--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 33 June 8th, 2001
Written by Tom Glander, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
and Joe Robson, mailto:email@example.com
You receive the INSIDER as a benefit of membership in
The Newbie Club. Your membership details are...
==> Name: %name%
==> Address: %email%
Manage your membership information here:
If you need to unsubscribe, cancel your membership and
you'll be unsubscribed from this newsletter.
"DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL BY CLICKING YOUR REPLY BUTTON!
All replies go straight into cyberspace and will not be read!
Use the email addresses given in this newsletter!"
Buy One - Get The Other One Free!
Cure your PC rage!. This Newbie Club 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,
when you Buy the CD, the download version comes FREE. So you can
send the CD to a friend! Sounds like a good deal to me. CLICK
HERE ..... http://newbieclub.com/wfncopy
<< MENU >>
==> 1. Tom's Thoughts: "A bunch of them"
==> 2. Tutorial ... "Wallpaper your computer from the Net"
==> 3. Joe's Place ... "Overcoming Fear"
==> 4. Tutorial ... "Manually entering your address"
==> 5. Linda's Office ... "Final Bill Pay Installment"
==> 6. Administrivia ... "Nothing trivial when it's needed"
-------- Unsolicited Testimonial - Windows For Newbies
Just thought I'd let you know I called a friend to tell him about
your program and he came over. He was reading the pages and
cussing. Finally I had to tell him to go make himself a bloody
mary and calm down. He had given me the Computers For Dummies
after he gave up. I was able to flounder thru some of it but it
was difficult. My friend has paid over $240 for tutorials. That's
why he was so upset. He could have saved a bundle by knowing
about this. As you said, this deals with fundamentals and I
appreciated you telling the truth; however, there is an awful lot
that I need to know which is here as I read while printing.
Mainly, it's being able to catalogue the material. I'm going to
buy a 3 ring binder and manilla dividers for labeling. This will
enable easy reference. When you're older one forgets easily ...
Thanks and I know one lady that I'm going to recommend this to.
TTFN, David. (email withheld for privacy reasons)
See for yourself why David's friend was so upset at
1. --- Tom's Thoughts:
Another week gone by ... have you learned anything new? Is
your computer still making you crazy at times? Or some other
Net related issue driving you mad?
Happens to me every now and then, so I understand. So many
potential glitches. Yes, even my cable modem goes silly on me
at times, I can't connect, can't get to my site, can't find
stuff, can't get answers, can't ... well, you know how it goes.
I've threatened to join the Amish community. The horse and
buggy look mighty inviting. No technology! Just feed the horse,
hook up the wagon, and we're off.
Imagine that pure country air, pastureland, and the solitude
that goes with it. Imagine being free from telephones, email,
and a thousand other distractions.
Okay, dream over. I'd get tired of that, too. I'd want a gas
powered tractor, a phone to call into town for parts to fix
the washer, and email so I could communicate with Joe. I'd be
like, "What!? No computers!? What kind of dark ages place is
Okay, technology is here to stay. So I'd better learn how to
make it work for me, instead of the other way 'round.
I hope you're well. And I hope you're learning from The Newbie
Club. Judging by email and guestbook signings, you are. Have
a look at what real people just like you are saying about TNC
in our Guestbook: http://newbieclub.com/guestbook
Want to know more about a Trojan Horse? It's downright scary.
World's sneakiest virus: http://newbieclub.com/virus.php
We'll be updating this page with more helpful virus, worm, etc.
If you want to promote TNC to others, and get credit for any
resulting sales that my occur, become an affiliate. Start your
journey here: http://newbieclub.com/affiliate
The Gardening Club is closed. We're working on getting things
into shape there, and will take the lock off the door by
Monday evening. Then you can jump in have a look.
I should have mentioned the scams section of the site last
time when I brought the June 1 virus hoax to your attention.
Here's the page: http://newbieclub.com/scams.php
And if you deleted a file from you computer that you shouldn't
have, in response to the virus hoax, learn how to get it back
by following this link: http://newbieclub.com/virushoax.htm
Finally, our web hosting business is growing, and thanks to
everyone who's signed up. We believe we provide a service
that's needed and wanted. Though our hosting says "Newbie Club
Hosting" it's definitely powerful stuff. We give you more tools
than most hosting companies, and for less. If you're interested
in moving your current site, or starting fresh, consider us.
