Did you patch your Windows
computers/servers today? You can do this at WindowsUpdate.com
You should be visiting them EVERY week. So far, a week has not passed
where Microsoft has not released a patch.
I added several new mail
servers to the Server Software section.
If you have a good one, let me know.
Added more goodness to our Member
I added a new website
uptime monitoring service to Test/Tools
which monitors your website uptime and notifies you when your website is
inaccessible. I personally haven't tried it out, but it looks promising.
If you try it out, let me know how you like it.
I added a new website to
the Connections section called World
Added a few new entries in
our Member Sites page.
The month of January was
a very successful month for this site. Here are some stats just in
case you're interested.
Pretty good considering that
this site runs on a 128k upstream DSL line.
Unique visitors: 19,557
Total page views: 173,796
according to WebTrends, 207,421 according to Analog
Data transferred: 6.2 gigabytes
Added a update to the Server
Software section which I'll display here since it's pretty important:
a another Server Software
section I added:
you use Windows, make sure to install the latest service packs and critical
updates. The easiest way to make sure that you have all the proper
patches is to visit Windows
Update at http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com.
When you go there, click on "Product Updates". The first time you
visit, you will be asked to install a small plugin into your web browser.
Accept this and then the system will scan your computer to see what updates
you need. Don't worry, no information is being transferred to Microsoft.
You'll then see a huge list of potential updates. The ones you really
need to pay attention to are in the "Critical Updates and Service Packs"
section. Check the appropriate boxes and hit "Download". The
updates will then be installed automatically. Depending on which
updates you install, you may or may not need to restart your computer.
You should visit Windows
Update at least once a week for all your computers running Windows,
no matter if it's running as a server or not.
Programs and Batch Files as Services
I also did a bit of updating
in the DNS section so that it makes more sense. DNS is a tricky subject!
your webserver, you may often times want to run programs constantly in
the background. These are called services. Services are programs
that always run when the computer is booted up whether or not somebody
is logged in. What is the difference between a service and a program?
A service runs whether or not somebody is logged in. A program only
starts when somebody to logged in. Even if you put a program in the
"Startup" folder, the program won't run until somebody logs in. And
when when the program does start, it will be a window in the foreground.
If you close the window, the program stops. On the other hand, a
service will run all the time and in the background with no window.
Here is a common scenario, you have cool program/utility that you want
running all the time, such as FREEping which pings an IP address continuously
to keep your DSL/Cable line alive. However, FREEping doesn't have
an option to run as a service. How do you get around this problem.
Most likely, you would install FREEping on your server and then put it
into the "Startup" folder so that it runs when you log into the computer.
But you want to keep the server secure so you use the "Control-Alt-Del"
command and select the "Lock Workstation" Command. This works just
fine, but there are potential problems. 1. If your computer
is accidentally powered off and turned on again, and you are not there
to log in, the program will never start and your DSL/Cable line could go
to sleep. 2. The FREEping window is always on your taskbar
and takes up space. The solution? Turn your favorite program
/ utility into a service which runs all the time and in the background.
A good solution is FireDaemon.
will turn practically any program into a service. Very useful tool.
the other hand, if you have batch files that you need executed when a computer
is turned on without somebody logging in, take a look at Greyware
Autoexec Service. This program cannot run programs as services, but
what it does is run batch files once when the computer is booted up and
I added a few new "Whois"
tools in the Tools/Tests section. Got some
cool tools? Email them
to me! Also added a new forum software package called ASP
Fast Forum to Server Software.
See if it works for you.