November 1998

Test a web server for software version

And for those who want to find out the version on someone else's system.... :)

telnet 80

(make sure you put a blank line after the HEAD command)

Hand Coloring Photos in Photoshop 5.0

Phillip Greenspan's
Hand Coloring Photos in PhotoShop

page covers versions through 4.0, but the process changed in 5.0.

Version 5.0 of Photoshop added the "History Brush" tool.

Here are the steps in photoshop 5.0

  1. Open your color image.
  2. Take a snapshot of the image (small square at the bottom of the "History Palette")
  3. Select "Desaturate" from the Adjust menu.
  4. Change mode to Greyscale
  5. Change back to RGB
  6. Select the history brush from the tool palette
  7. Set the history brush icon to your snapshot layer
  8. Paint to your heart's content.

I'll drink to that...

A few months ago someone pointed out to a coworker that the following trick or "easter egg" is hidden in Microsoft Word:

  1. Type in "I'd like to kill Bill Gates".
  2. Select the sentence and choose Tools -> Language ->Thesaurus from the menu.
  3. The suggested alternative is "I'll drink to that".

Today it came around again. This time "I'll bet Clinton will resign" was the magic phrase. The result? It's the same. In fact you can get word to do it to any phrase starting with I'll or I'd -- probably anything starting with I' for that matter.

But there's real work to be done.

How Netscape does keywords

Much has been made of the recent additions to Netscape Communicator 4.5. (For more information on this
see Scripting News. In part this is because of Netscape's control over this process. But it is
easy for the small company or others to change the way it works in your business.

In previous versions of Netscape Navigator or Communicator typing a word such as "scripting" in the "Location" field
would whisk one to No longer. Now it takes you to a site of Netscape's (we presume) choosing.i
It does this by using the following URL pattern. If a user types
something that is not in Netscape's database it takes you off to a Netscape, Excite search engine.

Whatever the URL what really happens is that all requests to* return a 302 Error which
is a web server's way of saying a document has "Moved Temporarily" and the new "correct" URL. Here's the output from the scripting URL:


$ telnet 80 Trying Connected to Escape character is '^]'. GET /keyword/scripting HTTP/1.0

HTTP/1.1 302 Moved Temporarily Server: Netscape-Enterprise/3.5.1C Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 22:13:14 GMT Content-type: cgisearch Location:

Changing Keyword Servers in Mac Communicator 4.5

Editor's Note: This is probably not kosher with Netscape's Liscense.

If somebody has good info on how to do this on windows please let me know

How to Change Keyword Servers in Netscape Communicator 4.5

Do this with a copy of Netscape Communicator 4.5. Work only on a copy whenever you're working with resedit.

  1. Launch Resedit
  2. Open a copy of Netscape Communicator with Resedit
  3. Double click on the "Text"
  4. Select the item called "3010" "allprefs" but don't open it
  5. Copy it (command-C)
  6. Switch to BBEdit
  7. Paste (command-V)
  8. Edit the preference line which says pref("",    ""); -- It's near the top.
  9. See the notes about what this does.
  10. Select ALL
    NOTE: Make sure there isn't a blank line at the end of the file. If there is you may have problems with prefs which will likely show up right away as color preference problems.
  11. Copy it (command-C)
  12. Switch back to Resedit
  13. Paste (command-V) into the "Text" table you left open