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Windows-Help.NET Newsletter06 Mar. 1999, Vol 2 No. 10

 New InfiniSource & Windows-Help.Net Web site

by Arie Slob

Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,

Yes! It has finally happened!!! After more than four months of hard work, we have launched our new Web site! To celebrate, we want to give you an opportunity to get your hands on some free software! Just by participating in our new Web site usage survey, and entering your name in the drawing, you will have a chance to win in our weekly software give-aways. Details can be found on this page, where you can also enter the survey. After you submit the survey form, you will be taken to a page where you can see the current results of the survey, and you can follow a second link to enter your name and e-mail address for the prize drawings.

Weekly winners will also be added to a drawing for the grand prize, to be awarded sometime during the summer of 1999. Details on the grand prize will be announced at a later date.

Have a look at the new site, and tell us what you think!

Last month saw the launch of the Abilene Project, also known as the Internet2. Abilene connects 37 universities in the US, serving as a test bed for Internet applications of the future. The network spans more than 10,000 miles and operates at 2.4 gigabits per second, a speed which is 45,000 times faster than a 56K modem.

The Internet2 will not be available to the general public, at least not immediately, but solutions & technologies pioneered on this new network will gradually be integrated into the public Internet, and may start improving things over time.

You can read more in this press release

While Intel has been boasting about the fact that they were the first to run a desktop processor (Pentium III prototype) at more than 1GHz (one billion cycles per second), it was announced that AMD, for the first time, outsold Intel in the chip retail market in January. The survey by PC Data showed a 43.9 percent for AMD - in units sold - with Intel at 40.3 percent. This survey looks only at the US retail market, and not at direct or corporate PC sales, but it is still good news for AMD.

Interesting times lie ahead for Intel, particularly in view of the start of the Federal Trade Commissions lawsuit, which goes to trial on the 9th of this month. Intel has also lost its grip on the sub-$1,000 PCs, where AMD now commands a market share of at least 50 percent, despite some last minutes price cuts by Intel a few weeks ago. Gateway - one of the major Intel loyalists in the PC industry - recently started shipping PC's based on AMD chips to Japan in January, and has now begun doing the same in the US as well.

Happy99.exe worm is in the wild

According to an article on ZDNet, the Happy99 worm, which I warned you about in the 06 February Newsletter, is spreading rapidly in the US. The article links to a Web site where you can find information on how to manually remove the worm from your system, and Network Associates (formerly McAfee) has a separate utility you can download to remove the worm.

We also want to let you know that The Cleaner, a software utility marketed by InfiniSource, has been fully tested and will now provide for complete removal of the Happy99.exe worm. The Cleaner is 'goofproof' andwill do all the cleaning of Happy99 itself, requiring no manual file editing/deletion from the user.

The Cleaner uses a unique algorithm to search your hard drive and clean it of all known Trojans.

More information can be found on the InfiniSource Web site, or you can download [535KB] a free trial version.


Oracle offers free Y2K upgrade
Oracle announced Upgrade2000, a limited-time offer for upgrading Oracle customers who are using obsolete, unsupported versions of Oracle databases and tools. Upgrade2000 allows customers to replace Oracle 7.3.3 or earlier unsupported versions with currently supported, fully Y2K compliant software, including Oracle 8i.

The Oracle Upgrade2000 program will be available until April 30, 1999 and is available at no cost to Oracle users. To take advantage of this offer and begin the upgrade process immediately, customers can call 800/833-3536.

Windows 98 OSR Beta 2 Released
Last week Microsoft made the Beta 2 of the Windows 98 OEM Service Release available to beta testers. It adds a whole bunch of new features not found in the Beta 1, including a feature which has been a hit with testers, Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). ICS gives Windows 98 the ability to share out its Internet connection to client computers without bothering with a proxy server or complicated set-up.

A more detailed look at some of the features can be found on the Web site.

Windows 95 & 98 Tip
How to Speed-up your Connecting time
To Speed-up the time it takes for DUN (Dial Up Networking) to establish a connection with your ISP (Internet Service Provider), follow these steps:

More (Win95) More (Win98)

Windows 98 Tip
Install Plus! for Windows 95 Pinball
If you want to install the Pinball game from Plus! for Windows 95, you can do this by using the pinball.inf in the \tools\mtsutils directory on your Windows 98 CD.


Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today. There might be a law against it by that time.

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  Web site updates

Ok, the whole site has a new look, and some small changes where made to a lot of pages, but here are a few more important updates:

Windows 95
Updated Adding cascading menus to the Start button

Windows 98
Updated Windows Update - Save to Disk
Updated Adding cascading menus to the Start button

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