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Issue 6

----- The Newbie Club INSIDER Issue 6 October 17, 2000

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Written by Tom Glander,

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1. Tom's Thoughts
2. Get Rid Of That Boring Screen Background
3. PC Slowing Down?
4. Brand New Newbie Club Ebook - FREE!
5. Get Organized - And Enjoy Your PC
6. Wrapping Up


1. Tom's Thoughts

Hi {firstname},

So sorry this edition is late. No excuses, but plenty of 
reasons, which I'm sure you're not interested in!

There's a lot of free stuff on the Net, isn't there? Have
you noticed all the trumpet blasts of FREE this and FREE
that? Even Joe's at it this week.

It's all done for a reason. Your free Internet access is
supported by advertising--banner ads. Most of the sites
you visit have banner ads, don't they? Except The Newbie 
Club(TM) of course!

Just like free TV, which is supported by the commercials
you sit through, the Internet is also a commercial medium.
It's also a very private medium, with access to many sites
by username and password only.

At least you don't have to watch 21 minutes of Net 
commercials for every hour you spend in front of your 
computer monitor!

In any case, the Net should remain a totally accessible
communications medium open to everyone. Putting up with
the "commercials" is easy enough. Just don't fall for the
trap of thinking you'll always get something for nothing.

Except from The Newbie Club(TM) of course!

OK let's get down to it .....

Geek-speak Buster

Upload: Process of transferring files
from your PC to the Internet. The 
opposite of download.


2. Get Rid Of That Boring Screen Background

How about something fun? We all like great photos, and the
Web is full of them. As you surf, you may come across
something that stops you in your tracks.

Wow! That's great.

With this in mind, you can save any image to your PC and
use it for wallpaper. Might as well make your desktop
interesting, and totally yours.

Why stick with the boring Microsoft green?

Next time you're looking over a web page, put your mouse
cursor over an image and right click. When the context menu
appears, click the "Set as Wallpaper" option. The image will
immediately become a part of your desktop.

To change it, right click your desktop and select 
'Properties' from the context menu. When the 'Display 
Properties' dialog box appears, you can mess with the 
wallpaper listed on the 'Background' tab.

For a more detailed explanation in pictures, there's a great 
Tutorial here:

Now, for the more adventuresome among you, you can create 
your own wallpaper in any paint program. Windows comes with 
'Paint', available along the Start, Programs, Accessories
pathway. You can create anything you like, and use it for 

Any images you place in the Windows folder on your PC will
automatically be listed in the Wallpaper section of the
'Desktop Properties' dialog box mentioned above.

Wallpaper hanging was never easier. But remember, pictures 
you copy from the Web may be subject to Copyright. So be 
careful if you decide to use them for your Website.

Geek-speak Buster

FTP (File Transfer Protocol): The rules 
computers use to send files from one 
place on the Net to another.


3. PC Slowing Down?

PC maintenance should be preventive. With computers, it's 
vital. Sure, you don't have to do it, but if you're at all 
interested in keeping a nicely functioning machine, you'll 
do it. 

Things like sorting the bits and bytes on your hard drive 
into an organized fashion are handled through the 
defragmentation skills of the Disk Defragmenter. You'll 
read somewhere, "Did you defrag your drive?" Excuse me?
Do I want to do that? But of course now you know we're 
talking about uncluttering the clutter your hard disk turns 
into after it's used for more than a few days. And a 
cluttered hard drive can slow down your PC.

Scandisk is another maintenance utility that comes with 
Windows. It fixes problems on your hard disk before they 
get out of hand. 

Your defragger won't finish its job if it encounters a disk 
error that Scandisk hasn't fixed. 

So run Scandisk as a part of your maintenance routine, and 
then defragment. And let the Scandisk doctor fix the problem 
automatically. He knows what he's doing without your help.

Using Scandisk and Disk Defragmenter on a weekly basis 
will not improve your computers performance dramatically, 
but it *will* dramatically decrease the likelihood of a disk 
crash or loss of other important stuff.

To learn how to carry out these tasks read the tutorial at It's in pictures, so 
you'll find it extremely easy to follow. Hey this is The 
Newbie Club!

However ...

Sometimes you run the defragger on your disk, and it just 
sits there, restarting itself over and over again. Blast
it all! Maybe there's stuff "running in the background" --
whatever that means, right?

And I KNOW some of you have nearly gone cold watching the
thing work all night, and still not getting the job done!

Ok, I'm not going to even go down the reasons road, but
instead offer a rather sly solution you may want to try.
MAY want to try is the operative phrase. I've tested this
potato, and it's done. Pass the gravy.

The "Power Defrag" program may be the solution you've been
looking for. It's a 1.5 megabyte download from a dark and
mysterious site. Don't be bothered, it's all very safe.

Many people have experienced problems with the performance
of the Windows 98 Disk Defragmenter, especially on slower
and low memory machines. Some systems lock up entirely,
while most take an inordinate amount of time to completely
defragment the hard disk drive. Like all night.

Sound like you or someone you know?

See if you can make your PC toe the line and quit chasing
its tail. But be warned. Your PC will restart itself a couple
of times when you run this program, (some behind the scenes
magic ensures there are no "programs running in the 
background" to slow you down) so make sure all your programs
are closed.

I tested the program, and it worked great. Just make sure
you run Scan Disk first to check for errors, using the
option to automatically fix errors. 

Also, make sure you empty your Recycle Bin first, and get
rid of any temporary files. If you don't know how to delete
temp files, well, that's another tutorial! You can still
defrag without removing temp files, it's just not as tidy.

When you're ready, run Power Defrag. And take some time off
for a sandwich or something while it works. Guaranteed to 
defragment your files!

