July 20, 2004
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What's New at Experts Exchange
New Search system, and a new Mod
Featured Experts
Three of EE's best
Your Questions and Solutions
turn123, our Applications Page Editor
  Nata's Corner
Images and more anti-virus stuff
Inside the Numbers
ameba's list of new Certificates
Tip for New Members
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What's New at Experts Exchange
New Search: The Engineering Staff announced last week the rebuilt Search mechanism. Included in the system is a spell-checker that suggests corrections, so, in their words, no more "orcale databse prbolems". It's also a lot more flexible, allowing you to search date ranges, and open or closed questions.
There are a few tricks to the Advanced search, though. First, you type in your keywords and select whether you want the search to look at the Title, Body or Content of the questions (or you can select Everything), and then you have to Submit the criteria. You do the same when changing the Date Range, and whether you want to look at Open or Closed questions. After you've done all your submitting, you then click the Search button.
Once you've gotten all your results, a box will appear on the left side of your browser window, showing the distribution of the questions in the topic areas; clicking the TA will filter the results for that Topic Area only.
New Moderator: We're pleased to announce the addition of DarthMod to the team of Moderators at Experts Exchange. He's one of the original "Google-crushers" who has made good, and will be a big asset to the site. Welcome aboard!
New Geniuses: Congratulations to the two newest Geniuses (1 million points in a single Topic Area) at Experts Exchange: fritz_the_blank in ASP, and rockiroads in Microsoft Access. Your hard work and dedication to EE is remarkable, and greatly appreciated.
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New twist on an old virus: C|Net's News.com reported last week that new versions of the Lovgate virus, first discovered over the July 4 weekend, use an old trick in a new and destructive way. The virus, in addition to pulling the usual "mail to all email addresses and open a back door to the PC" tricks, it also then looks for all of the PCs connected to a network (a la the MSBlast worm), a vulnerability discovered nearly a year ago. The virus also replaces executable files (with .exe) with versions of itself, rendering the computer virtually useless. We'll say it again: make sure your virus definitions are up-to-date. Take a look at Nata's Corner if you want virus protection at no charge.
Point splits and "points for" questions: The Director of Community Services, WesLennon, has asked that we post the ground rules on "points for" questions. The maximum number of points allowed for any question is 500, so if you want to give someone more points than you originally offered, you can either increase the points in the question, or you can create a "points for" question. But either way you do it, the maximum can't exceed 500. The Moderators will remind you of the policy, and then just delete any question that causes the total points offered to go over the limit.
Newsletter archive: An unofficial (and not even necessarily complete) archive of the Experts Exchange newsletters is located here. We'll try to remember to keep the page updated. If you happen to have one that isn't listed or included, feel free to forward it to the Editor.
Our questions, articles and featured experts were provided by Applications Page Editor turn123.
Your questions and solutions Featured Experts
Still open: How do you chage Adobe Acrobat Default startup folder?
Any Windows user has run into pre-set defaults that are annoying, but not that difficult, to change. This one seems to be a stumper.
Points: 100
05/28/2004 01:20PM PDT
Can you help?
Still open: Citrix Image Scanning
Citrix is pretty good software, but occasionally it throws you a curve -- like when your scanner doesn't show up anywhere.
Points: 500
06/14/2004 09:45AM PDT
Can you help?
What's the best FTP client out there right now?
I'd be looking for a new piece of software after looking at a 7-hour download, too.
Date: 05/26/2004 05:59AM PDT
View the solution
Still open: SAP auditing tools
ERP is one of our newer topic areas, so it's not getting very much attention yet.
Points: 500
07/06/2004 12:01AM PDT
Can you help?
Still open: Importing Word AutoCorrect and dictionary to WordPerfect
Another new topic area is WordPerfect Office Suite.
Points: 250
07/09/2004 11:16AM PDT
Can you help?
  bruintje
bruintje is one of EE's old-timers, a veteran who joined Experts Exchange in November, 1998. He started in the IT business a year or so before that, has several Microsoft certificates and is currently studying to become a Certified Market Technician. He's also one of EE's truly good guys.
Registration Date: November 30, 1998
Expert Points: 1928387
Certificates: Sage, Microsoft Office; Guru, Microsoft Outlook, Visual Basic; Master, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Applications, VB Controls
turn123
turn123 is EE's Designated Hitter when it comes to topic areas; in addition to being one of our most dependable Cleanup Volunteers, he's never shied away from a request, no matter what the TA is. About himself, he modestly says there isn't much to say, except that he's been "playing around" with computers since he was six. "I found EE while searching for some Perl code and stayed in the Perl area for a long time," he adds, and can't say enough good things about fellow PE jmcg and Moderator AnnieMod.
Registration Date: November 4, 2003
Expert Points: 75570
Certificates: Master, Applications
RomMod
RomMod is one of the best examples of the perfect Expert to become a Moderator, and we're glad to have him as such. He joined Experts Exchange way back in August, 2000, and distinguished himself with his sense of humor and patience; he even found time to answer a few questions -- maybe not thousands, but a few -- before joining the Mod program a year ago. An evangelist for the site, he even got his sister to join. How's that for dedication?
Tip from the Page Editors: Always make sure that you have the last comment in your questions, replying to each and every point that the experts have made in the thread. If you can't test the suggestions at that moment, post letting the Experts know.
One of the least-known new features at Experts Exchange is our new Link Exchange. Our Link Exchange program is beneficial to both sites in a couple ways:
1. The number of resources available to users on both sites will increase
2. Site relevance is increased within all major search engines when a site provides links to and from quality resources

