--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 57 Dec 21, 2001
Written by Tom Glander and Joe Robson.
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==> 1. Tom's Thoughts ... "A Midnight Clear"
==> 2. Tutorial: "How to Find a New ISP"
==> 3. Tutorial: "These Files Won't Get You Out of Jail
==> 4. Joe's Place ... "If I Only Had Time"
==> 5. Tutorials: "Your Questions Answered"
==> 6. Administration ... "Stuff about your account"
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The most interesting thing that I noticed about it was the ANSI
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==> 1. Tom's Thoughts: "A Midnight Clear"
Christmas. What goes through your mind when you hear or read
Time of hope? Joy? Family? Toys?
Since you've been following my progress from Michigan to
California, I'll tell you I made it. Only 6 days of travel
in the Ryder truck, pulling the Dodge behind on a trailer.
Hundreds of people honked, shouting "I love cardboard" as they
drove by. (You read my last "Tom's Thoughts" and knew to do
Route 66 was beautiful. The desert and mountains gorgeous. We
do live in a fantastic land, and the purple mountains majesty
and the spacious skies never cease to amaze.
Christmas. Also a time of disappointment.
We arrived in Temecula on Friday afternoon. Had a Christmas
party with family on Saturday. Monday mom was diagnosed with
stage 4 ovarian cancer.
I'm off to see her now... the Gynecological Oncologist surgeon
removed what he could... chemotherapy will ensue... there's 6
months to 4 years hope... mom is a fighter. She'll do okay. She
has a LOT to live for, and a supportive family.
I'm so glad I made it to California. And I'm so glad it's
Christmas. I don't know what you believe in. But as for me and
my family, we have hope that transcends our vision. We believe,
therefore we see.
Christmas. A time to reflect. A time to give thanks. We are one
family, joined by a common heritage. It is my prayer that you
will find peace this season, when the songs are playing about
"Joy to the World" and "The First Noel" and "It Came Upon a
One day, if you believe the songs and you believe the reason
for the season, all of this present "stuff" will be replaced
by a glorious future, where peace and love will prevail.
I'm looking forward to seeing you some day. Mark my words.
We'll meet. And it'll be the most amazing thing.
Take care of you and yours. If it wasn't for the amazing
technology of the Internet, I wouldn't be able to share with
you this way. I consider it a blessing and an honor to write
to you. This issue will contain some tips from the past...
stuff you can use to further your knowledge of the beast you're
looking at right now. :-)
All the best,
P.S. Last week, I couldn't write. I was holed up in hotel
rooms at night and driving the silly truck during the day. So
I missed last week's newsletter. Life. It happens to the best
Geek-Speak Buster: "ISP"
ISP: Internet Service Provider. It's the company that
allows you to get connected to the Internet. And by the
way, the Internet is made up of three parts: 1. Email;
2. Newsgroups (called Usenet); 3. The World Wide Wait. Um,
that is, "web." So when we refer to "The Internet" we're
talking about all three parts. Your ISP can connect you
to all three. But the Newsgroup part is accessed differently
using a news reader (there's one built into Microsoft's
Outlook Express email and news reader gizmo).
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==> 2. Tutorial: "How to Find a New ISP"
Are you pleased with your current Internet Service Provider?
Paying about $19.95 each month just to get online? Maybe you
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If you're not happy with your present company, you can
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in providing this information. Just point your browser to:
No need to stay with AOL, or anyone else for that matter, if
they don't make you happy. I've used Prodigy for my dial up
connection, and they work good. They just let you connect,
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you or anything... just some insight.
Look for flexible pricing plans, based on the amount of time
you use the Internet. They're out there, and may save you
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3. Tutorial ..."These Files Won't Get You Out of Jail"
"Help! I downloaded your Keyboard Magic ebook and can't find
it. What do I do now?"
You can locate any file on your computer using the built-in
feature called "Find Files and Folders." I covered this in
a previous issue, but it's back by popular demand. So here
goes again, along with more insight on files and how they
work with your computer.
1. Click Start, then point with your mouse cursor to Find,
Files and Folders, and click. Said another way, click the
Folders and Files item on the flyout window that appears
when you click on Find, and slide your mouse cursor over
to 'Files and Folders'. Or better yet, just take the keyboard
shortcut: Press F3 on the top row of keys. Be sure your
desktop is the focus of activity. (For more on the "focus"
concept, see this page: http://newbieclub.com/anatomy
2. Type the name of the file you are looking for into the
'Named' field and look in Drive (C:). When the file is
found, it will be displayed in the lower window pane. You
can simply (yes, it's VERY easy) double click to execute
the file (that is, put the file to death by click) or drag and
drop it to some new location.
Okay, you can't really execute a file in the living sense, but
you can start the file operating. That is, make it do something
besides sit there and take up space. And if the file can't
run itself, it'll be run by another program.
A good example of this is the lowly .txt file. It's just a
bunch of characters (like the guys and gals who run The Newbie
Club.) A ".txt" file is a text file. It needs a program to
display its contents. That program could be Notepad or even
Micro$ oft Word. Text files are different from Document files
in that they usually contain nothing more than characters. No
special formatting stuff, no hidden codes, nothing. Just plain
text. Like this email!
CRITICAL NOTE: Every file on your computer has a three or four
letter "file extension." This extension tells the operating
system (that is what 'Windows" is--it's an Operating System)
what program needs to be used to open the file. Computers used
in operating rooms by surgeons don't use Operating Systems.
