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31st March -- Geekiness made simple. A geek health test that
even a teletubby can understand.
Do you have works, or more particularly the so-called CONFICKER Worm, which is
lurking all over the place and going to attack you and all your kin on the
No, it's not an April Fool. Will it destroy life as you know it? No,
probably not, UNLESS YOU're carrying the infection, then woe betide you!
If you fail the test, panic big time!!!! Ring a bell and don't come into
physical or electrical contact with anyone or anything until you've
disconnected yourself from the mains and bathed (twice) in hot bleach.
2007-2008 -- The world spun on - with nothing of interest to
January 6th 2006 -- Microsoft, in an unusually swift response
to the panic caused by the so-called "WMF Exploit" vulnerability, last night
published a fix via the Microsoft/Windows Update procedure. Those of you keen
not to have your computer taken over by vicious, marauding hijackers should
visit the Microsoft Update site ASAP, while those more laid back can wait for
your computer to update itself - which I hope you have set it to do!
November 17th -- Some free stuff from Microsoft to
protect your computer:
Antispyware, which is being renamed "Windows Defender" (which GolfBag has
used since it first came out earlier this year, and is very pleased with it)
All are all betas of what will ultimately become part of "Vista," the next
version of Windows, although they probably will also be available to other
versions of Windows. The whole idea, of course, is to button up Windows with
more-or-less automatic security tools.
Sept 16th -- back again after a techno-free summer, with a few
tips to make up for lost time
If you've got a "real" computer rather than a laptop, like
GolfBag, then get yourself a wireless keyboard / mouse combo. Freed from
sitting as if at a desk, now you can lounge or lie around at your leisure.
Since GolfBag is not allowed to sit upright at all, the wireless route is a
real route to freedom!
HTML / "Pretty" email can damage your health! True, malicious
persons can work exactly the same nasty tricks as on websites, and in many
cases, pretending to be from acquaintances, can run malicious programmes on
your computer. Not only that but the HTML emails are HUGE
compared to ordinary "text" emails, clogging up the Internet's arteries, and
also taking up more space on your screen! (Which is why there is a Text version
of SAC eNews, for those interested, and the banner picture comes from the web
site - making the email smaller still.)
Today's tip is for Outlook Express users: first in Outils>Options>Lecture,
click "Lire tous les messages en texte clair", and the essential part (the
written bit) can be read. If you want to see the message in all it's . Anyway
if on the rare occasions you need to see a pretty message in all its glory, all
you have to do is click Afffichage>Message HTML (or Alt+Maj+H). If you don't want to do
that, then at least make sure that you turn the "preview pane" (aperçu/volet de
visualistation) OFF, until you've made sure you really know who the message is
April 11th -- XP Woes? Try this site -
www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp.htm - for size. And while you're at it, take a
look at www.drkeyboard.net and have a
serious think about subscribing.
Here's a site in French that's worth a look
www.secuser.com. Good place to double-check your AV's effectiveness or
check out that hoax.
December (8th) - A nice little earner.
Have you had an email recently starting "Cher client, votre carte a été
débitée avec succès pour la commande suivante...", purporting to come from
an outfit called Cybersearch-communications LLC? This fake bill has a
reference, customer number, price (69 euros) and mail costs (23 euros) and at
the bottom of the page the real sting "pour toute question concernant cette
commande, veuillez appeler le numéro suivant" -- a number starting 00 88.
Call it at your peril, because it'll cost you 4.31 euros a SECOND!
Bottom line - don't call, dump the mail, you haven't been billed.
For more info see this article in
September - the official date after which the Automatic
setting of Windows Update will start downloading of SP2 for users of the
French version of XP is Sept 21. For the eager, one can always do it by hand
Microsoft or for the laid back, just
order the CD.
September - calling all Satellite TV watchers. Reports say that
DigiGuide is beyond excellent
for getting your UK television listings. You tell it what channels you
have, who your favourite actors are, what programs and genres you like and it
will pop up reminders as appropriate. You can print listings or export them to
e.g. Outlook or a PDA. You can also, with appropriate hardware and an extra
bit of software, record TV onto your PC.
