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Issue 20

--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 20 February 15, 2001

Written by Tom Glander,
and Joe Robson,

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<< MENU >>

1. Tom's Thoughts Return
2. Creating Desktop Shortcuts to Your Favorite Sites
3. Joe's Place - "Is Money Everything?"
4. Hiding Your Stuff From Prying Eyes
5. Administrivia


1. ----- Tom's Thoughts: Mental Health

"Getting Grandma Online"

I was talking to a psychiatrist friend about what I'm doing for
a living. "I quit the health center. Did you know that?"

"No! What are you doing now, destroying your health by sitting
in front of a TV all day?"

"Kind of like that. Working full time at my Internet business."

"Really! You must be doing okay for yourself then? I mean

The conversation went forward with more discussion, then moved 
on to the benefits of a senior owning a computer and connecting to 
the world.

Nothing more was mentioned about my mental wellness, thank you 
very much. Even if he is a shrink.

I mentioned the idea of getting a computer for grandma, and
showing her how to make new friends by email. He thought this
was a tremendous idea.

"Why don't you start your own company that gets computers for
the elderly and shut-ins and teaches them how to use them?"

"It's already being done."

The facts are that computers and the Internet have changed the 
lives of millions of people. Disability becomes a non-issue on
the Web. It's a whole world of wonder, new friends, gossip,
story telling, and incredible community.

No longer can we use the term "shut in" without considering the
impact of email, video mail, and instant connectivity.

If your loved ones aren't hooked up, but could be, don't waste
another minute wondering if it's something you should do. Get
Grandma a computer. Then go and visit her every week to teach
her how to use it. Or send her to The Newbie Club and we'll
help. And yes, our flagship program, Windows for Newbies comes
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Oh, and don't forget Grandpa. Or Uncle, or Aunty, or anyone
else who may be able to put one of these machines to good use.
My own grandmother lives 3,000 miles away, and is too far for me
to make a quick visit to get her connected. But if you live in
the Napa Valley in Northern California and feel the need to
help out a kindly little elderly lady, just let me know.

Too old to learn? Nah. It just takes a very patient teacher
and lots of lists.

And that's all I have to say about that.

Enjoy this issue!


Geek-Speak Buster: Logon

That's what you do when you put your name and a password
into a little box on a website after you've signed up
for something that's meant to exclude prying eyes. It's
two words, really. To log on to a computer system was
the old days way of saying it. Bah, the old days are
gone. Who cares? I do!


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3. How To Create Desktop Shortcuts to Your Favorite Websites

What a pain in the backside! You go surf to a cool site, and
actually find something of value. As you get ready to spend
some quality time reading, the phone rings. Or the kids bust
something, the dog tears a hole in your new curtains, or your
computer decides to turn a deaf, dumb and blind eye toward
you and take a vacation.

Golly gee. Now what!!

Stuff happens. And even when everything is going smoothly,
you may find there's a particular site you visit ALL the time
and would like to be able to head on over with a click on your
desktop icons. No problem. Here's the skinny on a phat subject.

(New lingo in case you didn't know: "phat" is very cool.)

With a web page open, you'll see the address bar has a URL in
it. If you're using Explorer, just click on the "e" you see,
hold the mouse button down (the left one) and drag the address
onto the desktop. Of course you'll have to make sure you can
see the desktop behind the browser, at least enough to make
the drop.

When you do this, an Internet Explorer icon is created with the
title of the page you've been visiting. Now that's just so
convenient! Next time you want to visit your favorite and
frequently favored page, just double click that icon.

If you're a Netscape fan, drag and drop the Location icon next
to the URL onto the desktop for the same effect.

Need more organization? Just make a folder for your favorites
and organize that way.

Okay, Smartypants, I hear you thinking. "Why don't you just
use the Favorites item that's on the Start Menu? The last
bunches of pages you visited are always in there."

Well, that's fine. And you can. But if you visit a few sites
ALL the time, the desktop is still the best place. It's visual,
easy to see, and a big reminder that's always "in your face."

[:-]] (Look sideways at the blockhead there to the left...)


