The Truth about Conficker
I woke up yesterday morning, like I do most mornings, to my annoying clock radio. Well, that day was just a little more annoying than most, just because of what I heard when I woke up. To my surprise, I heard the "morning personalities" blabbing on about this terrible worm called "Conficker". They were saying that the worm could possibly strike on April 1st and cause "all kinds of damage".
Let me start by saying that I cannot stand non-technical people trying to tell the world about the computers. Most of the time this is just a ploy for ratings. It seems that Conficker is the new hot topic for those that want to boost ratings, so I thought I would straighten things out.
The Worm that everyone seems to be talking about is technically called Win32/Conficker.B. It is a variant of the Win32/Conficker.A Worm that came out several months ago. It also goes by the name Downadup and I wrote about it here. People are making a big deal about this worm because although it has infected computers, it hasn't actually done anything yet. It has been laying dormant, waiting for instructions. This makes for a good news story, but here is what they are not telling you...
Conficker is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. If your computer is up to date, you most likely do not have Conficker and you are safe. As a matter of fact, if you do your updates regularly, Microsoft will scan your system monthly with the Malicious Software Removal Tool and Conficker will be removed. So, don't you feel better already?
If you still think that you might have the Conficker worm, or if you just want to check and be safe, Microsoft offers a free online scan for Windows XP users that will remove conficker and solve all your problems. Here is the link: http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/default.htm?s_cid=sah Note: you must be using Internet Explorer when you visit this page or it will not work.
As for Vista users, here is your link http://onecare.live.com/site/en-us/center/whatsnew.htm
As always, Stay safe out there!
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Whew! I surely feel better knowing that "Conficker" isn't the absolute abomination that we were told of! Keep those computers up to date, folks!
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Here I opened the section on Microsoft® Access® (the database program). Once inside, you see the Course Menu for Level 1
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Q: Why are some of my images showing up as a red x when I try to view them? It's so frustrating!
A: Good golly, I sure do get a lot of questions about this! I'm glad that I finally get to set the record straight about the mysterious (and annoying) red X, once and for all! Here's a list of the top reasons for the red X and some potentially potent solutions!
Reason 1 – Your anti-virus or firewall might be set to disable web bugs. What is a web bug, you ask? Nothing important; just a teeny, tiny image used for statistic tracking on websites. Sometimes this setting prevents other images from being shown.
How you fix it: Go into your anti-virus settings and look for a setting called “Disable Web Bugs” and uncheck it. Not all anti-virus programs have it, mind you, so you might have to explore a bit!!
Reason 2 – You Internet Explorer security settings are set too high.
How you fix it: In Internet Explorer go to Tools>Internet Options and then click on the Security Tab. From there, take a look and see what your security level is at. I keep mine at Medium-High, which allows for most of what I want, and little of what I don't. Gauge how you use the Internet and where you go to adjust this accordingly.
Reason 3 – Windows XP Service Pack 2 introduced a feature called “Block images and other external content in HTML e-mail” This is a big one, and since it's automatically turned on in programs like Outlook Express, it's probably the most common.
How you fix it: For Outlook and Outlook Express you can fix this by clicking the info bar at the top of the message body. This is just a per-message thing, however. If you want a more permanent solution, click on Tools>Options>Security, and then uncheck the “Block images and other external content” check box. Click OK, and revel in visual amazement!
Did you like this tip? Got another Red X remedy to share? Tell us by rating or adding to this tip here: MS Outlook - What A Drag! Have a file that needs to be attached to an e-mail? Need the file's information in an appointment? Maybe it contains information that you need in the notes of a new contact, or a task to be completed. Whatever the need - the point is that you need the file's information and nobody wants the hassle of manually transferring all of it. After all, the file already contains what you need, why duplicate the data? So
you've got to wonder, if there's a different choice. And, as you are expecting, I have to say yes - you do have a choice. Next time you need a file's information in connection to a part of MS Outlook give this a try: Drag and drop the file into the appropriate section of Outlook. Could it be that easy? Why, yes it can. Simply locate the file, click-hold-and-drag the file into Outlook. (Remember, if Outlook is not the currently visible then hover the mouse pointer over where Outlook is on the Task bar. It will bring the focus to Outlook so that you can proceed.) Now that Outlook is visible, hover the pointer over the section/folder where you need to place the file. At this point you simply release the mouse button. Poof! A new item
appointment, e-mail message, contact, task, etc
will open with the file as an attachment ready for you to finish up and save. And without even so much as a copy / paste, you've got the information you need in the place you want. ~ April Did you like this office tip? Did you not like it? Tell us by rating or adding to it here:
MS Outlook - What A Drag!
Have a file that needs to be attached to an e-mail?
Need the file's information in an appointment?
Maybe it contains information that you need in the notes of a new contact, or a task to be completed.
Whatever the need - the point is that you need the file's information and nobody wants the hassle of manually transferring all of it. After all, the file already contains what you need, why duplicate the data?
So you've got to wonder, if there's a different choice.
And, as you are expecting, I have to say yes - you do have a choice.
Next time you need a file's information in connection to a part of MS Outlook give this a try:
Drag and drop the file into the appropriate section of Outlook.
Could it be that easy?
Why, yes it can.
Simply locate the file, click-hold-and-drag the file into Outlook. (Remember, if Outlook is not the currently visible then hover the mouse pointer over where Outlook is on the Task bar. It will bring the focus to Outlook so that you can proceed.)
Now that Outlook is visible, hover the pointer over the section/folder where you need to place the file.
