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Quick Tip

Toni from NV writes:

When is the best time of year to buy a new computer (when prices are lower?). Also, should you wait till the new Windows 8 comes pre-installed, or put it on yourself?

Well, that’s a harder set of questions than you may think, Toni. The simple answer is “holiday time”, but the longer answer is “it depends.” End of the year is usually when companies know consumers are out to make big purchases/buy gifts, so they want your buying dollars. If you keep an eye on circulars and online advertisements you’ll be most likely to find a good sale running during the holiday sale months of October, November and December.

Computers, however, can be a tricky beast. When Intel or AMD release the latest and greatest processors, most major PC retailers will want to stock them and offer big discounts on older models to clear out inventory. With Intel’s recent release of Ivy Bridge chips, the older Sandy Bridge desktop and laptops have been selling at discount.

As far as Windows 8 is concerned, you may want to hold off getting it factory pre-installed, unless you are buying a touch screen or ultra portable PC. Windows 7 is very well respected and proven, while Windows 8 – at least initially – is bound to have some bugs and kinks to work out.

If you are buying one of the aforementioned touch-screen or ultra-portables, however, then the benefits of the new user interface and power saving modes may demand you get Windows 8. If you do, make sure to get the Pro edition which allows you to downgrade to Windows 7 if you decide Windows 8 isn’t for you.


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Get to Know Your Body!

Isn't the human body fascinating! From the bones that allow us to walk upright to the organs that digest our food, there's a TON going on!

Ever wonder how it all works together? Ever wonder what those certain, seemingly useless, bones and organs really do? Ever wonder what the heck your doctor is talking about???

NOW you can learn EVERYTHING you've ever wanted to know about the Human Body in one amazing, EXTENSIVE program - you've just 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 (below), it's 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 again to open it up in the Medical Dictionary (which we'll learn more about in a minute!).

The side menu here allows you to focus on specific body 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 the name of each and every bone as you click on it. The next option is the muscular system, then digestive, urinary, sensory, endocrine, lymphatic, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular and finally the reproductive system.


Each menu option brings up a different clickable, interactive graphic that will allow you to hone in on any area of the body you so choose, and then 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 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 listing 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!  

Comes complete with 3D graphics, models, and simple-to-understand explanations so 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, and you can create bookmarks and notes, do searches, even print off illustrations and descriptions!

*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.



MEDICAL DICTIONARY - Extensive, Informative, Simple!

The body is a complicated and beautiful thing. It may seem intimidating to try and 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 any body part name into the search, and you'll be flooded with information! After receiving a general description of each little part that makes up an organ, you'll learn exactly 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 each specific area.

Above is a sample image of the lungs. As you can see, each separate part of the lung is listed and pointed out. And since this is a clickable graphic, one press will provide further information about whichever item you 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 $12.97 with FREE US SHIPPING! 

Don't ignore your body senses telling you to act now!


Computers 101

Sam from TN asks:

There are some programming gurus at my job and they keep mentioning “API” – what does it stand for? Are they calling me something nasty? 

Hey, Sam – no, they’re not being mean. API actually stands for “application program interface”.

The API is basically a set of routines, protocols and tools that are used in the building process of software applications. All of the components within the API are sort of like building blocks that eventually lead up to the finished product. They also help the programmer a great deal, because with those blocks, they are able to develop the program much faster. Once it’s their turn to work with the software, they can use the API as a guide to piece all the blocks together and create the program the way it needs to be.

APIs also come in handy within operating systems. Most operating systems (including Windows) provide an API just for the programmers. That way, they are able to write the programs so that they’re consistent with the specific operating system. Now, while it may seem like an API is meant just for programmers, they are also good for you, the user. The API adds a guarantee that the software you use from day to day will always work with the operating system your PC has. Everything will contain similar interfaces and it will all fit perfectly together, without any trouble at all.

That’s good to know, don’t you think? 

~ Erin

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On The Move

iPad Quick Mute

Did you know that there’s a quick way to mute all sound on your iPad? All you need to do is press and hold the Volume Down button on the side and it’ll mute the sound completely in two seconds!


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From The Archives

AutoShape Rotation in MS Office

Do you draw and use shapes in the MS Office Suite programs?

I just love those little AutoShapes for highlighting the really important stuff. But… have you ever wished that you could use it at a slightly different angle? You know, a little something in your document, spreadsheet, presentation or message that isn’t plain old horizontal or vertical? Something that really catches the eye.

Well, if you’ve ever wished for that extra bit of control over your shapes then here’s the information you need to know.

  • First, let’s draw an AutoShape. How about this one?


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Today's Feature


It has been a little more than ten years since the first iPod appeared on the horizon, and since then Apple has made it extremely easy to fill up our iPod’s with music on the fly. However, the going’s not so easy when it comes to exportingmusic out of your iPod.

What if you want to backup your entire music collection from your iPod onto your desktop? Apple gives us no option to do that via iTunes. What do we do then?

Sharepod is the answer. This free program lets you get songs out of your iPod and into your PC. Additionally, Sharepod also helps you manage your iPod without using iTunes at all. Even things like editing song info and album art.

