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Inspiration From the Net
Getting More Out of a Simple Google Search
How Do I Fill My Newsletter Each Month?
Removing Text Formatting Code
A Little More About Joyce & Spirit
Joyce S. Kaye, The Computer Spirit
Joyce S. Kaye
The Computer Spirit
About Us
Joyce S. Kaye, MSW,
The Computer Spirit, is a computer geek and people-person who understands business and computer applications and thrives on the challenge of communicating that understanding clearly. Specializing in Constant Contact e-newsletters and "living" WordPress websites, Joyce brings her creativity, love of people and Spirit*, and computer expertise together to empower individuals and assure them they are not alone. 
sidebargodword * Read a little bit more about Joyce's meaning around such words as Spirit, God, The Presence.
Our Philosophy
"Give a person a fish
and they eat for a day.
Teach a person to fish
and they eat for a lifetime."
- Old Chinese Proverb
Click here to learn more about how we work...
We're here to empower you - not just get a website or e-newsletter done.
We work with clients one-to-one, host computer labs where learners can work interactively on computer projects, teach workshops, and facilitate project teams.
Contact us to explore working together...
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The Computer Spirit is proud to be a Partner (aka Solution Provider) of Constant Contact.
This makes her more connected to Constant Contact, receiving information and offers that she can pass on to her clients.

Inspiration and Contemplation
Inspiration & Contemplation
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Joyce is co-author of Labyrinth Learning's book on Microsoft® Office Outlook 2003. A popular choice for schools and industry training programs, as well as for individual step-by-step learning, it's still available and still quite helpful in grasping Outlook no matter which version you're using.
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Vol. 1, Issue 2  |  February 2012
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I trust this finds you well. Here we are into the 2nd month of this auspicious year of 2012, and Valentine's Day has just passed. For me, whether I've had a man in my life or not, Valentine's Day has always been greatly focused on sending greetings to and celebrating dear Valentine Heartfriends. However, this year, and for the past seven, I've been blessed to have both romantic love with my life partner and husband, Rog, as well as the love of friends. What a combination - I am grateful! But if anytime on Valentine's Day I've felt a bit lonely or out of sorts, it was helpful to reach out to others, to get out of myself in order to shift my attitude. Of course, that can work on any day... I hope all your days are filled with love and friendship.

On another note, I received many positive comments after the inaugural issue of The Computer Spirit's e-newsletter was published. So, I guess I'll keep on writing... hope you'll keep on reading!



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Inspiration From the Net  
Since I "came to believe" through synchronicity (there are no coincidences), I continue to appreciate seeing and hearing about how Spirit makes Its Presence known in our everyday lives.

InspirationThere are many websites that contain spiritual stories and pearls of wisdom. I love reading them as they can provide a faith upliftment very quickly. GuidePosts' Mysterious Ways is a favorite one of mine.
Here is a story that you might think "spiritual" or perhaps not. Nonetheless, the ending provides a strong chuckle. And, if you are so inclined to believe that Spirit is in charge and has a plan, then the story also shows Spirit is present in even some of the more mundane aspects of daily living. Well, then again, maybe no aspect of daily living is mundane... Enjoy!

What sites do you visit to nourish your soul? Let me know so I can check them out and share them with others!
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General Computer Work
Getting More Out of a Simple Google Search  
Here are some of my favorite little tricks to get more out of a simple Google search. Not only do they make better use of your precious time, but they're fun to use - enjoy!

Google Search1. Use the "site:" operator to limit searches to a particular website. This is particularly handy because the built-in search tools of many sites don't return the results you're looking for, and some sites don't even have a search feature. If I'm looking for New York Times Op-Ed posts, for example, I would try this search: op-ed site:newyorktimes.com.

2. Use Google as a spelling aid. Entering a word into Google is a quick way to see if you have the right spelling. If it's incorrect, Google will suggest the correct spelling. Additionally, if you want to get a definition of a word, you can use the "define:" operator to return definitions from various dictionaries. For example, try define:syrinx.

3. Use Google as a calculator. Google has a built-in calculator - try entering a calculation like 10*(24/8+14). Of course, your computer also has a calculator, but if you spend most of your day inside a browser, read more...
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How Do I Fill My Newsletter Each Month?
Newsletter contentYou don't have to fill your newsletters all by yourself. Many business owners and nonprofit managers don't consider themselves writers. Nevertheless, they understand the value of content-rich newsletters being delivered to their customers, members, and prospects.

Here are some suggestions for easy newsletter content:
  • Link Articles of Interest
  • Republish Articles (with Permission)
  • Answer Questions
  • Promote Area Events
If the content you share resonates with your readers and gets them to engage with you, then your newsletter is successful.

These suggestions are from a post by Jeff Ferrazzo, Constant Contact Regional Development Director, Minnesota. Click here to read the full post, Content that Writes Itself.
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Website Development/WordPress
Removing Text Formatting Code 


Windows NotepadNotepad is known to many Windows users. It is a simple text editor which has been part of Microsoft® Windows operating system since Windows 1.0 in 1985. It has remained pretty much the same in ever-evolving Windows operating systems, although some enhancements have been built into it. For instance, these days you can use a Find and Replace function.

Microsoft Word adds a lot of useless tags and styles that are added to the output making an HTML file bulky and complex. I use Notepad regularly to strip the formatting of Word content that I want to use in WordPress and, for that matter, wherever the media is web-based (i. e., Dreamweaver, Constant Contact). The only real way to remove all Word (or similar) formatting is to paste the content in a plain text editor like Notepad and then copy the text from Notepad into WordPress. And, while WordPress now has the Paste as text button, it isn't as reliable as using Notepad.

For Mac users, there is SimpleText under Apple Macintosh's classic Mac OS, and TextEdit in Mac OS X.
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As February winds down and we head towards Spring and rebirth, I wish you warming, relaxing, and rejuvenating times. Whether curling up on the sofa with a book by Rumi, listening to online music at Pandora.com, or walking outdoors looking for the first flowering buds, make sure you take care of your body, mind, and spirit. And, remember, regardless of what may be happening in your life, peace is just an instant thought away and you are not alone.

Yours in Spirit,
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Joyce S. Kaye
The Computer Spirit 
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bottomgodwordJoyce "came to believe" in a Higher Power about 22 years ago when she started practicing the Twelve Step way of life. Thanks to hearing the novel idea "Why don't you choose your own conception of God?" (Alcoholics Anonymous, page 12), Joyce immediately embarked on a new way of thinking, a new way of living, a new way of being in the world and with others.  Since that time of commencing her conscious spiritual journey, she has endeavored to remember The Presence in all that is, all whom she meets, and all that she does - including working with others and their computer projects!

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