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§ Actiontec M1000 DSL modem security

I used to use an Actiontec GT701 DSL modem.  Since my entire livelihood depends on my internet access, I got a little nervous when some odd things started happening.  As it happened, a friend was having trials with the phone company getting her DSL to work, and was advised to try the Actiontec M1000.  Still no go, so I tested her modem here and it worked nicely.  (That was all the phone company's fault, and after getting escalated a few times, I believe they were a bit embarrassed.)  So I looked around and found a slightly used M1000 (with wireless) for about $30!  (I don't want the wireless - I use Airport.  Being an Apple product, it's actually comprehensible to mere mortals like myself.)  But after a few days, weird things started happening with the M1000...

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§ Software that leaves a mess

The other day, my WinXP machine kept bringing up the "let's clean up your hard drive" wizard, which I kept closing.  I finally realized that Explorer claimed that I had 0 bytes available on my system drive!  "Impossible," I thought, "what's wrong now?!  A virus?"  Not quite...

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§ Validating email addresses (it's impossible) (Rant Alert!)

Search google for "validate email address" and you'll get about 303,000 results.  I bet all of them are wrong...

Short version:

Why bother?  I'm probably going to enter "example@example.com" anyway.

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So all he had to do was learn some Norse magic.  Free Loki.  Find Liz.  Stop Ragnarok.  Help Sygin get her revenge on the lords of the Æsir.  Defeat the Krim, and get home.
Easy, really.
Jerry, Pyramid Power, Eric Flint & Dave Freer