As far as backing up music is concerned, you can click on the “Backup iPod” button to copy everything back to your computer. That’s not all, Sharepod gives you the option to backup individual songs or playlists as well. Just select the song/playlist and click on the “copy to PC” to button.

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Amanda's Coolsite

Swizzle - Save Your Inbox

Is your inbox a mess? Is it filled with coupon sites and advertisements? Well mine is! I used to have a separate e-mail address for those kinds of e-mails, but then it became too much of a hassle to bounce back and forth between two e-mail addresses multiple times a day. Eventually I stopped checking that other address and just started signing up for things with my regular e-mail address. Has this happened to you? Do you want you inbox back? I do! 

You’ll notice there’s not much awaiting you on the site, just a blank text line for you type in your e-mail address into. Just above that field is a link about the safety and security of using the service, click that link and the information will be opened in a new tab. Check that out before you proceed, because it explains how this works and what you can expect from this service. Then, if you’ve decided Swizzle is for you, click back over to the original tab and type in your e-mail address. Then click the Start button. 

On the next screen you’ll provide the password for your e-mail account (it is not saved in anyway by Swizzle) and then once you’ve logged into your e-mail address there will be a Start Scan button – click that to begin. I decided to clean out my junk e-mail address, which had thousands of e-mails sitting in it. If you have a lot of e-mails, Swizzle offers you the opportunity to receive an e-mail letting you know when the scan is done, or you can select to wait. I chose to wait, and it took maybe a minute for it to scan my e-mails. Once it was finished, it brought up a list of e-mail addresses that I could unsubscribe to. You can pick the e-mails you don’t want to get anymore and preserve the ones you’re still interested in.

When you click the Unsubscribe button next to an e-mail address, you receive the option to just unsubscribe or unsubscribe and delete all the e-mails from that address. I chose to to delete the e-mails as well as unsubscribe. If the unsubscribe process needs for you to do an extra step (at the site attached to the service you are unsubscribing from) Swizzle will automatically take you to the site and the page you need to finish unsubscribing. Sometimes all the other site shows is a confirmation that you’ve been successfully unsubscribed. 

It took me about seven minutes to unsubscribe from everything it found. I can’t begin to imagine how long it would have taken to manually unsubscribe from everything and then delete all the associated e-mails. Once you’ve finished, click the Done button and you’ll be taken to the exit screen. On the exit screen you’ll see the program leave your e-mail address, have the opportunity to request a reminder in 3 months, and the opportunity to let them know what you think of their service. 

Within ten days you should notice a marked improvement in the amount of bulk e-mail you are receiving, and with the reminder system you can come back in three months and make sure your inbox stays clean. Check it out today!


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One More Big Deal

Identity Theft has Become a Global Problem! 


That's why you tear, shred, and even burn personal documents! RIGHT!


Simply roll it over with this ID PROTECTOR ROLLER SET!

The Complex Ink Pattern Renders Personal Info...TOTALLY USELESS!

INGENIOUS!!!!!  Your Confidential Mail, Checks, Credit Card Receipts... ALL OBLITERATED!


ID Theft Crooks Will ROB YOU BLIND!

The biggest mistake people make is having the "it can't happen to me" frame of mind. Because guess what? IT CAN. Every day, hundreds of thousands of people fall victim to identity theft, mail fraud and other cowardly crimes.

All it takes to put yourself at risk is to throw away once piece of mail or document with any type of personal information on it. Next thing you know someone goes through your trash (these cowards are everywhere these days) looking specifically for that information and BAM - you're in hot water.

Unfortunately, these days people are sinking to new lows by using your confidential information to open credit cards, stealing your social security number, getting your banking information, even stealing credit card receipts with your numbers on them.

Put a LOCK on Your Personal Info!

You can spend a bunch of time tearing your mail or documents into little tiny pieces before you throw them away. Who wants to do that?! Or you can buy an expensive, noisy shredder that takes up too much space and creates a bunch of unwanted waste...Sound fun?

Don't Buy an Expensive, Messy, Space-Hoggin' Shredder!

We have the ANSWER to your problems! It's called an ID PROTECTOR ROLLER, and it could save you THOUSANDS of dollars!

How Does it Work?

SIMPLE! It was designed to effortlessly fight off the criminals! See, the roller has an extremely complex pattern of PERMANENT INK that you run over your confidential information. It is rendered totally useless because it's IMPOSSIBLE to see what's behind it!

This baby jumbles up numbers, names, passwords...ANYTHING!

You get the full 2 1/2" size roller for those big coverups. And, a mini 1/2" bonus roller for wiping out those smaller individual lines between lines! You can even use the mini roller using your pencil as an extension! There's a hole just the right size on the top of the unit!

Yup, it all becomes completely illegible! So fight crime the smart, easy way and put your mind at ease!

It's Your Identity...Protect it!

Ask anyone whose been a victim of identity theft, and they'll tell you how miserable it was picking up the pieces to get back to a normal life. With the ID Protector Roller, your confidential mail becomes as useless as scribbles on scrap paper to the criminals!

For your peace of mind AND protection, we're letting these go at an ULTRA-LOW PRICE! Why? Because we care about you! For today only, you can buy the most important piece of technology you may ever own for the super-low price of just $12.97 - with FREE US SHIPPING INCLUDED!


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...


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:

~ 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:


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