Worldstart Computer Tips 11-11-2011
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In The News 11-11-2011
Your Weekly Update In The World Of Technology
Flu No More
Some big news is coming out of the University of Texas Southwestern. The scientists there have created a new flu vaccine that is a “catch-all” vaccine. This means that the vaccine will protect against any type of flu and not just one strain. The bigger news is that this also means it can protect us against the flu if it mutates.
Mutation is a common problem with current flu vaccines. Current vaccines are created to protect against one type of the flu but if the virus mutates, it is rendered useless. The new vaccine targets a protein in our bodies that, when increased, makes it near impossible for the virus to invade cells. This applies to all flu viruses and not just one type.
According to the scientists, the new vaccine can protect us from the Spanish Flu, which caused one of the biggest losses of life from a disease worldwide in 1918, as well as more recent strains like the Swine Flu. The new vaccine is not ready for distribution yet, however this may be the first step to one day putting an end to the flu once and for all.
The Day The Internet Stood Still
The Internet, that wonderful network that seems to always stay strong, took a bit of a stumble last Monday morning. A software glitch in the “Border Gateway Protocol” created a series of events that took out networks across the globe. One network to suffer a massive but short-lived outage was Time Warner Cable, one of the largest internet providers in the US.
The issues originated further up in the Internet’s hierarchy, as one of the key Internet gateways into the US crashed. Juniper Networks, who create routers for larger networks, seemed to be the source of the issue. Luckily most networks were back by late morning, proving the Internet can be very resilient and recover quickly.
This is something that might keep you awake at night. According to the paper “Beyond the United Kingdom: Trends in Other Nuclear States”, mankind has created a total 128,000 nuclear weapons since 1945. A whopping 98% of that number have belonged to the United States and the Soviet Union/Russia. In case you’re crunching the numbers, that leaves 2,560 created by other nations. Of these nations, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, India, and China don’t disclose any of their nuclear information, while the UK and France do. That’s a lot of “Where are those nukes?… I don’t know”.
As of 2010 the original 128,000 nukes have luckily been decreased to only 22,400, 95% of which belong to the US and Russia. Despite the massive drop in arsenal, a small fraction of that 22,400 could result in all out nuclear annihilation. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, huh? Technology can sometimes be a scary thing.
IT'S THE ULTIMATE BUNDLE FOR YOUR PC!
If You're TIRED of Your Computer's Attitude...
Then you've GOTTA HAVE this BRILLIANT BUNDLE! Check it out: Check-It Registry Cleaner AND Check-It Diagnostics are two of our best selling software programs - and for good reason. They both do different things that result in the same outcome: a faster, smoother PC experience that eliminates problems before the come to the surface.
IMPORTANT: Read This!
If you've been on the fence about either of these products, and have yet to buy either of them, guess what? You're in LUCK! Today, we've got a bundle package that includes both Check-it Registry Cleaner, Check-It Diagnostics AND SOS Online Backup at an unbelievably LOW PRICE.
So do you want the run-down on what each utility does? Then keep reading because by the time you've finished, you'll understand that THIS BUNDLE IS EXACTLY WHAT YOUR PC NEEDS! So without further adieu, let us first (re) introduce you to Check-it Diagnostics!
*THIS BUNDLE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SOFTWARE:
If you're SICK & TIRED of PC problems like crashes, freezes and SLOW progress bars...if you need to show your PC some love WITHOUT spending HUNDREDS of dollars...if you want to ELIMINATE problems BEFORE they happen the EASY way - you've gotta check this out!
KEEP YOUR COMPUTER IN CHECK!
Stop Crashes Before They Happen!
We've ALL Felt Like This Guy...
Aren't computer freezes great? One minute you're working on an important document, the next minute your computer just FREEZES!
You beg, you plead...it's TOTALLY fruitless. All of your unsaved hard work is gone in the blink of an eye...
and you're left with NOTHING but anger, pity, self loathing, the list goes on...certainly makes you wanna stick your fist through the screen, huh?
Well what if I told you there was a SIMPLE solution to PC hardware crashes? What if I told you there was a program out there that could remedy that NASTY problem once and for all? Would you be interested? OF COURSE!
