[abcomputers] ABC ~ All 'Bout Computers,Vol. 23: Preparing to Publish Your Web Page, Internet Etiquette, and More

  • From: "Linda F. Johnson" <linda@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: ABCfreelists <abcomputers@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2003 18:35:46 -0400

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Here's another product I have added to my computer.  
Because I own a website and my email address is readily 
available to every spammer on the net, I get over 200 
garbage spam mails a day!  The subject lines in my inbox 
would impress even sailors.  I get advertisements, 
pornography, and "business" proposals from all over the 
world.  I've tried filtering this out with my mail rules, 
blocked senders lists, and even freeware programs like 
Mail Washer and found that none of these methods were 
as effective as I needed.  

But, this one DEFINITELY works.  
And, it's so easy to setup and monitor.

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5.  Linda's Office Tips 

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Part I, Doing Your Homework First


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This month, I'm going to forego the thought of the month, 
out of respect for the soldiers and citizens whose lives are 
in danger.  The only thought I have is "End this mess as 
soon as possible and bring some semblance of peace back 
to this world."  Love and good wishes to all families 
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And go here for this month's animated gif 
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(3.) WHAT'S NEW at Linda's Computer Stop 


This section is brief this month because I was on vacation 
and also, I've developed an addiction to The Sims Online 
(an online game) and have been relaxing a little more than 
usual ... hope you will forgive me :-)

If you want to see my review of The Sims Online, you can 
check it out at Techtrax:

If any of you play TSOL, please come to Alphaville and look 
up Linda the Geek.  I'd love to meet you there.


This term's online classes at Eclectic Academy are coming 
to an end this week.  But, the next term starts on Sunday, 
May 4th.  I'd love to have you join me there. Here's the 
info on what I teach:

Also, don't forget that Eclectic Academy offers classes on 
many different programs and techniques.  As a matter of 
fact, some of the EA staff have put together forums on 
their areas of expertise that you might want to check 
out here:

And Eclectic Academy itself is located here:

I've also been really busy investigating software for review.  
So far I've got two and Vic Ferri contributed a new one for 
this issue:

The two I've reviewed so far are:

Spam Inspector

and Email Saver XE

And, of course, Vic's contribution is GoToMyPC, which we 
tested together while I was on vacation :-)

If any of you have a program of your own that you would 
like me to review, contact me for more info.  Also, if any 
of you know of a program you feel I should look at, let me 
know that too. 

NOTE: I do not review freeware or shareware.  That's Steve 
Mills' job and he does it very well.  For a complete list of 
what he's reviewed so far, go here:

I'm also still working on my newest set of ebooks for Office 
XP, along with my video guides.  Hopefully, I will have 
them available sometime this summer, but it sure is a 
LOT of work.  
(Guess I need to stay away from the Sims ... LOL)

I'm also working on some changes for ABC.  Since my Fleet 
of writers seem to be running out of ideas in their areas 
of interest, I'm thinking of making the format a bit more 
freeform.  I'm just gonna let them write about whatever 
floats their boats.  Also, PLEASE, if any of you want to 
write about anything computer related, just drop me a 
line.  I'd love to add some new contributors.

Of course, I've also added some new links to my favorite 
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Well...that's about it for this month.  Please come back 
to my site often to see what else I've added and drop 
me a line if you have any suggestions.

Linda Johnson is a college instructor of all of the 
Microsoft Office Programs, as well as Adobe PhotoShop 
and Windows. She also teaches online distance learning 
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Word at Eclectic Academy. 
She has worked helpdesk and teaches and lectures at 
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Prevent Text Selection on Your Web Page

Are you getting as tired as I am of people copying tips 
from your website and posting them in email groups or 
in their newsletters without giving you credit?  Or, are 
you just tired of people copying any text from your 
website and using it for their own needs without crediting 
you?  Well, here's a cool tip Vic Ferri taught me to 
disable the ability to select text on a page.  
And it's really simple.

Just replace your opening <BODY> tag with this line:

<BODY onselectstart="return false">

Then check out your page.  You will see that you can't 
drag across the text to highlight it. You can't even go to 
the browser's Edit menu and choose Select All.  Actually, 
you can't even click your mouse in the page to get an 
insertion point established.  This is soooo cool!!

Here's a sample:

Also, reader G. K. Nevil replied to my tip last month 
concerning my problems with my Lexmark Printer and 
Windows XP.  He offers some additional information 
if you have problems.  Thanks, G. K.!

"I thought I would maybe send you a little tip on the 
Lexmark X-63 you may not know about, which I used 
(and is a factory approved option, although not well 
known), to fix more than one of the problems I 
encountered with XP migration. To clear the machines 
memory, and resets, just press and hold the "stop/clear" 
button with one hand, then unplug the power for 15 to 
20 seconds, plug back in (still holding down the 
"stop/clear" button), then when it comes back online to 
normal mode in the face window, release the button. If 
done correctly you should see a "clearing printer memory" 
or similar notice in the window. I would also suggest 
making sure your computer is off, or at least unplug the 
USB until done. So far this has fixed the X-63 problems 
when 1.) the scanner acts like it's scanning, but the 
output (even though file has actual size to it) is nothing 
but white & blank and  2.) Sometimes the X-63 control 
panel would freeze up or lose options/buttons, etc. 
There are others too long to get into here, but suffice 
it to say, if you think you have tried everything to fix an 
annoying problem with it, it just might need a total 
memory reset. Until I tried this trick, I tried everything 
I and others could think of (except about it being a 
memory issue, go figure .. lol), to no avail. But this DID 
work but settings have to be set back to defaults 
afterwards, then set prefs back again."

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You may already have seen my Office Keyboard Shortcuts 
pages.  If not, go here and check them out.

But, now, along with these, I've found some additional 
shortcuts for Excel and VBA, from Ozgrid.  
Hope you like them.

~~ reprinted from Ozgrid's Excel Newsletter.  
For more great Excel and VBA info, subscribe here:
http://www.ozgrid.com/ ~~

<> When copying and pasting formulas from email or 
Web pages into Excel, copy the formula (Ctrl+C), select 
a cell then click within the formula bar (or push F2) then 
paste (Ctrl+V) 
<> To get help on a specific formula push F1 and type the 
formula name then push Enter. 
<> To get a reminder of a functions syntax, type = then 
the functions name, then push Ctrl+Shift+A 
<> To default the Paste function (formula wizard) to a 
specific function type = then the functions name, then 
push Ctrl+A 
<> To copy and paste any VBA code, open the Visual 
Basic Editor (Alt+F11), go to Insert>Module and paste 
in the code. 
<> To run any code after copying and pasting it in, place 
your mouse insertion point anywhere within the code and 
go to Run>Run Sub/UserForm, or push F5 
<> To easily access the Private module of the 
"ThisWorkbook" Object, while in Excel, right click on the 
Excel icon (top left next to File) and select "View Code". 
<> To easily access the Private module of a Worksheet 
Object, while in Excel, right click on the Worksheet name 
tab and select "View Code". 
<> If the VBA code is a Custom Function (i.e. begins with 
the word Function) after you have pasted the code into a 
Module, switch back to Excel (Alt+F11), go to 
Insert>Function ... or push Shift+F3, scroll down to User 
Defined (under Function category:) then select the 
Function name from within the Function name: box. 
<> To assign a shortcut key to any Macro go to Tools>
Macro>Macros..., or push Alt+F8 then select the Macro 
name and click Options. 

