We've got a copy of this book of abstracts for presentations at a 
chemical engineering conference in 2005:

It's got a CD-ROM included with the full papers for hundreds of them, 
and now we have a patron who wants to consult one of them.

Unfortunately, we can't get the dang thing to work.  The files on the 
disc are encrypted.  There's a utility which is supposed to decrypt 
them, but it doesn't work.  When you run the program, it starts a web 
browser and takes to localhost:103.[1]  After that, it times out and 
reports that it's unable to connect.  Yes, I disabled the Windows 
firewall completely and tried it in multiple browsers.

There are several little executable files on the CD, all of which appear 
to do the exact same thing -- open a failed connection to localhost:103.

Executing them from the command line yielded no useful information, even 
using command-line switches like -h, --help, /?, and /h.  None of them 
had any help text, though a few produced badly written HTML output 
claiming they couldn't access things, or that they were corrupted.  I 
take that as an indication that my wild-ass guessing at their purposes 
and usage were wrong, rather than actual file corruption.

I've sent an email to the company that made it (they're still around!) 
but thought I'd ask here also.  Any insights?

Will Martin

Web Services Librarian
University of North Dakota

[1] Firefox blocks port 103 by default.  To get by that you have to 
manually enable port 103 by putting 
user_pref("", "103"); in your 
profile's user.js.