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The Windows XP Home Edition

The Windows XP Home Edition: operating system is intelligent and easy to use. Share your computer with others, and keep your computer up-to-date, all in a new design that works the way you do. Windows XP Home Edition makes sharing the family computer a more pleasant experience. You can set up accounts for each user during Setup or from the Control Panel. The welcome screen is personalized for each user, as are system settings. Users can protect their accounts by setting passwords, and Fast User Switching allows users to leave each other’s applications running even as they switch in and out of their accounts.

The redesigned Start menu groups your most frequently used applications for easy access. Your five favorite programs display first, and your default e-mail and Web browser are always available. Access your documents, printers, and network connections with just one click. One click also gets you to Help and Support, and tools to configure your system. You can even personalize the Start menu to suit your needs.

File and Folder Management
Arrange your files and folders according to what makes sense to you. Thumbnail images of your most important documents let you scan through your folders easily.

Search Companion
A search companion identifies what kind of help you need and retrieves search information relevant to your task at hand.

Windows XP was designed to help users complete tasks more quickly and with greater success. These design improvements include:

* A redesigned Start Menu, offering a single source for launching applications, finding documents, and changing settings.

* Taskbar grouping organizes open windows, making it easier to work with many items at the same time.

* Less clutter and more meaningful notifications in the taskbar notification area.

* A new navigation pane that displays tasks and details, making it easier to work with files and folders.

* A new Icons view in Control Panel called Category view, making it easier to navigate to common settings and control panel tools.

* Integrated CD-burning features that make it easier to work with your CD-R/CD-RW recorder in very simple steps.

“Overall, ther test results showed that both Windows XP Home Edition and Professional RC1 outperformed Windows Me and Windows 2000 Professional SP2 in overall system performance, time to perform a system startup, time to launch Photoshop 6.0.1, and time to resume to an active state from hibernation or standby modes.”

"Unlike all other previous Microsoft operating systems, XP Home will simply not work in an office network environment with NetWare, NT, Samba, or Windows 2000 servers. Period. You simply can't connect to the servers' domains or their file/print services."

This should receive some type of humanitarian award.
It says it all...

1. Big companies don't do business via chain letters and there are no computer programs that track how many times an e-mail is forwarded, let alone by whom. Bill Gates is not giving you $1000, and Disney is not giving you a free vacation. There is no baby food company issuing class action checks.

2. Proctor and Gamble is not part of a satanic cult or scheme, and its logo is not satanic.

3. MTV will not give you backstage passes if you forward something to the most people.

4. The Gap is not giving away free clothes. You can relax; there is no need to pass it on "just in case it's true."

5. There is no kidney theft ring in New Orleans. No one is waking up in a bathtub full of ice, even if
a friend of a friend swears it happened to their cousin. If you are hell bent on believing the kidney theft ring stories, see:

And I quote: "The National Kidney Foundation has repeatedly issued requests for actual victims of organ thieves to come forward and tell their stories." None have. That's "none" as in "zero."  Not even your friend's cousin.

6. Neiman Marcus doesn't really sell a $200 cookie recipe. And even if they do, we all have it. And even if you don't, you can get a copy at:

Then, if you make the recipe, and decide the cookies are that awesome, feel free to pass the recipe on.

7. If the latest NASA rocket disaster's DID contain plutonium that went to particulate over the eastern seaboard, do you REALLY think this information would reach the public via an AOL chain letter?

8. There is no "Good Times" virus.  In fact, you should never,! ever, ever forward any email containing any virus warning unless you first confirm that at an actual site of an actual company that actually deals with viruses.

And even then, don't forward it. We don't care.  And you cannot get a virus from a flashing IM or email, you have to download it....ya know, like, a FILE!

9. There is no gang initiation plot to murder any motorist who flashes headlights at another car driving at night without lights.

11. If you still absolutely MUST forward that 10th-generation message from a friend, at least have the decency to trim the eight miles of headers showing everyone else who's received it over the last 6 months.  (Think Cut and Paste)

It sure wouldn't hurt to get rid of all the ">>>.." that begin each line either. Besides, if it has gone around that many times we've probably already seen it.

12. Craig Shergold (or Sherwood, or Sherman, etc.) in England is not dying of cancer or anything else at this time and would like everyone to stop sending him their business cards. He apparently is no longer a "little boy" either.

13. The "Make a Wish" foundation is a real organization doing fine work, but they have had to establish a special toll free hot line in response to the large number of Internet hoaxes using their good name and reputation. It is distracting them from the important work they do. Also, the American Cancer Society does not give 3 cents for each person you forward e-mail to. They ask for you to donate money, money, they don't give it, as if they could know how many e-mails you sent out...sheesh.

14. If you are one of those insufferable idiots who forwards anything that "promises" something bad will happen if you "don't," then something bad will happen to you if I ever meet you in a dark alley.

15. Women really are suffering in Afghanistan, but forwarding an e-mail won't help their cause in the least. If you want to help, contact your local legislative representative, or get in touch with Amnesty International or the Red Cross.

16. As a general rule, e-mail "signatures" are easily faked and mean nothing to anyone with any power to do anything about whatever the competition is complaining about.

