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Issue 28

--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 28 April 30, 2001

Written by Tom Glander,
and Joe Robson,

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Cure your PC rage!. This series of 52 picture-driven tutorials
will end your frustration for ever. See why someone once said
that it should be included in every new PC sold. Hey, you can
get it on CD, and the download version comes FREE. So you can 
send the CD to a friend! Sounds like a good deal to me.


<< MENU 

== 1. Tom's Thoughts: "The Blind Can See"
== 2. Tutorial ... "Understanding the Active Window"
== 3. Joe's Place ... "Utilize Your Strengths To Succeed"
== 4. Joe's Geek-Speak Ad Discovery of the Week
== 5. Tutorial ... "Using Multiple Browser Windows"
== 6. Linda's Office ... "Warning: System Crash Anticipated!"
== 7. Administrivia ... "Nothing trivial when it's needed."


-------- Unsolicited Testimonial

"All I can say thus far is wow!!! At 77 years of age and a
relative computer newcomer, this is something. Will need a lot
of study and practice, but very educational... thanks."

David (Full Name withheld for privacy reasons.)

<< Re: Windows For Newbies CD

1. --- Tom's Thoughts: The Blind Can See Again

Hello Jann,

Is there anything a blind person cannot do? Can she use a

I'm not referring to pitch black blindness here, but to the
legally blind. Those whose vision is so impaired that even
the thickest glasses cannot give them the vision we take for

Ken meets this criteria. He can make out blotchy looking color
masses. And Ken uses his computer every day. He even bought
several programs from The Newbie Club.

How does Ken do it? How does Ken use Keyboard Magic!, First
Website Builder, and Registry for Newbies if he can't read the
words on the page, and see the screen captures?

He uses "text to speech" software.

This software is available for free to anyone who wants to
experience the world of blindness. I'll tell you how to get
it in a moment.

I tried this myself. And was amazed. To have your computer
read to you is totally cool. Anything you paste to the
clipboard will be read by the digitized voice.

I tried it with Keyboard Magic! so I could hear what Ken was
hearing. And I was humbled by the thought that blind people
are benefiting from information that was written with a
focus on visual learning.

You can get your own text to speech software from this site:

And see what it's like to have your computer read to you. It's
especially enlightening if you listen to something you've
written, like I did with Keyboard Magic!.

Keyboard Magic!...


Are you using your new digital camera? Enjoying its amazing
ability to provide wonderful photos you can share with
family and friends, put on your web site, etc.? If not,
you should take a look at DigiCam Magic! I've used this
product to improve my own vision. And learned that the dig
is an essential part of any web site that needs a picture
to share those 10,000 words...


Make your computer talk to you. Now there's a very cool tip
you are sure to have fun with. And make it read your own
books. I'm pretty excited about this, and I can see! Again,
have a look at the software:
Download yours and try it out today.

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

Take care,

Tom :-)


Geek-Speak Buster: "Dialog Box"

A dialog box is a window that gives you information
about your computer. When you click on an icon,
something happens. That "something" can be the start
up of a program, or it can be additional information.
The information you read is located in a "dialog box"
or window. Some call it a "box" for short. Some call
it a "window." And some can't see anything at all.
The let their computer talk to them. ;-)


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2. How to understand the Active window

Your computer was created by super geeks who didn't really
give a lot of thought to your not being impressed by their
techno-savvy. They were out to impress their colleagues, and
have done a great job of it. But where does that leave you?

After multiple phone calls from customers, I've come to the
conclusion that most non-geek people aren't impressed with
Windows' edibility to multi-task. That is, its ability to
do more than one thing at a time.

In fact, doing one thing at a time is enough.

That said, I think you should know about one feature of
Windows that might make life easier for you. And that just
happens to be what's known as "multi-tasking." And of course,
this includes the concept of the "active window."

Boring, who cares, why do I have to read this anyway?

Well, you don't. But in case you decide to, here's the
rest of the story...

When you open a program, such as AOL or a word processor,
that program is "active." Anything you do with your mouse
or keyboard will be aimed at that program. Now, let's say
you open another program WITHOUT closing the previous one.
You now have TWO programs running. TWO windows to deal with.

How do you know which one is active?

The window that looks bright, colorful, non-gray or non-dull
is the one that's active. And it's usually the one that's
on top, too. (The active window always wants to be on top.)

The inactive window may be on the taskbar, too. If you
minimize a window, it heads straight for the task bar, and
turns itself into a button. You can then sew that button on
your shirt, and say you've been "computerized."

