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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                    September 14, 2006 

This week...
- Webmaster Tip: Visitors Name on Page
- Surfin' the Web: Chefs.com
- Software Spotlight: Open Contact
- The Oddball Wall: Gasoline Alley
- Computer Tip: Now Where'd I Save That?
The leaves are starting to turn colors, the birds aren't singing 
as much, it's getting downright chilly at night, I haven't even 
been able to wear shorts for several days...and today we heard 
the first flock of geese heading south for the winter.
Sigh. Winter is so long in these parts.
With all the meddling politicians do, I don't see why they don't 
just pass a law making it illegal for winter to last more than 
one month. I could take that much easier than the 4-6 months of 
snow we usually get in a normal winter.
Ho ho how about that.

We've Got Over 20 Hours of Rare Film Footage in a 5-Pack 
Collector's Set Edition

Store Price: $49.99
DEAL PRICE: $18.99

If you're a train aficionado you will love this collectible 
DVD set featuring footage of various locomotives and railway 
historical societies. It's 18 different programs a total of 
1200 minutes (20 Hours) of unmatched footage. And at just 
$18.99 it's the best deal around. Visit for more info: 

Steam Trains DVD - 20 hours of Footage

WEBMASTER TIP - Visitors Name on Page

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 
Question: I was on a web site where I was prompted for my 
name on entering, and after I entered my name I found my name 
printed on the web page in several locations. It really 
personalized it for me, and I like the idea. Question is, how 
can I do that on my own site?
Simon Says: Wave a magic wand over a left-handed rock and chant 
ooga booga nine times. Then, wiggle your ears and paste the 
following code into the HEAD section of the page you want to 
<.script type="text/JavaScript">
// Script from BoogieJack.com
var WhoDo = prompt("Please enter your name.","");
function Show(WhoDo){
document.write(" "+ WhoDo);
The next step is to paste the following code into the body of 
your web page where you want your visitor's name to appear:
<.script type="text/JavaScript">
If you placed that code after the line, "Welcome to my site" , 
if your visitor entered his name (Joe, for example) then he'd be 
greeted with:
Welcome to my site, Joe.
Of course, if he entered "bite me" into the prompt, he receive 
this message instead:
Welcome to my site, bite me.
Hey, it's not your fault if he's a jerk.


Normal Price: $19.99

Plain and simple this is one heck of a deal. Discounted 
below cost, you'll want to pick up a couple. Makes a
great gift. Check it out by visiting:

Briefcase/Laptop Bag

SURFIN' THE WEB - Chefs.com
Everyone likes to eat, and Chefs.com is a well organized, 
attractive site featuring thousands of free recipes from 
accomplished chefs and their site visitors.
It's not just another recipe site though. You'll also find 
cooking techniques, a herbs and spices primer, a fat and 
calorie calculator, wines, articles, and you can even take 
lessons from famous chefs to enhance your cooking expertise.
This is one of the best sites of its kind.
           GopherCentral's Question of the Week: 
           Do you think Osama Bin Laden is dead?
 Please share your opinion, visit: The Question of the Week

Open Contact is an address book program (contact and relationship
management) a providing unified, flexible and intuitive interface 
for you to manage and lookup contact info of individuals and
This free program features dynamic shortcuts, search functions, 
import and export capability, print functions, photo and image 
attachment functions and much more.
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.

We are looking for another 500 websites to partner up with...

The Gopher/EVTV1 team is ready to partner up with 500
websites to beta-test VidsenseTM in 2006. 

It's your chance to add video content to your site AND not 
pay a penny for it. But we can only allow 500 sites into
the program at this time.  

IT GETS BETTER... You will actually get paid. VidsenseTM 
is the next generation beyond Adsense. We match the video 
content clips with the content of your site.

Comedy sites get comedy clips. History sites get historical
clips. We have 12 channels of content from which you can

If you have Adsense on your site then you'll want to be one
of the first to add VidsenseTM. Take 90 seconds to fill out 
the application form and within 72 hours, we can approve your 

It's Simple, Fast and Easy. Go to: Free Video Player

THE ODDBALL WALL - Gasoline Alley
On this day in 1899, Henry Bliss became the first American 
automobile fatality. Did you know early automobiles didn't 
have brakes? They stopped the car by coasting to slow down 
and then steering into something. That must have been exciting!
Anyway, get your motor running for a little automobile trivia.
1) Michelin began publishing a guide in 1900 for automobile 
users. What was the main feature of the guide?
a. road maps   b. gas stations locations   c. safe ways to stop 
a car 
2) The first Grand Prix auto race was held in 1901. What was the
average speed of the winning driver?
a. 46 mph   b. 65 mph   c. 84 mph
3) What was the first year there were more than one million cars
registered in the USA?
a. 1913   b. 1928   b. 1939
4) What city was first with an electric traffic light?
a. New York   b. St. Louis   c. Cleveland
5) What was the first car to feature "tail fins?"
a. 1941 Oldsmobile   b. 1948 Cadillac   c. 1955 Chevrolet
6) In what year the Chevrolet Corvette debut?
a. 1953   b. 1957   c. 1963
7) This adventurer founded the city of Detroit in the 17th 
century. When the Henry Ford Motor Company was reorganized they 
named the new car company after this man. Who was he?
a. Walter Chrysler   b. Ransom Olds   c. Antoine Cadillac
8) What was the best selling car in the USA during the 1960s?
a. Ford Mustang   b. Chevrolet Impala   c. Dodge Charger
And now for a question sure to squeal your tires...

9) What performance car company got their start building 
a. Lamborghini   b. Jaguar   c. Ferrari

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. gas stations locations
2) a. 46 mph
3) a. 1913
4) c. Cleveland
5) b. 1948 Cadillac
6) a. 1953
7) c. Antoine Cadillac
8) b. Chevrolet Impala
9) c. Ferrari


COMPUTER TIPS - Now Where'd I Save That?
Every few weeks or so someone writes to my cousin to say they
downloaded something from his web site and can't find it. They 
often ask him where they can find it - like he would somehow 
know where they save files on their computer!
If you've downloaded something and forgot where you put it, even 
if you've forgotten the file name, your computer's Find (Win98) 
or Search (WinXP) function can still find it for you. But rather 
than looking for a specific file, use the "Date Modified" tab 
within the time frame you downloaded it.
For example, if you download it within the last week, search 
between today's date and one week ago. You'll find it and any 
other files downloaded or modified within that time frame. With 
a little luck you'll either recognize the file name or perhaps 
you'll be familiar with the other files modified so you can find 
it by process of elimination.
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, ponder these words of Franklin D. Roosevelt: 
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our 
doubts of today.
Have an interesting day, Simon

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