Daily Archives: April 7, 2005

“Forced” XP Upgrades Next Week?

Hi Fred,
Not to have you second guess other pundits opinions, but this person alleges
that on April 12th, Microsoft will "force feed" all XP SP1 users who have not
migrated to SP2 to receive SP2,  if it was blocked using some "existing blocking
software."

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Feel The Burn

Dear Fred, A while back in one of your articles
about cooling you gave a site that would allow me to run my computer at some
sort of max so I could find out how effective my cooling system is. This is
a fairly modern computer with all the features you can connect to an Intel
D865PERL motherboard so I’m able to see the operating temperature. I was
horsing around when I assembled the computer and loaded it with fans. It
would run at about 87F/31C. However, the noise simulated a
747 taking off so I’ve been disconnecting fans. The loudest was the tray
type fan for the hard drive.I’m relegating the computer for use as a back up with a separate TV Tuner
such as a Viewsonic or Avermedia. The ATI 9600 Graphics card with remote has
been hopeless. It seems I’m not the only one who thinks so as the Seattle
Times had an article in their technology section in which they stated that
most people seem to be unhappy with the use of their computers as a media
center. However, I’ll still run the computer to the TV tuner so I can keep
the computer as a backup.

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“Awesome” Encryption

Fred, For an awesome encryption/decryption
check out MySecret, it requires no installation, is small enough to fit on a
floppy disk and good luck to breaking the Blowfish algorithm. The basic
version is free, the creators recently created a GUI shareware version. The
basic version is easy to use; I use it mainly for Excel, without any loss of
formatting. Check it out at

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Unhappy With Email Host

I have been using GoDaddy as my email box host/provider. 
Since last
September, I have had lots of trouble with GoDaddy rejecting many email
addresses of people trying to send me messages – ones that I have received
mail from for a long time, that is not Spam, that I listed as Whitelist.
With more than one email address.  These email messages have been getting
through on my yahoo.com address just fine.  Only my email address with
GoDaddy.  They have been very very difficult to work with.  They require
constant messages from me and irate phone calls before they do anything to
release these addresses as not-Spam.  Now, they do not even respond at all
and do nothing and make no changes no matter how many times I email them or
call them.   Many of these email messages are very important for billings
and for work.  I cannot continue with a provider that refuses to work with
me.  I am very disappointed because they were great the first year or two.
I am now at a loss as to where to look for a new provider.  Do you have any
suggestions?  Who is dependable, reliable, reasonable?  I really need to
make a change soon.  Thank you so much.  As a Plus! Subscriber, I have
learned a lot of tricks and preventatives. —Connie S. Linhart

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Bad To Clean “Prefetch?”

Fred – I’ve been using your "Cleanup dot Bat" concept regularly, manually
and scheduled, since you published it but today ran across this, apparently
contradictory view, in

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Malware Via The Back Door

Although scandisk and defrag problems are common in Win98,
it was the last part of this note that made me go "Hmmmm." It highlights an
issue that can extend to *all* versions of Windows:

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“WormForts” Lockup?

Hi Fred,
Keep up the outstanding work — the only online mag. that I’m happy to pay
for!

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