CHECK-IT DIAGNOSTICS IS THE ANSWER!
This AMAZING program will help fix your computer - and prevent you from replacing it prematurely!
Sure, everybody knows how important it is to protect your computer from viruses, malware, spyware, etc. But what most people don't realize is that hardware like RAM, video drives, hard drives, video card and modems also need to be working error free and properly...
That's where CheckIt Diagnostics comes in!
This will perform diagnostics, like a mechanic, to see if you have underlying hardware issues on computers running Windows XP, Vista - even Windows 7!!
Helping you spot trouble BEFORE it starts!
It's so easy to get started too! Just pop in the disc.
It even lets you upgrade to the most current version of CheckIt Diagnostics...and it will notify you of the latest updates after you've already installed it. Pretty awesome, huh?
In just a few minutes you'll have the program up and running and then you can see all the tests that this baby can perform! It even explains what each test is for.
Now, let's get testing...
Since we specialize in computers here at WorldStart, it was kind of hard to find a computer that had hardware errors...but we managed to hunt a couple down in Steve's computer grave yard.
In a matter of a couple of clicks, we were able to see ALL of the problems...
One of the problems that showed up right away on the first old laptop was that the internet connection wasn't working - and you know what a hassle that can be! Sounds like a good place to start the test, right?
Ok, now we know there's a problem. To learn how to troubleshoot and fix the issue, we simply clicked on the "Troubleshoot" button and it walks you through the exact steps you need to take in order to fix your connection.
Then we went on to check the next laptop and came up with more problems. When running the Memory test a big fat WARNING error came up!
So, we went ahead and clicked the "Troubleshoot" button. Now, if that doesn't make any sense to you - don't panic. If you don't understand the issue, simply click on the "More Info" button and you can print or email the diagnostics to your computer tech to explain and fix for you.
Then we went on to run the Audio/Video Playback test and man, is this laptop in trouble...
But, once again...we just clicked the "Troubleshoot" button and it told us how to fix it. Just a reminder - if you don't understand what's wrong, you can always print out or email the diagnostics by clicking the "More Info" button.
The problems that we were able to fix above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what CheckIt Diagnostics can diagnose on your computer.
To start diagnosing your computer, just select the test or tests that you want to run and click "Run Selected Tests" and in a matter of minutes your results will be generated!
You get your test results INSTANTLY after each test is run!
If an issue is detected, a Troubleshoot button pops up. Just click it and it will tell you the exact steps to take. How's that for an easy fix?
It'll even generate an error report for you to email to a repair technician. NOW YOU CAN STOP PAYING THAT GUY TO FIGURE OUT THE PROBLEM!
How many times have you taken your computer to get fixed and you haven't the slightest idea what's wrong with it?
What if you could eliminate the diagnostic step for your computer technician and do it yourself?
Just imagine how much money you could save!
CheckIt Diagnostics eliminates the diagnostic and testing costs that a computer technician would perform, by letting you diagnose and test your computer yourself!
Be Prepared! Get CheckIt Diagnostics and Get to the Root of the Problem Once and for All!
OK - so now that you know what an AMAZING program Check-It Diagnostics is, you'll be BLOWN AWAY by what a PERFECT compliment Check-It Registry Cleaner is!
READ ON!AMAZING BUNDLE PART 2: THE REGISTRY CLEANER!
CHECK-IT REGISTRY CLEANER
Your Registry is FILTHY - and this overstuffed registry SLOWS YOUR COMPUTER WAY DOWN! Not only that, it makes it vulnerable to infection - opening the flood gates to all kinds of nasty worms, viruses...you name it.
Ready for Some SERIOUS REGISTRY CLEANING?
Thought so! If you care about your PC performance, this MUST-HAVE program is exactly what you need - it's super easy to use, automatically backs up your files, gives you options for specialized settings AND is virtually "screw-up" proof!
PUT AN END TO YOUR SLOW PC BY CLEANING UP THAT FILTHY REGISTRY!
What Exactly is a Registry?
Think of your registry as a closet inside of your computer. Every time you install a program, make changes to your system preferences, update current software or a multitude of other things, it's added to your registry. OLD remnants of programs you haven't used in years are still floating around this digital closet, making it lag and slow down your entire PC experience.
