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KevinW

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  1. Thanks for the glowing kudos! They are very much apopreciated. Bringing on happy and satisfied users, like you, will help us keep moving forward! -kw
  2. Fumnny thing - I heard about Spybot via a local weekend radio call-in show about computers. The guy talking about it said the same thing: that it picked up things that Adaware did not. I personaly was looking for an alternative only because after using version 5.x of Adaware without many problems, they released version 6, and I cannot get it to connect to download updates to their Reference file. Their support in answering my questions has not been stellar. -kw
  3. Many people know about Lavasoft's Adaware program. I've been using it for a couple of years, myself. Just today I learned about a similar program, called SpyBot. You can read about it here. PCWorlalso has a link about it here. -kw
  4. FWIW -- Alexa actually comes installed with Windows XP/IE6! Microsoft uses it for what they call 'Related Links'. But if you don't use that feature, nothing is ever reported. I point that out because you may run Adaware and it may report Alexa, but that does NOT mean that it is actually activated or doing anything. Read more about it at: http://www.safersite.com/PestInfo/a/alexa_adware.asp http://www.imilly.com/alexa.htm Shoot, Microsoft even pushes it on their web site --- take a look at: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/previo...ess/default.asp -kw
  5. Jim - nice, clear answer. I went ahead and added it to the FTP page on the TCH Help Web Site. Click here! -kw
  6. Head Guru -- can you please reconfirm your answer? Paco expected that $DOCUMENT_ROOT would give /home/{username}/public_html/ but instead got /usr/local/apache/htdocs But when I run either the the phpinfo() script or the env.pl script on a TCH server, they both report back that the contents of $DOCUMENT_ROOT as: /home/{username}/public_html Am i missing something? -kw
  7. No problem, whare. Also, information, such as your home or root directory can be determined by installing a simple script (env.pl) on your web siteand then accessing it through a web browser. To get the script, and to see it in action, go to the TCH Help Web site -- click here. Again - be sure to download it, install and run it on YOUR web server -- as the results will be different that for the server that the Help Web site is running on. -kw
  8. it may have been possible that 420-radio.com had not yet progopgated when you were testing. According to Whois, you did not submit an update until May 5th - and often you need to wait 2-3-4 days for changes, such as DNS name servers, to fully propogate across the Internet. Since we have not heard back from you, hopefully all is now working!
  9. KevinW

    Php Updates?

