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Updated:   30 Jul 2018 ; 14:30  ET
[Page converted 16 Apr 2013
    original AT&T Worldnet Website begun 30 May 1996.]

URL:  http://sbiii.com/computer.html
[was at "home.att.net/~Berliner-Ultrasonics/computer.html"]

S. Berliner, III
Consultant in Ultrasonic Processing
"changing materials with high-intensity sound"

[consultation is on a fee basis]

Technical and Historical Writer, Oral Historian
Popularizer of Science and Technology
Rail, Auto, Air, Ordnance, and Model Enthusiast
Light-weight Linguist, Lay Minister, and Putative Philosopher

note - The vast bulk of my massive Web presence (over 485 pages) had been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996; they dropped WorldNet effective 31 Mar 2010 and I have been scrambling to transfer everything.  Everything's saved but all the links have to be changed, mostly by hand.  See my sbiii.com Transfer Page for any updates on this tedious process.

S. Berliner, III's


Computer Page


"Y2K is gone and past;
now, who's the biggest fool at last?
My 486 (which failed the tests) and my Pentium both rolled over OK!

I have a problem to work out here; I THOUGHT using an "&" and a ";" around a statement character made it inoperable and visible; it didn't work!  I will switch to ISO 8859-1 characters such as "& gt ;" for ">" and "& lt ;" for "<"; please bear with me as I get around to it (but see ISO 8859 CHARACTERS).

"Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense." - Gertrude Stein

"Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their ability to retrieve it readily." - S. Berliner, III

(which is why we SEEM as if we were losing our short-term memory,
getting Alsheimer's, or getting senile!)


CREDITS  (where to find HTML and stuff)
COMPUTERS (general)
HTML (moved to its own page on 22 Nov 05)
Special and ISO 8859 CHARACTERS
  ISO 8859-2 MAGYAR (Hungarian) CHARACTERS
        Double-Acute Accented Characters
Line Length
New Windows Error Messages
  DELETE   added (30 Jul 2018)
Screen Size (in Pixels)

This, courtesy of my sister, is SO brilliant I'm breaking with precedent and posting it up front (here AND on my Fun page):   new (15 Jan 2016)

{edited ever-so-slghtly by SB,III}


It was suggested to me that I link you to the pages which were so helpful to me in learning the modicum of HTML I have absorbed.  OK, they are:

        Dr. Mark Bej's Quick Guide to HTML,

        HTML 2.0 Example from Christian Sandvig at UC-Davis,

        Maran Wilson's HTML Quick Reference,

        Personal Web Pages @att.net: HTML Text Editor, which may be unique to AT&T WorldNet users,

        Crash Course in HTML,

        How do they do that with HTML?,

        Help with HTML, and

        Sizzling HTML Jalfrezi - an HTML guide for all tags including frames, forms, image maps, style sheets, tables and much more... .

Of these the first is the most helpful at the most basic level, while the second and third are now my mainstay (none of which explains why some of my local links still aren't working!); and then there is
    Douglas R. Jacobson's fantastic RGB Hex Triplet Color Chart, which you just have to see to believe!

plus another:
    HYPE's Color Specifier for Netscape ver. 3.

I found a whole slew of useful HTML links on InfoSeek.

I also want to thank Barry W. Pase of Barry's Clip Art Server for many of my small images.

HTML Details - I am sure glad that "<b> - - - </b>" is now acceptable in lieu of "<strong> - - - </strong>" for BOLD; it will save a lot of space; now, all we need is a shorter way than "&nbsp;" to create a mandatory character space, such as at the beginning of a line or to give a double space:

("  ").


At the railway museum in Darlington, England, as I walked over to see Locomotion #1, the world's first steam passenger locomotive, I found the full reference to that grand old Welsh town on the southeast coast of the isle of Anglesey off the north coast of Wales, hard by the Menai Bridge, named Llanfair P G for short (to fit railroad timetables and such), on an old (or reproduced) station sign, the full name of which is:
              10        20        30        40        50      58
This is supposedly the longest place name in the world; for the pronounciation and translation, turn to:


Llanfair P G's own village page, which just may have the world's longest URL, as well!

In HTML TABLES, you can format a single cell; does this mean you can reformat a paramecium? {SB,III}

Be sure to see the highly specialized devices at the top of my HOME PAGE and the full coverage of them at ECBS and BOOK.

If you're into computers, you've GOT to see Peter Zale's "Helen, Sweetheart of the Internet" comic strip; if it's not in your paper, get his book, "Techies Unite!" - see ComicsPage and Helen.




File names must obey the following rules:

        Directory and file names must consist of characters from
        "a-z", "A-Z", "0-9", '_'(underscore), '.'(period), '-'(hyphen).
        Directory and file names must not start with '.' or '-'.
        Directory and file names are separated by '/'.

{more tbs}

HTML - moved to its own page 22 Nov 2005)


From my home page comes the ECBS, the Emergency Computer Back-UP System:

Emergency Back-Up System

The ancillary device, the "B.O.O.K" should also be covered here -

Introducing the new Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device, trade-named:


BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology; no wires, no electric circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on.  It's so easy to use, even a child can operate it.  Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere - even sitting in an armchair by the fire - yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as a CD-ROM disc.

