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Issue 32

--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 32 May 30th, 2001

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

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<< MENU >>

==> 1. Tom's Thoughts: "Watch Out!"
==> 2. Tutorial ... "Are Cookies Bad?"
==> 3. Joe's Place ... "Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone"
==> 4. Tutorial ... "Maintaining Your Privacy"
==> 5. Linda's Office ... "Fine Tune Your Bills"
==> 6. Administrivia ... "Nothing trivial when it's needed."

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-------- Unsolicited Testimonial



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1. --- Tom's Thoughts:
======================================================

Hello %name%,

I've just had a phone conversation with a distraught stay-at-home
mom who has never entered the business world until now... and 
you can guess what the "business" is that she's involved in... 
yes, it's an "Internet Business."

She's spent $4,700 so far. And doesn't even have the web site
she was promised.

"They told me I didn't have to know how to use a computer, or
know anything about the Internet. They would teach me
everything I needed to know," she said.

It just never happened. 

She went on to say, "I guess I'm pretty gullible. My kids were
incensed, but I'm not a business person and just believed the
nice man who told me I'd be making $70 a week to start, then
more than $5,000 a month. It all sounded so wonderful and easy."

POINT: Don't suspend your brain when you sit in front of your
computer. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Does this
woman have any recourse? We're working on that. It makes my
blood boil when people take advantage of people. Grrr.....

==== ### ====

I received two dire warnings in that last two days. And The
Newbie Club Clinic techies report at least three questions about
this, too.

"WARNING!! VIRUS ABOUT TO DESTROY YOUR COMPUTER!!"

The email hoax states the virus is named SULFNBK.EXE and that
it will come alive on June 1, and do all kinds of foul things
to your computer. DON'T BELIEVE IT.

And don't spread this hoax. You are an unwitting accomplice
when you spread a virus hoax. This particular hoax is very
powerful, because the file it describes DOES reside on many
Windows 98 computers. It's a normal file that's used to repair
problems with Windows long file names.

People are busy deleting perfectly good files on their
systems because of this. Don't fall for it. And please, take
a minute or two to read about this hoax:

http://antivirus.about.com/compute/antivirus/library/weekly/
aa051601a.htm



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Remember, your subscription to the Insider gives you weekly
information you can use. We'll be your eyes and ears to some
degree. Just imagine your ears sitting in an office typing away
at a computer... okay, don't bother.

But of course you already have the mental image, so try to
replace it with something else. :-)

The power of words.

====###====

I was asked to write about cookies again. Specifically, "bad
cookies" and "what they seek to know about me." So I've done
that article. It's in the first tutorial.

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More and more Members are now hosting their Websites
with us. If you're thinking about setting up your own web site, 
here's a super-easy overview...

1. Register a domain name. Use our system...
http://newbieclub.com/domains or just write to us and we can
do it for you. You can even call us toll free if you want to.
Our number is located here... http://newbieclub.com/about

2. If you already own a domain name, we can host it for you.
Remember, registering a domain name and hosting that domain are
two separate events. Each has its associated costs.

3. Look over our hosting web site here...
http://newbieclub.com/hosting
then order your package today. We'll give you everything you
need except the design of the site. That part is up to you or
someone you know.

I'm writing a nice tutorial complete with screen captures that
will explain everything you need to know - in Newbie-Speak of
course!

====###====

FINALLY, I want to leave you with this. I'm placing it in
quotes because it's SO important...

"When you use the Internet, the BEST thing you can do to
protect yourself is use common sense."

%name%, that advice has been passed down through
the ages. It won't be replaced by any other, and if you follow
it, you'll save yourself some grief. And unlike the lady who 
spent $4,700 on a "vapor site", you will keep your money.

I want YOU to become a "savvy surfer" ESPECIALLY if you're a
"silver surfer" (a description of a senior citizen using the
Web, sent to us by a reader). Which we know the large majority
of our Members are. We love you, and will do everything we can
to help you.

