Everything you want to know about computing

A new year brings new beginnings and 2001 should be a good year for computing.

The Internet is alive and healthy and presents so many opportunities to enhance our lives. Email, news, weather, stocks, airline and vacation reservations, cooking and genealogy are just a click away.

So come join us as we explore this technology through a number of classes being offered through the Tustin Area Senior Center.

Three classes for beginners are Internet I - The Web; Internet II - Email; and Scanning for Fun. These classes are for those who just are starting on their Internet adventures or for those who want to sharpen their skills.

Internet I - The Web is four sessions on Monday mornings, 9 am until 11:30, at the Tustin Family and Youth Center, 14722 Newport Blvd, Tustin. The next class starts Monday, January 8th.

Internet II - Email is four sessions on Tuesday mornings, 9 am until 11:30, at the Tustin Family and Youth Center. The next class starts Tuesday, January 9th.

Scanning for Fun is two sessions on Monday afternoons, 1 pm until 3 pm, at the Tustin Family and Youth Center. The next class starts Monday, January 8th.

For more advanced Internet or Windows users, there is Intermediate Internet, which meets for four sessions on Wednesday afternoons, 1 pm until 3 pm, starting January 10th.

For the adventuresome, we are thinking of starting a personal Web page class that will meet for four sessions on Thursday mornings, 9 am until 11:30 at the Family and Youth Center.

The Web class starts with a discussion of Internet connections including dialup, DSL or cable, their comparisons and costs. Then we explore the techniques of "surfing" the Web and the meaning of addresses and links. Finding anything on the Web means that we next use "search engines," those magic things which allow us to look through the nearly 2 billion individual Web pages to find that rare recipe, comparison of vacation cruise lines or that missing family member. Finally, we dust off our credit cards and shop the Web for books, running shoes or antique automobiles during a session on "buying."

The Email class explores how email has become sophisticated now allowing us to send pictures, sounds or even video clips. It really has changed from just sending short typed messages. We see how to "reply," "forward" and edit messages, insert images and send links to favorite Web pages. We also look at the Newsgroups, those neglected but very useful places on the Internet devoted to very specific subjects like "," etc.

Scanning for Fun is an introduction to the fun of capturing images for the computer and sending them to family or friends by email or printing them for display.

Intermediate Internet is for anyone using the Internet or other Windows programs, who runs into the need to "Save" files. How to "download," "save," "create folders," "copy," and "move" things will be explored in some detail in this class as we look at the Window's "file structure."

A new class concerning how to create and manage personal web pages is being considered. Since there are so many methods to create web pages, the class will concern itself with what is a personal web page, where is it located and how is it created. We will look at the basics like HTML, the language of the web, and some of the tools that make web creation easier, like Microsoft Front Page. We will build simple pages and see how they work. Those interested in this class should either email me at or contact the reception desk at the Senior Center.

For information on any of these classes and to register, visit the Tustin Area Senior Center, 200 South 'C' Street, Tustin. You do not have to be a resident of Tustin to register. The classes repeat monthly but there still is time to register for the January classes.

Also, don't forget "Coffee and Computers," the Friday morning get together at the Senior Center. Bring your questions or just come and visit.

In the mean time, keep the neurons happy, the synapses snapping and enjoy computing.


Dr. Art Holub is a long time resident of Tustin and teaches computer and Internet courses at the Tustin Area Senior Center and the Tustin Adult School. Visit his web site at: This column is written to address the computer adventures and concerns of older adults. If you have comments, questions or suggestions for future columns, Email HIM at:

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