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WorldStart Tech Tips 2014-10-31

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In The News 10-31-14

CBS Offers Pay Web TV Service

CBS is offering a subscription web TV service that will allow views to stream local stations in several large markets as well as watch a library of classic programing. The CBS All Access package will cost $5.99 per month.

Viewers can watch episodes of many programs from the current season, but not everything will be available due to contractual issues. NFL programming isn’t included and shows like Big Bang Theory are not available in some cases because of other contractual obligations.  At launch 15 prime-time shows will be available to watch the day after air, with commercials.

The UK Threatens Jail Sentences For Bad Internet Behavior

A new law in Britain could put people behind bars for bad behavior online. It’s known as Internet “trolling”, posting cruel or threatening comments on article or through social media.  People found guilty could face up to three years in jail.  Unlike the U.S., the UK does not have an equivalent of the First Amendment, so there really isn’t such a thing as protected speech, though there is a tradition of free speech. 

Some Britons question if this just isn’t an attempt to criminalize poor manners.

Office 16 Test Coming Soon

According to multiple reports, Microsoft is gearing up to launch a public beta test of Office 16 and also an Android tablet version of the popular office suite.  Users are already testing out the technical preview of Windows 10.

This will be the first new version of Office since Microsoft introduced the Office 365 subscription program. For the first time, users who subscribe won’t have to purchase a new version of Office, but should see their subscriptions upgrade to the new features.

Officials from Microsoft have recently spoken publicly about the challenge of developing an office suite that will work across multiple platforms and devices to meet the changing needs of users.

~ Cynthia

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Speak UP Sonny... I Can't Hear You!

Hearing is a funny thing. We take it for granted when we're young and sorely miss it when it starts to fade. Of the many, many reasons our hearing starts to fade over time, age and lifestyle are the main culprits.

Maybe your career has been in noisy construction. Maybe you've been to one too many rock concerts. Or maybe age is finally catching up with your eardrums. Regardless of the reason, we can help!

You've GOTTA HAVE these Things!

Comfortable AND Discreet!

Gone are the days of having gigantic contraptions you need to hook to your waist and run headphones up to your ears.

This awesome sound amplifier is 100% built into an earpiece! It looks just like those Bluetooth ones people use with their smartphones!

Once these thing are in your ears, it's going to open up a whole new world of CLEAR HEARING!

Simple to Use - AMAZING RESULTS!

DID YOU HEAR THAT?! Seriously, these are simple to use and yield unbelievably clear results. Even with perfect hearing, you wouldn't be able to clearly hear a conversation going on 60 feet away - but you can with these!

Turn it on and you're all set! There's also an adjustable volume control depending on the level of intensity you need. So, let's just say you're at a bingo hall, or church - crank that volume up, and hear everything!

Perfect for Anyone - You Don't Need a Hearing Problem to Need These!

This is important! Even if you have "20/20" hearing, it's guaranteed that you'll find a use for these!

Here's just a small sampling of people who could use the Loud 'n Clear Sound Amplifiers:

College Students: If you've ever sat in a huge lecture hall, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. It's kinda hard to hear the professor when you're in an auditorium the size of a football field!

Church Goers and Bingo Players: Really, any extracurricular activity that lands you in an auditorium type setting. Even a movie theater! Whether you're hard at hearing or not, if you're too far away from the action, you won't be able to hear!

International Spies...Well OK - this is just an example; but if you've ever wanted to discreetly hear a conversation going on oh, say 60 feet away...just put these on and adjust the volume!

ANYONE With Hearing Problems: Naturally, that's who these were made for! Keep these with you at all times and pop 'em in when you need to. You'll be BLOWN AWAY by the clarity, comfort and quality!

Amazing Deal Today Only!

We searched high and low to find this deal, and it's only good for a limited time! So if you're having any trouble at all hearing, or if you'd just like to be able to hear better in ordinary circumstances - these are EXACTLY what you need!

So with that said, for today only, this amazing Loud 'n Clear Sound Amplifier can be yours for just $12.97


Computers 101

Tony from NC writes:

 I am confused. I have a 1 terabyte hard drive and it is divided into 2 partitions. (C) and (D). The (D) drive is empty. It is labeled data. It is completely empty. Can you tell me what I can save to that partition without compromising the operating system and programs installed on the computer?

Unless you received your computer used from someone else, a new computer straight from the factory usually only has two reasons as to why there would be hard drive partitions creating both a C: and D: drives.

Recovery Partition

Standard now on most laptops and many desktop systems, the recovery partition exists so you can reinstall Windows – restoring the computer to factory settings – in the event something goes seriously wrong or you get a virus you can’t shake.

The partition is there with all the re-installation data so you don’t have to use that recovery disc that probably got thrown away with the computer’s packaging (or may never have been included at all). Normally these are specifically marked as “recovery” partitions. To tell if this is the case, open the Control Panel and click “System and Security.”

System And Security

Scroll down to the green heading labeled “Administrative Tools” and then click the link named “Create And Format Hard Disk Partitions.”

Administrative Tools

Check the names of the partitions listed at the left side of the window to see if it is labeled as “Recovery.” If this is the case, do not delete any data on this partition or transfer any files here.

