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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                      July 27, 2006
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This week...
 
- Webmaster Tip: Making The Border
- Surfin' the Web: Top 50 Most Influential Albums
- Software Spotlight: MicroAntiVirus
- The Oddball Wall: Minty Words
- Computer Tip: Adjust Desktop Icon Spacing
 
Does it ever seem like you're going through life with a lot of 
good answers but the right questions never come along?
 
I'm like that all the time.
 

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WEBMASTER TIP - Making The Border
 
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 have a small image that I'd like to use as a left 
border style background. When I added it to the body tag it 
tiled on the whole page (of course) and that won't do. Is 
there a way with HTML to make it into a border background, 
or do I have to get image editing software? I'm not very good 
with complicated programs.
 
Simon Says: Of course, a person could use a graphics editor to 
make it into a left border background, but there is another way 
so you don't have to obtain and learn to use a graphics editor.
 
It can't be done with just HTML, but it can be done with CSS. 
Here's the code:
 
<.style type="text/css">
BODY {background-image:url(images/stone.jpg);
      background-repeat:repeat-y}
<./style>
 
Place that into the HEAD section of your HTML document or into 
your linked style sheets. The only part you have to change is 
the part in parenthesis (but do not replace the parenthesis, 
they are necessary), change that to your own image path and 
name. If you change repeat-y to repeat-x it will make it a top 
border background.
 
If you'd like a new source for original graphics, my cousin 
is in the process of building a new graphics site. It's not 
finished yet, so some intended page are missing. Don't email 
him about the missing pages, he knows his site isn't done. 
Just pretend you're getting a sneak preview, because you are! 
Here's his site:
 
http://www.i-backgrounds.com
 

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This amazing dust mop was originally designed for cars but 
it works so well in removing dust you can use it practically 
anywhere. This 100% cotton mop won't scratch even the most
delicate of surfaces and it has an easy grip handle giving
you the ultimate comfort. You can use it on:

  Dash Boards    *  Auto Interior      *  Photo Frames
  Auto Exterior  *  Hub Caps and Rims  *  Lamp Shades
  Blinds	 *  Railings           *  Electronics

These Silicone coated dusters work so well you will want to 
keep one in the trunk of your car and one in your home. And 
you can't beat the price, it's just $4.99. BUT WAIT, if you 
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SURFIN' THE WEB - Top 50 Most Influential Albums
 
Everyone likes music, right?
 
The Observer, which I guess is part of the Guardian Unlimited, 
a UK newspaper, has attempted to rate the top 50 albums that 
changed the course of music. Do you want to know what their 
number one most influential album of all time is, according to 
their panel of experts?
 
The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967)
 
I wouldn't have picked that. You'll have to go to their web site 
to see the other 49 albums. You'll probably agree with some, but 
perhaps not most. You may even find some you'll wish were never 
recorded!
 
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,1821230,00.html
 

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           GopherCentral's Question of the Week
 
   Do you think we are either in or headed toward WW III?
 
 Please share your opinion, visit: The Question of the Week
 
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SOFTWARE SPOTLIGHT - MicroAntiVirus
 
A few weeks ago I was researching information for the Oddball 
Wall column in this newsletter when I clicked a link the 
search engine brought up, and the web site tried to install 
a virus on my computer. Fortunately, my antivirus program 
caught it and saved my system from becoming infected.
 
Anyone who isn't using an antivirus program and updating it 
daily is really taking a risk these days. A virus can do 
anything from being little more than a grinding annoyance to 
stealing data from your PC to breaking it. Most of us have 
to pay to have it repaired, and some repairs can be more 
expensive than a low-end, brand new PC costs. 
 
It's just silly to take chances when the prevention is so much 
more affordable than the cure. MicroAntiVirus is one of the 
best, but it does a lot more than just guard against viruses. 
It can removes viruses automatically, but it also:
 
» Protects Against Adware And Spyware
» Protects email & instant messages
» Defends against emerging threats
» Has hostile Activity Detection
» Has automatic File Protection
» Has 24/7 Customer Support
» Firewall Software
» Spyware Remover
» Adware Remover
» Popup Blocker
 
They also offer unlimited antivirus updates, and I update my 
program daily. As the saying goes, my mother didn't raise no 
fool.
 
