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  Tuesday, March 02, 2010 – Permalink –

Hosting Info

Who dat provider?

Find out which provider a site is using.
Find out which internet providers are most reliable.
Find out which operating system is being used by which provider.
Find out . . .

Netcraft.com






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  Tuesday, February 23, 2010 – Permalink –

PDF Form Fill

Free tool


Have you ever been stymied by this PDF warning?



You can enter data, but you can't save the file with the new information.
Nuance has a free answer:

"Fill and save PDF forms - Most other PDF viewers do not enable you to fill and save PDF forms without support from a premium product.
Nuance PDF Reader provides frequently used annotation tools, letting you highlight, cross-out, and underline text."

Nuance PDF Reader






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  Thursday, January 28, 2010 – Permalink –

Fast Interchange

7 day URL


Go to http://cl1p.net and then:

Enter a URL that starts with http://cl1p.net.
example:http://cl1p.net/assuming/

Paste in anything you want.
Some text, links, etc. Click 'Save' when done.

On any other computer open a browser to the same URL.
You will find the information you entered in step 2.


Do more with CL1P.net. Just open any URL that starts with http://cl1p.net and you can...
  • Create a notebook
  • Have a conversation
  • Create a community
Cl1p.net



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  Monday, December 21, 2009 – Permalink –

No Home in IE

Blanked out


You can open Internet Explorer to a blank page.

Sometimes your normal home page may be too busy, or slow to load when you just want to pop out to a different location.

This trick will give you a blank slate to paste in a new URL.


  1. Create a new Desktop shortcut
    (Right click an empty spot on the desktop and choose New>Shortcut)


  2. Copy the following, and paste it as the target for the shortcut:


    "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" nohome


  3. Name the shortcut something like Blank IE


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  Friday, October 16, 2009 – Permalink –

Plan for your Site

Outline then do


Always a good idea. Pre-plan and then do. Too often projects are started without a plan and too often plans are made and not carried through.

"When creating a website there are several different tools and methods available, but it is important to plan the steps. This guide will help outline the important steps required for website creation and promotion. Information in this document should help readers avoid many pitfalls and save time throughout the process."

  1. Inception and Planning

  2. Design

  3. Construction

  4. Promotion
CompTechDoc.org:
Website Creation Tutorial



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  Saturday, October 10, 2009 – Permalink –

Web Furnishings

Clips, buttons, templates


ZeroWeb.org accepts submissions and provides free downloads of web ingredients.

Website Layouts
Clean
Heavy
Strange
Premium

Web Graphics

Clipart


Zeroweb.org -- Free website layouts and templates, clipart, graphics and website tools.


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  Sunday, October 04, 2009 – Permalink –

Who dat?

And Where


Let's say you wanted to set up a web site for your friend Bob, who lives in Bosnia-Hercegovina. Would you know that the root zone code was .ba and that the contact person has an office at:

Universtiy Telinformatic Centre (UTIC)
Zmaja od Bosne 8 (objekat 33)
Sarajevo 71000
Bosnia-Hercegovina

See:
International Assigned Numbers Association:
Root-Zone Whois Information

There is also a page that defines such top level domains as .COM and .NET.
Generic Top-Level Domains

BTW.
Sorry feline fanatics,
"The .cat domain is reserved for the Catalan linguistic and cultural community and is sponsored by Fundació puntCat"



[Edited entry from 9/11/2006]




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  Tuesday, September 29, 2009 – Permalink –

Collection of the Good Ones

Striking sites


Here is a collection of well designed sites that make use of CSS.

How do you pick the sites?

Well first they have to be done in CSS. Tables can only be used for tabular data. Second they just have to look good to me. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder so I do not expect every site that is posted to be liked by everyone or even anyone. Also do not expect a site to be posted just because you sent it in.

With the large amount of submissions I get daily and the increasing number of showcase sites, getting your site into the Vault will now be more challenging. I look for use of color, typography, whitespace, IA and how they all fit overall in the site's structure.



CSSVault.com



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  Monday, September 21, 2009 – Permalink –

Should Employees Blog?

What are the rules?


Blogging has spread throughout the internet. It's not just geeks yelling in an echo room or kids babbling in MySpace. Corporate blogging is a reality.

What should the guidelines be?

Michael Hyatt has put together some suggestions for his company:
Like many companies, we have struggled with what guidance to give to our bloggers. I personally checked with several companies. None had formalized a set of blogging rules or written guidance.
One Microsoft blogger told me that the only rule his company provided was, "Be smart." I thought we probably needed a little more guidance than that, so several of us cooked up a list of "Blogging Terms and Conditions." Our corporate counsel has also had a crack at it.

Working Smart
The alternative to working hard!:
Blog Terms and Conditions


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  Saturday, September 05, 2009 – Permalink –

HTML Tutorials

How to HTML



Ezpression Web/FrontPage can quickly create good looking web sites. If you want more versatility and the ability to edit the underlying HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language ), look at these sites:

HTML Code Tutorial (NCSA )

Chris's FrontPage Info Web

Outfront Webmasters

And others:

FrontPage Solutions

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  Tuesday, September 01, 2009 – Permalink –

Is It Christmas Yet?

Ideas to consider


All right, when this was posted, August was just put to bed. Still if you are going to do something for the holidays, you might want to start now.

37signals.com has a good selection of suggestions, tutorials, and links the will help you decorate your site. Elves are extra.


37signals is here to help. In these pages you'll find dozens of ideas for improving the holiday customer experience at your site. Each idea is accompanied by examples taken from top retail sites (we've visited hundreds of sites over the past two holiday seasons seeking smart techniques).


Is your Site Ready?



[Edited entry from 8/2/2006]




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  Monday, August 24, 2009 – Permalink –

Find Someone's Email Address

Ether-like white pages


Finding a published landline phone number is pretty easy. Cell phones may be searchable in the future.

Here are directions on how to find an individual's email address.

There are some good hints, but remember that the first suggestion is to "Ask directly"


Finding List.

Email Lookup




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  Wednesday, July 29, 2009 – Permalink –

Test Your Web Site

How does your site score?


Here are a collection of tools that can be used to analyze your web site for validity.

Sorry, it doesn't check for source information reliability.


Readability Test
The readability test analyses a Web page to determine how readable it is.
CSS Analyzer
The CSS analyzer tests for basic accessibility errors such as color contrast and units of measurement.
Luminosity Contrast Ratio Analyzer (Beta)
Tests whether foreground and background colour combinations are sufficient using a new algorithm developed by Trace R&D Center.
Color Contrast Analyzer
The color contrast analyzer tests whether the contrast between the background and the foreground is sufficient.
Image Analyzer
The image analyzer tests Web pages to ensure that images have been specified properly.
Link Analyzer
The link analyzer lists all links on a page with an icon to indicate whether or not the link resolved successfully.

Juicystudio.com:
Quality Assurance


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  Wednesday, July 22, 2009 – Permalink –

Automated Newsletter

ASP and HTML


Pre-RSS, the predominate method of communication for members of a like minded group was through an emailed newsletter.

Word actually works fine with mail merge to email, but if you want to combine the data gathering and the distribution in a neat package, take a look at this tutorial.
Step 1 : Create a simple HTML Form where users can insert their email addresses and an ASP page which will receive the Form email address from the HTML page and insert it into the database.

Step 2 : Create a simple Access database to store user's email addresses.

Step 3 : A simple admin ASP page from where you can send email messages to all the users whose email addresses are present in the database.

Step 4 : An ASP page from where the users can delete their email addresses from the database if they later choose to.

Stardeveloper.com:
An ASP Tutorial to create your own News Letter



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  Sunday, June 28, 2009 – Permalink –

30 Days Hath

One Day at a Time


Here's how to add a calendar to your web page.


Publishing Outlook Calendars on the Internet or an Intranet
(From THE definitive Outlook/Exchange site - Slipstick.com.)

Other methods:

Htmlgoodies.com
It's actually just a simple table with a couple of additions. (free)

HTMLCal
HTMLCAL is a Web calendar maker and editor that lets you maintain a group calendar for your Web site or intranet.
This software will let you maintain live calendars on your site that anyone can view or update from any Web browser. ($25)

Htmlcalendar.com
HTML Calendar Maker Pro was designed with ease of use in mind. Now you can type your events quickly and easily and they will be transformed into a customized and professional monthly calendar within seconds. Simply follow the on-screen tutorial to create your calendar and then place the finished web page on your site. It's perfect for planning for the weeks ahead or noting past historic events. ($26.50 +)

All about Calendars by:

Claus Tøndering


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  Saturday, June 13, 2009 – Permalink –

World's a Web

Join the group


Daniel Will-Harris is a designer and author. He has put together a web site with step-by-step instructions about how to set up your own web site.

" Everyone and their dog needs to build a web site these days. But even with the best software there's all sorts of stuff a mammal has to understand before it can create a truly useful site.

eFuse.com offers information, inspiration, and assistance written in plain English by professional writers and designers so it's easy to understand and use. eFuse.com is for everyone who wants to build a more attractive and effective web site. Learn what you need, painlessly. No experience necessary. You'll be web-savvy in no time.

Take a look at the site map.
eFuse.com:
Site Map

Learn how to Plan, Design, Build and Grow your web site



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  Thursday, May 28, 2009 – Permalink –

Time Flies Like an Arrow

Fruit Flies Like a Banana


Here's a collection of clock sites.
There are also links to code to add a clock to your web site.

 Internet Clocks, Counters, and Countdowns


[Edited entry from 4/7/2004]


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  Thursday, May 14, 2009 – Permalink –

Forms on the Web

Fill in the blank


As long as you have FrontPage extensions on your server, you can create original forms for your site.

(yoiu can also create forms wth Expression Web)

You can use forms on your Web site to:
  • Retrieve contact information from site visitors (for example, guest books)
  • Receive feedback about your Web site
  • Accept orders and gather shipping and billing information
  • Conduct surveys
  • Provide online registration
  • Offer search box mechanisms
  • Prompt users to log in to your Web site
Expression.Microsoft:
Forms with Expression

Office.Microsoft.com:
About creating forms in FrontPage 2003

Feedback Forms:
Feedback Forms for Your Website

Flash tutorial
FrontPage Forms



[Edited entry from 3/20/2006]

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  Wednesday, April 29, 2009 – Permalink –

Kahanamoku Keyboard

Surfboard - Keyboard


People ask you how to increase the font size in Internet Explorer?

"Oh, well, go to View>Text size and pick one between Largest and Smallest."

Here's another way:

Resize Text Size IE

Hold down CTRL key and move the wheel on the mouse.
The page text will enlarge or shrink.


Here are some others from Penn State University

Browser Tricks

Quick jump to Web Site IE

Type just the Internet domain name in the URL Address field and hold down CTRL+ENTER keys.
This will fill in www as the machine name and add .com

Presentation Mode IE

Select the F11 function key to enter Presentation mode (full screen).
Select the F11 function key to toggle back.

Page forward and back IE

Hold down SHIFT key and move the wheel on the mouse.
This will page forward or backward through the pages selected.

Page scroll using mouse wheel button IE

Push down on the mouse wheel button and slide the whole mouse up and down.
This will page up and down the screen.

Open a New IE Window with One Click

Hold down SHIFT and click on the link.
A new IE browser window will appear.

Page forward and back using arrow keys IE

Hold ALT button and use the arrow keys to page forward and back.

Get to Your Favorites with Keyboard Shortcut IE

Enter CTRL+I will bring up your left pane favorites.
Enter CTRL+I will make it disappear
Enter CTRL+B to organize your favorites



Duke Paoa Kahanamoku (1890-1968) is called the Father of Modern Surfing. There were others before him, such as George Freeth, who died in 1919, but Duke is the most widely known.

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  Thursday, April 16, 2009 – Permalink –

SpWebSheet

No Excel needed



Here's a site that lets you design and post spreadsheets on the web.
"Keep your records, lists and spreadsheets in one place online. Easily slice, dice and share with others.

With a free account, you can...
  • Access your spreadsheets from anywhere
  • Share your spreadsheets easily - just email the URL
  • Add spreadsheets to your weblog
  • FREE storage

NumSum.com

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  Sunday, March 29, 2009 – Permalink –

Web Magazine

The difference between a blog and a magazine is thin


Here's on online mag that collects information, direction, and designs for web sites


"A List Apart Magazine (ISSN: 1534-0295) explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on techniques and benefits of designing with web standards.

Steal our code? Copy our content?

ALA's content is protected by copyright shared jointly by the magazine and its writers, but our source code is freely available to all."

A list Apart


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  Sunday, March 15, 2009 – Permalink –

History of the Internet

Time passes quickly


You can defend the Internet beginning in the early or late 60's. This link follows the history back to the invention of the "computer" in the 1700's to today.

