"Christians and the Internet" newsletter
CATI, Vol. 2, No. 6:  March 28, 2001.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1.  EDITOR'S LETTER: HELP WITH WORD-FOR-WORD MEMORIZATION?
2.  CHARLES COLSON'S BREAKPOINT: MAILING LIST, PAST TRANSCRIPTS
3.  VIRUSES, WORMS, & TROJAN HORSES: "LIVE" COMPUTER THREATS?
4.  THE CYBER HYMNAL WEB SITE: INFORMATION ON NEW LOCATION
5.  SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER
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1. EDITOR'S LETTER: HELP WITH WORD-FOR-WORD MEMORIZATION?

First, let me say that "CATI" is a free email newsletter that
is devoted to "Christians And The Internet," and my intention
is that it stay a free newsletter.  Likewise, unlike most free
email newsletters, CATI contains no outside advertising, and I
expect that will continue to be the case.  Nor do I intend to
ask (or even accept) financial contributions for CATI.  (You
may now breathe a sigh of relief!)

Since I derive no financial income from CATI, it is, however,
necessary that I seek such income elsewhere.  Because CATI
requires a lot of work, the practical realities of life have
meant that publication has been less regular than you or I
might like.  Scripture says, "If a man will not work, he shall
not eat" (2 Thess. 3:10), but since the kind of work put into
CATI (a labor of love) does not put groceries on the table, I
need to spend some time on endeavors that do (which takes time
away from CATI <genuine sigh>).

So I'm looking for opportunities for financial income that
will allow me to publish CATI on a more regular basis.  Right
now I do some occasional preaching and teaching (tutoring
one-on-one, something I really enjoy), but I'm hoping to do
more writing (the kind that brings in remuneration) and some
programming, which brings us to one particular project I have
been working, something that may be of interest to readers of
CATI.

Remember, I said that CATI includes no outside advertising.
That does not mean that the email newsletter is not able to
include "advertisements for myself"! <grin>  (Inside joke for
those who read twentieth-century American authors:  you can
expect "advertisements for myself" to go along with a "normal
mailer." <groan>)

Anyway, I wanted you to be among the first to know about a
programming project I have been working on (and it's one of
the reasons publication of this particular issue has been
delayed).  The program -- tentatively called Word4Word --
is intended to be an aid to word-for-word memorization of
Scripture passages, answers to catechism questions, etc.

Here's how the program (which can be used with Windows 95, 98,
or ME) works.  Word4Word has you type in what you're trying
to learn, and it tests you word for word.  That is, as soon
as you type in a word that is incorrect, it immediately lets
you know, supplies the correct word, and lets you continue.
(And no, you do not need to press enter after each word or
anything like that -- you just type normally.)  You have your
choice as to whether or not the program will check for correct
capitalization and/or punctuation.

There's also a "quick quiz" mode where instead of typing in
the entire word (not all of us find it easy to "type right"!)
you simply type the first letter of each word (and, if you are
correct, the entire word appears).  As in the other situation,
as soon as you provide a wrong answer, the program immediately
lets you know, supplies the correct word (putting it in big,
bold, red type), and lets you continue.

At the end, you're informed of how many mistakes you made, and
the words you need to learn are highlighted on the screen (in
big, bold, red type, as just mentioned).  You then have the
opportunity to try again to improve your score.

There's also a "preview mode" which simply displays the
material you're supposed to memorize, so that you can study
it before you try the word-for-word typical test or the
first-letter quick quiz.

I've already completed one version, one intended to assist
in word-for-word memorization of answers in the Westminster
Shorter Catechism.  The data is built in:  just type in the
number of the question you want to learn (or use left and
right arrows to move through the Catechism).

I an also working on another version, one intended to help in
the memorization of Scripture ("I have hidden your word in my
heart...," Psalm 119:11).  This version will allow the loading
in of separate text files that can be created by the user (who
thus can decide on what verses to include and what translation
to use, whether KJV, NIV, NASB, or NKJV).

What does this have to do with "Christians And The Internet"?
Well, you won't see these two programs in a store, nor will
you have to run the risk of ordering them by mail.  The plans
are to make them available so that they can be downloaded
from the Internet (more information on that later).

