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The WEBMASTER – TO BE OR NOT TO BE
By Harold Buechly Member: Trails End Computer Club tecc.apcug.org tecomputerclub(at)gmail.com.
I’m the WEBSOMETHING for the Trails End Computer Club.
I certainly have not mastered the web but I do edit the site with a certain amount of success. Back in the late 90’s, GeoCities offered free websites with a friendly, cloud based wysiwyg ”WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET” html editor. You didn’t need to know the HTML code to produce a really great web site. It basically allowed you to drag and drop just about anything, anywhere on your pages. Being cloud based you did not have to load any software onto your computer.
To this day, I still use a wysiwyg editor called KompoZer that has all the features I will ever need and many that I will never need. It is free open source software that runs on Microsoft Windows, Mac and some Linux machines. Site http://kompozer.net/ . Learning to use it is a breeze with all the tutorials available. I like to create a new web page and save it to my hard drive with all the supporting files (pictures, charts, and other files used in the page.
When I finish the new page, or edit old pages, I will upload it to the web server the page and files used there. I also elected to use FileZilla (free and open source) to transfer created web contents to the web server. That way I automatically have a second copy (backup) immediately. Site https://filezilla-project.org .
Creating a web site is no more difficult than to create a Word document. It is just using different software in a different way.
APCUG supplies space for our club web site, as a sub domain in connection with their web site on the GoDaddy servers. Over the last couple months, service has been transferring from the old web server to GoDaddy’s servers. You may have noticed some difficulty connecting to the TECC web site during the transfer. This is not to be expected.
There are rules to be followed in order to keep the World Wide Web operating properly.
In our case, .org is our top name domain and apcug is the domain name and tecc is our clubs sub domain name.
Putting it all together its tecc.apcug.org
Rules going back many years states when there is a sub domain (tecc) we must not use the www in the front.
Therefor tecc.apcug.org/ will work and get you to our home page while tecc.apcug.org should not work or be used.
What will not work is putting anything in front of apcug.
You may enter TECC.APCUG.ORG/ in upper case or in lower case as tecc.apcug.org and they will work fine. Anything following the top name domain (org) must be exactly as the file name on the web server. The file name is created by the webmaster just the same as you name a file when you save to disk. Just like on your computer, each file has a .extension as .jpg for pictures, .txt for a text file, .html for a web page. The extension is part of the file name. You may have the same file name in a directory several times with different extensions that help organize your hard disk.
Rules to follow
A web site has its own programing language called HTML or Hyper Text Markup Language. It is basically non-English symbols and characters that tell your web browser (Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Safari Etc.) how to display a web page. The rules are developed and updated over a long period of time by a committee gathered from representatives of major browser makers. This committee is charged with making rules to be used in their browsers so they will all work on any properly written web page.
In this type of program, if a comma is missing or a character is in the wrong place, the program may not understand what to do. Therefore the program must ignore what it doesn’t understand. We couldn’t even use a browser that would crash many times in displaying a web site.
Markup Validation Service
You, I or Anyone may check any web page for errors in the HTML programing or coding. Site: http://validator.w3.org/ . Enter your favorite web site and see how they are doing
Using Bluetooth on Your Smartphone and Tablet
By Julie Mahaffey, ICON (Interactive Computer Owners Network) Member
The ICON-Newsletter of the Interactive Computer Owners Network www.iconusersgroup.org
Cejmmahaffey (at) gmail.com
Bluetooth is wireless and a way for devices to communicate with each other over a small distance. Created in 1994 Bluetooth® technology is a wireless alternative to data cables. Data is shared through radio waves rather than hooking a cable to a device.
Bluetooth connects the Internet of Things (IoT), machine to machine, Ex. smartphones, tablets, headphones, speakers, etc. A Bluetooth product, like a headset or watch, contains a tiny computer chip with a Bluetooth radio and software that makes it easy to connect.
“Bluetooth Technology Basics,” Bluetooth. Bluetooth SIG, February 19, 2016.
Using Foreign Characters in Passwords
By Martin Arbagi, Dayton Microcomputer Association www.dma1.org.Arbagi (at) gmail.com
· All this is for PCs running Windows, not Apple or Linux machines.
· Don’t confuse the Alt with the Ctrl key.
· If you don’t get what you want with the keystroke sequences given in the main article above, try typing a zero (0) before the numbers. For example, if you can’t get the cents symbol (¢) by typing Alt 155, try typing Alt 0155.
· Web sites almost never advertise that they accept foreign characters in passwords. “Special characters” are not the same as foreign characters. Your best bet is trial-and-error.
· Be careful about using too many foreign characters. My credit union’s site locks up if I use more than three of them.
· I would be interested in hearing from readers who tried Unicode characters in passwords. Unicode allows you to use alphabets such as Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Greek, or Hebrew.
· Though she was from South America and it does contain an accented character, my late mother-in-law’s maiden name is not Suárez, nor is the £ symbol in my password! However, I change my credit union password every three months. Make another attempt later.
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