BITS 'N TIDBITS October 2001

(C) Joan-Marie Moss September 2001

BASIC HOUSEKEEPING

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CONTENTS

For Your Peace of Mind
From and About Our Readers
We're Looking for Your Input
Here's To Your Health
How to Play the Master Game
My PC Crashed!
Are You Organized?
Working with Links
And more (links you won't want to miss....)

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FOR YOUR PEACE OF MIND

With all the junk, spamming and in-your-face marketing campaigns that are floating around out there, we thought you'd like to know:

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We have a new section in our newsletters starting this month: From And About Our Readers. If the individual being highlighted prefers not to use his/her own address, our corporate email address ( info@creativeoptions.com  ) is available to them to receive queries or other email. All mail sent to that address will be forwarded to them via that address.

                                                                            The Editor

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FROM AND ABOUT OUR READERS

This is a new segment we're incorporating into our newsletter beginning this month. We live in strange and wondrous times. The internet is a place where we can meet some of the most interesting people. You - our readers - are very special indeed. Knowing that many of you might benefit from a little bit of publicity, we thought it might be fun to get to know each other and our occupations.

So, I've asked Vince to start the ball rolling by sharing with us what he does. Here is what he told us.

"I am a home inspector. I go into a house and find out what is wrong with it, such as termites, faulty electric, doors that do not work, anything that needs fixing. "

"There are many things only a trained person can find wrong in a building. A home inspector cannot say what is wrong structurally only an engineer can do this. A home inspector will tell you that you need an engineer if he or she sees something that looks structurally wrong.

"I graduated as a home inspector with N.R.I., a school that teaches home inspections. I think soon all banks will require a home inspection before giving a mortgage to a home buyer.

"I have been a journeymen carpenter and a builder of homes for over thirty years. I think that this qualifies me as an inspector. The reason we got into this business is that we had gotten calls from people who bought a home that needed repairs. We think for $250.00 or $300.00 dollars it is well worth it [to call in an expert to identify

potential problems before investing in a property]."

Vince, you're right. When investing in something as important as real estate, and especially if it's a home that you're going to be living in, it's becoming more and more important to have someone you can trust for a qualified second opinion. The peace of mind gained from knowing, up front, what you're getting into is worth much more than the nominal fee you quote.

For more information about this interesting occupation or if you need help with home inspections info@creativeoptions.com  with Home Inspections in the Subject of the email and it will be forwarded.

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CALL FOR YOUR INPUT...
GET INVOLVED THIS IS YOUR NEWSLETTER

Newsletters are valuable if they bring interesting and useful information to their readers. Are you getting information that you can use today? What do you find most helpful in these newsletters? What would you like to see different?

This is a blatant request for feedback from you. Let us know what you like and don't like....and what you would like to see different. Click here to send feedback to j-m@creativeoptions.com 

Also, feel free to share this newsletter with anyone you think might be interested...better yet, suggest that they might want to check it out and subscribe themselves.

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As nights and days get cooler, the flowers seem to strain to retain as much heat as possible, resulting in deeper colors for our pleasure.

Did you know...that when you walk past a flower, whether it be in somebody's garden or on a vacant hillside, the flower will always smile at you. This time of year those smiles seem ever more brilliant than at any other time of year.

The most polite way to respond, I've been told, is to cheerfully return the smile.

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HERE'S TO YOUR HEALTH

It's just come to our attention that....

In a study just released in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association ( http://www.ama-assn.org/special/infohome.htm ), the August 22/29, 2001 issue, that researchers from the University of California estimate that by taking 1,000 mcg daily of folic acid along with 500 mcg daily of B12, that approximately 310,000 fewer people would die from a heart disease in the U.S. over a 10 year period....

Aug 22 (Reuters Health http://www.reutershealth.com/  - Fortifying foods with B vitamins and giving additional supplements to people with heart disease--and those at risk--could save lives and money, according to a new report.....

FDA to Allow Vitamin B-Heart Disease Health Claim

The US Food and Drug Administration (news - web sites) (FDA), consumers can expect to see a new claim on some dietary supplement labels touting the ability of vitamin B to reduce the risk of vascular disease....

Folic Acid and B vitamins are critical to our health, according to some recent reports. Well duh! We've been told about the importance of Folic Acid and Vitamin B since early in the '50s and many of us are well aware of their importance. I'm not telling you anything new here. Nor am I scoffing at the information. But I am strongly urging you to carefully check facts before buying into anything as important as your health.

