Net Security Software

Google, say it ain’t so!

Update: obligitory slashdot link

Wow, who’d have thought this would happen? 

And before any conspiracies start… no, Microsoft didn’t do it. 😛

The problem is a new worm on the loose is causing a distributed attack on search engines in it’s quest for new e-mail addresses to which it can send itself (my English teacher just rolled over in her grave).

Okay class… repeat after me: “I will update my anti-virus software once a week if not more often.” story…

Google, other engines hit by worm variant
By Richard Shim and Michael Kanellos
Staff Writer, CNET

update Major Internet search engines were crippled Monday morning by a variant of the MyDoom worm, rendering Google inaccessible to many users and slowing results from Yahoo.

The attack also affected smaller engines, including Alta Vista, a Yahoo subsidiary, and Lycos.

A Lycos representative said the company is aware of the problem and is working to block the performance obstacles. A Google representative said the company was working to figure out what was happening.




Last night I came to a realization…

… I’m impressed by impressions.

Net Software

Interesting article on PC Myths

PCWorld has a good write up on PC myths… but read carefully as their ratings seem to contradict the text at times.  They rate the responding to Spam myth as a level 4 out of 5 on the bogus meter but then include this quote:

“Knowing who to opt out from is key,” says Schwartz. “Opting out of legitimate companies drops you off their lists, but when you do that with ‘real’ spammers, the results are unclear.”

So, what is it?  A myth?  If the results are unclear can you be sure?

A summary of the myths (go to the article for full details).

Busting the Biggest PC Myths
We expose the bad advice that wastes your time and money.

  1. Magnets zap your data.
  2. Using a cell phone on a plane interferes with the navigation and communications systems of the aircraft.
  3. If you don’t ‘stop’ a USB device before unplugging it from a PC, you’ll screw things up.
  4. Cookies track everything you do on the Internet.
  5. Windows’ Japanese edition uses haiku error messages.
  6. Terrible things happen if you turn off your PC without shutting down Windows.
  7. Opting out of spam gets you even more spam.
  8. Hackers can destroy data on your computer’s hard drive.
  9. Turning off your PC daily to save power shortens its life.
  10. The government reads everyone’s e-mail.
  11. Saddam Hussein bought PlayStation 2 consoles to use in Iraq’s weapons program.
  12. DOS is dead.
  13. Only a pricey surge protector can keep your devices safe.
  14. If you don’t periodically run your laptop batteries down to zero, you’ll lose battery life.
  15. If you don’t use an antistatic wrist strap while tinkering with a PC, you’ll ruin hardware.


I stand corrected

So, after being all annoyed and stuff by the overly-complicated error message given to me by the OneNote updater I decided to follow the directions.  Guess what?  It helped me fix my problem.

Could my Mom have done this?  No (i.e. I can maintain some small amount of righteous indignation).


You’re joking, right?

Ah… a well thought-out dialog is a thing of beauty…


Safe list, address book, mailing list… what’s the deal?

Receiving mail from friends shouldn’t involve searching through a bunch of potency ads in your junk e-mail folder.  If you want to make sure you receive these messages you need to tell the Hotmail server who your friends are (only you can decide if you want to receive mail from your friends).  There are a few lists provided in Hotmail to help you “safe list” mail you’d like to receive: your contact list, safe list and mailing lists list (say that three times fast).

Why so many lists?  Here’s a good way to view the lists:

Contacts: These are people to whom you send e-mail.

Hotmail’s contact manager stores the same type of information you keep in your PDA, little black book or in the pile of wadded up business cards you haven’t quite gotten around to organizing.  You can enter address info, phone numbers and, most importantly for this topic, an e-mail address.  Any e-mail address you enter into your Hotmail contacts will be treated as a friend… Hotmail will avoid junking the mail from your friends.

To add contacts: Sign into Hotmail and click the “Contacts” tab at the top of the page.
Extra tip:  Look in the left-hand column under “Tools” for some ways to quickly build your contact list.