One of the biggest problems with a PC registry is that nothing is in charge of keeping it clean but YOU. And if you open up your registry, you'll have absolutely NO idea which of the thousands of items should be kept or deleted. Nobody really does, which is why every Windows user experiences those super slow start up times and system lags.
You Need CheckIt Registry Cleaner!
In short, this SAFE program makes it SIMPLE to clean out your overcrowded, filthy registry and get your PC back up to speed! When I say it's simple to use, I mean it!
You can be a complete novice - all you have to do is stick the disc in, follow the prompts, and allow it to do what it does best!
Start-Up Errors Beware!
First thing's first: The user interface is unbelievably friendly and accessible! As soon as you've finished installing this program, you're greeted by an interface that immediately let's you know how simple this whole process is about to be!
We Thought Our Computer's Were Clean...We Were Wrong!
As you know, here at Worldstart we know a thing or two about computers.That's why we were so stunned when, after installing CheckIt Registry Cleaner on one of our computers and letting it run a scan, it came up with over 2,200 registry errors! So that PC we were running before...yeah, it's now SUPER PC!
COMPLETELY ELIMINATE REMNANTS OF OLD SOFTWARE!
You can uninstall old software that you no longer use until you're blue in the face...but those pesky little start-up programs, those little pieces that combine into a nasty web of computer-slowing madness...remain. But not after running CheckIt Registry Cleaner!
Clean, Optimize and SPEED-UP Your PC...the SAFE Way!
This program can be set up to AUTOMATICALLY always check for system errors and delete them as the appear, or you can manually run it whenever you think your PC needs a speed boost - it's totally up to you.
OPTIONS ANYONE? You can automatically start CheckIt Registry Cleaner when : system boots up, when Registry Cleaner Starts (after you manually open it), start it minimized in system tray, or set it so it AUTOMATICALLY repairs infected items!
But one thing that's for certain: THIS PROGRAM IS SAFE and EFFECTIVE!And by the way, just so you're aware of it - you see this tool bar here?That's always with you, so no matter what, you can go in and scan your system for errors, check and customize your settings, restore old settings...
THE CHOICE IS YOURS!
CheckIt Registry Cleaner is as Easy as 1-2-3-4!
Whether you decide to automatically have CheckIt Registry Repair run every time you turn your computer on, or if you prefer doing it manually, you can rest assured that your computer is going to start running A WHOLE LOT BETTER!
AMAZING BUNDLE PART 3: THE SOS ONLINE BACK UP PROGRAM!
THE SOS ONLINE BACK-UP PROGRAM
OK, let's keep this short and sweet. This back up program is BRILLIANT. There. That's it. Oh, okay, we'll give you a few details - but it pretty much speaks for itself - you can back up your important files online with this FREE account.
That's right - it's a FREE subscription, but only for a year. We have a feeling once that year is up, you'll be ready to pay the very small fee to keep it for another year. You'll see!
So...What's it do?
well, I'll just say this now: THIS THING IS POWERFUL! This program lets you back up ALL of your important files online - all you have to do is create an account, which is as easy as clicking a button and providing some info.
CUTTING TO THE CHASE...
Once your account is created, you can manage important files from ALL of your PC's. Whether they're personal or work, business or pleasure - you'll have EVERYTHING organized into one simple to manage account. Imagine...you won't be jumping from one PC to another trying to extract your files - oh no, they'll ALL be in ONE PLACE. FOR FREE.
Access Your Data - ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD!
Everything you choose to back up on SOS is put into their 'cloud' system - which allows you to have access to these files from ANY COMPUTER no matter where you are! All you've gotta do is jump online and access your account. Think about how much easier both your PROFESSIONAL and PERSONAL life is about to get!
Wanna share your files? Go ahead - log in to your account and do it! Do you need to go back to a previous version of a file that you may have overwritten? GO FOR IT - it's there, and this program allows you to go back to anything you've dropped into it!
It's AMAZING! It's HELPFUL! It's SAFE! It's...FREE? Yes FREE FOR A YEAR!
Just ONE More Thing to SWEETEN This Bundle....
