July 27, 2004
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New Genius: byundt, who was one of the first featured Experts in our newsletter, and is the Page Editor for the much of the Microsoft Office topic areas, recently went over the 1,000,000 point mark in the Excel TA, making him the 13th Certified Genius at EE. There's just one obvious thing to say, Brad: Excel-lent!
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Still open: CWS (CoolWebSearch)
If there's any site in the world that's been villified (except perhaps Microsoft) as much as CoolWebSearch, we don't know what it is. Here's another victim...
Points: 500
July 22, 2004 - 12:37PM PDT
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Still open: Hijackthis Log File
If you know what you're looking at, HijackThis is a great tool. If you don't know what you're looking at, it's hieroglyphics.
Points: 50
July 22, 2004 - 06:47AM PDT
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Still open: Squid log question-search engines
Most of the questions at EE involving security are like the two above, but even Linux users have a few.
Points: 125
July 02, 2004 - 04:41AM PDT
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Still open: a script that will put info into a secure database/php
"I need a script written in php, that will take any or all feilds I specify on a form and log/store them in a secure mysql/flatfile database, perfered encrypted."
Points: 500
July 08, 2004 - 12:58PM PDT
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Still open: Can't ssh without being prompted for a passphrase
The secret to effective security is always in the configuration, as one UNIX member is finding out.
Points: 125
July 14, 2004 - 09:52AM PDT
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Still open: Trojan from website?
ClassyLinks has been one of our favorite Experts since we joined EE; this question goes to show that even the best of Experts can have a problem once in a while.
Points: 500
July 16, 2004 - 10:43AM PDT
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Still open: Free for all links page
This one is almost funny. The Asker is having trouble keeping people from posting the "wrong" kinds of links...
Points: 500
July 14, 2004 - 12:09PM PDT
Can you help?
  MASQUERAID
MASQUERAID is a relative newcomer to the site who just celebrated his first anniversary at Experts Exchange. A fan of murder mystery parties, he also has a fondness for coffee that rivals that of the Newsletter's editor and a couple of the Moderators. Keep up the great work!
Registration Date: June 22, 2003
Expert Points: 273015
Certificates: Master, Applications, Miscellaneous alorentz
If he weren't such an affable guy, alorentz could easily be one of those Members you'd get jealous about in a hurry. He's been a member for just over six months, and already he's third on the all-time list in ASP. He makes enough money pitching horseshoes that he can answer tons of questions at EE, so apparently, we're all in the wrong business. Congratulations, alorentz!
Registration Date: January 2, 2004
Expert Points: 694358
Certificates: Sage, ASP
WesLennon
We don't have enough room. Wes joined EE in October, 2000, and made a name for himself in the Windows and Hardware topic areas before being asked to join the ranks of the Moderators in June, 2001. He did yeoman service, courtesy of taking early retirement, during what are called the "Dark Days" of EE, often pulling 18-hour days before the site was acquired by its current ownership the following fall. One of their first acts: asking Wes to become the Administrator, and then the Director of Community Development/Services/Support, a position he's held since September, 2002. Under his watch, we've seen the site grow from about 750,000 members to over 3 million... and to think he did all that without once using a spell-checker or voting for someone not named Bush... (just kidding, Wes!)
Only one Moderator responded to our offer to let them sound off on their boss anonymously: "The word that best describes Wes is: dedication. Dedication to site, friends, and fellow experts. I wonder if it is some kind of driving ambition that keeps him coming back every day, or the thought of leaving the site in the hands of the mods/admins puts enough fear in him, then again... maybe it is just sleep deprivation gives him some type of rush (that might explain those spelling errors) j/k ;). Whatever the reason, you can't help but admire someone who spends as much time as he does knowing the only return he may get is a simple 'thanks' from an occasional user. Wes, keep up the good work."
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Nata's Corner: PDFs and other strangers
I'll bet you thought this was going to be all about Portable Document Files -- those documents you get (like applications) sent to you as attachments to emails. But actually, it's another warning to be careful about what kinds of files you receive, and whether you open them. I got one the other day that was supposedly from the Director of Community Support, WesLennon -- except that I had no reason to expect it. It turned out to be from a spoofed email address, and the file attached was probably a virus.
PDFs, which can be read using Adobe's Acrobat Reader are safe. Other file types that are safe are .JPG files, which are pictures, and generally speaking, .ZIP and .SIT files, which are zipped. Note that a zipped file CAN contain an executable program or macro that can do damage to your computer, but the zipped file itself probably can't.
Common files that are USUALLY safe, but not necessarily, are anything from Microsoft Word (.DOC), Excel (.XLS), PowerPoint (.PPS) or Access (.MDB). They're usually safe because you get them from people you know; but they can all contain macros or code that can damage your system. Be especially careful about PowerPoint files, since the last three I've seen have all been either a series of funny photographs or some kind of uplifting series of messages. Just because they're pretty doesn't mean they can't contain something harmful.
At this point, delete any email that comes with either a Program Information File (.PIF) or Screensaver file (.SCR). I'll bet that 999 out of 1000 emails you receive that have one or the other of these two file types is a virus. This list is by no means complete. The bottom line: unless you know who you're getting it from, and unless you have a reason to think that you're supposed to be getting it... well... that Delete key can be your best friend.
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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 July 11 through July 25.
Expert Certified in Topic Area Expert Certified in Topic Area Expert Certified in Topic Area
BlueDevilFan
Arthur_Wood
Flembosa
Data-Man
dkmj17
dannywareham
Nestorio
adilkhan
Jester_48
x_com
CrYpTiC_MauleR
Giant2
lwinkenb
acperkins
Lowfatspread
Hilaire
namasi_navaretnam
SjoerdVerweij
xenon_je
robertjbarker
_TAD_
Guru
Guru
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Master
Sage
Sage
Sage
Wizard
Guru
Guru
Master
Guru
Visual Basic
Visual Basic
Visual Basic
MS Access
MS Access
MS Access
MS Access
ASP
JavaScript
JavaScript
JavaScript
Java
Java
Microsoft SQL
Microsoft SQL
Microsoft SQL
Microsoft SQL
Microsoft SQL
Microsoft SQL
Microsoft SQL
.NET
tovvenki
glsac
Netman66
diggisaur
nonubik
PeteLong
Huseyin1
diggisaur
ColinRoyds
annamalai77
sciwriter
mark-wa
byundt
anandkp
Timbo87
VincentPuglia
jimmack
Diablo84
Sembee
JFrederick29
Sethi
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Wizard
Master
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Genius
Sage
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
.NET
.NET
Windows 2000
Windows 2000
MFC
Windows XP
Windows XP
Windows XP
Exchange_Server
Oracle
Networking
Outlook
Excel
ColdFusion
C#
Web Development
Programming
PHP
Microsoft Network
Microsoft Network
VB DB
SjoerdVerweij
dimante
CrYpTiC_MauleR
PATKIRSCH
sciwriter
DotNetLover_Baan
ptakja
oBdA
mikebernhardt
td_miles
seanpowell
jhance
jhautani
daffodils
oBdA
Dreamboat
Dave_Dietz
liddler
namasi_navaretnam
Fatal_Exception
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Master
Databases
WinNT Net.
HTML
Crystal Reports
Storage
VB.NET
VB.NET
Windows NT
Routers
Routers
Browser Issues
Desktops
Win Server 2003
ASP.NET
MS-DOS
Word
IIS
Solaris
Sybase
Broadband
873 experts have 1289 certifications:  Genius:13  Sage:53  Wizard:79  Guru:230  Master:914
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