Fighting The Spammers

There’s an excellent article on NYTimes today about the fight against spammers, and how one man, has been pivotal in the fight. In particular his website, Spamhaus.org, has been the de facto source of information on blocking spammers at the basic level. Take note of an article posted on that site, with details that the U.S. may pass a law that’ll increase spam tenfold, empowering spammers with more freedom to spam us. It’s just plain sad.

Also worthy to note is that Spamhaus names the single biggest spammer. His name is Alan Ralsky, an e-mail marketer in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. If there’s ever a law to string up spammers to a tree, and have them shot, this person should be first in line. Hmm, where’s Mr. T when you need him?


Health Concerns

Lately I’ve been focusing a lot on my own personal health, and have been eating more vegetables than I ever have in my life. I think it’s all part of growing old or something. In any case, my roommate’s brother has mentioned to me that when he worked at the hospital, that there was a doctor he befriended who told him he does autopsies all the time, and he has discovered that a lot of people these days have a dull dark grey covering on the outside of the brain, instead of the normal pink fleshy matter. They did some analysis on the material, and it was a thin membrane of aluminium. There’s no solid way of knowing how the aluminium got there, but it’s thought that drinking sodas out of cans, eating pickles (which has trace aluminium in it), and even handling regular aluminium with your hands, possibly transfers it to your brain. I’m not sure if it’s true or not, but it makes you really wonder….

Not to mention he told me that, to save money, cow slaughterhouses are using the remains of cows to chop them up and grind them into little pieces, and feeding the live cows with it. This, in turn, causes Mad Cow Disease. Imagine an outbreak, killing millions of people, all because we eat hamburgers and other dairy products. Maybe I should avoid anything beef and dairy-related. I’m not gullible, but what if? I’m not sure I could discipline myself though, even if I wanted to. I was raised on fast food, junk food, etc. It’s pretty much a part of my livlihood.

Just food for thought (Sorry).


New Section And Story

I’ve added a new section, as you can see in the menu above, called Book. It’ll be where I’ll put together a collection of short stories. I woke up today from an interesting dream, and decided to write it down as a short story. Head on over to read The Missing Clothes. I haven’t wrote a short story in years, so I may be a little rusty.


Spyware Is Bad For You

My dad called yesterday complaining about numerous problems, all stemming from the same problem:

  1. Slow boot up times into Windows
  2. Random popups and error messages
  3. Slow connection speed and surfing on internet
  4. Increased spam in inbox

All of these problems can be caused, and are caused, by spyware, or malware (malicious ware). I was able to solve all his problems with two programs that I consider highly invaluable on my own computer. They are both free donationware (means you donate money if you feel the program is worth your donation), and easy to use.

Not sure what Spyware is, also known as adware or malware? Read this page to be informed.

The first program is Spybot – Search & Destroy. If you don’t have this on your computer, whether it’s at work, home, or in a laboratory, then you are setting yourself up for all those problems listed above, and then some. If you are on the internet, you’ll get spyware, whether by installing legitimate programs, or surfing sites on how to name babies. You never know you got it until problems come up and harass you. Run Spybot once a week, at the least, and update it before you use it everytime with the latest definitions.

The other program is SpywareBlaster. SpywareBlaster keeps the spyware from getting on your system in the first place. Run Spybot first, clean your system, then run SpywareBlaster, update it to the latest updates, then Select All and choose Protect Against Checked Items. Run this every 2-4 weeks. That’s the equilavent to vaccinating your system from the known spywares that SpywareBlaster prevents from installing on your system. In combination, both Spybot and SpywareBlaster will essentially make your life on the computer, and the internet, a lot better.

If you need a free antivirus program, check out AVG and if you don’t mind paying for a better one, get F-Prot.

Hopefully this will help others out there before they harrass a geek like me on a problem so simple to solve. ;)