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Issue 26


--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 26 April 1, 2001

Written by Tom Glander, mailto:tg@newbieclub.com
and Joe Robson, mailto:jr@newbieclub.com

Your subscribed address: "{emailaddress}"

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Why buy Windows for Newbies? Because it'll save you money and
frustration, of course. What more incentive do you need?
http://newbieclub.com/wfncopy


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<< MENU >>

==> 1. Tom's Thoughts: "April Showers"
==> 2. Tutorial: "Mr. Messy Cleans His Desk(top)"
==> 3. Joe's Place: "That's A Big One"
==> 4. Joe's Geek Ad of the Week ...
==> 5. Tutorial: "Understanding Uncle Earl"
==> 6. Linda's Office .... "Organize Your Email"
==> 7. Administrivia

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-------- Unsolicited Testimonial

I have keyboard magic and I found it really useful and full of
things that I never even thought about. I certainly never thought
there was a time when there was no mouse. How awful! lol!

I also have the web page builder. Now that is well worth the
money. My next purchase will be the CD for windows. It will have
to wait a couple of weeks though. You have certainly made
learning a whole lot easier and for that I thank you. Besides
the whole process isn't bankrupting me. :-)

(Name with held for privacy reasons.)


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1. --- Tom's Thoughts: April Showers
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Hello {firstname},

This week I spoke at length with a gentleman who has been on
the police force for 25 years. Knows everything about his
profession. 

I didn't know he was a cop when I called him. In fact, I
only knew he had left me an email message that needed a
phone call response. You know, sometimes it's just easier
to make the call than write the note.

He had ideas about marketing his Newbie Club affiliation
using off-line advertising. So we talked about that, and
one thing led to another. You know how conversations go.

NO, I wasn't arrested by email for breaking some Internet
speed restriction.

After the call, I had to stop and think. (Yea, I do that
now and then. Stop, that is. I leave thinking to the highly
motivated ones.) This is what I thought...

"We're really making a difference in people's lives. They
write to us, talk to us, and tell us over and over how much
they like The Newbie Club and how easy stuff is to understand.
People who have purchased Windows for Newbies write with
praise that's heartfelt. And I deeply appreciate each and
every one. I wish there was more I could do to help."

Then I thought some more. (This is the "Tom's Thoughts"
section after all.)

So, what more can we do to help? I'm sure there are more email
courses that can be written. More ebooks to compile. More
more more more... is there an end to it all? I don't think
there is. The fact remains this is the one time in the history
of planet Earth that more people are confused by technology
than any other time. And more people are trying to learn their
new computer than at any other time. I give it a 20 year
window, then it'll all be over. Everyone will be up to speed.
The kids who've grown up with computers won't need help. The
adults who need help now will know it all. And the golden
era of Newbie Ned and the Nerd bashing brigade will be history.

Are you going to do something about it? Of course. If you've
been waiting for your computer to take you by the hand and
teach you how to use it, you're the smart one. Because now is
the time. Windows for Newbies will take you by the hand and
show you with hundreds of pictures exactly what to do. That's
why I wrote the book! So you'd know how this stuff works.
Have a look: http://newbieclub.com/wfncopy

If you're wondering if I'm just trying to sell copies of my
book, well, of course I am. :-)

Newbie Ned no more. Techie Ted, probably not. But it's okay,
because my goal is to get you COMFORTABLE with you computer.
Not turn you into a Techie. To build your CONFIDENCE. Not
create a wizard. (However, that CAN be done!)

So there we are. I promise that if you keep reading and keep
learning, you'll discover that soon enough, without your even
realizing it, you've mastered the fundamentals of your computer
and the Internet. Stuff that boggled your mind before will be
"oh that. No problem. Just create a new folder, drag and drop
to move the file, and rename it so it doesn't cause problems
with its neighbors."

Alright. What do April Showers have to do with any of the
above? Nothing. Except that it's April and there's a little
saying that goes, "April showers bring May flowers." I'm
really, really, REALLY looking forward to the new season. Old
man Winter is finally (almost) dead. And the beauty of Spring
means all things are new again, and we strike out on new
paths of learning and exploration.

So hang in there! You're doing great, and together we'll knock
this computer stuff into a shape that's easily managed. I'm
rooting for you. We can do it!

