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Newsletter October 07, 2002


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EDITORIAL
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Watch over your sites!

Faced with the exponential growth in the number of Web sites, it is becoming harder and harder to find your way in the labyrinth. What happens if, as part of your work, you have to monitor hundreds of sites and keep up to date with all their new information and modifications? Visiting lots of different sites, only to find that nothing has changed, would be a pure waste of time. Perhaps you don't see any other solution? Don't despair, the monitoring agents will do this job for you.

These intelligent agents automatically monitor the content of a site or page and alert you as soon as changes are detected. They are almost all based on the same principle: after choosing the sites or pages to monitor, you have to configure the tool with a list of URLs and/or keywords. Each time a link, a page or an image is changed on the site, you are alerted by the agent.

Once all the sites have been checked and the changes have been recorded, a detailed report is displayed. Some agents can send you this report by e-mail, you just need to activate this option during configuration. One of the advantages of using these agents is that it is not necessary to be on-line to see the changes. You can open copies of the retrieved pages in a dedicated internal browser to see the changes, that are usually highlighted in a different color. Isn't technology great?!

Agents to download and test on AgentLand:
http://www.agentland.com/Download/5Monitoring_agents/Alerting_agents/


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ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
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> Global Emailer Pro - rocket launch your marketing campaign
http://www.agentland.com/pages/learn/articles/globalemailer.html
One of the keys to success on the Internet is getting yourself known. And the Internet is an ideal way to reach a global audience at minimum cost and, by using the appropriate tools, with minimum effort. Global Emailer Pro is one of many programs appearing on the market for collecting e-mail addresses and using them in direct marketing campaigns.

> Message Board Blaster: the search for new visitors
http://www.agentland.com/pages/learn/articles/messageboardblaster.html
On-line advertising. Here's a delicate subject, in an area that constantly develops new and more expensive ways attracting new customers and visitors. The science of on-line marketing concerns every type of site: whether merchant or personal, all Web sites need visitors. Some decide to use mass e-mailing campaigns - that can be considered as spam - others pay a large price tag. But some just use the Message Board Blaster software.

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AGENT NEWS
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>> Anti-Spy <<

> SpyBlocker
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/2129.html
Many Web sites have ads that are distracting and a drain on bandwidth. Some sites send cookies and other files to your computer. Still others acquire information about you, your machine, and your browsing habits by using single-pixel Web bugs and other methods. SpyBlocker monitors this type of Web activity and allows users to control or block the ads and tracking systems. But SpyBlocker goes one step further. SpyBlocker strips ads out of ad-supported software, disabling the ad module and tracking capabilities without disabling the functionality of the program.

>> Computer Monitoring <<

> KeySpy
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/2127.html
KeySpy's main feature is its abilty to capture (log) what someone has typed on a PC keyboard. It can send recorded keys in an encrypted and compressed format to your email or save them in a hidden disk file. Then, you simply copy and paste the text into the decryptor window to see what has been typed! You can also use KeySpy to take Remote Control of the spied computer.

>> Popup Killers <<

> PopupDummy
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/2161.html
PopupDummy blocks advertisement popups from Internet Explorer, Netscape, and ad-ware desktop applications. It does not interfere with opening new web browsers and it does not require any initial setup by the user. PopupDummy uses two methods to suppress advertisement popups on your computer. The default method is by detecting popups in your web browser automatically, before they appear.

>> Metasearch <<

> WebFoil
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/2160.html
WebFoil simplifies the task of searching the World Wide Web by simultaneously querying the most popular on-line search engines straight from your desktop. With a simple, intuitive interface and over 80 search engines grouped into 18 categories, you can search the web, download mp3s, find song lyrics.

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DOWNLOAD OF THE WEEK
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> Arcade Lines
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/2061.html
Arcade Lines is an extremely addictive and very relaxing puzzle game using brilliant graphics, pulsating music and a great variety of different game modes. It is very easy to learn, but not so easy to master! You'll be hooked for hours.

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TECHNOLOGIES
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> Bluetooth Developers Conference
http://www.ibctelecoms.com/bluetoothamericas/
The Bluetooth Developers Conference will be held on 10-12 December 2002 in San Jose Convention Center, California, USA. It is the only official Bluetooth conference held in the Americas. Topic of interests will be around building Bluetooth applications, Bluetooth specifications, medical applications, Bluetooth in the enterprise, Bluetooth & Java, etc.

> Lowly roach inspires high-tech robotics
http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/09/27/roach.robot/index.html
Most people think of cockroaches as household pests. But for a group of American scientists, roaches are a source of robotic inspiration. The mechanic simplicity of their bodies and the ease at which they can maneuver over obstacles inspired the biologist Bob Full to model robots after the cockroaches. While working as a consultant on the animated movie "A Bug's Life," Full got the idea of insect-like robots.

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