It comes with a Lexar Card Reader!
We're not going to insult your intelligence telling you what you can do with this BEAST - you already know!
After all, just about everything that uses memory cards wants you to feed it SD cards - cameras, video cameras, MP3 players, headsets, even some TVs - and they ALL demand an SD card - and this makes it SOOOOOOO much easier to manage!
IT'S YOURS IN THIS BUNDLE!
A quick run down on what you're getting in this bundle package:
You Won't BELIEVE the Price!
Check this out! You KNOW our prices are lower than you'll find ANYWHERE else on the internet - but you won't believe these savings!
Generally, we sell Check-It Registry Cleaner for $19.97, Check-It Diagnostics for $14.97, and the lowest price ever on the Lexar Card Reader is $1.97. Add it all up and you're lookin' at $36.91...and that's an unbelievable deal - and we're about to BLOW THAT PRICE OUTTA THE WATER!
Today is your lucky day. Easily one of the luckiest days you'll EVER have when it comes to getting a BRILLIANT deal. For today only, this HUGE PC SAVING BUNDLE - INCLUDING A CARD READER - can be yours for just $22.97 with FREE US SHIPPING! Think about that!
PS: each of these programs retail for 50-60 bucks all day long. And the card reader puts the total value of this package around $150 - we're offering it to you for less than 21 bucks! Hurry and get yours before they're gone for good!
How do I turn the DMA back on in Windows 7 Home Premium?
Hello Duke, thanks for the great question. You will be glad to know that it is easy to turn the DMA back on in Windows 7 Home Premium.
Before we get started, make sure you are logged on as an administrator or you will not be able to perform the following steps.
What is DMA?
DMA, also known as Direct Memory Access, allows peripheral devices in computers to send data to the memory on the motherboard without any type of intervention from the CPU.
The DMA controllers are embedded into the chip in modern processors, and manage data transfers. DMA is used to help speed up a computer and allow you to multitask. When you enable DMA, it allows you to read/write data in the external memory, internal memory, and peripherals, without any involvement from the CPU, which leaves the processor open to do other tasks.
DMA is normally turned on by default for your hard disk, and DVD or CD drives, if they support DMA. If a device is improperly installed or you have a system error, you may need to turn DMA on manually.
Click the Start button in the lower left corner, click Control Panel, click System and Security, and then click Device Manager link in the System section. The Device Manager window opens. You may be prompted to enter your administrator password.
Click next to IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers in the left pain to collapse it. The menu will expand and you will see other options.
Find each icon that has the word Channel as part of the label in the list. Right-click each icon with the word Channel, and select Properties.
Click the Advanced Settings tab, and select the Enable DMA check box to check it. Click OK to save the changes.
DMA should now be enabled on your Windows 7 Home Premium computer. We hope this tip has been helpful for you.
MS Excel: A Locked Cell is Not a Cell Protected From Changes
If you’ve ever found yourself nosing around the Protection tab in the Format Cells dialog box then you’ve probably found that the Locked check-box was selected and possibly thought that your worksheet was safe from changes made by others…
Whew! We’re safe – right??
Well, not really.
Locked isn’t actually protecting the cells from change, it’s marking those cells that should be protected from user changes if you actually choose to protect the worksheet.
By default, the entire worksheet is selected as locked – but not actually protected.
Read on by clicking here!
Navigation is easy! You click on the categories to change what’s being searched for. The default is set to Top Restaurant Deals in My City, but you can change it to What’s Good on the Menu?, or I Have a Craving for a Special Dish just by clicking on those options.
Top Restaurant Deals in My City – this section is by far the most limited. You’ll only find the following cities listed under the Select My City dropdown box: Atlanta, GA; Boston, Ma; Chicago, IL; Coral Gables, FL; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; Santa Monica, CA; and Washington, DC. If you live in one of those areas, select to see what restaurants you can save up 40% at!
What’s Good on the Menu? – here you can search by filling in the name of the restaurant you want to eat at in the first blank text box, and then the city you’re eating the second text box (it might already be filled in – Toledo, OH was auto filled in for me) and then clicking the orange search button. It will bring up a list of locations for that restaurant in your area, pick the one you are going to eat at, and then it will show you a listing of dishes on that restaurant’s menu that have been reviewed.
