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Ugh. Yes. Picked up another malware. (Yes I was computing unsafely; don’t rub it in). This one was listed as a password stealer in the registry.

I’ve changed all my banking passwords, but I can’t be arsed to figure out all the places I post as sweasel and change them. (Of course I use the same unsafe password at all of them). So if I start posting wild moonbat theories or try to sell you Viagra in Chinglish, you’ll know what’s what.

Still snowed in, but the weather has been wild. Warmer temps are coming. First a thick white cottonwool fog folded around us, now the wind has got up. Big time. Next: rain.

With any luck, we’ll escape tomorrow. We’ve just cracked open the last bottle of Old Rutgot.

Oh, great. There goes the broadband. Well, if it comes back tonight, I’ll post this.



Comment from Scubafreak
Time: December 4, 2010, 1:39 am

Damnit Stoatie!! haven’t we warned you and UB about surfing those kinky weasel porn sites? It just ain’t safe!!! If YOU don’t get a virus, your ‘puter will!!!

And don’t get me started on the lice you pick up on those sites!!!


Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: December 4, 2010, 2:02 am

Hunh. Somehow, the rhythm of your title reminded me irresistibly of the great old catchjoke whose punch line was “No soap. Radio.” Took me a bit to ratchet down and follow what you were actually saying. . .

Ugh! Nothing worse than things that interfere with your computing, whether they emanate from Microsoft and its allies, or from the great unknown. Please be back on line ASAP. We ask it in, um, well, pleasure’s name? Ahmin. . .or whatever. Granted, you have some wiggle room in this instance, as we slide into a weekend. So, we hope you are back with us, fully primed, on Monday.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: December 4, 2010, 2:20 am

Wild old weather!

Her Stoatliness and I were sat in absolute, frozen stillness (um… not metaphorically) and then, suddenly, there was a flurry of wind and It Changed. A wind sprang up from nowhere, the temperature began to climb and the snow started to creep back into water, as if ashamed of itself.

Sometimes, it’s just like being at sea, out here in the wildness…

And tomorrow, there be fresh vodka ahoy!

And fish and chips too, or I’ll be a Dutchman!


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: December 4, 2010, 2:56 am

You guys stole our weather…we’re supposed to be buried in snow here in eastern Canada…the darn grass is still green, estie.

I got me a bottle of Glenfiddich single malt and a gallon of Budweiser for tomorrow and we’re supposed to get some snow finally….’let it snow, let it snow, let it snow’ 🙂

Comment from Monotone The Elderish
Time: December 4, 2010, 3:06 am

Ahh, Damnit. Guess what i was using until just a wee bit ago. You know, they really should warn you about this.

Comment from Andrea Harris
Time: December 4, 2010, 4:32 am

It’s gonna snow tomorrow. Tomorrow’s my twelve hour work day so I’ll be good and crapped out by the time I have to drive home through the blizzard. Okay, inch of snow. Maybe.

Comment from d3ft punk
Time: December 4, 2010, 6:50 am

Here, click this:


Don’t worry about where it goes, or what it is, just click the link. You know you want to. Click it. Not like something bad could happen to your computer or anything.

No, just go ahead, click it. CLICK IT! It’ll make you feel sooooo good.

Now click the link. CLICK IT!!!!!!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 4, 2010, 11:55 pm

Huh. Whaddya know. I’ve managed to go all day without clicking that link.

Comment from j2
Time: December 5, 2010, 2:40 am

re: adroit prostitute

when is narcissism a mental illness?
see here:

(hope the weather has broken… )

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 5, 2010, 2:35 pm

A series of six spams from the bucket, all from some guy selling…replica somethings:

I am very grateful to you for the information.

I can suggest to come on a site on which there are many articles on this question.

I apologise, but, in my opinion, you commit an error. Write to me in PM, we will communicate.

I apologise, but, in my opinion, you are not right. Let’s discuss it. Write to me in PM.

Let’s talk, to me is what to tell on this question.

Warm to you thanks for your help.

If these people ever learn to speak English, they’ll be dangerous.

Comment from Macknower
Time: December 5, 2010, 9:16 pm

Once again… Mac… Mac Pro, Macbook, MacAir, iPad, iPhone, errrr.. mac mac mac what else do you need to know? Little or NO malware, spyware, trojans, viruses, and WOW photoshop runs at twice the speed! are the Brits wearing you thin? Have a Guinness or B&T (guinness/bass) … ooppssss.. that’s half Irish, mea culpa… give a mac a try, you’ll love it mikey. B

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 5, 2010, 9:42 pm

Heh. Not an Apple fan.

I worked in a corporate art department for a lot of years. We were principally an IBM shop, with a few Macs thrown in for designers who refused to work with anything else. I’ll never really get the loyalty.

Apple stuff is designed to the Nth degree. I mean, it looks lovely and feels nice in the hand. But I’ve lost count of the number of times a Machead has stood in front of a broken machine telling me how they never break.

And I’m like, “but your machine’s broken now.”

