--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 47 Sep 20, 2001
Written by Tom Glander, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
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<< MENU >>
==> 1. Tom's Thoughts ... "Safe and Sound"
==> 2. Tutorial ... "Where to Get the FREE Stuff"
==> 3. Tutorial ... "Can Your Keyboard Do This?"
==> 4. Linda's Office ... "Make Word Do the Corrections"
==> 5. Administration ... "Stuff about your account"
==> 1. Tom's Thoughts: "Safe and Sound"
Last week's newsletter was never written. Events on the 11th,
combined with some other traveling urgencies, meant no way that
issue was going to go out. Acts of terrorism have a way of
causing a paradigm shift for many people.
I sincerely hope you're fine, and that you've not been
personally affected by the latest tragedies. We're all safe and
sound (even sane!) and beavering away here in Battle Creek after
our journey to Phoenix and California.
I'd say it's good to be back, except I'd be telling a lie. The
trip to California just brought back too many memories... and
relationships were re-built there... so now I'm REALLY thinking
about moving! (Been in Battle Creek for 8 years now, and I'm
not looking forward to another winter.)
Sources for free software...
Okay then, this issue will give you some excellent resources for
your computer. Lots of great, free software, stuff you can do to
speed things up, etc. I'll do one tutorial instead of two, and
in the second one's place you'll find the resources and my
Just one word of continuing caution. Regardless of how enticing
the message may be, and the seemingly harmless request, don't be
taken in by the pleas to open file attachments in your email.
Unless you are expecting one, and it's coming from someone you
For example, photos from your grand kids... or parents. Or a
Word document, spreadsheet, etc. Basic rule of thumb: if you
don't know or recognize the sender of the email, delete it.
I just checked my email records (Eudora Pro keeps these stats
for you.) You can get Eudora here: http://www.eudora.com and see
that I received 7,123 messages last month. There were 125 file
attachments. And I "only" read 29% of my messages last month.
That means I deleted the rest of them, because they were SPAM!
If you do the math, you'll see that 2,065 messages were read.
Learn by example. Instead of re-inventing the wheel, pay
attention to the insight given you by others. In your own
email use, you can be safe, save time, and enjoy your computer
so much more by exercising your Delete key vigorously. That's
the fastest way to get rid of junk email (SPAM). :-)
Enjoy the free stuff...
P.S. I appreciate YOUR becoming a Member of The Newbie Club
(TNC) and encourage you tell others about us. And and by the
way, if you want to tell folks about us and get paid for it,
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To get paid, you need to generate sales... so only join as an
affiliate if you're interested in starting your own Internet
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Or hey, if you're altruistic, just tell everyone for fun! :-)
The brain that runs your computer. Comes in a variety of
flavors. Best known are Intel and AMD. Names like "Pentium"
and "Athlon" may be familiar to you, or may not. Most
popular measurement is in speed, such as "800 MegaHertz"
or "1.6 GigaHertz". That speed is the number of times the
little clock inside ticks over in a given amount of time.
Faster speed... get more stuff done. Faster speed... watch
the hourglass less.
B. "Hard Drive or Hard Disk"
Common name for the disk drive you store your files on
inside the computer case. It runs 'round and 'round like
a record on a record player. It has a pickup arm similar
to those on record players. (Who's seen a record player
The hard disk twirls at about 5,000 RPM. Faster drives
spin at around 7,500 RPM. No matter how fast the processor
is, it still has to wait on the hard drive.
One more thing: if you download anything and aren't sure if
you should "save to disk" or "open from current location",
always save to disk. That's your hard drive we're talking
about. If you open from the current location, it won't be
saved on your computer. Makes sense, I hope!
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==> 2. Tutorial: "Where to Get the FREE Stuff"
I love free software, as long as it's useful.
Without software, the computer is a useless paperweight.
Of course you can always find games and trivial bits, but
what if you want to make your PC faster, more reliable, and
secure? There's plenty of great software just waiting for
you to download right now.
Save browsing time with Alexa:
http://www.alexa.com (accessory for Internet Explorer) or
Girafa: http://www.girafa.com which provides visual snapshots
of pages you've searched for or visited.
For searchable, categorical filing cabinet style help, check
Try NetSonic if you want to speed up your browsing in general.
At least they claim it will help.
Need to compress files in Zipped archives? Try WinZip:
http://www.winzip.com This is free for a period of time,
but if you use it regularly, you should register it.
Don't care about compressing, but need to decompress? Unzip
Wizard is free for 30 days: http://newbieclub.com/wizard
For totally free compressing and uncompressing, try
Error messages driving you batty? Get MS Windows Error
Messages 2.2... a free utility you can type an error code
into and get the resulting information displayed for you.
In the search box on that page, type "MS Windows Error Messages"
and hit the Enter key.
Want fonts, or need to organize the ones you already have?
Try: http://www.aksoft.net for a font viewer, or
for additional fonts.
For music lovers, try Sonique. It'll play your CDs and a whole
lot more: http://sonique.lycos.com
If you're not afraid to tweak things a little, you may be
able to improve your system overall by adjusting the way it
handles memory. Try Cacheman:
For a dashboard of digital readouts on web activity, browsers,
email and more, try: http://www.myvitalagent.com
Security issues? Scan your system for "spyware" modules (these
are essentially cookies that track your online activity and
then send a log of your surfing back to advertisers):
And finally, the Internet isn't the only source of hackers.
