Friday, 5 November, 2004, 19:00


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4 Years, 8 Months Edition 
Thursday, 4 November, 2004, 23:00
That's the amount of time Julie and I have been going out. Much <3 for teh Julinator :-)

I started playing Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas today. Haven't gotten too far yet ... I'm still trying to get the hang of the fact that my character has to eat. I found a fried chicken joint in the game too, that's a laugh :-) Looks pretty sweet on the projector, but my current screen leaves lots to be desired. Perhaps I should buy another screen ... perhaps, later.

Tomorrow, I'm going with Jeff to see SLAYER. Killswitch Engage and Mastodon are opening, and it shall be the second time this year I see both of those bands. First time for Slayer, though. I may actually have to get my hands on a Dave Matthews Band T-shirt (*shudder*) before I go to the show, though. That would prove entertaining.

The VR project ... I should make a page for that. It looks really sweet. The colors pulsate to the beat. It's awesome.
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Abbreviated Election Musing 
Thursday, 4 November, 2004, 19:00
Elections are hella fun. They have more suspense than M. Night Shyamalan's movies!

Other news ... my computer is still devoid of spyware. Looks like my hissy fit yesterday closed whatever gaps I had open on my computer.
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One Pissed Geek 
Monday, 1 November, 2004, 23:00
I am enraged.

The last program I installed on my computer was Blitz3D. For those of you who don't know what this is, it's a program that lets me develop DirectX games in a very simple computer language that is very close to BASIC. I installed that program on 27 September 2004. Before that, I installed iTunes in late August. Do you see how often I install computer programs?

The last time I used Microsoft Internet Explorer on my computer was when I reloaded Windows, which again was in late August. I used it to do my Windows Updates and to download Mozilla Firefox. Since then, I have been installing my Windows Updates using Windows XP's Automatic Updates feature.

The last time anyone else used my computer was maybe three weeks ago, when Julie typed a paper using Microsoft Word. She also checked her email using Mozilla Firefox.

However, when I arrived home and turned on my monitor, I saw no less than four (that's 4, the number of arms plus the number of legs on the average human being) Internet Explorer pop-ups. This caused me great alarm due to the fact that I haven't used Internet Explorer since August, and haven't installed a new program since September.

Well, my track record for installed programs was broken because I had to install Spybot S&D and SpywareBlaster on my system. Luckily, I had Ad-Aware on my system already. In fact, I had just scanned last night before going to bed, and turned up with zero items as usual. This time, Ad-Aware came up with 350 items, and Spybot found 8 more. That, dear friends, is a problem. Spyware had come onto my computer through someone else's. I ran upstairs and did a scan on the other three computers.

The only other computer in the house that had spyware on it was my sister's. Do you see where this is going?

So now, I am paranoid about my computer. I have disallowed my sister from reaching my network shares by not only un-mapping them on her computer, but also by moving my shares to IPX/SPX and not installing that protocol on her machine. I have uninstalled everything from her computer that I don't think is necessary. Nevermind what she thinks is necessary ... apparently, downloading music and having extra Internet Explorer toolbars is necessary. Screw that. If that's necessary, Linux goes on. I don't care if I don't know much about Linux ... as long as none of that spyware bullcrap gets on any of the machines in the house, I'm happy.
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Monday, 1 November, 2004, 15:00
It's November. Yay. Christmas started before Halloween, though, so I don't even think we need November anymore. I mean, seirously, who the hell needs Thanksgiving, right?

Last night was great. We scared people.

Short update, since it's the morning and nothing has happened yet today ...
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