April 8, 2002-- Newsletter #175

By Joe Burns



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April 8, 2002--Newsletter #175

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Goodies Thoughts - CyberSquatting? Huh?

Have you ever heard of the terms CyberSquatting or CyberSquatters?

 

Neither had I until recently. Apparently, CyberSquatters is a term that refers to those companies and/or individuals that buy up domain names with the intent of reselling them later at a highly inflated price or using them to lure viewers under "false pretenses". I remember this being a very common practice as the internet revolution began to unfold. I also recall being very frustrated when I went through variation after variation of a domain name searching for one that hadn't already been bought up by some brokerage company that wanted $10,000 for it. I can only imagine what the people that bought up major company names like "coca-cola.com" would have tried to extort.

 

Now that you know what CyberSquatters are would you believe there is a CyberSquatting Consumer Protection Act. This act basically applies all existing trademark and copyright laws to the internet. While this act will likely not stop people from buying up common generic names like "shoestore.com" or "auction.com" it will protect companies and individuals from being taken advantage of.

 

Imagine if you were a movie star like Tom Cruise and someone bought up the domain name "tomcruise.com". When you asked them to sign over the domain name they refused and instead starting posting articles like "Tom was possessed by Demons" and "Tom has an IQ of 12" on the domain. Obviously, you would would be filing a lawsuit for slander. But what if they used the domain name to post articles like "Movies Rot your Brain" and "Movie-goers are more likely to be Under-achievers" which do not directly slander you? Would you still be able to sue?

 

Yes you can. An excellent real-life example of this would be a recent case involving Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery and Spider Webs. Spider Webs registered the domain name "ernestandjuliogallo.com". Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery attempted to have the domain transferred over but Spider Webs refused. So, Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery filed suit to have the domain transferred. About six months after the suit was filed Spider Webs posted content on "ernestandjuliogallo.com" about the negatives of alcohol consumption. That was probably a big mistake because a federal court ruled in favor of Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery and ordered "ernestandjuliogallo.com" shut down until all appeals have been exhausted.

 

What if an anti-smoking group decided to buy up all variations Marlboro that they could think of in an effort to make it very difficult to find the brand's website? Would that be legal?

 

No it wouldn't. In this case the group wouldn't be trying to gain a profit from the reserved domains but would rather be trying to intentionally limit a company's ability to promote a product which falls under the same guidelines that protected Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery from having their name used to promote negative publicity.

 

Basically, the laws protect any person or business from having their legitimate claim to a domain name held for ransom. It also offers protection from situations like Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery encountered with Spider Webs using misleading means to promote negative publicity about the company or industry.

 

As with any new innovation or revolution such as the internet, there will always be those people that try to take advantage of the system. I, for one, am glad to know that it will now be much harder to be taken advantage of.

 

Thanks for reading!

 


Quiz Goodies

Let's say you have a pop-up window that is displaying an ad for your newest software releases. You have created links for each product that will launch a new window so that you don't lose your pop-up ad. What you would like to do is to move your ad window to the upper-left corner of the user's screen so they can still see your other new products while they read about the one that they clicked on. How would you move that pop-up ad to the upper-left corner using JavaScript?

 

Read answer below.



Q & A Goodies

Questions are taken from submissions to our Community Mentors. You can ask a Mentor a question by going to http://www.htmlgoodies.com/mentors/.

 

Q. I was wondering how it is possible to put an image right next to the edge of the webpage? By default it is indented by about 5mm.

 

A. You can use Cascading Style Sheets(CSS) to define the margins like this:

<style type="text/css">

body {margin-top: 0px; ; margin-left: 0px}

</style>

Or like this with your HTML <BODY> tag:

<body bgcolor="Blue" leftmargin="0" marginwidth="0" topmargin="0" marginheight="0">

 

*** This question was submitted to our Mentor Community. The answer was provided by Jay Hadley, one of our HTML Mentors.

 

Q. I've been studying the HTML Goodies web site and downloaded some free images from a link there. Well, this will probably sound really strange, but every time I go to open up what got downloaded, I get this game called "Elf Bowling" that my brother downloaded at Christmas time! I am saving the images to "My Documents" on my computer when I download, and have since deleted the "Elf Bowling" game, but I still get it every time I download any of those images. I haven't even seen any of the images yet because of this game. Do you have any ideas as to why this would be happening?