We'll take care of you: http://newbieclubhosting.com
Jann Gentry, our wonderful customer service administrator, has
put up her latest photos from her Savannah trip. Please stop
by her site at http://janngentry.com and have a look. If you
like beauty, you're in for a treat. And her digital camera
e-book is treat, too: http://newbieclub.com/digicam
"And that's all I have to say about that."
Geek-Speak Buster: "Click, Double Click"
Okay, it' not 100% geek, but still causes confusion.
When someone says to "click the link" they're talking
about clicking ONE TIME with the LEFT mouse button.
If they mean for you to DOUBLE CLICK, they should
say "double click." If they mean for you to use the
RIGHT mouse button, they should say "right click."
And by the way, the right mouse button isn't
used for double clicking. Unless you have a programmable
mouse, in which case, you're special. Hyperlinks on
web sites require ONE LEFT CLICK to activate the
link. Whereas icons on your desktop generally require
a double click, unless you have Windows Active Desktop
activated and you're using it like the web.
-------- How To Build Your Very Own First Website.
The Newbie Club Website Builder is a 4 volume library written
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.
2. Tutorial: How to wallpaper your computer from the Net
Let's change the wallpaper on your computer. It's drab and
needs an update. And let's use a photograph instead of a
graphic. Okay, use a graphic if you want. But we'll explain
how to snag a photo off the web and use it.
Go to a site that has some great photos. If none come to
mind, try http://janngentry.com for starters. When you get
there, find a photo that appeals to you.
Now, right click the image you want to use. From the popup
menu, select 'Set as Wallpaper' and click. The image will
replace whatever is on your desktop, and be centered. I don't
mean your icons will be replaced, but that any current
wallpaper you have will be replaced.
Now, what if you want to tile this picture? That is, use it
like tile on your desktop? Here's how.
1. Right click your desktop.
2. Click properties. (Remember, if we don't say to RIGHT
click, we mean LEFT click.)
3. The Display Properties window appears. The Background tab
should be automatically selected. If it's not, click it once.
4. In the Wallpaper box, you'll see "Internet Explorer
Wallpaper" sleeted. There's a drop down box titled 'Display'
to the right.
5. Click the drop down box, and choose 'Tile'.
6. Click OK.
The photo will be tiled, covering your entire screen, instead
of being centered. If you want to experiment with something,
try selecting the 'Stretch' option.
To reverse yourself, just go back through the steps above,
and select different wallpaper. If you want a visual tutorial
on this, see this page: http://newbieclub.com/wallpaper
And by the way, every image you view on the Web is stored
on your computer automatically. They're all hiding in your
cache... which you can see if you have an image viewer like
ACDSee. Your cached images are in the following location:
C:\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Content if you're
using Internet Explorer. ACDSee is available from their
web site: http://acdsystems.com
If you browse your hard drive with ACDSee, you'll see
exactly what's been viewed on your PC. Maybe you don't
want to know.
-------------- Want a FREE Guestbook for your site?
A fully customizable Guestbook that will blend right in with your
page design and color scheme. This Brand New innovative Guestbook
offered by The Newbie Club is a dream to see, and simplicity
itself to paste into your Site. No programming or CGI experience
needed. It's specially designed for Newbies to install. Get yours
NOW at http://newbieclub.com/gbook
3. Joe's Place ... "Overcoming Fear"
Hi there %name%, I hope you're well.
I'm sitting here at my keyboard at 9pm, racking my brains for
something to say. Then I say to myself, "It's 9pm Joe, why do you
do this? Why do you knock yourself out, working stupidly long
hours, dealing with ungrateful rude emails, and constantly
starting on new projects?" It happens to all of us occasionally,
no matter what we do for a living. Know what I mean?
But on the odd occasions that this happens to me, I have a simple
'trick' that brings me to my senses. I open up a folder called
'Testimonials' and browse through the stacks of kind words that
Tom and I receive, and my question is answered in a flash.