And now the question you've been waiting for (if you have
interest in either of these programs):  what is the cost?
Well, here's the good news.  The two programs (the one for
the WSC and the other for the Bible) will be distributed as
("try before you buy") shareware, so there's no need to pay
anything unless you decide it's worth your money after you
have had opportunity to test it out.

And how much money is involved?  Ah, here's the unique part.
You decide how much money the program is worth to you (and
do not set the figure unreasonably high), divide by two, and
if you want to send me a check for what you come up with, I
won't refuse it, however small the amount.  (What about the
other half?  Feel free to donate it to your local church, if
you like!)

The beta version of the Westminster Shorter Catechism program
is essentially finished (ready to be tested, although not to
be generally distributed).  I'm still working on the Scripture
memory program (since I want it also possible for people to
be shown the Bible passage and then be tested or quizzed on
its location in the Bible).

I'm also working on a more generic version for whatever else
anyone wants to memorize word-for-word (e.g., lines in a
play, scientific definitions, poems such as Shakespearean
sonnets, exact wording of legal statutes, etc.), but that
will come after the other two versions.

Incidentally, for any programmers reading this, quite a while
ago I wrote such a program in QuickBASIC, but implementation
in Visual Basic is so different that it has taken me a long
time to get around to bringing it over (it's not as easy as
it might sound!).

In short, I'm exploring opportunities for additional income so
that I can have CATI come out on a more regular basis (perhaps
weekly, as intended earlier?), and one of my projects is to
write programs to help people with word-for-word memorization
of the Bible and of the Westminster Shorter Catechism.

One final thought:  for those who are more familiar with the
Heidelberg Catechism, I'd be glad to prepare a program for
that as well (just send me the text in the translation you
prefer).
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2. CHARLES COLSON'S BREAKPOINT: MAILING LIST, PAST TRANSCRIPTS

I get lots of newsletters by email, but only a few of them do
I find genuinely helpful on a regular basis.  Charles Colson's
BreakPoint is among that number.  If you're looking for a
Christian perspective on current issues (social, political,
religious), I strongly recommend that you check it out!

What you're actually getting in the newsletter is transcripts
of Colson's daily radio program.  You have two choices:  you
can sign up to be put on the mailing list or you can consult
past transcripts online.

Here's the home page for BreakPoint:

BreakPoint Home Page
  http://www.christianity.com/breakpoint

And here's where you can sign up to receive free daily email
transcripts or check past transcripts online:

BreakPoint Transcripts
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=archives

I've mentioned Charles Colson in previous issues of CATI,
including the following articles:

Christians in Journalism: Colson, Olasky, & Thomas
  http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati10.htm#3

Real Audio: Intro Plus Some Christian Programs and Sermons
  http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati29.htm#1

Free Email Newsletters: Some Suggestions to Consider
  http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati34.htm#1

Check them out to learn more about Charles Colson and about
BreakPoint.

The breadth of topics covered in Colson's broadcast talks is
impressive.  Here's a list of transcripts for the BreakPoint
programs thus far in 2001 (in chronological order):

The New Year: Year of Our Lord 2001 (Jan. 1, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2133

A First Amendment Exception?: Suppression of Pro-Life Speech
    (Jan. 2, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2134

The Cambrian Explosion: Unraveling a Mystery (Jan. 3, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2135

Quills & Poison Pens: The Rehabilitation of a Scoundrel (Jan.
    3, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2174

When the Good News is Bad: Trolling for Abortion Patients
    (Jan. 4, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2136

The Politics of Destruction: Reverse Bigotry (Jan. 5, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2137

How Far Will They Go?: TV's Temptation Island (Jan. 8, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2138

SETI and the Search for Design: Is There Intelligence Out
    There? (Jan. 9, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2139

Growing Up Too Fast: The Physical and Cultural Challenges
    (Jan. 12, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2140

Runnin' Rebels Runnin' Scared: Nevada & College Sports (Jan.
    12, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2161

First the Schools, Now the Hospitals: Stripping the Culture of
    Christ (Jan. 15, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2141

The Ashcroft Nomination: Recognizing the Double Standard (Jan.
    16, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2142

Do The Right Thing: Mandate for Moral Leadership I (Jan. 17,
    2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2143

Faith & Foreign Policy: Mandate for Moral Leadership II (Jan.
    18, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2144

Junking MAD: Mandate for Moral Leadership III (Jan. 19, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2145

