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Newsletter April 29, 2002


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EDITORIAL
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Monitor, to educate better?

At a time when the Internet seems to be becoming part of our daily life, the children born with or after the Internet will grow up using it more easily and regularly than us. Considering that it is "the biggest encyclopaedia in the world", it is in our interest to give them access to this digital world. The Internet will be a companion in play, a support for schoolwork and a means of communication and exchange.

But leaving the Internet freely accessible to children can be a difficult step without taking some simple precautions. For young children, or, let's say, those that are not yet mature, some parents will be tempted to use parental filters. Installed on the family computer, they enable parents to be certain that their offspring only visits sites that have previously been okayed. Therefore, pornographic or extremist content will not be displayed.

However, after a certain age, parents prefer to leave a little more freedom to their children. Once they are teenagers, they want to see the world through their own eyes. "Censorship" in the form of parental filters is no longer very suitable, especially as some overly zealous ones may also block sites giving information about sexuality, sexually-transmitted diseases, certain historical sites etc. In this case, there are software agents that let you leave your children complete freedom while at the same time monitoring for any inappropriate activity. The underlying principle is simple: these programs monitor the actions of any person connected to your computer: the sites visited, online 'chat' dialogues, programs launched etc.

Before installing anything, it is preferable to talk about it with your children, to warn them and to explain the rules for using the family computer.

Filtering agents:
http://www.agentland.com/Download/4Browsing_Agents/Filtering_agents_privacy_security/Child_Care/
Surveillance agents:
http://www.agentland.com/Download/4Browsing_Agents/Filtering_agents_privacy_security


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CHATTERBOX CHALLENGE
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> Chatterbox Challenge Update
Halfway through the contest, a fascinating battle is emerging for the leading places in the public voting. Look out for Jabberwock, currently rising rapidly up the table.
Make your voice heard by voting for the different bots today, and you could win a chatterbot CD!
http://www.chatterboxchallenge.com/
Profiles of the botmasters and the members of the jury:
http://www.agentland.com/pages/learn/chatterbox_challenge/botmaster.html

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AGENT NEWS
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>> Cookies Filters <<

> Tracks Eraser
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/1976.html
Anyone using your computer can see where you have been on Internet. Tracks Eraser is designed to protect you by cleaning up all the tracks of Internet activities on your computer. With only one click, Tracks Eraser allows you to erase the cache, cookies, history, typed URLs. Tracks Eraser works with Internet Explorer, Netscape, AOL, MSN, Opera.

> Don't Panic
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/1967.html
Keep what you do on your PC private with Don't Panic! Instantly clear browser cache, cookies, history, recently viewed documents and other personal history lists without closing your browser or restarting your computer. Control pop-up windows in Netscape and Internet Explorer with the Intelligent Pop-up Control features.

>> Child care <<

> IamBigBrother

IamBigBrother monitors your children's activities in Instant Messager, Chats, Emails, Web Site URLs and much more, while remaining undetected from the user. It monitors both incoming and outgoing activity! Not only do you see what your child types online but what is said back as well.

>> Desktop Agents <<

> D-player
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/1996.html
Professional dancers are digitally captured on video, then D-player completely regenerates their movements, steps and gestures to the tempo of the music in the form of computer-generated characters. D-Player supports slow-motion, zoom-in, zoom-out and still-frame image capture so you can practice the dance steps. It also lets you play MP3 and wav files from your own sound collections for the characters to dance to.

>> Email Extractors <<

> E-mail Hunter

E-mail Hunter is a powerful tool that extracts emails from web pages, clipboard, local files. It supports operation through a proxy-server. You can limit scanning depth and width. You can also delete them from URL list during operation. Type in the desired keywords and Email Hunter begins searching the web extracting e-mail addresses from any page containing those words.

> Beijing Express Email Address Extractor
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/1947.html
This program is one of the most efficient, easy to use email address collector available on the internet! Beijing Express Email Address Extractor is designed to extract e-mail addresses from web-pages on the Internet (using HTTP protocols).

> eMail extractor

eMail extractor is a very powerful tool to extract email address from all kind of files. eMail extractor is very fast, easy to use and multithread. eMail extractor retrieves absolutely all valid email address from your files and generates an output file with only good and well formatted emails without duplicates. .

>> Popup Killers <<

> PopUp Cleaner
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/1964.html
This program is designed as an automatic closing device of the pop-up windows with commercial banners, which are opened by the web sites, hosting the clients' web pages for no charge, as well as by sites containing adult materials. There are options to close a pop-up window either immediately, or after a period of delay set by the user. You can also limit the maximum number of opened windows.

> Pop-Up Stopper Pro
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/1966.html
Pop-Up Stopper Pro provides a pop-up blocking technology to use with Internet Explorer toolbar that is only active when your browser is open! Intelligent pop-up control blocks only pop-up ad windows and allows users to allow pop-up windows from specific web sites! Preserve bandwidth by stopping pop-up windows before they load!

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DOWNLOAD OF THE WEEK
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> DISCo WatchMan
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/411.html
DISCo WatchMan delivers alerts of user defined events. An event may be a new item in your area of interest on any Web-site and bookmark or changes on any of your e-mail accounts.

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