Posts tagged ‘don’t’

About Attempted Fraud

Do you ever reply to those phishy texts?  Don’t.  That’s the advice of police now.  No jokes, nothing; block them.  Why?  For one thing, they know it’s a real number and you have provided part of a pattern–people are effectively patterns of perception/definition/response=protocols.  Programming is becoming pattern-sensitive.  That was a mistake I made for many years; now I can’t make it anymore.


Were I the astute reader (and this isn’t just my idea or just the police; this is security agencies of various kinds), I would do as I’ve done; quit replying to the unknown.  Which also means, my friends…you don’t post negative things about Trump and friends in particular.  A putsch is openly being prepared.  IP addresses are even available from comments on places like Yahoo…Facebook…and WORDPRESS. 

October 1, 2017 at 12:55 pm Leave a comment

Cars for Veterans

I had to get rid of a car a bit ago–I did it for Cars For Kids which is legitimate.  THIS DOES NOT SEEM TO BE AND YOU MIGHT GET IN LEGAL TROUBLE FOR DONATING TO THEM.  You can’t contact them for a car.  There is no contact link.  I find no other listing than their advertisement.  If you donate to them make sure every step is documented and that you have removed the license plates from the car, and that you have contacted your state’s DMV for any further instructions.  I’m adding contact DMV because that’s what my state says.

I donated a car and I don’t give a damn.  I never owned it because it couldn’t pass I & M, once someone else accepted ownership it was indisputably theirs AND the state attorney general was aware of the case.  The real danger is twofold.  The car could be chop-shopped so that stolen parts could be used.  That’s a real, burgeoning business in the United States.  It has been since at least the Prohibition.  The second is more likely but doesn’t rule out the first.  This could be an operation for acquisition of under-the-radar cars.

I spent about 15 minutes.  I read about 10 times as fast as the ordinary reader when I’m not straining, up to about 30 using tactics I learned through military schooling (when I was a child) and up to about 60 if I strain and can page quickly and accurately enough; at this pace some information is missed.  I damaged the first kind of short term memory which is extremely fast and very much like a CPU cache and damaged the manager for ‘RAM’.  Deliberately.  It’s a long story.  Most of the damage did heal but I did manage to not notice/remember some things.  Which means, yes, they’re evidently there to some extent.  If I make a blanket, blank statement like that it means that I have spent enough time researching (I won’t use my own opinion alone) that I’m utterly convinced.

Cars for Veterans is a scam.  Someone who tries to use that for a tax credit will be in trouble.  Someone just trying to get rid of a car may be in trouble.  Use Cars for Kids and forget the one for Veterans…because it shows no way for a veteran to obtain a car.  I could have furnished any information they wanted and it utterly failed the test.

My duty is done.

May 29, 2015 at 5:08 pm Leave a comment


XP Antivirus, WinFixer, WinAntiVirus…have you gotten burned?  This article may give you a clue on how to get some money back on it.  Again, that late night commercial promising to speed up your computer–is of the same family.  I checked.


December 12, 2008 at 9:47 am Leave a comment

A Wry Note

Here’s a bit of a discovery; habits accrued through a fair amount of experience working with operating systems have evidently served me wrong with XP.  I never even considered before that I might be actively harming my own cause by restarting nearly every time I did an install.  I’m still doing it on prompts–part of this is having figured out the timing on what I’m doing.  As I said in previous posts, I’ve been recovering from a chain of severe seizures that lasted (not straight through, although the series began with “…um…a lot…”) from August to late this January.  Just one wipes out some memories and–connections is the best word I can think of for it.  That was in respects crippling.  When I started this blog my typing speed was probably 30 wpm.  I typed at 73 wpm first year typing in high school, and averaged around 100 wpm professionally (depending, in latter days, on how acquainted the programmer was with user needs and how browbeaten by a chain of frustrated management).  20k strokes per hour on the old system.  Etc.


Anyway, don’t do the reboots (and especially the power-downs) without the prompt, except for installs off Windows Updates.  On those, really and truly, you should be doing the ‘advanced’ and every time it will show you the prompt when you choose to reboot of “turn off or don’t” turn it off.  The priority of the machine has long been suspect on those.  And yeah, it isn’t the machine.  Whatever. 



August 19, 2008 at 10:51 pm Leave a comment

More about Phishing and XSS–avoiding being a victim…and gmail…and google GADGETS

That’s one of the latest and largest holes being exploited.  This article on eBay gives a hint of how it’s done, and one immediate check.  If you’re “talking” with someone online–live or by e-mail–and they mention Internet-based resources or business resources–search them (“Google” them, though that’s hardly the only search machine) and see if they exist.  There are several resources mentioned in that article that don’t; Yahoo Finance was perhaps the one that most struck my attention.


Believe it or not, I was going to let that one go.  I’ve seen three mentions so far of this vulnerability–gmail (which I use) and GOOGLE GADGETS.  It’s probably not too smart to use them or for that matter the Google Desktop.   As in, code is written to the browser.  This year, it’s generally been that then a link is deposited in the Startup folder (that one is supposedly fixed) or now in the desktop.  Reboot, or turn your computer back on in the first instance–you’re running someone else’s code.  In the second instance, what’s happened is a link you think you know, you don’t.  Quite likely, you’ll be loading among other things a keylogger.


I’m nearly exclusively using the Avant Browser.  I now know what happened while I was down, and why my computer was down when I got back into action.  You don’t have to do something stupid in order to get infected with a virus.  The reason I use the Avant Browser is because it’s easy to turn off Java, Active-X and half the other cool things–which makes it a bit less easy to mis-direct.  I’m also using Zone Alarm.  Note that these are in fact download links, as well, because there was quite a bit of DNS mis-direction apparently going on last week.


Oh, and another note.  When the fixes come…let Windows (or Leopard–hell, even Linusx) download and use the fixes.  That’s this Tuesday with 11 scheduled, if I remember correctly.  XP users may actually have or have had only one fix that applied.


August 10, 2008 at 12:14 pm Leave a comment