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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                     December 21, 2006 
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This week...
 
- Webmaster Tip: Low Source Images
- Surfin' the Web: The Mystery Reader
- Software Spotlight: Audacity
- The Oddball Wall: King of the Blues
- Computer Tip: Word Tip
 
Since this is the last issue before the Christmas holiday, 
allow me to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas.
 
If you don't specifically celebrate Christmas, I bid you 
a simple Seasons Greetings and I hope you enjoy this tra-
ditional season of good will as a celebration of love with 
your family friends.
 
See you next week.
 

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WEBMASTER TIP - Low Source Images
 
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: One friend of mine said I should use a "low source" 
image with my large images, another says I shouldn't - what 
do you think?
 
Simon Says: To tell you the truth, it doesn't make much 
difference whether you use it or not. The low source image 
attribute is a proprietary Netscape code attribute, so for 
the overwhelming majority of your visitors, their browser 
will ignore this attribute. 
 
However, if you want your page to validate, don't use it. 
Since it isn't an official code standard any page using a 
low source attribute and value will fail validation.
 
For those that don't know, the low source attribute and value 
allows you to add a low quality image source to an image tag 
so that the low source image will load first before the real, 
higher quality image you want to display is loaded, thus giving
the appearance of your page loading faster. When the higher 
quality image is fully downloaded, it replaces the low source 
image...but as I said, only in Netscape. 
 
In truth, it takes longer for your page to load because all the 
regular information has to download, plus the low source image. 
I never use this attribute and value, but if you want to, just 
add:
 
 lowsrc="image.jpg"
 
...to a regular image tag. Replace "image.jpg" with the name 
and file type of your low source image. Include the path to 
the image if it isn't kept in the same folder as the page you 
use it on.
 

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SURFIN' THE WEB - The Mystery Reader
 
Personally, I don't care much for fiction, but my wife loves 
a good mystery. The Mystery Reader provides a review of all 
kinds of mystery themed books, from the eclectic to traditional 
thrillers.
 
The reviews present a short synopsis of the book, a brief 
commentary on the books plusses and minuses, and rates the 
novels on a five star system. Great site for mystery lovers.
 
http://www.themysteryreader.com/
 

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          GopherCentral's Question of the Week:
 
            Should we end our embargo of Cuba?
 
 Please share your opinion, visit: The Question of the Week
 
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SOFTWARE SPOTLIGHT - Audacity
 
Audacity is a free, reasonably easy-to-use audio editor and 
recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, and other operating systems. 
Audacity features:
 
- Record live audio.
- Convert tapes and records into digital recordings or CDs.
- Edit Ogg Vorbis, MP3, and WAV sound files.
- Cut, copy, splice, and mix sounds together.
- Change the speed or pitch of a recording.
- Remove noise (tape hiss, record pops, etc).
- Add special effects.
 
..and much more!
 
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
 
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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THE ODDBALL WALL - King of the Blues
 
On this day in 1992, blues singer and guitarist Albert King 
died at age 71. Man, I didn't even know he was sick. Since 
I love the blues, including Albert's fine guitarmanship, 
todays quiz is about blues music. If you're not an aficionado 
like me, don't worry, I'll try to keep it fairly easy...for 
the most part. ;)

1) This man is one of most famous bluesmen in the world, and 
was awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom on December 7th of 
this year for his cultural contributions to society. Who is 
this man known as the King of the Blues?
a. Freddie King   b. B.B. King   c. Charlie "the King" 
Musselwhite 
 
2) The previous question was almost a gimmie, the man is so 
famous, but what is the name he gave to his famous guitar? 
a. Lucille   b. Slinky   c. Delores
 
3) Another famous old bluesman is McKinley Morganfield, but 
he's better known by his nickname? What is his nickname?
a. Muddy Waters   b. Blind Lemon   c. Howling Wolf

4) This guitarist's broad appeal made him one of America's 
most influential electric blues guitarists in his time, but 
he died much too young in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin in 
1990. His brother is also a famous blues guitar player name 
Jimmie who has a Fender production guitar name after him. 
Who is this excellent guitar player?
a. Ry Cooder   b. John Mayall   c. Stevie Ray Vaughan
 
5) At the age of 80, this timeless bluesman received his 
third and fourth Grammy Awards. One was for Best Traditional 
Blues Recording and the other for Best Pop Collaboration for 
the song "Don't Look Back," recorded with his long time 
friend Van Morrison. Who is this bluesman whose musical 
career spanned over 50 years?
a. John Hammond   b. Otis Spahn   c. John Lee Hooker

6) This blues and rock legend is widely revered as one of 
the best living guitarists in the world. His brother, also 
a musician, is named Edgar, and both he and Edgar are 
albinos. His latest disc, "I'm A Bluesman," was nominated 
for a Grammy. Who is it?
a. Leslie West   b. Johnny Winter   c. Roy Buchanon
 
7) A lot of women have been called the "Queen of the Blues" 
before, but this one received the 2005 Phenomenal Woman of 
the Year Award for her blues stylings and community service. 
Who is she?
a. Etta James   b. Koko Taylor   c. Bonnie Raitt

8) Another "Queen of the Blues," this woman was one of the 
first black musicians to cut a record. When "Down Hearted 
Blues" sold two million records the first year of its release, 
her future in the blues was assured. Known as a tough, fist-
fighting woman, she'd fight with men or women, she was the 
highest paid black entertainer of her time. Who is this fist-
fighting, hardscrabble blues woman?
a. Bessie Smith   b. Memphis Minnie   c. Billie Holliday
 
And now for one that's sure to have you singing the blues...
 
9) Rolling Stone magazine called this song, written by Robert 
Johnson, one of the most influential songs of all time for 
both the blues and rock genres. This legendary song has been 
recorded by Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Derek & The 
Dominos, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mountain, Rush, Hound Dog Taylor, 
The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Steve Miller, Taj Mahal, 
The Hindu Love Gods and Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and dozens of 
others. What is the song?
a. Hoochie Coochie Man   b. I Got My Mojo Working   c. Crossroads
 
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. B.B. King
2) a. Lucille
3) a. Muddy Waters
4) c. Stevie Ray Vaughan
5) c. John Lee Hooker
6) b. Johnny Winter
7) b. Koko Taylor
8) a. Bessie Smith
9) c. Crossroads
 
Sheesh, my spellchecker overheated on this trivia quiz!
 

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COMPUTER TIPS - Word Tip
 
Two vulnerabilities have recently been identified with 
Microsoft Word that could potentially allow a hacker to gain 
control of your computer. The two vulnerability exploits have 
a severity rating of critical, which is as high as it gets.
 
Microsoft will most likely offer a patch to fix these problems, 
but since they seldom post security updates independent of 
their regular critical updates schedule, these vulnerabilities 
will likely remain a threat until the next scheduled update in 
January.
 
It's quite easy to avoid these vulnerabilities since Word 
documents have to be opened manually. Since the two most 
likely ways to get ahold of an infected Word document is to 
download it via email or the web, just don't open any Word 
documents from sources you don't know or explicitly trust 
until Microsoft offers the security patch necessary to fix 
the problem.
 
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 Cathy Better: Life is 
raw material. We are artisans. We can sculpt our existence 
into something beautiful, or debase it into ugliness. It's in 
our hands. 
 
Have an interesting day, Simon

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

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