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For my birthday last month Mrs. Dan O gave me some cash and told me to buy myself a new laptop. So, I shopped around for a few days and picked one out at Newegg.com.*
"So, how do you like it Dan O?" Glad you asked. The computer itself is great. The software, from the Windows 7 OS to the McAfee interference...uh, I mean internet security, is a big pain in the ass. Nothing new, really. Every time I turn on the computer, all these programs want to update themselves and I end up not doing anything because all the downloading of updates consume the little bandwidth I have.
McAfee is gone. Deleted that intrusive piece of shit software right away. And everything else is on strict orders not to auto-update. I bought the computer for ME, NOT the software, to use.
In case anyone is wondering why I went with Windows 7 vs. 8, 8.1 or the upcoming 10, well I'll tell you. I've heard nothing but complaints from people who have used 8. 8.1 is supposed to address some of those complaints, but......I've heard that before.
I researched Windows 10 and found that it is the most intrusive, data collecting, telemetry sending and privacy ignoring Windows to date. I read one report that stated there was no way you could completely stop the data collecting and transfer to Evil Bill Gates' Software Empire. Even if all indications are you've shut the options off, there is still background data transfers going on without your knowledge or agreement.
Of course the EBGSE would disagree. They would tell you that IF you bother to read all 1,915.5 pages of the EULA, that by clicking [I Accept], you agreed to give them permission to come in and screw your cat, drink milk from the carton in your refrigerator and piss in the corner of your bedroom, among other even more intrusive endeavors.
So, it's either [I Accept], or you just bought yourself a nifty little decorative drink coaster.
YOU don't own or control anything on your computer. You pay to simply install THEIR software, which then collects YOUR usage data and sends it to the Mother Ship.
The biggest cyber threat is no longer the hackers. It is the software developers themselves. The hackers may be doing you a favor by destroying your computer's data.
* Tried going to Best Buy, but self-consumed mom with 2 year old in shopping cart was tying up 5 laptops at once, (the very ones I was interested in, of course) while trying to keep the little one pacified. Yeah, that was working real well. Hint: Leave the rugrats at home unless you're shopping at Toys-R-Us.
I’d like to send out a hearty “Hi-de-ho” and a heartier “Fuck you!”
to the oblivious, idiot people who walked on, pushed a stroller over and
allowed the idiot kid with them to roam all over my freshly planted
grass seed like it was a playground last night.
You know, that
small area in my tree lawn with the fresh straw covering it? What did
you think, that I was feeding the wild horses wandering the
neighborhood? Leaving a snack out on the happenstance a meandering
holstein cruised my street?
Hope you enjoyed the parade and the Lion’s Festival. Hope you choked on
some home-fries and inhaled an elephant ear. Fucking morons and the
people who raise them.
P.S. I know the targets of my derision
will never see this, but just in case someone hears people talking about
the crazy old bastard on his front porch cussing them out, yeah, that
was me. People need to show some respect when they’re on other people’s
property and think about more than just themselves and their own
enjoyment. Every July our tree lawn becomes a trash receptacle. Last
night, the trash had legs.
I have a high school education, military technical training, and over half of century of life experience and absolutely no understanding of how burning and looting your city have any impact on "justice" for a dead criminal.
The more this happens, the more ignorant the reactions appear. With a very few exceptions, no one has died that didn't instigate the whole process by first being a criminal and then further their own demise by refusing to cooperate with the response to their criminal activity, regardless of race. I.e., following law enforcement directives which resulted from that criminal activity.
Don't act like a thug and you won't die like a thug. This includes rioting and looting in response to a thug's injury or death. Breaking the law has consequences. Breaking more laws in response to criminal activity makes less sense than the original offense. You aren't expediting justice. You are perpetrating ignorance. Burning down and/or looting your neighborhood makes you as criminally guilty as the thug for which you claim to be requiring justice. And makes you appear more ignorant and uneducated.
Don't commit acts which will draw the attention of law enforcement and law enforcement won't interact. It IS that simple. No one has died that didn't instigate the involvement of LEO by their own actions. Don't live as a criminal, don't die a criminal.
I have a Twitter account. Yep I have zipped into the 21st Century kicking and screaming all the way. O.K, grumbling and sneering is closer to the truth. I still think that 99% of the twitosphere is garbage, much like the blogosphere, but it has it's uses. I suppose.
My view of Twitter was always, "What the fuck?! NOBODY needs to be that connected. There is so much garbage on there, who needs that? Well, nobody needs it. Nobody. But, a new local talk show started this month by a local host on a Cleveland radio station and the primary communication to the show is through Twitter. And I wanted to be able to contribute my 2 cents occasionally.
So, I'll not be some major contributor (Tweeter?) to the ubiquitous Tweetscape but, I will occasionally Tweet (sorta like I occasionally blog) when the mood strikes.
I have yet to register my cell phone to Twitter as I currently receive enough bullshit calls to it w/o inviting even more opportunities for the spammeister fucks to bombard me even more. Fucking telemarketers ruin everything, don't they?
So, if you are so inclined to send this twit a tweet, you can do so @DanOinOhio.
Bourbon drinking, cigar smoking U.S. Citizen by birth.
Married to the same woman since 1984.
Father of 2 sons.
U.S. Navy veteran (1980-86)
Volunteer Firefighter (1988-2007)
I know what I like and what I don't. I know what I believe and what I don't. Here is where I may or may not write about it.
A Com-Post is where I use what was to be a comment on someone else's blog and it ended up being long enough for a post on my own blog. Why waste my witty, insightful prose on someone else's blog, when mine is in such need of content? Full linkage and credit to original Blog and Post are always included.