  You can make sure that System Mechanic doesn't remove anything you need to keep.

This thing is crazy. Not only are you going to get even MORE speed by removing all that useless junk from your PC, but talk about clearing space! Your hard drive has its limits, so taking this giant burden off its back is going to give you a lot more wiggle room for stuff you DO want.

Ever browse the net? Sure you do. Your computer has an "amazing" ability to hold onto a lot of useless stuff that you never even knew it saved. PC Cleanup has your back.

With the push of a button you can clean out tons of wasted space and temporary files that you didn't even know were there to begin with! WOW!

This is the ultimate solution to loaded hard drives.

You can get back hundreds of megabytes in storage space... heck, you might even get a couple GIGABYTES of space back. Maybe you won't need that $200 external hard drive you were thinking about.

Now you're saving space AND money.

Computers always manage to have a ton of errors without any indication of how to solve them. How can anyone expect you to fix a problem when all you get is a string of numbers and a giant OK button. Let System Mechanic take care of it for you!

From unintelligible error messages to mysterious lockups and even full-on system crashes, System Mechanic will find the solution.

The All-In-One Repair Tool came straight out of your dreams and now it's a reality. This program will AUTOMATICALLY fix pretty much any problem your computer throws at it. No error is too obscure for System Mechanic.

This is the total tune-up, repair, supercharge, computer fixing miracle.

EVEN IF YOUR COMPUTER WON'T BOOT PROPERLY! SERIOUSLY! You can use the System Mechanic CD to boot and recover your computer. It's a life-saver.

If just cleaning up junk didn't make your computer as fast as you wanted it, System Mechanic is only warming up. It's got a toolbox FULL of utilities to make your computer so fast it won't be street legal.

Designated Drivers - Out of date drivers can make your computer run sub-optimally, or sometimes make devices not work at all. Let this utility take the wheel for you and get all your drivers safely up to date.

Memory Mechanic - The more you use your computer, the more memory that will be taken up. Sometimes memory fragments or doesn't release properly and you run into problems that can even cause your computer to shut down. No more! Memory Mechanic will make sure your system memory is operating at full throttle!

Registry Tuner - Errors in system registry can range from causing lockups to total system failure. Registry Tuner will hunt through and clean up as many errors as it can find to get your PC running faster.

Registry Compactor - System Mechanic never leaves a job half-done. After cleaning out the registry, the compactor makes sure that the gaps left from removed bloat are closed so your computer doesn't waste time dialing through empty registry entries.

Just running ONE of these things is going to give you astonishing speed. But when you get them all going? Oh man, you're going to think someone slipped a supercomputer under your desk.

But that's not all, honestly it's barely even HALF of the performance tools alone.

Speed is great, but how about some raw, mind-blowing power? If you use some serious software, or even just want to get the most out of your PC as possible, System Mechanic has the adrenaline shot your computer needs! 

EnergyBooster! Take your PC to the next level with this incredible tool. By automatically turning off unnecessary background programs, your computer's limited resources are going to be free to turn their attention to the tasks YOU need them on!

Don't let worthless background processes hog your memory or processor, use them how you want them.

If you do high-quality video, audio, web design, ANYTHING, you'll immediately notice how ridiculously fast EnergyBooster makes your PC.

Interested in something BRAND NEW? System Mechanic is always expanding its armory of tools and this version is no different.

With new AcceleWrite, you'll almost never have to worry about disk fragmentation again. By automatically ensuring optimal storage of files, the creeping slowdown that your computer experiences over time from disk defragmentation is a thing of the past!

It does the work for you, which means more time for yourself and a healthier life for your PC.

Slow Internet? That's when NetBooster takes the stage. Each Internet connection is unique and your computer can't be pre-configured from the factory for an optimal setup for YOUR system. NetBooster examines your current connection and makes those specific changes so you get MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE.

You'll see double, even TRIPLE speeds.

And remember, if you don't want to go through these individually, System Mechanic can do pretty much everything on its own. It's impossible NOT to get huge gains from running this software, and it's as simple as a few mouse clicks. What more could you ask for?