Take care,

Tom

P.S. Can you guess how many subscribers there are to this
newsletter? Any thoughts at all? This isn't a contest, but
if you feel inclined, (and aren't using AOL) you can click
one of these:

1 to 5000: mailto:wecare@newbieclub.com?subject=5000
5001 to 7000: mailto:wecare@newbieclub.com?subject=7000
7001 to 10,000: mailto:wecare@newbieclub.com?subject=10000
10,001 to 15,000: mailto:wecare@newbieclub.com?subject=15000
15,001 to 20,000: mailto:wecare@newbieclub.com?subject=20000

Just wondering is all. We'll let you know next time what the
correct answer is. The problem with precise numbers is the
subscriber base grows every day. So the numbers just keep
getting bigger ... which is a good thing. :-)



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Geek-Speak Buster: "Maximize/Restore Window"

The middle button of the three upper right buttons on an
open window goes by that name. It does maximize the window to
full screen, but only if it's not already full screen. If the
window is fully open, pass your mouse cursor over the button
and you'll read the word "Restore." A click is all it takes to
shrink the window away from the screen edges so you can grab it
with your mouse and resize it manually. In the lower right
corner there's a ridged-looking area that can grabbed. Put your
mouse over that, and it turns into a double headed diagonal
arrow. Click and drag to adjust a window's size precisely. When
you release the mouse, you're done.

For a nice pain-free tutorial, visit this page:
http://newbieclub.com/anatomy and learn even more.

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by 3 successful Internet Marketers and a NEWBIE!. The result is
a stunning Newbie-Speak publication that details everything you
need to know to create, write, design, automate, backup, promote
and publish your own first Website. All in 2 days using FREE
programs and graphics! This blockbuster blows away the myths
once and for all. Click here http://newbieclub.com/builder for 
FREE TRIAL and FREE 5 part emailed course.


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2. A Cure for Messy Desktops Part 2
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Last time I mentioned moving a bunch of your icons that are
just cluttering up the screen by deleting them. But what if
you don't want to delete anything? No problem. Let's create a
new folder and put all the clutter in there.

This tip is meant for my partner Joe, since he won the
International Messiest Desktop Award every year it's been
awarded.

Minimize your email reader for this next part, so you can just
read this, and still see your desktop to a large degree. Or
else print this thing out and work without it in the way.

1. RIGHT click a blank portion of your computer's screen (this
is the desktop).

2. Put your mouse cursor over the 'New' item, and wait a couple
of heartbeats. A flyout menu appears with 'Folder' at the top.
Click on that little folder.

3. A new folder appears with the name 'New Folder' highlighted
in blue (or whatever color scheme you've decorated with).

4. Immediately type a name. You can type a couple of hundred
characters if you want to complete with spaces. Try it.
Amazing, huh?

5. Once your new folder is named, RIGHT click each icon you want
to move and drag it over the top of the new folder. Release the
mouse, and POOF! A context menu appears. Select the option that
says 'Move Here' and click. The icon is moved to the new folder.

Go through your icons and move them to the new folder. You
can lasso a bunch of them at once if you want by clicking on
a blank area next to them, dragging your mouse so it crosses
their paths, and they'll turn color as they're selected. Then
grab the whole lot and move them all. (This isn't the easiest
thing to explain in words!)

Anyway, that's it. Just clean up your desktop, Joe, so you can
find that report I sent you an hour ago. Okay? There's a
$500 bill in there!



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cards, promotional materials, memos, reports and more - just like
the professionals. 'MS Word MAGIC' is the latest Newbie-Speak
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3. Joe's Place "That's A Big One".
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Hi {firstname}, how's your memory?

I went browsing round PC World the other day and saw a really
great PC deal ...

==>1.3 GHZ Processor

==>256Mb Memory

==>40Gb Hard Drive

==>CD Rewriter

==>DVD/Rom Drive

==>19in Monitor

Lots and lots and lots of techie graphics stuff.

And even more things that look as if they're important, and will
enhance my computer experience.

With a really cool gray and silver finish.

Plus $950 worth of free software that I'll never use.

$2200, and don't you dare ask for a discount, coz we're a
national company and won't negotiate.

"That's the one for me" I thought, as the salesman nonchalantly
sneaked up from behind.

"Just one question" said I... "I use the Internet for my business
and am about to sign up with a cable company for their Broad
Bandwidth service". He looked a little vaguely at me, which meant
he didn't know what I was talking about, or he was calculating
how much commission he was going to make.

"Can you confirm that the necessary ADSL card is installed on
this machine"? said I - trying to look as if I knew what I was
talking about.

"Okaaaaayyyy" said he as he swiveled the computer around and
looked intently at all the sockets and thingies in the rear
panel.

He poked around for a while with his finger, and I was dying to
remind him that it was powered up. But - like a fool - I assumed
he knew what he was doing. Then his eyes lit up as if he'd made a
major discovery - or had received an electric shock ...

"See that small socket just there?" he pointed excitedly, "That's
for a telephone line. Just insert your telephone connection into
that hole, and you can then get yourself connected to any ISP you
choose."

My knees started weakening and my mouth went dry in disbelief.

"PARDON?" I croaked.

"Well you see, an ISP is a company that will connect you to the
Internet. There's lots to choose from."

