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Microsoft Security Essentials

Did you get your notice that Microsoft Secruity Essentials is now free? Back on Sept 29, 2009 Microsoft released their upgrade to the OneCare virus protection program that you paid a subscription fee to use. The new program boasting the label Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) is Free and you can download it from http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials

The amazing thing I have noticed in discussions in chat rooms and forums is that it seems no one was aware of this and it has now been over a year and a quarter since its release.

Well fear not, just use the link I provided above. Its as good as any other free virus protection coupled with windows defenders firewall service, but there still is no substitute for a fully paid for virus and internet security program such as that of Trend Micro’s Internet Security Suite.

If you are the type of person that believes in using the same brand name for your stereo components or audio/video center matched to the same brand for speakers, then it wouldn’t hurt to install MSE on your windows machine. Sorry it’s only for XP and above, but it has a 32bit and 64bit version.

Now for a fair warning for all those people that have a pirated copy of windows on their machines, “Your PC must run genuine Windows to install Microsoft Security Essentials.”

Happy 2011!!

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 19,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

 

In 2010, there were 11 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 91 posts. There were 19 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 554kb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was October 1st with 141 views. The most popular post that day was Donna Jean Summers, Rewarded Criminal at Large..

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were rocketwolf.net, counter.bestproceed.com, facebook.com, google.com, and search.aol.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for welfare, 8002357105, 800-235-7105, totally free porn, and evony game.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Donna Jean Summers, Rewarded Criminal at Large. October 2007
1 comment

2

Welfare Addiction February 2008
20 comments

3

Soul Mate Scam May 2007
105 comments

4

Evony: Age I – Browser Based Portable Plundering August 2009
5 comments

5

Communication – 60% body language, 30% tone of voice. September 2007

We Were Soldiers … and Young.

Nov. 14th, 1965 – 450 soldiers of the American Army entered Ia Drang Valley in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam led by Lt. Col. Hal Moore. Col. Moore was the first soldier to put a boot on the ground, and the last boot to leave the ground at LZ (landing zone) X-ray. All 450 soldiers of the 7th Cavalry left Ia Drang Valley after 3 days of fighting…80 no longer living. In those 3 days, 1800 enemy soldiers  died at the hands of the 7th Cavalry. Col. Moore spent another 293 days in Vietnam before coming home.

This is a tremendous story of bravery and selfless sacrifice. It is a story of the endurance and emotional strength that wives of these soldiers had to have and the movie can be found here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0277434

The names of the 80 soldiers of the 7th Cavalry who died those 3 days in Ia Drang Valley are listed on panel 3 east of the Vietnam War Memorial. To their left and right are the names of 58,068 of their fallen brothers-in-arms.

If you can not go see the memorial in person, there is a beautiful replication of it in Second Life ( http://secondlife.com ). Links directly to the Second Life location are as follows: http://slurl.com/secondlife/The%20Wall/39/32/26

If you already have a Second life account you can simply teleport to that location. If you don’t have a Second Life account you can easily create a free one using the link provided on the map bubble that appears.

Though there are many fall festivities in November, happy holidays and activities, celebrations and fun, as well as the leaf raking duties, it turns out that Thanksgiving is in November as well as Veterans Day on the 11th which commemorates the end of WWI.

For those of you who are not active duty or veterans of the military service, I ask only two things that would make my day and any veteran’s day…tell us that you know our sacrifice, and remember that We Were Soldiers…and young.

How to Uninstall Ubuntu on a dual boot system

How to Uninstall Unbuntu (Linux) from a Dual Boot System

from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit

You have Ubuntu or other Linux OS on your dual booted Windows PC and you want an easy way to remove Ubuntu/Linux, and here it is.

Steps

  1. You need to be in windows, (this is an .exe) and download this file http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootitng.html This program does cost money however, obtaining a free utility has been elusive.
  2. When downloaded, run the setup.
  3. Make a bootable floppy or cd, either choice works. (The cd option makes a cd .iso image so you will need a program to burn it to the cd.)
  4. Next you will restart your computer with the cd or floppy in the drive. Once you boot into the program do not install it to your HDD.
  5. Click cancel to run the program from your cd or floppy.
  6. Go to partition work. Click the oval on the left side of the window (yes you can use your mouse!) to go to your primary hdd.
  7. Select and delete every partition except for your standard windows partition. Now you should have a formatless partition that says free space after it.
  8. Select your windows partition and click resize. The program will run an error check which may take a while depending on your partition size.
  9. Type in the largest size in the prompt unless you have other plans for some of that space. Once you do that the program will allocate all that space back to your primary partition.
  10. If you installed grub the bootloader, you will need to reset your MBR (master boot record) or else you can’t boot up because grub will crash. Select your windows partition
  11. Go to view MBR on the left.
  12. Select your windows partition and click STD MBR. This will remove grub and set your MBR back to its original state.
  13. Click apply and the changes will take affect.
  14. Eject your media and use the file option at the top left to reboot. Your computer should restart normally into windows.

