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Issue 64


--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 64 Feb 7, 2002

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

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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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--------- "How To Spread Happiness In The New Year!"

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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 ... http://newbieclub.com/wfncopy/


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<< MENU >>

==> 1. Tom's Thoughts ... "Email on My Mind"
==> 2. Tutorial ... "Become Your Own Expert"
==> 3. Joe's Place ... ""
==> 4. Tutorial ... "Changing Icons"
==> 5. Administration ... "Stuff about your account"

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A note from the Inbox
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"I have never used the E-mail very much in the past but 
with the way your book explains details I will now get 
more involved in using E-mail as a working tool in my
business." --Clarence

( See what Clarence is going on about by visiting: 
http://newbieclub.com/efncopy/ )



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==> 1. Tom's Thoughts: "Email on My Mind"

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Hello %name%,

What's the one thing you use your computer for more than any
other? My guess is...

Email!

Everyone who uses a computer that's plugged in to the Net is
taking advantage of this communication tool. 

From basic "hi, how's the weather up there" to more involved
complexities of DNA's role in eye color, email is sent and
received my the millions daily.

Are you an email expert? Do you compose great, easy to read
email messages? Can you communicate your thoughts using this
medium? 

What about the spam mail you get... you know, the junk mail of
the Internet. It clogs your inbox. What do you do with it? Is
there anything that *can* be done about it?

Spam is a scourge. Almost as bad as a plague. 

Can you send file attachments? Do you know *what* a file
attachment is? How about receiving them... are viruses riding
along, ready to zap your machine into oblivion?

Are you protected? Are you sending out viruses in your normal
email, and don't even know it? 

How about replying to email so the context of the message is
included. So that *I* know what you're talking about when I
get your mail 2 days later? Or 2 years later?

Is there a proper way to send email? Does etiquette matter? Do
manners count? 

The questions go on and on. And of course there are answers to
each one. The problem is, it would take a book of information
to properly deal with all of them!

So I wrote the book. 

Actually, Joe and I wrote the book. I wrote the technical stuff,
and he wrote about etiquette and good form. On doing things the
right way so you don't get blasted, or worse yet, ignored when
you send email to people.

Just hop over to this page:

==> http://newbieclub.com/efncopy/ and have a look.

Communication is wonderful. But the people who do the 
communicating are even more wonderful because they can use
tools to enhance their communication, making it all the more 
powerful and effective.

Movies. Radio. Music. The Internet. Email. It's all about
getting thoughts from the creator's mind to your mind. You may
never create a movie or a radio show. You may not write music.
But you use email... so why not *really* use it?

Visit ==> http://newbieclub.com/efncopy/ 
<a href="http://newbieclub.com/efncopy/>AOL Users click here</a>.
Wishing you the best,
Tom
P.S. The Newbie Club was born the first week of August, 2000. 
We've been in continuous "production" since then, writing
tutorials, newsletters, answering questions, and selling our
products and services. We survived the dot com debacle, and
even flourished. And we thank *you* for making it all possible.
If it weren't for Newbies, where would we be? Probably taking
it easy on the beach. <grin>


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Geek-Speak Buster: "POP account" 

POP stands for Post Office Protocol. It's simply a set of
rules that are followed on the Internet with respect to the
arrival of your email in an inbox. You receive mail into
a POP account if you use Outlook Express, Eudora, Pegasus,
or some other email client to check your mail. 
It's all in the ebook that explains the gobbledygook...
==> http://newbieclub.com/efncopy/



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==> 2. Tutorial: "Become Your Own Expert"

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Here's the easiest way to learn something new. No, you don't
have to buy books. Books are facilitators... they make
learning easier. But they aren't required!

Let's say you want to learn more about how your email
program works. Start out by systematically clicking. That's
right, click on *EVERYTHING*. Read what you see. Does it
make sense?

If not, note the stuff that troubles you. Then, using a 
program like Atomia ( http://www.atomica.com ) look up the
meanings of words, acronyms, etc., that bug you.

Still confused? Pop into the Forum and leave a message in the
email section asking for help. Check back to see if anyone's
answered. Visit http://newbieclub.com/forum/ for more.

Now, after you've had a thorough going over of your email
program, try it out. Try sending an attachment. Try creating
a signature file. Try replying to email so the message sent
to you originally is included in the body of the new message
you're sending out. 

Experimentation is the mother of success. Just as you can 
safely experiment with Windows by clicking on this and that,
you can experiment with *any* program. 

And you're guaranteed to learn more.

See that little question mark icon on the tool bar? Or in the
Title Bar of a window? Click it. Your cursor turns into a 
question mark... and when you click something else, if there's
help associated, you'll learn more. 

No question mark, no help. But you can always try the Help
item on the Menu line. 

Of course I'm talking about using programs that aren't broken.
Stuff that's working fine. If your computer is messed up, take
it to a repair shop. Or if it's only somewhat messed up, you
may want to use an email Clinic, like our own Newbie Club
Clinic for 24/7/365 support. All the time. Point your 
browser to ==> http://newbieclub.com/clinic/ for details.

You can do it. You can learn this new stuff, one step at a
time. "Baby steps". The longest journey begins with the
first step. And is completed with the last step. It's the
same with computers and the Internet. 

So enjoy clicking and viewing. The best time to pursue this
activity is when the weather is crummy... and kids are in 
bed... or you're just plain "in the mood". 

Then, take up your mouse, or work with your keyboard, and see
what the programs you like have to offer. Then congratulate
yourself on a job well done... you're learning, and you're
growing. 

And soon, you *will* be an expert in your own right!



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This is a stunner!



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3. Joe's Place ... 

