I’m an enthusiastic PLUS edition subscriber and I
really empathize with your view about the
proliferation of linux distros (and I definitely like
linux–my primary machines runs SuSE 10). Your
comments finally nudged me to contribute a link that
you may find interesting: the alpha released on a free
WinXP-compatible OS, called the ReactOS Project:
Hello fred, Just thought that I would mention one thing in response to the Wikipedia article
http://www.langalist.com/Plus/newsletters/2006/2006-01-19plus.asp ). There was a piece on NPR recently that talked about wikipedia. It included a segment where a couple of "experts" were asked to compare wikipedia to the current encyclopedia
Britannica. It turned out that both sources had about the same error rates (although the wikipedia =was= a little higher, it was not by much).
Some software just doesn’t want to quit, even when you
want or need it to. We discussed this in "AntiVirus Causes Partitioning Problems
http://www.langalist.com/plus/newsletters/2006/2006-01-05plus.asp ), and
that item brought this letter:
This sounds like a Linux question, but it really applies
to any system with multiple OSes and multiple disks:
Hi Fred—concerning the startup logo on boot
["That Pesky Vendor StartUp Logo"
http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-01-16.htm#4 ] : If I can
remember correctly the startup logo in windows is controlled by the logo.sys
or the logo1.sys file in the system directory. You can replace the file but
it supposedly has to be replaced with the same size file made from a graphic
file. I do not remember the exact procedure to do this. As long as the
graphic is the same file size, it can be used–even a blank graphic. I hope
I remember correctly–It’s been a long time. Great newsletter—Thanks-H. L.
You’ve heard of worms, trojans and viruses; you probably
know what phishing is, and have a good idea of how to fight malware. But even if
you’re extremely well-versed in online dangers, there probably are some new ones
that you may not know about. The two terms above, for example— "pharming" and
"pretexting"— were new to me until I was researching the current
InformationWeek article, now posted at
This started normally, with a question from
a reader:Fred: I am a long time subscriber, first to the free edition and
then to the Plus! Edition when it started up….
(continued from previous item)
Steve Gibson figures in this item, too; he alluded to it
in his reply, above.
Hi Fred, I needed a reminder of when I did my last backup (I do a clone every week or so) –
Created a shortcut (no target needed) named it "Last cloned 12/10/2005". Every
time I do a clone I just rename the icon to the current date. Very convenient,
no additional software like ‘sticky notes’ or ‘reminders’ is needed.