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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                      April 13, 2006

This week...
- Webmaster Tip: Marquee This
- Surfin' the Web: GarageBand
- Software Spotlight: eBook Farming
- The Oddball Wall: Ha Ha Ha
- Computer Tip: Sluggish System and Startup Programs
Ouch. I raked so many leaves this past weekend that even my 
fingers hurt. Sew if eye make uh lot of spelling missed aches 
ewe no why.
Seriously though, there are no kids around to hire for raking 
leaves, mowing lawns, or doing other chores I did as a youth, 
at least not in my neighborhood. They're inside with their 
Playstations and computer games, or being hauled off to soccer 
or baseball practice, or whatever the fun of the day is...but 
few seem to be learning the connection between work and reward.
I think that's a big mistake. Children who have everything 
given to them and done for them grow up with unrealistic 
expectations and often lack the self-discipline to succeed. 
Be kind to your kids and teach them the wholesome values you 
were probably taught when you were young, like earning your 
way in life, or you put their future at risk.

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WEBMASTER TIP - Marquee This
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 some scrolling text on a page and looked at 
the source code. It seems to be caused by a MARQUEE tag. My 
HTML editor doesn't have that built into it. Is my editor 
really out of date, or is this so new that none would have 
Simon Says: The MARQUEE tag isn't new, it's a very old pro-
prietary tag that never caught on. For most of it's existence, 
the tag was only supported by Internet Explorer, but it's 
now supported by Netscape 7 as well. Because it's not an 
"official" HTML tag is why your HTML editor doesn't offer it 
as an option, but you can always add it to your page by hand.
It's most often used to draw attention to a message you want 
to be sure your visitors read. It's okay to use it, but don't 
rely on it because it may never be supported by all browsers. 
Below are the properties you can use with the MARQUEE tag.
width: sets how wide (in pixels) the scrolling area will be
 Example: width="300"
height: sets how tall (in pixels) the marquee area will be
 Example: height="50"
direction: determines which direction the text will scroll
 Example: direction="right"
 Possible Values: left or right
behavior: determines how the content will move
 Example: behavior="scroll"
 Possible Values: scroll, slide, alternate
scrolldelay: sets the scroll speed (in milliseconds)
 Example: scrolldelay="500"  (default value = 85)
scrollamount: sets the distance (in pixels) between movements
 Example: scrollamount="15"  (default value = 6)
loop: sets how many times the marquee should loop
 Example: loop="5"  (dafault value = infinite)
bgcolor: sets the background color
 Example: bgcolor="green"

hspace: sets the amount of empty horizontal space around the 
 Example: hspace="15"
vspace: sets the amount of empty vertical space around the 
 Example: vspace="22"

The text color will be whatever the default text color of 
your page is, but if you'd like to change the text color you 
can do so with CSS.
 Example: style="color: white"
That would give you white text inside the marquee. Here's a 
marquee tag with a few of the example properties included:
<.marquee width="300" height="50" scrolldelay="33" scrollamount="9"
  bgcolor="#88db73" style="color: yellow">This text will scroll 
within the defined area.<./marquee>
You can also use many HTML tags within the marquee. I could 
have left off the style tag and changed the text color using 
a font tag between the opening and closing marquee tags. I 
could have also added bold or italic tags there, changed font 
sizes, etc.
There you go, a marquee to mark your markup.

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SURFIN' THE WEB - GarageBand
At GarageBand you can discover some excellent music you 
probably wouldn't find anywhere else. Many of the artists 
have CD's for sale, and many provide free and legal MP3 
downloads of at least some of their songs. You also get to 
hear the full song...unlike many music sites that only give 
you a 30 second song sample.
My only complaint is that the pop-up music player doesn't 
have a volume control. Because the artists upload their own 
music, some are much louder than others so you need to keep 
your computer's volume control handy when playing.
With genres from Acoustic to World Trance, and 45 categories 
in between, if you can't find a lot of good music you like 
here, well, you're just not trying.

