June 8, 2004
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In this issue
What's [NOT] new and who is
PayPal spoofed, more viruses and a new Mod and PE
Featured experts
Two of EE's best
Your questions and solutions
mlmcc and ThG do the deed
  Nata's Corner
More virus talk
Inside the numbers
ameba's list of new Certificates
Tip for New Members
Getting your solution
What's [NOT] New at Experts Exchange, and Who Is
PayPal being spoofed: We might have been fooled -- whoever tried to get us to change our information at PayPal did a very nice job on the layout of the email -- except they sent it to an email address that doesn't have a related PayPal account. PayPal has some pretty strict procedures and failsafes for keeping your information safe, but clicking on those links in the emails isn't their fault -- it's yours -- so don't do it. If you receive an email that looks like it's from them, then forward it to spoof@paypal.com.
Just when you thought it was safe, version n: Two more viruses are out there, including one that is sneakier than most. The Netsup virus looks for all the world like the typical email you'd get back from an email server to which you had sent a virus. Since many of us are the victims of spoofed email addresses -- in other words, it looks like someone has used your email address and spammed the world with it -- getting this message has become almost commonplace. Now, we can't even believe those messages, because if you open the attachment to find out who is spoofing your email, you've infected yourself with a virus. And while we're on the subject, Microsoft has come up with a CD compilation of security updates. It's free.
New to the Team: Please join us in welcoming DarthMod to the list of Moderators, and gregoryyoung as the new Page Editor for the C# topic area.
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Our questions, articles and featured experts were provided by Page Editors mlmcc and ThG.
Your questions and solutions Featured Experts
Still open: Game of Life programming
Ah, if life were that simple... This user is trying to learn Pascal on his own.
Points: 50
05/20/2004 09:26PM PDT
Can you help?

Still open: php/postgresql inserting null values
"I'm trying to insert data from website to a postgresql database and am having problems with date and timestamp datatypes. I have a date field which can be null."
Points: 250
05/30/2004 08:36PM PDT
Can you help?

Formatting floating point numbers
"I've got a double in a mysql data base - looks pretty much like 0.85746363783. How do I format that number to 2 decimals for example. I'd like 0.86."Points: 250
Date: 01/08/2004 12:32PM PST
View the solution

External Sorting
Sometimes, the question that gets asked isn't really the question that needs to be answered. In this question, the person asking the question knew what he wanted, but didn't know how to describe it.
Date: 04/12/2004 08:03AM PDT
View the solution

"Top 21 PHP progamming mistakes - Part I: Seven Textbook Mistakes"
The article is written about PHP, but a lot of its principles apply to any kind of interactive web programming.
Read the entire article.

  cracky
cracky came to Experts Exchange in January, 2001, and has picked up points in many of the various web development topic areas. At the top of the list for him: PHP and MySQL.
Login Name: cracky
Registration Date: January 15, 2001
Expert Points: 176133
Certificates: Master, PHP

mlmcc
mlmcc is the Page Editor for the Pascal and Database Reporting topic areas. He started out using FORTRAN to program wargaming and space-related systems on mainframes, and has taught classes in Pascal, FORTRAN, C, C++, and Visual Basic. His current projects involve working with databases using Visual Basic frontends and Crystal Reports.
Login Name: mlmcc
Registration Date: November 30, 2000
Expert Points: 899393
Certificates: Sage, Crystal Reports; Master, Visual Basic, Programming

ThG
ThG initially began his studies as System Administrator on Unix and Linux operating systems. During the last four years he learned most programming languages widely used nowadays for work requirements, with a particular attention to Web related technologies. He has been working as database designer and web developer (mostly on PHP/MySQL) for the past two years.
Login Name: ThG
Registration Date: April 12, 2003
Expert Points: 257639
Certificates: Master, PHP, PHP Databases

CetusMOD
Some people just jump out at you. CetusMOD joined EE about seven minutes before the "Last Login Date" stopped working (July 8, 2003 if you're wondering) -- and he started working. He made the HOF, cleaned thousands of questions, and when asked to join the Moderator program in March 2004, took all of a minute or so to join in. Since then, he's been tireless.

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Nata's Corner: Still more virus talk
I find little tips and tricks all over the Internet -- okay, so I browse a lot -- and one of the things I've seen a lot of lately is people complaining that this virus protection company's system didn't work, or that one's missed the Beagle virus and the whole system crashed.

We can't say it often enough. Get yourself some protection. Even if you're using a 56k modem, you're still vulnerable; trojan horse viruses can sit there and wait until you have a rainy Saturday where there's no decent movie, and all of a sudden, your computer is sending a new virus to everyone in your address book.

None of the virus protection companies really wants you to use someone else's, but they all say that in addition to theirs, you should take a few other precautions:

  • Use a firewall. They're not as expensive as reinstalling your entire O/S, recreating your address book and bookmarks, and all of the other nasty stuff some of the viruses cause.
  • Use antivirus software, and make sure it's always up to date. You can also take advantage of TrendMicro's online virus scan, even if you're using someone else's software.
  • Don't open an attachment from someone you've never heard of, and don't open one from someone you've heard of if you weren't expecting it. Viruses are coming in all shapes and sizes, and you might get one early -- before the antivirus companies get a chance to update the definitions.
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Inside the numbers
Somehow, our issue of two weeks ago got lost in the shuffle, so we've included the new certifications list for the last month below. ameba did his usual stellar work in sending the list to us, so don't go blaming him. His list of all of the Certified Experts is located at his site. The list below covers the period from May 2 through May 30.
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.NET
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sirbounty
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KurtVon
gemarti
sirbounty
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ikm7176
ahmedbahgat
MFay
Emptyone
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mrichmon
Plucka
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cookre
mayankeagle
AlexFM
lbertacco
Dabas
Dhaest
shalomc
dfu23
ozo
Tintin
sirbounty
YohanShminge
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Master
Wizard
Master
Master
Master
Wizard
Master
Master
Sage
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Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Sage
Guru
Master
Master
.NET
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Windows 2000
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Hardware
C++
MFC
MFC
MFC
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Exchange_Server
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ColdFusion
ColdFusion
ColdFusion
Excel
Programming
Programming
Programming
Programming
Programming
Programming
Web Development
Web Development
Perl
Perl
Networking
Networking
anupnellip
gregoryyoung
qwaletee
cracky
CosminB
ankuratvb
GrahamSkan
sirbounty
oBdA
seanpowell
brunobear
sirbounty
LucF
walterecook
frodoman
objects
TimYates
snoyes_jw
leannonn
Fatal_Exception
Bartender_1
kronostm
seanpowell
JFrederick29
yuzh
shamstar
ldbkutty
Mercantilum
gregoryyoung
RonaldBiemans
bryanh
khkremer
jlevie
mmarinov
lesouef
Master
Master
Sage
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Wizard
Master
Master
Master
Master
Wizard
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Guru
Master
Master
Networking
C#
Lotus Notes/Domino
PHP
PHP
C
VB Controls
Microsoft Network
Microsoft Network
HTML
HTML
Operating Systems
Operating Systems
Databases
Crystal Reports
JSP
JSP
Mysql
Mysql
Windows Server 2003
Storage
Storage
FrontPage
Routers
Solaris
Graphics
PHP and Databases
Apache
VB.NET
VB.NET
Linux Prog.
Adobe Acrobat
Sendmail
ASP.NET
FileMaker
742 experts have 1051 certifications:  Genius:8   Sage:38   Wizard:77   Guru:180   Master:748
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