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Issue 55

--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 55 Nov 29, 2001

Written by Tom Glander,

You receive the INSIDER as a benefit of membership in
The Newbie Club. Your membership details are at the end
of this newsletter. 
Please **Do not Reply** to this email. Write to us at

--------- "How To Spread Happiness At Christmas!"

Suffering from PC Rage? This Newbie Club series of 52
picture-driven tutorials will eliminate *your* frustration, and
help a friend or relative at the same time. See why someone once
said it should be included in every new PC sold.


<< MENU >>

==> 1. Tom's Thoughts ... "Where Have We Been?"
==> 2. Tutorial ... "Checking your Internet Connection"
==> 3. Tutorial ... "How the Clipboard Works"
==> 4. Linda's Office ... "Easter Eggs"
==> 5. Administration ... "Stuff about your account"


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-- Dolores

What is Dolores talking about? Windows for Newbies.
You can read about it here:

A note from the Guestbook

"Hi, i am a fairly new at this computing and every thing
i know at present i have had to self teach myself, some times
making a few costly mistakes, while surfing the net today i 
found your site and from what i have seen so far i could have
done with it right at the start... glad i have found you."

-- Stephen from the U.K. 

Stephen, have you visited the Forum? It's packed with excellent
helpful information:


==> 1. Tom's Thoughts: "Where Have We Been?"


Hello %name%,

How's it going? Good? Great! 

I'm back from California, and Joe's back from Spain. I found
a house, and he found the fountain of youth. Since Joe is only
20 years older than I am, that's a great thing for him! 

How he'll live in the fountain is beyond me, but I'm sure he'll
figure something out. Since his new discovery, Joe won't be
writing this week, so this issue goes without his special touch
and dry British humor. 

Ah well, we'll just have to wait until next time. 

I've been getting a lot of email with only a "Re:" in the
subject line. Blank message body. Asking around, I'm told it's
another virus problem. 

If you haven't boned up on viruses, have a look at the articles

My mom finally got her first computer. After sitting with her
for a little bit, I realized with a new ferocity just how
mind boggling this infernal machine can be.

She has a lot to learn, and needs plenty of help.

The answer to her needs is simply patience and time. As long
as she takes each day slow, and learns a little bit, "chunk
style", she'll become an expert in her own right. 

And so will you.

Next time you go to clicking around your computer, be sure you
try RIGHT clicking everything. Just to see what happens. You 
won't hurt anything, and you'll discover new ways of doing 
things via "context menu" that appears. It may even give you
a shortcut to a new location you weren't expecting!

That's it for now,



Geek-Speak Busters:

A. "Double Click Speed"

The time interval that Windows uses to distinguish between
two successive single clicks and a double click. Anything
faster is deemed a double click; anything slower is handled
as two single clicks. You can change the time interval by
visiting the Control Panel and double clicking the Mouse
icon. Things will be self-evident when you get there.

B. "Font"

A unique set of design characteristics common to a group of
letters, numbers, and symbols. There are four items that
define any font: the TYPEFACE, the TYPE SIZE, the TYPE STYLE,
and the CHARACTER SPACING. Fonts are given names, such as
the familiar Times Roman, Arial, and Verdana. The most 
common font used on the Web is Verdana, because it's the
easiest to read on your computer screen.



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==> 2. Tutorial: "How to Test Your Internet Connection"


This is easy, and it's kind of fun to watch, too. You'll get
to open a DOS window, type a little, and watch what happens.

It's called "pinging". Kind of like a ship sending a sonar
out to see if a submarine is lurking. Except our ping will
tell us if your Internet connection is working, and if the
site you ping is working. 

Here's how to do it:

1. Click Start, Run, and type "command" (without the quotes). 
Hit the Enter key or click OK.

Alternatively, click Start, Programs, and then the MS DOS Prompt
icon if it's on your Programs menu. 

2. A DOS window opens. It should have a line that looks like
this: C:\WINDOWS\Desktop> or some other "path". Whatever
yours looks like, you're at the DOS prompt, and can type.

3. Type the following: ping

4. Press the Enter key on your keyboard after typing. When I
did this, I got the following (between the ***** lines):


Pinging [] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from bytes=32 time=75ms TTL=238
Reply from bytes=32 time=75ms TTL=238
Reply from bytes=32 time=75ms TTL=238
Reply from bytes=32 time=75ms TTL=238

Ping statistics for
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip time in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 74ms, Maximum = 79ms, Average = 75ms


Okay, what this means is everything is working fine. The ping
a signal sent to the domain. It's measured, as
the ping statistics indicate. 

