Viruses, bugs, or undocumented features can all play havoc
with your computer. Viruses, the most deadly, will be the focus of this
segment. If you have undocumented features-call your programer, if you
have bugs-call the exterminator, but if you have a virus or think you might
be exposed to a virus, as you probably will-read on:|
Today, there are thousands of raging viruses just waiting to infect your
computer and tear up your hard drive. Every month, more and more surface and
join their ranks. Their purpose: to cause chaos, destruction, and put a notch in the belt of
the creator. How "cool" it must feel to take down someone's computer, or
crash a large corporation network, or have your virus travel the world.
The sad thing about viruses is that they were created by "people". It's
hard to understand the psychology behind creating a virus, but it happens
all the time. In fact, the computer "undezrground" has produced programs
that let you create a virus using pull-down menus. A sad commentary within the
Note: Some people spectulate, that "AntiVirus Companies" make these little monsters
to boost sales. Others contribute the destructive critters to Hackers making
a name for themselves. While others have noted that industrial terrorists use
them as tools for industrial espionage. A premise for those who believe deranged
scientist create biological viruses.
Whatever the reason behind such stupidity, I highly recommend your first stop be one of these places:
Top Rated Virus Scanners
The carnage created by these viruses will
no doubt continue to generate new programs for detection and inoculation, so
to keep your system protected stay up with the lastest info and update your system with new utilities. The best offense is a better defense.
- ShockWave ~ #1 Multimedia Player
- mBED ~ Interactive Multimedia Animation
- the BEATNIK ~ This website has been enhanced with Dolby surround sound! If you have speakers attached to your computer, download this plug-in. Go here to see if your computer is worthy. If you don't have Beatnik, You don't even . . .
- Mp3 music with Sonique is a free audio player
- Hear Live Nature Sounds from Green Cafe ~ Focusing on the Arts and the Environment.
- Viewers : This is a just a short list, for more plug-ins search the web.
- Adobe Acrobat ~ PDF Document Viewer
- Cad Viewer ~ The Java Viewer for DWF Drawings
- ActiveX ~ This plugin makes ActiveX controls and Microsoft
applications available to Netscape Navigator users.
- Lighting Strike ~ High-Compression Image Viewer
- RealPlayer instantly plays live and
on-demand RealAudio, RealVideo, and RealFlash animation.
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Now that you have a Web Browser and some Plug-Ins, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your Internet Browsing...
- Set your web page or your bookmarks page as your homepage, to
quickly access your favorite web sites. If your using Netscape, go to "Options" on the tool bar,
choose "general" and then "apprearance". Under windows styles, choose text
for "show toolbar as" - for more space to view your browser, and enter your
Web page URL or your bookmark location in the space provided. Done? Move on...
- Viewing HTML documents On-line
- If you like to see how people write html code and make cool web pages or what ever, find the source code feature on your tool bar.
Usually under the "VIEW" section of your tool bar. Then click on "Page Source" and your browser will display the code for that web page.
This is helpful if you want learn how to make your own web pages and see how the Matrix is woven.
If the web page is using frames, it can be a little more tricky. You have to find the frame web page address and then type it in after the root domain name.
Like this: http://www.europa.com/edge/framew.html is a web page that references other pages in the frames. "index7.html" is one of the frames.
Type this into the URL locator field: www.europa.com/edge/index7.html
When that particular page is displayed, use the "Page Source" feature to view the code. You can see how I use other web site pictures into this web page.
- Viewing HTML documents off line
- If you want to read or edit a HTML document without using precious time
on line because you are being charged when connected to your server. Heres how:
- To read a document offline:
- You need to save the HTML file to your C:\temp directory or somewhere easy you can find it.
- Open your network connection or TCP program but don't log on.
Then open your browser and when you see the browser trying to make the connection
(looking up the Host) to your server, hit the escape key or the "STOP" button to disable it.
Then go to "file" on your tool bar and "open file"; and you can open the HTML file
in your browser to read the document.
- If your using Mosiac, try the " /s " switch when you launch your
application. This will cause the program to run in a standalone mode to read
- If your using Windows 95,98,or use your "Run" command. Just type the location
in the run menu ( leave out the http:// ). You need Microsoft's Internet Explorer
Web Browser loaded to do this.
