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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                     October 19, 2006
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This week...

- Webmaster Tip: Targeting Links from Pop-up Window
- Surfin' the Web: Live Science
- Software Spotlight: Just BASIC
- The Oddball Wall: Where Is It
- Computer Tip: LightScribe

I don't know about where you live, but here the political ads 
for the next election are showing up in full force. Here are 
my thoughts on modern politics:

~ Politics should be about right or wrong, not right or left.

~ Choices in leadership are so poor I more often seem to be 
  voting against someone rather than voting for someone. That 
  sucks.

~ There are too many Democrats and Republicans in office...and 
  not enough Americans.

~ We jail the stupid criminals, and re-elect the smart criminals.

~ I don't believe anything a politician says...until he or she 
  denies it.

Yeah, you get the picture, I don't like politics, I don't like 
politicians, and I don't like what the political process has 
devolved into. I agree with Plato, "Mankind will never see an 
end of trouble until lovers of wisdom come to hold political 
power, or the holders of power become lovers of wisdom."


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45 Fantastic Fights of the Century

Store Price: $14.99
DEAL PRICE: $3.99

For the first-time-ever you can get 45 of the greatest boxing
matches of the 20th century on one collectible DVD. And get 
this... you can get it for JUST $3.99.

Every fight fan will want to own this historic treasure that
features boxing greats like Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Sugar 
Ray Robinson, and many more.

It's over two (2) hours of non-stop footage. Grab one for
the fight fan you know. It will make a one-of-a-kind gift. 

45 Fantastic Fights DVD
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WEBMASTER TIP - Targeting Links from Pop-up Window
 
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 can I have links in a pop up menu open the pages 
in the main browser window?
 
Simon Says: The first thing you have to do is name the main 
page using JavaScript.
 
<.script type="text/JavaScript"> self.name = "home"; <./script>
 
Just paste that into your main page somewhere, with the main 
page being the page the pop-up menu is launched from. You can 
change the name "home" to any name you want.
 
Then add a link on your pop-up menu page like this:
 
Your Page
 
This will load "your_page.html" back in the main browser window. 
If you want to have other links in the pop-up menu to continue 
to load into the main browser window, you'll have to place that 
first part of the code on each page or else the target "home" 
won't be found. If you change the name "home" in step one, you'll 
need to change the target name to the same name in step two.
 
There you go, pop that only goes flat when your visitor's have 
a JavaScript incapable browser.
 

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Introducing the Game Lovers 4-CDRom Collection 
FOR JUST 99 CENTS...

You read this correctly. For the first time ever, you can 
get four (4) fully licensed CDRoms of some of the best games 
for just 99 cents. That's 99 CENTS FOR ALL FOUR!

It's the deal of a lifetime but it is a promotional offer so 
we MUST limit you to no more than four (3) collections per 
order. Included in this Exclusive Collection:

      - Asteroids           - Family Game Pack by Royale 
      - Mini Golf Master    - Brain Buster

Why are we offering this? Plain and simple, we want to get 
you to our PulseTV site to show you how easy it is to order 
and what great service we have. Grab this special deal (only
available to GopherCentral readers) by visiting us at: 

Game Lover's 4-CDRom Collection
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SURFIN' THE WEB - Live Science
 
They call them myths, I'd call them old wives tales. You might 
call them Fred...if you're silly. By any name, you can learn 
the truth behind these mythical old Freds:
 
Can a chicken really live without a head? Is a dog's mouth 
really cleaner than a human's? Do humans really only use 10 
percent of their brain? Is chicken soup really good for you 
when you have a cold?
 
Learn the answer to these and other mystifying questions at 
Live Science, then explore the rest of this marvelous web 
site. Hint: try some of the photo galleries.
 
http://www.livescience.com/bestimg/result.php?back=
myths_gumballs_03.jpg&cat=myths
 
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          GopherCentral's Question of the Week
 
Do you think the government is telling the truth concerning 
9-11?

