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Thu, Jun 26, 2008 10:05 pm

Maximum Email Size Allowed by GoDaddy offers email hosting service for domains. The maximum message size GoDaddy permits for email accounts hosted on their email servers is 30 MB. The maximum size allowed for an attachment to a message is 20 MB. The total combined size of the file attachment and the contents of the email message itself cannot exceed the 30MB limit.


  1. What is the maximum attachment size I can send through my email account?
    Last Updated: April 24, 2007
    GoDaddy Help Center

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Tue, Jun 24, 2008 10:03 pm

Visio Netscreen Shapes

MTMnet, Inc. provides Netscreen shapes, as well as many other network shapes, at's Visio Icon & Stencil Library

The following Juniper Networks NetScreen shapes are provided:

5GT WirelessNetscreen-5GT Wireless
500 GPRSNetscreen-500 GPRS
IDP 10Netscreen-IDP 10
IDP 100Netscreen-IDP 100
IDP 500Netscreen-IDP 500
IDP 1000Netscreen-IDP 1000
ISG 2000Netscreen-ISG 2000
RA 500Netscreen-RA 500
SA 1000Netscreen-SA 1000
SA 3000Netscreen-SA 3000
SA 3000 FIPSNetscreen-SA 3000 FIPS
SA 5000Netscreen-SA 5000
SA 5000 FIPSNetscreen-SA 5000 FIPS
SM 3000Netscreen-SM 3000
Netscreen-SA Central ManagerNetscreen-SA Central Manager
Netscreen-Global ProNetscreen-Global Pro
Netscreen-Security Manager 2004Netscreen-Security Manager 2004
Netscreen-Remote Security clientNetscreen-Remote Security client
Netscreen-Remote VPN clientNetscreen-Remote VPN client
Generic 19in RackGeneric 19" Rack

Download the .vss file onto your system. Visio 2003 stores the stencils that come with it in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Visio11\1033. You should also have a My Shapes directory under your My Documents directory. I store stencils I've downlaoded there.

To use the new shapes, in Visio, click on File, then Shapes, then My Shapes, if you've stored them in that directory. Then select Netscreen for the Netscreen shapes.

Download Sites:
ShapeSource by Visimation
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Mon, Jun 23, 2008 9:21 pm


I scanned my laptop with Windows Defender version 1593. It reported it found "Win32/PossibleHostsFileHijack.

Windows Defender - PossibleHostsFileHijack

Scan Results
1 items detected

Select an action to apply:

NameAlert levelActionStatus
SettingsModifier:Win32/PossibleHostsFileHijack MediumClean 

Category Settings Modifier

This program has potentially unwanted behavior

Advice: Review the alert details to see why the software was detected. If you do not like how the software operates or if you do not recognize and trust the publisher, consider, blocking or removing the software.

Resources: file: C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts

View more information about this item online

The link provided by Windows Defender to SettingsModifier:Win32/PossibleHostsFileHijack provided the following information:

Also Known As:

Trojan.Win32.Qhost (Kaspersky)
Qhosts.apd (McAfee)


A detection of Win32/PossibleHostsFileHijack is an indicator that your HOSTS file may have been modified by malicious or potentially unwanted software. Modifications to the HOSTS file can cause access to certain Internet domains to be redirected or denied. This may prevent the computer from connecting to certain Web sites.


Situations such as the following may be signs that your HOSTS file has been modified without your consent:

  1. You are unable to access a certain Web site that you believe is in operation, such as a site that provides programs to help keep your computer secure.
  2. Your browser connects to a Web site that does not appear to be appropriate, given the Web address you entered.

The hosts file is at c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. In this case Windows Defender is flagging it because it has been modified. Typically, it doesn't have much more in it than a reference to the loopback address, i.e. localhost.

In the case of this laptop, Spy Sweeper added entries such as the following: localhost #SpySweeperCASS #SpySweeperCASS #SpySweeperCASS #SpySweeperCASS

Many antispyware programs, such as Spy Sweeper or Spybot Search & Destroy, will add entries to the hosts file, pointing the address to malicious sites or those that distribute adware/spyware to the loopback address,, instead. That ensures that if the the system attempts to contact one of those sites, such as , which is listed by SpySweeper, which is antispyware software produced by Webroot Software, Inc., that instead of going to the website distributing the malware, the system instead is directed to the local loopback address on the system itself, preventing the system from contacting the actual website.

So, in this case, I can consider the report a "false positive" and instruct Windows Defender to ignore it.

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Thu, Jun 12, 2008 10:11 pm

Eudora 4.2 Filenames with Spaces

A user of Eudora 4.2 reported that she was unable to open attachments in email messages. When I checked her system I found that I could not open attachments by double-clicking on them, if the attachment's filename had a space in it, but I could open attachments that did not have spaces in the names. Also, when I moved the cursor over the attachment name in the message, I saw %25%20 representing the spaces in the file names, e.g. "Pulte Contact Information.xls" appeared as "Pulte%25%20Contact%25%20Information.xls". The attachments were stored in M:\attach, so I saw the following when I moved the cursor over that file:


When I double-clicked on the attachment, I saw the following error message.

Windows cannot find 'M:\attach\Pulte%20Contact%20Information.xls'. Make
sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To search for a file,
click the Start button, and then click Search.


A percent sign followed by 20, i.e. %20, is often used to represent a space in filenames within HTML documents, but I didn't know why %25%20 was appearing.

At Corrup path to mail attachments: includes %2520, I found someone reporting a similar problem. A respondent to the original poster provided the following comment:

This happens only when you "use Microsoft's viewer," which means that every email window is actually an Internet Explorer window, in which spaces are not allowed in URLs.

