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                    THE INTERNET TUTOR
                     January 4, 2007
 
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This week...
 
- Webmaster Tip: The Deprecation Of It All
- Surfin' the Web: Hardly Famous
- Software Spotlight: BabyMouse
- The Oddball Wall:
- Computer Tip: Stuck Pixels
 
Happy New Year! How many times have you heard that already? 
Enough so that it sinks in, I hope. In many ways what we is 
expect from life has a direct connection to what we actually 
get. Expect a happy and good year and believe it all year 
long and that may be just what you get.
 
The opposite is true too. If you expect rotten things to 
happen to you then rotten things probably will happen. What 
we persistently believe is largely responsible for what we 
get, so think good thoughts and expect positive outcomes for 
the best results.
 

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WEBMASTER TIP - The Deprecation Of It All
 
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 know some html elements have been deprecated, but 
which ones and what exactly does that mean?
 
Simon Says: A deprecated element is one that the W3C recommends 
not be used, but instead CSS should be used to achieve the same 
result. A deprecated element is likely to become an obsolete 
element at some point.
 
Once an element is made obsolete browsers no longer have to 
support it, so using deprecated elements is risky business. 
One day your pages with deprecated code may not display right. 
Here are a list of the current deprecated and obsolete elements: 
 
applet, basefont, center, dir, font, isindex, menu, s. strike, 
u 
 
These are the obsolete elements:
 
listing, plaintext, xmp
 
Under no circumstances do you want to use the obsolete tags. 
Few, if any, browsers support them now. Deprecated tags can 
still be used, they still have browser support, but as I said, 
they may become obsolete one day and support may end. Using 
them now may only mean you're making more work for yourself 
later.
 

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SWIVEL HEAD FLASHLIGHT

Normal Price: $7.99
DEAL PRICE: $2.49

Here's a flashlight you'll wonder how you ever lived without 
it. It can swivel up and down, or all around. You can even 
clip it on your belt, shirt pocket, on a cap, just about 
anywhere. Swivel Head Flashlight
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SURFIN' THE WEB - Hardly Famous

Stuck in a dead end job? Take heart! No matter what you do 
now, don't think that's your lot in life. Amazing things can 
happen for those who persevere in the quest for achievement.

Madeleine Albright (Bill Clinton's Secretary of State) worked 
in a department store in Denver selling bras. Jennifer Aniston 
was one of those people nearly everyone hates...a telemarketer. 
Marlon Brando was a ditch digger after being expelled from 
military school. Jim Carrey worked as a janitor.

Sean Connery was a milkman, truck driver, and a lifeguard. 
Bill Cosby shined shoes. Michael Dell (founder of Dell Com-
puters) washed dishes at a Chinese restaurant. Barry Manilow 
was fired from a job at a brewery, when he reportedly left 
the truck door open & spilled the beer all over the road.
 
Eddie Money was a NYC Police Officer. Spielberg used to keep 
the bugs away from fruit trees. George Steinbrenner sold eggs 
from the family chicken farm. Rod Stewart was a grave digger. 
Shania Twain once homeless, living on the streets in Winnipeg.
 
Hardly famous gives you the mundane beginnings of many famous 
people. Don't think you can't become of the success stories!
 
http://www.hardlyfamous.com/
 

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           GopherCentral's Question of the Week: 

            Do you agree with Saddam's hanging?

 Please share your opinion, visit: The Question of the Week
 
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SOFTWARE SPOTLIGHT - BabyMouse
 
BabyMouse disables everything except the left mouse button. 
This way kids can play and learn on the computer without 
the right-click menus getting in the way.
 
Parents can click on the icon in the system tray to restore 
the normal mouse settings.
 
http://www.babymouse.org/
 
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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BRIEFCASE/LAPTOP BAG

Normal Price: $19.99
DEAL PRICE: $5.99

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
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THE ODDBALL WALL -
 
On this day in 1923, "Barn Dance" first aired. However, as 
it turns out there were a lot of "Barn Dance" shows over the 
years, both on radio and TV. My cousin, Ronnie Buck, used to 
play the guitar and sing on one of them, so today's trivia is 
about country music in his honor.
 
