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The Cynic I Am, I Can’t Help Wondering Whether PC Security Companies Had A Hand In The Ransomware Attacks.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access this BBC article. Google for many more.


A recent Ad., with ‘ransomware’ featured, by a security company that advertises aggressively on TV. Click to ENLARGE and read here.


Yes, yes, yes … I know that this is an old chestnut and that there are plenty of posts, including determinations by ‘Snopes‘, that antivirus companies are SO ETHICAL (and atypical) that they would never even dream of doing anything so underhand.

But, I am an out-and-out cynic and I have been involved with computers for 48-years.

Yes, I could be wrong — totally wrong.

This, however, is something that has crossed my mind.

It would be so easy to do — surreptitiously. All ‘you’ would have to do is find a few hackers, on the ‘Dark Web’, on the quiet.

Let’s hope I am WRONG.

But, I have long maintained that security software that we install on our PCs represents the BIGGEST malware we have on our PCs! We give them carte blanche to see everything we do, communicate with impunity with a ‘mothership’ and install updates willy nilly!

Just something to think about. Being a cynic does have advantages.


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IBM’s Ginni ‘Tonic’ Rometty Would Have Been FIRED 2 Years Ago IF She Was A Man!

by Anura Guruge


The company she keeps.



I ‘speak’ here as a proud ex-IBMer, one who made a decent living for 30-years as an IBM ‘expert’ and one who has been accused, more than once, of ‘bleeding blue when cut‘ (‘Big Blue‘ being IBM’s nickname).

I do NOT know Rometty. I never met her during my terms at IBM — my last stint c. 2001.

I have only watched her from far and she has NOT impressed me one iota.

20 CONSECUTIVE (bloody) quarters of declining revenues. Yes, 20 quarters — 5 years. That is basically a WHOLE tenure as IBM’s Chairman.

Come ON! Give me a break. She would have been out on her ear ages ago if she was a man.

Now it is looking embarrassing to all.

IBM has had some GREAT CEOs and Chairmen, not even counting the two father-son Watsons. Cary, Opel & Akers were GOOD. Gerstner, who I ‘knew’, was BRILLIANT. Palmisano was not great. Gin & Tonic Rometty, however, is the worst.

And IF you did NOT know. IBM’s stock price is what it is, because she was buying back BILLIONS to prop up the price!

Warren Buffett over the weekend admitted that he made a mistake in buying IBM. Well, he is getting OLD.

The best thing for IBM is to go cap-in-hand to Amazon and ask them, please, if they would buy IBM to put it out of its misery.


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Standing Of Maine’s Recently Formed “Katahdin Woods and Waters” National Monument Threatened By Trump’s Executive Order.

by Anura Guruge


Click to access U.S. ‘National Park Service’ Website.



This is a consequence of the Executive Order signed by Trump last week to have the validity and status of the number of National Monuments reexamined — since a President can create a National Monument on their own without Congressional approval.

This monument was created by President Obama less than a year ago, on August 24, 2016.

Republicans in Maine hate it — because it was Obama and because they want no federal interference.

This could get ugly.

Shame. I have never been. It is way far North than I have yet travelled in Maine. Acadia is about my limit.


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Walmart ‘Vision Center’ Is But A Pathetic Joke — 11-Days And No Sign Of My $189 Glasses!

by Anura Guruge



I have had fairly decent luck with ‘Vision Center‘ in the past — though I have never ordered any glasses for myself from them until 11 (bloody) days ago.

I went to them because they are conveniently located and are supposed to have decent prices. At $189 I don’t really think that they were that ‘inexpensive’. But, I would NOT have cared about the price if I had them within the 10 days they ‘promise’.

I ordered them on Friday, April 14, 2017.

I called them last Friday and they said I would have them today, Tuesday, April 25, 2017.

I made plans to go by Walmart this evening to pick them up. BUT, since I did not get a phone call I called just to be on the safe side.

They do NOT have them and have NO IDEA as to when I might have them.

Bloody Walmart.

I so often regret doing anything with Walmart OTHER than buying stuff that is available on display.

So a heads up.


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‘Ruby Tuesday’: Food Was Absolutely Atrocious!

by Anura Guruge




This was the WORST meal I have had in a sitdown restaurant — EVER!

I used to be a big fan of ‘Ruby Tuesday’ — but then we just stopped going, mainly because it is the kids that call ‘the shots’.

Of late it has been “Friendly’s“, “Friendly’s”, “Friendly’s” … because Teischan loves that place — and we are going there (AGAIN), this Wednesday, for her birthday.

Yesterday, Sunday, March 19, 2017, after ‘Beauty and the Beast‘, we needed a place to eat — and ‘Ruby Tuesday’ was just across the road (in Concord, NH).

I was hoping for great things. Nice enough inside. Ambience is good. Tasteful decor.

I ordered the ‘Philly Cheesesteak Potstickers‘ and the ‘Thai Phoon Shrimp‘ — the later as an entree along with the Salad Bar.

I like potstickers and I like Philly Cheesesteak.

What I was served was DIABOLICAL.

I have never tasted anything so salty and bitter in MY LIFE. It was horrible. Yuk!

I spoke to the waitress about it afterwards.

She admitted, freely, that others too had complained about its saltiness and bitterness. She even went onto volunteer that she suspects that it will be coming off the menu soon.

DO NOT ORDER THESE POTSTICKERS.

The Thai Shrimp were tasteless BUT that could have been because my taste buds had been raped by the damn potstickers.

The salad bar was OK, though nothing special.

Found out that NOBODY, but nobody counts to see if there are 55 items — and forget the PLUS.

I counted. Only 53 items.

Poor showing altogether.

Never going back!

Rather go to “Friendly’s”.

I suspect that this is another chain going down the drain.


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WordPress.com Has Not Been “The Same” Since December 2016 — For A Start, ‘Site Stats’ Shot.

by Anura Guruge


NO “Blog in Review” for 2016!

2015 WordPress.com 'Blog in Review' opening page. WordPress.com did NOT do one for 2016! They have been doing it for years.

2015 WordPress.com ‘Blog in Review’ opening page. WordPress.com did NOT do one for 2016! They have been doing it for years.


Only the new version of “Site Stats” now available.

Stats are extremely ERRATIC indicating that they are having Server issues,
i.e., servers DROPPING hits because they can’t keep up.
Known problem, BUT this time around it has been happening since January 1, 2017.

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Haven’t heard from a ‘Happiness Engineer‘ all year!

Usually, as a rather active ‘Premium Plan‘ blogger I get a “Hi, need any help“, at least once a month. Usually more often.

Nothing at all in 2017. I suspect that there has been major layoffs.

The Stats problem bugs me.

But, nothing you can do.

At WordPress.com’s mercy.


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