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WorldStart Tech Tips 2012-11-15

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Quick Tip

John from LA wrote in asking:

Is there a way to turn off tabbed browsing? Every time I close a Tab I have to reload the page.

Sure, John – if you’re using Internet Explorer, then yes, there is a way!

Click on the gear in the upper right-hand corner and select Internet Options.

Make sure you’re on the General tab, and next to the Tabs field, click Settings.

Now, just un-check Enable tabbed browsing and click OK at the bottom.

You’re all set – no more tabbed browsing in IE. You can always re-follow these steps and put a check back in if you want to restore this function.


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So you've got a closet full of old VHS tapes sitting around collecting dust and takin' up tons of space!

Wouldn't it be awesome if you could put 'em on DVD?. Heck, maybe you've got a ton of home videos that you shot with a camcorder and you have a bunch of home movies you shot with a camcorder and you wish you could transfer them to DVD! (Heck just think of all the closet space you'd free up!)

That's why I was so excited when we discovered an INCREDIBLE little device that will turn your wishes into reality! You just gotta check this out!


EasyCap Video Capture Box takes your videos and transfers 'em to your computer (then onto DVD or Video CD)!

How's it work? Pretty simple really. You just plug your VCR / DVD Player / Video Camera into the standard Audio / Video inputs on this device (or, for even better quality - plug into the "S" Video plug). Pretty easy so far huh? Now, just plug the EasyCap into your USB port and run the software!

To transfer, just hit PLAY on your VCR (or DVD player, or camcorder, or whatever) and RECORD on the included software! That's really it! This can record ANYTHING that you can plug into it! Old VHS movies, your favorite home videos, even copy DVDs to your computer so you can watch them on an iPod or portable video player! Pretty sweet huh?

Really, just plug in a couple cords, follow the software prompts, and you're good to go!

Just check out the video at our site - Gary will show you how incredibly easy this actually is!!

If you have a closet full of old VHS tapes, why let them deteriorate to the point of no longer being playable? Hey, VHS doesn't have that long of a shelf life - 15 years is probably optimistic.

If you have a stack of VHS tapes that you want to keep, you absolutely HAVE to get them transferred to something more reliable - and this makes it easy!

Besides, when was the last time you saw a new VHS player at a store? Doesn't happen very often now - they are an endangered species, and they aren't far from permanent extinction! The day is coming where even if you WANT to buy a VHS player to look at those old tapes it simply isn't going to be an option! Better transfer 'em while you can!

Oh, and do you have a camcorder that uses an odd-sized tape - you know, so
you have to hook the camcorder up to the TV to see your videos? Well, why not hook that little camcorder up to this and finally get all those tapes transferred over to digital? From there, you can enjoy them on your computer or create your own DVD / Video CD to watch in a standard DVD player!

That's right - you don't even need a DVD burner on your computer - you can make a Video CD that will play in any standard DVD player!

Airlink 101 USB 2.0 Video Capture Box w/Audio Everything is SUPER easy to work with!

You'll be able to get things transferred over in no time!

Why let your tapes fade into an analog ether? This can save 'em before it's too late!

Your cost? Get this - Just
$22.97 and US Shipping is FREE!

For that kind of money, it's crazy not to grab this and start transferring all those old VHS tapes and camcorder movies to your computer or DVD! Heck, this can even record from a DVD player if you need an extra copy of something! Check it out, but hurry - this is something we've had a LOT of requests for and now that it's finally here, it's bound to fly!

PS - Don't miss out - this little gadget makes transferring your old VHS / Camcorder tapes to DVD incredibly easy - get yours today!

PPS - This sale ends on Friday when the price will go back up to $29.97!!


Computers 101

How to Groupon

We all love to save money, right?  Whether your favorite store is having a huge sale, you find a coupon in the mail, or see an ad in the newspaper, the end result is the same: saving money to do the things we enjoy and buy the things we love!  Now this concept has spread to the Internet. Groupon is a website that features daily deals on restaurants, sights to visit, dance or workout classes, and so many other activities. These daily deals are essentially “coupons” – they offer you savings for yourself and others if you choose to buy one as a gift.  For example, for a certain deal, you may be able to pay $10 and receive a $20 voucher for a restaurant. These deals can be purchased on the Internet or even Android devices or iPhones, to be used when you arrive at the site of your choosing.  One of the perks about Groupon is that even if you don’t use it by the expiration date, you can always redeem it for the amount you paid — so all is never lost.  Let’s learn how to use Groupon so you can find yourself some good deals!  

First, go to  To sign up, enter in your email address, location, and fill in all the required info.  If you have signed up in the past, sign in with your username and password.  You can always change the city you are subscribing to in order to receive deals for that area.  On top of the page in large white letters, it should say the city of your choosing.  If you ever wish to change this, simply click on the down arrow next to the city name, and you can search the U.S. by state to choose a new city. 

