We covered the appearance of
AOL-mandated "informational banners" (you and I call them ads) via an
ICQ auto-update ( http://www.langalist.com/newsletters/2001/2001-03-19.htm#6
) and then covered some people who found a way to remove the ad banners. ( http://www.langalist.com/newsletters/2001/2001-03-22.htm#7
The aptly-named "Dan
Messenger" wrote in with
ICQ’s been around for a loooooong
time, in Internet-years. So long, in fact, that some once-obvious things— like
its name— have become somewhat obscure. For example, reader "Tom"
Last week’s item on "Road
Runner, Verizon, @Home Email Problems" ( http://www.langalist.com/newsletters/2001/2001-03-22.htm#3
) suggested that you can use your email client’s "return receipt"
[sometimes called "read receipt"] option as a way to help verify that
important email got delivered.
We’ve covered Ad-Aware— a free and
excellent spyware-remover— before. (see http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=ad-aware&sp-a=0008002a-sp00000000
In the last issues, we presented an
incredibly simple and inexpensive way to transfer large files— or even whole
hard drives— from one machine to another without networks, floppies,
Zip-disks, CDRs, or anything else (seehttp://www.langalist.com/plus/extras/dcc1.asp
The new login system at the
soon-to-be-permanent online home of the Plus! issues and files ( http://www.langalist.com/plus/
) is working well. I’ve corrected some minor buglets, added some extra help
screens and improved the error-handling to help solve the small percentage of
login problems that occur. I’m now glad to report that the number of subscribers
reporting login trouble has dropped to almost zero!
Readers Jim Lawler writes:
OK, this is a bad one:
VeriSign, Inc., recently advised Microsoft that on January 30 and 31, 2001, it issued
two VeriSign Class 3 code-signing digital certificates to an individual who fraudulently
claimed to be a Microsoft employee.
As if the CPU-cycle stealing—er,
excuse me: "sharing"— of some ISPs wasn’t bad enough (see http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=juno&sp-a=0008002a-sp00000000
) now there are reports of a notional "super Cookie" used by Earthlink.