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May12, 2003-- Newsletter #232

By Vince Barnes


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Goodies to Go (tm)
May12, 2003--Newsletter #232

This newsletter is part of the internet.com network.

Featured this week:

* Goodies Thoughts - Spy Games
* Q & A Goodies
* News Goodies
* Goodies Peer Reviews
* Feedback Goodies  
* And Remember This...



Goodies Announcement

Just in case you missed it before, the new Beyond HTML Goodies book is now available!


Go beyond the basics and learn how the pros add and use dynamic HTML features and advanced JavaScript techniques. Beyond HTML Goodies demonstrates dozens of new and different features readers can add to their existing Web pages using HTML and JavaScript. The book starts with simple text and image tips, such as adding a clock to a Web page or causing text to appear when the mouse moves over an image. It gradually builds to more complex tricks, including manipulating forms or working with cookies behind the scenes. Throughout the book, readers enjoy Joe's snappy style and "to the point" discussion of each "goody" in the book.





Goodies Thoughts - Spy Games

By now we have all (hopefully) heard of the unfortunate side-effects of downloading such software as Kazaa onto our systems. Hmmmm.... I know that you know all about it, but this guy over here says he hasn't heard, so please bear with me while I explain it to him.

I don't necessarily mean to pick on Kazaa; it is just one of hundreds of sites (and other offerings) to offer one thing and include another. The "other" thing in these cases can be "adware", "spyware", "keyloggers", usage trackers and a variety of other, similarly intentioned, uninvited guests and undesirables. In case that doesn't fully clarify it; "adware" are programs that put up advertisements of other messages on your screen when you least expect, or want, them. "Spyware" programs monitor your activity as you cruise the web, or do other things on your computer, and report your activities back to ad companies so that they can deliver advertising to you that is specifically targeted to your tastes; although they could also sell this information for all sorts of purposes. "Keyloggers" are similar to spyware, except that they usually keep a lot more detail. This detail might include any passwords you type in, and even screen shots of pages you visit or programs you open. Feel a little uncomfortable yet? This information may be stored locally on your machine to be read by someone else who has physical access to the machine, or may even be transmitted to a remote location for retrieval by who knows whom! Usage trackers are also similar to spyware, but usually use cookies to transfer information about your web browsing activities from one site to another. The "other" category includes "Trojans" (which might, or might not be detectable by anti-virus software) that could do a variety of unpleasant things, or "dialers" which rip you off by causing you to (unknowingly) call a number that charges you by the minute, with the amount ripped from you showing up in your phone bill.

Okay! Now that we're so paranoid that we could easy give up web surfing altogether, let's hastily say that there are things we can do to protect ourselves. Thank goodness; and thank Patrick Kolla in Bochum, Germany, also!

Patrick is the author of "Spybot Search and Destroy". The name seems to say it all, and in this particular case it pretty much does! This program searches for spyware and all the above mentioned intruders, and offers a variety of things to do about them, including destroying them!

My system sits behind a pretty well configured firewall, has up to the minute (actually, update checks daily) anti-virus software from Symantec (Norton Anti-Virus 2003) and Panicware's wonderful Pop-Up Stopper Pro & Companion software to block pop-ups and messenger ads (see http://www.panicware.com). I don't download music onto it, and have never signed into Kazaa or the like. Still, when I downloaded and ran Spybot S&D it found two pieces of tracker software in my machine. A good friend of mine (who had used Napster and Kazaa at one time or another) found more than ninety. When he removed them all, he noticed a marked improvement in his browser's performance. There are things that count as paranoia -- this isn't one of them! In my humble opinion, everybody who uses the web, as every web developer does, should download this software and run it periodically on their system.

To get it, go to http://security.kolla.de and download it. Patrick doesn't sell it, it's free. He does suggest that if you like it you contribute to the cause so that it can be properly maintained in the future. Personally, I would highly recommend making a contribution because I think his work, and his results, are very well worth it.

When it comes to computer systems, it's safety first, then backup, backup and backup!

Thanks for Reading!
- Vince Barnes



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. Every so often when using cookies and things are not working as expected, I go into my cookies file on my XP computer and open the cookies file to what is really there! I am sometimes a little confused as although the format seems to be user name @ web address, minus the last extension (eg default@www.jiveoholic.org), sometimes there is a [1] or [2] as well. Sometimes there several such cookie files. Why does this happen and is there a way of purging these cookie files from the web page that generated them?

A. I suspect that the multiple cookies from the same site are different pages that are placing cookies on your XP. The only way you can delete them is to go to TOOLS > Internet Options and then click on the Delete Cookies button. Of course this will delete all cookies which you may not want. There is also software that can do this for you. You could also delete them manually, but that could get rather tedious.
[Check out Pop-up Stopper at http://www.panicware.com - the Pro and Companion versions can do this for you automatically as you close your browser - Ed.]


Q. I would like to have two functions occur when a button is pushed. This is how I have it written:
<.INPUT TYPE="button" VALUE="Submit" onClick="send()" onClick="openindex()">
You probably know that only the first event happens. How do I make the other occur at the same time?.

A. You can perform more than one function with one event such as the onClick by separating them with a semicolon. Try Changing your code to this:
<.INPUT TYPE="button" VALUE="Submit" onClick="send();openindex()">


Q. I found a script that disallows the right clicking to "view source" which is great.. however is there another code that disallows the ability to click on the "Source" option under the View Toolbar?

