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WorldStart Tech Tips 2012-10-17

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Quick Tip

Windows Explorer – Just Type it In!

I blame Google Chrome for this, but I’m so used to being able to use the “Omni Bar” for finding stuff quickly, that I accidentally did it in Windows 7′s Windows Explorer the other day.  I went up to what I thought was the address bar, and actually typed in “Desktop”.

To my surprise – and utter delight – it worked!

I then proceeded to test it out with a bunch of other locations on my computer – Fonts, My Documents, Music, etc. I was quickly zapped to the location on my hard drive, and anything that didn’t work opened up my browser for a web search.

So type it in next time – you might like it!

~Andrew

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Announcements

High Quality Without Denting Your Wallet

There's nothing worse than finding an AMAZING MP3 player... then realizing it costs as much as your car! Why buy an MP3 player if it leaves you so broke you can't afford music to put on it!?

That's why when these incredible MP3 players came across our eyes, we were STUNNED at how low we can sell these for! It's CRAZY... but in the good way!

We're talkin' top-knotch audio, 4 whoppin' gigs of storage, and a video player to top it all off!

Sleek LCD Screen!

Even at this amazing price, the RCA MP3 player makes NO sacrifices! With a nearly 2" screen and the easiest navigation buttons you've ever seen, you'll LOVE using this to listen to your favorite songs.

Speaking of sleek, the compact size means you can bring this ANYWHERE! Put it in your pocket, bags, leave it in your car... it'll never be in the way. It's probably smaller than you phone!

Perfect size, perfect quality.

4 Massive Gigs of Storage
USB 2.0 Interface
MP3 AND WMA Audio Playback
AMV Video and JPEG Photo Compatibility
Voice Recording Utility
Bonus Earphones - Absolutely Free

And all of this comes at HALF (if not a quarter) of the cost of some of those OTHER MP3 players out there... they're not even CLOSE to this incredible deal!

And seriously... FREE earphones too! It's practically a full MP3 giveaway at this price!

Speaking of Deals...

You're probably wondering how much this costs... there's NO WAY we could get such a crazy deal out super cheap, right? Well, we can and we ARE!

Get ALL OF THIS for the insanely low price of only $31.97 with FREE US SHIPPING!

Seriously, go run to the store and see how much they're charging for comparable devices. You'll SPRINT home to get back to this unbelievable deal!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/8304

PS - Speaking of deals, this one won't last forever. If you wait too long, on Thursday the sale ends and the price returns to $39.97  




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Computers 101

Nick from TX writes:

I have been told that running a single program on a Core i5 system and a Core i7 system will result in negligible differences in speed. It was said that a core i7 system only really improves performance when running multiple tasks simultaneously. Is that true?

The difference between most core i5 and i7 systems (along with various other CPU lines) is the number of threads the processor can work on at the same time. The term “CPU Core” or “processors” is often used to mean the amount of threads a CPU can process, as some CPUs may have 4 real CPU cores inside of them, but are able to process 2 threads at the same time for each core, thus giving your computer the same power as a 8 core cpu.

Intel’s highest end i7 “Sandy Bridge” processors can handle 8 threads of information at the same time, while most i5 processors can only handle 4. AMD’s highest end processors support 8 threads of information at the same time, while the A6 and A8 processors support 4.

Older software (and even some more recent software) may not be designed to take advantage of multiple threads, and will function speed-wise very similar on the same Ghz rated core i5 and core i7 processor. On applications that are multi-threaded, there can be a small to very large performance increase, depending on how many threads the application can use. For example, Adobe Photoshop – which can utilize many threads – runs complex filters almost twice as fast on a core i7 than a core i5 processor.

Keep in mind that while you may only be running one application on the screen, you may also have a virus scanner, chat client, e-mail program and other system utilities taking up CPU time, and limiting how much is left over for your main application to use. 

i5ori7

~Tim

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On The Move

Curtis writes:

I’m considering buying a smart phone of some type. I don’t really need an internet connection, but I’m assuming that all plans require it. What I need most is to be able to place reminders (doesn’t have to be a calendar, just a list for me to access later) in 3-4 different lists. Since I mostly remember to add to these lists (I work in 3 locations) while I’m driving, I need the phone to reliably complete the task through voice recognition.

Which smart phone should accomplish this most effectively?

Well the great news is both Android-powered phones and the Apple iPhone can do this function easily. Android and iOS (iPhone’s operating system) both have a built in voice-to-text feature on the keyboard, allowing you to speak to the phone and have your words typed out.

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From The Archives

Reduce Visual Noise with Whitespace

If you have a web site or a blog you can enhance readability by giving enough white space between elements (content). If you use insufficient white space, your audience may have difficulty reading the content. Insufficient whitespace results in a phenomenon called visual noise.

What is Visual Noise?
Visual noise makes it difficult for users to digest information on web pages because everything is placed too closely. The best way to explain visual noise is by looking at the following example.

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This site is a “News” site that oozes with visual noise. Even if the content is par excellence, odds are that only the most persevering of visitors would wade through it. There is just too much happening and not enough breathing space between elements. Whitespace to the rescue!!!

