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NEWS - Feburary 21, 2005

Shoot the Messenger

Customers complain that Verizon overzealously blocks e-mail when battling spam.

Tom Spring, PC World
Monday, February 21, 2005

When e-mail correspondence between California resident Tom Ambrogi and his friend in Oxford, England suddenly fell silent in December, Ambrogi wondered whether the U.S. Department of Homeland Security might be blocking their politically charged missives.

The e-mail just stopped," Ambrogi says. His British friend finally made a long-distance call to tell him that e-mail sent to Ambrogi's Verizon account was getting returned with a message that the e-mail address was not valid.

Big Brother wasn't blocking Ambrogi's e-mail. Ambrogi learned that Verizon had placed a selective ban on some of the e-mail it receives from the ISP that his British friend was using, in an attempt to curb the onslaught of spam received from outside the U.S.


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LinuxWorld Show Shines Light on Desktop Linux

Major company officials tout advantages of switch to alternative OS.

Phil Hochmuth, Network World
Monday, February 21, 2005
BOSTON--While many Linux converts are focused on moving their data centers off of Unix, a second front for Linux migration soon could take shape on corporate desktops.

Among the 6000 attendees at last week's LinuxWorld Expo were several IT professionals touting big savings and improved performance as the drivers to migrate server applications to Linux. Meanwhile, some users are beginning to look at Linux on the client side as a way to ease Windows desktop management and support headaches.

Linux desktops are starting to take off at Cisco Systems, which has about 2000 engineers using Red Hat Linux for writing software code, and hardware and chip design.


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Time is running out!After April 12, 2005, XP SP2 is on again

"UPDATE: Time is running out! Please note that the mechanism to temporarily disable delivery of Windows XP SP2 is only available for a period of 240 days (8 months) from August 16, 2004. At the end of this period (after April 12, 2005), Windows XP SP2 will be delivered to all Windows XP and Windows XP Service Pack 1 systems."

Summary of Relevant Windows XP SP2 Dates

8/06/2004 - Release to manufacturing
8/09/2004 - Release to Microsoft Download Center (full network install package)
8/10/2004 - Release to Automatic Updates (for machines running pre-release versions of Windows XP SP2 only)
8/16/2004 - Release (English) via Software Update Services (SUS)
8/18/2004 - Release (English) via AU to customers running Windows XP Home Edition and not already running a pre-release version of Windows XP SP2
Later in August/2004 - Delivery of Windows XP SP2 (English) via Windows Update and delivery via AU to customers running Windows XP Professional Edition and not already running a pre-release version of Windows XP SP2
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See - Temporarily Disabling Delivery of Windows XP Service Pack 2 Through Windows Update and Automatic Updates

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