Thursday, February 20, 2014

A Brief Open Letter to Microsoft

lifted from:another blog
No! Dang it! Not all of your customers replace their computer every year! Every time you've sent an update in the last year, it has paralyzed my computer. I've tried changing the settings so that any updates require my approval before installation, but you keep going around my user permission settings! What's it going to take to secure my computer from you? Do I need to surgically remove the modem? (Ah, the good ol' days when a modem could simply be disconnected or shut off. Those were good times!)

Sincerely, A customer that wishes to be left alone until I personally think it is time for an update.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Sick Baby Hoax

Perhaps you've seen this heart rending picture that I've edited or something like unto it.

It came with a claim that Facebook and CNN would donate money for each "like" or "share" that it got. Well don't... just don't. It's a tasteless scam put out there by a "like-whore".

Don't "like" it, don't "share" it, certainly don't comment on it. Click the picture itself and if you look to the right, there should be a report option. Click "report" and go through that process so that Facebook is in-the-know that an abusive picture is being circulated. It should only take a minute or two.

"But what if it's real?" It is not. Facebook never donates money based on how many "likes" and "shares" a photo gets.

"But it's harmless." No it is absolutely not harmless. Hoax slayer words it well:

The people who create these hoaxes - fittingly referred to as "like-whores" by the Facebook community at large, do so to amass likes and shares and to drive Internet traffic to their websites or Facebook Pages. They take images of children from other sources without permission and reuse them in their despicable hoaxes.

Some who create such hoaxes apparently do so simply out of a sick and twisted desire to see how many likes and shares their disgraceful lies can muster. Others are motivated by greed. Facebook Pages with large numbers of likes can be sold on the black market to other unscrupulous Internet marketers and/or used to peddle products and services and launch further spam and scam campaigns.

It's hard to ignore these things because we are mostly good inside and want to help, but some people are dead inside and favor exploiting human goodness and vulnerability. I know it can be difficult, but vet your charities first. If it seems easy and cost free to support a charity, that should be the first indication that it is a scam.

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Facebook Menu of Genders... What shall I try today?

Here are my options should I decide to change my gender on Facebook. Please forgive me if there are repeat genders, either as a typographical error on my end, or as it appears as given from Facebook:

Male to Female
Trans Female
Trans Male
Trans Man
Trans Person
Cis Female
Cis Man
Cis Woman
lifted from this blog
Gender Fluid
Gender Non-conforming
Gender Questioning
Gender Varient
Gender Queer
Female to Male
Cisgender Female
Transgender Female
Cisgender Female
Cisgender Male
Cisgender Man
Cisgender Woman
Transsexual Person
Transsexual Female
Transsexual Male
Transsexual Man
Transsexual Woman
Trans Woman
Transgender Woman

Interestingly enough, they did not include the regular, less scientific gender options of man, woman, or person. I would have added to the list a few Jedi versions of several genders; but that’s just where my sense of humor leads me. I have so many options, but only one life to live. May I live it honestly.