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Quick Tip

Florence from MA asks:

What are drivers?

Good question – a classic, in fact! Drivers are basically instructions that tell your computer how to use its hardware. Each hardware device in your computer has a driver.

Some, like drivers for a keyboard or mouse, are built into the computer itself. Others, like video card drivers or network drivers, need to be installed when you get a the new hardware device. Without the proper driver, your stuff won’t work, that is, unless you have a newer operating system like Windows Vista or 7 that can search for certain kinds of drivers.

If you’re having trouble with a particular hardware device, chances are that an updated driver may solve your problem. These can be found at the website for the company that made your equipment. Two good sources to help you locate updated drivers are Windrivers and DriverGuide .

~ Steve

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That Phone Looks GROSS!

Your Touchscreen Collects a LOT of Residue...

(Can You Even READ Through All Those Smudges?!)


You Need This Stylus/Pen Combo for That Screen!

True Precision & A Pristine Screen!

Stylus On One End - Pen On The Other!

Cell Phones, iPods, iPhones, Tablets, ANYTHING...

Plus Paper, Notepads, or Sticky Notes TOO!

Any Screen, Any Paper, ANYTIME!


Pen and Stylus... COMBINED!

Have you ever been sitting there, fighting with your phone, just trying to dial in the right numbers? But the touchscreen buttons are too small, your fingers are too big, or the phone just seems not to want to listen to you?

Or maybe you noticed that after just a couple uses, your touchscreen device is COVERED from top to bottom in nasty smudges that look awful and get your screen blurry!

Oh, and scratches? Those are PERMANENT DAMAGE!

And how many times have you been out-and-about, ready to write a check, note, sign something... only to realize YOU HAVE NO PEN! It's infuriating!

Get all of these birds with one FANTASTIC stone...

With WorldStart's VERY OWN Combination STYLUS PEN!

It's a capactive touchscreen stylus on one end, plus a smooth and precise pen on the other.

How has nobody ever thought of this before?!

If you've never used a stylus on your touchscreen device... you're in for a HUGE TREAT!

All those times you couldn't quite hit the right button, couldn't get your phone to "feel right", or were just fed up with all the oily smudges all over... NO MORE! They are PROBLEMS OF THE PAST!

And if you're gonna carry a stylus around... why not make it a pen too?

All of your writing needs = fully covered!

The stylus end is covered in a rubber-tip which glides smoothly across your touchscreen! And because of it's soft-rubber texture, it won't risk scratching your screen!

No smudges? No scratches? FINALLY!

Lightweight Design - Yep! This thing is light as a feather (but still feels solid as stone in your grip) for the perfect touch! Whether you're writing on paper or on your phone... you're gonna LOVE this!

That grip is comfy as a pillow, too!

There's a lot of stylus designs out there... but none of them come CLOSE to this! Not only does it FEEL like a real pen... IT IS ONE!

And to top it all off... if you buy one during this INCREDIBLE limited-time deal... YOU GET ONE FREE!


I know it sounds insane (and maybe it is!) These crazy stylus-and-pen-all-in-one are only $3.97 and if you BUY ONE, YOU GET A SECOND FREE!

And if your order is over $5... US SHIPPING IS FREE TOO! YEAAAAAAAH!

Grab 'em here!

PS - These are a special offer for a short time only! Grab yours QUICK before they're all gone! And Friday  the price goes up to $8.97!!


Computers 101

Kamal from Kokata writes:  For my non-professional home computer, which processor will be convenient: Double Core or Single Core ?

Hi, Kamal.  Thanks for the great question.

I think that the question these days isn’t really “single core or dual core”, but “dual core or quad core.”  I recently upgraded my cell phone from a single core Samsung Captivate to a dual-core Sony Xperia Ion, and let me tell you… the speed difference on Angry Birds is amazing.

