Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Update on my father-in-law

Yesterday, Tuesday, my father-in-law underwent Gamma Knife therapy for brain tumors. Some of you may know that he has had brain tumors for a few years now. He's had two surgeries, but the doctors say they cannot open his head any more. So they felt the Gamma Knife, focused, heavy doses of radiation, would be the next best thing.

It was an outpatient procedure, requiring his head to be put in a halo. The halo was attached around 6AM with local anesthetic. The procedure began about 4:30PM. He was awake the whole time. The doctors did an MRI in the morning to get precise measurements for the tumors and said that it did not seem that they had grown much, and that there were no new growths. We'll know in 3 months how this treatment worked, when he has his next checkup.

Updated link

In an effort to help others avoid the issues I've faced, I've compiled a brief check list of To-Dos when it comes to securing your computer. In the upper right corner of this page (Top of my menu) is Secure Windows. This is a page I've created with links that will help secure your windows installation. If you have anything you think should be added, let me know.

Monday, July 24, 2006

When technology fails, life stinks

Never trust Microsoft to protect your Microsoft products. I had Windows Defender installed, which is supposed to block unwholesome software, it didn't. I was going through my e-mail, using (garbage pieace of #$%@#% crap) Outlook, with the preview window open. I right click on spam to mark it as junk mail, but of course, it loads it in the preview window. (When will you learn Kenyon!) Next thing I know, my AVG anti-virus is going berserk, and pop ups are loading all over the place.

AVG kept the infestation down to under 100. But I had to log in on a second account, because mine was so messed up. I ran an AVG full scan, and Windows Defender scan. But STILL had to load Spybot Search & Destroy to clean a couple things Defender couldn't. Needless to say, my work PC was down most of the AM.

Which brings me to my next point, Complete Wilderness Training! At first I thought, 'Hugh McManners? How could a name like that write this book?' But I tell ya, he was a life saver. He tells you how to find, prepare, and eat food when technology is not present. Although, he should add a section on how to de-scent a skunk. No matter, I'm fed, and alive. (No, I didn't eat skunk. Just a squirrel. But I did use this book while I had no technology to passify me.)

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

A bunch of funny stuff

I'm cleaning stuff off my old computer, before I move to the new one.

I found a trove of funny stories. Therefore I've updated my Funny Stuff page. Enjoy!