Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A Change of Times a Change of Idiom

I just learned that getting more "head" no longer means an improvement in the frequency of carnal oral pleasure, but rather the follicle challenge is now serious.

With that thought in mind, I may now announce that I'm getting more head than ever before.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


Grisoft publishes an excellent anti-virus which it allows home users to download gratis.

For years I struggled with the frustration of the time consuming intrusiveness of both McAfee and Norton anti-virus programs. Both of which check everything including files and apps being loaded from the hard drive; files and apps that were vetted before they were written to the hard drive. Talk about redundancy! And in the immortal words of Eric Flint, "Took their own sweet time about it, too, let me tell you."

I was a wee bit reluctant when my Byte-head friend OWW suggested AVG as a more than adequate replacement. This computer has a good bit of unfinished creative work as well as a lot of one-off stuff on it. But I did give it a try and am I glad I did. It does give more than adequate protection and is a small fraction of the intrusiveness of the wares offered by the two Silicon Valley entries into the data security arena.

I’ve used AVG for over 5 years now, and today is the first time I’ve had a problem with it.

Here’s what happened: I hit the off switch – which normally causes an orderly shutdown – right when AVG was in the midst of an update. Once I hit the switch I couldn’t take it back. The feeling was somewhat akin to the to the one that comes after a tot's voice issues a big "Oh-oh" right after the toilet flushes. The next time I attempted a startup, Windows Explorer hung up some where in never-never land requiring a power strip cycle to begin a restart sequence.

I did an F8 restart with networking to see if completing the download of the update would cure my problem. Didn’t happen. The error message directed a reload of the entire AVG app. Fortunately I have a copy of the compressed version in a file for just such emergencies as this.

Upon removing the damaged version and installing the a fresh copy, my antique P4 groaned back into life.

Please don’t think I’m bad mouthing Grisoft or its marvelous product, I’m not. What I am saying is that it is not totally klutz proof as I proved this morning. I am pleased as punch with it and have installed it on every machine in my little home network as well as the PCs at both my brothers homes.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Wolf Time

I’ve been a bit under the weather lately and have voluntarily shut myself in. For the most part, I have surfed the net and read the last unread books from the library. (1945 fails to make the grade as alternate history and fares even worse as a war novel.) Casting about for some new intellectual stimuli, I recalled Baen’s Free Library.

Wolf Time is a journey in fantasy. Norski history, Viking Cosmology, and Christian ethos is skillfully melded together into the conflict leading to Ragnörok. What is truly fascinating about the book is the literary vehicle used for background; America’s tolerance for permissiveness codified by the courts is extrapolated to absolutely ridiculous and entertaining lengths.

If you have a bit of spare time, I highly recommend it.

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