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Computer Tips [ Want To Try Windows 8? Here's How + Save Your Favorite Playlists From Catastrophe + Google Maps - Now In 3D ] 10/25/2011

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Worldstart Computer Tips 10-25-2011

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Quick Tips

Spotify – Back Up Those Playlists!

Anyone who uses Spotify knows that they keep an online database of your playlists on the cloud so you can access them from anywhere simply by logging into your Spotify account.

But what if there’s a catastrophic server failure and the database gets wiped? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a backup of  your beloved playlists?

It’s a simple procedure and also a pretty good idea. You never know what’ll happen, after all. So, open up Spotify, select the first song in your playlist and hit Ctrl-A to select all.

…now just drag them into an open Word or Open Office Writer document window and save the file somewhere safe.

Note: You’ll have to do this for each playlist you want to back up.

Each line is a link to the Spotify URL containing that particular track so you can re-add later!


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A Communication REVOLUTION is Here...

And It'll COMPLETELY Change The Way You Do E-Mail!

V-Mail Records Your Voice Message...

And Sends it As an MP3 to ANY E-Mail!

Unlimited Message Time...MP3 Format...EASY TO USE!

No Special Software Required - Anyone Can Receive Your Messages!

If You Can Speak and Push a Button...You Can Do it!


E-mail is a wonderful way to keep in touch with friends and family. It's free, it's fun, it's been around since the internet began! Remember how excited you used to get when you booted up and heard that friendly voice tell you that "You've Got Mail?"

Only problem is, typing e-mails can take a long time! Maybe you're super popular, maybe you're always busy, or maybe you're just a really slow typer. So e-mailing can go from fun to tedious in no time if you have about 10 e-mails to reply to and not enough hours in the day to do them. After a while, it starts affecting the way you communicate because you don't have the time nor hand-strength to be as articulate as you'd like.

There's GOTTA be a better way...right?

There is - And it'll Change Your Life!

Let's just get this outta the way now: THIS THING IS AWESOME! Sometimes a piece of technology comes along that changes the way we do EVERYTHING! This is one of them.

What's it do? V-Mail is a recording device program that you hook up to your computer. It's simple to hook up, and once installed, it does three things: records your voice message and converts it to MP3, and then allows you to send the message with one click as an e-mail! It's that simple! You'll NEVER have to type an e-mail again, and no matter who you send it to, they'll be able to open the message and listen to the MP3!

Never again will you have to sit at your computer cramping up your hands and wasting your precious time! IF YOU CAN SAY IT, YOU CAN SEND IT!

The Best Part?

IT'S SIMPLE TO USE! You'll be walked through the SUPER-EASY set up, and once it's ready, all you have to do is sit there and talk. There is NO TIME LIMIT on the messages you send, so no matter what you have to say, it'll be recorded and sent! Not only will this make it simple for you, anyone receiving your messages can sit and listen instead of trying to decipher what you've typed!


Press "Record" and record your message...
Hit "Send" and it'll AUTOMATICALLY attach your voice message to an e-mail in your favorite e-mail client...
Click the "Send" button in your e-mail. CONGRATULATIONS! You've just sent a V-mail!
That's it!


Don't Send "Letters..." Send Your Voice!

So whether you're a business person, or just using e-mail to keep in touch with friends and family - this is MUCH more personable, and it makes online communications a breeze!


So don't worry - nobody has to have a special type of software or anything - this thing is SIMPLE! It'll send just like a regular e-mail, and when the person you sent it to opens it, it'll simply open as an MP3 file and AUTOMATICALLY play!

Typing an E-Mail is Now COMPLETELY Obselete!

Keeping in Touch Has NEVER Been So Awesome!

Thanks to this new piece of technological ingenuity, you'll be able to communicate CLEARLY and EFFECTIVELY without EVER having to sit at your keyboard and type! Think of the time you'll save, the hand-cramps that you WON'T get...the CLEAR communication...IT GETS NO BETTER THAN THIS!


Talk about cool - this thing will fit in the palm of your hand! It will take up almost none of your desk space, sitting perfectly next to your lap top or desk top computer - and after the SIMPLE initial set up, sending a "V-Mail" is AS SIMPLE AS RECORDING AND SENDING! Yeah...two buttons and you're done!

Oh, and just another little cool fact - this also works with any MP3 player! So if you have a content specific "V-Mail," like giving directions on how to get somewhere - whoever you send it to can drag and drop the file onto their MP3 player and take it with them on the road! It's a communication revolution!

