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WorldStart Tech Tips 2012-10-03

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Quick Tip

Terri from WV writes:

I have a desktop running Vista. My husband is reluctant to upgrade to Windows 7. I know support is gone, but is this wise? Can the new Windows be installed or do I have to install 7 before I install 8? A new computer is not an option.

Upgrading your desktop computer can be problematic, as some of the software or hardware may not be supported. The real question you should ask yourself before deciding to upgrade is: Do I need it?

When it was first released, Windows Vista was a disaster, with limited driver support, a buggy interface and more crashes than an interstate highway, but the series of patches and improvements Microsoft has made resulted in Vista being as stable as Windows 7. In other words – Vista might do you fine for now – at least until you’re ready for a new computer. 

Now, if you do want to upgrade to Windows 7 it is recommended to download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Adviser from Microsoft to verify that all of your hardware and software will work with Windows 7. It can be found here:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/upgrade-advisor

If you’re considering the leap right to Windows 8, I’d caution against it. 8 is a dramatic departure in design from previous versions, and the true benefits of  will only be seen on newer computers with touch screens or Direct X 10 compatible video cards.

If you do decide to upgrade to Windows 8, there is an upgrade adviser built into the installation disk to tell you if the system will support it. Unfortunately, you’re going to have to buy a copy of Windows 8 to find out, but it is better then installing it to find out it doesn’t work.

~Tim

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Announcements

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There is no hard wiring needed! It is fully portable to any location!

In fact, you can simply CLIP this guy to your gutter wherever you need the light! A giant, heavy-duty, spring-loaded metal clip is provided so you position it anywhere.

Don’t worry about scratching up any surfaces with this clip – it’s got rugged rubber caps to prevent damage!


 

And don’t worry about the weather – it’s resistant to it! You’ll have endless nights of soft light come rain or shine!

Besides hanging from the gutter, this light is perfect for over entry ways, on decks and patios or farther out in those dark corners of your yard.

You can even bend the metal arm on the clip to adjust the angle of the light! Once it’s set up, forget about it! The sun will do the rest!

If you want enough light to see where you're going, and to make yourself feel a little more secure, this might be just what you've been looking for!

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Computers 101

Chuck from CA writes:

How long does it take for a flash drive to wear out?

I’m afraid there’s no easy answer to this question. The truth is that despite all the protections and features of a modern USB flash drive, it will wear out eventually.

It’s because of how a flash drive works. You see, when data is stored in a flash drive, it is loaded into its memory and then a charge (flash) is sent to the device telling it to retain that information. As soon as the memory is “flashed”, it is capable of retaining that data even after all the power has been removed from the device.

This is what makes the flash drive so useful and versatile. The downside to this process is that a flash drive can only be “flashed” a limited number of times.

Most flash drive manufacturers put that number at around 10,000 to 100,000 times. However, some studies estimate that recent flash drives can tolerate millions of flashes before they wear out. This means that a newly bought brand name flash drive can last for years of daily use before it fails. Moreover, even if the flash drive fails you’ll still be able to read data from it, you just won’t be able to write any new data to it.

Here are a few tips that will increase the life expectancy of your flash drive.

Always backup your flash drive data on a computer.

Don’t use disk intensive applications (compression programs, installers, databases) from your flash drive. They will constantly write to the drive, severely reducing its life expectancy. A flash drive’s primary role is to copy files between computers. If you use it just for that, it will last you a very long time.

Slowdowns and read/write errors can be considered warning signs that a flash drive is about to fail. The easiest way to determine the health of your flash drive is to use the error-checking utility built into Windows.

To access this utility, go to the Start menu and click on Computer (My Computer for Windows XP).

Now, insert your flash drive into a free USB port and wait for it to be recognized by your system.

Next, right-click on its icon in the Computer window and click on the Properties option.

In the Properties window, select the Tools tab.

Here, under Error-checking, click the Check now… button (you need administrator rights to access this application under Windows Vista and 7).

The check disk application will start. Select both check disk options and click Start.

If the check disk utility finds any errors or bad sectors on your flash drive, it might be prudent to transfer all the data to your computer and use that flash drive with caution.

~Cosmin Ursachi

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On The Move

Switch your iPad Search Engine

On your iPad, Safari uses Google as its default search engine. That’s all well and good, but what if your allegiance lies with another provider – say Bing or Yahoo?

Let’s make the switch.