Geek-Speak Buster: Nanosecond. A common unit of
measure used by geeks, nerds, and other computer
scientist types. If you could beat a drum fast
enough, you'd hammer on it ONE BILLION times a
second. One of those beats would be one nano -
second. That's one billionth of a second. Yea, 
that's fast. And when someone says their computer
is faster than yours, it may only be nanoseconds
they're comparing against. And I say "wow" to that!


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3. Joe's Place. "Is Money Everything?"

Hi {firstname}, glad you dropped in.

I've just seen a very heartening news item here on UK TV.

It seems that in Northern Ireland a 79 year old lady was
offered $400,000 for a very small piece of her back garden 
(yard). It was needed for access to a planned supermarket to be
built nearby.

She's lives a simple life because she depends on a pitiful
State pension. But she's refuses to sell.

The TV Interviewer said to her "You've lived here for 78 out of
the 79 years of your life. This money could make a significant
difference to your lifestyle - why are you so attached to your
rear garden?"

This lovely white haired elderly lady just looked up at him and
quietly said .....

"Because it's home!"

And I wiped a tear from the corner of my eye.

'Make $10,000 a week on the Internet!' the spam and hype 
shouts at us. Go get a life you idiots - and a back garden!

Speaking of hype....

Some months ago I received an email from a guy some 30 miles
down the road from me. He wanted me to write the copy for his
new website. I recognized his name from all the Direct mail
'millionaire' promises he has been sending out for the last 10
years or so. Each one filled with !!!!! and GET RICH NOW!

So I rang him. As we spoke I logged on to his Website, and
recognized all the familiar signs. Instant wealth, easy money
etc. etc. Buy a huge shopping mall on the net and sell famous
branded goods to 25 billion customers around the world...crap.

So I turned down a probable $4000 Copywriting assignment.

I don't want to sound holier than thou, but my conscience won't
allow me to try and persuade people to take up with these
'loser' opportunities - no matter how much I'm offered. And I've
turned away quite a few.

Today I watched a 30 minute National TV program, about this
same man being sought by the FBI and investigators in Dallas. 
They wish to interview him about a multi million dollar Internet
rip off called AGM. He's not involved with it now. He's started
promoting the site he wanted me to write, which he calls
The British Trading Standards Agency is now investigating it.

Unfortunately, libel laws prevent me from saying what I really
think, but the awful truth is that the Net abounds with many
blood sucking cockroaches, and we can do very little about it.

If you value your hard-earned cash, sign up for The Monday
Memo, at - the free 
weekly ezine published by JL Scott. JL is the Director of The 
International Council of On-Line Professionals - known as iCOP,
and both Tom and I are Founding Members of this brilliant 
organization. It's dedicated to blowing the whistle on scamsters, 
and unprofessional Internet companies. And if you've been badly 
treated by an Internet Company, then visit the Website at and tell iCop about it.

My thanks to John Payne of for
this snippet published in his excellent ezine recently. It's a 
quote from the L.A. Times ....

"Welcome to the 21st century, where nothing works right,
critical components of everyday life are far too complicated for 
average people to operate, and the guys responsible for foisting 
the whole mess upon the world don't really seem to care. 
Computers, networks, VCRs, e-mail, even the lowly remote control 
have evolved from labor-saving devices into cranky, spiteful,
hard-to-use, unreliable tools of the devil."

Hmmm .... I think someone's been reading my articles!

Keep smilin' {firstname}.


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4. Hiding Your Stuff From Prying Eyes

Are you the only one who uses the computer in your household?
If so, this tip may be of absolutely no use. But it's going
to open your eyes anyway! Let's see how we can hide stuff from
anyone who isn't super savvy, okay?

If you want to keep files - or even folders full of files -
hidden from others, just right-click on each file you want to
hide (click its icon) and select the 'Properties' item from the
context menu that appears. Then, in the Attributes box at the
bottom, select 'Hidden'. The files will not be visible to
anyone after you click the OK button, or will look like they're
dimmed out. (Don't do this with icons on your desktop.)

To see the files you've hidden, double-click on My Computer,
select Options from the View menu, click on the View tab and
select Show All Files.


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That's it. If you learned something new, that's a good thing.
If you already knew everything here, send me an email so I can
tap into your brain power. Until next time, keep one eye on
the monitor and the other on your keyboard.


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