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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                        JUNE 1, 2006
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This week...

- Webmaster Tip: New Rules
- Surfin' the Web: TASTE
- Software Spotlight: Idiot-Proof Diet
- The Oddball Wall: Words To Grow By
- Computer Tip: Disappearing Desktop Icons

The last question on the last test of the year in my 10th grade 
art class was something like, "What's the first name of the man 
who cleaned this room all year?"

One student who was a few questions ahead of me raised her hand 
and asked the teacher if that question counted. I quickly 
glanced ahead to the last question.

The teacher answered that it not only counted, but anyone that 
got it right would get an "A" for the test regardless of how 
well they did on the other questions.

The teacher went on to explain, "You'll meet a lot of people 
in your life. Each one is equally important and deserves your 
recognition. How far you go in life depends on how much 
attention you pay to each person you meet. Never forget that."

I haven't forgotten...and by the end of the day everyone in 
School knew the janitor's name was Harold.


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WEBMASTER TIP - New Rules

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: Is there any way to have horizontal rules that don't 
look like stupid gray lines, without having to resort to using 
images?

Simon Says: Sure, use CSS to define the appearance of the rules. 
I've listed a few examples below.

Style 1:
<.hr style="background-color:blue; height: 7px; width: 400px; 
border: solid black 1px;">

Style 2:
<.hr style="color: red; height: 1px; width: 400px;">

Style 3:
<.hr style="border: dashed green 1px; width: 400px; height: 3px;">

Style 4:
<.hr style="color: #B48185; height: 5px; width: 400px;
border-right: solid black 1px; border-bottom: solid black 1px;">

Style 5:
<.hr style="color: #4989CF; width: 400px; height: 7px; border: 
solid #2000D2 1px;">

Style 6:
<.hr style="color: yellow; border: dashed red 1px; width: 400px;
height: 5px;">

Style 7:
<.hr style="border: dotted #5742BB 3px; width: 400px;">

If you paste those into a web page (removing the dot after each 
left arrow bracket), you can see that by combining various 
colors, styles, widths and heights you can create all kinds of 
looks never before possible with code alone.

For the border style, in addition to "solid, dashed, and dotted" 
as I've shown, you can use:

double, groove, ridge, inset, outset (and as previously shown: 
dotted, dashed, solid)

You can even set a different border for each side of the rule 
if you like, but replacing "border" with:

border-top, border-right, border-bottom, and border-left.

...and adding the "style" you want to it. Some of the border 
styles won't work if the border is set to thin. If you can't 
see it working, just increase the border size until you see 
the difference.

That's it, McFrigglewiggles. I think you'd have to agree, this
tutorial rules! ;)


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SURFIN' THE WEB - TASTE

TASTE is an acronym for The Archive of Scientists' Transcendent
Experiences. Scientists have to be careful about what they say 
or write that can't be proven because it can damage their 
credibility and even ruin their career. Positing their beliefs 
about things like life after death, spiritual matters, and other 
esoteric matters that can't be scientifically proven have cost 
more than one scientist his reputation.

At TASTE, scientist can say all they please anonymously, thereby
protecting their careers and reputations. It makes for some in-
teresting reading, but these guys aren't writers, so their words
often leave you wondering why they didn't finish their thoughts. 
In some cases, it almost seems intentional...perhaps to make you 
think.

Thinking is good.

http://www.issc-taste.org/index.shtml


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          GopherCentral's Question of the Week

Do you think Condi Rice should run for President in 2008?

 Please share your opinion, visit: The Question of the Week

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SOFTWARE SPOTLIGHT - Idiot-Proof Diet

Sure...I know what you're thinking. Why is a diet featured 
in the software spotlight? Easy, it's software...and a diet. 
In fact, it's the most innovative diet I've ever seen, and 
it seems to work. I've lost several pounds.

Imagine eating four meals per day that includes your favorite 
foods, getting a three day no-diet window every 11 days, and 
losing weight at the same time -- with no exercise involved!

You'll use the software to generate an 11-day menu plan that 
is designed to program your metabolism to burn more fat. They 
explain it a lot better on their web site. It all makes sense 
when you read it, and as one whose been overweight for longer 
than I care to admit, it's the best "diet" I've seen.

http://xrl.us/eatwell

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 - Words To Grow By

On this day in any year, not much interesting happened that I 
wanted to build a trivia quiz around, so today we'll revisit 
the vocabulary building quiz and get you a little smarter. 
Choose the word that best fits the description given.

1) evident without proof or argument
a. tangible    b. oblivious   c. axiomatic

2) habitually reserved and uncommunicative
a. taciturn   b. defiant   c. gallant

3) noisy, lacking in restraint or discipline
a. boisterous   b. flagrant   c. incitive

4) not disposed or willing to believe
a. spurious   b. incredulous   c. irascible

5) not easily perturbed, upset, or excited
a. ignoble   b. choleric   c. unflappable

6) the process of declining from a higher to a lower quality
a. nonlinear   b. metamorphosis   c. devolution

7) having or showing a ready disposition to fight
a. bellicose   b. unctuous   c. distraught

8) guilt as an accomplice in a crime or offense
a. deviant   b. complicity   c. aberrant

And now for one sure to make you beg for mercy...

9) independence and creativity in thought or action
a. ingenuous   b. ingenious   c. ingenite


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. axiomatic
2) a. taciturn
3) a. boisterous
4) b. incredulous
5) c. unflappable
6) c. devolution
7) a. bellicose
8) b. complicity
9) b. ingenious


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COMPUTER TIPS - Disappearing Desktop Icons

In Windows XP you can make the icons on your desktop disappear 
at will, no magic spell required. To lose the icons:

1) Right-click a blank area of your desktop
2) From the pop-up menu, point to "Arrange Icons By"
3) From the sub-menu, click "Show Desktop Icons" to remove the
   checkmark.

That's it, the icons will disappear and you'll see a clean 
desktop.

Just reverse the procedure to restore them.

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 Henry Boye: The most 
important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.

Have an interesting day, Simon

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

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