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Issue 44


--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 44 Aug 23, 2001

Written by Tom Glander, mailto:wecare@newbieclub.com

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You receive the INSIDER as a benefit of membership in
The Newbie Club. Your membership details are at the end
of this newsletter.
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"DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL BY CLICKING YOUR REPLY BUTTON!"

Email sent by clicking your Reply button will not be seen. 
Respond by writing to Tom at the email address above. Thanks!

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<< MENU >>

==> 1. Tom's Thoughts ... "Design New Software?"
==> 2. Tutorial ... "Forward Your Mail With Style"
==> 3. Tutorial ... "Bouncing Email: It's Not REALLY Rubber"
==> 4. Linda's Office ... "Quick, Get Your Calculator!"
==> 5. Administration ... "Stuff about your account"

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==> 1. Tom's Thoughts: "Can You Help Us Design New Software?"
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Hello %name%,

Have you ever wished you had a computer program that would do
something specific for you? Solve some problem... or get you
more organized? 

It's time to tell us exactly what you want. Philip Kapusta,
creator of the venerable and award winning Unzip Wizard (view
the details here: http://newbieclub.com/wizard ) is seeking
your input.

He wants to create some software that *YOU* would find truly
useful. So, if you have any ideas at all, visit this special
page where you can let Philip know what you think by visiting
this link: http://www.hostcity.net
AOL members, <a href="http://www.hostcity.net">click here</a>.

Viruses and worms are rampant on the Web. I've terminated 
a few this week, and just knocked out two worms. What's the 
world coming to? Viruses, worms... just a few years ago, you
never heard anyone say in public, "don't open any file
attachments." Huh? What on earth?

File attachment? (Read the jargon buster for details.)

If ANY of this stuff about viruses or worms gives you the
creeps, go read our section on this topic. It's easy reading,
not too long, and you'll be protecting your computer
investment: http://newbieclub.com/viralhome.php

Then, get yourself a Clinic subscription. Where else can you
ASK and RECEIVE within 90 minutes? Ask your question about
anything related to your computer, or the Internet... how to
do stuff, why things act the way they do, etc., and get an
answer. 90 minutes is the average response time, and it's all
done by email after you ask your question from the web page.
Do it now... visit http://newbieclub.com/clinic and get your
subscription for a year.

Finally, I just took a phone order for First Website Builder.
JR bought this thing on CD-ROM, paying the extra five dollars
for shipping and handling. He's 75 years old, and told me
straight up the problem with so many web sites is "there's 
nothing there worth coming back for." He says if you want 
traffic to your site, you have make something people will tell
other folks about. 

I couldn't agree more. That's one of the 'secrets' to making a
web site that's successful... it's the sort of thing folks 
will tell others about. If you have an idea, and want it to
germinate in the fertile Internet soil, get yourself a copy
of First Website Builder here: http://newbieclub.com/builder

Tell 'em Tom sent ya. The robots won't listen to you, but
whatever. Tell 'em anyway. 

Okay, finally, I'm going to say it again: "Be patient with 
yourself." There. That's the number one key to success with
your computer. That, and reading. But if you're patient with
yourself, and build a good foundation in the basics, you can
go on to master that machine, at least to a level where you
aren't fighting with it every day. And hey, you'll be able to
have more fun, too. So take it easy, take it slow, and have
fun. 

You'll learn more, and won't even know you're learning.

Until next time,

Tom

P.S. Numbers. They're telling on us. The number of new Members
since last week's letter: 750... up from 588 over the previous
week. I'd like to see 1,500 new readers every week, and we're
getting closer to that goal. Just tell your friends about us... 
and by the way, if you want to tell folks about us and get paid
for it, become an affiliate. More here: 
http://newbieclub.com/affiliate

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Geek-Speak Busters:

A. "File Attachment" 

You know what a file is. You use it to smooth your nails,
true up an edge, or get out of jail. But the file we're 
talking about here is a computer file... which means all of
the above doesn't apply. A file can be anything created on
a computer, for a computer. Example: a picture file, a text
file, or sound file, or a video file. Any of these can be
'attached' to an email message. You can send anything to
anyone by email... but they may not open it. Viruses like
to ride in on file attachments and beg you to click them.
Don't do it. "Just say no" to file attachments UNLESS you
KNOW FOR SURE what's in them. Do the safe thing.

B. "Login"

The radio commercial says, "Visit our website and login to
your account." What does that mean? First of all, we're
assuming you've visited a web site where an account has
been created by you. That is, maybe you've entered your
name and email address in order to become a member of
some Club... like Newbie Club, for example. But what is
this 'log in' stuff? A computer keeps a log, just like a
ship's log, or captain's log, of all activity. These are
known as 'log files'. When you log in, you enter your 
email address and password, or maybe just your email 
address to gain entry. This is noted in a log file. And 
there is sits. So, next time you 'log in' to some web
page, you at least know what the silly word means.

