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What's New at Experts Exchange
From the SLO and beyond

Nata's Corner
Texting and tracking

Tip From The Mods
The Community Support TAs

Making it to a million

In Brief
Things you might have missed

Who did what through March 10

What's New at E-E

New EEWin a new iPad: Post the badge shown at right (or one of the ones shown on EE's blog) on your website or blog, and then share it on Twitter with the hashtag #EEv10, and you'll be entered to win.

T-Shirt Challenge Update: Experts Exchange's latest donate t-shirts for water wells campaign has reached its goal of 500 shirts -- 579, in fact, as of Monday. Experts Exchange will donate the money it saves from not purchasing shirts to WaterRun to build a well to provide clean drinking water to the Ayder region of Ethiopia. This will be the third well contributed by the Experts Exchange community.

Avon walkHelping an old friend: The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is scheduled for May 5 and 6 in Washington, DC, and the wife of our old friend and colleague, jadedata (Happy 9th EE anniversary, Jack!) is participating. If you're interested in contributing to a great cause, visit Doris' page, knowing that Jack is going to be wearing his EE Genius t-shirt and will be matching EE donations up to $500.

User group sponsorship: Over the years, Experts Exchange has sponsored the occasional user group meeting; now, you can get EE to help your user group by first taking a look at the short list of requirements and then filling out the application. EE will come up with up to $300 for your group, and will kick in six-month trial memberships for your group.

Badger cakeKids and toys: Site admin modus_operandi sent us a nice little photo of some creativity shown by his older daughter using an iPhone.

Podcast: This week's podcast will feature reports from Creative Lead Peter Uzzi and Managing Director Mark Barbir on their week at the South by Southwest conference last week in Austin, TX. Last week, Peter posted to the EE blog about mobile computing, while Mark weighed in on lean development principles. The podcast will be posted to the EE company blog this week.

Webinar: Mark your calendar for EE's next webinar, on cloud computing applications, presented by Clayton Pippenger, the vice president of application development for Quest, will be on Thursday, April 19, at 11 am. Check this space in a couple of weeks for the registration page.

Certified, customized and cool: If you haven't grabbed one already, be sure to nab your very own certified Expert Badge and show off your skills on your personal blog or website. All the cool kids are doing it!

Customer Service contest: If you have a reason to deal with the CS department, you can win one of the very nice EE polo shirts just for filling out the survey after your experience. The contest runs through the end of the month, so post about your experience today!

Nata's Corner

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Nata's PictureA few days before we came home from the Midwest a couple of weeks ago, a young woman's car crossed the double yellow line and ran head-on into a family of four, killing three. I've been following the news on it, because it didn't take long before "everyone in town" new that she had been texting while she was driving. Unfortunately, that state's laws about "distracted driving" are among the least stringent in the country. The highway patrol's investigation hasn't been completed -- but the deaths include the parents and sibling of a 2-day old baby on the way home from the hospital for the first time.

Missouri's legislature is working on a bill that would require cell phone companies to help law enforcement track phones in emergencies, but a lot of people in the law enforcement business say that technology doesn't help as much as you would think if you watch all those cop shows. It doesn't matter to me much, though -- I still like NCIS.

Everyone knows all about not using words like "password" for your password -- or at least I hope you do -- and now, Sophos has come out with a list of the ten most common passcodes for the iPhone. Who wants to bet that people are using the same four-digit numbers for their bank card PINs? Here's the thing: a Symantec study shows that it's almost a sure bet that if you lose your phone, you're also going to lose your privacy too. A couple of numbers that were, surprisingly, not on the list: 3142 (pi) and 1701 (the starship Enterprise). Maybe people aren't as dumb as I thought.

Another thing most everyone knows about is the fact that cell phones and computers can tell where you are, and that a lot of those devices keep track of where you've been and even send the information back to the manufacturers -- and even some places you might not want to send it. I just saw something the other day about Internet Explorer 9, which also has the ability to let sites track you; to turn it off, click the little cog wheel in the upper right corner and select Internet Options. Under location, check the box that says "Never allow websites to request your physical location", and you'll be protected from the ones that do.

My First Million

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In all the hoopla surrounding the release of Experts Exchange's new site, the following people, who have earned their first million points in the last couple of months, got lost in the shuffle:

January: paulmacd, Soulja, pepr, aarontomosky, jacko72, rbarnhardt and mutahir
February: Run5k, sammySeltzer, breadtan jeremyjared74 and jensfiederer

In Brief

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So much for Tim being a supply chain guy: If you were planning on hitting up one of the online sources for that new iPad 3 in order to avoid the lines everywhere else, plan on waiting at least three weeks.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery: We came across a blog post by Paul Graham, one of the founders of Y Combinator in which he listed some "frighteninly ambitious startup ideas", the first of which is a new search engine. In his post, he has the following:

Microsoft : Google :: Google : Facebook

He left out Google's (and Microsoft's) attempts to become Apple as well, with its entries into the hardware business and its emulation of iTunes' payment systems.

No stones: This week, newspapers are moving the comic strip Doonesbury to the op-ed pages, or not running it at all, or are moving it to their websites. And then there's the Ohio legislator who has her own take.

Cutting off your nose: Anonymous says it's going to turn off the Internet -- or at least a good part of it -- in a couple of weeks. That means you shouldn't plan on streaming the NCAA tournament for the semifinals. In a related matter, a self-proclaimed "homeless hacker" who apparently thinks attacking Santa Cruz, CA's website on behalf of Anonymous skipped town leaving a local attorney on the hook for his bail, and a hacker in New York squealed on his buddies as soon as the feds showed up at his home; five were arrested, and the snitch is almost a hero.

The end of email overload.

The Machines will know: No more rooms with steel tables and one-way glass. No more rubber hoses. They'll just put you in front of a web cam and ask you "when did you stop beating your wife?". Of course, if someone gets your Facebook password, they might not need to ask you any questions.

You can't complain about the service because there isn't any: It costs someone about $10 (or less) to steal your domain name, which in my case is one I've owned and used as my email address for 17 (!) years now. It will cost you a heck of a lot more to get it back, and you'll wait quite a while while those search engine companies -- you know, the ones who try so hard to make sure you get "relavant results" and "great web experiences" and all that? -- to start showing the right one again.

Happy birthday: Nata, JP, and the Japanese tsunami.

Good day, sunshine: Except for the wife's cell phone dropping calls (which could just be us living out in the boondocks), we didn't really notice much from last week's solar flares, not that it has anything to do with either this year's eclipse on May 20-21 (depending on where you are), or any other event, otherworldly or otherwise. And speaking of the heavens, Jupiter and Venus are in the western sky (if you're in the western US) for the rest of the week.

Not so shiny any more: Google's Chrome browser isn't quite as invulnerable as everyone -- especially Google -- thought. Not to worry, though: IE9 failed too. Also, Twitter's future when it runs out of cash.

And they wonder why everyone hates them so much: It's because they keep making lousy movies. I mean, really... who would want to pirate that?.

Signs of the Apocalypse: A woman who won $1 million in a state lottery continued to get state assistance.


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New Geniuses: leakim971 has become the twelfth member of Experts Exchange to earn five Genius certificates; his most recent came in HTML. chris_bottomley has earned his fourth, in VP Script. Earning his first was duncan_roe in Linux. Very nice work, folks!

Milestones: With this issue, we are including both answer and articles points here.

Expert In Topic Area Certificate
santhimurthyd.NET ProgrammingMaster
chakkoActive DirectoryMaster
dave_itActive DirectoryMaster
sigurarmApple SoftwareMaster
chakkoBackup / RestoreMaster
FireRuntBlackberry ProgMaster
Mikal613Cell PhonesWizard
nazskyCisco PIX/ASAMaster
alexey_gusevHandheld/PDA ProgGuru
Syed_M_UsmanHardware FirewallsGuru
getzjdHardware FirewallsMaster
ikalmarHardware FirewallsWizard
PapertripLinux DistributionsMaster
BlazLinux SecurityGuru
EdTechyMac OS XMaster
vinsvinMicrosoft IIS Web ServerMaster
marek1712Microsoft OSMaster
chakkoMisc NetworkingMaster
younghvMisc SecurityGuru
Russell_VenableMisc SecurityMaster
yodercmMisc Web DevMaster
vadimrapp1MS AccessGuru
VMontalvaoMS AccessMaster
thinkpads_userMS ApplicationsGuru
MASQUERAIDMS ApplicationsMaster
CodeCruiserMS DevelopmentWizard
GlennLRayMS ExcelGuru
Expert In Topic Area Certificate
PaulHewsMS ExcelMaster
gowflowMS ExcelSage
JSRWilsonMS OfficeGuru
DoDahDMS OfficeMaster
sammySeltzerMS SQL ServerGuru
xDJR1875MS SQL ServerGuru
sameer2010MS SQL ServerMaster
mastooMS SQL Server 2005Guru
jacko72MS SQL Server 2008Guru
BurniePMS SQL Server 2008Master
ValentinoVMS SQL Server 2008Wizard
leewMS Virtual ServerMaster
hanccockaMS Virtual ServerWizard
wpcortesMySQL ServerMaster
johanntagleMySQL ServerWizard
breadtanNetwork SecurityMaster
dpk_walNetwork SecurityMaster
craigbeckNetworking HardwareMaster
thinkpads_userNetworking HardwareMaster
JacobfwOracle DatabaseMaster
KdoQuery SyntaxGuru
sirbountySBS Small Business ServerMaster
withtuSBS Small Business ServerMaster
dgofmanScripting LanguagesGuru
tagitScripting LanguagesMaster
demazterServer HardwareGuru
chris_bottomleyVB ScriptGenius
NeilsrVB ScriptMaster
fyedVisual Basic ClassicMaster
santhimurthydVisual Basic.NETMaster
nepaluzVisual Basic.NETWizard
ambienceVisual C++.NETMaster
Ray_PaseurWeb Languages/StandardsWizard
jan-janssenWeb/Cloud ComputingMaster
acbrown2010Windows 2003 ServerWizard
hanccockaWindows 2003 ServerWizard
dariusgWindows 7Guru
cwstad2Windows 7Master
rsoly777Windows 7Master
strivoliWindows 7Master
simonlimonWindows Server 2008Master
dstewartjrWindows Server 2008Sage
MPECSIncWindows Server 2008Wizard
willcompWindows VistaGuru
DavisMcCarnWireless NetworkingMaster
Darr247Wireless NetworkingSage