Goodies To Go! Newsletter #357

By Vince Barnes

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Goodies to Go (tm)
October 4, 2005 -- Newsletter # 357
 
This newsletter is part of the internet.com network.
http://www.internet.com
 

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Featured this week:
 
*   Goodies Thoughts - The Web Complex

*   Q & A Goodies
*   News Goodies
*   Feedback Goodies
*   Windows Tech Goodie of the Week 
*   And Remember This...
 
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The Web Complex
 
Back in the deep, dark ages, back in the early, formative days of the Internet (that is, four or five years ago, perhaps!) web pages were things you would look at, and they'd simply look right back at you.  That was that.  No interaction, no real, personal, interactive "Hey!  Great to see you again!  How are the kids?" -- nothing like that.  (OK, so maybe I'm going back a little more than five years, but I think the story is much nicer the way I tell it!!)
 
Then, as the Web evolved, along came dynamic sites, interactivity, personalization and database connectivity.  Web sites were becoming more and more complex and their functionality was increasing geometrically.  So when will it stop?  Where is the Web going?  Will I, with my relatively simple site, be left behind, forever relegated to obsolescence?  Whoa there Nellie!  Let's slow down and take a look.
 
Where's the web going?  Let's think for a moment about all the programs we run in the computer.  When it gets right down to it, they all provide fairly much the same functionality -- they read information from files, manipulate it, display things on the screen, store information back in files, interact with network resources and maybe print out a few things.  Of course, the tremendous variety of ways in which each of these things can be done can make this look like a gross simplification, but, simplified though it may be, it does in fact describe the basic functionality involved.
 
It starts with input, coming from keyboards, mice and the like, microphones, scanners, cameras and so on.  This all goes into the software which manipulates it, interacts with files and databases and so on, until it ends up as output sent to your screen, printers, speakers and so on.
 
That's basically the same process a web page goes through.\
 
Suppose that all your files and programs were stored at the server end.  Now suppose your "browser" could accept all the aforementioned input types and (as it already can) outputs.  You wouldn't need any local storage; you wouldn't install or update your programs, you wouldn't need much of a local computer -- in fact, you wouldn't need to be at any specific computer; any one with the right "super-browser" would do.  In this scenario, all your computing would be done through the Web.
 
Far fetched?  Not at all!  It's fairly common already!  First, there's the likes of Citrix, which let's you take just about any application and run it through the Internet (by the way, I'll be at Citrix iForum in Las Vegas next week -- maybe I'll see you there!).  This is a fairly elaborate solution though -- too much for the average home user, it's more for business with their own server farms.  But there are also other variations on the theme - some more suited for the home user.
 
You already know that companies like Google, Yahoo, MSN and the like will provide you with free email and tons of storage space.  Now take a look at the last article under News Goodies today.  I think you'll start to see where the future of the web might take us.
 
Oh, and about that simple web page of yours -- not everything that's written has to be a book.  There is still plenty of room for such things as newsletters (thank goodness!) and simple notes.  Humble website will always continue to serve the purpose they currently do.  A family history website, for example, though built with relatively low-tech stuff, is highly likely to increase in its meaning, purpose and value with the passage of time.  So cheer up, and keep typing (or speaking, if your into some of today's higher tech input devices!)
 

Thanks for reading!
 
 
 
 
 
- Vince Barnes
 
 
 
 
 
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Q & A Goodies
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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 to have information filled our on a form sent directly to a e-mail address? If this is possible how can I implement it into my website?
 
A. It does not work very well when you try to email a form directly to an email address.  Usually what happens when the attempt to submit the for is their email client will pop up without the information from the form in the body of the email.  You should use a serverside language such as Perl PHP or Asp to process the form and email it to you.
[Take a look also at:
http://www.htmlgoodies.com/tutorials/forms/article.php/3479081
http://www.htmlgoodies.com/tutorials/forms/article.php/3479071  and
http://www.htmlgoodies.com/introduction/newsletter_archive/goodiestogo/article.php/3476661  -- Ed.]
 
 
 
 
 
Q. I want to design a home page which display different images each time it loads. There will be 6 main images to be shown all will be displayed one by one and when 6th image will be displayed, the first image will come again.
 
A. There are so solutions many available. It all depends on what type of technology you want to use. My best suggestion is to do a search on Google or Yahoo for "JavaScript image rotator". You will find about 10000 hits. Most of them probably even have a demo so you can see what it will look like before you try it.
 