Safe list: These are addresses from which you receive e-mail but to which you rarely (if ever) send e-mail.

The safe list is the perfect place for you to enter the e-mail addresses or domains of companies from whom you’d like to receive e-mail but to whom you don’t send mail.  Why fill up your contact list with extra items when you don’t send mail to them?  It makes it harder to find contacts when you need to.

To add to your safe list:  Sign into Hotmail and click the “Contacts” tab at the top of the page.  Look in the left-hand column for “Safe List”.  Click the “Safe List” link then enter e-mail addresses clicking the “Add” button after each address.
Extra tip:  If you receive a lot of mail from one domain (e.g. all your co-workers send mail from [worker] you may enter a domain in the safe to cover all addresses from the domain.

Mailing lists: These are addresses where the sender changes often but the recipient doesn’t (and the recipient isn’t your address)

If you subscribe to an e-mail mailing list you’ll find using one of the first two lists is unlikely to work well.  The problem occurs most with discussion lists since the mail will always come from some random subscriber and go to the list.  Since you don’t want to maintain a list of all the people subscribed you can, in this case, indicate that mail to the list is safe.  Hotmail will look at incoming mail and avoid junking it if the mail is addressed to an address on your mailing lists.

To add to your mailing lists list: Sign into Hotmail and click “Options” (the link is near the top right, next to “Help”).  In the left-hand column click “Mail” then click “Junk E-Mail Protection” in the main (white colored) section.  The mailing lists link will take you to the entry form.  The form accepts only e-mail addresses, it won’t accept simply a domain.
Advanced user tip:  If you have an old account which forwards mail to your Hotmail account Hotmail will junk the e-mail because it’s not to your Hotmail account (it’s to your old account).  If you list your old account address as a mailing list Hotmail will accept the incoming mail.


More work news

Exciting news was announced at the end of last week, I am now the Lead Program Manager for the Hotmail feature team!  Yay me!  I’m really excited about the new challenges coming up (and a little nervous too as it’s going to be a whole new type of work).  It’s going to be a ton of fun and I already know I enjoy working with the other two front door leads, Denise (business) and Omar (infrastructure).  Making this whole thing a lot less frightening: I am inheriting an awesome team, In order for me to fail I would to work at it (I don’t plan on failing :)).

While I’m excited to take on this new challenge it does come with one disappointing aspect: my previous manager, Jen, has decided to take a new role up in Redmond.  Her new team is gaining a tremendous resource, I’m jealous.


Judge gives stiff sentences

Oklahoma Judge Accused Of Pleasuring Himself In Court

State AG Seeks Judge’s Removal From Bench

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson asked a state court Thursday to remove a Creek County judge from the bench for allegedly using a sexual device during court proceedings.

The petition asks the Oklahoma Court on the Judiciary to remove Judge Donald Thompson, who is accused of using a penis pump during court proceedings.

Full article


Maybe it’s something they ate…

Did I not get the memo that it’s open season on doing crazy stuff with food?

Net Weird

It’s a weird world

I’m always amazed at how far the on-line world has come in the last ten years.

I’m even more amazed at how much I assume everyone else is amazed by that. 

  • I live in a special little world called Silicon Valley.

  • I live in a world where everyone has an e-mail address (and most have three). 

  • I live in a world where I look suspiciously at any business that doesn’t have a web site (even Internet addiction centers have web sites).

  • I live in a world where anything that can’t be Googled doesn’t exist.

  • I live in a world where most things that can be Googled still don’t exist (killed in a rocket car?  yeah, right).

  • I live in a world where WWJD stands for What Would Jobs Do?

  • I live in a world where people will buy a Mini because it’s compatible with their iPod.

  • I live in a world where a reality distortion field isn’t science fiction, it’s protected by the ADA.

  • I live in a world where the coolest computer company only has a fraction of the market and makes most of their money selling MP3 players.

  • I live in a world where a project doesn’t end when you ship, it ends when you get the T-Shirt.

Ah… paradise.