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The Blaster Worm - Protecting Your Computer
Microsoft has inadvertently
left openings or "holes" in many of its Windows-based computer
operating systems, i.e. Windows 2000, Windows XP. Creators of viruses and worms
have the ability to then exploit these vulnerabilities by creating
"malware" (short for malicious software) to attack people's computers
-- gaining access to users' operating systems through these holes.
The recent spread of the Blaster Worm was a wake-up call for everyone using a computer that utilizes a Windows operating system. Microsoft is aware of the problems these holes cause and has gone to great lengths to notify its customers of remedies -- even going so far as buying full-page ads in recent issues of the USA Today newspaper.
Microsoft encourages its customers (as do we) to go to http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/ to learn more about how to protect your computer against future outbreaks of worms such as Blaster. The site provides information on:
We're here to assist you in making your Internet experience both enriching and fun. We encourage you to simply take a few safety measures on a regular basis so that you'll be able to continue to utilize and enjoy the Internet.
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Ask The Help Desk - What
Do The Various Parts Of A Web Address Mean?
Question: I was wondering what all the parts of a website
address mean? They look like some sort of secret code.
Answer: It is a type of code but it's really no secret. Let's take a look at a fictitious website address: http://www.yourdomainhere.com. A website address is called a URL which stands for Universal Resource Locater. So when someone wants you to send them a URL, they're asking you to send them the address for the web page. Here's how this URL breaks down.
http - This is the protocol for the address. The "http" stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol. It tells you that the address is using the http "scheme" or technique to transfer web pages to you. It's the most common protocol in use. Another common method is FTP or File Transfer Protocol which is used for downloading files.
www - This stands for World Wide Web or the Web.
yourdomainhere.com - This is the name of the domain of the website and the computer that hosts the website. Every site has a different name.
.com - This part of the domain name of the URL is called the "zone." There are several different zones available but the most commonly used one is .com (COMmercial). There are also zones for organizations (.org), for network providers (.net), and for countries (.uk - for United Kingdom).
What about the stuff that comes after the zone? Those are often the names of folders that contain graphics or pages or the names of pages themselves. Pages will have an ending like .htm or .html. Pictures have names ending in .gif or .jpg among others. Folder names have no endings and are surrounded by slashes. So, a page in a folder would look something like this...
http://www.yourdomainhere.com/webpages/articles.html. This means an html page named articles.html is in the folder named "webpages" on the host machine yourdomainhere.com on the World Wide Web using HyperText Transfer Protocol. It's not too complicated once you know the code.
Great Sites To Check Out This Month
Web Cams Of Fall Foliage
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/fallcolor/cams.html - Autumn is a beautiful time of the year to do some traveling around North America and get outdoors to see the many colors of nature. The vibrant foliage on display by many types of trees and shrubs can be breathtaking. To get a glimpse of what's out there, check out the links to the many web cams located across the U.S. via the University of Illinois Extension Office's website. It's the next best thing to being there.
Good Boy! - The Movie
http://goodboy.com/ - Jim Henson Pictures (Henson is the guy who created The Muppets) and MGM have partnered in the production and distribution of a new action movie called "Good Boy!" The dogs featured in the film are a combination of actual animals, special effects and CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery). Voiceover talent includes Matthew Broderick and Carl Reiner. Check out the movie trailer located on the movie's homepage. It looks like a great show for the entire family. It's rated PG because of some mild crude humor.
Costumes For Halloween Or Pretend Play
http://kidsdomain.com/craft/_hcostume.html - Are you looking for some ideas on making homemade Halloween costumes for the kids this year? Well, this is just the site for you. It includes a listing of needed materials as well as step-by-step instructions for over forty different costume ideas. Whether your youngster wants to be a ladybug, a pizza slice, Superman or a duck -- this site can help you out.
National Anthems From Around The Globe
http://imagesoft.net/flags/anthems.html - There's no need to wait until the next Olympic Games to listen to the national anthems of countries from around the globe. This site lists over 180 countries. Simply turn up the sound on your computer and click on the country of choice. Check out Liechtenstein's national anthem. Does it sound familiar?
Major League Baseball's World Series
http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/ps/index.jsp - This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Major League Baseball's World Series. This site provides links to current and past postseason results, photo galleries of dramatic playoff and World Series moments, listings of champions by year and by club, listings of all-time batting and pitching leaders in World Series history and much more. Let's play ball!
Short Tutorial - Deleting
Bookmarked Favorites From Your Browser
If you've been surfing the Internet awhile, you've no doubt
saved lots of your favorite websites on your browser using the
"Favorites" feature of your Internet Explorer browser. (These are
called "Bookmarks" when using a Netscape browser.) After time,
however, many of these sites are no longer of interest to you and you may want
to remove some of them from your list of bookmarked sites. To do so, follow the
Windows Operating System and Internet Explorer Browser:
Macintosh (OSX) Operating System and Internet Explorer 5.2 Browser:
If you are using a Netscape browser with Windows or Mac OS9, follow this procedure:
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