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Quick Tip

Zip Drive In Windows 10

A reader has a question about a storage medium that fell out of favor quite some time ago. “In the beginning of computers we had the 3 inch “floppy” disc, then came the slightly larger “ZIP 10″ which was solid & much like a small C/D disc, I have one installed on my XP computer. I also have two units that are not installed. QUESTION; are these units compatible with Windows 10?”

The Zip drive was introduced in late 1994. Zip discs offered what was then considered a high capacity of 100MB. Later that was increased to up to 750 MB.   Zip discs kind of resemble floppy discs. Zip drives were discontinued in 2003.

These discs fell out of favor when USB flash drives offered larger capacities without the need for a special drive.  Zip also later offered the ZipCD wich used regular CD-R media. So it should actually use the same size CDs as other CD

Checking around, some people do report being able to get these drives to work with Windows 10, others have problems. Even if you could get it to work, I don’t know if I’d install a technology that’s 20 years out of date into a PC unless there was some vital data I needed to retrieve.  If that XP machine is still working, consider transferring that data to a flash drive.

~ Cynthia

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You've got WAY too much paper.

How do I know?


If you took all the paper you've got sitting around in file cabinets, folders, your desks... I bet you could build a whole house out of it!


From taxes to forms to memos and more, you're CONSTANTLY having to fill out forms giving the same information over and over and over!

But here's the kicker: you have to make CHANGES to this stuff!

Have you ever had to take an ENTIRE document... and rewrite it just because of a single typo?

That's enough to make ANYONE go insane!

If you can scan a piece of paper... can turn ANYTHING into a digital document!

(Edit, Change, Update, Modify, or Fix Any Document... WITHOUT Having To Retype A Single Word!)

And I mean ANY Document!

Once it scans these in, it turns them into a 100% editable document - And Allows you to save it as ANY FILE TYPE! Making it easy to share or store ANYTHING!

Plus It Lets you Save OnTo The CLOUD!

Need to send that medical bill to your account for a tax break? EASY! With Readiris you can scan the bill, save it onto your Google Drive or into your DropBox account and at anytime you can have INSTANT access to it!

It's ALL In The Optical Character Recognition Software!


Scan in the Paper... And BAM - Instanly converted into an editable document!

Then it outputs in whatever format you need to modify it - Seriously - It Does That!

From there, you're free to do whatever you want to it!

Leave it, edit it, update it, even just save it on your PC!


Now, this is the MOST ACCURATE program like this on the market that I've ever seen too! Just double check your document for any changes that may need to be made, which will only take seconds to edit or correct.

Just look at how cool this is! It can even convert images into spreadsheet documents!

In just minutes you can turn your ENTIRE FILE CABINET into a folder of digital files on your computer!

Look at it this way: boxes of papers versus a flash drive... which one is easier to keep around?

Check out how Readiris Pro 14 will even turn a written note into an MS Word Document:


Software like this usually comes with a hefty price tag. We're talking over $100 easy!

See for yourself!

Not here at Worldstart! For just $16.97 you can archive all your files and documents and notes in a fraction of the time it would take to even photocopy them!

LOW QUANTITY ALERT! Due to the high demand of this verson of Readiris, I was only able to get a limited supply!


Computers 101

5 Reasons That Tech Tip Doesn't Work For You

Ever go to look up instructions for a task on your PC or phone only to find that the instructions are either a little or a lot different from what you see on your device?  There might be screenshots and everything, but nothing looks like what you’re seeing.  Here are some common reasons things might not look the same.

1. Different type of device – Are the instructions for a PC and your computer is a Mac? Are they for a phone and you’re using a desktop computer? What works for a PC isn’t necessarily going to work for a Mac even though outwardly they appear to be very similar devices.


2. Different operating systems – Some fixes work exactly the same in Windows 7 as they do in Windows 10. Others do not. Android Lollipop looks different than Android Nougat. iOS 9 has different features than iOS 10.  So even if you’re working with the same type of device, operating systems can look quite different.


3. Different manufacturers – A Mac or iPhone running an operating system will look identical to any other Mac or iPhone running that operating system. That’s because Apple makes all of the devices to ensure uniformity. The same is not true for Android or Windows devices. Android devices can look vastly different even with the same OS. You’ll find some differences in Windows...

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On The Move

Dave Data & Battery Power On Your Phone

Some apps, especially social media apps and games, can drain the life out of your battery even when it seems they are not in use. But there’s a nifty feature in Android 7.0 Nougat that can prevent them from sucking the life out of your phone.

Data Saver allows you tp pick which background apps can use data. Let’s see how it works.

First, go to Settings. Swipe down from the top of your screen and select the gear icon.


Then scroll down to Data Usage.



Click here for more on how to save data and battery power on your phone.


From The Archives

Inexpensive  PC Options For Writers

There was an interesting question asked in a writer’s group I’m part of. One of the members needed a laptop – stat. Their trusty Dell had finally given up the ghost. The problem was that she didn’t have a whole lot to spend.  What she needed was a laptop that would allow her to do Internet research, manage social media, receive email, and access publishing site. And a good word processing program was also a necessity.

But her budget was only around $200. Is there hope?  Let’s take a look.  If being able to use office apps and access the Internet were the only criteria here I could suggest an inexpensive Android tablet with a keyboard case. But I know from first-hand experience that some of the publishing sites she needs to access don’t play well mobile browsers.