There are five main tabs on the top center of the page.  The first tab says “Featured Deal.”  This displays the deal of the day.  On the left hand side of the page of any deal, there is a green icon that says “Buy!”  Click on this if you wish to purchase the deal.  Before purchasing any deal, make sure to read the details and fine print displayed below the picture and name of the deal.  Below the “Buy!” icon, it will display the actual value of the deal, the discount you are receiving, and how much money you are saving in dollar amount.  Below that, you have the option to “Buy it for a friend!”  The time left to buy the deal is displayed below this, and the quantity bought is the final number displayed on the bottom row of this box.  

If there is a deal that you wish to share with your friends online, Groupon lets you do this via social networking websites or email. Underneath the “Buy!” box, there are 5 mini icons to tweet (Twitter), pin it (Pinterest), email, or Facebook the Groupon deal.  The blue “t” allows you to share the link to the deal on your Twitter account, the envelope icon opens Microsoft Outlook so that you can e-mail the link to a friend. Likewise, the “Pin it” icon will post the deal onto your Pinterest account, and the blue “f” icon stands for Facebook.  You can either Send the link via Facebook or “Like” it on Facebook, which will also display the deal you like on your Facebook account.  

The second tab is “All Deals.”  When you click on this tab, you have an option to view either all types of deals, or to select the area in which you want to find a deal: Food & Drink, Events & Activities, Beauty & Spa, Fitness, Health, Home & Auto, Shopping, and Education.  There is an additional option listed labeled Rewards. This is a rewards program that you can sign up for to receive exclusive deals when you use your credit or debit card at certain businesses. 

The third tab is “Now! Deals.”  As the name indicates, these display deals that are to be used on the SAME day as purchase.  Some of these deals may differ than those listed under “All Deals,” so make sure to browse through these and take advantage of some of the great deals they have to offer. 

The fourth tab is “Getaways.”  These are deals featured by Groupon with Expedia for getaway offers to travel in the United States and even around the globe.  There are hotel deals and travel packages listed under this tab, and often you can save fifty percent or more on these getaway offers. 

The fifth tab is a newer option – the “Goods” tab.  These are essentially your material items, which can range anywhere from a GPS to suede boots to shower curtains to diamond earrings.  You can save anywhere between fifty to ninety percent on these “last chance” deals. 

So if you love finding yourself some good deals, Groupon will definitely help you accomplish that – and if you are a subscriber, you will receive daily deals straight to your email account.  Enjoy!


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On The Move

Jerry from Greensboro, NC writes:

I bought a used iPod touch. How do I insert my ID and password? It has the original owners info and won’t let me do anything.

Apple’s iPod, iPhone and iPad line of touchscreen devices offer some fantastic features, but come at a very hefty price. You did well to go to the secondary market where you can find a gently used unit at an amazing price. What do you do though when the original owner left all of their stuff on it?

The best thing to do is to factory restore the device. Start by going to Settings>General>Reset>Erase All Content and Settings. You will be prompted to confirm the erase and the device will reboot and erase everything to factory new condition.

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From The Archives

Mary from CA writes:

My PC shows that my hard drive disk is almost full. I have not added any new programs. I have deleted and it does not change! I have run the disk cleanup, and it does not change. Help!!!?

Hi, Mary.

A full hard drive can cause all kinds of problems for your machine, including but not limited to a slow computer and, ultimately, hard drive failure.

There are a number of possible reasons for this.

All of which can be found here!

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Today's Feature

CollageIt - Easy to use Photo Collage Maker

Do you like the look of a photo collage, but don’t want to spend a lot time printing out photos, cutting them up, gluing them to paper, cutting our borders, gluing on the borders, only to realize you’re out of space and doing it ALL over again?

CollageIT is a program that allows you to create amazing collages using your digital photos. The interface is simple to use, and with 15 templates included for free that you can customize in near infinite ways, the possibilities for creativity are endless!

Finished Collage from CollageIt

Get the download here!

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Amanda's Coolsite

Grade Genie

Welcome to Grade Genie the study site devoted to helping you get the best grade you can through study tools.

Registration is easy. All you have to do is fill out the form, select the school you are attending, and agree to the terms and conditions. You can login immediately afterwards.

Once you’ve logged in you will be asked to setup your schedule. Follow the directions they give you to set up your schedule. If it can’t find the classes you’re taking through the search engine you can add them.

Now that you have your schedule added, you can upload notes for that specific course by clicking the upload button. If you don’t have any notes to add at this time to share with other users you can skip this.

