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More Search Engine Feedback

In "Time To Upgrade Your Search
Engine" ( http://www.winmag.com/columns/explorer/2001/01.htm
) we discussed many of today’s best search engines— and also offered tips on
using them.

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About That “Ad Click” Business, Above (#7)

You folks— the Plus!
subscribers— are gems. Instead of ad clicks, you’re chipping in a direct
payment to defray my costs in bringing you these Plus! editions. I can’t thank
you enough for your direct support: It means a lot to me.

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Archives Update

Wow— you really put the server
through its paces: At three separate periods, so many of you were downloading
your own private copy of the LangaList archives that you completely maxed out
the available bandwidth of the Freetune server!

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New Plus! Site Update

Around the time you get this, a new
web site at a new host (and on a new server) should be going live: It’s
"LangaList.Com," and as soon as it’s up and stable, it will become the
permanent home for the Plus! editions of the newsletter.

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Cool Tools

It all started a few issues back
with "R.I.P. SysEdit" ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-02-08.htm#8
), a discussion of SysEdit— a kind of super-notepad that uses a "multiple
document interface" to open five important Windows 9x system files at once
for easy, side-by-side scrutiny and editing. With a click, SysEdit lets you
access and edit your Autoexc.bat, Config.Sys, Win.Ini, System.Ini, and
Protocol.Ini files. It’s a favorite of Windows power users everywhere.

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Cool Tool Trick

In Item #1 in this
issue, we discussed some Cool Tools. Relatedly, Plus! subscriber Ted Myers sends
along this handy trick for making… 

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WinME’s Mixed Bag

In several recent issues, I’ve
kvetched about Windows Millennium Edition— the last, largest, and
sometimes-slowest member of the Win9x family. But each time I’ve mentioned some
problem in WinME, I get emails like this:

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Two Security Alerts

If you use Microsoft’s Media Player
7, you should know about the "Media Player Skins File Download
Vulnerability."

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P2P’s Dark Side

Several issues ago ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-02-08.htm#1
), we discussed how Juno— the giant ISP with 14 million subscribers— is
mandating that its users join a stealthy P2P ("peer to peer") network:
Juno will quietly connect its subscribers’ computers as an ad-hoc distributed
computing network. Then, someone with a large computational problem can contract
with Juno, which will divvy up the large problem into smaller chunks and feed it
into its subscribers’ PCs which will execute this external code and send the
results of the computations back to Juno. The process then repeats.

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DIY AutoRun For Both Novices And Experts

Speaking of CDs, we recently also
discussed the prospects of using Windows’ "autorun" feature to make
your backups totally automatic and self-restoring.

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