Just a Note – September 14, 2015

People in Padua

People in Padua

Hello World!

I’m writing this post from “safe mode” as I’m doing a full clean-up of all the gunk that I picked up last week.  Yesterday the problem I wrote about last week represented itself and I found myself closed out of my mail service etc.  I ran the antivirus and found 7 ad tracking cookies and removed them.  I also cleared out my system information files (you go to properties of your computer set up and deactivate system information – at least that’s what you do on XP.  Once it’s been deactivated all the files are cancelled.  When you turn your system information back on you have a new starting point created the moment you activate the service so that’s the point your computer will go to if you have a problem – like when you add an update and your computer stops working ).

At this point I went into safe mode with network options and began to run various programs to clear out malware and adware following the advice of Malware Tips

While I was waiting to get the job done, among other things,  I read this article … kind of got the feeling of “1984” or “Brave New World” reading it : The truth about Windows 10 spying on almost everything you do.

Interesting reading and not a little scary if your interested in having a private life and still using your computer on-line.

I’ve always considered Internet as a sort of huge plaza … lots of people milling around getting to know each other, buying stuff, sharing their lives … but I always remember that it’s like any plaza in the world … there are good guys and there are bad guys, and there are nosy-parkers, spies, con-artists and yes, perverts too.

If you go into a public place, you are always a little at risk of losing some of your privacy.  The point is .. how much of your privacy are you willing to give up?  The thought of an Ad company or anyone else as far as that goes, rummaging through my private letters and snooping in on my private conversations doesn’t please me at all.

I don’t know the solution … but the article does give some ideas as what to turn off.  They did mention as a valid if radical solution converting to Linux products … might be an idea.

I’ve finished my work here and will now be going back to my normal mode with a few ideas whizzing through my head … there might be some interesting points here leading to a story 😉 .

Have a great week!

Bastet

Dawn Thoughts – July 2, 2014

More Rain

More Rain

Haiku

autumn cold in june
rain washes the mountains
trekkers in ponchos

Kyoka

in Rome they say
that temperatures are high
in our valley though
we shiver in autumn rain
need a train ticket!

Haibun

Yesterday I got up early, as usual, but I was isolated once again from the world!  By good luck, or perhaps it was just fate, I’d begun the evening before, writing in Word ™, a poem for Oloriel’s Monday Poetry Prompt … and I had downloaded Yves’ Wordle from Mindovermisery’s Menagerie.  So I had the chance to write, though not publish.  My biggest worry was that I couldn’t put up my Pixelventures weekly prompt.

Internet connected around 9:30 but by then, my family was up and getting breakfast ready, my son having plans to leave early to get back to his studies in Padua.

The connection popped on and off all day.  So, I finally did what I’d planned a week or so ago.  My hubby had given me a new HDD … a fantastic roomy new hard disk with a terabyte of place to fill up!  But, I had two problems: the first is in November I’d had a friend put Ubuntu up on my computer and couldn’t get Windows to boot without it, and the second was that I didn’t want to spend a lot of downtime reinstalling my system – losing 6 years of updates to boot! (That’s how long my present system has been running!)

I did a quick search in order to solve the first problem and found the answer at Informatica Libera Antonio Cantaro, yes, I searched in Italian … because I’ve always worked with computers here in Italy and understand computer stuff in Italian . English is Greek to me when it comes to computers!  Fix in a jiffy! (I used the second suggestion – rebuilding my MBR and boot with my Windows installation CD).

I resolved second problem thanks to a second reasearch result … this time at Locker Gnome (in English) and learnt how to clone my old system onto my new hard disk with Todo Backup by EaseUs  making it possible to just change the disk and keep all my old configuration and data!

It worked a charm!  Then, since my computer was open, my husband did a little dusting on the inside of my case and he changed my “alimentatore” too (which feeds electricity to the computer maybe power source in English?) with a bigger one and by 9:00 in the evening, I had a refurbished computer with a terabyte of space to slosh around in (my former HDD was 180 gigabytes).  There are a few little quirks I admit.  I’ll have to reinstall my antivirus for example and the start-up is a little sluggish so I’ll have to look into that, but so far it works fine.

annoying morning
creates a chance for change
learning new skills

Have a great day!  Bastet