Last updated 08/02/01
The stuff on here
|Creating web pages|
|Creating web pages is getting
more popular and actually easier. Most people are afraid of trying
to make a web page and yet it is as easy as making a Document in Word or
Word Perfect. Heck, both of those have the ability to export
documents to HTML.
Start off by getting a Graphical Web Browser. There are many out there that are free or cheap. The graphical ones let you see your webpage as you create it instead of making you learn <b><font color="#FF0000" size="6"> HTML Code</font>
There are basically 2 things in a web page. Text and Graphics. Both of these can be placed anywhere on your page. Both Text and Graphics can be aligned easily in 3 different zones; Left, Center, and Right. You can also use tables to help position and format stuff
It is not always easy to always figure what some times they can both look the same. Best way to tell is move your mouse over the area in question and you will see the cursor change to an arrow for non text stuff.
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|There are some lesser documented programs that tell you
stuff about you windows setup. WARNING
These programs also offer the power to really screw up your computer so
use these with extreme caution!!!
MSCONFIG - This program shows you what programs are loaded or ran during the start up phase of your computer. This can help you answer the question "Why is my computer booting so slowly?" and you can also see if a virus or trojan horse program is loading. To run: start --> run --> msconfig <enter>
MSINFO32 - This program tells you all the juicy details about your computer but not always in plain english. Check out the TOOL menu on this program. System File Checker is a program that will tell you if your Windows 9x files have changed or have been deleted. This can also restore those system files. To run: start--> programs --> accessories --> system tools --> system information
NETWATCH - A Security must!! This program will tell you who has connected to you computer either on your local network or the internet. If you are sharing folders or files, this lets you see real time what they are looking at. This program does not run if you do not have printer/file sharing enabled. To run: start--> programs --> accessories --> system tools --> Net Watcher
|Protect yourself on the net|
"Honesty is the best policy" - Well, who
ever said that has never used the internet. The internet is just
part of the information age, were data is passed from computer to
computer... and we really can't say who is getting the data and who is
spying on it. When it comes to the internet, my policy is "Don't
believe everything you read" (which by default means not to
believe what I am saying, huh?)
Did you know that there are thieves out
there that would love to get their hands on your credit card info, or
your mom's maiden name, or your SS# with address? They need less
and less info to steal your identity long enough to steal $$$ from practically
anywhere... and YOU are stuck trying to fix it. No
Fear: you can use credit cards on the internet
safely. Secure Websites are becoming more standard and safe.
Make sure your browser is in encryption mode, usually shown with a lock
symbol on the bottom row of your browser. Netscape shows
for non-secure pages and
for secure ones. Microsoft's IE shows no symbol for not secure,
secure ones. (NO, 1 is not better than another, just different
I wish I could say this is 100% safe, but to be honest, nothing is. Crooks will pic your pocket, stand over your shoulder at ATMs, eves drop on your calls, fake call you pretending to be someone else, hack into computers to get your information. As it stands, computers and the internet actually offer the most security when both sides, you and the website you buy from, are using encryption. Oh yea, also the bad guys put up fake sites that look like the real ones to get your info also...
BEWARE!!! The internet is only as secure as the people
who use it. I am not talking about credit cards and Online
purchases, I am talking about YOU logging on to the internet, checking
your email, surfing to a web page, and chatting with your friends.
All sounds pretty simple, that's about all you can use the internet for,
huh? Well, unfortunately most of the internet world is connecting
with Microsoft Windows. This operating system was designed to help
home users run programs at home and easily share data on networks.
The trade off that no one mentions is that in order to be easy, there
has to be a lack of security.
So you say "I am a nobody with nothing on my computer, no one will hack me"??? Sorry but on the internet, all computers look alike. All computers are assigned an IP address ( 188.8.131.52 ) and there is nothing to make your computer look different from any others. Plus, hackers look for people like that who think they would not be hacked cause they tend to not have any security measures. So, just as someone likes to spray paint their graffiti on a wall or bridge, they would have just as much fun destroying your computer.
When you put your computer on a network at home or work, you can log into other computers and share data. This is accomplished with "File and Printer Sharing", an option you have to set in Network Properties (right click on network neighborhood --> Properties) After you have turned on File Sharing, you have to go onto your hard drive and select folders to be shares. When you do this, set a password on that folder, other wise it is a wide open door for a hacker to get onto your system.
Do you have a network neighborhood icon on your desk top? This means that your computer is setup for networking. Double click on the icon and you will see an "Entire Network" icon and you might see an icon with your computer's name on it. If you see the icon with your computer's name on it, double click that icon to see what you are advertising to the network is on your computer.
Routers - Routers are like hubs or switches with some security built in to them. A hub takes a signal and sends it to all the ports in your hub, really good for setting up networks and sharing data and usually requires no configuration. A Switch is like a hub accept it learns where the computers are and sends the data to the specific port of the computer, thus making it faster (and typically more expensive) than hubs. Switches can sometimes need to configured but that is rather easy for the novice. A Router actually looks at the data and figures out where to send it. With a router, you can keep data from going someplace or send it specifically some where, more securely than a switch. Routers do need to be configured and unless you are familiar with networking you could have troubles setting up and maintaining your router. You end up paying a little more for these also. There are many DSL/Cable modem Routers hitting the market now. Make sure you know what you need before getting one. I found a Router comparison chart that helped me figure out what I wanted.
Virus Scanners - With hundreds of new viruses coming out every month, no one is safe anymore with out a virus scanner. Viruses can now come at you thru your web browser, email, and even chat rooms.
Now do not get too anxious. There is another type of virus, I like to call the good samaritan virus, that is actually a HOAX. This is where someone makes up an email with a fake warning in it about a virus. They then send it out onto the internet to who ever they know and it gets passed around. You get it in your mail box, want to help the internet community by passing it on, but you are then falling into the trap making you the actually virus. While this does not trash your system, it add more traffic to the internet slowing down other signals and takes up space in your email server.
This is just as bad as those emails that make claims