How to stop the spread of computer viruses

December 31st, 2001

Those of you who have email may have had a nasty surprise or two in your Inbox this week. The Badtrans-B virus was one of the very worst to spread through the Internet and is typical of a range of new and more powerful viruses which specifically exploit weaknesses in Microsoft email software, particularly Outlook Express.

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An email program socialists should love

December 31st, 2001

In my column last week I mentioned an email program called Pegasus Mail. As you may recall, I pointed out that it’s an alternative to Microsoft Outlook Express. As everyone now knows, Microsoft’s programs are the main means of distributing lethal computer viruses through the Internet.
Pegasus Mail should interest socialists for a few reasons.

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The end of free

December 31st, 2001

In the beginning, everything on the net was free. You wanted a website? There were hundreds — maybe thousands — of free offers. Needed web-based email? Hotmail was only the first of many thousands of free services. Dialling up to the net was free, though you had to pay the cost of the phone call. And even computers were free — I got one from Tiny Computers on the condition that I used their (free) Internet service for a year.

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It’s time to move beyond the silent era on websites

December 31st, 2001

It’s 2001 already — and the movies are more than a century old. We’ve had movies with sound since the late 1920s, and colour films since just before the Second World War. If someone were to make a movie today in black and white, without sound, it would be rather odd, no?
Yet that is precisely what most unions and left organisations are doing with their websites. (I’m speaking about those that have websites — I won’t even discuss the others.)

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Labour’s Year in Review – 2001

December 1st, 2001

Every magazine and newspaper in the world is going to have to rewrite their end-of- year surveys to reflect the significance of the events of September 11th — and this is just as true for the labour movement.

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Using PGP to keep your email private

September 30th, 2001

Whatever one thinks of the US-led “war against terrorism”, there is cause for concern that civil liberties in Western countries are going to be eroded.

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After the terror: Net helps world’s unions speak in a single voice

September 30th, 2001

Perhaps the greatest tragedy ever to befall the socialist movement occurred in August 1914, at the outbreak of the First World War.

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Switched On

July 1st, 2001

Unions have seen the light about new technology — although not necessarily in the ways outsiders might expect. Report from a major conference on unions and the internet.

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Email privacy is a trade union issue

December 31st, 2000

Did you know that sending email is like sending a postcard? Just as a postcard can be read by everyone who handles it on its way to its destination, so email is open to reading by all the computers that pass it along through the internet to its destination.

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10 ways to promote your branch’s website

December 31st, 2000

Publicizing a website is a tricky business. There are people who earn their living by publicizing other people’s websites. You can spend thousands of pounds – if you have them – publicizing your site. Or, you can follow this simple list of suggestions – which will probably work better anyway:

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