Computer Users’ Group

October 19, 2011

Cookies and Flash Trash

Most everyone is aware of cookies that are deposited on your computer by most every web site that you visit. Many are useful in that they provide immediate information on who you are, what you’ve done before, what you’re interested in and other information that tailors the site to your needs. For sites that you know and trust and visit often, they’re helpful. But many are there just to track where you go. Many of the Internet Security programs such as Norton clean out “Tracking Cookies” when they perform a system scan. Many people just dump all cookies every so often.


In addition to cookies, there’s another tracking threat lurking in the Adobe Flash Player that’s required to view many sites. Few people are aware of tracking data retained there and Joan has asked that we look into it at a CUG meeting.


On November 19, 2008, we covered cleaning junk out of your computer using, among other programs, Ccleaner. We further touched on the use of that free program on November 18, 2009 when it was available on the Pastfinders’ CD. It’s now on the flash drive.


Ccleaner was originally called “Crap Cleaner” but it cleaned itself up. It has several modes of operation; It starts with a choice between cleaning Windows or Applications and chooses Windows to start with. You can select items that you want it to find. I have checked the following boxes: Temporary Internet files, Cookies, Empty Recycle Bin, Clipboard, Memory Dump, Chkdsk File Fragments, Start Menu Shortcuts and Old Prefetch Data. Once you’ve estaablished what you want to remove, click on Analyze to see what the program finds. Then, before you dump everything, click on Options at the bottom of the left column and then choose Cookies. From the cookies shown on your machine, you can choose the ones that you want to save. They will be saved every time that you run the program. Now go back to Cleaner by clicking the Icon at the top of the left column and then click on Run Cleaner at the bottom of the page.


Adding Names and Data to a Photo

On Fenruary 16, 2005 we covered taking a photograph on your computer and making the person’s name appear when you point the that person’s face wih a mouse. That article is here: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flpslc/21605.html . We’ll go through it again with some more detail and updates and show an additional photo of the person beside the name. Perhaps a graduation photo in a much later reunion photo. All of the necessary code is shown following the step by step process. You have to go to the web site and swipe across any code that you want and paste it into Notepad and save it with a name such as Name Template.txt.


You’ll want all of the files that you create to be in one place so start by creating a folder with the name that you want to use. I’ll create one on The C: drive called “Wedding” and the first thing I’ll do is copy the main image file to that folder along with any other images that I want to use.. I’ll also copy each of the template files that I’ll use into that folder.


Then I’ll open the main image called wedding.jpg in Paint. If the image is larger than the screen I click on Resize and try to resize it to fit. Trying 1080 as the horizontal dimension may work. If not, click on Undo and try another number or change the percentage. ClickUndo after each failed attempt rather than continuous resizing. Once you get the size right, position the cursor in the center of a persons face and in the lower left of the screen, note the coordinates and write them down. Move the cursor to the right edge of the face and note the difference between that horizontal reading and what you wrote down. That is the radius. If the people are not crowded together you can make that number a little larger to increase the circle size. Repeat for each person in the photo but you can use the same radius for all unless some are too clos e together.


Then I’ll open the Names Only Template file in notepad and immediately save it as Wedding.htm. You have to click on the arrow next to Text Document .txt and select All Files in order to save a file with any extension other than .txt.


Since there are four people in the photo and only three names listed I’ll swipe across one line and add it as another line. I won’t bother to re-number it.


I’ll change the Name everywhere it appears to Wedding. Next, I’ll Change Name1 to Steve. And swipe across the x,y,r and replace with the coordinates that I recorded. I’ll repeat for Heather, CT and Terry. Then I’ll save the file. Once it has been named, just pressing save will save it.


Then I’ll click on Wedding.htm and have it open in my browser and point to each face. If I have to edit something in the file, I’ll right click on it and select Opens With and I’ll choose Notepad.

Do that each time you want to edit the file. Or better yet, you can minimize it when you look at your browser and re-open by clicking on it in the task bar.


Once you get what you want, you click on Save.


Now we have an image where names pop-up when the face is pointed to. We can open the image in our browser and save it as a single archive file called .MTH. In Internet Explorer click on File/ Save as and choose from the lower drop down box, Web Archive, single file (*.mht) and enter a name In Firefox click on File/ Save Page in Archive as and enter the name. This is a simple way to add names to a photo to keep for yourself or to share with relatives. But we can do more like adding text or an image or both when we click on a persons name.


