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Here's a comment recently posted to the "Build Your Own Job" post:


Posted by Anonymous on September 19, 2006 10:09

Hi, I can't figure out how to get rid of these items on the side of the page ------------------------> when they're covering up other text. Please advise.


First, I'd like to thank Joella for actually reading this page, and I thank all the rest of you, too. Both of you. Now, I hear these kinds of comments nearly everyday where I work; it's part of my job. Computers have changed the way many of us interact with the world and that would be a far better thing if computers (and the software that runs them) could be depended upon to work like, say, a refrigerator. Your refrigerator sits there calmly making cold air for years on end without maintenance of any kind (save cleaning, one would hope). Try that with a computer. The problem Joella alludes to (which I could not reproduce) is probably due to the "version" of her chosen browser, which I further assume to be Internet Explorer. For the uninitiated, let me say this about Internet Explorer: Please stop using it. Download Firefox now. You will get used to the slightly different interface within minutes and will save your computer exposure to countless bad things. Those of us who dabble at HTML, which is the programming language of the world wide web, know that getting your web pages to look exactly the same no matter what browser is looking at it is nigh on to impossible. It's similar to what might happen if television broadcast had never been standardized. You'd need a different television to watch each channel.

So, I don't know why the stuff on the right side of the page is covering up the text. I can't get it to do that with the two browsers I have (yes, IE is one of them). If this question were posed to me by, say, my boss, I'd take the time and effort to figure it out. But from Ventura, I can't see what Joella is seeing. As with so many other things in life, it's every man and woman for himself or herself. And Microsoft against everybody.

By the way, if it sounds like I've taken offense at Joella's comment, please chalk it up to my imperfect writing abilities. In fact, I'm always interested in what other people discover when they're using their computers. Strangely, I've always had a fascination for computing, and now it is a big part of my job. Besides letting me do what I enjoy, it has also been quite a character-building process, as those of you who know me well can easily guess. Thanks again, Jody.