"Christians and the Internet" newsletter
CATI, Vol. 1, No. 16:  April 21, 2000.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:  CATCHING UP WITH CATI
2. A THIRD TRY AT A SECOND LIST OF REFORMED WEB SITES
3. FREE FILE MANAGER UTILITY:  POWERDESK 4
4. CRISPEN'S SIX ANTIVIRUS RULES:  "I LOVE YOU" UPDATE
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1. LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:  CATCHING UP WITH CATI
Today's date is really May 5, 2000, so my unexpected surgery
put me two weeks behind schedule, but I'm optimistic about
getting caught up by the end of this month.  In the meantime,
if you're finding CATI to be useful and enjoyable, will you
invite your friends to subscribe as well?  Thanks for your
help in getting out the news about the newsletter!
Barry Traver, Editor
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2. A THIRD TRY AT A SECOND LIST OF REFORMED WEB SITES
In CATI 1/13 I introduced two lists of Web site links, mostly
Christian, mostly Reformed.  In that issue I discussed some
of the links in the first of the lists:
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America: Links
  http://www.reformedpresbyterian.org/links.html
That list of links included a link to a second list of links:
Covenant United Reformed Church: Links
  http://www.covenant-urc.org/links.html
Described by the RPCNA list of links as "an unusually thorough
list of Reformed links," this list contains references to many
Web sites you may not have come across before.  The list is
divided into three main sub-groups:
Covenant United Reformed Church: Links
  Reformed Web Sites
    http://www.covenant-urc.org/links/refwebs.html
  Other Web Sites of Interest
    http://www.covenant-urc.org/links/othrwebs.html
  Reformed Internet Discussion Groups
    http://www.covenant-urc.org/links/lists.html
Unfortunately, in neither CATI 1/13 or CATI 1/14 did I have
room to really explore the Web sites in this second list, so
this article is a third try at a second list of Reformed Web
sites.
As in any list of links, some sites may be more helpful than
others, and inclusion in the list should not be taken as full
endorsement of a particular site.  CATI gives you credit for
being able to use your discretion as usual in such areas.
Following are some suggestions from Covenant United Reformed
Church's list of links to "Other Reformed Web Sites" on their
"Reformed Web Sites" page:
Abraham Kuyper's Lectures on Calvinism
  http://www.kuyper.org/stone/preface.html
These are the famous "Stone Lectures" delivered at Princeton
University in 1898 by a man who served as Prime Minister of
the Netherlands from 1901 to 1905.  "Calvinism" here is not
"the five points" of TULIP, but rather the Christian faith as
an all-embracing view of the world.  Here are the titles of
the six lectures:  "Calvinism as a Life System," "Calvinism
and Religion," "Calvinism and Politics," "Calvinism and
Science," "Calvinism and Art," "Calvinism and the Future."
The Alexander Whyte Homepage 
  http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Olympus/4199/
Alexander Whyte was a Scottish Presbyterian minister in the
Puritan tradition.  At this site you'll find some sermons by
Whyte as well as a brief biography.
Alpha and Omega Ministries (Dr. James R. White)
  http://www.aomin.org/
Dr. White is an elder in a Baptist church as well as one who
has defended Reformed theology in print and in debates against  
Roman Catholics and others.  His newest book -- The Potter's
Freedom:  A Defense of the Reformation and a Rebuttal of
Norman Geisler's Chosen But Free -- has been praised by many,
including Jay Adams, Joel R. Beeke, Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.,
and others.  You haven't seen it yet?  Neither have I, but
it's scheduled to be released in May 2000.
Biblical Theology and Redemptive Historical Hermeneutics
  http://www.two-age.org/
Biblical Theology...:  Hearing It Preached
  http://www.two-age.org/online_sermons.htm
Here is Biblical Theology from a Reformed perspective in the
tradition of Geerhardus Vos, who taught at Princeton Seminary
for nearly 40 years in the time of B.B. Warfield.  His wife
was Catherine Vos, author of the Child's Story Bible.  While
at Princeton, Vos taught J. Gresham Machen.  At the site you
can listen in RealAudio to the 20 lectures/sermons from the
Kerux Biblical Theology conference in Westminster, California,
dealing with Vos and Biblical Theology for free (as long as
you do not record them for your own use). 
Coram Deo: Dave Brown's Comprehensive Reformed Theology
    Resources
  http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/3505/
"Coram Deo literally means 'before the face of God.'  It
carries the notion of our living in the presence of God, under
the authority of God and to the honor and glory of God."  The
Web site is not as "comprehensive" as the subtitle suggests,
but it does contain some interesting resources.  Following are
a few examples of some of the things you'll find on that site.