You can ping any domain. Try pinging Or
If you can't bring up a web site by clicking a link, but you're
not sure if the site is really down, try pinging. If the ping
works, the site is probably okay. It could be your browser 
that's busted.

By the way, you do have to be on-line for this to work!

Finally, you can do another fun thing while at the DOS prompt.
Instead of typing, ping, type:


This is short for trace route. You'll trace the route from
your house to the server, which happens to be in Los Angeles.
It'll show you a bunch of routers (the computers that pass
your request along to the server) along the way. If the request
"times out" you'll just have to try it again another day. 

To view a nice picture of how the Internet works, visit this
site: The site is about
service being denied, but you'll find it interesting, I think.
At least the pictures there are easy to understand. 

Have fun!


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----------- "Take a Look at Your Keyboard Right NOW!"

Just look at all those keys! Go on, take a look. I'll guarantee
you've often wondered WHY there are so many - F1, Insert, Tab,
Ctrl, Pr Scr, End, Home, Alt, Pause, PgUp, Shift, Sys Rq, and
the rest. Why? And what about all those keys with the funny
looking characters like ~ # > \ ^ ? Sheesh, surely someone put
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==> 3. Tutorial: "Understanding the Invisible Clipboard"


The Windows clipboard is something you'll never see. It's 
a term given to a memory location. A place to store temporary
information. A scrap collector of sorts. A place to cut to and
paste from.

In fact, the only way to get information to and from the
clipboard is to cut or copy and paste. You can use our little
copy and paste tutorial
for help on copy and paste.

Since the clipboard is just a memory location (stored in RAM,
or Random Access Memory), it can handle any type of data you
can throw at it: text, graphics, even entire files and sounds. 

Before you can send anything to the clipboard, you have to 
highlight it (also called selecting). View the tutorial 
above for information on selecting text. Once the item is
selected, you have to copy it. The act of copying places
the item (or object) in memory. What is this memory location?
It's the clipboard!

Once it's there, you can open another application or program
and paste the item. A copy is still on the clipboard, ready
to paste again. In fact, it stays there until it's replaced
with some new item.

So, you could copy this text, and paste it into lots of
different documents. Keyboard Magic has all the keyboard
shortcuts and tons more information on this subject. You can
review it here:

To avoid losing your data from the clipboard, be sure you
paste it as soon as possible. You might accidentally replace
it with something else. In other words, each time you cut or
copy a selection, the application (program) overwrites the 
current contents of the clipboard. To avoid losing your data,
perform the paste operation as soon as you can.

You can even send screen shots to the clipboard. This is
really cool if you have a graphics program, and you capture
an active window and paste it into the graphics program. You
can then manipulate things to your heart's content. To capture
the active window, just press Alt and the Print Screen key. 
Of course you won't see anything happen, but when you open
your graphics program, and press Ctrl and the V key, you'll
paste the captured screen. 

This is more advances stuff, and only fun if you like working
with graphics and such. I created Windows for Newbies using
this very method: and all the 
tutorials for the Newbie Club that have screen captures were
made using this technique.


-------------- "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!


==> 4. Linda's Office: "Easter Eggs"


NOTE: These tips apply to Microsoft Office products, such as
Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Not to Microsoft Works products.

Easter Eggs are hidden little goodies inside software that the
programmers and developers added when they made it. Who knows?
Maybe they were just bored. Even a geek has to have fun 

Most of Microsoft's software has hidden Easter Eggs in it but
some are easier to find than others and some work better than

An easy one to do is the VBA credits movie in Word 2000 that
also includes music, so make sure your sounds are turned on
before you try it.

Here's the steps to get it to work:

1. Start Word 2000. 
2. Press Alt + F11 to start Microsoft Visual Basic. 
3. RIGHT-click on the toolbar at the top and select Customize
from the menu. 
4. With the Customize box open, click on the Help menu up on the
toolbar. The Help menu menu will drop down. 
5. RIGHT-click on "About Microsoft Visual Basic". You will now
see a floating menu with the option "Name: &About Microsoft
Visual Basic".
6. Change the phrase "About Microsoft Visual Basic" to "Show
VB Credits" (don't type the quotes). 
7. Close the Customize box (using the Close button). 
8. Select Help > Show VB Credits and enjoy the show and the

Excel has some really cool ones: A car racing game in Excel
2000 and a flight simulator in Excel 97. If you want to give
them a try, go to my Excel Easter Eggs page at:
or go look for lots of others at The Easter Egg Archive

Have fun and hang in there!


Tutorials by MS Office expert Linda Johnson. Her site is
located here:

View Linda's tips on-line at


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