--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 40 July 27 2001
Written by Tom Glander, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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==> 1. Tom's Thoughts ... "The Power of Your Mind"
==> 2. Tutorial ... "Error Messages on the Web"
==> 3. Tutorial ... "Downloading to Floppy Disks and CDs"
==> 4. Linda's Office ... "Get Rid of It"
==> 5. Administration ... "Stuff about your account"
-------------------- Unsolicited Testimonial --------------
==> 1. --- Tom's Thoughts ... "The Power of Your Mind"
Don't tell me you're too old to learn. I won't buy it or
believe it. Not when I get calls from 85 year old girls
telling me they're having a blast with their computer!
And I shouldn't leave out the guys, either!
They don't say "having a blast" since that language isn't
what they're used to. They say, "I'm enjoying my computer.
And I feel like my mind is working better than it has in
a long time."
Why does her brain work better now? Because she's using
it in a whole new way!
I'm quite sure the older brain is working about the same as
it was when it was 40... maybe a little more slowly, but
working, all the same. And computer can make it feel a little
New neuronal pathways are created when you study new things.
And learning a new skill stimulates your mind. This stimulation
is what was missing in a LOT of older people's lives. It's a
fact that citizens of long term care facilities, who are given
the use of a computer and taught its use, exhibit renewed
interest in everything around them.
So don't tell me, "I'm too old to learn new things." Instead,
the key to success with your computer is this attitude:
"I can do this. It may take a little longer, but I have all
the time in the world. I will learn one small new thing each
day, and not worry about it. I'm exercising my brain, and I'm
becoming a happier person."
Okay... I'm only 40. But when I'm 95, I'll be sharp as a tack.
I plan to keep my wits, even if my other parts get a little
Until next time,
A. "Host Computer"
A host computer is a computer that is on the Internet.
It is not your computer, but one that you request
information from, or that you visit via your travels
on the Web.
Writing a letter, checking your email, visiting a web
site, all cause little bits of information to be stored
on your computer's hard drive. When you delete any of
this info, you leave a little space where that data used
to be stored. This causes your files to be fragmented.
That is, to be all messed up from the orderly state they
should be in. When you defragment, you are rearranging
your files back to their orderly fashion.
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==> 2. Tutorial: "Error messages on the Web"
How many times have you clicked a link, and the next thing you
HTTP 404 - File not found
"The page you are looking for might have been removed, had its
name changed, or is temporarily unavailable."
What does this mean? There's something affectionately called
"link rot" that affects the Internet. People create web sites,
and put up web pages on those sites. Then they change stuff
around, remove a page, or rename a page.
So of course the page is gone, but anyone who may have linked
to that page isn't aware of the fact. You click the link, and
you get the error message.
How can we stop link rot? That is, how can we ensure that the
pages linked to will always be there? We can't. Link rot is
just like wood rot, except you can't spray a chemical on the
code that makes the link!
There are other error messages that you may see during your
Internet travels. But the most prevalent of all is the 404
message: HTTP 404 Not Found
Think of this as a telephone number you call... and the message
your hear: "We're sorry. The number you have dialed is no longer
in service. Please check the number, and try your call again."
Problem is, I did check the number. So calling again won't do
any good. The Internet is full of web pages that are "no longer
in service". Oh well... that's life on the Web!
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-------------- "MYTH BUSTER!" ---------------
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==> 3. Tutorial: "Downloading to Floppy Disks and CDs"
I'm not going to say you CAN'T do this... but I *am* saying
you shouldn't do it.
When you download, don't try to download directly to a floppy
disk, or to a CD-ROM. Download to your computer's C: drive.
Your hard drive is MUCH faster than your A: drive (floppy
drive). And it holds a lot more than a little 1.44 megabyte
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Many of our customers have tried downloading our products to
their floppy disks, or to a CD. I always tell them to download
to their hard drive, or "C: drive" then to make a COPY of the
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CDs are usually created by going through your CD software that
lets you "burn" a CD. We don't have tutorials on this process,
as it differs greatly, depending on the manufacturer of the
software and player you have installed.
But when it comes to downloading, just save the file to your
computer's hard drive. Then move it later. This will save you
a lot of frustration! If you want to see a real quick tutorial
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If you're a downloading expert, great. Help someone else
learn this vital Internet skill!
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==> 4. Linda's Office Corner: "Get Rid of It"
Did you notice, in any of the Office programs, that at the
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Hang in there,
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