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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                     December 14, 2006

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This week...
- Webmaster Tip: Disable the Right-click Context Menu
- Surfin' the Web: PD Comedy
- Software Spotlight: Trillian
- The Oddball Wall: Timely Trivia
- Computer Tip: The Wonderful Escape
John Hargrave noticed that no one checked his signature when 
he used his credit card. So, he decided to experiment. He 
scratched his name so it didn't resemble any known language. 
Not a problem. He tried using "X" for his signature, again, 
no problem. He tried Egyptian hieroglyphics, celebrity names, 
Zues, cartoon characters and more. Each time, the cashier 
happily processed his purchase without a problem. Makes you 
Check it out, it's pretty funny:

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and wait for the hatching. When out of the egg remove the shell 
and place the dinosaur into its own larger container of water, 
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WEBMASTER TIP - Disable the Right-click Context Menu
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: Is there a code to keep a browsers right click menu 
from opening when someone right clicks a web page?
Simon Says: There is, but while it works for the majority of 
surfers, it won't work for all. For example, it someone has 
JavaScript disabled in their browser preferences it won't work 
because using JavaScript is how the right-click context menu 
is disabled. Still, it will do the job for most of your site 
visitors. Here's the script:
<.script type="text/JavaScript">
// from BoogieJack.com
if (window.Event)
function nocontextmenu()
event.cancelBubble = true
event.returnValue = false;
return false;
function norightclick(e)
if (window.Event)
if (e.which == 2 || e.which == 3)
return false;
if (event.button == 2 || event.button == 3)
event.cancelBubble = true
event.returnValue = false;
return false;
document.oncontextmenu = nocontextmenu;
document.onmousedown = norightclick;
Just paste that into your source code somewhere. I recommend 
at the end of the page just before the <./body> tag so it 
doesn't slow down your content from loading.

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At PD Comedy, short for Public Domain Comedy, you can view video 
clips of classic television. From cartoons featuring Bugs Bunny, 
Daffy Duck, and others, to shows like The Lucy Show, Dick Van 
Dyke, The Beverly Hillbillies.
There's also Laurel and Hardy, The Three Stooges, Buster Keaton,
Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and more. Right now they're 
featuring Christmas themed clips, but plenty of other material 
is available too.
            GopherCentral's Question of the Week:
        Do you think the US spied on Princess Diana?
 Please share your opinion, visit: The Question of the Week

Some friends use ICQ for instant messaging, others use AIM 
or some other chat client. Sigh...if only they all used the 
same one so I didn't have to have 5 different instant mes-
saging programs running.
But wait! Trillian is a full-featured chat client that sup-
ports AIM, ICQ, MSN, Yahoo Messenger and more. It provides 
capabilities not possible with the original messaging clients, 
while still supporting standard features such as audio chat, 
file transfers, group chats, chat rooms, buddy icons, privacy 
settings, and many others.
One of the best things about it to me, is that it has no 
built-in advertising, pop-ups, or spyware. Other nice features 
include contact message history, skinning capability, tabbed 
messaging, global status changes, contact alerts, docking, 
hundreds of emoticons, and emotisounds, to name a few.
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 - Timely Trivia
On this day in 1582, Netherlands adopted Gregorian calendar. 
Because of the switch, that meant on one day it was December 
14th, and the very next day it was December 25th if you lived 
in the Netherlands. Today's quiz is loosely based on a "time" 
1) How long does a true full moon last?
a. 1 day   b. 3 days   c. there's never a true full moon
2) This scientific method is used to determine the age of 
organic material.
a. carbon dating   b. retro-tracing   b. regressive assembly
3) There are many exceptions, such as for cars and computers, 
but generally speaking, how old does something have to be 
before it's considered an antique?
a. 50 years   b. 100 years   c. 150 years
4) Albert Einstein developed a theory that demonstrated that 
time slows down as the rate of speed increases. What is this 
famous theory? 
a. Time and Lightspeed Relational Theory
b. Theory of Spacial Adaptecs
c. Theory of Relativity
5) This word describes the feeling that a new situation has 
occurred before, or that you've been somewhere before that 
you have not.
a. deja vu   b. oy mora   c. uno la prio

6) Bill Murray starred in a movie in which he kept reliving 
the same day over and over. What's the title of this 1993 
a. Pete and Repeat   b. Groundhog Day   c. Circles of Tomorrow
7) Time travel has been a popular "technology" employed by 
many Sci-fi movies. Which of the following is NOT a movie with 
time-travel in it? 
a. Twelve Monkeys   b. Kate and Leopold   c. Bend the Day

8) Without using a calculator, if the average person lives 
to be 75 years old, about how many minutes is that?
a. 597,298 minutes   b. 39,446,157 minutes   c. 124,118, 110 
And now for one that's sure to diddle your riddle...
9) Often talked about but never seen, always on the way but 
never arriving, often dreamed about but never attained...what 
am I? 
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. there's never a true full moon*
2) a. carbon dating
3) b. 100 years
4) c. Theory of Relativity
5) a. deja vu
6) b. Groundhog Day
7) c. Bend the Day
8) b. 39,446,157 minutes
9) -. Tomorrow
* The moon can appear 100 percent sunlit from Earth only if 
it is diametrically opposite to the Sun in the sky. But at 
that moment the Moon would be positioned in the middle of 
Earth's shadow -- and in total eclipse. Therefore, on nights 
of a full moon, despite the name, there is always a sliver 
of darkness.

COMPUTER TIPS - The Wonderful Escape
The wonderful Escape key (Esc) on your keyboard is probably 
more useful than you realize. As you might think, pressing 
it allows you to escape from something. Here are a few of my 
favorite escapes:
- When visiting a web site and an audio file starts playing, 
more often than not it's one you don't really want to listen 
to. Pressing the Esc key will stop the sound most of the time. 
Works for sound embedded directly into the page. Doesn't work 
for sound embedded into Flash.
- If a web page is loading in your browser and you want to 
stop if, pressing the Esc key will stop the page instantly, 
and it's faster and easier than maneuvering your cursor to 
the Stop button on the browser menu.
- If you use the Autohide feature on your taskbar, once in a 
while, for some reason known only to gremlins and Bill Gates, 
it may fail to pop up when you move your cursor into position. 
If you need to access the Start menu, you could be stuck, but 
by pressing Ctrl + Esc the Taskbar will pop up and with the 
Start menu opened.
- Lastly, if you're stuck anywhere on your PC and can't get 
out of wherever it is you're stuck, try pressing the Esc key. 
You may lose any unsaved information, but you may get unstuck 
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 Matsuo Basho: Do not 
seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they 
Have an interesting day, Simon

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