"No, I'm sorry but I didn't explain myself properly." And I
expanded on what I'd just said.

"Hmmmmmmmm....I seeeeeeeee." He swung the computer back again and
poked around inside a flap at the front. "Ahah! What you want is
a Network connection!"

"Do I?" I snarled sarcastically.

He struggled to unplug his index finger from a nasty looking
multi-pin socket and proclaimed "Yep, that's what you want.
With this socket (which had 'NETWORK' stamped above it) you can
connect your computer to all the others in your office and
....NETWORK WITH THEM."

All I could do was smile uncomfortably.

"Yeah, I agree, it's really simple isn't it?" he said - looking
like he'd designed the computer himself.

"Thank you very much for your time - I'll think about it" was the
only way I could think of, to stop myself screaming "Oh no, not
again - is it ME!"

What I should have said was ... "Hey, you're a Newbie AND a
Dummy. Let ME show YOU how!"

Keep smilin' {firstname},

Joe

P.S. I'll bet he went back to the office and said to his boss -
"Nah, no sale boss - just another bloody tire-kicker!"


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Geek-Speak Buster: "mailto URL"

What's up with the 'mailto:' in front of email addresses?
Every resource on the Net has to have a name. We use
hostnames (like newbieclub.com) for computers, and mail
addresses for people (like tom@newbieclub.com). The
'mailto:' part you see in front of email addresses tells
your computer to open the email program when you click
on it. But if you're using AOL, this won't work, because
AOL invented its way of doing things.

So, if you're using AOL, you won't see a 'hot' link here:
mailto:wecare@newbieclub.com. If you're using any other
service, you'll see the link is 'hot' or clickable.

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------ Finally. A Totally Newbie-Friendly Unzipper!

Some Zip programs are frustratingly confusing to use. But it's
essential to have one if you're downloading stuff from the Net.
'Unzip Wizard' is so simple it's impossible to go wrong. That's
because it's specifically designed with Newbies in mind. And
The Newbie Club has arranged a special discount for you at this
page. So now you can save AND unzip without embarrassment!
http://newbieclub.com/wizard This is a stunner!

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---------------- "MAGIC!" ----------------

Many people believe their magic mouse is the be-and-end-all of
modern technology. Click this, click that, right click, left
click, double click, somersault and middle click - magic! And
who can blame them? After all they've never been shown a better
way! But the savvy one's learn all about those mysterious
keyboard keys, and their lives - and creativity - are
transformed. Read about The Newbie Club's latest best seller
'Keyboard MAGIC! and transform your computer habits - it's so
easy! Prepare for lift-off at http://newbieclub.com/keyboard



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4. Joe's Geek-Speak Ad Discovery of the Week
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"TCP/Com allows any of the existing serial (RS232) ports on
your PC to interface directly to a TCP/IP network. This makes it
possible for any other computer on the same network to send and
receive serial data through a remote serial port on the PC where
TCP/Com is running. You connect to the remote serial port by
connecting to a TCP/IP port."

Hey that sounds cool. But wait there's more ...

"Note: TCP/Com does not emulate a serial port. It is designed to
expose an existing RS232 serial port to a TCP/IP port."

Phew, thanks for the warning. Do you deliver?


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5. Uncle URL Has Something for You
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Maybe you've heard the name "earl" used with stuff related
to the Web. It's really a URL (You Are Ell). It's pronounced
as three separate letters. The acronym stands for Universal
Resource Locater. In order for you web client (your browser)
to fetch a page for you, it has to know the address (the
URL) of the page it's fetching.

There are different URLs for different resources. When we use
a URL to specify an address, we say that the URL 'points' to
that resource.

When you point your browser to The Newbie Club at the
following address... http://newbieclub.com ... you're pointing
to web site. You don't actually see the name of the page in that
URL, but it's there all the same. (The address, "newbieclub.com"
is not a page name. It's a domain name. Page names end with the
extension ".htm or .html or some other abbreviation following a
dot.)

URLs can point to all kinds of resources, and not just to web
pages. As you use the Net, you'll see the following two
formats:

1. scheme://hostname/description

2. scheme:description

Examples:

1. http://newbieclub.com/ottofree.htm

2. mailto:jr@newbieclub.com

The "scheme" (which is short for "addressing scheme") simply 
tells us what type of resource we're looking at. Most of the 
pages you encounter on the web will use the scheme shown in 
example one above. The URL uses the 'http:' scheme, or Hyper 
Text Transfer Protocol, to transfer web data from a host 
computer to your desktop computer.

You'll also see the 'mailto:' scheme, such as this:
mailto:wecare@newbieclub.com and others as well. There are news,
ftp, and file schemes. They're not quite as common, and not seen
as much. Here's the meaning of each:

http Web page (hypertext)
mailto Mail address
news Usenet newsgroup
ftp File access via Anonymous FTP
file File on your computer

If you use your browser to view files on your computer, you'll
see the 'file' scheme in action. You can do this now. Just type
'c:\' into your browser's address bar and you'll see a list of
files on your computer. Magic!

