Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Goodies to Go! Newsletter #319

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Featured this week:

* Goodies Thoughts – Short Thoughts
* Q & A Goodies

* News Goodies
* Feedback Goodies  
* Windows Tech Goodies  
* And Remember This



Goodies Announcement

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 – Short Thoughts

Goodies Thoughts will be a little abbreviated this week, as I am
busy working on all the exciting new things coming your way on the HTML Goodies
website very soon. I encourage you to keep a close eye on the site as it takes
on its new face!

While you’re checking on things on the web, take a look at Internet.com. If you
haven’t been there recently, you’ll be amazed at the amount of useful
information for web developers that can be found there. Pay particular attention
to the Developer channel, the Linux/Open Source channel and the Windows
Technology channel.

Also, don’t forget that HTML Goodies is part of the Earthweb family ( http://www.EarthWeb.com
) If you have a few moments, browsing through the Earthweb sites always provides
the opportunity to pick up a little new knowledge.

If there’s something you need for that project you’re working on – you’re sure
to find it in one of these resources!

’til next week,


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


Q. I am trying to set up a clock that will count down from 72 hours :
minutes : seconds over and over again. Can you tell me how I might do that?

A. Joe Burns’ book "Javascript Goodies" referred to a count down script
on the web site. Its still on the server here:


It only counts minutes and seconds, but with a little tweeking it could be set
to do what it appears you want it to do.

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 %>
Set asplObj=Server.CreateObject("ASPL.Login")

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. Is there was a way to position a background image in the center of a
page regardless of screen resolution?

This code will position the image in the center:

body {
background-image : url(image.jpg);
background-position : center center;
background-repeat : no-repeat;

To position in the center of a table, try using this (be sure to replace __ with
the height and width of the image):
<table height="100%" width="100%">

<tr><td valign="center" align="center">
<table height="__" width="__" background="image.jpg">
Any text on the background









News Goodies

Comcast Answers VoIP Call

[January 10, 2005] UPDATED: The cable giant will make
Internet calling available for 15 million homes by year’s end.

here to read the article


Cisco, EMC Partner on Remote File Storage

[January 10, 2005] In a move that could shake up the storage landscape,
Cisco and EMC have extended their partnership to include a joint NAS-file
services solution.

here to read the article




Macromedia Opens More Video Streams

[January 10, 2005] Mirror Image is the third partner for the
Flash-based service.

Click here to read the article




Internet Elite Look Ahead
[January 10, 2005] New Pew study draws upon predictions of
Cerf, Dyson and others over what lies ahead for the
networked world.

Click here to read the article



Microsoft Hosts Messaging for SMBs
[January 10, 2005] Microsoft’s Solution for Hosted Messaging and
Collaboration aims to put enterprise-class server software in reach of small

Click here to read the article




The Lite Side of Oracle 10g
[January 10, 2005] The software maker packages its Lite database for mobile
users as a natural extension of 10g.

Click here to read the article



Zend Unveils PHP Enterprise Platform
[January 10, 2005] The new platform introduces enterprise management and
performance features, and it’s not just for administrators.

Click here to read the article




Trends in 2005: Vlogs, SOA and IP Everything
[January 7, 2005] Internetnews.com rounds up the most important trends
unfolding in the mid-decade year.

Click here to read the article



AMD’s Turion to Rival Intel’s Centrino
[January 7, 2005] Selling points include a 64-bit processor and no chipset

Click here to read the article




Red Hat to Open Source Directory Server
[January 7, 2005] UPDATED: Developer highlights reasons behind
the move in blog posting.

Click here to read the article









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Ploof! It now is!
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:


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Please don’t send your questions to this address.
They should be sent to our mentors: see

Thanks to those of you who sent in corrections to my
arithmetic! In last week’s newsletter I calculated the
average contribution to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund
through Amazom.com to be US$80,000+. It should be US$80+. At
the time I used a European calculator that I have, and
forgot to note that there is a comma where we in the US use
a period, and didn’t pay attention to the reasonability of
the answer. $80 is a much more reasonable amount to be the
average, but I would like also to point out that I believe
it to be a truly generous amount, coming as it does from the
general population. I hope that those affected by the
Tsunamis will hear of it, and will know that we all do
indeed care about them.

Thanks again for all your feedback!




Windows Tech Goodie of the Week:

A Sneak Peek at ASP.NET 2.0’s Administrative Tools

With ASP.NET 2.0, Microsoft has made great strides in
increasing developer productivity and has made implementing
previously complex solutions relatively easy.


*** AND ***

Debugging a SQL Stored Procedure from inside SQL Server 2000
Query Analyzer

There are many times when using SQL Server 2000 Query
Analyzer to debug SQL statements is a better choice than
debugging in Visual Studio .NET. In this article, Dina Fleet
Berry explains why and walks you through the debugging
process step-by step







And Remember This . . .

On this day in…

On this day in…

49BC Julius Ceasar crossed the Rubicon and invaded Italy;

1514 The Complutensian Polyglot Bible in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek
& Latin was finished; 1776 "Common Sense" by Thomas Paine was
published (until then there had been none, and there’s not much more
now! <G>); 1810 The French church annulled marriage of
Napoleon I and Josephine; 1839 Tea from India first arrived
in the UK; 1863 The first underground railway opened – in
London; 1870 John D Rockefeller incorporated Standard Oil;

1928 The Soviet Union ordered the exile of Leon Trotsky; 1946
The UN General Assembly convened for the first time (London);
RCA introduced the 45 RPM record; 1951 UN
Headquarters opened in Manhattan, NYC; 1964 Panama severed
diplomatic relations with US; 1969 Sweden became the first
western nation to oficially recognize North Vietnam; 1972 The
triple album set "A Concert for Bangladesh" was released in the UK;
1984 Clara Peller first asked "Where’s the Beef?"; 1994
The trial of Lorena Bobbitt, who cut off her husband’s penis, began;
1997 Italy’s new 1,000 lire coin showed Germany still divided
on its map;

Born today were: in 1738 Revolutionary War fighter Ethan
Allen; 1883 Russian poet & writer Aleksei Tolstoi (Pjotr
Peroyj); 1901 actress Pauline Stark; 1908 English
actor Bernard Lee ("M" to 007); 1927 singer Johnnie Ray;

1930 Roy E. Disney; 1943 singer Jim Croce; 1945
singer Frank Sinatra Jr.; 1945 British singer Rod Stewart;
musician Aynsley Dunbar; 1948 musician Donald Fagen;
1953 singer Pat Benatar;


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