It’s real; yet another variant of an
infamous VBS-based worm that arrives via email, diddles with your system, and
remails itself to everyone in your address book.
Reader Daniel Tivadar encountered an
insidious example of one of the oldest scams in the book, where hackers redirect
users to a page that looks legitimate but which really has another purpose:
If you’ve been reading the LangaList
for a while, you know that one of its themes is "giving back." After
all, those of us with computers and Internet access are vastly better off than
most of the world’s population. In this vein, a portion of the Plus! Edition’s
subscription fees is donated to registered/legitimate charities helping the
underprivileged around the world.
A reader who probably prefers to
remain anonymous did some additional snooping after learning about the new
"we own your PC" policy at Juno (see item #1, above):
First: Some readers have had trouble
with the formatting of the HTML version of the Plus! newsletter. For example,
some— but not all— AOL6 subscribers have had trouble displaying the HTML.
This leads me to believe that local settings and configuration play a *huge*
role in determining how HTML emails is displayed because the HTML I send out is
very generic and simple.
TANSTAAFL is the acronym for
"There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch;" it was first popularized
by author Robert A. Heinlein, many years ago. Of course, it refers to the fact
that things that appear free usually have a hidden cost, and we’ve discussed the
TANSTAAFL principle twice before in these pages. (See http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=TANSTAAFL&sp-a=0008002a-sp00000000
Paul Kunino Lynch ran into an
In the "Free Registry Primer,
and More" item in a recent issue ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-02-01.htm#4
) we discussed several places where you can get excellent information on this
often-misunderstood part of all Windows Operating Systems.
Some topics just won’t die. 8-)
We’ve covered problems with Defrag hanging or never finishing many times before
) and have touched on just about all the tricks and fixes, including the most
common solution which is simply to close *all* other apps. But the topic comes
up again and again in emails from readers.