And that's all I have to say about that! :-)

Take care,

Tom


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Geek-Speak Buster: "Merchant Account"

When you decide to go into business, (it doesn't matter
if it's an Internet biz or a brick and mortar biz) and
want to take credit cards, you need a merchant account.
HOWEVER... this applies ONLY if you want the challenge
of keeping track of your own records, or have an
accountant who will do this for you. Merchant Accounts
can be obtained, but you must have your own product to
sell. If doing business on the Web, you'll also need
a Payment Gateway. This is an intermediate step
between the credit card form you fill out and the
merchant account. You can learn more about this here...
http://newbieclub.com/creditcards

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2. Tutorial: "Bad Cookies--Are they REALLY?"
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First of all, let's find out where your cookies are hiding.

1. Double click on the My Computer icon to open the window.
2. Double click on the (C:) drive icon.
3. Double click on the folder named "Windows"
4. Double click on the folder named "Cookies"

You'll find hundreds of files there that all end with three
letters... "txt". Or, if your system doesn't show you file
extensions, you won't see the "txt" endings.

Double click on any of the files. You'll see some text that
appears similar to this...

count
5
www.somewebsite.com/
0
3785014912
29425453
3939346272
29419418
*

OKAY. Now we know what a cookie LOOKS like. But are these "bad"
or dangerous? Or can they be? Do these cookies seek information
and "phone home" with it? Do they know all about you and what
you do on the Web? 

Yes, they can report LIMITED information about you. Here's how.

If an advertising company sets up a web site that has forms that
you fill in and submit, they have a record of you. They have
your name, zip code, or anything else you typed into that form.

They also "set a cookie" on your computer when you visited
their web site. Now, whenever you visit their site again, they
"read" the cookie that they "set" earlier. They know it's you
that's coming back for a visit. Or at least it's the "you"
that you said you were. (There's nothing to stop you from
filling out "bogus" information... like you're the President
of a company with 50,000 employees and you make more than
$500,000 a year. That kind of stuff.)

Cookies can only report information to their owners. And they
can only report the amount of information they were created
to report.

Whether a cookie is used for "questionable" purposes or not
depends on the culture of the company that's using them on
their web site. For example, The Newbie Club uses cookies. We
"set" them on your computer so you can get back into the site
without having to enter your email address each time. This
saves you time. Sometimes our cookie works, and sometimes
it doesn't. If it doesn't work, then you are met with a
security message and have to type in your email address.

So you see, cookies aren't really dangerous. There's no harm
to be done with them. No physical harm to your computer. The
only "harm" may be to your sense of privacy.

Remember, cookies are simply text files created to report
specific bits of information to the web site that "set" the
cookie in the first place. Those "bits of information" are
as simple as what The Newbie Club uses, or as complex as the
large company that creates them.



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3. Joe's Place ... "Getting Out Of Your Comfort Zone"
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"Unless you change how you are, you'll always have
what you've got." - Jim Rohn, Speaker and Author


Hi there %name%, are you well?

I'm not about to give advice on how to make money on the
Internet. Chances are that you're just not interested in going
down that route. But to illustrate the point I'd like to make, I
will make references to the world of selling, in which I've been
involved with a fair modicum of success for more years than I'd
care to remember.

Did you know that most salespeople earn approximately the same
as those they sell to? Think about that acquaintance of yours
you see now and again in your local Bar, or the friend you see
once a week at the local health and fitness club. Yeah, they're
salespeople, but they're not particularly better off financially
than you. Am I right? So why is that?

It's because they feel comfortable dealing with people of their
own kind. They can talk openly with someone from their own social
background. They understand the needs and wants of people like
themselves. And so they end up earning the same as people like
themselves. That's because they choose to stay within the
confines of their own 'Comfort Zone'.

But the high earning salespeople are not necessarily from a
'better off' social background, but they've discovered that by
changing their 'target' customers - the better off who can afford
to spend more - they earn a lot more. In short, they consciously
make the effort to change their attitude and force themselves out
of their Comfort Zone. The alternative is to stay the same.

