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Viruses and other bugbears


Volume 1, No. 16, 10/5/2000


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Volume 1, No. 16 Viruses and other bugbears May 10, 2000

Yvette Nielsen, Editor, yvette@brizcomm.com.au

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The Love Bug and its sick mutations have taken a bite out of my
working week, that's for sure.

Although I haven't been stung (touch wood), my inbox has been filled
with bounced messages from the crippled servers of virus victims,
including many government workers.

Bet the telcos are happy, with online communicators forced to resort
to the old standby: the telephone.

Still, the show must go on.

This week I've included a few tips on how to avoid viruses and other
online bugbears.

(Whew, I'm sure glad I had that flu needle last week.)


PS know we're supposed to be a non-parochial global village and
all that but, GO MAROONS!



1. Web content tip
2. Free Macromedia CD
3. ZDNet Australia vacancies
4. Web Content Workshop
5. Streaming video and pizza
6. Surf Club
7. Weekly chuckle

More improvements at Gourmet Food Direct - Brisbane's online butcher.
Prices reduced by up to 50%. Our supplier has provided us with better
prices that we want to pass on to you.
Most items can now be delivered next day; delivery times extended
to 8pm; Saturday delivery available. $5 delivery: free for over $50.


1. Web content tip

Anti-virus company Sophos has advised users to disable the Windows
Scripting Host to help prevent the spread of nasty worms.

The Love Bug uses VBScript in Microsoft email clients to replicate
and damage data files.

Sophos states:

"Windows Scripting Host can help to automate various tasks within
the Windows environment, but it can also be exploited by viruses
such as VBS/BubbleBoy and VBS/Tune."

Linux and Apple Mac users are immune by default.

To disable Windows Scripting Host on your desktop, Sophos advises:

* Enter Start/Settings/Control Panel
* Open Add/Remove Programs
* Choose the Windows Setup tab
* Double-click on "Accessories" and make sure Windows Scripting
Host is deselected (no checkmark)

For more security tips, visit:

For links to anti-virus programs (some free downloads) and news:

For free online storage to back up vital files:

For other back-up options:

For the record, I reckon the morally challenged cretins who start
and spread viruses intentionally should do life on the tech support
desk answering and fixing the mess they created. Just a thought.


2. Free Macromedia CD

If you can't make the free Macromedia seminar in Brisbane on Saturday,
I have a small stack of free 45-day trial CDs on my desk to give away.

The CDs contain trial versions of Director, Dreamweaver, Drumbeat 2000,
Flash, Generator, Fireworks, Freehand, Authorware, Coursebuilder for
Dreamweaver, and links to shockwave.com and a free Shockmachine.

Email yvette@brizcomm.com.au for your copy (no, I'm not on commission
bought Web Design Studio myself recently and just happen to like it).

To register for the free seminars, visit:


3. ZDNet Australia vacancies

Australia's biggest computing and Internet site is seeking
editorial producers and associate producers, journalists,
freelance writers and designers.



4. Web Content Workshop

You know the drill: great lunch, handout notes, lots of useful advice
and links about structuring, writing and promoting a web site.

It's from 10am to 3pm on Friday, 24 May;

It's non-technical focus on information rather than technology;

It's based on the premise that all members of an organisation
whether secretary or CEO, artist or programmer - need to understand
the importance of web content to a site's success.

Topics include user-friendly navigation and accessibility, design
considerations, how people read on the web, ways to keep readers
coming back, the "write" technique (web vs print), the content
manager's role in the team, and site promotion ideas.

Cost is $250 a head ($220 for members of WIT, QWC, SEA, ACS, QAAA).

To book, email yvette@brizcomm.com.au


5. Streaming video and pizza

The latest newsletter from the IIB (that's Information Industry Board)
is packed with events, industry news, opportunities and reports.

Here's a preview:

* an evening on streaming video (with pizza and drinks) on 17 May

* e-health seminar and workshop on 18 May

* e-banking day on 19 May

* e-customer service centre seminar on 25 May

* free publicity opportunity for services/products on tourism

* three-tier virus protection report

* B2B portal report

* GST and digital goods and services report

Read it while it's hot at:


6. Surf Club

Dave's Qld Music Industry Site
Brisbane music buff David O'Donoghoe aims to build community
loyalty to locally produced music in much the way some residents
support local sporting teams. Dave's no-nonsense site (updated
daily) and his free weekly mailing list feature Queensland music
industry news, original music gigs, personnel listings, editorial,
links and a resources directory (from rehearsal rooms to recording
In a net shell: Onya Dave.

Meet Ananova, the world's first virtual newscaster. The UK-based
creation has big blue eyes, green hair and a spooky similarity,
some say, to Posh Spice. She delivers breaking news stories
through tailored e-mail bulletins on interest subjects or streaming
video (you watch and listen as the signal is fed, rather than wait
for a complete download). Ananova was developed by Britain's Press
Association news agency.
In a net shell: Anchors away.

