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Quick Tip

Seth from MD asks:

What’s the Windows “Registry?”

Basically, the Windows Registry is a database used to store system and program settings.

Here’s what it looks like:


So, for an example, let’s say a particular program gives you the option of setting its font. You select a font on its font selection screen and hit OK. When you hit the OK button, *most* kinds of software will make an entry into the registry. Next time you run the program, it retrieves the information you set, in this case the font style.

Yeah, that’s a bit of an over-simplification, so just in case, here’s the Wikipedia entry for those who want to delve a little further. 


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And It Even Has Built-In Speakers to Listen ANYWHERE!

Don't Let Your Records TRAP a Fortune!

Records used to be great... yeah, USED TO BE! Sure, when they were the new hot thing they were a blast. Listening to music has always been, and will always be, a universal enjoyment.

But now your stuck with all these records that you might not even be able to PLAY, much less take on the go! That's SOOOO 1960s of you!

I mean, have you tried finding a turntable recently? Even if you DO, they're ridiculously expensive! And honestly, MP3s or even CDs are just way easier to deal with now. Heck, an MP3 player can hold thousands of songs and weighs a fraction of a vinyl record.

The point is... you invested a LOT of time and money into records and now it's like they've trapped your investment. Even if you want to keep your records, and I know a lot of people do, you should still be able to enjoy that music on modern devices without buying it again!

I repeat: Do NOT buy all that music again!

There is a better way to enjoy your collection!

We've got an AMAZING device from Sharper Image that will give you the power to turn your records into MP3s. That means you can do anything you want with them, from listening on your computer to burning them to CDs to putting them directly on your phone or music player.

See for yourself in this video we made just for you!

Even if you only own a couple records, this thing will completely pay for itself in just a few albums! WOW!!!!

Connecting through the familiar and easy-to-use USB 2.0 Interface, this turntable is a snap to use:

Set the record on the player.

 Plug the USB cable into your computer. (Good so far?)

 Hit the "Record" button on the included software.

Gently place the needle on the record.

 Oh, wait, that's it! 

You're now recording your record collection for a FRACTION of the price of just a couple modern CDs!

PLUS - Some of that great old music isn't even available anymore - in ANY FORM!! Your record may be the ONLY way to access it - and now you can enjoy it ANYWHERE!

Don't BLOW hundreds or thousands rebuying your music, this turntable is one of the biggest and best no-brainers this century!

It's also a completely functional record-playing turntable!

With the built-in speaker, that means you don't even need to convert your records to listen! Maybe you prefer the classic sound that can only come from a needle spinnin' on a record. No problem! Just turn up the volume and enjoy your whole collection ANYWHERE!

Yep, ANYWHERE! Because this cool device can be powered with just a couple batteries. That means it's fully portable. Classic music wherever you want it. (Oh, and yes, you can attach it to external speakers or even earphones!)

Technology like this just blows our mind! It's the perfect meeting of the good ol' days with modern convenience! You'll be turning your gold mine of classic tunes into a modern music library in no time!

Amazing Technology at a CRAZY LOW PRICE!

You'll instantly realize how much money you're saving by the time you're putting in even just your second record! No more buying music you already own just because you want it on your new computer or music player.

You'll save a FORTUNE and get to listen to great music while you do it, because this Sharper Image turntable is only $34.97 with FREE SHIPPING IN THE US! YES!

PS - We only have a few of these available, and they're going QUICK! Don't miss on your money-saving technology of the CENTURY! Besides, this AMAZING deal is going back to $49.97 on Saturday


Computers 101

Carol writes:

I have a HP Pavilion PC, 512 RAM, 120GB HDD, Windows XP Home, SP3. Still have about 49GB unused on Hard Drive, but recently I’ve been getting messages about “low virtual memory.” I don’t want to get rid of the computer, even though it’s slowing down a bit, so any input would be great. I really don’t understand paging files, so I appreciate your advice. BTW, love purchasing stuff from Worldstart, and really enjoy these weekly e-newsletters. Thanks!

If your virtual memory is low, the computer may be set to a static swap file (virtual memory) that is too small. The good news is the fix is pretty easy.

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On The Move

iPhone Airplane Mode

International rules and regulations prohibit the use of cellular devices on airplanes due to the possible problems caused through jamming of networks or systems connected to the airliners. However, the iPhone contains a cool feature, enabling you to enjoy using your mobile set in a semi-offline style – like when you are listening to music or while playing your favorite games above the clouds. Let’s take a brief look at this nifty feature of iPhone both geeks and ordinary travelers will be interested in trying out.

Access your phone main screen and tap Settings.

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From The Archives

Ed Jolly from Tulsa, OK asks:

Just rebuilt from attack. Now on Windows 7. Could you please do step by step to back up entire system to external HD with win 7? I used NTbackup on XP, but not sure how to do on win 7.

Hi Ed! You will be glad to hear that backing up your entire system is easier with Windows 7 than it was with NT. Here is a quick rundown of all that you will need to do:

1. First, you need to launch the Windows 7 Backup and Restore utility. You can do that by clicking the Start button and typing ‘backup and restore‘ into the search bar, or by going to the Control Panel, selecting System and Security, and then Backup and Restore.

2. If you have never run a backup before, click the link on the top right that says Set up backup.

3. The next window that opens asks you to choose a location for your system backup, so select your external hard drive from the choices you are given. Just make sure that your external drive is big enough for a full backup. If it isn’t, Windows will warn you before proceeding. Click Next to continue.

Select backup drive

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Amanda's Coolsite


My first memory of being involved in the democratic process is of a mock election held during elementary school where students were encouraged to go through the voting process. With it being an election year, I thought it might be nice to find a kid-friendly resource that will help parents explain the electoral process to their children, while keeping it fun and interesting to learn from. I found iCivics, a website founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, that does just that and even more. It also offers free resources for teachers to use in their classrooms! 

Win the White House – this game lets kids explore the path to presidency by allowing them to campaign all around the United States to try and win the election into office.

Election 2012 – this section provides educators with free classroom resources to help teach about the electoral process. Just sign up for a free account and then check this section out for lesson plans, activities, and games!

Do I Have a Right? – in this game, you’ll run a firm of lawyers who focus on Constitutional law. You’ll match clients to the lawyers who can best help them after deciding if they have the right to do whatever it is they want to do. This is a basic time/resource management game. 

Counties Work – this game teaches the player all about how counties work. You’ll decided the programs and services that will affect your community. You’ll be able to raise or lower taxes, do the county’s budget, and keep the citizens of your county happy. 

Argument Wars – ever wondered what it would be like to be a lawyer? Why not give it a try with this game? In Argument Wars you will argue cases that have actually come before the Supreme Court, provide support for your argument, and see if you can get the judge to rule in your favor. Can you win the argument?

If you scroll down past the game offerings you’ll find the Topics section where kids can explore Citizenship and Participation, Separation of Powers, The Constitution and Bill of Rights, The Judicial Branch, The Legislative Branch, The Executive Branch, and Budgeting. All of the categories help to explain more about the different ways that democracy works and how they can participate in it.


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One More Big Deal


It's Sold For $18.97... Even $14.97...

But Our New Lowest Price EVER Breaks All The Records!

ONLY $12.97!



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!


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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