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WorldStart Tech Tips 2012-11-20

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MIT Online Classes For Free

How much do you think a typical four-year education at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT for short) would cost you? $228,040 (and that doesn’t even count books or Mt. Dew money!)

But how would you feel if I told you that you can take online courses from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology free of charge?

This amazing program is called MIT OpenCourseWare, and contains courses feature video lessons, power point presentations assignments, reading material and related course work. The project was announced in 2001 and has developed into a catalog of over 2,100 courses, covering nearly all subjects taught at the prestigious school. These are not brief overviews or simple summaries, but the actual course material and information taught to MIT students.

The course material is provided free of charge by MIT, and each course represents an investment by the university of between 15,000 and 20,000 dollars, with video courses easily doubling that cost. So why pay to attend MIT when you can get the course work free at OpenCourseWare? The big sticking point is the lack of accreditation  None of the courses you take will count as college credit towards a degree, nor will having taken these courses entitle you to claim you attended or studied at MIT.

Yet. if you want to expand your horizons, learn a new subject or brush up on your existing knowledge, this fantastic resource is hands down the highest quality and cheapest way. You can view all of the MIT OpenCourseWare catalog byclicking here.


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Windows 8 is Like NOTHING You've Ever Seen Before!

Don't Let This HUGE Change Slow You Down!

Mastering Windows 8 IS EASY...


Professor Teaches Windows 8 is HERE!

60+ Lessons Give You EVERYTHING!

PLUS - 60 Lessons On Internet Explorer 10!

Quick - Easy - Interactive

It Has You Learn by DOING, Not Just Reading!

There's No Other Software THIS Thorough!


Now That's... Different.

...That was all I could say the first time I looked at the new Windows 8.

Forget everything you know about Windows because this is a WHOLE new ball game!!

From top to bottom, Windows 8 COMPLETELY changed everything you thought you knew! And it's gonna be on every new computer from here on out!

Learning Windows 8 on your own would be a NIGHTMARE.

Don't go into Windows 8 blind! You need the best help in the industry, and that's where Professor Teaches Windows 8 steps up to the plate.

You might be hesitant to approach Windows 8 due to the MASSIVE rehaul in design... but after a little time with this software, you'll be flippin' through Windows 8 like a pro.

You'll know Windows 8 better than your current OS... Professor Teaches is THAT GOOD.

If you've ever been frustrated trying to use Windows 8, or are hesitant to try it because of the learning curve... you are NOT alone! It doesn't matter how much experience you have with computers... with a change THIS drastic, we're ALL learning from scratch!

Stop the headaches and get control of your computer!

Check Out This Small Selection of the Lessons!

Starting Windows 8
Exploring the Start Screen
Introduction to Apps
Exploring the Computer's Content
Introduction to Charms
How to Customize the Taskbar
Personalizing the Start Screen
Removing Tiles from the Start Screen
Listening to Radio Webcasts
Customizing the Command Bar
Maintaining Internet Security
PLUS 60 Internet Explorer 10 lessons!

Geeze! THAT'S A TON OF INFORMATION! And it's only scratchin' the surface of this INCREDIBLE software's 120+ lessons!

YES! Over 120 Lessons! When we say "complete”, we mean COMPLETE! Every nook and cranny of Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 are put into an interactive, multimedia instructional to make you the savvy expert on this brand new operating system.

Multimedia = EASY LEARNING!

That's right! Other software might make you sit there and read a wall of text. Professor Teaches gives you videos and real interaction to help you learn the ins-and-outs! It's like having your very own personal Windows technician!

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

With professional voice-narration and self-paced guides... learning Windows 8 becomes an ENJOYABLE experience!

And it gets even better!

Never get confused by technical computer terms again! Professor Teaches Windows 8 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!

Prefer the "Hands-on Approach"?

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 only 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 8.

Already familiar with some of Windows 8? You can skip the lessons you don't need! Spend all the time you need exclusively on the information that's new or unusual to you!