I Have a Craving for a Special Dish – Are you hungry? Are you craving a specific kind of food but don’t know where to get it? Then this is the search for you. For example, I was craving tacos. So I typed in tacos, and used the location that was auto-filled in for me (Toledo, OH) and clicked the orange search button. It provided me with a list of restaurants and pizza joints that served tacos or taco pizza. This is an awesome way to see what your options are when you want a specific type of food.
This is a great site that will help you find restaurant deals, check out reviews of dishes at restaurants you might not have tried yet, as well as help you find what you’re in the mood to eat. Check it out today!
New Computer? GREAT!
UNBELIEVABLY EASY TO USE!
Save Yourself HOURS - Even DAYS of Hassles - and a TON of Money!
Works With WHATEVER YOU'VE GOT - XP, Vista, Windows...
Can You Push a Button? THEN YOU CAN DO THIS!
A Frightening Little Story...
Bill just got a new computer. He's SUPER excited, and can't wait to get it booted up. Slamming the door behind him and throwing his keys on the table, he rushes to the living room and starts to unbox that shiny new PC.
In walks his roommate, Fred. Fred knows a thing or two about computers and has no problem giving Bill advice - even though he can be quite smug about sharing his knowledge...
"Hey Fred! Check it out - I FINALLY got a new computer!" Bill says, eagerly awaiting approval from his nerdy roommate. "It's SO much better than my last one. I can't WAIT to get everything transferred over from that old piece of junk!"
"Well Bill" Fred says in a smug, all knowing voice, "that's a nice idea and all, but how are you going to transfer everything over just using that old transfer cable of yours?"
With his face starting to redden, Bill stammers "Wait...wha-what do you mean how? I've got that cable thingy...it'll do the trick, right Fred? RIGHT?"
"Wrong!" Fred laughs. "That thing'll only transfer over your files. What about all of that expensive software you've invested so much money in, Bill? What about that? How do you think you'll get that transferred over?"
After letting Bill suffer in silence for a few moments, Fred introduces Bill to LAPLINK PC MOVER WITH CABLE...
The most INGENIOUS program EVER created for PC users!
If you are planning on getting a new PC any time in the near future - LapLink PC Mover is AN ABSOLUTE MUST-HAVE! If you're buying a new computer with Windows 7 on it - it's even MORE important that you have this! Here's why!
Move EVERYTHING From Your Old PC to Your New One With EASE!
This awesome software lets you transfer everything - from your files to your software programs - onto your new computer. Most transfer cables only let you transfer over old files...but what about all of that IMPORTANT software that you've spent a FORTUNE on?
Moving files is simple - moving software is not. In fact, it's nearly impossible!
When most software is installed, you get components and pieces of the software scattered all over your hard drive .
Manually finding every part and putting it back on a new computer, placed where it should be and registered with Windows is almost impossible.
UPGRADING FROM XP TO 7? WANNA KEEP ALL FILES AND SOFTWARE? READ ON!
This is the ONLY program on the planet that allows you to do an upgrade from XP to Windows 7 while keeping ALL of your files and software! Why? Because for some reason, Microsoft will NOT support a direct upgrade path to Win7 from XP. You can buy it, but once you install it - you're in for a nasty surprise! You'll be told that ALL of your software is now gone, and that it'll try to relocate it. It can't. Hope you backed everything up..
Mosquito Beach Stormy Rainbows
This was easily one of the toughest photos I’ve ever created.
It was taken one cold, rainy morning in Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore along Lake Superior - Mosquito Beach to be exact. I had backpacked in and set up camp to facilitate... (More)
Blue Hen Falls In Autumn
This is one I’ve been trying to bag for awhile – since my film days in fact! See, each time I’d stop to shoot the falls (usually in autumn), I’d end up with VERY little water flow. Instead of the nice robust waterfall you see here, I would typically... (More)
Stormy Sunset At Sleeping Bear
We had been trying for three days to get something – anything – at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
The first evening saw a sunset that was blocked by clouds, the second was clear and colorless, so this was our last chance. If we didn’t get something here... (More)
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