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Issue 59

--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 59 Jan 3, 2001

Written by Tom Glander,
and Joe Robson.

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 In The New Year!"

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.
Follow this link ...


<< MENU >>

==> 1. Tom's Thoughts ... "Give Me Half a Chance"
==> 2. Tutorial ... "Understanding File Compression"
==> 3. Joe's Place ... "Planning Your Life"
==> 4. Tutorial ... "Stop Crazy Popup Windows"
==> 5. Administration ... "Stuff about your account"


A note from the Inbox

"Hey Tom: Just downloaded Keyboard Magic. Wow!! 
It really is. Can't wait to read everything. Thanks!"

( Keyboard Magic: )

A note from the Guestbook

Tim from Florida writes:

"While I'm not strictly a newbie per say and not quite yet
a pro by any means, I am quite impressed with your site. 
Where were you during my Internet (fumbling and stumbling)
growth years? You have the kind of site that we have needed
for a long, long time. Keep up the good work. I will be a
regular to your page."

Need a guestbook for your site? See if ours fits your


==> 1. Tom's Thoughts: "50-50 Chance of Success"


Hello %name%,

Do you know the 50-50-90 rule? Here it is: "Anytime you have
a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% 
probability you'll get it wrong."

How about this one: "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a
day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat drinking
beer all day."

And finally, think about this: "The things that come to those
that wait may be the things left by those who got there first."

All of these pithy sayings are about people interacting with
people or objects. Life is about people. As you sit there
staring dumbly at your computer screen, hanging on every word
(it's good to know you do that--makes me want to keep writing
for you) think about this:

"Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear
bright until you hear them speak." 

Or in the case of my thoughts, appear intelligent until the
words are read. (Do you comprehend what you read?)

Computers are incomprehensible. You cannot understand yours, 
and never will. Nobody understands computers. Not even the 
people who made them. It's a vast mystery that grows larger
every day. 

Soon, the mechas will take over. Machines will no longer be
the servant... are you quaking in terror? I didn't think so.
But sometimes you wonder about the world being controlled by
computers, don't you? Can't even make a phone call without
computer intervention. 

The bottom line: It doesn't matter if you understand the
machine. What matters is that you aren't afraid of it. That
you are confident in your ability to use the parts of the
computer that you're familiar with. The real point is summed
up on one word: CONFIDENCE. 

I want you to be confident in your ability to use your
computer without worry or fear that you'll "break" something.
I'm honored to be the recipient of your praise, of your words
of encouragement, of your saying "Thanks for the newsletters,
you've really helped me become more comfortable with this

That means everything to me. Thank you.

Wishing you the best 2002 has to offer,


P.S. 764 new members this week. Nice. If you haven't read Tom's
Thoughts in the past, over a year's worth of them can be found
here: so what are you waiting for?
Read 'em and weep along with the rest of the planet! (Those are
tears of joy, of course.)


Geek-Speak Busters:

A. "Radio Button"

They're round and look like a bulls eye. They can be clicked,
but can't be licked. You'll find them on many web sites,
where options are given. Click here, or click there, the radio
button is part and parcel of the Web. Only one radio button
can be selected at a time, unlike check boxes, which can
be checked off in multiples in the same grouping.

B. "HTML Editor"

This would be software that makes it easier to create web
pages. The software may be WYSIWYG (What You See Is What
You Get) style, or it may be non-WYSIWYG, giving you help
with the code only. In either case, an HTML editor makes
doing web pages a lot easier than typing everything into
a text editor. By the way, HTML stands for HyperText
Markup Language. Big whoop!



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==> 2. Tutorial: "Understanding File Compression"


Oh gag me, what a boring topic to write about. Who gives a 
flying flip about compressing files? And besides, why bother
with this stuff anyway? Because it's fun? Good answer!

Assuming you download anything new to your computer, you'll
no doubt come across a "zip file". 

That's simply techie-talk for taking a file and squeezing the
space out of it, making it smaller. And smaller files mean
less time moving them from computer to computer.

When you see "" you know a couple of things. 1)
The file is compressed, and 2) it contains pictures. 

Let's say you have taken some digital photos and want to send
them to someone... doing so one by one would take a long time.
But if you were to zip them up into a "zip file"... they'd
be compressed and all in the same package together. You could
then send that single package off by email to whomever.

