SUBJECT LINE: Windows Client UPDATE, March 27, 2003
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* MICROSOFT LIMITS HOTMAIL TO STOP SPAM
Microsoft revealed last weekend that it has limited a feature of its MSN Hotmail service to better combat spam, or junk email. Effective immediately, Hotmail subscribers are limited to sending 100 email messages each day, which is far more email than most Hotmail users send daily. However, that limit will help Microsoft prevent spammers from using the service to spread junk mail. This tactic follows a similar change last year that prevented Hotmail users from sending email to more than 50 people at a time.
Microsoft says that only 1 percent of its users regularly send 100 or more email messages a day, so the change will likely affect a relatively small number of customers. But the change should have an awesome effect on spammers, who regularly use the free service to ferry bulk email around the Internet. Microsoft has come under fire regularly over the past few years for providing a safe haven for spammers. However, beginning in 2002, Microsoft started fighting back, and its MSN 8 email client was the first product from the company to include sophisticated spam controls. The same technology, developed by Microsoft Research and similar to the Bayesian junk mail filters in products such as The Mozilla Organization's Mozilla 1.3 and Apple Computer's Mail for OS X, will also be included in Microsoft Outlook 2003, the company told me recently.
With over 120 million email customers using Hotmail and MSN, Microsoft has a tougher job controlling unwanted email than most companies, especially considering that spam delivery has risen more than 500 percent since late 2001. Other large email providers, such as AOL and Yahoo!, are also working to decrease the amount of spam delivered through their networks, and AOL included spam controls in its latest client, AOL 8.0.
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* TIP: LOCK THE CURRENT SYSTEM RESTORE SETTING (contributed by David Chernicoff, [email protected])
After finding that many of his users were playing with their Windows XP System Restore function settings, a reader asked me whether he could lock the settings. You can edit the registry to lock the current System Restore setting. To do so, take the following steps:
1. Launch regedit.
2. Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\SystemRestore.
3. Create a subkey of type REG_DWORD and name it DisableConfig.
4. Set the value of DisableConfig to 1.
5. Close the editor.
* FEATURED THREAD: "RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT" ERROR MESSAGE
Forum member Rob Nelli is suddenly unable to install programs from CD-ROM on his Windows 98 Second Edition (Win98SE) computer. He regularly installs all the latest Microsoft updates on his computer, which has 512MB of RAM. When he tries to install an application from CD-ROM, he receives various error messages: for example, "Program has performed an illegal operation and will be shutdown. Setup caused an invalid page fault in module
* AUTOMATE AND CENTRALIZE PC LIFE-CYCLE MANAGEMENT
PowerQuest announced PowerQuest V2i Builder, a PC life-cycle management solution to automate and centralize management of your OS deployments, migrations, and software distributions. Centralized remote management and deployment eliminates the need to visit each workstation in your environment. You can build management policies through "action sets," policy-based tasks that define complex, rules-based policies. Action sets dynamically determine actions to take according to policy and the history of specified users and PCs. PowerQuest V2i Builder includes PowerQuest DeployCenter 5.5, which deploys OS and application images and offers a unicast option. The software fully supports Windows platforms. Available in April for $39.95 per seat. Contact PowerQuest at 800-379-2566 or 801-437-8900. http://www.powerquest.com
* PREPARE APPLICATIONS FOR DEPLOYMENT
InstallShield Software introduced AdminStudio 3.5, software that prepares applications for deployment to Windows XP/2000 systems. AdminStudio 3.5 provides repackaging, testing, application conflict solving, package conversion, updating, and final posting to your software deployment mechanism. Automated quality assurance and a wide range of distribution options help with corporate deployments. A single database repository, the Application Catalog, coordinates application migration and life-cycle management data and tasks. Contact InstallShield at 800-809-5659 or 847-466-6000. http://www.installshield.com
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