But you know %name%, it's amazing how many times an email arrives
from someone who feels that they just can't 'get' technology,
but at the same time they also say that, with The Newbie Club's
help they're determined to stick with it.
So why should The Newbie Club make such a difference? After all,
there's a bundle of free help on the Internet if you're prepared
to hunt it down. You know what? I think perhaps it's because we
help to overcome people's FEAR of the unknown. We're just two
ordinary guys explaining things in everyday language. We're not
exceptional in any way. Well I may be, but Tom certainly isn't. :-)
Fear is at the root of so many of our problems, yet once we begin
to stand up to that fear, things immediately begin to get better.
Our minds open up, and our prejudices melt away. When I was in
High school, I was absolutely hopeless at math. I hated it, and
just couldn't 'get it'. But my math teacher at college explained
things in such simple terms that I eventually began to really
love it! All he had done was to take away my FEAR.
In the 'Inspirations' section of the Newbie Club Site I proudly
reprinted something by a guy who had a huge influence on my life.
And it's something which has encouraged me on countless occasions
to fight my fear and DO IT. It's called 'Courage' and begins ...
||||||||||||| Quote |||||||||||||
"Why is it that most people’s lives are controlled by small and
petty circumstances? It is saddening to watch so many people lose
the good and great things that are within their reach, and could
be theirs, but for a little act of courage.
Most of us are ruled by circumstances that are thrust upon us,
and we shape our lives - our very existence - around these
circumstances, believing that we have neither the ability nor the
know-how to change them."......
|||||||||||| End Quote |||||||||||||||
I won't spoil it by revealing the rest, but if you're interested
you can read it at http://www.newbieclub.com/inspirations1.php
Most of us think of courage as heroism, or an outstanding act of
bravery. But courage of one form or another is required of us
every single day. The biggest of my many faults is that I hate to
say no to someone who asks for help. And I end up taking on too
much. So by helping solve someone else's problem, I increase my
own problems. Doesn't make sense does it? But that's the way of
human nature. So if I'm honest with myself, I lack the courage to
say no, because it causes *me* hurt.
One thing I do know, is that by gathering the courage to learn
all I had to learn about computers and the Internet, has taken
me on the most exhilarating experience of my life. Yes, it has
its ups and downs, but I am deeply saddened when I hear people
say "I can't do it', I'm too old", or "It's OK for the
youngsters". Because the truth is that we can all achieve things
we never thought possible by overcoming the fear of the unknown.
If you'd *really* like to build a Website - do it! If your dream
is to start an Internet business - do it! If you tremble at the
thought of getting to grips with your PC - do it! It's not the
technology you're afraid of, it's the fear of the unknown. And I
promise you that the only things you need to blow that fear out
of the water, is to swallow hard, straighten your shoulders
A little act of Courage!
And keep smilin' %name%.
PS If ever you feel your courage beginning to weaken, do yourself
a BIG favor and read the quotes and articles on The Newbie Club
Inspirations page at http://www.newbieclub.com/inspirations.php
Hey, we all need a lift sometime:-)
------ 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!
---------------- "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
4. Tutorial: How to enter addresses manually
When you start your web surfing experience, you may start
with a click on a link. You see something that beckons, and
with a click, you're there. But what if you find a URL (that's
techie-speak for "website address" or Uniform Resource Locater)
that you want to visit without clicking anything?
Your browser (that gray gizmo you view web pages with) has an
address bar. You can type anything you want in this. In fact,
you can even view the contents of your hard drive with it.
To enter a URL, and visit a web page, use your mouse to click
anywhere in the address bar. Then type a URL and press the
Enter key. For example, you could type:
http://www.newbieclub.com and press Enter. As soon as you do,
your browser sends out a request to the server computer to have
it deliver the page to your browser, and you see it.
You really don't have to type the http:// part of the address.
And you don't really have to type the www part, either, but if
you don't at least type the www portion, you'll end up going
through your browsers search function.
Changing from one page to another is called 'Navigating' and is
what we do all the time. We're constantly navigating the Web.
And like the explorers of yesterday, we make some pretty cool
discoveries. And of course you do, too.
And by the way, if you're not sure something you see on a page
is a link, just click on it.
