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I've received wonderful e-mail from readers around the world, and it's heartening to see the world working together.

President Bush's speech was brilliantly written and if you haven't read it, you should.

Personally--I am finally over the shock and depression. I can once again see a better future, just beyond the clouds. I hope you can, too. Good things *can* come out of these bad times.

How can I say that? Personal experience. Four years ago I almost died. I was in the hospital, a day away from having kidney failure and heart failure. The ordeal I went through was awful, and I would never want to go through it again.

BUT--it was perhaps the best thing that could have happened to me. My life has not been the same since then--it's been much better.

It was a difficult, painful experience, and while it was going on I kept thinking, "If I learn something from this it'll be worth it." But in the midst of the pain I couldn't see a lesson.

Once the pain was gone and I was recovering--I saw how this difficult point in my life taught me what is really important. It reminded me that life is a gift. And I emerged with more appreciation for life--and a better outlook. I'm far from perfect (just ask my wife), I get angry over trivial things. Still, in the end, the terrible thing that happened to me turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

I am confident the world will overcome this difficult time and become better for it.

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A note: Despite the close of NetObjects, the FuseLetter will continue, every two weeks. Thanks for your support

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DANGEROUS VIRUS, TAKE ACTION NOW

I just experienced, first hand, a dangerous new virus delivered in a new way--just by viewing a web site.

This is very serious and you need to follow these steps RIGHT NOW. While this virus does not seem to destroy data, it does spread itself through your computer which slows it down--and viruses that use this same technique on web pages could cause you to lose the info on your hard disk later.

When you visit a site that has an infected web server, it attempts to download a file, readme.exe, to your computer, and run it automatically. Right now only Microsoft Windows is vulnerable (one more reason to demand that Microsoft treat security is an important feature--a lot of virus problems stem from security flaws in Windows).

This virus file can also be hidden in email--it doesn't even show as an attachment and you can be infected without knowing it.

There are two ways to protect yourself.

1) IMMEDIATELY DO THIS:

DISABLE "FILE DOWNLOAD" IN YOUR BROWSER. This will prevent your system from automatically running the virus when you visit an infected site.

In Internet Explorer, choose Tools/Internet Options. Click on the Security tab.

If you're not comfortable changing settings, simply change it to HIGH SECURITY (be warned this will disable cookies, so sites won't "remember" you when you visit again).

If you want more control, click on "Custom Level" and scroll down the list until you see Downloads/File Downloads. Choose DISABLE.

(Please don't e-mail me for tech support about this--your computer company is often the best place to call. I know that Dell provides excellent toll-free tech support for the software that came with the computer and many other computer makers do, too.)

Next...

2) BUY NORTON ANTI-VIRUS. It is worth every penny, because if a virus deletes all your files you will think that $29.95 is the best bargain in the world. (I DON'T recommend McAfee's Anti-Virus software because their product allowed my computer to get a virus last year, and their tech support was useless; all-automated with no human help.)

If you use Windows and you're looking to buy and install Norton Anti-virus, I've found that Amazon is the cheapest place to buy it--and download it immediately for Win 95/98/Me. (If you need the Mac version, go to this page, click the item, then click on "other versions" and find it there for $39 after rebate).

But Norton Anti-Virus on Amazon

I've used my affiliate ID so if you buy it I'll get a commission, which I'll donate to the Red Cross.

IF YOU ALREADY HAVE NORTON AV, MAKE SURE YOU UPDATE YOUR VIRUS FILES regularly. The program can be set up to do this automatically up to once a day if you want. A year's subscription to upgrades is just $3.

It used to be you could be safe from viruses just by not opening email attachments. But this one is hidden. So without anti-virus software, you can be infected via email (and there are a lot of these going around).

DON'T PUT THIS OFF FOR EVEN ONE MINUTE.
DO IT RIGHT NOW.

Tech types: You can read technical details about this here.

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A LETTER FROM
THE CEO OF NETOBJECTS

Dear NetObjects Fusion Users,

On Saturday September 1, 2001, NetObjects announced that it would cease operations. It is very hard to express the range of feelings I have had over the last few days. I feel sad that after 6 years of giving NetObjects all our energy and dedication, that we were unable to build a company to last.

So what happens next?