The point I'm making is that to achieve more than we're achieving
at the moment we have to change *ourselves*. And this applies to
whether we want to earn more money, become a world class
athlete, or to learn how to use a computer effectively. To do any
of these, means we have to leave our comfort zone, and *force*
ourselves to do things which make us feel uncomfortable.


----- "If you want a warm feeling - stay seated in your armchair."

Learning how to use a PC was a very uncomfortable and frustrating
experience for me. It was foreign to my nature to try and grasp
something which I couldn't touch and feel. To me, it was painful
forcing myself to imagine that all that *stuff* flying around
inside a box was actually built in a methodical and constructive
manner.

I couldn't even understand what Windows was. All I knew was that
I was using a computer, not Windows and plug ins and stuff.

Show me the inside of a car engine and I could actually *see* how
all the bits were designed to work. Everything was connected in a
logical order. Then one day someone drew a diagram for me. He
compared my computer to a motor car. NOW someone was talking my
language!

Windows was the engine - the motor that drove all the bits and
pieces inside the box.

A program was connected - or plugged - in to Windows. Just as a
radio is plugged into the generator, which in turn is connected
to the engine.

So to get the maximum performance from a program, I had to
understand how Windows - the engine - functioned. Not the High
Tec geeky bits, but the basics. To drive a car you don't need to
know how an engine is built - that's for the geeks. But you *do*
need to know how to steer it, how to start (boot) it up without
damaging it, and that carrying too many passengers and luggage
(plugins and programs) will affect its performance.

And just as the air conditioner, electric mirrors, and radio are
all - directly or indirectly - driven by the engine, so are all
the accessories like graphics software, Browser and email
client, driven and controlled by Windows. And in less than a
minute I'd 'got it'.

Thereafter I forced myself out of my Comfort Zone and knuckled
down to learning how the 'engine' of my computer could be used to
maximum effect, to achieve the results I needed from the
accessories.

For instance, I now understood why simply deleting a program
caused other programs to cease functioning. It's the same
as cutting the wires from a car radio. The radio can be removed
ok, but the electric aerial shares the same cables, and so *it*
ceases to function. The proper procedure is to bypass the radio
and not simply cut out the shared cables.

The only difference is that the shared *cables* in your computer
are called .dll's and other weird names. I don't understand
exactly *what* they are - I don't need to. But I now understand
what they do.

That was a few years ago now, but the frustrations are still
vividly fresh in my mind. And so is that magic moment of
revelation.

--------- "Frustration is a state of mind."


I understand completely how frustrating it can be getting to
grips with something you can't physically see. And that's why our
books and tutorials use words and pictures to help you visualize
the workings of your computer.

Yes, it can still be frustrating. You'll still have to
concentrate hard and knuckle down. But the rewards are enormous. 
Believe it or not, I still find it difficult to grasp the
enormity of things I've achieved with my computer. Teaching my
grandchildren, creating Greetings cards, communicating in nano
seconds with people on the other side of the earth. Surfing the
Web and learning things which I would never have even considered
in the 'old' days.

And I promise that you can do the same. No matter your age,
background, income or education. Once you master the fundamentals
of your PC, a whole new world will open up for you. Yet it's a
world that cannot be described until you actually experience it
for yourself.


---------- "The Help is there - if you *choose* to listen."


From some of the emails we receive, it's fairly obvious that some
people just don't realize the shear volume of information that's
available on the New Newbie Club Site. How-To's, tutorials,
emailed courses, ebooks and so much more. But it's of absolutely
no use to you at all, unless you make up your mind to use it.
Just one step at a time will eventually take you a mile. But
first of all you have to change you attitude of mind. You CAN do
it. EVERYONE can do it. All you have to do is ...

Get out of your Comfort Zone!