Coram Deo: Church Humor
  http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/3505/humor.html
Coram Deo: The Essential George Whitefield
  http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/3505/whitefield.html
Coram Deo:  Sermon in a Song
  http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/3505/sermoninsong.html 
"Christian music, therefore, should be an expression of what
John Piper calls thinking truly and feeling duly. Such music
I believe can be found in the work of such contemporary
writer/performers as Reformed troubadour Steve Camp, Reformed
rocker Wes King, balladeer Don Francisco, evangelicals Michael
Card and Dennis Jernigan, and British charismatic Graham
Kendrick, who take seriously the whole counsel of God and
convey a sense of God's holy character and sovereignty. This
Page seeks to explore lyrics of the music of yesteryear and
today that convey Scriptural integrity and sound doctrine,
irrespective of musical style and genre."
Coram Deo: What's the Reformation Tradition?
  http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/3505/reformed.html
Coram Deo:  What's Reformed?
  http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/3505/Whatsreformed.html 
"Perhaps the principal doctrinal distinctive of Reformed
theology is its understanding of the nature and character of
God. This material contains a number of helpful statements
and descriptions by such people as C. H. Spurgeon, Loraine
Boettner, B.B. Warfield, and Michael Horton as well as texts
and commentaries on the Westminster Confession of Faith, the
Canons of Dordt and the Heidelberg Catechism."
Days of Genesis: The Creation Debate
  http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Flats/1631/
Accurately described by the Covenant United Reformed Church's
list of links as "an index of arguments for and against
different views of creation," this site describes itself,
however, as "advocating the framework hypothesis or another
form of genre criticism."  Personally, I do not see how
the days of Genesis can be taken in any other way than as
chronologically sequential, so I disagree with the stated
position of the site, but this list does include links to
important statements of the various positions, including the
traditional view that sees the days as 24-hour days.
Geneva
  http://geneva.founders.org/
"Geneva is a comprehensive index of Reformed web sites and a
search engine for accessing the index.  Since the various
Reformed entities do not all share a common web site, Geneva
was created as a convenient way for users to find Reformed
information from a single starting point.  Geneva is sponsored
by Founders ONLINE, the official web site of the Southern
Baptist Founders Conference, Inc." 
Heart Reformation: Featuring Arthur W. Pink & Reformed
    Theology
  http://www.geocities.com/~stahr_family/
As the subtitle indicates, you'll find much of A.W. Pink here,
including the complete book The Sovereignty of God.  You will
also find other helpful resources, such as Confessing Christ
by Calvin Knox Cummings (a popular booklet designed for use in
communicant church membership classes). 
The Highway (Jeff Nesbitt)
  http://www.gospelcom.net/thehighway/
This is an attractive, well-done site with some interesting
resources.  For example, its "Notable Sermons Library" has in
it sermons by John Brown, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, John
Flavel, Robert Murray M'Cheyne, John Owen, Richard Sibbes,
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Thomas Watson, and John Willison.
The site also includes a chat room and a number of discussion
groups.  The Highway is hosted by the Gospel Communications
Networks and is part of the Reformed Webring.
Kerux: The Journal of Biblical Theology
  http://www.kerux.com/
"This journal prints biblical-theological material in the
Reformed/Calvinistic tradition. Geerhardus Vos (1862-1949),
Professor of Biblical Theology at Princeton Theological
Seminary from 1893-1932, was the founding father of Reformed
Biblical Theology. His books, articles, sermons, and poetry
describe the fundamental principles of the Reformed biblical
theological method."  The "Online Archive" includes "all
journals up to within two years of current (1986-1997),"
BUT you are expected to send a "$1.50 donation if you
download or print out an article." <sigh>  There are,
however, twenty Kerux sermons/lectures that you can hear
for free -- check out the Biblical Theology and Redemptive
Historical Hermeneutics Web site mentioned earlier in this
article.
Layman Online (Presbyterian Layman)
  http://www.layman.org/
"[This site] is the official web site of the Presbyterian Lay
Committee," a conservative organization associated with the
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (a not-very-conservative
denomination).
Martyn Lloyd-Jones: RealAudio	  
  http://www.mlj.org.uk/audio/audioindex.htm
Two addresses by the late Dr. Lloyd-Jones are available from
this page:  the sermon "The Glory of God" and another address
(which is reportedly "changed weekly").
