June 29, 2004
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What's New at Experts Exchange
New TA, Feedback, spoofing, kudos, Hotmail and Google
Featured Experts
Two of EE's best
Your Questions and Solutions
seanpowell, one of our Web Page Editors
Nata's Corner
Virus steals financial info
Inside the Numbers
ameba's list of new Certificates
Tip for New Members
Ask for help in closing questions
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New Topic Area: By request, Microsoft Project. More -- many more -- to follow.
Feedback on Feedback: When the Feedback system premiered a couple of weeks ago, we expected a few problems -- most of which involve members leaving posts that should be asked in questions, rather than in the Feedback. So we're reposting the guidelines:
  • Use common sense. Remember, the person you flame today might be the person who can answer your question tomorrow.
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Spoofing: We received an email from a member saying they didn't like the fact that we told people to go to a financial institution's webpage to report spoofing because spoofers leave a handy little link in their emails so you can update the information -- which, of course, gives the information to the spoofers. Their advice: delete the email. We'll stand by our suggestion -- but make sure you're actually going to the financial institution's website. No reputable financial institution will ever ask you for information via email, nor will they provide links within emails for you to follow. You can certainly delete the email... but that won't help the banks catch the crooks.
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Hotmail to offer 250MB: Whoever said email was destined for the graveyard hasn't read the latest news. In an effort to keep up with Google's new GMail and Yahoo, Microsoft has decided to up the ante for their own email free service.While likely to stem the flow to other providers, it's unlikely that we'll see hotmail accounts auctioned off on eBay anytime soon. Read the entire article.
The Search is the Thing: Getting listed on Google's #1 spot is turning out to be a search for the digital Holy Grail. So much so, that two companies are even sponsoring a contest to see who can pull it off. Many companies, and even personal blog sites, are doing whatever they can to achieve that glorified position, whether it's ethical or not. Read on to find out why in business, sometimes it's the game that's most important. Read the entire article.
Our questions, articles and featured experts were provided by Web Development Page Editor seanpowell.
Your questions and solutions Featured Experts
Still open: Google not picking up links to my site?
Everyone wants to get listed. Do you know how?
Points: 250
06/23/2004 11:30AM PDT
Can you help?
Still open: Best tutorials and examples for ASP.NET
Struggling to keep up? Read on to learn how to teach an old dog some new tricks...
Points: 25
06/16/2004 07:42PM PDT
Can you help?
Still open: html within textarea?
Sometimes What You See Is Not What You Get...
Points: 500
Date: 06/24/2004 06:33AM PDT
Can you help?
Is it possible to make my PC play a wav when someone posts a message at my site?
Experts chime in on how to keep your PC ringing.
Date: 06/15/2004 04:47AM PDT
View the solution
Browser "Hijack"?
This question, we're unhappy to say, occurs all too frequently here on EE.
Date: 06/11/2004 02:09PM PDT
View the solution
Standard response material, re: Spyware, Adware, BHOs, and other Malware.
In an effort to help maintain a central link repository, a number of Experts have taken the time to assemble the most relevant and up-to-date material to keep your browser happy!
View the solution
  rcmb
rcmb, a retired Naval Officer, spent 23 years in the submarine force before moving on to "bigger and better things". We're glad he did, as his contributions to the Microsoft FrontPage topic area have been exemplary. In fact, he's just earned his very first EE certificate. Congratulations Curtis. Registration Date: July 3, 2003
Expert Points: 91915
Certificates: Master, Microsoft FrontPage
CrYpTiC_MauleR
CrYpTiC_MauleR is a computer enthusiast from Orlando, FL. As he notes, "I just have a brain like a sponge when it comes to computers, I learn as much as I can and soak up knowledge here and there." Fortunately for us, it's more here than there. Nick is always helpful, and one of the best at contributing with fellow Experts. Keep up the great Work Nick.
Registration Date: January 28, 2003
Expert Points: 117279
seanpowell
One of the hardest-working Page Editors we have, seanpowell is the owner of his own design firm, and somehow manages to scrape out a living while spending what seems like 24/7 on Experts Exchange. Thanks for your great work, Sean!
Registration Date: March 22, 2003
Expert Points: 1062811
Certificates: Wizard, HTML and Cascading Style Sheets; Guru, Microsoft FrontPage; Master, Web Development
ee_ai_construct
Runner-up to Lunchy among the Mods for weirdest sense of humor. AI (or "re-order part number #xm34", as he calls himself) joined EE in March 2003, and managed to join the Millionaire Club in about six months. He told us he enjoys helping people, so we took him at his word and asked him to join the Moderators in March 2004. Following a long contract -- he makes more than twice the $0 the rest of us get -- he finally accepted, and we're glad he did.
Tip from the Page Editors: It's all about communication. EE's Experts are a fanatical bunch, and will go to extraordinary lengths to get to the bottom of your problem, but not without your help. Keep track of the comments that have been posted to your question, answer any requests for more information, and don't forget to close the question out once you're happy. Remember, the Experts need you just as much as you need them :-)
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Nata's Corner: Virus steals financial info
The Associated Press reported Friday that a new trojan horse virus, dubbed Download.Ject by Microsoft, may be aimed at stealing credit card and other valuable information through hundreds and possibly thousands of infected Web sites. The infection appears to take advantage of three separate flaws with Microsoft IIS 5.0 and Internet Explorer. Microsoft said software updates to fix two of them had been released in April, but the third flaw was newly discovered and had no patch to fix it yet.