In order to unzip, or un-compress a zip file, you must have
some software installed on your computer that knows how to 
unzip. There's a little note below that talks about "unzipping
with confidence". Follow the link, and learn more about the
Unzip Wizard. And you'll know more about file compression, too.

For the more technically minded, here's some copy from the
Unzip Wizard site that explains things rather nicely ( visit
the site at ):


File compression is like a kind of computer shorthand. When
you attempt to compress a file, the compression software that 
is being used looks for a series of repeating characters or bits
in the file. The software then replaces these blocks of 
repeated characters with symbols or shorter words or phrases,
which are called 'tokens'.

For example, it takes less space for a computer file to be

"10101000110101[insert 73 zeroes here]11011010010"

than this...


When you apply a decompression program to a compressed file,
the software reads the file and replaces the tokens with the 
original data, inflating the file back to its original size.


Ah, that's how it works. As long as you have software that will
handle the unzipping chore, you've got it made.


------ Don't be Shy - Unzip with Confidence!

Some Zip programs are frustratingly confusing to use. But it's
essential to have one if you're downloading stuff from the Net.
'Unzip Wizard' is so simple it's impossible to go wrong. That's
because it's specifically designed with Newbies in mind. And
The Newbie Club has arranged a special discount for you at this
page. So now you can save AND unzip without embarrassment!

This is a stunner!


3. Joe's Place ... "Planning Your Life"


Hi %name%, hope you're settling in to the New Year.

First of all I'd like to say a great big thank you for the
greetings and kind words I received at Christmas. Believe me
when I say they meant a great deal to me. There were so many
that I haven't answered them all yet, as I've really tried hard
this time to spend quality time with my family.

Do you make New Year's resolutions? I always say I won't bother
because they're so easy to break. In fact, one year I made a
resolution not to make any more resolutions - and broke it 2
hours later!

I have a feeling that most people forgot them as soon as they're
made. Yet, as hard as I try, I still find myself reflecting on
the past year and planning for the next.

That's what the New Year is all about for many people. It helps
us to focus on what we've done - or not done, and funnels our
thought processes into ways of making our lives that little bit

So what are *you* going to do that's different to what you did
last year? No, please don't unsubscribe from this newsletter :-)

I recently watched a TV documentary about a guy called Murray
Walker. He's been a much loved motor racing commentator on UK TV
for 53 years and has just bowed out. At the end of the film he
tearfully put aside the microphone after commentating on his
very last Grand Prix, turned to the camera and said ...

"Well, that's it. Now I'll go back home and plan the rest of my
life" ....

He's 78 years old!

That's when I picked up pen and paper and planned my life for

By the way, have you noticed how many software upgrades
are made available to replace the ones we're quite satisfied
with using? It's easy to fall into the trap of upgrading just
for the sake of it without knowing just exactly what the
benefits are.

Bob McElwain wrote an article about the same subject some time
ago, and I agreed with everything he said. His Website is at and it's well worth while
subscribing to his newsletter while you're there. It's a mine of
useful help and information for Newbies and Pros alike.

For instance, my brother decided to install Windows XP much
against my advice. He hardly uses the Internet and he had no
problems with Windows Me up to that point. But, he wanted to
'keep up to date'. He must be an absolute masochist because
he'd only recently upgraded from Windows 98 to Windows Me.

Tom's note: It's Windows Me, not Windows ME. Lower case e. 
It's weird, isn't it?

Disaster! It took him 3 days to sort things out and now he still
finds that some of his older software doesn't work. And his
ancient (2 years old) scanner isn't compatible!

My philosophy is that if your present technology does a decent
job, why change it?

Up until 3 months ago I was still using Windows 95. Shock,
horror! But I had no problems with it, and upgrading for the
sake of it was just tempting fate in my mind.

I now have a new computer with Windows 98 and I honestly don't
see any difference worth noting. Except that I made a mess of
transferring my data and software to the new PC.

Still, I now have 5 times more memory, 6 times the old hard disc
space, a spare hard disc with enough back up space to house 50
thousand Newbie Club sites. And a processor so fast that it
almost overtakes itself....

I reckon it saves me about 1 minute a day, which makes the
investment well worthwhile :-)

I'm not saying that we should resist upgrading *everything*.
Just make sure you check out the advantages beforehand, and
consult a techie before doing it.

