[neatnettricks] Neat Net Tricks Standard Issue 195, September 2, 2008

  • From: Jack Teems <jteems@xxxxxxx>
  • To: neatnettricks@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2008 18:12:59 -0700

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About 5% of the subscribers to this NNT Standard edition did not receive issue 
194 last month.  Comcast decided once again to block legitimate email to its 
subscribers.  I wrote about this in a previous issue of NNT Premium, and, 
judging by the notoriety Comcast is getting all over the Web, things aren't 
looking much better since I wrote that item.  Comcast defends its actions and 
what it calls "protocol filtering" by saying the effort is "to ensure the best 
possible online experience for our customers."  I don't know if you feel the 
same way, but I think my "best possible online experience" is to get email 
that's intended for me.  Until some smart cookie develops a filter that will 
block only spam and let the legitimate stuff flow through, I had rather make 
the decision on my own as to what I receive and don't. 

In this past issue, I attempted to notify (through a different server) every 
subscriber whose mail bounced.  As you can imagine, that's a monumental job and 
it's not one that I can continue.  I need a vacation and when you read this 
issue, I will be crossing the U.S. in search of reasonably priced gas and cheap 
campgrounds. I will have limited Internet connectivity and what I DO have won't 
be devoted to tracking down bounces.  NNT will be on auto-pilot.  

Meanwhile, what can you do about Internet Service Providers (ISP) who block 
your legitimate email?  First, complain to them (there are strengths in 
numbers).  If that does no good, change ISP.  If you're not inclined to dump 
the big brothers, then at least change your email address.  You can set up a 
free Web-based account at Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, and others. Then, change your 
subscription address to NNT by going to http://www.neatnettricks.com/subscribe 
and subscribing to the new address and unsubscribing the old address.

It's your email, after all.



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01.  ONELOUPE is an adjustable screen magnifier requiring no installation.  
This one at 
http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Microsoft/OneLoupe&&language=english should be 
useful for our visually-impaired readers.

02.  PORTABLE START MENU at http://aignes.com/psmenu.htm is a free application 
that can be installed on USB sticks or local PCs.  It organizes and launches 
applications via a tray menu, provides quick start functionality, and more.

03.  TOTAL ORGANIZER.  Store your personal information divided into folder tree 
structure and tags. Calendar, organizer, to-do list, notebook and contact 
manager software (PIM). Download free at 
http://www.konradp.com/products/organizer/ .

04.  UNDELETE MY FILES.  UndeleteMyFiles is a free tool to recover accidentally 
deleted files from hard disks, USB flash drives, CF and SD cards and other 
storage media. Download UndeleteMyFiles at 

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05.  STICK is a Windows application (Windows XP/Vista only) which provides 
utilities such as folder explorers, Web browsers and notepads in tabs that 
attach to the sides of your screen (called ScreenTabs). ScreenTabs are highly 
customizable tab-shaped windows that lets you access commonly used utilities 
quickly and easily.  Download free at http://www.iwonderdesigns.com/?s=stick .

06.  RISING ANTIVIRUS FREE EDITION at http://www.freerav.com/ supports Windows 
98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista and English, Russian, German, and Traditional 
Chinese. It protects against viruses, Trojans, worms, rootkits, and other 
malicious programs. It has high speed update service, provides mail and 
application protection, and support is free as well.

07.  JAVARA removes old left-over versions of Java.  Download free at 
http://prm753.bchea.org/JavaRa.html .

08.  KA FIRETASK.  Automate your tasks.  These can include running Windows 
applications, copying files and folders, displaying message dialogs, and more, 
all triggered from a hotkey or performed on a regular schedule.  Download free 
at http://www.konradp.com/products/firetask/ .

09.  ZZEE TEXT UTILITY. This free application performs a lot of operations on 
text, such as search and replace, reformat text width, remove or add email 
reply quotes, remove empty or duplicate lines, sort or randomize lines, convert 
to uppercase or lowercase, and more.  Download at 
http://www.zzee.com/text-utility/ .


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