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                   The PuterGeek.Com News (PGCN)
                                date 04/22/2001
                                Issue # 63

 A casual newsletter that goes out 1-5 times per month.
 It contains excerpts and articles from all the newsletters I
 read condensed down to a manageable size. Plus info about
 PuterGeek.Com, as well as various tips and tricks I've learned.



Hello Everyone!

I'm writing this from home while Amy is almost to El Paso, TX.  Nope, she didn't kick me out of the truck :-)  I just had to stay home for a bit for some Doctor stuff.
I really wanted to get more done on the website before writing this issue of PGCN, but (thanks Amy) I got hooked on EverQuest!  I am now a Cleric or thirteen summers :-)
In the past two issues I've asked all of you to go to the "Button" page at http://www.putergeek.com/button/ and pick your favorite button.  This is going to be used as the "Link button" for PuterGeek.Com.  This is VERY important to me!  I have bad taste, I know cause Amy said so.  This button isn't for you guys, it's for all the people who don't already know about PuterGeek.Com.
Once the choice is made, it will never change, so I need the best of the bunch.  Telling me that none are good enough, or that you like a certain button but change this color just won't do.  What you see is what you get.
I promise, it's very easy and painless to vote.  If you're online right now, all you have to do is click on the link above, scroll through the page, decide which one is your favorite, click on the link below the button, and send the email it creates!  You don't have to type anything!  Three clicks and one scroll is all it'll take.  Please tell me which button you think best represents PuterGeek.Com.
Last issue I asked all of you to take a moment to vote (rate) my newsletter.  First, thanks to all of you who took the time to vote!  A number of you emailed me to say it was hard to figure out where to go to place your vote.  My mistake!  I should have explained it a bit better.
Somewhere in every issue there are links to both Infojump and E-zine Universe, also on almost every page on the website in the top right corner you will find a rating box for Infojump, as well as a link to take you directly to the voting page for PGCN at E-zine Universe.
I am very sorry for the time you spent looking for the link.  Here are all the "standard" links (along with my begging) that is in every issue.

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We have a couple of new pages up.  Howie has a new page up in "Howie's Corner", it's called "Bytes And Pieces Part Two" at http://www.putergeek.com/howies_corner/07.shtml it continues to talk about stuff that drives us all nuts!
We have a new guest editor!  Bob "Wiz" Feinberg has written a great white paper called "Outlook Express Relaying Tip" at http://www.putergeek.com/wiz_works/ if you like this page, be sure to visit Wiz's Workshop at http://www.usol.com/~wizcrafts/index.html
Other than the above, all I've had a chance to do is make some minor corrections to various pages.
The new newsletter "Life On The Road (LOTR) is doing really well!  If you haven't already, point your browser at http://www.putergeek.com/trucking/ and see what you've been missing!  Here are a few of the comments we've received lately...
"Always wondered how come so many of those orange cones were napping instead of at attention...another of life's little mysteries solved:)"
"Really enjoying the LOTR letters. Way kewl!"
"The LOTR emails are better than I could have hoped for, thanks for that."
"I enjoy hearing about your adventures on the road, and I expect that your subscriber list to LOTR will grow steadily."
"Love your letters, reminds me of when we were young and crazy."
PuterGeek.Com has some new Sponsors!  Go to http://www.putergeek.com/sponsor/ to see what it's all about.
I get at least one or two emails every week from people wondering why I'm doing this and how I manage to find the time to do all of it.
The first part is easy, what goes around, comes around.  I help you guys, and by constantly working through the problems you have, my skills get better.  Plus, you've heard me say it before...I expect PuterGeek.Com to be my resume when Amy and I get off the road in about 11 months.  How can I get a job in the tech support industry if my resume just says truck driver for 14yrs?
As for the second part...hehe...that's not so easy.  First I have to tell you a secret...if it weren't for Amy (my wife), you wouldn't see any of this.  Not the newsletter, nor the website!  She does everything else so I can do this.  My life consists of driving, sleeping, and 'puters...that's it.
The newsletter alone takes a big hit out of my time.  Each full issue takes me around 6-8hrs to create.  This includes "research" time as well as the actual writing time.  I usually read 25-40 other E-zine newsletters to find the content for the PGCN.  Then I have to write, copy, and paste it all together so that it's halfway readable to you.  Plus I type slow :-)
Since January of 2000 I have answered 1651 "helpme" emails.  That's a little over 100 per month.  Some of them only take me a minute or two to answer, some may take me better than an hour to figure out.
Anyhow, I tend to keep fairly busy as you can see :-)
Now on with the good stuff!
5)  FROM THE FUNNIES http://users.erols.com/hmmd
I was born in 1959.  (That makes me 41 for the math-impaired).
I can relate to most of this one.  You older folks will REALLY relate, and you younger folks will just sit and stare in awe...

33 quotes from 1959...

(1) "I'll tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, its' going to be impossible to buy a weeks groceries for $20."
(2) "Have you seen the new cars coming out next year?
It won't be long when $5000 will only buy a used one."

(3) "If cigarettes keep going up in price, I'm going to quit.  A quarter a pack is ridiculous."
(4) "Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging a dime just to mail a letter?"

(5) "The Government is wanting to get its hands on everything.  Pretty soon it's going to be impossible to run a family business or farm."