UnCommon Courtesy & Coaching
Get motivated and live life to the fullest with free inspiration
from UnCommon Courtesy & Coaching. Sign up for a motivational
newsletter, The Pinnacle Perspective, with free weekly tips,
quotes and an article on personal growth written by Dr Susan
Rempel. You can also opt in to one of more than 50 quotation
lists offering inspirational quotes on a different topic each
In a net shell: Ready, set, grow.

Way Too Personal
Web designer and Internet dating guru Lorina presents the good,
the bad and the just plain "icky" responses she's received to her
online personal ads. Be sure to read her "10 commandments" (eg
don't act desperate or bitter) and general advice before writing
or answering an ad (eg take the time to spell their names
In a net shell: Love online.

When you need a new personal organiser, try this free online
service. You can access When.com through any Net-connected computer
in the world to keep track of appointments, meetings, birthdays
and holidays for yourself or a group. If you don't have any events
planned, When.com can find events to match your interests and
enter them in your calendar.
In a net shell: Get organised.

This site's animation "toy" will while away days if you let it.
The SodaConstructor animates and edits models made from masses
and springs which you can control by a wave to make pulsing muscles.
Build models that bounce, roll, walk or try some ready-mades
including wigglyworm, breakingwave and cheekytriangle.
In a net shell: Fascinating.

Pictures on the Web were not designed for paper so you're bound
to be disappointed when you print them out. Browsers, printers
and monitors use different resolutions and colours to suit their
own purposes. Visit printQuick.com to download a free, small
plug-in that transfers the best of an on-screen image from the
Web to a colour printer. Make your own high-quality greeting cards,
certificates and calendars free.
In a net shell: Sharp.

Goatee Gallery
The goatee a small beard growing down from the chin has a long
history spanning ancient Egypt, Elizabethan times and the devil
himself. The classic goatee is trimmed to look like the tuft of
hair on a male goat's chin (hence the name) but a small tuft below
the bottom lip also qualifies. Browse through more than a dozen
galleries of street goatees to find your look or vote for your
favourite star's style.
In a net shell: To the point.

If all you can think about is rain when you see a cloud, you might
need a visit to this site that aims to rekindle the lost art of
imagining shapes in clouds. View the pictures in the gallery to
see if you still have a sense of childhood wonder or create your
own cloud structure.
In a net shell: Simple pleasures.

Once upon a time, a screensaver was used to protect your monitor
from burn-in. Today, it's generally just for fun. Download the
free award-winning Webshots software for total control over the
display of your screensaver and wallpaper images. You can download
a free new photo daily and rotate your favourite collections, from
sports to scenery, every few seconds if you like.
In a net shell: Top shots.


7. Weekly chuckle

Don't get hit by one of these recently spotted infections:

POLITICALLY CORRECT VIRUS: Never calls itself a "virus", but
refers to itself as an "electronic microorganism".

GOVERNMENT ECONOMIST VIRUS: Nothing works, but all your diagnostic
software says everything is fine.

NEW WORLD ORDER VIRUS: Probably harmless, but it makes a lot of
people really mad just thinking about it.

FEDERAL BUREAUCRAT VIRUS: Divides your hard disk into hundreds of
little units, each of which does practically nothing, but all of
which claim to be the most important part of your computer.

GALLUP VIRUS: Sixty per cent of the PCs infected will lose 38
per cent of their data 14 percent of the time (plus or minus a
3.5 per cent margin of error).

TEXAS VIRUS: Makes sure that it's bigger than any other file.

ADAM AND EVE VIRUS: Takes a couple of bytes out of your Apple.

GOVERNMENT VIRUS: The computer locks up, screen splits erratically
with a message appearing on each half blaming the other side for
the problem.

GOVERNMENT VIRUS #2: Runs every program on the hard drive
simultaneously, but doesn't allow the user to accomplish anything.

AIRLINE VIRUS: You're in Dallas, but your data is in Singapore.

FREUDIAN VIRUS: Your computer becomes obsessed with marrying its
own motherboard.

ELVIS VIRUS: Your computer gets fat, slow and lazy, then self
destructs; only to resurface at shopping malls, service stations
and fast food joints across rural America.

NIKE VIRUS: Just does it.

STAR TREK VIRUS: Invades your system in places where no virus has
gone before.

HEALTH CARE VIRUS: Tests your system for a day, finds nothing wrong,
and sends you a bill for $4,500.


Good night, sleep tight, don't let the web bugs bite.



Yvette Nielsen, Editor
phone 041 771 8683
Brizcomm, PO Box 2026, Bardon, Queensland 4065, Australia

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