--- THE NEWBIE CLUB INSIDER Issue 42 Aug 9, 2001
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==> 1. Tom's Thoughts ... "Hackers and Crackers"
==> 2. Tutorial ... "Power Defragger"
==> 3. Tutorial ... "Hot Links in Email"
==> 4. Linda's Office ... "Removing Duplication in Access"
==> 5. Administration ... "Stuff about your account"
==> 1. --- Tom's Thoughts ... "Hackers and Crackers"
Today one of our servers in Florida was off-line for 15 minutes.
Due to hackers. You know, those 13-year old kids who have
nothing better to do with their time than try to bust into
other people's computers.
The safest thing to do with a server is take it down. Basically,
just unplug it. Nobody can get to it then. But of course, if
you have a web site hosted on a server that's been taken down,
your site won't be accessible.
It's just one of those Internet things.
A note on hackers and crackers, and the difference:
Hackers are generally non-malicious. They attempt to break in
and leave messages...just to show they were there. Just to
show that they can do what they want. But they don't tend to
Crackers, on the other hand, are malicious. They break in to
deface, destroy, corrupt.
So, one of our servers was down, dead, offline, just a cold
piece of glass, metal and plastic. For 15 minutes. The attack
Maybe you'd like to read something fascinating that shows how
a 13-year old kid can completely close down a web site. How
they can actually deny millions of people access to a site.
It's called a "Denial of Service" attack. And it's a story
filled with robots, ethereal cyberspace detection, and will
certainly open your eyes to the very real problems we face on
the Web. Read it here: http://grc.com/dos/grcdos.htm
Better safe than sorry. If a server has to be taken off-line
to protect it, so be it. I'd rather pull the plug temporarily
than have somebody's web site defaced.
Which brings to mind the good old firewall. Just like a real
world firewall that protects you from a flames for a set
period of time, an Internet firewall will protect you from the
flames of those trying to break into YOUR computer. If you have
a system that's hooked to the Net by cable modem, or DSL, you
should investigate this option.
I've preached firewall safety in the past, and I'm taking up
the pulpit again. Visit Zone Labs and download their free
Zone Alarm system. It really works great. Jann, our customer
service administrator, just installed this on her system.
"Zone Alarm went off, and it said someone from the Home Network
was trying to get into my computer," she reports. It could
have been a simple ping. (A ping is a bit of data that is sent
out to see if a computer is on-line or not.) Or it could have
been something worse.
Who knows? Who cares? The firewall renders entry impossible.
Check it out: http://www.zonealarm.com
Stay safe. Use a virus checker, don't open any email
attachments, no matter HOW imploring or cute they may be.
Don't trust anyone you don't know on the Net. And even then,
use extreme caution. We've heard horrible sob stories from
people who've had to reformat their hard drives, lost
everything, didn't have a backup, and now they're really
hurting. Because they opened something they shouldn't have.
Live and learn? Yea, but that's the hard way. The easy way
is to learn from other people's mistakes!
So, if you know someone who could benefit from The Newbie Club
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Until next time,
A. "Menu Line"
The Menu Line is just below the solid colored bar at the
top of each screen. Usually, it begins with File, and
ends with Help. There is no set menu. Just like the
restaurant's menu, this will vary from program to
program...from restaurant to restaurant.
B. "Button Bar"
The Button Bar is a row of buttons that give you one-
click access to regularly used items on the menu line.
Instead of clicking File, Print... you can click an
icon of a printer, and the print dialog will appear.
Buttons are used as shortcuts. The Button Bar can
be turned on or off in many programs and windows.
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==> 2. Tutorial: "Power Defragger"
Another caller wants to know why they can't defragment their
hard drive (Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools >
Disk Defragmenter) with the standard Windows Degrag program.
"The blue progress bar never gets past zero. It just sits
there and starts over and over and over again."
She's tried using Ctrl+Alt+Del keys, and has closed all the
open programs found there, except Explorer and Systray. But
the problem persists.
So what to do? Use Power Defrag. It's a software program
you can download for free. It will boot your computer into
DOS (so Windows doesn't load at all) and defragment your
hard drive. Then it will reload windows, and you're back
to work again.
It's worth a try if you are having problems with defragging.
Visit here: http://www.tweakfiles.com/drives/powerdefrag.html
There's also a paid version that will do a power scandisk, too.
I haven't tried it, but if it works like the free version,
and you're having problems with ScanDisk... it may worth the
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------------- Joe's Geek Ad of the Week
"The server has had MySQL latest version and PHP latest
installed, as well as the configuration set up to allow
PHP coding to run inside regular html pages... so we
don't have to have any confusing .php links for anything."
--From email communication between Tom Glander and programmer
Peter Hyde. No, Tom doesn't communicate in English unless he
==> 3. Tutorial: "Making Email Hot Links"
Let's say you want to send an email to someone, and want a
specific subject to appear automatically in the
subject line of the email.
For this example, you're doing a survey of people's favorite
colors, and want to distinguish your incoming email for fast
filing. Here's how to do this:
In the body of your email message, at the end of your survey,
place your email address, preceded by the words "mailto:" and
followed by "?subject=", like this:
The "%20" parts are space holders. They will be interpreted by
your email program as a space. You could use an underscore or a
hyphen if you wanted to... but don't use spaces by hitting
Here's a normal email address:
Here's a mailto: hot linked address:
The use of hot links makes it easier for others to simply
click a link, and have the email client (program) do its
NOTE: AOL users won't see links as being "hot" unless
special coding is done. None of the links in this newsletter
are "hot" for AOL users. They have to copy and paste the
addresses into their browser's address line. They can't
"just click here".
Because AOL has chosen a different path. They have their
own way of doing things. If you're using AOL, you may not
even get this newsletter, even though you're a TNC Member.
If you got this one, let us know. Write to our customer
service department: firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us you're
an AOL user, and that you received the newsletter. Then
we'll know that AOL is letting our letters through.
There have been rumors about denial of email, and we'd like
to know if they are true.
==> 4. Linda's Office Corner: "Removing Duplication"
Removing Duplicate Records in Access
Well, I know Access isn't really a Newbie kind of program,
but this IS Linda's Office Tips, so I guess I need to throw
in something about Access every once in a while for the Newbies
who are forced to use it at work.
So, here's a good one. Do you find that your Access Database
is cluttered with duplicates? If so, in Your Database Window,
make sure you have "Queries" selected in the Object Bar on the
left and click on the "New" button at the top and select the
"Find Duplicates Query Wizard".
This will walk you through selecting the table or query where
the duplicates are located, then selecting all of the fields
that might have duplicate information. It's easy to use and
works well. The biggest problem is that most people don't know
where to find the Wizard or that it even exists if they aren't
used to creating Queries.
To view this tutorial on-line, and see a screen capture that
helps illustrate this tip, visit the Aug. 9 tutorial link
on this page: http://newbieclub.com/officetips
So, now you are in the know!
Hang in there,
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