Netcraft survey reports there are more than 74 million web sites online, while in 1993 only 130 web sites existed online.

A Computer History of the Internet Timeline

Also:
Here's a nice site:
The Living Internet

The Internet SOCiety:
History of the Internet

Also:
Internet History

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  Friday, March 13, 2009 – Permalink –

Web Queries

Do You Question the Web?


This feature can make data acquisition a lot easier than Copy-Paste-Reformat-Try again.

"Generally, though, people tend to overlook the option of using the Web as a data source for Excel, be that source the Internet, an intranet, an extranet, or a Web Service. But they shouldn't. Web queries are an easy, yet remarkably flexible and predictable way of bringing data into Microsoft Excel from anywhere on the Web. You can point a Web query at any HTML document that resides on any Web server - or even on a file server, for that matter - and pull part or all of the contents back into your spreadsheet...When you start using Excel's Web queries, you will realize they are almost as limitless as the Web is.

Well Kept Secret

On the menu bar, go to Data>Import External Data. (In 2007, Data>Get Extrnal Data>From Web). Then, select Import Data to use an existing Web query or select New Web Query to build a new one.

Web Query

Also see:
Vertex42.com:
Excel Web Query Secrets Revealed


MSDN.Microsoft.com/library
Integrate Far-Flung Data into Your Spreadsheets with the Help of Web Services

Updating Excel From the Web

And:
Web Queries and Dynamic Chart Data in Excel 2002

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  Sunday, March 08, 2009 – Permalink –

Seniors Surf Too

No Internet age limit


You don't have to show a drivers license (expired or not) to wander through cyber space,but. . .

" . . I'm pissed as hell at how difficult software developers (hello Microsoft!) make their software. I'm pissed as hell at the amount of marketing junk which is loaded onto computers at the store. At every turn, my grandfather gets pop-up messages from AOL, Netscape, Real Media, Internet Explorer and more. I'm pissed that the desktop comes littered with promotionals for CompuServe and AT&T and Compaq which can be difficult to delete. It makes everything that much harder for a senior whose fingers are shaky, whose eyesight is poor and who has never operated anything more complex than a typewriter.

Helping Seniors Get Online
(by Amanda Erickson)



EMarketer.com

As the oldest Baby Boomers prepare to turn 60 in 2006, marketers and the media are waking up to the power of older consumers. Unlike today's seniors, Boomers are dedicated Internet users and broadband fans. As they approach the next phase of their lives, they will challenge companies to keep up with their ever-demanding ways, both online and off.

Also see:
King County Seniors on line


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  Tuesday, March 03, 2009 – Permalink –

A Hot Spot in Your Pocket

Or at least nearby


It'll cost about $1,000, but think about the bragging rights!

"I love the fact that more and more devices are sporting built-in Wi-Fi. The lone hitch: Wi-Fi is useless without a hotspot.

What if you could marry the short-range power of Wi-Fi with the huge coverage areas of high-speed cellular services such as EV-DO to create a portable hotspot?
Since EV-DO works at freeway speeds, you could even give Internet access to an entire road-trip caravan.

Now I can surf for as long as three hours without being tethered to anything but a cell signal. The project isn't cheap, but prices for the components and service are sure to come down in the next year or so. In the meantime, you can find me in the hills around Southern California. I'll be the one surrounded by PSP-packing hikers."





Popular Science:
Be Your Own Hotspot
By Mike Outmesguine

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  Friday, January 23, 2009 – Permalink –

Java and All That Jazz

Free code


One way to jazz up a boring web site is to use scripting to present random images or create interesting menus. You could learn to do it yourself, or borrow from the stars.

JavaScript-2.com is a source for free JavaScript Codes.

Find FREE JavaScript codes quickly and easily with the only search engine that searches all the top Java Script libraries, offering a total of over 8,000 free JavaScripts.


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  Thursday, January 08, 2009 – Permalink –

Send the Viewer on their Way

Move on


If you have an old site that people still address, or a web page that has been moved, see this code and the explanations.

<html>

<head>
<meta http-equiv="REFRESH" content="3; URL=http://WWW.MiniByteTech.com">
</head>

<body bgcolor="#FFFFFF" text="#000000">


The operative line is:

<meta http-equiv="REFRESH" content="3; URL=http://WWW.MiniByteTech.com">


The value of content is in seconds.
The new location for this web site is WWW.MiniByteTech.com! You will automatically be redirected in 3 seconds. If your browser doesn't automatically load, click <a href="http://WWW.MiniByteTech.com">HERE</a>.

</body>
</html

PCMag.com:
Routing Your Web Site Visitors

Help2Go.com:
Redirecting a Web page

ISiteBuild.com:
How to Redirect a Web Page Using a 301 Redirect

This tools help you determine if the redirect you have created is Search Engine Friendly:

WebConfs.com:
Redirect Checker




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  Wednesday, December 24, 2008 – Permalink –

Privacy and the Net

What happens on your computer, stays . . .

Here are some protection suggestions:
"Links to numerous pages on the Web where home users can find software and information relevant to Windows PC privacy and security.

It also contains a rudimentary "checklist" of basic steps that home PC users can take to enhance their privacy and security while using the Internet.
Finally, you'll find a set of resources developed by the author of this site to help you protect your privacy and security on the Internet, including information about Pretty Good Privacy (PGP) and the Gnu Privacy Guard (GPG)."

Protecting Your Privacy & Security

by Eric Howes
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Also:
Microsoft:
Security at home

Also see:
Security and the Net


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  Friday, December 19, 2008 – Permalink –

Googols of Deskbars

The competition grows


Remember back not too many years ago when deskbars for search engines appeared? These add-ins could search the Internet or your local machine faster than before. Google was one of the first. Now there are competitors.

Here are some reviews and comparisons:

GoebelGroup.com:
Desktop Search Tools Matrix

Pandia.com:
Desktop search tools

Google.com
Google Desktop

SearchEngineWatch.com:
Google Enhances Desktop Search

OReillyNet.com:
Google Your Desktop

Copernic.com:
Copernic Desktop Search

MSN.com
MSN Search Toolbar

Yahoo.com:
Yahoo! Desktop Search

Ask.com:
Ask Jeeves Desktop Search

Blinkx.com
blinkx v3.0 BETA

Googol:
"A googol is the large number 10100, that is, the digit 1 followed by one hundred zeroes. The term was coined in 1938 by nine-year-old Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner."

Wikipedia

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  Saturday, December 06, 2008 – Permalink –

Look at Yourself

Information on line


Here is a site that will test your connection speed, tell you your latitude and longitude, IP address and more.