Read it all at Worldstart!

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Today's Feature

Mark from WV writes:

The other day I was reading one of my industry’s newsletters. After I finished reading it, down at the bottom was a link to confirm that I want to continue receiving this newsletter. Right after I had clicked on it (my antivirus/malware program) popped this warning saying that I’ve been downloading illegal copies of songs and I had to pay a $200.00 fine. Of course the place was over in Europe where I had to send it, so I knew that it was a scam. I ran my antivirus program and it removed it, but now I get this error saying that my vlc player.dll is missing. I just click OK and my computer runs fine, but still, what is the VLC player DLL and do I really need it? If so, how can I download a new version of it?

I’m glad to hear you were on the ball knowing any popup telling you about illegal music or saying that there is a fine you need to pay is definitely not legitimate. Running a virus and malware scan after any suspicious activity never hurts.

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Amanda's Coolsite

14 to 42: New York City Signs

I thought this site gave a very interesting look into New York City. You can view the city signs that New York has used over the years, with some dating all the way back to the 1880s. There are several ways to navigate through this site, which makes the discovery even more fun.

You can navigate by Street, Date, Name or just check out the Highlights. To browse by Street, click the number that you want to visit from 14 to 42.

To browse by date, click the Browse by Date link and it will give you a listing of the signs in chronological order.

To browse by name, click the Browse by Name link and it will give you a listing of the signs in alphabetical order.

To browse just the highlights, click the “You may also take a quick tour of the highlights” link and it will load a page of signs; highlighting some of them from various collections. This is the best way to get a quick glimpse at what you’ll be looking at. To get more information on the highlights shown here, just click on the image or on the link below the image. You’ll then be taken to that sign’s page. This is a great way to get your feet wet before delving deeper into the signs on this site.

My favorite way to browse through was by Street. I took it one at a time so I could really experience what each street had to offer. And, from 14 to 42, I was delighted.
From store signs to advertisement signs on the sides of buildings, I fell in love with New York, street by street.

Check it out!

http://www.14to42.net/

~ Amanda

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Send it to Amanda at amanda@worldstart.com

One More Big Deal

A Flash Drive SO BIG at a Price SO SMALL!

We've NEVER Sold 'em Like This Before!

It's HUGE!

We're Talkin' 64 Whoppin' Gigs Of Space!

And It's Only $48.97 - WOW!

It's The Biggest Flash Drive We've Ever Offered!

Heck - Use It For An External Hard Drive!

Files Keep Getting BIGGER - You Gotta Keep Up!

PLUS - A Jaw-Droppin' Price You Have To See To Believe!

 

It's an UNBELIEVABLE 24 hour deal on a HUGE 64GB SanDisk Flash Drive!

Yeah - you read that right - 64 tremendous gigabytes of speedy USB flash drive bliss!

And with SanDisk, you KNOW it's gonna be good.

It's the largest flash drive we've ever offered - and just wait till you see the price! WOW!

Get Ready...
 

Let's Face It - Files Keep Getting Bigger and Bigger...

And You Need Storage That'll Keep Up!

Think about - photos keep getting more megapixels, video keeps getting higher def, even word docs and spread sheets are growing in size!

With 64GB, not only are you storing documents and spreadsheets, you're FINALLY able to store large quantities of high resolution photos, HD videos, and music! Even use it in place of an external hard drive!

Plus, with 64GB available, 95% of computer users could literally use this to backup ALL their data.

Just imagine - you could carry JUST this flash drive and have access to ALL your data wherever you have a computer handy! Home, friend / family / office! It's your new office!

Hey! Don't just TELL folks about your vacation - Keep this baby with you and SHOW 'em all the photos and video!

WOW!
 

 IMMENSE Size

With 64GB of space, this flash drive really can go where no flash drive has ever gone before! It's a PERFECT backup device AND it's FANTASTIC for transporting ALL your files!

Holds 16,000 songs, 12,0000 photos, and up to 20 hours+ of video! (assuming average file sizes)

 Extra Computer Storage

Most people think of flash drives as just a way to move files, but once they get this large, they become something MORE - like an external HD!

Think about it - this massive 64GB monster is probably all you need for extra storage! And it's WAY better on space than those bulky external HDs!

Just plug it into your computer and you've instantly added 64GB of storage! SMART!

 SanDisk SecureAccess Software

Included security software gives you the option of protecting your sensitive files with a password-protected virtual vault! It's ingenius!

 Price

Just wait till you see the deal on this - you're gonna FLIP!
 

Are you ready for this? Here's a few sample prices - kind of high huh?

YIKES!

You can get this bad boy for just $48.97 and US shipping is FREE! Talk about a no-brainer! Check it out NOW:

http://store.worldstart.com/product/8303

Watch out - the sale ends Thursday, but hey, with supplies this limited - they may just sell out first!! (Price is heading back up to $59.97)




 

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...
(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:

http://www.backcountrygallery.com/wallpaper/

~ 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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