Plenty of posts over the last two-three days on the NG - you have an Explorer
problem at your end...
Try unsubscribing from all newsgroups, then de-frag. your hard disk, reboot, and
re-subscribe to the NG's again.
It worked for me with a similar problem last year!
Hope it works for you.
David French / Greenarrow.
No your not :-)
But, like Tim, I've only seen one message since 1705 on the 5th.
I've just reloaded all headers and haven't found any additions and,
as Tim saud, Google agrees. Could be PlusNet's news server :-)
On 07/04/2006 20:30, Jim Guthrie said,
Something odd going on here. You're right, but I could have sworn I've
seen and replied to posts over the last couple of days. I could be
going round the bend of course, brought about by unaccustomed 50+ hour
weeks! Trouble is, I don't store usenet replies on my PC, so I can't check.
I really can't believe there would be a problem with any of PlusNet's
news servers, Jim :-)
On 07/04/2006 20:55, John Turner said,
I am going round the bend then. There was a post dated 06/04/2006 00:13
in one of my killed threads, but nothing else, existing threads or
But they were there, honest!
Nothing received here, John, either.
I only got one message on 6th April from this group but eight from
There's usually 4 or 5 times more "models.rail" than "motorcaravans" so the
problem only seems to have affected this group!
This brings up the topic Preventive Maintenance for your computer. I'm
amazed at the people who will take their car in for regular maintenance,
but expect their computer to run just fine without any care at all. I
guess it's because a computer is an electronic device, and we have come
to expect electronics to work reliably - which they do.
Not so with computers. Herewith a few suggestions, all of which are
based on my and other people's sad experience:
a) Ant-malware software:
-- Keep it up to date. Pay the $$$ to do so! It's like car-insurance
(but much cheaper.)
-- Run a scan at least once every 24 hours (I leave my main computer on
24/7 and schedule the scans for early morning.)
-- Regardless of whether you have the Norton or MacAfee suite, you
should also get at least one other anti-virus program, and one other
anti-spyware program. Run these about once a week, to catch what the
other program(s) miss.
-- Buy a router and place it between the computer and the modem. The
router has a built-in firewall. You may have to reconfigure your
connection software to do this, and you will have to configure the router.
-- Buy a software firewall. ZoneAlarm comes free, but it must be
updated manually. I prefer to pay for ZA Pro and get the latest updates
within an hour or two of their release. ZoneAlarm's main virtue is its
outgoing function: it asks you to confirm that a program may use the
Internet, for example. It also asks you to confirm that some program may
use a Windows resource - this helps you to block spyware from installing
itself, for example. (MS's new software firewall is OK, but limited.)
Do I sound paranoid about security? Maybe so -- but my machines rarely
get infected. Last nasty that got in was three weeks ago, it was
spyware. No virus or trojan or worm in over a year. :-)
c) Defrag the disks/partitions regularly. (I do it over the supper hour
about once a week.) There's software that will do it in the background,
for a price.
d) Use Windows' Disk Cleaning utility about once a week, too.
e) Back up. Back up. Back up. CD and DVD writers are very cheap ($100 or
less) these days, CD-R disks cost less than floppies ever did, and your
data is worth a lot more than you realise until you lose it. You can
attach an external hard drive (roughly $150-$200) with automatic back-up
software that you can schedule to do the job in the early morning.
f) Create a data-only partition on your hard drive. This way, when (not
if) the system on C: goes kablooey, and you have to Repair or Reinstall,
your data will be safe. A data/back up partition should be standard on
every computer sold IMO.
BTW, the Acer laptop I bought for my wife nagged to make a system
back-up/repair CD every time it booted. It also has a D: partition for
system back-up and repair. Very Good idea!
Do I sound paranoid about data loss? Maybe so -- but I've learned the
hard way. I've used desktop computers since the late 70s, and I've had
my share of disasters.
g) Uninstall and clean out all unused programs. If you downloaded *.zip
or install files for them, burn those files to CD first, just in case
you change your mind.
h) It helps to have a registry cleaner that will identify and eliminate
invalid keys (eg, pointers to deleted files and programs). A lean and
clean registry speeds up booting, especially on older machines with
i) Check the start up list, and remove any programs that you don't need
to run whenever the computer boots.
There are other things you can do to clean and tweak your system.
Programs to make this task simpler and safer are available.
If you don't feel up to doing it yourself, pay a tech to do it for you.
You take your car in for regular maintenance, right? Same for your computer.
It isn't just here. There've been few posts to any of the groups I
subscribe-to recently. A poster in one of them described it as being
No offence, but none of the subjects posted here recently attracted my
interest to the point where I felt I had anything to add to them.