--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 51 Oct 25, 2001
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==> 1. Tom's Thoughts ... "Sometimes I Wonder"
==> 2. Tutorial ... "How To Bypass the 'Connect To' Dialog Box"
==> 3. Tutorial ... "Save Your Life: Dump Outlook Express"
==> 4. Linda's Office ... "Adding Drop Caps in Word"
==> 5. Administration ... "Stuff about your account"
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==> 1. Tom's Thoughts: "Sometimes I Wonder"
Do you wonder? Are you often filled with wonder at the amazing
things you are doing and learning?
I wonder at the ability of Jann's cat, Felix, to show us a
computer tip. I wonder at the fact that so many people my
parents' age are picking up the computer and the Internet.
And I wonder at the Doc and his team at the Clinic!
Just this morning, I turned on old faithful (my computer) and
was presented with a nasty blue screen. "Stack Overflow Error".
Something about device drivers and VxD this and that. The
So I thought, "Hey, I'll ask the Clinic about this."
30 minutes later, I kid you not, I have an answer. Amazing. So
I wonder about a lot of things... but I DON'T wander around
wondering what to DO about computer problems! I just pop a
message off to the Clinic... and THEY tell me what to do.
Answers. Don't you love 'em? We all need solutions to our
problems. And as far as computer problems go, there are indeed
EXCELLENT answers out there on the Internet. I'm jazzed about
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Okay, that was my personal testimonial. And I get other letters
from people raving about this and that, related to Newbie
Club stuff. I know we're not the only source of information
on the Web, and we don't have it all. But what we do give you
is UNDERSTANDABLE. Not only that, but we CARE about you!
Want to see the answer the Clinic gave me for my stack overflow
problem? Okay, it's right here:
"A stack overflow occurs when there is not enough space in the
memory to run the hardware interrupt routines. When Windows
delivers an error message related to an internal stack overflow,
it is because there is not enough space in memory either set
aside or available to handle the calls being made. In your case,
this error can occur when Windows OS encounters an Internal
overflow of the Stacks used by 32-bit Windows device drivers.
"Stack overflow conditions are indicative of errors in the device
driver. Device drivers are allocated 4 kilobytes of space to be
used as a stack. If the device driver uses more than 4 kilobytes
of memory, a stack overflow condition occurs.
"Please perform the following steps which will help you to find a
solution for the problem you are facing:
1. Go to Start -> Run.
2. Type "sysedit" in the "Open" text box.
3. This opens the "System Configuration Editor" window Click the
4. Add the line MinSPs=8 to the [386Enh] section.
NOTE: If the problem persists, increase the number of spare
stack pages in increments of 4 (for example, 8, 12, 16).
5. Go to File -> Save.
6. Go to File -> Exit.
7. Restart your computer:
"Please refer to the following link for a more detailed description
of your problem and a possible solution for the same:
/////// END OF LETTER //////////
There may be some words you don't completely understand, but
the basics are that a certain memory location needed some
adjusting. That adjustment is done via the system.ini file,
which is an initialization file that controls certain aspects
of the computer's memory.
I know, it can be quite mind boggling. But at least they solved
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Okay, that's my 60 seconds of allotted time. I certainly wish
you the best life has to offer.
Until next time,
A. "The Registry"
No, it's not a bridal registry... it's the Windows Registry.
The Registry is a database. A place on your hard drive where
all of the information (data) that makes Windows do what it
does is stored. This data can be manipulated. And safely, too.
But since Windows takes its cues from this information
repository, if you do anything to mess it up... you could
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B. "Illegal Operation"
If you're a physician practicing medicine in the operating
theatre, you know what this means. We're not physicians,
however (most of us, anyway) so this takes on a new
meaning in the computer world. All it's saying is that
some software program did something it wasn't supposed
to do. The word "illegal" in this case doesn't mean any
laws were broken... other than those laws of proper
operation by a software program.
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==> 2. Tutorial: "How To Bypass the 'Connect To' Dialog Box
Since I don't use a dial up connection much anymore, I tend to
forget just how burdensome this can be (when compared to a
cable or other "always on" Internet connection).