If you would like to swap links with EE, just fill out the form at the Link Exchange page.

Nata's Corner: Images and more anti-virus stuff
Images in emails: Friends of mine are always forwarding stuff to me, and I wind up writing back to them telling them I didn't get the pictures. If they're using Outlook Express, like I do, here's what you tell them to do: make sure that the picture is attached and that they have the "Send Pictures with Message" option selected.

Lost images: Ever lost images on you digital camera? Or deleted one off a card before you really wanted to? Take a look at MediaRECOVER software; it gets rave reviews from a number of magazines, and costs about $30. If you have priceless photographs of your children or your vacation stored on a card, this could be the best purchase you ever make.

Anti-virus stuff: We got email from a couple of Members who sent us sites that offer free anti-virus software. One is Avast Antivirus, which, in addition to watching your email, can also monitor your messaging software, like ICQ. The other is AntiVir, which is the personal use version of the company's network-enabled, not-for-free software. Be patient with the free site; they're getting a lot of hits and the page doesn't load all that quickly, but the software, according to our correspondent, is worth the wait.

The Premium Services include a number of features not available to "limited" members. Among them:
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You can purchase Premium Services on a month-to-month, semi-annual or annual basis, and take full advantage of all that Experts Exchange has to offer!
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 27 through July 11.
Expert Certified in Topic Area Expert Certified in Topic Area Expert Certified in Topic Area
dbrckovi
rockiroads
peter57r
LSMConsulting
jjafferr
perkc
GRayL
rockmuncher
LenaWood
miqrogroove
fritz_the_blank
Shailesh15
chisholmd
Ferruccio68
Workshop_Alex
GwynforWeb
VincentPuglia
_aaron_
gam3r_3xtr3m3
Timbo87
bhess1
rajesh009
mayankeagle
Master
Genius
Sage
Wizard
Guru
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Master
Genius
Guru
Master
Wizard
Guru
Sage
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Wizard
Master
Guru
Visual Basic
MS Access
MS Access
MS Access
MS Access
MS Access
MS Access
MS Access
MS Access
MS Access
ASP
ASP
ASP
Delphi
Delphi
JavaScript
JavaScript
JavaScript
JavaScript
JavaScript
Microsoft SQL
Microsoft SQL
Java
sudhakar_koundinya
jaime_olivares
sciwriter
AndyAinscow
jaime_olivares
BillDL
ikm7176
Sembee
What90
Exchange_Admin
bwinzenz
SheharyaarSaahil
riazpk
grblades
LucF
sirbounty
fanpages
pkhari
pinaldave
gregoryyoung
RomanPetrenko
TheKenman
stefan73
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Guru
Guru
Guru
Guru
Guru
Master
Sage
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Guru
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Java
C++
Hardware
MFC
MFC
Windows 98
Exchange_Server
Exchange_Server
Exchange_Server
Exchange_Server
Exchange_Server
Windows XP
Oracle
Networking
Networking
Outlook
Excel
Excel
ColdFusion
C#
C#
Web Development
Perl
negatyve
sunnycoder
Sethi
oBdA
rdcpro
khkremer
oBdA
sirbounty
sirbounty
RonaldBiemans
Dabas
Sembee
rsdn
mdmackillop
Justin_W
vardium
DotNetLover_Baan
ahoffmann
BigRat
tim_holman
tim_holman
Callandor
jlevie
Sage
Wizard
Master
Master
Sage
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Flash
C
VB Controls
WinNT Net.
XML
Linux
Windows Security
Windows Security
Storage
VB.NET
VB.NET
Windows Server 2003
Miscellaneous
Word
ASP.NET
ASP.NET
ASP.NET
Apache
Apache
Security
Firewalls
Laptops/Notebooks
Linux Security
851 experts have 1244 certifications:  Genius:12  Sage:50  Wizard:81  Guru:222  Master:879
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