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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                       May 18, 2006
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This week...
 
- Webmaster Tip: Reversed Scroll Bar
- Surfin' the Web: The Happiness Formula
- Software Spotlight: Elohai Free Accounting
- The Oddball Wall: Streaking Along
- Computer Tip: Clearing IE's AutoComplete Entries

My wife and I were out for a walk when she noticed a strange 
sign in a yard a few blocks from our house. It read, "Beware 
of Children".
 
We hoped it was a joke, but to be honest, we didn't stick 
around long to find out.


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WEBMASTER TIP - Reversed Scroll Bar
 
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 stumbled upon a web page with the scroll bars 
on the wrong side of the page! How'd they do that?
 
Simon Says: The CSS code below will change the scroll bar 
from its usual position on the right side of the browser 
window to the left side. To get started, place the following 
code inside the HEAD section of your page:
 
<.style type="text/css">
body {direction: rtl;}
div.main {align: left; direction: ltr;}
<./style>

The body {direction: rtl;} changes the page orientation from 
the default left-to-right, to a right-to-left orientation. 
This is what moves the scroll bar from the right side of the 
browser window to the left, but it also changes the text 
orientation so that text on a page like this would align to 
the right.
 
Having a reversed text orientation means the text would align 
straight on a vertical line on the right side of the page, 
with a ragged left edge. This usually isn't desirable, so 
I've included a division tag that re-aligns the text in the 
usual left-to-right fashion. Simply include your entire page 
within a division tag with the main class as I show below to 
have the scroll bar on the left side and text that aligns as 
it normally does. Of course, if you do want the text to be 
ragged left you can simply leave the division out of the code.
 
Here's the complete code for page like this one.
 

<.html>
<.head>
<.title>Page Title
<.style type="text/css">
body {direction: rtl;}
div.main {align: left; direction: ltr;}
<./style>
<./head>
<.body>
<.div class="main">
 
Content here...
 
<./body>
<./html>
 
This trick works in IE 5.5 and higher. I'm not sure if it 
will work in other browsers.


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SURFIN' THE WEB - The Happiness Formula
 
At this BBC sub-site you can explore and learn about many 
aspects of happiness. Take a test to see how happy you rate. 
See what the undervalued component of happiness is. See how 
some countries rank in happiness. See it all, be happy!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/happiness_formula/


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          GopherCentral's Question of the Week

Do you have a problem with the NSA monitoring your phone 
calls?

 Please share your opinion, visit: The Question of the Week

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SOFTWARE SPOTLIGHT - Elohai Free Accounting
 
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medium size business? Tired of accounting software that over-
whelms you with unneeded complexity?
 
With Elohai Free Accounting you can track your inventory, 
manage your sales and keep track of your money.
 
It's pretty straightforward, but does have a comprehensive 
help guide that is similar to the office assistant if you 
need it.
 
Technical support via a forum, which is somewhat surprising 
since it is free software.
 
http://elohai.livejournal.com/
 
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 - Streaking Along
 
On this day in 1974, the song The Streak by Ray Stevens hits 
#1 on the Billboard Charts. Ray Stevens has recorded a lot 
of serious music, but he's probably best known by most people 
for his humorous novelty songs. Let's dig on Ray...
 
1) In the song, The Streak, a line repeated as different 
streakers appeared was, "Don't look, ____" ...where the blank 
was a woman's name. What was the name of the woman?
a. Sylvie   b. Doris   c. Ethyl
 
2) Which nickname below is Ray known by?
a. The Nashville Nut
b. The Comedy King of Music City
c. The Musical Funnybone
 
3) Which novelty song below was Stevens' first song to hit the
national charts?
a. Monkey See, Monkey Do Do
b. When You Sleep With A Pig, Life Is Just Swine
c. Jeremiah Peabody's Poly Unsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast 
Acting Pleasant Tasting Green and Purple Pills
 
4) Which musical instrument is Ray best known for playing?
a. piano   b. guitar   c. kazoo

5) Ray published a song that Elvis recorded, and it was the 
last hit Elvis had before he died. What was the title of the 
song?
a. Way Down   b. Burning Love   c. In The Ghetto
 
6) Which of the following was not a Ray STevens hit?
a. Gitarzan  b. Ahab the Arab   c. Amos Moses
 
7) Which song won Ray a Grammy Award for Male Vocalist of the 
Year? 
a. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
b. Everything Is Beautiful
c. Indian Love Call
 
8) Which song below was Ray's most recent Gold Record single?
a. The Last Laugh
b. Osama Yo' Mama
c. The Fool On The Hill
 
And now for a question sure you're sure to name difficult...
 
9) What is Ray Stevens real name?
a. Harold Ray Ragsdale
b. Raymond Steven Moodle
c. John Doe Stevens
 

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. Ethyl
2) b. The Comedy King of Music City
3) c. Jeremiah Peabody's Poly Unsaturated...etc.
4) a. piano
5) a. Way Down
6) c. Amos Moses (Amos Moses was a Jerry Reed hit)
7) b. Everything Is Beautiful
8) b. Osama Yo' Mama (2002)
9) a. Harold Ray Ragsdale
 

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COMPUTER TIPS - Clearing IE's AutoComplete Entries
 
After a while, your IE AutoComplete entries become filled 
with outdated information. AutoComplete is when you start 
typing an email address, password, login name, or other 
text information into a form field, and Internet Explorer 
remembers what you've typed before and enters the text 
automatically for you.
 
Sometimes the AutoComplete needs to be cleaned out to get 
rid of old, outdated entries. If you want to clear all the 
entries just follow these simple steps:
 
1) Start Internet Explorer.
2) Click Tools/Internet Options.
3) Click the Content tab.
4) Click the AutoComplete button.
5) Click on the Clear Forms button.
6) Close out the Internet Options dialog.
 
If you don't like AutoComplete you can disable it, or disable 
specific form fields by unchecking the boxes that apply. If 
your computer doesn't AutoComplete but you'd like it to, just 
follow the directions above and check the boxes that apply.
 
WARNING! Make sure you have the login and password information 
you need for access to your web hosting account, memberships 
in online sites, and other areas before clearing the 
AutoComplete entries. Once they're gone, they're gone!
 
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, remember these words of Bill Copeland: When 
you stretch the truth, watch out for the snapback.
 
Have an interesting day, Simon

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

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