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1. Tom's Thoughts
2. Windows for Newbies on CD - Ideal Christmas Present?
3. Are You Using The Best Monitor Resolution?
4. Are You Wasting Ink?
5. Joe's Thoughts: Why Newbies Are Afraid to Build A Website
1. Tom's Thoughts
I always strive to accomplish more in less time. It's the
power of computers that makes this possible. For example,
moving around between the five programs I use the most is
easy when I set up a series of shortcuts, and stick with
them. Productivity is increased dramatically, and in the
same time it takes to drink a glass of water, I can now
update our website. The mouse is great, but the keyboard
is super fast. Especially if you already have good typing
Automation is a big reason for getting more done in less
time. Your computer may be fast, but if you automate it,
it'll be even faster. Windows has a built in scheduler
that lets you set up certain events at times you specify.
Why not use this feature?
Probably because it's kind of hidden, or you just don't
have anything you want to automate. I can think of a few
things... like maintenance chores! Explore the automation
region of your computer: Start>Programs>Accessories>System
Tools>Scheduled Tasks. Open and explore. You can add new
tasks, modify any that are already set up (who the heck
would have set them up if it wasn't you is beyond me!) and
Snowed like crazy here in Battle Creek, Michigan last
night. Blizzard conditions. Had to dig out the wife's car
this morning. Fortunately, no power outage here in the
castle, and no school for the kids! I'm certainly glad for
the power, and the kids dig (literally) the extra snow.
I'll teach the computer how to shovel the sidewalk, and
we'll all be very content. Okay, let's move forward.
AGP Graphics: Accelerated Graphics Port.
A specification that enables 3-D graphics
to display quickly on ordinary personal
computers. You'll see graphics cards with
"AGP" on them. They're faster and better.
2. Windows For Newbies On CD - Ideal Christmas Present?
Our Flagship PC Learning Tutorial, "Windows For Newbies"
has been purchased by Newbies all over the world. And no
wonder. It's fast becoming recognized as THE Windows based
PC learning system for beginners and experienced PC users
Because it's in 'Newbie Speak' and packed with actual
PICTURES of what it teaches.
Know someone who's getting a new PC at Christmas? Then why
not give them the best Christmas present they could ever
wish to have.... 'Windows For Newbies' ...
...... ON CD-ROM!
Don't leave them floundering with help files that don't
help, or tutorials that don't tute. Relieve their
frustrations at a stroke, and have them up and running in no
time. Just because you had to go through that experience,
doesn't mean THEY have to!
But you'll have to hurry to get delivery for Christmas.
Read all about this widely publicized and acclaimed tutorial
and order your CD now. It's suitable for kids and adults alike, and
tutorials seem positively prehistoric!
Remember. A computer is not just for Christmas, it's for
life (or until the next super-duper Techie breakthrough
3. Tutorial: Using the Best Monitor Resolution
Why not check your monitor right now to make sure you're
seeing everything you should be? If your resolution is set
too low, stuff is real big on screen, and takes up space
that could be used for additional viewing.
If you're a little visually challenged, this may not be of
Right click a blank portion of the desktop and select
"Properties" from the context menu. Then, on Display
Properties window, click the Settings tab. See what the
slider is set at: 640 X 480, 800 X 600, or 1024 X 768. Try
adjusting it to at least 800 X 600, and higher if you can.
Best settings for larger monitors (19 inch and up) are in
the higher range. But I've seen many a 15 inch monitor set
at 1024 X 768. You can really see a lot more on a page at
Resolution is simply the number of lines you can get on
the screen, or number of pixels you cram into a given space.
It's like using graph paper that has 5 squares to the inch
or 10 sqares to the inch. The more squares you have, the
better and finer a picture you can create simply by coloring
in the squares. Paper with 20 squares per inch means you'll
need a finer pencil or pen to color each sqare, since each
will be smaller. Your computer displays stuff in the same
sort of way--only in pixels instead of squares.
By the way, "pixel" comes from "picture element."
one itty bitty dot on your screen, and one small part of
the whole picture.
To put it simply, if you want more screen real estate, set
your resolution to a higher number. Stuff gets smaller, but
you can see more of it in the same number of inches you've
got available on your monitor.
If you're asked about restarting your computer or just
making the change without restarting, take the latter. You
usually don't have to restart it just to change the
resolution. And speaking of resolutions, my New Year's...
Never mind. Next!
Video Adapter: A plastic and metal hardware
device also known as a "card" that hooks into
your computer's main board. The main board is
also called the Mother Board. The Video Adapter
is where you plug your monitor's video cable in.
4. Stop Wasting Ink and Paper (Again!?)
One upon a time, I mentioned that you could highlight
text you wanted to print, then click the File, Print
menu, and click the "Selection" button in the Print Range
area of the Print Dialog box.
This would print only the selection you had highlighted.
I just wanted to expound on that concept.
When you select text with your mouse, it's highlighted.
This highlighted region can be copied to the clipboard,
overwritten with a single keystroke, or deleted entirely
with the Delete key. If you want to print just the
highlighted section, Windows knows you're thinking about
it, and offers that option to print the selection.
When you do this, you're going to save ink or toner, but
not necessarily paper. So here's a tip: Open Wordpad,
then minimize it to the taskbar. (WordPad is one of the
accessories you'll find under Start>Programs>Accessories.)
Or open your favorite text editor and minimize it.
Now, when you've highlighted some text, you can drag it
with your mouse, and hover over the minimized editor.
Hold the mouse for a second without releasing the mouse
button, and your text editor springs to life. Continue
holding the mouse button down while dragging the text to its
new home. Then release, and poof! Your text is pasted into
the editor. This works with pictures, too. It's a drag
and drop shortcut, if you will.
