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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                     November 9, 2006 
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This week...
 
- Webmaster Tip: Double Border Background
- Surfin' the Web: The Best of Everything
- Software Spotlight: Web Album Generator
- The Oddball Wall: Here's to Carl
- Computer Tip: Stop Animations
 
I was gassing up my car when noticed a car sitting at a green 
light. The woman was talking on a cell phone while stopped at 
a red light, and didn't notice the light had turned green. 
She sat through the whole green light.
 
When the light changed again, she still sat there. This time 
there was a car behind her, but she didn't move until the car 
honked at her.
 
I was reminded of a a study I saw that concluded the accident 
rate for people talking on cell phones while driving was almost 
equal to the accident rate for drunk drivers.
 
Folks, when you turn the phone on, don't turn your brain off 
to your responsibilities as a careful driver. Think of how 
awful you'd feel if you injured or killed someone because you 
couldn't wait to yak on the phone and wasn't thinking well 
enough to even pull over to talk.
 
I hope and pray that never happens to you, but if it did, 
unless you're just a lousy person with no conscience, you'd 
have a hard time forgiving yourself for being that selfish 
and stupid.
 

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TOM & JERRY'S GREATEST CHASES on DVD

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WEBMASTER TIP - Double Border Background
 
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'd like to make a page with a background border on 
each side of the page. I can't figure out how to have two 
backgrounds on one page. Can it be done?
 
Simon Says: While you can't code two background images into 
one page body, there are two ways to create the double border 
look you want. The first way is to code a left border back-
ground into the body tag, and then put all content inside a 
table that uses a right border background.
 
The easiest way is to simply use a full page style background 
and place your content inside a table that is centered on the 
page. Set the table width to a percentage of the page and 
you'll have a background on each side with your content in 
the middle. Use a background color for the table so that the 
background image doesn't show through it. Here's an example:
 
<.body background="mybg.jpg">
 
<.table width="80%" bgcolor="#ffffff"" align="center"><.tr><.td>
 
Your content goes here.
<./td><./tr><./table>
 
With the table coded as a percentage of the page width, no 
matter what screen resolution your visitor is using, they 
will see a border on both sides of the page that equals 10% 
of the available digital real estate. Your content will fill 
the center 80% of the screen. Works perfect every time.
 
Another thing you might want to do is to remove the page 
margins so that you don't have the background pattern across 
the top of the page. To remove the margins, place the 
following CSS in the HEAD section of the web page.
 
<.style type="text/css">
body {margin: 0px;}
<./style>
 
The one thing you can't do is create a background image that 
has both borders on it. That would only work for the screen 
resolution you use, for all other screen resolutions it would 
be anywhere from off-kilter to a big mess.
 

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SURFIN' THE WEB - The Best of Everything
 
This is really cool if you like to read books. Barnes and Noble 
has a page that lists over 300 book topics in the fiction, 
non-fiction, and childrens categories. By clicking on any topic 
you'll be taken to a list of Top 10 Best Selling books for that 
topic.
 
The list is compiled from the previous six months worth of sales 
and updated daily. What better way to find what's hot, new 
titles, and to keep tabs on what others are reading? It could 
help you spot trends that may be important to your lifestyle or 
business.
 
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/bestsellers/top10everything.asp?z=y
 
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          GopherCentral's Question of the Week
 
Are you happy that the Democrats are in control of the House?
 
 Please share your opinion, visit: The Question of the Week
 
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SOFTWARE SPOTLIGHT - Web Album Generator
 
Sharing your digital photos doesn't get any easier than this. 
Web Album Generator is a free software program that creates 
all the HTML, JPEG thumbnails, and CSS for your online photo 
albums -- about all you need to do is select which pictures 
to include!
 

http://www.ornj.net/webalbum/
 
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 - Here's to Carl
 
On this day in 1934, Carl Sagan was born. Sagan was a scientist 
and prolific writer with a great talent for making scientific 
theories and scientific knowledge understandable and exciting 
to non-scientists.
 
His 13-part series entitled, Cosmos, led to my interest in a 
variety of sciences. Cosmos is replayed frequently on the Science 
Channel, and I watch it every chance I get even though I've seen 
it many times. The movie, Contact, starring Jodie Foster, was 
written by Sagan, along with a many non-fiction books. The book 
is even better than the movie.
 
