Even the most sophisticated corporate mail adminstrators often
sign up for free accounts at Web-based e-mail services such as Hotmail.com.
If you don’t want to use your company’s
domain name in some sensitive correspondence, a free address that you can
simply throw away when you’re finished with it can be a great convenience.
You’re sure to learn business tips aplenty at this fall’s Nigerian E-Mail
Conference, scheduled for the Abuja Sheraton Hotel (photo, left)
in Nigeria’s new capital city. The conference’s Web site describes
many valuable workshops, including “Those Pesky E-Mail Headers” and
“Grammatical Errors: What’s the Optimal Number?”
It’s all a put-on, of course, engineered the J-Walk humor blog of
prolific author John Walkenback. Guaranteed to offend all Nigerians.
My thanks to reader Maurice Fuller for helping me find this.
The May 22 issue of Brian’s Buzz reported that Microsoft had to
shut down for a few days the ability of its Passport users
to change their passwords
flaws let anyone control passwords”). The hiatus was
necessary because anyone could change any Passport user’s
password and take over the victim’s account after a Microsoft code
change that took place in September 2002.
The crazy guys at ZUG (which bills itself as “the world’s only comedy site”)
have pulled off a major prank, proving that no one
at retail stores even bothers to check that the signature on a charge slip
actually matches the one on the back of the credit card. John Hargrave,
who remarks that his normal signature looks like it was written “an
unusually talented chicken,” signed his charge slips as Shakespeare, Jesus,
Porky Pig (at Disneyland), etc., and no one batted an eye. He says he’s
thinking of legally changing his name to “I Stole This Card.” But I’ll stop
right there because you really have to read this hilarious tale for yourself.
How quickly would you know one of your servers had died?
FREEping 2.0 is a new version of a free utility released last month
that will ping your Windows 2003, 2000, or NT 4 SP3 servers –
or any IP address in the world, for that matter. You define the
testing interval, and FREEping (which otherwise runs silently in the
background) sends you a pop-up message when a
machine stops responding. Available from Advanced Toolware.
I wrote in the
May 8 issue of Brian’s Buzz that Windows XP with Service Pack 1
suffers heavy performance problems after you install a patch Microsoft released
on April 16. (This patch is known as MS03-013.)
Quick! Look through these photographs of healthy young men and women
and choose the one you find the most attractive.
Even under Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows XP, some applications
still have problems allocating memory and then releasing it to allow other
programs to use it efficiently. FreeRAM XP Pro 1.31 is a new version of
YourWare Solutions’ free memory-optimization utility (524 KB) that supports
Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000, and XP. (An older, “lite” version also supports
NT 4.0.) Within its first six days, the new release was already rated
“thumbs up” 10 out of the first 10 installers who reviewed it for CNET.
One of the worst IT nightmares is the perfect backup tape or disk
that tested fine when it was made, but won’t restore properly – or at all –
when its information is really needed.
The big news in Microsoft tech bulletins this month was the
XP, Internet Explorer, and Outlook Express patches that make up my
top story at the beginning of this issue. But there are plenty of other
alerts to deal with in the section below.