April 23, 2004
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Who's (and what's) new
An award, another Page Editor and more TAs
Featured experts
Three who are worth listening to
Your questions and solutions
COBOLdinosaur and mplungjan found great stuff
Nata's Corner: Strange Sounds
And we're not talking expletives...
Inside the numbers
ameba's list of newly-certified Experts
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Who's (and What's) New at Experts Exchange
PC World lists EE: PC World has named Experts Exchange as one of the Web's "Top 100 Sites You Didn't Know You Couldn't Live Without" in its current edition. Read the article on EE here.

New Page Editors: The Page Editors are part of the Experts Exchange team that can help you find the solution to your problem. Our newest addition: ramrom, who will cover the Python topic area.

New topic areas: You asked for them, and now you have them: Lotus Notes/Domino - Video Conferencing - Voice Over IP - C++ Builder - Lotus/Domino Administration - PostgreSQL - ASP.NET - VB.NET - C++.NET. We'll be appointing Page Editors for those topic areas in the next few days; if you're interested in the program, send mail to Netminder.

Our questions, articles and featured experts were provided by Page Editors From COBOLdinosaur and mplungjan, who themselves are worthy of note. mplungjan is a true oldtimer at EE, having joined in April, 1998. With over 1,000,000 points in the Javascript TA alone, he is also unfailingly generous with his time and energy. COBOLdinosaur, AKA Cd&, is a classic EE member. He joined in May, 2000, looking for answers -- and never left. He recently went over the 1,000,000 point level himself, joining an elite group, and has never wavered in his addic... er... devotion to EE.
Your questions and solutions Featured Experts
Still open: Displaying intermediate page/image while processing request by jsp code
Cd&: The kind of things we get now as developers struggle trying to deploy GUI client server apps to the web with a browser interface. I end up moving a lot of them to other TAs because the problems are in the way the underlying app works. There is a big trend to this kind of conversion and the Web Dev TA is right in the middle of it, with some of the best multi-skilled experts anywhere.
Points: 100
04/16/2004 03:45AM PDT
Can you help?

Self.opener and innerHTML
mplungjan: This is one of those questions in which everyone adds a little something to the solution.
Date: 08/29/2003 06:13PM PDT
View the solution

Still open: XML Parsing
mplungjan: We run across this kind of question all the time, it seems. VBScript and javascript are similar, but they're not the same, so knowing how to make the right one work can make all the difference in the world.
Points: 250
04/18/2004 02:21PM PDT
Can you help?

Artistic side of web site development
Cd7: Good collaboration, a great comment by webwoman (I think that should have got the points) and a link to a site where the use of CSS is absolutely beautiful. It is the kind of Q I love because it gets the experts involved in teaching, not just posting possible solutions.
Points: 250
Date: 03/09/2004 09:50AM PST
View the solution

8 Tips for Designing a Great Website
This article appeared a few days ago in Site Pro News. While the site is pretty heavily commercialized, and some of the articles are a little self-serving for their authors, they also come up with a view nice things every so often.
Date: 03/24/2004 04:43PM PST
Read the entire article

  pepsichris
Cd& on pepsichris:"The lastest newbie to break through in Web Dev by getting his first Cert on the site in the Web Dev TA. Chris will work out fine. He does get it." Coming from an old curmudgeon like Cd&, high praise indeed.
Login Name: pepsichris
Registration Date: April 24, 2003
Expert Points: 101072
Certificates: Master, Web Development

devic
mplungjan on devic:"devic knows his material. He also posts his 'Link of the Day' -- sometimes amusing, usually entertaining, and always informative."
Login Name: devic
Registration Date: August 26, 2003
Expert Points: 537793
Certificates: Sage, Javascript

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Nata's Corner: Strange Sounds
My mother-in-law called me the other day to ask me what that "clicking sound" coming from the back of her computer was. She said it wasn't coming from her hard drive -- but she wondered what it might be.

There are two fans, and usually the clicking sound is a sign that one of them is about to give up the ghost. One of the fans is in your power supply -- it will probably keep on cliking until the power supply stops ticking, at which point you replace it and move on (don't even think about fixing it). I've seen power supplies click for months, or even years, but it can get annoying. On the other hand, if it's your CPU fan, your problem can become a lot more serious a lot more quickly.

If you hear a strange clicking, shut down your computer, and wait until it has completely cooled down. Then take the cover off, turn the computer on, and see if you can figure out which fan is making all the racket. If it's the little one on your CPU, shut the computer down and go visit your local computer store NOW, because if you fry your CPU, you'll be visiting them later and spending a lot more money.

And don't think for a minute that running your computer with the cover off will take the place of the fan. The case is designed to pull air through in a given pattern, and without it, the air flow won't be correct, and you can overheat your mother board (or something else) pretty quickly.

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'll be publishing the list of new certificates awarded every issue; what follows is those earned from April 3 through April 16. Thanks for your great work, ameba!
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Sethi
BrianGEFF719
JDettman
rockiroads
Mourdekai
jjafferr
sybe
deighc
Slimshaneey
mouatts
brgivens
Lee_Nover
devic
lil_puffball
bobbit31
LucF
mmarinov
farsight
dfiala13
chensu
Sys_Prog
khkremer
sunray_2003
Guru
Guru
Master
Sage
Guru
Master
Master
Wizard
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Sage
Guru
Master
Guru
Wizard
Guru
Master
Wizard
Master
Master
Wizard
Visual Basic
Visual Basic
Visual Basic
MS Access
MS Access
MS Access
MS Access
ASP
ASP
ASP
ASP
ASP
Delphi
JavaScript
JavaScript
JavaScript
Windows 2000
.NET
.NET
.NET
C++
C++
C++
Windows XP
LucF
timothyfryer
sunray_2003
sunray_2003
stefri
kfalandays
catchmeifuwant
mdmackillop
Kidego
OneHump
ErikKvK
Yog
jkr
DanRollins
AlexFM
HemanthaKumar
qwaletee
Arunkumar
zvonko
Zvonko
ghassan99
p_partha
jerrith
CRAK
Guru
Master
Master
Wizard
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Sage
Guru
Master
Master
Sage
Guru
Master
Sage
Wizard
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Windows XP
Windows XP
Windows 98
Outlook
Outlook
Outlook
Oracle
Excel
Exchange
Exchange
Exchange
ColdFusion
Win Prog.
Win Prog.
Win Prog.
Lotus Notes/Domino
Lotus Notes/Domino
Lotus Notes/Domino
Lotus Notes/Domino
Lotus Notes/Domino
Lotus Notes/Domino
Lotus Notes/Domino
Lotus Notes/Domino
Lotus Notes/Domino
sjef_bosman
Bozzie4
madheeswar
snocross
scottrma
dfiala13
eternal_21
pseudocyber
Arthur_Wood
Kavar
mlmcc
peter57r
arbert
jadedata
PeteLong
kabaam
LucF
JOrzech
shivsa
What90
Netman66
ozo
kronostm
sunray_2003
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Lotus Notes/Domino
Lotus Notes/Domino
Lotus Notes/Domino
Lotus Notes/Domino
Lotus Notes/Domino
C#
C#
Networking
VB DB
Programming
Programming
Crystal Reports
Databases
Databases
Microsoft Network
Microsoft Network
Desktops
Word
Solaris
Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003
Math & Science
Handhelds/Wireless
Email
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