Hi Fred, I just came across this article in
Yahoo-news ("Spyware Researchers Discover ID Theft Ring"
Fred… First, thanks for the Plus newsletter – a “must-read” for this non-techie! Second, a request for help! Here’s the story: Four colleagues and myself regularly exchange documents using email. When I use Outlook (2003 edition) to send them a message and use the “insert file” command to attach a file, some of my colleagues get the file, some don’t. If one of those colleagues that DID receive the file forwards my email to the others, they get the file!
However, if I’m working on a file (in Word or Acrobat, for example) and then use the “email this file” command in that program, then ALL my colleagues get the file!
I realize that there could be a multitude of reasons behind the problem and I may not have given you enough facts to go on, but can you shed any light on this one? —Bob Hogg
(Tap tap tap) Is this thing on? Can you hear me down in back? <g>
Hi Fred. In your newsletter,
James spoke about a workaround he found while having problems dealing with a
restore and the use of the "make files private" function. As I use an NTFS
partition, I have chosen to encrypt the ‘My Documents’ folder for my standard
login on Win2K (Properties/Advanced/Encrypt contents to secure data). The plan
was that even if my PC ended up being stolen, no one would be able to read that
portion of my disk. I ‘double encrypt’ the more sensitive stuff using blowfish
encryption software and a blowfish encryption password safe. However, your
comments about the ability to work around most Windows system security tools has
me concerned. I know that even when I’m logged in as an administrator I can’t
read any of the contents of this folder. Just how secure is the encryption
offered by Windows users who are taking advantage of this option?
Fred, I resubscribed to the Plus! edition— that’s an indicator of how
much I enjoy the newsletter.
What are those numbers and letters that some sites want you to enter for
security reasons (I notice eBay has started to use the same on some entry points
to their forms).
Hi Fred: I have a very short list of trusted sites in
Internet Explorer–which I usually only use on MS’s web site. But IE
exhibits a weird behavior when I go to the trusted sites–it tells me that
I’m going to a trusted site and asks if that is OK.
Fred, You’ve had many discussions on optimizing the
Windows XP boot-up time, but I’m now experiencing a slow shut down time.
After clicking Start/Shut Down, there is often times a long period of time
before the shut down dialogue window pops up. This is even after I’ve
closed all open programs. I think this slow shut down time can sometimes
relate to hard drive intensive activities involving a lot of temporary file
storage, and the hard drive is spending time purging these files. I can
correlate this to when I had recorded CD’s or DVD’s during a session. But
other times I only had the computer on to read email (in Outlook) and/or do
a little web browsing. What else can be slowing my shut down time and what
can I do about it? Thanks for the great newsletter. —Greg Ray
Hi Fred, Regarding reader Garrett Stevens’ post on
MP3 (in the Plus edition 07-28-2005) there was some good information on
ripping, burning and using MP3 files. One thing that I disagree on is the
sound quality of 128k bitrate. I use the Lame codec and maybe I have a tin
ear, but the 128k bitrate sounds good to me. It would be a waste of file space
for me to encode in anything faster than 128k because I can’t hear any
improvement in the faster bitrates. I would encourage others to try the 128k bitrate and compare for themselves to the faster bitrates. It could be that
they can’t tell any improvement in the sound quality either. I too use the
MMJB to rip and convert files between Wave and MP3 and it works great for me
also. I have used the MMJB to write the files to CDs but usually use Record
Now! to write to disc and I seldom create a coaster. By the way, I love your
newsletter and have been a subscriber to the Plus edition since its debut.
Best value for my money I could spend. —Larry Peterson.
Short form: I have to move my office, so the LangaList will be shut down for
a while. Subscriber email will not— cannot— be answered for a while; and
there’ll be no new issues published. There also are other factors at work (see
below), so the
combined downtime will be significant— at least 6-8
weeks. I *will* get to your letters and subscription service requests, but
PLEASE EXPECT A SIGNIFICANT DELAY.