First, we have to create what it is we want to add. The templates provided with this program will do the job but since our initial program in 2005, almost all wordprocessor programs can create web code (HTML files). Create what you want and, depending on the program, export or publish the file to HTML.We’ll use the templates which are all pre-coded for you. To add an image, use the Image Template to create the code. Open the template and immediately save it as name.htm. Before you add the image name to the template, open it in Paint or other graphics program and click on properties to determine to dimensions in pixels of the image. You may want to resize it so as not to run off of the screen. Add the image name to the template and adjust the width and height to be what you measured.

To add text to the image, open the Text Template and immediately save it as name.htm. Enter the name of the person and replace each word Data with a paragraph about the person. Delete any Data lines not used and add as many more as necessary.


If you want to add an image to the text file, copy and paste the following text in a new line just above the first Data line in the Text Template.


<p align="left"><img src="name.jpg"

        width="343" height="200">p><br>


Enter the name of the photo and change the height and width to match your image.


Now that we’ve created some data to add, let’s see how to add it to the main picture.

For each person in the photo that you want to add something to, add the following line after the person’s name line. Href=”name1.htm”. The name1 should match the name of the file you want insert there. Add it by inserting it before the > at the end of the line. Move the cursor just before the >, press enter then paste in the new text.


So far, the only file that we’ve created that can be saved and mailed as a single archive file is the Names Only file. Everything we’ve done so far, however, can be saved as a Web Page Complete. That does not save it as a single file but as a single folder that can be passed around on a flash drive or posted on a web page on the Internet. Your Internet Service Provider may offer free space and you can get free space from Rootsweb as I have done for my images.


It is possible, however, to take what we’ve done and turn it into a single archive file. If there are many names in the photo this can get very large and difficult to email to those with dial-up service. What has to be done is to add averything that we’ve done into one file. We do that by creating sections where one section would be named Name1, the second section, name2 and so on, each section merely being the code that made up Name1.htm. Each section has to be named and the name included where the href lines are now listed.


Replace each href line with <a href="#name1">mname1</a>

Copy each text or image file and paste it at the end of the text in the main image file. Before the word <head> in each file, add the following:


section

<a name="Name1"></a>

id="Name1"


Where Name1 is the name of the person whom the file is about.


Delete the lines </body> and </html> at the end of the section before what you insert . Leave them at the end of the file.


You can then save the file as a single archive file that can be emailed and opened in most browsers. Although the format was first created in 1999, not all older browsers can open one. My IE 8 on my Windows XP computer can’t open them. Try to test the file on a computer other than the one that created it because links to data on your computer remain in the mht file and may be opened instead, giving you a warm feeling when in fact, an error may exist. I originally assumed that a single archive file would include everything in the folder that was needed but it didn’t include the href links. It worked beautifully on my computer but made a couple of my cousins think I’m crazy.


Names Only Template

Copy the templates by scrolling across to select and then press CTRL-C to copy, open Notepad or similar text program and press CTRL-V to paste it in and save it as a .txt file. Each time tou use it, open it and immediately save it as Name.htm selecting All Files as the format in Notepad. When you are through adding names, save the file and then open it in your browser and save page as Single Archive File if you want to email it. It will have an MHT extension.


 <title>name</title>

</head>

<body> 

<map name="name" id="name"> 

<area title="name1" shape="circle" coords="x,y,r"> 

<area title="name2" shape="circle" coords="x,y,r"> 

<area title="name3" shape="circle" coords="x,y,r"> 

<p align="center"><img style="border: 0px solid ;"alt="" 

 src="name.jpg" usemap="#name"><br>

</p>

</map>


Image Template:

<p align="left"><img src="name.jpg"

        width="343" height="200">p>


Text Template

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">

<html>

<head>

  <meta content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1"

 http-equiv="content-type">

  <title>Name1</title>

</head>

<body>

<table

 style="text-align:center; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 40%; height: 136px;"

 border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2">

  <tbody>

    <tr>

      <td

 style="text-align: center; width: 218px; background-color: rgb(0, 204, 204);">

      <style ="font-weight: bold;"></style><big

 style="font-weight: bold;"><big>name1</big></big><br>

data<br>

data<br>

data<br>

data<br>

 

