Homeland Security!

February 24, 2007

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Dorothy Parker, Imminently Quotable

February 17, 2007

There is nothing like a quotable quote and no one was better at memorable quotes than Dorothy Parker. My favorite Parker quote indicates her feelings about ivy league women:

If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.
– Dorothy Parker, US author, humorist, poet, & wit (1893 – 1967)


Avast! Me Maties

February 17, 2007

Yes, I am longing for Talk Like a Pirate Day but that’s not what this post is about. No, this post is about something much more serious – computer viruses.

We all know about the threat of computer viruses but are you really protected? I run across many folks who have no protection whatsoever. Let me tell you something, if you are running an unprotected Windows machine that connects to the Internet then you probably already have some type of virus. It’s not that other operating systems can’t get a virus, just that it is much more likely for Windows machines. Why? Two reasons:

  1. Windows is the most popular operating system on the planet so nearly 100% of the scumbags who create these viruses target Windows machines.
  2. Windows has security holes in it that you could drive a truck through.

I know what you are thinking, “If Windows has so many security holes why is it the most popular OS on the planet?” Good question – my official answer is, “I have no freaking idea!”.

At this point you might expect me to suggest that everyone with a Windows machine immediately protect themselves by using one of the 800 pound gorillas of the anti-virus market: Norton Anti-Virus or McAfee Anti-Virus. Well, that isn’t going to happen and I’m happy to tell you why. These two products suck (professionally speaking) and are, in my opinion, not much better that actually having a virus. Both of these products are huge CPU hogs that will leave you with precious little of the computing resources you own.

So what’s a poor defenseless Windows user to to do? Never fear, I’m going to tell you about the best kept secret in anti virus software, Avast! Version 4 Home Edition. Now you see the clever tie in with the post subject, right? I’m so cool!

If you are running a Windows machine please check out Avast!. It uses very little resources (you’ll hardly know it’s there), works like a charm at protecting your machine, and the home edition is absolutely FREE. That’s right, free. All you have to do is register with Avast! once a year to receive a key to unlock the software.

I’ve been using Avast! on my Windows machines for several years now and I’m completely happy with the product.


I only got one valentine …

February 15, 2007

but it was a pretty good one.

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Where Have I Been?

February 11, 2007

I’ve been MIA for the past couple of weeks and someone (emphasis on one) wondered where I’d been. Well, I haven’t been anywhere.

As you all know the purpose of this blog, and my life in general, is to strive for mediocrity. It’s a lofty goal and I often fall short. But, I try hard and spend a lot of time thinking of how to be more mediocre. I even considered a run for President on the Green Ticket but it seemed like too much work. I knew then that I’d been plugging too hard.

For the past few weeks I haven’t been striving toward this goal, or any goal. In fact, I haven’t been doing anything. I didn’t start out planning to do nothing, it just sort of happened and I found out I was good at it. So, I just kept doing nothing.

Still, life is not a bowl of cherries (whatever the hell that means) and so I’m back, working harder than ever to be mediocre.

I’m sure you’ll see the difference soon. Stay tuned.

I’ve reconsidered President though and Ralph will have to do it on his own again.


Does Bush Paranoia Help Terrorists?

February 10, 2007

OK, I was reading Bruce Schneier’s blog and ran across a very interesting story. If you don’t know who Bruce is he is a world renowned crypto-analyst and the author of one of the definitive books on ciphers, Applied Cryptography. I would have to rank Bruce as a member of the Wicked Smart class of people. I can’t really think of anyone of his caliber in the Bush administration, at least not since Richard Clarke was fired for the cardinal sin of disagreement.

Anyway Bruce believes that the obsessive secrecy that has permeated our government since the Texas crew took over actually helps terrorists. Now it seems that Jim Judd, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, agrees with Bruce! Not only that but Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller the head of Britain’s MI5 security service has chimed in agreeing as well.

So, does W and Company really believe that all this secrecy and violation of rights helps fight terrorism or is there another reason. Like maybe massive secrecy hiding gross incompetence? Not that Bruce asserted that – he’s too nice a guy.