They provide a one stop location to validate email addresses, locate the host server for a domain, plus trace, ping etc.

You can also find out what information your browser is broadcasting to the world.


Internetfrog.com

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  Thursday, November 27, 2008 – Permalink –

Web Page on a Slide

All in one place


You can put a hyperlink on a slide. During the presentation, you can click on the link, invoke the browser and show the web site.

Rather than that, how about placing the web page itself on the slide?

Not a screen shot, but the actual, fully functional page. When you're through with the demonstration, one click takes you to the next slide.

"No coding required. LiveWeb works with documents off your local drive too. You can specify relative paths.

With LiveWeb you can display acrobat documents (PDF), java applets, VRML etc within the slide show real-time.

LiveWeb will create slides with web browser controls embedded on the slides"

(There is a small caveat; the add-in must be installed on the machine running the show. The PPA is only about 117K, so it's easy to carry and install as an add-in.)



It's freeware from Shyam Pillai (of course)
LiveWeb



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  Monday, November 03, 2008 – Permalink –

Lookup - Lookout

Information on everything



While the Google search engine can find almost anything, Google Search Tips, there are some other sites that have accumulated data lists on a number of subjects.

Including:
Melissa Data

ZIP-City-Phone

Lookup ZIP Codes, city names, the location of phone numbers or the cities covered by an area code.


Phone Numbers

Enter a phone number or area code and get city, state, county, time zone and more.

Street Name

Enter any street name in the U.S. and get a listing of which states and cities have the street name. Even displays local street address detail.

U.S. Place Names

Get location information on over 1,000,000 geographic places including lakes, streams, populated areas, schools, churches & more.

City, State & County Demographics

The latest data available from the 2000 census on 46,455 counties, states, cities and places in the U.S.

Nearest Mailing House

Find the nearest recommended mailing house in your area.

Business List Counts

Use free list counts to discover new markets. Find more customers like your best customers.

U.S. Addresses

Lookup any U.S. address and get the ZIP+4 code, area code, time zone, county, address type, street detail and more.

Canadian Addresses

Lookup any Canadian address and get the Postal Code, time zone and area code.

Home Sales by ZIP Code

Number of home sales and average sell price by ZIP Code.

SIC Code

Get business counts by Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Code and descriptions of SIC codes.

Campaign Contributors

Individuals who have contributed $200 or more to federal campaigns by ZIP Code.

Climate Averages

Monthly low, average and high temperatures by ZIP Code.

People Finder

Locate anyone nationwide. Search billions of public records.

Occupants by ZIP

Generate a count of occupant delivery addresses by ZIP Code. Order your Occupant list online.

ZIP Codes by County

Obtain a list of the ZIP Codes in any county in the United States.

ZIP Distance

Displays the distance between any two 5-digit ZIP Codes in the United States.

ZIPs in a Radius

Displays a listing of the ZIP Codes that fall within a radius.

Area Codes in a Radius

Displays a listing of the Area Code + Prefixes that fall within a radius.

ZIP Code Demographics

Demographics by ZIP Code. Including population, family, housing, race, age and more.

Nearest Post Office

Locate the 10 closest post offices to a ZIP Code that accept bulk mail.

Income Tax Statistics

Income tax information by ZIP Code. Includes average AGI, number of returns, average refund, filing status, age and more.

Worldwide Place Names

Location information on over 5,000,000 geographic names worldwide.

Nonprofit Organizations

Information on a nonprofit organizations by ZIP Code. Includes address, revenue, assets, type of foundation and more.


Also:
Other information sites

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  Friday, October 24, 2008 – Permalink –

Security and the Net

Is any place safe?



This from PracticallyNetworked.com:
"One of the biggest misconceptions is that hackers will target only large companies. The truth is computers get attacked for a variety of reasons. Some of these include the following:


  • Snooping: Reading private mail and other personal files.
  • Destroying or corrupting computer data: Making files unusable, or making a whole computer unusable.
  • Stealing computer data: Taking credit card numbers, e-mail addresses, company information and so on.
  • Stopping computers from functioning properly: Blocking incoming traffic so that intended users cannot get access, etc.
  • Misusing computer resources: Sending spam without you knowing it, etc.
  • Pranks: practical jokes, breaking in just because it's a challenge.

The bottom line, don't think your network is safe just because you're not that important or well-known. Assuming that you aren't personally targeted, moderately secure networks usually cause hackers to attack elsewhere. Yet attacks can come from many different sources and your computer should be equipped to deal with each of these types of attacks."


CAN YOU EVER BE TRULY SAFE AND SECURE ONLINE

Check out your computers vulnerability at GRC.com.
(Gibson Research Corporation)


Also see:
StaySafeOnline.info

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  Tuesday, August 26, 2008 – Permalink –

Jargon translation

Tech Stuff for the Web


"There are many Web technologies, from simple to complex, and explaining each in detail is beyond the scope of this article. However, to help you get started with developing your own Web sites, beyond simple WYSIWYG designing of Web pages in FrontPage, this article provides brief definitions of the major Web technologies along with links to sites where you can find more information, tutorials, and reference documentation."



Introduction to Web Technologies for FrontPage Users


If you have seen or heard these terms, and want a definition with links to more background material, this maybe the place to start.

  • Access
  • ActiveX Controls
  • Apache
  • ASP
  • ASP.NET
  • C#
  • CGI
  • CSS
  • Databases
  • Ecma International
  • FrontPage Server Extensions
  • HTML
  • IETF
  • Internet Information Services
  • Java
  • JavaScript (JScript/ECMAScript)
  • MySQL
  • Oracle Database
  • Perl
  • PHP
  • SharePoint Team Services
  • SQL Server
  • VBScript
  • Visual Basic .NET
  • Windows SharePoint Services
  • World Wide Web Consortium
  • XML
  • XSLT


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  Monday, August 25, 2008 – Permalink –

MS Groups

Web based Newsreader


We can't forget that, even with blogs and google, there are still news groups out there helping to solve common problems.

Microsoft has a site that organizes a number of groups and makes access easy on the web.

"The Web-based Newsreader allows you to participate in discussion groups directly in your Web browser; you don't need to install or configure anything. You can use the Web-based Newsreader to read, post, search for, and reply to messages in discussion groups from the part of Usenet that concerns Microsoft products and technologies."


Microsoft Discussion Groups

Help for the Web-based Newsreader

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  Saturday, August 16, 2008 – Permalink –

Copywriting for the Web

Writing resources


..."the personal website of Matt Pfeffer. It is an experiment more than anything. An attempt to learn a thing or two, get some exercise, maybe have a laugh now and then.
Everything here is either trivial, or wrong."

ProvenanceUnknown.com


Principles of copywriting for the web

"The guidelines this document describes will tell you how to improve the user experience on your site. They apply to web copy generally - both marketing copy and navigational (or instructional or "guide") copy - and their value is indirect but significant: Observing them will improve your site's ability to do its job well. "

Web copy style

"This style guide seeks to serve as a resource for anyone writing or editing web copy, and to document some of the conventions that distinguish good writing, as published on the web, from writing published in other media."

Got Editing?
"I am glad to provide free editing help to nonprofit organizations and independent web publishers. The offer is generally for one-time edits of a web site, or of any reasonable amount of web content."


[Edited entry from 5/1/2005]




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  Friday, August 08, 2008 – Permalink –

Favicons

Art in 16x16 pixels


When you link to certain sites, you might notice that a graphic is sometimes displayed instead of the IE logo. There are numerous sites that help to create and place these logos.

To add a Favicon, upload the file, favicon.ico to the root web directory of your hosted website Make sure the file is named "favicon.ico." When someone bookmarks your site with a browser that supports favicons, your mini-pic will appear.
You could also link it using this code:

<link href="favicon.ico" rel="SHORTCUT ICON">

MSDN.Microsoft.com:
How to Add a Shortcut Icon to a Web Page

Clickfire.com:
Place a Favicon on your Website

Michael P. Pierce:
MpP Favicon Gallery

Chami.com:
FavIcon from Pics

"FavIcon from Pics is an online tool that can generate a favicon from a picture, logo or other graphic of any size/resolution. It was also the first online tool that simplified the creation of favicons using a regular image without requiring manual edits."


Makiko Itoh:
favicon
" Here's a roundup of some of the favicons that caught my eye. Please click through to the sites themselves, to see how the favicon works (or not) with the site. Maybe it will get you thinking about your own site's favicon."


Daniel Burka:
Favourite Favicons

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  Tuesday, August 05, 2008 – Permalink –

Outlook and OWA

Using Exchange Server?



There are two versions of Outlook:
  • Outlook 2003/2007
  • Outlook Web Access 2003/2007 Basic

With OWA, you can:
  • Read and responding to e-mail from any computer. You can access your mailbox without logging onto your corporate network.

  • Manage your calendar. View your appointments and other upcoming meetings, especially if you're just checking e-mail and your schedule.

  • View your tasks. Note You can only view tasks in the latest version, Microsoft Outlook Web Access 2003.

However you may find it difficult to:
  • Send or manage bulk e-mail and appointments. Handling large files or too many contacts can be slow.

  • Access personal folders in Outlook. You can't access Outlook folders you have saved at work.

  • Access the corporate network. You will not be able to view files saved on the network or visit internal intranet sites.



Microsoft offers this evaluation of capabilities:
Feature Comparison Between Outlook 2003, Office Outlook 2007, and Outlook Web Access 2007

Here is more information on OWA with the Exchange Server:
Features of Exchange Server 2007

Slipstick.com:
Outlook Web Access to Microsoft Exchange Server


Also see if this will work on your system:

MS Exchange Blog
:
Email security S/MIME control
(If it doesn't work, Exchange Server 2003 could be configured to block attachments in Outlook Web Access. )


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  Thursday, July 31, 2008 – Permalink –

Article Search

Page turner


There are search engines around every corner. Here's one that concentrates on leading academic, industry and general interest publications.

FindArticles.com

"FindArticles is focused on delivering the best and most essential search results. There are different kinds of searches. You can cast a wide net and see what you catch, but we believe there's a better way. Why not rely on credible, freely available information you can trust? By working with the best sources, we have assembled all the essential publications covering a wide range of subjects - and are continually adding to our collection.

Our publications and subjects are organized by major categories: Arts & Entertainment, Automotive, Business & Finance, Computers & Technology, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, News & Society, Reference & Education, and Sports.

Discover exactly what you need at FindArticles, using either browsing or searching techniques. Select a specific publication up front, or start with a general search and then include or exclude publications. Insert new search terms as needed to pinpoint the most relevant results. Then sort results by article date, length, relevance or publication name. It's all very easy to do here.

FindArticles has articles from thousands of resources, with archives dating back to 1984. That means you get to search for exactly what you need, from millions of articles not found on any other search engine. Please think of us any time you want to Find Articles."




For instance here are the articles printed in Home Office magazine.

Home Office - 1991 to 2001


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  Monday, July 21, 2008 – Permalink –

Google Tutor

User advice


Mark Fleming has started a new omnibus site/blog dealing with the vagarities and varieties that make up Google.

"In my discussions with other Google users, I am always amazed at how few of Google's tools they have heard of. For the most part, people are only familiar with the main search areas such as the web, news and images. And even in these areas, their knowledge of all the options that would allow them to better harness the power of Google is limited.

When I've told others of the vast features and formidable power of Google tools, they are quite frankly astonished. Compounding the problem of this unfamiliarity is the fact the Google does not make much of an effort to even tell us what's new and what's in public beta. You've usually got to hear about it somewhere else or just stumble upon it."


GoogleTutor.com
Google Tutor and Advisor

The March 26th entry, for instance, points to the Google Cheat Sheet


Also see:
Google Guide

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  Sunday, July 20, 2008 – Permalink –

Don't Check Spelling

Avoid the squiggles



Omitting text selections from Word's spell checking process

If you frequently include macro code listings or other chunks of cryptic information in your documents, Word's spell checker is likely to have a field day pointing out unrecognized words.

You can make Word's spell checker skip over code listings and other information that it is likely not to recognize by applying the No Proofing language setting.

  1. Select the text you would like the spell checker to skip.

  2. Next, select Tools>Language Set Language from the menu bar.

  3. In the Mark Selected Text As list box, select the (No Proofing) option and then click OK.



From now on, the spell checker will skip over the text you selected without flagging any spelling or grammatical errors.


Alan Wyatt's WordTips site has a comprehensive list of spell checker links:
Spelling and Grammar Checking

BTW:
If you want to spell check Web forms and information boxes you fill out using Internet Explore, look at ieSpell:

"ieSpell is a free Internet Explorer browser extension that spell checks text input boxes on a webpage. It should come in particularly handy for users who do a lot of web-based text entry (e.g. web mails, forums, blogs, diaries).