Geek-speak Buster

Applet: Name for a mini-program used 
by your PC. Example: Your defrag program.


4. A Word from Joe - Tom's 'Techie-Hater' partner about our...


Hi {Firstname}, I hope you're well.

You know, when I first went on the Internet about 400 years
ago, I soon became very excited with the idea of starting my
own Internet business. After all I reasoned, I was making a
very comfortable living as a businessman already, so what's
so different about the 'Net?

"Everything you need to know is on the 'Net already", they
told me. "All the advice you need on just about any subject
under the sun, is lying there somewhere for you to pick up
and take into the comfort of your own living room". So off I
went with Mickey Mouse and excited thumping in my chest,
and started my search. Hey, this is going to be easy!

Oh oh!

The more I looked into it the more confused I became. And it
didn't take me long to discover that before you can search
for an answer, you have to know the question. There I was,
spending days and days careering around in cyberspace and I


Search engines? How do they work? Hold on though, do I NEED
to know?

Domain name? Sounds cool. But why do I need one if I can use
a free ISP? And how do I get one?

Build a Website? Hey now you're talking. Hang on though, 
what does WYSIWYG mean? And do I REALLY have to become a 
Techie and learn HTML? Come to think of it - what IS HTML?

I'll tell you now it was a nightmare. Even though I hate
technology, if I HAVE to learn something I'll knuckle down
and learn it....

But I didn't know WHAT I had to learn!

I felt so STOOPID I nearly packed up. And that's exactly
what millions of Newbies do - give up in despair!

So now you know why The Newbie Club was born. And why our
slogan says...

"Hey, I'm a Newbie NOT a Dummy. Just Show Me HOW!"

... Just a second whilst I wipe this little bitty tear from
the corner of my eye...

OK. Now let's get serious!

Tom and I, and some other like-minded souls are putting
together some really helpful FREE eBooks and Courses to help
you get a boost start in your efforts to tame your PC, and
to discover the amazing things you can achieve from the
power and knowledge of the Internet.

But I don't want you to go down the path that I, and so many
others have trodden, and end up in despair because you don't
know WHAT to learn.

So we have persuaded some successful Internet Marketers to
allow us to compile their Articles into a FREE eBook which
we have entitled ....

"Your Own Internet Business - An Overview".

And that's exactly what it is - an overall picture of what
you need to learn to set up your own business. It's not 
about the actual *specifics* of individual subjects. It 
shows you what you NEED to learn - something I dearly wish I
had known when I first started.

The nuts and bolts of specific subjects will be revealed in
the books that follow.

I don't know of any other Newbie site that has done this.
But you and I both know that The Newbie Club is different
because we THINK like you. And we remember what it was like
when WE were Newbies.

I'd best cut out the rambling, before I get too emotional.

read more about this exciting FREE eBook and GRABBIT.

Whilst it's downloading, look around the new Home Page we've
built and let us know what you think.

You know, there's so much been added to this page I think
I'll go over there myself and take another look.

'Scuse me {Firstname}, I'll see you later ........

Keep smilin'.


P.S. Believe me when I say that the SINGLE most important
action you can take to catapult your understanding of your
PC, is to get hold of a copy of Windows For Newbies. It's
causing so much of a stir that we're constantly adding new
Independent Reviews of it to the Website. Read them for
yourself at while your Free
Book is downloading.

Geek-speak Buster

Computer Chip: A piece of silicon and 
metal that makes your PC do stuff. Not 
to be eaten.


5. Get Organized - And Enjoy Your PC

So your desktop looks a shambles of icons scattered from
one edge to the other. You can't find anything because you
don't remember what 90% of the stuff is for.

Files are lost. Programs disappear. You haven't figured out 
how to get stuff onto the Start Menu, and making shortcuts 
to programs is, a good idea but hey, nobody's there to show 
you how!

The taskbar is bare, your PC freezes up for "no reason" and
"switching between open applications" makes you say, "What?"

Copying text and graphics is cool, and pasting them into 
other programs is even more fun. In fact, you'd like to do 
all of this stuff, right? You'd like to be more productive, 
and be able to ENJOY your computer. You know there's gold 
hiding in there somewhere, if you could just dig it out.

All you need is the right tool. Of course Windows for 
Newbies IS the right tool. Designed for my mother so she 
could make sense of the PC (her husband tried to give her a 
Mac, but she completely lost interest), Windows for Newbies 
is the perfect answer for the genuine Newbie. The guy or gal 
who wants to take life at their own speed, learning as 
little or much as they like "when they wanna."

Of course you want to see what it's all about, so help 
yourself. I see your fingers twitching on that mouse. Go 
ahead, move the cursor closer.... right there.... now just 
do it...

Click and discover how to 
make friends with your PC. "Just do it."

Geek-speak Buster

Bit: The smallest unit of measure in 
Computerdom. It's a one or a zero in the
digital world. And thus the name "digital."

Byte: Eight of those itty bitty bits 
make one of these. It takes a byte to 
make one character, like this letter "A".


6. Wrapping Up

I close each day with hope that someone will be touched by
The Newbie Club (TM). I'm a normal "people" with a lot of 
inertia to overcome, just like you. And writing isn't the 
easiest thing in the world. But using a computer is.

It's like drinking water for me.

I understand it inside AND out, and certainly don't think 
YOU should have to know the same.

However, I AM sure you'd like to at least be comfortable 
around yours, and know what to do when it acts sick. So hang 
with me, and after a few issues, you'll be thinking along 
the "hey, I'm doing pretty good with this" line. And I'll be 
pleased. Very pleased.



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