XP Service Pack 2
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Windows XP Service Pack 2 - Update Information And Precautions
In last month's
eNewsletter, we discussed the release of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP Service
Pack 2 -- better known as SP2. Microsoft's purpose for this free security
software is to make users of Windows XP safer from cyberattacks. The plan is to
release the software update gradually to Windows XP users across the globe over
a several month time period.
Microsoft has since added some new helpful resources for XP users who plan to download or have already downloaded SP2 from the Microsoft website. (Note that Windows XP Service Pack 2 is still a work-in-progress. Download the early version of SP2 at your own risk.)
Helpful Windows XP SP2 Resources:
Microsoft's SP2 Support Center - Microsoft has developed an online Support Center for Windows XP users who have already or who are considering downloading SP2. Use this link to reach the Support Center: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?pr=windowsxpsp2
What Happens If Your Computer Won't Start After Installing SP2? - Apparently this happens. Uh oh! Microsoft provides information to assist users when this occurs. Go to: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=875355&product=windowsxpsp2
Firewall Information - Windows XP users have the option to continue to use their current firewall protection and turn off the firewall software (called "Windows Firewall") that comes with SP2. To find out more about Windows Firewall and how to adjust the settings after downloading SP2, go to: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=843090&product=windowsxpsp2
Ordering Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) On CD - Microsoft now has a specific link for ordering SP2 on CD. To order, click on this link: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/updates/sp2/cdorder/en_us/default.mspx The web page says to allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Precautionary Items Regarding Windows XP Service Pack 2:
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Ask The Help Desk - What
Do The Numbers In Versions Of Browsers Mean?
Question: When I upgraded to Windows XP, I noticed the numbers
behind the name of my browser (Internet Explorer) jumped up to 6.0. I've seen
this sort of thing with other software programs as well. Some programs have as
many as three numbers after the name of the product. What do these numbers
Answer: The numbers behind each version of a piece of software do have specific meanings. Software developers update their programs on a periodic basis. A standard numbering or lettering sequence is used to differentiate between updated versions.
The first number listed after the name of a software product represents the "major" version number. Normally these are only changed if there have been many major improvements to the program. For example, Internet Explorer 6 is the sixth major version of Microsoft's browser.
The second number represents a minor update. Possibly a feature or two has been added to improve the program, but the overall program has remained the same. For example, Netscape 7.2 is the seventh major version and has had two minor feature updates.
The third number (sometimes separated from the first two with a period, sometimes not) represents a bug fix. Adobe's Acrobat Reader is now up to 6.0.2. It's had six major versions, no minor updates, and two bug fixes.
While this updating format is used for many software programs, some use letters rather than numbers, especially for minor updates and bug fixes.
To find the version number of a program on your computer, with the program running, click your cursor arrow on "Help" on the program's menu bar, then find "About (PROGRAM NAME)." The version number should be listed there. On a Macintosh, with the program running, look under the program's name next to the apple on the menu bar for the "About" information.
Great Sites To Check Out This Month
Vote On Your Favorite Guinness World Record
http://GuinnessWorldRecords.com/ - Guinness World Records is giving everyone a chance to vote for their favorite world record of all time. Among the choices: longest gum wrapper chain, greatest number of people to fit into a Mini Cooper auto, longest home run hit, largest pizza, and the most consecutive pogo stick jumps. Is there a record you'd like to attempt to break? This site provides information on the official rules. Note: The record for the "fastest tomato ketchup drinker" looks pretty soft -- that is if you really love ketchup.
Extreme Makeover - Home Edition Returns For Second Season
http://abc.go.com/primetime/xtremehome/ - ABC's popular Extreme Makeover - Home Edition television show has returned for its second season. The official website provides bios of cast members (including Ty Pennington), great before and after photos, stories about the families who've had their homes "improved," and previews of upcoming shows. If you know a family who has a home in desperate need of attention due to circumstances beyond their control, you may submit their name for consideration via a downloadable application form.
Speeding Up and Slowing Down Time
http://playingwithtime.org/ - This is a fun site sponsored by the Science Museum of Minnesota. Watch slow motion video clips of things that normally appear very quickly, i.e. a cat lapping milk, the blink of an eye, a jackhammer in action, glass breaking, a water balloon being dropped, and a fire cracker exploding. You'll also find speeded up versions of things that normally take place over a long period of time, i.e. crawling snails, making an ice sculpture, moving shadows, constructing a building, and the aging process of a person. It's a fun site for both adults and kids.
Fun Learning Site For Younger Kids
http://www.meddybemps.com/ - This is a fun learning, storytelling, game site geared mainly for primary aged kids. The site's goal is to enable parents and teachers to help young children strengthen learning skills in unique and playful ways. Storytelling will never be the same. The kids will love the moving animations as you read these interactive stories to them.
NASCAR's Chase For The Nextel Cup
http://www.nascar.com - Although forty-three drivers will race each weekend, we're down to just ten championship-eligible racers in NASCAR's new playoff-style championship format. And it's making for some exciting competition in NASCAR's Chase for the Nextel Cup. Get the very latest standings, inside stories, interviews, schedules, audio and video clips, driver and crew chief bios, and more. If you can't get to the events in person, the next best thing can be found at NASCAR.com.
Short Tutorial - Printing
Out Your Address Book
The holidays are fast approaching and it may be useful to
have a hard copy of the information found in your e-mail client's Address Book.
Follow the steps below to print a copy of your entire Address Book.
To print out your Address Book using Outlook Express 6 for Windows XP:
To print out your Address Book using Netscape 7.1 for Windows XP and Mac OS X:
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