Three Shorts From Our Newest Reporter...
Teen Hacker Takes Center Stage in Cybersitter Circus
THERE'S TROUBLE in Cyber-Paradise for parents using Solid Oak Software's CyberSitter program to keep kids away from nasties on The Net. Teen trouble, to be specific.
CyberSitter in the past couple weeks has fallen victim to the tamperings of a certain "group of teenage hackers who disagree with parents (sic) rights to restrict their childrens (sic) access to objectionable material," SOS recently confessed in an e-mail message to users.
According to Netsurfer Digest, a certain Bennett Haselton is the teen in question. Haselton reportedly not only found a way around CyberSitter's filter file, but actually offered a utility that yields up a long list of the Web sites the program is supposed to keep out. SOS says "it was necessary to make some modifications to CyberSitter." Maybe not enough. Netsurfer Digest claims Haselton has kept up, with workarounds for the company's every move.
Here's the fun part: CyberSitter reportedly blocks access not only to porn and what-have-you, but also to sites that are critical of the program itself. Objectionable material, indeed.
Work-around For A Vexing Compaq Deskpro Printing Problem
HELP IS HERE for a printing glitch that has been aggravating a broad range of Compaq Deskpro users.
The symptoms: Only half a page (if you're lucky) prints when using an ECP-enabled, local laser printer from a Compaq Deskpro 2000, 4000 or 6000 under Microsoft Windows 95.
The problem lies in the preinstalled or MS Service Pack 1 LPT.VXD printer driver, reports BugNet subscriber Brian Pecora of Bridgeport, Conn.
"This problem gave us fits," he says.
After consulting Compaq's Tech Support Page on the Web, however, Pecora relays the following, temporary fix: Switch off the ECP printer mode via Windows 95.
Better still, update to the latest LPT.VXD driver, which is available in SoftPaq SP2345. Download it from any Compaq online service or Compaq QuickFind.
Best news: The new driver is preinstalled as part of Windows 95 OSR2 on Compaq computers with serial number x649xxxxxxxx or higher. If you've got one, you're home free.
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