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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                     October 26, 2006

This week...
- Webmaster Tip: Excellent Image Protection Trick
- Surfin' the Web: Word Search
- Software Spotlight: The Kakophone
- The Oddball Wall: Cartoon Cartoon
- Computer Tip: New Internet Explorer
Here's the deal...I want everyone who reads this newsletter 
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Write down your rating on an ice cube and place it under a 
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When the telephone rings run to the bathroom and lock yourself 
in. Take off all your clothes and count to 100, backwards, 
starting with the letter "D" -- and no cheating!
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WEBMASTER TIP - Excellent Image Protection Trick
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: Is there a way to keep people from stealing my images?
Simon Says: When all a person has to do to steal your images 
is to right-click one and choose Save, it makes image theft 
as easy as can be. There are several ways to "hide" your images 
from image thieves, but absolutely none of them are foolproof.
One way is to encrypt your source code. My cousin sells a great 
little utility for encrypting your source code. You'll find it 
One of the best tricks, which I also got from my cousin, is to 
place the image you want to protect as the background of a 
table data cell, then use a transparent gif image as the content 
of that same table data cell with the transparent gif image set 
to the same size or larger than the image you want to protect. 
The gif image covers the real image, but because it's transparent, 
the real image shows through in all its glory. When someone 
right-clicks to steal your image, they steal the transparent gif 
image instead.

When someone saves the transparent gif and tries to view it 
later, they'll wonder why there's no image there (there's 
nothing to see, it's transparent and usually only 1x1 pixel 
in dimension). Most people won't figure that one out!
For extra protection use this trick AND encrypt your source 
code. it's unlikely the would-be thieves would ever decrypt 
your source code, and they won't be able to right-click to 
steal the image. They'll just go looking for easier prey.
Here's an example of the code:
<.table><.tr><.td background="images/background.jpg">
<.img src="images/duck.gif" width="200" height="200">
In this example, the image I want to protect is of a duck and it 
is named "background.jpg" and placed as a data cell background. 
The transparent gif image is named "duck.gif" and placed as the 
cell content. So even if someone reads your source code (assuming 
you don't encrypt it) they are going to have to do a lot of 
thinking to figure this trick out. Like I said, they may well 
find it easier to go hunting for ducks in someone else's pond.
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SURFIN' THE WEB - Word Search
You or your kids or someone you know surely likes Word Search 
puzzles. Here you can create your own Word Search puzzles using 
your own words.
Play the puzzles you make online or print them out to enjoy 
later. Pass them out to friends. It's cheaper than buying puzzle 

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Note: I do not provide support for the featured software. Contact 
the software vendor for support. No warranty is made or implied 
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THE ODDBALL WALL - Cartoon Cartoon
On this day in 1917, Felix the Cat was born. For those that are 
too young to remember this cartoon...too bad! You missed a good 
one. Cartoon cartoon...
1) What was the "magical possession" Felix had?
a. magic wand   b. book of spells   c. bag of tricks
2) Who was billed as the "high-falutin'est, fastest shootin'est 
cowboy you ever saw?"
a. Quick Draw McGraw   b. Yosemite Sam   c. Red Rider
3) In the early days of cartoons, the Hanna-Barbera studio was 
famous for copying the formats of other shows into its cartoons. 
for example, Top Cat was a take-off from The Phil Silvers Show. 
What show was the Flintstones a take-off from?
a. Red Skelton   b. The Honeymooners   c. Blondie
4) Speaking of take-offs, in Augie Doggie & Doggie Daddy, who was 
the character Doggie Daddy based on?
a. Jimmy Durante   b. Rodney Dangerfield   c. W.C. Fields
5) What color was Huckleberry Hound?
a. brown   b. yellow   c. blue
6) Chilly Willy was a cold-weather animal that was motivated by a
desire to get warm. What kind of critter was Chilly Willy?
a. polar bear   b. penguin   c. walrus
7) The biggest cartoon star Walter Lantz ever produced was inspired 
by a real animal that plagued him and his wife on their honeymoon. 
What is that cartoon character?
a. PePe LePew   b. Yakky Doodle   c. Woody Woodpecker
8) What cartoon character would I be imitating if I said, "Heavens 
to Murgatroyd, exit, stage left?"
a. Ricochet Rabbit   b. Snagglepuss   c. Mushmouse
And now for a question that sure to animate you...

9) This cartoon character's best pal was a walrus named Chumley 
and his voice was provided by Don Adams, who later used the same 
voice as Maxwell Smart on the comedy Get Smart. Who am I talking 
a. Tennessee Tuxedo   b. Dudley Do-Right   c. George of the Jungle

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) c. bag of tricks
2) a. Quick Draw McGraw
3) b. The Honeymooners
4) a. Jimmy Durante
5) c. blue
6) b. penguin
7) c. Woody Woodpecker
8) b. Snagglepuss
9) a. Tennessee Tuxedo
Sigh...they just don't make cartoons like they used to.


COMPUTER TIPS - New Internet Explorer
It wasn't supposed to happen until December, but the newest 
version of Internet Explorer is ready for download. This is 
version 7, and it features tabbed browsing, a more streamlined 
interface to show more of the web page, search multiple search 
engines with search feature rather than just the default search 
engine, RSS feeds, advanced printing engine automatically 
scales the web page width to fit on a standard sheet of paper 
(no more missing edges), page zooming, enhanced security and 
much, much more.
It's now the most advanced browser out there. If you use 
Internet Explorer like the majority of us, you might as well 
upgrade to the latest version.
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 Arthur Schnitzler: 
Martyrdom has always been a proof of the intensity, never of 
the correctness, of a belief.
Have an interesting day, Simon

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