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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                      August 10, 2006
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This week...
 
- Webmaster Tip: Browsers and File Types
- Surfin' the Web: Eco-labels
- Software Spotlight: America's Most Wanted Recipes
- The Oddball Wall: Old Time TV
- Computer Tip: Explore Your Computer
 
You wouldn't believe the luck my friend Dave had the other day. 
We were going to go to an antique mall, and when we walked out 
the door of my house a bird nailed him on the back, if you know 
what I mean.
 
He went in and changed shirts into one I loaned him, and when 
we walked out to the car he got nailed again! Too funny! 
 
After another shirt change we were on our way. There were no 
incidents at the antique mall...until we went to leave. As he 
went to open his car door, he got a "handful" that a bird had 
left behind on his door handle while we browsed.
 
I told Dave he should go straight home and stay indoors the rest 
of the day. He thought that was a good idea.
 
I've been leaving message on his answering machine all week 
while he's at work. Nothing important to say, just wanted to 
call him things like Birdman, Whitewash, Little Dovey Do-do, 
etc. 
 
Yeah, I can be a little bit ornery, but by golly, you have to 
make your own fun.  :)
 

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Great for your home, office, RV or boat. And remember there's
no chemicals to damage your skin or clothing. Much more effective 
than an old fashion plunger.

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WEBMASTER TIP - Browsers and File Types
 
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: What happens if I link to a file that the browser 
doesn't know how to display? (like an excel spread sheet, for 
example)
 
Simon Says: If the browser doesn't know what to do with the 
file it will usually do one of two things, it will try to down-
load the file and offer to save it for your, or it will let you 
choose a helper application to open it with.
 
Remember that some people may have their browser configured to 
automatically open some file types that wouldn't open on most 
systems, so you might want to take that into consideration when 
including instructions to people.
 

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You read this correctly. For the first time ever, you can 
get four (4) fully licensed CDRoms of some of the best games 
for just 99 cents. That's 99 CENTS FOR ALL FOUR!

It's the deal of a lifetime but it is a promotional offer so 
we MUST limit you to no more than four (3) collections per 
order. Included in this Exclusive Collection:

      - Asteroids           - Family Game Pack by Royale 
      - Mini Golf Master    - Brain Buster

Why are we offering this? Plain and simple, we want to get 
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SURFIN' THE WEB - Eco-labels
 
Have you ever wondered what some of those product labels actually
mean? For example, many personal hygiene products boast that they
contain "No sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate" - but what does that
mean? As it turns out, it doesn't mean much. It is a very specific
claim, but there is no organization that verifies the use of this
claim other than the company manufacturing or marketing the product.
Rumors alleging that sodium lauryl sulfate and/or sodium laureth
sulfate cause cancer and/or blindness are false, so it's mostly a
marketing pitch.
 
You'll also find how trustworthy various certifications are and 
what they are about. For example, The Fair Trade Certified standards 
aim to ensure that farmers and farm workers in developing nations 
receive a fair price for their product, among other things.
 
Good consumer info site that helps take the mystery out of various
claims and certifications. Check.....it......out.
 
http://eco-labels.org/home.cfm
 
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          GopherCentral's Question of the Week
 
  Do you think Fidel Castro's death would be good for the 
  Cuban people?
 
 Please share your opinion, visit: The Question of the Week
 
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SOFTWARE SPOTLIGHT - America's Most Wanted Recipes
 
I love to eat out! I like variety and eating out is a great way 
to experience a lot of variety beyond our own culinary talents. 
The only trouble is, it can be expensive.
 
Here's a great solution: learn how to easily imitate the secret 
recipes from Applebees, Boston Market, Chi Chi's, IHOP, Joe's 
Crab Shack, KFC, Olive Garden, Popeyes, Red Lobster, Ruby Tuesday, 
TGI Fridays and more.
 
It's easier than it sounds, just get the America's Most Wanted 
Recipes ebook. I've never been able to make a better than average 
potato soup, though I've tried many recipes. Thanks to the recipe 
for potato soup that the Hard Rock Cafe uses, I'm now Mr. Potato 
Head!
 