Two Tales of One City: A Summons to Moral Greatness (Jan. 22,
    2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2146

The Great Betrayal: Sacrificing Everything for Roe's Sake
    (Jan. 23, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2147

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Humane for Whom? (Jan. 24, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2148

An Army of One?: Embracing Radical Individualism (Jan. 25,
    2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2149

More Like Mick and Meg: Life Lessons from People Magazine
    (Jan. 26, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2150

Templates and Truth: The War of the Worldviews (Jan. 29, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2151

Feeding Bloodlust: The New Shockumentaries (Jan. 30, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2152

Faith-Based Initiatives: Rediscovering Historic Solutions
    (Jan. 31, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2153

"My Boss The Fanatic": Christians & Tolerance (Feb. 1, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2154

Shattering False Icons: Reforming Biology Teaching (Feb. 2,
    2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2155

Tract Bombers: Helping the Persecuted Church (Feb. 5, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2156

Bonzo Was Right!: Shutting Down the Family Business (Feb. 6,
    2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2157

The XFL: Sex, Attitude, and Bad Football (Feb. 7, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2158

Biblical Stumbling Blocks: The Case for Faith (1) (Feb. 8,
    2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2159

God Is Deeper Still: The Case for Faith (2) (Feb. 9, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2160

Guarding Sing Sing: Journalism Behind Bars (Feb. 13, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2162

Is Romance Dead?: Valentine's Day 2001 (Feb. 14, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2163

Dancing With Missiles: 13 Days Revises History (Feb. 15, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2164

Twin Beds to Boston Public: Television's Dangerous Trajectory
    (Feb. 16, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2165

From Under a Rock: Pornography Goes Mainstream (1) (Feb. 19,
    2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2166

Technology's Role: Pornography Goes Mainstream (2) (Feb. 20,
    2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2167

Garbage Cans for Minds: Pornography Goes Mainstream (3) (Feb.
    21, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2168

"Pedophilia Chic": Pornography Goes Mainstream (4) (Feb. 22,
    2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2169

Eminem Ascending: The Grammys Double-Standard (Feb. 23, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2170

Completely Pro-Life: Fearfully & Wonderfully Made (Feb. 26,
    2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2171

Language of the Genome: Evidence of the God Who Speaks (Feb.
    27, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2172

A Vote for Dispute Resolution: Helping the UN Get It Right
    (Feb. 28, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2173

Doing the Devil's Work: Spinning Yarns that Deceive (Mar. 2,
    2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2175

Domestic Violence: In the Mayor's Mansion? (Mar. 5, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2176

The Culture of Death: Nazi Comparisons Are Valid (Mar. 6,
    2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2177

Yet Another One!: Shooting in Santee, California (Mar. 7,
    2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2178

Religion on School Property: Is It Second Class Speech? (Mar.
    8, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2179

Faith-Based Solutions: Will They Fund Cults? (Mar. 09, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2180

Faith and the Constitution: You Don't Have to Be Neutral
    Persecution (Mar. 12, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2181

Copy-Cat Killers: Is School Violence the Norm? (Mar. 13, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2182

A World of Their Own: Santee & The Autonomous Teen (Mar. 14,
    2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2183

Mooks & Midriffs: Bypassing Parental Authority (Mar. 15, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2184

First Do No Harm: Giving Faith Room to Work (Mar. 16, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2185

Where Angels Fear to Tread: The Risks of Stem Cell Research
    (Mar. 19, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2186

The Abolition of Man: The Real Risks of Human Cloning (Mar.
    20, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2187

Colossal Distortions: The Colossi at Bamiyan (Mar. 21, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2188

Funding Faith Efforts: A Pretext for Proselytizing (Mar. 22,
    2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2189

Empty Monuments: America's Forgettable Memorials (Mar. 23,
    2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2190

Biblical Stumbling Blocks: The Case for Faith (1) (Mar. 26, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2191

God Is Deeper Still: The Case for Faith (2) (Mar. 27, 2001)
  http://www.pfmonline.net/transcripts.taf?_function=detail&ID=2192

Enjoy!
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3. VIRUSES, WORMS, & TROJAN HORSES: "LIVE" COMPUTER THREATS?

