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News broke late yesterday that Google was preparing to launch a new site call Knol that will combine parts of Wikipedia and Squidoo to create a new user generated authoritative online knowledgebase of everything.All the details aren’t fully clear yet. What we do know is that Google will offer a revenue share from each page: “If an author chooses to include ads, Google will provide the author with substantial revenue share from the proceeds of those ads,” although we don’t know at this stage how much. We know that unlike Squidoo or other sites who offer a percentage share of advertising revenue, Knol cuts out the middle man. Think of it this way; presuming Google normally splits 50% (no one knows the exact number, at it changes at different levels) of revenue from an Adsense unit with a normal publisher, in the case of someone like Squidoo or even a blog with writers writing on a rev share model they then get a percentage of the 50%; Knol on the other hand could offer a proper 50% of the actual original cost of the ad, not a percentage of the percentage: that is not only a great big advantage, it’s also verging on unfair competition.

Okay fine, want to call it knol? guess google is also going into Industrial Cleaning Systems  ? http://www.knol.com seems to be such a company and is hosted at 040 Hosting.

knol.com and google ?

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Using OpenDNS myself for some time, i think its time to share it, especialy because they just did add a server in the UK, so that also the benefit of speed will be a good reason to change.

To thank you for all that you do for me, this holiday season I want to give you the Gift of Safe, from OpenDNS.With this gift, you’ll be protected from phishing scams while online, your typos will be corrected on the fly and, chances are, you’ll notice a significant speed increase in your Internet usage.

Accept the gift by clicking the link and following the instructions that best fit your setup.

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http://www.opendns.com/gift_of_safe.php?receive


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Happy Holidays,

Patrick

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No, i am not talking about toiletpaper here, i am talking about a piece of software which cleans your pc, removes applications, even if the deinstaller doesnt work correctly. And the best thing, and thats not crap, it is free !

CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it’s fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! 🙂

Find the software here.

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Think about this for a while; you bought one of the most expensive word-processors on the market, someone finds a flaw, and the company who sold you the software says; just dont open any documents you get send to you from someone you do not know. This is however the advise Microsoft gives to its users of Word and not just an old version. So if you are using:

Microsoft Word 2000
Microsoft Word 2002
Microsoft Word 2003
Microsoft Word Viewer 2003
Microsoft Word 2004 for Mac
Microsoft Word 2004 v. X for Mac
Microsoft Works 2004
Microsoft Works 2005
Microsoft Works 2006

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Sometimes i am in need to check a servers connection from multiple places in the world, just to see if its only my connection or that more people have the same issue. Now i know ping is not the most reliable way to check conectivity, but it will do in this case. Trough the following website you can check your server from 20 different geographical locations.

Check out the website of Just Ping

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Did read about a new program to stop spam on your POP3 accounts, well, not really stop it, but mark it for you so you can do anything you want with it, i.e. move it to a spam folder with a rule, to just remove the darn messages, it even got the posibility to tell in which languages you want to receive messages, so that all others will be suspecious. Sad it doesnt work with IMAP, only POP3.

SA Proxy (Spam Assassin Proxy) is based on the Open Source software Spam Assassin. It runs as a local proxy server that sits between your email program and your POP3 mail account.

All you need to do is start SAProxy and configure your email program to connect to it instead of the normal incoming mail server (documentation shows how to do it). The next time you check your email, all spam messages will be tagged with ****SPAM**** in the subject line, allowing you to easily recognize them, or to create a rule in your email program that will move those tagged messages into a separate folder.

Spam Assassin uses Bayesian filtering which is highly accurate and can learn from new spam as it is detected. The program does not delete any spam, but only marks it, leaving it up to you what to do with it.

[6820k] [Win98/ME/2k/XP] [FREE]

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Harsh title again mr. Rainboy, yep, harsh title again, but thats what you get when your mailserver is processing 99% spam and only 1% of valid emails, running a small mailserver here, but since yesterday I did receive over 300.000 spams (hey of course we filtered those out) and only 200 valid emails. And what do the abuse departments do of these users, exactly NOTHING!!! most of the infected machines where located in poland, a few in brazil, but also in the USA. But writing a email to their support departments didnt return ONE email saying they work on it.

But no, the blame is not only with those ISP’s its also the end-users which are even more lazy as the ISP which does not cut their connection. They do not install proper ways to stop these hackers from entering their servers or PC’s. You have a decent lock on your frontdoor why not on your PC ?

Last but not least, certainly not lazy, the spammers, those people are really not knowing what they do, why the hell do you want to make 300.000 USELESS connections to a server which is not accepting your mails anyways, why keep on trying and trying, that is just silly and a waste of your resources as well.

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Today you need to remember many passwords. You need a password for the Windows network logon, your e-mail account, your homepage’s ftp password, online passwords (like CodeProject member account), etc. etc. etc. The list is endless. Also, you should use different passwords for each account. Because if you use only one password everywhere and someone gets this password you have a problem… A serious problem. The thief would have access to your e-mail account, homepage, etc. Unimaginable.

KeePass is a free/open-source password manager or safe which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key-disk. So you only have to remember one single master password or insert the key-disk to unlock the whole database. The databases are encrypted using the best and most secure encryption algorithms currently known (AES and Twofish).

Official download page:
http://keepass.sourceforge.net/download.php

For usefull plugins, take a look here:
http://keepass.sourceforge.net/plugins.php

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PuTTY is a free implementation of Telnet and SSH for Win32 and Unix platforms, along with an xterm terminal emulator. It is written and maintained primarily by Simon Tatham.

Official download page:
http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

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WinSCP is an open source freeware SFTP client for Windows using SSH. Legacy SCP protocol is also supported. Its main function is safe copying of files between a local and a remote computer.

Features:

* Graphical user interface
* Translated into several languages
* Integration with Windows (drag&drop, URL, shortcut icons)
* All common operations with files
* Support for SFTP and SCP protocols over SSH-1 and SSH-2
* Batch file scripting and command-line interface
* Directory synchronization in several semi or fully automatic ways
* Integrated text editor
* Support for SSH password, keyboard-interactive, public key and Kerberos (GSS) authentication
* Integrates with Pageant (PuTTY authentication agent) for full support of public key authentication
* Windows Explorer-like and Norton Commander-like interfaces.
* Optionally stores session information.
* Optionally supports standalone operation using a configuration file in place of registry entries, suitable for operation from removable media
Official download site:

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