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From The Archives

Reinstalling Multiple Programs with Ninite

Formatting the hard drive of a computer can be a pain, but sometimes it’s unavoidable and needs to be done. Although operating system installations don’t take hours to complete anymore, it is still cumbersome to re-install all of your favorite software all over again on a freshly formatted drive. Some applications, like the media players, messengers, and browsers, etc. are needed the moment one boots into a freshly installed PC. Downloading and installing them one by one can make anyone pull their hair out. Ninite.com is a free website which makes this job relatively easy for you. Well, actually they make it a whole lot easier.

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Check it out here!

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Today's Feature

Charles from AZ writes:

I have Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010, and recently I did something that won’t allow me to click on a hyperlink in my e-mails. Now when I click, it comes up with a pop-up says that I am to consult my system administrator. What can I do?

Because of the huge amount of spam emails that contain links to questionable sites, which may compromise your computer’s security, Outlook has several options to prevent links in email messages from functioning. If one of these options has been turned on, you can always work around the security feature by right-clicking the link, selecting “Copy Link Location,” and then pasting the link into your web browser’s address bar. Obviously this isn’t an ideal long-term solution, however, as it adds in several unnecessary steps. To permanently fix the issue, you need to figure out which security feature has been enabled and then shut it off.

For the first link-disabling feature to check, open the “File” menu at the top-left corner of the window and select “Options.” If you are using Outlook 2007, instead click the “Tools” button at the top of the window and then click “Options.”

Opening the Options Window

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Amanda's Coolsite

Project Flow

Up until I found Project Flow I was using the Windows Sticky Notes function to try and keep track of what I had done, needed to do, how much everything costs, and when money is due. Works great, just not when it’s spread out between the desktop and the laptop. 

With Project Flow I can do practically the same thing, but it’s all in one place; easily accessible from home, school, or my laptop. So how does it work? Well I’d suggest you start off by scrolling down to the See Sample Boards in Action section and pick a project to look at. This will give you an idea of the functionality you can expect from Project Flow for your own projects. After you’ve played with the sample projects and have decided to create your own, you’ll need to register for an account. 

To register, click the green Create A Free Account button. This will whisk you away to the registration form where you’ll need to provide a working e-mail address, and then create a username and password. You’ll be automatically logged in, and can start organizing your project right away, but I’d suggest you go watch this how to video first. It was very helpful for getting started quickly and smoothly. 

What I love is that it really lets me plan each phase of my mission to get into a good graduate school. Phase 1 for me is reasearch, phase 2 is selecting the writing samples I’ll be using, phase 3 is writing the statements I need to and asking for letters of recommendation, phase 4 will be turning everything in on time.  

This has a real practicality for keeping small business organized, too, so I will probably also use it when I start selling knit items and patterns on Etsy. I’ll easily be able to keep track of my tasks, any custom work I have to complete, and stay up to date with my goals. 

Project Flow is an amazing site that will add to your productivity by keeping you organized and on task! Check it out today!

https://www.projectflowapp.com/

~Amanda 

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Monthly Wallpaper

4. Wallpaper

It's time for some desktop fall color! Unfortunately, I didn't much in the way of fall color last season, so I'm featuring some images from previous years that were really popular. Enjoy!

Fall Cascades In The Smokies

Sometimes the good shots aren’t where you think they are. It was autumn in the Smoky Mountains. If you’ve never been there in the fall, you can be forgiven for thinking it’s a quiet, peaceful time of year when the tourists have flown home and you have the place to yourself. Nope, it’s a zoo. I think fall is actually ...(More)

Black Bear Stare Down

It was “Bear Week” in Yellowstone fall of 2007! Seems like everywhere I went, I ended up takin’ snaps of bears. This guy was by far my favorite though. He was walking below the ridge line and...
(More)

 

Lamar Valley Trees In Fall

This was taken on one of my week-long trips to Yellowstone National Park. When I first arrived and drove by this stand of trees next to the river, I knew there was a shot there – but the trees weren’t “ripe” enough yet, if you know what I mean. So, each day, I’d drive by an (More)

It can all be found here, 100% free:

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~ Steve

PS - Remember to try a copy of the Backcountry Gallery Screen Saver too! It's a free trial and if you like it, your purchase helps support the site :)

And hey, it'll make you PC look oh-so-cool when you're away from your desk! See the link below:

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/product/6908/


 

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