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  1. Thanks Bruce -- it helps to know it's possible.
  2. Thanks Thomas. Sorry about the limit numbers -- I'd just picked them up from a search in the forum so I didn't realize they were staying out of the posts themselves.
  3. I have two quick questions on email. First, I know there's an email limit of X messages per X minutes (or something similar). Does that include both incoming and outgoing traffic? Or is it only on sending -- we can receive all we want (within bandwidth limits) but only send X/Xminutes? [i have to admit, I'm fairly pleased that my mailing list is reaching a point where I have to start thinking about this. More than five people care what's going on at my site...] Second, I may be setting up a client site where the TCH mailing limits will be too restrictive. I understand why the limits are in place and have no problem with them in general terms, but this client will be running both a mailing list and a fairly active discussion list. Is it possible to host a site in one place (at TCH) and run the email elsewhere? Does anyone have experience with splitting a site that way? Or in the long run will it be easier to just host this particular site elsewhere to keep their hosting and email in the same place? Post edited by TCH-Thomas.
  4. I'm back from my little drive across America. And if you're really interested, photos are up on my site: ht*tp://millertarized.com/photos/e/america2005/
  5. I've seen this happen with images and such too. I know there's a better way to fix it, but I can't find the article that explains it, unfortunately (I'd like it for my files, actually). The quick & dirty way to do it is to add a non-semantic tag at the end of the div, after the table, and set it to clear the float. Something like: <br style="clear: both;" /> I think that sometimes will clear the left and right menu, though. If so, try just adding an empty paragraph after the table: <p> </p> If that screws up your spacing, you can always set the style on that as well: <p style="height: 1px; margin: 0; padding: 0;"> </p> I *think* I've used both these options in the past and they've worked. It would be better to throw all the style stuff into a style sheet, but I can't access source code on this computer so I am not sure if/how you're using CSS. Hope this helps anyway.
  6. For anyone wondering, I finally bought a Nikon CoolPix 5900. There are enough features for me to play around with, but no so many I've messed up anything too much (yet). Plus it fits in a jacket pocket-- perfect! There are some pictures up on my site (millertarized.com/photos/ -- the Delaware and Assateague groups. The quality is actually better than what's posted, because I erred on the side of download time when compressing the files. So far, it seems like a great little camera for what I need it to do.
  7. That's sort of what I was thinking. I needed a forum for a website and didn't want to deal with all the updates the major names were pushing out at the time--I ended up stripping my blog code to its core functions and then adding on a few features to make it more friendly to multiple users. I just wasn't expecting it to be that similar. But I also wouldn't have done that if the forum in question was ever going to be popular.
  8. I need to know. It's been bugging me for months. What's the difference between a blog and a forum? I've seen people use blogging software to create what is something more like a forum, and people use forum software for what is really just a personal blog. Either way you're starting a topic within a category (or sub/forum if you like) and people are replying to it. Both blog and forum owners can control how many people can get membership and posting rights (at least with the more complex software). From a coding perspective, they're doing similar things with databases and organizing information... I'm starting to think a blog is just a simplified forum. Am I crazy?
  9. kellybelly I think that site was on my list at one point, but I'll go back and look again. I just got stranded overseas for an extra week (poor me, I know. It's rough... not!) so I'm still waiting to buy and have time to keep looking. Striver, that resolution would probably be fine for me, because I generally don't take close ups like that. But I think all the cameras that are making it on my short list are 4 or 5 mgpx+. One day I'll make it up to the SLR cameras... just not quite yet. Off to add more to the list... thanks again everyone!
  10. Move to Alaska... that's the logical choice, right?
  11. Thanks again everyone After a week of nothing to do I'm finally feeling human again. It's a great feeling!
  12. I didn't do a thing; I just bought a nightmare laptop (which has since been replaced, for obvious reasons): I bought a laptop in 2000, planning to take it to England for the year. Two months later, the battery failed. Two months after that, we determined it wasn't the battery, it was something in the laptop itself. I didn't have time to fix it before moving overseas, so I resigned myself to having a "laptop" that had to be plugged in 24/7. Six months later the sound card died. Kaplut. So much for music; I wasn't about to pay to fix it, and the company was now refusing to fix even the battery. [Don't ask... suffice it to say I hate that company with the fire of a thousand suns and other cliches.] Six months after THAT the screen blew. Well, I do have one little pixel that changes color, but you can't exactly view the screen based on one pixel's color. The company denied all responsibility (naturally). We are no longer on speaking terms. A year after that, the internal modem died and I had to get an external modem. [ironic aside, I was using AOL at the time and didn't realize my modem was dying. They sent me a free external modem when I tried to cancel service with them, which worked, so I stayed with AOL until I went to cable modem. That's right. AOL was more helpful fixing my computer than the company that made it. I couldn't make that up if I tried.] So. My lap top must be plugged in 24/7. It has no sound. It must be hooked up to an external monitor. It also must be hooked up to an external modem. For my own comfort, I also hooked it up to an ergodynamic keyboard and laser-light mouse. Don't you think I would have been better off if I'd just bought a desktop?