Even if your web application already includes spell checking functionality, you might still want to install this utility because it is definitely much faster than a server-side solution. Plus you get to store and use your personal word list across all your applications, instead of maintaining separate ones on each application."



ieSpell.com

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  Saturday, May 31, 2008 – Permalink –

gMail Print Selection

Obscure clicks


"I would like to know how to only print part of email, as all the parts of an email conversations are not necessary to print. I have tried by highlighting the part I want and then choose "select" on print menu - but the font is so small then (no matter which printer I use). I can select in the print menu which pages to print, but that is not always clear where the page breaks happens. I could copy and paste into a word document, but then the details are missing."


Here's how I do it:

Click on "New window"



Make your selection in the gMail document.
(Hold down the left mouse button and "paint")





Right click the selection and choose "Print Preview"




Find the layout and size buttons




Change to "As selected on screen" and about "150%".





You can also turn off the Header and Footer.

Now you can print the selection.







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  Friday, May 30, 2008 – Permalink –

WiFi at Home

First steps





"You can use a wireless network to share Internet access, files, printers, and more. Or you can use it to surf the Web while you're sitting on your couch or in your yard. Plus, it's easier to install than you think."

There are 4 steps to creating a wireless network:

  1. Choose your wireless equipment

  2. Connect your wireless router

  3. Configure your wireless router

  4. Connect your computers

Microsoft AtHome:
Set up a Home Wireless network
(By Tony Northrup)

Wireless Security for Home Networks
(Barb Bowman)

O'Reilly.net:
Setting Up an 802.11b Home Wireless Network
(Wei-Meng Lee)

About.com:
Wired vs Wireless Networking
(Bradley Mitchell)

HowStuffWorks.com:
How WiFi Works
( Marshall Brain)

ArsTechnica.com:
Essential Home Wireless Security Practices
(Ken Fisher)

PracticallyNetworked.com:
Securing your Wireless Network


If you're searching for a laptop computer with built in wi-fi then search no longer! Our computer place has anything you want! Take a peep at laser printers and our lowest prices on refurbished laptops you will find!




[Edited entry from 4/28/2005]




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  Wednesday, April 02, 2008 – Permalink –

List Your Addresses

When I find the time


Here's a simple suggestion that sounds silly to begin with, but may come in handy in the future.
Write down your email addresses!
How many do you have?
  • Created by an ISP when setting up an Internet connection.
  • Work email accounts
  • Club or hobby related
  • From any domain you’ve purchased
  • Email aliases created on your behalf.
  • Web based email addresses with Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail or many others.



Remember your old AOL/CompuServe addresses?


Office-Watch.com



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  Monday, March 31, 2008 – Permalink –

How Google Works

Fact and not



The magic that makes Google tick

  • Over four billion Web pages, each an average of 10KB, all fully indexed
  • Up to 2,000 PCs in a cluster
  • Over 30 clusters
  • 104 interface languages including Klingon and Tagalog
  • One petabyte of data in a cluster - so much that hard disk error rates of 10-15 begin to be a real issue
  • Sustained transfer rates of 2Gbps in a cluster
  • An expectation that two machines will fail every day in each of the larger clusters
  • No complete system failure since February 2000


Stanford University:
The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine
Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page

Google.com:
How Google Works



How Stuff/Google Works

The Economist:
Case History


Or



It's all done with pigeons


[Edited entry from 12/8/2004]




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  Tuesday, March 25, 2008 – Permalink –

Repair Internet/Network connection

Before the service call


Loss of connectivity is usually solved by the big three:

  • Restarting the computer
  • Unplugging the router
  • Unplugging the modem


Vista has a built in feature that you'll usually find on the Task bar.
It indicates current connections, but if you right click you can find Diagnose and repair.




Repair your connection

Network Diagnostics Framework



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  Tuesday, March 11, 2008 – Permalink –

DNS FAQ

Domain Name System


Here's a concise collection of answers about the inner workings of the internet.

For instance:

What is DNS (Domain Name System)?


Websites have both a "friendly" address, called a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) and an IP address. People use URLs to find websites, but computers use IP addresses to find websites. DNS translates URLs into IP addresses (and vice versa). For example, if you type http://www.microsoft.com into the address bar in your web browser, your computer sends a request to a DNS server. The DNS server translates the URL into an IP address so that your computer can find the Microsoft web server.


DNS FAQ



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  Saturday, March 08, 2008 – Permalink –

Site Maps

Point the way



"As a Web designer and HTML builder, one of the first places I visit on a Web site is the site map. The site map shows an entire overview of the structure of the site, and more importantly, indicates how much effort was put into usability testing during the site's construction.




Learn how to chart a better site map
By Jim Kukral -Builder.com


According to Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox Usability Study on Site Maps

"27 percent of users turn to site maps when asked to learn about a site's structure. If your site map is poorly designed, you may lose 27 percent of your Web visitors. That could translate into millions of dollars of missed sales for an e-commerce site, or a massive amount of missed leads for a service company."


(A Site Map is a guide to a web site used by visitors. A Sitemap is a file used by search engines to index entries on a site. )

[Edited entry from 12/25/2004]




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  Monday, March 03, 2008 – Permalink –

Live.com Addresses

Choose your own


Tired of Hotmail, MSN, AOL, Gmail.com domain names for email addresses?

You can pick up a new address; such as MyName@Live.com.

First come etc.


Live.com email

Register Live.com



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  Wednesday, February 20, 2008 – Permalink –

Where dat Site?

Server locations


YouGetSignal.com provides some tools that let you find out more about a web site. Who else uses that server, for instance, and where to server is located.

Sites on Web server

A reverse IP domain check takes a domain name or IP address pointing to a web server and searches for other sites known to be hosted on that same web server.


Network location

The network location tool is a utility that approximates and displays the geophysical location of your network address on a Google Map.




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  Wednesday, February 13, 2008 – Permalink –

Indexed Sites

How many mentions


Find out how well connected your, or your favorite web site, is indexed by the major search engines:















Search Engine Saturation Check





How many pages from your domain are indexed by the search engines?


example: www.host.com or host.com

URL: 1

URL: 2 *

URL: 3 *



Send report to an e-mail address (optional).

Email

Send in HTML format.




Please enter the access code as displayed above.

Access code





* The second and third URL is optional.




Online Search Engine Saturation Check
provide by SEOCentro.










Search Engine saturation

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  Thursday, January 31, 2008 – Permalink –

Google - Hear 'em, See 'em

Accessible searching


Google appears to have a tool or mini app for almost anything.
Here are some of their answers to making information available to the greatest number of people.

