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volume 3 number 7 1998 TipSheet

Welcome to the July issue of MicroMetric's TipSheet.

This monthly newsletter is targeted at addressing the needs of our customers.

This month we'll continue the series of tips on the Internet.

Tip 195   Getcher free web page here! Category:   Internet

If you'd like to have your own Web page without spending money, go to and check out their offer of a free Web page. You can use their Web-page designer to get you going quickly or design your own page offline, then upload it to the server.

Tip 196   If at first you don't succeed, try another time zo Category:   Internet

When you click on a URL during an Internet rush hour, you may get a dialog box informing you that the site returned information, but you can't get to the page. Don't give up too quickly--often you can reach the desired page just by trying again immediately. If you can't make it after three or four tries, consider coming back to it later, but don't assume the URL is dead. If you get stalled out while trying to download a file, try to find out if you can get the same file from a different site. Sometimes you can successfully download a file during a busy time by choosing a server that's in a different time zone. For example, if you live in the Eastern United States and are having trouble downloading a file at 10:00 a.m., you might have better luck with a West Coast site, where the time is 7:00 a.m.

Tip 197   Make the call Category:   Internet

If you'd like to call someone you've lost contact with over the years, you might have trouble finding the phone number. Don't pay the phone company for information. Just navigate to '' and enter the name, city, and state. In the wink of an eye (if the Net isn't too busy), you'll have that phone number. If you'd rather send e-mail, you can use the same page to track down e-mail addresses.

Tip 198   Veni, Vidi, MIDI Category:   Internet

Many sites now use MIDI background music. If you run across some that you might like to keep here's how to save it. After you finish your Internet session, close Microsoft Internet Explorer, then open Windows Explorer. Navigate to Windows\Temporary Internet Files and locate the file you want to keep. Use the mouse to drag the file onto the desktop or into a new folder. If you intend to use MIDI files on your own site, you should first determine who owns the copyright and contact that person or organization for permission to use the file. To check copyright information, right-click on the MIDI file's icon and choose Properties. Click on the Details tab to see copyright information. If there is no copyright information available, the file may well be an illegal copy.

Tip 199   Add to favorites Category:   Internet

When you want to add a site to your Favorites folder, you can navigate to the site and choose Favorites, Add to Favorites. Or you can right-click on the Web page and choose Add to Favorites. When you use this method, the dialog box prompting you for a location still opens. You can also add a site to the Favorites folder before you visit the site. Just right-click on the URL and choose Add to Favorites. Once again, the dialog box opens for more instructions. This is a useful way to collect promising URLs for later exploration. Once you've seen them, you can just delete them from your list of Favorites.

Tip 200   Autocomplete Category:   Internet

If you use the Address Bar often, you might benefit from AutoComplete. To use this feature, Choose View, Internet Options and click on the Advanced tab. Check the box labeled AutoComplete. Click on Apply and then OK. Now type an address into the Address Bar. Try '' Navigate to another site and then go back to the Address Bar and type 'www.t' AutoComplete will automatically fill in the rest.: ''

Tip 201   Change the web links colors Category:   Internet

When you visit a page, that link changes color to show that you've been to that page. If you'd like to change the color of your links, you can choose View|Options and click the General tab. Under Links, click the colored tab labeled Visited to open the color palette. Select the color you want to use and click OK. Now click Apply, then OK to close the dialog box. Note: Some Web designers define the link colors in the underlying code. These definitions will always take precedence over the Explorer settings.

Copyright 1998, MicroMetric, Inc., All Rights Reserved. Permission to copy in total, with this statement and copyright, is hereby granted.

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