Once you've moved text or images, then you can print
exactly what you want. Skim the Net, collecting snippets
for your memoirs. Then compile the whole thing into an
ebook you can give to others! We use Activ Ebook for our
sales and freebies. Check out the free download here:
Bootable floppy: A diskette from which you may
start your computer in case a virus or some other
bad thing won't let Windows start normally. These
should be created when you first install Windows, or
should come with your system if purchased new. May
also come in the form of a CD-ROM that has everything
needed in reinstate your system to its out of the box
5. Joe's Ramblings (Joe is Tom's 'Techie-Hater' partner)
You know when I was writing the Promotional Copy for First
Website Builder, I felt a weird creepy feeling at the back
of my neck. Was it deja vu, or a suicidal creepy-crawly?
My mind immediately flashed back to the time I decided to
build MY first Website. And it wasn't a pleasant experience!
So I sat down and wrote an article about it. It was written
for publication on the Internet and aimed at established
Website owners. The message being, that hardly anyone seems
to talk to Newbies in plain language.
Incidentally, my spell checker didn't understand 'deja vu',
so I looked it up in my dictionary. Here's what it said ...
"Deja vu. The experience of perceiving a new situation as if
it had happened before. It is sometimes associated with
exhaustion or certain types of mental disorder".
Hmmm. So it wasn't a creepy-crawly after all!
Anyway see what you think. And if my experience is similar
to yours, act on it now.
------ Why Newbies Are Afraid To Build A Website.
By Joe Robson.
Can you remember when you first decided to build a Website?
I can. And my toes curl up every time I think about it.
What a mammoth task!
I started out in my innocence and designed a stunning site
with Microsoft Publisher. 'Hey this is great' I thought.
"Just some Desk Top publishing, save it in HTML format
(whatever that is) and then figure out how to get it up onto
Dear oh dear, oh dear. What an absolute disaster!
If you have your own Website, you know exactly where I went
wrong. BUT, if you're a Newbie you WON'T!
So I searched the Internet for help. Here, there, and
everywhere I went, printing out mountains of Techie stuff,
instant-build it stuff and HTML tutorials. Man, I couldn't
even understand WHY I needed to learn HTML. Why not a
WYSIWYG instant Web Builder?
So off I went again and collected all the advertising
promises of 'No HTML knowledge required' etc etc etc. What a
complete waste of time! The truth is that had I not been
absolutely determined to build a Website to promote my
existing offline Copywriting service, I would have given up.
I needed all this mystifying hype, lies, and confusing
Techie-talk, like a hole in the head. Because the biggest
problem was that I didn't know where to look for the
*impartial* advice I was desperately seeking. Hey, I didn't
even know WHAT advice I was looking for! Everyone shouted
"Buy Me!" Know the feeling
Some said I needed a WYSIWYG Website builder, but they
didn't warn me that I still needed to know some HTML. Some
advised me to learn all sorts of Techie stuff that left me
totally confused. Others said they'd show me how to start
from scratch, but their instructions left me more frustrated
than before I started.
I ended up with a shopping list of tools and software that
would break the bank ...
An HTML course costing $200, and weeks to learn
A Graphics program setting me back $250 and a learning curve
steeper than Everest.
Subscription to a graphics site - another $30.
A graphics optimizer for $40 - another learning curve.
A Scanner to copy my own pictures for the Site.
And a host of other expensive 'Techie' stuff, with no-one to
advise me which was best. Or even if I really needed it! And
of course I learned later, that most of it wasn't needed
Heck, my bookshelves were groaning under the weight of all
the information and tutorials I had printed out. And of
course I was worrying about how to 'upload' it to my ISP's
server, and which software to use to do it.
It's only since Tom Glander and I created The Newbie Club
that I've come to realize that ...
-------- Every Newbie has exactly the same problem
And unfortunately the vast majority are so confused and
frustrated that they never even make the attempt. The truth
is that most of them are downright SCARED to make a start.
Why do we experienced people make it so darned difficult for
Newbies? Why is it that as soon as we start becoming
'successful' we immediately develop amnesia and forget the
problems we all went through? Why do we deny the millions of
Newbies the benefit of our experience and actually make it
EASY for them to learn from our mistakes? In short ...
Why do so many of us treat Newbies with so much contempt?
Lack of gray matter - that's why!
Doesn't it make business sense to make our products,
software and courses Newbie-friendly? Doesn't it make
business sense to talk in language that they can actually
understand? Doesn't it make business sense to explain HOW to
download your ebook? Because if it's your customer's first
download, why risk losing a sale for the sake of a few
I don't know about you, but if I read instructions that are
basic and clearly written, I don't feel offended or 'spoken
down to'. In fact I respect the Webmaster for it. At least I
don't get lost!
It's because of most Web business owners negative attitudes
toward Newbies, that has made The Newbie Club so
outstandingly successful. Yet all we do is practice the age
old sales idiom ... "Find out what they WANT, and GIVE it to
them" Well, Newbies WANT to be treated as 'normal adults' so
that's what we GIVE them.
And that's why The Newbie Club Website Builder was partially
written by a Newbie. And because we speak to our readers in
jargon-free, language they not only find it easy to
understand, but they TRUST us.
And isn't trust the essential ingredient of doing business?
So if you want to increase your business - no matter how
technical your product - have your Website copy, help files
and tutorials read out loud by a Newbie. You'll be amazed
at what you learn! And perhaps even realize why some Newbies
may actually be scared of doing business with you.
Joe Robson and Tom Glander are founders of The Newbie
Club. Their latest blockbuster 'The Newbie Club Website
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