(look at 1-800-GOOG-411)


  • Web Search:
    Result pages include headers to delineate logical sections.


  • Accessible Search:
    Promotes results that are accessible.


  • Book Search:
    Full-text access to public-domain works.


  • Gmail:
    A simple yet functional HTML mode that works well with screenreaders.


  • Gmail Mobile:
    A lightweight user interface that is also speech-friendly.


  • Google Maps:
    Easy-to-use textual directions.


  • Calendar:
    A functional, yet speech-friendly user interface.


  • Audio Captchas:
    All services that use Google Accounts provide an audio alternative for the visual challenge-response tests that are used to distinguish humans from machines.


  • Mobile Transcoder:
    A mobile lens for viewing the web that produces accessible views.


  • Google Video:
    Allows uploaded videos to contain captions/subtitles in multiple languages for viewers who are hearing-impaired or unfamiliar with the original language.


  • Google Talk:
    IM clients inside a web browser can pose accessibility challenges, but the use of the open Jabber API means that Google users can choose from a variety of Jabber clients, many of which work well with adaptive technologies.


  • 1-800-GOOG-411:
    Here's an exception to the rule that we deliver most things through a web browser. Our experimental Voice Local Search service lets anyone who can speak into a phone search for a local business by name or category; get connected to the business free of charge; get the details by SMS if you’re using a mobile phone. (Just say "text message".)




Accessibility Services


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  Friday, January 11, 2008 – Permalink –

Reading Level Check

Abrogate Obfuscation


Writing a blog or designing a web page should be done with an eye on the complexity of the language.

For broadest appeal, it should be around an 8th grade level.

This site is at about the 10th grade.


Reading Level

(Avoid one of the reading level sites that offers to put a graphic on your site. The icon links to an ad for "payday" loans.)



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  Thursday, January 03, 2008 – Permalink –

Privacy is Gone

Hide that search


We're not alone in the great world-wide internet.

"In 2006, AOL unwittingly divulged the personal lives of 650,000 customers by publishing their search histories as research data. Despite AOL's attempts to anonymize the info, the New York Times quickly outed a 62-year-old lady in Georgia whose searches revealed her dog was wetting the upholstery."

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  Saturday, December 22, 2007 – Permalink –

FuzzyPad

HTML Preview



There you are, out in the wilderness of PCdom without a copy of FrontPage around. How do you find out what HTML tags looks like?
(fire up notepad, save the file, open with a browser)

Try FuzzyPad

There are no text files to save and reload. Just write a few lines of text, a few tags, even paste some text in the box from some other application if you want. When you press the button, it will show you how what's in the box will look when run through the web browser your using now.



HTML Preview
Preview HTML in a new window by entering it into the form. This script allows you to pass anything to a new window.
Instructions help you create a preview on your own web page.

Such as:
HTML TEST BED

[Edited entry from 11/7/2004]




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  Friday, December 14, 2007 – Permalink –

Goog 411

Ease of use


Say you're walking down the street in a strange town, and you'd like to find a Starbucks.
(OK the question might be how not to find a Starbucks.)

Dial (1-800) GOOG-411, on your obnoxious cell phone. Speak your location and what you are looking for and you'll be connected to the harassed barista of your choice. There is no charge for the service.

It also works from a real phone. It also finds other businesses than just coffee pushers.


Goog411



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  Wednesday, December 05, 2007 – Permalink –

Internet Connectivity

Free tool from MS


"The Internet Connectivity Evaluation Tool checks your Internet router to see if it supports certain technologies. You can use this tool on a PC running either the Windows Vista or Windows XP operating system.

If you're planning to run Windows Vista, this tool can verify whether your existing Internet router supports advanced features, such as improved download speeds and face-to-face collaboration using Windows Meeting Space.

The tool is intended to be run from a home network behind a home Internet (NAT) router. Running this tool from behind a corporate firewall or on operating systems other than those specified above won't produce accurate results. This tool requires administrator privileges to run.



  • Basic Internet Connectivity Test
  • Network Address Translator Type
  • Traffic Congestion Test
  • TCP High Performance Test
  • UPnP Support Test
  • Multiple Simultaneous Connection States Test


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  Monday, December 03, 2007 – Permalink –

IE Temp Files

Storage area


Every once in awhile when the Berners-Lee pipeline clogs up, you are instructed to delete the temporary files that IE saves.

You can do it with the Click of an IE Options button.

Here's where those files are stored:




As you see, you could move that location if you wanted to.

Ed Bott mentioned this in his Blog:

Finding the Temporary Internet Files folder



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  Wednesday, November 28, 2007 – Permalink –

Gmail Features

The top 10


Bill Kee, Associate Product Marketing Manager for Gmail, has a blog and has listed 10 major features of the free web based email system.
Including:

"When you get an email that references an address, look to the right and you'll probably see a link from Gmail pointing you to a map of the address on Google Maps.

Gmail also recognizes email text that refers to an event (e.g., 'dinner tomorrow at 8pm'), and will give you a link to add it to your calendar.

It'll even pick up on package tracking numbers from UPS and link you directly to the tracking page, so you don't have to copy and paste the number. I really like this last one when I order stuff online and want the instant gratification of knowing a package is on its way.


Gmail features Part 1

Gmail features Part 2


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  Saturday, November 24, 2007 – Permalink –

MHTML

One file web pages



When a web page is created using HTML, the coding is normally contained in one file and the graphics in separate folders.

The Mime HTML or MHT/MHTML format changed that.

Starting with Office 2000 as an add-in and carried through XP as a "Web Archive" option, the format emerged in Office 2003 as a "Single file web page" selection in the File Save As dialog box.


Features in Internet Explorer 5 +


Here are the Save As choices available in an application such as Word:



  • Web Page, Complete means that the contents of the page (including any pictures) will be saved into a folder as separate files, similar to those on the server hosting the site.

  • Web Page, HTML only means that only the HTML information will be saved. This option and Web Page, Complete will enable you to open the file for viewing in Internet Explorer (or any other browser) at a later time, even when you are offline.

  • Web Archive means that the page will be saved, along with any images it contains, as a single file. You can view a Web Archive later without being connected to the Internet.

  • Text File means that only the text on the page will be saved, not the HTML (or any other) formatting, including graphics.


