March 8th, 2009


Memes ... they're what's for dinner!

Snagged from spookshow1313 even though I wasn't on her "tag" list ....

Here's what you're supposed to do...and please do not spoil the fun. Copy, paste in your notes, delete my answers and type in your answers. Then tag a few good friends! The theory is that you will learn a lot of little known things about each other.

Three Names I go by:

1. B.T.
2. Brendan
3. Daddy

Three Jobs I have had in my life:

1. Publicist
2. Publisher
3. Bar Tender

Three Places I have lived:

1. Chicago, IL
2. Appleton, WI (college, years 2-4)
3. New York, NY

Three TV Shows that I watch:

2. Burn Notice
3. Poker

Three places I have been:

1. Nepal
2. Peru
3. Thailand

People that e-mail me regularly:

1. polaris93
2. Folks from work.
3. Second Life (group announcemnts, IMs, inventory offers, etc.)

Three of my favorite foods:

1. Foi Gras
2. Indian Buffets
3. Stilton

Three friends I think will repost:

1. Nobody
2. cares
3. at all

Things I am looking forward to:

1. Hopefully getting paid soon.
2. Hopefully not losing my home.
3. Hopefully getting to take a vacation.

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Damned viruses ...

Daughter #1's computer has been unusable for a while with a bug that makes it reboot as soon as it loads the welcome screen ... we're guessing this is not due to a virus, but to some conflict in some XP automatic upgrade. However, I got in there today (finally coaxing it into Safe Mode so I could look around) and found that it kept launching the browser (despite not having connectivity in SM) and trying to connect to "" which appears to be a signature of Trojan.Initbar which masquerades as an anti-virus program. This could explain why there were THREE supposed anti-virus programs on her SM desktop that I didn't recognize, as well as Napster, which we've never downloaded.

I've tried everything that I could think of (or research) to fix the constantly-rebooting problem and nothing seems to work, so what I'm currently doing is downloading to a flash drive all her files and "game data" and will then use the "nuclear option" of the restore-to-factory disk (which will wipe out all the data on the HDs). I'm hoping that in doing that I'll be "killing two birds with one stone", getting the system to a point where it will fucking BOOT and eradicating this damn virus.

This was not a "happy computer weekend", let me tell you..

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