Posts tagged ‘Security’

March 5, 2011

Saturday Morning Computer Crash

by Vince

I finished watching half of the movie The Fighter last night, turned off my Acer, and went to bed.

I didn’t use my computer until noonish today. When I turned it on, everything was different. Instead of the usual Windows 7 Home Premium display, it was in an old Windows 98 type display. Everything was disabled – volume control, wireless and internet, anti-virus programs, system restore, and at least 100 processes in the task manager. Nothing could be changed. I was about to live out an Office Space moment.

The help I received made me feel dumb. The support guide took me to the msconfig page and adjusted my startup options. That was all I needed to be back to normal.

This mornings issue leaves me wondering about the need for anti-virus protection. Such programs as Norton and McAfee only search for viruses when you tell it to. They don’t actively check for viruses when they come in or stop them on their way in. At least they don’t seem to. They seem to be a bit less proactive about virus protection for my own comforts.  Thoughts?

January 7, 2011

Spokeo Has Us Captured

by Vince

A friend of MJ’s and I had a Facebook status warning others about Here is the message:

There’s a site called that’s a new online USA phone book with your personal info. Everything from pics you’ve posted on Facebook or web, your credit score, home value and pix, income, age, children,etc. Remove yourself by searching for your name, copy the URL of your page, then go to the bottom of the page, click the Privacy button to remove yourself.

I used a secondary email of mine to remove MJ and I. This is beyond creepy.

(thanks E)

November 28, 2010

Wow Video of the Day

by Vince

This bike lock device seems to totally take theft out of the equation.

August 24, 2010

The Fear Tax

by Vince

Seth Godin describes the “fear tax” and its paradoxical workings everywhere around us:

We pay the fear tax every time we spend time or money seeking reassurance. We pay it twice when the act of seeking that reassurance actually makes us more anxious, not less.

We should quantify the tax. The government should publish how much of our money they’re spending to create fear and then spending to (apparently) address fear. Corporations should add to their annual reports how much they spent just-in-case. Once we know how much it costs, we can figure out if it’s worth it.

Seth ends his short piece asking what if you didn’t have to pay a tax to mollify your fear? I find that question and his entire piece striking to the core of many aspects in my life and the world around me. The character known as Mack in W.P. Young’s best-seller The Shack is asked how often he looks to the future in a photo snap-shot way and doesn’t include God? He was able to see how often fear, not God, was almost always part of nearly all his predictions and or preconceptions. This isn’t promoting naive living and dismissing any threats or fears but questioning whether these fears are real, rational, or legitimate or not.

Looking to our history books give us great examples of figures who stood for what they saw as right, even in the midst of threatening (0r actual) violent backlash. I finish this with citing Dave True’s recent essay, which in it’s brevity is quite poignant:

“…consider a President who governed a nation at war with itself and still managed to speak of “charity for all.” If it continues to sounds naive, consider an African-American minister who after being stabbed, beaten, and wrongly jailed, still spoke of black children and white children living in peace together. If it still sounds naive, consider the imam and his vision of a welcoming community center around the corner from a place where madness consumed the hopes of thousands. What could be more American?”