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So, How'd They Do That?  Can I. . .?
Grab the information you want from this summary of WHAT'S COMING. In many cases all the information you need may be right here. In some cases you'll want to check back after I've posted the step-by-step, get-your-feet-wet tutorials or in-depth articles. Either way, information is power and this information is all yours for FREE. And remember. Articles and ideas like these rotate through the DAK site. So, visit often. It's the DAK tradition.

1) Cordless Phone With Multiple Base
   
Stations.
2) Did You Ever Wonder How They Get
    
Rounded Corners On A Web Page?
3) IP Address Breakdown.
4) ASCII And HTML Text.
5) What's A Pixel Based Program Versus A
   
Vector Based?
6) Internet Explorer 5 Add-On Gives You
   
Super Power FREE
7) The Truth About Equalizers

8) The Problem With CDs
9) Search Engine Hit Tricks
10) Digital Camera Checklist
11) Fun With JavaScript
12) So, What's A GIF Or A JPEG Or A PNG
      
And Which Shall I Use?
13) So What's Slicing And How Can You Use
     
It?
14) 500 Years Down The Tubes
15-100) Well I Promised You That I Had Over
      
A Hundred Ideas.

1) Cordless Phone With Multiple Base Stations.
Imagine walking around your home or office and just like with a cellular phone, you'll be handed off from station to station.
I've got a friend who developed it. It does work. I'll fill you in. Range is no longer an issue around your company or your home.
It hands you off from one 'cell' to the next. Pretty neat technology Frankly I'd never thought of doing this. I didn't know it could be done.
I'll fill you in on both the technology and the applications soon. It's in the DAK tradition.
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2) Did You Ever Wonder How They Get Rounded Corners On A Web Page?
Well, maybe not. But HTML pages are all square and the programmers/artists have developed lots of ways to trick the code.
Frankly it's easy after you know how. (Isn't it always?) I'm putting together a whole tutorial so you'll be able to easily create pages that look great. If you're already an expert, no problem, but I think you'll find that this is worth a look.
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3) IP Address Breakdown.
OK, have you wondered what all those numbers in your IP address really mean?
Can they find you? Do they matter? Well, it's actually pretty straight forward and simple. But there is one thing you might want to know now.
Every time you dial up your ISP, you get a different IP number. Interesting? If you have a DSL line like I do, you always have the same number.
Anyway, I'll let you know how I fooled a friend of mine when I was in Hong Kong.
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4) ASCII & HTML Text.
So what do the following characters mean?
&#169 and &#153 and &#066. In the 70s when I was running a typesetter instead of a computer to create the DAK 1 catalog, I had to learn all the ASCII
characters.
Believe it or not, you are still receiving ASCII text over your modem. Most of it is transparent to you and it's probably not worth learning any more.
However, if you want to insert symbols that aren't on your keyboard, I'm going to give you a list of ASCII and HTML character equivalents and their meanings and their differences.
The HTML
characters above actually mean the following: &#169 means Copyright ©, &#153 means Trademark ™ and &#066 is simply a capital B. Insert these in your code and see.
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5) What's A Pixel Based Program Versus A Vector Based?
OK, this is actually really important. And you'll love the power you control once you decide which one or both of these programs to use.
There are two ways that you can create pictures with a computer. Each has positives and negatives.
Pixel based pictures are created by the computer creating dots on the screen as you draw. They are the basic paint program type of images. They can be excellent, but resizing them, distorting them to obtain perspective and forming geometric shapes can be challenging.
With vector graphics, you create the image as a series of points, lines, arcs and other geometric shapes even though you might not be aware of the process while you are drawing.
Vector graphics can be resized, stretched and reformed very easily without loss of quality.
For a quick understanding of a vector graphics or objects as they're called, just increase the size of a True Type letter in your word processor.
True Type fonts are vector graphics. You can increase their size a hundred fold without loss of quality. If you increase or distort a pixel-based graphic by even 50%, you'll see serious degradation of quality.
I'll explore the programs and combination of programs you can use to easily create web graphics. BTW, I was one of the first to introduce a program in the 80s called Artline. It was one of the first Vector based programs and I loved it.
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6) Internet Explorer 5 Add-On Gives You Super Power
OK, here's the deal. If you are using I.E. 5, you can go to the Microsoft site and download a free utility that lets you 1) instantly list, summarize, display and quantify all images on a web page 2) zoom in on any picture to blow it up for better viewing, plus 3) much more.
Remember this is a free program. It really helps you understand how a web page is put together and I've never seen it advertised. I hope it's still there when I actually review it.
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7) The Truth About Equalizers
It's amazing. In the 70s and 80s I personally sold over 250,000 stereo equalizers.
Now CDs, MP3 and computer sound is getting so good, yet almost nobody has equalizers available to really make it explode with life.
I'll publish an article (not an ad) that I wrote on how you can get the most from your stereo, home theater and computer music by using inexpensive equalizers, rather than expensive speakers and amplifiers.
I don't want to get into hype, but you really won't believe how much they will improve the enjoyment of all your musical experiences.
Yes I'll be manufacturing and importing a new equalizer. But the truth is that equalizers can do more with CD quality sound than they ever could with LPs or cassettes.
If you can't wait for me, get one yourself. You won't be disappointed. I have a white paper where I've explained exactly how they work, but the truth is I haven't been able to find it. I will.