17. KFC really does use real Chickens with feathers and beaks and feet.  No, they really do. Why did they change their name?  In this health conscious world, what was KFC's name? Kentucky FRIED Chicken. FRIED is not healthy. So with the help of a focus group, they changed the name to KFC. It's short, doesn't offend dieters and it's easy to remember.

18. Another thing, just because someone said in a message, four generations back, that "we checked it out and it's legit," does not actually make it true.

PS: There is no bill pending before Congress that will allow long-distance companies to charge you for using the Internet. Bottom Line...composing e-mail or posting something on the Net is as easy as writing on the walls of a public rest room. Don't automatically believe it until it's proven false...ASSUME it's false, unless there is proof that it's true.

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Helpful AOL Keywords

MARKETINGPREFERENCES - Stop, or indicate your preferences for, member benefit pop-up advertisements to your screen name.

TOS - Report illegal online activities such as password or credit card 'surfing'.

BILLING - Update your billing/account information, or select a new AOL price plan.

ACCESS - Request or locate a new access number for your area.

VIRUS - Prevent viruses on your computer.

MODEM - Get help with a modem or connection problem.

FIND - Locate places that match your interests.

DISCOVERAOL - New member orientation.

DOWNLOAD101 - Learn about downloading files from AOL.

TOPTIPS - Daily information on using AOL.

KEYWORDS - A complete listing of all keywords on AOL.

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E-mail Abuse

If you receive unsolicited, or obscene e-mail that offends you, send the offending e-mail to TOSEmail1 if it's from an AOL member.  Spam e-mail can also be forwarded to TOSSpam.  Look at the top, or the lower portion of the e-mail for the originator's screen name.  If the offending e-mail is from another domain, send it to abuse@(the server).com.

 You can block ALL e-mail from that screen name through AOL's Mail Controls.

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Can AOL spy on you?

The answer is absolutely.  AOL 6.0 comes with the tools in place that will allow AOL to see anything on your hard drive, or see anything on your network.  Why?  Guess you have to ask AOL.  According to Fred Langa of, they blame it on Windows, and claim it's not intentional, in fact, they claim they have a firewall in place to protect them from your data.  Yes, you heard that right, "protect them from your data."  But who protects you?  Well, as usual, YOU!  And only You!  Actually, in this case, it's "US."  Now, aren't you glad you come here?  You're not "Alone Again, Naturally" Gang.  Fred has an excellent article on this security breach.
How Does AOL 6.0 Do This?
Without getting too technical, simply; AOL 6.0 installs an Internet adapter on your computer, with "File Sharing" enabled. What does that mean?  Well, say you are part of a network, or you make a home network; you have to turn on file sharing to allow yourself to see the files in the other computer.  OK, I have a cable modem, and a computer upstairs hooked to this one.  By allowing file sharing, the upstairs computer can use the my cable modem down here to connect to the net.  Get the picture?  You don't have a network you say?  Well, that's OK, AOL installed the "Microsoft Virtual Private Network" adapter on your computer anyway.  So, you are in fact part of a network, AOL's.  If AOL wants to run the records on your computer, all they'd have to do is just do it.  PERIOD!  And you would never know they did it.  This is a fact, not somebody's fiction; you only need to check the "TCP/IP dial up adapter #2" in the network file to see this.  Does that sound like big brother to you?  It does to me.  At best AOL programmers are a bunch of incompetent boobs: At worst, it's a plot; you choose which.  Frankly I don't care which is correct, my job is to teach you how to protect yourself.
How Do I Fix This?
The fix is really quite simple.  Go to "Start/Settings/Control Panel/Network."  Scroll down the list and highlight "TCP/IP Dial Up Adapter #2" and click on the File/Print Sharing button.  Uncheck the two boxes; click OK, and OK.  Windows will tell you to reboot.  That's all there is to it.  BUT!  I ask you; if I hadn't just told you all this, WOULD YOU HAVE KNOWN???
There's More.
What's just as bad or worse, depending on your definition; AOL 6.0 adds yet another adapter called "IPX/SPX-Compatible Protocol, Dial Up Adapter #2," and binds it with the unsecured TCP Adapter just mentioned.  What this does is connect your internal network to your external network.  In other words, this allows your dial up adapter access to your network, thus making all files accessible on all other computers you have access to, available to the dial up adapter.  I'm trying not to be technical here, but take my word for it, THIS IS A NO NO!
How Do I Fix THIS?
Fortunately, this is just as easy to fix. Just use the same procedure mentioned above.  In this case, when you highlight the "IPX/SPX-Compatible Protocol Dial Up Adapter #2," Click on the properties button.  Then click on the bindings tab, and uncheck the "TCP/IP Dial UP Adapter #2" box, and click the OK's and reboot.  It's actually very simple.  But again; Had I not just told you, would you have known?
I heard that if you play the AOL 6.0 CD-ROM backwards, you'll hear a satanic message.  But the most frightening thing is that if you play it forward, it installs AOL 6.0.

