Fred: I’ve just joined your Plus subscription and am looking forward to
Proud to be a plus subscriber. As a computer geek in Central Asia, I survive
on your newsletter to maintain my techie skills here!! This part of the
world is also subject to blocked sites and hence the need for "Circumventing
) And one simple solution is using a free service like
which keeps it’s address in the address bar of your
browser and then creates a custom address bar in the main browser content
window to type in the web-sites you want to surf. Because it’s a proxy
server using SSL, all your addresses surfed are encrypted, hidden from the
ISP, and therefore, not blocked. However, the free version of "the cloak"
doesn’t allow you to fill in any forms —which includes queries to search
engines like Google. For $3 a month, you can use
where you are given a special website to go to –one that does use the name
of "Megaproxy," but is very innocuous sounding. You log in and again you’re
browser is fitted with a secure address bar that uses SSL. So again the
local ISP only sees this one web site while you can surf wherever you want.
It has many preferences including the ability to save your cookies and
favorites on their server so your machine remains clean as well the ability
to NOT save temporary internet files –again as a security pre-caution
should your computer ever get searched. Additionally, you can further turn
on or off Java scripts and flash media which can be a help. If you’re not
able to access megaproxy.com from where you are –i.e. it’s being blocked,
you’ll need someone in Western country to sign you up for it, so you can
reach other secret site Megaproxy provides for paying customers.
Hope this helps. Keep up the great work!!
Building a new computer for my own home use.
Should I buy the retail boxed version of Win XP, or the less costly OEM version?
How do they differ?
Thanks for the great newsletter. —Brian Miller
Fred: I have been a user of the Plus version of your newsletter for a year or so
and it is great! I currently have a Dell Inpsiron 7500 (5 years old) Pentium 3 500 Mhz with
500mb RAM , XP Pro with a 20GB Hard Drive and a DVD ROM, 15" SVGA screen. I use this Laptop in 800×600 resolution and it works fine, I love the screen
it is perfect for my eyes.
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Hope your holidays were good! One of several changes we’ve
the works is starting with this issue— a minor restructuring of the newsletter
content to bring the different versions into closer alignment. Now, instead of having the Plus! edition content tacked onto the end of
each issue, it’ll appear in the normal body of the newsletter; the "Just For
Grins" item will now generally be the last item in all editions.
Over the holidays while I was taking a short break, this
reader encountered a problem and then discovered the solution. If you use
Firefox, you may find it interesting:
As we’ve discussed in the past, Microsoft’s "Product
LifeCycle" sets a series of end dates for each product; support is gradually
withdrawn, stepwise, until the product reaches "end of life," when all support
Fred, Happy New Year! Best wishes to all in