June 15, 2004
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What's New at Experts Exchange
Feedback, 2 Geniuses and more spoofing
Featured Experts
Two of EE's best
Your Questions and Solutions
yuzh, our Page Editor for Solaris
  Nata's Corner
A letter and more virus talk
Inside the Numbers
ameba's list of new Certificates
Tip for New Members
Be clear in what you're asking
What's New at Experts Exchange
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Two Geniuses: Two more names have been added to the Genius list (1,000,000 points in a single topic area): Zvonko in the Javascript topic area, and arbert in the Microsoft SQL topic area. Contratulations, gentlemen, on a job exceedingly well done.

More credit card spoofing: The two latest financial institutions are US Bank and CitiBank. If you get an email from either, asking to verify any personal information, go to the bank's website and follow the instructions.

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Our questions, articles and featured experts were provided by Solaris Page Editor yuzh.
Your questions and solutions Featured Experts
Still open: Solaris Inventory
"I manage a couple of sun boxes which are stored remotely. Can I find out what hardware model these boxes are using commands?"
Points: 75
05/25/2004 09:38AM PDT
Can you help?
Still open: ssh session timout
"When I connect to this machine I get dropped after about 5 min of inactivity..."
Points: 250
06/03/2004 04:04AM PDT
Can you help?
Automate Disk format
"I want to write a script to automate the disk erasing process. Instead of issuing, format command and selecting 0....15 disk drives individually, is there any way to write script that detects all attached valid disks and erases them all?"
Date: 05/06/2004 07:38AM PDT
View the solution
Ghost-like mirroring tool for Sun boxes?
"I'm looking for (don't know if it exists) a tool similar to the Symantec Ghost product for Sun boxes?"
Date: 10/29/2003 04:18PM PST
View the solution
"The Ups and Outs of Low Cost Computing"
An interesting article from the Sun Inner Circle
Read the entire article.
  JustUNIX
JustUNIX joined Experts Exchange in July, 2003, and true to his username, has stayed pretty close to the UNIX and Solaris topic areas. He is a system architect and security consultant with about 20 years in the business, and owns his own consulting company. He notes that he doesn't have as much time to participate at EE as he would like, but he's done well enough to get our attention.
Login Name: JustUNIX
Registration Date: July 3, 2003
Expert Points: 61895

yuzh
yuzh is the Page Editor for the Solaris topic area. One of our most active PEs, he says he has been "playing with UNIX since the punch card days", and doesn't like the publicity he deserves for being known by Sun Australia, SunSolve and Sun Inner Circle. We beg to differ; he's one of EE's best.
Login Name: yuzh
Registration Date: June 21, 2000
Expert Points: 448444
Certificates: Guru, Solaris; Master, UNIX, UNIX Programming

Computer101
Ya gotta love 'im. C101 has been around EE for a while: he joined in late December, 1999, and was well on his way to the upper reaches of the Hall of Fame when he was asked to become a Moderator in April, 2001. He became an Administrator in September, 2002. His dedication to EE is matched only by his propensity for fixing his truck and working on his putting.

Tip from the Page Editors: Ask your question in the right Topic Area, and look for subtopics that might be more appropriate. We see a lot of questions asked in Databases, for example, when they should get asked in MS Access or Crystal Reports. If you're not sure, write to the Page Editor and ask, or look at the All Topics page.
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Nata's Corner: Still more virus talk
I got an email the other day from one of EE's members about my note a couple of weeks go, suggesting a few things about virus protection and keeping your computer safe.

One of the comments was about updating your virus protection. I didn't mean to suggest that you have to go out and buy all new virus protection software, but you do have to make sure that it gets updated regularly. That brought up the member's second point: Symantec calls the list of viruses it protects against "definitions", as does McAfee, but other companies use different terms. Trend Micro calls them "virus patterns", for example, but in any case, once you've bought the software, you can update these files as often as you like, for a nominal fee.

The member also brought up my comment about installing a firewall. My cable modem/router has a built-in firewall that I can configure from my computer; the firewall is built into the hardware. But if you don't want to spend the money for protection via the hardware, you can also get the software kind. There are a number of different companies that have (and sell) them; my correspondent says that he likes the one from Zone Alarm because it's easy to use, and best of all, is free.

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Inside the numbers
ameba, one of EE's prominent Experts, provides us with a list of newly earned Certificates. His list of all of the Certified Experts is located at his site. The list below covers the period from May 31 through June 12.
Expert Certified in Topic Area Expert Certified in Topic Area Expert Certified in Topic Area
Dhaest
dancebert
0tacon
routinet
lucas911
Data-Man
alorentz
neeraj523
Javatm
arbert
gregoryyoung
sirbounty
_ys_
roshmon
sramesh2k
SheharyaarSaahil
Sembee
kristinaw
Guru
Master
Guru
Guru
Master
Master
Sage
Master
Guru
Genius
Guru
Master
Master
Wizard
Sage
Wizard
Master
Master
Visual Basic
Visual Basic
MS Access
MS Access
MS Access
MS Access
ASP
ASP
Java
Microsoft SQL
.NET
Hardware
C++
MFC
Windows XP
Windows XP
Exchange_Server
Exchange_Server
pratikroy
sunray_2003
robinluo
sunray_2003
qwaletee
bhagyesht
webwoman
AlexFM
tovvenki
diggisaur
rockiroads
dualsoul
jarasa
Callandor
andyalder
lrmoore
donjohnston
mikecr
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Guru
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Sage
Master
Master
Oracle
MS Office
Outlook
Networking
Networking
Programming
Web Development
C#
C#
Microsoft Network
Databases
XML
JSP
Storage
Storage
Routers
Routers
Routers
CarlWarner
richrumble
ghana
What90
SteveGTR
meverest
Tacobell777
tovvenki
tgannetts
MASQUERAID
samri
tovvenki
ewtaylor
sunray_2003
Vikas_Dixit
duz
vzilka
Wizard
Master
Master
Guru
Guru
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Master
FoxPro
Windows Security
Windows Security
Windows Server 2003
MS-DOS
IIS
IIS
VB.NET
VB.NET
Miscellaneous
Apache
ASP.NET
VPN
Security
PowerBuilder
Online Marketing
App Servers
807 experts have 1161 certifications: Genius:10  Sage:45  Wizard:82  Guru:200  Master:824
Tip for New Members: Be clear in what you're asking
For most new members, the most frustrating part of asking a question is when an Expert asks you one back. Remember, they aren't sitting at your computer; the Experts are from all over the world, and while they want to help you, sometimes knowing what operating system you have, or which version of a piece of software you're using, is important information. Make sure you click on the link in the email notification you get, and respond to the Experts -- that will get you your solution a lot quicker.
 
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