Reformed Sermons
  http://www.sermon.org/
"Reformed Sermons is an index and collection of Christian
sermons and outlines, articles, meditations, and lectures,
from contemporary Reformed pastors, many of whom are
Baptists."  Most, in fact, are Reformed Baptists, but you
will also find some Presbyterians here, including R.C.
Sproul and Sinclair Ferguson
Sean's Christian Apologetics Page
  http://members.tripod.com/~vantillian/main.html
"Christian Apologetics" here means an argued defense of the
Christian faith.  Here is Sean Choi's description of his Web
site:  "This website provides ... an archive of informative
articles on ... apologetic topics:  Presuppositional and
'Worldview' Apologetics, Bible difficulties, The existence of
God, The historical reliability of the NT manuscripts, The
problem of evil, The resurrection of Jesus, Scientism and
evolution."  You'll also find "A select list of leading
Christian apologists:  Greg Bahnsen, William Lane Craig,
Bill Dembski, Norman Geisler, Alvin Plantinga, Cornelius Van
Til," including links to articles by and about these men.
And there's more, such as a select bibliography of apologetics
books and links to online apologetics/theology discussion
forums.  If you have a serious interest in philosophy and
Christian apologetics, check out this site!
By the way, I also found over fifty broken links on that
"Reformed Web Sites" page, so it does need some serious
updating.  Even so, the list is a rich resource of sites you
may not easily discover otherwise.  (I did attempt to send
a list of the broken links to the webmaster, but my first
attempt was unsuccessful.)  Maybe I'll discuss some of the
other links at this site in a future newsletter....
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3. FREE FILE MANAGER UTILITY:  POWERDESK 4
Are you running Windows 95, 97, or NT?  Are you dissatisfied
with Windows Explorer and My Computer?  You can now get a
superior alternative for free!
I found this out through the latest issue (April 29, 2000) of
Chris Parillo's Lockergnome newsletter.  Here is what Chris
had to say:
"Being a manager isn't all it's cracked up to be; imagine if
your job was to handle files every minute of the day. The
only person I'd consider hiring for that position would be
PowerDesk.  Its track record is golden; its price is now
unbeatable.  With better sorting, viewing, synchronizing,
converting, and searching features, you'll hire this baby in
two blinks.  Don't worry: it'll never take a vacation."
  http://www.lockergnome.com/issues/win95nt/20000429.html
PowerDesk is the file manager program that I myself regularly
use (I got it along with software called Fix-It Utilities 99),
and it is one of my favorite programs.  I have version 3.03,
but you can get a copy of version 4 for free at the following
address:
  http://www.ontrack.com/powerdesk/
Here's the description of PowerDesk that you'll find there:
"PowerDesk has been receiving kudos from editors, writers,
reviewers and users for years.  It has won numerous awards and
sparkling reviews from PC Magazine, Windows Magazine, and PC
World, to name a few....  PowerDesk 4 ... includes PowerDesk
File Manager -- the world's best file manager!  The file
manager provides you with single or dual pane file management
windows, a powerful file finder, zip and unzip capabilities,
a dialog helper, plus many other features.  If you have
QuickView or QuickView Plus, you can view many different types
of files directly in the integrated PowerDesk viewer pane
(QuickView comes with Windows 95, 98 and NT)."
Ontrack Software claims there is "no catch" with this free
software, but my guess is that they may hoping that you'll
like PowerDesk 4 so much that you may decide to purchase
some of their other software products, such as ZipMagic 2000
($39.95) or perhaps PowerDesk 4 Pro ($19.95), which has some
additional features and functions which you may or may not
find occasion to use.
In case you've never heard of Ontrack Software, you may
be interested to hear that PC Magazine judged Ontrack's
SystemSuite 2000 to be superior to McAfee's Office 2000 Pro
and Norton SystemWorks 2000.  Here's where you'll find the
review of these three utility suites:
  http://www.zdnet.com/products/stories/pipreviews/0,8827,193262,00.html
Here's some more information about Ontrack SystemSuite 2000:
"With Ontrack SystemSuite 2000 you get all of our maintenance
and management software in a single package -- including
Fix-It Utilities 2000, PowerDesk Utilities 98, EasyUninstall
2000 and ZipMagic Wizards."
  http://www.ontrack.com/systemsuite/awards.asp
That page also contains many links to awards Ontrack has won
and reviews of its products by PC Magazine, PC World, PC
Computing, PC Week, Windows Magazine, and others.