Check with your doctor. He/she is more aware of your unique body chemistry than anyone else. And, also, use the internet to double check facts that come your way. There are lots of resources available on just about any ailment that concerns you. What you learn here will enable you to talk intelligently with your doctor about your own personal treatment.

Health is big business. Is it any wonder? So many of us are paying a lot more attention to our well-being now that we're getting up there in years. But not all the information we're getting is necessarily accurate, complete or applicable to our needs.

That's where the internet comes in. There's LOTS of good valuable information available. With a little research and, of course, checking in with our own doctors, we can assure that we're on the right track to maintaining our health for years to come.

Looking for definitive information on health issues? Need a second opinion? Want to understand what your doctor is telling you? Here are some places to start....

The United States National Library of Medicine
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ 

MedBioWorld - A link repository to hundreds of online Medical Journals.
http://www.sciencekomm.at/journals/medicine/med-bio.html 

New England Journal of Medicine
http://content.nejm.org/ 

WebMD
http://my.webmd.com/special_event_article/article/3928.101   

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Dance as if no one were watching....
Love as if you've never been hurt....
Sing as if no one could hear you.....
Live life as if Heaven were here right now!

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My PC Crashed!

How many times have you found yourself in trouble...Your PC has started going crazy and you just can't figure out what to do about it?

What did you do? How many hours did you spend fighting with it? Did you break down and call tech support? How many hours did you spend on hold until you got to a technician? Was he/she able to help you?

Well, my PC hadn't crashed but a week or so ago I did have a stupid little problem that made no sense to me whatsoever. To make a long story short my Windows Explorer Menu Bar was suddenly misbehaving. I was trying to get some serious work done that afternoon and this was driving me crazy!

Normally, it I were go call on tech support either at the manufacturer level or at Microsoft, I would have spent half the day on the phone and would have had a terrific bill. And I wasn't in the mood for either one at the time.

So, I got online and went to PalTalk - that software I wrote you about in a previous issue - remember, the software that allows you to talk to others online, just like you would on a phone or CB?

Well, anyway, I went to the tech rooms and found several technical support groups that were otherwise busy answering the questions of people who had gotten there before me. While I found the information there interesting, it just wasn't what I needed at the time.

Fortunately someone from one of those groups took pity. He told me he'd be willing to help but was in the middle of helping another client. He offered to call me back within a half hour.

"OK," I said, figuring that was the end of that.

But half an hour later, he was on the phone ready to help!!

Now, this is a unique service -- and I'm here to tell you it's dynamite!

The tech told me his name was Ross and he asked me if I'd be willing to let him have access to my computer - remotely! He told me roughly how long he thought it would take him to fix the problem and said if he couldn't fix it, then there would be no charge. And he assured me that if - at any time - I was uncomfortable with what was being done, I could immediately disconnect him.

"Yeah, right!" I thought. But, as many of you know, I'm an inquisitive and adventuresome sort of gal and when I want something fixed, I want it fixed -- especially if the price appears to be fair.

So I said, "OK."

So we went right to work. I showed him by taking the actual steps -- doing what I was trying to do -- and he watched me on his machine. Then he tried to duplicate what I'd just done and I watched spell-bound as he moved my mouse pointer about the screen reproducing exactly what I'd done precisely. We communicated back and forth throughout the process.

Unfortunately, this issue was something we both agreed was worthy of the Ripley's Believe It or Not...and Ross told me he was unable explain or fix the problem. That didn't totally surprise me. I'd worked tech support myself for a year and never saw anything like it. So I thanked him for his time and asked what I owed him.

"I told you if I couldn't fix it, there'd be no charge. You owe me nothing," said Ross. And he promised that he'd stay in touch should he come up with a resolution.

Why am I telling you this? Because I think you might want to take a look at what Ross has to offer You'll find his service at

http://www.mypccrashed.com/  .

Right now they're offering: 

"Free "On-Line Diagnostics and Estimate
We are currently running a "25% off" special for
first time callers."

If you don't need Ross's service right now, be sure to bookmark his site. I have. When you PC misbehaves, you'll be glad you know a professional who is ready and willing to help you whip it back into shape quickly! And tell him when you call, that I said he's to treat you right!

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"There are no secrets to success: Don't waste time looking for them. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty to those for who you work, and persistence."
                                                         - General Colin Powell

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ARE YOU ORGANIZED?