Recovery Partition

Data Partition

Tony mentioned the D: drive is labeled “data” however, which indicates this isn’t meant for recovering your operating system – just the opposite in fact. The reason behind having a data partition and an OS partition is so your files (photos, music, movies etc.) are separate from the operating system. In the event you have to reinstall Windows, you won’t completely lose your data as you would if all your files were on the same hard drive partition as the operating system itself.

This can cause a problem however, if D: is the data drive, since most programs by default install to the C: drive – this means you’ll have to manually choose to install new programs on the data drive or copy and paste your existing files over to the data drive. Actual applications such as games or greeting card software can’t be switched over this way – they must be deleted and reinstalled – but any standard file such as a music file or text document can safely just be dragged and dropped to the data drive.

If for some reason you have trouble accessing the data drive or absolutely have to have everything on one partition, you can just simply delete the secondary partition and then extend the main partition to take up all the space.

Going through this process through Windows itself is a dicey proposition – the operating system is setup to make it hard to perform major changes of that degree – so it’s much easier to simply download and install a free partitioning tool, such as Partition Wizard or Paragon Partition Manager, which will easily walk you through the process.

~ Ty Arthur

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On The Move

iPad Air 2 Is Thinner, Faster

Apple is launching its thinnest tablet yet, the iPad Air 2 is 1/4 of an inch thick and weighing less that a pound, the company says it is the thinnest tablet in the world. The new iPad Air 2 has an improved Retina display and will be available in gold silver and gray colors.

The camera has been upgraded to an 8 mp and includes new features like panorama, time-lapse and slo-mo video. and the display has an anti-reflective coating to prevent glare. Apple says glare could be reduced by as much as 56%.

The new iPad should also be faster, thanks to a new...

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From The Archives

Is Someone Checking Your Gmail?

Think someone might be checking your Gmail behind your back? Here’s a quick way to find out if anyone else has been looking at your account.  Go to your Gmail inbox on the web and scroll down to the bottom of the page.  Over to the far right, you’ll see Details. Click on that.

You’ll be able to see if anyone is currently logged into your account from another location and also a log of when your...

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Amanda's Coolsite

New Old Stock

New Old Stock brings you vintage photographs from public archives that are free of known copyright restrictions.

Setup as a Tumblr, you can browse easily just by scrolling down the page.  You’ll find a mix of old photographs, advertisements, space photos, and more. 

I could get lost for hours looking a the images on this site, I really love the ones that are snapshots of everyday life. Pictures of old shops, farms, workers, and such. The old advertisments are also really interesting to look at. What colors did they use when it was printed? How has the techniques the create them changed? Are questions that came to mind. I also really love the space images! 

I felt really inspired after a looking at these images to work on my own research for my thesis project. But not until I sent my mom some pictures of cows I found on the site.  

I think you’ll really love looking through these old photos, because I sure did! Go check them out!


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One More Big Deal


How many outlets do you have that you CAN'T USE?!

Maybe one behind the couch.

One near the TV stand.

What about those ones in your bedroom?

Despite how many outlets we all have in our homes, we're ALWAYS hunting for a place to plug stuff in. Because half of them are in places that make them IMPOSSIBLE to use!

It takes all those outlets that you can't really use and turns them into MORE outlets that you CAN!

I know, it sounds too good to be true, but it really is that simple!

By taking the outlets that face outward and making them face the side, you don't need to have that extra 5-6 inches of clearance to plug in your device!

After all, most devices have big bulky plugs on them (especially home appliances!) so it's always been impossible to put furniture in front of your outlets! With your outlets now being "low profile" you won't have to hunt around to find a different place to plug in your vacuum, TV, computer, or whatever else you need to plug in!

The unique pivoting design gives you a lot more options, too!

For instance, maybe your outlet is too near a corner or something that's right up against the wall! That's okay, because you can just angle the outlets forward a bit!

Or maybe it's one of those BIG plugs and a normal outlet adapter prevents you from using that device at all! Same solution, just pivot the plugs a little outwards!

No matter where you plug this bad boy in, and no matter what you're plugging into it, this swivel adapter is going to make things so much easier to use!

And that's only half of what these awesome Swivel 'n Swirls do! I mean, you can't forget that it gives you MORE outlets too!

Everyone has a spot or two in their house that has that old, worn out socket. Because it's just the prime real estate for plugging stuff in.

The sweeper can hit every corner from that one plug, the lamp that perfectly ties the room together needs to be right there, or the TV stand with all the speakers and Blu-Ray players and cable boxes plugged in...

My point is, you KNOW you could use more outlets here or there. And now instead of just adding one or two, you get FOUR extra plugs!

Here's the deal: I managed to find these just before they sold out! So we have a very limited number of them!

And I got them in at an INSANELY low price that's absolutely killing the competition!

Seriously, I looked around online to see what other reputable sellers had these at... and I was SHOCKED:


And combine that with the insanely low price of just $12.97 - well, you know these are going to sell out quick!

Click the link below to get one before they're gone!

If there ARE any left Saturday, the sale is over anyway, and these go up to $19.97 !


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:

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)

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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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