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How to send an email using Telnet

Sending a test email using Telnet can be useful when diagnosing email delivery issues.

  • Open a Command Prompt window
  • Type telnet exserver 25, and then press Enter
  • Type HELO, and then press Enter.
  • Type MAIL FROM: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and then press Enter.
  • Type RCPT TO: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Type DATA, and then press Enter.
  • Type Subject: Test email, and then press Enter.
  • Press Enter again. A blank line is needed between the Subject: field and the message body.
  • Type Testing, and then press Enter.
  • Type a period ( . ), and then press Enter.
  • To disconnect from the SMTP server, type QUIT, and then press Enter.
  • To close the Telnet session, type quit, and then press Enter.

Here's what a successfull session using the steps above looks like:

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Block Windows 10 Upgrade

Microsoft recently changed the behaviour of those annoying Windows 10 upgrade icons and popups so that when a user clicks on X in the top right hand corner of the popup to close it, Windows 10 is automatically scheduled to be installed.

I like Windows 10 but upgrading to Windows 10 on a computer that has been used (and abused) for a while is not always successful. Today alone 3 customers reported they had serious issue after attempting to upgrade to Windows 10.

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Firefox reveals saved passwords in plain text

I just found something disturbing in Firefox. All your saved passwords can be displayed with a few simple mouse clicks. Check this out if you use Firefox:

  1. Go to Options
  2. then Security
  3. then click the "Saved Passwords" button
  4. then click the "Show Passwords" button
  5. then click Yes at the prompt "Are you sure you wish to show your password?"
  6. And now saved passords are displayed in plain text.

This means that anyone can go to your computer while its unattended and view your passwords. And on my test computer passwords are saved and visible in this manner even though I have never asked Firefox to save passwords! This stikes me as a rather significant security flaw.

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Microsoft reissues Update KB3097877

The original patch was supposed to fix various network issues but caused more issues than it fixed on Windows 7 computers. See updated patch info here

Microsoft susequently reissued the patch and the current version really does seem to fix the issues the original patch tried to fix.

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Microsoft Update causes Outlook 2010 to run in Safe Mode

A Windows Update released 9/12/15 has caused issues for all users of Microsoft Office 2010. Microsoft Office users are reporting that their Outlook is stuck in 'safe mode'. This Outlook glitch caused by one specific Windows Update will prevent all Outlook Add-ins from starting, preventing 3rd party applications from Integrating with Outlook. Microsoft Office 2010 users are complaining about this problem around the globe.

We have found a solution:

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