- To edit a HTML file: use your notepad program located in your Accessories
program group, select "All files *.*" instead of ".txt" and open the document
you wish to edit.
Note: personally, if you want to learn how to program HTML,
learn how to program "raw" HTML, don't use an editor. HTML is pretty simple once you learn
- If these tips don't work, contact your server for information on how to
view HTML documents while off line.
- Viewing pictures online - To view or save pictures from other web sites you can use your right mouse button
when you put the cursor on the picture you wish to save, and it will give
you options to view or save the image.
- Viewing pictures offline - You can view pictures that your
browser already saved in a cache directory earlier, by using a
viewing program like "Paint Shop Pro".
Heres how: go to the File tool bar and
open the "Browse" option. Find and open the "C:\netscape\cache" directory and watch
all your saved pictures appear before your eyes. If your using Mosiac or
another browser, find and open the cache file that stores saved images. This can
be helpful if you are building a web site and want to use certain images.
Just rename the image and save it in your "images" directory.
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SOME COMMON ERROR EXPLANATIONS:
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- BAD REQUEST 400 ~ try it again-[always try it again!], if you still see the code, contact your server to exercise the demon.
- UNAUTHORIZED 401 ~ you either mispelled your password or the server is expecting an encryption ID from the browser.
- FORBIDDEN 403 ~ oops! if you get this one, it means "your not worthy" to view that document. Or maybe your server isn't configured properly. Or maybe both.... Maybe your server is not worthy, and you need to upgrade. Shed AOL or the other "Internet Counterfits", and get a REAL Server that gets you access directly on the NET.
- NOT FOUND 404 ~ The Internet is a constantly changing entity, and you just witnessed it. The URL changed; you can try to use the same URL, just erase the last switch. ie. "http://www.europa.com/~edge/black/lear.html" try this "http://www.europa.com/~edge/"
- INTERNEL EORROR 500 ~ Another ghost in the system, call the ghost busters, that would be the Gopher Guru, the Jughead of Veronica, the Webmeister of the Webmasters, the Dreamweaver of the Internet, the Sovereignty of CyberSpace, the TollBooth to the Information SuperHighway, the Geek who answers the phone when you call your server.
- NOT IMPLEMEMNTED 501 ~ 501 Levis? No, this is geek! Server doesn't support that feature you reqested.
- SERVICE TEMPORARILY OVERLOADED 502 ~ Line is busy, try again. Call back during an off time.
- GATEWAY TIMEOUT 503 ~ Connection timed out due to problems. Try it again, if that didn't work, check your connection (pick up a telephone to see if there is a dialtone or modem chatter). Do you have call waiting? if so insert *70 before your servers phone number in the modems setup configuration.
- UNABLE TO LOCATE THE SERVER ~ Check that you have the correct Uniform Resource Locator (URL) and try again.
- NETWORK CONNECTION WAS REFUSED BY THE SERVER ~ Your server may be down or running a diagnostic check or they reboot the internet. Your server could be bombarded with phone calls; (someguy may have put some naked pictures on his page Ü and everyone wants to see them). Your server may need to add more modems.
- TOO MANY CONNECTIONS ~ Try again later. Try using the Gopher Hole. Too many people are "FTPing" the house, and normal access is too busy. Time to go underground!
- DO LIKE THE MARINES ~ Semper Fi! Never give up! Keep trying!
The X files
Quick note on downloading stuff from vendors who want your information
before you can download their products. Use the mighty X. That's right, subsitute at least 6 x's
(xxxxxx) in all fields that require information, i.e. NAME: xxxxxx; email: firstname.lastname@example.org;
in the phone number field: (xxx xxx-xxxx) and so on. You can download almost anything with no spam.
Games on the Net
- Heres a great tool: ICQ . . . look me up "Edge"
ICQ, by Mirabilis, is a user-friendly program for the Internet that lets you know when your friends or business associates are online.
You can send messages, files, URLs, and more. My UIN# is 2571475.
- Here is a cool plug-in with ICQ, Qtalk. You can talk to anyone free over the internet, there is a 5 minute limit with trail versions, but so what-just call back.
