|Saturday, 15 February 2003, 5:58 pm
Another weekend radio show on KSFO. Here are links to some of the things we talked about:
Mike Lin’s Startup Control panel for all versions of Windows is free from http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml
The very useful fix to Windows 2000/XP’s DNS cache bug is available from John Navas’s Cable/DSL Tuning Guide.
Have you hosed your Windows 95/98/Me registry? Boot to the DOS prompt with your Windows boot disk (you do have one of of those don’t you? If not, make one now – or go to bootdisk.com and download an image) then type “scanreg /restore” at the C: prompt to revert to an earlier version of the registry file.
To replace Explorer with the old Windows 3.1 Program Manager in Windows 95/98/Me follow the instructions at Annoyances.org.
Version 6 of Ad-aware has shipped. Get it free from lavasoft.de but use with care. Removing spyware can break the programs that depend on it. I also like Spybot Search & Destroy from security.kolla.de.
I’m looking for some good programs you could use to burn in your computers. A Google search yields some candidates.
It’s the best Mac program since Hypercard, Konfabulator for Mac OS X is $25 shareware from konfabulator.com. Try it free – but you’ll want to buy it.
IrfanView is a free graphics files viewer program for Windows. Recommended.
Dr. ROM’s picks:
Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon is definitely one of the best novels ever written around crypto. For a wonderful, non-fiction, book on the topic try Simon Singh’s The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography (and a tip of the hat to Jan for reminding me of the name). The definitive work on crypto is David Kahn’s huge and expensive The Codebreakers.
Ulead’s PhotoImpact is an excellent, and inexpensive, graphic program especially for the web. Try it free for 30 days from Ulead.com
|Saturday, 25 January 2003, 2:00 pm
I had a great time doing the show today. It was just like the old days. It’s so much fun answering calls and chatting about tech without the time constraints of TV. I can’t wait to do it again Feb 15th! Here are the links to some of the things I talked about today.
Sonic.net vs. SBC
Sonic.net founder and president, Dane Jasper, joined me to talk about independent ISPs and their fight to survive. If you’re shopping for DSL, or you’re a DirecTV DSL customer who’s looking for a replacement service, you’ll want to hear about CISPA’s PUC complaints against SBC.
The Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Worm
It practically brought the net down early this morning. Everything’s okay now, but it just shows you how fast thest things can spread. Security guru, Steve Gibson, joined us to talk about Slapper and how it works.
AnalogX’s Internet Traffic Report is down this morning, but it’s usually a good way to sample the current state of the ‘net.
If you run Microsoft’s SQL Server 2000 make sure you’re not vulnerable to the worm. Steve’s got the relevant netstat command at grc.com.
To learn more about Slammer read the white paper at eEye – you’ll find a link to the patch there, and a discussion of other ways to block the attack.
Spybot S&D detects and deletes spyware. It’s free from security.kolla.de/
I’ll be speaking at the next General Meeting of the Golden Gate Computer Society in San Rafael, CA on Monday, January 27. The meeting is free and open to the public. The topic “Playtime is Over.”
And thanks to Bob O’Donnell for letting me fill in. His web site is everythingcomputers.com.