Saturday, July 19, 2008

Back Pain!

You never realize how much you take your back for granted until is goes out on you. For the past week I've been in such excruciating pain that walking, sitting and even doing simple tasks around the house and office are next to impossible.
Enter the chiropractor.
It was the first time that I had ever been to a chiropractor, so at first I was a bit apprehensive. But a spasm in my lower back quickly changed my mind and I scheduled the appointment.
Upon examination it was determined that my spine was in fact okay. The problem was coming from my sacroiliac. I was told to lie down, on my stomach, on what seemed to look like a massage therapy table. The doctor proceeded to place an electrode on the affected muscle. As I lay on the platform with the electrode zapping my lower back muscle, it was amazing to feel the muscles just seem to melt into relaxation mode. I was left to cook for about 15 - 20 minutes. I could really tell how long because I nearly fell asleep.
The doctor then returned and after removing the electrode, began preforming stretching exercises on my limbs. A leg pulled here, while the arms are pulled the other way. My head was quickly turned left, and then turned the other way again, to produce the loudest bone crack that I have ever heard. Then I was told to stand.
It is safe to say that I was a bit apprehensive about standing. After all, I had already gone through a week with this pain that I sort of knew what to expect. But upon returning to my feet it was a shock to find that the pain was gone and I could stand up straight! For the rest of the day it was as if I just had a mild throb in my back. And that was bearable.
Now, I won't kid you and say that I am totally healed. The pain has returned. But its as if my mental attitude toward it has changed. Its become tolerable. And I can take that until its gone.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Beware of Antivirus XP 2008!!

I was attacked last night. Not by thugs or monsters or wild animals. This was something far worse.
It calls itself Antivirus XP 2008. You get your first look at the sneaky trojan installer as your Spybot Search and Destroy goes on alert. But Antivirus XP 2008, it knew Spybot S&D was there a long time ago. It moves in stealthfully; avoiding your Ad and Mal-aware programs., And you keep clicking Spybot's disable attempt window, because you think maybe its attack is being contained, like adware you've had in the past, and it will be quarantined to be deleted later. But no. Not Antivirus XP 2008. You keep attacking it, and it just fights your Spybot. And that's when the attack comes - - not from the internet, not from the trojan, but from the other applications that were uploading in the background you didn't even know were there.

You see, because this counterfeit is a pack hunter, you see, it uses coordinated attack patterns, and it's out in force today. And it slashes at you with this - -

- - a six-inch retractable claw, like a razor, on the middle toe. They don't bother to bite the jugular, like
a lion, they just slash here, here - -

- - or maybe across the belly, spilling your intestines. Point is, you're alive when they start to eat you.
Whole thing took about four seconds.
So, you know, try to show a little...
Ok, so it didn't really happen quite like that, but the effect it left on my home system was pretty devastating. I'll be doing cleanup on it for a few hours at least. All I can say is beware of the codecs you install, its getting pretty tricky out there.
For those of you affected by this bug, you can find resources to rid yourselves of it at, CNET the only one out there that I really trust. If you find any trustworthy sites, please let me know.