March 23, 2004
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Who's (and what's) new
Page Editors and another MVP
Your questions and solutions
Cascading style sheets and more from Page Editor seanpowell
News from all over
Bits and pieces of information that are worth noting
Featured experts
What you should know about two of our finest
Nata's Corner: attachments and worms
A quick and easy method for keeping worms at bay
Inside the numbers
With immeasurable thanks to ameba, a list of certified Experts
Who's New at Experts Exchange
Another MVP: We've been telling you for a couple of months about the various Microsoft MVPs at Experts Exchange, and now we have found another one: danich. A member since March 1998, he has extensive in-depth experience with NT and MS Exchange dating back to 3.1 for NT (no, that's not a typo) and 4.0 beta for Exchange. He spent eight years at Microsoft, from 1993 to 2001, supporting first MSMail then got on Exchange pre-4.0, and has been doing Exchange ever since. He currently owns a consultancy in the DFW area. danich been involved with the MVP program since 1994.

A new Page Editor has joined the program: byundt, who takes over the MS Office topic area, and DigitalXtreme has rejoined the Moderator team. For more information on the Page Editor program, see the Help Page.

Experts Exchange has also begun sending out its email notifications using HTML. To see what the new notifications look like, click here. If you wish to receive the notifications in text, click on your username, click the Edit button, and change it in your profile.

Link Exchange
One of the least-known new features at Experts Exchange is our new Link Exchange. Our Link Exchange program is beneficial to both sites in a couple ways:
1. The number of resources available to users on both sites will increase
2. Site relevance is increased within all major search engines when a site provides links to and from quality resources

If you would like to swap links with EE, just fill out the form at the Link Exchange page.

Your questions and solutions Featured Experts
Still open: Upgrading our site's CSS to work with newer browsers
What to do when "standards" aren't standard? This user wants to upgrade his style sheets to work with newer browsers.
Points: 500
03/02/2004 06:49PM PST
Can you help?

Table headers always visible
Although the debate between Tables and CSS for page layouts is as furious as ever, getting them to work together can be a wonderful thing-especially when our experts get involved.
Date: 03/02/2004 8:39AM PST
View the solution

Still open: Mimicking a form submission
"I want to be able to get the same results as when this form (below) is entered using Internet Explorer... I can normally do this by building up a collection of all the input and hidden values and producing the url and query string. I have done this but have found that it redirects to a different page on submission and sets a cookie with login information. Any ideas?"
Points: 500
02/29/2004 11:35AM PST
Can you help?

Still open:Prevent Spammers from Harvesting your Email
"I was wondering if there was a way to prevent spammers from harvesting your email off your homepage." Need we say more?
Points: 500
Date: 03/17/2004 02:53PM PST
Can you help?

Randomly display different picture
This member is new to HTML and web design, so he didn't want to learn ASP or JSP for one small aspect of his project. Here's a handy little solution that uses Javascript to randomly display images on a web page.
Date: 03/17/2004 10:48PM PST
View the solution

Soon to be a 4-year EE veteran, webwoman continues to be a driving force within EE's Web Development community. Known for her outspoken commentary on top issues facing today's developers, there are few experts that haven't been touched by her very unique delivery. With talents ranging from ASP to Photoshop, it's no wonder she's been such a valuable part of our team for so long-and take it from us, we wouldn't have it any other way!
Login Name: webwoman
Registration Date: June 10,2000
Expert Points: 527297
Certificates: ASP, Javascript, Web Development, HTML

Now, about my printing problem... LOL!

Lunchy is about a month short of celebrating -- such as it is -- his fourth anniversary at Experts Exchange. He first joined the Moderator program in June 2001, and after an absence, was welcomed back in July 2003. He was promoted to administrator in October 2003, and has taken on the all-important task of training and supervising the Moderators.

Site Administrator Computer101 says of Lunchy, "His dedication to the experts and the site has made a positive impact on the administrative team." We couldn't agree more.

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News from All Over
Our Page Editors send us all kinds of interesting articles they come across. Here's what we've received lately.

Security advisories
One of the best sites we've seen for keeping track of security issues is at If you think your system is completely secure, it's a safe bet that these people can find places in which it isn't.

Dreamboat on the air
Dreamboat, who recently published a book on Microsoft Word, will be a guest on the nationally-syndicated radio program Computer America on April 5, 2004.

Letter to the editor (a first!)
A month or so ago daveslater wrote to us asking why we hadn't given AS/400 any space in the Newsletter. We passed the comment along, and he was asked to be a Page Editor. He sent us this note:

Since publishing a few questions from the AS/400 area, the participation level has rocketed (with some very good experts). I think there must have been members, who use the AS/400, that did not know there was as an AS/400 area. Could the same be possible in other minority areas? If so would it be beneficial to publish some questions from these areas to see if it boosts participation!

Keep an eye out here.

Internet providers and spam
The British Broadcasting Company reported that Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo and Earthlink filed lawsuits to stop spam. Read the entire story here.

