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WorldStart Tech Tips 2014-10-21

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Quick Tip

Netflix Now Works With Ubuntu

Good news for Ubuntu users who subscribe to Netflix. If you have the latest version of Chrome, (version 37) you will now be able to watch Netflix videos. 

 

You will have to have an up-to-date installation of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS or later. Some Ubuntu users were able to come up with workarounds for viewing Netflix and others were able to view it after installing a Windows Emulator, but this way is much more direct.

The hold-up with Netflix viewing was due to HTML5 – the format Netflix uses to stream movies. Ubuntu wasn’t able to process the security extensions on the files, but after making some changes in the latest version, they are good to go.

Around 1% of home computers use Linux-based systems and Ubuntu is one of the more popular flavors of Linux for home users.

~ Cynthia

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Announcements

 

Getting Locked Out... It's TERRIBLE!

It's happened to the best of us.

You set down your keys, walk away for 10 seconds... and then they MAGICALLY disappeared!

It doesn't matter how high or low you look - it's like someone is hiding them!

One little key gone and your car turns into the biggest waste of space ever! And if it's your home key? You can't just leave the house unlocked! That's just ASKIN' for trouble!

Bottom line: you NEED to keep track of your keys and keychain.  If it's your house key, your car key, an office key, or anything else... you can't afford to lose them!

Lucky for you, we've got a BRILLIANT key finder that responds to your whistle - check this out!

And that's the most important thing, right?  We've all felt the panic.  The cold sweat on our shoulders.  

Losing your keys is SCARY!

With the Whistle Keyfinder, all you have to do is whistle!  Once you do, this brilliant device responds with a series of loud chirps and beeps - immediately allowing you to find your key set! It couldn't be any easier!

After all, have you ever tried calling your phone to find it? You can hear it but you can't QUITE pinpoint where the noise is coming from... THIS SOLVES THAT COMPLETELY! You can get the general idea from the beeping, then the flashing light gives you the EXACT location! It's a two-hit combo of AWESOME!

BATTERIES ARE INCLUDED!

Brilliant, Practical Device - Stunning Price!

Ok, we're going to make this a really easy decision for you.

Today and today only, get your Whistle Key Finder for just $2.97!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/9903 

WARNING: EVERY SINGLE TIME WE HAVE THESE THEY SELL OUT! If you want an easier way to keep your keys handy - do NOT wait!




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Computers 101

Kathleen from Minnesota writes:

I have Windows 8.1 and use Outlook for my email.  How do I get Outlook to complete email addresses so I don’t have to type the whole address each time?  In XP I only had to type in the first few letters and it completed the rest of the address which saves much time.

Kathleen, you’ll need to turn on autocomplete in Outlook. Here’s how to do it. Open up Outlook and click the file tab.

The select Options

When the Outlook Options window opens, select...

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On The Move

Samuel from Westland, MI writes:

I have a 10″ Tablet, I have Lost the way to get into my Settings, I can not get to my WifI ,OR any other settings, is there as way fix this ? Help, I am a 82 young person, i have ask my family for help , but  they don’t know nothing to help me.

Your settings probably aren’t gone from your tablet, the icon may be missing. Most of the time, the settings icon looks like a gear and is found on the homepage of your Android tablet.

Although it can look like this on some tablets:

If you don’t see either of those icons, you’ll need to tap another icon called the app drawer. It looks like a square of squares. If you still don't see it, you can...

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From The Archives

Rose from Coon Rapids MN asks:

When I am typing a document in Word 2007, I get a wide space between the lines. How do you reduce that space?

Rose, thanks for the question. The search for your answer helped me find an answer to a question I was too lazy to find for myself. Frequently, rather than pursue the answers to my own questions, I take the long route to a destination. An example of this weakness is the acceptance of the default settings in Word. Thanks to your question, my default settings in Word now match settings adjustments made on probably hundreds of individual documents over the last few years. This procrastination problem will have to be addressed……one of these days.

The width of the space between each line is controlled by Line spacing, and is easily adjusted document by document, by document, etc. Resetting the default, so that all new documents open with the preferred spacing, is slightly more involved, but not difficult. We’ll take a look at both methods here.

If you’ve just opened a document, under the Home tab of the ribbon at the top of the page, in the Paragraph section, you can find a button that controls line and paragraph spacing (hover your cursor over the buttons and a balloon will pop up telling you what each one does).

Click on the...

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Today's Feature

Living In 3D - Blender - Part 1

In my previous articles I tried to spark your interest in 3D building software, like  Google Sktechup, and 3D modeling software, like Sculptris. If you are ready to dive deeper into the computer generated 3D world, the next step for you is Blender.