Get yer belly happy! Amaze your friends! Amaze yourself!
 
http://xrl.us/yumyum
 
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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         Animals at Play Now Available on DVD
 The Cutest Animal Footage Ever Caught on Film for $9.99

Whether they’re furry, finned or feathered, Cute and Cuddly: 
Animals at Play is a delightful look at animals as they 
playfully explore their special world. We've got everything
from A to Z, (Aardvarks to Zebras) in this 2 hour DVD. Adults 
and children alike will love this fascinating collection of 
baby animals at their cutest. Not only will this DVD provide
amusement, but education as well. Now $9.99 when you visit: 

Animals at Play on DVD
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THE ODDBALL WALL - Old Time TV
 
On this day in 1948, Allen Funt's "Candid Camera" TV debuted 
on ABC. I loved that old show. Today's quiz is about old time 
television shows. 
 
1) Some of today's television shows had their roots in old time 
television. For example, The Price Is Right began in 1956, but 
not with Bob Barker as the host. Who was the original host?
a. Bill Cullen   b. Garry Moore   c. Henry Morgan
 
2) Another game show produced today with roots in the past is 
I've Got A Secret. Which person below was not a panelist on the 
original I've Got A Secret game show?
a. Jayne Meadows   b. Betsy Palmer   c. Arlene Francis
 
3) On the Andy Griffith show, which character did Jim Nabors 
play? 
a. Goober Pyle   b. Gomer Pyle   c. Ernest Pyle
 
4) In response to the success of the James Bond films, NBC came 
out with The Man From U.N.C.L.E. starring Robert Vaughn in the 
title role. What was his characters name?
a. Alexander Waverly   b. Mark Slate   c. Napoleon Solo
 
5) Dr. Frances Horwich, aka Miss Frances, was the star of the 
first educational show for children that led to shows like Mr. 
Rogers. What was the name of the show Miss Frances starred in?
a. People Are Funny   b. Ding Dong School   c. See It Now

6) The Red Skelton Show began as a radio show, but was later 
a hugely successful television show that showcased the many 
characters of Red Skelton. Which of the following is NOT one 
of Red's characters?
a. Blackie McWiggles   b. Clem Kadiddlehopper   c. Willy Lump 
Lump
 
7) The Honeymooners was TV's first spin-off show. The Jackie 
Gleason Show was an hour long variety show of which the Honey-
mooners was a regular sketch. Yeah but, The Jackie Gleason 
show began under another name, and The Honeymooners debuted 
as a 12 minute sketch on this original show. What was the 
original name of The Jackie Gleason Show?
a. Comedy Isn't Pretty
b. The Cavalcade of Stars
c. Jackie Gleason's Show of Shows
 
8) This show, similar to American Idol, featured unknown per 
formers trying to be discovered. On this show, which ran from 
1948 - 1970, viewers sent in postcards to vote for the favorite 
performer, which determined the winner. What was this show?
a. Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour
b. Milton Berle's Star Theater
c. You Name The Star
 
And now for a question sure to alienate you...

9) In what was probably the first TV series about extrater-
restrials, alien beings from a dying planet try to take over 
the planet Earth in this Quinn Martin production from the 
sixties. What was the name of the show?
a. Space Aliens   b. Mars Attacks  c. Invaders
 
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) a. Bill Cullen
2) c. Arlene Francis
3) b. Gomer Pyle
4) c. Napoleon Solo
5) b. Ding Dong School
6) a. Blackie McWiggles
7) b. The Cavalcade of Stars
8) a. Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour
9) c. Invaders
 
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COMPUTER TIPS - Explore Your Computer
 
It always amazes me how little some people know about their very 
own computer. If you've never done it before, take some time to 
explore what you have on your computer system. Here are a few 
examples of what you may find in Windows XP:
 
Narrator - reads text aloud to you in certain programs.
Magnifier - magnifies small text or objects to see them better.
Sound Recorder - record your own voice on your PC (requires mic).
Character Map - see all the fonts in any installed typeface.
Paint - very simple graphics program.
Pinball - and other games.
Disk Cleanup - save disk space by cleaning up the hard drive.
 
This is a small sampling, did you know you had all this stuff? 
There's much more, so explore!
 
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 Confucius: Real knowledge 
is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
 
Have an interesting day, Simon

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

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