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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                      June 8, 2006
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This week...
 
- Webmaster Tip: Text Flow
- Surfin' the Web: National Geographic Quiz
- Software Spotlight: Error Killer
- The Oddball Wall: Same Day, Different Year
- Computer Tip: Home Network Safety
 
I found this item in a newsletter about legal issues:
 
"In a lawsuit taking place in Appleton, WI, a former patient 
is suing her former psychiatrist. The patient was diagnosed 
as suffering from multiple personality disorder. He found 
120 different personalities. The most incredible thing is 
that he billed the insurance company for group therapy for 
his sessions with her."
 
I couldn't believe it when I read that. Group therapy! Right. 
That psychiatrist should lose his license to practice for 
practicing fraud.
 
By the way, she is suing because the whole multiple person-
alities thing appears to be a misdiagnosis, or in my opinion, 
an outright scam from the beginning.
 

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WEBMASTER TIP - Text Flow
 
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 I flow text around an image instead of just 
having one line of text by the image before it drops down the 
next line?
 
Simon Says: By adding an align attribute and value:
 
<.img src="picture.jpg" align="right" width="100" height="100">
 
With the above image, the image would align to the right side 
of the page and cause the text to flow on the left side of it. 
To have the image align to the left and the text to flow to 
the right side, just change the align value from "right" to 
"left".
 
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here:
 
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SURFIN' THE WEB - National Geographic Quiz
 
National Geographic and Roper have a geography quiz online. 
It's one of those quizzes that show how ignorant our youth 
is. It's a challenging quiz for most adults, I'd speculate.
 
I took the quiz, and got 19 of 20 questions correct. The 
question I got wrong was an improper question for a geography 
quiz. It asks what city does the television show CSI take 
place in and gives you four choices. That in not a geography 
question, it's an entertainment question. It's about a tele-
vision series.
 
I did send them an email suggesting they replace that 
question, so maybe it won't be there when you take the quiz, 
but it probably will.
 
Anyway, see how you stack up!
 
http://www9.nationalgeographic.com/roper2006/
 
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SOFTWARE SPOTLIGHT - Error Killer
 
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THE ODDBALL WALL - Same Day, Different Year
 
Several almost interesting things happened on this day through-
out the years, but nothing that really excited me enough to 
want to build an entire quiz around them. So, I'm going to list 
nine different things that happened on this day, and your job 
is to choose the year that it happened. Ready, set, go...
 
1) The first commercially-made ice cream was sold in New York 
on this day in what year?
a. 1786   b. 1845   c. 1901
 
2) Gary Puckett & The Union Gap release "Lady Will Power" on 
this day in what year?
a. 1963   b. 1968   c. 1974
 
3) The USSR launched Luna 6, a moon rocket, but totally missed 
the Moon on this day in what year?
a. 1961   b. 1965   c. 1969
 
4) The people of Tennessee vote to secede from the Union on 
this day in what year?
a. 1849   b. 1853   c. 1861
 
5) The NFL and AFL announced plans to merge their separate 
football leagues (which actually happened four years later) 
into one league with two conferences on this day in what 
year?
a. 1966   b. 1968   c. 1970

6) The first cable cars began running (in Los Angeles) on 
this day in what year?
a. 1865   b. 1878   c. 1889
 
7) The discovery of element 93, neptunium, was announced on 
this day in what year?
a. 1907   b. 1923   c. 1940

8) The Supreme Court ruled segregated lunch counters were 
illegal on this day in what year?
a. 1943   b. 1953   c. 1963
 
And now for one sure to make you cry uncle...
 
9) "The Milton Berle Show" (Uncle Milty!) premiers on NBC TV 
on this day in what year?
a. 1948   b. 1955   c. 1961
 
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. 1786
2) b. 1968
3) b. 1965
4) c. 1861
5) a. 1966
6) c. 1889
7) c. 1940
8) b. 1953
9) a. 1948
 

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COMPUTER TIPS - Home Network Safety
 
I recently bought a laptop, my first one. I wanted to be able 
to attend to business on the road and to be able to work from 
any location in my home instead of being tied to my home 
office. So, I had to learn about setting up a wireless network 
so I could use my laptop in my living room, out in the yard, 
or anywhere I wanted.
 
I found that if you don't take security precautions others can 
tap into your home network quite easily. Here are my top eight 
tips for keeping your home network safe.
 
1) Immediately change the password. Each manufacturer has a 
default password for wireless routers. Too many people know 
the default passwords and are more than happy to tap into your 
network, so change it right away.

You should choose a difficult password to guess. Make it at 
least 12 characters long and use a combination of letters 
(in both upper and lower case), numbers and symbols. Don't 
use real words, nor names of pets, birth dates, etc. The 
harder you make it the more secure your wireless network 
will be.
 
Don't forget to write down the password and keep it in a safe 
location OFF OF YOUR COMPUTER.
 
2) Use a good, strong encryption. The three types of Wi-Fi 
encryption at the time I researched it was:
 
WEP (wired equivalent privacy) - Old and easily broken.
 
WPA (Wi-Fi protected access) - better.
 
WPA2 (also known as 802.11i) - best.

If your hardware doesn't support WPA or WPA2, upgrade. If 
your hardware uses WEP but can be upgraded, you should be 
able to download an upgrade from the manufacturers web site. 
If not, get new hardware.
 
3) Turn on the firewall in your router. The firewall monitors 
traffic and checks for suspicious activity, and if necessary, 
blocks suspicious access to your network. It's a good idea to 
use a software firewall too.

4)  Change the Default SSID. Routers use a network name called 
the SSID. Manufacturers normally ship their products with all 
using the same SSID. When someone finds a default SSID, they 
know it's not a well-configured network and are will be more 
likely to attack it.
 
5) Wi-Fi hardware uses a unique identifier called the "physical 
address" or sometimes "MAC address." Routers keep track of the 
addresses of the devices that connect to them. Many routers 
allow the owner an option to key in the addresses of their 
home equipment, thus restricting the network to only allow 
connections from those devices.
 
6) Wireless signals normally reach outside the home, often 
reaching neighboring homes. When installing a wireless home 
network, the position of the access point or router deter-
mines it's reach. Try to position these devices near the 
center of the home rather than near windows to minimize the 
extra range.
 
7) In Wi-Fi networking, some routers broadcast the network 
name (SSID) over the air at regular intervals. In the home 
this feature is unnecessary. Turn it off to decrease the 
likelihood of an unwelcome neighbor or hacker trying to log 
in to your home network.
 
8) Lastly, turn of your network when entering periods of 
non-use. 
 
Disclaimer: Advice in this column is presented as infor-
mational 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 Joe Cordare: To the 
questions of your life you are the answer, and to the problems 
of your life you are the solution.
 
Have an interesting day, Simon

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

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