 Please share your opinion, visit: The Question of the Week
 
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SOFTWARE SPOTLIGHT - Just BASIC
 
This program won't be for everyone, but what is? Just BASIC 
is a free programming editor for creating your own Windows 
software programs. Using the comparatively easy to learn 
BASIC programming language, it allows anyone to find out if 
they have the interest and potential to become home-grown 
software developer.
 
http://www.justbasic.com/
 
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.
 

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Get the COMPLETE Series of '1st & Ten' on DVD

Store Price: 19.99
OUR PRICE: $14.99 (6 DVD set)

This DVD collector's set edition follows the hilarious 
exploits of the "California Bulls" (a fictional 
professional football team). Featuring real football
players to make the action intense and an acting cast 
that included Christopher Meloni, Shannon Tweed, Delta
Burke, this was a real gem that ran on HBO. Those
who've seen it still rank it as one of the best comedies
ever. 

Both comedy and football fans will love '1st & Ten.' And
with this special low price it makes the ultimate gift. 

Complete 1st & Ten Series on DVD
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THE ODDBALL WALL - Where Is It
 
Today is Independence Day for the country of Mauritania. In 
case you didn't know, that a country in northwest Africa. 
Today we're going to sharpen your geography with a "where 
is it" trivia quiz. I'll name a place, you try to determine 
what country it's in. In all cases the places in question 
are major cities.
 
1) Formerly known as Constantinople, Istanbul is in what 
country?
a. Greece   b. Turkey   c. India
 
2) Set on the Swan River, named because of the native black 
swans that inhabit the area, what country is home to Perth?
a. Argentina   b. Australia   c. Switzerland

3) La Paz is the highest capital city in the world. What 
country is LaPaz the capital of?
a. Bolivia   b. Panama   c. Spain
 
4) Wellington, rated as having the 12th best quality of living 
in the world according to a 2006 study, is the capital of what 
island nation?
a. New Zealand   b. United Kingdom   c. Madagascar
 
5) Bobby Bloom had a top ten hit song with Montego Bay. 
Unfortunately for Bobby, it was his only hit song. Fortunately, 
this city of song has thrived as a duty free tourist attraction. 
What island nation is home to Montego Bay?
a. Jamaica   b. Bahamas   c. Solomon Islands
 
6) Legend has it the city of Barcelona was founded by Hercules. 
True or not, I've been there found the people of Barcelona to 
among the friendliest I've ever encountered. What country is 
home to Barcelona?
a. Mexico   b. Brazil   c. Spain
 
7) You've probably heard of The Canterbury Tales, but do you 
know what country the city of Canterbury is in?
a. Scotland   b. Ireland   c. England
 
8) Salzburg is noted as the birthplace of Mozart and the setting 
for the musical and film The Sound of Music. What country is 
Salzburg in? 
a. Switzerland   b. Austria   c. Norway
 
And now for a change of pace that may strand you nowhere...
 
9) There are probably several countries you've never heard of. 
Which of the following is NOT a real country?
a. Vanuatu   b. Kiribati   c. Anutania
 

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) b. Turkey
2) b. Australia
3) a. Bolivia
4) a. New Zealand
5) a. Jamaica
6) c. Spain
7) c. England
8) b. Austria
9) c. Anutania
 

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COMPUTER TIPS - LightScribe
 
If you're used to labeling your home-burned CD's with stick-on 
labels you'll probably be interested in LightScribe. My son-
in-law's new computer came with LightScribe technology and it 
represents a nice step forward in home CD recording.
 
With LightScribe, once you burn your CD you just flip it over 
and burn the label. Lasers activate specials dyes inside the 
CD to create a professional looking label. The special CD's 
are price competitive with normal recordable CD's and can be 
purchases in most home office or tech stores such as Office 
Depot and Staples.
 
LightScribe is a Hewlett-Packard technology. It comes standard 
on many new Hewlett-Packard computers, or you can purchase the 
LightScribe writer separately.
 
The CD's my son-in-law made look great, totally professional. 
It's on my Christmas wish list, and my wife better be paying 
attention!
 
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 Plato: Those who are too 
smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by 
those who are dumber.
 
Have an interesting day, Simon

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

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