    Understand there is a difference between an official release and what PHP calls a release candidate (RC). In my book, a release candidate is equivalent to a "beta" verison of software. In this case, PHP released the first betas of version 4.3.2 on March 13th, and then released a revised (second) beta version on April 29th. I'm not sure what the actual policy is in installing new versions of software. In some cases, security leaks in software may dictate installing a new release sooner than later. Otherwise, generally it is good to allow some time to pass after a new release is official - in order to let things settle in, and any major bug fixes to be addressed. I install Microsoft servers for a living, and I do not allow my customers to download and install new updates (via Microsoft's Windows Update) when they first are released. Rather I download and test them on my internal systems first. I then watch the various newsgroups to see if there are any issues. I may wait a week before installing "critical fixes" to customer systems. Case in point, Microsoft released Q811493 (a critical patch, per Microsoft) for Win2000 and WinXP workstations. Within a day or two of its release, however, there were many, many reports that this fix - if installed on a Windows XP workstation that already had Service Pack 1 installed on it - would cause the workstation to slowdown to a crawl! -kw
  10. For the choices previously identified, the crossover Ethernet cable is the best. But it does require that you then configure the disk drive on one of the two computers to be "shared" - not a difficult process, just thought I would point it out. Another solution, altho it will cost a little money -- is to get one of the new fangled USB mini-storage devices. These are little things that can literally hang off your key ring, and comes with 64MB, 128Mb, 256MB or 512MB of "disk space". Compared that to a floppy disk that has 1.4MB of disk space. So a 128MB memory USB drive will hold the equivalent of over 80 floppy disks! The brand I have is called the Lexar Media "Jump Drive". You simply insert it into an available USB port -- no software to load -- and voila!, you have a new drive! Copy files to it, pull it out of the USB port, go to the other computer and copy the files from it. The 128MB version is currently priced under $50. Click here to take a look at it! -kw
  11. OK, the TCH Help Web site now reflects the fact that you can do some customization of Spam Assassin via cPanel. Click here to view. -kw
  12. Beth, Good catch ... it appears that with cPanel 6.x, Spam Assassin now includes a configuration page! Click here for a power point presentation abount SpamAssasin. For some description of some of the parameters on this new configuration page, check out the following page from SpamAssasin's web site - Click here! I will update the TCH Help Web site later today with this information! -kw
  13. Have you followed the instructions as posted on the TCH Help Web site? Click here to view them. You will find specific info there for Outlook 2000/2002. Let us know if you are still having trouble. -kw
  14. Change in policy has been duly noted in the SSH page at the TCH Help web site -- click here to view. -kw
  15. Oh, BTW, it appears that TCH has heard your request ... check out the following change in policy regarding SSH -- clcik here. -kw
  16. To the Head Guru or staff: If someone can provide me with a list of all TCH's name servers and IP addresses, I'd be happy to publish them on the TCH Help Web site. -kw
  17. Just my personal opinion --- I can do just about everything I need to do on my web site (sucha s installing packages, etc.) without the need for SSH. For the few times that I would like to perform some "commond line" prompts, I have a PHP script that mimics an SSH environment for me, and it works very nicely - while working within any security and permissions enabled by TCH. -kw
  18. Both PEAR and DB.php are included on TCH servers. Usually, you need to define the location of DB.php via editing the .htaccess file on your site. I believe an entry like this should work for you: php_value include_path ".:/usr/local/lib/php" -or- php_value include_path "/usr/local/lib/php" Also, be sure you include a statement in your PHP program like this: require_once 'DB.php'; HTH! -kw
  19. I agree with you, Lianna. When I receive such hoaxes from someone else, I usually use Google to locate 3 or 4 links. I then write back to that person telling them: 1. It's a hoax, and explain how you can tell it's a hoax 2. I send them the links that support my claim 3. I tell them in the future to check the claims of email out BEFORE they forward it to others 4. And if they wish, send the email to me first, and I will tell them if its a hoax 5. They they need to contact everyone that they sent the hoax email to. [on soap box] Personally speaking, I tell people that forwarding hoax emails to others *without* first authenticating the validity of such emails is equivalent to spreading lies and gossip -- neither of which I will put up with. The result of sending such emails is that we end up spreading fear and concern amongst those receiving such emails. We cannot, and should not, become willing participants in such acts. [off soap box] -kw
  20. Surefire--- thanks for the kind words. Yes, TCH has many tools available to its users. Sometimes the issue of "latest and greatest" versions will be asked. It's always a choice between having a verison that's reliable, versus staying on the "bleeding edge" - as they used to call it. I think the Head Guru and his staff do a good job of maintaining a good balance. Sometimes new security issues may force a newer version to be installed sooner than later, but they usually will give us a "heads up" when that happens. -kw
  21. That's why you have me hangin' around these forums ... that's why! -kw
  22. Thanks for the post --- they are all good recommendations! -kw
  23. And watch out for the Microsoft Update hoax email --- it almost looks real, unless you understand that Microsoft never sends out emails announcing updates! :-) kw
  24. Silly question? No, not at all. Background: we are all use to simply entering a web address like this: www.kwsupport.com into a browser, and expect to have a web page displayed. The truth is that www.kwsupport.com is simply pointing to a location onsomeone's computer (TCH's in this case). What really happens is that once the request for "www.kwsupport.com" arrives to TCH, the server takes a look at the request and says: "Hey, they didn't ask for a specific web page. Let me go see if I can find one of the default web home page names." What are the default web home page names? Glad you ask! Things like index.htm, or index.html, or default.htm, or a few others. In this case, the TCH server does find an index.htm and sends it back to you. So, for all intent and purposes: www.kwsupport.com is actually translated and becomes www.kwsupport.com/index.htm So far, so good? OK. Then what happens if a request for a URL (web address) arrives and the server cannot find one of the default web home pages? Well, generally it will display a list of the files that do exist. As an example try pointing your browser to the following URL (or just click on it): http://www.kwsupport.com/testpagesframes/ The result should be a list of files in the directory "testpagesframes" on my web site. If you look at the list of files, one of them is named old-index.htm. That's because I renamed index.htm to old-index.htm to show you what happens. Bottom line: you may have directories full of information on your web site that do not contain actual web apges, but rather files, or images, or documents. And unless you somehow secure or protect or hide them, someone could easily "find", and then access, those files. Oh, BTW, try to enter or click on the following full URL: http://www.kwsupport.com/testpagesframes/old-index.htm Instead of seeing a list of files, you should now see the web page (old-index.htm) that is stored in that directory. Hope this helps. -kw
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