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Apparantly, the cause of this lag is because some cunt couldn't submit his dissertation on time, so he decided to infect ResNet with a virus.  Now, I dunno how plausable that is, but it's all I have to go on atm.  Internet has marginally improved, but at the same time, it's still shit.  Skype is flickering on and offline, Voipstunt is staying offline, MSN, Yahoo and AIM are online, but severely lagged, so stuff may or may not get through.  IRC strangely enough is okay, albeit quite lagged.  Websites are a nightmare to get onto though.... they're taking ages to load, although Teleboards, LJ and a handful of others load reasonably well, although my Gmail checker plugin yokey in Forefox isn't working that well, heh.

Either way, at least I have some form of communication, or I'd easily be going spare by now!  I just hope this is fixed soon because I really need to get my er... PDP stuff sorted out and uploaded while I still have time... no fucking way am I failing that module and resitting!  At least I know I haven't completely fucked up a year though, the way I see it:

  • PDP
    • +Finished first term of uploads
    • +Made headway on some uploads for term 2
    • -Still have some to do
    • +No more PDP sessions till next semester
    • +No exam for this subject!
    • Rating: 80%
  • Multimedia Games Design & Development
    • +Did Coursework 1, without references and got a 2:1!
    • +Did Coursework 2, and passed it even despite it being half-done (although the other one is on extenuation)
    • -Coursework 3 has yet to be done
    • +I think I have EC time left on that one
    • +No exam for that subject!
    • Rating: 75%
  • Computer & Communication Systems
    • +Coursework 1 was uploaded, semi-done
    • +I applied for EC for it
    • -Coursework 2 isn't uploaded
    • -Yet to do EC for that
    • -Exam is looming
    • /I may or may not pass this module
    • Rating 30%
  • Systems Building
    • -Never submitted CW1
    • -Need to do EC for it
    • Exam looming
    • +I at least understand a few things about it
    • -I'm getting the impression I'll fail
    • Rating: 20%
  • Computer Programming
    • -Coursework wasn't submitted
    • -No EC submitted
    • -Need to fix up my Java skills
    • -Exam looming
    • -I may fail
    • +I can catch up in a relatively short time
    • +If I can do EC, I can incorporate my ideas into the EC CW
    • Rating: 20%

By the looks of it, all I'll be passing with certainty is PDP (even though there's a huge potential for fail) and Multimedia, which in theory I've passed... either way, looking at everything overall, it's quite shoddy, although the average rating is 45%, but that's brought up by the first two... it just proves that I'm not fucking up as badly as I thought... hopefully I can get msyelf together to at least scrape a pass for this year.  Coincidentally, I'm gonna be starting my PHP website tomorrow on my local server, and at some point, I'll also upload the Diggercast Pilot MP3 onto Stormkeeper dot Net, so you can hear a sample of myself and my friend Sean in prepration for the hour-long radio format podcast we'll be doing.
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You know how I said that the search links for that virus that spits out the URL would eventually get more hits? Well, it's gotten 4-5 more hits since I typed that entry out. Apparantly, the type of virus it's referred to as is the Ratemynuts Virus, which is a brilliant name (not really!), and no doubt stems from either the first URL that used it, or because the name is more catchy. Either way, I honestly don't care... nor do I accept any liability if you click or go to any of these URLs yourself. I know most of you won't, but I'm just covering my arse, just in case. The one preceeding that which I got spammed with was with the message "holy shit, have a look at this!!!!!!"  You may have experienced this one before, or are experiencing it now (either being a victim of it or seeing the link), as it is fairly recent too.  Anyway, I'm kinda hoping what applies for the virus applies here too.  It can't hurt though to try it, although I don't accept responsibility for damages, yadda yadda, and so on.  Anyway, the link for the similar virus (or I think it is anyway) is:  Hopefully, that'll help those who are infected out... although I can't guarantee the instructions will work 100%, given that viruses change all the time, bloody things.  Either way, if they do, fair play... if you want, you can tell me.  Equally, tell me if they don't, and I'll make sure to update this entry to say if it does or doesn't.  Either way, trying something is better than trying nothing at all.

The moral of all this though is never click on suspicious links!

