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Issue 61

--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 61 Jan 17, 2002

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

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<< MENU >>

==> 1. Tom's Thoughts ... "Secure Web Credit Card Transactions"
==> 2. Tutorial ... "File Maintenance Using Dialog Boxes"
==> 3. Joe's Place ... "It's a Funny Old World"
==> 4. Tutorial ... "Controling the Way Windows Starts"
==> 5. Administration ... "Stuff about your account"


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==> 1. Tom's Thoughts: "Secure Web Credit Card Transactions"


Hello %name%,

When you order online using your credit card, it's actually
safer than giving your card to a waiter at a restaurant.

As long as the server you're ordering from is secure.

All order taking systems on the Internet SHOULD be encrypted
using the latest technology. So you don't have to worry about
anyone intercepting your credit card information.

In the restaurant, your card leaves your sight. Do you know
what's really going on "back there"? 

I don't want to instill doubt or mistrust in our fellow wait
staff friends. And after all the times you may have used your
card at an eatery, you've probably never been "ripped off". 

Because if you had, you would have gone to that location and
filed a complaint.

On the Internet, however, you can't pay a visit to a brick and
mortar establishment. Or at least, it's highly unlikely. You
may be ordering from The Newbie Club in California, while 
you're in Hawaii. 

All the same, the safety of the transaction is solid. There is
no question about the security of the encryption. As long as
you see "HTTPS" instead of "HTTP" in the browser's address bar,
and you see the padlock in the locked position, you can be sure
communication between your computer and the server computer is

Information products are HUGE sellers on the Web. We all crave
knowledge, and some of us have decided to make that knowledge
available in an easy to understand format. And of course, sell
it for a great price.

All of our products have been designed for ease of use: from
downloading to presentation, each one gives you the
information you're looking for and can put to use on your

All it takes is a visit to and you'll see
our products and services right at the top of the page. Click
a link, and a page comes up that will tell you all about it.

We accept all major credit cards and PayPal. Though we don't
have PayPal links on the site, you can still make payment using
their service and we'll send you the download links for the 
products or services you purchase. 

Visit (see the "s" in the https? -- the
site is secure), click the "Send Money" link, and use
"" as the payee. You'll see Roglan International
has been a PayPal Business Partner for nearly a year and a half,
and that we're a business in good standing.

(Roglan International owns the Newbie Club and Newbie Club 
Hosting. The hosting service, by the way, can be examined 
here: )

In the INFORMATION area of PayPal, enter the product name and
when I get your email (it comes right to my desk) I'll send you
the download info.

It's just another easy way to purchase the information or
service you want, and you keep us going. Even the Energizer
Bunny runs out without being fed batteries. 


P.S. Back issues of the Insider are here: 

Mondo thanks to Debbie Bellman and Bill Meyer for indexing the
issues up to number 54. You're the best!


Geek-Speak Buster: "Secure Server"

When a browser connects to a secure server, it uses
HTTPS: in the URL, not HTTP:. The additional "S" lets
you know it's a secure site. During the connection process,
the browser and the server agree to encrypt all the data.
So credit card information is turned into gobbledygook. Any
info traveling between browser and server will be seen as
a lot of undecipherable nonsense by any snoop.

Additionally, the browser's padlock symbol in the lower
section of the screen will be in the locked position.



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==> 2. Tutorial: "File Maintenance Using Dialog Boxes"


This is well kept secret, so tell everyone about it. You can
do file maintenance using the OPEN and SAVE AS dialog boxes.

When you see the OPEN dialog box (seen when you are about to
open a file) or the SAVE AS dialog box (seen when you are
about to save a file) you can leave those boxes on the screen
and perform the following: 

> To do maintenance on a file or folder, right-click the object
to display a shortcut menu...

> To create a new object, right-click an empty section of the 
file list, and then click New to get the New menu.

> To create a new folder within the current folder, click the 
Create New Folder button.

Here's an example of how to use this. Let's say you've begun
downloading a file... and you're at the SAVE AS dialog box
(dialog box is another name for "window"). While there, you
think, "I need to create a new folder for this file so I 
keep my computer's hard drive organized." 

Click the Creat New Folder button, and a new folder appears
with blue covering the file name. Type the name for the 
folder, press Enter, and the new folder is created. Then
select that new folder for the download location.

It's easier to do when you see it. And since you print all of
these newsletters, and place them in 3-ring binders, you
have access while away from your email program. And you're
gaining a valuable education for free! 

(Yes, we appreciate your support through the purchase of
various products and services... that's how we can continue
to bring you this weekly newsletter!)


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3. Joe's Place ... "It's A Funny Old World"


Hi %name%, hope you're fit and well. 
If you're not, don't tell me about it. I've got problems of my
own. :-)

SPAM - you know, that deluge of garbage that fills our email
boxes every day - is the evil-smelling scourge of the Internet.

Yeah, I know there's various ways of cutting it down with filters
and other such methods. Personally I just put up with it, and
delete the pesky stuff unread when it arrives. But it is a pain
in the butt sometimes - well *all* the time actually.

But here's an ironical SPAM email I received this week. Talk
about trying to cash in on an opportunity ...


