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NC N fHE PALM BEACH POST SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 1998 3D TODAY E-mail us at click.livingpbpost.com ; r :v4 m : .' ltnW-: B 13th Annual Palm Beach Boat Show, through Sunday on the Intracoasta Waterway along Flagler Drive between Clematis and Fern streets in West Palm Beach. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets $7; $2 kids 6-12. Call 833-5711. utl n LIVING D I Gr i A L To record or not to record: That's new CD-ROM question ; There are basically thr ee types of CD techno!-- ogies available for your computer. The first is the CD-ROM-drive type that comes with almost every computer sold today and is the delivery medium of choice of software publishers. Software companies like the CD because the data on it cannot be accidentally altered, damaged or erased by magnetism. Also, CD-ROMs discourage casual copying, since CDs are more difficult and costly to duplicate than floppy disks. The second CD type is the-,. ' Country Music Festival, 7 p.m. at the Clewiston Fairgrounds. Features Nashville recording artists Bart Roy and John Homsby. Presented by the American Red Cross, Palm Beach County Retirement Web sites worth a visit recordable CD or CD-R. You cat-; record to a CD-R disk only ond. If you make a mistake, you've become the proud owner of a ; decorative coffee coaster. Be- - . cause you get only one shot, most CD-R drives come with software that lets you construct . the CD virtually on your hard drive for testing. This way, you can make sure everything is running correctly before committing 1 Craig Crossman for nonworking spouses and taxes. Third Age Media (www.thirdage .com): A "Money Matters" page, savings calculators, financial Q&A, investment advice from a mutual fund company and links to financial, banking and real estate sites. Insurance News Network (www. insure.com): Information on consumer insurance, with state-specific data. 0 FinanCenter Inc. (www.financenter .com): A host of calculators for things such as retirement savings rates, budgeting, renting a house vs. owning, and returns on stocks, bonds, mutual funds and the Roth IRA. Michael T. Palermo (www. mtpalermo.com): Palermo, a lawyer and financial planner, provides a "crash course on wills and trusts" in simple, clear language. Quicken (www.quicken.com retirement): One of the most comprehensive financial pages on the Web p vides links and basic facts about taxes, insurance, mutual funds andforeign currency. Yahoo (www.seniors.yahoo.com):. The seniors page of the popular search engine provides news from such sources as Third Age and Reuters and includes bulletin boards, quotes, chat room and links. San Francisco Chronicle The Web is full of advice and information for retirees and aspiring retirees. Life-expectancy tables, a glossary of trust- and estate-related legal terms and calculators that es- Q NETGUIDE timate returns ?n t Roth IRAs are just a few of the helpful tools available for free. Keep in mind, however, that many of the sites are sponsored by companies with something to sell. That doesn't mean the information is unreliable, but readers should be aware of potential conflicts of interest. Here aie some sites worth checking out: Social Security Administration (www.ssa.gov): Order a free Personal Earnings and Benefits Statement, which estimates how much Social Security income you can expect upon retirement. American Association of Retired Persons (www.aarp.org): Extensive offerings range from emotional support to information on reverse mortgages, health care and insurance. Maturity USA (www.niaturityusa .com): Web magazine for seniors provides helpful articles on timely topics such as reverse mortgages, Social Security benefits chapter. Tickets: $10; $5 under 12. Call 992-9703. Fifth Annual Multicultural Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at John F. Kennedy Middle Magnet School, 1901 Ave. S., Riviera Beach. Features ethnic food and entertainment, cultural exhibits, games and more. Admission is free. Book signing and reading by authorplaywright E. Claudette Freeman with her new book Pieces and Me, 5-7 p.m. at Pyramid Books, 544-5 Gateway Blvd., Boynton Beach. Call 731-4422 for more information. Book signing, 4 p.m. at Books -a-Million, 2471 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach. Nora Roberts will autograph her new book Homeport. Call 615-6917. Palm Beach Ballet Center's spaghetti dinner and performance, student showcase choreography and silent auction, 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. at St. Marks School on Burns Road in Palm Beach Gardens. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children. Free for childr en 5 and under. Call 844-6603. Finlandia Days, today and Sunday at Bryant Park, downtown Lake Worth. Includes music, food and games. Free. Opens at 10 a.m.; music at 1 p.m. Call 586-3713. The Whales of Randy Puckett, exhibition and sale of sculptures to benefit the Wild Dolphin Project of Jupiter and the Sarasota Dolphin Research Program. The Whales of Randy Puckett gallery is temporarily housed at the Bluffs Shopping Center, 4050 S. U.S. 1, Jupiter. The exhibit is open today through April 5. