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    Re: Accuracy of sextant observations at sea
    From: Frank Reed
    Date: 2010 Nov 22, 00:04 -0800

    Gary, you wrote:
    "Unfortunately, none of those links work."

    All of those links appear to work, Gary. Are you thinking they don't 'work' again because they are not "clickable" links?? Here's a link that will repeat what I have said previously:


    Just click on that link and... oh right. That's a bit of a catch-22 :)

    So I will borrow from the link above and give you their advice directly.
    "Q: I sometimes get URLs (website links) in my e-mail that aren't highlighted and I can't click. How can I get to the site?

    A: I know our more experienced web users are maybe giggling to themselves at this point, but I tell ya, I get this question a lot. When you come across a link you can't click, copy & paste it into your web browser, then hit Enter . You should be zipped away to the site in question.
    But..but...why do I get links I can't click in the first place?
    In most cases it has more to do with your e-mail client (program) than the person who sent you the message. For example, AOL won't show a clickable link unless the link is written in HTML code. Older versions of some browsers won't show the link as clickable unless it starts with http://, and the list goes on.
    To be sure of reaching your destination, use the above method. Copy the link and paste it into your web browser. No fuss, no muss!"

    Of course, the above advice omits one critical detail: WHERE do you paste the address that you have copied? It says paste it "into your web browser" but that's a lot of territory! The web browser often fills the whole screen. The place to paste is the browser's address bar. In every web browser I have encountered, the address bar is very close to the top of the browser window (it is NOT google, it is NOT yahoo, it is NOT the search bar) and it displays the address of the page you are currently viewing. For example, if you're viewing a NavList message through the NavList web site, it shows an address that includes the text "www.fer3.com/arc" (usually with more after that). So after you copy an address (highlight it and hit ctrl-C to copy), go to the address bar, click once so that the entire address is highlighted, then paste (ctrl-V in Windows). At that point, you have pasted the address "into your web browser" as per the instructions above. Hit "Enter" (or "Return") on you keyboard, and off you go.

    Oh and by the way, THIS method of following links, copy and paste into the browser's address bar, is safer than clicking them. Paul posted an example of setting up a link that appears to point to one web site, but when you click it, it links to an entirely different web site. This is very easy to do. In fact, it's trivially easy to generate this kind of mis-direction, and of course, it is a standard tactic in "phishing" scams and other online frauds.


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