Well I might just go Luddite after all

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Well I might just go Luddite after all

Post by a nameless entity » Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:08 pm

I might just go Luddite after all. Perhaps more from necessity rather than choice. I rather enjoy threatening to quit this PC and internet nonsense from time to time, and then settling back into hypocrisy once my current PC vexations are soothed.

However this time I may end up offline for an unknown length of time due to:

1) My contract with my ISP is due to expire in the coming month. My current bill went up by 4 dollars since the discount expired and a price increase that happened in July got factored into the bill for the few days past the contract date that the current month's charges cover. I will not accept any narrower bandwidth than I am now using, nor will I pay any more than I have been. So they either accept my terms for a year or two, or we are done. It was only a $5 discount anyway, and the price increase is unjustified. If they can't give me that little concession, we are done. I expect that we are indeed done, but perhaps they'll yield. But I'm not holding my breath. And I'm in no hurry to sign on with the only other high speed provider in the area.

2) As David pointed out in his new thread about Avast, there are problems with that once awesome free anti virus product. I am presently without any working anti virus program. The update to Avast 2014 failed, and I cannot even uninstall and reinstall.
I am behind a router and Zone Alarm, so I think I am safe if I only come online to safe havens like this one. If I am not, then so be it. At worst case scenario, the cyber scum win, and this 11 year old PC will be retired. I cannot afford a replacement until I can collect my Canadian "social security". And that is 17 months away at the earliest. Plus the time it will take to "save up" for the new PC once there's a little more money coming in.

3) Oh what the heck was my third point? That I'm getting too old and crotchety? Yeah well we already knew that, didn't we? I've either already covered the third point I was going to mouth off about in 1) and 2) or have forgotten it completely.

Oh, well heres one: After being offline for a while I may not want to come back and start putting up with all the inherent bs again.

4) There is no number four. Except that nameless may get his hypocrisy taken from him by forces beyond his control, and end up keeping his word despite himself. Ha ha.
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Re: Well I might just go Luddite after all

Post by Dr.Flay » Sat Oct 26, 2013 3:05 am

I can help with the Avast removal
http://rejzor.wordpress.com/avast-cleanup-tool/
I have not used this tool, but I have used a few of his others.

You can get away with no running AV if you lock-down your browser and use a few tools or browser plugins.
AV scanning of files can be dealt with online before you DL (VirusTotal), but cannot stop "drive-by" infection from embedded code.

Most AV now slows Windows, but you can compromise with the settings.
If you are confident your PC is clean, switch your AV from scanning during reading and writing, to only scan when writing files.
This makes a big difference to the speed of using the PC, but will not stop the lag when the AV sucks all your CPU during running an installer etc.

Find some browser plugins
http://my.opera.com/dr-flay/blog/online-anti-malware
Harden your browser
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content ... ncerns.htm

Choose your next AV
http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/latest_comparative/index
http://chart.av-comparatives.org/chart1.php
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Re: Well I might just go Luddite after all

Post by Hermskii » Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:13 am

You can live without eating good food too.

Have fun with that.

I think you should call someone to fix your PC.

I think you should try harder to find another ISP.

I think you should come here daily and post.
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Re: Well I might just go Luddite after all

Post by Kelly » Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:30 am

Save your good data and reformat. Bad AV installs mostly never get fixed right because they operate at root level. You may think it is but recurrent problems afterwards hint at the damage done.

On two of my systems I use AVG free but I don't run anything on my personal laptop. I'm just smart where I go and never click links.

'Free' software is never free, there's always a catch and the companies are becoming increasingly aggressive in how they attach advertisements.
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Re: Well I might just go Luddite after all

Post by a nameless entity » Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:32 am

Hermskii wrote:You can live without eating good food too.

Have fun with that.

I think you should call someone to fix your PC.

I think you should try harder to find another ISP.

I think you should come here daily and post.
I believe I am eating fairly healthily, and I try to keep the portion sizes down and curb the snacking. However I've been noticing the same as everyone else that food prices keep trying to creep upwards, and never fall back down to previous levels after the latest excuse, whatever it may be, to raise the price still higher.
Quitting my ISP will give me another 50 bucks a month to use.