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; reception hours are 5-8 p.m.; Sunday reception hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Call 745-5552. Kick the Can: An Exploration of Coloring Outside the Lines, student-directed one-act plays, 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday in Florida Atlantic University's Studio 2 on the central campus in Boca Raton. Tickets $5; FAU students free. Call 297-3737. FAU Chorus and University Chorale with special guests, The New World School of the Arts and the Bethune Cookman College concert choirs present The Many Faces of Gospel Music, 8 p.m. at the University Theatre. Tickets are $5; free for students. 'Meaning of Life' meets PC it to the CD-R. The CD-R is ideal for those wanting portability. Once recorded, the CD-R disk will play on most CD-ROM drives. Instead of having to lug a portable computer to a meeting, you can put your entire -, presentation, for example, on a CD-R and be fair ly sure that when you arrive, the computer you will be using will have a CD-ROM drive to play it back. . . Another use for CD-R is duplicating or making , your own music compact discs. Take your favorite . songs and put them together on one CD that will . play on any CD music system. The third type of CD is rewriteable and is called CD-RW. This recordable and erasable disk looks just like the other types, but you can change the data on the disk at any time. The downside to CD-RW is that for the most part, only a CD-RW drive can play it back. But CD-RW is one of the most stable and long-lasting forms of recordable media available, and the low cost of the CD-RW disk makes its cost pet-, megabyte of storage one of the lowest available for random access storage. Hewlett-Packard has recently introduced its Sur eStore CD-Writer Plus. This drive has several nice features, including the ability to record to both CD-R and CD-RW disks. The other nice feature is that you can treat the CD-RW as an ordinary hard drive, without using special software. Just assign it a drive letter such as "G:" and you can copy and run files and data to it as you would any other hard drive. The SureStore CD-Writer Plus comes in inteia;tl and external versions and sells for $499. For information, call Hewlett-Packard at (80U) 826-4111 or (970) 635-1000, or visit www.hp.com gostoragecdwriter Send questions for Craig to The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24696, West Palm Beach, 33416-4700: or. call him Sundays, 10 p.m. -midnight on WJNO-AM 1040 and 1330; or visit his Computer America talk ; show Sunday 3 6p.m. at Palm Beach Atlantic Col!.: htrky-jerky paper cutouts seen in the television series. Low-tech works well here because fans are used to the minimalist style, and small animation files mean more data can be crammed on a disc. Palm Beach Post Win Su vices The trip from big screen to computer monitor is perilous, but the manic wit of the Monty Python troupe actually thrives on CD-ROM. The first two Monty Python discs were QCYBERSTUFF bestsellers, and ,atesti Monty Python's Meaning of Life ($50, Panasonic Interactive), appeal's on track to do just as well. This new two CD game is based heavily on the film The Meaning of Life, and the five surviving troupe members contributed new materia to the disc, according to the publisher. Game play is intuitive and smooth; a clear interface eliminates most navigation problems before they arise. And if players get into a jam, the manual is a joy-to read. It's done with the same cheekiness found in the game itself. There's a fair amount of animation in the Meaning of Life, most of it the same kind of COMING SUNDAY Now in its fifth year, Encarta, Microsoft's multimedia encyclopedia, has expanded onto two CD-ROMs. Microsoft continues to offer two versions of Encarta: Encarta 98 Encyclopedia (about $50) and Encarta 98 Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition ($75). The deluxe edition offers much more multimedia content. The deluxe edition also has a separate "Research Organizer" to assist students in developing good research methods as they produce reports. It also has 2,000 more articles than the nondeluxe edition, 6,000 more photos and illustrations, 300 more sound clips, and 50 more videos than Encarta 98 Encyclopedia. Java n Jazz featuring David Tomassello Group and Vera Guimaraes and David Allen, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Centennial Square, downtown West Palm Beach. Admission is free. Includes free coffee from Starbucks. Brunch is available from area restaurants. Call 659-8007. M-LME VDGOILANTE Hacker 4se7en' tracking down child-porn dealers Congratulations!!! lasted several weeks. "I spent an enoimous amount ot time trying to tind it, Valor said. Ihe tact is it's not on the Web. Peoule don'l throw that stuff on