10 Oct 2002 Waldo   » (Journeyer)

Dead Laptop Hard Drive
My G3 Firewire Powerbook (Pismo) is unconscious. The hard drive has ceased to acknowledge that it has any data on it, and my best hardware and software efforts have been unfruitful. It's in the shop now. Maybe they can do something.
Virus Filtering
I feel it would be best if every major Linux distribution came with Windows executable-filtering as an easily-enabled option for the mail server. I mean, like, a checkbox or a flag-toggle to prohibit the transmission (incoming, outgoing or both) of Windows executables. Another further option could be to provide the choice either dropping the executable and sending the message anyhow, or droping the message entirely. This would surely slow the spread of the Outlook viruses (Bugbear and Klez, notably), and it's not like it would be particularly difficult to interface Sendmail and MIMEDefang as a default install option.

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