And they’re like, “oh, I just loaded a bad driver…or I need a reboot…or it’s a network problem.”

Comment from Ric Locke
Time: December 5, 2010, 10:01 pm

Pah. A Mac nowadays is a PC running Unix. Given the rigid architecture control Apple maintains, they can eliminate a lot of extraneous drivers and abstraction layers, and by targeting exactly that configuration and no other they can keep both speed and “BSOD” avoidance at maximum. PCs have to keep a lot of fluff and cruft down in the greasy bits, because neither OS nor program can predict what hardware it will encounter. The PC is therefore cheaper and more fragile — but when the Mac dies it’s pine box and credit-card time. Yer pays yer money and takes yer choice.


Comment from Scott Jacobs
Time: December 6, 2010, 12:52 am

Also, an Apple with specs equal to a PC would cost a good deal more than the PC.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: December 6, 2010, 1:44 am

Don’t forget Linux. Makes a fairly reliable box at FAR less $$$ (or ₤₤₤ for you East Pondians) for MOST users. And comes in a wide variety of free flavors.

Comment from Sockless Joe
Time: December 6, 2010, 1:55 am

fwiw, I am a big fan of Malwarebytes as well as SuperAntiSpyware.

Spybot has some sort of inoculate function that’s supposed to be for heading off the baddies before they get in, though one can never be sure whether it does anything meaningful.

My first and last Apple product was an Apple IIgs. I do have some vague interest in the various iOS devices, but I don’t expect to be buying any time soon.

Comment from Sockless Joe
Time: December 6, 2010, 1:59 am

Linux is nice, but won’t run Photoshop, which is surely a deal killer for Stoaty. For me, a particular silverlight website (that won’t work w/ moonlight) is the deal killer.

(I absolutely hate silverlight, but the site in question is one of a kind and totally indispensable.)

Otherwise, linux is the bee’s knees.

Comment from scubafreak
Time: December 6, 2010, 6:49 am

MacKnower, I used to BUILD Macs, back when they still WERE Macs, and I would never choose to own one

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 6, 2010, 2:11 pm

I’ve got a Linux laptop. I love Linux, but Joe is right — I need a P’shop machine. And I could never get the hang of Gimp.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: December 6, 2010, 2:44 pm

I understand that. My comment was aimed at those who do nothing more than the usual 95% of computer users, yet who would never THINK of using linux. Microsoft Zombies!

Of course, you never know where Wine will go…


Comment from David Gillies
Time: December 6, 2010, 3:20 pm

I had Photoshop 7 running under Linux using wine. It wasn’t the most stable thing ever, but it ran.

Now it’s CS5 on my MacBook.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: December 6, 2010, 3:39 pm

Stoatie – What’s YOUR version of Photoshop? And it looks like a new Wine release is due soon…

Of course, Photoshop REALLY benefits from 64 bit, with the additional resources available thereunder. And your ‘puter is certainly not so equipped.

But then a new 64 bit box with giga-memory without any software and filled with your favorite free version of Linux and…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 6, 2010, 9:22 pm

I’m about to pull the trigger on a six-core AMD with 64-bit Winders and 8 gigs of RAM and an upgrade to P’shop CS5.

You might think, considering I’ve been unemployed for two years and I realized about 1/5th as much on the sale of my house as I’d hoped, that this would be extremely stupid of me.

And — oh, dear sweet Jesus! — you’d be right.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: December 6, 2010, 11:19 pm

Don’t forget to get a big enough hard drive (or a second one) to be able to dual-boot Linux…
And do you qualify as a student for any of the Microsoft purposes? There is generally considerable savings in $$$ (or ₤₤₤ for you East Pondians) on some of their products. Although I wouldn’t touch any recent version of Office at ANY price.

Comment from Santa
Time: December 7, 2010, 12:21 am

If you think I’m struggling down that crappy old chimney with a sack that filled…..

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 7, 2010, 12:38 am

Crappy old chimney, Santa? Ours is HUGE. Sixteenth Century, remember?

Comment from Zippit T Doodah
Time: December 7, 2010, 12:52 am

Sixteenth century?? Lemmee see… One minus x … carry the big toe… Ain’t that the 1500s? Amazing it’s still standing.

No wonder Santa is a bit wary.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: December 7, 2010, 12:59 am

There’s a pub not so very far away that proudly bears the sign ‘rebuilt 1340’, Zippit.

You get used to it.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 7, 2010, 1:03 am

I don’t get used to it.

We’re not absolutely sure, Zippit. Probably late 1500’s. The earliest documentation we have is 1610. It’s a property tax bill, so we know it was already in existence. The oldest house in our neighborhood is around 1500.

So there’s your spread. Some time between 1500 and 1610. I’ve been plowing through local libraries and archives trying to nail it a little closer, but the best documents — the church records — have been lost. They start in the 18th C.

The image in the upper corner of the left sidebar (with the looming weasel) is actually the house.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: December 7, 2010, 1:55 pm

Not sure how quickly that will hit East Pondian shelves…

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