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I am so burnt out...


Very tired.

Creativity's at a max. Productivity's at minimum.

As deadlines fly past, I feel compelled to stare at my monitor late into the night. This does two things:
  1. Ensures nothing gets accomplished the next day either.
  2. Takes away whatever health benefits a few hours of sleep might have brought.
Fighting off illness. Sore throat, runny nose, violent shivering, coughing fits, terrible headache. It feels like my asthma might be back. I'm nearly positive I'm feverish, but can't figure out how to read the thermometer to verify that. Anyway, those symptoms make sleep deprivation truly intense, and sleep itself intensely difficult.

That's about all I've got to say right now.



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May. 25th, 2001 03:12 pm (UTC)
How's ZoneAlarm working?
Is it doing the trick?
May. 25th, 2001 10:56 pm (UTC)
It's working quite well, thanks for asking!
Got all three computers hooked up with it. The two which had virus problems immediately stopped having virus problems. The other one revealed a spyware application which was monitoring my internet usage and reporting back to a corporation somewhere without my permission. Now it isn't. So, I'm pretty happy with ZoneAlarm.

The home computers can no longer communicate amongst themselves, however. I'm sure that's a temporary setback. Just need to figure out how to identify the other computers as being safe...
May. 25th, 2001 11:09 pm (UTC)
Re: It's working quite well, thanks for asking!
What did I say? Did I not say ZoneAlarm would take care of that for you? Now of course, the viruses are still present on the systems, so you're going to have to get some software loaded on there that can detect and wipe them out finally.
May. 26th, 2001 03:43 am (UTC)
I don't think they are.
The virii are .VBS files which mysteriously appear in a half dozen directories. MacAffee VirusScan identifies them as intruders the moment they appear, and deletes them. I routinely scan the entire hard drive with all the time-consuming options checked. (This happens roughly once a week, since that's how often VirusScan gets updated) I also search the drives periodically for .VBS files, but since VirusScan started recognizing the problem (since the latest engine upgrade, basically), those just don't stick around very long.

I originally thought there was a trojan horse of some kind generating these .VBS files behind the scenes. But I've identified the specific virus, and know the methoods by which it spreads. More importantly, though: No virus has appeared on either of those machines since ZoneAlarm was installed.

I don't want to jinx it by announcing that they're cleared out, but I think the coast is clear. For now, anyway.

More importantly...
I still have a solid internet connection. Things have always been completely bogged down by early evening, and that's been the case for a LONG time. (I remember Justin giving me a hard time about it during the Frog Prince - he thought my troubles were a symptom of DSL not being as good as his cable modem) My guess is a lot of problems were strictly virus related.
May. 26th, 2001 04:43 am (UTC)
Home network's up and running. All the computers are talking to each other, and I might add that they're talking faster than I remember.

Mostly just needed to find the "advanced" button. Punched in the IP range, and poof! Everything worked.
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