Keep smilin' %name%

Joe

PS If you're not already a Member of the New Club, you'll have to
sign up from scratch at the site. Heck it's FREE! (I know you're
a member, but you can let your friends know about the site, OK?)


==========================


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5. Tutorial: Protecting Your Privacy
=================================================

How do you protect your privacy while using the Internet? First
of all, to give up any privacy, you need to type something into
a form on a web site. If all you do is click this and click 
that, you aren't divulging any information about yourself, and
you're safe. 

What happens when you DO give some information about yourself?

For example, you type your name and email address into a form
to become a Member of The Newbie Club. Are you still private?
Well, we have a name and an email address. But that's all we
know about you. So you've maintained your privacy to a great
extent.

Let's say you come across a site that's giving away a vacation
package, or is running a sweepstakes. They want to know your
age, your income, how many kids you have, the make and model of
your car, your hair color, where you live, what you eat for
breakfast, and the names of your pets, if you have any.

You can see that giving up this information means you've given
up your privacy. Hey, if you were honest when you answered the
questions, they now know a LOT MORE about you. 

It's the same in the off-line world. We only divulge what we
feel comfortable having people know about us. The REAL fear is
that someone will somehow take information we give them and use
it to INVADE our privacy in a dramatic way. Interrupt us during
supper with stoooooooopid phone calls, or maybe even show up
at our door! Or worse, STEAL our identity.

And that's the scariest thought of all! I don't want another me
out there doing bad things and making me pay for them! 

The Internet is an extremely private medium. You can rest
easy knowing that if you don't give up information about you,
then I won't know anything about you. You're in control of your
privacy. Only divulge what you want others to know.

Use common sense ... it's a wonderfully reliable guide!


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Geek-Speak Buster: "ICQ Number"

ICQ is a communications software messaging system. It
runs on individual computers and is a bit like a telephone
system. You are assigned a number, which is your ICQ
number. Other people can "call" you using this number.
When they "call" you, a little screen on your comptuer
opens with their message. It's like, "Knock knock, are
you there?" There's even a knocking sound if you have
speakers. "ICQ" comes from "I seek you." You can learn
more about this at http://www.icq.com

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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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6. Linda's Office Corner: "Fine Tune Your Bills"
=================================================

Continuing with those Bills

If you missed last week's tip on sorting your bills, check it
out in the Newsletter archives at http://newbieclub.com/issues

Those of you who saved the Excel Spreadsheet we made last week,
open it up now and let's continue!

Let's say you want subtotals for all the Codes you created. Make
sure your data is still sorted per the instructions I gave you
last week and highlight all your data again by dragging across
it and go to the Data Menu and choose Subtotals. In this box,
make these choices from the dropdown lists:

At each change in: CODE
Use function: Sum

And in the list below that which says "Add subtotal to:", make
sure the check is in the box that says AMOUNT. Then click OK.
Now you see Excel has automatically added up the amounts for
each CODE and given you a grand total at the bottom.

Pretty slick, eh?

Now, lets say you only want to print the totals and not all the
individual amounts. Notice at the left of your spreadsheet
that you see these minus signs beside all of the rows that
contain subtotals? Just click on these minus signs to collapse
these and you will only see the subtotals in your spreadsheet.
You can expand and collapse them to show just what you want.

Next tip, I will show you how to modify what is displayed even
more, so save those spreadsheets!

Hang in there!

Linda

Linda Johnson is a Microsoft Office expert. Her web site is
full of tips for Office software, and is located here...

http://www.personal-computer-tutor.com

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6. Administrivia
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To make changes to your membership details, such as updating
your name or email address, or unsubscribing (huh?), visit your
membership management headquarters...

Click==> http://newbieclub.com/membership.php and check on
your details now! You should see your info listed as ...

Name: %name%
Address: %email%

Back issues of the INSIDER are found here...
http://newbieclub.com/issues

... and we beg - sorry, encourage - you to forward this email to
someone you know. Just don't spam anyone with it!

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The TNC INSIDER is a publication of The Newbie Club 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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