To search for Notes – go to the search field and select Notes from the drop down menu. This will give you a search engine to use. Type in the title or tags you want to look for. You can also change the school you are searching for the notes in by changing it from My Schools to one of the other schools listed.

This is an awesome study tool. The more you add notes, and check out the notes that other people have added – the better you are going to do in your classes!


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One More Big Deal


Got Windows 7? Maybe planning to upgrade? Don't let this complicated operating system hold you back! If you're new to Windows or even think you're a pro, this software is going to teach you everything you need to know about Windows 7.

There's never been a more complete and informative tutorial before... EVER.

I gave this tutorial to my friend (who claimed he's a Windows expert...) a few days later he called me back and was SHOCKED at the sheer volume of new things he never even knew he could do! It's THAT thorough!

If you've ever been fed up trying to get Windows 7 to work how you need it to, you are NOT alone! It doesn't matter how much experience you have with computers, every version of Windows changes so many things!

Stop the headaches and get control of your computer!

Over 170 Lessons! YES! When we say “complete”, we mean COMPLETE! Every nook and cranny of Windows 7 is put into an interactive, multimedia instructional to make you tech savvy.

Did I Say Multimedia?

Yep! You aren't just sitting there reading some text on the screen, you get fully-engaging audio and visual presentations that make you feel like you have a Microsoft technician guiding your every step!

Every topic and every click is covered fully so you aren't EVER confused or left guessing!

Tired of figuring out what these computer terms are? Professor Teaches Windows 7 includes a full glossary of ANY key terms it uses or you need to know. And it features a simple list and alphabetical search to find out what you need!

Hands-On Learners Rejoice! I don't know about you, but I have a WAY easier time learning when I can try it myself. And that's why I LOOOOOVE  these tutorials! They don't just tell you what to do, they give you the most realistic simulations and have you ACTUALLY go through the process, step-by-step!

That's two HUGE advantages - One, anyone will remember better by actually performing the tasks... and two, because it's a simulation, you can't mess anything up! No risks, no worries!

And with the Professor Answers quick assistance, if you forget something down the road, you'll have an informative lifeline to get you the answers you need!

There's simply no smarter or easier way to learn Windows 7.

Check Out This Small Selection of the Lessons!

  Windows 7 Basics
  Using The Desktop
  Working with Files and Folders
  Personalizing Windows 7
  Printing and Printer Features
  Working with Applications and the Internet
  Creating Shortcuts
  Working with Desktop Gadgets
  Personalizing the Desktop and Folder Settings
  Searching for Files and Folders

Wow! That's a lot of information... and this is just a tiny taste of the 170+ potential lessons!

Maybe you don't need every lesson! No problem! You are completely free to pick and choose each individual lesson! Skip sections you know and focus on the ones YOU need to brush up on!

Done with the basics? Step it up to Windows 7 ADVANCED topics! Give yourself the edge when using Windows 7 and make sure that your time at the computer is as quick and simple as you want it to be!

It's no surprise how fantastic this software is when you look at the facts: Professor Teaches has been a huge name in tutorial software for YEARS! You don't get respect like this for nothing:

I can't stress how much you get with this software. There's simply no way to turn Windows 7 from a nightmare into a smooth and easy ride. Novices and pros alike will get SO MUCH out of just a small amount of time spent with it!

Speaking of small amount, check out this price! Make yourself a Windows 7 master for only $12.97 with FREE SHIPPING IN THE US! WOW!

PS - This amazing deal is NOT going to stick around for long! If you don't grab a copy quick, they might be all gone! And on Friday the sale ends, sending the price back to $18.97



Monthly Wallpaper

November Wallpaper Is Ready!

Time to dress up your desktop with some new calendar wallpaper! Pick from the featured photos below or head to the site for a complete selection (including some nice winter scenes)

Featured Wallpaper For November:

Egret Take Off

Finally! This was a shot I’d been after for awhile and I’m pretty excited I captured it. We arrived at Ritch Grissom Wetlands early in the morning and came upon this guy. I set the tripod and got into position, just watching his behavior. He wasn’t really fishing anymore, so I knew the next move would likely be...(More)

Soul Of The Canyon

So, there we were, hiking through Lower Antelope Canyon with our guide. My 10 year old son Grant and I were exploring this incredible slot canyon and we’d already done a LOT of photography. We were making our way back when we noticed a light beam coming down – through the “eye” of this rock formation! The guide, who’d been doing this awhile, was...


Adler Falls

This fairy-tale like waterfall is located in a remote location in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, although pretty much everything is in a remote location in da UP, eh? It was actually taken a few years ago and I just “rediscovered” it in my files recently. I’ll never forget the day I captured it though! You start off on a brief little jaunt down a bouncy two track road, park, and then make your way down a hill. It’s only about a quarter mile, but the hike down really... (More)

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