How To Do It!

Part of the fun of participating in Atheist Nexus is writing posts, blogs and comments, sharing our experiences and what we've read and seen elsewhere on the internet.  The problem comes in that not all of us know our way around the mechanics of manipulating an editing box to get a desired result, or using html tricks to format text in a certain way to get a certain look.

In this group, I hope to give some basic instruction in how to do things like embedding a link in text, inserting a picture or a video, or making other modifications to our contributions to Atheist Nexus.  I also invite others who very likely know far more about html code than I do to offer their tricks of the trade.

The point of all this is to empower anyone who is interested in doing MORE with Atheist Nexus.  I hope this helps, that's all.

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How To - Insert a Picture or Other Graphic

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 6. 24 Replies

We all like kitty-cats, right?  Okay, let's put a kitty-cat in here, to wit:…Continue

Tags: edit, picture, insert

Which Browser is Best? Which Search Engine?

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 26, 2015. 9 Replies

We all have different definition of "best".  Faster / more private / more or less buggy matter to me.I mostly quit Internet Explorer because it's awkward for me.  Also I don't like that Microsoft…Continue

Tags: firefox, opera, yahoo, mercury, safari


Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Sep 9, 2014. 26 Replies

I made the decision last winter that I was somehow going to leave sticky, sluggish, Windows & Microsoft to their viruses, spyware, or whatever else turns them on for charging us more to get rid…Continue

How To - Add a "Link" to Text

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 12, 2014. 30 Replies

You see them all over - those blue letters, sometimes underlined, which allow you to reference another location on Atheist Nexus or elsewhere in internet.  It makes it a lot easier to refer to…Continue

Tags: link, URL

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Comment by Loren Miller on January 24, 2016 at 6:36am

I have a thought as to what may have been going on with Carl's hyperlinks.  In Yahoo mail, if an email is marked as spam, it disables any links it may have, as they may connect to dangerous sites.  If AOL was doing the same thing, that might be what was going on.  In any case, I think you're well served in switching to GMail.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 23, 2016 at 9:26pm

Carl, I think the ghost theory makes as much sense as any idea. Glad you solved the problem; what an inconvenience you faced. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 23, 2016 at 8:16pm

Thanks, Joan. 

I switched my A/N contact email from my AOL account to my Gmail account.  Links in the A/N emails are now working fine on Gmail.

Problem solved. 

(Still don't know why links in A/N emails stopped working on AOL despite all other emails on AOL working normally.  Must be a ghost in my computer machine.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 23, 2016 at 7:53pm

Carl, My links work as usual. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 23, 2016 at 5:34pm

Thanks for letting me know, BB.

I've exhaustively gone through all my email settings at both A/N and home.  Can't imagine why this problem began.  It's been two or three days.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 23, 2016 at 5:24pm

Hey Carl--

I'm still getting live links that work.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 23, 2016 at 5:17pm

A re-post from my Hang With Friends group:

Just curious if anybody else here is experiencing this same technical email problem as I am....

My notification emails from A/N have always included clickable hyperlinks to the the posted messages and groups.  Suddenly that's no longer happening.  I am having to copy and paste the link from the email. 

My email settings for A/N and my personal email have not changed.  Additionally, emails I receive from all other sources do not have this problem.  Anyone else? 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 14, 2016 at 2:47pm

I recently ran into an excellent free dictionary/thesaurus program called WordWeb. It's marvelous. It puts an icon in your system tray, and you can just highlight any word in any app (word processor, Web page or whatever) and click the icon. It will bring up the definition and links to other thesauruses on the Web. They have a unique and interesting requirement for using it free - you have to attest that you haven't taken more than two flights in the past year! For a modest fee you can get the full version if you do fly more. This includes a shortcut whereby you can just highlight a word and right click to open the program to the definition.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 14, 2016 at 2:41pm

Loren, for unformatted text, I like Notepad++, a freeware plain-text editor with much more powerful search and other capabilities than Notepad. (It highlights the current line you're on in an obnoxious color, but it's easy to go into the settings and tone that down, or make it the same as your regular background.)

Daniel, it's amazing to think that many of us routinely carry in our pockets computers (with phones included) much more powerful than what we used to use on a desktop.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 14, 2016 at 2:41pm

Daniel - Open Office is like Linux, open source. I'm not an expert but I imagine it's something along the lines of Wikipedia - they accept donations, and for some add-ons, etc they will sometimes solicit a donation for some specific app or enhancement, but in the general use of Open Office products you won't run into any annoying ads like with the free versions of Pandora, etc. As far as I can tell, the open source thing is an exceedingly rare example of something benevolent going on in the world.


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