every last damn thing I love about the Internet

Sunday, March 28, 2010

On a Berserking PC, and Cautions

I run a Mac. My family runs a PC. They just got ripped to shreds by a pretty bad infection (infarction), and the fellows over at BleepingComputer are helping me (the de facto familial IT manager, for some reason) clean it up.

Save yourself the pain, the anxiety, the resetting of passwords and back account numbers:

Three Tips
(with Regards to Security)
for anyone who uses

1) Keep that firewall up, damnit! This is the 2010's, and firewalls aren't just for uptight techies and CIA agents anymore. You need one. If you don't have a firewall or don't trust the strength of the one you have, Comodo and Zone Alarm are both excellent and free of charge. Important: if you use Zone Alarm, be sure to deactivate the debugging feature, else you'll get a snowballing file called tvdebug.log that takes up space on your machine. If you use Comodo, I suggest installing only the firewall portion... there's better anti-virus freeware to be had elsewhere.

2) Don't buy McAfee. I cannot rightly speak for Norton, as I have not used it in years, but word on the forums is that neither are even half as good as some freeware out there. McAfee, besides being a subscription service (i.e. it costs money every year), is also a major culprit in slowing down the overall performance of a PC -- sloppy programming means it takes up too much of your machine's memory and processing resources. Also, it's not very good at what it's supposed to do; namely, catching bad stuff and keeping it off your computer. Case in point, the family computer that I am now trying to save from a complete flush-and-reinstall-everything scenario has had a subscription to McAfee Security Center (the full line of McAfee's anti-everything + extra firewall and privacy protection) for three years running, and it STILL has been badly screwed by a rootkit, viral rogue, and more trojans than there ever were in the historic Trojan army.

3) Be really, really careful about what you do on peer-to-peer (P2P) networks. If the file size is to small (or too big) to be the thing you intend to download, don't touch it. If the file name reflects exactly the same search terms you put in to find it and nothing more, don't touch it. If you don't recognize the file type, don't touch it. And for torrent files... try to choose from torrents that are rated positively and/or have worthwhile comments on them. I trust the ratings on isoHunt.

Thanks to the the guys behind the name schrauber over on BleepingComputer.com, especially Thomas, who has been patiently giving me clear instructions to save the family machine. I owe you, seriously.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

It's "pidgeon" damnit.

Moronail.net hereby goes into the links. -->

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Health Care YEAAAAAH!

First everyone was liek "OMGPANIK" and Obama was like:

And the rest of the Dems caught on and it was liek:

And then there was a big vote and it was all liek this.

In conclusion:


I have posted these images before, but now they have text. :3

Thursday, March 18, 2010


That is all.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Pat's

I know he's Scottish. Just go eat your damn haggis and STFU.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

LOL, nandesuka

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Hell yeah, Pi Day.

Happy Pi Day, bitches. XD

Monday, March 8, 2010


Ever since this image showed up on a FARK.com thread, I have assumed that someone, somewhere in Canada would respond with the obvious counter-image.

I have yet to find that obvious response. I suspect it is the famous "mild-mannered" nature of most Canadians that has prevented the following image to be produced by even one of however many thousands of graphic designers/illustrators/people with too much time on their hands that surely live in Canada.

Therefore, in appreciation of their generous hosting of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games on our shared continent of North America -- and with humility and sincere congratulations upon their amazing performance in ice hockey -- I offer this to the nation and citizens of our neighbor to the north:

Thanks, Canada.

Friday, March 5, 2010

This is exactly what I mean...

...when I say, with great emphasis, "Goddamnit, I love the Internet."

How else would we get shit like this? Seriously, how? Remember School House Rock? You think they would have made this flavor of awesome, and then run it on Saturday morning between the cartoons? Would your professors have recorded it on Betamax or VHS, and rolled in a TV and a VCR to play it in class? Maybe rewind it while you all took notes, then play it again?

Hell naw. This is for loading up on the classroom master Mac and firing through the HD smartscreen, surround-sound on and captions in three languages. Then you'd get the link in your email, along with all the PDFs of notes and reading from the week, so you could review it on your laptop from the dorm, or on your Blackberry in the dining hall, or on your iPhone while you're walking to your final exam. This is Internet sweetness, my homefries.


Monday, March 1, 2010


Canada smoked us. -_-; As promised, I am working on the "Canada's Underpants" image.