I am dedicated to ensuring a smooth transition for all our customers. This is a personal commitment. In addition, NetObjects has created a Transition Team to work on a self-managed process.

We are looking for the best buyers for NetObjects Fusion and Matrix. If you have questions or suggestions, you can send them to our transition team at transition@netobjects.com.

First of all, I would personally like to take responsibility and ownership for the difficult situation we are in. I am very sorry that we were not able come up with a better alternative. I, along with my management team, have spent the last several quarters giving our utmost in looking for funding and exploring strategic options. Even as late as last week, we were very close to getting a transaction done. Unfortunately for all of us, NASDAQ's un-timely decision to de-list us left us with but one choice--to reduce operational expenses and work on getting a buyer for our products. Simply put, we just ran out of time.

My path started at Apple Computer in 1986, when I started work on a germ of a radical new idea: To revolutionize information by making it possible for ordinary people to create, publish, distribute and consume navigatable information. This work led to creating a company called Rae Technology, with other 3 founders in 1992 that created one of the earliest Information Navigation applications. This in turn led to the founding of NetObjects to create the first complete Web Site Building product for the Internet. These were amazing times, Mosaic became Netscape, and Yahoo and Excite had less than 10 employees. With several Home Page Builders in the market, NetObjects helped launch the Site building revolution with NetObjects Fusion in 1996.

The last 6 years is a testament to the fact that a small team of people, with deep passion and total dedication, can change the status quo. Innovation is hard. Innovation is expensive. Innovation is especially difficult if you are in an industry where prices are falling and you have a 800-pound gorilla that has deeper pockets than you. The first movers in early stage markets have the hard task of creating the future while trying to survive the defenders as the market grows. I feel a great loss to see companies that helped define the Web go away--Netcom, Netscape, and now NetObjects.

We have made our fair share of mistakes, but I can look back and say with certainty we gave it all we had. My heart goes out to all my employees. People who have done everything one can ask, and even more over the last year. What makes it specially hard is that NetObjects had started to turn the corner with a superb release Fusion MX, and the beginnings of a great online platform--NetObjects Matrix.

I am most proud of the number of people we have touched worldwide. Fusion users are an amazing testament to the power of what we created. We cared, and in turn, you all cared back. And in doing so, we jointly created something wonderful. These feelings run deep--and I hope to continue my relationship with many of you in the future.

I would like to thank every one of our users that helped create this strong community of Fusion users worldwide. In my entire career, I have not felt as touched personally as I am by you all. Thank you for all the emails and messages of your support during this time.

If you would like to be updated on the status and future of Fusion, please subscribe to my new mailing list at www.samirarora.com You can also continue to email me during the transition at sa@netobjects.com, or in the future personally at sa@samirarora.com.

As usual, please do not hesitate to let me know what I can do to manage this situation better.

With warm regards,

sa /:-)

Samir Arora
Chairman
NetObjects, Inc.
sa@netobjects.com
http://www.netobjects.com
phone: 650.482.3280

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WAYS TO HELP:

Wherever you, are please call and give blood if you can. The Red Cross can always use blood. Call 1-888-BLOOD-88 or 1-800-GIVE-BLOOD. You can donate money online at https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation-form.asp

You can call America's Blood Centers at 1-888-BLOOD-88 to schedule an appointment.

To donate money to the Red Cross for assisting victims of the attacks, call 1-800-HELP-NOW.

The United Way of New York and The New York Community Trust have established a fund to help the victims of Tuesday's attacks and their families. Anyone wishing to contribute may call (212) 251-4035.

To make donations to the Salvation Army for helping the victims, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY. http://www.salvationarmy.org/

For more information on helping victims of the U.S. attacks, visit www.Helping.org - this excellent site is run by the AOL foundation and collects donations for charity without taking any part of the money.

Online Blood Bank Locater http://www.redcross.org/services/biomed/blood

Call 1-877-REDCROSS or email contribute@arcgny.org To make a donation of goods.

Amazon.com's Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund page

Donate emergency supplies to NY: http://home.nyc.gov/suppliesform.html

www.supportusa.org - IBM employees to help people communicate about the tragedy, and to donate for the victim's children.

FREE VIRUS SOFTWARE:
http://www.grisoft.com/html/us_index.html

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