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The images above, are actual Image Links, and are click-able. Use them to navigate to the sites indicated in the mouse-over pop-ups!

Sometimes, a mouse-click on images will enlarge them

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Image Protection - does it work?

A friend of mine who has recently started his business, which sells valuable prints of his personally owned classic paintings, asked me how to protect photos of the prints, which he has posted to his website.

My answer was that if he posted something to the web, then it was fair game for people to copy. Essentially, if someone really wants to copy something from your site, there's little you can do to prevent it. Once he/she surfs to your site, and a copy of your photo reaches his computer's cache, his Temporary Internet file, he/she's got it - and there's little you can do about it.

Yes, there are ways to make the photos unusable - Watermarking etc, but it can also make them very unattractive for someone's Blog/Website.

You can disable Right-Click - but, as on sitepoint website, Rosemarie Wise, in her very useful article, Don't Disable Right-click, May 11th, 2002, writes ... It's pointless! "If you think disabling right-click will protect your source code or images, think again!...". Rosemarie goes on to explain why. Read it!

Many HTML advisors, and Managers agree wholeheartedly, too.

Enabling the javascript on your computer, the Context Menu becomes inactive. If the Context Menu is inactive, the image can't be cached - unless, as Rosemarie says; "... a visitor only has to turn off JavaScript in their browser's options to be able to ignore the script altogether!"

Disabling javascript works for YOUR computer! Not someone else's. Also, if you disable right-click - you lose that functionality too! Read more of Rosemarie's article.

Someone, wrote and recommended deleting the <a href="...."></a> code from the picture code. Well, if it would work, which I don't believe because it would have problems publishing, it would, I think, just put the html script on your post - all over the image - and who wants that?

So, after all is said and done, there may be ways to stop someone copying your images, but there are always ways around it. Governments are also legislating against it. Copyright Law is another area to be considered - but there are ways around that, too.


Sunday, 24 August 2008

Mailing List - Google Groups

Creating a Mailing List is exceptionally easy, when using Google Groups. A mailing list can be used via your BlogSend Address, as a way to send copies of your latest Blog Posts to more than one address allowed by Blogger, for this purpose.

Step1 is to go to Google Groups...and click on Create a Group

Step 2 - after completing the front page, (nine steps to consider) with your preference (subject to availability), click Create a Group.

Step 3 - Your finished Group.

**Once you have completed all screens, and your new Group, you use the Email Address of the GROUP in your BlogSend option on Settings - Email of your Blog.

N.B. - It is polite to ask people before you add their email address to any mailing list - especially, a Group Mailing List! I would even go as far as setting up an additional personal email for myself, using that in the 'To' section, and adding the 'Group' email into the Bcc - just for security of your readers email addresses.


Saturday, 23 August 2008

Email a copy of your Posts - 'BlogSend'

I often see bloggers' questions in the Google/Blogger Help Groups, asking :

"How do I send a copy of my latest posts to my Family, or a friend?"

Well, the answer is simple - Use the BLOGSEND option!

This option is located on the Settings - Email Screen and can be used for sending, by email, copies of your Posts to either, yourself, or anyone else.

It would be sensible to check with the intended recipient first, that they want to be included on your list. Common courtesy doesn't hurt. It is limited to ten (10) addresses.

** BlogSend will only send email to a single address, so multiple addresses entered here will not receive the updates. If you want to send updates to more than one address, you will need to create a mailing list. You can use a service such as Google Groups to do this. Then just enter the mailing list address in the BlogSend setting.


Saturday, 9 August 2008

Linking another site to your Blog Posts?

The Basic (Hyperlink) Link...

When you want to LINK to a specific site's URL, you need to Highlight where, in your post, you want to link it to, which I have done, then add the URL for that other site.

For example, in the next image, if I was going to link to the text 'URL' in the above paragraph. I would:
1) 'highlight' those letters, 'URL', then,
2) click on the 'LINK' button on the Toolbar - (next to colour selection).

Knowing what the URL of the intended site is,

3) add the URL into the 'pop-up' box, (see following image), and
4) check the http:// is in the address,
5) Test that the link works then
6) click OK.

PUBLISH your post when you are satisfied! Always check your links, too. Easy!

For more information on what you can do with Hyperlinks, and various types of links, don't forget to see: BLOGGER HELP.


Friday, 8 August 2008

Comments Moderation

Once you place a Blog Post on the Internet, unless you have disabled Comments, you could get 'Good' comments - and 'Bad' comments. Remember, apply the 80/20 rule, when it comes to Readers.

