Leo's Answers #7 – January 6, 2006


Welcome to 2006!

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The problem? People hitting a "This is spam" button instead of unsubscribing. Why is that a problem? It hurts newsletter publishers, it hurts other subscribers, and it makes the overall spam problem worse instead of better. Rather than get into it here, I'll point at my article Why shouldn't I use the "Report Spam" or "Junk" button? (http://ask-leo.com/why_shouldnt_i_use_the_report_spam_or_junk_button.html) and my podcast What is, and is not, spam (http://ask-leo.com/what_is_and_is_not_spam.html).

One person commented on the article and pointed out that RSS is an alternative to emali delivery that bypasses all the spam issues, and indeed it is. This newsletter has been available as an RSS feed since day one at: http://ask-leo.com/newsletter.xml.

Such excitement. I hope your holidays were a little quieter :-).

BREAKING NEWS: Microsoft has released the patch for the "WMF Exploit" ahead of schedule. I recommend everyone install it. Read more here: Should I be worried about this "WMF Exploit" that everyone's been talking about? - http://ask-leo.com/should_i_be_worried_about_this_wmf_exploit_that_everyones_been_talking_about.html

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*** New Articles of Note on Ask Leo!

Should I be worried about this "WMF Exploit" that everyone's been talking about?

I got an email warning me to basically stay off the internet until next week because of some new virus or something called a "WMF Exploit". Is it really that serious? Do I really need to stay off line? I'm not sure I can handle the withdrawal from being disconnected that long!

Yes, it's serious.

But, no, you don't have to go through withdrawal. In an unprecedented move, Microsoft has released the patch for the problem ahead of schedule.

Continue reading: "Should I be worried about this "WMF Exploit" that everyone's been talking about?"

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Outsourcing Tech Support - Good, or Evil?

Over here, or overseas, incompetance knows no boundaries.

Continue reading: "Outsourcing Tech Support - Good, or Evil?" Article Includes Audio

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Can I prevent my mail from being forwarded by others?

Is there any way I can keep from letting people forward emails I have sent them onto others?

In short: no.

And it can get even worse. Much worse.

Continue reading: "Can I prevent my mail from being forwarded by others?"

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How do I stop MSN Messenger from starting automatically and logging me in?

I've MSN Messenger at a friend's house, and now he's logging in as me and IMing all my friends, because Messenger was set to remember me. How do I stop that, and how do I prevent it from happening again?

You're not alone, I see this a lot. If you're not careful, it's very easy to accidentally give someone else access to your account if you use MSN Messenger a public computer or someone else's computer.

It require's a little diligence on your part, or you're going to get into trouble.

Continue reading: "How do I stop MSN Messenger from starting automatically and logging me in?" Article Includes Video

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How can I archive email in my free email account?

Without manually copying and pasting the text of every single message and if possible, how can I archive my email messages? I have no POP3, IMAP, or administrative access. It's a free webmail account.

Yet another reason I intensely dislike relying on free email accounts for "important" things. There are so many things that can, and do, go wrong it's scary. I hear very sad "I've lost everything" stories on a regular basis.

So you're quite right to want to backup.

Continue reading: "How can I archive email in my free email account?"

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Why doesn't my machine's IP address match what I'm told on the internet?

Using tools on my machine, I can see that my IP address is one thing, in my case But when I go to an internet site that shows me my IP, it shows my something completely different. Which is right?

The answer won't clarify anything, but I'll tell you anyway.

They're both right.

No, your machine doesn't really have two IP addresses, but the IP it shows as depends on who's looking, and from where.

Continue reading: "Why doesn't my machine's IP address match what I'm told on the internet?"

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What is, and is not, spam

I discuss a recent article talking about the report spam button, and its missuse.

Continue reading: "What is, and is not, spam" Article Includes Audio

*** Popular Articles from the Ask Leo! Archives

Number three a series of articles on changing your Hotmail password. Another surprisingly frequent question:

I've forgotten the answer to my MSN Hotmail secret question, *and* my password, what do I do?

So far I've covered how to change your Hotmail password, and how to change your Hotmail password if you've forgotten it. The last one involves knowing the answer to a "secret question" that you set up when you created your Hotmail account.

But what if you forget that too?

Continue reading...

*** Interesting Sites and Useful Resources

The Internet Tourbus - http://www.tourbus.com

TOURBUS is a free email newsletter published twice a week, and read by about 100,000 people in 130 countries around the globe. Your tour guides Bob Rankin and Patrick Crispen (also known as the "Click and Clack" of the online world) explain Internet technology in plain English, with a dash of humor. Since 1995, Tourbus riders have been getting the scoop on Search Engines, Spam, Viruses, Cookies, Urban Legends, and other topics. We also give you in-depth reviews of the most useful, fun and interesting sites on the Net.

The Internet Tourbus is another great resource for learning more about the internet, technology and other on-line parephernalia.

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This Is True - http://www.thisistrue.com

This is True is a weekly syndicated newspaper column by Colorado humorist Randy Cassingham. True reports on bizarre-but-true news items from legitimate newspapers from around the world (never "tabloids"). Each story ends with commentary by Randy -- a tagline which is humorous, ironic or opinionated. An online pioneer, True has been publishing online weekly since June 1994. You too can have such true stories of human weirdness sent to you once each week by e-mail for free.

True comes in two flavors - free (of course), and paid. True is one of the few on-line subscriptions I actually pay for - it's that good. As they say, truth is stranger than fiction, because fiction has to make sense. Check out the on-line archives, as well as the related Honorary Unsubscribe - http://www.honoraryunsubscribe.com and Bonzer Web Sites of the Week - http://www.bonzersites.com too!

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The latest entry out at Forwarded Funnies: "No sense of humor - http://www.forwardedfunnies.com/no_sense_of_humor_009647.html.

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Leo Notenboom

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1 thought on “Leo&apos;s Answers #7 – January 6, 2006”

  1. I never hit the “This is Spam” button. I just don’t see how that does any good. You will have to do that to the new thousands of spam email that you will eventually receive.

    I just delete them.

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