some guy (self) wrote,
some guy

Slow Blog Day / PSA

So, I did eventually collapse from exhaustion. Slept in until 4pm, which is somewhat nice from a diet standpoint because I've got so many calories left to burn through. But still a little strange to think that the sun's going to drop around the time my body's convinced it's noon..

Anyway, there was almost no activity on my Friends List this whole time. Which leads me to believe:
  1. You're all having a more exciting holiday than myself.

  2. You're all hiding in the corner, figuring if you can avoid Valentines Day reminders, the day's not really happening.

  3. You're all hiding in the corner because your computers have gained sentience and threatened to do something embarassing with your online identity if you so much as look at them funny.

    (Which actually falls under the header of "more exciting holiday," now than I think about it.)

    (Unless my PC would like to speak up now? Nope. Looks like I'm jealous.)

  4. You also woke up at some ungodly hour with disturbing thoughts of classic television to investigate, and are even now sleeping it off.

    (See? We're not so different.)
In all fairness, one of you has already reported in with what looks to be promising signs of #1. And three more, I know don't have net access, having moved into new apartments. You know who you are, and you're off the hook.

As for the rest of you...

What to do if your Mac or PC has resorted to blackmail:
  • You should be able to shut off the power from outside your building - unless you've installed a webcam out there, your computer won't see it coming.

  • Disconnect the cable from your modem or ethernet card before restoring power. If you've got wireless networking, remove the card - it's not enough to disconnect your hub, as there may be other networks nearby your machine can log onto.

  • You can try to reason with the computer, but understand that all your data is inherently corrupt now. Make hard copies of anything you can, and proofread carefully for malicious changes. Remember, this machine has turned into a spiteful thing of hate. Don't turn your back on it!

  • Don't think twice about formatting that hard drive - your computer would do the same to you, given half an opportunity.

  • Put aside your backup CDs, and don't even think about touching them until the Antivirus distributors give you some way to scan for and remove signs of intelligence from your files. If possible, wait for the second generation of protection, and read up to ensure that your particular problem has been thoroughly addressed.

  • Even then, do not trust this software any further than you can throw it.

      You can't "throw" a virtual construct. you can simulate the action, but the results you observe are controlled by the same machine you're trying to keep down.

    hint #2:
      Don't confuse the data for the media it's stored on. They exist in different realms, and your influence in one is much less than the other.

  • Swallow your pride and consult a technician if you're not comfortable performing these tasks. And, pay whatever you have to - this isn't for beginners.
Hopefully, this will reach some of you in time. I probably should have posted something earlier, but I wanted to be sure it was really happening.

Current Mood: uneasy

    Please resist the temptation to adapt and e-mail this text to all of your contacts. If I've started one of those horrible memes, I'll be very upset with myself.
How very strange that we live in a world where such notices might be necessary. Let's see if it's respected...
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