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8) The Problem With CDs
They're too good. Yes, it's a problem. When you want to listen to music softly, you've probably noticed that the quiet parts are too soft so you miss them while the louder parts become too loud. Here's why.
LPs had a dynamic range of about 55 dB. Cassettes had a dynamic range of about 45 dB. CDs have a dynamic range of 90-100 dB.
So what's dynamic range? It's the difference between the loudest and softest notes.
And the problem is when you listen to CDs as background music the louds are too loud and the softs are too soft. The solution?
Well, it's called a compressor. You can variably reduce the dynamic range so you can really get the most enjoyment from your music at any volume. I'll tell you how to do it.
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9) Search Engine Hit Tricks
So how often do you get to a site on the web and the company doesn't have a link to their home page? Well, it really isn't a problem.
There are lots of simple things you can do. Here's one. More to come.
Anyway, look at the address line, the URL. It's likely to be something like this: http://www.DAK2000.com /newproducts/vote.
All you have to do is click once anywhere in the URL to highlight it. Then click again still IN the URL to UN-highlight it.
Then move your cursor to a position just after the www.DAK2000.com and delete everything to the right. Then when you hit return, you'll be at the home page of virtually anyone's site. Many URLs can be 100 characters long and you can eliminate any part you want.
This is really important at universities and big companies and you'll probably find SEVERAL places that will give you a home page for a department or segment of the company you want to explore before you get to the root.
And there's more. When you first highlight the URL, you can copy it by simply entering Ctrl-C. Then, you can copy it to your word processor or an eMail by simply entering Ctrl-V. It's an easy way to copy anything you've highlighted just about anywhere.
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10) Digital Camera Checklist
OK I mentioned earlier that I bought a digital camera with about 1,572,000 pixels but that I didn't get the 6-megabyte file I expected.
In fact, I only got about 500K. Well I've put together a checklist of things to be sure you get or don't get when you are buying a digital camera.
From USB ports to Flash Card readers, I think I can really help you get the most for your money and the best camera for your job.
Yes, I'm working on a bonus digital camera, but this checklist will help you right up to pro equipment.
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11) Fun With JavaScript
It's almost like a game. You can create games, calculators, automated events all by yourself.
If you loved the power of 'Basic' back in the 80s to make things happen on your first computer, wait till you experience the power of JavaScript.
You can make just about anything move, change or happen. What is JavaScript? Well, it's a cross-platform scripting language developed by Netscape that specializes in adding behavior to web pages.
And wait till you see the 'behaviors' you can add. And you write it yourself so there's no expensive program to buy.
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12) So, What's A GIF Or A JPEG Or A PNG?
And Which Shall I Use?

I couldn't leave this out. If you're using drawings with flat color as opposed to shading, GIFs are your best bet.
They can contain up to 256 colors and they compress the file size by simply looking at the next pixel(s) in line and if they're the same, storing that information instead of storing the pixel information individually.
So if you have flat color, where 10 adjacent pixels are the same, this is your best choice.
If you have a photograph with shading like the sky, the sea or people's faces, then JPEG is your choice because it preserves the shading.
It does this by throwing away pixels that it doesn't think you'll see. And the truth is, it can often throw away 60-80% without dramatically degrading your pictures.
PNG files are a new replacement for GIF. They are better but they don't work on many Level 4 Browsers. Too bad. I use them within Fireworks, but I can't use them on the web, yet.
Anyway we'll cover this and much more in detail as we go along with hands on 'get-your-feet-wet' tutorials.
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13) So What's Slicing And How Can You Use It?
No, we aren't baking a cake. If you just read about GIFs and JPEGs you saw that you use GIFs for flat, line art type pictures and JPEGs for gradient continuous tone pictures.
Well, what do you do if you have a picture or a group of pictures that has both requirements?
Well these programmers think of everything. You simply mark up your picture (in a program) telling parts of it to be GIFs and parts of it to be JPEGs and in seconds, the program creates a table with slicing up the pictures for you.
I have seen people scan their catalog pages as JPEG images and have a 450K file. I scanned my pages and made the pictures JPEG and the text Gifs and ended up with about 110K files.
So you can get both smaller files (so people can view your site without taking all day) and better quality for each part because you've optimized your pictures. We live at a great time.
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14) 500 Years Down The Tubes
You know, I find that on many sites it's hard to read on the web.
I've spent 30 years printing catalogs and I don't want to lose 500 years of reading studies JUST because we're on the web.
The advantage of the web is being able to drill down and get what you want. It isn't forgetting ways that we read and human eye movement and comfort. I simply think that people put up web pages and say it's a whole new arena.
Well, it well may be, but we still have eyes and we still have the same reading needs that we have in books. It's time to pay attention to making the information comfortable for you.
I can't help screen flicker but I can sure make my columns narrow and give your eyes a rest between paragraphs and lines.
I'm trying to harness the power of the web without losing 500 years of reading study to make this a good experience for US.
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15-100) Well I Promised You That I Had Over 100 Ideas.
This is just a sample. I hope you've gotten a lot of valuable information. The great thing about the web is that you can scan all these informative articles and eliminate what you're not interested in from the headline.
Or, you can learn what you need to know from the story, or finally check back later. See which article is running at DAK this month.
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