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WorldStart Tech Tips 2014-09-15

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Quick Tip

Linda from Hoffman Estates, Illinois writes:

I just got an Android tablet and smartphone. When I connect to my email, I can access the emails saved in my folders from my IP email, but cannot go more than 30 days back from my Hotmail account. I have everything checked yes under settings and synching. Is it not possible, or are my settings not correct?

Linda, unfortunately this is a limitation of Outlook.com that users absolutely hate. While you can access all of your e-mail visiting Outlook.com online, you can only see 30 days worth on your phone. Microsoft is currently working on updating many of its Office apps for mobile, so it’s possible this may change.

Until then, it’s a real drawback to Outlook.com, a service I like a lot. One workaround would be to go to Outlook.com in the browser of your tablet or phone and log on there. You can read all of your mail there. However, it is not as convenient as using a mail app.

~ Cynthia

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Announcements

 

 

90 dB is LOUD!

In fact, smoke detectors are generally about 100 dB! So you KNOW when this thing goes off, you'll be hearing it!

We all could use a little more home security, but who wants to pay out hundreds a year (plus installation fees!) for some overcomplicated mess?

These little door/window alarms are all you need!

See, they come with an alarm and a sensor.

You put the sensor on the frame, and the alarm on the door or window, with the opening in between!

 

 

I don't think it could get any simpler than that!

(Of course, you can turn it off with the simple switch whenever you want! So you don't have to hear it EVERY time that door or window opens, just when you know it shouldn't be!)

Don't think of this as just protection against intruders - these work GREAT for keeping tabs on any cabinets or interior doors too!

If you want to make sure a young child isn't getting into the cleaning products, or making sure you know when your business's delivery door is being opened, this is the best solution!

You won't find ANY security company that can compete with just $1.97 for an alarm that you can setup in seconds! It's just too good!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/9735

This sale is INSANE - but it only lasts until Tuesday when these go up to $8.97 !




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Computers 101

Charles writes:

I like to download articles from the web. I would like a setup like you use on the monthly tech magazine. Click on an article in the index and go to the chapter that I want. I would like to know how to set it up in this way.

Hello Charles,

First off, you don’t need the index type setup if you are downloading webpages that are not PDF files. If you are simply trying to organize webpages that you’ve saved, there are programs available to organize your webpages besides using bookmarks. Programs like Evernote, Pocket, and the built in App Reading List on Windows 8.1 could all help you organize those.

However, if you are saving PDFs and want to create bookmarks, the only real way to do this is to use a PDF editor, like Adobe Acrobat, which are typically pretty expensive. I did come across a way to make something like bookmarks using the free Adobe Reader program, though.

The easiest way to add “bookmarks” to a PDF using Reader would be to utilize Sticky Notes. These allow you to make annotations to a PDF document. But you can also utilize them as navigational bookmarks. First, go to View, Comment, Annotations, and you will see a window pop up on the right of the screen. Click on the Speech Bubble icon.

This will allow you to click and make a note anywhere on the PDF.

You will also see the Sticky Note add to your Annotations window. Double clicking on the note will then move you to that location in the PDF document.

This will then function as a bookmark for each article you have in the document. Hopefully this helped answer your question!

- Audra

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On The Move

HIgh-Tech Solutions To Keep Your Faily Safe

Juggling your day-to-day family responsibilities is challenging enough, but when you factor in the possible worst-case scenarios, you quickly realize you can’t do it all on your own. Luckily, we have technology on our side. Here are some of the latest high-tech solutions to help you manage and protect your household:

Smoke Detectors Go Chic

Two-thirds of house fire deaths occur in homes without a working smoke detector, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. Historically, smoke detectors have been all function with no form. Nest, the creator of the leading smart thermostat system, has changed that with their sleek Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector ($99). Designed to blend into the background with a minimalist look, this all-in-one product is available is solid white or black options.

 

The Google-owned company recently relaunched the product after pulling it from shelves due to a malfunctioning feature that allowed users to wave in front of the product to turn off an early warning. The new models no longer have this feature, so users can rest assured there isn’t a chance of unintentionally silencing the alarm in case of an emergency.

Protect Your Family From a Single App

With an app for nearly everything you can think of, your smartphone can quickly become overloaded with so many that you lose track of them. For personal protection and monitoring...

To learn more about high-tech home security options, click WorldStart!

 

From The Archives

Lisa from Massillon, Ohio writes: Hello,  When I try to open internet explorer I get a runtime error. I have taken my home page back to the default but nothing works.  If I right click on explorer and choose in private browsing and then go to the webpages I want by typing each one in and logging in then it works.  I am using Windows 7 and internet explorer 10.  Can you help?

 This behavior is usually caused by a hardware or software problem that is preventing Internet Explorer 10 from starting normally. Runtime errors are also sometimes caused by incompatible HTML code. One solution is to disable script debugging.