the Web. So now I was wonderiiUE if this (e mailed image) was a fluke or was this one picture of hundreds of thousands. Valor headed for a longtime hackers testing ground, the Internet Relay Chat channel, teensex Using a "who" command that enables users to examine other's online Drofiles. Valor started to de and government agencies. "I've been told by enough cops they're never going to arrest me for doing this. I've been told by judges they'd find a way to throw it out every time. You find me a jury anywhere in the world that is going to convict me for invading a child pornographer's computer and destroying it. Or, in the unlikely event they find me guilty, find one that'll send me to jail. If worse comes to wor st, guess what you just made a national martyr. The whole country is going to go nuts." Illegal though it may be, Valor wasn't thinking about the law when he first came across child pornography on the Net last May. "Some moron who thought he was going to be cute sent me a picture of child pornography in c-mail," said Valor, who had always thought the rumors of enormous stashes of kiddie porn to be digital myth. "Now I thought, uh-oh." Valor's previous belief that the talk of child pornography on the Internet was pure alarmism was based on a research project that Newsdtty If one day you turn on your computer and find nothing there but an image of a big python holding a red rock engraved with the name "se7en" in its gaping mouth, then you'll know you've been hacked. And you'll know an on-line vigilante who lives in Southern California knows you are a dealer in child pornography. Sorry. You were a dealer. Now you're just a guy with a big hunk of Swiss for a hard drive. Se7en, whose real name is Christian Valor, is a 28-year-old hacker with a mission: to track down traders in child pornography and mess with their computers. So far he's left his python calling card, or other similar memento mori, on the hard drives of about 30 people whooc idea of fun is to deal in digitized photographs of children engaged in sexual acts. But isn't breaking into someone else's computer and erasing its files breaking the law? "It's completely illegal," said Valor, who works as a computer security consultant to companies duce which participants in the channel were hacker kids and which were Dotentiallv child por nographers. From these early clues he followed a trail ot e-mails and profiles that led to the private servers of child pornograpners. On these stivers the opera tors used a kir of software that reuuiied new t to upload new images of child pornography in order to gain access to the on-line library's wealth. Valor gained ac Josef Braga Wellington Landings Middle School Palm Beach County Age 13, 7th Grade -vi in iv shows The Palm Beach Post extends a hearty congratulations to Josef Braga, the 1998 Scripps Howard Regional Spelling Bee Champion. We wish him great success as he competes in the 1998 National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., May 24th through 30th. I' 1 March 16-22, 1998 Seinfeld Wallace 3 '1 ttPTV (NdC) ' JL. Seinfeld '4 ceptance by stealing legal images of kids over the age of 16 from adult Web sites and offering them as images of children much younger. To his surprise, that same night the regular opaati.ro of the channel all had other things to do, and so he was left brit fly in charge. "They thought 1 was old-school," Valor said. "So I started finding out about people. I asked people why they do this stuff. And I threw a lot of people off." Once Valor knew the hidden pathways of this new vvoild, he set to woik. He uja-s a variety of tool.-, to damage the computers of child pomogiaphers viruses, Trojan horses and hostile Java applets, for example. Classic hacker weapons. Sometimes he'll upload adult pornography into their computers, wiping out the child images. Another program will hunt down every image on a hard drive ai.d dcotioy it, "It's so much fun," Vali sud. It's also his duty , he feels. And to that end, last year he posted a manifesto on the Net explaining his intentions and encouraging other hackers to follow his lead. "No one knew who I was then," Valor said. "All they knew is iince a wtek or every i titer w ; k one ot tin u Lud-Lt s cs 1 - .'"; t ;V : :j a'Kt .1.H..C ' .-' U ..- : in. y ,i, ' 'Ihit'kuo , h j iv-i-i r. ; WPTV (NBC) SertekJ i0id -2) SanMd tpeb4 WPEC(CBS) t 7 Friends Josef and his parents receive an expensc-pahi trip to our nation V capital for the competition courtesy of The Palm Beach Post ami American Airlines. 60 Minutes K Just Shoot Me r WPTV (NBC) f 4 urayiHniuv 4 tpecWIbel NBC NBC NBC NBC NBC NBC CBS CBS CBS i 1 4 ; Just Shoot Me (be) fp Friends WPTV (NBC) Can, m the Cijr tQ- HWCMi WPTV (NBC) AmericanAirlines' f ThmtVw I CES Sunday 7 Movie WPEC(CBS) h , Frisier special (tiel ;j t&MMMtMRiei " C8SSuML)!MMit u Q fciiciied bj m Angel Q Data HBC (Mfirj (Tuesday! Q " Fraiier specUl W'PTVjNBC) J WPTV tNBC ?- mr .SO 4 Wed bf 1 Tgg

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