 Popular applications similar to Blender kind are 3D Studio Max, Maya 3D and Cinema 4D.  All of these are expensive programs developed for commercial use. Blender is a free  alternative. It has all the features you’d need to create a complete 3D world, static or animated, even movies and games. Of course, the learning curve is not as simple as for Sketchup or Sculptris.  Butm Blender is a complete, free suite of solutions for building whatever you want in 3D.  A lot of work and patience is required to master this app, though. However there is a lot of support available to guide you.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, so  your journey begins here.

Download Blender from here.  After you install it and run it for the first time, you’ll see this window.  Click on the picture to close the welcome screen.

 

The interface may look a little intimidating at a first sight. After you get used to it, you will find it very well-organized with one goal in mind: productivity. Let’s have a look.

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Amanda's Coolsite

Curated Quotes

I love quotations! It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down and added some quotes to my commonplace book. But I ran across one that I just had to jot down, and it got me searching for more quotes afterwards. That’s how I found this site of curated quotes! 

When you arrive at  the site you’ll be treated to the featured collections right on the main page. And along the right side you’ll find popular categories, people, and the daily quote. Along the top of the page you’ll find a navigation strip offering you the options of Categories, People, Movie Quotes, Picture Quotes, and Inspirational. 

My favorite way to browse though can be found by scrolling down the page to the Random Quote Generator. Just click the link and it will generate a random quote. Want another one? Click the next button. You can also generate Random lists of quotes. Click Random List and it will generate a curated collection of a random topic. I got Rain quotes. 

This is a fun way to browse quotes! I hope you’ll check it out today!

http://www.curatedquotes.com/

~Amanda

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One More Big Deal

 

Hey Audio Lovers... CHECK THIS OUT!!

Tired of suffering through painful earbuds just to listen to your music?

It's because of your cheap, hard plastic earbuds! In fact, even the expensive ones are uncomfortable!

Seriously, if your ear canal isn't JUST the size the designers had in mind... well, you used to be out of luck!

BUT NOT ANYMORE! VIBE JUICYS ARE HERE TO SAVE THE DAY!

 Each earpiece features a soft silicone earbud and they will fit in just about any ear. They create a slight suction - so when you place the earpiece in your ear it stays there ...comfortably, and doesn't fall out!

And the sound, oh baby, we're talking crystal clear and second to none!!

There used to be SO MANY trade-offs for headphones/earbuds. You'd either have to get bulky headphones for good audio, or sacrifice comfort for nice earbuds... but those days are OVER!

Get AMAZING AUDIO and AMAZING COMFORT wrapped up in AMAZING PORTABILITY!

They're the EVERYTHING-EARBUDS! You're gonna lose your mind when you put these on!

Amazing Sound! - Your Ears Will Thank You!

You know what would be REALLY EAR-RESPONSIBLE? Spending a TRUCKLOAD of money on earbuds that have AWFUL sound quality! That's why you NEED to check these amazing little earbuds out! They're INCREDIBLE!

It's like a vacation for your ears in both comfort and sound! They bring the ultimate tag-team for audio lovers everywhere!

You'll never want to take 'em off after you've tried them JUST ONCE!

MUSIC to Your EARS....

We got these for an OUTSTANDING price, and we're going to pass the savings directly on to you! Today, get YOUR set (or maybe a few) of these brilliantly comfortable, amazingly clear earbuds for just $2.97!!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/7367

PS - This CRAZY price isn't a lifetime offer! Make sure to grab yours before Tuesday when the price reverts to $8.97 !!




 

Monthly Wallpaper

October Desktop Wallpaper Is Ready!

The featured desktop wallpaper for October is all set and ready to go. Check out the featured images below and stop by the site - hundreds to choose from, including a lot of "autumn" themed images!

All can be found here and are 100% free:

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

Oh, and if you enjoy these images, please tell your friends!

Autumn Magic At Bond Falls

You know, I’m starting to really like Bond Falls. It’s located – more or less – in the north central area of Michigan’s UP, and let me tell ya – I’ve been there twice and pulled out a good shot each time! The first time was of the main falls, this time I went for the upper falls. In fact, back when I took the main falls I just -…(More)

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 getting as busy as – or even busier than - ...(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 we...(More)

For these and other great selections of desktop wallpaper, head to:

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

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

PS - I also want to thank all the people who helped support the wallpaper with a voluntary contribution over the last few months. Your support helps to keep the wallpaper comin' every month! THANK YOU!

 

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