August 10, 2004
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New book: slink9, a member of Experts Exchange since March 2000, has published a book on Microsoft Outlook, Link Em Up On Outlook, that is a "must" for anyone who uses the program. In addition to covering installation, customization, rules and features, slink9 (Steven to his friends) explains digital certificates, programming and troubleshooting as well. To learn more visit his website, or you can get the book beginning on Thursday, August 12, for just $19.95 at www.holymacrobooks.com.
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Non-virus alert: We subscribe to a lot of webites, including Virus Alerts for the Common Man (http://apcsnh.com/vacm). One of their recent emails said the following: "Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) looks like it may "break" a lot of existing software. The news we have at this point is that XP SP2 will give you the choice of running a software product that may be lacking in security or not. So, "break" is a relative term in this case. Time will tell. Looks like SP2 will be out this fall and, we assume, Windows Update will force it upon you. You have been warned."
Sign of the Apocalypse: The National Infocomm Competency Centre in Singapore, arguably the most technologically advanced island in Southeast Asia, will close on August 20. The reason: they're holding a contest to find the best pair of hackers in the city. The winners will get a DVD burner and free classes. For more information, click here (you need to have Flash), and then select the Highlights button in the lower left. The office is scheduled to reopen on August 23.
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Our questions, articles and featured experts were provided by Operating Systems Page Editor kabaam.
Still open: How to configure a LAN between two laptop computers Bluetooth
"I have two laptop computers, I was wondering how to connect them to a LAN which involves just the two computers. The physical layer would be Bluetooth, I am using Windows XP. I wish to share files and possibly share an internet connection later..."
Points: 500
February 25, 2004 - 08:39PM PST
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Intermittent login script issue
"I am experiencing intermittent problems with a vbscript applied at login through GPO. The script queries group membership and maps drives to DFS shares according to what groups the user is a member of. Recently we have had a number of users where the script appears to have not run at all..."
August 5, 2004 - 07:37AM PDT
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Setup Home Network
"Here goes! I have viewed just about all the posts on home networking and must admit that I am a little confused."
January 3, 2004 - 05:48PM PST
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kabaam: I was going to post a link to a particular article about internet security but decided to show the complete list of past issues from http://www.winxpnews.com/issues.cfm dating back to November 2001. As a subscribed member I receive a new issue in my email each Tuesday (they take some holidays off) with tips that beginners and seasoned XP experts will find useful. The best part is covered in the Oct 7, 2003 issue. It refers to websites that require extensive registration to view the information; with WinXPnews I entered my email address in and voila, I am now a registerd receiver of the newletter.
  Sembee
Sembee joined EE just six months ago, and has already distinguished himself in three of the more difficult topic areas. An IT consultant in the Thames Valley ("London to Reading for non Brits"), he's been in the business for ten years, starting when Windows 95 was just appearing. Great work, Sembee!
Registration Date: February 6, 2004
Expert Points: 573401
Certificates: Master, Microsoft Network, Windows 2003 Server; Wizard, Exchange Server kabaam
kabaam, one of EE's Networking and Operating Systems Page Editors, "stumbled upon" EE in December, 2003 and quickly got hooked. He says of himself, "I originally found EE by looking for online resources for Microsoft Access. I found a lot more than that and have not left for eight months. I served on active duty in the U.S Navy for just over eight years as an electronics technician and currently a member of a reserves unit in Texas. In three weeks I will become a full time student again (It has been 12 years). gulp!" Glad to have you aboard, kabaam!
Registration Date: December 4, 2003
Expert Points: 224002
Certificates: Master, Microsoft Network
OzzMod
OzzMod is the newest member of the Moderator team, having been asked to join just two weeks ago, but he's hardly a newbie at Experts Exchange. He joined the site in December, 2003, and has certificates in three TAs, while proving to be one of the best Cleanup Volunteers on the site. The fact that he's from Down Under doesn't hurt, either, as now EE has Moderators covering the site in virtually every time zone -- if he isn't spending time at the beach learning to surf. Welcome to our world, Ozz!
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Nata's Corner: My favorite nitpicker is back
My favorite nitpicker, Al, wrote me about last issue's discussion of attachments that sneak viruses and other nasties onto your computer. He brought up some good points.
One of the things he pointed out was that JPG files (which are usually pictures) CAN contain active content. He doesn't know of any software which makes it easy to include active content or which interprets it, which makes it kind of a moot point, but in the interest of accuracy, I'm passing it along. Now just watch -- someone will send me a link to some software that does it.
He also said that I didn't say loud enough that you shouldn't allow macros in MS Office products to run automatically -- you should only enable them for documents you get from people you know. There comes a time when you feel like you're beginning to sound like a broken record, but he's right.
Finally, he said I didn't tell people to change the setting in Windows Explorer that hides the extensions of known file types. Okay, so maybe I haven't mentioned it, but the column wasn't about Windows Explorer, it was about email attachments.
But if you haven't changed that setting, here's how you do it (I use Windows 98SE, so it might be slightly different for your version): Open Windows Explorer, then select Tools/Folder Options from the menu. Go to the middle tab (View), and scroll down to Hidden Files. Select "Show All Files". Then uncheck the box that says "Hide file extensions for known file types", and check the box that says "Remember each folder's view settings". Click the Apply button, and then click the button that says "Like Current Folder" and confirm it. Then click Okay. For Windows XP, the last step doesn't apply.
Okay, Al?
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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.
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