A very annoying worm. A google search, or any of the other engines most likely will find many fixes you can download and run. Don't forget to apply the fixes after rebooting and hitting F8 on a windows computer while rebooting. That way the fix programs are more likely to take effectively.
Free online Virus/Trojan scanning
Lots of companies will scan for viruses and trojans for free online. If I can't get rid of malware with the programs on my computer I go to one of these. A google search will find heaps.
Operating Systems I would prefer to use instead of Windows
Mandrake is a Linux distribution which I use as my alternate operating system to Windows. If I could get my XP programs to work on it well and cheaply I would use it instead of XP. Now I have a dual boot system and I am only playing with linux instead of seriously moving over to it. Mandrake
started it's life as Redhat
installed instead of Gnome
and some other differences. Since its acceptance on the opensource network it has become a separate entity. Kde and Gnome are gui(Graphical User Interface) desktops. At the time Kde was older and more developed than Gnome with a different licence. Kde wasn't opensource, Gnome was, I think they are more equal in standing and capabilities now but I have an idea Kde is used by more people and is a better desktop. Kde became opensource at least a year ago, more likely 2.
I have tried many Linux distros including Debian
. Debian's philosophy is wonderful but I had too many problems trying to install it. I spent 3 days and nights trying to install it a few years ago without success. I hope it is easier now. Mandrake 9.1 took me 45 minutes to install, with gigabytes of additional software, compared to around 1 1/2 hours for win XP, with nothing.
There are many distributions of Linux and at least 2 other OS around. Freebsd
and the rest of the BSD clan, with the Mac OS
too. Mac is also released as an opensource OS called Open Darwin
, based on FreeBsd I believe. If I could get the brilliant graphics which is part of mac popularity and XP programs to work I would use Darwin. VMware may present my opportunity to do so.
Pegasus, one of the best email clients and free too!
is one of my favourite programs. I tried lots of email clients before and while using Pegasus. I started using it a long time ago, around version 2. Probably around 1995-97, whenever it was released. It was one of the best email clients then and remains so now. It has every feature I need except a pim. I am waiting for David Harris the owner/programmer to include one. I have been waiting a year now so I may as well settle in for the long haul :-). Pegasus is a 4 meg download and uses 6 meg of memory on my machine(A dell c640 with 512meg ram 2g p4 chip). Brilliant. Outlook and Outlook Express slowed my computer and gave me a less pleasant environment in which to work. They use too much memory(my outlook uses 24 meg), I had to move my mouse to look at each item in a digest then I had to close each item and open the next, how tedious. In my opinion Pegasus is cleaner, better, at its only function, email.
Free and Great Software continued!
I meant to write more on my webpage
but I ran out of space on my very first one. I had no room on page 1 and I didn't know how to make page 2 so here I am making my first weblog. Cool, two firsts in 2 days.
I wanted to write about another program, YahooPops
this I use to get my mail from Yahoo. I only had to use my mail program until Yahoo decided to make it a pay service. I have had this account since their service came into being. Oh well it was a great service while it lasted. It remains a good service, but no pop3 without dollars paid. However my new email is another freebie from Yahoo in Oz and it has pop3.
The place where I got YahooPops is Sourceforge
another great place with lots of great stuff. Sourceforge has free software
, usually copylefted
. The free software philosophy sits well with me.
There is very little commercial, as in bought, software on my computer. If it is commercial it came with the computer, new hardware or magazine disks, eg., Win98, Win XP, scanner software. Magazine disks provide lots of commercial software with free rego. Often as a leg in to get people to buy new software. Consequently most of my commercial software is often the last but one version. OTOH I got Quicken years ago for free off a mag. I don't need more than that program provides. Sometimes software companies offer a freebie or a paid version of their software. Trillian
for example, have a multi client IM program in free and paid versions. The freebie is excellent, the paid version doesn't offer enough more to convince me I need to buy it. Hard to better excellent. If Trillian put up a paypal donation link I will donate but not $30(In Oz that works out closer to $60 than $30), like I said, Trillian is excellent. There are a bunch of other very good to excellent free IM programs too. I am sure there are review pages for them all over the net.
Wednesday October 1