The first three questions ask for the names of the bands that 
back-up current country stars. For an example from the past, 
the band that backed country legend Buck Owens was called the 
Buckaroos.
 
1) What's the name of band behind Garth Brooks?
a. Stillwater   b. Texas Flood   c. The River Hawks
 
2) What's the name of band behind Kenny Chesney?
a. The Chestnuts   b. No Mercy   c. Cowboy Crooners
 
3) What's the name of the band behind Pam Tillis?
a. Train Wreck   b. The Tramp Riders   c. Mystic Biscuits

In the next three questions, try to identify which country 
artist is quoted. Who said...
 
4) "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put 
up with the rain."
a. Dolly Parton   b. Shania Twain   c. Willie Nelson
 
5) "Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you 
say.  Best friends listen to what you don't say. We all take 
different paths in life, but no matter where we  go, we take 
a little of each other everywhere."
a. Toby Keith   b. Tim McGraw   c. Martina McBride

6) "I'd like to let you in on a few things. First of all, 
don't judge us by our media. Guts and gonads in our national 
media are about as rare as hen's teeth and this bunch of 
lilly livered, politically correct, flower children are just 
about as likely to take your side of an argument, as they are 
the people in their own country. In other words, don't judge 
us by our milksop media." (Written in an open letter to  
terrorists)
a. Keith Urban   b. Carrie Underwood   c. Charlie Danials
 
In these last three questions try to identify the real song 
from amongst the fake titles by these lesser known artists...
 
7) Which is a real song by Kasey Jones?
a. You're the Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly
b. Honky Tonk Funky Monkeys
c. Cry Me a River of Whiskey
 
8) Which is a real song by The Huntingtons?
a. The Old Woman Wore Army Boots to Stomp On My Face
b. How Can I Miss You If You Go Away?
c. Crawl Back In The Bag You Old Bag
 
And now for one that's sure to rock your country...
 
9) Which is a real song by Johnny Horton?
a. Dirty Old Donnie Cleaned My Clock
b. Stinker Ain't Your Middle Name, But It Should Be
c. Go And Wash Your Dirty Feet
 
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. Stillwater
2) b. No Mercy
3) c. Mystic Biscuits
4) a. Dolly Parton
5) b. Tim McGraw
6) c. Charlie Danials
7) a. You're the Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly
8) b. How Can I Miss You If You Go Away?
9) c. Go And Wash Your Dirty Feet
 

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COMPUTER TIPS - Stuck Pixels
 
Do you have an LCD or plasma monitor that has a stuck pixel 
(never changes color) or has a spot that always seems to be 
a little brighter or dimmer than the rest of the screen?
 
You may have one or more "stuck" pixels.
 
This can be caused by a transistor malfunction or uneven 
distribution in the liquid crystal or plasma display. If you 
are having a problem with this there is an easy way to try 
to fix it.
 
1) With your computer and monitor off, use a damp cloth to 
apply some pressure to the area where the problem is. Make 
sure you don't put pressure anywhere else, because that could 
create a problem there.
 
2) While you're still pressing the affected area, turn your 
computer and the monitor back on.
 
3) Remove the cloth and hopefully the area will be back to 
normal.
 
The pressure helps to spread the liquid around the area where 
a pixel of several pixels may be stuck. If this doesn't solve 
your pixel problem, don't give up. You can try a software fix 
using s program like JScreenFix or UDPixel, available at the 
URLs below.
 
http://www.jscreenfix.com/
http://udpix.free.fr/
 
Note that the above method may fix stuck pixels, but will not 
repair dead pixels. It works in many cases, but not all.
 
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 Robert Anthony: If you 
don't change your beliefs, your life will be like this forever. 
Is that good news?
 
Have an interesting day, Simon

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

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