Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Multiple sends in Outlook

Jim calling from I-70 had a problem with MS Outlook sending multiple copies of documents. Some settings of Outlook will send when you quit the program, and require the program to verify that the message has been delivered. If you send, then quit, then start up again it's possible the program does not recognize that it has been sent because it has not yet received a return receipt. Try adjusting the settings or preferences of Outlook, and wait a bit after you send before quitting.

10-gig Ethernet cabling

Chuck in Centerville writes:
In looking at a Cisco document, it appears that 10 gig will run on cat 5, 5e and 6. More specific requirements are determined by the switch selected.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Problems with Norton AntiVirus Live Update

Listener Don reports:

Having trouble activating Symantec products, such as Norton AntiVirus 2004? Symantec has taken care of the snag. Go to Symantec Supportto grab the fix.

Symantec also plugged a security hole in Norton AntiVirus's LiveUpdate feature (for retail products). Head to Symantec's Security Response page for a link to LiveUpdate 2.0.

Many versions of 2004 have a problem with security with Live Update. The fix is at

If you have any version of Live Update other than V2 this fix is required.

Speed test

If you want to check the speed of your cable, DSL or dial-up connection, go to Bandwidthplace.com. Note: you may need to sign up at this site.

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Latest Mydoom Variant Can Delete Files

Several antivirus and security companies today warned that another
variant of the Mydoom worm is spreading. This one can delete files from
a user's computer. See Computerworld.com.

WARNING: eBay spoof

We have previously reported a 'spoof' on Amazon.com (that is, an email message that directs users to what appears to be an Amazon.com site but is in fact a bogus site designed to capture confidential information).

Now it appears there is an eBay spoof going around. A message might read "During our regular update and verification of the accounts, we couIdn't verify your current information. Either your information has changed or it is incomplete", accompanied by a clickable link.

Don't do it! The site will appear to be an eBay site but these are thieves trying to grab your credit card and other sensitive information.

"Let's be careful out there." -- Sgt. Phil Esterhaus

DVD formats

Dennis asked: What are the differences between various formats for recordable DVDs (i.e. DVD-R vs. DVD+R)?

Dell.com (May need to register)

Proactionmedia. com (more technical)

Dave from Beavercreek suggests DVDRhelp.com for lots of info about DVD formats, recording DVDs, etc. Of particular interest is their player compatibility list.

Microsoft updates available on CD

Chuck F. writes: Microsoft has made many Windows updates for all versions since 98 available on cd free. Anyone without a broadband connection can go to Microsoft and order it. This is an opportunity for everyone to catch up on updates.

Monday, March 01, 2004

New Windows vulnerability

Microsoft recently issued a new critical security update (MS04-007) to patch a vulnerability in most Windows operating systems, including

Windows XP
Windows 2000
Windows NT
Windows Server 2003

Computer code which exploits this vulnerability has recently been discovered. If your computer is exploited by this code you could risk damaging your computer or losing your connection to the network.

Protect yourself and your access to online services by installing the Microsoft Windows updates on your computer.

Users of Macintosh computers or earlier versions of Windows (Windows 95/98) are not affected by this vulnerability.