The last issue of this newsletter
discussed a new outbreak of a well-known virus. ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-25.htm#3
) Even though I disguised the virus’ name in the text, it still was enough to
set off email virus-scanners in droves. Hundreds— maybe thousands— of you
didn’t get your issues because your ISP or company (or even PC) has an AV
scanner that was smart enough to fuzzy-match the virus’ name against its
database, but not smart enough to realize that the mere mention of a virus’ name
does not mean that an email carries the virus. Duh!
On January 31, I’ll choose another
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winning, just use the following link to recommend the LangaList to a friend.
Your friend just may find a new source of useful information; I just may gain a
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available via this link):
If you use PowerPoint 2000 you may
want to grab a new patch Microsoft just released that corrects a small potential
security hole. Microsoft says:
Reader Shawn Jefferds started
following the recent links ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-18.htm#9
) on solving the annoyance of having your floppy drive engage in seeming-random
seeks from time to time (and in the process, making a noise that goes something
like "puka-puka-puka…") but he found something else along the way:
The item in the last issue about the
LangaList archives caused some confusion, so please let me explain: This Plus!
edition of the newsletter contains EVERYTHING in the standard edition written by
me. It does not contain paid ads, but everything else is included. (Of course,
there’s extra material too, but that’s another thing.)
Reader Richard Clark found a way to
solve a specific problem, but the repair process also is far more widely
applicable: You can use the method he describes to restore almost ANY damaged or
missing system file!
In the last issue, I wrote about a
"promising new free firewall" called "Freedom." ( http://www.langa.com/newsletters/2001/2001-01-22.htm#7
) I ended the brief description by saying:
A recent item in the Plus! edition
on removing "ghost" entries in Control Panel’s "Add/Remove
Software" applet— entries for software you no longer have installed—
triggered a mini-flood of email, so much so that it’s worth opening the
discussion to the wider newsletter readership:
(To keep this email from triggering
email virus filters, I’ll use an asterisk in place of the letter "e"
in sensitive spots.)
Yoline lives in Haiti. She’s just
three years old. Normally, kids living in Haiti— the poorest country in the
western hemisphere— have a pretty bleak future. But Yoline’s just got
brighter, thanks to LangaList Plus! subscribers.