--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 46 Sep 6, 2001
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==> 1. Tom's Thoughts ... "Out of the Office"
==> 2. Tutorial ... "Megabyte, Gigabytes and Dog Bites"
==> 3. Tutorial ... "Making Sense out of Moving and Copying"
==> 4. Linda's Office ... "Bookmarks and Hyperlinks in Word"
==> 5. Administration ... "Stuff about your account"
==> 1. Tom's Thoughts: ""
I will be out of the office for one week beginning Friday,
September 7. In fact, our entire office staff is taking the
week off. We'll be back September 14.
But don't think we'll leave you stranded!
We'll be attached to our laptops, answering email. It's just
the phone we'll be away from.
I often marvel at the age we live in. When we were young, this
was the stuff of fantasy. Running a business while on the road
is easy enough when you have a portable computer. And those
blessed souls who travel in motorhomes and RVs with satellite
dishes... well, think what you want. It's definitely a special
kind of lifestyle.
I'm going to visit my mother in California. Leaving on a jet
Friday morning. American Airlines to Phoenix, Arizona. Renting
a car. Driving from Phoenix to San Bernardino, then up to
Monterey Bay, back to San Bernardino, and finally to Phoenix
again where we'll fly back to Kalamazoo.
Yes, there really is a Kalamazoo, Michigan. Just like there
really is a Hell, Michigan. I'm not making that up! I don't
live in Hell, fortunately. But I hear it's a nice place. :-)
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Info on gardening... especially with the change of seasons
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A. "Megabyte (MB)"
To clear up some confusion from last week's publication...
Mega means 'million'. A 'byte' is a unit of measurement.
Don't go cross-eyed on me! You need to know this if you're
going to make sense of things. A 'byte' is actually 8 bits.
See the tutorial below for additional insight.
B. "Save to disk"
You're about to download and you encounter a window with
two options: 'Save to disk' and 'Open from current location'.
Which one do YOU choose?
Which on SHOULD you choose?
If you want to download the file to your computer so you
can actually use it, then you'll need to 'Save to disk'.
Your 'disk' is your hard drive. It's not a floppy disk in
your A: drive. However, it COULD be. The only problem is
that floppy disks are S L O W and the information that's
being downloaded is probably not going to fit on that little
disk anyway. So... 'Save to disk' should be your hard disk,
or hard drive (same thing). You can copy the info to a
floppy later if you want. IF it will fit.
How do you know if it will fit? If the file you downloaded
is larger than 1.4 megabytes, (see Geek-Speak Buster 'A')
then it will NOT fit. You'll need to use a Zip disk or a
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==> 2. Tutorial: "Megabytes, Gigabytes and Dog Bites "
Continuing from Geek-Speak Buster 'A' ....
Going up the ladder now... 8 bits make one byte. And a
million bytes make... a megabyte! So, when you check your
computer for memory, and you see you have 64 MB or RAM,
you know you have 64 million bytes of memory space. Or that
your hard drive, which is described in Gigabytes, has TONS
of room on it.
Unless, of course, you have an older computer with a small
hard drive. Standard sizes today are from 8 gigabytes to
60 gigabytes. There are smaller and larger drives as well.
One gigabyte holds a thousand megabytes. And one megabyte
holds a million bytes. Once you know the prefixes, the
rest is easy. Here's a prefix list for you:
Kilo=one thousand of anything
Mega=one million of anything
Giga=one billion of anything
Those are the 'big three' in the personal computing arena.
When you see that a download is "3 megabytes" in size, you
know it's just a BB in a box car. The box car is your hard
drive, and that 3 megabyte file is the bb. Or ball bearing.
Do you have your bearings now?
Computers started out very, very small. My first Tandy 1000SX
had NO hard drive. It had 384 K of RAM. I doubled that to
640K or RAM and it was maxed out. It had two big floppy disk
Then along came consumer affordable hard drives. 20 megabytes!
That was a monster. (There was no Windows at this time.)
Sizes kept going up and up and up... and prices kept going
down. That was cool. You have no idea what it was like to
move from a basic DOS system like the Tandy to a wonderful
picture window system like, well, Windows. It was like going
from a horse and buggy to a horseless carriage.
Yea, it was great.
So, we're looking at sizes... and know that most things are
measured in megabytes and gigabytes. The common thing is the
byte. I'll describe just a tad more...
Computers work with electricity, right? And they store stuff
in memory and on your hard drive. If it's in memory (RAM) then
the storage is actually an electrical current being ON or OFF.
If it's ON, it's given the number '1'. If it's OFF, it's given
the number '0'. This is also called the binary number system.
Ones and zeros. That's all you get. You have to be able to
count to any number using only ones and zeros.
Computers can only use ones and zeros. They have to do
everything that way, and the electrical currents are either on
or off. Without going into the mysteries of electrical
engineering, (hey, this is supposed to be Newbie-Speak, not
Geek-Speak!) let's leave it at that.