All yuck yucking aside, the taskbar is the place to look for
windows that have been minimized. And that leaves only the
active window on your screen. So, next time you think you're
lost, just look at the taskbar. Are there any buttons showing?
If so, click one. (They open with a single click.) And if you
haven't minimized a window (do this by clicking on the "minus"
button in the upper right hand corner of any open window)
it'll be right there "in your face."

One at a time, two at a time, three at a time or more. You
can have open as many windows as your computer has memory
for. They just keep opening. So no matter how many windows
are open, you'll know which one is the one that you're really
working with. For a tutorial on the active window, see this


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3. Joe's Place ... "Utilize Your Strengths To Succeed"

Hi there Jann, good to chat with you again.

I'm sure, like most of us, you've often read of someone from a
'humble' or disadvantaged background who eventually 'made it

I'll bet you were inspired for a while weren't you? Something
inside made your chest swell a little, and for a few seconds you
felt good yourself. Maybe for a few minutes you even thought to
yourself that *you* could achieve something in your life.

Then the realities of everyday living returned and you settled
back into the usual routine.

But what *is* achievement? What *is* success?

Making a million dollars? Becoming a famous author?

On CNN the other day, there was a news report about a 72 year 
old guy who had been kicked out of the oil company he started 40
years ago. So he started another company selling natural gas
to Californian vehicle users.

Last year he *only* made $1.5 million from his *modest* company,
and I would guess that he doesn't yet feel it's successful.

So success is a relative thing. To get to the top of Everest is
a team effort. Dozens of people are needed to get one or two of
them to the peak. Yet when that happens, every member of the
support team feels they have been successful.

Two weeks ago, one of my granddaughters blew her first full 
chewing gum bubble. She'd been trying for weeks until finally, 
out came a large perfectly shaped bubble that smeared itself all
over her pretty little face. And she was ecstatic! For hours she
repeated the process until it lost its excitement ...

Isn't *that* success?

Tom has previously spoken to you about Ken, a visually impaired
guy who's now building his first website. Isn't *that* a massive

I get emails from Seniors in their 'golden age' who thank The
Newbie Club for helping them conquer their 'beast' of a computer.

Isn't *that* a huge success for them?

Some people conquer mountains while most of us merely observe.
Yet our mountains come in many different sizes, and in many
different forms. Learning how to use email is an everyday event
to millions of us. But it's a virtual Everest to many.

So how do we conquer mountains when we aren't born climbers?...

Use what you have to the best of your ability. Uncover your
strengths and use them to help you achieve what you want. If
your immediate goal is to conquer your PC and the Internet, use 
your reading ability to surf the Web and read everything you can
on the subject. is a good place
start. If you don't read too well, then study Windows For
Newbies, http://newbieclub/wfncopy which teaches with Pictures.

If you want to start an Internet business, use your Computer
knowledge to learn Web design. Start at Yahoo and type in "Web Design". If you're a
reasonable writer, write an article on a subject you know
about, and send it to a few Newsletter owners. It's an awesome 
feeling when you first see your work actually published!

It's interesting to note that women over 50 are one of the
fastest growing users of the Internet. So if you find that your
family has just flown the coop, why not start a simple Website
about the problems of dealing with teenage children.

A huge number of new Internet users are Seniors. Their biggest
strength - apart from their vast life experiences - is the
spare time they have on their hands. If this applies to you, then
why not utilize this strength and start a home business? There is
tons of advice at Cathy Bryant's site at and at Betty Anne Wilkins' site
at ...

How about a gardening ebook to help others enjoy the hobby of
your life? To learn how to write an ebook you can start at Eva
Almeda's site at ...

So you see Jann you don't have to be a mountain climber
to achieve success. Sit down and write a list of everything 
you're good at. Don't be modest - no one else will see it.

Then spend some time - NOT the next twenty years! - finding a
way to utilize the strengths you already have. And before long
you'll feel the same fantastic buzz that my granddaughter felt,
when she achieved her bubble gum success!

But whatever you do, do something you really enjoy. Because you
can't get that buzz unless you ...

Keep smilin'.

Best wishes Jann.


P.S. And DON'T fall for the "Get rich in 2 days" offers. If you
do then you'll get a shock - not a buzz!


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4. Joe's Geek-Speak Ad Discovery of the Week

---------- SoundHack

A sound file processing program that performs many utility
and esoteric sound processing functions available nowhere else.

