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Forum Question from ccwang01: I have recently purchased a new computer with MS Vista Home Premium OS. However, when I used our office’s Outlook Webmail at home, I was unable to write a message in the mail body area for either composing or replying/forwarding a message. I believe this may be a problem related to a certificate error. I will appreciate if any one can tell me how to fix the problem. Thanks
The security settings are probably too high for the site and you can’t activate the java program that controls the entry screen. The certificate problem will not cause this as soon as you agree to go to the website against Vista ‘s recommendations. Go to the lower bar in the browser and adjust the security setting for this site. Make it a trusted site.
Forum Question from ccwang01: The Windows XP OS of my four-year old Laptop recently clashed. I have a recovery CD came for the original purchased package. I’ll appreciate if someone can tell me how to rescue my 40 GB hard drive data before I reinstall the Windows XP home Operation. Thanks very much.
First of all don’t do a clean install because that would overwrite your data. If the problem is file corruption and not an actual hardware failure, you should have no trouble getting the data from the disk.
I would recommend downloading a bootable Linux distribution and booting from the CD. Then attach an external hard drive to the computer and copy your critical data. This will also give you a chance to learn a little about Linux. You could also backup data using a big USB thumb drive (1 G or bigger).
PLAC is a business card sized bootable cdrom running linux. It has network auditing, disk recovery, and forensic analysis tools. ISO will be avialable and scripts to roll you own cd. (http://sourceforge.net/projects/plac)
Another option is to remove the hard drive and connect to your desk top as a secondary disk. You will need to get the correct cable and the desk top will have to support your disk type.
Now use the recovery disk. You can take the repair option first to see if it works (assuming you have the XP installation CD and not simply the manufacturer’s recovery CD. I usually just do a clean install and spend less time tinkering. Make certain to get the security updates immediately.
Anatomy of an Internet Hoax
A neighbor recently received a warning about the Olympic Torch Virus
PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CONTACTS:
Do not open any message with an attached filed called "Invitation" regardless of who sent it, It is a virus that opens an Olympic Torch which "burns" the whole hard disc C of your computer. This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list, that is why you should send this e-mail to all your contacts. It is letter to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.
I immediately went to the CIAC hoaxbusters website
VisiCalc was the first computer spreadsheet program. It was released to the public in 1979, running on an Apple II computer.
While a masters student in business administration at Harvard Business School , Dan Bricklin joined up with Bob Frankston to help him write the programming for his new electronic spreadsheet.
The two started their own company, Software Arts Inc., to develop their product.
Companies invested time and money in doing financial projections with manually calculated spreadsheets, where changing a single number meant recalculating every single cell in the sheet. With VisiCalc, you could change any cell, and the entire sheet would be automatically recalculated.
It was considered a fourth generation software program.
By the fall of 1979, an Apple II version of VisiCalc was ready, and the team started writing versions for the Tandy TRS-80, Commodore PET and the Atari 800.
By October, VisiCalc was a fast seller on the shelves of computer stores at US $100.
VisiCalc was soon sold to Lotus Development Corporation, where it developed into the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet for the PC by 1983.
In November of 1981, Bricklin received the Grace Murray Hopper Award from the Association for Computing Machinery in honor of his innovation.
Bricklin never received a patent for VisiCalc. It was not until after 1981 that software programs were made eligible for patents by the Supreme Court.
More than 6,000 attended the three-day conference which ended last Sunday.
Games, contests and seminars at DefCon are devoted to breaching computers, Internet websites, software programs and real-world locks.
While hackers at DefCon socialized warmly with federal agents, two of whom got married on stage during an awards ceremony Sunday, many said online privacy trumps public safety worries.
Air Force Draws Weekend Cyberwarriors From Microsoft, Cisco
Air National Guard’s 262nd Information Warfare Aggressor Squadron has over 100 soldiers on its roster during its cyberwarfare weekends.
The 262nd, based at McChord Air Force Base outside Tacoma , Washington and was commissioned to carry out simulated cyberattacks within the Air Force.
It draws weekend reservists from Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Adobe Systems and other tech companies, in a recruitment model that senior military leadership is touting as vital to the Air Force’s expanded mission to achieve "dominance in cyberspace."
The Air Force’s determination to develop an offensive cyberwarfare capability has been well-known since December 2005, when the service formally revised its mission statement to announce that airmen and airwomen would henceforth "fly and fight in air, space and cyberspace."
Some countries — notably China — have voiced concerns that Microsoft might pack backdoors in its closed-source operating systems and applications.
In an effort to curb distrust, in 2003 Microsoft signed a pact with China, Russia, the United Kingdom, NATO and other nations to let them see the Windows source code.