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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                     September 7, 2006

This week...
- Webmaster Tip: Highlighting Words
- Surfin' the Web: 10,000 Reasons
- Software Spotlight: World Wind
- The Oddball Wall: Football!
- Computer Tip: Spare Parts
A friend of mine, Mike, owns his own computer repair shop. 
He told me he was called to a house a few weeks back because 
a man couldn't get his computer to boot up.
When Mike arrived he pushed the power button and nothing 
happened. The first thing he always checks is to make sure 
the computer is plugged in. He checked the plug, and it was 
plugged into a power strip.
Then he found the problem. The man had plugged the power 
strip into the power strip instead of the wall outlet! That 
little mistake cost the customer $60.00, the minimum price 
for on-site service.

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WEBMASTER TIP - Highlighting Words
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 
Question: I saw a site that had words highlighted, like you'd 
do with a yellow marker on paper. How'd they do that, 
highlighting one word?
Simon Says: They did that with CSS. The highlight, which is 
really just a background color for one or more words, can be 
any color you choose, it doesn't have to be yellow.
Highlighting text is great for emphasizing important words or 
points in your message. I use it on several sites of my own, 
especially to draw attention to important sales points or 
special instructions.
Just add this code to the HEAD section of your HTML page:
<.style type="text/css">
.HL {background: #ffff99;
  color: #000000;}
What you've done is create a CSS class, and now the table is 
set. To use it to highlight a text passage, you could write:
<.font class="HL">this is highlighted
The words "this is highlighted" will have a yellow background 
with black text. Of course, you can change those colors to 
anything you want by changing the colors in the CSS code.
You can also use that class in other places, such as with a 
heading tag:

Most people agree, unless they don't.

Now your heading will be highlighted. That's what we like around here, lightheaded highs...I mean, highlighted heads... aw shucks, you know what I mean. ------------------------------------------------------------ **** MajorGeeks **** The First Stop for all Your F-R-E-E Software Needs MajorGeeks.com is here to offer you the tools needed to help you get the most out of your computer. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced user MajorGeeks.com can offer you the latest updates in Spyware, Antivirus, and Diagnostic software to keep your computer running safe and smooth. If you're a beginner, this is a fun place to start out as well as learn about your computer. Stop in and take a look at: MajorGeeks.com ------------------------------------------------------------ SURFIN' THE WEB - 10,000 Reasons You know, sometimes it gets tiring running around being all happy and smiley. If you need a change and just can't find any inspirational depression on your own, visit the 10,000 Reasons Civilization is Doomed web site. Here's their top 5 reasons: Reason #1: Paris Hilton Reason #2: Orange County, California. Reason #3: Joe Francis Reason #4: Dr. Phil Reason #5: Self-tanning products Okay, so maybe you have to drill down the list a bit to find some really depressing stuff, but having to do that should depress you enough to set the tone for your hunt for the blues so when you do come across a good reason or two, it'll smack you upside the head and knock the happy right out of you! http://www.10000reasons.org/ ------------------------------------------------------------ GopherCentral's Question of the Week Do you believe that dissenting on issues like the war in Iraq indicates fascism and appeasement? Please share your opinion, visit: The Question of the Week ------------------------------------------------------------ SOFTWARE SPOTLIGHT - World Wind Here's some really cool software from NASA. World Wind lets you zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth. Leveraging Landsat satellite imagery and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data, World Wind lets you experience Earth terrain in visually rich 3D, just as if you were really there. Virtually visit any place in the world. Look across the Andes, into the Grand Canyon, over the Alps, or along the African Sahara. http://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/ 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. ------------------------------------------------------------ What's your opinion on Golf? It seems like you either love it or just don't understand the attraction. This hilarious DVD explores a golfers infatuation with driving, chipping, putting and all things golf related. You won't believe the ridiculous ways golfers obsess over the sport. Of the 60 million golfers worldwide, only a handful are really good, which begs the question: "Why do the rest of us even bother?" This makes a wonderful gift for any golf nut. Even if you don't love the game, this is one funny DVD. And at the reduced price of just $12.99 (a savings of $7.00), you've got to get it. VISIT: Golf the Ridiculous Obsession DVD ------------------------------------------------------------ THE ODDBALL WALL - Football! On this day in 1963, the Pro Football Hall of Fame dedication took place. With the NFL season just around the corner, it's the perfect time for an NFL quiz. Buckle up your chin strap, here we go. 1) Where is the NFL Hall of Fame? a. New York, NY b. Green Bay, WI c. Canton, OH 2) Paul Tagliabue was the NFL commissioner for the last 17 years. On September 1st a new commissioner took his place. Who is it? a. J. Allen Brown b. Roger Goodell c. Paul McGuire 3) Which quarterback led the league in passing yards in 2005? a. Tom Brady b. Trent Green c. Brett Favre 4) Who is the only quarterback to pass for over 5,000 yards in a single season? a. Jim Kelly b. Dan Marino c. John Elway 5) There were six new members inducted into the pro football Hall of Fame in 2006. Which NFL player or coach below was NOT one of them? a. Tom Landry b. Reggie White c. Rayfield Wright 6) The Seattle Seahawks, the Chicago Bears, the Denver Broncos... most team names are coupled with a city, but the Carolina Panthers were named as a team representing both North Carolina and South Carolina. So, what city is actually their home base? a. Raleigh, NC b. Charleston, SC c. Charlotte, NC 7) Who is known as the "father" of American football? a. Walter Camp b. George Halas c. Art Rooney 8) Ah...there's nothing else quite like a quarterback sack. Who is the only player to record 7 sacks in a single game? a. Kevin Greene b. Mark Gastineau c. Derrick Thomas And now for a question sure to send you rushing for the end zone... 9) Who was the first player to rush over 1,000 yards in one season? a. Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch b. Beattie Feathers c. Bronko Nagurski 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. Canton, OH 2) b. Roger Goodell 3) a. Tom Brady (Brady, Green, and Favre finished 1-2-3) 4) b. Dan Marino (5,084 yards in 1984) 5) a. Tom Landry 6) c. Charlotte, NC 7) a. Walter Camp 8) c. Derrick Thomas (KC vs. Seattle, Nov. 11, 1990) 9) b. Beattie Feathers Beattie Feathers, of the Chicago Bears, rushed for 1004 yards in 1934. The real stunner is that he did it in only 119 carries, giving him an amazing 8.4 yards per carry average! ------------------------------------------------------------ COMPUTER TIPS - Spare Parts Computer peripherals don't last forever, especially cheap ones! Keyboards and mice seem to wear out at the most inopportune times and you certainly need them to operate your computer. They're also very cheap to purchase, so why not keep a spare keyboard and mouse on-hand for those times when one of them dies and goes to that big hard drive in the sky? You don't need a top of the line keyboard or mouse for a spare. You can get a cheap keyboard and mouse for under $25.00 if you shop around, and sometimes quite a bit less if you watch for sales or buy used ones. At our local college they open the doors to the public every Friday to sell off old equipment they no longer have use for. They always seem to have used keyboards there for $2.00 - $5.00. That's pretty cheap insurance against having one of these parts give out at a time when you need it and the stores aren't open or you don't really have the time to spare to go shopping. 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. ------------------------------------------------------------ Until next week, ponder these words of William Blake: The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind. Have an interesting day, Simon Questions? Comments? Email me at: tutor@gophercentral.com ------------------------------------------------------------- You can discuss this latest issue in the new Internet Tutor forum. Check it out here... 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