Many of us use our computers for email and for web browsing. Other users may also create photo galleries and edit their digital photos on their computer. We’ll use our word processors. We’ll use our spreadsheets.
In other words, we use specific programs to provide us with specific tasks.
In this week’s issue, I’ll show you how to use multiple programs, each to accomplish one little piece of a task that couldn’t be solved by any of them alone.
That’s the real power of learning how to use your computer and the programs you have. Confucius is quoted as saying: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."
In the same way, some challenging computer tasks start with a single step. All you have to do is to think about the programs you use, the things that they can do, and break the task into steps that can be accomplished in each.
Of course, not everything can be solved with your computer. Other times, you know you have the programs that will do some of the steps, but you don’t have a program to do one or more steps. That’s where Google is your friend. It’s also where your local computer club (also called a computer users goup) can be very helpful.
This week, reader and friend Larry Braud, who knows that I’m always looking for newsletter topics, wrote me to ask:
Hey, Terry, I’m back.
Here is a question for your newsletter:
How do you export addresses from Eudora? I want to bring my addresses into webmail.cox.net and it only uses .csv files. I can’t find an export function in Eudora.
Splain, Oh Knowledgeable One!
Larry’s question gave me a great chance to experiment and to solve this puzzle.
The Problem: Cox.net’s webmail allows you to import an exported address list from several other programs. In this case, there are two problems. First, Cox won’t import from Eudora’s address book file and Eudora doesn’t have an export function that exports to one of the
The Answer: Make a copy of Eudora’s address book file. Then, modify it to create a CSV (comma separated values) file in a format that Cox can use.
Let’s see how I did it…