Microsoft Outlook 2003 and ZoneAlarm anti-spam plugin issues

In General, Microsoft, Software by Michael Sheehan10 Comments

I recently had some issues with my ZoneAlarm install and MS Outlook 2003 and the Anti-Spam plug-in. Whenever I launched Outlook, the ZoneAlarm plugin was not initializing despite efforts to enable (through ZA and through the COM add-in within Outlook). I found a solution that seems to have worked. Basically, you need to fully delete the COM add-in and then recreate from scratch. To do this, just follow the following steps:

1) Open “Tools->Options…”
2) Click on the “Other” tab.
3) Click on “Advanced Options’.
4) Click on “COM Add-Ins”
5) Remove “MailBuddy Outlook Addin”
6) Add “MailBuddy Outlook Addin” it back in by choosing “C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\MailFrontier\mlfoshim.dll”

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Installed the keyboard myself!

In Apple, General, Hardware by Michael Sheehan6 Comments

Well, I figured that I would try to save a little bit of $$$ and get some more notches in the tech belt and install the new keyboard on my Powerbook myself. I used the great guides (as previously mentioned) at I definitely recommend them. Anyway, the installation went relatively well, but I had to do it twice (the second time was a lot easier).

One thing that was left out of a few of the install guides that I looked at was the fact that on the replacement keyboard, there is some nondescript black tape that should be removed. If it isn’t removed, the backlit keyboard isn’t fully lit. I found that out the hard way.
Anyway, keyboard is installed and I’m breaking it in. Here are some pictures of it fully cracked open on the operating table…I feel pretty good about this one!

Powerbook on the table #1 Powerbook on the table #2

How to combat Phishing Scams

In General, Open Source, Security by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

So, I previously posted about Phishing scams and what they look like (with screen shots). I figured that I would continue my Public Service Announcement with some tools that you can use to be sure that you don’t get “caught.”

Option #1 – There is a new site that you can go and report Phishing scams on called PhishTank. On this site, you can submit suspected “phishes”, track the status of your submission and collaborate with an “opensource” type of community on these types of issues. Since the one that I found was seemingly shut down, I couldn’t submit it. However, I will do so in the future.

Option #2 – Upgrade to Firefox 2. Firefox 2 which was just released, now contains a tool to help prevent you from going to a Phishing site. When you go to a site that has been reported as a Phishing site, you get a warning. This works cross-platform (e.g., Macs and PCs). There is a link to Firefox download at the bottom of the page so use it! (See the Firefox Phishing warning below)

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Powerbook unboxing – Part 3

In Apple, General, Hardware by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

So, I got my wonderful Powerbook back from Apple Care yesterday. Yes, they fixed the issue of the ALS (Ambient light sensor). Now I’m shopping around for a good local vendor to help install the keyboard that I purchased on eBay. I have found a couple of local candidates and I’m just checking prices now.

I would have tried to do this myself, but after reading through the Apple Tech Manual as well as the wonderful guides at, I felt that it might be better to have someone who has the tools and knows what they are doing, to do the work. I have, in the past, installed new hard drives in the following: Powerbook 15″, Powerbook 12″ and iMac DVSE (as well as built my own PC and upgraded countless others). This time, I’m going to leave it in the hands of the experts!

I almost have a “new” Powerbook…obviously it pales in comparison to the just announced MacBook Pro’s (Intel Core 2 Duo’s)…dang. I guess a TechDad can dream! (Anyone care to give me one?)

This is NOT me…

In General by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

At work, we were playing around with the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button on Google Search…there were some funny things that come up. I thought that with a name as common as mine, I would help to clear up all of the confusion in the world about who I am and who I am NOT…so…

  • This is NOT me (too bad)
  • This is NOT me (very timely)
  • This is NOT me (wow…lots of concerts!)
  • This is NOT me (Hollywood…here I come!)
  • This is NOT me (care to debate that?)

Google also has some funny combinations that come up…e.g., Michael Moore and Cindy Sheehan

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