What started out as a simple utilization of the "encapsulation
and aggregation of data" concept promised by the .mht file extension
turned out to be a pioneering effort in making it work. Thus the
process below is more cumbersome than seems to be required but it does
work. However, it seems now, after further work, that the reason for
the difficulties are because of certain security restraints in Windows
XP, SP2 which open the newly created web page in an "unknown zone" web
page but open the emailed version in an "Internet" web page. The former
inhibits all links; the latter permits full acces to all of the data.
Thus, what we did was properly done but SP2 prohibited us from viewing
it. Note that the security setting for the page that you are viewing
appears in the lower right hand corner of your screen.
a Single Archive File
last meeting we discussed creating a file that allowed us to pop-up
names of individuals as we pointed to them and link to a data file
(such as a genealogy) if we clicked on them but saving the
as an .htm (data archive file) file did not include the linked
data as we felt it
should. But the file can be manually edited to include that data, thus
combining everything in one complete file that can be emailed or
First, prepare your
file and the linked pages as shown at our previous
meeting . Save
the completed page in Internet Explorer as an archive (mht) file. (Note
that other browsers do not have this capability). Open the file that
you just saved in either Notepad or Wordpad. Find the first paragraph
that has the boundary in it and swipe across that entire paragraph and
press CTRL-C to copy it. Navigate down the page to the bottom (this may
take a while because the code for your image is in place). Before the
final boundary marker (the final marker ends with --) press ENTER a
couple of time and then press CTRL-V to paste in what you copied above.
Add a couple of ENTERs and repeat this for each person in the photo
that has a data file.
Open another Wordpad or Notepad and open the file for
the first person.
Select MENU/SELECT ALL. Press CTRL-C and then go back to the .mht file
and insert the data you just copied after the first boundary that you
just added. Repeat for each person in your photo.
Go back to the top of the page and find the first
"Content-Location" reference. Replace the entire reference
"thismessage" (include the quotation marks). For each subsequent
"Content-Location" entry, delete everything up to and including the /
before the person's name. leaving the beginning quotation marks. For
each line that begins"href" delete from the beginning quotation mark up
to and including the"/" before the name. For each "Content-Location"
reference after the image, enter just the file name as in
the file making sure that is saved with the .mht extension.
Now you have a bona-fide "Encapsulated Aggregated
Document", an .mht
file containing the entire
data set in one file. The only drawback here is that it doesn't work.
So open "Outlook Express" and send yourself an email and attach the
file that you just created. (If you don't want to send it, just click
"Send Later" and open or save it from the Outbox folder). Now it
works!! You can click on the file
and do SAVE AS and save the file for archiving or sending to relatives.
Do not, however, open the file in Internet Explorer and save it that
way. You go back to square one. Open it in IE or any other browser
but just close the browser without re-saving the file. Also,
do not open the file in either Notepad or Wordpad and then re-save it.
You may open it to look at it but close it without saving. Don't ask me
why; it just doesn't work!!
Check them out here.
File before mailing. File after mailing.
some new items that are worthy of discussion.
If you want a
more secure browser, email with a built in Spam filter and and/or a web
page designer try going to www.mozilla.org.
They offer three free
programs that are worth a try. use them and if you like them make them
your default programs. You can still keep Outlook Express and IE in
case you need them in the future. The three programs are; the
Thunderbird email program, Mozilla Firefox browser and Nvu
page author (that's how I did this page).. Nvu is not "Envy You" but
"New View".. At least so sayeth Mozilla. Note that Mozilla is an
organization dedicated to producing (open source) software through
volunteer group effort and all of the above is free. You can
learn more by going to their site.
If you are in the market for a DVD burner, be aware
that several new
burners more than double the amount of data that can be stored. If you
need the additional space, check them out. But that also means that the
traditional standard versions may be at reduced prices.
Google is a good way to search for anything but there
techniques that help a genealogy search. Joan suggested this site which
she got from the Kinseekers newsletter. It uses Google but helps in
formatting search requests to get the most out of them.