Detect & eliminate spam BEFORE it gets to your mail client! Tired
of the hundreds of unsolicited commercial email (UCE) infiltrating
your mailbox everyday? Now you can do something about it! Seek
and Destroy all unwanted junk e-mail at the click of a button,
BEFORE it reaches your mailbox!

Yeah right ... ( Delete!) So they SPAM me and try to persuade me
to buy something so they can't SPAM me again!

Stoopid spammers!

That's like a heavy smoker writing to me saying "Look, I can
hardly breathe and I smoke 30 a day. Don't let it happen to you. 
Send me 20 bucks and I'll show you how *not* to do what I'm doing."

I received another SPAM email this week that promised me I could
legally become a Minister within 48 hours. Yep, within 2 days I
would be qualified to carry out marriages and other such stuff,
and all I had to do was send them a small fee to 'register'.

So if we're to believe that SPAM works, there must be a few
million newly qualified Ministers looking for people to marry
this week. And a new millionaire spammer lying on a paradise 
beach somewhere.

It's a funny old world!

Look %name%, if you're ever tempted by the promises of big
money by those '10 million email addresses for 90 bucks' offers,
my advice is simple and to the point ...

Don't. Don't. DON'T!

There ain't no such thing as a free lunch, and there's no way to
easy riches - on or off the Net. The guys you read about who are
*really* making substantial Internet incomes, have all worked
darned hard to get there. And are working just as hard to stay

Someone recently (enviously) said to me that "it must be great
being able to write Sales letters and Web copy, and be paid high
fees for doing it". He thinks I was born with a 'natural' talent!

How wrong can you be! Like anyone else who enjoys a modicum of
success, I had to study, work, scream and cry, to hone the skills
I needed, before I even earned my first penny.

Take my best seller 'Make Your Words Sell' which I wrote with
Ken Evoy . Yeah, I make
decent royalties on each sale, but it took me EIGHT SOLID
MONTHS to write it. And every word was based on actual
experience and hard knocks gained over the past 30 years in
sales, direct marketing, and copywriting. And head-banging.

Then someone called me an overnight success!

Hmmm ... it's a funny old world.

So you're struggling to come to grips with your PC. So it drives
you crazy when it refuses to obey you. So you feel that you're
the only one in the whole wide world who can't cope? So you
think you're stoopid? ......

Rubbish! We've ALL been there. We've ALL bruised our fingers and
vocal chords, punching that keyboard and screaming at the
screen. But those who stuck with it - bandaged fingers, skull
protectors and all, now look like wizkids to Newbies.

I learned how to use Windows from my brother - on the telephone
two hundred miles away!

To me, he was a wizkid. Poor guy, I must have drove him crazy
with my hours and hours of 'stoopid' questions and lunatic
antics. (Sound familiar?). But he never complained, though I did
hear him grinding his teeth a few times, and making noises that
resembled a forehead denting a wooden desk. Still, I eventually
managed to 'get around' my PC. But ...

He doesn't use the Internet much - except for email at work -
and he's about to go online and build a Website. Guess who he
thinks is going to teach him? ...

Wrong. All I have to do is get him to download The Newbie Club's
'First Website Builder' from
and he'll have his first site up and running in no time. Then of
course he'll want to learn about the Internet in general, so 
he'll be on the phone to me at all hours of the day and night.
Still, who can blame him. After all ...

He thinks I'm an Internet wizkid!

Yes ... it's a funny old world!

Well, that's my ramblings over for another week. Whatever
mountain you have to climb, remember that we never hear the
names of those who 'almost' climbed to the top of Everest. But
those who forced themselves to take those extra few steps are in
the history books! So persevere with those PC lessons. And one
day you'll be called a wizkid :-)

Keep smilin' %name%,


P.S. Please don't send me your technical problems. I have neither
the time nor the expertise to solve them. Try the Newbie Club
Forum at or better still, join the
Clinic at For 8 cents a day you'll
have a whole bunch of brilliant 'wizkids' to help you keep your



Joe's Pause For Thought ...


"The more we know, the more we think the *less* we know -
because we *know* that we don't know. But the less we know,
the more we think the *more* we know - because we *don't
know* that we don't know."

Ray Stevens - Singer and Songwriter.
(Hmmm, read it again - and ponder :-)



4. Tutorial: "Configuring Your Startup Programs"


You can control how Windows starts up if you have Windows 98
or higher. Windows 95 is a bit weak in this area, but you can
at least control the number of programs that are in the 
Startup folder.

Windows 98 gives us access to the msconfig utility. This can
be used to control many aspects of the startup, including which
programs appear in the system tray (the area in the lower right
by the clock).

The easiest way to learn more about this is to request my quick
course. Send a blank email to: and
you'll receive by autoresponder the information on how to use
msconfig to better control your computer.

If your email program hot links a mailto link, you can click

For Windows 95 users, the Startup folder is located along this
path: C:\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp

Remove anything from the StartUp folder that you don't want
starting up when Windows starts. NOTE: There are NO programs that
MUST be in that folder for Windows to work correctly.

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the rest. Why? And what about all those keys with the funny
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Geek Speak Buster: "Hot Link"

Any link on the Web or in your email that is clickable is
considered "hot". Hot links will take you somewhere new.
They may not take you anywhere that's valuable, but at
least you're moving. Virtually, anyway.


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Course: Backing up your files:

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5. Administration


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Tom Glander (US) and Joe Robson (UK).

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