(6.)  Cap'n Patt's
Visit the Cap'n's Official GeekSpeak Database at 
If the word you need defined is not there, or the 
definition is not clear, too geeky, or just plain confusing 
to you, email the Cap'n.  He would love to hear from 
you at CapnPatt@xxxxxxx
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~~Tina Clarke, AccessFP - FrontPage Resource Centre

Part 1, Doing Your Homework First

You have crafted your first site and you're ready to 
publish it to the big wide world ... but are you?  It?s best 
to do some preparation before you take that next step. 

First prepare your site for search engine optimisation. 
This was covered in the article, ?Optimizing Your 
FrontPage Site for Search Engines?



Let?s make a checklist. This will be handy for future 
publishing and help keep everything in tiptop shape.

<> Check for broken hyperlinks 
<> Review the status of your files in Reports view 
<> Verify that the pages look the way you want them to  
<> Preview the web site in a Web browser and navigate 
through the site  
<> Recalculate hyperlinks 

I have covered how to accomplish these items in much 
greater detail in the article ?Site Cleanup? at:

The last item is something you SHOULD do before every 
publish.  Simply go to ?Tools? on the FrontPage menu bar 
and press ?Recalculate Hyperlinks?. 

NOTE: Make sure you have all pages closed. 

The following message may appear:

The Recalculate Hyperlinks command does the following:

- Repairs all hyperlinks in your web
- Updates information for all FrontPage-based 
components, including shared borders and link bar
- Synchronizes web data, database information, 
and categories

This process may take several minutes. Do you wish to 

Press ?Yes? and the web will update hyperlinks and text 
indices and note this in the FrontPage status bar. 


Now that your web is prepared, we have one more step, 
which is making a backup, this can be done in a variety of 
ways. I covered how to accomplish this in an article 
named ?Backing Up FrontPage Webs?

Your website is now prepared and backed up ... are we 
ready to publish yet? Not quite.  First you need to establish 
your requirements and obtain a domain name and hosting. 
If you just want to practice or don?t have the money yet for 
that (though it can be quite cheap) the best thing to use is 
a free host. For a listing of FREE Hosts/ISPs that maintain 
FrontPage Server Extensions see:


First, you should never buy your domain name from your 
host or accept a ?Free? domain name from them. If your 
hosting experience turns out to be a nightmare despite all 
your preparation, you want to be able to point your name 
servers at your new host and not have to fight to free your 
domain from the clutches of your host. Or, in the case of 
being given a free one, look at their terms of acceptance: 
if you decide to move hosts, is the domain even yours? 
Do you then have to shell out money for the domain at 
THEIR prices? 

The best thing to do is to buy your domain from a domain 
seller, such as http://namecheap.com Their price for .com 
TLDs etc is  $8.88 a year. The support is good and when 
I asked around I could not find anyone that had had a 
problem with them. If you live in the UK I can personally 
recommend http://123-reg.co.uk for .co.uk domains as 
being the cheapest and the support is 100% spot on.  

When choosing the name for your domain it?s best to try 
and insert your main keyword that reoccurs in your content 
(usually the subject your site is about). Use Nameboy. It 
will generate domain names based on the keywords you 
enter. http://www.nameboy.com/   

When I chose my own domain name you were not allowed 
to use frontpage in the domain name and the .com was 
gone because I waited to obtain it, even though I had 
been using the name for more than a year on a free host. 
.com is the most popular TLD and you're best getting a 
.com if you can. If not, get  a .net. 

If you know the name you want, buy it immediately even 
if you're not ready to launch your site. I now like the fact 
that my domain name is a .net though and AccessFP.net 
is a name that is familiar now on most main FrontPage 
resource sites and I would not want to change the name. 
Also because it starts with a ?A? it usually comes at the 
top of most A-Z listings like the one at Microsoft. 

I thought the name up because I had read somewhere 
about this and it?s paid off quite a bit for those kind of 
listings. Try to avoid hyphens and abbreviations which 
make a domain name difficult to remember and keep it 
as short as you can. 


<> Insert your main keyword into the name if possible. 
<> If possible start the name with an ?A?. 
<> Try to obtain a .com if possible. 
<> Avoid using hyphens and abbreviations. Domains 
cannot end or begin with a hyphen and only letters/
numbers/hyphens should be used.
<> Short is sweet when it comes to a domain name, 
as your visitors will have to remember it and type it. 
The minimum length allowed is three characters. 

under conventional circumstances: 

- You cannot use periods inside a "www" domain name.

- You cannot begin or end a domain name with a hyphen. 

- This will not work because it contains an apostrophe
--an invalid character.

www.access fp.com 
- Spaces are not allowed in domain names.

- "$" is an invalid character.

- Extended ASCII is not supported for domain registration. 
Characters must be chosen from the English alphabet. 

Make sure you register the domain in your name and 
that you ask for a reminder to be sent when the renewal 
date arrives, but make a note on your calendar too, 
since you don?t want to lose your domain after all your 
hard work. 

NOTE: .co.uk domains are by law required to be sold for 
a minimum of two years. 


How have you developed your web? Do you require 
server-side scripting languages such as: 

PHP - http://www.php.net/ 

ASP - http://snurl.com/15dq

PERL - http://www.perl.com/   

JSP - http://java.sun.com/products/jsp/  

PYTHON - http://www.python.org/ 

TCL - http://www.neosoft.com/tcl/  

Determining which environment best suits your needs 
can be bewildering and Webmonkey comes to the rescue 
with an excellent tutorial called ?Server-side scripting 

Have you made a database?

MS Access 



Learn just enough SQL, VBScript, ActiveX Data Objects 
(ADO), and ASP stuff to scrape by and take a crash 
course with Webmonkey in their four easy lessons 
entitled, 'Your First Database'

NOTE: To display database information in your web site, 
your site must be hosted on a web server that supports 
Active Server Pages (ASP) and ActiveX Data Objects (ADO). 

Will you be requiring a Shopping Cart? Does the host have 
one as part of the package even if you have to pay extra for 
it and what needs does a third party shopping cart require? 

http://mals-e.com/  (free - $6 a month pro)
http://ltmod.com/amartdemo / (free) 

Works directly with FrontPage


Other Stores


More Resources


Merchant Accounts  

http://www.electronic-payments.co.uk/index.jsp  (UK)

Do you have a merchant account and require a SSL 
(Secure Sockets Layer) certificate? 

SSL uses https in the URL and a little gold lock is present 
in the web browser status bar to denote the page is secure. 
The main Certificate Authorities are: 
and http://www.verisign.com/  
Still, keep an eye out for spoofing. The Security Education 
Centre has some good beginner guides on what to watch 
out for. http://www.articsoft.com/security%20education.htm  

Is this website going to be using the components that 
require FrontPage Server Extensions?

For a list of components that require FrontPage Server 
Extensions see:

When a web host says, "We support FrontPage?, remember 
that you need FrontPage Server extension support also. 
They should state "We support FrontPage Server Extensions". 
If they don't, query it till they give you a written statement 
that they do support them and ask them to state that on 
their site. Go elsewhere if they don't know this basic fact, 
because chances are that they don't know too much about 
extensions either.  When a host says "We support 
FrontPage", they merely mean you can use FrontPage the 
same as any other web editor with ftp capability. If you 
want to use FrontPage with web bots then you need the 
FrontPage Server Extensions.  

Two other facts to keep in mind: Do they support subwebs 
and what version of FrontPage Server Extensions do you 
support? It's no good getting the latest FrontPage 2002 
(Well the 2003 beta is out now but you know what I 
mean) to use SharePoint only to find that you?re on a 
host with FrontPage 2000 server extensions. Not every 
host (most in fact) supplies the Server extensions for 
SharePoint without you having to pay extra. Establish 
they do in fact have this facility and how much extra it 
will cost you. 