The point: binary digits is what we're speaking about. Binary...
Digits... shorten that to... Bit. See the relationship? A 'bit'
is a Binary Digit. Take the 'B' from Binary and the 'it' from
Digit and make a new word.
So, now you know. One bit is a zero or a one. It takes 8 of
those zeros and ones to make a byte. Here's a byte:
And one byte equals one character you type on your keyboard.
This newsletter has LOTS of characters. Let's say it has
a thousand characters just for fun. That's 1,000 bytes worth
Ever wonder why some web sites use graphics of ones and
zeros streaming across the page? What those ones and zeros
mean? They're just pictures, but the techies think that stuff
Okay, sizes are interesting. And since you are faced with
making decisions about your own computer every day, and how
much stuff to store on the machine is one of those decisions,
I hope this tutorial has given you a little insight. And
that it was actually UNDERSTANDABLE.
Dog bites. If you paid attention to the title of this tutorial,
you know that the last two words are 'Dog Bites'. What's a
dog's teeth have to do with any of this? Two canine incisors.
That's all. It's just a title. :-)
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-------------- "MYTH BUSTER!" ---------------
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==> 3. Tutorial: "Making Sense out of Moving and Copying"
When you copy a file, the original file is still in the same
place. You're familiar with making a copy. The original is
Okay, when you move something, you obviously don't leave
anything behind. You stick the original in a new home.
When you copy and paste, you leave an original. When you
cut and paste, you remove the original. In both cases, you
are adding some material to some location, for example, from
document A to document B.
( For a copy and paste 'hands on' tutorial that lets you
practice this, visit http://newbieclub.com/copyandpaste.htm
Now, how does Windows handle this? The 'cut-and-paste' or
'copy-and-paste' metaphor is managed as follows:
1. To copy an object, select it (click it or highlight it) then
use Edit, Copy or press Ctrl+C on the keyboard. To move an
object, use Edit, Cut or Ctrl+X. The plus sign is just a
short way of saying "use the Control key and the X key at the
same time. Hold down the Ctrl key, then press the X or C key."
2. To perform the actual move or copy, go to the document or
location where you want to move the object to, and select Edit,
Paste or press Ctrl+V. The 'Edit, Paste' stuff is found on
the Menu line of the program you are working in.
Now, a faster way to do the above is to use drag and drop.
Here's the generic technique:
1. Move the mouse pointer over the object, then press and
hold down the left mouse button.
2. Move the mouse to the destination. As you move the mouse,
the object follows the pointer. The effect is like you're
dragging the object along with the cursor.
3. Release the mouse button. That is, you DROP the object on
You can use the drag-and-drop technique to move or copy files
from one place to another. Now, for some rules:
1. If you drag an object to a destination on your hard drive,
Windows will MOVE the object.
2. If you drag an object to a destination in a DIFFERENT
drive, such as a floppy disk, Windows will COPY the object.
While you're dragging, the mouse pointer will sprout a plus
sign (+) as a visual aid that you're copying the object.
3. If you drag an executable file, Windows will create a
shortcut for the object. While you're dragging, the mouse
pointer displays a small arrow to show that you're going
to create a shortcut for the object.
An 'object' is an icon, picture file, sound file, bit of
text, etc. And how was all this dreamed up? A bunch of
super techies sat around brainstorming, of course. That's how
all these things come to pass.
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==> 4. Linda's Office: "Bookmarks and Hyperlinks in Word"
**NOTE: These tips apply to MICROSOFT OFFICE products. That is,
Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, etc. To view this
tip online, visit: http://newbieclub.com/officetips/
You ever notice how you can click on underlined words on a
web page and jump right to another page or right to another
spot on the current page? This is called a hyperlink and
you can do this in Word very easily.
If you want to jump to another place in your document:
First go to that place (point A) and click your left mouse
button at the spot where you want to jump TO. Then go
to the Insert Menu and select Bookmark. In the box at
the top, give your bookmark a simple name, so you can
remember it (in this example, I used the word "test").
Now move your mouse to the place you want people to
jump FROM (point B) and click it there and type something
like "click here" and run your mouse over these words to
highlight them. Go back to your Insert menu and choose
This is where the graphic is located on the Web page version
of this tip.
View the tip here: http://newbieclub.com/officetips
the top tips link on the web page to view this tip in living
You can see, in the top box, the words "Click here" will be
the text people see (since this is what I highlighted before
I opened this box). Below that, where it says "Type the file
or Web Page name:", type a pound sign (#), followed by your
bookmark's name (in my case, it's #test). Then click on OK.
Now you will see the words "Click here" are now blue and
underlined and if you click on them, you move directly to
If you want to jump to a whole different document or an
Internet web page, you don't need the bookmark.
Simply highlight the text and go to the above box and click
on the File button to choose the other document you want to
jump to. Or, type in a web page address (such as
www.newbieclub.com) and click OK. Now the hyperlink
will take you to that document or web page with one simple
So, now you're in the know!
Hang in there,
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