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Quick Tip

Change the Windows Explorer Default Folder

Windows 7 users know that when they go to their Windows Explorer, the first window that opens up is for Libraries. Well, that’s fine and dandy, but what if I want to start off someplace else? What then?

Today we’re going to learn how to change all that. So locate your Windows Explorer icon on your taskbar, or click Start and type Windows Explorer into your Search Box. Either way, you’re going to want to right-click the Windows Explorer icon and select Properties.

Under the Shortcut tab, focus your attention to the text input box next to Target:

Simply type the address of the folder you want Windows Explorer to start in after the %windir%explorer.exe. So, for example, mine would look like this:


Note: An easy way to select a new default location is to browse to the location, right click in the address bar, selectCopy address as text and paste in the Target box.


After your new default folder location is in, click Apply then OK.

Now open up Window Explorer again and take a look at where you’re at! If you ever want to go back to the original location, simply follow the same steps and delete just the location address you inputted.



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Just LOADED With AMAZING Features YOU Are Gonna LOVE!

Did we mention that it zooms?

IT DOES!!! Look...



TOTALLY Waterproof!

Super Shock Resistant!

Tip Glows In The DARK!

Super Bright 3 Watt LED!


Shine It Over The Length Of TWO Football Fields...
In The Rain! And Drop It Too!


Just pull out the front end of this flashlight and your SPOT light graduates into a FLOOD light! HOW COOL IS THAT!

And remember it's a STROBE light too?  AMAZING!!!

It ALSO acts like your car headlights! How's that? Well, there's a choice of a High Beam or Low Beam setting!


There are Three Settings on this light. High Beam, Low Beam, and even a Strobe Effect! (And that strobe could come in mighty handy in an emergency situation!)

AND... You can zoom the light beam from a tight spotlight to a wide floodlight - on either the high or low beam setting!

That should be enough features to convince you that this is one of the handiest pocket flashligthts you're ever gonna find, but as they say "Wait! That's Not All!!!"

This is a CREE LED Light! It's a powerful, 3 Watt, 120 Lumens light which means it will shine up to 200 meters away! WOW!

There's more? You betcha!

Wait 'til you feel the heft of this flashlight! You'll instantly realize that it's going to withstand a lot of abuse. It's metal body is waterproof - yes, I said waterproof not water resistant - and it's impact resistant! It'll survive those gruelling campouts, hikes, and repaiir projects probably a lot better than you will!

Now look at the other end of this guy! That green button is what you press to change the type of light you want, but it also glows in the dark! You'll never lose this handy illuminator!

There's a durable clip so you can hang it on your belt or straps! Even the battery is included!

At only about 4 inches in length it will fit in your pocket, the toolbox, the glove compartment... you name it!



TODAY ONLY  $18.97!

That should brighen your day!

Visit our store site by clickin' right here:

Order yours before they sell out!

These are really, really nice lights! They will sell out at this extraordinary price!

And remember, orders that total $5 or more are shipped for FREE in the US!


Computers 101

Karen from Australia writes:

A reader named Barbara asked how to block Facebook posts regarding games and game requests. Could you please give me a detailed description of where to go on Facebook to turn these apps off please? Thanks for all the great hints, they are very much appreciated, Karen.

Barbara from Florida writes:
Is there any way to block Facebook posts regarding games and game requests?

Hi, Karen and Barbara!

I know exactly how you feel!  I hate getting all of those game requests, too.  Read below to solve this problem.

1.  Click on Home to get to the main page of Facebook.  This will take you to the page where you see what your friends’ are posting (in the center) and you see ads (on the right).

2.  Look to the top right.  The first thing you will probably see is the Ticker.  This is the list that shows you the actions of your friends.  Right below that is an area that lists both the events you are invited to and any app requests.  In the picture below, I have my ticker minimized (see the grey arrow right above the 12th Annual Integrit… item?).  In the yellow box are my outstanding apps–and like you, I’ve just been ignoring them.  :-)

Outstanding Apps

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On The Move

Android Punctuation Made Easy

Ironically, the introduction of software designed to improve writing (spell check, grammar check, etc.) coincided with an increasing lack of interest in the rules of writing. As a result, punctuation, capitalization, and even correct spelling are instruments that are becoming progressively rusty from neglect. With email, people tended to speed through messages, ignoring punctuation and capitalization. And, of course, texting not only introduced an entirely new language, but continued the deterioration of the previously mentioned tools.

However, if you own an Android phone (and if you care), the stock keyboard offers easy access to punctuation. I discovered this by accident, when a finger delayed a little too long on one of the keys, revealing optional characters. I then tested several keys, most of them exposing even more options, and finally–as a last resort—I referred to the Android owner’s manual for additional information.

One impractical way to add punctuation (the one I used for several months), is to tap the lower left key, which opens the number and punctuation keyboard.


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From The Archives

MS PowerPoint: Bulleted Lists, Where You Click Can Make a Big Difference

Today I tripped across something rather interesting when working on a presentation for my students.

I had created a list of “must knows” for their test and decided that I had too much information for one slide. I immediately made duplicates of the slide containing all the information then went back to delete different parts of the list from each one.

As I was selecting the portion of the list to delete I accidentally clicked the bullet for an item instead of my usual click and drag.

To my surprise – and happiness – with the one click on the bullet PowerPoint selected not only that line of text but all the sub-points as well.

Then it was a quick strike of the Delete button and it was all gone!

Oh, there's more alright! Click here to see it!

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Today's Feature

Need To Measure Something on Screen? 