(6) "If they raise the minimum wage to $1, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store."

(7) "When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 50 cents a gallon.  Guess we'd be better off leaving the car in the garage."

(8) "Kids today are impossible.  Those duck tail hair cuts make it impossible to stay groomed.  Next thing you know, boys will be wearing their hair as long as the girls."

(9) "Also, their music drives me wild.  This 'Rock Around The Clock' thing is nothing but racket."

(10) "I'm afraid to send my kids to the movies any more.
Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying 'damn' in 'Gone With The Wind,' it seems every movie has a 'hell' or a 'damn' in it."

(11) "Soon you won't be able to buy a good 10 cent cigar."

(12) "I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the of the century.  They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas."

(13) "Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $75,000 a year just to play ball?  It wouldn't surprise me if someday they'll be making more than the President of the United States."

(14) "Do you suppose television will ever reach our part of the country?"

(15) "I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric.  They are even making electric typewriters now."

(16) "It's too bad things are so tough nowadays.  I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet."

(17) "It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work."

(18) "Marriage doesn't mean a thing any more, those Hollywood stars seem to be getting divorced at the drop of a hat."

(19) "I'll tell you one thing.  If my kid ever talks back to me, they won't be able to sit down for a week."
(20) "Did you know the new church in town is allowing women to wear slacks to their service?"

(21) "Next thing you know is, the government will start paying us not to grow crops."

(22) "I'm just afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business."

(23) "Thank goodness I won't live to see the day when the Government takes half our income in taxes.  I sometimes wonder if we are electing the best people to congress."

(24) "Why in the world would you want to send your daughter to college?  Isn't she going to get married?  It would be different if she could be a doctor or a lawyer."

(25) "I just hate to see the young people smoking.  As I tell my kids, 'Don't take a cigarette from ANYONE.  You never know what might be in it.'"

(26) "The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on."
(27) "There is no sense going to Lincoln or Omaha anymore for a weekend.  It costs nearly $15 a night to stay in a hotel."
(28) "No one can afford to be sick any more, $35 a day in the hospital is too rich for my blood."
(29) "If a few idiots want to risk their necks flying across the country that's fine, but nothing will ever replace trains."
(30) "I don't know about you but if they raise the price of coffee to 15 cents, I'll just have to drink mine at home."
(31) "If they think I'll pay 50 cents for a hair cut, forget it.  I'll have my wife learn to cut hair."
(32) "We won't be going out much any more.  Our baby sitter informed us she wants 50 cents an hour.  Kids think money grows on trees."

(33) "Cars which dim their lights by sensors, automatic transmissions, and who knows what else?  Pretty soon they will drive themselves."
6)  TIPS AND TRICKS!! http://www.chimneygod.com/
Spring Cleaning Since spring is in the air, why not clean up your computer along with everything else in your home?
Start by getting the proper supplies together.  You'll need cleaning solutions such as 409 or Simple Green for the monitor, a can of compressed air for the keyboard and PC case, and a Q-tip with alcohol for the mouse.  Read this to learn how to clean your PC like a professional:
President and Mrs.  Bush will gladly send you a congratulations card for your new baby.  Makes a wonderful keepsake for your baby book!  Send baby's name, address, and birthdate to:
White House Greetings Office
Room 39
Washington, DC 20500
Most of us know that you can resize the columns in Windows Explorer.  You just grab the little black column separators at the top and drag them to the size you need.  Well, there's actually a better way.  If you double-click in the little space between columns, you'll find that the column automatically resizes itself so it shows the complete name of every item in the column.  Oh, this little trick works with most programs that use columns of information (outlook, excel, etc).
7)  FROM LOCKERGNOME http://www.lockergnome.com/
CBT Creator Free v1.66 [4.2M] W9x/NT/2k FREE

{Explain programs to the layman} As I've mentioned before, there are plenty of non-geeks keeping the Lockergnome juggernaut rumbling along. But, when it comes to computers, sometimes you have to play teacher. Heck, that's no problem at all with this software. With CBT, you can make screenshots and bring them together in a slideshow. Then, use text to explain everything for your clueless pupil(s). The whole works is then compressed and ready to roll. Okay, maybe they're not really clueless, but I haven't seen a clue around here for a long time. This is kinda like a Powerpoint for programs!
The Netboot Companion

"Netboot is a little known gem of a utility provided on the Microsoft BackOffice Resource Kit. This utility is used to build boot disks for Microsoft Networking environments - however, Novell fans, stick around some of the concepts used in this boot disk are very innovative and can be used to build Novell disks as well. The basic idea is to create a universal boot disk that can handle multiple network protocols and adapters on one disk. The Netboot Companion is intended to help you use and implement Netboot to create your universal enterprise boot disk."
Alternative Mouse Pointers for Windows
Unearthed by Steven Groginsky

"The Microsoft Windows Alternative Mouse Pointers are easy-to-see mouse pointer schemes designed to work with Windows. These pointer schemes can be helpful for laptop computer users and some users with low vision. The following alternative mouse pointer schemes are included in the downloadable Altpnt.exe file: Windows Black, Windows Black (large), Windows Black (extra large), Windows Inverted, Windows Inverted (large), Windows Inverted (extra large), Windows Standard (large), Windows Standard (extra large)."
That's all for now!

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