Isaac Asimov described Sagan as one of only two people he had 
ever met who were just plain smarter than he was. In honor of 
Carl Sagan, who died in December of 1996, I present today's 
trivia quiz.
 
1) While Sagan was highly skeptical that UFO's were visiting 
Earth, he did believe in the probability of intelligent life 
elsewhere in the Universe, so he helped establish the SETI 
project. What is the name SETI an acronym for?
a. Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence
b. Science of Exostellar Transmitted Intelligence
c. Space Exploration for Translunar Intelligence
 
2) What type of telescopes do the SETI team use to search for 
life outside of our own planetary system?
a. x-ray telescopes   b. gamma-ray telescopes   c. radio 
telescopes
 
3) One of the degrees Sagan held was a Doctorate in Astrophysics. 
To which branch of science does astrophysics belong?
a. quantum mechanics   b. astronomy   c. astrology
 
4) Nick Sagan, Carl's son, wrote many episodes of what popular 
science fiction series?
a. Star Trek   b. Andromeda   c. Stargate
 
5) Dr. Frank Drake and Carl Sagan crafted the famous "Arecibo
message." What was this message?
a. A radio message beamed into space from the Arecibo radio 
   telescope intended to inform extraterrestrials about Earth.
b. A warning delivered at Arecibo, New Mexico, to humanity 
   about the probability of a nuclear winter that would end 
   life on Earth if a large scale nuclear war occurred.
c. A history of mankind sealed in a time capsule vault on 
   restricted government land in Arecibo, Arizona; created in 
   the event mankind destroys itself and a future civilization 
   arises, that they might learn from our mistakes.
 
6) Sagan believed that the Drake equation* demonstrates that
extraterrestrial civilizations could exist in our galaxy, but the
likelihood of us discovering them was miniscule. Why?
a. Because of the great distances between solar systems.
b. Because they would be too primitive to send interplanetary 
signals.
c. Because technological civilizations tend to destroy themselves
   relatively quickly.
 
7) The title of Sagan's book, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human
Future in Space, was inspired by a Voyager photo of Earth taken 
from outer space. How far from Earth was Voyager at the time?
a. 4 million miles   b. 4 billion miles   c. 4 trillion miles
 
8) Sagan has had many things named after him, including the landing
site of the Mars Pathfinder. Which of the following is NOT a real
thing named after him?
a. Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Cosmos
b. Sagan University of Astronomy
c. Asteroid 2709 Sagan
 
And now for a question that's sure to space you out...
 
9) The 1997 movie Contact, based on Sagan's novel of the same name,
was finished after his death. What, if any, is the dedication at 
the end of the movie?
a. No dedication, the producers weren't aware Sagan had died.
b. Dedicated to a man of inspiration and vision, Carl Sagan.
c. For Carl.
 
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) a. Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence
2) c. radio telescopes
3) b. astronomy
4) a. Star Trek
5) a. A radio message beamed into space...
6) c. Because technological civilizations tend to destroy 
     themselves.
7) b. 4 billion miles
8) b. Sagan University of Astronomy
9) c. For Carl.
 
* The Drake equation attempts to quantify how many intelligent
civilizations there may be in our galaxy. It uses a formula 
based on several factors, but some of these factors are based 
on "best guesses" that may or may not be right. A conservative 
estimate based on this equation indicates there are 50 planets 
with intelligent life in our galaxy right now, while more 
liberal estimates place the number at 5,000. A very skeptical 
estimate suggests there is only a 0.0000008 chance of intelligent 
life in our galaxy, which, since that's way less than 1, means 
we are either not intelligent or don't exist. Since I believe 
I'm intelligent, I guess I just don't exist.
 
Note to Editor: Just because I don't exist doesn't mean you 
can stop paying me.
 
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COMPUTER TIPS - Stop Animations
 
Some folks don't like any web page animations. They are dis-
tracting when you're trying to do research. I don't usually 
mind well-behaved animations, but some of the animated 
advertisements are so obnoxious with their flashing color 
changes I've left web sites I was still interested in just 
to get away from the blasted things.
 
You can stop many animations if you use Internet Explorer.
 
1) Click Tools, then Internet Options.
 
2) When the dialogue box opens, click the Advanced tab.
 
3) Scroll down to the Multimedia section and remove the check 
in the box for "Play animations in web pages" by clicking 
inside the box.
 
That's it. Instead of seeing all animations, in place of many 
of them you'll see one still image. You can always change this 
option later if you find you miss things flashing before your 
eyes.
 
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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