"Of Course I'm Honest - Look at my Beautiful Website!"

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Hi %name%, having a good day?

Been scammed lately? I certainly hope not. But as you
know, there are hucksters and crooks in every area of our
lives. Some are small time, and others rip off millions - like
the shady characters at Enron.

And the Internet has its fair share of shysters.

I know a very savvy person who, despite taking every
precaution, was still ripped off.

No one knows how to remain perfectly safe, but there is
plenty of guidance available on what to look out for.

Tom and I are Founding Members of iCop - The International
Council of Online Professionals at http://www.i-cop.org iCop
is dedicated to protecting Internet users, like you and me,
from the shady practices of some even shadier people.

To qualify for membership, strict guidelines have to be
adhered to, and you have to convince them that you are
professional in every aspect of your business. So whenever
you see the iCop logo on a site, you'll know immediately that
your dealing with honest professionals. If you're unsure what
the logo looks like you can see ours at the bottom of the
page here ... http://newbieclub.com

But from your point of view, I really do recommend you
subscribe to the iCop Rap Sheet. It costs very little to do so,
and it can save you a lot of heartache, frustration and
money.

Because every week, it lists the real names and URLs of
shady companies that have been reported to iCop. And I'll
tell you %name% it pulls no punches and takes no prisoners!
The editor - J L Scott is a feared of no-one - no matter how
big or small. And sometimes I wonder how they're not done
for libel. But they also have a very savvy lawyer - Elena
Fawkner - who is also a Founding Member.

And if you're thinking of doing business with a company, you
can ask for a search in iCop's files to see if there is anything
'known' about them - good and bad!

I'm amazed - and shocked - to see some well known and
apparently 'honest' companies listed.

Read about the Rap Sheet at http://newbieclub.com/rapsheet

Hey hold on? Have you read the bunch of articles I put into
our Scamwatch Bureau? There's help and advice from lots of
knowledgeable people in there... http://newbieclub.com/scams

As they say - forewarned is forearmed!

Here's a sickening rip off I received by snail mail the other
day. I live in the UK and the shysters are cashing in on the
lack of knowledge of those wanting to make a million on the
Net.

For the paltry sum of $140 they would give me 2 Websites of
my own, already filled with products to sell like Amazon books
and other stuff that no-one makes any money from. They
maintain it etc etc. What a fantastic deal.

All I had to do was place the Ads they supply me with, on
thousands of free-for-all Advertising sites (which don't work)
and the visitors would come flocking to 'my' 2 sites in their
tens of thousands. And buy products which are supplied for
me.

Guess what?

They were selling affiliate membership of 2 of their useless
sites. SELLING THEM? Sheesh!

Newbie Club Affiliate membership is free. And you get to sell a
wide range of quality, unique, and proven products and
services .... FREE! http://newbieclub.com/affiliate AND we
have one of the Web's best range of promotional tools -
FREE!

Hey ho, there are sharks and scamsters everywhere you look.

And I'll bet you thought all Englishmen were gentlemen! Maybe
not :-)

Keep smilin' %name%.

Joe Robson

PS Here's what Groucho Marx once said about honesty ...

"There's only one way to find out if a man is honest ... ask
him. If he says 'Yes' you know he's a crook".


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Joe's Pause for Thought ...

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Some men see things as they are and say; "Why?"

I see things that never were and say; "Why Not?"

John F. Kennedy.

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the rest. Why? And what about all those keys with the funny
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them there for a reason! And yet you NEVER use them. 'Keyboard
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4. Tutorial: "Changing Icons"

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Don't like the looks of the standard icons on your system?
Want to see if there's something else available?

Here's how to proceed.

Locate an icon for a program you've installed. This icon
should be a shortcut icon with the little curved arrow in the
lower left corner of the icon.

RIGHT click the icon. Then select Properties by clicking with
your mouse pointer. 

In the Properties window that appears, if you see a tab with
the word 'Shortcut' on it, click. You'll see button toward the
bottom that says 'Change Icon'. Click that button.

The 'Change Icon' window appears. Select a new icon. Or browse
for a whole different set of icons by clicking the 'Browse"
button. 

Once you've chosen the new icon, click OK. Then click OK again
to close the Properties window. Or you can Apply your changes
by clicking 'Apply' then clicking OK. Either way, the new
icon will then appear in place of the old one. 

It may take a moment to appear on your screen, depending on
the time it takes for your system to know the new icon needs
to be displayed.

Some icons can be changed using this method, and some cannot. 
If you click 'Properties' after RIGHT clicking an icon, and
don't see the 'Change Icon" button on the Shortcut tab... then
you'll have to use the Regitry to change the icon. But that's
another task entirely. 


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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...
http://newbieclub.com/rfncopy/

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




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Geek Speak Buster: "Title Bar, Menu Bar, Status Bar"

The top line of the active window is the Title Bar. The
Menu Bar is the list of items under that, usually starting
with File, Edit, and so forth. The Status Bar is at the very
bottom of each window, and gives various bits of information.
To see pictures of these descriptions, just visit this page:

==> http://newbieclub.com/anatomy

You won't find attorneys or drinks at any of these bars.




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

Course: Backing up your files:
mailto:backup@newbieclub.com

Course: Getting organized:
mailto:organize@newbieclub.com

Course: Finding files anywhere on your PC:
mailto:findfiles@newbieclub.com

Course: Configuring your startup programs:
mailto:msconfig@newbieclub.com


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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

Computer problems are solved daily at the Newbie Club Clinic.
If you haven't checked in for a visit, you owe it to you and
your computer's health. It's excellent insurance!
http://newbieclub.com/clinic <==Visit Now! 



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