--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 49 Oct 11, 2001
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==> 1. Tom's Thoughts ... "Technology and Simplicity"
==> 2. Tutorial ... "Understanding Storage Options"
==> 3. Tutorial ... "Are You Seeing Everything Your Way?"
==> 4. Linda's Office ... "Shooting Bullets in MS Word"
==> 5. Administration ... "Stuff about your account"
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==> 1. Tom's Thoughts: "Technology and Simplicity"
Are you doing okay? Coping with technology? Or is it getting
you down at times? If your computer isn't doing mysterious
things, you're probably in good shape.
You know, the Amish have a pretty nice lifestyle. They're
not interested in technology, (yet benefit greatly from it)
and work from the land. The farming, buggies, and community
phone booths appeal to me at times. (We have community phone
booths in Battle Creek, by the way.)
Who hasn't wished for a simpler lifestyle at times?
We have some significant Amish communities not too far from
Battle Creek. And I've taken care of a few Amish family members
in the hospital (I'm a Registered Nurse).
So, why all this chatter about the Amish? Because I believe
that even in our busy busy activities of daily living, we can
learn something about simplicity. And this group of people
really are simple. They've "got it going on".
I know you're busy. I know you're pressured by people, at times
fearful, and often confused by what's going on around you. Who
isn't? I also know this little newsletter isn't going to solve
all your problems! But I do hope it comes as a ray of sunshine
into your life. There is hope! Even for me!
Okay, you're using your computer for email. You probably stay
in touch with family and friends by email. You may even send
some photos back and forth.
Do you play games on the Internet? Do you play Solitaire on
the computer? Maybe your kids or grandkids use the computer for
their homework, or as a learning tool. I'll bet that you, no
matter how old or young you may be, can do the same.
You may already use the Internet and your computer for just
that! For learning, in a fun, relaxed, "hmm, that's interesting,
I never knew that" sort of way.
I'm considering a master's degree. And I'll do it by computer.
On the Internet. And at my own pace. What could be better than
that? I've already spent 8 years in college getting two degrees.
I don't need to go back to the classroom.
Do you want an education in a new area? Would you like to
learn more about a particular subject? Online learning is a
big deal. At a great price. There are even a few scholarships
and loans available for online learners, or so I hear.
I'm going to see what the Scholarship & Grant Guide has to
offer. I'll get a subscription and see if I can find some of
that free money for my master's degree. The site is at
Meantime, I'll try to practice the art of relaxation. Of quiet
peace. Taking a walk outdoors, in a quiet park or woods, is
a real mind relaxer for me. I think about the Amish, and
contemplate whether I should really pursue this advanced
There's a lot to think about, isn't there? Hey, I'm only 40.
I've got some time yet to decide. Right? Hope so. :-)
I wish you the best. And thanks for reading!
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Greenwich (pronounced "Gren-itch") Mean Time. With all
the different times zones and people working together
from various places, what time is the right time? I can't
answer that, but I can tell you that all time zones have
their origin in Greenwich, a borough of London. Greenwich
was home of the Royal Observatory from 1675 to 1985, where
our modern system of timekeeping and longitude was developed.
It was in 1884 that the time at Greenwich was adopted as
the global standard used to determine all the time zones
around the world. GMT is used widely on the Internet, and
is sometimes referred to as UT, or Universal Time.
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==> 2. Tutorial: "Understanding Storage Options"
Computers must store data somewhere. Where does your computer
store its data?
The primary location is on the hard drive, or hard disk. It's
the same thing--just different words are used to describe it.
Your hard drive is called 'hard' because it's not soft. Really.
In the 'old days' of computing, we used 'floppy disks' to store
data. They were soft and pliable, and got messed up all the
Hard disks came along and replaced the floppy disk.
How many different types of disks are there? I won't enumerate
them all here, but will give you some basic principles that
1. If it's inside your computer, it's a hard disk. That is, if
you cannot remove it except to open the computer case.
2. If you can remove the disk, it's called 'removable storage'.
That is, items like 3.5 inch disks, Zip disks, etc.
