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And July became even more of an adventure for me personally, when both
my brother-in-law and my mom were shooting for a group discount in the
cardiac care unit of Lutheran General Hospital. Neither were initially allowed
to move around much, so I solved the problem of them not being able to visit
each other by bringing along my video cam. I'd tape one of them waving to the
other, then run across the hall and show that tape, then tape a reply and run
it back across the hall. And you thought visiting family in the hospital was
Thankfully, a break in the action will be arriving soon as the current Eclectic
Academy online classes I teach come to a close next week. But that also
means that it's time to start registering for the next semester, which will
be here too soon. They're a great bargain! You can learn tons for just $20.
My classes cover Microsoft Word Advanced Document Design, Word AutoForms and
Beginning VBA and Advanced Word 301. But if you're not ready for advanced courses,
Linda Johnson also teaches several Microsoft beginning and intermediate courses.
And there are lots of courses available for other programs and technologies.
Check out the course
list! Unfortunately, September 1st will be here before we know it!
However, if you don't have time to wait, I'll soon be publishing an eBook containing
my AutoForms/Beginning VBA training information. Creating automated forms in
Word is a popular solution. I have a free set of AutoForm
tutorials available on my web site's TechPage,
along with a bunch of other tutorials. This eBook will contain more AutoForm
details, useful code and a beginner's lesson to understanding VBA. Sure, this
type of information is available on the web, but if you don't have time to hunt
it down and want concise instructions, my eBooks will be a valuable resource.
I hope to have this first one out in about a week. Keep an eye on the MouseTrax
if you're interested.
And speaking of getting valuable stuff, we have a winner of our writing contest!
Sorry you didn't get a chance to vote on the winner, but voting wasn't necessary
since Cap'n Patt was the only person smart enough to take the time to
send in a submission! As I said last month, no one had yet submitted an article.
So Cap'n Patt took the hint and sent one. Being the only submissionhe
wins! So he'll be enjoying his three cool Microsoft Racing games as he
chose to receive Racing Madness, which includes Midtown Madness through
Chicago, Motocross Madness and Monster Truck Madness. You can find his Geek-Speak
Translator article under our Escapes department.
So as August rolls around, I'm determined to find a little time to hang back
like my doggies
and enjoy some of these dog days of summer. I hope you all get a chance to do
the same. And I also hope you'll enjoy this month's issue of TechTrax. We've
packed it with some great stuff for you.
Dian D. Chapman
Editor, TechTrax Ezine