 
 
 

    
Q. I am constantly creating files (pdf or word) files that I need to show to many co-workers. Instead of having to email everyone everytime I finish a file, I would like to upload the file to my server and have them view the list of files online and download the ones they want. These files need to be password protected as different people in different departments should only see files pertaining to them. Here was my idea, create a bunch of password protected folders on a server - one for each department, and I will upload the file to any folder that should be allowed to view these files.  Two questions: 1) I put the files in a folder, but when I try to view the folder in a browser it tells me I don't have permission to access this folder (I assume because I never created an index file). How can I set it up that I should be able to view a list of files that are in the folder?  2) how can I create a page that will allow me to upload files to folders using a browser?
 
A. I believe you are correct in that you do not have an INDEX file for the server to show when you try to access the folder. You could create an INDEX file with the links to the documents for downloading. I am assuming that you have already password protected the folder? An even easier way would be to use a password log in feature for your pages. The application would allow users to sign up themselves and you would control which group the user should be in and only the documents or files you allow each group or person to view. There is a nice web application called ASPLogin. It has to run on a server that supports ASP. For example, to make a document available to all users in a group called 'management', members of a group called 'administrators' and a user called 'fred' (who may or may not be in either of the groups), you would add the following code to the top of the document:
<%@ LANGUAGE=VBScript %>
<%
Set asplObj=Server.CreateObject("ASPL.Login")
asplObj.Group("management")
asplObj.Group("administrators")
asplObj.User("Fred")
asplObj.Protect
Set asplObj=Nothing
%>
Any other group or person trying to see that document will not be allowed to see it. It is a pretty slick application You can take a look here: http://www.asplogin.com
To create a page to allow you to upload documents would call for some scripting. This all depends on what type of server you site is hosted on. If it is a Windows server then it will support Active Server Pages (ASP).
 
 
 
 
 
Q. I just finishing a webpage using background images in my table cells. I set my background color to black and my background image is texture of color. So here is my problem... the poeple who asked me to do their website want to be able to print it for themselves and for students who visit the website. I just discovered that the File/Print command in Explorer stays black where it's supposed to have a backgroud image.  It is really ugly when you print it. In all the 5 years since I'm doing webpage its the first time that someone has asked me to have a better rendering for printing. I havent found anything on that subjet so far, so if you have any ideas of how to fix this I will be very grateful.
 
A. I believe you do not have control over what the user is printing in this case. To print a background color or image the user has to have their browser set to print them. By default the browser will be set up to not print the background color or images because they impair readability or consume large amounts of toner or ink.
In Microsoft Internet Explorer:
Select Tools and the select Internet Options.
Click the Advanced tab.
Scroll down to the section labeled Printing and mark the box labeled Print background colors and images.
Try Reprinting the page.
I am not sure how it is done in Netscape.
 
 
 

    
Q. How would I make my own computer game with JavaScript?
 
A. Here is a link to some JavaScript games:  http://www.javascriptkit.com/script/cutindex22.shtml
 
 
 


    
Q. Is there a way to create a menu of hyperlinks over an image? I want a text menu over my left margin images without having to create image links.
 
A. Use the image as the background of a table cell and place the links in the table cell.
 
 
 

    
Q. When making an ordered list, is there a way to make the numbers of the ordered list bold without making the entire content of the ordered list bold?
 
A. Yes, put bold tags around the li tags. <b><li></b>
 
 
 

News Goodies
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Sun, Google to Push Java, Toolbar
[October 4, 2005] Landmark agreement unites Internet-based services and Java.
Read the article:
http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/3553671
 

Motorola, Microsoft Partner For Public Safety
[October 4, 2005] The wireless specialist will use the software giant's platforms to develop new apps for first responders.
Read the article:
http://www.internetnews.com/wireless/article.php/3553586
 

RIAA Defendant Returns Legal Fire
[October 4, 2005] The music industry's pattern of lawsuits and settlement procedures against P2P downloaders is questioned.  
Read the article:
http://www.internetnews.com/bus-news/article.php/3553421
 

IBM Powers New Servers, Chip Tech
[October 4, 2005] IBM goes all out for SMBs with new Power5+ machines, which include a special Quad Core design.
Read the article:
http://www.internetnews.com/bus-news/article.php/3553416
 

