August 24, 2004
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What's New at Experts Exchange
Site news, SP-2, and much more
Featured Experts
Three who will help you
Your Questions and Solutions
Linux takes center stage
  Nata's Corner
There will always be an England
Inside the Numbers
ameba's list of new Certificates
Tip for New Members
What's the deal with the points
What's New at Experts Exchange
New faces: The staff at Experts Exchange, over the last few months, has tripled in size. Joining the Engineering staff are Brian Aberu, Scott Meggelet and Justin Dennahower, and Liz Robertson keeps the office humming. This is all good news for veterans Brian Gardner and Jan Louwerens, who don't have to take ALL of the heat. Welcome aboard, folks!
New Genius: capricorn1, a member of Experts Exchange since January 2001, began learning Microsoft Access about a year ago. Last week he became the fourth Genius in the topic area. Congratulations, cap!
New Points Policy: Last week, Engineering pushed a limitation on the number of points that can be accumulated by EE Members at 500. Members who have fewer than 500 points will continue to receive their five points per day until the cap is reached; when they drop below that level, they will resume accumulating them.
More XP SP2 News: This could go on forever. First, the Windows XP service pack that's on the way to you has a new option in the the preferences (Security tab, Download Images section) to "Block images and other external content in HTML e-mail" that is checked by default. That means you'll get a funny looking Newsletter if you don't uncheck it.
C|Net's News.com.com reported last week that even with SP-2 installed, there's a security hole that can allow an attacker to install a program on a victim's computer after convincing the person to visit a malicious Web site and click on a graphic -- using the standard drag and drop so common to Windows programming. Read the entire story.
C|Net also gave a less-than-spectacular review of the Microsoft release, suggesting it would definitely recommend installing Service Pack 2, but "only after Microsoft has had a few weeks to work out the kinks." Read the entire review. File-sharing software legal: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled August 20 that the companies that make file-sharing software cannot be held liable for what the users of the software do, according to a story reported by ABC News. The decision is seen as a major blow to the recording and movie industries' attempts to slow the copying and sharing of copyrighted works. Read the story here.
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Your questions and solutions Featured Experts
Still open: Making Linksys PCMPC100 work with Fedora Core 1
"I'm trying to connect a laptop with a Linksys PCMPC100 PCMCIA card to my Win2k network. With a Mandrake 9.2 distro, the computer would hang when the bootup part got to Starting pcmcia. It doesn't hang with Fedora Core, but I couldn't get it to work."
Points: 500 Jan 02, 2004 10:33AM PST
Can you help?
Still open: Need help installing Gentoo on a SPARC 220r
"I have been trying for 3 days now to get Gentoo up on a sparc 220 to no avail... Everything seemed to go ok, but upon reboot I get: Restarting system. Resetting ..."
Points: 500 Jul 28, 2004 11:04AM PDT
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Still open: Real Bad Bandwidth Problem
"I have about 13 colocated Linux servers and 1 colocated XP Pro server. Every now and then, our bandwidth goes mental and it sends about 7MB worth of data out."
Points: 500 Jul 28, 2004 07:00AM PDT
Can you help?
Still open: At my wits end, FTP related issue
"When a upload transfer starts, the first couple of seconds are fine, but then everything drops to around 5KB/s, then 3, then 2, then 0.8, etc. and eventually drops out completely. Sometimes late at night, when the user load is down, it does better, but not normal."
Points: 500 Jul 15, 2004 07:20AM PDT
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  paullamhkg
paullamhkg joined EE in May 2003. He's been in the IT business for ten years, with four years administering Windows NT4 systems and another four working with Linux. He is currently the IT manager for a Hong Kong company with over 400 employees.
Registration Date: May 31, 2003
Expert Points: 246695
Certificates: Master, Linux, Linux Setup
khkremer
khkremer, a member of Experts Exchange since March 2003, has been using Linux since the very early days -- he is Registered User Number 2116 -- having started using the operating system in January 2002. He is currently working on Acrobat plug-in development and does Windows development in C++ and MFC. khkremer is also one of the hardest-working Cleanup Volunteers we have.
Registration Date: March 4, 2003
Expert Points: 824581
Certificates: Wizard, Adobe Acrobat; Guru, Linux; Master, Linux Setup, C++ Programming, MFC
Netminder
Netminder joined Experts Exchange in late October, 1999 -- a cruel Halloween joke on the site -- and distinguished himself not so much as an Expert, but as someone who cared passionately about the site and the people in the EE community. It took a while to get him into the our ranks ("EE's loss" is his analysis), but since he joined us in January, 2002, he's been the person we go to when we need something organized and written down. He was kicked upstairs to his current position of Site Administrator in November 2002.
