While CMP’s changing fortunes may
directly affect the free "Standard Edition" of this newsletter, this
Plus! edition is secure for the foreseeable future due to your direct and
meaningful support. Thank you!
On Monday, CMP announced a major
reshuffling of its web operations. Sadly, one immediate outcome of this is that
WinMag.Com has ceased operations. The site is still up for now, but the future
of the content is unclear. If there’s anything you’ve been meaning to read on
their site but haven’t gotten around to, now would be a very good time. In
particular, you can find all my columns— Plugging Resource Leaks, DOS primers,
networking— everything— at http://www.winmag.com/columns/explorer/backissu.htm
. There’s lots more elsewhere on the WinMag site too, so grab it while you can.
For a while now, we’ve been storing
online Plus! content behind a very crude password system at http://www.freetune.com/listplus/
: Although the system worked, more or less, it lacked a certain (ahem) elegance.
Now, there’s a new system that’s much better.
Long-time readers know I’m no major
fan of AOL, whose ultra-aggressive marketing tactics really rub me the wrong
way. For example, AOL itself carries more unavoidable advertising than do many
*free* ISPs, and yet AOL members must pay for the privilege of being a target
for these endless ads.
In the several weeks since we
originally discussed this, some additional reader suggestions have trickled in,
including this note from Andrew Torriani:
In the last issue, I mentioned a way
to download huge chunks of the Microsoft Knowledgebase so you can search them at
your leisure, locally on your hard drive. ( http://www.freetune.com/listplus/newsletters/2001/2001-03-15plus.htm#12
) But the files are stored on a Microsoft "FTP" (File Transfer
Protocol) server rather than a standard web server, and that caused some readers
Plus! subscriber Nancy Blythe faced
a common problem:
Reader Matt Bredenberg asks:
In "Space Stations Keep Fallin’
On My Head…" ( http://www.langalist.com/newsletters/2001/2001-03-12.htm#9
) I mentioned how the Russian Mir station will be deorbited soon (as of now,
it’s scheduled for this week). If all goes according to plan, many tons of
high-velocity, incendiary rubble will splash down in the South Pacific. (The
bigger chunks will not burn up in the atmosphere.)
Heat-related PC problems are
surprisingly common, as this note from reader Don Schwab illustrates: