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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                      August 17, 2006 
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This week...
 
- Webmaster Tip: Status Bar Message
- Surfin' the Web: WorldCat
- Software Spotlight: FrameFun
- The Oddball Wall: Too Bad For Pete
- Computer Tip: Cool and Quick Title Bar Trick
 
A guy walked into the new automated bar and ordered a drink. 
The robot bartender served his drink and asked him is IQ. The 
man replied it was 164, so the robot struck up a conversation 
about Einstein's Theory of Relativity, quantum mechanics, and 
gravitational drift.
 
The guy was amazed. The next day he came back and ordered a 
drink, only this time he told the robot his IQ was 104. The 
robot immediately struck up a conversation about gardening, 
the internet, and recently published books.
 
The next day the guy told the robot his IQ was 58. The robot 
asked, "S-o,   w-h-a-t   i-s   y-o-u-r   f-a-v-o-r-i-t-e  
T-V   s-h-o-w?" 

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DEAL PRICE: $5.99

Plain and simple this is one heck of a deal. Discounted 
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WEBMASTER TIP - Status Bar Message
 
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 do they put a message in the bottom of the browser, 
the part that is below the web page?
 
Simon Says: The part of the browser you're referring to is called 
the status bar. A little snippet of JavaScript is how message are 
sent to the status bar. Place the code in the HEAD section of your 
page:
 

 
Special characters in the message should be preceded by a back-
slash or it may break the code. Example: You're a fine person.


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and out-takes on one DVD. And the best part is you can get the 
DVD for $12.99. Reel it in by visiting: 

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SURFIN' THE WEB - WorldCat
 
WorldCat, short for world catalog I presume, is a site in beta 
testing phase. It's basically a catalog of library contents 
from around the world. You can search for any book, and find 
which libraries close to you have it in stock. There are over 
10,000 libraries included, with over 1.3 billion books cataloged.
 
To test it out, I searched for my cousin's book. In case you aren't 
a long time subscriber, my cousin started his newsletter over 6 
years ago and wrote it for about 5 years before moving on to other 
things. Anyway, I searched for my cousins book, Web Site Design 
Made Easy, ( details at http://www.boogiejack.com/book/index.html ) 
and found it in several libraries. For example, the library in 
Iowa City has it, it's currently checked out but is due back on 
September 3rd.
 
If I drove 1,400 miles to Phoenix I could check it out without 
having to wait! Actually, I'd only have to go six miles to find a 
copy, but it was fun to see where all his book was available, and 
this site could sure come in handy if you're looking for a hard to 
find book. 
 
By the way, the library in Maribor Si, Slovenia even has two copies 
of my cousin's book, although I couldn't tell if they were checked 
out or now since I don't read whatever language that library site 
uses.
 
http://worldcat.org/
 
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          GopherCentral's Question of the Week
 
Do you believe that embryonic stem cell research should be 
legal?
 
 Please share your opinion, visit: The Question of the Week
 
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SOFTWARE SPOTLIGHT - FrameFun
 
FrameFun is a simple application to add frames to your digital 
images. You can select an outer frame, a border around the image 
and a drop shadow for a 3D effect.
 
You can modify the color and width of each Frame, Border and 
Shadow, and control the direction of the drop shadow.
 
A Batch Conversion option allows you to "frame" several pictures 
in one go.
 
http://www.hochstrasser.org/wiki/pmwiki.php?pagename=Delphi.FrameFun
 
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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                 It Lights as it Writes  
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point pen has an illuminating light set in the body enabling 
you to write in complete darkness. With 8 possible settings, 
you can choose from 7 brilliant light colors all in one pen. 
The Super Bright LED lasts for years. Twist off the barrel of 
the pen and use it as a mini flashlight. NASA has used this 
Integral Super Bright LED to read and write on space missions 
for years, now you can use the same technology. Get your very
own Flashing Light Pen for Just $1.99 by visiting: 

The Light Pen
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THE ODDBALL WALL - Too Bad For Pete
 
On this day in 1962, the Beatles replaced Pete Best with Ringo 
Starr. Pete Best is sometimes called the 5th Beatle, and con-
sidering the success the Beatles went on to enjoy, I have to 
wonder how many times he's sat back and wondered "what if...". 
Anyway, today is buggy, Beatles buggy, that is.
 
1) The Beatles made five feature films. Which title below is NOT a
   Beatles film?
a. A Hard Days Night   b. Yellow Submarine   c. Rubber Soul
 
2) Which Beatles song mentions: toejam football, walrus gumboot, joo
   joo eyeballs, and monkey finger?
a. Octopus's Garden   b. Come Together   c. Golden Slumbers
 
3) From which city in England did the Beatles originate?
a. Liverpool   b. London   c. Strawberry Fields
 
4) The Beatles evolved from a "skiffle" band John Lennon formed in
   March of 1957. What was the name of this band?
a. The Quarrymen   b. The Flumsy Clunkers   c. Helter Skelter
 
5) Speaking of skiffle bands, what is skiffle music?
a. Folk music using improvised instruments (cigar-box fiddle, comb and
   paper, washboard, etc.) as well as more conventional instruments.
b. Rock music using intentionally out-of-tune instruments to create
   unique and sometimes disharmonious sounds to punctuate core
   melodies.
c. British term for blues music played by white musicians.
 
6) Come on, you didn't really think his name was Ringo did you? What
   is Ringo Starr's real name?
a. Rollie Moonstar   b. Robert Starfield   c. Richard Starkey
 
7) George Martin, a comedy and novelty record producer who signed The
   Beatles to their first recording contract, wasn't particularly
   impressed with the band's musical ability. Why did he sign them?
a. He signed them to record "When Pigs Fly," a gag song he thought
   would fly up the charts.
b. He owed Paul McCartney's dad a favor for saving his life in WWII.
c. George Harrison joked that he didn't like his tie, and Martin liked
   the boy's cheeky humor.
 
8) In the song, Maxwell's Silver Hammer, what is the silver hammer?
a. The chrome pistol used by Maxwell Smart in the TV show, Get Smart.
b. A hammer fictitious medical student Maxwell Edison used to murder
   his girlfriend, teacher, and the judge at his murder trial.
c. A poison-filled hypodermic needle the fictitious secret agent JoJo
   Maxwell carried to "off" himself in case of an impending capture.
 
And now for a question sure to bug you eight days a week...
 
9) The Beatles went by many different names before becoming known as
   The Beatles. Which name below was NOT one of the names they went by
   before the became known as The Beatles?
a. Johnny and The Moondogs
b. The Men of Lennon
c. The Beat Brothers
 
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. Rubber Soul
2) b. Come Together
3) a. Liverpool
4) a. The Quarrymen
5) a. Folk music using improvised instruments
6) c. Richard Starkey
7) c. George Harrison joked that he didn't like his tie...
8) b. A hammer fictitious medical student Maxwell Edison used...
9) b. The Men of Lennon
 
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COMPUTER TIPS - Cool and Quick Title Bar Trick
 
Do you mouse over to the precise location on your title bar to click
the maximize button in order to make your software program open in
full screen mode?
 
My, what a precision clicker you are!
 
Did you know: You can simply double-click anywhere on the title bar to
maximize any program that is configured to allow full screen use.
Double-click again to restore it to its previous size. That beats
having to position your cursor perfectly to maximize or downsize a
window.
 
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 Ralph Waldo Emerson: Shallow
men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
 
Have an interesting day, Simon

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

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