%25 itself represents the character "%" - so after one interpretation by the browser, %2520 becomes %20, which when interpreted a second time represents one space.

However, I get only forward slashes [/] in my paths when using this mode, which also begin with file:///C:/... [three initial forward slashes]

When not "using Microsoft's viewer," then you get backward slashes [\] and the path is file://C:\... [with no %, just spaces]

That described what I saw. I saw forward slashes for the full directory path when I hovered the mouse over the attachment name, but backslashes were listed in the error message that appeared.

Someone else suggested unchecking "Use Microsoft Viewer" in "Tools|Options|ViewingMail". I clicked on Tools, Options, and selected Viewing Mail. I saw the following:

Eudora Viewing Mail options

I unchecked "Use Microsoft's viewer". After closing and reopening Eudora, I was then able to view attachments with spaces in the filenames by double-clicking on them. I noticed that Eudora was now displaying backslashes in the filenames, which is the convention used by Microsoft Windows, when I moved the mouse over them instead of the forward slashes it showed previously.

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Sun, Jun 08, 2008 9:47 pm

Microsoft Releasing Seven Patches This Month

Microsoft is releasing 7 patches for Windows this month. Some of the patches plug remote code execution vulnerabilities. One is a critical patch for Internet Explorer (IE) that address a vulnerability in versions of IE from 5.01 through 7. This patch applies to Windows 2000 SP4, XP SP2 and SP3, Windows Server 2003 SP1 and SP2, Vista SP1, and all versions of Windows Server 2008. Further information on the patches is available at " Microsoft To Issue 7 Patches This Month.


  1. Microsoft To Issue 7 Patches This Month
    By Jabulani Leffall
    June 5, 2008
    Redmond | The Independent Voice of the Microsoft IT Community

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Sun, Jun 08, 2008 9:43 pm

Spam Accounts for Three-quarters of Email

MessageLabs, an online security company, which provides antispam and antivirus services, reported that three-quarters of the email messages it scanned during May 2008 were spam, an increase of 3.3% from the prior month. MessageLabs also reported that one out of every 170 messages it scanned contained some kind of malicious code with 90% of that malicious code being botware, which can turn a computer into a "zombie" that can be remotely controlled by a "bot herder".

Mark Sunner, MessageLabs MessageLabs' chief security analyst, reported that spammers are now also using Google Docs and Microsoft's SkyDrive free online storage to host the contents of their spam messages. The spammers put a link into the messages they send pointing to online documents hosted on those services, which have the advantage of providing large amounts of bandwidth.


  1. Report: Cyberspace Becoming More Malicious
    By William Jackson
    June 4, 2008
    Redmond Developer News

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Mon, Jun 02, 2008 6:53 pm

Photoshopping and Digital Forensics

A lot of photos you see posted on the web or sent around by email may have been "photoshopped", i.e. doctored in an image editing program, such as Adobe's Photoshop graphics program. Such photo manipulation has been going on since before the advent of Photoshop, though.A Scientific American article, Digital Forensics: 5 Ways to Spot a Fake Photo, published on June 2, 2008, details techniques that can be used to determine when photos have been digitally altered.

There is an article The Reuters Photo Scandal that discusses the manipulation of images and the staging of photos for political purposes.

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Mon, Jun 02, 2008 6:26 pm

Best Buy Pilot Recycling Program

According to engadget's article, Best Buy offers up free electronics recycling in 117 stores, Best Buy has started a pilot recycling program in some of its stores in the Baltimore, San Francisco, and Minnesota areas. Stores in those areas will now accept up to two items per day, per household, including televisions and monitors up to 32-inches, computers, cameras and other devices not including microwaves, air conditioners. or appliances.

I've used Office Depot's recycling program. You can buy boxes in several different sizes into which you can place electronic items to be recycled. You bring the boxes back to the store where someone checks that the items they contain are on the list of those that Office Depot states they will recycle when you buy the boxes. The cost of the boxes depends on their size. A small box is $5, a medium one is $10, and a large one is $15. Details on the program are available at Tech Recycling Services.

Staples also has a recycling program. Details on their program can be found at Staples Soul - Recycling. According to the Staple's website, "A recycling fee of $10 per piece of large equipment is charged to cover handling, transport, product disassembly and recycling. Smaller computer peripherals such as keyboards, mice, and speakers are accepted at no charge."

Engadget has information on other recycling services at, including information on a U.S. Postal Service recyling program where the Postal Service allows you to ship items to a recycling company for free.

Another service I found mentioned in comments to a June 2, 2008 engadget article, Staples to stock Flexplay self-destructing DVDs was GreenDisk. GreenDisk recycles the following items:

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Mon, Jun 02, 2008 5:59 pm

Electronic Book Reading with Kindle

There is a May 28, 2008 article with information on Amazon's Kindle electronic book reader on engadget titled Bezos: second Kindle is "not that near," Amazon to launch paid streaming VoD. I've considered buying one of those. I'm running out of space to store all of my books and am storing boxes of books in my attic now. I'd like to be able to have at least a good portion of them available electronically with the capability to mark passages I find particularly interesting (I never markup my physical books, though). But the price has kept me from buying a Kindle.

According to the article, Amazon's founder, Jeff Bezos, has said that there are 125,000 books available for the Kindle. I didn't know it also could allow you to surf the web or listen to music in MP3 form. One of those posting comments to the article stated the following:

Frank - the Kindle can check e-mail, surf the web, & play mp3s. The browser still needs some work but it is usable. Internet service is free and at decent speeds as long as you are in a Sprint service area. The Kindle is definitely a niche device but could become more mainstream with some changes, primarily price & a larger screen. IMO it's not as ugly in real life as the pictures represent on the web but could use a better design. I have a few other quibbles with it but have no regrets in buying one.

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