You might think I would recommend hosting review sites 
to check over what is good and bad, but in my opinion, a 
better policy is to ask people you know for feedback on 
their own hosts, or post to a web forum or email group. 
These review sites are usually setup to provide themselves 
with monetary gains and have no significance in the real 
world. Word of mouth is your best bet. However, you can 
still fall foul of hosting companies trying to offer you a 
special deal when they see your post, so be sure to say 
that you only want to hear from current or former customers 
and that current customers should include the URL of a 
website hosted with the company. 

When you have built up a list of recommendations from 
friends, family, lists and forums you frequent, visit the 
host?s site?s to check out that what you have been told to 
be sure the hosts do actually meet your own requirements. 

All hosts must meet these basic requirements, otherwise 
they are not worth your time.

<> 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee for both 
the monthly fee and installation fee (if included) or 90-day 
if quarterly paid. Terms by the month, not yearly, once 
guarantee period ended.
<> Monthly or quarterly at the very least, payment 
options. NOTE: NEVER sign up with a host that requires 
you to pay for the entire year in advance.
<> Virtual hosting of an existing domain name. 
NOTE: Don?t buy your domain from your host, see 
Obtaining your domain name above for further details.
<>  Free 24/7 reliable tech support, with telephone, 
either Toll-free or Local.
<> Payment options should give the choice of cheque, 
credit card, money order and Paypal. 
NOTE: If you're paying a host in America but live in the 
UK the cheapest option is Paypal as regards the exchange 
rate charge, depending on your credit card or cheque 
options with your bank.
<> POP3 E-Mail Accounts
<>  Email Forwarding  
<>  Password Protection   

What else should you look for in a host?

<>  If the host has had their websites less than a year, 
cross them off your list, you can do a whois lookup at 
http://whois.net/ and check the date the record was 
<>  Hardware considerations should be in the realm of 
Pentium IIS, 400mhz or better on multiple T3 or OC3.
<> Speed comparisons (How fast the page loads) should 
be done at the same time of day, one after the other, 
remember to empty your cache first. What is their distance 
to the Backbone?
<> How many customers do they serve and what is their 
uptime percentage? 
<> Make sure the host does not accept adult/hate/
racially abusive sites.
<> Reseller/affiliate program 

Personal Choices

<>  If you require FrontPage Server Extensions then you 
must check they have the version you need.
<>  Do you want a UNIX or Windows server?  
**Windows servers support ASP/ActiveX/MS Access/
MS SQL/VBA/FrontPage Server Extensions 
**Unix servers support Perl/PHP/MySQL/SSH/
<>  How much bandwidth do you require? See this 
excellent article on ?How To Reduce Web Hosting Bandwidth? 
Unmetered bandwidth is best. I?ve had to move from one 
host and pay a charge because I?d underestimated the 
increase in visitors.
<>  How much Disk space? ? You can calculate the size 
of your web in Reports Summary View. It will give you the 
total file size in kb (kilobytes). 20 pages are equal to 
about 3mb (megabytes) so only pay for what you need, 
usually the minimum amount is 10mb and this will be 
more than enough in most cases.
<>  Keep in mind the growth of the site. Will you require 
more services? Can you upgrade if so? I need to upgrade 
my hosting package for AccessFP but my host does not 
cover what I want, I?ll have to look elsewhere. I knew 
this when I obtained hosting with them, but I had to 
move in a hurry because of the aforementioned bandwidth 
problem. I had to move from that host because of 
problems before that, if you want to read about my sorry 
saga see
http://accessfp.net/accessfpjournal/ Issue 3. 

Then start some searches on http://www.deja.com/  

NOTE: Check on different arrangements of a host's name 
for example. OneStopHosting, you should search on both 
OneStopHosting and OneStop Hosting (as one word and 
as two words) to give you a wider range of messages. 

If you want the full Monty on choosing a web host this book 
(available in electronic format) from Poor Richard?s Web Site: 
entitled ?Geek-Free, Commonsense Advice On Building A 
Low-Cost Web Site?, Second Edition, by Peter Kent is a 
good resource. In the UK you can request books from your 
local library. It may take a while if they don?t have it 
available, but they will get it for you.  

When you have narrowed your list still further it?s time to 
write to your shortlist and test them on their response 
time in getting back to you. Start at the beginning of the 
business day and you should get a reply (not an
autoresponder) back within the hour. If the host is of 
that breed called the part time hobbyist who resells to 
make a little extra money, chances are they have left for 
work and you won?t get a response till they come home ... 
stir clear of this type. You want to be asking for your 
personal requirements and mention those basic needs 

Now you have done all this hard work and you?ve narrowed 
it down. If you can?t choose between them, go for the 
cheaper price structure. Perhaps you think I should have 
been discussing price first? Not really. If your website is 
going to be your new online business you should be 
prepared to pay for what you need. There are ceilings 
though to what a host offers in general around the net 
and, on the other hand, you don?t want to be paying an 
exorbitant price unnecessarily. Good hosts realise this 
and will maintain a good solid price and not try to 
overcharge you.  

If, despite all your hard work, things don?t work out, 
you?re going to be ok because you did your homework. 
You have a researched backup host at hand. You have 
your domain hosted with your domain seller and it?s just 
a matter of inserting the new name servers. Lastly, you 
only paid for a month or a quarter at most and you have 
a 30- or 90-day money back guarantee. 


If your Internet service provider (ISP) has the Microsoft 
FrontPage Server Extensions or SharePoint Team Services 
from Microsoft installed, you can publish to the Web 
server using HTTP. Otherwise, you can use Microsoft 
FrontPage to publish your web site to an FTP server. 

NOTE:   If you publish to a location on your local 
computer, your web site will not have the full FrontPage 
functionality unless your computer is a server that has 
the server extensions or SharePoint Team Services 

Choose one of the following: 

<> Publish to a Web server (HTTP) 
<> Publish to an FTP server 
<> Publish to a location on your hard drive 

Locations/addresses to publish to: 

<> Your hard drive: 
c:\my webs\new web 
<> A network drive:
 \\myserver\path\new web 
<> A Web server on the Internet: 
<> A Web server on your company's network: 

NOTE: Check the welcome emails or FAQs at your new 
host. They will have their own idea, of what the 
homepage should be called, most commonly they 
are either: 

<> index.htm 
<> index.html 
<> default.htm 
<> default.html 

You must change your homepage file name to what the 
host requires. Click on the homepage file in ?Folders View? 
right click and choose ?rename?, type in the new file name 
with the correct extension. FrontPage will produce a dialog 
box that asks you if  you are sure you want to rename 
?index.html?, the homepage of your website because you 
are renaming the home page for your web site. This could 
cause broken links, broken link bars and errors when 
publishing. Press Yes.  It will then ask you: ?If you change 
the file name extension, the file may become unusable 
are you sure you want to change it??  Say yes again. 

Next month, I will complete this series with Part 2, 
I've Done My Homework, Can I Publish Now?
Tina Clarke is the Webmaster of AccessFP - FrontPage 
Resource Centre at http://accessfp.net and an editor of 
"AnyFrontPage Bytes Ezine". Subscribe to the FrontPage 
ezine and get FREE FrontPage E-Books upon joining. 

**************STATION BREAK*****************

Do you want to know the latest on FrontPage? Do you 
want Tips, news, articles, links and ebooks on 
FrontPage? Well the AnyFrontPage Bytes Ezine is the 
best place for your FrontPage and web crafting needs, 
join up at: 
Are you looking for resources for FrontPage? Want to 
know where all the best FP links are? The hosts, the lists, 
the forums? 
Use AccessFP - FrontPage Resources Centre as the 
start site for your FrontPage Information facts. 

