Leo’s Answers #67 – March 2, 2007

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What are these access attempts in my router log?

I went into my router to change my password from "admin", and checked the log. There were a lot of "unrecognized access" from random IP addresses, to a set of fairly random ports. Are these the pages I am reading on the internet, or random attempted hacks into my computer network?

You would be amazed at the amount of malicious network traffic on the internet. At least one security guru has coined the term "Internet Background Noise" for all this traffic.

What is it?

I'll put it this way: it's the reason you must have a firewall.

Continue reading: "What are these access attempts in my router log?"

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How do I find the list of BCC'ed recipients in outgoing email?

How do we find out who we listed in the "BCC" section in our outgoing email? In other words, how do we display the BCC addresses after having sent the message to the recipients? I know it is virtually impossible to do this for incoming emails with Outlook 2003. With the Mac Environment it is extremely simple since all one has to do is view the raw source and code information for the outgoing message(s).

This isn't as much about the environment (Mac or PC) as it is about the email program that you're using. Some make it easy, some make hard, and others make it impossible.

Continue reading: "How do I find the list of BCC'ed recipients in outgoing email?"

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Are attachments stored in my Outlook PST? How can I remove them, if they are?

I started using Outlook in May 2006. I have a big pst file, about 3.6 gigabytes. I archived and am compacting, so that should work. My question is about attachments, are they part of the pst file size? When I get an attachment I want, I click on save as and save it outside Outlook. However, does the attachment then still remain in Outlook? Is there a way to delete attachments while still keep the body of the emails?

Attachments are most definitely part of the PST file size. In fact, I'd hazard a guess that attachments are the number one cause of PSTs getting as big as they do.

And 3.6gig is a pretty big PST.

I have some cautions for you, and some steps you can take.

Continue reading: "Are attachments stored in my Outlook PST? How can I remove them, if they are?"

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How can I tell what program is making or accepting TCP/IP connections on my machine?

Another application is listening on my e-mail port 110 and it is restricting my ipo high speed. How can i find the other application?

I'm not exactly sure what you might mean by "restricting my ipo high speed", but it's very easy to see what TCP/IP ports are in use on your computer. There's a command line utility to tell you exactly that, but there's an easier to use, and free, tool we can download as well.

Continue reading: "How can I tell what program is making or accepting TCP/IP connections on my machine?"

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What's the best way to publish an email chronicle?

I have about 600 emails chronicling the last few years of my mom's life. I would like to make these public, in the original email format, but if people started replying to individual posts it would soon become unreadable. I know I could cut and paste them into a word document but I feel that would detract from the format, plus the added work for me. (There's a LOT of emails) I thought about creating a Yahoo or .mac account and just forward them all there and make the password available, but if people began responding to individual posts it would become a mess. Do you know of a way to make such a thing read-only?

First, let me say what a cool idea this is. What a wonderful way to memorialize your mom, while simultaneously letting people know more about her and her life.

If I were in your shoes, I would approach this a little differently. I'd definitely retain the "look and feel" of email, but I wouldn't use an email-based solution at all.

Continue reading: "What's the best way to publish an email chronicle?"

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Am I Too Hard on Hotmail?

No. And it's not only Hotmail that I'm hard on.

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*** Popular Articles from the Archives

Here's a tool everyone has on recent versions of Windows that can sometimes be a big aid in diagnosing problems.

What is the Event Viewer, and should I care?

In an ideal world, you'd never care about Event Viewer. In an ideal world, software and hardware would always work, always meet expectations, and there'd never be any need to try and figure out why things are happening the way they are.

In an ideal world we'd also be able to rely on the event viewer for clear and consistent information about what your system and all the applications running on it are experiencing.

Sadly, we do not live in an ideal world. Event viewer can be a source for excellent clues into system failures and behavior. It can also be a frustrating source of exactly nothing. But it's definitely a tool worth knowing about if you're running Windows NT, 2000 or XP.

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*** Thoughts and Comments

Happy March everyone! We woke up to 6 inches of snow on the ground out here in Woodinville. The dogs thought it was great, but the humans ... well, we're ready for some warmth and sunshine.

One of the things that's been going on at Ask Leo! "World Headquarters" (aka, my house) is an upgrade to my connectivity. For several years now I've had standard DSL through a very fine local ISP. (Avvanta, if you're in the greater Seattle or Western Washington area.) As I think I've mentioned here before, I've been limited to 768kbs down and 128kbs up due to issues at the telephone company, and there's no cable in my neighborhood. (And Satellite doesn't work for my internet usage, though it's quite fine for television.)

Over the holidays I started looking at a dedicated connection known as a T-1 which is a full 1.544mbs both up and down. In the past these have been extremely expensive, but prices have come down a fair amount recently. They're still expensive, but I decided to bite the bullet. It was installed a little over a month ago.

Unfortunately it had problems. However as of Monday those problems appear to have been resolved, and I'm now quite comfortable naming names. Kudos to Covad's T-1 customer support. They stayed on top of the issue, understood (and believed!) me when I described the issues I was seeing, and coordinated the appropriate diagnostic steps to get the issues resolved - including getting the phone company involved.

As a side note: there were two issues. One was mine - it turns out that broadband speed tests report very inaccurate upload speeds when run in FireFox, but report properly in Internet Explorer. The Covad tech and I discovered this together. The other was (once again) a noisy pair of telephone wires into my house.

So that'll have to hold me for now. Though the phone company technician did hint that FIOS might be coming soon.


'till next time...


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