  13. The conference is a riot. Plenty of intelligent people lack common sense. But I'll agree with you on the fact that the letters work when common sense gets overruled--doesn't matter how smart a person actually is, if they WANT to believe it's true, they'll swallow anything. Hey, if the scammers sent me an email promising I would end up marrying a certain actor 100% risky free at the end of the deal, I might fall for it. I have no shame in certain areas.
  14. OldTimer, I took a quick look at the code--it looks to me like the code is aimed at creating a shorter URL while maintaining maximum flexibility in the program itself, so that the short URL will work regardless of what module is referred to. The viewcat.cid IS actually neccesary to the hack, because those components can change from module to module. I don't know XOOPs well enough to know how any changes would affect that code or updates to the code down the line; I'm afraid if I tried to play with it I'd just break the hack completely Sorry-- I'd stick with the hack they provide, especially since you've already gotten it working!
  15. There are entire groups online dedicated to baiting scammers (trying to get scammers to waste time with someone who KNOWS its a scam and will never send them money-- any time spent working with a baiter is time NOT spent working with a victim). The results of these baitings are things like the fish church, or the church of the painted breast, or the bread and wine church--all very funny stories, but with a serious purpose. Baiting for money used to be popular but is discouraged now because you risk giving the scammers your identity (always a bad idea) and you end up committing fraud (equally bad, as it's illegal). This work has actually had positive effects-- fake bank sites that might have fooled victims are forced offline, a few arrests have been made, and when the scammers goof up and do something stupid like CC their entire email list insted of BCC it, all the email addresses on that list can be contacted and alerted to the scam. The funny stories are just an added benefit--but I agree, some of them are very well done. Take a look at 419eater.com for a collection of some of the best.
  16. It's officially called 419 scams, after the Nigerian legal code that forbids them. There's an entire, very intricate industry around them that includes not only scams like these but fake cashier check scams (popular on ebay and other auction sites) and relationship scams (money is needed for the plane ticket or visa... only the person never shows up). Unfortunately, people do believe them, and end up losing thousands of dollars. In extreme cases, people have been killed in events related to 419 scams. Google "419 scam" and read around a bit. And you might be surprised at how normal and intelligent the people who get sucked in to these scams are. Sorry to dampen the fun. Although the letters are often funny in a preposterous way, and it's hard to imagine anyone will fall for them, once you know the victims and the consequences its much less funny.
  17. For what it's worth, if all your pages are processed on viewcat.php and the only variable you're dealing with is 'cid', you don't have to keep that info in your shorter URL. You can shorten the URL to something like: http://localhost/test/mylinks/1.htm The viewcat.php and the 'cid' get coded into the .htaccess rewrite or scripting language rewrite, whichever you use. In terms of search engine ranking, the two short URLs probably function the same, but for security the second is a little better (the casual user won't know the location of the page you use to process information), and for usability the second is better (the above link looks friendlier/is easier for a visitor to your site to remember. Could be worthwhile.) I know that's not exactly what you're asking here, but it might be worth thinking about if you're going to shorten the URL anyway.
  18. I'm not certain about odbc connections specifically, but TCH_David talks about remote connections to the database in this thread: http://www.totalchoicehosting.com/forums/i...8362&hl=yoursql And this thread also talks about remote connection (emphasis on Excel): http://www.totalchoicehosting.com/forums/i...showtopic=17162 And this thread adapted the Excel information to a more general process: http://www.totalchoicehosting.com/forums/i...8314&hl=yoursql If odbc is another way of doing a remote connection (which is what it sounds like you're trying to do), those threads might get you started.
  19. Personally, I wouldn't want to email form data directly to myself without processing it and verifying the data-- more than the threat of spam bots this is why I run through some sort of process.php page. You could set up a form that was all drop-down menus and think you're safe in terms of what people can send you, but if you don't process the actual information, people can send you whatever they want, and it doesn't have to have anything to do with your form parameters. A processing page lets you hide your email address and ensure the information someone is trying to send you is legit. For carl38, if you're looking through hotscripts, I'd recommend looking for an email program that offers some sort of data checking/security checks before the information is sent to you. By being sent to the server did you mean some sort of database application? That can be done-- you'd need both a database language like MySQL and a scripting language like PHP to do it, and there are tutorials out there as well. I imagine hotscripts would have options for that kind of script--again, make sure the script does security checks on the data. If you aren't sure in either case, contact the script's writer and find out.
