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Issue 60


--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 60 Jan 10, 2002

Written by Tom Glander, mailto:wecare@newbieclub.com
and Joe Robson, for %name%.

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

==> 1. Tom's Thoughts ... "New Technology: Should YOU Indulge?"
==> 2. Tutorial ... "Cut, Copy and Paste: Differences"
==> 3. Tutorial ... "Poking Around in the Registry"
==> 4. Administration ... "Stuff about your account"

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==> 1. Tom's Thoughts: "New Technology: Should YOU Indulge?"

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Hello %name%,

You've probably heard of Windows XP. Or seen the commercials for
that Operating System from Microsoft. It's the latest and 
supposedly greatest offering from the Redmond, Washington mega
company. 

But just because it's new, should you jump aboard and go sailing
with those folks?

I want to suggest something very simple. "If it ain't broke,
don't fix it." That's the mantra I live by. And it saved me
a lot of grief over the years.

Why should you upgrade your software? If it's doing the job
you want, leave it alone. Unless the new application has some
feature that makes life easier for you, leave things as they 
are. 

Obviously, if you buy a new computer, it's going to have the
latest offerings on it. So you'll do with what you get.
But if you have an older computer that's working fine, try to
resist the temptation to spend more money on upgrades... unless
the upgrade fixes a bug, or offers some new feature that will
make life better.

Remember, computers are tools... or they're toys. There's no
in-between. You get something done... or you have fun. You may
even get things done while having fun. (Put on some nice music,
and enjoy entering those balances from your checkbook into the
accounting software.)

I was on the phone with a nice guy the other day. He asked
about Windows XP. "Should I upgrade my system?" he asks. "Is
there anything wrong with what you're using now," I respond.

"No. It just looks interesting."

Well, that may be okay for some. It depends on your pain
threshold. I've been corresponding with one poor person who
rues the day she upgraded to Windows XP. Other love it. 

That said, there's some great software that improves upon the
standard Windows system. For example, the Add/Remove Programs
part has been improved upon. I downloaded a copy of Add-Remove
Pro from http://www.superwin.com and it's great. I suggest
trying new *pieces* of software, based on recommendations.

I've tried and tested Add-Remove Pro, and it lives up to the
advertising. Installing it has no ill effect on the regular
Windows Add/Remove applet (applet is another name for a
mini-program). It just works better, has more features, and
even lets you access stuff from the Registry... so be careful
if you remove programs under the "All Entries" tab. 

The best thing to remember when removing programs: "If you
don't know what it's there for, leave it alone." Just like a 
sleeping strange dog. Let it lie. 

Later, you may discover what something is doing or is needed 
for, and you can then remove the program. Otherwise, you're 
better off not chucking stuff out the window.

I'm sure you're settling into an amicable relationship with
your machine... and all the machines in your life.

Wishing you the best,

Tom

P.S. 746 new members this week. Nice. If you haven't read back
issues, over a year's worth of them can be found
here: http://newbieclub.com/issues


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with MySQL databases. You can contact Peter if you have any
programming needs at: phyde@btconnect.com

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==> 2. Tutorial: "Cut, Copy and Paste: Differences"

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Is there a difference between Cut and Paste on the one hand,
and Copy and Paste on the other? Yes. The difference is the
hand. One is right, and the other wrong. 

No? Don't think so? Of course you're right.

Copy and paste differs from cut and paste in that the copy
action leaves the original behind. If you cut the object, you
remove it from its home.

If you desire to move a file out of one location to a new
home, use the Cut and Paste method. For example, moving an
image from the My Documents folder to the My Pictures folder.

If you want to copy a file to a new home, use Copy and Paste.

When you copy or cut an object (an object is a document, image,
sound file, video file, etc. with a filename ending with a 
three or four letter file extension) the object goes to the
clipboard. You never see the clipboard.

The clipboard is a virtual board that's really just a location
in memory. A temporary home for files that are moving.

When you paste, the system removes the file from the Clipboard
which is ready for the next item you want to manipulate. One
more point: the Clipboard can hold one file at a time. If you 
copy something like the text from this newsletter to the 
Clipboard, then copy some different file, the different file
will replace the text from this newsletter on the Clipboard.

There is a program that lets you store multiple "clips" of
info to the Clipboard, but I can't remember where I found it.
If you know, please write to me with the address of the web site
it's hiding on.

I hope this gives you a better picture of the cut, copy and
paste basic operation. To "practice" this technique, you can
use http://newbieclub.com/copyandpaste.htm and do some hands-on
work.



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4. Tutorial: "Poking Around in the Registry"

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Yes, many people have asked me to write something a little
more advanced... so I figure it's a good thing to do. Like,
how about a simple tutorial and a more advanced tutorial?

This one is WAY more advanced. Yet after you've done it, it'll 
seem so simple. Just be very careful when hacking around the
Registry. You could really mess something up majorly in there
if you veer from the path.

This tutorial works with Windows 98/95, and probably with Me, 
though I can't vouch for Me or thee. 

The Registry editor should be explored, just to give you some
extra adrenalin. Open it this way:

1. Click the Start button.
2. Click Run.
3. Type "regedit" (without the quotes). The Editor opens up.

We're going to change the name of the Recycle Bin to Trash Can.
Or Rubbish Heap, Garbage Pail, Last Stop Before Deletesvill,
whatever. (You'll notice you cannot rename the Recycle Bin by
standard methods.)

With the Registry Editor open, you'll head for the Class ID
with this value: {645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

It's along this path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\
{645FF040-5081-101B-9F08-00AA002F954E}

Once you find it (click on the plus signs to navigate down the 
folders) edit the DEFAULT setting for this key. That is, change
the name that you see: Recycle Bin. If you just clear out the
name and don't type anything, the Bin will only be an icon with
no name. 

Note: Double click each folder to navigate to the ID between the
curly braces { }. You're boring down, tunneling in to find it. 
Once you locate it, click to highlight, and you'll see info
in the right pane under Name and Data. Double click the Default
setting, and you'll see a new box with "Recyle Bin" where you
can do the renaming.

If you need more help, visit http://newbieclub.com/rfncopy and
read the first chapter of my e-book, "Registry for Newbies". Then
buy the e-book if you think you're interested in better
understanding the Registry. 

To save your changes, you just close the Registry Editor. There
is no "Save" button anywhere to be found in the Editor. 

This tutorial assumes you know something about the Registry, 
that you've at least become aware of the various keys, and that
you aren't afraid to explore and click things. The web site
linked to above will give you a general description of things
so you can get started if you need the extra boost.





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Geek Speak Buster: "Registry"

This is simply a database that stores all of the values that
make up the stuff you see when you're working with Windows. 
The Registry replaces a bunch of .ini files that were the
norm under the old Windows 3.1 scheme. The Registry is a
central repository of information that is read from, and
written to, by many of the programs you use on your computer.




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


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5. Administration

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Subscription details:

To make changes to your membership details, such as updating
your name or email address, or unsubscribing (huh?), visit your
membership management headquarters...

Click==> http://newbieclub.com/membership.php and check on
your details now! You should see your info listed as ...

Name: %name%
Address: %email%

You can cancel your membership, change your name, update your
email address and more.

Back issues of the INSIDER are found here...
http://newbieclub.com/issues

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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).
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(C) 2002 The Newbie Club(TM) All Rights Reserved

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