I hateto be the wet blanket and a-hole. But this is the one best answer to this TS' question. In fact do a search of all the questions asked.
dotaboy..with all due respect. You will be doing yourself a favour in more ways then one if you read your camera manual but before that read up one photography 101. Reading your camera manual will not help you because from the many threads you posted it is very clear, you almost have no idea about the concept photography. Yes we can help with tips here and there but what you are asking is for people you write you pages and pages of stuff for free and tell you short cut answer without teach you the fundamenta behind it. When you don't understand that, you will not remember it. I have no problem like everyone else giving free tips and advice but what I am wondering if you even understood what anyone of us is telling you so you can best understand the technical stuff of using a camera and how your gear works, how light is capture, what a lens does, why not every lens can shoot at extreme closeness, how flash work, what is iso....etc I ask this as I have been observing and I had to stop myself from writing to explain some of the stuff you asked for as I think you will not understand anything I wrote.
You really want to learn all this...don't search the threads here. I would advice you buy some good books as it will be the BEST investment you will ever get and if you can't afford it after getting your DSLR and gear...I would say go to the library. It is almost too hard for anybody to explain anything to you especially if there is no pictorial illustration to help you grasp the techinicalities. It has come to the point that some actually now think you have a problematice camera instead that maybe you have no idea about photography and thus don't know how to ask the question. So I am going to be "cruel to be kind to you" as I really am concern for you, when I say...get some proper books and learn it the right way. Not bits and piece here and there in this forum. You will not get much help here without people writing long exhautive explanation that may or may not benefit you at all. And to me that is my concern... how much of it will benefit you after everyone has taken the time to answer your question. Others with some basic would benefit from reading them but in the end...would you?
Lastly....don't believe all the stuff you heard from camera advertisement that DSLR are so easy to use, so sophicticated that it does everything for you and every problem is easily solved and it is just a click away from one of your camera's dial or button. SOme time some techinical problem like lighting or shooting mico shoot might mean have to spend more money to get what effect or shot you want. But you need to know your fundemental before you can do that. As you start to learn more...you will find that not all camera or lens or talent is created equal. And you will never know that or enjoy your new hobby to the max till you learn the basis. And that is something you just can't get it here. You will benefit alot more from tips and advice once you have learnt your basic!!!
No offend but this is how I see. Yes we all have to start somewhere but the best advice I can give you ...buy some good books on the subject of photography basics. And then go take your camera out to do some practical so you really understand how your camera works.