All of these are "live" threats to your computer, and they
can be communicated through the Internet via email.  It is
also true, however, that some warnings of viruses, worms,
and even Trojan horses are hoaxes.  We need to keep a sense
of perspective, and we need to maintain a sense of humor in
the situation.

If you're following Crispen's Six AntiVirus Rules, you have
little or nothing to fear.  If you haven't heard of them,
here's where you can find more information:

Virus Protection: Crispen's Six Antivirus Rules
  http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati06.htm#3

Crispen's Six Antivirus Rules: "I Love You" Update
  http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati16.htm#4

In previous issues of CATI, I've mentioned viruses, but I do
not think I've mentioned worms and Trojan horses, which are
related threats to your computer (but all covered by Crispen's
rules).  The distinctions are not all that important (and
there is not even universal agreement on what the distinctions
are), but you may find it interesting (make that even fun?) to
read this article anyway (perhaps especially the last half).

On a serious note, viruses, worms, and Trojan horses are not
crimes of the animal kingdom but are rather evidence of human
depravity.  Although the result of original sin, most viruses,
worms, and Trojan horses are rather unoriginal:  copycat sin
might be an accurate description of most examples.  It does
not require a genius to write such: a knowledgeable teenager
of average intelligence with some experience with computers
and a genuine taste for perversity can do the job.

What are the differences between viruses, worms, and Trojan
horses?  Here's a good resource to answer the question:

McAfee Glossary of Virus Terms
  http://www.mcafee.com/anti-virus/virus_glossary.asp

And here are the relevant definitions:

"Virus. A computer program file capable of attaching to disks
or other files and replicating itself repeatedly, typically
without user knowledge or permission. Some viruses attach
to files so when the infected file executes, the virus also
executes. Other viruses sit in a computer's memory and infect
files as the computer opens, modifies or creates the files."
  http://www.mcafee.com/anti-virus/virus_glossary.asp#v

"Worm. Worms are parasitic computer programs that replicate,
but unlike viruses, do not infect other computer program
files. Worms can create copies on the same computer, or can
send the copies to other computers via a network."
  http://www.mcafee.com/anti-virus/virus_glossary.asp#w

"Trojan Horse Program. A Trojan horse program is a malicious
program that pretends to be a benign application; a Trojan
horse program purposefully does something the user does not
expect. Trojans are not viruses since they do not replicate,
but Trojan horse programs can be just as destructive.  Many
people use the term to refer only to non-replicating malicious
programs, thus making a distinction between Trojans and
viruses."
  http://www.mcafee.com/anti-virus/virus_glossary.asp#t

The term "Trojan horse" is a somewhat elusive term, defined by
different people in different ways.  Here's what the Computer
Associates Virus Information Center has to say about it in
their glossary:

"Trojan Horse. A trojan horse is a program that does something
undocumented which the programmer intended, but that the user
would not approve of if he knew about it. According to some
people, a virus is a particular case of a Trojan Horse, namely
one which is able to spread to other programs (i.e., it turns
them into Trojans too). According to others, a virus that does
not do any deliberate damage (other than merely replicating)
is not a Trojan. Finally, despite the definitions, many people
use the term 'Trojan' to refer only to a non-replicating
malicious program, so that the set of Trojans and the set of
viruses are disjoint."
  http://www.cai.com/virusinfo/glossary.htm

By the way, "replicate" simply means "makes copies of itself,"
a "set" is simply a "collection of items," and "disjoint" just
means "separate, with no items in common."

Yes, Virginia, you're not crazy:  viruses, worms, and Trojan
do really exist (your fear is not imaginary -- there is a
"sanity clause" concerning your concerns), but it is also true
that many (perhaps most?) warnings you read about computer
viruses, worms, and Trojan horses are hoaxes.  And -- like
the genuine viruses, worms, and Trojan horses -- the hoaxes
are also evidence of human depravity, original sin, etc.