So, how do you 'vet' comments? You can't pick, or choose particular individuals who can, or can't comment. You can choose which Posts have comments, and which Posts don't. So your choices are limited to :-

Who can Comment?

  • Which Posts do, or don't have comments: - to 'Allow', or not to 'Allow' - see Post Options (Image below).
  • Which Blogs do, or don't have comments enabled.
  • 'No-One'. - Drastic, but still, a choice.
  • 'Anyone'
  • 'Registered Users'
  • 'Users with Google Accounts', or
  • 'Only members of this blog'.

You can also choose which of the comments you receive, will be Published on your Blog, and which ones won't be. That's simple - select Comments Moderation on the Settings - Comments screen. That way, you'll get either, an email informing you that a new comment has been left, and is awaiting Moderation for inclusion on your Blog, or you can moderate the comments from your Dashboard. This is the smart thing to do.

Of course, you can tell your Readers that you have Comment Moderation enabled, by inserting a notice in the actual Comments Box...

There are also many places that you can turn comments ON or OFF. Show them, or Hide them. Settings is always the best place. I'm sure many Bloggers are not even aware of the Settings screens!

Incidentally. you can change the 'Comments' to, say, 'Visitors' Thoughts', or 'Messages', on the Edit Blog Post Page Element box (above).

Now you don't have to worry about Unwanted Comments appearing on your Blog. Do you?

Blogger now has automatic filtering of Comment SPAM - at least with your participation. see: new comments moderation system on the Real Blogger Status blog.

See also:Comments - FAQ


Thursday, 7 August 2008

Banned from Blogger Help Groups

This is NOT a nice thing to 'wake-up' to at 06.00am on a Thursday.

Why? What have I done? Was someone offended by the truth, and complained? Was it a mistake? Probably.

Email reply from Blogger ...

"... Grumpy1,

I'm still not sure how the heck you were banned, but please accept my
sincere apologies on behalf of the Blogger Team! you are now whitelisted and can continue to post.

We really appreciate all the hard work that you put into the group :-)

The Blogger Team"

Well, I am back on the air - again, but still wondering why. Thanks to my Blog*Star mate, Nitecruzr, and the omnipotent one, 'G' (Gatsby). However, some functions are still not available to me, although I can still post replies to the threads questions.

I can access the Group, but the Blogger Help Group, per se, is NOT amongst the Groups on 'My Groups' and the 'Edit Membership' option does not appear - only the 'Join this Group' option. Which indicates to me, that I am NOT a member. The above notice is displayed when I try to Join.


Friday, 1 August 2008

Copyright and your blog

DISCLAIMER: - The author of this post, Roberto, is neither a qualified Lawyer, nor a victim of stupidity, in relation to Copyright infringement. He just looked up the rules! So...

When using quotations from a known source, or directly from a reference, it is imperative that you follow certain rules of Copyright, Courtesy, and also, avoid Plagiarism.

Nothing would be simpler, than to be able to write anything someone else tells you, or whatever someone else wrote. But, someone may be quoted incorrectly – leading to a lawsuit for Libel, or slander, or maybe written about, and put in a bad light, resulting in a lawsuit for vilification.

So, to be on the safe-side, hone-up on the laws, and become aware of what you can and can’t do. No-one wants to go to court – except a Lawyer!

Remember, also, the Copyright Laws vary from Country to Country. What may be OK in My Town, Malaysia, isn’t OK in Your Town, USA!

** N.B. Read it carefully!

The following articles can be found on the Heldman Learning Resource Centre website search page.

The following is a summary from that website article:-

1. Quotations must be identical to the original source, and using a 'narrow segment' of the source. They must match the source document verbatim and must be referenced to the original writer.
2. Paraphrasing is compiling a passage from source material into your own words. A paraphrase must also be referenced to the original source. Paraphrased material is usually shorter than the original work, taking a wider look at it whilst condensing it somewhat.
3. Summarizing involves putting the main idea(s) into your own words, including only the main point(s). Once again, it is necessary to reference ideas to the original writer. These are generally very much shorter than the original, yet succinct in detail.

It is also extremely sensible to view and read, Disclaimers, Privacy Statements and Use Agreements, before using certain information. This will divert you from making BIG mistakes and being made to pay through legal wrangles.

Remember this! - If you are unsure, or worried about infringing copyright, DON’T PRINT IT!

Related articles on the following sites…

"10 Big Myths about Copyright explained"

"Copyright Issues"

Good reading!