Tip from the Page Editors: On every page, you can see the Top 15 Experts in each topic area for both the current year and overall, and you can see the Featured Expert, who is the Expert with the most points in the current month. You can see how you rank by clicking on your username, and then clicking the View Rank link. The page defaults to your overall rank, but you can select a topic area. You can also see where you were through a particular date as well.
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Nata's Corner: There will always be an England
I read a lot of stuff, but I found a couple of articles out of Great Britain that I thought I'd pass along. No, I'm not picking on anyone -- but I wonder what we would say if these same studies had been done in the United States.
The first article is from The Register, a slightly irreverent IT news website. The article says that British PCs are "sick" about nine days every year, which is about two days a year more than the average worker. Two-thirds of the downtime is attributed to spam, with most of the rest due to viruses. Approximately $842 of the $36,000 average annual paycheck of the British worker is spent fighting spam. Read the entire article.
The other article comes from News.com.com, and says that the British government has established regulations requiring companies to implement a three-stage complaint process to deal with, among other things, inappropriate emails that are violations of company policy. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) established the rules when a survey it conducted found that one in ten workers had sent the wrong kind of email to the wrong person, and that 25 per cent of those who received the emails didn't think they were very funny. What ever happened to the stiff upper lip? Read the story here.
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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 August 8 through August 22.
Expert Certified in Topic Area Expert Certified in Topic Area Expert Certified in Topic Area
Shauli
carl_tawn
capricorn1
flavo
ragoran
RichardCorrie
arcross
kingsfan76
Slimshaneey
joeposter649
appari
Zyloch
dakyd
sajuks
mreuring
ziffgone
kselvia
BillAn1
jdlambert1
Gwena
zzynx
Webstorm
JugglerW
PeteLong
PaulADavis
Wizard
Master
Genius
Wizard
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Guru
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Master
Wizard
Guru
Master
Wizard
Master
Visual Basic
Visual Basic
MS Access
MS Access
MS Access
MS Access
MS Access
ASP
ASP
ASP
ASP
JavaScript
JavaScript
JavaScript
JavaScript
JavaScript
Microsoft SQL
Microsoft SQL
Microsoft SQL
Delphi
Java
Java
Java
Windows 2000
Windows 2000
timothyfryer
Vahik
robinluo
sirbounty
markgeer
TheAvenger
gregoryyoung
s_sansanwal
ozymandias
Justin_W
Agarici
traval
sebastienm
byundt
Seth_Bienek
YZlat
sunray_2003
Squinky
Diablo84
AndrewJayPollack
Zeffer
dutchfoxer
brettmjohnson
DotNetLover_Baan
AerosSaga
Guru
Sage
Master
Master
Wizard
Wizard
Wizard
Master
Master
Master
Master
Wizard
Guru
Wizard
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Guru
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Windows XP
Exchange_Server
Exchange_Server
Windows 98
Oracle
C#
C#
C#
C#
C#
C#
Outlook
Excel
MS Office
ColdFusion
Web Development
Web Development
PHP
PHP
Lotus Notes/Domino
Flash
Flash
C
ASP.NET
ASP.NET
crescendo
nauman_ahmed
mdamico
planocz
graye
iboutchkine
Justin_W
Arthur_Wood
erpeters
Gns
SheharyaarSaahil
SheharyaarSaahil
Netman66
oBdA
sirbounty
JOrzech
GrahamSkan
khkremer
PsiCop
alexhogan
COBOLdinosaur
grblades
khkremer
weed
Callandor
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Wizard
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Master
Wizard
Master
Master
Guru
Master
Guru
Master
Wizard
Master
Master
ASP.NET
ASP.NET
ASP.NET
VB.NET
VB.NET
VB.NET
VB.NET
Databases
Crystal Reports
Linux
Windows Security
Browser Issues
Win Server 2003
Win Server 2003
Win Server 2003
Word
Word
Linux Setup
Netware
DreamWeaver
CSS
Firewalls
Adobe Acrobat
Web Images
MultiMedia Apps
919 experts have 1373 certifications:  Genius:14  Sage:56  Wizard:95  Guru:231  Master:977
Tip for New Members: What's with the points?
There are two kinds of points at Experts Exchange: Question Points and Expert Points, and they have little relationship to each other. As a member, you receive five Question points every day with which to ask questions. When you ask a question, the points are removed from your Available Points total. Once you've accepted a comment as an answer, the points are transferred to the Expert whose comment you have selected as the answer; if your question is deleted, they are returned to your Available total.
If you are a Premium Services member, then your available points total never decreases (it just increases by 5 points per day), no matter how many questions you ask and how many points the questions are worth. However, whether you're a Premium Services member or not, the maximum Question points you'll have is set at 500.
When you accept a comment as an answer, the Question points are multiplied by a factor depending on the grade you give and added to the Expert point total of the person who answered your question. Giving a higher grade does not affect your Question points. The points you offer for a question are to be a reward for getting assistance from Experts; they are not necessarily an indication of the "value" of the answer.
 
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