Here is what McAfee's glossary has to say on the subject:

"Virus Hoaxes. Hoaxes are not viruses, but are usually
deliberate or unintentional e-messages [falsely] warning
people about a virus or other malicious software program.
Some hoaxes cause as much trouble as viruses by causing
massive amounts of unnecessary e-mail. Most hoaxes contain
one or more of the following characteristics: ...Demands
the reader forward the warning to as many people as possible,
Pseudo-technical 'information' describing the virus, Bogus
comments from officials: FBI, software companies, news
agencies, etc. If you receive an e-mail message about a
virus, check with a reputable source to ensure the warning
is real. Visit McAfee.com's Virus Hoax page ... to learn
about hoaxes and the damage they cause."
  http://www.mcafee.com/anti-virus/virus_glossary.asp#v

For more on virus hoaxes, check the following:

McAfee Virus Hoax Page
  http://vil.mcafee.com/hoax.asp

Here's an ancient exchange of messages that deal with a
purported Trojan horse threat.  First, here's the original
message:

> FROM: laocoon@doomgloom.edu
> TO: hector@studmuffin.com
> SUBJECT: Fwd: Greeks bearing gifts
>
> Hey Hector,
>
> This was forwarded to me by Cassandra -- it looks legit.
>
> Please distribute to Priam, Hecuba, and your 99 siblings.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Laocoon
>
>--------------------------------------------------------------
>
> WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
>
> IF YOU RECEIVE A GIFT IN THE SHAPE OF A LARGE WOODEN HORSE
> ... DO NOT DOWNLOAD IT!!!!
>
> It is EXTREMELY DESTRUCTIVE and will overwrite your ENTIRE
> CITY!
>
> The "gift" is disguised as a large wooden horse about two
> stories tall. It tends to show up outside the city gates
> appearing to be abandoned.
>
> DO NOT let it through the gates! It contains hardware that
> is incompatible with Trojan programming, including a crowd
> of heavily armed Greek warriors that will destroy your army,
> sack your town, and kill your women and children. If you
> have already received such a gift, DO NOT OPEN IT! Take it
> back out of the city unopened and set fire to it by the
> beach.
>
> FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!
>
> Poseidon

And here's the reply:

> FROM: hector@studmuffin.com
> TO: laocoon@doomgloom.edu
> RE: Greeks bearing gifts
>
> Laocoon,
>
> I hate to break it to you, but this is one of the oldest
> hoaxes there is. I've seen variants on this warning come
> through on other listservs, one involving some kind of
> fruit that was supposed to kill the people who ate it and
> one having to do with something called the "Midas Touch."
>
> Here are a few tip-offs that this is a hoax:
>
> 1) This "Forward this message to everyone you know" junk.
> If it were really meant as a warning about the Greek army,
> why tell anyone to post it to the Phoenicians, Sumerians,
> and Cretans?
>
> 2) Use of exclamation points. Always a giveaway.
>
> 3) It's signed "from Poseidon." Granted he has had his
> problems with Odysseus but he's one of their guys, isn't
> he? Besides, the lack of a real header with a detailed
> address makes me suspicious.
>
> 4) Technically speaking, there is no way for a horse to
> overwrite your entire city. A horse is just an animal,
> after all.
>
> Next time you get a message like this, just delete it. I
> appreciate your concern, but once you've been around the
> block a couple times you'll realize how annoying this kind
> of stuff is.
>
> Bye now,
>
> Hector

In this situation, what may be surprising is that it is the
second message that is a hoax (if my understanding of ancient
history is correct, Hector died ten years or more before the
episode of the Trojan horse, but I may have to re-read Homer's
Iliad and Odyssey to confirm that ... and maybe the "After Ten
Years" fragment by C.S. Lewis, which imaginatively portrays
what it must have felt like to be inside the original Trojan
horse--that story is included in the book The Dark Tower and
Other Stories.)

One final thought on computer viruses.  Quite a few people use
Microsoft's Outlook Express as their email program, so there
are a number of viruses that specifically target weaknesses
in Outlook Express.  Examples mentioned in previous issues of
CATI include "Anna Kournikova," "Bubbleboy," and "I Love You"
(see the two articles on "Crispen's Antivirus Rules" mentioned
earlier in this article).

Well, if you're familiar with all the viruses spread through
Microsoft Outlook Express, you may find it a bit difficult to
believe the following news item:
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FOOT-AND-MOUTH BELIEVED TO BE FIRST VIRUS UNABLE TO SPREAD
  THROUGH MICROSOFT OUTLOOK

Researchers Shocked to Finally Find Virus That Email App
  Doesn't Like

Atlanta, Ga. (SatireWire.com) — Scientists at the Centers for
Disease Control and Symantec's AntiVirus Research Center today
confirmed that foot-and-mouth disease cannot be spread by
Microsoft's Outlook email application, believed to be the
first time the program has ever failed to propagate a major
virus. "Frankly, we've never heard of a virus that couldn't
spread through Microsoft Outlook, so our findings were, to
say the least, unexpected," said Clive Sarnow, director of the
CDC's infectious disease unit.

