SPAM CONFUSES ME

Outlook 2003 does a remarkable job of filtering spam. (Make sure you get the latest updates from Office Update.)

It’s no surprise that the spammers are trying to get messages through the antispam filters with new techniques to conceal the true nature of their messages. Lately it’s been a flood of pharmaceutical products with odd spellings and spaces and punctuation marks, typically with unrelated words on the bottom to make the message appear meaningful to an automated filter. […] continued

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UNPATCHED PCs COMPROMISED IN 20 MINUTES

Researchers at the Internet Storm Center hooked PCs to the Internet without the various security patches and updates released by Microsoft over the last three years. The computers were compromised by malware within twenty minutes. That’s not long enough to download the security updates needed to protect the computers. There is an appalling amount of stuff out there waiting for you to relax your guard! […] continued

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THE DEATH OF THE RECORDING INDUSTRY (continued)

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that the developers of peer-to-peer software are not liable for copyright infringement committed by users of the software. In a strongly worded opinion, the court warned the recording industry and Congress not to act hastily to protect the industry against the effects of disruptive technology. […] continued

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INTERNET BROWSING WITH OPERA

Perhaps you recall the furor a few weeks ago when a couple of new holes were discovered in Internet Explorer, causing security experts to squeal in dismay about its weaknesses. A few experts got their name in the news by recommending that consumers use an alternative to IE like Opera or Mozilla. […] continued

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SYMANTEC & MICROSOFT SQUABBLE ABOUT SERVICE PACK 2

Norton Antivirus does not report its status to the new Windows Security Center, causing people to get an alarming bubble onscreen saying their computer “might be at risk,” when in fact the only problem is that Windows can’t be sure whether Norton Antivirus is up to date.

According to one bit of industry gossip, Symantec doesn’t want to open up its programs so that people get an accurate report in the Windows Security Center. […] continued

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WINDOWS XP SERVICE PACK 2 UPDATE

Microsoft will begin delivered Service Pack 2 to XP Home Edition users with Automatic Update turned on in a few days, but it has delayed delivery to XP Professional users until the week of August 25. Here’s an article explaining that corporate customers asked for more time before it begins rolling into their offices. […] continued

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CRAIGSLIST

Craigslist.com is getting a lot of good word-of-mouth lately – I’ve been hearing my clients talk about it as their preferred site for job listings, personal ads and dating, community resources, even for selling things that make more sense in a local market than a global market like eBay (tickets, for example). […] continued

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WINDOWS XP SERVICE PACK 2 INFO

I put together a page with basic information about Windows XP Service Pack 2 – links to some of the reports and reviews and information about why it’s important and how to get it. Click here to get started on learning about this important upgrade!

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WINDOWS XP SERVICE PACK 2 APPROACHES

Articles are starting to appear in the mainstream media about the imminent release of Windows XP Service Pack 2 – due to be released either today or three weeks from now, depending on which article you read.

This will be a critically important upgrade for all of you, but it will not necessarily be a troublefree one. […] continued

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