- Do you need help learning how to download stuff from the internet?
Click here - Downloading 101
- Europa's IP Kit ~ The Internet's best software package.
- Jim Knopf
- Let Mikie try it
- Using a Mac? Try MACupdate
- The Linux Applications and Utilities Page
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- If you don't have an e-mail address, no problem, Yahoo or Hot Mail offers "free" e-mail accounts!
- News Service by E-mail. Send a e-mail to email@example.com and include commands like "GET" in the "body" of your message with these URL's:
Use the copy and paste feature to expedite the task. These pages are updated everyday so you can e-mail agora everyday for new info-that is if this program is working.
You can reference the FAQ if you have questions.
- TPC FAX on the Internet ~ Send a FAX by e-mail or by Web Page
- Subscribe to mailing lists via e-mail. Simply pick a subject you want to stay informed on and e-mail a mailing list and include the word "subscribe" in the comments.
- ie. For the lastest info in the world of security, e-mail "firstname.lastname@example.org" and include the word "subsribe" with your e-mail address
- Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) ~ send e-mail to email@example.com and include "subscribe" with your e-mail address.
- Speaking of security, your e-mail is not private, hackers can view it with little fuss.
So you want might want to download Pretty Good Privacy.
- RSA Security Solutions
- Adult Material a problem?
Many adult businesses are trying to take your money and have clever ways of inticing you to visit their web sites. The porn parasites pick domain names that are simular to popular domain names, (ie. www.whitehouse.gov is the White House. But, www.whitehouse.com is porn & the U.S. Geological Survey is www.usgs.gov but www.usgs.com is porn). Don't go there, just be aware. So watch your spelling & institutions, you may end up seeing bodies of flesh instead of bodies of water. If you sign up with these parasites, they sell your e-mail address to other web-porn companies and then your e-mail inbox gets flooded with advertising and crap. Go to Cyber Patrol or SurfWatch for the leading Internet filtering products.
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- The Internet is constantly changing, upgrading, & mutating. To better understand the relationship between the internet and communications, take a look at the big picture.
- The Video Telephone Software from Vidian and the C.Crane Company is
- Free Video conferencing
You need a video capture board and camera to send, but you don't to receive.
- Communicate with your own "free" web page. That is if you don't mind GeoCities advertising on your web site.
- Talk long distance through your computer. You make a local call to your server, connect with the other person on the other end and your there. VocalTec has a trail copy that lets you talk up to 60 seconds a call, or you can spend $99.00 and get the deluxe package.
- Get BEATNIK Dolby Surround Sound for your computer. This is a good one.
- Welcome to Real Audio allows you to hear sound in real time - got it? good, then keep moving!
- Don't screw around with snails, need help? Visit Curt!
- Get at least a 56K bps modem
- See if your area provides a DSL connection ~ My local service provides USWEST MegaBit Service. You may have a different service, but DSL provides 250K bps on the same line. Try to ping your web server to see your connection speed, type command in the run window of your start bar. Then, type: ping europa.com, or what ever your server may be. I get about time=25-35 ms, that is mil-seconds. Thats pretty fast!
SPEED SURFING ~ TIPS
- SKIP THE GRAPHICS ~ if your surfing for Info. Uncheck the autoload images box from the options menu to turn off the graphics. You don't miss much because you can click the image placeholder if you want to view the picture.
- INCREASE YOUR CACHE SIZE ~ Memory cache saves data to your RAM (default=600k). Disk cache saves data to your hard drive(default=5mb). Double it, if that affects your computer too much, then decrease it.
- TOUR OFF HOURS ~ When the lines get busy, the access slows down. Surf when others are asleep, at work, or stuck in a traffic jam. Remember the time zones, the earth is round you know.
- USE THE BEST SEARCH ENGINE ~ Alta Vista Rulz!
- USE BOOKMARKS ~ for fast reference and to log your passwords and log-in's to various sites. Use the comment section under the edit command.
- Learn to build your own web site.
Now that you've pillaged the Internet, it's time to explore the
outer limits of CyberSpace. This is where it starts getting Weird.
Make use of the "BACK" button if you get to far out there, and have fun!