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AntiVirus Frustration

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!

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Last Days To Enter Drawing!

On January 31, I’ll choose another
monthly winner of a no-strings $30 Gift Certificate for any item at
Amazon.Com— books, software, hardware, kitchenware, toys… To have a shot at
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
new subscriber; and you just may a $30 shopping spree! (Full details also
available via this link):

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The “PowerPoint File Parsing Vulnerability”

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: 

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Puka-Puka Leads To Another Discovery

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:

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The “Freedom” Firewall

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:

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Tweaks Times Three, With Two For Free

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:

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M*lissa Virus Returns

(To keep this email from triggering
email virus filters, I’ll use an asterisk in place of the letter "e"
in sensitive spots.)

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Meet Yoline Louis, Part Of The LangaList Family

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.

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