Terry's Computer Tips - Newsletter
January 29, 2006
Volume 1, Number 33 — Sunday, January 29, 2006
6. Newsletter feedback: "Show all extensions" and K9 anti-spam software
Reader Tadej from Slovenija wrote recently to say:
Hey Terry, this is yet another feedback e-mail message from a dedicated reader of your newsletter ...
In regard to an entry in your newsletter a few issues back, where you suggested to set the Windows to "*/Show all extensions/*". Well, I've always set it like that with a FREE "*xp-AntiSpy*" program, see here: http://www.xp-antispy.org, however, except for the "/.lnk/" extension. Why ?? Simply because otherwise when one creates the shortcut to a batch file ("/.bat/" extension; and I create these ones quite often ...), then for instance for the shortcut/link file to "/Explorer.exe/" executable is displayed as "/Explorer.bat.lnk/" and so I need to rename all those manually which is a pretty boring job to do.
P.S., Also another thing regarding an anti-spam programs (you recommend a "*Mailwasher Pro*"); recently I discovered an only 81 KB in-size FREE anti-spam program called *K9*, see here: http://www.keir.net/k9.html, and I really recommend everybody to try it. K9 is an anti-spam application that "sits" between e-mail servers and an e-mail client; so it's not the type that only checks the servers for spam but "ignores" the e-mail client; however, it can also do that. I use it together with Mozilla's *Thunderbird*, and well, it's also available in the "non-setup" form (the form I prefer), i.e. downloadable as a .zip archive, and no installation procedure required. I know that this might sounds strange, but that was the main reason for trying it in the first place.
Ivan Tadej, Slovenija, Europe
Thanks for the new information on both of these programs, Tadej. They sound like interesting ways to handle those particular issues.
I'm not familiar with either program but other readers may be interested in trying them.
7. The Next CyberSecurity Web Seminar
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center are sponsoring another free web seminar on cybersecurity.
The next webcast is scheduled for 3:00pm to 4:00pm on February 16, 2006 on the subject of Identity Theft.
Who Should Attend: This session is open to anyone who uses a computer whether for business or pleasure. Those in particular who may most benefit from this session include home users, students, parents, government staff, small business owners/managers, non-profit organizations, and academia.
Technical Knowledge Required: This session is rated as “non/low technical.”
You can register for the seminar at http://www.cscic.state.ny.us/msisac/webcasts/02_06/index.htm . The seminar will use Microsoft Live Meeting 2005 software ( a free plug-in for Internet Explorer ) for the video part of the presentation. You must have an available phone line to dial in to the audio part of the presentation.
Hopefully, a streaming-audio version of the webcast and the PowerPoint presentation will be available for download shortly thereafter, as they have done for the previous webcasts. That will enable everyone to access the presentation and access it at a convenient time.
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