Here's how it works:

BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable), each capable of holding thousands of bits of information.  The pages are locked together with a custom-fit device called a binder which keeps the sheets in their correct sequence.  Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows manufacturers to use both sides of the sheet, doubling the information density and cutting costs.  Experts are divided on the prospects for further increases in information density; for now, BOOKS with more information simply use more pages.  Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your brain.  A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet.  BOOK never crashes or requires rebooting, though, like other devices, it can become damaged if coffee is spilled on it and it becomes unusable if dropped too many times on a hard surface, but it is far more durable than all personal computers on the market.  The "browse" feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet, and move forward or backward as you wish.  Many come with an "index" feature, which pin-points the exact location of any selected information for instant retrieval.

An optional "Bookmark" accessory allows you to open BOOK to the exact place you left it in a previous session - even if the BOOK has been closed.  Bookmarks fit universal design standards; thus, a single Bookmark can be used in BOOKs by various manufacturers.  Conversely, numerous BOOK markers can be used in a single BOOK if the user wants to store numerous views at once.  The number is limited only by the number of pages in the BOOK.

You can also make personal notes next to BOOK text entries with optional programming tools, Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Stylii (PENCILS).

Portable, durable, and affordable, BOOK is being hailed as a precursor of a new entertainment wave.  BOOK's appeal seems so certain that thousands of content creators have committed to the platform and investors are reportedly flocking to invest.  Look for a flood of new titles soon.

The foregoing explication was provided courtesy of a relative; it should be considered in light of the following:


The Emergency Computer Back-Up System!

[The ECBS can even be used with BOOK if necessary!]

My younger daughter, the senior computer systems engineer, kindly sent one to me for my birthday and it can be seen in full size and color right at the top of my home page and above.

What's so great about the ECBS is that it can even be used to back up a computer that isn't even functional, let alone turned on or plugged in!

Together with the optional programming tools, Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Styli (PENCILS), these two breakthroughs in technology, ECBS and BOOKs, were just made for each other!

Note, however, the common misconception that PENCILS are more than one stylus; that is an error promulgated by Bull Gates of MicroHard.  They are "stylii".  Do not accept substitutes and never leave home without one!

ECBS is one sharp idea, although the efficacy of the model I received was blunted by lack of a conoidal operating interface.  Also, the connector only has one lead.  A special reconnection device is available; however, clever operators and techs have found that acceptable fixes can be effectuated with a simple pocket knife.

Complete blank Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge systems are also available as pads or single sheets (disks can also be used); use of unformatted BOOK systems minimizes or even obviates the need to use the ECBS "DELETE" function.

Further, in case of erratic power or power surges, the "DELETE" functionality socket is wholly insulated by rubber; there is no possibility of unwanted erasures.

Novices must also beware of unauthorized Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic Intercommunication Language Stylii (PENCILS) which flood the market, especially those put out by Eagle, Eberhard-Faber, Carter, and others; they often turn out to be nothing more than Stylus Programming Alternate Methodologies (SPAM)!

The foregoing explication of ECBS was provided courtesy of SB,III.

For those who consider BOOKs sacrosanct and would never desecrate same but who might wish to delete SPAM PENCILS entries, Pitchford Scientific Instruments Division of the Hankison Corporation of Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania, offer(s)(ed) this Double-ended Emendation Liquidator Erasement-Trasher Equipment, DELETE:   new (30 Jul 2018)

30 Jul 2018 photo by S. Berliner, III

Ain't modern technology wunnerful?

Windows Error Messages - here are the latest Windows Error Messages (from an unattributed e-mail - 22 Mar 08)











Finally, error messages we can understand!

How does one get a transparent background on images?


As of 01 Nov 2008, I was using an 11" x 8" monitor screen so, logically (sez I), if I make a drawing exactly 11" x 8" and lay it out with individual pixels, it should measure 880 x 640 pixels.  So I did and here it is (01 Nov 2008):



Well, I long since (ca. Dec 2011?) switched to an ACER X203H monitor which measures 17½" x 9⅞".  For starters, let's see what 170 x 100 pixels looks like:   new (04 Oct 2017)


and then 1,700 x 1,000 pixels:


Whoa!  ???

170 x 100 comes out to 2.3" x 1.4" on my screen, so let's try 1293.478px [170/2.3 x17.5} x 705.357px {100/1.4 x 9.875}.  It's kinda hard to get 0.478px or 0.357px, so let's settle for 1,293 x 705px:


That's a little better - close but no seegar!  Now for 1,000 x 500px:


O. K.  Try 1,250 x 550:


Oops - forgot to allow for margins - go for 1,150 x 550, eh?  But NOT centered:


Ah!  If that's not perfect, it's certainly close enough - 1,150 x 550 pixels it is for (my) reference.


  What happens to all this when I DIE or (heaven forfend!) lose interest?  See LEGACY.


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