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MSN Messenger Proxies - Software - Internet
04 August 2005, 9:24am
by Mark Snell - GeekZone
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I've started using MSN to keep in touch with home, customers, other techs and some friends. With all the travelling I do, I'm constantly changing proxy settings in various applications, and one I came unstuct with recently was MSN.

Even if I unticked the proxy setting in MSN it still seemed to be trying to use a proxy, because I could get a connection.

Much trial and error has shown that: MSN uses it's own proxy settings, or, if they are not active, it goes to use the Internet Explorer Settings, which I rarely use!!

A system wide proxy setting would be really handy.

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Microsoft Office Versions - Software - Suites
08 October 2004, 8:54pm
by Mark Snell - GeekZone
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Which version of the office suite do you need? It all depends on which applications you actually use. Here are some of the versions available:

Microsoft Office Basic Edition 2003: Word, Excel, Outlook.....

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Sending Large Files - Hints And Tips - Internet
05 September 2004, 9:29pm
by Mark Snell - GeekZone
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YouSendIt is a free service that allows you to send a file up to 1GB to another PC or person. Just type in the recipient’s email address and upload the file. The recipient is then notified by email and can download the file anytime within 7 days before it is deleted from the server. "No passwords to share, no software to install, no accounts to create, and no full mailboxes. Start sending now!



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Windows XP Service Pack 2 (XPSP2) - Hints And Tips - Operating System
18 August 2004, 8:44pm
by Mark Snell - GeekZone
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Microsoft is in the process or releasing it's latest patch to Windows XP, Service Pack 2. This Service Pack rolls all the security updates and patches since SP1 into a single file making it much easier and faster to patch a machine.

The big catch is that it is a 266Mb download, That's right, Two Hundred and Sixty Six Megabytes. That means it will take over 11 hours to download with a 56k modem going flat out with no dropouts. Even on a good (512k) ADSL link the download took over 2 hours......

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Windows Update - Hints And Tips - Operating System
09 August 2004, 7:23am
by Mark Snell - GeekZone
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One of the keys to defence in depth is the core Operating System. Unfortunately Microsoft's family of Operating Systems are as secure as a collander, but that is what most people are working with, so for the moment, we have to live with it.

Windows Update is Microsoft’s Solution to the problem of bugs in the Windows Operating System. It’s a website that allows the end user to update their system to the latest version by having the site check their machines against a database of patches and prepare a list of patches. You can then download them to the machine and install them automatically......

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What is defence in depth? - Hints And Tips - Security
04 August 2004, 1:00am
by Mark Snell - GeekZone
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Defence in depth is simply a way of thinking whereby you have more than one layer of defence against a particular attack. Any one layer might be peirced, but the chances or an attack making it all the way through is orders of magnitude lower than if you only had one layer. Your average medieval castle didn’t just have a wall around it, they then stuck a moat in front of the wall to make the wall higher, then filled the moat with water and then they sometimes chucked a few crocodiles in it for good measure – that’s defence in depth.

In this particular instance when we’re talking about defence of your computer against worms and virus attacks, we talk about having multiple layers of defence including anti virus software, possibly a personal fire wall as well as an adequate patcheded system kernel to begin with......

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Adding a check box to a PDF Document - Hints And Tips - Software
02 August 2004, 6:47am
by Mark Snell - GeekZone
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To put a check box in a Word document so that it comes out properly in a PDF, is not as easy as it seems. Our first attempts were to simply use a box from the windings font, but this hasa nasty habbit of turning into a hand holding a pen when you convert to PDF.

The best was is to view the forms menu in Word by right clicking on your toolbar and ticking the forms box and then with your cursor where you want the check box, push the “tick box” button and it will insert a check box in your document......

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Welcome to the GeekZone Newsletter - Information - About Us
02 August 2004, 6:37am
by Mark Snell - GeekZone
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Welcome to "Talkin' Tech" the GeekZone Newsletter.

Here you will find a bunch of news and reviews relevant to our customers.

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American Conquest - Games - Strategy
26 July 2003, 6:30am
by Mark Snell - GeekZone
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American Conquest as another game by CDV the makers of Cossacks, which follows the first three centuries of war on the North American Continent.

This game is fantastically detailed, with rich 3D lanscapes and great attention to detail in both the units and the scenery. The cut scenes are both involving and informative, telling a great story and providing the history behind the North American Continent and the bloodshed thereon......

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Enter the Matrix - Games - Action
06 July 2003, 6:31am
by Mark Snell - GeekZone
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Enter the Matrix follows the story behind the story of The Matrix: Reloaded. You play either Ghost or Niobe and your mission starts out with an attempt to retrieve the drop-box package left in the Matrix by the crew of the Osiris to warn Zion of the approach of the machines.

The plot of the game unfolds in conjunction with the movie, without revealing too much of the real plot of the movie and at the same time maintaining continuity with nearly an hour of footage shot during filming of the movie. The game’s story and script was written by the Wachowskis brothers, collaborating on all game design elements and outlining all of the action moments in the game in true Matrix style, as well as personally directing new, never-before-seen 35mm film footage for the game, featuring the same actors, sets, costumes and effects used in The Matrix: Reloaded......

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