1. Open IE, click the “Tools” button and then choose “Internet Options” from the menu.

2. When the Internet Options window opens, Select the “Advanced” tab and then uncheck the...

Head on over to WorldStart to read more!

 

Today's Feature

Don writes:

Been a long-time customer of Worldstart and a happy one, too. I hope I’m not out of line by asking, but can I download some of my favorite music to CD. I’m wondering if there is a way I can do this legally. I’m 70 years old and still tying to learn the !@#$%^&* computer. Can you help out an old customer?

Don, I’m still trying to learn the !@#$%^&* computer. But we can work through this together. You certainly aren’t out of line and it’s actually a question I’ve been meaning to address.

First of all, any digital music files that you have on your computer can be burned to a CD for your listening purposes with no problem. Additionally, you could make digital files from your albums or tapes and burn them to CD for your own listening purposes.

You would accomplish this by using devices like this turntable archiver that converts analog files into digital files.

Don, you didn’t specifically say you were looking for free or low-cost music, but for those who are, here are some tips on how to do it legally:

If you are looking to find free digital music to burn to CD, you could check out...

Just click WorldStart for the rest of this tip!

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Amanda's Coolsite

Harmogram

You’ll need Google Chrome to experience today’s Cool Site! I found another awesome Chrome Experiment and I can’t wait to share it with you. 

Currently I’m guilty of just loading this site and letting the music play while I do school work or house work, but that’s certainly not what it is intended for. The experiment mixes HTML5 Web Audio API and Paper.js, with tracks from Soundcloud and channels from Shuffler.fm.

So what do you do with it?  Well, you start by checking out the menu at the top of the page, there you’ll find Channels, Tracks, Controls, and About. 

Channels lets you select the genre of music you want to experience. Your options are electronic, hip-hop, indie, rap, experimental, mixtape, rock, female vocalists, pop, folk, alternative, indie rock, dubstep, house, ambient, lo-fi, indie pop, soul, singer-songwriter, psychedelic, rnb, electro, under 2000 listeners, techno, punk, shoegaze, british, dance, chillwave, classic, and so much more! Just scroll down till you find the one you want, and click it to load that channel.

Once you’ve selected the genre, you can then select your track, this works the same way you scroll down and pick the track you want! 

Next up is Controls! Here is where you can change the settings of the Spirograph-esque visual effect. Clicking Controls on the menu strip opens the control interface. You can change the Display, Angle, Radius, and Color. I say just go wild and try each thing out until you get something you like going! 

Now watch how the track effects the visuals! It’s really cool!  

I also found this was a great way to discover new music by exploring the different channels and tracks, go check it out for yourself today! 

http://www.harmogram.com/

~Amanda

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Do you have a cool, non-commercial site that you want to share?

Send it to Amanda at amanda@worldstart.com

 

One More Big Deal

 

With tablets and smartphones as popular as they are, we're using them ALL the time now!

From web browsing, to e-mail, to reading, to watching movies, and more!

But unlike our computers, laptops, or TVs... these things don't stand on their own! So that means your arms and hands are holding these devices up for long periods of time!

Sure, it's fine for the first 10 minutes, but after that it can start to feel like torture!

Yep! They're small and lightweight so feel free to take them whenever you take your mobile device! If you have a bag, purse, or a nice tablet case, you can pop these stands inside to take them with you!

There's little holders on each side that hold your device!

If you're using a phone vertically, just open it a little bit! Horizontally? A little bit more!

And for your tablets or eReaders, you just spread it open a bit more!

That's ALL there is to it! This is one of those crazy little accessories that adds a TON of convenience to your device without any added complication!

It's simple, effective, and DIRT CHEAP!

These fantastic stands are only $3.97!

And remember - you get TWO with every order! YEAH!

http://store.worldstart.com/product/9941

Tuesday the sale is over.




 

Monthly Wallpaper

September Desktop Wallpaper Is Ready!

The featured desktop wallpaper for September is ready to go. Check out the featured images below and stop by the site - hundreds to choose from!

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!

Abram's Falls

I love the Smoky Mountains, particularly the Cade’s Cove area. However, in my mind Cade’s Cove generally = wildlife. But not this time. I had passed by the trailhead for Abram’s Falls one too many times, so my wife and I decided it was time to hike back and see what we could do photographically. So, we were at the gate right when…(More)

Curious Cub

I found this little guy, his two siblings, and his mother working over a blackberry patch in Cade’s Cove one foggy June morning. Now, the Smoky Mountains are well known for black bears, but Cade’s Cove is the best place to spot ‘em – add some blackberry bushes, and well, this particular day I saw more bears than...(More)

Bull Elk

As I was packing my truck that cold, blustery morning, the plan was fairly simple: Find a cool critter. Normally, this plan entails quite a bit of searching and not so much finding. However, this morning was different. As I was driving along admiring the freshly fallen snow, I couldn’t help but think how amazing it would be to...(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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