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* MSN ANTISPAM TOOLS UPGRADED
Microsoft announced late last week that it has significantly updated the antispam tools for its MSN family of Internet services, including Hotmail, an effort that will help protect hundreds of millions of people each day from receiving unwanted email. Microsoft notes that it now blocks over 2.4 billion spam email messages every day, or about 80 percent of the total volume of email it routes to its customers. The technology behind the MSN anti-spam tools will also be released in Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Microsoft Office 2003 later this year, the company says.
"Spam is no longer just an inconvenience for consumers and the online industry; it has become a major problem, one that makes it hard for people to sort through their personal email and reduces productivity," said Lisa Gurry, the group product manager for MSN at Microsoft. "MSN drew a line in the sand with MSN 8 and its powerful spam-fighting tools. With these and other tools, as well as increased consumer education, we are striving to deliver the best resources to significantly reduce the flow of spam."
Recent updates to the antispam technology in MSN and Hotmail add the ability to block images in HTML email unless the sender is in the user's contacts list. This feature can prevent spammers from ensuring that a spam message was read, which can result in the user getting more spam in the future. The feature can also be seen in the beta release of Microsoft Office 2003. Another feature Microsoft recently added to MSN and Hotmail is Human Interactive Proof (HIP), which prevents spammers from anonymously and automatically creating temporary Hotmail accounts to send spam. The company says this effort has reduced new email account creation by 20 percent.
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* TIP: CHANGING IE'S KEEPALIVETIMEOUT VALUE (contributed by David Chernicoff, [email protected])
When I'm working across my high-latency satellite Internet connection, my browser occasionally times out before connecting to the Web site I want to access. The problem is Microsoft Internet Explorer's (IE's) default KeepAliveTimeout value, which defaults to 1 minute. I could defeat the value by using the satellite proxy server that my connection software provides, but doing so causes some problems that I prefer not to experience. Fortunately, by creating a KeepAliveTimeout registry entry, I can reset the timeout length default value. A longer timeout lets me cope with some of the inherent latency that my satellite Internet connection introduces. To create the KeepAliveTimeout entry and set its value, take the following steps:
1. Launch regedit.
2. Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings.
3. Create a KeepAliveTimeout subkey of type REG_DWORD.
4. Set the data value to the number of milliseconds (ms) you want the connection to stay alive. The valid data value range is from 60,000ms (1 minute) to 2,147,483,647ms (just less than 25 days). A setting of no more than a few minutes should solve most connection problems.
* FEATURED THREAD: XP DOESN'T RECOGNIZE PC CARD
Forum member Mike Szilard has a Dell Latitude D600m laptop with Intel Centrino mobile technology running Windows XP. He's happy with the 802.11b support; for 256-bit encryption, he uses a D-Link AirPlus DWL-650+ CardBus Adapter. Mike has a problem whenever he removes, then reinstalls the DWL-650+: Each time he reinstalls the card, XP doesn't recognize it. Mike didn't experience this problem on his previous computer, which ran Windows 2000. If you can help, join the discussion at the following URL: http://www.winnetmag.com/forums/rd.cfm?cid=36&tid=58709
* MANAGE DESKTOPS AND THEIR CONFIGURATIONS
AutoProf released Profile Maker 8, a desktop configuration and management solution for your Windows desktops and thin clients. The application provides conditional software deployment and Microsoft Outlook profile management and can create standardized desktop environments that allow customized individual configurations. Profile Maker 8 features an improved administrative interface and logging and reporting capabilities, as well as filtering that provides more granular control of the network. The Active Directory (AD)-integrated software offers remote management capability. Profile Maker 8 supports all Windows versions. Contact AutoProf at 603-433-5885 or [email protected] http://www.autoprof.com
* BACK UP AND RESTORE WINDOWS SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS
Dantz Development announced Retrospect 6.5 for Windows, an application to back up and restore your file servers, desktops, notebooks, and business-critical applications. The software fully supports large, multidrive tape libraries; protects Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft SQL Server data; and supports Windows Server 2003. You can run multiple backup operations concurrently to multiple tapes or disks. The UI lets you perform other tasks while Retrospect is running backup operations. Contact Dantz Development at 925-253-3000 or [email protected] http://www.dantz.com
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