Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Bug Be Gone
I awoke this morning with dread in my heart. I was not looking forward to hours of wrestling with the stupid Trojan Horse I stupidly downloaded last stupid night. The first thing I did was sick my anti-virus program on it. 90 minutes later it tells me all is well. Stupid wanker. And while that was going on I was scouring the intertubes with the laptop to see if anyone else was as dumb as I. Fortunately there were, and I found the name of mine enemy. TFactory was the bitch in question, and it seems that every anti-virus program in the universe, except mine, laughs at it. So, I determined that it was time to bite the bullet and actually pay for an antivirus program. In the meantime, it occurred to me to take a page out of Superman's book and turn back time. I didn't expect it to work, as superluminal flight is not my strong suit, but I figured it couldn't hurt. So I told the computer to act like it was three days ago, and did a system restore. Lo and behold, it worked. So quickly I ran every scrubby program I own, and then went out and bought Mcafee and loaded it. And now everything is hunky dory...I think. I'm half waiting for the thing to burst out of my desktop in a digital version of Alien, but so far so good.
In a totally unrelated note, has anyone else noticed that NPR seems to be overly fixated on how much it sucks to live in China lately? Even before the earthquakes it seemed every time I turned it on they were interviewing some family who were doing ok ten years ago, but lately have had to eat the family pets and sell their children to the dilithium mines on Rura Penthe just to buy three grains of rice so the new year celebration won't be a total loss. I'm not trying to be insensitive, but every few years it seems that NPR get fixated on one part of the world and report the living shit out of it.
Maybe it's just me.