I see no point in "fixing" this PC when it's 11 years old. I will maintain it like I would an older car, and run it into the ground.

The only other high speed internet provider has vexed me every time I try to talk to one of their phone jockeys. The last time I called the jockey very skillfully lead me around in circle of double talk while seeming to answer my questions. Before I knew it he had stopped talking about the deal I was inquiring about and was trying to get me to say yes to a package deal costing upwards of 3x more. Classic bait 'n switch tactics. F*** 'em. :evil:

I thought it was Hook's job to post here every day. What happened?
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Re: Well I might just go Luddite after all

Post by a nameless entity » Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:54 pm

a nameless entity wrote: 1) My contract with my ISP is due to expire in the coming month.
So they either accept my terms for a year or two, or we are done.

4) There is no number four. Except that nameless may get his hypocrisy taken from him by forces beyond his control, and end up keeping his word despite himself. Ha ha.
I called them today and they did accept my terms. In return for one of their own.
I get the same discount as last year. There's a small increase of $2.26 a month, part of which is tax. They apparently opened up my bandwidth a little, as part of a revamping of their various internet plans that they sell. So I'm pretty much getting what I'm paying for, over all. In return I can no longer opt out of the plan for free if my PC dies during the 1 year contract. So it will cost me $75 + 30 days notice. Which of course means I would pay for 30 days worth of online time that I cannot use on top of the fee. I didn't grasp that when I agreed to this new contract. But I'll worry about that terrible scenario only when/if it happens. :|

So what this means is that my hypocrisy has won out again.

You may now take turns at pulling my chain. :? :mrgreen:
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Re: Well I might just go Luddite after all

Post by Hermskii » Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:01 am

I still got a good PC for you the second you say you want it. Great to know you are stuck with us another year too!

Hook would be here posting but now that he has become what GameTracker considers to be the best Redeemer Only Mod Server in the world he is too busy for us over here. Kudos to him on that too, I checked the ranks this morning and he was 2 ranks higher than the next nearest redeemer server.
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Re: Well I might just go Luddite after all

Post by Hook » Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:00 am

Well, as I said in the other post ...
"My big problem is I cannot even SEE Hermskii's forum on my work computer - it is Blocked there - "GAMES" it says. :roll: "
I hate it, because i have little time at home to go to forums. :|
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Re: Well I might just go Luddite after all

Post by a nameless entity » Sun Dec 15, 2019 4:20 pm

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Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:08 pm
I might just go Luddite after all. Perhaps more from necessity rather than choice. I rather enjoy threatening to quit this PC and internet nonsense from time to time, and then settling back into hypocrisy once my current PC vexations are soothed.


3) Oh what the heck was my third point? That I'm getting too old and crotchety? Yeah well we already knew that, didn't we? I've either already covered the third point I was going to mouth off about in 1) and 2) or have forgotten it completely.

Oh, well heres one: After being offline for a while I may not want to come back and start putting up with all the inherent bs again.

4) There is no number four. Except that nameless may get his hypocrisy taken from him by forces beyond his control, and end up keeping his word despite himself. Ha ha.

The only other high speed internet provider has vexed me every time I try to talk to one of their phone jockeys. The last time I called the jockey very skillfully lead me around in circle of double talk while seeming to answer my questions. Before I knew it he had stopped talking about the deal I was inquiring about and was trying to get me to say yes to a package deal costing upwards of 3x more. Classic bait 'n switch tactics. F*** 'em. :evil:
Well ha ha ha, it seems I guessed the future very accurately. :lol:

Almost exactly 3 years after I posted my luddite thread I got fed up with my ISP and quit them. 6 months later my 14.5 year old P4 died.

Now it is six years since I posted my luddite thread, and I am very ignorant of new PC hardware. And I had completely forgotten the dirty tricks the Bell phone jockeys were playing on me.

Getting back online is NOT going to be easy. Maybe I won't bother.
I'm a man........but I can change........if I have to........I guess

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