--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 54 Nov 15, 2001
Written by Tom Glander, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
and Joe Robson
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==> 1. Tom's Thoughts ... "Where Are We Headed?"
==> 2. Tutorial ... "Keeping Your Email Address Private"
==> 3. Joe's Place ... "Learn From a Newbie's Experience"
==> 4. Tutorial ... "Using The Newbie Club Forum"
==> 5. Linda's Office ... "Workspaces in Excel"
==> 6. Administration ... "Stuff about your account"
------- Unsolicited Comments
"First of all, I think your organization is the best thing to
hit the Internet since its inception. It's beyond my ability
to tell you how much assistance your group has been to me.
I work with computers daily, but unfortunately I did not grow
up in the era of PC awareness and training from kindergarten.
"I have purchased your keyboard magic and your web building
e-books. I've more than paid for the keyboard magic in time
saved. I'm very anxious (as time allows) to begin building
my own website.
"My question for you today is: May I transfer my existing
domain name to you for hosting? It must be renewed within
the next 30 days."
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"Well - um - err - shucks - hmm . . . A feeling of
hopelessness washes over me as I attempt to figure out
how to ask the question . . . Randy"
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that will help you ask your question, but you can read other
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==> 1. Tom's Thoughts: "Where Are We Headed?"
The move to California is still on schedule. I'm heading off
to the airport in Kalamazoo on Sunday to catch the plane to
Palm Springs. From there, we'll scour about for a new place to
hang the shingle.
The van down by the river is getting a little cramped.
I grew up in California, so going back is a wonderful thing.
Family, friends, and the ocean. And mountains, desert, and
anything and everything else.
And yes, I do enjoy a good earthquake on occasion. Keeps the
I'll be away for 8 days. This time, I'm NOT taking a computer
with me. For the last year and half, I've been chained to
this PC in one way or another. It's time to take a REAL break
and enjoy life without it.
Computers make good paperweights, or consider using one for
a boat anchor.
Think I can manage? I'm sure I'll be just fine. And Joe is
heading off to yet another country, but I'll let him tell you
about it himself. He's probably turning into a heat magnet,
just like me. That cold English weather can wear on you, so
Speaking of cold...
It's supposed to snow here while I'm gone!
I say good grief, snow!? Not in my front yard, thank you very
much. I prefer looking at snow on the mountains, and driving up
to ski in it... instead of working to remove it from the
driveway just so I can drive to work.
Which is just one more reason California is calling.
Wouldn't it be nice if a snowman would WORK instead of just
stand there all day?
Did you know many toasters are controlled by computers? To
be sure, a computer chip does the controlling, but that's
about the same for your PC. The only real difference is that
your PC won't burn your toast... instead it just burns you up.
Burns me up when it freezes, locking me out of my work. Guess
the computer would like it here in Michigan this winter. Maybe
I'll just leave it for the snowman to use. He can try to figure
out how to make toast with it.
Was just reading an article in The Toastmaster, and came
across how odd the English language is. You know, stuff like
you park your car in a driveway, but drive your car on the
parkway. That kind of stuff. English is weird, no doubt. And
especially now that computers and the Internet have become the
primary focus of daily life.
You ARE saving loads of time with your computer, right? It's
made life easier, more fun, and best of all, you can think
more clearly than ever.
Right. And I'll bet Daylight Saving Time made a big difference
in your life, too. I know, I know, not a single second of
daylight is ever saved with this ploy.
I lucked out. I was given genes that made me curious about
technical things, so computers almost come naturally. Almost.
What DOESN'T come naturally is math, so I never went into
programming computers. I'm not like that. No "office computer
guy" for me. I'd rather write about them.
But then, to "luck out" sounds like I'm out of luck. Maybe
I lucked in.
See what I mean? English is weird. Some people have said
that about me personally (my wife and kids say it all the
time) but then, I just keep a stiff upper lip.
But isn't it the lower lip I'm trying to keep from quivering?
Until next time,
P.S. There won't be an Insider next week. Publishing will
resume on November 28 if all goes according to plan.