(8.)  Special Review by Vic Ferri 

~ GoToMyPC

EDITOR'S NOTE: The online version of this article 
includes links to definitions of all terms. If you don't 
know what something means, read the online version here:

Recently  Linda and I  got a second chance to evaluate   
GoToMyPc   which is a service I promote  that allows you 
to access your computer from anywhere in the world where 
there is an internet connection.  In our case  the 
connection was between my computer here in Canada 
and Linda's computer in the USA (my computer accessing 
Linda's computer)

The first time we tested, it was with a dialup connection 
accessing Linda's computer and we were greatly impressed 
with what we were able to do even though the connecting 
was rather slow.  Cable improved the connection speed  
but in no way could it be considered fast.  But this applies 
to all remote access programs?they can never give you 
the PC speed  you are accustomed to.. The convenience of 
the service, however, makes up for the lack of speed.  
It's great if you travel or are out of town on business and 
need access to files on your computer back at the office 
or at home.  Even within your own city or town, it can be 
useful -  a common use is  accessing  your computer at 
home from your work computer (or vice versa)

It should be noted that GoToMyPC is unlike any other 
remote access system currently available. PC Magazine 
calls this type of connectivity "revolutionary" and  The 
New York Times  calls it "ingenious" since this is a 
completely new way to remotely access your computer 
from almost anywhere.  It is different from conventional 
remote access programs and VPN connections, not only 
in method, but in ease of use.  There is no need to have 
any knowledge of networking to set up GoToMyPC.   
Anyone, without any network experience, can set up a 
GoToMyPc connection in just a few minutes. There is no 
need to mess with port or network settings?in fact, you 
don't even have to know your IP address - or install and 
configure any hardware or software. And it also works with 
firewalls. It's this user friendliness that makes GoToMyPc 
so popular. 

Setting Up GoToMyPc

Setup is easy and takes only minutes. First you register 
which requires a credit card but is free for the first  60 
minutes or 15 days.

You can cancel anytime before that and will not be 
charged at all.  This gives you a chance to test it for 
yourself free of charge which you should do in order to 
see how it works for you without cost (do not skip the 
free trial and opt for the full plan immediately)  You then 
download a small setup program,  which installs 
automatically in seconds,  and select a user name and 
password.   You will be given an access code and that's 
about it!  You are now ready to use it.

To access your computer from another computer anywhere 
in the world, just log in to the site, enter your password 
and access code, and select your PC which you will see 
listed.  This will initiate the connection. Within a minute 
or so you will be fully connected and the desktop of your 
home PC will appear in the viewer Window. You can now 
access your computer as needed. 

When Linda and I first tried this, we were both impressed -  
it was my monitor, but we were looking at her desktop. We 
could open and view files on her computer, check her email, 
open programs, and anything else.  We could even copy 
files from her computer and paste them into mine.  In 
effect, we were sitting in front of her computer in the USA 
with  complete control of her system. She could work on 
her computer from here and show me files and images, 
just as if she had brought her actual computer to Canada.  
The process went much smoother with a cable connection 
but as I stated earlier it cannot be described as fast. It 
would usually take a few seconds wait before a file or folder 
would open.

Secure Connections

According to PC Magazine who tested it as well... 
"All remote connections pass through secure communication 
servers, which facilitate the communications using standard 
TCP connections and eliminate the need to know host IP 
addresses or use nonstandard ports. This makes 
GoToMyPC firewall friendly. On our tests, we never had to 
touch router or port configurations. GoToMyPC handles 
security using end-to-end 128-bit encryption, along with 
multiple challenge/response password authentication." 

GoToMyPC is simple, flexible and has received rave reviews.  
Most recently (April 1, 2003) it was reviewed by Laptop 
magazine who gave it an Editors Choice rating
(see reprint at 
http://www.angelfire.com/on3/vxdoin2/gotmypcLaptop.htm ) 
Complete setup took us less than 5 minutes with no 
configuring necessary. This technology is truly a novel way 
to gain remote access of your PC from anywhere in the world. 
As far as I know, there is no other remote access system 
like it. It's my pleasure to promote something in which I 
truly believe, like this service, with others. I know if you 
try it, you will have as much fun with it as Linda and I did.  


~~ Steve Mills 

What a whirlwind. The wife and I just got back from 
Dallas where we attended the wedding of our youngest 
son. He was the first to get married and it looks like 
they are an excellent match.

It makes a father proud to stand in front of a large group 
and hear a young man say "Dad, remember how you felt 
about your father? That's exactly how I feel about you. 
I love you Dad." He's a fine young man and I just hope 
I've given him the proper mix of compassion and trust, 
while watching out for the evil doers - the MBAs, CPAs, 
CEOs etc. that are destroying us more surely than Bin 
Laden's planes.

Sorry, didn't aim to get on that, but my unemployment 
and unsuccessful job search have left me more bitter than 
I thought possible. Sometimes you feel that only the bad 
guys win. I know I do.

Anyway, enjoy the selection this month. Pretty good batch.

Your suggestions are welcome and encouraged. 
Take Care?..


<>Weather Watcher - 5 geezers 
<>iCarbon - 3 geezers 
<>SpyBot Search & Destroy - 5 geezers 
<>NewsDesk - 4 geezers

 <screen captures of the software interfaces online>


Weather Watcher
Version: 5.0.22f
Author: Mike Singer
Web Site: www.singerscreations.com 
Rating: 5 Geezers

In a previous column, I mentioned my growing displeasure 
with Weatherbug and its march toward commercialism 
and nag/spy-ware. One of our readers brought this fine 
program to our attention and I thank him.

While not as feature rich as Weatherbug, it is more than 
adequate for my needs and probably yours. It sits quietly 
in the system tray and is ready with weather conditions 
and forecasts for your city with a quick clip. No ads, no 
nags, just doing what it is supposed to do. I've yet to 
find a glitch.

I've given it 5 Geezers, as I think it will get better with 
additional features. It has become my weather program 
of choice. Get it!

Version: 2.1.3
Author: Frederik Schaller 
Web Site: www.idev.ch 
Rating: 3 Geezers

The first thing I read when I get PCWorld is Steve Bass's 
column. I've been a fan since he gave one of my programs 
a good review MANY moons ago. I have always found his 
choice of software well considered and practical. Obviously, 
he's someone that uses the stuff. Steve recommended this 
program and I gave it a try.

I've been somewhat unhappy with every program that 
attempts to turn a scanner into a copier. It probably makes 
sense to get one of those all in one machines since they 
are so cheap now, but I'm tight on space and money (see 
opening remarks for why). This one isn't bad and I've found 
that different programs perform differently on varying 
combinations of computer / OS / Scanner / Printer. The 
author, also, seems to be actively improving the program, 
so even if it doesn't do what you need today, it may RSN 
(real soon now). I particularly like the ability to save a 
configuration and recall it with a simple click, since most 
of my copying is in black and white, but once in a while I 
need one in color.

iCarbon offers these features:

<> Clean user interface 
<> Easy to use  
<> Fast  
<> Copy in Black/White, Gray scale and Color  
<> Choose your scan quality  
<> Set up the contrast for each copy  
<> Store different copier settings  
<> Activate invert printing for black and white images 
if you have printing problems  
<> Last setting will be saved and loaded at the next 
application start 

SpyBot Search & Destroy
Version: 1.2
Author: Patrick M. Kolla
Web Site: http://security.kolla.de 
Rating: 5 Geezers

Fearless leader pointed out that I had expressed a 
preference for Spybot Search and Destroy to remove 
spyware, but never gave it a full review. Yesterday, I 
was infected with Xupiter. This thing is as close to 
getting maggots in your system as any program could 
possibly be. Out came S & D and in a half an hour and 
one reboot it was eradicated. I resent these marketing 
types from invading my privacy and stealing my time, but, 
at least, I recovered.

