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Windows-Help.NET Newsletter20 Nov. 1999, Vol 2 No. 46

 Pentium IIIs in short supply

by Arie Slob

Dear Windows-Help.NET Subscriber,

Computer makers have been reporting shortages of Intel Pentium III processors for the past few weeks, but Intel said it will ship "millions" of chips this quarter.

Intel also confirmed that there is a shortage at present, due to stronger than expected demand.

A fifth fabrication facility is scheduled to start producing the new Coppermine Pentium processors during the first calendar quarter of 2000, further increasing Intel's capacity.

It is expected that the shortage of processors & chips will be eased by the second quarter of 2000.

Microsoft backs off in messaging war with AOL

This week Microsoft announced that the newly released version of MSN Messenger service will no longer be able to communicate with AOL IM.

Microsoft said the decision was based on an AOL software bug that could pose a security risk for MSN users.

There is also a preview [342KB] available of MSN Messenger Service version 2.0. The preview will run on English Language versions of Windows 9.x and Windows NT 4.0.

More information on the Preview 2 can be found at the MSN Messenger Service Web site.

Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 5.01

Microsoft has released Internet Explorer 5.01 and Internet Tools. You can download the new version from the Microsoft Internet Explorer Web site.

This update will change your Internet Explorer version to 5.00.2919.6307 and Outlook Express to 5.00.2919.6600.

According to Microsoft this release is designed primarily as a quality update for customers running Windows NT and those who will be running Windows 2000. This release has minimal feature enhancements over Internet Explorer 5.0.

Outlook Express has a few more enhancements, one often requested feature is the ability to request return receipts. For more details, see this article.

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How To Save Money At Computer Shows

Many hardware and software bargains to be had at computer shows, but the best and safest purchases will be the software.


COMDEX - Hype or Help

COMDEX 99 held in Las Vegas, Nevada this year, is billed as the world's largest convention... further proof that "bigger" is not always "better"


VisualRoute 4.1b for Windows 95/98/NT

VisualRoute is a visual traceroute program. Simply enter the address of an Internet server to retrieve the IP address and view the traceroute on a map of the world. VisualRoute processes IP hops in parallel instead of consecutively, producing faster results than most traceroute programs. Although VisualRoute is shareware, the 30 day trial is fully functional.

Shareware ($29.95)
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Note: This program requires Microsoft's Java VM build 5.00.3167 or later (may be installed with MS Internet Explorer 5.0) or Sun's JRE (Java Runtime Environment) 1.1 or later.

Are You Ready for Y2K? Find Out with this Handy Guide

The way that your home PC will be affected by the year 2000 will depend not only on the equipment and software that you have, but on the way you use your PC and rely on it. Take MSN Computing Central's Year 2000 Challenge and find out how you and your home PC can prepare for January 1, 2000.


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  Microsoft Security

Patch Available for "Javascript Redirect" Vulnerability

On October 18, 1999, Microsoft released a workaround for a vulnerability in Microsoft® Internet Explorer. The vulnerability could allow a malicious web site operator to read files on the computer of a user who visited the site, under certain circumstances. Microsoft has completed a patch that completely eliminates the vulnerability.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 and 5

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  Web site updates

These pages were added/updated in the past week. Information on previously updated/added pages is available on the What's New? page for 1 month.
Added: COMDEX - Hype or Help
Added: Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 5.01
Added: Patch Available for "Javascript Redirect" Vulnerability
Updated: A new worm, VBS/Bubbleboy, sets new (troubling) standards
Added: How To Save Money At Computer Shows


Windows 95
Updated: Internet Explorer 4 Tip: Security Patches

Windows 98
Updated: Internet Explorer 5 Tip: Security Patches
Updated: Internet Explorer 4 Tip: Security Patches
Updated: Windows 98 Troubleshooting: Dial-Up Networking Errors
Updated: Problems Accessing Windows Update

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