Talking about techies. One of the best programmers around is the
savvy guy that looks after all the programming and scripts for
all the Newbie Club sites. He's a Brit called Peter Hyde and
he's one of the few 'Super Techies' I know who not only knows
his stuff, but also speaks Plain English. He has to when he
deals with me!

So if you're looking for someone to write a script, or a major
program, email him at and you'll be glad you

OK %name%, that's it for this week. And as I've said on a number
of occasions ...

Don't let the Techies get you down, and ....

Keep smilin'


PS While you're at Bob McElwain's site, do yourself a big favor
and download the free trial of his excellent ebook 'Web Winning
Ways'. It's one of the most helpful Newbie books you'll ever
find on starting an Internet business. You'll find it at


Joe's Thought For The Week.

"The next time you are appalled by some task, sail into it,
accomplish the impossible. It can be done. If you will have the
utmost confidence in yourself, you CAN do it.

Dale Carnegie.

You can read more inspirational writings at


4. Stopping Wild Popups in Internet Explorer


Have you been surfing the Net, and suddenly pop-pop-pop, 
annoying windows appear, resizing your browser to full screen,
or worse? 

It happens to me now and then, too. Want to put an end to this
annoyance? Pull your chair a little closer and pay attention!

Something called "Active Scripting" is at work here. You can 
disable it by following these steps:

On the menu line of Internet Explorer, click Tools, Internet
Options, Security tab, Custom Level button. Scroll down to the
Scripting section, and click the radio button (the round bulls
eye type buttons are called radio buttons) labeled "Disable".
This disables Active Scripting, and the popup craziness won't
happen to you.

If you need to, you can always enable Active Scripting, or 
select the option to "Prompt". If you select that, you'll see
a question asking your permission to open additional windows
when sneaky web sites try to fiddle with your browser. 

----------- "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
them there for a reason! And yet you NEVER use them. 'Keyboard
MAGIC!' by The Newbie Club, outsold all their other products in
the first 5 days of release. Find out why, and brace yourself
for an eye-opener at


Paul Jacobson is a trustworthy guy who brings a lot of stuff
to the web. That stuff is stuff you can use. Or stuff you can
stuff in your stuff box. One such stuff he offers is a great
phone you can talk on and stuff. Check this stuff out (pictures
are included):

AT&T Speaker Phone with Call Waiting/Caller ID
Reg: $59.95
Now just $34.95!

Or how about stuffing your mouth with sweet, wet, cold stuff?
Look at the stuff Paul offers here:

Rival Ice Cream Maker
Reg: $64.89
Now just $29.89!

Ever need to work on stuff, and wish you had the right stuff?
How about this one:

York Industries 40 Piece Socket Wrench Set
-Complete Blow-Out!...I bought WAY too many!
Now just $12.99!!

Publisher's Pipeline is like a clearing house, sort of. Paul
gets in a lot of stuff that big companies don't know where
to stuff, so you can get stuff for less. Sometimes even for
free. His rebate program is tops. Look at the stuff here:

You can trust Paul to deliver the good stuff. He's on top of
his game. Tons of excellent deals... and excellent stuff!


So you're not such a Newbie after all? Like to know what makes
Windows act the way it does? Then this ebook will give you a
quick, easy understanding of your PC's Brain. It's called 'The
Registry For Newbies' and you can read all about it here...

See Techie-Speak translated into Newbie-Speak by an expert!


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by Newbie Club co-founder Joe Robson, who is also co-author of
the blockbuster "Make Your Words Sell" with Ken Evoy. Details

Get both Newbie Club books FREE from The Newbie Club Academy at

And don't forget, you can get your own Fully Customizable
Guestbook for your site absolutely FREE. This Newbie Club
creation is so packed with too many features to list here. And
it's an absolute dream to install - no experience needed!


Email courses and articles are available. Just send a blank
email (no message needed, just the address is all) to any of the

Course: Backing up your files:

Course: Getting organized:

Course: Finding files anywhere on your PC:

Course: Configuring your startup programs:


5. Administration


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To make changes to your membership details, such as updating
your name or email address, or unsubscribing (huh?), visit your
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Address: %email%

You can cancel your membership, change your name, update your
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Back issues of the INSIDER are found here...

The TNC INSIDER is a publication of The Newbie Club and is
owned by Roglan International LLC, whose partners are
Tom Glander (US) and Joe Robson (UK).

(C) 2001 The Newbie Club(TM) All Rights Reserved

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