But, it must be said, SystemSuite 2000 ($59.95) is not free,
while PowerDesk 4 is, so I recommend that you take advantage
of the opportunity right now to get PowerDesk at no cost and
decide later whether you want to purchase any of Ontrack's
products.  (And whenever you buy software, it is always good
to check around for the best price and buy from a reliable
source.)
Enjoy!
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4. CRISPEN'S SIX ANTIVIRUS RULES:  "I LOVE YOU" UPDATE
CATI 1/6 contained an article on "Virus Protection:  Crispen's
Six Antivirus Rules."  You can find that article online at
this address:
  http://www.traver.org/cati/archives/cati06.htm#3
Well, with the coming of the "Love Bug" virus, one of the six
rules has been updated.  Genuine love is a Christian virtue
(see 1 Corinthians 13), but an "I love you" email message may
carry with it a file attachment that can really mess up your
hard drive!
Here are just a few of the bad things the virus does, as
described by Douglas Patrick Crispen:
"...if executed, the worm will locate certain files on your
computer (.vbs, .vbe, .js, .jse, .css, .wsh, .sct, and .hta
files) and replace them with copies of the "ILoveYou" worm.
The worm will also take *ALL* of the JPEG picture files
stored on your computer and replace them with worm-infected
files....  And, for you music lovers who have MP3 ... files
on your PCs, 'ILoveYou' will create a copy of itself for
every one of those files as well."
  http://listserv.aol.com/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0005A&L=tourbus&P=R183
Here's the old version of rule six:
"6. IF SOMEONE UNEXPECTEDLY SENDS YOU AN EXECUTABLE FILE -- IN
 OTHER WORDS, A FILE THAT ENDS IN .EXE -- THROW IT OUT."
And here's the new version:
"6. IF SOMEONE UNEXPECTEDLY SENDS YOU AN EXECUTABLE FILE OR
 VISUAL BASIC SCRIPT FILE -- IN OTHER WORDS, A FILE THAT ENDS
 IN .EXE OR .VBS -- THROW IT OUT."
As Crispen points out, "The key word here is "unexpectedly."
If you are expecting a friend to send you an executable file,
you certainly don't need to delete that file -- just virus
scan it first before you open it."  (And make sure that your
virus software program's data file has been kept up to date.)
Note the addition to rule six:  earlier you had to be careful
about email file attachments that end in .EXE; you now need
to watch out for email file attachments that end in .VBS as
well.  (A Visual Basic Script file is similar to an executable
program.)
Actually, although the "Love Bug" virus is new, the earlier
version of Crispen's Six Antivirus Rules would have kept you
safe through rule three (which is unchanged):
"3. NEVER DOUBLE-CLICK (OR LAUNCH) *ANY* FILE, ESPECIALLY AN
 EMAIL ATTACHMENT, REGARDLESS OF WHO THE FILE IS FROM, UNTIL
 YOU FIRST SCAN THAT FILE WITH YOUR ANTIVIRUS PROGRAM."
What you need to keep in mind is that even though many virus
warnings are hoaxes, some real viruses (like the new "Love
Bug" virus) are out there, and some of them (like "Love Bug")
may be sent to you from a friend without your friend even
knowing about it!  (That's how the virus works.)
This is a fallen world, but we can protect ourselves and our
computers through following some fairly simple rules.  For
the latest discussion of Crispen's Six AntiVirus Rules (and
more on the "Love Bug" virus), go to this address:
  http://listserv.aol.com/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0005A&L=tourbus&P=R183
And for more about the "Love Bug" virus, you can check out
any of these sites:
CNN.com: "'ILOVEYOU' computer bug bites hard, spreads fast"
   http://www.cnn.com/2000/TECH/computing/05/04/iloveyou.01/index.html
Symantec Antivirus Research Center: VBS.LoveLetter.A
  http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/vbs.loveletter.a.html
McAfee Virus Information Library: VBS/Loveletter
  http://vil.mcafee.com/alphar.asp?char=VBS/Loveletter&
F-Secure Virus Information Pages:  LoveLetter
  http://www.datafellows.com/v-descs/love.htm
Stiller Research: Love Letter (I Love You) Email Worm
  http://www.stiller.com/lovelet.htm
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Unless otherwise indicated, all material in this newsletter is
Copyright (C) 2000 by Barry Traver, All Rights Reserved.  For
permission to reproduce material from this newsletter, contact
Barry Traver at cati@traver.org.  Permission is hereby granted,
however, to pass along this issue to others, provided that (1)
no changes are made and (2) it is passed along in its entirety.