Windows Client UPDATE, October 3, 2002

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October 3, 2002—In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY

  • Systems Administrator's Product Activation Story Has Happy Ending

2. ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Planning on Getting Certified? Make Sure to Pick Up Our New eBook!
  • Take Our Quick Survey and You Could Win a $200 Gift Certificate!

3. RESOURCES

  • Featured Thread: Win2K Clients Connect to the Wrong BDC
  • Tip: Disabling Windows XP Balloon Pop-Ups

4. NEW AND IMPROVED

  • Eliminate Unwanted Internet Pop-Ups
  • Manage Cookies in Realtime

5. CONTACT US

  • See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

1. COMMENTARY

  • SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR'S PRODUCT ACTIVATION STORY HAS HAPPY ENDING

  • (by David Chernicoff, News Editor, [email protected]) And in a follow-up to my article "Microsoft Newsgroups That Help You Do Your Job" ( http://www.winnetmag.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=26802 ), several readers reminded me that Google acquired the Deja News Usenet archive. Google continues to maintain the archive and gives users access to the Usenet groups directly from a Web browser, without the need for a Network News Transfer Protocol (NNTP) newsreader or server. Go to http://groups.google.com to access this invaluable resource. And remember that it's an archive; it always unnerves me to discover that I can still find a Usenet post I made more than a decade ago in a fishing newsgroup about the one that got away.

    2. ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • PLANNING ON GETTING CERTIFIED? MAKE SURE TO PICK UP OUR NEW EBOOK!

  • "The Insider's Guide to IT Certification" eBook is hot off the presses and contains everything you need to know to help you save time and money while preparing for certification exams from Microsoft, Cisco Systems, and CompTIA and have a successful career in IT. Get your copy of the Insider's Guide today!
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  • TAKE OUR QUICK SURVEY AND YOU COULD WIN A $200 GIFT CERTIFICATE!

  • We need your opinion! Take our brief survey about Windows management tools, and we'll automatically enter your name into a drawing for a $200 gift certificate from Amazon.com. Click here now to start the survey!
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    3. RESOURCES

  • FEATURED THREAD: WIN2K CLIENTS CONNECT TO THE WRONG BDC

  • John McC has a domain that consists of several LANs at local offices. The clients are Windows 2000 and Windows 9x PCs. In one office, some of the Win2K PCs won't connect to the local BDC on the LAN but will instead connect to a BDC in another office over the WAN.

    Offer your advice or read others' suggestions on the Windows & .NET Magazine forums at
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  • TIP: DISABLING WINDOWS XP BALLOON POP-UPS

  • (contributed by David Chernicoff, [email protected])

    While merrily working away on your Windows XP desktop, you might have noticed that every now and then you get pulled away from your work by a balloon tip popping up from the notification area of the taskbar (the space on the right-hand side where the System Tray is).

    After one too many notifications interrupted my concentration, I figured out how to turn those balloon pop-ups off. Here's how:

    1. Launch regedit.
    2. Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced.
    3. Create a REG_DWORD named EnableBalloonTips.
    4. Set the value data to 0.
    5. Close regedit.
    6. Reboot the computer.

    Setting the value to 1 will turn the balloon tips back on if you decide you can't live without them.

    4. NEW AND IMPROVED
    (contributed by Judy Drennen, [email protected])

  • ELIMINATE UNWANTED INTERNET POP-UPS

  • SurfSecret Software released PopupEliminator 2.1, software that blocks all Internet pop-ups and pop-unders so that users can enjoy a faster Web experience and not have to continuously close annoying extra windows. The product includes an integrated Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) toolbar component to manage PopupEliminator's features from any IE window's toolbar without consulting the application. The software costs $29.95 for a single user license and runs on Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows Me, and Windows 9x. The product works with Netscape, IE, and AOL. Contact SurfSecret at the Web site.
    http://www.surfsecret.com

  • MANAGE COOKIES IN REALTIME

  • The Limit Software released Cookie Crusher 3.0, a cookie manager that filters cookies in realtime based on user-set preferences. New features include a redesigned interface that allows cookie filtering based on classification and expiration date and renovations to the program's prompt dialog box, which alerts a user to incoming cookies. Cookie Crusher 3.0 costs $15, which includes 1 year's worth of free updates, and runs on Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows Me, and Windows 98. Contact the Limit Software by fax at 219-392-2466 or go to the Web site.
    http://www.thelimitsoft.com

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