404 Not found Don't you hate it when you click on something while you are surfing and you get the dreaded 404 message - NOT FOUND. I have discovered a way which sometimes helps me find whatI am looking for. Websites are made up of directories and sometimes, subdirectories. For example: the url for this page will be http://www.quiltersbee.com/newbie_tips.htm

So, /newbie_tips.htm is a page on the Quiltersbee website.

Look at the top of your browser screen and you will see a location or address bar which should contain the url in the previous paragraph. Try erasing the last bit of the message so that it reads http://www.quiltersbee.com/ . Now click on it then press your enter key. There, that should take you back to the Quiltersbee homepages.

Rightclicking (PC users) 


Don't forget to rightclick to see what menus pop up for various things. Right clicking means to click the right button on the mouse. When I am on a page that has a lot of interesting stuff on it and want to look at one of their links but don't want to leave the page, I rightclick and select open in new window.

It's not uncommon for me to have three or four windows going at once.

Also if you find an image that you would like to keep, right click on it and select save as. Abox containing your file manager will pop up and you can select which file to put it in and if you want, you can change the name of the file.

Remember that most images on the net are copyrighted and belong to whoevers website you are taking it from so you can't use it on your website or for anything else without their permission. If you want a certain type of image to use for something go search the free clipart sites. There are lots of them.


Use multiple browser windows


 As I said in the last section, I usually have two or three pages open at once. I am fairly impatient when waiting for a particularly large page to download so I usually have a couple of other sites open.

To do this in Netscape go to the FILE menu and click on NEW WEB BROWSER or
Control+N. In Internet Explorer go to the FILE menu and click on NEW PAGE or Control+N

As long as you have enough RAM (and most systems do these days) you should be able to have 2 or 3 Browser windows running at once with no performance degredation. The Internet does not usually transfer data to you PC at anywhere near the full speed of modern modems, so you can often be downloading 2 or 3 web pages at once without any reduction in transfer speed.





Any of us who spend any time at the keyboard are aware that after a while we start feeling strains and aches in some areas of our bodies. Ergonomics seems to be the study of musculoskeletal disorders and discomfort.

Here is a really good website which discusses ways to deal with this problem

Office Ergonomics - includes info on hand/wrist basics; back pain basics; eyestrain
basics and lots more.

Ergonomic Guidelines for arranging a Computer Workstation - 10 steps for users



Shortcut Keys


Below are some shortcut keys for both Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer:
Shortcut keys

Alt-Left Arrow: Goes back to the the previous page
Alt-Right Arrow: Goes forward to next page
Ctrl-B: Opens the Organize Favurites or Bookmarks window
Ctrl-D: Instantly adds the current Web pages to your Favourites or Bookmarks
Ctrl-H: Opens the History Folder
Ctrl-O: Lets you open a new Web page
Ctrl-N: Opens a New browser window
Alt+Tab to move between 2 or more windows)
Ctrl-R: Reloads the current page
Ctrl-W: Closes the active window
Home: Brings you to the top of the page
End: Brings you to the bottom of the page

F1 Help
F2 Rename
F3 Find
F4 Displays the combo box. (Explorer)
F5 Refresh
F6 Switches between panes in Explorer
F10 Goes to menu mode

Microsoft Keyboard Shortcuts

Copy and paste :


To quickly select the entire contents of a Web document, press Ctrl-A. From there, you can press Ctrl-C to copy it to the clipboard or Ctrl-X to cut a selection.. press Ctrl-V to paste.

I don't generally copy a whole page as there is usually a lot of stuff on the page that I don'twant....advertisements...graphics...etc. But if you do want the whole page why not save it by clicking File....Save As...and typing in a name which you will recognize and then saving it in an appropriate folder in your computer. This way you are saving the html file and so you will have to look at it in your browser.

