I awaken fairly early this morning, shower, dress, morning rituals…
And begin my day – with the Internet.
Specifically, my email accounts, news, almanac, and the Guffaw in AZ blog.
Or so I thought I would…
I’ve been having browser trouble, yet again. And today it was scary!
I received warnings like this one using Google Chrome and Opera browsers. I recently had switched back to Chrome, as Firefox had been giving me some different trouble! After ‘the troubles’ this morning, I ran both Windows Defender and Malwarebytes (the pay-for version). WD said there were NO problems, MWB recorded 22, which were then removed.
And Chrome and Opera still ran with ‘issues’. So I used Comodo Dragon and even reverted to Firefox to get my email and blogging chores done.
Word on the ‘Net is Firefox is going away (so, by extension, will her cousins Comodo Dragon and Comodo Ice Dragon!) Because Mozilla is lacking in support. And Internet Explorer is pretty much a ghost, now. I won’t even mention Netscape, AWOL since she was acquired by AOL.
So, the question remains: Is there a secure, modern browser with which one may check email, blog and even surf the ‘Net?
Or is accessing the Internet forever to remain a game of whack-a-mole, with regard to bugs, viruses and glitches?
This inquiring mind wants to know
I’m in whine mode.
(I know I said at the outset that I wouldn’t use this weblog for therapy, but, hell, it’s my blog, so here goes…)
Why? Not only do I not have any funds to get neat presents for friends and family, but, I’ve no one with whom to share the non-materialistic parts of the holidays. One terrific couple I know gifted me with a cool assortment of cheeses and beers (including Lindeman’s raspberry ale!), and all I could give them in response was a small bag of garlic goldfish.
Hardly an even trade.
I love my sister and her kids, and her kid’s kids dearly, but going to a family celebration alone with certain people in absentia is always painful.
Now it’s the downhill slide from the New Year, to Molly’s birthday, to the anniversary of the accident, in March.
We’re told the best way to get out of this kind of funk is to create a gratitude list. So here goes…
I’ve a roof over my head, and a working car. Thanks to my friends! I’m on Medicare. I’ve disability benefits, which, while in no way am I rich, I can buy food, gas, and pay rent. I’ve a select group of friends, both locally and on the Internet, who help out whenever they can. Many of these friends have gone above and beyond – for years – when I am unable to give back in kind.
This must mean something.
I’m disabling comments for this post. Because, in lieu of giving me an Internet “there-there”, or a virtual hug (or a kick in the pants), please stop for a moment and create your own gratitude list.
I’ve been having ‘problems’ for some time now with regard to the posting of commentary on others blogs and some folks seeing MY little blog and commenting, as well.
Seems WordPress has had some issues. I left Blogger a couple years ago, as THEY had some issues!
More than 100,000 WordPress websites have been infected with malware after attackers exploited a vulnerability in a popular WordPress plugin called RevSlider. The attack turns the infected WordPress sites into unwilling distributors of yet more malware, this time aimed at visitors to the sites.
The malware campaign has been dubbed SoakSoak because it causes some infected websites to redirect visitors to a malicious website at soaksoak.ru. In an attempt to curb the infections, Google has blacklisted over 11,000 affected WordPress domains, according to Menifee, California-based security company Sucuri.
We get what we pay for!
I can’t afford to pay for a blogging platform – I certainly hope those are running without issue(?)
h/t Rev. Paul
Essentially, it describes a kind of malaise.
Why blog anymore?
Between Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook*, blogging is being re-defined as the ‘buggy whip’ of social media. Who blogs, anymore? I mean really…
For me, it returns me to why I began blogging in the first place, and what I expected to get out of it.
I began blogging because it gave me something
constructive with which to waste my time. A personal daily discipline. And the ability to share my politics, philosophy and history with family and friends. I had no expectations then, and certainly don’t now. And have been met with a wonderful community of friends I didn’t know I had until I began blogging! Some of whom have become friends and confidants off the Internet. In the real world.
Many folks have voluntarily or involuntarily removed themselves from the blogosphere since I began. And that saddens me. It means time is passing, and people have removed themselves from our lives. That is their choice. Or Fate’s.
Guffaw, your humble blogger, will continue blogging. At least for the time being.