And It's Yours For an Amazing Price!

Today we're feeling CRAZY. We'll let this AMAZING new take on E-Mail go for the ULTRA LOW PRICE of just $24.97 with FREE US SHIPPING! Go ahead and scour the web if you want. You will not find it cheaper anywhere else!


PS: Yes, you guessed it - we have a limited quantity of these on hand, and if we don't sell out of them today, we have to up the price to $32.97 tomorrow. The choice is yours. Get it now!

Please Note: due to the incredible price we're offering, we unfortunately cannot accept coupons for this item.


Computers 101

Sam from Clearwater asks:

So Microsoft’s Windows 8 Developer Preview is out, huh? Is there any way I can dual boot it alongside Windows 7, or am I out of luck?

One month back, Microsoft introduced a developer preview of their upcoming version of Windows Operating system, namely Windows 8. With a refreshing Metro UI. Windows Live integration and cloud computing features, Windows 8 is definitely one of the best user interface designs Microsoft has ever built for the personal computer.

However, one of the problems with Windows 8 developer preview is that you can’t install it in a separate hard drive partition. When you mount the Windows 8 developer ISO disc image and try to install Windows 8 alongside your existing operating system, Windows 8 will not show any option to choose a hard drive partition where it is going to be installed. By default, Windows 8 developer preview will be installed in your primary partition (C drive),so your existing Windows 7 installation would no longer work.

Windows 8 developer preview is still in its early Beta stages, and the operating system is not 100% stable. So instead of upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8 developer preview, it would be a good idea to install Windows 8 alongside Windows 7 and test it out . There are two ways to do this:

- install Windows 8 developer preview in a virtual environment using virtualization software e.g VirtualBox, Vmware Workstation etc.
- Dual boot Windows 8 without disturbing your existing operating system e.g Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP.

I would prefer choosing the dual boot method because running an operating system in a virtual environment consumes a lot of system resources and the response time is usually slow and sluggish.

Here is how to dual boot Windows8 and run it alongside your existing operating system:

1. I assume you have already downloaded the Windows 8 developer preview ISO image. If you haven’t, head over to the Microsoft dev center website and download the 2GB ISO image of Windows 8 developer preview.

2. Click “Start” and type “diskmgmt.msc” in the search box (without quotes). Click on the disk management utility, as shown below:

3. Windows 8 requires at least 20GB of hard drive space, so what you have to do here is shrink the C volume and separate 20 GB of hard drive space using the Windows disk management utility. Right click on the C partition and choose “Shrink Volume”, as shown below:

4. This will open a dialog box where Windows will ask you how much space you want to free up from the C partition. As Windows 8 requires at least 20 GB of free space, you have to enter the minimum amount of 20480 in the field labelled “Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB” (where 20480=20 X 1024 MB). If you want to allocate 25 GB of hard drive space for the Windows 8 operating system, enter 25600 (25 * 1024 = 25600 MB).

5. Now click “Shrink” and wait a couple of minutes until Windows shrinks the C volume and creates an unallocated empty partition.

6. Once Windows has finished shrinking the volume, fall back to the Windows disk management utility and you should see an unallocated volume under a Black header. This is the completely new partition where you would be installing Windows 8 developer preview.

Right click the unallocated partition under the Black header and choose “New simple volume”.

7. This will open a wizard where you have to format this volume and create a new system partition. Follow the wizard and choose all the default options

-File system: NTFS
-Allocation size: Default
-Volume Label – Choose any name, e.g Windows 8

Select the checkbox “Perform a quick format” and finish the wizard.

8. Now you have to burn the Windows 8 Developer Preview ISO image into a bootable DVD disc and boot from your DVD drive to install Windows 8 Developer preview on the new volume created in step 7. If you do not want to use a DVD disc, you can burn the ISO image into a 4GB USB drive and boot from your USB drive instead.

To do this, download Microsoft’s USB download tool and run the program. You should see a simple wizard which will walk you through the steps of burning the Windows 8 developer preview image on your removable USB drive.

9. You are almost done. Plug in the Windows 8 bootable USB drive into any of your computer’s USB ports and restart your system. While the system is booting, enter BIOS and select removable drive as your 1st boot device.

10. Save the settings and restart your system once again.

11. Now your system should boot from your USB drive and you should see the usual install screen of Windows, similar to Windows 7.

