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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                      August 31, 2006
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This week...
 
- Webmaster Tip: It's No Drag
- Surfin' the Web: Pandora
- Software Spotlight: Folder Marker
- The Oddball Wall: Words, Words, Words
- Computer Tip: Technician's Trick
 
From the "Huh?" Department: I have a favorite diner I go to for 
lunch about 3 times a week. It's full of interesting characters 
and I often overhear a good many conversations from the neigh-
boring booths. A recent conversation went something like this:
 
Man 1: What do you think the economy is going to do?
 
Man 2: I think it'll stay about the same...unless it changes.
 
Man 1: Exactly.
 
Man 2: Why do you ask?
 
Man 1: I just wondered if you thought the same as me.
 
Man 2: Always do, John, always do...unless I don't.
 
Man 1: Exactly. 
 
Believe it or not, this conversation went on mostly like this 
until I left, which was about 10 minutes or so after they sat 
down. No one really said anything definitive the whole time, 
yet they kept talking. 
 

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WEBMASTER TIP - It's No Drag

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 used a no right click script to keep people from 
copying my images, but I just found out someone can still drag 
and drop an image from my site into a graphics program and 
steal it that way. Is there any way to prevent that?

Simon Says: Yes, but before I give you the code I should tell 
you if someone really wants to steal an image from you and 
they're savvy enough, you can't stop them.

Having said that, try this:

<.span oncontextmenu="return false;" ondragstart="return false">
<.img src="picture.jpg"><./span>

Surrounding your images with that span tag will keep folks 
from being able to drag and drop your image or from being 
able to right-click to save it.


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SURFIN' THE WEB - Pandora

This is really cool - if you like music, you're going to love 
me for finding this for you! Pandora, from the Music Genome 
Project, is a site where you tell it the name of a song or 
music artist you like and it will create a streaming radio 
station based on your input. When a song plays you can rate 
it with a thumbs up or thumbs down so it knows to keep or 
delete the song. 
 
You can create multiple radio stations for your many moods. 
It seems to learn your tastes very fast. On my first radio 
station after the first dozen songs played, I gave thumbs 
up to 9 songs, a thumbs down to 1 song, and left two without 
rating them because the songs weren't keepers but I liked the 
band so kept it neutral.
 
You can also search for songs via the "backstage" feature, 
or click a link to buy individual songs and albums via iTunes 
and Amazon. A free accounts includes advertising online and 
via your stations, a paid account eliminates the ads. A paid 
account is very reasonable at $3.00 to $4.00 per month, 
depending on how long you pay for.
 
Hint: If a song title or band name is too long for the "pod" 
it sits in, just put your cursor on it and it scrolls to reveal 
all the info. 
 
This is not only a great way to stream exactly the kind of music 
you like, but also an excellent way to learn of new music you 
like! This site immediately became an instant favorite for me.
 
http://www.pandora.com/
 
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SOFTWARE SPOTLIGHT - Folder Marker
 
How many folders do you have on your computer? Scores of them? 
Hundreds? Thousands? Are all of them are alike: yellow folder, 
yellow folder, yellow folder, yellow folder... It's so easy to 
be confused with such a routine!
 
Folder Marker is your small assistant, an ardent fighter for 
your convenience and comfort in any kind of computer work. 
Use Folder Marker to mark your folders. One mouse-click and it 
becomes clear at once, which documents have a high priority, 
and which of them have normal or low priority. Which operations 
are finished completely, which are half-done and which haven't 
started yet.
 
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Note: I do not provide support for the featured software. 
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featured software.
 

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THE ODDBALL WALL - Words, Words, Words
 
On this day in 1979, the Comet Howard-Koomur-Michels collided 
with the Sun. If I had to go by a name with two hyphens in it 
I just might decide to crash and burn too! Anyway, not too 
happened on this day that inspired me to make a trivia quiz 
about it, so we return to the vocabulary building quiz. Many 
of you like that best anyway, so here you go...just pick the 
word that best matching the description.
 
1) operating or living on land and in water 
a. ambidextrous   b. ambitious   c. amphibious
 
2) seemingly contradictory but nonetheless possibly true 
a. paradoxical   b. serendipitous   c. disparate
 
3) unpleasantly and excessively suave in manner or speech
a. loathsome   b. unctuous   c. irascible
 
4) move in a wavy pattern or with a rising and falling motion
a. undulate   b. sinewy   c. lithesome
 
5) a trite or obvious remark 
a. platitude   b. oxymoron   c. profundity
 
6) an amateur who pretends to have knowledge 
a. interloper   b. hayseed   c. dilettante
 
7) complacently or inanely foolish
a. ostentatious   b. grandiose   c. asinine
 
8) acutely insightful and wise
a. strategic   b. sagacious   c. benevolent 
 
And now for a question sure to scramble your brain cells...
 
9) belonging to a thing by its very nature
a. intangible   b. intrinsic   c. palpable
 
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. amphibious
2) a. paradoxical
3) b. unctuous
4) a. undulate
5) a. platitude
6) c. dilettante
7) c. asinine
8) b. sagacious
9) b. intrinsic
 
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COMPUTER TIPS - Technician's Trick
 
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where a piece of 
hardware stops working, like your scanner, perhaps? It could 
be a hardware conflict, a corrupted file, a software conflict, 
or be any of several others causes.
 
When you've exhausted all your methods for trying to fix the 
problem and have not succeeded, you have two choices. You can 
take it to a computer technician and let them fix it, or you 
can do for yourself what they often do. This is a little secret 
computer techs probably don't want you to know because they get 
a pretty good fee for simply doing this, and if you know how to 
do it they'll lose easy income.

1) Open your Control panel.
2) Double-click the Systems icon.
3) In Windows 98 select the Device Manager tab.
4) In Windows XP click Hardware tab, then click the Device 
   Manager button.
5) Remove the device that isn't working properly.
6) Re-boot your computer.

Windows plug and play capabilities will identify your non-
functioning device, which will be a new device to it now, 
and the system will reactivate it for you. If there is any 
software needed for the devices you remove, you'll want to 
have that handy in case it needs to be re-installed. Many 
times this will fix the problem. And to think, you could have 
paid someone $75.00 to do that for you!

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 Edmund Burke: Reading 
without reflecting is like eating without digesting.

Have an interesting day, Simon

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