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 better way to turn Windows 8 from a nightmare into a smooth and easy ride.

Right now, everyone is scrambling to figure out all the new features... now's your chance to be the expert!


Check out this price! Make yourself a Windows 8 master for only $18.97 with FREE SHIPPING IN THE US! WOW!

PS - We were only able to work out a deal for so many of these... if you don't grab a copy quick, they might be all gone! And on Wednesday the sale ends, sending the price back to $26.97


Computers 101

Hailey writes:

I have a lot of photos in My Pictures folder. The thing is, I can’t see the little pictures of the photos for preview, I can only see icons. Can I change this so that I can see my little pictures again? I have Windows Vista.

Hi, Hailey!

Yep, you can change the icons to the little picture preview (thumbnails) and back again if you want to. Here’s how:

My Pictures is usually stored in your Documents folder. To get to your Documents folder in a really easy way (if it’s not already on your desktop) is to first go to your Start button and left-click. When your Start menu pops up, at the very top of the right side you will see an icon preview (how ironic is that?) and below it, your user name. Below that is Documents. Left-click on it.

After you left-click on your Documents, go up to the top left of your folder to Organize (it’s under the Menu bar – File, Edit, etc.). Left-click on the little upside-down triangle to the right of that. A list of options will drop down; go down the list until you find Folder and Search Options (it’s right under Layout). Left-click on that.

If you’re using XP, instead of Organize, you want the Tools menu. In there, you’ll find Folder Options.

After you click on Folder and Search Options, a (dialog) box will pop up with three tabs: General, View, and Search. Left-click on View.

Under View (in the middle), the first thing you’ll see is Folder Views. Under that, there is a white box with a bunch of settings (labeled Advanced Settings) that you can change so that you can customize your computer. The very first setting in this box is the one we need, which is Always show icons, never thumbnails. Uncheck this box.

Left-click on Apply, and then left-click on OK.

Now you can see your pictures!

I would like to note here that when you enable the option for thumbnails and not icons, you may notice a difference in your computer performance. When you change this option, thumbnails will be displayed instead of icons on your whole computer, not just My Pictures. When Windows pulls up a thumbnail, it draws on more resources than it does when it pulls up an icon. In other words, Windows has to work a little harder with thumbnails. It’s just like you said, it’s a little picture, and pictures are larger files (even little ones). Thus, a thumbnail (a little picture) is larger than a plain ole itty-bitty icon, so it takes more for Windows to open it than it does to open an icon. If you find that your computer is running a little slower than you would like, follow the tutorial above, and this time put a check in the box where it says Always show icons, never thumbnails. If your computer speeds up a little, you have found your culprit.

Then again, it may not make a bit of difference (it doesn’t on mine). And you may not care if it’s a little slower, because not only is your computer prettier, you can see your little pictures again!

If this does slow your computer down, you can also change the view temporarily by clicking on the View menu and selecting different views. However, if you’re using Vista or Windows 7, you may not see a View menu. If not, take a look at How to Setup Classic Menus in Vista and Windows 7.

Thanks for writing, Hailey!

~ Lori Cline

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On The Move

WS App Review: Angry Birds Star Wars


Angry Birds, the hit physics based game from Rovio, is back with a Star Wars themed adventure. Every bird is cast as a popular character from the hit original movie series with exciting new abilities and humorous cut-scenes.

The core of the game is still the same. The goal is to use the on-screen slingshot to throw the birds at the structures the pigs have built to destroy all the pigs and as much of the structure you can. You can increase your score by using fewer birds or by using the special abilities of the birds to inflict more damage, but each level is completed when all the pigs are destroyed.

Read the review at Worldstart!

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From The Archives

Missing Volume Control Icon?

Hey, Windows 7 users. Have you ever lost your volume icon? You go to change your volume by using the little icon that sits in the bottom right hand corner of your desktop (right next to your clock) and it’s nowhere to be found?

So aggravating!