S & D keeps a backup of the crap it removes. Other 
programs, such as Ad-Aware, see the stuff and flag it as 
spyware. S&D warns you about this at startup. It's not a 
problem - similar to a false positive from your virus 
detection program. Spyware steals your system resources 
and opens you to SPAM, pop-ups and other privacy invading 
garbage. Get rid if it!!

I still recommend running more than one program. 
Personally, I use this and Ad-Aware.

The feature list is huge. Both the Easy mode and Advanced 
mode are available in the single free version. It's just a 
way to keep the interface from being too confusing for 
new users:

(see the online version of this review to see which features 
are available in which mode)

Removal of adware and spyware
Removal of dialers
Removal of keyloggers
Removal of trojans and other baddies
Removal of usage tracks
User-extendable database
Save removal of threats by shredding them
Backups of every removed problem
Exclude option to ignore specific problems
Permanent blocking of threatening ActiveX downloads
Permanent blocking of known tracking cookies for IE
Permanent blocking of threatening downloads in IE
Command line parameters to automate tasks
Detailed information about problems found
Strict criteria to define targets
Integrated update function
Weekly updates
Free email & forum support
Settings to automate scan, removal and update
System reports to locate even unknown threats
Skins to adjust interface to the users liking

Version: 1.0
Author: David Peckham
Web Site: http://www.wildgrape.net 
Rating: 4 Geezers

NewsDesk is a reader for RSS news feeds. Something 
that I believe will become increasingly important over the 
next couple of years.

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site 
Summary (depending on who you're talking to). Either 
way it's an XML standard for syndicating content via the 
Internet. Content is offered in XML so that programs 
other than web browsers can import and format it.

NewsDesk is the first reliable reader for Windows that 
I've found to capture these feeds for easy reading. You 
choose the sites or blogs you want to regularly read and 
the headlines, in most cases, are regularly downloaded. 
You can then choose to read the full article if you wish. 
Some feeds, like mine, offer both the headline and full 
feed. The one pictured below is my headline feed within 
the NewsDesk interface.

You'll find documentation lame in this whole area, as 
we are at the beginning.

Something for the adventurous.

NewsDesk offers:

<> Get the latest headlines from around the web, 
delivered automatically to your desktop 
<> Read web pages without leaving NewsDesk Search 
for headlines using lightning-fast keyword and age filters 
<> Browse headlines immediately using our NewsMenu 
system tray icon  
<> Hide headlines you've read  
<> Send headlines using email  
<> Drag and Drop RSS links from any web browser  
<>Automatically subscribe to channels when you use 
the "Subscribe to this feed" link found on many web pages  

Final Thought:

The trouble with most self-made men 
is that they worship their creator. 

Steve Mills has been reviewing software in different capacities 
for many years.  He has recently left his job with a search 
engine consulting firm and is looking for a new adventure.

**************STATION BREAK*****************
                                  from Vic Ferri
High level desktop folder security for 
Windows 95/98/Me

Keep your personal and most valuable files locked 
and hidden from prying eyes, viruses, and other users 
of your computer.  Easy to use and extremely secure.

Lock&Hide is an  extremely easy to use  program that 
allows you to lock and hide any folder on your desktop.  
Folders secured with Lock&Hide cannot be seen, found, 
or accessed. Your folders remain totally invisible and 
highly secured, yet can be accessed quckly and easily 
at any time!

More Info here:

Screenshots and instructions here:

Or download the free demo here
(the demo does not include the "Restore All" feature
or the password protection utility.)

~~ Vic Ferri, WinTips&Tricks 


Editor's Note:  To see Vic's previous article on adding XP's 
Recovery Console to your boot menu, go here:

Normally, you need to press F8 at boot up to get into Safe 
Mode in XP. If you find yourself using Safe Mode a lot or 
just like the idea of having the choice to enter Safe Mode 
in front of you at every startup, you can add the Safe Mode 
option to your boot menu. This way you will never have to 
repeatedly tap the F8 key again to gain access to it.
The procdure is very simple - you don't need to be a geek 
to do this one. It's just a matter of adding a line to your 
boot.ini file which you will find in your root drive - ie: 
C:\ - or you can access it by right clicking My Computer, 
going to Properties , clicking the Advanced tab and then 
the Settings tab. Under the Startup and Recovery section, 
click the Edit button which will open up your boot.ini in 
Notepad. Examine it and you will see your Windows XP 
system listed there - it will look something like this:

Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

Select and copy the entire line and paste it as a new 
separate line under it, so you have two lines the same, ie:

Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

Now edit, the line you pasted by changing the words 
"Microsoft Windows XP Professional" to something like 
"XP Safe Mode"
(the words can actually be anything you want - this will 
be the text you see on your boot menu)

Next add this line to the END of the line you pasted:

/safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog

Save your changes and that's it. The two lines, using the 
above the example, should now look like this:

Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="XP Safe 
Mode" /fastdetect /safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog

Tip - to make sure you didn't make any errors:

1. Click Start>Run and type MSCONFIG
2. Click the Boot.ini tab.
3. Click Scan 

If there's an error, you will be told, and you should then 
go over the steps to try to identify where you erred.

Another Editor's Note:  to see Vic's tip on adding a 
shortcut to Safe Mode in Windows 9X, read this:

Vic Ferri owns the very popular WinTips and Tricks 
email group 
He is also in charge of the Printing Tips page at
Linda's Computer Stop.
and also the Registry Tips page. 

Vic has also created a program which allows you to 
Lock & Hide desktop folders in Windows 9X/ME.  
Read more and get the free demo here.

And, he now offers a service to convert PowerPoint 
presentations to .exe files which can be viewed on 
computers which do not have PowerPoint installed.

Also, check out his  Expert-Guides on Video topics:

~~Kathryn Jacobs, PowerPointAnswers

Looking for answers to your PowerPoint questions? 
Here are ten places to start looking.

1. The PowerPoint Newsgroup
This on-line group can be accessed through your local 
news reader, or through the web interface on Google 
Groups. It is a great place for getting answers to all 
things PowerPoint. The experts there will do their best 
to provide answers in a timely manner, with humor and 
food conversations on the side. Traffic on the group tends 
to be about 100-200 posts a day, but don't let that scare 
you off. Just read the ones that are of interest to you and 
leave the rest for future reference.

2. The PowerPoint FAQ 
~ http://www.pptfaq.com 
Part of Steve Rindsberg's great PowerPoint site, this set 
of pages contains the compiled PowerPoint wisdom of the 
newsgroup through the years. If questions come up multiple 
times, Steve adds the question and answers to the page. 
Start with the "Don't use PowerPoint for anything serious 
until you've done this" section, then use the rest as a 
searchable resource.

3. Microsoft's Knowledge Base 
~ http://tinyurl.com/v1r 
Official stands on problems that have been reported and 
resolved. Contains information, answers, patches, and 
clarifications on a wide variety of PowerPoint issues.

4. Microsoft's PowerPoint page 
~ http://www.microsoft.com/office/powerpoint/default.asp 
The official site. Location of many new templates, ideas 
and training.

5. MSO - Linda's great Microsoft Office Help list 
~ //www.freelists.org/webpage/mso 
You probably already belong to this one. This is Linda's 
excellent question and answer group for all questions and 
issues related to Office. Hosted by Freelist.org, this list is 
a wonderful resource for both the new and experienced user

6. PowerPoint Yahoo Group 
~ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/powerpoint 
Yahoo group dedicated to answering PowerPoint questions 
of all kinds. Not as active as either the MSO list or the 
newsgroup, but quite the resource, nonetheless. (Do not 
confuse this with the MicrosoftPowerPoint Yahoo group 
The microsoftpowerpoint group is virtually dead, and 
generates quite a bit of spam.

