Before I get into telling you about all the exciting stuff we have for you
this month, allow me to pass along a sincere wish from all of us at TechTrax
that you enjoy a wonderful holiday season!
First this month, and very exciting for all our readers, we welcome yet another
Microsoft MVP to our writing team! The fun and incredible Herb
Tyson has now joined us, bringing our list of Microsoft
MVP writers to 10. When I first became an MVP in 1995, Herb, one of the
first MVPs, was there holding the door open for me and welcoming me with a big,
friendly smile. Herb is an extremely talented guy. Besides his multi-disciplinary
doctorate and technical expertise, he's a terrific musician (which I can truly
say, because I spent my own money purchasing his CDs). I love his bio
pictures, they do a great job of portraying both his wheat (professional)
and frosting (fun) sides! And this month, Herb shows us how to create a cool
macro that allows you to use the currently shortcutless Paste
Special feature, with new ease.
And we're also thrilled to welcome Doreen
Yale, who recently received her MOS
(formerly MOUS) certification as a Microsoft Office Specialist, joining Beth
Melton and Linda
Johnson as our third Office Specialist, who volunteers here to provide you
with some of the best articles related to Microsoft Office that you can find
on the web! Doreen spent most of her life living in England and recently moved
to Canada. In her inspiring first
article, Doreen allows us to share her feelings of what it's like to be
blind and make the decision to uproot her whole life for new found happiness.
This month also brings articles from Alan
Wheeler and Alex
Angelopoulos back to us. Alan started writing for TechTrax in its infancy,
but he informed me that the new school year would take him away for awhile,
as he has been busy taking up the challenges of getting his degree as a system
engineer and developer. This month, Alan brings us a series explaining the battles
blind AOL users face and what recent law suits have done to help improve
their keyboard access to the software. And Alex shares with us his informative
rant regarding important issues you need to consider when attempting to
purchase a suitable mouse to upgrade your system. Alex hasn't been available
to do a lot of writing for TechTrax because Microsoft has been keeping him busy
getting his expert advice on Windows scripting issues. But as with all our busy
professional writers here, we'll take what we can get from you all.
And speaking of busy professionals, allow me to take a moment here to remind
you that our writers are all volunteers. Volunteers who love to share their
knowledge with folks who want to learn, with nothing more in return than your
eternal gratitude <smile> and your knowledge that when you're looking
for a top professional to call upon as a consultant to get that miserable job
donethese are some of the best consultants you can find anywhere! So when
some job has been dumped on your desk and you haven't the faintest idea how
you're going to start to tackle it, know that the answer may be as close as
a quick email to TechTrax@MouseTrax.com
or click the Authors
link above to read more about their skills. When it comes to Microsoft technologies,
we have some of the very best professionals right here, writing for TechTrax.
Tell us what technical battles you face and there's a very good chance that
someone here can offer you just the expert assistance you need to get the job
done. And if our writers here are currently too busy, we can easily check with
our 1,200 MVP friends!
That small commercial announcement out of the way, this month we also congratulate
Carl Swann and Martha Bagswell, who were our drawing winners in
last month's Survey. We asked you to provide us with your opinions about technology
and we offered up some great prizes to two lucky winners. So be sure to read
had to say when they learned they'd won and also check out this month's
review of what you
had to say in our technology survey. But don't feel bad if you didn't win this time, because we'll be holding a new
drawing next month from our subscriber list!
I also want to thank TechTrax reader Colin Gardom who wrote us to let
us know he'd discovered some easier ways to set up web pages within Outlook.
Thanks Colin for taking the time to tell us and your update has been added to
article, as well as in our Update
And finally, TechTrax made another leap in the world of premiere technical
Ezines. This month TechTrax was recognized by FreeTechMail
as one of their recommended
technical publications. We're thrilled! And welcome to all our new subscribers who found us via Free Tech Mail. If you're not familiar
you should check them out! A great one-stop site where you can sign up for some
of the best tech newsletters on the web. If you want to learn some new technology,
it's a great place to make the hunt for info easy, as well as manage all your
subscriptions from one location.
Again, have a wonderful holiday, whichever one you celebrate this season. And
rememberbe careful out there!
Dian D. Chapman
Editor, TechTrax Ezine