Welcome to the 313th issue of the PC Improvement News. PCIN consists mainly
of news and tips. There is something for everyone, and if this is your first
issue, I'm sure there will be something for you. If you give me two or three
issues, I know that you will come back for more!
I have the PCIN list setup so that all mail (including my own) gets held for
approval before it goes to the list. It still seems, however, that there was
a problem with Chris' account setup in the mailing list software as it was
letting anything from Chris' address through without approval. This happened
this week. Chris' reply to several subscribers was something like this:
"The problem seems to be my account within the list server software.
The list server normally requires an approval to all messages that are sent
to the PCIN subscribers, but for some reason does not require that approval
for my account. To rectify the problem, we have eliminated my account from
the server software.
Please rest assured that the message was not sent from myself, or from Graham.
If you look at the header of the message, you will see that it originated
from an IP address of 126.96.36.199. This address is from Advanced Tel,
Inc. in California (www.arin.net), across the continent from where I am located!"
No email addresses were revealed. It was strictly a situation of someone forging
a header and the list sending it through. We think we've fixed the problem
now and expect everything to continue on as normal.
I have completed a review for Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Administrator's
Pocket Consultant, Second Edition from Microsoft Press. This is an advanced
book that explains some of the ins and outs of Active Directory, and other
new features to Windows 2000 Server (and still applicable to Windows Server
2003). You can read a blurb from the review in the Tips and
Other Stuff and the full review on the web site.
"The Web browser wars may have been reignited, according to browser
pioneer Marc Andreessen.
This time, it's not Andreessen's former company, Netscape Communications,
that's taking on Microsoft's Internet Explorer. It's the increasingly popular
smaller products such as Apple Computer's Safari and the open-source Firefox,
'It may turn out that there's a one-two punch with Firefox and Safari,' Andreessen
said Wednesday at the Web 2.0 conference here. 'Microsoft is certainly going
to respond competitively.'"
"We've always been told that trying to 'opt-out' from spam messages
is probably a bad idea. Spam filtering firm MessageLabs now says there's
a new reason not to click -- spammers are starting to sneak special code
into that opt-out link which turns the spam recipient into an unwitting accomplice.
The link is really a clever trick designed to turn the victim's computer
into a zombie that can be used to send out more spam.
'By using an unsubscribe link in an e-mail, not only are you saying this
is a live e-mail address, you are also have the risk of downloading a Trojan
that turns your computer into an open proxy for sending spam,' said Brian
Czarny, MessageLabs spokesman. The company has trapped several thousand messages
laced with the special code in recent weeks, Czarny said."
"In the latest volley of the file-sharing wars, the movie and music
industries have filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn
a federal appeals court decision that favored Grokster and StreamCast Networks,
the makers of software that allow users to trade copyrighted files.
That decision, issued in August by the United States Court of Appeals for
the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, upheld the notion that makers of a technology
with legal uses cannot be held liable simply because some, or most, of its
users deploy it to violate a copyright."
Microsoft is working on a new version of MSN Search. You can check it out
at http://techpreview.search.msn.com/ I
compared this to Google and
to the current MSN Search with
the search term PCIN, and they all show pretty much the same results, though
shuffled a bit.
Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Administrator's Pocket Consultant,
Second Edition Book Review
"For years, Novell was the leader in Directory Services (NDS). Microsoft's
domain model was difficult to manage. The arrival of Windows 2000 also brought
Microsoft's competitor with Active Directory. This was an entire new way
for network objects to be created and maintained. As the years have gone
by, other Microsoft server products have taken advanced of AD and allow for
much larger and more complex networks."
Read the full review at http://PCIN.net/help/books/w2kapcse.php
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and Chris Empey accept no responsibility for the results obtained from trying
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