 

A.  Your file association was taken over once 'Elf Bowling' was installed. Hold down the shift key, right click on the file, and go to 'Open With'. Choose the program that you would like to use to view your pictures.

*** This question was submitted to our Mentor Community. The answer was provided by Peter, one of our Web Design Mentors.

 

Q.  This is driving me nuts!!

Using HTMLGoodies I've written the early stages of a family website - I've been very pleased with the results combining HTML with CSS - however, my problem is that when I initially load up the pages a number of the images are distorted, but if I switch page and then return (or even if I resize the window by using F11) - hey presto! - all is well - it is always the first time in...

 

A. The distortions are most likely a CSS issue. Try removing the following code:

img{
height : auto;
width : auto;
}

Since you are defining the size of each of your images as most developers do, the code above is not necessary and is the most likely culprit.


*** This question was submitted to our Mentor Community. The answer was provided by Alex Newport, one of our HTML Mentors.


News Goodies

Well, it's official. All of you Apache lovers out there will be very happy to know that Apache 2.0 has just been officially released.

Click here to read the article

 

It would seem that Sun Microsystems has tired of locking horns with long time rival Microsoft and has decided that butting heads with IBM could be a whole lot more fun.

Click here to read the article

 

IBM issued an earnings warning which sent a shockwave through the stock markets this morning.

Click here to read the article

 
 
Quiz Answer

To move your pop-up window to a better spot for viewing you will probably want to use the window.moveTo( ) method.

 

It's a very straight-forward method that requires only 2 arguments, x and y with x being the horizontal position and y being the vertical position. The x and y positions on the screen correspond with the upper-leftmost point of the window that you are moving. In other words, whatever x and y points you designate will be where the upper-left point of the window is positioned.  Here's how you would move the pop-up window in our problem:

 

window.moveTo(1,1);

 

This will move the window to the upper-left corner of the viewer's screen. One word of caution, though. Be sure that you have focus on the correct window before you use window.moveTo( ) or you could end up moving the wrong window.

 

 

And Remember This . . .

It's spring for us in the Northern Hemisphere which brings budding trees, green grass, blooming flowers and allergies. However, some the beauties of Spring don't outweigh the watering eyes, sneezing and choruses of "Bless You!". Have you ever wondered where the tradition of saying "Bless you!" after someone sneezes came from?

 

Sneezing was first believed to be loss of your Spirit and even an indicator of impending death since those lying on their death beds often would fall victim to fits of sneezing. As such, many people would try to avoid sneezing at almost any cost. But, if by some chance an inadvertent sneeze did occur it would be followed by good luck chants in an effort to save the soul.

 

As time passed the Romans discovered that sneezing was often the result of something foreign being trapped in the nasal passage which would often beget a response like "Congratulations!". However, when the sneeze was associated with a disease it often foretold the person's death. In these cases, the Romans would declare phrases like "Long may you live!" and "May you enjoy good health!"

 

The current tradition of saying "God Bless You!" or "Bless You!" is a permutation of the Roman tradition. In the 6th century as the plague was gripping Europe, it was observed again that one symptoms of the plague was chronic sneezing. So, in an effort to save people's lives and souls Pope Gregory beseeched all healthy people to pray for the sick. He also proclaimed that the response to a sneeze should be changed to the much more urgent "God Bless You!" from "Long may you live!". And as the plague spread across Europe, so did the Pope's proclamation of "God Bless You!". It is a tradition that was adopted in several different languages and is still used today.


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