September - according to my sources the French version of SP2
was going to be very late arriving (only the English and German versions being
available to start with). However fiddling around the other day with Windows
update to my surprise turned up an offer to download SP2 - and at a reasonable
size - 50 or 80 MB - much better than the 250+ for the "Enterprise" version.
And it's now installed OK. The
informed opinion is that SP2 does on balance much more good than harm, so do set
up to get it when it comes. If you've already got a firewall, turn off the
Windows one, which is now on by default, having two can cause some problems.
You can do this by clicking the "Gestion de Pare-feu" link at in the new
Windows Security management screen which will display when you reboot the
system after the update.
If you don't have a firewall, turn the Windows one on right now! If you don't
know how, just ask.
August - The long awaited 2nd major update to Windows XP, SP2
here for the pros and I'm not sure that that version works for French
versions of XP). It's really big - 260MB. But all is not lost; MS
encourages the private user to visit
Protect Your PC for more
information on receiving Windows XP SP2. It'll tell you how to get set up
Windows Update to get it automatically, and also how to set up the Windows XP
firewall if you don't have one already, which I hope you do. The Windows
Update download is said to be 1/3 of the size of the 260MB, but that's still a
lot if you're not on ADSL. If you're still on a 56Kb modem your best bet is to
wait and get the update on a CD. Many people are experiencing difficulties
with their applications after installing SP2. This is mainly because of the
way that the new security features of SP2 are set, and in some cases there are
conflicts with security precautions you may already have taken. E.g. the new
XP firewall is on by default and may now conflict with, for instance, your
Zone Alarm firewall. A full list of problem software can be found
here on the Microsoft site and suggested work-arounds too. (By the way,
the install process can use from .5 to 1.5 Gigabytes of hard disk. Be
And for those with Office XP, or any other version of Office, remember to drop
by the Office Update site from time to time. Here's the
Office XP3 download page for example.
July - Yet more assorted rubble (patches) from Microsoft to
fill in the massive security holes with which its software is riddled. If
you're a Windows user and if for any reason your
Windows Update hasn't already
brought you up to date, pop over to the Microsoft
Security Bulletin page to see what you're missing.
July - Web browser behaving strangely? Not your usual Home
page? Well maybe you've been the victim of a "browser hijack" having
inadvertently downloaded some "spyware". Here are
five things to know when it comes to dealing with spyware.
June 2004 - Zafi.B one of the first French language viruses
masquerades as your pal Claudine!
If you get a message like this:
With attachment: "link.zdnet.fr.ecarte.index.php34b31.pif"
Claudine vous a envoye une E-carte partir du site zdnet.fr
Vous la trouverez, l'adresse suivante link:
www.zdnet.fr, plus de 3500 cartes virtuelles, vos pages web en 5 minutes, du
dialogue en direct...
GolfBag suggests you bin it immediately. It's in fact one of the most
vicious viruses around...
So Bye, bye, Claudine...
info, just in case it's true." Chain letter blues?
Sound unlikely, well it probably is. Tired of getting emails like that
from people too lazy (sorry, busy) to check? Well set a good example, check
first, and if it's rubbish, bin it!
Check how? Well, first visit
hoaxbuster (now in French too) and
snopes (the urban legend
folk). Or just type in hoax/canular and a keyword into
Quicker than sending it on to your entire address book, and it'll save them
(Signed any good Vignettes recently? Don't bother.
hoaxbuster has it! So did GolfBag, way back in April. If,
you like GolfBag'll even look it up for you! That's service.)
June 2004 - Anyone
running Windows XP should consider a rejuvenation cure by installing at
least 512MB of memory - the effects are remarkable - almost as good as those
little blue pills - but I digress.
Golf Bag ordered his 256MB from
here to pay in in £) the
other day at 4pm. UPS knocked on the door at 8:30 next morning - all the way
from East Kilbride! Now that's service!
June 2004 - The Bogus Outlook 'Upgrade' Pop-Up Scam
Desktop are being infested by a deceptive pop-up browser window that appears
to be an Outlook 'upgrade'. It's made to look quite sincere with talk about
'upgrade' and 'Microsoft Certified' but it's just an add-on that you don't
It's certainly not an official upgrade or patch from Microsoft.
(Or better still, get a pop-up stopper!)
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