A. There is no way to stop them from viewing the source using the "view source" option.


Q. I want a mouse rollover where I will have a table with a picture and the mouserollover will change the picture to text with the picture in the background.

A. You can do a simple tooltip by using the "TITLE" property on the image text like this: <.img src="pic.gif" title="My Picture"> . If you want something more involved then here is a link to some search resultes I found at Internet.com: http://search.internet.com/cgi-bin/search.webreference.com?method=mainQuery&numresults=0&batchhits=25&IC_Summary=1&IC_SortBy=&DB12=WebRef&query=tooltip


Q. How can I create a menu in the menu frame on the left side of a page with several submenues that open and close when you click the upper level, just with standard HTML and JAVA-Script, that runs on all Browsers?

A. Unfortunatley they are complicted because of the amount of code that is needed to handle the different browsers. Here are a couple of links to some scripts that will work with frames and are highly configurable. I believe the instructions are quite good also. http://www.dynamicdrive.com/dynamicindex1/hvmenu/index.htm
Both of these can be set to display horizontally or vertically.






News Goodies

'Fizzer' Worm Squirms Across the Web
[May 12, 2003] Anti-virus experts are monitoring a new mass-mailing worm spreading itself via e-mail address books and the Kazaa P2P network.

Click here to read the article


Verizon Plans to 'Wi-Fi' Pay Phones
[May 12, 2003] The telco giant plans to build 802.11b-compliant 'hotspot' extensions of its broadband service in New York, using existing pay phones as the distribution vehicle.

Click here to read the article


Alleged Web Scammer Settles With SEC
[May 12, 2003] 20-year-old raised more than $100,000 by falsely guaranteeing double-digit returns on three websites and through approximately 9 million spam e-mails.

Click here to read the article




Nvidia Retakes 3D Speed Crown
[May 12, 2003] Putting the slot-hogging, deafening-cooling-fan FX 5800 Ultra behind it, Nvidia Corp. unveils the GeForce FX 5900 Ultra -- a graphics accelerator with a range of improvements.

Click here to read the article



Cisco Woos Cable Operators
[May 12, 2003] The telecom gear maker intros a new router for cable companies looking to bolster revenue with voice and data services.

Click here to read the article



JetBrains Adds IDE to JBoss Community
[May 12, 2003] The company's IntelliJ IDEA integrated development environment for the Java platform will now be integrated with JBoss Group's application server offering.

Click here to read the article



ING, AOL Sign $30M Marketing Pact
[May 12, 2003] The three-year cross-marketing deal for ING's new personal finance Web site tests AOL's new resolve to use its online and offline arms together.

Click here to read the article



Inteq Unveils New Management Portal
[May 12, 2003] Still bullish on the market for outsourced management services, the Bedford, Mass.-based MSP announces a new version of InfraPortal (its Web-based tool that offers a consolidated view of a company's entire IT infrastructure).

Click here to read the article



Microsoft Patches .NET Passport Hole
[May 8, 2003] UPDATE: Software giant could be facing a major fine by the FTC after it acknowledged a password-stealing security flaw in the .NET Passport that has since been patched.

Click here to read the article






Goodies Peer Reviews


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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 will help 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/

A few readers have written in to point out that the JavaScript menu shown in the last two weeks newsletters may not work in Netscape 6.2 or 7. I have not yet had a chance to check this out, but I will and will let you know what I find out. Thanks to those who wrote in to let us know.

We get a couple of notes a month about our use of "<." in code, and suggesting the use of &lt and &gt. The reason we don't use these is that while the look just fine in an email program that is interpreting the html, they look exactly as they are in every other email program (that is, the majority of email programs). In addition, since they would both require to be edited out and replaced with the actual symbols for the code to become functional code, there would be two global edits needed instead of one. Thanks for the suggestion -- it shows me that you're paying attention and thinking! Hopefully, you can see that there is a method to our madness!


And Remember This . . .

On this day in...

1841 Hitler backs Iraq's Rashid Ali
Two bombers were flown from Germany to Iraq on this day in 1941 by order of the "Fuhrer", to help Rashid Ali al-Gailani in his fight against the British. Ali had earlier overthrown the pro-British government of Prime Minister General Nuri al-Said, cut off the British oil pipeline and sealed off the British airbase at Habbaniya. Hitler send the planes and also sent arms through Syria to Iraq, because of his delight at the problems Ali was creating for the British. On May 12, he also sent Major Axel von Blomberg to act as a liaison between Iraq and Germany. Unfortunately for him he arrived in the middle of an air battle between the Iraqis and the British and was killed by a stray round. By the end of May, the British prevailed and Iraq surrendered. The British re-established the 1930 cooperation pact and Iraq became a valuable resource to the British and American forces in the Middle-East. In January of 1942, Iraq became the first independent Muslim State to declare war on the German Axis.

Born today were: in 1820, Florence Nightingale; 1907, Actress Katharine Hepburn; 1925, Baseball's Yogi Berra; 1929, music composer Burt Bacharach; 1936, TV Journalist Tom Snyder; 1937, comedian George Carlin; 1948 singer Stevie Winwood; 1962 actor Emelio Estavez




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