 The solution is here!

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Today's Feature

Adding A Watermark To Your Photos

You take great photos, why not share them? The problem is when those photos get used illegally or without your permission. We’ve given you a few different options when it comes to protecting your online photos in this previous article, but today I’m going to go a little more in-depth with my preferred method, the watermark.

Adding an image on top of your image is a sure fire way to keep someone from using it without your permission, but who wants to cover up their entire picture with a graphic? On the other hand, how much good does it do to use a watermark that  can easily be cropped out? Well, I’m going to walk you through an easy way to create a functional watermark that doesn’t interfere with the integrity of your image.

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Amanda's Coolsite

Free Online Graph Paper

I’m an avid knitter, and I’m starting to dip my toes in the knitting designer pond, but in order to do that sometimes a girl needs graph paper. Much to my consternation, I did not have any left in the house. What’s a girl to do when she’s in the grip of a creative burst of “I MUST DESIGN NOW”?

Well, I pulled up my browser, headed to my favorite search engine and started to hunt the web for exactly what I needed. What I found was not only what I needed, but such an amazing resource of different kinds of graphing paper that you can print out for free that I had to share it with you. 

Navigation is easy. Just go to the page and select the kind of graph paper you want to browse. Your options are: Squares, Triangular and Hexagonal,  Circular and Polar, Asymmetric, Specialty, and Writing and Note-Taking. As you can tell from the variety in the categories you’re sure to find the kind of paper you want.

Once you click into a category, for example in the case of my design issue, I need a square grid. So I picked that. Then I have the option of nine different styles of graph paper in the Square category. I can even pick one of the graph papers that offers customization. 

Once you’ve selected the graph paper you want, or have customized it to your specifications, it will open as a .PDF file and you can print it out.  On the main page if you scroll past the categories, you’ll find a few tips on printing out your graph paper. 

This is a great site to bookmark so that you always have graph paper at the ready when you need it!


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One More Big Deal

An SDHC CARD FOR $3.97 ...Have We Lost Our Minds?!

4 Whoppin' Gigs For Less Than $4!! WOW!

You Will NOT Find One at a Lower Price! Ever!

Get 'em NOW, They'll be Gone in a FLASH!

Don't Be Sorry! Take Advantage of this "Never Cheaper" Deal


Can you believe this?

A 4GB SDHC Class 2 Card for $3.97!

No, the staff hasn't taken away my meds, these fantastic quality cards (they'll probably outlast your camera) really are just a measly $3.97!! I can't take my wife out for lunch at McDonalds for that kind of money!

Now, you gotta grab one now- cuz you know if you don't you'll be out at some family event or once-in-a-lifetime vacation later this fall and WISH you had a 4gb card! You'll be saying, "Oh WHY didn't I listen to Steve when he said to grab one of those 4gb SDHC cards for $3.97 !!"

I mean, think about it. Take a stroll down the aisle of your local rip-off chain store and you'll find they like to sell them for $25 or so - well, unless they put them on, ahem, "sale" for $17.99 or something. Yeah RIGHT!! You know where to get 'em cheap!

Oh, and they hold just outrageous amounts of stuff too - we're talking around 1000 photos from your typical 8MP digital camera! (Sure beats the old 24 exposure rolls of film eh?)

Using it in an MP3 player? You'll probably be able to store nearly 1000 songs! That's DAYS worth of music! WOW!

Plus, they work in everything that can use SDHC cards - Digital cameras, MP3 players, Digital Camcorders, handheld PCs, phones, and GPS units!

Again, your cost is a jaw-droppin' $3.97 for these! We don't have a lot of 'em - which means they're gonna be gone FAST! Drop on by the site and check it out:


You won't find this deal anywhere else! And if you wait too long, you won't find it here either! GRAB YOURS QUICK, BEFORE THEY'RE ALL GONE! Or even worse... before the sale ends and they go back to $8.97!!


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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As always, the wallpaper is 100% free, so enjoy!


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