Especially nowadays, computer security has become a really big issue. You may think you're secure, but new vulnerabilities pop up ALL THE TIME! Even the tiniest of security holes can spell disaster for your privacy or your computer's ability to function. With so much on your computer, there's no excuse for taking risks.

With just one button, System Mechanic will comb your computer for security flaws and fix every single one it finds. Blocking off hackers from entry, you get peace of mind that your files and confidential information are safely protected.

You can NEVER be too secure.

After your vulnerabilities are patched up, what about other kinds of intrusions? Unwanted programs, viruses, or malware trying to hijack your system. System Guard will be the shield that keeps your PC defended and in tip-top shape.

System Guard does SO MUCH at once. If new programs try to add themselves to your startup, it will let you know. Dangerous programs trying to run? System Guard stops them IMMEDIATELY.

Browsing can be hazardous, but with System Guard, your computer and browser are protected from even the wiliest of hacking attempts. If you've ever had your homepage suspiciously changed or a new toolbar appear out of nowhere, you'll know how important System Guard is!

Privacy is just as important as vulnerabilities when it comes to security. With System Mechanic, you can make sure nothing you do gets to the wrong hands. With the Privacy Cleaner, anything you do can be erased, from browsing or search history to cookies and chat transcripts that websites or programs often automatically save.

Or maybe you need something deleted? I mean... REALLY deleted. The Incinerator will make sure any of your private files, from old taxes to company memos can't be easily recovered by ANYONE.

System Mechanic takes security seriously, and you can rest easy knowing you have the best programs protecting your PC and files.

System Mechanic is loaded with SO MUCH and if you want to, it can be COMPLETELY AUTOMATIC. But if you want to know exactly what it's doing, you can examine every tool to see what it intends to fix or change.

You'd be INSANE not to take advantage of all these amazing tools, but if you want to, you can pick and choose what you use and how you use it.

But that's not all. It comes with a tool to completely customize your PC's operations. From hiding unwanted icons to making your start menu react faster, there's almost nothing out of your control - AMAZING!

Seriously, there's STILL MORE! With your purchase of System Mechanic, you also get TWO additional programs that'll knock your socks off!

DriveScrubber - Had a virus, maybe some malware? Selling your computer or hard drive? Even if you think you deleted it, it may STILL BE ON THE HARD DRIVE. All it takes is rudimentary knowledge of computers to find ways to dig up those files you thought were gone forever.

DriveScrubber has MILITARY-COMPLIANT levels of erasing. Identity thieves are left out in the cold.

Search and Recover - Accidentally delete something? If you thought you lost a file on your computer, flash drive, or other devices like digital cameras, hold on! With Search and Recover, you may be able to retrieve the files you thought disappeared forever.

Unless you deleted them with DriveScrubber, of course.

These two free bonus programs usually sell for $30 and $40 respectively. And they ARE easily worth that much.

But you get them FREE with your purchase of System Mechanic! Yeah - $70 of programs - FREE!

System Mechanic looks too good to be true, right? Especially with all the extra free stuff, how can so much power be packed together into one amazing product? Well, you don't have to take our word for it! With over 36 million users and countless awards tell you all you need to know.

Talk About Award Winning!

My laptop was in a mess! It was slow to the point of stagnation at times but a colleague recommended your software and the result was near-magical! Speeds have improved dramatically and it has given me a great feeling of confidence. Michael H.

After I ran System Mechanic the first time, I thought I had a new machine! John N

I love your product. It's not only a great product, but it?s fun to use. Sometimes I play with the different categories and I just enjoy myself....Norton & McAfee could learn a thing or two or three or four from a great new year. Ray H

System Mechanic saved me from having to purchase a whole new computer. Well worth the investment! Arthur H.

System Mechanic is a great addition to my computer. I feel much more in control of what's going on inside it. The Internet optimizer worked great, a 1MB would take 22 seconds to download, now it takes just 7 seconds!! That is a 300% increase in internet speed. I was able to get at and get rid of a lot of unnecessary garbage that was choking up my computer. This product rates 5 out of 5 in my books! John T.