/////// NOTE ////////
If you're using AOL as your service provider, this tutorial
isn't going to affect your life in any significant way, since
you don't use the Dial-Up Networking connection the same way.
AOL does everything for you. (Is that why they advertise being
"so easy" the way they do?)
/////// END NOTE /////////
Here's what you can do to make the connection a bit less
1. Open the Dial-Up Networking folder. You'll find it inside
the My Computer section... double click the My Computer icon
and you'll see the folder.
2. Once the Dial-Up Networking folder is open, click on
'Connections' on the Menu line, then click 'Settings'.
3. Turn off the 'Prompt for information before dialing' item
by removing the check mark from the box.
You can adjust other things as well, such as showing an icon
on the taskbar after you've connected, or showing a
confirmation dialog after you've connected.
If you click the 'Don't prompt to use Dial-Up Networking' item,
the 'Connecting To' window for Autodial will be hidden.
Set the redial attempts, as well as the time to wait before
redialing, from this same dialog box.
The bottom line: when you're taking it easy, and just want
to learn more, explore. Open this dialog box, adjust the
options, try dialing up. Note how things appear or don't
appear on your screen. The practice is good for your brain.
If you're like Bob, who's 84 going on 44, you're in good
shape. This computer stuff will make your mind tick a little
faster, or tick you off completely. ;-)
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==> 3. Tutorial: Save Your Life: Dump Outlook Express
Are you as tired of getting stupid email viruses sent from
Outlook Express's Address Book as I am? I'm in good company,
actually. John C. Dvorak writes for PC Magazine and I read his
column. I'm going to quote from him now:
"Then we have Outlook Express. The product has been under
fire since its release, and almost every major virus uses
Outlook's open-door security policy to turn individual mail
boxes into spam-o-matic e-mailing machines. This happens over
and over--costing the nation and the world billions of
dollars--and nothing is done, which alone calls for the
breakup of Microsoft. Have the company dissociate itself
from e-mail programs like this dog."
I have personal, first hand experience with this. Every day,
I get a new stupid virus trying to sneak in and play with my computer. No thanks.
Can I know that the source is an Outlook Express user? Sure.
I just look at the header of the message! I can see who the
sender is. And most of the time, the poor sender has no idea
they're even involved.
Here's how you can do your part. Stop using Outlook Express.
Instead, there are several outstanding email programs you can
use. I personally use Eudora Pro and recommend it to everyone
who calls or writes with questions. You'll save yourself some
potential grief, and be doing your part to put an end to the
spread of extraordinarily disruptive email viruses.
Eudora Pro is free, because it's supported by a simple 2x2 inch
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Visit http://www.eudora.com and download today.
I agree with John. Why do we need a program like Outlook
Express when there are so many alternatives that don't have
the security issues Outlook does?
All that said, if you still want to use Outlook Express, don't
use the Address Book. But that kind of defeats the purpose,
doesn't it? Okay, back to Eudora. And by the way, the Clinic
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==> 4. Linda's Office: "Adding Drop Caps in MS Word"
NOTE: These tips apply to Microsoft Office products, such as
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Not to Microsoft Works products.
Do you like the effect of Drop Caps in the first word of a
chapter? If so, Microsoft Word lets you add them to your
document pretty easily.
Just click your cursor in front of the first word in your
paragraph and go to the Format menu and select Drop Cap.
In this box, select the middle box at the top that says Dropped.
Then, below this, choose the font you want to use, along with
your preferences for how much you want it dropped and how far
you want it from your text. Then click OK and your document
should look something like this:
See Screen Capture on Site:
Or, if you would prefer an even better look, try Microsoft
Publisher (which is included on the second CD in the Office
2000 Professional and Premium editions). In Publisher, it is
done the same way, but when you go to the Format menu and
choose Drop Cap, you can click on the Custom Drop Cap tab and
specify how many letters you want to include, so you can drop
an entire word and it would look like this:
See Screen Capture on Site:
Remember, when it comes to desktop publishing effects like
this, Publisher has more customizable features than Word.
If you want the job done well, you must use the right tool.
Or, in this case, the right Office program.
Hang in there!
Tutorials by MS Office expert Linda Johnson. Her site is
located here: http://personal-computer-tutor.com
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