Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,
JRCP's WinLinux 2000 was released for a public final beta last month. WinLinux is pitched as a full Linux distribution to run on Windows installations. It installs under Windows as an add-on, using KDE and being bundled with KOrganizer and Netscape Communicator. JRCP thinks that by bridging Windows and Linux it will be stimulating the porting of apps, games and utilities to Linux. The final product is expected to ship early November.
While this will not get much attention from Linux fans, it might be an opportunity for Windows users to familiarize themselves with Linux.
Microsoft Exposes Worldwide Internet Scam
Millions Spammed, Thousands Unwittingly Purchase Counterfeit Software From Deceptive Internet Resellers.
In the wake of one of the biggest issues facing consumers in the digital age, Microsoft Corp. announced that the company has launched a nationwide crackdown on the growing problem of Internet fraud. Microsoft has filed legal actions against three businesses located throughout the country, alleging an elaborate scheme of consumer deception and distribution of counterfeit software on the Internet. The businesses spammed millions of consumers throughout the world and duped thousands into purchasing counterfeit Microsoft® software.
Each of the defendants in the case is composed of one or two individuals operating on the Internet from their homes and is linked to an unregistered business in Asheville, N.C., called Online Software Club of America (OSCOA). Microsoft first became aware of OSCOA through consumer complaints that the company was sending extremely large quantities of unwanted e-mail messages to the public advertising Microsoft software with a suspicious offering.
What is also interesting to raed in the press release is this passage:
"In some cases, the e-mail looked as though it was coming from e-mail addresses outside of the United States, such as Korea, Mexico, Israel and Italy....... NATM-NET was also believed to be "harvesting" e-mail messages so that when a recipient of the message responded to unsubscribe, he or she would be identified as a real person and thus added to more e-mail lists."
This is a known practice so if you ever get spammed (who doesn't?) never respond to the unsubscribe offer!
Western Digital recalls 400,000 hard drives
Western Digital, announced this week that it will recall approximately 400,000 of its WD Caviar 5400 RPM EIDE hard drives, because of a faulty internal chip. The chip, which affects the disk drive motor, causes problems to erupt in about six to twelve months of full-time use. The affected drives were manufactured between August 27, 1999 and September 24, 1999 and range in capacity from 6.4GB to 20.5GB. None of Western Digital's WD Expert, WD Enterprise, and WD Performer hard drives are affected.
Western Digital released a utility that will identify the affected WD Caviar hard drives. Check out the Western Digital Web site for instructions and download of this Drive Testing Utility.
Netscape Releases Communicator 4.7
Netscape Communications has quietly released Communicator 4.7. Netscape Communicator includes Navigator browser, Messenger e-mail, Composer, AOL Instant Messenger 2.0, RealPlayer G2, PalmPilot Synch tools, plus multimedia plug-ins.