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Newsletter July 28, 2003


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o Agent test: under the microscope
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EDITORIAL
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Spam-hunting

You connect to your e-mail account and see 45 messages waiting for you. But unfortunately, at least half of these messages are spam. Spam (also known as junk mail) involves sending promotional messages in large quantities explaining the merits of a particular product, offering credit to pay off your debts or any other type of commercial offer. Of course, they have been sent to you without your permission. The advantage for the sites and companies that use this method is the low cost of sending e-mail. The disadvantage for us, users, is that it pollutes our mailbox, wastes our time and forces us to sift through and weed out the undesirable messages!

The appropriate attitude to adopt when you receive this type of message is first of all never to reply, as that would only confirm the validity of your address. Secondly, it is useful to have two e-mail addresses, one that is strictly personal that only your close friends have, and another for using on newsgroups, mailing lists etc. In any event, avoid giving out your e-mail address without knowing how it is going to be used, and activate the filtering function in your e-mail software.

If you are still receiving spam despite these precautions, you will have to bring out the heavy artillery: anti-spam software. These programs can help you manage your e-mail, by deleting a good deal of spam messages before they ever arrive in your Inbox! They enable you to see the list of messages directly on the mail server and to choose which ones to destroy before downloading the rest. Some even block all mail from constantly-updated lists of known spammers. This summer, after butterfly catching, it could be time to go spam-hunting.

Find agents to download and test on AgentLand:
http://www.agentland.com/Resources/4Browsing_Agents/Filtering_agents_privacy_security/Mail_Filters/


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AGENT TEST: UNDER THE MICROSCOPE
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> Window Washer: a program is good for your computer
http://www.agentland.fr/pages/learn/articles/loupe/loupe_windowwasher.html
We all have web pages that we visit several times a week, not to say several times a day. With The Easy Bee, you no longer need to type passwords, click menus and wait for downloads. Whether it is for online accounts, auctions, jobs or news headlines, you can now stop wasting time with recurrent web visits.
Try It   Buy It

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AGENT NEWS
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>> e-mail <<

> Advanced Email Parser
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/2255.html
Automate receiving, processing and sending automatic replies to incoming messages. Advanced Email Parser (AEP) uses custom sets of rules to determine the type of message and what actions should be taken upon receiving it. This is very convenient when processing product or service orders and helpdesk requests as it allows automatic extraction of all required values from the message body and placing them in external database. The customized reply is then sent to customer.
Try It   Buy It

>> Privacy <<

> Invisible Secrets
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/2254.html
Are you afraid that someone else can see your sensitive and secret data stored on your computer? Invisible Secrets not only encrypts your data and files for safe keeping or for secure transfer across the net, it also hides them in places that on the surface appear totally innocent, such as picture or sound files, or web pages. These types of files are a perfect disguise for sensitive information.
Buy It

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DOWNLOAD OF THE WEEK
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> Ultimate Gin
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/2200.html
Ultimate Gin is a computer rendition of the popular card game. You can play over the internet using a server. Individuals can play against computer characters if desired. The computer characters speak and interact with user.
Try It   Buy It

>Spector
http://www.agentland.com/Download/Intelligent_Agent/2053.html
Imagine a surveillance camera pointed directly at your computer monitor, filming away everything that is done on the PC. That is the idea behind Spector. It works by taking a snapshot of whatever is on the computer screen and saves it away in a hidden location on your computer's hard drive. A few seconds later, Spector takes another picture.
Buy It

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