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Chicken in a Blender

Gentlemen, we can rebuild her. We have the technology.

Heh. Got sidetracked playing with 3D modeling tonight. Damn, there’s a lot to learn just to get started. I keep inventing geometries that are positively non-Euclidean.

To be honest, I tried sticking a toe in politics tonight, and pulled back a smoking stump. Ugh. Great. Now the other kids’ll call me Ol’ Smoky Stumptoe.

Oh, hey, I know…computer tip for you. You know I picked up that address book virus a couple of weeks ago? Well, contrary to what I told you at the time, I later found out Malwarebytes didn’t clean it up for me and the damn virus sent out another embarrassing mailshot the next day. Malwarebytes has never let me down before, so I says to myself, “I bet they have an online forum with, like, tame geeks and stuff.”

They have. Go to that link, post your problem, and wait. They take turns troubleshooting threads. There’s some kind of credentialling program for guys who are allowed to troubleshoot virus removal, so the people on there are all vetted.

It took a bunch of back-and-forth and some running of utilities and posting of logs, but we got it all off eventually. In the end, I PayPal’d the guy who helped me a few bucks. By which I mean five of them. Eh, I’ve been unemployed a long time now.


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: February 20, 2013, 12:14 am

You can take some pix of your chickens and use them for a UVW map you can make in Photoshop 🙂

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 20, 2013, 12:19 am

I know. That’s next. I’m not exactly looking forward to unpeeling a chicken, but a weasel’s gotta do what a weasel’s gotta do.

It’ll have to be a bump map, too, because two of them are solid color.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: February 20, 2013, 12:28 am

Ya, the bit of experimentation I’ve done with UVW maps was painful…newer P-Shop has a feature where you can paint on your 3D model in p-shop…got busy with work things and shelved it though…

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 20, 2013, 12:30 am

Weasel – which thread on that page addresses the address-book malware removal, please? I just got hit with the same thing 2 days ago. Contacted MalBytes and MacAfee and sent them copies of the blasted emails but haven’t heard anything back. Went to my ISP and they had me change my passwords but I doubt that will stop anything.

I looked at the threads but couldn’t quickly identify what thread to choose, and didn’t want to start a new one if you certified geeks already have one resolving it.

Now back to our regularly scheduled CGI chickens, with extra added pixels!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 20, 2013, 12:32 am

That’s the extended P-shop with the 3D capability. The very, very expensive one.

In the distant past, I managed to make some nice looking models by well-placed UV maps, but that was all planes and cubes and other shape primitives. The joy of working for an engineering company — it was all machinery and setch.

Mapping a chicken…that’s something else again.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 20, 2013, 12:44 am

Some Veg, it looks like they only keep four pages of old posts, so my own personal troubleshooting thread is long gone. It probably wouldn’t have helped that much anyway, your logs will be different from mine, probably.

Start here. Do what this thread says, post it in the forum and wait. I think it was a good 18 hours before somebody picked me up. But then he stuck with me until I was all clean.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: February 20, 2013, 12:52 am

Yes, anything organic is very hard to map…doing houses, buildings, etc., that are composed of the basic primitive shapes is a lot easier. I made the mistake of trying to do a dragon on my first go…should have started with something easier.

I have yet to find a happy utility that’ll make it manageable…if you find one, let us know 🙂

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: February 20, 2013, 1:01 am

Now that you mention though, my current Photoshop doesn’t have the 3D either…you can still do the mapping with Photoshop, just aren’t going to have the 3d thing to mess with…to tell the truth, I found it kinda buggy anyway.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: February 20, 2013, 1:09 am

Thanks Weasel –
For now, I’ve used ‘RogueKiller’ which I discovered mentioned there. http://tigzy.geekstogo.com/roguekiller.php

It picked up and deleted 5 or 6 Microsoft processes that were being faked…. which nothing else had discovered.

It’s a start anyhow.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: February 20, 2013, 1:43 am

I have a hotmail account that I never use. When I found two bounced emails that I had not sent, that were obviously phishing attacks went to Microsoft online help. The tech guy (Indian name) took over my desktop and did everything I would have done myself. He was presuming those hotmail email had originated on my desktop (possible, but I’ve killed all my local email agents) and suggested I change the account password. I don’t do email anymore, and what few I do send are all done in a web browser.

Ended up with malware bytes and apparently a malicious adserver bot or something. I don’t consider this resolved and probably should do some more investigating.

Comment from Pupster
Time: February 20, 2013, 1:54 am

How do you say “Ole’!” in chicken?


Comment from Redd
Time: February 20, 2013, 3:22 pm

I ended a friendship because someone was forwarding me all her junk mail and spam. Years later, I read that a virus causes that in Outlook. So, I felt bad — yet, she was crazy enough to do something like that.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 20, 2013, 3:38 pm

Nice one, Pups.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 20, 2013, 3:49 pm

I’ve had a spam sitting in the filter for days. I can’t bear to throw it out, it cracks me up every time I read it. It starts “hyperhidrosis may lead to the University of Arizona College of Medicine.”

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: February 20, 2013, 6:32 pm

AVG has a free download that never fails. (almost)


Comment from mojo
Time: February 20, 2013, 7:35 pm

You might try VIPR – it’s command-line, but very thorough.

Comment from AltBBrown
Time: February 20, 2013, 8:07 pm

Besides Bonnie Rogers in Senegal, this guy’s ma new BFF:
(from Daniel Ouk)
I’m sorry to encroach on your privacy in this manner.I am contacting you
again,regarding a substantial amount of inheritance funds belonging to
my late
client whom you share the same SURNAME with,which will be easy to
front of you
as his next of kin Please email me for more information.



Comment from David Gillies
Time: February 21, 2013, 2:55 am

How does Blender stack up against Maya? Obviously I can’t afford Maya and I’m not an artist anyway, but I know how to drive it, more or less. I just want to mess around with some basic things for making snazzy Mac icons so I’m sure Blender will be more than adequate, but is it easier or harder to use?

Comment from ed
Time: February 27, 2013, 3:35 pm

If you look around you can find a 3d mapping scanner for the iphone that seems to do a decent job. And with shapeways.com you can even have plastic models made of those 3d models. To scale or even life sized.

An odd use for technology but there must be much stranger things out there.

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