So this question… like so many where computers are concerned… is “What will you be using your computer for?”  If you basically use your e-mail for banking, chat, homework, maybe the occasional YouTube video, then a single-core processor is fine.  And you can get them at bargain-basement prices (if you can find them) because retailers are trying to get rid of them.  If you’re a casual gamer, like to stream HD Netflix movies, then you’ll probably want to go with a dual-core processor.  If you’re a hardcore gamer or you edit HD movies and don’t want to wait a week for them to render, or you run architectural software or something like that, you might think about breaking down and getting a quad-core processor.  

Here’s a way to think of the difference in speeds.  Have you ever been at the bank or the theater with a long line and only one cashier or teller open?   Things drag merrily along at a snail’s pace as you creep toward your destination.  Then suddenly, miraculously, they open a second window.  How much does that speed the line up?  Then, they open a third and fourth window, which allows them to break the existing line in two, and process two people at a time from each of the lines.  NOW how fast does the line move?

AMD tried introducing a tri-core processor for a while, but benchmark testing proved it to be not appreciably faster than the dual-core.  The reason?  It was still feeding from one line of data.  With an odd number of cores, you lose the ability to sub-divide the line of data.

I hope that this helps.

Randal Schaffer

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On The Move

WS App Review: Tip Calculator

 Tip Calculator

Whether you’re devouring a gourmet dish at a fine dining establishment or grabbing some grub at a local diner with friends, having the right tool to help you tip your server appropriately can really come in handy. Good news, fellow iPhone users! There IS an app for that! Tip Calculator, by iHandy Inc., is an awesome tool to have anytime you plan on going out to eat. For those of you who are mathematically-challenged (like me!), Tip Calculator can save you valuable time and effort when calculating tip amounts.

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From The Archives

Elaine from San Diego, Calif. asks:

I am currently in a job where I have to do a lot of copying and pasting images and text. My clipboard gets really full and I would like a way to clear it quickly. Do you know of any way to do this?

Yes, I do, Elaine, and you will be one happy camper when you get through with this article!

What we’re going to do is create a shortcut to clear your clipboard whenever you want (you can even drag it to the quick launch toolbar if you want to). For those of you who do a lot of cutting and copying and pasting of photos and such, this will help you, as well. When you are working with large files, you may or may not notice that your work speed decreases; if you clear your clipboard regularly, your work speed will increase by a huge amount.

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Today's Feature

Tune Up

If you take a look through your iTunes music collection, you are bound to see more than a few songs that are misspelled, missing artist or album information, missing cover art, or my personal least favorite: a bunch of songs named Track 01, Track 02 and so on. These often come from downloading music off the Internet that doesn’t have the complete track information, or from importing mix CDs for which iTunes cannot find the track info. Correcting all of these imperfections manually would be a near impossible task, but today I am going to show an application that makes it oh-so easy! It is called TuneUp, and it makes adding missing music information a jiffy. Let’s check it out, shall we?

Visit WorldStart today for an in-depth look!

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Amanda's Coolsite


I love puzzles! My enjoyment of puzzles has been passed down from my mother, and she got it from my grandfather. So when I found this awesome puzzle site, I knew I had to share it with you! 

Navigation is really easy if you want to solve a puzzle. Just choose one from the main page or browse by navigating through the pages of puzzles. You can filter them by selecting categories and sizes from the drop down boxes above the puzzles. Categories include Outdoors, People, Objects, Animals, Plants, Machines, Buildings, Seasonal, Art, Mosaics, Themes, For Kids, and Miscellaneous. Sizes include Small (0-60 pieces), Medium (60-120), Large (120-240), and Very Large puzzles (240+).

If you want to make a puzzle, click Create on the left side menu. This will take you to the profile creation form. You need a profile to create puzzles, but don’t worry, it’s free and doesn’t require any personal information. Just fill out the form and click the Create Profile button. Then you’ll be asked to fill in some optional information. If you want to be able to retrieve your password, you must provide them with a working e-mail address. Now that you’re ready to make a puzzle, click Create again! 

This whisks you to the puzzle creator. Start by clicking the green Select Image button. Choose the image off your computer that you want to turn into a puzzle. It will load the image and then you’ll need to use the slider, located in the top left of the page, to set how many pieces you want your puzzle to have. Sliding up increases the puzzle count, and sliding down decreases the puzzle count. The number of puzzle pieces available to you depends on the size of the image you’ve uploaded. 

