WSO Newsletter - March 2001
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MARCH 2001 ISSUE: 042
1. How to Use Windows/FrontPage Web Folders
2. Palace Maintenance
3. Available CGI's Tech Support Articles Updated
4. How to Update Your Windows Computer
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-> ARTICLE #1: How to Use Windows/FrontPage Web Folders ========
---> Relevant for WSO FrontPage Users ==========================
If you use FrontPage 2000 to create and maintain your WSO web
site, then you should be able to take advantage of using Web
Microsoft has a great article on this subject at this link:
The basic overview is below, but please follow the link above
for full instructions.
1. Double click on "My Computer" on your desktop.
2. Double click on "Web Folders" (if missing, see below.)
You may have some sites in here already because FrontPage
puts them here.
3. Double click on "Add Web Folder"
4. Key in the location you use for FrontPage, something like:
5. Enter the username and password you use to publish normally.
If your computer doesn't seem to be equipped with this ability,
please read Article #4 in this newsletter. You may be able to
add Web Folder functionality as an upgrade to Microsoft Internet
Rob (a WSO user using Windows 98) loves this ability. He writes,
"It's great! I have been using my Web Folder everyday for
saving my lectures."
He goes on to say that even programs that can't save directly to
a web folder (non Office 2000 software) can still take advantage
of the feature. He writes, "I use a program that won't save to
a Web Folder (Paint Shop Pro) so I just save a .gif file to my
desktop, open up the Web Folder, and do a drag and drop to my
site. Then my students have access to it for lecture notes."
WORD OF WARNING: This feature can also be a nightmare. Please
realize that if you delete the Web Folder representing your
on-line web site, it will in fact delete your web site from our
server. Now, in most cases you will have a copy of your site
on your home computer that you could republish. But in any case,
please be aware of this possibility.
Remember, Web Folders will only work with WSO accounts that have
the FrontPage Server Extensions installed. If you do not use
FrontPage to create, maintain, and publish your WSO web site,
then your account will not have the server extensions installed.
-> ARTICLE #2: Palace Maintenance ==============================
---> Relevant for WSO Palace Customers =========================
This month we are going to highlight some very important issues
regarding REQUIRED palace maintenance. If you are a WSO Palace
customer, you'll be receiving a WSO Newsletter supplement all
about these issues.
We stress, this is required reading and will influence how well
your palace performs.
In addition we'll be throwing in all kinds of tips to help you
with various issues. Please take the time to look for, and read,
this upcoming palace newsletter supplement.
-> ARTICLE #3: Available CGI's Tech Support Articles Updated ===
---> Relevant for SD, VD, CP Customers =========================
Within the WSO SupportCenter is the Tech Support Articles
section. Recently we updated the information under the Available
CGI's section, including the information on formmail.pl,
formfile.pl and PGPMail.pl.
Interested customers might want to look over these articles
-> ARTICLE #4: Keeping Your Computer Updated ===================
---> Relevant for ALL WSO Customers ============================
One of the bad things about Windows is that there always seems
to be something going wrong. Often this is due to out-of-date,
missing, or incorrectly installed software. But knowing what
to do about it is hard.
We have two suggestions. One is to use Microsoft's own Windows
Update. The second it to use C-Net & ZD-Net's Updates site.
First start with Microsoft:
1. Open Internet Explorer, click on the TOOLS menu, choose
Windows Update. It may be under your HELP menu also.
2. Click on Product Updates on the left side of the screen.
You'll need to let it install a small piece of software,
it is okay, let it do its thing.
3. You'll see a list of software, updates, and bug and security
fixes. Install ALL of the Critical Updates. Then consider
installing the Recommended Updates. Also, at the bottom of the
list are device drives. If it recommends any of these, you
should probably install them. Install the rest at your
There are help buttons and "Read this first" links provided
on the updates page. Check them out before you begin.
Also, feel free to upgrade to the latest Internet Explorer
available. It works fine and the latest one is the best one
available. Microsoft has been known to be sneaky, but this is
a great tool, not a sneaky one. Take advantage of it.
Once you've updated everything at Microsofts site, go to the
other updates site: http://updates.cnet.com
1. You'll need to download and install a small piece of software
called CatchUp. This is good stuff, do it and don't worry.
2. Once installed, reboot your computer. It may not ask you to,
but just do it anyway. Then go back to the site.
3. Now, click on Software Updates, and then click on Scan My PC!
Before you click, you might want to sign up for their newsletter
on that page. Then, sit back and wait. When done, scroll down
to the bottom of the page and un-check "Include Betas". Don't do
this to yourself, stay away from betas! Then click Find Updates.
4. You'll get a list of software that is known to have updates.
Just look around and check out all the info. You may choose not
to update some things, that is fine. But look for the obvious
ones and get them updated.
We hope this helps you get your Windows computer back on track!
Please be aware, there is always the potential that something
can go wrong. We absolutely absolve ourselves of any liability.
In other words, do all of this at your own risk. That being
said, we've never had a problem.
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