Archive for the ‘FYI’ Category

PC Meltdown

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The good – Disaster averted

The bad – Relying on cheap fans to cool PC components

The ugly – I feared the worst

 

I had two fans fail, virtually simultaneously (I believe), in my Windows PC. One was the primary (rear) case fan, an Antec TriCool 120mm. The other was the cheap manufacturer-installed 40mm fan designed to cool the Northbridge chip on my MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI motherboard. Both fans had been performing without issue since I built this PC in 2005.

Instant failure without warning
I don’t know exactly when these fans actually quit functioning. My first, and only, warning was noise coming from the PC. I traced it to the primary case fan, and noticed that it was not running at its normal constant speed. I then looked at the temperature readings provided by sensors built into the PC’s components, and two others provided with the PC case, an Antec P160. I saw the temperatures rising and immediately tried to save the data file I was working on, before shutting down the PC, but the system shut itself down before I could do so.

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Hackers and Spammers are Scum

Monday, December 12, 2011

The good – Nothing

The bad – They are a bunch of losers without a real life

The ugly – They are trying to ruin the Internet

 

I get a bunch of spam email every day. I just delete them without reading/opening them.

This web site gets spam comments nearly every week. My spam filter catches them and I delete them. I require ALL comments to be approved by me before they are posted, just in case a spammer’s comment might fool my spam filter, which hasn’t happened yet.

This web site has been the target of hackers many times. Fortunately, my web site has proven to be secure to this point, and all attempts to gain access have failed. My logs show where the hackers have tried to gain access, and the IP address the attack was launched from. The IP addresses track back to locations all over the globe. However, I doubt that any of these IP addresses are the actual source of the attacks, since it is easy to use a proxy server to hide the true IP address.

If a hacker ever does manage to gain access to my site, and alter its contents, I will immediately shut down this site. I can’t take the chance that they’d use it to post pornography, for terrorist purposes, or any other vile or malicious purpose.

Yep, it’s a strange world that we live in, filled with all types of losers, weirdoes, and scumbags—people without a meaningful purpose in life, and no real life at all, actually. Be aware.

…jf…

BP’s Oil Leak/Spill In The Gulf of Mexico

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The good – Maybe citizens will finally wake up

The bad – Our government & corporations really don’t care about the environment

The ugly – Incompetence & corruption is the status quo

 

I was an Environmental Manager for a large worldwide corporation based in the U.S. The opinions expressed in this blog post are based on my 16 years’ experience as an environmental professional, and 50+ years of life experience as an American citizen.

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Nowhere To Hide

Friday, August 28, 2009

The good – Friends can find you

The bad – Even people you don’t want to can find you

The ugly – Someone could use the info maliciously

 

Last night I received a phone call from an old friend I last talked to over 20 years ago. I was totally shocked, to say the least. She said she found my phone number and address on the Yellow Pages web site. This morning I checked, and sure enough, there was a listing for me on yellowpages.com.

I’ve never advertised in the Yellow Pages, and don’t have an account on yellowpages.com. I do work out of my home, when I’m fortunate enough to have work, which lately has been VERY rare. But I have never registered my address or phone number as a place of business. I do have business class phone service, only to have better ADSL service. So I suppose that’s how my info got into the databases at yellowpages.com.

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Tweeting on Twitter

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The good – I’m not sure

The bad – A timesink

The ugly – A waste of time?

 

Well, I’m now on Twitter. I resisted doing it for a long time. What finally pushed me over the edge? It may be a way for me to find new revenue streams. We’ll see.

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A new look for this site

Friday, December 5, 2008

The good – You don’t have to provide an email address to post a comment

The bad – But you still have to type in the reCAPTCHA message code

The ugly – If I receive too many “inappropriate” comments—spam, profanity, etc.—I will revert back to requiring an email address

 

Exactly one week ago, I installed WordPress, set up this blog site, and posted my first message, “Welcome to my blog.” Since then I have posted a few more messages, and done a lot of research about WordPress in general, and WordPress themes in specific. Although I know enough HTML and CSS to be dangerous, I am a total beginner with WordPress and PHP.

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Welcome to my blog

Saturday, November 29, 2008

The good – I got this blog up and running

The bad – Since this is my first blog, and thus my first experience with WordPress, it took me all day to get it going

The ugly – I had to miss watching some football to get this done

 

This blog still looks pretty ugly, as I haven’t had time to tweak it. And there’s not much content here, yet. But, all that will change, as I find time to learn about WordPress, and work on this blog.

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