Need a Trustworthy Web Host for your Web site? The Newbie Club
has exactly what you're looking for. With features and benefits
too numerous to list, we have options to choose from. So whether
you're a Newbie or a Pro you'll be blown away by what we have to
offer - and we talk in Newbie-Speak! It's all explained at...
5. Linda's Office Corner: "Fine Tuned Bills"
Even Finer Tuning of Those Bills
If you missed the last two tips on sorting your bills, check
them out in the Newsletter archives at
Those of you who saved the Excel Spreadsheet we worked on in
the last two tips, open it up now and let's continue with the
last step in this series of tips.
You now have your bills sorted by the CODE you assigned and
they are in order by date with subtotals for each CODE. Now,
let's say you want to produce a new list that only shows the
amounts for two of the CODES within a certain time period. Do
you need to manually look through all this stuff and find what
you want and copy and paste it into a new spreadsheet? Nope.
Excel will do this for you in a few easy steps.
Make sure all of your subtotals are expanded (this means you
shouldn't see any plus signs in that left column; all should be
minus signs and all of your original data should be showing).
Highlight all the data again and go back to the Data menu,
but this time, select "Filter", then "Autofilter". You will now
see little dropdown arrow buttons at the top of each column.
Click on the one at the top of the CODE column and select
"Custom". Up comes a box with four dropdown boxes in it.
Select "equals" from the top left one, then "AD" from the one
to the right of that, then "equals" again in the lower left one
and "DO" in the one beside that. Make sure the radio button
that is selected says "Or" (and NOT "And") and click OK.
Now we just see the entries for these two CODEs and none
of the rest. Now click on the dropdown box at the top of the
DATE column and select "custom" again. This time the boxes
should say "greater than" and one date, then "less than" and
another later date and the radio button that should be
selected is "And". Click OK and now you only see those two
CODES within that date period.
Phew! Look at us manipulating these bills like crazy without
any typing or copying at all. Now if we could just figure out
a way to make them disappear altogether. But, if I could
teach you that, I wouldn't be sitting here at my keyboard,
I'd be at my seaside resort in Tahiti!
Hang in there!
And hey, visit me at http://www.personal-computer-tutor.com
You'll be assured of a warm welcome.
Have you read about the book Linda wrote for The Newbie Club?
Discover how to create stunning letters, presentations,
greeting cards, promotional materials, memos, reports
and more - just like the professionals. 'MS Word MAGIC' is
guaranteed to delight Newbies and Not-So Newbies alike - all for
just $9.95! Read about it here http://newbieclub.com/wordmagic
So you're not such a Newbie after all? Like to know what makes
Windows act the way it does? Then this ebook will give you a
quick, easy understanding of your PC's Brain. It's called 'The
Registry For Newbies' and you can read all about it here
See Techie-Speak translated into Newbie-Speak by an expert!
-------- 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!
First Website Builder 5 part course: firstname.lastname@example.org
Backing up your stuff: email@example.com
Organize your files: firstname.lastname@example.org
10 Weekly PC tips: email@example.com
Finding files: firstname.lastname@example.org
Take the load off your PC: email@example.com
See how easy it is to get info to people? Get your own FREE
autoresponders at http://newbieclub.com/otto.php
Got your FREE exclusive Newbie Club eBooks yet?
"Guide To The Internet - An Overview" features the combined
advice of 18 of the Internet's most successful marketers.
"Scientific Advertising On The Internet" contains the world
famous Claude C. Hopkins' Classic, (currently being sold at
Amazon for $11.96) plus observations and Copywriting Tutorials
by Newbie Club co-founder Joe Robson, who is also co-author of
the blockbuster "Make Your Words Sell" with Ken Evoy. Details
Get both Newbie Club™ books FREE from The Newbie Club Academy at
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 ...
Back issues of the INSIDER are found here...
... and we beg - sorry, encourage - you to forward this email to
someone you know. Just don't spam anyone with it!
The TNC INSIDER is a publication of The Newbie Club and is
owned by Roglan International LLC, whose partners are
Tom Glander mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org and
Joe Robson mailto:email@example.com.
(C) 2001 The Newbie Club(TM) All Rights Reserved
to Archive Index
a friend learn more