Wednesday, Jan. 04, 2006
Ah yes, the script kiddies are out in full force. This time they're working on a new virus that hits you out of the blue, through images and meta-tags on various websites:
Article on security issue
Gotta love the jerks who create havoc for no other reason than to create havoc.
Basically if you're going to go wild on Google or other search engines, hold off until after you've added the new patch coming out, turn off images when browsing new sites, and in general avoid pages if you're not sure about them in terms of security. The Microsoft fix should be out around January 10, 2006 or thereabouts. In the interim, I still like using the online versions of either Housecall Antivirus or Panda Scan, both of which update their engines daily. Panda scan uses a heuristic system, meaning it searches out things that aren't yet identified as viruses but which show indications of the same. They aren't guaranteed to find everything, but if you use them in addition to a regular antivirus, they should help to keep you reasonably safe.
If you need antivirus but can't afford to buy a program, there are some pretty good free alternatives out there. I haven't used it but understand that Avast is good; so is AVG. In all, there's no excuse not to have antivirus on your Windows-based machine. Though frankly I would say if you don't buy any other software, buy antivirus. Most other stuff you can get open-source at no charge, but you gotta protect the machine or it's useless to install all the other software in the world.
My friend LR called last night. While ostensibly it was about work references, she also hit me with twenty questions about MC. She's one of three people who seems to think I need a bodyguard, or maybe a keeper. (Okay, there may be days...) As she asked, "Does he...?" for the umpteenth time, everything I answered had her saying, "Oh my God... you got a good one!"
Well, yeah. I kind of already figured that part out.
Finally she asked, "Well he obviously can't be perfect. What's wrong with him?"
I replied, "Nothing I can't live with."
She shot back, "Oh my God, he's GAY!"
After I stopped laughing so hard I couldn't breathe, I assured her that no, MC is not gay - a gentleman and many other good things, but definitely not gay. While MC and I are still "just roommates," there's been kissing and hugging, holding hands, etc. Obviously it's only been a few days. I still think it's safe to say if we were any more compatible we'd probably be dangerous.
I'm still kind of dazed with all of this. If you'd told me a year ago that I'd be living with a man, I'd have laughed you out of the country. If you'd told me even a few weeks ago that even in a positive situation like this, we'd connect on this level this quickly, I'd have said you were nuts. Guess fate told ME.
Before - After
In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )