FILTERING SOBIG MESSAGES

Messages generated by the Sobig virus arrive in your mailbox with one of nine randomly chosen subject lines:

– Re: Details

– Re: Approved

– Re: Re: My details

– Re: Thank you!

– Re: That movie

– Re: Wicked screensaver

– Re: Your application

– Thank you!

– Your details

You can create an Outlook rule that automatically deletes those messages. […] continued

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NORTON ANTIVIRUS 2004 WILL USE PRODUCT ACTIVATION

Norton Antivirus 2004 will be released next month. For the first time, all versions of the product will require product activation, similar to the process of activating Windows XP and Office XP. (The downloadable version of Norton Antivirus 2003 required activation, but the CD release did not.)

In other words, you’ll have to buy a copy for each computer. […] continued

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SOBIG AND THE FUTURE OF THE INTERNET

This article in The Register discusses the long-term effect of spam and viral messages, which are undermining the potential usefulness of e-mail and might lead inexorably to a less open Internet.

Someone on a mailing list got the Sobig virus and I’m under attack by Sobig messages – more than 200 in the last twelve hours. […] continued

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LONG TERM STORAGE ON CDRs

According to this article, a Dutch magazine did an extensive test of CD-R quality. Data was burned onto thirty different CDR brands, and a shocking number of them were unreadable twenty months later.

Backups are crucial. All of us have files that are too valuable to lose if the computer won’t start tomorrow – financial data, work files, e-mail, photos, music. […] continued

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WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN

Lord of the Rings fans: You have a long memory, right? Think back to last year – you bought the DVD of Fellowship of the Ring right away, and then found out that the extended edition – the one you really wanted – wasn’t released until three months later. You wound up with two copies, right? […] continued

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WINDOWS XP SERVICE PACK 2 DELAYED

Microsoft announced recently that Service Pack 2 for Windows XP will be delayed until next year, possibly not arriving until summer 2004. The service pack will wrap up all the Windows XP security updates into a single package that can be delivered by CD to avoid lengthy downloads.

Microsoft’s decision is very, very wrongheaded. […] continued

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FLOP MOVIES: IT’S OUR FAULT

This summer featured a high percentage of failed blockbuster movies (The Hulk, Charlie’s Angels, Gigli, and lots more), and the industry has a new theory to explain why the movies flopped. No, it’s not poor quality, lack of originality, or a general failure to entertain.

Nope, it’s that darned technology. […] continued

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LIFE IN HELL WITH PAC BELL, SBC & YAHOO

Clients with e-mail addresses @pacbell.net called me today because they weren’t receiving any mail. The online tools provided by Pac Bell to work with e-mail accounts showed no problems. Outlook could check the mailboxes. But mail addressed to those mailboxes was bouncing.

After hours of head-scratching and banging on desks and shuffling endlessly around SBC voicemail hell (and never, ever talking to a live human being), we discovered by accident that the e-mail addresses had been turned off without warning because they hadn’t been migrated to Yahoo-hosted mailboxes. […] continued

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SOBIG VIRUS

Yet another virus making the rounds today, and it must be really efficient at sending new copies of itself – I’ve gotten more than two dozen messages today carrying the virus, and a couple of clients reported being flooded with them as well. Here’s an article with information about the new SoBig virus, as well as the latest reports on the MSBLASTER worm and its variants. […] continued

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BEWARE OF VIRUS HOAXES

E-mail messages are already circulating that purport to be from Microsoft, urging recipients to execute an attachment to the message to install a security update against the MSBLAST worm.

Microsoft never distributes software by e-mail. No responsible vendor will send unsolicited e-mail attachments. Be careful out there!

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BLASTER WORM REMOVAL

If you’re infected by the Blaster worm, download and install the security update from Microsoft on this page.

Then click here to download Symantec’s removal tool. Save it to your desktop. Then go to Symantec’s explanation of the removal tool and follow its instructions without skipping any steps. If you need help, call me! […] continued

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NEW VIRUS ATTACKS WINDOWS PCs

A new virus was launched today that exploits the security hole acknowledged by Microsoft on July 16. (See my writeup on August 4.) You’ll likely see newspaper articles on Tuesday with more details.

Systems protected by a home router or firewall probably aren’t affected. I was working on a system Monday afternoon that crashed in an unusual way – and sure enough, we were on a dialup connection without a firewall. […] continued

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WIRELESS EVERYWHERE

Wireless access points are cheap and easy to set up, creating a wireless cloud surrounding the access point for 50-70 feet in all directions. Anybody inside that cloud with a wireless-enabled notebook computer can connect to the Internet.

There’s another use of wireless technology, where a wireless signal is beamed from a transmitter to a receiver over a long distance, potentially as much as several miles. […] continued

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MICROSOFT DIGITAL IMAGE PRO 9

Microsoft Digital Image Pro 9 is a new version of Microsoft’s high-end program for working with photos and scans. The interface is slightly updated from last year’s version, and there are a handful of new tools and filters. If you’ve been using Digital Image Pro already, check the list of new features to see if they address some specific need. […] continued

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WINDOWS UPDATES AND VIRUSES

SECURITY UPDATES: go to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com and install Critical Updates

Microsoft is strongly advising everyone to install the most recent security update for Windows, and there are alarming news stories about hackers taking advantage of this new security hole and bringing down the Internet or some such. Click here for Microsoft’s explanation of the new security update. […] continued

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