At this point you simply release the mouse button.
A new item appointment, e-mail message, contact, task, etc will open with the file as an attachment ready for you to finish up and save.
And without even so much as a copy / paste, you've got the information you need in the place you want.
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This works just like a flash drive - only it doesn't set you back as much money! Just plug it into your computer and it will show up as an external drive under My Computer. From there, simply drag and drop your files! Works on any XP or Vista computer - no drivers required! WOW!
Why not free up extra room on your computer's Hard Drive? Yeah...instead of jamming EVERYTHING onto the computer (you know...the one you never seem to get around to backing up!), why not keep all your favorite music, photos and other important stuff in one nice, convenient spot? Plus that way, you've got everything together when you want to show uncle Bob all the latest photos from your last vacation?
Oh, and these are FANTASTIC for backups too! You probably have loads of documents, information, spreadsheets, family photos, and music that you just can't afford to lose - Why not back 'em up onto a couple of these handy little drives? Makes it MUCH easier to keep track of and for the price you just can't go wrong!
Or if you've got SOOO many tunes you just "can't live without" and you're juggling three or four thumb drives- well STOP IT!!! (Besides, you're bound to loose one of 'em, poke an eye out or do something else that every mother in the world seems to warn their kids about doing!) Do the smart thing and keep them all together and neat all in one place! (Besides, your mother will be so proud!)
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And, of course, we can't leave out the fact that this Mini HD looks gooood! Sleek, slick, compact,,,what else do you need.
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Riddle me this: Who doesn't love trivia? How about all types of trivia, then? Today on WS we have a neat little site that carries just about every flavor of connundrum possible! Actually, it's not a "little" site at all! This place is huge! Check it out!
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Get Rid Of Red-Eye
Ohh, we've all been there. You take a snap shot of your kids (or grandkids) and the devil in 'em seems all too apparent. Those big red-eyes glaring back at you from the photo, screaming for some time in PhotoShop.
How do you avoid red-eye in the first place? Easy! Have the kids close their eyes!
OK, OK, here's a few tips:
1. Turn Up The Light - Red-eye is basically a reflection of the back of the eye - sorta like a snapshot of the retina. So, the more dilated (open) the pupils are, the more red-eye you tend to get in your photos. If you turn up the room lights, you cause the pupils to get smaller and cut back on red-eye effect.
2. Red-Eye Reduction - Most cameras have a red-eye reduction feature. The idea behind it is the same as in tip #1 - get the pupils smaller. However, there's a trick to using it right - you have to make sure the person you're photographing is looking at the camera. If not, their pupils won't get any smaller and the technique won't work.
You also may want to warn your unsuspecting subjects of the impending reduction of their red-eye. I've seen lots of squinty, startled looking snapshots of people who were surprised by the stroboscopic flashing.
3. Soften The Light - Sometimes a soft light can also help reduce the appearance of red-eye. Try a light piece of tissue paper over the flash (preferably not a used one :-). Keep in mind that this method also reduces your flash range - sometimes considerably - so use it only on subjects that are close.
4. Avoid The Long End Of The Zoom - The red-eye effect tends to increase with lens focal length. In English? OK, it means that the more "zoomed in" you are on your subject, the better the chances of getting red-eye. Don't shoot too wide though - it's not a very flattering perspective (and that's an article in an of itself).
NOTE - the next two tips only apply if you have a camera that can use an auxiliary flash.
5. "Bounce" The Flash - If your flash allows you to "bounce" it (no, not off the floor), then you have another weapon at your disposal. To bounce your flash, just aim it at the ceiling. The angle should be like a pool shot - you want it to bounce off the ceiling and back down to your subject.
Since your flash isn't shooting directly at your subject, the red-eye problem goes away. However, your flash won't carry nearly as far since you have to count the distance from the ceiling and back down again. Another bounce flash problem that comes up is the dreaded "shadow beard" under the chin due to the light source coming down from the top (women seem more sensitive to this than men for some reason :-). So, let's look at the final trick:
6. Use an Auxiliary Flash on A Bracket - Ahh, we've saved the best for last. Ever notice how professional photographers always seem to have their flash on a bracket? Well, it's not just so they look cool - it helps eliminate red-eye!
As we mentioned before, red-eye is a reflection off the back of the eye. However, this reflection is only visible at a certain angle to the camera. The closer the flash is to the lens of the camera, the greater your chances of getting red-eye. So, if you move the flash off-camera and change the angle the light is hitting the subject, your camera doesn't "see" the reflection anymore. The red-eye is gone.
Well, that's about it. If all else fails, you can use your imaging software to help eliminate red-eye. Most have an easy to use red-eye tool. Sure, it's best to get rid of the red-eye at the time the photo was taken, but it's nice to know you can still take the devil out of the kids if need be :-)
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Do you know what the focal point of a picture is? The next time before you take a picture, pause and ask yourself: “What is the Focal Point in this Picture?”
* Focus - Learn to use Depth of Field to blur out other aspects in front or behind your focal point.
* Blur - If you really want to get tricky, you could experiment with slower shutter speeds, if your main subject is still and things around it are moving.
* Color - using contrasting colors can be a way of setting your point of interest apart from it’s surroundings.
* Shape - similarly contrasting shapes and textures can make a subject stand out - especially patterns that are repeated around a subject.
~Zahid H Javali
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Monday, March 30, 2009
Computer Tips [ Serious Virus - Or Not? + The Red X In Your E-mail + Red-Eye Prevention + Make Your Subjects Pop ] 03/31/2009
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