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==> 2. Tutorial: "Forward Your Mail with Style"
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Let's say you decide to share the Insider with a friend.
What's the easiest way to do this? Just forward it. 
But how do you make it happen so your friend has a good looking
email from you, with explanation of WHY the mail was forwarded?

Well, you could just click the forward button on your email 
client. ("Client" is the techie-speak name for your email 
program - what you're using right now to read this mail.) 
But simply clicking and filling in an email address and 
punching the Send button may cause problems.

Here's why.

If you include a short note to your friend, at least it's 
obvious who the letter is from, and why. I mean, what if they 
don't recognize your email address? Not saying they won't,
of course. It's just good manners. Plus, you may want to 
include WHY you're sending the email. 

When you forward an email to someone without an explanation, 
it's like getting junk mail. At least that's the way I see it!

Here, let's try something. Right now, click your forward 
button. You'll see the subject line is filled in for you.

Good. 

Now type your own email address in the "To:" line.

Drop down to the body of the message, where you'll see this 
letter. Click your mouse cursor on the first line in front of 
the first character, which just happens to be a hyphen (" - ")
in this instance. 

Now press the Enter key a couple of times to give yourself
some typing space, and type a short message. Like "Testing."
Or, "I'm forwarding this to myself."

When you're through, send the email. Then check your mail. 
Some great voice will chime, "You've got mail!" 

Very good. You've just tested your own email, and you know
you're able to forward. Now try forwarding to a friend,
'cause...

You can forward with style!

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This is a stunner!


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-------------- "MYTH BUSTER!" ---------------

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==> 3. Tutorial: "Bouncing Email: It's Not REALLY Rubber"
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Aye, it happens every day. "I sends out me mail, and it
bounces right back." I don't need another rubber ball! 
What's happening here? I know the address is good, so that's
not the reason for the returned email. 

Turns out the email message you received AFTER sending your
email explains it. "The recipient's mailbox is over quota." 
That means the silly thing is plumb full of mail! This happens
to web-based email, like accounts at Yahoo!, Hotmail, and the
like. And maybe AOL, and Juno, and others. 

Any ISP who monitors the total number of bytes of mail stored
in your inbox will 'bounce' messages if the mailbox exceeds the
ISP's mail quota. 

Every mailbox has a limit. If the next incoming piece puts you
over the top, then the mail is "returned to sender. No such
number. No such zone." 

Hmm, has your mailbox been cleaned out recently? 

If you go on a trip, and don't check your mail... well, you
know what happens. Things fill up, and you're soon 'over the
limit' if you get a LOT of email. 

So clean out those messages. Archive them. Transfer them to 
a special folder. Do whatever it takes. 'Cause you don't want 
to miss another issue of the Insider!


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==> 4. Linda's Office Corner: "Quick, Get Your Calculator!"
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**NOTE: These tips apply to MICROSOFT OFFICE products. That is,
Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, etc.


Since Excel IS a numbers crunching program, a calculator is
often needed to check that formulas are working correctly or
simply to add some numbers up BEFORE you enter them into 
your Excel spreadsheet. Sure, you can use Excel to do this,
but sometimes you want to use your Windows Calculator.

So, every time you want to use your Windows Calculator, you
have to go to your Start button and go to Programs, then 
Accessories, then Calculator. What a pain!

Aha......Excel 2000 lets you add the Windows Calculator to
your toolbar inside Excel. And it's simple:

Launch Excel and go to the Tools menu at the top of your
screen. Choose "Customize". In the Customize dialog box, 
click the "Commands" tab. Now, under "Categories" click on 
Tools. Scroll down through the "Commands" list and locate 
the icon that looks like a calculator (it's one of the ones 
labeled "Custom"). Drag the icon up to your toolbar and
release the mouse button when you see the black line where 
you want to put it. Now, you can simply click the new toolbar
icon to open the calculator.

To view this tutorial on-line, and see a screen capture that
helps illustrate this tip, visit the Aug. 16 tutorial link
on this page: http://newbieclub.com/officetips

So, now you are in the know!

Hang in there,

Linda

Tutorials by MS Office expert Linda Johnson. Her site is
located here: http://personal-computer-tutor.com

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5. Administration
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Subscription details:

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%

You can cancel your membership, change your name, update your
email address and more.

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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(C) 2001 The Newbie Club(TM) All Rights Reserved

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If you haven't checked in for a visit, you owe it to you and your
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