Without a doubt, [System Mechanic is] the complete difference between a well working machine and being the typical frustrated computer user?From novice to expert, this product rocks and I would recommend it to anyone who uses a computer for whatever reason. Chris H.

This product is much better than Norton Utilities and SystemWorks which I had been using since 1995. Keep up the good work!! Vern H

In my twenty years of personal computing, System Mechanic is one of the best -- if not THE best -- software I have ever installed on a PC. I recommend it without hesitation to all my friends and presentation audiences. Keep up the great work. Bob S.

And now for the BEST PART!

With all this greatness in one package you're probably expecting it to be really expensive. Well, you're right and you're wrong. If you go out to the stores to buy this, you might right into something like what you see below.

And honestly? It's worth that much. But here are WorldStart we know you want the BEST price and that's what you're going to get.

Again, you're getting System Mechanic ($50), Drive Scrubber ($30) and Search & Recover ($40) - all told $120 worth of software!!

So, what's YOUR price?

For System Mechanic, with the FREE bonus programs DriveScrubber and Search and Recover... it's only $14.97  with FREE US SHIPPING! You do NOT want to miss out on this! WOW!

PS - This thing sells like CRAZY. Don't let total PC bliss pass you by. Even if there ARE any left, the price is going up to $24.97 on Wednesday!


Computers 101

Lynda from AZ writes:

Is there a way to customize the text size on your computer? I have Windows 7 Ultimate, and it only gives me 3 text sizes to choose from: 100%, 125% or 150%. I would like it to be less than 150%, but more than 125%.

While some programs, such as your web browser, have options for changing text sizes, these solutions aren’t optimal if you need larger text everywhere -such as on your Start menu or in the various Windows folders. To accommodate users who don’t want small text on the screen, Windows 7 features the ability to manually choose several preset text sizes larger than the standard “100%” setting. But what the operating system doesn’t plainly explain is that you aren’t limited to just those preset options. If one preset size is too big and the next one down is too small, you can manually create your own perfect size.

The option to change your text size is located inside your computer’s “Control Panel,” which is accessed inside the “Start” menu.

Locating the Control Panel

Inside the Control Panel window, locate the icon positioned on the right side of the screen of a blue monitor. Click the heading next to the icon labeled “Appearance and Personalization.”

Opening the Personalization Window

This new window provides a series of links to access features for changing how your operating system displays images on your screen. To reach the options for changing text sizes, click the “Display” link, which is located near the top of the window above the “Desktop Gadgets” heading.

Accessing the Display Options

The right side of the “Display” window contains two of the preset text size options, but ignore these radio buttons as they won’t help you set a custom size. Instead, click the “Set Custom Text Size” link at the far left side of the window.

The Custom Text Size Link

At the top of the new window you will find a box labeled “Scale to This Percentage of Normal Size.” Although it seems like this option should let you choose a custom size, it only gives you the ability to choose between “100%,” “125%,” and “150%.” Even typing a custom size in the box won’t change the text size, as it will automatically revert to the nearest preset option. For instance, if you type “140%” it will automatically switch back to “150%.”

Instead of trying to change the box, you need to click anywhere on the ruler icon located directly underneath the box and drag your cursor toward the right to increase the size, or toward the left to decrease the size. Drag your cursor slowly until you reach the desired custom size, such as “122%” or “135%.” Click the “OK” button to save your change.

Using the Custom Text Slider

Depending on your Windows profile settings, your change may not immediately take effect. If the text size on your screen hasn’t changed, restart the operating system to apply the new custom text size.

~ Ty Arthur

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On The Move

WS App Review: MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal App Icon 

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.

Read the review here!

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From The Archives

Lists, Boxes, and Other Windows Elements Defined

In some of my previous articles I have somewhat – um – whined about the differences between menus and lists and text boxes, not knowing for sure what each one was called. I call it like I see it; if it looks like a list, then that’s what I call it. If a menu drops down, then I call it a drop-down menu. Thus, many terms get kind of incorrectly used and then when the real definition comes up, confusion is probably imminent.

