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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                      August 3, 2006 
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This week...
 
- Webmaster Tip: Show Location
- Surfin' the Web: Life After the Holocaust
- Software Spotlight: PosteRazor
- The Oddball Wall: United States of Who?
- Computer Tip: Bootiful View
 
Since I get paid to write, I naturally get a lot of questions from 
people looking for writing tips. While I sometimes have the answer 
people are looking for, more often than not, I don't. My writing
career has not followed a traditional path. Many of the questions 
I'm asked are questions I've never had to consider.
 
Having said that, I stumbled upon some good writing advice from 
DeDi Felman, an editor at a major publisher. This is geared toward 
those hopeful of having a book published, but much of the advice 
is relevant to all aspiring writers.
 
http://chronicle.com/jobs/news/2006/07/2006072101c/careers.html
 

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WEBMASTER TIP - Show Location
 
Note: In code examples I add a period after each left arrow
bracket so the code can be viewed in all e-mail programs. If you
copy and paste, be sure to remove the periods or it won't work.
 
Question: I've seen many web sites where each page tells you what 
the URL of the page is. Is there an automatic way to do that, or 
do you have to actually code write the URL into each page.
 
Simon Says: I'm not sure what you mean by "an automatic way" to 
do that, but I can give you code that automatically generates the 
page location. Whether that's more useful than actually coding 
each URL into each page is for you to decide. Here's the code:
 
<.script type="text/JavaScript">
document.write("This page is:  " + document.location);
<./script>
 
Just add that to the place in your page where you want the page
location to appear. If that were on the front page of htmlville, 
it would print out:
 
This page is: http://www.htmlville.com
 
...for the visitors. Of course, you can change the wording before 
the document location to whatever suits you. Just don't use an 
apostrophe or any special characters or it will break the script.
 
If you need to use an apostrophe, preface it with a backslash. 
That tells the browser to print the character rather than inter-
pret it. Here's an example of that using just the one line you 
may edit:
 
document.write("You're here:  " + document.location);
 
You can also add text after the document location. Example:
 
document.write("You're here:  " + document.location + ", friend.");
 
With that on all your web pages, no matter where your visitors go,
there they are.
 

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SURFIN' THE WEB - Life After the Holocaust
 
Of course, I learned about the holocaust in school, but it was ancient
history to me. Just some text in a book that was something I had to
learn about, but it wasn't covered very well and so, held little
meaning to me.
 
It wasn't until I read Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
that gained any real understanding of not only the horrors of the
holocaust, but of what it meant to survivors. The real benefit of
Frankl's book is in understanding his mental states before, during and
after his experience.
 
Life After the Holocaust gives you the personal accounts of six
holocaust survivors who managed to rebuild their lives in the United
States. These six individuals speak frankly about feelings of anger
toward God, raising children who didn't want to know about their
parents past tribulations, how they dealt with the loss of family and
friends, survivors guilt, living with their past and more.
 
Read or listen to their accounts, see pictures, it will give you a
better understanding of today's world events. Hint: I found listening
to the audios made it more real than just reading their words.
 
http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/life_after_holocaust/
 

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          GopherCentral's Question of the Week
 
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  Lebanon?
 
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SOFTWARE SPOTLIGHT - PosteRazor
 
PosteRazor (poster razor) is a cool tool that enables you to take 
any rastor image and dice it up for printing. What's cool about 
that? By reassembling the pages you can make your own posters with 
your little ol' home printer. No need for a printing press costing 
thousands of dollars or paying hundreds to a publishing service for 
a special order.
 
Okay, maybe not everyone wants to design and print their own 
posters, but does everyone ever want to do any one thing?
 
http://posterazor.sourceforge.net/
 
Note: I do not provide support for the featured software. Contact 
the software vendor for support. No warranty is made or implied as 
to the usefulness or appropriateness of featured software.
 

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THE ODDBALL WALL - United States of Who?
 
On this day in 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain
for the "Indies." Didn't he end up discovering America or something?
Oh sure, not everyone agrees on that, but that's what I was taught. I
did wonder why it wasn't called the United States of Columbus, though.
 
Anyway, what's not in dispute are the questions about America that
you'll find below. How much do you know about America? Guess how many
you'll get right before you start the quiz, and if you're exactly
right, give yourself a pat on the back. Hint: it ain't easy!
 
1) What is the capital of North Dakota?
a. Pierre   b. Biskmarck   c. Carson City
 
2) Who or what is Pikes Peak in Colorado named after?
a. U.S. Army lieutenant Zebulon M. Pike in 1806.
b. Spanish explorer Cordoba de la Pike in 1797.
c. The game fish, the northern pike, discovered there in 1801.
 
3) In which state would you find the 53,440 acre Craters of the Moon
National Monument?
a. Wyoming   b. Arizona   c. Idaho
 
4) According to Morgan Quitno Press' annual reference book ranking
states and cities in several categories, which was the most dangerous
state to live in as of 2005?
a. New York   b. Nevada   c. Texas
 
5) Which state has the highest percentage of its land area being used
as farmland?
a. North Dakota   b. Texas   c. Nebraska
 
6) The word "Florida" comes from the Spanish "Pascua Florida." What
does "Pascua Florida" mean?
a. panhandle basin   b. feast of flowers   c. orange peninsula
 
7) Constitutionally, a state may only be divided into more states with
the approval of both Congress and of the state's legislature, as was
the case when Maine was split off from Massachusetts. However, in the
joint resolution which admitted one state into the Union guaranteed
them the right to divide itself up into up to 5 states. Which state
has the right to divide itself into 5 states?
a. California   b. Montana   c. Texas
 
8) One state has part of its land completely surrounded by other
states due to a bend in the Mississippi River. Which state is it?
a. Kentucky   b. Missouri   c. Tennessee
 
And now for a stately question with no multiple choice help...
 
9) Four states start with the letter "I" and I was born in one of
them. What four states begin with the letter I?
 
Answers below, here's the scoring:
 
9 correct: Perfection!
7-8 correct: Outstanding
5-6 correct: Very Good
2-4 correct: Fairly Fair
0-1 correct: Turn the TV off
 
Answers:
 
1) b. Biskmarck
2) a. U.S. Army lieutenant Zebulon M. Pike in 1806.
3) c. Idaho
4) b. Nevada
5) a. North Dakota (over 90% of ND is farmland)
6) b. feast of flowers
7) c. Texas
8) a. Kentucky
9) Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa
 
* Follow the link below to see a map showing how part of Kentucky 
is surrounded entirely by Missouri and Tennessee.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentucky_Bend

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COMPUTER TIPS - Bootiful View
 
Have you wondered what's going on behind the Windows logo while 
your computer is booting up?
 
Simply hit the ESC key while Windows is booting to see what's going 
on behind the scenes. Other than the curiosity factor, this can be 
handy if you're trying to trace boot-up errors.
 
Disclaimer: Advice in this column is presented as informational
and is true to the best of my knowledge. Any decisions to follow
this advice is your responsibility. Your computer, your choice.
 

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Until next week, ponder these words of Owens Lee Pomeroy: Nostalgia 
is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past
perfect!
 
Have an interesting day, Simon

Questions? Comments? Email me at: tutor@gophercentral.com

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