Weather permitting. :-) (“They’ll be a rain dance, Friday night. Weather permitting.” – George Carlin, The Indian Sergeant) See, there’s always guffaw in there, somewhere. :-)
*Facebook – Guffaw is on FB, in his real name. But, the more I blog, the less I am there. Guess I’m doing this backwards(?)
You do not own that identity.
THIS is the message I received when I attempted to post comments on Way Up North and The Silicon Graybeard this morning!
To be clear, I’ve been GUFFAW IN AZ since March 6, 2011 !
What I need to know is, is this a WordPress glitch, or what?
I’m not a geek, I only play one on the Internet.
Not really. But close!
WordPress software informed me yesterday that I now have 300 (three hundred) followers of Guffaw in AZ!
This means three hundred folks actually pretend to want to read stuff I have written (or have
stolen borrowed). This is a far cry from the initial 10 (#10 being North, the first follower unknown to me from the Internet only) since I began blogging March 6, 2011.
I do recognize some of the number are folks who play Facebook games, ‘friending’ me that I might friend them back. But, it’s been a few years since I was in junior high. Hopefully, they actually read the blog, regardless.
Of course, I am still surprised ANYONE does.
This whole blogging thing continues to be amazing. I’ve had commentary and/or email from folks in the Americas, Europe, Asia, including a woman blogger in Pakistan!
And service personnel everywhere! Thank you and all veterans for your service!
And thank you all for stopping by.
I like FNC…
NO, NOT the Fox News Channel – although I DO like it, too, on occasion.
I’m speaking of the blog Free North Carolina!
They sometimes have blog fare I view as incendiary, but, more often than not, they make me think differently on a specific issue – even if I continue to disagree with them on that very issue!
One of this Constitutional Republic’s tenets I wholeheartedly endorse is speedy justice. I know, with the judicial bureaucracy, it doesn’t always seem so, however.
FNC did post a short video of one such event:
Pickpocket, purse snatching, shoplifter?
Thanks to the extreme capabilities and generosity of my Roommate, who not only found an old laptop for me, but, spend many hours rebooting/reconfiguring the router so we could again enjoy the wonders of the Internet!
There IS a learning curve, as this is a Windows 8 machine, and none of my blog prep files have yet found there way here, but, I AM BACK!
Thank you for your patience.
…says it’s March 6.
This means Guffaw in AZ has been annoying you daily for THREE YEARS, TODAY!
Some never thought it would make it this far. Especially me! And, while I don’t have the blog following of my blogmothers like Brigid or Tam, I’m still very happy with the results.
236 followers in 125 countries and an average viewing of 150 views per day with a single day high of 379.
For those new to my humble blog, I write about my life, my careers, my experiences and my relationships. I am on medical disability, but I used to investigate credit card fraud. I’ve also been a private investigator, CCW trainer and firearms collector. I also
steal borrow material from other fine bloggers, like Rev. Paul, Murphy’s Law and many others.
And I search the Internet for tasteful photos of beautiful women, cartoons, quotes and material to make my little blog appear more interesting.
Hope to see you all around for at least another year! – Guffaw
The Top Ten
Below are links to my top ten favorite blog posts of the past three years. In no particular order. Based on what I like – it IS my blog!
See ya around – hopefully? And thank you for stopping by. I’m still surprised by the following and support – your obedient servant, Guffaw
Tamara (the Mistress of Snark) reconfirms her title yet again, with a post on fascism, of epic snark!
Therefore, when zampolits come to the American broadcasting industry, they’re not going to be Sam Brown-wearing extras from a documentary about the RMVP:
See, when The Censor shows up, she’ll have nothing so crude as a red grease-pencil or a razor blade. She’ll be wearing a nice business suit, not a brass-buttoned black uniform and shiny jackboots — and she may well have no idea what she’s really there to do. It’s the soft fascism of dim expectations.
And here’s the line which wins the Internets!
American fascism is of the smiley-faced, good for you, eat-your-vegetables, low-fat, mandatory fun variety. In the USA, it’s already a borderline crime to do unhealthy things and not like people.
Amen, one-of-my-blogmothers, amen.
You should go and read the whole thing. Of course you should be stopping by her blog multiple times daily, anyway.
Lest she hurt you.