On Bended Knee
by Justin Gardiner
I should start with an apology.
My excuses for the delayed publication of this edition of the AJ center around Golden Week and Klez.
Unfortunately, with so many cheap and regularly updated anti-virus packages available
these days, getting stung by Klez, and a host of other virii it turned out, is pretty
inexcusable. See Mike's article (overleaf) to learn why I'll be joining the legions of TPC
Users who are happily using the pay version of Zone Alarm to further safeguard their
machines, just as soon as I can figure out how to connect my home machine to the Internet
for long enough to download it, along with the latest (and long overdue...) update from
Sophos. Until then, my trusty Aptiva is doomed to Roppongi Girl status - thanks to the
poster in the News Groups for this most accurate and memorable nickname.
The knowledge that Becky 2 my favourite mail client http://www.rimarts.co.jp/becky is
immune to most Outlook Express targeted virii had made me complacent about my security.
Unhappily, I chose to use OE to access the Tokyo PC Newsgroups, and had failed to notice
that the program was still set to check my mail automatically on start up, a relic from
the dark days before John de Hoog http://www.dehoog.org/html/j-email.html enlightened me
about the joys of Becky.
The first I knew of the infection was when OE started telling me about delivery failures
of mails I had not sent.
No doubt Zone Alarm would have informed me that OE was trying to access the Internet
without my knowledge. Oops.
So what am I doing down on one knee when bowing and maybe even groveling are more
traditional postures for apologies?
Because I'm reckoning our Editor, Mike Lloret, has had enough of pleading for articles,
which makes it my turn.
Someone recently asked me if the increasingly large
plus the number of presbyopic club members or all the PC
users that have bad eyesight. The answer of course is neither. I'm just using every trick
in the book to fill the magazine each month given the recent dearth of submissions.
the AJ are
a reflection of my
background in optometry
It is ironic that at a time when some are bemoaning the vociferousness and verbosity of
posts in the newsgroups that the magazine should be so short of material.
So come on heavy posters,
please turn to page 7 (a blank page in this month's issue),
jot down some notes,
and send Mike or I an article,
preferably by May 24th :-)
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May , 2002
The Newsletter of the
Tokyo PC Users Group
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