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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                     November 30, 2006 
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This week...
 
- Webmaster Tip: I Framed You
- Surfin' the Web: 10 Ways to Support the Troops
- Software Spotlight: Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall
- The Oddball Wall: USA
- Computer Tip: IE 7
 
I was at a child's birthday party last weekend when one of the 
little rascals came up to me and said, "Are you Santa Claus?"
 
I was surprised, but I do have a beard, and it's got a little 
white in it, and I am a little overweight...so one could argue 
that it was an easy mistake.
 
However, I'm not Santa Claus overweight, my beard is still 
mostly black and it's trimmed short and neat, and I don't wear 
red suits and funny hats - so I quickly determined someone must 
have put the little dickens up to it.
 
I answered, "Why yes I am, and if you tell me who told you to 
ask me that, I'll make sure you get lots of extra presents for 
Christmas.
 
"Daddy," he answered.
 
Ha! Now if daddy wants this little 5 or 6 year old to keep 
believing in Santa Claus, he'd better come up with some extra 
presents! :)
 

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WEBMASTER TIP - I Framed You
 
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 saw a web site with a scrolling hole in the page. 
How is that done?
 
Simon Says: A scrolling hole, huh? I've never heard it called 
that, but I suspect you're referring to an inline frame.
 
For those that don't know, an inline frame, or iframe for 
short, is like a little window you can place on your page that 
can have other pages load inside the frame without needing to 
reload the entire page.
 
First, let's make an iframe:
 
<.iframe src="iframe.html" align="right"
  name="#coolwhip" width="400" height="100">
<.a href="iframe.html">Link for non-iframe browsers<./a><./iframe>
 
In the first line of code, where you see: src="iframe.html"

...this is the page you want to have load in the iframe when 
the main page first loads. The page in the iframe doesn't have 
to be named iframe.html, it can be named anything. It could be 
a text file too, it doesn't have to be an HTML file.
 
In the second line of code, notice that I gave the iframe a 
name (name="#coolwhip"). This is important because the name 
becomes the link target. The name can be anything. I chose 
coolwhip in honor of a friend who gets a kick out of little 
touches like that. (Hi Shan) The name must prefaced with a 
pound sign (#), that's what tells the browser the link target 
is on the same page as the link. Note that the first two 
lines are both part of the opening iframe tag and could be 
all placed on one line in your source code, but I had to place 
it on two lines for this ezine format.

In the third line of code, you see a link. That is for older 
browsers that can't display the iframe. Rather than an iframe, 
the link is displayed so users can click the link to read the 
content you are displaying in the iframe.
 
For some, that's all they need an iframe for, to display a lot 
of information in a small space. Others may want to have links 
open inside the iframe. Here's how to code a link so it opens 
in the iframe:
 
<.a href="SomePage.html" target="#coolwhip">Link Text<./a>
 
It's as simple as adding the target to a regular link. So there 
you go, you've been framed, iframed you. Hardy har har.
 
Iframes are supported by Internet Explorer 3 and later, Netscape 
6 and later, and Opera 4 and later, and Firefox (not sure which 
versions). If you use any other browser, you must be used to 
figuring out what works on your own by now. :)
 
 
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SURFIN' THE WEB - 10 Ways to Support the Troops
 
Whether you're for or against the war in Iraq, all Americans 
should support the troops fighting the war against terror. A 
lot of people say they support the troops, but do nothing to 
support them.
 
As a former Navy man, I know first-hand the sacrifices our 
military men and women have to make during peace time, and 
it's tremendous. War brings a whole new level of sacrifices 
few can imagine adequately. Let's not forget, we have our 
freedom because of the sacrifices generations of military 
personnel.
 
So do you support the troops? Do it with more than words, 
please. The link below will show you 10 Ways to Support the 
Troops with real deeds, not just hollow words. There is sure 
to be at least one way that to support them that feels right 
to you. With Christmas approaching it's the loneliest time 
of the year for a soldier overseas. Won't you please show you 
care?
 
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/11/18/203710/39
 

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THE ODDBALL WALL - USA
 
On this day in 1782, Britain signed an agreement recognizing 
US independence. Hey, thanks mate! Here's a little trivia 
about the US. 
 
1) I'll start you off with an easy one. The capital of the US 
is Washington, D.C. What is D.C. an abbreviation for?
a. Department of the Capital
b. District of Canada
c. District of Columbia
 
2) Speaking of that little conflict with the British, when did 
the American Revolutionary War start?
a. 1760   b. 1775   c. 1790
 
3) The federal government is divided into three main branches 
of power. Which of the following is NOT one of these main 
branches?
a. Executive   b. Legislative   c. Defense
 
4) How many states are there in the United States?
a. 48   b. 50   c. 51
 
5) Everyone knows New York City is the largest city in the US, 
but what is the second largest city?
a. Los Angeles   b. Chicago   c. Houston

6) What famous US document starts off with: "We the People 
of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, 
establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for 
the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure 
the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do 
ordain and establish..."
a. Bill of Rights   b. Constitution   c. Articles of Confederation
 
7) According to the CIA World Factbook, the US has 14 dependent
territories. Three well-known ones include American Samoa, 
Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Which of the following is 
NOT a US dependent territory?
a. Falkland Islands   b. Kingman Reef   c. Guam

8) Before joining the United States in 1845, Texas was an 
independent nation known as the Republic of Texas. Seven 
different cities served as its capital, with five of them 
briefly serving as the capital all in 1836. What was the 
last capital of the Republic of Texas before it joined the US?
a. Galveston   b. Houston   c. Austin
 
And now for one that's sure to splash your puddle...

9) The US has five military branches: the Marines, Navy, Air 
Force, Army, and Coast Guard. What's unusual about the Coast 
Guard? 
a. During war, it reports to the Navy; during peace, Homeland 
  Security 
b. Personnel are recruited from Navy ranks, you can't join 
  directly
c. In addition to military training, all personnel receive the 
  same training as police officers
 
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. District of Columbia
2) b. 1775
3) c. Defense (the other is the Judiciary, or Judicial branch)
4) b. 50
5) a. Los Angeles (Chicago is 3rd, Houston 4th)
6) b. Constitution
7) a. Falkland Islands
8) c. Austin*
9) a. During war, it reports to the Navy; peace, Homeland 
 Security
 
*Replublic of Texas capitals:
  Washington-on-the-Brazos, 1836
  Harrisburg, 1836
  Galveston, 1836
  Velasco, 1836
  Columbia, 1836
  Houston, 1837-1839
  Austin, 1839-1845
 

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COMPUTER TIPS - IE 7
 
For those that use Internet Explorer to browse the web, IE 7 
is not available. Even you use another browser, if you have 
a Windows operating system, you may want to upgrade IE to 
version 7 even if you don't use it. Why? It has security 
upgrades that will help protect your operating system better.
 
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/downloads/default.mspx
 

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 Ivy Baker Priest: The 
world is round and the place which may seem like the end may 
also be only the beginning.
 
Have an interesting day, Simon

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

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