Hi Fred, I just got around to reading the
June 20, 2005, Langa List article (and its counterpart in Information Week)
on password security. I’ve long been a proponent of really good passwords
(much to my wife’s annoyance, since I refuse to let her use our kids’s
names, etc.) and I have also used Roboform for a number of years both to
generate and save my passwords (I have something like a six or seven hundred
accounts, services, etc, that require passwords, so a good tool is
essential, and RoboForm is well worth the price many times over IMHO).
Fred, I’ve read your feelings on the ISP spam
filters. For a while I had mixed emotions about them until I looked into
what my ISP is doing.
Several readers who know far more about Gmail than I do
wrote to correct a misperception I had:
Jouni Vuorio— the "jv" of the fabled "jv16 PowerTools,"
which included one of the best Registry Cleaners ever— is back with his last
scheduled ad in the Standard Edition: offering a 25% discount to the first 500
respondents from the LangaList, AND a free upgrade to the upcoming JVPowerTools
I referred to Windows’ free Disk Management tool as a
"hidden gem" in the current (free) Information article at
http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=180207718 , and many of you agreed, as shown by letters like this:
A while ago, we discussed "domino effects," where a seemingly small initial
problem grows and spreads and seems to cause consequential problems in other
areas until you’re left with a real mess. <g> The original item is here:
Fred as a Plus subscriber I appreciate the newsletter.
The easy and effective answer to the anti-spam bushwah [see "Perfect AntiSpam
http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-02-27.htm#9 ] for people who aren’t
afraid to change their addresses, is to go with Gmail instead of the ISP’s
native webmail, using the ISP for a connection only. Gmail uses Bayesean
filters that are extremely effective, easy to train, and spot on for accuracy in
my experience. Because I write for several sites, I have addresses specific to
the sites that forward to my "real" email address. At any given time there will
be one to three thousand spam messages in those accounts (deleted automatically
in 30 days). Maybe a half-dozen a day make it to the main account.
The item "New Motherboard Needed?" (
http://langa.com/newsletters/2006/2006-02-23.htm#9 ) generated some
excellent comments, and– as so often happens— also produced some information
that was brand-new to me:
Hi Fred! I recently had to do a complete restore of my C:
drive using Ghost 10 and thought it went fine. Now I’ve run into a problem I
can’t figure out. I keep getting the following sporadic warnings: