Hotmail Tries

To Stifle Spam

People using Hotmail accounts may have started finding less unsolicited e-mail--spam, in the vernacular--in their mailboxes this week. Microsoft's free, Web-based e-mail service (itself often used to send spam) has started blocking mail sent from servers cited on the Mail Abuse Prevention System's (MAPS) "Realtime Blackhole List." This list, which is maintained by the nonprofit anti-spam organization, is composed of mail servers known to be used by spammers or vulnerable to misuse by spammers.

Story Update:

Mac OS 9, Three Weeks Later

We'd hoped to see Apple's Mac OS 9 crash less than its predecessors, but after almost a month of use we haven't seen any major improvement. (To be fair, the last few revisions of the Mac OS had already greatly improved stability.) As for the upgrade's new features--the Keychain, Multiple Users, Sherlock 2 and Software Update--we've found that the Keychain is the one we use most often. Not willingly: OS 9 is so persistent about adding Internet and e-mail passwords to the Keychain that we found it easier to switch than fight. Finally, once we'd realized that the OS 9 installer had failed to update the PlainTalk speech-recognition software on one test machines, we did a manual install of it and discovered some welcome improvements to the accuracy and capability of this option, which lets users issue simple commands to programs.

-- Compiled by Mike Musgrove

Top-selling software (for the week of October 24-30):

1. Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition Upgrade, Microsoft, $89

2. Norton SystemWorks 2000 3.0, Symantec, $56

3. Microsoft Age of Empires II: Age Of Kings, Microsoft, $46

4. Deer Hunter III, GT Interactive, $19

5. Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia, Microsoft, $26

6. Norton Antivirus 2000 6.0, Symantec, $37

7. Quicken Deluxe, Intuit, $57

8. Quicken, Intuit, $30

9. Cabela's Big Game Hunter 3, Activision, $19

10. Microsoft Flight Simulator, Microsoft, $41

Source: PC Data

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