Archive for November, 2012


Sizable Weight

I know its not just me. I have witnessed my fiancé battle through the same dilemma, I can’t imagine we are the only ones… are we?

 

Picture this, man walks in to a jewelry store, looking to buy a wedding band. “What size ring do you wear” asks the jeweler. Man replies, “I don’t have a clue, I have never worn a ring before.”

 

Thats probably a typical situation yes?

 

What happens next? The jeweler bends down to look under the counter, and pulls out a 5 inch diameter steel ring with every ring size available, in 1/4 size increments. That equates to about 5 lbs of steel on a ring. 

How to measure ring size

 

Within this 5 lb weight set, they manage to find a single circle that might be close to what size you wear, and they hand it to you. Its got square edges, its cold and its attached to an awkwardly large quantity loopy rings that are in the way. What do you do with this contraption? You shove it on, up to the big knuckle, give the jeweler a nervous look, because you know that it might not come off once you pass that lump, and you shove it on. “How does that feel?” they immediately blurt out.

 

Really?! My finger is turning purple and my arm can’t hold up the weight, “Ummm what should it feel like” I’d ask. To this very day, I have not gotten a useful answer, they truly say “It’s entirely up to you how it feels” Are they trained to not say “It should feel like….” or are they not trained to know? I find that hard to believe because they all wear rings… Its frustrating.

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I’m reading an article that blows my mind. It’s not an uncommon article or even a surprise, but its a shocking reminder. The topic… Chrome and Firefox users are horrible at updating their browser to protect themselves from the latest security vulnerabilities. 

 

Kaspersky is quoted saying “Firefox users take an average of 30 days to upgrade to the latest version, giving criminals a lengthy window to launch new attacks.” This is alarming. 

 

Lets be clear about something. Lets talk about security and vulnerability. Windows computers are most susceptible to a virus why? Because it is the most popular operating system. Attackers are going to spend time writing virus material for something that can and will easily and widely spread. Apple didn’t elude attacks because they are taking the appropriate steps and securing your data, they simply aren’t attacked…yet. As they grow in popularity, they are seeing trends of increasing attacks. 

 

Which smartphone OS is being attacked with 4 different viruses on 2 different versions? Android OS… because why? Yes, (as I cringe to say) it is currently the most popular OS. 

 

Computer users originally switched to browsers like Chrome and Firefox because they were safer than Internet Explorer. They were safer because they were less popular. Thats the bottom line. As they became more and more common as the go-to browser, they too became susceptible to attacks because attackers started writing attacks targeting them and their users. 

 

Now, unfortunately, every update that comes out is not always regarded as worthy or even stable. Our developers are allowed to release anything they wish that has a “final release” badge on it, while often at best its Beta… another topic for another time. You just need to stay alert to the security aspects, and take responsibility for security risks that you could be spreading to your friends and family out of neglect. 

 

#LifeTip: For every person that moves to something trendy, there is an equal number of people trying to spoil the fun. 

Listen, I want to clear the air.

When I make PC jokes, (even though they are regularly directed towards Microsoft) please know that I am an all around fan of computers. I simply know enough about what makes them tick to mock them, and I am not smart enough to design them, only build and fix them.

I can give you pointers, tell you what stinks and what doesn’t, I have bench tested most operating

systems, if not on my own machines, maybe I hacked one of yours to try out your system, who knows. The point is, when I say things like “”Microsoft: “”You’ve got questions. We’ve got dancing paperclips.” I don’t mean any harm, thats just really funny. So lighten up and have a chuckle.

The point is… computers are like air conditioners — they stop working properly if you open WINDOWS.

I am here to fix them