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Some food for your brain .. and some fun too. ‘Cuz it’s Friday!

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I understand that there is a certain percentage of humans who find the white stuff that falls from the sky this time of year (aka “snow”) something other than the detestable, vile substance I intend to outlaw just as soon as you folks elect me Supreme Omnipotent Benevolent Dictator Of All Things.

The weekend is almost here!

Today’s quote:How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” ~ George Washington Carver

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December 9, 2011 - Posted by | advice, computers, Internet, News


  1. if you can get rid of that white stuff we got TODAY, you got my vote, oh kind sir.


    Comment by delenn13 | December 9, 2011 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      You mean.. you are not one of these people?


      Comment by techpaul | December 9, 2011 | Reply

  2. Since I am originally from Florida…NO!

    Here’s is a better video…

    P.S. I really need a firewall that I can control; not the other way around. As of now, Comodo has thrown “TinySpell” in it’s sandbox and won’t release it. It deleted my NFO viewer and download(it did let me download them though) and ate 3 more viewers when I tried to install them. Then it refused to let me download template programs for a new paid graphics program I have since it didn’t recognize the extensions. I had to download them from another PC. It abhors my torrent program and my other nefarious search sites for my video viewing. I am not even going to try my AutoPatcher for my MS updates. If it eats that ..that is ALL my MS updates…even though I do keep them backed up on a flash drive. ACK! now, it has my SysResources program in the sandbox.

    That’s it….. Nothing tells me what I can run on MY PC…’s eating paid programs..Grumble…


    Comment by delenn13 | December 10, 2011 | Reply

  3. Forgot to say..I have it on “Learning mode”. Well, I hope it “learns” from me, when i boot it out the door. I want something to say…It might be BAD if you do this..then if I decide I want can’t stop me.

    Got this from Gizmo: Get This $29 Windows Screen Recorder Free Until December 11th


    Comment by delenn13 | December 10, 2011 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      Thank you for the links.

      As to your question, let me say that I have not messed with the advanced settings in Comodo for several months now, so my memory may be rusty. That said, I think you may want to reconsider “dumping” it. Comodo’s firewall is one of the top 3 (consumer) firewalls, and I do not recommend it to “regular users” because it is so fully configurable.
      Because my memory is rusty, I am not going to try to advise any How To’s for you (except perhaps to say turn “learning mode” off, and use “clean PC” or “Advanced manual” instead) only I will tell you that I used it on my “technicians” machine – which is loaded with all kinds of tools and utilities firewalls/AV’s do not like – without having any of my stuff deleted, quarantined, sandboxed, etc., though I did have to set many ‘rules’ manually.
      The only two other firewalls I might recommend are ZoneAlarm and OnlineArmor. But in terms of robustness, configure-ability, and efficacy.. Comodo is my top pick.
      (I think what’s happening is .. in Learning Mode it is making guesses at what it is seeing, and you are not liking its choices.. I am not sure why you are not seeing notifications pop open, unless you adjusted the view settings..?


      Comment by techpaul | December 10, 2011 | Reply

      • Thanks for the advice. I know Online doesn’t like APup..saw that in the forum.

        “….which is loaded with all kinds of tools and utilities firewalls/AV’s do not like – without having any of my stuff deleted, quarantined, sandboxed, etc., though I did have to set many ‘rules’ manually.

        OK, That’s the kicker. Gonna renew the ZA subscription. They have a sale right now anyways. I am NOT setting up manual rules for 3 PCs. End of story. I don’t mind setting up the settings for over 200 programs/games that are mine..but then I am gonna have to set them up for my husband’s and the spare one. It’s in MY best interest to stick with what HE knows and is already setup. I was trying to run the firewall like he would have….just glance and click..LOL

        When it “ate” the programs it didn’t give me popups but when it sandboxed or quarantined it did. It did run faster and I actually liked the program until it got hungry. I was trying to avoid setting stuff up manually if I could because I knew he wouldn’t have a clue. His ZA is setup and been setup for years….So is the spare. So I guess I am reinstalling ZA. So much easier for me to say..”Go look at my PC and see how I set it up.”

        Good luck in the ER. :)


        Comment by delenn13 | December 10, 2011 | Reply

        • I hear you.

          But (my memory tells me) if you install Comodo, and right away tell it “this is a ‘clean PC’,” (by choosing that “mode”) it will (maybe I should say “should”) whitelist everything installed and (service) running, and only ask about new installs/downloads..
          So I really didn’t have to do all that much manual config.. mainly just tell it to ignore a few folders, and a turn off a few “scan when exe launches” (I was using their suite.. my last go ’round with Comodo).


          Comment by techpaul | December 10, 2011 | Reply

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