7. Keen.com 
~ http://www.keen.com 
Immediate advice available by phone or email. Yes, I 
will admit that I am one of the experts, but there are 
others as well. While you will pay for the calls, the 
advice is generally very good (if I do say so myself), and 
the prices are very reasonable.

8. The PowerPoint Search Association
A group of the best websites about PowerPoint available 
today on the web. The ten sites on here are run by ten 
of the most active newsgroup contributors. Check out 
the page on the FAQ, or the search box on the top of 
every page of 

9. The help button within PowerPoint
Why do I put this one so far down on the list? Because 
while the help in PowerPoint has gotten steadily better 
with each version of the tool, it still leaves much to be 
desired. There are tips and techniques, answers to 
questions, and misc. information in the help pages. 
However, you will most likely end up using one of the 
other resources on this list to help you understand some 
of what the help is saying.

10. Just the Tips, by Nerdy Books
A daily Office tip available by email, from their site 
on my site 
or on several other sites across the web 
(Note from Editor: including my site: 
http://personal-computer-tutor.com/nerdytip.htm )  
At least one of each week's tips are on PowerPoint. 
Check them out as you get time.

And there you have it ? 10 great places to go for 
PowerPoint help! 
Kathryn Jacobs, BrainBench MVP, MS PowerPoint
Get PowerPoint answers at 
Cook anything outdoors with 
Hardware, software, and history: 
Kathy is a trainer, writer, Girl Scout, parent, and whatever 
else there is time for.

I believe life is meant to be lived. But, if we live without 
making a difference, it makes no difference that we lived.

~~ Mike Baynes, MikesWhatsNews


One of the most frequently asked questions is, 
"How good are the free security programs". 

Internet Security is made up of a combination of 3 

<> A secure Email program 
<> A recently updated Anti-Virus program 
<> A Firewall correctly configured. 


Microsoft Windows ships with an Email program called 
Outlook Express.  It is a reasonably good program, 
provided you keep it updated, as it is constantly being 
attacked by virus and hackers.  I recommend you use 
plain text and do not open attachments unless you have 
been notified ahead of time by the sender.  I have used 
Calypso free email program for the past 2 years and 
recommend it.

I have also used the Email program which comes with 
Mozilla, which has been bundled with the browser.

Eudora is another Email program which has a free 'Lite' 
version available for free;

See my ABC article on Email Security and Attachments here;


AVG is very popular and has frequent updates.  I see 
numerous good reports of its effectiveness on the 
different help groups I subscribe to;

AntiVir Personal Edition is another good AV program 
which has performed very well in the Hackfix.org 


TrojanCheck - free for personal use;

PestPatrol -evaluation version has no expiry date but 
does not allow you to remove pests;

AdAware6 will find and remove a lot of Trojan-like 
programs and Spyware.  It is my favorite Spyware 
removal tool;

Spybot - Search & Destroy is a similar program to 
AdAware and has been well received in the various 
help groups;

See my ABC Spyware article here;


From my own personal experience I can vouch for the 
Zone Alarm free firewall; 

(Look on the right hand side for the text "Also Available. 
ZoneAlarm® free download. Click here for details" ~ this 
is a link.)  I have used since it was first mentioned on 
Steve Gibsons security page;

I have also read frequent good reports on Sygate 
free firewall;

Outpost is another well reviewed firewall;

For instructions on how to configure most popular 
Anti-Virus and Firewall programs see the Hackfix 
Configuration guides;

No matter how many programs you have on your computer 
none of them can work effectively if you do not have them 
enabled and keep them updated.
Mike Baynes is the editor of MikesWhatsNews.  
To subscribe, send a blank email to 
mikeswhatsnews-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word 
"subscribe" in the subject line (without the quotes)
See Mike's Anti-Virus pages ~ http://virusinfo.hackfix.org
To subscribe, send a blank email to:
virusinfo-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with subscribe in the subject.

~~Charlene Russ, Corndancer Design Graphics

Drawing Phase

I recommend that you read and/or print out this entire 
tutorial prior to animation.


Step 1) Open a new file in Flash and then click the line 

Step 2) With the line tool selected, expand or open the 
properties box. Select the width of your line. (i.e. 2.75 

Step 3) Begin drawing your arrow bar line segment on the 
stage, and watch the timeline. (The empty circle on the 
timeline will become opaque indicating that there is now 
something in that keyframe.) Keep the line short for now.

Step 4) After you've drawn your line, right click on the 
timeline about 5 key frames away from where you created 
your first line. You should be right clicking on keyframe 
#5. Select Add keyframe.

Step 5) Draw an extension onto the first line segment or 
use the scale tool to expand the width or height, 
depending upon which direction you've drawn your line. 
Repeat Step 4 and 5 until your line is complete.

(Please note: This tutorial is geared toward 'shape' 
tweening, so keep the distance between new keyframes 
short, otherwise your line may become distorted.)  


Step 1) Right click the layer portion of the timeline 
and select 'add new layer'. (This new layer should 
stack atop the previous layer.) 

Step 2) The new layer should have an equal number of 
keyframes as layer 1 for purposes of synchronization. 
Right click on the time line and create a new keyframe 
at the very end of layer 2. (The last keyframe on layer 
2 should be directly parallel to layer 1.)

Step 3) With the layer 2 keyframe selected, draw your 
arrow pointer using the line tool. This should be placed 
at the very end of your line shape drawn in the 
corresponding keyframe on Layer 1.

Step 4) Right click about 5 keyframes prior to the last 
keyframe on Layer 2, and 'add a new keyframe'. Place a 
small white dot using the paintbrush tool, in the same 
area as your arrow pointer on the last keyframe of Layer 2. 
(For this exercise I am assuming that your movie 
background color is set to the default 'white'.)

Okay! The hard part is done, now you can add in your 
shape tweens! For layer 1, shape tweens are added to 
the first keyframe and continued throughout to the end 
of the time line. For layer 2, you only need one shape 
tween, which will be added to the keyframe where you 
have placed your tiny white dot. Click the frame window 
on the timeline, highlight the properties window and 
open the tween drop down box. Change 'none' to 'shape'.
Charlene Russ is an instructor with Eclectic Academy, and 
is currently teaching Introduction to 3D Studio Max.  She 
teaches novice students the basics of 3D design and 
modeling techniques.  She is also an adjunct instructor 
with a Florida community college in the Digital Arts dept.  
To enroll in one of her on-line courses you need to access 
the Eclectic Academy website at 
http://www.eclecticacademy.com and click 'enter'.  

Charlene's personal site is Corndancer Design Graphics, 
which features a wide gamut of useful design related 

~ by Frances McColl Stewart

When researching a problem, search engines frequently 
will list forums as a resource. Take a good look at these 
forums, not only for answers to your current, and possibly 
future questions, but as networking opportunities. Where 
else will we get to meet our peers on the ?net?

Joining a Forum is easy. Unless you have been a past 
abuser of the Forum, it is simply a matter of registering 
and signing-up.

Familiarize yourself with the forum before doing any 
posting. Read the rules - and abide by them. Good 
Manners are Good Business. 

The major purpose of a forum is sharing knowledge. Do 
not provide answers to posted questions privately 
(by email to a poster). Do not reply by email to someone 
who has given an answer that brings up other questions. 
This denies the answer, and perhaps more importantly, the 
development of the answer to other members. It can also 
be rude to link to other forums in your answer or in your 
signature as it confuses people as to where they have 
posted their questions. The information is easily posted 
to the forum, rather than directing others to a completely 
different website to read one post.

Many forums have a range of emoticons or Avatars for 
the use of their members. This eliminates the need for 
capitalization to make a point. A message that is 
delivered in capitals is considered "shouting" or "flaming" 
on the internet and is considered rude.

