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Re: Is this true?

  I always suspected that was the purpose of those nasty, and according to MS
  tech support, undeletable Mm2048.dat and Mm256.dat files, always working
  the the background with Explorer list file manager,[ all redundant 12
  copies!]  that IE and some sites download to your hard drive...and, unlike
  cookies, you don't have an option not to accept.   I haven't heard this
  from any group, though I did hear that your search requests go to MS
  mainframes before they hit the search engines, Infoseek, Yahoo, etc.
  Lots of rumors, but with no input from MS about what really goes on behind
  the scenes in the OS impossible to prove..  The TSR may be a great tool for
  finding this out.  I do know the few days I used IE, my hard drive would
  start spinning while on-line.  This has happened to others I know
  personally...not a rumor.  
  I just got this post from another list I am on, and though I've
  >heard rumors of it before, I never heard quite this story.  Can
  >anyone here confirm this?  It is a major invasion of privacy if
  > Not anti-Microsoft, but PRO-DOS.
  >Those of us who prefer to work with DOS programs like the fact that
  >WE control the program not the program controling us and what is done
  >with and to our computers.
  > FYI, did you know that if you are running W95 and you use it to dial-up
  >the Microsoft Network, that the first thing it does is to transmit to
  >Microsoft a complete listing of ALL files on your system.
  > If you want to test this, dial them up. But first run a TSR program
  >that will record in a Log-file all disk access. After contacting MSN,
  >check the Log-file and you'll see that your FAT was transmitted to MSN.
  > To this day, no-one has been able to get Microsoft to say WHY they are
  >doing this.
  >Team OS/2
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  >Edward R. Mortimer moonwolf@earthling.net
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