 

Computer Users’ Group

October 19, 2011

Cookies and Flash Trash

Most everyone is aware of cookies that are deposited on your computer by most every web site that you visit. Many are useful in that they provide immediate information on who you are, what you’ve done before, what you’re interested in and other information that tailors the site to your needs. For sites that you know and trust and visit often, they’re helpful. But many are there just to track where you go. Many of the Internet Security programs such as Norton clean out “Tracking Cookies” when they perform a system scan. Many people just dump all cookies every so often.


In addition to cookies, there’s another tracking threat lurking in the Adobe Flash Player that’s required to view many sites. Few people are aware of tracking data retained there and Joan has asked that we look into it at a CUG meeting.


On November 19, 2008, we covered cleaning junk out of your computer using, among other programs, Ccleaner. We further touched on the use of that free program on November 18, 2009 when it was available on the Pastfinders’ CD. It’s now on the flash drive.


Ccleaner was originally called “Crap Cleaner” but it cleaned itself up. It has several modes of operation; It starts with a choice between cleaning Windows or Applications and chooses Windows to start with. You can select items that you want it to find. I have checked the following boxes: Temporary Internet files, Cookies, Empty Recycle Bin, Clipboard, Memory Dump, Chkdsk File Fragments, Start Menu Shortcuts and Old Prefetch Data. Once you’ve estaablished what you want to remove, click on Analyze to see what the program finds. Then, before you dump everything, click on Options at the bottom of the left column and then choose Cookies. From the cookies shown on your machine, you can choose the ones that you want to save. They will be saved every time that you run the program. Now go back to Cleaner by clicking the Icon at the top of the left column and then click on Run Cleaner at the bottom of the page.


Adding Names and Data to a Photo

On Fenruary 16, 2005 we covered taking a photograph on your computer and making the person’s name appear when you point the that person’s face wih a mouse. That article is here: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~flpslc/21605.html . We’ll go through it again with some more detail and updates and show an additional photo of the person beside the name. Perhaps a graduation photo in a much later reunion photo. All of the necessary code is shown following the step by step process. You have to go to the web site and swipe across any code that you want and paste it into Notepad and save it with a name such as Name Template.txt.


You’ll want all of the files that you create to be in one place so start by creating a folder with the name that you want to use. I’ll create one on The C: drive called “Wedding” and the first thing I’ll do is copy the main image file to that folder along with any other images that I want to use.. I’ll also copy each of the template files that I’ll use into that folder.


Then I’ll open the main image called wedding.jpg in Paint. If the image is larger than the screen I click on Resize and try to resize it to fit. Trying 1080 as the horizontal dimension may work. If not, click on Undo and try another number or change the percentage. ClickUndo after each failed attempt rather than continuous resizing. Once you get the size right, position the cursor in the center of a persons face and in the lower left of the screen, note the coordinates and write them down. Move the cursor to the right edge of the face and note the difference between that horizontal reading and what you wrote down. That is the radius. If the people are not crowded together you can make that number a little larger to increase the circle size. Repeat for each person in the photo but you can use the same radius for all unless some are too clos e together.


Then I’ll open the Names Only Template file in notepad and immediately save it as Wedding.htm. You have to click on the arrow next to Text Document .txt and select All Files in order to save a file with any extension other than .txt.


Since there are four people in the photo and only three names listed I’ll swipe across one line and add it as another line. I won’t bother to re-number it.


I’ll change the Name everywhere it appears to Wedding. Next, I’ll Change Name1 to Steve. And swipe across the x,y,r and replace with the coordinates that I recorded. I’ll repeat for Heather, CT and Terry. Then I’ll save the file. Once it has been named, just pressing save will save it.


Then I’ll click on Wedding.htm and have it open in my browser and point to each face. If I have to edit something in the file, I’ll right click on it and select Opens With and I’ll choose Notepad.

Do that each time you want to edit the file. Or better yet, you can minimize it when you look at your browser and re-open by clicking on it in the task bar.


Once you get what you want, you click on Save.