While your post to the forum is available to the group as 
a whole, you should generally use the name of the person 
to whose comment you are responding for two reasons. 

1) It makes a better impression. You are trying to 
expand your network as well as perfect your skills.

2) It focuses you on the fact that there is a real person 
on the other end of your message. Too often, we feel an 
anonymity on the internet and respond in ways that we 
would not respond person to person. If anything, we need 
to be kinder on the Internet. It is fast paced. We tend to 
forget that once it is written - it is always there. 

Do not clog the forum with repetition, subjects that are 
not pertinent, long personal anecdotes, or inappropriate 

Many forums call for critiques from members on a 
particular project. This is a wonderful learning tool if 
handled properly. Remember, this is a learning process. 
If criticism is too harsh, someone may be dissuaded from 
presenting his or her project for criticism. If criticism is 
not honest, no one will learn. Both extremes defeat the 
purpose of the forum.

If you are being critiqued: Do not take criticism personally. 
Evaluate it and decide if you can use it. If you can't, then 
put it totally out of your mind. 

If you are critiquing, unless you can offer an improvement 
or substitution that you feel would benefit the project, 
do not comment. (Others will.) Never comment on a 
subject outside of the forum. (example: if the forum 
deals with website coding, do not comment on the 
content or the graphics of a website.)

Do not, at any time, post something on a forum that 
would be embarrassing or personal in nature. 

?Give back? to your new community and practice making 
it look easy. 

Forums generally have a constant influx of "newbie" 
participants. If you have done well in responding to a 
particular problem - explained the answer clearly and 
simply - keep the answer, it will be needed again. Better 
yet, if your Forum has archives - keep a note of the 
location of your answer and respond with a direction to 
that archived material.

As it is difficult to know your internet audience in a 
forum - and in the interest of appearing professional - 
this is one place where humor is best avoided or 'gentled'. 

Most of all, enjoy meeting new people on the net who 
have the same interests that you do. After all, they will 
love meeting you ? you are SO polite!! (Smile)

Below are some Typical Forum Rules and Guidelines 
(from www.n-etiquette.com ):

Typical Forum Rules and Guidelines

All Rules are open to different interpretations. The 
moderators of a Forum should have the final decision as 
to what constitutes an infringement of the rules as well 
as the responsibility to remove, edit, move or close those 
posts that they see as being harmful to a forum.

All members of a forum should have the right to contact 
the moderators privately if there is a need to further 
explain a position or a post.


The purpose of a Forum is a free and open exchange of 
ideas. It is understood that there are times when the idea 
itself requires that a product be mentioned, critiqued or 

There are also times when the recommendation of a 
product is the answer to a posted problem.

Blatant advertising on a Forum, however, is rude. Such 
postings should be removed.

The definition of 'Blatant Advertising' is generally at the 
discretion of the moderators of a Forum.


Cross-posting (i.e. post the same message in more than 
one forum board) is rude. Choose the forum topic that is 
closest to your post, and place it there only. If you should 
create a post in one forum, and later realize it would be 
more appropriate in another forum, please delete the 
original before posting it again.


Please, no messages that harass, insult, belittle, or 
threaten another member.


Offensive words and / or graphics should not be tolerated. 


Please do not write to moderators or admin with questions 
by email - a forum is for the benefit of all who may have 
the same or similar question. Questions and responses 
should be posted on the forum for all to benefit from.

Special Notes: 

Sig (signature) lines should be subject to all the rules 
and guidelines that a post is - including links
Frances McColl Stewart is the Webmaster of
http://www.N-etiquette.com and 
and an editor of AnyFrontPage Bytes Ezine.   Subscribe to the 
ezine and get FREE FrontPage E-Books upon joining. 

~ by guest author, Martha Bagwell 

Almost everyone with a computer uses email and why not? 
It's a great way to communicate with co-workers, family 
and friends. Since you already are paying for Internet 
access, it saves you time and money too. Need to let 
someone know about an upcoming event? Just send an 
email. Want to send a friend in another country a photo 
of the new baby? No problem, insert the photo into an 
email and send. The photo arrives in less time than it 
would take to make a trip to the post office.

Since email is so easy to use, folks soon start using email 
to send all sorts of stuff. The next thing you know you 
are getting a 'lot' (too many) of forwarded messages. 
These messages can be jokes, inspirational, so called virus 
warnings and 'send this to everyone you know'. The next 
thing you know you are getting so much SPAM in your 
inbox you hate to open it. At least half of the forwarded 
messages have been forwarded so many times you have 
to scroll through about six or seven forwards before you 
get to the message. Each one of those forwards can have 
as many as twenty or more email addresses listed and 
sometimes more. Starting to get the picture? I don't want 
someone to mine my email address from one of those 
forwarded messages. I'm not saying this is the only way 
spammers get your email address, but it sure could be 
one way they get it.

One of my pet peeves about forwarded messages is all of 
those >>>>. Sometimes there are so many of them it is 
difficult to read the actual message. There is an easy way 
to eliminate them if you must forward (or think you must).  
Just cut & paste the message into Notepad. From the Edit
menu, click Select all. Next, click Replace in the Edit menu. 
In the Find What: put >. In the Replace with: (Leave it 
blank) and enter. All of the annoying >>>> are gone. If 
this seems like too much trouble, you can also use free 
programs like Email Stripper at 
http://www.papercut.biz/emailStripper.htm  or go to this 
web site, 
http://www.geocities.com/cj1alt/stripper.html  & strip 
out the offending >>>. While you are at it, delete all 
of those forwarded email addresses. Then copy the 
message & paste it into a brand new email. When you 
forward it, use the BCC instead of To in the address 
field and the recipient will get no one's email address 
but yours.

Now what should you do about all that forwarding? Do 
all your friends really want all this stuff? Have you asked 
them? Some people don't have the time to read all of the 
stuff they get in their inbox. As for me, I really don't want 
to read about Microsoft sending out a virus alert and 'send 
this to everyone you know'. The hoaxes arrive by the dozen. 
I do enjoy a good joke, but I don't want to have to open 
six or seven forwarded envelopes to get to it. I would 
appreciate it if the sender would just copy & paste the joke 
into a new email. 

Before you send junk like this, it is polite to ask your 
recipients if they want to receive it. If they don't respond 
'Yes', don't send it! Chances are they have just been 
deleting it from their inbox or have it filtered to the 
Delete box.

DON'T SHOUT! When you receive a message all in capital 
letters, do you feel affronted? I do. If it is very long, I 
may not read it. There are other ways to get my attention. 
Just tell me it is important and I will read it. 

Group Email

Reading and posting to group email (Yahoo Groups, 
FreeLists, etc.) guidelines

Please put in the subject line what the problem is, 
not HELP! 

When replying to a post make sure all details of the 
problem are still there and the irrelevant stuff is removed. 
There are a lot of folks wanting help, so please be patient. 
Sometimes the person who can help you is not on line at 
the time you post your question. Remember, this is FREE 

The people on the lists who will help you can't read your 
mind, so include in your post your version of Windows 
and any service patches you have installed. If you are 
using a program that is causing the problem, include the 
name and version of the program. What you were doing 
at the time the problem occurred can be helpful too. A 
detailed description of the problem will get an answer 
much faster than a vague 'I can't read my email'. 

Subscribing & unsubscribing to lists

Everyone that has belonged to a group list has seen this 
at least once, 'Quit sending me all this email!'. Just 
remember this, YOU signed up for it and YOU can 
unsubscribe. There is usually information on how to 
unsubscribe with the welcome message you received 
when you joined the list. Keep those messages in a 
special folder or file so when you decide you no longer 
want to receive those emails you will know how to be 
removed from the list.

