Friday, October 21st, 2005 by
Hold down Win (the key with the windows logo on it) and tap E to reach the My Documents window directly from the desktop.… Continue reading
This site has practically everything that you could possibly need to know about fiery foods and barbecue. In the middle of the home page, there is all the latest news, articles, and recipes. With the navigation on both the top and the side menu there is a lot to visit and absorb.
In the side menu, you will find the sections What’s Hot, Departments, Show Reservations, Magazine… Continue reading
I use Windows Explorer many times every day. It is very annoying that it always opens in My Docs, which I never use. Is there any way to force it to open in My Computer?
Windows Explorer, also known as the My Documents window, is pretty handy. No wonder you want to make it more accessible. You can go one better than the My Computer window… Continue reading
Download of the Week: Autostitch
A panorama image, for those of you who are unfamiliar, is made by piecing together multiple images that shows the viewer that is either wider or taller than your normal field of vision. For instance, if you wanted to take a picture of a clear horizon from atop some vantage point then you would take a series of pictures as close to the same horizontal/vertical… Continue reading
My Outlook Express has another name in it. How do I add a new user?
Ahh, computer inheritors, computer sharers, and people who have just changed email providers know this plight all too well. You don’t want to confuse your email’s recipients with the wrong name, but that other name is already there. Luckily, it’s a pretty simple process to add an additional user.
In Outlook… Continue reading
Want to keep one webpage open and go to a bookmarked/ favorite page at the same time? In Internet Explorer, hold down Control and tap N. A new web browsing window will open. You can refer to the current website in one window and proceed to your bookmarked or favorite page in the other one.
~ Chris Fisher… Continue reading
Ecology was taught when I was in school, but we never really got in depth with it. Now kids can, with the help of this site.
Learn about Ecology explains what ecology is, what careers they could have as an ecologist, experiment pages, and Frequently Asked Questions.
World Biomes. I’ll be honest. I had no idea what a biome is, let alone who studied it… Continue reading
Security Tip of the Week: Iconix Email Icon Identifier
Everyone knows how prevalent Phishing scams have been, especially if you’ve been reading our newsletters. These soulless attackers use any technique they can to gain your trust long enough to give them what they want, and the majority of these attacks emanate through email.
Most users have anti-virus software to protect them from viral attacks, but what about phishing… Continue reading
It’s been a while since I’ve found such a great, free interactive game site to share with you. There are paid memberships, but you don’t need it to play the games. The free registration gives you access to the high score tables.
There are lots of different categories of games: Logic, Word, Typing, Focus, Memory, Mouse, Math, Search, Card, and Other.
In the Typing… Continue reading
Web Design Tip – This is the End…
…my only friend, the end. Sorry – I slipped into a Doors song there for a moment. The end I mean is a footer.
A footer is separate from the main body of information and is located at the bottom of a page. Footers are commonly seen in printed material and word processing documents. They are usually the same from… Continue reading
Viewing the Windows and Office Clipboards
Last week we talked about the Windows clipboard and how to prevent information on it from being stolen. The Windows clipboard and the MS Office programs clipboards differ in a few important ways. The Windows Clipboard holds the most recent thing you’ve Copied or Cut. The Office Clipboard holds up to 24 items.
To view what’s on your Windows clipboard, you can… Continue reading
When uninstalling programs, you may be asked to remove shared files. There are two schools of thought:
1. I can always get the dll file back if I encounter a problem later.
2. I don’t want to risk a problem, so I’ll keep the shared files.
“Making the Modern World brings you powerful stories about science and invention from the eighteenth century to today. It explains the development and the global spread of modern industrial society and its effects on all our lives.”I found this explanation in the About Us section near the bottom of the page.
You’ll find the navigation of the site on the tabs across the top under… Continue reading
Many websites use tiny fonts that are pretty well unreadable. The worst offenders for this seem to be on-line banking sites. How can I enlarge the text to a size where I can read it?
It’s not just age, the number of hours many of us spend staring at a screen these days can make eye strain a real problem. By the end of the day… Continue reading
ActiveX controls are software components used by web pages to allow your browser to do something with the page, much like a Java applet. They make the website more interactive and program-like. For example, a page might have an ActiveX control to allow viewers to see a working excel spreadsheet in a webpage. Like any piece of technology, the bad guys sometimes create pages with malicious ActiveX components. That threat… Continue reading
Most of us love our mom or dad’s cooking; both of my parents are great cooks. The first time you try to make your favorite dish that they’d lovingly prepared over the years, you may have realized (like I did) that it wasn’t as easy as it looked. After some botched attempts and a lot of time on the phone asking my mom questions, I finally… Continue reading
I’m installing a program, but it didn’t put a shortcut on my desktop. Where did the program go?
Most programs’ default location is in a folder in the Program Files. Shortcuts don’t change the real location of a file or program. They only make it easier to access the file or program from the desktop.
To find your newly-installed program, go to the Start menu and… Continue reading
You may hear about passports on the internet these days, but they’re not talking about international travel. MSN/Hotmail users are probably already familiar with the concept: one username and password for multiple online services. Here’s the newest twist. Passport service companies will store all of your usernames and passwords for you for some monthly fee. Then you just have to remember your username and password to the passport service, and… Continue reading
“Do Something inspires, supports, and celebrates young people changing their world.” Lots of children want to help their peers in other locations but don’t know how. This wonderful site gives them ideas on how to help. Besides looking great on your child’s college application many years down the road, a recent survey of students and teachers found:
91% said Do Something increases self-confidence
61% said Do… Continue reading
Download of the Week: WorldStart Clipboard Cleaner
OK, this is probably about the simplest program we’ve ever recommended here at WorldStart, and by far the easiest I ever wrote
The windows clipboard is one of the handiest little utilities ever conceived, but at the same time it can leak your sensitive information and slow down your computer if you have a large file copied to it. So I was… Continue reading
Stealing Clipboard Info
Have you ever copied information to your clipboard, then later went online? If the info you copied was of a sensitive nature, then this is gonna scare ya like Bigfoot jumping out of your bathroom closet.
Simply Fired: If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry.
This site hosts a monthly contest for outrageous stories about job loss, whether you call it getting fired, laid off, or downsized. August’s most amazing stories can be found under the Winners tab. Could you imagine being fired from your office over a leftover slice of pizza? Balloon animals? Mishearing the word “microfilm”?
It’s all happened to somebody out there, and now… Continue reading
Weekly Security Tip: Firefox 1.07
Attention, all FireFox users (oh yeah, or Mozilla or Netscape users)! On September 22, the Internet browser Firefox released a security update of utmost importance that should installed immediately. The update patches two “critical” security flaws that had been recently discovered. One of the flaws is only for Linux users, while the other affects any users of the browser.
The vulnerability in FireFox is a… Continue reading
All of my desktop icons are way too big. Can I shrink them somehow?
Yes. You can change the size of the icons and the size of the text beneath them, and not just by choosing Large Icon or Small Icon. Just right-click the desktop, click Properties, and go to the Appearance tab. Click Effects.
The Advanced Appearance window will open. Scroll down to “icon”… Continue reading
Email help lines
Every email system has its own little tricks and twists. Chances are good that a recent problem is due to a recent change made by the email provider (sp am filter, security settings, etc.). While we try to help all of our readers out, sometimes contacting the email provider directly can get you the best answer. It also lets them know when there’s a problem with their… Continue reading