Either way, this is one nut that needs cracking!
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Well, I finally got the Tangerine Dream tickets from, and I got a callback from them to be sure, which was nice.  My mum commented they were really last-minute!  I also got my second copy of Night Moves (which I don't really need), which came with a second copy of Midnight Resistance, though it's the second copy of Night Moves I have, meaning I have two copies of that and a 3rd copy of Midnight Resistance! I suppose if the tape ever wears down, I do have backups.  I did also get my Enterprise plans as well, and I'm due for some more eBay stuff today, though thankfully the tickets arrived today, as my mum is coming this Friday! I'll also need to go to uni today and rectfy everything, as well as check for mail, which reminds me I need to check my email too, heh.

I stumbled upon this, and like the guy said, this shouldn't be funny but it is:

"25% of the time you're on the periodical anyway." Say what? LOL! The guy on the radio is pissing himself at the convo, and I can't blame him to be honest. It did end a little abruptly the first time, but upon listening to it a second time, it seems less abrupt. Ask Ugg is quite interesting, mind... read most of it, and it's convinced me that marriage isn't such a hot idea, een considering the fact that marriage was going to be something I would consider at 30, but given I've lived through two divorces (not mine!), I should be quite wise to how damaging marriage can be when it doesn't work out. I mean, not only does it seemingly costs a bomb at the start of it, it costs a nuke during the divorce proceedings. I mean it costs more at the end of a marriage, then like a nuke, the effects of it are far-reaching and you feel the effects as time goes on, given you have to pay child maintenance, in addition to the fact that you lose half of what you own.  It's absolute madness.

In fairness though, I'm not against paying child support, provided the child is mine and not someone elses (poor bastard), but yeah, marriage is a bad idea because it ruins both sides financially.  I have no idea how this turned into a rant about marriage, but it did.  People should be used to my changing topics at a flick of a switch at this point, if they actually know me, or read my journal in some detail, but I'm now gonna switch to the fact that I got 10 lines from someone on MSN saying the same thing, a link which I highly suspected to be a virus.  I decided to research the url on Google and lo and behold, 2 links came up, one of which was on here.  Go figure.  The other one was a domain listing, which wasn't all that useful.  No doubt within the next 2 days or so, those links will be increased, especially as I'm going to mention it; (why didn't I register that domain name dammit!) with the accompanying line "is that you on this photo" is obviously a virus designed to trick gullable people into clicking on it, to which code is then downloaded to your PC, and then installed.  It then ends up sending the same link to people on your contact list.  If you happen to read this, and get the link after reading this, then please please please don't click on it!

I know you've been told this a million times, and likewise this virus isn't new, but seriously, besides this entry and here (it's in Dutch), these are the only two places that I know of that have reported this particular link.  I'm going to do some research into similar viruses to see if I can help people remove it, although I'm not sure if I can, depending on the sort of virus it is... as unless it's similar to those other types of viruses.  I'm not sure if up to date virus protection along with Firefox and NoScript will prevent download/execution of the virus, but I'm really not about to test the theory out!  I have this PC working perfectly stable (for Windows!), and don't wish to get the PC infected, although I'd imagine that having the above would help somewhat.  Either way, it can't hurt to Google "Panda ActiveScan" to get a second opinion, although as far as I know, it doesn't remove viruses... but at least you actually know if you have something!  Everyone should really protect their PC with Anti-Virus software (Like AntiVir), an up to date internet browser with popup and script protection (IE might have it, but I know Firefox definately does, when you download NoScript), as well as a firewall (you're own your own here) and anti-spyware software (Spybot Search And Destroy is fairly good, especially when used with AdAware).  It goes a hell of a long way to making your system much more secure.

Granted, it doesn't protect against everything, but at least you won't have to pay someone like me (be it cold hard cash or in pints) to fix your computer!  It's taken me 4 hours in total to remove spyware from a mate's PC, so really I'd rather miss out on some money/pints than spend 4 hours banging my head against a keyboard getting rid of spyware.  I mean, high computer literacy does pay (and get you paid), but at the same time, so does being computer illiterate, or rather you pay people like me, haha!  More often than not though, I provide local support for free, although I could really charge for my services, especially considering something like PC protection is quite often overlooked... I do notice that only my computer literate mates (of a similar level to me I might add) protect their PCs in any way, shape or form.  I've even had to secure my mother's laptop as well as that of my mates (in addition to fixing their hardware problems, which took hours! - speaking of which, I should drop over to them this week) for nothing... although you can hardly ask for payment off your mum, and with regards to your mates, it is a good excuse to catch up with them...

It really is amazing how I can ramble on.  It does make me wonder what happened with C64s if they got viruses on them, and then eventually phones will have viruses... so much fun, eh? :|

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