DoJ Grounds Katrina Relief Web Site
[October 4, 2005] Feds claim fraudster raised donations by falsely claiming to be flying humanitarian flights to New Orleans.
Read the article:
http://www.internetnews.com/xSP/article.php/3553516
 

Katrina Hits IT Spending
[October 4, 2005] UPDATED: IDC's expectations for IT purchases dropped in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, but analysts expect to see a rebound.
Read the article:
http://www.internetnews.com/stats/article.php/3553561
 

Telling E-Tales Out of School
[October 4, 2005] Tattle-tales don't need to fear reprisals if they use anonymous reporting service.
Read the article:
http://www.internetnews.com/ec-news/article.php/3553576
 

Miers, Roberts Share Tech History

[October 4, 2005] The chief justice and supreme court nominee both had hands in Redmond cases.
Read the article:
http://www.internetnews.com/bus-news/article.php/3553616
 

California Outlaws Phishing
[October 3, 2005] It becomes the first state to make the scam a civil violation.
Read the article:
http://www.internetnews.com/bus-news/article.php/3553271
 

Next Up: Google Office?

[October 3, 2005] Google and Sun expected to announce cooperation on a hosted version of an open source productivity suite. 
Read the article:
http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/3553371
 
 
 

 
 
 
Feedback Goodies
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If you would like to comment on the newsletter or expand/improve on something you have seen in here, you can now send your input to:
 
 
We already receive a lot of email every day.  This address helps us sort out those relating specifically to this newsletter from all the rest.  When you send email to this address it may wind up being included in this section of the newsletter, to be shared with your fellow readers.  Please don't send your questions to this address.  They should be sent to our mentors: see http://www.htmlgoodies.com/mentors/
 
 
 
Thanks for all your feedback!
 
 
 
 
 

Windows Tech Goodie of the Week 
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Displaying RSS Feeds - A Look at RssFeed Version 1.9
 
In a recent article we discussed a free, open-source ASP.NET server control that we could use to display syndicated content from another site on an ASP.NET website. In this article we'll take a quick look at RssFeed and then highlight some of its new features. Read on to learn more!
 
 

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Building Limited Navigation Links Update
 
After downloading the limited links version of our paged database search script, one of our readers decided to send in an improved implementation that wraps the code up into a function and adds some CSS support. If you've ever wanted to be able to easily add previous and next links to your search results, then have we got the function for you.
 
 

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Migrating to a Load Balanced IIS 6 Environment
 
Migration to IIS 6 can present itself as a daunting challenge. Depending on your existing hosting configuration, the process can number in hours, days, or even weeks. Careful planning and research is integral to achieve a successful migration.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And Remember This ...
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1957 "Sputnik" Launched
 
Heralding the dawn of the "space age", the USSR launched the first man made Earth satellite, the "Sputnik", on this day in 1957.  It launched at 22:29, Moscow time, from the Tyuratam space center in Kazakhstan.  Sputnik was 22 inches in diameter, weighed 184 pounds, and traveling at 18,000 mph, circled the Earth ever 1 hour, 36 minutes.  Its orbit varied from 143 mile to 584 miles from Earth, until it deteriorated in January of 1958, when it burned up in the atmosphere.  Its launch caught the American Government and scientists by surprise, and started what became known as the "space race".
 

Today was also the day that in: 1824 Mexico became a republic; 1883 the "Orient Express" linking Europe to Turkey by rail, ran its first run; 1910 Portugal became a republic;  1955 Rev Sun Young Moon left prison in Seoul; 1957 "Leave It to Beaver," debuted on CBS; 1966 Lesotho (Basutoland) gained independence from Britain; 1974 John Lennon released "Walls & Bridges"; 1984 US govt closed down due to budget problems; 1990 Regional elections were held in what was East Germany;
 

Born today were: in 1860 "Sherlock Holmes" illustrator Sidney Paget; 1889 Olympic rower (father to Grace) John B. Kelly; 1895 silent film actor Buster Keaton; 1923 actor Charlton Heston; 1931 comic strip crime fighter Dick Tracy; 1932 actress Felicia Farr; 1941 English author Jackie Collins; 1944 singer Patti LaBelle; 1945 actor Clifton Davis; 1946 actress Susan Sarandon; 1949 actor Armand Assante; 1961 actor David W. Harper;
 
 
 
 


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