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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                     December 28, 2006
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This week...
 
- Webmaster Tip: Zoom!
- Surfin' the Web: National Geographic's Top Ten of 2006
- Software Spotlight: Comodo Firewall
- The Oddball Wall: Discoveries in Science
- Computer Tip: Next Window Please
 
Here's a tip for the kids. When your parents ask you what you 
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a penny 30 times. 

Encourage them to keep working hard!
 

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WEBMASTER TIP - Zoom!
 
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 was peaking at source code on a site and saw some 
text surrounded by "zoom" code. What the heck is that!!?
 
Simon Says: It's pretty much what it sounds like, it gives 
you a way to "zoom" in or out on content -- that is, you can 
enlarge or shrink content using code. The problem with it if 
you rely on it for your site design is that it's not official 
code, it's proprietary, so it only works in Internet Explorer 
and clones. It would work for most of your visitors, but not 
all.
 
Here's an example of using the zoom with text:
 
<.div style="zoom: 150%;"> ...content... <./div>
 
Set the percentage to less than one-hundred percent to make 
smaller text. As shown, it would make text enlarged at 150% 
of the default size, but you can do that using legit CSS so 
that all browsers can display it as you choose:
 
<.div style="font-size: 150%;"> ...content... <./div>
 
That would do the same thing and it will work with any CSS 
compliant browser.
 
If an image were placed between the division tags with the 
zoom code the image would also be enlarged or reduced, but 
if you wanted to use if for that you could just code an in-
correct image size into the image tag. All things considered, 
the "zoom" probably shouldn't be used in most cases.
 

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SURFIN' THE WEB - National Geographic's Top Ten Stories of 
2006 
 
There's sure to be something for everyone in the National 
Geographic Magazine's top ten stories of 2006. Read about 
a family that walks on all fours, a "monster rabbit" that 
stalks a UK village, the discovery of the lost Gospel of 
Judas, and seven other top news stories.
 
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           GopherCentral's Question of the Week: 
 
             Should we end our embargo of Cuba?

 Please share your opinion, visit: The Question of the Week
 
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SOFTWARE SPOTLIGHT - Comodo Firewall
 
Comodo Firewall is a personal firewall that filters ingoing 
and outgoing traffic on your computer. It alerts you of any 
applications that attempts to connect to the Internet and 
allows you to permanently or temporarily allow or block the 
connection. Other features include:
 
- PC Magazine Online's Editor's Choice
- Secures against internal and external attacks
- Blocks internet access to malicious Trojan programs
- Safeguards your Personal data against theft
- Delivers total end-point security for PCs and Networks
- Adjustable security levels
- Activity log and more.
 
Comodo Firewall is easy to use for novice users, but includes 
enough flexibility via custom rule settings that allow 
advanced users to tweak it for their needs. The program 
requires a free registration after 30 days. Use it with their 
free antivirus program for PC peace of mind.
 
http://www.comodogroup.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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  Magic Auto Car Mop - It's Not Just For Cars Anymore

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it works so well in removing dust you can use it practically 
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THE ODDBALL WALL - Discoveries in Science
 
On this day in 1981, Elizabeth Jordan Carr was born. She was 
the first American test tube baby. Today's trivia is about 
tubes...just kidding, it's about a variety of sciences. No 
groaning, just learn!
 
1) Until the mid 1500's man believed the Earth was the center 
of the Universe, and the Sun revolved around the Earth. Who 
is credited with discovering the Earth revolves around the 
Sun?
a. Nicolaus Copernicus   b. Johannes Kepler   c. Galileo 
Galilei
 
2) In 1770's Jan Ingenhousz discovered that plants react 
differently to light than shade, which began the under-
standing of photosynthesis. What is photosynthesis?
a. The absorption of light by dirt, which fuels a plants 
root system.
b. The conversion of light energy into chemical energy.
c. The chemical changes light goes through in the earth's 
atmosphere.
 
3) Celluloid was the first important synthetic plastic. 
Invented by John Wesley Hyatt in 1869, what product did he 
invent plastic for in order to manufacture it cheaply?
a. combs   b. water buckets for fire brigades   c. billiard 
balls
 
4) In 1897 J.J. Thomson discovered that negatively charged 
particles emitted by cathode ray tubes are smaller than 
atoms, and indeed were a part of all atoms. He calls these 
particles "corpuscles." What do we know them as today?
a. neutrinos   b. quarks   c. electrons
 
5) In 1974 Donald Johanson discovered the partial skeleton 
of a 3.2 million-year-old female hominid in Ethiopia. Johnson 
dubs his find "Lucy." Why did he name it Lucy?
a. After his mother, who funded his expedition with her life 
savings
b. After the Beatles song, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
c. After Lucille Ball, his favorite actress
 
6) Wilhelm Roentgen's accidental discovery revolutionized 
physics and medicine, earning him the first-ever Nobel Prize 
for physics in 1901. What was this discovery?
a. x-rays   b. nuclear reaction   c. electromagnetism
 
7) Discoveries of the basic forces at the subatomic level led 
to the realization that all interactions in the universe are 
the result of four fundamental forces of nature, the strong 
and weak nuclear forces,
the electromagnetic force, and what other force?
a. light   b. chemical reactions   c. gravitation
 
8) In 1911 Alfred Wegener proposes that all the continents 
in the world once formed a single, giant land mass that was 
eventually split apart. What is this process called?
a. plate tectonics   b. continental drift   c. terraspreading
 
And now for one that's sure to have your head spinning in 
space...
 
9) Everyone knows it takes the Earth one year to revolve 
around the Sun, but did you know that the entire Milky Way 
Galaxy revolves around the galactic center? How long does 
it take our home galaxy to make one revolution around the 
galactic center?
a. 250 million years   b. 1 million years   c. 1 year
 
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. Nicolaus Copernicus
2) b. The conversion of light energy into chemical energy.
3) c. billiard balls
4) c. electrons
5) b. After the Beatles song, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
6) a. x-rays
7) c. gravitation
8) b. continental drift
9) a. 250 million years
 

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COMPUTER TIPS - Next Window Please
 
With Windows XP you have many mouse options. If you use a 
mouse with a clickable center wheel there's a cool option I 
really like. If you have several program open as I always do, 
I can just click the wheel and the next window automatically 
comes to the front. That's much faster than mousing down to 
the taskbar and finding and clicking the program button.
 
If you try it and that doesn't work, you probably need to 
change what the wheel is programmed to do. Mine was set like 
this by default, but there are many other options, such as 
copy, paste, zoom in or out, double-click, close, and many 
more.
 
To change your settings open the Control Panel, click the 
Mouse icon, and you'll find the options on the Buttons tab.

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 Washington Irving: Great 
minds have purposes, others have wishes.
 
Have an interesting day, Simon

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

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