Word to the Wise: You might want to hurry, if it isn't too 
late already, but at the time of this writing there was a 
special sale going on with the product marked down almost 
45% off. There is no better time than right now!
 
http://xrl.us/antivirus
 
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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JUMBO POP-UP HAMPER

Normal Price: $4.99
DEAL PRICE: $1.99

Okay, I LOVE these. And I use them for just about everything.
With the warm weather coming, they are great for outdoors.
I love to put all the pool toys in them. It allows for them
to dry after being in the pool and it keeps them all together.

Get a few of them. You can use them for so many things. Ideal 
for college students, holding toys, and all the laundry you 
can fit. The best part is the nylon construction that makes 
this light as a feather.

It folds down to 6" and pops up to hold TWO (2) FULL LOADS
of LAUNDRY. 

Store it in the closet or in the corner of the room. We
guarantee this will help keep the kids' rooms tidy. This is
one of the best products we have ever carried and the
lightest hamper you will ever carry. 
 
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THE ODDBALL WALL - Minty Words
 
On this day in 1837, a US Mint opened in Charlotte, NC. Exactly 
seven years later, on this day in 1844, fire destroyed that 
Mint. That's the most interesting thing that happened on this 
day, and I can't very well make a good quiz from that, so I'm 
featuring a vocabulary builder quiz again. But hey, wouldn't 
you love to have a coin or two minted at that mint that only 
produced money for seven years? I'll bet any money minted there 
is worth...a mint!
 
Okay, you over that bad joke yet? Pick the word that best describes
the meaning given:
 
1) poor enough to need help from others
a. squazzle-bottomed   b. melancholy   c. indigent
 
2) an event that seems arranged although it was really accidental
a. happenstance   b. serendipitous   c. incidental
 
3) obvious and dull
a. banal   b. arduous   c. portentous
 
4) marking the beginning of a new era
a. ludicrous   b. epochal   c. edacious
 
5) excessively greedy and grasping
a. magnanimous   b. rapacious   c. adamant
 
6) a secondary consequence
a. sequella   b. benefaction   c. forfeiture
 
7) divide unfairly and to one's advantage
a. apportion   b. delineate   c. gerrymander
 
8) unsettled in mind or opinion
a. buffeted   b. hypoglossal   c. tentative
 
And now for one that's sure to wake you up screaming...
 
9) tormented by nightmares or unreasonable fears
a. delirious   b. hagridden   c. purblind(ed)
 
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. indigent
2) a. happenstance
3) a. banal
4) b. epochal
5) b. rapacious
6) a. sequella
7) c. gerrymander
8) c. tentative
9) b. hagridden
 
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COMPUTER TIPS - Adjust Desktop Icon Spacing
 
Only so many icons fit in each auto-arranged column on your 
desktop. The number varies, depending on your display 
resolution, but at a resolution set to 800 by 600 pixels on 
my computer, 7 icons fit on each column. There are two ways 
you can fit more icons into each column without changing your 
resolution.
 
1) Adjust your icon spacing:
 
  a. Right-click the desktop and select Properties.
  b. In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Appearance 
      tab, 
  c. Click the Advanced button.
  d. Click the down arrow under Item and select vertical Icon 
      Spacing. 
  e. Decrease the Size.
 
Now just click OK then Apply to see the result. Repeat these 
steps until you like what you see and click OK to keep the change.
 
2) Adjust your icon size:
 
  a. Follow the above procedure through step (c).
  b. Click the down arrow under Item and select Icon.
  c. Decrease the size.
 
Note: If you're not using Windows XP you may have options of just
selecting small icons or large icons. The location for selecting 
these options, I think, is found by right-clicking the task bar 
and choosing properties. Don't hold me to that though, it's been 
a long time since I've used any other operating system than XP.
 
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 D.M. Thomas: Her hearing 
was keener than his, and she heard silences he was unaware of.
 
Have an interesting day, Simon

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

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