Thursday, October 31, 2013

@avast_antivirus causing more trouble

Avast is turning into an abomination! I had a miserably frustrating experience with Avast AntiVirus, once a bellwether, now a real pain in the ass!

First it began knocking off benign, important files.

Avast Virgin Mobile USB Virus DebugLog.dll

Now it has crippled my computer!

It didn't take long for me to figure out what the root casue of my problem was. About 3 or 4 days ago, Avast Antivirus updated itself on my desktop computer. Shortly after, it nuked my BlackBerry tether exe file, for no reason (much the same as it did with the Virgin Mobile file in the link above)!

The next day I switched the computer on, but after WinXP loaded, I found I couldn't open anything by clicking on an icon. And I couldn't connect to the internet. I decided to roll the system back to an earlier restore point. October 23rd. Soon, everything was fine. Until a day later, working on a file, the little Avast updater notification box popped up in the lower right hand corner of the screen. Next time I turned the machine on, the "can't click" problem was back. I tried to think of any website I had visited or anything I had done differently. Hmmm. The only thing that happened was that Avast update. So I rolled the computer system files back to October 23rd once again, and this time (see image) I stopped Avast dead in its tracks - forbidding it to update itself. That worked!

I remain convinced that the programmers working for Avast must be doubling over in laughter - I think it is an "inside job" - a little sabotage - because why else would benign files and normal operations be targeted by an antivirus program? I have lost faith in Avast. I won't be updating. i will be using the techniques that I have employed in keeping my $1 laptop safe.


#Halloween #music Musical Witchcraft

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tick Tock

Monday, October 28, 2013

The Perils of LinkedIn Intro

via LinkedIn Blog ::: "Intro gives you everything you need to put faces to names, establish rapport, write the most effective emails — and ultimately — be brilliant with people, and better at at what you do.

Starting today, Intro is available in English for members worldwide. We support Gmail, Google Apps, Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail, and iCloud — all in the iPhone Mail app you already use everyday."

Why you should NOT be using LinkedIn Intro ::: Reasons include Intro breaks secure email, it changes your device’s security profile and there are far too many unanswered technical questions.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Information Overload

Original Dave Lucas art: blogger being crushed by RSS cube.

It's getting harder every day to process the huge amount of information that comes our way from teevee, radio, newspapers, blogs, social networks, etc. etc. etc. Some is real news, some opinion, a lot of edu-tainment and a healthy dose of lies/propaganda. All delivered straight into our brains, minute after minute.

Sometimes it is hard to figure out the value of any piece of digital information. And no matter how many times they tell us "everything you ever put online will be on the internet forever," just try and find something you ran across yesterday. You know what I mean! And how many emails are sitting in your in-box right now? How many unopened? How many there because one day you might "need" them?

Closing Comments

Comments - How Long Before They're Totally Gone?

A UK newspaper website running an article about Philip Chism allegedly murdering math teacher Colleen Ritzer closed comments immediately after this one was filed: "Obama sure has a lot of sons out there. Charge him as an adult. Life no parole."

The UK Daily Mail had let stand (and it is still onsite, via the screenshot here)
an obvious spam comment, seen just above the anti-Obama swipe. People are speaking their minds more and more and more. As print newspapers die, the attitudes of the people at the top are now bleeding into the internet sites. Throw in a paywall, close comments, and the "newspaper" will cease to exist BOTH in print AND online!

By the way, those "callous" and "insensitive" comments cut across racial and ethnic lines. Remember when Barack Obama said “There are very few African American men who haven't had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors.”

A black gentleman responded to that later after the young white college student (don't remember that do ya?) was shot in broad daylight by three black kids ---- hmmm, where was that? --- ohhh, here! Only a few months ago, and the media has let us forget.

Anyway, I digress... the site comment was framed something like “Now the man I am sorry I voted for knows why people lock their car doors when he passes by.” Something like that. Many who comment on crime stories involving black-on-white and even black-on-black crime point out that Al Sharpton and other race-chasers never get involved when there is a true community need. the sad truth is, people of questionable character and less than honorable intentions exist in every segment of society, within every race and demographic. They blend in with the rest of us.


So I betcha the closing of comment sections FOREVER is high on the list of "to-do" --- but wait --- the papers also know the more edgy comments they get, the more READERS they will have, the more CLICKS they can report to advertsiers. We have one newspaper in New York that actually has a couple of staffers "pepper" local stories with comments to "prime the pump.!"


Comments aren't restricted to race: This morning WCBS reports "Six people were stabbed at a house in Brooklyn on Saturday night. Five were killed and another was in critical condition early Sunday morning." to which a commenter proclaimed "Hopefully none were taxpayers." The mainstream media website comments dilemma finds itself where bloggers were back about 4 or 5 years ago.

Lately I don't worry about comments at all: Google G+ and facebook police the trash and keep it out. Anyone and everyone is welcome to comment, and I make it easy. Some blogs and websites allow folks to "register" so that once their first comment is approved, subsequent comments are routed past any filters or human intervention. Excuse me, but why would you want to give anybody the freedom to post ANYTHING in your blog or website comments without your approval?

#MixersSalute #LittleMix

I'm keeping an eye on a group of girls, already popular to some extent, that mainstream media is trying to push and hype as maybe the next Spice Girls or Ronettes. They're trying to rocket-market new music from Little Mix to as many demos as possible, even calling the group's latest effort "old school" in an effort to attract 1980s folk and "early-00s bubblegum pop." Hah? The powers that be are employing some Christina Aguilera techniques in their attempt to force LM to go viral... Hey, it worked back in '99... Propaganda: "...these ladies are all so fierce, totally showing off their incredible voices and ridiculously awesome moves. The only thing that could make this day better would be if we were magically able to dance like Little Mix..." I dunno. Kids today are getting a little harder to fool. I watched the video. You decide. If I were Little Mix, I would be taking 21st Century PR lessons from Nicki Minaj!



At 9pm,  will hit the U.S. - starting on the East Coast. 

Around The Blogosphere And On The Net 27 October 2013

Here's a quick peek at what's hot around the blogsophere and on the net the morning of October 27, 2013!

The Top Blog Post:

7 Ways to Be Insufferable on Facebook

World Series

MLB rule 7.06: Obstruction

Cardinals lead series 2-1
Game 3, Yesterday, 8:07 PM (ET)
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri

Red Sox

St. Louis
4 - 5
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Game 4 - TodayRed Sox@Cardinals8:15 PM (ET)

Daylight savings time

US Residents  "fall back" and set the time on your clocks back one hour on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 at 2 a.m., or right before you go to sleep on Saturday night.

Daylight saving time is back! But why do we do it exactly? We've all heard different explanations, so Anthony hit the books in search of a definitive reason why we change our clocks.
Daylight saving time is back! But why do we do it exactly? We've all heard different explanations,
 so Anthony hit the books in search of a definitive reason why we change our clocks. (

Worldwide TWITTER Trends 

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