  20. Thanks boxturt, except for the lingering feeling that I should add a citation to every sentence I write, I think I'm doing well in the 'move forward' bit. I'm going on vacation, thus avoiding all questions of reality AND academics all together. Yes! Job? Bills? Talk to me in August...
  21. Things I've learned about surviving thesis submission: 1. It is possible to survive two weeks on 19hours + work a day but not recommended. 2. There is a fine line between a caffeine high and a sugar cross. Try not to cross it. 3. Save your paper in at least four places. When you can't print from your computer, lose your disk in the mess of your room, and spill coke on your one printed copy, you'll be glad you FTP'd your paper to your website. Trust me. 4. Just admit you're not going to eat well during crunch time. It'll save you a lot of guilt. 5. Ask your friends to email you every 6-8 hours saying "You're ok." It makes a huge difference. 6. You're ok. 7. Know the location of at least three computer labs when you go to print. The first will be out of paper. The second will be out of ink. The third will be just right. 8. During the department celebration, find a group of other graduates and form a tight circle. Do not allow senior staff to enter. Senior staff will ask you what your thesis is about and what you're doing next in life. You will not be able to explain either. Other grads will stick to safe conversation topics, like "Where's the real party tonight?" and "Are you going shopping later?" 9. Despite the fact that it has been sunny for a month, the day you turn in your thesis and could actually enjoy the outdoors it will rain. Hard. 10. You won't understand the relief of turning in your thesis until the next day, when you drag yourself to the computer by habit and open Word. There are no words to describe the feeling when you stare at a blank document and realize 1) there is nothing more you can say or do, because you're done and 2) if you want to go downtown and spend all day shopping (or go out hiking or whatever), you can do so guilt free because you're done. Revel in that feeling.
  22. I agree with you Jim. I think it just didn't come out right because my brain is currently bogged down in dialogic theory (thesis fun... not). The only case in which I see this site map being actually useful for me (as opposed to them, the leeches) is if the other major search engines jumped on board and said they would also use it (like robots.txt). Then my work is more worthwhile, because it will affect more than one search engine. But proprietary code? Didn't we learn from the early Netscape/Internet Explorer battles? I also think the site map could provide a huge (unintended?) benefit from a usability point. The file is in XML format, from what I saw. If a few more attributes were added to the file, it would be possible to contain all the data you'd need to pull to create an actual HTML sitemap for your visitors to use. That would be awesome -- If I could improve communication with several major search engines AND improve communiation with my visitors, I'd be at the front of the line to add the code to my site. But like you said--right now it's just making Google's job easier. Forget that.
  23. For the most part I'm just using the camera for web photos. I don't like prints, much. But I do see the argument for the more pixels the better. The features I'm starting to settle on look like the cameras will have 4-5 megpx. I think that's plenty for me. Thanks for the tip on Optical vs. digital zoom, too. I hadn't sorted that out yet. I looked at a couple of the photos. I don't think I could buy the CoolPix 8800. Someone would think I know what I'm doing! But the CoolPix line does look nice. So do some of the Sonys. I'll keep looking into the others. Striver, if you don't mind me asking, why are you switching from the Canon A line to the S line? I was looking at the A95-- I'm a little wary about its durability but the A line seems nice over all. What's the advantage to the S line? Don, I will make it into stores eventually, but salesmen love to try and steamroll me on products. I must look innocent or naive or something. I just want to make sure I know what all the specs are before the salesmen try to sell me the CoolPix 8800 and I get carried away by my love of gadgetry. Picasa looks interesting, but I think it's PC only. I have a decent setup with my files and Fireworks, though, so I'll survive until Google decides to acknowledge the existence of Macs.
  24. What digital cameras are people using for every day, touristy sort of photography? I definitely do not need a top of the line professional camera--I don't know what half those settings do. But I am thinking about getting a take-anywhere camera. My current (film) camera has zoom + day/night/panoramic/closeup/red eye control. I'm ready to go beyond that, but I am still pretty much a point and click shooter--maybe I just need more settings? ha! I have looked at review sites, and I have a couple cameras in mind, but I'd be interested in hearing what people here are using.
  25. Are they serious? Really? Because I thought there was a meta tag you could add to a page that would do the same thing. Oh, right. "Revisit-after" If I put "Revisit-after" on all my pages, Google should be able to make up their own lists of sites and pages. Which... is sort of what they do for a living. But... if I can't be bothered to put "Revisit-after" on my pages, what in the WORLD makes the Google folks think I am going to stick an entire program on my site and remember to run it every time I make an update? Yeah, yeah. Cron-job. Are they paying me for my computer usage? Bah. This doesn't add a thing to my site that Google shouldn't be doing anyway. Wake me up when they stop shooting off fireworks to bedazzle everyone and decide to provide something that's actually useful for me.
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