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First Friday of Santa Month

Sorry Folks, only have time for few quick thoughts..

* This blog has suddenly started receiving a ton of spam comments (this is in part due to the fact that I have allowed wide-open settings, so you don’t have to leave emails, or a name, etc.) that are coming from the Former Soviet Socialist Republics (these comments are in Russian, and are simply long lists of URL’s), Germany, and Israel.
Like, 20 per hour. All week.

These scammer/spammers are, simply, dumb as a …

Not to mention ethically and morally bankrupt. (WordPress has, to date, protected you from 70,308 spam comments already, here on T4E.)

I just wanted to remind you to be on your tippy-toes, Top, A Number 1, Level usage of paranoid common sense this holiday shopping season.. not just online, but when you’re out there in the malls, etc..

Don’t carry your purse in the shopping cart. Don’t let the person behind you eye-hustle your PIN (over your shoulder). Don’t carry your wallet in your back, or a ‘loose’ front, pocket. Don’t think cell phones are hacker-proof. Don’t do your banking on Wi Fi “hotspots”. And so on and so forth.

The holidays, it seems to me, brings out the best and the worst in people.. I know it’s cold. I know it’s crowded. I know there’s not enough time. I know things are too expensive. I know you waited a long time for that parking space that ——– just stole from you. I know everything is too, too, too crassly commercialized.

But, please. I ask you. Lead by example. Be the “better person”. Try to turn your other cheek, and remember glass houses. Slow down and enjoy the spectacle of the pretty lights. Maybe .. sing a carol or two at the top of your wind. (But.. two’s enough. You didn’t think you could sing, did you? It takes practice, you know!)

December 3, 2010 - Posted by | advice


  1. Thanks Paul

    Sometimes it only takes a little push to get the ball rolling, or to get folks thinking about what they are doing out there in cyberspace and in Real Life…


    Comment by KsTinMan | December 4, 2010 | Reply

    • KsTinMan,
      Well, I am an old curmudgeon I think. Somewhere in our recent History, we seem to have forgotten that children learn from us by how we behave, and not by how we tell them to act.. and we seem to have lost some of our.. civility along the way. (Television hasn’t helped..) To those who do lead by shining example, in their daily lives, I salute you. Sometimes.. it’s hard to Do The Right Thing.

      Yes. We all need to be alert and wary — aware of surroundings. But, now we have iPhones, and people don’t even watch where they’re walking, they’re texting instead. (sigh)


      Comment by techpaul | December 4, 2010 | Reply

  2. Agreed Paul. You raise a good point. Recently I have been looking at anti-spam software for my private email.
    I am currently using Cloudmark and it works OK but have you come across anything better? I don’t mind paying but I won’t go to the $99 my ISP wants. Any ideas?


    Comment by John Payne | December 4, 2010 | Reply

    • John Payne,
      I’m afraid your question goes to an area where my own personal experience is quite limited, and so I can only say “no”, I don’t know.”
      I do know that many Internet Security Suites include antispam modules, and so you may already have a good tool. (My current reco in this category is Norton NIS 2011, and it’s antispam is quite good.)

      And, I know that the man I turn to for such reviews/advice, Neil J. Rubenking (at PC Magazine), gives Cloudmark his top pick (link leads to all his antispam reviews).

      Also, I was satisfied with the results I had with my (limited) testing when I was asked to review SPAMFighter (see review here).
      And I can (further) refer you to this review of free tools, Top 13 Free Spam Filters for Windows


      Comment by techpaul | December 4, 2010 | Reply

  3. Thanks Paul, for these further reminders. During this festive season… with the hustles and bustles, glad tidings and joy, we tend to lose our focus on what’s important.

    … yes… to change the pace…to sing a xmas carol, RIGHT ON, to watch an old xmas movie, can bring Santa back again, to the times when Santa was magical… that’s what I’m doing this year.

    Seasons Greetings To All


    Comment by Gaia | December 4, 2010 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      I believe somebody told me, one time, long ago, and it may even be true, that the act of singing will cheer you up, and generally improve one’s attitude, and release endorpha-sera-tone-fins.. or some such, and raise your spirits.
      If I’m remembering correctly, they said it was due to the fact that singing changes how we breathe and use the diaphragm muscles.. and that if we sing longer, and louder, the greater this effect – and “mood elevation”.

      Of course, I’m repeating second-hand hearsay conjecture…

      And I’m not sure the effect would be applicable to the listener… (certainly not, In my case.)
      But I still give the idea my strong reco.

      My “Christmas movie reco” is Miracle on 34th Street.

      .. and I’m afraid I don’t understand one of your statements.. Santa is magical!


      Comment by techpaul | December 4, 2010 | Reply

  4. Yes Paul, I have read or heard the same. I agree with ALL you said about The ACT OF SINGING, when we really think about the processes of the body and mind, it is logical…little do we think of this, “we just sing…

    My statement: (sort of confusing) Santa IS MAGICAL, as adults we can step into that “make belief world” for a little while, otherwise how would we get through the season?

    …and thanks for the movie.


    Comment by Gaia | December 4, 2010 | Reply

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