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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                     December 7, 2006 
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This week...
 
- Webmaster Tip: Creating CSS Classes
- Surfin' the Web: Earth Shots
- Software Spotlight: Windowpaper XP
- The Oddball Wall: Gadgets and Inventions
- Computer Tip: Google Gets Better
 
Guess how I was awoken today. Was it the alarm clock? No.
 
Was it the telephone? No.
 
Was it the doorbell? No.
 
Was it someone licking my ear? Yes!
 
Was it my wife? No!!!
 
It was that darn puppy. The bed is three times taller than that 
little pup, but somehow she decided it was time for me to get 
up and managed to jump up onto the bed to let me know it. The 
top of the bed is a good three feet off the floor, and the 
puppy is only 10 inches tall, quite a leap for a very small 
dog.

Just think, it was only a few short weeks ago that she was too 
worried to tackle the stairs.
 

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WEBMASTER TIP - Creating CSS Classes
 
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: How do you create a "class" in CSS?
 
Simon Says: A CSS class is either created in an external style 
sheet or embedded styles. Here's an example:
 
p.quote {color: navy; font-size: 75%; padding: 20px;}
 
If that code were in your embedded or external style sheet, any 
time you used that paragraph class the font would be rendered 
in Navy color, be 75% the size (so it would be slightly smaller) 
of the default text, and there would be 20 pixels of padding so 
the textwould be indented on both sides and on the top and 
bottom.
 
The code example is a paragraph tag, followed by a dot and a 
name. The name can be anything as long as it starts with a 
letter (A-z) and doesn't include any special characters. The 
name I gave the class was "quote" and, as you might guess, 
could be used to give a quotation a different look from the 
body of the text. To create a class, just add a dot (.) after 
any selector (HTML element) and add a name.
 
To use that class on your page, add the class to a normal para-
graph: 
 
<.p class="quote">
 
Each time you code a paragraph like that the text would be 
rendered in the style you set for the class in your embedded 
or external style sheet. Cool stuff, the more CSS you know 
the more you'll like it.
 

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SURFIN' THE WEB - Earth Shots
 
Earth Shots features a Photo of the Day having something to 
do with the world around us, most of the natural world, but 
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Don't miss this one, and be sure to visit the archives pages. 
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SOFTWARE SPOTLIGHT - Windowpaper XP
 
Here's one for Windows XP users. Windowpaper XP helps you to 
quickly and easily add a background photo or image to any 
Windows folder, and you can change the text color too so you 
don't have to only use light colored photos or backgrounds.
 
Windows operating systems prior to XP had this options built 
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THE ODDBALL WALL - Gadgets and Inventions
 
On this day in 1945 the microwave oven patented. Wow, it sure 
took a long time before it became available to the average 
consumer. Anyway, todays whoopty-do is about gadgets and 
inventions.
 
1) Ron Popeil has invented enough gadgets to sell over 2 
billion dollars worth. You might remember the Pocket Fisher-
man, Chop-O-Matic, or one of his many other gadgets. What's 
the name of his company?
a. Popeil and Sons   b. The Gadget Master   c. Ronco 
(Corporation)
 
2) The first answering machine, invented Willy Müller, stood 
3 feet tall. In what year did Willy invent the answering 
machine?
a. 1935   b. 1950   c. 1967
 
3) You've probably heard the expression, "best invention since 
sliced bread" before. Sliced bread, first invented in 1912, 
wasn't such a good invention at first, with the inventor trying 
to use hat pins to hold the bread together. He kept at it, and 
finally invented a machine that would slice the bread and wrap 
it in plastic. What year was it?
a. 1916   b. 1921   c. 1928

4) The first cash register, invented in 1883, had kind of a 
funny nickname when it came out. What was it?
a. The Cash Cow   b. The Incorruptible Cashier   c. The Money 
Minder

5) When I was growing up one of the most wonderful gadgets 
was the table-side jukebox found in many diners. The jukebox 
was around long before that though, since 1889 to be exact. 
What was this gadget 
called way back then?
a. Nickel-in-the-Slot machine   b. Band-in-a-Box   c. Table 
Music Box

6) Joshua Lionel Cowen was an accidental inventor. That is, 
he invented things all right, but what he invented always 
seemed to better suited for other uses. His fuse for camera 
flashes ended up being used as underwater fuses by the Navy. 
His creative window display for selling merchandise didn't 
sell, but the toy car that rode around the window on a track 
to highlight the merchandise was what everyone wanted (which 
eventually became Lionel model trains). And his battery 
operated plant light became something else too. What was it?
a. Black light   b. Flashlight   c. Strobe light
 
7) The first Eskimo Pie chocolate covered ice cream bar on a 
stick was invented in 1934. What was its original name?
a. I-Scream-Bar   b. Ice Cream Paddle   c. Eskimo-on-a-Stick

8) Italian inventor, Guglielmo Marconi, proved the feasibility 
of radio communication. In 1899 he flashed the first wireless 
signal across the English Channel and later received the letter 
"S", telegraphed from England to Newfoundland. This was the 
first successful transatlantic radiotelegraph message. How much 
time passed between the sending and receiving of the message?
a. 2 hours   b. 2 months   c. 2 years
 
And now for one that's sure to cool your jets...

9) Willis Haviland Carrier invented air conditioning. U.S. 
Pat# 808897 was awarded to him in 1906, but the title of his 
invention wasn't called the Air Conditioner. What was it 
called?
a. Cool Air Machine
b. Apparatus for Treating Air
c. Temperature Defluctuator
 
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) c. Ronco (Corporation)
2) a. 1935
3) c. 1928
4) b. The Incorruptible Cashier
5) a. Nickel-in-the-Slot machine
6) b. Flashlight
7) a. I-Scream-Bar
8) c. 2 years
9) b. Apparatus for Treating Air
 

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COMPUTER TIPS - Google Gets Better
 
With yet another reason for making Google your primary search 
engine, Google now offers advisories when a site that came up 
in search results is known to deal in badware.
 
Badware includes spyware, viruses, hack attacks, and other 
nasty stuff you want no part of.
 
If you click a link that deals in badware, instead of being 
taken to the dangerous site, Google now warns you that site is 
known to contain content that can damage your computer. You 
then have the option of learning more about spyware, searching 
again, or continuing to the original site.
 
To the best of my knowledge, Google is the first and only 
search engine to try to prevent the spread of badware by 
filtering there search results. Hats off to Google once again.
 
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 Roger L'Estrange: It 
is with our passions as it is with fire and water; they are 
good servants, but bad masters.
 
Have an interesting day, Simon

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

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