There was a time when a closet was just that - a closet -- a place where you could hang your Sunday-goin'-to-meetin' clothes. There really was no need to waste more room for storage. In fact if you take a look at the older homes built around the time of the Big War, you'll find that the closets are woefully inadequate by today's standards that provide a huge walk-in room for storing clothing and other important items.

If you live in a home that doesn't have a lot of storage space, kitchen cabinets, pantries, closets and book shelves you may have some difficulty staying organized. It's pretty tough to provide a place for everything when "everything" is multiplying at lightning speed.

Organization is big business now. We've become a society of "haves". It's so very easy to get lost in the clutter of the things we accumulate. If you haven't got a Container Store near you right now you're bound to have one coming to your neighborhood in the near future -- especially if you live in an area that's catering to the up- and-coming younger generation. The Container Store, and others like it, seem to have something for every storage need you can imagine.

I don't use a lot of "things" to stay organized. I start with what I already have in terms of storage and containers for "stuff". But I have found by shopping in those marvelous shops that I'm not far off the beaten track.

It's amazing what can be done with a little ingenuity! Recycling jars, bottles, vases, coffee cans, baskets and cardboard boxes, can be fun and can do a great deal for your sanity if you find yourself getting buried with all the necessities that are accumulating around you. Take a look at the containers you're now throwing out. Do they have potential? If you take a look at the containers that merchandisers are coming up with, you may be surprised to find that the same bottles and jars you've thrown out for years, are now making a comeback -- and commanding a fairly hefty price.

Your home doesn't have to look like the local storage warehouse. If you have the right-sized container, but it doesn't look that great,

consider painting it or covering it with material or with pretty wrapping paper. Use those containers as accessories in your house. They can be delightful if you use your own personality to dress them up - and oh, they can be so much more useful than knick-knacks!

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Keep a spark in your eye,
a spring in your step,
a smile on your face
and a song in your heart.
Believe it or not, these things can be felt, even through an email!

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WORKING WITH LINKS

We try to ensure that all links we offer you here are active and that you will be able to get to them fairly easily. But, sometimes, you'll come across links here and elsewhere that seem to go nowhere or you get a "Page Not Found" message. There's lots of reasons for this. Sometimes the page has been moved by the webmaster. But sometimes it's a simple problem with the URL address being too long for the link. If the URL broken between two or even three lines, just clicking on the link won't call up the full address.

There are several ways you can get around this problem. The first is to simply cut and past the entire email address from the "http:" right through to the ".htm" or ".html" which may be on the a line or two below the beginning of the address. When you've highlighted the ENTIRE address copy it and paste it into the address bar in your browser and hit enter you'll normally get to the correct page.

If this doesn't work, you might try going back to the base of the address which takes you to the home page for the website. The critical address to the home page of any website is simply the information from the "http://" to the ".com", ".net" ".org" which appears immediately before the first single forward slash. (ie. http://www.CreativeOptions.com/  ) If you have this much information, you'll get to the "home page" of the website It doesn't matter whether you include that last forward slash or not.

Sometimes, this won't work either. This could mean that the machine where this domain is located is having problems. You might want to try back in a couple hours to be sure that this isn't the problem. Of course, with all the "dot-bombs" this last year, you may find that the domain is no longer online.

All information following that first slash is simply the directory structure of the website that tells you where the specific ".html" or ".htm" page is kept. So, if you get to the original home page, you can generally follow links until you get to the page you're looking for. Fortunately, the better sites now offer a "search" option right there on the first page. That option will make it easy to find the information you're looking for.

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AND MORE (LINKS YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS)...

SuccessNet.org free report: Keys to Personal Effectiveness: proven strategies to help you get more done in less time and more have fun in the process.
http://successnet.org/keys.htm 

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How old are you - really?

Take the test and see if you're as young as you feel! There's lots of useful health information here. If you're looking for information about issues that are plaguing you and yours, it's a good place to start.
http://www.realage.com/index.asp 

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Enjoy the most beautiful scenery and photographs around -- right on your desktop. You can use them as screensavers and as wallpaper on your computer or send them as greeting cards...or share your entire collection with friends. And it's FREE!
http://www.webshots.com/explore/ 

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Interview with God -- Flash at it's best.
Here's a site that you will want to bookmark and go back to from time to time....
http://www.reata.org/interview.html 

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