A Windows 10 tablet would be a good solution. With the addition of a keyboard, it can function like a laptop and even run the full version of Office. There are models available for less than $100. Plus, unlike Android tablets and iPads, these devices do have a USB port.


One good option is to find a nice refurbished laptop.  There is a variety of Windows 10 laptops, some even certified refurbished by the manufacturer, for between $150 and $200.


But there are also quite a few lower-priced new laptops out there in the $200 range. They tend to have...

Click here for more on finding a bargain-priced PC.


Today's Feature

14 Windows Programs You Should Be Using

Some PC users get by using only Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge. But by just using these “got to” programs, they’re missing out on a whole wealth of features their computer can offer. But which ones are worth it, and what do they do?

Did you know about Microsoft OneNote, for example? It is a great way to collect notes from the internet, things that you type in, and even sketches you make with your stylus or fingertip. What’s more, you can share this virtual scrapbook between your devices, or with a team of like-minded colleagues.

If it’s gaming that you’re into, and you’d like to share videos of your accomplishments, try hitting Windows+G to bring up Microsoft’s supercool screen-recording function. You can set it to record just the game or app you’re using (not the whole screen), or even to reverse record the past 30 seconds of action. Upload your footage to YouTube, and prepare to become a gaming community legend!

There’s all sorts of stuff you can do with Microsoft’s hidden apps. Our new infographic highlights fourteen such forgotten programs that can transform the way you use your PC today.

Whether you want to create amazing content or just to navigate your daily workload, you probably already have the software to do it. Now, you will know where to look. To see a larger version of this graphic, just double-click on it and then click the magnifying glass to make it larger.

Graphic courtesy of STL


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Amanda's Coolsite

Open Broadcaster Software

Welcome to the home of Open Broadcaster Software! Free, open source software for video recording and live streaming.

When you arrive at the site, you’ll find a brief introduction to the software, and a big green download button. This software is available for Windows, Macs, and Linux computers. If you scroll down the main page, you can discover some of the very cool features that this software offers. At the top of the page you’ll find links to the Help section and Forums.

This software is easy to install, setup, and use! If you’re looking for way to live stream or record video I recommend giving this a try!

Go check it out for yourself today!


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One More Big Deal



Steve here, and I have a warning for you.

Hard drives crash every single day - it’s a fact of life.

I did a little research and...

Roughly 170,000 hard drives die each and every day.

Oh, and those drives are ALL under 4 years old!

After 4 years, hard drive failure rates REALLY get bad.

The thing is, it doesn’t have to be a big deal when it does happen - as long as you have a backup.

I can tell you that I’ve personally experienced more than my share of HD failures, but it’s never really much more than a nuisance - BECAUSE I ALWAYS HAVE A GOOD BACKUP!!

It a sad story about lost, irreplaceable family photos. A story about lost documents that represent days and weeks of labor. A story of lost spreadsheets, resumes, books, music, websites, passwords, videos - need I go on?

If your hard drive crashes, you won’t be able to get those files back. If you’re OK with that, then stop reading now. Otherwise...

The SanDisk 32GB Instant Backup Flash Drive!

NO software. NO set up. NO time-consuming steps. All you do is plug it in and click "backup"!

Could it BE any easier?

The first time you pop it in, it just asks you what directories you want to backup. After that, every new backup is just a click away.

What's great is that it keeps ALL of your directories and folders right in the order you have them on your PC. So you'll know EXACTLY where to find them on the flash drive or after you back them up to another PC!


Think about everything you have on your computer: TONS of photos. ALL of your favorite music. Family videos and contact information.

How about work documents, important files, sensitive documents. Even your passwords, e-mails, favorite web pages... EVERYTHING!

After a crash, you can't get those photos back. The videos are now distant memories. And your passwords? Good luck remembering the ones you haven't had to type in for years.



And with backing up this easy, you won't even have to think about it!

This DEFINES User Friendly!

We tested it out, just check out the video:

Ultra Sleek, Ultra Secure, ULTRA FAST!

It looks, feels, and acts just like your standard flash drive (of course, standard flash drives can't hold a candle to this one) so you know it's gonna be easy and lightweight to move or store.

Plus, when you aren't using it, you can flip the drive around to protect the connector! YES!

That's right - Just drag and drop files to it and use it like any other flashdrive! Talk about the best of both worlds!!

Take it anywhere! Back up any data from your PC or laptop! Use it for ANYTHING!

And if you're looking for fast, this thing is gonna BLOW YOU AWAY!

This is a Super Talent high-speed USB 2.0 drive.

We're talkin' up to 480Mbps of PURE SPEED!

A Backup Drive For UNDER $20! WOW!

If you go anywhere to try and get a backup drive, you'll be looking $40 for the BARE MINIMUM! And those are bulky, heavy external hard drives that you really can't move or store.

Personal note - I needed another backup drive for all my photography, and these were just PERFECT for the job! They're sooooooo handy!

You will NOT find a faster, more convenient backup solution out there for just $19.97!

These are simply one of the coolest devices I've ever seen. PLEASE don't miss out on this deal.

We only have so many and once they're gone... that's it.

LIMITED QUANTITY - Seriously! If these run out, they're gone! We don't always get to offer items like this! And after Tuesday this sale will end, with the price going back up to $24.97! HURRY TO THE STORE!


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