A browser is an application program that provides a
way to look at and interact with all the information
on the World Wide Web. The word "browser" seems to have
originated prior to the Web as a generic term for the
screen that lets you browse (navigate through and read)
text files online. By the time the first Web browser with
a Windows style screen was generally available, the
term seemed to apply to Web content, too. Technically, a
Web browser is a client program that uses the Hypertext
Transfer Protocol (HTTP) to make requests of Web servers
throughout the Internet on behalf of the browser user.
B. "dot com"
On the Internet, "com" is one of the top-level domain names
that can be used when choosing a domain name. It generally
describes the entity owning the domain name as a commercial
organization. Along with the second-level domain name
(for example: "newbieclub" in newbieclub.com), the top-level
domain name is required in Web and e-mail addresses. You
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==> 2. Tutorial: "Keeping Your Email Address Private"
Are you concerned with SPAM? That's the junk email you probably
get every day. Want to keep your new email address safe from
the spamsters? Here are a few ways to keep your email address
1. Be choosy about giving out your address. Only give your
address to selected people, and tell them not to share it with
2. Get a throwaway address for non private email. There are
many free email services that are web based. Get a few of
these and use them for registering and such. This allows you
to keep your private email address private.
3. Consider not registering your software. Software registration
is not mandatory, and saves you giving out your email address.
When you register software, the email address you give generally
ends up on somebody's list somewhere. Don't get me wrong here...
I'm not suggesting you avoid PURCHASING software. Don't confuse
REGISTRATION with PURCHASING. You should indeed purchase any
software you use. But only register it with the company if you
desire to do so.
4. Don't put your email address on your web page. Either leave
it off entirely or disguise it by putting the word REMOVE in
the address. You can tell people to write to you at the address,
as long as they remove the word REMOVE.
Just remove the word REMOVE and you've got the correct email
address. You can use any word, of course, REMOVE is only a
Automated email harvesters troll the Internet, collecting
email addresses from web pages. That's how they harvested my
address, and that's why one of my addresses turned into
nothing but a spam bucket. I finally had to abandon that
one... after wearing out the delete key!
It's not hard to keep an email address private if you just
keep it private!
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==> 3. Joe's Place: "Learn From a Newbie's Experience"
Hi %name%, hope things are going well for you.
My partner Tom and I are planning to move homes soon. No we're
not moving in together, I don't fancy him. But we are planning
to pack our separate tents and move to fresh pastures and warmer
Tom and his family are planning to move from Michigan to
California, and my wife and I are going house hunting in Spain
As you may - or may not - know, I live in the UK and the warm
climate of the Mediterranean has been calling me for some time.
Who knows, it may come to nothing, or we may well be moving
Anyway, you're not interested in my domestic situation, but I'm
telling you this to show you that having an Internet based
business opens up so many doors that just didn't exist a few
short years ago. Not just for Tom and me - for anyone.
When Tom moves to California his PC moves with him. And his
business is on his computer's hard drive. When I move to Spain,
I take my computer with me. Our Newbie Club server can be
accessed from anywhere in the world by pushing the same buttons.
So our business in unaffected.
Some years ago, I moved to West Africa, but because my business
was a traditional 'bricks and mortar' company, I had to rely on
having the right people to look after it. And I had to return to
the UK frequently to keep an eye on things. Now I can simply go
where I want, and take my hard drive with me. Magic!
Yet the strange thing is that I only went on to The Internet
because I was afraid I was missing something. I kept reading
about the opportunities it offered without *really*
understanding what they were. Fortunately I was blessed with an
open mind and I decided to 'give it a go'. I didn't have a clue
what to do, or what to expect, and the frustration was
But I stuck at it and gradually began seeing small
opportunities. Then bigger ones, until I eventually met Tom and
The Newbie Club was born. This in turn opened up more doors
and now there are too many opportunities for two people to
I'm sorry for talking about myself all the time, but what has
happened to me has happened to many other people, and believe me
when I say that I *passionately* believe it could happen to you.
If you want it to.
And that's the key to the magic box - you *must* want it to
happen. Idle daydreams and wishful thinking achieves nothing but
an occasional warm feeling. And that warm glow disappears in a
flash when the reality of going to work the next day hits home.