Some may be peering over your shoulder. To secure your machine
against this type of intrusion, check out SecureIt Pro:
Some of the above may request you fill out forms first,
trading info about yourself for the software. That's fine
I've only touched the surface of the web ocean. And I don't
warrant any of the sites above. I've checked out each one, so
I know they're safe, and am quite sure the software itself is
free from problems. However, all software does not run
equally well on all machines, so if your results vary, that's
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This is a stunner!
-------------- "MYTH BUSTER!" ---------------
Think your mouse is the best way to navigate your PC? Then what
are all those mysterious keys on you keyboard? Learning to use
them will absolutely TRANSFORM your PC experience - and your
creativity. Your keyboard was designed to achieve more than
your mouse could ever even hope to attempt. Yet most people are
never shown HOW! Keyboard MAGIC! by The Newbie Club blows away
the Myths for ever -and opens up a world you never knew existed!
What an eye-opener! http://newbieclub.com/keyboard/
==> 3. Tutorial: "Can Your Keyboard Do This?"
We're a mouse-crazed world. Before the invention of the mouse,
everything on a computer was done using the keyboard. Today,
you can still do TONS of stuff with the keyboard. You just have
to know how.
Excluding the little round buttons added to a keyboard to
increase its 'one-touch' ability, most boards have around 105
keys. From an ESC key on the top left to an Enter key on the
The spacebar is always in the middle of things, operated by
What can you do quickly with the keyboard? Well, right now,
you can clear all of the stuff on your screen, safely minimizing
it to the bottom of your screen where your Task bar lives (next to
the Start button) by holding down the Windows logo key and pressing
the letter 'D'.
The Logo key is on the bottom row... between the Ctrl and Alt keys
to the left of the spacebar and to its right.
Try it. Hold down the logo key... press 'D'... and release 'D'...
then release the logo key.
If you press the Logo key alone, nothing happens until you
release the key. Press and release it to activate the Start Menu.
Want to copy some text from a web site and paste it into a word
processor such as Word or Wordpad? Open the word processor... and
open the web page... highlight the text with the mouse cursor...
then hold down the Ctrl key and press the 'C' key. You won't see
anything happen. Now, move to the word processor, click once where
you want the next to appear to set the cursor. Then, hold down the
Ctrl key, and press the 'V' key.
The text will appear. If it doesn't, you didn't highlight the
text from the previous document (in this case the 'document' is
the web page you are copying from.)
You can highlight text with the keyboard, too. Right now,
make sure your cursor is located in the body of this email.
Doesn't matter where, this is only an illustration.
Now, hold down the Shift key... and press the right arrow key.
Hmm... magic! See the text being highlighted? It's being
Select as much as you desire, then do the Ctrl + C thing to
copy, and Ctrl + V to paste. (Ctrl + C is shorthand for saying
"hold down the Ctrl key while you press the C key.")
So there you go. I've only touched on the amazing things you
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One last 'trick' for you: Want to quickly view the System
Properties of your computer? That is, see how much RAM you
have, the amount of resources free, and more? Just press and
hold the Logo key while you press the Pause/Break key. The
System Properties window should appear.
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==> 4. Linda's Office Corner: "Using Autocorrect in Word"
Do you find that there are certain things you type over and
over in your Word documents and you would like a way to speed
this up? Well, Word has a feature called AutoCorrect that will
let you do just that.
Let's say you have to type your company's name in many documents
and the name of your company is Macalhaney's Refurbished
Furniture, Inc. Try this. Go to your Tools menu and select
AutoCorrect. At the top of this box, you will see four tabs.
Make sure you are on the one that says AutoCorrect and look
at the list in the white box at the bottom. This is a list
of all the words and phrases that Word will automatically
correct for you and you can add to this. In the box that
says "Replace:", type "mrf" (without the quotes) and in
the box that says "With:", type Macalhaney's Refurbished
Furniture, Inc. Then click on the Add button and it is
added to the list. Also, be sure there is a check in the
box above this that says "Replace text as you type" or
this won't work. Then, click on OK.
Now go into a document and type mrf and there's your
Now, go back into that autocorrect box and look at some
of the other things in that list. This might explain to you why
every time you try to type a C in parentheses, Word keeps turning
it into a copyright symbol. What if you just want to have a C in
parentheses? You can either remove this auto-correction
completely by clicking on it in the list and clicking on the
button that says Delete or, if you only want to turn it off for
one particular document, just remove the check from "Replace
text as you type." Then, you can recheck that later if you want
your auto-corrections to work again.
Try making a simple one for your name. I have one set up to
change lj to Linda F. Johnson. Just be careful if your initials
are something that is a real word. For example, if your name is
Merrill Estenbrook, you wouldn't want Word to change the word
"me" to your full name every time you type it.
Hang in there!
Tutorials by MS Office expert Linda Johnson. Her site is
located here: http://personal-computer-tutor.com
View Linda's tips online at http://newbieclub.com/officetips
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