MIME Encapsulation of Aggregate HTML Documents (MHTML)

Short Summary of the MHTML Standard

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  Tuesday, November 20, 2007 – Permalink –

World of IP

Address map


This site promises to be working on an interactive map of 4,294,967,296 IP addresses




TheWholeInternet.wordtothewise.com



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  Friday, October 19, 2007 – Permalink –

Type, what it looks like

Screen fonts preview


This is a tool that lets you see how different typefaces will look on the screen. It also allows you to compare three fonts at once.


"The Typetester is an online application for comparison of the fonts for the screen. Its' primary role is to make web designer's life easier. As the new fonts are bundled into operating systems, the list of the common fonts will be updated."


TypeTester



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  Thursday, October 11, 2007 – Permalink –

Guide to CSS

Map through the forest


Dustin Diaz:
"Ok. Let's set the record straight. There is no official guide for each and every CSS shorthand property value. So let's work together and put one together shall we?

Ok. Straight to the business. Anytime I've ran into a specification (besides the confusing mess at the W3C), it turns into showing off a couple of examples and you're supposed to be set on your way.

Well well. Over the years, I've found quite some interesting unknown quirky facts about these shorthands. . . hence this Guide was born."



CSS Guide



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  Monday, October 01, 2007 – Permalink –

Blog? Wha's a Blog

Is it Samuel Pepys or Robert Scoble?





Samuel Pepys:
You can subscribe to an RSS feed of daily entries from Pepys' 1660 diary at The Diary of Samuel Pepys.
A new entry written by Pepys will be published each day; 1 January 1660 was published on 1 January 2003.

Robert Scoble, former Microsoft Evangelizer:
Scobleizer
How your blog will get discovered


Here are some references to Web Logs

MSDN Magazine:

"Q - What is blogging all about?

A - First, "blog" is short for Web log. It's a medium in which an author writes a journal-style Web site with provisions for readers to respond. These Web logs are becoming quite valuable in the software community for sharing ideas."


All About Blogs and RSS
Wikipedia definition


Weblog as Online Community Management Tool



Blogger.com:
Eats, Blogs & Leaves
Blogger Basics


More on RSS (Really Simple Syndication):
RSS News you choose
About Syndication, RSS, and Other Web-Altering Chemicals
RSS: The Web's Next Big Thing?

[Edited entry from 9/29/2004]




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  Friday, September 28, 2007 – Permalink –

Homepage(s)

Easy links


Sure you have Favorites and you might have shortcuts on your desktop, but you really only use about a dozen sites on a regular basis.

Try out Only2Clicks. You can set up your home page to show graphic links to your major sites and be able to group them by purpose.




Only2Clicks.com



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  Thursday, September 20, 2007 – Permalink –

IE 7 Shortcuts

Finger flicks


A selection of keyboard shortcuts for IE 7.


Here are a few:

  • F11 Toggle between full-screen and regular views of the browser window in Internet Explorer

  • ALT + HOME Go to your home page

  • ALT + RIGHT ARROW Go to the next page

  • ALT + LEFT ARROW or BACKSPACE Go to the previous page

  • CTRL+ F Find on this page

  • CTRL + TAB or CTRL + SHFT + TAB Switch between tabs
More:

Browser shortcuts



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  Tuesday, September 04, 2007 – Permalink –

VVe have more Phakes

VVorrisome URLs


If there weren't enough things to look out for, Paul Ferguson warns us of the use of a double "V" in web addresses:

VVINDOWS.COM NS NS1.MYDOMAIN.COM
VVINDOWS.COM NS NS2.MYDOMAIN.COM
VVINDOWS.COM NS NS3.MYDOMAIN.COM
VVINDOWSVISTA.COM NS DNS1.MALKM.COM
VVINDOWSVISTA.COM NS DNS2.MALKM.COM

Are a few of the domains that have been registered.

VVindows



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  Wednesday, August 29, 2007 – Permalink –

Define URL Pieces

More than dot com


Google engineer and blogger Matt Cutts has defined the pieces that make up a Uniform Resource Locator.

At least as Google refers to them when they're sitting around in their backrooms
Domain

Dynamic URL


Fragment or a Named anchor


The Googlers I've talked to are split right down the middle on which way to refer it. Disputes on what to call it can be settled with arm wrestling, dance-offs, or drinking contests. Typically the fragment is used to refer to an internal section within a web document. In this case, the named anchor means "skip to 2 minutes and 30 seconds into the video."


Host


Parameters


Path


Port


Protocol


Second-level domain


Static url


Subdomain


Top-level domain


Parts of a URL



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  Sunday, August 19, 2007 – Permalink –

Google Guide

How to do dat



Why Take The Google Guide Tutorial?

Google Guide

"Google is so easy to use, why take this online tutorial? If you're like many people, you use only a fraction of Google's features and services. The more you know about how Google works, its features and capabilities, the better it can serve your needs.

Just as the best way to learn how to sail is to sail, the best way to learn how to search with Google is to search with Google. Consequently, this Google tutorial contains many examples and exercises designed to give you practice with the material presented and to inspire you to find amusing or useful information."


Using Search Operators:
Advanced Operators

Google Guide TOC:
Table of Contents

Also:

GoogleTutor.com

and

Googling for XML

also:


Logoogle

[Edited entry from 9/9/2004]




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  Monday, August 13, 2007 – Permalink –

Surrogate Image Server

Temporary


"When posting on message boards or blogs, often you want to show or link to an image on another website. Directly showing or linking to that image is called hot-linking. It's generally bad because it leeches bandwidth from the host site, and as a result many webmasters have their servers set up to prohibit hot-linking.


ImgRed.com lets you simply enter the original URL in your post as you normally would, but with http://imgred.com/ written before the URL. When this is viewed, the image will be copied once* to imgred.com, and from then on the image will always be served from imgred.com instead of the host site.



*ImgRed is not an archive service, and occasionally its cache is cleared out (once a month or so), so images are not literally cached forever.



Imgred.com



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  Sunday, July 22, 2007 – Permalink –

IE Spells

Missing feature found



For years, I've filled out forms on the net and then had to copy and paste into Word to check doubtful spelling.

Now there is a tool that should have been included in the first place.


"ieSpell is a free Internet Explorer browser extension that spell checks text input boxes on a webpage. It should come in particularly handy for users who do a lot of web-based text entry (e.g. web mails, forums, blogs, diaries).

Even if your web application already includes spell checking functionality, you might still want to install this utility because it is definitely much faster than a server-side solution. Plus you get to store and use your personal word list across all your applications, instead of maintaining separate ones on each application."


ieSpell

[Edited entry from 8/16/2004]




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