I'm constantly asked "How can I make money on the Internet?", or
"I have a Website, now what do I do?" and "How do I make money
with Affiliate Programs?" I've got news for you - there is NO
quick-fix. But everything you need to know is available on the
I spent my first 6 months - SIX MONTHS - surfing, reading,
watching the successful people, and printing out volumes and
volumes of information. And slowly a picture began to
But I made one BIG mistake. The same mistake that millions of
other Internet Newbies make. I was extremely reluctant to spend
money for information. Yes, almost everything you need to know
is available somewhere on the Internet for free. But prudent
small investments for important information would have
accelerated my learning curve dramatically.
Hey %name% are you still awake?
OK, I'll close with a quick summary, and immodestly offer a
valuable piece of advice...
Get yourself a Website, make one or two small investments to
improve your Internet education, and LEARN as much as you can
about the subject that passionately interests you. Eventually,
if you stick at it, you'll find a business opportunity that will
fire your imagination and fill you with passion. I promise you,
it's not a question of IF, it's only a question of WHEN. Because
it WILL happen.
And when it does, you can move camp to wherever you want and
whenever you want. You can do whatever you wish, from wherever
you wish. And then you'll look back and think "You know, that
guy Robson was right!"
By the way, I have some terrific real estate going cheap :-)
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It's at http://newbieclub.com/builder and I don't mind if you
order now, or when I'm in Spain next week :-)
Isn't Internet technology wonderful?
Keep smilin' %name%.
PS. Incidentally, as Tom and I will be away most of next week,
there could be some delays in answering your emails. Just be
patient and get stuck in to First Website Builder at
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==> 4. Tutorial: Using the Newbie Club Forum and More
The Newbie Club Forum ( http://newbieclub.com/forum ) can be a
good place to learn even more about your computer. It's free,
and the answers given, though delayed, are generally accurate
As with any free service, you may not get exactly what you're
hoping for, but if you go in without huge expectations, you
may just be pleasantly surprised. For guaranteed results, we
suggest you use the Clinic. Since you pay for the subscription,
you are sure to get answers to your questions. Clinic details
are located here: http://newbieclub.com/clinic
The Forum works best if you click the Topic you're interested
in, then read what's been written about that topic. Then, if
you still have questions, pose your question.
You'll have to check back later, re-visiting the topic where
you left your question. It's like a bulletin board at the
supermarket... you leave a note, go home, check back later, and
sure enough (maybe?) someone has left a note for you.
Well, our stores don't offer that type of bulletin board, but
you get the picture.
The Forum has well over two thousand entries now. I can spend
more time than I have to spend just browsing the questions and
answers. And it's kind of cool to see your question asked,
then find an answer there later. And no, you don't have to
leave your email address. You can ask as "anonymous" if you
I'm sure you'll pick up some valuable information, and
may even make a new friend! Visit http://newbieclub.com/forum
Another good place to get information is from the back issues
of this newsletter. A couple of tutorials per newsletter, times
53 newsletters gives you access to over 100 different tutorials.
Plus the geek-speak busters.
Back issues are not indexed, but the tutorial topics are all
listed. Start on this page: http://newbieclub.com/issues and
you'll have access to everything we've ever written about
computers, the Internet, or the van down by the river.
There's plenty to learn. The question is, do you have time
to learn it all?
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==> 5. Linda's Office: "Workspaces in Excel"
NOTE: These tips apply to Microsoft Office products, such as
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Not to Microsoft Works products.
Do you find that you often have a need to work on two Excel
files at one time? Are you opening both files every time you
do it? Well, you don't have to. You can save the files as
a "Workspace" and they will open together every time you want
to use them.
Here's what you do:
Open Excel and open one file. Now, with that file open, Open
the second file. Go to the Window menu and select "Arrange",
then choose "Tile". You see both of your spreadsheets open
side by side.
This is real convenient for dragging and dropping or copying
and pasting information from one to the other. It is also an
easy way to compare the data in one to the other.
Now comes the cool part. Go to the File menu and choose "Save
Workspace". You will see the Save Workspace dialog box come up.
Name your file (see it is being saved with an .xlw extension
instead of the usual .xls extension given to Excel files)
and save it in the same location where the original two files
Now, whenever you want to work on these two files together, you
can just open up your .xlw file and they will both open side by
And the really great thing is you still have the individual
files so you can work on them separately any time you want and
the changes made in the individual files OR from within the
workspace file will be made to both.
Hang in there!
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