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Grif, et al, Strange Things Happening Since

by dcmorris / August 13, 2005 1:08 AM PDT

I downloaded Windows Scripting Engine and newest Java per your suggestion. See
I posted one problem re my photo program and it was not answered so I "bumped" it and still no reply.
I am now experiencing problems with this site. All my messages show "unread" and there is no longer any provision for "mark all messages read".
Also, Lee Koo's recent e-mail to the membership shows all red x's where pictures should appear.
I am also getting messages certain fonts are missing when I open some programs.


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The last post by you in that link
by Ray Harinec / August 13, 2005 1:41 AM PDT

Says that everything is OK. [answer to terse]????

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At that point
by dcmorris / August 13, 2005 1:54 AM PDT

I was referring to my original problem in that "terse" post.
Sometimes these threads get confusing and there are conflicting instructions on their "proper" use.
One person will say stay with the thread regardless and another will contradict that.
Others get chastised for be to wordy and while others are accused of being too terse.
My current problems are noted in my post above.


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OK, good that you clarified.
by Ray Harinec / August 13, 2005 2:21 AM PDT
In reply to: At that point

Yes some threads diverge wildly.

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Just a comment.
by Bob__B / August 13, 2005 5:32 AM PDT

Not to long ago...a few days/a week I came into the forums and all threads/messages showed unread.

Why?..I have no idea.

I can tell you I have not loaded any new script engine or new java.

New threads/messages (since the time they all showed unread) seem to display in a proper read/unread.

I have not gone backwards in time to see if all the old threads/messages still show unread.

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Glitch in the server...
by John.Wilkinson / August 13, 2005 8:06 AM PDT
In reply to: Just a comment.

Unfortunately that was a problem experienced on Cnet's end and felt by all users, not just you. Around 7:00am (Pacific time) on July 30th, a glitch occurred in the Cnet servers, causing all posts to become marked as unread. About two hours later the problem was corrected, restoring the previous data concerning read and unread posts. click here to see the thread discussing the problem. To my knowledge it hasn't happened since, although a few other glitches have been incurred. Fortunately the tech department has resolved all such glitches in a timely manner.

Hope this helps,

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That Certainly Answers That Part Of The Problem But
by dcmorris / August 13, 2005 10:06 AM PDT

I am still experiencing the original problem, to wit: "I downloaded Windows Scripting Engine and newest Java per your suggestion. See
I posted one problem re my photo program and it was not answered so I "bumped" it and still no reply."
I also mentioned another problem, to wit: "I am also getting messages certain fonts are missing when I open some programs." This one has had no reply either.
Neither of these problems existed prior to downloading Windows Scripting Engine and the latest Java.
Maybe I should start all over again with a new post.
Any suggestions?


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DC, It Sure Is Strange...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 13, 2005 12:03 PM PDT

I haven't heard of anyone else experiencing the problem like you are...Although there have been a few server glitches as mentioned previously, those are only temporary issues.

I can't remember...have you tried multiple browsers to see if the issue occurs in all of them? Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, etc.?

Unfortunately, you haven't been receiving many responses because the fix may not be apparent for the members..Because you're also getting "Red X's", have you tried using the fixes mentioned in the thread below? They may all be linked to the same general problem.

Hope this helps.


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Grif, et al,My Red X Problem Solved
by dcmorris / August 14, 2005 12:02 PM PDT

I found the solution.
First, I ascertained it was only happening in Outlook Express. I then opened OE, selected ''tools'' then ''options'' then the ''security'' tab. In the ''Download Images'' section I noted there was a check mark in the box next to ''Block images and other external content in HTML e-mail''. I unchecked that box and that was it. Now when I get those periodic e-mails from cnet I will be able to see Lee's smiling face.
Now my final, I hope, question on this subject. By leaving that box unchecked am I creating a security risk?
Grif, I did read all of the references you supplied and tried them all. I guess I could have saved you and others a lot of time if I had mentioned it was only a problem in OE. I am sorry I wasted folks time.
I still have the problems I mentioned after downloading Windows Scripting Engine and newest Java. However, it is not creating any hardship and I feel I have had more than my share out of this forum so I will give it a rest. If I don't get it solved I will revisit it here at a later date.
I can't tell you how much I appreciate the help I get from all of you. I don't have the luxury of an available guru so this forum has filled that role very nicely.


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DC, Well...Yes It DOES Increase The Security Risk...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 14, 2005 1:15 PM PDT

There are quite a few viruses that have the ability to "execute" using that "external content" mentioned in the CHECK box...Simply viewing the message will cause the malware to run. Although pictures and ActiveX items can be nice attributes to nifty looking e-mail messages, they also create a vulnerability. If you want to be safer, set Outlook Express to read messages in "text only". (Open OE, click on "Tools", choose "Options", select the "Read" tab, then place a CHECK mark in the "Read all messages in plain text", click on "Apply", then OK.) With the setting above, all pictures will be included as attachments which must be opening separately.

Unfortunately, it won't be a "pretty" as the HTML. get to make a choice..."Security" or "ease of use". It's up to you.

Hope this helps.


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Thanks Grif, I Like
by dcmorris / August 15, 2005 2:59 AM PDT

"Security" better than "ease of use" or "pretty".


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