Basic TrueCrypt Usage

I and other people here have mentioned TrueCrypt before. I thought (and perhaps you did too) that it was very simple and obvious to use but I've had several people write to me complaining that they downloaded and installed it, but have no idea what to do next.

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Samepage - Redefining how people create and share information
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Passing shell environment variables  
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Deleting a lost file name - delete unremoveable files  
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View large files without more or less  
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Kerio Connect Mail Server Configuration Guide  
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Kerio Troubleshooting   2014/07/03 TonyLawrence
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Simple outgoing email for SCO Unix (and Linux)   2013/05/22 rblake
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SATA RDX backup cartridge report for BackupEDGE   2011/11/23 BillMohrhardt
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Kerio Connect Mailserver version 7.3  
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Ucertify Review   2014/02/12 BrookA
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Death of the command line revisited   2011/09/10 TonyLawrence
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Kerio Connect Mailserver
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A non-technical guide to understanding and fixing TCP/IP problems on a network   2011/08/14 BigDumbDinosaur
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Using fail2ban with Kerio Connect mailserver   2014/01/05 TonyLawrence
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Moved to   2011/06/20 Ralph
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He needs a SCO box  
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TinyTERM ITX for Mac  
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Linux colors ls ––color command  
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