Hi Kerrin,
I can't prove, yea or nay, whether this is actually happening. Though it wouldn't surprise me if they did, there are already watchdog Web sites that make a point of blowing the whistle on companies that secretly mine your computer for data (usually marketing data, such as your e-mail address, what software you already own, what kind of computer you own, etc.).
On the other hand, I can say that these security measures are known ways
to plug leaks in MS Windows' security holes in general.

Whether you subscribe to AOL or another high bandwidth ISP (such as Earthlink or Sprint cable/DSL services), leaving the "File/Printer sharing" on would allow other folks in your neighbourhood (this means people in houses on your block, or apartments in your building) to see your computer as a shared computer in the "Network Neighborhood" icon in Windows.

If you use high speed connection (or share Internet access with another PC in your home), consider the use of some firewall software such as Norton FireWall (sold alone or part of Norton SystemWorks). You can browse cNet's recommendations for other firewall products. A firewall, by the way, is software or hardware that acts as a gatekeeper between your computer and the outside world, protecting you against crackers (what most people refer to as hackers -- hackers are actually bright folks who solve computer problems in interesting or innovative ways).

Both will probe your computer to see if there are security leaks that crackers could exploit. They will then let you know the results and recommend a course of action (in the case of Symantec, trying to sell you some software) ;-)

Lest I forget my Mac brethren; having a computer on a high-speed Internet connection means your plugged into the Internet for as long as your computer's on. Although security on a Macintosh is far more air-tight compared to its Windows cousin, that's still enough time for a cracker to try to have some fun with your computer (trying to crash it, even if he can't break in). Or worse, if you've turned on File Sharing, but haven't set up passwords properly in Users & Groups, you may have shot yourself in the foot.
Symantec also offers a firewall program for the Mac. However, the best-known title is NetBarrier, from Intego.

Either of these can show you how often crackers try to pull a fast one on your computer.
Now admittedly, there are bigger fish to fry than just your personal credit card and bank account number -- any cracker worth his salt is usually probing much bigger targets, such as whole banks with lots of credit cards and bank account numbers; or companies like Microsoft (which was brought down last week for over a day, due to poorly configured software on a recently-configured server).
But, why give these crackers any advantage. Check out these link and turn your computer into an impregnable fortress.

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The following information is from an Internet message board...
QUESTION: For anyone who has had a loved one on chemo, did anything work for the mouth sores? She has tried the medical things, and it really has not helped. I just wondered if something out of the main stream helped with the uncomfortableness of these sores.

ANSWER: Get her some lysine...It's a dietary supplement available in the pharmacy (where the vitamins are)... also tell her (something I didn't know until yesterday) to drink at least 10 8oz servings of water... It will flush her system and the mouth sores will not be so bad (I think they happen because the chemo doesnt get flushed out of the kidneys and stays in the system)... I had my third dose of chemo on friday and had to go back for a second dose of anti-nausea... They had to give me 2 liters of fluids because my blood pressure was so low... They also said that all my other symptoms (nausea, mouth sores, fatigue, etc.) could be helped with more water... After the fluids, I drank 80+ ozs of water yesterday and felt great... My poor chaped lips even looked and felt better...

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Various Around the House Tips

1) Flies or bees bothering you?  Spray them with hairspray and they will take a quick dive.

2) Sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap.  The envelope can then be resealed.  (hmmmmmm...)

3) Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords.  It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.

4) For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dishwashing liquid in it.  Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze.

5) Crayon marks on walls?  This worked wonderfully!  A damp rag, dipped in baking soda.  Comes of with little effort (elbow grease that is!).

6) Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!) rubbing alcohol on paper towel.

7) Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves.  After years of having to throw away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would be much more economical.  And now a box of S.O.S pads last me indefinitely!  In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get sharpened this way!

8) Opening brand new jars can be a feat in itself.  Well, I have found a way to make it the easiest thing to do.  Instead of banging a jar of jam, pickles, etc., with a knife until it loosens up, I simply reach into the drawer and pull out the handy nutcracker.  It adjusts to the size of the jar and I simply give it a good twist and off pops the lid!

9) Blood stains on clothes?  Not to worry!  Just pour a little peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every time!

10) Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows.  This way you can tell which side has the streaks.  Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean.  Don't wash windows on a sunny day.  They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.

11) Spray a bit of perfume on the lightbulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room when the light is turned on.  Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come.  You can also do this with towels and linen.

12) Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.

13) To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers.  Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new!  Works like a charm!

14) To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stovetop.

15) Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauces and there won't be any stains.

16) When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead and there won't be any white mess on the outside of the cake.

17) Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator and it will keep for weeks.

18) When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corn's natural sweetness.

19) Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead.  The throbbing will go away.

20) Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

21).  To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap on the area and you will experience instant relief.

22) Use air-freshener to clean mirrors.  It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.

23) When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle.  Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off.  Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

24) Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer...
* Clean a toilet.  Drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush and flush.  The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous China.

* Clean a vase.  To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka Seltzer tablets.

* Polish jewelry.  Drop two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.

* Clean a thermos bottle.  Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).

* Unclog a drain.  Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar.  Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.

Unrelated to PCs, visit the Adult Safety pages.

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