Now we have an image where names pop-up when the face is pointed to. We can open the image in our browser and save it as a single archive file called .MTH. In Internet Explorer click on File/ Save as and choose from the lower drop down box, Web Archive, single file (*.mht) and enter a name In Firefox click on File/ Save Page in Archive as and enter the name. This is a simple way to add names to a photo to keep for yourself or to share with relatives. But we can do more like adding text or an image or both when we click on a persons name.


First, we have to create what it is we want to add. The templates provided with this program will do the job but since our initial program in 2005, almost all wordprocessor programs can create web code (HTML files). Create what you want and, depending on the program, export or publish the file to HTML.We’ll use the templates which are all pre-coded for you. To add an image, use the Image Template to create the code. Open the template and immediately save it as name.htm. Before you add the image name to the template, open it in Paint or other graphics program and click on properties to determine to dimensions in pixels of the image. You may want to resize it so as not to run off of the screen. Add the image name to the template and adjust the width and height to be what you measured.

To add text to the image, open the Text Template and immediately save it as name.htm. Enter the name of the person and replace each word Data with a paragraph about the person. Delete any Data lines not used and add as many more as necessary.


If you want to add an image to the text file, copy and paste the following text in a new line just above the first Data line in the Text Template.


<p align="left"><img src="name.jpg"

        width="343" height="200">p><br>


Enter the name of the photo and change the height and width to match your image.


Now that we’ve created some data to add, let’s see how to add it to the main picture.

For each person in the photo that you want to add something to, add the following line after the person’s name line. Href=”name1.htm”. The name1 should match the name of the file you want insert there. Add it by inserting it before the > at the end of the line. Move the cursor just before the >, press enter then paste in the new text.


So far, the only file that we’ve created that can be saved and mailed as a single archive file is the Names Only file. Everything we’ve done so far, however, can be saved as a Web Page Complete. That does not save it as a single file but as a single folder that can be passed around on a flash drive or posted on a web page on the Internet. Your Internet Service Provider may offer free space and you can get free space from Rootsweb as I have done for my images.


It is possible, however, to take what we’ve done and turn it into a single archive file. If there are many names in the photo this can get very large and difficult to email to those with dial-up service. What has to be done is to add averything that we’ve done into one file. We do that by creating sections where one section would be named Name1, the second section, name2 and so on, each section merely being the code that made up Name1.htm. Each section has to be named and the name included where the href lines are now listed.


Replace each href line with <a href="#name1">mname1</a>

Copy each text or image file and paste it at the end of the text in the main image file. Before the word <head> in each file, add the following:


section

<a name="Name1"></a>

id="Name1"


Where Name1 is the name of the person whom the file is about.


Delete the lines </body> and </html> at the end of the section before what you insert . Leave them at the end of the file.


You can then save the file as a single archive file that can be emailed and opened in most browsers. Although the format was first created in 1999, not all older browsers can open one. My IE 8 on my Windows XP computer can’t open them. Try to test the file on a computer other than the one that created it because links to data on your computer remain in the mht file and may be opened instead, giving you a warm feeling when in fact, an error may exist. I originally assumed that a single archive file would include everything in the folder that was needed but it didn’t include the href links. It worked beautifully on my computer but made a couple of my cousins think I’m crazy.


Names Only Template

Files made with this template can be saved as MTH files and attached to an email message.


 <title>name</title>

</head>

<body> 

<map name="name" id="name"> 

<area title="name1" shape="circle" coords="x,y,r"> 

<area title="name2" shape="circle" coords="x,y,r"> 

<area title="name3" shape="circle" coords="x,y,r"> 

<p align="center"><img style="border: 0px solid ;"alt="" 

 src="name.jpg" usemap="#name"><br>

</p>

</map>


Image Template:

<p align="left"><img src="name.jpg"

        width="343" height="200">p>


Text Template

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">

<html>

<head>

  <meta content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1"

 http-equiv="content-type">

  <title>Name1</title>

</head>

<body>

<table

 style="text-align:center; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; width: 40%; height: 136px;"

 border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2">

  <tbody>

    <tr>

      <td

 style="text-align: center; width: 218px; background-color: rgb(0, 204, 204);">

      <style ="font-weight: bold;"></style><big

 style="font-weight: bold;"><big>name1</big></big><br>

data<br>

data<br>

data<br>

data<br>