Instead, they use systems that don't confuse the doctor. Usually
these are in black and white, since the operating theatre can't
be confusing. If it were, your gallbladder may be removed rather
If you believe any of the operating stuff above, please see me
in my office immediately. I have a job for you.
Now then, back to files and such...
We have a fairly good tutorial on this should you be desirous of
understanding more. Click here: http://newbieclub.com/files
copy and paste the URL into your browser.
Do you understand what you read? Does it make sense? Let me put
it as simply as possible. The word "file" in computer talk can
be a program, a picture, a sound, a document, or anything else.
Files have icons associate with them. The icon is there to give
you a visual cue or clue as to what the file is for. If you're
blind, your computer "reads" the file names to you using the
special software you have installed. And that software is made
up of lots of individual files.
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==> 4. Joe's Place ... "If I Only Had Time"
Well, as if you didn't already know, Christmas is nearly upon us
once more. Where on earth did the past 12 months go?
Last Christmas we sent out 2000 newsletters. Today we've sent
out nearly 40,000.
At that time we had 3 Newbie Club Products. Now we have 13
Products and Services.
We were offering 2 free ebooks. Now you're spoiled for choice.
There were no free autoresponder courses. Now we offer 6.
And so on and so on. Hmmm ....
Now I know where the time went:-)
I listened to a beautiful old song on the radio the other day
called "If I Only Had Time"....
"So much to do - if I only had time" Well the fact is that we
*never* have enough time to do everything we really want to do.
For no matter how much we achieve in life, we always want to do
more. To set new goals. To seek new challenges. To search for
the elusive rainbow. To reach for that distant Star.
To quote a line from Willy Russell's brilliant stage play and
movie, Shirley Valentine ...
"Why are we given all these hopes and dreams, if we never use
I personally believe that one special gift we were all given at
birth is the reason why we live our lives in our own individual
ways. That special gift is ...
Hope keeps us alive. Hope keeps us motivated. Hope is what keeps
us going when life kicks us in the teeth...
So my Christmas wish to you %name% is that whatever highs and
lows you experience in life, always strive to hang on to that
special gift of Hope.
If you're seeking success in business or your workplace - always
keep your Hopes high.
If you're contemplating a major change to your circumstances -
hang on to Hope.
If you have a secret dream in your mind - go for it, and use
every ounce of Hope you can muster to help it become reality.
If you're going through a particularly bad time - never let go
Wishes and dreams are essential to our mental make-up. But
without Hope they soon fade. So why not spend a few hours
over the Festive Season and reflect on the hopes and dreams you
once held, but which have somehow become lost among the hustle
and bustle of living.
Try to recapture the excitement you felt when that dream was
uppermost in your thoughts. And no matter how much time you
think you may - or may not - have, draw upon the extraordinary
strength of that very special gift to chase that dream once
One of the things I dearly hope I never say when my life draws
to its close is ...
"If only I had"...
So muster those Hopes and Dreams %name% and go for them ...
... Before you run out of Time.
All my best wishes to you and your loved ones,
PS And if you've always hoped you could pick up the
courage to tell your dearest ones how much you love them - do
it! As Shirley Valentine said ..."Why are we given all these
hopes and dreams, if we never use them?".
Unashamedly Dedicated to the memory of my
beloved son Gary. 1967-1998.
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4. Your Questions Answered
Q: When I use remove programs from my computer, should I
answer "Yes" or "No" to the question, "Do you want to
remove a shared file?"
A: Shared files have the file extension ".DLL" on them.
That means they're a Dynamic Linked Library file. All this
means is the file in question can be used by different
programs. A word processor and another program may share
a DLL file. So removing that file may cause another
program to malfunction.
You may have seen a message stating that a certain file
cannot be found. That file is needed in order to open
the program you're trying to use. Why is it missing? Could
be that you removed it when you uninstalled another program.
The bottom line: If you aren't familiar with a filename,
and you're asked if you want to delete it, don't. Just
answer "No" to the question. The genie inside your PC will
leave the file alone.
Q: Is it true that a lot of files in my Temp directory can
slow down the startup process of Windows? And why are there
files in that directory, anyway?
A: Yes, it's true. But there would have to be a lot of stuff
there that was never deleted. Normally, programs use the Temp
directory to store bits and pieces of themselves while
work is going on. When you close the program, or an install
of new software is complete, files that were stored in the
Temp directory should be deleted automatically.
But this doesn't always happen.
Using Windows Explorer, open the Temp folder in the
C:\Windows folder. Look at the dates on any files in that
folder. If the dates are older than the last time you
started your computer, you can safely delete them. Don't
delete any file in the Temp folder that has today's date
on it, unless you recognize the file.
Q: I hear the term "root directory" used. What does that
A: The root directory is the lowest point of your folder
structure. It's actually your C:/ drive, without any folders.
It's known as the root, because if you liken the folder
structure to a tree (called a folder tree or directory tree)
then you'll kind of get the picture. The root is the base
of the rest of the tree. Except this tree hangs upside
down, which is confusing.
Q: Is there a safe way to remove files from my computer,
even if I don't recognize them?
A: Ah, maybe. If you're quite sure, but not 100% solid on
the results of erasing a file, just move it to the recycle
bin. The next time you restart your computer, if everything
goes well, and all your favorite programs work, then you
can safely empty the bin and eliminate the file. If
something is whacked, however, restore the files in the
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"E-zine" and "e-Zine" are spelling variations.
A similar term is "ejournal." There are several usages
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an earlier usage in print media that derived from
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