I decided the other day that I was fed up with not knowing what to call which box, list or menu ( mean, how can I tell you what something is if I don’t know what it is myself?), so I looked it – them – up. So if you’re confused as to what term means what, maybe this article will help.

Super helpful - check it out here!

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Today's Feature

Camera Sensor Size - Why It Matters

Are you in the market for a new camera and totally confused by the industry lingo regarding sensor size? You may hear things like full frame, aps-c, crop sensor, 4/3, micro 4/3, nikon 1, 1/1.7, 1/2.5, 1″ and many more!

So what’s this all about?

Let’s start by going over what these measurements and phrases are about: the size of your camera’s sensor. Size (in digital imaging) matters because the larger the size the more light can be collected by each pixel (if each sensor has the same number of pixels). Back in the days of film the size was a 35mm negative, which measured 36mm wide by 24mm tall. This sensor size is refereed to as full frame as it covers the same physical size as an old 35mm film negative.

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Amanda's Coolsite


I’m addicted to Pinterest because there are so many useful tips, tricks, DIY, and inspirational posts on there.  So when I saw these “that one rule” posts come up, I broke out my cyber-sleuthing skills to track down where they were coming from. ThatOneRule provides post-it note styled messages submitted by internet users describing their one rule – most of which are inspirational!

Navigation on this site is anything but bland. You can use your mouse wheel to scroll through the pages, or you can use standard page number beneath the most recently featured posts. You can also browse by category, or by what’s most popular. Want to share one? Well it’s really easy to do just mouse over the post you want to share and then select how you want to share it (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Stumble Upon, Digg It, Pinterest, reddit, or save it to your computer). 

After you’ve browsed the selection, all 312 pages (and counting), you might want to contribute your own rule. What would your one rule be?

Once you have the answer to that question, click Submit at the top of the page.  If you don’t like the background color you received by default, click Submit again or refresh the page until you have one you like. Eh, I’m picky about those sorts of things. Then once you have the background you want, choose the category your rule would fall into from the drop down box next to choose a category. Then you’ll want to click where it says Type Rules Here and start typing your rule. You only have 140 characters so be precise with what you want to say. Once you’ve got your rule the way you like it, check the box that you agree to the terms and conditions (read them in the text box next to the check box) and then press Submit. 

Now you can download your rule to upload it Facebook, add it to Pinterest, or even e-mail it to your friends! I like to share inspiration with my sister when she needs her spirits uplifted. I think for me the best part is sharing them. Go check it out!


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One More Big Deal

Electronics Are EXPENSIVE!

Just Because Something's Wrong...


Before You Throw Them Out - Get This!


Save Tons With This Digital Multimeter With HUGE LED Display!

Makes Electrical Testing Super Simple!

We have an amazing deal on a high-quality Digital Multimeter today! These are just so handy I don't know what I'd do without mine!

If you don't have a good multimeter - it's time to grab one! I use mine all the time! Test batteries, plug sockets, circuit boards, fuses, wires, connections, automotive electronics (I use mine a LOT in that dept.) - anything!If it's electronic and it's not working, this is the only way to go! Actually,I just tested my wall clock (which isn't working) and the battery in it. The battery worked fine, but not the clock. Looks like it's time for me to get a new clock!

This can test both AC and DC current as well as letting you know the resistance of a circuit.
Whenever I work on a car, a house, or even a computer seems like I'm always reaching for one of these!

I tell ya, this is built like a tank, is easy to operate, really lightweight and easy to transport (or keep in a tool box), and - the biggest feature - it's VERY easy to read!The LED display is HUGE!Other Multimeters have the needle with the tons of little tick lines and tiny numbers for measuring. With this Digital Multimeter there's no guessing game involved. You will know the exact measurement that the Multimeter is measuring EVERY TIME!

Another feature I just love is the battery tester!
Just select 1.5V or 9V and test! Tells you instantly - and accurately - if your battery is good!

Your price? Today ONLY we're talkin'
$10.97 and US shipping is FREE! Told ya it was a deal! You gotta grab it today to guarantee that price! Hurry to the site!

PS - The price will increase to $19.97 Wednesday, so grab yours today!


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...


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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