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Subject: the Tip Group for computer help
Date:Wed, 16 Feb 2000 00:10:20 -0800 (PST)

Hello to all,

I have started _yet another_ mailing list called the Tip Group which is for helping you with your computer hardware or software, e-mail and Internet issues. I'll mail you an occasional tip or helpful web site to make using your computer easier. I try out all of these things myself and so you'll have my personal seal of approval. so you, too, can benefit from my long hard years of computer science education, and Internet scouring....:)

Below is a compilation of the first five mailings I've already sent out, take a look and if these are of interest, then reply to this message and say "yes--tips!", or blahblahblah if you want to be in this Group. you must reply as inclusion is strictly voluntary. feel free to forward these tips to anyone else who might be interested and they are also welcome to sign up.


p.s. and of course if you have any good tips, web sites, etc to share please send them to me.


The WinKey is the key with the Windows Logo. Combining this key with several alpha keys can get you directly to certain features, avoiding longer routes:

WinKey + F = Find files dialogue box
WinKey + R = Run dialog box
WinKey + E = Windows Explorer
WinKey + D = Minimize all windows, show desktop (this is very handy) PauseBreak = System Properties (doesn't work on my win95c system, but works on win98)


tired of using your mouse surfing the web? check out this web site:


this is terrific, by the way: I just learned that I don't have to use the mouse to click links. all I need to do is hit tab and enter! of course, if the web page has a zillion links then this may be impractical.


some good sense from hotmail.com for your security. please especially note the tip about not responding to spam messages. also, I have annotated some comments in parentheses.



* Change your password often. This quick act can ensure that your e-mail remains private. And use a combination of letters and numbers in your password - these are harder to break. (this mainly applies to hotmail users for a web based e-mail account. those of you with dial-up ISP's may not need to follow this.)

* Don't share your password. Most e-mail administrators will not ask for your password. Do not be duped by malicious e-mail requests asking you for your password. This is a well-known trick designed to fool you into sharing your password. As a rule, never share it with anyone.

* Never open attachments from unknown sources. They may contain what are known as "letter bombs" or "viruses," which can damage your PC. (the best thing to do when sending someone an e-mail attachment is to mention the fact in the e-mail message so they know you really sent something and it's not a self-attaching virus such as the Happy.exe virus which I actually received from an e-mail. I just assumed the sender sent it and opened it, unfortunately. at the same time, the sender had no idea the virus was attaching itself to his message).

* Always remember to log out when you are done. It's quick, easy, and may save your account from unwanted trespassers. If you are using a public terminal, at an Internet cafe for example, it is advised that you close the browser you were using when you are ready to end your Internet session. (this is in reference to web based e-mail accounts such as yahoo.com, netscape.net and hotmail).

* Don't reply to unsolicited messages (aka spam), or other harassing or offensive mail. By responding, you only confirm that you are a person with an active e-mail address who can be plagued with unwanted e-mail solicitations. Instead, forward the unsolicited message to the customer service department of the source's e-mail (usually of a form similar to abuse@[implicateddomain].com). To help control spam, Hotmail provides members with "filters" for incoming mail. These can easily be set up to send certain messages (such as those that include certain words) directly to your online trash can.

* Make sure that you are using the most up-to-date Internet software (e.g. browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator). More recent versions often offer enhanced security protection. (if you need help upgrading, let me know).

* Always use a secure network. Most corporate networks and Internet service providers are protected by administrators who watch for potential security problems and act to protect users from "hackers" (malicious users) who may try to steal personal information that is transferred through the network. Although the risk is small, use caution when using any unfamiliar network. Use stations maintained by sources you trust, or ask if the Internet terminal you are using is protected against security break-ins. (in reference to using public computers such as those in the library).

* Use common sense when you're on the Internet and maintain a healthy dose of skepticism. Use caution when revealing personal information, such as your physical address, to anyone you meet in cyberspace, even if they claim to be someone of authority. (additionally, NEVER send sensitive info such as credit card numbers, etc, via e-mail where anyone can read it! never forget that a substantial number of people at your ISP can have access to your password and e-mail account and that e-mail messages travel through many servers in the Internet where they can be intercepted.)


Hotmail has comprehensive online help available to you. For more information on Hotmail features, functions, and issues, you can click the Help Center option on the Navigation Bar.

If this information doesn't completely answer your question, please write to abuse@hotmail.com and describe your question in detail so we can send you more specific information.


from C|Net:

This Week: Beginner's Guide to Downloading

We get lots of mail from readers who download software and then can't find it on their hard drive. We've found that the easiest way around this problem is to create a special directory for downloads. That way, you always know exactly where your new software is. For more tips and step-by-step instructions, check out our Beginner's Guide to Downloading.



Some important info for securing your computer. I have already disabled "network neighborhood" on my standalone (non-networked) machine. The only drawback to that is you have to type in your password each time you bring up the dial-up connection window after you first boot up the computer for the day. After that if you have "remember my password" box checked, then you don't have to retype the password if you dial out again a second, third, etc time. I haven't been able to figure out a way around that inconvenience, but, it is a small price to pay for this much of a security boost.

Additionally, removing "Network Neighborhood" will save you some system resources which is a side benefit and always good.

Note section on "how to make your connections safe"



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