Goodies to Go! Newsletter #313
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November 29, 2004 -- Newsletter # 313
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Goodies Thoughts - Easy Does It, Every Time
One of my favorite notions, when it comes to the world of
programming and web page building, is the idea of being my own best friend. I've
talked about it many times in different contexts, and today I'm talking about it
again, this time inspired by another personal experience that made me smile at
Last week I talked about the Thanksgiving holiday that we celebrated here in the US last Thursday and I mentioned that it is a family event. That being so, we elected to visit family at the other end of this rather large nation, and because of everything we wanted to take with us, we chose to drive. This put us on the road for many, many hours in each direction.
As Murphy's law would have it, when we were just about in the center of nowhere, a call came in on my cell phone from a client. "I forgot to mention this earlier," he apologized, "but we need you to make a change on our site. Since I'm late telling you, it's now an emergency. Can you take care of it right now? I'm sure that you can -- can't you?"
Despite all popular sayings to the contrary, a lack of planning on the client's part does indeed constitute an emergency on my part! But this is where my own planning makes me my own best friend.
The site in question doesn't really need anything fancy, in terms of Flash, major graphics or the like. This site is for selling products. Since it's not entirely necessary, I avoid it like the plague. The essentials are: easy navigation, a short path (minimum clicks) from start to the desired product; an accurate, brief, easy to read description of the product with a simple picture (photograph); a user friendly shopping cart and a short path to checkout. There are no bells, whistles or fancy showcasing of my creative talents on this site! The site showcases the product it is intended to sell, and that's it.
All this simplicity makes the site easy to use, but it also makes it very easy to maintain. Since there is nothing particularly fancy required in the site, there is no need for an extensive or fancy software toolset to maintain it. Since it's hosted on a Windows platform with the FrontPage Extensions installed, I can "Open" the website with FrontPage, live on the server and make the changes directly into it. I don't need a local copy f the pages to be changed before I start making the changes.
I keep my laptop lean and mean -- there's no data kept in it. I don't need it. With my Sierra card (110K average access - not too shabby), with my wife driving and with FrontPage, my "emergency" was taken care of in about twenty-five minutes. One cell phone call and my client was a happy camper! "I knew you would be able to do it," he said, which tells me he won't plan any better next time either!
I'm a big fan of simplicity and the "KISS" principle, especially when it comes to websites. This story is an example of why.
Thanks for Reading!
- Vince Barnes
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Q. How do I lose the blue line that appears round an image when I make it a link?
A. In the IMG SRC tag add this:
Q. Is there any way to place text on top of pictures?
A. Here is the link to see how that's done:
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 %>
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).
A. Not sure why it does not work in IE, but here is a modified version that works using the setTimeout method to control the fliping of images.
var num=1 img1 = new Image (150,150)
img1.src = "0.gif" img2 = new Image (150,150)
img2.src = "1.gif" img3 = new Image (150,150)
img3.src = "2.gif"
<img src="0.gif" name="mypic" border=0 alt="My Image">
Also here is a brief explanation of setTimeout:
setTimeout, a method of the window object, basically delays the execution of a function or statement until the specified time has passed. The basic syntax of this function is:
"expression" is the function/statement you want delayed, and delaytime is the delay time, in milliseconds.
I also use clearTimeout to stop the animation once it reaches the end of the images array.
Q. I am looking for a code to use to swap an image to the homepage each time the page is reloaded.
A. Here are some links to some scripts that might do the trick.
SBC, FCC Joust Over VoIP Tariff
[November 29, 2004] The regional telecom responds to comments made by FCC Chairman Michael Powell.
Sun Eyes SevenSpace for Outsourcing
[November 29, 2004] The cash acquisition aims to help Sun's managed services offerings support rival systems.
New Browser Flaw Out
[November 29, 2004] And for once, Internet Explorer isn't the only vulnerable one.
SCO Site Cracked
[November 29, 2004] UPDATED: The company was hit twice over the holiday weekend, though these attacks were a bit more subtle.
Big Blue Opens Doors to Real-Time Software
[November 29, 2004] IBM's new technology center is designed to help customers wrap their fingers around autonomic computing.
A Sun Ray in Every Home?
[November 29, 2004] Sun looks to enterprise customers to fill out its desktop vision on the consumer side.
RSS: Feed Me the Money
[November 26, 2004] XML syndication strips ads from online content. For self-supporting bloggers, that's a problem.
Oracle Stages a Proxy War
[November 25, 2004] The company gears up for a March battle as it eyes four alternatives to replace a stubborn PeopleSoft board.
Marqui Product Placement in Blogs
[November 24, 2004] The communications service provider reaches out to bloggers trying to support themselves.
Brits Get Replacements for Phony XP
[November 24, 2004] Microsoft UK takes a new step in piracy fight.
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Database Edit ASP.NET Sample
This sample shows you how to use the ASP.NET DataGrid's built in editing capabilities to edit records in a database. It also includes some basic Try...Catch...Finally style error handling to prevent people from entering text into the integer fields and vice versa.
And Remember This . . .
On this day in...
1948 Australia's First Car Unveiled
With Australia's Prime Minister Ben Chifley among the 1,200 or so in attendance, the first car manufactured entirely in Australia was unveiled on this day in 1948. Although its official designation was the 48-215, it was known as the Holden FX. General Motors - Holden Automotive had accepted the Australian government's 1945 challenge for Australian auto parts makers to produce an all-Australian car. The FX was their response, and proved to be a great success, selling over 100,000 cars in the first five years of production. General Motors Holden Automotive produced several more very successful models, including the Torana and Commodore, enabling their Lion and Stone emblem to be exported around the world, as well as selling well at home. In 1994 the company officially adopted "Holden" as its company name. Their success continues today.
Today was also the day that in: 1877 Thomas Edison demonstrated the phonograph; 1916 the US declared marshal law in the Dominican Republic; 1944 John Hopkins hospital performed the first open heart surgery; 1945 the Yugoslavian monarchy was abolished as the country declared itself a republic; 1947 the UN general assembly partitioned Palestine between Arabs and Jews; 1951 First underground atomic explosion, at Frenchman Flat, Nevada; 1961 Mercury-Atlas rocket carried a chimp ("Enos") into orbit; 1963 The Beatles released "I Want to Hold Your Hand"; 1964 the Roman Catholic Church in the US replaced Latin with English; 1968 John & Yoko Lennon released their first album "Two Virgins" in the UK; 1971 the first pro golf championship at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida; 1987 Korean Air Boeing 707 en route to Seoul disappeared off Burma, 115 on board were all lost; 1994 Russia bombed Grozny, the capitol of Chechnya;
Born today were: in 1803 color shift discoverer Christian Doppler (Doppler Effect); 1832 author Louisa May Alcott (Little Women); 1849 English diode inventor Sir Ambrose Flemming; 1932 actress Diane Ladd; 1933 author Dr. David Reuben; 1933 blues singer John Mayall; 1940 jazz musician Chuck Mangione; 1949 comedian Gary Chandling; 1955 Canadian comedian Howie Mandel; 1959 actor Charles Grant; 1960 actress Cathy Moriarty; 1961 actress Kim Delaney; 1963 actor Andrew McCarthy; 1968 musician Jonathan Raleigh Knight;
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