May 3, 2004
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In this issue
Who's (and what's) new
A meeting of the Mods
Featured experts
Two of EE's best
Your questions and solutions
ahoffmann looks at Unix
Nata's Corner
More virus talk
Inside the numbers
ameba's list of new Certificates
Tip for New Members
Who's (and What's) New at Experts Exchange
Meeting of the Mods: Call it a SLO news week. The Director of Community Support, the two Site Administrators, the Cleanup Admin, several of the Moderators, and a couple of the Page Editors will be visiting Experts Exchange's offices in San Luis Obispo, CA, to meet with the owners and staff May 6-9. We promise a full report -- okay, maybe not a full report -- in a couple of weeks.

Just when you thought it was safe: A ZDNet article published April 30 reveals yet another threat to computers running Microsoft software: bots that carry viruses. Read the entire article here.

New Genius: AzraSound has reached Genius status in the Visual Basic topic area. A member of Experts Exchange since March 2000, he is also the co-author of VB.NET - A Developer's Guide. Congratulations, AzraSound!

Our questions, articles and featured experts were provided by Page Editor ahoffmann. A member since June 1997, ahoffmann has Certificates in five topics and knows both Unix and Linux from just about every angle. He says he also knows how to use Ctrl-Alt-Del -- whatever THAT means.
Your questions and solutions Featured Expert
Still open: IPSec between two solaris 8 systems
We want all tcp traffic to run encrypted through the IPSec tunnel. Both systems are solaris 8.
Points: 500
03/17/2004 03:20PM PDT
Can you help?

Still open: Unix networking/ gateway issue
ahoffmann: We've all been there: two days ago, we couldn't spell "administrator" and now we are one. This member came to the right place to find out how to configure a Unix server.
Points: 250
04/12/2004 12:52PM PDT
Can you help?

Return to Sender
We've all been inundated with spam, but now it's gotten worse. If you're the webmaster for a domain, you've gotten the emails that say "so and so doesn't exist, so we're returning your email" -- when you didn't send the email to begin with. Now it poses a security problem as well.
Read the entire article, or click here if you'd rather read it in German.

  Tintin
ahoffmann on Tintin: "The Unix TAs are rarely used, so the experts are always the same. I also can't point out one which is not a Cleanup Volunteer or has not already been mentioned. But Tintin stands out -- he always has concise and useful suggestions."
Login Name: Tintin
Registration Date: November 13, 2002
Expert Points: 308877
Certificates: Master, Unix Programming, Perl, CGI Programming

modulo
modulo is not exactly a spring chicken at EE, having joined in February 2000. In addition to being one of EE's best experts, he also exemplifies how EE works -- he has always been the patient teacher none of us ever really had.

He joined the Moderator team in October 2002, is one of the hardest-working members we've ever had, and still manages to stay at the top of his favorite TA. He's also quite a photographer, with a fondness for buildings and landscapes.

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Nata's Corner: More virus talk
Hold onto your seats: The ZDNet article mentioned above says that we're in for a whole new round of virus attacks, so we thought it a good idea to give you a little refresher in terms you'll be hearing a lot in the next few weeks. This list isn't complete, but it's a good start.
Attack
An attempt by an unauthorized individual or program to gain control over aspects of your PC.
Backdoor
Code inserted into a program by the original programmer in order to fix bugs or make other changes that need to be made. If the wrong person finds it, it can be used to attack your computer.
Hijacking
An attack whereby an active session is intercepted and used by someone else.
Key
A key is a Windows registry components that tells Windows what program to run when an icon is clicked, or what kind of printer you have. Every time a program gets added to or uninstalled from a PC the registry gets changed. Viruses usually add keys to your registry, making your computer do things it shouldn't do.
@mm
If you see this at the end of a virus, it means the virus is a mass mailer. A mass mailer is the term for a virus that upon infection can mail itself out to email addresses that it harvests from various areas of your hard drive -- especially your address book.
Macro virus
Code written to take advantage of 'Hotkey" programming in email clients to deliver its payload or replicate. Macros are key combinations that can be recorded and linked to a single keystroke -- so when you open the email and unknowingly hit the hotkey, your computer gets infected.
Replication
After a virus successfully infects a PC it usually wants to copy itself -- to replicate itself. It tries to infect either different parts of your system, or other systems, usually through address books or shared network files.
Inside the numbers
ameba has spent a lot of time at Experts Exchange, and during his tenure has come up with all kinds of interesting and useful ways of looking at the site. His latest project is a list of all of the Certified Experts, which he updates daily at his site. We'll be publishing the list of new certificates awarded every issue; what follows is those earned from April 17 through May 1. Thanks for your great work, ameba!
ExpertCert.in Topic Area ExpertCert.in Topic Area ExpertCert.in Topic Area
AzraSound
Shauli
BlueDevilFan
capricorn1
rockiroads
Dexstar
Shailesh15
third
venkateshwarr
mnasman
shaneholmes
esoftbg
mokule
Stuart Johnson
GwynforWeb
dorward
mmuruganandam
Nick_72
danblake
TimCottee
appari
JamesDS
TheLearnedOne
x_com
Genius
Guru
Master
Sage
Wizard
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Wizard
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Wizard
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Wizard
Master
Visual Basic
Visual Basic
Visual Basic
MS Access
MS Access
ASP
ASP
ASP
ASP
Delphi
Delphi
Delphi
Delphi
Delphi
JavaScript
JavaScript
Java
Java
Microsoft SQL
Microsoft SQL
Microsoft SQL
Windows 2000
.NET
.NET
gregoryyoung
Higor
kronostm
war1
PeteLong
SheharyaarSaahil
Crash2100
jkr
seazodiac
Henka
Mob-bom
PeteLong
What90
substand
Tacobell777
mvidas
roos01
JustinCase2
jmcg
rj2
D_M_D
krishnaprathab
Kdo
acperkins
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Guru
Wizard
Sage
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Guru
Guru
Guru
Wizard
Guru
Master
Master
Guru
Master
.NET
.NET
Hardware
Hardware
Windows 98
Windows XP
Windows XP
MFC
Oracle
Oracle
Outlook
Outlook
Exchange_Server
ColdFusion
ColdFusion
Excel
Excel
Excel
Perl
Perl
Web Development
Flash
C
VB DB
venkateshwarr
Arthur_Wood
jamesreddy
Netman66
JammyPak
kennethxu
bobbit31
rrz@871311
baldrick
Callandor
sirbounty
Tintin
blue_zee
JamesDS
Joseph_Moore
sunray_2003
weed
COBOLdinosaur
hdhondt
MediaMacros
Mikal613
namasi_navaretnam
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Wizard
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
PHP
Programming
Microsoft Network
Microsoft Network
Microsoft Network
JSP
JSP
JSP
Lounge
Desktops
MS-DOS
Unix Prog.
Windows ME
Win Server 2003
Windows Security
Windows Security
Graphics
Web Languages
Printers
Director
Win CE
PowerBuilder
742 experts have 1051 certifications:  Genius:8   Sage:38   Wizard:77   Guru:180   Master:748
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