12. Follow the installation wizard and choose “Custom” in step 3. In step 4, select the new primary partition and choose “Next”. Windows 8 will be installed and when it’s done, you will be asked to choose your default operating system, as shown below:

For example: I have installed Windows 8 Developer preview alongside Windows XP, Windows 7, Ubuntu and I can use all the four operating systems at my convenience. My previous installations were not affected at all. A complete system format is not mandatory and you can run your previous operating systems in parallel with Windows 8.

~Amit Banerjee

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MS Office

OpenOffice.org Calc: Taking A Break for a Little Fun

Ok, so I’ll admit it right from the start – this tip is for fun, not for productivity…

But who’s not for a little fun once in a while?

Buried within the code of OpenOffice.org’s Calc program is a favorite game from days gone past.

Yep – that’s right… Space Invaders.

Learn how to access it here!

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Tip of the Day

Google Maps (In 3D)!

Everything seems to be going 3D these days, and Google Maps is no exception. So, if you have a pair of the old red and blue anaglyph 3D glasses laying around, then make your way over to your favorite spot in Google Maps, zoom in to street view and...

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Today's Feature

Shooting Pictures from a Train

Shooting moving objects is one thing and shooting from a one is another. Take shooting from a train for example – you have limited space, view and there’s possible danger if you stick your head out a little too much. However, following these tips will ensure your pictures are framed well, technically sound and good to use by newspapers and magazines as well.

CC image courtesy of Molly Des Jardin

1. It’s best to be compact with your photographic equipment. If you can sling your camera around your neck and shoot pictures galore, there’s nothing like it… if you are traveling solo. If you are with a friend, then a bulky camera bag can best be kept by his side while you have a free go at the scenic images unfolding before you.

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Amanda's Coolsite


Welcome to Manilla! A site that allows you to manage your bills, financial accounts, travel rewards programs, and subscriptions in one place. It is secure and free. I think the very best part is that you can manage all of your accounts with just one login this way.

Most of us are skeptical of sites like this, especially when they want financial information, but this site is safe and secure with bank level protection and data encryption. I would suggest everyone starts by clicking the What is Manilla? link at the top of the page.

What is Manilla? – This section tells you all about how the site works, how it can be free, and how it is secure. You’ll also find the FAQ here, as well as a listing of what kinds of accounts you can link to your Manilla account. There is also information on the mobile apps that you can download to your phone so that you can access your information anywhere, at anytime.

Next I would check out the Take a Quick look option on the main page, or the top of the What is Manilla? section. This takes you through a quick tour of how the site works, and how you use it. Just follow the next prompts to navigate through the tour.

After that you’ll have to decide if Manilla is for you. If so, and you’re at the end of the tour, you can sign up with the form provided. If you skipped the tour, you’ll have to click the orange Try It, It’s Free button on the main page, or the orange sign up button at the top of the page.

This site is a great way to keep your bills organized and stay on top of your payment due dates, as well as manage your other accounts as well. I think I am in love with the convenience it offers, just one login to remember! Check it out today, and see if it’s right for you!



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Wish you had a spill-resistant silicone keyboard right about now?

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If you've got limited desk space - this is perfect keyboard for you!!

Since it's flexible you can roll it up and stick it in a desk drawer when you're not using it! Talk about a space saver!!! Oh, and again, this makes is SO easy to travel with!

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October Wallpaper!

Quick Note - I didn't have time to actually get new fall photos ready - I know, I suck.

So, anyhow, I'm featuring a couple new images, plus a "classic" that DOES have some fall color. Also, there are a number of other non-featured images at the site that are just overflowing with fall color if you really have your heart set on some colorful leaves. Plus, there's a new photo or two that have been added that aren't featured, so lots to choose from.

All the desktop wallpaper below is 100% free. Note that the wallpaper is now on the new site, Backcountry Gallery, so head on over and check it out!

Split Rock Moonrise

The day this was created was the day after the full moon, with moonrise coinciding with sunset pretty closely. I knew from checking my compass that the moon would be in a good location, but you can imagine my disappointment when... (More)

Early Morning At Bond Falls

We had scouted this area out the day before and the image you see before you was the one idea that kept sanding out in my mind. From the bridge, I knew if I could talk myself into wading out into the chilly river I’d likely have... (More)

Mule Deer Buck In A Stream

Oh, man, this is a great story!

So, we were driving though Yellowstone from Mammoth to Cook City like we’ve done a hundred times before and we spot a pair of stunning mule deer bucks near a stream. Can’t resist that! We park the truck and grab our gear – of course THAT attracts attention from... (More)

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