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Putting the “Deep Web” To The Test

In the last issue, we talked about
an amazing white paper ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-15.htm#7
) that claimed that most web search engines actually only scratch the surface of
what’s available online. The authors of the white paper believe they have a way
to dig out information from the "deep web," which is available from
online databases and such rather than in the normal web pages that standard
search engines catalog. It’s an interesting claim, and thought-provoking
reading.

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Reader Sites Top 1,000

Well over 1,000 of your
fellow readers have "Loaded the code." Please click over to http://www.langa.com/code.htm
, and maybe you can join them! (If you’ve already "Loaded The Code"
and are wondering if your site will appear here or on the Langa.Com web site,
please see http://www.langa.com/link.txt 
)

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Son of PUKA!

If the word "puka" doesn’t
mean anything to you, or if it only conjures images of Polynesian seashells,
then read on:

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PLUS Extra: Speed Searches By 100x?

Know the saying
"necessity of the mother of invention?" Well, the needs of a LangaList
reader— a German Journalist Living in Florida—led him to invent an extremely
cool way to search. It goes way beyond what we normally know as
"metasearching," and the result— well,  lemme just say that I
*love* his site. 

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MAD about DMA

Wow! What a commotion the current
WinMag article on  DMA caused! (See http://www.winmag.com/columns/explorer/2001/02.htm
) Many, many readers have reported instant speed increases similar to the ones I
reported (5-15%); and all just by clicking on the right choice-box in Windows.

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DMA on Win2K & NT

The Microsoft Knowledgebase is truly
huge— so huge, it can be hard to dig out information. Part of the problem is
in the keywording system: If you happen to frame your query in exactly the way
some KnowledgeBase worker imagined you would, using the same keywords in your
search as the Microsoftie originally input, then you find a trove of great
information.

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“NTLM” Security Problem

If you’re running  Office 2000,
Windows 2000, or Windows Me, there’s a problem in the "Web Client NTLM
Authentication" that you need to know about.

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More Reformat Time- and Step-Savers

In "Avoid The
Reformat/Reinstall Two-Step" ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-11.htm#2
) we discussed an "in-place reinstall" where you just layer a new copy
of the OS over the copy that’s gone bad. With some kinds of problems— missing
or overwritten system, files, for example— this kind of reinstall may
completely cure what’s wrong, and can do so without losing your data, your
installed apps, or any customizations or alterations you’ve made.

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Miss Your OS CDs? Me, Too!

Canadian reader Derrick Kearney
expressed an increasingly-common frustration recently:

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Host Files: You Be The Judge

Last issue’s item on the
potential evils of using the "Hosts" file to block ads ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-11.htm#7
) brought some interesting replies. 

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