The infection makes subtle changes to the Web site so visitors get a piece of code that's designed to retrieve from a Russian Web site software that records a person's keystrokes and can send data back. MacIntosh versions of Internet Explorer are not affected. Security experts are certain that until Microsoft releases a patch, the flaw will continue to be exploited.

Both Symantec and Computer Associates have fixes listed on their websites.

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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 June 13 through June 26.
Expert Certified in Topic Area Expert Certified in Topic Area Expert Certified in Topic Area
vinnyd79
Idle_Mind
YohanShminge
R_Rajesh
p_sie
phileoca
aflockhart
mantarae
TimCottee
knightmad
AmirAzhdari
SjoerdVerweij
mcmonap
kselvia
dgelinas
x4u
AlexFM
itsmeandnobodyelse
stefan73
Sage
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Wizard
Guru
Master
Visual Basic
Visual Basic
Visual Basic
Visual Basic
Visual Basic
MS Access
MS Access
ASP
ASP
Delphi
Delphi
Microsoft SQL
Microsoft SQL
Microsoft SQL
JavaScript
Java
C++
C++
C++
blue_zee
SheharyaarSaahil
Bembi
dstoker509
rhandels
PeteLong
sciwriter
JFrederick29
brettdj
CSLARSEN
aflockhart
kandura
Squinky
ldbkutty
CrYpTiC_MauleR
What90
leonstryker
BigSchmuh
Netman66
Guru
Master
Guru
Guru
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Sage
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Windows 98
Windows 98
Exchange_Server
Exchange_Server
Exchange_Server
Networking
Networking
Networking
Excel
Excel
Excel
Perl
PHP
PHP
PHP
Microsoft Network
VB DB
Databases
Operating Systems
SheharyaarSaahil
sirbounty
owensleftfoot
da99rmd
CrazyOne
PeteLong
kronostm
rcmb
gregoryyoung
TheLearnedOne
SheharyaarSaahil
gilbar
snoyes_jw
seanpowell
ahoffmann
mmarinov
Fatal_Exception
Cayce
sunnycoder
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Master
Wizard
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Applications
Applications
Linux
Linux
Windows Security
Windows Security
Desktops
FrontPage
VB.NET
VB.NET
Miscellaneous
Word
PHP and Databases
CSS
Linux Setup
ASP.NET
DSL/Cable
C++ Builder
Languages
829 experts have 1204 certifications: Genius:10  Sage:47  Wizard:82  Guru:208  Master:857
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