And there you have it. A bit of the underpinning of the Net.
If you've learned something new, we're doing our job. It's all
calculated to make you a savvy user of today's technological
marvel. Go get 'em!


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Microsoft Word - it's for typing letters isn't it? Hardly.
Flyers, posters, reports, greeting cards, letters, html email,
and even Web pages are much easier to produce, if you fully
understand how to exploit WORD to its maximum. And many
of its tools and features are used many other programs, so your
learning curve with new software can be dramatically reduced.

So trust The Newbie Club to come up with a stunning range of
Newbie-Speak eBooklets, bursting with screen captures,
exercises and pictures that make the World's favorite program
crystal clear - and FUN! Read about it here:
http://newbieclub.com/wordmagic/ and prepare to be amazed
at the low price of just $9.95!


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6. Linda's Office Corner: Organize Your Email!
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Where's the copy of the Insider I wanted to read again,
anyway?!

Having trouble finding your email when you want to re-read it?
Well, all email programs offer you some choices for organizing
your mail and I advise that you look into this. Since, this is
the "Office" corner, I will tell you what Outlook can do!

After you've been on the internet for a while and have started
taking advantage of all the free newsletters and email groups
that are out there, your inbox starts to get pretty full and
finding things becomes more and more difficult. Outlook 2000's
"Rules" allow you to organize your mail in MANY different ways.
You can easily make folders in your inbox and set them up so all
mail from a specific email address goes directly to this folder
and once the folder has mail inside it, the folder's name in your
folder list shows up in bold type so you know to check it for the
latest mail. Plus, you then always know exactly where to find the
mail when you want to re-read it.

Outlook's rules also allow you to sort your mail based on a
certain word or words in the subject line or within the message
itself. You can even set your mail up to be forwarded to
grandma's email address while you are visiting her for the
weekend, then just turn the rule off when you get home. To
check out all of the different options you have with Outlook's
rules, go into your inbox and click on the Tools menu and
select "Rules Wizard" and plan to spend some time in there
exploring all of your options.

On my website, I have a sample tutorial for Outlook and Outlook
Express. Try this one and make a folder for the Newbie Club and

set up a rule to put your Insiders into this folder automatically.

The tutorial is located at:

http://www.personal-computer-tutor.com/outlook.htm#organize

Hang in there!

Linda

Linda Johnson is an MS Office personal tutor, and also has a
terrific Website which she's been making even more readable
than ever. Check it out at http://www.personal-computer-tutor.com

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So you're not such a Newbie after all? Curious about the
database that makes Windows act the way it does? Then this
ebook will give you a quick, easy understanding of what's
going on inside. It's called 'The Registry For Newbies' and
you can read all about it here http://newbieclub.com/rfncopy/
See Techie-Speak translated into Newbie-Speak by an expert!

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FREE Newbie Club Courses - by email. Just send a blank email
for the course you need. It's delivered every few days to your
desktop - automatically! (AOL users must remove the "mailto:"
part of the address, and type the address into your email
client's send to line. Life with AOL is tough!)

Backing up your stuff: backup@newbieclub.com
mailto:backup@newbieclub.com

Organize your files: organize@newbieclub.com
mailto:organize@newbieclub.com

10 PC tips: newtips@newbieclub.com
mailto:newtips@newbieclub.com

Finding files: findfiles@newbieclub.com
mailto:findfiles@newbieclub.com

Take the load off your PC: msconfig@newbieclub.com
mailto:msconfig@newbieclub.com

See how easy it is to get info to people? Get your own FREE
autoresponders at http://newbieclub.com/ottofree.htm

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sell? Become a Newbie Club Affiliate. It's widely regarded as
one of the most professionally run programs on the Net. You'll
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Affiliate Clubroom - and it's FREE!
Details here ... http://newbieclub.com/affiliate

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Don't let the ignorance of others confuse you. In fact, don't 
let anyone confuse you. The best way to avoid confusion is to
turn to trusted Internet sites to ground yourself. You can 
completely trust The Newbie Club site to give you only the
best information. There are dozens of other excellent sites out
there, of course, and I certainly hope you use them. Just don't
get overloaded with information and get daft on us, okay? We
need your collective brain power to keep the Net humming. You
do hear it, don't you? 

I'll chat with you again soon.

All the best,

Tom

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6. Administrivia
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The TNC INSIDER is a production of The Newbie Club(TM) and is
owned by Roglan International LLC, whose partners are
Tom Glander mailto:tg@newbieclub.com and
Joe Robson mailto:jr@newbieclub.com.
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