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*** Welcome to The Virtual School House Vance!
Vance: @64,64 !It's Vance
Ying-Lan: @64,64 !It's Ying-Lan
Vance: I've just downloaded your Word file.
Ying-Lan: ^It is too long to read.
Vance: I'm having a look at it now.
Ying-Lan: ^o.k. I wait.
Vance: I'm saving some other work I was doing. I'm getting it now.
Ying-Lan: ^Vance, your work is more important than me.
Vance: It's nice. It has pictures.
Vance: Sorry to take some time. I was just looking it over.
Ying-Lan: ^I am back
Vance: I was just enjoying your story.
Ying-Lan: ^Do you know my words?
Ying-Lan: ^I mean it is not so good.
Vance: I have your Word document here in a window on my computer.
Vance: I can't read it carefully right now and chat at the same time.
Vance: But I'll read it and correct the grammar.
Ying-Lan: ^Do you want to get another file with pictures?
Vance: I think to put it on the web, we'll have to have the original pictures.
Vance: That is, the jpeg files ...
Vance: Why don't you start a web page with it?
Ying-Lan: ^Vance, I have one question with word.
Ying-Lan: ^I can not put the words aroung my pictures.
Ying-Lan: ^I know the funtion key, but it doesn't work.
Vance: What do you mean: words around your pictures?
Vance: Do you mean "word wrap?"
Ying-Lan: ^It's hard to say.
Ying-Lan: ^let me think
Vance: Do you mean: You want to put the picture in a column in the document.
Vance: And you want the words to wrap around the picture?
Vance: Like in a newspaper?
Ying-Lan: ^Absoulte right.
Vance: You can do it in Word, but if you want to put it on the web like that, that's hard.
Ying-Lan: ^How could you do?
Vance: Let me look at Word for a minute ...
Vance: My computer is very slow. I have too many programs running ...
Vance: Have you got Word running?
Vance: There's Format / Columns ...
Ying-Lan: ^I know where it is. but it is gray and it doesn't work. I don't know why it is closed.
Ying-Lan: ^My word program is in Chinese.
Vance: You mean Columns is gray under "format"?
Ying-Lan: ^The funcion key is Chinese.
Ying-Lan: ^How to open it?
Vance: This is going to be hard. I don't know. Have you tried hi-lighting some characters?
Ying-Lan: ^it is not cloumn, it is picture.
Vance: Let's try making some text in two columns and inserting the picture in one of the columns.
Ying-Lan: ^I see.
Ying-Lan: ^I will do it after class.
Ying-Lan: ^Did you enjoy Christmas in UAE?
Vance: I'm trying it now.
Vance: Yes. My eldest son is visiting from California.
Vance: What about you?
Ying-Lan: ^You must had a good Christmas.
Vance: You must have had ...
Ying-Lan: ^Family is very import for live.
Ying-Lan: ^You must have had a good Christmas.
Vance: Yes, we try to get together at Christmas. My son is only 20. Still a baby.
Ying-Lan: ^Vance, he only is 20 years old.
Ying-Lan: ^He is very young.
Vance: My other son is 13.
Ying-Lan: ^I am 35 years old. Sometimes, I like a child.
Ying-Lan: ^I am easy to be angry.
Ying-Lan: ^Just being myself.
Vance: The most successful person in life is the one who stays a child the longest.
Vance: I can't seem to get text to go around a picture in a column.
Vance: There should be a way to do it.
Ying-Lan: ^Do you use "Front page" to edit your home page?
Vance: I have used it, but I didn't like it. I have a copy, but now I don't use it.
Vance: Do you use it?
Ying-Lan: ^Not yet
Ying-Lan: ^I don't know how to use it.
Ying-Lan: ^I tried to read the help file.
Vance: Some teachers here use Hot Metal. They say it's very good.
Ying-Lan: ^It is difficult for me.
Ying-Lan: Ht metal
Ying-Lan: ^I have no "Hot metal"
Vance: Hot Metal. I can find the web site.