....... Time stretching or pitch shifting with the phase
vocoder or varispeed. Plus Spatialize with the binaural filter.

Tip: Make sure you email Star Fleet Command and order the
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5. How to Use Two or More Browser Windows at the Same Time

Did you know that once you're online, you can use two or more
browser windows at the same time?

You can view a web site with the morning news, and another
with the comics. No need to switch between the news and the
comics. Just load them both in their own browser window.

Here's how...

1. Open a browser window. Netscape, Internet Explorer,
whatever. If you're on AOL, minimize the AOL window, and
double click on the blue "e" or the ship's wheel icons. And
when I say "minimize AOL" I don't mean to CLOSE the window.
Just shrink it down to the task bar by clicking the "minus"
or minimize button in the upper right corner.

2. When you start the new browser window, it may try to
automatically load a web page. That's fine. Just click the
red "stop" button.

3. With the new browser window open, type in the address of
a page you want to visit. Here's a suggestion... to visit
a page with beautiful photographs, open this page:

4. Now, with the photographs showing, maximize your first
browser window. Type a new address in that address bar.
Type (we'll say this is the
news, okay?) That page loads, and you can now flip between
the pages. How? Read the next step.

5. Put your thumb on the Alt key next to the space bar. Either
one will do. Then, while holding down the Alt key, press the
Tab key once and release it. (Keep holding down that Alt key
until I tell you to let go!) When you release the Tab key,
you'll see a little window appear with icons and text. The
icon that will become active when you release the Alt key
has a blue thin outlined box around it. Still holding down
the Alt key, press the Tab key again. The blue selection
box moves to the next icon. Release the Alt key when you
want to activate the program that has the blue box around it.
(Okay, your box might be a different color, but it'll be a
box, nonetheless.)

6. Use this Alt-Tab method to flip between the two open
browser windows. Look at pictures... read the news. Look
at a report on the cost of housing in Chile, and peruse the
photos in the art gallery.

You can also press Alt-Esc to cycle between the screens
themselves, instead of the intermediate icon box. The best
thing to do is try it. You'll see how efficient and effective
this is, and I'll bet you'll start using it more and more
as you see how easy it is to have multiple browser windows
open at the same time with different content.


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learning curve with new software can be dramatically reduced.

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6. Linda's Office Corner: "Warning: System Crash Anticipated!"

and Address Book?

Eventually, all of us have this problem. Either our system
conks out on us and we have to start from scratch, or we get
a new computer and want to move all of our email, address
books, calendars, tasks, notes, and folders from our old
computer to our new one. In Outlook 2000, this is really
quite simple.

Microsoft has a free download which will back up everything
in Outlook automatically for you. If you don't have a huge
amount of stuff stored in Outlook, you can just back
everything up to a floppy disk. But, if you are like me
(the original Outlook packrat), this file will be too large
for one floppy, so you will have to back it up to your hard
drive and use something like Winzip to compact it.
(Winzip has a handy feature which lets you create zip files
across multiple floppies.) Of course, if you
have a CD burner or a zip drive, you can use this. Or, if
your computer has multiple hard drives or partitions, or
you are connected to a network, you can back it up to a
different drive.

Whatever option is available to you, the important thing
to do is to back it up SOMEHOW! Microsoft's backup add-on
adds a Backup command to your File Menu which is easy to use
and lets you set it up to backup automatically at any interval
you choose. I highly recommend it if you are using Outlook
2000. You can download it here:

For those of you using an earlier version of Outlook, I have
complete instructions for manually backing up your Contacts
folder at my website and you can apply this same procedure
to any folder in Outlook (inbox, calendar, etc.). These
instructions are here:

You can also backup your Outlook rules to move them to a new
computer. In outlook, go to the Tools Menu and select Rules
Wizard. In this box, click on the Options button and click on
Export Rules. Select a location and name for the file, then
go to the new machine and repeat the process and select Import

Of course, if all of this is just too much work for you, you
can download a program called Outback Plus (or Express Assist
for Outlook Express users) which is not free, but it's
inexpensive and does all of this for you. Information on this
program can be found here:

Hang in there!


Linda Johnson is an MS Office personal tutor, with a terrific
Website which is now better than ever. Check it out at


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How can we help you more? Is there something specific you need
help with? Something you don't understand? My advice to you is
simple: READ. And keep reading. You learned your ABCs in grade
school. You built them into words. And today, just look how
far you've come. Keep reading. And keep learning. It's what
makes life worth living!

I'll chat with you again soon.

All the best,


6. Administrivia

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