Saturday, March 01, 2003

Songs I now cant get out of my head..

Ludacris - Saturday (Oooh! Oooh!)
Talking Heads - This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
Ludacris - Roll Out (My Business)

Last coupla days now, I will sing a few bars of Naive Melody, then switch to the rough lyrics of Ludacris, then back to the electronic flute of David Byrne and company...

So, in my head it sorta goes like this:

Pocket fulla cash
Just seen a BIG ol' ass
*Its Saturday - OoohOooh*

Is where I want be
I guess this must be the place

How you smoke so GOOOD?
Boy, you is a SUPERSTAR
Why you still live up in da HOOOD?

*sigh* Id do Eminem's "My Dad's Gone Crazy". but I dont know the words.
Scan, repeat, rinse

Very, very sneaky.

My firewall program kept telling me there were a shitload of yahoo's scanning my machine trying to access something. Scanning for the same parameters. Not just random chit.

Like there was something sending out invitiations. Like a trojan horse virus.

Hmm.. and this is after I scanned the machine several times with nothing coming up.

But, Im nothing if not stubborn and persistent. I dont ignore weird signs.

So, I kept looking.

It was right there in front of me, but I STILL couldnt figure out which one it was.

Scan, search, check task manager processes, scan, look in registry, scan, repeat..

I wish I could say I was smart and finally figured it out. No.

But I did the next best thing. I looked for an updated antiVirus update and downloaded it manually.

Note to all Norton AntiVirus users: LiveUpdate does NOT download the latest antivirus updates.
It is always a few days behind the absolute latest updates they do.
Dont be suckered into a false sense of security thinking youre being automatically updated.

The last update added THIRTY virus variants over the last update of 4 days before. Ugh.

Once I run the updater and scanned with the latest updater that came out today, all became clear

Date: 2/28/2003, Time: 21:43:04, Administrator on INSPIRON
Virus scan started.

Date: 2/28/2003, Time: 22:04:38
The file C:\WINNT\system32\iexplore.exe is infected with the Backdoor.Sdbot virus.
Unable to delete the file.

The file C:\WINNT\Temp\xnihkn.exe is infected with the Backdoor.Sdbot virus.
The file was quarantined.

I knew it. I KNEW it. I KNEW was still compromised, that the last scan hadnt gotten all of the infection.

This one was a custom engineered homebrew designed to slip past the scanners.


Procedure to remove it doesnt cover this one yet. Sunnabitch.

Same procedure, but look for "iexplore.exe" in the windows system32 directory (it doesnt go there normally)and look for a line that sez "Configuration Loader" in the registry .

Reboot, let Norton quarantine it, cuz you wont be able to delete it.

I think that'll do it.

And still, Im treating it like a drunken suspect.

Sometimes its not enough to simply think youre protected.. gotta be vigilant too.

Friday, February 28, 2003

Happy Birthday PiscesChicas FireDragonWahine


JPennant: Im sending you a small birthday present. Not much. I need to get my arse out today to get it to ya
k a t e: dont worry about it!
k a t e: you being a friend is enough:-)
k a t e: i have a picture of you and me on my wall at work!:-)
k a t e: makes me happy to see it everyday
k a t e: your big smile
k a t e: :-)

massive *pause* as my ever-present cranky crustiness falls off

JPennant: I was just about to growl at you but now Im grinnin all silly. :-)
k a t e: growl?
k a t e: why?
JPennant: hang on.. I had a speech prepared *clears throat*
JPennant: *grump* are you pissin on my generosity?
JPennant: Scene :-)
k a t e: haha
JPennant: Im sendin it anyway
k a t e: okaydokay

*Happy Birthday Kate*

Enjoy yer day, Luv
And yesterday was my friend Lily's birthday.

Happy Birthday, Lil.

Heh. Im already missing her cookin. :-)


I saw this posted on a window on Berkeley's University Avenue, so I took a picture to transcribe it.

What is a friend?

What is a friend? I will tell you.

It is a person whom you dare to be yourself.
Your soul can be naked with him.
He seems to ask of you to put on nothing, only to be what you are. He does not want you to be better or worse.

When you are with him, you feel as a prisoner feels who has been declared innocent.
You do not have to be on your guard. You can say what you think, so long as its genuinely you. He understands those contradictions in your nature that lead others to misjudge you.
With him you breathe freely.

You can avow your little vanities and envies and and hates and vicious sparks, your meannesses and absurdities and, in opening them up to him, they are lost, dissolved on the white ocean of his loyalty.
He understands. You do not have to be careful.You can abuse him, neglect him, tolerate him. It makes no matter. He likes you -
He is like fire that purges to the bone.

He understands. He Understands.
You can weep with him, sin with him, laugh with him, pray with him.
Through it all - and underneath - he sees, knows and loves you.

A friend? What is a friend? Just one, I repeat, with whom you dare to be yourself.

- E. Raymond Beran

Yup. Friends. Who let you be who you are.

Ok, my sappiness lasts only for one day. *growl*


Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Random ....


.. walk UP Berekeley's University Avenue

Looking back toward the San Francisco Bay across to the Marin Headlands










And fittingly.. sunsets


Whew, glad I got that off my chest.