When you’re happy with the amount of puzzle pieces, you can click test to see how they look at that size. It will be super difficult to match them because they’re too small or you’ve made it too easy by making them too large. When you’re done testing the puzzle, click okay. Then, you’ll need to name the puzzle and decide whether you want to share it publicly.

If you decide to share it, you need to make sure that you’re respecting the copyright of the image’s creator, that it does not contain obscene or illegal images, and that it is respectful. If your image meets those guidelines, click the Okay button. If you think some people might find the image offensive, you can check the disclaimer box stating that the puzzle may offend some people. 

If you want some help deciding what is acceptable to post, check out the Guidelines section or the FAQ. Both contain useful information that can help you make the best decision regarding posting your puzzle. You can post up to four puzzles in a 24-hour period. 

Go enjoy puzzle solving! I know I’m going to!


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One More Big Deal

You've Got a MILLION Wall Sockets...


Don't Just Let Them Go to Waste!

Turn 2 Useless Sockets Into 6 Easy Ones!

Never Hunt For a Place to Plug AGAIN!

You're Gonna Want These ALL OVER YOUR HOME!

Incredible Low-Profile AC Outlet Adapters!

Turn Outlets Sideways for EASIER USE!


You Know That Outlet...

Every home has one... it's the only remaining outlet, and you NEED to plug something in. But it's right behind the only place your couch fit (who DESIGNED these places?!) So now what?

You either pull out that couch a bit EVERY. TIME... or you pretend it doesn't exist and use an extension cord or a less convenient plug!

Wish there were a better way? THERE IS!

Just pop one of these guys on that outlet and now you've got 6 easy-to-use plugs!

So what makes THIS one so great?

Think about it...  outlets are all along the wall. Whenever you plug something in, the cord sticks STRAIGHT back into the room... now that's a tripping hazard. But even worse... if you have ANYTHING in front of the outlet...  you can't even USE it!

Plugs are a bulky, and it's SO ANNOYING to lose outlets just because you have furniture in front of them!

This adapter gives those outlets a 90 degree turn to face parallel with the wall! Now you can plug in ANYTHING, even if the outlet faces right into a couch or chair!

They're your outlets... use 'em!

And on top of that genius idea... it turns your standard two-outlets into a WHOPPING SIX! That's THREE TIMES THE OUTLETS!

You will NEVER find another outlet multiplier that's so low-profile! Every other one I've seen has been a BIG BULKY MESS!

And it'll feel so good knowing you finally have control over ALL the outlets in your home!

The Bottom Line

These are low-profile and low-cost while being highly convenient and highly efficient. You just won't find a better outlet multiplier anywhere!

And just how low-cost are they? You can get YOURS for just $10.97 with FREE SHIPPING IN THE US!

We weren't able to get our hands on many of these... so make sure to grab yours before they're all gone! And the few that remain by Friday will go back to $18.97!!



Monthly Wallpaper

December 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.

Featured Wallpaper For December:

Polar Bear Taking A Break

This lovely lady was wandering along the shores of Hudson Bay near Churchill, Canada when we spotted her from our Polar Rover. We quickly backed to her position - and she decided it was time to lay down and take a break! She would occasionally look around, check us out, lay her head down, look the other way, and so forth. So, we’d wait on the back of the Polar Rover (in -30F windchill) and ...(More)

Northern Lights Over The Inukshuk

My first Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) photo! This was taken by the inukshuk in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. (In case you haven’t guessed, the inukshuk is the big rock guy holding up the lights ). Here’s the story… We’d just arrived back from a day of Polar Bear photography on the tundra and...


Undine Falls

This gorgeous falls is located just outside of Mammoth on the way to Cook City in Yellowstone NP. Funny thing is, first time I was visiting the area I drove by it no less than a dozen time before I finally bothered to pull into the parking lot. I had expected some long, strenuous hike, but discovered ... (More)

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