What You See Is What You Get, and then some...
SCO's latest lawsuits are making headlines again, but this time it's not about Linux. In a rather bizarre turn of events to this David and Goliath saga, it turns out that a little known feature of Microsoft Office called Invisible Electronic Ink may just end up getting the last Word. Read the story here.

Copyright infringement
At Experts Exchange, a lot of information gets passed around, including articles from various sites. A recent article in SitePro News had some tips to avoid infringing on someone else's work; read the entire article here.

Nata's Corner: Staying worm-free
An Attachment is a file you include with an e-mail. For example, let's say you have a text document or picture you want to share with someone. You can "attach" this document to an e-mail and send it off to them, usually using a little paper clip icon in your e-mail software. Just click it and you should get a dialog box that lets you navigate to, and attach, the file you want to send.

So what does this have to do with worms? Well, they're usually sent as attachments to emails, with one of the following extensions:

.scr - Windows Screen Saver - USE CAUTION if you receive a screen saver via email. They can contain worms or viruses
.pif - Program Information File. This is most likely a virus. Clicking it will run a program or code
.exe - executable file - a program that contains a virus, trojan horse, or worm
.pps - MS PowerPoint (can contain macro virus)
.zip - Zip (compressed) file
.vbs - Visual Basic script
.bat - Executable MS-DOS batch file
.com - DOS executable command
.asp - active server page - internet script
.doc - Word document (can contain macro virus)
.xls - Excel file (can contain macro virus)
Let's face it -- when someone I know sends me an attachment, like a program file or a document, I'm expecting it. That's not always true -- recently, EE's staffers were spammed with a virus that made the emails appear to be sent from another staffer, and Netminder even got one in his email that appeared to be sent from himself.

Here's what I do. In my inbox, I click on the paper clip icon, which sorts my email showing all of the ones that have attachments. I can quickly scan through the list, and if I'm at all unsure about who the attachment is from, I just delete it.

Inside the numbers
ameba has spent a lot of time at Experts Exchange, and during his tenure has come up with all kinds of interesting and useful ways of looking at the site. His latest project is a list of all of the Certified Experts, which he updates daily at his site. We've reproduced the top 50 below (we didn't want to send out a 325k email); recently-earned certificates are in bold.
# Expert Genius
1 CrazyOne Windows XP Windows 2000 Windows 98 Operating Systems
Windows ME
Browser Issues
2 jkr C++ Win Prog. MFC Windows NT
3 stevenlewis Windows XP
Windows 98
Operating Systems
Microsoft Network
Windows 2000
4 objects Java JSP
5 nico5038 MS Access Databases
6 DanRollins MFC
Win Prog.
7 jlevie Linux
Linux Net.
Linux Setup
Linux Admin.
8 mplungjan JavaScript
9 jadedata MS Access
10 CEHJ Java
11 bruintje MS Office Outlook
Visual Basic
MS Access
VB Controls
12 angelIII Microsoft SQL Databases
Visual Basic
13 SysExpert Windows 2000
Windows NT
Windows 98
Operating Systems
WinNT Net.
14 fritz_the_blank ASP JavaScript
15 emoreau Visual Basic VB DB Microsoft SQL
VB Controls
16 lrmoore Routers
WinNT Net.
Microsoft Network
17 dew_associates Windows 98 Windows XP Windows 2000
Windows 95
18 chensu Win Prog.
19 jhance Hardware Win Prog.
Windows 2000
WinNT Net.
20 byundt Excel MS Office Applications
21 COBOLdinosaur HTML JavaScript
Web Development
Browser Issues
22 TimCottee <Visual Basic MS Access
VB Controls
23 CJ_S JavaScript Programming
24 amit_g ASP JavaScript Microsoft SQL
Web Languages
Web Development
25 sunray_2003 Windows 2000
<Windows XP
Operating Systems
Browser Issues
26 war1 Windows XP
Windows 98
Operating Systems
Windows ME
Browser Issues
27 AzraSound Visual Basic ASP
28 nietod C++ Win Prog.
29 heer2351 MS Access Excel
30 Zvonko JavaScript Lotus Notes
31 Madshi Delphi Win Prog.
32 alanwarren MS Access ASP
33 mlmcc Crystal Reports Visual Basic
34 weed Macintosh Mac Net.
Mac Apps
Mac Comm.
35 shanesuebsahakarn MS Access
36 kretzschmar Delphi
37 1William MS Access
38 ScottPletcher Microsoft SQL
39 HemanthaKumar Lotus Notes
40 eghtebas MS Access
41 arbert Microsoft SQL
42 Silvers5 ASP
43 stevbe MS Access
44 Ark Visual Basic
45 heyhey_ Java
46 inthe Delphi
47 Richie_Simonetti Visual Basic
48 Axter C++
49 acperkins Microsoft SQL Visual Basic ASP
50 slink9 Outlook Windows 98
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