Tips

  • Be sure to make a backup or copy of your MBR prior to any changes.

Warnings

  • BootItNG is not a free program.

Things You’ll Need

  • CD/DVD burning software
  • Unarchiving (.zip) program

Article provided by wikiHow, a wiki how-to manual. Please edit this article and find author credits at the original wikiHow article on How to Uninstall Unbuntu (Linux) from a Dual Boot System. All content on wikiHow can be shared under a Creative Commons license.

Acai Berry Scam

This scam is world wide. It has now made it to Australia and the advertising market is LIT UP with responses to scam ads.

The scam artists prey on your inability to “see” what you are looking at or understand what you are looking at or reading.

Case in point: I ran across an ad in paltalk that looked like the one below and to the fake acai news aduntrained eye would look like a breaking news report that exposes some dark secret about acai berry that doesn’t do what it’s claimed to do. So you click on the ad and your browser opens to a web page for the Daily Health Alerts news page which looks very official including what looks like a news reporter in a professional looking snapshot with a caption. The web page is even designed to show today’s date, plug in some user comments with todays date and a day or two earlier, and plug in an expiration date of today plus 1 day to establish a sense of urgency.

It is safe to open the page from the link I provided above and you can look through it as I explain its parts here. First thing that alerts you to a scam is the professional looking photo of a woman with a caption that causes you to think she is a real reporter or journalist for a news company, until you click on her photo which takes you to a web advertisement page for the acai berry.

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There is no official company called the Australian Health Inquirer even though a logo is posted top left. You will also notice that the Fox News Special Report at the right sidebar has no video or image or working link, because there isn’t really one.

Second point, the headlines suggests that something has been uncovered and after reading the article you discover that nothing diabolical was uncovered after all and that the opposite is true. The article causes you to believe that the reporter was duped by doing her own test of the product and proved to herself that the product actually works, like a miracle.

Then we come to point #3 at the bottom where the user comments would normally be. We find that there are 10 out of 177 comments showing, BUT WAIT! there are only 9 comments showing, not 10 andacai news2 the last comment has todays date on it. WOW, I JUST missed being able to post a comment, but the comments are “closed due to spam activity” and you are left with nothing to do but read the 9 (not 10) comments that appear to be real from today and the previous day.

These comments talk about “going to”, “about to” “planning to” try the product, and some even say they did try it at exorbitant fees to help you, the reader, feel like you are special by getting the chance to take a free trial offer which by the way, EXPIRES tomorrow! This type of urgency is seared into your mind to make a better selling ad.

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Now the truth:

Amazingly enough if you visit the root web address of http://www.dailyhealthalerts.com you find that it is NOT a website with daily health alerts at all. In fact it is a base for the different fake ad web pages to be hosted. There are many other websites on the web just like this mentioning a single mother of two who lost an amazing 42lbs in 3 weeks, or some professional single mother with no time to exercise who lost 37 lbs. in 4 weeks, etc., infinitum.

It’s a real shame that Oprah had an entire show on the effects of acai berry and literally HELPED the scammers sell more product that does nothing more than simple red wine and exercise.  Sadly, Oprah is responsible for helping a LOT of scammers. Don’t become a victim.

RocketWolf.net Changes

Rocket Forum:
It looks like the Rocket Forum works optimally as a full page display rather than embedded into the RocketWolf.net website.

Although it wont flow with the website as I would like, I am going to post the direct link to the forum instead to give you the best user experience with it as possible.

I hope you decide to return to Rocketwolf.net after you have enjoyed using the forum.

Club Rocket:
After some time using various chat services embedded into the RocketWolf.net website (tinychat, xat, meebo, etc) and discovering their uniquely different problems, I have found two chat clients which are stable.

The current chat client (xat.com) is incredibly unstable with its current chat status updating routine leaving the chatter wondering who is actually in the room and when, if any. Many times the chat text is held in the buffer from other chatters and is then delivered in flood fashion to some chatters screens. This is unacceptable.

The two choices I am currently offering is allyourschat.com and PalTalk Express. allyourschat is a service that is also offered on the RocketWolf.net Community Toolbar as well as a link on the Chat page to get to it easily. Club Rocket can be reached two ways, either through the embedded palTalk Express on the Chat page, or from within Paltalk itself using the PalTalk scene (messenger).