If you just want to copy a section of the page, position your cursor at the beginning of the selection you wish to make, hold your left mouse button down and drag it to the end of the selection you wish to copy. Then right click it. Select copy. Then go to the program you wish to paste it to. Position your cursor where you wish to paste it. Right click and select paste. You can also use the Edit menu or the above keyboard shortcuts instead of rightclicking.



Your Start Page


 When I first started on the net, I had Yahoo as my start page. Your favorite
search engine is a good place to start. If you don't have a preference, 

choose The Hunger Site so you can remember to click on their donate button every day.



You may have noticed funny little icons in your emails eg: :o) - a smiley face.

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Okay, here's how they work. Someone sends you an email with an .exe attachment which contains a virus. (.exe files are program files)

You open it and there is some cute message. Meanwhile the virus gets into your system and depending on the programming will cause all manner of problems.

The way many viruses get spread is that they read your address book, and send a copy of themselves to everyone in it; or everytime you send out an email, the virus will copy it and attach a copy of itself. The point here to remember is that you can receive a virus from your bestfriend, your sister, or your neighbour. I can't tell you how many times I have read emails from people saying that they would never open an .exe file from a strangerbut it's okay from someone they know. Just yesterday I read somewhere how an entire family had their hard drive crash due to a virus except for one who refused to open the .exe file.

Here are your options.

1. You can decide never to open an .exe file that arrives in your inbox.

2. You can write back to anyone who sends you an .exe file and verify that they sent it to you and verify what it is.

3. You can open the .exe file on a floppy disk and scan it before you open it.

What do I do..... I never open .exe files that are sent to me unless I have received word from the person sending it that it is coming. I usually verify it with them first before opening it. And then I think it over very carefully. I never open any .exe files with cute names.

Viruses are a frightening internet reality. My advice....get good anti virus software. From my travels on the internet, the two most talked about are Norton Anti Virus and
McAfee's Anti Virus software.

If you don't have an anti virus program running then go to Housecall, an online virus scanner about once a week. This is a great tool and it's free. Housecall is very up to date with the latest viruses and virus fixes.

You can download a free antivirus scanner at http://antivirus.cai.com/

Find a good Virus newsletter and subscribe. McAfee has one. I read the names of all the new viruses carefully everytime one of these arrives in my inbox. The next one will have a lot of the same names but by trying to memorizethe names and remembering them I have successfully stopped viruses from infecting my machines.



Email can be very confusing when you are just starting out. It really isn't all that difficult to catch on.

Outlook Express home page

Netscape Messenger homepage

Eudora homepage




This is a computer explanation for NEW BEES from the MIME DOCTOR and a reminder to the others.  You will all see this message even though you may not recognize my name and email addy. It will be forwarded to you by the LIST-ROBOT ----one of the dumbest computers on the planet.

If you hit REPLY TO  it will send out ALL of every message in the thread or the whole digest again. So please  EDIT OUT THE UNRELATED part of the post you are replying to. If you click FORWARD, it will send out all of every message in the thread or the whole digest again AND add a bunch of machine codes. COPY AND PASTE the part you want to answer into a new email.

If you click on NEW MESSAGE, NO STATIONERY it will send a GOOD posting. If you send ANY STATIONERY or RICH TEXT and IMAGES it will send your not only your message but also and LOADS of machine code called MIME.  MIME WILL GET YOU UNSUBSCRIBED until you get it fixed . [contact me at j.feit@nf.sympatico.ca  if you're not sure and I'll walk you through this.] It is in the DIGEST that we know for sure if you've made a mistake.

On Outlook Express that came with these computers with Internet Explorer, even if you have clicked "Plain Text" in your Options or Preferences, you may still send MIME to some of the addresses you use from your Address Book. To check or fix this, go to your Address Book, then click on whatever you may call this addressee (or even others afterwards). Pick the tab for Name, then look at the very Bottom, Left. There you have an opportunity to click something like "Send Email using Plain Text, only". Put your check mark in the box.