It does take a little more time to practice good email 
etiquette, but if you take that time, everyone who 
receives your electronic missives will greatly appreciate 
Martha Bagwell is the Web Master for 
aka surfinmac or Mac

~ by Jason Webb, "How To Be an Ebay Star Buyer" 
At any time on eBay there could be hundreds or even 
thousands of buyers searching for the same item as you. 
In order to get a bargain you have to think of ways to 
find items that the buyers don't know about. Listed 
below are just some of the ways to find that 'sleeper'.

1. Search for International Auctions

You don't just have to buy items from sellers in your 
own country. Many sellers are prepared to ship 
internationally so it's always good to look at international 
auctions. You may find that items which are quite 
expensive in your own country are actually available 
pretty cheaply somewhere else in the World.
Just make sure that the seller is prepared to ship to 
your country and that you can agree on suitable 
international payment method before you bid. When 
looking at the price you should also make an allowance 
for the overseas shipping charge.

2. Capitalise on Spelling Mistakes

Quite often a seller will misspell a critical word in their 
auction ad. This can work to your advantage as it means 
that buyers searching with the correctly spelled word may 
not find these ads.

I've seen examples when searching for boxing 
memorabilia where 'Muhammad Ali' has been spelled 
in numerous ways such as 'Mohammed', 'Muhamed' or 

Think of possible incorrect spellings of the item you're 
looking for and do searches on those. You may be 
pleasantly surprised to find an item that not many other 
buyers know about.

Always be on the lookout for new ways of searching for 
those elusive bargains. Sooner or later most buyers will 
learn the same search methods as you so it's important 
to come up with new ways to stay one step ahead of 
the pack.
Jason Webb is a member of MENSA and an eBay buyer and seller 
for several years. For the last 9 years he has been a director of 
his own company in the United Kingdom, a company which he set 
up when he was just 22 years of age. "How to be an eBay star 
buyer" is one of many e-books written by Jason. It applies 
businesslike principles and strategies to the process of buying on 
eBay. "How to be an eBay star buyer" is a must-read for any 
serious eBay buyer. 

~~ by Scott Buresh, Medium Blue Internet Marketing 
Many businesses recognize that search engines can bring 
volumes of highly targeted prospects to their website, 
typically at a fraction of the cost of traditional marketing.  
Unfortunately, these same companies often overlook 
the most important part of their search engine marketing 
campaigns, which is keyphrase selection and evaluation. 
Keyphrases (those phrases that potential customers are 
using to find products or services on search engines) 
are the building block of any search engine marketing 
strategy. It is essential that they are chosen carefully, 
or else the remainder of the campaign, no matter how 
effective the implementation, will likely be in vain.  
What follows is a three-step process that goes over 
the process of compiling, selecting, and evaluating the 
ongoing performance of keyphrases for search engines. 

1. Compiling a keyphrase list:
Usually, companies are sure that they already know their 
ideal keyphrases. Often, they are wrong. This is typically 
because it is very hard to separate oneself from a 
business and look at it from the perspective of a 
potential customer (rather than an insider). Compiling a 
keyphrase list should not be, despite common practice, 
a strictly internal process. Rather, it is best to ask 
everyone outside of your company for their input, 
especially your customers. People are often very 
surprised at the keyphrase suggestions they get- and 
sometimes dismayed to realize that an average customer 
doesn't speak the same language that they do. Only after 
you have put together a list of likely phrases from external 
sources do you add your own. As a last step, try to add 
variations, plurals, and derivatives of the phrases on your 

2. Evaluating keyphrases:
Once you have compiled a master keyphrase list, it is 
time to evaluate each phrase to hone your list down to 
those most likely to bring you the highest amount of 
quality traffic.  Although many individuals will base their 
assessment of keyphrase value based only on popularity 
figures, there are really three vitally important aspects of 
each phrase to consider.

By far the easiest of the three to judge is popularity, 
since it is not subjective. Software like WordTracker gives 
popularity figures of search phrases based upon actual 
search engine activity (it also gives additional keyphrase 
suggestions and variations). Such software allows you to 
assign a concrete popularity number to each phrase to use 
when comparing them. Obviously, the higher the number, 
the more traffic that can be expected (assuming you are 
able to obtain good search engine positions). However, 
this number alone is not good enough reason to pursue 
any particular keyphrase, although too often keyphrase 
analysis stops here. 

This is more abstract than the sheer popularity number, 
but equally important. For example, let's assume that 
you were able to obtain great rankings for the keyphrase 
"insurance companies" (a daunting prospect). Let's also 
assume that you only deal with auto insurance. Although 
"insurance companies" might have a much higher 
popularity figure than "auto insurance companies", the 
first keyphrase would also be comprised of people looking 
for life insurance, health insurance, and home insurance. 
It is very likely that someone searching for a particular 
type of insurance will refine their search after seeing the 
disparate results returned from thephrase "insurance 
companies". In the second, longer keyphrase, you can 
be reasonably sure that a much higher percentage of 
visitors will be looking for what you offer- and the 
addition of the word "auto" will make it much easier 
to attain higher rankings, since the longer term will 
be less competitive. 

Motivation of User
This factor, even more abstract than specificity, calls for 
an attempt to understand the motivation of a search 
engine user by simply analyzing his or her search phrase. 
Assume, for example, that you were a real estate agent 
in Atlanta. Two of the keyphrases you are evaluating are 
"Atlanta real estate listings" and "Atlanta real estate 
agents". Both phrases have very similar popularity 
numbers. They are also each fairly specific, and your 
services are very relevant to each. So which phrase is 
better? If you look into the likely motivation of the user, 
you will probably conclude that the second is superior. 
While both phrases target people looking for real estate 
in Atlanta, you can infer from the second phrase that the 
searcher has moved beyond the point where they are 
browsing local homes or checking out prices in their 
neighborhood- they are looking for an agent, which 
implies that they are ready to act. Often, subtle 
distinctions between terms can make a large difference 
on the quality of the traffic they attract.

3. Evaluating Keyphrase Performance:
Until recently, judging the performance of individual 
keyphrases was a dicey proposition. Although it is 
possible to tell from your log traffic analysis how many 
visitors are getting to your site from each keyphrase 
(valuable information, but unfortunately not enough to 
do much with), it was very hard to decipher which phrases 
were bringing you the most quality traffic. Recently, 
however, some sophisticated but affordable tools have 
been developed that allow you to judge the performance 
of each individual keyphrase based upon visitor behavior. 
This new software makes it possible to periodically 
analyze which keyphrases are bringing your site the most 
valuable visitors- those who buy your products, fill out 
your contact form, download your demo, etc. This type 
of data, rather than the sheer number of visitors from 
each search phrase alone, is invaluable when you are 
refining your search engine marketing campaigns, since 
you can discard and replace non-performing keyphrases 
and put increased effort toward the phrases that are 
delivering visitors that become customers. This kind of 
ongoing analysis is the final piece of the keyphrase 
puzzle, and allows you to continually target the most 
important phrases for your industry, even if they change 
over time.  

Keyphrase compilation, evaluation, and performance 
are all vitally important to any search engine marketing 
campaign.  While high rankings in search engines are an 
admirable goal, high rankings for poor keyphrases will 
consistently deliver poor results. Integration of this 
keyphrase process into your overall search engine 
marketing strategy can dramatically improve your 
website performance (and thus your bottom line).
Scott Buresh is co-founder and principal of Medium 
Blue Internet Marketing ( www.mediumblue.com ). 
For monthly tips on how to get the most out of your 
internet presence, sign up for the Medium Blue 
Internet Marketing Newsletter at 

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