          GopherCentral's Question of the Week
   Do you approve of President Bush's handling of Iraq?
 Please share your opinion, visit: The Question of the Week

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that means ebooks.
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be an expert at anything if you're willing to do a little 
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On this day in 1945, Tony Dow was born. If you don't 
recognize the name, he played Wally Cleaver on the popular 
old sitcom, Leave It To Beaver. Let's see what you know 
about these favorite old sitcoms.
1) Speaking of Leave It To Beaver, who played the Beaver?
a. Jay North   b. Jerry Mathers   c. Tony Dow
2) What show would you be watching if you saw Barney Fife 
talking with Otis and Floyd?
a. Petticoat Junction   b. Green Acres   c. Andy Griffith
3) On Dennis the Menace, what grumpy old neighbor did Dennis
antagonize regularly?
a. George Wilson   b. Henry Mitchell   c. Clara Griggins
4) On the Dick Van Dyke show, Rob Petrie and Sally Rogers were 
two of the writers for the fictitious Alan Brady Show. What 
was the character name of the third writer?
a. Mel Cooley   b. Buddy Sorrell   c. Morey Amsterdam
5) On the I Love Lucy show, Lucy and Ricky Ricardo had F. and 
E. Mertz for best friends. What were the Mertzes first names?
a. Frank and Edna   b. Fritz and Edith   c. Fred and Ethel

6) Mr. Ed, the famous talking horse, of course, was owned by 
the character of Wilbur Post, played by Alan Young. Just as 
Wilbur Post wasn't Alan Young's real name, the horse wasn't 
really named Mr. Ed either. What was Mr. Ed's real name?
a. Bamboo Harvester   b. Golden Sunrise   c. Pecos Pete
7) On Gilligan's Island, Thurston Howell III was played by 
Jim Backus. Jim was one of the few actors to be successful 
in radio, television, movies, cartoons, and on Broadway. Of 
the many cartoon characters he played, which one is he most 
fondly remembered for playing?
a. Bullwinkle Moose   b. Barney Rubble   c. Mr. Magoo

8) On The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis, Dobie has a beatnik 
friend named Maynard G. Krebs. In real life, the actor who 
played Maynard G. Krebs later became world-famous for a 
starring role in another sitcom that has since become the 
most syndicated television show in history. Who played 
Maynard G. Krebs?
a. Buddy Ebsen   b. Bob Denver   c. Don Knotts
And now the Honeymoon is over, this last question isn't 
9) On the classic sitcom, The Honeymooners, Ralph Kramden's 
(played by Jackie Gleason) best friend is a sewer worker 
named Ed Norton (played by Art Carney). Here's the question...
what is Ed Norton's middle name?
a. Lillywhite   b. Goodearle   c. Werben
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) b. Jerry Mathers
2) c. Andy Griffith
3) a. George Wilson
4) b. Buddy Sorrell*
5) c. Fred and Ethel
6) a. Bamboo Harvester
7) c. Mr. Magoo
8) b. Bob Denver**
9) a. Lillywhite
* If you said Morey Amsterdam to question 4, he was the actor 
who played Buddy. I asked for the character name, not the 
actor. Yeah, that's right, I tricked you!
** Bob Denver later starred as Gilligan on Gilligan's Island.

COMPUTER TIPS - Sluggish System and Startup Programs
If your computer seems sluggish, but wasn't always that way, 
it may have something to do how many programs start up with 
your computer. If there are a lot of icons in your system 
tray, that may be the problem. All those icons represents 
programs that are running, whether you need them to or not.
In addition to slowing your system down, programs running in 
your system tray can contribute to frequent lockup problems, 
illegal operation errors, software installation problems, 
and difficulty in running some software.
Follow the steps below to keep unneeded programs from starting 
up when your computer starts up.
1) Click the Start button and select Run.
2) Type: msconfig
   ...into the text input box and click OK.

3) When the System Configuration Utility opens, click the 
Startup tab. 

 Note: Not all Windows systems have the System Configuration
 Utility installed. If yours doesn't, you may want to check out
 Startup Control Panel: http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml
4) On the Startup tab you'll see a listing of programs that 
   start up with your computer. Uncheck the programs you don't 
   want to load on bootup and click Apply.
--- WARNING!!! ---

When msconfig opens you'll probably see several programs you 
don't recognize. Exercising CAUTION when deselecting items to 
stop from booting up with your computer. Programs like "Scan 
Registry" and "DSentry" and "System tray" shouldn't be messed 
with -- only uncheck what you know to be non-essential soft-
ware, like Real Player or Acrobat Assistant. Unchecking them 
doesn't remove the program and it doesn't mean the programs 
won't work, it will just take a little longer for them to 
start up if you do need to use them.
One final note: perform this tip at your own risk. It is 
possible to cause serious problems by disabling something 
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, remember these words: Your life is an 
experiment from start to finish. Dare to explore what is 
possible for you. If you do not dare, you will never become 
more than you are now. How sad that would be. Not that you're 
not enough now, but that you'll never know what might have 
been. That is the greatest of tragedies, cowardice is the 
crown of failure.
Have an interesting day, Simon

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