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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                      June 15, 2006

This week...
- Webmaster Tip: Get Off The Border
- Surfin' the Web: 5oup
- Software Spotlight: Software and PC Tutorials
- The Oddball Wall: World of Words
- Computer Tip: PC TV
From the strange but true files...
One of my wife's clients was telling her that when she was at 
a busy restaurant the other night, the wine was getting to her 
and her girdle was too. Feeling less inhibited from the wine 
about her extra girth, she asked for a doggie back and went 
to the ladies room and removed her girdle, placing it in the 
doggie bag and placing that on the floor by her chair when she 
returned to her table.
Later that evening when she got home, she opened her doggie 
bag and found a piece of fish. She figured someone at the 
table behind her got an even bigger surprise when they got 
home and found her girdle.

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WEBMASTER TIP - Get Off The Border
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 want to use a left border background on my site, 
but I can't figure out how to keep the page content off of 
the border area. The tutorials I've seen show to use a table, 
but I'm not good with tables and I've read some things 
against using tables too. Is there another (easier!) way?
Simon Says: There are two different ways besides using tables. 
The oldest is known as the single-pixel gif trick. Basically, 
you place a transparent gif comprised of one pixel on the left 
edge of the page and set it to however wide and high you need. 
Since it's transparent, nothing shows so there's no image 
degradation, and having it only one pixel by one pixel in 
size assures it download fast and can be used at different 
sizes for each page.
That's the old-fashioned way of doing it, there is a better 
way now using CSS. Just add the following to the HEAD section 
of your page:
<.style type="text/css">
body {margin-left: 160 px;}
Of course, you'll need to adjust the width to fit your left 
border image. If you already know enough about CSS to be 
using a linked style sheet, just add the middle line to your 
code, or if you already have a body tag in your linked style 
sheet, just add the margin-left to it.
You can also set the other page margins in the same way. In 
addition to margin-left, use: margin-top, margin-right, 
margin-bottom, and margin-left ...in that order.
Or, just use: margin: 160px
...to set all page margins the same.


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THE ODDBALL WALL - World of Words
The web site I use to find what happened on this day in 
history was down as I'm writing this, so we'll have a 
vocabulary builder quiz instead. You are all about learning 
and getting smarter anyway, right? Just choose the word that 
best matches the definition given.
1) characterized by intensity of emotions or convictions
a. vehement   b. intrusive   c. apathetic
2) belonging to a thing by its very nature
a. literally   b. extraneous   c. intrinsic
3) peculiar to the individual
a. mediative   b. idiosyncratic   c. derivative
4) having a clear mind
a. transparent   b. ambient   c. lucid
5) noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline
a. wanton   b. rambunctious   c. disjointed
6) full of trivial conversation
a. garrulous   b. spurious   c. dubious
7) of high moral or intellectual value
a. rarified   b. currish   c. indelible
8) an explanation of the fundamental reasons
a. definition   b. rationale   c. forethought
And now for a word that isn't funny...
9) someone who never laughs
a. killjoy   b.  persona non grata   c. agelast
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
1) a. vehement
2) c. intrinsic
3) b. idiosyncratic
4) c. lucid
5) b. rambunctious
6) a. garrulous
7) a. rarified
8) b. rationale
9) c. agelast


After last weeks lengthy computer tip, this week will be a 
short one, and a rather different one at that.
How would you like to be able to watch over 200 satellite TV 
channels on your PC from around the world? How would you like 
no recurring fees for that privilege?
The stations come from almost 100 different countries, in-
cluding the USA, UK, Vatican City, France, Germany, Israel, 
Netherlands, Spain, Australia, and every continent out there, 
with over 80% of them in the English language.
I have to admit, I'm not much of a TV watcher so I haven't 
tried this, but for those of you that enjoy television, I 
thought I'd be remiss if I didn't pass this on to you. If 
you have questions, consult the FAQ page on the web site.

Until next week, ponder these words of Marcus Aurelius: 
Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat 
than in his own soul.
Have an interesting day, Simon

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