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Whack-A-Mole!

SO…

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!

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WARNING! Will Robinson.

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

Well, Here We Are, Again*

4 yearsToday is the FOURTH ANNIVERSARY of my writing (or submitting stolen borrowed content) for this blog.

I’ve posted something DAILY, along with a quote, a cartoon, a picture of a beauty, and a You Tube clip, EVERY DAY FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS!

Currently at 285,831 hits; 355 followers!

And, much to my continued surprise and delight, have not only attracted followers, but made friends!  Some of whom have communicated with me off-line, and sent money and gifts I probably don’t deserve.  And some with whom I’ve had the privilege of sending lead downrange!

You guys are amazing!

My BLOG MOTHERS™ (including Tam and Brigid) whose own postings spurred me on to blogging, are a great joy!  And terrific friends.

A special thank you to Borepatch, Murphy’s Law and Rev. Paul.  Without whom, etc.

I plan on continuing to annoy, confound, confuse and disturb for at least another year.

(Or until the powers-that-be decide I need muzzling!)

This weblog remains a work-in-progress.  As such, I’ve edited out some of the Usual Suspects who appear to be no longer blogging.  If I’ve done so in error or you have a new link, please advise.  My apologies.

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUED FRIENDSHIP AND SUPPORT!

*my very first blog post was so entitled Well, Here We Are…

(and very sharp folks will recognize I should have posted this yesterday!)

Cleaning House(?)

cleaning frenchNot exactly Spring cleaning (still being Winter, and all) and not my house (as I rent a room) but I’m speaking of the blog.

As I’m approaching another year as a blogger (aka ersatz writer, copy thief, waster-of-time) I’m looking at my blog roll (The Usual Suspects), and trying to decide who to keep, who to add, ad infinitum – ad nauseum.  Some folks are simply no longer blogging.

Also, is anyone missing?  What about those blogfriends™ who list Guffaw in AZ in their blogrolls, but I don’t list them in mine?

Is anything missing?  Serious, thoughtful commentary?  Intellect?  Blazing retorts?  Nudes? (Remember Rule 5!)

What would YOU like to see?  More politics, stories of governmental abuses, gun stuff, libertarian stuff, investigation/security stories?  (Remembering the final decision is up to me, regardless).  :-)

PLEASE let me know, especially if you have been kind enough to list me, but I’ve neglected listing you…

Down For The Count!

downfor     count   or

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In either case, due to this cold allergy attack, I am taking the day OFF!  (If you recall, I don’t get colds!)

Generic Nyquil is my friend!  :-)

PS – (01/05/15) – feeling a bit better, today.  Thanks for all your kind messages and health aid suggestions!

A Gift Of The Magi

…or at least from friends and family!  :-)

Whenever I get a windfall, I usually spend it on bills.  Or necessities.  Groceries.  Or one of those things, and perhaps a meal out.

This year, I did get a gift card or two, and some actual cash.  Not a lot, but more than I had previously(!)  I am blessed.

Instead of buying my annual collection of diabetic socks, or having a new edition of ‘Ed Sullivan’ (the really big shoe) built up, I opted for something a bit more frivolous.

Some time back, my roommate J gave me her old computer tablet.  It worked for about four months, when the on-off switch went South.  A common occurrence in this model, I’m told.  Also $200 to repair!  For a now three-year-old tablet.

For Christmas I bought myself an inexpensive, more up-to-date 9″ computer tablet!  With Android KitKat 4.4!

It doesn’t have very good cameras (I have a cell for that!), and it’s not bluetooth compatible, but it’s MINE!  Much lighter weight than the hand-me-down, fast, and with a quad processor.

Sadly, it’s of PRC manufacture.

But, with my gifts, I only had to pay the $7.98 for one day Amazon shipping!  I figure, if it breaks in a week, I’ve had a new tablet for eight bucks!

20141231_100129And, now I don’t have to use my cell phone to back-up blog if my PC fails!

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My Dragon Touch 9″ Tablet

 

Of course, as with buying a new gun, there are always tertiary accessories needed.  A screen protector and protective case!  (ordered this afternoon)!

:-)

THANKS, EVERYONE!

 

 

SO…THIS Explains It!

Maybe.

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

Whither Thou Blog?

The latest meme in the blogosphere is regarding blogging.  Or rather discontinuing blogging.  I first saw it on Roberta X‘s blog, later on Rev. Paul‘s.

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(?)

Living Off The Grid, Part II

aka, boy, THAT was close!

After my morning routine yesterday, I didn’t get back to my computer and the Internet until late last night.  I usually leave her on and connected, but in sleep mode.  That way, all I have to do is hit ESC and I can respond to email, review blogs, whatever…

Except last night, I reviewed a couple of emails and went to respond to them.  And nothing happened.  Nothing.  Bupkis, zilch, a big goose egg.

The screen was there, the mouse worked to maneuver between screens; I was able to open files and emails.

But, I was unable to type anything!  My wireless keyboard was not working!

And, this was not the usual ‘battery indicator indicates they need changing’ (although, just in case, I did change them)

I thought, perhaps, I would be ‘living off the grid’ for real!

(I did set up a fledgling post on my cellular telephone, although I am unclear how to change out my other blog items – the quote, funny and women pic.  Guess I need to do additional research, huh?)

So…I went to bed, awakened this morning, showered, dressed, etc. and began to address the computer issue head on.

I turned her off and ran diagnostics, reinstalled the mouse, and prayed.  And did a cold reboot.

That was the initial solution for all computer problems at TMCCC for the 20+ years I worked there.  Have a problem with your terminal?  Reboot!  Or, move to an empty desk and reboot!  Hell, it worked for the IT guys there about 75% of the time, so…

Fingers now crossed (note to self, very difficult to type in this fashion!), I began to type.

And the keyboard now works!

PHEW!

coldbootUntil next time…

 

You do not own that identity.

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.

:-(

 

 

The 300 Spartans

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.

Thank You!

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.

"One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas - how he got in my pajamas I dunno!" - Groucho Marx as Captain Spaulding in Animal Crackers

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It’s about who is at the tiller of this Republic’s Ship of State. - Guffaw

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2. NEVER POINT YOUR MUZZLE AT SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.

3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.

4. KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEYOND.

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"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Bene Gesserit, from Frank Herbert's Dune

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