The study was immediately hailed by British officials, who
said it will save millions of pounds and thousands of man
hours. "Up until now we have, quite naturally, assumed that
both foot-and-mouth and mad cow were spread by Microsoft
Outlook," said Nick Brown, Britain's Agriculture Minister.
"By eliminating it, we can focus our resources elsewhere."

However, researchers in the Netherlands, where foot-and-mouth
has recently appeared, said they are not yet prepared to
disqualify Outlook, which has been the progenitor of viruses
such as "I Love You," "Bubbleboy," "Anna Kournikova," and
"Naked Wife," to name but a few.

Said Nils Overmars, director of the Molecular Virology Lab at
Leiden University: "It's not that we don't trust the research,
it's just that as scientists, we are trained to be skeptical
of any finding that flies in the face of established truth.
And this one flies in the face like a blind drunk sparrow."

Executives at Microsoft, meanwhile, were equally skeptical,
insisting that Outlook's patented Virus Transfer Protocol
(VTP) has proven virtually pervious to any virus. The company,
however, will issue a free VTP patch if it turns out the
application is not vulnerable to foot-and-mouth.

Such an admission would be embarrassing for the software
giant, but Symantec virologist Ariel Kologne insisted that no
one is more humiliated by the study than she is. "Only last
week, I had a reporter ask if the foot-and-mouth virus
spreads through Microsoft Outlook, and I told him, 'Doesn't
everything?'" she recalled. "Who would've thought?"

Copyright 2001, SatireWire.
  http://satirewire.com/news/0103/outlook.shtml
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Just kidding.  (If you're a satire enthusiast, however, you
will find much more good satire at http://satirewire.com/.)

Again, if you're following Crispen's Six Antivirus Rules, you
shouldn't need to be worried about computer viruses, worms,
and Trojan horses.  Here once more are some good resources on
computer viruses, real and unreal:

Virus Protection: Crispen's Six Antivirus Rules
  http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati06.htm#3

Crispen's Six Antivirus Rules: "I Love You" Update
  http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati16.htm#4

McAfee Glossary of Virus Terms
  http://www.mcafee.com/anti-virus/virus_glossary.asp

McAfee Virus Hoax Page
  http://vil.mcafee.com/hoax.asp
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4. THE CYBER HYMNAL WEB SITE: INFORMATION ON NEW LOCATION

One useful resource for Christian hymns has been and continues
to be the Cyber Hymnal Web site.  I've mentioned this site in
some previous articles in CATI, including the following:

MIDI Music Files: An Introduction
  http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati09.htm#1

Amazing Grace: John Newton and William Cowper
  http://traver.org/cati/archives/cati11.htm#1

Well, the Cyber Hymnal has a new address (which means I'll
have to go back and correct any of my Web pages that refer
to the old address <sigh>):

The Cyber Hymnal
  http://www.cyberhymnal.org/

Haven't heard of Cyber Hymnal before?  Here's how the site
describes itself:

"This site has over 2,700 Christian hymns and Gospel songs
from many denominations. You’ll find lyrics, scores, MIDI
files, pictures, history, and more. This worship and teaching
resource is provided as a public service."
  http://www.cyberhymnal.org/

Not all of the hymns are "Presbyterian" or "Reformed," of
course, but many of them are.  Enjoy!

P.S. Some Presbyterians believe that only Psalms should be
used in formal sabbath worship.  Where that is the case, it
is not my purpose here to persuade otherwise.  It is my
understanding, however, that even where that position is
held, often there is allowance of some use of "uninspired"
hymns outside of public worship (even if taken only as
examples of inspiring -- but humanly fallible -- Christian
poetry).  In any case, let your conscience (and even more
important, let Scripture) be your guide.
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5. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION FOR THIS NEWSLETTER

This is the fifty-first issue of a free newsletter devoted
to "Christians And The Internet" ("CATI," pronounced "Katy,"
but spelled with a "C" and an "I" for "Christians" and the
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