Since it uses
Google you could just copy the first page and enter the data into
Google yourself using the search techniques shown in each search box..
is rather benign you may want to use that in your ancestor searches.
Privacy Policies should be read every time you
encounter a new site.
When you get email that has dancing bears and other complicated graphic
messages, they weren't all done for free. The motive is to put SPYWARE
on your computer. If someone sends you dancing gorillas, go
but scroll to the end of the message and see if anyone took credit for
it. If so, go to their page and scroll to the bottom to see if they
us---" and they they tell you how they're going to add 1 pixel x 1
pixel iinvisible images to your display so that they can see what
you're doing. Use the free Spybot or Ad Aware or buy a
But this is getting serious.
This site is a link to all of the state archives. Some
have more data
online than others but it's a good place to start if you're researching
someone from a given state.www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=6365&o_iid=831&o_lid=831&o_it=831
involves nothing more than connecting two or
together so that they can share some or all of their data. Most
computers today have networking built-in. older ones may need to add a
network card. Cards and other devices meet one or more network
standards: 802b or 802g among others. 802b is slower than 802g but
adequate for most needs. 802 g can talk to both 802b and 802g devices.
Network devices transmit data on pin 2 of the connector and receive
data on pin 3. Thus if you connect two devices together it's
like mouth-to-mouth and ear-to-ear; you need a CROSSOVER cable to swap
pins 2 and 3. If you insert a HUB in the network, the crossover
function is fulfilled by the hub and you use a straight through
cable. You can use a crossover cable to connect two computers together
and a hub to connect more than two or to connect two together with a
ROUTER and cable or DSL modem for a high speed connection. Four port
routers have the hub built in. Start by going to the
CONTROL PANEL and select NETWORK SETUP WIZARD. Then click on
the CHECKL:IST FOR CREATING A NETWORK. Carefully review each
step and click on the definitions and descriptions for each step in the
right hand column. The term ETHERNET refers to the standard network
connection on your Desktop or laptop computer. After you're familiar
with the terms and have identified your hardware, proceed with the
wizard. If your desktop has a modem and you want to connect
two or more computers to the Internet through that, choose option 1. If
you will connect to the Internet through an external modem, select
option 2 and if you don't want to connect the network to the Internet,
select 3. Choose NEXT and enter data asked for if it is not already
present. Choose NEXT and accept MSHOME as the network name unless you
have a reason not to. Choose NEXT. Select File and Printer
sharing if it is not already selected. This allows anyone on the
network to view and edit files on your computer and that includes
anyone on the Internet as well. You may want to select what files to
share and leave the rest unshared. Choose NEXT. If another
computer that you want to set up doesn't have Windows XP. choose either
to create a disk or use your Windows XP disk on the computer. Go
through the same procedure on that computer making sure you use the
same network name (MSHOME or whatever you chose).
The only files that you can share are those that you
to share. For instance, go to My Computer and right click on C: and
select SHARING and SECURITY and confirm that decision on the next
screen to share all of your hard drive. A better way if you are going
to be connected to the Internet is to right click on the folder SHARED
DOCUMENTS and select to share that folder. Drag items or folders to
that folder that you want others to see. Leave all of the rest
un-shared. Go back to the CONTROL PANEL and select PRINTERS AND FAXES.
and right click on the printer you wish to share. Select SHARING from
the dialog box and follow the steps from there.
To connect to a cable or DSL modem, connect the
router (or all computers to the router if you use it in lieu of a hub).
Connect the router to the modem.
If you have a software firewall, either Windows or one
of the others,
you may have to tell the firewall what you are doing. There should be
a setup program with the firewall that asks what connections you want
For a wireless network, you need a WIRELESS ROUTER and
capability on the other computers. Some have it built in; others may
need a wireless card. Connect the desktop computer to the router and
set up the network as above.
For any network configuration, you can add a network
storage device and
hard drive for data storage and backups. One backup device for all of
your computers. Once the network is set up, adding devices like that is