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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                     November 23, 2006

This week...
- Webmaster Tip: Contrast
- Surfin' the Web: TechCrunch
- Software Spotlight: Webmaster Media Maker
- The Oddball Wall: Laughable People
- Computer Tip: Wheel Mouse Tricks

Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the United States. On this 
day we should all pause, if only for a few moments, to reflect 
on what we have to be thankful for. Most of us take many of 
our blessings for granted, but one of the metaphysical laws 
of life is that in order to continue to receive blessings, we 
need to be thankful for the blessings we already have.

Having said that, I want to thank all of you good people for 
taking the time to read my writings. Without you, my words 
would be all for nothing. So thank you. Read on, rock on, and 
if you count your blessings, you'll always show a profit.

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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 seem to visit a lot of sites that don't have enough 
contrast between the text the background color. I have a hard 
time reading text there isn't enough contrast and usually end 
up leaving the site rather than struggle with it. Is there any-
thing I can do besides copy and paste the text into a text 
editor to read it?
Simon Says: What if I told you that you could change the back-
ground color on other people's web sites! Just type or paste 
this code into the address bar of your browser:
...and it will change the page color to white. If white doesn't 
work, you can change it to any color you want. Enter the color 
you want in place of #FFFFFF, but be sure you don't accidentally 
remove one of the single quotation marks that surround the color 
or it won't work. I know this trick works in IE, but I haven't 
tried it in other browsers. You will need to have a JavaScript 
capable browser and have your browser preferences enabled for 
JavaScript for it to work.
This JavaScript trick won't work if the page uses a background 
image instead of a background color -- unless you turn images 
off in your browser preferences. Short of that, you can simply 
press Ctrl + A to highlight the entire page. That will give you 
a blue highlight color around the text with a white text color. 
While not looking exactly pretty, it's fairly easy to read.
This should serve as a reminder to all webmasters, a lot of 
people don't have the same vision quality that you do. If you 
don't want to have people leave your site because of your site 
design, always make sure there's plenty of contrast between 
the text and the background color or image.

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SURFIN' THE WEB - TechCrunch
TechCrunch, founded on June 11, 2005, is a weblog dedicated 
to obsessively profiling and reviewing new Internet products 
and companies. In addition to new companies, we will profile 
existing companies that are making an impact

That's what they say anyway. I read the first blog entry (at 
the time of this writing) about how the music industry's greed 
has pitted consumers against them, and how the music industry 
wants the government to tax internet users, in essence, so they 
(the music industry) will have a guaranteed income, and I was 
impressed enough to make this the feature site. It's all good.



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SOFTWARE SPOTLIGHT - Webmaster Media Maker

With Webmaster Media Maker you can easily stream audio and video 
from your web site without paying extra for special server soft-
ware from your web site host. Media Maker supports all leading 
browsers on Windows, Linux and Macintosh.

Think of the ways you could use streaming audio or video on your 
site. From sales pitches to music, join the growing audio/video 
revolution today...or get left behind.


Note: I do not provide support for the featured software. 
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THE ODDBALL WALL - Laughable People

On this day in 1888, Harpo Marx was born. For younger readers 
who may not have heard of Harpo Marx, he was one of five 
siblings known as the Marx Brothers. They were a famous comedy 
team whose offbeat movies, television appearances and vaudeville 
routines kept America and the world laughing for decades. Todays 
quiz is about comedians... 

1) There were five Marks brothers. Chico, Harpo, Groucho, and 
Zeppo were four of them. What's the name of the fifth Marx 
brother?a. Gumbo   b. Gonzo   c. Gummo
2) The Marx brothers didn't start off as comedians, they first 
made their mark (or marx!) as musicians and singers. Another 
musical comedian was born Alfred Matthew Yankovic, otherwise 
known as who? 
a. Wild Al Yankovic   b. Weird Al Yankovic   c. The Russian Rube
3) Another musically inclined comedian had a song titled "King 
Tut" that reached the top 40 in the Billboard singles chart. 
Who is this wild and crazy guy?
a. Steve Martin   b. Dan Aykroyd   c. Roger Miller
4) Dan Aykroyd was one-half of The Blues Brothers. Who was the 
a. Bill Murray   b. John Belushi   c. John Candy

5) Murray Langston used to crack me up on the old Gong Show. 
Who was he known as when he performed with a paper bag over 
his head?
a. The Nut Bag   b. Anonymous John   c. The Unknown Comic
6) I like off-beat comedians whose humor doesn't rely on 
vulgarity. One such comedian with a deadpan delivery probably 
has more material stolen from him than any other comedian. A 
typical one-liner of his:
"I almost had a psychic girlfriend...but she left me before we 
Who is this comic with bad hair?
a. Steven Wright   b. Woody Allen   c. Carrot Top
7) Another off-beat comic with bad hair who probably has the 
most unusual delivery/personality you've ever seen, offers 
one-liners like: 
"I ran three miles today. Finally I said, 'Lady, keep your 
Who is this joker with the awful "little dutch boy" haircut?
a. BobCat Goldwaith   b. Emo Philips   c. Benny Hill

8) One of my favorite old-time comedians created many memorable
characters, such as Clem Kadiddlehopper, Cauliflower McPugg, 
Freddy the Freeloader, Willie Lump-Lump, and The Mean Widdle 
Kid, whose most famous expression, "I dood it." became a 
national slogan. Who is he?
a. Red Skelton   b. Milton Berle   c. Red Buttons
And now for one that's sure to make you say grace...
9) Gracie Allen was a famous comedian and also the wife of a 
famous comedian. Who was she married to?
a. Fred Allen   b. Steve Allen   c. George Burns

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) c. Gummo
2) b. Weird Al Yankovic
3) a. Steve Martin
4) b. John Belushi
5) c. The Unknown Comic
6) a. Steven Wright
7) b. Emo Philips
8) a. Red Skelton
9) c. George Burns


COMPUTER TIPS - Wheel Mouse Tricks
If your mouse has a scroll wheel on it there are a couple of 
neat tricks you can do while surfing using IE that you may not 
be aware of. 
1) Hold down the Shift key and spin the mouse wheel on a web 
page and Explorer goes backward or forward through your current 
browser session's history, depending on which direction you 
spin the wheel.
2) Hold down the Ctrl key and spin the wheel and text on the 
web page you're viewing will get larger or smaller, depending 
on which way you spin the wheel. For Opera users, it magnifies 
both the images and the text. This won't work on all sites. 
Sites using CSS to control the font size are unaffected, at 
least in IE.
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 Henry Ward Beecher: The
unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful 
heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, 
so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!
Have an interesting day, Simon

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