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Live from Baghdad. Keep up with the latest official news in Iraq via an English-language version of uruklink.net, the state-run Internet service. Besides postings about Saddam Hussein, Uruklink reports sorties by U.S. and British aircraft, headlined as 'Evil Ravens.' Oddly, it also links to WhiteHouse.gov through www.iraqtv.ws, and the accompanying translations include anti-Saddam propaganda.

Human genome party. Sounds risqu', but the Northern Virginia Technology Council is sponsoring the party, with liquid refreshments, at the Reagan Building in Washington April 9. 8Booleans. Did you ever wonder how to type a search engine query that retrieves the desired result with no junk hits? Visit searchengineshowdown.com for the lowdown on defaults, metasearches and proximity. Compiled by Greg R. Notess, the site also carries news about the fast-consolidating search engine market.

WWWeirdness. Incidentally, there's even a paranormal search engine, at Paraseek.com. What do you call a broker of Web real estate? A surrealtor.

Snort. After last month's brouhaha over a security flaw in Sendmail e-mail transfer freeware, vendors of commercial and open-source security software rushed forward with Band-Aids. Lurhq Corp. of Chicago released a free detector patch for the Snort open-source network intrusion sniffer. To our amazement, we detected a few sites poking fun at Snort. Visit www.counterhack.net/unusual_devices_running_snort.html for handy uses of Snort with TV remote controls and robotic pets, and read the cautionary tale of Spider-Hack, an infosecurity superhero. Be a hero, write a tale for buzz@postnewsweektech.com.

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