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Vol. 2002b

Welcome to this issue of The MadMod Computing Newsletter.   We hope that you enjoy the features of each issue and learn some computing skills along the way.

First, a reminder to make backups of your important files, and to use Scandisk and Disk Defragmenter -- at least monthly.   Keep your anti-virus definitions up-to-date.

Featured in This Issue
1.     Understanding Time Stamps in E-Mail
2.     Using the Replace Feature Inside Microsoft Word
3.     HowStuffWorks (website)

1.    Understanding Time Stamps in E-Mail
Typically in an e-mail, a date such as date: Mon, 07 May 2002 16:59:50 -0400 appears.  All but the "-0400" appears to be clear.  This number refers to a four hour time difference from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on the e-mail of the sender.  Thus 4 hours earlier than GMT at Greenwich, England would put the sender westward 4 hours to Eastern Daylight Time.  (5 hour difference if EST.)  This time zone reference is correct provided that the proper time zone was selected in the sender's computer.  To check the correct local time take an Internet visit to Correct Time.  Click on the correction at that site for your time zone if necessary.

Next, make a quick check of the date and time by clicking the right-mouse button on the time shown at the bottom right of your computer, and select "Adjust Date/Time" with the left-mouse button. Click the time zone tab to see what your computer is using.  A computer built in California is usually assigned the time zone of Pacific Daylight Time by default.

2.    Using the Replace Feature Inside Microsoft Word
In a document opened in Microsoft Word, it can be a nuisance to correct a misspelling or incorrect phrasing which repeats numerous times.  It's easy to change.  First, copy the word or phrase.  Next, in the Edit menu, select "Replace".  In the first box shown, paste in the incorrect word or phrase.  In the second box, type in what it should be.  Now for the fun part!  Click on "Replace All".  The entire document gets fixed.  When done, close the box.

Experiment with some of the special features of "Replace".  You'll soon be using this feature of Microsoft Word regularly.

3.    HowStuffWorks (website)
To find out how almost anything works, take a visit on the Internet to the website HowStuffWorks.  In the search box I tried out pulleys and was shown a link to "How a Block and Tackle Works".  Following the link led me to very clear write-ups and diagrams that explained all that I wanted to know.  It was entertaining and useful to see diagrams on this site and particularly those that used motion to help clarify the ideas presented.

Try this site out and I think you'll be impressed and will come back for more later.

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