A Zip disk is a popular brand of removable storage that comes
in 100 megabyte and 250 megabyte flavors. It requires a special
disk reader, too, whic is readily available most any office
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There's another storage device known as 'optical storage' or
the CD. Who hasn't seen a CD? These are obviously removable,
and the nicest thing about them is the amount of data they will
hold. The common CD discs hold 700 megabytes of data, and you
can create them yourself if you have a CD burner.
All computers come with a hard drive. Most come with a small
slot for a 3.5 inch diskette. This slot is the "A drive" or
Storage is different from memory. Remember, your hard or soft
disks or drives store your stuff even when the computer is
turned off. On the other hand, your computer's memory, or RAM,
only holds data when the computer is turned on. As soon as you
turn it off, all the data in RAM is lost.
There are external hard drives, too. These are special units
that attach by a cable to your computer, and are great for
laptop computers, or anyone who doesn't want to open their
computer case and install an additional hard drive. (It's only
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==> 3. Tutorial: How to change your desktop resolution
Are you seeing everything at the size you want to see it?
If your icons are huge, or way too small, you can adjust the
entire way your screen looks. Here's how.
1. Right click on a blank area of your screen.
2. Select 'Properties' from the popup menu.
3. Click the 'Settings' tab on the Display Properties window.
See the slider gizmo in the middle of the box? It'll have
640x480, 800x600, or 1024x768 listed in the 'Screen area'
section. Adjust the slider. More pixels means more screen
'real estate'. Lower numbers mean you'll have bigger icons,
but less room to see your stuff.
Your video card's abilities will determine the number of colors
you can choose at a particular resolution. (Resolution is the
total number of pixels you're displaying on the screen. Just
multiply the two numbers: 800x600 gives you 480 thousand pixels,
and 1024x768 yields 786,432 pixels.)
Your monitor must also be capable of displaying higher
resolutions. Most modern monitors can easily display 1600x1200
pixels. And most modern video cards will display true color,
which is millions of colors at that high resolution.
You can test your system's capabilities by sliding the Screen
area slider. Shove it all the way to the right. See what
happens to the Colors section. It'll either stay where it is,
or it will drop down in colors. '16 colors' is the lowest
setting. 'True Color' is the highest setting.
If you want to save your changes, click the Apply button,
and answer affirmatively to the questions you'll see. You may
just find a different look is better for you!
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==> 4. Linda's Office: "Shooting Bullets in Word 2000"
NOTE: These tips apply to Microsoft Office products, such as
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Not to Microsoft Works products.
All of the features in Word 2000 are not necessarily applicable
to lower versions of MS Word.
If you use bulleted lists in Word, I'm sure you get tired of
those generic black dots and would like to use something
snazzier. Well, Word gives you lots of options. Here are a few
to get you started.
Turn on the bullet button on your toolbar. Type a word after
the first bullet and hit your Enter key. Repeat this until
you have 5 bullets. Then highlight all the text (the bullets
will not highlight) and go to the Format menu and choose
Bullets and Numbering.
Be sure you are on the Bulleted tab and you will see the generic
black dots are the ones that are selected. You can simply
click on one of the other boxes to choose a different one,
or you can click on the Picture button which will give you
many different choices of ClipArt bullets in all sizes,
shapes, and colors. Or, you can click on the Customize button
and click on the Bullet button in there where you will see
all of the characters available to you in the Symbol font.
You can choose any of one these by double clicking on it, or
you can even choose another font from the dropdown box and
choose any one of the characters available there. Try Wingdings
or Webdings for lots of fun choices.
After you double click on the character of your choice, you
will be back in the box where you clicked on the Bullet button.
This time click on the Font button beside it and in here you
can change the size of your selected character and even make
it bold or italicized for a different effect. You can also
choose a font color for your bullet and, if you really want
to jazz it up, you can select an underline style and underline
the bullet in a different color.
When it comes to Bullets, MS Word doesn't just shoot blanks!
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