Ying-Lan: ^Is it free to down load?
Vance: You can get a trial version. After that you pay something.
Vance: I'm at http://www.sq.com/products/hotmetal/
Vance: sq stands for SoftQuad.
Vance: Do you have a web browser going?
Ying-Lan: ^i am at the web site
Ying-Lan: ^Is it easy to learn?
Vance: I'm doing the download, as long as I'm here.
Vance: I think it's easy to learn.
Vance: As long as you're browsing, why not go to geocities.com and start a web site?
Ying-Lan: ^What does "Deliver the Sizzle " mean?
Vance: Sizzle is the sound of grease cooking, like bacon.
Vance: It implies heat, energy ...
Ying-Lan: ^Which one I choice?
Ying-Lan: ^I choice which one?
Vance: What are the choices? (I don't know where you are)?
Vance: Hotmetal Pro 5.0
Vance: At products/hotmetal/ click on download
Ying-Lan: ^how much money I have to pay ?
Vance: Would you like to visit the Geocities site while I'm here? I could help you set up a web page.
Ying-Lan: ^i can not find the price
Vance: Yeah, why not?
Maggi: @64,64 !It's Maggi
Vance: Hey Maggi. I've just invited YL to browse over to Geocities and set up a web site.
Vance: Hey, how was your hot date?
Maggi: Ok...go ahead...oh that was fabulous!!!!!!!
Maggi: Hi Ying!
Ying-Lan: ^Let's go to web head first!
Vance: To web head?
Ying-Lan: ^I am here.
Vance: At the webheads page?
Vance: OK, and what are you looking for there?
Maggi: Hey...verys nice!!!!!!
Vance: YL's page is the best.
Ying-Lan: ^I don't know where is the gate of geocitie.com?s'
Vance: Oh, btw, Hot Metal is 99 pounds according to their web site.
Maggi: 99 pounds in weight or price?
Maggi: what do you get for 99 pounds?
Ying-Lan: ^Hot matal
Vance: Hey, I just told their web page I was in the states, and they quoted me 99 dollars. That's quite a diffenence.
Maggi: I think I will pass...
Vance: difference ...
Maggi: big difference Vance,...
Ying-Lan: ^A kind of progam helps people to make home pages.
Maggi: get them down to 99 marks...
Vance: If you order it, when it asks "Which country are you visiting from?" be sure and select USA.
Ying-Lan: ^I don't think it is helpful.
Vance: For Germany it's 259 DM.
Maggi: I am still a little nervous ordering online except from Amazon.com
Vance: How much is that in dollars?
Ying-Lan: ^They will collect GBP99 from my credit account.
Vance: I've had good luck so far with online ordering.
Maggi: too much...I'll wait for the Euro...:-)
Ying-Lan: ^me too.
Vance: We have to do it because we can't get a lot of things here otherwise.
Ying-Lan: ^To do what?
Maggi: true...handy then isn't it Vance?
Vance: Anyway I'm just visiting geocities.com ... are you there?
Maggi: I am...
Vance: We have to shop online ...
Ying-Lan: ^I am here to shop on line?
Ying-Lan: ^Who is the ovner of Geocities?
Maggi: Shopping for English maybe ... not more!
Vance: A lot of quality things I am used to from home are not available in the UAE, so I shop online.
Maggi: Such as Vance>>>>>>>>?
Ying-Lan: ^Postage is very expensive.
Maggi: Peanut butter?
Maggi: I could send you a care package!
Ying-Lan: ^Last week, I ordered a book only 2.65 but I have to pay 8.65 including postage fee.
Maggi: With Amazon.com they have an agreement with a publishing company here in Germany Ying.
Ying-Lan: ^Vance, There is not butter peanut in UAE?
Vance: Here in the UAE, you'd have to pay $10 for the book anyway.
Maggi: I get the books shipped from a warehouse here and they come in a couple of days.
Vance: Actually, we get most common things. It's specialized things, like caving equipment ...
Maggi: well...no wonder Vance!
Vance: btw, I'm at http://www.geocities.com/join - That's the starting point
Ying-Lan: ^DHL just lost my book and tape ...
Maggi: How many caves do you crawl around in....?
Vance: Check out http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Olympus/4631/archcave.htm
Ying-Lan: ^I ordered the package by DHL World mail.
Maggi: ok...I am at join...
Ying-Lan: ^Where is join?
Vance: Do you want to do this too, Maggi?
Ying-Lan: ^I am at geocities.com/join/
Maggi: this looks really interesting...
Vance: OK. Choose Free Home page program
Vance: Maybe I'll start a new one while I'm at it.
Ying-Lan: ^One more question, Is it necessary to accept the cookies?
Vance: Now we've got to fill out the form
Maggi: If I do this I will have a new home, won't I?
Vance: You can try to decline the cookies and only except them if you have to.
Vance: Are you already at Geocities, Maggi?
Vance: Yeah, try reject.
Maggi: Yes, at the place to fill out the form...
Vance: I mean, do you already have a homepage there?
Maggi: if I fill it out I will...no I don't yet...
Maggi: I am behind Vance...
Maggi: never had the time...
Maggi: guess I should make the leap!
Vance: You can fill out the form. If you start a page and don't move in, they just delete your acct. after a couple of weeks.
Vance: Anyway, it's free.
Maggi: Ok...it is time I do something...filling it out now!
Ying-Lan: ^What is membername?
Ying-Lan: ^May I use "yinglan"?
Vance: That's a good choice
Vance: I just hit the "I agree" button
Vance: Is anyone at the yes/no page yet?
Maggi: So did I...
Maggi: My member name is not valid...
Maggi: That means someone else has it right?
Vance: could be
Maggi: can you believe someone else uses mad...?!
Vance: A lot of angry people in the world ...
Maggi: now I have some special offers page...
Vance: I just decline everything, up to you ...
Maggi: or crazy people!!!!!!!!
Vance: I'm ready to hit Submit at that page. How are you coming YL?
Maggi: ok...now I am at interests...
Vance: Are you still with us YL?
Ying-Lan: ARe you here?
Vance: Where are you now?
Ying-Lan: ^I am at geocities.com/cgi-bin/homestead/new.app
Vance: OK. Maggi and I just say no to everything.
Maggi: me too...interests...#
Vance: And tthen we hit Submit.
Vance: For interests, I wrote "many and varied"
Vance: I guess you could put in some key words if you want.
Ying-Lan: ^I typped "Nothing"
Vance: Good one, YL.
Maggi: Seems I need to choose a neighborhood...
Vance: Have you reached Submit yet?
Ying-Lan: ^I selected "tavel"
Vance: Yeah, you can be doing that because sometimes you have to search around for a vacant "Homestead"
Maggi: I don't see where you can type something in for interests...
Vance: That was before the special offers page
Maggi: well...I picked the tropics...
Ying-Lan: ^maggi, I also click "tropic"
Maggi: I am moving in to Paradise 4914 in the tropics...
Vance: Good. That was the only choice. I'm searching for a vacant lot.
Maggi: ok...now I have to download a new browser...
Vance: I just got through. Did you?
Maggi: I still only have Navigator gold 3.0
Vance: Download 4.5
Maggi: I will come back later to build...
Maggi: this could be fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ying-Lan: ^This is my URLhttp://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Island/7915/
Vance: Yeah, that was the hard part.
Vance: Good. Next thing you have to do is upload a file using the file manager
Ying-Lan: ^How to do?
Vance: Let me find the url for you.
Ying-Lan: ^Nothing inside
Vance: Go to this url: http://www.geocities.com/members/tools/file_manager.html
Vance: You might want to bookmark that url.
Vance: You can't use it just yet.
Vance: But you'll want to come here later: http://www.geocities.com/members/tools/file_manager.html
Vance: Geocities will now email you a password.
Maggi: Hey, I'm getting the hang of this.
Ying-Lan: ^I got it.
Vance: You got the password?
Ying-Lan: ^I am a member of geocities.com now
Vance: Great. OK, you can enter the file manager.
Ying-Lan: ^My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Vance: Go to that url and press the Enter the File Manager button.
Vance: You will be asked for your user name and password.
Vance: Your user name is yinglan and your password is whatever they sent you.
Maggi: sorry, I accidently clicked on the films...
Vance: Here's what you have to do next:
Vance: When you visit your new url, you will see the file index.html by default.
Vance: Geocities created an index.html file for you. If you put in your url you'll see it.
Vance: What you want to do now is replace that file with your own, which has to be called index.html
Vance: So you create a little web site. The introductory page to your site is called index.html. And you just upload the files to your server space using the file manager.
Vance: I make my web sites in ms Word. I just start a document, save it as html, and link it to other documents.
Maggi: a whole lot easier than I thought!!!!!!!!!!
Ying-Lan: ^I have to download tools before I build my homepage.
Vance: Now you know the secret.
Maggi: I love secrets:-)))
Vance: No, you just need Word. But with tools you can make it better. but you don't need them.
Vance: Me, I don't use any tools.
Maggi: A man with gifted hands!!!!!
Ying-Lan: ^Is it necessary to do it now?
Vance: Geocities has some nice tools though. I've played with the. I use their counter, for example.
Ying-Lan: ^To build my homepage now?
Vance: No, you have a couple of weeks to move into your site.
Vance: You have to send something up there in a couple of weeks.
Ying-Lan: ^How to move in? Page by page?
Maggi: I have a program I bought in the US to learn Java and building web pages....just never had the time...
Vance: Page by page. Step by step.
Ying-Lan: ^maggi, you are busy.
Maggi: I love it though...I could really get into this!!!!!!!!!
Ying-Lan: ^Or to transport file by file?
Vance: If you want, you can use what I've made for you at webheads.
Vance: Just open your pages, save your files to disk, rename the first one index.html, make sure the others link back to index.html, and upload them.
Maggi: I'll make you proud Vance...
Ying-Lan: ^First, I have to read these explain
Vance: Then you can add the composition you just sent me (after I correct it) and include the picture.
Vance: the pictures.
Ying-Lan: ^But I am waiting your correction.
Vance: Right. And if you have any trouble, we can meet next week and sort it out.
Vance: Or you can just email me.
Vance: I can't wait to see your new site, Maggi.
Ying-Lan: ^me, too
Maggi: Well...give me a week to tweak it around...
Vance: When you upload files, make sure you get all the picture files, backgrounds, bullets ...
Ying-Lan: ^You can do it on your vacaton.
Vance: Best thing is to open a folder and save all your work to one folder.
Ying-Lan: ^one folder?
Maggi: good idea.
Vance: That way if files get put there without your knowing it, they'll be in the folder.
Maggi: otherwise I have this habit of losing things...
Ying-Lan: I see
Vance: Yeah, make a folder and then use it for all your web page files, and no other files.
Vance: Because backgrounds, any images are all separate files.
Maggi: practical idea...
Vance: You need them all to make your web page work.
Maggi: I think I will let my son help me...:-)
Maggi: this could be really fun!!!!!!!!!!
Vance: It is, until it starts consuming your life ...
Vance: No seriously, it's great fun.
Maggi: By then I have to go back to work and he can take over!
Vance: Yeah. Guys, I gotta go. My son is visiting from the USA.
Ying-Lan: ^Thanks, Vance
Ying-Lan: ^Thanks for your instructions.
Vance: My pleasure. I feel we used the time well.
Ying-Lan: ^it is time to say bye
Maggi: Thanks so much Vance...
Vance: Any questions, just email me.
Maggi: enjoy him!!!!!!!
Ying-Lan: ^I will.
Vance: And I'll correct your composition, YL.
Maggi: bye Vqance...I have to go cook a turkey...
Vance: OK. Bye for now. ho ho ho ho ...
Ying-Lan: ^You know I need them to build my homepage
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