[thelist] A couple o' tips.....

Anthony Baratta Anthony at Baratta.com
Thu Nov 16 16:17:22 CST 2000

<TIP Author="Anthony Baratta" Subject="Desktop SMTP Service">
Are you running Win2K?? Have you installed IIS 5? Did you know that with 
IIS 5 you also get a full featured SMTP Service? With SMTP running locally, 
you can by-pass your crappy ISP mail server and use your own desktop to 
send mail directly to anyone on the internet!! Its faster quicker better 
stronger. Its so nice, that even if you don't want IIS 5, install it just 
for the SMTP Service.

To use the service after install, make sure you have the following in your 
hosts table

Hosts (located in c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc)       localhost

Then in your favorite email client, give it localhost as the SMTP (or 
out-going) mail server. You should be set to go.

Big Note: Unless you change the operation of the SMTP service, you will 
need to login (using your local NT account name and password) the first 
time you send mail. You mail cient will need to support logging in to the 
SMTP server for this to work.

Bigger Note: If you turn this login feature off, make sure you secure the 
SMTP service from relaying mail from other machines. Only give your local 
IP or the localhost IP ( relay rights.


As requested a previous email is now a tip for harvesting.....

<TIP Author="Anthony Baratta" Subject="Why is IE caching my pages??">
This is a known bug in basically ALL versions of IE. According to what I've 
been able to identify is IE has a memory buffer for page loading that if 
not exceed basically destroys the ability to utilize the expire/no-cache tags.

To "fix it" you need to put a copy of the expire/no-cache tags at the 
BOTTOM of the page. e.g

<head> expire tags go here </head>

Here's the gory details why:

When IE loads a page into memory, it does not immediately save the page to 
the cache. Therefore when it parses and acts on the expire tags, the page 
is not in the cache to delete!! When the buffer is exceeded, the page is 
written to the cache after the expire tags have been acted on. Therefore, 
you need to add a copy of the expire tags to the end of the page to force 
IE to re-address the cache and remove the file.


Anthony Baratta
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