Have you ever needed to measure something on screen? Making a graphic for a document and need it to be just the right size? Want a photo to fit perfectly in a profile, but not sure how big the image is suppose to be? Designing a website and want to match the icon sizes of another site you like?

Well this is the software for you! A Ruler For Windows allows you to:

  • Measure on-screen elements by the pixel.
  • Get exact sizes for images/graphics.
  • Magnify the screen to get extra precise measurements.
  • Measure vertically and horizontally.  
  • Skin support to customize the look of your ruler. 

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Amanda's Coolsite

Sweet Search

One of the things I learned early on in college is that students have to use the right sources for academic work. This is true really at any level of education where the student is doing research. The internet has made research much easier with instant access to information all over the world, but filtering through that information to find vetted sources can be tricky. 

Not anymore! By using Sweet Search students are assured that they’re receiving information that has been evaluated and is useful to their research. Not only does that take out some of the legwork, but it is also free and easy to use. 

You’ll notice it looks just like any other search engine you’ve seen. Just plug in the topic, keyword, or information you’re looking for and click the green Go button. And just like any other search engine results will pop up. The difference here is that these results have already been evaluated as academic. 

Are you looking for something specific? Below the search engine’s entry field you’ll find two search engines that are dedicated to Biographies and Social Studies. Above those links you’ll find resources to learn to be a better researcher.


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One More Big Deal

Your TIRED Eyes Need Some Assistance...

You've Tried Magnifiers, But They Hardly Ever Work...


You Thought You'd Seen it All. You Were WRONG!

It's 4.5X Magnification That Combines UV AND LED Lighting!

8 Bright White LED Bulbs - 1 Stunning UV Bulb - 45% Magnification...


Get PERFECT Vision with a PERFECT Magnifier!


A Bright Sight for Blurry Eyes...

It happens to everybody: one day, you wake up and realize that your vision is NOT what it used to be.  Not even close.  In fact, you can hardly read a receipt any more.  And when you try reading the fine print, you're left with a squint-induced headache!

From your bills to menus in your favorite restaurants, one this is for certain: YOU CAN'T READ THE FINE PRINT ANYMORE!

If you're ready to eliminate that problem, you MUST check this brand new magnifier out!  It's PACKED full of awesome technology, including 8 LED bulbs and a UV light!  Read on!

You Ain't Seen NOTHIN' Til You've Seen it Through THIS...

A 4.5X Magnifier With the Power of 8 LED's!

Ready for perfect vision?  Then this is just what you need! The very first thing you'll notice about this portable magnifier is the 8 LED bulbs that surround the magnifying glass.  These little bulbs are PACKED full of bright white lighting power - and they're activated with the push of a button!

It's like an "All Seeing Eye..." No matter what you're trying to read, if the small print is giving you fits you've gotta have this! 

Whether it's a receipt, a sensitive document with fine print, even the daily newspaper - just put this 2.5'' lens over it, push the button and SEE EVERYTHING CLEARLY!

Push a Button - Light It Up! It's seriously that easy.  Push it once, and a UV light comes on, push it again, and 8 LED bulbs flood the area with BRIGHT WHITE LIGHT!

As you can see, the bulbs are on the rear of the magnifying glass, which  work to illuminate what you're pointing at without inhibiting your vision!

This piece of visual heaven has the perfect balance between light and magnification - but there's a LOT more to it than that - read on!

Not Just 8 LED's - This Has a UV Bulb Too!

This is a NEVER BEFORE SEEN FEATURE! Coupled with the 8 LED bulbs, it creates an unbelievably bright effect!  Of course, if you just push the button once, only the UV bulb will turn on - and it allows you to do things you never though possible with a magnifier!

Look what it's doing to a 50 dollar bill!

Verify the authenticity of money, check areas around your home for harmful residues left behind by UV visible chemicals, detect fluid stains invisible to the naked eye and more!

UV lights, also known as "Black Lights" are used all over the world for many, many reasons - and now you can have one too!  Other, less common uses for a UV light include uses for rock collectors, insect detection and attraction, and security verifications.  What will you use yours for?  It's up to you!

Tough & Durable - Simple to Use!

Right when you get this in your hands, one word will be flashing before your tired eyes: QUALITY.  This thing is built like a tank without being bulky - it's the perfect size for easy portability without compromising on toughness.  The lens is surrounded by a tough plastic ring, and the body is comprised of hardened plastic with handle grooves.  A NICE touch!

The lens diameter is a perfect 2.5'' which makes it ideal for everything.  It's not so small that it limits what you can use it on, but it's not so big that it inhibits it's portability. 

Go ahead and keep it in your purse, bookbag...even in your pocket! 

This is also ideal for leaving in your glove box while you travel.  Those maps are difficult for anybody to read, but not with this!  If it's kept in the car, you'll always know where to find it to look at credit card slips, receipts, contractual documents - ANYTHING!


Collectors Will LOVE it!

Do you collect sports cards?  Coins?  Antiques or jewelry?  If so, you're about to be amazed!  Not only does this thing work better than a loupe, it's UV bulb will show any stains, fluids or chemicals that could affect the value of your items! 

That's just one more of the LONG list of things this amazing magnifying light is ideal for!  Think of how many other uses you'll get out of it!

Excellent Quality - Excellent Price!

Today, we're gonna let you have this super-useful, ultra-convenient set of extra eyes for the unbelievable price of just $10.97 with FREE US SHIPPING!

Get it Here and STOP SQUINTING!

PS: Grab one while you can! Not only is there a limited supply, Friday the price jumps back up to $18.97!


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)

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~ Steve

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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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