June 26, 2008

No Excuse

Okay, I just ran across a story about AVG that I find disturbing.

AVG puts out an anti-virus product that I have been using for quite a while and have recommended to a number of people. However, it has lately been getting out of hand and I think it has now jumped the shark.

The last time I updated, it installed (without asking me) some sort of browser checker which I promptly deleted.  The wankers!  However, it seemed to perk along happily even without the web spy on it, so I left it alone.

A few weeks ago, when the insistent message came telling me I MUST upgrade to the latest and greatest AVG 8.0... I could not find the free version and being fed up - I've simply closed it for now and will be taking it off my system.

In the entire time I've used it, I have only seen it catch 3 emails with "viruses" none of the emails were ones I might have opened - all would have gone into the spam folder and died an untimely death. Therefore, it has been literally doing nothing for me.

Today I saw this headline:

AVG disguises fake traffic as IE6

Exclusive AVG has rejiggered the fake traffic it's spewing across the internet, causing new headaches for the world's webmasters.

In late February, AVG paired its updated anti-virus engine with a real-time malware scanner that vets search engine results before you click on them. If you search Google, for instance, this LinkScanner automatically visits each address that turns up on Google's results page.


Oh for heaven sake!  As if people running web sites don't have enough to contend with, AVG has to go spewing tons of extra  idiot traffic into the mix.  Considering the fact they are completely screwing up every webmaster's ability to try and keep their own systems secure without having to pay out big bucks to do it, I think this is the height of arrogance for AVG.

I will be looking about for a new free anti virus to recommend to people who ask.  But for myself, I'm going to stick with Cloudmark the junk mail filter and let it grab the spammy stuff.  That seems to have kept my machine happy since I installed it.  Although I do have to pay for it. Up to now, it's been worth every penny and has worked beautifully.

For everyone else - I can no long recommend AVG.  Sorry about that. *sigh*

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June 12, 2008

Sounds Like a Royal PITA To Me

I've seen this several times today... Firefox 3.0 - the latest and greatest, is set to launch next Tuesday.

Mozilla has finally set a date for the official launch of Firefox 3 - which open sourcers hope will set a world record for most ever downloads in a day.


Have fun boys and girls.  I'll be watching from the sidelines.  I hate crowds and this looks to be one of those humongous cyber parties I will be avoiding.  (watch - they'll slow down the entire internet with this nonsense - geeze). 

I'll let all these people be my bug testers and then I'll download about a week later. It won't take me forever, the server won't crash while I'm getting the software, and (as far as I know) my current version of FF will work just fine thank you very much. 

So, just note Tuesday on your calendar and expect things to be rather obviously slower than usual.  Oh yeah, and if you want to join the crowds and party on - go for it - I'm not gonna rain on your parade.  Be sure to have plenty of time and a nice cold one on hand  to pass the time while you wait. 

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June 11, 2008

Speak of the Devil

Google and privacy policies...

The way Google stores cookie information has been criticised in the US and Europe. The company has also been panned for too readily handing over user information to authorities in Brazil, China and India.


Like I said in my last post... why would you voluntarily put your personal data on google servers?

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June 09, 2008

Whew!

Passed - thank heaven!

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